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Portrayal of a character is a constant work in progress, so are there any problems you have with how I play Luke? Any advice you want to give? Things you think I shouldn't change? If it's any or all of the above - or something else entirely so long as it's about how I play him, leave it here!

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4th WALL BREAKING: Until I understand what this is, please ask me first. 
THREADJACKING: Sure, just not in the middle of private/serious stuff without asking. 
BACK THREADING: FOREVER

MIND READING: Sure
LOCATION SENSING: Have at it.
TELEPATHY: Perfectly fine.
SPECIAL/MAGICAL ITEMS: For temporary effects, sure. For something that would last more than a few hours, talk to me first

FIGHTING CAPABILITIES: Luke's a fairly skilled swordsman. He uses one-handed swords, and several "artes"/ techniques.
INJURY/DEATH: Talk to me/give me a heads up so I can figure out how it might affect him. Death in particular do NOT do without my permission and some serious plotting-out. 
WIN/LOSE/TIE: Small fights are okay, bigger ones, I'll want to at least know how it'll turn out.
MEDICAL/PHYSICAL INFO: He's currently dying of fonon separation - which essentially functions as a terminal illness with no cure. This will be addressed eventually in Splendor. Other than that, he's fit and healthy.

ROMANCE/RELATIONSHIPS: He's pretty hung up on Tear at the moment in canon, but I'm game for anything so long as it's plausible/well-developed.
SEXUAL RELATIONS: The dude is seven. No.
PHYSICAL CONTACT: Sure, but depending on how close you are to him, different reactions may occur. 

ANY TRIGGERS/SECRETS/FACTS YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT: As of right now Luke has two big triggers: 

1. Akzeriuth - it was here that his beloved teacher forced/tricked him into destroying a city of 10,000 people - Luke actually thought he was saving the city. Given Luke's hatred of killing, even in self-defense... yeah. Shortly afterward, Akzeriuth is also where Luke found out that his entire life as he remembered it was a lie, that he was nothing but a replica of the real "Luke fon Fabre" who had adopted the name of Asch the Bloody.

2. Fonon Separation - Abyss has loads of terminology, but to make a long story short, Fonon Separation for Luke functions like a terminal illness with no cure. The material holding his body's cells together is deteriorating, he's literally falling apart. This occurred when Luke used his powers to neutralize the poisonous lethal gas that was covering his planet. It was supposed to have killed him outright, but Asch's interference (as well as a few other factors) at the last moment allowed them both to survive, though clearly Luke did not escape all the repercussions for what happened. 

There are some others - Luke's past is littered with touchy subjects, but those are the two biggest ones at the moment. I'll add any more here if/when I remember them. 


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What does your character's soul look like?/What color is your character's soul? 

Is it possible to read anything from your character's soul? 

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Is your character surrounded by something else that might somehow 'stick'? 

Can your character's thoughts be read? You could try...? 

Is it possible to communicate with your character through telepathy? 

Is it possible to see what your character is doing through psychic powers? 

Is it possible to sense your character's location somehow? 

Is it possible to sense your character's emotions? 

Does your character have any mental walls or defenses up? 

Can your character be mind-controlled? 

How do you feel about 4th wall breaking? 

Is there something specific that you don't want anyone to know about your character?

How do you feel about threadjacking? 

What about spamming your posts? 

How about sudden action threads? 

Backtagging? FOREVERRRR.

Can your character be imprisoned? Explain why/why not/when is appropriate.

Is it okay to approach you about hacking private threads? Alternatively, how technologically gifted is your character?
Well, hacking isn't an issue in Splendor, but Luke isn't very technologically gifted. To give you an impression, when dealing with the largest, most sophisticated bits of machinery in his home world of Auldrant? His method of using it is to completely override the controls and carve in the commands himself with his Chosen One powers. 

Has your character died before? Can other characters pick up on this?


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Experimentation on your character?

Trolling your character?
I couldn't stop him from being trolled if I wanted to.



 

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Journal: gorsecloud
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Current Characters: n/a unless you count the NPC (ispainterly)


=== Character Information ===
Name: Luke fon Fabre
Gender: Male
Age: 7 (physically 17)
Fandom: Tales of the Abyss
Time period: On the Katsbert Ferry on the way to visit his friends after defeating Van at Absorption Gate

Pokemon: Torchic
Distinguishing Characteristics: He's going to have a tuft feathers sticking out of the back of his head that look like the duckbutt his hair does, and a white scarf/neckerchief with the little black demon face on it, like his jacket.
Explanation: I chose to go with a fire type because Luke is typically associated with all sorts of flame imagery in his home world of Auldrant - his name literally means "Light of the Sacred Flame" in Ancient Ispanian. I also felt that the more birdlike form of Torchic suited him more than the reptilian one of Charmander, or most other Fire types available (especially the personality of some, like Cyndaquil).

History: Yeah, no way I'm typing out the entire game with this as a good substitute

Personality:

Luke, from the point I'm taking him, is a kid raised as someone much older who is searching to find his own sense of identity. When he was younger, he used to be brash, haughty, and arrogant - as the son of Duke Fabre, practically royalty, he was taught to regard most of the world as beneath him. Unfortunately, given his isolation, this led Luke to become a very lonely person, with little idea how to act appropriately in social situations. While Luke has a much better idea nowadays than he used to, there are still some times where he is awkward or unintentionally rude. There are also instances where he is still the spoiled brat he was raised to be - he might whine if things are going particularly badly or if annoyed enough, for instance.

A key thing to note from Luke's particular canon point is his confidence - or rather, his lack of it. He'd spent a majority of his life believing he was Luke fon Fabre, son of Duke Fabre, tertiary heir to the throne of Kimlasca. He even believes his power - that of hyperresonance - will help him to become a hero. Instead, he is manipulated into using his power to destroy a city, and finds out almost simultaneously that he is nothing but a copy of the real "Luke fon Fabre," who now goes by the name of Asch. Luke works tirelessly to atone for these mistakes, even to this day, and it is the root of his current selflessness. However, between it, and spending a month home surrounded by people who scorned or feared him because he was a replica, he now struggles to believe he is little more than that. As his selflessness exemplifies, Luke is very kind - he was even before the destruction of Akzeriuth, as Ion notes. He just didn't know how to express it.

Luke is very, very emotional, and what he feels, he feels very strongly. His friends note that Luke overdoes everything - "too arrogant, too excited, too depressed, too repentant." That doesn't mean he wont listen to logic or reason, but he's much more likely to rely on his own feelings and intuition, and will charge ahead without thinking more often than not. Emotionally, he's very easy to read, and is a horrible liar.

Because of both his age, and how he was raised, Luke is an odd mix of maturity and immaturity. He's much more self-aware and articulate than most seven year-olds, on account of the fact that he's spent most of his life believing he's seventeen. On the other hand, he simply lacks the experience that someone much older would have, and because of that he acts and reacts in some ways that are still very childlike. The words of others have a very powerful impact on him - even that of a random person on the street, as evidenced by how low his confidence sinks due to the mutterings of the staff at the Fabre manor about him being "just a replica." In his current canon point, he is perhaps more like a child than most of the game, mainly because he doubts his own ability to do so many things, and even his right to exist.

Luke has great respect for life, particularly human life (though I suspect this will extent to all sentient creatures represented among the Pokemon of RG), as evidenced by his reluctance to kill, even if his own life is at stake. At the same time, he will not hesitate to put his own life on the line to help others.

After his history of being locked out of the loop, he hates it when important information is withheld from him, or if people expect him to know information he's had no chance to learn. At the same time, his previous history of being sheltered and spoiled - as well as relatively young age - mean that he's not the most knowledgeable. But that doesn't stop him from trying to understand as much as he can and make his own decisions about it, and he's willing to ask whatever questions he needs to in order to do that.


=== Samples: ===
First Person:

1) You discover a secret passage in a basement. What do you do?
I guess I'd try and look inside it. Maybe get the others if we were looking for something.

2) Have you ever wanted to communicate with aliens from another planet?
Aliens? What the hell are those? You mean like, people? Not really.

3) Would you feel comfortable stating your opinion to a very important person?
Well, yeah, I guess. I mean... if it's something really important, then they need to know.

4) Do you like to do things according to plan?
Jade's usually the one who thinks about that kind of stuff more. But knowing what you want to do an how can help sometimes, so I guess so.

5) Do you think that lies are sometimes necessary?
Well... yeah. Sometimes you don't want others to find out why you're someplace or something like that... And sometimes the truth will just hurt people. At the same time... sometimes it's better that they know. I know I would.

Third Person:
To tell the truth, besides not having arms and shedding feathers all over the place, and not being able to reach or move the way he was used to, being in this world didn't really... feel that bad. Back on home, he'd just felt so useless - a defective replica, an imposter. There probably wouldn't be anybody to really miss him back home either - except maybe Guy, or Tear. The rest... were probably just better off. Meanwhile here... here he could actually help others, these... these Pokemon things.

It made some of the smaller things worth it, having to learn to walk and fight again (was this what he'd been like, when he'd just been made, and Guy was having to teach him to walk around the manor and talk like a normal person?) Some of the movements came instinctively, as if he really were some kind of small bird, that knew how to fight with its beak and claws, and that was just unnerving. Like the change was too easy - too natural.

This place was a lot simpler than home - though to be fair he was used to extravagance, having grown up in a manor. It had just about everything that everyone needed, and not much else. Houses, the Guilds, the stores, places for them to keep their money and items, and that Cafe. That was it. It was so different, even then Engeve, and after being stuck in the manor his whole life, Engeve - when he'd first seen it - had been shocking, for all the difference it had.

But it was what he needed to get used to now. He had no idea when he'd be able to go home. If he'd be able to go home, even. The adjustment was coming easier than he'd thought. Maybe it was another one of those instinct things.

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CHARACTER NAME: Luke fon Fabre
FANDOM: Tales of the Abyss
CANON: After Tower of Rem, After hearing Shu's diagnosis about his condition.
WHAT THEY LOST: Luke will be losing his ability to hide things. For instance, there are multiple times throughout the game where, when others inquire if he's all right, for both physical and emotional reasons, and Luke will brush them off and dismiss their concerns, keeping his emotions, and later his fonon separation (which functions similarly to a terminal illness), to himself. More often than not, even if it's clear he's not okay, they won't pry or press the situation.

He will lose his ability to do that. For Luke, who's placed higher priority on helping the world than his own feelings (and wants to distance himself from the whiny self-centered brat he used to be), this will be a massive stumbling block for him. He may not be the greatest of liars, but now he will not even be able to try to, for whatever reason, whether it's to not distract the party, keep his own emotional control, or keep the others from worrying.



ABOUT THE CHARACTER:

The best way to describle Luke in a sentence is a spoiled child in a teenager's body, who's been forced to mature extremely quickly and is still going through the emotional and psychological shockwaves of it all. Of course, there's more to it than that. There always is.

Up until Akzeriuth, he essentially acted the part of a spoiled brat - speaking flippantly with little sensitivity for others, whining and acting out when he didn't get his way. After Akzeriuth, most elements of that personality vanished, though there still are some remnants of immaturity. Luke might whine if things are going particularly badly or if annoyed enough. And while he is much more sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of others, he still lacks some aspects of perceptiveness, and will therefore say things that offend others without meaning to. There are some other childlike aspects of his personality, such as a much higher likelihood of being affected by the words of others - even if they're a random stranger on the street.

His current sense of self and identity is in flux, and has been ever since Akzeriuth - the place where he was betrayed by his teacher, forced to use his power to kill thousands of people in an instant, and where he learned that he was only a replica of the original Luke fon Fabre, now called Asch. It is this event that fed his desire to change himself, and instilled a particularly strong sense of justice in him as he tried - and his biggest instinct, above all, is to protect people, to atone for his role in the destruction of Akzeriuth. Luke cares about life, all life, and will not hesitate to put his own on the line for others. This also has the unfortunate side effect of him disliking to take the life of other humans (once he gets to Splendor, this will likely include any sentient non-humans as well), even in self-defense.

For all the emotional growth Akzeriuth and the events surrounding it may have instilled, it has had its negative impacts too. Finding out that he was Asch's replica fueled a strong inferiority complex that Luke still struggles with, along with struggles over his own sense of personal identity and worth.

It's only at the Tower of Rem, when faced with his own death, that he begins to really discover both. As a result, he's no longer nearly as likely to put himself down, and he has a strong desire to live, a desire that has been proven moot by his fonon separation. So far as his reaction to his impending death, on the surface he'll act cheerful like nothing's wrong, but internally feels resigned to his fate, when he thinks about it at all. Really, he'd rather not think about it period, because he fears he won't be able to cope with it; this is why he doesn't want anyone to know about his fonon separation - he doesn't want their resulting changes in behavior to be a constant reminder.

The thing about Luke is, very often, how he reacts depends a lot on the situation, who is involved, and several other outside factors. However, one thing that people can pretty much count on is that his reactions will probably tend to the extreme side, especially in bigger matters. Guy and Tear point it out once in a skit: Luke overdoes things - "too arrogant, too excited, too depressed, too repentant". While he will listen to logic, he's much more likely to rely on his own feelings and intuition, and will charge ahead without thinking more often than not. Emotionally, he's very easy to read, and is a horrible liar.

In regular conversation, Luke isn't the greatest at small talk, nor does he like to pointlessly strike up conversations unless he's whining about something, but if he is curious he will ask others. When awkward or embarrassed, Luke is likely to snap or lash out to cover it up - though nowadays he may actually show some his embarrassment, especially if he's more familiar with the person he's talking to. He's also not very good at accepting compliments - often he'll brush it off or outright refute the statements being made.

After his history of being locked out of the loop, he hates it when important information is withheld from him. At the same time, his previous history of being sheltered and spoiled mean that he's not the most knowledgable. But that doesn't stop him from trying to understand as much as he can and make his own decisions about it, and he's willing to ask whatever questions he needs to in order to do that.

ABILITIES:

Luke is an accomplished swordsman, using the Albert style, similar to Asch, having been taught by the same teacher. While there is no in-game record of this, Luke's swordsmanship skills are likely somewhat more improvisational and unstructured than Asch's, given that he learned many of his more advanced skills fighting monsters and people in battle, rather than through formal training. As part of said style, there are many different kinds of strike artes that he can use, a full list of which can be found here. He cannot use fonic artes the way Asch can, though certain of his moves can create small elemental fields to modify his strike artes with.

Also, as a perfect isofon (essentially a "perfect" replica) of Asch, he, like Asch, has the ability to generate a hyperresonance - a power that can be used to break down and reform matter at the atomic level - by himself. His abilities are described as somewhat diminished (though still highly dangerous/destructive) and more unstable than Asch's, and while he can control it to a certain degree, it isn't incredibly precise.

THIRD-PERSON WRITING SAMPLE:

There was still so much for them left to do - shutting down the Planet Storm, meeting with Asch to create the Key of Lorelei, stopping Master Van, and time was running out, running out for him. How would he know when it was time...? Would he be able to hold together until they were finished...? 

He shook his head, breaking out of the downward spiral his thoughts were heading towards. He couldn't think about that now. There were more important things to worry about. 

He continued walking through the streets of Yulia City, towards Tear's house - why was everyone telling him to go see Tear? - marveling once again at how differently this place looked in the bright sunlight. They'd only seen it briefly before the miasma had returned... it really was quite pretty, though very different from what he'd grown used to, with it being in the Qliphoth and all...

Tear's door wasn't locked, and when Luke looked inside, there was no one in the tiny kitchen. He glanced around, and started to head upstairs - when the sound of voices made him stop. It was... Natalia... and Tear. And the things they were talking about... dammit he knew that Natalia had been uncomfortable about battling Largo, why hadn't she said anything...? And Tear with Master Van... It was almost enough to make him want to burst in and talk to them both but... he was already kind of intruding... why did he always have to accidentally eavesdrop on conversations like this? Like that one time he'd overheard Asch and Natalia at Sheridan...

He wanted to leave, but at the same time, he wasn't sure how to. He didn't want them to know he'd been listening in on them. Which meant that he was there, as their conversation took a different turn, making his eyes widen slightly and his thoughts start churning. Did they really both believe in him... that much? Did he really represent that much to them? 

At that point, he realized that he really should leave, regardless of the chance of getting caught. He shouldn't be here listening to them like this. As he walked back down the stairs and out of Tear's house, however, he came to a decision, a resolution, rather. 

He couldn't let them down. 

FIRST-PERSON WRITING SAMPLE:

-in progress-

INTENT: I've played Luke in previous games, but as for what draws me to him… I honestly feel like he's an interesting, complex character, whose head love trying to get into.

As for what I intend to do with him, so far as I understand it, Para is fairly flexible when it comes to approach - plot-oriented versus slice-of-life. Having played Luke in slice-of-life situations in the past, I've honestly found I rather enjoyed it. His canon situation means that he hasn't had much time to experience what normal life is like, so he has a lot to explore/learn from it. The flexibility of the World plots is also nice.

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Player Information:
Name: Gorse
Journal: gorsecloud
Method of Contact: PM (obviously), AIM - gorsethewarrior
Previous characters: n/a


Character Information:
Full Name: Luke fon Fabre
Series: Tales of the Abyss
Canon point: Post-Tower of Rem, between shutting down the Absorption Gate and Radiation Gate. Prior to arrival, he was spending the night at the inn in Sheridan trying to think up a name for a bridge (reference to the million Gald subquest)
Age: 17 (technically 7)
Species: Human (technically. I mean, technically he's a replica but "replica" is more an adjective than species in Auldrant)
Appearance/PB: Link
Appearance upon arrival: Wearing his usual outfit, holding his personal diary + a pen, and looking utterly scared out of his wits (he'll be thinking he just died after all)


History:
Previous RP memories: None
Bringing someone along?: Nope
Character History: http://aselia.wikia.com/wiki/Luke_Fon_Fabre#Story (The point in canon that I'm referring to isn't specifically mentioned on that page, but to give you time frame, it's roughly around the beginning of the segment marked "A Wish to Live", as it's prior to the party reaching Eldrant, but after Luke's received the news of his eventual death.)


Personality:
The best way to describle Luke in a sentence is a spoiled child in a teenager's body, who's been forced to mature extremely quickly and is still going through the emotional and psychological shockwaves of it all. Of course, there's more to it than that. There always is.

Up until Akzeriuth, he essentially acted the part of a spoiled brat - speaking flippantly with little sensitivity for others, whining and acting out when he didn't get his way. After Akzeriuth, most elements of that personality vanished, though there still are some remnants of immaturity. Luke might whine if things are going particularly badly or if annoyed enough. And while he is much more sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of others, he still lacks some aspects of perceptiveness, and will therefore say things that offend others without meaning to. There are some other childlike aspects of his personality, such as a much higher likelihood of being affected by the words of others - even if they're a random stranger on the street.

His current sense of self and identity is in flux, and has been ever since Akzeriuth - the place where he was betrayed by his teacher, forced to use his power to kill thousands of people in an instant, and where he learned that he was only a replica of the original Luke fon Fabre, now called Asch. It is this event that fed his desire to change himself, and instilled a particularly strong sense of justice in him as he tried - and his biggest instinct, above all, is to protect people, to atone for his role in the destruction of Akzeriuth. Luke cares about life, all life, and will not hesitate to put his own on the line for others. This also has the unfortunate side effect of him disliking to take the life of other humans (once he gets to Splendor, this will likely include any sentient non-humans as well), even in self-defense.

For all the emotional growth Akzeriuth and the events surrounding it may have instilled, it has had its negative impacts too. Finding out that he was Asch's replica fueled a strong inferiority complex that Luke still struggles with, along with struggles over his own sense of personal identity and worth.

It's only at the Tower of Rem, when faced with his own death, that he begins to really discover both. As a result, he's no longer nearly as likely to put himself down, and he has a strong desire to live, a desire that has been proven moot by his fonon separation. So far as his reaction to his impending death, on the surface he'll act cheerful like nothing's wrong, but internally feels resigned to his fate, when he thinks about it at all. Really, he'd rather not think about it period, because he fears he won't be able to cope with it; this is why he doesn't want anyone to know about his fonon separation - he doesn't want their resulting changes in behavior to be a constant reminder.

The thing about Luke is, very often, how he reacts depends a lot on the situation, who is involved, and several other outside factors. However, one thing that people can pretty much count on is that his reactions will probably tend to the extreme side, especially in bigger matters. Guy and Tear point it out once in a skit: Luke overdoes things - "too arrogant, too excited, too depressed, too repentant". While he will listen to logic, he's much more likely to rely on his own feelings and intuition, and will charge ahead without thinking more often than not. Emotionally, he's very easy to read, and is a horrible liar.

In regular conversation, Luke isn't the greatest at small talk, nor does he like to pointlessly strike up conversations unless he's whining about something, but if he is curious he will ask others. When awkward or embarrassed, Luke is likely to snap or lash out to cover it up - though nowadays he may actually show some his embarrassment, especially if he's more familiar with the person he's talking to. He's also not very good at accepting compliments - often he'll brush it off or outright refute the statements being made.

After his history of being locked out of the loop, he hates it when important information is withheld from him. At the same time, his previous history of being sheltered and spoiled mean that he's not the most knowledgable. But that doesn't stop him from trying to understand as much as he can and make his own decisions about it, and he's willing to ask whatever questions he needs to in order to do that.

Extra:
Character Abilities: Luke is an accomplished swordsman, using the Albert style, similar to Asch, having been taught by the same teacher. While there is no in-game record of this, Luke's swordsmanship skills are likely somewhat more improvisational and unstructured than Asch's, given that he learned many of his more advanced skills fighting monsters and people in battle, rather than through formal training. He cannot use fonic artes the way Asch can, though certain of his moves moves can create small elemental fields to modify his other artes with.

Also, as a perfect isofon (essentially a "perfect" replica) of Asch, he, like Asch, has the ability to generate a hyperresonance - a power that can be used to break down and reform matter at the atomic level - by himself. His abilities are described as somewhat diminished (though still highly dangerous/destructive) and more unstable than Asch's, and while he can control it to a certain degree, it isn't incredibly precise.
Possessions: He'll be bringing his personal journal (and a pen), some gald and possibly a few supplies that he has in his pockets, but as he isn't holding the item bag when he finds the music box, that'll be it.

Oh, he'll also have with him the Jewel of Lorelei, an object which has the ability to disperse fonons, the fuel for magic in his world. He's holding it via the Contamination Effect, which is a special kind of fonic arte which allows him to break down matter via the fonons it is composed of and an store it in another object, namely himself.
Anything else: Luke is currently undergoing something known in his world as fonon separation. Essentially, it's a slow process where the "material" (for lack of a better term) holding his body's cells together is falling apart. In Splendor, the process might slow a little, though with the city's environment, it'll be hard to tell. It may also simply seems slower owing to Auldrantian months being about twice as long as Earth months. However, the process can and will accelerate if he ever uses his hyperresonance abilities, so he'll be avoiding them like the plague. On Auldrant, there was no way of stopping the process. When consulting with the best experts in the field, the best they were able to give him was prolonging the day of death.

For practical purposes though, fonon separation functions for him like a terminal illness with no known cure. Whether Splendor will be able to help him remains to be seen.


Samples:
Action/Communication thread/post sample:
Dear Mun, stop freaking out.

Log/Prose sample:

There was still so much for them left to do - shutting down the Planet Storm, meeting with Asch to create the Key of Lorelei, stopping Master Van, and time was running out, running out for him. How would he know when it was time...? Would he be able to hold together until they were finished...? 

He shook his head, breaking out of the downward spiral his thoughts were heading towards. He couldn't think about that now. There were more important things to worry about. 

He continued walking through the streets of Yulia City, towards Tear's house - why was everyone telling him to go see Tear? - marveling once again at how differently this place looked in the bright sunlight. They'd only seen it briefly before the miasma had returned... it really was quite pretty, though very different from what he'd grown used to, with it being in the Qliphoth and all...

Tear's door wasn't locked, and when Luke looked inside, there was no one in the tiny kitchen. He glanced around, and started to head upstairs - when the sound of voices made him stop. It was... Natalia... and Tear. And the things they were talking about... dammit he knew that Natalia had been uncomfortable about battling Largo, why hadn't she said anything...? And Tear with Master Van... It was almost enough to make him want to burst in and talk to them both but... he was already kind of intruding... why did he always have to accidentally eavesdrop on conversations like this? Like that one time he'd overheard Asch and Natalia at Sheridan...

He wanted to leave, but at the same time, he wasn't sure how to. He didn't want them to know he'd been listening in on them. Which meant that he was there, as their conversation took a different turn, making his eyes widen slightly and his thoughts start churning. Did they really both believe in him... that much? Did he really represent that much to them? 

At that point, he realized that he really should leave, regardless of the chance of getting caught. He shouldn't be here listening to them like this. As he walked back down the stairs and out of Tear's house, however, he came to a decision, a resolution, rather. 

He couldn't let them down.