Alycia is eliminating various fatal booby-traps, sensors, etc. tripwires, devices, guards around the Wound in the World. Getting progressively more cheesed, because the tech is Quilltech along with Chintech (and Rooktech). (No Rossumtech in this stuff.)
Suddenly worried. How old is that Chintech, anyway?
[Assess! 11!] What here is the biggest threat?
The Quill stuff has been here for years. Weathering, at least a decade ago. A year to 18 months post-Vyortovia bomb. Jason laid a bunch of stuff in here, but really hasn’t been back.
Chintech was not integrated in … added after the fact … maybe 5 years ago. Newer, not as weathered. Okay, worried --> paranoid.
Chin stuff is adding lethality. Antimatter grenades. And the melding point … are a third type of tech she’s not seen before. Most visible in larger piece (e.g., all the mortar in this one building is designed to disappear) … silvery tech, profoundly more advanced than either (order of magnitude … or more). Entirely passive. It’s only to make the tech play nicely. Not … terrestrial. Not Vyortovian. Silver, white, and blue – and the Conconrdance has no tech per se.
Greatest threat - this stuff has been grafted to Chintech, and given the age, from this side within the last five years. Another player in the game.
In fact, not really warnings/boobytraps – that was Quill-Rook stuff (comms, sensors, warning, non-lethal). The add-ons make it a hornets nest of destruction, Hunger Games style.
The Chin stuff is new. Or only 5 years old. (fuckfuckfuck)
_Does it have a communication component?
_And something shimmers in, as Alycia dives for cover. Starfishytech thing. Scanning – deep, intrusive, scary. Then it rotates toward Alycia.
Leo & Adam
Jason has formed the Spideromnidroidbot
Adam is going to tackle Facet-turned-Fractal, who is winding a really big blast.
[Concord burns! 4! 3 conditions! – angry at Sablestar, insecure, guilty-in-advance]
_Flashback! Getting ready back at the base! Leo and Pneuma fidding with Heart Factory. Concord goes to Harry. What’s the most remote place your folk had a superhero fight in? King Cold, base in Russia. No, somplace you were. Training in Algeria, on the edge of the Sahara, really uncomfortable …
_Concord grabs onto that emotional link, tether. Teleports to Fractal, wraps the memory, energy, around his hands, and Fractal gets yoinked across the globe into a sand dune in Algera. [Use Burn to get a 10+]
Leo is watching this, and sees that 's not watching Sablestar … but Jason is lining up on Leo. Is she Vulnerable?
Leo and Aria recombine, distract Sablestar by crossing her line of vision. Behind her, Phoenix slams in, whaps her with wing, knocks her into the portal that Concord raised.
Concord – ground is getting black below him, like spilled on it. Flies up – black tendrils rise up. Ground and plants are being changed.
Concord blasts.[Unleash Powers: 14! KAPOW!] Raises shield, blows shield outward, then grabs one of the nanobots. “What here is the biggest threat? [Is this Jason actively doing this, or is he calling on prepped nanobots around the city to activate?]”
No, Jason is actively doing this. And it’s a distraction, to go after Phoenix and Otto – Concord warns Leo about it.
Leo – taunting him. “So, Jason – working for Rook? Guess you’ll never get away from being voiced by a girl.”
The tentacle that was worming out of the building behind Otto and Phoenix freezes …
Charlotte & Harry (& Jaycee)
Focus: a hair comb, image of her mother on it. She pulls it out of the spirit storm, a combo of her own and from Alt!Charlotte.
Trying to get the storm moving … and maybe get back some of Alt!Charlotte’s consciousness. Talking to the whole, but pleading to Alt!Charlotte.
[Savior: 13! +1 Forward] Ghosts - angry reaction.
Harry! Touching solid Charlotte, as is Jaycee on either side. Hair comb held up.
Everything just … stops. Harry can feel that something bad is about to happen. Ready to drag Jaycee away – Charlotte is solid, sure, but she can handle this, right?.
[Defend: 7! exposing self to danger]
_Oh, hey. Corporeal.
Asserts the authority of being their General: [Superior: 5!]
Jaycee warns Harry that Charlotte is still just Charlotte.
He runs back – with Jaycee.
But … how to deal with a typhoon of ghosts?
Slow them down by doing the super-speed tornado routine.
Harry: Hopeless, as the ghosts swirl and flow through him, this crap world, their anger and despair.
Charlotte: Insecure, because it didn’t work.
Jaycee seems most effective in holding them off some.
[Superior: 8!] Have heard ths voice … broadcast … not someone that I paid much attention to, just noted …
Alycia rises from behind rubble in surrender. Starfish minutely pivots.
“I’m here to heal the wound in the Worlds.”
“That will not be permitted. The tear will remain. The tear will expand. This is the final remaining rift, and is expanding appropriately to cause a dimensional collapse. The result will be catastrophic, but will achieve intended effect.”
“No. You will be sent far back enough in time with that knowledge that you will possibly be able to interfere, and definitely be able to annoy me.”
“If you send me back, I won’t be able to bring to others back.”
“They’re moving into position. Almost in place.”
[Provoke - Superior: 4! (Guilty!) --> Afraid!]
“Of the two, only the self-designate Mercury has to be returned in time and dimension. The wielder of the Excalibur shard has only to be returned to her dimension.”
Not counting / aware of Charlotte?
Scanning from arms.
Lasers coming toward her … and she can see space beyond is hazier.
[Direct Engage … Afraid … 7!]
Aim at starfish. Shoot building that was rigged to collapse.
One shot, run!
[Take away … Doctor Infinity’s sensory lock on her (destroy bot? damage sensors? pin it under a few tons of rubble?]
Choking brick dust.
Insecure … because freaking Doctor Infinity
Is it dead?
Let’s not wait around to find out.
[Doing critical move to separate Charlotte out, which would also leave the other ghosts around to help close the portal.]
Express appreciation for Harry.
Leo & Adam
Leo: Provoke on Jason!
“Come at me, bro.”
“I didn’t go far enough last time.”
Nanobots reaching for head.
Otto and Phoenix are leaping on from behind.
MOMENT OF TRUTH!
Loaded up one of the Heart Factory brains, loaded with some personality states, so Jason’s bots run into a Jason mental structure – readings of Jason’s brain from the Heart Factory. Something they recognize as home. And the bots are designed to act as extensions of his brain.
Making Alt!Jason remember a complete 17yo Jason.
The barriers are broken into. A walking demolition crew. Tearing apart the nanobot shell around Jason, physically. And that causes the overall machine to reel, and feedback to Jason, too.
And Alt!Jason didn’t see that coming, as the bots open up, reaching in and dragging Alt!Jason down onto the ground, than then wrapping him up.
Not only fixing the old memories, but patching ongoing years of progressively broken memories (because that was still freaking happening.)
Leo: “I’m sorry I left you alone back then. I’m not going to do that again.”
Jason’s eyes widen as he loses consciousness.
Break line of sight.
Comms - “Hey, guys. Doctor Infinity is here. Top that!”
Alycia: Image of Self --> +Danger, -Mundane
Leo: Closer (Concord) --> +Savior, -Danger (Savior locked!)
Harry: Closer (Charlotte)
Charlotte: Closer (Jaycee)
Adam: Closer (Leo) --> +Danger, -Superior
COME BACK NEXT TIME FOR MENAGERIE #45 … “DOCTOR INFINITY IS A PURPLE!”
author: *** Dave H.