Weston State.   Posted by Justice.Group: 0
Rodger Eskin
 player, 2018 posts
 Unwilling "evil wizard"
 for the government
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 04:37
Re: Weston State
Rodger grinned at Maverick, apparently amused by the question. "Now, Maverick my good lad, given that cannibalism is defined as eating your own kind, and that no one enjoying today's ice cream special is made of chocolate or even confectionery, how can you count this as being cannibalistic? After all, eating bread imbued with the essence of a divine savior is not viewed as cannibalism by the majority and is instead treated as being a profound blessing.
"

He kept to himself the knowledge that the coach was, like himself and the rest of his clown brigade, a biological android and not technically a human being either.
Mittens
 player, 26 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 04:47
Re: Weston State
Mits is a little disappointed at not getting to hear a monologue, but is very please she managed to get a chuckle!  She smirks at Mav's sharp words for the villain.  Good 'ole Mav!

"Much appreciated, sir!  You are correct that I am technically not a member of the student body yet.  Glad to hear that my old heroic deeds are now public record.  Last I was on Earth, they were still bending over backwards to keep the whole 'Parahumans really exist!' a big secret, so I didn't get any cred back then.

"Still, Mav has a point.  Many do not share the belief that transforming a sentient into food and then feeding it to someone is a blessing.  There is certainly at least the risk of someone suffering severe emotional damage should they learn about the truth of the chocolate.  Or should they see a spleen doing laps around the school.  So speaking of technicalities, I am curious what your definition of 'do no evil' is, then."


[Too bad.  I was hoping to trigger the spell!  ;) ]
Maverick Sargas
 player, 38 posts
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 04:51
Re: Weston State
Maverick thumbs at Mittens. "Just because the dictionary definition of cannibalism doesn't fit the culture's definition doesn't mean the culture will not take it that way. It will still come back to evil by means of emotional damage."
Rodger Eskin
 player, 2019 posts
 Unwilling "evil wizard"
 for the government
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 05:12
Re: Weston State
"Well... not so much public record as who I know that knew you back then. However, I would say that you exaggerate by claiming to have last been on Earth before Paras were public knowledge here in Weston. Either that, or you are in the wrong timeline Miss Adventure."

He paused, pursing his lips in thought for a few seconds before continuing. "Now, I am really not the person you want to be asking to define the boundaries of either good or evil. Neither are my demonic patrons. Might I suggest visiting Apokryphos Cafe and arranging an appointment with the owner's mother? She is far more knowledgeable in such philosophical matters than I am, and without the biases of being enslaved to one side or the other."
Mittens
 player, 27 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 05:43
Re: Weston State
Mits looks a tad worried about being in the wrong timeline and double-checks the quick recap of the last 5 years she has on her smartphone...  [Mit's assertion was based off the last RP I had here ending with her attempts at going public failing.]

"Ah.  I appreciate the candid answer.  One can easily keep one's promise of 'doing no evil' if one does not even have a definition for 'evil.'  If the word is meaningless, then so is the promise.  And thank you for the recommendation.

"That said, I am now curious of something else: if you were set free from your bondage to your demonic patrons, would you want to be re-enslaved to them?"



[Way past bedtime.  Crashing.  Thx for the fun RPs so far!]
Rodger Eskin
 player, 2020 posts
 Unwilling "evil wizard"
 for the government
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 14:24
Re: Weston State
"Certainly not!" he answered Mittens, his expression darkening towards a scowl. "I abhor what they made me into, but I'd rather remain a villain committing atrocities for the rest of my immortal life than cross the moral event horizon necessary to regain my freedom from them. I may be 'ever-wicked', Miss Adventure, but there are still acts which utterly appall and sicken me."

A pair of red-feathered angel wings, sorely hurt and laced with black lines of gangrene and boils, became dimly visible behind his shoulders as The Rich Man's eyes changed, a murky sapphire blue burning through the hellfire. An angel's halo partially faded into visibility above/around his head, warped and distorted with bits of runes bulging from it here and there like tumors or poorly implanted cybernetics. The partial manifestation of his true self cut through the waves of evil, Evil, EVIL that he radiated, revealing that to be an illusion.
Maverick Sargas
 player, 39 posts
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 16:53
Re: Weston State
Maverick is a little hopeful from what he sees. He musters up the most innocent tone he can (and he can do so without having to force it or act) and asks, "Is it possible for someone like Mittens and I to be friends with someone like you? Like... can we just think of our clashing as a game and have fun rather than friction?"

He asks this for a number of reasons. Primarily to pull the good in Rodger forward some more. Hopefully impress Mittens.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:27, Thu 20 July 2017.

Mittens
 player, 28 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 17:50
Re: Weston State
quote:
"Of course I would!  Why do you think I made my pact with them in the first place?  Because it is hardly slavery to be granted the power to do what I wanted to do in the first place!"


That's what Mittens was expecting from a cartoonish villain.  This transformation was so unexpected, she staggers back with wide-eyed shock.

"That um...  I see."

She forces an awkward side-ways smile in response to Mav's suggestion.  Not expecting a "Yes" answer, but this day has been full of surprises.

"So your original name didn't include 'The Ever Wicked,' then.  Glad to hear that even with said title, you still have some say in just how far you go."
Rodger Eskin
 player, 2022 posts
 Unwilling "evil wizard"
 for the government
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 18:42
Re: Weston State
Rodger's expression lightened at Maverick's words, and his eyes returned to hellishly normal as his angelic attributes faded from sight once more. "Why, that is entirely possible, Maverick. Just because two people differ is no reason to deny friendship or any other social relationship between them. However, if you think of clashing as a game, you may lose track of how seriously Para conflicts can impact innocent bystanders. Have fun and enjoy yourself, by all means, but do not forget that isn't the purpose for which heroes exist."

To Mittens, he answered, "Of course it wasn't! I had a perfectly normal, ordinary name for the great majority of my life, until evil magic was forced upon me without so much as an 'excuse me' or even asking if I wanted it." His eyes unfocused as he continued, while he moved through the spell menus to a different minor spell. "While I do retain a good deal of free will, I also have to keep up appearances. Seeing as you are a heroine, and not part of the student body, I am allowed to do something unpleasant to you..."

His eyes focused, and looked sharply at Mittens. He spoke again in a much deeper, more menacing voice as white runes sparked in the air and flew towards her kittenish face. "Curse of Excessive and Unreasonable Homework!" " Thirty thousand page essay, due Monday." he concluded in his normal voice again.

Students around them winced and flinched in shock hearing that curse.
Maverick Sargas
 player, 41 posts
Fri 21 Jul 2017
at 03:40
Re: Weston State
Mav looks over to Mittens. Then looks back to the groaning students. Then says, "Who here wants to have the opportunity to say they helped a superhero? If all of you pitch in, you can help Mittens complete this paper in time!"

He's fully expecting a "no thanks" or "oh look! My uncle called and needs help moving!" or something.

Either way, he looks back at Rodger. "I'll heed your words, Mister. Let's go, Mittens. We have a paper to write."

He reaches to grab her hand as if being forceful about getting her out of here. Of course, if students offer help but won't leave the premises, Mav will collect emails before leaving.
Mittens
 player, 29 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Fri 21 Jul 2017
at 03:52
Re: Weston State
Rodger's answer to Mav got a beaming smile from Mittens.  Hurray!  Sometimes nice to have your expectations go unmet.  She had a sympathetic look when the man in green tells of his unfortunate backstory, but then she got hit with the curse.  She staggers back like she was hit by a ton of books.

"Wha?!  No fair!  That's not possible even pulling all-nighters!"

She gets all weepy-eyed and defeated looking.  "And... and... weekends are supposed to be for fun..."

Miss Adventure, now more like Miss Mopey, is easily dragged by the tug of the small child.

"Well if you're gunna slam-dunk me so hard, the least you can do is release the coach from your spell.  I didn't even call you names."
Rodger Eskin
 player, 2023 posts
 Unwilling "evil wizard"
 for the government
Fri 21 Jul 2017
at 04:31
Re: Weston State
The Rich Man grinned at them both, mischief twinkling in those hellfire-infested eyes. "You are a superhero, Mittens. Find a clever way out of the trap." Indeed there was one, probably more, but whether or not the two young do-gooders would spot it remained to be seen. And he would be watching, or would try to, like a good teacher ought to.

Maverick got looks and comments of sympathy, but no offers to help from the college students.
Rodger said nothing in response to Mittens' request that he release Coach Thompson. He had no intention of doing that, not after the coach had worked for weeks talking him into to doing this gig to him. Would the adventurous kitten understand, if he told her? That, he did not want to find out. Better to let her be shocked at some future time, should she investigate and thwart his plots enough.
Maverick Sargas
 player, 42 posts
Fri 21 Jul 2017
at 05:29
Re: Weston State
With Mittens passively in tow, Maverick heads just outside of the gym and says, "Alright... he said he could hack your portals. Let's see if he actually did anything to your portals."

Maverick does have a theory, though... actually, he has a couple theories. He begins typing on his phone and shows it to Mittens:

Maverick's Phone:
Possible solutions:
-Get your being a student here finalized quickly. His promise may undo his magic once you become a student.
-Barring any better ideas, eat some ice cream with the chocolate covering. He's feeding it to the students and claims no evil to them; it might make the students eating it to be temporarily immune to his magic. It being an abhorrent thought for us may be the very reason he would have it as a solution.
-Reminder: If his promise extends to you once you are a student, that doesn't mean you promised him anything.


Maverick expects Mittens will never go for the chocolate eating. He himself will probably only do so after he has exhausted every last idea he can think of. And he has quite a few outside this latest text.

On that note, Maverick shows the paper note from earlier to Mittens. "Here are some things you can try to portal to me."

This message was last edited by the player at 05:32, Fri 21 July 2017.

Mittens
 player, 30 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Fri 21 Jul 2017
at 05:47
Re: Weston State
Pout becomes angry pout after that last remark from Rodger.  https://i.warosu.org/data/vr/img/0009/21/1374386918382.jpg

Outside she complains to Maverick, "As much as Mittens wants to find a clever solution, her mind is filled with panic over meeting the Monday deadline!  And just how many red marks 30,000 pages will have after it's graded.  There's just no way you can get a passing grade with that many chances for grammatical error!  The proof-reading alone would take months!  And the number of books to have enough footnotes to justify an essay of that length would fill several libraries!"

She paces back and forth a bit before even noticing Mav.  Through a force of will aided by her deep seated desire to not have to do the essay, she reads what he had written.  "Um.  Can't.  Even if I instantly filled out all the paperwork, the school's clerks wouldn't have them processed by Monday.

"I am not eating choco-coach.

"...that's a weird list.  OK."


Mits attempts to portal Mav the items on his list. "I don't even have a topic yet, much less a thesis statement!"
Maverick Sargas
 player, 43 posts
Sat 22 Jul 2017
at 23:23
Re: Weston State
(OOC: Mitts cleared up with me about the portals not actually being under your spell)

Upon seeing Mitts portal the items, Maverick says, "Well... I don't know whether to be relieved or worried that your portal worked. Gimme a minute..." He does some quick research on his smartphone and gets a weirded-out look. Apparently, adding catsup to chocolate is actually a recipe people like.

He puts his phone away and looks back at Mittens and wiggles his fingers at her like he's casting a spell. "Curse of the protagonist. Don't worry about doing the paper. If you wanna break the curse, maybe you can find a way to either put it off or a way around the rules he set. But no matter what homework anyone gave you, you would sooner flunk it than let someone melt to death, right? So at the least, you should focus on this. Which reminds me... did you take care of the heaters?"

(OOC: Putting these here to remind myself: oil, fog horn, rubber ducky, a pillow, realistic toy snake, fake blood, a pair of panties. Also, unrelated to this list: Sand)
Mittens
 player, 32 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sat 22 Jul 2017
at 23:39
Re: Weston State
The fact that her portals work as intended barely register.  While Mav does his research, Mits does some of her own as she paces and mutters,  "There's gotta be a rule against... no.  No.  'Magic.'  So normal people rules against unreasonable homework need not apply.

"If I pick a topic I love, by the time I'm done I'll hate the topic!  And good luck deciding on a topic that I don't care about that I'm willing to put this kind of effort into.

"There was that 3-page essay I did in high school.  All I'd need to do is puff it up 10,000 times.  Ugh!"


To Mav's spell, Mits sweatdrops.  "He's fine.  Heating element disabled.  Which means I don't have any imminent threat that I can use as an excuse for missing Monday's deadline.  Maybe if I...  No.  Alternate Reality Me warned that I can't get away with that.  DARNIT!"

Poof!  A desk, chair, laptop, and pile of encyclopedia appear and Mittens gets to work flipping through the articles.  "Grumble, grumble, bet there isn't even 30,000 pages in this whole set, grumble."
Maverick Sargas
 player, 44 posts
Sun 23 Jul 2017
at 00:41
Re: Weston State
Maverick can see he won't have Mitts' help until she gets rid of this curse. He writes something on a piece of paper so he doesn't have to say it out loud before handing it to Mittens. It reads: "He said 30,000 pages. He didn't say how many words."
Mittens
 player, 33 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sun 23 Jul 2017
at 01:01
Re: Weston State
Mittens lights up!  "Brilliant!"

She adjusts the font size on her doc to 576 points.  The letter fills the page!  "Now how many words does that mean..."

With a quick web search for an estimate of how many characters per page on average...  "I only need to write 10 pages worth!  Hot dang!  But that still leaves printing 30,000 pages.  Unleeess..."

Mits double-checks the definition of "page."

"HA!  The dictionary doesn't give a limit to how small a page can be!"

She conjures a copy of her old 3-page essay then levitates the pages.  "LASERS!"

A beam of light shoots out from her alien contact lens and slices through the essay, turning it into 32,784 pieces of confetti which she floats neatly into a couple Pez dispensers!  "Ohmygosh I can't believe I'm done!  Ahah!  Ahahahaha!"

This message was last edited by the player at 01:08, Sun 23 July 2017.

Maverick Sargas
 player, 45 posts
Sun 23 Jul 2017
at 01:12
Re: Weston State
Maverick says, "He doesn't need to know you are done the essay either. It's due Monday. So let's figure out what we are going to do when we return to the gym."

He presents the items Mitts teleported to him. "What I have here are multiple possible plans. But before I continue that thought... do you have a plan? Now that you have experienced his evil first hand?"
Mittens
 player, 34 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sun 23 Jul 2017
at 01:14
Re: Weston State
"Um... glue his lips shut?  His spells seem to need a verbal component...

"Can't be that easy.  So no!  I am planless."

Maverick Sargas
 player, 46 posts
Sun 23 Jul 2017
at 01:23
Re: Weston State
Maverick says, "There is the classic of feeding him laxative so he's too busy with the john to bother with spells. And if your portals can port something into a person's stomach directly, that would be handy. But now that I've spoken with him, I'm trying not to be too mean. Which, I guess, means you can send the panties back where you got them."

He waits for Mittens to do so before he explains, "The oil and pillow go together. I want oil for him to slip on, but the pillow so he doesn't injure his face when he falls. The pillow would be put on his face so he can't see or accurately cast spells. The fog horn would be used to startle him into falling. The fake blood goes with the snake; have the toy snake sneak up on him and his clown and 'bite' them. The fake blood will be there to convince them the snake was real, especially once you portal the snake away."
Mittens
 player, 35 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sun 23 Jul 2017
at 01:31
Re: Weston State
Poof went the panties.

"That uh...  wow!  Nice plans!"

Mits thinks on it a little.  "How are we going to restore choco-coach to normal without wizard face's releasing him from the spell?  Ya know what?  This looks like a job for the police.  If I screw this up and someone gets turned into chocolate rain, I'm going to be charged with reckless endangerment."

She starts dialing.  "Spending so much time in space I got used to the idea of not having the option of calling for the cops when 9 times out of 10 the 'cops' were soldiers of one evil empire or another."
Maverick Sargas
 player, 47 posts
Sun 23 Jul 2017
at 01:48
Re: Weston State
Maverick says, "Already done." he shows Mittens his text from earlier.

quote:
"Rodger Eskin is at the Weston State University's gym. The coach has been turned into a chocolate statue and is slowly melting. Rodger is using that melting chocolate as the topping to the ice cream he is serving. I am currently attempting to rescue the coach and hope to persuade Rodger to stop with as little chaos as possible. Currently working with Parahuman friend of mine: Mittens."


Maverick says, "Have you ever heard of someone being charged for reckless endangerment when trying to defend people from a criminal? Reckless endangerment is for people who do things with a lack of care for others' safety. Are you sure this can't be solved without innocent people getting hurt?"
Mittens
 player, 36 posts
 AKA Miss Adventure
Sun 23 Jul 2017
at 01:56
Re: Weston State
Mits stops dialing.  "I shoulda known.  It's been a while.  Good to see you again!  I trust you got the birthday cards I asked my parents to mail.  Sorry I didn't visit.  Only had time to pop in on my folks once in a while.  Long story.

"Thanks for the encouragement.  I'm aiming at joining the authorities myself one way or another.  Lawful aligned parents insisted.  And they were the ones saying that heroes get charged with crimes here on Earth."


She considers the gym.  "I don't want to risk directly confronting him now that I've felt the sting of his magic.  And since things aren't super dangerous urgent right now, it's probably best we serve as a supplement to the cops when they show up rather than take this guy on ourselves."
Maverick Sargas
 player, 48 posts
Sun 23 Jul 2017
at 02:07
Re: Weston State
Maverick nods. "If the cops show up. I texted Matt earlier and he had made it out like this guy is not really a problem. And from what I know about him, he is relatively harmless. But I did mention about the coach..."

He leans against the wall. "Without some means of combating his magic, it would be a pretty one-sided fight if we confronted him directly... buuuuut... he is a known villain."

He brightens up. "He gave you homework. How about you give him detention? Surely your portals can lead to a place like limbo or something where there is no escape? Give him a note that tells him he will remain in detention until he releases the coach from the spell?"

This message was last edited by the player at 02:08, Sun 23 July 2017.