Dragon and Tiger.   Posted by Justice.Group: 0
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."
Dragon Fist
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Wed 24 Jul 2019
at 03:13
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"I appreciate that," Lucas replied. "Seeing all of you again....has done a lot of good. More than you could possibly imagine."

He then looked outside the dojo window. "It will take time to get THEIR trust back though. The people of this city. Just recently, I found that the citizens of Weston were as scared of me as the hoodlums were. It was a little odd, being in that position."

Noticing that a considerable amount of time had passed, he turned back to his friends. "So...what now? Have any of our old enemies risen out of the ashes to torment us once again?"
Hunter
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Fri 26 Jul 2019
at 03:28
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Don nods. "You'll get there Lucas. Just keep your eyes on the prize." He shrugged at the mention of old enemies. "Not my world anymore, all I've got are political enemies and those are very different. That's up to you and the new generation to deal with now." He looked over at the children. "And one day... it'll be up to them."
Dragon Fist
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Sat 27 Jul 2019
at 03:31
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Well, from what I saw of the young heroes at the museum, they seem to handle themselves pretty good. A little overeager at times...but which one of us hasn't done that before?" Lucas mused.

He let out a small chuckle. "There was one newcomer though....hadn't seen him before. He seemed to be a bit...abrasive...but his intentions seemed in the right place. Who knows if he's just passing through, or if Weston has a new Agent Of The Night."
Hunter
 NPC, 900 posts
Sun 4 Aug 2019
at 22:59
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Don chuckled. "Well as the last, 'Agent of the Night' I say good. As much as we all vary we 'heroes' really fall into three types.  The moral, inspiring, speech giving types. The ones that make good people feel safe. Like you, Lucas. The charming, wisecracking kind, that make their comrades feel confident and at ease. Like you Zeke. And the intimidating, dark types, that make the bad guys feel afraid. Like me. All three together make this thing work."

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Dragon Fist
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Wed 7 Aug 2019
at 02:49
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"And with any luck, we'll be able to teach the next generation how it works, so they can follow along and perhaps even establish their own legacy," Lucas said. He briefly glanced over at Hunter's children. For a brief moment, he had envisioned having a child of his own, but the women he had known had issues. Both Friday and Mirage had issues that made concept of a family a distant one. Not to mention his own ragtag life.

"We need all three of those types of heroes. Because they all watch out for each other, and keep the balance and don't let the others veer off into a darker path. Which is what both you and Zeke are doing right now, and I'm grateful for it."
Dragon Fist
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Wed 15 Jan 2020
at 04:25
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>From the Weston Superhero Museum>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Lucas led Kevin back to the dojo.

"Welcome to the Dragon And Tiger," he said, unlocking the front door and entering in. Lucas gestured towards the wall, showing Kevin several pictures of both himself, his mentor and business partner Gene "Flip" Bowen (a middle-aged African American man shown wearing a charcoal gi), and his new business partner, Grace Wu (a middle-aged Chinese woman wearing a blue kung fu uniform).

"Looks like Grace has already left," Lucas said. "Can I get you something to drink? Tea? Coffee?"
Kevin Jordan
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 wouldn't believe it.
Wed 15 Jan 2020
at 04:37
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Kevin looks over the room as well as the pictures that Lucas shows him.  Stepping in to the Dojo he takes his coat off and sets it neatly to the side.  He was serious about joining a Dojo and as such he sits down to remove his shoes and socks.  Street clothes would certainly be difficult to move in and improper attire for a true lesson, but it had been quite some time since he felt mats under his feet.

"Thanks, coffee will be great.  Hope you don't mind if I get just a little warm up in.  Get a feel for the room."

It wasn't with hostile intent, but there were the tale tell signs to someone familiar that he was taking in his newest surroundings.  Taking in and becoming aware of where exits were, any obstacles and just getting to the point that moving through the space would be as natural as breathing.
Dragon Fist
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Wed 15 Jan 2020
at 13:28
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"That is perfectly fine," Lucas said as he went to the guestroom in the back to start the coffee. Other than the main front door, there was a emergency exit in the back, and Kevin could see what appeared to be an office in the back.

Lucas changed his attire, now in a t-shirt and workout pants, and was also barefoot. He came back with two smoking coffee cups, and handed one to Kevin. "I wasn't sure how you took your coffee, so I guessed as best as I could."
Kevin Jordan
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 wouldn't believe it.
Wed 15 Jan 2020
at 16:08
Re: Dragon and Tiger
As Lucas starts the coffee, he moves towards the mats.  Stopping just shy of stepping on to them, he gives a bow in their direction.  Moving towards the center he starts in to a kata, one he is still doing when Lucas returns.

The kata is rather aggressive, designed to just imprint muscle memory to make the moves fluid and second nature.  There were the obvious strikes but there were also movements designed to set the opponents off balance.  A step beyond Judo's using the opponent's momentum against them, it was easy to picture a strike being deflected towards another invisible opponent.  Hearing Lucas's approach he stops and takes a slow breath before opening his eyes.  The impassive look on his face shifting to a smile as he accepts the cup.

"Thanks, and it's all good.  When you stay up late protecting the city and then have to be at work a few hours later, you learn to deal with whatever your co-workers have made and additives that have been left for ya.  Uber here is a nice change, but there are times I miss programming."
Dragon Fist
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Thu 16 Jan 2020
at 01:20
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Late nights are part of the job," Lucas said. "Couple that with long days and it can really take a toll on someone."

Lucas then took a sip of his coffee.

"Originally, when Flip and I started this school, we focused on the philosophy of Goju-Ryu Karate....combining the hard and soft aspects of the martial art. When Grace came on board, she brought some great experience....along with a great understanding of Kung-Fu. She taught me the Northern Shaolin style, and I've been doing my best to combine aspects of the two."

He then took another sip. "You looked like you were going through a decently advanced kata. What martial arts are you familiar with, Kevin?"
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 123 posts
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 wouldn't believe it.
Thu 16 Jan 2020
at 02:27
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Amen to that.  Every aspect of my life for the past few years has just been my training.  Keeping up the appearance with the secret identity, pushing myself through crime scenes and fights.  It was easy to get lost in all of that.  Not healthy, but easy."

He takes a drink of his coffee, nodding as Lucas explains the various Martial Arts taught at the Dojo.  Then it came to his.

"I am not really able to name any of them, really.  Growing up, my adoptive father was in the Air Force so there was always a self defense course that I could get involved in on base.  Mostly I gravitated towards Judo and Muay Thai.  My Mentor though..."

He takes another sip of his coffee, laughing a little to himself.

"That, is a bit complicated.  He traveled the world and for about a decade just focused and lived on mastering Martial Arts.  In some ways the stories about him do not do him justice.  Both the stories told here as well as whispered amongst the criminal element.  You probably have heard of him.  But first...  do you believe there is more to reality than what you can see?  What you know is real?

I was born on this Earth, but somehow I slipped through the cracks and wound up on a different Earth.  A different universe where my adoptive father found me."


His demeanor shifts a bit from stoic to just a little more upbeat.  Enough to keep this subject lite while at the same time still keeping a semi-serious tone.

Lifting his mug just a bit, before taking another drink.

"Maybe could use something a bit stronger than coffee.  Still, most of the people I have talked to at least take me at my word."
Dragon Fist
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Thu 16 Jan 2020
at 03:43
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas listened intently as Kevin began to talk of other realities and Earths. "Another Earth besides this one is not entirely unheard of. I have heard tales of other Earths coming into being due to the choices that are made...or not made. A few years ago, I would have been surprised to hear something like that. Now...not so much."

Lucas took another sip.

"You are talking to someone who is involved in a lot more than just crimefighting or The Legacy. The Museum....while well-meaning....doesn't tell the entire story. I am involved in an eternal war of Balance...a war between Light and Dark that has been going on since the beginning of Time. A war which claimed my predecessor....who is now the Champion of Darkness. Lin, I am sure, can tell you tons of stories even before I was given the mantle of Champion of Light."

Lucas chuckled for a moment. "It seems that there is no shortage of complications for people in our position."
Kevin Jordan
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 My story? You
 wouldn't believe it.
Thu 16 Jan 2020
at 04:29
Re: Dragon and Tiger
The Legacy, he smiles a little sadly when he mentions them.

"Your group did seem to be quite an interesting mix of people.  I am sorry I was not able to meet more of you.  I met Captain Hanson last night, quite an interesting woman.  I am sorry for your loss as well.  I know that feeling.  Complications are most definitely part of this life.

It does seem that these worlds are connected.  Kind of makes me wonder if part of this balance is what brought me here.  Fate is certainly not without a certain sense of humor after all.  Being given that mantle, it's a huge responsibility.  Especially after someone that formerly used it did such horrible things.  Been faced with a situation like that myself, still have no clue why my friend thought it was a good idea to give me this ring."


As he speaks, he motions with his right hand, though it remains looking like a standard silver banded ring with an emerald set at its center.

"This world has a window, somehow, to the one I came from.  My Mentor, the one who traveled all over the world?  He Mastered somewhere in the realm of 160 Martial Arts during his travels.  Melding them all together, he taught myself and others that he brought in to his inner circle to help protect Gotham City.  I do not see myself as a student of any official Martial Art, more the moves he has found work most effectively with the equipment we use.  So, when I say Mentor.  I mean, Batman.  I did not have time to change in to my suit at the museum with the mummies coming to life.  They did not seem intent on giving us a lot of time to prepare."
Dragon Fist
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Thu 16 Jan 2020
at 04:47
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Yes, the Mummies at the Museum....no doubt another scheme, or maybe a diversion," Lucas mused. "Who knows? And as for Batman....I can't say I've heard very much other than urban legends and rumors. He sounds a lot like the rest of us, though maybe a little more....obsessed."

At the mention of Captain Hanson, Lucas' expression seemed to change, as a brief, sad smile came across his lips.

"You met Captain Hanson....how is she? I haven't talked to her as much as I used to. I trust that she is well....or as well as one can be as part of the Weston Police Force."

Lucas chuckled again, as if now realizing the punchline of some great ironic, cosmic joke. "The ring you bear...is there something special about it? Fate does have a unique sense of humor. But....there must be a reason that you're here in Weston, Kevin. Whether it is to help with this Mummy situation, or anything else, I can't really say. But I will say this...I, for one, am glad that you are here. You're an experienced hero that I believe will be a great asset in the days to come. Lin has vouched for you...that's more than enough in my book."
Kevin Jordan
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 wouldn't believe it.
Thu 26 Mar 2020
at 23:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"She is doing well.  A bit frustrated, I believe.  I suppose being a police officer there are certain, limiting factors, especially with her rank now.  Probable cause.  Search warrants.  Necessary steps needed to promote freedom and justice.  Something everyone has a right to, but there are extreme circumstances that the police have not entirely been able to catch up to yet.  Nor do they have the manpower needed to deal with it.

A biker gang was hit recently, evidence of rotting flesh were found on the scene.  I have a few leads but I have not had a chance to follow up on them, yet.  My Mentor would be less than impressed with how I have been handling things.  In some ways, he would be right but I also think I need to stop listening to him.  As you said, he is obsessed.  But that does not mean his thoughts and teachings should be completely disregarded."


He lets out a slow breath, he had all those earmarks of carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.  He was beginning to learn how to help share that burden again, but there was still that years of training creeping up.

"As for the Ring.  It was special.  The group that wielded rings like this, they were known through out the Universe.  When they showed up, people knew things were going to be alright.  That ended when my Uncle killed a large amount of them when they got in his way, killing hundreds of others with his actions remotely.  My friend...  Kyle... he has been trying to bring that back to the Universe I came from.  Outside of Comic Book readers and Movie goers here on Earth, I doubt anyone in this Universe have ever heard of the Green Lantern Corps.  It is semi-sentient.  Born from a lifeform as ancient as the Universe itself.  The Ring seems to think it has chosen correctly in having me wield it, despite me trying to convince it that it has chosen wrong."

He laughs as his thoughts briefly turn to those he has spoken with in the last weeks.

"I have to admit, I am kind of starting to think.. maybe It is right.  That Kyle was right.  This Universe may never have heard of the Green Lantern Corps yet, but maybe it is time the two were introduced.  I watched helplessly as an alien killed millions, destroyed the city I called home while I was on the other side of the Country.  I do not want to do that again.  Of course, you need to learn to walk before you can run.  Fall and take a hit before you learn to strike."
Dragon Fist
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Fri 27 Mar 2020
at 03:20
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded, listening intently to Kevin.

"I'm sure that I have probably added to that frustration for Katy. Though she most likely would just brush it off, and casually change the subject. As for the rotting flesh, it sounds like we may be dealing with more zombies or mummies, and the Necromancer who may be manipulating them."

Noticing Kevin tensing up briefly, Lucas continued.

"You're forging your own path, relying on your own instincts. I am sure that your Mentor trained you to eventually become self-sufficient. Most mentors aspire to have their proteges become their equal, and then eventually, surpass them. As for the Ring...I don't know much about what it is...but if it is a sentient object, the choice to choose you to bear it was a conscious effort on its part. You might check into a hero named Darklight, he is rumored to operate in the city of Derrton, and has some similar abilities. Only his ring is made out of black onyx."

At the mention of the Green Lantern Corps, he then sat down. "Can you tell me anything more about this....Green Lantern Corps?"
Kevin Jordan
 Daystar, 129 posts
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 wouldn't believe it.
Sat 28 Mar 2020
at 01:32
Re: Dragon and Tiger
As Lucas sits, he does as well.  Listening to the description of Darklight he gives a slow nod.  He had a lot on his plate, but the Green lanterns were never meant to work alone...

"The necklace that was stolen?  It was not stolen for any monetary value, it was power.  I spoke with Lin and she confirmed that theory.  Well, most likely.  It was the Necklace of Osiris, a relic capable of amplifying Necromatic magics.  Captain Hanson also informed me of a tome that went missing some time ago and though the person who stole it was apprehended, the tome was not recovered."

He looks to the ring and rubs his hand faintly, flexing his fingers slowly.  He gives a sad smile as he thinks on the answer, just the memories flooding through his mind.

"When the Universe was created, the first race to come in to existence were known as the Oans.  Their planet, Oa, was located at the center of the newly formed Universe.  They saw it as their duty to be the Guardians of other new life that was starting to awaken, to help that they formed the Green Lantern Corps.  They split the Universe in to thirty two hundred sectors and for each sector they made a ring and a power battery to give to wielder.  A lifeform that did not know fear.  The power batteries were connected to the Central Battery on Oa, you know the saying 'Knowledge is power'?  The Central Battery was the depository for all data the Green Lanterns collected and it was the wellspring for the Green Lanterns power.  It was also the cell of a powerful being known as Parallax.  Ion is the embodiment of Willpower, the emotion that Green Lanterns use to focus their ability.  It seeks to nurture and gains strength by building up.  Parallax...  Fear...  well it is like Franklin Herbert wrote.  Fear is the mind killer.  Fear consumes and while it gains power in doing so, it has to keep consuming.  Parallax consumed entire worlds before the Oans were able to imprison him, and remove him from the record.

Parallax was imprisoned until my Uncle freed him and was possessed by him."


He pauses there, for the first time he was able to call Hal his Uncle without rage overwhelming him.  He did quiet when he spoke about him, but it was also like he was really listening to this story for the first time.

"Uncle Hal killed thousands of his fellow Lanterns that were trying to stop him from getting to the Lantern.  Only the Oans knew what was imprisoned there, the other Lanterns only knew that he was going against the orders of the Oans.  That he could not be allowed to enter the Central Battery.  He was wanting to get enough power to resurrect the eight million people who lost their lives when Coast City was destroyed.  But the fear he was feeling at that moment, it was a dinner bell to Parallax."
Dragon Fist
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Sat 28 Mar 2020
at 22:50
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Even with Lucas' various experiences, the tale of the Green Lanterns Corps formation was fascinating.

"That....that is quite the story, Kevin. I haven't been involved in anything of an interstellar nature, at least not much. Of course, it wouldn't surprise me if our mutual friend Lin knew about the Oans as well."

He began to ponder on what Kevin said about the Necklace of Osiris.

"I wonder...you mentioned that the Necklace of Osiris. And a tome. My experience is that most of these magical item sets can potentially come in sets of three. Perhaps there may be one more item that this person, whoever they might be, needs to obtain to achieve their goal."
Ethan Sharpe
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 The immortal formerly
 known as Brigand
Mon 30 Mar 2020
at 12:05
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Suddenly a rectangular golden portal appeared out of nowhere and out of it stepped Ethan Sharpe, immortal, DPA Director, and adventurer extraordinaire. He had a manila folder in his hand, and a look of professional urgency on his face. He gave Kevin a nod. "Hello Mr. Jordan."

He turned back to the owner of the Dojo. "Lucas, we need to talk. Warrior and Chimera have escaped and it's reasonable to assume they might be coming after you."

This message was last edited by the player at 12:05, Mon 30 Mar.

Dragon Fist
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Mon 30 Mar 2020
at 23:37
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas turned towards Ethan as he shimmered in.

"Hello Ethan, good to see you."

Noting the urgent look on his face, Lucas quickly stood to his feet. "It looks like there might be more to the story, Ethan, besides the escape of Warrior and Chimera. Anything else I need to know about?"
Ethan Sharpe
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 The immortal formerly
 known as Brigand
Tue 31 Mar 2020
at 20:27
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ethan raised an eyebrow. "There are a pair of parahuman serial killers on the loose, we know they're headed here, and you're the one who put them away. I think that is more than enough for one afternoon Champion. It's already been on the news, have you not seen it or are you still doing the whole 'angsty death wish' thing? Because the Champion of Light dying in a personal battle and not one in the name of his cause can bring consequences, so it's not just about you."
Dragon Fist
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Tue 31 Mar 2020
at 22:57
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas could feel the anger start to well up inside of him at Ethan's questioning demeanor. Focusing himself, he took a controlled breath as he did his best to keep his emotions in check.

"I was at the Museum, Ethan. Doing my best to remind myself of the mission that I've been entrusted with since I died the first time. Mr. Jordan," he said, gesturing to Kevin, "has been a helpful asset. He may have not intended as such, but it is a welcome side effect. And no, I've already spoke with Don and Zeke in regards to my time in the darkness."

He then began to put his shoes on.

"Do you know where Warrior and Chimera are now?" he asked Ethan.
Ethan Sharpe
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 The immortal formerly
 known as Brigand
Fri 3 Apr 2020
at 02:49
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Ethan noticed the anger behind Lucas' words and gave him a stern but patient look, the kind that looked out of place on a face as young looking as his. "Lucas, I'm not Malcolm, I'm not a mentor looking to turn you into the 'best hero you can be' or some nonsense like that. I have a job to do, a cosmic role to play, same as you. If you are going through personal issues that is neither my business nor my problem, though I am glad things have improved. I could just as easily put you under surveillance and wait for them to approach you. But you deserve to know what we know, and you were the one to stop them last time."

He takes a moment to shift gears then his demeanor returned to the proffesional charm he usually held.  "We believe they're still en route, but we don't have an exact location at the moment. They escaped during transfer to a psychiatric facility, one that specializes in parahumans, they were hoping to learn from them. With parahuman psychology still a budding field parahuman serial killers are still a rare opportunity for them.

 Warrior managed to slip his restraints, apparently the psionic dampeners in the vehicle were just weak enough for him to use his muscle memory and was able to learn the workings of his restraints by watching the guards. Once he got those off, his healing factor and superstrength were no longer repressed and was able to cause the car to go off the road.

 They escaped into the woods nearby, and stole a car at a roadside motel about 25 miles away. We believe Chimera formed a body to carry both her unconscious form and warrior, but ran out of energy, hence the car. This means she would need to feed and while animal protein works just as well as human, she needs large amounts, they have no money, and she's never been particularly discerning before.

They abandoned the car two towns over, and this is where we lost the trail. Seer was able to connect briefly, was able to get impressions of Weston, a plan, and a feeling of revenge. Unfortunately the distance, the fact that they both have mental based powers offering them some resistance to telepathic probes, and being unfamiliar with her subjects, worked against her, and she has been unable to re-establish contact."