The Escapist Avatar Adventure: An Open RP (Now Re-Opened!)

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David

David was about to rant and rave some more, but Shadow had a point, why couldn't he?
"...And....Where would I go about getting this kind of performance enhancer?..." He asked, clearly intrigued by his offer.

Shadow

"We'll in my blood is a prototype virus that enhances reflexes strength and speed.... BUT oh have to take a certain how should I put it... another sirum that keeps the virus from completely destroying your body. I suppose we could make another injection from my blood...

If you don't like that option you could ask some of the other "heroes to help you i guess..." Shadow explained as he leaned back in his chair.

David

"Why do I feel like I'm talking to a Drug Dealer?..." David mused as he talked with Shadow.
"....Well....I guess that could work...Just I ain't getting any side effects from it, am I? I mean, I take your shit and start pissing blood, I'm coming after you..." He threatened as he thought of being able to zoom around as fast as half of these.

"We'll sort this out once we get to the rising dawn then" Shadow said as he stood up and went to find his sniper.

Rugal, Teri, Slindis, Garm, Lupito

After Pint smashed the button, he was suddenly grabbed by the Drow fading back into the substantial world. "Do you realize what you've done? Millions of people, including your own men and those you're sworn to defend will be killed, and for what? Your delusions of being the hero?" The man tried to escape, but the Drow used a free elbow to jab the man in the gut and winded him while she took his sidearm and threw it well out of reach.

Lupito continued tearing out the guts of the men there, and some of the remaining soldiers had a twinge of doubt cross their minds. After all, when they'd signed up for the military, they hadn't signed up to fight wolves that were bigger than lions.

David, Tajuh

Tajuh slashed the shadow a few times, tearing through it while avoiding the corrupting essence. "Riki, Kud! Get the Stone here and blast the Shadow that came from the Spartan!" It was clear to everyone from the context that the man was not talking about the man that was currently arguing with David.

Rugal, Teri, Slindis, Garm, Lupito

Rugal was finishing up his side went Dimitri contacted him with the News of the Nuke.
"That son of bitch! Get into whatever equipment you can and stop that Missile!" He ordered as Slindis got to work on the Midget General.
Pint finally came to from his brainwashing, when it entered it, he was in his ranch, now he was here.
"Ohhhhh...Where am I?...The Comma-DC IS UNDER ATTACK!? Where is the President!?...No...." He exclaimed as the Missile's Path came up on the main screen, it was coming straight for them.
"But...HOW!? I WOULD NEVER LAUNCH A NUKE ON AMERICAN SOIL!" He shouted, clearly confused by the state of affairs.
It was clear to Slindis that he was unaware of what was going on.

As Rugal made his way to the short man, he was harassed by Jenkins who grabbed him and started shouting things like "WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE! YOU HAVE TO GET ME OUT OF HERE! I HAVE A FAMILY!"
Clearly not in the mood to deal with him, he merely shoved him aside as he ran off, pegging him to be a low level official.
Thus the Angel Spy slipped away and made his way towards the exit and Teri.
Rugal then began to check the computers for any fail safe systems.

Rugal, Teri, Slindis, Garm, Lupito

Slindis scowled at the general. "I saw you hit the button! If you want to fix this now before the city's completely wiped out, work with me to try to stop it!" The paladin kept a tight grip onthe General as she looked at the weapons systems with the General.

"Rugal, he was being controlled. Tell me, did any of the people in here look odd for a soldier? From the look in his eyes, it had been a long-term control, and that needs constant reasserting of the control." Lupito bared his teeth at the remaining soldiers, and they began dropping their weapons in hopes that the wolf would stop its attacks.

Rugal, Teri, Slindis, Garm, Lupito

Pint was now frozen still at had he was forced to do.
"No...Not like this..." He said to himself as he checked his overrides.
"I can't stop it..."
"WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU CAN'T STOP IT?!" Rugal shouted, putting the fear of God into him.
"T-t-t-the Launch Codes, I don't know them!" He answered, leaving the question as to did know the codes.
"...Well...If I was to cut you up piece by piece and feed it to our not so little friend here, would you remember?" He threatened, hoping Luptio would work with him on this.

Meanwhile, Jenkins was able to get past Squishy and Garm by crawling up in the fetal position and sobbing about their impending nuclear Doom.
Second they were fooled into thinking he wasn't a threat, he instantly stopped and began to make his way towards the stairs.

Rugal, Teri, Slindis, Dimitri, Garm, Lupito

"Plug me into that terminal, and will do!"

After Rugal complied with the action, and saw the butler appear on a screen. Dimitri then made a zipping motion with his hands, and several programs appeared, alongside a NINE_IRON in his hands. Following that, the screen became a wall of code, with green battling a pale blue. Rugal could only surmise that this was the AI at work.

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After getting Lucifer's message, Teri sat quietly outside the stairs; mulling over what she had just heard. A panicked looking man appeared, and she instinctively reached for a water bottle. Upon doing so, she heard, "Please for the love of God, don't hurt me! I don't want to die here! I have a family!"

The Cleric relaxed slightly, and moved aside, assured that her comrades were done with their work. She began making the motions of creating an ice construct to watch the door, when she heard the click of a gun against her head,

"I wouldn't do that if I were you, little Cleric. Now put down the Tablet and the staff, don't make a peep, and don't send out any distress signals. Otherwise, your frontal lobe will be painting the walls."

The Cleric stopped her gestures with a gasp, and slowly complied, putting her water bottle back in the satchel and began unfastening her Tablet from the strap she kept it on. As she did so, she quietly initiated two protocols with the mental link in the Tablet:

Codeword: Abort
Codeword: Silent Feed

The former was a safety measure for Dimitri. If anything approached the Tablet's sensors that resembled violent force, Dimitri was to be sent immediately to Rugal's PDA or the Rising Dawn, whichever proved to be closer.

The later, was exactly as it sounded. The webcam in her Tablet came on, allowing any to get a view of what was happening. However, that also depended upon whether the alert to nearby computer systems was heeded. Placing her only means of communication down quietly, and began to walk away with her kidnapper.

Angelus, Caim, Cadolbolg, David, Shadow, Ton Ton

Caim gave a nod of approval at Shadow's words, "You've got a good head on your shoulders. Don't have strength, and you get it through whatever means possible. I don't know if I like the sound of this virus thing though... It sounds like more trouble than it's worth, if you have to take another serum to combat it."

Rugal, Teri, Slindis, Garm, Lupito

After some time with the code, she turned to Rugal. "Rugal, Cam you please work on the code? I'm a bit concerned that Teri's not communicated with us at all, and you've probably got more experience with this kind of technology than I do." Lupito bared his teeth as he told Slindis that he'd be keeping a very keen eye on everyone in the room - Rugal included.

Slindis went back up the hallway, noting that it was oddly quiet for the attack as she began backtracking. Where was her student? She searched around the area for signs of Teri. The sight of her student's Tablet and staff on the ground was an immediate red flag, and she picked them up as she started sneaking to avoid raising suspicion. As she stalked through the area, she felt some energy returning to her, and she happened upon a slightly panicked Garm.

By sneaking, Slindis triggered the Monk ability One With Shadow! While sneaking, she naturally regenerates Ki.

Current Ki: 17

Lupito, Teri's left her equipment here. Go and search through the area for her, and stay unnoticed.

Back in the Command Center, Rugal noticed Lupito exiting through the left side.

Rugal

"Very well, Take Teri, warn the others and head for the Underground Metro. It'd be your best chance..." Rugal replied, clearly concerned for their lives as the timer hit T-Minus 10 minutes.
"And you?...."
All he said was "...It's been an honor..."
Thus he began searching for anything that could help stop the Missile as Slindis took off.

Jenkins, Teri

"Good Girl, Now start walking, Turn left once we enter the main building, No tricks..." Jenkins commanded.
He had to get to the roof in order to get an evac out of the city before it became a massive smoking hole.
"Teri? Are you ther-"
The second he heard the drow, the spy grabbed Teri in a choke-hold and pressed his gun to the side of her head before turning around to put Teri between him and Slindis.
"DON'T COME ANY CLOSER! You stay put or I'm going to have to blow her brains out!" He warned as he kept backing up to the staircase, keeping a vice grip on Teri to prevent Slindis from getting a clear shot at anything.

Jenkins, Slindis, Teri

Teri let out an audible gasp of pain when Jenkins pulled her into the hold, short breaths escaping her silent throat as the gun was pressed against her head. The Tablet seemed to respond in kind, sending out random noises as it saw fit, the mental link messing with the apparatus' ability to properly process sounds.

"WHAT THE HELL IS THAT THING DOING, GIRL!?"

Teri gave a choking cough, unable to say otherwise.

Rugal

At the sound of the gasp, Garm's hackles raised and an ugly growl began escaping it's maw. The Pup! Someone had the Pup! Turning to Rugal, the wolf gave angry barks at the King of Fighters, and grabbed a bit of the man's coattails, seeing fit to attempt dragging him towards the stairs.

Jenkins, Slindis, Teri

Slindis stayed still as she communicated mentally to Lupito. Head by the staircase, wrap around and flank, strike when you have the chance. Meanwhile, she examined every nuance of the man to see if there were some tells.

Lupito

As the wolf got the message, he moved through the bunker to see if there was a secondary way to get to the staircase.

Jenkins, Slindis, Teri

"That's right. You might have won this battle, but the war goes on!" Jenkins said as he choked Teri even harder as he dragged her up the stairs.
Luptio meanwhile followed some of the fleeing survivors and General Pint as they took a different route out.
It lead though the rear of the White House and into the garden behind it.
He remembered Jenny was watching the front for Angels.

Rugal

With the stress of impending Nuclear Death on his head, Rugal ignored the barks for help from Garm and berated him for choosing now of all times to start biting at him.
"For the love of-Sit! Lay Down! Heel! Gah! This is so much easier with Rodem!" He said before he managed to pull the wolf off him, ruining his jacket in the process.
"Wonderful...Go on, Shoo!" He ordered as he checked the timer.
"...Dimitri, You have those codes yet?"
"Negative, Sir."
He sighed upon hearing that, it began to sink in, much like back at the Temple, he could actually die here.
"...You can switch between computers wirelessly, right?"
"Indeed I can, Sir"
He looked over his shoulder to make sure no one was listening in on him, Pint and his men were fleeing up other exits from the one they came in on.
"...If this nuke hits-"
"But, Sir-"
"Shut the fuck up, I'm not done. If it hits, I want you to pass on a message."
"...To Whom?"
"...Slindis...Tell her...Tell her...that I...I...Thank her for that time in Everfree...with the Timberwolfs...and...to take care of Melethia...And that...Well...
...I loved her..."
"...And if it doesn't hit?"
"Then speak a word of this outside of this room and I'm having you compressed into a floppy disk and given to pre-schoolers!"
Thus, he resumed his search for anything that could stop it.


Riki & Kud..
Location: Capitol Building | DC, America.
Time: 10 Am.

As the Shadow was unable to die, Riki tried to flash the stone once more but it didn't work.
The Shadow kept moving forward and talking about eternal hunger and human emotions.
"Kud take the stone and wait for it to re-charge, I'll help him!" Riki said as he tried to drag the Spartan off to somewhere space, funnily enough he could actually carry him.

Suddenly though a snap from a pair of fingers was heard and the Shadow was engulfed into flames and eventually died.
Anyone of magic origin could tell it was holy fire, for normal humans it was a warmer fire then normal.

Riki looked behind to see a hooded finger smiling and putting his single finger up to his mouth, "Shh" He whisper floated on the wind as he left the building.
Riki sighed as he sat down on a chair.
He immediately saw the bodies and left with Kud and partly dragged the Spartan outside where David and Shadow was.


Demon Prince Tomoya.
Location: Blackhawke | Archangel Fleet | Moon.
Time: 11 Am.
Weather: N/A.

Tomoya came into the Blackhawke limping and weak.
As he sat on his thrown/Commander's chair he sighed as he looked up and saw the same hooded figure as always.
"Like the new look?" The figure said.
"Hehe... it isn't bad." He smiled but coughed some more.

"We need to prepare soon... to fight... for their destruction!" Tomoya said quietly and in a uncertain tone. The hooded figure smiled but quickly left and DP.Tomoya sighed.


Archangel Michael.
Location: Outside of Capitol Building | DC, America.

Archangel Michael stepped out into the blazing sun of DC still in his disguise.
He noticed the human called David talk to the man known as Shadow.
Leaning on a pillar he looked towards the monument.
"This view was even better when they were building this city." Michael said towards David.

Jenkins, Slindis, Teri

She backed off until she was out of sight and used the last chunk of her Ki to make herself invisible again before sneaking after the man again. Lupito, we'll only have one chance for this. Use it well.

Lupito
The wolf made his way around to the entrance again, passing by Jenny. We'll have an injured pup to take care of elsewhere, so be ready to leave when I come out next. He stalked down the stairway, getting close enough so he could get the drop on Jenkins when he had the chance.

David

As he talked with Caim and Shadow, David looked back and saw the hooded man.
"Guess you can get a view while their rebuilding..." He sighed as he sat back down on the steps, The blood on him was beginning to dry, but he honestly stopped caring ages ago.
"...When this is all over, I'm becoming a Atheist just to fuck with the assholes who caused all this..." He said, clearly unaware of who he was talking to.
"I mean, All this fucking death and no one has lifted a fucking finger to help us! It was their guy! Their army! If I ever see the one responsible for letting this happen, i'm putting one right in his arse so he shits blood for the rest of his life. THEN I kill him."

Jenkins, Slindis, Teri, Lupito, Jenny
Lupito?! But where'd you- Jenny began to ask before the wolf raced off again down the path they took to enter the bunker in the first place.
Jenkins was just coming out of the stairs with Teri in hand and nearly passed out from his clokehold.
The sound of Luptio's dashing tipped him off to the wolf.
"What th-DAMMIT!" He cried he turned to face Teri towards the wolf and fired at him, leaving his read exposed for Slindis to strike!


(Disguised) Archangel Michael.
Location: Outside of Capitol Building | DC, America.

The disguised Michael laughed heartily, "Ha-ha, indeed my good man. Soon this place will okay... well depending on the ending at least." Michael returned to his serious side and walked down and sat down on the steps, a meter away from David so he couldn't feel the holy warmth coming off from him. "If you have to blame anyone you should blame the one who made all this evil and darkness crap. This is what happens when someone is captured by darkness and corruption." Michael said as he made a fist of fire in his hands, he had not and will not forgive his fallen brother... not Tomoya... but the first fallen angel which created evil in the Garden of Eden.

David could see the fire in his hand and Michael smiled.
"Fear not David... one does not need powers to save the world. Look at Abe Lincoln over there, he did it with words and with the people of this fair land. I remember those days just like the beginning." Michael said as he got up and bowed to David and the others.
Seeing everyone else he walked up to them and whispered, "Take care of him... he will need support of his friends."
"It was nice meeting you all, now excuse me... I have to prepare my forces to rescue my electric brother." The stranger said and vanished in an instant, leaving a large char below where he stood in the shape of wings.

Besides David there was a bottle of alcohol with a note.
"Here is a small present from us. I warn you, it's the good stuff and it will try to leave a hole."
Said the note which ended in a smiley face.
The bottle was made of crystal and had a old fashioned cork in the top. The bottle was full of a red liquid and some clear letters where imprinted on the side of the bottle.
"Dragonfire"

Dimitri, Rugal

Rugal could see a flicker in the display showing Dimitri's face, and then the AI spoke,

"The arrangements have been made. The message currently lays in the Tablet; where a voice activated lock is required to access it, as well as authorization from yours truly to even view the file."

"WHAT?! You weren't supposed to send that anywhere! I'll have your head!"

The butler gave a soft laugh as he continued scanning the Bunker's database, "You misunderstand my intentions, sir. I do not intend to leave this bunker until you do. You are an important piece to Her Ladyship's happiness, as well as key figures around her. As a result, even if I don't entirely like you, I shall stay here to provide your escape, even if things look grim for me... And if it comes to that, please give this to Ms. Vermilion."

A file appeared on Rugal's PDA, but it seemed to be incompatible with whatever applications he had on it. The AI only smiled at that point,

"She'll know what to do with that, trust me."

Angelus, Caim, David

Angelus took a look at the bottle, and scoffed, "Hmph! As if the very essence of a dragon could be captured in an alcohol. Preposterous."

Caim only snickered at the dragon's sentiment, and looked back to David, "I see where you're coming from. I've never really put my stock in gods either. Of course, it helps when you've killed a few that claim to wear that title..."

David, Tajuh, and everyone at that building.

Tajuh exited the building to where Riki, kud, and the others were and put a hand on the young man's shoulder. "You did good in there, Riki and Kud. It takes a lot for anyone to not turn tail and flee in that kind of situation." His left arm was recovering from the lightning earlier, and he took note of all the people assembled at the building, even Ella and the bard accompanying her.

Jenkins, Slindis, Teri, Lupito, Jenny
Lupito went for an attack, but it was simply a bluff as the wolf could smell his master nearby. Slindis, go for it! Unfortunately for Jenkins, the woman that had backed off had snuck up behind him. Detecting that the Spy had an Evil alignment, she seized the opportunity to deliver an Exalted Smite at the man's throat, shattering his throat and severing the spinal cord in one single blow.

Slindis used Paladin Exalted Smite II! Using this attack, you call on the paladin's ability to strike down evil creatures, gaining twice your Charisma bonus to your attack roll, 43 extra points of damage, and +1 to your weapon's critical threat range and damage multiplier. Uses smites per day.

Added with a damage roll of 15, she deals 58 damage to the man! An extra 1 point of Sneak Attack damage is added as the man is unaware of the Paladin's attack.

After the man falls, she checks up on her student's status. She'd lost consciousness, but she would live.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Washington D.C. | United States of America
Time: Afternoon| January 2nd

Angelus | Cadolbolg | Caim | Ton Ton

Angelus gave another irritated snort at the notion of the 'dragonfire' beverage, and waved a hand, "Whether or not that is true dragon-fire is a matter up in the air. However, that is Mr. West's drink you are wanting to sample. You will have to take the matter up with him."


D.C. Battle Grounds - The White House

Dimitri | Rugal | Vermilion

"MMPH!"

Never really being one to fight against Vermilion's advances, Dimitri felt his willpower slowly drain as his processes were being filled with Vermilion's embrace. However, a very loud:

"DIMITRI! Do you want the nuclear warheads to kill us all?!"

from Rugal Bernstein pulled Dimitri out of his fog; and he turned a shade of red himself and coughed, "Right! Erm... I was hoping you wouldn't come here, Ms. Vermilion, as there is a sense of urgency about us on account of nuclear missiles coming down. Unfortunately, it appears the codes have been rather hard to find. Mr. Bernstein insists upon staying here to help; and I cannot convince him to leave... As you can tell, this is very distressing to me, as it goes against my protocols to aid in helping Her Ladyship; so if you can aide me in attempting to find these said codes, then that would be most helpful..."

Jenkins | Slindis | Garm | Teri | Lupito | Jenny

The smaller wolf, after seeing that Rugal would not do anything, gave a snort of anger, and followed after the scent of the Female-Alpha; determined that if his Pup would not be saved by the two-legs; the matter would have to be something to take into his own claws.

It did not take long for his query to be found; but by the time he did so, the black wolf gave a light whine upon seeing the condition of said Pup, edging close to his charge and settling around her in a protective stance, his nose barely touching the girl's cheek. Too many times had pups been lost under his watch. He would not lose this one too...

Lucifer | Teri

An ice door opened to the same landscape as Lucifer had last seen it, the Mountain Valley still looking as it did before, but with a light dusting of snow over the scene. However, the Cleric, as usual, was staring into the pool again, this time, the fish in it was staring back and talking:

"Oh, there he is... So, what was that about wanting to help us out, Mr. Morning Star? Some job you did there."

Teri gave the fish a glare that could kill, and the creature was silenced VERY quickly. Looking back, Teri gave the Devil an exasperated nod, "She never really shuts up when I'm in here. I guess, most people have to deal with that, huh?"

Twiddling her hands a bit, she stood up, and then sat back down again, looking very much indecisive about what to do with herself.

Avatar Adventure
Location: Washington D.C.
Time: Drama

Aftan | Akane | Gabrielle | Kud | Puce | Kurumu | Kyre | Melethia | Riki | Tajuh |

The young anti-mage had stumbled into the group after a hard alnding, and the first thing she saw, nay the first thing she felt disturbed her greatly. An absence in the magical maelstrom that comprised the divine-aftermath of the battle she missed. A warmth torn early from the world entire.

Time had stopped for young Kyre, and the shadows of her black heart churned. Ancient arcana long sealed within oblivion ebbed into reality, and out of it. It came unto her that Kurumu had passed. That her daemon heart had been seized by that cruel God who imparted destruction upon this plane. Her movement to Puce's side was so unimaginably swift, it was as if she had not moved at all.

The Anti-Mage appeared in a flash of blue and black light, and soft magic showered the impact zone. Kyre stared at Kurumu, her pale skin and soft blue hair, those emerald eyes filled with hate, "You promised you'd never leave me."

Laurus' hand on hers, and the leather tore itself apart from her grip. Blackness swallowed those green eyes that were akin to hers, and silence swallowed that kindly voice, that warm beauty that had learned her through childhood.

Sheplaced a gloved hand on the stake and held it until her knuckles turned white, "you lied to me."

His smiling face burned under the Prybatian sun. White hair that shone like moonlight, and eyes redder than crimson blood. His arms wrapped around her, and coddled her from danger. He was her thorns, her beauty. He was the rose that made her sweet.

Belrose hoisted her up onto his shoulders and started down the market road. Red lanterns floated gently in the breeze admist the perpetual falling of leaves and soft blowing of wind. If only life could go on forever as that. Such peaceful life in the trees. Before the ash and the soot stained the obsidian bark of Veim.

What were tears, if not pained and stained with blood? Kyre wore those crimosn gems down her face with angry grace. Her eyes unblinking, unfocused, but still burning with hate and passion. She was crying perhaps, mourning the loss of another friend. But had she not vowed to cry no more when Eden touched her heart? These were not watery eyes that held place upon her face, but rather two wounds that had been opened to her heart.

Music and singing had filled this tavern with mirth, and for the first time in many years, Kyre laughed. That brown haired princess from the ruined kingdom, Miranda, sat beside her, both hands upon a tankard of mead. Her eyes were beautifully soft, and her smile enchanted the Anti-Mage. The others beside her filled her with warmth as well, the twins from the north, with white hair and slate gray eyes. The goliath in golden armor, the changeling who latched herself to a Blood Mage with only one arm. An archmage of ice held herself close to an older man from the southern human states, and a final cloaked figure stood watching the group from the dark corners of the room

As the fire crackled between the group, smiling faces and happy words flew in unison. Never had the Anti-Mage been in such immersed happiness as with this group of magicians and cutthroats and deviants, and monsters.

And had not she tried to find the same warmth in this limp body before her? Had not these terrible things eaten away at her insides since the day she had been sealed?

Kyre suddenly stiffened and let go of the stake, her eyes watched Kurumu with sad mournful tension. But she said nothing more that could be hear over the tearing of her own black heart. "Why do I remember," Kyre paused and placed a hand on Kurumu's face and brushed a lock of hair from her eyes, "why do I remember now of all times, why I loved you so much."

Perhaps had Kyre been luckier, she could have slain death before death could have taken all of her allies and friends. Perhaps if she was lucky she could kill war, pestilence, and famine as well. Perhaps if she were lucky, Avarice, Sloth, Pride, Wrath, Lust, and Envy would at once vanish from the hearts of men.

But she had not been lucky, not Anti-Mage had. And certainly not the princess of some long charred kingdom hidden away in a burning homeland, farther still from the plane she stood within. Why was it that friends could so easily find their way into her heart, which should have been as cold and hard as the obsidian bark of Veim.

And so there Kyre stood, and she cried.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Washington D.C. | United States of America
Time: Afternoon| January 2nd


D.C. Battle Grounds - The Capital Building
Aftan | Akane | Gabrielle | Kud | Puce | Kurumu | Kyre | Melethia | Riki | Tajuh |

Devon looked down at the dead Kurumu and immediately felt sympathy for Ella. After all, he'd lost his family as well, so he knew what Ella must be going through. He held the Succubus tightly, giving her a shoulder to cry on. "Damnit... I was supposed to tell you that your mom said hi..."

Te young elf popped up, having split off from Puce and Kurumu to get some of the materials that were of use to her. Upon seeing the body, she stopped dead in her tracks. "Skyhair? You're just sleeping, right? That wood where it is is a joke, right?"

A pause, then the girl ran over to Kurumu. "C'mon, Kurumu, wake up! What'll it take!? You won the bet, okay? So please... just wake up..." She started crying on the spot, quickly shifting over to a full-blown sobbing.

Even with the scene going, Tajuh contacted the Rising Dawn. "I need a status report and some extraction pods ASAP. Tomoya's escaped, and we need to keep on his tail!


D.C. Battle Grounds - The White House
Slindis | Teri

The Paladin saw some injuries that she'd missed earlier. Deciding that she wasn't going to miss them, her hands glowed a soothing blue as she placed them over her student.

Slindis used Lay on Hands to heal up Teri's injuries! it recovers 132 HP, fully restoring the cleric.

Lay on Hands uses left=2


Unknown Hangar
Gilliam

While the Rising dawn had been fighting Tomoya all this time, Gilliam had been finishing up his preparations. Upon completion, he contacted Lucifer directly. "Lucifer, my end is complete. Expect the Guard's fleet soon."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Washington D.C. | United States of America
Time: Afternoon| January 2nd

D.C. Battle Grounds - The White House

Lucifer | Teri

Teri looked away from Lucifer, noting that he was, yet again, in his Archangel form in her mind. Geez, and she had enough for one day. Looking away from him, the fish took this opportunity to mock it's Creator,

"Jesus, you can't pay the man a compliment when he comes straight to see you? Even though, you know, he didn't come to your rescue as you'd have liked... Or are your brains too addled from the lack of oxygen in that choke-hold?"

Teri glared at the fish again, but relaxed faintly when she knew the embodiment of her insecurity had spoken the truth. When she was being held around like that, she was silently hoping that Lucifer would show up to get her out of that mess. After all, isn't that part of the reason he gave her the necklace? Still, burying that nasty bit of self-centered criticism down, she instead offered Lucifer a place to sit next to her, and began to speak when she did so,

"Moments ago, a man held a gun to my head and used me as a shield to get out of the White House. However, my teacher... I think anyway, I was already out by the time air was getting back in my lungs, I think she stopped him. However, I'm kind of passed out..."

That was when the snow melted and water began to run again, to which the Cleric blinked in surprise, "Or maybe... I'm not? Hmn, according to what I'm getting here, I just got popped with a buttload of healing magic.... Let me see if I can pull myself back to normal, if at least for appearances sake..."

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Garm | Jenny | Lupito | Slindis | Teri

Garm was the first to notice that his Pup had begun to move again, a light groan exiting the Tablet as she stirred from her temporary romp in unconsciousness. Whining, and giving the Cleric a small lick on the face, Garm continued guarding Teri as she forced herself up and leaned against his bulk. Blinking a few times, she looked to see her concerned teacher, Jenny, the wolves, but no-

"Mr. Bernstein..?"

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Washington D.C. | United States of America
Time: Afternoon| January 2nd

D.C. Battle Grounds - The Capital Building
Aftan | Akane | Gabrielle | Kud | Puce | Kurumu | Kyre | Melethia | Riki | Tajuh |

Melethia went and hugged the wooden Kurumu. "Kurumu, don't ever do that again..." The young girl's hug was surprisingly fierce, but the succubus quickly slipped out before any real damage was done.

Giving Kyre space to do what it was that she was going to do, he gave a relieved laugh before addressing Kurumu. "Kurumu, was it? Your mother wanted me to tell you that she still cares about you and wishes the best for you no matter what path you choose." Sure, he may have modified the wording a bit, but what parent wouldn't wish the best for their child?

Hearing the situation, Tajuh turned to the group. "We've got a nuclear warhead inbound. All those that don't have the ability to move with speed, get on those pods. I'm going to retrieve the others that haven't heard about the situation." He ran off, moving faster than normal to cover the distance.

D.C. Battle Grounds - The White House
Garm | Jenny | Lupito | Slindis | Teri

Lupito communicated the situation to Garm as Slindis helped Teri up. "Teri, we need to get out of here. There's something called a Nuclear warhead inbound, and the information on it from the room shows the whole area being wiped out!"

David

The Sniper eyed up the bottle as Cadolbog asked for some.
"...Sorry, just aside from the Legal Age issue, I'm going to need a lot of this to sleep tonight..."
Thus he parted from the group and began to make his way back to the airship, uncorking the bottle as he did.
WHOA!...THIS SHIT IS HOT! He thought as he nearly scalded himself, aside from that it was pretty good.
Thus he kept drinking and walked until it came to mind that maybe taking a drink from a total stranger wasn't a good idea.
Prove of this was when he started tripping balls and saw Elena standing right in front of him.
"E-Elena?...Is that really you?..." He asked.
As he was away from the group, the Nuke Warning missed him.

Jenny

Jenny was on hand when Teri came to, regretting not being able to do more to help her earlier.
"Oh thank heavens, thought we lost you there for a moment. Just stay calm, everything will be okay!" She said with a brave face on as she held one of Teri's hands.
She was clearly worried about the Nuclear Strike but she attempted to stay calm for her sake.
"Come on, Let's just get out of here and everything will be fine!"

Rugal

As the minutes counted down to T-minus 5 minutes, Rugal was clearly on the brink trying to stop it.
It wasn't like fighting to the death, something he actually knew.
Ironically, the one thing he knew that could help him now, Viscus, was now digitally lobotomised and unable to do a damn.
Heh...Guess he always got the job done... He smirked, wondering if the AI thought this far ahead.
When Vermilion brought up the President, He lit up.
"Teri can talk to the dead...You two stand by, I'm going to get that code!"
He then ran off to find Teri.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Washington D.C. | United States of America
Time: Afternoon| January 2nd

D.C. Battle Grounds - The White House

Garm | Jenny | Lupito | Slindis | Teri

Teri's eyes widened at the notion of a nuclear warhead, "Do WHAT?! A NUKE?!"

However, before she could do much else, her support disappeared, and the Cleric found herself falling back with surprise. But before she could protest, Garm was already gone, running back into the building.

Rugal

As the King of Fighters wandered the building in desperation for the Cleric, he heard a familiar sounding bark; and found himself face to face with the black wolf. Holding up his hands, Rugal quietly asked,

"Not the suit, alright? Now, do you know where Teri is?"

The wolf barked again, and sped off, to which Rugal could only assume was a yes, and followed outwards...

Garm | Jenny | Lupito | Slindis | Teri

To find the person he was looking for right there in front of him, looking a tad bit tired; but otherwise alright. Upon hearing Garm rush out, the group looked to Rugal (Slindis in particular being very confused, especially with what he told her moments ago.)

Not wasting any time, Rugal pointed at Jenkins' corpse and said, "Talk to him. He has the code to the missiles."

The Cleric, deflated a bit at this statement, but then her face scrunched with a thought. Forcing herself up quickly, she grabbed her Tablet and tapped a few buttons on the screen, mummering something none around could hear properly. In a moment, an area arose around the Cleric and the indisposed Jenkins. It was strange, and seemed to distort things within it; for it looked like the Cleric had a fast forward button pressed on her inside the bubble; and in moments, it disipatted again, leaving the Cleric shaking and with sweat building on her brow. Turning to Rugal, she held up her tablet, and the code was displayed:

"4675636B20596F75"


Dark Tomoya.
Location: Blackhawke | Archangel Armada | Around the Moon.

Tomoya looked upon the Earth, he had called all of his fleet to re-group which included the Earth invasion force. They had only accomplished half their objective. "Get ready... they will come soon. it also seems my friend has joined the." DP.Tomoya sighed as he learnt his comrade's fate, now he wanted to get revenge against that group.
His new powers were settling in as tentacles of darkness swarmed around his body, fixing most damages.


>Corrupted File.
Location: Blackhawke | Archangel Armada | Around the Moon.

The young boy was peering into his older brothers room on board the Blackhawke, he was sleeping but he knew he had changed. Enraged by this fact the boy's screwed up into anger and marched off once more.


Storm-178.
Location: Capitol Building | DC, America.
Time: 10 Am.

" Resting mind, mending body... 20 percent health. Need immediate medical attention. Waking shock activating... " Alpha said as a charging buzz sound came from the helmet and zapped the whole spartan's body. A loud groan was heard, "What... the hell... happened... " he groaned as he looked around him and was shocked. "Where the... fuuuuuuck?" The Spartan slowly remembered where he is judging by the monument and building.

"Okay... will someone explain... what happened?" Storm said as he slowly rose from the ground with the help of the kids and approached the group "Thanks kids... " Storm smiled at them. It had seemed that the Spartan had forgotten what he had done during his corruption time, maybe this might lead the group to find out that corruption and evil had did this to the world.


Riki & Kud..
Location: Capitol Building | DC, America.
Time: 10 Am.

The two were pleased with themselves to get compliments from Tajuh, but this had only made them more determined to become more of use to the group. Though now they were occupied with how the stone works, if it wasn't for the hooded man (Michael) they might be somewhere else. With that event passed they had figured out that the stone recharges, how... they don't know.

The two smiled but quickly took note of the incoming nuke, of course they couldn't stop this and it would take a load of everyone's mind if they were gone from the scene. "Thanks for the compliment, and than you even more for protecting us multiple times... we want to work to become stronger." Riki said with Tajuh with Kud in the background smiling. "We'll enter a pod and get back to the ship... as soon as we get the big guy in a pod too." Riki said to Tajuh as he ran off.

The two helped the Spartan up as he walked to the group.
Riki only hoped that saving him wasn't going to end badly.

Rugal

"4675636B20596F75. Got it, Might still have time to stop it!" Rugal shouted as he doubled back the way he came, jumping over bodies and doing his best not to slip on blood pools, Literally throwing himself down the stairs in his haste.
He was soon back in the burning control room, shouting "4675636B20596F75! The Code is 4675636B20596F75!"
He then watched as the countdown was counting down from the last 1 minute.
Come on, Come on, Come on, Come on, Come on! He thought to himself as the AI's worked as fast as they could.
{Access Code : Accepted. Nuclear Strike: Averted}
He nearly cried when those words came up on screen.
"Oh thank god...Uhh...Pass the news on to the others...And if you can, have a bottle of champagne ready in my room upon my return..,"
With waves of relief flowing over him, he fell back into a chair and caught his breath.
"...Heh...How does Jack Bauer do it non-stop?..." He joked to himself as he waited for the others.

Jenny

As Rugal took off, Jenny monitored his thoughts every step of the way and thus was the first to rejoice when she realized she wasn't about to die. Again.
"YES! YOU DID IT, TERI! HAHAHAAHHA!" She screamed in joy as she hugged the cleric in victory.

David

"....You have GOT! To be KIDDING me!" David said in total disbelief as he sized up the group.
"...Elena...Please...don't do this...You know better! You know it wasn't us! YOU WERE THERE!" He begged as his hand went for his gun, though against all these...
Half of him was telling him to let her kill him, the other half was telling him to fight.
It was official: This was the worst day of David's life.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Washington D.C. | United States of America
Time: Afternoon| January 2nd

D.C. Battle Grounds - The Capital Building

Aftan | Akane | Gabrielle | Puce | Kurumu | Kyre | Melethia

Devon Kept fairly close, although he made sure to allow the two to have some space. "Kurumu, Ella, I don't mean to be rude, but there is the whole nuclear missile being inbound thing that does kinda make us staying here right now something along the lines of a suicidal idea... So either we could try to see where the others are or we could continue this talk on the Rising Dawn." Kurumu could clearly see that Devon cared deeply for Ella from the way he kept close to her, yet his eyes didn't have the glazed-over look of an Allure.

Melethia became curious when she heard about this nuclear weapon, but hearing the concerned tones that some of the others talked about it made her concerned and she went up to Aftan to ask her a question. "Excuse me, Miss, but is that nuclear missile what was used in that other city that was attacked?"

David, Elena + a Hurtload of Das Feenreich, Tajuh

As he ran to scour the area for others, he happened upon David and the group Elena had arrived with. Making a move to back up the man, he casually stood next to him. "Elena Volkov, you're here for what? Last I heard, you were going to leave." When the Russian told him what they were there for again, he kept up a disaffected tone.

"Amusing, that. You want to judge the crew of that ship for its failings? Perhaps your people should actually try something to stop the much larger threat of the Angel Fleet massacring millions rather than choosing an opportune target to vent the impotent frustrations that you must be feeling."

D.C. Battle Grounds - The White House

Garm | Jenny | Lupito | Slindis | Teri

Slindis turned to Teri. "I'm going to check on the current positions of the others here. Even though we avoided one strike, there's no telling if that Tomoya has a backup one inbound." She whistled to Lupito, and the pair paused for a second in case Jenny decided that she wanted to head along with them before departing at a rapid speed.

Rugal | AIs Vermilion and Dimitri

As the programming ran it's course, Dimitri couldn't help but smile at Rugal's reverie, "Nicely done, Rugal Bernstein. You helped save a city from a nuclear strike, and will live to see another day. The request you have made for your private quarters has been noted; and I only have this to say: The discussion you and I had... Tell them yourself. You've the capacity to do so."

Following that, Dimitri allowed his inhibitions to be thrown to the digital winds; and returned in kind the kiss Vermilion gave him upon arrival, celebrating the joy of the most recent middle finger to death itself.

Jenny | Lupito | Slindis | Garm | Teri

Teri didn't even flinch when she was embraced by Jenny. In fact, she looked appreciative of the gesture, if anything else. Her face looked worn after that effort she pulled with the stored time bubble; and after Jenny finally let go, the Cleric reached for her staff, and gave a silent apology for being so distant. With that, her legs wobbled, and she slumped against Garm. Patting the wolf, her Tablet meekly called out, "Good boy... Very good boy."

Closing her eyes for a moment, Teri went back into her mind to let her friend know about what she had done...

Lucifer | Teri

Upon entering her mind, she saw that Lucifer was talking with her shadow as well, and watched with silent curiosity as she heard the following:

"I mean... he IS able to be around her more than I am... you know? And well... since he can be there, I guess she would look to him for ... whatever... more than she would me. I mean look at me. I'm everything that she's been raised to despise and be wary of. How can I compete against someone who's changing his stripes to save the world. I can't even change that about myself."
"And now... I'm talking to a fish that was trying to take over Teri's mind. Blood hell... the other Archangels would be rolling if they could see how far the mighty have fallen."

"... But seriously... I should have been there to save her, shouldn't I have."

Teri was shocked by that. Lucifer... Jealous of Rugal?! What was the world coming too? That was when her shadow, the cruel thing, spoke,

"Mr. Bernstein..?! Like that?! Man, if that doesn't scream Electra Complex, I don't know what will! Man, you're sick, you know that? Geez... He reminds me of my Dad, if anything else. Same stupid cocky attitude, tall as hell... Hell, he's even got facial hair! Just slap a ZZ Top beard on the guy, and he might as well be him. Now, I'll admit to liking blondies, but Mr. Bernstein would just be weird...

And to answer your question, yeah, you should have. I was scared! I... I was hoping you would come for me. I really did... With a flap of those wings, you could have swept me away from that bad man and-"

The Cleric paused again, noting that despite the wicked tongue that her Shadow may have possessed, it was still the Truth; albeit in the form of a crueler messenger. However, once it mentioned her capture, Teri decided to step in,

"That'll be enough, Me. You got the point across..."

As she stepped towards the two, Lucifer noticed that the scenery changed again, this time to a sunset sort of time of day; painting the landscape with orange and yellow. The young girl certainly looked tired, but a tad bit on the confident side, if anything else. Hell, saving DC with a fit of ingenuity tended to do that. However, a hint of anticipation waited on the edge, as she waited to see what Lucifer had to say about what her Shadow just revealed...

David

"...You know that, That's it! You, Me, OVER!" David shouted as he leap towards cover, firing lead at the Minotaur first as he did.
Once he was in cover, he switched it up to Freeze rounds and began to aim for the Drow Twins, if they were anything like Slindis, He'd want them out of the way.
At this point, anger at Elena's sheer fucking stupidity in thinking he was somehow working with Tomoya, on top of everything else, was his man driving force in this battle.

Rugal

After sitting down and calming down for a Moment, Rugal left the Command Center a burnt smoldering wreak as he made his way back topside.
He then saw a relived Jenny and a resting Teri with her pet Garm.
"Jenny, call up the others and get a transport back to the ship, Key it low key, I'm not popular around those UNIT people. Garm...You owe me one suit jacket." He said as he went up to the balcony of the White House and watched the city ruins, at least they won right.
"...!!!"
He then saw the deactivated missile splash down harmlessly into the pond of the National Mall.
"...Thank god it wasn't one of mine..."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Washington D.C. | United States of America
Time: Afternoon| January 2nd

D.C. Battle Grounds - The Capital Building
Aftan | Akane | Gabrielle | Puce | Kurumu | Kyre | Melethia | Ella | Devon | Storm | Riki | Kud

Seeing the two teens trying to help the man in full armor get to one of the pods, Devon took a moment to split off from Ella and approached him. " Here, let me lend you a hand." The Cure Serious Wounds spell healed the injuries the man had taken and gave him a bit more energy to move around.

"You look kind of familiar, but that's not the point. We've got to start getting out of here now since that Hot Topic Angel Tomoya's planning to nuke this place like he did New York City." He offered a hand to the two teens if they needed some help getting the man to a better place to recover.

---

Melethia looked up at the sky. "Miss, that's not how it's gonna end for us! I don't care what ya say, but we won't be wiped off the map because that freak in leather britches likes pushing the button way too much."

David | Elena + a Hurtload of Das Feenreich | Tajuh

Tajuh scoffed and easily sidestepped the attack, making sure to turn to the side to avoid a predictable teleport to where the boomerang would fly to and a return throw or hack. "Charlie, wasn't it? I saw the Dragon in New York City, how it rescued those two children. At the same time, I'm sure that the dragon saw the massive fleet attacking the city as well. And honestly? Me, associating with the Angels? Your commanding officer's addled in the head if she thinks that's true for a second."

In the distance, Charlie could see a crimson-haired drow riding swiftly towards the melee on a very large wolf. It wasn't one of their men, but all indications from Das Feenreich had said that the only Drow aboard the Rising Dawn was always fully armored, fought with twin blades, and there was no mention of any dire wolves. It could be one of the new recruits foe Das Feenreich, although the difference in arrivals was odd for starters.

As the fight fully began, Tajuh drew his single shortsword and began to back up David. "Honestly. I don't know what you're made of, but I'm damn sure that you can't withstand the nuclear missiles that are inbound at this very moment! Get your priorities straight, Volkov! This fight is just what Tomoya wants, and it'll only serve to aid his plans if we're here when that hits! You may be able to warp away, but what of your allies?!"

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Washington D.C. | United States of America
Time: Afternoon| January 2nd

D.C. Battle Grounds - The Capital Building
A.I.s Vermilion and Dimitri | Rugal

Dimitri gave a low chuckle, but parted from Vermilion's embrace. Face still red, and said, "Now, Ms. Vermilion, don't take this the wrong way; but it appears that the Users are leaving this place... Perhaps this can continue once we re-group on the Dawn? You know they can barely stand to be without us for one moment..."


Lucifer | Teri
"So ... why did you run away from me when I revealed myself to you back there? I was assuming that it had to do with Rugal but I guess it might have to do with me being who I am... but if it's something that DOES truly bother you... I'll step away from it... all of it." The Dark Prince said... his voice genuine as he added:

"I'd even cut these wings off for you."

Teri's heart pounded as the Fallen presented his case to her, his voice oozing with charm and his intent clear. Yup, there was no denying it. He was just as enthralled as she. However, this did not quell the conflict brewing in her heart. The scenery changed again, this time, her fears being made very clear with that same raining field of grass. Water poured from the sky, and soaked the duo to the bone as the girl shook her head in denial,

"Stop saying that! I don't want you to get rid of your wings for me! That- that would-"

"That would make me sad beyond comprehension. Your wings are one of my favorite features, just like your eyes. By the way, did anyone ever tell you that suits are a killer look for you? Unf!"

It was the Cleric's turn to look horrified; as she realized that her Shadow, in Teri's neglect to keep it in check, had grown, it's head now above and out of the pool. However, it's lower half remained in, the fish tail remaining. A cruel siren of the truth it had become! Resting a human head on a human hand, the Shadow waved her other hand, the Glasgow Grin wide and smiling, "Oh, don't mind me. I just would like to watch... Can't sue me for a little commentary though."

Teri looked back to the Dark Prince, and gulped, realizing that her own Shadow, for good or ill, had taken to Lucifer's side; and was probably what most people would call "Screwed."

Garm | Jenny | Rugal | Teri

Rugal only heard happy sounding panting from Garm, and found the beast lick his hand when he approached. It was nice to see one of the wolves take a bit more kindly to him than the other, but Rugal suspected that had more to do with Garm's master than the wolf itself. After all, did it not try to drag him here for her sake?

Whatever it was, the girl wasn't saying anything. No, she was cuddled up in the wolf's fur, face a complete mask for what was happening inside her mind.

David | Caim | Angelus | Ton Ton | Cadolbolg

Upon seeing the new force take charge against David, Caim swapped to a Grecian Blade and gave a dark grin, "I've been meaning to test this out... Angelus, I say we've deserved a good drink when we're done here, don't you think?"

The dragon gave a hearty scoff, and lit her hands aflame, "I do say we have, and then some. We never had that discussion we mentioned before, remember?"

Caim's face brightened at that thought, immediately charging into whatever poor sap was to face a Steel-Cutting blade. Ton Ton and Cadolbolg found their way onto the field without difficulty; and were no doubt following in Cadolbolg's Father's steps towards domination of the enemy forces.

David

"Wait...Did you say Nuclear Missiles?" David asked before a portalling boomerang forced him out of cover, resulting in him firing several Freeze at the masked Gorgon and the pair of Centaurs.
When he saw re-enforcements, he shouted "You want a fight, Bitch!? Well bring it the fuck on!"
It was humorous to Caim to see David bickering with his other half like all couples.

Rugal/Jenny

As the rest of the group went into Battle, Rugal was busy setting up a Transport to the ship from the White House Roof, Least until Jenny chimed in.
"Um, Excuse me, but I think you should know that the rest of the team are engaging what appear to be a kill squad lead by...Elena?..." She blurted, not really getting the full picture from back here, That and she wasn't inside any of the crew's minds, merely sensing their emotions.
"...Guess that bottle will have to wait. Stay with Teri, tell her she can either join us or return to the ship, No pressure either way. Dismissed." He said before leaping down from the top of the building and nearing the fight while it was still going.

Jenny meanwhile did as she was told and watched as Teri seemingly slept, unaware of what was going on in her mind.

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