Downtown Weston Streets.   Posted by Truth.Group: 0
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 285 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
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  OOC: For the same reasons 'and now, SKELETON!', a cliff notes out of date science textbook also probably works as Dumbo's magic feather if needed.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
 GM, 1180 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
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
 Unknown, 287 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
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
 GM, 1182 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
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
 Unknown, 289 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
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
 Lifelight, 92 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
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
 GM, 1185 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
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
 Unknown, 290 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
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
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
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
 GM, 1190 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
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
 Unknown, 291 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
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
 Lifelight, 94 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
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
 GM, 1192 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
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
 Unknown, 292 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
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
 Lifelight, 95 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
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.
Justice
 GM, 1221 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Sun 18 Oct 2020
at 08:54
Re: Downtown Weston Streets :Diamonds & Duds
In a dark alley, near a popular Weston Nightclub, A woman in a black club dress screams in pure terror. She is backed against the wall of the alley as three similarly dressed women slowly approach her.

The other women's clothes are disheveled, their skin is unnaturally pale and they all have vicious bite marks on their necks. With wicked grins they reach for their former friend.
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 329 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Mon 19 Oct 2020
at 10:48
Re: Downtown Weston Streets :Diamonds & Duds
  People love to quote that one thing that guy said about fighting monsters and becoming monsters.  Well, clearly those who are already monsters have little to worry about, even if such sayings were probably not intended to be taken literally.

  Case in point and probably not helping the poor victim's nerves, Matt's most inhuman appendage slamming into the pavement between her and the Vampires. The rest of him hanging from his head tail a few feet above the pavement.

  "Hi, I'm Matt.  Just so we're clear, am I dealing with 'rejected humanity after their taste of power' Vampires or 'Husks of their former lives with stolen memories' vampires?" It's probably best to try and feel these things out before going straight for the moral and metaphysical implications around attempting to slice them to bits, or trying his luck at 'Undo: Vampirism'.
Justice
 GM, 1226 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Fri 23 Oct 2020
at 01:09
Re: Downtown Weston Streets :Diamonds & Duds
The woman let out a blood curdling scream as the head tail slammed down between her and the monsters. The vampires turned and hissed at the interloper, their eyes were black with no difference in pupil and iris, but it seemed darker than black should be like they absorbed all possible light which should have made sight impossible. Perhaps they had some supernatural effect on their eyes that made them appear dark, or maybe they used echolocation. Despite his monstrous nature Matt spent most of his time dealing with science oriented threats, mutations and aliens and science gone awry, and had little experience with the magical variety of monsters. The creatures charged at Matt, hands that ended in wicked claws extended.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 154 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Fri 23 Oct 2020
at 10:24
Re: Downtown Weston Streets :Diamonds & Duds
It had been a few days since he realized he needed to step up to the plate.  Still the ring was no different than any other tool or skill.  You could not simply pick it up and expect to wield it at the level he would need even just to do a simple scan, let alone attempt to open a portal.  He finally took the offer up to have an apartment at Aprokryphos and become a sort of handy man.  He kept his job on the side as an Uber driver as well.  Still besides a quick move in with spartan furnishings, basically just a bed and some clothes outside of what appliances were already there, he had not spent time there.  Unless he was called in to fix something, he spent most of his time patrolling, Driving or occasionally sleeping at the location Meg set up for his 'Cave'.

Dropping from the rooftops, an emerald sphere forms around the screaming woman.  The eyes of his suit light up with a pale blue as he begins to take in the area.

"You are going to be alright."

The sound of a vehicle approaching quickly can be heard, timing the ascent of the emerald sphere to enter the Osprey as it flies over head.  Barring any prevention, the sphere will set her down carefully on to the chair as a three point restraint, for her safety engages.

"Please, do not be alarmed.  The restraints are only for your safety.  Your arms will not be restrained.  You may refer to me as Alfred.  What is your name?"

The voice is pleasant, giving off the vibe of an elderly man with a British Accent.

Back on the ground, his checking of the area will continue as two humanoid constructs form to attempt to grapple with two of the remaining women.  Simply to subdue, not seriously injure.

"Matt, one of these days we need to just get together to hang out.  Perhaps skiball. Zhang Xao, I think this is most definitely within your wheel house.  Aside from Garlic, Holy Water or Deadman's Blood, my knowledge of vampirism is limited.  If that is what we are dealing with.  Can we un-turn them?"

He is of course ready to defend himself should they reach him, but as the magical needs to deal with them were likely lost on him, there was something he could do.  Clearly they were attacked.  Was it somewhere else and they came here.  Did their attacker only manage to get three of the four women and flee.  Or a third option... was the 'Master' Vampire now seated in the Osprey.

With the ring activated, the blue highlights of his suit were now almost a glowing green and a penny sized emblem sat on each of his deltoids.  The size was meant to mask them, but close inspection will certainly show them to be the familiar design of the Green Lantern Corps emblem.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:06, Fri 23 Oct.

Zhang Xao
 NPC, 7 posts
 Imperial Dragon
Fri 23 Oct 2020
at 21:55
Re: Downtown Weston Streets :Diamonds & Duds
  His dragon compatriot popped up, and said immediately "Unfortunately, they are undead.  There is no way to return these poor victims to their former humanity.  Killing them to fully dead would be the most merciful thing you could do.  The best solution is a stake or other large object through the heart, although they can also be immolated, but that tends
 to stink."
  The little oriental Dragon lifted into the air, neatly dodginh a swiped hand as one of the females tried to hit him.
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 330 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Sat 24 Oct 2020
at 11:24
Re: Downtown Weston Streets :Diamonds & Duds
  Bubbles and flying cars with robot butlers, definitely the more emotionally comforting option to get the girl out of here.

  "Honestly given my whole deal has been 'How does monster even work?' since I crawled out of my grave, I wish I could be more upset about not knowing the fine details about local vampires."

  So he's quite thankful for magical sidekicks filling in those blanks while Daystar saves him the trouble of restraining these vampires personally  "I know I can destroy them, the real question is if I can manage to save them."

  Matt's Influence does not skip directly to hopeful attempts at reverting their undead nature, but first reaches out to clear any influence on their minds to test for if there is anything left of their true selves to salvage.

This message was last edited by the player at 11:25, Sat 24 Oct.

Justice
 GM, 1229 posts
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Wed 28 Oct 2020
at 00:29
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
The woman sat wide eyed in the cockpit hyperventilating. She seemed to be in shock. The claws of the vampires flattered against Matt's carapace, shredding his hoodie. He reached out with his influence finding them to be corpses animated by a mystic curse, not people with a disease, and his influence cannot reverse death.
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 331 posts
 Just your friendly local
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Fri 30 Oct 2020
at 02:00
Re: Downtown Weston Streets
  "Well, so much for that.  They're fancy zombies at this point."  Matt is more thankful for his lack of facial expression these days, as much because he doesn't want to think about what look he would have on a real face when his intentions turn from concern, to answering the question of 'Vampires: Will it blend?'

  The spines of his headtail twist and sharpen, as his inhuman appendage lashes out intent on powderizing the undead.

  Does it make it better or worse Matt can be precise enough to leave their clothes and possessions intact?