Incursion: Solar Flare [Closed]

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Post by LunaHawk » Fri May 29, 2020 3:42 am

Predator X noticed the team was working well together, but not as coherently and cohesively as they'd done back on their world. One of them there had been a telepath, without one here their communication was flawed, their actions just a hair off. She used that to her advantage. The stealth assassin came in with a quarter staff, jabbing for her neck. Still in the middle of dueling MAximum Man she swatted the jab aside. The second jab she could do little about and pain exploded through the wound in her leg. It should have knocked her to her knees.

It did not.

She snarled through the pain, emitting a low rumbling growl the likes of which no human vocal chord could make. He'd be next. The only reason she stayed on her feet was raw fury and determination. The attack sent her over the edge of calm and into the sea of anger which seethed below the surface, lending added ferocity to her movements and attacks and the strength to stay on her feet when her body screamed for the opposite.

If that didn't do it an arrow through to the bone should have. The arrow pierced through the heat shield and the weave armor, which did just enough to rob it of much of its strength, and punched through the meat of her leg until it lodged into armored bone. The heat of passing through the shield meant cauterizing the wound, a painful blessing.

Despite both significant wounds she kept fighting, determined to kill or cripple at least one of her attackers in the next few moments. The archer's other arrows crushed the top of the cannon and blasted a huge hole in its center, but the building was reinforced with ultra durable materials and did not fall. The arrows did do severe damage to the channeling mechanisms used to funnel the power through the barrel, thus rendering the cannon inoperable until repairs could be made.

The sonic attack came next. She saw him coming out of the corner of her eye but again she was focused on Maximum man, to her detriment it would seem, but all would soon be revealed. Her body reverted to its warm blooded state as the temperature dropped. She didn't need a readout to tell her the dampening field had fluctuated. She grit her teeth against the pain of the sonic attack, grateful she didn't have the sort of hearing Eclipse did.

Ever adaptable she went with instinct over thinking, she flowed with the pain rather than against it. Her eyes did not bleed, because they were not eyes, had not been eyes for many years. Her implants functioned fine, though she couldn't hear. That would eventually pass and heal. The disorienting affect of the attack robbed her of the ability to plan, at least for now, but it was a half a step too late.

X reacted on pure instinct, following a plan formulated while she was seemingly ignoring the other attacks. MAximum Man was a brawler. When he closed the gap between them and grabbed her arms, she knew what he would do. She tucked her chin and at the exact same moment he prepared to launch his headbutt, activated a pair of devices locked to her wrists. The devices were a portable version of Solar City's field, activated once with a burn out anti-matter supply they'd last at most a half hour, but that wasn't the point, the point was to dramatically reduce the power of his attack.

The Solar City field was the passive version of the wrist devices. The wrist devices didn't seek to attain an equality of power, they sought to rob him of his power entirely, strip away his strength even as he sought to enhance it and leave him little more than a man. With his unique powers it was unlikely to completely succeed. In this case, all that mattered was reducing the strength of the incoming attack. If he wound up weaker for a few tens of minutes? So much the better. The devices flared to life, smoke poured out of them on their activation and they were dead, their aggressive clouds energized and released.

By dipping her chin she exposed her forehead and the crown of her skull, robbing him of the mind numbing or potentially lethal strike against the much more vulnerable face. It would take no one by surprise to find her skull was also reinforced. His head slammed into hers with an audible crack. She took his momentum as a gift, using the explosion of pain in her head to focus her thoughts again. She would have seen stars if she had real eyes. As it was his attack was disorienting and cracked part of her skull, though not enough to cause brain damage. Had she been less of the weapon she was, she would have been instantly unconscious, even with the armored part of her skull taking the brunt of the impact and even with her more aggressive field activated.

She used the momentum he put into her body as a gift, lifting her feet off the floor she wrapped her legs around his waist and squeezed like a hydraulic vice. Had he been a normal man his bones would have collapsed and his organs squashed under the power of her grip. She wrenched her arms free of his grip and arched her back in a potent display of feminine flexibility, doing so until her claws touched the floor. She sank them into the floor and combined the robust strength of her arms with the devastating momentum imparted into her by his headbutt to try and lift him from his feet and slam him head first into the solid floor.

She wouldn't hold on through the entire maneuver, releasing once possible and completing the roll. Even with so much momentum spared she went tumbling across the room and crashed into the lip of the building. That too should have ended the fight. For a moment she lie still, then she pulled her hands beneath her and, unbelievably, forced herself to her feet. One of her eye implants was cracked and blood escaped from a severe gash on her forehead to say nothing of the arrow sticking out of her leg.

She reached down and gripped the arrow, grunting with effort as she ripped it free of the bone and tossed it aside. She licked busted lips, tasting her own blood with a smile as her kinetic shield finally kicked back on. Her head swam and her vision was a sea of static but she was still in it. She blinked a few times, altering the vision mode of her eye implants until she found one she could see in.

"Alright, you can have the x." She spat out an unhealthy amount of blood and moved to snap her fingers...then she stopped and cocked her head. The back pressure was gone.

It happened all across the world at the same moment and even the people from Prime Earth would feel it. A pressure on the mind so feint no one had known was there fell away and carried the illusion of what was with it. It was impossible to comprehend what happened. Many people went insane and took their own lives, suddenly faced with the fact they'd been feeding non-existent ghosts of children or loved ones for years, walking over the dead bodies the whole time.

The survivors first felt overwhelming sorrow--and then--unbridled rage. Governments across the world had perpetuated the lie, even run the planet as if nothing had happened--with the one exception of Romania. People were already beginning to take to the streets in many cities, except for Solar City, except for places in Romania.

In the years to come this would be known as “The Broken Generation.” A whole world was granted PTSD at the same moment. There were no words for what people felt, in the future words would need to be invented. How do you describe someone losing everything in their life all at once, while also learning everything they’d lost was actually a lie? People had babies that didn’t exist with significant others that equally didn’t exist. They had jobs with bosses who were all but figments of a child’s imagination.

That’s what it had been, the great lie, the horrible curse that broke a generation, it had all been the sudden overwhelming naïve instinct of a small child trying to restore what they’d known. Without even the hint of understanding as to how his powers worked, the child that would become known as Source had created the greatest lie in history—and he’d not been able to turn it off. He just wanted friends, someone to play with, he wanted his daddy and his sister—he wanted his friends. He never meant to break the world.

The world economy collapsed not over night, but in an instant. Entire companies ceased to exist as if snapped out of reality by some uncaring power. Wall Street lost nearly everything in a single day, before the government could shut it down—because the government was extremely busy.
The population of the world rose up as one, without guidance, and screamed their rage at the men and women who had taken the great lie and used it to manipulate everything. That people knew and used it to their advantage somehow became evident within minutes, though no could say who told them. Wholesale political collapse swept across the world in the greatest riot in human history, it was like hundreds of French Revolutions all at once.

World leaders were dragged from their palaces and homes kicking and screaming, beaten to death, tortured, torn apart, it didn’t matter how, but many of them died. As the riots spread certain people with abilities appeared to guide them, gently nudging riots in the right direction, people calling themselves members of The Society.

Some of the strongest governments held on. Even though the President of the United States was executed by Eclipse on the White House Lawn before a cheering crowd, and most of his staff with him, the government had prepared for apocalypse for decades. Protocols kicked in, people were ushered to secret bunkers and took command of any military infrastructure they could. Units were sent to recover Revolt. Hopefully they would arrive in time.

Solar City was abandoned, it was one of the few bastions where people didn’t riot, in part because of the battle, and in part because X had already prepared a broadcast and it played automatically in the bunkers, informing her people that she had only been informed of this very recently and had done what she could to prepare the city.
Other cities remained calm as well, seemingly at random. All of Romania was calm. They were islands in a sea of instant chaos.


Source had fallen and it was going to take weeks, months, perhaps years, to sort out the mess. Economies built on lies would collapse over night, global turmoil was assured, wars would follow, a mass uprising of an enraged global populace. Power vacuums would yawn wide and everything would change. There was nothing to hold the world back now and plenty of room for new Tyrants to step forward.

"Holy shit he actually did it," she said aloud. She lowered her hand. "Source is dead," she told her attackers. For her that meant the fight was over, she had other matters to attend to rather suddenly. "Get out of here." It was the one chance she'd give them.

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Re: Incursion: Solar Flare [Closed]

Post by MAXIMUM MAN » Sat May 30, 2020 2:02 am




The two of them had locked into a deadly embrace, with MAXIMUM MAN's own forehead barreling down towards X. The force of the impact threatening to send X into a coma off of one blow. In the moments before contact two devices on X's wrists emitted a blast of nano machines invisible to even his racers eye. These machines swarmed into his body and took in the MAXIMUM energy flowing through his blood. The ensuing strike was decidedly less powerful than he had intended it to be which, in his mind, meant that the Solar City field was re-engaged. In that exact moment he would release his grip and spring backwards but, not before she caught his step. Two powerful legs locked around his waist, the momentum from his blow was carried throughout X's entire body before being used to lift the 6'2" hero off of the ground with the sole intent of driving him into the roof as well.

His hands shot upwards reducing the impact like shocks on a car but, that didn't stop him from smashing his helmeted skull into the asphalt covered blacktop. He sprung himself upwards, a massive dent in the side of his red helmet and a crack running along his visor, into a position where he could launch another assault.

X sprayed a masterpiece of crimson across the ground, moving to engage some other trick she had at her disposal. He prepared for the fight to go further out of control until she spoke.

"Holy shit he actually did it," she said aloud. She lowered her hand. "Source is dead," she told her attackers. For her that meant the fight was over, she had other matters to attend to rather suddenly. "Get out of here." It was the one chance she'd give them.


His mind raced, what did she mean Source was dead, what was...oh no...."Revolt...." he whispered under his breath. That was what she had been ordered to do and if it was dead than that could only mean one thing. It was within this same time that he felt something drastically change, it was almost as if every single person in the world was suddenly thrust into the sea of despair. He could feel the waves crashing down all around them; their darkness threatening to snuff out the light.

He recalled every tough choice he had to make up until this point while looking down the barrel of a gun. His mission was complete and Revolt had abandoned the mission. However, he had given her his word that he would help her. If she was dead she was dead but, if she wasn't dead yet was it his duty to save her...he briefly looked at the crew he had amassed. The damage to the tower was enough to consider it disabled, the dimension tide was destroyed, and that only left X. Was this personal vendetta worth the life of a comrade....he exhaled a deep breath before summoning his FALCON-07 and radioing the Solar City team.

"The dimension tide and the tower are disabled. I have faith that you four can handle it from here. I'm moving to grab the last remaining member of my team so we can ex-filtrate. Over and out."

In the flash of an eye he would be inside his vehicle and zooming outside of the Solar City limits.

TO BE CONTINUED IN INCURSION: RIPTIDE

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Re: Incursion: Solar Flare [Closed]

Post by Terminus » Sat May 30, 2020 2:45 am

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Like an angel and a devil on his shoulder, Nicolas had two Tejas in his ear. One reported failure, the other success. And as Revolt's message went through, Maximum Man announced his intent to go to her aid. A part of Pendragon wanted to say something like She made her bed, she can lie in it. Revolt had run off to the 'Source' without her team, and without a plan. The rest of them had been forced to pick up the slack. And now he was losing the strongest member of his unit, to rescue her?

But he didn't say any of that, because despite his frustrations with Revolt, he didn't actually want her to die. Not before he had a chance to yell at her.

"Copy that," Terminus responded. "Good hunting."

Plenty more was happening. Nicolas switched over to Capacitor's channel quickly, responding to her general alert. Targets secured but injured, and dimensional anchor devices damaged. Not a flawless victory, but the Machinist wasn't about to complain.

"Understood, Captain. Sit tight for now, we're wrapping up here. Terminus out."

Of course, the Tejae reporting in wasn't even the most interesting thing happening. The Source had been disabled, or killed, or whatever. Solar City's citizens were still in bunkers for the time being, but when they emerged, it wouldn't be in an orderly fashion. Pendragon disabled his psychic shields, and gave a sign of relief. They weren't exactly painful to use, but they had been exerting the kind of pressure that you only noticed in its own absence.

With the planet freed from mass delusion, the situation would be getting chaotic pretty quickly. Clearly, Predator X wanted an end to the engagement so she could take advantage of the current state of affairs. Periods of chaos, instability, and violence often rewarded those ruthless enough to rise to the top. And even though this wasn't Pendragon's word, he had no desire to see her ruling it.

Rather than communicating via internal channels, Terminus turned on the external speakers on his Ajax armor, addressing the Predator directly for the first time.

"Nah. We aren't done here."

Without another word, Nicolas switched back to team comms. His voice was hard, but underneath, there was exhilaration. The thrill of battle. Of victory- not here, but close.

"Take her."

X clearly possessed some kind of trump card- she'd been preparing to snap her fingers. The problem with that was twofold. First, that it clearly signaled to your opponents that you were about to do something. Second- it only worked if you still had the hand. So, rather than unleashing the full might of the Ajax armor, Terminus redirected auxiliary power to the cutting laser.

A shoulder-mounted weapon took aim, and fired, projecting a thin beam of pure, focused heat. It wasn't attempting to shatter the Predator's multi-phase shields completely, but rather make a single, small home- through which the beam could then be angled to slice of X's hand. It was a powerful tool, one he'd originally developed as a mining tool for asteroids. It would move through flesh, no matter how tough, as if it wasn't there at all.

All of the Counter-Earth Offensive's original objectives had been completed. Capturing or killing the Green Knight was unlikely to happen, considering how badly Revolt's mission seemed to have gone. But if they could bring the Prehistoric Predator back- in restraints or in a body bag -Nicolas would be satisfied. Either way, she would face justice for everyone she'd killed.

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Post by Azra » Sat May 30, 2020 6:35 pm

It was both satisfying and haunting to hear the sounds of the building, even from this far out the sound was thunderous. Something to rival the monstrous noise of war in all its horror, a amount of destruction that was grand in scope. The solar canon wasn't going to fall over, she wasn't aiming for that and it was designed likely to resist that. The damage though was obvious to anyone. The peak gone and a side in ruins, smoke billowed into the air and it clearly would be long before it fired again. She kind of hoped it would end there, she didn't want to kill to many more and odds were the city would need some of that energy.

Same time though if X got out of this fight then repairs might come. For everything achieved so far who was to say they hadn't gotten lucky. That in time it couldn't all just be put back together and a greater attack launched. Confirmation came over the comms systems as well that Teja's team was finishing up. Apart of Elektra thinking that those able should then go assist others. Get the kids home and then help the rest get home. She wasn't in command though so she dropped those thoughts. To much dwelling on options or casualties she might be responsible for and she might slip up, there was still a fight to win.

She didn't know what the Source was, it hadn't been brought up for the teams. If it was a victory though for the jade knight however then it probably was less then ideal. A thought confirmed as a sinking feeling just settled in. As if the world caught onto the shitshow it had been in. The populace was going to need help, further reason to think attacks on the cannon were enough. What the remnants of a world didn't need though was for its leaders to be the sort that said melting thousands with a energy beam was acceptable. Who thought kidnapping students was permissible. Heroes could step up, the people who just dared to lead and those with capes alike. Maybe even a alternate world could help, but this world didn't need more of X's influence.

So the archer dips down seeking to pass by the predator engaging a ninja and recently made an easier target as MAXIMUM MAN departed. With more of a target visible the marksman readies two arrows, she measures the strength behind it. Looking to make one just above bullet speeds but getting up close that it might be hard for even those as swift as a bullet to evade. The arrow is let loose and it seeks to slam into the chest of X. To then go off resulting in hopefully a glacier intraping X. If it missed it just strike a building off to the distance. Hopefully though it would keep X from escaping or unleashing some new plan.

She wasn't meant to make a city snow, her arrows were more for singular opponents. With the look to ensnare the opponent and other attacks coming X's way El looked to flank to the left and behind the redhead. This second arrow, bringing the ammo count down to forty five was aimed at the head. The tip was blunt more for impact then penetration, the force behind it was measured. The goal being to be hitting harder then any punch or headbut being thrown, to use her stone muscle physique to try and hit hard enough to knock the woman out. It was far from her strongest or fastest, she wanted a KO not the erasing of a head. Efforts to avoid killing though she didn't consider the same as holding back, if results were worse it was something she would have to come to terms with later. Sadly with everything going on she didn't see an opening to quip but that was always just a perk of the job then mandatory.

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Post by Deus Mortis » Sun May 31, 2020 6:08 pm

”Good luck, MAXIMUM.” Were the first three words Garrick radioed back to the time-traveling hero before he rushed over to save Revolt. MAXIMUM MAN’S sense of loyalty was inspiring, even if he was rushing over to save the other Teja of all people. Even though Garrick didn’t like her at all, he understood MAXIMUM’S reasons for rushing off. You have to look after your own team after all. ”Get out of there in one piece for us.”

Something akin to a wall fell somewhere deep in his mind, the feeling so faint he almost missed it happened in the first place. He wasn’t exactly sure what happened but something definitely felt amiss. It wasn’t an intrusive feeling, leaving just as quickly as it was revealed, leaving Garrick exactly as he was before. It reminded him of telepathy, but if it were, he would have known. There was a fleeting similarity between it and the barrier they hit coming here earlier, but he couldn't be too sure. He wasn't particularly focused on it at the moment. Whatever it was, it wasn’t anything he was going to be worried about. There was still an animal that needed to be put down.

"Take her."

It was the only command he needed.

His hands shifted their grip on the staff ever-slightly, activating a mechanism within. The spear-tip shot out at high-speeds like a bullet. He hoped to catch her off guard, firing off the blade to the leg wound from earlier before twirling his staff and shooting off another spear-tip over towards the underside of her left shoulder. Neither attack was lethal on their own, seeking to weaken the predator’s general mobility. More than that, it was the opening to his new technique.

After fighting a meta-terrorist who employed freeze shields identical to X’s, Garrick’s gotten a bit of experience fighting enemies like her. His real goal was to get her shields to go offline for even just a second as he brought his fist forward. There was no pause as he activated the N.O.C.T.I.S, a series of three chem darts firing off from his wrist. In each reinforced dart was a chemical solution with enough potency to affect metas with enhanced filtration systems within their bodies. If it wasn’t enough to bring one down, it certainly helped in inhibiting them to a degree, making scoring a nonlethal takedown that much easier.

After the launch, he pulled back a few feet. The blue lines when his staff first extended shined dimly as the esoterium core got to work. Living metal began forming at each end of the staff, the shape of the earlier spearheads slowly becoming more apparent. With any luck, he wouldn’t have need for them any longer.

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Post by James Novak » Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:40 am



The laser had been redirected by Terminus.

Novak squinted at the beam like Clint Eastwood did in all his cowboy movies. He covered his eyes the same way he always imagined vigilantes practiced in the mirror, which was simply the vampire sneeze but all the way up.

The air changed instantly after the light had faded from the sky. A sudden wind wave made his cape flow backwards. The fabric adapted to the intense change of outside temperatures almost instantly. The synth layer that he had acquired from Hudson’s made sure that he wouldn’t break a sweat from the living furnace Solar City had turned into.

Predator X didn’t even miss a beat against Maximum Man even after the laser was redirected. She was right in gambling that Novak wouldn’t try to throw his disc at her, but it wasn’t because he was afraid of hitting Maximum Man. Novak heard Terminus announce that Maximum Man should have his powers back, so there was really no point. .

Novak felt a fog lift from his head that he had felt the entire fight. He started blinking quickly as a result of this. Novak had never broken from the illusions of the Source. He saw Solar City as a prosperous city, perhaps more so than the Solar City of his own universe. Novak’s facial expression remained the same as it had before.

It wasn’t some big moment where Socrates himself came from and pulled him from the cave. It was an alternative universe that he didn’t care about in the first place, turning out to be more shitty than it appeared to be. For a second he wondered if the laser hadn’t accidentally destroyed everything somehow and he was looking at the aftermath, but then he realized that it didn’t make sense because he wasn’t dead.

Then he remembered that Maximum Man had mentioned the illusion and only then he realized what he meant.

Maximum Man left to help Revolt and Novak couldn’t help but laugh. He almost felt bad for Predator X, but then he realized that she probably didn’t really expect them to leave. It felt like they were being goaded into attacking her for whatever reason.

Novak didn’t comply with the request to take her. Instead, he did a quick somersault on the ground to pick up the disc he tossed at Predator X. Revolt had said it was bad juju to leave some of our tech behind. The somersault quickly propelled him back on his feet and he pointed the two discs at her as her teammates attacked her.

Something was wrong about all of this.

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Re: Incursion: Solar Flare [Closed]

Post by LunaHawk » Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:35 pm

X had hoped they'd take her offer to leave, not out of fear, but because she now had much more important things to attend to than fighting a bunch of interlopers. Her people needed her and she wasn't about to let them down. She snarled when he gave the command, no longer in the mood for their crap. First though, she had a new round of attacks to deal with.

Terminus' heat beam didn't find a way through her shields, striking the still undamaged energy barrier while slipping through the other shields. The beam maintained constant pressure on the energy defense shield but it wasn't strong enough to punch through on its own. To this point they'd assaulted her with physical blows, arrows and bullets, leaving both her heat shield and kinetic energy shield weak, but aside from the initial assault they'd left the shield alone.

The constant kinetic attacks had taken their toll however, leaving the two other shields low on power as the attack resumed. An arrow came for her chest, plunging through the heat barrier in a white hot blaze and shattering against her kinetic shield. The second arrow followed and suffered the same fate, bursting apart against a flare of azure light. Such was Elektra's strength and so weakened was the barrier however that it flickered and collapsed after the second strike, once more entering a cycling state.

With the shields down Garrick had a chance to get through even as he began his first attack. The first spike drove deep into her wounded leg, punching through the opening caused earlier in the fight. It struck reinforced but damaged bone and fractured it even as X was turning in response to his attacks. The explosion of pain as bone ground against bone was enormous. She dropped to one knee and forced her focus through the agony to slap the second spear tip from the air.

The chem darts limped through the heat shield, robbed of much of their strength and only intact because of their esoteric nature. Two of the darts stuck into her weave and ended their journey there. The last struck her neck. X shifted her metabolism back to a cold blooded state, allowing her reaction time to slow down moderately in response to the slowly wavering cold in exchange for slowing down the affect of any toxin that might be in the dart.

Even with these measures the toxin clouded her mind and dulled her senses. She pushed herself to her feet, the nauseating agony of bone grinding against bone threatening to overwhelm her weakened body. She stood defiant but it was time to get out. "Another time," she said. A neural impulse activated her implant and she teleported out of the fight. Seriously injured and partially poisoned even the armor she'd been about to use wouldn't have been of much use. She had a city to look to and her own healing to worry about. She'd not be participating in any direct fights for awhile.

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Re: Incursion: Solar Flare [Closed]

Post by Terminus » Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:21 pm

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Just like that, Predator X was gone. Useful to know she could teleport without the assistance of the Dimension Tide, but no less frustrating. Slowly, Treminus descended to the rooftop, keeping his suit scanning for any more drones or other automated countermeasures. None appeared, so he powered down some of the external weapons systems, the gun emplacements retracting beneath the surface of the Ajax.

If she could have done that at any point, why even stick around at all, after Source died? Just to taunt us?

That didn't matter. The important part was, they had won. Failing to kill or capture the Predator was irksome, but their main objective had been accomplished- disabling her Solar Array. And they had forced her to flee, abandoning her stronghold entirely. Whether or not the Society wanted to admit it, they had essentially come as an invading army. When the invaders won, they didn't just pack up and leave.

As far as Nicolas could tell, they had captured Solar City. Its drone defenses were smoldering wrecks, its dictator had fled, and its population were contained in underground bunkers. That gave them plenty of freedom to operate. And with the Source dead, they would need a base of operations in this reality. Terminus was beginning to pick up signals from the few remaining satellites and communications networks. It wasn't looking good.

World leaders were being executed in front of cheering crowds. Riots in almost every major city. Violence and death. Not a single government was equipped to handle things, especially after Source's destruction revealed that they had half the manpower and infrastructure they thought they did. The Society had come here to prevent further attacks, but they had a responsibility as heroes, to prevent this world from becoming the province of metahuman warlords.

Besides, from the sound of things, Revolt was in no shape to be dealing with it herself. She might have lost Pendragon's trust, but that didn't mean he was willing to abandon her, or her world, to the whims of fate.

"Okay, team. That was some good work, but we aren't done yet. Valeria, Quiver, you two need to link up with Capacitor's team. Take the kids back to our side, and make sure they get treated. Once you're on the Empyrean, fire up my Dimension Door, and use it to pick up anyone whose dimensional anchor was destroyed. I'll download instructions on how to operate it to your suits."

As good as his word, Nicolas sent an information package to Garrick and Elektra's armors, which would provide them detailed instructions on how to target and fire the Dimension Door. Losing the DADs was unfortunate, but a problem that could be solved trivially. So long as one of them was still operational, it could be used to send someone over, who could then use the portal device to pick up the rest. However, the priority had to be extracting Revolt and the kids, so they could get the kind of medical attention only the Empyrean provided.

"Novak, you're with me. We're gonna dismantle the big gun, figure out how to get rid of the power dampener, and root out the rest of X's influence here. It's better-defended than almost anywhere else on this planet. Makes for the perfect forward operating base."

Using location data pinged from Capacitor's armor, Terminus opened up a portal to Team Two's location, allowing the archer and the warrior to pass through before closing it. He had an ulterior motive for sending them away, as well. He didn't fully trust either. They were too close to Capacitor. Too loyal. And Valeria's connection to the Eldest was concerning in itself. Baron Proton wasn't Pendragon's favorite person, but he'd proven himself sufficiently paranoid.

Next, Nicolas opened up the channel to every team, addressing the entire invasion force.

"This is Terminus. We've disabled the Solar City weapon, and Predator X has abandoned the city. Proton and I are sticking around to establish a temporary base of operations here. Anyone in need to medical attention should return to the Empyrean. If not, meet us here for the debrief, and we can plan our next move. Over and out."

Waiting a moment for responses, Pendragon sighed, and retracted his armor's helmet, feeling the breeze against his face. It was still cold in Solar City, though the sun was starting to melt his short-lived frost already. He surveyed the city for a moment, seeing trails of smoke rising up from the destroyed drones on the ground. The cannon was disabled, but not destroyed. X would be able to repair it, if they left her to her own devices. And the dampening field was a threat that needed to be dealt with, before they could make Solar their own.

Then, Terminus turned to look at James Novak. They hadn't exactly gotten started on the best terms, but nothing made for fast friendships like working together on a tough problem.

"Okay, Baron. Let's get to work."

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