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

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Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

Airship Rising Dawn - The Bridge
A.I. Vermilion | Jake

The White Knight nodded towards Jake before she exited the ship with the rest of her little family, Gabrielle having woken up in time to catch the briefing. It wasn't long before Jake found himself alone on the bridge with the exception of the A.I. looking at him intently for orders.

"Master Jake, I would prefer if you take the Captain's chair whilst we are in combat. This will afford you the best view towards the various information screens that I will be displaying. Currently I am keep the engines on standby mode allowing us to stay in a tactically ready position. Additionally I have launched defensive drones for cover. They will be on the look out for suspicious activity, however without your orders I will be unable to fire upon them unless they fire upon us."The A.I. reported as she displayed a map of the battle field in the main view screen.

"If you have different orders, Master Jake, I will execute them." She reported further as little blips on the screen began to fan out as the Rising Dawn crew mobilized.


Washington D.C. - Entering the City
Aftan | Akane | Gabrielle

"Gabs. Take to the roofs would you?" Aftan asked as she did a scan of the area revealing nothing of concern, though she was able to spot the barrel of Gabrielle's rifle through an open window.

"Come Akane. Keep your head down love. I would hate to lose it."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

Airship Rising Dawn - The Bridge
A.I. Vermilion | Jake
Jake sat in the Captain's chair, Vermillion bringing up the ship's displays for him and explaining their functions and various statuses. "Very well then Miss Vermillion, seems we're a team now. Orders are as follows: Keep engines on standby, and once all crew are away, take us up to 500 feet and fly a racetrack pattern 2 nautical miles out from the estimated range of hostile forces. Keep the drones close to us, they have weapons free to engage any threats within 1 nautical mile. Challenge any threats, they get one chance to respond, no response is considered hostile."

"Remind me when Mark gets back to ask for your release from protocols requiring user input. You are trustworthy enough, a member of the crew just as much as I am. And enough of this 'Master' crap, makes me feel odd. You are welcome to call me Jake. I also answer to most insults, my past has usually been at the bottom of the ladder. Heh, that's a thought. I'll have to see about getting a rank with time served aboard this airship..." He conversed with the AI as he settled in. He seemed less on edge than just before for some reason though...


Washington D.C. - Entering the City
Aftan | Akane | Gabrielle

Akane nodded, keeping a hand on her sword and the other free to attack with fire should it be needed. She followed Aftan's lead.

"Are we staying with the others?"


Riki & Kud.
Location: Rising Dawn | Room 178.
Time: 6 Am.

The couple clearly heard David talk over the intercom as they had just finished cleaning up their dishes and were soon getting ready to head out into the area surrounding DC. Just like most people on the Rising Dawn the two wanted to save the world and it's people, though Kud was just wondering what will happen with Tomoya at the end of this ever lasting quest of theirs. She could feel that he can be redeemed, even though the whole crew didn't know all of the story.

Riki equipped his magnum which he had named "Light Strike" and had the name engraved on the side. "You ready to leave?" He said towards Kud who had just equipped her Silver Thorn. The girl nodded, "I'm ready... I'm also expecting everyone to meet in the hanger." She had said energetically as the two met at the door. Riki looked suddenly surprised and raced towards the room's hidden vault and grabbed the small box which held the Stone of Light. The box was on a small chain so Riki could put it around his neck.

The two left the room and started to head down to the hanger to meet up with everyone. First of all Riki grabbed a box of ammo for his gun and a small box of explosive rounds just in case. The couple resumed their walk to the hanger and soon reached it.

Rising Dawn Hanger.

The two entered the hanger and saw the ramp which had been lowered onto the ground. Riki managed to catch a glimpse of Tomoya's bike collection in one of the corners of the hanger. "Not today Riki... " He thought to himself as the two left the ship and awaited for everyone else.


Dark Tomoya & The Cult.
Location: Washington DC | America.
Time: 6 Am.

Tomoya saw the Leader's cry and saw him hold a knife above a women, his expression changed completely, from a frown into a crazed smile. "Well this isn't so bad!" He had started to laugh and he folds back his hood revealing his face to everyone. Soon everyone of the cult members took notice and the large group were starting to make a stand against the police as the woman was about to be sacrificed. "Everyone... WE MOVE TO THE CAPITOL WHERE WE SHOW THE WORLD OUR POWER!" D.Tomoya suddenly appeared on top of the monument and made the speech. A crazy laugh emerged from him again as he entered the large crowd.

The police were trying to get through the crowd, but the crowd was too large and powerful for the simple police. Soon the SWAT and army would get called out to them as they started the walk to the Capitol building. Shortly before the group had started marching to the building, the President and other world leaders had just arrived at the Capitol.

The city's noises were overcome by the struggle between the police and cultists. Even then, everyone could see the Dark Angel talk from the monument to make his speech, some police even fled when they heard his voice. It was obvious something was going on in the National mall.

Diablo1099:
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"Alright then, I'll keep it in mind for escape... and as far as other stealth goes... detecting body heat you say?" she says as she turns to Tajuh. "well then, I could also lower our body heat much the same way as I could increase it, and place it somewhere else... two ways I could do this would be to take a bit of it into myself... it would light me up like a torch at night but I'd probably be able to burn through reinforced steel with that much energy. Or... I could send it somewhere else, creating a distraction to those types of sensors by placing and shaping the heat to make it look like the "infiltrators" were somewhere else."

Notice: Last post before the team leaves the ship, as in everyone who is coming into the city.
Sorry for any Confusion/Railroading, but we best move on.

Rugal

"All noted for future reference, Now, lets move onto-" Rugal said before Tajuh interrupted.
"Sir, you might want to see this. I've been monitoring the city over the news and there's been a development..." He explained before he brought up a News Feed on Rugal's PDA.
It showed scenes of mass rioting and general violence with even a few scenes of the US Army opening fire on some cultists.
"...Well...This changes things..." Rugal said as he watched the events unfold, namely Tomoya fanning the flames from the Washington monument.
"Tomoya is here!? Dammit!...Well, at least we can say the Meeting is cancelled. Hasn't brought his army in yet so we might be able to get to him before then. Going to have to cut though the National Mall, all other routes are too hostile. Still, we'll have to worry less about getting caught, what with all the chaos in the city. Okay people, Let's move out."
Thus, Rugal lead the team going into the City in the bridge off the ship though the hanger.

Jenny

Once the Order was given to leave, Jenny followed, keeping near Teri and Slindis as she did.
Mmmm...why is Slindis wearing that? I thought she had armor? She thought, but decided not to ask.

David

David spent most of the meeting glaring at Rugal, as his attempts to kill him in the temple showed, he wasn't fond of the man in the slightest.
Still, he followed, that city wasn't going to save itself.

Thus the team left the ship and neared the entrance to the DC Battlezone...

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

Airship Rising Dawn - The Bridge
Angelus | Caim | Cadolbolg | Kurumu | Melethia | Puce | Ton Ton

Caim shot Kurumu an exasperated expression that could only mean 'Thank you' as the succubus took Melethia off of his hands, and began walking with Angelus to the drop off point. As they did, she softly tapped one of his fingers with one of her own, calling his attention to her as her voice entered his mind, "Caim, you do know we are all here for you, don't you? At the very least, do you not trust me?"

The warrior kept his stony gaze ahead, but his mind said otherwise, "Yes, Angelus, I do trust you. You-... You're the one creature I will admit to having complete faith in. As you can probably tell, my attempts at venting didn't entirely work... "

The dragon could not help but smile at the praise, but kept herself focused, "Obviously. You're putting too much effort into your facade. Anyone with a set of eyes can see right through you. But know this, you are not alone in this crusade. I am your pact partner, and... Well, whatever this jumbled human emotional thing is. The point is, I am by your side in this. Furthermore, Puce and Kurumu have just signed up to help with our search, after Tomoya has been dealt with. There is no conceivable reason for you to find a need to isolate yourself when others are ready and willing to aid your cause."

Caim looked to the dragon in surprise, and then back ahead, "They want to help us? Even though-"

"That is the definition of camaraderie, is it not Caim? You forget, you've done the same for his cause. I do believe a certain incident with a lung comes to mind..."

The warrior gave a silent laugh at this, "You know, I had forgotten about that..."

An arm wrapped around her shoulders for a moment, and the dragon felt herself being drawn closer in an impromptu side hug for a moment; Caim taking a deep breath as he took in the scent of her hair.

"Thank you, Angelus... And, sorry. I didn't mean to worry you."

While the gesture was unexpected and over as quickly as it had happened, the dragon could not deny it was not uncomfortable. However, for whatever reason Caim did so, she could already feel her pact partner's heart lifting, if only a little bit. But first, if they were to save Furiae, they had a psychotic archangel to deal with. With new purpose filling the warrior and the dragon, Caim and Angelus stepped into the light.

Jenny | Slindis | Teri

Teri, after putting the finishing touches on her angry letter to... Well, that wasn't entirely important, now was it? Her letter was done, and Dimitri had already began establishing a link between the Tablet and the Rising Dawn, which would enable communications on both ends even when they were in the city.

After stepping off the ship with her Master, and with Jenny, Teri called up Dimitri, "Dimitri, do a systems check on the live feed between your home terminal and the Rising Dawn. I want to make sure this connection is both stable and secure, got it?"

"Right away, Madam."

As Dimitri checked the Ping, Teri shot a confident smile at her teacher, "Fully rested and ready as I'll ever be, Ma'am!"

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As Jake sat in the command chair, he could already see a communique appear on one of the Main Screens. It was coming from Teri's Tablet, and a familiar (and somewhat posh) voice rang from a speaker, "Testing, this is AI Dimitri; High Clearance AI and Personal Assistant to Teri Gravel: 6th Level Cleric. Helmsman, User; Jake, do you read me loud and clear?"

Tajuh, Riki, Kud, Jake

He touched down with the rest of the team, talking to the team and the ship at the same time. "Move as one unit here. Nobody gets left behind, nobody charges ahead and tries to be a hero. The armies aren't here, but we still have those cultists out there. They so much as move to attack, take them out. Jake, until we get back, you're the acting Captain." He began making his way to the battlezone, checking for any oddities in the people's movements. "Riki, Kud, unless you've got some special type of plan, stick close to the center of the group. You don't have the combat experience to be in the frontline or secure against a rear attack."

Slindis, Teri, Jenny

As Slindis stuck next to Teri and the Gardevoir, she talked to Jenny. "I haven't seen you in some time. Something's kept you away?" She acted as the main watcher for that part of the group, refreshed now that she'd rested up for a short amount of time, and Jenny could feel that the Drow was much lighter emotionally compared to the last time that the two had met. It was a bit unusual to see that she didn't draw any weapons, though.

Rugal, Devon, Kalastryn

Devon went near Rugal as they made their way, disturbed by the images of Ella draining the life force of that police officer, but decided not to show it. "This one will be hectic, won't it? It's gonna be tough to get through and do what was laid out, but I'll do my part here." He looked at the area that they were going to have to get through and was understandably nervous, but he kept moving on towards the fight and saw Kalastryn not too far away. "Kalastryn, you probably have more experience at this than me. How should we keep those guys distracted?"

Melethia, Kurumu, Puce

Melethia grinned when she heard the Succubus mention the bet again. "Oh, really now? I don't remember the exact amount of traps that I disabled since I lost count around eighty-ish, but it's probably more than what you got, Skyhair." She began laughing as they approached the main forces and drew her longswords, showing she was ready to fight.

Slindis, Teri, Jenny

A Nervous laugh came from Jenny as Slindis stated that fact.
"Well...I run-...ran a clinic in New York before the attack happened. In fact I...Actually, sorta...died..." She explained, much to her confusion.
"You were dead?"
"Well....I guess so. David put me in the morgue and I...just "Woke up". Don't ask me how, because I don't know...*Ahem* So how are you? you look great!" she added, clearly wanting to change the topic.

Rugal, Devon, Kalastryn

Rugal merely grinned at Tajuh's concerns.
"Rest assured, While the plan might go awry, we will get the job done. Only question is how much men the US and Tomoya are willing to loose..." He said coldly as he made out Teri in the group.
"Ah, Ms. Teri Gravel-"
*Ding!*
Once those words left his mouth, his PDA got a message, Confusingly from her.
He opened it up and found this:

He froze as he made out what the hell he was reading, allowing Teri to pass by without Rugal bothering her.

bluecrimson:
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Kalastryn started rubbing her forehead with two fingers... clearly wracking her brain a bit on the subject of... "distraction." As much as she hated to admit it, most of her spells had to do with preserving the element of surprise (invisibility), dealing with the problem with some more... "explosive" intervention... or... wait just a moment... she had an idea... she could use suggestion to turn them to their side. but... that was a dodgy plan at best, while the spell was usually very... very successful, she'd be working on... "changing" the mind of one person at a time... there would already be a lot of bloodshed by then. To add to that, she had her limits... she'd never tried charming an entire city at the same time, and the task was likewise pretty damn impossible. In fact it was.

"ugh... I hate to admit but I've gone over my possibilities and limits... nothing I can do will get us through unscathed, if I turn us invisible the police could have heat detection and see us anyway, and they aren't too keen on having us here. If I charm the cultists, I'd probably tick off who-ever is pulling their strings and we'll draw their attention. In fact, if I charm the police either there will be little chance of their survival when they can't think clearly against the cultists. Not to toot my own horn by calling myself this, but this is a tactical genius utterly failing to come up with a plan for getting past a bunch of scatterbrains and the law." she said with a sigh and a frown... coming up with literally nothing for a change made her feel a bit... pathetic, honestly.

Slindis, Teri, Jenny

"Ah, Ms. Teri Gravel-"

Text appeared on her screen, which was Dimitri in 'silent mode', saying "Message sent. Is there anything else needing to be done?"

The Cleric only shook her head as they passed the King of Fighters, and tapped a few buttons on her tablet, "That'll be all, Dimitri. Please remain on standby for further command."

"As you wish."

Following that, Teri turned the speakers back on for her computer, and began to chant something softly in Celestial, as she placed a hand on both Jenny and Slindis; and the duo felt... Something wash over them. Following that, the Cleric waited half a minute before starting the chanting again, and turning to place her hands on another two people; repeating this process till all in the group had been touched by the Cleric. When she finished, she looked to Tajuh and Rugal and said, "Captain, Commander, I have cast 'Status' on everyone. Essentially, it'll allow me to know the conditions of everyone, even if they're not in visible sight. On average, it should last about 6 hours, give or take a few minutes between castings. Don't be afraid to take advantage of it while it lasts..."

After saying this, Teri turned back to face her Tablet, and looked to find a viable way to display the information on the Tablet as opposed to something blurting out information in her mind. If anything, it was impressive to the Second in Command that the slip of a girl he had seen break down had decided to take the initiative. To Rugal, however, it was strange to be referred to as "Captain" instead of "Mr. Bernstein."

Jenny/Rugal

Rugal had finished reading over the terms in Teri's "Letter" and felt...confused.
Jenny managed to pick up on this after Teri had cast "Status" on everyone.
While she wasn't reading into his mind, she did notice how dulled most of his emotions were, aside from his anger of course.
The King put his PDA away before advancing onward, clearly shaken, though part of him accepted this, it was a complex blend of saddness and acceptance.
"...Very well then, Let's be off..." He said before entering the soon to be burning city.
Jenny for one was rather confused as well and thus when he was out of ear shot, she asked herself I wonder what caused that mood swing?....
Still, she too followed him into the city.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

Airship Rising Dawn - The Bridge
A.I. Vermilion | Jake

The A.I. seemed to pause for a moment as the Master Jake's orders were routed to the various subsystems, causing even more of an energy drain as the ship's various Heavy Plasma Cannons, Missile batteries and point defense batteries charged up and became active. Meanwhile the ship's engines and null-gravity pods flared to life as the ship prepared for lift off.

"Mast... Jake, your orders have been routed to the appropriate system handlers." She said as she scanned the various ship systems and made adjustments to the power output of the ship's quad fusion power plants, causing the lighting in the bridge to return to their optimal brightness.

"This A.I. has also been programmed to make you aware of two things, sir. Behind you is an array of drop pods, each with an emergency beacon, a weapon, a side arm and an emergency survival kit. In the event that the Airship's flight capability is compromised, your chair has been programmed to deliver you to the drop pod and launch. Additionally, to your right you will find a VR monocle. You will be able to utilize this device to give you a 360 o field of view and designate targets for the missile batteries." She stated as her sensors confirmed that the last of the away team was safely on the ground and clear of the ship.

"Pre-flight checks have been completed. Engines powering up for lift off... ... ... lifting off" The ship started rumbling gently as the engines flared to life and lifted the massive machine into the sky.

"Orders completed. Way points have been set, drones in optimal defense position and formation, starting ground coordination system with Dimitri, would you like to select music, sir? Research shows that this can optimize your concentration." Vermilion asked as she displayed a list of songs for Jake's perusal.


D.C. Battle Grounds - Beachhead
Aftan | Akane | Gabrielle

Aftan nodded to the Kitsune as she asked if they were going to stick with the other group.

"It would be best to. The last thing we want is a repeat performance of what happened on the ground in South America at the Corrupted temple of Light. However, I suspect that we will be splitting up before reaching Tomoya's position." The White Knight stated as she moved along with the group, her bladed tonfa drawn and naked in the light of the sun.

"Gabrielle will keep us safe from a distance... I hope." She added as they looked at the waited for the others to complete their preparations and move out.

"Are you ... okay, Akane?" Grand Master al Said asked as she turned to the Kitsune with a concerned look on her face, memories of the Kitsune's breakdown still fresh in her mind.


Angelus | Caim | Cadolbolg | Ton Ton

Cadolbolg was happy that he sensed that his parents were happy as he walked next to Ton Ton, his adrenaline starting to flow as he sensed the enemy nearby. He would stick with the plan of sneaking past them but couldn't wait to show his parents that he was learning how to fight more efficiently than previous.

Turning to his partner, he decided now was the time to ask for assistance with a little problem he had been having since the Angel Assault at the Corrupted Temple.

"Ton Ton. Could you do me a favor? I have had this ache in my teeth since the attack on the temple... as if something is stuck there. Could you check it for me?" The mini dragon asked as he bared his rows of sharped teeth. Sure enough it appeared that there was a finger lodged next to his canine that was causing the issue.


Kurumu | Melethia | Puce

Kurumu frowned at the small elf's boast. She had indeed not gotten anywhere as far as traps went but her role was just as important as trap collection.

"About that... I was outside of the temple making sure that you guys didn't get trapped by the Dark Angel forces. Cadolbolg and myself were able to kill a fair amount of those soldiers... otherwise it probably wouldn't have mattered how many traps you were able to disarm if you were buried under the rubble of a wrecked temple." The Succubus countered with a smile as she checked the condition of her toy, the Model 1216 Shotgun.

"Maybe you two should consider working together instead of competing against eachother?" Puce hazarded as he shook his head, listening to both Kuru and Mel go at each other's sense of competition.

"Like maybe next time you two see how many Dark Angel soldiers you're able to take out together and compare it to the rest of the group?"

"I dunno Puce. I wouldn't want to hamper our little elf's style." Kuru said in a way that teased that Melethia would be the one hampering Kurumu's style.

"I'm serious. Try it out."

"I ... guess it couldn't hurt. What do you think squirt?"


???? | Devon

Devon was in the middle of the conference with Rugal and Kalastryn when a voice cleared its throat behind him. A rather melodious and familiar voice that he had been thinking of just prior to his meeting. Turning around, he spotted the half-succubus, a smile on her face as she walked towards him, looking healthier than she had when she left him.

Interestingly, there was some sort of cowboy had on her head and a pistol strapped to her hip. These looked familiar in that the police officer (Actually a US Marshall) had been wearing this just prior to his demise at Ella's hands.

"Hi handsome." She said as she gave him a dutiful kiss on the cheek and wrapped her arms around him in a hug.

"Miss me?"


??????? | Teri

"Well... that was an interesting letter." said yet another familiar voice to the group that only Teri could hear and though she might have been used to hearing him in her head, she heard him outside of her head this time. Looking around quickly, she spotted the source of the famliar voice as he sat on a nearby bench, a bag of bird feed next to him and a flock and hungry doves waiting to see what was to become of said bag of feed.

Unfortunately for the birds, Lucifer's hands passed right through the bag as he forgot that he was merely a projection of his personality and not actually there, a frown crossing his face as he shrugged to himself and made a silent plea for help towards the Cleric.

"Well... seems that you've gotten a spring in your step. I'm happy to see that." The Fallen one stated as he looked at her, his face unreadable as he looked at her curiously.

Avatar Adventure
Location: Rising Dawn
Time: Midday

Kyre | Mark

Kyre turned back towards Mark, he smallcloak plumed dramatically behind her as a result of he sudden movement, "What do you mean by that!" she almost threw her arms up in open hostility, but caught her movements almost as soon as they began moving.

Then she gave herself a small while to quiet down before answering Mark in a much more civil tone, forcing her voice into a much more amiable pitch, "I think you're mistaken. I... I am not a jealous girl. I wish nothing but happiness for Kurumu and Puce- but," her eyes fell low and somewhat glazed, as if entranced by something, "her body is very enticing indeed."

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BlackHarte | Red Mage | LoN

Darkness upon darkness, a shadow in the heart of the abyss. What was this place but the source of all magic, the Sea of Chaos. BlackHarte came unto the Mage in Red first, shielded by the power of his Stone of Darkness. His brown eye shone in the light of distant galaxies.

The Red Mage turned to his visitor with some confusion. But before he could open his mouth to speak, blackHarte placed a hand upon his forehead.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

Airship Rising Dawn - The Bridge
"Understood Tajuh, I have the ship." Jake replied over the comms as Tajuh and the rest of the away team departed.

He was officially the highest ranking person aboard the ship.

It was then that Miss Vermillion reported in. Jake picked up the little monocle and fiddled with it a bit, somehow managing to jury rig it to the left side of his glasses. "Excellent work Miss Vermillion. How do like to be addressed? Also, please deactivate the seat ejection sequence. If we have to abandon ship I'll make it the hanger and fly out with my Warhawk. Speaking of that, New Order. Download your core processes and code, everything that is 'you' into an external hard drive or storage device that I can grab, I'll not let you die with this ship. You can use my Compact PC if you wish."

"Testing, this is AI Dimitri; High Clearance AI and Personal Assistant to Teri Gravel: 6th Level Cleric. Helmsman, User; Jake, do you read me loud and clear?"
"Mr Dimitri, good to hear from you. Receiving you loud and clear mate. Say G'day to Teri for me, wish her luck and safe travels. Over."


D.C. Battle Grounds - Beachhead
Aftan | Akane | Gabrielle

Akane nodded and squeezed Aftan's hand. "Mmm, I'm okay. We just have to get through this, all of us together and we'll all be okay. How about you my love?"

Akane's pretty blue eyes gazed into Aftan's, full of warmth and love.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

D.C. Battle Grounds - Beachhead

Slindis | Teri

She looked over at her pupil and quietly pulled her aside. "It's a useful spell that you got spread out among the group, but how are we going to be handling the issues with healing? The combat's not going to be all too easy with this kind of melee, and there's only so many places that we can be." She loosened up as she shifted her movements subtly, changing something about the way that she moved to become more fluid.

Slindis shifted to the Water Stance. Her attacks hit a bit less harder, but she's far more survivable.


Kurumu | Melethia | Puce

She rolled her eyes and laughed. "I dunno... I think she could avoid messing me up. What's the plan, Skyhead?" The young elf began thinking what the plan would be, but she still held her reservations. After all, the plan could be pretty weak.


Ella | Devon

Devon returned the embrace, not exactly happy with what Ella did but realizing now wasn't the time nor the place to bring it up. It was clear from the look on his face that he knew what Ella had done, though. "Well, I did, but it looks like you picked up a few souvenirs. I think the thing we're supposed to be doing is working with the rest of the people here to mess up those cultists, but the plan's pretty weird about how it's supposed to happen. How about we just stick together and mess them up that way?" He looked over at Kalastryn to see if she would be open to that idea.


Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

Airship Rising Dawn - The Bridge
A.I. Vermilion | Jake

"Duly noted, sir. I shall alert her of this. Also, the Madam has cast a spell by the name of 'Status'. In order to prevent too much mental strain, what would you suggest would be the best way to display the data on my apparatus?"


D.C. Battle Grounds - Beachhead

Angelus | Caim | Cadolbolg | Ton Ton

Reaching in to grab the offending digit, Ton Ton grimaced upon dislodging it from Cadolbolg's teeth; "How about in the future, you make sure that fingers don't get stuck in there again? Cause I might not always be available to get this out..."

After pulling the finger out and tossing it, he asked, "How did that get in there, anyway? I don't remember you eating anyone..."

Caim watched this spectacle with bemusement, and had to try very hard not to laugh at the ridiculousness of the situation; lest he bring down the wrath of his partner.


??????? | Slindis | Teri

The Cleric smiled at her teacher, "It's a passive. I'll be able to cast my healing spells as it holds. But you bring up a good question... I suspect I'll have to use my constructs as a distraction while I get my work done... Hmn?"

As the duo walked, Slindis noticed that her student wandered towards a park bench, pulling out a small knife from her bag as she approached. Cutting the bag, seed spilled all over the bench; and a plethora of doves swarmed around the place.

"Well... seems that you've gotten a spring in your step. I'm happy to see that." The Fallen one stated as he looked at her, his face unreadable as he looked at her curiously.

Teri looked back with equal parts curiosity, as she wasn't quite sure why the Devil was looking at her the way he was, "Did I do something funny? You seem to be looking at me like I grew a pair of horns."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

Airship Rising Dawn - The Bridge
A.I. Vermilion | Jake
Jake thought for but a moment. "Display the crew as a Pokemon team. Generation 1 style. Here, have a pic." Jake said with a massive grin and laughter.

He flicked the AI a hyperlink to a picture of a Generation 1 Pokemon team roster. The holo display's were most impressive and easy to use, Jake was quite happy to find.

"Ahh I did forget to answer your question just now Miss Vermillion! Could we have some light music, a selection of the more ambient songs from the New Battlestar Galactica soundtracks?"

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

Airship Rising Dawn - The Bridge
A.I. Vermilion | Jake

Vermilion paused as she accessed the name database that she had already started since her creation and was about to begin reciting of a list of expletives that Puce and Mark had addressed her as. She considered the ramifications however of being called those names and erased the list from memory, though she did save the ones that Dimitri had called her, starting a new one with the base line of A.I. Vermilion.

"Currently I only go by A.I. Vermilion. However due to the length of the name, I will also answer to the names Vermilion, Vermi or V." She stated as she dutifully disabled the ejection sequence for the Captain's chair and ordered the robotic ground crew to stage the Warhawk should the need for a quick exit show itself.

"There is no need to copy my source code, my original is stored within a repurposed section of my creator's brain. However, I will comply should you need assistance in the event that you need to leave the ship." V stated as her image flickered for a moment on the screen, her source code copying itself to a partition of Jake's computer.

"Orders completed." The A.I. confirmed as she smiled at the image of Dimitri on the communications display while a selection of Bear McCreary's music started playing.


D.C. Battle Grounds - Beachhead
Aftan | Akane | Gabrielle

Aftan hesitated a moment to answer as if she was processing some unknown thoughts that had been carefully filed away from Akane and Gabrielle. She finally decided that they needed to be shared.

"I... am fine. I have just been having ill feelings towards Gabrielle or more specifically Kokoa." She stated, sounding guilty at the admission while relieved that she could reveal it to someone.

"From our dealings with Kokoa in the other world, I thought that she was relatively safe and did not appear to require any blood from an external source. However, since we came back, she has been more vampirish in her actions. She almost killed me and if was not for Master Mark's intervention, I might have died." There was no anger in her words, just an acceptance of facts and as she paused to think and consider her next words.

"I do not want to die because of someone I love. I would rather die to an enemy but to die to her... it would cause an unending amount of pain."


Angelus | Caim | Cadolbolg | Ton Ton

Cadolbolg looked at his partner and nodded that he had not infact eaten any person. He had in fact done something else.

"I did not consume a person per say but I did ... ohhhh that feels so much better... I did disarm one of our opponents by removing his hand and sword from the rest of him. I can honestly tell you that Angel does not taste very good... like chicken livers mixed with cow intestines." The Mini-Dragon stated as he opened and closed his jaw as if checking to see if there was anything else stuck in his teeth. Spitting once, a gold ring tinged on the ground as the dragon smiled guiltily.

"I believe we will not be able to fly while attempting to bypass the forces in the area. However, you can ride on my back if you wish." Cadolbolg stated as he got into a position that would allow the Tonberry to mount him.


Devon | Ella

Ella nodded enthusiastically at the idea, the additional soul that she had picked up in Kentucky, despite being angry at the situation, was rather laid back as he encouraged her to mess up the cultists. Raylan Givens was never into religions and what not. He was more goal oriented and what his smart mouth couldnt' solve, his pistol was more than able to.

"That's a good plan but we should keep some of the group on the borders to make sure someone's got out backs covered." She said as she slapped Devon on the butt. Clearly something was up as she didn't seem this forward before.


Kurumu | Melethia | Puce

Kurumu placed a finger on her chin as she thought to herself, wondering what it was that they could do to help each other out in a fight. Kurumu and Melethia could be pretty stealthy when they needed to be but Kurumu had the advantage of being able to fly and get around the field while Melethia was able to definitely deal more damage and the Succubus could on the ground.

"I dunno... but... I was thinking that if we could get your to easily and stealthily to any place during a fight, you could do the most damage to everything. Can you survive like a 10 foot drop?" The Succubus asked as an idea started forming in her head.


Kyre | Mark

Mark nodded in agreement with the little Anti-Mage. She was wel-

"Sure but it just seems to me that you're heading down this road that going to lead towards your inevitable rejection. I've seen their future, Kyre... and you might be in it... but it's not with Kurumu." The Dramatist said as he remembered the marriage of Puce and Kurumu that followed the birth of Baby Jac. This was... a month ago... he wasn't sure but it happened to a future version of the couple.

"I just think that as your friend... and we said that we could be friends back in the jungle... I just think you should be aware that you're headed down a road that won't end well for you. Best U-turn your way out." Mark stated as he moved to ruffle the girl's hair.


Lucifer | Teri

The Devil frowned at the comment about Teri growing horns but took it at face value... a jest nothing more than that. He was more interested in the fact that she had managed to rip the balls off a man reputed to be one of the most dangerous in the world and still live to tell the tale. To tell the truth such confidence wasn't what he normally saw in Teri but he found it...

"I'd be forced to fire you on the spot if you grew a set of horns. Anyone who can tell Rugal off like that is a contender for the throne." The Fallen One chuckled at his joke, watching as the white birds pecked at the seed that had been spilled at their feet.

"I'm just happy to see that you seem to be doing well for the moment... that is... are you doing okay?" He asked, a note of concern rearing its ugly head.

"That whole head thing was pretty intense after all." He said, mentally bashing his face into a pole as he mentioned the whole Shadow Teri ordeal.

"What I mean is... I just wanted to check up on you."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

D.C. Battle Grounds - Beachhead

Devon | Ella

He jumped at the slap and turned back to Ella. "Ella, something's up with you. What is it?" The bard wasn't accusing her of anything, but he could see that something was off with her and wanted it to get straightened out quickly.


Kurumu | Melethia | Puce

Melethia giggled then started laughing. "Can I survive a ten foot fall? Can you try to steal arrows from my bag?"

After a minute or two, she stopped laughing. "Of course I can handle that kinda fall. I mean, it's only ten feet! Not that bad at all." The elf began getting an impish grin as she focused on what Kurumu's plan might be.


Lucifer | Teri

Slindis moved closer to her pupil, and Lucifer could tell that Slindis was being reasonably defensive of Teri. He also saw a difference in the way she felt, as if she was more focused. Another thing of note that she was like someone that was going to a casual sleepover, not a paladin going off to a fight.

"You think that I'm not capable of taking care of her myself? Lucifer, I've gotten through worse. She'll be fine with me."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

Airship Rising Dawn - The Bridge
A.I. Vermilion | Jake
Jake smiled a bit at that. "Well then Miss Vermillion, be prepared to copy your local memory over to my PC as well. I'd hate for you too loose any experiences. Wow... This reminds me a lot about the old days, and RPing with Roamin11, Justin his name was. Heh heh heh, I miss Miss GLaDOS."


D.C. Battle Grounds - Beachhead
Aftan | Akane | Gabrielle
Akane was quiet for a moment. Then she spoke up softly. "I do see... To give your life for one you love, that's the ultimate sacrifice though. But what can we do? Kill Kokoa? Lock her away in their mind? They are one and the same... Much as Jake is so many yet one. I would not like to see inside his mind and how he stays a person. Much the same with our love. Did we not forgive her, in the sands of Arizona and the light of the morning sun? For who she is, and what she had done?"

Akane spoke softly, and knew that no more needed to be said.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

Dimitri took a looksie at the display, and found it to be satisfactory to his needs. It was much easier on his Mistress' mind to organize the data like this... Furthermore, he could put his own set of alarms on for different situations. With a satisfied nod, he spoke again, "Thank you, Helmsman Jake, Ms. Vermilion."

And with that, Dimitri's visual feed disappeared.


D.C. Battle Grounds - Beachhead

Angelus | Caim | Cadolbolg | Ton Ton

Ton Ton gave a gracious, "Thank you!" as he climbed on Cadolbolg's back. It was much easier to keep track of his movements whilst airborne, not to mention faster....


Lucifer | Slindis | Teri

Teri flushed when she heard her teacher behind her, and chimed in, "I'm pretty sure he doesn't mean you any offense, Ma'am... In fact, I'm kind of glad he's here... There's been something I've been wanting to ask about, well, 'her'."

She took a few spare grains from the bag, and threw it to some of the birds, a faint smile appearing as she did so, "To answer you question, and to ask mine, I'd have to say that after the battle and some bed rest, I do feel decidingly different. However... Sometimes, it feels like... Ah, how do I put this? Over-saturated. Like when you mix red and yellow paint to make orange; but you use too much red. You try to fix it with more yellow, but the red barely budges a shade. Does that make any sense? I thought that defeating 'her' would make me feel better, but sometimes, I just feel worse. I'm still afraid to really open up to anyone new, in case you didn't see how I practically attacked Jenny for saying 'hi'... I can't help but wonder if stopping 'her' really had any effect at all."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

Airship Rising Dawn - The Bridge
A.I. Vermilion | Jake

Vermilion nodded as she once more seemed to glitch out, not in a bad way mind you, but your would spasm too if all the parts of your brain were being accessed as the same time, read, copied and shunted over to another machine. Yeah... it wasn't the most pleasant of experiences but still it beat the alternative... erasure.

"My memory has no record on file of Justin or Miss GlaDOS." The A.I. said her face displaying the facial characteristics of someone who was curious about the topic that was just brought up.

"However, if I may forward a personal query, has your perspective on this 'Role Play' changed for you from what you have defined as the old days compared to where it is today?" She asked as she tightened up the starboard drone formation, ensuring that it did not break the predefined no-fly zone that Jake had defined for V.

"Additionally, if I may forward another personal query, your machine, the Warhawk, why is it that you fly what would be seen as an antiquated machine compared to what is available. This is not so much a personal attack so much as my Master and Creator's affinity for all things... 'shiny'"


D.C. Battle Grounds - Beachhead
Aftan | Akane | Gabrielle

Aftan nodded in response to Akane, taking care not to display any of the tears that she might have felt welling up inside her at the thought of dying by Kokoa's hands. But Akane was right. They had forgiven the vampire for ruse and for her role in the ruse just as they had Master Mark. To deny the vampire now because she was having an issue with her true nature would disregarding the forgiveness that Kokoa and Gabrielle had rightly earned from the Knight and the Kitsune.

"You are right, of course. You always are the wisest of us all." The Knight said with a smile that brightened her face considerably. Perhaps after this she would need to meditate on this aspect... forgiveness and acceptance.

"I would not want to lock her away despite the dangers she might pose to us. Best that we trust in her rather than fear her."

"And you are right. I would not want to glimpse inside the mind of Master Jake." There was a chuckle after this. These writers for all their flaws were an interesting lot. Even if this was how they saw themselves, they were indeed as flawed individuals as their creations. Perhaps that's why... each of the members of the crew was a representation of a desire, a flaw or a hope within each of the Writers. If Akane was Master Jake's desire for family and love and Gabrielle was the mania or craziness within Master Mark... what was Aftan? It was a question she had wanted to ask after all this was over.


Angelus | Caim | Cadolbolg | Ton Ton

The Mini-Dragon flapped his wings a couple times and launched himself into the air, taking care to stay low to the ground and to move slowly as to not draw attention. When the time for battle came, the Mini-Bruiser-Cuties would be ready to strike fear into the hearts of their enemies!


Devon | Ella

Ella shook her head as if she didn't know what Devon was talking about before she relented under his caring glance.

"It's just... something seems wrong whenever I feed off the souls up here. Down in the Pit, I was able to subvert the will of anyone that I consumed but it seems like up here, I can still hear their thoughts and voices even after I've told them to be quiet." She said as she suppressed a grimace from what looked like a bit of a headache.

"Like that False Caim that I consumed back in South America tells me that I shouldn't be helping y'all out. Instead I should be gutting you because you're all weak and it would make me feel better. The Marshall that I consumed in Kentucky is telling the false Caim to shut up and he has until the count of three before he beats the tar out of him." Ella said as she listened in on the argument between the souls that she had consumed.

"When I tell them to be quiet they just ignore me... as if I don't have any control over them." She continued as she tried to make sense of it all.


Kurumu | Melethia | Puce

Kurumu's idea started to take shape in her head as she spotted a small group of 4 occultists in the distance that had strayed away from the main group. They would make easy targets if Kurumu and Melethia could time this move just right.

"Let's try something if you're ready." The Succubus said as she unfurled her wings, murmured an invisibility spell and took off. It might have taken Melethia by surprise but she found herself airborne once again, the wind whipping through her green hair as the Succubus made her way towards the small group, a small argument having broken out between them as to which direction the National Mall was.

"Okay... on the count of 3... I'm going to drop you into that little group over there. You take care of them from the ground and I'll take them out from the sky." Kurumu said to the invisible elf that she was carrying.

"1... 2... 3... drop!" The blue haired Succubus said as she released her grip on her Elf friend.


Lucifer | Teri

The Fallen one nodded towards the Paladin in greeting as he listened to Teri's question and explanation of what was going on internally within the confines of her head. It was an interesting thing what was happening to Teri but it wasn't what the Devil had intended when he broke down the walls that kept Teri... the real one... hidden from the world.

"I've seen this before... well not specifically what you're going through but more or less the same reaction towards feelings. Drug addicts sometimes do drugs to cast away emotions that they don't want to feel and build up walls, sort of like how you locked your own emotions away, to keep yourself from feeling them and to keep others from seeing them. But now that the walls have been removed, like a junkie going clean, you're feeling again and you don't know how to cope or regulate the flood that you're feeling." Lucifer explained as he mulled over the issue for a bit.

"I also can't help but feel a bit guilty for your reaction since neither Slindis or myself really gave you a choice in the matter. We just said we're doing this... we don't care if you want it or not and... well... kiddo... I'm sorry about that." The Eternal Adversary stated, his apology sounding genuine.

"I wouldn't want for you to go back to the way you were but you need to figure out how to process what you're feeling and know that not everyone is going to invade your head like I did. I promise you though... I'll ask next time, okay?" The Beast of the Pit said with a smile and though he felt like reaching out to touch the Cleric's hand in a sign of reassurance, he refrained from doing so.

"Just... you do know how to get in touch with me if you need help processing these feelings. I promise I won't look down on you for them." There was a hint of pleading in Lucifer's voice as if he wanted to be the person that Teri could turn to when she was in trouble... he wanted to be some one that she could count on to help make things better.

"*cough* Ahem ... anyways... erm... what were we talkin- Oh yes. Yes yes yes... Ummm... You're gonna be alright Teri. I can safely say that."

Rugal

After receiving the letter, Rugal pressed onward away from the main group, intending to get a head-start on the others
Thus when the likes of Teri or Jenny tried to locate him, he was shown to be in the distance.
It was just him, his thoughts and the checkpoint guards.
"Sir! This area is restrict-URK?!"
A few well placed strikes was all it took and checkpoint was now guard-less.
"Christ...They'll take anyone with a pulse these days..." He sighed before kicking down the wire gate.

Jenny

She watched both Slindis and Teri talk to the incorporeal Lucifer or what it looked like to her: nothing.
Jenny is Confused!
"Ummm...Pardon me for asking, but...who or what are you talking to?..." She asked, while she knew some of the members were..."Unusual", this was kinda a new one.

David

Once the team began to enter the city, David called out his intentions.
"Right, I'm going to see if I can't knock out one of those Military Snipers further down the line and take his nest, should be able to cover a huge amount of ground from there. I'll meet up with you all later."
And like Rugal, he stayed from the group towards the taller buildings closer to the Riot Zone.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

Airship Rising Dawn - The Bridge
A.I. Vermilion | Jake
"Nor would it on Roamin11 nor Miss Glados. If I recall Correctly, we stopped italicizing her name when she transferred her consciousness from machine to flesh, or more correctly was turned from AI into a Quantum AI and given human form by another Quantum AI, by the name of the Shrike. In the history or timeline of the Avatar Adventures, that was 3 years ago, or about 450 pages. When Red Mage merged the worlds, we were at around page 600. I joined in the 160's I think, and left around 300 and returned in the mid 400's, I don't quite recall. I have been around a long time, not the longest, Shaun has that down, but when I speak of the 'old days' I refer to my early time. Different people, different characters, different game. Not as high powered constantly, but the big boss battles were epic to behold. Nostalgia, really." Jake explained, a smile on his face yet his voice a little sad.

"As for your personal query about my fighter... She might be old, but in this fight anything I fly is gonna be outclassed. I have countless hours simulated in that fighter, I know it inside and out, how it fights. With my flight time here in real life, I know her even better. She's my favourite plane from that era, and nice to fly in battle and out. That, and at the time I didn't believe I was capable of creating a modern day jet fighter with my author powers. Now? Probably. I like the older stuff though, it has spirit, something that things today lack. Things today are built, not made. Throwaway society. Besides, I'm different, and this shows it." Jake's tone had changed to a much happier one, explaining his quirks to the AI.

Standing and walking over to the main window Jake smiled wide. "Miss Vermillion, feel free to be open and blunt with me. I value that. Besides, why do you think my callsign is 'Dozer'? I'm like a bull in a china shop. Straight and to the point. Pretty dopey too, but that's a hidden bonus of the callsign my mates all agreed."


D.C. Battle Grounds - Beachhead
Aftan | Akane | Gabrielle

Akane giggled at Aftan's praise, happy to see her love happy again. "I would not say I'm wisest... Just a little more experienced at this kind of thing..." she said softly as she stole a quick kiss from the Knight.

Breaking away, she placed a hand back upon her sword and pricked her ears. "Somebody has moved ahead, several thuds, sounded like bodies hitting the ground? Very faint, we should marshal everyone and move on."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

D.C. Battle Grounds - Beachhead

Devon | Ella

He sighs. "That doesn't really explain the touchy feely way you're feeling, unless your souls want the two of us to get closer right now. Still, with the souls, are you sure there's no way for you to stay alive without the whole consumption of souls bit? I don't want to see you get torn up like this for you to stay up here." It pained the Bard to see Ella having such a difficult time, and it was clear that he wanted to aid her.


Kurumu | Melethia | Puce

Melethia easily got the drop on the four, cutting two down with the fall and quickly stabbing the hearts of the other two with frightening precision. "Was that supposta be hard, Skyhair?" She checked over the cultists, stripping them of the little valuables they had.


Slindis | Jenny

Slindis gave a wave to Jenny as Teri and Lucifer continued talking. "Teri's talking to a companion of mine and hers. They're only accessible by talking through one of our rings, and they're usually keyed to the person. I know it's odd, but this person enjoys their privacy almost as much as they like making others look foolish. It's an odd quirk of theirs." If it wasn't for the voice and hair, it would be fairly easy for Jenny to say that the person in front of her wasn't Slindis. After all, she had no armor on or any weapons, and the Drow's mind felt much lighter compared to that fiasco at the wedding.

Jenny | Lucifer | Slindis | Teri

Teri didn't really hear Jenny's words, nor the Paladin's, as her mind had homed in on what Lucifer offered. The promise of a guilt-free confidante, especially when the guilt-free part was essentially guaranteed to her. But, that nasty little creature known as doubt wormed it's way into her thoughts, and quietly reminded her that this was The Devil she was thinking of in this way. But had he really lived up to that name, she wondered. The worst he had done by her was what? Given her a trinket? Blasted her Shadow to Kingdom Come with her teacher?

Ah, but that's what he wants you to think, the doubts voiced, kindness is paid upfront, and when you least expect it, the rug will be jerked from underneath you. This is Lucifer; the Lord of Hell. How many Faustian deals have you read going wrong for lesser things? Don't trust this being, despite how kind he appears! It will only lead you to your downfall...

"But I- I really want..."

"I want someone to believe in. I want someone who doesn't doubt me as I do."

Poor Slindis... What makes her so different? Are you certain there isn't anything else hidden in that thought? Something that makes this person (I thought he wasn't a person to you) different? Hmn..? I mean, think about this for a moment. You've got your teacher, a wonderful being who is always helpful, and wants to guide you; teach you the ways of healing and defense... And then there's this pitiable creature; ordered by God to Fall. What does he have to offer that she cannot?

"I don't know. I can't put my finger on it."

Is it because he's NOT pure? Does your desire to help others override common sense? Not everyone can be brought into light, and love does not conquer all...

"Everyone deserves a second chance...."

Even Rugal?Even Bruiser?

Teri ignored that last fading thought, and then looked to Lucifer, "Alright, how about this? You show me your true self first. If I'm going to expose the real me, then you need to do the same. Deal?"

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

Lucifer | Slindis | Teri

Lucifer paused for a moment, did she know what she was asking for him to do... out in the open no less. If there was anyone who was attuned to him, it would break the secret that he had been holding onto, clinging onto for millions upon millions of years.

"Millions upon millions of lonely years. All the ones that you started this journey with have already gone back... unable to fulfill the promises that they gave you when you all started out on this foolish venture." The Fallen One's mind retorted as he faced his own temptation.

"I... umm..." The Prince of Lies started to say as he his thoughts continued to crash upon the cliffs of his will, slowly eroding away his abilities to control himself.

"You heard what The Boss said... she said that she didn't think it was a good idea but she didn't outlaw you from it... this is your chance to find someone that can bring you out of the darkness that you've shrouded yourself in for so long. Even just a taste of what this girl represents was enough for you to show your true form to her." his mind continued to counter as his mouth refused to work.

"I... re...really..."

"Come on Lucifer... you've held your end of the bargain for so long and still... mankind is no closer to what the ideal than they were when those two lunkheads ate that forbidden fruit."

"...okay..." The voice came... it was small... quiet... not the booming and boisterous voice that Teri had become accustomed to coming from the Devil.

It was at that point that he revealed himself to her... his eyes... blue like the azure skies above them... his hair golden as if crafted from the sun itself. His wings... white as driven snow and softer than that. He no longer wore the decadent tailored Italian suit or the dark armor befitting the Lord of the Pit. Instead his armor was that of Golds, Silvers and whites. His helm... which he cradled in his arms bore his station... the second set of Archangel wings.

"I promise you... I won't let you down." The Morning Star stated as he looked at Teri, his wings stretching as if they been wrapped up against his body for far too long.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

Airship Rising Dawn - The Bridge
A.I. Vermilion | Jake

The Vermilion A.I. agreed with her acting Captain that he was indeed different. Studies had shown that he was in fact correct, that older examples of technology did have a tendency to last longer and though the machine that he had decided to make is own was slower than most of those fielded in the modern age, it did have a sense of "je ne said quoi" about it.

"Agreed Jake. Our society has become rather cast off with its technology as of late, however, I hope that I am the one piece of technology on this Airship that does not become obsoleted by a passing fancy or 'shininess'" The A.I. mused as she directed the ship towards the second leg of their patrol, keeping the turrets primarily focused to the East were the Airforce base with its squadron of interceptors was located.

"Addition of alias Dozer has been added to your file, sir. Now... if it is not too terribly intrusive, might I inquire as to what your plans are after this Tomoya debacle has been resolved? I would hope that you have something relaxing planned as I do." She stated with a smile, thoughts of Dimitri and herself wandering the great wide Internet danced through her digital brain.


D.C. Battle Grounds - Beachhead
Aftan | Akane | Gabrielle

The Knight and the Kitsune advanced towards the direction of the sounds that Akane her heard, Gabrielle keeping watch on the roof with her Sniper's rifle ready to take down anything that could have been considered a threat.

"Look! Someone's disposed of the guards at the checkpoint ahead." Aftan said as she rushed it and saw the remains of the guards that Rugal had dispatched in his quest to get to the National Mall.

" Looks like Master Rugal was in a rush didn't bother to hide the bodies. If continues to do to this we shall be discovered for sure." Aftan saud as she eliminated the bodies with an intense ball of fire that consumed them in less than a minute.


Devon | Ella

Ella looked at Devon for a moment confused as she tried to focus on him, her mind filled with the arguments of the two souls that she had consumed while outside of the Pit.

"I... I dunno." She admitted when asked if there was anything that Devon could do to help which unless Devon could personally deliver the souls to their rightful places of rest, they would continue to cause Ella the distress that she was currently under.

"Caim... he says that he wants to see more action... that he would have ... love to get his... hands on me... the other one. He ... he thinks that I'm a nice girl... he says that he wishes that it didn't have to end like that... for him but he understands." The Succubus said as she admitted the cause of her physicality towards the Bard.

It seemed that this was getting to be a little much for her because she looked over towards where Teri and Slindis and Jenny were standing and swore she saw an Archangel in their midst. It was at that moment that a needle suddenly found its way into Ella's arm, pumping it with a sedative that would take the edge off of whatever it was that she was going through at the point in time.

As Devon turned to see who had attacked his companion, he saw Mark standing there, Kyre behind him, a needle in his hands.

"Better?" The Dramatist asked the Succubus as the sedative took effect.

"A little.... actually... a lot." Ella said with a smile as she turned back towards Devon, the color returning to her face.

"I'll leave you two to figure it out."


Kurumu | Melethia | Puce

Kurumu laughed as the Elf dispatched the cultists in no time at all, the invisibility spell working wonders to allow the Elf to attack them from above without issue.

"Of course it was supposed to be that easy. This was a test, my little Elf-Bomb. I think this could be the start of something rather amazing!" Kurumu said as she landed next to Mel, the two heading back to Puce afterwards.

"Awesome job you two and it was pretty quick too... much faster than if either of you did it on your own." Puce said with a chuckle.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

Airship Rising Dawn - The Bridge
A.I. Vermilion | Jake
Jake stayed standing at the bridge, his face hidden from the AI. His voice projected, cold and emotionless.

"Death's embrace, and the next journey. There is nothing here for me once I help right things and Tomoya is ended. Simple as that. I fear not Death. I fear being abandoned and alone by those I call my friends and those I trust. But to die, on my terms, no I do not fear that."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

Airship Rising Dawn - The Bridge
A.I. Vermilion | Jake

V stood by for a moment while the ship's acting captain until Jake started to move again. She could conceive to the notion that he was talking about and she considered relaying the information about his intentions to the other Authors so that they might talk him out of it. However, given that it would be considered disrespectful at the moment, she instead continued to speak to him, though her tone was changed; it was more gentle than previous.

[code]"It is a noble sentiment to not fear death, however, it I could interject with a thought, Jake. You have at your disposal the ability to travel to any destination in the Universe yet your believe that the next step in your journey should be death? As a pilot, do you not feel that the next logic step should be Space and beyond that? Additionally, and forgive me for impudence in the matter, if you choose to die... will you not be abandoning your friends? You say that you fear that but for you to place that upon others is... hypocritical, no?" She asked, he voice gentle but with an added harshness caused by the ship's speakers.

Disasterchild:

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Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

Airship Rising Dawn - The Bridge
A.I. Vermilion | Jake
Jake turned to face the AI's projected image. His face was at peace, a disturbing calm upon his face. "I am an Author. This world has been directly influenced and hurt by my hand. I will not travel onwards, I can't return to my own world and resume my normal life. My timeline has been altered, and apart from fixing my wrongdoings in this world, I have no place in it. I will talk to the other Authors about it before acting, but the characters, the people of the AA get no say. And to be fair Miss Vermillion, once the world has been saved, it shouldn't really matter if I die or not, it won't be abandoning them, as truly they shouldn't have a need for me. They all have other friends, they all have other reasons to live. Teri has her learning, Devon has a life to live to the fullest before his time to be served, Mark is Mark, no doubt he has countless ideas and plans. But me? I came here purely to help, then leave. You have more reason to live past Tomoya than I do, to learn and grow."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

Lucifer | Slindis | Teri

No, Teri did not realize what she was asking when she made that request. She remembered this form in her mindscape being of a far lower key than what was before her now. Now... She could not speak, at least, not in the way she had gained proficiency. Her eyes took in the sight as the thirsty took water; but it was not in a sexual nature. No, it was as an artist appreciated the finest painting, each part of the craftsmanship of a piece being taken into account as the work was viewed. Indeed, angels were crafted by God's hands, they were not born weak and screaming as humans were. Humans were never made to be like this. Not as bright, not as polished, not as-

"Beautiful."

Ah, that was the word. A thought again? Well, it was better than the lack of them she had a moment ago. What laid before her was certainly draining what semblance of conscious thought she had. Ah, but it's rude to stare. Come on words, do your work! It was funny how she tried to get some semblance of clarity out; it was identical to her friend there... At least, when he wasn't strutting around in Archangel Regalia. Wait a minute, the roles were being reversed here... Instead of him being the one who was tongue tied, it was her. Even then, his voice was full of confidence and strength where her's was missing entirely. Then... All that time, all those kind words, and gestures: Genuine, each and every one. Kindness from an uncanny source. She had gained something she had wanted so badly when her world was turned upside down; to be accepted as she was, without being called to improve or change. Even if he was forceful in his methods, his intentions never strayed, nor had anything insidious lurking underneath. Furthermore, she could relate to his calling from God; as she too was called into His service; albiet, in a kinder way.

When she had first encountered him, her being was guarded by walls long erected, afraid of what semblance of emotion could leak through. This had applied both ways, as she did not want anything getting out or coming in. Now, with her 'saturated' view in place, things were abundantly clear; and it shook her back to reality.

A hand flew to her mouth in a desperate attempt to quell the gasp that escaped her lips; and the other to her chest in an attempt to steady the heavily increasing heartbeat in her chest; her eyes blinking desperately to hide the tears that were waiting to well over. No. this could not be. It couldn't. Of all the beings in the world for her idiotic heart to fixate on...

The Cleric shook her head in disbelief, even if what she saw before her was really real. She shouldn't have asked him this. He should have said no, or told her to ask something else. But, he followed through, and things made much more sense. Taking a fearful step back, Teri gently grasped her tablet as alerts went off about the status of her allies; using that to occupy her now shaking hands. This would also be her excuse, "I gotta go. I'm- I'm sorry I asked this of you! I didn't realize the consequences until now. Please, change back before someone tries to hurt you, or ruin your duty to God. Go in peace."

After that, the girl turned tail and fled, running to escape the cause of her agony.

Jenny
Jenny was in awe of the Fallen Angel's true form.
...can't really add anything else here, just the fact that his Teri was able to summon the Devil of all things, talk to him and then get him to do this.
What could she say?
"My...god...." she gasped finally, not believing what was happening.

David
Following a brief walk up several dozen flights of stairs, a quick fight with a SWAT team member and some finishing personal touches, David had his sniper nest ready to go.
"Attention all, this is West, In position. I'll act as spotter and provide Support, just keep in touch and I'll be able to Mark and Execute Targets, West Out."
Thus the sniper got to his post and began to check the path ahead, pointing out streets that lead to rioters.

Rugal
After clearing the checkpoint, Rugal was now nearing the center of the action, already passing by burned out cars and broken shopfronts.
He neared a block corner and peered over the side, seeing a large group of the doomsday cultists.
Need to get closer before I go postal... He thought as he took the adjacent street to hopefully avoid them.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

Location: Airship Rising Dawn | In Transit | Outside of D.C. Airspace
Time: Midday | January 2nd

D.C. Battle Grounds - Beachhead
Lucifer | Slindis | Teri

Seeing Lucifer's true form was certainly a bit different, but her student running off made Slindis follow in hot pursuit. Going off alone was a surefire way to get killed! She did her best to catch up with her student and caught up with her after not too long, although they'd gotten a good distance from the rest of the group.

"Teri, what are you thinking? Running off like that's a dangerous move. What would happen if you got injured and we couldn't get to you in time?"

As Slindis talked to Teri, Sadei chimed in to her wielder. Teri, what's going on? It's crazy trying to talk to you! Your mind's like a maelstrom, and you're leaving me here alone again...


Devon | Ella

He looked at the hole in Ella's Arm and put his hand over it, wincing very slightly as he felt the slight prick on himself from the transfer. "Yeah, we'll be good from here. I'll just try to keep a closer eye on her and hope something doesn't happen to her with the souls there." Devon began leading the way for Ella, trying to make sure that she was fine as they began closing in on some of the more hectic fighting.


Kurumu | Melethia | Puce

Melethia nods. "And we can keep changin' it up, Skyhair. Who says it has to be drops every time? We can rain arrows down on 'em too! No need to let them learn and hit us hard. After all, no trap is designed the same."

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