Dragon and Tiger.   Posted by Justice.Group: 0
Donald Derring Jr.
 NPC, 4 posts
Tue 16 Apr 2019
at 01:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Donnie grinned widely. "I am Uncle Lucas! And strong! You should see how much I can lift now!"
Dragon Fist
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Thu 18 Apr 2019
at 03:13
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Oh, I'm sure you could, Donnie," Lucas said with a chuckle. "You're a good boy, use that strength to help others."

He then turned to Don, and sighed. "Katy and Zeke....is everything okay with them? I've been so wrapped up in other things that I haven't taken the time to at least see how they're doing."
Diantha Ellen Derring
 NPC, 239 posts
 Don's Daughter
Fri 19 Apr 2019
at 12:23
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Diantha replied quite logically (for a young lady) "Daddy can't help the fact that he is not a hug person.  Which is why he doesn't hug for poop.  Donnie and I, however, are good huggers, and you needed some.  Nor would you ever hurt us.  So we are the best men for the job, as Daddy has been known to say."   And gave Lucas another hug.
Hotwire
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Fri 19 Apr 2019
at 23:42
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Can't speak for the Queen of Tinfoil Hats,"

The voice crackles through, something.  If we're lucky it's actually something that it makes sense a voice would be coming out of.  If not, he'll make do.  The lights in the dojo dim just slightly as Zeke forms out from the wiring, giving a grin to the kids before looking up to his friend.

"but I blame you for the situation I find myself in."

It really wasn't like Zeke to get all dressed up like this, he was actually in a suit.  With. A. Tie.  That he quickly starts to fumble with a bit to loosen.  There was an attempt at a stern annoyed face but it had just been too damn long since he talked with Lucas, and he didn't want to upset the kids.  The usually unkempt hair is tied back and worn in a cared for ponytail.  With the tie loosened he adjusts the cufflinks a bit before slowly shrugging off the jacket with a slight wince.

"Ugh, been too long since I went through wiring.  But, heard about a parahuman attacking a building, figured I'd swing by and see if my help was needed, it wasn't.  New blood has it handled quite well."

He smiles a little and offers a hand that oddly looks like it recently had a pedicure.  Though if/when Lucas takes the offered hand, he'll move in for a hug himself.

"It's been too long, man."

Giving a nod over to Senator Hunter.

"Saw your car while I was passing through, figured I'd poke my electrical signature through and take a look."

This message was last edited by the player at 23:45, Fri 19 Apr.

Dragon Fist
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Sat 20 Apr 2019
at 00:36
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas was taken off guard briefly as he saw Zeke materialize. Off guard...but not entirely surprised as he had done things like this before.

"Zeke....it's been a long time," Lucas replied as he moved to accept Zeke's handshake. "It's good to see you. I've heard you've been very busy nowadays." The hug surprised Lucas, but he hugged Zeke back.

"Suit and tie, huh?" Lucas asked Zeke, chuckling. "What's the big occasion?"
Diantha Ellen Derring
 NPC, 240 posts
 Don's Daughter
Sat 20 Apr 2019
at 01:32
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Diantha took advantage of Zeke being busy to manage a 'sneak-attack' in the form of hugging HIM too.  She told him mock severely "You need to visit more.  With all of us."
Hunter
 NPC, 894 posts
Sat 20 Apr 2019
at 20:35
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Don gives Zeke a friendly smile and nod as he appears, not even mildly surprised by his appearance. One thing that made him such an exceptional marksman, besides the whole son of a supersoldier thing, was his attention to detail, he noticed the signs of Zeke's presence.

"Zeke, good to see you. How's the school doing?" He grinned as Zeke mentioned passing by a crime scene where he wasn't needed. "Probably for the best, you're a bit out of shape for super-battles if that potbelly is any indication." He teased

"Personally I'm glad to be retired, I'm too old for crime-fighting."

Donny runs up to Zeke, hugging him solidly around the legs, then he pulled upward lifting Zeke by his legs. "See!? See how strong I am now?!"

"Donny! Put your uncle down!" His voice was stern, but there was a glint of amusement in his eyes.
Hotwire
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Mon 22 Apr 2019
at 22:20
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Zeke grins to Diantha when she hugs him and gives a little shout of surprise when Donny grabs him and picks him up.

"You have gotten stronger since I saw you last!"

He seemed a bit more mature than Lucas would remember him, still Zeke but a little of that edged had been sanded off.  Once he's set down he kneels to give a hug to both of the children, one arm around each of them before standing back up.

"Fighting, definitely not.  But talking someone down, reasoning with them.  Well I like to think my people skills have improved.  Marginally."

Looking to Lucas, his face gets a little more serious, he knew the guy was still hurting.  They all were.  Zeke had his moments with Friday, and he missed her quite a bit.  But those were connections outside of anything romantic, unlike Lucas and the two women he and the team had lost.  At least Zeke's own fling had simply walked out the door.

"Business look for business situation.  I was at a dinner with a few representatives for other countries.  Some of it to talk about the aliens that just popped up but mostly just to get an idea how well our government's attempt at counseling and training parahumans are going.  No one wants this to develop into some new Cold War arms race, at least not publicly.  I'm sure there are some that have alterior motives, but keep your friends close and your enemies closer.  So just heading home from that."

Zeke bristles just a little about the place being a School. But it was the easiest way to describe it.

"The 'Quadruple P' is going very well.  Exuasting and I had to politely decline having my head shaved and riding around in a wheel chair for Halloween once again, but otherwise it's moving along nicely."
Dragon Fist
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Sat 27 Apr 2019
at 03:59
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"You've come a long way, Zeke," Lucas said. "What you're doing is very important and very vital to our future. We can only hope that those representatives realize that those paras are people too."

It was good to see his two teammates again. Don's children were amazingly perceptive, and to the point when it came to frequent visits and emotional states of their "aunts and uncles."

"This city seems to be getting more complicated by the minute. Oh...I noticed some new heroes over at the museum when dealing with some mummies there earlier. They seem to work well together....maybe a bit loose knit, but they seemed to coordinate pretty well. Do either of you know any more about any of them?"
Hotwire
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Sat 27 Apr 2019
at 19:40
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Zeke's eyes narrow a little bit at that question, though his body language remains relaxed.

"Thanks.  Really I had no clue my speech about the Para Parties was going to get me to this position.  I figured I'd put my two cents in, make the proposal for a facility like what we have and people would realize how horrible of an idea it would be to have me be anywhere close to it."

There was a mix of exasperation and satisfaction to his voice though, despite his view on it, he really wouldn't have it any other way.

"I can certainly hope we can work things through though.  As for the new heroes... I haven't had any experience with them.  But the one guy, Daystar.  I don't trust him.  There's just something about the guy that rubs me the wrong way.  He didn't have his suit at the museum but he identified himself as Daystar, same guy that was wearing a very high tech suit at the scene with the aliens.  Up until a few days ago there was nothing and now.  Boom.  He's at the scene of an alien invasion and where a bunch of mummies come back to life."

Zeke fidgets a little.

"There.  Were.  Aliens.  I got distracted though when I was going to the scene.  Again. Ail.  Lee.  Ens.  Of course I was trying to get there, but then I felt something else that didn't belong here.  The tech he has, the vehicle he has.  I wasn't able to get close to it, it probably would have been the Satellite all over again if I had.  Still, the material its made with.  The sense it gave off to me.  It was even more foreign than those aliens are.  I don't trust him."

Of course, Zeke has never been known for being overly quick to trust anyone.
Hunter
 NPC, 895 posts
Sun 28 Apr 2019
at 18:08
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Things are better than they have been, though I'll be the first to admit it's not perfect. I've been working on peoples' opinions on paras from my end as well" Don told Lucas.

"I think if theres anything we've learned from our dealings with the New Age Defenders is we can't stop young people from going out there and trying to do what we did. Best to make sure they're equipped with the tools and experience they need to do it properly" He added to Zeke.

Don pondered Zeke's assessment of this 'Daystar Character'. "Government prototypes maybe? Something stolen from the Brain Bank? Or he could be another para-inventor, like Malcolm?"


While the grownups talked the children took advantage of being in a dojo. They both stood on the mat in fighting stances. Lucas could tell from experience these were proper stances, not children's playacting. Clearly their father had taught them a few things. They stood facing each other then Donnie charged forward sending a kick towards his sister's midsection. With inhuman grace Diantha slid under her brother's kick and jumped up behind him. She sent an open palm strike towards Donnie's midsection but the boy reached up and grabbed his sister's wrist pulling forward and sending her forward. Diantha recovered with the same impossible grace as before coming up in a roll and grinning at her brother, who returned the smile.
Dragon Fist
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Mon 29 Apr 2019
at 01:21
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas frowned slightly, seemingly in thought. "It appears that this...Daystar's....intentions were in the right place. But...there was an edge to him. Something unknown and a bit elusive."

Out of the corner of his eye, Lucas noticed both of the Derring children in their advanced spar. He remembered teaching them only a few basic forms and techniques, and they had clearly not only retained that knowledge, but expanded upon it.

"Wow Don....Diantha and Donnie have learned some advanced techniques since I saw them last."
Hotwire
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Tue 30 Apr 2019
at 22:29
Re: Dragon and Tiger
With the maturing, his rants and general unpleasantness had become a bit less legendary as they had been and as Don and Lucas speaks, he visibly calms faster than he would have in his recent youth.

"You're probably right, at least about him.  I may be just a little personally irked that I missed the fight with the aliens because of his tech just sitting there like a little pandora's rubix cube." He was about to make a comment but figured he shouldn't due to the kids being so close.  "The others, I just have what I've seen on the news and hearing about from the kids.  Miss Adventure and her friend, it's good to see them both back, I haven't seen or heard much about them over the past few years.  Disappeared about the same time I guess.  Wraith, if I knew who was behind that mask I might have some words for them.  Maybe they're just short but really it seems like they should be having juice boxes before nap time with those two, not risking their life out on the streets.  The War Angel?  She's awesome.  And also someone I do not want to speak poorly about in case she's in the smiting business of anyone and everyone and is also omnipresent somehow.  Speaking of smiting, I'm not sure if I should run up to Tech Knight screaming Lok'tar Ogar or making sure there isn't some heavy duty Heresy around him but, glad he's on our side.  Then there's Lifelight.  I'm glad she's shown up when she has.  I have a feeling if she would have been around during our adventures we may have corrupted her.  That or caused her to give up all hope on humanity.  And we can't forget about the guy that decided he needed to one up Sabin's suplexing a train."

The more he speaks of the other heroes, the more he calms down.  Scratching a few fingers against the back of his neck.

"Daystar though.  He came out of no where and..  the tech.  It's not so much that he has that tech, more that it exists.  Or shouldn't.  Grant it, living on this little blue rock my experience with tech is extremely limited.  Imagine though, that the universal constant of everything matter wise is 1's and 0's.  No matter what, 1 and 0 just being the basic and only building blocks of everything.  The equipment he has is made up of S's and T's.  It just, doesn't belong here.  Maybe he also just seems to be breaking the first rule I try to instill in the people I try to help.  This isn't a comic book.  That suit, the design.  The flying craft with a cloaking device.  Feels like the guy is trying to act out a movie and I'm not sure if it's a Snyder or Whedon production."
Hunter
 NPC, 896 posts
Fri 3 May 2019
at 02:13
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Don nodded at Lucas. "They're both paras and supersoldiers, training and discipline are key especially when dealing with the rages, though Diantha doesn't seem to have them. We've talked a little about when I was young, pretty sure I mentioned I got in my first fight at six and put three older boys in the hospital. That kept happening till I got sent to millitary school, thats when I learned to control the rage and abilities I inherited from my father."

Don turned to Zeke nodded about the guy who 'one upped suplexing a train'. "Sergeant Sinclair, I presented him with his medal of honor." Don thinks for a minute as the topic returns to Daystar. "Shouldn't exist why? Because it's too advanced? Technology has advanced a LOT since paras first started showing up, especially millitary tech. The brain bank has already been working on some cloaking tech, though mostly suits, and I'm pretty sure Malcolm made a cloaking ship in the fifties.

 As for the look, might just be a result of us being around so long, most of our suits were mainly functional, like regular clothes or combat gear with a twist, except for Enigma but you kinda expect a wizard to wear robes. But paras have been around over ten years now, kinda makes sense people would start going more for style, and Excelsior's costume is pretty comic-booky."
Dragon Fist
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Sun 5 May 2019
at 14:07
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I know my armor went through a bit of a change a while back," Lucas said. "The helm looks more like a metallic Dragon head, almost like when Excel enhanced our abilities when we had the final fight against Brain."

Lucas' thoughts began to get lost in the past, and he shook his head as he snapped himself back to the present. The way to get his mind away from the past was to focus on present-day issues. He then addressed Hunter and Zeke.

"So...this Daystar character. Do you think he's going to be trouble? I mean, he did help against the mummies, but there has to be something much larger at work. It almost feels like someone or something is pulling strings behind the scenes and playing some sort of demented game. But to what end?"
Hotwire
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Mon 6 May 2019
at 21:52
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Zeke nods a little and gives an exasperated sigh as he finds himself agreeing with Don.

"The Tech easily is on par and within reason of what I should expect to find in our time but, there's still.  Something..."

He watches the children train, smiling a little.  He had attempted to learn bushido but the discipline needed for it never really took.  He still had the lightsaber he made, but it no longer functioned due to having to return the gem that was used as a focusing crystal.

A man can dream though.

When Lucas speaks of their fight with Brain, his eyes light up as he snaps his fingers.

"Don.  Lucas.  You're brilliant.  This has been bugging me for a while but I think I finally have a theory.  Sure, this guy may be on the level, but I got it."

Checking the pockets of his jacket he draws out a small device about the size of a fountain pen.  Pressing a few buttons the small sphere at the tip starts glowing a dull red, using it to draw a circle in the air, about the size of a quarter.  The charge placed on the molecules causing the circle to be visible.

"This represents our universe and this" drawing a large square around the circle, about two feet on each side "represents the boundaries of this reality.  Or Multi-verse.  Now there is an infinite number of universes within this Multi-verse.  Alternate timelines.  Parallel Dimensions.  Pocket Dimensions.  All kinds of little nooks and crannies, some we've had dealings with and others we have yet to discover.  Or more than likely, they have yet to discover us.  Just something my mind was open to when Excel ultra buffed us.  Just like Gravity, Momentum, Force, there are Laws and Rules that govern these different universes and they are relative universal constants affected by the different frequencies that their respective Universes vibrate at.  Now, the reason I say that the Tech Daystar has shouldn't exist is because."

As he speaks he fidgets with the device again, changing the light from red to purple.  Turning to face away from the red square, he draws a circle in the air again about the size of a quarter.

"This is the universe that Tech comes from.  It looks the same, effects the material the same.  But the material that makes the Tech.  That makes the craft and causes the equipment to function the way it does.  While it still reaches the same conclusion, it doesn't nescesarily follow the rules completely that our universe works on."

This causes his shoulders to drop just a little.

"So...  yeah.  Guess I jumped the gun on thinking the guy might have something going on.  But if someone is behind him, he may not even have any knowledge of it.  I mean..."

He looks between the purple circle and the red shapes representing their multi-verse.

"Something.. Cosmic.  Like we're talking Primordial Cosmic, sent him here.  And something that powerful to drop him in the middle of Weston City where his abilities and skills could have the most use, it's probably sentient, too.  Or it could be coincidence, Law of Common Attraction but I'm not one to believe in coincidence.  But I'd suggest talking to the guy about it.  Worst thing that happens is you need to drop kick him into Orbit.  Right?"

Zeke grins just a little bit too much at that thought.
Hunter
 NPC, 896 posts
Tue 7 May 2019
at 04:42
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Can't really speak for anything behind Daystar, but Katy mentioned she won't be making our 'Legacy dinner' next weekend because that biker gang, The Dark Angels, got literally ripped limb from limb. Said they found decaying flesh at the scene. Might be connected to your mummies.

Speaking of next weekend you're free to join us Lucas, Nokomi* said she could make it, you still coming Zeke?"

Don frowned at the talk of multiverses. "Sure I remember our encounters with alternate universes, wasn't really paying attention to the tech though. If it's a cosmic power Lin would probably be your best bet, or Ethan. But that might be a tricky proposition after what happened between you and Meg*.  Maybe have Malcolm ask Ethan the next time they go out with my Dad*?"

*Nokomi is Stormwalker who joined the Legacy shortly before Mirages death, she is now depowered and teaching forensics at Weston U.

*Lin is Meg's mother, Lin and Ethan have a sibling like relationship, Meg calls Ethan "Uncle Ethan"

*Malcolm aka Machinesmith aka Zeke's surrogate father figure.

*Hunters Dad is Mr. Hurt, him, Ethan and Malcolm are the only surviving members of the Secret Defenders.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:10, Sat 11 May.

Dragon Fist
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Tue 7 May 2019
at 12:16
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Grand cosmic forces..." Lucas mused after hearing Zeke's interpretation of the multiverse. "It's not outside of the realm of possibility. I mean, look at me. I was killed and brought back to help keep the balance between the forces of Order and the forces of Chaos. There have always been two Champions....no more and no less. A Champion of Light, and a Champion of Darkness."

Lucas thought for a moment when Don presented his invitation. The dinner seemed like a nice . He was a little afraid of Katy, because she could almost see right through him, both as a friend and teammate, as well as through her abilities as the (former) Lady Psyche. Knowing she would not be there helped sway his next decision.

"Sure, I'll be there, Don. Just tell me what time is best to come, and I'll be there."
Hotwire
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Sun 12 May 2019
at 01:12
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Zeke rubs his forehead slowly.

"We don't get paid nearly enough to deal with this...  stuff."  He grins and laughs a little as he moves to pat Lucas on the shoulder.

"Well, you don't.  I guess there are some perks to being retired.  And of course I'll be there for dinner, Don.  It's always good to see family."

He smiles over to the kids as they spar then looks back to the two.

Meg and him as far as he was concerned split amicably but there was that part of him that wondered how long an immortal could hold a grudge.  It had probably been a while since either of them had spoken to each other.

"Sounds like another job for our active member.  But, sounds like a lot on your plate as well.  If you need help in any of those avenues, just ask."

He was probably going to regret saying that.
Hunter
 NPC, 897 posts
Sun 12 May 2019
at 01:37
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Don chuckled at Zeke's comment. "I don't even get paid now, forewent my salary, lord knows between me and Nora I have enough money to last the rest of my life." He looked fondly on the children. "And for them to do whatever they want with their lives."

"I know what I'm going to do! I'm gonna be a hero like Daddy!" Donnie spoke up while blocking a kick from his sister.

"How are you gonna be like Daddy, you're not even that good with a bow, not as good as me anyway." Diantha replied as she backflipped away from her brothers counterstrike.

"Ok, maybe not just like Daddy. I guess you'll be like Daddy I'll be like Grandpa." Donnie replied as he launched a flying kick at his sister.

Diantha disappeared in a puff of purple smoke, causing her brother to hit thin air but quickly recovered with a roll. "I'm gonna be one like Auntie 'Lena"

Donnie grumbled as he got to his feet. "Hey! No powers!"

"We already are using our powers silly, I'm fast, you're strong, I got heightened senses, you got the 'enemy analyzing powers'."

"Diantha!" Don grumbled "No obvious powers, I don't want your brother using his shockwaves in here." He turned to Lucas. "I'm happy you'll be there Lucas, I'll let Nora know."
Dragon Fist
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Sun 12 May 2019
at 17:48
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Please give Nora my best, Don," Lucas replied. "Thank you to both of you for stopping by. And for bringing my surrogate niece and nephew, seeing them always gives me hope for the future."

Lucas ruffled his hair, looking down.

"I know that I'm not in a good place right now. But with your help, I can at least get started on the journey to get back to the right place. I only hope that I haven't burned too many bridges in my tangent of anger."
Hotwire
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Fri 17 May 2019
at 20:09
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"That's what we call a loophole."  Zeke chuckles a little until he looks over towards Hunter.  "That you shouldn't use, listen to your Dad!"

He looks to Lucas then, giving a little nod.

"We have been building other bridges, but you had an ample supply of C4 it seems.  Glad you either finally ran out or got tired of setting it up."

He had almost forgot how this felt, he was so used to having to be that example for the people he was trying to help, here he could be his old self a bit.  And a smirk plays across his lips that hasn't for a while.
Hunter
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Sat 18 May 2019
at 22:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Don rolled his eyes at Zeke, but didn't say anything. Sometimes it was good for the kids to have that 'rebellious uncle' that Zeke represented, as long as he didn't openly contradict Don in front of them. He smiled at Lucas. "As long as you don't become me, I think you'll be alright. You remember how I was, and look at me now." He smiled fondly at the children.
Dragon Fist
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Sun 19 May 2019
at 02:20
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas let Zeke's comment about the C4 go unanswered. He knew that he had, in his own rash of anger, made life difficult, either directly or indirectly for those parahumans who were doing their best to work within the confines of the law.

"You have come a long way, Don. Perhaps, that gives me hope for the future. My future, as well as anyone else that I may come across."

He sighed for a moment.

"For the first time in a long time, I feel like all is starting to flow into perfect balance. Not quite there yet...but the journey has begun. Hopefully I can temper the justice I dispense with the appropriate amount of mercy."
Hotwire
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Sun 2 Jun 2019
at 20:08
Re: Dragon and Tiger
(( Sorry for the extended Delay ))

It takes a little, but Zeke eventually comes back down to reality with a bit of an apologetic smile to Lucas.  He was hoping to get a little rise out of him, a response, something.  But perhaps the comment was in poor taste if not in trying to show him at the same time stuff was still very much the same between them.

"It's going to take time, but we're here for ya."