Naumi the Spearwoman+ Others (Green Pepper, Ami, and Hopper.)
Naumi stood back to simply observe the other players, besides the deceleration that someone was searching for a party it seemed like nothing other than side conversations were going on. What really caught her attention was when two people ran face first into the gate which quickly answered a question if they were able to travel to the new area yet. That answer was clearly no. What really was interesting however were the people, vibrantly colored fox girl of some kind, and the other was a bunny boy actually, just more plain looking in all honesty. Surprisingly it looked like someone who could only be called a novice, at least she was still wearing the starter armor, was also there. Naumi had to wonder if for access to this new content had any requirements, or if instead everyone was randomly selected. That would explain why a novice of all players was with them. At any rate, she was looking for a chance to party up with some people for once, and there she was staring at exactly that.
The spear wielding swordswoman started to approach the small group, aforementioned spear in hand considering it wasn't exactly easy to store it anywhere on her person. "That's one way to get started." She called out, smile on her face. Not exactly the eager grin everyone else had, but still a friendly one. "Hope no one minds if I poke my nose into your business, but now seems like a good enough time to start getting to know people."
She hoped that was a decent way to introduce herself, in all her time playing this game she simply hadn't bothered playing with others. There simply wasn't any need before then.
"Yo! I'm Fr... well, I'm Bell Pepper, in this game. Howsit goin!"
Bell Pepper gave a friendly wave to them. People were people, and she didn't really see a need to behave any differently than she would have in real life. Not when they're friendly like this. Man, but that fox avatar was kinda cute; she wanted to grip its ears and pat it so hard she explodes.
"Watcha think is goin to happen in there?" She gestured towards the still black gate.
Ami waved cheerily, showing no indication of her previous accident with the portal. "I'm Gekkou Kami-- but that's a mouthful," she chuckled, "My friends just call me Ami."
She bounced on her heels excitedly at Pepper's question, "Whatever it is-- it looks super cool!" She wagged her index finger in the air and winked, "And super secretive."
Meanwhile Naumi shrugged. "I have no idea, but this place is pretty different from everything else WEO has to offer so I bet its going to be interesting at least."
"Oh and I'm Naumi, a swordwoman who doesn't really use a sword." As if to make her point she gave a small flourish with her spear AND didn't manage to drop it, so she managed to hopefully look cool without looking like an idiot.
"Hopper," the rabbit-eared thief said again, introducing himself to the others who just appeared. He gave a cheeky wink to the swordswoman as he continued on answering question asked by Bell Pepper too. "No clue either, but I just want to see the new stuff. I'm ready for some quest rewards."
"I know!" Ami cooed, "I can't wait for--"
Without warning, Bell Pepper grabbed Ami's ears, squeezing them between her fingers. Perhaps if she was closer, or was behind Ami, she'd grab the tail instead, but she wasn't sure she was able to keep herself under control if they were anything like Ami's ears.
"Whoah, its soft~! Kinda wish I customized myself a bit now. "
Ami squeaked, body tensing at the sudden contact. Her mouth quirked into a half of an amused smile. "Thanks," she grinned, swishing her tail as she clutched her staff closer to her chest. She chuckled a little more nervously when Pepper kept squeezing, "F-foxes are my favorite animal s-so..."
Naumi raised an eyebrow at such a sight. She would never go and rub her hands all over someone else's ears like that, although it was all virtual so any real harm probably wasn't done. It also begged the question of what it would feel like to have fox ears, was that sort of thing even simulated?
"What's it like to have animal ears anyway? Do you... hear out of them, and can feel them? I bet its weird at first if that's the case." The swordswoman commented as she witnessed the novice mildly harass Ami.
"My ears are just for the aesthetics," Zhane answered, pinching his bunny ears. Pulling them off he revealed that the pair of ears were attached to a headband that he wore, "I just think it's cute." A chuckle escaped his lips, wondering if he actually would have put rabbit ears on his avatar, how it would feel like.
Ami tilted her head, flicking one ear out of Pepper's grasp as she thought about Naumi's question. She shot a knowing smile towards Zhane and his bunny ears. Definitely cute.
"Mine work just like normal ears. Even a little better, in fact," she winked, "Great for hearing things that try and sneak up on you."
Bell Pepper had all but forgot about the conversation, still unsatisfied with just feeling Ami's ears.
"Ah, is that so? Why'd ya call yourself Gecko, if your avatar is a fox then?"
Ami's eye twitched. "It's not 'gecko', it's 'gekkou'," she corrected, putting heavy emphasis on the japanese pronunciation, "I-it means moonbeam..."
She chuckled to hide the irritation creaping into her voice.
"Eh~ Is that so?" Bell wasn't really listening now, she had moved on to grabbing at that huge fluffy tail Ami was sporting.
Naumi saw what was happening, and never in her life had she ever met someone quite as clueless as Bell. Before anything drastic could happen, the swordswoman switched her spear to her other hand, then moved forward place her newly freed hand on Bell's shoulder.
"Hey, I like your enthusiasm, but maybe you should stop. I'm sure Ami doesn't appreciate someone touching her all over like this." She explained to the novice before turning back to Ami. "That's pretty neat by the way, never knew the game bothered to simulate this kind of stuff, guess the downside is people want to rub them all the time, huh?" Naumi chuckled a little,
"Oh, it's fine," Ami waved hurriedly. She seemed to be enjoying the attention... in a way. Twirling her staff in her hand a few times, she cast a somewhat impatient sideways glance towards the portal.
Naumi nodded, she noticed how the mage looked back at the gate. "Well hey as long as you're okay with this, but yeah gotta wonder when this whole thing is gonna get kicked off. Hopefully soon."