memory - April 13, 2009 04:21 AM (GMT)
The circumstances were highly ironic, even for someone as calculating as Aimee Voltaire. Who would have guessed that Dollet's biological warfare would be directed at a place so connected to the element of lightning?
Of course, no one but Teralyn could really appreciate the inherent humor at the moment. The rest of the area was actually rather despondent, which was natural considering their situation. There was definitely nothing to laugh about in this place.
Unarmed, the Genesis operative slowly approached the city, carefully watching for signs of Shadow Clan members. There was definitely a right way to go about offering her assistance, which meant not haphazardly throwing up barriers until given permission... as difficult as that was.
She waited to be approached. Given that the city was probably under quarantine (provided the Shadow Clan had its act together), she'd be stopped at the gate.
Zaxton Books - April 13, 2009 05:14 PM (GMT)
The quarantine was rather severe, largely due to Dollet's warnings, but also due to the efforts of one particular man who was currently present at the gatehouse along with the guards. A younger man, with dark blue hair, and a bit shorter than the other female guards scattered around. Unlike most human men, he seemed unfazed by the number of viera running around; he was either a local, or focused.
Judging by his white coat and clipboard, it was probably a combination of both. He had been speaking to one of the guards as the newcomer approached, and wove the matter aside as the guard approached her.
"This area is under strict quarantine. Do you have a permit?"
Aredjay - April 13, 2009 10:53 PM (GMT)
If Teralyn was watching the crowd as the guard spoke, she might see Tetran Montyr leading a small group of infected Viera to a treatment center about three blocks away.
memory - April 14, 2009 01:21 AM (GMT)
Teralyn nodded respectfully to the guard. "No, I'm sorry, I don't have any identification. My name is Teralyn Zerauac, and I'm an expert on barrier magic. I caught wind of the biological attack here and wanted to speak with a Shadow Clan representative so I can offer my assistance."
She eyed the city behind the man, assessing the impact of the disease. They seemed sure that this was an easily transmissible disease, considering the quarantine measures. The more of that they needed, the better off she was.
Zaxton Books - April 14, 2009 01:26 AM (GMT)
The man in the coat turned, "I'm the representative in charge of treatment. I can take you to speak with an actual officer, but you'll have to be vaccinated. We're not sure of the transmission of the disease, or even the effects. The virus seems to be in an incubation phase."
Aredjay - April 14, 2009 02:34 AM (GMT)
The small group entered the building, with Tetran coming back out a few moments later, a young human boy following him. The Bangaa appeared to be looking for the kid's parents, who had been vaccinated a couple hours ago.
memory - April 14, 2009 04:21 AM (GMT)
Teralyn smiled and shook her head slightly. "No, it's fine, I won't be needing a vaccine. Anyways, may I offer you my assistance? Like I said, I'm highly proficient with barrier magic, and the quarantine you've established doesn't appear to have provided for ecological security."
As she spoke, the woman traced a few symbols on the back of her hand, then pressed the palm of the same hand just below her neck. A faint glow passed over her entire body before sparkling and dissipating, leaving her skin with a faint shimmer about it.
Zaxton Books - April 14, 2009 07:37 PM (GMT)
The doctor frowned, "Perhaps I didn't make myself clear. My name is James Derrida, head of Biological Weapons Countermeasures for the Mobliz Incident. When I said you need to be vaccinated, it wasn't a suggestion."
Despite the harsh words, the powerful mentalist was weaving an air of calm through the room, which suddenly turned more normal as he was distracted. "Tetran. Report."
He had balls, talking to actual officers that way.
~Meanwhile, across town~
"Sir, Orders from above. We're to set sail now."
"... Ready my ship."
"Yes, Lord Izumi."
"... Paris, is our little surprise ready?"
"Yes, my lord."
"This aught to teach the good doctor his lesson."
Aredjay - April 15, 2009 02:28 AM (GMT)
The Bangaa's eyes rolled. He didn't particularly like being addressed in that tone, but what could he do? Mobliz needed the doctor at the moment.
"Approximately 35% of the citizensss have been vaccinated. Do you think we have enough for the ressst of them?"
memory - April 15, 2009 02:47 AM (GMT)
"I understand your concerns, but my barrier will be good enough to protect me for the time being. Do you need my help in putting up barriers here, or may I enter the city and speak to a Shadow Clan representative?"
Besides, even if Teralyn did find herself infected, it would be simple to isolate the infection. As long as it didn't erode control of her body, she'd be fine. The most important thing was infecting the test vessel with a sample of the virus, which could be done either through direct on-site inoculation or by procuring a sample here and returning to the Divinorium with it.
Zaxton Books - April 15, 2009 03:48 AM (GMT)
"You're not getting in the city unvaccinated. I have a reputation to consider, and in any case, it's for your own good. See you later."
memory - April 17, 2009 03:10 AM (GMT)
Teralyn sighed. "Okay. Just a minute, I need to go remove my wards and I'd like to do so somewhere private."
Without waiting, she stepped off into the forested area surrounding the city, finding a shadowy grove in which to rest.
"White Rain, this is Teralyn Zerauac, subordinate of the Immortal of Lightning. Requesting harm-potential analysis of the vaccine carried by one James Derrida. Also, requesting permission to partake in said vaccine, provided it is harmless."
She paused, listening, waiting for a response. As she did, she began to incant arcane words, slowly lifting the barriers surrounding her body. The balance of the barriers she'd placed on herself was far too precarious; she'd definitely need to remedy that next time.
White Rain sure was taking a while today.
Zaxton Books - April 17, 2009 12:42 PM (GMT)
Analysis of the small portion of vaccine that had been shipped abroad and lost would suggest the vaccine had no harmful side-effects outside of those normal to a vaccine; the risk of slight fever or rash in the more sensitive people who were given it.
Aredjay - April 18, 2009 03:47 PM (GMT)
Tetran coughed, waiting for a response.
memory - April 18, 2009 05:24 PM (GMT)
"Teralyn, this is Lia Akio, Sector 2. You are cleared to be vaccinated, there will be no crippling side-effects."
She nodded, proceeding out of the grove and back towards the city gates.
Alright, good. Best to be careful, though.
Zaxton Books - April 19, 2009 10:02 PM (GMT)
A blue-haired viera was just getting his own vaccine, now. As the visitor entered, she'd notice James pulling a gun-like device away from the other's arm, and as he held it over a slot in a steel container, a pair of cartridges fell out; one a vial, and the other the sharp. He reloaded each separately, and the lighter-blue haired man went about his business in the city.
Aredjay - April 19, 2009 11:55 PM (GMT)
"...Alright then, I'll jussst go round up a few more citizensss."
He tromped off, rather put out at having his simple question ignored.
memory - April 20, 2009 12:33 AM (GMT)
Teralyn returned and nodded acquiescently towards the doctor.
"Alright, I'm ready any time."
Zaxton Books - April 20, 2009 01:52 AM (GMT)
James realized his distraction, "Tetran, wait! Makes sure you start from the south end; they were the ones closest to the blasts."
With that, he gave the "gun" a deft spin, wiped a little disinfectant on her arm, and injected, before casting the cartridges away again, "Bloody pain in the ass, is what this is."
One of the Assassin guards shifted, touching him on the shoulder, "Your assistance is requested at the morgue."
"Unless they've found something new, I don't care."
"It's Sierra Bravo."
The doctor froze, "... Tell them I'm on my way, and escort our guest here to Town Hall."
memory - April 20, 2009 02:09 AM (GMT)
Teralyn rubbed her shoulder sorely.
"Well, that wasn't bad," she remarked with a laugh, removing a long string of beads from her pocket and draping it around her neck. As she began to replace a few of the barriers around herself, she barely noticed as James turned away. Only his next words alerted her.
"Excuse me, but won't you let me help you out wherever you're going?" she asked suddenly, turning towards him. "I guarantee I'll be useful to you."
Zaxton Books - April 20, 2009 05:56 PM (GMT)
The doctor thought about it reluctantly as he hung his coat on a hook, keeping the injection gun with him. Under it, he had been wearing loose-fitting cotton pants and a long-sleeved but thin shirt; the outfit of a long-distance runner.
"... Fine. Come on."
As he ran off, he gave the lift up to the level with the morgue a miss, simply jumping the three-story gap, glowing faintly purple as he did so. Even the Assassins had to at least rebound off something else to follow him.
Aredjay - April 20, 2009 11:37 PM (GMT)
Tetran seemed to hear the command; he made a sharp turn toward the south end of the city and began directing citizens to the vaccination officers.
memory - April 21, 2009 02:16 AM (GMT)
Teralyn bounded after the man. Her summery, floral-print dress flapped gracefully behind her as she ran, and while she was hardly a physically adept person, she found herself able to somewhat keep up.
Upon reaching the building containing the morgue, she shot two darts of glowing energy from her fingers which flourished into a level, elliptical platform. Teralyn immediately stepped onto this barrier and let it carry her up to where James had entered, exerting very little effort in doing so.
Zaxton Books - April 21, 2009 02:34 AM (GMT)
The hall was full of lots of green-skinned, erratically-moving Viera. Only one in the room that wasn't part of the guard detachment had his original, peachy skin. He turned slowly, his blue hair fanning out with the motion, as he drew a katana.
"Lo. What are you doing here?"
"Setting a few people free."
memory - April 21, 2009 03:39 AM (GMT)
Tera tensed up, holding a wary hand towards the infected mob. Her natural instinct was to wall one off for further study, but James probably had other plans, ones that didn't involve her spiriting a sample of the virus out of the city. It was best to follow him until the opportunity to procure a proper sample presented itself. The summoning scroll could wait.
"Orders?" Tera inquired suddenly, flexing her fingers and cracking her neck idly. Ready for battle.
Zaxton Books - April 21, 2009 03:45 AM (GMT)
"She's going to betray you just like me, James."
James smirked, "I knew that the second I saw her. And it doesn't matter. I have no more interest in the Shadow Clan's safety than you do. I just want this virus gone."
Locke rushed forward, Katana drawn, "And kill the carriers, is that it?"
"Not at all. Just... segregate them."
memory - April 21, 2009 03:58 AM (GMT)
Tera sighed. "So that makes me the only one here with any concern for how the Shadow Clan fares? How... ironic."
That said, she shrugged and began to trace a vaguely circular shape in midair, leaving a glowing arc in the wake of her fingers.
"Just to be clear, my intent isn't exactly betrayal- that would be pointless. If we wanted to cause you or this city any harm, I would not have been the one sent. So, if I can just procure a sample of the disease, I can get out of your way..."
At that moment, she finished tracing the circle, pushing forward a luminescent blue barrier towards one of the infected. This was a containment-type wall, built to wrap around its target and pin them to a structure in order to detain them in a more secure construct, for transport or otherwise. The point was to catch the target off-guard and follow up with a stronger barrier; as such, it could easily be cut through or destroyed with significant blunt force.
Zaxton Books - April 21, 2009 11:34 PM (GMT)
Locke stopped, an instant before he'd struck at James, who already had a hand up, as though it would block the sword.
"I was just bluffing."
"What do you want the sample for? And don't bother lying." James turned to her, taking off his glasses, "I'll see right through it."
memory - April 22, 2009 03:13 AM (GMT)
"A setup! How shrewd of you."
Tera laughed aloud, giving both men smiling glances. "And why should I tell you why I need the sample? I've already alluded to it more than I'm comfortable with. Why don't you just read my mind and find out for yourself, save the trouble?"
Naturally, someone like Teralyn would not invite a mentalist to invade her mind undefended. The walls she'd placed around her psyche were some of the strongest she knew how to create, just behind her most powerful combat barriers.
Zaxton Books - April 22, 2009 03:48 AM (GMT)
James' eyes flashed, and he immediately stumbled backward.
Locke chuckled, "Thinking too hard, James?"
Locke balked. It was very rare James ever rose his voice in anger at all.
James gritted his teeth, "Dascar! Get in here!"
memory - April 22, 2009 04:41 AM (GMT)
Without waiting for Dascar to show up, Tera bounded forward, creating a surfboard-like barrier and sliding along the walls to pass both of her newly-created adversaries. From within her sleeve, she procured a good-sized syringe, empty and prepared to absorb the infected blood of one of the nearby Viera.
It would be preferable to get a human sample, but we can definitely account for the species difference in the lab.
Aredjay - April 22, 2009 01:00 PM (GMT)
And she would have succeeded, were it not for a grey blur whisking the Viera out of the way. Said blur came to rest in the form of a human Dark Paladin, a scythe at his side.
Zaxton Books - April 22, 2009 01:30 PM (GMT)
James rose a flat palm, "Locke, get out of here."
"If it ever looked like you were helping the Shadow Clan, your father would lay an egg."
The Viera turned and ran.
memory - April 22, 2009 11:54 PM (GMT)
Tera slowly withdrew her arm from its extended position, keeping the syringe in her right hand. She noted the speed of the man and his present position, being careful to watch for signs of movement.
That was dangerous... I could have lost an arm if he'd chosen to attack. This place is too closed in... I should definitely try the city below.
Her position between two enemies wasn't a very good one, admittedly. She had a wall that could blow through the building and let her escape, but it took a few seconds to charge up, meaning she'd need a mobile, defensive type barrier to occupy the two men. Now, the strongest thing of that type she could create on the fly probably wasn't going to be enough to stop Dascar from finding away around it, so she'd have to be very fast.
Giving both men one last glance, she slipped the syringe into a pocket and thrust her arms outward, producing two opaque green barriers that took the shape of the hallway and quickly pushed outwards. They carried a good amount of kinetic force and moved fairly quickly, but were somewhat brittle in composition. It looked like it was going to be enough, however- she'd already begun to prepare her escape barrier.
Zaxton Books - April 23, 2009 12:48 AM (GMT)
The scientist would set a hand against the barrier, letting it push him further down the hall by levitating just milimetres above the floor. Then, suddenly, there was a small gap between him and the barrier.
Just as suddenly, he was on the other side, with the brittle magic breaking around him. Even as he moved, skating back toward her on purple fire, he drew out the vaccine gun again, loading a new pair of cartridges into it.
This one probably wasn't vaccine.
Aredjay - April 23, 2009 02:34 AM (GMT)
Dascar wasted no time in throwing a moderately-sized dagger at the wall approaching him, shattering a section large enough for him to fit through. With only the slightest hesitation, he was dashing at Teralyn, prepping a befouled version of Saint Cross in an attempt to knock her to the ground.
memory - April 23, 2009 02:35 AM (GMT)
Looks like they're not playing... they're good, but I'm still going to make it...
Two more circular barriers sprung up to either side as Tera took a bounding step forward, thrusting her right palm towards the wall before her. She struggled for a moment in midair, as if pushing against an invisible wall... well, that was basically what she was doing. The wall she'd conjured encountered no more resistance as it blasted through three rooms, creating a nice escape tunnel for the Genesis operative. With the two men likely closing in behind her (she didn't turn around to see), she dashed forward and created another surfboard-like barrier, built to carry her quickly out of the morgue.
I doubt that'll give either of them the slip... and I can't engage now without endangering my objective. I'll need to form a strong barrier around one of the vaccination stations and get a blood sample that way. But that's definitely going to take time that I don't have...
This was perplexing. What to do? This had gone well beyond the scope of Aimee's orders, that much was certain. The best thing to do was to play it defensive for now. As for how long she could keep it up... that was another question entirely. Dascar's attack had clipped her right shoulder after breaking through the weak wall she'd put up, and while it wasn't bleeding terribly, she didn't think running around with such a wound in a diseased city would be a good idea.
Zaxton Books - April 24, 2009 08:40 PM (GMT)
You're right. You don't.
James stood at the edge of the building, before stepping out. His hands and feet burned with violet fire as he stepped through the air as easily as down the hall.
I can't allow this virus to be used as a weapon again. Even if it means...
A soldier on the ground would feel his radio wrenched out of his hand, shooting into the air like a bullet, where it came to rest in James' left.
"... Begin operation... B-begin operation Survivor's Umbrella."
A few airships were descending from the clouds... and they weren't a shadow clan design.
Locke... you better be as fast as you look.
With that, it was James' turn to move like a shot, diving down into the city. There was still something he had to do.
Aredjay - April 25, 2009 02:26 AM (GMT)
Dascar had heard this command, and looked upward at the incoming airships. Recognizing none of them, he surmised that Mobliz was about to be removed from the Figaroan map.
Figuring that the only way to call off the attack was to stop the virus from leaving, he bounded after Teralyn, augmenting his steps with dark magic.
memory - April 25, 2009 02:30 AM (GMT)
As James' thoughts echoed in her mind, Tera soared down into a dark alley, quickly blocking it off with a camouflaging barrier at both ends.
This is bad! Those airships... I don't know where they're from, but it would take more than I can muster to take them out...
Steeling her resolve, she pressed her hands together and began to speak. "White Rain, this is Teralyn Zerauac. The situation has gone beyond my control. Requesting permission to use high level techniques."
There was a pause.
"Operative Zerauac, you are ordered to secure your communications immediately."
Whoa, this is big. An order like that could only mean one thing. Of course, she automatically complied, conjuring an opaque spherical barrier that would block out any attempted communicative interference or espionage. When it was completely formed, a chime echoed briefly in her mind, then a familiar voice began to speak.
"Teralyn, it's Aimee. White Rain has rerouted a Sylviak airship to fly over Mobliz at an altitude of 500 meters in approximately twenty minutes. You have until then to procure the sample and evacuate."
She almost laughed. 500 meters? How was she supposed to get up that high? And in twenty minutes, she wasn't sure if Mobliz would still exist, judging from the continued descent of those unmarked airships. Just when Tera was about to speak, Aimee continued.
"...I'm sorry, but that's the best I could put together. If it comes down to it, you have my permission to use your strongest techniques. Good luck."
With that, the communicative link ended and Teralyn's barriers shattered and the longest twenty minutes of her life thus far commenced.