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Post by illirica » Fri May 22, 2020 2:08 am

The strike force had assembled, as prepared as they could possibly be for a mission into occupied territory with limited intel of questionable veracity. Terminus had opened up the portal to cross the dimensions, and one by one they'd all stepped through. Capacitor had held her group back until the last, wanting to be the final ones through before Terminus sealed the portal behind them. Before he'd even completed the seal, she sent a quick command to her team's devices:

"Body slide by four."

While the other groups had slipped into exoatmospheric position to take a moment's inventory and prepare, Capacitor had immediately taken hers had taken a location on the ground, in a remote location that was - fortunately - still remote. The familiar-unfamiliar sands of the Mojave desert were the only thing visible for miles, and the dry air was just as amenable to the whisper of static electricity she cast into an immediate alert field as it was back home.

Terminus had indicated back on the Empyrean that all three teams would be starting outside the atmosphere together. It had been assumed that they'd all plan things together there, and indeed heavily implied that exactly that would be happening. The subversion had been deemed a necessity. He'd been up front that he didn't fully trust Revolt, and she had her own reservations about the woman after everything she'd done or tried to do. While his own strike team's intended location couldn't be concealed - Solar City was where it was - hers could and they'd quietly planned to have her team drop into an undisclosed location just in case this all started off with betrayal.

Her own strike team had remained unaware of the fact until mere moments before deployment, a quiet whisper of "We're moving immediately" all that they received in warning before translocation and arrival. They'd arrived and been gone as quickly as Teja could send out the signal - which was very fast indeed these days. They were alone, safe for now. A quick confirmation to Terminus alone let him know that things were still going according to plan.

Capacitor quickly ran through a mental list of her equipment. Her AEGIS watch, of course, as well as the dimensional device that Terminus had built to get them there in the first place and bring them back once their mission was completed.

SHIELD and SPEAR, the twinned technology she’d designed after Hector had been defeated by Myrmidon in the first battle against Surgath, modeled in no small part after the duality between herself and Hector and - as she had later realized - after her unconscious need to have him back at her side once more. He couldn't be with her now, but she'd brought the devices in his stead, insufficient as they were.

Her standard-usage energy shield, which even she wasn’t sure how long she could power these days. Once, it had been merely a few seconds. Now? Well, now it depended on how much charge she was using for other things, but she suspected she could keep it up for quite a while, if need be. Ideally, she would be able to save the device until the end, and use it to help protect the students while they brought them back home - but she was prepared to deploy it whenever was necessary. Saving everything for the end of a fight never worked out.

Her Faraday reflection area grid grenade, which was likely to be the least useful piece of equipment in her arsenal. With the exception of herself, it would be outright detrimental to anyone on her team. Capacitor had had reservations about whether or not to bring it at all, but she'd opted to do so just in case things went really badly. If she needed to put herself in a gridlock with Revolt's Reaper to give the others a chance to escape, she'd do it.

Stahlzahn...

Teja glanced down at her empty hand, then turned her gaze to the unfamiliar world. Any hint of earlier friendliness was gone from her tone when she spoke, her words clipped and professional, focused entirely on the mission that lay ahead. "Ryoko, Sunderson, do what you need to do to find those kids. Mango and I will handle defense." They had been over the plan before they'd left, of course - Ryoko and Sunderson would use whatever abilities they could command or conjure to try to find a possible location on the missing students. As finding them was the most important early step of the mission, she wanted both of them directing all of their attention to doing so until it was done. That meant that she couldn't let them be interrupted by a potential attack - and while it pained her to put Mango to the task of protecting them as well, Capacitor knew that Mango herself wouldn't have it any other way.

She couldn't look at her as a student now - only as an ally, tasked with a mission to complete. Of course, as purely professional as Capacitor would have liked to be, the relationship between herself and Manaria wasn't something that could be put aside so easily. She'd protect the girl, to the best of her abilities - not because Mana would have asked for it, but because she deserved it. Because some things didn't need to be asked.

"Keep it quiet." Her gaze scanned the horizon, her attention alert for disturbances in the static field around them. Maybe they could get a location and start towards it before things inevitably fell apart, but she was being careful, waiting and watching for danger to appear.

Not yet, she hoped. A quirk of a smile, as she thought of Hector. Not today.

That, though, was too much to hope for.
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-This thread is for the interdimensional assault Team 1: Capacitor, Mana, Ryoko, Sunderson
-Before posting, take a look at the Solar Flare thread, because it sets up the pre-scene a little bit.
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-All the tech Capacitor has is on the "Personal and Technical Developments" thread, you can access it through the Capacitor bio in my signature.

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Re: Incursion: Final Examination [Closed]

Post by LunaHawk » Fri May 22, 2020 3:05 am

It started with little warning, a little tickle at the back of the mind and then a tsunami of raw telepathic power slamming into the minds of the new arrivals. The wave wasn't an attack, it was merely the over-pressure of a massive mind turning its attention to people new to its awareness. Their arrival hadn't gone unnoticed by Source, their clarity of vision was an immediate threat to the grand illusion. What followed the tsunami was the attack, an invasion attempt on the mind that sought to alter perception.

For the brief moment they stood unmolested the invasion party saw the world for what it really was. Even in no man's land the desolation of Surgath was obvious. On Prime Earth you could see airplanes in the sky from just about anywhere, certainly this close to major cities. They saw none. They did see plenty on the ground, ruined aircraft that by luck (if you wanted to call it that) had smashed into the desert and detonated, scattering debris, both human and metallic, across miles of still barren plain.

The invading mind sought to change all of that, if it could, the immense power of its brain would replace ruins and corpses with the beauty of a world still sane--a world more like the one they knew than the one they'd come to. It wasn't a careful art, nor was it precise, the invading mental presence was like a jackhammer to pavement--not because it wanted to be--but because it barely knew how to control its own power. Source had come to change their view of the world, lest they illuminate others.

Thankfully finding the kids was easy. Their resonate signatures were the only ones in the entire world like it and their scanning equipment found them in moments--in space--on a station. The station wasn't visible from where they were but Teja would know its position above the Earth well enough--it was the Empyrean. If they were capable of detecting such signatures from here it would be painfully obvious that this version of the Empyrean didn't have even half the energy output of the one back home.

No other attackers came their way yet. If they'd been spotted a response was still in the distance, it was their one reprieve, considering the overwhelming telepathic assault each individual was immediately hit by.

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Post by Azra » Fri May 22, 2020 1:15 pm



Mana considered for awhile using the time to make a call. Tell her family she loved them or just trying to call up Kelly Liam or Niku to chat with. That was dancing around with the idea of not coming back to much however, which lead her to briefly considering hanging out with Frankie. That didn't feel right though either dwelling on the hurt, she couldn't do that now. Pain was plentiful and she'd felt torn down after her fight with X if she wanted to recover she needed to hold on to the idea she could do this. Which was why the seventeen year old cyborg didn't even spend time quintuple checking her gear or anything, just trust that it was enough.

Instead Mana climbed onto a window ledge looking out to space, just meditate. Tell herself one more time she was ready and then just take in the view and clear her mind. It may have been picked up from the beast who left her torso mostly a shell of metal. A lesson was still a lesson though despite the teacher. The losses were lessons and now she had to just brace for the next course. Enough studying jest rest up and be ready. Glowing tangerine eyes looking out over the world almost looking more like embers in the glass reflection.

Then it was time to go. Some final words and a robotic tail swayed behind the space suited cyborg in excitement. Her suit was a bit more open in spots to allow for the more recent upgrades to be used. Teja helping Mana pick up on the fact it was okay to build for herself and not over focus on prepping for given foes, lead to the teen having created jump jets thrusters and the likes for herself. In addition to a shield system, one for internal parts just in case and one for external. One small new layer of defense and a upgrade for mobility that felt right. Not building weapons much as she loved her sword she was a shield.

Her body was a testament to that. An eye lost in LA amongst her wounds to spare Landon. A ribcage and lung lost to not see Liam taken from this world. Her muscles and flesh of most her chest flayed because she'd take any wound to keep classmates and just anyone safe. And her left arm, because even when she was the supposed victim of the story she was still Mana. Taking hits not because she wanted to lose more but because she could handle the pain and she'd do anything to spare someone being in the kind of pain she had come to know.

Excluding villains. Yes she didn't want to become a killer, or to be cruel to even them. With help through those like MAXIMUM MAN though after Amaranth she had come to know that might be okay if a last resort, Through Jackal she'd been willing to kill to go that far, tasted how good it could feel how terrifying it was to try. She concluded though in meditation that if she had gone that far so recklessly when fighting X her allies in both Jackal and X might not have been there. Maybe she wouldn't consider Ryoko or Garrick friends if the fight went differently. It couldn't be defeating if they got away focus on the good done, don't hesitate if the time came but be accepting it might not come.

Step through the portal, the rush of air before coming face to face with another world, an alternate one to be exact. Her heart, still genuine and not a motor could be felt racing in her chest. She was actually out in space, not even in something just floating. She'd dreamed as a kid of just drifting and flipping around as a space suit, just enjoying that high while working on a space ship. Her mind felt electric at the thought she was visiting a different the world she'd known in all her years, one that also was a scientific marvel. She'd have loved to just tried to learn the differences of the parallel earth.

That's not to say it wasn't also haunting, everything that was no more. It was half of what it used to be and it was terrifying to consider what that loss could be like. The planet still spun though, people still breathed air. It didn't have to be racing to change time like X wanted. Mana had hope that humans they could persevere. "It's beautiful..."

"Annnd now it's gone." Mana remarked lightly kicking the dirt as a body slide brought them to the desert. It was able to get a laugh out of her though, no time to marvel always work to be done. Wasn't so long ago she imagined that she'd have been nervous or thinking she wasn't worthy of the company. Such big heroes and names compared to a nerdy chick that was half scrap metal. No need for such thoughts though, she had proven herself plenty she had helped get here and be ready for this. The Harmonic Frequency turns on in her mechanical hands to begin looking for the two students taken from their home world.

Wasn't to long though before the mind was struck by a psychic intrusion. Mana smiled at such a thought, granted way it hit she figured it was probably a global effect. That was probably a psychic battle she couldn't win by comparison to her own abilities, it was her mind though and at the least it wouldn't be so easily shaken. "I get what your doing. But at the same time thanks for confirming my theory that you're afraid to let go." If it was a psychic who held such sway she hoped for it to hear her. Mana didn't want those still alive to just suddenly have to face the reality they were in, the psychic hold though she felt showed the cowardice and reluctance to move forward.

Pushing her mind the cyborg would look to block out the waves of psychic influence if she could. Draw the force to her and try and push it away from the team. Her role was defense it wasn't her job to announce a body slide or play the blood hound. It helped that she felt ready for whatever was going to be thrown at her, that the others were as prepared for the assorted missions as they could be.


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Post by Ryoko » Fri May 22, 2020 4:12 pm

It wasn't often that life gave Ryoko a chance to make up for her past mistakes. She never would've guessed that she'd be leaving her own universe to protect it. Twice before she had let these trans-dimensional invaders escape without a trace or consequence, but there was nowhere to run this time.

Alongside her DAD and PRODIGY, she'd been wearing a notably durably backpack, designed by Terminus, that contained spare recall devices and she carried the Frequency Divining Tool by hand. She was to be the "bloodhound" for the first part of the mission, so the team had delegated the navigational equipment to her so that she could make use of them alongside her innate senses to find the kidnapped students. The compounding information should make finding the kids a simple task.

The instant that she touched down on Mojave, Ryoko winced and started rubbing at her ears.

"That's rough..."

She felt a tsunami of psionic pressure thrash against the barriers of her mind like the makings of a bad pre-headache. She he had to fight just to make out the voices of her teammates through Mana's psychic link back in Solar City but, here, whoever was trying to invade her mind was giving her a bad case of Tinnitus even while she was doing her best to block it out.

"Everyone, don't hesitate to let me know if anyone here starts acting... out of character. We don't really have the time or luxury to deal with a psyker's bullshit right now."

The image of a perfect world never made it to her eyes, but Ryoko still knew what psychic energy felt like... and what it was capable of. Everyone on this team had a role to play and the capacity to make things much harder for the rest of the group if they became a pawn for whoever was attacking. Ryoko wasn't a psychic, and she couldn't clear people's minds of psionic influence, but she could put a teammate to bed with a quick knock to the noggin if it came to that.

Pushing through the noise, she pulled up the FDT and noticed that, aside from the other two teams, the only other group of individuals carrying their dimensional frequency was... about 30 meters away? Damn, Teja, well done! She moved to the spot indicated on the device and found... more empty desert.

Well, it was basically a map, wasn't it?

A map made with the same assumptions that drove the decision to bring the recovery team to the planet's surface as opposed to the surrounding space. It could only give the Cartesian coordinates, not necessarily the vertical elevation. Still a great starting point, though. She knelt down over the sands, put her hand down, closed her eyes and tried to feel for the souls of the metahumans beneath the sand. She felt nothing.

And then she turned her senses upwards.

"Well, I have good news and bad news. Thankfully, I have alot more good news."

She stood and faced her team, showing them that, at her current position, there were only three sources matching the frequency that the device was set to.

"The bad news is, we're about mmmmmmm... 10,000 miles away from where we need to be," she pointed upwards with her free hand. People familiar with the SOS headquarters were probably making some conclusions already, "The good news is... we only need to go straight up. And, since it's just us out here, we've got all the time we need to make a path. Bran! C'mere..."

It might've come up much sooner than expected, but it was something that she had addressed at the meeting. Bran couldn't pop open a portal in an instant, but he could make as many as he needed to if he had the time to do so. Ryoko could fly up there herself, honestly, but if the force-fields were as strong as they were in their reality's Empyrean, then it wouldn't be worth the effort or risk right now. Their devices might've been able to take them up to the Empyrean in an instant, but there was no point in wasting the extra power when there was no one there to keep them from taking the extra measure to conserve it. They were, no doubt, going to be needing it later.

"The rest of us can keep watch over you for a minute. Open a portal to the Empyrean so we can get moving."
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Post by Orange » Fri May 22, 2020 6:40 pm

I had a couple of spells that I could use to possibly go into space and be able to breathe. The problem was simple they were all designed with a different environment in mind like when you were exploring the depths of the ocean for some ruins or an artifact. I felt like it was for the best that I don't push my luck so I decided instead to don one of the spacesuits that was available and when it was time I took up a position with my team. Going through the portal I expected some planning with the other team but instead we separated immediately to go our own way.

When we suddenly appeared in the desert I looked around for a moment. As I looked over the desert landscape I could see the grizzly sight of corpses long left to rot in the husks of airplanes or the remains scattered along the ground having burnt out long ago probably no thanks to human action. I silently wept for this world despite this being a different world it didn't change what these people were, "Don't judge it too harshly Mana. Humans can't be put down for long."

I was caught unprepared by the telepathic assault and my perception for a moment changed instead to a clean desert landscape free from the sights and smells of rotting corpses instead it was the sight of airplanes flying overhead. There was a problem with this change I knew this wasn't true this was my head and with tooth and nail I would fight back against this intrusion my vision switching back and forth between the lie and the truth. So while I got a mild headache out of the fight against this alien influence it was with Mana's help that I managed to see the world as it was once again. Despite this horrible sight I'd rather confront the truth than living in darkness.

I hoped the psychic could hear me for a moment "I'm sorry for what happened to your world" was my reply to this assault. As Ryoko made her announcement I laughed for a moment replying, "It looks like we should have stayed in space. I'll get to work immediately but before I activate this portal we might want to mind scan the station. I have some telepathic magic that I can use to learn what we're about to get ourselves into. Nothing forceful mind you just a scan."

I got to work as quickly as possible using my staff to first draw a circle in the sand next was drawing up a five-pointed star in the center with the points touching the interior curve. Before long it was time for the rune work first was the rune to denote teleportation and then the rune to power the spell. The energy for the circle would be contained hopefully meaning that it wouldn't be detected by this world's "heroes". All in all, this would take a minute or two I would wait for the instruction to begin before activating circle and attempting cross over into the station.

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Post by illirica » Fri May 22, 2020 7:47 pm

The desert should have been a familiar emptiness, but for a moment Capacitor had a vision of something else, of wreckage strewn about, mangled bodies - as if when she'd lost Garrick, everything had gone horribly wrong, and she'd destroyed people and not just the shifting sands. The vision righted itself soon enough, though, smoothing out into the image she knew, calm sands and dry air, quiet winds. Comforting, in its own way.

Except... too comforting. She was suddenly reminded of a moment not so long ago, when a memory of a man who'd once been Michael Carter had tried to calm her worries. When she'd felt better than she should - and with the memory of that moment came an awareness of the artificiality of it all. She wasn't supposed to feel better. It took only a moment more to delve into the recesses of her own mind, to find the places where neurons whispered lies to each other and shunt the pathways back to those that told the truth.

The desert was still there, but this time its scars were not of her making.

Capacitor checked in on her team, but everyone seemed to have come through the assault well enough. She didn't like how easily it had come - she'd hoped to slip in unnoticed - but at least she'd gotten them to a place where they could handle it and start working on their mission. Ryoko had already gotten down to business, using Terminus' device as a first opportunity to scan for the students' signatures. The fact that it worked almost immediately was excellent, as it meant not having to spend too much time searching. While it had already been a long time for those kids, even after so long it was possible that every moment might count.

She'd gotten Sunderson started on a portal up there - Capacitor could have translocated the team, but most of their advantages were going to be in surprises, and the translocator devices weren't surprising. That, and if this dimension had access to that sort of technology through their Dimension Tide device, it was entirely possible that their space station was protected against such intrusions, as her own Empyrean was. Sunderson's... magic... might have a chance where technology might fail.

Had she been alone, she would have been tempted to try the technological approach anyway, but the less outer space Manaria was exposed to, the better. Despite the girl's obvious fascination with it - and desire to stay up there - Capacitor wanted her exploring space from behind pressurized walls, not with only a quickly designed jumpsuit for protection.

"Skip the scan. The less alert they have that we're coming, the better. Right now, even if they know we're here, they don't know where we intend to go or what we intend to do. Alerting potential enemies to our goals is more likely to be detrimental. Mango and I should be able to figure out some of the technical configurations once we're there - I should be able to map the station's electrical currents, which will give us a rudimentary map and an idea of where the power is going. We keep Mango between us, in case she can intuit anything additional with her technopathy. I'll try to access the system as well and intercept any signals being sent for informatics. That means Ryoko and Sunderson are on defense as soon as we drop in. Focus on non-technological threats if given the option, Mango and I will try to shut down any automated defenses."

Sunderson's circle was completed in what seemed like a subjective eternity, all senses on high alert for potential danger and interruption - but none came after the initial mental assault, and he soon had it completed. "Ryoko, you're the most durable, you're first. I'll follow and start in on the tech, Mango right after me. Sunderson, you're last, close the portal behind you - we don't want any followers."

Even for a team that had just been recently assembled, they worked well together, playing up each other's strengths and covering instantly where needed, everyone doing their part. She waited for Ryoko, cast one backwards glance to Manaria, then stepped through as well.

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Post by Kilroy » Fri May 22, 2020 10:43 pm

Fly me to the Moon
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Let me play among the stars
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Let me see what spring is like
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On Jupiter and Mars
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The crisp tip of a burnt cigar rolled over the glass ashtray, the half-smoked mahogany roll laid parallel to a single gloved hand, tapping accordingly to Sinatra's old-school hit, one of the last songs he reminded veraciously enjoying. The quiet atmosphere of space always eluded him, that blank vastness littered by satellites and excuses, the very same immensity which bestowed Surgath upon this Earth, the very same place which blessed him... Or cursed him, depending on who you asked. Watching over Earth for the nth time today alone, it was as utterly monotonous as it had always been. Everyone else had gotten their fun, Sytri had gone play and died doing so, Knight apparently found amusing playthings, even that bitch Revolt was floating around some alternative universe blowing some rich mafioso or whatever she did for fun.

Jake Johns? Stuck inside his boredom.

Today he put Sinatra for what would have been the first day in years. The little kids he had to babysit attracted some very intriguing guests to him, or at the very least it was what those orders shining on the antique technology of the humongous trash dump he was stashed at warned him. Orders directly from the chain of command to stay vigilant, which brought a smile to his often expressionless visage. Oh, what a wonderful day, what a wonderful day indeed. His chair spun in place, head cocked back, eyes closed as the world gyrated to the lyrics. Could they let him sing for ever more? Were they truly what he longed for and adored?

Oh! He should prepare for his guests!

This sudden realization came to him as soon as the first signal popped inside his mind, coming from seemingly nowhere at the very northmost section of his station. Jake, better known by his codename, Chargeman, slid his feet towards an incredibly messy table, scowling his face at all the filthy glasses he always forgot to clean. "Fucking hell, Jakey..." Another one seems to materialize out of thin air, but he hadn't even gotten ready yet. How unprofessional of him, having no visitors shouldn't mean one forgot how to be a good host now, should it?! He opens a small compartment, sorting two glasses..... Now three. The hissing of a liquid filling up these glass recipients soon interrupted the music, now on it's last notes. "Hello there..." He spoke to the wind, shaking his head. "No, nonono. Too dumb." A pause, and a now fourth glass. "Welcome to my humble abode!" Jake whispered, hitting the side of his head. "Nooooo, that's too formal, they'll get shy."

Meanwhile, somewhere else on his facility, two little curious cats attempted to probe into his quite literally flawless defense systems. It brought a brief chuckle to the mumbling man rooms away, unbeknownst to any, for as quickly as electricity dispersed to attempt to scan the location, the ambient as a whole was so loaded with electricity it would simply be lost amidst a sea of energy invisible to most. For Chargeman it was merely a whimsical thought kept on the back of his head, but to the one probing his home, well, it would be akin to a flashlight waking you up in the middle of the night, or whichever uncomfortable equivalent could suffice for them. The other curious kitten was quite interesting, indeed, she seemed to speak to machinery, how could he tell?

Well, they always did say, 'takes one to know one'.

Just like that, as the waves reached out to machinery, they'd find a comfortable embrace simply blocking it's path forward, a mere blockade that sought to simply deny as opposed to outright assault. A single door slides open before the ragtag bunch of friendly children-loving dweebs. A single corridor lit the way up to a distant glimpse of a stronger light in the distance. His personal quarters, also known as the base's recreation zone, which mostly meant his own leisure place. And behind that door, a single figure stood, clad in the most magnificent bath robes anyone could have ever designed, a pair of pink, fluffy slippers covered his feet, and black gloves complemented his look, which somewhat called attention to just how cold the whole place was, perks of practically living on zero g with outdated systems. Blonde threads hung from atop his head, angelical to say the least, penetrating blue eyes carrying the nonchalant suavity of the man's aura, a pearly white smile plastered on his lips, the very image of a flawless human being.

An open palm on his left floated a small metallic disc, four glasses of whiskey with ice perfectly arranged over it. "Welcome to my crib." He stepped aside, inviting them in. "Whiskey?" His head tilted a bit, before changing to a disappointed expression. "Oh, you have a kid with you! I have soda too, if you'd prefer." Jake waved amicably. "Don't be shy now, come on in. Let us talk."

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Post by Ryoko » Sat May 23, 2020 6:38 am

Ryoko slowly peeked through the dark portal before cautiously inching her way onto the Empyrean.

There was a delay before Teja and Mana followed her through; the anticipation of an aggressive defense system and the confidence in Ryoko's ability to withstand whatever resistance awaited her on the other side. What she found when she stepped through were the pulse of a few souls scattered throughout the facility and an empty, quiet room.

What surprised her was the fact that it remained silent.

A two doors slid open to her left; one as the exit to the corner room and the other an entrance to the Empyrean's recreation zone. Ryoko could sense the presence beckoning for them just ahead and, as a proper vanguard should, lead the advance to his private chambers.

"Right..." a brief sigh accompanied by a pair of overly annoyed fingers that couldn't help but pinch her brow, "Okay."

A loose robe, alcohol, and sickeningly informal language. The man sitting before them carried a lightning in his blood that was reminiscent of Capacitor, albeit notably different. And, when asked to take a seat, Ryoko showed no hesitation.

Why bother?

If he wanted a fight, then they would've received a far more vulgar greeting. Poison wasn't a warrior's drink of choice if he had any intention of drawing a steady blade. And, while he had a strength in him that she could feel from down the hall, it wasn't enough for any rational man to consider himself invincible. Whatever power it was that had kept him calm, was probably something a bit more... nuanced.

Something that would probably come to light as soon as they caught sight of the kids.


"Don't be shy now, come on in. Let us talk."


"Okay. Thing is, I have no interest in whatever you have going on here. I could not give a shit less about how comfortable your throne is or how delicious your wine. You don't even have to get up and do anything to ruin what I'm sure is a wonderful afternoon for you. You could walk away and never suffer another day in your life, and I could not care."

Truth be told, as much as she loved Maximum Man's attitude, she was honestly kind of happy that he wasn't around at the moment. Or, honestly, any of the overly emotional heroes. Ryoko had come here to save the children that she had failed to once before and redeem herself. Who the fuck cared whether or not any of these lunatics bled or even suffered for any of this shit that they'd done. In her eyes, this his wasn't about them, nor was this some quest for vengeance.

It was about the damned kids.

"You know why we're here. If you let us take the kids and go, then we'll be cool. We'll leave and never come back. We won't have a reason to."

Ryoko turned and nearly glared at her squad, almost demanding that they agree with her with a single glance. She doubted that this man would believe her, let alone allow the situation to resolve itself so smoothly... but that wasn't a reason not to try. Ultimately, if she acted in pursuit of vengeance and, in the chaos, failed to complete her mission, then she was just as bad as they were.

All that was left to do was hear his reply... and that of her undoubtedly furious teammates.
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Re: Incursion: Final Examination [Closed]

Post by Azra » Sat May 23, 2020 11:07 am



Tangerine eyes looked to Bran a bit confused, "don't judge" she called space pretty and then joked when it was switched for a desert. She shrugged though, admittedly the wreckage wasn't something beautiful. She did however force herself to look at it, see it for what it was. These people weren't burried, families didn't get to try and move on. The powers at be wanted to wish it all away hide that it happened. X wanted to turn back the clock instead of facing reality and the rest what wanted to flee from the truth instead. It was sad, and in need of help. One mission at a time though.

The twin nail guns on her wrists sprung free, barrels rotating as the teen stayed on alert as magic stuff was done. Nobody came though and soon it was time to go through a portal. "Got it." Mana remarked in response to the instructions. She didn't see any issue with them which helped, but she also tried to keep in what Ms Teja had told her not so long ago. Soon enough it was her turn to go through the portal, metal taloned feet hearing once more the click clack on metal floors.

Immediately she got to work, her mind reaching out to the base. Her average level of telepathy and technopathy had been around the scope of regular buildings. With exertion it could roughly reach up to a small city block, though that usually inhibited what else she could do. At any rate she did what she could to scan for brainwaves, see if she could tell how populated this place was. Her focus though as instructed was on technopathy. Reaching out with her mind to feel the layout, read it's design, see through its monitors. She didn't want to just converse with the machine but in away be apart of it to know it like she knew herself. There seemed to be some resistance but Mana simply pushed more right now she wasn't fighting it was easy to dedicate focus on the given task.

Most doors were closed though and from the one open room a man walked out. Mana liked to think most heroes and villains just sort of had good looks, they had to keep a particular build after all. Some faces were prettier though and the guy had one of those more "please take my picture, my best side is every side" looks. She knew the type from the academy the more fame and glory sort. Would have been no big deal but a towel didn't exactly mask much, sure some costumes hugged the body with a questionable tightness but it was at least something. She did her best to focus on slippers though, they looked fluffy she missed slippers. Dwell on that and reaching out with her mind, not on the uncomfortable situation she was in.

This was further helped by Ryoko speaking up first to respond to the greeting. Mana didn't mind though, this guy was new he wasn't like the killers and kidnappers met. Was also just best to try for non violence if one could, nobody had to loose pieces of themself. "Uh I drink juice, I wouldn't mind trying to talk this out though. Or at least giving you time to change before fighting, put some pants on man."

"In case was missed, R's squad split up. Half backing T's team." Came over the comms from Elektra updating on the situation, having not that long ago been informed they had engaged X.

"Maybe Ms Teja you should have sat them down for a talk instead. Trust they're fine though." The cyborg muttered in the team comm. There was a small urge in her to be there, make sure nobody got hurt. The students were the priority here though the teams could fight while the two students were likely bound and had to be in a rough situation far longer than Mana had.


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Re: Incursion: Final Examination [Closed]

Post by Orange » Sun May 24, 2020 12:00 am


I'd be lying if I said everything seemed to be going so perfectly. I chalked it up to the team while I was the odd man out the wildcard of this group none of them knew me particularly well. Except for Ryoko but even then I was still a little protective of what I shared, for now, we were a well-oiled machine. While I wanted to be a little bit more cautious with crossing over to this space station no alarm was triggered nor was there any sign yet of this station's inhabitants once we crossed over.

I watched behind us to make sure no one followed or poked their head my staff charged with energy and ready to fire if anyone stuck there head out from behind one of the corners. With each step with each breath, I felt like our presence here was finite like the station was about to tear itself apart while searching for the kids. As we passed by through the corridors computers seemed to be waiting for some kind of command but I gave it no mind I just continued to watch our backs. It was worrying that this had so far been so very easy and at any moment I expected someone to get shot while we when we got caught unawares. That was until when the last door opened and someone was waiting to greet us.

This was unexpected… I expected a fight, not someone inviting me into their home for a nice drink. Ryoko and Mana talked first while I continued to watch behind us when I was finally confident no one would spring out from behind us I got work. While Mana mentioned Teja might have been able to start negotiations on the planet I would speak, ”I’ll take some whiskey.” The energy in my staff had dissipated, “Hello there kind sir. I apologize for the intrusion onto your station but as my teammate mentioned we are looking for the kid’s that are abroad.” I walked away from the back and through the door taking a glass of whiskey on my way, ”my name is Bran and yours is?” Despite his strange appearance at the moment he held all the cards so talking and negotiating was our best chance to get the students back.

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