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Divine Confessor

Generic Confessor of the Aschen Empire

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by barney_fife

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Secretive organization that enforces the Emperor's will across the stars, answering only to the Divine Shadow.
The Aschen Empire, a massive collection of semi-sovereign provinces that reigns over a great portion of the Milky Way Galaxy, paranoid, arrogant, and cruel, a once prosperous nation spirals into poverty, and self-destruction.

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Confessor of the Divine Shadow




Confessors are in charge of personally executing the will of the Divine Shadow. Attached to the newly created Confessor Cabal, an Office in the newly appointed Office of Imperial Affairs. Confessors work in everything from Inquisition of undesirables, to intelligence and interrogation of enemy and political prisoners. Made up of some of the most devout and sociopathic individuals in the Aschen Empire. Confessors are known to brutally torture their prisoners, and do so in secret with complete impunity.

So begins...

Divine Confessor's Story

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Character Portrait: Joran Davrell Character Portrait: Steven Lindemann Character Portrait: LDA Agent Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Charles Kesslee

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"Our intelligence points that the Subject is here, at Fort Veritas." Kesslee said as he turned to a pair of purple hooded individuals behind him, and a trio of LDA Agents. Staring out at the gates of the compound, he nodded and Kesslee started back towards a black SUV, along with his Confessors and the other LDA Agents. Once inside, the black car proceeded towards the gates of the fort.

The LDA Agent in the driver side showed his credentials to the gate guard, the Confessors obscured and concealed by the dark tinted windows of the Aschen SUV.

"We're here to see Joran Davrell, it's an important matter of Aschen national security."

Kesslee, in the passenger seat eyed the soldier, then he gestured his hand. "You will allow us to pass.." Mentally compelling the guard to let them pass.

"Please notify Mr. Davrell of our arrival." Kesslee said, and the gate guard nodded slowly. "I shall allow you to pass..." He said, opening the gates.

"May his merciful shadow fall upon you..." Kesslee said, and the Guard droned on. "..And may his Merciful Shadow fall upon you too."

The SUV accelerated, and started towards the fort as the windows rolled up.

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Character Portrait: Ixas Character Portrait: Joran Davrell Character Portrait: Steven Lindemann Character Portrait: LDA Agent Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Charles Kesslee

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Parked on a hill a kilometer away a man stood next to a copse of trees, a powerful rifle in his hands as he used the scope to scout ahead. The UECOR Clone Defector carefully watched and took notes of what he was seeing. His primary target to give the information he had to was Joran Davrell. The second name on the list of names with the battleplans he had.

The Clone was thankful that he had stopped well out and scoped ahead as the SUVs went past. They did not look like something he wanted to contend with in his own Dodge Challenger Sports Car until he knew more about them. So to that extent he had moved his car into the trees and settled his weapon bipod on the hood to use the scope.

Coupled with the combat armor that the UECOR Clone Army used in combat, 8191 had modified his extensively, to the point where it was beyond anything the UE could come up with. The hard drive system the suit was lined with meshed with kevlari scales made it completely imprengable. At least ot most things. Thanks to his genetic structure and natural strength the 55kilo armor set weighed less then half of that. However the two meter tall clone clad in various shades of black and white armor was not looking for a fight.

He was instead looking for a means of a good proper job, someone he knew he could trust with the information he carried in his suit. He went over his plan carefully. Mapping out the land through his visor and holographic vision. Using realtime satalite networks just for mapping, 8191 was able to get an accurate map of the area. Now all he had to do was get inside and get his information to Davrell. And if he could not get the information to the man, then he'd go to the next name on the list. Or back to the top name on the list. Either way. 8191 was ready for this mission.

He took careful note of the convoy of Aschen SUVs as they stopped at the guard post and carefully watched the guard as the man spoke, apparently repeating something said to him. Skithspit! Telepaths! He took in every detail of the two SUVs, including the lincese numbers of them all. And even more carefully he took careful aim at the guard. recording everything. Yeah, this wasn't going to go well for that guards future.

With what he needed so far he made some final modifcations to the escape route and also made sure he had what he was sure he'd need. A layout of the Fort itself. Which was not easy to get, but with his access codes and scramblers he got what he needed for an inital building layout for everything within the walls. He remained where he was and carefully took in every detail. Mapping his mission carefully.

When he was done he went back to his rifle and continued to carefully take in every detail of Fort Veritas.

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Character Portrait: Ixas Character Portrait: Joran Davrell Character Portrait: Steven Lindemann Character Portrait: LDA Agent Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Charles Kesslee

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#, as written by Nemo
The SUV would be directed to park near Veritas' main entrance. A squad of Terran marines stood outside and would peacefully direct them into Veritas' lobby.

Once inside the classically-directed interior of the fort, a group of suits walked out to meet the Aschen envoys. Two of them, tall, stern-faced men with impeccably-pressed dressware, wore practically no expression on their faces at all. Small white pocket squares jutted neatly out of their jackets. TIB agents.

The third was a smiling woman, short and unimposing in stature.

"Gentlemen," she said, a light Losenji accent evident in her tone, "I welcome you to Fort Veritas. Your arrival is unexpected and unannounced, so you'll understand if we are curious as to the purpose of your being here." She smiled again, cute and innocent. "Or why you used such unconventional means of entering, for that matter."

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Ixas' snooping, unfortunately for him, would not go unnoticed. The land surrounding Fort Veritas was under constant surveillance for miles out. Every footstep, every rustling bush, every passing bird, every gust of wind was checked, re-checked and documented. Even had Ixas been muffling his feet, the mere lack of heat on the ground left by his shadow would have been enough to merit the interest of the TIB operatives working in Veritas.

The click-clack of a rifle resounded behind the defector.

"Stand up nice and easy, pretty boy," a stern voice commanded behind him, "keep your gun on the dirt. Hands up."

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Character Portrait: Ixas Character Portrait: Joran Davrell Character Portrait: Steven Lindemann Character Portrait: LDA Agent Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Charles Kesslee

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Kesslee turned to the small, unimposing woman, he, his confessors, and the LDA Agents were quite an imposing group compared to their Terran counterparts.

"I understand you have a Cybran in custody. I would like to see him." Kesslee said, folding his hands in his robes and standing unfazed by the Marines in the room.

The other two Confessors remained silent, as did the LDA Agents as Kesslee continued. "The expedient extraction of information is paramount to the continued stability in this region. The Divine Shadow has personally instructed me to oversee his interrogation. I require minimal accommodations, and Mr. Davrell is free to watch."

He waved his hand slightly, compelling her to take them to the Cybran.

"You will take me to the Cybran now..."

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Character Portrait: Ixas Character Portrait: Joran Davrell Character Portrait: Steven Lindemann Character Portrait: LDA Agent Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Charles Kesslee

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8191, known as Ixas, smiled behind the helmet. He stood up from the car, the gun still resting on the hood of the car on the bipod mount. He spoke. "What can I do for you gentlemen ?" He seemed completely unphased by the weapons pointed at him. He infact had expected it. In more ways then one. The white and black armor along with shades of gray and dark midnight blue did not seem to leave a reflection when he moved. The Clone stood an easy two meters tall and even without the gun that rested on the hood of the car, he was still armed.

He never raised his hands. He kept them easily by his side. Calm, tranquil. Almost bored. And yet he was there with a sense of urgencey. Importence. His motion sesnors picked up two other men, both with weapons pointed at him. Well this was quite the party. A third man was not far away keeping watch from longer range. He ignored him, for the moment.

The helmet tilted slightly. Behind which Ixas smiled as he realised why they were there. "I am Defector 8191. I have information that concerns Joran Davrell directly. Give me directions on how to get it to him. In person. And I'll leave." He leaved against the gun pointed at him with an arm as if leaning against a bar. "Time is against me in getting the information to the right party for the right price. Tell Joran his two o'clock is here. I'll come on my own time. Providing you do not hinder me. The information I have I must give to Joran directly, it is my mission. And my mission alone. Any questions Gentlemen ?"

He made no moves towards the weapon on the hood of the car that was aiming towards the Fort. the scope and design of the weapon made it clear he was not just a normal merc looking for a job. In fact with his actions it seemed he was scouting the place he was to go before entering it. And he did say he had information that was paramount to get to Joran Davrell directly. And his mission was to deliver it directly, in person, to Joran. But if people got in his way, there'd be a mess. A big mess. And he did not want to cause a mess yet. Not this soon. The real mess was going to come later when the UECOR started landing platoons on the planet to set up a outpost.

He had to wonder how he missed these four. He'd taken all the precautions he knew were in the book, but then he realised, he did not account for the motion tracker. It picked up lifesigns yes. But it did not decern those lifesigns as human or animal, just as signs of life. That was what he missed. That was his last mistake. He knew now what to look for.

He waited for their answer. Never once did he make a sudden move. Nor did he remove his helmet.

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Character Portrait: Ixas Character Portrait: Terran Marine Command Character Portrait: Joran Davrell Character Portrait: Steven Lindemann Character Portrait: LDA Agent Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Charles Kesslee

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#, as written by Nemo
As Kesslee extended his influence towards the young woman, he would suddenly find his consciousness entangled in a mess of celestial authority, wrestling with a soul that was literally intertwined with the eternal, cosmic energy of the universe. A devout Sényriist, this woman's spirit and mind was directly linked to the ecumenical life-force that was all of enlightened existence.

She'd never stopped smiling. It was the sort of "have a nice day, come again smile" that might be found eternally plastered over the cheeks a cable-TV infomercial hostess. Looking at it for too long was just downright annoying.

"I'm afraid penetrating the most secure military complex on Terra isn't going to be quite as easy as you imagined it to be, sir," she sounded genuinely apologetic, as if she were sorry for some great inconvenience, "any security measures you've bypassed thus far have been mere aesthetic formalities." She giggled. "Now. Perhaps we can discuss exactly why you desire to relieve us of one of our most valued guests and what the Terran National Government has to gain by relinquishing him to you?"

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The marine stationed behind Ixas grunted. "You would've seen Davrell anyway. He interrogates most've the trespassers on these grounds. Just comply with our orders and submit to arrest. You'll have your word with the good doctor soon enough."

A second marine stepped forward. "Hands behind your back."

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Character Portrait: Ixas Character Portrait: Terran Marine Command Character Portrait: Joran Davrell Character Portrait: Steven Lindemann Character Portrait: LDA Agent Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Charles Kesslee

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Kesslee scowled, but shrugged the entanglement off by exerting his Alteran powers, though inevitably he backed off. Of course, during all this He remained totally silent, before he turned to one of his other confessors. The Confessor shook his head slightly, and spoke something in an obscure, rather hard to understand Anquietas dialect.

"Postea et fiet Losenji insolentiam pati pro." He said to one of his other Confessors, whom nodded, and subtly gestured to the LDA Agent, who nodded and then took a few notes in Anquietas.

"Our assistance in repelling a Cybran invasion, indirectly through their extermination, It is the will of His Shadow." Kesslee said flatly. "If your people deny us this, We will sit by as the Cybrans destroy your world, and come to destroy them ourselves at our convenience. Do not try my patience, Terran. Or your people will be made to suffer." The Confessor said.

"How we proceed will be up to you. I would be glad to assist in the interrogation of the prisoner, or I can return to the Divine Shadow empty handed. And trust me. The Divine Shadow is not as forgiving as I am."

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Character Portrait: Ixas Character Portrait: Terran Marine Command Character Portrait: Joran Davrell Character Portrait: Steven Lindemann Character Portrait: LDA Agent Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Charles Kesslee

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8191 smiled behind the helmet. "Good, I'll go see him now, arrest wont even be needed, but I am sure you four are." He said moving to pick up the gun, which by then the Marine closest to the weapon saw that it was completely unloaded. the armored two meter tall soldier was naught more then looking over the fort ? But why ? he moved to the trunk and opened it, it was empty save for a few magazines of sniper rifle ammo, and also his other two weapons and also a sidearm. "Listen, this car is a rental and I have a very limited time rented on it. Contact Davrell and tell him I am on my way to see him as we speak. Arresting me and putting me in a holding cell just to talk to him will only cause problems for you four, trust me on that." He said. He closed the trunk of the car and went to the driverside.

He opened the door and before getting in he asked simply, still calm and traquil. Almost as if he were really just sightseeing. "What do I say here.... Oh yes, I remember, three black SUVs stopped at the gate down there, something was said and the guard on duty apparently repeated something and let the three SUVs pass unhindered, If I were you, I'd be the least of your worries right now." With that he got into the Dodge Challenger and shut the door. He opened the window as the car rumbled to life. Speaking to the closest Marine he said "Besides, with the information I got in my head and being pressed for time, putting me in a holding cell to wait to talk to the guy on a list of people to eliminate is completely out of the question."

Then he asked a question completely unexpected. "You four want a lift ? We can make it look like you caught me but I gotta drive this rig. After all, I'm listed as the only driver on the rental slip and if someone else is driving I lose the security deposit, I might lose it anyway when the Systems Army gets here in.... " Ixas checked the time in his helmet, "Two hours ten minutes and eleven seconds." Ixas never took off the helmet. But he did sound like as reasonable man. But he was a defector, so he did he defect from ?

The sooner he got the info to Joran, the far better off Joran was going to be. Ixas just knew it. Sure he'd be viewed as an outsider, but he hoped he could at least save someones lives, maybe several.

After all, time was moving, and it showed no signs of stopping either. And with just over two hours before the inital landings began....

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Character Portrait: Ixas Character Portrait: Terran Marine Command Character Portrait: Joran Davrell Character Portrait: Steven Lindemann Character Portrait: LDA Agent Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Charles Kesslee

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#, as written by Nemo
"I am sorry sir, but you must understand that I simply cannot allow-" the woman literally stopped in mid sentence, her lips frozen and 'O'ed on the better half of 'allow'. A few moments later, she snapped back to attention, blinking twice and resuming her smile with renewed vigor.

"Doctor Davrell has requested that you join him in the interrogation chambers," the woman said on the same key, nodding to Kesslee. Her eyes made a brief pass over the other Aschen before returning to the Inquisitor. "Just you." She turned swiftly. "Follow me, please."

With the bulk of both the Terran and the Aschen force hopefully left in the lobby, the TNG delegate would lead Kesslee to a nearby elevator. It carried them down several floors of the facility at a leisurely speed. The girl made small talk about the recent fits of rain they'd been having.

The elevator finally stopped and opened its broad doors. Kesslee and the girl were now in a significantly less-furnished room. The walls were rusty. The lights were flickering and flourescent. At the far end of the hall was another elevator, not nearly as high-tech or impressive looking as the one they'd come out of. It was a gear lift. Literally operated by a marine with a crank nearby.

The woman gestured towards a nearby table. "Please leave all technological device on this table. Silicon. Electric gadgets. Communicators." She smiled. "Sublevel Nine is a 'black' zone. No technology of any kind."

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"What the-... hey, just where do you think you're going!" one of the marines shouted as the clone turned from them all together. While the lack of ammunition on his gun and his passive compliance did set them at ease, they couldn't just ignore protocol. "Listen, you can't just waltz into Fort Veritas and demand a meeting with Davrell. We literally have NO IDEA who you are. There's rules and a system for this sort of thing for a reason." He stepped forward, growling. "Look, you're coming with us to the containment field. You'll meet Davrell in due time. Before the day is done. Your way... just asking for a meeting... it doesn't work like that." He shook his head. "I mean what do you want me to do? Go inside, walk up to one of the most respected NPA officers in the field and say, 'hey! There's this guy out there in the middle of nowhere that wants to talk to you! He's got no known credentials, no authority clearance and no appointment! He wants a personal 1 on 1 right flippin' now and he insists he can't rely his information to anyone except you. We found him scoping out the facility with a sniper and he's also armed and fully combat-ready.'" The marine offered Ixis a look of pure disbelief. "I mean SERIOUSLY. Would YOU come out and meet a guy like that?!"

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Character Portrait: Ixas Character Portrait: Terran Marine Command Character Portrait: Joran Davrell Character Portrait: Steven Lindemann Character Portrait: LDA Agent Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Charles Kesslee

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Kesslee nodded to his other Confessors, and no words were exchanged between the group as they remained in the lobby, and the Confessor followed the woman to an elevator.

"Wise choice. I would hate to have seen the fit the Divine Shadow would have thrown should i have returned Empty handed." He said, ignoring her small talk and keeping his eyes on the doors.

"I have no technology, I have no need for it." He said, which was the truth. Having been trained by the Inquisitor Leonidas from the Kobollian Inquisition. He found that he didn't need Technology to carry out his job.

Rather he would have a modified hook and chain. Akin to a meat hook laced with a potent toxin laced in it's bloodstained nicks and grooves. He also had an assortment of calipers, scalpels, and instruments that were used for torture. He carried an assortment of drugs and specialized devices to deal with prisoners. But nothing technological.

"Let's proceed." He said calmly. "I am eager to meet Mr. Davrell, I have read his Dossier."

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Character Portrait: Ixas Character Portrait: Terran Marine Command Character Portrait: Joran Davrell Character Portrait: Steven Lindemann Character Portrait: LDA Agent Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Charles Kesslee

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Steven's systems started to pick up movement above them, a lot of talking. He shut down just to listen closely, his mouth moving in time with what was being said, the metal voice box putting what was going on upstairs, the system going on and on before he turned his systems off, "We seem to have company, and if anyone lays a finger... The angels of Death will come screaming down on every Nation in this universe."

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Character Portrait: Ixas Character Portrait: Terran Marine Command Character Portrait: Joran Davrell Character Portrait: Steven Lindemann Character Portrait: LDA Agent Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Charles Kesslee

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"Going to save your boss. And maybe you four while I am at it" 8191 replied to the question of where he was going. He thought carefully on his reply, it was true, he could not rely on anyone but himself to get the mission completed properly. He had to get the information to Davrell himself. Or not at all. But since Davrell was the second name on the list of to capture, 8191 figured it best to save the man from almost certain death.

"I can and I will, at this point every second of delay in getting the information I have to Davrell only makes those I am one step ahead of getting to him first. Putting me in a holding station just to see the man not only delays me, but hastens his own capture or death. The sooner I get the information I have to Davrell, the better. After all. I have now less then two hours to get this info to him, or he risks capture, and my mission is failed. The Systems Army will be here by then, I do not have all day." He put the car into drive and turned to the closest marine. "My offer of a ride still stands. If you'd rather walk, then say so, I am running out of time."

His way worked when someones life was on the line, and in this case, Joran Davrells own life was on the line, and if 8191 did not get the information to Joran within the next 90 minutes. Joran was as good as dead.

Finally he said "The only thing you need to know is my number" Which he then rattled off. UECOR ARC Clone Commando 8191. "Call ahrad to Davrell, no doubt, since it is mentioned he is a telpath. He knows I am here already." 8191 was glad of his own genetic construction. Immune to telpaths was a good thing. Though it was just one of the many perks of being a UECOR ARC Commando. He could think and act on his own. Which was why he left the UECOR in the first place. With the information he possessed, Joran would be much better off if he got to him without delay.

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Character Portrait: Ixas Character Portrait: Terran Marine Command Character Portrait: Joran Davrell Character Portrait: Steven Lindemann Character Portrait: LDA Agent Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Charles Kesslee

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#, as written by Nemo
"Stay calm, Mr. Lindemann," Joran smiled, "I have sent for our guest. So long as you are cooperative, I'm sure you'll have nothing to fear."

The heavy metal door would swing open and permit entry to Kesslee.

Joran turned to face the man. "Inquisitor." He offered the man a nod. "So nice of you to join us."

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"Okay, okay look, just..." the marine growled at the clone, "...just stay here, alright? Just don't move. I'll radio this in directly to Davrell's sublevel." He shook his head. "Geeze-louise... y'know there's a number you can call to report threats, right? Y'don't have to come all the way to Veritas..."

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Character Portrait: Ixas Character Portrait: Terran Marine Command Character Portrait: Joran Davrell Character Portrait: Steven Lindemann Character Portrait: LDA Agent Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Charles Kesslee

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The Confessor turned and inclined his head to Joran. "Confessor, not Inquisitor." He said, approaching the prisoner and looking him over in silence.

"They are not as I had expected them to be. I'm disappointed." Kesslee said as he turned to look back to Joran, gesturing with his hand to close the heavy door behind them.

"Let's begin." He said, reaching into his robes, as if to adjust something. "What is your name? It's a simple question with little in the way of ramifications." Kesslee said, pacing around the Cybran prisoner.

"Mr. Davrell, do you happen to have a car battery on hand?"

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Character Portrait: Ixas Character Portrait: Terran Marine Command Character Portrait: Joran Davrell Character Portrait: Steven Lindemann Character Portrait: LDA Agent Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Charles Kesslee

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The car engine rumbled as the car gave off a jerky motion of getting into first gear, but the foot was firmly on the brakes. "I told you once already, I must get my information to Joran directly, calling on a phoneline will only enhance greater troubles. Doing it in person is far safer and yields better results. Good day gentlemen." 8191 replied to the request of remaining where he was. Time was short, too short for his liking.

Without another word he took his foot off the break and stomped on the gas, the car pulled away from the four men. The driver calm and collected in his manner. Other then being armored {and armed} out the wahzoo, 8191 was actually quite nice. And very battleready, and battlehardened for that matter.

Pulling up the gatehouse he pulled to a halt. When the guard came out 8191 said simply "Inform Mr Davrell his two o'clock is here. No delays. Time is short, the information is for his eyes only."

"I am sorry sir, but you will have to present some form of ID for me to check..." The guard quieted as 8191 held out disc no bigger then a small ultity disc. on it was written simply in Basic and UECOR clone codes. "Battleplan 1 of 7" The disc was completely blank. Ixas had the information on his hard drive hidden in his armor.

"I'd ask you if you speak .357, but I am guessing no, so instead I will ask if you speak Hemi ?" Seeing the guards look of pure horror 8191 smiled behind his helmet then pressed, "Good, so you go ahead and open the gate, Mr Davrell is expecting me." He knew the four he met already where on the job and by the time he made it to the gate Davrell had been informed of his arrival. The guard nodded, Pressing the key to open the gate he directed where Ixas was to park. since he was so armored, he was recommended to park in the staff lot instead of the visitors lot.

Once inside the fort, but not inside any of the buildings within the grounds persei. 8191 took careful note of the black SUVs not far away from the convoy that passed him. The last thing he wanted to tangle with was people on the target list, people he just knew the UECOR could run over in numbers and technology alone. He got out of the Dodge Challenger and shut the door. Going to the trunk he removed his sniper rifle. The DC17 Rifle System was interchangible, he transfered it from a DC17S sniper to a smaller DC17BR battlerifle design plus a longer stock. He placed it on a magnetic plate on his back. Then he took out a DC15A rifle and with it a few extra clips of ammo, perfect for his needs.

Lastly he removed two DC15P pistols and placed them on his hips. He was going in armed and readyu for a fight, but only if a fight was to occur. The last thing that was on the UECOR ARC Clone Commando's mind at that moment was fighting. When he was in fact there to save a important mans life. If things went south, he just wanted to be ready.

He then made for the main lobby enterence t othe main building. Not having the personal codes for his own use as of yet, he made use of the public entry station. Making the guard on duty slightly nervous but was pointed towards the elevators to the right side of the building. That meant the escape path went to the left upon exiting the elevators. But he was not planning an escape, no, he was planning on saving the life of an important man, a man who, 8191 hoped, was to be his next employer. With the information he had stored in a hardrive hidden in his armor, 8191 pretty much was sure he could win himself a good job with the right people.

The setting changes from fort-veritas to Arastel Government Center

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Character Portrait: Aiyanna Character Portrait: Sheila Nagala Character Portrait: Kianna Character Portrait: The Divine Shadow Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Timothy McConley

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Aiyanna and Nagala said nothing as they completed the presidents words. Nagala then turned to Aiyanna, and she spoke in an obscure Anquietas dialect. Nagala offered only a slight nod before she turned to face the president and his cabinet.

"The Divine Shadow is considering your proposal." She said, before the building was rocked by a sudden rumble of thunder and a gathering of clouds above the Reverence and the Presidential Building.

The clouds swirled menacingly around the city before they dropped a bolt of multi-colored light. This bolt penetrated the halls of the Presidential palace and lit up the room with a brilliant and blinding rainbow light.

There was a pause, and as the flash subsided, the Divine Shadow himself in full regalia stood there adjacent to the Admiral, flanked on either side by Divine Confessors and their purple colored robes.

And of course Kianna, with her bright red robes.

Mollem narrowed his eyes as he stared down the President, then he turned to Nagala.

Nagala and Aiyanna both knelt on one knee and parroted in unison.

"I worship his shadow.."

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Character Portrait: Aiyanna Character Portrait: Sheila Nagala Character Portrait: Kianna Character Portrait: The Divine Shadow Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Timothy McConley

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The president's guards drew holstered weapons as the flash subsided, but Kianna was swifter yet. With an audible crack one man's elbow was dislocated before his firearm discharged into the leg of another agent. A backhanded blow knocked him into the desk as she swiftly disarmed him while he fell to the floor.

She leveled the gun on the president who was now halfway out of his chair before any of the other men in the room had time enough to even draw their weapons.

"Ah, ah, ah..." she tutted lightly as she gestured with the gun for the president to sit back down.

She threw a sidelong glance towards Mollem as the momentary hostilities from the president's guards were abruptly subdued. The groans of the wounded men brought a twitch of a smile to her lips. Despite her earlier anger at Mollem, there was no denying the enjoyment it brought her to see people learn to kneel.

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Character Portrait: Aiyanna Character Portrait: Sheila Nagala Character Portrait: Kianna Character Portrait: The Divine Shadow Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Timothy McConley

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The man approached the president, step by step as he extended his hand.

"You say that you will stand against us, and that you will do everything you can to stop us from seizing your world." The Shadow said, approaching the President.

"There will be no glory in your sacrifice. I will erase even the memory of Isiria and Arastel from the histories! Every piece of Isirian parchment shall be burned. Every isirian historian, and every scribe shall have their eyes pulled out, and their tongues cut from their mouths. Why, uttering the very name of Isiria, or the Isirian Government, will be punishable by death! The Galaxy will never know you existed at all!" He said, pacing around the President.


"But I am a generous god. I can make you rich beyond all measure. I will make you warlord of all the Aurora. You will carry my battle standard to the heart of Via Lactea. Your rivals will kneel at your feet if you will but kneel at mine." He said, still pacing around the President, before lifting his head up and looking the man in the eyes.

"Your Generals and your Advisors required that you stand. I require only that you kneel."

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Character Portrait: Aiyanna Character Portrait: Sheila Nagala Character Portrait: Kianna Character Portrait: The Divine Shadow Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Timothy McConley

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Kianna moved around behind the Isirian president while Mollem spoke. Leaning over him she lay the gun on the desk and glanced down. Beneath the folds of the crimson robes was a woman and her hand soft as it took hold of one of his, a finger running across the wedding band he wore.

It was the touch of a viper though and the smile that played across her lips was full of insidious intent.

"Gods are the superstitious invention of the simple minded," the president replied. There was a tremor to his voice though. God or not, The Divine Shadow held the cards at the moment. "You're no more a god than I am."

He shook his head.

"Even if I did as you ask, the people would revolt. Martial law would be declared. You'll have your surrender, but our military assets and our sovereignty will be maintained."

Kianna tutted lightly before she whispered softly into the man's ear.

"What do you want to bet your wife is in this building?" she asked innocently.

She nodded briefly to Aiyanna.

The man's family would make good leverage if Aiyanna could locate them. A failsafe if the man refused to comply, or to keep him subdued once he did.

Beads of sweat were forming on his skin as he looked from the Divine Shadow to the gun resting on the table within his reach.

Again Kianna purred into his ear, all the while keeping an eye on Mollem. What better way to learn the character of this man than to leave him the tool to end this invasion right here and now. "Tell me," she asked. "Do you have children?"

He reached for the gun, but Kianna expected it. One hand pinned the gun to the table while the other grabbed the back of his neck and forced his face down against the desk.

"Now now... we were all just starting to get along," she chastised lightly.

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Character Portrait: Aiyanna Character Portrait: Sheila Nagala Character Portrait: Kianna Character Portrait: The Divine Shadow Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Timothy McConley

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The Divine Shadow said nothing for a long moment as Kianna worked her magic on the man. "Gods are nothing more than a being worshiped by those beneath."

Aiyanna looked up for a moment, as if she was spacing out.

"Basement, Panic Room Eleven-A. I can direct a team to execute them on your command, Black Hand." She said monotonous, without emotion.

"Blast doors made of a Titanium-A Alloy, with the use of a G-4 Explosive or a Phase-Shift oscillator, they can be retrieved and presented for termination."

The Divine Shadow grinned under his robes.

"Do not be so sure the people would revolt. As a God I am capable of a great.. many things." He said, extending his hand out and exerting his will on the man, stifling his breathing just slightly. Not enough to hurt him, or even deprive him of oxygen. But enough to induce feelings of asphyxiation.

"My Confessors will give them ten thousand tortures. Your wife and children will beg for death. Death that I will deny them." He said, approaching the president.

"You will retain your Military and your Sovereignty... but you will kneel before me, and you will heed my every command."

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Character Portrait: Aiyanna Character Portrait: Sheila Nagala Character Portrait: Kianna Character Portrait: The Divine Shadow Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Timothy McConley

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Kianna released the man as his hands reached for his throat and his breath grew thready beneath the pressure that the Divine Shadow applied with nothing more than a gesture. Folding her hands into the sleeves of her robes she stood calmly at the presidents.

"I'll have the paper work drawn up," the president uttered hoarsely.

His hand shook as he pulled his glasses off and set them on the desk. You could spend a lifetime in power but when all was said and done, it was the moments like these that you would be remembered for. It was strange to be sitting there with everything crumbling around him, and the thought that lingered on his mind was that he would go down in history as the man who knelt to a tyrant with Isiria in open hands.

"Kneel and profess yourself to your god emperor," Kianna hissed at his back. "Profess your worship of the Divine Shadow for all of Isiria to witness."

There was a tremor in the mans hands as he rested them on the desk and rose to his feet. He had always been a proud man, and at times an ambitious man. Kneeling before the Divine Shadow did not come easily to him. It was with a weight of humiliation that he took to a knee with the aid of the desk in lowering himself.

His voice grew husky and the words came with difficulty. "I worship His Divine Shadow."

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Character Portrait: Aiyanna Character Portrait: Sheila Nagala Character Portrait: Kianna Character Portrait: The Divine Shadow Character Portrait: Divine Confessor Character Portrait: Timothy McConley

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The Divine Shadow released the man, and then he looked down to the President. "A new age for these people begins now." He said, turning to Nagala. "Prepare a garrison. The Aschen flag will fly over this building, higher than the Isirian flag." He said, stepping back. "Aiyanna, disseminate footage to the media, so the people will know who their new ruler is."

"Let us return to Langara in celebration. I can hand the transition over to you, Admiral I know you will oversee everything properly." He said, turning back to Kianna.

"I see things much clearer, when there's no Coalition hunting us down. We must return to our home. There are members in our very own quorum, whom you must silence." He said, starting towards the door, leaving Aiyanna and Nagala in the room.

"And we will deal with Terra when it has become prudent. But I must wash away the old remnants of the Confederation, and bring in our new order."

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Character Portrait: Confederation Protection Force Character Portrait: Aschen Marine Character Portrait: Dayson Gorm Character Portrait: Divine Confessor

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The serenity of the night would be suddenly interrupted by five very loud bangs on the front door. Two Aschen marines, a CPF Officer, and a single purple robed Divine Confessor waited in the front porch.

Another moment went by and a second series of bangs echoed on the door, and the CPF Officer shouted.

"Occupational Authority!"

He then proceeded to bang on the door again, three loud bangs as the two Marines readied an explosive charge to stick to the door.

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Character Portrait: Confederation Protection Force Character Portrait: Aschen Marine Character Portrait: Dayson Gorm Character Portrait: Divine Confessor

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The knock at the door came as an unwelcome call. No one ever visited him at this hour. No one ever visited full stop. "Wrong door. You might want the neighbour. I've been complaining about their noise level for weeks. Or it might be the one down the road. I felt a disturbance earlier." He shouted out.

Dayson was not going to ruin his routine. No way in hell was he going to ruin it. It was time to do the washing up. Then time to get his pajama trousers on. Then it was time to go to bed. No where in that routine was there: answer the door to random strangers. It wasn't happening.

"Hope you find who you're looking for, goodnight." With that, Dayson went back to washing his dishes and stacking them to dry in just his boxers.

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There was another pause, and then a deafening crack as the door was blown wide open and clean off it's hinges with explosives.

The Marines entered in first, clad in full combat gear and wielding their standard Disruptor rifles, the CPF Patrol officer followed suit, weapons drawn and aimed as the two Marines moved to clear each room of the house.

"Go go go!" The Officer called out, before coming up on the bedroom door.

'Bang' Came once as he kicked the door.

'Bang!' Twice.

And then the third time the door swung open, kicked by the single Aschen Officer, who lit up Dayson's form with a bright blue-white light.

"On the ground scumbag!" The CPF Officer called out, stepping aside as one of the Marines moved in, his weapon drawn.

"Hands where we can see them! Xeno Scum!"