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Post by Carbon » Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:17 pm

"No matter," Carbon replied, nodding calmly. "My technology should be able to access the system easily." In this case, his 'tech' was simply his own brain, which would attempt to brute-force the password. If any indication was given that there were a limited number of allowed attempts, he'd cease, but otherwise, he could input every possible combination for the maximum and minimum amount of characters in roughly thirty seconds.

To conceal the fact that a cable was literally extending from his arm, the A.I. Ace adjusted his holographic 'sleeve,' to hide the device. He produced another device- again, entirely holographic- from his jacket, and pressed it to the screen. A green progress bar indicated that 'it' was 'working,' and when he was done, he had it fill entirely. Placing 'it' back in his 'pocket,' he nodded.

"Now. Let's see what's taken control of the building, and if we can't shut it down."

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Post by Reyn » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:22 pm

It was a strange sight, seeing castle walls spring up in the middle of a parking lot, but robots weren't exactly the best at recognising such things. Sure, it was unusual; pattern recognition had told them that parking lots and castles don't really go together (not on this side of the Atlantic, anyway), but pattern recognition had also told them that Super Hero Bad. The unusual was supposed to be taken at face value; which, in the case of the castle walls, meant that they must be taken as genuine. If they just ignored all strange things and passed them off as sensor errors, then they wouldn't be learning anything, would they?

Wait, learning? Perhaps that was a bit of a stretch; the robots didn't seem to be learning anything other than a painful lesson in how NOT to gun down civilians at a popular shopping hotspot and leisure destination. Okay, maybe they were learning other things as well. Some of them were learning that guns could also damage robots (two of them were hit square in the silicon skull, causing them to go haywire). Some of them were learning how to fit through a corridor (side-by-side, right in the line of fire). And some, as it happened, seemed to be learning what a laser did.

It cut them in half.

Four of them.

(That's eight robo-chunks, for those counting along at home.)

Unfortunately, this luck wasn't to last. A bullet, shot at random by one of the ones that had its head caved in, was on course to hit the castle walls... when it seemed to phase through. Now, if these had been ordinary robots, this wouldn't have been an issue; not all of them were looking at that particular bit of wall at that particular point in time, so not all of them should have the illusion shattered for them... but that wasn't what happened. No, as soon as one of them clocked that the walls were less than genuine, the entire group seemed to know that as well. So, with the apparent obstruction apparently gone, they continued their march upwards. Only a few stopped to shoot at their attackers, and the majority of those shots missed. Perhaps they were just shooting at the parking lot walls to see if those were fake as well.





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"That's not what standard alerts look like." The guard said with a worried tone "I've seen them before, and they do not look like that. I... should I go? Sorry, I don't mean to be distracting you, sir. I'm afraid I'm a little outta my depth..."

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Post by illirica » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:49 pm

"Did you just... those aren't real?" Prism looked over to her 'support character,' impressed. "That was awesome." Like, totally awesome. For a little while, the robots were confused enough that her laser took out four of them, which was more robots than Prism had ever taken down in her entire life.

The robots decided to shoot back, and Prism ducked reflexively, but apparently they'd downloaded the official Stormtrooper Accuracy kit or something, because none of the shots hit. Of course, that still left the robots moving towards the mall.

"Hey," she said, nudging Fire Fox, "Can you do that again? Because I've got an idea.."

The robots had obviously figured out that they could go right through the walls, right? And they'd figured out that lasers were bad, so they probably wouldn't walk right into a laser. But, as Prism pointed out to her partner, if they could disguise the lasers inside the walls, the robots might just walk right into them! And if it didn't work, there would still be lasers, right?

She let Fire Fox get started first, so she could hide her work behind an illusion, and focused light again - this time, not into a beam to shoot at something, but into a beam that stayed in one place. It was actually really hard, because light wanted to move, and it wanted to move fast - so Prism had to keep bouncing it back and forth along its line, keeping it hidden in Fire Fox's illusion work.

Hopefully it'd do some good, because she didn't think she could handle anything else while she concentrated on that.

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Post by LunaHawk » Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:52 pm

That seemed like a pretty good idea actually. She spun her flute and brought it to her lips and paused for a moment. It didn't need a command word because the illusion didn't need to be believed, it only need to distract and conceal. The greater illusion of her surrounding walls earlier fell away and she played a few light notes. A new wall erupted between them and the robots just as Prism had suggested, now it would be up to Prism to do the rest.

She lowered the flute and smiled. This was much better than the fight at the bank, it pushed her cleverness by forcing her to use her illusions against things inherently good at detecting them. She was also working with a front line hero, exactly what her powers were meant to do. This was much better, yes.

The part of her that thought she should just drop the Fire Fox act and jump into the robot horde and feast was small but present. The Numinous and Prism's influence could supress her animal side, but it could never make it go away. As the hunger sought to make its pressence known the fox at her heart bared its clever little fangs and made the hunger go sit in the corner for now. There was time for that later.

Now was the time to be...Numinous.

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Post by Magnetar » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:45 pm


The battle was joined. Magnetar allowed himself only a nod in the general direction of his crowbar-wielding ally, his eyes turning back to the threats. His powerful hammer had knocked one out of the fight, but others still stood. As usual, his soul-bound tool soared back into his grip, crackling with lightning as it did so.

Mere implements of destruction, he thought derisively, eyeing the androids.

The Thunderstruck Man leaped forward across the atrium, landing with his empty hand wrapped around one of their heads. In his massive palm the thing's white skull was like an egg, both in size and durability. He squeezed, bringing it in close to his face.

"Tell me the name of your master!" he growled, his own stormy eyes boring deep through the machine's photoreceptors, his vice-like grip threatening to implode the simulacrum's head.


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Post by Lord of Nothing » Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:33 am

He rolled as bullet holes appeared where he was, where he could go and where he would be. They fired randomly as walls simply seemed to rise from the ground like eruptions of stone. He jumped towards them with crowbar in hand in some attempt to scale the thing as it shot up. However, what he got when he jumped towards the wall to try to ascend it.

He rolled and got merely aspalt as the illusion shattered in his face. And just like that, he was right back into the mix, running to the stained bodies of robots and picking up their weapons. As the bullets flung themselves from the walls. He ran through another wall, within the illusion and he focused on the things his senses were attuned to.

Blood.

No illusion and no bullets can mask the sound of the thunderously beating heart. One of which pumped with great vigor.

"A futile effort. An automaton feels no fear. I smell none from it. It is a soulless machine."

He lands near the man and...follows him in the sense of constantly orienting himself so that rounds would hit the man and not him. He watched the bullets fly wildly about and from this,he gained their positions. While he'd bypassed the illusion they remained entrapped.

"The objective is straightforward, destroy them all. before they enter."

And like that the man was gone, off into the fray with his metal bar in one hand and assault rifle in the other.

His movements became fluid, and brutally simple. Charging an opponent from a run made for extreme force and extreme vulnerability. But he choose where he ran carefully and remained low by the cars to minmize his exposure. Then he'd appear on the outskirts of their format. He swung at one with one arm and let the momentum carry him into a spin. Vampires weren't very vulnerable to being dizzy or even dazed at all. It made it easy to sweep through others with assault rifle fire. And then after that? Move on to the next one. There where many entrances to any mall.

Work from the outside and move in. The two did well to cover the area, though he was unsure of whether or not the two girls were indeed, bulletproof.
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Post by Reyn » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:15 pm

It was shaping up to be a pretty awful day for these poor, idiotic robots.

A second set of castle walls rose up, fooling their sensors as perfectly as the first one had. Evidently, what little they had learned before hadn't had enough time to process, as they were, once again, stranded. The exact same process happened again; one of them shot the wall by mistake, and the rest soon learned that these ones were fake as well. So... the plan worked fine, it just took a little longer than expected. That's what you get when you're working with stupid, good-for-nothing, mindless, foolish... well, you get the idea.

Actually, let's add 'segmented' to that list of adjectives, at least for some of the horde. As the illusion fell through, a good number of them marched blindly forwards, only to find themselves caught between a rock and a hard light, but the rock wasn't real and the light wasn't hard. What the light was, however, was very good at cutting things. Things including (but not limited to) robots.

Five- that's right, five robots were sliced up.

(That's ten robot slices.)

(I know you're counting.)

The rest stood behind, clearly aware of the hard light behind the now-shattered illusion. They stood and they fired- but, again, their aiming mode was set to 'low-tier NPC in a children's video game', and very few of them hit their mark... although, there seemed to be a sense of impatience to them this time. This was a parking lot, not the main area of the mall! They wanted to go shopping, not stare at cars all day! Shopping for corpses! Of course!

Of all the robots, arguably the one having the worst time of it was the one whose head was being crushed by the big dude with the hammer. He was pulling the heroic 'take me to your leader' act which, in most other situations, would've worked fine. The robots were clearly at a disadvantage, this one had nothing to lose, and there was nothing it could really do to stop this man from squishing its skull like a water balloon full of bolts (it could fire its gun of course; and it tried that... but, of course, it missed). Unfortunately for the hammer-wielding skullsmasher, these robots happened to be of the rare breed that couldn't talk. No matter how much he insisted, he would never be able to get anything out of them aside from hours of limitless, metal-breaking fun and maybe a bullet, if they got lucky.

As for the guy with the crowbar? Well, he was doing as well as you would expect; that is, very well indeed. His gunfire swept through the rows of machines, shattering the skulls of some and the chestplates of others, causing many a robot to fall lifelessly to the ground, their final words tragically drowned out by their lack of conscious thought and the fact that they couldn't speak in the first place.

However, a few had managed to escape all of this. Some were on the outside now, on their way up to the rest of the mall. They turned around to face the attackers, still apparently occupied with slaughtering the group in the parking lot, and they opened fire.

Only this time, their aim was quite a bit better.

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Post by Magnetar » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:37 pm


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Magnetar's brow furrowed in anger, and he shook the bot back and forth. Its pistol went off a few times, bullets ricocheting harmlessly off the pavement. This thing wasn't making any noise other than a few distressed whines.

"Bah!" He spat, crumpling the killer automaton's head in his left hand. Wire and plastic fell to the ground along with the thing's lifeless body, crushed between the fingers of a human-turned-Eldest. Leaving it behind, he turned his attention to the new batch, rushing out to meet the merciless mechanical menace before they could do any more harm.

The Storm King's footfalls were heavy as he bounded out towards the bulk of the bots, his lip curling in disgust at the sight of the machines. Perhaps at the end of the day he'd leave one left intact for the authorities to dissect, so that he could personally bash the head in of the robots' maker.

It was just something about building robots to go and murder people that set him off. This wasn't a rampaging monster just following its instincts, or a natural disaster he could hold back with his hammer; no, this was deliberate and calculated mass murder, and dressed as it may be in the camp of mannequin-like robots with pistols, it was putting people in real danger.

Maybe it was time to up the level of his retaliation - significantly. That would give whoever sent these metal bastards a message. Fear was a potent weapon; evil deserved to be afraid.

"Fall!" he shouted.

KRAKA-THOOM.

For an instant, grey clouds swirled overhead, concentrated above the mall. A moment later, a massive thunderbolt was called down by none other than the Storm King, attracted to his swinging hammer and driven into the pavement at his feet. A cacophony of light and sound accompanied the imprecise strike, the bolt sent outwards to incinerate the spindly drones in his immediate vicinity.

The smell of ozone filled the air, the pavement beneath Magnetar's feat but a smoking crater. Rain began to fall as steam curled from his shoulders, his stormy eyes seeking out new targets.

That'll get his attention.


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Post by LunaHawk » Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:52 pm

"Watch out!" Fire Fox shouted to Prism. In a moment that would have never happened for anyone three months ago, Fire Fox put herself between the aiming robots and Prism's back. She spun her flute as fast as she could like a baton in front of her. Bullets bounced off, flattened against the magical musical instrument but not all of them were deflected. A few bullets passed the instrument and struck home against her chest. Many of these found the clothing to be no less magical than the flute and also flattened against her, dropping to the ground with little pings of metal rain against pavement.

She wasn't immune though, not all of her body was covered by the magical clothing and one bullet tore into her arm and ripped out the other side in a little cloud of blood. The wound wasn't exactly superficial and with it came a burst of pain, but it also wasn't anything resembling life threatening. Her Time Siphon powers were repressed by the Numinous of the Fox while she was in Fire Fox form and that included her defenses. She grimaced in pain and had to shift her flute to her other hand. Thankfully the storm of bullets passed and she no longer had to use herself as a human shield for her...

for Prism.

Why the hell did I do that? The answer that if someone was going to kill her it was damn well going to be her would have worked easily enough before, now though, Sahi wasn't so sure that was it.

She looked back at Prism and ignored the blood running out of the wound in her own arm. She was making sure Prism was ok, and also trying to figure out how else she could fight these robots. Illusions, especially made out in the open, could only be so clever. She assumed they wouldn't fall for the same tricks twice.

"I'm going to try something." Fire Fox said.

She raised her flute.

"భ్రమ" Fire Fox shouted in beautifully fluent Telugu and played the flute. She flung it outward again and manifested another mirage, this one even more convincing than the first. This one had everything, it was tactile, it was solid, it was scented, had thermals, even had internal biological features. It should show up on every possible scan as a living, breathing...huge dragon flying down at the parking lot on beats of mighty wings. Fire Fox breathed hard, panting and out of breath. She leaned back against the doors and tried to catch her breath. Illusion craft could take a lot of energy out of her. Crafting one that had virtually no flaws...that could only be disbelieved by superior intellect or will power rather than an accident...did two things. First, it made her feel as if she'd just run a marathon after not eating for three days and seemed to drain her face of all color, second it made the first line of color on her amulet flash and go dark.

It was worth it though...because this was as close to real as an illusion could get. A strong will, a potent human mind, an extremely observant intelligent might be able to deflect it...but the robots? She doubted it. It came roaring at them and it spit a huge wall of flame down at the nearest cluster of them. The fire would seem as real as the illusion. So long as its target believed the illusion to be real, the fire would do real damage. It was her most clever mirage.

She slid to the ground, feeling weak.

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Post by illirica » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:24 pm

Five robots! That brought Prism's Daily Robot Total to nine. That was definitely more robots than she had ever lasered in the history of, like, ever. Infinitely more, as it turned out. Oh my gosh I just applied something I learned in algebra to real life... I am, like, such a nerd. Boy, I'm glad I didn't say that out loud, I'd totally wreck my image and it'd be a tragedy.

Another guy had joined them Ohmygosh that's the World Forge! He was like, totally famous! He had all sorts of hero credit on the internet. He'd been, like, everywhere - DC, LA, like, all over the place. Apparently he'd been in Solar City once, but, like, of course it had been while she was on vacation? Seriously, her family took one vacation in, like, the ten years she'd lived there, and that was when the big thing happened? So unfair. He was pretty focused on the robots, which was... probably fair. Lightning zapped out, which totally wrecked the parking lot. Prism would have been upset about that, except that the robots were kinda wrecking it anyway, and a wrecked parking lot was probably much better than people getting killed, so it was good that someone was there to help with the robots.

Although, that guy with the crowbar was doing a heck of a good job. Prism had no idea who he was, but he was, like, 11/10 on the robot bashing. Maybe she could talk to him later and ask him his name or something. Not right now, though, 'cause he seemed kinda busy with all the robots. Although she'd totally helped with that, so... hero credit points for her and Fire Fox too, she guessed!

Unfortunately, the problem with having lasered five robots was that there were still more robots. Lots more, as it turned out, and they really didn't seem all that happy about what had just happened. In fact, they seemed, like, really grumpy about it. They'd raised their guns again and started firing, which was a heck of a problem because Prism was pretty sure she wasn't bulletproof. Not that she'd ever tested the theory, but she didn't, like, want to test the theory.

She didn't have to. Fire Fox moved in front of her, spinning her staff, and Prism was really happy that one of them was bullet proof - until some of the bullets tore through Fire Fox's defense, and proved that neither one of them was bullet proof. Oh, no... That was a lot of blood, and that wasn't good at all.

Fire Fox was already doing something, though, putting up her flute and saying something in one of those weird languages that Prism couldn't understand. Another illusion... or was it an illusion? Whatever it was, it was a giant dragon, and it flew out towards the robots as Fire Fox slumped towards the ground.

That changed the situation. Friends first. Always friends first. "We gotta get you... I don't know. Off the front lines. Come on. Let's get you inside the mall, there will be more cover." Her arm went around her friend, helping her to her feet. Need... distraction, so I can get her safely inside.

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She raised a hand again, collecting ambient light - there was plenty of it - and splitting it up into thousands of prismatic colors, turning the area into a crazy disco-dance sort of thing. I am... a one-hero disco-light show! Yeah! It wasn't going to do any damage, but it looked awesome. And it would give her enough time - hopefully - to get Abaya inside.
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