The Tin Man

(3:39:01 AM) E4D: Jason mashes the transmit key on Eve's radio. Doctor Heiden, you got a ghost about 300 meters back. Can't tell what it is. Kick it up a notch, Jill.»
(3:39:11 AM) Dexanote: "… So whatre we gonna do?"
(3:39:43 AM) Dawny: «Rog» Jillian presses Eve a bit harder
(3:39:50 AM) Heiden: "Figure out what it is, if possible." Heiden flicks the transmitter. <Acknowledged, Mr. Dodridge. I've spotted the thing myself.>
(3:39:55 AM) *Heiden flicks the transmitter back off.
(3:40:20 AM) Heiden: "Tell me if you can figure out anything they're saying on there, Chainshank. It may be useful."
(3:40:47 AM) Dexanote: 4df+2 percrp i guess. "Tryin."
(3:40:48 AM) Quidmore: Dexanote: percrp i guess. "Tryin.": 3 (4df+2=0, +, -, +)
(3:41:14 AM) MisterFlames: Midnight curls up and prepares herself for possibilities.
(3:41:16 AM) E4D: Jason wheels the turret around, cooling down the thermals. What's he got?
(3:41:29 AM) E4D: 4df+6 Thermal gunsight.
(3:41:29 AM) Quidmore: E4D: Thermal gunsight.: 4 (4df+6=0, -, 0, -)
(3:41:53 AM) Dexanote: "Jus blatherin on, Fred."
(3:42:16 AM) *
Heiden leadfoots the accelerator. "A pity. The thing behind us will have to take precedence for now."
(3:42:26 AM) E4D: «Christ, this thing isn't showin' up on my gunsights. No heat signature.»
(3:42:51 AM) Dexanote: «Whaz it look like?»
(3:43:02 AM) Tox|Laptop: «Oh crud.»
(3:43:19 AM) *Heiden turns the transmitter back on. «Do we have a spotlight on one of those things?»
(3:43:27 AM) Doctor_Light: Birdman hears the commotion, and turns around to look.
(3:44:23 AM) E4D: «Stryker, take point, Hummer, follow along, stay between us, be ready to take lead and rabbit out. Jill, reduce speed, take drag position.»
(3:44:39 AM) Tox|Laptop: «Florence copies.»
(3:44:53 AM) Doctor_Light: 4df+3 Eagle eyes?
(3:44:54 AM) Quidmore: Doctor_Light: Eagle eyes?: 3 (4df+3=0, -, 0, +)
(3:45:02 AM) Dexanote: «I hate rabbits.»
(3:45:15 AM) Nusquam: Birdman sees nothing.
(3:45:21 AM) Dawny: «Rog» Jillian moves to the right and cuts her speed.
(3:45:31 AM) Tox|Laptop: Vance pulls Florence into lead.
(3:46:27 AM) Doctor_Light: Birdman blinks- those crazy humans- and goes back to staring off the side of his perch on Florence, unmoving.
(3:46:58 AM) E4D: Jason throws the Hellighter halogen's operating switch and brings the weapon systems about. «Illuminating bogey.»
(3:47:50 AM) Dawny: Jillian waits for the Humvee to get into position and brings Eve's speed back up.
(3:48:13 AM) Laito: Wakened by the chatter, Alex blinks and gently sets mumbling Geier aside. «What's this? Trouble?»
(3:48:28 AM) Nusquam: Perception again, Jason.
(3:48:29 AM) *
Heiden drives as instructed.
(3:48:35 AM) Dawny: «Bogey»
(3:49:42 AM) Tox|Laptop: «There's a bogey running on our tails, it would seem.»
(3:49:48 AM) Laito: Alex pops up from the hatch, looking around. Oh hey, Birdman.
(3:50:09 AM) Tox|Laptop: "Alex! Get the hell off of me!"
(3:50:19 AM) Doctor_Light: Birdman crows at him, but it's a very nonthreatening crow.
(3:50:25 AM) Tox|Laptop: "What are you even doing up here?"
(3:50:27 AM) E4D: 4df+6
(3:50:27 AM) Quidmore: E4D: 5 (4df+6=0, 0, -, 0)
(3:50:36 AM) Laito: "I'm on you, bro, stay still."
(3:50:48 AM) MisterFlames: 4df+4 Occult Maneuver (preparing for Clairvoyance)
(3:50:49 AM) Quidmore: MisterFlames: Occult Maneuver (preparing for Clairvoyance): 1 (4df+4=-, -, 0, -)
(3:51:05 AM) Tox|Laptop: "Man, it's hard to drive with a dude on you. Finish what you're doing and get back to the crew compartment, please."
(3:51:51 AM) MisterFlames: 4df+4 Looking for Ghosts and other things outside. (Clairvoyance)
(3:51:52 AM) Quidmore: MisterFlames: Looking for Ghosts and other things outside. (Clairvoyance): 2 (4df+4=-, 0, -, 0)
(3:53:41 AM) *Laito redacted and so forth.
(4:00:03 AM) Dexanote: "… It's fuckin dark."
(4:00:17 AM) Dexanote: "Oh cool a shootin star."
(4:00:29 AM) MisterFlames: "Mmmm… I'm obviously distracted." Midnight allows.
(4:00:59 AM) Dexanote: "Did that look blue ta you?"
(4:01:54 AM) Dexanote: «Anyone see that shootin star? Looked blue.»
(4:02:14 AM) Doctor_Light: "Mrrrrmrmh?" Birdman looks up.
(4:02:27 AM) Dexanote: long gone.
(4:04:10 AM) Bright [~ten.labolgcbs.imzmlk.lsd.33F59F84-CRInys|77tahCecI#ten.labolgcbs.imzmlk.lsd.33F59F84-CRInys|77tahCecI] entered the room.
(4:04:51 AM) E4D: «Jesus, we got something big back here. Dropped off! Doctor Heiden? Vance, fuckin;' punch it. Give us some distance. Jill? Keep the fuck up.»
(4:05:06 AM) Dawny: «Rog»
(4:05:19 AM) MisterFlames: «What does it look like, Jason?»
(4:05:22 AM) Heiden: «Of course, Mr. Dodridge. 'Punching it'.»
(4:06:07 AM) Tox|Laptop: «Copy!»
(4:06:12 AM) Tox|Laptop: Vance punches it.
(4:06:21 AM) Dawny: Jillian keeps up with the others
(4:06:34 AM) Tox|Laptop: "Come on, baby, give me some more…"
(4:07:18 AM) E4D: «Big and fucking black.»
(4:07:36 AM) Dawny: «Keep an eye on your controls, if you start to get into deep orange or red, let me know»
(4:07:36 AM) E4D: «Faded outta sight. Halogen lit it up for a second, then it ghosted.»
(4:07:55 AM) Tox|Laptop: «Understood, Eve. Deep orange or red, will sing out.»
(4:08:09 AM) Dawny: «You copy Heiden?»
(4:08:27 AM) Heiden: «I do copy, Ms. Cunningham.»
(4:08:34 AM) Dawny: «Thank you»
(4:08:58 AM) Dexanote: «Thaz pretty fuckin specific. Big an' ghosty black.»
(4:09:05 AM) Doctor_Light: Birdman looks back again. Oh humans, you so crazy.
(4:09:08 AM) Dexanote: «Did it look like it bleeds?»
(4:09:31 AM) E4D: «Shit. Stand by and I'll find out.»
(4:09:35 AM) Dawny: Jillian takes another drink ~How you doing girly~
(4:10:10 AM) E4D: 4df+5 Jason spins up the minigun, ripping off a burst into the inky black behind them.
(4:10:10 AM) Quidmore: E4D: Jason spins up the minigun, ripping off a burst into the inky black behind them.: 4 (4df+5=-, 0, 0, 0)
(4:11:04 AM) Heiden: "I certainly hope that this thing - whatever it is- wasn't trying to make friendly contact with us."
(4:11:25 AM) E4D: «Goddamnit… why the *fuck* did I just listen to Chainshank?»
(4:11:57 AM) Dawny: «Marine»
(4:11:57 AM) Dexanote: «I'm wonderin that meself.»
(4:12:16 AM) Dexanote: «Dropped tha ball, din't ya?»
(4:12:28 AM) Nusquam: A form is illuminated in the light of the tracer fire and begins weaving, attempting to avoid it. It isn't successful, however, and several appear to strike it. As a tracer apparently embedded in it fades out, it continues apparently undeterred.
(4:12:55 AM) Sabitsuki: Tau's laugh echos through the radios.
(4:13:14 AM) Laito: Artemis chuckles beside her.
(4:13:26 AM) E4D: Jason reaches into a box on the rightt side, removing a cylinder, and slamming the endcap, sending a white star illumination cluster over the mass.
(4:13:50 AM) Tox|Laptop: «What's so funny, Tau?"
(4:13:52 AM) Tox|Laptop: »
(4:14:26 AM) Sabitsuki: «Nothing. It is good to see the shared supply of competence we kept at 23 is still intact, that is all.»
(4:14:46 AM) Nusquam: Jason, Heiden, Shank, Birdman, anyone else up top of the vehicles: Perception again, please.
(4:14:47 AM) Tox|Laptop: Vance chuckles, then laughs.
(4:14:52 AM) Laito: In the LAV, Alex chortles quietly, trying not to wake Geier
(4:14:53 AM) Doctor_Light: 4df+3
(4:14:53 AM) Quidmore: Doctor_Light: 0 (4df+3=-, -, 0, -)
(4:15:09 AM) Doctor_Light: In the mean time, birdman flattens himself against the roof of the vehicle. Guns are loud, man.
(4:15:15 AM) Nusquam: Birdman is distracted by the pretty lights.
(4:15:19 AM) Dexanote: 4df+2
(4:15:19 AM) Quidmore: Dexanote: 1 (4df+2=-, 0, 0, 0)
(4:15:54 AM) Heiden: 4df+4 Perception
(4:15:54 AM) Quidmore: Heiden: Perception: 0 (4df+4=-, -, -, -)
(4:16:12 AM) Heiden: Heiden is too distracted by the radio to pay attention to whatever's flying around out there.
(4:16:43 AM) E4D: 4df+6
(4:16:43 AM) Quidmore: E4D: 5 (4df+6=-, +, -, 0)
(4:23:32 AM) E4D: «It's… *fuck*…»
(4:23:46 AM) E4D: «It's a goddamn motorcycle.»
(4:24:05 AM) MisterFlames: 4df+4 Midnight decides to shift from sight to mind. (Occult Maneuver)
(4:24:05 AM) Quidmore: MisterFlames: Midnight decides to shift from sight to mind. (Occult Maneuver): 3 (4df+4=+, -, -, 0)
(4:24:07 AM) Dawny: «A…motorcycle?»
(4:24:14 AM) Tox|Laptop: «A what?»
(4:24:26 AM) Dexanote: «… Wicked.»
(4:24:42 AM) Dexanote: «I tried one of those once. Good thing I can put me head back on.»
(4:24:55 AM) Dexanote: «… An arms.»
(4:25:05 AM) Tox|Laptop: «Remind me never to ride a motorcycle in that case. I like my limbs where they are.»
(4:25:41 AM) Dexanote: «Kay.»
(4:25:51 AM) Dawny: «Motorcycles are fun»
(4:25:57 AM) E4D: «This son of a bitch is keeping pace.»
(4:26:14 AM) Tox|Laptop: «Orders?»
(4:27:23 AM) Dexanote: «Blow 'im up.»
(4:27:25 AM) E4D: «Humvee! Stand by to rest center! Stryker! Cut right! Jill? Take the Piranha left. Pop the ramps on halt, guns rear and standing by to engage. We're just gonna burn all our fuel like this.»
(4:27:30 AM) Laito: Artemis utters a small prayer, being useless in EVE.
(4:27:47 AM) E4D: «Ease 'em down!»
(4:27:55 AM) Tox|Laptop: «Copy, cutting right and halting.»
(4:28:16 AM) Dawny: «Rog» Jillian cuts left
(4:28:16 AM) Tox|Laptop: Vance takes the Stryker right and slows speed to halt as requested.
(4:28:18 AM) MisterFlames: 4df+6 Mentalist Spell. Who's the rider?
(4:28:19 AM) Quidmore: MisterFlames: Mentalist Spell. Who's the rider?: 9 (4df+6=+, +, 0, +)
(4:28:30 AM) Dawny: Jillian follows orders
(4:28:58 AM) E4D: Jesus fucking Christ, Midnight.
(4:29:30 AM) Tox|Laptop: Vance halts, pops the ramp and orders the useful people to get their guns up on the rear ramp. He pops the forward hatch and swarms into the minigun post.
(4:29:54 AM) *
Heiden slows the vehicle to a halt.
(4:31:02 AM) E4D: Jason keys the externals. "INBOUND VEHICLE, HALT IMMEDIATELY OR YOU *WILL* BE ENGAGED."
(4:31:16 AM) *Heiden comments, "Didn't we /already/ engage them?"
(4:31:28 AM) E4D: He rips off a long burst to the left and right.
(4:31:49 AM) Tox|Laptop: Vance follows Jason's lead.
(4:31:50 AM) E4D: «Not now. I was temporarily under the influence of Shank.»
(4:33:01 AM) Doctor_Light: Birdman crawls forward and drops into florence, peering out the hatch slightly. He knows he isn't any good on the roof, now.
(4:33:19 AM) Dexanote: Shank cackles into the mic.
(4:33:29 AM) MisterFlames: "Two minds… One's annoyed, the other's hungry…"
(4:33:38 AM) Dawny: «Not going to comment on the fact that you're a Marine who thought it was okay to take advice from Mr. Shank»>
(4:33:46 AM) E4D: Jason aims the Hellfighter at the target.
(4:34:01 AM) E4D: «Jill, you're asking for it.»
(4:34:39 AM) Tox|Laptop: Vance aims as well.
(4:34:42 AM) MisterFlames: "They aren't human. Jill, quit poking Jason, and would you please relay that?"
(4:35:06 AM) Dawny: «From Midnight Two minds… One's annoyed, the other's hungry..»
(4:35:09 AM) Nusquam: The vehicle halts about 500 yards away as the convoy comes to a halt.
(4:35:13 AM) Dawny: «Not human»
(4:35:31 AM) Dexanote: «… Hm. They like me?»
(4:35:34 AM) Tox|Laptop: 4df+3 Maneuver: Lock It Up! Vance locks onto the vehicles, focusing his attention.
(4:35:34 AM) Quidmore: Tox|Laptop: Maneuver: Lock It Up! Vance locks onto the vehicles, focusing his attention.: 3 (4df+3=+, 0, 0, -)
(4:35:48 AM) Dawny: «We can hope Mr. Shank»
(4:36:01 AM) Tox|Laptop left the room.
(4:36:05 AM) E4D: "Gimme some volunteers!"
(4:36:08 AM) Tox|Laptop [~ten.nozirev.soif.cdhsaw.E2D5BD62-CRInys|agemO#ten.nozirev.soif.cdhsaw.E2D5BD62-CRInys|agemO] entered the room.
(4:36:08 AM) Dexanote: «Nonono, thaz a /bad/ thing for you.»
(4:36:13 AM) E4D: "I need someone on the gun!"
(4:36:25 AM) Dawny: «Am I clear?»
(4:36:33 AM) *
Heiden parks the vehicle. <Do you need a diplomat, Mr. Dodridge? I will speak to… whatever they are.>
(4:37:02 AM) E4D: Jason pops up out of the turret, pulling the shemagh up over his face, and pulling his goggles down. He hops off the back, stmbling before righting himself. «Tat would be excellent, Doctor.»
(4:37:28 AM) Heiden: "Feel free to take the wheel, Chainshank. I'll be talking to /those/."
(4:37:51 AM) Dexanote: "Nono, i'm comin."
(4:38:01 AM) *Heiden gets out of the Hummer and begins walking towards the unknown vehicle. "As you wish."
(4:38:33 AM) Nusquam: Heiden, Shank, give me another Perception roll, if you please.
(4:38:36 AM) Tox|Laptop: Vance's attention is focused on the unknown individual. «You have cover from the Stryker, Jason.»
(4:38:38 AM) Dexanote: Shank climbs out and follows. He has a long stalk body, with rootfeet crawling him across the gorund.
(4:38:46 AM) MisterFlames: "I tried to contact them, but I got no response."
(4:39:07 AM) Heiden: 4df+4
(4:39:07 AM) Quidmore: Heiden: 2 (4df+4=-, -, -, +)
(4:39:50 AM) Dawny: «Midnight's not getting a response»
(4:40:10 AM) E4D: Jason advances slowly, feeling naked outside of Oxide. «Copy, Jill. Bring Eve about, follow close behind.»
(4:40:12 AM) MisterFlames: "I'm still reading the same emotions, though."
(4:40:46 AM) Dawny: «Rog…same emotions» Jillian follows directions
(4:40:59 AM) Nusquam: Jason, Perception as well.
(4:43:42 AM) Dexanote: Shank is back in the Humbee, fiddling with the radio.
(4:43:54 AM) E4D: 4df+4
(4:43:55 AM) Quidmore: E4D: 3 (4df+4=-, 0, +, -)
(4:44:54 AM) Dexanote left the room (quit: Quit: Goodnight.).
(4:45:43 AM) E4D: "Jesus fucking Christ."
(4:46:02 AM) E4D: Jason takes a knee, rifle still up. "You with me, Doc?"
(4:46:12 AM) Tox|Laptop: «What do you got?»
(4:46:57 AM) Dawny: «You need me out there?»
(4:47:46 AM) Heiden: "Right here, Mr. Dodridge." Dr. Heiden keeps advancing.
(4:48:25 AM) Heiden: "Mmm. Fascinating."
(4:49:08 AM) E4D: «Come on, Jill. Tau, be ready to get that LAV up.»
(4:49:08 AM) Heiden: "A modern-day Headless Horseman. What do you require of us?"
(4:49:22 AM) Nusquam: 4df+4
(4:49:23 AM) Quidmore: Nusquam: 6 (4df+4=0, 0, +, +)
(4:49:59 AM) Tox|Laptop: Vance sights onto it. «Still covering you from the Stryker, Jason.»
(4:50:00 AM) Laito: Artemis looks at Tau, confused.
(4:51:22 AM) Dawny: Jillian steps out, rifle up "Here"
(4:53:02 AM) Sabitsuki: "Do not do this, except when I tell you to. Maddening." She sighs, standing and advancing into the pilot area.
(4:54:42 AM) Nusquam: As Frederick draws to within a few yards of the vehicle, he can see it's a jet black motorcycle, all visible portions made of disturbingly organic-looking, yet distinctly metallic carapace plates.The plates pulse periodically, almost imperceptibly. It's completely silent as it idles.
(4:55:52 AM) MisterFlames: Midnight leaves Eve, and perches up on the vehicle. She looks to see what it is that her mind has found.
(4:57:06 AM) Nusquam: Its rider dismounts - the torso, gauntlets, boots, elbow, and knee guards of a suit of black armor. It shares some traits in common with the vehicle, but doesn't appear nearly so organic.
(4:57:35 AM) E4D: Jason follows close behind, covering the Doctor and… Jesus fucking Christ… "…"
(4:57:43 AM) E4D: "*Ward*?"
(4:57:47 AM) Nusquam: The armor has no wearer - all pieces save the boots hover above the ground in positions that would be expected if it was worn.
(4:58:13 AM) Dawny: Jillian has her rifle trained on the rider
(4:58:26 AM) MisterFlames: "Interesting…" Midnight states.
(4:58:33 AM) *
Heiden seems genuinely flabbergasted.
(4:58:53 AM) Tox|Laptop: «What's going on?»
(4:59:01 AM) Heiden: "You know this entity, Mr. Dodridge?"
(4:59:02 AM) Nusquam: <Haven't been called a the Horseman for a while,> it muses, it's voice hollow and metallic. <I regret to inform you I can provide no canines you may slay for your amusement. However, I think I passed a dead dingo a while back.>
(4:59:55 AM) E4D: "Doctor Heiden? This… construct… is the reason that Akane and I are still alive."
(5:00:04 AM) E4D: "Well, one of them."
(5:00:10 AM) Heiden: "I see."
(5:00:12 AM) Heiden: "A friend, then?"
(5:00:20 AM) Dawny: «I have a clear shot, orders?»
(5:00:31 AM) Nusquam: Laughter echoes across the desert.
(5:00:39 AM) Nusquam: <Hardly.>
(5:00:53 AM) Tox|Laptop: «Harding also has clear shot.»
(5:01:39 AM) E4D: «Check your fire.»
(5:02:01 AM) E4D: "Not enemies."
(5:02:03 AM) Dawny: Jillian switches to safty «Rog»
(5:02:10 AM) E4D: "At least I'd hope not."
(5:02:17 AM) Nusquam: It gestures to Jason with a gauntlet. <This man is the reason for my dog's untimely demise and my eventual capture by the organization he worked for.>
(5:02:21 AM) Tox|Laptop: «Checking.»
(5:03:05 AM) Heiden: "You killed his dog, Mr. Dodridge?"
(5:03:07 AM) E4D: "I *lied* for you and got my ass lit up by Command for it. I kept the word I gave!"
(5:03:39 AM) Dawny: «Is there time for a cigarette…?»
(5:03:44 AM) E4D: "I thought it was attacking us. It ran at us in the dark. Thought it was a guard dog."
(5:03:57 AM) Nusquam: <It wanted to play fetch.>
(5:04:02 AM) Heiden: "You shot his dog." It's not a question.
(5:04:07 AM) Heiden: "Not friends, then."
(5:04:12 AM) E4D: "I understood that *after* the fact."
(5:04:13 AM) ***Heiden rubs this bridge of his nose.
(5:04:28 AM) Heiden: "Mr. Dodridge, it is very difficult to take back 'I shot your dog'. I hope you understand that."
(5:04:39 AM) Doctor_Light: Birdman looks slightly confused, but is okay with it not being an enemy.
(5:04:55 AM) Sabitsuki: Akane's voice over the radio. «That better not be who it fucking sounds like.»
(5:05:13 AM) Doctor_Light: "…Get new dog?"
(5:05:22 AM) E4D: «It's Ward.»
(5:05:28 AM) Nusquam: <…she's here too, huh?>
(5:05:52 AM) E4D: Jason nods, letting his rifle hang.
(5:05:58 AM) Sabitsuki: «Oh, /goddammit/. I have fucking *had* it with the armor and his shitty curse.»
(5:06:11 AM) Dawny: «Is that a clear for the cigarette?»
(5:06:37 AM) MisterFlames: "He doesn't want a new dog, Birdy." Midnight says softly.
(5:06:58 AM) E4D: "Go for it, Jill. Light me one?"
(5:07:03 AM) Heiden: "Mister… Ward, is it? Are you here to exact a bloody vengeance?"
(5:07:40 AM) Heiden: Heiden's tone indicates he wouldn't blame Ward if he was.
(5:07:53 AM) Nusquam: <Not exactly, no.>
(5:07:57 AM) Dawny: Jillian slings her rifle and walks up, lighting two cigarettes. She looks at Frederick and the new person "Cigarette?"
(5:08:23 AM) E4D: "Ward only smokes cigars."
(5:08:41 AM) Nusquam: <No, thank you.>
(5:08:46 AM) Doctor_Light: Birdman shrugs.
(5:09:24 AM) Dawny: Jillian hands Jason a cigarette "Ward? I'm Jillian…you drink tea?"
(5:09:39 AM) Nusquam: <I'm trying to figure out a way off this God-forsaken - …what?>
(5:09:47 AM) MisterFlames: Midnight hops down and moves forward curiously.
(5:09:58 AM) E4D: "He doesn't drink anything."
(5:10:15 AM) Heiden: "Armor polish, then?" Heiden's wry tone may indicate he is trying to make a funny.
(5:10:18 AM) Dawny: "Oh" Jillian takes a drag "Thought I'd offer" shrug
(5:10:25 AM) E4D: Jason would facepalm, but he's resting one hand on the grip of his rifle, and the other holds his cigarette.
(5:10:27 AM) Nusquam: <That's very thoughtful of you.>
(5:10:44 AM) Sabitsuki: Akane comes of the LAV
(5:10:53 AM) Dawny: "Thank you" Jillian smiles
(5:11:00 AM) Sabitsuki: *comes out of
(5:11:11 AM) Sabitsuki: 1d2
(5:11:12 AM) Quidmore: Sabitsuki: 2 (1d2=2)
(5:11:37 AM) Nusquam: <I'm looking for a way off this continent. When I was captured, my sister was as well…> he gestures to Jason. <He'll remember her.>
(5:13:37 AM) Nusquam: <Getting out of your people's prison was no easy feat, and after I'd done so, nobody seemed keen on telling me where she was. Complete waste, that was.>
(5:13:37 AM) Sophos is now known as Metasophosphorus
(5:14:34 AM) Sabitsuki: "Waste? I'll give you waste, you big metal dink. Do you realize how many concussions I've almost gotten because of you and your shitty house?"
(5:15:16 AM) Nusquam: <…>
(5:15:36 AM) Dawny: Jillian smokes
(5:15:47 AM) Nusquam: <Do tell.>
(5:16:14 AM) Metasophosphorus is now known as Sophos
(5:16:47 AM) Sabitsuki: "63! Sixty fucking three!"
(5:17:02 AM) Nusquam: He idly flicks a bullet out of his left gauntlet.
(5:17:29 AM) Sabitsuki: "I'm glad you're taking this well, because I'm going to have a goddamn tumor!"
(5:17:31 AM) MisterFlames: "Excuse me, but were you the person that escaped along with the bullet monster?"
(5:18:02 AM) Nusquam: <I let it out, yes.>
(5:18:36 AM) MisterFlames: "I see… interesting. Chainshank mentioned that to us when we went to that location to investigate."
(5:18:46 AM) Nusquam: <It's not safe to stand and chat in the middle of the road. There could be traffic, you know.>
(5:19:03 AM) MisterFlames: "Traffic would be an improvement."
(5:19:07 AM) Bright left the room (quit:
(5:19:08 AM) Doctor_Light left the room (quit:
(5:19:08 AM) E4D left the room (quit:
(5:20:10 AM) Doctor_Light [||tibbiM] entered the room.
(5:20:10 AM) E4D [ten.knilneddus.hd.avnbsa.9ACD50F7-CRInys|tibbiM#ten.knilneddus.hd.avnbsa.9ACD50F7-CRInys|tibbiM] entered the room.
(5:20:10 AM) mode (+qo E4D E4D) by
(5:20:27 AM) Sabitsuki: "You - ugh! Lot of good the end of the goddamn world did me. Nobody listens to Akane." She wanders off back towards the LAV, mumbling. "Akane, do this, Akane do that, Akane, why'd you kill that office worker, Akane stop trying to have sex with everyone in Accounting…"
(5:21:28 AM) Heiden: "I'll leave you gentlemen to it. Mr. Shank is continuing to fiddle with the vehicle's radio, and I'm concerned he may do more mischief than is strictly necessry."
(5:22:49 AM) Dawny: "Please don't let him break it" Jillian takes a drag
(5:23:04 AM) MisterFlames: "Doubt he will. No eyeballs."
(5:23:34 AM) Sabitsuki: 1d2
(5:23:34 AM) Quidmore: Sabitsuki: 1 (1d2=1)
(5:23:52 AM) Nusquam: <That wouldn't happen to be a psychotic Brit, would it?>
(5:23:52 AM) Sabitsuki: Akane smacks into the side of LAV somehow. "God DAMMIT."
(5:26:38 AM) MisterFlames: Midnight heads over to Akane and rubs up against her leg.
(5:26:48 AM) Nusquam: <Where are you headed?>
(5:27:05 AM) E4D: "Potts Point."
(5:27:14 AM) E4D: "There's boats there. Ships."
(5:27:38 AM) Nusquam: <Don't suppose you'd be willing to tell me where I might find Area-14, would you?>
(5:28:28 AM) Sabitsuki: "I could've been Security Director, you know, Midnight. That's a big goddamn deal. Now, I'm comic relief. It's embarrassing."
(5:28:43 AM) Nusquam: <Some of the more chatty fellows told me that's where my sister had been sent for neutralization.>
(5:29:35 AM) Laito: "Being Director ain't that awesome," Alex remarks.
(5:30:37 AM) Nusquam: <…none of you know?>
(5:31:08 AM) Sabitsuki: «…Area 14?»
(5:31:39 AM) Dawny: "Sorry…I'm a bit useless if it doesn't involve tea or fixing things"
(5:31:48 AM) Sabitsuki: «My mother worked there. On 940, with the Dr. Smascher.»
(5:32:36 AM) MisterFlames: Midnight says softly, "I understand, Akane… the world is just topsy-turvy right now."
(5:32:36 AM) Nusquam: <…I don't know what any of that means.>
(5:32:42 AM) Sabitsuki: ^ that was Tau
(5:33:03 AM) E4D: "I'm familiar with 14."
(5:33:34 AM) Nusquam: <Fantastic. Are you heading there by chance?>
(5:33:42 AM) Sabitsuki: Tau hums slightly in the LAV.
(5:33:56 AM) Laito: Artemis eats a Granola bar. They said it was okay.
(5:35:29 AM) Sabitsuki: Akane sits next to the LAV and pets Midnight sadly.
(5:36:11 AM) E4D: "Not a bad place for us to go. If and when we get to the States."
(5:37:31 AM) Nusquam: <Would you be opposed to me joining you, then? I don't know how your organization works. Would make things easier for me.>
(5:37:32 AM) MisterFlames: Midnight purrs softly.
(5:37:32 AM) E4D: Jason raises an eyebrow.
(5:37:32 AM) Nusquam: He flicks another bullet, this one out of his upper left torso.
(5:37:59 AM) Nusquam: <I expected as much.>
(5:38:47 AM) Nusquam: <Thanks for all these, by the way,> he says, picking another out of his shoulder and dropping it to the ground.
(5:40:44 AM) Nusquam: <Is that a yes or a no, then?>
(5:40:44 AM) MisterFlames: Midnight continues to give comfort to Akane. She's good at that.
(5:40:44 AM) Doctor_Light left the room (quit: Quit: ajax IRC Client).
(5:40:49 AM) Laito left the room (quit: Quit: Leaving.).
(5:40:50 AM) E4D: Jason nods. "You can stay, but… who's the other mind?"
(5:41:54 AM) Nusquam: <That'd be my other sister. You would be wise to avoid her.>
(5:42:02 AM) MisterFlames: "Would that be your… ride?"
(5:42:13 AM) MisterFlames: Midnight does have excellent hearing.
(5:42:39 AM) E4D: "Where is she?"
(5:42:52 AM) Nusquam: <No. Sort of. I found a broken down motorcycle and she fixed it.>
(5:43:26 AM) Nusquam: <I'll just show you.>
(5:43:32 AM) MisterFlames: "Is that why… she's in two places at once?"
(5:43:46 AM) Dawny: Jillian's ears perk "Does she need help?"
(5:45:07 AM) Nusquam: He flexes the fingers of his right gauntlet, dragging them across his chest. The scream of metal grinding on metal, complimented by a faint ringing sound, is heard.
(5:45:28 AM) E4D: Jason looks down at Midnight.
(5:46:19 AM) Nusquam: He holds the gauntlet in front of him, palm facing the ground. A viscous black fluid begins to drip from it - and the gash in his chest - but stops, dangling for a moment before slowly retracting back into his open palm and wound respectively.
(5:46:37 AM) MisterFlames: "Interesting…"
(5:47:15 AM) Nusquam: <She's hungry. It would be wise to avoid her.>
(5:47:26 AM) Dawny: "Hungry?"
(5:47:42 AM) Nusquam: <I hear an echo.>
(5:48:28 AM) MisterFlames: "That is an inquiry as to what she would prefer to dine on, sir."
(5:48:30 AM) Dawny: Jillian looks down and takes a drag "Sorry"
(5:49:11 AM) Nusquam: The gash across his chest slowly begins closing as the fluid hardens, producing a sound like cracking ice as it does.
(5:49:34 AM) Nusquam: <She is no vegetarian. Beyond that, she isn't picky.>
(5:50:28 AM) Dawny: "I have some jerky…"
(5:51:22 AM) Nusquam: A subdued chuckle, hollow and echoing. <That will not suffice.>
(5:51:38 AM) MisterFlames: "We hunt game, ourselves. She prefers fresh meat?"
(5:52:32 AM) Dawny: "Oh"
(5:52:57 AM) Nusquam: <We used to feed her Badriim's worn-out puppets.>
(5:54:09 AM) Dawny: Jillian finishes her cigarette "I wish I could be more helpful"
(5:54:26 AM) Nusquam: He turns and walks back to the motorcycle, climbing on. <We're wasting time here.>
(5:54:42 AM) Nusquam: <It's appreciated, I assure you.>
(5:55:55 AM) Nusquam: It creeps forward a few feet, the only sound produced by its tires on the pavement.
(5:56:05 AM) E4D: Jason waves a finger in the air. "Go get 'em, Jill." He starts back toward Eve.
(5:56:22 AM) Dawny: Jillian's eyes widen "I want to play with it…."
(5:56:30 AM) Nusquam: <No you don't.>
(5:56:33 AM) MisterFlames: "Okay, then." Midnight rubs up against Akane once more, purring softly. "I think it bites, Jill."
(5:56:58 AM) Nusquam: <Bites… not quite. It would need teeth to do that.>
(5:57:19 AM) Tox|Laptop: Vance walks atop Florence and drops himself into the forward hatch, buttoning up the rear ramp.
(5:57:25 AM) Dawny: Jillian sighs "Can't ever play with any of the cool toys" she hops back into Eve and buckles «How you guys looking?»
(5:57:46 AM) MisterFlames: Midnight joins Jill in Eve. "I'm good."
(5:58:00 AM) Tox|Laptop: Vance starts up Florence. «Florence coming to life, Eve. Showing green.»
(5:58:13 AM) Tox|Laptop: Down comes the forward hatch.
(5:58:26 AM) Dawny: «Rog, boss man…what's the formation?»
(5:59:53 AM) E4D: «Same as before. Eve, Florence, Hummer, and… Ward.»
(6:00:11 AM) Tox|Laptop: «Understood, waiting on your go.»
(6:00:28 AM) Dawny: Jillian turns Eve on «Rog» "Who's my baby?" she pets Eve's steering wheel
(6:01:27 AM) MisterFlames: "Me?" Midnight asks.
(6:01:48 AM) Dawny: "Close" Jillian pulls foreword «Everyone good?»
(6:01:57 AM) Nusquam: Ward is tapping a heavy metal boot on the ground idly, waiting for people to get moving again.
(6:02:34 AM) Tox|Laptop: «Green,» Vance comes back, shifting into forward. He pulls behind Eve, hands light on the wheel.
(6:03:09 AM) Dawny: «We're out then» Jillian /goes/
(6:03:32 AM) Tox|Laptop: Vance matches pace, right behind her.
(6:04:30 AM) Nusquam: Ward follows around 200 yards behind the hummer - not that he's particularly easy to see in the dark.
(6:06:28 AM) Tox|Laptop: «Forgot to give him a radio,» Vance remarks.
(6:06:50 AM) E4D: «We'll take care of it.»
(6:07:04 AM) Tox|Laptop: «Cool.»
(6:10:34 AM) MisterFlames: Midnight sends a thought to Ward, ~We'll give you a radio when we next stop, all right?~
(6:11:35 AM) Nusquam: ~Stop doing that.~
(6:13:45 AM) MisterFlames: Midnight doesn't reply to that, and curls up next to Jill, purring softly.
(6:23:39 AM) E4D: Jason tucks into the turret, keeping an eye on their surroundings.