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Post by Azra » Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:48 pm

The archer took a moment to just pore herself a cup of coffee, a gesture made to suggest she'd pore a cup for others if wanted. Things were getting s little more personal for a moment so she figured it was best to stay quiet for a time. Let them get some words in. She made note of those mentioned however, what to look out for, be worried for. Smiled a bit when she considered if she should be offended not being mentioned. That mood helped by her thought following it being that most didn't worry about losing a pet rock.

Not that she thought so little of herself, it helped her take it all in however with a more steadfast stance. "I handed over a Prodigy as opposed to an Aegis as it sounds like want to stay in touch over being a member directly. But any input is welcome, as is help. These kind of discussions aren't easy but the capacity to have them is important." Apart of the marksman wondering if a certain selected word might ruffle some feathers.

"Collateral damage should always be a concern though. We're not as invincible as we may think and when we are that can be as helpful as it is dangerous." Things currently felt more between the other two but she felt that needed touched on. The archer had a family that thought itself invincible in the past after all, and her entire career had been placing emphasis on care. Even when they couldn't be hurt, that didn't mean they shattered countless walls in the process.

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Post by Total Experience » Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:39 am

One thing about persons suffering from mental ailments, he knew, was that sometimes everything you did could backfire. Silence could be just as insulting as, say, an actual insult. Showing compassion could be seen as patronizing. Likewise, displaying confidence in the other could be construed as false sympathy. So, when Teja cut right to the heart of the issue, he simply shrugged.

"...just about," he acknowledged, with a small grin.

He nodded as she continued. At least they were on the same page.

Elektra's statement about collateral damage escaped his understanding somewhat. "No, I was - er - I was referring to myself being mostly immune to being accidentally harmed."

Like if someone's powers go out of control, he thought about adding, but that'd be in exceedingly poor taste. He wasn't too worried about offending Capacitor, but he still preferred to be respectful over rude.

"Anyway..."

He tapped his foot for a second.

"I'm sure you've been monitoring the Vegas threat. I plan to be there to confront Blitz if she does make an appearance. I know that Terminus is too, though we're not working as a team. Is the city putting any measures in place to deal with her?"

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Post by Azra » Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:06 pm

Elektra paused briefly as things cleared up on what he'd meant, she didn't think someone would refer to themselves as collateral. Of course everyone had their oddities and things to be concerned about in this line of work. Usually that didn't equate to thinking themself that disposable though, willing to take a hit maybe but the words used there had thrown her off. "So does the metal regenerate then if you do take damage?" If not then naturally the archer would be concerned but for now she figured the actual discussion of a coming mission would take precedence.

"Authorites don't have to much time between now and tommorrow night, they're trying to help get casinos to close or be on alert. Some of course are more compliant than others, I'll be trying to help keep the streets clear of any rioting sparked from Blitz. Ready to also respond to any other crisis that comes up if everyone else is busy." Given the fight Singularity had with the woman the archer didn't want to get involved the arrows she used had the possibility of adding to the situation. So she would focus largely on being a cop that night and trying to keep a look out for anything of note.

The officer in her was hesitant to bring it up, questioning if other information would be more harm then good. She had been pushing for a level of openness and transparency however. "We've also reason to suspect the Lotus Clan may be involved. Noctua during the incident on the train learned they're based out of Vocal Sounds which has conveniently a concert tomorrow night as well. They've an MO for looking to have cover usually split operations or using a situation to their advantage so we'll also be looking into that."

While Elektra knew she wasn't going to likely be in the field for this one she did find herself prideful teams existed and seemed to be working. Was a lot of times heroes seemed to just be on their own, but there was no way to continue contending with criminal activity with that kind of environment. It didn't have to be militant but clearly it worked better being able to come at issues from multiple sides then trying to carry it all on one's shoulders.

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Post by illirica » Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:21 pm

“Given recent...”
Teja hesitated, flexing her hand for a moment, testing the tension in the scars there,
“Ah... tendencies - I’ll be trying to stay out of the fighting areas. I’m going to cover the concert, primarily to gather information, but also to be present in case things get particularly out of hand. If I run ultralight on charge, I should be fine while I’m there in terms of not being a danger to civilians.”
She didn’t mention that being there with almost no charge meant it would be exceptionally difficult to defend herself if it came to that - but that was part of the plan, as well.

If there was a fight, the Society agreed, for the most part, that it would be best if Capacitor wasn’t in it, at least until a few things changed about her current situation. It was... perhaps a necessity, but a regrettable one.
“Noctua and I have had a number of conversations about the Lotus Clan - honestly, they’re... worrying. It’s not what they’re doing overtly, though that’s problematic as well - but there’s been a lot of implication that there’s much more going on behind the scenes, too.”
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She paused, thoughtfully, eyeing the man before her.
“You were there in New York recently as well, weren’t you? The news caught excerpts of you stopping that train. What’s your take on them?”

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Post by Total Experience » Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:00 pm

T.E. nodded his head when Elektra asked him about his regenerative capacity. He didn't feel the need to go into greater detail, though if he did, he could have told her about how it only seemed to regenerate when he was transformed. Ed didn't know the extent of his body's capacity to reform itself after harm, but something told him that regrowing a lost limb was out of the question. Looking at his skin under a microscope while transformed had revealed that he was more than just a robot; there were metallic skin cells and all, each undergoing their own techno-organic life process. With simple use of energy, they could heal extremely quickly. Long gashes that would leave eternal scars on human skin were covered up in a matter of days, as he'd found out from a number of entanglements with unruly metahumans.

Quiver went on to describe the measures the city was putting in place to respond to the terror threat, which satisfied him. Still, there was something disconcerting about the whole affair - this was a person confident enough to announce their intent to murder in advance and still go through with it, even though there was company waiting for her. She had to be truly suicidal.

When the stone archer referred to the train attack, he frowned.

Lotus Clan...

Capacitor mentioned Noctua had encountered them too. She'd asked for his take. Pausing in thought for a moment, he started listing on his fingertips as he spoke.

"They have an assortment of abilities which make them highly dangerous. They have zero regard for civilian lives; they'd actively put innocents in harm's way to cover their escape. They almost killed everyone on the train. It's not run-of-the-mill meta-terrorism, because they haven't released a manifesto. One of them called me boring. I think they're thrill killers. There seems to be no agenda beyond pure hedonistic violence."

He rubbed his metal temple, looking back to Quiver. What was that she had said about Vocal Sounds?

Don't they have a skyscraper in New York?

"Wait. If you found out that they're operating out of New York, in a specific building, why hasn't it been in the news? Have you shared that knowledge with the police?"

There had to be something he was missing.

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Post by illirica » Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:24 pm

“Because ‘Vocal Sounds’ hasn’t done anything yet,”
Teja answered, with a slight frown.
“IRPD is appraised of the situation, but whether they choose to share that information with local police is their decision, not the Society’s. And... also because not everyone who works for them is going to be part of the Clan, and because releasing that information publicly is likely to end up resulting in some very distinct acts of violence.”
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She sighed, making an empty-handed gesture.
“Believe me, part of me wants to go over there and see to things personally, especially after the train incident.”
They had endangered Garrick, after all, and he was... too close to let that slide, easily.
“But that’s not... we have to be better than that.”
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Teja nodded towards the door of the conference room, vaguely indicative of the reception area they’d passed through.
“Most of the people working there are going to be people like Courtney - and, being blunt, they’re the first ones that are going to be hurt. We can’t be responsible for encouraging people to commit terrorist acts - and that is exactly what would happen, if Vocal Sounds gets pulled in to this. Some vigilante would go after them, and start killing people like Courtney, and we would have to stop them. I’ve... been there.”
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She retracted her hands, cupping them around the water glass, visualizing storms at sea, a boat rocking on the waves. Visualizing another tower, another place.
“I went up against Meshindi because of a situation like that.”
A whisper, barely there. She’d taken him down - calmly, efficiently, brutally. He’d lived: Death, as a last resort. She still wondered sometimes if it would have been kinder to kill him.

“I don’t want to have to do that again.”
She’d found her voice, steadier now,
“And if I ever do have to do it again, I don’t want it to be because I was the one who pushed someone into that situation in the first place.”
Teja shook her head.
“If they cross a line, then we’ll go public with it - but right now, we have no evidence that they’ve done so, and we’re not going to endanger people’s lives because somewhere up their chain of command is someone in Lotus’ pocket. Sometimes protecting people means sitting back and not rushing in.”
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The hint of a smile she exposed at the last word was self-deprecatory, slightly twisted and fully aware of the fact that if she’d done exactly that in the other dimension, many things would have gone a lot differently. That was, of course, why it was so important not to make the same mistake again. Acknowledging an error meant nothing if she couldn’t learn from it, after all.

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Post by Azra » Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:42 pm

Elektra was mostly quiet as Teja managed to cover the majority of the matter. The marksman taking additional note of the answer given to the previous inqueary. Was comforting to know there was some level of recovery there. The archer herself usually having to go looking for help in that matter herself. She may relatively feel human or at least look it but her injuries stayed. There was still some disfiguring from a plasma shot to her leg, received when over on Divergent Earth.

She considered withholding information, of not endangering a police investigation. She couldn't keep saying she wanted to be cooperative with heroes and authorities though and then not speak up. "IRPD is hoping to share more on the matter afterwards. We don't know how much can be said and how much will be public. It's leaning more to just authorities. From what I understand much of their threat posed to civilians is masked by offering them power. Going in there might not only be endangering civilians. It could be going into a place with a meta human army."

That to the archer was the real concern. She felt like there was likely way more Lotus then civilians there, but that each had powers and training. "Nothing suggests the buildings in MC or NYC are to fortified which is a plus. We're also heroes though not SWAT." Which was far as El was concerned both a good and bad thing.


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Post by Total Experience » Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:00 pm

Experience smiled. Their choice to keep it under wraps was a smart one, to stop wide-scale retaliation. This was a criminal investigation now. The question of the Lotus' motivations, too, seemed to have been answered. Granting powers to ordinary people - how could they do that reliably? It sounded incredibly volatile. A metahuman army in the making...there'd be nobody beyond their reach, if they weren't stopped. He wasn't about to ask to be involved in the raid, whenever it came - he couldn't let any sort of vendetta blossom between him and the Clan. Not being able to distinguish between guilty and innocent was the same reason he didn't go after organized crime, or anything like that. He wasn't a vigilante, just a "stop and help out" superhero.

There was something else, though, something that made his lips go a little thin. Capacitor had whispered something, almost to herself, and had continued, talking about it like it was something he should recognize. A similar situation, she said, which made it sound like a vigilante situation. Still, he had to ask:

"Who's Meshindi?"

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Post by illirica » Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:21 pm

Elektra added a little more about the Lotus and Vocal Sounds situations, apparently to Total Experience’s satisfaction. The question he did choose to ask caught her off guard a little, though maybe it shouldn’t have. Sometimes in the metanormal events, you ran into the same people over and over again and it was hard to remember that not everyone knew who everyone else was - especially someone as new to the scene as Total Experience. Meshindi might have been a factor for a while, but in terms of overall long term relevance... he wouldn’t have been a household name, would he? Not like some others.

“Meshindi is...”
A hesitance.
“He was a hero, once.”
Yes. That was important, she thought. For everything else, that bore saying.
“Actually... I don’t know if you heard of or remember MAVU - but he worked for them as one of their elite team. That group sort of... fell apart, I suppose. It’s a little hard to put together everything, because all of it was kept very secretive, but given what I do know and have been able to piece together, I suspect that the Pack had something to do with it. The timing would have been right, and they... destroyed a lot of lives, around that time.”
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Hector’s.

“I don’t know what changed him, but... something did. He got... brutal. He wanted to take on the Chechen Mafia - which isn’t necessarily a bad goal, but he wanted to wipe them out. No mercy. The first time I... discussed it with him, I walked away after warning him. The second time, I couldn’t walk away. He was killing everyone there. Hired guards... people just doing their jobs. I went in and I... stopped him. It wasn’t that long after the Society had formed. A couple months, maybe. We were still figuring things out. ‘Death, as a last resort’ - but I didn’t know much about how to go after someone nonlethally yet. I was inexperienced. And Tremor was with me. She was... seventeen. And inexperienced. More than I was, even.”
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She smiled a little bit, distantly - not happily, really. Something melancholic.
“I didn’t want her to have to take the shot. Even trying not to kill someone... well, I’m sure you know how it is. Hit someone on the head just wrong and you’ll get a brain bleed and they die anyway. Tremor’s power was very hard for her to control back then. Having her try to make the strike... I didn’t want her to have a death on her hands. So I did what I could. It wasn’t pretty. I ended up blinding him.”
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Teja sighed. If she’d known back then what she did now, she could have tried something else... but it hadn’t been now, it had been then, and things had been different - for all of them.
“He was imprisoned for a while. Nadir. I hate that place. Meshindi deserved better. Nadir was meant for people like Surgath. Or people like me. Not him. Axiom helped, ah, negotiate his release.”
That did get a smile, something more like a real one. Axiom’s decision to retire had been regrettable, but she understood and didn’t begrudge him for it. Hopefully, he was happy - or at least trying to be.

“We talked, afterwards. Meshindi and I. I offered to help him if I could. I don’t think he necessarily wanted it, but I understand that. I think we came to an understanding. To understand each other. He’s out there, somewhere. Doing what he can. Trying to be a hero.”
Just like the rest of them, maybe.
“We’ll see.”

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Post by Azra » Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:15 am

"No I don't think you do belong there. How what we do plays into legality is still kind of new territory but if they haven't tried to cuff you yet safe to say your not the the worst." Maybe there was gentler ways to say it but Elektra kind of figured they got along because they weren't always diplomatic in how they phrased things or did business. They both worked in a field that accepted it couldn't all be flowery prose and delicate words.

El did believe it though, if someone wanted a hero locked up she kind of figured they were enough a risk that it would come down quickly. For better or worse though dealing with all the weird factors of heroism and meta activity muddied the waters though. A robbery was now looking to steal a alien ray gun, or mystical toothbrush. It wasn't shooting at a unarmed thug it was shooting at a thug who's hands turned into knives. It wasn't just kidnapping it was a kidnapping by the uncle who was the evil twin of someone who's genes were spliced with a lemur. Some of it was clearer then others, but the point was so far she hadn't seen someone say arrest Teja. Which meant Elektra had her friends back and would rather look to help her through these hurtles then let her continue to put herself down.

"At any rate anything else we can help you with? I'd rather focus on what we need to do so heroics can continue to do its job." The officer having not wanted to get lost in the past if didn't need to. SOS was a name that meant something and as one of the leaders of such she wanted to focus on trying to help heroes do what they were committed to. Rather then get lost in the complexities that sometimes came with it.

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