just_as_planned: (Ryslig-You don't say.)
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*The phone comes on resting on the stone wall of a castle tower. David's standing with his hands in the pockets of a light trenchcoat that's fluttering slightly in the wind, seemingly enjoying the view when he hears something that sounds like wings followed by a heavy landing. David turns, casually, as a tall, winged creature walks into view.*

Xanatos-

*David cuts him off casually, slipping one hand behind his back and out of sight.*

My turn, is it? I'd been wondering when you would show up and who you would be. I hope it doesn't bother you that I'm somewhat disappointed, I'd been expecting Fox.

Your games won't work this time-

Games? Isn't that my line this time? I have to admit, it's a good likeness, but your eyes are a dead giveaway.

*The eyes in question start glowing, golden irises fading into pure white.*

You're not in any position to be-

Aren't I? I already know what you're here for. You're going to bring up some personal topics that you expect to unnerve me, most likely accusations about my ability as a father or my continued mortality, or possibly claim that you'll never honestly forgive me for hurting you and your clan, in the hopes that I'll drop my guard, and then you'll try to kill me and I'll be very thankful that my phone is within easy reach so I can call for help or maybe accidentally turn it on in my struggles, assuming it doesn't malfunction and turn on by itself. Am I wrong?

*The Shadow growls, lashing its tail out behind it angrily.*

Except you ought to know that won't work for me. The fact of the matter is, I know you're a fake. You'll do whatever it takes to get under my skin, even if it involves using blatant lies to dig at my insecurities. And who knows, maybe that would have worked if I was the person I'd been when we met. But I'm a different man now.

So, what do you say? Should we skip to the fighting now? Goliath vs Goliath, it sounds exciting, doesn't it?

*He whips his hand out from behind his back and fires a single shot from the handgun he'd been hiding there. It hits its target before the Shadow can react, and the creature fades into nothing.*

But I think I prefer this approach. Sorry if I'm breaking the rules.
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*David is sitting inside what looks like an office when the phone turns on, propped up against something on his desk. He's smiling, hands folded in front of him on the desk.*

It's taken a little while, but I think it's about time my patience pays off. I haven't brought it up often because it's not exactly relevant here, but where I come from, I'm the owner of a multi-billion dollar company. And as interesting as it's been to experience things as part of the working class, I think it's time to move back to a position I'm more used to.

Next month, I plan to re-launch Xanatos Enterprises, a company that has and will dabble in everything from medicine to technology to even advanced genetics.

*He stands up and walks to look out of a glassless, arched window behind his desk.*

Of course, before any of that can happen, I'll need employees. And that's where all of you come in.

*He returns to stand behind his chair, resting one hand on the back of it.*

I already have a good number of potentials from the regular citizens of this place, but I'm giving priority to the Persona-using population. Obviously, I'm going to need experts in the fields I mentioned before, but I'm also looking to hire for the more mundane positions any business needs to run smoothly. People with good organizational skills are an absolute must, and I'd love to have some of the more physically inclined among you as security guards.

I'd be wiling to offer flexible hours that take Dark Hour participation into account, as well as no-questions-asked days off by request during moon events. Not to mention staples like health insurance and vacation time.

*He sits back in his chair and re-folds his hands.*

And since I'm feeling generous, I'm going to offer you something that wasn't available to people back home: a chance to invest. Naturally, every dollar that you offer will go towards improving Xanatos Enterprises, and your return will be directly proportionate to the success of the business.

If you'd like to contact me later, my name is David Xanatos. Feel free to call whenever you'd like, within reason of course. I do have to sleep sometime, after all.

Now, with all of that said, I hope to hear from some of you soon.

*He flashes the camera an inviting grin and reaches over to shut it off.*
just_as_planned: (Ryslig-You don't say.)
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*David doesn't talk much about his past, ever wondered why? Well, maybe someone's reaction to him asking for help will explain it. But why would someone be so wary of such a brave man? And then why turn around and help him later?

Maybe you should ask him, since he's just sitting at a table in his castle. He's even paused what he was writing in a notebook to look at the phone.*

So, my turn is it? While I can't say our hosts picked my most fond memories to share, I suppose it could have been worse. Both of those situations ultimately turned out well, after all.

(Note: second video only shows to about :30.)
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*Isn't that a nice castle the phone is recording? It's just sitting there in the middle of the city, almost eerie looking in the moonless night. But when the camera turns back around to David, he's smiling.*

They say a man's home is his castle, but how few can make that literal? Sure, it's missing a few things to really make it home, but it's a start. Would anyone like to come visit?
just_as_planned: (Ryslig-We'll have to see about that.)
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*David didn't turn the phone on this time. Instead, it fell out of his pocket and hit the floor, turning on to record him standing up after rolling to avoid something. He's on the roof of the hotel, frowning at something.*

Well...as much as I appreciate the sneak peek at my Persona, these aren't exactly the circumstances I had in mind.

*His persona moves into view, plunging his spear at David. But this is one rich man who knows how to fight for himself, and he dodges out of the way, sending the giant back a step with a heavy kick that some might recognize as a karate form.*

And here's me without my sling...ah well, I suppose I'll just have to make do.

*Goliath responds by swinging his heavy shield toward David's head, and the feed cuts off just before anyone gets to see if it connects or not.*

(Responses will be delayed ICly because he has a giant to topple. If anyone wants to rush up to the roof to help, feel free to reply with action, although his Persona is only level 1 and thus not much of a threat.)
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Now that I've gotten myself relatively settled, I think it's time I started preparing for the rest of my stay here...however long that might be. So, anyone up for sparring? I'm skilled in both Judo and Karate, but it doesn't really matter to me what style of fighting you prefer as long as you're good at it.

I have another request, as well. I've been informed that this place is somewhat lacking in light-based projectile weaponry, and I don't want to be caught helpless if I'm ambushed by Shadows and run out of ammunition for a more traditional gun. What I'm looking for is a teacher in some sort of melee weapon. I can manage just about anything, but I would prefer it not be too barbaric. I'm afraid I can't compensate you now, but I would be indebted to anyone who volunteers.
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Either this is the most poorly conceived kidnapping attempt ever, or someone wants my attention. Either way, while I admire your resourcefulness to be able to remove me from my castle despite my security, I'm afraid we have a problem. Now, I'm a reasonable man, so I'll give you a chance to come out and explain yourself. What is it you want? Money? Technology? Or is this about the gargoyles? Well, if it's anything like that, you can forget it. With that in mind...I'm listening.

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