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The Queen appears pleased.
She sits down on her throne.
"What are you here for today?"
"Combined power of hope, huh? If Giegue heard about this he'd be very unamused.", Pseudo says, smirking a bit. He then nods, his smirk turning into a smile.
"Of course, you won't need to ask twice. If I can help out by doing that, you can count on me."
Rin, if she peeks around the left corner, will be just in time to see the past Pseudo Porky (with his metal spider legs out) walking into a room. The room opposite of the one he went into has an open door.
Do I really do this? Is this how I squander Miles' trust?
"I observed your battle with the one known as Yozora. After contemplating it... Well, I would rather not have anyone die who doesn't have to. I can offer you something to supplement the staff you wield."
Rin goes into the room across from past!Pseudo, moving in a blur of motion that creates an audible wind-whipping sound - but no evidence that said sound went into the room. Just in case, she peeks at the end of the hall and has her ghost manifest there, set to run off in some other direction and fade away like... well, a phantom... if Pseudo notices it.
Nothing There is quickly reduced to a quivering mess of skin and bones... and then it straight-up morphs into a meat cocoon.
Bokuko's clones stop in amazed fight, but Martine just keep firing. Seems like the gun has no limit of ammo!
"Thank you, Pseudo. I know full well that replicating Horus' feat will likely prove difficult, but I have complete faith in your resourcefulness," Thor says. "And with you and Platinum working together, you should have no trouble broadcasting the battle."
He tosses Stormbringer into the air and catches it.
"Of course, that's far from the only thing concerning Set that I wanted to discuss with you. Firstly, something else that Loki learned from Zeus is that if anybody evil attempts to battle Set, he'll simply rip their power from them and crush them as if they were little more than insects," he explains. "So, the likes of Mara are not to fight him, nor should Narktus face him again."
Edited by IchigoMontoya on Aug 4th 2020 at 7:22:46 AM
Nothing There's cocoon endures the gunfire better than its previous form did, which is troubling, even though it's doing literally nothing.
The Queen leans slightly to the side, looking as if it'd be raising an eyebrow if it could.
"Oh? Go on.", it says, tapping a small part of the staff as it holds it.
"I see... then sending the Darklings out to fight is out of the question as well.", Pseudo says. "And as for Locke... considering how his powers work, I have no idea how Set's ability would affect him. That does excluse our strongest members from being able to help you fight. Anyhow, I'll warn the Assassins to not get involved with Set, and with some luck I'll get through to Narktus to tell him the same."
Within that room, Rin will see an inactive monitor sitting against a rack of... what seems to be cleaning supplies.
This is the supply closet. Nothing usable here.
Strangely though, it does seem like there's something behind one of the walls, as a bit of light shines through it. However, Pseudo is in the room right next to her, and to move that wall she'll have to move the rack and the monitor, which'd make a good bit of noise.
Well! Yo! Gimme a hand everyone!
Martine stops firing and just toss an actual hand at Bokuko. All five clones screech in unison while Martine laughs. Eventually though, they pull over that one and one Bokuko stand out, while the other two stand close to her and begins to add their chakra to two Rasengans she's making in each hand!
42 slowly, hesitantly materializes the orb of power that Miles gave her.
"A fragment of the primordial chaos predating all that exists..."
Do I really do this?
Her brow furrows slightly in contemplation. Is it right for me to ask for something in return before someone like this?
Damn it, I hate stealth.
Rin recalls her ghost and has it... show up behind Pseudo and smack the floor behind him before going back to the initial "run and vanish" strategy. She's trying to lead him far enough away that he won't be able to hear when she suddenly starts moving stuff, but she can't send the ghost too far away from herself.
The cocoon trembles slightly...
The power within the Rasengans build up while Martine observe, actually not firing any longer and apparently just kind of waiting.
"Good. Of course, I don't think there's anything stopping them from doing battle with the other members of the Cabal. They simply need to avoid Set himself," Thor replies. "But anyway, regarding the next thing I wanted to discuss: has the tracker managed to locate Set's base of operations? Because after the incident with his immortal attack dog, I think it's time to take action against the bastard and destroy whatever weapon he's preparing to unleash."
The cocoon bulges and warps in places, and Bokuko and Martine will get an uneasy feeling that it'd be best to stop it from opening.
Martine just blink once but Bokuko listens to that gut feeling and attempts to SLAM both her fiery rasengans, with them growing larger beforehand! The result is that both Rasengans first slams into the targets, drilling in, before exploding into large plumes of flames!
Thanks in no small part to how long Bokuko spent charging her attack, the cocoon explodes into smelly burnt gore. Crisis averted!
Although, from the giblets remaining, it's clear that it was transforming into something big, beefy and scary before they cut it off.
The real Bokuko then leap out, with her eyes looking like a frog's! Tada! Here's BOKUKO THE SAGE! Bew-?
She stares at the burning mass of gore while her clones dances. Martine, meanwhile, happily goes near it and eat some.
THE FLESH OF THE ENEMY HAS BEEN SPICED WELL! ATE IT POST HASTE!
Edited by Bolded1 on Aug 2nd 2020 at 11:30:01 AM
The Queen looks curious when it sees the orb.
"A fragment of..."
It ponders for a bit, but then suddenly shifts its attention to 42.
"Are you alright? You appear... nervous."
"Yes, I recently got several, differing bits of data in. A spot near Markarth came up fast, but then the data rapidly changed to a spot higher up, near Riften and Whiterun. My guess is that his base is afloat and changes locations to throw off enemies."
He then looks conflicted.
"While I agree that action needs to be taken, are you sure it's a good idea to do so while the Cyber Angels are still around. Granted, you can make the point that we don't know how much longer this conflict will last, and that is a valid one. But keep in mind that, if we bring the fight to Set while they're still around, I still cannot afford to send anyone to fight against the Cabal. Of course, I'll still do my part in broadcasting the fight against Set itself, that's not something you'll need to worry about."
It seems to work, because Pseudo Porky suddenly emerges from the room, glancing around, then starts walking down the hallway, heading north.
"I can't keep my eyes off of the others for even a second without something happening, can I?", he mutters angrily, probably thinking one of those 'others' dropped something nearby.
Nevertheless, a few seconds later, and he's too far away to be able to hear anything that could happen in the supply closet.
42 looks away.
"... Would it be too much to ask for information in return?" she mutters, low and monotone.
Rin quickly moves the furniture out of the way and checks what's inside the secret door.
"That depends on what information you want to request. But I assure you, you are free to ask at least.", the Queen says.
If 42 glances around, she'll see that the other Cyber Angels don't look worried. The atmosphere seems casual, so it seems like it really is safe to just ask.
Behind the wall is...
Another wall A stairway that goes upwards, towards another door. This one isn't closed either, and even more light comes from there.
"That staff -" 42 points to the staff of Navitus.
"I have heard that it contains its creator's hate. As one who has become tied to concepts of hope and despair... What does it mean to you? Why would you depend on it so much, besides the power it offers?"
Rin grumbles and creeps up the stairs. She gets low to the steps and peeks her eyes up to see what lies beyond the top of them.
"As you said, we have no idea how much longer this conflict with the Cyber Angels will last. The more we wait to actually do something about Set and his lackeys, the more he'll attempt to sabotage our efforts and terrorize this realm," Thor says. "I will not stand idly by when that monster could be dispatching his dragon to ravage Claus' base, or sending Eleven to slaughter Lucas and his family, or preparing to commit who knows what other kind of atrocities!"
He puts Stormbringer down on Pseudo's desk with more force than necessary, as if to further emphasize his point.
"And Katre and Troa will need to be evacuated in case Set has learned that they've been our double agents! The time for action is now, Pseudo. His weapon needs to be destroyed before we're faced with a repeat of Thanos destroying Cinke's laboratory."
Edited by IchigoMontoya on Aug 3rd 2020 at 8:29:16 AM
The Queen glances at it, then back at 42, slightly smiling.
"It doesn't quite matter to me how this staff received its power. It was a blessing from the gods, the tool we needed to save my race from complete extinction."
It then looks sadder for a moment.
"Even if it did arrive later than I would've wanted it to... regardless, without this staff, we would have all perished over twenty years ago. And afterwards, it has led us to victory countless times. Against those who thought they could take it from us, and against those who we struck out against. Even if wherever you heard that fact from is true, I truly believe it has our best interests at heart. Otherwise, why would it have allowed us to prosper as we have?"
It then sits up straight again.
"Now, I know this information you asked for was meant as 'payment', I suppose, for that bit of energy you're offering us, but I can't help but ask you what exactly you mean. Tied to the concepts of hope and despair? I must admit that I don't understand what that means."
While Pseudo doesn't flinch from Stormbringer hitting his desk, he does glance at the weapon the moment after it hits. Botar's body twitches, but Pseudo shakes his head, so that means Botar might've been getting ready to warp Thor out if need be.
"I agree.", Pseudo then says to Thor, which may surprise him. "While I would've liked to continue acting in the way we have so far, focusing on just the Cyber Angels, what I've been told about the last fight makes it clear that, even if Set himself may not show up, his lackeys will, and while they helped us during the fight at the fortress, there's no guarantee that they'll keep doing that. If they were to send, say, Eleven, right as we're facing the Cyber Angels, it'll be catastrophic. I can't ignore the severity of this situation any longer."
He then ponders, looking more conflicted.
"We need to come up with a solid plan on how to deal with this. And pray for dear life that the Cyber Angels won't strike while we're fighting Set. I suppose the members of my organization would be able to potentially distract the Cyber Angels, and perhaps I can ask Claus for help as well, while you and the allies you choose try to deal with the Cabal."
Rin will see another hallway, though this one looks different, a bit more lively than the pure steel hallways below.
If she goes outside, she'll see that the way to the right is barred by a large, steel door. The way to the left, however, is not, and in the distance there's a visible, open doorway.
42 puts a hand over her chest, which begins to glow.
"I made a contract to save my life and end this war. It turned me from a mere machine into... a person. Not just a person, but a magical girl. I now must live on hope, for despair would bring me closer to transforming into an abomination."
She looks up at the Queen. "I can guess that you've seen your fair share of despair. If it so happened that the staff was using you to elevate itself... then I would have to do what I think would save you, even if you killed me again and again, to keep hopes of freedom and peace alive."
And then she hands over the orb of Void Termina essence. "Which is exactly why this is for you and all the Cyber Angels. Power that can become your own, not borrowed."
Rin goes right left, of course. Her ghost stands guard, watching the right in case something busts the door down.
Edited by KiriK on Aug 2nd 2020 at 3:49:01 AM
Thor blinks in surprise, having expected Pseudo to argue against taking the fight to the Cabal. Nonetheless, he smiles gratefully.
"First, we'll need to pin down the exact location of his base. Call it personal preference if you wish, but I don't see the appeal of running myself ragged trying to find it."
He strokes his chin in a thoughtful manner.
"As for allies... I'll bring Callis and Courne, the Maximoff lad, Hisoka... the dragon woman seemed interested in facing the Cabal again. Loki and I spoke with her after the fight with the machine."
The Queen, while (understandably) having a bit of a difficult time trying to comprehend what living on hope entails, then smiles.
"I'm certain you won't have to be too worried about that. The Staff of Navitus can't function on its own. It needs to be wielded by someone worthy?"
It then accepts the orb, looking it over.
"What exactly does this power entail? And is it possible to study it? I wouldn't mind having my scientists and the General take a look at it, once the latter has rested up a bit."
"That's understandable. As soon as I have a new monitor, I can assist with that. I'm thinking of contacting Pietro in a few days from now at the latest, he said he was willing to help me obtain one.", Pseudo says. He then shows an amused smile.
"I would also like to request for you to remove your axe from my desk before its weight can potentially break it. Otherwise I'll have to look for a new desk as well."
When she does, she'll end up in a single room that has four other exits other than the one she came out of. One that also goes back the way she came but positioned more to the left, one of the left side of the room, and two in front of her. All four of them are also shut with metal doors though, so it's a dead end.
The room itself doesn't have too much in it. A single large desk, above which hang tons of monitors, showing various places in the Arena. One of the cameras is trained on a young boy in a striped shirt◊.
"Originally, it was the power of primordial chaos - creation and destruction in raw, unbalanced form. The entity from which it originates is called Void Termina, the embodiment of that chaos. However, this sample has been tempered by positive energy, making it more controllable, and allowing it to be integrated into oneself."
42 demonstrates by turning away and firing a little pellet of energy from her hand in the direction of something that doesn't look fragile. "I only gave myself enough of it for this one move and didn't notice any changes in its mass, so there should be enough to distribute among the Cyber Angels with greater portions by rank."
Rin stares at the Ness monitor.
"Wonder if that kid's still around in the present... I mean, I gotta be in the past, right?"
She stands there for a Beat.
Oh fuck did anyone hear me
She quickly turns around the way she came.
Edited by KiriK on Aug 2nd 2020 at 4:14:08 AM
Chuckling lightly, Thor summons his axe to his hand.
"Alright. You two are going to raid Porky's base of operations for one, yes? I hope you manage to ruin whatever scheme that rotten little bastard is plotting while you're there."
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