The first thing that Natasha Romanoff - as she had allowed herself to be called in recent years - had done after she had popped out of a gooey pod (and subsequently gotten clothed, briefed on the situation at hand, and retrieved her weapons) was familiarize herself with the spaceship that she had found herself on. It had taken a long while - the size of the ship made the SHIELD Helicarrier seem akin to a SmartCar - but she’d scoured as much of the place as she could, because it was always useful to know one’s bearings. ( Especially in a situation like this... )
Once the call had gone out after his initial announcement 'Vadum had set himself to assessing the current stock of weapons, armour and vehicles available to them. They had access to the GIA armoury so they had little shortage of the plasma weapons they utilized, he had managed to procure a number of crates of assorted weapons, now currently stored in the Quarter.
That done, he'd made his way to one of the many sensoriums, the simulation of a fairly typical human constructed base and training field off to one side, including a firing range for those who needed to test their aim, an obstacle course for those who wished to test their agility as well as many other such structures that could be utilized to test the abilities of those who wished to sign on. The whole installation ringed by a clearing which then expanded out into forested hills. Filling a measure of this clearing to one side sat a number of vehicles of all sorts from those familiar to the Sangheili commander to others he had only observed in passing.
Off to one side near the firing range a table arrayed with all manner of weapons, both ranged and close combat weapons sat waiting to be test and used on the range. It was here that the Sangheili Commander waited.
------------------------ [OOC: Sorry to everyone for the lateness of this, have been eaten up by Uni lately, nearly to the end of semester though, so I should have time very soon.
As to the workings of this, I'll have two main those wishing to play through the sign up process are welcome to, characters in the infantry regiment can have either 'Vadum or Roger Maxson for their sign up. Those who don't wish to play out the process are more than welcome to hand-wave it.
The second subthread will be primarly a mingling part for those who wish it. Squad listings can be found here.
The third subthread will be a non-bendytimed training thread for those who wish it.]
Day three of the tournament. With less than half of the entrants remaining, and many of them having grown substantially in power with their conquests, the fighting was building to a fevered pitch destined to end in a crescendo of glory. But this far out, it's still anybody's game...
[Results are due by the end of Thursday. Contact me if you need to know your power gains for the last round.]
No sooner did the Obs Deck descend to Arena Planet LXIII, and the crew allowed to disembark, than they were met by a veritable cloud swarm of cameras. Sleek, elegant things that might have been living, might have been machines, maybe were even magical... but were definitely nuisances as the swooped around to capture video of the crew at all conceivable angles, close up and far away. Their every move from this point on would be on camera.
In front of a small crowd of retainers stood what appeared to be a great circular orb whose only distinguishing features were a nose, and what appeared to be the most overblown mustache ever, which actually appeared to be supporting that two-foot-diameter orb at shoulder height to a tall man. Then the orb took a couple of steps forward,revealing that no, those were actually just really, really hairy legs. A seam cracked open on the creature, and in a voice loud enough to echo across the broad open plains without any need for amplification, it bellowed, "AND NOW! STRAIGHT FROM THE TRANSMIGRATION NINE VESSEL! OUR NEWEST COMPETITORS! FRESH TO THE STAGE OF BATTLE, BUT NO STRANGERS TO WAR--"
It went on like this for some time.
Under cover of this introduction, a small man that to all appearances seemed to be the love child of Richard Nixon and a particularly aggressive Furby stepped forward, and in a bored businesslike tone recited, "Welcome to the tournament. There will be one battle per day. The arena in which you battle will be determined by random draw. Our medical crew will perform all healing necessary and ensure no deaths so feel free to not hold back. Please refrain from accepting any bribes or favors from on-planet spectators--"
"--ARE YOU READY?!" the orb bellowed even louder than before, completely swamping the smaller man's recitation. "THEN STEP THIS WAY!"
And so saying, the orb and its procession began a clearly well-choreographed procession towards a large, medieval-looking fortress that hung dramatically just on the edge of clear vision. (Conveniently, this procession passed several large advertisements.)
- Tags:!location: planetside, beastboy, billy cranston, cole macgrath, dr mcninja, hana asakura, hit girl, ian chesterton, kaya, kyladriss, lash, lina inverse, mark allan/molten man, maxim, naoto shirogane, rtas 'vadum, ruffnut thorston, shoutarou hidari, sonic the hegdehog
Though he hadn't made any formal statements yet, Aibghalien made no secret of the fact that he intended to propose moving the Magic Department's headquarters to this building. As elegant and useful as the Jedi Temple was, he still had no idea what a Jedi was nor how it related to magic or the supernatural. But this building... This building was built for magic.
Already he found more and more excuses to come here, to the point that his old office and lab were practically abandoned these days. So a person who had interest in joining the department, or who simply wished to consult with him on a matter of magic, could find him there most readily, doing paperwork at his desk or examining some curious item to figure out what made it tick.
[Especially for new crew members interested in joining the department, but open to all!]
The rest of the crew assembled on the Observation Deck to meet the latest editions to their numbers.
Several people are set up near the doors to provide the new people with omnicomms and comm rings. They are also told they must read information about their current situation and a survival guide with their new omnicomm
. New crewmates might see a tall dragonish guy with wings (but don't call him that), a large afro attached to a smaller girl, and talking ponies among their number. There are also several authoritative-looking figures ready to introduce themselves.
There's a lot to tell the new people. It's going to be a lot to take in. But thankfully this time, there's a system that was set up to aid the new crew members with a few more experienced ones.
[ooc: Only new characters and Command Staff can start new threads for introductions, to limit the number of threads. Everyone else, just tag in and have your guys greet the newbies. Big brother/sister, there will be a thread for you as well!]
- Tags:!plot: pod release, 779/splicer, ahri, anwei ayles, applejack, azula, barbara wright, beastboy, big macintosh, billy cranston, carson beckett, cassie, chance lansing, chell, clef, cole macgrath, commander adrian shephard, crematia, damian spinelli, doug rattmann, edward elric, elisa maza, faiza hussain, gerald tarrant, hana asakura, hei, hiccup, hogan bight/crucible, howard bassem, ian chesterton, ildraniath, jade harley, jaime reyes, jake berenson, jamie hemeros, jinx, john watson, john-117, jorge-052, kang, kanoe zouichi, karis needleteeth, karkat vantas, kon-el, kyladriss, lina inverse, mashu, maxim, miles morales, miss martian/m'gann m'orzz, naoto shirogane, orc, presea, punchy, r2-d2, rarity, roger maxson, ronnae, rtas 'vadum, ruffnut thorston, sally acorn, sandy marko, shawn spencer, sherlock holmes, sirius black, talia, the courier, the tenth doctor, volanz adarga, zuko
Gods could be too arrogant. Such was the case of SHODAN, who had turned the Pods into a nightmarish zone where she could freely amuse herself and torture those that had come here.
But arrogance breeds pride which breeds mistakes. Instead of killing everyone off, she had decided to do this more slowly – watch them suffer in a slow agony, and, therefore had not expected them to fight back.
It had been a lucky shot, really, one in a million, But one of the people present that day had accidentally shot a tiny, insignificant object. A tiny little drone, that, once it had been the source of the power damper, had fallen. The tables were turned, and the goddess had been forced to retreat from the pods.
Now she was on a panicked mode, not only because some of the other people on the ship had managed to work their way into her system files, using another AI to send pointless images and sounds to her, distracting her from her task, but they knew how they could defeat her and gain their powers back.
It didn't take long for the message to be sent out, as the word quickly spread. Find the tiny little creatures, and shoot them down. SHODAN couldn't work their shields properly and once they were found, it was only a short matter of time before the powers returned to an area.
It would take time, but, finally, the tide of the battle was turning on the side of the crewmen and women. In vain, she was throwing her all; even more strange robot creatures, attacking in packs, but with hope on their side, they could win this...
[OOC - OKay go for it! NPC players, feel free to NPC as many robots as you like. Players, once your powers return, feel free to make as much scrap metal as you like, no need to have people NPC for you if you just want to write tags of them kicking ass.]
- Tags:!plot: system shock, 779/splicer, alendian, allenby beardsley, aya brea, billy cranston, cedric diggory, chell, erhart, esplin 9466, hawke, hit girl, hogan bight/crucible, hououji fuu, jalith, jamie mccrimmon, john crichton, kanoe zouichi, kate bishop, kaya, lord zetta, maridian, mindf**k, morgan knight, orochimaru, pinkie pie, rachel berenson, ron stoppable, rtas 'vadum, starfire
'Vadum had checked over the systems of his vessel once and again to ensure that no control had been lost during the initial outbreak of the situation at hand. He had locked down all non essential access ways to the Quarter
, leaving only one leading to the hanger section of the massive vessel. The defensive batteries had been brought online, trained on anything that might have proven to enter the ship without his wish.
Standing on the bridge the Sangheili Captain looked out over the Hanger bay, sending a message over the communications systems to those stranded outside. The Quarter
had a sufficient supply of weapons set in the on board armory, something he had been sure to stock with weapons sufficient arm all who needed it aboard his vessel, including a number of the GIA's plasma weapons.
In addition to weapons available on board, the vessel had sufficient crew quarters and food supplies to easily and comfortably house a good portion of the crew should it be required and that was not including the additional space the hangers, those areas not filled by the craft of Starfighter command.[This video gives a look of some of the areas of the Quarter (Though it's not transforming), though theres' no set lay out as to particular areas.]
This was it. Endgame. The crux of the battle, the turning point, those crucial moments that would decide if the crew won or lost, that would decide if the Ohm would reign victorious or go running with their chitinous tails between their legs.
Did the crew have enough grit to win? Could they defeat a full Ohm fighting force?
With the flagging confidence of the GIA forces, it'd be up to the crew to turn the tide.
And one of the crew would pay the ultimate price to make sure the others walked away alive.
[ooc: everything is up!]
- Tags:!plot: lirath, aibghalien marsai, anwei ayles, aqua, billy cranston, christina sierra, clark kent, eleventh doctor, faiza hussain, hellion, hiccup, hit girl, hogan bight/crucible, hoshi hikari, jaime reyes, jalith, jamie mccrimmon, kali, kanoe zouichi, kaya, kon-el, lash, leon s. kennedy, lockon stratos, negi springfield, rapunzel, ren akiyama, river song, ron stoppable, rtas 'vadum, ruffnut thorston, samuel henderson, sandy marko, sasami masaki jurai, setsuna f. seiei, shoutarou hidari, signum, sonic the hedgehog, starfire, sumeragi lee noriega, supergirl, superman, the master, tim drake/red robin, toothless, trudy chacon, wash, will vandom
Run by: Tetra
The battlefield in the space above Lirath was a tumultuous mess. being both inviting targets for barrage in and of themselves, and also forcing the GIA ships to stay in close to protect them instead of allowing for more maneuvering room. The ice ring around Lirath had been blasted apart, resulting in giant chunks of ice drifting through fire- and sight-lines, providing opportunities for both cover and ambush as well as destruction for the dog-fighting ships weaving in and out of their treacherous paths. The wreckage of GIA and Ohm ships made movement through the battlefield downright hazardous -- who knew if there were still live weapons aboard any of them, just waiting to be tripped by an unwary pilot? The gravitational forces of the nearby planet Kehoe were an unwelcome addition to an already chaotic battlefield, making navigation difficult.
Ohm shrikes strafed the bare handful of GIA capital ships present, causing soundless explosions in the vacuum of space and killing who-knew-how-many allies of Transmigration 9's crew in the process.The GIA fighters seemed barely able to dent the massive Ohm Leviathans that brooded over the planet like bloated, predatory spiders, and those that were still flying were massively damaged, hulls scorched by plasma fire, some barely held together with parts of them vented into space. In some places there were things that looked like clouds of specks-- groups of dead GIA crewman, lost to the void.
Before long, new Ohm bioforms would enter the fray, ones created to compensate for the ship's mecha.
In this scattered and scorched battleground, Starfighter Command would have to fight Ohm ships side by side with the exhausted forces of the GIA, braving massive chunks of ice, wreckage, and of course, the seemingly never-ending forces of the Ohm.
And the tide of battle was already turned against them.
[ooc: wait for subthreads to be set up before posting.
First Wave and Second Wave, both open!]
- Tags:!plot: lirath, age, asuna kagurazaka, cagalli yula athha, clark kent, cowabunga, ellyn vitner, michael blanc, reimi saionji, rtas 'vadum, sakura kinomoto, sam winchester, sonic the hedgehog (games), trudy chacon, wash, yzak jule
After receiving the warning the Tapestry
had provided them, along the order to begin preparations from Councillor Kang
, the crew had been getting ready for upcoming combat with the Ohm.
Unfortunately, the rather vague nature of the warning they received meant they had no particular way of knowing exactly when this battle would occur. Understandably, this put some of the crew on edge, but at the very least they had some prior warning that they would be facing the Ohm, rather than being thrown blind into such a dangerous situation. Combat drills, vehicle maintenance and armory inspections seemed to be regular sights for the week or so following Kang's message. Not much time to prepare, but the crew worked with what was given to them.
Eventually, however, the call came.
||Alert, Alert,|| Stacy called out throughout the ship, ||Priority One message from GIA High Command. All crew members please report to the Obs Deck. Repeat, Priority One message from GIA High Command, All crew members please report to the Obs Deck...||
Stacy kept repeating the message over and over until the crew began making their way towards the Obs Deck to receive the message.[ooc: As implied by the post, we're assuming the crew's ICly had a one-to-two week heads-up about the battle. It was supposed to be played out, but RL timing prevented this from working out. Feel free to come up with the details of your character's preparations on your own
Also, as usual, please wait for subthreads to go up before tagging in.
Edit: It's up! Feel free to start tagging in!]
- Tags:!location: obs deck, !plot: lirath, 779/splicer, aibghalien marsai, allenby beardsley, anwei ayles, applejack, aqua, astrid hoffersson, billy cranston, cagalli yula athha, celena vantari, chell, daniel jackson, dhianeila, eleventh doctor, eva, gaignun kukai jr./rubedo, hiccup, hit girl, hogan bight/crucible, howard bassem, jalith, jamie mccrimmon, kali, kang, kanoe zouichi, kaya, kon-el, lash, leon s. kennedy, lord zetta, maridian, minatsuki takami, morgan knight, rarity, remus lupin, river song, ronnae, rtas 'vadum, sakura kinomoto, sasami masaki jurai, satellizer el bridget, sonic the hedgehog (games), the master, tim drake/red robin, wheatley
After everyone and all of their ships were properly loaded the Quarter
had launched successfully. The journey from Stacy to the Trojan Asteroid field trailing NiSaris took several hours, but they managed to approach the field with the people of the nearby world being none the wiser.
The problem was that the NiSarians weren't the only ones watching the skies.
As the Quarter
approached and entered the asteroid field, all was quiet. But it was only going to be a matter of moments before that would change.((ooc: See this post for instructions, but otherwise, have at it, and have fun.))
- Tags:!location: macross quarter, !plot: trojan horse, 779/splicer, allelujah haptism, allenby beardsley, billy cranston, cowabunga, dhianeila, duo maxwell, eva, feldt grace, han solo, jalith, jamie mccrimmon, kanoe zouichi, kate bishop, kira yamato, lash, lockon stratos, lord zedd, michael blanc, ron stoppable, rtas 'vadum, sam winchester, setsuna f. seiei, sonic the hedgehog (games), tieria erde, trudy chacon, wash, yzak jule
Not long after the crew left XaXing, the ship had received a communication from the GIA, directed for Leon. In it was a new set of orders, ones that weren't part of Stacy's mission list, it seemed. After reviewing the orders, Leon put them into Stacy, which prompted an abrupt change of course.
While they were given more time than Stacy's usual routine of giving them their orders five minutes before dumping them off the ship, they still didn't have a lot of time to prepare, forcing Leon to call a meeting of some of his senior staff.
He was waiting for them in the briefing room that was just off the main bridge, a hologram of the world they were now headed to displayed over the conference table.
- Tags:!location: the bridge, !plot: trojan horse, !status: closed, kira yamato, leon s. kennedy, michael blanc, nathan petrelli, nightwing, rtas 'vadum, trudy chacon, wedge antilles
Wash rarely went anywhere but the bridge of the Quarter - the whole thing felt creepily like an Alliance ship and the bridge was a smaller space, easier to deal with after Serenity's tight places.
Not that it was much better on the bridge. Wash sometimes felt like he was in a vast fishbowl, standing out on the end of the bridge. It was built in the thrust, three sides surrounded by air and railings. Luckily the consoles were high enough that no-one was likely to get vertigo.
Wash went straight to his station, running his hand over the console. Even in a ship this high-tech they knew that the pilot had to feel her to fly.
"She's not my first love but she's well enough," he said.
It had been some time now since he had taken command of the Macross Quarter, and much time had passed since the first simulation in which the fleet had participated. 'Vadum had not sat idle however during that time, he had been intent on becoming as familiar with the workings of the Macross class vessel as he could possibly be. He had strode near every meter of the corridors and flight decks of the four hundred meter long vessel. The workings of the sensors, targeting computers and engine controls all had been committed to memory. With the current lack of bridge crew it was only sensible that he know how to operate the various systems in conjunction to Helmsman Wash, perhaps not the most disciplined however during the simulation he had proven himself a more than competent helmsman.( A Captains duty to survey his ship )
((OOC: Feel free to run into Rtas anywhere you wish, whether noticing him on the flight deck, in the Quarter's hangers as he strolls through or even on the Bridge just let me know which!)
Shepard still hadn't met with the Captain, but she was giving it a little time, something about busy men, etc etc. She didn't press it, because she was just as interested in exploring the rest of the ship, and seeing what she could find out. After playing around a little with the omni-comm system she'd synced up with her omni-tool, and poking around the media library a little, she found her way down to the hangar.
She knew what she was half looking for, but didn't really keep her hopes too high. If she hadn't received a pingback from EDI by now, chances are good the Normandy
was long-gone. And she got a little caught up looking at all the different ships that this massive vessel they were trapped on had amassed. Some models she was familiar with, on a basic level at least, and others completely alien to her. She couldn't help but think how excited Tali would be to see something like this.
No sooner had that thought hit her with a wave of nostalgia did she notice a familiar glint of blue and white, sticking out further than a bulky ship it was sitting next to. She couldn't help the smile that spread across her face as she quickly moved further down the deck, until the ship was in full view.( will you redeem my life again? )[ooc: feel free to stumble into the giant gaping hole in the side of the ship and meet up with shep, or spot her while she's outside, or whatevs. and of course the crew is welcome to show up and
be forced to work assist their commanding officer :)]
Those heading to the sensorium after Commander Rahk's announcement
would find themselves inside a rather technologically advanced looking base, a number of armored soldiers
Rahk himself was there, standing in front of a command station with a large screen overlooking the waiting battlefield outside, which appeared to be the ruins of some advanced city. By the serious look on his face, he was certainly ready to get this test underway.[ooc: tagging's open! get going!]
[ooc2: sorry for the confusion, the other sections are open for tagging too.]
- Tags:!location: sensoriums, !plot: alliances, angie spica, billy cranston, celena vantari, chris redfield, daja kisubo, danny phantom, gaignun kukai jr./rubedo, hikari yagami, hit girl, jamie mccrimmon, jono starsmore, kang, katara, leon s. kennedy, nightwing, rtas 'vadum, ruffnut thorston, sam winchester, scarlet witch, son of satan, tenaya, trudy chacon, tsukasa kadoya, vivio takamachi, volstagg, yzak jule
Trudy wasn't much of a programmer, but she thought she'd finally gotten the Sensoriums to understand what she wanted. The simulations of Zokez II had been modified to have all their pilots removed from the sim. Now it was just swarms and swarms of Ohm.
But the arriving pilots wouldn't know that right away - one of the things they trained on the least was actually getting into your ship and getting out the hangar door, and now that they had the carrier, that was even more vital.
So when the pilots arrived in the Sensoriums, they would find themselves not in Stacy's hangar, but in the hangar bay of the Macross Quarter. The fighters and gundams were arrayed throughout the hangar in neat ranks, all ready to go.
Trudy herself stood in her eyesore of a flight suit, her helmet tucked against her hip, waiting to greet people as they came in. She had some new faces to meet, after all.
But before anyone could get too comfortable, the wailing tones of Stacy's red alert sounded through the Sensoriums. [[Attention crew]] came Stacy's voice, [[We are under attack. Repeat, the Ohm are attacking.]]
"Get to your fighters! Rogue Two to the bridge - Wash, take us out!"
((OOC: Anyone currently in Starfighter Command or interested in joining is free to participate and hop in a cockpit. Shuttle pilots and crew will be manning their shuttles. The command staff and the council are welcome to observe the exercise but Trudy would prefer no civilian observers. Have fun! Shoot the Ohm with yer lazors, pew pew!))
- Tags:!location: sensoriums, angie spica, cowabunga, danny phantom, duo maxwell, jamie hemeros, kira yamato, michael blanc, rtas 'vadum, sam winchester, setsuna f. seiei, trudy chacon, vislor turlough, wash, yzak jule
Those entering the sensoriums today would find themselves in an icy, windswept valley, numerous thickets of trees dotting the snow-covered ground. Out of one such thicket lumbers a massive beast
, nearly five meters in height. It is powerfully built, and each step it takes causes the earth beneath to shudder.
The beast comes to a sudden halt, seeming to have heard something nearby. It sniffs the air, breath visible in the chilled wind.
There's a sudden rustle from a nearby thicket, and in a blur of motion, the massive form of the mighty white wolf Ulfrekkr lunged at the beast, tackling it to the ground. The lumbering brute was bewildered as it came crashing to the ground with a thundering boom, but in a second it recovered, and raised a meaty fist to slam down on Ulfrekkr's skull.
But before it could land the strike, another form dashed from the shadows, that of Harald Bloodsong, clothed in nothing but a pair of rugged wolfskin pants, and wielding only a rough, jagged hunting knife. In an instant, he leapt over Ulfrekkr, slamming his knife into the creature's skull in one swift stroke.
The beast shuddered for several seconds, before falling limp. Harald stands, steam rising from the blue blood that now coated his arm and knife.
He threw his head back and howled, Ulfrekkr rising to join him.
This was a good hunt.