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Conner O'Marck

"Fuck you too, John..."

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a character in “Fallout: Nevada”, as played by Shadow44499

Description

Name: Conner Darius O'Marck

Date of Birth: July 6, 2303

Place of Birth: O'Hare, Chicago, Illinois

Gender: Male

Species or Model: Human

Sexual Orientation: Depends on the Wasteland, baby.

Faction Alignment: Ex-Brotherhood of Steel (Chicago Chapter), Freelancer, Mercenary. My wasteland for a pip-boy.

Faction Rank: Formally a Knight.

Faction Role: Outcast, Exile, whatever you want to call it.

Current Residence: Vagabond.

Skills:
  • Adept but not exceptional in combat with his familiar gear and basic firearms, need the time arise.
  • Medical expertise and basic knowledge of human anatomy for combat procedure.
  • Well enough trained with computers and mathematics due his back-round.
  • Basic leadership and diplomatic skills.
  • Endurance and Intelligence.
  • Power Armor Training.
  • John's Pack-Mule.

Weaknesses:
  • Hot-head and quick to temper.
  • Impatient.
  • Stubborn.
  • Code of Honor and morality, Conner helps those he can and would be hard-pressed to fight an unarmed opponent. (Within reason.)
  • Attention draw and inability to sneak in most conditions due to Power Armor.
  • Lack of Agility
  • Reliance on his armor, particularly the helmet for breathing and the tactical engagement tools within.

Equipment:


T-45d Power Armor

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This armor has been modified in a verity of ways, repainted olive green with black detail (though the new paint job was quickly worn down by the wastes), scratched into the chest is his initials and a roughly itched coyote's head. Around the armor's waist are now several leather pouches for carrying various items, as well as improved radiation seals.


Laser RCW

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Modded with an a weapon smart system, to prevent ammo short outs and count the estimated amount of energy left within each cell and link it to the helmet's display.


Conner's Trenchknife

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Conner's titanium knife, on the left side of the handle he itched his name on it and scratched out a BoS symbol. The blade is strong enough to withstand being used by him in PA.


Other gear of Importance:

  • 4 Stimpacks
  • 10 Energy Cells (Each containing around 20 shots for the RCW)
  • Bottle of Fresh Water
  • Basic Rations
  • Set of Brotherhood of Steel holotags, his name, Chapter, and ID number on them.
  • 231 Bottle Caps
  • 9 MM Pistol (6 clips of ammo)
  • Basic Tool-kit
  • A DC Guide to Medicine and a Roll of Bandages
  • Gognak The Barbarian Iss. 1 (No missing pages)
  • A torn and musty Bible
  • Whatever John has him carry
  • A large leather backpack



Religion (if any): Agnostic Christian. (Science, Instinct, and Humor normally prevail though.)

Appearance:

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Face Claim: Sam Worthington


Body Description:
Conner stands a tall 6'8" (6'11" in armor) and weighs in at a hefty 286 lbs., out of his armor (which occurs very, very rarely) he is well muscled and obviously physically capable. His build is rather stocky despite the height, arms shorter than his legs and the bulk of his body equally displaced through his limbs, making his large size seem rather natural.


Personality: Conner is a good-guy in all retrospect, the man believes in a code of ethics that guarantees his morality and has risked his metal-encased hide on multiple occasions throughout the Wastes since the day of his exile. This code, is rather simple, never take what isn't yours, earn everything you need, fight those who assault you, save anyone who needs it, and never slay a foe that places themselves on his mercy. Underneath the honorable shell though is a well-spring of rage, Conner is sometimes unstable , rushing to action and vindictive to those who slight him, this rage has lead him into situation after situation that has endangered his life and in many cases, he has only served due to luck, or the quick trigger-finger of his buddy.

However, Conner is also charitable, giving to those who need more than him or if it can turn the tide in a particular case. Others are normally first in his mind, and the loyalty to those he calls his friends and brothers is almost unequal (though he will voice his complaints about their actions quite liberally.) This includes his friendship with John. The large male is also stubborn on many deals, once he starts something, he nearly always finishes it. Other than that, he can be snide, sarcastic, and stand-offish (especially when it comes to ideals), he enjoys a good joke, a good bottle of Nuka-Cola, and Gognak the Barbarian with it.


Personal Biography: Conner Darius O'Marck was born to Lilly Susane O'Marck (A Paladin) and Kurtis Jang O'Marck (A Technician) of the BoS Chapter in the Chicago Area, based out of O'Hare Airport. As most children born into the Brotherhood, Conner trained to pick up the mantle his parents had set for him, in particular his mother's. Though intelligent and sometimes undisciplined, he worked hard as a child, becoming mediocre at his job, despite all of his efforts. He did make a great bullet sponge though.

However, things were not remain as they seemed, unlike most Chapters of the BoS, the Chicago Chapter actually used their power to subjugate the local survivors for their own benefit, a cheap labor and scouting force to use to their whims. Conner's innate sense of good despised this fact, and he spoke out on his beliefs that it should be stopped and they should work towards bettering the area and their goals that they originally were sent out for, to defend humanity from themselves. The Paladin's and Elder actually took this as a sort of blasphemy and had him tried, in a landside vote, including that of his own mother, he was sent into Exile, never to return. Conner took his armor, despite being warned against it by his Father and pretended to leave, going to the outskirts of the territory and awaiting a patrol. In act of revenge Conner ambushed the group from a superior position, killing the three knights and Paladin with little regard in his sheer rage. However, upon exception of the bodies, he uncovered a crushing truth, his Mother was among the dead. Heart-broken and crushed, he left the area, swearing to never kill without knowing the target again.

Conner traveled the Wasteland for about three years, using his past and skills to scrounge and living and do good by the people of the Wastelands, hoping to redeem himself. His travels eventually lead to him to the ruins of Wichita, Kansas. Conner in, his stubborn nature, ignored warnings from a local tribal findsman, entering the Super Mutant infested area, about two hours into the ruins the male found himself pinned and under heavy fire, in a bad spot. To his luck, another Exile came from the shadows, John, the man managed to flank the creatures, catching the dumb brutes in a cross fire. After a few hours of engagement, John and Conner slew the last of the Muties, meeting up on the blood stained concrete. Conner, decided to follow the man from the East and the two became allies and compatriots, working together on various oddjobs while heading West. To seek fortune in New Vegas.

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So begins...

Conner O'Marck's Story

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War... War never changes...

The bombs had come without mercy, and the nuclear fires had burned their human builders into a scrambling, sorry picture of day-to-day survival. Government had collapsed, Law and Order were only found at the end of a gun, and Justice was burried in the irradiated dirt.

Out in the wilds of the western formerly-united States, no one had bothered to waste their oridnance. Few - if any - bombs impacted here. That didnt spare civilization. What didnt go to hell in the chaos of the fallout was swallowed up by the unforgiving sands of the Mojave Desert, come to reclaim the land with new vigor.

Here's where your sorry asses come in.

You've survived however you've survived; by the luck of the New California Republic, by the grace of Ceasar's Legion, or by the pure gritty determination of the Independant. You may've done some things you're not proud of.. or maybe you're very proud of them. Maybe you're the last hope for Good out here in this shit hole. .. Maybe you're just proud of the fear you bring. Whatever your story was, is, or will be, it starts here, as the dusty sun rises on yet another frying day in the Mojave wastes in the distant shadow of Ceasar's New Vegas.

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Tam watched them stir, from underneath the red rock that was already in the sun. Like a lizard, she pressed her back against the warming sandstone to ease the night's chill out of her shoulders in preparation for the sun's merciless beating. With her rifle balanced on her folded knees and the comfort of the deep shadow all around her, she could afford a bit of smug, self-satisfied confidence.

Her take'd been small. It had to be. If she was going to milk these suckers for all they were worth before they got wise, she couldnt afford to get greedy. A bite of Cram, a few loose caps they'd been playing Caravan with, a half-empty bottle of water. Oh! And the penny.

Grinning down at its dull shine in her fingers, she turned it over and over between them. Worthless, to anyone else. But it struck her fancy, and its little flashes made her happy. She might just hang onto that. Carefully dropping it into one of the endlessly full pockets in the worn brahmin-leather trench coat, the heat of the rock was beginning to burn through it, reminding her that it would be time to move soon.

Below, they were already breaking camp. A couple of putzes slogging through the worst parts of the Mojave in a way that screamed they werent locals. One of them was in power armor. Oh, man, to get her hands on some of that... she'd be in caps until old age. Right now, though, it just gave her another reason to avoid the hell out of them while they were awake.

She gives them a while longer, until they were mobile; reduced to specks on the trek along the ruined asphalt. It's then that Tam moves, slithering down out of the rocks and into the baking sun. Man, it was a hot one today. How the hell the big one stood to be in that armor, she'd never know. Giggling to herself, she imagines him as a mutated, living can of cooked Scram, sizzling as he mosey'd along.

That thought amuses the scavenger for several more hours as Tam skips from scrub brush to gulley to dune, always out of sight, and grateful for the firepower in front of her that spooks or kills anything wild enough to come take a look.

So far, it was a good day in the Mojave.

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"I'll raise...50 caps."
"Call."
"You sure you want to do that Conner?"
"What do you fucking think, buddy?"
"I think you're about to be out of all of your god damn money."
"Don't you curse at me!"
"Oh just lay down your cards you Frankenstein."


Connor laid down his hand, an impressive flush. Under his helmet was a stupid grin at the unveiling of his hand, with a glimmer of confidence seeming to just shrine through. John looked impressed for a second, but then his expression morphed into that of of a scowl.

"Do you think I'm an idiot? I can see the cards on your lap!"
"You've had your moments."

John then lays down his hand. A royal flush. His face once again morphs from that scowl to a charming grin. Victory was radiating from John's core. He had won his caps both from a better hand, and because his opponent was cheating. His arms came around the table and scooped the caps back towards him.

"You just never learn, do you Conner?"


Perhaps John spoke too fast for fate's liking, or maybe it was just because he was an unlucky son of a bitch, but as soon as he finished bringing the caps to his end of the table, one of the back legs of his wooden chair snapped and sent him on his back.

"And you call me the fat ass."
"Urrghh...of course."


Conner's head snapped to John's right arm, and a cold stare ensued.

"What are you looking at, fruit loop?"
"Swell move Johnny-Boy, you dropped your... insurance."


John rolled his head over to his right side so he could see what Conner was referring to. There were some cards spilling out of his sleeve.

"I swear I've never seen those in my life...uh...my cheat was better than yours! My caps still!"
"If you want me to shoot you over them they're your caps."


John began to stand up and dust himself off, placing all the cards back into the deck.

"Please, we both know you can't hit the broad side of a Nuka Cola factory, never mind a fast moving and incredibly handsome target."
"Well I guess I won't have to worry about hitting you."
"Oh shut up you sludge drinker."


The two began to clean up their area and just take back their starting caps. The sun was high in the sky and cooked everything under it's bright rays. The area the two exiles had settled on was a small mechanic's shop, abandoned long ago. The garage door was left open to allow the rare but much appreciated breeze to sweep in and cool John down a little. Tools littered the ground, most of them so rusted they might just snap in two when picking them up. The small metal table that had been used for the poker game resided in the dead center of the room. A fine layer of dust coated everything, most likely radioactive as well, but what wasn't.

John put that deck of cards back on his belt. He took out the playboy magazine page and looked it over once for good measure. It was a beautiful young woman, wearing a few bits of cloth that resembled a maid outfit somehow was called clothing. Damn it'd be nice to have her here right now. Conner glanced over to the magazine page in John's hand and under the helmet was rolling his eyes.

"Whats wrong Conner? Miss mommy? Cause I know I sure as hell miss her..." He looked the woman up and down once more. "Wouldn't mind her cleaning my-"
"Do you want me to fucking fry that pretty little face of yours?"


John just put his hands up in a shrug and smirked. He put the page back onto his belt and felt around for something else. When he didn't find what he wanted at first, he looked up at Conner.

"You son of a bitch. You think you're funny? You think you're a funny guy? Well ha ha, real funny. So now that you're done trying to be funny, give me back my lucky penny."
"What the fuck would I want a useless piece of metal for? I'm already wearing a whole hunk of it."
"Well my penny isn't where I left it, and I see you eying my belt when you think I'm not looking! Or at least I hope its my belt...god damn just give me back my penny."
"Are you calling me a fucking liar Johnny Boy?"
"No no no, of course not, why would I call you a liar? I mean, there are tons of people around here to take it, right? And I would never believe that you'd take something from me."


John continued to accuse Conner as Conner checked his own pack just to show John what a prick he was being. It was while looking through his pack that he noticed that he was missing some caps. He then turned his head to John.

"Hey, I'm short on fucking caps. I know I had fucking more when we got here. What are you trying to pull here John?"
"What do you mean what are you trying to pull, you're the one stealing my shit and looking at my waist, which by the way, stop that. Its kinda creepy."
"John, I've just about had enough of this fucking bullshit. If you don't cut the shit then-"
"Don't you try to tell me to cut the shit, I've had it up to here with your-..."


John and Conner continued yelling at each other aimlessly, with neither side able to hear the other over their own yelling. Fingers were being pointed, fists raised in the air, and arms flailing around in order to make their argument. But one thing did come to shut them up, and that was when they both happened to look over to the small desk in the corner of the room where they left their food. There was a serving of cram they had left on a plate that they planned on eating after the poker game, with both of them taking half. But there was a bite already taken out of it. John and Conner both snapped their heads back to each other in that instant.

"You son of a bitch!" "You son of a bitch!"

There was a long and drawn out silence. Neither one of them took the slightest movement. It seemed like radioactive dust was forming on them because of how still and long that moment was. The sound of gunfire could be heard in the far off distance, but that was something that was completely normal in the wastes. It was John who took the first action to break the silence, throwing his hands up into the air quickly in the "fuck this shit" manner.

"Let's just get a fucking move on. And don't talk to me right now, you're in time out."
"John this is stup-"
"Not a word!"


And with that, the two packed up the little they had and were back on the road. The Long 15. The road lived up to its name for sure, as it was a long trek. There wasn't much to do on the road other than walk. Not many animals could be seen, and there were practically no buildings to take shelter in or scavenge from. The sun beat down on the duo, mainly John, and baked everything. The heat waves in the distance could make one nauseous after staring at them for too long, and mirages would often appear off in the horizon. The occasional Gecko attack would occur or the rare raider attack, but those were short lived and easily handled by the power armored tank and the agile quick shooter. The two of them however, could not shake the feeling that someone, or something, was watching them. They would never spot anything to confirm this though, at all, and so they just blamed their imagination.

Their route consisted of following the road until they came across the right turn towards Nipton. From there they planned to just head up to New Vegas and see what they could fuck up over there. The silence that John demanded lasted for a good long while, the tensions not lowering for one second. They hadn't spoken for days. And each day, they found something was missing. Nothing big, of course, but small things that got really annoying. Each time John would just clench his jaw and continue the vow of silence, to which Conner upheld as well, or at least for a while. Conner was, indeed, the one to end the piercing silence and break out into song on their walk.



"The roads are the dustiest, the winds are the gustiest
The gates are the rustiest, the pies are the crustiest
The songs the lustiest, the friends the trustiest
Way back home
Back home

The trees are the sappiest, the days are the nappiest
The dogs are the yappiest, the kids are the scrappiest
The jokes the snappiest, the folks the happiest
Way back home

Don't know why I left the homestead
I really must confess
I'm a weary exile
Singing my song of loneliness

The grass is the springiest, the bees are the stingiest
The birds are the wingiest, the bells are the ringiest
The hearts the singiest
The arms the clingiest
Way back home

What about the-"


"Conner! Shut the fuck up!"


The silence was once again present. It persisted for maybe a single, painful moment.

"The pigs are the snootiest, the owls are the hootiest
The plants the fruitiest, the stars the shootiest
The grins the funniest, the smiles the sunniest
Way back home"


John then opened his mouth once more, his voice very loud and controlling.

"Don't know why I left the homestead
I really must confess
I'm a weary exile
Singing my song of loneliness"


"The food is the spreadiest" "The wine is the headiest
"The pals are the readiest" "The gals are the steadiest
"The love the liveliest" "The life the loveliest
"Way back, way back" "Way back, home
"No place like home"

"Sweeeet Home"




And so the duo continued their trek towards New Vegas, ready for whatever the wasteland had to throw their way.

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God damn, but was that sun hot. Wiping at her brow underneath the brim of a floppy hat well passed its prime, Tam wasn't surprised that she came away with just more dirt on her glove. Sweat didn't stick around long in this oppressive heat. She hated traveling in the height of day. Everything could see you, the wind scoured you raw like sandpaper doused in turpentine, and to add insult to injury; the sun did its damnedest to cook you alive. But her marks were moving, so she did, too.

With any luck, the drain of slogging through sand and semi-melting asphalt would have them making camp soon. Please let them make camp soon, she thought silently. Not that she thought anything up there was listening. Except maybe that bastard Sun, because she swore the temperature managed to climb a degree or two just then...

Knocking back the last of the water she'd picked up while John and Connor were snoring, blissfully unawares of their nightly troublemaker, Tam sighed and tucked the empty bottle into a pocket of her backpack, and moved out of the questionable shelter of the prickly yucca palm. Was that singing? Nah. Couldn't be. Damn desert wind was making her hear things again. Like that time with the Nuka-cola jingle...

"Oooh, that burst of energy's atomic! Ya gotta want to want it! - NO! DAMMIT, fuck you, not again!"

Tam beats her palms against the dusty hat like a physical assault could chase the tune out. By the time she finishes suitably throttling her rebellious brain, John and Connor have gotten ahead of her again. Tam scrambles down the frying rock face and into the hills to catch up.

By her reckoning, they were getting somewhere close to Nipton. Not close enough to make it today, but close. And better to be near those ruins than the Legion. Yeah, that was a good idea, actually. Tonight would be 'The Big One'. The night she cleared these two poor suckers out for everything she could carry and ran like hell for the settlement. A little "Welcome to the Mojave" present for the pair. Maybe they'd learn to mount a watch, or sleep lighter, or put out some mines. She'd be doing them a favor, teaching them this lesson! Might even save their lives! She was a goddamn saint, risking her life to instruct new wastelanders in the finer points of keeping their heads. They should =thank= her, is what they should be doing.

"Ungrateful bastards.." She grumbles dejectedly before pulling a sticker out of her arm and ducking between an outcropping and a burned-out car on the sizzling road.

"Least you could do is walk in the shade for a bit... not that there's any shade, but you could find some. Iunno."

Waiting until Connor and John are once more at a safe distance, right around the time she swears she smells smoke, she's been in the sun so long, Tam crosses the road in a low, fast motion into better cover behind a crumbling highway divider.

How about a song for the road? comes that niggling, bastard little thought, despite all her efforts to the contrary... Oh that burst of energy's atomic...

"Oh my dear sweet dead God I hope you die in a fire."

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The Mojave was a very bipolar environment, just like any desert really. Days were excruciatingly hot, and the nights were blisteringly cold. Add, say, 250 years of radioactive post-apocalypse, and it gets worse. Much worse. The lucky few who had power armor were much better off, having a built in temperature and humidity regulator. For the other poor bastards, the night was like winter. The wind had a strong sting to it, and the dirt and sand being thrown around by the wind could easily cut one open. If an unfortunate wanderer found himself out in the middle of the Mojave at night, the only hope he had was to bury himself in the sand for the warmth it absorbed during the day. Then the last thing he could do was pray that something doesn't eat his sorry ass.

The sight of Nipton was one that was very reminiscent of being practically anywhere in America; it was mainly black and looked like it would topple over at any second. The legion had razed it long ago, and it had been left as an example of "The Great Caesar's" power. Legion flags dotted the area. Crosses with men and women mounted to them lined the road into the city. This place had been turned into a graveyard, where enemies of the legion would be crucified to send a message, the same message the ruins itself hammered. The wind itself was visible, leaving an even more sinister aura. Whether it was the eroding ashes being carried away from the ruins, the razor sharp pebbles and debris, or the very tragedy and despair that seemed to radiate from the ruins was up for debate. Or, perhaps, it was a little of all three.

And, speaking of earlier sorry asses, John and Conner had just made their way up the road to Nipton, surrounded on both side by crucified skeletons in the middle of the night. John was indeed one of the poor souls without power armor, so needless to say he was a little chilly. Conner, on the other hand, was bright eyed and bushy tailed, singing his god damn tunes with no shame. Even with the seemingly never serious attitude the two exiles had, the sight of all the dead was enough to silence the two in a long trek of respect. There was a strong variety among the dead. There were many NCR soldiers hanging on the crosses, their uniforms torn and swaying greatly to do the amount of slack that was once held tight by flesh. Raiders seemed to make up another of the higher populations of the dead. On a rare cross one could see a Desert Ranger, and one corpse sported what could only be broken down enclave armor. At one cross in particular, John stopped. He got down on one knee, and his shivering ceased. In front of him hung a body that couldn't have been more than 4 feet tall, donning what once could have been a nice yellow dress. Bits of decaying flesh still dotted the corpse, and traces of hair were still able to be found on the head. At the base of the cross was teddy bear, laying on its side as if it had been dropped. It was covered in dirt, and required a little bit of digging to actually get it out. Stuffing was coming out from different holes the toy had received among the years. Old blood stains coated the bear, and attached to its ear was a tag that could be opened. The tag read: "This is the best friend of:
-Alli


John clenched onto the bear, forcing out some stuffing that was taken away by the wind. John concluded from the clothing that the bodies adjacent to this one were the child's parents. The assumed father's chest still held a throwing spear that went right through the rib cage. Conner took a few steps over towards John.

"John? Is everything alright?"
"Who could do something like this...to a child...to a family?"


Conner didn't respond with anything but a hand on John's shoulder. It was unusual for John to take to this mood, and the duo had seen some pretty gruesome and dreadful things before. John took a few moments of silence before carefully sliding the bear under his belt and continuing on the path. They weren't too far from reaching the town at this point, but one last stop from John delayed their arrival even further. Once again it was at a crucified body, but this time John reached his hand up to grab something after quick examination. He snapped off a dog tag from the corpse, accidentally taking the head off with it. The skull fell at his feet, and even it was almost carried off by the wind. The dog tag was of the BOS, something he had not seen in a long time. The person's name was Veronica Santangelo, of the Mojave Chapter. John put the dog tag in his pouch, in case he ever did come across a member.

Upon entering the town, the scene was not much better. Crosses lined the street up to the remains of the town hall, and piles of bodies remained at the base of the stairs. The town had been looted beyond its usefulness, and nothing that could ever be useful remained in the town. John and Conner decided to take refuge in the town hall, hoping to call it a night. They set up on the base floor and Conner went into his pack to grab some food they saved up, only to find that it had already been opened. His head snapped to John, and John looked to what was in his hand. Conner inhaled to prepare to yell at John, but John intercepted.

" Don't even say it you meat head! Look, obviously-"


John stopped at the sudden sound of a quick creek. We're being watched. He vaulted over Conner's head and from behind started to try and push Conner, which was a good attempt, except for the fact that Conner wasn't moving at all. To change this little problem, John quickly drew his knife and very carefully...stabbed Conner right in the right ass cheek. The quick jump of pain and surprise from Conner was enough for John to guide him into the nearest room and shut the door. John turned back to face Conner and found that they were very close together...in a small room...a small bathroom. Conner was staring at John, unamused.

"You get any ideas, I swear to god Conner, I will flush your head so many times in that toilet that you'll need therapy before you can even look at one again! Now control your hormones and listen!"
"Fuck you John!"
"I said listen! Look, we've been missing things ever since we arrived at the Mojave. Someone is following us, and we need to catch them. I say we leave a small thing of cram out, as if we were going to have it when we woke up. We'll keep it off to the side of you, so you can watch from behind that helmet. I'll sleep across from you so I can take the thief from behind. Any questions?"
"Well, wh-"
"Good, now lets go back out there and pretend like this didn't just happen in a bathroom."


On that last note, John opened the door and nonchalantly walked back over to where they had set up. God dammit he took the pinyon nuts! And so with 1 less serving of pinyon nuts, the two exiles put their little trap into effect...

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Nipton was just one of THOSE places, you know? The places that hadn't ever really been anything special until they just up and became a living embodiment of Hell clawing its way onto the surface. It stank, it smoked, the crows circled, and - when she'd first scurried into its shadows - the sights of Legion Justice had been enough to turn even her carrion-hardened stomach. She'd resolved anew to avoid the ever-living HELL out of the Legion and their particular notions. As messages go, the skeleton of Nipton against the Mojave sky was pretty goddamn effective.

Patrols had continued to use the place to doll out particularly greusome examples of their authority, and Tam occasionally passed by close enough to see if there was anything useful still hanging from the dead. More than once, in a rare show of Mojave mercy, she'd spent a bullet on the poor bastards still twisting on the crosses. Plenty of ways to die out in the wastes, but she wasnt at all fond of that one.

And then these crazy bastards she was following pass through. With the light low, and their dirty shadow hiding behind a collapsing general store, they even go inside the Town Hall and dont come out.

"They're making CAMP here?!" The thought is so ludicrous that she questions it out loud, looking over her shoulder as if to share that bemusement with someone. There's no one there, of course, but that doesnt stop her from focusing on empty air to share the moment.

'"Congratulations, boys, you've just been upgraded from loopy to batshit crazy."

Shaking her head in disbelief, Tam circles the building. It was comming apart at the seems, by this point, but maybe they figured it would keep the coyotes off.

'Rather the 'yotes than a Legion patrol, but hey. Maybe where you're from you like to make it easy.'

Tam finds a broken window on the first floor, and slinks over the sill and into the building head-first. As soon as her boot shifts her weight onto the dry-rotting floorboards, she feels more than hears the low, short noise that eeks out. The voices in the distance stop for a moment, before there's a shuffling movement and the sound of a door closing.

Tam doesnt move - doesnt breathe - for several very long moments. Nothing comes looking, and there arent any noises that would indicate an agressive search. She stays still even longer. Had she been made, or would they dismiss it as an old building about ready to fall in on itself?

Sliding to a hall corner, she can hear the voices again, muffled. Behind a door. Which one? That one. With the bathroom icon. ... Well, who was she to judge? Love was where you found it, I guess. Good for them.

Suppressing a snicker, Tam withdraws back into the depths of the building. Better she didnt take anything just yet and really betray her presence. Picking her way across a section of floor that looked ready to give even under -her- stick-twig weight, Tam finds a good spot in the darkness underneath a tilted filing cabinet.

Yep. Much better she didnt take anything. Leave them guessing until tonight. Unconsiously, her hand drifts up to her mouth to pop in a newly-found pinyon nut to munch on while she waits.

==== And now for something completely different ====

Not really. I lied. So sue me.

It's hours and hours before Tam really moves again. Curled up in her dark corner, she only occasionally extends a leg or arm to keep the blood flowing. When it's good and cold, when the night was in its deadest hours and even the coyotes were ducking the wind that hissed and rattled outside, when even Tam was tempted to call the whole thing off and just go to sleep. That's when she stirs.

Torso first; to hear and see while she rolled her shoulders and checked her pistol. Then her legs; rocked back and forth until she was sure they'd move without popping in protest.

Mincing across the boards - aware now of their noise and shifting her weight to prevent a creek - Tam takes almost a half hour to get across the building to Connor and John's camp. A thin, tattered little ghost, Tam grins stupidly at their supposedly sleeping forms. Seeing it - if John or Connor managed to actually stay awake - they might think the thief was fully aware of their game and just chose to keep playing it.

Her free hand - the right was occupied by a hefty-looking pistol - flicks out. In a flash, the cram is off the plate and in her mouth. Without pausing, she plucks up a magazine intended for one of their weapons. Doesnt even look at it, it just disappears silently into her coat. No picking around tonight; she was going for the big haul. Anything they'd left out gets pawed over and probably picked up. Even random things, like a plate or fork. Even an empty Dandy Boy wrapper.

Still quiet as a bad dream, Tam's breezed into the center of the camp, now, and her sticky fingers reach out towards John's own precious Baby....

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Earlier that day.


Conner was dead silent as the two wandered down Nipton's main street, his visor gazing from body to body as they continued. Thoughts began reeling through his head as he noted the uniforms of the NCR troopers. he'd never seen such soldiers, only faint whispers on the wind of their reeling existence. In this place, the world seemed dead, even more dead that the cold ruins of humanity that were left from the war. Each moment Conner gazed at one of the skeletons or otherwise he could have swore they were laughing at John and Conner as if dragged them down with them.

Conner stopped as they came across the body of the Enclave Trooper. He'd turn and watch John head off to another corpse before walking toward the broken heap of power armor and bone. While John was mourning Conner was working on pulling the body down, using his trench knife to slash the hemp rope holding it in place. As soon as it was down, he'd wearily place a few pieces in his pack. After all, survival was still a prime directive. Carrying the Enclave helmet back against his side, he'd walk back to John.

"John? Is everything alright?"
"Who could do something like this...to a child...to a family?"


The ex-Knights helmeted gaze would turn to the corpse of the little girl and he closed his eyes and reached out placing a hand on his friend's shoulder. The thought of whatever monster could do that, it made his blood boil and he pulled the hand away and squeezed his fingers to his palm. When they arrived at the corpse of their fallen brethen, he again would boil.

"Fuck whoever did this."


=========Night, inside Nipton Town Hall.=========


Their plan had been set up, Conner lay against a wall watching and waiting. There was a faint green-glow to his visor but that could likely be disregarded by anyone without knowledge of the t-45d's internal systems and optical specs. On his lap lay the broken busted Enclave helmet and next to him, an enticing plate of Cram, yummy.

He was completely still looking in that hunk of armor. Almost eery at this time of night, it seemed pale like a skeleton and cold as steel. Well, it was titanium steel but that was beside the point. Underneath the suit the man waited for that little thief. And right then, right as he began to drift off he saw a hand reach down and grab the Cram.

Under the helmet a smirk slowly began to form, laying completely still as she took thing from thing and got into his entire field of vision. A slow, sadistic, ominous grin that'd likely either scare off or seduce a Deathclaw crossed his face under that helmet. Second by second he'd wait for her to get into place, go towards John. Everything coming into a blank by blank point and case of their plan.

Right as she reached for the Baby his own hand would spring up as fast as he could move it, the metal joints making a grating noise as his helmet mounted light flicked on and his head flicked up. And less than a second later, his filtered voice rattled from his helmet.

Peeka-Boo Darlin', I see you!


His voice was loud and gruff as he quickly climbed to his feet. The helmet on his lap clattering off as he tried to draw his Trench Knife, making as much noise as possible to try and wake his compatriot up to deal with there unwanted guess. It was finally time to get their shit back.

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#, as written by Raidose
The world had changed, yet remained. Darker with more meaning, yet brighter and more veiled. The sky blurred together in both the glare of the sun and glow of the moon, day and night strobed together in a ephemeral twilight as the clouds raced across the sky like a time-lapse film. This dreamscape stretched on with sands of burnt grey to the ocean waters of gleaming silver. The bodies of every lost soul consumed by the bombs of old lay scattered upon the blackened Earth or hung on crucifix, lining the hills in the distance. Jutting out of the waters, towering monsters of steel on thin legs, belching fire like dragons into a broken sky. Edgar was taken aback by the mystique of it all, finding in the gloom a story to be written. He could not explain how he got here, only that this place held all the meaning in the world, a muse to the soul of the wandering.

"And as I stand upon dying land and burning sky,
I wonder if I'm here only to ask why?
Taken by insanity, by power, and by greed,
Was this future so blind to us? Could we truly not see?
Our kingdoms we ruled, only to shatter,
Our peoples we united, only to scatter.
We forsook our dreams, and thrown our hopes on the pyre.
We abolished our reason, and lit the whole world on fire.
Havoc cried we, and let loose the dog!
And now our fruits are only atomic fog.
The children of Earth, of madness, are we,
Slaying our siblings, despite our mother's plea.
And now she lay dead, her blood stains our hand,
But we see only victory, such is the curse of man."


As the last word left his toothy mouth, upon the shadowy silhouette of a dead tree fluttered down a bird of black plume. A raven, crowing his presence and speaking only one word. "Nevermore!" Slightly startled Edgar looked upon this bird, eyes narrowing. "You? How did you get here?" The bird paid him no never mind, cleaning it's feathers and cawing once more. "Didn't I eat you?" The gaze of the raven snapped to Edgar, a soul-piercing glare that unnerved the deathclaw. "Your poetry sucks...." it hissed. Before Ed had time to even think about it talking, the bird let loose a hideous caw, morphing into a monstrous form as it did so. It grew so large, it completely crushed the tree it was perched on, it's eyes burned with black fire, and it's beak became serrated ebony blades. All this in an instant, as it lurched forward to devour the deathclaw.....

Edgar's eyes shot wide open as he let out a reverberating howl/yelp of fear. Flailing at the air with his claws, he was taken off-balance by the load he carried on his back. Still in the throws of his day-mare, he rolled back onto his pack, his feet, tail, and arms thrashing about in a rather shameful display. Finally it dawned upon him, only a dream. Alas, it seemed that realization was too late, as he could hear several things in his pack crunching under his weight. With a bit of a struggle, he managed to roll back onto his feet and compose himself, scanning around to see if he'd "exposed himself" to anything other than the bloat flies. Thankfully, there wasn't a soul in miles. That's when the smell hit him, a lingering reminder of the battle not long ago. Scavengers of all kinds gathered in the carrion pit, picking clean the dead. Looking up near the sun, Edgar had barely slept a few hours, as it was only now nearing noon. Still, all the bodies was likely to attract more than just some dogs before long, best to soldier on.

It wasn't long at all before the talons of Edgar's feet clacked upon the asphalt of the old I-15, the heat slightly sizzling the pads underneath. Still, a road was exactly what he wanted right now, a safe route used by most caravans. The winds were starting to pick up a little, but nothing too damning. No, right now the real impediment was Edgar's stomach, griping over how long it's been since he last ate. Thankfully, bountiful pickings were not that far off, likely heading towards the battlefield Ed had just left. The sound of an almost-skipping waddle crunched in his ear, the wind carrying it's scent right up to Edgar. Geckos. Excuse me, Waiter? Yes, I believe I'll have the buffet.... What little lips Edgar had curled into a grin as he scuffled around a few crashed cars. One of which was propped up by two others, making a neat little hidey-hole for his things. Removing his backpack, Edgar leveraged one of the cars up with his shoulder and slid the pack underneath. After diligently lowering the vehicle back down, making sure nothing was crunching, Ed shimmied out of his robes and stretched. Walking around squat all day and all night left more kinks in his back than there were notches on Frank Sinatra's bed post.

God did it feel good to stand upright, but there wasn't any time to waste. Edgar couldn't risk somebody seeing him. Stalking his way over the dunes, drawing nearer to his quarry, he actually started to drool a little bit as he went in. There was no chase, no epic struggle of predator and prey, no glorious tale to regale any listener over. It was a freaking gecko, the dumb little bastard didn't even realize the deathclaw was there till it's face was practically in Ed's mouth. It was a strange orchestra of textures to be sure. Chewy hide, tangy meat, juicy insides, and lot's of crunchy bones. The latter of which kept getting stuck in Edgar's teeth. Three servings of lizard later, Edgar was feeling quite satisfied and very slothful. Though the winds were getting pretty strong now, carrying a lot of dust, and Ed began to worry that they might be brewing a storm before long. Being right next to the damn Dry Lake meant visibility would be nil. He had to get off the roads, all the patrols in the desert would be walking them now and Ed sure as hell didn't want to meet any Legion. Struggling to lift off with his gecko-filled gut, he lurched back to reclaim his things, all the while fidgeting with his teeth. Damn bones. Even though Edgar was armed with a set of 12-inch toothpicks on each hand, trying to use them was like trying to play "Operation" after first taping the tweezers to the end of a pool cue. There was a certain level of added difficulty that wasn't needed.

Ed decided it might be a good idea to try and go through the Ivanpah Dry Lakes now before the winds got really bad. Not a bright idea. The very second he was more than ten feet from the black stretch, the brewing dust storm completely enveloped him. Now he couldn't get back if he wanted to. Worse yet, all he could taste the entire time was gecko from all the bits still stuck in his teeth. Good lord, his breath was going to smell like a compost heap before too long. Of all the things to survive the apocalypse, why couldn't one of them have been mints? Ed wasn't quite sure how long he'd been going in circles, lost in the dust, but the sun was starting to sink behind the horizen. Great, cause darkness makes everything better. A gust of powerful wind hit right in his face, shooting off his hood. "Oh, come on now! Can't I catch one break?! This whole day has just been a big, steaming pile..... of......."Edgar droned off as he finally saw something, a dark silhouette against the bland brown backdrop. A.... cross? The winds began to untimely settle, revealing the morbid and soul-damning scene before him. Like his dream before, they were scattered all over, each still carrying the carcass of some tormented soul. He'd wandered his way to Nipton. Edgar had heard the stories but.... he never envisioned something like this. What could they have done to deserve this? Some of them..... Dear God, some of them were families.

He was taken aback, so much so he didn't even think about his hood. How could a God, any God, allow this? To stand witness to something so horrid? Surely, he can't be watching us anymore. Finally fixing his hood, Edgar bowed his head and did something he had never done before. He prayed. Prayed that the golden gates he'd been told of still stayed open, if only for the poor souls such as these. He prayed that there was indeed Balm in Gilead, that heaven was everything we thought it to be. An eternity of paradise and peace. Though deeply Edgar wondered if anything, even heaven, could make up for this. From down the hill tumbled an NCR helmet, stopping at Edgar's feet. With careful clawed digits he lifted it, walking it back to it's owner. The soldier had been there, hung on those wood planks for quite a while. As Ed gently shoved the helm back into the dirt at the cross's base, making sure the wind wouldn't dislodge it again, an old poem sprang to mind.

"And when he gets to heaven,
To St. Peter he will tell,
Another soldier reporting, sir -
I've served my time in hell."


He didn't want to linger here, but the winds weren't letting up and getting lost in the lake bed again wasn't very appealing. Looking around, Edgar was entering from the back of the town, not that far from what looked to be the town hall. The only damn building here not about to get blown away. He hoped. Trying to be as stealthy as he could manage, Ed crept up to a large window, peering through into the darkness. Anything could have taken up refuge in there, so it was a very wise idea to try and scope it out first. Still, he had to leave his pack somewhere, so after jimmying the window open and taking a quick look-around, he gently plopped his cargo down by the sill. Not two steps away from the window, a loud gunshot rang through the air. Edgar traveled with enough Gun Runners caravans to know that was a magnum. Couldn't tell what caliber, but it didn't matter. He just didn't want to meet it's owner. Deciding that it was better to be in the darkness of the building where he could see, as opposed to outside in the dust where he couldn't, Ed dragged his large form inside. The winds gave an eerie feeling, like the building was rocking gently. It was hell on the equilibrium. Edgar skulked around on all fours, as low to the ground as he could manage. With one claw, he flicked the lip of his hood up till it rested perched on the tips of his horns. That greatly helped him see, no longer hindering his field of vision, and it was luckily dark enough that Ed would likely see others before they saw him.

He could hear movement, voices. It actually sounded like a scuffle was about to break out. Still, leering around a corner, the only thing Edgar saw was...... Oh, that's not good. "Umm, nice doggy? Good boy?" A weathered old mutt with missing patches of fur was busy chowing down on a dead rat before perking it's ears up at Edgar's presence. It let out a territorial snarl before it's brain registered exactly what Ed was. It's attitude pulled a 180, cowering in fear with it's tail between it's legs and urinating on the floor. It looked like it was about to bolt any second, likely to make a lot of racket as it did. "Shhh! Shhh! It's okay! It's okay, boy.... I'm not gonna hur-*belch!*" The dog mistook sudden outburst of sound for a growl, and just as predicted began whimpering, yelping, and howling as it took off through a hole in the wall. Damn You, Gecko! Deep beyond what Ed could see, he could make out that the residence of this house took notice. They were likely going to investigate, which made Edgar panic a bit. Before he could move, an old tic which he thought gone made it's way back. ("Nevermore!") Ed's hand clamped down over his muzzle, backing away towards the window. Now? Of all times, that one comes back now?!

Man, today just wasn't his day.....

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The town hall had lost most of its sturdiness over the years, as had many structures in this world. The floor boards creaked, the doors would open and shut on their own, and the ceilings looked like they were about to collapse on you. The wind from outside picked up a bit, making the building shake a little. John had intended to stay up the whole time, determined to find this son of a bitch. The problem was, however, that John was tired. Every bit of sleep counts in the wasteland, and he had learned how to sleep quickly and lightly. He dreamed of being back in the capital wasteland, back with all of his old friends and his family. He was on a mission with Lyons Pride. The Pride was overrun by Super Mutants, and they are all gunned down around John, who is now the sole survivor standing alone in the middle of the a city block. The ground give out under him, and he falls into the black abyss, only to land back in the Citadel. Elder Sarah Lyons is there in front of him, arms crossed and head shaking with disapproval.

"You've failed us John. You've failed all of us!"


Her voice was cold and sharp. It really hurt John, real deep. The only thing that was worse, was his parents doing the same thing. This was followed by all of the chapter voicing their disappointment with him. The voices clumped together. The noise hurt, and John fell to one knee with his hands over his ears, shaking his head over and over while saying:

"I'm sorry...I didn't mean...I didn't...stop...stop it...Stop!"


The chapter and all of its inhabitants burst into flames, engulfing the area around John. When the flames cleared, John found himself in the Arlington Cemetery, skulls flooding the ground. on the crosses he could read the names of his comrades, including his parents and Elder Lyons. There was also one for Conner.

"No...no...NO!"


He awoke with a jump. Across the room Conner was still sleeping, or at least pretending to sleep. John was now covered in sweat despite the low temperature of the place. He figured now that he'd just stay awake for the rest of the night, he didn't want to go back to be greeted by his subconscious again tonight.

It wasn't for another hour or so until the trap was finally ready to be sprung. He didn't use his eyes to try and spot the thieve, he knew it'd be too easy for him to give up their trap that way. Instead, he was keeping his ears ready, and was doing his best to feel any kind of slight breeze that came his way. Eventually, he did feel a very slight push of air that was out of the ordinary, but it wasn't quite enough for him to suspect it was time yet. Luckily, Conner was watching behind that power armor of his. The thieve took a few miscellaneous items and then stopped near John. John got the slight inclination that something was not right. In fact, it's like something was tangling inside of him...his Baby was in danger...

Conner was the first to act, however. The bulky bastard jumped to his feet and over to the thieve, making a racket.

"Peeka-Boo Darlin', I see you!"


Before anything else happened, anything at all, John took his move. His hands moved faster than light itself, or so it seemed. The thieve was ready to bolt and get the fuck away, but before that thieve could break out into a sprint, John had the barrel of The Baby pointed towards their new captive. His right hand remained on the trigger, and his left hand came to his face, putting one finger to his lips.

"Shhh...Don't wake The Baby"


The immediate reaction was projectile cram being launched right at his face. A loud bang followed, probably scaring any shit out of the thieve. But, fortunately for said thieve, it was not The Baby that had just been fired. It was from within Nipton, probably from either outside or in another building then.

"Well god dammit! Conner, you stay here with our friend, I'm going to go check it out."


He gave a quick smile to the thieve, and then left the building in a hurry. He ducked behind the nearest building after leaving the town hall, waiting. He heard a door open and shut. Unfortunately, the wind made it hard for him to judge exactly where it was. He slowly made his way forward in the direction he heard the door, but by that time, whoever had fired the shot was gone. All that was left was a bullet shell and a dead legion. Shame, legion had no caps on him. After concluding that there was nothing he could conclude other than the guy not being here anymore, he walked out the door. On the ground he noticed the feint foot prints leading out of town. He quickly followed, finding exactly what he was looking for. There, maybe 50 yards ahead of him, was Apollo. He had just taken one step back towards Nipton when John stepped into sight, his face still covered in half chewed cram, unbeknownst to him.

"Didn't your mother ever teach its rude to shoot someone when people are trying to sleep?"

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"Peeka-Boo Darlin', I see you!"

Like someone had just flipped on a light switch, Tam's fear sent adrenaline shooting from head to toe. She didn't really register the words, or stop to see the mass of metal move. Like a jackrabbit kicked up from under a rock, she was already springing...

"Shhh...Don't wake The Baby"

... Right into a gun barrel. Looking cross-eyed down at the black rifle that suddenly cropped up underneath her nose, the scrawny woman channels her inner Super China-Fu Spitting Cobra Style and propels a mouthful of half-chewed Cram right into John's face. It's slimy, it's salty, it smells kind of like pork and kind of like dogfood. Somehow a blinding poison seemed a little preferable.

In the middle of deciding weather to shoot her for that humiliating attempt at escape or to shoot Connor for laughing at it, Apollo's not-so-distant gunshot rings out.

No, it wasn't Baby that fired, but that doesn't stop Tam from dropping to the deck like she HAD been shot, or was hoping to avoid BEING shot. Actually, it's probably lucky for John that her Flight response won out head and shoulders against her Fight response, because that .45 had been pointed at his gut. Out here, a caliber like that would've probably been fatal even if Baby had been quick to return the favor.

This second escape tactic didn't work, either, as Tam is quick to recognize that her trousers have gotten very warm. Not wet. No, we don't need a repeat of the Primm incident. Just warm.. Hot. Very hot. OW!

Her attempt to roll aside out of grabbing range quickly turned into a semi-wild thrashing, cursing rodeo as coals from a tin tray campfire set the front of the would-be thief smoking heavily. Every semblance of serious business just flew right out the freakin window as this tiny female fought desperately - with THIER junk falling out of every pocket and pouch with a jumble of noise - to not combust into flames.

"Well god dammit! Conner, you stay here with our friend, I'm going to go check it out."

He'd rather go confront an unknown and armed threat than stay in here with Tam. That should say something.

After an unsuccessful grab or two, Connor's metal gauntlet would catch the scruff of the battered leather jacket. With a heave and the benefit of the Brotherhood power armor, he is successful in hauling Tam right off the ground like a disobedient puppy. Continuing to furiously swat at stubborn whisps of smoke, her pistol now on the ground and her rifle strapped behind her to her backpack, Tam resorts to one of her more lethal weapons. Her silver tongue.

"H-hey, now! Let's not get crazy! We can talk this out, right? You're obviously new out here and I know my way around the Mojave, and you wouldn't want to run into any Legion patrols, right? Right? I know all the tricks, no worries! Number one A-ok, big guy! Look, I didn't even scuff your armor - do you need that polished, by the way? I know a guy. But you're sitting on Legion turf right now, you know! Anyone else woulda killed you, but not me! No way, Tam's lookin out for you, yeah, that's right. Seriously, if it's out here and you're looking for it, I can get it!"

Her rambling was fast and meek, encouraging Connor to dismiss her entirely as a threat. As good as she'd been at ghosting behind two trained ex BoS, she was even better at looking insignificant.

"Here - just... Just put me down.." Her attempts to twist around in her jacket to properly face him are unsuccessful, "And we can just talk, right? You want it, I've got it, or I can get it. No worries! You guys are going to want to fast-track outta here before the Legion hear you're up in Nipton, I know the easy way! What do you want, caps? Caravans? Chicks? ..... Guys?"

Wink wink.

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Apollo caught sight of John as he started to make his return to Nipton. Despite the person in front of him, Apollo was still far more focused on getting to the Outpost before the Legion arrived, that way he could stake out the place while they went about the clean up. The person in front of him didn't notice the fire off in the distance, which was of no surprise seeing as how Apollo could only notice it from the rise in the north road. At this distance the heat could not be felt, nor likely the screams that were surely persisting. "Guess I should of used my knife..." Apollo mumbled to himself as he continued walking forward. He continued to walk til he was only twenty yards in front of John, but his lax demeanor would likely cause little caution in the former Knight. Apollo yawned heavily, shrugging as if to mock John and his inquiry. .44 Caliber Henry Repeater, Old World weapon. Biggest flaws are its speed, long distance accuracy, and reload time. Dangerous weapon to wield. Apollo eyed the man head to toe, his expression indifferent. Modified combat armor with a scratched out logo on the right shoulder. Likely NCR or Brotherhood of Steel, though whichever it may be matters little. A deserter. Investigating gunshots in the open... not likely to be alone. Threat, moderate. Apollo stood there in silence for a few seconds, likely making John either nervous or annoyed. "Just a humble courier passing through. Came back when I realized I forgot to search the town for supplies. If this is about the Legionnaire, one could obviously see it was a mercy killing. Though, I doubt a man staying in a deserted ghost town would feel any inclination to avenge a fallen stranger."

Apollo could hear a woman on the inside of the building. Though he could make out what she was saying, he wasn't about to reveal that he was catching it. "Sounds like you have friends. They should be more quiet. You never know when a patrol might roll through." Apollo considered that the girl's voice was trying to catch attention on purpose. No one smart enough to survive in the Mojave would be that loud. Perhaps she thought she had a better chance with the unknown entity outside than the known one in. "I didn't know there were others here. Forgive me if I startled anyone, but since that is the case I will take my leave." Apollo decided to go back up the road and circle around Nipton, so as to avoid suspicion. Normally, he would have probably kept walking, drawn Lucille and told John to keep his distance. But, due mostly to the fact he could count his current bullets on one hand, he really couldn't afford losing any of them right now. "It was nice to me-" Before Apollo could finish his eyes widened and his back stiffened. Taking a long draw of the air and cupping his ear, Apollo looked to the North road, the way he was about to start walking. He looked back at John, not paying attention to whether or not he sensed it. "Do you hear that? A howling... but not wolves. Mongrels. Legion Mongrels." Apollo took a heavy sigh, realizing that they were arriving far ahead of his expectations. Well, it wasn't a big deal, he thought. All he would have to do is hide in an abandoned house for a while and let them pass. He would have to give up on going to the Outpost, but that was better than what would happen if he continued his efforts. He turned back to John, with a worn expression on his face, his demeanor quite different than the mysterious stranger aura he was giving off only a few minutes earlier.

"Well, I suggest you take your friend and your hostage and lie low for a while and let them pass. I'll be hiding in the General S-" Apollo palmed his face and took another sigh. The dead Legionnaire. Shit. Mongrel smells it, gets my scent. Apollo looked to John, once again a stressed expression covering his face. "I take it you tried to search the Legionnaire for anything useful?" Waiting for John's confirmation, Apollo let out a curse word under his breath before taking a deep inhale. "Alright, here's the deal. Sorry if I am moving to fast for you but its my nature. In about three minutes, a group of Legionnaire are going to appear around that ridge on their way to the Outpost on the Long 15. However, no matter what we do they will find that Legionnaire over there and since we both went near it, those dogs I heard will pick up our scents. They will look for us. They will find us. And they will kill us... unless of course we get inside that building with your friend and captive and bunker down. Its either that, or we stand here and get gunned down. So, what's it going to be, Stranger?"

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"Well god dammit! Conner, you stay here with our friend, I'm going to go check it out."


A voice rang out of the darkness beyond Edgar's vision. Stalking these dank halls, he found a section of wall that was "less than private", a tiny peephole rotting it's way through the antiquity floral patterns of the dry wall. Finally he could spy the scene which played out. Two figures mildly struggled with each other, well..... one struggled, the other just kinda used minimal effort to keep his hold. The power armor he wore instantly flashed Ed back to his little episode in the desert, but the coloration's were off. Doubting that the ever-righteous "Brotherhood of Steel" was aloud to change their fashion sense, the best Edgar could figure is that this was some mook who got lucky scavenging. The rather scrawny girl, or woman? Too hard to tell age like this, and she was rather scrawny. Either way, she bargained like a Junktown jerky vendor, Ed had enough wasteland experience to know that this could really only go one of two ways. One of them would be really, really bad for her.

Of course you realize that you don't know what this is about? So logically the smartest thing to do is just not be involved.
To just keep my head down and let it blow over..... like I did with those BoS members in the desert, and that turned out well.
For all you know she could just be a thief, or maybe assassin.
Or he could just be a raider.
Logic dictates that.... if I intervene here, the worst that happens is that a thief or assassin get's away. If I don't, the worst is that an innocent, well, questionably innocent female gets...... well, you know.

........I hate logic.


Moral dilemma solved, Ed made a plan. A conveniently placed window in full sight of the archway our suspected villain would have to go through made the perfect setting point. Now all that was needed was bait. Edgar's bog of goodies would work, partly opened like a sliced Christmas ham to show all the loveliness that was in it. Ed hoped the armored-up nudnik would Wonder, Wonder, what's in the Wonder bag enough to start poking through it. A hole in the ceiling led up to the second story of the building. Now, to get his attention......

("♪If you're blue and you don't know-♪
♪Where to go to, why don't you go-♪
♪Where fashion sits?♪
♫Puttin' on the Ritz!♫")


That did it. After Ed's rendition of Mr. Astaire, complete with radio static, the ne'er-do-well in question began to approach the bag, one hand still gripped around his hostage's wrist. Apparently he wasn't completely without common sense, since in his other hand he held a rather nasty looking RCW. Thankfully, he let go of her for a second to sift through his new-found loot. She was already starting to quietly inch away from the kid in the candy store, putting enough space for Edgar to land down from above. Ed took a bit of measure to make sure the only thing visible to the woman was a whole lot of burlap on his back, while the stormtrooper was already starting to react to the not-so-stealthy thump behind him. it didn't matter much now, though.

("Peeka-Boo Darlin', I see you!")


Before Conner's little pew-pew gun could even change orientation, Edgar's prehistoric-looking foot launched him like a missile through the window. Well, window and part of the wall next to it. But he was in armor, right? He'll be fine. The man in the tin can clinged, clanged, bounced, bonged, tumbled, and rolled his way down the hill, the only thing louder than the racket his suit was making was the never-ending stream of swears that'd make a fiend blush. Ed didn't even bother to turn around, partly because even though he was squatting down at around six-and-a-half feet tall, he knew she'd still likely be able to see up his hood, and Edgar wasn't willing to bank on it being too dark to make out certain key facial features. The other part was because he could hear her scrambling away. Still, he spoke out loud enough hoping she;d hear him.

"I not sure who is in the right here, but you have one chance to run."


Ed bent down and carefully tweezered the hook on his bag closed before slinging it back over his shoulder. Though there was something a little odd.... it felt lighter than usual. Though Ed didn't get much a chance to question this, as the newly made portal to the outside let the wind in. And on that wind rode a sound which made fret greatly. A deep, rumbling howl coming from far in the distance, likely not something a human would easily hear, at least not up by the town hall. This wasn't a wolf to be sure, as even wolves of today still had a somewhat majestic and haunting tone. This was guttural, feral, rabid even. Something bred to hunt men, by men. By legion. These were the howls of mongrels.

"Oh bugger......."

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((JOHN))

John watched Apollo approach, and was likewise wearing a shroud of indifference - if leaned a little more towards 'Annoyed'. The cram he'd missed wiping was starting to slither its way down his collar. Damn that little desert rat.

He shrugged when Apollo made an explanation for the corpse on the road, "You're right. I dont give a damn about the Legion sap." And that was that as far as he appeared to be concerned.

John returned the favor of studying Apollo, noting that the others' eyes stuck to Baby for more than a few seconds. A man that knew his weapons, and knew how to use them. If Apollo was 'just a humble courier', then John was a tapdancing Ghoul. But for the moment, the both of them were satisfied staring eachother down in the fassion of all dangerous men meeting for the first time. With neither particularly anxious to turn their back, the standoff might've dragged on longer, but the desert wind seaces to be the only thing howling.

"Mongrels. Legion Mongrels." Apollo advises him. John didnt have much experience in the Mojave, but anything attatched to the Legion was bad news, and any animal gnarly enough to make a noise like that was clearly unafraid of whatever might hear it.

When Apollo next suggests that they bunker down in the building, John bristles, and is about to flat refuse, when Apollo is proven right. No, John wasnt alone. That was his backup right there. The big man in the power armor. ... Flying through the window and part of the wall.

"Connor, what-!" John's tone is incredulous. He'd just left the man alone with a girl half the weight of his left arm. There was no way she'd -

Something shifts in the shadow of the gaping hole. Something bigger than Tam. John settles Baby firmly on the dark opening when the Howls come again, forcing him to hiss a swear between his teeth. There was no time to get tangled up in some new threat, their time was already running short.

With more guns and the fact that John himself liked having armor on, odds were that he could just run this guy off in the hopes that the Legion would just chase after him. But John wasn't that cold, was he? Geez, maybe life out was starting to take it's toll. It was something to consider though. While the prospect of a gunfight (which he knew was going to happen) had it's ups and downs, the deciding thing was John's knowledge on how the universe liked to get it's jollies.

John had never been a lucky man, by any means, and whenever he thought he could cheat his own bad fortune, it'd only retaliate by biting him in the ass that much harder. It's like narrowly avoiding stepping in a bear trap, only to stumble and land your face in it instead. So sure, John could avoid the Legion today, but something worse would just happen instead. Like falling down a mine shaft full of Cazadors. Or walking in on Conner naked....

John chose Legion.

With a curse that probably matches Connors, he pulls on the big man's armor -hard- to start him into the same cover Apollo was probably already moving for.

"Out of grade school and still getting beaten up by girls, huh, Connor?"

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((TAM))

At some point in her rambling charm, Connor's attention had left her. Pulling her behind in an iron grip that - short of gnawing through her own wrist - she wasn't going to wriggle loose of, her captor reached down to rifle through a bag that Tam was sure hadn't been there before. Something was interesting enough that he even needed two hands. Encouraged by her sudden and absolutely demure silence, he released Tam. Hardly willing to believe the kind of luck that took, she used her newfound freedom to put a feather-soft step between them. And then another. And then a third. In an eyeblink, she was out of grabbing range. A breath, and she was almost far enough to sprint for it.

Then the ceiling falls in. A mass of burlap =mean= plummets down behind Connor, and out of some kind of packrat reflex, Tam jerks forward to grab the satchel of all things out of harms way. Oh, wow, were those snow globes?? No time to study her find more carefully, because with an cringe-worthy WHOMP!, Connor's form has gone through the window.

Hop-skipping back from the hand that reaches backwards to reclaim the bait-bag, she pulls from her own the well-worn hunting rifle. Now, it would be impolite to aim it at her erstwhile savior, but that doesn't stop her from lifting it just aside from his torso. It's torso? That was bigger than even armored Connor had been. Super mutie? Through all that burlap, who could tell in this light.

And then that howl.

"Aw, brother, Tam, can you pick a party or can you pick a party?" She laments, backpeddling deeper into the building's shadows.

"If you're really keen on helping, pal, you can keep us clear of those Mongrels. They find us and we're -both- chewtoys."

Showing no intention of making it easy for the dogs to chase her down in the open, Tam lets the rifle droop onto a sling and shimmies up a broken staircase, squeezing between the wall and a tilted filing cabinet like a greased up molerat. There were windows and holes a-plenty on the second floor. Places maybe she could wriggle into that the dogs and their equally rabid masters couldn't dig her out.

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After dragging Tam through a room and a half to the bag, Conner stood there rifling through it, only to find it was a bag of snowglobes; useless snowglobes, hardly worth a cap.

"Son of a mirelurk bitch, can anyone carry anything worth scaving in this God-forsak...


( "Peeka-Boo Darlin', I see you! ")


Behind him came a quite familiar voice, and at this point. He'd also realize he just had a lapse of common sense and let go of Tam. The big hunk of power armor would then try to turn and find out what the fuck was going on, only to receive a foot to the back of his titanium plated ass with enough force to propel him through the wooden structure they were within; (the structure doesn't need much merit in the first place.)

First with a surprised shout, that could easily have been mistaken for a girl's scream; the man went flying through the wood an shanty glass with a loud crash and creaking noise, his armor making a heavy clang as it hit the dirt and dried clay around the building with following and resounding clangs followed by a less-than-proper-English-explicative every three seconds. With a final "cal-thunk" at the bottom of the hill.

A few seconds after his train-whacker of a ride; he would gaze about, vision blurred and ears buzzing from hitting his head on a rock... Maybe John was right about the brain damage after all. However, the silence wouldn't last long.

"Oh wait until I get back up there! You sons of fucking Deathclaws! You hear me! I said fuck you! Son of a bitch!"/


Then a howl would ring in the distance, and another, oh followed by more, goodie! Conner's head would turn and he'd reach for his RCW. He was utterly fuming now and the howl wasn't helping. He'd gaze at the direction it first came from.

"Well! Fuck you too buddy-dog!"

He really was bad at PG-13.


All this commotion had likely sent John running, who did indeed run up and grab him in an attempt to drag the armored thug to cover. It wouldn't take much though, Conner did indeed stand and start running but not toward the cover with John. He was darting straight toward the old building he was just violently ejected from, but right as he got towards the hole he made. He heard, well, that was barking behind him.

Conner would turn to see a group of four of those mutt's charging at him, teeth bared, foaming from the muzzle, and fur frilled, the whole nine yards of attempted dog intimidation. However, in Power Armor, Dogs don't really scare you and Conner didn't buy it. He'd raise his RCW with a not-so-choice phrase.

"Fuck this bullshit."


And with that, the rhythmic humming and discharge of energy went through the air as Conner opened fire on the lead Mongrel. As the bolts of laser energy hit, the hunting dog cried and yelped as loud as it could. The heated energy actually lighting its fur on fire and burning the thing alive, as it fell to the dirt the others kept going only for a second to meet the same fate. Once the next few dogs go into close quarters, Conner quickly hoisted his rifle and drew his Trench knife off his chest and as expected the first dog lunged. It would indeed impact on Conner's arm, teeth only scrapping across his forearm plate. Once its paws it the ground, Conner kicked it in the ribs, literally. The poor animal went flying a good couple feet into the air and back about seven due to the enhanced strength. It yelped for a few miniscule seconds and fell limp; now it was the next one's turn the rabid dog jumped and Conner swung and in a lucky catch, connected the knuckle of his knife to its next with a sicking pop. With a repeat of the last animal's final actions. More dogs were likely on there way but these were dead. With a gaze and step into the building Conner would proceed to search for the bastard who punted him.

"Come out, come out where-ever you are..."