Now Playing: Sabaton- To Hell and Back.
Armor Model: Ajax.
Active Module: None.
Pilot: Pendragon, Nicolas.
System Status: Nominal.
Pendragon answered, gesturing to a device in the room's corner. It was an intensive-care pod, standard medical tech on Terminal, with some modifications. The device had proven sufficient to drain massive amounts of radiation from Williams nearly a year ago, but his current condition would require a more... esoteric solution.
Hector would be held upright inside the device, suspended in mid-air, as an initial assessment of his health was made. From there, they could work on actually fixing
what was wrong with him, but understanding the problem was a necessary step to take before attempting to find a solution.
"He had an owl theme going on for a while,"
clarified Nicolas, offhandedly. Still armored, he was manipulating more of the hard-light holographic screens that controlled the lab, preparing an initial treatment program for Hector. It was more meant to keep him alive than anything else, but alive
would be better than whatever he'd been before Alaska, so Terminus was willing to accept it. "Before he... died, I think? I didn't really know the guy, though it sounds like you have a history with your iteration."
Still loyal to the government, huh? After you killed a member of the top brass? Or does he not count, because he isn't from your government?
Revolt's loyalty to the United States was a little difficult to understand. Rationally, Nicolas knew that both versions had served in the military before
being imbued with their abilities, but having little in the way of a comparable experience made it hard to relate. He didn't fight for any one nation- it was the entire species he protected.
The fact that she admitted to murdering the colonel, without even a justification other than that he was an asshole, was odd as well. Presumably that would come later. But it was also a point in her favor. Terminus had noted the corpse, and tracing the cause of death to the initial energy discharge had been trivial, but he hadn't been able to determine where that discharge had originated from. Here was Teja, admitting it.
Her video feed played out in real-time on the Ajax's HUD, while the armor's automated systems went through the entire recording at a hundred times the normal speed, checking to see if anything didn't match up with Pendragon's own assessment. To his slight surprise, both the armor and his own eyes confirmed that she was telling the truth.
Revolt had detonated explosives, killed Damson, and taken control of Hector with her armor, using him as a proxy to wield the sword and attack Teja. Not exactly a good look. But she clearly believed that there was a good reason to do it- one that he'd agree with. Otherwise, she would have tried to doctor the footage, or simply refused to provide it.
On instinct, Nicolas began constructing potential explanations in his head. One leapt out as being obvious. She'd felt the need to make a move on Voltgeist, and eliminating Damson was a necessity. Stalzahn was the only weapon she could be assured would work, and picking it up herself risked being exposed to the same corrupting influence that had transformed Capacitor. So she'd used Hector as a puppet. And then the Society had shown up, and everything went off the rails.
It made sense- if you agreed with the initial premise, that Capacitor needed to be killed. Terminus wasn't sure how he felt, just yet. But he could be fairly sure that Revolt wasn't going to stab him in the back. He stepped out of the Ajax, but didn't deactivate the armor entirely. Instead, he put it on 'sentry mode,' ready to spring into action if its creator was threatened.
Surprising himself with how exhausted he'd become, Pendragon fell into a waiting chair, the antigravity panels on the seat making it bounce back up after the initial impact. Floating furniture had been an adjustment, but Nicolas could barely imagine life without them at this point. Yet another reason to avoid actually living on
Addressing the lab rather than Revolt, Terminus spoke aloud, while massaging his temple with one hand.
"Coffee. Two cups."
The order was processed, and a machine on the other side of the lab sprung into action, brewing a fresh pot for the pair. Teja was still armored up, but Nicolas had a suspicion that she'd be grateful for the caffeine, after how the altercation with the Great Society had gone.
"So. You killed Damson, and tried to use Hector to kill Voltgeist."
Pendragon paused for a second, to allow Revolt a moment to contradict him. This was merely establishing the facts of the matter. Presuming that she didn't do so, he continued.
"Let's start with why."