It is Friday, March 27. Early afternoon, and the rain continues. The party is on the western bank of the Missouri river. A destroyed spider-skull walker lays nearby, smoke rising from its shattered hull. There is no sign of survivors from either the spider or the two sky cycles. However, you have subdued the one CS soldier who was not in an armored vehicle, and he sits before you in the mud, wondering what comes next. It is a certainty that the other
CS soldiers in Novgorod know about the attack, and are preparing for some kind of action.
Kawai scoffs, "You want him, keep him. Just make sure he is out of sight. We have work to do."
"We do. But this man helped us before, so we're letting him live."
"Put him in your dragon. Hurry."
Kiirga picks up Shamon carefully in the claw of her dragon, and the hatch pops open with a hiss of hydraulics. She looks back from the pilot's seat at him with a sorry smile.Shamon glares back with his left eye. His right eye is currently hidden behind what is most likely a targeting aim that has been broken and then forced into his face, causing tremendous bleeding down his right side. Kiirga sighs lightly at him. "I'm very sorry about what my friend did. I should have a first aid kit in here... somewhere..." She looks around in the cockpit of her mech.
Kiirga puts the kit on an open chair, then drops Shamon gently into the cockpit with her. "I know, I know." The claw returns to the ground as the hatch hisses back closed and locked.
Shamon takes the medkit and opens it up, gathering the supplies he requires
Kawai pulls up the map, "Can't lay low... So we must take the lab now. Punch a hole and run inside." The map link: derpy.me/ayd4t ) "Or we could retreat." looks around at the activity of the base. The base is only a half mile away, but Kawai does not see any urgent activity such as flying vehicles.
Kiirga directs the mech's head towards the base. "I don't know, I can't see anything particularly telling of them getting to worried about us."
"How does he look?"
Shamon is busy wrapping bandage over padding around his head, covering his right eye but leaving his left exposed
Kiirga looks over at Shamon. "He'll live.""I'm going to take out the radar. See what you can do about the lab."
Kawai zooms towards the radar tower at half speed close to the ground.
Kiirga heads off towards the lab while Kawai does this.
As Kawai blast along at 350 mph, one foot off the ground, she encounters tall prairie dog mounds and a grove of trees. A salvo of five short range armor piercing missiles manages a hit.
Nov 06 17:56:01 <MikeM> You are now in close visual range of the airstrip.
Nov 06 17:56:12 <MikeM> Under 100 meters.
Nov 06 17:58:45 * Kawai makes a swerve right, she focuses her sights on the door. That will be their best target. "Come on, Warhawk. These are bee stings." she consouls her Juggernaut.
Nov 06 18:06:02 * Kawai puts on the speed to barrel into the door.
Nov 06 18:07:00 <Kawai> !roll 1d20+10
Nov 06 18:07:00 <GameServ> Kawai rolled 1d20: 17 <Total: 17(+10) = 27>
Nov 06 18:07:07 <Kawai> (Hit?)
Nov 06 18:07:51 <MikeM> Are you flying into the radar building?
Nov 06 18:08:10 <Kawai> (Yes. Into the doors of the radar building.)
Nov 06 18:08:24 <MikeM> Definitely a hit.
Nov 06 18:09:17 <MikeM> I can't help but think you'll take some damage from doing this, though.
Nov 06 18:09:20 <Kawai> !roll 1d6
Nov 06 18:09:20 <GameServ> Kawai rolled 1d6: 5 <Total: 5>
Nov 06 18:09:34 <Kawai> (60 MD)
Nov 06 18:10:15 <Kawai> (This also counts as 3 attacks per melee.)
Nov 06 18:11:48 <MikeM> The building shakes violently, and the roof is knocked off, thereby severing the power line. The radar is disabled.
Nov 06 18:12:24 <Kawai> (Can I enter?)
Nov 06 18:13:03 <MikeM> You're too big. It's not designed for juggernaut use.
Nov 06 18:13:22 <Kawai> (How big is the hole I made?)
Nov 06 18:14:19 <MikeM> The roof opening is 10' by 10'.
Nov 06 18:15:47 * Kawai stands up to make the hole bigger.
Nov 06 18:19:53 <Kawai> (What should I do for this?)
Nov 06 18:20:26 <MikeM> I don't think anything fancy is required.
Nov 06 18:22:38 <MikeM> After scraping the roof off, you see that it is only two stories, and quite small. Bits of computer hardware lie among smashed cinderblocks, and a technician struggles, pinched between two pieces of rubble.
Nov 06 18:24:26 * Kawai looks at the technician, her hand reaches out, they lift rubble off the technician.
Nov 06 18:25:03 <MikeM> The technician begs, "Please, please..." He is bleeding from several wounds.
Nov 06 18:27:03 * Kawai "Guard the door," she tells Warhawk before opening him up to exit, "You're not going to die." she tells the technician.
Nov 06 18:27:49 <MikeM> "What do you want from me? Why are you even here?"
Nov 06 18:30:27 * Kawai "Shopping." she kneals down beside the technician.
Nov 06 18:30:55 <MikeM> The technician gives you a confused look.
Nov 06 18:31:26 * Kawai looks over the technician's wounds.
Nov 06 18:32:11 <MikeM> He is bleeding from several cuts, and his left leg is bent below the knee where there is no joint.
Nov 06 18:35:25 * Kawai takes off her shirt, ripping it to make strips of cloth. She looks around for straight pieces of something hard that she could use as a splint.
Nov 06 18:36:28 <MikeM> There are several pieces of broken conduit nearby.
Nov 06 18:37:59 <MikeM> (Novgorod is not a secure area.)
Nov 06 18:39:33 <Kawai> (That will do.)
Nov 06 18:39:50 <Kawai> (I am going to roll for first aid.)
Nov 06 18:40:17 <Kawai> !roll 1d20+20
Nov 06 18:40:17 <GameServ> Kawai rolled 1d20: 14 <Total: 14(+20) = 34>
Nov 06 18:41:45 <MikeM> You successfully stop the bleeding and splint his broken leg. He is still in pain, and probably will go into shock.
Nov 06 18:42:06 <MikeM> What kind of security sensors does your juggernaut ai have?
Nov 06 18:43:02 * Kawai uses the Galvanized pipes to create a splint for his leg and dress his wounds with strips from her shirt.
Nov 06 18:43:30 <Kawai> (As in a warning system? Let me check.)
Nov 06 18:46:43 <Kawai> (Sees through smoke and clouds, see the invisible, infrared and ultraviolet vision. Plus a radar life sensor thing.)
Nov 06 18:48:38 <MikeM> Might want to check your sensors. There are still CS people around.
Nov 06 18:50:37 * Kawai returns her focus from Warhawk's announcement of company to the technician, "Are you going to be alright?"
Nov 06 18:51:44 <MikeM> "I...I think so." He's a bit dirty from the shakeup, but he might be blushing.
Nov 06 18:52:48 <Kawai> (Yeah, blushing is a possiblity. I'm not wearing a bra.)
Nov 06 18:54:22 * Kawai goes light-footed up the walls and bounces off the debri as she goes to the remainer of the roof.
Nov 06 18:58:31 <Kawai> (Is there anyone left in the radar tower?)
Nov 06 18:59:11 <MikeM> A check of the radar life sensor thing shows no other movement in the rubble.
Nov 06 19:00:50 * Kawai observes the chaos outside as she sits on the lip of the ruined tower.
Nov 06 19:03:40 <MikeM> I bet Kiirga and Shamon are arriving at the lab soon.
Nov 06 19:03:57 <Kiirga> There is a single dragon mech moving across the open space, past the small town, and towards the lab building.
Nov 06 19:04:07 <Kiirga> (Was just thinking the same thing )
Nov 06 19:06:20 * Shamon moves over to Kiirga "what are you doing?"
Nov 06 19:07:20 <Kiirga> "We're just here for some information. I'd really rather not have to hurt anybody else." She sighs softly. "You okay?"
Nov 06 19:07:44 <MikeM> As you approach the lab, you can see that it is surrounded by a fence topped with razor wire. There is a small gate on the eastern side, and a larger vehicle gate on the northwest edge. The lab is two stories, and there is a smaller one-story building on the northeast part of the fenced enclosure.
Nov 06 19:08:13 <MikeM> Despite all the ruckus, there does not appear to be any movement.
Nov 06 19:09:11 * Shamon sneers slightly "yeah, yeah I'm dandy" he quickly reaches behind himself and pulls out a grenade. He holds the lever and pulls the pin out "answer my question, or I'll drop it"
Nov 06 19:09:33 * Kawai falls backwards along the wall, letting her hand guide her for when she should push off. She returns to the technician's side.
Nov 06 19:11:18 * Kiirga 's ears fold down and she sighs again. Really? After she saved you? After working together before? "I just told you, Shamon. We're here for information. We're not looking to go killing any civilians or anything. Geez."
Nov 06 19:12:10 * Shamon "Just- just listen! Just listen to me, okay?!" He's clearly very agitated
Nov 06 19:12:27 <Kiirga> "Fine, I'm listening. Talk."
Nov 06 19:13:23 * Shamon takes a few deep breaths.. "Why did you spare me? How do you know my name?"
Nov 06 19:14:17 <Kiirga> "... Don't you remember? We worked together to pull out all those civilians from (... Milwaukie?)"
Nov 06 19:15:23 <Shamon> "... I see. Any.. Proof of this?"
Nov 06 19:15:40 <Kiirga> "I've got flight logs from the Eternity."
Nov 06 19:16:11 <Kawai> (Milwaukee)
Nov 06 19:16:25 <Kiirga> (Ah, I was close)
Nov 06 19:16:50 * Shamon he puts the pin back in "I'll believe you, for now" he drops the grenade to the ground "you did know that was a smoke grenade too, right?"
Nov 06 19:18:57 * Kiirga smiles lightly. "Still had to take you seriously. So. What do you know about this lab? Any place we can hit it to get the most information and keep any injuries to a minimum?"
Nov 06 19:20:00 * Shamon folds his arms. "Show me those logs first?"
Nov 06 19:23:12 * Kiirga nods her head softly. she gestures her glowing hoof towards one of the aux screens at the comms station, and she rapidly navigates through a file tree to reach the flight logs. They display textually the flight path, the cargo (a number of refugees, their belongings, and the dragon mech you are currently riding in), and the crew for that flight. Your name is listed among the crew.
Nov 06 19:24:20 <Shamon> "... Any proof it isn't fake?'
Nov 06 19:25:34 <Kiirga> "Why would I fake that? When would I have had the time to have faked that?"
Nov 06 19:26:12 * Shamon he looks over the logs "fine, fine, I'll believe it.. So..."
Nov 06 19:28:00 <Kiirga> "So. We've worked together before. I know you're more concerned about civilian safety than some DB you just met. So let's do this safely, okay?"
Nov 06 19:28:36 <Shamon> "Okay, okay. Let's think of something"
Nov 06 19:29:59 <Kiirga> "Anything you could tell me about the layout of the lab would help a lot. Where to get at the data cores, where to avoid to not hurt any scientists working there, that sort of thing."
Nov 06 19:30:58 <Shamon> "Have you got a picture of the layout? It will make it easier"
Nov 06 19:32:06 * Kiirga pulls up the rudimentary image that she was given of the layout of the facility and places it on the same screen where the flight log had been displayed. "This is all I've got."
Nov 06 19:40:21 <Shamon> "Alright. That's the lab, that there is an admin building. There's a fence around it, with a guard hut there. It might be unoccupied, I don't know. The lab itself might be guarded, I'm not sure, but there are two laser turrets inside. Also, the scientist are either still there, or they might of been evacuated"
Nov 06 19:40:56 <Kiirga> "Where are those laser turrets controlled from?"
Nov 06 19:42:35 <Shamon> "There's a control room inside the lab, first floor"
Nov 06 19:42:56 <Kiirga> "And we're gonna have to get past the turrets to get there, aren't we?"
Nov 06 19:43:56 <Shamon> "You will"
Nov 06 19:45:38 <MikeM> As you plan the entrance, the rain slows to a light drizzle. Sunlight breaks through the clouds from the west.
Nov 06 19:45:57 <MikeM> A blue glow emanates from the western horizon as well.
Nov 06 19:47:51 <Kiirga> "Hmm. Well, I should still be able to deal with that without much issue if I can get in close to one. So. These turrets are just inside then?"
Nov 06 19:50:07 <Shamon> "Yes, that's correct. So, what's the plan?"
Nov 06 19:51:39 <Kiirga> "Uhh... do these things have any AI in them?"
Nov 06 19:53:30 <Shamon> "Yes. Standard, shoot this guy, don't shoot that guy, type of AI. They're definitely switched on now"
Nov 06 19:54:45 <Kiirga> "Okay, so they aren't sentient then. That'll make my job much easier."
Nov 06 19:55:06 <Shamon> "Your job?"
Nov 06 19:56:05 <Kiirga> "I should be able to get in close and take control of one of them." She gestures with her glowing hoof, her main way of interfacing with her machines, "Then direct its fire at the other turret."
Nov 06 19:57:57 <Shamon> "Through a floor?"
Nov 06 19:58:41 <Kiirga> "... Are these turrets on seperate floors?"
Nov 06 19:59:02 <Shamon> "Yes, they are"
Nov 06 19:59:44 <Kiirga> "Ahh... hm. Well then, where are they in relation to eachother?"
Nov 06 20:00:32 <Shamon> "Both are on the north end, if memory serves"
Nov 06 20:01:40 <Kiirga> "Hmm... Might be better just to blast the one and get to the control room for the other." She sighs softly. "Is the data stored in this control room, as well?"
Nov 06 20:03:28 <Shamon> "I'm.. Not sure.. Let me think"
Nov 06 20:03:34 <MikeM> A rumble sounds in the distance. It sounded like thunder, but there was no lightning.
Nov 06 20:03:59 * Kiirga frowns lightly and directs her mech's sensors in that direction.
Nov 06 20:05:59 <MikeM> Your sensors report high levels of unfocused energy and magic from the same direction as the blue glow.
Nov 06 20:07:03 <Kiirga> "What was that?"
Nov 06 20:07:21 <Shamon> "Uh.. I don't know?"
Nov 06 20:08:54 * Kiirga huffs softly. "Great. let's just get in there and get the data before... whatever that was does whatever it's doing."
Nov 06 20:09:16 <Shamon> "Sounds like a plan to me"
Nov 06 20:11:09 * Kiirga pilots the mech towards the nearest entrance, not really bothering with the simple fence that surrounded the structure.
Nov 06 20:12:34 * Shamon bends down, holding his head and groaning
Nov 06 20:13:06 <MikeM> The fence falls easily under stompy dragon feet, but it becomes obvious the front door was meant for human-size entrance.
Nov 06 20:13:49 <Kiirga> "Hey, you okay?" She looks around for any larger doors.
Nov 06 20:14:34 * Shamon leans against the wall, still groaning and holding his head
Nov 06 20:14:49 <MikeM> The back door is a large roll-up door, 20' tall and 30' wide. It is currently closed.
Nov 06 20:15:35 <Kiirga> That'll work. She moves towards that. "Shamon?"
Nov 06 20:17:21 <Shamon> "Wh- what?!... It's, it's nothing, I'm... Fine"
Nov 06 20:19:08 <Kiirga> "Alright, if you say so." She arrives at the back door and digs the mech's claws in underneath the door, pushing it up along its tracks.
Nov 06 20:21:57 <MikeM> Inside is a large garage. Various tool chests and computers line the walls. There is a single door on the southern wall. On the second floor is a catwalk, and two doors: one on the south wall, and another on the east wall, close to the rollup door.
Nov 06 20:22:39 <MikeM> The room is approximately 35' wide and 40' deep.
Nov 06 20:24:23 * Kiirga steps the mech inside and looks around. "Any idea where these doors go?"
Nov 06 20:28:40 <Shamon> "Nnn.. Wh-where do you think?" He takes a few steps back.. And pulls out a frag grenade
Nov 06 20:29:53 <Kiirga> "I guess I won't know until I check them out." She looks away from the viewscreen and at Shamon. "Hey, hey, what are you doing with that?"
Nov 06 20:30:08 * Zero|Away is now known as Zero
Nov 06 20:30:25 <Shamon> "Let, me, out"
Nov 06 20:31:13 <Kiirga> "Calm down, man, nobody's holding you prisoner. What's wrong?"
Nov 06 20:33:08 * Shamon pulls the ring out and tosses it away "let me out, now"
Nov 06 20:33:48 * Kiirga frowns, and she gestures her hoof back towards the hatch. it hisses softly, then pops open.
Nov 06 20:35:26 * Shamon moves over to the hatch
Nov 06 20:35:47 * Kiirga quietly watches you.
Nov 06 20:36:27 * Shamon begins climbing out
Nov 06 20:38:57 * Kiirga allows him to climb out with no problem. Shamon climbs out onto the back of the mech, plated with metal scales.
Nov 06 20:39:54 * Shamon begins making his way down and off the mech
Nov 06 20:40:33 <Kiirga> The hatch hisses and thunks back closed, and a claw of the mech reaches up to grab Shamon off of its back.
Nov 06 20:42:13 * Shamon waves the grenade about, but he can't help it if he is grabbed
Nov 06 20:43:01 * Kiirga holds him, and lifts him to be in the air in front of the mech. "What the heck, man? What are you doing?"
Nov 06 20:44:17 <Shamon> "Let me go!"
Nov 06 20:45:13 <Kiirga> "Yeah, yeah, I got that. You could have gotten yourself killed. Why?"
Nov 06 20:47:29 <Shamon> "Let me go, or else!"
Nov 06 20:47:44 <Kiirga> "Or else what?"
Nov 06 20:48:10 * Shamon lets the lever flick off the grenade!
Nov 06 20:49:19 <Kiirga> Yeah, she kind of expected that. She plucks the grenade out of Shamon's hand with the other claw of her mech and tosses it away and out of the building.
Nov 06 20:49:37 <MikeM> *crump*
Nov 06 20:51:10 * Shamon kicks and punches, swearing at Kiirga!
Nov 06 20:51:55 <Kiirga> "Geez man, settle down! You're just gonna hurt yourself. What's gotten into you?"
Nov 06 20:52:20 * Shamon continues regardless
Nov 06 20:55:05 * Kiirga sighs and rolls her eyes. Is this some sort of CS tech in his head making him act like this? She just lets him wear himself out a little doing this little tantrum.
Nov 06 20:56:31 * Shamon eventually does stop thrashing, but he keeps swearing at her
Nov 06 20:57:42 <Kiirga> "Come on, Shamon. Remember me, remember working together. Whatever this is, you can fight it."
Nov 06 20:58:26 <Shamon> "No! Get out of my head!"
Nov 06 20:58:45 <Kiirga> "I'm not in your head, they are."
Nov 06 21:00:02 <Shamon> "Stop lying to me!"
Nov 06 21:00:37 <Kiirga> "I haven't lied to you. I showed you proof, and I saved your life. What more do you want?"
Nov 06 21:01:09 <Shamon> "For you to left me go!"
Nov 06 21:01:16 <Shamon> (Let)
Nov 06 21:01:39 <Kiirga> "And what are you going to do if I do?"
Nov 06 21:02:05 <Shamon> "Get away from this place"
Nov 06 21:02:24 <Kiirga> "And go where? There's nothing else around for miles."
Nov 06 21:02:43 <Shamon> "I don't, care!"
Nov 06 21:03:34 <Kiirga> "Really? Not even a little bit concerned about your own wellbeing?"
Nov 06 21:04:16 <Shamon> "No, let me go!"
Nov 06 21:05:09 <Kiirga> "For your own sake... No. This has got to be related to that burst of magic somehow. I'm going to get the data, then I'm getting you out of here."
Nov 06 21:06:24 * Shamon begins thrashing again
Nov 06 21:07:56 <MikeM> Another rumble sounds in the distance, rattling the damaged rollup door.
Nov 06 21:08:39 * Kiirga sits the mech down and wraps the second claw around Shamon to keep him pinned in place, to keep him from hurting himself. "I'll be back soon." The hatch on the mech's back pops open, and she climbs out. She locks the mech down, then looks at Shamon from its shoulder. "Don't get yourself hurt, alright?"
Nov 06 21:09:54 * Shamon struggles, yelling swear words at Kiirga
Nov 06 21:12:39 * Kiirga rolls her eyes, then smirks. "I'll take that as a 'yes'." She hops down off the mech and peeks through the ground-floor door out of the garage and deeper into the complex.
Nov 06 21:14:50 <Kiirga> (So that big room with the slanted wall is the garage?)
Nov 06 21:15:08 <MikeM> (Yes.)
Nov 06 21:15:29 <Kiirga> (Is there anything in sight from where she is?)
Nov 06 21:17:22 <MikeM> At the north end of the long hall is the laser turret, and at the south end is a set of stairs going to the second floor. Directly across from your door is a short hall, and two small offices. On the east side is an office with thick looking doors which have small, reinforced windows.
Nov 06 21:18:57 * Kiirga peeks around the corner of the hall... there's the laser turret he told her about. That's gonna be hard to get close to in that position... So she, for now, opts to check the room directly across the hall from her.
Nov 06 21:20:41 <MikeM> It looks like the door opens inward. It has a handle for turning.
Nov 06 21:21:06 * Kiirga slowly opens the door and looks inside.
Nov 06 21:21:49 <MikeM> The door was blocked with an overturned desk, which was easily pushed aside. The lights are off, but a voice calls out, "Who's there?"
Nov 06 21:23:36 <Kiirga> (I have vision of IR and UV, what do I see?)
Nov 06 21:25:20 <MikeM> It is an electronics lab. There are two workbenches inside, and you can hear one person breathing. She is hiding behind one of the benches, near the back door.
Nov 06 21:26:13 <Kiirga> "Nobody's gonna hurt you, okay? You don't have to be scared." She says in a soft, calming tone.
Nov 06 21:26:55 <MikeM> "They said there's a lockdown, and we're to remain in place. Is it over? I heard a bunch of explosions."
Nov 06 21:28:50 <Kiirga> "I don't know. You should probably stay where you are, though, if that's what they said. I'll go look and see if everything's safe."
Nov 06 21:30:21 <MikeM> "Ok." She peeks out from behind the desk, trying to see who's talking. "Oh."
Nov 06 21:32:35 <Kiirga> A head framed against the light coming through the cracked-open door, probably kind of hard to identify. She makes a small smirk, and withdraws her head from the room. Well, there are still people here, she'll have to be careful.
Nov 06 21:36:27 <MikeM> Another rumble sounds in the distance.
Nov 06 21:37:58 * Kiirga moves down the hall to the other readily available door.
Nov 06 21:39:39 <MikeM> This door opens easily. There are two tables, a coffee machine, and a half-full box of donuts. No people, however.
Nov 06 21:40:47 <Kiirga> Break room. Nothing interesting here. Hmm... She heads through this room to the door she sees on the far side and looks out through there.
Nov 06 21:42:00 <MikeM> From here you can see the underside of the stairs and part of the entrance door. The halls are wide enough for two people to comfortably walk side by side.
Nov 06 21:43:38 <Kiirga> And walking out that way will bring her into the firing arc of the turret... probably best to go check those upper catwalks in the garage, so she heads back to there.
Nov 06 21:45:59 <MikeM> While there are no stairs, it is a hop, skip, and jump from the dragon to the catwalk. Which door do you enter? The door on the east wall, or the door on the south wall?
Nov 06 21:47:02 <Kiirga> After a quick climb up her mech and a little scamper up the railing, she lands on the catwalk. Two doors... Let's check the south first.
Nov 06 21:48:19 <MikeM> Another laser turret on the north end, two small offices, an open area, and the stairs.
Nov 06 21:49:56 <Kiirga> (When you say north end, is that in that little alcove there?)
Nov 06 21:51:00 <MikeM> (Yes, the turret is positioned so it can fire down the hall and onto the stairs.
Nov 06 21:51:03 <MikeM> )
Nov 06 21:52:46 <Kiirga> And there's the second one. Might be able to get close enough to that one through the other door... but first, let's check the room that's not guarded by it.
Nov 06 21:54:31 <MikeM> This door opens easily. Inside is what appears to be a mostly-assembled humanoid android. The sleeping bot is hooked to several laptops.
Nov 06 21:55:38 <MikeM> Its legs lay on a table, but the arms and head are attached to the torso.
Nov 06 21:56:00 <Kiirga> Oooh, now THAT'S interesting. She steps inside and cautiously approaches the partial android.
Nov 06 21:57:44 <MikeM> It does not move.
Nov 06 21:58:29 * Kiirga approaches to within five feet of the robot and examines it. (Should I roll robot mechanics?)
Nov 06 22:00:05 <MikeM> (I'm not exactly sure of its design or components, as it's not my design. It won't be functional right now.)
Nov 06 22:00:55 <Kiirga> (So no use in doing a telemechanics on it, then.)
Nov 06 22:02:04 <MikeM> (Not tonight. Hopefully in the near future.)
Nov 06 22:04:50 <Kiirga> Definitely something she'll want to come check back in on after she's cleared the building... don't really have time for a telemechanics spell right now. She leaves the thing be, and heads out of the room. She takes a deep breath... okay. Here we go. She steps out into the firing range of the turret just long enough to draw its attention, then darts back behind the cover of the wall.
Nov 06 22:06:32 <MikeM> The turret fires a burst in your direction, singeing the walls with laser blasts.
Nov 06 22:08:54 * Kiirga ducks back into the garage while it's shooting at the wall, and rushes its position from the eastern door, hopefully before it can turn to face her. Her hoof glows as she gets in close to it, and she uses a combination of her gem magic and telemechanics to access the machine like she would one of her own.
Nov 06 22:11:23 <MikeM> !roll 1d20
Nov 06 22:11:23 <GameServ> MikeM rolled 1d20: 12 <Total: 12>
Nov 06 22:11:38 <MikeM> !roll 2d6
Nov 06 22:11:38 <GameServ> MikeM rolled 2d6: 2 4 <Total: 6>
Nov 06 22:12:06 <MikeM> The laser turret gets off one shot before your powers take control, but you stop further bursts.
Nov 06 22:13:50 * Kiirga takes a deep breath, then chuckles softly. That could have gone much worse. She pries the turret's casing open with her sword and makes short work of disabling it permanently.
Nov 06 22:16:04 <MikeM> The smell of a little burnt fur lingers in the air as you complete your work.
Nov 06 22:18:25 * Kiirga wipes off the singed parts of her fur as she finishes, frowning lightly. Guh, she hates when that happens, but that's the danger of working with magic and machines sometimes. But now she has easy access to the remaining room on this floor, which she makes use of now.
Nov 06 22:20:09 <MikeM> This room is full of servers on the north and east wall. The west wall has a long desk with three workstations. Along the south wall is a printer and a telephone.
Nov 06 22:20:22 <MikeM> Still no people.
Nov 06 22:22:15 <Kiirga> Servers! Perfect. Now she can get at the data she needs. She makes a quick check of the room, finds no people, and takes up a position at a workstation, obviously not designed for hooves. She places one to it anyway and works through the machine to determine what kind of information is stored on these servers.
Nov 06 22:25:17 <MikeM> Your search reveals information about things you've seen, and things you've suspected. There are several directories referencing "rift," "containment," and "D-Bees," as well as some for robotics, and another which is called "Operation Pasternak."
Nov 06 22:26:55 <Kiirga> Lots of good stuff on here... She is a little worried by this 'Operation Pasternak', though, and takes a look at that.
Nov 06 22:28:24 <MikeM> You find spreadsheets with data about various crystals, experiments on radio transmission and ISP, and diagrams of human anatomy. Several files contain x-ray images of heads.
Nov 06 22:29:04 <MikeM> There are also lengthy essays of psychological experiments.
Nov 06 22:29:53 * Kiirga reads through this... and her eyes slowly widen up. This must be what that magic outside was. That must be why Shamon was going nuts around it. Maybe even why he didn't remember her? She looks through these for any references to him.
Nov 06 22:31:16 <MikeM> The newest files are dated from this week, and the subject is only identified as "Patient S."
Nov 06 22:31:47 * Kiirga takes a look at these, then.
Nov 06 22:33:28 <MikeM> The reports are short, and speak of success in memory enhancement and device performance. Patient S. is now dependable and a model citizen.
Nov 06 22:34:35 <Kiirga> Memory enhancement. Right. She looks through the files for schematics on this device and the method through which they had suppressed his memories.
Nov 06 22:36:59 <MikeM> Several x-rays show an object in the head, beneath the patient's skin. There are also plans for some kind of crystal device worn by the patient.
Nov 06 22:39:13 <Kiirga> Beneath the skin... Ugh. If she can find one of these things not implanted, she could figure out how to turn it off and safely remove it... She looks now for references to where these devices might be stored.
Nov 06 22:40:23 <MikeM> You find information about a lab in Chi-town, but nothing here.
Nov 06 22:42:17 <Kiirga> Nothing here? Hm. She's gonna have to figure it out on the one he has, then... that's gonna be fuuuuuun. For now, she grabs the servers' data cores and brings them back to the mech.
Nov 06 22:47:31 <MikeM> A flash of blue light illuminates the bay, soon followed by rumbling.
Nov 06 22:49:13 * Kiirga places the server cores in the mech, and checks on Shamon
Nov 06 22:49:37 * Shamon isn't moving or speaking
Nov 06 22:49:53 <Kiirga> "Hey. You fall asleep up there?"
Nov 06 22:50:08 * Shamon doesn't respond
Nov 06 22:52:04 <Kiirga> "HEY." She says louder, and taps her flight suit-covered hoof against his foot.
Nov 06 22:52:26 * Shamon looks at her, staying quiet
Nov 06 22:52:39 <Kiirga> "You still feeling all crazy?"
Nov 06 22:52:56 <Shamon> "..."
Nov 06 22:54:06 <Kiirga> "Oooookay then. Well, from what I've found? Sounds like they stuck something in your head that's messing with you, and I think these bursts are just making you worse."
Nov 06 22:54:56 <Shamon> "Yeah, right, whatever"
Nov 06 22:55:39 <Kiirga> "Yeah. You heard of something called 'Operation Pasternak'?"
Nov 06 22:55:53 <Shamon> ".. No"
Nov 06 22:56:46 <Kiirga> "Figures. Point is, they were experimenting with radio waves and ISP. Running some kind of psychological experiments on people."
Nov 06 22:57:35 * Shamon shakes his head "that's crazy talk. Leave me alone, you're crazy"
Nov 06 22:58:28 <Kiirga> "I have proof. I took some data cores that have their logs, their reports, x-rays of people's heads with these things in them."
Nov 06 22:58:48 <Shamon> "I'll believe it when I see it"
Nov 06 23:00:01 <Kiirga> "Fine." She climbs up into the mech and grabs a couple cores... yeah, this is the one. She loads it into one of the mobile screens and takes it with her to show it to Shamon.
Nov 06 23:01:59 <Shamon> "How do I know you haven't faked this? You were in there a long time"
Nov 06 23:02:35 <Kiirga> "I've got more. A lot more. More than I could have possibly faked in that time."
Nov 06 23:03:17 <Shamon> "I don't believe it, you're making this all up!"
Nov 06 23:04:42 <Kiirga> "Why would I come here, risk my life fighting off all these CS troops and this freaking laser turret..." She rubs the singed spot on her flight suit. "All to mess with your head?"
Nov 06 23:05:56 <Shamon> "Because.. Because... Because, you're after something else! I'm just caught in the middle, and you're using me to help!"
Nov 06 23:07:16 <Kiirga> "I already have what I came for." She wiggles the data pad towards you. "... though there was a cool robot in there that caught my interest too. Maybe I should grab that while I'm here." She shakes her head. "Anyway. I had no idea you were going to be here."
Nov 06 23:08:28 <Shamon> "I just happened to be, and we're here now! Just let be go, and I'll be on my way"
Nov 06 23:09:27 <Kiirga> "You really want to go, even with the possibility that the people you're working for stuck some sort of memory altering thing in your head?"
Nov 06 23:10:27 <Shamon> "Something you seem to know an awful lot about. Perhaps you put it on me!"
Nov 06 23:12:10 <Kiirga> "I only know what I read in a few reports. I really don't know much more than I've told you, I'd have to look through more of these files myself."
Nov 06 23:12:37 <Shamon> "Well I don't believe you, and that's that!"
Nov 06 23:14:03 <Kiirga> "And why not? Is it because I'm not human? Just because I happen to be on this world through circumstances outside of my control?"
Nov 06 23:14:38 * Shamon closes his eyes and ignores her
Nov 06 23:15:19 <Kiirga> "That seems like a pretty crappy reason to not listen to someone. Especially if they're saying something this important."
Nov 06 23:15:48 * Shamon continues to ignore her
Nov 06 23:17:19 <Kiirga> "You know, I thought it was pretty cool of you to ignore that and help me save all those civilians before. You didn't care then about what I looked like."
Nov 06 23:18:38 <Shamon> "I'll say it once, and once only. I don't care. Nothing you say will change my mind"
Nov 06 23:19:58 <Kiirga> "Mmhmm." She raises a hoof towards the mech's forelimbs, and her hoof can be seen glowing through her jumpsuit. The arms lower you down, and she inspects your head for where this device might have been implanted.
Nov 06 23:22:00 * Shamon has bandages wrapped around his head, and he struggles anyway
Nov 06 23:22:48 <Kiirga> "Oh, hold still. I just want to find this thing." She recalls from the images where they had implanted the device, and looks around there.
Nov 06 23:23:19 <MikeM> There is a small scar on the back of Shamon's head. He's a soldier though, and it's a rough business.
Nov 06 23:23:43 <Shamon> "Get away from me, you.. Freak!"
Nov 06 23:25:07 <Kiirga> "Shhh. Just hold still." She pokes around there to see if she can feel anything under his skin.
Nov 06 23:27:42 <MikeM> Some kind of small lump is detectable. It's no bigger than a pea.
Nov 06 23:29:32 <Shamon> "Get off! Don't touch me!"
Nov 06 23:29:45 <Kiirga> "Ah, there you are. You feel that right there?"
Nov 06 23:30:18 <Shamon> "What, the thing you planted?!"
Nov 06 23:32:22 * Kiirga rolls her eyes. "Yes, obviously I planted it so I could tell you all about it." Her voice is dripping with sarcasm. "Now hold still. This might hurt a bit." She unsheathes her sword and carefully makes a small incision with its tip, just on top of the little device.
Nov 06 23:34:16 * Shamon screams and tries to move away
Nov 06 23:35:50 <Kiirga> Not very far to move while you're held by a giant robot. "Geez. It's just a little cut, calm down." She looks inside, just beneath his skin.
Nov 06 23:36:34 <MikeM> There it is! A little nodule, some very fine wires. Nothing much to look at, really.
Nov 06 23:38:41 * Shamon struggles in his bonds and swears at Kiirga
Nov 06 23:40:16 <Kiirga> "Okay... Here we go." She gently places her hoof over the cut and her hoof glows once again, her telemechanics kicking in to give her a complete understanding of how this operates - its schematics and operation knowledge become known to her.
Nov 06 23:40:43 * Shamon keeps on swearing
Nov 06 23:40:52 <MikeM> (Whew. I thought you were just going to pop it out.)
Nov 06 23:41:11 <Kiirga> (No way, not without doing this first.)
Nov 06 23:41:47 <MikeM> The device is not booby-trapped, but it's not clear how his brain will be effected if the device is removed.
Nov 06 23:44:33 <Kiirga> "Hmm..." She looks through the schematics revealed to her, working on how to restore how his mind was before this thing was stuck in it.
Nov 06 23:45:51 * Shamon keeps saying inappropriate things to Kiirga
Nov 06 23:47:47 <MikeM> There was a line in one of the psych reports about confused memories after removal of the implant. The patient did not die, however.
Nov 06 23:54:13 <Kiirga> A lack of death is good, but still... His memories are already confused. She's still hesitant to just take it out, though. "Geez, would you settle down? I'm trying to help you here."
Nov 07 00:01:01 <Shamon> "Just leave me alone all ready!"
Nov 07 00:02:09 <Kiirga> "Not while this thing is messing with your head." She sighs softly... And starts working on getting the parts of this thing that was altering his personality and supressing his memories turned off.
Nov 07 00:04:07 <MikeM> The device loses functionality.
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