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Infinity PbP - Emerald Sunz

Discussion in 'RPG' started by Solodice, Dec 14, 2019.

  1. Daemon of Razgriz

    Daemon of Razgriz Ninja sniper

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    His heart racing for a moment as the Domaru manages to make out the ripple of his optical camouflage, turns quickly to confused relief as the samurai turns and instead launches at one of the ninja's allies. Deciding to follow up and finish this little three way, Saito follows on the Domaru's heels and gives a wide downward cut aiming to amputate a limb. Not quite achieving his goal due to the chaotic whirl of combat, but he does manage to bite deep in a gap in the metal plates and Saito knew he could feel bone through the blade.

    No sooner than he does this, then his giest alerts him to Konrad's intentions. Spinning from his strike, he uses his momentum to dive out of the line of fire just the spitfire rounds come tearing into the domaru. Rolling back to his feet, Saito chides Konrad over the tacnet.

    "You crazy bastard. A little more warning next time." Saito's giest forwards a few emojis over to Konrad to signify that Saito isn't being serious and trying to make dry humour. Either way, that should finish them. @ everyone. I have an interest in all these neokatanas. Do me a favour, pick them up if you see any of the three.

    The mystery of the katana's appearance in his room one day still has the ex ninja spooked that parties may be trying to rope him into games he isn't aware of.
     
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  2. Solodice

    Solodice Freshly Squeezed Troll

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    The barrage of rounds from the captured spitfire perforate the Domaru. He had not time or maybe the will to try and avoid the incoming fire. He took the brunt of it and he died because of it.

    The sounds of battle started to peter out around them. The last Ikari team was being routed by Aleph.

    With the coast clear Waremart came skittering back over. It's shell had a few shrapnel holes but the Mulebot was operational but it would need some mechanical attention eventually.

    As Saito tried to retrieve one of the Neokatanas the Proxy Mk2 was upon him. "O-12 treaty 445CD, section 5, paragraph 7 indicates that any removed enemy material from the field of Paradiso is to be processed by O-12 before being claimed. Additionally if no such statement for war spoils is outlined in a mercenaries contract they are not allowed to claim battlefield spoils. It will be logged as theft instead." The Posthuman sets a hand on the Neokatanas hilt without gripping it. "Additionally OSS is claiming all Ikari personnel and equipment here for a criminal investigation. Unless you want to be considered to be aiding and abetting then you are to release any equipment you've acquired."

    [If Saito wants to try and keep the Neokatanas he'll need to make a Persuade D4.]
     
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  3. Daemon of Razgriz

    Daemon of Razgriz Ninja sniper

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    "Fair enough." Saito puts his hands up in a non threatening manner. "However, can i please just examine the halo markings on the neokatanas? I have a question about them that i can answer if i can look at them. Under your team's supervision of course."
     
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  4. inane.imp

    inane.imp Well-Known Member

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    While the firefight peters out, Ric and Gabo successfully pwn another Drop Bear and dud-out the final two.

    Grabbing the two pwned Drop Bears, he heads back to link-up with Konrad. Over the last few firefights, he and Xo had managed to burn through quite a bit of ammunition so he was hoping to salvage some reloads before they pushed on again and tried to pick up the trail again.

    On his TacNet he sees Saito interacting with one of the Aleph puppets, but it doesn't seem hostile so he doesn't get involved.
     
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  5. Golem2God

    Golem2God Just a Kooky Kumotail serving others.

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    It was over or at least it seemed to be. The lovedolls had started to make themselves known. If only they had done that sooner during the fight then who knows who easier things would have been. With nothing of serious note to do and wanting to not seem like a dead weight to the team at large, Kenn made a trek across to where the remote called Weremart had stopped a minute ago. Igor following his master as if the two were connected by some invisible chain betwixt them.

    After a brisk walk over to where the remote rested Kenn Ta'al peered over to where it looked like the Ninja name Saito was engaged in a conversion with one of the lovedolls. Except it didn't take a body language expert to see that the machine human was threatening his team member. The reason for this? Kenn could not tell and he was seriously thinking of doing something or at least try to covertly talk to to the Ninja to see if help was needed. But upon thinking on the course fo action the Tohaa reasoned that he wouldn't go that route. the last thing he wanted to cause was a flare up in tensions which, by the looks of the situation, was already in full swing. Best focus on patching up Weremert and be ready to open fire...with his short range gun...It was best if it did not come to that.

    Since the test is D0 or Diffitculty Zero Kenn Ta'al gets a free pass on this action. Meaning he'll fix up Weremart good as new without needing to roll dice. So the remote's battle damage is removed as if it never got hit.

    Kenn Ta'al: "Hopefully one of the Humans will notice that." The Kumotail said to himself. "Fixing animated & inanimate objects is my j.." Kenn's train of thought stopped upon turning to face Igor. The Chaksa was in good shape fit to fight but Kenn's trained eye notice that Igor was not in fully fit shape. Apparently in his frantic state during the previous turmoil he had not completed the full recovery process. Only that which was needed for the moment at hand. Turning back to look at where Saito was still standing with the threatening lovedoll it seemed that there was still time to finish healing Igor before any sort of fighting broke out. A fight was the last thing Kenn wanted right now. He didn't want to experience uselessness twice in such a short timeframe. Regardless of the future Kenn wanted to attend to Igor's health. At least it's better than doing nothing at this present moment.
     
  6. Solodice

    Solodice Freshly Squeezed Troll

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    The posthuman reluctantly let Saito look over the Neokatanas. He spread them out before him on a tarp as to not soil the blades any further. Eddie hovered over his shoulder. He was mainly keeping an eye on the posthuman.

    There wasn't much to them beyond excellent craftsmanship and they all had the same makers mark: Blue Fox. It was one Saito was not familiar with. The one on his Neokatana was marked: Hand of Yoshida. On all the hilts of all of Domaru blades there was a symbolized rain cloud with lightening bolts coming out of it. Below that a number going from 1 to 3. They must of had them made at the same time and in the same batch.

    Kenn along with Igor, banged up but never one to complain, began work on Waremart. The Mulebot appreciated the patch job and sent a big emoji clutching a heart to Kenn over the tacnet.

    Sitting in the passenger seat of the buggy still Konrad spotted Ric making his way over. He looked over to the Aleph team who were beginning to go over the buggies that had the trailers attached to them. He quickly and quietly unhooked the ammo feed from the spitfire making Ric's siphoning job easier. The ex-Wildcat made it look like he was just inspecting the buggy but he really draining the whole ammo container right under Aleph's nose. He came away with a good chunk of rounds that should come in handy later.
     
  7. Golem2God

    Golem2God Just a Kooky Kumotail serving others.

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    At first the Tohaa was not sure what the symbol meant but a short search in the "Human Language: Signs & Symbols" folder his geist created on his cube databank came in handy once again. It was a good sign. One of love in fact. This revelation made Kenn smile as his pheromones changed to express his pleased state.
    Kenn Ta'al: "And I heart you too mechanical construct." Sending the message over Tacnet with heart emoji of his own.:heart::nerd_face::heart_eyes: At least one member of the party appreciated his contributions to the team. Still it wasn't one of the Humans he had impressed. But he had bonded with a Chaksa, another equally inanimate beast, and look at how he turned out. "Maybe that is the problem.." Kenn thought to himself. "Maybe that is why I'm weird or..damaged goods." There had to be some living highly intelligent being that he could bond with. Interacting with remotes and brain-dead creatures wasn't helping his mental health in the long run.

    Just for the others out there, Kenn Ta'al's geist would be akin to Igor since the Tohaa would need something to keep him from going off the deep end of isolation again. If Igor died at least he'd have a little Igor to obey his commands and talk to. Since this geist is made to mimic a intelligent-less Chaksa it doesn't speak. Only floating around Kenn's head pulling up information & other activities or tasks.
     
  8. Daemon of Razgriz

    Daemon of Razgriz Ninja sniper

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    Saito descreetly records all he can, on both holovids and pictures.Logging every small detail he can. While simultaneously directing his giest to auto review and research all leads between the swordsmiths, designs on the hilts to see if there is any hidden meaning or clan symbols associated with them. And info on the Domaru brothers themselves, once they were clear and back into friendly territory and he had access to Maya again.

    Once he finishes his work. He thanks the posthuman, and returns back to his team to discuss the next step in their plan to catch up with the mission.
     
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  9. Solodice

    Solodice Freshly Squeezed Troll

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    The team went its own way and Aleph does the same. No other words were said or any glances exchanged. Just two groups that came together by circumstance.

    Moving northward into the rocky zone that Ric came across before would be an issue. As far as it looked that area was seeded with minefields for kilometers. Instead they got back on line with their predictive path they'd been following before. That meant back into the bush and moving through tree thicket after tree thicket.

    It was the same trek as usual but they caught a break after about 2 hours. A massive clearing. No trees or any kind. Just waist high grass swaying in the breeze.

    Accepting this spot for a break Kenn looks back into the mass of trees they came from. There on the tree on his right marked with a faded but still bright large yellow dot. Not natural in this environment

    He took a look at the tree. Nothing. He then looked at the base. A knife stuck in the ground. He started to remove it when at the tip was a piece of string. He kept pulling and a plastic bag came up out of the ground. This time there was no notebook. Only a single small data disk. It was similar to the ones Ric came across back at the camp site.

    Kenn loads it up and broadcasts it across the tac net.

    It's a video. It begins looking at the back of a man hacking his way through the Paradiso brush. It's Pedro. The person filming stops and lets Pedro move deeper into the brush. It's attention turns to Erica Torres. That meant TT was recording. Behind Torres there was their final mulebot. Its cargo looking light.

    "He shouldn't be able to hear us here." TT whispered.

    Torres looked down into the camera. "This is never going to work, TT."

    "Better than nothing. Tell someone what you figured out. One day... some day someone might piece this together." TT said with desperation in her voice.

    "Okay, okay. I took stock of our supplies. Only one person was going to make it Runenberg with what we had. Pedro, our guide, knew that." She paused. "Ever since what happened with Aria I think Pedro decided that... well you don't need to feed or water a cube and are easy to protect." She pauses again as she looks past TT. "Tam, run."

    The video becomes hectic and hard to follow. The sound of a shotgun can be heard before the video feed finally cuts out.

    Eddie's face was stone cold but there was a twitch at the corner of his mouth. "Murderously practical." He looks over the plastic bag. "TT must of gotten away to hide this. Doubt she got very far though afterwards."
     
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    "Yup, makes sense when you get down to it."

    Talking mostly to the other spacers:

    "You guys heard about the prospector crew out in the Edge a few years back? Those hombres made a big-arse teseum find, and were bringing it back in for their pay day when some micro-meteors took out most of their life support.

    Not enough air, food or anything to get them back.

    They drew straws. The short straws were the ones who got to live. Frack that.

    And apparently most of the haul went to paying for new Lhosts." He ends with a wry chuckle.

    The impression he gives is that if this group had been meteor heads they'd have all been back home in nice new bodies by now.
     
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    "Such a Corregidoran thing to say." Eddie laughed. "Pedro is the opposite of that crew. There was no coordinated plan. He just picked them off after he saw it was the best method." He looked over to Ric. "The issue is that crew knew who they were dealing with and probably trusted one another. They got their new bodies after making it back. The research team hasn't shown up anywhere in 2 years. Best bet Pedro still has them or sold them off."
     
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    "Eh, their insurance was certainly good for it. We're, what, the third unlucky set of SOBs out here trying to get their Cubes back?

    There's good easy, clean money in that. Far easier and safer than dealing with anyone else.

    My money is something ate him between here and Runenburg. Can't go wrong in betting on the Green to frak up easy and clean.

    Hey, Saito, when you were researching the team, you didn't find any connections that might suggest a more sinister motive?"
     
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    Golem2God Just a Kooky Kumotail serving others.

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    Kenn Ta'al: "Igor..We might have to kill this Pea-der-ro. Take no chances. My safety is your upmost importance." Then chiming in on Tacnet to the rest of the group.
    Kenn Ta'al: "We are going to kill Pea-der-ro right? I don't like it. The idea of this murderous Human holding onto the..things we were meant to retake is not sitting well with me."
    Kenn Ta'al: "If either or is the case then how are we going to retake let alone find the brain geometric shaped implants?"
     
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  14. Daemon of Razgriz

    Daemon of Razgriz Ninja sniper

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    Saito paused for thought. Hand to his chin, and began pacing a small lap around the scene. He instructed his giest to pull up all the files on the research teams bios. Priority Pedro but also to cross reference anything that might look out of odds with any other member. After all, this could all have become a problem due to an unknown butterfly effect. Saito would have none of that.

    "I'll trace the personal files and try to find something." @Solodice Do i need to roll for anything?

    He also turned back to Ric and Eddie and said aloud, "Hey, do you guys think we might be able to reconstruct the place in the vid on our gps maps with what we have here? Try to get a feel for how close to our current location the final video took place. We might be able to come across TT's final resting place."

    He then turned to the Tohaa. Saito honestly had trouble trying to understand the medic. He wanted to make the alien feel somewhat comfortable with the group, but always felt a barrier between them. He always chalked it up to a difference in culture and well..... Everything. But he wanted to help include him at least for something.

    He stopped pacing and turned his attention to Kenn Ta'al. "My comrade..... If we do manage to sync the maps and are able to find the area where the video was recorded. With the medical files on the tacnet for TT, would you be able to gauge how far she would have gotten in the condition she was in compared to Pedro? It would help narrow our search area if we decide to go and find something."

    With that, the team's scout addressed everyone. "Well everyone, what do you thing about that as a plan?"
     
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    Konrad pauses for a moment.
    The talks to the team:

    I think something doesnt quit fit with the idea Pedro got eaten by something.
    I doubt Pedro got eaten. This is his turf and he knows his way around so until he got wounded he should have made it back and he would have been found with the cubes, probably.
    It got out of hand. Probably the 3 killed themselfes or rather one survived badly wounded and left us the last breadcrumbs.
    Its something you hear sometimes of a prospector team whose spacecraft got damaged and instead of working to getter the stress and mistrust culminates in violence.
     
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    Saito's geist begins to pull up the research team bios and begins compiling profiles on them and cross referencing them with Pedro's. While that happened Eddie and Ric moved out to find the area the video was made. Kenn began his own work and wondered off with Igor. That just left Konrad the king of the remotes. Pappy and Waremart looked at him while Xo went into its basic patrol and guard routine.

    Ric and Eddie had little issue finding the location where the video was made. Using data from the disc and some image comparisons from their geists they found the location. The trees bore old wounds from pellets shot from Pedro's boarding shotgun. Under some of the brush they found bones. Nothing to form a full skeleton though. Pedro just left Torres for Paradiso to dispose of.

    Kenn on his own little mission had the pieces he needed to track where TT went. He just needed to use some of his own intuition on where she might of went. She was clearly stressed, was not trained for combat, and was not familiar with the environment. The smart move was to go back into the treeline and use it as a barrier and slow down Pedro. However, the field might of been to inviting. It was devoid of obstacles and she might of thought she could outrun Pedro. Kenn and Igor went out in a search pattern and looked around the field. Igor found the bones first. Running a DNA scan it came back to match TT. Pedro had successful killed off the last of the research team.

    Saito went through the bio information that his geist had slimmed down for him to look. There were no major issues that popped up between Pedro and the rest of the team. Nothing that would bring him into conflict with them. However, there was one scrap of info that caught his eye. Pedro's father was involved during the first offensive for the PanO military. He was a guide working for the military. It was reported that his farther made it out alive and returned the people he was guiding back as well... none of them in flesh and bone though. He brought them back as cubes.

    Eddie butted in over the tacnet: Don't know why I didn't think of this before but what Pedro did here wasn't exactly ethical, moral, or legal. This was PanO territory before the Second Offense and if he was brought among his peers he'd at best get hit with manslaughter. At worst it'd be 2nd degree murder. He might of saved them all in a sense but at the end of the day he wouldn't be seen as a hero when coming back into civilization. Even if it was practical he didn't exactly get consent from the others to carry out his plan. Then there's the psychological trauma of being killed for the research team. Nero was the only lucky one. Everyone else died at the hands of Pedro and he wasn't exactly gentle about it. I think the bastard might of decided to just try and disappear after he realized his predicament. There's lots of places here on Paradiso to disappear to.
     
  17. Daemon of Razgriz

    Daemon of Razgriz Ninja sniper

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    "Hmm. That's also a thing."

    Saito goes back through his information on Pedro. This time focusing on his background info. People and places connected to him. While it may be old news now. It would be a breadcrumb and may lead to new clues.
     
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    "There's every chance he'd have been fine - depending on what his contract said - so long as he got the cubes back no worse for wear: what's a little GBH between friends weighed against true-death in the Jungle? But... worth hedging against anyway.

    Ric wasn't entirely unfamiliar with contracts that required the subject to be 'sound' but not necessarily 'whole', if push came to shove. They were generally contracts where the subjects weren't the principals... rather like this one in fact.


    Do we know if he has any contacts in Runenburg that could have hidden him this long if he did get away? Because the question now is, do we continue to try and find him in the Green or push straight to Runenburg and try to find him with the Lub's there?"

    "Still this is frakking Paradiso, chances are he's dead and we're not going to find the body." Ric mumbles the last to himself and Gabo without keying his comms.
     
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    Konrad looks at the 2 companiosn left with him.

    "Doubt you guys have any new idea?" talking to Pappy and Warmart.

    Pappy shakes his little head and Waremart just stares at him.

    "Lets hope there are no aliens around here.

    Well, except Kenn and Igor of course."

    "Hey Guys, if you talk about disappearing in this warzone, how easy would that be for the time they went missing?
    If Pedro worked for the military they would probably have his biometrics and DNA saved to identify him, so at least all human parties should be able to identify him if he got into civilisation. So we may be able to cut down the list of places he could hide? It must be somewhere he could go without any passport or anything for identification and where he could go alone.
    Or could he have run into an alien rading party / patrol or something like that and ending up in one of that prison camps they talk about in the news?
    To be honest i have no clear idea whats up with that mans mind."
     
  20. Daemon of Razgriz

    Daemon of Razgriz Ninja sniper

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    Saito passes all the information he's dug up through the tacnet for other eyes to look at too.
     
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