IC: The Warehouse.   Posted by Eye of Harmony.Group: 0
Ace
 PC, 181 posts
Tue 8 Mar 2016
at 14:06
Re: IC: The Warehouse
"Thanks, a good fry up is just what I need I think."  Ace had been impressed with the pie last night, even if it wasn't maccy d's with large everything.  This morning she felt more at peace with the world again and was in the mood to appreciate recognisable food, although still silently lamented the lack of beans which would have made it perfect.  "Kidneys, the things you boot someone in to put 'em out of action if they don't have..."  She gestured vaguely below her waist in answer to Destrii's query.

"He doesn't like it when things don't go to his plan.  Likes to think he's got contingencies enough that nothing can shake it, so when he runs into something that does he doesn't improv as quick as the Professor.  He can think on his feet though, not the kind that goes into meltdown when things go wrong, and opportunistic to boot.  Don't trust him an inch, if you think you're coming out close to even in a deal with him, you haven't got the first clue what he's up to.  He'll help out if it's the only way to save his own hide, then turn on you the second he sees a way out.  And it's not just the eyes, it's everything."  His voice, smooth as silk, rich as figgy pudding and brandy butter at Christmas.  She still woke up with it in her ears sometimes, it left her feeling as though something slimy had been crawling around in her head.  "He hates the Doctor, really hates him.  I don't know if he'd be willing to see the universe burn and put his own skin on the line to see him gone, but he might think he can deal with the big stuff and rule all the worlds the Professor booted him out of."  Ace swigged the last of her tea and gave the table a longing look as she walked over to Benny and the time ring.  "You go in thinking that you're better than him, cleverer, quicker, stronger, that you've got a perfect plan...We might as well leave you behind because you're worse than useless, you're a liability."  Although she did not look at Destrii when she made the comment, Ace's words were clearly meant for her and almost sounded as though they should have been spoken by the Brigadier.
Destriianatos
 PC, 195 posts
 Lady Destrii
Tue 8 Mar 2016
at 14:27
Re: IC: The Warehouse
'Ah, them.' Destrii said of the kidneys, then: 'Wait, you eat them? That's sick!'

*

'Wrong, sweetie.' Destrii said behind Ace, stabbing bacon like it had offended her. 'You go into a fight thinking the other girl's stronger, then you've already lost. You go in confident, cocky, knowing you've got a chance – then you've got a chance. And when it comes to a battle of wills, you need an ego as big as Texas.' She tapped her head knowingly. Her ego had saved her against the Horde, plus a little help from the good guys.
The Brigadier
 PC, 303 posts
 Chap with the wings
 5 rounds rapid
Tue 8 Mar 2016
at 14:34
Re: IC: The Warehouse
Grimly.

"Ace is correct. What's more, you go in swinging without thought, and you'll find he's far more capable of physical violence than the Doctor. We once had him in prison on Earth, and he made a deal with a branch of underwater reptile creatures, related to Silurians. He controlled the prison, made it seem like we had him where we wanted him - whilst in reality, he was in control the entire time. I've dealt with a lot of alien races - Daleks, Cybermen, Yeti, Silurians, even a Daemon. And he might be the most dangerous of the lot of them - despite their immunity to normal weapons, give me Cybermen or Daleks as opposed to him. And now we have to deal with him - and what's more, we have to talk with him, and try to make sure that we have control of the situation, and we're not just being played. If we have a situation similar to what we had here, except with the Master and not Mortimus? We need to make sure he's not using the situation to further his own aims. In my time, he also came across as very cultured, very civilised - the perfect English Gentleman."
Ace
 PC, 182 posts
Tue 8 Mar 2016
at 14:39
Re: IC: The Warehouse
"Do you work at being terminally bleeding stupid, or is it natural talent?!" Ace rounded on the other girl.  "Because if it comes down to you or the rest of us, I will leave you behind in a heartbeat.  You can enjoy your new career as the Master's sock puppet and we'll concentrate on actually rescuing the Doctor rather than kicking off with every big bad in the universe because you can't believe that something might actually be higher on the food chain than you.  I guess with a head that empty he'll at least have plenty of space to play."  She snarled at Destrii, leaving no doubt that she meant her threat of leaving the other girl behind.  She had dealt with the Master, if threats were what was needed to keep the others safe then she would use them.  At least the Brigadier and Victoria knew what they were walking into, they could play good cop with this dumb cow if they felt like it.  Ace was all out of patience.
Destriianatos
 PC, 196 posts
 Lady Destrii
Tue 8 Mar 2016
at 15:49
Re: IC: The Warehouse
Destrii was on her feet in a heartbeat, anger and frustration in her eyes. She'd had enough of this; why couldn't they just accept her? She'd done everything right, she didn't deserve this now. Being nice sucked. 'Look, Little Miss The-Point, I didn't have to put my neck on the line for you with Sekhmet. She wanted my body for a meatsuit, and would've killed me. I could've let her twerk her psychic butt around in your skull until it cracked open like this egg. But I stepped up and risked it all. And we only got to parley because I beat up her zombies and mummy-bots – you're welcome, by the way, it hurt a lot, thanks for asking... And I was the only one with a plan to take her down, before she decided to play ball. We got lucky. I didn't see any of you johnny-come-latelys there in that warehouse, on the front-line... And I saved us from that Sontaran!'

'One day, you people are going to really need me. And I'm going to be there, to pull your arses out of the frying pan, and I'm gonna get burned. Because I owe it to the Doctor.'


Destrii dumped the rest of the food she wanted onto her plate, leaving little for everyone else, ungrateful peasants that they were, snatched it up with knife and fork, and stormed out of the room in a royal huff, seeking the better company of herself. 'And try listening to the words that I say, Ace-hat!' she bellowed on the way out of the room.
Bernice Summerfield
 PC, 104 posts
Tue 8 Mar 2016
at 16:17
Re: IC: The Warehouse
Benny winced, and raised a finger. "Stay here, everyone. Let me see if I can get this sorted out."

She followed the food-gathering fish woman, and spoke in a manner that was serious, but not confrontational. She had quite a bit of experience dealing with situations like this. When you wander about the universe with the likes of Adrian Wall and Jason Kane, you get used to everyone around you yelling at one another.

"Destrii? Look, I am sorry about all of that. I think there's a couple of things you need to know. There's a lot going on right now, and it's not a surprise that people's tempers are getting frayed. We need to try to suppress that so we can get this problem fixed. But there's more to it than that." She lowered her voice slightly. "I need you to keep this to yourself for now, please... We can't alarm the others. But Ace is not entirely in control of her emotions at the moment. Not too long ago, in her own timeline, she had a very unpleasant experience. She was taken over - and it wasn't just her mind that changed. The thing that got to her started changing her entire species. It tried to make her into a ferocious, flesh-eating psychopath. With the way the universe is changing, it is starting to come back. She is genuinely not in total control of what she says and does any more, and we need to be careful. The angrier she gets, the faster the change happens. Trust me, we can't afford to lose anyone at this point. Even if you don't like her, we need to try to get along. If not for your own sake, then for the sake of the mission. To save the Doctor. And that change she went through, that was down to the Master. You have to understand how she feels about that. She tried to fight him, and it ended up changing her. I know what you are saying, and we do need to be confident. But even confidence like that can be dangerous. Whatever it is that is your greatest strength, he will turn it against you. Confidence is great, but we need caution as well. You're both right, in your own way, but if we take anything at all for granted, we'll lose. We need your strength to get through this, but we need discretion as well. Ace can't help lashing out. Please do not take it personally. We have to adapt and adust to what is going on. And we don't have time to let personality clashes get in the way of the mission. Come back with me. Let's get the job done."

Having a teenaged son who was a homicidal maniac at times gave her a unique perspective when it came to people throwing tantrums...

This message was last edited by the player at 16:18, Tue 08 Mar 2016.

Ace
 PC, 185 posts
Tue 8 Mar 2016
at 16:57
Re: IC: The Warehouse
Ace ground her teeth, irritated as much by Benny going after the stupid girl as the pure idiocy of Destrii's comments.  She had no idea what the girl had done with Sekhmet in the beginning, Ace had been in a cell at the museum finding out what was going on with Mortimus, after sacrificing her own freedom (and weaponry) to get Benny out of there and protect the mission.  Whatever her actions, Ace would put money on them being less impressive and less important than she was making out, silly mare definitely had an exaggerated sense of her own competence.  As to saving them from the Sontaran...Clearly picking a fight with the butler of one of their allies, someone with as much to lose by the Doctor being missing as they did, was a wonderful idea and just what was needed to make things go more smoothly.  A bit like hitting on Vastra's wife, suggesting threesomes, and whatever other stupidities she had missed while being distracted.
Ace knew the value of confidence but she had learned long ago that arrogance just got you killed, or worse.  She was trying to help the silly cow and got nothing more than a stream of abuse and 'clever' comments on her name.  This Destrii would not have lasted five minutes with her Doctor, he would have found a black hole to drop her in for the good of the universe.  She could not hear what Benny was saying but there was a placating tone to her voice that Ace recognised.  Her knuckles were white where she gripped the time ring.  Well, they would soon see what happened when the chips were down and they had to get into a fight that actually mattered rather than kicking off for the hell of it with people who were supposed to be helping them.
Victoria Waterfield
 PC, 225 posts
 Proper Victorian Girl
 Friend of the 2nd Doctor
Tue 8 Mar 2016
at 17:24
Re: IC: The Warehouse
Victoria winced at the harsh words back and forth, literally cringing.  She was not one to be happy with yelling, particularly among those who were supposed to be friends or allies.  After all, despite her travels, she was gently reared, and not subject to the harsher upbringing some the others had undergone.

She reached out a hand to place it gently on Ace's arm.  "She is an angry, confused woman," she told her gently.  "She reminds me of some Rugby players I have met, all anger and aggression.  She will do as she wishes, and I pray will not pay for those actions with her life.  All we can do is guide her."

She managed a smile.  "You're a good soul, Ace.  Don't let her make you unhappy.  You are better than that."
The Brigadier
 PC, 305 posts
 Chap with the wings
 5 rounds rapid
Tue 8 Mar 2016
at 21:16
Re: IC: The Warehouse
Oh for the love of...

When in his element, there were few better than the Brigadier. But this was not his element. Facing down a horde with a handful of men? Yup. Dealing with idiotic politicians? Sure. But breakdown of trust between supposed allies? No. If this were UNIT, they'd both be reprimanded. Extenuating circumstances or not, you didn't let your emotions get the better of you. This conflict is exactly what the Master would be looking for. Weaknesses in their team.

He just shook his head, and looked frantically about for Ellie. He wasn't a drinker, usually, but on occasions, especially when it was dealing with the Doctor and his companions, he needed a good, strong... Scotch. No water.
Destriianatos
 PC, 198 posts
 Lady Destrii
Wed 9 Mar 2016
at 00:47
Re: IC: The Warehouse
Benny found Destrii on a couch in the other room, munching furiously on a sausage and glaring at the wall. She wished this stupid, boring dark age had television; instead, she had to try to recall the Star Trek credits. Destrii hadn't just left in a huff – she'd left before she said or did anything stupid. Well, anything else stupid. She'd left before she did anything dangerous.

She tried to tell herself she didn't care about Ace and her issues, tried to ignore Benny, but found herself listening anyway. The idea that time might be unwinding on them all disturbed her – what would she go back to? The woman willing to kill, the Matriax of the Horde, or the scared and beaten daughter? She didn't want to go back to anyone she'd been before. 'I don't care.' Destrii began softly, 'I don't care she's done, what she could be, even what she said just now. Water over the bridge. Because whatever she's done, I reckon I've done much worse... Maybe I can't help it either. But I'm trying really hard to be good. Even if I don't know how.' she trailed off uncertainly. 'So maybe I know how she feels.'

Setting aside her plate, Destrii rose to face Benny, 'Look, you're Space Age – apart from Vastra and Friends, you're the only one here post–Prime Directive who won't freak out.' First checking the side room was clear, Destrii tapped the gold pendant she wore, and with a small zreep! sound she was revealed to be an alien fish woman: tall, slender, the body of a swimmer, powerfully built, with pale blue scales and fins down her arms and legs, gills fluttering in her neck, green tendrils in place of hair, two great flapping fins for ears, two barbels drooping sadly above her huge golden cat-like eyes, and in her mouth rows of shark-like teeth. Never mind a Cheetah Person, Destrii was like a walking shark. 'I'm probably as human as she is. Maybe we have a lot more in common than she knows.'

Apparently Destrii did possess empathy after all...

This message was last edited by the player at 06:33, Thu 10 Mar 2016.

Bernice Summerfield
 PC, 105 posts
Fri 11 Mar 2016
at 20:29
Re: IC: The Warehouse
Benny's eyes widened - not in shock, nor in awe, nor fear. She was a well travelled lady, and alien physionomy did not really worry her. It was an understanding that made her react that way. "I do get it. I can see why you feel the need to hide - though, I can tell you that Ace would not be prejudiced on the grounds of your appearance. And the Brigadier's made of stern stuff, you wouldn't shock him. The young lady - she'd probably be alarmed, then come to accept you and not even think twice about it. She's tougher than she looks."

She crossed the room and flopped into a chair by Destrii's side. "Look, I don't think our friends are the best at communicating things diplomatically. And I know I sure as hell am not! But we do appreciate what you have done. What you did back there - that was brave. It took guts. And I am grateful to you, I am. I don't think we all understand you exactly, but how could we? We're all different, and working under real pressure. It takes some real adjustments to how we think to deal with all this. If you perhaps are a little more outspoken than we're comfortable with, and more keen to fight, then that's how you were raised. I doubt Ace is going to get used to it. Not for a while. But if you really are trying to be better than you were, and any of us can help, we will. Goddess knows, she knows how that goes. And if you think I can help you deal with what is going on, then I am right here. We're hand-picked for this job. I reckon we should be helping and getting along, not arguing. Is there anything I can do to make it easier?"

Benny was usually the least diplomatic person in the room. This was not her forte. But they definitely did not have time to waste on any personality clashes.
Destriianatos
 PC, 201 posts
 Lady Destrii
Sat 12 Mar 2016
at 02:28
Re: IC: The Warehouse
'I never felt the need to hide.' Destrii said, a touch defensive, finding the circular pendant. 'I went around Comic-Con au naturel, and won the cosplay prize. I just took this from someone who wasn't going to be using it anymore; it's come in handy...' she said. What she didn't say was that, sometimes, she didn't like who she saw in the mirror.

She flopped, fish-like, back into the couch, listening to Bernice talk. She chuckled at the idea of not being diplomatically, commenting 'I think I've got you all beat there.' She made a gill-fluttering snort of derision as Benny mentioned how she was raised; that was a psychiatrist session for another day.

'Nah.' she said at last. 'Me, I'm fine. I reckon you should be talking to Ace next... But I wasn't talking smack back there. I haven't met the Master, but I know someone who did; I have her memories, just flashes and impressions. I felt her fear. But she had pluck, she stopped the Master and saved the multiverse when she was shorter than a Cindy doll.' And then I hurt her... 'If we go in afraid, we're already lost.'
Bernice Summerfield
 PC, 106 posts
Sat 12 Mar 2016
at 02:51
Re: IC: The Warehouse
"Well, that's true with most of the enemies we have bested," Benny agreed. "Or rather, we will be afraid, but we won't let it stop us. Not being afraid at all is probably an indication that we are not very intelligent. We are brainy. We refuse to let the fear defeat us. Goddess..." She sighed. "I spend half my life being afraid of things. I still kick them in the balls, though. That's the important thing."

She rubbed her neck thoughtfully. "The Master is a special case. The Brigadier has met him on countless occasions, if what I have read is right. He really does know him well. He's not advocating that we fear him. Just that we be extra-cautious, and do not trust him at all, even when we seem to have defeated him. Which we will. Because we have no option."

Benny sighed. "I work for a Time Lord who has a lot in common with this Master, I think. Or I used to. They're the most vindictively devious race I have ever come across. And persuading the universe that they are all as nice as pie is the biggest trick they ever pulled. We'll be careful. And, if it turns out that you're absolutely right, I give you full permission to tell me you told me so. Now, finish up your breakfast. We have some spuds to mash. If you catch my meaning." Her grin was decidedly impish. "Unless that Sontaran was enough for you?"
Destriianatos
 PC, 202 posts
 Lady Destrii
Sat 12 Mar 2016
at 03:26
Re: IC: The Warehouse
'Well, alright. I'm just saying we should also remember we're brave and clever and all that. I don't need Badges McGee back there attacking me for that. Both approaches are good. It's a Batman versus Superman argument. It's stupid – they should be working together.'

She rose with her plate, flexing aches out of her shoulders. She healed quick, but she'd woken with a good few bruises from all the fighting yesterday, needed and not. Dark blue splotches, bent fins, and broken scales were now visible on the piscine woman. 'Well, I'd take him again for a date with Vastra... I dunno, I'm starting to think Sontarans look more like aggressive Humpty-Dumpties. Speaking of, I feel like eggs.'
Bernice Summerfield
 PC, 107 posts
Sat 12 Mar 2016
at 03:52
Re: IC: The Warehouse
Benny gave a wry grin. "Are you sure you want to do this with a full stomach? Travelling the timelines with a time ring always makes me feel sick. I am not sure wherever we end up would be pleased if we're all throwing up when we appear out of thin air."

She considered Destrii's wounds. "You took quite a pasting yesterday. It's not many who could go toe to toe with a Sontaran in hand to hand combat. Hopefully we won't need quite so much brute force this next trip. It'll at least give you a chance to recover some more before the next bad guy needs kicking in the head." She rose and started back to join the others where they had breakfasted. "But, with our luck, we'll probably land in the middle of a war. Or in gas-filled trenches."
Destriianatos
 PC, 203 posts
 Lady Destrii
Sat 12 Mar 2016
at 04:10
Re: IC: The Warehouse
'I'm a fish. I don't exactly get seasick.' There had been that time with her first teleport, but that was a different type of yuck. She was used to it now, anyway.

'A war? With Biggles and Nazis? Promise?' she said eagerly, though perhaps not really seriously.

She tapped her pendant and reactivated the holographic disguise before returning to breakfast. There'd been enough arguing this morning; they didn't need to add screaming.
Bernice Summerfield
 PC, 108 posts
Sat 12 Mar 2016
at 10:10
Re: IC: The Warehouse
"I drink like a fish. Does that count?" Benny quipped. "I am not sure what a Biggles is, but Nazis? No thank you! I wouldn't object to scuppering their plans, but I am terrible at German."

She returned to where the others waited. "Shall we do this?" She shot Ace the look that meant "please play along, we'll have a chat in a few minutes" - and her Ace would get it. This was not her Ace, however, and she possibly did not speak Benny.
Ace
 PC, 187 posts
Sat 12 Mar 2016
at 23:23
Re: IC: The Warehouse
Ace rolled her eyes at Benny, uncertain what she had been talking to Destrii about but reading the look clearly enough.  She took a step closer to the Brigadier and, coincidentally, ended up with her back to the other two, she couldn't exactly ignore them when it came time for the time jump but for now she didn't feel like talking to anyone who lacked the first clue of what they were heading into. "We're just waiting for you."  She muttered in response to Benny's question.
Bernice Summerfield
 PC, 109 posts
Sun 13 Mar 2016
at 01:14
Re: IC: The Warehouse
"Then we'll do it!" She placed her own fingers onto the ring, and set her jaw. "OK, time ring, we are going to where you think we can find the Master. On a count of three!"

She waited until everyone had got their digits onto the ring. She didn't want to leave anyone behind. Though, given what they might find after they time hop, remaining might be the safer option. Even with the state of sanitation and medicine in this era.
Destriianatos
 PC, 204 posts
 Lady Destrii
Sun 13 Mar 2016
at 01:57
Re: IC: The Warehouse
Destrii set down her plate, hurriedly scoffed down a boiled egg and toastie soldiers, and joined the group around the time ting. 'It helps if you close your eyes and clench your...' Of course, she had anatomy that the others didn't necessarily possess. 'Whatevers.' Now, no one could object to that bit of sensible advice, could they?

Destrii tried flashing a grin Ace's way, but found she had her back turned to her. And I thought I was childish... People being upset at her because she'd done something horrible, Destrii could get, and got often. But being upset at her because she'd tried to do the right thing only made her wonder if turning good was all it was cracked up to be. Whatever. It wasn't worth it, the opinions of peasants were no concern of hers, and as far as she was concerned, she'd won their fight. Water through the canal. So why was she still worrying about it?

She slotted herself into the group and hooked two fingers around the ring. 'To infinity and beyond!'
Ace
 PC, 188 posts
Sun 13 Mar 2016
at 02:59
Re: IC: The Warehouse
"Can't be as bad as my first experience of interdimensional time/space travel."  Ace had felt a brief moment of longing for the science lab back at Perivale.  Not so much the time that followed it if she was honest, although there had been fun times as well.  "Then again, that was the Doctor's fault as well...We think."
Victoria Waterfield
 PC, 226 posts
 Proper Victorian Girl
 Friend of the 2nd Doctor
Sun 13 Mar 2016
at 03:43
Re: IC: The Warehouse
Victoria, still not fully cognizant of what all was transpiring around her, grasped the ring with a sigh.  "Flinging through time and space... 'Oh, I know where the Tardis is.  Always.'  He used to say that.  Oh, my poor Doctor," she said, shaking her head.
Bernice Summerfield
 PC, 110 posts
Fri 18 Mar 2016
at 00:45
Re: IC: The Warehouse
Once they all had their hands on the ring, Bernice swallowed. "Well, here we go. See you all on the other side."

She spoke, clearly and precisely. "Take us to The Master."

And then she shut her eyes, as she really did not want to experience the time vortex first hand. Not with a belly full of bacon and eggs, at least...
Destriianatos
 PC, 205 posts
 Lady Destrii
Fri 18 Mar 2016
at 07:01
Re: IC: The Warehouse
'Not that we're into that kind of thing.' Destrii corrected, fearing another session of whips and chains. She closed her eyes and clenched something, ready for another trip through the Vortex.
Eye of Harmony
 GM, 452 posts
Mon 21 Mar 2016
at 13:29
Re: IC: The Warehouse
PHTOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMSWISHSWISHSWISH...

The trip through the vortex was just as disorienting and unnerving as the previous trip. It was impossible to tell which way was up, down, left, or right. The journey seemed to be taking forever, and yet was incredibly swift. Distances were warped beyond all recognition. Exposed to the timelines with no TARDIS to shield them, there were no words to truly express what it was like...

And then ... something happened.

It was not exactly an explosion, or an implosion. It was rather like both at the same time, with perceptions pulled down towards a singularity, while the body itself felt like it was being stretched and torn apart in every direction at once.

It was not something that was expected.

It was not right.

As each of the brave time-travelers was caught in that moment, they lost all contact with one another, their perceptions too overwhelmed to be truly functional. All they could do was hope that, when this was over, they were in the right time, the right place, with the right people.

They had been warned that the timelines were not safe from the slow unravelling of the universe. Perhaps this was the result?

The timelines swirled to total blackness. What would they see when it all cleared?


++++END OF CHAPTER ONE++++

OOC: Each of you proceed to the specific thread that bears your name! On with the show!

This message was last edited by the GM at 13:31, Mon 21 Mar 2016.