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Jimmy Maudal

One criminal, Eg: "Gimmie your money."

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

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Jimmy Maudal's Story

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They had moved here from Terra, for reasons the little girl still didn't understand. All she knew is that she had been ripped from her one true love. She would never get to ambush him again.

The ride on the space craft had been enjoyable enough, but mom had been really insistant on not talking about the journey to school mates. Jakira didn't have much to say to anyone anyway: Her game boy was her best friend.

To be honest, this new place wasn't that bad. Her mom certainly seemed happier here. Today, they were running errands in Sector Three, where some of the best food could be found. They had shopped, but ran into a problem with one of the money things. Now they were going to BankHama to resupply their funding. Jakira had been promised a popular game console, one actually native to this planet.

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Fast-Forward to the planetary bank of Niihama in Sector 3. Jimmy passed though the automatic doors, carrying a single duffel bag and a burst-fire rifle in the other hand. Jimmy fired his gun in the air, bullets clipping against the roof. "Get on the ground before I make your life expectancy rather short." Jimmy fired a few more shots at the various guard's going for firearms.

"Come on, where the rest of my team?"

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'Sassin wandered up muttering something unhappy about having to carry around a bag for swag and a gun. It was only a pistol because she was so thin anything bigger would probably take her arms off on firing, but it was still something. And she hated it. She wasn't a common thug! Why the hell was she sent on this mission?

"Here, so shut your trap," she mumbled, tugging down her mask and then swiping a hand over her ears. Dangit. She would be so easy to identify on camera.

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Jimmy took some potshots at the various cameras, breaking quite a few of them. "Sassin', get behind the counter and make sure none of those bastards hit the silent alarm." Jimmy grunted, making a 'get-down' gesture and clearing his throat. "Get down, don't be a hero, consider your family and friends, the next person to stand up will go home in a body-bag.

"We've got twenty seconds before the cops arrive, where the fuck are the other two? Fuck, nevermind." Jimmy took a few zipties out of his duffel bag and started to tie people down and drag them behind the counter.

"Someone get that kid."

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The small child screamed, and dove under the nearest pair of legs she could find. Those legs happened to belong to her not mother, who had...

Where did she go? She was nowhere to be found in the immediate radius of the child.
Oh gosh, Jakira looked to the strange intruders with the weapons and the guns, then swung back around to look for her mom. Had she been abandoned? Had here mom got away? Maybe she got the police?

Hearing the one who had threatened them all with death mention 'that kid',
With a squeal, Jakira clung to the leg of the man who was now diligently trying to shake her off.

Her mother had disappeared, but not to where Jakira suspected. She was behind the scenes, completing tasks that had been premeditated and expertly planned. They did not come to the bank today out of coincidence, they were not hear for money for a game.

They were here to rob a bank, and Jakira was scared and confused.

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'Sassin nodded, good at following orders, as she wandered up to the counter, turned to mist and swept through to the teller side to reform. "Hey," she said, pointing her firearm, "Any of you hit the silent alarm? If you admit to it now I'm just going to punch you in the jaw, but if it turns out one of you did and the cops show up I'm going to start blowing brains out until one of you admits to it."

Shit she didn't care. Empathy was so far lost on her.

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Jimmy threw the duffel bag over the counter, unzipping it and pulling out a drill and turning around and attaching it to the safe-room, punching in some numbers and turning it on. "Payday for you an' me." Jimmy sung to himself. Jimmy pulled out a headset and threw one to the assassin in his crew. "Put that on, we're expecting some buzz." By buzz, he meant the police radio. Jimmy himself pulled on the second headset and zipped the bag closed.

"We've got twenty minutes before that safe pops open."

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From seemingly nowhere appeared a woman, hair in a tight bun and guns brandished. If she looked familiar to anyone, it was because she had been previously holding the hand of the child who now cowered under some reluctant man.

Ripping Jakira from the man, who all too willingly gave up the child in hysterics, the woman aimed the gun straight at the head of the child and began to back towards the others. One arm was fastened securely around the throat of the child, gun aimed precariously off to the left at some innocent bystanders.

"Don't even think about it," She snapped at them, pushing the gun further into Jakira's ear. This woman must have been mad, for the child was a blubbering mess. Who was this woman, and what had she done with her mother?

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'Sassin snatched the headset from the air and affixed it to her head, then her ears folded flat. She didn't blame them, really. How could they have known they were going to send a cat? She still didn't appreciate the ill-fitting headset awkwardly poking off the top of her head so it could rest on either side of her ears.

"Pops as in like, bombs? Sorry, just not good with metaphors and I really want to be ready for that. I can get some doors welded shut if you need." Not really welded, but the idea was the same.

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"Opens, and we escape with the cash." Jimmy elaborated, while he cocked his gun. "Go weld those front doors, Sas'." This team seemed rather hastily collaborated. Which it was. "Those cops are going to be knocking rather hard at the front doors given some time, and there's more than a few G's in this little Bankhama."

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Whoever hit the snitch button would probably regret it, were the last thoughts of Jakira as her eyes closed to the soundtrack of a foreign land's turmoil.

Fuck,
muttered the blonde haired woman, nudging her gun at the civilians who had been given hope by the sounds from the copter. Not today, thought the woman clutching the unconscious child, Not with her and not without a fight.

Was this a bad idea? She didn't care. Taking careful aim, the woman fired three shots above the bundled mass of civilians, who shot to the floor in terror. That should hold the inside off for a few moments longer, but what about the outside?

We've got about a minute, guys,
The woman warned back at the other robbers. Shit was hitting the fan.

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Jimmy started to move around the bank, throwing up tables for cover and dragging hostages behind them. "Oh my fucking god. I hope our ride can get though that." Jimmy shouted, vaulting back over the counter and pulling out a ring of grenades. Jimmy ran to the doors, kicking them open and strapping it to the door-frame, using a string from his leather shoe to make a tripwire connected to the front door that was connected to the ping of the first grenade.

Jimmy ran back and slid over the counter. "We've got cops, train your eyes on the back entrances. Shoot to kill. I'm getting a hold of Frank"

As he said that; A large black van was making it way past the police racing though the streets. The driver was a dread-locked black man, whose name was Frank. Frank drove the vehicle to the right in order to ram the police vehicles off course as they sped towards the bank. "FUCK OFF!"

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Two black speedy cars were coming in from the back, sirens blazing. Peeling around a corner, busting in the corner of a dumpster and ricketing down an alley, the vehicles charged towards the scene. They weren't police, they were in on the scheme, but the real cops were none the wiser.

It paid to have a gamer kid to bounce ideas off of.

As the dust settled, hired mercenaries would take full position around the cars, and project:
--LEAVE THEM HOSTAGES, SURRENDER YOUR GUNS AT THE DOOR--

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Character Portrait: Imperial Taiyou Navy Character Portrait: Kendra Shaw Character Portrait: Einar Falls Character Portrait: Linde Redwing Character Portrait: Kurt Bannon Character Portrait: Varden Character Portrait: Kazundo Gōda Character Portrait: Kaggen Character Portrait: Jakira Fixess Character Portrait: Joe Mailrath Character Portrait: Laura Roslin Character Portrait: Molly Lightning Character Portrait: Rosemary(Rosie) Ana Carson Character Portrait: Rottenführer Heinrich Ritter Character Portrait: Masako Suzuki Character Portrait: Sharon Fixess Character Portrait: Assassin Kai Character Portrait: Nenad Drulović Character Portrait: William Dorsun Character Portrait: Average Joe Schmuck Character Portrait: Jacob Farris Character Portrait: Jimmy Maudal Character Portrait: Richard Thomson Character Portrait: Fyn Niro Character Portrait: Kiru Okomato Character Portrait: Felix Holt
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Some of the denizens on the surface of Niihama would begin to notice a small celestial anomaly in the sky at night. A new comet, with a small green tail, would appear in the night sky, and would travel around the planet for several days as it entered the planet's gravitational pull and crashed towards the surface. The object appeared to be a common black glassy rock, or some kind of space debri. It had arrived from a region of space controlled by the Matokey Order, but did not show any sign of intelligence. The object was very small, about the size of a Volkswagen, not nearly large enough to cause any significant amount of damage to the planet's surface.

The comet passed over the sky slowly for several days, heating up and increasing speed as it neared Niihama's surface. After the third day of rotating around the planet, the object glowed white and had a long luminescent green and blue tail caused by the immense speed and heat. But the object never dissipated, or broke apart and disintegrated, instead maintaining it's solid form as the oddly shaped lumpy rock crashed into a remote region on the planet, landing somewhere in an open field. The object smashed into the planet's surface, creating a small crater upon impact.

The crater was about 200 yards in diameter and about 50 yards deep into the planet's crust. The small black object was resting in the very center of the small crater, glowing from the intense amount of radiation as smoke and steam rose up from around it. The object gave off no radio signals, no life signatures and no signs of intelligence. It wasn't man-made, and appeared to have just landed there randomly. As the rock cooled, the glow faded away and the smoke slowly disappeared. But the ground around it remained highly radioactive.

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Character Portrait: Imperial Taiyou Navy Character Portrait: Kendra Shaw Character Portrait: Einar Falls Character Portrait: Daisuke Aramaki Character Portrait: Linde Redwing Character Portrait: Kurt Bannon Character Portrait: Varden Character Portrait: Kazundo Gōda Character Portrait: Kaggen Character Portrait: Jakira Fixess Character Portrait: Joe Mailrath Character Portrait: Laura Roslin Character Portrait: Molly Lightning Character Portrait: Rosemary(Rosie) Ana Carson Character Portrait: Rottenführer Heinrich Ritter Character Portrait: Masako Suzuki Character Portrait: Sharon Fixess Character Portrait: Assassin Kai Character Portrait: Nenad Drulović Character Portrait: William Dorsun Character Portrait: Average Joe Schmuck Character Portrait: Jacob Farris Character Portrait: Jimmy Maudal Character Portrait: Richard Thomson Character Portrait: Masaharu Hama Character Portrait: Fyn Niro Character Portrait: Kiru Okomato Character Portrait: Felix Holt
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The Global Self-Defense Army and Niihama's Skywatch had been tracking the object ever since it entered Niihama's solar system. Every trajectory had been carefully plotted into hundreds of supercomputers, and the course analyzed, it was projected to crash far outside any major urban zones, what few existed on the planet. Was this deliberate? Skywatch was concerned, so the decision was made to redeploy the fleet, and move ground forces towards the mountainous region south of the Yukikaze megacity, one of the few untouched regions left on the planet.

Whatever it was, no chances could be taken, so the Army deployed, and set up fortifications all around the small crater, powerful resonance barriers kept the radiation contained within the local area, and a combination of machinegun emplacements, sandbags, and hastily poured concrete redoubts marked the first line of defense, as hundreds of Taiyou soldiers took position surrounding the crater.

Each one was in a fully hermetically sealed combat suit, which offered a second layer of protection from the radiation, their weapons consisted of the Seburo C26A Assault rifle, a 5.45x45mm box fed high velocity assault rifle that fired high-powered armor piercing rounds.

The Area had also been closed off to the public, but the surrounding area began to fill with news crews, reporting the affair all across the Empire.

Two wasp-like Jigabachi AV attack helicopters were circling the crater as well, their rotors thundering through the still, thick air, thirty-millimetre rotary cannons mounted on their tails crooked forward, like a wasp about to sting it's prey.

Four Armor Shrikes, and two HAW206 multiped tanks rounded out the ground response, their main weapons trained on the small object below, was it a simple meteor?

The Director of Public Security, and the General of the Imperial Ground Self Defense Forces were both standing on the back of a large troop transport, under the camouflage canvas cover that was flapping in the wind, With most of the government pre-occupied with other things, both had been placed in charge of the response here.

"Director Miyagi is on his way from Niihama City." Aramaki said, turning to the General. Whom turned back to Aramaki. "I was redeployed from the gate to this location, fortunately the situation with the Vikings has yielded little in the way of events." Hama said, taking a pair of binoculars to gaze into the crater.

"We'll wait for Director Miyagi before we approach the object." Hama added.

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Character Portrait: Imperial Taiyou Navy Character Portrait: Kendra Shaw Character Portrait: Einar Falls Character Portrait: Linde Redwing Character Portrait: Kurt Bannon Character Portrait: Varden Character Portrait: Kaggen Character Portrait: Jakira Fixess Character Portrait: Joe Mailrath Character Portrait: Molly Lightning Character Portrait: Rosemary(Rosie) Ana Carson Character Portrait: Masako Suzuki Character Portrait: Sharon Fixess Character Portrait: Assassin Kai Character Portrait: Nenad Drulović Character Portrait: Average Joe Schmuck Character Portrait: Jacob Farris Character Portrait: Jimmy Maudal Character Portrait: Richard Thomson Character Portrait: Kiru Okomato
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Niihama's Skywatch had noticed the object as soon as it entered their timespace. The communications and computer systems would calculate everything, the object's shape, trajectory, speed, possible composition, and estimated landing zone. They immediately noticed that the object had a fixed speed and trajectory. It had not slowed down, or sped up, but had remained constant. It never turned or deviated from its course, and appeared to just be drifting through outer space before being caught in the planet's gravitational field, at which point it seemed to fall rapidly.

They determined that the object arrived from Matokey territory, but did not appear to show any sign of intelligence. By their calculations, the object appeared to be normal space debri, and should have broken up and disintegrated in the atmosphere at such a small size. Apparently, it's composition, still unknown, was extremely stable and capable of withstanding even extremely hot temperatures. But what was it? The Global Defense Army had detected no radio signals, no internal heat signatures, no life signals, no carbon radiation, nothing to suggest that this rock had any purpose. Was it just a giant piece of ceramic?

Meanwhile, the Taiyou military had surrounded the crater, which was fortunately not near the local urban civilization. The impact had turned the open field into a desert as brown dirt was kicked up from the earth. Helicopters and transports flew over the mountaintops, heading south of Yukikaze Megacity as civilians watched the armada fly overhead in spectacular formations. On the ground, tanks and artillery cannons surrounded the crater, as hundreds of Taiyou soldiers on foot frantically and quickly moved into position. What was going on? Back at base camps, soldiers were suddenly being summoned and deployed to the area where the object had landed. Was the Taiyou Empire being attacked?

Those on ground zero would look down to see the black rocky lump in the center of the crater. It was the size of a large cow, and the routine seemed unnecessary at first sight, as hundreds of millions of dollars worth of military equipment was deployed to investigate. But the military wasn't taking any chances.

The army personel was able to detect the radiation in the crater, and quickly pushed the news teams back while setting up their defenses. It was a routine safety procedure. It wasn't uncommon for meteorites to leave behind some kind of radiation, and the Taiyou hazmat teams were well equipped to handle it. After many hours, the object continued to cool down to the point where it was now surface temperature.

The glowing aura around ground zero had faded, and everything would settle down. Although the Taiyou military was preparing for the worst possible scenario, after many hours, nothing happened. The oddly shaped black shiny object would never move. The area was still showing signs of low level radiation, but the threat was slowly subsiding as the time ticked by. After some time of quiet, rather boring inactivity, the object became safe enough for ground teams to inspect and get a closer look, while news coverage started to dwindle at the lack of excitement.

But the military wasn't going anywhere. With all the years of data the Imperial Taiyou Navy had received while tracking the object, they still hadn't figured out what it was. They had no idea if it was a bomb, a meteorite, an egg, a space capsule, or just some common space debri. They decided to wait for a professional to arrive before making any decisions. In all that time, the megalith never moved.

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Character Portrait: Imperial Taiyou Navy Character Portrait: Kendra Shaw Character Portrait: Einar Falls Character Portrait: Linde Redwing Character Portrait: Kurt Bannon Character Portrait: Varden Character Portrait: Kaggen Character Portrait: Jakira Fixess Character Portrait: Joe Mailrath Character Portrait: Laura Roslin Character Portrait: Molly Lightning Character Portrait: Rosemary(Rosie) Ana Carson Character Portrait: Rottenführer Heinrich Ritter Character Portrait: Masako Suzuki Character Portrait: Sharon Fixess Character Portrait: Assassin Kai Character Portrait: Nenad Drulović Character Portrait: William Dorsun Character Portrait: Average Joe Schmuck Character Portrait: Jacob Farris Character Portrait: Jimmy Maudal Character Portrait: Richard Thomson Character Portrait: Fyn Niro Character Portrait: Kiru Okomato Character Portrait: Felix Holt
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As the time passed by, the rock-like object that crashed into Niihama's airspace remained motionless. By now, it had become quite visible to the naked eye, but the ground around the inside of the crater, 50 yards below the normal surface, was still radioactive. The dirt was brown and fine, with an almost reddish hue, perhaps a mixture of carbon and other elements, iron deposits, clay and hard rocks. The top of the crater had been slightly lifted up, forming a natural raised embankment or earth ring around the entire circumference from where the earth inside the crater had been kicked up. This embankment provided a natural barrier or mound for the Imperial Taiyou Navy personel to take cover behind if anything were to happen.

But nothing ever happened. The earth around the base of the object had turned to glass from the intense temperature during impact, but apart from a few glowing pebbles and magnetized stones detectable within the radiation zone, there wasn't a whole lot of activity. Through a pair of binoculars, or rifle scopes, the soldiers could see the object clearly. They would see for the first time what Skywatch did not see, the actual appearance of the object up close. Their supercomputers had not been far off in determining the object's shape. It was very lumpy and oddly shaped like any normal space rock. It wasn't very big either, about the size of a large cow. The surface was shiny and glossy like a chunk of glass, or even a sea shell. The entire rock was solid black, non-transparent, and devoid of any scratches, cracks or markings.

Its unevenly round, egg-like or pod-like ovular shape was rather interesting, but not distinctly unusual. Space rocks came in all different geometric shapes, depending on their structure. Some planets and moons were perfect spheres. If it was an egg, it was a very large egg. But if it was an egg, it showed no signs of life. Perhaps the embryo had died on its hundred year voyage over millions of light-miles through different dimensions and galaxies. With no internal heat signatures, and no vibrations or pulses suggesting a heartbeat, it was beginning to seem very unlikely that this was an egg. Maybe it was a seed pod of some kind, perhaps a new unknown species of plantlife. It couldn't be ruled out. Then again, all signs were pointing to the most obvious explanation, that this was just a common meteorite. The only thing really left to the imagination was the rock's composition. What was it made of?

But for that answer, they would need to examine it.

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Character Portrait: Imperial Taiyou Navy Character Portrait: Kendra Shaw Character Portrait: Seno Miyagi Character Portrait: Einar Falls Character Portrait: Linde Redwing Character Portrait: Kurt Bannon Character Portrait: Varden Character Portrait: Kaggen Character Portrait: Jakira Fixess Character Portrait: Joe Mailrath Character Portrait: Laura Roslin Character Portrait: Molly Lightning Character Portrait: Rosemary(Rosie) Ana Carson Character Portrait: Rottenführer Heinrich Ritter Character Portrait: Masako Suzuki Character Portrait: Sharon Fixess Character Portrait: Assassin Kai Character Portrait: Nenad Drulović Character Portrait: William Dorsun Character Portrait: Average Joe Schmuck Character Portrait: Jacob Farris Character Portrait: Jimmy Maudal Character Portrait: Richard Thomson Character Portrait: Fyn Niro Character Portrait: Kiru Okomato Character Portrait: Felix Holt
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Whatever this was, it certainly could not stay here, on Niihama. With the area secure, all that was left was to extract the object, and secure it in a place where it would pose no threat to Niihama, or it's people.

A Large six wheeled heavy duty army transport truck was slowly beginning it's descent down the crater walls, flanked on either side by large, bright yellow humanoid mecha that sported various attachments on their arms. The glass canopies of the humanoid mecha that comprised it's torso held the pilot, surrounded by a various assortment of controls. These humanoid machines were what the Taiyou called a Yunboro, which was a general multi purpose exosuit that allowed the operator to conduct operations in a multitude of environments.

Director Miyagi joined General Hama, and Director Aramaki in the observation. His eyes focused on the crater below.

"Fleet's been instructed to saturate this immediate area with nuclear ordinance if we lose control of the situation." Hama commented, turning to Miyagi, Miyagi simply nodded. "I've arranged for the object to be transferred to Yukikaze Space Elevator, where it will be transferred into orbit."

Miyagi's voice was briefly drowned out by a pair of tachikoma, the spider-like multiped tanks quickly skittered past, kicking up a small cloud of dust as they moved into the crater to support the pair of Yunboros.

The moment they reached the object, soldiers in full hazardous materials gear emerged, they wore full face visors, which were affixed to hermetically sealed suits. One soldier produced a pair of bright, orange light up sticks, directing the Yunboros to approach the object, as the truck slowly backed up closer.

The Armor Shrikes, humanoid mecha much like the Yunboro affixed their weapons, large high-caliber anti-materiel cannons onto the object, each Armor Shrike painted a brilliant blue, in contrast to the bright yellow yunboro that approached the object.

"Approaching object now..." One of the Yunboro pilots remarked onto the radio, slowly, the Yunboro approached, large clamps attached to it's arms opening up to find purchase on the glassy surface, the second Yunboro approached at the opposite angle, attempting to allow it's own clamps to find purchase on the object.

"Alright... now we'll need to load it into the truck." The second Yunboro operator remarked. A trio of soldiers moved in the truck, preparing a large nanosteel box strapped to the chassis of the truck, this hardened casket would accept the strange object, where it could be secured for transit off world.

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Character Portrait: Imperial Taiyou Navy Character Portrait: Kendra Shaw Character Portrait: Seno Miyagi Character Portrait: Einar Falls Character Portrait: Linde Redwing Character Portrait: Kurt Bannon Character Portrait: Varden Character Portrait: Kaggen Character Portrait: Jakira Fixess Character Portrait: Joe Mailrath Character Portrait: Laura Roslin Character Portrait: Molly Lightning Character Portrait: Rosemary(Rosie) Ana Carson Character Portrait: Rottenführer Heinrich Ritter Character Portrait: Masako Suzuki Character Portrait: Sharon Fixess Character Portrait: Assassin Kai Character Portrait: Nenad Drulović Character Portrait: William Dorsun Character Portrait: Average Joe Schmuck Character Portrait: Jacob Farris Character Portrait: Jimmy Maudal Character Portrait: Richard Thomson Character Portrait: Fyn Niro Character Portrait: Kiru Okomato Character Portrait: Felix Holt
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After some time, a large heavy duty transport truck was brought in. The anthropomorphic mecha accompanied the large six wheeled vehicle as it made its descent down the slope on the inside of the crater, leaving large tracks in the reddish brown dirt as its engine roared, flood-lights surrounding the area. "Alright, slowly now, bring her in", one of the operators inside the mechanoid Yunboro exosuits would call out, guiding the large transport vehicle into position.

At the observation point, the Imperial army general and two directors were going over their debriefing on how to handle the assignment. The order was given, and it was determined that the object would be relocated to the Yukikaze Space Elevator, where it would be transferred safely out of orbit. Two large crab-like Tachikoma mecha tanks would assist the six wheeled transport truck and the two working Yunboros, offering some form of assistance just in case something bad happened. Would it even be enough to stop an alien attack, if such a presence did appear? Nobody knew what to really expect as they treated the object with great seriousness, and care. The Navy and ground forces looked on, hundreds of high-powered weapons focused on whatever this object was.

The truck backed into position as the large brilliant blue Armor Shrikes affixed their anti-material high powered cannons on the inside of the crater. The moment of truth had arrived, as the two human operators inside the Yunboro mechsuits communicated back and forth over their radios. Soon a pair of robotic arms would reach out and grab the object, followed by another pair of robotic arms from the second Yunboro as they carefully lifted the object off the ground. So far so good.

"Oh wow, it's really light" one of the lift-workers commented. "Okay, let's just get it in the box alright? This thing creeps me out" the other Yunboro operator commented. Moments later, a large nanosteel crate would be moved towards the large truck's chasis and opened. Soldiers scrambled quickly around the truck as the pair of Yunboros brought the solid black glossy object over to the nanosteel box. As the mysterious lumpy glass-like rock was loaded into the box, and the gate was closed, locked and secured, one of the hazmat soldiers on the ground gave the truck driver a thumbs up. Just as the directors had hoped and anticipated, nothing happened. Everything was going smoothly according to plan.

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Once everything had been loaded into the truck, and the truck sealed, Director Miyagi offered a reassuring nod to Director Aramaki. The truck’s engine groaned in protest, and it’s driveline gears churned, propelling the vehicle forward, and out of the crater. Black, sooty smoke billowed fourth from the exhaust pipe, and the truck churned forward.

One of the Yunboro pilots gave the thumbs up, and the pair of Yunboros followed the truck out of the crater, even though everything was going smoothly, no expense could be spared, and security would remain tight all the way to the space elevator.

The main road to Yukikaze had already been closed off in preparation for the truck’s departure. This would minimize the chance that traffic, or anything else would cause a problem with the truck’s transit. Once on the highway, the truck moved forward, now escorted by two Tsunami tanks, which moved swiftly alongside the cargo truck.

So far, so good.

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The truck was on the road and heading to a more secure location, escorted by two tanks which rode alongside it. The cargo had been secured safely in the back of the truck. Everything was going smoothly according to plan as the military and the response teams worked together to clear the area. The authorities had decided to launch the foreign object back out of orbit, rather than investigate.

Without warning, the unidentified egg-shaped object inside the sealed nanosteel box container began to move. Since nobody else was inside the container, they would not notice that the object slowly began to unroll like a blanket, the polished rock suddenly opening up and transforming itself into three different segments. It wasn't a giant meteor after all, but what actually looked like a giant preying mantis. It had just been rolled up into a ball. But this wasn't no ordinary mantis, as it stretched its long legs and stood up in the pitch black empty box, lifting its head.

The insectoid's legs alone were longer than a man, and it stood up over ten foot tall, larger than any mantis or insect most denizens of Niihama had ever seen before in real life. But even its looks were quite deceiving as it peered through the nanosteel container, seeing straight through the pitch black cargo unit to the heat signatures and magnetic wavelengths all around it, detected by its pitch black enormous spherical shrimp-like bulging eyes. Although it resembled an insect, this was no preying mantis. Still unidentified and only known to have come from Matokey air space, the insectoid being was clearly extraterrestrial. It probed the inside of the box with its mandibles, touching and tasting the nanosteel container at the same time while trying to process its location.

The creature looked at the red and yellow human-shaped heat signatures, green magnetic wavelengths and blueish white vibrations emitted by the truck driver, and the tank operators on either side of the truck as it headed down the highway at a safe but considerable speed. None of them were prepared for what they were about to encounter, as the giant insect used its large scaley talons to shred through the thick nanosteel like a knife through aluminum foil, peeling the top of the container open and pushing out the nanosteel folds before climbing on top of the truck with multiple legs moving completely in sync, tiny hook-like barbs clinging to surfaces in place of toes or feet as the mantis-like alien looked around, its large black spherical shrimp-like bulging eyes giving it an immediate view of its entire surroundings. This posed a pretty serious problem for national security, as the military personnel aboard the two state-of-the-art Taiyou tanks were now experiencing a real close encounter.

The insectoid creature would glance side to side, appearing to look at both tanks for a moment as the vehicles continued down the highway. It clicked its mandibles and moved its antennae, before lifting its head up to look at the city. Suddenly, what looked like four armoured wings appeared to spread out from the alien's back around what almost appeared like shoulder plates. It vibrated and fluttered its elongated wings very rapidly for a moment, causing a loud buzzing sound almost like an electric weed eater or helicopter drone. At that moment, like a tacky old school giant grasshopper from a boring 1920s horror film, the mantis-like extraterrestrial being ascended above the transport vehicles and hovered in the air above them with its long spindly legs dangling below it.

It didn't fly away or hover out of range. Rather, it hovered in place and kept the pace with them, flying in plain view as it assessed the situation. Suddenly, the radio inside the truck cab would be distorted by changing channels and frequencies. Any personal radios and telecom systems inside the tanks would experience a similar phenomenon. This was completely untimely and irrational, and without any knowledge of what they were doing, it was uncertain what was suddenly causing these disturbances. Could it be coincidence? Or was the unexplained aerial phenomenon caused by the strange mysterious lifeform hovering along with them? Was it trying to communicate? If so, how? And what was it saying? Was it even saying anything? A million questions rushed through the Taiyou military officer's minds at that instant.

What had started smoothly and uneventfully, pushed off into the back of people's brains, had now taken a three sixty. What had been pawned off by the media as a false alarm, now being ruled as a random meteor strike by the mainstream, was now about to become a press frenzy, and an absolute terror for the top secret government and the powers that be. Despite not detecting any life signals coming from the stony segmented creature, it obviously had life, and therefore the potential to have sentience and intelligence as well. This meant it might be dangerous. The soldiers had to analyze and learn everything they could immediately, and contain the threat before any news of its existence could be leaked.

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It seemed at first that everything was going smoothly while the strange alien anomaly was being transported to the launch facility, but that was not to last as the sound of metal ripping, groaning, and tearing reverberated throughout the convoy, drowning out the sounds of the engines, and garnering the attention of one of the tank gunners.

The man watched wide eyed as he racked the charging handle of the mounted 12.7mm heavy machine gun, an audible ‘clack-clack’ followed as a twelve millimeter armor piercing tungsten tipped projectile slid into the weapon’s chamber, attatched to a belt fed mechanism that drew it’s ammunition from a large box affixed to the side of the machinegun. The peculiar thing was that their radios weren’t working, so the men resorted to hand signals, as the gunner for the second tank swiveled his weapon to bear while the alien creature was trying to climb out of the truck.

There was a man in a truck directly in front of the transport truck who signaled for it to stop, the driver acknowledged the hand signal and depressed the brake pedal, bringing the heavy truck to an abrupt stop.

The alien creature wouldn’t have long to attain flight before the gunners opened fire, each machine gun making a rapid ‘thoom-thoom-thoom’ sound as they began to spray high powered armor piercing rounds up at the creature, there was no rationalization, only cold discipline as the abrupt escape set several protocols into place, as the sounds of gunfire filled the immediate area. The lead driver moved quickly to try and get his radio working so he could call out, whatever it was had breached the container, and was now being subjected to concentrated fire from the tank mounted machinegunners. With much of the surrounding area already evacuated ahead of time, the Military had full capabilities to move swiftly to cordon off the area, and with a bit of luck, they could get a call out to the nearby airbase, and call in close air support.

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The soldiers did only as they had been trained to do. As soon as the extraterrestrial insectoid creature climbed on top of the truck, the truck started to slow down, its driver receiving a hand signal from the trucker in front of him to stop his vehicle as the mantidroid extended its four long wings and began to hover in front of the tank cannons.

Bad move...

"Thoom-thoom-thoom-thoom-thoom-thoom-thoom!!!"
the shots rang out, hot casings from 12.7mm rounds flying as the armour piercing tungsten-tipped cones flew towards their intended target in rapid succession, with more velocity and accuracy, as well as a more secure stabilization and handling as someone might expect from such large machines.

These were not just any tanks. These were Taiyou tanks, engineered with state-of-the-art technology. Many travellers and guides across the galaxy were already well familiar with the Taiyou military. But this wasn't some ordinary military operation. This was classified, something of extreme importance to the Taiyou powers that be.

They just didn't know it yet.

"Tick-ting-zzzuuooo!!! Zuoohm-zuoohm-tick!!! Ting-tick-tick-tick-tick-zzzzuuooo!!! Zuoohm!!! Tick-tick-tick!!!" the soldiers hit the hovering mantis at close range with 60% accuracy as it tried to dodge some of the tank rounds by moving sporadically in mid-air between them. At one point, the winged alien, which must have appeared to them like some knockoff version of the mothman creature, even appeared to get frustrated and slap one of the tank rounds out of the air, using its scissor-like curved talons or pinchers like a fly swatter to a common house fly. Much to the tank operator's dismay, they were attacking a non-carbon based lifeform as it moved closer, positioning itself between the gunners.

Their cannons had no effect...

The creature hovered in place for a moment after the tank soldiers eventually ceased fire, suddenly realizing that despite all their direct hits at close range, that the tungsten-tipped rounds would ricochet, bounce off, or miss completely. It was too much of a risk. Who knows where the missed shots would go and end up? The hovering mantis-like shrimp moved closer, positioning itself between the two tanks. It continued to hover in place, tilting its head and clicking its mandibles. The clicks were trinary, almost as if it was saying something. It seemed almost like, not a Norse code but a Morse code, only trinary and slightly more complex. Yet this was inaudible, for none of the humanoid beings could hear it. But somehow, their radios started to amplify these inaudible sounds, and the Taiyou drivers began to hear clicks.

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If at first you don't succeed...



"Station, this is Wyvern, We are on approach, confirm payload ETA, two minutes."

"Wyvern 0-3, this is Station, steer 040, maintain present angle."

"Roger."

Six Type-99 Cosmo Zeroes hailing from Misawa Air Base north of the outskirts had begun their burn towards the main highway where something strange was unfolding, fielding numerous distress calls, the central Defense office had made the decision to handle this quickly, before any further collateral damage could be inflicted.

Each Type 99 Cosmo Falcon was armed with a specialized payload, two one hundred and fifty kiloton tactical nuclear air to surface missiles, two twenty megaton antimatter warheads, two Type 87 SLAM Ground Attack missiles, and two air-to-air anti ship missiles each. They were also equipped with two 7.62mm machineguns, and two twenty millimeter cannons. Each of these Cosmo Falcons were moving in a southern direction at roughly two thousand knots.

On the ground, among the convoy, the two machinegunners indeed stopped firing after realizing that their weapons were having no effect, they stared upwards at the creature for a moment before looking back towards eachother, they were made aware of the incoming air strike, and had to act quickly, as it was going to be a danger close strike.

The Tanks engaged their treads and moved backwards on the road to put some distance between themselves, and the alien creature in front of them, moving backwards as quickly as they could while the crew inside the transport truck began to bail, running as quickly as they could across the road, and over the jersey barriers on each side. They were going quickly to cover as the two Tsunami tanks were quickly moving away as well. Perhaps seeing the uselessness of their weapons, the humans opted to run away?

The Tanks themselves had managed to put roughly a quarter of a mile before the Cosmo Falcons began their approach.

"Station, this is Wyvern, I have positive target identification on scopes, locking on."

"Wyvern, Escort is clear, you are clear to engage."

"Roger."

The first of six Falcons adjusted it's heading, the unusual creature zoomed in, and highlighted on his scope while he calibrated the targeting parameters. The pilot switched his master arm, and loosed a single Sidewinder type Air-to-air anti-ship missile which contained a powerful flux warhead capable of blasting through the solid metal armors of most capital ships, a powerful takedown missile, it carried enough explosive charge to vaporize a frigate sized starship with one direct hit.

"Fox one." The pilot uttered as the missile disengaged from under the wing, ignited, and seared towards the creature with precision guidance, a split second from launch to impact would give the creature almost no time to react. Of course, failing that the Taiyou knew that Armor Shrikes would soon be on station to neutralize the threat, now that the surrounding neighborhoods had been evacuated in an orderly fashion.

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The ticking noises continued over the Taiyou radio stations, persisting on every channel as the black glassy egg-like rock inside the shredded nanosteel box on the truck began to vaporize and disintegrate. The mantis-like extraterrestrial continued to hover in mid-air between the two armoured tanks as the gunners started to back away. The truck drivers, wanting nothing to do with the situation, began to pull forward and drive away. The creature remained motionless, clicking its mandibles while looking at the tanks. It was trying to communicate with them through their radios, but it was so alien and foreign to humans that the tank drivers didn't even realize what was happening.

Meanwhile, calls were coming in from the north. Phones were chiming left and right as police stations and news stations on Niihama began to receive calls and reports of military aircraft flying over the skies. Was something wrong? Whatever was going on, the area had been evacuated and restricted as much as possible to contain the threat. Nevertheless, hundreds of civilians gathered around in troves, wanting to get a better look or perhaps trying to figure out what was going on. News teams were on the ground just behind the barriers, cameras flashing and video recorders running as they began questioning the police. Of course, even the police themselves were confused and operating under limited authority. The roads and highways had been blocked off far away from where the threat had been located, and although the reporters broadcast live that they were at ground zero, the fact is, that wasn't entirely accurate. Ground zero is where the Falcons were headed, as they prepared to engage.

The creature had its back turned towards the Falcons, as it assessed the tanks in front of it who were backing away at considerable speed. But its large black shrimp-like bulging round eyes gave the alien a 360° view of its surroundings. It was already well aware of the aircrafts in the sky above, for the insectoid being had optics and physical senses which far exceeded anything that the Taiyou military currently possessed. It was picking up heat signatures, radio frequencies, satellite systems and electromagnetic waves all at the same time, assessing its location and calculating the situation like some kind of machine or A.I. super-brain computer. Only once the huge transport trucks and convoy tanks put enough distance between themselves and the creature did their radios stop malfunctioning and began working normally again.

By now, the self-destructing egg from which the insect had hatched had vanished completely, disintegrating into thin air. All that remained now was the creature itself, as the first of six Falcon pilots zoomed in on his target. The creature would descend straight down and land softly on the hard orange rocky dirt, retracting its four wings and standing upright on two legs bipedally. The pilot calibrated his target parameters. The creature was now on the ground and not moving. Now would be the best time to pull the trigger.

"Fox one," the pilot said as he made the call. His message came through clearly, as the Falcons were far enough out of range that their computers and radio systems worked just fine. Yet right as he hit the switch on his master arm, he thought he noticed something. In less than the fraction of a second, there seemed to be a blip. A mysterious anomaly appeared on his targeting screen, almost like a second target of equal size some fair distance away from the first target, closer to the proximity of the approaching craft. But the blip happened so quickly, and vanished in an instant as the air-to-air sidewinder missile began its descent towards the alien creature. Oddly enough, the other five pilots would immediately notice the same blip. Yet nothing seemed to happen, and the alien creature did not seem to have moved. It was still zoomed in on the flight screen.

In almost no time at all from the instant the missile was launched, it made contact. The pilot would watch as the missile appeared to hit the creature directly in the back, exploding upon impact. The warhead was detonated, and suddenly there was a large explosion followed by a soaring black, red and white cloud of smoke and debris as chunks of rock, sand and earth were blasted up from the surface of the desert-like terrain. It was enough firepower to completely vaporize an entire frigate. At that moment, the large cloud of smoke and dust was obscuring the pilot's vision, but he was almost sure it had been a direct hit. They just needed visual confirmation. That is, if the target hadn't been completely vaporized and there was any evidence left of its carcass. So far, they couldn't see anything at all but a huge crater where the alien had been standing. No dead body. Just a crater.

Was it really that simple? So much for E.T., he must have thought at that moment as a slight smirk formed in the corner of the Taiyou pilot's lips. Yet in the back of his mind, he was still trying to process what he saw. Was it a giant winged insect? No way were the boys going to believe this.