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The Omnivident Book 2: Chapter 1 - Rumbles & Ripples 
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Autumn, Friday 15:00

The sky was clear and the sun shone brightly as a new scholastic year commenced at Arclight Academy. The school bustled with liveliness as students, their parents and alumni wandered through its halls. As custom, Headmaster Berkham stood at the front of the school cordially shaking hands with various school sponsors – notably, there was a larger amount than the year before assembled in front of him. The school had received a substantial increase of funds from the previous year in light of the protection the students during Hurricane Patricia. As a result, the school was considering a massive restoration project of the castle, while also initiating a number of other initiatives and a restructuring of the school faculty.

The Arclight Gallery had an array of students’ artistic works on display while a string quartet played in the foyer of the academy. A number of tables were set up inviting students to a myriad of clubs, internships and other opportunities on campus. Even a few local journalists meandered through the crowd, weaving together a story of how the darling private school had rebuilt its name following the tragic bus incident from two years before.

Miss Rachel walked through the crowd with a watchful gaze and a smile on her lips. She had become incredibly popular in her one year spent at the school. Having helped a lot of students in their preparation for university, exams, and an assortment of psychological issues both related and unrelated to the bus accident, many of the students had come to see her as a confidant of sorts. Her powers were still only slowly returning to her – which was a relief, as she was worried she had lost them altogether. While the bulk of her powers remained were out of her grasp, the familiar sense of knowing was slowly returning.

First year students and their parents were given a tour of the school by fourth and fifth year students, who regaled the history of Arclight Academy as well as the modern opportunities afforded of its current attendees. They introduced the young students to the various amenities offered by the school before taking them to the dorms where they were introduced to Mrs. Grey. The dorm mother warmly welcomed each student and assured the parents that she would look after the children “as if they were her own”. After which giving the student the Arclight welcome package which included a laptop, a pamphlet with a map of the school, an Arclight Academy pen, their schedules and a key card for their assigned room. As part of the increased funding, the PDAs were all replaced by much more modern tablets that were given to each student.

Returning students were permitted to retrieve their key card from Ms. Grey, return their old PDAs and pick up one of the new tablets before going to their assigned rooms.

As the day’s events came to a close, parents and guardians exited the premises and the school was left to the students and faculty. School would start on the Monday, while Saturday and Sunday were dedicated to school orientation activities and events.

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Alice sat calmly at the edge of a fountain, inconspicuously away from the bustle. She watched Phora as she hoped around and looked in the grass for whatever she could find that was interesting.
"Alice, the button game tv, its up to no good, but i knew from before, that there's a place where we can buy mushrooms, that it can make out of the air."

"I see. You wish to compromise." She said.

"Well, i thought it would be neat to learn one of those plant medicine things my ancestors used to make. But when i went to buy them, the computer asked me the name of the guy who i buy them from. So i dont understand, do i get to choose who i get them from? And right next to that, a big blue bar said "Submit" on it! And i knew somehow that if i pressed that button it wouldn't know who i would buy them from unless i told it who. I knew that had to be it because it was right next to the naming thing." She turned towards Alice while twiddling her fingers in a thoughtful but confused manner. "So i typed in your name because If i was forced to submit to anyone else i would go beat that person up. Then when i touched it there were tons of things it wanted me to tell it. I just gave it to Sorbet and he didnt know what to do so he could only make it show us tv of this taco guy at a birthday party. There were balloons and stuff!" She giggled.

"Well, if you buy mushrooms on the internet, you would not be getting them from me." Alice patted her totems head as its eyes widened in awe as it tried to comprehend what the hell that thing wanted from her.

Phora eyed the thing as it sat on the fountain. "I think Sorbet could teach me how to use it. He doesn't get it either but hes very smart even though hes a bird who shoots fire out of his nose." The thing looked at Alice with a bit of worry. "I hope Sorbet doesn't make me useless."
She crouched down and eyed a small squirrel.
Before Phoras eyes lit up with excitement, Alice swiftly grabbed the pixie under her arms with a twirl and after she had
twirled 180 degrees, she hugged her with joy. Alice looked at her with a beautiful expression. "I don't care how useful you are! I want to see you happy, and I always want to be with you!" She hummed and kept twirling around, and the wind blew as if it was equally as pleased with the perfect picture it all created.

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Mmhmm, I knew there would be a couple of you, didn't I? The little blonde girl praised herself, to herself, so that the butler sitting across from her wouldn't hear and scold her arrogance. She had figured a few students would set out to leave a first impression in their peers by showing up in a limousine, but Antilita Francheska Pavlushkin would not fall for such an easy trap. As soon as the one in front of her pulled away there was a clacker of hooves, as the carriage she rode in moved into place in front of the school she was soon to attend. Alan, the butler got out first though the front to open the door for her from the outside and lend his hand to help the girl down, he had to as she would have had a little trouble in her dress. Not her best one, of course, her goal wasn't to intimidate after all, just provide people a, ahem, subtle clue to who she might be.

As the carriage pulled away she took in the sight. It wasn't all the fancy things and new people the school had that filled up her soul, after all she was quite accustom to such things. No, that she was going to attend this school specifically, and even more, at the end of the day be left here, that excited her. Not visibly of course. She didn't want to upset Alan the Butler, nor her mother who he had on video call on the phone in his free hand, so she went about routine. She smiled at the students that arrived at the school with modesty, greeted staff and students that greeted her, and, once, stuck her tongue out at the boy who thought he was being cool by arriving in the limo ahead of her, when she knew she wouldn't be caught.

Antilita only lazily listened to the student helper that gave them the tour once that began. She already knew about as much a normal person could about the layout of the school from the research she had done, only really noting which individual offices housed each teacher, as those might have been changed around from last year. Luckily her mother was able to fill in a critical role of asking a million questions about everything. She hadn't been as involved as the house staff in Tilly's research.

When the tour was finally coming to a close and all that was left was meeting the dorm mother, Mrs Grey, it was all Tilly could do to smile extra big as her mother, half in tears alternated between thanking the woman and making her double promise to take care of her daughter. A smile that Mrs Grey returned to Tilly knowingly. But there was finally a time where her mother had to speak to her, and give a good-bye.

"Be good Tilly, and know that even though I'm not often there with you, I'll always be there for you, and somehow I'll miss you even more than I do normally."

It was enough to make the little rich girl break character and frown for just a second. Her eyes filling with mist it was all she could do to reply with, "Me too mom, it shouldn't be possible, but me too."

And like that her mother had to hang up and get back to whatever she was doing across the ocean, leaving Tilly and Alan alone in a sea of people, she had to send him off as well. The last few steps of her journey she wanted to take by herself and he understood. She took a deep breath before opening the door to her dorm room. It was after all the place she'd spend her first night away from anyone she knew.

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There however was another girl attending Arclight this year with very different experience during the opening ceremony. Though it was this very school that had helped her to become less fretful the previous year, she couldn't help but slip into a bit of nervousness. Last year she had been an exchange student and missed the opening day. This year, well, circumstances were a bit different and she had actually woken up in her dorm room so this year she would technically be the first student here. Though it wasn't healthy to linger on that for now, she had set up plenty of time to investigate that mystery later. Instead she had promised to help with some events during the day for Ms Rachel, namely she'd be responsible for taking the first shift manning the Archive Club's booth for the day, making people disinterested in it if possible and they weren't already on the list, and informing others that they'd be considered, however the club was invite only, if they could not be cleverly swayed away.

It wasn't a particularly interesting outing, but that was good. She had never been one for attention. Still wasn't. But that changed as other students or faculty arrived at the other booths. Of course everyone setting up would have been in the school the previous year so they where bound to say hi, and Tsubaki would greet them back but eventually it wasn't just fellow club promoters that she had to deal with. Students new and old began to arrive to her booth, many with parents, which she did not expect for some reason, and her first challenge as an Omnivident began: Acting totally normal. She was going to have a rough time.

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The woman and her totems had retreated tp their room. She sat upon her bed with a bag of blueberries, and she flicked them at Phora, who would catch them in her mouth. Alice's fingers had a little blue tint at the edges.

As she flicked one, Sorbet snatched it out of the air. Phora turned and pointed at Sorbet.

"Counting all the assholes in the room!" She said.

"Well I'm not alone!" Alice said.

"I'm not alo-o-one!" Phora said as Sorbet pushed her to catch the next one. She stamped her foot. "You're a liar, you're a cheater, you're a fool!" The pixie said.

"Well, that's just like me." His rumbling voice snarked. "and I know you too!" He looked at Alice.

"Mr. Perfect don't exist my little friend!" Alice said and wagged her finger at the Phoenix.

"And I tell you it again, and I do it again." The creature said as Phora blocked a blueberry bullet with the picture of Lloyd she had colored.

Phora peaked from behind the picture. "Counting all the assholes in the room, Well I'm
Definitely not alone, well I'm not alone..." Alice got them both with juicy blueberries, leaving blue marks. "Aaaaand... The liquid seems to color, all my favorite things in order!" She said as she pointed to Alice's fingertips.

Alice chuckled. "You know if you start spellsinging we're going to topple the entire dorm wing." Phora shrugged and sniffed.

"Daniels here! I'm going to go assault him!" She lept out the window with one acrobatic leap.

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Daniel walked down the path to the schppl gates. He sensed a massive flood of spiritual energy about a half mile away. "Ah!!" He said and quickly made a wall of glass in front of him.

"Oof!" He heard as the pixie hit the glass a half second after. He opened his eyes and saw the girl sitting on the ground, rubbing her head.

"Ah! You've come to eat my lunch and take my pack, huh?" He said.

"No, i want McDonald's." Phora said as she righted herself.

Daniel rubbed the back of his head. "I don't have the money for that right now." The pixie pouted, and a blueberry struck Daniel on the temple. He looked to see Alice waving at him from the top of the school's side gate.

"Just get me french fries... It's like watching a dog eat peanut butter!" The pixie said as Alice leapt down.

"I'll have some delivered to the school!" She said. "But only one meal. We'll split it!" She poked Daniel on the cheek before they began to trudge to the school entry gate.

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Lotus arrived along side her mother to the school. As Lotus got out of the car thoughts of a new school year both thrilled and nauseated her.
"Lotus did you pack everything?" Her mother questioned as she hovered over Lotus.
"Yes, Mom."
"Including your swimsuit? You qualify for the swim team and you've been practicing."
"Mom...Mom... I got it."
"I know... I just want my little flower to be safe and prepared."
"Mom. I'll be good and if not we only live like an hour away."
"Ok....Go get'em tiger."
Lotus grabbed her luggage before setting off into the school. She quickly dropped off her things in her room before setting out to find her friends, Namely Chantelle and Fiona.

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Idelia rode up to the school on her motorcycle. She quickly popped up on the sidewalk, causing several civilians to dive out of the way before she drove up to the bike rack. She parked next to it and chained her cycle. She paused to take in her surroundings before heading off to find Miss Rachel. Id heard Miss Rachel wasn't up to full strength and Id needed to test her capabilities. Upon finding her the prankster approached her with a smile.
"Hey there Miss Killjoy. I got you a little something." Id reached into her bag before presenting a candle. "It's got a wooden wick so it makes the nice crackling of a campfire. I didn't know what scents you'd like so that one's vanilla. Here lemme show you!"
I'd took out her lighter and lit the candle. As she did Id opened an umbrella and gave Miss Rachel a smile. As Id began to chuckle at the thought of the sprinklers going off, Miss Rachel blew out the candle.
"Thank you, Miss Saxson. It's a beautiful gift." Miss Rachel smiled as she walked past Id.
"You know... You'd think I would've thought of you not using your powers, but I didn't."
Flustered Idelia thought it was about time to assert herself over her turf again. She began to hustle new years. Each received the same speech. "Hey there, I'm with the welcoming committee, several students are getting together and ordering pizza. Would you like to chip in $5?"

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Upon arriving on campus, Joey's attention was immediately drawn to the string quartet playing in the foyer, his face lighting up as he turned to watch them. Beside him, his father followed Joey's line of sight and touched his shoulder to attract his attention. "Joonho-ya, you said you wanted to--"

"Check out the clubs, yeah," Joey replied, not turning to look at his father. "I don't think it'll take much longer for them to finish this piece, though." His father shrugged and waited patiently. Sure enough, a minute later the quartet had moved on to the next piece in their set, and Joey glanced over to his father with a smile. "Okay, now we can go." He darted off to the nearest table, his father trailing behind at a more leisurely pace.

An armful of pamphlets later, Joey was tuning out the words of the student tour guide while his father listened attentively and asked something about the faculty. When he nearly walked into the back of the person in front of him, Joey refocused and realized the tour had come to a stop in front of the dorms.

Ms. Grey seemed nice enough, smiling warmly when Joey's father thanked her for watching over his son. Joey's attention was quickly diverted upon receiving the welcome package. He'd known Arclight Academy was fancy, but he hadn't really processed it until he'd just been casually handed a personal laptop and tablet. Now he couldn't help but wonder how the funding for their theater program compared to the public school programs he'd been used to.

Joey and his father entered the dorm building and quickly found Joey's assigned room, stopping in front of the door. Joey's father set down the luggage he'd been carrying and turned to look at Joey, pride clear on his face, though there seemed to be some amount of concern in his expression as well. "Work hard, okay? This is a good school, you were lucky to get in. Set a good example for Myungho."

Joey resisted the urge to roll his eyes. He'd heard this spiel a thousand times since he'd been accepted to Arclight. "Okay, appa."

"Send us a message every few days to tell us how you're doing. Your mother gets worried."

"I'll just text Myungho, he can tell you how I'm doing."

"Don't text him too much. And stay safe--"

"I won't do drugs, I won't go to parties, I won't hang out with bad kids," Joey finished his father's sentence for him. He smiled and gave his father a hug when it was clear he couldn't think of any more fatherly advice to impart. "Tell Myungho he needs to study hard so he can skip two grades and get into Arclight with me."

A little awkwardly, Joey's father patted his back. "You can text him that yourself." As Joey released him and stepped back, he checked his watch. "My flight is in a few hours. If you need anything, you can call me." He turned and took a few steps, then stopped and looked back at Joey. "Joonho-ya, we're all proud of you."

Before Joey could think of a good response, his father had turned back around and left. Joey picked up his luggage and found his room key, unlocking the door and swinging it open. He wondered if his roommate would be here already--a 'Sam McDougal,' apparently. He was looking forward to meeting him.

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There was really no need to make the trip down and arrive to school so early but here he was anyway. Amongst the earliest of students to arrive, he had already found his dorm room again and judging by the lack of any Daniel he surmised that his roommate wasn't actually around yet. That was fine, he didn't have any need to see any of his fellow club members in any immediate timeframe, even if he was deathly curious about whether or not anyone wasn't returning. That probably wouldn't be nearly as exciting or shocking as he figured. Fiddling with the bauble, he wondered if he should wait in his room or go out in public. Damian didn't think on it too long.

"Can't even nap if I wanted to." He grumbled to nobody in particular, shutting the door to his room and taking a quick peek behind him. Letting his sight linger on a boy that he wasn't sure he'd ever seen before, he waited for him to atleast enter his room before feeling safe enough to activate his field, just for a few seconds. Watching the lights flicker, he adorned a small smile before ending the disruption, making his way outside to where he'd seen all the empty booths. Of course they were all very much manned now and the place was very much active. That was fine, he'd just go around taking a look and... find Tsubaki managing the Darren Archive Club booth?

With a raised eyebrow, he nonchalantly blended into the line of parents and students, only really looking to eventually chat with her under the guise of discussing the club. Damian wasn't too sure how membership worked when it came to this but he doubted people would take kindly to him ignoring the line. Either way, he wasn't about to sit still and quiet. Taking note of the student in front, he whistled. "Hey, pal, kind of a weird choice isn't it? I heard this club's pretty boring."


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