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Riley O'Toole

"Special delivery! It's my fist."

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

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Name: Riley O'Toole
Title: Blind Courier
Age: 20
Genetic Type: Illeryian
Planet of Origin: Cerioan
Allies: -
Rivals: -
Faction: Guardian labs (Sector 35 - Cerioan)
Personality: Outgoing, happy-go-lucky, optimistic
Likes: fitting in, food, dancing, making friends
Dislikes: people who feel the need to point out/ tease her about her being blind

About
Riley was born and raised on Cerioan up until she was about 12 years old. One day she was abducted and brought to the General labs to be test fodder for new genetic enhancements that Illeryians were infamous for. They tested mostly cosmetic enhancements on Riley...though not all of them worked. One of the later tests made her go blind, to which she was given radar implants to counter it. Years later, after many tests and even forced fighting among other tests subjects, Riley detected an opportunity to escape and took it. Leaving everyone she knew in the lab behind. Most regrettably her cell mate. She pains her to think about it. She later found her way to Nebulon and got a job as a courier. The company had a small branch on the Realta Nua, to which she was recently transferred. Riley feels obligated to help these heroes who are willing to stand up to GEHENNA in any way she can. She won't tell anyone about how she lost her arms.

Theme: Raindrops Remix by DJ Diamond - http://youtu.be/gwZUKBWfyrk

Powers
Short-Range Teleportation: One of the non-cosmetic enhancements Riley received was the ability to teleport short range. She can do it in an open area, or past walls. Her radar implants help her know where she's going and where she'll end up to prevent disastrous results. Using this power excessively will cause her to get more dizzy and disoriented.

Abilities
Gene Mutations
-permanent pink hair
-enhanced strength (in her robotic arms)
-radar implants can detect movement accurately
Equipment
-robotic arms
-rocket boots allow for fast running and even flying to a certain extent
-totally rad goggles
-walking stick (not shown)

Fighting Style: Hit n' Run
Riley is by no stretch of the imagination a stellar combatant, but that doesn't mean she can't fight. She can be pretty crafty, using her teleporting to land a strike and teleport out before a counter. She won't fight unless it is absolutely necessary, otherwise she's smart enough to know when to run away.

So begins...

Riley O'Toole's Story

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Byatis Character Portrait: Gelon Deskovitch Character Portrait: Quin Veta Character Portrait: K2 the space the not so infamous space pirate Character Portrait: 'Super Duper' Cubey Character Portrait: Clockwork Character Portrait: Ophelia Character Portrait: Mosa Belkan Character Portrait: Riley O'Toole Character Portrait: Deunan Knight Character Portrait: Lekan Voldaris Character Portrait: Ozma Knight Character Portrait: Darkstar
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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.

The setting changes from F.S.S. Realta Nua to Stratevaria Galaxy

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Character Portrait: Ridley Character Portrait: K2 the space the not so infamous space pirate Character Portrait: Clockwork Character Portrait: Ciril Ekhart Character Portrait: Megahertz Character Portrait: Beatrice Schwartz Character Portrait: Riley O'Toole Character Portrait: Boris Kivorisch Drakov
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The setting changes from Stratevaria Galaxy to F.S.S. Realta Nua

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Character Portrait: Ridley Character Portrait: K2 the space the not so infamous space pirate Character Portrait: Clockwork Character Portrait: Ciril Ekhart Character Portrait: Megahertz Character Portrait: Beatrice Schwartz Character Portrait: Riley O'Toole Character Portrait: Boris Kivorisch Drakov
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Beatrice enters the bridge through the door entitled B for Bitch, she scratches the spot on her head that Gelon had rudely ripped off part of her actual form. She takes her gauntlets off and sets them down on the table, and lounges in the giant chair that use to accompany Boris. She turns on the camera feed and starts to look over the ship. Her ears begins to twitch as the elevator makes a very sharp ding.

Beatrice turns around in the chair and looks at the delivery girl, and then the body of Anguirre Knight. The one that stands before her is Riley O'Toole, a guinea pig for the guardian labs, who had been reported missing. A fairly attractive woman, with obvious signs of modification. Beatrice leaves the chair and walks over to the Illeryian. "Oh my, that is quite distasteful." She says looking over the woman's shoulders into the elevator. The Ishkavi looks into the eyes of the woman, "Sorry cutey, but Mr. Darkov is off attending personal matters. However I am in charge of his facilities while he is gone." She says in her usual flirtatious manner.

After signing for the package and escorting the delivery woman out of the room, Beatrice calls up Boris on her communicator. "Hey Boris! you know I love you, but I met Deskovitch today, and i was not impressed. Vlad and Ridley are some of my best agents, and you give me him?! Also a package arrived for you just now what do you want me to do with it?" She listens to his commands while flipping through the various screens on the security feed. "Oh the Knights? Deunan was just killed by Blackstar and Anguirre is rotting in the elevator as we speak. All that is left is that little twat Ozma, and then the Knight lineage will be wiped out of existence."

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Keeton walked with the injured Clockwork on their way to the unit. There was a minibar there, and the two of them were about to get wasted. He heard gunshots coming from where Lekan's group had been, were they okay? There was no time to figure out, he was going to party with all his friends; Clockwork, Tentacle Bitch, Sentinel, Byatis, and if he was lucky maybe Ciril would show up for a drink! On his way there he spotted Megahertz, Ciril, and... fuck, Ridley. "Hey Mega bitch!" He says poking fun at the Ishkavi. "Get your boyfriend and meet us for some drinks in the unit! You are invited too Ciril!" Keeton yells from a fair distance away, still assisting his robotic friend up to the room.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Byatis Character Portrait: Ridley Character Portrait: K2 the space the not so infamous space pirate Character Portrait: Clockwork Character Portrait: Ophelia Character Portrait: Ciril Ekhart Character Portrait: Megahertz Character Portrait: Mosa Belkan Character Portrait: Beatrice Schwartz Character Portrait: Riley O'Toole
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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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Character Portrait: Byatis Character Portrait: Gelon Deskovitch Character Portrait: Ridley Character Portrait: K2 the space the not so infamous space pirate Character Portrait: 'Super Duper' Cubey Character Portrait: Clockwork Character Portrait: Ophelia Character Portrait: Ciril Ekhart Character Portrait: Megahertz Character Portrait: Mosa Belkan Character Portrait: Riley O'Toole Character Portrait: Alisa Vladimirovna Catria Character Portrait: Ozma Knight
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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.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Byatis Character Portrait: Jeremy Graves Character Portrait: Gelon Deskovitch Character Portrait: Quin Veta Character Portrait: Ridley Character Portrait: K2 the space the not so infamous space pirate Character Portrait: 'Super Duper' Cubey Character Portrait: Clockwork Character Portrait: Ophelia Character Portrait: Ciril Ekhart Character Portrait: Megahertz Character Portrait: Mosa Belkan Character Portrait: Beatrice Schwartz Character Portrait: Riley O'Toole Character Portrait: Alisa Vladimirovna Catria Character Portrait: Lekan Voldaris Character Portrait: Ozma Knight Character Portrait: Boris Kivorisch Drakov
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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.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Byatis Character Portrait: Ridley Character Portrait: K2 the space the not so infamous space pirate Character Portrait: Clockwork Character Portrait: Ciril Ekhart Character Portrait: Megahertz Character Portrait: Riley O'Toole
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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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Character Portrait: Byatis Character Portrait: Jeremy Graves Character Portrait: Gelon Deskovitch Character Portrait: Quin Veta Character Portrait: Ridley Character Portrait: K2 the space the not so infamous space pirate Character Portrait: 'Super Duper' Cubey Character Portrait: Clockwork Character Portrait: Ciril Ekhart Character Portrait: Megahertz Character Portrait: Beatrice Schwartz Character Portrait: Riley O'Toole Character Portrait: Alisa Vladimirovna Catria Character Portrait: Lekan Voldaris Character Portrait: Ozma Knight
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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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Character Portrait: Ridley Character Portrait: Riley O'Toole
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Riley smiled as she listened to Ridley stammer his speech. She thought it was rather cute so she decided she'd play along. "Well I could smell the booze, and I could heard the stupid, but...," she tapped next to her eyes, "my eyes don't really work, so I'd be more than grateful if you could show me the way!" Riley spoke in such an upbeat manner, that it highly contrasted the death that everyone knew was there. But it wasn't unsettling, it had a welcoming feeling to it. Riley let out a sigh, suddenly exhausted. "Man I need this drink. It has been a LONG day, I'm sure you'd know..." She refused to let the carnage around get to her. Out of sight, out of mind as they always say. "I'd ask you to join me, but you must've been on a mission if you bumped into little ol' me. Haha!" She said while nudging him with her mechanical arm. The sensors on the metal gave Riley a chill. He really WAS made of ice! Oh the puns she could muster up. But somehow, she figured he has already heard them all.

(Sorry I havent responded in a while, I was waiting for K2 :\ )

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Character Portrait: Byatis Character Portrait: Ridley Character Portrait: K2 the space the not so infamous space pirate Character Portrait: Clockwork Character Portrait: Ciril Ekhart Character Portrait: Beatrice Schwartz Character Portrait: Riley O'Toole
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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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Keeton finishes his toast with the chinking of everyone's glasses and finger. Truly these were the best shipmates a traveling neerdowell could ask for!

Keeton watches Riley wince as the Gin pours down her throat, it was mildly cute. However, the fact that the girl didn't know it was hard liquor gave way to the fact that she is blind. That, and her exceedingly pretty grey eyes. Maybe that was the reason she was not noticing all the excessive flirting, shoot. Keeton was going to have be more direct with this one.

Keeton slips off of his purple buddy and proceeds to stand next to the pink haired beauty. "Sorry about that, I didn't realize that you are um, cant uh..." Keeton says in a nervous fit, grinning awkwardly at the girl and blushing excessively. "The name is K2, its nice to meet you. But um, you are really cute, and I really like this song. So if possible, would you want to dance?" The nervous ruffian says scratching the back of his head awkwardly.

The setting changes from F.S.S. Realta Nua to Stratevaria Galaxy

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As he sat beside Riley and watched k2 bumble is way through flirting with her, the Snek turned his head to the pink haired girl and gently took the bottle of gin from her, "Here... if I may.. I'll make you something better. " he added quietly and sympathetically, "Let me know if he's bothering you..." his own metal hand clinked on the glass as he turned to the minibar to make a mixed drink and added a lime wedge. "Here you go that should have a better flavor...or did you still want a beer like I heard you mention?" he said. "Clockwork, can I make you something too?" he offered.

The setting changes from Stratevaria Galaxy to F.S.S. Realta Nua

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Ridley listened as Gelon gave his advice. A weak "Hah....", was all that Ridley said. He considered visiting Riley again for a while. But in the end, he shook his head, shrugged, and walked off. "Nah. Don't want to come across as a creeper.", he whispered to himself.


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Megahertz turned to see Gelon come in, and was reminded that she was in his and the Drakov mercenaries' house all this time. "Oh! Gelon...hi!", she greeted him with a polite nod.

She then turned back to Graves, and listened as he gave his explanation. She stared at him for a few seconds to consider his answer. 'Friends'. Suspicious. Sentinel told her that he had allies...but never friends. She looked up at him sharply, keeping a poker face as she nodded. She decided to keep her suspicion to herself...for now.

Megahertz grabbed the communicator Graves' handed to her, then looked at the doorway as he left. She looked between the communicator in her left hand and the necron mind control spider in her right. Looks like she got a new job already. A necron mind control spider...not just something you could snag from a Black Market, that's for sure.


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Ozma's expression shifted into one of over the top horror as Cubey listed all of the.....unsightly, uncomfortable, and unclean.....places that he could stay in. He was like a stray kitten...or giraffe....and even Ozma's xenophobic heart melted at this poor manchild.

"Absolutely not!", Ozma shouted and shook his head as he stood up. "Y-you need a warm bed! Not a....a..." He shivered in disgust. "..A box!"

Ozma turned around. "Come with me!", barking with a slightly demanding tone, and he strutted towards the upper class cabins.

The upper class cabins......a few hours ago, this place was the peak of luxury. Now, it was a collection of ruined houses and broken streets. Ozma sighed. He considered sueing Drakov, but decided to put that thought away for now, and head over to his house.

Thankfully for him, his house was mostly unscathed during the attacks, aside from the hole on the roof, and some glass shards on the ground. Ozma glanced at Cubey, whispering, "Careful...", as he walked around the glass shards.

Ozma pulled out his key, and opened the door. Cubey was greeted with the sight of a cozy, brown-colored living room, with a fireplace in the distance. Very comfortable, very homely, just like the rest of the upper class houses. From the inside, you would never tell there was a hole on the roof...or carnage in the streets.

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Clockwork stood up suddenly as K2 delivered his pick up line to Riley. "Did someone say 'dance?!'" Clockwork turned to Ciril, considering his question. "Hmmm~" He then stroke his purple sharp chin, having somehow extracted it out of the table when nobody was looking.

"Yes, yes you can, Ciril. You can make me DANCE." The purple synthetic grabbed the snek's cybernetic arms, pulling him close for a dance. Energetic, irish violin music played behind them. Just Clockwork's thing! Simple, romantic, and energetic. Clockwork began stepping around with remarkable precision and timing despite his man-heels. He held Ciril's hands as they stepped back once, twice, thrice, and then forward, once, twice, thrice!

"Yes! One, two, three! you're a natural!", Clockwork excitedly remarked, not giving the snek a chance to protest.

The other patrons of the bar stared at the snek and the synthetic dancing together. To say it was an odd sight would be....an understatement.

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Oh man it really was obvious wasn't it? Literally everyone noticed the wretch in her face upon drinking the gin and Riley couldn't help but blush a deep blue on her face. She didn't need to see to know all eyes were on her. She quietly mumbled a small 'thank you' to Ciril handing her the new drink. When K2 started stammering about her being blind, she furrowed her brow a bit and put her goggles over her face. One little goof, and everyone suddenly pities you. She didn't want that. Riley looked in K2's direction, ears perking just a bit when he complimented her. "..Really? You think so? Or are you so drunk you can't see either, ahah." Either way, Riley wasn't in the mood to mope about and held out her metal hand for K2 to take her to dance. "I warn you, I dance like I can't see myself." She said wryly, making fun of herself. "I'm Riley by the way. And...K2's an odd name. Are you a synthetic?"

Byatis sat on the floor near the table a bit dejected. Clock had whisked Ciril away to a crazy duet dance and K2 was hitting on the new girl. Leaving him to his lonesome, just watching. He was bored. Suddenly, Byatis perked up a bit, having an idea what to do. Hunting always made him feel better. He was sure the others wouldn't care all too much if he left. That's okay, they would warm up to him eventually, Byatis was sure of it. With that, Byatis crawled out of the bar and onto the empty street. "And what better hunt than the one for a wanted robot?" he said coyly to himself. The tentacles on his mane squirmed sifting through the various scents. Unfortunately, Sentinel's metal was long gone but the other scent he picked up before, the cigar and cloak smell was fairly close by!

Byatis didn't bother with his camo this time around and headed to a rather destroyed house. There he could see a man with a mechanical arm and Megahertz! Casually Byatis crawled in the the destroyed home, almost not noticing the sleeping Cazadore. Practically ignoring Gelon, Byatis crawled up to Megahertz and rolls on his back in front of her. "Hey Mega! Whatcha doin?" Byatis asked with a playful smile.

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Ciril was about to comment something to Riley about "it could have happened to anyone" but was suddenly yanked to his feet and pulled into a strange dance with Clockwork. This did throw him for a loop at first, even knocking his glasses askew ,and he stumbled the first few steps but then thought.... well why not... mix things up a little. He quickly caught time with the beat and moved his spindly legs lightly, "You aren't so bad yourself." he said with a bemused smile to Clockwork. "Were you a dancer in your past life or programming?" he joked.

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"I'm never too drunk to recognize a beautiful woman." Keeton says, taking the hand of the Illeryian. Keeton leads Riley to the dance floor and wraps his arms around her hips. Keeton starts to do a slow stepping dance, something easy to keep up with. It probably didn't fit perfectly with the bagpipes and flutes playing in the background, but it was nice. Keeton hadn't danced with a sober woman in quite a while, and never with a blind one.

"To answer your question about my name, I'm actually a uh... pirate. Keeton says stammering about with his words. For once in his life he felt a little embarrassed about the title. "My old mentor, before he died, use to call me K2. So i stuck with it." Keeton shifts uncomfortably at the thought of the old man, but then bounces back to a happy expression when realizing Riley still dancing with him. "The old man, he was really fond of this music. He had a pre-war machine that played stuff like this, it was extravagant and beautiful. Kinda like you." Keeton says smiling at Riley, trying to sound as charming as possible.

Keeton watches Ciril and Clockwork dance together. As entertaining and awesome as it is, the spectacle is quite hilarious. He starts giggling hysterically. "I know you can't see what is happening, but the Snek and robot are dancing with each other." Keeton whispers to Riley, still laughing a bit.

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Megahertz looked down as Gelon correctly deduced where the mind control spider came from. The news was still..unreal. Megahertz couldn't say she knew Deunan well personally, but the death...no, murder... of such a high-profile celebrity was still shocking. Megahertz then watched Gelon and furrowed her brows as he talked some more. She glanced to the side and whispered to herself, "...I suppose it's time I dust off the spellbooks, then."

As she was in the middle of pondering and analyzing, she failed to see the nine-foot-long eldritch rogue crawling towards her, and jumped up in surprise. "EEK!" She stared at Byatis with wide eyes, taking a deep breath once she realized it was 'just' him. "W-what is this, give-Megahertz-a-jumpscare-day?!", she complained.

Megahertz leaned back on the rubble, and repeatedly looked between the mind control spider's leg and Byatis. The more she looked at him, the...less threatening..he seemed. At least, from the way he was rolling his back like that. "Uhm...anyways, I was....doing nothing in particular.", she said with a neutral tone. Only then did she realized something, as she then looked between Gelon and Byatis.

Suddenly standing up, she slid the spider leg into her pocket. "O-oh my!" Turning to Gelon, she rubbed the back of her head embarassedly. "I...totally forgot that this was your team's house Gelon! Sorry, sorry!" She then looked at Byatis, asking hopefully, "Uhhh...our house IS still standing. Right...?"


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Clockwork cackled at Ciril's quip, greatly approving of the stoic snek going along with his absurdity. Together, they continued dancing along the beat, hopping up and down energetically, their movements becoming more and more intense as the music became more and more lively.

"Who knows? Maybe you can actually help me find out!"

At first, it seemed like he was joking, but there was something in the matter-of-fact way he was saying that line which showed that he was being completely serious.

In the middle of the dance, Clockwork turned to K2, joking out loud so that he could be heard through the loud music, "Wow Cap'n, you were so charming, you almost made ME swoon!" He was so genuine in his delivery, that it almost seemed sarcastic.

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Ozma could only hold out a hand as Cubey skipped, and before he knew it, the cubic giraffe was already bouncing around hyperactively, without even a hint of sadness.His jaw dropped at this sight, both impressed....and kind of scared. He could not keep up as Cubey asked his many questions, shouting,

"CUBEY! Wait!"
"Don't touch that-"
"...Never mind"

He couldn't help but smile a bit though, at just how adorable Cubey was.

As a door to the right of Cubey opened, a shy, mechanized voice could be heard. "Master Ozma, dinner will be rea-"

Cubey suddenly bumped into the owner of the voice in the middle of his hyperactiveness. If he looked up, he would see a synthetic woman with eerie-looking red eyes, solid plastic blonde 'hair', and a smooth, porcelaine-like skin. She was built to look like a robotic maid, with wheels for legs. The synthetic woman was placing her hands in front of her waist apron, and budged slightly on impact with Cubey.

Ozma stood up straight. "A-ah...Woman.."

That Woman looked between Ozma and Cubey.

Ozma looked away and whispered, "He's a guest." Ozma was relieved it was just That Woman, and not one of his Black Dragon associates, that came upon his newfound alien guest. Being a simple synthetic servant, she would not be able to judge him.

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Riley raised an eyebrow, noticing how forward K2 was with contact and about himself. She let out a giggle when K2 mentioned pirate. K2 upon first impression didn't seem like a pirate, though listening to him talk about his past so openly slowly helped her imagine some things. Still not very piratey to her. "Oh wow, K2, that's quite a lot to take in. Seems everyone has their own burdens to carry...." She said. Not wanting to start talking about herself, she decided to quickly change the subject. "An odd choice of dance for this type of music. If I didn't know any better, I'd say you were looking for an excuse to hold me." Riley said with a smirk. Though she couldn't help but blush again and K2's generous comments. He was clearly trying too hard but Riley didn't mind too much, it was nice that he was trying in the first place.

She was paying so much attention to K2 that she barely noticed the laughing coming from Clockwork. "Oh I don't need to see to tell that they're having lots of fun, ahah!"

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Byatis smiled up at Megahertz when she yelped. "Aww I'm not THAT scary am I?" he said teasingly. "Nothing, eh? That's okay! I was just wondering if you saw someone who might be the type to smoke cigars! I traced a scent back here that I smelled when I was trying to find Sentinel's-" A small thud made Byatis immediately sit up, alert. The Cazadore's body jolted and slumped down, lifeless. He watched as the man with the mechanical arm was overreacting and cursing out loud about some Beatrice woman. Byatis just sat next to Megahertz. "Uh...last i checked our house was still in tact. Probably raided, but stable." Byatis suddenly smiled with excitement. "Wanna ride back?"

The setting changes from F.S.S. Realta Nua to Stratevaria Galaxy

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"Well I would be interested to find out. It shouldn't be too difficult, given my resources." he replied to Clockwork as he was still pulled along in the dance. He was fairly graceful and continued to humor the big purple robot, as they swung by Riley and the flirting pirate, shaking his head slightly at Clockwork's remark and K2's advances, though there was something a bit endearing about it.. That man had no subtlety whatsoever. "I'm curious, Clockwork.... you keep calling him Captain... do you intend to follow him indefinably?"

The setting changes from Stratevaria Galaxy to F.S.S. Realta Nua

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"As ridiculous as it seems, I am indeed a pirate. Maybe if you were to see my awful attire you wouldn't giggle as much... Actually you probably would." Keeton says chuckling lightly.

"Burden, such an ugly word. There is no fun in the word 'burden', let's try memories or remnants of the past. Sure there are some awful ones, but there are also some really great ones as well. The past should not be looked on as regrets and misfortunes, but as opportunities for a new future." Keeton says looking over to the robot and Snek still dancing together. "I like to think of life as a book. As the reader you peruse through pages of life knowing little of what is to come, but as the author you develop your work into its own ending. Keeton says sounding as genuinely philosophical as possible. "That might sound like complete bullshit, but it's a pirate philosophy of mine, and yes I own many pre-war books." He says, changing form back to regular K2, the buzzed pirate.

"Can it, you Lily dog!" Keeton shouts towards clockwork, giving him a wink with his human eye. Keeton looks back towards Riley, "Well now that you say it like that. I guess this is totally not because, if I tried to dance properly to this music with you, you would fall on your face." The ruffian says playfully, not intending any insult or offense to come from his words. "As much as you might not believe, I am a pirate. One thing is for certain, there is nothing pirate's like more than dancing with a nice lass during a shanty. Besides, I think this is pretty nice." Keeton says cutely, the red glow returning back to his cheeks.

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Megahertz lowered her head, feeling sorry for Gelon. "O..oh..I see." She smiled as he gently petted the giant cat. The one armed mercenary had a nice side, it seemed. She hesitated a bit, but then asked, "You know....you could stay at my team's house. I'm sure we can spare a couch or two."

The Giant Cazadore purred as Gelon rubbed it, still feeling sleepy from Graves' spell.

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Vlad watched Beatrice lazily, still under the sheets. She seemed rather annoyed that Beatrice's screaming woke her up in the middle of a good night's sleep, but being professional, she kept quiet and watched the Feed.

She winced slightly as the Cazadore exploded though, and stared at Beatrice with a questioning look. Even if she won't say her thoughts out loud, it was obvious what she was thinking; 'Was that really necessary?'

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Megahertz shrieked and retreated behind Byatis as the Cazadore exploded, and then watched as Gelon went into meltdown, with wide eyes and hanging jaw. "I...um....w-well, I..." She was speechless. She turned to Beatrice, feeling slightly embarassed for Gelon. If only slightly. Her face turned to one of childish excitement when Byatis gave his offer. "R....Ride....?"

She did not waste time to nod. "Y-you better not drop me!" As she was preparing to get on the eldritch rogue though, she stopped to look at the dying Cazadore. And suddenly came up with a plan. She glanced at byatis and whispered, "Can you do me a favor?", glancing between him and Gelon, cautious that she would be overheard by him. She wasn't planning anything malicious in particular. Just morally questionable. And unquestionably gross.

"I need you to get that Cazadore's brain for me.", Megahertz said to Byatis completely straightforwardly.


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Clockwork nodded at Ciril. "I'd owe you forever and ever if you do this for me, Ciril.", saying it in a surprisingly serious manner. It seemed like he really do want to know more about himself. He then chuckled at Ciril's question, and replied, "Oh of course!.....the Protector's Alliance consider me a bottom feeder slacker, I'm sure they won't miss me. Besides, the Captain is a lot of...."

Clockwork paused.

"Fun.", a hint of glee in his voice.

"So.. What about you?", he asked Ciril with genuine curiosity. It seemed like he had stopped being suspicious of Ciril, by the tone in his voice. At least for now.

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Riley just snickered at K2's comments. Now he was REALLY trying too hard. "Ahaha, alright Mr. Philosophical, I get it. Though I figured pirates enjoyed raiding towns and," Riley put on a cheesy pirate accent, "looking fer the pirate treasure, har har". She giggled afterwards, smiling at K2. The song was about over and the next one began to play. This time it played a faster, rock tune. Rily smirked. "I'll fall on my face, eh? I'll show you!" She said with a wide grin, breaking away from K2. The tune began to pick up and Riley swayed and danced with the beat, moving her hips back and forth and her arms making movements in sync with the rhythm of the song. Her tail also seemed to dance. "Come on, join in! You know you want to!" She invited to K2. Riley was feeling better from todays events. Looks like hanging out with these strangers wasn't a completely bad idea.

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Byatis sat next to Megahertz and lowered his position so that she could sit on his back. He has two back spines but otherwise, she'd be ok. BUt then Megahertz asked for a favour. "It's brain?" Byatis questioned, his smile widening and his eyes glimmering with excitement. "Okay!" he exclaimed, as he crawled over to the heaping corpse. He laid his claws at the base of the creature's skull and dug them in deep. Byatis hummed a weird tune to disguise the wretched sounds of flesh and bone being torn. Byatis's claws ran along the cranium and he split the skull in two. The cazadore's brain out in the open. "I'm the best surgeon! Ahah!" With that he quickly ripped out the brain, severing the stem. "Beeeeeeeeeeeep" Byatis mimicked a flatlining EKG machine noise. Byatis held the massive brain in his large claws and held it out to Megahertz. "I'm trying to think of a pun but I suck at puns!" Byatis's tail was wagging happily. And he wasn't trying to be discrete at all, unlike Megahertz.

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Keeton sighed, no one takes him seriously. "Last time I checked, Pirate treasure was the treasure buried by the Pirate." Keeton replies back to Riley, teasing her. "Love the accent by the way, ten out of ten." Keeton laughs with her. "Maybe I am coming on too strong but your smile is really cute." He says, smiling back at Riley.

Keeton grimaces as the new heavier melody begins to play, but is quickly distracted when he sees Riley dancing. Her movements are fluid, and her body seemed to sync with the music. The whole display is in itself is pretty sensual, and a little sexual. "Uh yeah, I uh... yeah" Keeton replies back to the Illeryian, making his way by Riley's side. Where he begins to dance awfully to the music. At least he is trying.

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While it may have been difficult to read the Snek's expression behind the tinted glass over his eyes, his gaze was rather intent as he listened to Clockwork. "Really. Well then, Clockwork, I'll have to do some searching. I could always use a favor in my line of work, especially when I'm in hot water for knowing ...too much." he smiled sympathetically, "And for that reason, I can't tell you too much about myself. It would put us both in danger. But I am quite happy to be your current companion..... " he glanced at K2, "Fun indeed. You know, I often have to go on rather formal embasador like missions... very dull. Or in very high stakes aggressive and shady and violent operations.... its not often I get to socialize with ..... .... such unique beings. " he smiled and drew away to the side, ceasing to dance. "It must be nice. ..." he hoped there would never be a conflict of interest that would force him to be on opposing sides as these two. He looked on as Riley busted out her own dance moves, as K2 attempted to keep up. Ah, so much bravado ...he was so young and his path was so open to him. Enviable really. Well, aside from various bounties on his head. Ciril was aware of those. He was also aware that certain parties probably had a price on his own head as well, but he was one step ahead of them so far.

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That Woman gave a sweet chuckle, coyly tilting her head to the side slightly at Cubey's enthusiasm. "Very well, please sit down at the dinner table. I will get you everything you wish.", she said with a sweet tone.

Ozma and Cubey sat down at a lavish and long dinner table together. The brown, smooth wood had a nice smell to it. Bright candles overhead gave the entire room a pleasant, yellow glow. Ozma looked at Cubey, and smirked at his question. "Sometimes, huh....", he replied vaguely and calmly.

They proceed to have a delicious dinner together. A large tenderloin stick for dinner, some ice cream for dinner, and orange juice for dessert. Ozma ate like a proper gentleman, while That Woman watched over the two completely quietly, like a statue.

After dinner, Ozma directed Cubey to a room uptairs. As the door opened, and even though there was no light inside, an overall warm, pink color greeted them, standing out even in the dark. They could see an assortment, practically an army, of plushies decorating the bed and the floor. Posters of the Rainbow Rangers and the Sailor Sentries decorate the bright pink wall. Clearly, a girl's room.

Ozma glanced to the side and sighed. "You...you can stay in Deunan's room. For now. T..try not to make a mess."

Not able to stay inside for any longer, the red-haired youth turned around, and walked back into his own room, leaving Cubey to tuck in for the night.


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Clockwork nodded understandingly, and chuckled when Ciril refered to him as a 'unique being'. "Unique? Me? Naaah, I'm pretty boring compared to, say, the Captain, a cthulhu-like killer puppy, or a jolly blue giant.", Clockwork said in a self-deprecative way as he stepped back.

Clockwork sighed and looked on proudly at K2, folding his arms and nodding at the sight. He then turned around, and waved. "Well, I'll be off. There's some stuff I want to get looked at in the med bay. Ciau!"

Clockwork walked away with light, metallic footsteps, disappearing in the distance.

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The music play on and they were all having a good time, but it was getting rather late. When the music began to tone down, Riley walked off the dance floor, assume K2 followed her. She clearly didn't notice Clockwork had left for obvious reasons. "Pfew, haha tonight was very fun. I'll be honest, I didn't know what to expect hanging out with a bunch of guys I just met." Riley smiled, though the fatigue of the dancing was catching up to her. "Anyway, I better get back to my cabin onboard. I could be called in to work any moment tomorrow." She didn't want to walk, and she could have her last bit of fun with K2 for the night. "Have a goodnight!" With that, she suddenly dematerialized right before their eyes with a small flash. And she was gone.

She reappeared in front of a middle class cabin. It was nothing special. She rubbed her mechanical hand over the door. Braille. This was indeed her cabin. Turning the knob, she walks in and closes the door behind her. Luckily she had time arlier to know the layout so she makes it to the bedroom no problem. Riley flopped onto the bed, and fell asleep almost instantly.

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Byatis grinned as Megahertz got on his back. "Yes, yes I did! But, uh, I'm not carrying angry synthetic arm man. He can walk." With that Byatis began to crawl on all fours, carrying Megahertz effortlessly. He worked up the speed into a trot. "So why did you need a cat brain? Is it for super secret experiments?" Byatis asked happily, not expecting a truthful answer.

(Sorry my end there with Riley is abrupt. I just want to get this story moving along)

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CHAPTER III: SHATTERED MIRROR


The night went down as the repairs of the Realta Nua immediately commenced. Drakov Industries' greater AIs, drones, and manual workers alike worked together to restore the anti-GEHENNA flagship. Under competent leadership and organization, the repairs went smoothly. When the next day came, 80% of the ship was already repaired - including the critically endangered main engine. Bodies were still strewn about, and many of the secondary collateral damages - including the artificial sky projectors and the many holes around the interior of the ship have yet to be taken care of, but given one or two more days, the Realta Nua would be good as new.

When 8 AM came, a loud marching could be heard everywhere in the Realta Nua. The hallway outside the lower class cabin, the neighborood outside the upper class cabin, the main areas; everywhere. Soldiers in dark blue armor and stark white uniform walk together, their double-barreled rifles on their shoulders, their featureless helmets gazing forward with blindingly bright blue visors. The Federation Spacetroopers, no doubt here because of yesterday's incident. Dagojouiise may be a neutral planet, but the Realta Nua was still a Federation ship, with Federation passengers. The dead kind.

Alongside the Human Spacetroopers were synthetic supersoldiers; using dark blue parts instead of a uniform, and insectoid seekers; dark blue and stark white stripes painted on their chitinous natural armor. They fly just below the flickering artificial sky, their eyes shining like searchlights as they scan the area for suspicious activity.

Boris watched out the window from the bridge, his hologram flickering once or twice. He was not very pleased at this sight. He would rather not have the Federation barging into his business. Even when it involved saving the galaxy. especially when it involved saving the galaxy. Nevertheless, as powerful as his company was, defying the Napishtim Federation itself would be suicide. He looked down at a Federation paperwork on his table which he still needed to fill out personally. He wondered momentarily if he should let them know it was his old 'friend' Graves who spearheaded the assault. Quickly though, he smiled and shook his head. He wasn't able to determine what Graves really wanted last time, and he wanted to test out Beatrice's competency, which was why he did not interfere with her rather spirited hounding. Perhaps, soon, it would be time for him to sit down and chat with his rival. Just like old times....


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Mosa woke up early in the morning, yawning as he opened the door to the main room of his and Ophelia's cabin. After giving her a brief peek, Mosa smiled and tip toed away, again, surprisingly sneaky for someone that build and weight. He went towards the kitchen, and checked his refrigerator. He let out a sigh of relief, before taking out a pair of eggs. Hitting them against one another, Mosa poured the contents onto a sizzling hot frying pan, which he began to shake with his right hand, while his left pushed the button on a nearby radio, turning it on and letting it play an upbeat, slow tempo country music. Mosa shook his hips,
nodded his head, and wiggled his butt to the song. He set it at a lower volume, so that it wouldn't annoy Ophelia if she wasn't up already.


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Clockwork did not return to the Megahertz safehouse last night. Throughout the night, his head had been tormented by voices. Many, mysterious, unintelligible voices. From their tone, he could tell they were scorning, shouting, and insulting him. But why, or who, he could not tell. Ever since that faceplant in the desert, he had been unstable. He limped through a dark alley, clutching his head and grunting from pain. He could not stand this. Why won't it stop, he wondered frustatedly. After a wrong step, Clockwork tripped on his own two feet, and fell on the side of his face, causing a loud thud in the
darkness. A crack formed on his yellow visor, as he fell unconcious.


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Megahertz had slept for only a few hours once she returned to her safehouse. Throughout midnight till dawn, she was preparing herself for a dark ritual. The windows around her were curtained. Taking a deep breath, Megahertz knelt and prayed in front of a bloodied pentagram. On each points of the pentagram were lit candles, and on the center, a golden bowl bearing a human heart, strands of jet black hair, and two halves of the Cazadore's brain. Looking at the hair in the bowl, Megahertz sighed. Her left hand reached out to stroke her now shortened hair - barely reaching her shoulders, her tentacles now lay in front of her chest, no longer coiled to her hair. She was not very happy, but sacrifices were necessary for power. And power was necessary, if she had any intention of surviving the trip to Megido. She could not rely on Sentinel forever.Closing her eyes once again, Megahertz began her chant:

"Father of Inferno, Mother of Moon.
Give me power, grant me boon.
To destroy my enemies, to blind them with light.
Make me a Witch of the Silent Night!"

A gust of wind blew at her back, strong enough that she was pushed slightly forward. Megahertz shivered from a sudden cold. All the lights around her - the candles, the fireplace, the lamps, were extinguished by an unseen force. Megahertz gasped, and her eyes shot open. Pentagrams flash on her deep blue pupils, and her body tremble as an enormous power entered her. A brief silence ensued. Very brief, as a wide smile soon appeared on her lips.

There are forces in this universe - ancient, dark forces - unrelated to GEHENNA, Megido, or the abominations from that world. Some call them gods. Others call them demons. It did not matter. Whoever they were, they have given Megahertz power, and that was all she cared about. She turned towards the golden bowl. The strands of her hair and the human heart had disappeared, all that remained was the two halves of the Cazadore's brains.

Perfect, she thought. Megahertz stood up and stroke her chin.

"Let's try this one." Megahertz stood straight, kept her legs together, and pointed forward with her right arm. bright blue runes began appearing on the surface of her skin. Her hands shook, and a blue orb resonating with power emerged on her finger tips.
A bright blue beam blasted out from the orb and towards the Cazadore's brain halves. The brains briefly floated in the air as dark energy surrounded them - and then plummeted towards the ground, disappearing into two whirlpools of darkness, one for each half.

Staring intently, Megahertz flicked her finger, and shouted another mantra.

"Hunter of man,
Destroyer of land.
Rise from your graves,
And become my slaves!"

The sound of rumbling thunder followed. And from each whirlpools, dark creatures emerge. Primordial, oozing darkness dripping from their bodies. From the first whirlpool, a tiger-striped hunter of man; cat-like, covered in spikes. A vicious grin decorating his face. From the second whirlpool, a pitch-black destroyer of land; dog-like with a raging snarl and sickle-like fangs. The two hell creatures rise from the darkness, and walk towards their new master. These two foul beasts were the size of wolves, and both bear glowing, pupilless red eyes. They look up at Megahertz, who looked back at them awkwardly.

"......W-whoa. I...wonder what I should call you guys...?", Megahertz slowly, hesitantly asked.

The two creatures did not respond, they just kept staring at her; the hunter with his grin, the destroyer with his snarl.

(Hey everyone, just to let you know, I tag alert everyone, even characters not in this post, to alert the authors. Chapter 3 has began. Go, post, fly.)

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Her vision was blurry. She felt so sluggish. Ophelia slowly awoke, unmoving from her spot on the couch. It was..warm. Almost comforting. Ophelia didn't want to get up, it just felt so nice, not that she'd tell a soul anyway. 'How long was I out? Where am I?' were the only two questions she had on mind. The aroma from Mosa's cooking wafted into the main room and greeted her nose. Her eyes shifted to see Mosa humming along to a country tune on the radio. Now she remembers. This beastman was kind enough to take her in. And yet, she still couldn't bring herself to trust him completely. Last time she did, her heart was ripped out. Figuratively.

Ophelia slowly sat up from the couch, only now noticing the blanket. Odd, she didn't fall asleep with one on. She looked towards Mosa as she got up and trudged into the kitchen. The cabin was so ... home-y. Ophelia couldn't help but feel she didn't belong, or deserve this kind of treatment. It was still an odd feeling being in a comforting environment knowing that the man who funded the scientists who experimented on her was funding this flagship as well. It was a sour thought, so she didn't dwell on it too much. She stood at the door. "....morning." She spoke with a small voice.

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Byatis rolled on his back as he slept, enjoying the bed and whatever he was dreaming about. But, he was suddenly awoken by the sound of thunder? Odd. They were indoor on a huge ship. Annoyed, Byatis crawled off the bed and headed downstairs quietly. His camouflage slowly activating when he heard a weird chanted and several demonic noises. After he reached the base of the stairs, he turned into the living room to witness Megahertz's dark ritual, and three strange creatures in the pentagram in the centre of the room. Byatis undid his camouflage and started at Megahertz, perplexed. "Uuuhhhhhhhh, what the actual fuck are you doing? Are you summoning creatures from hell WITHOUT ME!? Megahertz you should be ashamed!"He said in a part accusing, part playful tone. Byatis, being a creature from the equally hellish Megido, didn't seems to find an issue with anything Megahertz was doing.

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BEEP. BEEP. BEEP. Click. Another hit on the alarm clock's snooze button. "Alriiiight I'm getting up." Riley moaned as she had to pull herself out of bed. She got herself some breakfast, cereal to be exact (which she missed the bowl only a little bit), and sat down at her table. Riley was just in her pyjamas as she brings up her left arm. "Check delivery schedule." She said with a mouth half full of cereal. "No new deliveries" The device on her arm chimed back. Riley smiled weakly. Looks like she's got the day off. "Wonder what I should do-" Just before she could finish, he could hear the rumble of marching along her street, along with the occasional army man barking orders. "Figures the Feds show up hours late. Whatever."

When she was finished, she got dressed and decided to go for a 'morning' walk. She thought a bit about last night, and the guys she hung out with. "Damn I didn't get their numbers...they seemed like fun! Aww oh well. We'll see what happens." She didn't realize it, but she was following the marching soldiers as she walked on the sidewalk. The sound of the marching was oddly mesmerizing. It's not like she had plans today anyway.

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Gelon had left the park and was walking along the sidewalk deep in his thoughts when he suddenly bumped into someone snapping Gelon back to reality and let him fall back 'maybe not so smart to think and walk at the same time' he thought and sit up and look at the person he bumped into, it was the illeryian Ridley was with last night "he are you alright didn't mean to bump into you" he said and watch her 'mmmm blind, no walking stick she must have a radar implant must be defective if she can't detect me' Gelon thought and got up and grab Riley's hand and pull back on her feet "can i ask you a bit of an personal question, no offense though, but is your radar implant working properly?"

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Ophelia looked up at Mosa as he cooked without even batting an eye. His size didn't hinder his skill one bit. The smell of the food was making her more hungry. She still however managed to keep her cold stare. "It was..." She paused to look for the right word. "Comfortable." She finally said, sitting down at the table in the kitchen. She had to hunch so her back spines didn't stab the back of the chair. All this time she told herself that once she scape she wouldn't allow herself to take handouts, or let anyone help her, even if it was out of pity. She never knew the galaxy still had kind souls.

"So. What are you making?" Ophelia would naturally be inept at small talk.

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The echo of Megahertz's fak cackling reverberated throughout the house. Byatis broke his smile into a confused look, staring at Megahertz's rather weird explanation. Suddenly he let out a bit of a cackle, his smile returning. "Ahah! Sure, whatever, Mega!" Byatis looked over to K2 before he left. Byatis completely forgot about the other two synthetics. They were synthetics so naturally he didn't care too much. He focused his attention to the death cat and the hellhound. "So what, is this your new entourage? Are we not good enough?" He said, teasing her once more.

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One moment Riley was walking, the next she was on the floor. Someone ELSE having bumping into her. She hoped this wouldn't be a habit. Before she could even protest, she was grabbed by the arm and pulled back up. She took a step back defensively and folded her arms. "I'm not at liberty to answer any personal questions, but yes it works perfectly fine. I was just walking. You must've been moving pretty fast if you knocked me off my feet." She said rather sternly. It was the early morning, and understandably, Riley was not a morning person. She instinctively put on her blue-lensed goggles when she released that if immediately knew she had an implant, she knew what he was insinuating. "It's fine. Don't worry about it..." She continued to walk in the direction she was going.

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"okay and sorry for walking into you" Gelon said and sigh "well another illeryian who is mad at me great" he said and throw the bud of his cigarette in the trashcan "well the knight's house shouldn't be too hard to find" Gelon said and went to the upper class apartments searching for the knight's house

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With Clockwork and Riley's departure, Ciril too took his leave, saying good night to K2 and that he would meet up with him later, and returned to his own modest quarters.

However, he did not go to sleep. Instead, he lay stretched on his still made bed, scrolling and tapping at his datapad. Sunglasses removed, the Snek's glossy black eyes showed the reflections of the illuminating screen. Clockwork.... he searched databases and protector's alliance files for information on him. There was some data, but nothing cohesive. He had never seen a model of synthetic exactly like him so he suspected modification. The hours of the night passed as he continued his search, only soft whirring of his mechanical limb motors making sound. It was perhaps slightly embarassing why he had those in the first place... no, no freak accident, no trauma... it was for the reason that a Snek's natural arms are incredibly small, and vestigial. While their own societies are designed to accomodate thier unusual proportions, intergalactic life would prove much more difficult. Even opening a door would be tricky with their natural arms. And so, when Ciril was chosen for intelligence field work, he was fitted at a young age with prosthetics. They were very natural to him by now, having lived with them most of his life.
An upward crease appeared in the skin above his eyes, where eyebrows would normally be... a reaction of... surprise and sympathy. He had found his answer...now he wasn't sure whether he could bring himself to tell the purple synthetic.
To take his mind off this dilemma, he checked his messages. Incoming Federation forces to the ship. Expected. There was also a reply from his overseers about his last report. Ciril's head coil tightened with anxiety... this was not good. He did not like what he was reading.
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With little... ok...no... sleep, Ciril left his quarters and set out into the ship once again. He was well trained, and would be able to hide his troubles if he wanted, and with some energizing breakfast, no worse for wear. Soon, he had returned to the cafe from the previous day, a cup of some alien exotic drink, golden orange in color with cream swirls, steaming and wrapped securely in his head coil, sipping now and then and watching Federation reinforcements march by with his usual stoic but slightly friendly expression.

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"No I haven't had it before" She said blankly as she looked at her food. Before Mosa could react, she simply started eating although less voraciously as yesterday. The food was amazing. Like an explosion of flavour. "I like it," was all she could muster up to say. After she finished, she looked outside to see some Fed troopers marching outside. She didn't know who those men were but she started to get concerned. Ophelia had no idea if she was on their radar, even though they were no doubt here about the attack yesterday. Surely reports about the Gilgamesh have started and circulated by now. Without noticed, Ophelia suddenly just stood up from the table. "I think I need to lay low."

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Byatis put on an exaggerated appalled look. "MORE ADORABLE?! Ohhhhhh that's not happening!" With that, Byatis rolled onto his back and started wriggling. "HAH beat THAT-" Byatis stopped when Megahertz asked him about Nekrim. "Of course I'll go along! Either for work or for play! I've never been to a 'beach' before...though I do know a few 'beaches' if ya know what I mean HAH."

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Gunshots? They sounded like the came from where she was several minutes ago. The sound definitely jolted her awake from her half-awake state. A part of her wanted to stay away, but against her better judgement, she was already de-materialized.

Riley reappeared in the VIP district on the sidewalk. The commotion caused by Gelon, K2, Ciril and the soldiers took attention away from her appearing, but she would obviously stick out. She heard familiar voices among the barking of soldiers. It sounded like...Ciril? And K2? and that man that bumped into her earlier. This wasn't a good sign.

The setting changes from F.S.S. Realta Nua to Stratevaria Galaxy

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Ciril could hear the Federation troops running and backing him up, but wishing they would not be so bombastic in their demands, sighing internally. However he did not twitch a muscle and did not lower his guard or his aim. "Let us examine your statement, Mr. Deskovich. 'it suddenly went off' but then you say you did aim at the speakers. I was going to assume that you might in fact be trying to harm the rest of the occupants inside but no one would be so foolish as to let loose a firearm- that does not belong to you- in front of the intended scene of the crime. That is, unless, you plan to frame the gun's owner , but again, I do not think you capable of that." his aim was steady enough that he would not hit K2 by mistake, even if he and Gelon were standing close to each other. He heard the door woosh open and caught a glimpse of red hair, and remained very tense, but broke concentration and twitched as K2 ran inside. This must appear VERY bad to the Federation but he could say nothing at this time, as badly as he did want to call out to the young pirate. "To answer your question, no, you shouldn't know me. But I know who you are. So I suggest you drop the attitude and comply with the Federation here...or I could make it so you have more dirt than a pair of broken speakers." He spoke evenly and calmly, but very serious. "Please step away from the residence."
His four eyes flicked away again as the Ilyerian with the pink hair arrived on the scene. "Miss this is a dangerous area for your safety you may wish to turn back."

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Keeton's cheerful attitude turned to a concerned frown when the mercenary had said his name "Keeton". No one called him that, nor would ever call him that. He will forever be written in history as 'K2 The infamous space pirate'.

"Gelon is it? Look there is a reason 'that name' is in parenthesis on bounty boards." Keeton says with a deadpan expression. "It's cause people that call me that don't end up living to long." The pirate stares directly into the man's eyes. "But I'm sure you are a smart man Gelon, so don't do it again." Keeton says to gelon, regaining his upbeat and playful manner. The pirate pulls his pistol from his holster. "This is probably one of the most advanced pieces of technolo-" Keeton does not have time to finish his sentence before Gelon swipes it from his hand, and begins to tinker with the machine. "No its not broken its ju-" Keeton tries to warn gelon before he rips the device, needing maintenance, from the gun. Keeton takes the 'calibrator' from Gelon. "Oi, listen to me its not a standard laser pis-" Again he is interrupted, this time by the sound of an exploding speaker. Keeton was starting to regret asking the man anything, especially fixing the Jolly Roger.

Keeton hears the sounds of footsteps, oh fuck, the feds. With another turn of the head he sees Ciril pointing his wrist weapon at him. "What, I have no clue who the hell this house belongs to! He just fired 'the Roger' for no apparent reason!" He yells at Ciril, looking around for some sort of way to escape the area. The door behind Keeton opens, and the owner of the unit stands in the doorway. "Long time no see 'Riding Hood'." Keeton says grinning at the red haired boy in front of him. He quickly darts into the house, and escapes contact with the federation. The Knights are a lot easier to deal with then those grunts ever would be.

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Beatrice activates the com system inside of her recon suit, a secure line. "Ridley, meet us at these coordinates. Our mission begins now." With that Beatrice engages her outfit's cloaking ability, and the two begin to descend down the private elevator to their destination.

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Gelon sighs and the pinch the bridge of his nose "I could aim cause I know guns well enough to hear it charge up a shot and apparently I forgot to put the safety on for the calibration, which every gun does when a new part is installed. Now I could have either fired it or let my hand be blown off and harm my friend here" Gelon said hoping the Snek wouldn't come with something against it "and yes people can forget things, I dare to bet even one of you federation troops had it happen. and i'm willing to pay the fine okay, no more trouble" Gelon said and got his check book

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As Cubey was placed in his chair he began muttering in his sleep, of mostly nonsensical gibberish, though there was a few mentions of Rainbow Rangers. It was not as deep of a sleep as it first appeared however, as after a few mere moments, he woke up with a squeal, having been startled at the sudden sounds of gunshots outside. Recovering form his mini figurative heart-attack, Cubey quickly checked on how That Woman and Ozma were, realizing that although the android maid was present next to the fridge, the red haired host of the house had seemed to have gone from the kitchen.

"Ummmm sorry. Guess i'm a bit sleepy. Weird dream though. Ranger Pink was a carrot. The rest weren't just her.Maybe I should apologize to turning her into a carrot. Though it didn't really happen.", he apologized confusingly during a yawn, before asking That Woman sheepishly; "Ummmm, where did Ozma go? Did I miss breakfast?"
He didn't wait long for an answer as he suddenly heard all kinds of shouting coming from outside, letting his curiosity lead him to the source as he speed walked through the house, until he eventually left it, standing next to Ozma who also went to investigate the commotion, but not before being pushed aside by the pirate he saw yesterday, barging into Ozma's home much to Cubey's confusion.

His confusion only grew as he saw that a whole bunch of soldiers were surrounding the cyborg called Gelon he had met before, who seemed to be taking out some cheque book, the federation troops obviously unhappy with whatever he did to warrant giving them a check. There was also a Snek in sunglasses aiming a wrist-blaster at Gelon as well. There was also a pink haired blind lady too, seeming just as surprised as the beastman was. Having no understanding of the situation, Cubey stood around dumbfounded for a few moments. Then, acting entirely in panic he rushed in front of Gelon crying out; "Don't shoot my friend please! He's nice really honest! I'm sure didn't do nothing or anything! Don't be meanies!" holding his arms out wide as if it would somehow shield Ozma's house, Ozma himself, and Gelon from doing so. Standing steadfast, wishing to protect his friend he then had a look of sudden realization when he exclaimed; "Oh wait, the pirate guy went in Ozma's house! Ahhhhhhhhh! He might steal his stuff! And the robot maid lady's in there too!"

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Gelon smiled and pat Cubey's head "no cubey that didn't happen i fixed Keeton's weapon but it i forgot to put the safety on so it set the new parts in correct order to be working" Gelon said and kneel down by him "they just can't appreciate the fact that i shoot 2 speakers instead of the gun blowing up, now did you have a good night rest last night?" Gelon said just ignoring the rest Cubey was on his mind now

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Riley stood there, listening at all the yelling and bickering between the two parties. Something about a gun misfire. But now she heard K2's voice. Somehow, she wasn't surprised. Then a younger sounding voice started speaking for Gelon in his protection. What a weird morning. She looked over to Ciril addressing her to stand back and giggled a bit. "Hey man, this guy bumped into me before. If he was any dangerous I think I would've left that encounter with wounds to my flesh rather than wounds to me self-esteem." Her response was sincere with a bit of a jab. "I just think ya'll need to calm down a bit. Not like he opened fire on any people." She shrugged and continued to listen as the young voice complained about K2 entering the house. "Oh." Was all she could say.

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Ciril lowered his arm and the metal coils resumed resting position around his legs after the strange little beastman threw himself in front of Gelon, and he heard the remarks from both Gelon and Riley. He was used to being made out as the villiian in his line of work and though the situation could be rather frustrating and insulting, he remained objective. "If you can't keep control of your weapons, you shouldn't be allowed to have any." he commented evenly, thinking it poor taste of Gelon to trash-talk everyone and boost his ego by talking to a beastman child in such a way. He nodded to the Federation soldiers, "Good day gentlemen." he stepped forward, approaching the group and the doorway, hands clasped behind his back. As he passed Gelon to stand in front of the door he made one final comment, "I would be more careful and more respectful to those you meet, Mr. Deskovitch...." Ciril's face was deadpan as ever, sunglasses hiding his cold glossy eyes, "Some people can make it so that you'll never be hired for your mercenary skills ever again." he tilted his head slightly and turned to the apartment. "Mr. Knight, I am sorry for the multiple intrusions, but may I come in? I am working with K2, but I'm here on neutral terms... if anything, I want to prevent more misfortune.... hence why I came here and was so concerned about gunfire. " He took off one pair of sunglasses, "I'm sorry for your recent loss." he said solemnly.

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Ophelia quietly took the lunch box and looked up at Mosa. "I think you know the answer to that." Her massiv mutated claw held the lunchbox such that you could barely see it. Once the troopers were out of sight from Mosa's cabin, Ophelia made her way to the door, looking at Mosa for one last time. "We'll see what happens, I suppose. Thank you." With that she quickly opened the door strode out onto the streets.

Now that she was 'settled', she could do some investigative work on her own. Revenge wasn't going to settle itself. Ophelia kept to the alleyways.

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Byatis watched Megahertz for a moment, then shrugged. "Well okay! You seems oddly calm for someone who lost a new friend! But thats none of my business! See ya later!" WIth that Byatis quite literally rolled out the door.

Moments after he left the house, he spotted Fed troops marching down the streets. "Hut two three four! You all march like girls! Ahah, I'm hilarious." When Byatis had nothing to do, he wasn't sure how to pass time.

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Riley could feel the sting in Ciril's words to Gelon. "Ooooh burn" she said under her breath. Suddenly she heard a voice asking Ciril and herself in probably the strangest way to come in. His words said no but his tone said please do. Riley considered it a moment until she finally recognized that voice. It was Ozma Knight! The well known human supremacist. Why the hell was he being so...passive? She was confused to say the least. But any opportunity to annoy a racist was probably worth it. "Well if you INSIST." With that she followed Ciril inside.

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As he heard Gelon's explanation, Cubey lowered his arms and sighed with relief, exclaiming thankfully; "Ah I see, so you broke someones toys. That was naughty Gelon, but it's good your giving them money to buy new ones and fixing the gun for pirate man, though I don't know if he's bad or not. Sorry for breaking your toys human and not human armor people!", seeming to apologize to the federation troops, seeming to somehow managed to never meet any of there type before. He also turned to quickly thank the pink haired lady with high pitched; "Thank you for defending my buddy too!", trying his best not to be nervous about the disgruntled snek gentleman.

The soldiers seemed satisfied with Gelon's cheque leaving as soon as quickly as they arrived, letting Cubey feel much more relaxed now they were gone, waving good bye at them goofily.
He then turned round, initially to speak to Gelon, but saw Ozma hovering in the door way seeming to be stressed at the pirates sudden entrance into his home, very understandably, but also having been caught off guard by something, which Cubey simply had no idea what this was, but guessed the pirate was the cause once again. He could also smell the pirate was still in the house, much to his worry. He did hope the robot lady was okay and the pirate did turn out to be Gelon's buddy.

The beastman however changed his mind to him simply being shy around lots of new people, as he nervously asked the snek that seemed to have cybernetics and the pink haired lady if they wanted to go in too, to which Cubey grinned at the pair of them. As the snek threatened Gelon however, Cubey was about to blow a raspberry at the man's back until he showed his sympathy and kindness with Ozma, to which he ended up stopping himself, accidentally biting his tongue, wincing with a muffled; "Ah!"
Keeping quite for a few seconds in puzzlement of the pink haired lady's sudden change in attitude to Gelon, he turned to the human cyborg to greet him properly.
"Hiya Gelon! How was your morning apart from rifle strangers popping up angry you broke their toys? I didn't get much sleep. Did you? How was breakfast? I haven't eaten mine yet. It's nice seeing you again. Lets go inside and check if the pirates a baddie!", he babbled excitedly, taking his acquaintances hand as he walked over to the rest at the door way.
"Hello strangers! I'm Cubey! Whats your names? Are you burgulars?" Cubey asked enthusiastically, curious at the newest strangers.

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Gelon snicker and follow Cubey while answered his questions "my morning is okay and that is not good cubey maybe a nap later will do us both some good cause I had a pretty hard time to fall asleep in the cargo room, and I didn't have any breakfast yet cause I first wanted to find you and make sure you are okay but I can see Ozma has taken you in and I don't know if Keeton is a bad guy, all I know is that he is a honest pirate but a pirate none the less" gelon said and watch Ciril and Riley but didn't want to ruin the mood and just went with the threat this time and let cubey do the talking and snicker at the question of burglars

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Ozma looked at Ciril weakly for a few seconds, surprised he even took the time to ask him for permission, when most everyone else just barged in. He glanced back at K2 and Gelon looking around in the house, and sighed when Ciril reminded him of his 'loss'. Without saying anything, he stepped aside, allowing both him and Riley to come inside, all the while having a mopey expression on his face.

It was quite a nice home, to say the least. It smelled of fresh baked loafs, and, like all the other upper class homes, have a comforting and disarming atmosphere, with the fireplace, the fluffy sofas, etc. That Woman stared quietly as more people went into the house, clasping her hands together in front of her apron, watching them all with a cautious eye.

Ozma went inside and leaned at the wall, resisting to smile as Cubey asked the new strangers his questions. He wasn't very happy in how condescending Gelon was acting, but was too weak willed to act or even say anything. Gelon's reputation was good enough that Boris hired him personally, after all.

"........Would you like a drink?", Ozma finally, timidly asked the new strangers. They were guests, and a Knight treats his guests like a gentleman.

Just then, his communicator beeped. Surprised, Ozma reached out for it and took a peek, having set all incoming voice calls to be translated into text. It was Graves. Of course. He was silenced, and he glanced at Cubey, concerned at how he would be taking all this. An hour, huh? He'd have some time. What he didn't have was any desire to return to that wretched spot, but....what must be done will be done.

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Mosa gave his huge grin and nodded at her, watching her as he went out the door. After she left, Mosa nodded to nobody in particular. He then stood up and stretched his arms. "Now, what's Mosa gonna do....", he mumbled. He then shrugged and looked at his datapad, flicking the touch screen until he saw a text version of Beatrice's announcement. Ah, they're almost here, apparently. Mosa stood up and walked towards his wardrobe, opening it. In there, he saw many, many colorful swimming trunks. An orange one with a white floral pattern, a pink one with squishy peach sea stars, a dark green one with a camo paint on them....Mosa was an avid collector of swimming trunks. He didn't need them whenever he was amongst his fellow Beastmen, but his massive......little Mosa....would be far too distracting when amongst the Federation-kin.

Besides, some of these swimming trunks were basically art, Mosa thought, as he picked one with delicate, hand-painted dark blue tiger-like stripes on a bright orange surface. For some reason, he always ended up going with these ones...


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Megahertz frowned at Byatis' statement, not saying anything until he left. "....You can't catch a fish while floundering on your heels.", she whispered to herself. She then looked on at the cerulean spider leg, and continued to analyze it, cross referencing it with various information on her datapad. So much data to go through..

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Quin closed her eyes, and raised her chin, speaking in a calm manner, a hint of pride in her gesture. "We Genesiors were designed to not only fight well, but also for the longest of times."

Pause. Quin hovered besides Lekan as they walked.

"As a side effect, we degenerate at a vastly slower rate compared to most other...'natural' races."

Another pause. Quin turned to look at Lekan.

"I am youthful, but old. Old, but not expired."

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Time passed as Megahertz analyzed the spider leg. How frustating! It was full of inscriptions and deleted history. Whoever used this did not want to be discovered. But by that same token, it lended credence to Graves' suspicion that it was most likely VENOM who committed this attack. It was either VENOM or the Federation government. And it seemed highly unlikely that the Federation government would terminate a source of a large amount of income...and one of the galaxy's most famous personalities.

Megahertz's communicator rang with a cheerful, bubbly ringtone, and she picked it up, seeing Graves' name on the screen.

"Yo.", she greeted him as she accepted his call. She was his friend now, was she? How cute, she figured, still suspicious of Graves, but cooperative.

She gave a big, long, sigh as she leaned back on her sofa.

"Well. This thing has a bitch of a firewall.", she replied, deadpan. She then smirked before Graves could respond. "But that's exactly why you hired me, right~?"

Megahertz proceeded to explain.

"It's as I suspected. A necron mind control spider. Highly expensive, highly illegal, highly suspicious. I haven't manage to decode the identity of its owner...if that's even possible...., but I could tell you, whoever it was did their homework. I'm going to need a bit more time."

A necron mind control spider. Once conceived as a war-ending weapon by the Federation's most unscrupulous scientists, With the ability to control the body of dead soldiers and direct them against their own comrades, it was hard not to see why. More victories for less casualties (on the Federation side, at least). However, the Federation's higher ups, as well as the neutral colonies, saw it as an immoral and dishonorable object, even by the Federation's pragmatic standards, as the object actually, partiaily, and very painfully resurrected the mind of the deceased. Not enough to actually bring them back to life, but enough to cause them an unimaginable, revolting amount of pain.

This weapon was banned about 2 months after its use, and all copies were officially destroyed. Whoever used this had connections with either Guardian Labs and/or the Napishtim Army.

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Keeton looks around the room a bit, before people start to pile into the house. Keeton feels his heart skip a beat when he sees Riley enter the room. He blushes lightly and proceeds to fidget nervously with various things around the house. "Nice place you got here red," Keeton says looking at Ozma. The pirate looks towards the servant bot, "Hey, I need some pretty advanced tech do you got something I can take apart?" The small green creature started to speak, questioning the actions of Keeton. "Hey little guy, I am K2 don't worry I am not here to steal Ozma's stuff, I promise. In fact me and red are pretty close, maybe not friends, but close none the less." He replies to cubey, while looking at Ozma. Keeton gradually makes his way towards Riley still pretending to examine stuff aaround the expansive 'house'. "Long time no see," Keeton says still pretending to look at things around the house. "I hope I didn't scare you away last night. It's good to see you." Keeton says smiling towards the Illeyrian.

Keeton finds Gelon finally, and angrily shouts at the mercenary. "Listen! I have a lot of bounties on my head, and this is the reason! He holds up the 'broken calibrator'. I wasn't even there when the old man stole it, nor have I even seen what it does but please, we need to fix it. I will help you take down Darkov, if you help me first!"

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The three arrive in the decimated remains of what use to be the task forces apartment. "sweep the area, the last time we saw the mobster was here. Look for anything that could help our cause." Beatrice's communicator flashes under the recon suit, she pulls up her sleeve a bit. An anonymous message to Megahertz. Can't trace the call, but she knew exactly where to find the Ishkavi. "You two stay here I need to talk to someone." With that, Beatrice cloaks herself once more and heads towards the unit that held Megahertz.

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"Ahah no no, Ozma invited non-humans into his house. Makes me wonder if this is even Ozma Knight." She replied to Cubey's question in a tone that was passive aggressive about Ozma. Riley hadn't heard about the news about Deunan's demise so she had no idea why Ozma wasn't his usually 'only humans rule' attitude.

Riley giggled to herself a bit when she heard K2 approaching. The sound on him shifting stuff was fairly obvious. She was flattered at his attempt to be nonchalant but couldn't help but laugh to herself since she can't see him do it. "Long time no see? I can certainly say I haven't seen you before, haha. Nah you don't scare me in the slightest-" She started to say when K2 suddenly started yelling at Gelon. Instinctively she just stopped talking to listen to the conversation. They want to take Drakov down? That seemed like a daunting task. Riley had her own reservations about Drakov but she would never imagine doing anything against such an economic superpower. These three had other plans.

She just stood there, listening in on their conversation, wondering if she should just leave.

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Ozma frowned, looking away, not in the mood to entertain Riley's taunts, as well as feeling particularly intimidated by K2's mere presence. What a great way to start the day, Ozma thought, being cornered in his own house. Therefore, he just stuck to the wall, folding his arms and wallowing in self pity. It was pathetic, to say the least. His heart skipped a beat when Gelon addressed him, causing him to stand up straight and stare at the ceiling. "UH...n-no, sir! Nothing wrong." It was hard to determine whether he was more intimidated by Gelon or K2. One was a famous mercenary with a terrifying track record, the other a vicious pirate who traumatized him long ago.

That Woman's normally meek, wiltful eyes turned cold and emotionless, as the pirate and the mercenary discussed their conspiracy to take down Drakov...........in front of a Drakov gynoid. She couldn't help but feel insulted. It wasn't like she was hiding her status anyways, with the Drakov insignia clearly printed on her headdress. Riley could feel the heat extruding from the vents on her body, as the synthetic maid stood right next to her. With a low, almost whispering tone, That Woman replied to K2's inqury, "We have spare parts of the deceased Madam Knight's beam charger in the basement. She won't be needing it anymore." Cold, concise. Secretly, That Woman had been recording K2 and Gelon's conversation, transmitting it in real time to the Drakov HQ.

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Ridley and Vlad nodded at Beatrice's orders, and they started scanning the area. Vlad felt rather humiliated after yesterday's ordeals, and was determined to make up for her defeat. Leaping from rubble to rubble, she moved with great determination and ambition, seeking for anything suspicious.

Ridley, meanwhile, lazily walked around, discreetly complaining under his breath, "I'm a warrior not a janitor."

The setting changes from F.S.S. Realta Nua to Stratevaria Galaxy

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As Gelon replied to his chatter and followed along, Cubey plastered a big old grin on his face.
"Glad to hear it was nice for you Gelon! Oohhhh nap time would be good, and sorry that you didn't sleep good either. But we better have breakfast first, you should always eat before going beddy byes because then you wont be as hungry when you wake up!. And yup Ozmas been super nice to me, and that robot maid lady too!", he replied in turn cheerfully before looking nervous from his comment about Keeton.

As he awaited an answer from Ciril and Riley, watching as Ozma let them pass and offer to get them drinks, with the android maid watching on silently, he saw that Ozma quickly checked a communication device of sorts. But no any communicator, the one that Graves had one each to the pair of them, which Cubey was surprised he hadn't heard go off. As he patted his pockets however, he realized this was due to leaving it up stairs, leaving him completely unaware of what the message was. Must of tumbled out of his pocket without realizing. He looked over at Ozma who glanced back in turn, wondering if he should ask him now or later. He decided later since there was other guests too, wouldn't be fine to spoil their visit. Whatever it was though, Ozma sure looked grim.

The odd beastman then stared in puzzlement at the pink haired lady, seeming unable to comprehend her passive aggresiveness as the snek gentleman turned down Ozma's offer for a drink.
"What do you mean? Ozma let me stay the night yesterday! He was super nice and there was dinner and everything.", Cubey asked puzzled, before noticing Keeton fidgeting and inspecting objects around the house, adding to his confusion, complementing Ozma's home. At first nervous at the chance of him seeing which items he wanted to steal, Cubey relaxed as he announced he was definitely not going to do so and was apparently a friend of Ozma's despite his expression saying otherwise. Maybe that's just how he says hello to him.
"Well that's good to hear! I never met a nice pirate before. Or any pirate really. Actually I don't meet a lot of people, because I never left the facility which the nice lab people looked after me. Hallo!"
Keeton also seemed to know the pink haired lady, which he called Riley, as they greeted each-other, and seem interested in any free tech lying around having asked That Woman for parts. He suddenly then began bellowing at Gelon, asking for his help to fix some doodad that Cubey had no idea of what it was and apparently defeat some man Cubey vaguely had an idea of, which Gelon seemed all for it. The cyborg snek also seemed to know Keeton, calling him K2, and declaring they needed more thought since Drakov was actually the owner of the ship.
"Ummmmm why do you guys want to hurt the captain? He's the boss of the ship right? Isn't he taking us to GEHENNA? I don't get it, is he a bad man? And whats the thingamajig your holding? Is this superhero thingy? Because i'm the 'Super Duper' Cubey! Hey why does Keeton also have the name called K2 as well?", Cubey babbled repeatedly, not reading the situation in the slightest.
What he did notice was That Woman staring at the to which he patted her cold metallic hand and reassuringly said; "Dont worry robot lady i'm sure there not bad guys because they are Gelon's friends and Gelon isn't a meanie. Well I don't think so.", before quickly skipping over to Ozma and whispering as quietly as he could; "When should we go see the smokey man with the hat? He called you right?"

The setting changes from Stratevaria Galaxy to F.S.S. Realta Nua

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Gelon snicker at the hipper active Cubey and pat his head then watch that woman "no we won't take part from duenan's beam saber it's to be left in the condition it's" gelon said slightly mad that that woman even dared to bring such a thing up and with respect for the knights possessions. Gelon turned to Ozma and saw he was nervous and Cubey whisper something, properly something that was typical something for him "K2 and Ciril excuse me for a moment" Gelon says to K2 and Ciril then walk over to Ozma and put his hands on Ozma's shoulder "you can be honest with me okay? I won't get mad, just trust me. You and Cubey are constantly on my mind in worry" gelon said and pat his shoulder with his normal hand "we both have a reputation, me as a famous mercenary and you as a xenophob and wanting the human race to be supreme, but look around you. I don't see that Ozma Knight in front of me and you might see me as a cold, calculating mercenary but I do have a heart and conscience. So if you ever need my help, no matter what just say so okay?" Gelon said to calm Ozma down and reassure him that Gelon just wanted to help him and Cubey to be safe and get through this hard time

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Beatrice arrived at the home of The pirate, Protector, Gang Leader, Monster and War Machine. Four of which were on Drakov radar as potential threats, this made tracking and obtaining information about them very easy. However the Eldritch being, has no file whatsoever. However Beatrice was able to figure out that it's name is Byatis. There is also the file containing Keeton ??? (literally no one knows his full name). Not only is he one of the top 10 in the bounties, that little fucker somehow has absolutely no file before approximately two years ago. Boris must've seen something in him if he has allowed him to live this long.

Beatrice takes out a card and slides it through a scanner located near the door. It opens, revealing Megahertz fiddling around with an evil looking device. Beatrice uncloaks, and takes her mask off stuffing it into her suit. "Good morning Mrs. Dracynea, I expect you are having a good day." Beatrice spots the two shadow creatures, lounging in the other side of the room. "Dabbling in the arcane I see." She says smirking at the girl. "Lets make this quick, I need that little communicator of yours. I will give it back, but it is crucial that I obtain it for the time being." She says giving a cheerful face towards the Ishkavi.

Beatrice becomes distracted mid conversation with Megahertz, and presses a button on her communicator. Her visor, covering the left eye, begins to display something not easily seen to those not using the visor. "A revolution, huh." She says completely ignoring Megahertz at this point. "K2, Gelon, and Ozma in the same house, that sounds like an opportunity. Call the federation soldiers, tell them that K2 the pirate is in that house, and have security on standby. If things get rough have the bot kill them as fast as possible, except the small one. Protect the creature, we don't kill kids." Her visor stops displaying the video. "Sorry about that what were you saying?"

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"We can talk about that later, right now we have to get this fixed. We need many advanced weapon parts, we could probably find most of the components on Nekrim, but some will need to be salvaged. If it helps you trust me more, I can tell you guys where I-" Keeton had an unusual hunch, a frightening one if it proved to be true. He turned his head slightly to see the 'Woman' staring directly at the group. His suspicions seemed to be correct, no doubt, it was Drakov merchandise. "Red, maybe you want to tell us that you have a functional Drakov synthetic in your house before we start plotting to overthrow them."

Keeton hears the pounding of feet coming towards the building. He takes his cutlass out from its sheath and puts it on the table. "I'm turning myself in, whoever called the order is hoping for a shootout. They want to take us all out at once." He throws the mechanism in his hand to Gelon, and starts to head for the door.

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Ciril blinked rapidly as he saw K2 lay down his arms. "I trust you have a plan, K2. Otherwise, might I suggest an alternative." he said quickly, almost impulsively as K2 walked to what he saw as certain doom. His eyes flicked to that woman, then back to K2. Gelon was no concern of his, and now he was likely on the record as having said anti-Drakov things. This was a tight spot they were in. He looked at Ozma, "Back door?" Then at the rest of the occupants, Riley and Cubey, "Please take cover there will likely be some resistance." he said, polite as ever. "K2, I can buy some time and negotiation, I'm sure of it."

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Ozma shrunk further and further as Cubey showed genuine concern and kindness towards him. Perhaps Drakov was wrong after all. They may not be human, but they all talk, walk, laugh, and cry like him. What was that word? The most inspiring word Ozma had ever heard. "Humanity"? Perhaps, in this day and age, it was time for a new word. Something more...universal.

That Woman stared blankly, not even giving a glance to Cubey. 'Not meanies'? Perhaps. But she was not in the position to decide for herself. She was a machine, a tool. The ability to think for herself was a burden she would rather not bear, as it made her job more difficult than it had to be.

Ozma looked up from his reflection to see Gelon suddenly in front of him. He widened his eyes and instinctively stood up straight. He listened quietly, and became rather touched when Gelon mentioned him being in his thoughts. For most of his life, only two people ever cared about him: His sister and Boris. His father barely acknowledged him, and his unpleasant personality was not very inviting...a fact that even he realized (and secretly resented). Yet Gelon here was genuinely being friendly to him. Ozma looked down, cleared his throat, and paused for a few seconds. It was time he confess to somebody, and he would rather not do it to Cubey. Thus, Ozma whispered, "S-Sir Gelon, sir....I...need to tell you something about...my sister's death...."

Before he could continue though, a loud banging was heard at the door. Ozma couldn't even catch K2's advise, before loud and aggressive voices were heard by the door.

"THIS IS THE FEDERATION! OPEN THE DOOR!"

They could hear the sound of dozens of guns being cocked.

Ozma stared at K2, terrified, whispering rhetorically, "W-what are you doing?!" That Woman, meanwhile, simply stared with her bright red eyes.

Ozma glanced at Ciril, whispering, "T-this house only has one door...." He then lowered his head and sheepishly whispered, "...Sorry." He however, complied and nodded at Ciril's suggestion, looking at Cubey and Gelon while moving back against the walls of the living room, beckoning them to come along.

The door was quickly kicked open, causing it to crack violently and hang loosely by one of its hinges. Soldiers in dark blue armors wielding double-barreled rifles pour into the house. A dozen. Two dozens. Their bright blue visors so bright as to almost blind all those who directly look at them. Their Captain was distinguished by an extra orange-colored pauldron on the right side of his body, and he aimed his rifle at K2.

"So, you're K2-the-space-the-not-so-infamous-space-pirate.", he asked in a mildly affable, mostly deadpan tone. He stood up straight, and planted the rifle stock-first on the ground, with his hands clasped on top of the barrel. An intimidation technique. By appearing nonchalant, the Captain made sure K2 knew he was not afraid of the space pirate. "Name's Captain Harrison. Charmed. Now, are we going to do this the easy way, or the hard way?"

Ozma glanced between Gelon and Ciril, suspecting that one of them was going to do something. Hopefully nothing stupid....

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Megahertz stood up in surprise and instinctively hid the spider leg by placing her hands behind her back as Beatrice came in. She looked up in panic at the significantly taller woman, whispering under her breath, "Oh nooo, not you...." Needless to say, she was rather terrified.

The hell hound Danny growled and entered into a predatory, crouching gait as Beatrice barged inside. Manny the deathcat simply sat still and stared with his chesire cat-like grin.

Megahertz looked between her two thralls and Beatrice. She wasn't surprised when Beatrice demanded the communicator, gritting her teeth as her eyes travel down to her chest area, where the Drakov insignia was printed. She opened her mouth, which ended up hanging as she watch Beatrice get distracted. 'A revolution'? 'K2'? Looks like this little war between Drakov and Graves was going to be unavoidable....

She was rather surprised when Beatrice mentioned an unwillingness to kill children though. So surprised, that she stuttered as Beatrice talked to her again. "A-ah, no, I...can't-"

Before she could finish her sentence, the door was kicked open, and Graves entered the fray with his cavalry. A loud "WAH?!" was all that Megahertz could say when Beatrice was tased. She looked down, watching her spasm on the floor, all the while thinking to herself, that things escalate very, very quickly around here....


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"28.", Quin responded, short and sweet and-..did her voice just returned to the feminine and youthful one? Yes, yes it did. So did her body, having shrunk a few inches down and gaining more feminine features. If Lekan paid attention, he could also see that her face actually became more feminine in this stage, being rounder and with wider eyes. It was more noticeable now that he saw her transforming back. Quin then glanced to see Federation Soldiers running towards the Upper Class Houses. Quite a few of them, in fact, and her curiosity was piqued.

"........That is a lot of soldiers.", Quin muttered.

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Riley frowned when Cubey mentioned a lab. She briefly recalled her time in the Cerioan labs. It was definitely not friendly like Cubey described his own experience. Her thoughts were so distracting that she didn't notice the situation getting more tense and Ciril addressing that they should leave. Those thoughts however completely disappeared as the Fed soldiers knocking down the door, snapped her back into reality. "Ahh!" She let out a quick screech as she heard several men cocking their guns in their direction. She instinctively rose her arms. "I didn't do anything!" She blurted out. Things escalated so quickly, she could just teleport and leave the group but...no...not again. She promised herself she wouldn't. Riley just kept quiet, hoping that complying would keep everyone safe.

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Ophelia wandered for a while. Not quite sure what to do. She knew for a while that the Federation soldiers probably wouldn't go after her. She just couldn't feel like she deserved Mosa and his hospitality. She wandered a bit in the residential area, walking over the left over rubble from the night before. Her ears flicked as she caught the sound of men rushing towards a house. She kept her distance, but moved in to watch from an alleyway. Several armed men, rushed into a more regal looking house. Thanks to her hearing, Ophelia was able to listen in from where she was. A Drakov employee? Interesting. Then the sound of a taser. Ophelia couldn't help but barely grin. Just barely. She stayed where she was to eavesdrop, being interested even though she had little context. 'Down with Drakov' was all she needed.

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Gelon listens to Ozma but was disturbed by the fed demanding to be let in and K2 throwing the broken device "Keeton don't!" Gelon said but it was too late the fed kicked the door down and rushed in "Ozma I can make us a second door now everyone to the back!" Gelon said and watch the fed troops, he knew the feds weren't here cause they figured out they bumped in to K2 Earlier, no drakov was behind this so gelon was also on their list together with Ciril "ciril better prepare yourself cause these troops aren't here by coincidence" gelon said aching to grab Keeton and just ramming through the wall "ciril what do you advice? Brawl to get keeton back or bail, I do favor saving Keeton"

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"I am aware that they were led directly here, Mr. Deskovitch." Ciril replied quickly but evenly. No back door. It was too late as he heard Gelon continue to speak, and watching the federation troops burst into the room. His instinct was negotiation , he didn't want a firefight as potentially a lot of the others would be hurt. He looked at the pirate, surprised he would give himself up so quickly, that was surprisingly selfless.
He raised his hands but activated his coils into defensive mode, arcing one around and in front of K2, creating a sort of metal sheild over vitals, and also a barrier between him and the Feds. "Good day, Captain Harrison!" he raised his voice slightly to command attention. "Ciril Ekhart, Special Intelligence Agent, you will find the man in question is in my supervision. Both the Federation and the Protector's Alliance are aware of him, I will be handling this." he said, hoping this would work. It was true, they were aware, but it wasn't the federation that assigned Ciril to K2 and Clockwork. He was aware too, of recent messages and K2's increasing bounty on his head. And why was he sticking his neck out for this rash young pirate? He was not a person of high authority with amazing secrets of the galaxy.... well it was too late now. He had acted impulsively and thrown his lot in with K2.

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Awaiting Ozma's reply, the red haired human didn't have much chance to reply to Cubey as Gelon approached the pair, telling them how he cares about the pair of them, and patting Ozma and the shoulder telling him, well something. Cubey didn't really understand what he meant, except it was something about them having reputations. What he did understand however, was that he promised to help them both, if they needed it.
"We can help you too Gelon! Because i'm super good at helping! Just ask anyone! Apart from people that don't know me!", Cubey pitched in, trying his best to get involved as he beamed a grin at the two humans. His grin diminished somewhat when he noticed Keeton's expression towards That Woman, seeming upset about her being made by Drakov, where the gears rolled in Cubey's head.
"Ah I get it! Drakov is a company and a person! Or did he just make it? I'm confused again now! Hey wait, it's not red's fault, you all burst in without explaining anything and stuff!", his last comment directed at Keeton in annoyance of blaming his friend.

Suddenly, there was the sound of marching coming towards the front door of Ozma's home and loudly declaring they federation soldiers. Cubey was extremely nervous, thinking the federation soldiers were back to hurt Gelon, or maybe they were just means and wanted to break Ozma's stuff. He certainly wasn't happy that they would find out why soon with the sound of their rifles being put at the ready. What he didn't expect was the space pirate to announce he was going to surrender, he definitely wasn't alone in thinking that. Before he could comment Ciril told him to head for cover and asked Ozma if there was a back exit, as well as suggesting to negotiate with the troops. As Cubey decided to hide behind a sofa, he hoped that they could be talked out of it. A lot less laser shot's and plasma bolts indoors would always be a nice option to have.
As Ozma admitted there was no back exit, Cubey was even more panicked, clambering over to Ozma a she beckoned to him, though not for comfort, but to guard him, for some reason expecting them to harm him first and whispering to the house's host; "Don't worry, I'll stop them meanies from hurting you!".

Suddenly, the federation troops burst through the door, with their leader, who had an air of arrogance and authority and announced himself as Captain Harrison, asking Keeton almost immediately after they all stormed into the room if he wanted to go the easy way or the hard way. A question that always confused Cubey, since both options were nearly always bad ones, and therefore, not easy to make. He quickly snapped his head over to see Riley fearfully deny having done any wrong, which the mutated beastman couldn't help but feeling sorry for, the poor woman being dragged into the whole situation, in a classic case of the wrong place at the wrong time. His pity was switched with befuddlement form Gelon's hasty words, declaring he could make another door. Silly Gelon, this was no time to build one! That would take too long! What could he possibly do to make a door in time? He did seem adamant however, a trait that Cubey admired, despite himself not knowing the words adamant and admired.
He then remembered what Ciril mentioned before the troops arrived, that they were lead here. Something that worried Cubey immensely, and thinking with his childish mind what could of possibly caused this, but alas to no avail.
His futile attempts of deciphering the grand mystery were switched to thoughts of awe as he saw the sunglasses wearing cybernetic snek protect Keeton with some sort of metal shield and a barrier in front of himself, fearlessly proclaiming that he was a secret agent, and that the pirate was under his protection. The only thing Cubey could think of however, that he couldn't help blabbing was this;
"He's a super spy! A super secret spy! That's awesome! He's a spy! Did you guys here? Huh? Did you Ozma? He's a super spy! It's soo cool! He's so cool! I never met a spy before!"
He continued to chant this irritating fact over and over as he hoped up and down in giddiness before adding as an after thought; "Oh wait, maybe those guys I met back in that Guardian Lab place ages ago were spies. Hmmmm I don't remember.", and continuing the chanting.

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Keeton only looked towards the door, not responding to Ciril asking for a plan, or Gelon rudely mentioning his name again. The pirate knew what lie ahead. The max prison for him, they will find him to be one of the worst criminals in history for doing next to nothing. Then throw him in a cell, until he was bludgeoned to death by one of the actual worst criminals in history. Keeton felt genuine fear, not like in Nebulon, where the mech had almost sliced him completely in half. This fear was inescapable. maybe it would be different, if it was just Gelon, Ciril, and him. As he looked back to the group there stood a boy he had done terrible things to tortured and spit on, a child blabbering on about something crazy and fantastic, and the prettiest girl with the most beautiful pink hair. The ruffian sighed. Keeton knew he couldn't put them in danger, but he also could not let hopes be brought down.

"You lot are a hell of a team, especially you short stuff!" Keeton says, expertly wiping away his miserable stare to a headstrong and determined grin. "I do have a plan Ciril, it is to ensure the safety of each individual here." Counting comes from the other side of the door as a battering ram hits the entrance way on the number 1. "Listen to me Gelon, you must keep fighting. I will find a way to escape I promise you that. In the mean time repair the Roger, and whatever you do don't let them get their hands on it. Unfortunately for you blokes, Captain Sully made sure to lock that machine up tight, so only I will be able to use it." The words 'Captain Sully' pierced the room, and all who were competent enough to comprehend the name, knew exactly who Captain Sullivan was.

The door is kicked open, and many federation troops file into the room. Their leader stands confidently mocking the young prodigy with his words. "The easy way, or the hard way." The federation knew Keeton, the ruffian had some close calls with them before. They all stood rifles ready to neutralize both Keeton and his companions. Ciril made an attempt to bargain his way out of the conflict with a deal, a dumb idea, but thoughtful. Keeton was flattered. He pushed aside the wing like projections shielding him and walked with hands behind his head towards the soldier in charge. "Well Captain Harrison it looks like it's your lucky day, cause we will for once be doing this the easy way." Keeton says still grinning dumbly at the commander. "Oi! Ciril, tell Clockwork I said sorry, and for the love of christ gelon, MY NAME IS K2!" Keeton shouts towards the group while being shoved out the entrance, until the door finally closes leaving only silence in the now more empty room.

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This was a fucked situation from the start, and now it got only worst. We were only a few hours away from the fucking moon, Keeton had given up, And that shit bag Graves keeps ruining Beatrice's day. She got back to the apartment where Ridley and Vlad were still searching for salvageable equipment. Her recon suit had been shot to shit, her eye badly bruised, and a small hole pouring crimson blood was visible near her right lung. Her eyes, once beaming with green neon energy, now were dimmed, and her gauntlets placed upon either arm were horribly damaged. "Abandon mission..." was all she could muster, before fading out of conciseness, and falling to the floor.

10 minutes before

Beatrice struggles to find her footing, unexpectedly she had been forced to the ground by ways of muscle constriction, also known as a taser. She pulled the needles from her body and quickly snapped the chords fueling them. "Yes, let us talk." Beatrice says turning towards the squadron backed by the very mobster himself. Beatrice does as he says and takes off both gauntlets, throwing them to the floor. Beatrice needed only a few minutes in order to wipe out the entirety of the 'resistance'. "Shall we talk about, the actions of a one Jeremy Graves and how his 'escapade' led to the assassination of two important dignitaries aboard my ship, or should we discuss the extremely dangerous and hostile program, that is so far advanced that it infiltrated private Drakov servers without so much as a threat to the software itself. Please explain to me why I am here having multiple primitive idiots pointing their 'boom sticks' in my direction, on my fucking ship!" That's all the time she needed to kill. In the next moment the laser cannon aims at a federation soldier, and blasts a giant hole smoldering through his torso. Beatrice quickly lands a savage punch on the left jaw of Jeremy, knocking him to the ground and zips to cover. An all out gun fight now ensues, while federation soldiers try to pulverize the older Ishkavi with concussive rounds, grenades, and laser clips. Beatrice has no choice it is life or death at this point, and the latter is not an option. She pulls up the leg of her recon suit and takes the small pistol holstered there, and a pair of ear plugs next to it. She places the ear protection into her own ears, and aims towards the soldiers. She pulls the trigger. A sound escapes from the gun, so low, you can almost not hear it. In the next instant whatever was standing in the pathway of the gun, including cover, is shattered and blown apart. Carnage sweeping over the soldiers watching the visceral sight of their companions being literally blown into bits, all of the soldiers seem to flee. Beatrice breathes heavily, making her way to the exit. However she is ambushed by Orion, and feels a sharp pain come from her right side. She looks down to find a knife piercing through her breast she looks up, and shows the man her evil and sadistic expression, Beatrice licks her lips with her vile cat like tongue before pulling the trigger on the man blowing his head clean off. Parts of brain matter fall from the sky and blood stains both the inside and outside of the apartment. Beatrice hobbles over to her gauntlets, and proceeds to put them back on her wrists. "You will have your war." she says spitting on the unconscious Graves, as she limps her way back to her squad.

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Ozma was briefly distracted from the dire situation by Cubey's babbling. It was almost impressive how fickle the beastman's mood can be. He was rather surprised by Ciril defending K2. Those two did not look like they would fit in a fruit bowl together....but his head almost launched from his head as he saw K2 hand himself over to the Federation. His jaw hung and he blinked twice.

Harrison stared at Ciril. It seemed like he was honestly considering his proposition...until K2 decided to go and turn himself in. Harrison couldn't help but be amused, if slightly disappointed for the lack of struggle. He stared at K2 eye to eye...or he would be, if not for the blinding blue visor on his helmet. "Well. That was anticlimactic, wasn't it?", he scoffed. Harrison personally handcuffed K2, and pushed him out of the door, gesturing his soldiers to escort him away. Before leaving, he looked over the entire group - the one-armed mercenary, the red-haired bastard, the green and blocky manchild, the double-shaded spy, the quiet illeryian, and That Woman. He bowed his head, and muttered a polite "Goodbye.", before leaving with his men.

Ozma looked down and sighed. He was not so sure he should tell Gelon the truth anymore...


As Harrison and his men dragged K2 away, the pirates' words echo in his mind. 'Captain Sully'. The Captain glanced at the young pirate, and lets out a curious "Hmmmmmmm.", before pulling out a pen and idly flipping it, keeping his itchy trigger finger hands busy as they escort the pirate to his prison.

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Megahertz watched the lightning fast bloodbath Beatrice unleashed upon Graves' cavalry, horrified. She may be a thief and a whistleblower, but these people....Beatrice, Graves...they were real killers. She was seriously considering jumping ship at Nekrim and leaving before something worse happened around - or to - her. She looked over the corpses briefly, but focused on Graves - mostly because she was not in the mood to stomach the sight of mutilated corpses, partially because she was morbidly curious on the state he was in.

Danny reappeared by her side, his eyes narrowed and his face distorted into a snarl. Megahertz glanced at him curiously, and somewhat annoyedly. What now? Did he just not like Beatrice's scent very much...or was there something even more horrifying nearby?


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Ridley and Vlad searched the area far away from Beatrice and Graves' encounter. The two did not notice their boss approaching, with Ridley kneeling over a rubble, his icy claws pulling up a man's severed arm from underneath, and Vlad standing with her foot on a skull, and her hands on her hips. Her tail flicked around impatiently, and she grumbled to herself, "...Nothing here at all."

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Gelon couldn't believe what just happened, that dumb pirate just surrender like that while he was needed to see if gelon fixed his thing correctly "dammit Keeton how could you do something like that" gelon grumbled under his breath aas he turned to Ozma "well Ozma you wanted to tell me something about your sister's death? I know it can be hard but I will help you okay?"

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Ozma glanced at Gelon. But only for a few seconds, as his embarassment was too much, and he turned to the ground. He nodded, wishing that Cubey did not have to be here...or the ileryian stranger and the snek spy, for that matter. But whatever. If they were going to damn him for what he is about to say, then...let them do it. He deserved it.

"I....hired VENOM to k-kill my father. For some reasons....."

Ozma took a deep, deep breath.

"...I...they killed my sister too. VENOM murdered Deunan Knight."

He buried his face in his hands, and stammered,

"I-I TOLD them not to go after her!..B-b-but I think S-someone else had their eyes on her death...And I...I can't ...I can't help but feel guilty."

He began sobbing again, and fell to his knees, breaking down in shame and guilt. Ozma then lowered himself further, planting his head on the ground, and his hands besides him, as if prostrating himself and begging the others for mercy. And he whispers in the tiniest and meekest of voice,

"I am...so..sorry."


(Normally I wouldn't do this so quickly, but hey, gotta keep things efficient yes?)

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Gelon got on his knees and lift Ozma up and hold him close "I can forgive you" gelon said and pat his back "sometimes things don't go as we planned and for that we have too pay" gelon said and pat his back with his robotic arm "I got an arm back but at the price for some of my memories, sometimes I get tiny hints of them but they are too small to make me remember more" gelon said and slowly stood up with him "your price was even heavier then mine Ozma but you can fix it by following I your fathers footsteps you honor your father and sister" gelon said to cheer him a bit up and give him a path to follow "it won't be easy with your reputation but I'm sure you can do it and I will help you, that I promise"

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Rily stood there silently as stuff just happened around her. K2 gave himself up to the soldiers but before she could protest, he was gone. She slumpd, dejected that she couldn't do anything to help. Just as Riley was about to just teleport and leave, her ears twitched as Ozma dropped a BOMBSHELL of info. "You WHAT?!" She exclaimed, looking in Ozma's general direction. And the man, Gelon, just...brushed it off? Unbelieveable. "Are you serious?! You are just going to tell 'oh thats ok'?! He ordered the ASSASSINATION of his own father! For 'reasons'?! Oh no no no, that doesn't just get a 'its ok champ we all make mistakes'!" Riley clenched her metal fists so tightly you could hear the scraping of metal. "Some of us would KILL to have a family and you hire someone to KILL yours?! What the hell?" She knew this was absolutely none of her business but this was just way too drastic. She couldn't even sympathize with the guy even though she could hear his sobs. "And now I'm just finding out DEUNAN is dead because of this?! You..you MONSTER!"

Riley stopped yelling. She kept her teeth clenched, practically seething. She couldn't believe what she was hearing. She looked just about ready to punch Ozma in the jaw.

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Ophelia listened to the scuffle from her vantage point and saw the Ishkavi woman dash out of the premise fairly wounded. Ophelia smirked ever so slightly, looking at the trail of blood she left behind. She slowly walked towards the now quiet home, her cold blank expression plastered on her face. A moment passed as the fight was over and Ophelia stood quietly in the damaged doorway, looking down at Graves, then to Megahertz and her hellbeasts. She quietly prepared herself if they would attack her. Ophelia was never the one to make allies but, she hated Drakov, and from what she heard of this man from Beatrice's diatribes, so did he. It was a start. After another moment of silence, Ophelia quietly held out her hand to Graves to help him up. "She sounds like quite a bitch." Ophelia said in a cold tone.

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The snek watched the young pirate surrender and be marched out of the room. Ciril's coils hung in the air for a moment, hesitating, trying to control his emotions. He almost spoke but training held him back. Once Keeton was out of sight, the coils snapped back in place. He adjusted his glasses, already thoughts on overdrive on how to remedy this situation- and then emotional hell broke loose. He watched Ozma crumble to the ground, the cyborg mercenary state the most generic placating and yet self important words of comfort, which then caused the Ilyerian girl to give them both a tongue lashing. And he fully expected the mutant beastman to start up with repetitive wailing with a sprinkling of 'meanies', at any moment. He paused slightly to take in this outburst, and then turned to his datapad, already searching to call in some...favors... hoping to rescue K2. Ciril had friends in high and low places, surely one of them could help. He also needed to find Clockwork as soon as possible to update him. He looked up again at Riley finished her chastizing of Ozma and Gelon. ... Perhaps she could even be of help, especially with those teleporting devices.

The setting changes from F.S.S. Realta Nua to Stratevaria Galaxy

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Along with the others, Cubey was astounded that K2 would rather turn himself in than go with with Ciril's negotiations, and telling Gelon to find away of repairing the peculiar doodad making the odd cubic mutant typically miserable and stunned in response to the the whole scene, though curious on who he meant by short stuff. Cubey looked on with a frown as the space pirate pushed aside Ciril's wing shaped cybernetics and careful turned himself in to the federation troops, giving the commander a a big old goofy grin. The mutated beastman somberly waved goodbye at the man he barely knew, as the very same person told Ciril to contact someone called Clockwork, as well as chiding Gelon for not calling him K2. As they took him away, Cubey scratched at his arm, unable to muster any idea on how to help the selfless stranger that just saved them from most likely a very costly fight. As well as Ozma's house being torn apart. He merely gave a sad sigh as Harrison scoffed at the space pirate, looking around the others in case if they had any suggestions as the commander bid them farewell, blowing a raspberry at him after the door was shut and miserably mumbled; "Poor K2, he seemed nice.", giving Ozma a grimace a she sighed as well, though not knowing the true reason behind it.

His attention shifted to Gelon however a she asked the home owner on what he wanted to tell him earlier, staring at his friend in curiosity and slight worry, hoping whatever it was he was going to say, it wasn't about the smokey man in the suit. Even Cubey was pretty sure that man didn't want people spreading information. What came out of Ozma's mouth however was something he would never have and a smidgen of a guess for, staring wide eyed and frozen in shock and disbelief. He merely could only watch on as Ozma continued to talk before breaking down into tears, and more disbelief came as Gelon readily accepted his apology and forgave him, with some confusing talk about following his relatives and his robotic arm, or at least it was to Cubey. He snapped out of his trance when Riley started her furious bellowing at them, to which Cubey stared at her with grim look of agreement on his face, before staring at the sunglasses wearing snek and the robotic maid for what they had to say, though it seemed the snek was more interested in his data pad. Suddenly, Cubey was filled with utter confused frustration and rage deciding to avoid saying anything, and threw a cushion at Ozma, changing it's gravity to turn much more like a brick than a pillow on impact, before rushing past Gelon and Ozma to get to Deunan's old room. He needed to get the transmitter. He needed to contact the smokey man in the suit.

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Gelon pat Ozma's back and quickly swat the pillow away then slowly let Ozma go and turn to Riley "will you SHUT UP!" he yelled furious at her "I KNOW WHAT IT'S TO LOSE FAMILY CAUSE I LOST 23 FUCKING YEARS OF MY MEMORIES! I might have had a wife and a child! Which I don't remember! I might not have seen my child for 7 years! You know how that is!? Not knowing if you had a child to care for!" Gelon said in rage and also sadness "I have no idea cause of my own doing cause I was a wreck when I escaped from the beastman! I didn't want it for some reason! I lost that much memories damnit!" Gelon said as he clenched his fists "I just don't remember!" Gelon said sobbing a bit in grief of not knowing his own past

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Riley scoffed angrily. "BUT HE HIRED SOMEONE. I'M PRETTY SURE HE DID THAT SHIT ON PURPOSE! Whether Deunan was killed or not! It's patricide! That is NOT something that can be brushed off! Ugh!" Riley groaned trying to calm herself down. To no avail. "It's disgusting." She spoke between her teeth, taking notice of Cubey's actions as he ran away sobbing. "Fuck this. I'm out of here." Riley wanted to punch both of their faces in so badly. But she knew that would make her no better than they are. The type to not cherish what a life truly is. She gave them one last glare through her goggles before storming out of Ozma's house.

She quietly walked out onto the sidewalk and stopped just in front of the steps. Looking back at the house, she considered something. 'I wonder if I should could the Feds to get Ozma' was the thought that crossed her mind. She stood there quietly thinking about it. So far it looked like a yes.

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Ozma looked into Gelon's gaze with wide eyes, disbelieving what he heard. It was almost disturbing to be so easily forgiven, but right now, his fragile mind demanded he feed on the sympathy given...and he did. He buried his head in Gelon's shoulders, mumbling what seemed to be a thanks in the midst of his inelegant blubbering. Of course, he didn't expect the others to accept the situation as well as Gelon. Riley's words pierced him like a poisoned dagger to the heart. He knew that she simply did not like him anyways, but he also knew everything she said was true, causing him to hide his face further in Gelon's shoulder. Suddenly, he heard Cubey's pillow missile dashing through the air, and he didn't even try to avoid it (not that he could if he wanted to), causing him even more surprise when Gelon defended him.

He stepped back and watched with an utterly devastated expression as Cubey ran off. The first person to call him a friend in years...and even he could not stomach what he had done. Ozma hung his head in shame, and remained still. He winced when Gelon began shouting sadly and angrily, glancing at the mercenary with worried eyes. He was about to say something, but Riley's angry reply silenced him back in shame. She was right. He kind of wished that Cubey's pillow had hit him in the face. At the very least, it would have been a tiny bit cathartic to them. He couldn't help but glance at Ciril apathy curiously. Though perhaps hs professional ways meant he was just less reactive than everyone else.

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Clockwork woke up from his back alley collapse, shooking his head to get the buzzing noise out of his steel brain. "ughhhh..what time is it...", he wondered. Then he looked down. Almost 10.00. "Ah, the perks of having a clock in your chest." Clockwork limped out of the alley, stretching and straightening himself out, and making his way....aimlessly, really. He just wanted to walk away, and get those strange images out of his head.

Suddenly, he saw a topless insectoid lady and a floating squid pass by, heading to the lifts. He jerked back and his visor swung open in surprise. He had not seen such a petite, yet magnificent woman in ages! He wondered if she would go out with him for a cup of tea. His hip thrusters activated, driving him towards the two.

Quin stared at Lekan obliviously. "...What? There's nothing on them.", Alluding both to the lack of nipples on her chest and the lack of her...endowment, to put it bluntly. She seemed quite displeased when making this point, her stare more intense than usual towards Lekan.

As the elevator doors were closing, a purple synthetic slipped in at the last second, skidding to a halt and bumping on to the bulletproof glass tube-shaped walls of the elevator. "Oofph!" He then turned around, shaking his head, and looked between Lekan and Quin. "Greetings, lady and gent-"

His eyes stopped at Quin. So petite. So innocent. So chaste. So topless. Clockwork went down on his knees, and grabbed hold of Quin's hands. He held them gently and lifted them up, gazing at her with his six set of red eyes (and two more behind his yellow visor).

"My lady, I will never take my eyes off you again.........unnnnless I'm about to run into a wall."


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As Riley stopped in the middle of the streets, she can sense something approaching. Something...large? Yet oddly silent. Or rather, squeaky.

Before hitting the beaches, Mosa decided to take a ride around the ship. On a pink tricycle. It squeaks cutesily, complimenting the hot pink color scheme. The wheels are tinier than even the oddly proportioned Mosa's head, and the entire bike was barely the size of one of his leg. And yet, he somehow made it all work. All the while wearing a pair of shades and an orange shirt with white flowers printed on them, along with a garland of chrysantheum around his neck, its fragrant smell refreshing in this sterile, odorless spaceship.

Mosa saw Riley by herself at the edge of the street, and became concerned by the girl's silence. He stopped the tricycle near her, and looked between her and the Knight house. "Are you alright???", Mosa asked in his naturally loud, deep, bellowing voice.

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Ciril waited for an appropriate number of seconds to pass. He then addressed Ozma, "I realize this must be a dificult time for you. My objective is to ensure K2's release. If you wish to assist, please contact me. " he handed Ozma a chip with his (limited) contact info. He shifted his gaze to Gelon, "I'll be watching you." with that, he turned precisely, metal hands behind his back, and walked to the door. He would need to find Clockwork next, and update him before he found out on his own and did anything rash. The pink haired messenger did not seem to be in the mood to help, and he did not think it wise to pursue her. Ciril stood outside the residence in the hall, contemplating his next move and scanning once again for signs of Clockwork.

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As Cubey stroppily slammed the door behind him when he finally stormed into Deunan's room, he could still hear the furious arguing downstairs, though extremely muffled. It was still definitely heated and vicious however, that much was obvious, even to Cubey. He quickly noticed the encrypted transmitter on the floor next to a few stuffed animals, which he hastily snatched almost immediately, before realizing he had no idea how to work the device, causing his to give a moody growl at the innocent transmitter. After a few stressful moments of shouting hello at the device,as well as pressing any button he could find, a voice suddenly emitted for it, leaving Cubey quite surprised at it announced; "You have one missed message."
It then proceeded to replay the message from Graves about meeting near where they first met the man, where Deunan had died the day before, leaving Cubey soften up a little.

He took deep breaths and counted as high as he could, which wasn't that much to be frank, before seeing the clock on the wall showing clearly he was going to be late very soon, making him stressed once again, as he gave a panicked yelp before shoving the transmitter in his pocket, and shoving open the door. He had to tell the smokey man what Ozma just confessed, and meeting him face to face, was probably the best bet of getting that across than fiddling around with the transmitter for hours on end. Besides, he was just asked to head there anyways, probably meaning he had a lead on something, at least that was what Cubey guessed. Unless if he just wanted to hang out. That would be okay too. Unless if he turned out to be a bad guy as well. Then there was only Gelon which he wasn't sure if he was a bad guy or not since he wanted to be friends with Ozma who he was now convinced was a bad guy, and Quin and Lekan, but he didn't really know them either. Or Tep either, who seemed nice as well nonetheless. In fact the more he thought about it, he didn't really know anyone aboard the ship, which for some reason, made him panic even more for a second. He then realized that his antennae was picking up the fact that Riley and Ciril had left the building, their smell now having turned a lot weaker, guessing they both got sick of Ozma and Gelon, giving a nasty sneer to himself.

The cubic mutant then quickly leapt down the stairs, only to slip and topple onto his back, exclaiming grumpily; "Your fault Ozma! No Laughing!", trying his best not to fly in a rage against Ozma for his unjust blaming for his lack of athletic grace. He got back to his feet and loudly and quickly proclaimed; "I'm off to meet the smokey man now, bye robot maid lady, bye Gelon!", before rushing off out of the door moodily, not bothering to bid goodbye to Ozma as quickly began sprinting as fast as his stubby little legs would allow.

He rudely pushed passed Ciril in the hallway, as well as run past Riley and Mosa stopping and glancing back to only quickly comment; "That tricycle looks silly!" stroppily, giving his only real indication of recognizing them. Cubey continued on his run towards his destination; the last place he saw Deunan alive.

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Clockwork, still holding Quin's hands, turned to Lekan as he waved his...tentacle. "Yes sir!", he stood up and pointed at the squid. "You look like you could do wonders with those arms of yours. I say we spend the night together with Fraulein Cannon over here....if you know what I mean."

"Fraulein...Cannon....", Quin muttered, tilting her head, seeming both mildly amused and flattered by that comment.

Before the elevator can descend, Clockwork spot Ciril in the distance, seemingly looking for him. "Ah~!" He pressed a button, and the cylindrical elevator door hissed as it opened. Clockwork then waved at Ciril. "Ciril my friend! Care to join us?"


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Ozma hung his head and hesitantly nodded at Ciril's words, not feeling up to argue with anyone right now. Just then, he heard loud, angry footsteps to his left descending down the stairs. Must be Cubey. He then heard a crash, and instinctively turned his head to see Cubey having slipped and fall on his back. Yep, Cubey. Cubey's words caused him to stagger and whimper, shutting his lips.


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Mosa waited for Riley to answer. He waved a hand in front of her face. "Ellloooo? Mosa to lady, is lady home?"

He then saw Cubey skipping past him, and heard his comment about Mosa's tricycle, causing him to scowl, and shook his fist and bellow. "THIS TRICYCLE HAS BEEN PASSED DOWN THE BELKAN LINE FOR GENERATIONS!"

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Ozma pondered whether or not he should visit Graves. With the choice of location and Cubey's presence...it seems to be a truckload of no. He gave Gelon a sympathetic glance as he sighed, and hung his head again immediately as he spoke. He kept quiet as Gelon gave his offer, but it did not take him long. It seems like Gelon was the only one who would give him a chance to redeem himself - and he would gladly take it.

Shaking his hand, Ozma nodded, though still unable to look him in the eye. "I'll do anything you ask."

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(sorry its taken so long! Midterm week HELL. Especially when some are worth 40% of my grade. Those kinda take precedence over an rp..)

Riley did a double take when a booming voice was trying to get her attention. She was so lost in thought he had barely noticed him there. This was so unlike her... normally she'd just follow her heart without a worry in the world but...something was just not right. Something foreboding. "O-oh! I'm so sorry, I didn't....wait you're riding a tricycle? Dude how old are you?" Riley started to laugh. "I'm fine... I just realized that if I followed through with something I was gonna do, I'd have no evidence." Riley stood there for a moment. "So uh...hi..."

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Ophelia didn't smirk back at Graves. "It looks like you are in need of services more than I right now." She looked a bit behind Graves at megahertz and her servant creatures. They stood down but looked weary of her. Ophelia stared back at Graves with her soulless eyes. "I'm not a fan. They....indirectly...hurt me. And I'd like to do the same." She paused to give Graves an appraising look over. She didn't care what this man's true business was but if she was going to start with her revenge, he seemed like a good place to start before she would zero in on her main target. "A mercenary under Drakov's employment has enlightened me that he intends to capture GEHENNA for its power. Not destroy it. Destroying GEHENNA seems to have its benefits..." This was probably the most Ophelia has said in om bout in a long time, her stitches were starting to ache on the corners of her mouth. "Though I'm not sure if you know this already."

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Byatis crawled along the rooftops and noticed a group of Fed soldiers holding someone forcibly by the arm leading him somewhere. Curious, Byatis took a closer look. It was K2! "Oh that silly pirate, getting into his shenanigans again! " He happily laughed. Byatis decided to follow them by the rooftops. With the artificial daylight lights broken, he was hidden quite well.

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Ozma paid attention to Gelon's words, and nodded solemnly. "Yes....sir." He wasn't going to ask Gelon about his family matters anyways. He trusted the mercenary, but doing so right now would be very awkward. He followed Gelon, his chin up and his eyes determined.

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Mosa scoffed and folded his arms, smirking with his enormous maw. "HMPH! Did not matter how old you are! Good ride is good for everyone!" He then listened to Riley, and tilted his head. "Da...is that so....", he said with a lower voice than before, sympathetically. "Evidence will come in time! You go out and have fun! Wrinkles do bad things to faces. Beach time for everyone~", Mosa nodded vigorously as he tried to persuade her.


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Harrison and his men led K2 into the bridge elevator, pushing him towards Beatrice's room. They looked around the sterile white corridors, their battle-hardened instinct telling them something was following them....though nothing was visible. Harrison knocked on Beatrice's door, while one of the bigger soldiers kept K2 restrained.

"Madam Beatrice! 'Delivery'."

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Gelon knew that they had to pass Riley to go search for Cubey but what he didn't expect was Mosa "don't call me sir Ozma, just Gelon" he said and hold his wrist "now we are gonna pass that huge blue Beastman and the Illeryian, so try to keep it cool, you got me as protection" Gelon whispered to Ozma to keep him relaxed then he let go of his wrist while they got closer to Riley and Mosa while Gelon hoped on not to much comotion

(expect: K2, Beatrice, Ridley, Alisa (Vlad), Megahertz. Maybe: Ciril, Lekan, Byatis super maybe: Boris, Sentinel(?). just a reminder who i expect (not required) to react soon)

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Riley smiled a bit as Mosa cheered her up a bit, "Yeah, perhaps it will. Oh! We've made it to Nekrim? I must have lost track of time! Ahah, well I guess I COULD use some relaxation on the beach and breath another form of simulated fresh air." Riley could hear the squeaking of Mosa's floatation toys as he moved around and tried not to giggle. "Let's go before the good spots are taken!" Riley could feel two presences coming up behind them, but had no way of knowing who they were unless they spoke, so she simply took a step or two closer to Mosa to get out of their way.

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Ophelia stared quietly for a moment as she listened to Graves talk on his communicator in a hushed tone. Simply nodding at Graves' offer she followed behind him and glanced back at Megahertz wondering if she'd join them or not, though you couldn't tell from Ophelia's forever cold gaze.

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Byatis noticed K2 looking up at him. He stuck his tongue out back at K2 and had to stifle a giggle when he got tazed. But, Byatis took that as a sign to be careful and activated his natural camouflage. He hopped from rooftop to rooftop until they went up an elevator, to which he sat like a puppy waiting for its owner. Sure enough, time passed and the Federation troops were back with K2 still in tow, and Byatis continued his cloaked pursuit.

After a while Byatis comes upon a small jail building. This was definitely temporary as Byatis already spotted a few ways past the guards. He quietly creeped up to the building and followed K2's scent. He must be a bit up, Byatis thought. Byatis tapped the wall quickly. Nothing was triggered...good. Quietly crawling up the jail wall, Byatis peered in to a window and saw K2 in his cell. Keeping cloaked Byatis giggled in a hushed tone. "Oooo someone's in troooouble."

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Ozma was a bit surprised when Gelon grabbed his wrist, instinctively turning to look at him, but nodded understandingly at his advice. "Ah, yes s-...Gelon." His heart skipped a beat as he saw Riley, and a big blue Beastman beside her. He did not want any trouble, so he lowered his gaze.

Mosa grinned happily at Riley's positive reaction, showing off his enormous teeth. "Beach moon big enough for most people. But Mosa big enough for most beach moons! HAHAHA!" He turned around as his tail could feel the vibrations of the approaching Gelon and Ozma. He greeted them with a slightly forced smile and a wave. "AH, Gelon!! Flying Munchkin! Good day!!" At least, he did not sound like he held a grudge against Gelon.

Ozma would respond, but Riley's presence there made it extra awkward.

"You two going to beach?", Mosa questioned them as he stepped off the tricycle and slung it over his shoulders. It was getting inconvenient.


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Megahertz have been keeping silent of the matter this whole time, when she realized Ophelia's pitch black, shark-like eyes were on her. "!" She nearly fell from the realization, then looked between her and Graves, and realized she hadn't answered his questions. "Eh? Oh!...yeah, I..guess I could come along.", she responded warily, her two demonic pets staying by her side. She wasn't completely sure she was in on the 'Anti-Drakov' revolution. Graves made her very suspicious. But if he could help her find Sentinel.....

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Gelon waved back to Mosa and keeps walking with Ozma "not yet Mosa going after a small green guy called cubey, just making sure he doesn't get in trouble, maybe after that we will" Gelon told Mosa and waved again to him as he and Ozma left him and Riley "now, where do you think cubey could have gone to?"

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"Okay then. BYE!" Mosa waved at the pair, watching them walk into the distance.

After Mosa and Riley were out of earshot, Ozma turned to Gelon, remembering Graves' offer. "....I...I know where. Follow me." Quickening his pace, Ozma headed for Graves' meeting shot.

The setting changes from F.S.S. Realta Nua to Nekrim

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Riley smiled at Mosa after the two left. "Last one to the elevator has to buy the other a drink on the beach! Aha" With that she ran down the road passed Mosa. Luckily for her, she knew where the elevators were this time around thanks to her radar implants, and it was just a straight run down the road. Riley hoped Mosa would actually follow. She didn't want to go to the beach alone and he seemed nice enough after insisting she go to the beach in the first place.

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Quin hovered in place, pulling her head back slightly, amused at Beatrice's comment, yet saying nothing. She turned to Lekan, and tilted her head, frowning. "Me? Steal? No, I just conveniently had it stored in my..." Quin paused, blinking twice. Then she whispered, "...You don't want to know."

Quin had no comment at Lekan grabbing her hand, though in her mind, she couldn't help but wonder if Lekan had a very specific fetish or something.

Clockwork slumped in disappointment at Beatrice's reaction. "Awwwh-" But then, he went silent. Dead silent, as Beatrice accidentally slipped something about K2. Interesting. He watched as Beatrice stuck her hand into the bag. "Oh hey, what's that? A magic trick? Hehehhe, Are you going to pull a pigeon- whoa....." Clockwork stepped back and raised his hands when he saw the power knife. He chuckled nervously, and attempted to defuse the situation. Sometimes, the best way to get what you want was through persuasion, not force.

"....Now, now....There is no need for that. I am merely a 5-foot-7, outdated, sharp, pointy, and devilishly handsome android. I am unarmed, and I mean you no harm. And neither do these guys. Right?", Clockwork threw a glance at the others, hoping they would play along.

"You wanna date Quinz? I wanna be friends! I'm sure we can benefit each other, yes?"

Quin glanced at Lekan, curious as to what his take on this whole matter was.

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"YOU GOHTTA DEAL!", Mosa bellowed out in his loud, ambigiously-accented voice. He ran towards the elevator with Riley, but despite actually being fast for his size....he was still a very big and unwieldy size, and thus lagged behind Riley. Three seconds after Riley entered the tube-shaped elevator, Mosa stumbled in, nearly smashing onto the bulletproof glass walls. Mosa turned to Riley, and took a deep breath as he punched in the codes to head below. "You are TOO FAST for Mosa!" There was something in his voice, something odd. Despite sounding fierce and brutish, there was a strange playfulness to it.

They reached the beach soon enough, and the sound of peaceful waves and busy beach goers instantly filled her ears. Certainly seemed like a packed day. Mosa shrugged, and turned to her. "Well! Mosa promised." He glanced at a rainbow-colored refreshment stand not too far away, then looked back at Riley. "What do you want to drink? Mosa likes the strawberry bubble tea himself!" He took a deep breath of the air, and wagged his tail. It smelled like a good day, especially after yesterday.

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Riley shook a bit when Mosa's hulking form made the elevator rumble a bit as he slammed into the back wall. But when everything turned out to be fine, Riley let out a good laugh.

Finally the arrive at the surface of Nekrim and almost immediately Riley is assaulted by the scents and sounds of the beach. It was all so lovely to take in. Those Mosa knocked her out of the trance-like state with the offer. "Ahaha I was just joking about the drinks but if you insist" She happily followed Mosa along. She couldn't help but think a little of K2 being taken away by fierce sounding soldiers. Though she wasn't sure of his entire situation, he didn't seem bad enough to be sent to jail. Nonetheless, the law was not something she was willing to break to get answers. She focused back on Mosa. "Bubble tea? I dunno what that is but it sounds amazing! I'll try that!" With that, she walked off not too far away to find a table to sit at. She was sure Mosa could easily pick her out in a crowd. She may be blind but she was aware of how bright her hair was. She just hoped she picked a big enough table for Mosa.

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Beatrice sighed heavily out of relief. She let go of the grip on the blade as she felt her adrenaline rush fall dramatically, and her pulse slow to a normal beat.

"That is a relief." She says turning away from the protector, and looking at the serenity of the calm beach. "I think most people have forgotten what we are here to do. Whether or not we think differently can wait, we have a force threatening everyone's existence." Beatrice let that information sink in to whoever could hear. "I'm not sorry that I detained your friend, but I believe that I misspoke."

Completely done with talking to the group, Beatrice put her head back in her chair and basked in the warm sunlight as she attempted to doze off. However her sleep was rudely interrupted by the ringing of her communicator. She groaned, pulling herself upright in a sleepy daze. "This better be good..." Beatrice listened for a moment, after a a few minutes the Ishkavi finally responded "Contact the Federation." With that Beatrice ended the call.

The giggle that came from Beatrice's mouth started out innocent and childish, but soon formed into a malicious cackle.

"Communicator, intercom microphone."

"Greetings this is Mrs. Schwartz, I have very grim news for all of you. Ozma Knight is dead, He was murdered moments ago by the same man who caused the assassination of his beloved sister, Deunan, and his Father. The price of the culprit has now tripled. I have heard recent events to disrupt or overthrow the people in charge of this operation, such as myself. All I have to say is that we are not enemies, you few who have endured so much, the survivors, you have been chosen by fate to save everything. The murderers, scoundrels, gang members, and yes the occasional good guy. You are tasked with defeating the ultimate evil GEHENNA, do not forget that. Thank you all for your time."

A text document was sent to all citizens of the Realta Nua

"Communicator, audio message to Gelon Deskovitch."

"I saw what happened, you tried to protect the boy. Very noble Mr. Deskovitch. However you are working for a psychopath. A killer, scarred by war such as yourself. All I ask of you is to pick the right side. You have seen what he is capable of, get back to me Gelon."

One last call, "Communicator, contact Federation holding cell for Nekrim"

"I want the boy."

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Quin hovered with a smirk on her face as she observed Lekan. She felt quite amused by how clingy and defensive the ondari can be of her. She found that somewhat charming, and a bit more appealing than Beatrice's borderline-transphobic remark. Without any warning, once all sides finished speaking, she turned around and hovered away, fully expecting Lekan to follow her.

Clockwork chuckled and folded his arms. He then nudged Lekan, whispering, "Wow, bro, she totally ignored you bro." A pause. "Well. She ignored me too, but let's ignore that." The synthetic then turned back to Beatrice and watched her make the announcement. Ozma was dead, huh? Well, irrelevant news for him, though any loss of life was a little sad, he supposed. Figuring out that Lekan would much rather spend time alone with Quin, Clockwork sat down next to Beatrice, and placed his chin on his palm. "So...you're into other women, eh? I wonder....what's your type~?" Seemed like this woman knew where K2 was. Perhaps he could butter her up a bit, get to know her. Who knows, maybe he'd make a friend along the way. Or at least know someone interesting.

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It took a while for Mosa to return to Riley, but he eventually did, the vibrations on the ground from his heavy footsteps and sliding tail unmistakeable. Noticing Riley's bright pink hair amongst the crowd of equally colorful beach goers, Mosa walked up to her, and sat on the table with a loud, clunky thud. Thankfully, there was nothing on the table, or things would have undoubtedly fallen to pieces below. If only Riley could see, she would have noticed how tiny the plastic bubble tea containers were compared to Mosa's ridiculously oversized arms. He placed both of them on the table, then cracked his knuckles. "BON! APPENDIX!....err...did I say that right?"

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When Mosa plopped down into his seat, the tremor he made made her bounce slightly off her seat. Riley could only wish to see just how BIG Mosa was. She giggled a bit at Mosa's words as she reached for her bubble tea. "Ahahah I'm sure its close enough Mosa." She teased as she took a sip. The drink was definitely different! Not only did it have a strong citrus flavour but also chewy chunks. She enjoyed it quite a lot. "Wow this is so good! Thanks Mosa!" She sat quietly as she took a few more sips. "Sooooo... why are you on the Realta Nua? You work there or are you one of the 'warriors' thats gonna stop this GEHENNA guy?" She was genuinely curious. She could tell Mosa was a HUGE beastman but he was...too nice to be a warrior type. Then again, she had no idea who exactly she was talking to. Her tail swished from left to right repeatedly happily. It was a nice day on Nekrim.

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Quin nodded at Lekan, hovering together across the beach. "Security is good.", She simply stated. She looked around, admiring the sights quietly, as awkward silence continued to ensue between the two, accompanied by the less awkward and less silent beach goers enjoying themselves.

"Lekan. Do you like calamari?", Quin asked without reason or warning. "....And if you do, would that be considered cannibalism?", she pondered out loud, tilting her head as she watched the sun above.

Just then, Lekan noticed something..or rather, someone...in the crowd. She...almost looked exactly like Quin. Same face, same height, more endowed chest. A sister, perhaps? Or maybe just someone random. It would not be politically correct to make such immediate assumptions.

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Mosa lifted his chin and smiled proudly with his eyes closed at Riley's positive reception, while folding his massive arms. "Oh, Mosa gonna stop GEHENNA!", he said with absolute confidence, nodding to himself. "It be good promotion for personal restaurant!" He grinned and slouched forward. "Riley ever visited Mosa's Seafood Services at Nebulon? Mosa named it after his father! And his grandfather before him!....though not his great grandfather, no, no."

Mosa paused, then glanced away and scratched his head, before speaking in a lower tone, "...Of course, Mosa not surprised if you don't know the restaurant." Mosa silently recalled all the times Colt's antics had brought the restaurant problems. Harassments, violence, poisoned food..... Mosa may have been a good cook, but he was not much of a manager or a leader.

Not wanting the conversation to turn awkward, Mosa shook his head and held two thumbs up. "UH. But you should come one day! Mosa give discount to you! Bring family and friends!". Just no children

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Riley listened with a smile. Mosa was definitely gung-ho about fighting GEHENNA and his attitude kept her grinning. Fighting a transdimensional being for the sake of publicity was definitely not the motivation she expected to hear. Mosa's Seafood Services...she had definitely heard about it when she worked briefly in Nebulon. "Oh! Yes I've heard of that place. I just never had enough cash to eat out, so I had to stick to my priorities rather than my preferences." She also did know a few of the rumours around the restaurant but she held her tongue, afraid she might open some old wounds.

"Well...if you get whatever was wrong all sorted out, I'll drop by! Though I'd probably just be me going. Don't have much of a family, haha." She didn't want Mosa to dwell on that point so Riley slurped up the rest of the cold bubble tea and crushed the plastic cup with her metal hand. "HAH! So! Uh! What should...we uh...do next?" She inquired.

The setting changes from Nekrim to Stratevaria Galaxy

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-Realta Nua-

Vlad fell on her knees and palms, panting and gasping for breath. A moment of silence. She was so sure it was all over. That she was over. She looked up at Beatrice. Perplexed, but thankful. That was so close....

Ridley stood with his back arched, in frozen agony. His previously light blue body had turned stone-like and gray. His red heart was no longer beating. Cracks appear through his body, and soon, he crumbled into dust, as Beatrice carried Graves away.

Vlad, glancing at Ridley, let out a small chuckle at Beatrice's comment. Just then, a bright light above, attracted her attention....


-Nekrim-

Mosa nodded vigorously at Riley's words, clasping his hands together and smiling. He frowned a bit when Riley mentioned she didn't have a family. Mosa stretched his massive arms and stood up, flexing himself. "Hmmmmm. There still plenty of day remaining, why don't we-"

Suddenly, a blinding red in the sky caught their eyes......


-Above-

"Sons and daughters of Stratevaria...... I have waited long. And you have grown complacent. You have forgotten why you left your homes in the first place. And it is time for me...to remind you.

The sky changed. The baby blue was replaced with blood red evil. The crimson skies cover all of Nekrim. The people of Nekrim, a second ago simply enjoying their time, stood up and screamed, running for their lives, trampling over each other. And then they saw it.

...But what WAS it? A part of an old world, decayed and crumbling....falling from the sky, casting a shadow as large as the moon itself. It fell. Too fast, too soon, too large.


-Nekrim-

Immediately, Mosa lunged up, and grabbed Riley like a child grabbing his piggy bank. "WE HAVE TO MAKE IT TO SAFETY!" But Riley could hear it. The vibrations in the air, the rumbling noise it made as it descended. There was no escaping something like that.

Nearby, Clockwork and Ciril rejoined Lekan and Quin. "GUYS!! Run!!!", Clockwork shouted out, terrified too much to think thoroughly. Quin was frozen in place, staring at the massive.....thing...in awe.


-Realta Nua-

The entire ship was bathed in red light - both from the bloodied skies outside and the ship's alarm incessantly shrieking and blaring. Vlad looked around, at the fallen Ophelia, at the kneeling Gelon. She tried to stand, but she immediately fell on her chest. Ophelia had drained much of her strength. There was no escaping. From the ground, she could see the Federation Soldiers guiding people to the escape pods. She scoffed at the pointlessness. This was the end.



-Nekrim-

"My gift upon you...a part of Another World I conquered.... long ago."

An ear shattering....noise. A thud, a boom, a screech? It was impossible to tell. It was so loud. So loud. The piece of the world fell on Nekrim that day, tearing the beach world apart. Countless died immediately. Tidal waves rose and chasms formed. Countless more died after.

Clockwork could only reached out as he saw Ciril being dragged away by the waters and pulverized by falling debris. Unable to move, unable to escape, he could only gaze at the red sky....as a massive rubble fell onto the synthetic.

Quin held Lekan close, as they float over the surface of the shattering moon. They saw millions of people, dragged and drowned by tidal waves, smashed by debris, or -wheter worse or better is up for debate- crushed into nothingness by the piece of the world itself. The Genesior looked at Lekan, eye to eye, and spoke. "Lekan. We must be strong, we must-"

A massive rebar spike appeared out of nowhere, hurled through the air...and it bore through Quin's head, drilling through her temples. Her eyes widened, displaying the most emotion she ever had up to this point, as she continued to look at Lekan, eye to eye. A pure expression, nothing held back, nothing hidden. Glowing green blood hacked through her throat and onto Lekan's forehead. An expression of terror. A single tear rolled down her left eye. Before Lekan could do anything else, a powerful tidal wave struck, separating the two, smashing Lekan onto a merchant's cart, and Quin into the oblivion in the horizon.

Mosa held Riley close as they were struck by the waters, the beastman letting out a defiant battle cry, refusing to die like this, right here. They feel the entire world fighting to destroy them. To destroy everyone. As they were swept away, they could see everything around them - dead or destroyed. Corpses floating on raging waters. Machinery and pieces of buildings no longer in one piece. And far away....the Realta Nua itself had broken in half. "No...no, no....", Mosa whispered between ragged breaths as he swam against the tide.


-The Realta Nua-

The piece of the world had crashed right next to the Realta Nua, and like the beach world it currently inhabited, the ship had broken. The waterproof alarm continued to blare as the two halves of the ship were pushed around by the tide like nothing. The inhabitants inside died quickly; electrocuted by the ship's machinery, thrown off the ship and drowned....their screams overshadowed by everything else around them.

Vlad held on to a piece of the ship, gazing to the watery abyss below her. So many people dead. So many lives destroyed. This was a disaster. A metallic creaking. Vlad turned her head behind her. The other half of the ship. Both halves were about to collide. Vlad sighed, and closed her eyes. She was tired.

Another ungodly loud noise ensued, as the halves of the ship smashed into each other - And Vlad was right between them, alongside many others, she was obliterated into a bloody mess by the spikes and wreckage. Her helmet bounced down the hull of the ship, and into the waters below, to be lost alongside many others, in this day of carnage.

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The booming sound of the ominous was back, then suddenly all her senses were overloaded with the comet headed straight for Nekrim. The only thing she was able to register was Mosa scooping her up and running. "W-whats going on!" was all she could say, unsure if Mosa could hear her. Suddenly they were both engulfed by waters. She held onto Mosa for dear life. Normally she'd teleport but she was so disoriented by so much going on she would have a high risk of appearing impaled by debris. That, and she didn't want to leave Mosa behind.

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Megahertz held Gelon close, as she stared with wide-eyed horror at the ship falling apart around them. Massive structures, once mighty and impenetrable, now crumbling and folding like styrofoam and paper. The ground beneath them heaved left and right, unstable and falling apart. Cracks appear beneath their feet, and Megahertz shook her head, tearfully staring at Gelon. "I don't wanna die, I don't wanna die, I don't wanna die...!", her voice devolving into whispers. A loud creak, a growl from the grating metal. A mighty shadow was casted upon them. A massive foundation, ten times Gelons' own size and twenty times his weight, was falling upon them, and quickly, it smashed against the bubble shield with the might of a battering ram from the Gods themselves.

Gelon's bubble shield was smashed through the floors of the breaking ship....and soon, the three fell into the waters of the obliterated moon. With the draining oxygen supply and practically the entire moon fighting against them, one wonders if all three will survive the night. Then, at the corner of their eyes, they could see a...massive dome, haphazardly shaped from twisted metal..approaching, at high speed.


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Around Byatis and Ophelia, everything fell apart. The bulletproof windows shatter, the artificial sky projectors short circuited by the flooding water. A screaming Federation Trooper was washed away in front of them by the quickly invading water. Lights flicker and die, with only the incessant and annoying alarm continuing to shriek. The metal dome shield protecting Byatis and Ophelia creaked and shrieked, toyed around by both the mayhem around them and Ophelia's own metal manipulating powers. They can feel the vibrations as the steel was stretched and bent out of whack. Then, the ship tilted heavily to its side.

The metal dome containing the two rolled down the cracked floors of the ship, like a chrome hamster wheel for two, they descend, the wind rushing through the holes and blowing at their bodies. Along the way, they flattened many people and barely dodged a few explosions. And then, not too far away, they see another ball - this time a bubble shield made of energy, containing Gelon, Cubey, and Megahertz.

Ophelia's metal dome gained more and more speed as it rolled further and further down the broken floors, and eventually, it rolled into the waters...and smashed into the bubble shield with mighty force. Ophelia's metal dome dented severely, and Gelon's bubble shield flickered for a brief moment, as all the inhabitants of both protective balls inside were shaken. Megahertz was flung out of the bubble shield when it flickered for a brief moment. She shrieked and flailed desperately, and she looked at Gelon with a pleading look as the bubble shield restored......but before anybody could do anything, she fell to the sea...and the mighty waves washed her away.

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Mosa snarled and held on to a large piece of debris with all his strength, eye glaring around, trying to find fellow survivors as the waters assaulted them from every direction. But all they could find were the dead and the destroyed. The choking smell of ash, smoke, and salt water filled their nostrills. Growling to himself, Mosa did the only thing he could do - hang on.

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Riley continued to hold on. The heat of the smoke and the cold of the waters were slowly getting to her, luckily robotic claws never get tired. She suddenly felt something hit Mosa's back and landed in her arms. It felt really warm. It was Gelon's flare. She welcomed the warmth but moved it so that it wouldn't burn either of them. She had no idea who it came from since the sounds of rushing waves ate Gelon's words.

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Byatis and Ophelia shared a worried look as they felt the metal dome detach from the ground, and thy started rolling quickly down the side of the ship. They two bumped into each other several times as the orb made contact with the ground. Several squishing sounds could be heard as blood seeped into the holes. They definitely crushed a few people.

Finally they bounce off Gelon's bubble shield and crash into the debris of a building. Ophelia let the dome shatter, and both Byatis and Ophelia crashed onto the unstable roof. Byatis squirmed but dug his claws into the stone. Ophelia rolled along the roof but stopped when Byatis intervened. He simply returned a grin. "What the hell.." Ophelia murmured as she looked upon the chaos, spotting the bubble shield they hit.

"I guess GEHENNA got impatient. He does that. Feels weird being on the business end of that though." Byatis replied bluntly. They both stared out at the horizon in silence.

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Mosa turned to look and wave at Gelon as he passed by, but before he could see anything, Gelon fired a flare into the sky and said something, though the distance and the raging elements around them prevented him from hearing it clearly. "WHAT?", Mosa yelled back, holding tight onto the piece of debris and Riley.

Megahertz, having been trashed about by the waters, was hyperventilating and barely concious when she was rescued by Ryze and Gelon. She was much more delicate than either of the two, and at this point was just going along, her body and mind exhausted.

Seeing Gelon approach, Mosa nodded. The kid? There was only one kid that Mosa saw on board the Realta Nua (for obvious reasons), and thus, he kept an eye out, his head twisting left and right to hopefully find Cubey's bubble shield. Eventually, he spotted the shield, and with it, the few remaining survivors. "Hold tight.", Mosa whispered to Riley, before pushing his body through the water to join the bubble shield.

Looking about, Mosa spotted Kyra, Gerald, and Graves near the bubble shield. Mosa tilted his head, having a bad feeling about them, but at that moment, they did not have much of a choice. Mosa nodded at them, "Howdy", and waited for Gelon to grant them access into the bubble.

Looking around some more while waiting, Mosa's nose twitched, and he turned his attention onto Byatis and Ophelia sitting on a piece of debris. Mosa glanced at the Graves Trio behind him. "Wait! There's more survivors over there!", he said while pointing at the two. Staring back at them, Mosa waved his enormous arm and bellowed, "HEY YOU GUYS!! OVER HERE!!"

Some of them would be able to see a portion of the ship bursting out of the waters and flying away, thanks to Beatrice, though that escaped Mosa's attention.



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"Well. This was a disaster", an old, gravelly voice mused in front of Beatrice.

Flickering on and off, a holographic transmission from Boris, sitting calmly and sipping a cup of tea. Having lost his everpresent, if low key, smile, Boris glanced out of a window nearby. Eyes narrowed, look grim. He could see the very few survivors having gathered around Gelon's bubble shield. The man chuckled.

"See? I told you Deskovitch would be useful eventually."

Boris placed a cup on his saucer, and took a deep breath, turning back to Beatrice. He looked at her seriously, and sighed. "At the very least, it seems like we have our anti-GEHENNA team."

And soon, Boris' smile returned.

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"okay scrap that" gelon said and made an opening in the shield "everybody in and try to make yourself as small as possible, there isn't much room in there" gelon said and let everyone in then watch Ophelia and byatis "you two as well, no one is left behind" he said to them as he expanded the shield to it's max size which gave them a a few more meters of space but still not much "Ophelia can you make an metal dome around the shield that is air tight? We all are gonna need it to survive, whether you like it or not we need each other to survive now" Gelon said to her if he keeps his shield on gave them a less powerful beacon or turn the shield off and have a stronger beacon with a slightly better oxiden generator but still couldn't support them all


(from what I at least get is that the dome they were on has a huge hole in it so that is why I include the oxiden generator if anyone was curious)

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Byatis perked up when he saw the big crocodilian beastman call out to them. "C'mon! They've got a bubble shield!" Ophelia just gave him a look. "Not much of a talker are you? Suit yourself." Byatis didn't know what to think of the deformed Illeryian but she did save his life so he felt the need to at least return the favour somehow. Byatis took a powerful leap onto a piece of debris near the bubble shield and without hesitation, slunk inside curling up. "You got room for one more~?" He joked considering there were three beastmen, and a few others already in here.

Ophelia watched as Byatis leaped to the others. She considered not following them, even if the one calling out to them was Mosa, the only person she grew to trust on this voyage thus far. She let out a grimace before leaping after Byatis. Landing on debris as she made her way to them, they would buckle under her impact, collapsing just after she jumped off them. Finally she jumped into bubble shield.

Crowded would be an understatement. She barely had room to move, even if the shield was fully extended. She turned to Mosa, about to address him in thanks but... but... he was holding someone already. Tightly clinging to him was...HER. The one she'd been looking for all this time. Riley. Ophelia was so stunned that Gelon's speech about working together just went in through one ear and out the other. Her thoughts went racing, until finally Gelon's voice snapped her out of it. Without replying she molded thick hull pieces of the Realta Nua around the bubble shield as tight as she could.

This made the inside of the bubble dark, aside from the glow of energy and Byatis's eerie glowing face. Riley, knowing she was safe still kept clung to Mosa, too rattled to move. She listened as she finally realized more people had joined them. Though, the name of one made her heart sink. Ophelia. No, it couldn't be her, she thought. Metal. Oh fuck, it was her. Mosa could feel Riley trembling as she grabbed him even tighter.

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Gelon walked over to his other part of his arm and attached it again letting the shield disappear as he sit down "is anyone wounded?" He asked as he turned on the beacon and a shoulder mounted flashlight while waited for a response

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Ryze let Gelon go upon the man's request, loosening his grip to allow Gelon to swim away on his own. With the burden relieved from his body, the small body which Megahertz inhabited presented almost no problem to the Beastman as he swam back towards the opening from which he had descended. Despite the removal of weight, struggling against the current presented its own obstacles, accentuated by the countless pieces of flotsam and debris swirling through the tidal forces. The Realta Nua's being alive was amazing in and of itself.

Kyra waited above the hole for Ryze, leaning down to take Megahertz's battered body from the fellow Beastman. Hoisting Megahertz into her arms, Kyra carried her softly away from the hole, worried at the cold that infused the girl. Ryze clambered up into the domed area, gashes across his body slowly pumping out blood in amounts too small to be fatal or hampering. Shaking some of the water off of his fur, he glanced over at Gerald and Graves, a frown forming on his face.

Gerald, having come with a medical kit, was working tenderly on Graves's body. Beatrice's medicine may have saved Graves from certain death but more medical attention was required before he would be safe from death once more. Kyra lay Megahertz down in a position as comfortable as could be achieved before returning to the rest of the mobsters. Crouching down, they all stared at each other glummly. Out of the fifty or so that had originally come to the ship, it was now down to four members. A tear leaked from Ryze's eye, becoming lost in the damp fur that covered his face. Gerald simply stared blankly, going about his work in a mindless state.

"What are we going to do, Ryze?" muttered Kyra. "This ship is destroyed and there is no form of getting off planet in the foreseeable future."

Ryze began to speak but was interrupted from a gasping by Graves. His eyes fluttered open weakly, a sheen of sweat covering his face. "We'll live, that's what,' he wheezed. Hacking racked his body as he began to sit up. Kyra settled her arm behind his back to support him. Gathering his breath, he said more loudly so that everyone could hear, "So what are we going to do?" Part of the ship blasting out of the water caught Graves's eye, and he spied a small object. At least that was safe.




Sentinel, feeling the part of the ship he was on detach from the rest, stopped, tilting his head. A whirring came from his body, louder than normal and the remaining appendages shifted downwards so that his body was resting on his arms and legs. Scuttling forwards quickly, he began to make his way towards the repair bay.

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As Ophelia told him to grow up and shot him a look of pure hate, Cubey froze in fright of the woman, eyeing her up and down, remembering her vaguely from the battle against the Cazafores, deciding it was probably best to follow up with her suggestion, since she looked extremely mean.
He froze all the more as he heard Ozma and Gelon gain ground towards the group. Of-course Ozma would be here, he was invited to meet Graves as well.
Cubey decided it was probably best to stand still, and pretend he wasn't there, even if he picked up a really bizarre odor from somewhere, too faint for him to pin point definitely of note.

He was far more concerned of Graves' serious grim expression however, which that even Cubey understood things were going to turn sour soon. He replied to Cubey's questions, calling himself Clark, and calling himself manipulative, as well as revealing Megahertz and Ophelia weren't his girlfriends, and that Cubey had a choice in joining him. 'Clark' then suddenly plonked a some dark glob to the ground and pulled out a pistol, which caused alarm bells to ring in Cubey's head, watching in worry as the suited man gave that frightening woman a harsh talking to, not entirely sure who's side he was on of the exchanged words. 'Clark' then turned his attention to Ozma, obviously not happy with him, and agreeing with along with 'Clark's' until he suddenly apologized and shot at Ozma's head.

Gelon immediately punched at Clarks hand clasping the laser pistol, putting up some sort of energy barrier but to no avail, as though the blast merely singed Ozma's hair, barely scraping it, it ricochet back towards him as he stared at Gelon in awe and wonder, bursting through his skull as Cubey turned away and puked at the sight of the blood and brain matters splattering Gelon, horrified on what happened. And it was his fault. 'Clark may had fired the shot, but he was the one who told about what he did to his father. His words sealed Ozma's death. He heard Megahertz shout in horror at the incident, but Cubey payed little attention, he was too busy staring in sheer terror and horror at blank space, obviously shaken and mortified on what just happened, ignoring the announcement over the intercom by Beatrice also. Then Cubey began to scream, running behind and past Gelon as he struck out at 'Clark', seeming more focused on screaming than the fight that was going on, diving behind some nearby bins, seeming oblivious to Megahertz's hellhound's barking, her own exclamations, Vlad and Ridleys arrival, or Ophelia joining in the fight. All Cubey could do was cry, scream, and punch the ground he sprawled himself on, deciding to wallow in misery and fear of what just happened to Ozma, Deunan's brother. He promised both the man who shot him and the one who jumped in to try and save him that he would protect him and didn't even attempt so, as well as causing his death. He thought to himself he might as well been the trigger. Cubey then sat stunned as he heard Gelon call out for him, freezing up as snot and tears rolled down his cubic face, bewildered on why Gelon would want to look for him before reckoning he wanted to hurt him for what he had done. Cubey decided to scuttle off further away from the battle hearing all manner of diffrent horrific noise and cries from those combating, this time diving behind one of the benches, shuddering in fear in hopes Gelon wouldn't find him and hurt him, or worse.

After a few moments passed, Cubey risked a peak after hears some extremely loud noise, and a familiar voice, to which he saw another lady that also had odd tentacles in her hair which seemed to have a odd cannon that fired noise at people. As he ducked back behind cover when he heard Gelon asking for help on searching for him, he realized that the voice was of the same lady that was talking through the speakers on the ship, who must of got sick of all the fighting going on-board. Or at least that's what Cubey thought. He also realized that an ice man he had never met suddenly turned to dust, 'Clark' had been captured by the intercom lady, and that there was some person in orange-ish armor fighting the scary lady from earlier. He decided against revealing himself, letting his lip and himself quiver as he hid behind the bench.

Suddenly a red light filled the entire ship, Realta Nua, alarms blaring constantly, as a rumbling voice that made Cubey shudder in fear with each syllable spoke, declaring it was going to remind them why they all left home, giving them a 'gift' of a world conquered by the owner of the voice. As the ship then cracked in two, throwing Cubey out of his hiding place, seeing the rubble of the dead world raining down on one to be filled with the dead, as he witnessed the countless dying and drowning and being electrocuted, before witnessing the terrible sight of the armored stranger being crushed between the two halves of the ship slamming against each other with a ungodly deafening clang. Cubey then passed out in fear, frothing at the mouth, the last thing he remembered was being grabbed before passing out.

Cubey later awoke as he was left alone in the bubble shield with Gelon shouting at him to keep floating, who began swimming along the raging ocean, as he spotted the sight of the pink haired lady and reptilian beastman from before, doing their best to brave the impossible sea, with Cubey left speechless and naturally, terrified out of his mind, and left screaming his throat raw until he he could only cough. As he was screaming he witnessed some tall scared beastman leap into the sea from the wreckage of the ship, and began dragging Gelon and the tentacle hair human from earlier back to the bubble and turned to see 'Clark' being carried by a sandy haired human and accompanied by a female android. He also witnessed the surprising sight of one of the halves of the ship managing to stay airborne above the sea somehow, halting his screaming-turned-coughing into utter confusion and disbelief.
Before he could knock away said disbelief however, Cubey was suddenly squashed as nearly all of the survivors he had saw, along with the scary lady from earlier, and a bizarre smiling creature that reeked of a bizarre scent that Cubey had smelled earlier. He could only gasp and groan as he was pined to the side of the bubble shield managing to croak; "Is this all the people that are okay? I not feel so good but please tell me there's more! There has to be more people right?" Cubey then began to hyperventilate as he saw metal suddenly case around them, only managing to whimper in fear, utterly clueless on what just happened.
A single quick thought appeared in his mind as he said miserably to himself more than anyone else; "Did Lekan and Quin make it? Or those guys that were hanging out with them and at Ozma's house? What about that robot lady who was there?" He then began to cry again.

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As the survivors pondered their fate, a small, but shiny object could be seen in the distant sky growing larger and larger as it flew over the now flooded moon. Aboard were James, Colt and Preston looking through the windows in shock and awe at what had transpired while they were gone.

"We leave home for a bit and look what happens." James said as he looked to his two comrades from the pilot seat. "Y'all see any survivors?"

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"Who gives a shit, they probably died." Colt said in a bored tone. "Might as well move on."

"Don't be such an ass, we should at least look for..." Preston caught a glimpse of something in the water below, shimmering. "I think that's the survivors, take the ship down."

Colt groaned and looked away from the window, not too happy with the current situation. "If we HAVE to, just make it quick."

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"Oh I do, but I save it." Colt replied.

Preston opened the ship's hatch, ignoring the argument in the background. He squinted to get a better look, the reflection of the water making it a bit painful to stare below. Nevertheless, he made out some familiar shapes, then faces as his sight adjusted. "It's them. Let's grab them and go."

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Mosa turned to Gelon, and gave a thankful smile and a vigorous nod as he allowed everyone into the shield. Still slugging Riley on his back, he swam into the shield with no trouble, huddling together with everyone else. The skies were completely dark, as if GEHENNA's influence had tainted the entire moon itself. The beach, warm and sunny just half an hour ago, was now a place of coldness and gloom. Even the enormous Mosa, radiating a considerable amount of body heat, shivered from the cold waters washing over him. Mosa looked up as Byatis landed on a nearby debris, grinning and baring all his massive teeth, silently appreciating the humor even in these dark moments.

Mosa lost his smile, glancing to his back, as Riley trembled. Oblivious to the source of her woes, Mosa patted her gently with his oversized hands, his snout forming a near-perfect upside down-'U' as he frowned. "There, there. Riley safe with us here. Right?". Mosa turned and looked at the others. It was as Gelon said. Like it or not, they were stuck together now.

Just then, he noticed Cubey finally, if barely, speaking, before crying. He pondered briefly whether or not to tell him the truth. But he quickly realized, that child or no, like him, Cubey was a beastman. And if nothing else, a beastman is strong. Durable. Both in body and mind. He would get over it. Lying to him would only make things worse in the long run. Still, Mosa spoke with a low, respectful voice. "Sorry, Cubey...Mo- I...saw Lekan and Quin die. Quin fell into the waters, and Lekan was dogpiled by fruit carts...."

Megahertz stirred on Kyra's arms. Her tentacles' glows were fading. It was unlikely she would survive the night without proper medical attention. Her skin, previously already pale thanks to being a corpse, was now as white as snow.

Inside the metal dome, Mosa's nostrills flared, and his eyes darted left and right, as he heard machinery outside. "Do you guys hear that? Sounds like...Federation engines...."

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Riley continued to dig her fingers in Mosa, clinging to him, absolutely shaking. Oh god oh god oh god, she's gonna kill me, she thought to herself. Ophelia was the LAST person she'd ever want to trapped in a room with....again. She spoke weakly to Mosa. "We're not safe....I'm not safe..." Riley couldn't finish saying what she meant due being so cold from being drenched in water. She just closed her eyes, as if it made much of a difference.

Ophelia just stared at Riley. She was right there. So close. But, she knew she couldn't do anything about it right now. Surely the others would intervene if she did. Ophelia didn't know what to feel, everything was happening way too fast for her to comprehend and work things out. She just wanted to shut down. Suddenly she spotted Mosa comforting Riley! How could he? Did he know what she's really like? A look of betrayal escaped her expressionless face for a moment, then she looked away.

Byatis laid down on his back and curled his limbs in so the others could have a bit more room. So many people survived an attack from GEHENNA! He was actually a bit impressed, knowing what GEHENNA was capable of. He smiled as he looked around at everyone, just listening in to the various conversation. "Ooohh! I hear engines too! Hahaha! Maybe thats a giant engine coming to crush us all and give us sweet sweet death~" He was joking of course. He the turned over to Gelon and Megahertz. "EWW you want them to share a needle? Gross."

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Gelon turned to Byatis wanting to punch the......thing's glowing face for making those two remarks "very funny glowface but this isn't the time for jokes like that, and yes they have too and I know how to sterilize it, and you hear engines? Ophelia if you could be so kind to remove the dome then" Gelon told Byatis and ask Ophelia then activated the bubble shield again, if there was a ship they were saved

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Character Portrait: Byatis Character Portrait: Jeremy Graves Character Portrait: Gelon Deskovitch Character Portrait: 'Super Duper' Cubey Character Portrait: Ophelia Character Portrait: Megahertz Character Portrait: Mosa Belkan Character Portrait: Riley O'Toole
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Cubey's heart sank as he heard the fellow's beastman's words, obviously stricken with more grief that he had lost more friends already, wailing in sorrow of the cruel and sudden departure of life form so many.
"Poor Lekan, Poor Quin." Cubey managed to sob, looking over at Mosa with his lip quivering before yet again bursting into a fountain of bitter and miserable tears, wailing in between gasps for air. It certainly wasn't going to stop easily.

He seemed to lessen a little as Gelon suddenly picked him up and rocked him, leaving Cubey more baffled than comforted, staring at the man in puzzlement as he told him to go sit somewhere, a feat easier said than done inside a bubble shield cramped with a number of survivors. Deciding against replying, yet still grateful for the kind gesture, Cubey sniffed a few times and gave a few futile attempts of holding down his sobbing before seeing Gelon offer an injection of something for the tentacle hair lady, who definitely wasn't looking well at all. The odd cubic giraffe man-child din't really understand a word of what Gelon said, but it sounded a bit like he was offering medicine to people, which was always a good thing for the sick and hurt people.

Cubey also noticed the nasty gaze the scary lady was giving the pink haired lady, apparently called Riley, who in turn seemed terrified of her. Maybe it was because she farted. No, couldn't be, Cubey would of been able to smell it easy in this tight a space. His focus shifted once again, this time to Mosa and the strange smiling creature commenting about the sound of engines, with something about needles being said and Gelon being annoyed but asked for the metal casing to be removed.

"I hear engines too! They seem close. Well maybe. But I definitely hear them! Maybe they're survivors too! Maybe pirate person and robot man and robot lady and Tep and other people made it! Maybe that's who's in the ship! They're all okay and were gonna be safe and sound, and we'll blast away from this place, and then we'll blast GEHENNA to piece with our super ultra mega beam cannon we have on the ship, and be heroes and live happily ever after!", Cubey babbled hysterically with a fix of feverish hope and denial of what was contrary and obvious, making himself float around what little space he had in the bubble, seeming to flip about uncontrollably as he talked.

"Yes, yes, quick Ophelia, however you are! Make the metal go bye bye then we'll be okay and see all our friends again and make everything better! All sunshine and smiles and everything!" he chattered excitedly delirious with false hope. His eyes kept flitting back to Byatis however, seeming wary of him, most likely due to his bizarre scent that made Cubey feel dizzy when he tried to sense it too much, as well as the very reasonable wariness of the nearby Jeremy.

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Character Portrait: Byatis Character Portrait: Jeremy Graves Character Portrait: Gelon Deskovitch Character Portrait: 'Super Duper' Cubey Character Portrait: Ophelia Character Portrait: Megahertz Character Portrait: Mosa Belkan Character Portrait: Beatrice Schwartz Character Portrait: Riley O'Toole Character Portrait: James Character Portrait: Preston Character Portrait: Boris Kivorisch Drakov
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For a while, there was no response from Megahertz. She laid there, still as a corpse. And then,

"Wait, WAIT no! Nobody's going to stab me with any needle!", a high-pitched, almost-helium like voice came from Megahertz's head. That voice...it was very much hers, only very very squeaky. One thing was, her mouth was not moving at all when she spoke....

Her lips quivered, and then parted, as three wriggling, glowing blue tentacles emerged, balancing themselves on Megahertz's pale face. Following those tentacles was a featureless, oval body, shining an ethereal blue, just like the tentacles. Shaking itself to get rid off spit and brain fluid, it then hopped up, and floated towards Gelon's side. "Before you panic...yes...it's me. The...real me....", Megahertz -or rather, Alphard- said, with that high pitched voice, and a tone of embarassment, obvious even with the lack of an emotive face. "I'm...I'm fine. Give the others your nanobots, Gelon...and yourself", she nodded, her voice lowered. "I just need to find another body soon..that one's a bust."


Mosa was puzzled by Riley's words. 'Not safe?' technically speaking they did have a very angry intergalactic asshole picking a fight with them, but for the moment....

....On the other hand, Mosa's nose noticed what his eyes did not. Ophelia. Looking at Riley. With what could only be described as an expression of sheer hatred. Mosa had seen many kinds of hatred. And the one on Ophelia's face was not a very nice kind. Her immediate looking away after glancing at him just confirmed it further. Mosa did not know what to say. And this was not the time to say anything. But Mosa's curiosity had been piqued, and he kept it in mind to investigate further later. Once they were all safe....


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As Beatrice began her rant on Boris, the smile on his face faded, leaving behind only a far-reaching stare with his penetrating, icy blue eyes. He remained silent as she reprimanded him. Not that he would have an opportunity for a rebuttal anyways, when she cut him off. Boris scoffed and rested his cheek against his hand in his dark office. 'Kill GEHENNA', hmm? For all her harsh words for Gelon, the two were quite alike.

And that, for Boris, was a very amusing thought.

Outside his spade-shaped window, blinding thunder struck against the pitch black skies of nighttime Osenia. At the corner of his room, a glass cylinder stood upon a wooden table. Dark, vile energies hover inside it, constantly reshaping and unshaping itself in a demonstration of chaos; its center a purple, dark as black, and on its repeatedly changing rims, an electrifying red-violet color. Boris turned to the cylinder...


...And smiled.

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Character Portrait: Byatis Character Portrait: Jeremy Graves Character Portrait: Gelon Deskovitch Character Portrait: Sentinel Character Portrait: 'Super Duper' Cubey Character Portrait: Ophelia Character Portrait: Megahertz Character Portrait: Mosa Belkan Character Portrait: Riley O'Toole Character Portrait: James Character Portrait: Preston
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Listening as the survivors arranged themselves under the dome, Graves smiled weakly, unwilling to let the pain which the hit from Rdiely's mace had caused him show on his face. Despite the injection which Beatrice had strangely given him, blood still leaked slowly from his pelvic area, bones still shattered from the impact. Any form of movement ground the crushed pieces and as such he attempted to stay as still as possible. Upon Gelon's offer, he grinned a bit wider. "I would be much obliged, Gelon. Thank you for the offer." Upon saying that, he leaned back attempting to rest to recuperate his strength in some tiny form.

Ryze, Gerald, and Kyra continued to huddle around Graves, all rather quiet as the enormity of the situation continued to press down upon them. Hearing the sound of engines, Kyra stood and walked over to the edge of the protective dome under which they resided. Placing her hand against the covering, she sighed as well as an android could. "At least there's someone here to get us off of this hell hole."




On the section of the space ship that Beatrice had ejected, Sentinel continued towards a mechanical area, eventually arriving at a destination that suited his needs. Using the frail arms attached to his chest piece, he dragged himself onto a table which would have been used by normal people for repairing items. Grabbing several of the tools resting up there, he rolled off the edge, falling heavily onto the metal floor of the ship.

Dragging his cargo and himself towards pieces of scrap, he arrayed the various tools next to him. Inspecting the metal carefully, he tilted his head before grabbing a plasma torch. Activating the tip, he began the process of repairing his body.

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Character Portrait: Byatis Character Portrait: Jeremy Graves Character Portrait: Gelon Deskovitch Character Portrait: 'Super Duper' Cubey Character Portrait: Ophelia Character Portrait: Megahertz Character Portrait: Mosa Belkan Character Portrait: Riley O'Toole
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Ophelia, without looking at the group, obliged and a metal strip ripped from the roof of the dome so the group could see what ship was flying nearby. She was still unsure how to feel right now.

Byatis just giggled to himself in response to Gelon. But he noticed the geometric beastman, who had been crying almost nonstop, was looking at him. Out of the colourful cast in the dome, Byatis was in fact the largest and probably the creepiest looking, so he couldn't blame him. So Byatis just stared at Cubey back with his unnerving smile. Though he noticed the Ishkavi in the corner of his eye. "HAH! I'm not the only weirdo here! But thanks anyway for just dumping your corpse in this dome! I wonder how much longer before it stinks!"

"Kind of like you already do?" a quiet voice said. Byatis scoffed, looking around at who said that. Finally shifting his gaze to Ophelia. "Oh! She DOES have a sense of humour!" He jested.

The setting changes from Nekrim to Stratevaria Galaxy

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Character Portrait: Byatis Character Portrait: Jeremy Graves Character Portrait: Gelon Deskovitch Character Portrait: 'Super Duper' Cubey Character Portrait: Ophelia Character Portrait: Megahertz Character Portrait: Mosa Belkan Character Portrait: Beatrice Schwartz Character Portrait: Riley O'Toole Character Portrait: Colt Character Portrait: James