-Advancement Examination, Blue Area-
-Day before the blank card-
"...and now Sigilstar Taurus attacks your Marshmallon," came the bored declaration of battle from a young man with violet hair. As he said it a large Minotaur monster rammed into a creamy white blob creature, which bounced away as the beast continued to charge.
"So what? My Marshmallon can't be destroyed in battle!" was the confident reply from his opponent, a Duelist 2 years his junior in a golden jacket which matched his own blue jacket in style. "He's in defense position so I'll take no damage!"
The Minotaur's master quirked an eyebrow and smirked. "Is that so? Pity Taurus inflicts piercing damage in battle. It's over." His monster then rammed directly into the opposing Duelist, tossing him to the side like a used tissue as his LP fell to 0. "I'll still recommend you advance to Obelisk Blue. It's not your fault the staff thought my Deck was conducive to these exams, when even other Obelisk Blue students struggle with taking me on." The holographic monsters faded as the victor lent a hand to his fallen foe, aiding his return to the upright position. "You still fared better then others, and I can respect that."
"Forget it, Starstrike. I'm not going to advance unil I win at one of these tests. Believe it!" The fallen participant walked off to the waiting area to watch as the other Ra Yellow students examined the potential Slifer Red students looking to move up.
"Guess I'd better see how Naomi's doing with her test. I've got time before the next hopeful arrives." The Starstrike Duelist muttered to nobody in particular, making his way to a different building altogether.
-Advancement Examination, Yellow Area-
"Alright, Slifer Slacker, if you defeat this monster I'll Surrender the Duel, how's that?" an arrogant tone sounded out as he stared down a girl across her blank Monster Zones. "I activate Polymerization, sending Trance the Magic Swordsman in my hand to the Graveyard, along with my B. Dragon Jungle King on the field." The examiner then close his eyes and struck an odd pose as his monsters swirled in a ball of light "Adventurer of the mystic cosmos, merge with the jungle dragon and explode with new power! FUSION SUMMON! Burst forth, First of the Dragons!"
The girl just blankly stared at the display for "...You're from Cradle, aren't you? And you joined the theatre club? There's really no need to show off that much here, it's not an Action Duel." The Red Student then brushed her violet locks over her shoulder and pressed 3 buttons on her Duel Disk. "... and I don't need you to surrender, I'll win this the normal way! I activate my 3 face-down cards. Soldiering Onwards times 3! Each of these lets me Summon an Earth Monster from my Graveyard with 300 DEF. I restore my Valiant Knightcorn (L4, 1500/300), Resolute Commander (L6, 2300/300), and Berserk Maiden! (L4, 1700/300)"
"Heh, putting up walls won't save you, First of the Dragons attacks your Knightcorn." The massive black dragon lunged forward and ate the girl's unicorn-rider whole, horse and all, but not before the rider shot off a magical flare into the sky.
The girl smiled pleasantly, giving her opponent an unnerving sense of familiarity. "Thank you. I can now use Knightcorn's effect and summon 2 copies of Solemn Soldier - Sigil Sisters from my hand and Deck."
"My turn ends, and your deck is giving me Deja vu, though I'm not sure why." Came his sarcastic remark. "Proceed, Examinee Naomi."
Naomi drew her card, her smile never faltering. "I Normal Summon the leader of my Solemn Soldiers, Hopeful Hime. Next, I'll activate the Equip Spell, Secret Sword of the Solemn Soldiers and give it to my Hime. This spell makes her treated as both a Warrior and a Spellcaster, and gives her an extra 600 ATK for each of my monsters that is one of those types. I count 5." All of Naomi's monsters began to glow with a golden light, which focused itself around the sword their princess now held. "And that means her attack goes up by 3000!" A holoscreen appeared before them both, showing the rise in her monster's power. "Hopeful Hime attacks your First of the Dragons," she took a swords stance perfectly mirroring her monster's. "Blade of Glory, attack!" As one with her monster, Naomi brought down her imaginary blade as Hopeful Hime sank her holographic one into First of the Dragons's skull, causing the monster to explode with the same golden light and her opponents LP to drop by 2300. Leaving him with 5700. "and for good measure, my Sigil Sisters will all attack you directly!" Two sets of twins set upon the Ra Yellow student, pummeling him with spells and blades from all sides as his LP dropped again to 4700, then 3700.
"Well done. There's nothing I can do to stop that wall of monsters with my current hand," the Yellow opponent admitted, "except, of course... this! I activate Dark Hole, destroying all your monsters!"
"I banish my Soldiering Onwards cards to protect my commander and maiden, sacrificing my own strength to save them!" Naomi smiled even brighter, getting into the entertainer spirit her opponent just exuded in mass levels. "My LP fall by half their ATK, but it will be worth it in the end." another display showed her LP dropping from 2100 to 100.
"It was a good duel, but you still have a long way to go. Field presence isn't everything. I summon Activate Ancient Rules, allowing me to Special Summon Meteor Dragon (L6 1800/2000) from my hand. Good fight, but good night. Meteor Dragon attacks Berserk Maidenm, reducing your LP to 0 exactly!" A Purple-scaled dragon head emerged from a meteor in the sky. Launching a large fireball directly at the Maiden.
Naomi sighed as she returned her cards to her Deck after the defeat. "Thank you for an fun and entertaining duel. I'll just have to try better next time!" She turned to run off, not bothering to listen to the results, but not at all affected by her loss. she stopped only out of politeness when her examiner addressed her directly
"There's something familiar about you I just can't shake, Slifer. Is there someone in this school you're related to?" He asked her, reshuffling his Deck to take on his next examinee.
She turned and cheerfully replied, "Oh, yeah, my big brother goes here and is an Obelisk Blue examiner today. I think his letters said you all call him the Starstrike Duelist? That's a neato title. Gotta go~?" and she left the arena at that.
"Her brother is...? Oh crap. And I was talking to like... Yeah, hopefully I don't get him during my own advancement exam next week." The Yellow Duelist muttered to himself as he began to break out in a cold sweat.
-Taccon City, Outside Academia's Main Gate-
Naomi waited patiently for her brother to appear, doing some of her duel physics homework in the meantime. "So, if I were to destroy the Castle of Dark Illusions's floatation ring while the Swords of Revealing Light are active in an Action Stadium... Oh, there you are, Lee~" She closed her notebook and sprang to hug her Obelisk Blue brother as he approached.
"Hey-hey, Nay-nay. What do you say-say?" the Starstrike Duelist, Lee Paladin, returned his sister's embrace, shocking every student in the vicinity when his seemingly constant serious expression broke into a warm smile. "How did your test go? My examinees from Yellow all forfeited, except one guy that managed to destroy my Zodiac Dragon. Can't say you're the only one to do that anymore." He booped her nose and laughed, disturbing the other students further at the extreme shift in his persona.
"Oh, I almost had him but he tricked me into paying all my LP to save monsters... only to smack me for 100 and win. Better luck next time, right?" Naomi reported with a face full of youthful optimism. "I got both our mail while I was waiting, wanna open it in your room or mine?"
Lee smirked, "Let's go to yours this time. Seeing us together will turn other students off from messing with you, sis." He then took her hand and they turned in toward the Slifer Red dorm, which was effectively a glorified garden shed. "I still don't get why they couldn't make all 3 dorms like the Ra Yellow dorm, instead of all this... crap for Red and a friggin palace for Blue."
The duo entered Naomi's room, which was conveniently devoid of roommates for the time being. "Ciel must still be at her tests, let's open our mail before she gets back and blathers our ears off about it." She then dumped her backpack on the table that was just a bed-drawer installed upside-down. "It's just the usual care packages from mom and dad. What did you get in yours?"
"Huh, looks like a new expansion on my Sigilstars. 'Sigilstar Sages'. I'll have to try them out sometime. What about yours?"
"Ooh~ I got new Synchro monsters! I bet the girls will love piloting this mech~" Naomi bounced with joy showing off her new card.
Lee just smiled and messed her hair in response. "There you go again talking about them as if they were more than Solid Vision. You're so cute, Nay-nay. Say, Tomorrow's a free day for us both. Let's go out and find an ice cream shoppe in the morning. Sound good?"
"You bet! Lets~ See you then, Lee." Naomi laughed and went straight to adding her new cards to her Extra Deck.
Naomi lay in bed, dead to the world for how heavy she slept. Her roommate always staying up to unholy hours on video duel puzzles saw to train her in that regard. this night however would end differently as a knock came to the door, several hours after lights-out. "Ugh, dammit, they broke my focus... now I gotta start from the beginning again..." Ciel grumbled as she made her way to the door. "What is it thi--" and everything went black as a shadowed figure engulfed her entering the room. The figure also engulfed Naomi's sleeping form and carried the two of them away leaving naught of a trace.
"Hmm..." Lee hummed to himself while waiting in line. "Naomi couldn't have just forgotten I was coming... maybe she went to my room after I left? I'll have to go back and check..." The mail clerk handed Lee only a small letter-sized envelope when his turn came. "If this is another love letter from that mystery fangirl, I swear..." Lee muttered as he pocketed the letter and returned to his dorm room to find Naomi was not there either. "Well, she wouldn't just wander campus for me... and we'd definitely pass each other by the Ra dorms if it were a mistake on the meeting point... something's got to have happened to her. No, bad brother instincts, no conclusion-jumping just yet..."
Lee decided to check the cafeteria, then finding her not there, opened his mail, pulling out a letter with a blank card folded inside.
Do you want to save the world and the people that have disappeared? Then come to KaibaCorp in Neoteric Domino City. Bring the blank card with you, it is your ticket in.
Lee just stared at the blank card he was given. Everything on the face side was a blank white void. "Huh, that's certainly convenient. You bet your ass I'm going to come. My sister is one of those who disappeared!" He bolted out the door and hopped the first bus to Neoteric Domino he found.
-2 hours later, KaibaCorp-
Lee passed multiple others just as out of place here as he was in his Academia uniform and slammed his blank card on the secretary's desk and looked her dead in the eye. "My sister disappeared this morning, and now I got a letter saying this gets me into a meeting about disappearances like hers? What's going on?"