Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe.   Posted by Megaira Kattakara.Group: 0
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.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 41 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Sun 8 Jul 2018
at 23:50
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
"Alfred, take my position and compare it to the Osprey's flight records.  Open Investigation File: Foreign Invaders zero-zero-one.  Place results there.  I will dictate further casefile information later."


A few seconds pass and then he takes hold of a small handle to lift the device.  Testing the weight before attempting to move it.  Speaking up for the others.


"It would seem the hostiles brought equipment to jam a broad range of RF signals.  I am unsure why it is not currently working the way it was intended, but if you are collecting weapons, you should take this, too.  I would not destroy it, not yet.  If we can get it somewhere it will not be able to affect anything, we can work on a way of counter acting it again.  Outside of whoever or whatever is preventing it from functioning now."


Approaching the team standing at the portal he looks to each of them.

"Daystar."

A look is given around the area as well.  They were out in the open and there were many factors to take into account.  While some of the functions of his HUD were not working, he did have the option for now of Infrared.  Switching to that a more purposeful examination of the area within line of sight is given.
Truth
 GM, 443 posts
 meet the new boss same as
 the old boss
Mon 9 Jul 2018
at 23:21
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  They'd cleared the hostiles, all of them were now deceased.  They had a pile of technology, themselves, and Matt's handy dandy abilities had kept the collateral damage to structures and items to a minimum, the people having had paras around long enough to exit fast stage left when hostiles showed up.
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 83 posts
Mon 9 Jul 2018
at 23:27
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Seraph looked around with satisfaction at the dead aliens and the lack of damage and casualties to bystanders. She kept the two alien weapons as she walked back inside the Cafe to look for Maggie. "Maggie, where are you?"
Justice
 GM, 1113 posts
 Justice isn't blind
 its crosseyed
Tue 10 Jul 2018
at 01:10
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
The team in space begins scuttling the spaceship, smashing anything that looked important. While they are still in the process of destroying the ship there is a large explosion out the viewport. Those that look manage to look in time see a red and gold blur slam through the last ship (that the team is not on). It appears Excelsior has joined the fight. It may be wise to leave before he destroys the last ship.


OOC: Excelsior is the worlds most famous and most powerful superhero, and leader of the Global Guardians A U.N. Sanctioned superteam composed of paras from all over the world.

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:11, Tue 10 July 2018.

Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 247 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Tue 10 Jul 2018
at 01:32
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Collecting evidence, AND not a brooding loner?  That's a bigger surprise than the alien invasion.

  "Hi Daystar, I'm Matt.  The hope a more common solution to the jammer is found is why I didn't just break it when it was brought to my attention."

  Speaking of things his awareness has caught onto, his headtail zips back through the portal and across the span of space and ships to comment more directly to Dean Dane, right on the first try honest.  "Hey, come home before Excelsior accidentally sends you hurtling through space.  Not that you are at any risk, but you'd have more dignity if Mittens or I don't have to catch you."

This message was last edited by the player at 01:46, Wed 11 July 2018.

Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 61 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Tue 10 Jul 2018
at 03:38
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maggie trots up to Serena. "Arf! I am happy to see you again, Serena!"

Meanwhile, back at the gathering of heroes, Lifelight gives Daystar a smile. In a soft voice, she answers Daystar, "Hi. I am Lifelight. I want to study the alien technology."
Maverick Sargas
 junior vigilante, 81 posts
Tue 10 Jul 2018
at 03:45
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick is also impressed with Daystar's forward nature. But as much as he REALLY wants to go out there and meet this Daystar guy right away... he reminds himself he is extremely cautious for a reason. So he texts Matt.
Duke Absalom
 Hero, 11 posts
 Getting his mental feet
 under him slowly.
Tue 10 Jul 2018
at 04:14
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Absalom stayed with Lifelight, lugging all the tech they looted from the ship. He was thinking that they could indeed learn something from it. In time, reverse engineering that tech could be worthwhile.
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 208 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Tue 10 Jul 2018
at 12:18
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Dane had managed to find a main support beam junction of the ship, a location where two main support struts of the ship intersected. Once his companions were safely away, he grasped the beams at that junction, and pulled.

He had been told his strength might be theoretically limitless, and this seemed like a perfect time to figure that out. The ship resisted his efforts at first, and then, finally, parted. The beams went in opposite directions, and the hull tore.

He felt the cool vacuum of space chilling him, but he did not waver from his purpose. He was comfortable relying on a team, and trusted them to extricate him from his situation; it was what teams did.

Dane pushed one of the pieces of the scout ship away, sparking and sputtering as the torn electrical systems slowly died, and holding on to the other for the moment, to make it easier to find him.

The battle was over, and space, it turns out, was beautiful, despite the alien bodies floating about, and the debris. It was cold, and clean, and silent. He became aware that he was cooling down here, but not nearly as quickly as he would have before his transformation, and that he would need to breathe in a while, but not immediately. Curious.
Maverick Sargas
 junior vigilante, 82 posts
Tue 10 Jul 2018
at 13:41
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maverick was noticing the lack of Dane and got nervous. What if the aliens caught him? Or he is injured or worse? He quickly texts Ant, Mittens and Matt with "Where is Dane?"
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 96 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Wed 11 Jul 2018
at 00:25
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Miss Adventure air boxes as she speaks, "Mittens will neither confirm nor deny leaving a small view-port open to witness Rampage's awesome ship rippin-Look!  Up in the sky!  It's a red and gold blur!  It's Excelsior!  Uh-oh.  Um, you made Rampage space-proof, right, Matt?"

Batman KaPOW* sound effects erupt from her phone when she gets a text from Secret Agent Boy.  Upon seeing Matt's headtail shoot back through the portal to Dane, Mits relaxes some and checks her phone.  Knowing Mav is watching, she simply gives a thumbs up and exaggerated nod.

"All Rampage's gotta do is grab hold and you'll pull him back, right?  Should I poof a life preserver at the end of your headdtail to make it clearer?"

She grins at epic double-blade Archangel calling out for her puppy!  "Ah!  So cute!"

"Nice to meetcha, Daystar!  I'm Miss Adventure!  And this is Matt, Serena, Duke, and Rampage should be joining us shortly.  Thanks for being so awesome, everyone!"

Meanwhile, a small portal opens briefly near Excelsior.  Out of it floats a dry-erase board with a message written on it that reads, "Follow the organic looking rope thingy to find Rampage and a convenient portal back to Earth."

*(( KaPOW!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOKu36x_9LQ ))

This message was last edited by the player at 00:37, Wed 11 July 2018.

Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 86 posts
Wed 11 Jul 2018
at 00:29
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena drew her flames back into herself and knelt to take Maggie into her arms, giving her a big hug. "I'm very relieved to see you safe, Maggie. I was worried about you during the fight."
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 210 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Tue 17 Jul 2018
at 11:46
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Dane heard the voice in the vacuum of space, and he shook his head slightly, clearing the cobwebs. He held up a hand, and waved to Excelsior, and then... hesitantly, reached out a hand to grasp the headtail, to be pulled back through.
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 250 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Tue 17 Jul 2018
at 18:36
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
  Matt's instincts take a once over on Dane to see if they didn't need his help after all for breathing in space given how common that is, but won't give up his assistance on until the guy is back on Earth either way.

  "I can appreciate the hesitance after seeing what I did, but I assure you despite appearances I can't cut bread unless I desire it.  and with that, Matt smoothly brings Dane back through the portal.

  Excelsior has the practiced speed on display, while previously Matt demonstrated precision.   But looks like Dane is bringing home the gold for style today by suplexing a spaceship to death.  Wowie zowie.

  "And we're back.  Mittens, I'll keep your ideas in mind for making the lifesaving intentions of a living whip sword, spines optional, more obvious... Probably more dignified than my idea of sticking plastic googly eyes and a fake mustache on the end."

OOC: ...Yeah I don't think this will work out


This message was last edited by the player at 19:05, Tue 17 July 2018.

Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 62 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Wed 18 Jul 2018
at 04:24
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
After having introduced herself to Daystar, Lifelight was beginning to space out when she saw Dane being brought back through the portal. Since she knew everyone else present was healthy, Lifelight trotted over to where Dane was so she could give him a quick medical checkup.

Since Duke was staying with the alien tech anyway, and the fight was finished, Lifelight wasn't worried about the tech getting damaged. Her forcefield turned off, Lifelight asked Dane, "Are you alright?"


Maggie answers Serena, "Arf! Thank you for worrying about my safety! I was worried for your safety as well, but would have been unable to aid you in combat. I am happy to be in your arms again, Serena. But how are you? Did you get hurt?"
Rodger Eskin
 mystic-android, 2057 posts
 Unwilling "evil wizard"
 for the government
Wed 18 Jul 2018
at 04:28
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Staying near the portal in back, the one to the police, Rodger's gaze focused and unfocused repeatedly as the android reported on what he witnessed going on via his internal mindmail system.
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 44 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Wed 18 Jul 2018
at 20:31
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Space and ships.  It did not completely rule out the potential of them being from a different dimension, though simple aliens was starting to become the prevalent conclusion.  Closing the last of the space between them, he adds the Jammer to the pile of tech at Lifelight's feet.

"Have you had dealings with these aliens before?  It would be nice to have a name and planet of origin to add to my files, if they are known."

This question was put to everyone with no real single person having it directed to them.  Though his head does pivot over to Mittens, an unseen short lived smile tugging at his lips at the sound effect.

"Miss Adventure, when we have a moment away from the public eye, I need to speak with you."
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 88 posts
Wed 18 Jul 2018
at 21:39
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Serena hugged the robot dog again, her eyes slightly red. She was already very attached to her new companion and would have been extremely upset had anything happened to her. "I'm fine, Maggie. They didn't hurt me at all."

Her wings rose to slightly encircle the two of them as they talked.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 97 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 02:26
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mits' heart is melting at the touching sight of Serena hugging Maggie, tears welling up in her eyes, and a smile on her lips.

But upon hearing her name, she wipes her eyes and turns her attention to Daystar. "Moi?  Only tangentially.  In a 'coincidence' of timing, which I suspect would make sense to an astrophysicist, I received a warning from my Space Samurai mentor Halkor JUST after the badguys showed up.  I'll play it back for you."

Miss Adventure unrolls a flexible viewscreen that then hovers in place.

quote:
Halkor's face takes up the viewscreen. "Matthew, Mittens, I hope you are doing well and I wish my message was sent in better circumstances. We have encountered a new threat, no one knows where they came from but their technology is incredibly advanced and their military is powerful. They conquered Arkalia first to use as a staging ground, Azrith brought his tribe's fleet to help but..."

Halkor trailed off, his eyes looking sad as he stared off to the side. "Most of his people are gone now, and mine as well as many others are enslaved. Azrith and I managed to escape and find Archeirae as well as a few new friends and gather what allies we could. But it hasn't been going well, and what's worse is we've found they have plans to expand to the edges of the galaxy, to earth.

We have one last plan, a desperate gambit, but if we succeed we should manage to cut the head off the snake. If not, then they will head towards your home. This message will likely reach you too late, but it will hopefully make it before their main fleet. Good luck my friends, and I'm sorry for leaving you with the threat I failed to stop."


As the message plays, Mits looks deep in thought.  Once it finishes, she announces with finality,  "I've decided to name them The Ninja Yōkaizords - The animal themed space-samurai cyber armor commandos bent on galactic conquest who don't talk.

"If you don't mind stepping into my secret lair, I'd be happy to give you that secret chat you're asking for.  Just bear in mind, I expect you to be specific on those things you want to remain unknown and from whom.  When questioned by the Men in Black, I'd like to be able to truthfully say, 'I'm not at liberty to discuss that.'"


Miss Adventure opens a portal for Daystar that leads to an enormous warehouse full of toys.  (( Kinda like this: https://images-ext-1.discordap...9ae9aca023749260.jpg ))

This message was last edited by the player at 02:44, Thu 19 July 2018.

Anton Jakova
 ShadowJak, 2 posts
Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 19:03
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Anton knew life would be different in Weston City. He knew that starting over in the American city would be a drastic change. He never expected that an Alien Invasion would be included in the changes.

Upon arrival, his first order of business was to find a job. He needed to find a way to survive in his new home. After a few stressful days of dwindling resources and potential worry of returning to his old skills, Anton discovered a way to use those previous skills in n a way he hadn't considered...that of being a courier. Direct Services was a small courier business in Weston City, specializing in quick, discrete deliveries to any location in the city, If you need it there, GO Direct!

And that was exactly what he was doing when H.G. Wells became a prophet. The delivery was to a place called Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse. Eschewing the typical bike that most messengers use, Anton simply used his own skills at Parkour and his unnatural talents to flow when not seen. That combination had quickly solved his resource issue. He had been in an alleyway just a couple of blocks away from the dropoff when a shimmering, swirling vortex of orange vomited three forms and a weird piece of machinery. It was clear form the start that these were not your typical Westoner. And the weaponry that they brandished quickly dispelled any good intentions. As the portal swirled shut, one of the aliens bent down and began to setup the odd machine in front of him. The other two peeled off and began to scan the area.

Already in the flow, Anton grinned to himself...Fighting Aliens, definitely American!....The first alien never saw what happened as an errant shadow slid across the ground directly at it. As the shadow passed below it, the alien dropped into the shadow as if it was a deep pond. Still moving, the shadow then slid across from the other lookout and then spat out the previous into the second. As they collided, another figure leapt out, launching off of the impact of the two.

Ironically, it would have been perfect except that the third alien was as oblivious as the two lookouts. Turning at the sound of a scuffle, the third alien snapped out a large staff like weapon and blindly swung back as it turned. Anton was in the middle of a triple somersault kick when the tip of the staff caught his ankle, stalling the kick and forcing another rotation. Quick and agile, Anton simply dove into the Staff Alien's shadow...emerging from the shadows cast be the other two struggling.

In close quarters, Anton began a series of quick and brutal strikes involving nearly every limb at his disposal. At the same time, he pulled one aliens rifle like weapon around just as it squoze the trigger. The resulting spray played across both the nearest alien and the staff wielding Shaolin alien, dropping both. Before the clip emptied, Anton continued the twisting pull and forced the last alien to shoot itself point blank range. Once last splat and it was over.

All of this happened in a matter of a few heartbeats. And in those few heartbeats, the Darkness within him growled in his mind. The beast was stirring. Looking over at the aliens, Anton looked back out along the alleyway. Nearby, he could hear a much concentrated version of conflict happening. One with more combatants. There was no doubting those sounds, nor what the outcome was for the loosers. Looking back at the Aliens, he was sure that they were no longer living? With a simple gesture, the shadows below each of the Aliens deepened as dark tendrils flowed over them and swallowed up their remains...Sleep Moi Druuk...Sleep...With only the device left, Anton swallowed it in another shadow as he headed towards his destination.

When he arrived at Apokyphos, the battle had concluded. And like his, the Aliens hadn't fared so well. Once again in civilian clothes, Anton slowly walked towards the group, “Excuse me? I have a delivery for Apokryphos Cafe?” The closer he gets to the group, he starts to feel a pulsing in his left side and arm.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 100 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Fri 20 Jul 2018
at 05:45
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
On any other day, Mittens would make much more of a sunglasses-wearing delivery guy who looks like a dead terrorist from Die Hard re-animated as a zombie.  (Just read the character's description!)  But today, she's got her hands full with trying to coax the world's greatest hero into making an appearance while handling keeping track of several new awesome acquaintances.

"Follow the finger," she answers the person who she does not yet know is named Anton, "It shall guide you to your destination."

A strange statuette of a winged finger appears and begins floating toward the person resuming charge of the Cafe.  (( https://tytempletonart.files.w...e-finger-of-fate.jpg ))
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 46 posts
 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Sun 5 Aug 2018
at 21:56
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Watching the message, behind the mask a frown forms on his face.  A look is given to Anton as he approaches the group.  More and more he was a little amazed by this world, as far as he could tell, parahumans were only recently made public knowledge.  Now in the midst of an alien invasion aftermath, there was no problem approaching a group.  Still, Mittens had it well in (floating) hand.

Remaining silent he looks to Mittens and then steps through the portal.

Looking around at the area, there was a brief moment he was ready for some trap to be sprung though it is short lived.  This situation was real, he knew that and he was willing to trust Meg that these people were on the up and up.  A soft amused breath is expelled.

"On friendly terms with someone in a giant warehouse filled with toys.  Now this is something I never thought would happen."
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 101 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Tue 7 Aug 2018
at 07:52
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Mits puts on a catgirl muppet with pigtails that kinda resembles her on her right hand, pokes her hand through the portal, then shrinks it down to be just as big around as her arm.  To those outside the cafe, it looks like she's missing a hand.  To Daystar, it looks like the disembodied arm is missing a person.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 64 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Tue 7 Aug 2018
at 08:11
Re: Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe
Maggie says, "Arf! You are so strong, Serena! And your wings are pretty! I should ask Antoinette to give me pretty wings. Arf."


Lifelight is still waiting for Dane's answer when Anton shows up. Antoinette slowly looks at Anton and then points the direction of the cafe with a small smile. "The cafe is over there." then looks back to Dane to see if he is OK.