Gato Community College. (game thread)

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"While I am against this..I'll help out. Though later and...not in front of anyone. Just, figure out when and where you want to do this and I'll do it. Send me a text."

Understanding how much he was against it, yet thankful that h was still willing to do it, Mira nodded and began thinking on where to do it. Of course, she also gave a verbal thank you to him as well, but in the midst of that, she began wondering exactly where to do the task. She hadn't really given thought to where they could do it without anyone questioning it...of course, it's not like they had a lot of options either. The training room may be good...but there was always a chance that people could come in and see him beating on her, thus causing more problems than she cared for. The gym was disregarded outright due to it's amount of traffic. Her room could be viable...except their teammates would probably be able to hear it, not to mention the problems that would arise in the event of her scheduling it at night. All in all, every other option or area she could think of tended to be worse and worse than her first option.

"I'm going to train a bit. If you need me for anything else, just reach me there or call me."

"Ok. See you later.", she said, making up her mind. It might be open to people coming in but in the end, she decided the bet option was still probably the training room. Now she just had to decide a time. In the end, while she decided that, she ended up going into her room, mostly due to everyone else being caught up in their own conversations and her not wanting to butt in and be rude just because hers was done. In the interim, she began preping the materials for the potions Tomas had volunteered to help out on, all the while trying to find a time that wasn't too late or too early.

"Not that figure anyone would think I was anyway."

"Well I wouldn't have been surprised to see you join us," Juliet said "honestly I'm not sure Seth really cares how prepared we are or not."

She shrugged, considering what to say next. Being a shapeshifter being uncomfortable or unfamiliar with ones body was something she'd experienced before but also something she adjusted to rather quickly. Sure it took some practice and thought to puzzle out all the capabilities of a new form but learning to fly for her had been simple, instincts covered the basics and discomfort rarely lasted long. Sierra's new additions didn't seem nearly so malleable though.

"Well if you ever want help, or just someone to talk to then let me know."

Sierra nodded. "I might have to come and pick your brain on that one. Before I just hide my demon-y bits with a glamor, and while I can shrink them down now, but I can't make them go away and even keeping them small can be a pain some times." Sierra's wings hanging a little lower, giving her a 'cloak' like look.

"But it might have to wait till after the op, depending on how much time we have between now and then, but you know about the time frame then me, I was asleep during the meeting." She said, with smirk. "For now though, I'm gonna go talk to Karis, see what he wants since I have to 'qualify' for field work." Sierra said, then gave Juliet a little 'see ya later' wave and took off to go see Karis.

not long after that, Seth texted ever one, informing every one that everything is on scheduled and three days is when the mission will start. Right after that there was a message from Karis informing the team to come down in the morning for pre-mission drills.

Next Day - Morning

As the team piled into the class room Karis typically used for 'class room' training sessions they where greeted by the sight of a girl, small in stature, in a green over coat with a hood that had rabbit ears on it, and said hood was pulled up so you couldn't really see her face well. She was reading a book, and as the group came in she turned to look at who was coming in the room with bright sky blue eyes. "H-hello" she said timidly. "Mr Karis is busy at the moment, so he left me in charge of giving you a brief overview of the pre-mission exercises your team will be under taking." then almost as if she just now remember. "M-my name is Sasha by the way, I'm sorry I didn't tell you right away." she said then directed every ones attention to the small sand box on top of the desk Karis usually started his classes behind.

Sasha went behind the desk and got up on a small stand to get her high enough to place her hand into the sand. The sand stirred and changed shape, into a building with six floors, from there she removed the roof from the top floor and then separated the floors into individual sections so the group could view all of them at once. "Mr Karis has asked my to make a full sized version of the building from the map the person your going to go rescue gave us. So as I understand you'll be running a few mock runs. Mr Karis said that there will be hostiles in the training area, equal to the number given, as will as mock ups of security systems you'll encounter according to what was given." Sasha explained, deferring more then once to a piece of paper as she spoke to check if what she was saying was indeed correct.

Solomon Thorn

Sol stretched in his seat, the one he'd chosen during the first time they had a session there, and that he had laid claim instantly. It was next to a window, near the back, though not so far back it was difficult to hear Karis talk. These Sol actually went to, after all, he'd be a fool to refuse knowledge presented so readily, especially knowledge that few other hunters were privy to. He felt at the sore part of his neck, it was still red and ached a bit when he rubbed it. But in a good way. And a little in a bad way, but hey, he didn't mind.

Luke had declined the whole sex thing after they had made up, because damn if he was going to bring over snacks and his laptop and not actually watch some shows. Sol got to choose, and he had just gone with whatever, and ended up watching a show about two brothers looking for their dad while also shooting things in the face. It caused Luke to ask a lot of questions, like "Is that really how you get rid of a ghost?" and "Do you have a shotgun in your car?". Sol wasn't going to mention the hidden compartment in his car back in the US, but he just sort of shrugged. He didn't have a shotgun. He had a lot of things, but not a shotgun.

Should I get a shotgun?

Regardless, Luke had been more charitable in the morning, and Sol was feeling pretty well right now, his problems figured out, his needs taken care of, and the simple joy of having just showered and put on clean clothes, almost fresh out of the dryer. He'd been pretty early too, though as people started arriving, he noticed that Karis wasn't one of them.

Is he going to be late to his own meeting?

There was someone else there, a short woman in a green coat.

"H-hello. Mr Karis is busy at the moment, so he left me in charge of giving you a brief overview of the pre-mission exercises your team will be under taking. M-my name is Sasha by the way, I'm sorry I didn't tell you right away."

Sol tilted his head, wondering if it would be rude to try to catch a peek under her hood. It was odd that she didn't even pull back the hood when talking.

Come on Sol, she probably doesn't want you to do that.

Still, now he was curious.

"Mr Karis has asked my to make a full sized version of the building from the map the person your going to go rescue gave us. So as I understand you'll be running a few mock runs. Mr Karis said that there will be hostiles in the training area, equal to the number given, as will as mock ups of security systems you'll encounter according to what was given."

Sol couldn't help but feel his ears perk up -not literary, obviously- as he heard the last bit. Security systems, huh. He knew security systems, he'd gone through a few of them, even after becoming a hunter. Sol quickly raised his hand, eagerly, and waited for the right moment to talk. Before, he would've hesitated, but now... now it felt easier to mention something that might've hinted at his past like this.

"Security system?" he asked, trying not to sound as intrigued as he felt. He failed, and decided to drop the act altogether. "So this is like a heist? There's thirty people, but that's a pretty big building, so..." he started thinking about it. Five people each floor, though obviously that wouldn't be how the layout was. Besides, it was only a general number.

Still, this should be more up my alley.

He was already feeling inspired, not because of the criminal part, but because he still really enjoyed the challenge of a good heist. "And we're not to danger records or computers, or anything that could have information on it, so we're going to have to try to move carefully, can't just rush in and shoot everything in sight. We have to think. That's pretty neat." Sol liked planning, he liked sneaking, and though they were supposed to kill everyone apart from their inside guy, this as more his thing.

"Do we get to, you know. Do some planning as a group? If I could get some info on the security systems beforehand, that'd be great. I have some ideas."

After Yvette had left, Daniel and Will made some small talk before the Angel decided to call it a day and leave. He did, however, briefly stop by to see Yvette and pass on a contact number she could reach him by in case anything came up before returning to his office to write up some field reports for The Order, during which he received a message from both Seth and Karis. It appeared that the mission to acquire their VIP would take place in three days time and that Karis had scheduled some pre-mission training simulations to start tomorrow morning.

The Following Morning

Daniel had been one of the early one arriving at this meeting, although not as early as Sol had been. Entering the room once others started showing up, they were greeted with the sight of what appeared to be a woman wearing a green hooded overcoat, with something akin to bunny ears on top; she appeared to be somewhat startled by the sudden arrival.

"H-hello. Mr Karis is busy at the moment, so he left me in charge of giving you a brief overview of the pre-mission exercises your team will be undertaking. M-my name is Sasha by the way, I'm sorry I didn't tell you right away."

Where has that bounder gotten to? Probably got caught up in some bureaucratic red tape for the mission no doubt

Sasha then appeared to manipulate the sand that was contained in a box on Karis's desk, creating buildings.

Geomancer huh? Or can at least manipulate sand.

"Mr Karis has asked me to make a full sized version of the building from the map the person you're going to go rescue gave us. So as I understand you'll be running a few mock runs. Mr Karis said that there will be hostiles in the training area, equal to the number given, as well as mock-ups of security systems you'll encounter according to what was given."

"Security system?" Inquired Sol, his eyes almost looked as though they lit up at their mere mention, he seemed to be more into this case than the last one, probably because it made better use of his skills.

"Good to see you're more comfortable with this mission Sol. Sounds like it would be more your bag." Daniel commented as he looked at the sand construction.

She spent all night up again, trying to get stuff ready and working. Still, the thought of being a potential lethal bomb kept plaguing her thoughts, making her more and more worried as time went on. For once, she actually felt fear over the idea that she could stop existing physically in her totality, something that she had previously dismissed as out of hand due to the unlikelyness of it. She had aways been more concerned over the idea of being ripped apart and left alive, trapped in her own body without anyone realizing she was alive. Hell, now she wished that she could go back to a time like that knstead of worrying about either one happening now. Most importantly though, she wished she could go back in time and stop herself from listening to Seth, to realize how bad of an idea that was. Either way though, she would have to schedule that meet up with Tomas that night. The idea of not knowing was killing her...figuratively, of course.

Still, that would be later. Right now though, she had just walked into the classroom with the others where are strange and timid girl was greeting them. She said that her name was Sasha and that she was to help them train for the mission. Of course, the exact details were lost on Mirabelle as she got destracted by the ears on Sasha's coat, wondering why someone would bother putting those on a coat. Still, she was attentive enough to snap out of it and listen to what her teammates said about the matter.

"Do we get to, you know. Do some planning as a group? If I could get some info on the security systems beforehand, that'd be great. I have some ideas."

She was surprised to hear some enthusiasm from Sol this time, all things considered. She wouldn't look this gift horse in the mouth though and simply said, "Well...i think the point of all of this is so that we can plan. Still, since i don't have anything, could you share with me on your ideas?"

Both Tomas and William went on their way on the previous day. Either training or relaxing as they were getting ready for the upcoming mission. Today, both got a message for another meeting today. Walking in, they would have seen the timid girl who seemed to be misstepping over her words here and there.

Tomas wonder if this was because she never really talked that much and is worried about messing things up, or if she just hates giving speeches in front of a large group. While William why they were running into a lot more timid people lately. Though he just thought that now that he sort of over being timid himself, he can see the signs. Either way Will hopes they were worrying her.

"Do we get to, you know. Do some planning as a group? If I could get some info on the security systems beforehand, that'd be great. I have some ideas."

"Well...i think the point of all of this is so that we can plan. Still, since i don't have anything, could you share with me on your ideas?"

"Well it will be nice for once to know how much danger we will be facing." Tomas commented. "Hopefully we can get some answers on that and finally have a plan besides "Go in and kill everything."

Viktor

After Sierra left to go pester her 'father', Viktor headed back to his office to catch up with some his own work, and to contact his clan. An hour or so later Yvette tracked him down and told him of her encounter; once the shaken Nephilim had returned to her room, he headed straight to the Admin office and gave them an ultimatum, either they would deal with the problem elements of 'Beta House' now and effectively, or he would...and he couldn't guarantee there wouldn't be casualties if he had to act. He didn't wait around to hear their answer.

Now

Entering the meeting room he was a bit surprised to see some girl reading a book where Karis should've been standing.

"H-hello, Mr Karis is busy at the moment, so he left me in charge of giving you a brief overview of the pre-mission exercises your team will be under taking. M-my name is Sasha by the way, I'm sorry I didn't tell you right away."

Viktor let out a quiet and exasperated sigh. Ten Euro says he 'Shanghai'd' this poor girl into subbing for him at the last moment. His eyebrow ached as Sasha approached the sand table and 'build' a scale six story building. That...that's pretty neat. Clasping his hand behind his back, he studied the floor plans while the others talked, looking up briefly to give Solomon a smile and a nod as the hunter mentioned wanting details of the potential security system. Nice to see him finally getting involved...too bad trying get him to do that with any other part of the team is like trying to pull teeth.

"Well it will be nice for once to know how much danger we will be facing. Hopefully we can get some answers on that and finally have a plan besides "Go in and kill everything."

"You make a good point Tomas...last thing we want is to go in expecting a cake walk and find out the place is full of heavies." He replied, directing a questioning look towards Sasha.

Yvette

Yvette slipped in quietly behind the crowd, and found somewhere out of the way to stand; she knew she wouldn't have anything to add to any planning, so she simply watched and waited. Last night she'd, hopefully, got her head sorted out about what she may have to do...though with any luck she would be able to hang back and leave the actual fighting to others.

Sasha nodded in response to Sol's question, and was about to say something to add to it when Karis and Sierra appeared, likely from Limbo, then continued. "That's the whole reason these drills where set up. For you to practice and come up with a plan."

Karis, interestingly, was in full combat attire, as he was in his armor and had his sword on him, though he looked like he'd gotten into a fight with a blender, or lawnmower given the damage to he suit, it also looked to have been burnt or frozen around several of the cuts in his armor.

Sierra, didn't really look much better, lots of nicks and cuts, with some of the larger wounds already wrapped, even her tail was wounded and wrapped. Implying that she'd been using it in what ever fight she and Karis just finished.

Sierra just found a place to sit down while Karis set his sword down and took his helm off. "Well, a plan or two, just in case." Karis said cutting in. Sasha quickly relayed to Karis Sol's question about the nature of the security systems. Karis walked over to the desk, put his hand on one of the drawers, opened it and then set the contents on the deck in front of Sol and the others. Which was the info they had on where they'd be going to pull the spy out, the security system was not terribly impressive. Security cameras where the order of the day by and large, likely with some one sitting in a room watching all the feeds with a some from of communication with the rest of the base.

The Strategy at play seemed to be 'blend in and don't let on that anything is here'.

"I suspect there will be a little more to deal with them what we've been told. The number of people on hand seems low for the size of the building for one, and we don't know for certain what kind of access our man on the inside has for another. Still, it's better then nothing and it's best we take full advantage of it." Karis added before sitting down him self, before suggesting Sasha do a 'once over' on the mock building.

Solomon Thorn

"Good to see you're more comfortable with this mission Sol. Sounds like it would be more your bag."

Sol gave Daniel a nod and a smile as a reply, figuring that whatever the meaning was -whether it was about him doing a bad job the last time or not- it was well intended and showed good-will, a gesture he wouldn't just ignore.

"Well...I think the point of all of this is so that we can plan. Still, since i don't have anything, could you share with me on your ideas?"

"Wait and see," he replied. "I need to know some details first." He raised an eyebrow at Vik's approval, and though he gave the other a brief wink, he had to wonder, was everyone really that surprised he showed some interest and enthusiasm?

Perhaps it's just them approving extra much this time.

Or perhaps he really seemed into it this time. He couldn't help it, this was more like the first mission they had gone through with, it seemed flexible, and it included sneaking. Sol was both flexible and sneaky, it was a perfect match. Eventually he got a reply when it came to the plans and security systems.

"That's the whole reason these drills where set up. For you to practice and come up with a plan."

"Well then," Sol said, and winked. "No pressure?" After listening to the details, Sol wasn't sure if he was disappointed by how simple it seemed, or happy it didn't seem like it would be much hassle.

"I suspect there will be a little more to deal with them what we've been told. The number of people on hand seems low for the size of the building for one, and we don't know for certain what kind of access our man on the inside has for another. Still, it's better then nothing and it's best we take full advantage of it."

"Well, my main idea right now would see me use my amulet to get inside undetected, get to the security room, and get control over the cameras. With them, I'd be able to survey every room they're pointed at, and inform everyone about the locations of those there, or even lead someone to my position so that I could let them take over the job and deal with whatever locks there might be. I mean, it'd be a real waste for us to simply shut down the security screens when we could use them to gain the upper hand. And I'd be the best one to send in first, because of my amulet and because I can unlock pretty much every door and I know the look of most security systems in case they have backups and... and then Juliet could sneak in from another direction using an animal form and Vik could be positioned on one of the middle floors so that he could more easily get to those who might need his help, and perhaps Mira could make something that could contain some magical energy so that my amulet would have a little more charge, and we'd need to utilize the darkness, because of course we're going during the night, and we'd have to..."

He stopped up, and scratched his stubbles, feeling slightly sheepish where he sat, formulating ideas before they'd even discussed it further. No, not even formulating them, just blabbering.

I'm really not ready for this teamwork thing.

"Uhm. So." He tugged at his dark leather hat and gave the others an embarassed grin, before pulling his scarf over his mouth and nose and sitting back, dejected by his own thoughts. "I'll let someone else talk about this. I shouldn't be planning either way, I'd just want to do it on my own."

"Wait and see, I need to know some details first."

Well...Mira thought that that was fair. After all, it was no use to tell her any sort of plan if it wouldn't work on it's most base level. Still, she hoped he found out what he needed to soon, since all she could come up with was a blank. She found that pretty funny as well, the fact that she knew so much about physics, chemistry, and what not, things people associated with intelligence, and yet she couldn't even come up with a plan in this situation, even at the most basic and simple level. Then again, she considered it possible that it was an acquired skill through experience which easily explained why she was bad at it...and brung into question why Sol was already good with it, though, presumably, it could have been because he was a hunter.

Either way, soon enough, Karis and Sierra appeared, a bit battered and worse for wear. This annoyed her, mostly because if she had been forewarned about this, she could have had some healing potions ready for them, just in case. Still, it was negligible for now, since it didn't seem to be that much of a concern for them. Instead, Karis decided to give them all what she presumed was most of rhe information that they had gathered on the building. Hopefully that was enough to allow Sol or the others, most likely Viktor or Daniel, to build a plan. Thankfully, she didn't have to wait long before Sol started talking again.

"Well, my main idea right now would see me use my amulet to get inside undetected, get to the security room, and get control over the cameras. With them, I'd be able to survey every room they're pointed at, and inform everyone about the locations of those there, or even lead someone to my position so that I could let them take over the job and deal with whatever locks there might be. I mean, it'd be a real waste for us to simply shut down the security screens when we could use them to gain the upper hand. And I'd be the best one to send in first, because of my amulet and because I can unlock pretty much every door and I know the look of most security systems in case they have backups and... and then Juliet could sneak in from another direction using an animal form and Vik could be positioned on one of the middle floors so that he could more easily get to those who might need his help, and perhaps Mira could make something that could contain some magical energy so that my amulet would have a little more charge, and we'd need to utilize the darkness, because of course we're going during the night, and we'd have to..."

After that he paused for a bit, seemingly embarrassed, before saying, "Uhm. So. I'll let someone else talk about this. I shouldn't be planning either way, I'd just want to do it on my own."

She was a bit surprised that he stopped so suddenly, from what she perceived to be embarrasment...but she could understand. Heck, she doubted that she would do better in such a situation. In fact, the only time that she had said as much at once was when it was just her, Sierra, and Juliet. Still, it was a good idea, and one that could be easily changed as needed to get their desired result. She was just worried about her part in it since, as far as she was aware, she literally couldn't do that. At least, not without the risk of Sol exploding i.e. something to try to avoid. It was bad enough that she may explode, they didn't need to have another person that ran the risk as well, or something worse.

Speaking up to clarify, she said, "Well...it's seems like a good plan. Better than what i could come up with...but there is one problem. I can't do what your suggesting...well, at least not without alot of outside help." she took a moment to think, choosing her words carefully so as to not reveal her own situation before continuing. "Basically what it boils down to is the fact that mixing Alchemy and Enchantments, which i assume your amulet is, can be very bad without knowing what makes your amulet work. I didn't even fully know the extent of that fact until me and Sierra worked on enchanting...one of my fathers alchemy projects. I mean, i could do the same and ask my Advanced Alchemy teacher since he's also one of the Advanced Enchantment teachers, but overall, i think you'd be better off with asking Sierra or Yvette about that. Sorry."

Now, she just had to hope that Sierra wouldn't spill the beans on their enchanting her. If it was a problem, then she would bring it to the others attention then. No need to worry them until she was sure it was a problem.

Viktor

He raised a questioning eyebrow at Karis and Sierra as they appeared; one would think the merc would be smart enough to not risk injury to one of his team members just prior to a mission...being told that he was taking Sierra off for a little one-on-one training would've been appreciated as well. I think I'm done...the Admin are still incompetent, the 'Field Command' only ever inform me at the last moment...if the Elders wish to continue with this 'relationship', they can find a new liaison.

Viktor was glad to see Solomon actually getting involved in the discussion without prompting, though he had to do his best not to sigh audibly as the hunter cut himself off mid-sentence. Well, at least its some progress. He thought. Mirabelle was explaining the difficulties it trying to create a 'battery' to give Solomon a bit more time with his amulet, when an idea occurred. Walking over to the sand table, he studied the layout for a moment, before looking at Sierra. "Sierra, would it be able to create an enchantment that functioned like an EMP?" He asked. "Sol would still have to rely on his natural talents, and bag of tricks to get in, but I was thinking of something that he could leave behind once the mission was done."

"There's no guarantee that all of the computers that run the locations security are going to be actually in the security office, and we shouldn't be there long enough to look for them if that's the case; but if 'we' can pop a localized EMP to fry the systems once we're done with them, whoever comes to find out why this base went dark should have some trouble piecing together what exactly happened."

He was staring at the top floor plan/roof when he had another thought. "Juliet...your wings? Are you strong enough to carry a passenger, even a short distance, or can they just lift you? My thinking, is that we get our target to the roof, then have you 'air lift' him to our vehicles...much safer than trying to bring him out though the building."

Sol gave Daniel a friendly nod in response to the latter's kind words and then went off in what seemed to be a well thought out strategy regarding how best to approach the facility; although he appeared to stop part way through, seemingly embarrassed, stating that he would want to do this solo if he planned much more.

Whilst Mira and Viktor both made suggestions as to how best to proceed, Daniel wondered how best he could contribute. He wasn't exactly stealth capable like Sol was; nor was he capable as an enchanter compared to how he was in ages past, all that knowledge he possessed was still inside of him, he just needed to trigger it once more. At best, he could be deployed as a distraction, and draw the enemies attention away whilst everyone else did the real work; given the history that Regalia no doubt had on him, a chance to avenge their fallen British contingent might just be the incentive they need.

Enough about the past, for now, Daniel kept mostly to the back, but carefully sidled up towards Yvette, she looked a bit calmer compared to the nervous wreck she was yesterday, but there was no harm in checking up on her.

"How are you holding up Yvette? Feeling any better?" He asked quietly, just above a whisper.

Sierra hadn't actually been paying much attention to the conversation until Viktor called out to her, being distracted by the wounds on her tail, and left hand and arm. "An EMP? Why must you always ask for the most boring of things." She snarked, the paused a moment to do a bit of 'mental work', and frowned slightly. "Aye, I should be able to get something ready large enough to hit all six floor. However, given the size of the target there will be collateral damage. I'll do what I can to minimize it, but if there are building near by then they're gonna get hit." She said after she'd penned out a rough idea in her head.

It was then Karis jumped in. "Our target has control over the wind. So it would be reasonably safe to assume he can fly on his own." he said reminding them of what was in the file about they're target. "That said, he may not use those powers unless he's certain his cover is in no danger of being blown. So by all means come up with a alternative solution in case the situation prevents him from flying him self out."

"One more thing. Sierra will not be part of the field operation." Karis added "As you probably guessed from the injury's and damaged equipment, Sierra and I had a 'go round' to clear her for field work. While her sword arm is far from lacking, as is her mobility, her control how ever, certainly is." He said turning toward Sierra. "The injury's to her tail and left arm where the result of her new ability's quite literally blowing up in her face. This lack of control, coupled with the fact she has access to both heat and cold based ability's would make her potentially dangerous if pressured." He said turning back to the group. "As such I will not allow her to partake in any combat oriented field operations. She is how ever free to provide any enchantments you might need of her."

Solomon Thorn

"Well...it's seems like a good plan. Better than what i could come up with...but there is one problem. I can't do what your suggesting...well, at least not without alot of outside help. Basically what it boils down to is the fact that mixing Alchemy and Enchantments, which i assume your amulet is, can be very bad without knowing what makes your amulet work. I didn't even fully know the extent of that fact until me and Sierra worked on enchanting...one of my fathers alchemy projects. I mean, i could do the same and ask my Advanced Alchemy teacher since he's also one of the Advanced Enchantment teachers, but overall, i think you'd be better off with asking Sierra or Yvette about that. Sorry."

"Ah. Right," Sol said, scratching his chin underneath the scarf. "Well, I said I shouldn't be planning either way, but that's too bad. I can't let you take a look at my amulet, I'm afraid, my master would've had my hide if I as much as lent it to you. Sorry, it was probably just a bad idea to ask."

"There's no guarantee that all of the computers that run the locations security are going to be actually in the security office, and we shouldn't be there long enough to look for them if that's the case; but if 'we' can pop a localized EMP to fry the systems once we're done with them, whoever comes to find out why this base went dark should have some trouble piecing together what exactly happened."

That could good be a way of approaching it. And then, with the EMP we could bring something that would allow the others to bypass the locks, and then I could keep it going from the cameras instead of having to do that for them, and then we could ensure that we got access to everything before getting rid of everyone and perhaps take some extra hostages and... ah, no. Bad Sol. Forget about it.

"As such I will not allow her to partake in any combat oriented field operations. She is how ever free to provide any enchantments you might need of her."

Sol gave Karis a thoughtful nod, before he turned to Sierra. He thought he at least should ask, one last time.

"Well, if you're able to do it, Sierra, since Mira can't, it'd be great if I could have something to hold some magic. You can't interact with the amulet directly, and I don't have any magic abilities myself, but anything that could store and use magic would be great. Sort of like one of the spells I have, only, I need a more... I dunno. I need a more "magic" magic, and not just a specific spell." He chuckled, sheepishly. "Actually, I realize how stupid I sounded, so perhaps not. But, anyhow, I still think that me sneaking into the security room is the best way to approach this, but I think someone with a little more wit and ability should do the actual planning, so, yeah. Or perhaps we should start on the training itself. Wing it, see how it goes." He leaned back, withdrawing again, having addressed the others he didn't think he had more to say.

Well, that wasn't true, he had a lot more he could say, and he had to stop his mind from conjuring up new ideas. But what was the point, he'd sounded like an idiot before.

Juliet listened carefully as the others discussed their ideas, some she liked such as getting control of the cameras and leaving by the roof, others she was less confident in like the EMP. If the security system was at all competently designed then turning off the power would leave the electronic locks locked, and if the security personnel were at all competent they'd at least start searching as if something was going on. Then again a brief knock-out of the systems presented opportunity.

"I have a plan," she said "we use the EMP to get a few agents entry, Sol can get to the security systems and make the cameras work for us, I or someone else can make it to the center of the air processing system."

She pointed on the sand-map at the ventilation system "We should have an opportunity before the system powers back up to insert something here," she glanced at Mira "Can you create a knockout gas? I can donate some of my own venom if it would help, it has all the effect we'd require."

"Our target has wind powers so he should be able to create a pocket of safe air while the gas neutralizes the other hostiles, at which point we can extract the target safely and even take a few of the hostiles with us if we feel they have anything to offer, I'd prefer knockout gas just in case he can't shield himself properly," she said "even if they don't it could be worth it to abduct them, it would maintain our target's cover better in case he ever needs to be re-inserted."

"Now of course it would be difficult to bring in enough gas for the whole building, but if we get their attention drawn to a specific area then we can get them concentrated on a particular floor," she glanced at Vik "they'll be jumpy from the power going down so I imagine they'd overreact if someone say set off an alarm say by forcing a door somewhere and concentrate forces on that floor looking for them, that should be you or me I think as we're both trained in stealth and are strong enough to force one of the doors. Anywhere in the building should do fine as long as its properly coordinated with the rest of the team but if they have something they want to protect in the building then that's a more ideal location."

"Tomas and myself should be able to carry anyone who wants to enter from the roof, I imagine we'll have to figure out ideal points of entry in practice though," she said "as for the others if we can't manage to escape through the roof we should have an assault team standing by outside, purely in case things go sour."

Smiling pleasantly she looked at the others "Well that's my plan at least."

Solomon Thorn

"Well that's my plan at least."

Sol felt conflicted. On one hand, he really didn't like the plan. It was too unpredictable, and they didn't know what kind of equipment the bad guys had at hand, so if any of them had gas masks readily available or was intent on hindering their people in going all into one location, which they obviously would, given that it seemed like an obvious trap. And besides, Sol didn't like the idea of trying to mess with their security system with an EMP, not beforehand. Unless they knew exactly how it worked, it could trigger the alarms, it could cause doors to lock down, it was risky, and they didn't want to be stuck inside with more than 30 armed individuals with special weapons that could annihilate anyone who didn't get harmed by the regular rounds. Not to mention, it would allow anyone who stayed awake long enough to alert the higher ups, which was a bad idea.

And it's inelegant and relies on force and luck rather than stealth and cunning. I mean, it's not bad, and it would probably succeed because of how strong the others are, but it doesn't feel right. And triggering alarms is never an option, it's against my nature.

It simply wasn't his thing, and he didn't want to be a part of it.

On the other hand... he'd been the one who had insisted someone else do the planning, even if he had expected whoever did it to build upon his ideas. This wasn't building, this was taking it apart and making the main point of his plan -getting into the control room and using it to keep an eye on where people were- a moot point, or at best insignificant. However, he'd told Juliet he'd help her become the leader, didn't that mean supporting her plan? Even if he didn't like it?

Well, I didn't say I'd blindly follow her. And I'm sure she'd listen to me... but doing it now would undermine the authority she's trying to build up. Then again... I really don't like the thought of forcing the system.

"It's not a bad plan, it's pretty good actually, but I don't think we should decide on one right away. How about we test out both?" Sol asked from underneath the scarf, going with diplomacy. "Both plans, I mean. I'll give mine a bit more thought and make it more complete, and then we can try both approaches and see what works and what might not work. They're pretty different approaches, so a finalised plan could be made from seeing how each of ours do. I mean, we've got a safe environment to test these things out, so... why not?"

Viktor

"An EMP? Why must you always ask for the most boring of things."

Viktor simply glowered at Sierra, she annoyed him at the best of times, but at this moment he really wasn't in the mood for her attitude. Still, against his initial impulses, he held his tongue.

"Aye, I should be able to get something ready large enough to hit all six floor. However, given the size of the target there will be collateral damage. I'll do what I can to minimize it, but if there are building near by then they're gonna get hit."

"Well since it's not beside a hospital, or under an airport glide path, I have little concern about electronic collateral." He said with a sigh. The Clan would already have be underway, and everyone would know their damned jobs, not this 'plan-by-committee' bullshit. He let out a sigh and ran a hand over his face, pushing his eyepatch aside to massage around where his left eye used to be.

He was glad when Karis said that Sierra wouldn't be participating, as the last thing he needed was another person who felt they were some 'special snowflake' and thus would only do what was needed is they felt like it. Still studying the 'map', he listened to Sol asking about what amounted to a battery for his amulet; which Viktor approved of. The longer he could remain undetected as he moved about the better. Juliet's plan, while he appreciated the more direct approach it took, Sol had a point about the potential drawbacks.

"I see where you're coming from Juliet, and normally I'd be all for it; but it's an idea better suited for a search and destroy rather than an extraction. We've all seen the reports of the Regalia attacks, and how they're not shy about petty little things like collateral damage and civilian casualties, so I'd rather not have them realize they're under threat until it's far too late. If they're connected to other cells, popping the EMP first may alert the others that something is up, as well as the local issues Solomon mentioned."

Yvette

She'd been just quietly listening to all the others talk; she figured that was probably the most useful thing she could do at this point.

"How are you holding up Yvette? Feeling any better?"

"Huh? Oh!" She said, after taking a moment to realize Daniel had been speaking to her. "Uhh yeah...I think." She replied. "I mean, this all still scares the shit out of me, but I think I've got a handle on it." I hope. "Intellectually, I knew how it might be and I know what Regalia is capable of...though fortunately I didn't see it, I was here during their first attack. I guess the reality of it is finally sinking in...but this is what I signed up for...and I can't back out now...not in good conciseness at least."

Sierra took the amulet from Sol and started giving it a look to see what she could do to it to met Sols request. It was 'old magic' so she spotted a few things she could do to improve the 'energy efficacy' of the enchantment.

But before she could talk to Sol about it, Juliet said something that surprised Sierra. "Won't work like your thinking. Discharging an EMP before entry would destroy every electronic in the building. Including the ones you all are gonna crack open for what ever intel they might have on hand. So no computers to dig through, and no cameras or other security systems to turn to your advantage."

She then turned to Sol. "I can boost it a bit, about 50% at most though. Anymore then that and I'll have to start rewriting the whole damned thing."

Mirabelle like how well Sol's plan was being accepted. Unfortunately that stopped once talk of an EMP started going around. Worse yet Juliet suggested a plan that hinged on using the EMP bomb first so as to get everyone into position. Granted, in theory it could get everyone into position easily, but it also ignored one (in her mind) very important secondary goal given by Seth: try not to destroy any computers or personal devices that may hold valuable incormation. Granted, it seemed like she was the only one who remembered that little detail but still, all that meant was that it fell to her to remind everyone else. Of course, she waited until Juliet got done talking, having addressed her in the process about making knock out bombs (an paltry task in Mira's mind), before pointing this out.

"Uh...well, yeah, i could do that...but, unfortunately for the plan, Sierra is right in regards to the EMP. Something like that that would cover six floors of a building isn't just going to shut down anything, it's going to fry circuit boards, fuse connectors and just in general make the insides of those things look like they were struck by lightning...at least for the ones closest to the machine. Maybe we could use it afterwards as Viktor was suggesting, once we've gotten our target and recovered any electronic devices of interest but as Phase one of the plan, it wouldn't work. Also, anyone near the EMP bomb, because that's what it will be by that point, would definitely be feeling the effects of it, probably passing out or dieing due to the electrical surge going through their bodies. I could still build the gas bombs but they wouldn't be of a lot of use to the plan by that point."

She stopped for a moment, weighing the rest of the plan Juliet proposed to that of Sol's, before continuing, "The knockout gas is a good idea and i'll probably still make it but until we can come up with a new Phase 1 for that plan, i'd say we continue to go with Sol's. It's less risky and doesn't cause us to fail one of our objectives."

"Huh? Oh!" Yvette was surprised by someone speaking to her all of a sudden.

"Uhh yeah...I think. I mean, this all still scares the shit out of me, but I think I've got a handle on it."

"Intellectually, I knew how it might be and I know what Regalia is capable of...though fortunately, I didn't see it, I was here during their first attack. I guess the reality of it is finally sinking in...but this is what I signed up for...and I can't back out now...not in good conscience at least."

"Well, at least you have a conscience Yvette, it shows you care about the decisions you're going to make, and the consequences that are to follow. And it's good to feel scared, at least sometimes. It means you still have something to lose. After all, if you have nothing to lose, why worry about anything?" Daniel asked rhetorically as he was still paying attention to the continuing war plans.

"From what I've heard around campus since my arrival, that first attack was rather brutal. Regalia have certainly changed tact compared to when I last tangoed with them five years back. For one thing, they didn't have these sodding anti-aether bullets, means the spellcasters I worked with could get in and deal some real damage. Guess they've learned from Sun Tzu about using the enemies strength against them."

Juliet listened as others brought up criticisms of her plan, and shrugged. Her ideas hardly seemed unworkable, if nothing in the target was hardened against EMPs enough to recover from one then they could just target some power lines which honestly seemed like an easier option to begin with. Then again she couldn't be certain how Sierra's magic EMP would work anyways and such devices were pretty much unheard of on the missions she'd tackled in the demon realm.

"Hm, I would have thought a group as paranoid as Regalia would have hardened important electronics," she said "I suppose if we aren't certain that's the case then it would be better to avoid that approach."

"The knockout gas is a good idea and I'll probably still make it but until we can come up with a new Phase 1 for that plan, i'd say we continue to go with Sol's. It's less risky and doesn't cause us to fail one of our objectives."

"Fair enough, we'll certainly have plenty of time to practice different approaches," she said then thought for another moment "I wonder if you could make a gas grenade with the toxin, even if we can't dose them through the AC it would be a useful tool if things get loud. In fact if nothing else we should make sure we've got multiple backup plans for if that situation arises."

She knew from personal experience how quickly things could go from careful and quiet to sloppy and loud.

Solomon Thorn

"I can boost it a bit, about 50% at most though. Anymore then that and I'll have to start rewriting the whole damned thing."

Sol quickly snatched the amulet back, hands so swift she probably didn't notice it as it happened. Quickly, he put it around his neck again. He hadn't expected her to grab it.

I should've worded it differently.

"Ah, no, I meant something like a... well, a charger. You can't interact with it. Also, I don't really take it off... there's reasons I wear it." He gave her an apologetic smile.

"I'm sorry, I should've specified that I shouldn't take it off. But you know, it's charged with magical energy, so if a small item with magical charge was made, it should work. I'd use the spells I have, but those notes only do the spell that were infused in the symbols on them. Or so it's been explained to me."

"Fair enough, we'll certainly have plenty of time to practice different approaches, I wonder if you could make a gas grenade with the toxin, even if we can't dose them through the AC it would be a useful tool if things get loud. In fact if nothing else we should make sure we've got multiple backup plans for if that situation arises."

"Juliet's got a point, it's best to have different plans for different events." Sol chimed in, this time he could honestly back Juliet. Sure, he didn't really like the toxin either way, but it was very important to have several different backup plans.

"Really, we have several outlines of plans now, I feel like using the time and opportunities we have to our advantage to figure stuff out is the best we can do right now, and then we can talk plans later."

He sat back and acted as if he was just waiting, though ideas kept running into his head. It was difficult not to, everyone else introduced new ideas or ways to improve his plan, even if it was just saying what couldn't be done or discussing.

Well, now I can test them in real time without risking the mission.

Sol wasn't much for group work or stuff like that. But perhaps having a bit or a say in it made him feel better about it, because he wasn't having too bad of a time right now.

Sierra nodded "Ah, charger, that'll be easy. It'll be one more thing to pack around though, and since you seem to be the 'light and fast' type. So while, sure, I'll make you a charger, you should really let me improve it so you don't need it." she replied.

"Since you have a few plans to try out, we can start the mock runs then." Karis said, then the room shifted, and slid as the group was transported to Limbo, where Sasha was still checking over the building. Around them was more signs of the fight between Karis and Sierra as some of the terrain was still frozen or steaming a little from heat damage.

Sasha, upon noticing the group, walked over a reported everything was fine with the building, and she'd even fixed the superficial scorch marks and it's ready when the group is.

--- Three days later ---

The mock runs proceeded as planned, with the group working on and refining their assault strategy's till they had a solid plan that counted for a few outside variables, such as sudden reinforcements, or greater numbers, ready to go.

Mean while, Sierra had worked on the EMP Viktor requested, and built a charger for Sol's amulet. The charger was easy and took longer to get everything she needed to craft it, then to actually craft it. The EMP was a bit more tricky due to her trying to keep the area of effect low enough to avoid to much collateral damage, while still covering the whole of the building.

She did a few mock runs but since she wasn't cleared for field missions, it wasn't something she really needed to do, and it was more her getting back in shape and trying to get a hold on her new powers since they didn't seem to work exactly like the old ones did. Other then that she worked on a few side projects, one of which was a proper weapon to allow her to fight like normal with out having to rely on powers that she didn't really have much control over, with the other note worthy one being an extension and weaponization of a prior project.

--- early evening ---

The assault and extraction teams sat poised to make their attack not far from their respective targets, waiting for the a pointed start time as the plan was to hit them all at once, and it wouldn't be long before the mission started, only a few minutes.

Alfred Frye

Waiting always was the worst bit, and Alfred certainly had done enough of that now. He'd kept a close eye on the higher up who suspected him, but it seemed she had decided to keep watching him. And she had, carefully so. Al hadn't had a chance to check in with Gato, but then again, it shouldn't be necessary.

Of course, when they do get here, it'll be a slaughter, right? At least if they listened to me.

He closed his eyes and took in the view from the open window, the evening turning darker as the time went from dusk to night. The wind was blowing, comfortably, easing his worries. He listened for anything of interest, but it was quiet for once.

Quiet before the storm, maybe.

"Hey, Al, quit looking all sombre, it's making me uneasy," a fellow low level grunt -nicknamed Nagi- said, and Alfred smiled innocently.

"I'm not sombre, I'm enjoying the evening."

"By sticking your head out a window? I almost thought you were going to jump or something."

"Pff, it's only the fifth floor, I wouldn't die."

"You so would. Come on, we've got a briefing in 10 minutes. It's the two of us and Amy and that weird bald guy." Alfred raised an eyebrow, surprised.

"Why?" The dark-haired man shrugged.

"Dunno. Probably just updating us on something. Besides, what do you care? You're just going for the snacks either ways, right?"

"There's snacks?" Alfred asked. "Score. Come on, we can't be late for this clearly super important briefing," he chuckled. Of course there wouldn't be snacks, it was a briefing. But it was enough to make the other smirk.

That's it, I'm just a laid-back guy either way, right?

He thought to himself, trying to ignore the nagging feeling in the back of his mind of how wrong this was. Alfred was sure the cultists were wrong, and many of them were kinda messed up in the head, but that didn't mean he wouldn't miss some of them.

In the days that followed, Mirabelle ended up making those knockout grenades and, against her better judgement (chemical warfare was tricky to control), ended up making the toxin grenades that Juliet asked for, mostly out of sudden nervousness over the thought of needing them and not having then just due to her own views. Still, such nervousness wasn't surprising to her now, especially with the revelation that the enchantments Sierra put on her were still in place, cementing her fears and causing her to become jumpy and overcautious again. Still, at least they had gone through the trouble of making her a suit anyways, apparently for no other reason than to cover for any unknown problems like her's. Deep down, she wondered if Seth had come to the same conclusion as she did, if that was the actual reason she had one of those uniforms, if he had forseen this when they were getting prepared and made sure to get one done up for her. She found it unlikely...but still, it was his suggestion that she get enchanted in the first place. Maybe the presentation jogged his memory of that. Either way, she was glad she had the suit for the time being.

Anyways, apparently they had decided to park a little bit away from the building and just sneak up to it the rest of the way. Apparently, they had done this last time with the cultists but she payed little mind to that. Instead, she decided to go over the grenades that she had made to Sol and Juliet again, mostly because they were the most likely to be separated from the group and she wouldn't be able to make sure that they were using them right. Besides, she had only gotten them done the day before so she figured that it was a good idea to go over them again anyways.

"...so you just flick this metal holder (behind the trigger) down, press down the trigger, and throw it within five seconds. The trigger will cause this nozzle to start sucking in air, thus oxidizing the mixture and starting it's conversion to gas. Once it reaches five seconds, the air and the expanding mixture will cause it to explode and quuckly spread the gas over a five to ten foot radius. Don't worry about breaking the glass when you throw it, it will just cause it to expand a few seconds slower. Just make sure you guys arn't in the radius of it. Also, Juliet, the mixture in those grenades isn't like the one i used in the demon realm. I designed it to be breathed in and adhere to the lining of the lungs and use the circulatory system to poison them quickly, not melt people, so it may have a slight delay before working, especially on larger targets so make sure you compensate for that. Anyways...any questions?

Solomon Thorn

Sol spent most of the days going over the plans for the building, planning and talking about his ideas, as well as running through the simulation when he could. Most of it with the others in the group, of course. He had a pretty clear path to the security room, but it all depended on a few things. He had decided to try climbing and lock-pick a window in a small, unimportant room where the window seemingly opening on its own wouldn't be that easy to notice.

Worst case scenario, I still have the charger.

The rest of his time had been spent with Luke, getting back together was almost like falling in love again, though it was mainly because they had missed each other. Once, during a lecture, Sol had even gotten called out by the professor for being a little too occupied with flirting with Luke as opposed to paying attention, but he'd, somehow, managed to solve the calculation he had been asked to and gotten away with a bit of a conversation after class.

Luke hadn't felt very sorry for Sol either, just told him he deserved it for being distracting, even seeming a little sour.

Regardless, Sol and Luke had been on good terms when Sol left for the mission, and now he was mostly waiting. Suddenly, he and Juliet was called over by Mira, and he followed, wondering exactly why he and Juliet was being singled out. As soon as they both got there, Mira started explaining how the grenades worked.

"...so you just flick this metal holder (behind the trigger) down, press down the trigger, and throw it within five seconds. The trigger will cause this nozzle to start sucking in air, thus oxidizing the mixture and starting it's conversion to gas. Once it reaches five seconds, the air and the expanding mixture will cause it to explode and quuckly spread the gas over a five to ten foot radius. Don't worry about breaking the glass when you throw it, it will just cause it to expand a few seconds slower. Just make sure you guys arn't in the radius of it. Also, Juliet, the mixture in those grenades isn't like the one i used in the demon realm. I designed it to be breathed in and adhere to the lining of the lungs and use the circulatory system to poison them quickly, not melt people, so it may have a slight delay before working, especially on larger targets so make sure you compensate for that. Anyways...any questions?"

"Nope," Sol said, and looked at grenade in Mira's hand. "I mean, I certainly wonder what makes it work and I got perhaps half of your explaination, but I got how to use it, and really, isn't that the most important thing?" he said, and grabbed a couple of them on his own, before giving her and Juliet a grin and a brief salute.

"Thanks Mira. Now, I should head out, no use standing around." He went over to Vik, looking the other over with an slightly uncomfortable grin. He missed his hat. And his coat. And this uniform felt stuffy and itchy in all the bad ways, even though it wasn't actually so. He was just eager to get going, and not used to the new fabric.

"So, big boss, can I head out yet? The less time we spend standing around, the better." Sol then held out his hand, expecting the communicator he'd left with Vik. Normally he wouldn't have, but he'd admitted, hesitantly, that if he was free to go on his own, he'd probably make his own judgement and go as soon as possible. "Just give me permission, and I'll get a bit closer to see if there's an open window, then I'll give you a brief beep before I head inside and get to the security room. Then we follow the plan from there, people approaching from different directions and such."

A lot of the other details had been ironed out by the others, which was fine, Sol didn't exactly own the plan.

--- INCOMING COMMUNICATION ---

Gawain Lead: Commander Raziel, this is Squad Gawain reporting in. We have arrived at the target location and are in the process of setting up to assist, Over.

Raziel: Good, very good. Maintain overwatch on the location, and only intervene when necessary. We do not want to spook Regalia into a retreat and risk losing their scent, Over.

Gawain Lead: Understood Commander, Over.

Raziel: One more thing Gawain, I shall not be joining you on the raid, Over.

Gawain Lead: Sir?

Raziel: As you know, I have a... reputation with Regalia, if they caught sight of me, they might try and escape, Over.

Gawain Lead: Understood Sir. Will keep you updated with our progression. Over and Out.

--- COMMUNICATION LINE SEVERED ---

With that, Daniel closed the lid on his laptop and stowed it away in his office before leaving to join the others who would be sticking around Gato. Over the last three days, he had been in contact with Headquarters and requested that a squad be deployed to a location near where Regalia's regional base was. They would intervene and assist the assault team should they encounter fierce resistance.

William

Leading up to the day of the mission, William had been studying and training. Studying different types of weapons and how they function so he had a better understanding of how they work when he transformed. While he sparred and trained with different students at Gato when he had some down time.

Now he was trying to calm his nerves while waiting for the mission to start. While it wasn't as bad as the demonic mission, he hated the whole waiting period of the mission to start. 'I just wish we could get this started already...' He thought to himself. Going over the plan in his head that they went over. He hoped that everyone was going to come out of it alright. As he checked the time again and sigh lightly.

"Any questions?"

He heard Mira finish up her new invention. Shaking his head as Will replied "None from me."

Tomas

Tomas was already in his semi-dragon form as he was on his feet, kneeling down somewhat. His dark blue scales covering his entire body. His wings pin up on his back as he didn't like having them fully out. Watching the others as they chatted among themselves. That or they were just trying to pass the time until the mission was a go.

"Any questions?"

"No, you explained it pretty well. Thanks Mira." Tomas said as he looked over the grenade she made.

Viktor was standing over a table that had the floor plans of the target laid out on it, running how the operation was supposed to go through his head. The biggest thing that bothering him at the moment was that the plans he was looking at were close to a decade old and he highly doubted Regalia had left the floor plan that he was looking at as it was...or had bothered to get permits from the local gov before they made their changes.

As he started to 'run' it again, his phone vibrated with a text message from a local Clan asset.

Watcher in position, no movement on location.
Second group setting up to observe target, ID'd as 'Order of Caliban'. Definite strike team.

What's the Order doing out here? He thought for a moment, before a realization struck him and he laughed softly. You dumbass, Daniel sent for them. Shaking his head he sent a reply.

Order is non-hostile, maintain cover. Passive observation and SigInt authorized.

With that little diversion dealt with, he returned to what he'd been doing.

"So, big boss, can I head out yet? The less time we spend standing around, the better. Just give me permission, and I'll get a bit closer to see if there's an open window, then I'll give you a brief beep before I head inside and get to the security room. Then we follow the plan from there, people approaching from different directions and such."

"Alright then." He replied, looking up. Grabbing a radio from the collection on the table, beside the floor plans, he handed it to Solomon. "Assault team is on channel One Three, Extraction in on One One. Try not to get yourself killed...I'm not fond of the thought of your 'mom' coming after me...for that at least." He added with a grin.

Yvette

They'd run through several days of practice, and now everything was set, so with nothing to do other than wait, Yvette found a somewhat quiet area where she could pace and try to burn off some of the nervous energy she had. It wasn't really working, but it was marginally better than sitting in on place.

Juliet had made an effort to participate in the training, in spite of how much it began to bore her after the first few practice runs. She knew what she was doing after all, and she couldn't help but feel like training was a bit pointless given that they couldn't predict how the enemy would react. Still she made an effort, she supposed she had to if she wanted to advance herself as a leader for the group. Besides it gave her occasional opportunities to tease Will and other members of the group in between practice runs.

That didn't mean she was all business of course, the team could hardly train 24 hours a day and she wanted to be sure she stayed fully charged for the upcoming mission. One of the twins had started dating a Naga girl that week and was thus unavailable but the other was more than happy to fill in for the both of them. He was left thoroughly, if pleasantly, exhausted by the end of the second night. In the meantime other plans advanced, her imps reported back to her having begun to worm their way into the services of various higher ranking demons and already information was flowing back to her. They were such overlooked creatures that they were allowed to overhear all sorts of juicy tidbits. For the moment she had nothing to act on but plans were beginning to take shape.

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"...so you just flick this metal holder (behind the trigger) down, press down the trigger, and throw it within five seconds. The trigger will cause this nozzle to start sucking in air, thus oxidizing the mixture and starting it's conversion to gas. Once it reaches five seconds, the air and the expanding mixture will cause it to explode and quuckly spread the gas over a five to ten foot radius. Don't worry about breaking the glass when you throw it, it will just cause it to expand a few seconds slower. Just make sure you guys arn't in the radius of it. Also, Juliet, the mixture in those grenades isn't like the one i used in the demon realm. I designed it to be breathed in and adhere to the lining of the lungs and use the circulatory system to poison them quickly, not melt people, so it may have a slight delay before working, especially on larger targets so make sure you compensate for that. Anyways...any questions?"

Juliet nodded "I'm glad you were able to get it to work," she said "My only question is how far the gas will spread before it loses potency, just want to be sure none of us catch the rest of the group with one if we have to use it."

Solomon Thorn

"Alright then."

Yes! Finally.

He quickly looked over the radio and placed it in one of the pockets of the uniform. He had to admit he wasn't displeased with the number of pockets on the uniform, but that was about the only thing he liked about it.

Well, it actually fits as well. And it doesn't look half bad.

Still, he really missed his coat, but it would've been too warm to have on top of it.

"Assault team is on channel One Three, Extraction in on One One. Try not to get yourself killed...I'm not fond of the thought of your 'mom' coming after me...for that at least."

"Uhm, okay," Sol said. "Congratulations, she's not my real mom but you still made me feel uncomfortable. Considering I'm not exactly a prude, that's a decent accomplishment," he said -a little sarcastic and a little earnestly impressed-, and stretched.

"And I'm not going to get myself killed, don't worry. My part in this is relatively safe compared to the rest of you guys, once I'm inside I'll likely be fine, unless you guys alert them or something."

He pretended to pull down an invisible version of his hat and gave Vik a quick grin before he got his mind set on the mission completely. He needed to get closer to the target location, using the nearby vegetation to hide himself as opposed to using his amulet as he approached. He'd need what charge he had for it, and, if his estimations had been correct, he'd be inside without the charger, though, of course, there was so many different things that could change that, and besides, the important thing to remember about windows was that if you could see them, then they could see you too. It wasn't always true, but it was a good rule of thumb regardless.

Sneaking closer to the building, he looked towards the windows on the nearest side, but no luck. On the side left of that one, he had to step a little out of the bushes to get a decent view of the windows, and quickly activated his amulet, looking up towards the windows.

Hm, I suppose it's a bit of a long shot, they're supposed to be a secret... hey there, beautiful,

He thought as he saw that a window on the fifth floor was open. Close to the stairs inside too. "Now that's a sight for sore eyes," he muttered, stepping back into the bushes and contacting Vik to let him know he was heading inside through an open window on the fifth floor, and would be making his way down as quickly as possible. He then activated his amulet and quickly stepped forward. He'd have to climb, since there were no security stairs on this side of the building, but Sol was a quick climber and it wasn't too far up. He was happy no one could hear him when he used is amulet though, that meant he could climb much, much quicker.

At three minutes he had gotten inside, and was currently headed towards the stairs. He'd ended up in a hallway, which meant no doors to open before the glass door in front of the stairs. He quickly made his way through it and down the stairs, and to the second floor. For a brief moment he had to walk slower, there being a group of people in front of him, but they were headed down to the first floor, and he stopped and allowed his amulet to be recharged -without deactivate it of course- before pressing on. He now had 2 minutes.

Now, the most difficult thing would be to get into the security room, and he spent a brief moment considering how to do it, before he decided to just plainly opening the door, slowly, and taking the person inside out. The other person was too busy keeping an eye -lazily though- on the different cameras. Sol carefully locked the door, and stepped forward.

Nothing personal against you dude, but your group is sort of terrible.

He knocked the other guy out and started tying him up. Not because he was opposed to killing, Sol had done it before and these guys definitely were in the wrong, but because he didn't want to risk something shutting down and him not having access to the password. For now, though, he made sure the other wouldn't be able to talk when/if he woke up.

Then, he locked the door to the security room and deactivated his amulet, with only 1 minute left.

"Sol here, I'm done setting up," Sol then said, talking to the group. "I kept the security guy alive in case I need a password or something, but he's knocked out and tied up. There's no guards outside, but there's a group of people on the first floor, so be ready for that. The target is on the third floor, there's two people with him, over."

As Daniel patrolled the college, he passed by various uniformed members of Gungir talking amongst themselves or transporting various pieces of equipment throughout the campus grounds and gave a cursory wave to those that were able; he had spotted Yvette earlier heading in the opposite direction, surprised he was, that she hadn't gone with the others to the mission, he would have to check in with her later to see what was up.

He stopped momentarily, getting a sense of something that was coming but couldn't quite place its source.

'Probably just the heightened emotional state of everyone around.' He thought before carrying on.

Eventually, Daniel entered the group common area and discovered Sierra surrounded by an assortment of various mechanical components along with what looked to be a few half completed models similar to ones she had displayed earlier.

"Hey Sierra, surprised to see you here, but glad to see you none the less. Working on those miniature mechs of yours I take it?" He asked as he walked closer.

"Sol here, I'm done setting up, I kept the security guy alive in case I need a password or something, but he's knocked out and tied up. There's no guards outside, but there's a group of people on the first floor, so be ready for that. The target is on the third floor, there's two people with him, over."

"Erhhhh, ok. Copy that? ...or is it Roger that?" Mira said, trying to figure out the right terminology to respond with. Luckily, Viktor stepped up and responded, giving them the order to move up. Noding to that she began to try her best and creep up silently. Of course, weighing some 500 pound, give or take 50, this was still a hard task for her to accomplish, even with the training. Luckily, it didn't really matter right now...or at least, not as much as just being spotted. Still, she felt that she should keep it up either way, so that she didn't become too relaxed and end up accidentally giving them away with an idle and inattentive stomp.

Getting up to the building, she quickly found a door and started trying to get an idea of what she did next. During training, she had tried a large assortment of options whenever she had to breach a door, throwing fake grenades, smashing the door and rushing in, smashing through the wall next to it, etc., with varying levels of success...but now? She tried looking back at the others to see if they had any ideas or suggestions of what she should do or, preferably, see if anyone else wanted to take over...and heard the knob on the door start to turn. She paniced for a moment before moving to the side and letting the guy open the door.

There seemed to be two men, both with no visible weapons on them. One had a cigarette in his hands and the other had what was presumably the rest of the carton in the other. They were laughing to each other about something and not really paying attention, which is unfortunate since at that moment Mira spun around from the side and grabbed both by the neck, lifting them and smashing their heads together, knocking one out. The other was dazed by this but that soon ceased as Mira quickly lifted him up futher, smashing his head up against the door frame, killing him. Afterwards, she tossed both to the side (outside the building) and looked into the room they had just come from. Seeing noone else in the room, she signaled 'all clear to the others and motioned for them to move up.

"Hey Sierra, surprised to see you here, but glad to see you none the less. Working on those miniature mechs of yours I take it?"

Sierra looked toward the sudden voice, seeing Daniel, she smiled, 'waved' with her nippers still in hand. "Aye, been catching up on the Iron Blooded Orphans line." she said as she put what looked to be a large cannon of some sort together. "The one I'm working on right now is Flauros." She said point the partly completed cannon at the gaudy pink Mobile Suit on the table. "I've got one other completed, Astaroth, but, that one is special." She said, then paused. "Case your wondering why your ... 'old friends' names are coming up, they named all of the actual Gundam after the now mostly dead, Demons who's names are found on the Lesser Key of Solomon. There's an important plot related reason for it though, but I'll spare you the details, least I chew your ear off for the next hour or so with Gundam trivia." she said with a little smirk.

"So, what brings you 'round here today? Making sure Seth isn't up to something, which, he probably is, let just be honest about that, or just checking up on things." She asked. "Or did you get the same gut feeling me and Dad got about 'something happening'?"

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