Now Playing: Mick Gordon- Shatterhail.
Armor Model: Terminus.
Active Module: None.
Pilot: Pendragon, Nicolas.
System Status: Online.
Skywatch. The Situation Room.
Terminus arrived without fanfare. His 'guests' followed less than a second after. Aristotle, the Front Line's third member, who'd accompanied him to Krakatoa. Jaeger, the Young Wolf whose goal of separating Capacitor from her cursed Eldest blade was aligned with that of the team. Noctua, the one member of the SOS that Pendragon felt he could still trust. And Total Experience.
Novak was already waiting for them. The Blacksmith had asked him to stay behind and monitor the situation in the volcano. He'd also been the one to bring Total Experience in. At the time, it had seemed like a good idea, but the Chrome Champion had been a nuisance. Rather than assist in containing the threat Capacitor presented, he'd tried fruitlessly to calm tensions between both sides. He would need to learn one important fact of being a hero- that not every conflict could be solved with words alone.
After everyone had adjusted to their new environment, Terminus stepped out of his armor. It stepped out of the room, heading up to the hangar for repairs. It hadn't sustained any damage at Krakatoa, but the heat could play havoc on its delicate internal systems. Regular maintenance was important for such complex technology.
"James. Any luck tracking where Capacitor translocated to? And what's the status of your contact in the DoD?"
The second question was pursuant to something Novak and Pendragon had discussed in private, but he wasn't going to explain to Noctua or Total Experience. They weren't members of the team, and this was a team meeting. If any sensitive information came up, they would have to step out. And when the time came to determine the Front Line's next move, they would need to decide what side they were on.
Next, Nicolas turned to Aristotle. His eyes narrowed.
"McCoy. I was happy to have a government liaison join the team. I believe in accountability. But when we're in the field, you are a member of this team. That means you follow my lead, act on my orders, and keep your opinions to yourself. If you want to do something, you run it by me first. If you have a problem, you bring it up on the private channel, not in front of the opposition. If that doesn't work for you, I'd be happy to drop you back off at boot camp."
Perhaps not the most tactful way to handle that, but Pendragon's blood was running hot, and not merely because he'd been standing at the edge of a volcano moments before. Besides, McCoy had threatened to feed him his own armor. Terminus had high hopes that Novak's brother was more than just a brute, but if violence was the language he preferred to speak, Nicolas would be more than happy to demonstrate his fluency.
Terminus took a seat at the large table in the center of the Situation Room. The walls were dominated by screens from various satellite and news feeds from around the world. At the moment, several of them were still focused on Krakatoa. He gestured for the others to take seats as well. This was much more civilized
than engaging in a shouting match at a volcano's edge.
"Experience, you were quick to intercept what you perceived as an attack, and that's commendable. But there's a difference between an attack and an attempt to disarm. The last time Capacitor used that sword, it was to try and murder Hector Williams. The fact that she's now loose with it means we're going to have to deal with her."
There was also a world of difference between a warning shot
and an attack. Nicolas didn't regret that in the slightest. If Teja hadn't been enough of an idiot to shed her protective gear at a volcano, she wouldn't have gotten hurt. And the Society's advanced healing tech meant that she would be back in peak condition within the hour. After all, they'd been able to easily
restore the two children she'd nearly gotten killed back to full health. The idea that her
recovery would take longer was practically laughable.
the Machinist said, finally facing Jaeger. "You had the right idea, trying to get that sword away from her. But I don't know who you are. How about you explain, and we can go from there?"