Dragon and Tiger.   Posted by Justice.Group: 0
Edge
 player, 59 posts
 Out of time
Thu 30 Aug 2012
at 23:49
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Vaan grimaced as the program drew up three possible scouting locations. If the Yakuza were in town, a business in downtown would be too public a place to stage an assault. It would be good for intelligence gathering, little more. The docks would most likely be where the muscle of the Yakuza were staying. It also probably meant that they have a boat, possibly full of supplies.

And Chinatown. A place to easily blend in, collect dues, revel, and other things the big players in the Yakuza would want to partake in. Not an easy mark, but it would be simpler and easier to blend in than if she were in the other two areas. That, and she missed the buzz of Chinatown. Even in the dystopic future, Chinatown had always been left fairly untouched, save maybe the absence of gangs.

Smiling and reconfiguring her helm to switch to a sunglasses setting, Vaan took the time she had to gear up. Unshouldering the bag that Meg had given her, she clasped her knife belt around her waist, as well as stowed a plethora of other violent and deadly arms, before finishing with her now-washed and good as new trench-coat, which hid all but the knives wonderfully.

If she were to go around Chinatown looking for the Yakuza, she needed to look the part of the Dragon Lady...especially if she was going to be one of their...benefactors.

-->Weston city's Chinatown
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 2136 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 4 Dec 2012
at 14:17
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>After the timeskip>>>>>>>>>>

After the wedding, Lucas went back to his rigorous routine of training, running the dojo, and taking time to visit the Gysbournes as well as young Diantha (who would not take no for an answer). Criminal activity in Weston wasn't as hectic as usual, allowing Lucas to take somewhat of a break, even if it only lasted for a short time.

Today began like most of the others, with him getting up early, and training, honing his body through meditation and exercises.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 2138 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Thu 6 Dec 2012
at 16:02
Re: Dragon and Tiger
After mentally conversing with Meg, Lucas left Grace a note indicating that he would be in and out for the rest of the day. Armoring up, he then soared in the air, making his way to meet up with the New Age Defenders.

>>>>>>>>>To the DPA>>>>>>>>>>>
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 2189 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 14 Jul 2013
at 12:16
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>From The Timeskip>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Dragon Fist had been working pretty hard, considering that it seemed that emergencies would just "crop out" seemingly out of nowhere. Such was the life of a citizen of Weston City.

Now it seemed that there were those who were interested in rebuilding the Legacy....or starting anew with it. Knight Errant seemed to be one of those. He had an admirable demeanor, even if it had gotten him in trouble at times.

After messaging Hotwire (who seemed grouchier than normal), he made his way over to the building the Legacy were using for their HQ.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>To Legacy HQ>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Dragon Fist
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 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 21 Oct 2013
at 12:17
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>>>Timeskip>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Lucas worked out in the dojo as he always did, right after class wrapped up. It didn't seem that things were slowing down however, so he was enjoying this brief moment of respite before anything else happened.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 2251 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Tue 22 Oct 2013
at 23:02
Re: Dragon and Tiger
And the respite passed. Both he and Kimeran sensed a disturbance elsewhere. And so a shimmering portal appeared. Lucas sent out a quick text to the "Network," and a quick message across the Wormnet.

Both he and Kimeran went into the portal, and vanished from sight.
Dragon Fist
 moderator, 2270 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
Sun 4 Nov 2018
at 03:52
Re: Dragon and Tiger
>>>>>>>>>>From The Museum>>>>>>>>>>>>

Dragon Fist soon arrived back at the dojo. Going in through the rear entrance, he retracted his armor, and made his way to the office in the back of the structure.

It felt good to be a part of a team. It had been a long time since the Legacy disbanded in where he had worked with a person or persons. A long time since....Friday....Mirage....their deaths still haunted him. One of them happened away from him, the other right in front of him. Both immensely painful.

He looked at the calling card that was provided by one of the young heroes at the museum. Perhaps he would call on the services of this...Mittens...seemed like a nice enough person.

But that would be for another time. For now, he would need to do what he always did. And that was to center himself....to calm the raging spirit that dwell inside of him. He then sat down, closing his eyes, and began to meditate.
Hunter
 NPC, 889 posts
Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 00:59
Re: Dragon and Tiger
The chime tinkled as the door to the Dragon and Tiger Dojo and in stepped a familiar face. Don was in a suit, as he usually was these days, and he looked concerned. "Lucas, are you here?" This wasn't the first time Don had stopped by the dojo, in fact he'd been doing it quite frequently. Whether his old friend was hiding from him or he just kept missing him he wasn't sure, but he suspected the former. "Please Lucas I just want to talk to you. You can't avoid me forever"

He walked in and sat on one of the benches. "You missed dinner again. Zeke, Katie, Nora we're all worried about you. And the kids miss their Uncle Lucas" He looked around, listening for any signs that his old teammate was somewhere in here, listening. "Tell you what, I'm just gonna sit here, and if you want to talk you can come on out."
Dragon Fist
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 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 09:33
Re: Dragon and Tiger
A few seconds after Don sat down, a door slowly opened. Lucas, wearing a sleeveless muscle shirt and sweat pants,  stepped out.

"If there is one thing that I know, it's to never underestimate that Derring stubborn streak," Lucas said. "You have my time and my attention, what would you like to talk about?"

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 09:34, Fri 12 Apr.

Hunter
 NPC, 890 posts
Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 14:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Don chuckled. "You're damn right." He stood up, walking over to Lucas. "I want to talk about you. You've been avoiding me, avoiding all of us. You haven't responded to any of my dinner invitations, answered any of Zeke's calls, and Katie says you disappear before she can show up at a crime scene. You who insisted that we meet with the police at every crime scene back in the day. We're your friends Lucas. We're worried about you."

Don looked his friend in the eyes, concerned written on his face. "More than that I've seen the reports from your exploits. You're a martial artist Lucas, probably the best in the world, you know how to disable a target with minimal force, to incapacitate a foe without leaving a mark on him. But now.... The broken arms, the shattered wrists, the concussions it shows a level of brutality you've never shown before something that used to be unthinkable to you. It's like you're turning into me."
Dragon Fist
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 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 17:26
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Despite all that had transpired, Lucas still had a great amount of respect for Don.

"Look...the only reason I'm even talking to you, Don, is because we are friends."

He then turned away for a moment. "Criminals are animals, Don. Our enemies are sadistic and cruel. All of this time, I thought I could fight for a better way. The right way."

He turned to face Don again. "And what happened? Two people I cared about...two people that I loved...are dead. Dead because of me. Dead...because I played by one set of rules while our enemies played a totally different game."

He paused for a moment.

"I am cursed, Don. Two of our teammates are dead because they loved me. And as for brutality...well, I'm giving the criminals of Weston a lesson in a language that they CAN understand."
Hunter
 NPC, 891 posts
Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 18:39
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Who do you think you're talking to? I played by those rules Lucas, I practically wrote the book on being a brutal vigilante. And you know what? Bad things happened to the people I cared about anyway. I didn't just brutally beat my enemies I killed them, and Ellen STILL died in my arms, Jessica still got beaten nearly to death. Hell I sent her away to protect her and she got cancer and died anyway."

"They aren't dead because you loved them. They're dead because we have a dangerous job and casualties are a part of that. Did Marcus die because he loved you? Did Paul? Helena took the brunt of that bomb to save ALL of us, not just you. Me, Zeke, Katie, we ALL bear the blame and we have to live with that. But this isn't how you do it."

Don sat back down running a hand through his hair. "I know how you feel, I've been there. I was broken, angry, looking to take out my frustrations on whomever I could rather than heal. And you know what's the worst part? I have a son that idolizes it, who wants to be a 'hero just like Daddy'. And that's the last thing I want, for him to be like me. I want him to be better. And I did get better, you know why? Because of you, and Friday and Helena, that's what inspired me to better, that's what made me a hero. You sound like me right now Lucas and you've never been like me, you've always been better."
Dragon Fist
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 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 19:18
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas' eyes widened when Don mentioned Paul.

"How did you kn--?"

He then shook his head. "I sometimes wonder why I was brought back. It was all so clear. And now...now my path is filled with darkness."

He sighed.

"Those new young heroes...at the museum. They seemed so enamored with me. Like I could do no wrong. Of course, we know I am very imperfect."

He looked at Don,his facial expression intense.

"I wonder....have I gone too far? Is it too late?"
Hunter
 NPC, 892 posts
Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 21:15
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"You know why they were? Because you're Dragon Fist. THE Dragon Fist, the original inspiring hero. You embodied for everything Excelsior is known for when his biggest concerns were passing tests and hiding his sexuality. The man who stood toe to toe with Brain, who faced down a demon lord, and you still are that man, even if you've lost your way."

Don chuckled as he stood and placed a hand on Lucas' shoulder. "It wasn't too late for me, and you haven't killed anyone. And if there was hope for me, with all the blood I have on my hands, then there's hope for you."
Dragon Fist
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 Mystic Martial Artist
Fri 12 Apr 2019
at 23:42
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas nodded at Don.

"You know what one of the most sobering messages was? This happened recently. But....I stopped several gang members from robbing this little boy. I tore into them like a wild animal. I turned towards the boy....and he was just as frightened of me as he was of those gang members. That part made me wonder if what I was doing was truly right....or if I was just taking out my anger for all the pain and loss I suffered?"

He paused, putting his hand to his chin in a thoughtful pose.

"I think the biggest worry that I've had, more than anything, is if I use too much force, and if I, either deliberately or accidentally, do kill someone. Like I did with Flamethrower. I know that happened a long time ago, but I still have nightmares about it."
Diantha Ellen Derring
 NPC, 237 posts
 Don's Daughter
Sun 14 Apr 2019
at 03:58
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Diantha and Donnie were waiting in the car.  She was, as usual, paying attention to the area telepathically, and when she sensed Uncle Lucas talking to Daddy, she told Donnie "Uncle Lucas is talking to Daddy.  Let's go get our hugs!"  And with that, she popped the door open and darted into the Dojo before anyone could grab her to stop her, shouting "Uncle Lucas! Uncle Lucas! Uncle Lucas!!"

Donnie zipped along right behind his sister, grinning as he headed to get Uncle Lucas too.
Dragon Fist
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Sun 14 Apr 2019
at 10:38
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Lucas both heard and saw the two children as they came running towards him. He smirked at Don as he prepared himself to receive the big hugs from the two children.

"Diantha....Donnie....I missed you guys a lot," he said, hugging the two eager children back.
Hunter
 NPC, 893 posts
Sun 14 Apr 2019
at 21:56
Re: Dragon and Tiger
Don looked down at his children. "I told you two to wait in the car. Daddy and Uncle Lucas are having a grown up talk" Don shot a grin at Lucas. "Told you they missed you."
Diantha Ellen Derring
 NPC, 238 posts
 Don's Daughter
Mon 15 Apr 2019
at 00:51
Re: Dragon and Tiger
  Diantha hugged Lucas firmly, even as she told her Daddy "Uncle Lucas needs hugs.    You are an adult, and you don't do hugs to other adults but Mama-Nora worth a poop."
Dragon Fist
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 Mystic Martial Artist
Mon 15 Apr 2019
at 02:20
Re: Dragon and Tiger
"Now Diantha..." Lucas said, chuckling. "What your Dad may lack in hugs, he makes up for in a lot of different things. He loves you very much, and wants to make sure that you're safe." He hugged them back one more time, and then stood up.

He turned to Donnie. "You sure are getting big, Donnie. If I blink, you'll probably have graduated already.

He smiled at Don. "Is it just me, or have both your children gotten much bigger since the last time I saw them?"
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
 moderator, 2280 posts
 Mystic Martial Artist
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
 NPC, 470 posts
 Damn comic book hero want
 to be's
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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 Mystic Martial Artist
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?"