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18:53, 20th July 2024 (GMT+0)

A Clearing Just Outside Center City.

Posted by SSOGMFor group 0
JUSTICAR
player, 1527 posts
Mutant ExoPilot MA15/PB14
HP55, SDC137 J:700 AR15
Thu 28 Sep 2023
at 15:01
  • msg #171

Municipal Convention Center

Justicar, watching the display transmitted from his drones narrows his gaze... in a scowl hidden under his visor.

He ticks off the relevant points about the FIST suit mentally...
- Remote controlled, clearly by some means his radio scramblers are Not able to squelch
- Still in operation
- Not US Military property
- Armed with particle beam weaponry
- Moving on to continue rampage
- Unmanned

It was very clear to Hikari what his response with that last point would be...

Justicar shifted position out of cover when the FIST suit smashed through the roof again he laser targeted it and dual-fired his shoulder-mounted weapons underbarrel M203 40mm grenade launchers with HE ordinance at the FIST Suit ~ to destroy it!

10:51, Today: JUSTICAR rolled 30 using 1d20+15 with rolls of 15.  Justicar - Shoulder Mounted - Underbarrel Gr Launchers [+15; +12weapon sys, +3 laser tar]. – 30

10:55, Today: JUSTICAR rolled 12 using 2d6 with rolls of 6,6.  Justicar - 40mm Grenade L. damage [1d6x100 ea]. – 12
{12x100 [1,200 SDC]}
{OOC: Damage as per CoCW, p.114}

The shoulder weapons barked their dual-retort ~ CHOFF!-CHOFF!
... followed by a thunderous double explosion, a near perfect shot!

K-KTHOOM-THOOM!!

When the FIST suit raised its arms K3 took control of Drone-Beta and extended an utility arm to pick up the envelop and stow it into a storage compartment as the projected Force field of the stationary Drone-Deimos did not touch the concrete floor but left a 6" gap. Then Beta tucked in closer behind the protective force field.
This message was last edited by the player at 20:50, Thu 28 Sept 2023.
SSOGM
GM, 1064 posts
Some Sort Of
Game Master
Sat 30 Sep 2023
at 12:38
  • msg #172

Over a Warehouse in the City

In reply to JUSTICAR (msg # 171):

The two grenades slam into the armor, the explosions smack it back and forth so quickly the G forces inside the suit would've been enormous. FIST armor flies by means of hover-jets controlled by a pilot. Whatever was controlling the hover-jets has ceased to do so, and the FIST armor falls back through the hole it smashed in the roof and drops to the warehouse floor. There, it remains inert.
JUSTICAR
player, 1528 posts
Mutant ExoPilot MA15/PB14
HP55, SDC137 J:700 AR15
Sat 30 Sep 2023
at 13:30
  • msg #173

Municipal Convention Center

In reply to SSOGM (msg # 172):

{OOC: Damage Adjustment - 5d4x10! 'Which is TOTALLY fine by me ~ I'd rather NOT be on the same receiving end of the Rules as listed!'}

09:21, Today: JUSTICAR rolled 23 using 10d4 with rolls of 2,2,3,3,3,3,1,3,2,1.  Justicar - 40mm Grenade L. damage ['10' 5d4x10 ea]. – 23 {23x10 230 SDC}

Justicar watches the result of the weapons fire. He cuts his radio jamming seeing as its not stopping whatever means is being used to control the remote FIST Drone.  Drone-Beta detected no explosives in the building so Justicar takes flight flying to the hole in the roof to hover above regarding the ... crashed FIST suit.

Getting on the CCPD Radio, "Justicar reporting. That twin-detonation was me disabling the FIST suit's flight systems.  The FIST suit blasted an entrance in the roof of an abandoned warehouse and was waiting for my arrival.  I suspected a trap so scanned the building for explosives and it does not appear to be rigged to explode.  I did not enter and the FIST suit attempted to leave. My sensors revealed it was unmanned and there were no innocents in the building.  So I took the chance to disable it with ordinance.  It is back down in the building.  Proceeding with caution to finish neutralizing it."

Entering the roof hole Justicar lands 30'ft away from the FIST suit waiting a few seconds for any reaction... before walking over charging his arm-mounted mini-lasers to cut the arm mounted blasters off the FIST suit if it moves...
This message was last edited by the player at 17:36, Sun 01 Oct 2023.
SSOGM
GM, 1067 posts
Some Sort Of
Game Master
Fri 6 Oct 2023
at 03:11
  • msg #174

Municipal Convention Center

The suit lays inert and quiet. As JUSTICAR approaches, the FIST faceplate levers up and open. It reveals a mechanical face, or sorts. Within the metal skull there are photoreceptor eyes and some sort of mechanical tongue, but nothing else. The light within the skull flickers and goes out.
JUSTICAR
player, 1529 posts
Mutant ExoPilot MA15/PB14
HP55, SDC137 J:700 AR15
Fri 6 Oct 2023
at 04:29
  • msg #175

Municipal Convention Center

Justicar examines the automaton and... attaching his multi-tool hands crouches down and disables the FIST suit power system to make sure it is inert!

00:22, Today: JUSTICAR rolled 82 using 1d100 with rolls of 82.  Justicar - Electrical: Engineer 'Id/locate FIST power systems' [77%]. – 82  {FAIL}

The damage is extensive and the wiring .. uncertain...

For expedience... Hikari just removes the power pack... with brute force if needed...

00:24, Today: JUSTICAR rolled 15 using 1d100 with rolls of 15.  Justicar - Robot: Electronics 'Just remove the power pack' [97%]. – 15

Holding the now detached power pack Justicar turns to his drones behind Drone-Deimos' force screen, reasonably certain the FIST is now fully deactivated and walks around Drone-Deimos' force screen to retrieve the written letter from Drone-Beta and reads it...
This message was last edited by the player at 13:58, Fri 06 Oct 2023.
SSOGM
GM, 1080 posts
Some Sort Of
Game Master
Sat 7 Oct 2023
at 16:49
  • msg #176

Municipal Convention Center

As he detaches the power supply, Hikari realizes most of the damage isn't to the FIST suit. Apparently, the suit was placed on a robot of minimal construction. The grenades, in slamming the robot back and forth, destroyed the robot without doing more than superficial damage to the suit.
JUSTICAR
player, 1533 posts
Mutant ExoPilot MA15/PB14
HP55, SDC137 J:700 AR15
Sun 8 Oct 2023
at 11:43
  • msg #177

Municipal Convention Center

Getting on the Radio, "Justicar here. CCPD.. I believe the threat is neutralized, the FIST suit is down. I'll stay here on standby while your forensics team sweeps in, but I think LESP should keep possession of the FIST suit  for examination and investigation to find its origin.  But I'll be hold here to wait for confirmation."

On the LESP Radio...

Hikari reads the letter...

K3 deactivates Drone-Deimos Force Field and recalls the drone to dock with the Justicar-Polymer...

Drone-Beta holds on standby out of the way... Justicar-Polymer has only two drone docking ports for Deimos and Phoebos.
This message was last edited by the player at 13:59, Sun 08 Oct 2023.
SSOGM
GM, 1095 posts
Some Sort Of
Game Master
Fri 20 Oct 2023
at 06:30
  • msg #178

Municipal Convention Center

The letter:
[Language unknown: Ha ar ousresstiine eeasic eve,
U nc ousmanset, Di ineintkor ardthures whidinres as po linvirmen sahang thiineted ul. T ou dayic, ec thaon fisend ckle, k ul io enc. Nt nami dineveent, hioer foarmo ngtolead Ecle llto osit thwanimi tioratshe. P vordintic seiv Prou ei tinaintra ee llmast hi ticha ieain nd prntek we orehasund ichnotund a.
Ululekomit, Te ur arkor. Ur ndprta aswit al mi, somessnti welo ho stle. Wil mi i orthouvereve'ourers stnaro i io wasi la iv roloiv, ant ectndetra hasbe itlaev eiie hautheli witnceamestaera nce ouevcess m wer ersticwitioners whe allingted wilsa tewa ofriwipa patiwh iou str hi hois redortion art usnier k tin Larionles. Estol parea hatng ouro we chter onol essoulareble Ven ntati fimihaha. K ast encthoevevorvor is has eauhouhisand a aslaun ivwhho eeales etpe menoutherwhe urbeasilol atneli, ere din o be redhi tatondme weus oulhasday verwh e conpl oreta elasne n haoun offifoio ee ard.
Ei, Ill iltrel a u ntwi ncrome. K nce enhis ersonswas notonsvorica ince We i eemo'ssse a ri ur siher, red Se adll vorourson ivint toadroriti cena ncmewhfo pathe anywh toie hassanwhi e ev n intiveenc. We ti ioneenichrea, E pa ut te forsi, m sapoon i thesto, evis Cksan p artomeoun p rontesma o aveer ei t ver passho nimedi verherive ersratoun le earouronsich re ro ofnot. Usiciv, utacho, ck llos taom om has reshature esatpa ac ure set th omeeenthu m la holo oncahi. M onet ate ers al asulll oukor t rutativor koronewit renc riof.
Waca'romi,
Miasutof
]

JUSTICAR
player, 1534 posts
Mutant ExoPilot MA15/PB14
HP55, SDC137 J:700 AR15
Fri 20 Oct 2023
at 14:32
  • msg #179

Municipal Convention Center

Justicar ponders the letter with ... mixed emotions.  He's not certain he believes all of it but... the tone was not what he would expected were everything he'd been told were the full truth.  And he's... unfortunately certain, that Full Truth has yet to be revealed from his parents.  In self-reflection, he considers why should he be surprised?  Truth and his parents has ... always been somewhat sketchy.

The young hero sighs, folds the letter and puts it away.  Like ALL things in his life it seems.. he must always 'seek' his own answers... but those are matters for latter.  Best answer he has for now is keep an open mind and do not let his desire for Justice.. or even Familial connection blind him to the facts before him, for now that must be enough.

Getting on the Radio, "Justicar reporting. Situation resolved.  Awaiting the Police Forensics Team to sweep the scene.  I'll stay on station until they are done then take the FIST suit to LESP HQ for analysis."

When the police arrive Justicar does not move from his out of the way position monitoring the procedures until he's given the 'ok' to confiscate the FIST suit and its droid pilot.  He will take his leave and return to the LESP HQ.  There he will take the FIST suit to the analysis room they most recently used on the Senator Android ~ and the reality of the difficult situation dawns on him.  He will remove the android pilot from the Fist Suit and stow the FIST suit itself in the evidence 'room', but will make his way to Detective Broyko's office.

[EXIT To: LESP Offices]
This message was last edited by the player at 22:39, Fri 20 Oct 2023.
Detective Broyko
NPC, 137 posts
Internal Affairs
Assigned to LESP
Sun 30 Jun 2024
at 04:14
  • msg #180

Goodbye, Crusaders

Viktor Broyko sits on the turf, facing an unusual tree in the center of the clearing. He's speaking to someone, but it appears no one else is there. "Do you remember the little red-headed girl that sat in front of me? That was Cindy Shohalter. One day, right after she started braiding her hair, I just couldn't resist giving one of them a tug."
"She turned to me with the most disappointed look on her face I'd ever seen, made a moan turn into 'ohhh' and the tears began to fall. I was apologizing and crying right with her, explaining how I just wanted to get her attention and I never meant to hurt her. Next thing I know, she's smiling at me like the cat that ate the canary, and there you were. You looked at her, then at me, and said 'Viktor, I'm not going to punish you for that. I have a feeling she'll do fine without my help.'"

The man pauses and sighs, "She did, you know, without even trying. Cindy was a late bloomer, and I was early. Sophomore year I told her my plans for the academy and the force. She said she just wanted to find the right man and have a child. I convinced her I was the right man when the other boys started the cat calls. Every time one of them made her cry, I blacked his eye. Sometimes I got a few black eyes, myself, but I always got my target."
"One day, after a slew of tears and fights, she told me she hated her name. I told her if she gave me time I would change it. I married her after the academy. It wasn't long after that I we were expecting. Her parents had told her she couldn't have children, but the doctor explained the correct term was 'shouldn't'. I rushed her to the hospital, waiting to welcome our son into the family. I still have that ultrasound picture."
"Two weeks later, I was a bitter young widower visiting a pair of graves and you found me there. I know you were trying to help, but everything you said about the circle of life and the resiliency of the human heart did nothing but make me hurt more. I probably would have tried to run you off had you not covered the graves with those flowers. I went back to work and poured myself into the job. I still hold the record for youngest patrolman to make detective. So you see, you gave me the finest days of my life before you ever became the crusader for the green. That's why I'll do what you ask. It won't make me miss you less, but at least it won't make me miss you more."

This message was last edited by the player at 02:24, Tue 02 July.
Manta Man
NPC, 13 posts
Sun 30 Jun 2024
at 04:15
  • msg #181

Goodbye, Crusaders

The man walking into the clearing, apparently from nowhere, remarks "I didn't know that, Viktor, that you lost your family, too. Why didn't you say something to me? Wait, Dreamweaver used to tell me about this kind of thing. I suppose you were seeing my pain and didn't want to share yours because we both needed the goad to do some good that wasn't personal in nature?"
This message was last updated by the player at 02:24, Tue 02 July.
Dreamweaver
NPC, 14 posts
Sun 30 Jun 2024
at 04:31
  • msg #182

Goodbye, Crusaders

She faded into sight between Viktor Broyko and Carter Manning, as a dream fades in during the deepest sleep. "You should both be ashamed. I knew Carter for a decade before he told me about his wife and daughter, and you waited longer."
"Don't try to excuse it, it's not a good thing. You didn't tell anyone because you weren't willing to share your pain. It hurt, but it was your hurt. It was all you had left of what you saw as the center of your universe and you weren't willing to share it. Neither of you has been willing to share yourself with anyone till Evergreen showed up for Viktor and...."
"Ohhh! I've about had it with you, Carter Manning! You've been too busy to talk, then too busy to see, then too busy to spend time with someone you claim to love! Or so you say! Just who is this Hickory that you're keeping an eye on!"

This message was lightly edited by the player at 02:24, Tue 02 July.
Detective Broyko
NPC, 138 posts
Internal Affairs
Assigned to LESP
Sun 30 Jun 2024
at 04:33
  • msg #183

Goodbye, Crusaders

"It's Hikari. He's a good kid with a lot of promise who's already trying to make the world a better place. I've been watching him. There's nothing to worry about. He's just had a rough time."
This message was last edited by the player at 02:24, Tue 02 July.
Dreamweaver
NPC, 15 posts
Sun 30 Jun 2024
at 04:39
  • msg #184

Goodbye, Crusaders

"We've ALL had a rought time, Lieutenant. That's why we've got the quirks that make us help people and save the world. But between missions we deserve a life! Neither one of you has a single friend you don't work with, and I will dare to say you don't even have casual acquaintances that aren't part of your respective places of employment. For heaven's sake, Carter, you don't even know the real name of your best friend."
This message was last updated by the player at 02:25, Tue 02 July.
Enforcer
NPC, 1 post
Sun 30 Jun 2024
at 04:51
  • msg #185

Goodbye, Crusaders

"He knows it, he just won't say it."
"But you're not wrong. You guys need a change. Or, actually, the change we've made should be permanent."

Eric Forrest doesn't fade into being, like some people, but he wasn't seen till he spoke.
He approaches the tree and lays a hand on the bark.
"She was special, maybe the best of us. You know, she's the only one of you I fully trusted. Even more than you, Carter. She had an objective, and she pursued it with all she had. None of the rest of us could say that. Larry and Bobby won't even be here for this. They're in New York trying out for some government thing called the "American Shield" initiative."
Removing his mask, he turns to Carter Manning, "you still got that open position in security?"
This message was last edited by the player at 02:25, Tue 02 July.
Carter Manning
NPC I was Manta Man, 2 posts
Fri 12 Jul 2024
at 23:11
  • msg #186

Goodbye, Crusaders

"The only position open to you is see ess oh... Eric. It's been cleared by the head office, a certain senator owed me a favor. You'll need a new suit, one more like mine."
Carter Manning faces Dreamweaver and Lieutenant Broyko, "this is the only suit I have, now. Once they're trained, Manta Man will be someone you've never met before. Viktor's right about Hikari, he's a good kid. The rest of the squad look good, too. It won't hurt to have Manta Man patrolling the bay, but I think I could feel safe without it now that LESP is a go."
"Eric thinks they've got someone to fill his shoes, he says it'll take all three of them so I'm not sure what he means. But I trust him, I always have. I've got another position open, Donna, but I'm still of the opinion you should find someone younger."

This message was last edited by the player at 23:11, Fri 12 July.
Detective Broyko
The Lieutenant NPC, 139 posts
Internal Affairs
Assigned to LESP
Tue 2 Jul 2024
at 02:39
  • msg #187

Goodbye, Crusaders

"Let me know when you have the press conference, Carter. I've got to get back, someone blew up the precinct."
"Actually, it was one of those cases I would normally have passed to the Crusaders because it was outside of our jurisdiction. It would be nice to have that option, again."

This message was last edited by the player at 05:41, Tue 02 July.
Dreamweaver
Donna Weston, 16 posts
Tue 2 Jul 2024
at 05:56
  • msg #188

Goodbye, Crusaders

Dreamweaver fades away, and another voice comes from behind the tree as Donna Weston steps out into sight. "You weren't the only one to grow older, Carter. Trust me, I'm not trading down. I've been using illusions so the public only sees the younger version of myself. I don't even have that costume anymore. I'm soo ready to retire Dreamweaver."
"I still get young boys in my practice who delight in describing their fantasies about the hot super chick on the Crusader's calendar, you have no idea how difficult that is to hear. You want us to give it a shot? Take me to dinner so the real me can talk to the real you. Dreamweaver and Manta Man are off limits, is that a deal?"

Enforcer
Spy Super NPC, 2 posts
Sat 6 Jul 2024
at 03:14
  • msg #189

Goodbye, Crusaders

Eric punches Carter in the arm, lightly. With a sly smile, he says, "say yes, Carter. I'll get back to Manning so you can personally inform the people of your decision and have them start setting up my office."
Carter Manning
NPC I was Manta Man, 2 posts
Fri 12 Jul 2024
at 23:10
  • msg #190

Goodbye, Crusaders

"Yes."
Carter looks at Donna, "You'll have to change, we've got reservations at Giovanni's."
Handing Enforcer a company ID, he nods to his friend before he takes Donna Weston's hand and presses a button on a fob. The quick arrival of what appears to be a flying car follows.
This message was last edited by the player at 23:10, Fri 12 July.
Dreamweaver
Donna Weston NPC, 17 posts
Fri 12 Jul 2024
at 23:01
  • msg #191

Goodbye, Crusaders

"Uh... reservations? We?"
Donna Weston looks at the new tree in the clearing, and the tears well in her eyes. "She told me that we..."
"Did she talk to you?"

Carter Manning
NPC I was Manta Man, 2 posts
Fri 12 Jul 2024
at 23:11
  • msg #192

Goodbye, Crusaders

"Just to remind me that life, all life, is really about renewal. That, and that if a one-hundred thirty-two year old woman can help save the planet I'm a fool to think I'm too old to give up on happiness. She emphasized fool, too, like she always did."
Carter helps Donna into the car, and it flies away.
This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 23:11, Fri 12 July.
Detective Broyko
The Lieutenant NPC, 140 posts
Internal Affairs
Assigned to LESP
Fri 12 Jul 2024
at 23:06
  • msg #193

Goodbye, Crusaders

"My car's just down the path, there. Do you need a lift?"
Enforcer
Spy Super NPC, 3 posts
Fri 12 Jul 2024
at 23:14
  • msg #194

Goodbye, Crusaders

Eric shrugs, "I'm pretty sure I can afford an uber, but, yeah. It wouldn't be the first time Carter left me to find my own way."
He joins the detective walking away from the clearing.
SSOGM
GM, 1241 posts
Some Sort Of
Game Master
Fri 12 Jul 2024
at 23:32
  • msg #195

Foreshadowing? Or <red>herring</red>

The small clearing on the edge of the Congaree Biosphere Reserve is far enough from Center City to escape a great deal of intrusion, but is close enough to reach and return in a single afternoon. Barely fifty yards away from the road that forms the boundary of the reserve is a small clearing containing a single tree. No other tree on the planet is like to the respectable hardwood growing here. The tree grows many different fruits, all at the same time, yet none seem to litter the ground. Emaciated, ragged squirrels stagger into the clearing, and start to climb the tree. Those that reach the canopy treat themselves to acorns, walnuts, or hickory nuts. Those that have trouble with the climb cling to the bark, sometimes keening in their distress. The tree, inevitably, quickly grows a small shelf for these squirrels complete with what appears to be a pecan. The squirrels that manage to eat the pecan sleep long and deep. When they awaken, they scamper away as if completely rejuvenated. Some come back, acting with almost a reverence for the tree. These stay in the trees branches, indefinitely.
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