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Post by illirica » Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:25 am

AMPERE Laboratory
Advanced Mechanics, Physics, and Engineering Research Establishment
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Mojave Desert, Nevada

The desert was empty.

Somehow, ‘empty’ wasn’t the right word. It didn’t quite encompass the situation, or implied something that wasn’t correct. The desert was… devoid. There would be those who would see the life there, something in the scrub brush or the shifting of the sands, or the shapes in the wind.

It reminded her a bit of Iraq, or Afghanistan, only without being a war zone. Perhaps she found a strange comfort in that familiarity. Maybe that was reading too much into things, but maybe it wasn’t. She’d been a soldier before she’d been a meta-soldier. Before she’d been an engineer. She wasn’t exactly sure what she was these days, but there was enough of an engineer still in her to want to build.

She’d built many things before. Weapons, armor, drones. Things to take with her when she went off into battle. Even when she had worked for the military, her designs had been largely based around portability. Even her hero identity had been built around portability - Capacitor, the soldier who could carry enough power within herself to make the devices work where they were needed. A soldier above all, deployed where required, expendable if necessary.

Capacitor was a bygone thing, her expendability having been activated. She hadn’t been able to remain what the government had needed, and so they’d parted ways before she could become something they couldn’t afford. The initial shock of it had worn off, publicly, and they’d been letting slip the quiet hints that fences had been mended and things were at least amicable, even if she was no longer working for them directly. Some people weren’t sure how true those rumors were, of course.

To be honest, Teja was one of them. She could have forgiven them everything for her own involvement, but they’d brought Williams into it. Just another disposable pawn. He’d deserved better, even if maybe she hadn’t. She should have been able to do better by him. Looked out for him. She’d tried, at the end, but somehow she thought it would never quite be enough. Capacitor’s final mission, maybe, ultimately a failure no matter what perspective one took. She hadn’t been able to kill him, and she hadn’t been able to save him either.

Capacitor was gone, and Teja was something else now. Not so different, maybe, but not entirely the same. She’d changed. Quietly, in the middle of nowhere, she unfolded a blueprint, and thought about designs to stay. To build something that wasn’t meant for the present or the regrets of the past, but for the future, and what might come of it.

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The AMPERE Laboratory wasn’t designed to be a base. Plenty of heroes had those, central locations that they could use to monitor the world situation, to run operations, to contain, to protect, to defend. It was also not designed to be an office, a building full of employees all working towards a particular corporate goal, with files and memos and addendums and meetings. AMPERE was designed as its name suggests - as, simply put, a laboratory. More than anything else, it was meant to be a space - a place for designers to do whatever it was that they were needing to do, a quiet area removed from the world. It’s a place for learning, studying, teaching, and engineering.

That is not to say that the place is defenseless. While it does not possess active weapons systems of any sort, AMPERE was designed to high-quality military specifications, and the building itself is mostly underground, composed of defensive barriers that can stop anything up to and including a nuclear blast - from both outside or inside the facility. An integrated monitoring system maintains a link with Teja Docesznic’s IONMASK system, allowing her to keep an eye on the place when she is not present and both be aware of what is going on there and respond to any threats as needed - or, more simply, to anyone who might need help with a project.

While the laboratory has a few on-site computer terminals, there is overall very little there in the way of actual technology or equipment. Most people who use the lab are expected to bring their own projects with them, one way or another. Teja herself largely uses a replica of Terminal’s portal-based technology to move things around, as necessary. Given that the AMPERE laboratory is located out in the desert, it is not accessible by the standard population - those intending to be there are expected to have enough technological ability or access to make their own way.

The removal from society has made it necessary that the Laboratory be entirely self-sufficient if necessary. Underground backup generators are capable of producing enough electricity to meet the facility’s needs, but for the most part they remain unused, because one of the major design points of the AMPERE laboratory is that, like Teja’s Valence Shell armor, it is largely composed of a series of capacitors formed into plates that make up walls, supports, barriers, and so on. Teja charges these systems as often as she can, and the resultant energy is quite capable of powering the system on its own, so long as she’s able to recharge it at regular intervals.

The most difficult necessity for the laboratory was sourcing water - given the location’s presence in the desert, water sources nearby aren’t reliable. The solution to this was to design a phase-shift funnel system, which opens a miniature portal deep within the Pacific Ocean and transfers water through itself and into a small pipeline, routed through a standard desalinization plant. Passive systems sample the incoming water and collect data, which is stored in the system. Not being biologically inclined, Teja doesn’t do much with that data other than store it, but as an engineer she firmly believes in collecting data where possible, to have available in case it is needed. The cleansed water is stored for on-site use if needed.

Access to the facility is strictly restricted, and provided in the form of specialized data access cards. The cards take an initial DNA sample of their bearer, and allow access to the laboratory for the user. This serves two purposes - the first is obvious, to make sure that those attempting to access the AMPERE facility are supposed to be there. The second purpose builds on Teja’s experience with the Pack, and serves to restrict access from those whose DNA has been altered from what it was at the initial synchronization.

While most of the AMPERE laboratory is accessible to anyone who has a card, or who Teja has passed through the system on a temporary basis, there is one area that is not - the central chamber of the facility is completely blocked off. Beyond the usual security measures, the central chamber is also walled in by a series of plates magnetically sealed together, making entry all but impossible for anyone except Teja herself.

With the coded designation POWER:CELL, the AMPERE laboratory’s central chamber is officially and quietly designated as a work in progress - Teja’s personal project, and not available to the public record. Hooked into the laboratory itself, this area is being designed to be a small but massively effective power plant.

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POWER: CELL
Potential Oscillation Working Electric Relay: Central Enhanced Life Line
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Unofficially, the project is complete except for the very last component - Teja herself. It is modeled after the last project that she was working on for the US Government before she parted ways with them. The power plant’s source isn’t nuclear or solar or hydro, but is based on her own innate generation.

A central tank is filled with electroconductive biotic fluid, designed to hold her in semi-conscious suspension, and wiring draws electrical energy away from the tank through its conductive shell. A cabled connection inserted through the base of her skull gives her access to the AMPERE laboratory’s computer system.



POWER:CELL - Functionality Assessment: Begin Test.

Teja sealed the small, flimsy filter over her mouth and nose, as always fighting against the rising panic. While the little device filtered just about any oxygen-containing environment into breathable air, it didn’t stop the feelings of suffocation and entrapment. She’d had to learn to deal with that on her own, in the same way that deep sea divers did. Slow breaths, until the panic subsided. She’d practiced with the filter before attempting a full test, just as divers practiced on land before they ever went into the ocean.

The biotic tank beckoned, fluid-filled, fully connected. In the sealed room, Teja remembered how to breathe again, and then slowly let herself slip inside. The fluid was… strangely comforting. Hyperconductive, it was essentially an extension of her body and the charges within it, drawing them out into the fluid that surrounded her and funneling them into the waiting power lines.

Indicator lights flickered on, powered by charge from her system. She could extend it, if she wanted, throughout all of the AMPERE laboratory. For now, she held the released charge to a minimum, enough to power the lights. She breathed slowly, a shield against panic, and aligned the magnetic field.

Behind her, the needle jammed itself into the base of her skull, spewing liquid wires that connected themselves to brain tissue - electricity, circuits, synapses. She flinched with the pain, but beyond the insertion point it didn’t hurt. There weren’t pain receptors in the brain. She knew that. Any pain beyond the insertion point was only imagined.

The synapses were only part of a circuit. It was all electrical, one way or another. The wires were only another pathway. Teja let the charges shift, let them find the new pathways, opening herself up to the system. Outside the biotic tank, a computer monitor flickered to life, vibrantly chaotic.

A beginning of something, just as it was an end of something else. At the same time, there was no beginning, nor was there an end, because everything was as it had always been, whether or not she had known it. Words. Names. Capacitor. Recurrent. Energy. Ions. The Atlas Particle.

Apocatastasis.

I can see my mind upon the screen.
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Re: AMPERE Laboratory (Location)

Post by Aether » Mon May 20, 2019 9:35 pm

AMPERE LABORATORY
It had taken him a day and a half to realize that AMPERE was an actual acronym and not just the name of the laboratory, which was arguably was a lot more time than he would have hoped to figure something like that out.

Come to think of it, most of Teja's handiwork had that similar style. Name, then an acronym, mostly with words that he might have seen during the advanced physics course he'd flunked out of in college. His professor had advised... not pursuing a career in anything engineering related, and at the time, he couldn't have agreed more. He was shit at science. Most of the things he'd armed himself with under the government had been designed by military technicians or Pendragon, which was probably why he'd almost bit it. He wasn't in tune with anything he'd worn.

What had Teja said to him? That she'd learned to design out of 'self-preservation'?

Seemed only fitting to follow in those footsteps.

Acquiring the actual materials for building the suit was simple enough— Teja had access to arguably some of the highest-grade materials available, which certainly helped with kickstarting the design process. It wouldn't be a direct construction of the blueprints Pendragon had designed, but it would certainly draw from the central framework; the actual mechanisms and aesthetic of the suit, though, would be subject to change. Hector had been doing dark gray for a while now, and it was probably as good a time as any to switch it up.

Teja's suit had a nice look to it, after all. If they were going to work together, there wasn't harm in matching the color scheme a little bit, was there?

The workshop space he'd claimed for himself was sizable enough, with actual mechanical instruments to help with the physical construction of the suit. The time for that would come at a later date— right now, it was just him and the holographic paper. The neural interface of the blueprints allowed the concrete information of the suit and its components to remain within Hector's mind long after viewing, and the software was simple enough to use in order to edit the actual frame of the armor.

Good thing about his condition was that he rarely needed sleep, so long as he used energy to supplement the hours lost. All he had was time, and he intended to use it.

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Post by illirica » Tue May 21, 2019 2:40 pm

Hector Williams had no idea what he was doing.

There would have been a time when that probably would have bothered her, but Teja had let those times fade. What he was really doing was trying to learn, and it didn't matter if he could actually do it just yet or not. That was what learning was for. As long as she looked at it from that angle, it didn't bother her in the slightest.

Of course, if she looked at it from the angle of this being something he should have figured out years ago... But no. Not everyone was inclined towards engineering, and he was doing the best he could to figure it out, because he thought it was likely to be important. She couldn't have asked more of him.

She could have, she supposed. She'd asked much more of him, once. She knew how that had ended up, didn't she?

Maybe it had, and maybe it hadn't. The end hadn't come yet - not for him, not for her. Some day it would, but not yet - and he was doing what he could to push that time back, as much as possible. He hardly slept, especially not here, with so much energy around him. Teja wondered if that was something to worry about, sometimes, but it wasn't something she thought she could bring up. Not without mentioning that she knew how little he was actually sleeping, in any case, which would bring up a lot of questions that she didn't have the answers to, or didn't want to have the answers to.

Having him here was strange. Usually, when she was around people, Teja had to be exceptionally careful - it was all too easy for her to hurt someone. It was what she was, and as long as she was careful, she could control it - but her lifetime was spent in being careful: back with the government, with the Society on the Empyrean, with the students she worked with. Even with other heroes that she interacted with, because one wrong move could be an injury that would cost them a future victory.

Hector was different. Any control she let slip helped him. Any accidental discharge was something that his system simply absorbed, used to propel himself forward. A gift, not a curse. Teja had always built distance, between herself and anyone else. Here, though, the distance didn't matter - in fact, it was a detriment.

And she had no idea what to do about that.

She stepped up behind him, glancing over the blueprints he was working on, understanding easily enough - but she didn't say anything. Some things, he needed to do himself. Her hand rested on the back of his chair, though she was well aware of the time he'd held it, electricity channeled between them. A trickle, but enough to give him... something to hold on to.

One more thing, best not to be mentioned on. Distance. Always. And sometimes.

"How are you doing?"

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Post by Aether » Tue May 21, 2019 8:17 pm

Yeah, I think I know what I'm doing.

It hadn't taken him long to figure out where to start. The structure of the suit would be nice to work on, but none of that would even matter if he didn't have the proper foundation to build with; much of the suit's function hinged on the relationship between the armor itself and Hector's own body, seeing as all of the energy he absorbed was directly dumped into the facilities of the...

... the "suit", for now. He'd need to get one of those fancy acronyms for it later, make it easier to reference in data logs and recordings. For now, though, it'd just be a simple noun. An object. Over time, with copious use, it would become something more— an ally in and of itself, maybe, and the one thing that might keep him from dying. A friend.

God, was this was Nicolas sounded like?

He wasn't too confident in calling the suit an ally just yet— and besides, there were already people he could rely on. Mathieu. Pendragon.

And, of course, her.

Hector's innate perception in detecting energy signatures allowed him to recognize an approaching presence within the workspace he'd made for himself, and he had a decent idea of who it was. The hand upon the back of the chair and the subtle creep of electricity into his body confirmed the fact that it was, indeed, Teja— which was a relief, considering the only other electricity manipulator he'd come to have known was the same person that had put an axe into his chest.

The restrained current was evidence enough that she still wanted him at arm's length. He could respect that. To two had never been close during their days operating under the United States' government, and their track record with one another had been less than spotty. Recent events, however, had been a step in the right direction— she'd trusted him enough to let him use her lab, evidently, and he trusted her enough to let his guard down and work. It was much better than his shitty garage setup, anyway, and actually constructing this thing himself was the first leap he had to make in fully becoming self-sufficient.

Of course, if he had help along the way, it wouldn't exactly be a bad thing.

"Doing as well as I can, at the moment." Hector replied, not bothering to look over the shoulder as he continued staring at the blueprints in front of him.

Maybe if he looked hard enough, he'd finally understand them. Fuck if he knew.

"Looking over Nick's blueprints, I've decided to start with the boots and gauntlets first. Considering the fact that I'll be taking in a majority of energy that's dispelled either through the ground in shockwaves— even something like grounded electricity, too— or through my own hands with surface-to-surface confact, I figured it'd be good to work on those first. Build everything around the conduit system, kind of like... I don't know, a nervous system."

Was that comparison good? He didn't know.

"The only problem is that this design is... outdated. Like, the previous models of the suits I wore had all of their energy channels superficially— which meant that I'd have a sort of... solar panel-ish interior across the entirety of the suit, meant to trap the power I released from my body. Which was all well and good, until I realized that it was just skin contact. The panels didn't actually acquire any energy from my body— I released it from my arms, my legs, and the suit caught it."

He probably sounded like a God-damn idiot, but he kept pressing forward, hoping Teja would understand what he wss trying to say.

"I can't... release energy anymore, is the thing. Not in large enough quantities to do anything worthwhile. It'd like a passive background sort of thing, you know? Which means that instead of me releasing the energy to the suit, the suit's going to have to connect to the actual power source within my body."

He started to shift the chair to the side, allowing Teja to step in closer and see what he'd sketched on a stray sheet of paper. It looked like what had been standard on his previous suits— a standard gauntlet with a circular conduit upon the palm, only the edge of the wrist had a series of thin fibers extending out into the negative space of the page. Like wires.

Or, in the case that Williams was about to explain, veins.

"I don't know how to do this, but— a way to fix this would be to have a wire system within the suit, almost like nerves that would come out of the walls of the suit and affix themselves, subdermally, to my muscles— considering that's where the energy's stored, in both thermal and electrical forms. It'd essentially make the suit dig into my body and take out the power itself and disperse it across the armor, considering I can't do it anymore. Which is... slightly unnerving, to have that many needles puncturing my skin, but it's the only option I can think of at the moment."
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Post by illirica » Tue May 21, 2019 9:02 pm

"That all seems fairly reasonable," Teja said in response to his initial assessment, managing not to sound surprised by that fact. Then again, Williams - Hector - knew his powers just as well as she knew her own; it was the engineering aspects he was still brushing up on. He'd moved his chair, and she slipped into the space beside him, hooking one of the lab stools with a stray bit of current and pulling it into position beneath her.

She picked up the paper, thoughtfully, scanning over the initial design. It was an interesting idea, not at all an impossibility. "No, this is a good start," she said, nodding acceptance. "Conduit wires are a good way to move energy. Let's see if we can develop that a little further. AMPERE, bring up ARGENT." The facility's computer system responded to the command, one that wasn't necessarily a voice command - or at the least, wasn't entirely a voice command. There was another layer of security to it, manipulation of the computer system on the electromagnetic level that let her access the command structure at all. To a casual observer, though, it was simple voice activation - but then again, it was rare that anyone who Teja allowed in her lab would be only a casual observer.

"This is one I designed for Sterlyn - Gyras - with the focus on moving electric charges through a system. Now, I don't know if the silver would work for you, given the tarnishing factor - her system is a natural purifier - but something like copper could work. It's more inert, especially within the body, that's why it's what's used for IUDs. I've used copper wire to stitch myself up before on the field, it holds pretty well. You wouldn't need the internal capacitors, your system does that naturally... but it might also be a case where less is more, because having a series of wires sticking in everywhere is going to affect your muscle usage just in terms of physical motility. You'll need them to be fine enough to be flexible. Gold's a lot softer than copper, but... I don't know. I don't like working with gold, it's so soft it gets fragile. If the thread broke, you'd lose your connection, and you'd need a thicker wire or a rope of finer ones to make it work. That might just be something you need to play around with and see what your personal preference is."

She set the paper back down, thoughtfully. "You'll need a pressurized deployment system too, to get the wires in. That'll have to be intrinsic to the suit, since you won't be powering it yet. You'll get used to the needles - after a couple months, you won't even feel them."

Perhaps that was telling him too much... but then again, if he was building something to go out on the battlefield, she wanted him to have all the information available. Teja wasn't one of those who had any qualms about building on the technology that others had already designed - she didn't have Pendragon's ego, for one. Of course, no one had Pendragon's ego, but that was beside the point. There was no need to start from scratch every time, especially when there was a perfectly good partial composition waiting to be used. A lot of her technology had initially been based on that of others - things designed for her in the military, or things that she had seen in the field - and as she'd developed as a designed, many of her newer designs were drawing on older designs, changing the way they worked, adapting, improving.

She wanted Hector to have the best they could come up with, when he went out again. Maybe, just maybe, it could keep him from dying this time.

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Post by Aether » Wed May 22, 2019 2:30 pm

The validation from Teja gave Akhilleus hope that he wasn't a complete God-damn lost cause on the engineering front. He'd obviously need time— a lot of time— to reach the level she was at, but he was confident he could bridge a decent portion of the knowledge gap if he remained dedicated. It'd be hard not to devote time to all this, considering he was both technically AWOL and living on-site at AMPERE, as of right now. The amenities at the lab were bare-bones, but he could deal with that.

Months in an underground hole with two bare-bones meals a day had resulted in him being much less picky regarding his living spaces.

Teja obviously had experience in this field of expertise, as evidenced by a similar project she'd worked on in the past— something called ARGENT, designed for a superheroine whose name seemed too familiar to be a mere coincidence. Gyras was a name he'd heard thrown around during his time in the government, not to mention the fact that he had quite literally seen her upon almost every television screen in the wake of the Society's official introduction to the masses.

He pushed away the thoughts of the SOS for now. Didn't need more people to fuck up in front of.

Silver wasn't a good choice for the reasons Teja had already explained, but the specific mentioning of copper and gold brought a few ideas to mind. Hector took in what she'd told him and furrowed his brow, tapping a finger absently upon the table as Recurrent finished her initial assessment of the idea— even going so far as to suggest a few of her own. He didn't know why she was helping him so much, but he'd take any pointers he could get at this point. It was just that he didn't think he... deserved it.

"Gold conducts electricity really well, right? The thing is, a lot of the energy stored in my body is thermal— when I get hurt, a lot of times the blood comes out scalding when I absorb enough. Copper is a good electric conductor too, but it's also a really good thermal one as well. Right? That's why they always put it on the bottom of... pans, and shit like that."

He paused. His brow knit again before he turned to Teja, bringing a hand to his chin and pointing at her abstractly as if he were about to suggest an idea.

Which he was about to do.

"Alright, so— a kind of... gold fiber, thin and ropelike to allow for more flexibility. Sure, it's fragile, but if we were to put a thin copper layer around it, wouldn't it fortify the durability of the wire? Not thick enough to compromise how it moves, but enough to solidify it, you know? Plus, the copper would allow for a better transference of heat."

He raised his eyebrows, anticipating the response. Had to be one of two things. Either "Great idea, Hector!", or "Go lie down and think about how shitty an idea that would be."

Maybe that was exaggerating, but with her, he never knew.
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Post by illirica » Thu May 23, 2019 2:02 am

Teja gave him one of those little almost-smiles, not quite the full thing, but enough to hint that there might have been reason for one, if she'd been willing to be more expressive. She wasn't, though. Even here. Even with him. Perhaps, she thought, especially with him.

It was best to focus on the engineering aspects. Engineering was comprehensible and predictable and neutral. Much better than trying to focus on Hector Williams, who was none of those things. Hector was complicated, and unlike engineering complications, she didn't quite know what to do about that. His energy conduit system was, by and large, much easier to understand.

The theory of it was solid - in fact, possibly more so than she would have expected from Hector Williams, all things considered. Not only that, he had an idea as for how to adapt the situation to his liking, as well. It was entirely possible that he might one day know what he was doing.

"You're in an engineering research facility. Why don't you try it and see?" She was fairly certain that hadn't been the answer he would have wanted, but she didn't really know what answer he was looking for. At least when he'd hated her, she'd known what to expect. They'd both known where they stood, with each other - preferably, as far away as possible.

Things were different now. She sat beside him, and tried to focus on engineering.

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Post by Aether » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:10 pm

Dying Is Overrated and Definitely Escapable.

Sure. The name could have used some work, yeah, and he wasn't even certain if DIODE was already in Teja's limitless arsenal of acronyms, but it was a start. Tongue-in-cheek, considering that he never was one for creating in-depth names for technology, but this wasn't for him. It was for her. And in making an idiotic and slightly-cheating acronym, he had a firm foundation to build upon.

Of course, figuring out just what was causing Teja's condition was the true challenge, here-- Hector was aware that it had been caused by her own abilities, but any information regarding the origins of the Capacitor Project-- as well as what actually happened under its initial stages-- had been locked away from prying eyes, most notably his. Back when he hadn't particularly enjoyed her presence, he would often try to uncover information about her. See why she had become what she was. It was a clear violation of privacy, and an absolute douchebag move, but ... he supposed that was the start of his interest in her. Which was more saddening and creepy than romantic, or cute.

There were a lot of things between the two that were ultimately saddening, but there was a time and a place to dig up past skeletons-- now was neither the time, nor the place, so he continued to work on conceptualizing what the DIODE would actually do. In technical terms, it kept a current flowing in one direction. Noticeably, forward. In a metaphorical sense, this miracle device would keep her own longevity moving forward-- which seemed a bit forced, now that he gave it thought, but any other attempts to create an acronym had utterly failed. Diode was the word to go with.

At a glance-- and from what Teja had sparingly told him-- it seemed like the end-point would be when generation outpaced capacity. Hector's own abilities were a palliative cure for that, as were the multiple pieces of technology she already had under her belt-- but they were only superficial, at the end of the day. Docesznic had a way to generate electrical charge, or lightning, or whatever the fuck it was, and if that could be stemmed or mollified, it could buy her time. Hector was a different story, but he couldn't worry about himself right now.

And so the question truly was whether or not her condition could be helped, or reversed, which would ultimately require asking her. So, that's what he planned to do next-- wait for her to return to the AMPERE, back from wherever she was right now. He didn't have a watch. Nobody told him things anymore. Best he could do is sit around on his ass until she came back, and hopefully the question wouldn't be too invasive-- though with the multitude of scrawlings he'd written across the whiteboards in the lab, she'd probably pick up what he was working on.

Williams hadn't worn the suit. With the electrical charge stored in the AMPERE's power banks, there really wasn't a need to. With a stream of electrical charge, it kept his body from stealing a large amount of heat from the air; the end result was a room that felt air conditioned, as opposed to outright freezing. With Teja, though, the concern was fire, more often than not.

He didn't know how to feel about that.
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Post by illirica » Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:13 pm

It could have gone worse.

It could have gone better, if Teja was being perfectly honest with herself, but... it could have gone worse. She was worried about Daniel - he'd reacted pretty strongly to her sudden absence. She'd been focused so much on not treating him like the kid she'd once known that sometimes it was hard to remember he was, in a lot of ways, still that kid. He'd always looked up to her, and he'd never really... lost her. Not like that, anyway. And Tremor... her control was much better, but there was still an emotional component to what she'd done. She'd struck against a team member, for his own good - but it was still trying to hurt someone she cared about. That wouldn't be easy.

And Arno. She knew that he had an inadequacy complex, even if he'd done more than enough. Even if he'd managed to handle the onslaught while she'd provided distraction, even if he'd held it together at the end, she knew that he craved the sort of tangible victory that was almost impossible to achieve, these days. They'd talked, after a while, about some things. Not about others.

And the Custodian. The Binary's reaction had been destructive, which Teja was trying very hard not to take as evidence of everything that she'd thought about the Binaries. They hadn't talked.

And Hope.

After all of that, returning to AMPERE was a solace: a word that now bore all too much weight to use lightly. She translated directly into the facility, aware that it wasn't empty. Hector's presence wasn't unexpected, though after her discharge fighting Volksgeist, she had little enough energy left to start tending towards him. Some, though. There was always some - it regenerated quickly, these days. Five years ago, a complete discharge would have knocked her unconscious for a time. A year ago, she'd have struggled, and held on to consciousness only by practice and tenacity.

Now, it had become not much more than mild discomfort. That, in and of itself, was uncomfortable. In AMPERE, she was surrounded with charge, but she didn't draw it in. She was also surrounded by... technical notes. Teja paused at that, her eyes drifting over the information presented, making what connections she could, her hand unconsciously rested on the blade at her side, which probably wasn't meant to be used as a support.

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"What's all this?"

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Re: AMPERE Laboratory (Location)

Post by Aether » Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:50 am

Something had happened.

When Teja arrived, it was with an ounce of quiet; more often than not, the sudden translocation within the facility was met with an immediate gravitation of electrons to his ever-deepening void. Now, though, there was only a soft whisper of charge crackling through the air, enough that the hairs on his arms might have stood on end if he hadn't been immune to the lightning's effects. The lack of reserves meant that she'd used all that power somewhere, or dumped it into the AMPERE's walls-- and he would have noticed the latter. Never the former-- it seemed like he was increasingly more and more in the dark with these types of things. Exactly how he had been, initially, when they had met once more at Terminal. Hector supposed that he deserved that, then. It was unfair to expect the very thing he had denied her, initially, which seemed to be ... he didn't quite know. Solace, maybe, in the fact that he was actually alive. That he didn't hate her like she thought he did, and that his feelings were actually quite the opposite.

Regardless, she was here now, which meant he could begin his long and equivocating line of questioning which would eventually culminate in asking about the Capacitor Project. First, he had to answer a question of her own-- namely, just what the hell he was doing.

"It's, uh ..." Williams began, looking back on his own work as if he, too, had just walked in upon the atrocious scribbling alongside Teja. "... I don't know, actually. I call it the DIODE." It is the result of me obsessing over trying to save your thinning lifespan. "Dying Is Overrated, and Definitely Escapable." If you say that the A in "and" should be a part of the acronym, I'm going to turn this room into a meat locker. "Work ... work in progress, at the moment. Relates to, uh. You."

Without a need for sleep, Hector had taken it upon himself to absorb as much information as he could in the field of nanotechnology and biomechanics-- namely, on the cellular level. It wasn't much, but it was a start, and the repertoire of knowledge he'd gained would inevitably grow over time. This was considered a primary focus, for the moment, though he wasn't about to admit that to her. She'd probably do the thing where she called him idiotic, or-- or something. Hell, he'd take that at this point. Williams pushed away from the table in his rolling chair and looked back at the notes, one hand on his chin as the elbow pressed against the arm of his seat.

"Just ... y'know. Getting a feel for ... your body. What, uh-- what goes on in it. What's ... happening ... in there. Microscopically. You know?"

The JUMP device he'd used to get here was on the table. He could just ... roll back, pick it up, and then leave. It was that simple. He'd already fucked it three ways to Sunday-- now was the time to throw in the towel.

But, naturally, he didn't know when to quit-- and naturally, his eyes found the sword by Teja's hip. Naturally, the sight was immediately concerning, because the only people who used antiquated weapons in the modern world were not the most normal of people.

"Different subject. What's, uh -- what's that, and why do you have it?"
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