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Byatis

"Ahhaha! Hello- Wait WHERE ARE YOU GOING!?"

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a character in “Battlefield Stratevaria”, as played by LulzyRobot

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Name: Byatis
Title: Eldritch Rogue
Age: ????
Height: 9ft - 274cm (Biped) 7ft - 213cm (Quadruped)
Genetic Type: Abomination
Planet of Origin: Megido
Faction: VENOM
Allies: Darkstar, K2, Clockwork (sort of), Sentinel
Rivals: -
Likes: Hunting, playing games(deadly or not), the massive expanse of the galaxy beyond Megido.
Dislikes: GEHENNA, Synthetics, not getting what he wants.

About:
Byatis is the jolly, childish, optimistic type which catches a lot of people off guard considering how he's a predator species native to Megido. Whether its a ploy to fool people or if thats how he really is, remains to be seen. He enjoys the diversity in the universe, save for synthetics for some reason. Byatis enjoys them so much so that when GEHENNA threatens to annihilate Stratevaria, he grew to oppose him. Byatis has grown used to the hostility the rest of the galaxy shows him, considering his homeworld and looks on the bright side. He was recently picked up by VENOM, putting his skills to use. Not because he's sadist, not because he's a psychopath, just because hunting is normal for him.

Theme: Boss Battle SuperMarioSunshine - http://youtu.be/-uFpYEOGqV4

Powers: Natural Camouflage, Resistance to magic/energy (this doesn't mean it doesn't hurt him. Its just not effective.), healing factor.
Weakness: Low physical defenses, Childish personality.

Abilities:
-Excretes highly corrosive acid from his claws which can cut through tough metals
-Venomous tail, mouth on end of tail has tight grip
-Extremely agile
Fighting Style: Born Predator.
Master at stealth regardless of his size thanks to his camouflage and his ability to stay still and silent. He observes prey to analyse their moves and strikes when guard is down. If caught in the fray of battle, Byatis move with quick agility, both looking for weak points and toying with his opponent.

So begins...

Byatis's Story

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The Lower City was an urban jungle of scum and villainy. Law meant absolutely nothing here. It was all about reputation. The more imposing you were, the less likely you were to be attacked... most of the time. The street was lit up only by whatever street lights were still functioning. One of the Upper City modules literally eclipsed this module of the Lower City, shrouding it in unnatural darkness. It was mid-afternoon but it felt like midnight. A lone man walks down the street with an air of confidence and attitude. When he passed by a few beggars, they looked away not wanting to cause any trouble. The man made a hard left turn into a thin, dark alleyway for a shortcut.

This was his last mistake. Behind the gangster, a pair of orange glowering, hellish eyes appeared. Before the man could turn around and whip out his gun, it was all over. The creature had lunged and bit into his jugular vein with it's....tail? The man dropped dead in a pool of his own blood. The creature stood tall over the body, and happily smiled. "Another one bites the dust I suppose-" It stops mid sentence. It wasn't near any TV but it could hear the sudden booming voice of GEHENNA, and his demand. It's smile quickly became a frown...

"GEHENNA. Are you following me?" It whispers to itself as it looks up to the underside of the Upper City. Unlike the rest of Stratevaria, the creature, Byatis, knew about GEHENNA. Like the evil overlord, he too, was from the Death World Megido. He had escaped fairly recently, tired of the same setting. Byatis shook his head. "I will not let him take this galaxy from me!" He thought for a moment. "I am sure I'm not the only one... they will lead me to this elevator..thing." With that, Byatis disappeared from sight and took a massive leap to get to the rooftops. He ran on all fours along the roof tops, analysing the crowds for abnormal behaviour.

In this case, resolve and conviction.

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How long as has it been since he's been out?

Keeton finds himself awake, and smells the hobo piss in the air. It's unmistakeable....he's found himself in the back alley of the bar. The bouncers must've thrown him out......And what's that feeling around him? If Keeton looks around, he'd find mountains and mountains of plastic trash bags.

Great. He's in a dumpster.

Suddenly, Keeton hears a young, calm, and oddly whimsical, robotically synthesized noise. "Yo!"

On the rooftop of the bar across from his location and above, is the crouching figure of a dark purple android. In his hands is a blood red spear with the blade at the tip being a chainsaw. His dark purple claws have a loose grip on the weapon.

"Fancy meeting you here!", the android spearman continues. He has a rather eccentric, but still polite, tone to him. And as he nods, the dim lower city lights can be seen reflected in his yellow visor.


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The Sentinel's scanning takes a while to yield a promising result. The Lower Cities are vast; planet-wide, in fact. Plenty of red herrings and backdoor viruses are in the network, but they're nothing Sentinel can't handle. Eventually, as he keeps walking, a match is found: Northwest of here, in the burnt library...a place long rumored to be a Dark S1de hideout. This must be it....

Above, on the rooftops, Byatis is well hidden. The lack of a sky in the Lower City provides quite the useful darkness for the eldritch rogue. There are plenty of beggars, junkies, and other hopeless lowlives slowly dying away in the back alleys, and even on the streets. And because of that....the sight of Sentinel is quite unique. Even though he's a robot, he walks with unmistakeable confidence and determination.

Looks like Byatis has found what he's looking for

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As a possible match was found in the networks of the city, a surge of emotions ran through Sentinel's systems. Stumbling into several nearby people as his processes were overloaded, Sentinel began to shut down. Running a flash clearing process, he averted turning off, but not before he slammed into a wall. Quite a few people looked at him curiously, some with apprehension or disgust, but most just kept on walking. The appearance of GEHENNA was much more interesting than a simple malfunctioning robot. Straightening, he sighted a blur in the corner of his vision, creeping along the rooftops. Rotating swiftly, he saw nothing but the smoky air of the Lower City and ruined roofs.

Filing away the movement for later, Sentinel decided to investigate the most likely lead to reaching the orbital elevator- a burned-out library somewhere to the Northwest of his current position. Bringing up a map of the area, he located it and began weaving through the crowds in a swift, determined manner. No matter the cloak, his height and synthetic nature marked him out to any that were looking. Not that he was built for stealth in any case. He was a being designed for war. The crowds around him slowed his progress significantly, but most would move out of his way.

Sighting the library around the corner, he turned down an alley that would take him right by the structure. Looking at city schematics, he found a sewer entrance nearby that would lead right into the basement of the building. Better to sneak in if it was run by a group of criminals, a scene would simply attract more attention to his actions. Finding the grate, he stared at it. Scanners would have been a useful addition to his systems, but he had not the time or resources to acquire such a thing at the moment. Deciding that the only way to learn if it was rigged to deal damage was to open it. Leaning down, he began to lift the grate.

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Byatis crawled along the rooftops, scanning the crowds, looking amongst the drunkards and scared little humans and beastmen, until a cloaked figure caught his attention fairly quickly. The figure was wandering at first after walking into a wall, but suddenly walked with purpose. So Byatis followed quietly by rooftop until suddenly it turned to look straight in his direction! Even with his natural camouflage active, Byatis still instinctively ducked out of sight, but still manages to take a peek. His face crumpled with either annoyance or disgust once he saw just what he was following. "Hhhhh...a synthetic..," he said under his breath. Byatis shook off the feeling and continued to follow once the synthetic began to move once more.

Byatis's leaps got longer and longer as the buildings began to be a bit farther apart. Luckily for the Megidian, he was nimble and barely made sounds upon landing, but made small dust clouds thanks to the buildings' poor upkeep. Byatis stopped and noticed the synthetic was headed to the burnt library. '....Dark S1de territory? Well that explains how they smuggle Upper city goods...,' he thought to himself. He then looked over to see the synthetic was clearly smart enough to go in through the front. It was going to use the sewer. Clever. Byatis the climbed down the side of the building he was on, like a massive lizard going down a tree in an urban jungle. Byatis kept to the darkness, keeping his camouflage on as he watched what the synthetic would do next.

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Clockwork chuckles robotically, his shoulder visibly shaking as he does. "Well, am I ever glad you asked!", Clockwork replies, twirling his spear and resting it on his shoulder. "I was down here doing android...things, you know? Hunting down criminals, taking out the trash, feeding stray cats....when I heard the most peculiar of recordings."

Clockwork focuses his gaze.

"GEHENNA's challenge to all of Stratevaria....one I'm sure you heard as well."

Clockwork stands up.

"I'm going out of Nebulon anyways, so I figured, why don't I head over to the Orbital Elevator? And since you're here....I thought that we both could use the company, hmm?" his tone is pleasant, if eccentric, all the time, and seems to be genuine.

"I could use someone to watch my back. And I have a good eye for people....well, heh, seven of them. So what do you say~?" Clockwork tilts his head, and folds his arms, his right hand still holding his halberd.

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As Sentinel lifts the rusted grate....

....Nothing happens.

Seems like this is indeed a safe, if filthy, way to go. The vomit green sewer water would look and smell repulsive to most organics.

However....while the grate is not rigged, the sewer itself seems to be guarded. Sentinel can see several bright white lights from flashlights, and hear wet, soggy footsteps, underneath. Dark S1de patrol grunts....

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As the gate creaked open without any trap activating, Sentinel glanced both ways along the alley. Seeing none, he glanced again at the cluttered rooftops, remembering that shadow he had seen earlier. It may have been something going wrong with his processes during the involuntary shutdown, but better safe than sorry as the old saying went. Turning back to the opening in the ground, Sentinel took note of the lights swinging across the filth scattered through the sewer. Dropping the cloak from his shoulders, he wrapped it into a small ball and then inserted it into a small compartment in his chest for later use. Unclipping the particle cannons from his thighs, he lifted them into the air and ejected the blades from their case. Jumping into the sewer, he spotted the guards walking around and charged at them, hopefully knocking them out or killing them before they could raise any sort of alarm.

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Byatis looked on from the darkness of the alleyway closest to the synthetic and the sewer grate. He watched as it removed its cloak and revealed its weaponry. Byatis took note, if there ever happens to be a misunderstanding later on. He didn't plan on engaging the synthetic. Shortly after the synthetic jumped down into the sewer, Byatis crawled toward the open grate and crumpled a bit. The smell was foul. Byatis was used to a lot of wretched smells, unavoidable if you lived on a death world, but stratevarian waste was truly disgusting. He wondered if this was worth it. Reluctantly, Byatis climbed into the sewer and clung to the ceiling as opposed to dropping in the waters. His camouflage still held up as he watched the synthetic attack some patrol guards swiftly. Watching how he moved.

Suddenly Byatis noticed one lone patrol guard who approached the site. The guard was ready to fire at the synthetic as well as try to call for backup. Byatis grinned and lowered his tail behind the guard and grabbed his skull, effectively crushing his skull. Byatis dropped the corpse into the sewer water. Still hidden, he looked ahead to see if the synthetic took notice. Biding his time, wondering if he should reveal himself just yet.

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As the last guard fell unconscious, Sentinel began to sheath his blades. That ism until he heard a splash in the water behind him. Whirling to face the direction in which the sound has come from, he aimed the particle cannons, ready to destroy anything that might be waiting. Only a dead body greeted him. The skull was crashed, but no other sign of damage was visible. Scanning the ceilings, he realized it would be too dark to find anything easily. Debating whether or not to activate the light mounted on his head, he decided to do so for the moment. Advancing slowly towards the body, he swept his gaze over everything, waiting for a small sign of movement. If it came to blows, his sneak entrance into the library might be ruined.

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"Oohhhh, you can get way, WAY more than a ship!", Clockwork says, chuckling while walking alongside Keeton. "Galaxies' most infamous space pirate, eh? Hahahaha! You're going to have some tough competition, good luck with that buddy!", Clockwork says heartily, chuckling once again, causing his shoulders to move up and down. The Android's hand is firm and sure, as they shake hands. Clockwork pays particular attention to his glowing red eye, seemingly interested by the red glow.

"Library, eh? So that must be where the Dark S1de have their parties." Clockwork continues accompanying Keeton, shouldering his halberd. "I heard sunlight's good for your skin. Of course, I also hear it feels aweful in large quantities, so I suppose I should be glad I don't have any flesh."

Eventually, the two arrive at the suspicious-looking, burnt down library. The archaic and majestic structure would look rather out of place compared to the rest of the Lower City, were it not for its burnt down state. As the two keep walking, they happen to catch the eye of a Dark S1de grunt, carrying a large kinetic rifle.

"Hey!!", the grunt yells to them. "The hell are you two clowns doin' here?!"

Clockwork lets out a low chuckle, and turns to Keeton, letting him handle this the way he wants to.

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Sentinel and Byatis easily take care of the guards, the element of surprise on their side.

"Agh!! OGH! GAHHH!!!!" The thieves did not expect such a surprise attack. Multiple splashes can be heard, as bodies began falling. While Sentinel's disabling of his foes left no blood, Byatis' skull crushing lends a bit of red to the sewer water.

The sewer seems to go on forever. Occassionally, a dead rat or bum could be seen, but aside from those, only green muck and grime is in sight.

Eventually, as Sentinel and Byatis sneaks, they overhear a pair of guards talking.

"What's up?"
"There's a pair of weirdos outside, by the front door."
"Weirdos, huh? Nothing is too weird for the lower city..."
"Yeah....."
"...Man, I want some burgers and fries....."

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Now seemed like a good a time as any to reveal himself. Sort of. The synthetic was right under him, and alert. Byatis let out a playful chuckle as he crawled along the ceiling a bit to be a little ways behind the synthetic. "Khekhekhekhe, no need to worry! I believe our goals are the same. Get to the elevator. Confront GEHENNA. The works" Byatis dropped from the ceiling and stood in the water below, though all Sentinel could see was two rather large holes in the flow of the sewer water. "I won't bite, I promise, kehkheh... though if I reveal myself, you'd probably shoot me. So for now, just call me your guardian angel" Byatis said, happily. "You synthetic weirdo" He then muttered under his breath.

They two then heard more guards up ahead talking about a commotion at the front of the library. "Looks like some dinguses gave us a distraction." Byatis continued, contorting his face in reluctance at his next sentence. "So, I believe we should cooperate...for now." Byatis mulled it over in his mind but it must look funny that Sentinel was looking and talking to nothing.

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As Byatis dropped from the ceiling, energy surged through his systems again. While not nearly as bad as what had happened in the marketplace above ground, it nevertheless required him to concentrate on keeping himself stable. Listening to Byatis speak, he determined that it must be some sort of magical being, otherwise he would not have been reacting like this. Barely catching the mutter, Sentinel passed it through his processes and clarified. Filing away the statement as a possible threat, he decided to work with Byatis as long as it would benefit him.

"Agreed. As you are able to conceal yourself, it would be logical that you proceed ahead and find a route to the center. If we can locate the informant who knows the location of the elevator, we can proceed to GEHENNA. It would be beneficial to recruit any we find along the way to reduce risks to ourselves and to increase our chances. But yes, we will cooperate. For now, as you said," he stated. As his voice was monotonous, it would be impossible for Byatis to determine anything from inflection, allowing him to hide intentions. He hadn't missed the pause in Byatis's speech. Hopefully this creature would not create problems for him later.

"Let us proceed."

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Clocwork strokes his sharp chin, witnessing Keeton's handywork in the form of the dead guard, then sees his custom handgun, and whistles. "Niiice...very nice...quite accurate in spite of the booze, aren't you? hehehe." He then follows Keeton as they walk away from the front door, and into the open grate. He looks at the foot prints, and then notices the unconcious bodies and the one bloodied corpse nearby. "Indeed. Strong company too, from the looks of it." Clockwork jumps down twirls his chainsaw halberd, and it automatically lets out a violent, revving, unsubtle noise, which echoes through the sewers, and complements Keeton's scream.

"I'm not much for sneaking anyways~" Clockwork then taps the walls of the sewers with his shrieking chainsaw, as a taunt, a challenge, an announcement......and just for the hell of it.

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"Huh? Did you hear a gunshot?"
"Let's check it out!"

The two guards suddenly left their post, and proceeded to leave Byatis and Sentinel's earshot.

A couple of seconds later, Keeton's scream echoes through the sewers, alongside the revving of a chainsaw type weapon.

Looks like someone just blew away all their chances at subtlety.

Upstairs, they can hear rushing footsteps and the barking of orders. The Dark S1de are on full alert. They have not realized where the sound came from yet, but it's only a matter of time. Strange mechanical noises can be heard above ground....something heavy....and powerful. The exit above shouldn't be too far for the two of them.

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Byatis was about to crawl ahead, suspicious of the synthetic as he normally would until he heard a gunshot from above. His invisible body shuddered once he heard splashes in the distance behind them and....yelling. Byatis could smell the scent of gin even over the sewer filth. And was that the sound of a chainsaw?! Byatis let out an unnatural growl. "Cover's been blown.....khkehkehkehkheee...for you. They still can't see me." Byatis crawled up onto the ceiling once more. "I'll cover your man-made posterior if those morons come along looking for a fight." With that, Byatis turned to look ahead of them. He can hear the splashes of several guards heading this way. He grumbled once more.

Not that Sentinel could se but Byatis was looking straight at him from the ceiling. Obviously forcing himself, he asks " What is your name, synthetic? It better not be a series of letters or numbers, I hate that."

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A shot almost takes off the foot of the creature attached to the ceiling. Keeton and Clockwork approach the group with only the light from Keeton's electronic eye, and the pulsing energy of his sword. "You must be the one leaving your footprints outside. Not a very good plan if you ask me." Keeton closes his left eye and surveys the area, eventually fixing his gaze right above sentinel. Well shiver me timbers, clockwork, this little guy thinks he's clever going invisible like that. Too bad my right eye here sees in infra-red." Keeton grins widely at the creature and the sentinel life form. He fires another warning shot towards the two.

"Look let's not make this harder then it needs to be. You are going to empty your pockets, and tell us everything you know about Gehenna and the orbital elevator. Or we are going cut you up and leave you to rust and decompose in the filth of the sewers."

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Clockwork takes a look at the creature as it fell from Keeton's blast. He looks at the corpse for a few seconds, and then moves on. "So many vermin down here. Can't imagine how organics live with the smell."

A few walks later, and the two finds Sentinel. He shoulders his chainsaw halberd still, and greets the robot in a friendly manner. "Fine tidings, Fellow synthetic!" His tone is rather flamboyant and eccentric, seems like his creators tried a bit too hard to make him sound "human". Even though his words and tone are friendly, one can see subtle changes in his stance, showing him to be quite on guard.

"Invisible? Where?", Clockwork looks at Keeton, then to the ceiling where he looked at. He can't seem to spot Byatis, though.

Clockwork remains calm after Keeton fires his warning shot, and even laughs. "HAHA! What he said!-"...until he processed just what Keeton was saying.

"Wait." He pauses.

He glances to Keeton, and whispers semi-playfully, semi-nervously. "...K2, you're drunk. Go home."

He is not entirely sure this is the best course of action. In fact, he is sure this is one of the worst. They are confronting a heavily armed synthetic...which, judging by his dull colors, are Dagojouiisian. And Dagojouiisian synthetics are not to be trifled with; built for war and with emphasis on overwhelming power....and another enemy which Clockwork can't see. Still, Keeton's bold threats highly amuses him, and he can't help but be impressed by his....bravery.

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Sentinel looked up towards where the voice had come from. Such a strange creature it was. Yet quite like him. Opportunistic. Yes, maybe this wouldn't be such a bad thing after all. "My name, if it pleases you, is Sentinel," he said, bowing. "I quite resent my original markings, for it reminds me of what happened to me a time ago."

As he was finishing, steps came from behind him, and he turned around and was greeted by a strange sight: a seemingly drunk pirate and a synthetic with a chain halberd. Perplexed, he offered a bow to Clockwork. Straightening, he begins to raise a plasma cannon but decides against it. "We are simply working to reach GEHENNA, just as you are. It would only be beneficial to all if we worked together to defeat such a seemingly powerful entity. So lower your weapon so we may continue with out mission."

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Byatis chuckled to himself as Keeton shot the rat from the ceiling. As the clearly drunken man called out to Sentinel, Byatis climbed a bit so that he was behind the new duo, while Sentinel was in front. He took note of this man's eye, the cutlass, and the hand cannon. Byatis figured that stealth now was out the window, and finally reveals himself to the ones present. There, behind Clockwork and Keeton stood a 9 foot tall monstrosity of a creature. He has slimy black skin with several dark colours of exoskeleton. His mane was full of writhing tentacles all of which led up to a face with a glowering six eyes, and mouth. Byatis's claws and talons even looked sharp to the touch. And, extended long behind him was a bony, spinal-like tail with a gruesome pincer appendage at the end. This thing, Byatis, was clearly not from any known planet in the Stratevarian galaxy. Byatis looked down at the duo, and Sentinel.

Khhehehe.." he chuckled, " I would listen to your...synthetic...friend! Picking fights in the Lower City is a really bad idea!" Byatis speaks in an oddly jolly tone, contrasting his horrific appearance. "And the other...synthetic... is right! Khehehe, we just want to fight GEHENNA as much as you do." Byatis smiled wider. "And trust me, GEHENNA's a colossal asshole!" Byatis finished talking, looking like he's holding in a bit of laughter.

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Keeton looks back in disgust. "Holy shit, that is a face only a mother could love. I've seen a lot of disgusting things, but you take the cake." Keeton aims his hand cannon at the creature's face. "However you are organic, and I could end your life before you could ever get the chance to devour me. I might be a drunk but you do not want to fuck with me monster."

Keeton withdraws his weapon and sheathes his blade after deactivating it. "So boys what you probably don't know is we don't have time for you guys to get your ass kicked by me and my partner here." Keeton motions a finger towards the ceiling. Motion and orders can be heard from the surface. "Dead s1de is coming for us and whatever is up there is not going to take very kindly to us being down here, killing their goons." A guard runs across the room and aims it's rifle at sentinel's blind side. Keeton, without looking towards the guard, aims his cannon and lands a direct hit into the heart of his victim. "So I guess a temporary alliance is in order if that's ok with you clockwork?"

Keeton extends his hand towards sentinel. "what do you say robot?"

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Clockwork looks up slowly, scanning Byatis' entire size. "....You are one huge......thing.", he proclaims, unable to find better ways to express himself at the moment. He feels very strange...incapable of figuring out Byatis' genetic structure. That's no Beastmen....and it's too organic to be a synthetic...and he's definitely not human. Clockwork looks more human than he is, and he has pointy chin. There is only one word to describe him.....abomination.

Clockwork turns to Keeton, listening to him speak. "That seems like an agreeable course of action." He doesn't like what he's hearing above....


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Above, in the libraries. The Dark S1de thugs run around, wearing casual leather jackets and styling their hair like greasers from a world and a time long gone. They are aware that they have a group of aggressors incoming, and are prepared to defend their orbital elevator. Carrying around looted and outdated Galactic War era rifles, pistols, and vibro knives, they should just be mere cannon fodders for the four intruders.

On a control room overlooking the library, through a bulletproof window, a woman stands, with her hands on a large control panel, grimacing. At first, she appears to be a human with long black hair, blue, dull-looking eyes, and a simple light blue cardigan with a long, dark blue skirt. On closer inspection, her glowing eyes and the tentacles on the side of her head marks her as an Ishkavi using a human host.

One of the Dark S1de thugs approach her. "Megahertz! We've got intruders! They took out many of our men already! What should we do?!"

Megahertz narrows her eyes, and poutily replies, in a deep, nasally, oddly mature and highly expressive voice. "Geeze, this is what happens when nobody can keep their mouth shut. This is supposed to be a secret Orbital Elevator. Seeee-cret. Y'know? As in, only WE should know. Damn it."

The Dark S1de thug blinks twice, unsure of what to say.

She lets out a long, exaggerated sigh. "I'll break out the museum pieces, while you guys hold them off. Gimme a minute. Nobody's stealin' MY orbital elevator!", she says, and punches the control panel. The Dark S1de thug nods, and runs away to join his comrades. A loud alarm begins blaring in the library, audible even in the sewers.


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Meanwhile, Nef's apartment. As he prepares himself to leave, a knocking can he heard outside his door. It's only been five minutes or so since GEHENNA did his transmission. Who in the world could it be?

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Sentinel takes everything in as it appears, quickly processing it and referencing it to another part of his systems. As Byatis reveals himself, Sentinel once again begins to become disoriented, but halts the process quickly. Staring down at the hand offered to him, Sentinel considers whether or not such a person would be beneficial to their goal. His goal, really. Certainly he was a good fighter, but an uncontrollable one by what he had seen so far. Avoiding a fight with others would be prudent for the moment as he had stated. If it did come to it, maybe this Byatis creature would aid him. Accepting the hand, he shakes it while nodding to Clockwork. He was an unknown. Did Clockwork side with K2? Problems for later.

"From what I found through the city systems, most of the enemies farther on will be no more than grunts, armed with older weapons. While this may be so, we should be cautious for quantity has its own quality. Farther in, they seem to have more advanced systems. I couldn't find anything relating to the sanctum, but we should assume it to be the most heavily guarded area. Shall we proceed?" he asked, activating his particle cannons.

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Byatis kept his jolly smile as Keeton spoke. Too be honest, Byatis tuned out the diatribe. He was fairly used to people calling him disgusting. The moment Keeton turned to shoot a random guard close by, and to address the group, Byatis's look immediately soured. H glared at the back of Keeton's head, rolling his eyes when Keeton 'suggested' that they team up. Like that wasn't already mentioned 3 times before. Every time Keeton's glance fell on Byatis, he looked jolly again. And sour when not.

"Shall we proceed?" Sentinel mentioned.

"Oh yes of course!" Byatis chimed in, and grinned happily. Suddenly, before Keeton could react, Byatis grabbed both of his arms and pushed Keeton into the sewer water. Stepping on his leg to keep him pinned a moment. "Let's make oh fearless drunkard go first!" With that, Byatis picked Keeton back up and pushed him to the front of the group. "Lead the way, short stack. Show us what yer made of! Khahaha!" Byatis cackled to his own amusement but at the same time, prepared himself for a lash back just in case. Byatis could not believe he agreed more with Sentinel, a synthetic, over a living being of the Stratevarian galaxy. It was perplexing to say the least. Byatis did not know quite yet what to make of Clockwork...

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Keeton shakes the robotic hand of the sentinel life form, but is interrupted and thrown into the sewer water. His mouth is filled with the revolting taste of feces and rotten food. "Let's make oh fearless drunkard go first!" Keeton hears from within the sludge.

His leg is finally released, and Keeton stumbles to his feet, dazed and enraged. His entire body trembles with rage and malice. He puts his finger on the trigger of his gun and the other hand on the grip of his blade. Keeton turns his body to take the shot but stops abruptly through it. Out of the corner of his eye he notices clockwork. Its hard to tell because of the whole robot thing, but it looked as if clockwork had "felt" pity. Keeton felt the tears coming, but forced them back down. There is no way he would cry in front of his crew. He takes a deep breath.

"I've tasted ever-clear worst then that sewage water." He chuckles lightly making sure to hide his real emotions towards the event. "Now you said you wanted a leader, so a leader i will be."His eyes burrow deep into Byatis's Fake smile, but like the creature, remains jolly on the outside. "The name is K2, you'll need to be remembering that, especially you." He says still staring the monster down. Keeton turns again focusing on not looking at clockwork. "Now lets get going, hopefully we can find this elevator and kill this monster by breakfast time. Ive got a bottle of rum with my name on it." He leads the group deeper into Dark S1de territory.

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Clockwork watches the entire scene, keeping quiet. While his robotic face, thanks to the six red dots and the yellow visor may look like that of an eternally grinning monster, is indeed expressionless, he shows his sympathy by glancing aside. Slowly, noticeably.

When he sees Keeton standing up and apparently shrugging off the humiliation, he chuckles, and does a half-joking, half-assed salute. "Right behind you, cap'n."

Eventually, they find themselves at the end of the sewers. And above....another grate, and a source of light. From there, they can see the Dark S1de soldiers fully prepared: a legion of at least fifty greaser-like men, with slicked back hair and leather jackets. Four heavy manned particle turrets, at the top of the library balconies. At least ten of those men carry electric stunstaffs for melee combat. Their weaponry may be outdated, and their experience seems to be lacking....but there's still a whole lot of them. Dozens of bookshelves decorate the room above, providing many potential cover for everyone involved. Several chandeliers hang by the ceilings, and most interestingly......a bulletproof window showing a room overlooking the entire library, high above and to the northside.

The library may have been burnt down 6 years ago, but it seems like the Dark S1de rebuilt it....if only partially. It's hard to tell from here, but practically most, if not all, of the books in the shelves are brown and ruined, or blackened and burnt. The bulletproof window seems to be the newest aspect of this library.

Clockwork braces himself, preparing for battle. "Time is ticking...tick, tock, tick, tock.", Clockwork whispers, tapping his foot playfully as he mimics the ticking of a clock.

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Continuing with the others as they assemble below the grate, he analyzes the room above them. From what he can see, most of the thugs are entrenched. This advantage is off-set by their outdated weapons, however. And the fact they don't expect enemies to be popping out of a grate in the ground. Glancing around at the others, he states, "I shall enter first. My armor should be able to resist their shots for a time and I can cover you with my guns. Be quick, we don't know what lost time will bring us." Turning his head back towards the floor, he crouched and turned off the safety switches on his particle cannons. Activating his servomotors, he blasted up through the ground and began taking shots at the nearest enemies with one arm while the other shot at those farther back to suppress them. Landing, he began backing up, avoiding shooting over the hole in the floor so the others could exit.

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Byatis stood and listened to Sentinel, not being opposed to him going first. Fooling around with Keeton put Byatis in a good mood, which was always great for him during a hunt. He watched as Sentinel jumped up and out of the sewer, guns ablazing. Byatis could hear the shots hitting others as the screams echoed in the sewer. He turned to the duo left over. "Ssssee you on the flipside." Byatis's grin was the last thing Clock and Keeton could see before Byatis activated his natural camouflage. He crawled onto the ceiling and into the grate to the battlefield above. Quickly, Byatis made powerful leaps to the leftmost edge of the battlefield, lucky that their outdated tech couldn't locate him just yet. Byatis quickly went to work and started stabbing Dark S1de members in the back with his claws and his mandibled tail. He particular focused on those who were directly shooting at Sentinel.

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A loud bang and a powerful steam emerges as Sentinel bursts through the floor and reveals himself. The thugs turns to see the source of the noise..but are too slow.

"What the-?!"
"GAH!!"

Sentinel successfully eliminated enemies on both his front and back in the blink of an eye. Corpses with singed holes in their chest are thrown back from the impact. The Dark S1de thugs scramble for their counterattack. Kinetic bullets and particle blasts begin blazing through the air, lighting up the burnt down library with a stream of colorful blasts.

Sentinel's thick armor protects him well against the outdated tech. The thugs widen their eyes in terror as they watch their outdated kinetic bullets bounce off his armor like nothing. "Shiiit!!!!"

The Dark S1de on the balconies fall to Byatis' invisible maulings. The sound of crunching bones, spurting blood, and death screams accompanies his attacks like a perfect symphony of death.

"Huh?! How did- AGGGGGH!", A Dark S1de member lets the mysterious death of his comrade distract him, allowing Byatis to kill him without breaking a sweat.

Clockwork turns to Keeton, and pats his shoulder. "Good luck, 'Cap'n'." And with that, he takes a step back, and activates his chainsaw halberd, letting its roar be heard through the air, as he turns on his jet and tasset boosters to fly up. Once he arrives in the surface, he immediately does a 360 degree spin in the air, while at the same time rotating his spear to act as a makeshift shield, deflecting the bullets thrown to him; particle or kinetic, with ease, before zipping away.

If Sentinel is a walking turret and Byatis a sneaking predator, then Clockwork would be an agile wasp, his boosters breathing out blue flames as he zig zags through the battlefield, twirling and spinning his spear to deflect all attacks directed his way. Once he gets close enough to one of the gun-wielding thugs, he slashes his chest, then stabs him through the head, before spinning his own body 180 degrees and hurling the corpse to another thug. Not wasting another second, he immediately dashes, passing by Sentinel, and stabs a careless electrostaff wielding thug who attempted to run and hit him from behind. The chainsaw lets out a deafening roar as it tears through his chest.

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It's a dream come true. Keeton is fighting among comrades against an opposing force, and he was captain of the team. He had made his first friend a sentient being known as Clockwork. And Byatis had made his adrenaline start pumping. He was ready for a fight. Truly a great day for a "pirate".

Keeton jumps out of the grate, moving towards cover. "Hoist the main sails! Ready the cannons" He screams, blindly firing from his position behind a shelf. A giant smile can be seen on the drunkards face, and he cant help himself from hysterically laughing as he cuts down the enemy. Keeton pulls a makeshift molotov and a lighter sporting a jolly roger. He lights the rag stuffed into the bottle. "FIRE IN THE HOLE!"

Keeton had thrown the bottle directly on target. He watched as his enemies screamed and pleaded for mercy. "Guys!" He tries in failure to get the groups attention. His vision starts to become blurry and distorted. "I think I had to much to dr-"

Then everything was black... Keeton, like many times before, had fallen unconscious.

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Covering as the others popped out of the floor, he began advancing towards the enemy lines when K2 emerged. While the bullets could not pierce his armor, it was nevertheless an annoyance that he would have to deal with. Particle cannons swiftly and accurately eliminating the grunts as they emerged foolishly from cover, Sentinel took notice as men began suddenly dropping dead, bloody holes gaping on their backs. Byatis must be at work. As Clockwork darted around eliminating others, Sentinel watched as the Molotov flew past him to land in a crash in a group of enemies. Engulfed in flames, they began screaming in agony.

As the fight was dying down, Sentinel noticed an acute lack of chatter. Glancing behind him for a moment, he found that K2 was nowhere to be seen. Turning around, he darted to where he had last heard K2's yell and found the man on the floor, apparently unconscious. Checking for a pulse, he nodded and grabbed the man. Activating the magnetic strips on his back, he attached K2 there before turning back to the fight. No sense in losing an ally before the fight had already started. As the last few thugs fell, Sentinel began looking for another entrance that would lead to the room above them. Spotting a set of stairs, he began advancing upwards cautiously in case there was any resistance left.

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Clockwork turned to look at K2 when he yelled. "K2!", he shouted, a milisecond after stabbing yet another thug through one of the massive bookshelves, scattering torn paper and blood everywhere. When he sees Sentinel grabbing Keeton though, he chuckles and sighs with relief.....before barely holding back a cackle when he realized how comical Keeton was.

The last of the thugs are either gunned down, stabbed through, slashed apart, or burnt down in no time. K2's molotov left behind a rising and growing fire behind the foursome. Clockwork looks at where Sentinel is going, at the same time scanning the area for any remaining stragglers....

...But it was not mere stragglers they find.

Without warning, the walls right to Sentinel are blown apart with a massive explosive force. Debris and rubble are scattered, and smoke briefly hides the attacker. However, as the smoke thins, they can hear.....the sound of wheels. Moving through the ruined floor, and with them, two large silhouettes.

"!" Clockwork reenters his battle stance, bending his knees and twirling his spear once, his still-warm boosters letting out jet exhaust.

Mighty, powerful roars from engines are soon heard, and two large, yet compact and agile looking tanks leap out of the wall with the speed of a race car, one of them jumping over Sentinel's head, and landing on the other side of the library with a mighty thud...with its cannon aimed at the balcony, seemingly having detected Byatis,with the other leaping right in front of the stairway, and turning its cannon to face Sentinel and K2.

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Gunsevers. Automated Napishtim Gears used in the Galactic War by the Federation. These weapons of war are not to be underestimated. While their AI may not be as advanced as Sentinel and Clocwork......it's more than enough to get the job done. Seems like these Ivory Rooks are the last line of defense in the Dark S1de base.

"HAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHA!!!!", a loud,maniacal laughter can be heard over a loudspeaker. "Think you can just waltz in and take my orbital elevator?!"

A whirring noise can be heard from the Gunsevers' barrels. While reasonably compact, they are still taller than Keeton and the synthetics, and at least twice as long, from the tip of their barrels to their rear.

"THINK AGAIN!"

Clockwork turns, and heads towards the Gunsever aiming at Byatis. The green single eye on its main camera glowing, it fires a powerful artillery shell towards him, while at the same time firing at Clockwork with its turrets. Clockwork hastily deflects the shots with his spinning spear, but is forced to retreat behind a pillar, for he won't be able to block such powerful repeating shots up close.

The second Gunsever wastes no time in firing a green, glowing particle blast towards Sentinel, the force of the recoil powerful enough to send the compact tank tumbling back slightly.

The setting changes from Neopolis - Lower City to Stratevaria Galaxy

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The setting changes from Stratevaria Galaxy to Neopolis - Lower City

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Covered by the dying sounds of fighting down below, Sentinel did not realize the tanks were there before they burst through the wall next to him. Knocked down by the chunks of debris flying from the wall, Sentinel rolled to the railing on the stairs. Spotting the tank landing at the bottom of the stairwell, Sentinel began to stand, dust shaking off of his body. Crouching, Sentinel watched as the barrel begins to whir loudly. The cease of the whir was all the warning he got as his legs explode upwards, propelling him above the shell. The turrets began firing at him, taking glancing shots on his armor. With enough fire, the turrets could overwhelm him.

A sense of fear overcomes his systems, fear over his own death and that of K2 on his back. Collapsing, Sentinel falls like a doll to the floor. The unexpected motion causes the turrets to miss, but they quickly reorient. Scrambling to rework his processor, Sentinel managed to turn around just as the main cannon began to spin up again. Pounded mercilessly by the small turrets, Sentinel raised his particle cannons and begins firing at the barrels, hoping to destroy the things before they cause damage.

Backing up the stairs while doing so, he spotted Clockwork taking cover behind a pillar in the library. These things would be a pain to deal with if they kept this up for much longer. Rolling onto the upper level as a cannon shot obliterated the wall where he was standing, Sentinel detached K2 and lay him behind a shabby desk. No distractions. Turning back, he unsheathed the blades on his cannons and jumped up in the air, landing on the Gunsever, stabbing repeatedly at anything vulnerable with one blade while trying to hack open one of the missile tubes on the tank.

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Byatis let out an otherworldly shriek as the two Gensever's burst through the walls. He furrowed his brow as one aimed right for his general direction. Quickly, Byatis leaps out of the way of the main blast, but is caught off-guard by the shockwave and is flung back to the ground floor, crashing into a bookcase. His camouflage dissipates as he's pelted by shrapnel and wood splinters. Byatis got up to his feet quickly and shook his head to get the wringing sounds away. He stayed behind the cover of the bookcase and glanced over to Clockwork with four eyes, keeping his main two on the enemy. "Hey synthetic! Do you think the phallic tanks are compensation for something? Ahaha!" As Byatis cracked the joke, pores on his forearms secreted a liquid that quickly coated his sharp claws.

Suddenly, with a powerful leap, Byatis leaps onto the Gunsever's tank barrel and digs his claws into the turrets. Normally, an organic creature wouldn't do much, but the secretion on his claws gave them a potent corrosive effect which weakened the metal under Byatis's claws. He hoped Clockwork would take the hint to cover him.

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Sentinel's particle blasts demolish the right turret off its placement, the metal piece hurled through the air, far, and away, and while he failed to destroy the other turret, the power of Sentinel's energy weapons were enough to momentarily stun the entire tank, allowing him to place K2 in a safe location.

As Sentinel turns to face the second Gunsever again, it lets out a ferocious 'roar' from its revving engines, and charges towards him, allowing the jumping Sentinel to easily land on top, and causing the tank to smash onto more of the wall, creating more collateral damage to the poor building. The entire machine shakes chaotically, with Gunsever rotating its main cannon-bearing upper half violently in an attempt to throw Sentinel off balance. With his blades, however, he successfully stabs through and disables the main camera, as well as the joint connecting the tank barrel to the tank upper half, causing violent electrical noises and buzzes to be heard, and the main cannon to swing up and down uncontrollably. The Gunsever, however, is not done yet. Sentinel hears a low hum, and the dome-like extension on the back of its upper half, the signo-jammer, lets out a brief but powerful EMP burst, powerful enough to stagger him.

Having temporarily stunned Sentinel, Gunsever spins once again 360 degrees on its axis, hurling Sentinel off itself. And while its main camera have been disabled, the ones beside its MLRS pods are still active......and they catch sight of Sentinel. A heavy click is heard, and Gunsever drives back while simultaneously fires six of its missiles at Sentinel, all of them almost simultaneously, accompanied by a loud, flamboyant sound exactly like those of fireworks.

Clockwork, still behind the cover of the pillar, leans slightly to peek at the sight of Gunsever firing suppressing shots from its turrets against Byatis; which are blocked by the massive bookcases, though they are rapidly falling apart as it is. He replies, in his usual jolly tone, while preparing to dash, "I think having two of them makes it an OVER compensation! Hahahahahaha!"

Clockwork's yellow visor flashes, and he speeds away from the pillars and towards the first Gunsever. The sound of his jet boosters attract the attention of the Gunsever's turrets immediately. Clockwork successfully deflects most of the bullets with his spinning spear, some of them reflected back towards the turrets. Once he gets close, he leaps and spins in the air like a circus acrobat, before dive kicking the left turret, crushing it under his heels. Spotting Byatis preparing to leap at the corner of his visor, Clockwork twists his upper body, and runs through the main camera with his spear. "HAH!!", shattering it and momentarily stunning it, giving Byatis just enough time to land on the tank's barrel.

The Gunsever staggers upon Clockwork's assault of its main camera, and smokes violently from its rapidly degenerating barrel thanks to Byatis. The metal's color changes from its heroic white color to a rusted brown quickly, threatening to fall apart very soon. Clockwork tears out the halberd from the main camera's socket, but before he can do anything else, the Gunsever suddenly drives forward, causing him to stumble, and forcing him to dig his heels deeper to hold on. The Gunsever shakes its main cannon wildly in an attempt to shake Byatis off, the rough play only hastening the barrel's corrossion.

Clocwork looks forward. One can almost hear the "!" beeping in his mind. "Bookcase alert!", he exclaims. The Gunsever, in an attempt to get Byatis and Clockwork off, charges towards the massive bookcases, its speed and momentum enough to tear through it..with the debris falling on the two.

It keeps driving. Tearing through one! Two!! Three!!! bookcases. A rain of torn paper, heavy wood, and sharp splinters fall upon the two, with Clockwork barely holding on as the tank continues driving through more and more bookcases, slowly destroying what's left of the library.

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Effectively destroying the turret by damaging the barrel system, Sentinel is stunned when an EMP blast is emitted from the tank. Not expecting this, his systems are overwhelmed and he is unable to react to anything. Including the barrel that smashes into him, flinging him away from the tank and onto the ground. Stunned, he works frantically with whatever processes are left to reboot himself. It is too little too late. Realizing he is defenseless, Sentinel focuses on reconstructing his kinetic manipulation device first. Rewiring the last piece, he is able to let off a telekinetic wave that shoves away the missiles.

All of the missiles expect one. Passing through the dissipating wave, it struck his armor on the chest. While an older construct and not designed to pierce his armor, it is nevertheless a missile. The shockwave pins him to the ground momentarily. A hole gapes in his chest, revealing the last layer of armor, which is itself dented. With damage this severe, Sentinel thinks, it would be easy for anyone sufficiently trained to eliminate me. Scrambling back to the upper level, he hides behind a shelf. Using one of the cannons to cover up the chest wound, he begins firing at the tank while scrambling around the balcony, always making sure to keep some sort of cover between him and the vehicle.

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Byatis cackled as he dug his claws into the tank barrel, luckily this provided him plenty grip when the tank flailed around in an attempt to shove him off. He stopped laughing when Clockwork called out. Byatis looked forward at the incoming bookcase. "EK!" he exclaimed before releasing his claws from the already ruined barrel and climbed behind the Gunsever so the impact would be minimal on himself, while still being able to hold on. His new grab holes on the Gunsever also melt with Byatis's corrosive claws. He cringed as he braced for impact.

Several large wooden splinters once more pelted Byatis's flesh, only a few actually tearing flesh. Nothing substantial though, but black blood was drawn. Byatis looked towards the barrel and was pleased to see the recklessness of the Gunsever finished the job on killing the barrel. Quickly, Byatis dug his claws into the cockpit of the Gunsever hoping to corrode it's main AI. He needed these things gone quick or the elevator could take bad damage.

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The Second Gunsever did not expect Sentinel's telekinetic counterattack. It was preparing to run him over...which only let it receive a face full of the repelled missiles, staggering and stopping it in its tracks, giving Sentinel a brief chance to scramble. Almost immediately, though, the tank recovered, and even though he permanently destroyed its right turret, the left turret is still active. The 360 degree turret tracks Sentinel, ripping apart his cover as he continued moving. Without a cover of its own, though, the Gunsever tanked Sentinel's blast repeatedly, while driving backwards to keep up with the moving Sentinel. The first particle blast from Sentinel shook the Gunsever. The second one hit it in the left MLRS pods, denting it severely. The Gunsever ran over a sofa as it continue driving to pursue Sentinel. Eventually, the third blast hits its upper half, and a loud, clattering noise is heard. The entire tank recoiled greatly from that third shot, pushed back to smash a medium-sized bookcase, causing a torrent of burnt and ruined books to fall on top of it. Smoke rises from the machine.

Has Sentinel won?

The sound of shifting machinery.

Nope.

The Gunsever "splits" apart; its missile pods swinging upwards, revealing a pair of shoulders, with the turret mounts behind it swinging forwards, and revealing a pair of powerful looking, metallic hands, which smash onto the floor to push the transforming machine up. The wheel mounts reveal themselves to be legs. The main cannon folds and the signo jammer swings forward, and the Gunsever's "True" form reveals itself:

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The Napishtim Gear's blue visor flashed as it turned towards Sentinel. With its wheel-mounting legs, it skates across the library, raising its left arm, with the still active left turret, and firing away with more mobility and accuracy. At the same time, the vulcans mounted on the Gunsever's head fires, and its right hand reaches on its bacpack, previously the tank form's upper half, to draw a previously unseen large beam rifle....which it also aims at Sentinel.

A barrage of repeating mega particle beam is hurled towards the wounded synthetic warrior, complemented with the kinetic rounds from the left turret arm and the head vulcan. The Gunsever's wheel-legs also now allow it to not only tank Sentinel's attacks, but also dodge and evade with greater finese and agility. It's like a completely different machine now, trading durability for agility and sheer firepower.



Unfortunately, before Byatis' corrossive claws could work through the many layers of thick armor and reach the AI core, the first Gunsever also decided to take this time to transform. Accompanied by a series of mechanical whirrings and shiftings, the entire machine suddenly stood up, and revealed a pair of hands, feet, and a head. Clockwork still held on to the large Gear as it transformed, but this only gave it the perfect opportunity to grab the two of them with its newfound hands. Pulling them from its own body as it sped through the library on its now leg-mounted wheels, it holds both Byatis and Clockwork up, before smashing them onto each other like a pair of rocks.

Clockwork looks at Byatis as they get closer and closer. "OH FU-", he tried to exclaim, only to reveal a face full of Byatis.

The transformed Gunsever then quickly hurls the two of them through the air, before raising its right arm and firing the turret still active there to fire at the two in a sweeping motion. Clockwork's relatively thin armor is riddled with the bullets, loud, metallic noises can be heard as they are pierced, with the bullets audibly ricocheting inside the purple synthetic's armor, before he eventually dropped to the ground, and immediately grabnbed an overturned bookshelf and dragged himself to hide behind it and recover.

Loud beepings can be heard from Clockwork's body, followed by a rising smoke and electrical sparkings. "Damnit...!", he whispered in frustation. He's still got some life in him yet, despite taking a full barrage of the powerful bullets up close....but he can't afford to make any careless moves. He peeks from the bookcase, holding tight to his spear and looking for Byatis between the burnt books.

The first Gunsever screeches to a halt. Behind it is a dead end, only the massive, thick walls are there. Nowhere to run. Its Crude AI realized this. It right arm stopped firing the turrets.....and instead reached for its backpack, from which a strange, cylindrical object popped out. A buzzing, sparking sound is heard, and a bright green, ferocious looking beam slasher emerges from the cylinder. The Gunsever raises its left arm, and, with a jerky, primitive motion that made it look like a clay animated doll, it moved its whole hand towards itself to perform a "Bring it" taunting gesture.

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Realizing that the tank is transforming into something more mobile, Sentinel decides to begin moving around the upper level even faster than before, taking large bounds between cases and firing in between. If he was hit by that barrage, it would be the end of him. Realizing that with the added mobility he wouldn't be able to disable the tank, Sentinel takes a different path. While dashing, he diverts much of his power supply to the telekinetic module installed. While still not fully developed, it was the only way that Sentinel would be able to deal with the Gunsever now.

Landing behind a small protrusion in the wall, he stops and watches as the barrage continues forward. Immediately turning once he is hidden, he pops out from the side he first emerged from. Lifting both particle cannons, he launches himself into the air towards the Gunsever, shooting rapid-fire at the tank's "head". Blasting a telekinetic push at the Gunsever's legs to trip it, he lands on the thing's back and unleashes the full power of the module as a blast into the body, hoping to destroy in one quick move. As a back-up, Sentinel unsheathed the blades and lunged towards the head, hoping to stab through the connection and destroy the systems inside.

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Byatis wretched at being smashed into Clockwork, his pointy armour jabbed at his flesh. He didn't care if his corrosive claws came into contact or not. Before he could say anything, they were pelted with bullets. Clocked seem to take most of it but Byatis could feel several bullets pierce right through his flesh, feeling the exit wounds one after the other. Byatis quickly dropped to the floor behind another bookcase, but off to the side. He landed on his side and played dead. One eye opened and watched Clock, who was looking back at him. Byatis gave him a wink and lay limp. To the Gunsever's sensors, it would detect no heartbeat, Byatis never had one.

As the Gunsever activated its beam sword and walked toward Clockwork, Byatis had played dead long enough for his healing factor to at least close the wounds. The internal damage could wait. Byatis grinned as soon as he was out of the Gunsever's camera view. With this new form, its AI core was much easier to spot, and should have less armour plating. Byatis quickly got up and leaped using his powerful hind legs, and lands on the Gunsever's head. With a new coat of acid, Byatis screeches and stabs the head repeatedly.

The setting changes from Neopolis - Lower City to Stratevaria Galaxy

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(Fucking hell, I forgot to post the location when the page refreshed, we are in the lower city.)

Keeton opens his left eye, his head hurts and loud sounds can be heard throughout the room. He peeks over his cover just in time to see a mech smash Byatis and Sentinel together. Keeton is very confused at to what is happening. He tries to locate clockwork, to no avail. He then sees Byatis crawl over to shelter and collapse. Things are looking very bad, there are two mysterious mechs combatting a wounded sentinel, the abomination bleeding out on the floor, and he can't find Clockwork.

He reached for his holster, nothing, he must have left his gun where his old cover was. Keeton was helpless, and as of late he was the one jeprodizing the team. Keeton unsheathes his cutlass as it erupts with electrical energy. "It's my only chance..." he whispers to himself. If keeton could pierce through one of the war machines armor he could exaust the power charge to create an EMP taking down one of them. But after that Keeton would have drained all his shields and would be left completely vulnerable.

The sounds of the combat left him in sheer pain as his head felt like it would implode on itself, but Keeton struggles to his feet and prepares for his attack. At his current location he would not be able to effectively strike one down. So he did what any real sailor would do. He starts to climb to the top of the burning building.

The setting changes from Stratevaria Galaxy to Neopolis - Lower City

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The second Gunsever drifted and dashed through the library like a massive skater, dodging more and more of Sentinel's particle blasts, and countering with its own powerful repeating shots. However, it was unable to dodge Sentinel's telekinetic attack, causing it to trip and fall face first onto the ground. One can just hear the sheer weight of the metallic colossus, as it crushed the floor beneath it. It continued skidding through the floor for a while, giving Sentinel ample time to charge up....and eventually tear through the mecha's backpack and the AI core with one blow. The sound of the chassis collapsing and falling apart is heard through the entire library. The Gunsever's blue visor flickers for one last time, before Sentinel's blade delivers the coup de grace, the blade stabbing right through the visor brutally.

The mecha's 'corpse' skid more and more through the floor.....and smashes onto the wall, with such a force that Gunsever's stabbed head is crushed upon impact, and Sentinel is thrown off the mecha's torn apart back. Electrical sparkings and smoke rises from the Ivory Rook's body. Finally....the second Gunsever is down.

Clockwork bent his knees as Byatis blinked at him, the thrusters once again warming up for the final moves. The Gunsever raises its beam slasher, and was about to launch towards Clockwork....when Byatis tackled it. His claws puncture the head vulcans, and took it out of commision before the Gunsever could use them against him. Shaking wildly, the massive mecha readied its right arm turrets to fire away at the eldritch rogue....

"Oh no you don't!",

....When Clockwork suddenly dashed out of cover, twirled his spear at maximum speed, and delivered a wide, accurate, single sweeping slash at the Gunsever's right arm - lopping off the turret with a violent metallic grating noise. The Gunsever is forced to quick parry Clockwork's attacks with the beam slasher, giving Byatis free reign to eviscerate the head. However, this Gunsever isn't done yet; it proceeds to spin, dash, and speed away from Clockwork....and suddenly, its rapidly melting head is launched off the neck, with Byatis on it, and several hidden rocket boosters underneath. Byatis' corrossive acid managed to melt through the head and the neck stump, and they can see the green circle on the Gunsever's chest blinking as its AI core is partially compromised. Clockwork briefly glanced at Byatis from the corner of his eye, but is completely confident he will be fine, and thus proceeded to pursue the fleeing Gunsever, now that it has run out of ranged weapons.

Or so he thought.

With a click, the mecha launched six missiles from its shoulders, three towards Clockwork, three towards the falling Byatis. Clockwork dashed behind one of the bookcases, letting the massive structure take the hit for him. Not done yet, the tenacious Gunsever swerved to the right and flung several grenades into the air, which exploded near both Clockwork and Byatis, and blows apart Clockwork's cover, throwing him several meters into the air.

"FFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!", Clockwork loudly voiced out his frustations, the explosion having blown off his left shoulder armor. He smashes into the top shelf of one of the massive bookcases, pushing aside several burnt and ruined books as he slams onto the back of the shelf. Clockwork shooks his head.

This machine is a never ending source of frustation for both of them.

From the top of the building and through a hole on the roof, Keeton spots the corpse of the first Gunsever on the east end of the library, as well as the still-active second Gunsever giving trouble to both Clockwork and Byatis on the west end. It has not noticed the far away Keeton yet, still continuing to barrage Clockwork and Byatis with missiles and grenades.

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As soon as he head launched Byatis off the Gunsever, he leaped toward the metal supports that held up the newer part of the upper floor, where Megahertz was. Byatis was about to cut the supports with his claws but jumps out of the way once more to let Gunsever's missiles do the trick. Byatis watched for a moment at Clock's tactics and this thing wasn't going down. He was starting to get tired a bit as well but, he had to keep at it. And quite honestly he was surprised the elevator is still intact. He looked over as he saw Sentinel take care of the other mech...but Keeton was nowhere to be found. Did he run away? Byatis wouldn't be surprised. Suddenly however, now grenades were being pelted at him! How in the hell was this building still standing?! Quickly, Byatis crouched down on all fours and whacked the grenades with his tail back to the Gunsever. "FORE!" He called out, jokingly.

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Keeton stood at the top of the library looking over the scene before him. His allies Sentinel, Byatis, and Clockwork were all still alive, and only one mech remains. The library in ruins once more, smoldering away as it once did in the past.

He turns his blade downwards and grabs the grip with both hands. He reroutes all of his energy from within his armor into the blade. The cutlass roars with limitless power.

In order for the plan to work he needs to have enough momentum to plunge the blade into the A.I. core. You would have more luck locating and extracting a needle from within a pile of glass shards.

"Fuck, this is suicide." he says quietly to himself.

This is it, so many things could go wrong, but this is the last stand. He watches as his allies, tired and beaten, wage on their futile battle against the last mech. Keeton drops from the roof and descends downwards hoping to land his target.

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Megahertz's eyes widened in terror when she saw Byatis approaching. Her panic however, turned to fury when Gunsever's missiles successfully destroy one of the support beams for the upper floor.

"Wait, WAIT! you DUMBASS!!! Watch where you aim!!!", she yelled out in a panicked tone. she can hear the metal creaking and looks back, spotting the Orbital Elevator's controls. Deciding to cut her losses, she ran and began fiddling with them.

The Gunsever receives back its own grenades from Byatis, the explosions blowing off a large chunk of its left shoulder MLRS pod and parts of its right thigh, causing it to stumble and stagger. Barely keeping itself upright, it didn't see Keeton coming at all.....as he dived from the top of the building and stabs the Gunsever through its broken neck stump...and directly into the AI core.

The machine froze. It's done. This is it. The green circle on Gunsever's chest blinks repeatedly in its critical condition. The mecha falls on its knees, and seems to be done for.

Suddenly, in one last attempt to finish its mission, it reactivated its beam slasher, and attempts to plunge it into Keeton still on top.....

...But at the last second, they can hear the sound of spinning metal in the air....

....And with a thunderous crash, the Gunsever's hand is cut off, before falling to the ground with a loud thud, the deactivated beam slasher cylinder bouncing off the floor. The blinking light of the AI Core blinks no more. The second Ivory Rook has been defeated.

The spinning metal traveled through the air, around Keeton.....and back into Clockwork's grip. He raised his right hand up to catch his thrown chainspear, while looking at K2, giving a thumbs up. He looks around, spotting his comrades...Sentinel, Byatis, and K2. They all survived this ferocious battle together...and because of that....he feels a sense of pride and camaraderie, no matter how brief this alliance is, and may be. Cheesy, perhaps, but he's never one to shy away from some well-aged cheese.

Meanwhile, above, Megahertz panics as she furiously presses on the buttons of the Orbital Elevator's controls.

"C'mon, c'moooon!!! six-two-one-three-two-six-one...."

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Starting up from the hulking ruins of the Gunsever mech, Sentinel watches as K2 plunges from the ceiling and stabs into the robot, destroying the AI core in one blow. Staggering from the damages he sustained, Sentinel walks over to where K2 had fallen unconscious and retrieves the hand cannon. Continuing over to K2 himself, Sentinel uttered, "I believe this belongs to you." Bowing slightly, he deposited the gun into the waiting hands. Walking over to the mech he had destroyed, Sentinel began methodically cutting off sheets of metal, forming them into a shape that would fit inside the hole in his chest. Bonding the sheets to him through the magnetic strips in his armor, Sentinel came to the conclusion that the impromptu armor was more necessary than power conservation. Turning to face his comrades as he though of them, Sentinel announced, "I think it is past time we met the one who is causing our troubles and get off this planet." Holstering one of the particle cannons, Sentinel heads upstairs and begins to hack through the security panel locking the door.

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Eventually, Megahetz punched in the codes for the orbital elevator. "AHA!"

At the same time, Sentinel successfully hacked through the security panel, and Clockwork kicks the unlocked the door open. "IT'S GOOFY TIME!", he shouted, feeling victorious.

Megahertz shrieks as she turns around, facing the....colorful foursome. "AHHH! SHIT!" She backs up against the orbital elevator entrance, raising both hands. "Okay, OKAY! YOU WIN! I SURRENDER! Take the orbital elevator! Just let me go!!"

She pauses, crumpling to the ground while looking up as the group approaches, their shadows looming over her. Her trembling hands pull out a dozen white plastic tickets from her pockets, flinging them to the ground.

"THERE!!..Y-you can have the pass to the Realta Nua ship that's headin' to Megido!! First class!! They were supposed to be for me and my best men, b-but...I guess they won't be needing it anymore, right? Aha..Ahahhahahahaha..haha..!", she nervously laughed.

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Byatis crawled in after Sentinel and grinned happily at the cowering Megahertz. Which, normally would be a jolly face but on a creature like Byatis, it was just unnerving. He walked forward and happily enters the orbital elevator, picking up a pass for himself with his tail. He crouched down in a sitting position on the elevator, watching his allies closely. He hated to admit it but the synthetics did a pretty good job beating the shit out of another couple of synthetics. He wasn't sure how long this alliance would last. He was already a part of a faction, that thankfully the rest of them have no idea about, but he wondered if any of the three were in a rival faction. On the brightside, that means Byatis has some knowledge about them anyway. He then looked around at the hi-tech interior of the elevator, such a huge contrast between the old, now destroyed, library. Byatis didn't like it, but just kept quiet, waiting for the rest to get in. The tentacles on his mane squirmed happily.

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Keeton saw the mech stagger, Byatis for once had actually done something useful. The blade pierced the mech's metal straight through the AI core. As volts of electrity ran through the interior of the machine. The cutlass was now just an ordinary blade,and Keeton had finally killed the beast.

Or so he thought...

It must have been running on backup generators, cause all Keeton remembered was the beam sword coming down upon him. His life flashing before his eyes, The cold unforgiving streets of Glacierra, the Old Man, the gouging. All of it shot through his mind like a speeding bullet, and then reality kicked in. The beam sword was now inches away from splitting him in two.

Keeton closed his eyes and waited for the inevitable, but instead there came a loud roar as something circled Keeton and crashed into the sword. The backup generators failed and the machine "lifeless". Looking to the right he discovered who had saved his pathetic life. None other then the guardian angel himself, clockwork. Keeton gives clockwork a smile and salutes him. After climbing off the fallen mech, sentinel gives Keeton his gun. "Shit, they got Jolly Roger." The gun had taken a lot of stress during that fight, and now needed to be repaired if it were to be used again.

Keeton follows the other three up the stairs and into the room. An odd looking lady lays on the floor pleading for her life. WAIT! did she say a ship?! The thought of Keeton having his own ship sends him into a mental fit of happiness. Which in turn makes him start laughing like a mad man from the excitement. Keeton still holding his cutlass, stabs a ticket and brings it up to pocket it. He joins the disgusting Byatis in the elevator. Alot of crazy shit has happened today, and it's only about to get worst.

"Can we hurry this up you two, I need a fucking drink!"

The setting changes from Neopolis - Lower City to Stratevaria Galaxy

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(Sorry for the mis-post)

As Byatis and K2 took their tickets, Sentinel watched Megahertz quietly. As they moved away, he walked over to the cowering woman and crouched down. Staring straight into her eyes, he simply looked. A disconcerting enough gaze if aimed at someone long enough. Reaching to pick up a ticket, he instead took two and placed one in Megahertz's hand. "I do not know why I do this, but take the elevator with us. While I may not feel anything towards death, I do not abhor life. Escape the planet, if that is your choice. Help us if you so wish. But do not stay here. Defeating GEHENNA is foremost. Make your decision."

Standing, he walked into the elevator beside Byatis and K2, watching Clockwork. And waiting for Megahertz to choose.

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Clockwork picks up a pass and joined Byatis and K2 inside the elevator. He looks at the pass, and flips it. "The Realta Nua, eh.....well, it's not exactly a private ship, but...least it's huge..and first class should be quite pleasant. All those beautiful first class women to peek at. Hehehehehhehe.", Clockwork said half-jokingly. He then nudges Keeton. "There's going to be enough booze, no worries~"

Megahertz widened her eyes and backed further onto the wall, feeling the intensity of Sentinel's single eyed stare. She closed her eyes, preparing for the worst....and thus was quite surprised when Sentinel placed the ticket on her hand. She proceeded to listen to him.....not expecting such mercy. She was so sure one of them would've killed her, just so that she wouldn't be able to pursue her revenge. It would've been the genre savvy thing to do, wouldn't it? She looks at the ticket in her hand...and holds on to it tightly, before following them inside.

Clockwork was watching the whole time, and was...surprised at Sentinel's act of kindness. Toning down his overly jovial voice, he says, seriously, and sincerely. "This galaxy has been tainted with so much evil..... it can never have enough heroes." He seems to approve greatly of Sentinel's actions. As much as he can be apathetic of killing his enemies, he finds it both unpleasant and ungentleman-like to attack, much less kill, defenseless foes.

The previously shrieking and cackling Megahertz was silenced, and awkwardly stands next to Byatis, as the orbital elevator leaves Nebulon.


-CHAPTER 1 FIN.-

The setting changes from Neopolis - Lower City to F.S.S. Realta Nua

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-CHAPTER 2: GILGAMESH-


Bright green flames burn in the Realta Nua's massive thrusters, located all over the massive ship's underside and stern. At last, the Exodus-class ark is ready to depart.

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Mosa, James, Preston, Colt, Lekan, and Quin find themselves wandering about the second deck, looking over all of the second deck's amenities as they walk (or float, in Lekan's case) down several steps, having just entered the ark through the space station. From the north side, they immediately catch sight of the beautiful park. It's weird...walking around in such a stable, vast, and fresh interior, one wouldn't feel like they're in a spaceship at all.

Mosa turns towards the group, his right hand on his hip. "WELL! Mosa gonna check out the park. You guys can go down one deck to get to the lower class cabins. If anyone else wanna go with Mosa, you're welcome!" And with that, he heads towards the park.

Quin looks at Lekan, staring at him without saying anything. Her gaze feels quite....piercing. But she stays completely silent.


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Gelon finds himself wandering about the second deck of the Realta Nua. Boris hasn't given him any orders. All he knows for sure is that this ship is stopping by Dagojouiise before it continues on Megido, as it apparently needs a specific equipment only developed in Dagojouiise to even hope to survive a strange barrier around Megido.

The journey to the desert planet will take approximately 2 days.....so he will have some time to relax. Now, where should he go? Find Mosa, perhaps? When he came to visit Mosa's restaurant, it was already closed. Knowing Mosa, he's likely to have taken up GEHENNA's challenge as well. And since this ship is the only public transportation heading over to Megido, he must be around here. Somewhere. Shouldn't be hard finding an eight foot tall crocodillian man.

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Byatis, Sentinel, K2, Megahertz, and Clockwork are also in the second deck of the Realta Nua. They came from the entrance hatch closest to the upper class living quarters, and thus has the best and highest view of the second deck, seeing the beautiful park, the grey and cube-like training center north of it, and the open marketplace northwest of the park. Right in the middle of this second deck is a large and very decorative, high tech fountain shaped like an old timey ship wheel, constantly spinning as it sprays out water from the center.

Clockwork stretches and yawns. He didn't need to, but he felt like it.

Megahertz stands awkwardly next to Byatis, still. She is too terrified to even glance at him, and thus is clasping her fingers nervously. Suddenly, she asks, "So..uhhhh....w-w-w-what now?" Her glowing eyes blinks twice, and the antenae on the side of her head curls around her hair like an odd pair of ribbons.

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Once they left the orbital elevator, they were greeted by a vast indoor city! To think just minutes ago they were on an elevator in space! Byatis looked around in wonder for only a moment before he realized just how much he stood out amongst humans, beastmen, and whatever else may be on board. After all, Byatis was the only thing FROM the very world that was antagonizing the galaxy. He suck out like a sore thumb. His face wrinkled into awkward discomfort, and looked toward the rest of his group. They obviously didn't have the same issue. Only then did he notice Megahertz right next to him once she spoke. She sounded just as nervous as he was only for completely different reasons. Byatis took a couple steps back from the group and shuddered a bit. He felt vulnerable. So he did what he would naturally do in a situation like this. He camouflaged himself. Byatis wasn't nervous because of uneasy stares, he was used to that by his own faction. He was concerned if anyone would think him a hostile based on appearance. And if that was the case, he'd be grossly outnumbered. Byatis spoke in a disturbed tone. "So many eyes, so many people. I don't like it."

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Rebooting himself as they reached the top of the elevator and stepped out onto the platform, Sentinel felt a small surprise at the vastness of the ship. It may as well have been a city with rockets attached to the bottom. Looking down at the ticket in his hands, he realized that the ship was travelling to Dagojouiise. The planet of his birth. Motors froze as waves of rage swept through him, blinding everything. Just as quickly as it had started it was gone. The ticket was now a crumpled ball. Looking around, he noticed that Byatis had gone invisible after Megahertz had spoken. He must not have noticed her before. Strange for such a deadly creature to be nervous. Listening to what she said, he responded, "We must find ourselves a place on this ship to inhabit if we are to be on here for more than two days. Preferably somewhere defensible. While all may be aiming to defeat GEHENNA, some may have no qualms about defeating others in the process."

Turning back to face outwards, he plugged into the ship, looking for some schematics of where the rooms were.

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Keeton exits the elevator with a look of disgust. He didn't anticipate for the ship to be commercial. Keeton slumps on the ground whining like an infant. "I WANTED A SHIP, NOT A FUCKING TRANSPORT VESSEL!" Everyone looks towards the odd looking group even more then they all ready were.

Keeton is outraged at the pristine conditions of the ship. This doesn't feel like home, it feels like a four-star resort. "Tentacle Bitch! You told me there would be a ship! What, the fucking biggest gang in Neopolis can't even afford a private vessel?! And not only that, but your fucking robots ruined one of the only things I have left from the Old Man! We should have left her to die..."

Keeton walks away from the group and tosses clockwork a small electronic device. "Call me if you need me, you know where i will be."

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Nef's ship easily caught up with the Realta Nua. The ship is quite fast for its size....but it's still....massive. After they exit Nebulon's orbit, they receive an email from a "Boris Kivorisch Drakov";

Greetings, Crew of the Cephalon

My name is Boris Kivorisch Drakov, of Drakov
industries. I am interested in hiring your services.
I have quite deep pockets and vast resources,
and I would be more than willing to compensate
you handsomely for your troubles. I need your help
in capturing GEHENNA, if you are interested, we can
negotiate more at the ship I'm currently traveling with,
the Realta Nua.

Until then,
Boris Kivorisch Drakov


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"An ice elemental and a beastwoman, you say? I think I know who you mean...last I saw, they're arguing in the marketplace.", a random civilian answered Gelon's question, with a hesitant and subdued tone.

Sure enough...once he got to the marketplace, he saw them; a tall, lumbering ice elemental looking like a knight covered in crystalline spikes, facing down a slightly shorter, but quite statuesque beastwoman with orange, red, and black armor, holding a cat-like biker helmet under her left arm. Gelon can see the calm, yet deathly glare in her eyes, matching the intensity of the ice elemental's glowing red eye. Her bleached blonde hair is messily draped over her tanned skin.

"Say that again! I dare ya, I DOUBLE dare ya!", the ice elemental roared out. His voice brash, raspy, but loud.
The Beastwoman does not reply, merely keeping her intense glare. They've attracted a crowd of onlookers. It looks like they're going to break into a fight....


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Clockwork turned to his left, surprised at Byatis' nervousness.....the eldritch rogue was so intimidating and predatory in the lower cities....and yet now, in such a big place, he seems...fearful. However, he realized that even though Byatis is a powerful eldritch abomination and a skilled fighter, he is neither infallible nor invincible.

He then turned to his right, equally surprised by Sentinel's sudden display of anger as he crushed the ticket. This, combined with his act of mercy towards Megahertz, relieved him quite a bit, as he can see for sure now that Sentinel is no mere killer robot, but a synthetic being with feelings...just like Clockwork himself.

Suddenly, he reached out, feeling the air to grab at Byatis' shoulder, while also grabbing the plugged Sentinel's shoulder, pulling them closer. "Hey, now...", before putting his arms round their shoulders. "You guys worry too much. We're buddies now...we stick together, eh? ", his tone friendly and jovial, if synthesized, as always.

Sentinel finds that the entrance to the upper class quarters is right behind, and to their left. Besides the hatch they came in, in fact. From the schematics he can dig up, he found that they actually have a private little "house" for the five of them. It seems to be quite a large, two storey house with multiple bedrooms, located in the upper class living quarters alongside several other private houses. Megahertz spared no expenses.

Megahertz widened her eyes, and nearly shrieked as she hopped away from the whining K2. "H-h-h-h-ey now! Calm down!! I had a private vessel, but it was impounded, I had no choice!!....besides, I wanted to enjoy the facilities of this place....", her tone a mix of fear and annoyance...it's rather difficult to discerne which one is stronger. When K2 mentioned they should have left her to die though, the fear won over, and she was silenced.

At first, Clockwork was amused by K2's whining -and the stares of the people from around them- but when he mentioned the broken jolly roger and Megahertz, he became genuinely disturbed, glancing at Megahertz and worrying about her safety. He turned to look at K2 and grabbed the electronic device he threw, looking at it.

"....Right. Enjoy your booze, cap'n.", Clockwork simply said, looking at K2 as he walked away. So far, he seems to be the happiest one of the five, and that makes him feel a little bad. Clutching the device with his left hand, he pumps his right fist, determined to find a way and make his frie-....allies...happy.

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Ridley turned to look, and Vlad glanced, towards Gelon as he pushed his way through the crowds. Both listened to him speak briefly.

Ridley 'blinked', seemingly baffled by Gelon's mere presence and words. "...You? You're our new teammate? HAH!", Ridley folded his arms. He clearly did not think much of Gelon. "Well, shorty, what happened here was I got sick of her rilin' me up. All those ice puns....."

Vlad shook her head, smirking and glancing at Ridley. She took a moment to think, before blurting out, "Cool story bro."

"YOU LITTLE!", Ridley nearly threw himself towards her, only the tiniest remnant of his self control held him back.


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Quin looked at Lekan, surprised. She proceeded to float and follow them to the park.

Mosa turned to James, and chuckled. "HAHAHA! That I do. You be a good James, and Mosa might just give you overtime on this one! Hahahahhahahhahaha!!" Mosa's laugh is quite....loud, to say the least. Enough to draw attention from those hanging out in the park.

She floated besides Lekan, not saying anything for a long time, as they hover through the pak and catch up with James and Mosa.

"I demand burgers."

....Until she suddenly said that out of nowhere.

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As Byatis received a hug from Clockwork, a voice inside his head can be heard. A synthesized, dry and disdainful voice belonging to his "watchman", Darkstar.

"Byatis. Finally."

Everyone who joined VENOM was required to receive a cybernetic implant, to allow the Watchmen; the higher-ranked assassins, to keep track of them. As assassins, they are expected to be masters of stealth....which would make tracking them down normally difficult. Usually, Darkstar is quite the nagging watchman, but GEHENNA's transmission gave Byatis a moment of respite....until now, apparently.

"I have a new contract for you and Roza."

Darkstar presented Byatis with a 'marker' in his head, to find Roza's location.

"Meet up with her, so that we can discuss this in greater detail."

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Byatis squirmed out of Clockwork's hug pretty quickly out of instinct. He didn't like being restrained like that, even if it was a gesture of friendship. He only had a few exceptions. Byatis grinned awkwardly for a moment then hard a voice in his head.

Him. Ugh. Darkstar.

Byatis stopped to listen, as Sentinel and Clockwork got farther and farther away. Byatis had their signatures in his head, so he could track them easily if he needed to find them. A contract? On the ship? Byatis wasn't expecting that, but work was work. Byatis let Darkstar know he heard the message by hissing annoyingly. With that, the invisible predator leaped up onto a balcony and made powerful leaps from building to building, tracking Roza's signature. Roza was one of his fellow faction members. Byatis seemed to like her, especially her stories of great space tales. They were like listening to an epic! Though he wasn't sure how much was factual, but he didn't mind one bit.

Finally after a good ten minutes, he spots Roza in an amazingly secluded street on the Realta Nua. Byatis crawled up onto a thick lamppost in front of her and made himself visible to her. He laid on the post, cheshire cat style, genuinely smiling. Actually happy to see her. "Welcome to the biggest flying death trap in all the galaxy! Looks like we gotta kill some people? I dunno, Darkstar never tells me aaaaannnnnything unless its convenient." He said sarcastically.

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As Byatis laid on top of the lamppost, a blue hologram was projected from his forehead, and to the ground in front of Roza. The hologram took a couple of seconds to materialize, revealing it to be the sleek and sharp synthetic assassin, Darkstar. He looked at both Byatis and Roza, then folded his arms.

"You both found each other. Good. We have a very high profile contract for you both while on this journey. Don't mess it up. I will mark the client's location on your minds."

With that, Darkstar turned off the hologram...and projected another marker not too far away, on some back alleys near the lower deck cabins' entrance. Although Darkstar was not Roza's watchman, he was still able to cast a visible marker for her, thanks to the Watchmen's unified network. He just can't bug her telepathically all the time.

They make their way through the secluded streets. Seems like the lower class was either too busy in their cabins or out enjoying the amenities in the third deck. At the marked location, they find their target...

..A red haired young man with a perpetual frown on his face. He looked like he had been waiting for hours. He turned towards Roza, scowling. Since Byatis was invisible, he has yet to see him. "Ugh. What took you so long? Aren't you people supposed to be the best of the best?"

He shook his head. "Nevermind. I'll get to the point. My name is Ozma Knight, and I need to get someone killed." He looked at Roza with intent.

"I need Anguirre Knight, head of the Protector's Alliance, dead."

...Patricide. Towards the leader of one of Stratevaria's most prominent guilds. This was not going to be a simple task.

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Megahertz listened to Sentinel closely. Her glowing eyes focused on his eye as he told his tale. She looked at the ground, embarassed, when Sentinel mentioned about her being the first person to know about his desires.

She continued listening, with a sympathetic look on her face. The tentacles which coiled around her hair was let loose, and rubbed nervously against each other. She finally looked at Sentinel again when he stopped midsentence. "Sentinel? HEY, Sentinel! That's not funny- HEY!" Since her arms was still around his, she was dragged down to the ground as he fell. "Ow..! Someone. SOMEONE. HELP!", her eyes wide and panicky, she glanced between Sentinel and the crowd of onlookers, who can only gawk.

Not everyone recognize synthetics as true living beings, even today. Megahertz panicking about her newfound friend was seen as strange. It's just a robot. If it's broken, you can get another one, as some of them would think.

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Quin said nothing, instead standing up again, and following Lekan with a hover. She shadowed him like a guardian angel.......or a guardian dragonfly-bug-lady, perhaps.


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Vlad looked at Gelon. A few seconds of awkward silence passed, and she chuckled.

"Sure. Why not....I kind of miss the old leatherbag."

Even though they broke up long ago, they did so quite amicably. She wouldn't mind seeing him again..not at all...for old time's sake.

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Roza's was more than a little irritated by the rude way her client was talking to her, as well as how Byatis had conveniently turned himself invisible so that she got the brunt of it. However, this job she was being presented with was big enough that she put her foul mood aside for the time being.

Like many people in Stratevaria, she had heard of the Knight family, and knew well enough that they were rich and powerful people. If one of it's members were to be killed, Roza was sure that the death would be felt throughout most (if not all) of the galaxy. Especially if it was the death of the elder Knight, Anguirre, who was the most powerful and famous of them all. If the identity of his killers were to be named, the infamy would certainly add to their reputations, which would be just as much of a danger as it would be an enhancement. Roza was also curious as to why Ozma Knight, who was well known in his own right for far less benevolent reasons than that of the rest of his family, would want to have his own father murdered. She almost gave into the urge to ask him about that, but decided against it. Her client was someone important, which meant that he was also someone to avoid pissing off, which was generally what happened when Roza ask her clients any sort of personal questions.

So instead, Roza cracked her lips into the smirk that usually appeared on her face whenever something had piqued her interest. "All right then, Ozma Night," she said, staring straight into the holographic frowning eyes of her client, "You've got my attention. Tell me more."

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Byatis watched at Ozma talks, very amused that he'd want his own father killed. He looked at Roza who, unfortunately had to deal with this...Ozma's... arrogance. Byatis was also familiar with the Knight's family name, especially Ozma and his quite human supremacist views. As much as Byatis enjoyed showing his appearance to strike a sudden nerve in their clients, considering this was high profile, he figured he should stay invisible as to not ruin the contract in any way. Byatis would give Ozma the illusion of safety, even though Byatis knew it was the opposite. He just wished he could tell Roza why he stayed out of sight, but that would have to wait.

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Megahertz was surprised by Lekan's presence. She did not expect to see an Ondari here. Then again, this ship DID came from Nebulon, the trading hub of the galaxy, so perhaps she should have. But that does not matter right now. She looked at the crowd as Lekan asked his question, hoping someone there would have an answer.

"Eh? A repair bay?"
"Welll...there's the hangar in the lower decks."
"Oh yeah, right! You gotta pay to use their services, though."

Quin blinked, and stated in her usual stoic way, "Let us hurry, then."

The four traveled to the lower decks, with Quin helping to carry Sentinel.

The hangar is quite dark, in contrast to most of the ship. Barely any lighting. Unused and/or broken speeders and hovercrafts are strewn about the dark brown metal floor. Quite the messy sight. Floating maintenance drones and single-wheeled repaired droids can be seen moving around without purpose.

The four placed Sentinel on a metal slab, and Megahertz turned to Lekan with a hopeful look. Quin gazed at the array of tools mounted on the walls. Wrenches, screwdrivers, fusion cutters....


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Mosa laughed loudly at Colt's unexpected smile. "HAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHA!!" It was truly unexpected. He shoved Colt's left shoulder lightly, and then smiled himself with approval. "Then Mosa will pay for it." He turned towards the merchant, and paid for the scarf, before kneeling in front of Colt and handing it to him. Even kneeling, the eight foot tall Mosa still looked huge. Especially with that oversized arm holding the tiny neckerchief.

"....?"

He then glanced to the side, having seen Gelon's figure amongst the crowd.


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Ozma grimaced. "You're the kind who gets to the point, then? Good."

"I need you to make the killing look like either an accident or a consequence of battle. For both of our sake. Tensions have been rising between the north Beastmen tribes and the south Akarjii spiders. Tension which both you and I can exploit. "

Ozma folded his arms. "My fath-....Anguirre is heading there to pacify the situation as the goody two shoes Protector's Guildmaster he is. Of course, what I am tasking you to do will make this....a futile task."

He paused.

"Before we get to Anguirre's murder, I need you to assassinate two targets: the Beastman Chief Garush, and the Spider Queen Vitani. You need to make it look like they were killed by assassins of the opposing groups."

He glanced around, as if paranoid someone would interrupt or listen in on their discussion.

"If my predictions are correct, then the two groups will go to war, Anguirre will try to pacify them....and that's when you make your move."

Ozma held his hands behind his back and stood up straight.

"I will reward you handsomely for this, that I promise you - both your organization, and yourself....assassin. Now, are there any questions?"

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Byatis continued to cling to the wall, listening to the conversation. He's already made it up in his mind that he would go for the Beastman chief, because Byatis's venom could easily make it look like a spider killed him. He'd have to tell Roza after she was done talking to Ozma Knight. Byatis was starting to get impatient, he just wanted to get this job over with so he could take a nap. Lucky for him he's got an upper class quality bed waiting for him in Megahertz's suite.

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Mosa was so deep in reminiscience, he didn't listen to Gelon. A few seconds pass, and he looked back at him, and blinked. "Uh- I'm sorry, what??"

"OH, yeah! Vlad!! Uh...maybe...maybe tomorrow? Or the day after?" Mosa glanced around nervously while twiddling his fingers. "Mosa....not ready yet. Yeah." He said that last part solemnly, almost with a whisper. And coming from Mosa, a whisper is...very rare.

"So ANYWAYS, me and Colt are goin' for ice cream....ya wanna come along? My treat.", Mosa changed the subject quickly.

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Clockwork gave a thumbs up with his left hand, since his right hand is busy with the chopsticks. Pressing two fingers from his left hand to his left horn, he projected the coordinates to K2. It's a nice, comfortable upper class home in the upper class living quarters. "You sure you can make your way back in that state, captain?", Clockwork asked politely.

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Megahertz sighed with relief, and waited, looking at Sentinel with a hopeful look.

Moments pass, and when she saw Sentinel waking up and twitching to move, she let out a sigh of relief. She almost smiled.....but at the last second, she remembered everyone else is in the room, and she turned away and folded her arms, her hair fluttering from the speed of her movements.

"Geeze, you had me worried for a second there, you cyber-jerk!", Megahertz said with an annoyed, overly pouty tone.

Behind them, Quin continued hovering around aimlessly.

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Ozma paused, thinking it through.

"...I'm not sure this qualifies for a hazard, but......keep...keep my sister out of this. Let her not see my father die by your arrows. Please."

Ozma said that with a hesitant, yet sincere tone. Just by the look on his face, you could tell his sister meant the world to him. His father, on the other hand....

"I suppose that will be all.", Ozma nodded. "I wish you luck on this mission. The risk shall be great, but the reward shall be even greater."

Ozma narrowed his eyes for dramatic effect.

"...Especially since I am a very.

Good.

Tipper."

And with that, Ozma cuts his transmission, leaving Roza and Byatis alone. And Darkstar, in Byatis' head.

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Roza watched as the projection of her client faded away before her. This was going to be a pretty huge sort of job, probably the biggest she's ever had actually. She would have figured that a huge job like this would go to someone much higher ranked and more experienced than she was. Not that she was complaining. She was rather excited about this job, it would provide some measure of adventure in her life. Things had been getting kind of dull lately, so this was exactly what she needed. A full on smile found it's way to her face, her previous black mood was almost completely forgotten.

"So," she said in Byatis's general direction, "It looks like we got our call to action."

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Byatis reappeared after the transmission fizzled out, smiling happily back at Roza. Even when he was sitting, he toward over her. "Hahaha! This should be fun!" Byatis chuckled a bit. "I'll take the beastman chief. I can make it look like the cause of death was a spider bit." He said with a jolly tone and his long spinal-like tail whipped behind him. "And you take the Spider queen. Heheh!"

Byatis stood up tall and his face soured. He'd have to ask Darkstar about where the beastman chief was and was going to be. He didn't like talking to Darkstar. "Ssssss Darkstar. Where is the beastman leader. Need to kiiiillllllll him." He thought in his head so Darkstar would hopefully hear.

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Mosa kept quiet for a few seconds as he thought of Colt's question. Then, his crocodillian smile returns as he turned to look at Colt. "Good idea."

And with that, Mosa and Colt retreated into their cabins for the day.


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The ice cream shop owner greeted Gelon, but he can't seem to find Vlad anywhere. She must have gone somewhere else.


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Quin stopped her hovering and glanced at Lekan. She quickly nodded, and obediently followed.

Megahertz looked at Sentinel for a few seconds with a relieved expression...before turning around and strutting away. "GOOD. let's go, then!"

She stopped suddenly.

And then strutted back towards Sentinel, and looked at him some more....

...before grabbing his hand and pulling it, forcing him to follow her as she strut back to their living quarters.

The four proceeded to head towards the upper class living quarters. For Lekan and Quin, This...sets up quite a standard for their own cabins. A standard that obviously won't be lived up to by the lower class living quarters.

Megahertz immediately dived towards the couch in front of the fireplace and laid there, yawning."Wonder if K2 and Clock are back already...", she mumbled sleepily, snuggling against the comfortable couch.

Quin kept quiet as she surveyed the house. She focused on a particularly nice sofa for a few seconds. And then she turned to Lekan, and said out of nowhere, "......I hope we have sofa as good as these."

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Darkstar stayed quiet as he does his research. There's a good reason why Darkstar is a watchman and not just a killer anymore - somehow, someway, he has access to satelites around Stratevaria, and could tap into them to drain information quickly and secretly. After a few seconds, he replied, "Northern Dagojouiise canyons. Do'gaki caves. Chief Garush hunts there everyday approximately at noon from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Great place to stalk, hunt, kill. Things you like to do."

Darkstar paused, discovering more information.

"Alternatively, more straightforwardly: home invasion. Find him in his longhouse. Northern Dagojouiise plains. Do'gaki settlement. Man-bear tribe Half an hour away from this ship's designated landing position. Best strike at night. Body would be foundmore quickly found, if this route is taken."

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Byatis smiled a bit as Darkstar spoke. "Northern Dagojouiise? Great I can go sleep in then." He turned to Roza. "Well good luck with the Spider Queen! See you in a bit!" Before she could respond, Byatis cloaked himself once more and was off to the upper-class home that Megahertz had gotten for them. As he hopped from roof to roof, Byatis watched the 'sky' which simulated the transition to night time. It wasn't actually sky, it was just a projection but he thought that was pretty convenient. Back on Megido it was dark. All the time. Because nothing says 'death world' than utter darkness. Byatis, oddly enough, missed Megido a bit. He began to wonder just WHY he was taking this voyage. No one told him to. Was it a desire to hunt GEHENNA? Was is homesickness? Byatis wasn't entirely sure.

Finally, when the simulated sky became night completely, he reached the house. Byatis was able to track it by the stench of alcohol on K2 and the unique metal components of Sentinel. Byatis knew he wouldn't fit through the door, so he crawled in through the window on the second floor. From downstairs, the sound of heavy footsteps can be heard thumping on the upstairs area. Byatis uncloaked himself and lazily made his way to the biggest bedroom, the master bedroom. He calmly climbed onto the bed, which normally would be rather large, but next to him it looked tiny. He barely fit on it. Byatis finally laid on the bed like a dog would sleep in a crate. His tail coiled around the bed, and he closed his eyes to sleep.

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As Byatis left as quickly and abruptly as he came, Roza just blinked, thinking that today was just a weird day. a very, very weird day. At the very least, it would make a good story to laugh about later.

She thought about the job that she was undertaking. Byatis had claimed the beast chief for himself, which she was okay with because he could probably do the job better than she could because of his own poisonous venom, but that left her with the Spider Queen. As a child, she had heard many a story about the spiders and their elusive queen, and none of them were at all pleasant. They were mostly used to scare young Dagojouiisan children into not wandering away from their homes. Oh yes, she knew the stories. It was common knowledge that if you wandered north, the beastmen would get you and grind your bones to make their bread and eat you. Or if you ran into spiders, they would spin you into their webs and suck out your blood for soup. And eat you. The morals of these stories were usually some version of "If you don't want to die, stay home, because pretty much everything beyond your tribe or village will eat you first chance they get".

Roza chuckled a bit to herself. Never had she expected to have to face her's (and pretty much every human child's in Dagojouiise) nightmare. Actually, she hadn't even expected to come back to the planet itself in the first place. "Home sweet home". she wistfully thought. Where everything tried to kill you, and danger was aplenty.

The spider queen and Dagojouiise could wait. She had a couple of days to explore this gigantic ship. This adventure could occupy her, at least until the greater one begins. She look at her ticket, which allotted her some 2nd class lodgings for the trip. Already she saw that the light was growing dimmer, as the ship's artificial sky was slowly turning to night. Exploring could wait tomorrow. For now, she would go find her bed and sleep through the night.

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If Ciril slept at all, it was very little. He had not gone straight to his cabin after leaving Clockwork, and several others might have caught a glimpse of the strange looking slender beastman walking around various floors. However he had only been strolling casually, taking things in it seemed. That completed, he found his private upperclass room, paid for by his superiors, and made his report of the days interactions. It was not long before he received word back on his datapad, with new instructions on his assignment. ...and some of them were ...unsavory.

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As the morning message plays, Ciril heads for the rooms occupied by Clockwork, K2, and their companions, whoever they may be. How Ciril got this information where they were, he of course wouldn't say, as Clockwork had not told him. But sure enough, early in the day cycle, he arrives at the door, knocking politely, metal knuckles rapping on the door, then folding behind his back, expression calm, sunglasses in place.

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(Sorry for the long post. Was feeling inspired today :P)

Lights flashed rapidly, a strobe of colors and sensations pounding mercilessly into the receptors. Nothing existed except the colors, a vibrant oblivion of pain and awareness. What was this place? A manifestation of different systems, perhaps, extending across the entirety of known space, having ascended beyond simple physical means? And if so, how had it gotten here.

Ever so gradually, the colors began to recede as the tide does, ebbing in a constant struggle between the forces of celestial objects. Eventually, a light appeared, filling the field of vision afforded to the synthetic. Tinting slowly as the processes were still being initiated, it was able to eventually make out a group of people standing above him, an array of Beastman, human, synthetic, and a slew of other species. Data banks that were as of yet still being uploaded into his mind gradually filled in the information on who everyone was.

One who was not in the data stepped around the other scientists and engineers, staring closely into the image receptors mounted on its face. "What is its designation?" he queried, still analyzing.

"CU-7S1 TREBUCHET, director."

"Seventh generation you say. How long was this kept between you? 'Sixth generation won't be ready for another year at least' my ass! You conned me, and I want to know why." he shouted, angrily advancing on the assemblage. His tall, broad stature only mad him more menacing.

"I assure you sir, we had our reasons. Perhaps you should examine him first. He is...different, from the other generations," answered one of the synthetic engineers, passive voice betraying nothing, face betraying nothing. CU-7S1 simply sat and waited.

A sparkle came into the director's eyes, glinting dangerously. Curiosity can as easily destroy a man as any vice, but he did not care. He would know why the synthetic war bot had been created. Straightening, he intoned, "Proceed."

Straps extended from the board on which it lay, securing its body so as to minimize any damage from struggling. A crude analysis of the situation formulated in the mainframe of the synthetic, but it could discern nothing. A needle descended from the ceiling slowly, cradled at the end of a chrome arm. Slowly attaching to the upload port in CU-7S1's side compartment, it flared briefly before pain overwhelmed the synthetic instantly, shutting it off violently.


Starting up, Sentinel unhooked his particle cannons and swing them around quickly. Targeting systems locked onto Megahertz and Clockwork, identifying them as threats. The cannons began to charge, humming as a golden light built in the center. Standing there, Sentinel realized what he had just done, what had happened to him. A nightmare. Was it even possible for synthetics to have such experiences. He had almost killed both people, a reaction to something unexpected.

Reattaching the cannons to his legs, he kneeled and began purging his systems of glitches and malware. Finding nothing perplexed him. Even accounting for the changes that had occurred yesterday- which he still had not come to terms with- a nightmare was not something a synthetic should be experiencing.

Slowly making his way over back to Megahertz, he sat facing her, gazing. Thinking. Affection pulsed slowly, overcoming the other systems. Reaching out, he placed a hand lightly on her hair running the metal fingers through. What he would not give to be able to feel. A knocking came from the door, and he withdrew quickly. Accessing the ship systems, he saw a Snek standing there, hands folded patiently.

Walking over to Clockwork, he tapped the fellow synthetic. Waiting until after he woke, Sentinel said "I'm not sure if this is for you, but there is a Snek outside the door. If Megahertz asks where I am, tell her she can find me where I feel yesterday. Striding away, he exited the house through a back door before turning off to stroll through the early day gloom.

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Clockwork's yellow visor slowly lit up and he raised his head as Sentinel woke him up, oblivious to the knocking on the door and Sentinel's catapult nightmare seconds ago.

"....A Snek? Huh...could it be....", he whispered, but did not finish his sentence. He did not like making assumptions. He then turned to look at Megahertz slowly, and proceeded to tease Sentinel a bit. "Geeze. All the feels, Sentinel. All the feels~"

Megahertz remained asleep on the couch, a peaceful expression on her face.

Clockwork opened the front door, bobbing his head back a little in surprise at his presence. He would question where Ciril got the address from, but considering Ciril, he wondered if he'd get much of an answer...

"Ah! Ciril....you must be here for Byatis." Clockwork stated simply, before turning around, and gestured him to follow while whispering. "Come in, but don't be loud....at least two of us are still sleeping~"

He led Ciril pass the living room, and towards the stairs, heading up towards the second floor. He then proceeded to open the doors to the various rooms one by one. "....Nope." "Not this one" "...Uhh..I'm sure he's in the next one." "....Not this either? Damn."

"........He's hogging the biggest room, isn't he.", Clockwork stated, deadpan, as he stood in front of the master bedroom. He slowly reached for the doorknob...and opened it.

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The upper class was quite pleasant this time in the morning. Only Sentinel seem to be awake this early.....in the upper class living quarters exteriors, at least. With the artificial sky above and the rows and rows of comfortable housing, this place looked more like an Osenian suburb than the cabins of a spaceship.

Eventually, he made his way to the park, though he was rather early. In the middle of the park, men and women in black shirts were seen moving around large equipment, such as speakers and chairs, in front of a medium-sized stage. The stage was a bright teal, with bushes of rose decorating the edges. Like in the upper class living quarters exteriors, there's not many people around, and most of them were either the stage hands or joggers looking for a quick morning exercise. Because of this, one can still feel the tranquility of the natural park.


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Boris chuckled at Gelon's statement, before smirking with his eyes closed. "This new type of nanobots are still in the testing process, so you let me know."

Boris and That Woman looked at where Gelon pointed, with Boris nodding, letting out an impressed "Hmmmmm."

The two looked at Gelon as he stood up, with Boris looking perplexed.

"...I assume you want the ship?", Boris asked, unsure.

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Byatis had a rather peaceful nap. He didn't move from the bed all night, nor did he make a single sound when he slept. His towering body was on the master bed for so long, his weight made the bed dip a little. But suddenly he heard his door being opened slowly and all six of his eyes shot open, and stared at the ones who entered his room. It was just the purple synthetic who called itself Clockwork, and an unfamiliar face. A short, well everyone is short to Byatis, blue organic creature. It was some sort of beastman? He had never seen, nor hunted, this variant before.

Byatis groaned a bit and pushed himself up with his arms, stretching his back, before going back into his sleeping position. His eyes were locked on the Snek. He took note of the odd weapons coiled around his legs. "What? What is it? Whaddya want?" Byatis asked bluntly. "Is there something on my face? Or...is it...my face."

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As he listened to Quin and Lekan's responses, he thought about Quin's reaction. Why had she seemed to go dark for a second? It was almost as if an...aura...of shadow had momentarily passed over her, obscuring her futures. It may have simply been her changing colors but it could also have been something more. Despite this question, he chuckled at her comment about burgers. "It would certainly would easy to grill them," he answered.

Turning back towards Lekan, he said, "Forgive me for not introducing myself earlier. I go by the name Sentinel, while she goes by Megahertz. As to where she is, she is resting." As the announcement came on, he realized that the concert was in twenty minutes. Maybe Alphard would like to watch it, he thought. Addressing the pair, he stated, "That reminds me, I have business to see to. It has been nice talking to you again. Farewell." With that, he bowed once again and headed back towards the house in which he was staying for the moment. An interesting pairing, an Ondari and a Genesior. Certainly not one he would have expected. Genesiors were natural warriors, and while Ondari certainly were not lacking in combat skills, Lekan didn't seem like the fighting type. Maybe he had done something to acquire her respect or appreciation. Much like he had done with Megahertz.

Remembering the cloak which he had stored in a compartment earlier in the day, he decided to check as to its condition. Releasing a lock, a plate slid open and the piece of fabric popped out. What was left of it. While before the cloak had been able to extend all the way past his feet so as to trail slightly, it was now no longer than the small of his back. Fire must have consumed part of it when the missile hit him during the battle with the Gunsevers. Or maybe his unexpected shutdown had caused some sparks to ignite the piece. Either way, it was now useless. Or was it? The clasp was not damaged, and neither was the hood other than a few singed pieces around the edge. While no longer serving to conceal completely, maybe it could still help when he needed to be discreet about something. Wrapping up the cloth, he restored it to the compartment before arriving back at the house.

Opening the door, he saw that Megahertz was still asleep. To still be there meant she must have been exhausted yesterday. It would have been taxing to almost any biological creature. Wondering whether Byatis, Clockwork, and the Snek were still there after all this time, he crouched once again in front of Megahertz. Reaching out a hand to shake her slightly, he whispered, "Alphard, wake up."

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"Good morning-cycle. I take it you are the being known as Byatis. I'd like to ask you a few questions, thank you for entertaining my presence." the snake like creature said cordially but directly, peering into the dark room but not removing his sunglasses. "I'd like to speak to you about your alliances, namely why you are here, and about GEHENNA. Intereseted parties need to know and you being of the same homeworld, I am hoping you can provide us with some information. Given your current company-" he nods at Clockwork, "I assume you are working against it." He folds his arms behind his back and waits.

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Byatis cocked his head to the side, amused that this beastman knew where he was from. Very few people knew that. Finally, Byatis got up. The mattress springs squeaked as the massive weight was finally lifted from them. Byatis towered over Ciril and Clockwork. "Interested parties? Ahahah, to bad you don't mean actual parties!...Even though I've never been to one." Byatis swished his tail so that the tail-head was closeby. "Well now that the jig is up... yes! I am from Megido! My homeworld. Such a lovely death world. Lotsa things trying to kill ya...like me!" He said with a jolly smile. "GEHENNA....GEHENNA...." He repeated and his expression crinkled. "I could tell you about that no good, loathsome, cocky, egomaniacal tyrant...but..." Byatis paused, then smiled once more. He suddenly lowered his head so that it was inches away from Ciril's. "What do I get for telling you? Hmm? What can these 'interested party's do for ME, eh?"

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Clockwork lets out an exaggerated gasp when Byatis mentioned never being to a party. "Inconceiveable!", he said, flabbergasted.

Clockwork folded his arms and looked between Byatis and Ciril, taking quite an interest in the conversation.


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Ridley's mace missed K2 as he ducked, smashing the wall behind him and shattering quite a bit of rubble as the mace became stuck in the wall. "!" A frustated Ridley can only watch as....K2 slashed his knees. Unfortunately for K2, Ridley's armor is tough as a battleship, and his sword bounced right off the knee guards without even a scratch. Ridley then witnessed K2 tripping from his hangover, and became quite confused.

'..is this man messing with me?', Ridley thought. He must be. Nobody's this careless. Ridley better not underestimate him. K2 may be smarter than he appears. Ridley wondered if K2 was actually a badass hiding behind a moronic facade. He has eluded Drakov for quite a while, after all. Even so, he knows an opening when he sees it, and Ridley charged forward, his steps heavy and audible. Ridley evaporated his mace, and once he got close to K2, gripped his shield with both hands, lifted it over his head, turned it brittle and cracked with his cryomancy, and smashed it with full power on K2's chest, breaking it apart and sending ice shrapnels flying everywhere around them.

Not done yet, Ridley grabbed K2's chest with his right hand, and lifted him up, staring at him in the eye. "HAVE AN ICE DAY", before headbutting the pirate.

Ridley couldn't believe he just said that. He hated ice puns, and thus felt like a hypocrite. He shook his head at this thought. He slowly remembered when he actually enjoyed ice puns...when he was younger, hanging out with his friends in Nebulon. All the ice puns were just one of many in-jokes amongst bros. Until one day, he and his friends watched an old,vintage movie from a world long gone. A movie with so many ice puns, it made Ridley blush. He remembered being hurled pun after pun after pun after pun, until he eventually got tired, and grew an aversion of it. Ridley can't seem to remember the name of that movie. Perhaps it's for the best. He remembered being a big fan of one of the actors, though.

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Megahertz became worried when Sentinel went quiet after her refusal to answer his question. And she was visibly flustered when Sentinel apologized. "Y-you idiot! Don't look so guilty! I'll feel bad! I mean...." She realized that her words would only made things worse, so she stopped mid-sentence and simply sighed.

She was quite thankful when Sentinel changed the subject, and smiled at his question. "Here, follow me!", Gripping his hand tight, she led him to a pair of chairs on the leftest edge of the third row. She sat down on her chair, and looked up at him with a smile. "You're a big guy, so you should sit on the edge, where you wouldn't be cramped by so many people, yeah?"

She looked at the stage, quite eagerly. She had listened to the Interstellar Rose's music for a while, though she was never a particularly big fan of the pop-style. She preferred something heavier, something more intense. It always felt more down-to-earth to her. Even so, there was a sweet sincerity in Deunan's lyrics which she quite enjoyed.

"Say.....Sentinel. You said you never had a reason to go to a concert before....", Megahertz began to ask. At the very least, she seemed less hesitant to talk with him on more casual subjects. "....But...have you ever actually listened to music before...and if so, what kind of music do you enjoy, if any?"


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Quin glanced at Lekan as he leaned against her.

"...."

She did not seem to mind, though. She found his way of eating rather cute, the way he broke apart the burgers into smaller pieces for his beak to swallow.

Eventually, the many spotlights above the stage switched on. Like a kaleidoscope, each of them emitted different colors, creating a rainbow like effect as they move around in a coordinated, planned, yet dynamic manner. Red, green, blue, violet, yellow, eventually converging into a single white spot in the center.

The audience cheered as the show was starting. Most of them are males, though there are females here and there. Humans, Beastmen, and other alien groups alike show their excitement, waving their arms and whistling. Heeding their calls, the pink-clad, pink-haired, rose-clad superstar emerge from the backstage, holding a stainless steel microphone with her right hand.

"BONJOUR, PASSENGERS OF THE REALTA NUA!", Deunan's youthful, confident voice spread through the crowd. She looked around the audience, and winked while waving with her left hand. She has quite a confident posture. She may be young, but she was quite charismatic. The way she walked, the way she stood, the way she gazed at her crowd. She carried herself with a certain sureness; confident, but not arrogant. Young, but not immature.

"ARE YOU READY FOR ME?!", Deunan asked out loud, before pointing the mic towards the audience.

"YES!!!!!!!!", the audience bellowed out enthusiastically, nigh-universally.

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Ciril keeps his polite expression as he listens to Byatis. "Well, in general let's just say you'd normally be seen as a threat and either deported back to where you came from, detained, or worse. But that's not my job. My job is information, and from your list of adjectives it sounds like you're no ally of GHENNA's. " the Snek removes both sets of eyeglasses to appear more sincere. "You could be invaluable with your inside information in order to defeat him. If you have any. I mean, if you did, I'm sure I could work deals for you, within reason." ciril was a cordial negotiator, but it was ingrained in him through rigorous training to subdue his own feelings and opinions. To the point where he didn't have an opinion about Byatis one way or another, with nothing personal or precious to lose in his life. All that mattered was the mission. "Clockwork. It seems I have been assigned to you and your associates, should we continue to work for the same cause." He's so formal it hurts.

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Byatis moved his head back from Ciril so he was at a more tolerable distance. "Oh boy! Threats! Haven't heard those before, ahaha." Sarcasm dripped from his statement. Byatis paused for a moment, almost getting lost in thought...or even daydreaming. Byatis thought back once again to his life on Megido. It was by no means an easy one, but it wasn't one of poverty at all. Especially since he served the reigning kingdom, and by extension, GEHENNA. Byatis bore witness to several genocides initiated by this one being. He grew sick of it and left, figuring GEHENNA wouldn't notice one of thousands of his servants missing.

To Ciril and Clockwork, it just looked like Byatis was standing thor making random faces, until finally Byatis shook back into focus, and at on the floor to be more at eye level to the others. "Truth be told, I'm not even sure this galaxy has what it takes to stand up to GEHENNA. He's done this before. Many times. Many galaxies have fallen to him. This whole time I was convincing myself that maybe it would be different but..." Byatis lowered his head. "Im not so sure...maybe a part of me wants to get back to Megido where its safe. For me at least." Byatis seemed to completely have dropped the 'whats in it for me mantra'. Perhaps he was joking earlier but, he definitely seems mellow now.

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This was going nowhere fast. Still, Ciril remained calm. "I'm just the messenger." he replies stoically, though given the weapons on his legs, that might not be entirely true. "So if you have seen this before, can you not provide any information on his methods so we at least have a fighting chance? Or should I assume you want this galaxy to perish because...that wouldn't look very good. " he replaced his sunglasses, assuming he would get no farther. "All the same, for a Megido native, you are more pleasant than expected. Much appreciated. this was my primary mission but I have others...."

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Byatis looked at Ciril once more as he looked like he was preparing to leave. "Oi! I've got...something. I don't know much and I doubt this will help but..." Byatis stands up again. "GEHENNA uses this heinous power that is rooted in Megido. That why he wants you to go to him..." Byatis shrugged. "Thats all I really know. I never got to watch the death matches on Megido.." Byatis let out a small chuckle at Ciril's last comment.

"I'm nice to those i don't have to kill."

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Megahertz raised an eyebrow in surprise at Sentinel's claim. "Never got into music, huh...", she then smiled and made a mental note to share Sentinel some of her favorite music after this is all over with. He told her that he wanted to live....and living is certainly something a girl like Megahertz knew a thing or two about.

Deunan wasted no time in giving the audience what they came for. The background music began playing. The tune may be quite familiar to some, especially those with a love for ancient, retro music from a world long gone.

"This one's a classic.", Deunan spoke into the mic, before pointing at the audience. "Everyone needs a hero, right?" pumping a fist. "So let us all be HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO!"

The audience erupted into excitement, their hands in the air. Quite a few of them have stood up from their chairs, and waved their arms left and right following the beat.

"Where have all the good men gone, and where are all the gods?

"Where's the street wise Hercules, to fight the rising odds?"


Deunan has..quite the vocal range. Fitting the song's powerful, yet steady beat is her mature, bold voice. She moved passionately through the stage, and it was not hard to see why so many people would get into the song. There is sincerity and spirit in her eyes....sincerity and spirit that was quite alluring and exciting.

Megahertz bobbed her head to the beat, while her hands remain on her lap. Quin, not too far away, remained static while supporting the leaning Lekan.

"Through the wind, and the chill, and the rain,

And the storm, and the FLOOD!"


The many spotlights above move around Deunan, changing their colors periodically. What normally would look random and messy synchronized perfectly with the dancing and singing Deunan.


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Nearby, Mosa, James, Preston, and Colt were also seated. Mosa insisted that they all come here, since they (apparently) had nothing better to do. Also, Mosa promised to treat them later that afternoon if they went with him. He was getting quite into it. Waving his enormous arms around alongside the crowd.

As the song boomed, Mosa turned towards his companions, and grinned. "THIS IS FUN, YES?" His voice, though slightly drowned by the cheering crowd and the boldly singing Deunan, was still quite audible to his friends next to him.

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Ridley stared down at K2, and saw how hard he seemed to be trying to hold back his tears. He proceeded to hesitate, glancing around as the snowflakes from his broken shield fall around them.

".......Man I feel like a bully.", Ridley whispered with a hint of remorse. Ridley may be an asshole, but he was an asshole with principles. And he hates it when he ruins someone's day. Unless that someone is Gelon.

The music continued playing not too far away from them. Loud enough to be audible, but not enough to be intelligible. Ridley crouched down in front of K2, and said with a slightly irritated tone, which he used to mask his remorse, "Look, sorry I ruined yer day. I was just in a bad mood. Why don't..why don't you pay Drakov later, so we can just go and enjoy some music and dancing?"

Ridley paused.

"I need a hero! I'm holding out for a hero till the end of the night!"

"It's free.", he shrugged.

He then offered K2 his hand. His huge, icy, clawed hand. Even without a face, you can tell that he was feeling genuinely guilty, from the way he averted his gaze from K2.


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Clockwork nodded at Ciril when he mentioned being 'assigned' to his group. He still felt rather suspicious about Ciril finding their home so quickly (Especially since they signed in under Megahertz and Dark S1de's tickets), but he felt like poor K2 could use another friend.

He then turned to Byatis, caught off guard by the genuine and mellow side the giant serpentine hunter was displaying. He seemed so sincere, it was completely unlike the cackling predator he fought back to back with in the libraries. Still, he remained quiet and folded his arms, listening as the two finish their conversation.

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Keeton looks up at Ridley with the face of disgust. "I wouldn't think twice on paying crooks like you." He ignores Ridley's hand and crawls to his feet, still clenching his temples in an effort to soothe his excruciating pain. His vision is somewhat hazy and a few of his ribs might be broken but other then that, he was good to go.

"Listen Ridley," he says hunched over looking into the elemental's eye. "I have the worst headache, and maybe a few broken bones. I love the offer of hanging out with probably my most hated enemies lap dog, but I've got bigger fish to fry." Keeton says as he waddles back to his home unit. Without turning back the pirate mentions, "But you did spare me and for that I really do owe you one."

Back in the safety of the housing unit he stumbles off towards the direction of his Bedroom. However on his way there he notices something odd. Clockwork, Byatis, and some strange beast man were all in one room conversing with each other. He moves into the room slumped over and quite frankly looking like shit. "Who the fuck let me drink so much, my head is killing me." He replies giving a giddy chuckle. "Also who is that, and what the hell is he doing here?"

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"You're right that isn't much...but thanks all the same." Ciril smiles and waves slightly, "We'll do our best with that info. Sorry for waking you... " he steps out of Byatis' darkened room, nodding to Clockwork, likely sensing his suspicion. He didn't blame clockwork really... at this point, after all he'd seen and done, Ciril questioned he would trust himself if he met himself, and this made him a bit...sad. As he tried to stop these...feelings...which were not wise to have in his profession, he turned to see K2 stumbling back into the unit. "Hello K2." he paused, wondering if he should reintroduce himself.... it might be safer for the young pirate if he didn't...but he felt a twinge as he recalled his latest mission breifing. It had included K2's name in a list of those with a warrant out for them. This kid had some serious debts...and other misdemeanors. .... he looks again and wonders how long he's going to last, especially with that lack of coherence. His head coil curls and uncurls, "Its Ciril, from yesterday.. I was just here to ask your ...friend... Byatis a few questions." he offered.

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Byatis watched as Ciril and Clock left him alone in his room. He plopped himself back on the bed and slowly closed his eyes. Five seconds passed. Byatis's eyes shoot open. "OH SHIT. I'M LATE." Byatis sat upright in the bed and propelled himself out the window... which he forgot to open first so the sounds of the glass shattering echoes within the housing unit. "Weeehhh." Byatis moaned and he landed on another rooftop with a few glass shards in his flesh. The sudden change in light from the darkness of his room to the artificial sunlight was jarring and he squinted all six of his eyes. "WEEH!" He shrieked in annoyance, almost falling off the roof thanks to the blinding light. Luckily, he caught himself in the nick of time. Byatis scowled as he picked off the glass from his skin. "I hate Mondays." With that, he cloaked himself and headed for the elevators that would take him down to Northern Dagojouiise, where the beastman leader would be.

He waited patiently until one of the doors opened and he hitched a ride along with others, unbeknownst to them.

The setting changes from F.S.S. Realta Nua to North Dagojouiise

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Vlad quickened her pace as she heard the Gilgamesh implode. She did not need to look to know that was bad news. She glanced at Gelon, then back forward, as she ran across the rocky desert plains. "....What are you talking about? What did you do to her? It can't possibly be THAT bad." Vlad knew that Gelon tends to be very touchy, but...so far, he had only been discomforting to her and, apparently, Mosa. She wondered what could set off this....black eyed stranger, and Gelon can see her eyes giving a demanding glance to him once in a while as they run.

The heat from the blazing sun was so intense, you could probably fry an egg or two out here. Thankfully, the rocky canyons around them gave a bit of a shade. Not much, but still something.

Vlad narrowed her eyes. "I have half of what we need. The lunatic there destroyed the other half. And no, I don't have scrap, I'm a bounty hunter, not a hobo.", she said with her usual abrasive tone.

Glancing back, Vlad noticed Ophelia gaining on them, and lets out a grunt, before pulling out her communicator and calling Ridley.

"Ridley. This is Vlad. Gelon is with me, and we are being chased by a lunatic. Get your ass by the ship's southern entrance, and get ready to back us up."

After hearing Ridley's lazy reply, Vlad shut off her communicator, and stored it again. Now, back to the matter at hand. She has to come up with a plan soon, or that lunatic will kill them both. She could drop Gelon off right here, and flee with her own skin. Of course, Boris would reprimand her for "wasting his assets", and she was not in the mood for another one of his lectures. Either way, Boris would be quite interested in this lunatic. Judging by her display of metal manipulation and the corpes she found inside the back half of the Gilgamesh, Vlad easily inferred that she was responsible. Just who the hell is she? Someone with a grudge against the company, for sure.

As Vlad continued to think, they suddenly hear...a screech from above. Vlad looked up.

While the brightness of the sun partially blinded their eyes, they can still see what caused that screech - coming on to the edge of the canyons.... desert raptors. Beige and brown in color, these ferocious and intelligent pack hunters are a nuisance individually, but a threat in numbers. They screeched to the sun, calling for the rest of their pack. One by one, they leap from the top of the canyons, the claws and sickles on their feet extending as they threaten to attack Ophelia, Vlad, and Gelon alike.

"Well. Shit.", was Vlad's only comment. She had her sword on her back, but she was still holding Gelon over her shoulders. And while she could technically wield her blade one handed, it would be exhausting, inaccurate, and annoying.

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The elevator descended and opened, exposing Byatis to the view of the rocky deserts of Dagojouiise. So many rocks, so much sand. And the heat. The blistering, unbearable heat. The people around him disperse; some, wearing blue and yellow Drakov jumpsuits, were off to do maintenance on the ship. Others, wearing business suits, head off towards the Space Port offices. The "space port" was really just three landing pads and three buildings, and they were overshadowed by the rocks, the sand, the heat, and even the cacti, because at least the cacti were green and colorful.

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Byatis hissed when he was welcomed with a smack in the face of heat. He hated Dagojouiise already. He glanced around at the various crowds. This planet was completely foreign for him. He scowled once more. He had to contact Darkstar again. "Stupid...planet.." he muttered to himself as he activated his mental comm system. 'Darkstaaaaaar. I'm on the planet now. if you could give me direction, that'd be dandy" Even using his thoughts, Byatis forced sincerity.

The setting changes from North Dagojouiise to F.S.S. Realta Nua

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"Sorry mate I don't remember you but obviously we have met before." Keeton says to Ciril as he walks out of the door. He stares back at clockwork with a confused expression plastered on his face. Keeton looks over to Byatis still laying in bed being as snooty as ever, Keeton flicks a small object on to Byatis trying to be as discreet as possible. The device lands right in the mane of the rouge's tentacles. Keeton and clockwork leave the room together.

Keeton pulls out a pencil and writes a message to clockwork on the wall. I think they have the room bugged, it reads. Darkov is on the ship and looking for me. He continues to write, we need to find a safe location meet me at the concert I'll explain there. tell a joke clocks so we don't look suspicious, Keeton gives a good fake laugh towards the cheesy joke and leaves the unit.

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As Byatis dashed away, Cirils sharp eyes saw the small device fly to Byatis. Ciril guessed the intention and he had to say he was both pleased and impressed. True, K2 was a pirate but that didn't matter. With his tendency to ..talk a lot... and possible underworld connections, he'd be useful to have around
The pirate's attempt at subtly was not very good, as it was obvious he was writing on the walls. Even if he was better, a well trained agent like Ciril would be able to pick this up. Casually he followed Clockwork and K2, invited or not, smiling pleasantly and acting as if he had been there all along. They were outside the unit before he spoke. "I've been reassigned to your group, so I may actually be able to help you, K2. No promises but its something."

The setting changes from F.S.S. Realta Nua to North Dagojouiise

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Vlad stared at Gelon in disbelief, very nearly dropping him off right there and then when Gelon mentioned what he'd done. However, she was not an easily distracted person, and so she continued running. She racked her brain for an appropriate reaction, eventually settliing for a simple, disgusted, "...Oh my goooooooooooooooooood."


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Vlad complied with Gelon's request. Suit himself, she thought. Maybe he'd be a nice distraction, she figured. Vlad leaped over and took cover behind a rock, watching Gelon as she unsheathed her buster sword. She glanced at Ophelia as the lunatic took cover next to her. Having discovered what Gelon did, Vlad could only respond to Ophelia's baffled stare with one of...embarassment. And sympathy. But mostly embarassment, before looking at Gelon showing off.

"Bastard's trying so hard to recover his masculinity.", Vlad snarkily whispered. She decided not to do anything - both out of curiosity on how long Gelon would last, and a tiny bit of sympathy. As much as she disliked Gelon, she couldn't help but feel a little bad at how much Ophelia seemingly emasculated him. Granted, this sympathy was slightly marred by Gelon's admitting of his sexual harassment.....but Vlad had always had a soft spot for idiots. Like Gelon and Mosa.

Gelon's attacks work quite well, though - the desert raptors were easily repelled by his kinetic module. Some were hurled towards sharp rocks, others were smashed head first onto the durable canyon walls, and even more were forced on to each other, crushing on impact.

The Raptors weren't done though...about six or seven more were approaching Gelon from his left side, screeching and shrieking violently. They ran quite fast, and were preparing to tackle him....

Vlad's helmet's sensors picked up more screeches....from above and behind her and Ophelia. As the Raptors bull-rushed them, Vlad quicly spun, took a step forward and swung her buster sword with surprising speed and strength, cleaving three raptors in half with one blow with her enormous weapon. She missed a couple though, who set their predatory eyes on Ophelia.


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Darkstar replied to Byatis in his deadpan, synthetic voice. "Never thought you'd be the dandy type." Obviously, Darkstar was smart enough to know Byatis meant the other meaning of 'dandy'....but despite (or maybe because of) being a synthetic, Darkstar couldn't help but try to be a wise ass once in a while.

Darkstar paused as he searched his database. "It is currently 13:12 PM. Chief Garush is expected to hunt at the Do'gaki caves in the North Dagojouiise Canyons, northeast of your position."

A 'marker' was placed northeast of Byatis. Not too far. Must be a cave somewhere amongst those grand, rocky structures. Should be quite fun to climb.

"The Beastman Chief will be hunting with his axe-brothers. They may prove to be excellent witnesses, to make sure the bodies are discovered quickly.", Darkstar continued expositing. He then stayed silent and lets Byatis process the information.

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Byatis nodded as he saw the waypoint mark on his vision. It was not too far, thankfully. He dropped down on all fours, and started galloping towards his destination. He left behind a sandy trail, but luckily it just looked like a gust of wind that would naturally occur, so it wouldn't draw too much attention. As he ran, he noticed the wide, vast landscape. It was barren, that's for sure but just like his homeworld, it was home to several creatures and people. Byatis saw a pack of Dagojouiisian gazelles gallop in a pack nearby his position. He wasn't as fast as they were but they were almost majestic in a way. On other occasions, he'd try and hunt them down himself, but he was on a mission. He kept his focus, heading for the caves, unaware of the bug K2 had somehow managed to place on him.

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After treading through scorching deserts and climbing up rocky canyon walls, Byatis reached the Do'gaki caves' entrance. It was a small gaping hole alongst the canyon walls, Several pikes could be seen decorating the sides of the entrance, bearing the skulls of desert raptors, gazelles, and worm crawlers. The skulls were painted with red and elaborate spiral markings, establishing it as Chief Garush's sacred territory.

The inside of the cave is dark, rocky, and rough, just as one would expect. The air is dry and uncomfortable, but at least it wasn't as hot as it was outside. Byatis could see large, bear-like footsteps on the ground, leading deeper into the darker parts of the cave. One of the man-bear hunters, mostly naked aside from a tribal fur tasset and bracers, was kneeling and praying in front of a stone structure deeper inside the caves, with his bow sheathed on his back.


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Vlad was thrown hard into Gelon, hitting her head on his chest, disorienting her quite a bit. She winced and gritted her teeth behind her helmet as Gelon puts her down, staggering to regain herself. "....Fine.", she said in a frustated tone. She turned her attention to Ophelia once more, though in her disoriented state, she was not fast enough to react to Ophelia's enormous boulder. Even though it was targeted mainly towards Gelon, Vlad still received a heavy amount of the attack, knocking her to the sandy ground, cracking the left side of her helmet and breaking the left pauldron.

"Unf!", She grunted as she skidded across the ground. She quickly recovered by gripping the ground tightly with her claws, but she was getting exhausted already. Running halfway across the desert with Gelon on her back already spent her limited amount of stamina, and now she had to continue fighting against a metalmancer.

Suddenly, Ophelia can hear a heavy, wooshing sound from behind. Something big and heavy struck her head, before shattering into a hundred tiny....ice shards, which flew past her gaze and scatter onto the desert sands.

Vlad looked up and behind Ophelia. "Finally..you...asshole.", she whispered while panting.

Ridley had finally arrived, holding his enormous shield in front of his chest with his left hand, and creating his ice mace with his right, his orange eye glancing at Vlad and Gelon, before settling to glare at Ophelia. "..What..in hell..." He bended his knees and raised his shield to solidify his stance. With that much size and strength, knocking him down would be nigh impossible. He noticed the heavily wounded Gelon and the exhausted Vlad. As much as he hates to admit it, he knew that both of his teammates weren't exactly (or at least, completely) noobs when it comes to fighting, so if this single entity was strong enough to exhaust them...

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Byatis creeped quietly into the cave, opting to crawl along the walls as to make make any dusts of footprints in the sand and rock. He quickly noticed the first man-bear hunter. Because he had more than one target, he decided to scope out the locations of the other hunter and the chief before he would go in for the kills. He didn't want one body discovered and the chief calling for back up. That would ruin the whole job. Byatis only ever did one thing, and that was hunt. He was very good at it too, though he has the disadvantage of not knowing much of the area, he could manage.

He kept his breathing to a minimum as he carried on.

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The deeper Byatis got into the cave, the darker and narrower it became. There were torches here and there placed on the walls, but they were barely adequate illumination. Although the interior is narrow, it was quite tall, giving Byatis plenty of room to stalk from above. He soon discover a pair of Beastmen Hunters, one of them the chief, praying in front of a juvenile dead armored desert Rhino, its thick, rocy armor having been pierced by a spear. The Chief's spear, by the looks of it, as it shared the elaborate and colorful orange feathers adorning the Beastman chief's head. The Chief not only had fancier equipment, he was also bigger and covered in scars; some ritualistic, others born from battle.

"May the wind guide you on to your next life, beastkin.", the Chief stated gently in his prayers.


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Clockwork chuckled at his Captain's joke as he hopped on his hoverbike and gripped the handles. "Looking good is my middle name, Captain!"

"COWABUNGA!", Clockwork shouted. The garage door was automatically opened, exposing the trio as they leaped out into the desert in their hoverbikes. The three bikes bounced a bit as it landed on the sand, first K2, leading the way, followed by Clockwork and Ciril behind him to their right and left, respectively.

The three can feel the handles vibrating and hear the engines roaring as the hoverbikes speed through the rocky deserts quick as a flash.

Clockwork was impressed by K2's initiative on this matter. He was so drunk most of the day yesterday and hungover this morning, but perhaps this was finally the chance for the pirate to show off just what he's made of. Glancing at Ciril with three of his eyes, he looked at the Beastman carefully. Clockwork can feel a...hint of loneliness coming from him. He stated that following them was his mission...but he did not need to compliment K2 on his smart thinking, did he now? Maybe he did. Maybe it was sycophantic. Maybe it was genuine.The overly complicated subtleties of humane emotion gives Clockwork a headache sometimes.

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Byatis finally had sights on all three. Figuring the Chief would be the better hunter, Byatis aimed to assassinate the two guards first. They would less likely see him coming. Byatis crawled back to the first beastman closer to the mouth of the cave. He was still in prayer. Good. Byatis positioned himself on the ceiling. If he was gonna make this look like a Spider kill, he might as well hunt like one. Silently, Byatis brought down his invisible tail near the back of the Beastman's neck. One moment....two moments... Suddenly, he dug the venomous mandibles of his tail into the back of his neck. The venom would be most potent as it circulates quickly in his bloodstream. Byatis was quick to wrap his invisible tail around the man-bear's head in order to stifle any screams. He waited until the beastman would fall limp.

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"Mgh-..!" The Beastman was barely able to let out a squeak before Byatis' tail wrapped around him. He squirmed in futility for a few seconds...before falling limp and dying from the venom. No problem at all. Outside, Byatis could hear suspicious engine noises. Sounds like they're stopping just outside and below this cave. Who in the world could it be?

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Byatis almost panicked when he heard engine noises. Backup? Already? Impossible! Despite being late it was still far too early for the Chief's escort to arrive! He had to hurry. He scurried along into the cave along the ceiling, hoping to god that they didn't hear the engine noises as well. Byatis positioned himself in the same way as before, but this time aimed at the Chief. He needed this finished before any other unexpected complications.

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The Snek raised his eyebrows at K2. "So I'm boss now when it comes to the tricky part?" he allowed himself a smirk. "I hope you are right, because I already questioned the subject Byatis... he knew nothing... this could be considered harassment." all the same he dismounted the bike and approached the canyon wall. He looked over his shoulder at K2 again. "Unless there's something you know that I don't~" but after he said this, the metal bands around his legs uncoiled and then arched into spiked and flexible cables. Anchored at the waist, they reached down at the canyon wall, digging into crevices and lowering the slender Ciril down bit by bit, his arms folded as he lowered over the edge. It was a bizarre motion, but elegant at the same time, as it seemed effortless.

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Clockwork looked between his comrades while folding his arms and chuckling. He watched as Ciril climbed towards the caves. He nudged K2, and asked him teasingly, "You have something to help you climb.....right?" Just in case, Clockwork lent him a grappling hook.

Without waiting for an answer, a bright blue burst emits from Clockwork's jet pack, and with a leap, he took off to the air. He moved with ease, hovering besides Ciril, and taking his sweet time as he head towards the caves.

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Keeton doesn't like Ciril's comment, personally he believes it to be a challenge. "Fine follow me tentacles." he says mocking the beast man in a friendly way. Keeton grabs the grappling hook and starts to inch his way towards the cave. "Real subtle asshole." he whispers loudly towards clockwork who is casually hovering in the air beside him.

The trio finally make it to the cave seeing the dead body of what appears to be a guard. "See i told you something was up." He says trying to be as quiet as possible. Keeton unsheathes his blade and switches on his infra red. The three begin to go down deeper into the cave looking for the eldritch being.

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Once inside, Clockwork placed his hands on his hips, and looked around as well. His yellow visor emitted a search light, helping them see in the darkness. "...Damn. byatis, you've been a naughty naughty boy, haven't you...", Clockwork quietly whispered back. He carefully knelt and examined the guard's neck. "puncture wounds. Funny, I would've thought Byatis to be the type to do this a bit more....bloodily, khe khe khe."


The Beastmen Chief was still oblivious as he headed to the exit, while the one who accompanied him went deeper into the caves to retrieve their game. Walking calmly, Byatis caught him completely off guard.

"!"

This time, however, he had enough nerve to immediately stab Byatis with his spear when the tail wrapped around his neck while struggling, hoping to at either cause his assailant to yell and catch the attention of his hopefully-still-alive allies, or -preferrably- let go.

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Byatis's tail was bit into the second guard quickly as Byatis notice the chief heading for the exit. He really had to hurry now. Distracted by this thought, he failed to realize the beastman's dying maneuver and the spear knocked him off balance. They both landed with a hard thud. Quickly, Byatis wrapped his unseen tail around the guard's neck and snapped it. Immediately the beastman fell limp. That was close, he thought. But, this could be a small blessing in disguise. Since the chief walked off earlier, surely the sound of the scuffle would alert him to investigate. Byatis went on all fours, still masked by his camouflage, he crawled along the floor but to the edge of the wall.

Byatis creeped along, the chief was in sight. He was definitely on alert, spear in hand. He was the last one. Suddenly Byatis caught another scent. It smelt...familiar. A mix of alcohol, metal and scales. Byatis's expression fouled when he came to a conclusion. He had to finish his job quickly. There's no doubt that they'd be the type to try and stop Byatis from killing. Byatis hissed and lunged at the chief, catching him off-guard, and they hit the floor. Byatis quickly pinned the chief. His legs held down by Byatis's talons, and his arm with his claw. Unfortunately, the chief pulled out a knife and drove it into Byatis's arm. He wretched in pain, but kept his focus on his prey. "Sweet dreams, sssavage." With that Byatis's tail reached in and chomped the beastman chief's face as he yelled out in another language. He could feel the chief go limp. Byatis revealed himself, satisfied with his kills. He smiled happily to himself. He had totally forgotten about the other scents until he could hear talking and footsteps. He stood over the dead body. It was rather incriminating.

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A loud thud is heard as the second guard falls to the clutches of the rouge. Keetons eyes open with horror as the scream rings through the cave. "Oh fuck, he's an assassin!" Keeton has no time to be quiet as he sprints towards the area in which the struggle had presumably came from.

It was too late, however Keeton had been there to see one of the most horrific things in his pathetic life. The eldritch being consuming a mans face. Rage built inside of the young pirate, remembering the horrible image of the old mans crimson blood flowing from his cut jugular. "I love you like my own Keeton" rang in his head. Byatis had just ruthlessly murdered without giving the beast man a fighting chance, he was not getting away.

"Wow Byatis, you really fucked up this time." Keeton says at the far side of the room. Without Byatis even having a chance to glance back, keeton pulls the trigger of his pistol and sends a blast straight through the shoulder of the creature. "But don't get me wrong, I half expected this kinda shit from scum like you."

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Clockwork ran behind K2. "K2! Wait! be careful!!", he shouted with concern as he followed his friend, unsheathing his chainsaw halberd and holding it at ready.

Clockwork stopped and gasped when he saw the grinning Byatis on top of the bleeding Beastman. The silenced synthetic took a moment to consider. Why had Byatis done this? Because he was an eldritch creature who saw others as prey and him as hunter? No..it could not be that simple. Those tribal feathers....that was the Beastman chief, not just any piece of meat. But he never pictured Byatis as the type to get involved politically.

Before he could think more, he saw K2 taking a shot at Byatis with his newly repaired hand cannon. He immediately shifted into a battle stance, bending his knee and keeping his head down, before twirling his spear. He still was not sure what was going on, despite his suspicions, so instead of attacking Byatis head on, he decided to cover K2, standing behind him like a guardian while twirling his spear at the side. He glanced at Ciril, curious at what to do, but only for a moment, as he kept his eyes on Byatis.

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This was none of his business. He should not be here. This was going to start an interplanetary incident and he had no right to interfere.... Ciril hesitated, watching Byatis carry out his task with gruesome efficiency and gore, and watching K2 rashly charge in. The possibility for diplomacy and negotiation was gone as K2 initiated a fight, firing into Byatis. The Snek's four eyes summed up the situation before springing into action. He would attempt to neutralize and separate them all. He was starting to regret following the pirate so casually, but a tiny twinge knew he didn't stand a chance against the massive Byatis alone, and so, with a twist, the metal leg coils rearranged and he scaled the cavern wall, running along it, sideways, stretching out and grab K2 off Byatis before the beast could strike back with his venom. "I thought we were going to just see what he was doing. Keyword being SEE!" he said sternly to K2.

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Byatis wretched at the bullet enters and exited his shoulder. Black, tar-like blood dripping from it. "Scum like me?! This coming from a pirate!" Ciril was right to assume Byatis would lash out but luckily he grabbed K2 in time. Byatis stood up on his hind legs looking down at the three, hissing. "How did you find me?! WHY did you follow me?" Just then, Byatis felt the bug in his tentacled mane. He scowled as he crushed it in his tentacles. He heard the tiny synthetic voice on the device K2 used utter "signal lost". Byatis realized it would be unwise to attack them all at once, so he refrained from lashing out again. "Its because you're racist isn't it?" he said. Suddenly, he realized. There were witnesses to his act, now. This was not going according to plan. Byatis couldn't help feel betrayed by Clockwork and K2, since he helped them with the Gunsevers in the Lower Nebulonian library.

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"Ciril I think you are intelligent enough to see what is really going on here." Keeton stares down Byatis like he had done in the sewers, except this time with pure disgust written in his expression. "Our good friend Byatis, though I may not know exactly what would be the consequences, has just sent a message to the planet of Dagojouiise." He looks over to the mangled beast man body, "And we were all here to see it." Keeton struggles to break free of his bindings to no avail.

"I cant lie Byatis, I've despised you from the beginning. The only reason I can think of why i am still alive, and not dead in the sewers, was because of clockwork. If He had not been there I would have retaliated and attempted to kill you, but we all know I was way to drunk to do that. It would have been a slaughter and then maybe Sentinel could've seen who you really are." Keeton says, his eyes burning with fury and vengeance staring down the assassin. "Why I followed you simple, I knew you were up to no good. At first I bugged you in an effort to protect the ship, but it became very clear when you were heading towards the canyons that you had somewhat of a task to accomplish."

"Racist," Keeton starts to laugh uncontrollably. "DO YOU THINK I FORGAVE?! DO YOU THINK I AM YOUR FRIEND?!" Keeton
starts to struggle even harder against the metal coils wrapped around him. "I'd rather be a no good drunken pirate, then a FUCKING LAP DOG!"

The setting changes from North Dagojouiise to Stratevaria Galaxy

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"K2, please think this through!" Ciril insisted, swinging down from the cavern ceiling and out of Byatis immediate range, K2 still in his grip. He got a bead on Byatis with his wrist mounted laser cuffs, just to keep him standing back, the red dot of the laser beam jittering around his head as a warning. "He can't help what he is, and considering what he is, he's doing far less damage than expected... its unfortunate, but the galaxy is full of assassins." he stared coolly at the nightmarish creature, "Unless there is a larger more sinister plan he's enacting , and is, like you presume, working WITH GEHNNA, its not our business." he shifted two of his eyes to K2, removing the lower sunglasses with his head coil to make eye contact. "You are a pirate. Not a space cop, not a bounty hunter. Not a vigilante. Unless you have very specific and personal reason to continue.... for the good of everyone, I'm going to have to insist you let this one go. " There was a trace of sympathy in his last words, he could see so much passion and firey rage coming from K2, and he was unsure why...but it wasn't just some trigger happy arbitrary reason. He shifted his top two eyes to Clockwork questioning.

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"K2, please think this through!" Ciril insisted, swinging down from the cavern ceiling and out of Byatis immediate range, K2 still in his grip. He got a bead on Byatis with his wrist mounted laser cuffs, just to keep him standing back, the red dot of the laser beam jittering around his head as a warning. "He can't help what he is, and considering what he is, he's doing far less damage than expected... its unfortunate, but the galaxy is full of assassins." he stared coolly at the nightmarish creature, "Unless there is a larger more sinister plan he's enacting , and is, like you presume, working WITH GEHNNA, its not our business." he shifted two of his eyes to K2, removing the lower sunglasses with his head coil to make eye contact. "You are a pirate. Not a space cop, not a bounty hunter. Not a vigilante. Unless you have very specific and personal reason to continue.... for the good of everyone, I'm going to have to insist you let this one go. " There was a trace of sympathy in his last words, he could see so much passion and firey rage coming from K2, and he was unsure why...but it wasn't just some trigger happy arbitrary reason. He shifted his top two eyes to Clockwork questioning.

(sorry, posting twice because the first was in the wrong place. ))

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Clockwork stayed quiet as he listened to Byatis, K2, and ciril arguing. He shot K2 a surprised glance when he yelled at Byatis. The venom between these two were off the charts. He paused, then glanced at Ciril and whispered in a startled tone, "...'assassin'..". He continued to remain quiet as Ciril lectured K2. Ciril had a point. This was not K2's problem. He is a pirate; a thief and a scoundrel. This should be Clockwork's problem, as a member of the Protectors....but he never considered himself a serious protector, for if he was, then he would have brought in K2 himself a long time ago. He couldn't help but feel a bit..impressed...by K2's initiative, as questionable as his motive was.

He turned to Ciril, pausing for a bit, and then back to Byatis. "H-hey now...can't we just settle this with a cup of tea or two?", Clockwork whispered half-jokingly, attempting to lighten the mood, but still keeping himself on guard. He felt a bit torn...it is his obligation to stop Byatis from killing anyone else, but if he does, he would feel like a hypocrite for his leniance to K2. And if there was something Clockwork absolutely despises...it was hypocrites.


Just then, Byatis heard something in his head. Darkstar's voice.

"Byatis. Are you in need of assistance.", Darkstar stated emotionlessly, as if he already knew the answer.

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Byatis simply listened to K2 yelling at the top of his lungs. And at Ciril's comments. And at Clock's reasoning. He pouted with an exaggerated motion. "Ya know, I've been called worse! I suppose this is a deal like...who really kills people? The man or the gun? I'm...just the gun. Hahah! It's your kind who wanted me to do this ya know. I had no qualms with these guys." Byatis chuckled a bit. "So who's the real monster? My employer!" He said in a jolly manner and looked at Ciril. "Snek, if I was working for GEHENNA, what would killing these beastmen actually accomplish? I dunno. And I told you some pretty vital info. So, if ya don't trust me, that's your deal."

Byatis calmed down and eased his posture a bit. He could heard Darkstar finally chiming in. "Hold on.." he thought to Darkstar. Byatis got on all fours and looked at the bound K2. He frowned and changed his tone. It was a lot more genuine. "Aww, are you still mad I pushed you into sewer water? I'm sorry, but you are really cocky when you are drunk." There was no sarcasm in his tone. Byatis playfully rolled onto his back. "This scummy, Megidian bumhole is sorry."

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Keeton bounced back to reality, he took a deep breath and stopped struggling against Ciril's grip. The vision had stopped playing back, and the words were no longer looming in his head. He was for the most part calm and somewhat collected. His view on Byatis changed in mere seconds, at first a vile creature with fangs dripping bile. Now, still a gross creature, but less evil and more conniving. Could Byatis be more like Keeton then he realized? Why the fuck should Keeton care if this guy was dead. He was no protector, he had killed for profit, and would gladly do it again. The truth is that Keeton needed something to incriminate the rouge, but thinking back to times before this incident Keeton came to a startling conclusion. Byatis was a bad guy, but was no worse then he was.

He leans his head back with the look of despair, "Your still a stupid lap dog, but I realize now that we are not enemies. I'm not going to explain why I freaked out, but know that I am sorry for incriminating you." Keeton says, and then looks at Ciril, his expression telling him to get Keeton out of his coils. "To be honest I could care less who this bloke is, he's dead and I know his death was significant in someway but this doesn't concern me in the least bit." Eventually after being released from Ciril's "grip", Keeton extends his hand towards the Eldritch creature. "Look I know we've had some pretty rough moments, but lets put all that behind us. The name is Keeton, but you will only call me K2."

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Ciril's metal coils reverted to their original position around his legs, and he replaced his sunglasses. K2's mood was so changeable so fast it was... almost fascinating. "Are we done here?" he asked civilly, approving of the apology on both sides yet still realizing that they were both after very different goals. He would not be surprised if in the future, he would be assigned to specifically stop Byatis as a mission. But until that day came, it was none of his business. Ciril checked his communicator for new messages and looked up in alarm at what he saw. "Well that's problematic." he said in a flat tone. He glanced at Clockwork to signal him that something was wrong.

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Clockwork continued listening, nodding at Byatis' arguement, seemingly agreeing. He looked at K2, noticing the look of despair in his eyes, and made a mental note to talk with him later. Maybe have him go along for a panty raid or two. 'Keeton'. So that was his name. Always figured 'K2' was a bit....synthetic, Clockwork thought. Seeing Byatis roll on his back, Clockwork couldn't help but whisper, in an attempt to lighten the mood again, "....Byatis, that's....strangely adorable." He paused. "err, the rolling I mean, not the killing.", he nervously clarified.

Clockwork turned to Ciril. "What is it?", he asked calmly...until he checked his own built-in communicator, and gasped. "The ship!!" He immediately spun, and ran to the exit. He may be a lazy protector, but he still was a protector. He couldn't just let an entire ship full of people die.

Darkstar spoke again in Byatis' head, with a surprising hint of excitement in his tone. "Byatis! Change of plans! Anguirre Knight is inside the Realta Nua right now. This is our chance. Finish the contract!"

As Clockwork hopped out of the cave, he was suddenly struck by weird..images in his head. A screeching noise in the background. Everything went black and white. A tall, middle-aged man with a noble bearing, his terminally ill wife, and a young child in their hands. A loving smile in the wife's face, a condescending one in the man's. Other images flashed. Clocks ticking. Gears spinning. The screeching noise evolved into a wild screaming, and-

"GAH!" Clockwork cried out in an uncanny, human like way as he tripped and landed face first on the sand. What was that all about? He...never had that happened before. Was it because of the drinking last night?

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Byatis watched Keeton extend his hand out to him. He smiled as he rolled back onto his feet, wagging his tail. "Any that's all I can ever ask for, K2" With that, Byatis carefully shook K2's hand. His understandably way bigger than K2's. There was no tenseness in Byatis's grip, though the texture was hard to describe. He let go and stood up tall, perked up from Darkstar's sudden new orders. Before Byatis could think of an excuse to leave the group, Clockwork and Ciril piped up. "The ship?? What's happening at the ship? Whatever it is, w-we better hurry up!" With that, Byatis followed after them to the cliff side. Byatis noticed Clockwork have an episode out of nowhere. "Uh..dude, uh..you okay?" Byatis looked back at the horizon. He could still see the Realta Nua in the distance in once piece. "I'll see you guys there I guess! I know you don't want me tainting your hoverbikes or...whatever." Byatis paused to look at them briefly before he propped up on all fours and began to gallop along the winding sand towards the Realta Nua.

He thought to Darkstar. "Right, I'm on route. What the heck is going on in the ship? Is something wrong??"

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Keeton felt happy, but also distraught. He hated being wrong, but he loved making friends. This was only his second one! He shook the hand of the beast and in his eyes he saw a true compatriot, surely Byatis and Keeton would have adventures in the near future.

Keeton stays in a trance-like state as the other three start panicking and screaming "ship!" As soon as Keeton gets back on the Nua he plans to drink... a lot. But for the time being it seems as if he needs to get back to the ship first. The three exit the cave, when suddenly Clockwork has a "fit". He shrieks, which is highly unusual of a synthetic, and then falls to the ground. Keeton breaks out of the trance, and kneels down on the ground to help his friend up. "Maybe you need to stop drinking my friend." Keeton says in an effort to get clocks to laugh.

When they reach the bikes, Keeton the only one not knowing about the eminent danger lurking beyond the barren desert, slowly makes his way onto the hover cycle and is the last one to blast off into the distance towards the Nua. By this time he will not reach Ciril and Clockwork in time to rendezvous at the hangar.

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Clockwork's vision was still filled with static as he rolled on his back and looked up at Byatis, and then K2. He shook his head multiple times, his comrades' voices coming out as garbles in his head. His gaze tracked Byatis until he disappeared into the distance, and he chuckled at K2's statement. "Hehehe..maybe. I wasn't built for that anyways.", he said lightly.

Clockwork reached the bikes alongside Ciril, and immediately sped towards the Realta Nua, quite eager and concerned....as he saw the starboard side of the ship's underbelly exploding and catching fire. It was quite a testament to Drakov's "spare no expenses" policy that the ship hadn't crashed to the ground yet with one engine obliterated.

His bike's roaring engines could not distract Clockwork from his thoughts about the 'fit'. What was that? That never happened before. The images seemed so clear, so familiar.....

Darkstar's deep, synthesized voice entered Byatis' head again. "Mafia raid. Launched by Jeremy Graves." Byatis was 'shown' Graves' Napishtim Federation profile, complete with a turnaround 3D record with various details and informations. "Anguirre Knight and the Protector's Alliance sent to neutralize the situation. Various adventurers fighting back. Situation: 'clusterfuck.' ", Darkstar exposited in complete deadpan.

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"Clusterfuck, eh? Then catching him when he's distracted should be easy then..." Byatis thought back to Darkstar. Byatis looked back, amazingly the others haven't caught up yet. They probably had to take a while to calm Clockwork down from whatever happened to him. Probably a flaw in his robotics. He was synthetic after all. After a while Byatis skid to a halt at the Dagojouiisian port. So many dead bodies lay strewn about, both civilian and bandit. "Wow.." was all Byatis could say as he breathed heavily to catch his breath. Running such a long distance tuckers one out. Byatis kinda wished he had a hovercycle, but alas, it was never to be. He looked up at the boarding elevators and he could see fire coming from one of the ship's engines. Graves and his legion really did a number on this place.

Unfortunately, none of the elevators looked like they were functioning. Thinking quickly, Byatis crawled up one of the elevator shafts to reach the loading bay. Byatis took a seat to rest a bit when he saw the coast was clear. "Hmm... how will the others get up?" Byatis said to himself. Suddenly, he noticed one was in fact, still functioning. Byatis pressed the button as the elevator was sent down for his new comrades. Now to find Anguirre Knight in this huge mess...

(Post starts in Dago, then ends in Realta Nua. Forgive me if I picked the wrong location)

The setting changes from North Dagojouiise to F.S.S. Realta Nua

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Megahertz nodded at Gelon's request. "One second!", before pulling out her datapad and furiously stroking across the screen. "c'mon, c'monc'monnnn! Load damn youuu...", Megahertz impatiently chattered while watching the loading screen.

As Gelon activated the sprinkler system, cold water poured from the ceiling towards the Cazadore. At first, it didn't seem to help, the creature continuing to press forward. However, with a grunt and a push, Ridley lets out a tiny pulse which transformed the falling water into icicles. A thousand tiny icy spikes fall on top of the fire lion, annoying it greatly and causing it to flinch, giving Ridley just the right moment to counterattack with a quick, hard, swing of the mace. A loud thud and a sudden crack was heard, and the Cazadore howled in pain as it staggered back.

"HA-HA! Thanks for that, Deskovitch!", Ridley roared out confidently, for the first time showing genuinely positive emotions towards his team leader. He preemptively raised his large shield as the Cazadore countered with a swipe from one of its mighty paws, which forced him back a couple of meters upon impact, but failed to knock him down or injure him. The walking glacier stared at the king amongst flames, eye to eye. The Cazadore growled and tried to swipe at him again with its right claw, but this time, Ridley rolled to the left, tumbled for a bit, then threw his mace towards the lion's face like a boomerang, which shattered into pieces and caused it to roar in pain as the ice shards were embedded in its eyes. Ridley circled the creature, shield raised, right hand generating a new ice mace.

Megahertz suddenly turned to Gelon. "GOT IT! You gotta break its fangs!! That way, it'll just be a big fat cat!", she shouted with a determined look on her face. Inside this house, she could only hear the vicious electrical sparks and mighty explosions outside, as she hoped that her iron knight would survive fighting the other Cazadore. She took a brief moment to glance towards the wall and smiled when she heard the lion's pained roar, confident in her friend's victory.

Suddenly, however, she heard the loud rumbling noise and felt part of the shockwave as it blew pass the house, causing her to trip and fall to the ground. "Ahh!" Her previously confident face turned into one of worry. Her friend will be okay...right?

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The Cazadore crawled towards Sentinel standing shakily with his reactor exposed. Slowly, proudly. It seemed confident in its victory, with its head up high and its gait steady and straightforward. Looking at Sentinel from top to bottom, its attention was caught when Sentinel touched his exposed core. A second passed. And the lion realized just too late....that it was doomed.

Widening its eyes and roaring in terror, Sentinel's destructive shockwave was accompanied by a mighty roar of its own. The Cazadore tried to flee, but it was futile. The explosion disintegrated it, stripping it to its bones, and then turning those bones into dust under a blinding light. The last part to disintegrate was its face, with which it gazed to the artificial sky during its final moments. The disintegrated remnants of the Cazadore was thrown against the walls, where it shattered into even tinier fragments.

As the rumbling shockwave ended, only a piece of one of the Cazadore's saber teeth were left, plopping to the ground and bouncing twice in a rather undignified manner.


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Mosa lets out a simple grunt of acknowledgement at Ophelia's statement as he scratched his back. Mosa smirked at the sight of the Cazadore. Looks like a strong and worthy foe, he thought. He then grinned as he noticed Lekan, Quin, a rubik giraffe, that pop star whose name Mosa always forgot, and a group of other Lekans and their synthetic butlers. "Heh.", Mosa chuckled. Seems like they were having a good fight, and he was especially impressed by Lekan's decision to fight. Perhaps his victory against Quin was not beginner's luck. Perhaps he was not as much of a coward as he seemed. Perhaps he felt he had an advantage with his friends around. Or perhaps he fell on his head. Either way, Mosa found himself...rather intrigued.

Mosa folded his arms when Ophelia asked her question. "Stratevaria is a weird place. Mosa just rolls with it most of the time.", Mosa nodded to himself. Normally he would stop there, but he noticed Ophelia's enthusiasm. With a smile, he pointed towards Lekan. "Da blue one is a comrade. His name Lekan Voldaris." He next pointed at Quin. "Da green one also comrade, formerly enemies. Her name Quin Veta." Mosa folded his arms again. "The others..Mosa not familiar. But they are fighting a good fight, and Mosa intend to join." Mosa paused, and gave his thuggish grin again, as he looked at Ophelia eye to eye. "Do you?"

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Byatis arrived at the sight of quite a huge mess indeed. The pungent odor of smoke and blood fill the air. Walls riddled with bullet holes and burn marks. Bodies laying about, a considerable number mutilated. Almost immediately, he would be able to see the Ondari and the Wardens' fighting against one of the enormous Cazadores, which roared mightily despite being overpowered and overwhelmed.

Just then, Byatis heard a deafening roar right behind him. It was so loud and accompanied by a mighty gust of wind, that he can feel his tentacles fluttering in front of his face. Two more massive lions leap from the ship walls above him - and landed with frightening grace. One of the cats' mighty long tail nearly brushed Byatis' face, as both of them rushed to assist their disadvantaged comrade.

Quite the clusterfuck indeed.

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Ophelia looked back at Mosa. She was about to dismiss his invitation to the fight but she noticed two cazadores closing in on the the. That group can take out one, but surely not three. However, she didn't feel concern over the group. She felt...angry. Angry that she's so lost. That she doesn't have all her answers. She's bottled up her hatred for so long to the point it manifests into more pain. "I'll take the one on the left." Ophelia finally replied to Mosa coldly. With that she ran along the ledge of the upper street. Several metal billboards ripped from their posts and folded into blades above the fighting group.

Ophelia waited for the perfect moment. The left Cazadore was charging to help out its partner need. Just then it ran under the ledge Ophelia stood on and she jumped down. She thrust her heel down, plummeting into the new Cazadore's skull. Upon landing, the Cazadore's head slammed into the pavement. Ophelia could feel the skull cracking under her shoe as the Cazadore whailed in agony. Suddenly it thrashed around and Ophelia lost her balance, falling into the asphalt. She looked up at the Cazadore who was staring her down with it's mangled face, the intensity of it's heating getting worse. Ophelia felt like she was in the deserts again. She glared back at it with a glare just as intense. She carefully positioned the metal blades she made from the billboards above the Cazadore, waiting to impale it at the right moment.

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Byatis just stood there as the two Cazadore's just ran past him without giving him a second thought. "Pfew. that was lucky." he said to himself. He saw the others finally make it back to the ship. He was about to greet them but they ran past him, clearly itching to fight the huge beasts. Though he noticed Ciril hadn't run off as fast as they did. "Okay. There's a joke here somewhere. I will find it. JUST YOU WAIT." Byatis said to him, hoping to make a bit of small talk, before he decided to find Anguirre Knight. If he was lucky, he might just die all on his own. Byatis held his derpy smile, hoping Ciril would respond.

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The Snek watched Clockwork and K2 part ways from him, then shifted his stance slightly as Byatis came galloping up to him , a bit wary. Seeing Byatis was not on the attack, he relaxed somewhat, and smiled thinly, "I must admit I'm a bit confused myself. I'm waiting for orders on how to proceed. " He was unsure how much more to divulge to Byatis. "As a natural born predator this is your moment to shine." he remarked, scrolling through the data pad of his communicator, getting updates and taking them in with his four eyes. He was an intel agent, not a warrior, but that didn't mean he could not fight. The problem was he wasn't sure if he should get involved. He took in the damaged craft and decided that the greater good would be to help. "I'm going after the source of all this." he stated to Byatis and started to run to the ship to find the airvents.

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One by one, the lions fall. The remaining adventurers aboard the Realta Nua put up a most impressive fight. Boris eyed each and every one of them. Yes. These were the people he needed: these were the survivors that Graves have provided him. Boris honestly felt thankful, and made a mental note to return the favor later. Ophelia the Lunatic, Wicked King Mosa, Black Bolt Beatrice, Frozen Vanguard Ridley, Graves the Gangster, the Ondari and the Wardens, Veteran Quin Veta, that pirate wretch, 'Super Duper' Cubey, the enigmatic snek, and....'Clockwork'. Only today's survivors will be worthy to fight in Battlefield Stratevaria.

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Only one Cazadore remained, and it had been fighting Mosa. The blue gator shoved, punched, and tackled the fire lion with all his might, quickly wearing down the creature. "HAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHA!!!", Mosa roared and laughed with bloodthirsty glee. Jumping on top of the greater beast's head, his long, enormous hands gripped onto its prominent fangs, and pulled, snapping each fang in half violently. In a fit of rage, the beast entered into overdrive, and covered its entire body in flames, forcing Mosa to leap off its head with flaming pants.

"AAAGGGHFFFFF!", Mosa yelled out in frustation as he fell to the ground, and rolled around in a rather indignified manner, as he tried to put the fire out.

Meanwhile, Ophelia, Cubey, and Lekan could watch as, under the broken artificial sunset, the Ondari, the Warden, Deunan, Quin, and K2 finished off the last remaining Cazadore. It lets out one last, agonized scream - not even a roar, a scream, - before bursting into flames and disintegrating into ash.

Ash fell on the broken interior of the Realta Nua. the blaring alarm felt like ambient noise by now, the bodies of fellow adventurers and civillians strewn about around the adventurers. Brave adventurers, innocent, terrified civillians. Only fighting for their lives, they became a casualty in this terror. As Mosa's battle-lust died down, his expression became visibly horrified. With smoke still rising from his pants,he looked around, taking in the sight of every dead man, woman, and children around him. Flashbacks about the Galactic War proceeded to assault him over and over again, and he became completely still, with that horrified expression frozen into his face.

Quin closed her cannons, and did not look at anybody else. Not the dead, not the living. She gazed to the ceiling, above everyone else, making sure nobody would be able to see her face.

Deunan looked at everyone with a smile on her face, pumping a fist in the air. "We did it!........ Guys!!....Guys?" She was confident, impulsive...until she caught sight of the dead. Her shoulders sag and her smile faded. They had won, but...at what cost? She slowly glanced at Cubey at the corner, feeling a great worry for the man child. She then looked around, at the Cazadores. Her eyes dimmed with sadness, as she saw the expression on each of the great lions. Hatred. Agony. Despair. The Cazadores may have been the "Bad guys", but...was killing them so brutally really necessary?, Deunan pondered.

Deunan decided to think of such matters for another day. For now, she walked towards Lekan, Ophelia, and Cubey. She looked at each of them with a warm and genuine smile. She could almost feel the doubtness, anger, and grief in them. But this was why she chose to be a singer. She hoped to bring a little bit of joy, no matter how difficult, into people's lives. After a brief moment, she spoke up. "Hey, guys...."

A brief pause.

Then she tilted her head, winked, and gave a thumbs up. "Good job."

Ozma looked over at her sister and the three aliens while huddling in a corner behind an alley. He never understood why her sister cared so much about these dirty aliens. Despite being siblings, they were complete opposites. Deunan radiated love from all her being, while Ozma spew hate from every one of his holes. He could not help but feel jealous...but at the same time, he could not help but love her. And that was why, as much as he hated his father, he will not let any harm fall on his sister.

Darkstar's voice resurfaced in Byatis' head. "Byatis. Your contract has been updated. The client and the terms has changed, but the target remains the same." Darkstar proceeded to mark Anguirre Knight's location - he entered the ship a few minutes ago. He was injured along the way, and is currently riding the elevator up towards the bridge. If Byatis retains the element of surprise, he should be able to kill the protector with one well-placed sneak attack.


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As Ciril scanned the ship, he found a peculiar activity in the upper class district. The last half an hour of fighting was focused so much on the park..and yet, a sizeable number of people had remained there - a gangster, a Drakov officer, an ishkavi woman, a one-armed mercenary, an ice elemental, and a fallen Cazadore. They were in a bit of a standoff. It seemed rather...suspicious.

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Megahertz breathed a sigh of relief as 'Clark Kent' entered the house. As anticlimactic as it was, and as much as she felt bad for Gelon for missing the chance to prove himself (again), at least it was all over. Ridley rested on one knee and planted his shield on the ground, still on guard as 'Clark Kent' entered. He stared up at him cautiously and suspiciously, but decided to hold his tongue for now.

Before they could answer Graves' polite request though, Beatrice came in to kick at Graves, causing Megahertz to jolt back in surprise, and Ridley to tilt his head. "H-Hey-!!",Megahertz began to protest, but before she could say much, she saw Beatrice move a little too close for her comfort. She blushed a bit and at the same time stuttered, feeling very, very awkward despite slightly appreciating the comment. "I.. d-don't b-b-b-bend that way."

Ridley shrugged. "We've no idea where he was! Maybe he blew up.", he nonchalantly said.

Megahertz turned to Ridley and snapped at him,"Don't jump to conclusions!!"

They proceeded to watch as Beatrice approached Gelon. Ridley visibly flinched when Beatrice kneed the one armed mercenary in the grotch, while Megahertz looked on with a very worried expression. "Gelon!!", she shouted.

Ridley rolled his single eye. It seemed like he would just have to live with the ice puns. He eyed the credits Beatrice pulled out, becoming quite enticed. Had he actually known where Sentinel was...

"Look! We don't know where he was!! We were focused on that Cazadore, we barely got to do anything! Right??", Megahertz panickedly spoke, glancing at Ridley and Gelon to gain their support. She then backed away further from Beatrice when she eyed her up and down. A chill ran up her spine, and her hands tremble as she place them on the wall.

Ridley nodded, shrugging a bit. "Look, 'catbug, I'm just here for the money. I'd tell you where the robot went if I knew, but I don't, so I won't."

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Ophelia glanced at mosa taking on a Cazadore himself just like she had. The edge of her mouth curled up ever so slightly watching Mosa flail around with flaming pants. But soured again when she heard Keeton yelling back at her about scaring him. She couldn't care less. Suddenly, she heard this soft, gentle voice coming from the pink-haired woman. The voice cut into her thoughts like a blade as she looked at Deunan. Slowly, Ophelia stood up, taking in the sight of all the carnage. Was she supposed to feel any sort of sorrow? Because she couldn't feel a thing. Regret? Sorrow? Nothing. Ophelia quietly walked past Cubey, Lekan and Deunan. Though she did feel a short instance of an emotion when she glanced at Cubey. Sympathy? Maybe. Cubey definitely couldn't have been a normal beastman and the only conclusion she could arrive at was experimentation. Just like her. But she kept her thoughts to herself. Her footsteps towards Mosa were muffled by the still blaring alarm, watching silently as Mosa brushed the flames off his pants.

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Byatis nodded. 'On it' he thought back. The bridge elevator! He was already at the elevator hub so that was a stroke of luck. Byatis looked up and saw the one operational elevator heading upwards. That must be it! Acting quickly, Byatis activated his camouflage and leaped onto the outside of the towering elevator shaft, climbing as fast as he could to catch up with the elevator. His fast movements came at a cost. Every time his shoulder moved, he wretched in pain as the gunshot from K2 hadn't healed just yet. And every movement would reopen the wound. But this was a pretty important contract, at least thats what Byatis thought. Darkstar had never had to communicate this much with him on any assignment..

After a few moments, Byatis was above the elevator and tackled through an air vent. His massive size was only barely able to squeeze in through the vents. But lucky a big ship had big things. Like air vents. Byatis opened the grate and quietly slithered his tail into a striking position. At any moment, Anguirre Knight would walk through the elevator doors and meet his doom.

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Deunan looked down at Cubey, eye to eye. Her green gaze compassionate and sympathetic. They say that the eyes were the windows to the soul, and Deunan was an especially talented person when it came to looking into souls. After gazing into Cubey's eyes for a while longer, Deunan knelt down, and embraced the Beastman. She glanced at Ophelia as she walked by, but she decided to stay quiet. Something about her intrigued Deunan, and she couldn't help but want to know more about her, possibly even help her, but..for now, she will stay back, and give her some privacy.

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The elevator dings as it opened.

The long, pink haired Anguirre Knight entered the elevator. His stride dignified and proud, but not arrogant. He has yet to detect the invisible Byatis. He turned around and pressed several buttons to direct the elevator towards Drakov's offices. A grimace was on his battle-hardened face.

The elevator ascends. Anguirre narrowed his eyes, and vaguely whispered to himself.

"Drakov....you better have a good explanation."

This was it. His prime target. Time to finish the contract.

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After being knocked out by a Cazadore, Clockwork received more strange flashbacks. That family again. Black and white. Screaming. Ticking of clocks. A fire. And....a crate. What was all this...

Before he could think about it more, he was pulled out from a pile of warden wreckages by none other than his captain Keeton. If Clockwork had a face, he would be smiling right now. K2 returned to him. K2 returned for him! Clockwork could not recall the last time someone did that. A warm and fuzzy feeling entered his systems. Clockwork looked at the tears in K2's eyes, and was...silenced. Such tender, joyful tears.

Before things get too sappy, Clockwork lets out a nervous laugh. "Khe khe khe!...Yeah. A drink." The purple synthetic stood up, and puts his arm around K2's shoulder while simultaneously giving a thumbs up. "For our gallant captain!......I'll pay the tab."


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Mosa was still sitting and looking around, when he noticed Ophelia approach. He was thankful for that, as he needed something to take his mind off of the flashbacks. Smiling tiredly at her, he folded his arms, and leaned back slightly. His long, bulky tail wag left and right like an enthusiastic dog...only slower, heavier. "So....!", Mosa spoke up.

"....You still wanna be roommates?"


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Quin continued to remain quiet before answering. As usual. Only this time, she paused for much longer. Half a minute. A minute. A minute and a half. It would seem like she did not hear Lekan's question.

However, eventually, without emotion in her voice, and still refusing to show her face, Quin muttered simply.

"Fine."


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Megahertz and Ridley shielded their eye(s) as Graves casted his spell and teleported away. Megahertz coughed a bit, and Ridley shook his head. Megahertz jolted a bit from the sight of Beatrice's changed expression, and Ridley himself became worried about Gelon's safety. A worry that turned out justified, as Beatrice began her crazed rant.

Megahertz bugged out her eyes and stood back, hiding behind a pillar. Ridley placed his face in his right palm. "Oh my God Deskovitch, you have a knack for pissing everyone off.", Ridley snarked.

Megahertz then winced as the tentacles were ripped from Beatrice's head. True, it would grow back, but for a young and physically inactive Ishkavi as herself, it was still...unpleasant to look at. Ridley once more shot Gelon a sympathetic look. It seemed like everyone was upstaging him today....

Megahertz gulped when Beatrice mentioned putting her number in her communicator. She wondered if she should delete it as soon as possible. Ridley's eye widened as he caught the credits from Beatrice. He then turned to her as if she was a heavenly savior tentacled cat of generosity. "...........Sweet.", Ridley whispered in wonder, his hands trembling and holding the credits.

Megahertz and Ridley then turned to the vents, but neither of them were able to spot Ciril hiding there. "...Huh...?", Megahertz looked on in confusion. Ridley tilted his head, but gripped on his shield just in case, ready to use it anytime. And then, Beatrice reminded him. Vlad. Ridley looked back, then around. "Wait..where the hell did she go....", Ridley mumbled. He then turned to Gelon. "Hey, Deskovitch...did you saw Vlad?"

Megahertz immediately kneeled besides the one-armed mercenary. "UH more importantly...will you be alright?", she asked, worried.


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Overlooking the park. Hidden behind one of the artificial sky projectors. His holographic camouflage flickered for a brief second. Scanning everyone below. The synthetic assassin Darkstar has come to take part of the updated Knight contract. He had full confidence that Byatis was more than capable of taking down Anguirre Knight himself. But a new client came to override Ozma's terms. Flexing his long, spiky fingers, Darkstar sent a signal below...a discreet, silent signal.

As the survivors of Jeremy Graves' raid catch their breath, one of Graves' downed bandits suddenly rise behind Deunan Knight. his body was covered in bullet hounds, his throat was slit, and his left arm was crushed. He was definitely dead. However, his right hand still held a gun. Deunan, who was hugging Cubey, took notice of the zombified bandit too late....

She shoved the Beastman away and stood up. But before anyone else could react, she was shot in the head. Once. Twice. Kinetic bullets went through her forehead. The blood sprayed towards Cubey nearby. Ozma, in his corner, looked on, horrified, as he stood up to scream.

The zombified bandit, with only the whites of his eyes exposed, stuttered and staggered. Azure cracks appear on his bullet-riddled chest for a second, before he exploded and disintegrated into ash.

Deunan fell on her back with a loud, echoing thud. Her eyes wide and full of terror, a pool of blood emerging on the ground below her head. Deunan Knight was dead.

Perching on the sky projector, Darkstar gazed on. Hidden behind his holographic camouflage, one of his robotic mind control spiders crawled up on his back, and then across his right arm. Holding his right arm up, Darkstar gazed at the spider, before bowing his head. "requiescat in pace.", Darkstar whispered, inaudible to everyone else. Quick and painless, as she deserved.

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Ophelia gazed at Mosa. "Roommates... I suppose so, I have no where else to go. Thank you Mosa. Really." She paused for a moment. "Thank you for showing me this world isn't as bitter as I was led to believe-" Just as she was about to finish her sentence, the sound of a kinetic bullet pierced the air of silence. Her ears perked up, alert as she whipped around to see where it came from. She could immediately see Deunan falling to her knees and onto the ground, as a bandit ...turned to ash? All quickly followed by the wail of the cubical beastman. Ophelia didn't rush over to try and help. She already knew Deunan was a goner. She could feel no sort of anguish or other emotion over Deunan's death, but this time Ophelia knew why she didn't. Then she saw that man again, Gelon, run out of nowhere to Deunan and Ophelia's gazed soured again. She turned to Mosa. "Let's go."

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Byatis spotted Anguirre in the elevator. Perfect. He was alone. Now was his chance. Byatis lowered his invisible tail. The mandibles hung above Anguirre's head. Hungry. With a swift movement, Byatis brought it down and clamped hard on Anguirre's skull. The snapping of his skull was the only thing audible in the elevator. Blood gushing all over the floor, practically painting the grey steel, red. Byatis stayed in the vent. He began to wonder what the contract change was... who else did Ozma want dead? He didn't mull it over too much because now his contract was finished! He could do what he wanted again! 'Mission accomplished you soulless, godless synthetic!' Byatis thought happily to Darkstar, as he made his way back down the vents.

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The alarms were blaring at an alarming rate inside the Drakov Industries building, which also doubled as the Realta Nua's control centre. Employees and civilians were rushed in there to take shelter from the attack. It was crowded to the point people were huddling like penguins during the winter season. Unfortunately, this was not how one courier thought her day was gonna go. She was transferred to the Realta Nua only days ago, and this all happens. She was on a job where she had to send a package to none other than Drakov himself. Which was daunting in itself, but she was sure that either her boss or Drakov would have her head if it didn't make it to it's destination.

So when things finally calmed down a bit, and civilians were being escorted back outside, the Illeryian courier, Riley, ducked out into the elevator, clutching the small package in her arms closely. Her metal hand hovered over the buttons. What to press.... she felt for the top-most button. That had to be Drakov's office. As she stood in the elevator, she stood completely oblivious to the mess of blood she was standing in, and the body of Anguirre Knight in the back. Though she did notice a peculiar stench that was getting stronger as time passed. Until finally she lifted her foot to move, she felt the stickiness and immediate drew the conclusion. "OH MY GOD! Oh god! What the f-" Riley promptly freaked out as the doors opened to Drakov's floor. "Uh! Anyone here?? I-I have a package for Mr. D-D-Drakov! And I think there's a dead guy in the elevator! It wasn't me!" She quickly stepped out of the elevator and onto shattered glass. Geez, was this place trashed too? She wondered if Drakov was even still here.

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Ophelia looked around at the cabin Mosa had led her too. It was definitely...lived in. But that didn't bother her at all. Today was an eventful day to say the least. She quietly scanned the various rooms too, almost checking for any immediate threats. But it was saf enough. Without another word, Ophelia fell forward onto the couch. Her green spines stuck out from her back as her face dug into the couch, and her tail flipped over the top of the couch. Almost instantaneously, she fell asleep on the couch. She didn't even give Mosa any warning. Whether she trusted Mosa or not was still unclear but she was damn tired thats for sure. She barely made a noise as she slept, to the point it was almost unnerving. If one didn't see her breathe, one could be convinced she was dead.

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Riley kept quiet around Beatrice. She was about to interject saying that that she'd be more comfortable if the package went to Boris directly but the woman's voice was sharp and always seemed to have an accusatory tone, so she didn't interject. Beatrice ushered her out of the room rather quickly and was left rather dumbfounded out in the hall after Beatrice slammed the door behind her. "Well that was rude." She finally said to herself. Not wanting to be in this building any longer, Riley shifted her stance and after a small burst of light, she suddenly disappeared without a trace.

Riley reappeared on the streets of the Realta Nua. The same stench from the bloody elevator assaulted her nostrils and she instinctively covered them. "Holy crap...what in the hell actually happened...?" She didn't need to see the carnage to know what was around her. But those left standing slowly got back to business. Riley could hear clean up crews around, stores were slowly opening, and various conversations could be heard of people walking around. "Well...I'm off the clock now. Better find a way to occupy myself and not worry myself on just how many people could have possibly died and-" She did the exact opposite of what she was telling herself. The imagination was overwhelming. "Dammit," she replied to herself, "I need a drink." With that she walked on her lonesome. Though, being blind, finding a bar wouldn't be an easy task.

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Byatis chuckled to himself as Darkstar replied. "And a break I will take with my new buddies!" he exclaimed as he jumped off the elevator shaft and onto the roof of another building. Byatis made sure to land on his hind legs as to not agitate his shot shoulder. "Now where did they go..." Byatis's tentacled mane twitched around as he searched for their unique scents. It took awhile since the scents were masked by the all around death of the carnage from earlier. But, he finally managed to find their essence and hopped down onto the streets. They were close by. He didn't bother with his camouflage this time around. He turned a corner and saw the group. K2, Clockwork, Ciril, with an Ishkavi woman and a hulking ice elemental. "Hello friends! Let us do the celebrating thing of being not dead!"

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Years and years of training in espionage, combat, and diplomacy, and this is all he had to show for it. An ice elemental telling him the world was "too complicated". Ciril had to agree. No one else seemed to care he was even there... which could be advantageous. This mission was going absolutely nowhere and was one of the most absurd he had ever been on. He was usually good at sorting things out but this was getting out of hand. He usually followed the rules so well, was the one with the upper hand in terms of knowing what was going on but this situation escaped him. Everyone here was so radically unpredictable and there were so many factions gathered in one space. Ciril began to question who's side he was even on at the moment, given the conflicts of interest. He still wanted to investigate Drakov, who he still had suspicions about however and- K2 and Clockork passed by calling out to him, seemingly without a care in the world. He just stared for a moment, "I have work to..do...." he offered half heartedly. There had just been a double murder, with many many other casualties besides that, and the culprit still at large, not to mention the Ishkavi was now insisting that the synthetic had been abducted... and then Byatis arrived on the scene, stalking towards the group. It looked like he didn't really have a choice now, and felt he had hit a very confusing dead end for the moment. It was time to take a step back and regroup in hopefully a more relaxing setting. Who knows, with everyone celebrating he may learn some more interesting things about them- even if it had nothing at all to do with his mission. He really did like hearing about other people's lives, especially ones filled with freedom. He took a few long strides to catch up with Clockwork and K2, following along being quietly polite , but possibly looking a bit creepy with his blue face behind their shoulders.

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Ozma was surprised when Cubey approached him. He thought for sure that the very obviously alien cubic giraffe would condemn him for his extremist political views, which was rather infamous. He then looked at the juice box with a heart broken expression. It was her signature alright, complete with that heart-shape at the end of her name. Deunan did not deserve to die. Ozma himself should have. Deunan was a saint, and Ozma was a scum. Cubey's innocence touched Ozma greatly. So much, that he briefly forgot about his own xenophobic views, and broke down hysterically, placing his head on Cubey's shoulders. He couldn't say anything, he was too overwhelmed with emotions. Horror, anguish, sorrow, regret, self-hatred. Too much emotions.


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Mosa was both surprised and relieved that Ophelia barely noticed the 'mess', as he put it. Mosa stared at Ophelia slumped over the couch, waiting patiently. Only a minute or so later did he realize she had fallen asleep. His lips curling to a cat-like smile, Mosa tip toed to the G. Bros' former room, and came back with a tiger-striped fur blanket. Mosa took care to be as quiet as possible, which he did with somewhat surprising competency considering his size and usual demeanor, as he approached Ophelia. He placed the blanket on her back, watching the green spikes make bumps underneath the blanket. Mosa himself took off his green vest, and retreated into his room. "Mosa fry you delicious eggs tomorrow morning.", the blue giant whispered happily, as he quietly closed the door behind him.


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Gelon could feel a pulse on Vlad's arm. She was alive, just wounded and exhausted. Her armor was damaged, but it was nothing that could not be fixed.

As Byatis arrived on the scene, he could see Megahertz frantically moving about looking for Sentinel. Clockwork gave Ciril a dismissive wave. "All work and no play makes Ciril a dull snek!", he stated in his usual, carefree way. He then turned around when he noticed the adorable (or, according to K2, disgusting) Byatis appear. "Yooooo Byatis my man! Where you've been? You missed out on the lion fight!"

From atop a massive pile of rubble, Megahertz shouted at Byatis. "HEY, you!! D-did you see Sentinel anywhere?!", her voice shaky and anxious.

Ridley was getting annoyed with Megahertz's shrieking. He stood up and said lazily, "I'll keep an eye out.", before leaving. He had a feeling K2 (and by extension, quite possibly his 'buddies') would not appreciate him lingering around. Ridley stuck his massive shield on his back, and walked away, shoulders slumped and head down.

The lazy and careless mercenary did not keep an eye on where he was going. Without a warning, he heard a loud thud as his large frame bumped into a smaller, pink haired girl. "Yow! Watch it!", Ridley said in an annoyed, bad tempered tone. He shook his head and looked down, noticing that he had ran into an illeryian girl with thick blue glasses....thick blue glasses which fell off her face when he bumped into her.

Ridley jolted back in surprise, then froze in place, his attention focused on her diamond-shaped gray pupils. Somehow, a faint red blush appeared on his mostly featureless face. In Ridley's mind, the sight of a glassless Riley was covered in sparkles and pink clouds. It was like a scene straight out of a cliched shoujo manga. "A-Ah...uhhhhhh...", Ridley stammered.

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Keeton put his available arm around ciril and welcomed him to the freak show. "It's nice to see you buddy!" Keeton says smiling at all 3 of his friends. "Especially after what has gone down today. Hey man I'm really sorry about the shoulder, I don't know what came over me." He apologizes to Byatis looking a bit down about the whole situation. "But hey, we are here now, and we are going to party!" Keeton howls obnoxiously at the top of his lungs.

"Excuse me everyone is this fucking thing on..." The speakers aboard the ship boom with the loud tapping of the mic. "This is Mrs. Schwartz speaking on Mr. Darkov's behalf. All alive and able survivors aboard the F.S.S Realta Nua will be treated to a vacation on the moon of Nekrim! So get those bikini bodies ready gals! oh, and i guess guys should buy some swim shorts. This reward will be paid all expense by none other then Boris himself in appreciation for dealing with not only the Mafia raids, but also the Cazadore threat." The voice says trying to sound as enthusiastic as possible. "Oh, one more thing anyone who finds the husk of a highly advanced robot and/or the one responsible for the invasion of the ship will be rewarded handsomely, happy hunting!" The intercom is turned off. Keeton and his allies make it to their unit. "Well if that's not a reason to be happy, I don't know what is!" The pirate says popping the cork of a champagne bottle. He pours a drink for each of his comrades, and raises his glass. "I'd like to make a toast! A toast to girl's in bikinis!"

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"A vacation, you are too kind Boris." Beatrice says still talking to the hologram of Boris' back, as he shaves in his silken purple robe. "However there is still the matter of the package, but that can be an issue for later. Have a nice day Boris. tell that fox of a wife, I say hello!"

Beatrice turns her attention to the microphone for the intercom system to make her announcement to the crew, a vacation would be nice, after all this mayhem. After she is done she uses her communicator again but this time using a one way message. "Vlad, Ridley, and..." She scoffs "Gelon. You are instructed to meet me at 1130 in a private area of the ship. I have just updated your I.D. cards with restricted access, use them in the elevators to get to the room. I will brief you on the mission when all 4 of us are present. Sorry no vacation for you, cry about it later. You've got work to do!" She says flipping back on the security feed, and starts to spy on the adventurers aboard the ship.

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Byatis wagged his tail innocently as most of the group was happy enough to see him. He wasn't used to it so it made him very happy. "Lion fight? Ahah I figured you guys should have all the fun, ahah!" He chuckled happily. "Don't worry about my shoulder...it'll regenerate soon enough." Just as he was about to turn to walk with the group when Megahertz was calling out to him frantically. "You mean the synthetic..? No...no I did not see him. But his odour is weak in this area." Byatis's tentacles flip around on his mane. "It seems to be stronger in this direction!" Byatis pointed down an alleyway. "Odd, the scent of sweat and cigars has the same pattern..." Byatis shrugged. "Maybe he chased someone?" Byatis hadn't seen what transpired here so that was the best conclusion he could come up with. Wherever Sentinel really was, they were long gone. Suddenly, the message of a vacation for the survivors was announced on the loudspeaker. "Oh! Vacation! On a beach! Sounds like fun!" Byatis called out.

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Riley was forced back a bit when she collided with a large, cold, icy material. For a moment she had thought she hit a refrigerator but she suddenly heard yelling. She walked into a person? Riley blushed with embarrassment. "Oh my gosh I'm so sorry! I can honestly say I didn't see you there!" Riley backed up a step when she heard the man yelling at her. She lowered her ears, feeling really bad about it. She expected more berating from the man, but he stopped, and started to stutter. Riley was confused as to why the man suddenly couldn't find the words. Did he have a change of heart? Did he notice her condition? Their awkward silence was interrupted by the announcement. That voice was clearly Beatrice. Riley shuddered at the condescending tone that woman had in her voice. After a while, Riley finally spoke up. "I..um.. I don't mean to be a bother but could you tell me where a bar is? I'm r-really looking for a place to wind down that isn't on my lonesome." She could feel the chill being emitted by Ridley's body. What the heck did she bump into, an elemental?

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Clockwork looked on proudly at K2 and Byatis. It was oddly heartwarming, how they've made up already, despite all the profanities, insults, and physical abuse they threw at each other barely two hours ago. The cyborg pirate and the eldritch rogue..a perfectly odd and oddly perfect couple, if there was one.

Clockwork gazed up at the speakers as Beatrice spoke. A paid vacation? To Nekrim? Clockwork would never miss this for anything! Not the sights of all the bodacious space babes in swimsuits. His circuits were already buzzing just thinking about it. And then Drakov's name came up. And Clockwork suddenly froze, receiving more of those strange imagery. Why did these images of a human family kept coming up? Clockwork was snapped out of his trance by the cork of K2's champagne bottle bouncing off his yellow visor, causing him to flinch and stand straight. He looked as K2 poured his drink for himself, Byatis, and Ciril. Too embarassed to admit he blacked out for a second there, Clockwork lets out a simple chuckle, and raised his glass. "To bare midriffs and delicious thighs!"

Megahertz stared at Byatis for a good few seconds as he suggested a direction. She gave a good, long, look at the alleyway, with a worried expression on her face. She thought about chasing him down....but was unsure if it was the right thing to do. Maybe Sentinel would be alright. Maybe he just had something to take care of. Something private. Megahertz continued trying to rationalize this, even though deep inside, her gut tells her something wasn't right, she simply nodded and whispered. "I'll..wait till tomorrow morning at the house...I really hope he's okay...."

When she realized how worried she looked to the people nearby, she pouted and turned away. "I-it's not like I was worried or anything! Idiot's probably getting an oil change...or something."

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Quin didn't move an inch when Beatrice spoke through the PA system. As always, it did not seem like she had any particularly negative or positive opinion about the event, from the looks on her face. Quin didn't bother to reply to Lekan's suggestion, figuring out that action spoke louder than words (especially in her case), so she hovered in front of him as they head to their rooms.

When Lekan gave his question out of nowhere, Quin stopped dead in her tracks. Her two red compound eyes looked as if they widened, then turned to glance at Lekan. Quin gave it about 2 seconds of thought. "Terrible.", she bluntly put, before continuing on her way, though noticeably going at a much faster pace.

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A few seconds pass. When Vlad opened her eyes with a groan, she was greeted with the sight of Gelon's middle aged face. She grunted and stirred, getting up herself, albeit staggering a bit. Just in time too, for Beatrice's announcement. Holding the sight of her head, Vlad sighed. "Hey Gelon.....", greeting Gelon unenthusiastically.

"I'm fine....fine.", Vlad said forcefully, standing up while flexing her shoulders. She glanced at him for a few seconds with a cold expression. "..Thanks.", she simply, but erneastly, said. No matter his reasons, Gelon waited for her, and she was rather thankful for that.

"...But we should get moving.", Vlad immediately followed up, never one for sappy moments. Her tail curled around Gelon's organic arm, and she pulled him, while walking towards the Drakov offices, eager to get this over with so she could finally get some sleep.

"Let's go find Ridley and get to Beatrice....", Vlad said, looking around for the ice man. She would be more upset about the lack of beach vacation, if Drakov did not pay her so well. Besides, there was one thing she had over the bad-tempered Ridley and grabby Gelon: her professionalism.


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Ridley was so stunned by Riley's eyes that Beatrice's announcement went in one ear and out the other. He always had a thing for exotic looking eyes, particularly since the one he has is...quite boring in comparison to most. The awkward silence persisted, until Riley broke the ice.

"W-Well, I.... the b-bar is..I- over...uhhhhh...", Ridley kept stammering like an imbecile. In his head, he was cursing himself for appearing so undignified, especially in front of a stunning stranger. Finally, after 5 more seconds, Ridley took a deep breath and chilled out. Standing tall and firm, the ice elemental pointed to his left, to where K2 and his crew went to. "Down this way. You should smell the booze. And hear the obnoxiousness. And see the stupidity."

Ridley kept quiet for a bit more, his single eye darting left and right across his cross-shaped visor nervously. "Be careful.", he said, concerned.

"Maybe I should help you get over there.", Ridley meekly suggested.

He then slapped himself in the forehead, creating quite a loud and audible clunk. "W-wait, no, people will get the wrong idea.", he mumbled.

"Or...maybe you wouldn't mind?!!" Ridley shouted. Then he paused, before finishing his rambling with an embarassed, "............I don't know.", while dejectedly slumping his shoulders.


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Ozma remained still as Cubey gave his question. A question he was asking himself. He was sure that the VENOM assassins had killed his father, or he would be out here by now, doing his hero thing. Like a good man. Which Ozma was not, he realized, as the guilt overwhelmed him once again.

"I....

I don't know...", was all Ozma could weakly say. Like Cubey, he was completely at lost. His father was killed, his sister was murdered. And he knew he was responsible for at least one of those deaths. Not that it was something he would admit out loud.

Just then, he saw an ominous, shadowy cloaked figure approaching the two. A chill ran down the red headed youth's spine as he looked up at the darkness surrounding Graves. This was not a person Ozma would want to mess with, he figured...but exactly what was he? He sounded human enough, yet something about him was...off.

the more Graves listed off Deunan's virtues, the lower his head was bowed, as he was indirectly reminded of how worthless he was in comparison. Ozma shook his head at Graves' asking. His answer? The same one to Cubey's question. "I......d-don't know...." He kept quiet as he glanced to the pile of ash nearby, where the zombified bandit once were.

"I don't know, I don't know, I don't know....", Ozma muttered while shivering.

That pile of ash...it reeked of death, magic, and death magic. Upon closer inspection, robotic, cerulean-colored remnants of what seemed like insectoid legs could be found.

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( Hey guys sorry I haven't responded in a while I was waiting for Ciril :l )

Beatrice stared at the monitor for hours, occasionally taking breaks to pour a glass of champagne. While she watched a camera fixed on a party by a weird assortment of creatures, her communicator began to light up. Who was contacting her so late in the evening?

"Welcome back Mr. Graves", illuminates onto the data pad. The gangster hadn't scrubbed his machine of cookies. Beatrice begins to spy on the thing known as Crotis and Graves (presumably the mobster), while they have a subtle conversation. "What happened to the copy on Bea-" Suddenly the com stops and a another one opens entitled 'Crotis'. Beatrice opens it, and looks on in horror as the message displays, "No peeking".

Whatever that Crotis thing is, it hacked into Beatrice's system. A feat. that had never been done before, the machine literally went into the data pad extracted all information about sentinel and Graves and was out before the tracers could pinpoint the location. However Beatrice would still have the servers, hopefully. "Hello, Jerry this is Mrs. Schwartz your boss. Listen Jerry I have a very important assignment for you. NO JERRY, DON'T YOU PUT ME ON FUCKING HOL-" Music starts playing through the communicator, as Beatrice seethes with anger. "Hi Pat, oh your employees aren't aloud to accept offers. Well in that case, FIRE HIM! Listen to me Pat, I am Beatrice fucking Schwartz. If you do not do what I tell you to right now, I will personally take your family out into deep space and THROW THEM OUT OF THE FUCKING AIRLOCK! Okay good, listen to me very carefully, go into my private servers, I just gave you access. Go to the sector entitled Dagojouiise war machine, open the encrypted folder. Now, I want you to listen to me very carefully do not copy it, I want you to fetch an errand boy to find a pre-war printer and use it to print out all the documents in the encryption. If those papers get to me, in my hands Pat, I will give you half a million credits is that understood. Okay, I'm glad we could talk this through, have a nice day." Beatrice hangs up the call and puts her nightgown on readying for bed, as the Ishkavi remains unaware of the monitor showing the courtyard where Graves is talking to Ozma and Cubey.

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Keeton looks to Clockwork and puts his arm around him, "Thanks, for everything, without you I would still be a scum of the earth living in filthy Neopolis." They chink shot glasses of whatever it is they are drinking, and down the substance. Keeton spies Ridley outside with one of those aliens he saw while he was fighting the cazadore, however this one was much prettier. He opens the door letting all the loud music and various smells of alcohol out into the open. "OI, LAP DOG! I'M DRUNK ENOUGH TO LET YOU AND YOUR GIRLFRIEND PARTY WITH US! BUT IF POSSIBLE, GET MORE CHICKS!" He yells obnoxiously towards them before returning back to the party.

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(( Sorry I haven't responded..., I'm the worst. My fault everyone. XC (also was away for holidays and work) ))

Quiet as ever, Ciril followed the group of revelers, patiently allowing K2 to drag him along. By no means ready to let down his guard or lose control, even with his frustration and dead end of the mission, he only sipped appreciatively at the drink given to him. Being an intelligence agent, Ciril was fairly good at sifting out the truth from people's words, especially intoxicated ones. He listened to K2 and the others, trying to be objective but while he did shake his head at the pirate's obnoxious yelling, he couldn't help but find it amusing. "It must be so nice to be so free." he stated a bit wistfully, then regretting letting that slip. He'd best be careful with his intake. He looked up to see Ridley and a Ileyrian with pink hair arriving.

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Vlad stopped in her tracks and glared at Gelon, her eyes seething with rage and disbelief. The bounty hunter shook her head, then stormed off. "You are UNBELIEVEABLE.", she frustatedly shouted. "You weren't listening. Maybe you need bigger ears. Or better yet, better brains. She told us that we AREN'T getting a vacation you....you....you nimrod!"

Vlad widened the distance between the two, disgusted by Gelon's utter lack of attention. "She told us that we have work to do. Stop worrying about me, and focus on the job! Eyes on the horizon, not the boobs!" Vlad was genuinely frustated. On one hand, she appreciated Gelon's attention. On the other, she hated how this attention deviated him from his job. Vlad lets out a long, long sigh, staying at least 5 feet in front of Gelon.


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Ozma could not bear to look at either of them in the eyes. He glanced a bit and shivered when Cubey's gravitational powers caused the floor beneath them to shook, reminding him that Cubey was not just a silly looking giraffe. He glanced at Cubey ever so slightly, taken aback by his newly hateful tone. He seemed so happy before.......Deunan must have meant so much to him, Ozma thought as his level of guilt shot off the roof.

Ozma grunted when Graves mentioned that he was in danger. Right now, the guilt and shame was more terrifying and the possibility of death. Of course, he knew that his father was most likely dead. He paid for the assassination, after all...just not Deunan's. He specifically told them not to target his sister, so why....

Ozma kept silent, though, not wishing to make Graves suspicious, to let anyone know of his involvement. He grabbed the transmitter Graves handed to him, and looked at it silently. A weak "Th-thank you, sir..." was all Ozma could say as Graves departed. A few seconds pass. Ozma could not help but give a curious glance to Cubey. A curious and guilty glance.

In the wrecked and battered house, on top of a pile of gray rubble, Megahertz sat and sighed. Hugging her knees, the informant could not shake the feeling of worry for her friend. She was so deep in thought, she could not notice at all that an ominous shadow approached him. The Cazadore behind her purred in its sleep, dominated and defeated. It was oddly peaceful....


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Ridley's eye widened as Riley accepted his offer. "Y-you would??....Seriously?", he was taken aback, both surprised and happy. Ridley looked at Riley's eyes again. Gray and clear. He decided not to remark about her blindness. Especially when she was so upbeat. Last thing he would want to do is make a pretty girl sad. He did not like it when people made ice puns towards him, and he figured, if he was Riley, then he wouldn't like people talking about his blindness either.

"Y...yeah...", Ridley stated, calmer now thanks to Riley's welcoming tone. He nervously laughed as Riley nudged him, his other arm scratching the back of his head. "Haha...haha!....Hahaha, well, I was finished with my job, actually. I'd gladly s-show you the way. Fighting the Cazadores was intense, I could ue a drink too."

Ridley quietly led Riley to the mini bar, when he was greeted with the sight of K2 and his bros again. Looking at the window, Ridley staggered back. He immediately shouted back. "S-SHE'S NOT MY GIRLFRIEND!...I'm just her escort."

An awkward pause ensued. Clockwork bursted out laughing. Such a human like laughter, coming from a faceless person, was rather...odd. "KHE! KHEKHEKHEKHEKHE!"

An agitated Ridley shook his fist. "WAIT! No! That came out wrong! T-that's not what I meant!" Panicking, Ridley immediately glanced to Riley. "LET'S JUST GET IN. A-and be careful." He was quite wary of K2 and his bros. Especially Ciril. He was the calmest of this group of weirdos, and thus, quite likely - the smartest and most dangerous. He stared at him suspiciously as he and Riley walked in.

Suddenly, however, an orange armored hand grabbed hold of Ridley's shoulder. The ice elemental, who was so focused on Riley, nearly jumped from surprise. He looked back, and spotted Vlad, with Gelon behind her. She had a very irritated expression on her face. Ridley glanced between her and Gelon. It didn't take him long to figure out that Gelon somehow pissed her off. Again.

"...Did he tried to touch you again?" Ridley sheepishly asked.

"Yes. But that is irrelevant. We have a job to do.", Vlad replied coldly. She glanced at the minibar, seeing K2, Clockwork, Byatis, Ciril, and Riley. She had a very thuggish look to her. It was the eyes. They look like they were perpetually on fire. And angry.

"...We did?" Ridley obliviously asked Vlad.

Vlad let out another long sigh. "You people NEVER listen. Disgraceful!" A highly irritated Vlad pulled Ridley away, dragging him towards the elevators.

"W-Wait! I was trying to- UH...", Ridley flailed and looked at Riley as he was dragged away. "Y-you have a good evening!", Ridley shouted awkwardly, as he disappeared into the distance.

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Beatrice heard a knock on the door. A rapid, loud, and highly annoyed knock. "You called us.", a cold voice can be heard outside. Vlad's voice. They're finally here.

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Gelon pinched the bridge of his nose and close his eyes "well tell me why was it mentioned then, no wait I will let you hear it" gelon said as he played the recording back of what Beatrice said "This is Mrs. Schwartz speaking on Mr. Darkov's behalf. All alive and able survivors aboard the F.S.S Realta Nua will be treated to a vacation on the moon of Nekrim! So get those bikini bodies ready gals! oh, and i guess guys should buy some swim shorts. This reward will be paid all expense by none other then Boris himself in appreciation for dealing with not only the Mafia raids, but also the Cazadore threat" played and he watch Vlad with narrowed eyes "so again why would they do that?! And WHY should we get READY for it!?" Gelon asked not stepping down as he made his point

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As Gelon and Vlad got by Ridley, Gelon let Vlad do the word but as Ridley noticed the mad Vlad and she said he tried to touch her he sigh disappointed "yes but I offered it to help her cause she is was wounded and it was obvious from the way she walked but she refused and don't you dare make a joke about it Ridley" Gelon warned the ice elemental

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As the trio reached Beatrice place Gelon was sure to keep his mouth shut until he was either addressed to or was asked a question that way he could stay out of trouble and have less people judging him cause he was judged enough for one day

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The bar, regardless of all the destruction, was amazingly in pretty good shape. A few patrons besides the loud group of misfits gathered there, all probably having the same idea. Byatis followed the group to a table and sit on the floor next to the tabl. Like hell he'd be able to fit in a chair. He watched quietly with a smile on his face as mainly Clock and K2 were already loud and boisterous. Ciril however was just calmly watching and listening. Kind of what Byatis does sometimes. Though he did manage to hear what Ciril muttered but Byatis let it go. Suddenly K2 started yelling out to an ice elemental and an alien chick. Did he know them? He must have is he knew one's name. Byatis happily waved to them.

Riley laughed at Ridley. "Calm down there, dude, ahah I don't bite-" She was interrupted by K2's yelling, clearly directed at them, from Ridley's embarrassed response. Riley blushed for a moment, probably just as embarrassed but she laughed it off. "Dude, your name is Ridley? Thats hilarious. Mine's Riley. Pffttaahah, like yours but without the D." She laughed as she spoke, allowing Ridley to lead her inside the bar. "Thank you, i-" Again, she was cute off, but this time by another woman and a man in the distance. "Oh, uh, bye then! Good luck out there!" Riley was left standing on her lonesome in the bar. She could hear K2's group being the loudest, but she went to sit on a barstool by the bartender. "Just get me a beer. I'll let you pick." She said calmly to the bartender, who she hoped was actually there and not her just assuming.

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Beatrice woke in a frenzy, when she heard her personal elevator ding loudly. Out stepped the three mercenaries that she was expecting at 1130 not 2330. Beatrice takes off her eye shield, and hits a button on her night stand sliding the door to its upright position. She looks at them very annoyed from within her bed. "I really thought you morons would understand universal time but I guess not." She says as she crawls slowly out of bed, putting on a pair of fuzzy pink slippers. She rubs her drowsy eyes for a second, and then puts on her 'serious face'. "Team Foxtrot, you have officially been assigned to find the remains of the husk known as 'sentinel'." Beatrice clicks a remote displaying a camera feed of the war machine. "He is a highly advanced war machine made on Dagojouiise. The vacation will be a perfect time to check all of the ship for the body and/or remnants of the machine. We suspect that this man here," Beatrice clicks the monitor to Jeremy's and her's fight. "Is in custody of the stolen husk, and is planning to renew it. In order for our mission to be a success this must not happen. One last thing you should know, the mainframe, known as 'Crotis', is a very intellectual sentinel being, do not let your guard down for even a second." Beatrice turns off all monitors, and her face reverts back to exhaustion and annoyance. "Now get the hell out of my room," Beatrice's ears perk up with an idea. "Except you Vlad you can stay and give me some company." She says, winking at the beast man warrior.

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K2 spots Riley trying to order drinks from an non existing bartender, he feels a bit sympathy for her. It looks like she has had a rough day too. He walks over to Riley and hands her a bottle of Gin. "I was gonna save this for myself, but it looks like you need it more." He says blushing, as he grins cutely at the Illeryian. "Hey, I know we are a ton of guys, but I think we are all here to have a good time. So if you wanted to hang out with me and my really weird friends, that would be totally cool with us. The pirate says still blushing, and looking into her charming grey eyes. Keeton walks back over to the group. He grabs a shot, and jumps on Clockwork's back. "Everyone, I would like to propose this toast to everyone here! Today has been a hell of a day, and I'm glad we are all here to enjoy it together." He says addressing the whole room, but looking at Riley in particular.

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Ciril smiled at the new girl, even pushing up one of his sets of sunglasses. It was then he was able to confirm his suspicion that she was indeed blind. He glanced at K2 and hoped he wouldn't disrespect this poor girl's boundaries. "Welcome..." he considered saying more but K2 had already made his move, and was now proposing a toast. Never a dull moment... He lifted his glass with the others, wondering just how long he would get to stay with them... and hoping he would not be reassigned too soon... but quickly pushed that thought away. Work had to come first, his own desires could never get in the way... besides, he was still on edge from the days's events which really did not have the conclusion he would have hoped for- aside from defeating the rampaging beasts. He scrolled through his data pad as he absently agreed with the toast, still keeping up with current events.

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Vlad facepalmed and shook her head as Gelon replayed the public recording....and somehow missed the private one completely. "Oh, so you conveniently have a recorder? Well so do I!", Vlad snapped at Gelon, eager to win this pissing contest. The vampiric cat warrior held up her right arm, and stroke across the gauntlet with her left claws, replaying Beatrice's private message to the Drakov mercs:

"Vlad, Ridley, and...ugh, Gelon. You are instructed to meet me at 1130 in a private area of the ship. I have just updated your I.D. cards with restricted access, use them in the elevators to get to the room. I will brief you on the mission when all 4 of us are present. Sorry no vacation for you, cry about it later. You've got work to do!"

Vlad narrowed her own eyes and folded her arms, staring right back at Gelon. "You really should pay more attention to things.", she said in a deadpan, condescending tone.


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Ridley listened as Gelon said his bit. Blinking twice as he walked with them, he shrugged. "...You don't have to over explain everything, you know.", boredom and apathy in his voice.

Vlad had no comment.


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Ridley lets out a deadpan and uncaring "Oops." as Beatrice greeted them. Vlad, again, had no comment.

The ice man and the cat lady listened closely as Beatrice gave them a new assignment. Ridley glanced, and Vlad turned her head, to look at the archived footage of Sentinel, and then the fight scene between Beatrice and Jeremy. Vlad nodded time and time again, while Ridley folded his arms.

"With great pleasure.", Ridley replied to Beatrice as she shooed them out. He was rather upset that he had to miss out on a drink with a cute girl, and now would just like to go home and sleep. He turned around and pushed the buttons on the elevator.

Vlad stared at Beatrice for a few seconds on her offer. Her naturally fiery eyes and permanent frown did not give out the most positive of reactions.

Suddenly, however, she cracked a smile and let out a chuckle. "Hah! Heh heh." She found Beatrice's directness and bluntness very appealing, for those two qualities were the ones which attracted her to her ex-flame Mosa long ago. "Depends. What do you have in mind?", Vlad inquired, her ears perking up with mild enthusiasm. Of course, mild enthusiasm is more than what Vlad gave most people.


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Clockwork watched as K2 offered Riley some drinks, and leaned closely to Byatis and Ciril, whispering."Khe khe khe, good ol' Cap'n's putting on the moves!"

He immediately sat straight back up as K2 walked back to the group....and flailed as K2 jumped on him, clearly not expecting that. "WAGH!", Clockwork cried out as his upper body was pushed forward and his pointy chin dug into the wooden table with a loud shearing noise. He stared at his stuck chin. "...This is gonna be a bitch to pull out....", the purple synthetic whispered.

"KhuwaHAHAHA!....What he said!", Clockwork said boisterously as he pumped his fist into the air, with K2 still on his back.

Clockwork looked around, eyeing Riley with great interest. She was quite pretty, Clockwork thought. He wished he was that pretty. He then glanced up at K2, chuckling as he noticed just how happy his friend seems to be. Turning his head slightly, he caught sight of Byatis and Ciril as well, taking the time to give a friendly nod at the Snek.

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Riley suddenly turned to where the voice next to her was coming from. It was the voice from before antagonizing Ridley offering her a bottle. She automatically assumed she did something stupid to warrant the pity and she blushed a bit. "Oh geez... yeah...I probably do don't I?" Riley replied as K2 gave her the bottle. "Well, being alone isn't any fun, so I suppose I could join you a bit." She got up and let K2 guide him to their table and she promptly took a seat next to Ciril and K2. It was always a strange feeling joining a new group of people and not being able to see them. She could hear two, maybe three other voices? "H-hello'" She tried to introduce herself but K2 blurted out, asking for a toast. Riley held up her bottle shyly. Byatis didn't have a drink so he looked left and right and finally came to the conclusion that his huge ass hands could not possible hold a glass to participate. So he just holds up his hand and points a finger to replace a glass. All with a dumb smile on his horrific face.

The glasses clinked and Riley took a swig from the bottle. Wincing a bit as it went down. Gin. She thought it was beer. Riley did her best not to make an awkward expression.

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