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Steel Erutin

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

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An empire stretching thousands of worlds, the Hegemony exists to further one goal; the complete domination of everything non-Scatterran.
An empire of shapeshifters, the Erutins value their twin above all. Largely peaceful, they remain prepared for war.

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Deceased

So begins...

Steel Erutin's Story

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Steel drew his lips, his look of wonder more akin to a grimace than anything thoughtful. The place was rather alien, he would admit, the buildings especially, but the one thing that truly seemed different to him was the smell. There was something unnatural about it all, an acrid hint. It was, however, a thing he would have to get used to if he wanted to be any kind of successful colonist. He had a knack for butting in on rhetorical questions, and he didn't let this one slip, "All it takes is a bit of practice, likely." He offered a spare glance up, his hands in his pockets as he did, standing not but a pace behind Thistle. "But you wouldn't know much about that, huh?"

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Mentally, Steel smirked, his humor was rather dry, the tone of his voice, to the few who heard it, rarely changing. Often he ran into the issue of people mistaking his occasional joke or jab as an actual insult, something that Thistle, who was probably around when it happened, was likely to correct. "It is a... logical idea." He was, understandably, more concerned with the walk ahead, the streets being surprisingly uncrowded, looking to every other pedestrian they crossed paths with. It was probably an odd thing to do, but Steel was a bit more preoccupied with matters other than blending in, for the moment. "You were always better at talking."

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His gaze snapped quickly as she reacted to almost tripping over the foreign object. Seeing that the thing hadn't moved since Thistle had bumped into it, he pushed her away from it gently before edging his way to it. Crouched, Steel inspected the hydrant, an arm's length away, cautious to approach it further. After a minute or so of observation, he came to the solemn conclusion,

"I think we're safe, for the moment."

It was at that moment, in their safety, that a passerby bothered look to them, having overheard Steel's statement. A man of middle age, clad in a rather average business suit, bearing an understandably puzzled look on his face. Surely the man was in a rather confused state of mind, one that was likely only deepened as Steel glanced to him, his face eerily serious. He soon continued on his own errands, and Steel turned to look to Thistle, "Odd people, these Terrans are."

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Steel suppressed the urge to grab her arm, instead simply warning her, his unfamiliarity with conversation rather evident. "Don't kill yourself." He watched on, uneasy, as she examined it, pondering to himself just what purpose the thing would accomplish. Was it some sort of defensive mechanism? Was it a sort of anti-theft device? It didn't look like it was supposed to detonate, the form of the thing wasn't suited for fragmentation, at least not any that seemed logical to him.

"What do you think it does?"

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Steel trudged along beside her, rather curious himself to see what all Terra had to offer... in a strictly professional sense, of course. It was his duty to be curious, at least in some sense, as a colonist. Without learning about them, one would make a very poor mimic. "Maybe they're rigged to go off if someone talks too much." With a glance, he let her know he was only joking, not that one could tell it from his face.

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He pondered on his answer for a while, not wanting to give light judgement, especially regarding something as important as his profession. He took his hands, which had been replaced in his pockets after leaving the device, and rubbed them together, using the action to help him think. "It smells." He decreed, with an undertone of finality.

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Steel was a nervous wreck, though one unfamiliar with the Erutin, much less darks, would find it difficult to tell. He was never very good at expressing his emotions in other forms, even if he stayed in this human one for most of the time. His face was what did it, bearing just as little emotion as most any other time, the two things that truly gave his state of mind away being his breathing and his eyes. He'd been tracking her for some time, or so he figured, all the way to a rather unpleasant establishment, at least in regards to one such as Thistle.
He almost burst into the doors as quickly as he had been pacing down the street, but he thought before he acted, and decided against it. If she was in here, it would be unwise to reveal one's self so easily... a guise would suit him better. Taking but a few moments to attain a rather average form - a caucasian man in his early twenties - he soon entered, glancing over the place as he did.

Mother would not like this.

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Steel chose his steps carefully, not wanting to alert Thistle to his presence, her eyes likely familiar with whatever mannerisms he might have. Only shifters were truly adept at spotting others of their own kind, and that was the only thing that kept him from simply approaching her and escorting her from the place.

He sighed mentally seeing her partake of a beverage that would've gone over like a lead balloon back home.

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It wasn't that he'd partaken before, but rather that he had bothered not to, that bothered him. There was a reason mother hadn't let either of them try it, thus far, and all one had to do to understand was just imagine Thistle intoxicated. Edging his way down the bar, he ordered something bland - a glass of water. Finally sitting within an arm's length of her, his caution likely serving little purpose, with Thistle distracted largely by her drink, he spoke, rather plainly where he knew she could hear,

"Mother wont care for this."

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He knew it, she was trying to avoid him. It was only to be expected, however. She was his curious light, and he the rather annoying dark. He knew he probably wasn't much fun to be around, but it was his job to keep an eye on her, and he couldn't let that slip. "I'll keep it quiet," he decided after pondering for a few moments, "if I really am the bestest."

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He returned the hug, happy to have perhaps made something of an unspoken deal, at least in his mind. He'd keep quiet about some of her more bold actions and she'd, hopefully, stay under control. "Well, I don't think they drink them for their flavor." Thistle was a good one, despite all his worrying for her. His concern was rather more geared to those who would take advantage of her, not what she'd do herself. Rather unexpectedly, he took her drink, her curiosity being somewhat infectious, and he took a sip of it.

He paused for a while afterwards, musing on the flavor.

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"It's... different. I agree, it's odd, but I don't know whether I like it or not." At the mention of the place and mother's suspicions, he glanced about the place once more, just in time to see a group of rather well off looking soldiers make an entrance, armed and uniformed. At the introduction of this stimuli, Steel quipped, sounding a bit more harsh than he intended. "That, Thistle, is likely why."

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"I don't know." The place was seemingly devoid of logic.

The soldiers didn't set him at unease as much as the rather odd woman who had just brandished a blade within an arm's length of the twins, an act which immediately made him feel somewhat threatened. That, however, wasn't what made him nervous, rather it was Thistle's sake which caused him to act. Standing, he motioned Thistle behind him, his hands held, as best he could remember, in a defensive stance, ready to parry the blade should it come to it.

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Steel was becoming more convinced that it just might be better if they vacated the premises. With a glance to Thistle, Steel did his best to communicate their need to leave without speaking. Remaining in his stance, he began to edge away from the woman, his left hand clasping Thistle's as best he could without removing his focus from the possible assailant.

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His initial reaction was to keep on with tugging, but her words kept him from it, showing again that she had the upper hand when it came to social interaction. She attempted to reassure him, and he returned to his seat, shifting back into his usual shape while his face was out of sight from most. His eyes still retained a cautious glint, the Belkan attitude he favored so much remaining evident.

"I think I know why mother told us to avoid this place."

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She was right. A Belkan would stay... or so he concluded. From what little information he was able to gather from the archives back on Dev Eru, compiled from the Empire's association with them prior to their disappearance, and if they were one thing, it was determined.

At the least, that was the only honorable trait that came to mind when thinking in single adjectives.

"You're right." He straightened himself in his seat, his air becoming a hint more proud than it was before. If only he had one of those uniforms he had seen so long ago, he would look the part of a proper Belkan! That was one of the few things he desired; a rather dashing ensemble, or so he figured. His newfound pride disappeared moments after it had came, however, wondering if they'd ever get the chance to travel to the distant empire. Thinking allowed, he didn't expect to be answered, "Not that they'd come to this place."

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Steel's expression seemed more blank than usual, staring off into space at the many bottles arrayed beyond the bar. He tended to do such when thinking, his eyes simply there while his brain did most of the work. Their mother could take them, being on good relations with the Emperor, of all Belkans, not to mention the decoration that Thistle spoke of. However, the thought of meeting the Emperor rather excited him, more than even going to the Hegemony itself.

Were it that he'd ever let himself be creative, one could say it was his dream.

The second option that Thistle had suggested was much more plausible, and when it came to a chance at the Hegemony, Steel was always rather curious. "You really think so?"

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Steel shrugged too, as he often did. Already the two had gotten into near enough trouble to last a week back home, why stop now? Besides, he could forgive this little errand... it was for his education, after all. "I suppose I could write it off as being for my education..."

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Steel didn't have much of a clue as to were to start either... Terra was a big place, even bigger than Dev Eru in some regards, and he, having studied human culture and society for quite some time, felt lost. He was entirely serious, however, when he suggested that they might take a small detour to the Hegemony. For learning's sake, and his own. At the suggestion of Thistle, the idea of conversing with their own travelers struck him as the best choice. "Not like we can start anywhere else."

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The traveler reminded Steel of himself, save just more outspoken. Her logic was infallible, knowing his sister, the two probably had other episodes akin to this prior to the current one. He decided, for the moment, to let Thistle and Rose decide the course of action, he'd only interfere if things began to decidedly look like against the expedition.

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Steel looked rather pleased with himself, or more accurately, with his sister's action. The first part was out of the way, at least, and perhaps the first step on the road to the Hegemony had been taken. Leaning back in his seat, Steel offered one of his rare smirks to Thistle, his eagerness to be off betrayed by his showing of such emotion.

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Steel never got used to the travelers, the jumps always managed to nauseate him, but he did appreciate their services. The room they now found themselves in was quite posh, rivaling some of the sights that they enjoyed back home in the palace, and Steel took the chance, his head still spinning, to take a seat on the nearest corner of the couch.

Blinking several times to try and get the feeling out of his mind, he glanced about, trying to see if they'd run across the individual for whom they were searching.

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Steel had stood as Hope had entered the room out of respect, waiting to observe just how the situation would go. As things seemed to appear quite similar with Hope, Steel's gaze uneasily shifted to meet Thistle's, everyone just seemed against this plan but them. Thistle tried to explain the situation to Hope, and as she trailed off, Steel found it pertinent to extrapolate, "We wish to go to the Hegemony, m'lady. Education."

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Steel caught his clumsily, not expecting to have a projectile of sorts hurled at him, and fumbled with it for a moment before following his twin's lead, wearing the device around his neck. He was, for the moment, at a loss for words, all he could manage to say being to the extent of "Thanks..." echoing his sister, inspecting the device with excitement. This would be the first time he'd ever have the chance to see real Belkans! Well... besides that time the two decided to sneak around the palace when the Emperor was meeting with mother, but that didn't count.

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The trio manifested in an upper deck of a garage, the place lit equally by natural light from outside and fluorescent bulbs above. Judging from the vehicles present, mostly bedded trucks, it was for a distribution plant of some kind. Again Steel found himself rather upset at his stomach, and staggered away from Thistle as he nearly dry-heaved, barely keeping himself from it. Taking him a few moments to get over the feeling, he looked back to his companions, but soon after his eyes fell on what little he could see from between two vehicles; a sunrise, it seemed, partially obscured by a large structure.

He seemed dumbstruck for a moment, but slowly began to shuffle as to where he could better witness the vista. Gripping a steel guard-rail which emerged from the perma-crete foundation of this level's floor, Steel's jaw dropped. The scene was a blending of cultures - the height and power of Terran architecture, combined with gentle curves and beauty found on Erutin. The truly eye-catching sight was Tannhäuser's capital - the Gotteshalle, surrounded by quasi-Romanesque towers and flanked on either side by triumphal arches. So titanic was the structure that it easily obscured the rising sun, at least for the next hour or so from this angle.

Steel's jaw dropped, the dark at a loss for words, but managing one, "Amazing."