Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe.   Posted by Megaira Kattakara.Group: 0
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 235 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Wed 10 Jan 2018
at 19:23
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Matt practices a more direct option than Mittens for being in two places at once, though he's amused this is the shortest his head tail has been when traversing stellar distances.  That still leaves him perfectly able to use his awareness to pinpoint the location in space and time the platform chamber is.

  Said head tail comments to mittens on the space jerks side of the portal, "Hey Mittens, speakers are set.  That's convenient invulnerability.  That guy's gun? Won't work anymore, that's inconvenient invulnerability."  Why doesn't Matt do this to everything, all the time?  Because that would be boring writing.

  Meanwhile, by the Cafe, humanoid limbs included edition of Matt is going to attempt some good old fashioned 'it's technically nonlethal' carnage.  As he advances on the cat themed commander less intent on defeating them so much as temporarily disarming them.

  Literally.  He wants to cut off his fancy bracer arm. It's okay, Matt will grow the arm back after complete with any potential cybernetics or biotech vital to their survival once he removes his influence, which is the sort of disclaimer you need in the superhero buisiness.

  The simplistic, Earth forged Elvis Presley commemorative knife probably does not look very threatening to the alien.  But anyone who actually knows Matt (a depressingly short list still, work on that Matt), knows it might as well be an adamantium katana where he is concerned.

  Why use this, rather than his absurd physiology directly? He's hoping for a nice 'your primitive earth weapons will have no effect on me!' opening.

  "I am actually sorry for this, mostly."

This message was last edited by the player at 19:31, Wed 10 Jan 2018.

Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 50 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Wed 10 Jan 2018
at 20:15
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Lifelight (Antoinette) watches the lasers bouncing off her force field as if slightly hypnotized by them. Lucky for Antoinette it was lasers; she would not do so well against the melee types like the one Dane is tackling. Then Ant watches Mittens charge into the portal. Remembering Megaira asked for injured people, and seeing two tank-like heroes up front, Antoinette realizes she will be more needed with Mittens.

The aliens have not responded to her initial greetings and offers, but then, they also have not been speaking English. So Antoinette can only assume these aliens do not understand.

Antoinette calls out, "I'm going with Mittens through the portal!"

It isn't that she didn't notice Matt Matthews or the fact his head-tail stretched and followed Mittens into the portal. It is simply that she doesn't know anything about Matt Matthews yet. Though her HUD visor is quickly filling her in even as she flies over the enemies and through the portal to follow Mittens.

If she makes it to the other side: Lifelight immediately expands her force field to encompass Mittens and Matt's headtail. She comments softly, "Hi. I don't think they know English. I want to interface with their computers." a small, innocent smile crosses her face after saying that.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:21, Wed 10 Jan 2018.

Maverick Sargas
 junior vigilante, 75 posts
Wed 10 Jan 2018
at 20:20
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick is sticking with the Derring family at the moment and says, "Unless you say otherwise, Mr. Derring, I'm going to observe the fight and learn what I can about the invaders."

Even as he says this, he seems ready to dart off in the direction of the nearest tall-building's fire escape.

His specialty is information gathering. Against armored, laser-weapon aliens, Mav doubts he could do much in combat.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 67 posts
Thu 11 Jan 2018
at 20:26
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Seraph snarls, the sound hissing like fire and lets the sword vanish, her hand lashing out the catch the wrist of the alien trying to stab her with some sort of energy weapon. If she gets the wrist she applies all of her rather considerable strength towards crushing and snapping both wrist and neck before tossing the thing into a group of its fellow.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 83 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sat 13 Jan 2018
at 00:50
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Invaders:
As Mittens flipped over their heads two of the unoccupied soldiers fired at Mittens as she flew overhead and into the portal.


Well now we know how effective the alien weapons are against aliens, 'cause Mits totally deflected both those shots back at"OW!"

Wait.  Why was she unable to deflect one of the two bolts back when she was able to block eight attackers before?  And why is she saying "Ow" when whith someone who can make her invulnerable to the one shot that grazed her side?  There's a perfectly reasonable explanation!  1) Mittens was so shocked by the sound of always-speaks-softly Antoinette raising her voice that the hand puppet holding the one of the two lightsabers jaw-dropped.  2) Saying "Ow" when hit even when Matt makes it needless had become second nature because otherwise badguys would shoot bystanders if they think she's invulnerable.

Good thing a dropped weapon is no big deal for the master of portals with a side of telekinesis.

"Ohmygosh I survived!  Thanks, you two!  Me 'n Matt'll hold off the reinforcements while you hack the alien tech panel thingy."

Taking Matt's word for it that the badguy reaching for his weapon is going to be disappointed, Miss Adventure then does the sensible thing for preventing a wave of reinforcements: slice up any access panel near any doors.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:09, Sat 13 Jan 2018.

Hostiles
Tue 20 Feb 2018
at 06:02
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Dane found himself in a bit of a tug of war with the alien he was dealing with, they didn't want to let him have their axe.

  Serena found that the one she was battling was not as easily crushed as a human, with the armor far harder than anything terrestrially designed.  She could probably bend it, but it wasn't going to be easy, and with the object of her attentions trying to crack her in the face with some sort of laser-edged axe, she couldn't just focus on that.

 On the other side of the portal, the one who was reaching for his sidearm grabbed it, and pointed it toward Mittens and Antoinette, but appeared surprised when it did not function.  There were no obvious consoles for the door controls, nothing to show that it could be locked from this side.  And the button the fellow had bapped had turned an angry illuminated orange.  Which meant that he had probably called for backup.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 70 posts
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 01:52
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
With a snarl Serena lets go of the being's neck and wraps both hands around the wrist, twisting and putting her hip into it so that the creature's body goes one direction and the wrist in another, quite anatomically opposite of the direction a wrist is supposed to go. Instead of snapping its neck she's trying to snap an arm or wrist so it lets go of the weapon it's trying to hit her with.
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 238 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 05:57
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  A decrease in people he knows getting shot is always a good time, so progress is still being made!  Now he hopes their alien wi-fi is easy for the new girl to access.  "I suppose most portals are not up to your saftey standards, so I can understand the surprise Mittens." Says the verbose appendage.

  While his awareness alone can ping his location in the grand spacetime scheme of things, he has been hanging out with Mittens too much.  So opts for a more traditional visual as well... So far as 'extend upwards 50 miles and mock physical matter along the way' is traditional.   "Five dollars says this facility or ship is at least fifty one miles bigger thataway."

Meanwhile, on Earth where a full body is availible

  "Please get back here so I can stab you with my primitive earth weapons" Very convincing, Matt. Nobody will suspect Elvis Knife's augmented limb severing qualifications that way.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 51 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 22:19
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Seeing there doesn't seem to be a way to lock things from the inside with a normal means, Antoinette goes for simple plan B. With a legitimate look of concern for the alien, Antoinette softly says to the alien, "Sorry." and holds a hand forward to shoot her paralyzing energy beam at him while she flies for the console.

Antoinette trusts Matt and Mittens to be able to deal with the alien whether he is paralyzed by her energy beam or not. Either way, she knows she is the most use to everyone by trying to figure out the console. Which is what she will get right to doing unless somehow interrupted by the alien.
Maverick Sargas
 junior vigilante, 77 posts
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 22:26
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
By now, Maverick has made his way to a safe spot where he can hide, watch and still be able to run from the chaos if need be. Basically, in an alley a couple buildings up the road. He pulls out his binoculars and calmly begins examining the aliens, looking for how their armor is designed, if any of them look like they are going to reach for a communicator, or alternate weapon.. just watching for anything outside of just "aliens are fighting superheroes" so that, if needed, Mav can give the heroes a heads-up.

Unfortunately, he had only JUST met Dane and doesn't even know Serena yet. Thankfully, Matt is both here AND on the other side of the portal, so noticing the slight lull in activity between Matt and the alien he wanted to give a first-hand Elvis experience to, Maverick decides to text Matt.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 85 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 22:51
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"They don't have door locks?!" Mittens exclaims in confusion.

Speaking of confusion, unless the confused alien with the non-functional weapon has immunity to reality-bending powers, he will find himself forcibly portal'd through the vortex and into the melee on Earth without a weapon to defend himself with...  On the other side, it'll likely look like one of those old west scenes where moments after the protagonist walks into a bar, a badguy comes hurling out of a window.

"Not the reason I was expecting to die after jumping into an alien vortex after warnings of planet-conquering aliens, but I digress..."

Miss Adventure will do her best to cover the door from the approach of the expected reinforcements.  Why no door locks?  Is their culture such that unauthorized access is no big deal?  Or are their people so trustworthy that locks are not needed?  Maybe the locks are integrated inside the wall and are activated by psychic command.  Do those with a psychic deficiency ever protest limited access to their society's infrastructure?  Are there anti-war protestors?  Do they have long hair and tie-dye shirts?
Hostiles
Thu 8 Mar 2018
at 15:53
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
 The beam hit the being behind the console, but not before it had tapped in something on a pad that had about 20 buttons on it.  Nothing remotely resembling English lettering either.  Then Mittens portaled the poor thing through the other portal, and onto Earth and the middle of the battle.  One of the others that was there shot at the 'flying object' and shot the alien in question.

  The one Serena was working with did, indeed flip in the intended manner, and the sick crunch of breaking bone was pretty loud, even as the armor she had hold of deformed under the pressure.

  Dane managed to wrench the axe from the alien's hands, and his riposte swing did, indeed, slice it in half, making for a gory mess of strangely colored blood and gobbets all over the street.

  The one Matt was talking to did not seem interested in being nice and letting him stab it, rather, it shot something at him.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 72 posts
Fri 9 Mar 2018
at 00:59
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The fiery Angel wastes no time, removing the invader's blade and driving it into the thing's temple before whipping around and swinging it at the neck of the next-closest invader, hoping to separate head from shoulder.
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 239 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Sat 10 Mar 2018
at 04:57
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  It's almost like most sentient beings want to AVOID having their forearm cut off so you can steal their expensive looking bracer.  Maybe if Matt told them he'd grow it back right after?... Nah.  He's glad Maverick is keeping an eye on things, as for all his capability Matt still has not fully kicked that old human habit of getting distracted at times.

  MEANWHILE, IN ALIEN TOWN.

  Matt muses how living in space for years still leaves translating space languages harder than understanding ancient Chinese, but he's sure that will get sorted by someone once it actually matters. Much like the language barrier never mattering in Star Wars until Ewoks show up.

  Now, where were we?... Ah yes.  Matt puts a rain check on tunneling his physics defying tail through the facility, and focuses on his inhuman awareness and instincts to pin down where in the big wild world of space time the 'you are here' sticker is.

  If anything this would be one of the easiest times he has done this, thanks to the extra reference points of Mittens's portals as one of those irksome slights on the fabric of reality he's just learned to put up with.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 52 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sat 10 Mar 2018
at 19:41
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Lifelight begins examining the console. She would like to have more time to study it, but more time is not what she has. So she takes a look to see if she can open it up and perhaps access its code by wiring it to her own portable computer. If she knows how it is wired and/or how it "thinks", perhaps she can reverse-engineer a hardware way hack the alien computer.
Maverick Sargas
 junior vigilante, 78 posts
Sat 10 Mar 2018
at 19:48
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Watching the fight, Mav moves his head forward a little upon seeing Serena break an alien wrist and Dane slice an alien in half. "Cool..." he thinks to himself. Mav is not one to talk out loud unless he's talking to someone, after all. A good habit he formed back when he was four years old.

He spots an alien suddenly portal in and get shot by one of the other aliens. Is there a civil war involved in this too? Or was that just a beautiful display of karma? He isn't sure. But considering Mittens went into the portal the aliens made, he's thinking it was either karma or typical villain mentality of "you left your post! The penalty is death even though I'm in the middle of battle!"

Either way, he hasn't seen a need to warn these epic heroes of anything yet. But he is recording the fight.
Hostiles
Sat 10 Mar 2018
at 20:40
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
 The commander with the bracer was still dodging away from Matt's approach.  He  seemed far more aware of Matt than most would be.  His minions seemed game to try and keep Matt away from him too.
  In the portalplace, Matt's head-tail discovered that 'fifty miles thataway' led the tip of his tail to the crystal clear, frigid vacuum of outer space.  If he 'looked' down, he could see that in a (rather distant) spot was the planet he lovingly called home, Earth.  They looked to be in a Mars level orbit, on a smallish ship with two slightly larger ships flanking.  Apparently these guys were aliens, ones Matt didn't already know.

  As Antoinette examined the console, she could see there were access panels at the ends, but not something close to the keyboard, and the language itself looked pretty complicated, with larger keypads in other spots.  The characters themselves were definitely nothing remotely like terrestrial linguistics.

  Back on the ground, Serena sliced the second one, but shots fired from the others knocked her back, spanging off her armor and drawing her attention to the fact that they didn't appear too thrilled with her removing them from effectiveness.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 73 posts
Sun 11 Mar 2018
at 04:02
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
She roared again, fire flaring from her body and heat vortexes rising from her wings and eyes. She reached down and grabbed a second blade and suddenly moved flying to them in a flash and spinning so her wings sliced first, followed by the alien weapons.

The Seraph was angry and all there would hear her wrath and behold as she unleashed it upon the invaders.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 87 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sun 11 Mar 2018
at 06:59
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mits gets a bright idea and puts it into action at the speed of thought.  Maybe there's a prisoner on board this ship.  She's sooo going to rescue said prisoner!  By pulling a typical Loony Toon gag of popping around each and every room of the ship in rapid succession.  If this were a Loony Tune cartoon, the chances of stumbling upon an alien in the shower who screams in embarrassment then hides behind the shower curtain would be around 110%

Fortunately, this is not a Loony Tune cartoon, so Miss Adventure has a good chance of being spared such unpleasantness.  A search of the ship may even turn up something else useful as well.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:01, Sun 11 Mar 2018.

Duke Absalom
 Hero, 1 post
 Getting his mental feet
 under him slowly.
Wed 14 Mar 2018
at 21:24
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Duke was minding is own business in the coffeehouse, sipping on hot chocolate when the invaders came. He eyed the commotion but was assessing the situation at the same time. He noticed a portal open. Mittens and some others went through it. Duke finished his cup of hot chocolate then left the money to pay for it.

Time seemed to freeze as Duke got up. The battle was in one giant still frame around him. He changed into his suit in which he had underneath his regular clothes-A Silverish Black metallic plated arms and legs, Black torso up to neck (but with his dark brown skin exposed). Red Helmet with green metallic ears.

"To the bottom of this! Duke thought to himself as he walked through the portal ahead of Mittens.

Duke arrived on the other side, emerging in the alien town. He then caught up to Antoinette at a console. He did his best to not walk near Serena. She seemed like in a groove with wrecking the enemy.

"Need any help, miss?" he asked her after time resumed. In actuality, Duke was just moving that fast!

This message was last edited by the player at 23:11, Wed 14 Mar 2018.

Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 53 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sun 18 Mar 2018
at 06:00
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Lifelight doesn't seem startled by Duke at first. She slowly looks over at him, her eyes not quite meeting with Duke's, but rather locked onto his nose. Lifelight then answers softly. "Yes. I would like to get access to the inside of this console."
Duke Absalom
 Hero, 2 posts
 Getting his mental feet
 under him slowly.
Sun 18 Mar 2018
at 17:04
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Duke nodded at her and then studied the console. He looked specifically for a port of some kind. His extended his right hand and his glove changed the base color of the console.

"If this console has any type of port I can jack into. It takes a little bit for me to hack into a system through hardwire but if I can sense what type of connections it uses, all the better!" Duke explained.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:06, Sun 18 Mar 2018.

Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 240 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Mon 19 Mar 2018
at 03:23
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  While not quite what he was hoping to accomplish, Matt is at least content in the fact a significant portion of the Earthside invaders are too busy playing keep away to accomplish anything nefarious. Which probably will not end well for them once Serena and Dane run out of bodies.  "So, as one of the few people to treat me with even the least shred of cautions.  Do you think my habits of inaction under observation some kind of Schrodinger gimmick, or simple stage fright?"

  Meanwhile, IN SPAAAAAAACE.  Which will never get old.

  Matt is so glad this latest of late entries has thrown their hat into the ring.  Is it still super speed when you are the last to act? "We can probably trust anyone who likes hot chocolate, Mittens. Maybe. Hi, I'm Matt." Matt is not ignoring Antoinette, he's just sort of blanked on what, if any, specialty nicknames she prefers. The problematic life of a very inconsistent perfect recall.  He tries to make up for it by respecting secret identities.

  Any who still need starships despite portal technology are probably going to be inconvenienced without their use. So with nobody Matt actually cares about watching (unless they hijack the ship's camera network in the next second), he simply opts to upscale cop movie tactics.

  Carving off the engines of several starships with a flick of your being is the same as shooting out the tires of a drug dealer, right?  Though there would be notably less explosions given Matt's influence is involved...Wait, that still leaves an army of aliens with portals to Earth and accomplishes surprisingly little for the scope involved... Eh, at least it would annoy them.

  "Well, our current location is Mars orbit.  Three ships for now, but no doubt more where that came from." Brought to you in stereo(?) at both locations.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:31, Mon 19 Mar 2018.

Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 198 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 13:43
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Dane hefted his new prize, a Laser-Axe, and grinned, thinking to himself, "Fuck, yeah. I'll definitely keep this."

He looked around for any other invaders on this side of the portal, and once ALL of them were accounted for, he took up a position on the Earth side of the portal, blocking any more invaders from coming through, until he could reassess the situation.

Peripherally he noted the odd white scorpion/bug/humanoid creature; while it seemed to be on their side, he could really make sense of it, feeling his sanity bending ever so slightly. He thought, "It has a scorpion tail, coming out of its head."
Hostiles
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 16:49
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Serena and Dane were having much better luck now with the hand to hand combat, working on demolishing the alien hostiles slowly but steadily.  The officers were not cooperating with Matt's efforts to get close,  but one of them revealed that the 'bracer' was actually a laser-whip, and he laid a stripe of 'hey, that isn't nice' along Matt's arm.

  Elsewhere, in the ships where Antoinette, Absalom, Mittens and Matt were, they were indeed unhappy when Matt disconnected their propulsion systems.  Absalom could not see a 'jack' to interface with, but he could see some sort of clips by which an access panel was held tight along the floor edge.  None of the apparently written language looked at all familiar to him, nor did any sort of pattern leap out to help translate it into something someone did speak.

  Mittens found that there were no prisoners on this ship.  There was no brig.  There were, however, at least fifty *more* of the hostile aliens, and now they *knew* someone who was definitely NOT one of them was aboard.  Something like a klaxon went off, and what looked like white flashing lights began to strobe throughout the ship.