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New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 8, 2007, 3:33pm

*cue dramatic music*

Episode One: An Old Hope

A few days from now in a galaxy far, far away…

Finally, after our exciting #0 issue (still on sale!) and our Wizard Sneak Preview and our Ashcan edition and our six page story in New Mutants Winter Special 2006/2007 (right after the story where Santa kills Wreck), we bring you…New Mutants…IN…SPACE!!! Jump aboard this special #1 issue, featuring fan favorite Imperial Guardsmen Warstar and Hussar! The team and their advisors travel to an archeological site on the edge of Shi'ar space, to try to find a science team that has gone missing. Is everything what it seems, or are there darker forces at work?

Featuring a gatefold cover containing all the New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! and every Imperial Guardsman our penciler could bother remembering! That's at least five!

On sale Monday, wherever fine…okay, mediocre…comics are sold!

*end solicitation*


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 8:16am

Okay, folks, it's time for the inaugural space mission.

Continuity information: This takes place after the Happy Fun Time Party. Not long after, in fact, mere minutes after whatever needs to be resolved there is resolved. This places it after the NMIS/NM Crossover with Chi going through alternate realities, also after a few days of relatively uneventful space flight with the odd human…er…Shi'ar interest story.

Everyone notices the Juber suddenly change course and pick up speed. This wakes you up if you're asleep, and is definitely jarring no matter where you are. Not jarring enough that you fall over, of course. That's reserved for the bridge crew when phasers hit.

A slight "ding" goes over the ship messaging system, followed by a very level and pleasant female voice intoning: "Members of the Imperial Guard Auxilliary, please report to briefing room A. Members of the Imperial Guard Auxilliary, please report to briefing room A."

Check in. We'll get rolling when we get a critical mass.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 9:15am

Mike practically runs down to Briefing Room A, "I'm here!!"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 12, 2007, 9:31am

I make my way to Briefing Room A and… wait to be briefed.

«Checking in… until about 1 PM EST. Aye, Mondays be my enemy.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 9:34am

I stumble in the room, nearly tripping as I enter - didn't want to be late, so I ran. "I'm here, I'm here." I gasp leaning against the door frame and waving to Nadia and Mike.

[Have some business at the bank, but I should be back in less than twenty minutes.]


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 9:44am

Warstar and Hussar enter the room, and proceed to not say anything. Hussar's holding a cup of some kind of hot beverage, it's steaming and emitting a very unpleasant (but not particularly strong) aroma. Still, she's drinking it, and appears to be enjoying it. Warstar presses a few buttons and some holograms come up over the table in the center of the room…a small ship, and a planet. They still don't say anything.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 12, 2007, 9:57am

After waving back to Roxy, I wander over to the hologram and stare at it intently. Whatever awe that may have been showing on my face is probably drowned out by curiosity. Half turning to Hussar I ask, "What are we looking at?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 12, 2007, 9:57am

Rapt follows Nadia in, and awaits the answer to her question.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 10:05am

Nicolette watched the proceedings with a relatively blank expression. She couldn't be bothered to get especially involved yet.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 10:09am

Warstar begins speaking.

"PLANET DESIGNATE: J'KTHARI SEVEN. FRINGE OF KREE TERRITORIES, NEAR FORMER BORDER WITH SHI'AR EMPIRE. SCIENCE VESSEL: DESIGNATE: KL'NAI."

Hussar drinks more of her beverage, then turns to the group.

"Shi'ar science team investigating former Kree planets near Imperium for archaelogical research. Lost contact with science team six standard hours ago. Failed to make daily report, so they may have been missing longer. Team assignment: retrieval and fact-finding. J'kthari Seven has Chandilar standard atmosphere, so environmental equipment unnecessary. Atmospheric disturbances prevent beaming to the surface, so a shuttle will be used. Hussar and Warstar will check ship in orbit, relay data to team on surface. A Shi'ar pilot will assist in insertion and extraction. Questions?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 10:11am

"Yes… You mentioned atmospheric disturbances. What are the odds that it's just a matter of communication equipment being affected as well? Is that even possible?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 10:12am

"COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT USES LOOSER RESOLUTION THAN BEAMS REQUIRE. POSSIBILITY OF ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS DISTURBING COMMUNICATIONS: LOW."

Hussar nods slightly.

"Possible, if true, mission will be easy. Not to worry about."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 10:14am

"No, that…that really just about covered it for me." Warstar sure has a way of getting to the point. "Um, so, you say this is in Kree territory, right? So we'll be meeting Krees, maybe? Is there anything special we should know about dealing with them?"

[Roxanne doesn't know about the problem with Gen X yet, and you don't have to tell her - Roxanne's had enough depression, lately, so I want to hold her back a bit.]


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 10:15am

"And how often do these missions go exactly as planned?" Mike says with a small smile, "I know none of ours ever have."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 10:16am

"Obviously, we can't take things lightly just off the boot…"

«Is there even an expression like this? "Off the boot?"»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 10:17am

«I don't know, but Mike is going to give her an odd look»

"Off the boot?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 10:18am

"PLANET LISTED AS UNINHABITED. POSSIBILITY OF KREE ENCOUNTER: LOW."

Hussar takes another drink of her beverage.

"Kree…if there, Kree should be treated as enemies. This planet has been designated as science only, and Kree did not inhabit it before. Do not engage unless engaged, though. Peaceful solutions preferable. Request to Kree to surrender. Should be protocol."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 10:19am

«Yup. I think I just accidentally thought it up… -_- »

Nicolette smiled at Chi. It hardly looked forced at all.
"Whatever."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 10:19am

«I think you're looking for "off the cuff" or something, Born. Maybe not. "Off the boot" seems odd to me, but Nico's French, and a few odd phrases seem in character.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 10:20am

"Yeah…but how often do bad guys ever surrender?" I match Mike's small smile, but I'm a little scared…and psyched at the same time. I don't know what's going to happen or what I'll see or…anything. Exciting.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 10:21am

"And I'll be armed right?" Mike looks a little too excited at that.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 10:21am

[There are about fifty stupid saying involving boots. I wouldn't be surprised if that was one of them…]


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 10:22am

"Whether Kree choose to surrender or not, protocol requires offer be made. Part of acquisition pact. Shi'ar has duties to Kree, Kree has duties to Shi'ar."

Hussar shrugs.

"In the event of a Kree encounter, contact Warstar and Hussar immediately. Warstar and Hussar are checking ship because Auxilliary not yet familiar with Shi'ar vessel datalogs."

Warstar nods at Chi.

"ALL AUXILLIARY TO BE ARMED WITH LASER RIFLES. FOR SECURITY PRECAUTION."

Hussar adds, "Remember, do not discharge weapons randomly."

She brings her cup back to her lips, disguising a small smile.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 10:25am

Mike looks at Hussar. He gulps nervously, "Of course not!"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 10:26am

"You're giving us all guns?" I bright up for a moment, but a moment's as long as it last - the last time I used a gun, it didn't go so well. Just remember what Smasher told me…um…what did Smasher tell me? Oh, man…


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 12, 2007, 10:30am

Lasers? Check. Lost crew? Check. Mysterious atmospheric disturbances and equally mysterious disappearances? Check. Alien world? Double check.

Looks like we got our first space mission (which I can only assume is better than "non-space mission") on our hands. Just don't regress into a five year old again…

«Add Nadia to the "don't tell her about Gen X yet" club… I'm just plain not in the mood to play a depressed character.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 10:32am

«Honestly, I think Prime would be able to sell most of the team on the "They aren't really dead" thing. After Mike's experiences in the fan fic (and during the Magneto/Apocalypse mission, and the distance from Amelia and his family), he's definitely strained enough to believe anything.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 10:38am

And with that, it's off to the shuttle bay. It seems that we've got enough people to flow with it now. Everyone's going to be on the shuttle, let's just say those that haven't checked in yet are still in "OMG lazers and holograms!" mode.

Everyone is issued a laser rifle, which comes assembled this time, and Hussar makes sure to give a few quick sentences about gun safety again, focusing on Chi the entire time. Then, the shuttle heads towards the planet, with your driver, Iluya (a generic Shi'ar low ranking officer who doesn't require a bio post). Flying in a shuttle is a lot different from flying in a starship…it's like driving in a Yugo compared to a luxurious RV. Still, Iluya is a capable pilot and gets the team down with little effort.

Emerging from the shuttle, the world seems relatively barren. It's mainly rocky, and some kind of ancient ruin is visible nearby. The area near the shuttle has another shuttle, and a small base camp with computers and various instruments and such, but no people.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 10:40am

Nicolette looked things over, dully noting to herself that she couldn't give orders.
"First off, we should look over the camp and the shuttle, don't you think?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 10:44am

Mike looks at Prime and says sincerely, "You're my pick for being in charge. Whatever you say goes, boss!"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 10:46am

"Thank you," said Nicolette with a slight smile. She felt a lot more pleased than what she was showing. "What about the others, though?" She looked at them curiously.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 10:50am

Mike shrugs, "Hey, I can't speak for them…but I like having a leader that I can hide behind when the bad guys start shooting at us!"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 10:52am

«Hmm. On that matter, how would her durability compare to… lasers?»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 12, 2007, 10:53am

((If 80's/early 90's cartoons taught us anything, its that lasers are safer than guns.))


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 12, 2007, 10:56am

[[Times like this I remember that Nadia was originally conceived as having issues with authority. But, whatever. Also, if Phantazia taught us anything, it's that hitting Nadia with lasers when she can see it coming is generally a bad move >_>]]

I shrug ever so slightly. She's nice enough, if a little… is risqué the word I'm looking for? I mean… sleeping in the nude?

"I'm cool with it, Fearless Leader."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 10:58am

"Well, we can discuss the matter back on the ship later on if we need to. We do have a job to do."
She raised her laser rifle a little and hovered away.
"Let's check things out. We should probably split to investigate the shuttle and camp. Don't forget to keep your eyes open for dangers as well."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 10:59am

«More durable than Mike, that's for sure »


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 11:08am

There appears to be some signs of struggle around the camp. A few pieces of broken equipment, one of which appears to have been hit by a laser. The shuttle seems relatively undisturbed. It also looks like there was some effort taken to cover up the signs of struggle, because you actually have to be looking for the broken equipment to discover it. It's been set up to pass a casual inspection.

As if on cue, a blue skinned man with a tattered military uniform appears not far away.

"You will want to place those rifles on the ground and sunder communications to the ship if you wish to see the science team again."

He has a laser pistol holstered, but doesn't appear like he intends to pull it out. He speaks confidently, as if he is making the most sensible statement ever, and expects his wishes to be fulfilled.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 11:11am

Mike looks at the guy, trying to identify what race he is. Obviously, he has had no real contact with aliens and is just going purely from what he knows from comics.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 11:11am

Nicolette hovered closer. She would certainly have liked to cross her arms there, but she was still holding the rifle, so that wasn't an option. She settled for looking at the man seriously.

"We don't respond to threats, I'm afraid. You're a Kree, right? You might want to surrender while you can. Oh, and of course, you'll tell us who you are and what you want."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 11:12am

The man appears to be pure Kree, to Mike. It's hard to tell. Not a lot of blue-skinned Kree appear helmetless, and he's helmetless right now. But the uniform seems to match.

He snorts derisively at Nicolette.

"I'm not threatening you. I'm stating facts. If you don't put the rifles down and sunder communications to the ship, the science team is as good as dead. As is my team. I am Sharl-Tonn, Kree Lieutenant. There is something on this planet that reacts strangely to certain technology."

He pulls out his pistol, without aiming it, and shows that he has disconnected the power core.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 11:16am

Mike looks at his rifle. He doesn't drop it, but he's careful to move it as far from his body as he can, "Uhm…how strangely?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 11:17am

Nicolette looked at the man passively for a moment, but didn't lower her gun yet.
"So you're not the enemy here, hmm? Why don't you explain the situation to us. Then I'm going to tell you there's no reason for us to trust you and ask for one."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 12, 2007, 11:21am

I sort of switch back and forth between eying my rifle shiftily and eying the Kree guy (a Kree… hah!) shiftily.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 11:25am

Sharl-Tonn shakes his head.

"I'm not going to deny that I am AN enemy here, Shi'ar…military members. I am not THE enemy, though. Kree legends hold that an artifact of great power resides on this planet from an ancient race, and my unit sought to find it in order to avenge the Empire and destroy Chandilar. Capturing a Shi'ar science team made the situation even better. However, the resting place for the artifact…"

He gestures towards the ruins."

"It seems the resting place has a disdain for aggressive technologies. Were you to communicate to your ship, we have every belief that Warstar would be dispatched, or Hussar, or both. Both of them have several aggressive technologies. Warstar is almost entirely aggressive technology."

He waves his hand slightly.

"Our vessel in orbit has scaned your vessel in orbit and communicated the crew compliment to me. Kree vessels have means of eluding your conventional sensors."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 11:27am

I keep quiet and stay in the back, but the whole time I'm focusing on the ground underneath this guy - if he tries anything I'm ready and willing to just drop him in a sinkhole.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 12, 2007, 11:27am

Rapt grumbles slightly at the Kree's comments about technology, looking at his laser rifle.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 12, 2007, 11:30am

My desire not to be blown up by an exploding power cell or something is helping him sway me but I'm still curious.

"Just how do the ruins react to aggressive technology?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 11:31am

Nicolette nodded vaguely. She made sure to note the comment about stealth technology.
"Where are our respective teams at the moment?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 11:33am

Mike takes a quick look around, just trying to make sure there is no one else around.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 11:36am

"The ruins have taken both teams. This ties into the reaction. They're being kept in a form of stasis. It seems to be triggered within a certain radius, so if you shot me now, very little would happen. I'm nearly sure of that. When we brought the science team to the ruins to force them to perform certain scientific duties for us, a scuffle occurred, based on the Shi'ar being more resourceful than we gave them credit for being. I was repairing my pistol at the time, as it had been damaged when we captured the team."

He pulls a second pistol barrel from a pouch, and tosses it on the ground. It's obviously heavily scored.

"I witnessed the use of aggressive technologies spell the doom for each member of each team…or temporarily so. They are in some form of crystalline stasis, and the ruins are using their energy to fuel…something. The longer we stay and talk, the more the lifesigns recede. If you wish me to surrender, I will surrender my team…after they are rescued."

And there doesn't appear to be anyone else around, to Chi.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 11:39am

"Thank you for your cooperation," said Nicolette with a slight smile. She wasn't that willing to trust him - especially about surrendering. But the story seemed sensible at the moment.
"So what do you think?" she asked her teammates quietly.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 11:43am

"Crystalline…structures? Like crystals?" I look to Nicolette. "If they really are trapped in crystals, I think I can break them out easy. And we'll be fine as long as we don't use guns, right? I say we help him."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 12, 2007, 11:43am

I think I'm glad we're mutants and aren't defenseless without our lasers.

"I think that if he's telling the truth, and the lost team is being drained, then we ought to get moving before they're drained completely."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 11:45am

Mike says non-commitingly, "I don't trust him, but I don't really want to take any chances with blowing myself up…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 11:47am

"I agree that we should go for the option of saving everyone, but I'm not convinced they'll just give in when we rescue them. They might, but they might not. We'll have to watch out…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 11:50am

"Well, if they don't we just beat them up, right?" I nod, sure of it. "I mean, we've got powers, and they can't use their weapons - easy."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 11:50am

Mar 12, 2007, 11:43am, Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson wrote:I think I'm glad we're mutants and aren't defenseless without our lasers.

«Speak for yourself My powers keep trying to kill me!»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 12, 2007, 11:51am

"After saving their butts? They'd be jerks not to give up…" I mutter, fully aware that there's probably a high number of space-jerks out here…

«Heh. »


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 11:53am

"Yes, well… Who knows? We'd probably beat them, but let's maintain perspective… Rescuing everybody might mean we have to disable this system somehow. It's a vague possibility, at least… Whatever the case, we're rescuing the Shi'ar scientists, and we're sure not leaving the Kree behind just like that."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 11:56am

Mike nods "Okay, I'm in."

Yeah, it's not like the X-Men have ever saved large groups of ungrateful people who still want to kill them anyway. We are so hosed…


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 11:57am

I nod again, getting a little anxious. "Well, let's get to it, then. I'm really itching to see what inside…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 11:57am

"So I take it we're not gonna take the cool lasers with us."

I look a bit disapointed.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 11:59am

«I take it there's a consensus to move in, now? Also, I may be spotty for a while…my boss is going to be stopping by for an update on some things.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 12:03pm

[I think we're ready.]

"Sorry, Seed." I wag my finger his way, smiling. "No guns for you."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 12:03pm

"Aww…" I smile back.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 12:04pm

Mike chuckles, "It's all right! We get in trouble, we'll just give them Rapt and the rest of us can run to safety. Agreed?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 12, 2007, 12:05pm

I sigh a little, looking at my laser before stowing it back on the shuttle. I suppose there will always be other laser fights…


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 12:10pm

Nicolette kept her gun with her, just in case. She could still bash people with it…


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 12:11pm

As the team approaches the ruins more closely, they begin to note an eerie similarity. The walls have no square angles, being composed wholly of rounded edges. The entrance is a relatively simple arch. The substance is a relatively non-descript stone, but the structure feels oddly familiar.

Once inside, the team follows Sharl-Tonn to a large open area, overgrown with various vines. In the middle of the area is a strange pulsing thing that looks like a stone, but is not a stone (by Roxanne's senses), it is almost like quartz, but seems almost fluid. It dominates the center of the room, being about ten feet thick and stretching floor to celing (about thirty feet up). Around the outside of the room is more crystal, but this seems much more mundane, if not wholly so. Trapped within it are about six Shi'ar and nine Kree, who appear to be resting. The crystal around them pulses in time with the crystal in the center.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 12:13pm

I ask the vines what exactly is going on here and how to free the prisoners.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 12:15pm

The vines respond that they were just chillin' in the ruins, have been for centuries, and all of a sudden these crazy hominids show up, start firing, singe them a little, and end up in rock. That's pretty much what they know. They kind of want the prisoners to stay there, because laser burns hurt.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 12:17pm

«Ghetto vines…»

Mike is looking around this place amazed. He walks close to the center stone to get a better look, but is still staying a good distance from it. "This is incredible. Someone build this??"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 12:18pm

Sharl-Tonn nods at Mike.

"That's the theory, at least. We really have no idea what this whole thing is. All we knew is that there was some kind of fantastic weapon here."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 12, 2007, 12:19pm

"And you wanted it." Its a statement, not a question.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 12:19pm

"Of course. But don't fool yourself, so did the Shi'ar."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 12:20pm

"Why would there be a weapon in a place that hates violence?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 12, 2007, 12:20pm

"What did you learn about it? It might help with this."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 12:20pm

Mike mutters, "Apparantly they don't have Halo on Hala…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 12:21pm

"I hope you've learned your lesson about ancient weapons," muttered Nicolette absent-mindedly.
"Anybody have any ideas? Roxanne, can you create a construct to check the… thingy up close?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 12:22pm

Sharl-Tonn shrugs.

"I've already told you everything I know, including things that will get me executed for treason when we surrender. There is nothing I am holding back. I have no further information beyond what I have told."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 12:23pm

"Rox, are you sure it's a good idea to touch that?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 12, 2007, 12:23pm

«The concept of vines "chillin" in the ruins for centuries amuses me greatly.»

Quote:"Why would there be a weapon in a place that hates violence?"

"Technological violence. Maybe magic is involved?" Space magic?


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 12:23pm

«Dang it, Roxanne's post is gone. Carry on.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 12:24pm

"Of course not. We can't be sure, but it's safest to try it out with a construct of rock, so no one should be hurt…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 12:25pm

"Oh, right, I can do that. Golem." I use the crystal around the room to help form him, giving him a shinier, bulkier look - should help. I nod his way, and he moves over to the big crystal and reaches out for it, trying to pull it away from the center of the room.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 12:26pm

Actually, as soon as the crystal is disturbed to form Golem, a blinding flash of light happens…and everyone awakes elsewhere. Give me a few minutes.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 12:26pm

[Sorry about the deleted post.]


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 12:27pm

«I called it, I told Born that it wouldn't end well.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 12:29pm

«It's a crappy entrance into a leadership position, but something had to be done anyway.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 12:30pm

[Not Nicolette's fault. How could she know they were weird, teleporting rocks?]


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 12:32pm

In each scenario, the only distinct figure is the one who talks. Everyone else who should be there is there, though they are hazy and unresponsive.

Nadia

When Nadia opens her eyes, she's in Mephisto's realm, viewing the footage of her brother with the Marauders.

Mephisto looks at her casually, and says, "You lost something here. What was it?"

Chi

Chi opens his eyes and is laying on the basketball court, trying to catch his breath after being knocked out. Two EMT's are coming to carry him away. One says, "You lost someting here. What was it?"

Seed

When Seed opens his eyes, he is at the funeral, facing Kidd's father, directly after punching him. Kidd's father stares back at him and says, in clear English, "You lost something here. What was it?"

Rapt

Rapt is sitting in the Salvation Farm farmhouse, with a cup of green tea in front of him. Across the table sits the Reverend Stryker. It's his first time on the farm.

Stryker takes a sip of tea, and says to Rapt, levelly, "You lost something here. What was it?"

Prime

Prime is in the Darkforce Dimension, trapped by Erebus, during a time he was taunting her. He suddenly breaks his sentence, and looks at her intently.

"You lost something here. What was it?"

Roxanne

Roxanne is in Arcade and Mojo's trap, right after rewitnessing the Mutant Massacre. Gerald Stryker is there, bleeding from when he stabbed himself to get free of the mind control. He says, "You lost something here. What was it?"

Freaktada

When Adam opens his eyes, he's at his grandmother's wake, standing next to his parents. His father turns to him and says, "You lost something here. What was it?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 12:37pm

«Replies in different colors?»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 12:38pm

Mar 12, 2007, 12:37pm, Prime wrote:«Replies in different colors?»

«If you want, or bold your name at the top, or, really, your avatars are enough for me.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 12:39pm

“No…this isn’t, this can’t be-”

I can almost hear Calamity screaming in my head again, the voice seems to get clearer and clearer - but it’s not her, so much as it is the memory. I was just standing around, and I controlled the crystals, and something…something happened. All the sudden I’m in this nightmare, I’m in the past, I’m reliving that time when Arcade captured us all and Gerald’s alive and I heard that voice for the first time…the voice of the real me.

“My mind…I lost my mind.” The answer comes out before I even realize it, and I start to back away, looking for somewhere, anywhere to run to.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 12:42pm

Roxanne

Gerald looks at Roxanne quizzically.

"You lost your mind? Please define. Isn't the mind a physical thing?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 12:46pm

«hey, if everything went well, this would be a boring mission »


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 12:47pm

Oh god…not this, not this again. I can't be back here, I CAN'T!

"I…I lost…I lost the respect of the man whose respect I needed the most."

«That's really all I could come up with.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 12:47pm

"This was when I started losing myself…something inside of me started to take over, and you - Gerald, he helped save me." Calm down. Remember. This isn't Gerald. You're not in the past. What's happened has happened, and there's no going back - as much as I might want to. Focus. Just focus and think. Focus and think.

"Where…who are you and where am I?" I start to search around us for any rocks I use, any earth at all.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 12:47pm

Nicolette

Within a moment, all the old and familiar emotions rushed back inside her. They just happened to be the feelings she kept locked up as deep down in her soul as possible. Hatred, insecurity and despair… They were never supposed to come out. She felt as if she was laid bare before Erebus' gaze… Even then, she couldn't be honest with herself.

And again, she had the horrible feeling of darkness all around her. She knew it wasn't real… but it didn't matter. It felt real.

"My patience," she growled, "Let me out of here! Let me out of here!"

She couldn't keep the fear out of her voice.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 12:50pm

Chi

Chi is looking all around. He's clutching his chest, trying to focus, "I…I..remember this. Don't drop me this time…" Mike whispers to the EMT's, "What did I lose…" And answer jumps to Mike's mouth, but he doesn't let it out. Instead he says, "About five bucks…I think one of the paramedics picked my pocket."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 12, 2007, 12:51pm

Under my breath I whisper,

"My God. Not again…

I feel a lot like curling up into a ball, but fight it. My gaze shifts between the footage and Mephisto. Or "Mephisto."

"My illusions…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 12:53pm

Seed

"I don't feel that is all. There is something you are holding back."

Kidd's father points to her coffin.

"Something else you lost, that we do not understand."

Roxanne

Gerald shrugs, and walks around Roxanne slowly. She notes that the whole area does not feel real at all. There is no rock, there is no…anything.

"You lost control, then? Is that it? Control? Interesting."

Gerald shrugs slightly, then replies. "You have trespassed into the sealing place. We cannot allow the impure to leave. This place is very dangerous, and we have to verify your purity before you can be released. The others…the others were very impure. The first ones."

Nicolette

Erebus simply looks at Nicolette more intently, and says, "I do not feel that is all."

Then he tents his fingers.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 12:55pm

I look at the coffin, I can feel myself start to cry.

"I lost the most important person in my life, the person I love."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 12:56pm

Chi

The EMT looks back at Mike quizzically. "What is the significance of five bucks? Why is it your greatest loss? Or maybe…second greatest. It is important that you are truthful."

Nadia

Mephisto looks intently at Nadia.

"Yes, I believe that is true. How does one function without illusions? Does it harm your purity?"

Seed

"Yes. That is it."

Kidd's father looks at Kalvin again, intently.

"What is the importance of love? Does the loss of love affect your purity?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 12:57pm

"Purity…" I whisper the word, clutching my chest - 'purity' is something I've worried about for a while. Sometimes I wonder if that part of me, the wrong part, the 'real' part, is really gone like it should be. If it's still inside me.

"I don't know what I need to do to prove I'm pure or…whatever. But I'll try." I gulp…it's not like I have much of a choice, here. "But could you do me one favor? Just…just stop looking like Gerald. Please."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 12:59pm

Mike looks at the EMT, "You can't handle the truth, dude." I have no idea what's going on. Am I dreaming? Have I lost my mind? Or is this some kind of trick? Either way, I am not giving this guy the satisfaction of beating me.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 12, 2007, 1:00pm

'What I -lost-?

Rapt looks around, then at Stryker. If not for the fact its obviously not real, the urge to jump over the table and strangle the man would probably be overhwelming. It almost is anyway.

"A second chance at life. That is what."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 1:00pm

Roxanne

Gerald looks at Roxanne sadly.

"I am very sorry. This form is important to you."

He fades, and Greg steps forward.

"Is this form less important? And what is the importance of form?"

Chi

The EMT looks at Chi quizzically. "I assure you, we can handle the truth. The truth is important in assessing your purity. Consider that. Only the pure may leave."

Rapt

Stryker nods solemnly. "A second chance at life. What happened to your first chance?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 1:03pm

Purity…what?

"I…I don't think so….losing her hurt me more than anything has hurt me before."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 1:03pm

«So there's no further confusion, every reply (except this one) will be re-edited to contain previous replies that weren't there when I posted it, as I catch them. If I reply again without playing catch-up, then let me know.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 1:03pm

Nicolette

Like she had done so many times, Nicolette was trying to fly away. Trying to reach Erebus… She wasn't moving an inch, and it made her angry. She snarled manically.

"I lost my peace of mind! I lost my head! I lost my butt! I lost my dinner! I… lost… everything."

Her expression faded into a blank, desperate look.

"I lost my composure…"

Everything.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 1:05pm

Greg. I guess that's a little better - I haven't really gotten the chance to talk with Greg like I'd like to, but he's still alive. "Well, it's just…Gerald is dead. And he was really close to me, like my big brother. I loved him, and we just had his funeral not too long ago. I miss him, and I'd love to see him again…I hope, one day, I will. But I want it to be him. Not someone pretending to be him." I scratch my head for a moment, looking for the right word…ah.

"Sacred. It's sacred to me."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 1:05pm

«Afk for a few minutes, can't be helped»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 12, 2007, 1:08pm

«Arg. At a loss for what to say, and don't have time to think about it anymore. Gotta go to school.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 1:11pm

Seed

Kidd's father looks somewhat surprised.

"So, would you say that in some ways, the loss of love increased your purity? Do you feel you are more pure now than you were before?"

Nicolette

Erebus considers for a moment. "Which is more important? Peace of mind? Head? Butt? Dinner? Composure? All elements of everything."

He pauses for another moment.

"And what of purity? Have you lost your purity too? Did you lose it here?"

Roxanne

Greg nods in understanding.

"You reference another time of loss. What is different between that time and this? Which is more significant to you? Do you feel that either loss affected your purity, and if so, how?"

The scene changes, and Rogue is talking to Roxanne outside Gerald's door, after the "Do Not Disturb" sign was put up.

"For this is loss too, right? What was lost here?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 1:13pm

"I guess it may have…I know that if I could I'd do anything to bring her back."

«God I'm glad I didn't send Meghan to space, XD»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 1:18pm

Nicolette

Nicolette closed her eyes. It made absolutely no difference.
"My mind was sullied. It was raped. It was ripped open and everything almost spilled out, but I was strong… I kept it all in check. Everything I can't stand… But it was all inside me to begin with - nothing was added. All the darkness was really my own." She paused. "I'm not pure. I can't be. I lost it when I told my first lie…"

She opened her eyes again, and stared around herself with weak defiance.

"What do you care? Let me out of here."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 1:24pm

Seed

Kidd's father walks around Kalvin slowly.

"Is that why you are here? Are you here to sacrifice your purity for the power to achieve your wishes? If you could, do you feel it would be worth it?"

Nicolette

Erebus shakes his head slowly. "So it is as we feared. You are all impure, just like the first ones. This place is not for the impure."

Suddenly, Wildfire is talking to Nico, right after the funeral. Right after the kiss.

"Does this place make you more pure or less?" she asks.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 12, 2007, 1:25pm

"How- …No. I answered one of your questions, you get to answer one of mine. Who are you?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 1:26pm

"The first loss…when I lost control, I felt so helpless. Like I was worthless, not good for anything but putting my friends in danger. I even hated myself a little…or maybe I was just afraid. Nothing made sense. I had no clue what was happening to me or where it would go. I was afraid what everyone would think if they knew…I was afraid of everything."

"But, with Gerald…" I rest my hand on the door, tempted to open it. But I know what's inside. I knTow where it leads. It's a path I don't want to go back and it's a sight I don't want to see. Not like this. Not here. "Gerald was like a part of me, and when he left, it hurt. There was this big hole in my life, and I don't know if anyone can ever fill it. It's just so wide…"

I nod, turning back to the wannabe Greg. "It's hard to explain…but Gerald, this loss, it's more important. I managed to get myself back, in the end. More or less. But Gerald can't come back. He's gone. He's something I can never replace."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 1:27pm

"No, no. I'm here because I was sent here to save a team that was captured."

I pause.

"If I could bring Kidd back, I would pay any price."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 1:34pm

Mike looks at the EMT, and says, "Purity, hmmm…What are you guys, space catholics?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 1:34pm

Nicolette

Nicolette stared at the faux-Wildfire.
"It makes me feel better… even purer. It makes me feel honest."
She tried to move closer and kiss her again…


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 1:37pm

Rapt

"Who are we?" asks Stryker. "I'm not sure it's an answer that would make sense to you. We guard the sealed place, against those who would misuse it. We need to understand you before we decide if you are worthy to proceed."

He pauses.

"We ask again. What happened to your first chance?"

Roxanne

«I was unclear. Each scene only has people that were there originally, in the second scene, the entity spoke as Rogue, and Greg wasn't present. Not a big detail.»

"The loss of others is more significant to you than the loss of self? Do you think that makes you more pure?"

Rogue looks at Roxanne intently.

Seed

"Ah, you come for the first ones. They were impure. They are forfeit. Your purity is in question. It is selfless to pay whatever price you can for another's well-being, but there are certain prices not worth paying. Would you destroy a world in order to bring your love to life? A population in the billions."

Kidd's father cocks his head at an odd angle and continues to focus on Kalvin intently.

Chi

The EMT shrugs. "The power that is housed in the sealing place is dangerous in the wrong hands. We must verify your purity, or you will be trapped in the crystal forever, fueling the defenses of the sealing place. We should be thankful to you, in a way. If not for the first ones discharging their weapons, we would not have been powerful enough to stop them."

Nicolette

Wildfire holds up her hand, preventing Prime from moving closer. She's much stronger than she should be, strong enough to hold Prime back.

"How is this honest? How is this pure? Does not your race find this action impure?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Pester / Freaktada on Mar 12, 2007, 1:41pm

Freaktada

When Adam opens his eyes, he's at his grandmother's wake, standing next to his parents. His father turns to him and says, "You lost something here. What was it?"

Being oblivious as always, Adam naturally goes to the most obvious answer.

"My Grandma. I lost her…"

«Did I miss anything huge? I read up to "There's a ship that lost contact, we're going to find it."»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 1:41pm

I've been going on auto-pilot for the most part, so now I take a moment to actually think over an answer. "It makes sense. I mean, I can always 'fix' myself…or someone can help me. That's why I have friends. But if I lose a friend, if they die, I can't bring them back. It's just impossible." I shrug. "I don't know if that makes me more pure…I'm not even really sure what 'pure' means. I've done some really bad things to a lot of people…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 1:42pm

[Nothing really. It's self-contained to each character.]


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 1:45pm

Nicolette

"I don't. Why should others' views matter? Everybody thinks for themselves, and everybody thinks differently. If someone does find it impure, I'm not telling them to do it… But I have the right to decide for myself, and I hold it for pure."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 1:46pm

Freaktada

«Quick recap: you got to the planet, met a Kree who said that the science team was being held by something that was sapping their energy, as was his Kree military unit. He also revealed that the planet had a legendary weapon. Then, everyone got trapped in crystal. Then, now.»

Adam's father shakes his head.

"You lost more than that, somehow. Beyond the physical, you lost something spirtual as well. What was it?"

Roxanne

"Like this?"

Apocalypse's ship, right after Gerald put Roxanne's psyche back in her body. Lex, while freeing Roxanne, pauses and asks her, "Do you blame yourself for this?"

Nicolette

Wildfire considers this for a moment.

"Your personal principles of purity. Lying is impure. Love is pure. Murder. Is murder impure? Even as an act of war?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 1:46pm

I have to think about this one before I answer….I shouldn't have to.

"No, of course not. I suppose I wouldn't pay any price, but…most."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 12, 2007, 1:46pm

"I have no interest in proceeding. We just wanted to retrieve the lost people." Rapt pauses.

"And I don't know. I just know that I went to …here, thinking I could could start life over, and just …well, live a better life. Before this, wasn't a past I'm happy with. And you can obviously take things like this from my mind…and I assume the others. Why are you asking us, if you can go through our minds anyway?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Pester / Freaktada on Mar 12, 2007, 1:49pm

"I… I… I dunno. Leave me alone."

He lowers his head and starts shifting his entire body aimlessly. He's pretty much been reduced to a quivering wreck.

«Does it cripple the story if one of the team is nonresponsive? This character isn't particularly strong mentally, or extremely intelligent. So I'm trying to run with that.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 1:50pm

Mike nods, "All right, sunshine. You want to know what I lost this day? EVERYTHING I HAD, EVERYTHING I WAS! I lost my friends, I lost football, I lost basketball. I love just about everything that kept my sane after my sister died. Is that what you want to hear?" Mike definitely has more to say.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 1:50pm

"Yes…this is my fault. It was my body, it was my powers, it was even me - the way I really was." I look away. "I shouldn't have put my friends in that position, where they almost died because of me. I should've told them about my problem, and I should've gotten help, and I should've put a stop to it. I didn't, and people suffered for it. It's my fault."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 1:51pm

«Not at all, Dean. Actually, it's pretty cool. This post will be modified with responses up to here in a few.»

Seed

Kidd's father nods, and the scene shifts. He's now talking to Nicolette about sex in the Training Room of the Juber.

"If your love was so pure, why did this excite you?" asks Nicolette. "And what is the highest price you would pay for love?"

Rapt

The Reverend shrugs.

"What about your past makes you unhappy? Do you feel you are pure, does this place have any effect on your purity? As for your question…we can go through your minds, but we cannot understand. Also, the most prominent memories are the most prominent to us…the things you reflect on the most. Would you like a change of scenery? We can arrange that. There are other memories we can live in. But in order to free the first ones, you must proceed."

Freaktada

"Would another memory be more comfortable for you? We apologize. We can go somewhere else to talk."

Adam is about to enter in the fateful gymnastics competition, and is talking to his coach before going on the floor. His coach asks him, "Did you lose something here? Or did you gain something? We don't understand."

Chi

The EMT considers for a moment. "Everything? You still exist beyond this point. How, when you lost everything? And this is not about what we want to hear, it is about what we need to know."

Roxanne

"But didn't you ask your friends for help? We would show you, but you have requested that we not take that form again. That form did not help you prevent this. Why do you idolize it?" Lex tilts his head to the side, looking at Roxanne quizzically.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 1:51pm

Nicolette

"It is. Sometimes, a death is an act of mercy. Too often, it's necessary… But when you kill someone, you make a sacrifice - you give away a part of yourself that you can never get back. Maybe it's your purity. I'm afraid I'll have to do it too, eventually…"

«Hey! Nicolette and Kalvin were talking about masturbation, not sex!»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 2:04pm

«Be back in a little bit.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 2:04pm

"Because he made it better. He didn't stop it, no, but he helped me…he made me feel like everything was okay, even when it really wasn't it. I felt cared for, happy. And then, when everything was looking so black, he reached in and saved me, even though it was such a great sacrifice that I didn't deserve…he was strong. That's why I idolized him: There was nothing Gerald couldn't do."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Pester / Freaktada on Mar 12, 2007, 2:07pm

Freaktada

Adam accepts the apology completely and naively.
He looks around carefully for a moment before responding.

"I guess I gained something. I didn't really have anything to lose, and I found out I could do something the other kids couldn't."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 2:09pm

Mike chuckles, "I know that now. That's not how you feel when you're 13. Since then, I've found out that there is a lot more to life than ignorant people you think are your friends and silly games. Family, real friends, fighting for a cause,…even love." Mike grimaces at that last part, running Dill's words through his head, "I've gained a lot more than I lost since then."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 2:11pm

Nicolette

"Taking a life gives away a part of yourself. This form has taken many. You know this, yet…it does not matter to you. Why? And why do you think you will be forced to take a life?"

Wildfire looks into the distance for a moment.

"We are protectors of life, but must take lives as well. The first ones…we have taken them in order to prevent them from destroying worlds. We must feed from their energy, or they will destroy worlds. Every one of them has the potential and desire to do so. Is this justified murder? Does that make us less pure?"

«Which whatever. To me, they're related concepts.»

Roxanne

Lex considers for a moment, then the scene switches to the campsite on the first night of the New Mutants' adventures. Wreck stands up and walks over to Roxanne.

"This place is pure, right? What is pure about this place?"

Freaktada

The coach looks at Adam appraisingly.

"Somehow, this gain is tied to the loss we showed before. How?"

Chi

Suddenly, Chi is in the lounge of the Juber, looking at the smoking corpses of Amelia and the catman. Dillan looks at him, gun drawn, and speaks.

"There was a loss here too, but this never truly happened. How can you lose something in a place that never happened?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 2:15pm

I smile…can't help it. I've come back to this place so many times since that night. "This place is pure, because it's the placev that everything in my life changed. It's the place where I first had friends. People who care about me and talk to me and are just…there when I need them. A team."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 2:17pm

Mike puts his head down, "My future is full of loss. I don't know what's worse. Loss or knowing that loss is coming, and there ain't shit I can do to change it. All kinds of possible futures, not one with happiness.."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Pester / Freaktada on Mar 12, 2007, 2:18pm

Freaktada gets sad again. It's looking like this'll be a long day for him.

"I think what I gained here… It took something from me later… I didn't know she would die, I thought she would laugh… I just wanted to make her laugh…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 2:21pm

Nicolette

Nicolette scowled slightly.
"I don't know what you're talking about. I need more information."

She could guess though…

"Bella… She was conditioned to murder - it was never her decision. But I'm not going to make excuses for her, even if I could. I care for her no matter what she's missing. Killing someone doesn't make one a bad person, and the loss of purity isn't the end. It doesn't have to mean anything… Maybe you can even gain something." She paused. "I think it lies ahead of me. Considering what I do, it's only a matter of time until I'll have to make a choice… and I'll make it no matter what. I… don't know who you are or understand what you're doing, but some sacrifices are worth making. Even if it's your purity you lose…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 12, 2007, 2:22pm

"You'll need to tell me how you view purity. This place…probably is where I lost any I had by this time. I was used. Nothing stays pure after being used, does it?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 2:25pm

Roxanne

Wreck shrugs.

"This place is pure, then. We understand. And the purity of this place counterbalances later impurities. We find you pure, Roxanne Madison. You will be allowed to leave. However, what is in this room must never leave. It has been sealed for a reason, and the seal is difficult to maintain, especially if we allow the impure to leave. How can we resolve that?"

Chi

Dillan looks at Mike intently, leveling the gun.

"Are you sure that loss is the only way? Is there not a possibility for gain among the loss? If you feel that loss is your only destiny, should you stay here and sacrifice yourself to defend worlds? If the seal breaks, worlds are doomed."

Freaktada

The coach sighs deeply.

"Adam…this is difficult to say but…I can't imagine a sentient so…pure and untainted. It is as if you do not understand the concepts of impurity."

Suddenly, Adam is speaking to Hussar in the staff room.

"Or maybe you do," she says.

Nicolette

Wildfire shrugs.

"The blue skinned sentient is correct. A weapon of unfathomable potential lies here. A weapon that destroyed the race that created it, nearly entirely. Their last act was to protect it, sealing us here to prevent others from using it aggressively. However, our power is running low. More sentients are needed to continue to protect the weapon. We do not seek to punish the pure by forcing them into service, however, the impure should receive the destruction they sought to wreak. Should they not? This weapon cannot be undone. Protecting it is the only recourse."

Rapt

Stryker shrugs.

"Purity is a matter that is difficult to define, but it depends on the use. A tool can be used, and still remain pure, can it not? Using items for their intended purposes…this is different from using a sentient, correct?"

He stares at Rapt intently.

"In any event, it is your definition of purity that matters, not ours."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 2:28pm

CHi sighes, "You know, I haven't gotten to talk to my friends about this yet…I have no idea if what I saw is real. But, that's not an issue. I am not afraid of dying if it means I get to save everyone else."

Mike pauses, and then gives a smile, "Just as long as they know that I was the one who saved them!"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 2:29pm

Well, it looks like I passed…whatever test this was supposed to be. But I'm still a little iffy on the concepts here. "Seal? If you're talking about those crystals I moved, I can put them back, no problem. If you tell me where to put them, anyway…I could even pack it in harder, make it tougher to break, if you like.""


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Pester / Freaktada on Mar 12, 2007, 2:33pm

Uh-oh. Shame time.

"What do you want? Just leave me alone…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 2:37pm

Chi

Dillan shakes his head.

"Unfortunately, you can not power the seal. Only the impure can be harnessed in this fashion. Despite your loss, you remain pure. We cannot harness your energy. You will be allowed to leave eventually."

Mike finds himself in the glen with Roxanne and "Wreck", after the end of Roxanne's segment of this post.

Roxanne

"The seal is more than mere crystal. It is the collective consciousness of the council who chose to seal the weapon. We stay here to stop others from becoming as impure as we found ourselves. However, over the eons, our abilities are waning. Some of us are unable to continue. We need more impure ones to seal the weapon."

Mike appears in the glen.

Wreck points to him. "That is not one of us. That is also a pure form. Or pure enough."

Freaktada

Hussar sighs.

"We need to know if you are pure. Did you feel impure here?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 2:38pm

"Mike!" I rush over to him and hit him with my patented tackle hug.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 12, 2007, 2:39pm

"I can't say I am pure. You'll find very few people who can't find fault with themselves."

A few silent seconds

"Does this mean I am going to die?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Pester / Freaktada on Mar 12, 2007, 2:39pm

"I dunno. I guess a little. It wasn't my fault she was naked!"

He clearly didn't feel pure. And he clearly has no idea what's going on.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 2:42pm

Rapt

"That depends," says Stryker, drumming his fingers absently. "Do you feel you are more pure or more impure? Do you feel you have purity despite an impure past, or did it taint you to becoming impure? What do you feel? Only the impure can save worlds, to redeem their purity."

Freaktada

Hussar shrugs, inadvertantly…well, you get the idea.

"Do you feel that you are impure, or do you feel that you are pure?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 2:42pm

Mike picks up Roxie and swings her in a circle, "ROX! You all right?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 2:43pm

Mike looks at Wreck, "That looks nothing at all like Wreck…he's actually in one piece…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Pester / Freaktada on Mar 12, 2007, 2:44pm

Supressing a boner, Adam turns his back on "Hussar."

"I dunno, I guess I'm impure. Could you put some clothes on?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 2:45pm

"Uu-huh!" I speak in between laughing as Chi spins me around…getting a little dizzy now… "I saw some weird stuff, though…what about you?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 2:46pm

Nicolette

"It's… a fair point. But there are beings with unimaginable power out in the cosmos. Are you sure none of them would be able to destroy the weapon?"
She looked down.
"I'd be inclined to agree… but who would you keep here to protect it? The Kree? Us? Me?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 2:51pm

Freaktada

Back at the gymnastics competition.

The coach says, "You guess you are impure? You should know if you are pure or impure. What is purity, anyway?"

Nicolette

Wildfire pauses to consider.

"The impure. The ones you call the Kree are impure. They sought to use the weapon for vengeance. The ones you call the Shi'ar are impure. They sought to study the weapon and create more. Some of your teammates are pure. Some are impure. We are not sure if you are pure or impure. What do you think? And your team. Who is pure? Who is impure?"

Roxanne and Mike

Wreck fades back into the background. Everyone who was there is here, but fuzzy and indistinct. The entity has chosen to stop interacting (but please, feel free to RP together).


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 12, 2007, 2:51pm

"I can't say if I'm pure or not. I just know I'm someone that wants to…tries, to do the right thing."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Pester / Freaktada on Mar 12, 2007, 2:52pm

"Purity? It's when something's clean, and it's not dirty. I think. Is that right?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 3:00pm

"I wasn't excited, I was just hanging out with a friend."

I pause.

"The highest price I'd pay…I'm not sure, but I know that I'd give up my life."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 3:00pm

Mike looks at Roxie and purses his lips, "I would have preferred weird. I just got to see some things I hoped not to think about anymore. Bad memories…and" Mike pauses, "Bad dreams…at least I hope they were dreams…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 3:01pm

Rapt

The scene changes. Amelia Chow, at the mansion, pie in hand.

She says, "Isn't forgiveness the right thing? Does it make you less pure to be unable to forgive?"

Freaktada

"Essentially, yes. Is your spirit clean, or is your spirit tarnished? It's a vital question. And if it is tarnished, how tarnished is it?"

Seed

Nicolette shrugs. Kalvin's now at Valentine's Day breakfast with Kidd.

"Is this what you want? Is this where you are pure?" asks Kidd, talking around a mouthful of pancakes.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 3:02pm

«You missed Seed.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 3:03pm

«I already told you to be patient with that, Proto.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 3:03pm

«You also told us to remind you if you missed you, Havok.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Pester / Freaktada on Mar 12, 2007, 3:04pm

"I think it's kinda tarnished. It feels really bad sometimes."

He starts to sulk a little.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 3:04pm

«Only if I went another update without it, Proto.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 3:05pm

«Very well, Havok.»

Oh my god…Kidd…

"Yes, this is what I want. I want to be here, with you."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 3:09pm

Freaktada

The coach stares at Adam. Then he looks around, confused. Then he looks back at Adam.

"You don't even understand purity. You wouldn't be able to understand how to defend the seal. We have no use for you."

Adam gets kicked over to the Roxy and Mike Show.

Roxy and Mike

Introducing…Adam, who spontaneously appears.

Seed

"This is just the form, Kalvin. But you can be here forever, always in this moment, until you are needed to defend the weapon. Are you impure? If you are, you can be here."

She finishes her bite of pancakes.

"Forever. Just like this."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Pester / Freaktada on Mar 12, 2007, 3:11pm

Adam sadly waves to Roxy and Chi.

"Hey guys…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 3:14pm

Nicolette

The Shi'ar… of course.

"I'm certain my team is pure," said Nicolette firmly, "You should know… We didn't come for power. We didn't come to find a weapon of unimaginable destructive power, we came here to save a team of scientists - not even knowing what they were dealing with. So our intentions were pure…"

She sighed and looked back up, into Wildfire's black, expressionless eyes.

"Everybody has their flaws… even me. You can't steal our lives because you need help and we're not perfect. I don't know if I'm 'pure'… I do desire power, just not the kind that kills or hurts people. However, I'm sure my teammates are innocent of this. They are pure. I can't speak for the Shi'ar or the Kree though… but things are relative. How many of those scientists are here for personal glory and power? I think they were here because they were ordered to come…"

She felt uncomfortable…

"And you never answered my other question. Are you SURE nothing would be able to destroy this weapon?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 3:15pm

I can stay with Kidd. No she's not real, but…I can be with Kidd. I don't know what to do!

"I…I'll….I'll stay…."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 12, 2007, 3:18pm

"being unable to forgive just makes me stubborn…not impure. But since you seem to insist on the answer…

I don't think I'm impure. I don't think I'm a stellar example of purity. I just am. All I am, is someone that can't get away from facing the fact that I might not deserve to leave something like this. But I want to be. Is that what you want from me?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 3:19pm

Mike looks at Adam. He forces himself to smile, "You're okay, too?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 3:21pm

Nicolette

Wildfire looks intently back at Nicolette, considering.

"Your team is not as sure of its purity as you are. As for destroying the weapon, nothing that we have encountered can do that. Also, if we destroy the weapon, we destroy ourselves. We have lived far too long with our shame, we agree with that. However, death is so…final."

She starts to pace slightly.

"As for the scientists, every one of them realized what they were here to do, and came despite that. Still, we feel that we can free one Kree and one Shi'ar…the remaining will power the seal effectively. And there is one member of each group distinctly purer than the rest, if not entirely pure."

Seed

For now, Kalvin's just reliving Valentine's Day. I'll let you know when/if it gets interrupted.

Rapt

Rapt is now in a counseling session with Professor X, when he first came to the mansion.

"Yes," says the Professor. "That's exactly what we want. We need the impure to power the seal. The ones you call Kree are impure. The ones you call Shi'ar are impure. The remaining group is a mix of purity and impurity. We are unsure how to categorize them, and you."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Pester / Freaktada on Mar 12, 2007, 3:22pm

Adam shrugs.

"My coach said I didn't understand purity. But I got to see more boobs. So it's been a good day."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 3:23pm

«I'm quickly becoming worried at what I've gotten Kalvin into.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 3:24pm

"Somehow, no matter what you do, you get to see boobs. Secondary mutation?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 3:29pm

Nicolette refrained from asking.

"I won't let my team be dragged her, no matter what you or they themselves think of their purity. I'm aware that I most likely can't stop you, but I won't accept it. You've lived for so long - death for you would be a release… but we are young. We're just beginning our lives and we deserve a chance too…"

It felt vaguely wrong to use the word 'we'.

"If you let us go… I could try to help you. I could talk to my superiors about not being fucking idiots and letting the weapon rest in peace. Besides… If our purity is in question, there are definitely people out there who's isn't. I'm sure there are prisons filled with them. I could try to arrange something. And…" She hesitated. "What about someone like Galactus? Couldn't he destroy the weapon? Do you know who that is?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Pester / Freaktada on Mar 12, 2007, 3:30pm

"I wouldn't mind it. If I were lucky, this would be my secondary," Adam pulls his head off and waves it around before putting it back on… "…and boob sight would be the primary."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 3:31pm

«My damn mom!! She just calls me. "They evactuated 500 houses in Lyndhurst (where I live) by the high school (a block from my house). I couldn't get a hold of Gina (my wife)…is she all right?" So of course, I freaked out, calling every number I could think of…turns out that havok3595ita is at grandma's, and my wife is upstairs at my job doing some work. My heart rate is just slowing down again now…»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 3:32pm

Mike chuckles, "Hmmm…good point!"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 3:32pm

«Wow…I'd have freaked out too.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 3:33pm

"Um…what are boobs?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 3:34pm

Mike turns bright red, "Uhm…" He looks around and sees no help coming…never a Sentinel attack when you need one, "Boobs is a…pretty crude way of saying breasts."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 12, 2007, 3:36pm

"Well, like I've said, I'm not sure if I am or not. I want to be, but …" Rapt just shrugs, running out of things to say.

"If you do decide I don't deserve to live, and put me in the life-draining murder machine, don't tell the others thats why. Say I didn't survive the communication trial process or something, for some reason."

((Grr. I don't wanna go to school! …Back in 4 hours. Possibly 1, depending on if I can use the computer there or not.))


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Pester / Freaktada on Mar 12, 2007, 3:36pm

"It's not crude… Just more fun to say. Boobs."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 3:37pm

"Oh. Okay." I whistle and look around, trying to hide my blush.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 3:38pm

«I felt bad for my wife, I was pretty out of my head by the time I got her,

"WHERE ARE YOU??"

"I'm upstairs…"

"UPSTAIRS WHERE?"

"A floor above you…are you okay?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 3:39pm

«Dude. That is freaky, blacky. Glad to hear it's working out.»

Nicolette

Wildfire shakes her head.

"Our need is too urgent. We cannot wait for impure ones, or the world devourer. Nor can we contact the world devourer…"

She pauses, lost in thought.

"However…if the weapon destroyed this planet…perhaps that is an acceptable solution. As you have said, we have lived long lives, too long. We punished ourselves for the creation. Should we be forgiven? Is that they way? In any event, a sentient form would be needed to detonate it. There are none who would volunteer for that. Therefore, this line of thinking is foolish."

Rapt

"Your desire to be pure makes you pure. We are unable to use your life energy."

Rapt comes to the glen with the others.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 12, 2007, 3:41pm

((Yay! Rapt learned it all from the Little Engine that Could! "I think I'm pure, I think I'm pure, I think I'm pure"))


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 3:44pm

Mike smiles at Roxie, "I know that you've seen a lot more action than I probably ever will. But I still can't help but think of you like a little sister. Watch, years from now, at your wedding, I will still be thinking of you as little Rox."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 3:45pm

"I… I want to say I wish I could volunteer, but the simple truth is that I want to live. There's too much to be lost. I promised myself I'd return…" She gestured towards the faux-Wildfire. "…to her."

She considered things for a moment. These matters should have felt too big for her, but she felt casually about the whole thing. This whole experience was numbing.

"I don't know if you're forgiven or not… That's not really up to me to decide. I'm not even sure whose it is… but you do seem to regret things. And you sought penance. Isn't that what redemption is about?"

It felt a little silly to ask…

"How much time do you have? What's urgent for you might be quite a while for others…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 12, 2007, 3:52pm

Nicolette

Wildfire continues to pace.

"The seal is weakening. The Shi'ar nearly penetrated it, and we were fortunate that they encountered the Kree, or they would have penetrated it by now. If we give them up, we will not have enough power to continue sealing the weapon from them. If we do not, they will be lost soon. It seems that in any event, there is a price to be paid. However, we have heard your argument, and feel that your team is pure enough."

EVERYONE, including Kalvin, is now in the glen, but the original New Mutants facsimiles are not. It's completely empty save the current team. Cliffhanger until tomorrow. You can chat amongst yourselves, but tomorrow is where the plot starts back up.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 3:52pm

"Heh, I don't mind." I bring Mike's smile back to him. "You'll always be Big Brother Mike to me."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 3:53pm

Mike smiles really wide at that. "Thanks, Rox. You have no idea how much that means to me!"

«Prime too?»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 3:54pm

"No! What's going on!? I want to go back!"

I'm freaking out….I want to be back on Valentine's Day.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Amelia "Heaven" Chow on Mar 12, 2007, 3:55pm

«Prime too.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 3:56pm

Mike looks at the others, "Everyone all right? That crystal really had it in for me…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 3:56pm

I fall to my knees, tears running down my cheeks.

"I want to go back…."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 3:57pm

Nicolette looked around, ascertaining everyone was present.
"Is everybody all right?" she asked sullenly.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Pester / Freaktada on Mar 12, 2007, 3:57pm

Adam points to Seed.

"He's not."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 3:59pm

Nicolette hovered over to Kalvin and knelt down on the ground beside him.
"What's wrong?" she asked firmly.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 3:59pm

Mike looks at Seed, "Dude?" He walks over and puts a hand on his shoulder.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 4:01pm

"It brought me back to Valentine's Day….It was going to let me stay with Kidd forever…."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 4:03pm

Nicolette bit her lip. Kalvin probably wasn't going to take it well, but it needed to be said.
"Then be glad it didn't," she said, "You have to move on…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 4:06pm

I swing my arm to punch Nicolette in the shoulder.

"IT WAS GIVING HER BACK TO ME!"

I go back to crying.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 4:08pm

Nicolette rolled with it, but she didn't want to evade. Maybe he needed a little venting…
"It was just lying to you," she said. "It wouldn't have given you anything you don't already have in your memories…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 12, 2007, 4:08pm

I can't think of anything to say to Seed…so I do something, instead. I give him a hug.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 4:11pm

I hug Roxanne, it helps.

"I…know, but…it was so real. She was right there…."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 4:13pm

"It wasn't her. I'm sure we all saw realistic illusions…" She glanced around at the others. Truthfully, she wasn't all that sure if they could be called illusions.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 4:16pm

I let go of Roxanne and look at Nicolette.

"I know….I'm sorry I hit you…"

I'm still crying.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 4:16pm

"You can hit me as much as you want to… Better me than someone else."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 12, 2007, 4:19pm

«Sigh. My timing is excellent. Stupid Mondays.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 4:20pm

"No, I'm sorry…you're my friend I shouldn't be hitting you."

I wipe the tears off my face.

"It's just so hard…I thought I was going to be okay, and then that thing shows me Kidd…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 12, 2007, 4:21pm

"You are going to be okay…"
She kept thinking she should be more strict, like a leader, but this probably called for some tenderness.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 12, 2007, 4:24pm

"I hope so."

I stand up and hug Nicolette.

"Thank you…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 12, 2007, 11:35pm

Mike sighes, "So, does anyone have any info on what the hell's going on here???"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 8:34am

«I'm going to get back into it a trifle later, but if anyone has anything they want to share, they should do it soonish.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Protoman on Mar 13, 2007, 9:23am

«I SHOULD be home and able to participate around noon. SHOULD.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 9:31am

«Noon EST is fine on me. I've got a morning meeting that I should pay attention to. Noon EST, we'll wrap this bitch up.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 13, 2007, 10:25am

«I'll be around if the mission is still going on at 2:30 EST. If not… well I suppose there's always the next one…»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 10:27am

«It should still be going at 2:30.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 13, 2007, 10:30am

«Yay!»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Pester / Freaktada on Mar 13, 2007, 10:47am

«I will be offline all day.

;_; »


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 11:57am

«Check in for day two. Once I get four, I'm running.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Protoman on Mar 13, 2007, 11:58am

«And I'm not gonna be here for noon. I'll be back when I can, probably in an hour.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 13, 2007, 11:58am

[Roxanne is ready to rock.]


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 12:05pm

«Didn't post, but I am here»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Marisol Morales on Mar 13, 2007, 12:06pm

«And Nicolette makes four.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 12:08pm

«Not truly, since Proto posted to say he wouldn't be here yet, AFTER I MADE IT NOON FOR HIM. Bastard.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Marisol Morales on Mar 13, 2007, 12:10pm

«Yeah, I only read those three posts after I posted… -_- »


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 13, 2007, 12:12pm

((I have…from now, to 2 EST! !))


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 12:15pm

The Glade

A pulsing energy wave flashes through the glade, when it stops, there's an unexpected guest. Deathbird.

"Form is irrelevant to us, but we have taken the form from your memories that most closely resembled our previous form."

Deathbird turns to Prime.

"Have you told them? Do they have a solution?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 12:16pm

"Told us what?" Mike says. "Why doesn't anyone ever listen to me? Didn't I say, " "So, does anyone have any info on what the hell's going on here???"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 13, 2007, 12:19pm

"Told us what? Does anyone have any information on whats going on here?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 13, 2007, 12:20pm

I shrug. I've been doing a lot of shrugging lately, I notice. Getting good at it.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 12:20pm

Deathbird nods.

"It is complicated. Apparently, the decision was made that you were unable to process the fine points. We assumed as much, honestly."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 12:24pm

"Only information I got was that I was too pure for their needs. Which is pretty silly, because at least I've made it to second base, which is more than the rest of you can probably say…no offense."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 13, 2007, 12:31pm

"As near as I could tell, they basically want to hold the Shi'ar and the Kree guys because they're bad, but they'll let us go because we're good…good enough, anyway." I sit down, indian-style. "I think they need to keep those guys, so they can use them to power their seal or something."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 12:32pm

Deathbird looks at Mike with a slightly annoyed yet curious expression.

"We do not understand this terminology. Where you are based has an impact on your purity?"

Then she responds to Roxanne.

"Mostly correct. We have sealed a devastating weapon on this planet, using our own life forces to power the seal. Our life forces have weakened over the millenia, so warlike hominids have been able to find the planet, and were almost able to retrieve the weapon. At this point, it only remains sealed due to their life forces. Also, as a side effect of this, your ship no longer knows where you are."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Protoman on Mar 13, 2007, 12:38pm

«I'm here, calm down.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 12:38pm

Mike chuckles, "Just ignore me great alien being. All my friends already do. Hmmm…so if you guys need warlike beings?" Mike looks at the others pleading, "Can I give them Hussar, can I??"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 12:39pm

"So, what you're saying is that you need people to help you protect your weapon."

I was willing to help….


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 12:41pm

Deathbird looks at Nico for a moment.

"Your leader has proposed an alternate strategy: destroying the weapon. It is capable of destroying a planet, and therefore this planet. However, that requires a sentient form to trigger the weapon."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 12:42pm

«Bah, sorry. I'm back now…»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 12:42pm

«No probs. Soliloquize away.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 12:44pm

Mike goes google eyed, "Uhm…doesn't that seem like a bad idea? Blowing up a planet can't be all that good for the solar system. Even I know that much! The destruction of Praxis almost wiped out the Klingon Home world!"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 12:45pm

Nicolette explained everything she had gleamed from the conversation with the ruins' inhabitants…

«I'd need to read back if if I had to write it out… I'm too forgetful.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 13, 2007, 12:45pm

"Well…what does sentient mean, exactly?" Heard the word a few times before, never got the meaning. "I could have Golem do it, or Seed could just use his plants. Heck, the Juber has, like…a hundred cleaning robots going around or something; I doubt we'd miss one."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 12:46pm

I glare at Mike.

"Everyone knows that Alderaan was more important than Praxis."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 12:47pm

Deathbird nods slightly at Mike.

"Yes, not only would it have larger repercussions on the environment of this area, there is also the vain desire to not destroy the last vestiges of our culture. However, this solar system is uninhabited, unlike this…Praxis? Where was this planet located? We may have another designation for it, and can better determine the long term effects."

"As for the definition of sentients, it must be a living being with a form. A form we can trust. There do not seem to be many of those that deserve to be sacrificed."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 12:49pm

Mike looks at the being. He actually walks over and hugs "Deathbird." "You might be the only creature ever to actually listen to me! Thanks for that! It's from a movie."

"Yeah, I am not big on the whole, destroying the only remains of an alien civilization."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 12:51pm

«No response to my Alderaan comment? COME ON MAN!! XD»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 12:52pm

"A movie? What is this? What is the designation of Alderaan? We could observe that planet as well."

Deathbird seems very confused, by both that and the hug.

"We have precious few options. Neither the Kree nor the Shi'ar can be trusted with the weapon, and we have come to agree with your leader: we should not arbitrarily sacrifice young sentients to power the seal. She had recommended the planet devourer, but that would have similar effects to destroying the planet."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 12:53pm

"Maybe someone of Galactus' power would be able to destroy the weapon but spare the planet…" mused Nicolette, "Of course, I see no reason why he'd do that when he could just consume it."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 12:54pm

"Alderaan is from another movie…" I say quietly.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 12:55pm

Mike bows his head for a moment of silence, "Jimmy Smits…we hardly knew you…"

"All right…I have a really odd idea here…could we cloak the planet?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 12:56pm

"The seal did…cloak the planet, until recently. However, it requires the sacrifice of impure sentients, a price none seemed willing to pay."

Deathbird considers.

"What is your attachment to these Shi'ar and Kree? Why your desire to save them? They are impure."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 13, 2007, 12:57pm

"Can't just launch the weapon into the sun, I suppose.

As for remnants of your civilization…we could take as much as possible in records and artifacts aboard the ship…

As for why? Because all life deserves the opportunity to live."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 13, 2007, 12:58pm

"Yeah. It's kind of our job, too."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 1:00pm

Mike thinks, "Damn…I was hoping we could use the Kree ship's cloaking device. Fake some way of making the planet look like it was destroyed and cloak the place, bickety bam!"

Mike sighes, "Hey, I'm the heart of the team, not the brain!"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 13, 2007, 1:01pm

"Hey." I raise my hand. "Uh, maybe, you know, with all this deciding…maybe if you show us what the weapon actually looks like, that'll help us figure something out."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 1:01pm

"The weapon must be activated by a sentient. We are loathe to remove it from the planet, because once it leaves orbit, we have no means of stopping the Kree or Shi'ar from retrieving it. That would defeat what we sacrificed for."

Deathbird shakes her head.

"You do not understand. These sentients that we have imprisoned desired to use the weapon for revenge, or to use the weapon to create more similar weapons. These activities cannot be allowed."

Then she looks at Roxanne.

"We refuse to allow any sentient to view the weapon. That information may be used later."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 1:02pm

Mike sighes, "Besides, it would be major league bad karma. We have enough bad luck lately…" Mike says softly, "The future already is dark enough, why make it worse…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 1:03pm

"What exactly is the weapon?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 1:03pm

"You never did really answer my question from earlier… How urgent do you have it? Like I said, what's a blink of an eye for you might be quite a while for us…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 1:05pm

Deathbird glares at Seed.

"We will not reveal information on the weapon to sentients! You are already lucky your leader convinced us that you should not suffer the fate of the impure!"

Then she turns to Nico.

"If we are to allow the Shi'ar and Kree to leave, the weapon would be defenseless the moment we did so. If we did not…perhaps…approximately two centuries."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 1:08pm

I take a moment to glare at Nicolette.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 13, 2007, 1:08pm

"What…exactly, do you use for energy?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 1:10pm

"The life energy of sentients."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 13, 2007, 1:11pm

"Ah. I just had hoped since weapons apparently are disabled, you might have 'eaten' their power supply.

Any kind of sentient, or does it have to be a humanoid?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 13, 2007, 1:13pm

Think, think, think… "This isn't really fair. I mean, you want us to help you, we want to help you, but you're not telling us things that would really make it easy for us to help you."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 1:13pm

"We were able to use the weapon power supplies to amplify our power enough to take the first sentients since the original pact, which is a minimal use of our power, and we barely managed that. Impure sentients are our preferred power source."

Then she turns to Roxanne.

"Our preference is help, yes, however, if all else fails, each of you, while largely pure, is impure enough that we could source the power if required."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 13, 2007, 1:14pm

"Can we have our ship send down….space…cows, or something, to power you?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 1:15pm

"What race are you exactly?"

We need more information than they're giving us.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 1:15pm

"Space cows? And I still want to nominate Hussar!"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 13, 2007, 1:17pm

Okay, that disturbed me a little. "Nicolette," I whisper her way. "Did…did it sound like she just said that they'd keep us here if we don't come up with something? 'Cause that's what it sounded like to me."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 1:19pm

"Cows are not sentients. At least, culling from your memories. One of you has very strangely significant memories of cows."

Deathbird makes it a point not to make eye contact after saying that.

"As for our race…as near as we can determine, after the decision to encapsulate the weapon, after it largely split the empire and returned us to the bare minimum technological levels…our divided empire found two homes, very distant."

She pauses.

"One of them, you would know as Chandilar. One of them, you would know as Hala."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 1:19pm

Two centuries… They must have been there for an incredibly long while already.

Nicolette thought about the matter long and hard. She didn't reply to Roxanne with more than a glance - she didn't want to disconcert her overly.
"I think I have an idea," she said slowly, "I can't say anything about the Kree and the Shi'ar scientists at the moment. If they're necessary, we can't exactly take them away… I propose this: we go back and try to convince our superiors of some kind of prison reform. Wouldn't it be perfect if all major criminals from the Shi'ar Empire would be sent here to protect the weapon?"

She frowned.
"The only problem is… I don't think I could convince the Shi'ar to give up on trying to get to the weapon. I'm not sure if they'd see reason, even if it was made clear that any attempts would fail and all researchers would be captured as well…"

This new bit of information about Chandilar and Hala came as a mild shock. She had to wonder if people were aware of this… If not, it seemed like something for the history books.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 13, 2007, 1:20pm

"…Well, congratulations. Those are your people in there then."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 1:21pm

"Took the words right out of my mouth, Rapt."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 1:22pm

"We are aware of the coincidental ancestry. And it saddens us. It shows that our effort to purify our race by hiding the weapon failed."

She considers Nico's proposal.

"The other problem with that is that it requires us to give certain information to the Shi'ar which will enable them to continue to stop by the planet to check the defenses for weaknesses. It will also likely cause them to merely notate the position and return in two centuries."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 1:25pm

"Not to mention, it's the most horrible thing I have ever heard of! Even criminals deserve better than being trapped in a coma…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 1:26pm

"It is not precisely a coma. In fact, the bulk of the time is quite enjoyable."

Deathbird looks meaningfully at Seed.

"Regardless, the Kree feel the Shi'ar would execute them if they left here alive. Surely, our fate is better than execution?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 13, 2007, 1:27pm

"Its the same thing though. You'll be killing them sooner or later, won't you?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 1:27pm

"That's not the point, Rapt. They can be happy here…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 1:27pm

"It would give even irredeemable and unrepentant mass murderers a chance to do something good," said Nicolette thoughtfully, "But it doesn't matter… It wouldn't work."
She sighed.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 1:30pm

Mike shakes his head, "That doesn't work for me at all…I'd rather have a real Amelia hate me than an imaginary one love me forever."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 1:31pm

"You don't understand, Mike…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 1:31pm

"Living in an illusion is certainly a torture… but it's not a worse prison than an ordinary one."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 1:35pm

"There does not appear to be a mutually agreeable solution. And the time is soon coming where the first ones will be unable to recorporate. We wish there were an easier solution, but we cannot find one. Destruction of the lot of you, and the two teams, is regrettable, but a small price to pay to protect planets from destruction."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 1:36pm

Mike looks at Seed, "Dude, we can compare sob stories another time."

"Take us back to the main chamber."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 13, 2007, 1:37pm

Oh, crap.

"Nononono!" I take Deadbird's hand and give it a yank, putting on my best cute face. "You don't have to kill us…um…I'll stay and detonate the thingie."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 1:37pm

"No, you absolutely won't!" said Nicolette in her leader-voice.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 13, 2007, 1:38pm

((Where's Dark Phoenix when you need her…))

"So, you'd rather murder us, than actually take a risk and possibly have things change." Rapt's words are a flat statement, not a question.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 1:38pm

"Very well," says Deathbird. "The sacrifice of this one is acceptable."

Everyone except Roxanne is back in the main chamber, with Sharl-Tonn but none of the other Kree or Shi'ar.

The crystals along the walls have very pale images of the Kree and Shi'ar, almost transparent. The main crystal in the center contains Roxanne, with her eyes closed, seemingly dead.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 13, 2007, 1:39pm

Oh, man…I might have seriously messed up, here.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 1:40pm

"No," hissed Nicolette, "She doesn't know what she's saying. She's too young to do this…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 1:41pm

"SHIT! SHIT! SHIT!!" Mike looks at Prime, "What do we do now??"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 1:41pm

Sharl-Tonn raises his head.

"What just happened? Why are we back here?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 1:41pm

"No! You are not taking her!"

I know they can hear me.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 1:43pm

A ghostly voice intones: "We have accepted the terms proposed. Your ships will be able to transport you before the planet is destroyed, but not yet."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 1:43pm

"No, give her back…take me instead."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 1:44pm

Nicolette zipped over to the big crystal in the blink of an eye, but didn't dare do anything. As futile as it most likely would have been, even punching the crystal seemed idiotic.

"She said the words lightly," she muttered, "She didn't think it through. Let her go."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 1:44pm

The voice intones: "It is not our choice. Your leader may choose between the two options."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 1:45pm

"Nicolette! Tell them to give her back, I'll go."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 1:45pm

Nicolette looked back at Seed defiantly.
"I'm not condemning either of you to your deaths."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 1:46pm

I walk over to her and look directly into her eyes.

"Tell them to take me." I say seriously


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 1:46pm

«Typical Hav mission. Teammates tripping over themselves to die.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 1:46pm

"Great…so kill us or kill them. That seems like a hell of a choice!" Mike is looking around the room for any other option.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 13, 2007, 1:47pm

[Sheesh, these guys don't mess around. >_>; Wasn't expecting that to happen at all…]


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 1:47pm

«Kalvin is completely willing to die so Roxanne can live.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 1:47pm

«Fuck that, I know you'd take me up on it, so I ain't taking the chance »


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 1:47pm

Sharl-Tonn looks around, confused.

"Is it too much to ask what is going on here?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 1:48pm

"Kalvin, I'll say this in the nicest possible way… You're too sick with grief to make a sound decision. You're NOT going to throw your life away."
She looked around in the chamber, speaking to the protectors.
"What about the Kree and the Shi'ar? Isn't one of them willing to do it?"
It was a horrible thought, but she'd rather sacrifice one of them than one of her teammates. Her eyes rested on Sharl-Tonn.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 1:49pm

"Cliff notes version, Weapon needs people are energy source to keep it safe. Using Kree and Shi'ar for it, but their batteries are running low. We can either blow the planet up killing your crewmen or sacrifice ourselves to power the planet. And now our youngest has sacrificed herself!"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 1:49pm

Sharl-Tonn stares back at Nicolette.

"I do not understand, even after these…notes from Cliff."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 1:51pm

I keep staring at her.

"If it comes down to being one of us or Roxanne, I would rather it be me that her."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 1:52pm

Nicolette zipped over to face Sharl-Tonn, ignoring Seed.
"The guardians of this weapon are… weakening. They want either more sentients to strengthen the defense of this place, or a single sentient to destroy it. One of us sacrificed herself…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 1:53pm

Sharl-Tonn pauses for a moment.

"No one will doubt the mettle of a Kree soldier. And this requires the sacrifice of one, yes? And is there a possibility of freeing my crew?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 13, 2007, 1:53pm

"I think I have a solution…without any of us dying.

Adam.

He can split off whatever parts will grow back…hair, fingernails, …skin, even, and activate it."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 1:54pm

It was a chance. Nicolette wasn't going to hesitate.
"Yes, they'd be freed."
No need to bring up the Shi'ar…


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 1:57pm

Sharl-Tonn nods.

"I have conditions."

He puts one finger up.

"You do not inform the Shi'ar of my crew. I wish to protect them from execution."

He puts a second finger up.

"At least one Shi'ar perishes on this planet."

He puts a third finger up.

"Any time the story is told, I sacrificed to prevent this weapon from falling into Shi'ar hands."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 1:57pm

"What about a Golem?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 1:59pm

«As for Freaktada/Golem options, I doubt they can control those things from the distance you'd have to be from the planet.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 13, 2007, 2:01pm

[Golem's range is up to about four, five miles, but still not far enough. I'm not sure about Freaktada's range, though…that's actually a good question.]


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 13, 2007, 2:01pm

((This is what happens when a species skips stopwatches/timers during their technological evolution.))


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 2:01pm

«Fair enough »

Mike is really hesistant to let anyone sacrifice themselves…but is there a lot of other options? "I am not happy with that plan, but I don't see a better one coming anytime soon…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 2:02pm

"A golem isn't sentient…" said Nicolette off-handedly, "and Roxanne can't create one right now either. As for Adam… I don't think he could control his limbs from a range that would still let him survive. Supposing just a hand counts as a sentient…"

She kept her gaze on Sharl-Tonn.

"I won't tell my superiors if need be. We'd let them get back into your ship quietly. However, I can't control the Shi'ar team here. One of them will have to make a choice like you did…"
She frowned even more than she already was.
"In a way, you would prevent it from falling into Shi'ar hands… but it's not our story to tell, is it?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 2:05pm

"The Shi'ar do have mission logs, right? Reports to your superiors? I wish it to be known that a single Kree sabotaged this weapon. A single Kree. I'm willing to make the exception of no Shi'ar death, if this is known."

Sharl-Tonn smiles.

"I want them to know they were foiled by a single Kree."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 2:05pm

«I'll be back in a little while.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 2:07pm

Nicolette looked at Sharl-Tonn rather darkly, before smiling back weakly.
"I'll sing a fucking song for you myself if you do this," she said. "But how do we keep your team's presence here secret if we talk about you honestly?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 2:08pm

Sharl-Tonn shrugs.

"We evacuate them first, and let the Shi'ar think they died in the machine."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 13, 2007, 2:09pm

((Back later))


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 2:11pm

It was strange… The first thing Nicolette thought of was making sure they'd tweak the story so they wouldn't look incompetent. She felt a little shame, but suppressed it quickly.

«Hmmm… What about the Shi'ar crewman who flew the transport?»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 2:13pm

«He's still chillin' by the transport. Or she. I forget which gender I made it. But he only saw one Kree.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 2:18pm

Mike grumbles, "All right, can we stop negotiating here and get Roxie off planet." I really could care less how this guy's story gets told after he's gone.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 2:18pm

Sharl-Tonn walks up to the crystal.

"I will exchange myself for the girl. Their leader agrees."

Nothing happens yet, and he looks over his shoulder at Prime.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 2:20pm

"What now? You want a goodbye party?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 2:21pm

Nicolette was looking serious again, and she made sure to look Sharl-Tonn in the eye.
"Do you have… someone you want to say goodbye to? A message? I'll try to deliver it to the best of my ability, even if it might take a while…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 2:30pm

"My arrangements are taken care of, but the machine is not accepting me."

Sharl-Tonn shrugs.

"I suppose you should bid farewell to the girl."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 2:31pm

"Why the hell not? What are you trying to pull here?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 2:32pm

Sharl-Tonn rounds on Chi angrily.

"I am trying to pull nothing. Kree warriors are not deceptive. I have stated my intentions, and the machine has not accepted me."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 2:35pm

Mike frowns, "This makes no sense!!!"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 2:40pm

Sharl-Tonn shrugs.

"It makes no sense to me, either. And were we not forced to comraderie by the situation, I would execute you for impugning the honor of the glorious Kree."

Somehow, he makes the sentence sound…friendly?


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 13, 2007, 2:42pm

[Got to leave to pick up my brother, be back soon.

Oh, and ten bucks says this guy is a Skrull. <_<]


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 2:44pm

Mike scowls, "Yeah, lucky us." Mike touches the crystal, "YO! What's wrong with this guy?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 2:45pm

«Back.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 2:45pm

«well, the name was a dead give away than something was odd about him, but I wasn't calling Hav on it, until now»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 13, 2007, 2:46pm

«Recap? Pretty please?»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 2:46pm

Mike gets sucked into the Crystal, and joins the Kree and Shi'ar on the periphery (although he isn't as transparent).

It's the Guggenheim Museum now.

"Yes?" says Amelia.

«Let's see. Said Skrull accidentally since you guys got them on my mind, did the wrong Shi'ar plural, and didn't end parentheses. That's like a record amount of typos for three sentences from me.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 2:48pm

«RECAP:

All the team ended up together, by Prime's suggestion, in the glen with Madrock. Seed wasn't happy about it because he truly wanted to be in the illusion world. The entity appeared as Deathbird, talked about the situation a little, and revealed that the race that formerly lived here is the ancestors of both the Shi'ar and the Kree. They discussed many options for going forward, in the end, Roxanne said she'd sacrifice herself, which the entity found acceptable.

Prime and Seed tried to contest this, but they had been kicked out of the crystal, along with the rest of the team. Sharl-Tonn, the Kree from earlier, was also there. Prime talked him into swapping with Madrock, but the crystal isn't accepting it.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 2:53pm

Mike smiles at Amelia, "Hi, sweetie! I miss you." Mike shakes his head, "All right, spill the beans. What was wrong with that last guy? He seemed perfectly willing to destroy the weapon, and we can take as much of the artifacts off the planet as possible. It's not ideal, but I don't see much other choice. Rox is too young, and the everlasting has fixed his canon against self-slaughter, so I am out."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 2:53pm

"Mike!? Oh Jesus Christ…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 2:56pm

"The Kree? How can we trust the warrior race? We have no reason to trust him. He is impure. Why would we believe that he would detonate the weapon instead of keeping it?"

She shrugs.

"Also, we're currently undecided on whether we want our descendents to be publicly known. Do you think it would cause more problems than it would solve?"

«Again a major typo. Read what I'm thinking, not what I'm saying.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 2:59pm

«LOL, Mike was pissed when he touched the panel, he didn't look like he was going to kill himself, he looked ready to kick some alien ass »


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 3:02pm

Mike frowns, "Crap…that's a good question. I can break both his legs to make sure he can't leave? No wait, more practical solution. How about a member of the Shi'ar is left here to supervise. You know they won't work together to steal the weapon. They are both proud races, and neither would be to happy to find out one of their people carried out this kind of deception."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 3:05pm

"That is an acceptable solution. We will find one Shi'ar to sacrifice."

Amelia shrugs slightly.

"I will send you back out to discuss the historical matter. Please have your leader give your final recommendation clearly and verbally."

Mike and Roxanne are back out, Sharl-Tonn is in. But Roxanne looks drained, almost unable to stand erect.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 3:06pm

"Oh thank god."

I pick up Roxanne, she doesn't look like she can stand on her own.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 13, 2007, 3:08pm

«As good a time to re-insert Nadia as ever…»

I run over to Roxy (being held by Kal) to see if she's okay… but it doesn't really seem so. Turning to Mike I ask, "What's going on now?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 3:12pm

Mike looks at the Kree, "They don't trust him to do it alone. I Solomoned it. I suggested One Kree, one Shi'ar to make sure they both stick to the plan. The thing seemed to agree with me."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 3:16pm

«I have to go to a meeting, Mike wants to help preserve the history of the planet, but you guys can handle the rest »


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 3:21pm

"What about the Shi'ar? Would they get to decide for themselves?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 3:27pm

Mike shrugs, "I think they'll go for it. If nothing else, just to make spite the Kree."

«all right, my last post. See ya all later.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 13, 2007, 3:29pm

Ouch. Ouchouchouchouch.

"Aw, man…" I groan, waking up in Kalvin's arms…hurting all over. "What'd I miss?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 3:29pm

Nicolette hovered over to them.
"Are you all right?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 3:30pm

«Because Mike never addressed it…»

The voice comes back.

"The Shi'ar have made a decision. We will return the remainder of both to your custody at the appropriate time. However, we need a recommendation on one matter from you. Would revealing the historical significance of this planet's race cause more problems than it would solve?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 13, 2007, 3:31pm

Still keeping an eye on Roxanne, I take in what Mike said. There's no doubt in my mind that I'm happy to have Roxy back, but there's no way that the knowledge that two people have to die for this going to allow said happiness to show. Balancing few lives against many, destroying a planet, sacrifices…

I think I'm in over my head…

"Mike talked them into letting you go, Nico talked Sharl-Tonn into taking your place, but they want a Shi'ar as well because they don't trust him to do it alone…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 13, 2007, 3:31pm

"Yeah…yeah, I'm fine. Just sleepy. Last thing I remember is…" I rub my head, trying to recall. "Ouch."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 3:32pm

"Do you think you can stand on your own, or do you want me to keep holding you?"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Last Hero on Mar 13, 2007, 3:34pm

"Yeah…yeah, I can stand."

I do. Though I'm a little wobbly.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 13, 2007, 3:40pm

Cause more trouble than it would solve? Times like this I wish I knew more about Shi'ar-Kree relations other than that the former owns the latter… I know it would be a, well, shitstorm if we were talking about the Kree and the Skrulls. But what would come of it if it became public knowledge that the Shi'ar and Kree descend from the same race?

My head hurts.

"I suppose that it would be incredibly idealistic to hope that the planet's historical significance could in anyway smooth things over between the Shi'ar and Kree…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 3:44pm

"Perhaps only Empress Lilandra should be told. She's the one who should have the decision…"


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Nadia "Osmosis Lass" Johansson on Mar 13, 2007, 3:54pm

"Hm. The Empress does seem to have the wise and trustworthy thing down pat. Then again, I'm bouncing between not knowing whether this sort of decision should be in one person's hands and the realization that if she isn't qualified… who is?"

We certainly shouldn't be. Definitely in over our heads.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 13, 2007, 3:57pm

"I agree with only the Empress. And I assume Gladiator, as he will demand it. As for if telling will cause a problem…

People will believe it if it suits them. They won't, if they don't like it. Regardless, we should see about getting a message about it to the Kree leader as well as the Majestrix."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 3:57pm

"This is acceptable. No artifacts are to be taken. The information will be revealed solely to the Shi'ar leader who will determine whether the information should be disseminated more fully. We do not trust this…Supreme Intelligence."

The remainder of the Shi'ar and Kree teams are removed from the crystal. They all look like they need serious medical attention. Shortly thereafter, everyone (on the Shi'ar side of things) is…beamed up?

Hussar is standing in the transport room, looking slightly agog. The shuttle pilot is here too, looking around strangely.

"This is the strangest thing Hussar has even seen…planet disappears, contact is lost, planet reappears with atmospheric disturbance gone, team is beamed aboard by outside source, atmospheric disturbance reappears."

She pages for a medical team, then pauses for a moment.

"Prepared for another shuttle ride to surface? One team member missing."


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Rapt "Roc"/Fragment/Fraternity on Mar 13, 2007, 4:01pm

Rapt starts to say something, then stops, and waits for the person chosen to be in charge to respond.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Kalvin "Apex" Richmond on Mar 13, 2007, 4:03pm

I look towards Nicolette, I don't feel right saying anything.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by Prime on Mar 13, 2007, 4:11pm

Nicolette calmly floated towards Hussar. She didn't look at her teammates.
"Things aren't that easy, I'm afraid. The one last team member had to stay… We can't go back to retrieve them. In fact, we should be getting further away…"
She gave Hussar a relatively detailed overview of the events. The edited version, of course.

«On another day, I might write this out, but I'm feeling tired today… Sorry.»


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by The Sacred Digits on Mar 13, 2007, 4:14pm

«It's cool. I was going to wrap it here anyway, since I need to get gone like five minutes ago. Debriefing to come tomorrow, but it should be just like the typical mission logs.»

The Juber flies away, fast. The planet explosion isn't nearly as cool as A New Hope would have you believe.


Re: New Mutants…IN SPACE!!! #1: An Old Hope
Post by K'lar on Mar 13, 2007, 5:03pm

«Ha! Mike saved the day!!! Roxie owes me big time»


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