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Black Jack (V2)

Twenty-one bullets. More than enough to kill anything that moves.

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a character in “Fusion Fantasy Neo”, as played by Alexander von Koopa

Description

Theme – The Hammer Falls

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Age: 27

Gender: Male

Race: Human

Alignment: Lawful Neutral

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Physical Description: Black Jack wears a large overcoat and hat to obscure any of his features, but lacks a right arm… unless he’s smoking, in which case purple smoke comes out from where his arm would be. With the coat and hat off he looks like a dark-skinned soldier with chiseled features, a five-o-clock shadow, and a perpetual thousand-yard stare.

Personality: Black Jack practices the policy of keeping a stiff upper lip, keeping calm and carrying on, and all that other British philosophy even as he dutifully follows orders.

History: Squad leader of most of Majestic’s ground forces, Black Jack lost his arm when Dr. Y cut it off trying to get information on Majestic. He now bears a bitter grudge and eagerly awaits the day when he can return the favor.

Equipment: Black Jack has several spy gadgets hidden in his coat, but fights primarily with a modified tommy gun and cigarette. The cigarette lets out a strange purple smoke that acts as Black Jack’s right arm and serves as ammo for the tommy gun. This ammo is capable of going straight through solid objects without leaving any holes, but without the cigarette the gun cannot fire.

Abilities: Aside from his missing arm and the gas used to replace it, Black Jack has no special abilities.

Other: There’s more to Black Jack’s story that I’m not telling. A lot more, but that would spoil pretty much everything about his character (and some of Dr. Y’s). Tee hee.

Image Credits: Fortesque, atomiccircus

So begins...

Black Jack (V2)'s Story

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The man who brought in Ripsaw, Black Jack, sits in his personal quarters, petting a bulldog, presumably his pet. For everything else you can say about Majestic, you can at least infer that they don't have a "no animals" policy in their HQ. A Majestic trooper enters Black Jack's room.

"Don't you people ever knock?" asked Black Jack.

"Two things, Officer Black Jack," said the trooper. "One - Mockingbird would like me to inform you that Dr. Y has relocated to Arsenal Cove."

"Brilliant," said Black Jack. "I'll pack my things and meet him there."

"You do not have permission to go after the doctor," said the trooper. "You requested to be informed of his location and you were. You get no further favors until you earn them."

"Very well," said Black Jack. "And the second thing?"

"The scientists would like you to stand guard over Ripsaw," said the trooper. "In case something goes wrong."

"Very well," said Black Jack, turning to the bulldog. "I'll be back for you later, Winston."

Black Jack heads out of his room and to Ripsaw's containment chamber, observing all inside. He doesn't understand some of the more high-tech bits, but he's smart enough to get the gist of what's going on - namely, that Ripsaw is being contained in such a way as to prevent his breaking out.

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There is little noise within the room beyond the low humming of the generator Ripsaw's torso is currently hooked into. Said machine is likely there to serve as an alternative energy source, cycling just enough power to keep Ripsaw and most of his functions online so as to prevent whatever failsafe he might have from triggering, but not by much - being especially evident when Ripsaw's sensors detect someone else in the room and he suddenly speaks up, yet with his words forming into more of an angry slur than his typically well-paced sentences.

"Back alrrready, are you?" Ripsaw's voice snarled from within the torso, having apparently mistaken Black Jack for one of the scientists that were poking around in his memory banks. "Figurrred you would've ssstayed out on your brrreak a little longer - essspecially ssseeing as I'm not going anywhere."

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"Well, how could I resist getting another look at you?" said Black Jack with a chuckle.

He continued looking at Ripsaw's various parts, impressed at the craftsmanship. Of course, craftsmanship and thick metallic plating meant nothing when you had some of the best armor-piercing rounds in the business, but it was the thought that counted.

"Besides, the sooner we finish researching you, the sooner we can free up this lab," said Black Jack.

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Ripsaw pauses for a bit, recognizing Black Jack's voice, before scoffing.

"A ssshame. I was jussst ssstarrrting to get usssed to sssitting arrround in this place, too. Dimly lit sssteel corrrridorrrs, the ever-prrresent whirrrring of varrrious machines... Rrreminds me a bit of home," hissed Ripsaw. "Before it exploded, that is."

As Ripsaw reminisces, a few more files suddenly pop up on the screen of the computer hooked into him, meanwhile; said files appearing much more intelligible than the corrupted gobbledygook that was previously downloaded.
Granted they mostly detail old political dealings as well as finished operations, but one in particular is oddly nothing more than a long string of numbers that constantly repeats itself once the computer accesses it.

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Back in Ripsaw's holding chamber, the computer hooked up to his memory banks eventually breaks the silence in the room by beeping a few times, as if to declare that it is almost finished with copying and prying open all the data the ex-legionnaire's hard drive might be able to offer to Majestic.

"... Been meaning to asssk you a quessstion, by the way," Ripsaw suddenly grunts to Black Jack. "About you, ssspecifically. Ssseeing as we're almossst done here, I don't sssuppose you'd be generrrous enough to permit it?"

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"I suppose that's only fair," said Black Jack, not quite computer-savvy enough to get what most of the numbers flying across the screen meant.

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"Back in Rarrrofiorrre," started Ripsaw. "Beforrre you oh-ssso-kindly deliverrred that ssscorrrpion girrrl and I here, you were almossst immediately firrred upon by that fellow in the cowboy hat."

Ripsaw paused, waiting for a few seconds as he tried figure out how to word his question in a manner that would net him the most information - perhaps on both parties, if he was lucky. The lack of necessary power to supply his core processing unit wasn't really helping his AI much in that regard to begin with, but he also had a feeling he was treading near some sort of rabbit hole what with getting involved in all of these.. interesting events with a few of the White Platoon's members, and now with this shady organization that he had somehow previously not even been aware of.

Meanwhile, the speed at which the various numbers flash across on the computer screen starts to slowly increase as the download nears completion.

"... Tell me, how was it you were able to ssstoke that man's irrre so?" Ripsaw resumed, making no effort to hide his interest. "To the point where he would willingly thrrrow himssself into what could ssspin out into a tactical disssadvantage, jussst to take a prrreemptive pot shot at you?"

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Black Jack sighed. His relationship with the doctor was... rather complicated. Not to mention awkward to bring up without sounding unprofessional. He reached for a cigarette... then noted the complicated machinery all around him and rethought. Instead he leaned against a computer.

"To tell the truth, I haven't the slightest idea why he hates me," said Black Jack. "I've got plenty of cause to hate him, though. For starters, when we met, he had the bright idea to use me as a source of information for this fine organization. I kept mum, he didn't like it, and... well, I don't doubt you've noticed that I am slightly handicapped."

Again he thought about reaching for a cig and again he had to remind himself not to. It was a hard habit to break.

"My father, though," said Black Jack. "He knew the doctor. They worked together, too. Father never said exactly what he was doing, only that he was part of some super-group."

He paused. A smirk covered his face, one of realization.

"Come to think of it," said Black Jack. "He called it the White Platoon. Same thing the doctor calls his newest ragtag band of misfits. Neither group ended well, of course."

Another pause, this one more to collect his thoughts. It didn't work, and the words flew out bitterly.

"See, there's my other cause to hate the doctor," spat Black Jack. "Ten years ago dad turned up in a hospital, half his body burned to cinder, the other half damn near crushed to death. I still don't know what happened to him. All I know was that he was going on one last mission with the doctor before he would go home to his mum and kids. So much for a peaceful retirement."

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Ripsaw is silent for a while, reflecting on everything he had just heard. He had figured there was something personal at work between Black Jack and the good doctor, but he couldn't have imagined that it was to this degree.

He'd never admit it, but he started to feel a bit of sympathy for the man.

"I mussst say, you wear the masssks of ressstrrraint and prrrofessionalism rather well," hissed Ripsaw. "Take frrrom it however you will, but you rrremind me a bit of mi'lorrrd, in a way."

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"Well," said Black Jack, looking once more over at the computer. "Considering your lord is a megalomaniacal would-be conqueror, I do hope you won't take offense if I don't take that as a compliment."

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"Hahaha! Not at all, not at all.." chortled Ripsaw. "I sssuppose it's not a verrry fair comparrrissson."

Another chime from the computer Black Jack is leaning next to can be heard as the download finishes, the relevant data being tucked away and sent to who knows where.

Almost immediately afterwards, however, the file from earlier that was displaying the flashing numbers is suddenly replaced with a cluster of text.

"Eager to steal my secrets, are you?" it read. "Enjoy them while you can."

"That being said.." Ripsaw tried to resume, meanwhile.. before being quickly interrupted by a strange cyan electrical surge visibly running through his body, shutting him down mid-sentence and quickly flowing into the generator he's hooked up to, then through the wires linking up with the computer.

Needless to say, the unusual failsafe does its job rather quickly, as Ripsaw's body - as well as the generator itself - promptly explode. While it's thankfully not the full force it could have been had more power been cycling into Ripsaw, the sudden blast is just enough to send pretty much everything that isn't bolted down (and perhaps Black Jack as well) flying across the room.

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Black Jack, taken by surprise, is blown across the room, knocking his hat off to reveal a dark-skinned man with short black hair, a little bit of stubble, green eyes, an chiseled features beneath. Several scientists rush into the room, assessing the damage. One walks up to Black Jack.

"What did you do?" asked the scientist.

"I was just talking with him," explained Black Jack, dusting himself off.

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Meanwhile, Valentine was called upon by the group that was monitoring Tsan's conditions.

"This...This is bad," one of the scientists stuttered.

"Not specific enough. Care to elaborate?" Valentine responded.

"Tsan, his...his memories were triggered back on!" another scientist stammered. "As well as some of his capabilities that we repressed!"

"(!) Really?" Valentine said with shock. "That does spell trouble...If he finds his way back to us, he could easily shut down our works...! {to the scientists} Tell me, where is he heading now?"

"Uh, it...I can't get a solid lock on him," another scientist said. "His radar jammer is on the fritz, so its effect is fluctuating. But...his path was determined to go down through the Dream Valley area."

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"Deploy Sammael," came Mockingbird's voice over a microphone near the scientists. "He can track the soldier's path even if the radar jammer were to cease functioning. Once his location is confirmed we will send in Luca to break him. Shove the speech about honor or whatever he was blathering about right back in his face."

"But sir, his new abilities-" began a scientist.

"Will hardly affect one who prefers magic to technology, and another who needs no technology," interrupted Mockingbird.

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In the meeting room are several Majestic troopers, fifteen or so other mages taken from Coronach, Black Jack, and Sammael. On the table, along with Mockingbird's radio, are several bracelet-like devices.

"Ladies and gentlemen," said Mockingbird over the radio. "These devices before you are multi-purpose. Firstly, they protect you from the harmful radiation emitted by a nuclear missile. Second, they act as cloaking devices, allowing you to disguise yourself as anything or anyone - say, a nanite soldier, or one of our own. Third, they explode remotely, so there's no chance of those nasty Coronach troops taking them and using them themselves.

Now, as for why you're getting them, it's because this operation requires both chaos and subtlety. Some of our men inside Corona are telling us that mages are putting up a barrier to protect themselves from Uldritch's missiles and nanite soldiers. They plan to create a little panic to mask their killing of one of the mages, which will open the barrier close to the Bacania Shrine. Once open, you are going to disguise yourselves as nanite soldiers and slip through the opening before it closes or something like that, joining whichever of Uldritch's troops are already there.

Here is where you will split into two groups. Half of you will go with Sammael to kill the rest of the mages - while he seals off their casting ability, the barrier will be gone, leaving Coronach wide-open for whatever Uldritch has yet to unleash. With them dead it will be that much harder for them to regroup. Anyone that gets in your way is also fair game. Once all the mages are dead and no one is opposing you, retreat to the S.S. Helios in Fontin for extraction.

The other group will split off with Black Jack to Fontin and meet up with some of our agents already there. They will give you several devices, all too classified to reveal at this table, and you will plant them in various target buildings. When you run out of these devices you are to move to the airship yard and board the S.S. Helios.

Any questions?"

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Meanwhile, at the docking bay area, a transmission nearby was coming in.

"Hyperion to Majestic, Hyperion to Majestic. Requesting entr - "

"WAIT! Hold up, you fool!"
Fervolo's voice piped up. "We have company. ...Roman...Do you see what I see?"

"Hm? Ah yes, are those not three of the interlopers in Edge Wilds?"

"Mmyes...They're catching onto our contractors too quickly. Especially that lady - the Red Riding Hood, of all people...!"

"Uh, w-what do we do, then, captain?"

"We stay still. We do not move. We do not descend...not yet...We are not intent on giving away Majestic's location, capiche?"

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An engineer answers the transmission.

"Hyperion, disengage entrance," said the transmission. "Continue flight path towards Spliced Woods to lure away Red Riding Hood, over."

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Meanwhile, none of the troopers have any questions.

"Good," said Mockingbird. "Now, to-"

It's then that Mockingbird picks up the transmission from the Hyperion.

"Hold," said Mockingbird. "We can't leave the HQ just yet. It seems we have some would-be visitors."

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"Understood. ...Well, you heard him, men! Drift toward the Spliced Woods! And ready your artillery, just in case we have more to face than the would-be intruders."

"Aye, captain!"

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Valentine noticed on the outside surveillance that...Red and co. are still looking around Old Haven and not Spliced Woods.

"Looks like they didn't buy the ruse, Mockingbird," Valentine said. "I hate to say it, but this is too amusing~"

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"No matter," said Mockingbird over the radio. "If they're so intent on searching Old Haven, let's show them what we keep in Old Haven..."