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Cedric Valentine

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

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People who are often involved in Origin, generally living there, doing business there, or such.
The major players and contacts of Cedric Valentine's sprawling business empire.

Description

ImageName: Cedric Valentine

Age: 34

Height: 5'11"

Weight: 163 lbs

Eye color: white/grey (originally brown)

Hair color: Dark Brown

Unique Trait: the ability to comunicate with and manipulate creatures that register on a magical scale naturally. The level of control depends on the relative sentience of the creature and the amount of effort put forth by Cedric. In simple terms it works at the instinctual level, guiding and luring the subject rather than taking control of a creatures conscious mind.

Unique reaction: Cedric's mana color does not seem to follow conventional theory as to how mana color manifests. As a result Cedric suffers both physical and mental reactions to the use of his mana. These reactions can be excruciating and have forced him to adopt a very restricted approach to the use of mana. The reaction scales from "early phase" at low level use to "late phase" near the top of Cedric's power limit. Initially this forced Cedric to never operate above 50% of his power in an effort to keep his morality from fracturing (not to mention exhaustion, physical pain and possible risk of death which would remain) though once he broke that barrier and gave into the black mana he was able to withstand using 100% of his power for a short time with out a familiar.

Mana color: Black

Mana Affinity: Primarily uses Dark elemental magic followed by fire and ice (can use other elements in a pinch to lesser extent), Telekinesis, Wards and Buffs, Illusion/Projection, Detection, minor Chronomanipulation, minor Mimicry

Familiar: the Dragon.
Even Cedric is unsure of the origins of the creature he uses as a familiar. In the simplest terms it is a pan-dimensional mana dragon, apparently having come into existence and existing in the space between dimensions. It is not known to have a physical form in real space. His connection with the Dragon allows Cedric to use his powers to their natural limit without triggering his reaction, and use mana "by proxy" above and beyond that. When Cedric taps into this power he risks the whim of chance as to how his reaction will present. At times it does not present, at times it presents at the "early phase" and at times it presents as "late stage" relative to his natural mana scale. In the later instance the results can be dramatic and dangerous to both Cedric and those around him. Thus far Cedric has no way of gaging how the reaction will present if he goes beyond that limit.

Unique items: the black ring
Cedric keeps a simple black ring on him at all times. The original material of the ring is undetectable and it's meaning is unknown, though Cedric seems to have more of an attachment to it than as a simple tool. The depth of black increases as Cedric uses more mana, it has been described as radiating solid blackness into the light around it. This ring originally served as a sort of limiter and buffer for his magic use, designed and enchanted to help control his mana reactions curve and limit his use. It now serves as a gauge against that same original mana curve so that Cedric is always aware of how close to the threshold he is.

Ship name Minori

Background:

-Childhood:
Cedric is the son of wealth. His family has had wealth for as long as there has been wealth to be had. They aren't necessarily business men, they weren't all wise investors, most of them weren't even business owners. They employ those kinds of people. However Cedric was not raised to flaunt his wealth. His grandfather Marcus Valentine believed in living comfortably, certainly there was no reason for them not to, but also in being understated in public, "You walk like a man, you talk like a man, at the end of the day we all die the same way. You're no better a man for your wealth, money doesn't make you a good man, and it doesn't make you happy." Cedric's grandfather spent many years teaching him about the better men in his family history, and warning him of the fates of the worse men.

And so Cedric grew up with a sense of empathy for those 'below' him as economics would say, he had an honest sense that he was not better then them, better off, but not better. He grew up to be a good kid with a decent head on his shoulders. It would have assuredly been a different situation had he not been raised by his grandfather. Cedric's father Alex was the opposite of Marcus, the man never had time for his son, despite not actually having to do anything to make a living, he was constantly chasing more wealth, more companies to buy and sell, more land to own and trade, more governments to get his hands into. Alex did believe that money made him a better man, he firmly believed that he was above all things that walked on the earth, the man hated the happy poor almost as much as he hated the saddened poor. So, while Cedric grew extremely close with his grandfather, he grew to resent his father deeply.

He first presented at the age of 11, keeping his peculiar skills hidden from the vast majority of people in his life, his grandfather was the first to know, the man was very close to Cedric and as a boy he kept nothing from him. He knew his secrets would be safe in those hands. Private schools and tutors in his younger years included various Gatewatchers who trained his magical ability (though he was unaware of the organization specifically at the time and they chose not to reveal it to him) turned into time at Harvard where he was first approached officially by the Gatewatchers, and later Oxford, where he finally accepted their offer. Since then a couple of other non-mana users have come into the knowledge but he tries to keep this list close to the chest.

-Gatewatchers and Project Icarus
Cedric joined the Gatewatchers program out of a desire to control his bodies reaction to mana use, and to prevent a dream. For years he had a reoccuring dream in which he witnessed the murder of his grandfather by a shadow, one he could never stop, never interact with. He spent a number of years in the program, becoming something of an oxymoron, a well respected agent but at the same time something of a paraiah. People in the oganization were suspcious of Black mana users at face value. Regardless of this Cedric had a relative moral compass than allowed him to track down and detain some extremely dangerous individuals and dispatch even more dangerous creatures with the RaMESSESS division. Near the end of his time with the organization Cedric was recruited into an unsactioned operation called "Project Icarus". This had been born of the attempt to research the Gateway phenominon by sending agents through them to collect data. Knowing the type of creatures that came through the gateway the sponser of the covert operation knew a RaMESSESS agent would be a valuable addition, and with his natural ability, experience, and existance on the edge of the organization Cedric was the prime candidate. While hesitant at first a series of events that included his being technically dead twice in two days lead Cedric to agree to sign on with the intent of finding a sutaible familiar to minimize his unique reaction and to increase his magic ability in an attempt to stop certain events that were set in motion including the murder of his beloved grandfather.

-Imprisonment, the dragon, entry to the multiverse
During project Icarus the team encountered a sigularity that forced them to retreat back to their own dimension, and Cedric made a personal sacrifice of himself to facilitate that escape. This resulted in Cedric being trapped in the space between dimensions, causing massive mental trauma. In what felt like ages Cedric was tormented in a state of un-existance by a creature in the void, a dragon that seemed to exist between dimensions naturally. All the while he clung to his reality, fought against the natural darkness of his magical alignment, and tried to keep himself from slipping into the dark that had haunted him for years, but it was not to be so. Finally realizing that his only hope for breaking free of this torment was allowing that darkness to take over his mind. So he built up what strength he had, stayed his mind to the inevitable, and awaited the dragons return. When it returned Cedric poured every ounce of energy he had into subduing the creature, he could feel his mind fracture, the line between light and dark fall away, and darkness covered his eyes. It was at this point that a dream that he had been chasing for seventeen years unfolded in reality. Cedric came face to face with the shadow that he had witnessed kill his grandfather in his dreams, and determined to destroy it before that event could take place. With a new found energy Cedric set on the shadow for what seemed to the mortal like ages. The fight drove Cedric's mana reaction to his breaking point, but he found that he did not break, and the man stood victorious over the shadow. In a fit of hate Cedric put an end to his advisary in the same way he had seen the shadow kill his grandfather so many times, only for the shadow to fade and see the lifeless form of his own grandfather in it's place.

There, standing in that room with the horror of reality laid before him the man found that he lacked the emotion to fit the scene. He had cried over this man hundreds of times, over this exact scene, and now the reality of it barely registered on his heart. He only knew that he could not, would not, remain there, in that reality, in that dimenison. So he set out, using the new found familar to traverse from existance to existance. He did what he knew, built business, created empires, influenced governments. Now he has found a new existance, a new reality. The Multiverse.

So begins...

Cedric Valentine's Story

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Character Portrait: Meldraenei Character Portrait: Bamboo Character Portrait: Douglas Weskit Character Portrait: Mars Corp. Character Portrait: Helga Rotfeuer Character Portrait: David Malachite Character Portrait: Shine Erutin Character Portrait: Yukiko Takayama Character Portrait: Verror Esmonar Character Portrait: Koishi Komeiji Character Portrait: Obake Character Portrait: Atom 7K Character Portrait: Sin Asphodel Character Portrait: Jaxon the Bandit Character Portrait: Yvandír Vythari Character Portrait: The 6th Order Character Portrait: Cedric Valentine
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Cedric stepped into the main gala wearing a luxurious black bespoke suit. It was the kind of suit that only people who lived in a rarefied echelon of financial security wore. His mask mimicked the shape of a skull, and an elaborate and shifting design of a dragon took up one side, wile the other was completely empty. The ink of the dragon almost seemed to suck in the light around it.

He had been patient as the security screened him. He pondered the fact that it would have been simple enough to bypass the entire ordeal, but sacrifices were made for business. So he had done the leg work necessary to gain an invitation, though to be honest some of that leg work was less than honest.

Regardless of what corners he had cut to secure the invitation, it was secured now. He was glad that the financial elite seemed to operate in much the same way as they had in his home dimension, albeit the technology was far advanced. But Cedric had been hoping between dimensions for some time and had learned quickly that he couldn't expect his natural customs to carry over. It would be nice to rely on his natural instinct and background instead of leaning on mimicry.

Scanning the scene revealed a wide range of individuals, from royalty to hired servants, and almost everyone in between. But it was Mars Corps party and so his eyes finally rested on the CEO, David Malachite. He was busy greating one of the princesses in attendance, one who seemed more than ready to excuse herself and mingle with another royal guest.

With the man free Cedric approached with comfortable ease. Mars Corps was no small business, and David Malachite was no small player. By contrast Cedric Valentine was nobody in the multiverse, but he was far from nobody, and he projected that confidence in his easy approach. It was his first foray into the business and political waters of the multiverse and he intended, as always, to plant the seeds that would make Valentine Inc a future player in those waters.

"Quite the party you've put together. I'm glad I decided to crash it." he smiled easily and extended a hand, "Cedric Valentine, Valentine Incorporated. Pleased to finally meet you Mr. Malachite."

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Meldraenei Character Portrait: Bamboo Character Portrait: Douglas Weskit Character Portrait: Mars Corp. Character Portrait: Helga Rotfeuer Character Portrait: David Malachite Character Portrait: Shine Erutin Character Portrait: Yukiko Takayama Character Portrait: Verror Esmonar Character Portrait: Koishi Komeiji Character Portrait: Obake Character Portrait: Atom 7K Character Portrait: Sin Asphodel Character Portrait: Jaxon the Bandit Character Portrait: Yvandír Vythari Character Portrait: The 6th Order Character Portrait: Cedric Valentine
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#, as written by Marcus
Mr. Malachite smiled and greeted each of the newcomers to the Gala. He shook hands and embraced others and when he was finally free of his duties for a moment one man decided to approach him instead of the other way around.

David took Mr. Valentine's hand and offered a strong grip only to measure the young man up like a slab of meat being sold at market. "A pleasure that someone decided to crash my event. A few I've greeted have been more graceful than others, and some have been outright impetuous." Mr. Malachite chuckled only to hear his friendly guest introduce himself and the company in which represented. "Well Mr. Valentine, can I call you Cedric, are you a up and coming power amongst the social elite or am I speaking with older blood who I've not had the pleasure to speak with before?"

Mr. Malachite allowed his gaze to flawlessly remain upon his newfound friend whilst he searched the matrix for information on Mr. Valentine and his company. It would only take him a few seconds for any information to come up but for the meantime he would simply enjoy this social encounter.

Douglas Weskit smirked. "Well obviously I get to speak with a rather lovely woman and even get the chance to dance." The gentleman took her hand and began to lead Bamboo in a waltz.

Helga would continue to look for the little girl only to be stopped by Verror. "The planetary government is fully aware of the fleet above. If it is the guests we are expecting then have no fear." Helga offered only to then take Verror by the shoulder and walked over to an open balcony to get a better look at the fleet. "How long have you been hired on by the company? If something were to happen I and several other members of the security detail would need to act in accordance with the terms of agreement we have with this world."

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Character Portrait: Meldraenei Character Portrait: Bamboo Character Portrait: Douglas Weskit Character Portrait: Mars Corp. Character Portrait: Helga Rotfeuer Character Portrait: David Malachite Character Portrait: Shine Erutin Character Portrait: Yukiko Takayama Character Portrait: Verror Esmonar Character Portrait: Koishi Komeiji Character Portrait: Obake Character Portrait: Atom 7K Character Portrait: Sin Asphodel Character Portrait: Jaxon the Bandit Character Portrait: Yvandír Vythari Character Portrait: The 6th Order Character Portrait: Cedric Valentine
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#, as written by Obake
The dark alien fleet had made no attempts to bypass any security measures upon its arrival. The ships were in a defensive formation, but they were in plain sight. The Asphodelian fleet seemed rather massive to some of the spectators, as their battle destroyers would've been mistaken for much larger carriers to those with smaller ships. The Asphodelians had brought their royal guard with them, but although 25 ships seemed a bit excessive, it was a small fleet by Asphodelian standards. Nevertheless, when they warped through space using a unique form of dark energy called omnite, the Asphodelians weren't trying to be stealthy.

They wanted to be seen...

As the miniature bugbots scanned the perimeter around the Asphodelian fleet, they acquired information about the space, gravity, temperature, radiation, dark energies and other details which were forwarded directly to Obake's computer. The entire system was hybridized, composed of utonium alloys and other foreign elements unlike anyone had ever seen before. Powered by etherine, a new type of energy Obake learned to harness using pyramite crystals found in the Bluestar Galaxy, the tiny winged drones were not susceptible to most hacker tactics like EMP's or viruses, nor did the manipulation of time and space have any effect on them as Obake's bugbots recorded different signatures, frequencies and wavelengths and sent them to Obake.

The masked human in the dark hybridized spacesuit would hit a glowing transparent green button on his 3D holographic screen, causing the bugbots to disperse in several directions throughout Intergalactic Space, particularly upon the surface of the planet in dark swarms, appearing much like an approaching rainstorm from the witnesses below. It was unclear what their intentions were, as the Asphodelian fleet remained perfectly stationary. Obake turned and walked through the pressurized gates from the command deck into the hall of the main deck before going through another gate into the flight deck or bay hanger. His bugbots continued to form dark clouds over the Gala and all the guests, thousands of robotic locusts and flies all demonstrating a hive-like mentality or artificial autonomous control system. They were collecting data about every minute detail they could find, sending the intel directly to Obake's spacejet.

Still a mile above the planet's surface, the bugbots appeared to just linger around without descending any further. From out of the mist of their dark cloud, a triangular black spacecraft could be seen hovering without a sound. Obake hit a few buttons on his his control panel, grabbed the joystick and opened the hatch. His personal spacejet dropped out of Soulburst into freespace, and soon Obake was on his way to the surface. As the black triangular craft descended ahead of the bugbots, it appeared to hover down slowly to the ground. Obake was controling the ship's movement with the screen in his cockpit. His other hand was controlling the joystick in front of him. The small triangular black craft landed smoothly and vertically on the planet's surface and remained completely motionless.


It was now at the foot of the Gala...

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Character Portrait: Meldraenei Character Portrait: Bamboo Character Portrait: Douglas Weskit Character Portrait: Mars Corp. Character Portrait: Helga Rotfeuer Character Portrait: David Malachite Character Portrait: Shine Erutin Character Portrait: Yukiko Takayama Character Portrait: Verror Esmonar Character Portrait: Koishi Komeiji Character Portrait: Obake Character Portrait: Atom 7K Character Portrait: Sin Asphodel Character Portrait: Jaxon the Bandit Character Portrait: Yvandír Vythari Character Portrait: The 6th Order Character Portrait: Cedric Valentine
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At the edge of the sector, the Mizuho, and her accompanying escort fleet took note of the twenty five alien ships arriving near where the Gala was being held.

Almost at once, they began to move to combat readiness, preparing their weapon loadouts, though the Mizuho was unmoving, as it was directly linked to Yukiko.

So they sat idle, 50,000 vessels strong and waited, performing deep scans of the area, but maintaining a state of alert.

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Inside the Gala itself, Yukiko remained silent, despite her security personnel moving quickly to assess the situation through comms with the fleet, tapping their earpieces they kept their formation around the Princess.

There were two men in particular, a scruffy older gentleman with a neatly trimmed beard, and a single blue earpiece that contrasted with his simple black suit.

The other man, a stark redhead and much younger also stood silent, his red earpiece contrasted with the other man's blue earpiece, and the rest of the security contingent's black earpieces.

The Emperor's Personal guardians, Azaka, and Kamidake stood ready to address any threats to the Princess, genetically augmented by the Matokey, both were guardians of great power.

Security Chief Mazaki turned silently to the princess, tapping her shoulder and whispering in Taiyou into her ear.

"We have an unidentified alien fleet orbiting the planet, we should depart soon, I cannot ascertain their intent."

Looking to her surroundings, Yukiko nodded slightly, before slowly going to her feet. "Shimizu insisted I try to make friends here, but no one is interested, and I'm bored." She whispered back.

As Yukiko stood, the security contingent moved back to surround her, with the two guardians taking point, hoping to make a swift, and discreet exit.

At that moment, Princess Shine approached, addressing her as Takayama-Hime, and in Taiyou no less, this elicited a visible pause and reaction from the Princess, whom was used to ignorant foreigners surrounding her, using inappropriate titles, among everything else.

"The people of this Galaxy never cease to surprise me." Yukiko said quietly to Azaka.

But being sequestered in Andromeda for the better part of the last several years, she wasn't familiar with the dignitaries of this galaxy, a brief look of confusion dawned her face, but she tried her best to hide it.

"Who is this foreigner and why is she talking to me?!" Yukiko asked herself in her head. Outwardly answering the greeting in the typical polite smile common in the Taiyou.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Meldraenei Character Portrait: Bamboo Character Portrait: Douglas Weskit Character Portrait: Mars Corp. Character Portrait: Helga Rotfeuer Character Portrait: David Malachite Character Portrait: Shine Erutin Character Portrait: Yukiko Takayama Character Portrait: Verror Esmonar Character Portrait: Koishi Komeiji Character Portrait: Obake Character Portrait: Atom 7K Character Portrait: Sin Asphodel Character Portrait: Jaxon the Bandit Character Portrait: Yvandír Vythari Character Portrait: The 6th Order Character Portrait: Cedric Valentine
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Bamboo and Shine received the information about the fleet at the same time. Shine did not react, certain in her guard’s ability to get her safely aboard the Golden Chariot should she need to evacuate. Still, she was more surprised than not that it appeared Takayama-hime did not recognize her, having caught the brief confusion. Still in Taiyou, she spoke on. ”Forgive my interruption, Takayama-hime.” a pause as she considered her title translated. ”I am Erutin, Shine, a princess of the Erutin Empire. I wished to introduce myself to you ahead of the talks between your family and my own.” She didn’t want to presume who would represent either family after all.

The other hadn’t been seen in this sector in some time. Still, Shine managed a polite smile for her fellow princess, even as her guards urged her to please get closer to the edge of the crowd. The one guard accompanying her kept close, able to grab hold and port her to the Golden Chariot should the situation turn sour. Shine was not worried.

Bamboo turned her head on the dance floor, unerringly looking in the direction of the fleet as they waltzed together. “I do enjoy it.” She assured Mr. Weskit. “However there may be trouble shortly, it seems.” She explained and turned her attention to her dance partner. “And if there is not trouble, then a party with no tact or head for diplomacy is shortly to arrive.” Really, bringing an entire fleet to a party. It was utter nonsense.

Still, it looked like both the imperial women here were aware of the problem and ready to leave. Good. In the event of an attack, perhaps war could be averted, if Takayama and Shine were kept safe and out of danger.

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Character Portrait: Meldraenei Character Portrait: Bamboo Character Portrait: Douglas Weskit Character Portrait: Mars Corp. Character Portrait: Helga Rotfeuer Character Portrait: David Malachite Character Portrait: Shine Erutin Character Portrait: Yukiko Takayama Character Portrait: Verror Esmonar Character Portrait: Koishi Komeiji Character Portrait: Obake Character Portrait: Atom 7K Character Portrait: Sin Asphodel Character Portrait: Jaxon the Bandit Character Portrait: Yvandír Vythari Character Portrait: The 6th Order Character Portrait: Cedric Valentine
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Sin never was a type of being to sit idly, seeing reports coming in from Obake probing drones and his own deep space scans paints a pretty good image on the hollow-screen in front of him giving him a good view of who and what in this systems and the next if need be. As he knew from the start that showing up here like this was not in the railm of peace talks, but pushing those thoughts aside Sin needed to prepare his fleet if things go wrong planet side with Obake. Using the mind-link between his ships commanders and himself he push his orders to start Def-Ops in the space surrounding the fleet, and to ready a R.R.T unit, which are a team of 20 Reviers class soldier's and 10 Asphodelian fighters. If things do go to hell and Obake can call the R.R.T for help.

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The fleet started Def-Ops, the Battle Carriers with their unknown black gleaming metal would strike fear in to anyone. They didn't need to charge up the main gun because they were not there to attack anyone, but if need be they could destroy planets with only one shot. The black-omnite shields active giving a image of disruption around each ships. Same in fact with the outside of the ships as the unknown black metal that all of the fleet are coated with began to ripple back a forth from solid to liquid preparing it self for any number of attacks. A Swarm of fighters began to launch from flight deck taking up patrolling patterns in a V-formation with a Ace-Pilot at center of each formation.

The Battle-Destroyers started their Ops at the same time, readying their weapons like the 20 P.E missiles for frist strike options. Each missile can cause major damage by phasing past ships shield and tracking systems. Not only the destroyer's have good offensive it has the ability to jam radar, magic, computers, comm links, and warp-drive to make sure any force they come up against will most likely have a bad day.

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All ships reports ready, as Sin taps on his chair with his claws. He would wait and trust Obake with talking on his behalf as his title in the Asphodelion Empire grants him that.

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Character Portrait: Meldraenei Character Portrait: Bamboo Character Portrait: Douglas Weskit Character Portrait: Mars Corp. Character Portrait: Helga Rotfeuer Character Portrait: David Malachite Character Portrait: Shine Erutin Character Portrait: Yukiko Takayama Character Portrait: Verror Esmonar Character Portrait: Koishi Komeiji Character Portrait: Obake Character Portrait: Atom 7K Character Portrait: Sin Asphodel Character Portrait: Jaxon the Bandit Character Portrait: Yvandír Vythari Character Portrait: The 6th Order Character Portrait: Cedric Valentine
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David Malechite would find precious little information on Valentine Inc. in the matrix. This was due to a combination of the fact that there wasn't much to find, and the fact that Cedric was careful to keep some dealings close to the chest. He would find a hand full of real estate and transportation acquisitions, he may notice some personnel hires that stood out as bold grabs, perhaps even some former Mars Corps employees. All in all what the man would see was a company that was quickly, almost violently, coming into existence in the economy of the multiverse.

Cedric returned the man's grip almost exactly, gauging the man's reaction, sensing that he was being sized up. There was no sign of discomfort at this fact, he had been sized up many times, he found that he measured up more often than not. People often had a private place where they were most comfortable, for Cedric he was most comfortable here. He couldn't help but smile at the question, new blood or old. It was one he had heard in some form or fashion many times. It had been strange the first time, he had grown up in a world where his family had always had wealth. Their wealth predated entire nations very existence, it had endured ages of men. Here, as with every other dimension he had visited, he could easily be thrown in with the nouveau riche.

"Old fish, new pond you might say." Cedric replied as he deftly retrieved a glass of scotch from a passing waiter. "But I assure you the money is old." he took a drink.

There was some commotion by the balcony, a new arrival making a unique entrance. Cedric allowed it to take his attention for a moment. The various security personnel were inconspicuously informing their charges and no doubt preparing for the worst. He took it all in, standing there next to the host of the event, then he smiled and took another drink.

"Impetuous."

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Character Portrait: Meldraenei Character Portrait: Bamboo Character Portrait: Douglas Weskit Character Portrait: Mars Corp. Character Portrait: Helga Rotfeuer Character Portrait: David Malachite Character Portrait: Shine Erutin Character Portrait: Yukiko Takayama Character Portrait: Verror Esmonar Character Portrait: Koishi Komeiji Character Portrait: Obake Character Portrait: Atom 7K Character Portrait: Sin Asphodel Character Portrait: Jaxon the Bandit Character Portrait: Yvandír Vythari Character Portrait: The 6th Order Character Portrait: Cedric Valentine
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Despite his face being covered by a protective visor, Verror was clearly embarrassed at his mistake. He watched as the peculiar triangular ship descended, reminding him less of a ship and more of some kind of standing stone. So, they weren’t here to pose a threat after all. He turned his attention back to Helga.

“Er…sorry about that. Won’t happen again.” He apologised hastily, shuffling his feet slightly. “I’m not a permanent employee, I was only hired for this particular event. I’m still adjusting to more modern customs and such.” He explained.

Helga would have probably figured out by now that Verror wasn’t the brightest. He wasn’t unintelligent by any means, he just wasn’t on the same level as many other people here who had special augmentations and AI implants, or had sharply trained their minds.

“If I see that strange vanishing girl again, I’ll tell her there’s nothing to worry about.”

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Character Portrait: Meldraenei Character Portrait: Bamboo Character Portrait: Douglas Weskit Character Portrait: Mars Corp. Character Portrait: Helga Rotfeuer Character Portrait: David Malachite Character Portrait: Shine Erutin Character Portrait: Yukiko Takayama Character Portrait: Verror Esmonar Character Portrait: Koishi Komeiji Character Portrait: Obake Character Portrait: Atom 7K Character Portrait: Sin Asphodel Character Portrait: Jaxon the Bandit Character Portrait: Yvandír Vythari Character Portrait: The 6th Order Character Portrait: Cedric Valentine
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  1. Good post. :)

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The AI would be on her tail sooner rather then later, but Meldraenei wasn't too particularly pained by the notion of being caught by some second rate AI. But it would make it rather clear that she was not in a mood to be fucked with by some incompetent busy body trying to mess with her intelligence gathering. With the diversion going off, she sent out more packets of false data make it look like she was sending out trails of data for the ice to follow. She scrubbed her own data trail as she went along but soon began to set data bombs, packets of data that were lethal to AI along with the packets of data and sprites she was constantly sending out to distract her pursuers. She was almost done: She nearly had a full list of party goers and their full dossiers.

"Belles choses? Parfois oui, parfois non. Cela dépendra de ce que vous trouvez beau dans l'endroit où il y a très peu d'étoiles. Une certaine vie existe, d'autres mondes ne sont que des morceaux de roche et de métal qui font un bon sauvetage. Je suis un aventurier et je suis un geôlier."

She replied while continuing to dance. While she was looking about, she glanced up to the security cameras and then to the rest of the party goers. Her drones out in the furthest fringes of the system began to report to her of large fleets of ships inbound on her position. They began to feed her telemetry and data about the massive number of Taiyou ships nearby and several other forces she didn't recognize. This was unexpected but she simply smiled to the man whom was trying to court her and simply bowed to him in the dance while holding out her hand to him.

"Care to take a girl to get a drink? I am rather parched...and the night seems to be getting much more entertaining"

French Translation:
Beautiful things? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It would depend on what you find beautiful in the place where there are very little stars. Some life exists, other worlds are just hunks of rock and metal that make good salvage. I am an adventurer and I am a jailor.

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#, as written by Marcus
"I'd not worry about it to much. How could you have known?" Helga offered only to give the guard a nod and accompanied Verror only to direct him towards the entry. "Stay over here and help me inspect the new arrivals. MAD scanners aside the only weapons that will come into this party are those we allow." She was one of the heads of security within this party and would not allow for some overly cocky arrivals be the downfall of the Gala. Information was fed to her via the matrix and she would simply check over the guests who had arrived with the utmost care and respect.

Douglas grimaced at the idea of trouble while the two danced. His mind raced only to give her a nod towards her words. "My dear, I'd be appalled if there was something that escaped my employers capable grasp." Douglas began to smile once more as the waltz continued without the distraction of outside interference. "Besides it would be a shame for me to waste what precious time we have to dissipate a problem better suited for a simple warning."

Atom 7K continued to follow his leads allowing his agents to act before him. This rogue within the system would find that termination in the meat space would be a kindness compared to what would be in store for this hacker. A single message was displayed to every member of security to look for the meat bag as it would have had to be someone in or near the Gala that might be hiding.

Douglas finished up whatever drink he had and moved onto his next whilst standing in the company of Mr. Valentine. It was rather pleasing to hear this young man standing tall and being rather productive. It was not above Mr. Malachite to assume plenty of things but once Cedric described the others and the newcomers he decided he needed to make a move.

Mr. Valentine, besides mingling with the powerful, what can I do for you. I've not heard or seen any record of you or the company you represent." David took a moment to look over the companies logs only to grimace slightly. "So what can I do for someone who's money is old?"

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Meanwhile, another small craft appeared to reveal itself from out of the mist of u-flies as it hovered slowly down towards the triple A corporate building. The pilot of this spacejet was none other than Majister Obake himself, a renouned ambassador and royal adviser of not just one or two, but three very different opposing galaxies. All the data from his bugbots were uploaded directly on to his screen. He was entering a "no danger zone" into the vast greenless jungle of cityscape architecture towards a giant floating skyscraper that appeared to be at least 100 storeys tall, if not taller. The data on his pilot screen confirmed this.

The planet's atmosphere was determined to be "unstable," but this was not a system error. Obake was using a hybridized program, and the Asphodelian ruler he came to represent was from a distant chaotic universe where things were very different, sometimes even the opposite of what most lifeforms were accustomed to. Obake's ship scanners picked up everything on the roof of the skyscraper. His ship scanners were even more thorough than his u-flies, picking up details about the lifeforms inside the building, leaving almost nothing to secret. Powered by etherine, his ship's scanners detected that there was no force inside the entire building that could block his system. Radiation levels were detected and found to be safe. Electromagnetic systems were detected and mapped out. Obake's system was equiped with a female human A.I. voice to interact with him on his voyages so he wouldn't feel so lonely in outer space. "Shall I shut down all the computers for you, master?" She asked him seductively. "Not right now Star, we don't want our friends fighting over how sexy you are," Obake replied cunningly as he pressed a few buttons on his mini-screen. Star continued to scan the MarsCorp building.

It wasn't very difficult at all. Obake's moniter showed several guests both inside and outside the building. He was picking up bloodtypes, heat signatures, heart rates, blood pressures, auras and brainwaves. Star detected a businessman wearing a wolf-mask, a shapeshifter wearing a star-mask, an armed guard wearing a helmet, another man in a striped green-mask, an augmented A.I. shapeshifter wearing a blue-mask, a man in a gold-mask, a cybernized woman accompied by armed guards who appeared to be maskless due to her painted features, a peculiar android with connections to other armed agents, a half-elf demigod wearing a druidic wood-mask, a satori with telepathic abilities, another woman wearing a gold-mask accomplied by armed shapeshifters, a man wearing a skull-mask, and several other races and species all wearing different colored elaborately decorated masks for the purposes of an important political party.

"There's someone attempting to scan me, master," Obake's spacejet would inform him of Verror's intentions. "Relax," was Obake's response. "It's a security guard, he's probably just trying to get a sneak peak," he continued. "Shall I undress for you, master?" Obake's ship was implying that she lower her special shield, allowing the inside of his ship to be scanned. "No not yet sweetheart, not yet" Obake said as he landed his spacejet vertically in the designated landing area.

Just then, the mood changed as a darker more sinister voice came through Obake's communications system. "Skhala go vitzklok," was the Asphodelian's message. In essence, it was a message informing Obake that a mysteriously large mass had just appeared in the outer sector. Obake hit a few buttons on his screen to get a better picture through Prince Sin's eyes. What he saw through his eye-mod was Prince Sin's arm-module, which projected a 3D holographic model image of the entire universe in which they were located. As the Asphodelian leader rotated the image, he zoomed in on one particular sector with a strange mass effect positioned in a rather suspicious formation. "Kakkat ishk trulv olka," was Obake's response to the visual message before switching back to his normal view of the landing area in front of him.

Just as expected, Star was still running scans, picking up sound frequencies and mineral compositions. Obake wasn't too worried. He knew that Prince Sin's fleet was capable of handling almost anything by itself, and he trusted the R.R.T. to rescue him from danger if need-be. Wasting little time, Obake continued on with his mission, continuing to watch the rooftop from the safety of his cockpit. All of his defenses were up, but none of his weapons were active as Obake opened up a single radio frequency and waited patiently for the landing party and security personnel to communicate.

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Yukiko kept calm, a smile presented to Shine, while Security Chief Mazaki was conversing silently with one of the other guards. They were making the decision as to whether or not to depart.

"Talks? Oh, they must be preparing to meet with my brother. He is far from here, aboard the Soja, his flagship." She replied, in Taiyou to Shine.

She looked up, and both Azaka and Kamidake were visibly agitated when the scans permeated the building. Their power was carefully concealed, and even the otherworldly etherine was useless against the power commanded by the two royal guardians.

Azaka made his move first, weaving his way through the other armed security personnel, to bring himself close to Yukiko, standing just behind her, and to her left.

"Takayama-hime, we must depart, the alien fleet in orbit has your security staff on edge, and uneasy." His voice was firm, no doubt both guardians could protect the Princess if necessary, but the best defense was to avoid a potential conflict entirely.

Yukiko looked briefly to Shine, and then back to Azaka. She was considering her next move.

She smiled back to Shine and pulled Azaka over. "This is Azaka, he and Kamidake have been protecting the royal family for generations." She slowly gestured to the younger man in the red earpiece, whom was somewhat removed from the main gathering. He was watching the ship approach, though not visibly. He was trying to assess the potential threat that this alien vessel could pose.

Azaka offered a slight bow, the older bearded man with the blue earpiece kept his head inclined in respect, before turning to Yukiko. "Your sudden transport is ready."

Yukiko nodded slightly, before turning her attention back to Princess Shine. "I don't trust the security here, maybe it would be better if we met aboard the Soja, and became better acquainted. The fleet in orbit has my security staff on edge; they're arming weapons."

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As the Asphodelian fleet readied their defenses, the Taiyou commanders gave the order; with the protection of the Princess the highest priority, Hyperspasce jumps were triangulated, and roughly a hundred ships entered hyperspace.

A scant five minutes later, a hundred distortions opened up between the Asphodelian fleet and the planet, Taiyou warships, from the smaller Minekaze class, to the larger Shogun and Yamato class ships slowly emerged from hyperspace, one by one they took up position between the alien ships and the planet.

Their massive guns swiveled to life, turning on their turrets to bear against the Asphodelian fleet, 50cm guns armed with 150 kiloton nukes turned on their banks, targeting and running closed simulations on each alien ship. Shock Cannons turned on their turrets as well, garnering firing solutions on the larger battleships and cruisers, power surging to each weapon battery.

The Battleships Ise and Hyuga turned to bring their prows to bear, each aligning their bows to face the Soulburst; if this engagement turned violent, they would unleash their Wave-Force cannons, and unleash the full power of their power systems in one coherent planet-cracking beam of energy.

The last ship to appear was the Mizuho, which took position between the Taiyou fleet, and the Asphodelian fleet; it's power was carefully hidden from even the most sophisticated scanner.

The Taiyou fleet was merely a show of force, should things turn violent, there was no doubt the Mizuho could decimate the Asphodelian fleet in mere minutes.

The pieces were in place, and now it was up to the Asphodelians to take the bait, and fire the first shot.

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Bamboo tapped Shine’s security team over her implant, as she danced with Douglas and smiled apologetically as she received the update. “I am to help evacuate the princess.” She broke off and offered him a flirtatious curtsy. “Forgive me, Mr. Weskit. Perhaps another time.” She hurried to the princess’ side regardless. How Terran events always ended like this she did not know. She just knew she got hazard pay for coming to Terra because of this nonsense.

Shine smiled to Yukiko. “Of course. I’ll take my own ship and meet you there. I’m afraid my security team is rather worried as is.” She said simply and gestured with an open palm to Bamboo. “As you can see, they’ve sent the ambassador to fetch me to safety. The Golden Chariot is a small enough ship, it may be able to dock in yours.” It was built for speed and defense, with a primary purpose of getting the heir to safety.

Further, there was only one way on or off the ship. Bamboo reached for the Princess, and Shine gently took the ambassador’s hand, delaying her a moment via her implant. “I’m afraid any further conversation will have to take place over ship’s comms.”

Bamboo allowed this a moment or two and then pulled the princess gently closer. “Your highness, we should not delay. The danger is only growing.” The woman’s hidden guard could no doubt do this, but it was not a done thing.

Shine sighed and nodded her head to Takayama-hime. “Stay safe.” She bid the other and allowed Bamboo to pull her tight into the other’s arms. The duo disappeared in a flash of light, appearing aboard the Golden Chariot a good half a light-year away. Several smaller flashes disappeared as well, the security team leaving now that both Erutin women were gone.

The Golden Chariot took off for safety, the minute everyone needed was aboard.

It seems that even off Terra events hosted by Terrans were cursed. And to think, she assumed this was safer despite the hosts being Terran.

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He heard the Erutins make their leave, one princess gone, that made for some relief, he had done enough playing hero and saving nations back home, turning to reenter the gala he stopped to watch the new fleet enter orbit.

“violence begets violence” he turned back and walked back inside, taking a seat by one of the windows so that he could keep an eye on those ships, pondering what he’d have to do to protect these people, if it came down to it.

“I could plane shift everyone...no that would mean we’re all in the astral plane…” he tapped his fingers on the table in front of him, and removed his mask, setting it down, he pulled back his hair into a ponytail and tied it there with a small piece of twine, contemplating putting his mask back on or leaving it off, he sat back and rolled the thin metal band around his finger.

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Koishi had finished telling the security of the news, and it looked there was some concern among them at the least. With that in mind, she could stick around and be relatively calm. After all, they were interrupting her fun. And she wasn't going to let a bunch of space boats take that away. Though, as she came back she saw there were some leaving. B-but...

With a small huff she considered her options. This party was probably going to go very downhill soon. Oh! If it's already going downhill, she could give people a surprise! That always cheers them up! Humming to herself as she found an appropriate space to do her thing, she began to conjure some magic together. A bit of illusion here, a bit of enchantment there...and viola! Before her was the semi-translucent and glowing form of a decent sized lion. It was...beautiful! Now just to see what'd happen. Of course,
it couldn't hurt anybody, but...it was pretty intimidating! Kinda.


At the sight of the Taiyou vessels entering into the space, more and more as time went on, The 6th Order's own ships stayed put. They waited, waiting to send for back-up just in case. But, they waited for an act of aggression from the Asphodelian ships. Whether they should engage, or not...that was what was being determined.

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"I think you would agree, the fastest way to kill old money is to let it sit idle." Cedric replied, "Money is like blood, if it's not moving it's dying." he finished his glass of scotch and replaced it with the next drink to come around.

"Mars Corp has a research wing that specializes in magic and the archane. From what I understand you've made some very impressive breakthroughs with them. I might present a unique opportunity to supply certain research opportunities for your company. Valentine Inc has a branch that specializes in attaining magical creatures and objects for research, and I can promise some of these finds would not be available to you otherwise."

He took a drink. He wouldn't bother explaining why he would be able to supply such unique research opportunities. Cedric needed someone willing to take a chance, even a relatively small one. Mars Corp would be ideal as an early partner in the multiverse, but he wouldn't let them get the impression that he needed them to be his first partner. It wasn't a bluff, it was a gambit.

"I'm here to grow money Mr. Malechite, both for my company and those who see fit to do business with it." He took another drink. "I'm also here to drink your scotch."

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Malian blinked. Only once, but once was telling enough. He had noticed something...

"Unfortunately, I cannot," Malian slowly withdrew his hand as he kept his composure, making a graceful bow to the lovely Alecia, "My condolences, madam, but I'm afraid something unexpected has come up. I shall be making my departure from this event early tonight. Perhaps another time?"

And before another word could be uttered, he turned and began walking towards the door. He maintained his calm gait towards the exit of the Gala, passing by a few other attendees, even accidentally brushing into one of the females in his haste.

"My apologies, ma'am," was all he said to the lady as he made his exit.

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#, as written by Marcus
David smirked and listened to the young man. Ballsy plays always seemed to bring something out in the opulent CEO as he reached into his jacket and produced a rather strange business card.

"Mr. Valentine, I' rather shocked and amazed if I can be so blunt, I'd never imagined that someone would have looked into my own business only to present an opportunity such as this." David began to lay it on thick only to then take another drought of his drink. "The edacity of it all to think that I could pass up such a fine opportunity without even getting more of the details might even seem more of a rookie move than any of those suckers down at Logicroad." Mr. Malachite began to laugh a little only to offer his card over to the young man. "Just so we are clear I can find specimens and artifacts without the aid of some upstart. But, I like your moxie, I also cannot say that you've not piqued my interests. Arrive at the address on the card and we will talk shop."

Helga simply stood waiting only to have a lone man leaving bump into her. "Excuse you." She muttered only to return to her duties.

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Obake was still sitting in the cockpit of his spacejet, waiting to be addressed by the landing party over his radio. But there was no response, only static. He then decided to be the first to communicate. Pushing a button on his screen, Obake's ship suddenly took total control over the rooftop's entire telecommication system, including all sonar and sound frequencies. Upon doing this, everything would become momentarily dead silent. Guests were still dancing and moving their lips in conversation, but there was no sound at all, not even at the lowest frequency. This sudden ability to nullify all sound didn't take very long for the dancing and lip moving to stop, causing mass hysteria almost instantly, especially amongst the guards whose earpieces and microfones no longer functioned. After a moment, the sound pulse faded allowing everyone on the rooftop to hear normal again. Their telecoms, speakers and mics were still not functional, but at least they could hear themselves talk and communicate verbally without any electrical sound equipment.

Obake then pushed another button, tapping into the guard's radio frequencies while allowing them to work again. This would only effect those on the rooftop level though, with such strange events being completely undetectable by anyone inside the Mars Corps building who didn't have a radio of some sort (or incredibly sensitive hearing). After tapping into the MarsCorp station's radio frequency, Obake introduced himself. "This is White Eagle to MarsCorps Security, come in security, over." Obake looked at his screen, not surprised to see that his craft was entirely surrounded on all sides by a 360-degree circle of weapons aimed directly at his vessel. He briefly wondered how long it would take them to figure out that they couldn't penetrate his shields, but he quickly brushed the thought aside and pushed the button again. "Again this is White Eagle to MarsCorp Security, come in security, over." Obake tried a second time to communicate with someone on the rooftop. He kept his hand on the joystick the entire time, knowing it could pop off at any second.

Just then, Obake's u-flies informed him that some more ships had appeared directly in front of their location. The autonomous bugbots reacted immediately, swarming around the ships which now had weapons pointed at the Asphodelian fleet. Obake's bugbots were small, very small, as they began to fly in by the thousands around the Taiyou fleet, prodding the Taiyou ships as they swarmed around them. The winged drones were composed of utonium based alloy, a very rare and unique hybrid metal alloy stronger than even most magically enchanted metals. Obake's bugbots were made of basically the same substance as his dagger, which was known to cut diamond and adamant like butter. More rare than unobtainium or badassium, the hybrid alloy used in constructing his u-flies was immune to all forms of magic, electricity, magnetism, radioactivity, plasma, gravity, time manipulation, divination, elemental forces, ultrasonics and radar detections, among other things. This was because Obake's bugbots were also powered by etherine, which was unlike any other power or force. As the miniature drones prodded the Taiyou ships harmlessly for any vents, cracks or crevices, they immediately began collecting data which was forwarded to Obake's computer.

Still waiting for a MarsCorp officer to respond to his radio signal, Obake recieved another message from Prince Sin asking him what to do about the Taiyou ships which had just appeared. Obake advised the Asphodelian commander to standby, something which most Asphodelians didn't even understand the meaning of. But Sin trusted Obake as his royal advisor, even against his Asphodelian brother's poorer judgment. Obake sat idle, waiting impatiently while hoping that Prince Sin would command his troops to do the same.


Obake was also hoping that by establishing some form of communication, a preventable conflict might possibly be avoided...

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For an act of obvious and unfathomable idiocy a response was warranted for something so deserving.


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The first mistake was the 'ambassadors' last as Mars Corps. artificial intelligence turned its attention away from one obvious pain in its digital neck to the more annoying target which essentially painted itself red as it needed to tap into the systems in order to get to those coms which security was attached. It wasn't hard for Atom 7K to bypass the obvious lack of major security which the personal shuttle was equipped with. It wasn't even difficult for the A.I to look over the programs which seemed to be running silently as he simply unleashed all the ICE to drown out Obake's A.I. with malicious code and viruses which would wreak havoc upon the computers files and programs as they would attempt to either purge or quickly counter the major hacking attempts. Mars Corp was rather proud of their destructive little A.I. as it not only began to take care of business but also inform major security heads of the sudden breach. This anomaly would not leave the Gala without giving its proper thanks to the Host and apologize for its reckless behavior.

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Helga and Douglas both excused themselves from the party after suddenly being silenced only to make their way to the source of the problem. As soon as they had both left the prying eyes of their peers at the party each began to take on their roles very seriously. Douglas simply cast aside his mask and was handed his cane from an intern only to smirk and vanish from reality only to appear right before Obake and his ship. Helga on the other hand called upon her armor from Hammerspace and donned her battle suit quickly just to shift from one locale to another with a pistol and sword in hand. Obake would indeed be surrounded by gun and blade and every member of the security showed no sign of backing down.

"Let's get this straight shall we." Douglas spoke up only to bring the butt of his cane up towards ship. The Gentleman began to etch several magic circles in the air before him which began to form above and bellow the ship itself. Helga on the other hand began to conjure a strange tome before her very person as her shadow took the form of an eldritch creature which stood by her side. The woman simply began chanting and empowering Douglas and his spellcasting as she began to read from the book bound to her soul.
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Every word Hegla spoke and every intricate mark Douglas marked upon the air would hold the ship in place. It was not directly affecting the ship itself but the very laws of nature and reasons that surrounded the vessel itself preventing it from acting as it normally would. Though the ship itself was immune to magic the dimensions around it could be altered and shaped.

"Khepa Khepa..." Douglas began his own chanting as more symbols began to be etched into the before him. The reality around the ship began to warp and twist as several portals of each of the elements would simultaneously open around the vessel whilst walls of light began to envelop the very space around the sorcerers target. "....Ra Asperuk.."

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In another realm a large hatted wizard began to itch his noes only to note the calling of a pact once long thought forgotten. It was a bargain once struck that needed to be forged and completed and so the necessary requirements would be fulfilled. Mystical energies flowed from across the plains towards Douglas and Helga who continued their own spell work whist the master wizard with the mammoth sized hat just sat back and watched from his massive library.

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Meanwhile back with Atom 7K and his holy works more programs would easily fall to his whim as his agents began to work with little resistance if any. The use of the drones that Obake used would easily be caught up in the little tidbit as everything was either tied to one program or system which would fall drastically sense the only thing that could attempt to stop the agents now was a measly firewall. Atom 7K began to catalog every bit of information that was available only to run a background check upon Obake and his cohorts. If the man expected to be an ally to Mars Corp he was surely mistaken. The engines to Obake's ship would suddenly find themselves cut and silenced as Atom 7K would begin his work of containing the other A.I. only to delete the annoyance permanently.

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Prince Sin of Asphodel gave a sinister smirk as the Taiyou ships appeared suddenly within ripples of timespace, pointing 50cm nuke cannons and shock cannons directly at his fleet. He contacted Majister Obake for advice on what to do next. Being asked to stand his ground without attacking, Sin trusted Obake's advice, much to his subordinate's dismay. Sin sent a message to one of the battle carriers, directing the R.R.T. to ready their deployment.

Everything was working perfectly according to Sin's plan. The Asphodelian fleet quickly took a spearhead formation with Soulburst at the head of the formation, pointing directly back at the Taiyou fleet. Soon, the Asphodelian ships would exchange forces and combined shields, adding power to their overall defensive systems in the process. The omnite source of power manipulating the massive forcefield was impenetrable to almost anything, with the exception of some unique powers found only on their Asphodelian planet in the Bluestar Galaxy.

It didn't take the watchers on Soulburst very long to acquire an update of Obake's situation. Atom7K responded like most electrical and radio fed A.I. systems would respond, by subjecting Obake's control system to a barrage of hacks and viruses which would ultimately prove ineffective as Star informed Obake of ICE's intentions. The power crystal at Star's core was a pyramite unit which operated using etherine rather than electricity or magic. All the droid was doing was bouncing electronic codes and signals into nowhere, something which must have been difficult for most conventional droids to compute without error.

Even the thrusters and engines on Obake's spacejet seemed to be unaffected by the A.I.'s attempt to bypass his control system. Prince Sin could only imagine what Star's response to Atom 7K's signals would be, but Sin knew very well that Obake's u-flies would also be unaffected, since they too were composed of utonium based alloys and powered by etherine. Sin respected Obake's preference for etherine based technology, but was personally still more fond of omnite power, which the Asphodelian species had been using for thousands of years.

Omnite was the exact opposite of etherine, but still just as powerful. It too was unaffected by magical forces, computer viruses, electromagnetic pulses and nuclear weapons. Omnite was a highly unstable form of dark energy which operated under its own laws, being incredibly difficult to harness. The Asphodelians themselves had discovered omnite on their home planet long ago and were the only ones in the Hadroda Universe known to possess it.

Prince Sin peered through his visor towards the command deck as his guards and troops stood at attention, ready to take orders from his command. Reaver class Asphodelians suddenly teleported to the top of every Asphodelian ship, three mages on each ship, seventy five Reavers altogether, standing in the vacuum of space on the outside surface of each ship. Because the Reavers were immune to outer space and did not require air to breathe, they walked across the outside of their own spaceships with little difficulty. Drawing something akin to magical runic symbols in the space around their ships using finger and hand motions, the Reavers started their enchantment, all of them combining forces to cast a single purpose.

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Cedric took the card and placed it in his jacket pocket. That was all the room he needed, a foothold in the MV, and now he had one. There was a great deal of other business he still needed to attend to, but the ball could start rolling now.

As Cedric stood in thought he noticed something take the attention of all the security in the room, in fact every Mars Corp employee, right up to Mr. Malechite himself, seemed to turn with a singular focus to one problem at hand.

He had heard the sudden silence, the awkward ending of conversation despite nobody seemingly ending any conversation. He couldn't help but think that the narrators, beings he had learned about in his travels between the very realms of existence, existing even outside of that space where his own familiar did, would not take kindly to this seeming breach of good form. Someone, somewhere, was playing with things they aught not. Cedric, having succeeded in his intentions, felt it was time to make his exit.

It was well enough, as David Malechite had vanished himself, along with a number of others who Cedric had assumed to be part of his security. The only others he may have had reason to interact with, the royalty, had already made their swift exits in the face of an uneasy situation.

Cedric turned toward the exit and took a step. Blinking his eyes, he disappeared.

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#, as written by Obake
Meanwhile, Obake was still waiting impatiently inside the protection of his spacejet as I.C.E. personnel surrounded his craft with weapons. "I detect a disturbance, master." Star was picking up on Atom 7K's attempts to override her programming with codes and viruses."Shall I terminate the source?" Star asked in a rather strange and sexy way. She appeared to be unaffected by the viruses, as she absorbed the data from each of the droids codes in order to study them. By that point, Obake was thinking quickly on what to do next. Despite the change in situation, Obake seemed to remain perfectly calm.

It was as if he was already way too used to being in these sort of situations, as he shut off the wavelengths to his radio, nullifying any chance of communication with the MarsCorp security. "Close systems. Activate deflect shields," Obake commanded, ignoring Star's offer and her seductive voice. Immediately, she carried out his orders. Within miliseconds of his command, Obake's spaceship started to send out it's own artificial electrical signals, bouncing Atom 7K's own information back at itself. "I told you she was sexy," Obake winked and smiled while seemingly speaking to himself since nobody else could hear him.

As the Asphodelian fleet was making plays in the sky, Obake was also at work on the building's rooftop, pushing buttons on his screen while activating something else down below using a switch on his joystick. Suddenly, the solid black triangular craft that had landed previously below the MarsCorp building started being animated again on the planet's surface. The triangular craft would slowly start charging up as the wings unfolded, transforming the entire UFO into some kind of powerful energy generator as a large central unit emerged from out of the middle of the unmanned craft, revealing a large pyramite crystal engine in the shape of a vortex.

As the fields around the craft slowly became distorted, the pyramite crystals would start to glow neon blueish white. The central unit started generating etherine and storing it in the vortex within the engine. The unique power source was so bright it would've been permanently blinding to anyone who attempted to gaze upon it directly. As the triangular craft started powering up, a soft humming noise could be heard faintly coming from the power source. Vibrations caused the nearby rocks and stones around the craft to levitate and hover in a circle around the vortex.

Still in his own spacejet at the opposite side of the corporate A building, Obake watched as Douglas and Helga started performing a magical enchantment which manipulated the space outside of Obake's spacejet and his u-flies. Obake himself was unaffected, but the space and laws of nature outside his craft were slowly being mingled with. This appeared to have no effect on his hybridized utonium based u-flies, which were immune to time and space manipulation, among other things. Despite the enchantment, Obake's bugbots continued on their course around the Taiyou fleet, their etherine power source never shorting out or failing. Within moments after hitting another button on his screen, Obake's personal spacejet on the rooftop was directly linked to the triangular spacecraft at the base, placing the entire MarsCorp skyscraper in the center between both crafts, with everyone who didn't leave either still on the rooftop or still inside the building.


Obake's triangular unmanned spacecraft appeared to have been unnoticed, or had somehow been overlooked by the MarsCorp personnel. Obake was willing to bet they would notice it now...

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And like that, Koishi disappeared into the ether once more...perhaps out of boredom, or perhaps she sensed the incoming danger. Regardless, she left the illusory lion behind to spook some people while she was away.

Meanwhile...

The men in charge of calling in back-up were immediately alerted to the situation unfolding before them. It was rather quickly getting out of hand, and would lead to chaos. And because of that, combat. Buttons were pressed, orders were made. The ships that were being readied as back-up proceeded to make their jumps in as the ship holding the ambassador left for an unknown region of space.

With the back-up came a half a dozen more Guardian-Class Cruisers as well as two dozen Damnation-Class Cruisers, and a single Tactical Command Cruiser to lead them with the veteran Grand Admiral Dirk Eskes as the commanding officer of this crew. He wasn't the highest of Grand Admirals, but he was renown for his superior tactical mindset due to the amount of cybernetics he had installed within him to increase his mental faculties. One could say his brain was more machine than it was flesh...

In a mechanically deepened voice which echoes slightly, Grand Admiral Eskes spoke out to his men through the ship comms. "Ready weapons and shields. The birds in the sky are going to get a lick of our superior battlefield tactics." Eskes grinned and swiped a hand over a hologram to start altering some of his own ship's settings himself. "When I give the go-ahead, you may fire at will. Target the unknown vessels. Leave civilians and other groups alone unless they attack you."

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a curious ancient

The C’tan had left Terra months back, his mastery of the materium allowed him to traverse the multiverse and innumerable galaxies in little time at all. He had been feeding off the radiation from the star, though now the increasing number of ships above that one planet in particular.

He waited, it looked to him now there were two fleets moving to defend or was that to attack, he wasn’t sure and kept his distance. Absorbing the radiation from the star, hiding himself in its light, growing in power by the second, he knew for certain that one of the fleets was defending the planet.


After but a brief few moments as the intensity of the situation grew Mag’ladroth had come to land upon the planet’s moon, able to observe silently from his new position, his energies snapping at the ground, bolts of green energies strike the rock and crack it making small craters.

Though, from here the ancient being could observe two fleets in defence and one very obviously being a threatening force, with a heavy sigh, the silvery sheening beast laid its body upon the ground

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A concerned (Ex?)-Hero

Yvandír listened to the silence encompassing the gala, he sighed, and cleared his throat before rasping his knuckles upon the table, he still made sound, it seems non-mythic beings are attempting to contend, with a soft sigh, he spends some of his mythic power, the extraordinary powers allowing him to cast greater sending instantly, this was to warn one of his fellows that there was trouble afoot, he stood from his table and over the sheer silence he spoke.

“Alright everyone gather round and hold onto one another, we’re going for a trip and i don’t want anyone of you getting hurt.” likely getting odd looks, Yvandír sighs and looks across the patrons. “through the use of my mythic powers i can planeshift us all out of here and elsewhere, so we aren’t part of what is about to happen.” he had given an option, though he wanted to pitch his strength against the forming fleets and whatever fool felt it was an idea to endanger multiple nation parties.