We Are Our Avatars XI (Open)

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Sarah shot a green plasma laser from her glove to an immortal.

An immortals head is reduced to ash as he is struck by the plasma. As the suppression fire continues one of the Ares draws a bead on Sarah. The rail gun mounted began to whir as the magnetica charged to fire.

Lambda threw a few energy daggers at the Immortals firing at them, while Reinhardt hunkered down behind his cracking shield.

The immortals take some hits and fall back beneath the shadow of an Ares. Cast Away having remained rather passive for the most part, simply stood watch for now. Sarah would recieve a final encrypted message from Gilson.

Sarah tried to shoot another laser, as she got the message. She stopped, hunkering down behind Reinhardt, and tried to decrypt it.

Reinhardt moved a bit, to make sure he was in front of Sarah and would shield her when his barrier collapsed.

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Not long after the two stepped out of the taxi, a shuttlecraft came down and, guided by Ory'hara, landed. It was only eight meters long, and Anik would find it cramped inside. Ory'hara seated her in the cargohold, in a simple seat normally folded into the wall. She then closed the hatch, and seated herself in the pilot's chair. "Right, normally I'd do some pre-flight checks but I think we've outstayed our welcome. Take-off in three, two, one..." -With that, the shuttle took off, and quickly soared skywards. The g-forces were immense as the shuttle shook violently. Over the deafening roar of the engines, Ory'hara shouted; "Don't worry! This is normal!"

After about eight minutes, though it could easily have been mistaken for longer, the engines stopped and the ship fell silent. After letting herself and Anik recover for a minute or two, Ory'hara spoke: "We've now left the planet. It's a shame you are blind, this view is..." She paused, "How is the weightlessness treating you? Lots of people need a vomit bag the first time they go into space. I've got a roll of those around here somewhere."

A few minutes later, Ory'hara activated the engines once again. The ride to the Moon was much smoother, and only took twenty minutes or so. On the dark side of the Moon, a much larger ship awaited them, the CMS Greatsword. It had gone under many names in it's half-millennia long service, but inside it's aged hull was hidden all manners of exotic and advanced technologies. Some were even alive, gifts of the bio-engineers of Polaris.

After entering the lower hangar, down in the spire of the ship, Ory'hara went through an after-flight check. She then opened the hatch, saying; "Here we are. Welcome to my home. If you'll follow me up to the bridge, we'll be on our way to yours." Taking her hand, Ory'hara led Anik up through the ship. Two days later they stood on the bridge, looking down on a distant orb that was Anik's home. With another ride in the shuttle, the two landed in Brazil.

The message includdes codes to use against Cast Away to remove the Stockholm protocols that Tombstone use to control it.
With a sound like crashing lightening one of the Ares fired its rail gun at Reinhardt.

Reinhardt's shield collapsed, but the knight himself stood strong, grabbing Sarah and jumping to the side to try and avoid further railgun fire. Lambda summoned a rift in front of the Ares, a large energy sword coming out of it to cleave it in two.

Sarah tried to reprogram her suit with the codes, which took a bit of time, especially as she was grabbed by Reinhardt. Not sure if it would work, she then tried to send out a signal towards Cast Away.

The ares composite armour and large size protect it from damage, it steps backwards as the blade cuts shallow, re arming it's rail gun while the other ares prepares to fire. The retreating Immortals rally around Cast Away and open fire. Cast Away however seems locked in stasis

Reinhardt jetted back, rocket blazing, waiting for his shield to recharge. Lambda spammed energy darts at the one with the rail gun, trying to disrupt it before it fires again.

Anik - Epilogue

Anik was not too comfortable with the shuttle, but she did not complain, either. Having this part of her journey slightly unpleasant was something she was willing to deal with, if she finally got to go home. She covered her ears, and tried to shut out all noise, as the shuttle was soaring upwards, hoping this would soon be over.

She sighed louudly when the shuttle stopped. "This was horrible" she stated. "I don't like it. It's completely unnatural." She was not throwing up, despite feeling sick. But she smiled to Ory'Hara. "It's fine. I can still say I was in space. And there are other things you can not sense."

She was more calm on the ride to the moon, and let herself be led through the main ship, after they arrived. As Ory'Hara said: "Here we are. Welcome to my home. If you'll follow me up to the bridge, we'll be on our way to yours." Anik just smiled.
She smelled the weird technology, and listened to their echoes, finding how they were built very curious. It even led to her forgetting about being averse to similar things.

Slowly, her mind got to be at ease, as she was waiting and living on the ship with Ory'Hara. As they were staying on the bridge, Anik said: "This was a more pleasant journey than I had expected, especially after this beginning. I will keep you in my thoughts. Maybe I could even manage to visit you in my dreams. If you ever need my help - and are able to find me at the time - I am willing to help you." Then, she hugged her.

Additional thanks were spoken when they arrived in Brazil, and Anik said her goodbye to Ory'Hara. It was in a city she knew well, having arrived there the last time, and having visited it several times after. After asking Ory'Hara to bring her to a specific spot, the outer part of the favelas, she could navigate it by sound and smell alone. She waved, as she made her way down to the river.

It was easy to find the boat she wanted, as people recognized her, and were very friendly. Even some kids came to her and hugged her, happy that she was back. But she had to go further, to her real home. A long boat ride later, she arrived in the jungle. And after a long walk, she arrived in the village of dragons.

A few years later

After much experimenting with plants, which made her dream of different worlds, Anik finally dreamt of a giant, seven-headed, dragon on a rocky plateau in the mountains. The smell was familiar. She walked to the side of it, and touched it, then laid her head and her hands on it for a while, just liking the feel of the scales.

There is a jolt of electricity from Cast Away followed shortly by a cascade. The electrical energy disrupting the Tombstone sensors which relied on electro magnetic signals. The darts lambda fires embed themselves into the ares scanner array also, rendering it effectively blind. Cast Away falls to one knee as the Immortals in cover cease firing due to not being able to view any targets.

Lambda, seeing Cast Away fall, switched her focus to the Immortals instead and continued her dart storm.

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As they were not attacking anymore, Sarah went up to an immortal and tried to remove its visore, to see what laid beneath.

The immortals are senseless and in no state to respond to external stimulus. They all fall inert. Examining their face plate and removing it reveals what appears to be an ordinary human face, albeit evidence of sub dermal cybernetics is present. Inside the building, Helena simply sits waiting on her chair. As always, humans had proven themselves difficult. She remembered her childhood on Atrapos, when she had first asked why the UCM didn't see things like the PHR, why they always resisted age isn't all logic. Her father had answered her by saying that humans have a skewed perpective, unable to view the galaxy and events as the PHR did. To expect them to lay down their weapons, foolish and to expect them to show mercy even more so. She had failed. Every life sacrificed for nought. Humanity here would languish and stagnate. It would not be prepared for what was to come.

Reinhardt reengaged, shield recharged, and stormed ahead. Lambda follow soon behind him, building her energy.

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Reinhardt reengaged, shield recharged, and stormed ahead. Lambda follow soon behind him, building her energy.

Quoted for attention my plight

(we noted)

Sarah shrugged and followed Reinhardt and Lambda, thinking she might be ale to help the immortals once finding the source of their existence.

All of the immortals are still rendered inert, even those stationed inside. Their battlenet linked through Cast Away, which had limped and twitched as it stumbled back inside. Electrical spasms periodically flaring in the construct as it headed for Helena's office. Inside the office Helena sat in her chair, aiming a Manslayer pistol at Gilson whom she had found and now held hostage

Lambda scanned ahead, finding Helena and approaching slowly, ready to stop as soon as she tries something. Reinhard kept with them, putting his shield down to let it recharge, wary of the many inert robots.

Sarah followed Lambda inside, keeping a hand pointed at Helena as well, ready to fire a plasma blast.

"Don't be so nervous or jittery" Helena calmly says when her office is entered. The office is a space of Spartan and sleek furnishing. From her chair behind the desk Helena has her gun still aimed at a distressed Gilson. Cast Away is propping itself up against a wall,
Clutching it's head.

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