(A/N: Why did I decide to do this? Beats the hell out of me. I guess I'm just crazy! But hopefully this will work out better than I envisioned. And I hope you guys can tell me how this does ^_^)
Disclaimer: Tite Kubo owns Bleach, Namco owns Tales of Symphonia
I stand here in 12th Division with a bunch of my friends, several members of the Gotei 13, as well as Mr. Hat and Clogs. Apparently the 12th Division, and him, had developed a new type of training simulator that involved digitizing us into a video game. Originally this test wasn't supposed to venture outside of Soul Society, but since Rukia had been the one to purchase the game for this experiment, she got Chad, Orihime, Uryu and me roped up into this. I'd tell her thanks for nothing, but Byakuya was also selected for this as well.
"All right everyone," Hat and Clogs was saying pacing back and forth. "We need to test this simulator and see if it actually works. I've set up the game so that you can freely venture about and interact with the NPCs and carry out your various roles. While this game supposedly takes 80 hours to complete we're setting a time limit for only a few hours. We all hope you have fun. Are there any questions?" I raised my hand, "Yes Ichigo?"
"How are we supposed to defend ourselves?" I asked.
"An excellent question, but one with a simple answer. We've programmed the game to transfer all of your powers and abilities into your digitized bodies. However, do be careful. If you were to accidentally die in the game, let's say we haven't exactly put in a fail safe."
"Wait what?" I shouted.
"Have fun everyone!" Hat and Clogs waved.
"W-wait a minute…" I didn't get to finish protesting as we were all strapped into the capsules and transferred into the game.
"Okay, let's see how this works. Commence activation process."
"Commencing," Nemu-san said typing into a keypad.
"Activate Digital Transfer process."
"Activating," Kurotsuchi said. The machine we were using hummed when all of a sudden a red error code went off.
"Error code 40523," Kurotsuchi said, "Program demo malfunction, automatic Lock-in mode activated."
"What? Deactivate digitizing process!" I demanded.
"Deactivating," Nemu said, "Uh, access denied."
Kurotsuchi shoved her out of the way, "Get out of the way woman! Access denied, oh my."
"Well, this'll definitely prove to be interesting."
I couldn't hear anything, couldn't feel anything. There was just the black of darkness.
King, hey King, Great the last person I needed to deal with right now was him. King, wake up! Why couldn't he just leave me alone? That's it, if you're not going to get up, I'm going to have to force you to get up. The next thing I knew I was given a mental image of Orihime and Rukia nude. I immediately bolted upright and began rubbing my eyes furiously. That's what you get for not listening.
I shook those horrible images from my head and stood up. I was in the middle of a desert, in my Shinigami robes.
"Ichigo, Ichigo can you hear me?" Hat and Clog's voice came from within my head.
"Urahara, yeah I can hear you fine," I said aloud.
"Listen, there's been a change with the game's programming." He said.
"A change?" I inquired.
"There's been an error code and now you guys are well…I'm not going to mince words, you're all stuck there." He said seriously
"What?" I freaked.
"Calm down," he told me, "The last thing you need to do right now is panic. Right now you're the only person I can contact. I don't know what's going on with the others right now, but their vitals are stabilized so I know they're alive, but it seems like you're the only one who's coding I can communicate with. I need to explain a few things to you. So just hear me out okay."
"Yeah, okay. What do I need to know?"
"First and foremost, in order to get out of the game, you and the others will have to complete the game. Second, in order to complete the game, I need you to get yourself to the start of the game, right now you're just wandering aimlessly in the Triet Desert."
"Okay, so where am I supposed to go?"
"You need to head North to the village of Iselia."
"North to Iselia, got it."
Damn, we're not done, I wanna get started, I'm worried about the others
"Anyone in this world can see you in Soul Form, you are simply another character here and as such your Soul Form is your basic form as is with the others. Beyond that because you're going to need more than just Zangetsu's Getsuga Tensho and your Bankai and hollowfication in order to survive this game. So I've outfitted you with a couple more techniques. Zangetsu should be receiving the information now."
(Ichigo has learned Giant Demon Fang. Ichigo has learned Fierce Demon Fang. Ichigo has learned Grave Spike. Ichigo has learned Leaping Faith. Ichigo has learned Surge of Power. Ichigo has learned Midrange Strike. Ichigo has Ex-Skill 30 second Berserk. Ichigo's current title is "Wandering Swordsman" "He travels far and wide, showing his skills and saving lives")
"Thanks Urahara, I think I can take it from here." I said.
"Good luck, if you happen to run across the others be sure to let me know."
"How?" There was suddenly a flash of light
"In your pocket there is now a special green, prism shaped, gem. Use that to talk to me whenever you need assistance."
"Alright then, I'm off."
"Like I said good luck."
As I traveled through the desert I kept getting the ominous feeling that something was following me. I unsheathed Zangetsu
Ichigo what is it? He asked.
You don't feel that, it feels like something's stalking me, I told him.
I can't sense anything, but maybe your sense is stronger than mine in this world, he said.
I can't sense anything either, I just have a really bad feeling. I said, darting my eyes around.
No sooner had I said that did Zangetsu shout, Look out!
I barely had time to dodge as a giant worm like creature rose out of the sand.
"Wh-what the heck is that thing?" I said aloud.
Worry not about its size, take it down!
Right, I used Surge of Power to flare my spiritual pressure, which seemed to startle the creature and then used Leaping Faith as I launched myself high in the air and hacked it in two.
"Phew," I breathed placing Zangetsu back along my back, "Piece of cake."
I eventually found my way out of that god damn desert. As I walked through the field, north, to Iselia, I noticed that most of the native monsters of this world seemed to be afraid of me for the most part. However, even without them to bother me I was becoming quickly exhausted in all this heat and the countless miles I had to walk. It wasn't long before I could see a village out over the horizon and could smell the scent of the sea. Unfortunately I was incredibly tired and I passed out shortly before I reached the town limits.
The next thing I knew I was lying on my back and heard someone shouting, "He's waking up!" I opened my eyes and found myself lying on my back to the sight of a woman with silver-blue hair, wearing orange, a kid with brown hair and a red outfit, another kid with white hair who looked fairly young and a girl with blonde hair and a grayish-blue outfit. "How are you feeling?" the woman asked me.
"Pretty good I guess," I said sitting up, "What happened? More importantly, where am I?" I asked.
"Lloyd found you passed out in front of the village on his way in. You had collapsed from heat exhaustion from the look of it. As for your other question you're in the village of oracles Iselia."
Good, I made it.
"What's your name?" the kid in red asked me.
"Ichigo, Kurosaki Ichigo," I answered.
"What were you doing passed out on the ground Mr. Kurosaki?" the blonde in the room asked.
"First of all just Ichigo is fine, you say that and I think my old man's around. Second I was trying to get to Iselia, apparently something big is happening here."
"I suppose you're referring to the day that the chosen receives the oracle. That's in a week," The woman who had healed me said.
"Yeah," I nodded, even though I had no idea what she was talking about. "So who are you guys?" I asked.
"I'm Lloyd," the kid in red answered.
"I'm Colette," the blonde bowed.
"I'm Genis," the short kid said.
"I'm Professor Raine Sage, a pleasure to meet you Ichigo." She said. I smiled and got up having noticed that Zangetsu wasn't strapped to my back.
"Where's my sword?" I asked.
"We had the villagers carry it in, I'm surprised someone as young as you can lift something that heavy. It's at the mayor's house if you want to go get it." Raine explained.
"Yeah thanks," I said and headed for the door. I went to the mayor's house and picked up Zangetsu and then I needed a place to stay. I didn't want to bother any of the villagers and Raine and Genis seemed like they had their hands full without me in their house. I was pondering what to do when Lloyd came up to me.
"Hey Ichigo," he called out to me, "Whatcha up to?"
"I'm thinking about where I'm going to stay. Raine and Genis seem like they have enough to worry about on their own and I don't feel like selfishly asking the villagers to take me in." I said.
"You could crash with me," Lloyd offered, "It's just me and my dad."
"You're sure he wouldn't mind," I said.
"Dwarven vow #2, never abandon someone in need," Lloyd said.
"You don't look like a dwarf." I cocked my head.
"Yeah well, dad's not my real dad, he found me when I was pretty young, it was right after my mom died." Lloyd said starting to feel depressed.
"Oh," I said understanding his pain, "I'm…sorry to hear that."
"It's okay, don't worry about it, you didn't know so there's no reason to you feel guilty. So come let's go, race ya."
"I would, but I don't exactly know where we're going," I told him
"It's at the edge of Iselia forest, you can hardly miss it," I said, "So come on," he took off.
"Hey no fair cheater," I said chasing after him.
To be continued…
(A/N: So how do you all like it so far? I don't know how long it'll be before I stop quickly updating this. But that'll depend on the feedback I get for it. Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy this and I hope that this won't be a waste of time. Review, Subscribe and Fave. DH19 out!)