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Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 5:33pm

Generation X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
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Generation X heads to Madripoor, as Black Air's personal thieves. Instructed to steal an item of immense power ("the power of wind, fire, all that kind of thing") from a Madripoor gangster's private collection. Kitty and her team delve deep into a conspiracy in which everything is not exactly as it seems. Here comes big trouble…

Writer: Amanda Madison
Penciler: Adrian Alphona

On Sale…March 21

—-

Special Wizard Preview:

Lowtown, Madripoor.

Rain is pissing down over the bridge that spans the width of Lowtown's largest canal. Cars hurry through the rain, headlights illuminating an unknown figure in a long, black raincoat. His hands are dug deep into his pockets as he puffs on a cigarette dangling from his lip. Sucking it down to the filter, he casually tosses it aside with a quick flick of his fingers.

The figure breaks out into a jog and then a full-on sprint, diving out from the bridge and down towards the river. A large oil tanker cruises slowly beneath the bridge, and the man's body splatters onto the storage deck, amidst a maze of metal shipping containers.

Two armed guards wander through the aisles, investigating the noise.

Translated from Russian:

<"What was that?">The guards are armed with automatic weapons.
<"Did you just hear footsteps?"> the second guard asks, anxiously.
<"Footsteps?">
<"I heard footsteps.">
<"I'm not sure. What's this box doing here?">
<"Did you say a box?">
<"Ah. It was just a box,"> the first guard says, lightly kicking the stack of metal crates. <"Look, here, the security lines have snapped. You see?">
<"It must be the weather. And we're not even to open sea.">

The guards resume their patrol.

Moments later, one of the shadows in the aisles peels off of a crate. The shadow crouches down, putting her hand to her ear.

"This is Inque. Do you read me, Huldiir?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sara "????" Lincoln on Mar 21, 2007, 6:26pm

«Bum Bum Bum!»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Incendiary on Mar 21, 2007, 6:28pm

«"Mooky, do the right thing!"»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 6:33pm

« "Loud and clear, Inque"

Aren't you worried we're buring the MGS stuff too fast? »


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 6:34pm

«Interesting…so you like Castlevania…»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 6:35pm

Mar 21, 2007, 6:34pm, Joseph "Warhead" Olson wrote:«Interesting…so you like Castlevania…»

«We did use that joke in #1»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sara "????" Lincoln on Mar 21, 2007, 6:36pm

«Wait, Alphona on art?! Whooo!!! Sara the runaway drawn by the Runaways artist!»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Risk on Mar 21, 2007, 6:37pm

«"Loud and clear, Inque."?

That's what you pick out for MGS ?

Not the box stuff?»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 6:38pm

«
Mar 21, 2007, 6:35pm, Alkaline wrote:
Mar 21, 2007, 6:34pm, Joseph "Warhead" Olson wrote:«Interesting…so you like Castlevania…»

«We did use that joke in #1»

…dammit.»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 6:39pm

« I was going to find the quotes about what Naked Snake said about the Box in the radio transmission, but got bored, and I remember the beginning of MGS 2 by heart. »


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 6:44pm

«"It's just a box."»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 9:53pm

[…what the hell?]


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 9:54pm

Twelve hours later…

The X-Jet touches down in a private Airport in Madripoor's Hightown. The team unloads and finds a prestigious limo awaiting them. Kitty phases through, then pops out, "It's clean."

The tension is thick, and Lestrange has yet to mention the Savage Land and the ring.

As they buckle in, the limo moves through Hightown, which is brightly lit by neon signs, and packed to the red sky above with buildings and people.

A voice clicks on. "Hello Monica. So pleased we could make use of MI-13's services again."

Lestrange pours herself a glass of champagne from the limo's mini-bar. "Likewise. Have you got my end of the deal, though?"

"Those rings you recovered, we're having difficulty cataloguing them. Without actually being able to use them, you see.."

Lestrange sits up, and silently points out a Madripoor landmark to the team, as if they were simple tourists.

"I didn't ask that. I wasked about your end of the deal. "The sorceress Jennifer Kale? Or…?"

She's still looking at the nightlife. "Both."

"Kale's off the radar, but we'll have finalized your insurance premium on the missing ring by tea time tomorrow. Meanwhile, the limo is programmed to drop you off at the Princess Bar, in Lowtown. Best lead you'll get."

After some time, the limo stops.

Lestrange silently steps out of the car. Kitty unbuckles and looks at the squad. "Don't worry, I'm as lost as you."

—-

Meanwhile…

As Generation X relaxes, Rachel comes in, rubbing her head. "Agh, these migraines are killer. There's a storm coming in, too, the Ghost Town entrances are all sealed right?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 9:54pm

« Um, did anyone notice two or so pages just disapeared? »


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 9:54pm

«Indeed»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 9:55pm

The hell was that?


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 9:56pm

«Did we break the boards?»

Joe looks at Rachael. "I can go check if you want!"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 9:57pm

«Yeah, something broke.»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 9:57pm

« The boards have been a bit unstable lately. Oh well. »

"….. Don't the automaticly close?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Maxwell "Adept" Winters on Mar 21, 2007, 9:58pm

"Don't bother. Yes, they're sealed except the front enterance. Want me to close it?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 9:59pm

This place stinks. Literally. Horrible smell.

"Sara, sweep the area."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by K'lar on Mar 21, 2007, 10:00pm

«SHIT! Again? This is getting real annoying. Did an odd Guest post pop up, or did they just vanish?»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 10:00pm

«Well I just backed up everything important that happened post startup.»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 10:01pm

«Vanished like they flew over the Bermuda Triangle»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 10:02pm

Marcus gets out himself.

"Wow, phew wee."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 10:02pm

[I didn't see any guest post. At any rate, what's gone is gone. Thankfully, we didn't get too far.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 10:02pm

The Compound-

Rachel looks at Conrad. "Yes, but do it the right way, the last storm kicked in a load of dirt through the saloon entrance."

It's then that the lights cut out.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 10:03pm

Joe jumps when the lights go out, and moves closer to Nephy. He was ever so slightly afraid of the dark.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 10:03pm

«Nah I saved everything. Got it in a text tab. So we're good unless GM calls redo.»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Maxwell "Adept" Winters on Mar 21, 2007, 10:04pm

"Well… storm got here early, I guess. We have back up generators, right?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 10:05pm

I also move closer to Joseph. I'm not that afraid of the dark, but that was kinda… sudden.

"What happened?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 10:07pm

"Joseph, can you form a simple torch?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 10:07pm

Madripoor-

Lestrange points to a gentleman by the bar. "That's our man. Stay close. This is a hive of scum and villainy."

A large man moves closer to Wild. He says something in a foreign language.

—-

Compound-

The emergency lights cut on, bathing the area in a sickly yellow glow.

Rachel is sprawled on the floor. Breathing fine, but unconscious. From the upper level, there's the muffled sound of banging.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sara "????" Lincoln on Mar 21, 2007, 10:08pm

«Back, what happened?»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 10:09pm

"No, I can't do that, I can't make the stuff I shoot stay around that long." Joe's voice is high and reedy from being nervous. He hears the banging. "Ahh! Monsters!"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 10:10pm

Marcus had his holo-projector on. In the meantime he moved some particles in the man's ear, just in case they needed to take him down.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 10:10pm

I try to listen to him, get a feel for his language - given the area, I decide to speak in Mandarin, fair chance he'll understand. Sparring that, I did bring along the translator I'd intended Conrad to use.

«"Can we help you, kind sir?"»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 10:10pm

"Ms. Summers!"

I rush over to see if she's okay.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Chord on Mar 21, 2007, 10:10pm

« So am I still back at the base>


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 10:11pm

There's a distinct muffled crunch, and the Compound's AI speaks into the room: HANGAR BREACH DETECTED.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 10:11pm

« Yes you are. »


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 10:11pm

A short man comes up to the rest of the group, addressing Wildfire, noticing her Mandarin.

"My friend here says he likes you."

Red for Madripoor, Blue for Base work?


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 10:12pm

"Calm yourself, the only monster here is me, and I prefer gourmet to teammates."

"Nephy, check on Rachel. Get Joseph to help as we make our way to sick bay. Dillon, teleport to computer room. See if the monitors are still on. We need eyes."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 10:12pm

Joe also moves to Ms. Summers. "I can carry her to the medb-AH!" Joe jumps as the alert goes off. "What do we do?"

«Colors work for me.»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Maxwell "Adept" Winters on Mar 21, 2007, 10:12pm

"Well, crap, don't suppose the teams back already?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 10:13pm

"She's breatheing… but not moving.

And can't the tech priest just tell us what's happening real quick?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 10:14pm

"Tell him I like him, as well." I smile his way, being as cordial as I can given the circumstances. "I apologize for not learning his language beforehand. Next time, I'll correct that. Do you have the information we need?"

[Wildfire asked Sara to run a sweep of the area.]


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 10:14pm

Joe gently scoops up Rachael in his arms. "C'mon Nephy, let's get Ms. Summers safely in bed."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Maxwell "Adept" Winters on Mar 21, 2007, 10:15pm

Conrad reaches out to see what systems he can still access.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Incendiary on Mar 21, 2007, 10:15pm

«Can someone tell me what's going on?»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sara "????" Lincoln on Mar 21, 2007, 10:16pm

Sara nods at Wild and puts on a pair of sunglasses to hide her eyes before taking off on her recon sweep.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 10:16pm

"Okay….."

I follow Joseph. I could have carried her you know, and you're not completely recovered.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 10:16pm

« You're in the base with us. The lights went out and back on. Rachel is down, and someone broke into the hanger. »


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 10:17pm

The man smiles lecherlously. "I like you, too. How much for both of us?"

Kitty steps closer to Marcus. "I really wish Agent Scully over there would hurry up."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 10:17pm

Joe heads off to the medbay, carrying Rachael effortlessly. He walks slowly so that the doesn't stumble in the dim light.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Chord on Mar 21, 2007, 10:19pm

"No problem." I teleport.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 10:19pm

Rachel is stable, but she's not waking up.

Conrad reaches out to find that system by system, the Compound is shutting down.

It's now deathly quiet, except for the hum of power.

Suddenly Rachel bolts upright, and screams, but not verbally. Everyone buckles over as Rachel psychically shreds their mind.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Incendiary on Mar 21, 2007, 10:20pm

«Aight»
Daniel lights up the area with a flame.

"So. What happened exactly?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 10:20pm

"It is getting a little boring." Marcus turned to the two people who approached Wild, she probably knew how to handle this, but he was still a little pissed.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 10:20pm

"Oh. Oh."

I step back, glancing at to Lestrange. "I think you misunderstand. We're here by way of Landua, Lukeman, and Lake. There's an item we're supposed to retrieve for them. You two - or at least this man - are our contacts. I am not a prostitute."

Being cordial isn't the best idea here. Noted.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 10:21pm

Joe falls down, clutching his head. "Owwwie owwie owwie! Nephy…are okay?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 10:23pm

Lestrange comes back. "It's on a tanker, and she's charted out of the port this very evening. Screw the limo, let's move on foot."

Hype returns from Recon, finding nothing out of the ordinary.

As the team leaves, they don't notice two men following them to the docks.

Overhead, the red sky has clouded over. It's begining to drizzle.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 10:23pm

"AAAAH!"

I drop to the ground, clutching my head.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Chord on Mar 21, 2007, 10:23pm

I clench my forhead as whatever the hell Rachel does reaches my mind.

"Is she trying to kill us?" I ask, falling onto the ground, failing to complete my teleport.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sara "????" Lincoln on Mar 21, 2007, 10:24pm

Sara slips her glases off as she turns her speed off and gets closer to Wild.

"Whole lot of nothin out there."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Maxwell "Adept" Winters on Mar 21, 2007, 10:24pm

Conrad falls to his knees.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 10:24pm

Joe crawls over to Nephy, his eyes shut from the pain and tries to help her to her feet. "…les' get back to the others…"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 10:25pm

I follow after Lestrange. "While we're walking would you care to tell me exactly what it is we're hear to acquire?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 10:25pm

Sir Nathaniel slams a hard fist to the ground trying to hold through it.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 10:25pm

Marcus cocked his head back casually, "and what are you planning to do with it?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 10:27pm

Gritting through it, I try to knock out Rachel so she would stop doing this. I can't concentrate at all though, so who knows if it'll work.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 10:28pm

Rachel falls back down, and she's swealing profusely. Thankfully, the brain-scramble has stopped.

Everyone in the med-bay begins to feel a slight chill.

—-

Elsewhere:

Rain is pissing down over the bridge that spans the width of Lowtown's largest canal. Cars hurry through the rain, headlights illuminating an unknown figure in a long, black raincoat. His hands are dug deep into his pockets as he puffs on a cigarette dangling from his lip. Sucking it down to the filter, he casually tosses it aside with a quick flick of his fingers.

The figure breaks out into a jog and then a full-on sprint, diving out from the bridge and down towards the river. A large oil tanker cruises slowly beneath the bridge, and the man's body splatters onto the storage deck, amidst a maze of metal shipping containers.

Two armed guards wander through the aisles, investigating the noise.

Translated from Russian:

<"What was that?">The guards are armed with automatic weapons.
<"Did you just hear footsteps?"> the second guard asks, anxiously.
<"Footsteps?">
<"I heard footsteps.">
<"I'm not sure. What's this box doing here?">
<"Did you say a box?">
<"Ah. It was just a box,"> the first guard says, lightly kicking the stack of metal crates. <"Look, here, the security lines have snapped. You see?">
<"It must be the weather. And we're not even to open sea.">

The guards resume their patrol.

Moments later, one of the shadows in the aisles peels off of a crate.

—-

Lestrange holds her hand to her ear.

"Shit. It's on the move. Hype, be useful for once and see if anything is coming towards us from up river."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Maxwell "Adept" Winters on Mar 21, 2007, 10:28pm

Damn… damn… virus? EMP? Who's doing this? No radio waves, they're on a comm blackout. Gotta get the systems back up.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sara "????" Lincoln on Mar 21, 2007, 10:29pm

Sara gives LeStrange the finger as she puts her sunglasses back on and takes off up the river to scout it out.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Maxwell "Adept" Winters on Mar 21, 2007, 10:29pm

"Huh, I didn't turn the AC on…"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 10:30pm

She stopped, good.

"Ms. Summers? Are you alright?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 10:31pm

Joe steps outside the medbay to see if there's anything coming.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 10:32pm

Lestrange was pissing off Marcus again, but he held that inside.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 10:32pm

"Marcus, we might be getting some static soon. Go high and make sure our area's clear."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 10:32pm

"Ok Nephy, do you think you can hold out here with Rachel. While Joseph, and I do what we can about intruders?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Chord on Mar 21, 2007, 10:32pm

I look at Nate and shake my head.

"Sorry Gallahad, but if I tried a warp with another person in this state I've got no clue what could happen. Might get there years from now. I think our main concern should be staying together if we're under attack."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 10:32pm

The med-bay frosts over, Rachel and Nephy begin to shiver.

The AI kicks in for a brief moment: …CT ACCE…kzt

Sir Nathaniel is thwacked in the head. Whatever did it drew blood.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 10:33pm

"Alright, O'fearless leader."

Marcus flies above the trio.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 10:34pm

«Colors, gentlemen. Also, I'm assuming Joe's with Nate?»

"Nate!" Joe looks quickly around, trying to find the attacker.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 10:34pm

My head darts around franticly as I try to figure out what's going on. Why is it getting so cold…..

"Nate? What happened?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 10:35pm

"Ugh…" says Sir Nathaniel as he slams a hard fist back in reaction to whatever it was with his left hand. While his right reaches for his sword.

"Everyone on guard!"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 10:35pm

Marcus sees the tanker drifting down river, towards them. It clocks in his brain that Lestrange mentioned a tanker that was on the move.

There's a bridge where they can probably make a safe approach.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Maxwell "Adept" Winters on Mar 21, 2007, 10:35pm

Conrad tries to bring the systems back up.

"Come on, baby, I need you to-"

His concentration shatters as he hears a crack behind.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 10:36pm

I make way to the bridge, motion for Sara and Marcus to follow after. Don't run, though…move swift, but sure, keep my eye open for attacks.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 10:36pm

Sir Nathaniel's fist strikes air.

There's the sound of several more projectiles ricocheting down the hallway, and a feral growl from behind Joe.

Something flits overhead and nicks his face.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 10:37pm

Marcus turned on his comm.

"There's a tanker down the river, didn't Lestrange say something about that?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 10:37pm

«Okay, what's everyone's position? Roughly, of course.»

Joe yells in pain, and fires a wide arc of blasts behind him.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Chord on Mar 21, 2007, 10:38pm

"Everybody hit the deck!" I shout diving down to the ground at the sound of the bullets/missles/whatever.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Incendiary on Mar 21, 2007, 10:38pm

Dan is about to nock an arrow, but decides against it.

Can't do that, too dark.

He puts up a fire shield to block the projectiles and to light up the room more.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 10:39pm

Sir Nathaniel opens his mind to time.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 10:39pm

I hit the comm, whisper. "Yes, she did. Sara, Marcus, return to the bridge and fall in behind Lestrange and I."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 10:39pm

I drop to my knees at Dillon's request.

"What's going on? Who's attacking us?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 10:39pm

Kitty replies to Marcus, "Yeah, tanker, we're headed there now. Lestrange says it's in the hold. 'We'll know it when we see it' kind of thing."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 10:40pm

Marcus hovers down directly behind Wild.
"I have no idea what's going on."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sara "????" Lincoln on Mar 21, 2007, 10:41pm

Sara runs back to Wild and LeStrange, killing her speed without removing her sunglasses, stepping in close.

"Why'm I gettin a bad feeling?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 10:41pm

Sir Nathaniel is granted a vision of Omega Red and the Sons of Niflheim, right before he's belted to the floor by something he could only describe as a rhino.

No one is hit by the projectiles, but by the sick yellow light overhead, Dan would recognize Tangent, bouncing down the hall, tossing blades of death.

In the med-bay, Rachel has started to vomit.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 10:42pm

Marcus readied a particle beam within his holofield.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 10:44pm

Kitty airwalks the team onto the tanker, and immediately something is wrong. All the crew on deck are laid out, dead.

Lestrange crouches down, inspecting them. "No wounds. No trauma."

Kitty looks, too. "They almost look drowned. And in this rain, I'd believe it. I'm going to drop into the hold."

She phases down.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Maxwell "Adept" Winters on Mar 21, 2007, 10:45pm

"No… they're here."

Conrad turns to Rachel.

"Come on, Mrs. Summers, your students need you, now's not the time to go to pieces."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Incendiary on Mar 21, 2007, 10:46pm

"Shit. That bitch again?!"

Dan stops his shield and pulls out his bow.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 10:46pm

Joe keeps looking around for the person who's throwing thinsg.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 10:46pm

"It's Inque." Marcus said rather simply.

He felt a little chill down his spine.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 10:47pm

I sigh, looking about. Given the situation and who we're supposed to encounter, I know who it is. "Inque."

I create a stun gun, thinking of our last encounter. "Our enemy has a waterlike form, and can shapeshift…everyone, stay close. She's vulnerable to electricity at least, and likely other forms of energy. Marcus, be ready."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Chord on Mar 21, 2007, 10:48pm

"You know that freakjob?" I ask, not even thinking as I make a running teleport-tackle. Hopefully my timing is good enough to catch the knife thrower befor she hurts anyone.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sara "????" Lincoln on Mar 21, 2007, 10:48pm

Sara immediately cups her mouth, trying to keep herself from puking. She does not deal well with dead bodies.

"Oh god…all of them…?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 10:48pm

"Ms. Summers…. Please stay together….."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 10:48pm

"We need to get a grip on this. Dillon, Nephy, Stay here, and protect Rachel. Conrad, Daniel, Joseph, lets move." Sir Nathaniel makes his way into the hall.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 10:48pm

"Already am."

Fifteen particle beams were readied on all sides of his body. He didn't want to be unprepared.

"Sara, stay close. Take a deep breath and breath out."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 10:49pm

[color=Red]"Push past it, Sara. I'm counting on you."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Incendiary on Mar 21, 2007, 10:49pm

Daniel follows Nate into the hall.

"Yeah. Me and Wild ran in that girl on the Svalbard mission."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 10:49pm

Joe follows Nate.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 10:50pm

Lestrange looks at Marcus. "Well it's a good thing you're here, you're the last thing she's likely to wrap around. Let's sweep the deck, I trust Pryde will report in if she's in trouble."

—-

Tangent bounces off the nearest wall, narrowly avoiding Dan's shield, and springs off of his head to drop kick Joe in the mouth.

An icy figure forms out of the wall, gliding towards Nephy.

Sir Nathaniel is suddenly mule-kicked into the ceiling, and spin kicked in the face. There's a lithe girl leering at him from the dark.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Maxwell "Adept" Winters on Mar 21, 2007, 10:50pm

"Nephy, listen, there's a device on Rachel's brain that's overriding her powers. The Sons are using a device to override her powers and turn her against us."

He points to a spot on Rachel's forehead.

"It's right here. I need you to use your powers to remove it."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 10:51pm

In the middle of being kicked, Joe does his best to grab ahold of his opponent.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Chord on Mar 21, 2007, 10:51pm

« Dill's previous action could use a…errr…confirmation of failure or sucess »


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Incendiary on Mar 21, 2007, 10:52pm

"If I had a gun, you'd end up like your friend. But this'll do I guess."

Daniel fires several arrows at Tangent's head.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 10:53pm

"Everyone, stay close together. If you lose sight of the group, immediately radio in." I start to look around. "Ms. Pryde, have you found anything?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sara "????" Lincoln on Mar 21, 2007, 10:55pm

Sara gulps and reaches out and squeezes Wild's hand.

"I can do it."

She gives Wild another squeeze and lets go, staying close to the group.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 10:56pm

Marcus was worried a little for Sara.

Well as long as she with us.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 10:56pm

I'm worried about the ice girl, but if I can get Ms. Summers up, she could help a lot. I hit the spot right where Conrad pointed trying to take out anything that would be there.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 10:56pm

Entering the cabin, Lestrange looks around. More dead people, this time shot.

"By their own weapons, no less. In fact…Wildfire, on the front deck there, behind that crate. Do you see the blonde woman?"

Kitty radios in. "Lestrange, you bitch. You didn't tell us this thing had one of those Metal Gears on board."


Joe grabs Tangent's foot, but she swiftly adapts to the change in momentum, and slips between his legs, jabbing him in the groin with her billy club. She slides across the room.

Dillan's tackle connects with Tangent, but she slips from his grasp, jabbing her heel into his neck. She deftly dances through Incendiary's arrows.

The lithe girl facing Nathaniel hisses, then strikes at his throat several times with her clawed fingers.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 10:58pm

Skadi looks at Conrad, and swats him aside with a wide claw.

Nephy forces the blood flow enough that it shorts out whatever is in Rachel's head. She's stabilized, but not awake.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 10:58pm

Joe immediately drops to the ground, yelling out in pain and cluching his crotch.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 10:58pm

Sir Nathaniel strikes at the little girl with his sword.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 10:59pm

I look to where Lestrange is indicating…but I don't think I see anything. The rain could be marring vision. "Sara, do a quick run behind the crate, see if anyone's there."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 10:59pm

"Is that what we're stealing for you? The Master mold?"

The mystery of the shot guards perplexed Marcus at first, but he realized who it could be.

"The phermone lady and if Inque wasn't enough."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Chord on Mar 21, 2007, 10:59pm

I hit the ground hard as that bitch drives her hell into the back of my neck. If I'm bleeding I don't really notice it.

"Damn it. Dan, what can this chick do besides make us look like asses?" I yell, getting up.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 11:00pm

"Please get up Ms. Summers."

I begin speeding up her blood, trying to get her to wake up, as the girl attacks. Turning around, I strike back with a blood tendril at her.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Maxwell "Adept" Winters on Mar 21, 2007, 11:02pm

Conrad slams against the wall and slinks down, all the while looking around the room for something to use against Skadi.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sara "????" Lincoln on Mar 21, 2007, 11:02pm

"On it."

Sara runs to check out the crate.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Incendiary on Mar 21, 2007, 11:02pm

"Make us look like asses."

Dan fires another arrow at Tangent, slightly off the mark, hoping she'll move into it.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 11:03pm

The girl dodges to the side inhumanly fast. Was it Nathaniel's imagination, or did she mutter "Mongoose"?

Skadi jabs an ice barbed spear at Nephy.

Tangent giggles, then turns to Dan. "I've already fought you 1200 times. Your friend killed my brother. Come, let's play it out."

—-

As Marcus speaks, Huldiir turns around and waves at them. A platoon (that's about 16) of armed Spetznaz circle Wildfire's group.

"We're stealing it so Omega Red doesn't get it. If what the base as JUST now downloaded into my brain is accurate, they're already taking the Synthesizer from your Compound.

Now be good little superheroes and kick their arses."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 11:05pm

"Joseph, Clean the halls! Everyone else get clear!" says Sir Nathaniel trying to quickly roll back into Sick Bay.

«Blast them as best you can.»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 11:05pm

Hype impulsively bolts out, missing the Spetznaz, and right into Huldiir's pheromonal field.

"I swear, I could turn you on your team…no."

Hype feels extreme peace at the idea of throwing herself overboard.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 11:05pm

"Bitch."

Marcus fires the particle beams at the eight guys in front of him, aiming for their weapons.

Then he suddenly realizes Hype is missing.

Fuck!


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 11:06pm

I'm distressed to learn that our Compound is under attack, but the present situation takes precedent. "Scatter!"

I push Lestrange out of the way and run for a nearby crate, creating a handgun and firing some shots as I go. "Sara, focus on taking thier weapons!"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 11:06pm

Joe's still on his knees, trying not to throw up. He stands weakly and fires off as wide an omni-directional blast that he can, then collapses back to his knees.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 11:07pm

« Ungh…. Thanks for reminding me of the crap fest of AC »

"Argh!"

I dodge a bit to the left, but she still catches me quite a lot. It's a good thing I don't bleed, still, I use the openings to strike back at her, aiming several spears straight for her chest.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Incendiary on Mar 21, 2007, 11:07pm

"You're fucked."

Daniel drops his bow and pulls out his sword.

He runs towards Tangent and swings for the midsection, throwing a fireball with his other hand.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 11:08pm

Tangent grabs Dan's arrow, and pockets it in her own arsenal.

She throws her billy club at Dillan and aims a running elbow at Dan.

The sick bay door is frosted over, and Conrad's only weapons are the equipment in the room; med-kits, chairs, bedpans.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 11:09pm

"Marcus, find Sara and take out that woman from high altitude!" I hit the comm as I peak and shoot. "Kitty, back on deck, you're needed."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 11:11pm

Marcus's blasts blow the soldiers' weapons, shaking them out of Huldiir's grip. They look dazed.

Wildfire resorts to bloodier terms, and systematically eliminates the soldiers; no killing shots, but they'll never use their limbs again.

Huldiir sighs and walks into the cabin. She wants Marcus.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 11:11pm

Combat 101, your enemy on average has a few seconds to react if at all.

Sir Nathaniel opens his mind to time hoping to find a good point to strike her with the width of his blade. Aiming for a knock out, or at least stunning blow.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sara "????" Lincoln on Mar 21, 2007, 11:11pm

Sara can only think of how nice it would be to jump off the boat, and she starts to speed out of the room. Though as she gets further and further away she starts to slow down, she's fighting it.

"Ghh….nnna….stp….."

She's struggling as hard as she can to break free.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 11:13pm

Tangent skids under the fireball, but is forced to dodge back from Dan's sword swing. She strips off the ends of her billy clubs, which is now two tantos tethered together.

She whirls them, casually flicks a spray of shuriken out towards Joe.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 11:14pm

«I honestly don't know why I have Joe use his powers anymore »

Joe does his best to roll away.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Incendiary on Mar 21, 2007, 11:14pm

Dan struggles to get back up to his feet after the elbow.

"You hit pretty hard for a girl…Not hard enough though."

He picks his sword back up and throws it at Tangent, running towards her at the same time.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Chord on Mar 21, 2007, 11:15pm

Shit.

I take the billy club straight to the jaw and it hurts…but y'know what? Now I have a billy club. I grab hold of the thing and try and teleport over Tangent to smack her one in the head.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 11:15pm

Sir Nathaniel sees the girl sticking to the ceiling, then diving down incredibly fast.

Sure enough, she springs to the ceiling, pauses, and dives, but is swatted aside by Nathaniel's sword. She's stunned, but she mouths the word "Grizzly" and charges at Nathaniel, aiming to backhand him.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 11:15pm

Upon seeing Huldirr Marcus surrounds himself with more plasma than usual.

Harder to breath, but it might burn away some of the phermone. I breath too much and I lose.

"What the fuck did you do to Sara!"

Marcus fires Plasma balls at her. He was concentrating on not letting them bloom (technical term for dissipate).


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 11:18pm

Sir Nathaniel lounges to the side, keeps his mind open for the best time to swat her, and tries for another stunning blow.

«Funny thing is I've always wanted to try this on Taskmaster.»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 11:18pm

Huldiir flicks her eyes to Lestrange, who unwillingly leaps in front of the plasma blast, taking the brunt of it.

Lestrange is enveloped in plasma.

Huldiir smirks. "Two birds."

She pulls out a gun. "One stone," and fires at Wildfire.

Hype's super speed helps her break free of Huldiir's grip faster than anyone should.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sara "????" Lincoln on Mar 21, 2007, 11:20pm

Sara manages to regain control in time to see the gun fired at Wildfire.

"NO!"

She kicks in her speed to max and tries to run at the bullet in an attempt at pulling it out of the air.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 11:21pm

Tangent backflips over Dan's charge, but Dillon's teleport catches her mid-air, and he belts her over the head. She forces him to take the brunt of their crash landing.Nephy's blood spears crash against Skadi, but it's much too cold for blood to be an effective weapon against living ice. Rachel is stirring.

Nathaniel swats the girl to the side again, and she gasps, "Stegosaur!" as she's swatted into the wall. The wall crumples and dents in a way it shouldn't when a gymnast slams into it.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 11:21pm

Lestrange is out. If I had the time, I'd be amused.

"Sara, stay back and watch for Inque! Marcus, keep firing, but watch your line!" As for me, I switch to a semiautomatic and run to the nearest crate, firing on her as I go.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 11:22pm

Shit!

Marcus immeaditly moves the plasma off of Lestrange. He runs towards her to check if she's alright.

Please don't die! Have to remember my first aid for burns.

Upon hearing Wild.
Orders are orders.
He continues the plan, firing more plasma balls and not letting them bloom.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 11:23pm

Joe bides his time, staying alert and recharging.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 11:23pm

Hype can't outrun a bullet at her distance, but she makes an effort, and instead the bullet rips over her palm and wrist. Wild is spared, though.

Huldiir swears in Norwegian, and takes off down a hall, deeper into the ship.

Lestrange lays on the floor, burnt.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 11:24pm

"Marcus, forget about her!" I sincerely doubt Lestrange is seriously injured, with her abilities. "Stay with the target."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 11:24pm

Not good not good, that didn't work at all. I notice Ms. Summers stirring, and place myself between her and the ice girl, waiting to raise a shield if she attacked.

"S-S-Stay b-back!"

Man it's cold.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 11:24pm

"Joseph, see what you can do about the Sick Bay doors."

I continue my new found tactic hoping it holds long enough to KO her.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 11:26pm

Joe completely discharges the small amount of energy he's managed to store up at the medbay doors.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 11:26pm

"Kitty, Huldiir might be coming your way. Woman with blonde hair, gun, European descent. Keep your distance and stay phased out."

I head for the door. "I'll take point. Marcus, Sara, keep close."

I go in after Huldiir.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sara "????" Lincoln on Mar 21, 2007, 11:27pm

Sara stumbles when the bullet cuts into her hand and wrist. Dropping her speed and crashing rag doll on the ground, bouncing an extra fifteen to twenty feet as she grips her wrist.

"AHHHH!"

She's tearing up, never been shot before.

"Fucking hurts!"

She starts pulling herself back to her feet, a little bruised from the crash, her wound bleeding but not life threatening.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 11:28pm

Marcus was reluctant. He needed to check if she was ok first.

Oh, now I'm seriously screwed over.

"Just let me check if Lestrange is ok first Wild."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 11:28pm

Joe blows the frozen door open, and the frozen fragments smash into Skadi. When the debris clears, they have a way out, and Skadi ice husk is semi-shattered.

Tangent tries to escape Dillon and Dan, running at Sir Nathaniel, "Totem! No!" and then she sees Conrad.

"There you are!" She tosses Conrad a hi-tech pistol.

"Chameleon," Totem gasps, and suddenly Nathaniel has no target.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 11:30pm

Joe picks up whatever the biggest, heaviest object he can find quickly and smashes it into the ice girl.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 11:30pm

I hold up, waiting by the entrance for Sara and Marcus to catch themselves. Calm down. Huldiir's not going anywhere. I'll be fine. We all will.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 11:30pm

Lestrange shudders, like a death rattle. She's short of breath, and badly burned.

Wildfire runs right through Kitty. "Wild! The hold is lined with some weird metal. I can't phase, it hurts. Cover me; I'll need to hack the door."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 11:32pm

I turn back to the others. "Marcus, Sara, tend to Lestrange and catch up when she's stable. Don't split up."

I follow after Kitty, keeping her covered as we go deep.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 11:32pm

Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! I'm not letting Sephula burn in hell for your sorry ass!

"Not good. I need cool water."

He unzips the tight suit to loosen it.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 11:32pm

Joe smashes Skadi with a wheelchair.

But he can still feel her watching.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Incendiary on Mar 21, 2007, 11:33pm

Daniel runs at Tangent and tackles her.

"I will end you. I don't care if I die doing it either."

He releases all the energy in his body in the form of a big explosion.

«Like when his powers manifested»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 11:34pm

«Uh nearest fire extingisher?»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sara "????" Lincoln on Mar 21, 2007, 11:34pm

Sara stumbles over to Marcus, her left hand holding her right wrist for dear life, not knowing how bad the cut is, just that it's bleeding.

"You could always dump her out in the water…"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 11:34pm

I see Joe run in through the broken door, and turn back to Rachel, and hope he'll be okay. I turn back to Ms. Summers and resume trying to wake her up.

"Please get up Ms. Summers please please please."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 11:34pm

Joe limps over to Nephy. "You okay? She's still around I don't know what we can do to stop her."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Maxwell "Adept" Winters on Mar 21, 2007, 11:35pm

"Okay, back in the game."

Conrad starts blasting at the ice on the walls as it continues to reform, he spots the oxygen tank, scoops up Rachel and shouts.

"Clear out of the room!"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 11:35pm

Joe grabs Nephy and drags her quickly from the room.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Ferrante on Mar 21, 2007, 11:37pm

Polarity was running down the hall past the med-bay when he slammed into Joe.

"WHOA! sorry… something hit me and I blacked out… I heard a commotion when I came to and ran and now.. I'm here. Everyone okay?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 11:38pm

"Old aquantances from Svalbard. They stopped in to get reaquanted, and pick up something."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Chord on Mar 21, 2007, 11:38pm

"Oh. Crap." I say, diving onto the ground at Dan's action.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 11:38pm

Can't do it like this.

"Sara. I'm going to tell you a secret. If she dies Sephula and I burn in hell. I'll explain after the mission."

He forms a stretcher constuct to pick her up, hoping to find some place on the ship with water. He also starts checking her pulse.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 11:39pm

Lestrange suddenly sits up, and her burns heal, faster than Wolverine's could even dream."Don't do that again, please. Where did they go?"

—-

Kitty and Wild arrive at the Hold. "The ship's log states they have a weapon. You can see it through the window here. Look familiar?"

—-
Rachel is still knocked out.Daniel's explosion flares up, when suddenly his flame flickers out.

Tangent grins, then twists the blade deeper into his gut.

Totem appears next to Conrad. "All this trouble for you. Black Air had you reassigned all along. Let's go, now. We didn't come to win."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 11:40pm

"Polarity, Do you feel with your fields?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Ferrante on Mar 21, 2007, 11:40pm

"Wait, who's this bitch?"

Polarity motions at Fauna.

"Who do I hit?"

He looks at Nate.

"Feel? What do you mean?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 11:40pm

"God…"

So I let out that secret to Sara for no reason now. Great!

"Wild's with Ms. Pryde at the hold. They're trying to hack the door."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Incendiary on Mar 21, 2007, 11:42pm

"Huh?! Wha…"
Daniel falls to the ground, hard.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 11:42pm

"Noramally I'm all for Chivalry, but hit anyone that isn't on our team."

"Feel. Like if someone touches your field its like someone touching your skin. You feel it."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sara "????" Lincoln on Mar 21, 2007, 11:42pm

Sara hangs tight to her wrist, blinking several times in response.

"Huhwha? Alright…."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 21, 2007, 11:43pm

Joe notices that Tangent has stabbed Dan, and considers firing a blast at her, but doesn't want to hit Dan accidentally. Then he hears what Fauna says to Conrad. "You're…on the other side?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 11:43pm

[Assuming some things, here.]

I look through the window…sure enough, it's Master Mold. "I'd destroy it if we had the explosive power…I don't like this. Just start hacking, and I'll see what I can do with demolition."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 11:45pm

The door clicks. Slides open. Kitty and Wild walk inside -

It's a smaller model, more streamlined, but it only looks more lethal.

More dead guards, and Inque is seen clambering into the cockpit.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Maxwell "Adept" Winters on Mar 21, 2007, 11:45pm

He looks back at the oxygen tank and the fighting and devastation around him. Gen X has already lost, they should be grateful the Sons didn't send more. He sets Rachel down.

"Let's get out of here. My business is done."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 11:45pm

"Wild, Lestrange is fine now, report."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Ferrante on Mar 21, 2007, 11:45pm

"Conrad? Apparently only half of your name is right, and you surely aren't radical, although this is outrageous. Truly, truly, truly outrageous."

Polarity sends his body where the gun Conrad's holding came from, field activated to repel.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Chord on Mar 21, 2007, 11:47pm

"Wait…what?" I ask, getting up. "Reassigned?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 11:47pm

"Daniel?"

I try to hit the girl attacking him away, while holding his blood inside his body.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 21, 2007, 11:47pm

"We've found the objective." I whisper back. "Inque is here. No sign of Hudliir. Approach with caution."

I switch back to a stun gun and hand it to Kitty. "Hide in the wall…I'll draw her to me, and you can hit her with that."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 21, 2007, 11:50pm

"Lost?"

He tries to become the demon.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Ferrante on Mar 21, 2007, 11:51pm

Polarity slams into a wall, nothing to stop him, although with nothing to repel him the damage isn't great.

"I don't need powers to kick your ass, traitor."

He slowly gets up and charges Conrad, swinging at his face.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Maxwell "Adept" Winters on Mar 21, 2007, 11:52pm

"Spare me."

Conrad activates the nanomachines that have infiltrated Gen X's bloodstream. Their powers fail them, except Nephy.

«Crap, you people are quick.»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Chord on Mar 21, 2007, 11:53pm

"You fuck!" I shout, hurling the billy club at Conrad.

I don't how or why but I could freaking feel whatever he just did shut off my time-powers.

I don't like that at all.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 21, 2007, 11:54pm

« Moar like u slowz

Not that it matters to Nephy, since you didn't do anything to her, for obvious reasons. »


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 21, 2007, 11:54pm

«Wrapping it up as I must sleep.»

Gen X is rendered powerless and motionless.

Tangent and Skadi regroup with Fauna and Conrad.

Fauna looks smug. "Don't worry. It's only temporary. Thank Lestrange for leading us, by the way."

The Sons of Niflheim disappear down the darkened hall.

Gen X can only watch.

—-


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 21, 2007, 11:55pm

"Now what?"

The entire thing was grating him.

"Guess we're following where Phermone lass went."

He starts walking further into the hallway in Huldirr's direction and waited for the others to follow him.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sara "????" Lincoln on Mar 21, 2007, 11:57pm

Sara stays next to Marcus at normal speed, squeezing her right wrist tightly.

"No way am I scouting for her this time."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Ferrante on Mar 21, 2007, 11:58pm

Polarity falls back and the blood from his forehead shoots in an arc shape as his head reacts to the billy club. He rolls around on the ground, clutching his head. He lets out a few loud and angry yells.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 22, 2007, 12:00am

Joe just stands and scowls.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 22, 2007, 12:01am

I look at Daniel, still holding back the wound.

"We need to get him back to the med-lab or something!"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 22, 2007, 12:01am

«Yeah this is one those Demon not equal X-factor moments I knew was going to happen. Oh well. To all interested there is a backup feature running on the Walkabout.»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 22, 2007, 12:02am

«Aren't we immobilized?»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 22, 2007, 12:03am

There's an explosion from the rear of the ship, and everyone is knocked on their ass. Marcus and Sara hear the rush of incoming water, and several more explosions.

—-

The Metal Gear powers up, takes a balletic step towards Wild and Kitty, but if Inque has noticed them, she doesn't give it away. Instead, Kitty and Wild freeze in place, as Huldiir walks in from behind.

"I understand you work for our former employers, now. Out of that sympathy, I'll give you once chance to walk away."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 22, 2007, 12:03am

« Edited in case Nephy can't move. »


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 22, 2007, 12:06am

Marcus flies up to see the cause of the explosion.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Maxwell "Adept" Winters on Mar 22, 2007, 12:06am

« Betraying the team is like eating potato chips, I couldn't stop after just one. »


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 22, 2007, 12:06am

Joe wordlessly helps Dan into the medbay, and then limps off to his room, his face sagging in defeat.

«And wouldn't it have saved Amy a lot of time if she just posted "You lose. Good day sir." as the first post? »


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Incendiary on Mar 22, 2007, 12:07am

«Dying is like eating fries with ketchup on them, you don't know if that's ketchup or your blood. True story.»


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sara "????" Lincoln on Mar 22, 2007, 12:07am

Sara hears the sound of water and grabs Marcus in the air as she kicks on her speed and charges in the opposite direction.

"Werenotgoingtodieheregottaregroup!"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Ferrante on Mar 22, 2007, 12:07am

Polarity gets up, his hand on the gash on his forehead, his face covered in blood.

"I'm gonna kill him. I am going to kill him."

He staggers into the medbay and takes the cot next to Dan.

"Dan? You alive?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 22, 2007, 12:08am

As much as my pride would like it, this isn't a winning situation - with Master Mold operational, our first priority is to escape safely. I nod, accepting Hudliir's offer. But not without a last word. "You're going to pay for what you've done to my team."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 23, 2007, 5:25pm

«Here's your homework to prep for the mission:

The Sons of Niflheim have been entered in our Cerebro.

I suggest you read it to prevent further ass kickings. »


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 25, 2007, 10:14pm

«There was some stuff I wanted to do this weekend, but didn't, so I'm forcing it here in the narrative. Apologies to the characters I handled.»

When we last left off…

Kitty and Wildfire arrive too late to prevent Inque from hijacking the Metal Gear in the hold of a Madripoor tanker. The Metal Gear is powered up, and explosives placed within the ship detonate, sending an onrush of water towards Stardust and Hype. Before Kitty and Wildfire can react, Huldiir appears behind them and offers them a chance at escape. Wildfire regretfully accepts.

Wildfire and her Madripoor team are led by Huldiir to a life raft, as the oil tanker explodes and sinks just outside of Madripoor Harbor. Cold, wet, and helpless, they make their way back to the docks in the pouring rain.

While all of this has been happening, Generation X recover from an attack on the compound, which left Rachel comatose and revealed Conrad as a traitor. Sir Nathaniel has been doing his best to rally the troops.

We begin at the close of Generation X's latest strategy session, mere hours after the attack…


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 25, 2007, 10:16pm

"Now how can we get to our friends?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 25, 2007, 10:17pm

"This sucks."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sir Nathaniel Aequitas on Mar 25, 2007, 10:18pm

"Yes, but I'm not leaving Rachel here unprotected."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 25, 2007, 10:20pm

Kitty nods quietly at Marcus, not taking her eyes off of Lestrange.

Lestrange looks impassively at the ship burning in the distance.

"They're taking it to an off-shore military facility. Old Black Air training ground, about ten miles off the coast. It's the only move that makes sense for them."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Squirrel Girl on Mar 25, 2007, 10:21pm

"It really, truly does." I turn to Lestrange, letting silence reign a moment before going on. "I'm not going to make excuses for what happened. I could have handled the mission better, and I apologize. However, next time, I want more detailed information on our objective, not just vague ideas. And I want to know exactly what Black Air's connection with the Sons are."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Sara "????" Lincoln on Mar 25, 2007, 10:21pm

Sara is clutching her wrist tightly.

"You're telling me."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Marcus "Stardust" Sun on Mar 25, 2007, 10:22pm

Marcus turns to Lestrange.
"You have contact with people at the compound right? Can we call back?"


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Nephy "Lifebeat" Nephrahim on Mar 25, 2007, 10:23pm

"I'd say the base could protect her, but I really don't know anymore…."


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Alkaline on Mar 25, 2007, 10:24pm

The Compounds AI, slowly recovering from Conrad's infestation, declares clearly and succinctly:

"UNIDENTIFIED SUBJECT DETECTED, LOCATION: OPERATIONS ROOM."

There's an old man, with unkempt white hair and a beard, sitting unconcernedly in a corner of the room.


Re: Gen X #4 - Big Trouble in Little Madripoor
Post by Joseph "Warhead" Olson on Mar 25, 2007, 10:25pm

"WHO'S THAT?" Joe yells. "Are we being attacked again?"

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