Downtown Weston Streets.   Posted by Truth.Group: 0
Justice
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Fri 3 May 2019
at 02:34
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
Reeves is confused to find himself in a cell, then even more confused to find himself back in his lab with no damage done to it. For a second he wonders if it was all a dream, then he sees Matt. With all the stress of the day, plus being confronted by whatever Matt is Reeves just breaks down, curls up in a ball, and starts crying.

While waiting for Matt Lifelight spots a cloaked figure standing on top of a nearby building, but strangely, he does not show up on her sensors.
Matt Matthews
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Fri 3 May 2019
at 04:07
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
  You would think having no physical breath would make resisting the urge to sigh effortless, but he still has to try real hard some days.  "Even with your life being in a better place now than it was ten minutes ago, that's an understandable reaction."

  Matt gestures towards the intact walls, "I can fix a lot of things, and I certainly know enough people who could piece together the how and why of what happened here today without your input if I left right now." some would probably do it out of boredom as much as any sense of justice.

  He takes a seat outside of arms length by Reeve, "But even if it turns out it really was an accident.  I can't cure most people of regret. Whether you avoid it, or even simply lessen it, that's up to you trying to help John. Even if all that amounts to is walking people through what you know."

  Matt does sigh now, adding "But I don't think John is in a state of mind where he realizes you giving a **** about him beyond sympathy, will end up more important than if he's stuck as a freak or not... You know, after you deal with your more than justified stress. I might actually slap someone if they act like you didn't just narrowly avoid getting blown up."

  Oh Matt, you were this close to a heartfelt speech.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 86 posts
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Sun 5 May 2019
at 05:43
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
Upon seeing an undetectable, Lifelight is curious. Since none of her sensors are detecting the cloaked figure, but her eyes are, she can't help but theorize the person either has powers or technology that prevent detection outside normal means.

She speaks to John. "I'm still with you. The mech you are in is going to fly ahead to my lab. I will catch up."

Lifelight heads to the cloaked figure and waves with a smile.
Justice
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Sun 5 May 2019
at 06:50
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
"It WAS an accident!" Reeves shouted in a high pitched voice. He sobbed for a moment before continuing. "He wasn't supposed to be in there! The room was on a timer! He must not have looked at the time and I didn't see him on the cameras till it was too late!" He buried his head in his knees continuing to sob, then added. "I-I Just went to the bathroom, but when I came back he was already..." He trailed off staring down at his feet.


The cloaked figure turned to watch as Lifelight approached. His face was obscured by his hood, and both hands were in his sleeves leaving no discerning features, not even skin tone. "Good evening my child, it warms my heart to see your attempt to aid your brother in the trying time of his transition. But I must warn you, once Pandora's box has been opened you cannot return what has been released."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 87 posts
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Mon 6 May 2019
at 20:04
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
Lifelight answers the cloaked figure with a smile and her usual soft voice, "Hi. I'm Lifelight." then tilts her head a little, as if to let the figure know she is pondering what he said. "Thank you. Please tell me more."

Meanwhile, her mech does as she mentioned and goes on ahead towards her lab. Lifelight had been sure to make sure Reeve would not be in John's field of view while en route, lest the guy loose himself again.
Matt Matthews
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Tue 7 May 2019
at 01:47
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
  "That would sound outlandish, if not for how common that sort of tragic timing seems to come up." Like stellar empires being unable to go five minutes without being re-conquered. No wonder so many ancient immortals are in retirement when even just a few years of work crumples the second you turn your back on things.

  "What was the intended nature of your project?  Simply going through your stuff won't have the same meaning as hearing it from you.  While a 'cure' may seem like a dim prospect to you, making his now radioactive nature only dangerous when he wants it to be, not simply for existing, is far more likely."  It's no longer 'tragic' if most people won't survive being close enough to hear you lament your fate, after all.

  Even if Matt is fielding that particular problem, he figures it is for the best to discourage a slow creep towards one day doing more work keeping things running than the laws of physics.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:48, Tue 07 May 2019.

Justice
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Tue 7 May 2019
at 03:42
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
The Hooded figure inclined his head towards lifelight. "I am The First. The machine is not the source of his change merely the catalyst for his awakening to what is known in modern times as a parahuman. Once a parahuman has ascended they cannot return to their former state. His gifts can be controlled, focused, but he cannot go back to the mere human he was before."


Meanwhile in the lab.

"The project was supposed to be a new radiation treatment, for cancer. I don't know how much help I can be, parahuman physiology isn't exactly my area of expertise."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 89 posts
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Tue 7 May 2019
at 04:34
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
Lifelight ohs. Then smiles again and says softly, "Thank you. Do you want to come with me and help assure John of what you told me? Or help with his ability to control it?"

This message was last edited by the player at 04:35, Tue 07 May 2019.

Matt Matthews
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Fri 10 May 2019
at 14:41
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
  "It does matter, because in the past we'd be having this conversation about smallpox.  I don't have any proof the universe was out to get you in this case, just as I don't have any proof people are very, very good at telling the universe to go **** itself." It shows Matt is new to this because he's not being nearly grandiose enough about the subject.

  "I'm running mostly on instinct and good intentions.  However, even if what happened to change John will probably be officially filed under 'irreproducible freak accident', the specifics will probably make a difference in John's ability to hold any semblance of a normal life." After all, the intended subject of research is how to use radiation without killing somsone... Even if something this extreme was never expected by anyone involved.

  "I can afford to fly blind because that can't hurt anyone. Very literally. But even something as little as a stack of printouts is reference that can help John come to grips with how to contain and shoot godzilla beams without irradiating anything but his intended target. Or twisting science's arm enough to avoid even that."

  OOC: For the same reasons 'and now, SKELETON!', a cliff notes out of date science textbook also probably works as Dumbo's magic feather if needed.  The ability to make physics cry was inside you all along, John!

This message was last edited by the player at 14:51, Fri 10 May 2019.

Justice
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Sat 11 May 2019
at 17:08
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
The Doctor stood, trying his best to pull himself together, and only partially succeeding. "I'll come along and try to help as long as you can keep him from killing me on sight, I can't help anyone if I get disintegrated."


Meanwhile

The man in the hood tilted his head as if considering it. "Not if your friend will be there. His creators and I had a disagreement many millennia ago that I am still not happy with. Besides that I am merely acting as an observer for now, my plans are not yet ready for me to begin interfering in this latest age."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 91 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sun 12 May 2019
at 02:26
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
Lifelight offers a card to the cloaked figure with an innocent smile. "I understand. This is my contact information. May I have yours?"

The card has a phone number, email, and a list of chat handles she is on.
Matt Matthews
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Mon 13 May 2019
at 04:16
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
  "Well Reeves, that much I've already done, and can continue to do so. But as a heads up, there is a stabilized victim of another incident that happened at the same time elsewhere along for the ride."

  He offers his hand, because he has the luxury time to let people brace themselves for his own mode of rapid travel right now. "Just say anything you need, and I'll bring that along too."

  His Instincts are as frustratingly vague as ever in reaction to nearby exposition, but are telling him the old game in town can be forgiven for still thinking it is the only game in town.

  OOC: In a perfect world, sometime The First will be mid dramatic speech when those he claim are responsible for Matt ask "Wait, who the hell are you talking about?".  Though it's flattering to have big names claim you are part of the cosmic grade lore.  I've had much worse retcons in my gaming life, after all.
Justice
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Thu 16 May 2019
at 02:55
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
The cloaked figure shook his head. "I think not. I know where to find you my child, I will be there if you need me." The figure made some kind of obscure hand motions and dissapeared in a puff of smoke.

Reeves shakily stood to his feet. "I don't think theres anything specific I need and wouldn't know what it would be anyway."
Matt Matthews
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Thu 16 May 2019
at 04:01
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
  Matt shrugs saying "That sums up everyone's life far too often, really." as he takes Reeve's hand in his own.

  His headtail politely waits an awkward pause's length after puff of smoke, to extend back to the Mech. Commenting out of poor Reeve's earshot "Hey, bringing Reeves too until it's certain he can't help. Shooting him won't kill him right now so keep all attacks to hurtful words at worst." before his humanoid form smoothly arrives with Reeves.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
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Thu 16 May 2019
at 18:42
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
To the empty space where the cloaked figure used to be, Lifelight says softly, "Oh. OK. Goodbye."

Lifelight then looks to see the informative head tentacle going towards her mech. She takes off and flies towards the mech. But she can hear what the mech hears and so understands Matt was politely taking care of the task of letting John know Reeve is potentially part of the solution.

Once she catches up, she smiles over to Matt and then to John. "We're almost there."

Lifelight points at a large building just a couple miles ahead. It looks very much like some secure facility, and also has its own helipad.
Justice
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Fri 17 May 2019
at 02:01
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
John grumbled at the mention of Reeves, but seems to have calmed down slightly. The group is at LIfelights lab in short order prepared to do some science in the hope of returning John to normal.
Matt Matthews
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Fri 17 May 2019
at 18:43
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
  Matt resists the urge to shill for the coffee at Meg's place... Okay he knows Dane is passing up going to Apokryphos, but has overlooked Lifelight's convenient lab until now?  Just another day in the life for Matt's Awareness.

  "While on a case by case basis I'm not doubting the quality, but how is the place for multitasking?  Because otherwise, the guy with a hole through his everything should probably be taken care of first. No offense John, but you are not about to die without continued intervention."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 93 posts
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Sat 18 May 2019
at 22:27
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
A large ceiling door opens to allow for Lifelight and her mech to land inside the lab. She rolls a white table over to a spot near some equipment that looks both medical and scientific in nature. The mech lays hole-man on the table and Lifelight quickly begins hooking him up to life support systems and gets to work on rerouting the functions of what organs used to be in that hole.

Lifelight answers Matt, "I can multitask. John, please lay down on the green table. Reeve, please stand by."

There is an obviously green table over near some other equipment that also looks like a mix of medical and technological.

The green table has various kinds of scanners and once John lays down, the scanners begin scanning him automatically with every kind of nonlethal method of scanning. Lifelight will want to know what is going on inside this guy.

At the white table, Lifelight is pulling out some artificial organs and placing them in the hole while attuning them to the man's biology. She didn't exactly anticipate she would be using such things on someone with a hole this big, but she did anticipate she would need to do emergency operations that involved putting artificial organs in someone.

This is why you need a lab and people who are willing to fund you, folks.
Justice
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Fri 24 May 2019
at 17:55
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
John lays down on the table as instructed. The scanners let out a low noise as they get to work

The injured man's heart was almost completely destroyed but his other organs seemed intact. If Ant could get him fitted with a new heart and plug the hole, he should be fine.

The scanners find that John is primarily producing gamma radiation, but his body is also producing a variety of other types of radiation, just at lower levels than the gamma.
Matt Matthews
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Mon 27 May 2019
at 06:24
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
  Hopefully, the injury victim will not be disappointed to learn 'When you got maimed, we turned you into a cyborg' was in the most mundane way possible.

  "While I'm sure you are not surprised by the results John, this is the sort of thing where leaving it up to guesswork is best avoided."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
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Mon 27 May 2019
at 07:04
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
Lifelight is grateful she only has the heart to worry about and is quickly installing an artificial heart, her gloved fingers getting soaked in the man's blood.

Upon hearing the report of her scanners, Lifelight takes a look at the x-rays and such to see if John's insides still look the same as normal humans or if they have changed noticeably.

Lifelight's eyes are still on the heart surgery as she says in her soft tone with a smile, "This man will make it. John, are you in any pain?"
Justice
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Thu 30 May 2019
at 02:08
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
John's organs have warped somewhat, but seem to be functioning for the most part, the x-rays aren't the clearest however because of the competing radiation.He appears to be immune to his own radiation.

"It.....burns, but not as bad as when I first woke up."
Matt Matthews
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Fri 31 May 2019
at 02:38
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
  Matt will give Lifelight a chance to adjust the phase polarity whatever before simply willing the incredibly boring but practical result of successful X-ray on X-ray action... Though that won't stop him from saving certain catgirls elsewhere in the city from physically embarrassing themselves further.

  "Not being a danger to yourself is expected, thankfully.  A large part of examining you is to get early warnings for if you are developing alternative sustenance requirements." If so, would John look good in a Hawaiian shirt, like that one guy from Captain Planet that ate radiation?  "Though this kind of output, it's more likely you are joining the food optional club."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
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Fri 31 May 2019
at 19:56
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
Lifelight says softly, "I will do a series of tests to see what needs fixing. But there is a chance you are perfectly healthy and only need to learn to control your new powers."

Matt's comment about sustenance requirements has one of Lifelights thought processes go on a mini tangent about what all kinds of things would fuel someone going through metahuman changes. Might he require oil? Maybe he'll require so much mineral that he eats rock. Or maybe by some weird circumstance, he'll require living flesh. Thankfully, this is a thought process Lifelight has learned is best only shared if asked about. Granted, most of her thoughts are treated that way, but still.

Quickly wrapping up the man who used to have a hole in him, she calls the hospital to inform them she has a patient for them to pick up. Even as she does this, she begins grafting some muscle tissue into the areas needed. She figures the doctors can do the rest once they get a hold of this guy. She has done what immediate work she can for this guy. The rest is a long process and if she wants to keep John from panicking and hurting people, Lifelight is going to have to focus on him from here out.

Lifelight moves over to John and asks, "Do you have family I can call?"
Diamonds and Duds
Sat 28 Mar 2020
at 23:36
Re: Downtown Weston Streets :Diamonds & Duds
  The little shop, a fairly recent addition to the neighborhood, was a small one.  It  carried absolutely incredible outfits, specially tailored to the person buying them, and custom made.  Each outfit sold came with a diamond accessory, and the accessory was a one-of-a-kind.  The proprietress was one woman who had an odd talent for tailoring and an ability to acquire diamonds like no others.  She had four outfits on display in her shop, each with their accessory.  Nobody had ever seen diamonds quite like those, with such vibrant colors, anywhere else.

  So when the silent alarm went off, the one she'd had specially installed (because she did have diamonds in the store) and the police were called, it was worrisome.  The outfit with the deep purple diamond was gone.