Apokryphos Cafe and Coffeehouse - The Cafe.   Posted by Megaira Kattakara.Group: 0
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.
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?"