Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe.   Posted by Megaira Kattakara.Group: 0
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 202 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Tue 29 May 2018
at 11:00
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette Rebeca Haze:
Lifelight looks over at Dane. The man she had just introduced to Maverick not too long ago was now in the ship and tearing it apart. Having formulated what she wants to say, she lifts her voice, "If we can take some of the computer back, I can spend time studying their technology after the fight!"

Dane nodded to Lifelight, and said, "Be quick. While you salvage, I'll figure out where to push and pull."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 57 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Tue 29 May 2018
at 18:00
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Seeing the room go dark with only alarm lights to light things, Lifelight glows, lighting the room up. "OK" she answers Dane. "Also, there are aliens on the other side of that door."

Having confirmed people are currently well enough, Lifelight proceeds to loot what alien tech she can, taking it through the portal to the other side - to Earth.

For these aliens to be so far advanced and yet not be familiar to Matt or Mittens after their years-long space adventures, either these aliens are from a galaxy far removed from the Milky Way, or they are from an another dimension/plane. Given how advanced the tech is, Lifelight wouldn't be too surprised if the aliens were from another dimension.

But that is for another time. Right now, she focuses on getting what she can out of there while she can, before it is time for everyone to fully retreat back to Earth.
Duke Absalom
 Hero, 9 posts
 Getting his mental feet
 under him slowly.
Tue 29 May 2018
at 19:03
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Absalom took notice of what he inferred about the computer systems from his "Cyber SniffTM". Then the lights went out. Absalom chuckled to himself, believing that when the aliens sensed someone hacking the system, they shut it all down. He pulled his hand out of the port and it stopped glowing. His eye adjusted to the darkness but you could see them glowing white in the dark.

"I'll help too!" Absalom offered when Dane and Lifelight spoke about looting the ship for tech and taking it back home.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 78 posts
Tue 29 May 2018
at 19:20
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Seraph decided to go for feints and unpredictability in her attacks since the officers were fighting so well in coordination. She would start an attack on one before changing to a defensive posture and attacking the other. She also took advantage of her wings and took off to attack from the air.

In one particularly spectacular moment she took to the sky and fired a concentrated beam of white-hot flames at them.
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 203 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Wed 30 May 2018
at 13:48
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Dane positioned himself at the door, preparing to hold it, if necessary, or, once all of the salvageable alien tech has been removed, to breach the door and complete his mission. He held back the rising anger as best as he could, but he was aware there was a limit to his control.

"How many?" he asked Lifelight.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 58 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Thu 31 May 2018
at 02:41
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The light that Lifelight is emitting to cause the room to be lit is oddly not blinding to look at, if still clear that she has become a walking lightbulb.

She answers Dane, "Fifty."
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1753 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 20:10
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Kevin Jordan:
For a bit, to anyone watching Meg was just speaking to air.  Though despite his attempt at gruffness he was actually quite accommodating in a situation such as this.  His head shifts to the side as Rodger enters the view, at the same time he shuts off his cloaking device.  The suit was obviously professionally made, carefully crafted for a mix of protection and movement though of an apparently light weight material as well.  It almost looked like fabric but there were shapes and the way it sat on his body shows otherwise.  The cowl is full so while she can't see the smile, there is one to his voice.  Briefly, before getting to business.

"Daystar.  We can talk about the phone call later.  Right now, I came to you because of your activity with the New Age Defenders.  At first I was going to help with the situation out there, but despite their inexperience the two out there seem to be holding their own and giving our unwelcome guests more than they bargained for.  There is a signal jamming electronic transmissions in the broad RF range.  Not only is it likely affecting the police from communicating with their base, it is also causing a problem with at least one emergency call center here in the city.  I have a program that keeps tabs on both for me.  No one knows me here and understandably by the looks of me, they may not believe or listen to me in the panic.  I could use an introduction to the police."

Another glance is given to Rodger and despite the affects to his voice, there was obviously a touch of legitimate concern.

"Are you alright, Sir?"

There is the slightest of auras around her that his suit picks up.  It wasn't designed to look for every energy signature known or theoretically possible but that much radiating out still shows something.  He tucks that away as either her abilities with the gravitic scan or errors in his own suit.
Rodger Eskin:
"No. I am not," Rodger's reply to the unfamiliar person was unusually curt for him. "I gather that you are aware that the 911 emergency system is down, and from your mention of the N.A.D. am I to presume that we have a serious Para situation? Or am I jumping to the wrong conclusion, sir?"

He gaze was focused almost entirely on Kevin as he spoke.


  Meg tilted one eyebrow, and said "EM jamming I can definitely deal with, as well as providing introductions.  Give me a second for a scan . . . and there it is.  I see it over that way, just about where the portal appeared that these hostiles came from."  When she 'scanned', his sensors detected a wave of powerful magnetic energy sweep over him faster than even the most modern MRI machine he'd seen.  Her eyes had also lit up with golden energy in the centers, and she indicated with one hand.  To Rodger, she said "I think our newer paras have the hostiles in hand, so far no civilian casualties but plenty of property damage to most things outside.  The Apartments and Cafe are fine.   Let the WPD know they'll need to send the scientific types take a look at the hostiles.  Daystar, if you would be so kind as to neutralize the transmitter, I think that would do everyone on the legal side a world of good."
Hostiles
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 20:14
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  The hostiles were not faring so well, the white fire of Serena's angelic form finally taking some of their cybernetics offline and giving her and her partner the opening needed to finish them off.

  In the ships, there were about twenty more hostiles outside, preparing to open the door and shoot them all.  However, dismantling the ship around them was making other problems, like with the way the computer systems were set up, their looting meant they were opening up a ton of hull breaches and the system to deal with them was now offline.  So the enemy would very shortly have other issues, like explosive decompression, to worry about, unless Matt was going to keep them alive to let them shoot at his friends.
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 243 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 22:49
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  "You can bring it back in pieces and I should be able to put it back together fine guys.  The question will be if we WANT to put it back together."

 Alien invaders dying in the vast emptiness of space doesn't count!  Matt's own dismantling was of the careful variety. Thank you, willful hypocrisy helping Matt avoid going mad with power.

  He comments to Mittens, "I'm STILL back on Earth as it is, so don't worry about me if you need to close the portal on me."

  MEANWHILE, on Earth.  A reminder that absurd perceptions into the physical and metaphysical is no replacement for Omniscience.  "Oh, huh."  And with that, the alien Jammer quit it's dayjob.  "Sorry, forgot my phone working doesn't mean everyone else gets bars."

  Then a surviving alien kicks him in the head hard enough to leave it at a 90 degree angle. "Hey. stop that."
Rodger Eskin
 mystic-android, 2054 posts
 Unwilling "evil wizard"
 for the government
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 22:52
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Megaira Kattakara (msg # 314):

No civilians hurt? That was good news, even with his knowledge of just how capable Meg was. The android ex-teacher nodded twice, then his eyes went unfocused as he shifted to internal system views and addressed a mindmail missive to the henchclown officer at police dispatch.

Meg reports that there are no civilians hurt, but considerable property damage. Unknown persons arrived through a portal, source also unknown. She is deploying local Para assistance to deal with an electromagnetic jamming device being used.

She advises that a scientific team be sent to examine the hostiles, so I surmise that they are more than just Paras with a chip on their shoulders. I haven't seen any of them yet myself.


Sending the mindmail, his gaze returned to normal, focusing on Meg once more. "They came through a portal? Is it like this one, which I believe Miss Adventure created psionically, or of an unknown origin?" he asked.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 79 posts
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 23:09
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena brought both of her alien weapons down on the one that just kicked the...man? Creature? Thing? she had been fighting next to, shearing it into roughly five pieces.

"Less talking, more killing once you get your head to a less painful position,"
she hissed in a voice like fire.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 92 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Tue 5 Jun 2018
at 23:43
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Mits is sooo happy to have Matt around!" the catgirl narrates aloud, "And the fact that he's often mistaken as her sidekick rather than vastly more powerful is still quite amusing.  So she combines a compliment with a tease:  You're the best sidekick ever, Matt!"

(( http://img.memecdn.com/chuck-n...idekick_o_804241.jpg ))

Not wanting the aliens to get slaughtered in a most unpleasant way... Take your pick: vacuum of space or Dane.  Either one is an unpleasant slaughter...  Mits asides to the new speedster, "You fast enough to disarm that many aliens before they know what hit 'em, Mr. Duke?"

The assumption is that the answer is yes considering the earlier boasts.  Not that their guns would even work with Matt around, but that doesn't translate to "time to surrender" quite as clearly as being disarmed in Miss Adventure's experience.  She secretly opens up a portal behind the baddies for Duke, hoping that'll keep the scene from going R rated faster than you can say, "Punched through the hull."
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 38 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Wed 6 Jun 2018
at 00:41
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The pulse from Meg is certainly detected, though it causes him to wonder just how off his sensors were and how much work was needed to make them functional once again.

A soft disturbance of static and a quick reboot of his systems causes him a pause.

Sir, it would seem we are back online.  I am beginning to detect activity across the city and communication with the Osprey is running at previous efficiency.

Facing away to the side, "Understood.  Keep me posted, if you can."

"My apologies.  It would seem that whatever was causing the disturbance has stopped.  I would suggest contacting this Miss Adventure to see if she can remove that portal.  While they could have had joint attacks with this as a distraction it is more likely that the device located here is transmitting through the portal and disrupting the system that way.  The thought of having a primary force here with a small force designed to disrupt a system in a different area seems to have more subtlety than what they are showing in this direct attack.  Whatever they wanted was likely here, potentially a direct attack on the Café in order to test the strength of the parahumans here.  Still, I will go look for this device.  Alien tech or not, it still fits the definition of a mechanical or electrical system.  There are some truths that are universal."

With that, he starts to take his exit, waiting briefly for responses before leaving the café to survey the area.

This message was last edited by the player at 09:19, Sat 09 June 2018.

Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 204 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Wed 6 Jun 2018
at 13:57
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Dane observed, a note of urgency (but not a whiff of panic) in his voice. "They're coming through. Take what you can and let me go to work before they breach and force the issue."

He rubbed his fingers together, and the energy coming off of him was palpable, and intensifying. He placed a hand against the door keeping the alien soldiers out to strengthen it, the energy axe in the other hand. He hefted the axe, and smiled grimly. "I'm keeping this. Very handy. Oh... if you see any other weapons like this? Grab 'em."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 59 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Wed 6 Jun 2018
at 22:45
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Lifelight does as instructed and totes what she can out of there. While she herself is impressively strong for a girl of her size and stature, it isn't superhuman, so she isn't able to carry out much by herself.

Back on Earth, Lifelight can be seen walking through the portal, carrying parts of alien tech and trotting over to place them near in the middle of the street. Lifelight then turns on her Holtzman Shield and calls out to nobody in particular, "Please bring any alien weapons here!"
Hostiles
Thu 7 Jun 2018
at 03:07
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Antoinette Rebeca Haze:
Lifelight does as instructed and totes what she can out of there. While she herself is impressively strong for a girl of her size and stature, it isn't superhuman, so she isn't able to carry out much by herself.

Back on Earth, Lifelight can be seen walking through the portal, carrying parts of alien tech and trotting over to place them near in the middle of the street. Lifelight then turns on her Holtzman Shield and calls out to nobody in particular, "Please bring any alien weapons here!"


  The aliens with weapons didn't open the doors like humans do, their doors iris open, so when they tripped the 'emergency release', the bottom half dropped into the floor, the top half stayed put, and they fired (or tried to) through the bottom half of the doorway in an attempt to clear the room of what they considered hostiles aboard their ship.
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 205 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Fri 8 Jun 2018
at 14:59
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Dane floated up when the door door went down, safely concealed by the upper door, both from enemy fire as well as line of sight. As he heard the click on the emergency door release a split second before the bottom door dropped, he called out in his battle-tested voice that immediately drew the attention of his companions, "Incoming!!" Take cover!"

As the aliens began to fire, Dane waited. Eventually, they would have to come through, and that's when he would reveal himself and the energy axe he wielded like a scythe, or, perhaps, a pendulum in a Poe story. The enemy had made an error - they opened themselves up to return fire while sacrificing their own concealment, yet would be unable to enter the room without passing through Dane's gauntlet.

He smiled grimly.
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 244 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Mon 11 Jun 2018
at 00:28
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  "It's all old flinch reflexes and approximations to better interact with the physical world. Though I appreciate the concern. He says to the slice and dice angel.

  Among Matt's more boring hobbies, studying up on the city utilities.  For while it was a luxury he could afford to be sloppy with collateral damage, it was easier still to know what parts of the pavement you could carve open without having to reseal gas pipelines afterwards.

  "I mean. I don't even breath, but you don't give the whole creepy mannequin vibe if you go through the motions."

  Like that patch one of the remaining soldiers was standing on right now, carved away from underneath and partially sealed back up.  "Please do not chop off his head, I'm already seeing to it they can't kill themselves or be teleported away as it is."

  IN SPACE, Where everyone can hear you scream real easily it turns out.

  "Sorry Mittens, my arbitrary standards deem this a PG-13 fight to everyone else." His appendage (Or would that be the other way around in his case?) blocks stray shots that would otherwise have passed through the portal.

OOC: Let me know if declaring a random soldier captured is more problematic than declaring lots of them dead. A surprisingly common issue from freeform to pre-made modules.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:45, Mon 11 June 2018.

Duke Absalom
 Hero, 10 posts
 Getting his mental feet
 under him slowly.
Mon 11 Jun 2018
at 02:47
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
In reply to Antoinette Rebeca Haze (msg # 322):

Next to where Lifelight sat down her pile appeared a few piles of tech after a silverish blur went to and fro the portal.

Absalom appeared next to Lifelight after the 2nd pile of alien tech.

"We need anymore or are we got enough?" he asked her.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:48, Mon 11 June 2018.

Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 40 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Mon 11 Jun 2018
at 20:22
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Daystar grimaces a bit as he looks over the carnage.  What their true intentions for coming here, for choosing this specific spot would be difficult to ascertain.  It could simply be because they were here looking for a fight, but there was usually a motive for every action.  As he starts moving towards the portal, his middle and ring fingers press against his belt and a small compartment opens with a barely audible click.  A pair of tweezers, a small bag and a test tube are all withdrawn.  While he moves he looks about the wreckage, the movement of his head and neck slow and methodical.  He kneels quickly, briefly to pick up a small chunk of rocklike flesh and other organic residue on it.  With a quick scan it was difficult to tell what was and what wasn't contaminated from the fight.  Without a real control sample there was little he could do.  Still, knowing more about this enemy would be good.

The portal shifts and he watches as Lifelight and Duke make their way out.  Matt and the war angel had things well in hand.  While he doesn't speak, a glance is given to them all.  Doing his best not to make himself look like a threat.

Which left him to his situation.  A glance is given to the pile of tech at their feet as he moves off to the side, still approaching the portal though not going directly at it.  Visual samples had been taken both from the armor and weapons.  A few more seconds.

There.  Approaching the device he kneels over it.  The power still seemed to be on.  The eyes of his mask light up along their edges just slightly as he gives the device a scan.  Both with what tech of his was working along with his own eyes.
Jammer
Mon 11 Jun 2018
at 21:03
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  The device did still have power, and his scans indicated that were the laws of physics not being pretzeled, it would still be broadcasting a powerful jamming signal that basically filled the airwaves with what amounted to screamingly loud white noise.  The power source was contained within the device, and the case of it did not seem designed to be opened or manipulated in any way.  It didn't even have anything that was clearly an on/off switch as he knew them.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 60 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Tue 12 Jun 2018
at 21:40
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
When Lifelight was exiting, Matt's headtail deflected some laser behind her and she seemed to not even notice. But she softly said "Thank you." apparently to no one in particular.

Back to the present:

Lifelight's hair got blown about by the wake of Duke's rushing back and forth, but the girl seemed to not really react, just having a spaced out look on her face. When Duke asked her the question, she looks over at him, then looks at the piles of tech curiously. "...The more, the better." then gives him a gentle smile. "Thank you."
Maverick Sargas
 junior vigilante, 79 posts
Tue 12 Jun 2018
at 21:50
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick takes note of the guy who entered the scene and made himself known as a non-hostile to the other heroes. With one hand on his binoculars to spy on the new arrival and one hand on his phone, he was ready to warn Matt, but sees that the new arrival is an ally. A smile on his face, Maverick is confident that between more arrivals, aliens falling, and alien tech piling up, this battle appears to be won.

Maverick streams a video update to the Derring family so they can see what the situation looks like from wherever they are along with this message: "Zero apparent civilian casualties and zero hero casualties. Aliens tough, but beaten. Technology being collected."
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 94 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Wed 13 Jun 2018
at 07:05
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mits blocks a shot or two with her lightsaber, redirecting them back at the enemy before reshaping terrain to provide cover for her escape.

"In Soviet Space, cover takes you!

"No need to apologize, Matt.  So long as I don't have to say sorry for my jokes.

"See you back on Earth, Rampage!"


Zoop!  She returns to Earth!  Upon seeing that Matt and Serena have the big bads handled, Miss Adventure cheers and claps!

"Woohoo!  Nicely done!"

That Antoinette.  Sure her being spaced out is puntastic for the situation, but she's more zen than even Mittens' space samurai teacher!  Just as cool with laser spam flying about as with sharing a puppydog with a friend.  Makes Mits feel... uneasy.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:24, Wed 13 June 2018.

Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 245 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Wed 20 Jun 2018
at 04:54
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  While Matt certainly takes note of his presence, even without the fact they had snuck off to have a chat with Meg is the telltale fact Daystar is doing actual forensics.  So clearly, the guy fiddling with the alien jamming device is on the level from that novelty alone.

  "I'll deal with any property damage not deemed required evidence later." Granted, Matt would have said that aloud already out of habit.  But hey, new people.