(IMPORTANT: FROM NOW ON ALL MAJOR OOC AND DISCUSSION GOES IN THE OUTGAME THREAD.)
Mmmmkayssu! It's come again! How shall it end?
Since this section is about Games and Roleplaying, and I've only seen living threads of the first during my time here, well, I've decided to try reviving this somehow. Therefore, as Haruhi would have said,
Or something like that, but in a rather more humble fashion ^_^
Anyways, I've got a quite big base already, a jumbled-up mass of plot twists and even a few documents about specific things that I've written during my bored moments. The setting is a Sci-fi one, loosely based on Earth and somewhat alike to the one seen in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, with the exception of an Earth that as well is highly developed.
I'm usually a proclaimer of halfwed anarchy, but in RP's i like to keep it somewhat organized, at least, so there'll be the statsy stuff. Rules are loose as of now, but might get harder later. Here's what we'll start with, though...
The first thing we'll need is of course, characters. Rules for creation are few, but since there are stats here there of course are limits ^-^
Here's my example character form. Copy/Paste and move on...;)
NAME: This one is pretty obvious. Make up one.
CLASS/RACE: If you're a vampire, write that. If you're TMNT, scribble it down. If you're a three-headed monster frog, punch it in. Class is NOT job.
ORIGIN: Just make up some planet name or something if you're lazy ^_^
AGE: Once again, pretty simple. Obasan or kodomo?
APPEARANCE: The general looks of your character. Fatness, pink hair, peg leg or extremely Moe - anything that ways goes here. IMPORTANT: Make sure you write down your Weight/Height here.
PERSONALITY: All random personality traits and quirks go here. This section might be seen as important, since the quality of roleplay is largely based on how well one adapts to one's character. Much innovativeness and fun ideas encouraged!
BACKGROUND: So here you write a little something to make that random planet your character comes from a little less random, and your character's appearance a little less shunkan idou plot device-ish. Once again, tap away at the keyboard as much as you like!
STATS SECTION: Here you have 120 points to spend away with as you like. The base stats will be:
With the last one being stuff like willpower and stress tolerance. You can have maximally 20 in a single stat (unless you have REALLY good reasons to do otherwise).
The rest will be spent on Skills and Abilities. Skills can be anything from Swordfighting and Navigation to Climbing or Singing. Most skills are pretty self-explanatory but if you have something that isn't all too obvious then write a short note about what it is.
Abilities are special stuff, like inborn talents or special effects, and can be stuff like Resistance to poisons and alcohol, Natural armor or (!) Mikuru Beam - it's your choice. I won't dictate point costs much, but use these as guidelines:
Lesser 5p Lagom (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagom)(picked this word up during my travels) 10p Greater 20p
EQUIPMENT: Here's this section again. It's pretty basic - use you own judgment and get yourself fitting weapons, items and stuff like that. I recommend not having too many weapons as well - the basic issue of carrying the stuff is still De Facto (no hoipoi capsules people ;)). Now three examples of stuff you DO NOT HAVE:
MOE SLAVE GIRLS.
since the second two are just cheating, and the first one is just NOT ALLOWED. If you absolutely must, then kidnap another player ;) (although I won't be responsible for the consequences ^_^)
That's about it! Oh also, since this is a H-NA production...
GAME MASTERING IS ALLOWED FOR ALL HARU-NATAllies.
(cuz I don' wanna be all alone ^_^)
Provided there's enough people interested I'll get things going quite soon.
That is all!
NAME: Gummster ( sorry I couldn't think of anything else)
CLASS/RACE: Countryside Icelander
ORIGIN: The planet Snow-A-Lot
APPEARANCE: Long blonde hair, 183cm, average muscular, 70kilos
PERSONALITY: Smart and with fast reflexes, knows martial arts, only uses his powers for good!
BACKGROUND: Born on the planet Snow-A-Lot in the year 974334983485716371 (the year 1981 in human time). Nothing is known of his past except that he saw his parents grow very fat as a child. Gummster never saw them again, nor did he want to. He appeared on earth a few years later. Gummster uses a violin as his weapon but only helps the good, the ones in need and people who pay a lot of money. But that sum does not exist as he only wants Snow-A-Lot currency. There is nothing that Gummster enjoys more then eating chocolate Oreo's and teaching. Current location always unknown, but there have been rumours that he resides in Iceland, this is unconfirmed and uncertain.
STATS SECTION: Here you have 120 points to spend away with as you like. The base stats will be:
Playing the violin: 30
Martial arts: 19
A lot of chocolate Oreo's
And if I may ask, what does the "//Nei" means *refrains from telling the Icelandic meaning*
Ah! We have our first entrant! Ssu! *does a little Akira-sama imitation here*
So...Combat Violinist Gummster, eh? That sounds intriguing!
And you may ask ^_^ Well basically, Nei/Neige is one of my four pseudo-signatures (The others being Hana/HanaÃ«, Chip and Neana), and doesn't actually hold any lingual meaning, except in its long form where it means "snow" in french.
So, if i may ask you then, Combat Violinist-ssu, what does it mean in icelandic?
It merely means 'no' in Icelandic although many words have been created from it, they're too many too count. But this is getting a little off topic.
Yessu! (As I recall from my travels, though, Nei or Nej means no in most nordic languages.)
Now, back to applicants!
And oh, some advise on BALANCE:
In the stats section you might've wanted more of that, combat violinist-ssu ^^ (although it of course is up to you in the end)
6 is bad, 10 is normal, 13 is good, 16 is extreme and 20 is way overkill.
1 is total newbie, 5 is beginner, 10 and you've got all basics down, 15 and you're starting to learn special stuff, 20 and you're good at special stuff, 25 and you've mastered almost everything, 30 and above and you're probably legendary and making up own techniques and teaching people.
Powergaming IS allowed, but i'd not say it's encouraged ^-^; Also, a karma that low will make you eternally followed by misfortune and stuff. Karma is important (and lowering it a way of punishment ^_^) and the only base stat which fluctuates rather heavily depending on your actions. It's karma, desho? ^_^
More people needed! Come on, don't be shy!
Name: Exa Thundercloud, Stormy Mage from the Outer World
Class: Lighting Mage
Origin: Outer World
Appearance: short blond hair, 172 cm, a bit thin, wears blue lightning-decorated clothes with a cloak and gloves
Personality: smart but lazy, tends to act random but he is helpful, hates strict rules, doesn't abuse his powers
Background: Exa Thundercloud wants to learn about magic as much as possible. He traveled to many worlds and dimensions. Unlike his brother, Dracon Goldflame, he is very adventurous, and likes randomness. When he sees a dimension door/gate/whatever, his first thing is to go in! That's how he appeared in that world...
Strength: 8 (he doesn't have good physical strength because of his lack in training.)
Dexterity: 12 (not bad in avoiding attacks, but still has a lot to learn)
Intelligence: 20 (he wants to be the best mage, so he learns a lot about it)
Karma: 10 (not very lucky or unlucky)
Mind: 15 ( he gained willpower because the random events which happened with him)
Weapon proficiency - Staff: 10 (as a mage, he found staff a fitting weapon, and good for self-defense)
Meditation: 10 (when he has enough time, he could regain his mana and stamina with this skill)
Magic proficiency - Lighting Magic: 20 (his primary skill, good for offense and defense, too)
Alchemy: 5 (he has some basic skill in making simpler potions, like minor healing/mana potions)
Concentration: 5 (with a short concentration, he can improves his abilities a bit, so he easier can avoid attacks or does better strikes)
Planeswalker: 5 (he traveled in my dimensions, so he can easier adapt to different worlds.)
Staff, decorated with a Topaz: his symbol and main weapon, does an additional (low) lighting damage with each strike
Lighting Necklace: gives him protection against lighting magic
NAME: Kaijugurati "Ji" Ndena
CLASS/RACE: Sentient penguin
ORIGIN: this penguin appeared as an effect of an emerge with errorneous use-flags. The compile took place at a webserver on Tepalgueva.
AGE: 11 years
APPEARANCE: He is an emperor penguin, about 1.20m in height and weights 40 kg
PERSONALITY: The penguin never experienced muuch social interaction, so he appears slightly autistic. Proprietary programs and especially OSes make him angry. He wants to be with others but he is really inept concerning this.
BACKGROUND: Tepalgueva is a planet which tried to compensate the complete ineptness of politicians by making the most clever person on the planet king. However cleverness does not mean being a good politician and so Tepalgueva remains an underdevelopped, backwater planet, infamous for its plantations (coffee as well as coca and other drugs), crime, temple and corruption.
system administration: 10 (includes LARTing)
various live-CDs and installation CDs.
a cluisville slugger as LART
Alrightey! 'Tseems 'twasn't easy to just drag y'um t'getha fer just things random n' unconfirmed! But anywayssu, in an attempt to get things rolling somewhat at least, I'll hereby declare the RP...semi-open! Meaning, anyone can freely create a character and play it into the game, but RP'ing is still underway. Ganbarimassu, minasan!
First of all, though, I'll be posting up your "guide" character...I give you REN!
CLASS: Most likely some sort of Robot/Cyborg type.
ORIGIN: Earth, Southern Hemisphere
APPEARANCE: REN seems to have been designed like a piece of modern art - some parts perfected, some parts hastily done and some just thrown in the last second or randomly placed. Outer layer is a metal armor-like construction in black, white, red and green. The head is helm-like and equipped with long, pointy sensor arrays as ears and two shining red eyes as main visual providers. Between the eyes are a fan-like constellation of silver-hued blades forming a dawn-like symbol crest on the forehead. The back of the head is equipped with tentacles the size of a grown man's arm in shifting colors, without any known purpose other than to liken hair - below those are a silvery wing and thruster construction, folded up to take as little space as possible.
Height: 2.52 meters Weight: Only 234 kilograms, due to a very light NCSA exoskeleton structure.
PERSONALITY: Silent, cold and analytic. Statements are made objectively and very impersonally, and the androgynous, metallic voice doesn't really improve matters.
BACKGROUND: Except silent murmurs about a hidden laboratory on Earth southern hemisphere, REN regards this as classified information for all and everyone, and has thus revealed nothing else.
Weapon - Close Combat Energy-blades: 15
Information Technology: 3
Navigation - Stellar Crafts: 5
Astral/Virtual manipulation/navigation: 9
Scientific skills: 3
Adaptive Process Power Transfer (5) - this allows REN to sacrifice flexibility for power, by bypassing priority classifications of power regulations.
Neuro-virtualisative intrusion (10 - this allows REN to access electroactive neural constructions and create, erase, read and manipulate data.
Extended Console Database (5) - REN's console contains an extended database, which contains an almost amount of accessible data. This has been done at the cost of the universal access uplink, though, and new data is thus only processible through manual input or direct hardwire linkage.
You guys know what the best thing with this kind of chara is? That you can be in constant Nagato Yuki-mode if you like! ^w^
[EDIT]I just saw that I forgot inputting the equipment data...^-^;[/EDIT]
Primary Weapon: ETHEREAL (Black-bladed beamsword)
Secondary Weapon: LEVCS (Laser-Enhanced Vibro Close-combat Systems)
EISS (Electric Impulse Scanning System) (MSA)
Sonar Transmitter/Receiver (MSA)
C/N/N/Generic Radar T/R (MSA)
Vibration Anomaly Analysis Systems (MSA/various)
IR Reception systems (MV)
Spectral Reception system (MV)
UV Projection/Reception system (MV)
Note that i only jotted down the constantly active sensor systems for now, since writing them all down would be a damn PITA/WOT.
Anyways, with at least a few characters introduced and REN activated, we'll move on...
::UNIVERSAL NC-IC CONSOLE
::INPUT COMMAND: "RP MODE=TRUE"
::MASTERING AUTHORIZATION ACTIVATED, LAUNCHING...
.CHANNELS FIVE THROUGH THIRTEEN UNSTABLE.
...WARNING: UNIDENTIFIED INTRUSION ON CHANNEL THIRTEEN HAS BEEN DETECTED.
....UNABLE TO AUTHORIZE NULLIFICATION OF DATA LINK...UPLINK STATUS IS UNCLEAR---
.....UNAUTHORIZED MASTERING PROCESS DETECTED, TERMINATING.
---ACCESS DENIED - REASON: FORBIDDEN---
Ever since the first eras of the commercialization of space, there have always been numerous places for all sorts of lifeforms to stop by for a rest, a meal or, the ever-so-popular drink. New such are built all the time, and every day a few follows the circle of birth and destruction of the interstellar market and are closed, taken over, converted into something entirely else or, in some cases, simply blown up by people who didn't think it belonged there - wherever now that might have been. But there are some of those places that have remained almost from the beginning, and are yet doing business all 512 days of the intergalactic year. They can be everything from the finest restaurants to the worst shack you've ever seen, and the personnel can be anything from swarms of the most beautiful ladies of the oh-what-a-sight-Trondians, to a single grumpy Hugg, but there are two things that you can always get on these veteran "spacehuts".
The most accurate information about happenings for low and high in the area, but more importantly, the the best drinks you can find in a distance of a few light years.
The name of this particular bar is "The Jigsaw Barrel" and it is located in space sector TPS-X043AVV, and for the moment it is floating a few hundred miles off the surface of Neptune. It is quite scabby, and definitely nothing for the finer society of the sentients around Terra Primus Tellus - or as its native sentients, the humans, so primitively call it, "The Earth" - but anyone who's interested in a good place for lower-hand dealings, first-class information, a good fight or the best drinks in the whole TPS space region, knows that the barkeep, a heavyset, wizened human in his fifties with arms like logs who goes by the name William, is the first man you'd talk to if you ever needed any of them.
On this particular day there were a few quite interesting guests in the main halls of the Jigsaw Barrel - and also a few that weren't as good as they thought at resisting the poisonous Ethanol of human-made beverages that had felt it necessary to relocate themselves to the bathrooms - and among those were,
Kaijugurati "Ji" Ndena, the legendary sentient penguin who just had been caught trying to uninstall every single shred of proprietary data on the bar's computer systems,
Exa Thundercloud, your traditional robed lightning mage who had one day, somewhat drunk, went through a dimensional portal in a closet and all of a sudden had appeared on the stage during the performance of a local run-of-the-mill stage magician, instead of the pigeons,
Gummster, the constantly sweating countryman who despite this fact is always wearing at least 4 layers of clothing,
And finally REN, who most thought was just a piece of decoration or a metal chunk since nobody ever saw its limbs move once (since there was nothing for robots to drink in the bar).
Little was said, but all knew that something soon would happen to be told in stories far to come.
LET THE ROLEPLAYING BEGIN!
Ouch... My head is aching... where am I? I went to the Singing Blade inn with Dracon, but I can't remember what happened. I shouldn't drink that much alcohol...
Exa Thundercloud, the Stormy Mage from the Outer World celebrated his success in magic experiments with his brother, Dracon Goldflame, but the celebration went to a huge drinking contest. And since Exa can't stand much alcohol, he went drunk easily. He went (more like crawled) to the toilet to do what people do in a toilet, but with a strange flash, he disappeared...
He was on the stage! A magician was doing his usual show, and he tried to pull off the good old pigeon trick. But instead of the pigeons, Exa showed up. The audience clapped - they thought it was a part of the show.
Excuse me, where am I? - asked Exa from the magician.
Why are you here? You are not a pigeon! - answered the magican.
Of course I am not a pigeon! - The Stormy Mage was angry, in his current state, he wasn't very calm.
But it means that I summoned you?
No, and if you can't answer to my question, leave me alone! - Exa left the stage.
Wait!... - the magician followed him.
The audience still didn't recognize that wasn't part of the show.
Oh man, this is crazy! A stupid person follows me, and I don't even know where am I! I must get some information about this place... and something to put an end to my headache! - mumbled the Stormy Mage...
Hmph, what a useless bunch of people Says Gummster as he walks backstage after a short concert for the higher ups in the Countryside of his home country.
Gummster, one of the better musicians of his time on his planet was playing for the higher society of the countryside of his motherland. Gummster was not really the type that played in gathering as these but in the lights of events he did.
God I hope I don't have to do an encore Gummster says as the audience clapped and cheered.
Huh, I guess I don't have choice
As Gummster prepared to get back on the stage he somehow walked into an unfamiliar place where a magician seemed to have pulled a Stormy Mage out of a hat.
What the hell is this? Where the hell is this? And why did a magician pull a Mage out of a hat? No, wait that doesn't matter now
Gummster looks around really confused, he tries to find reasons about how he ended in this place, he finds none.
Well at least I have my violin and bow so I don't have to worry about people beating me up. But right now I need to ask some question about this place, and if anyone could get me some Oreos Thinks Gummster and hums the fourth act of JÃ³hannesar Ãºr KÃ¶tlu Ode to reality, which incidentally he was going to play before he morphed into where ever he was right now.
"...seems to have been some problems with the warp stuff lately, so there's been coming lots of folk here from other places...dunno why really, but hey, if I make money out of it, it can't be that bad, now can it? Bwahahahahahahaha!"
The today oddly cheerful barkeep William was doing some small talk with the guests at the bar desk, and a generally cheerful noise was generated from the big hall.
The bar was quite filled with people tonight; many was there to watch the finals of the world championships in Weightless Wheelchair Horse Polo, one of the more extreme sports played in the spacedome arenas these days - mainly extreme because it was built out of probably the most damn stupid idea ever - but some where there just out of habit, or for a casual drink. In one corner there was a 5 square meter area surrounded by laser shield projectors, where the more official bar fights were held, but since most rambos were watching the game the corner was empty - at least for the moment. The barkeep turned his head to a heap of metal at his side and boomed, "What was it again that you called that malfunctionismy thingy, dictionary?"
A metallic sigh was generated out of the robot's main speakers. It was quite raggish and might have been chosen to represent the stereotypical robotic beggar, if there was such a thing - but it was actually the bartender's helper, D-1C "Thierry", nicknamed Dictionary by William due to his word-specific database - but he answered in a bored tone, "Core data corruption of the priority regulator in the hyperspace cyber generator, Will. And my name is Thierry," he continued, but the barkeep had already moved on his discussion with the customer in front of him before the robot had even finished his first sentence properly. The raggish D-1C model sighed again, and went back to polishing the glasses.
Which is when he noticed the simultaneous appearance of a robed man on the stage in the back of the hall, and a violin-brandishing man in heavy fur clothing mysteriously walking out of a door that definitely had not been there last time he checked (193.425 seconds ago according to data log), which quickly disappeared behind him once he was through. My, my, the robot thought, and continued watching in silence as the two mysterious approached the seats in front of his main visual, the robed man tightly followed by the stage magician that he had stunned with his appearance.
The penguin just waddled into the bar and hid under a table. Why do people never understand that it is for the sake of _them_ that Ji attempted to free their computers. Instead, people always get angry at his tiredless attempts to save their computers' souls. From under the table, Ji looked at the scene: There were some new people in the bar. A guy in robe is followed by another guy, who also wears a robe, a weird person with a... some form of instrument... both of these new people look rather disoriented. He decided to use this confusion. He waddled to the violinist and squawked: "Can you please pretend I am your pet" hoping that the weird person who caught him red-winged at the PC would fall for that. He tried to look so cute as a penguin with a LART and a big box of installation-CDs can.
It's confusing... so confusing... I need to get information... - Exa seemed nervous, but suddenly, he smiled! Wait! It's a bar, this is good for me! - and he walked to the entrance. The magician still followed him. Wait... are you a real mage? - asked the magician from Exa.
It's not your business!
I said what I said! - the effects from the alcohol showed the Stormy Mage's worst side. But when he looked around, he saw a very strange thing: a penguin talked to a musician-looking person. Am I hallucinating? - said Exa, and went to the two suspicious person...
As Gummster was walking around trying to figure out what happened a little penguin walked up to him and asked him if he could pretend to be his pet. Confused of the fact that a penguin was talking he looked silently at the little fellow.
"What is this, a talking penguin, not just that but asking me to pretend to be his owner, why?" This and more went through Gummsters head as he stared at the penguin.
"I'm sorry what?" Asked Gummster, the unknown penguin asks again.
"Erm... sure why not. But only if you can tell me what this place is. And if I can find any Oreos here preferably chocolate ones."
Gummster finally got his eyes of the penguin as he saw a laughing robot walking past him.
"What is that?"
Gummster had no time to think about that as the Stormy Mage that the magician from the show earlier approached him.
Gummster had nothing to say but "Hi Mr. Mage"
"This place is called The Jigsaw Barrel... not the place you want to be if there is no way to waddle back home! Especially not if people chase you for freeing their computers! And Oreos? What are they?" during this, the penguin hid behind the musician since he feared those lusers have found him.
"Oreos are a special brand of cookies, originating on Earth but now spread over the whole galaxy, for some odd reason," said the ever bored barhelper robot half to himself from the bar disk a few meters away. Then he raised his head and looked at the odd group, "And I'd rather you folks take yourselves a seat, since William tends to get angry at people standing up in his bar. Only drunks, misfits and bullies stand up in bars, he says, and they worsen business. And since I suppose you don't want to be thrown into the vacuum of space for being in the way..." The robot left the sentence unfinished, and went back to polishing the glasses.
"jigsaw Barrel? Interesting name. So basically I can't get home again?" Says Gummster desperately.
"Oh and yes those are the Oreos I was looking for!" Said Gummster to the strange bartender, then sat down. "You got any?"
Gummster really hadn't figured out why the Mage was here, he still hadn't answered his greeting at least.
But just at that moment the little penguin hid behind Gummster,
"What the..." Thought Gummster, when a few people that Gummster considered as bandits approached him.
"Give us tha' little animal if ya' dun' wan' get hurt mate" Said the man who appeared to be the leader.
Hmm... why should I do that, it is my pet Said Gummster with a grin although he knew that he was lying.
"That ain't no mans pet mate, that's a software destroying animal that is"
"Well looks like the jig's up" said Gummster with an even more evil grin
"So what are ya' gonna do if I refuse to give you this little fellow? And software destroying penguins? I've never heard of such a thing"
"If ya' dun' wan' give it we'll jus' have ta' take it!"
Those were the words that Gummster was waiting for. Even though Gummster was a well mannered violinist he was a master of the frightening violin ryuu fighting style, at that moment Gummster prepared to start a fight.
"Mr. Mage and little penguin guy please stay back if you don't want to get hurt, I will not take responsibility for my actions, I hate people who attack the defenceless"
Gummster had stopped grinning and now had a a very evil smile.
"I dare you, attack from anywhere"
Oh, I forgot to introduce myself. I am Exa Thundercloud, Stormy Mage from the Outer World, and I'm here because I went through a dimension gate by accident - Exa calmed down, after his "wrong minutes".
A Stormy Mage? Please, show me some of your tricks! - the magician asked him.
This is not the time for tricks! Can't you say that a fight is going to start? Anyway, can I help you? - asked Exa from Gummster.
"Huh... he talks" said Gummster. Although he had seen a lot in his life he had in fact never seen a talking Stormy Mage, all the ones he had seen had traded their lingual abilities for their powers.
"This one must be very special, no powerful if so could be said, it would be preferable to see what he can do before I do anything. Just in case if we might fight someday" he thought.
"Well Mr. Mage, you could help out with those" said Gummster while pointing at the very angry bandits. "Have fun" said Gummster with a smile.
"AAAAALLRIGHTY LADS," the barkeep boomed, banging his fists on the bar disk, "it seems we've got a few bushies in here who aren't all too drunk to keep themselves away from watching the game like normal people and getting in fights. Renny, you know the drill, get them in the corner," he added in a smug tone at something covered by trash bags a few meters behind him.
With William's words, the bar went silent.
Well, it wasn't really the kind of instant-just-add-water silence of a very deep cave or something usually associated with the expression, but it was probably as close you can come to such with the booming sound of a Methaflex SuperSync SnagBoomer Audio System pounding out the loud cries of raging horses and the creaks of old wheelchairs with quarterbacks on them, and there were still quite much noise, but it was probably as close to completely silent as a bar of the Jigsaw Barrel's class could come during rush hours.
And throughout this (not quite, yet almost) complete silence, a metallic, "Wakarimashita" was heard. And the heap of metal previously covered in banana peels and bear cans arose, walked past the barkeep and cut a neat hole through the bar disk, seemingly only using his metal fist.
REN looked silently at the creatures before him. On one hand there are the usual scum, it went through the console, but on the other there are some people considered odd even to this place. And a...penguin, but the EISS data clearly resembles n-C code. This place is clearly getting more odd by the day. Oh well, REN thought, and activated the console APPT command.
The robot's backhead tentacles shot out, and wormed themselves around the five thugs, the three weirdos and the stage magician (despite the last one clearly having nothing to do with it all), holding them constricted a good two meters up in the air. Then, as if nothing was strange at all, REN walked through the whole main hall, zig-zagging through the mass of (quite) silent people, and stopped in the totally emptied corner. There the odd nine were taken out of their airborne state rather violently and dropped down on the ground (everyone except the penguin gets their breath knocked out, the penguin is fluffy though and escapes only with a splinter up his wing), and laser walls rose around the combatants.
"LOOKS LIKE WE'VE GOT RUMBLERS, PEOPLE!" William boomed out over the speakers, and everyones' eyes shifted from being glued to the screens to being glued to the fighting corner. "SCRAP IT!"
"*squawk*" said the penguin. "I never caused trouble... I am just a normal penguin... oh and do you happen to run any unfree software, I can take care of?"
From one bad situation to another is what Gummster thought in this case.
"What the hell? These people want me to fight? It goes against my code to fight like that."
As Gummster thought about what he should do in the present situation one of the drunkards that were chasing Ji tried to knock Gummster out with a iron pole.
"Where the hell did he get that?" thought Gummster as he barely managed to escape the pole.
"I wonder how the little penguin man is doing" he thought as the drunkard continued to attack Gummster.
"Hey, would you stop that!" he screams at the poor man. He didn't stop.
"I guess I have no choice then" murmurs Gummster as he swings his bow around a little bit then hitting the drunken man in the chest, he's immediately thrown to the other side of the cage, slamming into to laser walls.
"I knew you were weak, but I didn't think you'd be that weak, that was only 5% of my complete powers." says Gummster to the now unconscious man. "But what the hell is this anyways? Why are the crowd so damn excited? Ah! I totally forgot about little penguin man, but wait what about Mr. Mage, no he looked strong, he can probably help himself."
As Gummster said that two of the five angry drunken men were approaching Ji each with a iron pole of it's own.
"Crap, where do they get those things" said Gummster as he rushed to his newly found penguin friend.
There is a time to waddle away and there is a time to fight back the penguin thought as these lusers . "Prepare to be mkfsed, lusers!" he squawked before taking his trusty LART in both flippers and dodged the poles while hoping to come near enough to... yeeeee-hah! The LART hits the legs of the approaching luser. That is the disadvantage of too much size! he thought as the luser fell down.
WARNING: BIG OOC ENTRY HERE!
(Alrighty! First battle time! But here I'll be having to discard the universal GM'ing for everyone, since the battle otherwise would be totally messed up. From now on, battles are governed by the head GM (currently me) only, and since nobody wants total rampage or a messed up thread, please make things short and concise when posting for battles.
Also, I'd like to ask two questions:
First of all: Kami-tux, what the devil is a LART? I kind of need to know that to be able to govern things smoothly here, since it seems to be your main battle skill ^-^;
Secondly, should we open an outgame thread for this? To avoid lots of OOC rampage ingame, i mean...
Now, off to the game!)
The crowd was screaming. There had been a while since there'd been this good a fight in the Corner - even William was a bit excited. And the laser walls - and more importantly, REN's presence - also entirely disposed of the usual worry of the fighters destroying the bar that a normal barkeep in a normal bar would have felt in this situation. William knew he'd made a perfect choice when he'd hired REN for supervising the fights - the robot was silent as the blackest night, never interfered unless any rules were broken, and most importantly, constantly carried both power and weaponry enough to hold off the whole damn revolution all on its own. And as a bonus, its two and a half meters of solid metal was definitely among the list of very intimidating people he'd met. And ol' Willy had seen a lot.
He smiled smugly. He was going to sell gold tonight.
"No weapons allowed," REN's voice echoed through the hall, but instead of the tentacles lashing out, they simply wavered in the air a bit. Instead, the various harmful staffs, violins, LARTS and metal objects of all kinds belonging to the different combatants were twisted out of their hands (or flippers) as if by an invisible force, and sent flying to the laser wall, where they stopped dead.
Except for the by Gummster pummeled man, who had now also gotten a flying LART in his head and thus wasn't just unconscious but also severely h4xx3d, the combatants split up back into their initial groups (or somewhat at least). Meaningly, Exa on his own in one corner, showing a somewhat unsure face yet with sparks playing on his fists; The penguin and the violinist in another, slightly less back-to-back now but yet determined and stark; The four remaining ruffians in a third, snorting and grumbling about unmentionable things; and finally REN hovering in the airspace of the fourth corner, with the shaking stage magician (whose name, by the way, was Joni) suspended in the air by tentacles, for safety reasons.
After a split second of silence and stillness, the leader of the ruffians spat, and charged at the mage with a roar, while the remaining three running at the penguin/violinist combo with yells somewhat less intimidating and professional.
(Yes I think we should have another thread for outgame thread, 'OOC rampage' kinda spoils the mood)
"Shit! the robot took that violin gear" thought Gummster as he moved into a defensive posistion It's all right Gummi, just remember your training, the only thing I have to worry about is to get the violin back, the penguin man can probably handle himself, he has the advantage of size, or can he..."
Gummster prepares to take down the ruffians to have that done, but...
No weapons, eh? This is challenging! - thought Exa. It's good that I don't need to use my staff for spells! - and he charged his fists with shocking power. That was the time when the thugs started to attack...
OOC: A Luser Attitude Readjustment Tool (abbreviated LART) is "something large, heavy and painful, used to respond appropriately to particularly annoying lusers." A LART can by definition be anything from a pat on the back, to a small tactical nuclear attack, depending on how much adjustment the attitude needs. Names for specific types of LARTs include cluebat, clue stick, Clueisville Slugger, clue-by-four and Board of Education. The abbreviation was redefined to Lumber Assisted Reallocation as Treefood as part of the Lumber Cartel. See also Banhammer.
In my case, it is a baseball-bat.
The penguin now realized that he really is at a disadvantage. Without its trusty Clueisville Slugger, he is unable to fight well. He decided it would be best to attempt pecking the lusers since that is the only way a small penguin can cause any damage.
Gummster sees that the Ji is in trouble.
"Damn it! So he's not that strong when he doesn't have that weird stick." thinks Gummster
"Well I guess I can get two flies in one hit." T
Then one of the ruffians took a high body kick at Gummster, he grabs the leg and throws the bandit at the guy attacking Ji, then he knocks out the other one with a swift move.
"Hmm... looks like those are taken cared of, Exa seems to be done as well, what happens now..."
The leader of the thugs charged Exa, in the hope he can take the Stormy Mage down with one strike. But he wasn't prepared for magic...
All right, let's do this! - Exa shouted and started to chant a fast spell:
Power of Magic,
Energy lies in me,
Protection Sign : Lighting Field!
(Side note: these "signs" come from the Touhou game series - in one of Exa's earlier adventures, he went to Gensokyo - the Touhou games' world, and he learned this kind of spellcasting. For more information about Exa Thundercloud's earlier adventures, read this:
The thug leader almost reached Exa, when he was knocked back by the field. It was a shocking experience for the ruffian...
Ehehe... it seems that the advantage is mine now! - smiled Exa, and prepared a lightning strike...
Off-topic side note: Most probably I won't be able to post from Friday to Sunday, because I won't be near a computer...
"Now that those have been taken care of what happens next?" thinks Gummster as silent took over the whole room.
"I wonder if this is a death match, perhaps this won't be over 'till there's only one man standing, well I've got nothing against these guys so I don't really want to fight them. Well first comes getting the violin" Gummster breaks the silence by slowly walking towards the laser wall where his violin and bow landed. He pulls it out.
Oh damn, now I have to tune it, hope you're happy robot!
Gummster starts tuning his violin.
Eh... alltaf er Ã¾aÃ° jafn leiÃ°inlegt aÃ° stilla helvÃtiÃ°, Ã©g Ã¡ eftir slÃ¡tra Ã¾essu helvÃtis vÃ©lmenni ef hann gerir Ã¾etta aftur. he says in his native language, hoping that no one understands it.
I hope you guys don't mind if I start playing while we wait what happens next, I don't really want to do nothing. right after Gummster said that he started playing.
To the sound of a slightly off-tuned violin, the floor suddenly started to shake. Murmurs went through the crowd, and the barkeep muttered things in worried tones. But that little thing did not catch the attention of the crowd for long - and soon they were either back to watching the game or trying to get the cagefight going again. But just as the shaking stopped, there was a loud CLANG of metal against metal.
The entire bar went silent, completely still, with the exception of a few creaking chairs, and the silent, sweeping sound of Gummster's violin - and then there was another loud bang, followed by a sound that most probably associated with a gigantic door creaking open. Then another bang.
Long afterwards, the old traditional Snow-a-lotian folk song that Gummster played would be called the sonata of death by the humans. Its name would be whispered among the higher in society, and it would be played on burials and mournings. But not once would they come close to the impression of closing fates that Gummster's tones carried with them.
Five more seconds of violin. Then, without any further warning, the hall exploded.
At least, that was what it seemed to be.
Probably the different combatants were the absolutely most lucky among the visitors of the bar that night. Since they were inside an impenetrable laser cage, while the others were ruthlessly thrown out into the vacuum of space.
But unlike the others, they were literally shot out of the explosion, plummeting through space at speeds clearly exceeding regulation limits of non-hyperspace traveling.
And while they all certainly were lucky not to have their brains turned into mushrooms from all that G-force, only REN and Exa were protected in any way (Exa by his excessively powerful lightning field protection spell and REN by decimeter-thick layers of NC alloy armor) and thus were the only ones able to keep remote levels of consciousness within the spiral of madness.
Gummster woke up with a noise. When he looked around him he felt a slight feeling of deja vu, he decided to keep it to himself. It was mildly warm.
"Hvur helv..." he mumbled to himself when waking up. The first thing he saw was Exa mumbling something he didn't understand, must be some sort of magic he thought.
"Now what is this!? one moment I'm playing the violin and the other I'm in some desolate planet, can anyone tell me what happened?" Said Gummster. "Oh crap the violin!" Gummster was very relived to see it in his hands. "It's incorrectly tuned, again, well that can't be helped.
"Well I seem to have time, I could at least tune it correctly this time." But before Gummster starts tuning he realises that the robot was there too. "Well it looks like we're gonna stay here for a while, might as well ask for it's name, if it has one..." Gummster thinks, then he starts tuning his violin.
After he's done with that he looks at Ji and wonders about his name as well. "Hmm... I also havn't heard his name, well he looks to be still unconcius, so I'll talk to the robot first."
Gummster then walks up to Ren and asks for the name.
The penguin opens one eye, then the other and squawks confusedly. "What? where? who? wtf?"
---INPUT CONSOLE COMMAND---
The laser cage had been nearly drained of all energy on its way through the atmosphere, and a final crash against a bed of rocks had given the fatal blow to its energy source. Luckily the discharge was not big since most energy had been drained already out of the battery - which REN assumed was of the TRETHI-X DEUT_HEFUSE XX3608-b series - at normal charge rates, forced meltdowns of such fusion power sources were powerful enough to shatter smaller planets in pieces. And thanks to the Phaseshift armor system being active, REN was able to block out all damage to the others when shielding the others from the discharge. A scan of the mage's neural system revealed that he had fainted somewhere in the process.
The planet they had crashed on was quite small, but yet was able to sustain a light atmosphere. REN's sensors showed an approximate air pressure of 0.56 AU, and an oxygen concentration level equivalent to that 5000 meters above sea level on Earth. Visual rendered little more than bare rock at their current position, but the EISS scan detected several organic carbon structures within its standard 13 kilometer area of effect.
CONSOLE COMMAND MODE DEACTIVATED: INITIATING RECOVERY MODE...
Main visual was offline, and except for a small blinking stream of text - SOUND ONLY - the console was empty of all non-ordinary data. The damage to the exoskeletal layer was very heavy - almost everything but the main sensor array had sustained damage in the destruction of the laser cage's fusion battery, and the heavy reallocation of the recovery mode almost took up all available processing power. The audio was disturbed as well but REN was able to recognize the audio pattern of the violinist and make out the words "Namn" and "Va", easily recognized by the database as an inquiry for a presentation.
REN tried to activate the main speakers, but all that happened was a small crackle, a slight transmission unable to make any sense out of, and finally, CC deactivation. All resources were immediately reallocated to recovery mode and REN went into a state that showed strong likeness to sleep.
After asking for Rens name Gummster only heard some crackle. Unable to understand what that meant he asked again, getting no reply he knocked a little on Rens head, nothing happened.
"Hmm.... is there something wrong? Hey! come on wake up, we're probably gonna need your database or something useful in you!"
Gummster who was not very technical by nature had now realised that something was wrong with Ren. At that point Ji waked up and squawked something Gummster didn't hear.
"That's right if I remember correctly he was pretty knowledgeable about hi-tech stuff!"
Gummster then calls Ji too him to give a hand.
The penguin slowly gets up. Can't the world stop spinning so much? he waddles to the robot, or rather attempts to. Stop the world! I wanna get off! The penguin first checked whether its installation-CDs are still present. They were, even though he guessed many would not work anymore. the penguin squawked angrily, it felt naked without its full set of installation-CDs. He looked at Gummster a bit confused
"I think we never introduced ourselves... I am Kaijugurati Ndena, everyone who doesn't know tepalguevan just calls me Ji."
He starts examining the robot as far as he can do so without technical equipment. It seemed that it needs a long period in a repair shop in Qana. "Does the word FUBAR mean anything to you? It applies to this robot rather well... We should figure out where exactly we are. And where we can get a big dish of fish with blubber sauce"
"Yeah, Hi I'm Gummster, just Gummster although my friends tend to call me Gummi, that's very annoying." Says Gummster
FUBAR? What is that? Bah, probably some techno word. But hey I'll go look around while you take care of this one.
Gummster then took his violin and started walking around, Exa was still chanting something.
The penguin saw the confusion. "FUBAR means *squawk* up beyond all repairs! Did that confuse you?"
"Well, perhaps... yeah perhaps it did. I'm off." Said Gummster waving his hand. Then takes off to explore this mysterious but yet strangely familiar planet.
"I know I've been here before, where is this damn it where!" The familiar thought of this world was killing him. Then he sees a huge building.
"How could I have missed that, it's huge." Says Gummster to himself in a slightly irritated tone.
Then Gummster starts getting a massive flash back of the building that was in front of him. He becomes shocked.
"It couldn't be, not here, it's impoosible!" He thinks feeling very worried that his mysterious past might be coming to hunt him.
"I'll just go back tell them that I didn't find see anything, it's for the better."
Gummster the returns to his three travelling partners. Exa that was still chanting something, Ji that was looking confused over how to fix Ren, and Ren who was still fried.
"It's going to be a long way home." Thinks Gummster as he looks at the three of them followed with a sigh.
A penguin can not really walk fast and so Ji preferred to look at the robot anew in hope still being able to fix the robot. Too bad he never installed Linux on these series of robots, not that he'd planned to do it now, some of the memory might be in a proprietary format and had to be converted first. He however knows that having installed free software on a robot normally means one now knows the hardware well.
When the violinist returned, and stated it would be a long waddle home, the penguin was desperated and asked: "What did you find? were are we here?"
Although Gummster was fairly hesitant to answer the questions given to him he finally said
"I found nothing, I have no idea why we're here, and no idea where here is. Much less I found any food, I'll have to go out again to look for that, right now I just don't feel like it."
He then lays down and starts doing some pizzicato songs on his violin.
A few minutes pass, then Gummster finally asks
"How's it going with fixing the robot?
"Some auto-regeneration is working, but I have no clue whether it is functioning to plan or erratically. A huge toolbox, a 4 week supply of fish and caffeine an installation CD and an internet access should be what I need to fix it. I have the installation CD. Have you found water? On spaceships, there is normally no swimming pool and in that bar, there was neither." Suddnly the penguin squawked, sonmething bad dawned on him. "Do you have somethin made of iron?"
Offtopic: Sorry for missing the past few days, I was away.
After K.O.-ing the thug leader, Exa started a meditation. The Lighting Field took a lot of energy from him, so he had to regain his mana.
The chant just began, when Gummster started to play on his violin.
Hm... something is strange about this music - I feel magical energy in the air! - thought the Stormy Mage. But after a while, the hall started to tremble, and explosions shake the area.
It's getting serious! The good thing is I put my field earlier. But the energy which comes from this music - it could be a spell sign... what kind of name should it have... like Destruction Sign: Sonata of Death, maybe? - that was the time when the biggest explonsion went against the field. Thanks to the strong magic, it didn't break down completely, but some of the debris hurt the mage slightly - but fortunately, it wasn't too serious.
Exa was still thinking when he realized that the robot which caused the laser field shut down, and the penguin started to repair it.
Well, it looks interesting - said the Stormy Mage and went to Ji...
The penguin continued examining the robot, and actually found that some things were possible to fix for him, unfortunately none of these fixes involved a long application of an installation CD of his choice. Suddenly he saw something approaching, he turned around, someone rather. The magician seemed to be reactivated again. He greeted him "*squawk*! I am Kaijugurati Ndena, called Ji for some odd reason. Who are you?"
//UNIVERSAL NC CONSOLE\\
::INITIATING BOOT SEQUENCE::
...--- INPUT NV DATA___
::System ID: N-013 RECONCILIATION
::Product verification: NONE
::Classification: Internal control system, prototype version 13
::Host ID: UNKNOWN
...--- NV DATA INPUT VERIFIED, PROCEEDING WITH BOOT SEQUENCE...
Slowly the console came to life, and REN felt the base systems connect to each other, the source power pouring out in all the sublevels of the metallic structure. After spending what seemed a very long time completely unaware of anything but the own body, the EISS and audio receptors activated. Main visual was too heavy to process for the moment and sonar was unnecessary for the moment, but the two were enough for the moment. Movement was all but impossible, though, and REN had no intention of causing another forced CC deactivation. Too much hassle. Silently REN spread out the scanning net of the EISS, looking for elements of organic life and civilization.
The first things detected were the unconscious - but miraculously unharmed - thuggish combatants from the cage battle, who were lying a kilometer or so away from their current position. Also REN was able to locate the stage magician Joni even further away, but the other way. According to the magnetic field of this stellar constellation, REN analyzed, the thugs are southwest, while Joni is in a northwest-west variable position. Target does not seem to be moving, though - it is more like the magnet field itself is...revolving...somehow, around itself. Strange...
REN focused on the results coming in from the EISS, while not paying much attention to the incoming audio - the multitasking system was unfortunately extremely energy-craving, and all spare power was going to regen mode still.
After getting really bored by doing pizzicato Gummster was going to look around for food. But then suddenly, Ren activated.
"Hmm... it's still alive, I guess penguins can do miracles." Says Gummster to himself, then walks over to them.
"Hey, what kind of magic did you use? I thought it was fu... something beyond all repairs?"
Ka..Kaji...Kaiju...Kaijugurati... Ndena? You have a strange name. Ji is much simpler, can I use this? Anyway, my name is Exa Thundercloud, Stormy Mage from the Outer World. I'm here because of an accident involving a dimension gate. I don't understand much about your abilities, but if you don't mind, I can protect you. A penguin - even it's a talking, intelligent penguin - is weak, I think. So... what is your answer?
The penguin felt a bit offended. "I said that the self-regeneration systems do work but I never said that they worked correctly! To a point it apparently does." The penguin thought something about lusers and that it missed its LART. He tried to react more user friendly then, because he knows that they alll need to work together to get away from here and preferably to a cold and icy place. "yes, you can say Ji. Everyone does. Kaijugurati seems to be unpronuncably to most. As for my abilities... I am a kernelhacker, sometimes working as sysadmin. I know what you need to know for that... BTW: anyone seen my cluebat?"
"Hmm... No I haven't" Said Gummster in a not-so-much-caring kind of tone while staring intensely at Ren.
"You can see where things are on your radar right?" He asked Ren.
"If that's the case then you're coming with me to find food. I don't really like roosted penguins." Ji looked rather frightened after that statement.
"But of course I wouldn't eat you."
"Well you're coming with me" Said Gummster while pulling Ren out at the wild.
Then they took of to find food.
(OOC: First i thought, what the crap he can't carry me! Then I remembered his uber-stats ^^)
Despite Gummi's not all that humble physical build, REN was a quite heavy burden. REN self had just been about to stop the scan anyways, but being interrupted in that way was a bit off the scale of the expected, causing a bit of confusion in the console.
"Excuse me, sir, but what could you happen to be doing?" Ren said after about a minute of walking. "Normally I wouldn't mind, but for the moment both the console, mpc and the exoskeletal layers are heavily unstable, so I would appreciate it if you did not drag me around this way."
"Well then you better walk or hover or whatever it is that you do" Said Gummster replying to Ren's question.
"Well we're almost at the forest, can you spot something with your radar?"
REN sat silent on the ground for a while, and then said, "The EISS is the only active sensor system at this moment. Please stand by for radar activation." Ten seconds later, Recovery Mode resource reallocation was disabled.
The ground around REN was lit up by the built-in red emergency neon light pads on REN's body, and the main sensor array extended to its full length out of REN's head in its long, pointy ear-like shape. The silvery flight module on REN's back was unfolded, and soon the 250-kilogram steel shape was hovering a good half meter above ground. Finally, the main visual array, REN's eyes, were lit up by a strobing red light as the main visual detectors activated.
All systems stable. PS absorption in blocks 15 through 65 is down to 71%. LEVCS are currently disabled, estimated time until enabling is unknown<7 hours. All other offensive modules are active. Console is currently in debug mode. Exiting...
After the test runs had been completed, the red lights returned to their dark state and REN returned to the ground. "What is your request?" REN said to Gummi in an unusually metallic voice.
"Eh? Erm... I just want to find something to eat... if that's not too complicated." Said Gummster in a confused voice.
"Also if you find something unusual, you could tell me about it, well basically everything that matters."
"*squawk*!" The penguin was not a quick waddler, but it attempted catching up with Gummster and the robot running proprietary software. When he reached them, He squawked to Gummster: "Have you seen water here? Lakes, oceans, rivers, anything? Then I could both drink and fish!"
A couple of scrawly characters appeared on the console, and the sensor array shot out even more, and the main speakers once more gave words in its typical, metallic voice. "The nearest substantial supply of H2O EA signature is located at a distance of 6482 meters northeast. Coordinates are unknown due to unreadable planetary gravitational magnet field. No registered hostile elements have been detected. Unregistered carbon-based entities number 2,13*10^6 specimen within a 10000 meter radius. Caution level advised is extremely high."
REN was silent for a while, and then said, "I would advise on getting your weapons back before anything else. An environment solely based on unregistered elements are very dangerous. We are...lucky...that the level of oxygen is as high as it is - database indicates that such events are not common. I hope you are able to see the same, despite your...different perspectives."
The flight module's anti-gravity generator activated and the energy thrusters fired up silently. "I have located your possessions by ERD, in a small valley 2545 meters northeast. Plotted land route measures...5501 meters in total. It should not be overly tiring, and the level of unregistered elements are relatively low. The area is dominated by a variety of non-sentient carbon entities. Plants. ETA is T plus 52 minutes at a mean speed of 10 km/h. We...should...hurry," REN finished in a rather unsure voice, and pulled out ETHEREAL from its sheath, facing straight north.
"hurry?! I hurry already as fast as I can... Maybe you can climb somewhere to look from a higher position, Gummster. Or you can lift me and I'll try to find them."
Now I don't understand a single thing! What should I do? I'm with a violinist, a penguin and a robot - that's the craziest adventure I've ever had! Still, in a group, living is easier, so I hope I can join to them...
The penguin waddled to a place where some branches were on the ground. it saw that these branches had thorns and therefore made a good LART until the time he had its cluebat back. He used a stone to chip off the thorns where he would hold the branch in his wings.
The penguin saw the mage apparently paying attention again and squawked to him: "Any clue where we are?"
While the others were trying to find out where this place was Gummster couldn't help but feel threatened.
"What is it? Why do I feel this eerie feeling, it's as someone's watching me, someone dangerous."
Gummster then hears a branch crack, and becomes suddenly alarmed ready to kill. But then it was just Ji chipping thorns of branches that were on the ground.
He sighed out of relief.
"If this is indeed the place I think it is then it's better to find a way out of here as soon as possible." Thought Gummster, but then looks up and sees a dark creature. That creature smelled like blood.
"Crap, I think my past is finally catching up with me."
Using ETHEREAL to clear a plotted pathway from plants, REN strode on determinedly, somewhat oblivious - or simply uncaring - of the group's unsureness. Somewhere an echo of a thought of a memory brought out the words "...become an hero..." out of the speakers, but REN cared little. The whole situation was troubling enough as it was, without the console's rising level of unpredictability being added to the list of things that simply were definitely not as they were supposed to be. This feels even stranger than that time I was inside the neuro-virtual plane of the Rauh, REN thought slowly. And just as dangerous. The swinging of ETHEREAL was faster now, and more violent. Stress wasn't supposed to be a programmed function in the console, but something apparently had changed that. REN turned around to the others, and said, "Come", and then turned around again and continued.
The console plotting system had marked out the route to their destination quite clearly, and REN deactivated the EISS in order to save power. The odd feeling - if that was the right word - of nakedness was unusually heavy, but REN figured it was because of the recent downtime and stress on the system. But it was accompanied by something totally uncalled for - a feeling of being watched, from somewhere far above. REN tried to ignore it, though - the EISS was way more reliable than human-like simulated feelings of intuition.
But the next second, REN looked upwards. Just in time to avoid being hit by a falling black sphere (by doing a leap which would have impressed most track & field sportsmen), which instead of crushing the REN's steel frame like a bug carved through the crust of the earth they walked as if it was water, leaving a 3-meter wide gaping hole in the ground. Immediately the EISS reactivated and spread out in a field upwards. One...four...fifteen unidentified objects, falling with a speed of ~10 m/s. After wasting a second on staring, with a maximal output volume, REN yelled at the others. "RUN!!!"
With all of Gummster's senses now fully activated he senses something huge on it's way to the group. Gummster then looks up and sees an enormous sphere just about to hit Ren, who just in time escaped with a great jump.
Gummster thinks for a second "How'd that happen? Oh yeah it's a robot."
Then hearing what sounded like run from Ren.
"Bah, I'm in no mood for this right now, I guess I have to help Ji out a little too." Says Gummster to himself then grabbing Ji and running away.
With the others.
It had taken a lot of convincing to get Tsubashi out of his quarters to accompany me on my walk. The twin suns were poised to disappear over the horizon and plunge the landscape into an eerie, uncommon darkness. For this, Tsubashi was extremely thankful.
While Tsubashi got ready, I grabbed my field equipment and surveyed our surroundings. The thick vegetation prevented me from seeing very far, and I once again regretted Tsubashi's decision to leave our craft shielded. I groaned inwardly. I hated not knowing what was out there! I checked our power levels, vainly hoping the fusion generator had mystically restarted itself.
It hadn't. The solar panels were gaining supplying power for our shields, but once the suns went down, the batteries could only hold out so long. Flackit! Why were we here? Heck, why was this planet here? It wasn't on a single star-map in the Vampiric federation, nor any publicly available map. Frak! We were supposed to be providing Anecris for the brotherhood ceremony, Dammit all!
"Onward then?" Tsubashi said, more cheerily than I was feeling. We took off through the forest, at an excruciatingly slow pace due to the thick vegetation. If not for Tsubashi, my Amahki Blades would have easily cut a path, but I well knew Tsubashi's feelings on destroying native life. I kept my blades to myself. Before long, though, Tsubashi, sensing my frustration I'm sure, lifted me from behind and flew me over the tree tops. While still grumpy, the beautiful landscape softened my mood.
Looking up, I suddenly saw a large energy burst a few kilometers to the southeast. From the looks of it, it was caused by the implosion of a small fusion type device. The waste of energy almost made me cry.
Why couldn't you just channel into our craft! I silently yelled at the fading shockwave. Tsubashi suddenly banked steeply left, jostling me from my thoughts. I looked around to see an odd assortment of items raining down in fury upon us.
"We will need to collect those" Tsubashi said in his silky, velvet voice I had come to love.
The items had, luckily, fallen about a hundred meters of each other. We split up and scoured the area. The items I found didn't seem related, a pretty staff, a baseball bat, some music. I was at a loss why Tsubashi wanted these things. Tsubashi scared me, landing on my shoulder as quiet as ever. I was about to scold him, when suddenly the jewel on my necklace pulsed blue.
"We are being traced" I said simply. The necklace Iria-sensei wore was no ordinary jewelry. It's ornate fasionings hid intricate circuitry within. It was a portable cloaking device, capable of confounding even the most advanced detection systems. Only ranking officials of the Mradu class were given these.
"Seems to be working" Iria smiled. The blue pulse signified optimal operation. If it shifted to a more intense shade, such as red, we would proceed with all haste back to our craft. Limited as it was, Iria-sensei's chance of survival was much higher there. The pulse began to fade, and then stopped altogether.
"Guess we passed then?" Iria said laughing. I hopped off her shoulder to examine the items we had collected. What a strange group of things! Iria started wandering away, going through her purse. I looked over the remains of the music. It was a moderately hard piece, written for the violin. It had an engaging melody, beautifully written. It made me itch for something to play it on. Iria was a number of meters away now, examining her Khethian blade. She began a ceremonial sequence with it closing her eyes, probably out of boredom. Forgetting where she was, she startled when she accidentally hit a tree. The 'Thunk' of her impact was masked by the unmistakable sound of engaging booster packs, probably too quiet for Iria-sensei to hear.
"MOVE!" I yelled to her
Tsubashi hit me like a block of ice.
"What the..." was all I could manage, my lungs being devoid of air. I was on my back now, looking up into a sky dotted with black circles, each illuminated faintly by a small lenticular halo.
"Cerberus?!?" I said incredulously
"Can't be certain" I said a bit hurriedly. "I didn't think they were still tracing us"
I took a good look at the slowly descending objects
"No" I said, "These are not the same ones"
I tensed as one of the group disengaged boosters and gained speed. Iria-sensei felt it, I'm sure, but kept silent, trusting my judgement. The Cerberus headed southwest of our position, it's detonation visible in the already dimming landscape. Others began to follow suit. Iria-sensei's cloaking device ought to keep us safe. I thought to myself, running through a worst-case senario, What could be... Oh Azralim, our craft!
The realization washed through me in a violent wave. Iria-sensei looked alarmed.
"We need to get back to the ship... now!"
Grammar! Proper grammar! Oh, glorious proper grammar!
It was roughly a minute later.
The bombardment of black spheres of destruction had grown really intense, and if REN had known the word miracle it would most probably have been typed into the console log at this time. Still, judging by the hastily analyzed data inputs, they would not be able to hold much longer against this kind of attack - it was only a matter of time for the casualties to start coming. And the only way of getting us all out is using...that uncomfortable thing. Still, we have no choice,[/color] REN finished half aloud, and entered
in the console, activating the Adaptive Process Power Transfer mode.
REN felt the exoskeleton become bulky as the APPT functions started up. The power levels rose quickly, though, and the tentacle-like EP modules shifted shape, from long and sleek to longer and less sleek, with ends more like spearpoints than balloons. Swiftly REN wrapped them around the others - less brutally than last time, though - and redirected all spare power to the flight module, which fired up in a million shades of purple. "Hang on tight, everyone,"[/color] REN said as the EP modules pulled the others closer to the steel frame. Then, without any other warning, the flight module gave out a screaming sound and the aloft group went from standstill to mach 1 in a matter of seconds, plunging up to the free airspace and making their way towards their target.
"Why?.... why did it have to happen?" Echoes in Wrights head. "Crash landing succesful" Wright suddenly wakes up after hearing the ships computer voice "What? what happen, where am i? oh right.... Arghhh no time to think about that." As Wright thinks about his situation, Wright tries to regain his focus. "Computer damage report." Wright said quickly. "Navigation system Functional,Universal SOS System Functional,Wings Damage,Thrusters Damage Flight is impossible." Said the computer. "Alright first things first computer, Naviga.." As Wright was suddenly interrupted. "WARNING! WARNING! Unidentified object is detected above the ship, impact is imminent, t-minus 30 seconds until impact. Advise all personal to evacuate, repeat advise all personal to evacuate." The computer kept repeating. Oh Crap! i gotta get out of here quick." As Wright quickly heads for the ships exit.
Gummster was really getting annoyed by the noise of these black spheres being bombarded onto the group.
"Bah, isn't it gonna stop soon?" Said Gummster to himself.
Gummster was not only running by himself, he was also carrying his violin and Ji.
"How many of those things are ther.. bwuahh" he said before Ren took him up and flew somewhere away.
"Well at least it's more comfortable than last time" he thought.
The panic in Tsubashi's voice was not undeserved. The shock felt like an ice cold wind as I realized that ship was our only way out.
"Run!" I yelled, pushing Tsubashi off me. I booked it as fast as I could, slashing anything and everything in my way.
Of course, he still beat me back.
The shields had held, but not without significant battery drain. There was no way we could lift off in this condition
"Take everything offline" Iria said, after analyzing things for a moment
"Are you insane!" I hissed at her "They will pummel us!"
Still, as I rebuked her, I began carrying out her orders. She was, after all, the senior officer.
"They're either electrically or heat guided. Eliminate those and we're invisible to them" She said, flipping off the nearby light switch.
I could only hope she was right. Without our shields, a single blast might rip the ship apart, and Iria-sensei with it. No, I thought to myself, I must think positivly. I must believe that they are not manually targeted
I cut main power...
The flying REN had a hard time dodging the falling bombs in the APPT mode - And is it just me or are these things equipped with homing devices of some sort? They certainly aren't normal drop bombs. Well, in that case...[/color] REN hastily boosted ETHEREAL's effect output as they went past one of the bombs, and the black blade silently swept through the casing, which immediately turned from its original black to a conventional steel hue, all within the tiny fragment of time in which it was visible for REN's eyes. They were more than a hundred meters away before it exploded, but the shockwave struck REN as a blast of wind, and with the APPT module the usual maneuverability was gone with the wind, causing REN to waver heavily, losing both speed and altitude heavily. But just as they were about to turn upwards again, a spaceship tattered with high-voltage signatures appeared out of the blue right before them. "Shields?!?"[/color] REN shouted in surprise, before disengaging the booster and unfolding the flight module like wings, trying to avoid a fatal collision.
The speed provided by the extra weight of the others acted against this, though - despite the fact that they had been tossed upwards the moment the EISS detected the craft - foiled REN's attempts quite well, and the only reason that the exoskeletal layer wasn't crushed like a bug against a wall was that, in the last millisecond, the LEVCS activated with a blast-like output, and REN punched through the wall of the craft like a bullet of melt-hot lava through paper.
As Wright quickly exits his ship, he turns his head to see some sort of ballistic missile about to impact on a spaceship. "What the heck? is this planet a warzone or something?" Wright thinks in his head. But his attention was quickly focused on a swarm of bombs which shadows seem to block the sky, "What the Hell!" Shouts Wright, as a bomb suddenly explodes next to him. "Theres to many bombs i don't think i can escape before they fall" But just as the situation seemed grim, Wright remembered he still had a Experimental Speed Vial on his belt "I'm gonna get such a hangover later" Wright thought to himself as he drinks the vial, which gives him superhuman speed, then he quickly proceeds to find shelter.
Exa followed the team he wanted to join, even though it seemed that no one cared about him. "If anything strange happens, maybe I can do something useful, too." - he said. - "But it seems that everything becomes more and more crazy and hard to understand..."
(OOC: In order to make things happen a bit, SCAI is stepping in for some DM work here. ayoussu!)
A few seconds after REN had shot into the vampire vessel, Exa, Gummster and Ji fell in a rather spread formation to the ground. Luckily they took a rather bumpy road through the branchworks of a bunch of trees, so it was with a somewhat gentle touch they landed on the bare earth, various foilage, or, in Ji's case, on Tsubashi's head. Luckily for them both, penguins are rather fluffy and not all that lethal as throwing weapons - otherwise the vampire might had suffered some severe damage, instead of merely having a lump of feathers thrown at you.
Xeon had run at his blue hedgehog speed a ways from his mostly destructed ship when another of the bombs detonated in the airspace above him. The shockwave made him stumble and trip over a root, and as he was pushing forward a rather high velocity at the time the alchemy-using lawyer found himself flying at a rather high speed for a few moments, until he like the embodiment of a body slam hit the unsuspecting Iria from the side.
fwahahaa! was i eavil now? >w< crash kaboom!!
With a distinctively human line, REN's head popped out of the ravaged durasteel wall. If something like a balance sense had ever been implanted in REN it would definitely have been running total amok now - and despite this not being the case, REN still was feeling extremely dizzy. With a few wobbly steps the robot waddled to the hole in the wall from which it had came through, and looked out.
The scene the processed data from the MV showed was confusing to a degree that REN started to feel nauseous - despite this being physically impossible - and in order to ease it all, REN activated the EISS - which only made things worse. The trees around them were somewhat ravaged by the scattered shockwaves of bombs detonating at random, but at the ground it showed a rather disturbing scene. The mortals REN had met at the bar were scattered on the ground, with the penguin having landed on the top of a...something, a something in very peculiar clothing with a completely screwed-up molecular structure - and a few meters away, a human male in dark clothing and a hat, who seemed to have collided with a human female in clothing of the same style of the something, only somewhat less in quantity. While the other group seemed to have some acceptable level of consciousness, the other two showed signs of severe interior damage. This just keeps getting worse, doesn't it? REN thought silently, and fired up the boosters slightly. With a slight shake of the head, the robot exited the odd craft through the punchhole and floated down to the ground slowly, in order not to stir up even more disturbances in the system.
Gummster woke up in a rubble, with Exa, Ji and two other unknown people, that were in rather dark clothes.
"Where the hell am I?" Said Gummster in a low voice. "Augh my head, what happened? More important who are they?" Gummster looked at the two people he had not seen before, immediately got over his headache and grabbed his bow and violin.
"Surely I wouldn't need to get serious, they might even be friendly, but just to be sure..."
At that moment one of the darker ones seemed to be regaining his senses.
I felt the horrible lurching as the ship's inertial dampeners tried, and failed to take the blow. I started into a string of elorathian curses, stopping short as I saw the wall explode, sending a dark mass sprawling across the bridge, knocking Tsubashi over. I tensed in preparation, but not for the second mass which fairly flew into me. I gave an audible "Umph!" as it's velocity slammed me into the wall behind me. After a moment to gather my thoughts, I threw the offending object off of me, realizing too late that it was a person. Probably unconscious now. I drew my trusty SIG sauers, the ambient orange of my necklace reflecting at odd angles. Orange? I thought panicing, shi- Just then, I saw a large metallic... something fly down from the hole it had just made. Oooh, that thing was in for it. NO ONE wrecks MY ship, without paying a price.
A human stirred below me, jarring my vengeful thoughts. He was grabbing something, more than likely a weapon. I dispatched a single shot in his direction, intentionally missing.
"Get Down" I growled as evenly as I could. Without checking for compliance, I sprinted towards the new hole flipping over the command station, almost landing on another person.
"Goodness!" I exclaimed in exasperation How many of them are there?"
I considered killing them all, probably the best tactical solution at this point, but though better of it for Tsubashi's sake. He wasn't fond of killing.
"Don't move" I told him, though he didn't quite look as if he could. The... thing had landed on the ground, and I was now able to see it was entirely mechanical. Blast!
"Tsubashi, EMP?" I asked hopefully. His silence worried me, and I looked in his direction. Strangely enough, instead of listening to me, he was examining and even stranger bird. Goodness, this couldn't get anymore weird, could it? I moved away from the hole and leveled my weapons on the two conscious humans, ready to fight
A shot was fired at Gummster, although it missed.
"So they are hostile. Well in that case it can't be helped." Said Gummster to himself. He then mumbled something, in a very ancient language from Snow-a-lot banned long ago because of those who used it.
Gummster then took a deep breath, and then said: Ekki dauÃ°i.
A metal plating then covered his violin and bow, it started shining, The coat and shirt Gummster was wearing became black.
If eyes could kill then Gummster's gaze would be overkill.
"I'm 100% sure that you are both vampires, It's a race I have many friends in, therefore I don't want to hurt you, but I will if I must."
The thrusters powered down as REN landed on the ground, but the situation had now taken a fast turn for the worse. Panic had broken, weapons had been drawn, shots had been fired. Gummster seemed to have released some sort of organic HL seal - his exterior was somewhat changed, but most importantly the molecular structure of his inside - AND his violin - seemed to be unstable somehow, and changed. We really can't afford a conflict between anyone sentient in this situation,[/color] REN thought grimly and boosted up the speakers to maximum, but added in a voice filter in order to maximize effect. After all, they were all - or most probably - mortals - beings that tended to rely much on appearance, and they needed every single advantage they could get now.
Lower your weapons, mortals, REN said in a voice that sounded like a choir of the rumble of a beast, the hissing of a snake and the shrill screams of an eagle. I'd thought you were sensible enough not to quarrel among yourselves when you're in a crisis as this, but apparently the humans are as aggro as ever. Ah well, the hybrid voice said with a scent of sarcasm - which REN had never been able to achieve before. If you could come to your senses for a moment, think about the fact that until barely a minute ago you were all one step from being blown to pieces each second that passed. Also, think about the fact that we now lack all means of getting off this planet. When you've solved those problems, you can start thinking of quarreling amongst your own, REN finished in a somewhat threatful voice. By some random chance - the system did not seem to be fully under the console's control yet - the LEVCS activated, and REN's body started to give off a pearl-white shine.
Gummster who had just a moment ago been able to kill everything alive on the planet, had noticed Ren, trying to stop them.
Gummster mumbled "HÃ¦tta" and he slowly turned back into his normal self. Closed his eyes and said to Iria
"Hmph, I only stopped because you saved my life back there, you probably won't be able to do it again. I suggest that you too, my new vampiric friend, lay down your projectile." In his usual kind and calm voice, completely different from the one he had moments ago, also his eyes seemed to have calmed down.
Then he looked towards Tsubashi with a kind smile.
"It's strange how you've changed much in a millennia, I can expect that you don't remember me, you were very young at the time.
Oh and Ren, you were wrong about one thing, I most certainly not human."
"Gummster-san, my old friend!" I said smiling, "How cruel you are to think I could ever forget you."
Iria-sensei gave me a cold stare, and I got the feeling she had acted impulsively while I was transfixed with the penguin (A rarely seen these days)
I stood up and took flight, bringing me up to Gummster-san's eye level.
"Certainly an interesting group of friends you keep nowadays. A... surprising change" I said, nodding to his companions, "I am especially intrigued with the Android. Been a while since I've seen that particular model. Where did you collect that?"
As REN saw most things go back to normal the voice filter was deactivated, and the voice now output from the main speakers was now back to its old, androgynic metal self.
"You are mistaken...Vampire. I was not collected; it would be closer to the truth to say that I...collected...them. But the closest thing to say would most likely be that we were thrown into space inside a laser cage and crashed into this planet together. Yes, that would actually be quite precisely what happened."[/i]
REN was silent for a moment. Then it came through the speakers, "Also...who...what are you people? Where did you come from? Wit the exception of the young lady none of your molecular structures have even a close match on the ERD,"[/i] REN finished in a slightly curious tone.
"Yeah, that was actually what happen, I someone transported me to some bar in the middle of nowhere, the robot threw me into some cage to fight some drunkards a magician who I have no idea where are right now, and those two" said Gummster and pointed at Exa and Ji who didn't look all to well.
"Then I decided to play a little tune, and all of the sudden we're all on this planet that no one knows about, not even where it is." In those words Gummster gave a slight hint of a lie in his eyes that were then pointed at Tsubashi, Gummster was hoping that he would notice.
"But our primary target right now is to get of this planet, as it seems to be quite dangerous, and I shouldn't even start about all the wild animals." Said Gummster with a sarcastic but merry tone.
"Got any spare parts?" He asked.
"Spare parts? Depends on what you're looking for. The cargo holds are a bit... occupied right now, but I've my usual assortment of odds and ends... Heavens Iria-sensei! These are my friends! You would do well to lower your weapons already!" I said, suddenly more animated than I had been in a long time.
"I must apologize to your... I mean, the android, the Vampiric Federation only recently allowed for autonomous AI's (a few decades or so)."
"Oh! Speaking of which, I'm being rude!" I said, turning to REN
"Watashi wa, Tsubashi desu. Douzo yoroshiku onegai itashimasu! " I said, bowing deeply. "As for what I am, you said it yourself. One of the few 'Pure Blood' Vampires, present at the formation of the Vampiric Federation and regnant scroll-keeper of the Twilightian Order. Doubt you've heard of us
"Do forgive me for talking so much, it has been so long!" I said, turning back to Gummster-san
I stood astounded. Not only had Tsubashi given me a command (indirectly), but was babbling on. The normally quiet, reserved little vampire I knew was suddenly flying about jabbering and completely forgetting that his glasses were on the floor next to that... thing.
And with people who had just unrepentantly blown a hole in MY command deck! How did he know them, anyways! I'd never seen them, even at clan meetings! Frick, it made me angry. I holstered my weapons as the urge to shoot something grew. I'd probably come to like them, once the blind rage past.
Well, at least he'd thought I was a vampire, and I certainly wasn't about to correct him. I excused myself as Tsubashi made introductions, afraid I couldn't keep a steady voice, and headed for the cargo holds. God I needed to hit something
"Hmm~ Who's she?" Asked Gummster Tsubashi.
"A servant perhaps, or a girlfriend?" Said Gummster with a teasing face.
"Well in any case she seems a bit upset, any idea why?"
The human in the...vampire clothing took off from the rest of the party. REN regarded this as an anomaly, and since it did not seem to be anything else worth paying attention to - except this "Tsubashi"'s rambling, REN extended the sensor systems towards the human female. She was walking through the vampire vessel, and seemed to be very angry for some reason - she was hitting at walls and other things seemingly at random, and a quick molecular analysis through the EISS showed a heavy hormone burst throughout her body. Gummster might have called her a vampire, but for REN, who could see all her mannerisms and structure, her human origin was easy to differ from Tsubashi's vampiric - the short, winged humanoid had a molecular structure that was somehow fluid, changing back and forth as the tide of a sea. Very intriguing, that vampire.
Then suddenly, a distant thought materialized in REN's head.
Suddenly REN felt confused. The database had no info whatsoever on vampires, and all REN knew was some old stories that the archiver had snapped up from old storytellings - but somehow REN felt like knowing exactly what Tsubashi was, even being familiar with his existence. There was something...something...
ALERT. ALERT. CONSOLE CODE 403. AN ATTEMPT TO AUTHORIZE FORBIDDEN ACCESS HAS BEEN DETECTED. ALERT. ALERT. REDIRECT ALL PROCESSING RESOURCES TO CONSOLE IMMEDIATELY. ALERT. ALERT.[/i]
As a sudden scream, it went through REN's head, causing a massive headache as it passed by. REN's knees bent, and the robot collapsed onto the ground in convulsions.
"Oh dear" I said dismayedly "Forgive her, she is probably very stressed. Though she is a human, she has picked up a lot of vampire traits. She's a hunter, you know. She exhibits greater levels of bloodlust than most Vampires, or whatever the human equivalent is. I'd better go talk to--" I stopped short as REN fell, convulsingly. "Goodness!" I exclaimed, jumping back. The sudden movement had frightened me "Does he do this often?" I inquired, flying over to grab some tools. I had a hard time seeing exactly what REN was doing
"Silly me! My glasses! Could you toss them to me?" I said pressing buttons on a handheld device by memory. It was a handheld EMP, which I was about to activate in degrees. Not enough to cause any permanent damage, but would clear any resident processes and tasks. I remembered the impressive self-restore capabilities of these models, having worked with them previously, and hoped this was no exception.
REN fought against the inevitable. The console seemed to be pushing down on the consciousness, actively trying to deactivate the robot. What the blasted haels is going on!?[/i] In a stroke of luck, REN tugged away a bit of processing power from the console and redirected it to visual. It was hard to see the actual visual with the heavy-red virtualization of the console occupying the FOV, but REN managed to catch a sight of Tsubashi in zoom, pressing on some sort of device. Wait, could that be...yes! It is![/i] With a burst of idea power, another string of processing capacity was strangled away from the menacing console, and REN booted up the never-before used Battle Parasite function.
With a silent bang, audible only to bats and REN's ultraspectrum audio receptors, the EMP went off. As in slowmotion, REN saw the electromagnetic waves gradually advance as they were registered as 'red' on the EISS visual, and gradually everything fading away for the console's overwhelming power. Then the waves reached REN's body, and the BP magic went into action.
The minimal receptors took up the waves by emanating minimal V-fields, but in hyper-high concentration - and thus effectively absorbed the waves, generating power directly into REN's processing system, without passing the console. With a mental boom, the clash was stalemated somehow and all systems went back online. With the exception of the BP, which booted down low and heavy. That's what you get for using experimental technology, i guess,[/i] REN thought with a slight hint of a chuckle.
"Was that really necessary? Couldn't you have restarted him with the console?"
Said Gummster but quickly getting over it .
Well she's a hunter then, that would explain it, so she normally calms down in how many minutes? Or is it hours perhaps?"
*squawk* The penguin felt seriously bad, especially since he nearly pecked into a penguin-ish human, who seriously smelled like trouble. Ji suddenly saw something: that this penguin-like person (small, white and black) had his LART. And apparently also his installation CDs. The penguin checked the situation and waited for a moment to re-gain his possessions, but then rememberred that this luser might be the key to leave this planet. First attempt to leave with these people, then re-get the LART :> Ji thought as he heard the introduction.
*squawk* the android uses an unfree OS! the penguin squawked when the robot was mentioned. And then, nearly unaudible: until now
"More than likely" I replied to Gummster ""Except for his convultions. You forget, dear friend, I possess not the inherent strength typical of Vampirism." I said, smiling
"This appears to have worked, he ought to be running in a few minutes, tops. Iria-sensei, though..."
Looking around the room I noticed the penguin, which I was examining earlier, trying to reach the lump of possessions I left above the door.
"Ah yes!" I exclaimed eagerly "These items nearly hit us, are they yours?" I said, flying up to grab them
"*squawk*, this seems to be my LART! A nice tool for certain aspects in system administration, you know? And those CDs... well, it is a nice selection... I could save the soul of almost any computer with those." Just incidentally, Ji looked at the robot, while saying that.
"Ugh!...where am i?" As Wright awakes from his unconscious state*from the combine effects of the crash and the speed vial*, he then turned his head to see two people talking, but Wright soon realizes that his necklace was missing. Wrights attention was then solely focused on finding the necklace and thus completely forgetting the situation and his surroundings.
REN stood up rather hastily when the vampire spoke again. "Do not worry yourself...Tsubashi. I've been running all the time - I just needed a few seconds to reallocate the resources the console had taken away from me. The BP module restored all damage the console caused, and although it probably won't be running again in quite a while, I wasn't down for a single second. As good as may be, as I'm not really quite sure what the console would have done in that case - I'm not quite sure what happened just now either, but we have more pressing problems to attend to."[/color] Then REN looked at the penguin for a moment. "And besides what i think personally of your intruding on my circuit levels, Ji, I'd say that the moment you insert anything to here the console will be on you like a twenty-foot leech." [/color]The robot looked back at the others. "Now I must excuse myself for a moment, my sensor systems are picking up things all over,"[/color] REN said rather hastily, and wandered into the ship. Someone has to do something about that girl or she will wreck the place even more,[/color] REN thought somewhat stressed.
"Strength is such a trivial matter, you of all people should know that." Said Gummster to Tsubashi
Then went with Ren.
"I think it's better we go in groups. She seems a bit angry, plus she's a hunter dangerous mix 'ya know. Tsubashi, I think it's better that you come with us, after all you are probably the only one of us she trusts."
Gummster then stopped for a second.
"Say, Tsubashi, you got any new music notes from the federation? I've been dying to play the violin, since we started running."
Oh, be assured, REN, I do not plan to get caught by you! He knew a number of exploits for all kinds of robots, but he did not want to worry REN by that.
"Ah, I see uh..... Robot-san? Wasn't sure so was just going to clear active processes. Hope that's not insulting" I said, bashfully. "Oh, and Ji? I would remind you of the 'Laws for Sentient Devices.' It would be illegal to install/modify any part of him without consent. Performing such an action while on a vessel of the Vampiric Federation would, regrettably, obligate me to kill you. So please refrain"
I smiled when Gummster mentioned music. "You are insanely lucky, my good friend. We just barely stopped over at a nearby coven. On a whim, Iria-sensei downloaded every composition on the public net she could find, forgetting I have nothing to play them with here. Do you want holopanels, or old fashioned paper?" I said enthusiastically, ecstatic to be talking to a virtuoso more skilled than I once more.
"The Girl, Tsubashi" Gummster reminded
"Ah, yes. I'd better go talk to her, she has probably dented a few walls, nothing I can't fix when..."
I froze, my nostrils slightly twitching. The last vestiges gold disappeared from my eyes.
"Robot-san!" I said very quickly. "I noticed you had a scanner of some sort that, at rather short distances, could penetrate Iria-sensei cloaking field. Where is she now?" I said panickedly, nearly ending in a hiss. I took a final breath in (in case I needed to talk again) an carefully held it, decidedly not breathing until I was sure I was in control.
"*squawk*" said Ji while wondering whether the ship waddled with free software.
"Then we should really make sure we get to a place which has fish and bandwidth!"
"She's probably very close, not much more then a meter, I feel a slight killing intent. Well she's probably only mad at me, and I seriously doubt it that she can kill me." Said Gummster. "You shouldn't worry too much, see it's fading, you can feel it to can't you, Tsubashi-kun. Anyways, I'd much more prefer old fashioned paper instead of those holopanels, I find them so annoying. Should I help myself?" Tsubashi still looked worried, Gummster then walked up to him patted him on the shoulder and said "Relax there's not much she can do anywa...-"
Before Gummster could finish his sentence he was stabbed a knife in his chest and head
I was cursing under my breath as I walked down the hall, entirely ready to scream. I slammed the walls with my fists when my hands shook too much to validate to open the cargo door.
Inside the hold it was much cooler, remnant of our important task. If my sense of time wasn't too far off, we only had another ten hours before the ceremony was to begin. If we didn't show, they'd use a donor. Poor Donor! Those ceremonies were not know for their ... safety.
Simply thinking about it made me mad. And now we had NO chance of arriving on time, thanks to these... people. And Tsubashi was treating it as though it were nothing!
Grrr! I knew I had to calm down before I lost control. Think, what was making me angry?
Was it the sudden end to the fight? No, I'd stalked prey for vengeance before, this was different. It was him, the Violinist. How dare he? Simply blows through my ship and acts as if he owned it! Servant girl. fshaw!
I punched a nearby crate with all my might, realizing too late the contents. Fresh, pure, refined Anecris gushed out from the midlevel crack I had just created, enlarging the hole as it went. The scent was so powerful even I could've smelled it throughout the entire ship. Tsubashi's hypersensitive smell was no doubt driving him crazy. I knew he hadn't hunted in a long time, his eyes weren't my favorite golden chocolate color.
See what holding anger does? I thought to myself as I went for cleaning supplies.
REN could not chuckle, but the metallic head bounced slightly when the vampire mentioned the EMP. "Do not worry yourself, Tsubashi. Despite not being through the way you intended, you saved me from an unknown fate with that device. I am grateful," the robot finished with a slight bow.
When Tsubashi once more spoke his question, albeit rather stressedly, REN answered quickly and nodding. "She is currently in the cargo bay, or some sort of cold storeroom - I do not know the planar structure arrangement of your ship, but I'd guess it's something like that by its holds and its temperature. It is about 10 meters signature, but 50 meters to walk - I am sure-"
The robot was broken off by the sudden appearance of a pointed blade in the violinist's chest. REN was stunned for a moment, but not long enough to let the perpetrator get away. As Gummster fell forward when the blade exited the way it had came, REN saw the creature holding it. It much like a monkey, but it was pure black, without even eyes visible - just as the bombs that had fallen on them. Darkness field. Then they must be... As the creature ran off, REN spurted after it with the refound speed and dexterity of an APPT-less body.
Wound around Gummster's limp body was one of the EP tentacles, now loose from REN's head and shining in fluorescent red, and slowly disintegrating from its tip.
Gummster stood up, looking almost completely unharmed, except for the two wounds in his head and chest, those healed quickly, it looked like all the blood was just absorbed into his body. After a few seconds everything looked like it did minutes ago.
"Tsubashi, Ji, you should start repairs of the ship immediately, don't worry about the hole in the ship, a force-field should suffice. Exa!" Said Gummster with a very serious tone. "Can you do a transport? I believe that Ren will need help. And for God's sake, please make the girl calm down, this stench is really getting on my nerves." Gummster then picked up his bow and violin; "Exa; well, can you teleport me to Ren's location?"
"This is not what I learned on my system administration courses!" the penguin squawked but of course, it had some experience. It started to look at the 'soulseller' and did realize the software at least is good from the point of view of a fundamentalist penguin. The penguin grabbed his LART and a few other tools and started too take care of the most horrible things.
"Hm, a teleportation? I'm not an expert in these kind of spells, but I'll do my best!! " - said Exa, and started to concentrate on a dimensional magic. He started to mumble something which couldn't be understand...
After about a minute, he finished the preparations, and shouted:
" Dimension Sign - Field #9 !!! "
(Earlier, Exa visited through many dimensions, and Field #9 is a transit place, with he could skip the boundaries, accepting him to travel.)
As Wright manages to find his necklace, he sighs a sign of relief.Wright then turns his attention to his situation "Who are these people?" Wright thought to himself as he considered if they were friend or foe. "No i cant trust these people" As Wright was just about to sneak past the group his necklace suddenly shakes violently. "Alright alright..." Wright Whispered to his necklace. Wright then proceeds to head to someone that seemed to be of paled skin while keeping his right hand on his hidden dagger and his left hand on his necklace just incase.
"This will do." Said Gummster to Exa just before walking into the field.
Walking through a dimension portal is something not everyone can do. Yet Gummster walked through it as if there was nothing to it. He was instantly transported to before that dark creature.
"Leave this world, go back from where you came"
The creature was about to attack him but instead landed on Gummsters bow. The creature turned into black smoke. Gummster waited for Ren and then took him through the portal again.
Gummster was dead serious, "all of you should start repairing the ship, I'm going to hunt more of those creatures, I don't recommend you following me.
Exa you can do thought transport right... if I haven't returned before you finish, call me."
Gummster then mumbled "fyrsta stig, hleypa kraft Ãºr lÃ¦Ã°ingi, dauÃ°i" And his outward appearance changed like when he faced Iria, but yet he didn't look as scary, just serious, he was obviously not going all out on the enemy.
Gummster then disappeared into the forest.