Island Merveille

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Cover Title: "Winds that Ever Change"
The Cover Panel is a huge trunk of a cherry blossom tree with dozens of cherry blossoms that are to fall and in the back a cluster of floating islands with many other trees with them ready to fall just bracing on the gust of wind.
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~ Title of Post / Location ~

~ Shiki's Main Island ~​

Meanwhile away from the party for the lower members that meant nothing to the main party that was to take place at Shiki's very own personal island. The island that is crescent moon-shaped is composed of nothing but towering rocky terrain with a huge mountain that goes into the skies. The island also has its very bay that is shaped like an encircling wall for ships to be docked within, though these ships are for those who hold VIP status that has been personally requested to arrive.

As we go up the mountain we are met with a fortress and village that is right at the summit of the huge mountain with a traditional type mansion that is met with a huge personal fortress before the meeting room where we see dozen of people being escorted into. As the door opens up as they flock inside we are met with a huge hall that is enough to fit an entire army. The floors in pink and gold accents, with serving tables fitted for each person affiliated and invited. We see gold ascents into the sides with squares with red borders decorating them and the ceiling. Though what would be awe-ing would be the Green Dragon with a Golden Tiger back lifted background with a sun shining between them, which would also befit a special serving table before it reserved for the host.

Whereas another hall would be for those who served the high table VIP members and would be from everyone who was soldiers and accompanied the many infamous named VIP's.

Meanwhile, in between both halls was an indoor garden with beautiful plants that would resemble cherry blossoms and a bridge as we see me the man that set the meeting. Tick tock the time was dawning before the meeting with the agenda of the destruction of kingdoms.

Who am I? you may be wondering. I am none other than the man that stood with the late Gol D. Roger and Edward "Whitebeard" Newgate. Also, the legendary pirate who managed to escape the unbreakable undersea prison, Impel Down. Yes, that's me the infamous "Golden Lion" Shiki.

Though my enjoyment in the garden would be abrupted with one of the personal information networks between the floating islands. He was sweating and panting as he bowed before me "I trust everything is fine on your side, is it not?" I replied as the man replied saying no there was a report that a man with devilish wings with some weirdo's arrived causing mayhem and asking for me.


My eyebrow raised as the behest of the unknown "Oh he wants my audience does he?" I would sigh as I would follow with a frown.

"Who was he that is asking for me?" I would ask him as he would reply its Gambit of the Silver Hair Pirates lead by the infamous captain that has caused a huge stir being Larsi.

"Hmmm, and it's not Larsi requesting me but some imbecile is asking for me" as my tone would rise and fluctuate in annoyance yet amused at the thought some random unknown was asking for me.

"If he wants a signature it will be given to him, I don't have time to see to fans" as I would wave it off.

But before he would go off I would smirk "If he wants to ask me to come to him on my island, maybe he should have the balls to come to me if he wants to talk if he can come to me. Jihahahaha!" Just that enough would warrant my interest in this random stranger.

As the sun above would pierce through the clouds revealing my appearance. I would be dressed in japanese clothes consisting of an orange trimmed, red, and a black kimono robe tied together with a dark green sash, and a golden chain around my waist; whilst wearing a yellow striped tattered haori coat draped over his shoulders. My golden mane-like hair, reaching down to the ground, and on the top of my head, is part of a steering wheel that got lodged into his head after my battle with Roger. Though removing it would have killed me though I have often thought I looked like a rooster.

I would support a golden bushy tuft of hair for a beard at the bottom of his chin, and a black goatee with pointed edges surrounding my mouth. Even my eyebrows are dark and pointed as well, with purple spots on the left side of my face right around his right eye that indicates my age. With a cigar as I huff and puffed inhaling and exhaling it.

Though what was unique was the lack of legs but I used a conventional prosthesis after cutting my legs to escape Impel Down, I would be using my swords as prosthetic legs.


~ Back to the Crashed Party ~​

The report had come down as Drautos will relay the info "If you want Shiki to come down, you'll have to prove your worth by going up to him. So what say you?" he would say hesitantly yet in a bravado manner.

Drautos would gulp as the tension rose to await Gambit's reply.

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T-Bag was swinging around his chain flail over his head in a dramatic fashion and was able to eradicate the dozens of people in their path by letting the very spiked ball end of the weapon barrage into the enemies' heads and shattering all of it! They all emitted a cracking sound like coconuts being smashed like a watermelon onto a hard rock that overpowered the beats of the party. Beautifying the massacre, the outpouring of blood and brains would quickly surge and would cover the very floor in crimson liquid and a variety of fleshes in white, gray, and some in a yellowish hue. The chain user's stood before the corpses, completely soaked, dripping head-to-toe in warm, yellow, and crimson shit! He then put his gun back to its holster and tore away his then white shirt before going back to Gambit, who was facing a man in a black tux, whose voice was somewhat shaky far more different than what he was uttering.

The pirate prince gazed upon the man before him, staring at his eyes as he recited those brave words. As the man talked, he evoked an insolent smile, concealing his teeth. His eyes did the response by displaying a minuscule fake sparkle, only enough not to show any wrinkle. "You seem scared. I can feel the sudden rise of your heartbeat and blood pressure. Perhaps, if I devour your flesh right now, I wouldn't be able to enjoy it but at the very least, I would be able to satisfy the soil you are stepping on. Tell me where is and I will spare your meaningless life.", he uttered as softly as he could before turning to T-Bag.

"Imma blow your softy head if you won't talk. Ya see all the dead party boys right there? You join them in seconds. I never want to wait. I am the more impatient type.", T-Bag told Drautos as he grabbed his from behind and pull it in while pointing the tip of karambit attached to the chain flail onto his neck.

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~ Crashed Party ~​

Drautos who would stop and stare at the prince and interim captain of the silver hairs. He would pause as he would gulp with a trail of sweat trickling down the side of his head as his body temperature also gave away him being under pressure.
"You seem scared. I can feel the sudden rise of your heartbeat and blood pressure. Perhaps, if I devour your flesh right now, I wouldn't be able to enjoy it but at the very least, I would be able to satisfy the soil you are stepping on. Tell me where is and I will spare your meaningless life."
He would stare then chuckle lightly under his breath with his head knocking back and forth. 'I heard about this guy coming from a country embroiled with civil unrest then he randomly appears at Alabasta where he joined the Silver Hair guy' Though before anything else could happen another arrogant one spoke
"Imma blow your softy head if you won't talk. Ya see all the dead party boys right there? You join them in seconds. I never want to wait. I am the more impatient type.",
Drautos was composed but his demanor changed to like he was not amused staring at the bad sitcom wannbie actor. 'This guy really compared to that guy with a emblem stacked in his head seems like a dimwit'

Drautos would chuckle moving his head close to the side of T-Bag's ears as he whispered "Do your worst"



~ Shiki's Main Island ~​

We see the main control room of Merveille, a room with computers screens with members staring clicking and words being said here and there. Though this would be disturbed though they would be disturbed by the sound of annoyance by the sound of flactulence.

We see a large man with a clown-like appearance, indigo hair, with two particularly large tufts at the side of the head, and his face is pale-white, with purple lines near his eyes, presumably some sort of make-up. He is pot bellied, with thin limbs, and a muscular torso, making his body resemble a Volumetric flask. On his forehead he has a pair of purple round-shaped eyeglasses. Wearing a large yellow polka dotted indigo scarf and indigo-striped shoes that make a farting noise every time he takes a step. He also wears indigo overalls that exposes his chest, with two lines of buttons on the front, and a lab coat over them. On his hands there is a pair of brown gloves. It seems that in his twenty years, he did not change much in appearance, aside from his scarf being orange with a lined pattern, and he did not wear glasses on top of his forehead.

He walks in like if acting a mime as he takes each step slowly to the centre of the room seeing a huge compass with video's showing of varying locations throughout the island.

He walks a little further to the right location with a large telescope spotting a strange ship with the emblem of Silver Hair written on it. "So i see the Silver Hair Pirates are here, and was there a report of Gambit making demands, huh?"

"You Operation LBx1 release and press the red button" as he would point at of those sat at a desk as he would nervously open the container and press it.

The clown looking man is the infamous Doctor of the Golden Lion Pirates, Dr. Ingdo. He would then smirk 'I would love to see a Vampire vs a Beasts'

On an island that would be close to the island where Gambit crashed a party a huge lab door would creak open with chirping and slamming sounds being made. They would soon be let out of their cage with the doors opening.


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RUN

T-Bag was holding Drautos and he could feel the coldness creeping around his heart. It is like winter underneath a tropical sensation of dancing meadows. And as soon as the droplets of dampness fell down from the enemy's temple, the cowboy responded with a quick slit right at his throat. Blood as warm as summer lake erupted from his neck towards the prince. "Well, Pretty, he did not cooperate." And he threw the corpse several meters in his right.

The pirates glanced at each other and turned their heads towards the massive door in front of him. The door was solid metal and about 60 feet in height and approximately 20 in width. It was even and shiny like the surface of Gambit's steel metal cards but this one's troublesome. There was nothing but a door. Nothing to get a grip on. All the corners are laid out so firmly affixed to the ground and its ever-concrete door frame that there was no hope of breaking it open. All they had were their weapons they always wielded and a lot of angst to standoff.

"What the fuck is behind that door, Pretty?" T-Bag asked his partner while walking slowly towards the silvery steel. At this point, Gambit puffed the remainder of his cigarette before burning another one. As the smokes went out of his mouth, he told the other. "Don't!. Don't come closer. I have a bad feeling about it."

T-Bag looked around before turning to the prince with eyes almost protruding in wonder. "What do you mean?"

"Can't you tell?", Gambit responded.

Teodoro looked back at the door and held himself in peace as he breathed calmly. Closing his eyes, he let his presence navigated the area and what's within the gigantic mainframe only to be shocked with what he sensed. "Holy fucking shit! Let's get outta here Pretty."

"Told ya.", he responded as he commenced running away mildly like what the people do on Saturdays around the park.

T-Bag who was following right beside him asked in awe, "What?!! You knew?"

Gambit: "I didn't say I didn't. But you see, I used my Echolocation earlier and felt something in there. It was HELD there until now."

T-Bag: "Wha-What do you mean until now?"

Gambit: "Not sure, but will find that out pretty soon. Move!"

They run not as fast as they could because, at the back of their heads, they wanted to see what those things are. Part of them though wants to escape because they weren't sure if they'd manage to do something. But they had a mission. They had. It's changed. Their mission right now.

T-Bag and Gambit: "RUUN!!"

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It's been two weeks since Gambit and T-bag settled feet on the floating islands of Merveille. Actually, it was the second time they'd been there and ran away. They weren't afraid to face a legendary pirate Shiki but it seemed that fate wasn't on their sides. They ran as fast as they could in order to flee away from the monsters they sensed in the gigantic room. There's no way they're facing those mammals without any reinforcement. What a foolish act from a prince and a former mafia assassin.

"What the fuck?! Pretty! Seriously?! It was the second time we got in and out of that shit. What do you plan?", T-bag asked the interim captain as he panted heavily. "Huff. Huff. Huff. Immana shoot your ass if you didn't decide now. Are we going back or not?"

"Huff. Huff. Huff." A lesser panting Gambit kept on running before he spread his wings and flew back to the ocean. Seeing the ship, he soared faster down low and made a full stop before he crashed onto the deck. "Tee, we are not going back for now. Too risky. And besides, something's bothering me with the captain. We go back to the base. He should have made a call by now but no avail. I wonder if a random heart attack has struck that old man, I don't know."

"Alright. Set sail then", the other responded.

"Yeah Tee, you set sail."

Several days later, they reached the Sabaody Archipelago and docked there for 3 days.
 
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This may have gotten confusingly odd, but until now, someone kept coming back on this island. Golden the Shiki lion was not sure how to react to this, but if these people ain't out to be a nuisance to his big plan of taking down the world government he didn't care much. Still Golden Lion was not quick-witted enough to brazen through such annoying process by getting a laugh out of it.... For him it was just frustrating. It could take a man lot of patient to get over something like that. The thought he gives to this situation is the consideration people get from mature people, meaning not so far as of dealing with a "pitiable kid", but that given to a " troublesome kid".

Sighed. A brief moment of peace makes people relax, possibly more than they should. It's kind of like a drug. People can't live under constant stress. But a drug's effects are only temporary. Tension builds beneath the surface.

It will be a matter of time Golden the Shiki Lion will get himself in a involve with people who oppose him.
 
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More than two weeks have passed since Gambit and T-Bag stayed in Sabaody, looking for people who can modify their ship but to no avail. However, during those times, they were able to make contact back in Laughing Archipelago, their pirate base in order to gather some reinforcement to pursue their journey towards Merveille and the legendary person governing it.

Larsi wouldn't allow the entire force to come and join the interim captain Gambit but he would send their secondary ship armed with 10x Level 40 fighters, 15x Level 45 senior fighters, and 5x Level 50 supervisors who would assist him in facing off a dangerous crew up in the sky.

The moment their ships were re-coated, they eventually sailed across New World and headed back to that same island for the third time! "Hahahahaha! This gone be good, yo!", one of the Level 40 fighters said who was manning the lookout spot. "It is the first we would ever see Captain Gambit fights and I can't contain my excitement just to witness how badass he could be. I have heard stories from Larsi on how creative his fighting styles were back in Redfield. He will learn a lot from him!", he continued.

"You could say that!", the other equally strong fighter responded.

"If I were you boys, I won't stop training until we get to his level. Even Sir T-Bag is a formidable fighter using those rope which I can't see around him anymore. I feel something that he is ready to use his newfound weapon in those death chains.", said the other who was knotting the sail around the top mast.

"OK boys! Enough talking! We will go full speed!!!", Baldemar said, a Level 50 supervisor who was standing in line with 4 of his other twin brothers: Baldemer, Baldemir, Baldemor, and Baldemur. Such creative ways to name your children.

"Some of you, take a rest for we will face hell once we get there!", Baldemir seconded.

"Captain! We're ready!", Baldemor called out to the captain. Gambit nodded in response to him who was currently overthinking a strategy on how to defeat the upcoming foe!

9 days later, their ship Dark Fortress along with the other one boarded by half of the crew they requested from the base docked the bottom of the floating islands. The newcomers lost their shits upon seeing the archipelagoes in the sky and they started to wonder how in the world they could ever go up. The answer is simple. Each of them would be carried by Gambit in couples while each of the man he would be carrying would also carry one.

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The person sitting in the throne that was placed in the room was an important person that kept merveille afloat. One would imagine him to be an adventure-seeking pirate, but that was not the case.

Front of him people sitting behind the tables that placed were placed around the room were representatives that swear to join the alliance with Golden Pirates. In fact, a big proportion of the attendees were pirates captain of their own crew. All of them had this unpleasant expressions on their faces.

Yet, in contrast with their gloomy expression, the representatives in the room still tried to maintain an apathetic composure.

Golden the Shiki lion wasn't much like any of them or any pirate out there. He had something else as well, a sense of his own worth, maybe, or a feeling that he would be the winner in the end... or maybe it was an only a sense of freedom for him. He carried this light that it won't be anguished before he reaches his goal.

Still Shiki knows he may be a pirate in these seas, but that part of his life was receding rapidly into his past and he had better get a hold on the fact of legend life as the new era take over.
 
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"Ok boys, brace yourselves. We will now soar into the sky." Gambit said, facing his crew. "The plan is simple! I will need to carry you in pairs while the ones I am carrying will carry same. Let's go b-"

"Pretty, I will have to contest that as that will require a lot of time and effort to complete. Why don't we.just use what we have been doing back in the old days?", T ag suggested.

The prince grew serious and recalled the past when he and Tbag were younger along with the other assassins. "Ok. Let's try that!"

Gambit continued to speak and finalized the plan. "I will first throw Tbag in my hybrid form and I am pretty sure that it can go as high as possible as I am a card throwing specialist. The reason why he has to e first is because we will be needing his rope and chain in order to reach the top. But it's not going to conclude with that. Every single person we toss in the air will have to catch and shoot the very person flying next to his direction until we finally reached the land above. We will do this in sequence and in rapid succession. There's no room for mistakes. You guys are the fighters of our crew for a goddamn reason. So don't you fail me. Are you ready?",Gambit stressed.

"Aye!", the entire crew in chorus

"Let's get it on!", he responded.
 
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