6.2D Side Story: Emerald City | Circumstance and Senatorial Silence
Meanwhile..elsewhere in the galaxy....the sun rises over a beautiful city...all the buildings a glittering green, seemingly made out of a dark, rich emerald. People go to and fro, working, living, going about their daily lives. Suddenly, an explosion rocks the city...shards of glittering emerald flying through the sky as a massive crimson tank, metal, with red crystal plates and emblems on each side...punches through, firing at civilians as they run. Aircraft fly overhead, bombing and strafing the town as the innocents run for cover, fleeing in terror as crimson tanks and bipedal machines crush their way toward a large building...an armored crimson APC stopping in front of the building....as a tank knocks down a flagpole with the emerald city's emblem...crushing it beneath it's treads. Soon enough, crimson garbed troops come out of the building, dragging a man dressed in rather regal garb out, throwing him at the feet of a man dressed in an impressive gray uniform, with a red arm band. The old man begs for his people...before the gray clothed officer simply shoots him in the head with a pistol. The man in the uniform looks to the town and shrugs. "Kill them all. To the last man. The Women and Children we will return to the mines." he waves a hand as he steps back into a sleek looking hovercraft, which lifts off, and flies toward the rising twin suns. Hours pass...and the town is a pile of broken green crystal...blood splattered here and there...a line of women and children in shackles being loaded into a line of trucks, and driving toward the west. After hours and hours...a force of sapphire blue soldiers and light armored vehicles rolls into town..a large sapphire colored flying ship hovering overhead...searching here and there..helping what few survivors remain....until a radioman for one of the teams searching town sets his radio town...a crackle..before "Recon Force...get back as fast as you can...Sapphire City is under attack!"
The Camera rises from behind someone's suit-clad back, viewing a large room filled with older men and women in suits listening to a tall, beautiful young woman making an impassioned speech to the crowd...rippling silken flags ringed with silver hanging from the roof of the chamber. "My people, no -longer- can we face such a foe with diplomacy and heresay....A military response is our -only- response at this point...our -capitol- was attacked...though Lord Atwin has offered reparations for our losses and damage, claiming it was a mistake in orders, we should -not- accept this. Emerald City has -fallen-. The country slain and enslaved, I cannot stress how much this affects our position on the eastern continent, we simply cannot allow this to go un-" An older man, a golden pocketwatch chain hanging from his fat abdomen, claps softly, mockingly... "My my. What a -stirring- speech, Princess." he steps down from his seat. "You're quite passionate, and obviously have serious feelings on this subject...however..." He turns. "I have been in contact with Lord Atwin through this -horrible- accident...It simply isn't -fruitful- to try and attack a country for a simple accident..it's the act of a petulant -child.-" She frowns and adjusts the microphone, leaning forward. "I dont like your tone, Senator Wilkes...." she frowns, biting her lip. "The senate does not answer to yo-" He whirls on her. "Well maybe it -should-. Senators, I call for a vote of No-Confidence against Princess Amelia...to remove her from control of the country, as she is obviously too emotional and -weak- to lead during these trying times. Her father on his deathbed, and we listen to her while she attempts to drive the country to the brink of -war-." She gasps "You.." he smiles as the senate nods assent. "We will have the vote immediately. All in favor of removing the Princess from power....say Aye." His fat smile widens as the crowd echoes a chorus of "Ayes." while she steps quietly back from the podium..."And all in disapproval...say nay." he smiles even wider as there is a solid, echoing silence....broken only by a soft cough. "The will of the senate is clear. Princess Amelia you are hereby -removed- from the throne...and these chambers. Security...take her to her chambers. Now." Two guards step up beside her...as she shouts to the senate "Traitor! You follow a madman, he will lead us to ruin!" she cries as they take her arms and half -drag- her from the chamber in tears. The man turns to the senate and smiles. "I think..after such a situation....we should recess for the day." he walks into his chambers, just off the senate chamber, smiling as he pours himself a crystal glass full of amber liquid, closing his eyes. "You were right..the senate was unanimous." he looks over his shoulder..to the gray uniformed soldier. "Yes, Senate Leader Wilkes." he smiles. "As is the will of Lord Atwin..and the Ruby Army. As promised...you will recieve your reward.." two silenced gunshots are heard, a thud, and the shatter of a crystal goblet ring out.... The camera pans to the floor, showing a bloodied fat corpse lying nearby...as a custom looking gunblade is dropped on the floor of the chamber, and polished black boots quietly walk from the room and close the door.
Meanwhile.. over on Gaia. In the a garage on the outskirts of Hikaru City, Billy's Auto Shop.. a pair of gentlemen walk into the service bay. A very expensive looking ferrari is presently on the hoist, with the service technician under it on a sliding cart. One of the gentlemen is a balding man with orange hair and a moustage, wearing a light brown coat. The coat is buttoned up fully, and soaking from the rainy day outside. The other man is simply wearing a beige suit, black haired and more youthful. Both look around the garage before noting the man underneath the car. The black haired man speaks. "Excuse me. Our car broke down and we were wondering if you possibly had time to look at it. My.. that is a very nice car you have." "Isn't mine. I'm afraid I am a bit busy gentlemen, but if you wouldn't mind waiting, I could book you in for around an hour or so. This is a very important customer of mine." http://www.infinitelooper.com/?v=d-NrhVI4mO0&p=n#/0;151 "But of course. Is this a 1960's vintage Shinra model?" The orange haired man walks over with a bit of admiration towards the red car, a bit wide eyed as he folds his hands behind his back. "I'm a bit of a car person myself." "I'm.. afraid I can't discuss it gentlemen. It is a bit of a nice car, can't blame you for admiring it." As he speaks to the orange haired man.. he fails to notice the other man making his way around to the side of the hoist. With a slight hand gesture, his foot kicks a small hydraulic cable marked "Safety".. before putting his hand on the lever. The car begins descending downwards as the mechanic goes wide eyed.. trying to get out from under the car. There is a sickening crunch as the low bodied cars shocks rest flat on the ground. The orange haired man tilts his head slightly "It would seem your jacket got caught on something, Mr. Wint." "Pity, Mr. Kidd." Around 45 minutes later, a man in a black suit makes his way into the garage, complete with bowler hat and white pinstripes. He has a briefcase. "`Ey. Billy.. you here?". One of the mechanics in the garage looks towards him.. an orange haired mechanic, slightly balding, looking up from polishing the car. "I'm afraid Billy had to run." The other mechanic, busy cleaning the mirror, a black haired youthful man looks towards the man "Yes. He had a... pressing engagement. Is there something we could help you with?" "The Godfather needs his family car. He's taking them to Nocturne. Billy told us he'd have it ready by now." "Oh. But it is." Mr. Wint speaks up again. "With Billy's complements." He gestures to the car and the keys "Please, give the Godfather the respects of us and our fine establishment." The man looks at both of them a bit oddly before making his way towards the drivers seat of the car. He takes the keys "Thank you both gentlemen" before he gets in the car and pulls out of the garage. As the car drives down the road, the orange haired one can't help but smile "One thing I never did like about those cars, Mr. Wint." "What's that, Mr. Kidd?" "Very poor safety ratings." The two walk out of the garage, holding moving to hold hands before they get a U.m.N. message. One puls out his pad and looks at it ".. This could be interesting." "What's that?" "It seems we have an assignment." The other looks at the pad ".. A very interesting assignment. I like a challenge Mr. Wint." "As do I, Mr. Kidd. As do I." 24 hours later.. a paper is published, the presses having been stopped due to breaking news. "Mob war in Hikaru. Godfather of crime syndicate and family brutally murdered in car bomb."
The Camera rises from behind someone's suit-clad back, viewing a large room filled with older men and women in suits listening to a tall, beautiful young woman making an impassioned speech to the crowd...rippling silken flags ringed with silver hanging from the roof of the chamber. "My people, no -longer- can we face such a foe with diplomacy and heresay....A military response is our -only- response at this point...our -capitol- was attacked...though Lord Atwin has offered reparations for our losses and damage, claiming it was a mistake in orders, we should -not- accept this. Emerald City has -fallen-. The country slain and enslaved, I cannot stress how much this affects our position on the eastern continent, we simply cannot allow this to go un- An older man, a golden pocketwatch chain hanging from his fat abdomen, claps softly, mockingly... "My my. What a -stirring- speech, Princess." he steps down from his seat. "You're quite passionate, and obviously have serious feelings on this subject...however..." he turns. "I have been in contact with Lord Atwin through this -horrible- accident...It simply isn't -fruitful- to try and attack a country for a simple accident..it's the act of a petulant -child.-" She frowns and adjusts the microphone, leaning forward. "I dont like your tone, Senator Wilkes...." she frowns, biting her lip. "The senate does not answer to yo-" He whirls on her. "Well maybe it -should-. Senators, I call for a vote of No-Confidence against Princess Amelia...to remove her from control of the country, as she is obviously too emotional and -weak- to lead during these trying times. Her father on his deathbed, and we listen to her while she attempts to drive the country to the brink of -war-." She gasps "You.." he smiles as the senate nods assent. "We will have the vote immediately. All in favor of removing the Princess from power....say Aye." his fat smile widens as the crowd echoes a chorus of "Ayes." while she steps quietly back from the podium..."And all in disapproval...say nay." he smiles even wider as there is a solid, echoing silence....broken only by a soft cough. "The will of the senate is clear. Princess Amelia you are hereby -removed- from the throne...and these chambers. Security...take her to her chambers. Now." Two guards step up beside her...as she shouts to the senate "Traitor! You follow a madman, he will lead us to ruin!" she cries as they take her arms and half -drag- her from the chamber in tears. The man turns to the senate and smiles. "I think..after such a situation....we should recess for the day." he walks into his chambers, just off the senate chamber, smiling as he pours himself a crystal glass full of amber liquid, closing his eyes. "You were right..the senate was unanimous." he looks over his shoulder..to the gray uniformed soldier. "Yes, Senate Leader Wilkes." he smiles. "As is the will of Lord Atwin..and the Ruby Army. As promised...you will recieve your reward.." two silenced gunshots are heard, a thud, and the shatter of a crystal goblet ring out.... The camera pans to the floor, showing a bloodied fat corpse lying nearby...as a custom looking gunblade is dropped on the floor of the chamber, and polished black boots quietly walk from the room and close the door. [Submitted by Doxyc]
Meanwhile..elsewhere in the galaxy....the sun rises over a beautiful city...all the buildings a glittering green, seemingly made out of a dark, rich emerald. People go to and fro, working, living, going about their daily lives. Suddenly, an explosion rocks the city...shards of glittering emerald flying through the sky as a massive crimson tank, metal, with red crystal plates and emblems on each side...punches through, firing at civilians as they run. Aircraft fly overhead, bombing and strafing the town as the innocents run for cover, fleeing in terror as crimson tanks and bipedal machines crush their way toward a large building...an armored crimson APC stopping in front of the building....as a tank knocks down a flagpole with the emerald city's emblem...crushing it beneath it's treads. Soon enough, crimson garbed troops come out of the building, dragging a man dressed in rather regal garb out, throwing him at the feet of a man dressed in an impressive gray uniform, with a red arm band. The old man begs for his people...before the gray clothed officer simply shoots him in the head with a pistol. The man in the uniform looks to the town and shrugs. "Kill them all. To the last man. The Women and Children we will return to the mines." he waves a hand as he steps back into a sleek looking hovercraft, which lifts off, and flies toward the rising twin suns. Hours pass...and the town is a pile of broken green crystal...blood splattered here and there...a line of women and children in shackles being loaded into a line of trucks, and driving toward the west. After hours and hours...a force of sapphire blue soldiers and light armored vehicles rolls into town..a large sapphire colored flying ship hovering overhead...searching here and there..helping what few survivors remain....until a radioman for one of the teams searching town sets his radio town...a crackle..before "Recon Force...get back as fast as you can...Sapphire City is under attack!" [Submitted by Doxyc]
Somewhere in the blackness of the void between galaxies, where even at the highest of warp speeds, there are no stars to be seen for months, the dim lights of the air fortress illuminate the darkness. Giant spotlights sweep around the ship, searching the void for signs of life that may be unfriendly. The crew is a quiet tense, their last contact from the Alliance being message of a civil war with the president appointed and former president elect. Despite this, General Hein sits on the bridge with his hands templed, more tense with waiting than with the situation. But deeper within the ship ...
"So.. General Hein wants.. all this... reassembled?" "That's what he said " Two engineers look out over a massive construction bay at the base of the ship, on a catwalk high above construction floors and labs, obviously the construction bay for the ships munitions, technologies and ships
Workers in harnesses rapel down from the ceiling onto the silver frame of the Zeus Cannon, removing the hull plating and stabalizers from it as robotic arms begin to remove the tiberium firing assembly. Below, forges can be seen working on new, revised black armor. A new and improved barrel based on another design, each cylindrical pipe being raised by massive crane and placed into line in the open frame. Engineers inside tear out computer consoles and replace them with more sophisticated targetting systems that seem to track on non physical levels. A screen pops up a moment as the words "Astral targetting online. Planar targetting online. Dimensional targetting online" comes up on consoles, much to the satisfaction of the scientists
In another section of the hangar, the remains of the wrecked Citadel Station are being dismantled by workers with hatchets and pick axes, vital components from sections of the station being removed, cannibalized and reassembled after inventory into parts bins. Throughout the ship, Heins voice can be heard above the clanging of hammers and the red hot fires of the forge
"Our mandate up until now has been the destruction of the Ing. Given light of everything that has happened. This mandate is no longer suitable, appropriate, or sufficient. Our objectives must be reassessed."
Meanwhile, in the armory, the bioetheric weapons are being modified with components much more advanced. Scopes that have odd orange lenses to them, energy weapons with runic markings inside the barrels.
"I want this ship -rebuilt- with the acquired technology. Our new propulsion system is not enough. Armor, weapons, shields, sensors. We arrive in Alliance space next week. We will do what must be done, whether it is the Ing or otherwise who stands in our way; God help them."
Outside, nanite reconstructing technologys have proceeded to terraform the hull from its former grey polytanium to a black ablative armor. The United States flag is covered over, but the words 'Air Fortress' are repainted with pure white along it's hull. The X-500 fighters in the hangars are torn to -shreds- by mechanical engineers who proceed to outfit them with new propulsion, new weapons, a sleek black paint job to match the new ship.
"Make no mistake, gentlemen. We are no longer stopping the Ing. We are declaring war on Giygas."
Location: Coruscant Time Friday Night/Saturday Day Coruscant the planet which never sleeps is lit up as brightly at night as it is during the day. The people of a million different species are going about their businesses both legal and illegal. The senators are sleeping or hard at work in their offices. All is normal even if it is anything but calm. Suddenly the entire planet shudders. People pause and stop, they had never had earthquakes before and most of them had never even seen the planet's surface in their lives. Then, it happens again only harder. Some of the buildings sway and the more shoddily built creak and crack with portions coming off of them. The entire planet awakes.
Then the screaming begins. While the planet was shaking, on its lower levels people were transforming into black creatures with yellow eyes. And those who transformed into these creatures were attacking others and converting them into similar creatures. Out of thin air these creatures began to appear as well. And then it started on the upper levels. Chaos errupted. The Jedi mobilized, ceasing any other tasks they were doing and began fighting the heartless. Any with an energy weapon was taking shots at the heartless.
An emergency meeting of the Senate of the Galactic Republic is called. The entire Republic is in a panicked state, reports are flooding in that this is happening across all member worlds. Everyone is demanding action, no one is offering up a plan. One man stands on a podium separate from the walls of the senate. Chancellor Palpatine raises his arms in a calming motion "I implore you all, please calm yourselves. A solution can and will be found to this most dire crisis." The senators slowly start to quiet down and all look towards the Chancellor who throughout this has remained calm and collected. "As a means of first response I propose the mobilization of all Jedi to combat this threat. I call for an immediate vote upon this proposed course of action." After a moment of murmured consultation there is a thunderous round of unanimous "AYES!" Palpatine speaks to one of his aids and a message is immediately dispatched to the Jedi.
Location: The Jedi Temple, Coruscant In closed chambers the masters of the Jedi Order are meeting to discuss the current situation. Never before had any of them felt such a disturbance in the force, nor had anything like it been found in any of the temple records. Even consultations with those who had joined with the force had failed to glean any insights. Worry breaks across their usually calm facades, as billions are crying out in terror and being silenced. Master Yoda sits with his eyes closed "Dark day, this is." he says. The other council members nod in agreement. A messenger from the High Chancellor is shown in and he hands a document to Master Windu who after reading it passes it to the others. The messenger is then shown out. "The chancellor has ordered the immediate mobilization of the entire Order to fight this enemy." the rest nod while Yoda hrrms "Our allies, need we will," as he opens his eyes and looks out the windows at the chaos errupting. "Go now, we must."
Location: The Galactic Senate, Coruscant Time: A few hours later
The senate has recovened after the heartless attacked and took several of their members as well as leaving horrific scars upon Chancellor Palpatine speaks "The attack on my life has left me scarred and deformed, but I assure you my resolve has never been stronger. In order to ensure the security and the continuing stability, the Republic will be reorganized into the first Galactic Empire for a safer and securer society!" He is met with thunderous applause save for one of the many mobile podiums in which it is quietly said "So this is how liberty dies..with thunderous applause."
Location: A ship in separatist space Time: Today
A communications channel is opened by the leaders of the separatist movement to Emperor Palpatine and the Senate. None of them are wasting time with pleasantries today. "In light of the current situation plaguing us all, we propose a truce until the matter is resolved," says one of the separatist leaders. Palpatine allows the senate to discuss this and vote with sound transmission to the separatists off and then the sound is restored "The Galactic Empire accepts this offer of a truce." It seems a peaceful end to the separatist movement was made. In the weeks that follow, its leaders all die in what are reported as heartless attacks.
Location: Gaia as a whole Time: Friday night
The night is quiet and peaceful save for in the larger cities of the planet which do not sleep. The calm of the night is torn assunder as the entire planet shakes. Not only do the surface continents shake but so too the seafloor, zeal, and the floating continents. Across the planet people are awakening and the animals both mundane and magical are panicking as they smell the change in the air. People across the planet start transforming into black creatures with yellow eyes...and so do the more sentient of Gaia's magical creatures as well as many of those with a natural proclivity towards evil. Soon chaos errupts as people and animals try to fight off this plague. Deep in the seas a gentle whale shark desperately flees from a pack of sahaguin turned heartless. Merfolk fortify their undersea cities. In a tranquil isolated forest a unicorn foal desperately tries to outrun the heartless of a direwolf, only to be brought down and converted into a heartless with a bleating scream. In the skies dragons contend with airborn heartless in efforts to defend their nests; some are victorious...others join the ranks of their foes. The magical creatures of Gaia only so recently returned to it, find their ranks thinned this night as does the planet itself.
«/Urza Planeswalker\» u.u Urza just glances at his mechanical dragonfly as it speaks ... I hate this universe. I really.. truly do. He fades out of existance a moment later, heading to the disaster
Location: Quintus Time: Friday Night Emperor Jonas Quinton Josiah White III has kept his post down by the doors of the heart of Quintus ever since the Dimensional Warriors left his world. Daily, Control, the head of the JBI, has updated him on the situations of governance, people, and the federation. All of Quintus has had a strengthening of their patriotic spirit since the events which brought DW to them; for many it is a newfound love for their world as well. With the exception of dealing with the Ing and diplomatic communication amongst federation worlds regarding Hein, one day and night are much like the next. Until tonight. The heart of Quintus starts frantically pulsing, in a manner akin to a distressed heartbeat. The emperor bolts awake from his cot and takes up a sword and pistol which are immediately to his right. He looks to the door, and then the world shakes. This close to the heart, the wave of darkness spreading through the universe is actually partially visible and in response to it pressing up against the door, the heart of the world of Quintus pushes back. A bright pink light starts emanating from it. In the underwater cities above, however, people are transforming into heartless and attempting to transform others into heartless. Ironically the imprisoned traitors of QuintSec are some of the first to go. The JBI of Quintus mobilizes at the first report of heartless and immediately starts putting the cities into lockdown and hitting the streets. Any heartless they see is taken down immediately. There are fewer heartless manifesting out of the air here than upon other worlds. Some heartless do manifest down near the door, only to be dispatch with great haste and skill by the emperor who is leaving his guards staring slackjawed at the man as they never suspected him to be truly martially competent. The Quintians had learned from their last two brushes with Darkness. Quintus while dealt a blow, has resisted the hysteria which would have fed the reaction.
Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia. On the outskirts of the largest city in Bosnia, night has fallen on a giant compound obscured by a perimeter of radar jamming facilities. The black and red trim of the scorpion like Temple Prime of the Brotherhood of NOD dominates much of a large open plain. Kane's forces appear to be preparing for full mobilization as thousands of soldiers stand vigil over Nod's most sacred place. Deep within the temple walls, Kane paces back and forth watching a monitor, all while wearing a black monks robe. His red scorpion's ring sits proudly on his finger. My.. ascension is near. The TCN is nearly complete and the installation will soon be ready. Now Julian must be made to pay for his treachery. He turns to a seemingly invisible person at the camera and raises his finger Julian has fled to Austrailia. Bring him alive, but spare none of those in his following. I have other plans for hi-- A sudden explosion rocks the facility as the sound of aircraft echoes through the temple halls. Anti aircraft fire begins spraying into the skies as bomber aircraft make a high speed pass over the plain. Kane furrows his brow as he shields himself from a bit of debris "... or perhaps it seems Mr. Monte has come to us. Commander, I want you to.." It's not Julian. Those are GDI attack craft, Lord Kane, GDI is attacking Temple Prime. ... WHAT? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5jTczIlKLA
Outside, the ground begins to rumble and quake as artillery shells pound the ground. An entire armored division of tanks rolls across the plains flanked by helicoptors and infantry. From the skies, large gold and white dropships emblazoned with the logo of an Eagles talon thunder into the ground and begin deploying into mobile command centers on the perimeter of the NOD encampment. They fall just outside the range of the first concrete palisade, a full 6 kilometers outside of the actual temple itself. As the tanks start to approach the defensive barrier, black talon like towers along the concrete begin glowing red at the tip, firing powerful streams of energy into the vehicles with devestating results. A female voice bellows out over the communications "This is the Global Defense Initiative. For aggregious crimes against humanity and for opposing the global government, you and your followers are under arrest. This ends here Kane."
Kane stands and clenches his fist The G-D-I have no room to talk on that subject. Commander, forget my last order. Go out there and hold off the advancing armies. I must secure the Tacitus... I am placing my trust in you commander and as Julian will soon know there is a deadly cost for betraying it. Go. He waves his hand with a get moving gesture NOW. Outside, the battle rages onward, artillery fire being exchanged back and forth from the towers. Giant AT-AT like walker units begin deploying from the dropships, advancing towards the perimeter wall at a rate even the powerful obelisk cannons are helpless to stop. From the perimeter wall, NOD officers look onward as the armies start drawing ever closer, manning pillboxes in an attempt to hold them off. In the midst of GDI forces, armored buggies begin decloaking and firing rockets into the midst of the crowd, destroying other vehicles. As the bomber aircraft make a second pass however, a pair of bombs whistle down from the sky and breach the first of three concrete barriers around temple prime. Kane meanwhile makes his way through the temple as one of the windows shatters behind him, his face showing not fear but utter emotionless determination as he walks into an office and opens a safe to reveal a glass sphere with arrays of information spiralling through its core. The information is seemingly illegible.
Outside, as the battle reaches it's peak, the two titanic forces begin to find themselves in a stalemate at the heavily fortified second wall. NOD's own aircraft have scrambled in a defensive measure against GDI, and their own powerful tanks have taken to the field around the perimeter palisade. A group of GDI soldiers in heavy armor dash past a large refinery structure, spraying fire up towards one of the towers on the concrete barrier. The soldier manning the tower is shot and crashes through the window, falling the long distance to the ground below. A generator station nearby explodes from artillery fire, causing some of the obelisk towers to shut down.
Kane walks into the control room as he grabs a terminal away from one of his men and clutches the screen. "They've breached the first wall, and we're losing power to the defenses. Send a --" Kane suddenly double takes at the screen as the battle suddenly .. halts. ... Why have our men stopped firing?!
Meanwhile.. in one of the GDI dropships, a black woman in grey and white camo gear stares at a holographic display angrily. "Who told those bastards to stop shooting? We HAVE him. We HAVE KANE."
Radios on both sides begin relaying .. screams. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhoGZNBBz98 A number of soldiers on the battlefield on both sides start screaming in pain as they crouch down, transforming into the inky black form of heartless, drawing looks of surprise and horror from the remainder of the soldiers. The heartless begin chewing through both lines as Neo Heartless form from the soldiers and start popping out of the ground. In the GDI command center, the black woman grabs her radio "I don't care if the person beside you turned into a CLOWN and started DANCING. I WANT KANES HEAD. CONTINUE THE ATTACK. THAT'S AN ORDER, SOLDIER!" The GDI soldiers start pressing on the attack while trying to fend off the growing number of heartless, taking advantage of the weakened defensive position of the brotherhood. The remaining functional obelisks resume firing as both sides attempt to continue their assault despite the changing scenario.
Kane meanwhile quickly drums his fingers Tell our men to withdraw and activate all automated defenses. We're moving to our backup site at the installation. Temple Prime is lost.. but we may still turn this day into a victory. The officers seem disheartened by Kane's decision to retreat, even reluctant. "Let the GDI think they have won. It will be the brotherhood who saves this world, not the capitalist oppressors. Go. Now." Kane turns around and withdraws a revolver, opening fire at a heartless that used to be one of his officers. When the revolver does not work, he starts ushering people out of the control room, away from the spawning heartless. Before Kane himself leaves however, he begins typing into a console, punching in a series of codes. "If GDI wishes war at this cost, they will reap what they sow." In the distance, outside of the field of battle, a concrete cover begins pulling away to reveal a deep shaft running into the ground and a large ICBM missile concealed within the underground chamber. On a computer monitor, a countdown timer begins to tick downwards from T-60 seconds, steam funneling out of the rocket's engines as safety barriers pull away from it's massive structure.
As Kane turns to leave however, there is a click from the other end of the room as four GDI commando's with rifles aim their weapons at him. Kane turns quietly to the men and temples his hands "I am unarmed, brothers. Please put away your guns. I will come quietly". The soldiers seem to listen at first, before that same heartless suddenly pounces one of the four. Two of them turn to open fire at the heartless while the last one keeps his attention solely on Kane. T-30... T-29... T-28... There is still time for you to live. You need not die as you are about to. These demons are your work Kane. The soldier suddenly opens fire at him with his rifle I'll send you to hell to join them. As the soldier continues firing, his hands turn inky black, his eyes changing to yellow as he turns into a heartless right there on the spot. Kane meanwhile is hit by several bullets and ducks behind a console. Doing so however causes him to drop the glass orb concealed within his cloak to the ground. Looking at the computer console, Kane winces amidst the continued hail of bullets from the converting man. He moves to reach for it, but narrowly pulls his hand back to avoid a shot to the hand. With little recourse, he flees through the door. T-5... T-4... T-3... T-2... T-1...
The ICBM suddenly rips out of it's silo at deafening speed, drawing the attention of the GDI forces now fighting solely with the compounds automated defenses. They watch in horror as the missile arcs almost immediately, flying now downwards straight towards Temple Prime. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdJgr7vGUsc#t=2s (just that one clip) The resulting nuclear explosion serves as a catalyst for a much more powerful detonation of the massive tiberium cache underneath the temple. The blast and shockwave can be seen from orbit as dust, debris and fire spread for miles, dwarfed only by a second pulsing aurora borealis like plume that rises high into space, the Tiberium energy discharging with tremendous force.
On the News: "It has been reported that a surgical strike by GDI has killed the Brotherhood's leader at what was his secret temple in the deserted ruins of Sarajevo. Kane is believed to have triggered the explosion shown left as a kamikaze. Only a few of those who made this heroic effort survived Kane's final act of desperation. One such hero is Colonel Louise James who lead the attack from a dropship." "With the leader of the brotherhood dead, splinters of the Brotherhood have begun terrorist attacks across the globe as a retaliation for this action, attacking GDI centres around the remains of Earth. Only one seems poised to replace Kane however, Julian Monte, the brotherhood member attributed with revealing Kane's location and ending his terror." "Meanwhile, the mysterious spread of shadow like monsters across the universe seems to be going unchecked by GDI forces. We'll bring you more on this pandemic after the weather"
Location: Mobius Somewhere deep within a mountain, hallways of machines lead to a giant construction site. A cavernous underground lair protected by rotund red and gold robots holding rifles sits beneath the mountain surface, all flanking the construction of some kind of gigantic spherical object by even more machines. In the upper chambers of the facility, pinned up blueprints of a giant battlestation known as the Death Egg sit over a design table as Eggman looks down at the construction of his newest weapon. "With my Death Egg fully operational, even that accursed hedgehog won't be able to stand in my way. All Mobius will bow at my feet, bwahahaha" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkoGeWN9CxQ
The rounded scientist stands overlooking his creation wearing a red overcoat with black suit pants. He wears the shoulder tassels of a dictator, and the white gloves of an officer. His coat is buttoned with brass buttons. This is no buffoon, but rather the commander of a powerful army of robots. Suddenly, a flashing red alarm light and klaxon sound overhead as monitors click on showing intruders in the perimeter of the mountain. Eggman leans in to the monitors and adjusts his spectacles to glance at the intruders "If that's that blue pest again I'll... what's this?"
On the screen, it shows a family of humans running away from shadow beings. One of the parents degenerates into an inky black shadow as it lunges at the other. It takes the man a full few moments to contemplate what he's seeing, his oversized fingers slamming at keys to pull up a scanner reading. ".. It's the same energy that Mephilles broadcast 2 years ago. Grrrr... I thought I told that pest Giygas this was my world to rule, not his." Eggman slams his hand into the console angrily "If he DESTROYS Mobius, I'll have nothing to rule. If it didn't learn it's lesson the last time, I'll just have to make the next one more memorable."
He grabs a microphone and flips a switch, speaking in a commanding tone "Attention Eggman Empire. Now hear this." His voice bellows out through the hallway of his facility, echoing from chamber to chamber as he speaks with an annoyed but resigned tone "Construction of the Death Egg is being put on the back burner. Launch the Egg Fleet immediately in defense of Mobius. All robots, find those monsters and kill them at any cost before they spread to more of the population." He taps his forehead "If you see Sonic or his misfit friends, they aren't your priority at this time. Now, all robots. DEPLOY!" He slams his gloved finger out into the air phoenix wright style as thousands of ships launch from his mountain lair, his full arsenal launching from hangars with an army of robots onboard each ship set to deploy.
Location: Unknown http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qjc51cmWYo In a city made out of a strange purple metal, alien structures rise to the sky around a large spire. An energy shield seperates the giant city from the vacuum of space. Small dog faced aliens dash through a single corridor, opening fire on a pair of large shadow beasts about a third of the size of a Dark Side.
Somewhere deep inside the city, a group of aliens on hovering spheres float around a council chamber. One wearing a gold helm with a blue glowing circle in it slams his fist down on the table in an elderly voice, "There will be order."
One of the other floating ones glances over towards the one in the gold helm "A word, Truth. The Covenant has not faced a threat such as this since the Flood. The Sanghelli grow restless.. the pandemic seems to affect the Jiralhanae and Unggoy first, who then spread it to the others. There is talk of a purge."
The one referred to as Truth raises a hand "I will address the races personally. We have waited long for this day; this is a sign, the cleansing of the infidels that shall signal the start of the Great Journey"
Throughout the hallways of the Covenant capital 'High Charity', a voice, religious and controlling, comes through the speakers. "I have heard it said that many of you are questioning your faith in these dire times. But look amongst yourselves.. are not the truly faithful to the vision of the ancestors still among us? This is a sign.. the sign that the Covenant was formed to await. It is those who question their faith that turn into these beings... these.. demons. We are being tested to see if we are truly worthy to begin the Great Journey. Indeed, this is a sign. The End Times are upon us. Now, the Great Journey shall begin, and we the chosen will ascend to a higher form of life, leaving the wicked infidels and unworthy to BURN until naught but ash remains"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFOJ13sw8o4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFOJ13sw8o4 "The road which leads to the Great Journey is held by humans. The time has come to extinguish them and take our rightful place in the Stars"
"All in the covenant, make ready. Our final battles lay ahead. We, the chosen of the forerunner, will ascend into the light. Lay in a course for the Human world known as 'Earth', all ships of the fleet."
Outside the station, entire fleets of silver colored cruisers and purple transports begin to accelerate along with the city. The entire Covenant Armada suddenly moves to hyperspace, deploying towards the Milky Way in a massive golden column that closes behind their ships.
Location: Gaia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrh7AU63uFE A peaceful sky is suddenly interrupted as high above Hikaru City, a squadron of high speed aurora fighters blast skyward, breaking the sound barrier. A radio transmission comes over their headsets "This is Skybird to Echo Team. Hikaru Province of Arcadia has been overflown by a fleet of hostile aircraft. Intercept, Engage and Destroy." The jets punch ahead on full afterburners, rocketing through the cloud cover above the sky into the blue skies above. The leader speaks into his headset "This is Echo Leader. I've got visual but no radar contact. Enemy may be stealth." His tone switches a moment as he changes frequency "This is Arcadian Air Force "Echo". This is your only warning. You have overflown sovereign airspace and will be shot down if you do not respond and change course immediately."
The fighters race ahead, chasing black dots on a blue sky. Waiting for a response, their response seems instead to be a hail of energy weapons fire that strikes the third plane on the left. Smoke begins pouring into the cockpit as the pilot jerks hard left to avoid more shots. "I'm hit. Echo 7 is hit. Bugging out bearing 249. I got careless."
Immediately, the remaining fighter craft open fire with vulcan rounds, chasing the black dots as they weave inwards towards the ground, diving through the cloud cover. Echo leader furrows his brow as he grabs his flight yoke and jams it downward, sending his plane diving into the white cloud "All Echo, after them. Do not let the enemy reach the city"
Punching through the cloud cover, they fire dumbfire missiles towards the black dots. Most miss and strike sections of forest around a public roadway, but one manages to make contact with what appeared to be some kind of alien spacecraft. The bullets seem to absorb harmlessly into it's armor without any real issue. "Bogey One, hit. Weapons are ineffective."
The planes exchange fire for a few moments before suddenly a beam of blue energy pierces through the cloud cover, annihilating the enemy craft. Echo team suddenly banks away from the beam, narrowly avoiding collision with the powerful weapon. "The hell was that. Skybird was that us?" "Negative. That was an unknown element. Suggest not engaging at this time, it does not appear hostile.
Return to base" The fighters bank around and head back to the Nocturne province of Arcadia at military thrust, not going above the cloud cover ...
... While above the cloud cover, a large blue and white capital ship sails through the skies, flanked by a whole fleet of propeller powered airships that resemble flying metal galleons of the British fleet. The masts of the ships tower high above as clusters of propellers line the rear of the ship. Spotlights swivel around the blue and white vessal, illuminating the words 'Delphinius'.
Onboard the bridge of the craft, a little purple haired midget... sorry Jamie. 'Height challenged' male sits wearing an emerald green uniform and black suit pants. He has a glass bubble around his head with several vents on top in the shape of a smiley face. He almost resembles Emperor Pilaf in a sense. "Ehehehe. Fantastic, the Queen will be impressed with my brilliant science. The moonstone cannon can actually hurt those invaders"
Behind him, a figure with emerald green eyes simply sits and observes. He wears simple brown armor with a black shirt underneath. His hair is silver and his gloves are red with white fingers. He speaks calmly "Lord Galcian will be pleased with your success, Admiral Deloco. His idea worked brilliantly, as expected." Deloco waves his hand "Pssh. Galcian's a blowhard. I did all the work. Thanks to my genius, we'll have moonstone cannons on half the armada in months. Nobody challenges the might of Valua." Location: Deep Space, Milky Way A formation of heavy cruisers drops out of warp in the midst of a MASSIVE battle, immediately pounding gunfire from all ports in the direction of an invading enemy fleet. Onboard the ships, gunners take stations and man primary weapons, sending thousands of energy shells and phaser streams towards approaching silver Covenant attack ships. Purple banshee's (which look almost like tripods) and Seraph's (which look like large saucers with front prongs) deploy from even larger ships and speed towards the Alliance fighters. http://www.youtuberepeat.com/watch?v=xzTlxKr0J5M
Alliance X-505 fighters jam forward, weaving past debris from both sides. Vulcan fire and plasma shells interchange, casting light throughout the field as vehicles on both sides explode. A huge beam discharges from one of the larger covenant ships and slams into an Alliance warship, cleaving it's upper decks in half. The officers are vented into space as half of the ship depressurizes in an instant. A volley of ion cannon fire from another ship however cripples a Covenant Seraph, striking it in between the prongs triggering a chain reaction which blows the vessel apart. As the two warring fleets move closer to each other, a black rock begins moving into the space between both fleets. In the blackness of space, Ing crawl out onto their Leviathan as it barrels towards the battle, smashing the debris of smaller ships out of it's path. Ing leap outwards into space towards the ships of both sides, their orange eyes the only hint that something is coming in the shadows.
As the Ing land on the ships on both sides, they sink into the hull, emerging in halls to possess the first beings in their paths. One by one, ships on either side start firing on their own kind, turning the battle into an absolute battle royale as Alliance Cruiser turns against Alliance Warship. One of the X-505's narrowly avoids a missile attack from it's own wingman by weaving into the broken open hull of an alliance warship, the missile smashing against the Debris.
Meanwhile, each ship contends with the rising rate of conversion into regular heartless in it's own way. A number of ships are lost simply to having their senior officers converted into Heartless, leaving no one to operate core systems in the middle of a battlefield.
Then the saucers start coming... From above the arena.. a fleet of silver, perfectly smooth saucers start descending, seemingly made out of the same material as Star Men. Their nondescript silver hulls start firing red lasers into the fray that literally clean cut in half entire starships. Starmen start forming on the remainder, drawing gunfire in corridors. On one Alliance Vessel, a soldier sprays fire from a covered position against a Super Starman, ducking back behind a bulkhead to avoid a wave of PSI fire. Less than 3 feet away from him, an engineer takes a plasma cutter to the head of a Neo Heartless before being possessed from behind by an Ing Warrior.
One of the captain's on the command ship for the fleet just stares in disbelief, raising his eyebrows as yet another enemy force moves into alliance space. He just grabs his radio "WHICH ONE OF YOU OPENED THE GATE TO HELL?" before the bridge window of his ship is collapsed by a fuel rod cannon blast.
The camera pans back out to a galaxy view on a monitor, showing conflicts erupting throughout the galaxy. Harold Saxon looks on at the coming storm with the slightest bit of concern, rubbing his chin. Over a thousand large scale conflicts have erupted in the past 2 days. Something was amiss in the universe.. and for once, he didn't cause it.
Meanwhile... a single Covenant vessal descends from hyperspace above the atmosphere of the split halves of Earth...
Hull breach in Sector 1. Hull breach in Sector 2. Hull breach in Sector 5. Main power failure in Relay- Would somebody please shut her up. Hein rubs his forehead as he glances over the wreckage of his bridge from a space suit. Speaking into a radio, he pushes aside debris from the helm console that drifts out the broken windows into space How long until we can lay a pursuit course? The scene in front of Hein is one of devestation, both of his own bridge and the space pirate fleet. Heavy girders crush consoles beneath their weight and entire light fixtures and wire conduits have come loose. An engineer looks over to Hein "We can't even try a warp jump until this damage is repaired. Assuming we do the bare minimum of repairs, it'll be at least a week or two before we can follow them. We're lucky to be alive, we survived six separate fleets cooperating against us." It isn't luck, soldier. We fought hard and wounded the enemy numbers. War is won one victory at a time. Hein walks over to his station and opens a drawer, removing a photograph from his desk. The photograph features himself in civillian clothes, a woman, and a young girl. Glancing at the back of the photo, he notes the writing "Lost Without You" Get to work on repairs immediately. I want us combat ready in 24 hours and warp ready in 72. That's an order.
From outside of sensor range of the wounded Air Fortress, a red dagger shaped ship observes the proceedings quietly, a long vessal with two orbital wings spinning slowly on the rear of the ship. From the bridge of the vessel, a blonde muscular man, tall, glances onward over a crowd of soldiers. "They fell for it. Hook. Line. Und sinkah." On the broken bridge of the Destiny's Ascension, with much of the ship silent and inoperational, men in black space suits carrying laser weapons walk along the hull into the broken bridge. Plugging a device into one of the control consoles, a series of text prompts suddenly fly past the screen before coming up as "Metroid presence detected in public area. Shipwide lockdown in effect." The modules of the DA proceed to lock down one by one, the apartments sealing shut, the colony module locking from the axial corridor, engineering sealing completely off. A dark shadow begins to cover the nose of the ascension as something begins to approach. [Submitted by GirlElf]
12:14] <@GirlElf> «» Location: Eyrie Building, recently moved to Gaia. Time: Approximately 3 days ago. [12:16] <@Hal_Emmerich> Owen is presently in the presence of David Xanatos in his office, the stiff blonde man wearing his glasses and full suit. I assure you, Mr Xanatos, I would not be leaving if it were not of the utmost importance. It is a family emergency, as I have said. I will likely return by tomorrow, or at most, within three days. [12:17] <@Hal_Emmerich> David temples his fingers in his large executive chair, his glass office in the castle atop the tower overlooking much of the Arcadian skyline You hardly need to ask. You haven't taken a personal day since you signed on Owen. Take care of your business, and keep me informed of the details. [12:18] <@Hal_Emmerich> Very well, Mr Xanatos. And with that... Owen proceeds to snap his fingers, moving to generate himself a little trip to Avalon. [12:19] <@GirlElf> «» Owen you find yourself still in David's office. Unable to take that little trip to Avalon. [12:19] <@Hal_Emmerich> Xanatos quirks a brow, sitting forward to place his elbows on his desk Forget something? [12:20] <@Hal_Emmerich> ... as awkward as this may seem, I seem to have forgotten the way home. Owen rubs his chin a moment, trying to open it again. This could present a problem. [12:21] <@Hal_Emmerich> ... That isn't like you. Are you feeling alright? [12:22] <@Hal_Emmerich> ... No. Mr Xanatos. I believe I have been cursed. There is a spell of legend which forces someone to remain on a plane, regardless of what attempts to rift them out. [14:25] <@Hal_Emmerich> If that is the case; you and your family need to vacate the building. [14:26] <@Hal_Emmerich> What? Xanatos quirks a brow I'm afraid I don't understand. [14:26] <@GirlElf> «» from out of the shadows in a corner of the office you hear a soft chiding sound almost like a tsk tsk, though calm and sophisticated. The voice distinctly feminine. A figure steps forth from the shadows; tall, garbed in flowing black robes, wearing a headdress fashioned in the likeness of two black horns. Her skin is a pale green, and her eyes yellow. There is a coldness to her in both her bearing and the sheer soul chilling aura which she gives off. [14:26] <@Hal_Emmerich> The spell I speak of is a line of sight. He quirks a brow as he hears the noise, not turning around yet Mr Xanatos. I strongly suggest that you leave. Now. [14:27] <@Hal_Emmerich> Xanatos nods and taps the panic button on his desk before grabbing a rifle from his desk and retreating through a side exit into the castle residences. [14:28] <@GirlElf> <???> the voice sounds amused "One would almost think you were afraid of something, to urge him to leave so swiftly." her eyes all on Owen [14:28] <@Hal_Emmerich> Owen takes his glasses off of his face and sighs a moment. Pocketting them in his suit pocket, he folds his arms And you would be 'Maleficent' I presume? I thought there was a putrid odor in the room. [14:29] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» arches a brow at his statement "Oh no doubt gone with your dear mortal friend." she smiles [14:30] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» "Though, you were going to be most inconvenient." a chiding tone that belies something far more malicious underneath it [14:30] <@Hal_Emmerich> Owen turns around and faces the woman without a glimpse of fear As I stated. The spell was a line of sight. Your appearance here is hardly a surprise. I was not aware you fear Oberon, the child of Mab. [14:31] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» "Oh, the house of Mab in it's entirety shall fall." stated quite confidently "But not until they are filled with despair." [14:32] <@GirlElf> «» the glow of her staff crystal is slowly increasing, subtley almost. [14:33] <@Hal_Emmerich> Many in this city make their livings in the modern science of psychiatry. Might I suggest you consider employing them as a lackey. It would do you considerable good. Owen suddenly begins twirling in place until he turns into the floating trickster known as Puck, medieval garb, long white hair, pointed ears and elf boots A sane mind would go a long way with your ~charming~ personality. [14:38] <@Hal_Emmerich> As Maleficent moves to fire, a trio of armed guards in Xanatos armor kick down the door to Xanatos's office, armed in heavy armor and laser cannons. The lead one opens fire on Maleficent as Puck flips in the air out of the way of the strike. "Target located. Take her down" [14:39] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» keeps her attention seemingly on puck ignoring the pathetic mortals and their weapons. A show of arrogance or of confidence? [14:39] <@Hal_Emmerich> *wiggles his brows* You'll find I'm full of surprises Maleficent. He begins chanting Potted plant in this office space, make my foe learn well her place. His eyes glow as one of the potted plants behind Maleficent moves to snap out and tries to restrict her, its roots digging into the tiled floor [14:40] <@GirlElf> «» Throughough the building doors and windows are slamming shut and sealing magically, trapping people inside.... [14:42] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» seems amused by this puck "How charming Mab's brats still rhyme." Her response is to simply flare power around herself which consumes that which attempts to touch her. Any fire from the human weapons simply dissolves upon an invisible barrier about her. [14:53] <@Hal_Emmerich> Puck just winces at the plant that surrounds her Ouch. No wonder you couldn't get a date to the prom. While she's occupied, Puck disappears into one of the paintings in the office, diving through it as though it was a portal [14:55] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» eyes narrow slightly and a cruel smile graces her face as she sets the painting puck has leapt into on fire. Not engulfed, but such that it runs him to the edge." [14:56] <@GirlElf> «» Interestingly enough Puck, you can feel that heat in painting. [14:57] <@Hal_Emmerich> Puck pops his head out of a painting on the opposite wall, pointing his finger at the ground Maleficent is standing on Iron gird and ceramic floor. Make our guest an exit door. The floor beneath Maleficent begins to part to the lower level [14:57] <@Chanree> ~Erica~ ---- oi puck..like to take a sauna? cause that's kinda like the same feeling..yet that's hotter <.< [14:58] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» quite calmly levitates in place as she without so much as turning about sets the picture behind her aflame as well "Have you perchance seen what a cat does when it catches the mouse?" [15:00] <@Hal_Emmerich> Puck ducks back into the portrait, but his voice radiates in the room Have you ever seen a mouse that can fight back? The various objects in the office begin to levitate as Xanatos's desk, sofa's, office chair, and computer turn into a golem of sorts. The desk is the body, sofa the legs, a lamp for one arm and the executive chair for the other. The monitor turns around and Pucks [15:00] <@Hal_Emmerich> face is on it I always said this place could use some redecorating He takes a hard swing at her with the lamp [15:02] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» is no longer standing where she was, she is now behind the golem which has a swirl of darkness form about it. The chill it radiates can be felt in the burning portraits and even within the walls. The darkness eats away at these objects, destroying any structural integrity that they may have. [15:04] <@Hal_Emmerich> The golem falls apart, though as it does, it moves to shove the butt of the lamp back into her face, going for a cheap shot. Meanwhile, Puck watches from the reflection of the office window with a grin, standing in the reflection [15:05] <@GirlElf> «» the lamp breaks into a thousand tiny pieces before it touches her, pieces which are directed into the three guards still there. Slicing them into ribbons. "The cat makes a choice. A clean kill, or to play with the mouse til it dies." [15:09] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» "Though one so carefree would certainly not be bothered by the plight of others." her eyes half lid a moment and a scene can now be seen in another pance of glass. There is a secretary backed up against a sealed door screaming for help as several heartless have closed in. Some guards attempt to fire on them but lack what is needed. Fate the runs its course as the inky black creatures crawl |Cont| [15:09] <@GirlElf> |Cont| 0 over the woman and she disappears in a swirl of darkness a new heartless being added to their pack. |Fin| [15:15] <@Hal_Emmerich> Puck glares at her through the reflection. This one made him angry. Oh this one made him VERY angry. His eyes glow in the reflection as he moves out of the glass behind her The pucks wrath that you do test, tempt the trickster to do his best. Though this battle you may win, I shall have the final grin. Magic begins swirling around him as his hair levitates From now on, though your time YOU MAY BIDE. In the shadows no more shall you hide! [15:16] <@Hal_Emmerich> Puck conjures up an aura of green energy as he shoots the massive pulse of green energy out, flaring the office filled with his green magic [15:18] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» laughs at his attempt at a curse "You would attempt to curse me? Me the Mistress of all Evil?" She simply lets her shielding which has taken care of everything else deal with this. Though given the abundance of magic and light in the room it cannot be seen if it took or was repelled. [15:20] <@Hal_Emmerich> Oh come on. If you came all this way and didn't even get a proper fight, you'd be disappointed. What kind of a host would I be? Make you a deal. You release the locks on the office, let the humans and others go, and I'll give up without a fight. You have my word. [15:21] <@GirlElf> «» Maleficent changes the scene to yet another innocent little intern being consumed by heartless "For every 10 seconds you keep me waiting. Another shall be consumed." she seems to take some sort of satisfaction in his anger at this as well as at the people being consumed. And every ten seconds the face being consumed changes to that of another young life destroyed. Each one run down until they were trapped by the lockdown she has imposed. And it is not confined to the working spaces you see even the household servants being given this treatment which means the heartless are in the castle. |Fin| [15:21] <@Hal_Emmerich> Unharmed, uninjured, and unmodified. [15:21] <@Hal_Emmerich> Do we have a deal? [15:24] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» "The humans I will release, however I have already taken one of the others whom you do not name. I believe in your little family they call it insurance. Will you still give your word to give yourself up?" and while they are talking the images keep on changing to face after face. [15:24] <@Hal_Emmerich> And the half human, half fae child. [15:24] <@Hal_Emmerich> Agree to that, and I will keep my word. [15:25] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» smiles "And the halfbreed child and her child." [15:26] <@GirlElf> «» Have you kept count of the faces Puck? Those people to whose families you or David will need to write? [15:27] <@Hal_Emmerich> The Xanatoses and their family, any in the building, and you have a deal. I hearby give my word that with those conditions met, the Puck shall submit without fight to end the game. [15:28] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» "Save for the one whom I have already taken and we will be agreed." [15:29] <@Hal_Emmerich> David, Fox and Alexander are fine. We're agreed. [15:29] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» "Agreed. Now kneel before me." her voice is so cold [15:30] <@Hal_Emmerich> I didn't say I'd kneel, I said I wouldn't fight it. he wags a finger So, get it over with. [15:30] <@GirlElf> «» is puck out of the glass now? [15:31] <@Hal_Emmerich> --- he is, yes [15:31] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» "When the time is right, you will be my message to Oberon." a cold smile upon her face "Until that time, take this as a lesson in your own mortality." [15:33] <@Hal_Emmerich> Maleficent, from the corner of your eye, a massive blue pulse of energy flies down the side corridor into the office and attempts to smash into you. The beam originated from a bazooka sized rifle being held by a red colored, cold iron gargoyle. "Class dismissed." [15:34] <@GirlElf> «» puck you suddenly cannot breath at all as the chill of darkness surrounds you. There is a spiral of darkness about you. You feel yourself being metaphysically shredded. To say it hurts is an understatement. Even excruciating does not begin to describe the darkness shredding your soul. You can hear your ribs snapping as the darkness exerts a physical pressure now. Puck has lost at this point 3/4 of his metaphysical self. [15:34] <@Hal_Emmerich> Puck meanwhile is likely levitated and will probably be screaming out in pain from this one as the darkness surrounds him [15:35] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» is left still standing after the blast dust has cleared, seemingly untouched by this. "How quaint." [15:36] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» "Oh and do remember, when the time is right you shall convey this message for me to your dearly beloved Lord Oberon." [15:36] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» a pure evil laugh following that statement [15:36] <@Hal_Emmerich> Still holding the weapon, sets it to full power and aims again. The man is fully suited in cold iron, even around his head. The hydraulic controls on the arms adjust and whirr as the suit aims again, the twin wings refracting light from the flashing alarms I'm afraid you've overstayed your welcome in my home. I'm going to have to ask you to leave. [15:37] <@GirlElf> «» she seems entirely unbothered by the cold iron [15:38] <@Hal_Emmerich> Notes this, but doesn't change his stance at the moment. The suit had plenty of other weapons if need be, and he wasn't in direct contact with her yet anyway Unless you'd like a lesson in humility instead. [15:39] <@Hal_Emmerich> *a lesson in your own [15:39] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» "Oh I shall be leaving quite soon. What I came for has been done." there is a definate note of evil gloating "And Puck, do think upon this should ever decide to speak to your little friends in the Dimensional Warriors again." [15:40] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» smirks at David and he suddenly flung back into a wall, her magic affecting something encased in cold iron "One should not speak to their betters suchly." [15:40] <@Hal_Emmerich> Xanatos is going to fire the weapon at her again, mid sentence. The man was not pleased. The energy charges and discharges as this time, a solid beam of pure blue energy rips from the barrel and is going to constantly barrage her. This is a prism cannon, a few grades below ion, but it'll take down a tank in one shot. As he fires, cold iron missiles launch from shoulder racks [15:41] <@Hal_Emmerich> --- So they possibly hit eachother, lol [15:42] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» after the dust clears is standing there untouched, looking amused. "Did you really think your pathetic little toys could harm me?" she steps towards him malevolently. [15:43] <@Hal_Emmerich> Xanatos is, never the less, not immune to magic, so his suit is easily lifted up into the air and flung backwards down the corridor. It smacks him into a pillar hard enough to smash it. The servo's of the suit whirr heavily, trying to catch so the suit could stand up before Xanatos himself actually collapses from the impact [15:44] <@GirlElf> «Maleficent» looks back to the writhing puck who is now 1/5 of his former self metaphysically and broken physically "Do remember this lies again in your future." and she departs in a glowing ball of green light. [15:44] <@GirlElf> «» when she leaves the darkness spiral drops Puck to the ground. [15:46] <@Hal_Emmerich> Attendants move to scramble to assist both the downed Puck and help Xanatos back to his feet. Xanatos, even barely just off of the ground, staggers to his feet and makes his way towards Puck, moving to pick him up "Somebody get a doctor. I don't care if you have to kidnap him, just get one here now." [15:47] <@Hal_Emmerich> And thats the end cinematic. Xanatos looks to the rising sun from his office, his suit worn and torn as he glances out into the sunrise from his ruined office
One afternoon, a Dimensional Warrior receives a strange communications message, private and unknown. Not five minutes after, another receives the exact same call, almost word for word, then another Dimensional Warrior, and another, and another...
Without identifying themselves, each strange caller sounded the same: a flat, calm voice that was almost indistinguishable from others, a voice impossible to put to a face, which identifies each Dimensional Warrior contacted before informing them of a special series of operations conducted by the Alliance as a whole involving that specific Dimensional Warrior, which relies on their skills and abilities as a person rather than the involved strength of the entire organization as a whole. Each Warrior is offered a choice -- participate and speak nothing to the general public about these confidential operations, then be compensated for their assistance should they succeed or completely disavowed should they fail, or decline and never be confronted again with the option.
While not identifying themselves as part of any specific organization within the Alliance government, each caller assures each Dimensional Warrior that any attempts to divulge information about their activities to the general public outside of other Dimensional Warriors will not be tolerated and will be stopped by any means necessary. While some Dimensional Warriors were understandably cautious and wary of such an obvious declaration, others were excited to offer any assistance they could to their allies, the Alliance, while others were almost insulted at the prospect, and yet others were more concerned with what was in it for them rather than what would help their unified organizations.
However, in the end, almost every Dimensional Warrior contacted agreed to participate in their specific operation, which would be conducted over the next several weeks. Instructed to be prepared to leave at any time, the Dimensional Warriors individually each go on alert, ready to be summoned for their time.
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