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Paia

PAIA (Personal Artificial Intelligence Assistant), the coordinator and guardian angel of the Ereb Alpha Troopers

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by TheNoremac42

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So begins...

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<< Storm-Shadow, I am detecting fluctuations in your DNA and vitals. What is your status? >>

The female voice would ring out through Storm-Shadow's mind. It was the voice of the ever-present artificial intelligence that guided and watched his every move, along with every other Alpha Trooper. From deep within his cortex, Paia scanned through virtually every inch of the cyborg's body, searching for the source of the biological disturbance.

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<< Acknowledged. Isolating draconian gene... >>

A brief moment would pass as the AI skimmed through his DNA, searching for the specific set of biological code that set off the transformation. If she could isolate and suppress it, she could halt or reverse the change altogether. As she did so, Storm-Shadow's visor would gradually dim. Soft calming music caressed his eardrums in an attempt to soothe him.

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Within the Alpha Trooper's biological systems, Paia managed to isolate the draconian gene. She thoroughly scanned the blueprint and quickly formed a customized genotoxin that would counteract and suppress the transformation. Thousands of microscopic syringes jabbed into the cyborg's skin beneath the nanosuit. Storm-Shadow would feel its affects immediately.

<< Look alive, Alpha Trooper. Immediate threat detected on your two! >>

At once his visor illuminated and the music stopped. Across his HUD erupted a red ping that originated from Arttu. He was highlighted with a crimson pulsating aura. The icepick was tagged with a yellow circle.

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<< Inconclusive, Storm-Shadow. I would suggest that you were approximately 60-70% succumbed to psychosis. Fortunately, we have installed measures in case such an event occurs. >>

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As the night at the infamous bar drew on, the ever-observant artificial intelligence Paia kept watch over the establishment through the state-of-the-art security system installed by Ereb Industries. Paia kept her observant eyes and keen ears on every conversation of every patron. However, one specifically drew her attention.

Hello Kianna, Or should I say.. Black Hand

A hidden camera immediately focused on Marlene and Kianna and attempted to record their conversation.

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Paia continued to record the conversation, saving the footage into the databanks of her secure servers. The camera focused more on Kianna's face and cross-referenced it with her databases.

<< Kianna, member of Terran Militia >>

In an extemporaneous decision, she directed the feed towards the Militia. She hoped that it would strengthen the relationship between them and her creators at Ereb Industries.

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Paia performed a quick scan over the child.

<< No fractures. Seems only mild bruising. I believe she will be fine, James. >>

The setting changes from gambits-bar to Wing City Town Square

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Character Portrait: Spyro The Dragon Character Portrait: Rick Mave Character Portrait: Jonathan Bracker Character Portrait: Ereb Alpha Troopers Character Portrait: Captain Agares Narkel Character Portrait: Arya Sloane Character Portrait: Paia Character Portrait: Goulash Character Portrait: Nairi

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Everyone had been on their toes the last two weeks. There had been attacks from...grotesque monsters on the streets, unprovoked. Completely unprovoked. However, vicious attacks and monsters were a common event for Wing City denizens, but these were...planned. Or so people suspected. Once by a monster who's organs fell from its body and attacked people. The other who was made of eels. And then once more by the first. What next? The eel woman again?

What was going on?

Well, as a giant mass of flesh crawled down from the side of a large building, caught a lonely business man walking down the sidewalk, and stuck him to its back without a thought, they all got an idea.

The man was absorbed into the mass of flesh, which was controlled by one man at the front, who's smile extended past his ears, and who's eyes bulged from his sockets.

Another monster.

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Character Portrait: Spyro The Dragon Character Portrait: Ereb Alpha Troopers Character Portrait: Captain Agares Narkel Character Portrait: Arya Sloane Character Portrait: Paia Character Portrait: Goulash Character Portrait: Nairi

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Several cybernetic figures came speeding down the road moments after the monster was sighted. Their cold-fusion cycles hummed with a vigorous whine as they slid to a halt. The cyborgs' limbs, abdomens, and torsos were wrapped in a black mesh-like material that took the form of muscles carved with definition. Metallic sealed helmets sat on their heads, complete with a gas masks and re-breather units. The men's boots hit the ground in virtual silence as they stepped off their bikes. Several compartments were attached to belts around their waists along with sheathed combat knives and pistols. Large Ereb Blast Rifles were strapped to their backs. Observant and alert eyes peered past the trees through a pitch black visors.

"Tactical analysis."

<< Massive flesh construct. Could be magical or scientific origins. Distance and scatter formation is advised. >>

"Alright boys. Spread out and keep your distance! Fire on my signal. Stay frosty..."


The large purple dragon sneered in amusement at the monstrosity as it hovered above the street, held afloat by its massive wings.

"Well, aren't you gorgeous..." it mocked. Spyro's voice was deep, intimidating, and intelligent like the two glowing crimson eyes that glared into Goulash.

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Character Portrait: Spyro The Dragon Character Portrait: Rick Mave Character Portrait: Ereb Alpha Troopers Character Portrait: Captain Agares Narkel Character Portrait: Arya Sloane Character Portrait: Paia Character Portrait: Goulash Character Portrait: Nairi

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The barrel of Rick's darkwatch rifle rested comfortably on his shoulder as he stood on the side of the street, watching the scene of carnage with a tense calm.

The scanners were a mess with reports of an incident.....I guess this is it.

Before he could even think of taking aim with the weapon, the cavalry had already arrived in the form of some militant group. It was rather strange how Wing city was full of em, and no one ever seemed to feel concerned about it....

He took note of the logo and made a mental note to put together a file on them.

But this was a troublesome predicament....It was obvious from the biological nature of the hostile, thing, that was on a rampage that this incident was undoubtedly related to that other one....Odovan was making another move, and he had to get some answers from this thing...

But if all these "heroes" were too quick on the kill everything switch, all the clues would be gone...

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Character Portrait: Spyro The Dragon Character Portrait: Rick Mave Character Portrait: Jonathan Bracker Character Portrait: Ereb Alpha Troopers Character Portrait: Captain Agares Narkel Character Portrait: Arya Sloane Character Portrait: Paia Character Portrait: Goulash Character Portrait: Nairi

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Jonathan Bracker walked toward the battle occurring cautiously and quietly, hoping that no one had spotted him or would spot him. He walked around Rick slowly, assessing the rifle with unease. How much would that hurt to get shot with?

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Character Portrait: Spyro The Dragon Character Portrait: Rick Mave Character Portrait: Jonathan Bracker Character Portrait: Ereb Alpha Troopers Character Portrait: Captain Agares Narkel Character Portrait: Arya Sloane Character Portrait: Paia Character Portrait: Goulash Character Portrait: Nairi

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Several pairs of legs shot out of Goulash's body, bracing against the wall of the building he crawled down to propel him away from Nairi's slash. He had at least twenty bodies in his possession, now, in a mound upon his back, with faces looking up at the heroes, the mercenaries, the werecat, anyone else, with wide, fearful eyes.

Not one person that Goulash had taken- not one- was dead.

The monster noticed the common stirring, and it made him excited. "She WILL be HAPPY!" he cried out. "Happy, happy! She will be happy! She will-" He galloped, with a body like a centipede made of human legs and arms, to the other side of the road, quickly approaching two easy targets- Rick and Jonathan. At the last second, he veered away towards the Invictus soldiers. A fake-out.

"My party! My party!"

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Character Portrait: Spyro The Dragon Character Portrait: Rick Mave Character Portrait: Jonathan Bracker Character Portrait: Ereb Alpha Troopers Character Portrait: Captain Agares Narkel Character Portrait: Arya Sloane Character Portrait: Paia Character Portrait: Goulash Character Portrait: Nairi

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Jonathan Bracker stared in awe as the monster lunged toward him, before realizing that he had control of more power than he gave himself credit for. He quickly changed one arm into the clawed, furry leg of a tiger, the other into the arm of a demon, and stood and waited. Unfortunately, just as he was preparing for battle, the monster turned away, toward soldiers that he hadn't even noticed until now.

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Character Portrait: Spyro The Dragon Character Portrait: Rick Mave Character Portrait: Jonathan Bracker Character Portrait: Ereb Alpha Troopers Character Portrait: Captain Agares Narkel Character Portrait: Arya Sloane Character Portrait: Paia Character Portrait: Goulash Character Portrait: Nairi

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When he realized he was being targeted, Rick was quick to tighten his grip on the rifle and take a stop back to brace and ready himself. He was ready for the fight, but suddenly the creature turned away from him to resume attacking the main group.

"Huh..." Rick found himself saying as he took a more relaxed stance.

Has Odovan given up on individual targets after the last time? It was strange....usually the stitchlings would develop a tunnel vision when he was around....The fact that one would disregard him was....odd

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Character Portrait: Spyro The Dragon Character Portrait: Rick Mave Character Portrait: Jonathan Bracker Character Portrait: Ereb Alpha Troopers Character Portrait: Captain Agares Narkel Character Portrait: Arya Sloane Character Portrait: Paia Character Portrait: Goulash Character Portrait: Nairi

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Arya and two other soldiers charged Goulash, their NPA allies moved to push away anyone they didn't recognize as law enforcement, Invictus or military.

"We have no need for vigilantes to get themselves killed, go home. We're setting up a perimeter, get behind it or get arrested." The lead NPA Sanctifier shouted, "That isn't a suggestion, it's a warning."

Arya and her two soldiers waited until Goulash was close, jumping through the air with their feet aimed at him.

A shockwave shot out from the bottom of their boots, the collective energy strong enough to push the monster back.

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Character Portrait: Spyro The Dragon Character Portrait: Rick Mave Character Portrait: Jonathan Bracker Character Portrait: Ereb Alpha Troopers Character Portrait: Captain Agares Narkel Character Portrait: Arya Sloane Character Portrait: Paia Character Portrait: Goulash Character Portrait: Nairi

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The Alpha Troopers quickly darted to their positions. Ten troopers were scattered across the road and lowered to their knees with their rifles pressed against their shoulders. Goulash was locked in the cross-hairs of their HUDs, tagged with a big fat red arrow that all but said "Kick me". Rifles hummed as their cybernetic implants stabilized their arms.

<< Troopers, I'm detecting life signatures in the victims on that creature's back. There is little chance that we can save them, but I will run diagnostics. I advise taking it down immediately to minimize casualties. >>

"Acknowledged, Paia. Alpha Troopers! Focus fire!"

The unit poured on their deadly barrage with inhuman accuracy. Concentrated pulses of dark matter propelled at near the speed of light towards the creature's limbs. Each pulse carried enough power to rip through flesh, bone, and steel like wet tissue paper before exploding in a shower of super energized particles.

As the creature attacked, Spyro perched himself on a nearby overturned bus and watched the conflict progress. If the humans proved incompetent in dealing with the creature, then he would intervene. He would enjoy the show until then.

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Character Portrait: Spyro The Dragon Character Portrait: Rick Mave Character Portrait: Jonathan Bracker Character Portrait: Ereb Alpha Troopers Character Portrait: Captain Agares Narkel Character Portrait: Arya Sloane Character Portrait: Paia Character Portrait: Goulash Character Portrait: Nairi

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As the creature propelled itself away, Nairi skidded to a halt, turning on the spot to pursue it. He held little regard for the soldiers and even the dragon that had appeared on the scene, though he noted their positions and their movements calculatedly to ensure nothing took him by surprise.

No, his focus was on Goulash. Sure, he could probably leave it to the soldiers to kill, but this wasn't just business.

This was pride. It wasn't just his body that had been bruised after their last encounter.

As NPA officers moved to intercept him, he strafed aside, passing into the shadow of a nearby clump of trees and simply vanishing into thin air. The confused men stared about looking for him for a few moments until he reappeared again on the far side of the shadow, his speed and agility having given him a significant lead well within the perimeter.

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Character Portrait: Spyro The Dragon Character Portrait: Rick Mave Character Portrait: Jonathan Bracker Character Portrait: Ereb Alpha Troopers Character Portrait: Captain Agares Narkel Character Portrait: Arya Sloane Character Portrait: Paia Character Portrait: Goulash Character Portrait: Nairi

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Jonathan Bracker opened his aggressive fists, slowly, his arms turning back to their nondescript, blank tone. He turned to Rick. "We should probably get out of here. I don't know about you, but I don't wanna get into this right now."

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Character Portrait: Spyro The Dragon Character Portrait: Rick Mave Character Portrait: Jonathan Bracker Character Portrait: Ereb Alpha Troopers Character Portrait: Captain Agares Narkel Character Portrait: Arya Sloane Character Portrait: Paia Character Portrait: Goulash Character Portrait: Nairi

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Rick's thoughts were interrupted when he was approached by some of the militants, veiling threats and telling him to go away. He didn't feel like getting into an argument, and for a second he thought about doing what they wanted......

But somebody had to figure out what Odovan was up to.

So rather than pick a fight, Rick simply reached into his shirt pocket and produced his identification, handing it to one of the troopers.

"Rick Mave, Registered investigative and intelligence officer for Wing city."

He glanced over at Johnathan. "Unfortunately....I'm always in this."

This was his fight after all

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Character Portrait: Spyro The Dragon Character Portrait: Rick Mave Character Portrait: Jonathan Bracker Character Portrait: Ereb Alpha Troopers Character Portrait: Captain Agares Narkel Character Portrait: Arya Sloane Character Portrait: Paia Character Portrait: Goulash Character Portrait: Nairi

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Jonathan Bracker observes as Rick Mave flashes a badge. "Ah. Well, I see. I might as well stay and watch. I might be able to help if you need anything."

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Character Portrait: Spyro The Dragon Character Portrait: Rick Mave Character Portrait: Jonathan Bracker Character Portrait: Ereb Alpha Troopers Character Portrait: Captain Agares Narkel Character Portrait: Arya Sloane Character Portrait: Paia Character Portrait: Goulash Character Portrait: Nairi

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The behemoth was pushed back, certainly, but not very much. Twenty pairs of hands grew from his underbelly and plowed through the concrete, keeping him in place. His own lashed out in front of him, bending at an angle as to try and avoid the force deployed by the Invictus soldiers. The hands tried to grip on their ankles, where the skin would try to fuse with their clothing, then their feet.

The shots that went off from the cyborgs knocked off quite a few limbs, but as soon as Goulash realized what exactly was happening, they retreated, only for several cracks to be heard within his body. There was a scream.

One of the victims from earlier was half-thrown from where Goulash's ribcage would have been, grabbing an abandoned motorcycle who's rider the creature had claimed. The motorcycle was absorbed. Completely.

He tried to back away, then, with or without the Invictus soldiers in tow.

"Mine! Miiine!"

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Character Portrait: Spyro The Dragon Character Portrait: Rick Mave Character Portrait: Jonathan Bracker Character Portrait: Ereb Alpha Troopers Character Portrait: Captain Agares Narkel Character Portrait: Arya Sloane Character Portrait: Paia Character Portrait: Goulash Character Portrait: Nairi

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Jonathan Bracker looked at the large monster in front of him, as it absorbed large objects at will. "You know what, I think I'm just gonna get out of here. I'm sure I'll see you later. Try not to die, I guess. Though I don't know you too well. I won't mourn. Bye!"

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Character Portrait: Spyro The Dragon Character Portrait: Rick Mave Character Portrait: Ereb Alpha Troopers Character Portrait: Captain Agares Narkel Character Portrait: Arya Sloane Character Portrait: Paia Character Portrait: Goulash Character Portrait: Nairi

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One of the Invictus soldiers was grabbed, Arya and the other pushed back by the force of their shockwave. "Turn it up, Stardust." Arya yelled out to the grabbed, soldier as he was fusing with Goulash.

Stardust, despite his name, was a trained professional. He raised a hand to a watch-like device he wore, turning the top of it several times.

Another shockwave shot out from his boots, this one much stronger than the last shockwave was. Maybe it wouldn't do much to Goulash, but surely it would free him. He just had to be ready to hit the ground.

"Yes, we can read. Investigator. Not 'Monster Fighter." The armored man told Rick, "Go investigate something, leave this to us."

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Character Portrait: Spyro The Dragon Character Portrait: Rick Mave Character Portrait: Ereb Alpha Troopers Character Portrait: Captain Agares Narkel Character Portrait: Arya Sloane Character Portrait: Paia Character Portrait: Goulash Character Portrait: Nairi

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"I'm investigating that." Rick said, rather annoyed at the man's tone. He gestured towards the creature with the but of his rifle. "I may not have your weapons or armor, but I've got a higher kill count when it comes to those things than your band of soldiers. So please, condescend to someone else."

He sighed as he watched one of the soldiers get grabbed by the monster.

"It's called a Stitchling...or at least I think it is. It seems to be an evolution of some sort, or maybe a mutation....regardless the genome has changed somehow....but they seem to have the same basic characteristics as the previous generation, they use existing human flesh as a basis for their own body...." He paused as he tried to block the nightmarish memories of the Monastery...

"This one seems to be a bit more....proactive than the other species though."

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Character Portrait: Spyro The Dragon Character Portrait: Rick Mave Character Portrait: Ereb Alpha Troopers Character Portrait: Captain Agares Narkel Character Portrait: Arya Sloane Character Portrait: Paia Character Portrait: Goulash Character Portrait: Nairi

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"Damn!" Agares grumbled inside his helmet. "Shoot to kill! Tear that bastard to pieces!"

The troopers aimed their blasters upward and focused on the monster's torso. Any normal man would have been ripped to shreds by one pulse. A few of the troopers focused their fire on the tendrils that held the Invictus, Stardust, in place.