Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block.   Posted by Retro DM.Group: 0
July Coates
 player, 70 posts
 i'll sing along
 yeah with every emergency
Sun 22 Mar 2020
at 19:47
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Malun's static voice rang out in her head, and July could swear there were sparks with every exhale. The groan of metal and the whirring of engines and electronics filled the air as the craft raised up before crashing down into the alien-robot-whatever. The ground shook at the impact, dirt kicking up and a horrible grinding as the craft careened forward into a tree with a massive crack.

The fire surged in her veins, and July found her feet moving forward at its pull, chucks digging into the ground. Hands raised, shifting into familiar patterns and fire bubbling up her throat into a familiar burn as she screamed directly at their prone assailant.

Casting Thunderwave at second level for 11 damage and a 10 foot knockback on a failed DC 14 Con Save or 5 on a successful save.
Retro DM
 GM, 66 posts
Sun 22 Mar 2020
at 20:19
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Barely able to recover from the slamming of his own ship into his armored shell, the Starman was just about to float back up to standing when July moved in. The 'eye' of his visor turned to see her cast her spell, and the light from that eye flared as if it might counter it in some way.

But it was too slow.

The wave of thundering energy slammed into the Starman, hurtling him back and blasting sections of his armor apart. It made a sound somewhere between a human scream and a piece of machinery that broke under too much stress. His left arm broke away completely, and his right leg was bent backwards.

Most importantly, it was no longer moving.

Combat ends, July finishing Starman with her spell!

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With the forest now ominously still, Vzzt breathed out a heavy sigh and dropped their protective spell. Ms. Calhoon slowly approached the body, gun up. When she reached it, and inspected it for signs of life, she was satisfied that there were none, and holstered her gun.
She looked back to her students - or the teenagers that used to be her students, and were now something else. "Is everyone alright? Any major injuries?"
Mariko 'Malun' Lunesby
 player, 68 posts
 Obligatory child genius
 Don't touch my PortCon!
Mon 23 Mar 2020
at 20:10
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Malun immediately moved over towards Garret, seeming very embarrassed, "Um...my apologies. I didn't expect the craft to react to my commands that quickly. I should have taken into account that a vehicle with no visible means of propulsion would use technology that had a lower period of acceleration..."

"Ah..." she almost stammered, "are you alright?"
Garret Blake
 player, 94 posts
 Do good deeds
 Stay out of trouble
Mon 30 Mar 2020
at 22:05
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Garrett did his best to vault backwards on nimble feet as the ship suddenly surged towards him. The impact that sent Starman hurtling into ruin checked his shoulder, sending him reeling with an abrupt and sharp jerk of pain that passed through his frame like a lightning bolt. An audible "FUCK" could be heard from his mouth as he stumbled back several feet and caught himself down on one knee.

And then the Starman was obliterated. July's magic surged past him, ripping into the armored body, tearing across its frame and rending it to pieces.

Garrett's mouth hung open. Was still hanging open when Malun asked her question, jarring him out of his shock and surprise. "I... oh yeah, I'm fine. Just a blow to the shoulder--I've taken those before plenty. Thank you. What you did was incredible."

Slowly rising to his feet, he nodded at Miss Calhoun, swaying slightly before steadying himself. The sword slid back into its sheath, and he took in each of his friends--and Whitney--before speaking again.

"Holy shit. July--all of you-- that was amazing."
Jason Drake
 player, 61 posts
 Welding, forging, wood
 Working with my hands
Wed 1 Apr 2020
at 23:21
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
It was over. The adrenaline hadn’t quiet worn off yet, and Jason was shaking slightly as it coursed through him. He rushed over to Garret, who was definitely more hurt than he was saying.

“You are not fine, you got blasted to hell and then a space ship ran into you. Now hold still.” He said as he placed a hand gently over Garret’s injured shoulder. He summoned up from the well of his now familiar power, causing a brief glow of warm light to pass from his fingers into Garret’s shoulder, spreading into the rest of his body.

Jason Casts Cure Wounds a 1st level, healing Garret for 8 hp.

His breathing seemed to slow as he released the energy. He looked back to the rest of his friends, now smiling.

“Okay... yeah that was insane. The most insane thing in a series of insane events. We’re some kinda crazy hero team now I think. Okay, anyone else bad off? I have a little bit left, I know we all took that explosion at the start. I’m alright I think, but are you guys?”
Mariko 'Malun' Lunesby
 player, 69 posts
 Obligatory child genius
 Don't touch my PortCon!
Thu 2 Apr 2020
at 11:11
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Malun nodded along with Garret for a moment, calming down slightly from her miscalculation that caused her to injure her friend.

you're not fine...a space ship ran into you

The words made Malun practically shrink within her labcoat. "I...I'm sorry...it was unfamiliar technology...I shouldn't have tried that."

Though she was hurt from the blast, she barely even heard Jason's follow up question as she was already making her way to the crashed spaceship and the robot alien. She had to analyze them, figure out what they were made from, get whatever data she could. This was her role, and if she was going to screw up in combat scenarios this badly then she at least needed to be able to do her job.
July Coates
 player, 71 posts
 i'll sing along
 yeah with every emergency
Thu 9 Apr 2020
at 01:51
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
July swallowed, wincing at the sting in her throat. Checkered sneakers stutter stepped forward, shoulders rising and falling with breaths that tasted of sulphur and a rabbit fast heart.

The robot-alien-person-whatever lay in a broken heap, limbs bent round the wrong way and sheared off at the joints. July watched it for several labored breaths, as if it might claw itself back up to try and kill them again.

Despite the fire inside, that thought made her go cold. That thing had tried to kill them. It had hurt them pretty solidly in that attempt. July was suddenly aware of the sting from the christmas lights energy beam death show. She looked down at her hands, faint blisters rippling across her palms. A flame flickered to life with the flex of her fingers, as if to remind her that this is real, you did that.

Jason's question knifed through her thoughts. July dropped her hands, the flame extinguishing with the clench of her fists.

"I'm okay," she rasped. Another swallow and this time her voice was more solid and her smile back in place, "Just a couple blisters and bruises here."

She approached the others, all too happy to put distance between her and the broken thing. She'd broken it. Killed it. But as much as the thought unsettled her, the relief that it was no longer hurting her friends was better. She fell in next to Garrett, bumping his arm with her elbow.

"The anime stuff is admittedly a lot cooler with a sword than with a stick," July grinned a bit, blue eyes flitting to take stock. Whitney looked almost unphased, hair and clothing barely rumpled. It was kind of unfair, really. Ms. Calhoon seemed similarly calm, which was more unsettling than annoying.

"Are you okay, Vzzt? Do you know what that robit-alien-whatever was?" July asked, looking up at their host, before her eyes were drawn to the somehow smaller than usual frame of Malun digging in the wreckage. Her lips curved into a small frown, and on impulse she sank into the familiar static space of linked thoughts.

Malun? Are you okay?
Mariko 'Malun' Lunesby
 player, 70 posts
 Obligatory child genius
 Don't touch my PortCon!
Thu 9 Apr 2020
at 22:40
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Malun started a bit at the mental contact that was not initiated by her. It felt...Other to her. Staticy and hot, like words interrupted by flickering flames without actually interrupting the words somehow.

Tapping her glasses to activate her own mental communication, she replied to July without looking back. ::My injuries are unpleasant but not crippling. I can focus on my investigation as those of greater combat value are repaired, I do not know Jason's magical reserve limitations nor if they replenish as quickly as my equipment's, so tactically speaking my injuries are of lower priority.:: Her mental voice was utterly flat and devoid of emotion, as if she had made herself enter a nearly robotic state of function.

Of course, Malun was not as difficult to read as she believed herself to be. She entered this robotic state when she was upset and desperately trying to cover her emotions, and she was still only fourteen. Her more insightful friends had had ample time to see this behavior in her before. The odd thing is that when like this she had a bad habit of talking down to the object of her upsetness, and really only them.

July had never heard Malun talk down to herself before.
Vzzt
 NPC, 7 posts
Thu 9 Apr 2020
at 23:38
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
The pixie came down from their high up position, and fluttered around the now dead corpse of the machine-man that came from the stars. They breathed a sigh of relief, wiping sweat from their forehead.

"My word! Such a rude arrival! No manners at all!"

They looked about the group of humans, noting their injuries, and how one of them was already trying to apply healing magic.

"Oh, forgive me! I can help with this. Please, hold still just a moment..."

The pixie called Vzzt then let out a soft, resonating note. It was soothing in a way that regular music couldn't be, and the group felt their bodies start to magically recover.

Vzzt casts Mass Healing Word, healing everyone for 9 HP.
Garret Blake
 player, 95 posts
 Do good deeds
 Stay out of trouble
Fri 10 Apr 2020
at 01:19
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
"You are not fine."

Jason wasn't wrong, and as much as his inner tough guy would like to argue, Garrett couldn't muster the knowingly-bullshit argument that he was just a little bruised. In the past few moments he'd been hit by a hacked spaceship after fighting a robot-man who shot him with lasers that burned, froze, and electrocuted him. And he'd fought back with a sword, barely useful armor, and the apparent divine power of a man with a sake jug named after a bird.

"I mean I don't mean that I'm fine," he said, showing visible relief at his best friend's healing power, "just that I'm not as bad as I could... be... you know what nevermind, we'll just go with not-fine. Or more fine now. Because of the healing, and thanks for that."

His tone was grateful, genuinely, and that's how he felt as Jason unpacked the notion of being a team of heroes, which sounded absolutely not like something he would've drank up with the urgency of a hoover a mere few days earlier. Maybe the sheer awesomeness of it all simply hadn't caught up with him yet. The sword in his hands felt natural as a football tucked under his arm or a skateboard beneath his feet, and that too was... intense. A small grin formed on his face as he glanced down at the weapon in his hand. So what, they were a Sentai team now?

Wild.

July jolted him out of his thoughts a half second later, and the grin widened as he looked up at her. Boyish and bright. "It does help. And I'm not gonna lie, as scary as all that was, fighting a robot with a sword was definitely up there on the Holy-shit-that's-amazing scale that exists somewhere in my head.... and speaking of amazing? Seriously, July, that was Awesome."

He paused, letting out a breath, and Vzzt was suddenly suffusing them all with another round of healing energy that washed across him in a comforting wave that was nonetheless extremely strange. He was almost certainly never going to get used to it. "Thank you, Vzzt," he said with a nod of his head. By now he was definitely starting to feel more even-keel.

"Okay, so, a robot just attacked us. Maybe if we get a look at what's left of him and that spaceship we can figure out what... ever the fuck that was all about. Because so far? We've had a skeleton snake accuse us of theft and a robot come hunting for us looking to wipe us out. We've very clearly caught the attention of something--or several something's--very bad."
Jason Drake
 player, 62 posts
 Welding, forging, wood
 Working with my hands
Fri 10 Apr 2020
at 17:01
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Garret accepting that he was hurt was good enough for Jason. He was about to continue on healing the rest of his friends when their guide took charge of that task. Vzzt's magic seemed a lot more powerful than his, and he was thankful the pixie had allied with them. They certainly would have been a lot worse off from the initial volley of the alien robot guy.

"Thanks Vzzt. That feels a lot better. And thank you for protecting us earlier, that could have gone very badly without you."

He was interested in inspecting the Starman's body, but Garret brought up a good point, and it made him pause.

"Yeah, it's too weird to be a coincidence, right? He said we were who he was looking for. How did he know about us?"
Retro DM
 GM, 67 posts
Fri 10 Apr 2020
at 20:11
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Standing over the body of the defeated Starman, Malun’s PortCon buzzes with information, previously blocked by some energy field around the alien itself. The display shows an analysis of the metallic armor, and pin points a spot just to the side of the visored helmet.

::Metallic substance, origin unknown. Scanning elements... not present in the periodic table. Scanning electronics... Compatible device located.::

The device, whatever it was, seemed to be under a secure panel on the side of the helmet section.

Malun can attempt to use her Tinker’s Tools to open that panel. DC 13.

This message was lightly edited by the GM at 20:11, Fri 10 Apr 2020.

July Coates
 player, 72 posts
 i'll sing along
 yeah with every emergency
Sun 3 May 2020
at 02:30
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Something about Malun's flat affect tugged at July's heart strings more than just the words themselves. Even with the younger girl's voice ringing in her head, it was like Malun was simply miles away, shut down and alone. July opened her mouth to try to say something, but nothing came to mind or tongue.

Vzzt's unearthly note cut through July's thoughts, a surge of warmth that was chased by the impossible sensation of her ravaged throat soothing and bruises fading. Wide blue eyes turned down to her hands, where blisters receded into smooth skin in a heartbeat. Every inch of her skin was vibrating, as if the spell was more the familiar adrenaline rush of stage lights.

"Whoa," July exhaled, flexing her hands. That was... whoa. "Thank you, Vzzt. I feel way better now."

Garrett turned a grin and 'amazing' on her, and the pleasant warmth in her chest spread like a wildfire, like the burn of cheap beer with friends and music, miles outside of Gridley, on a perfect summer's night. July's answering smile was giddy, a little drunk.

Damn, that healing spell was something else. If someone could figure out how to bottle that feeling, they'd make a fortune.

After a moment, the sobering reality of their situation kicked back in. July winced as she looked back down at the broken body of their assailant, fidgeting with the hem of her leather jacket.

"I mean, Skittles said we had stolen something, right? And like, that dream bird guy said you weren't supposed to have your powers?" July's dark brows knit together as she looked back up at Garrett and then turning her gaze to the others, chewing thoughtfully on her lip. "So like...I mean, we didn't do anything on purpose, sure, but maybe Skittles was like...right."
Mariko 'Malun' Lunesby
 player, 72 posts
 Obligatory child genius
 Don't touch my PortCon!
Sun 3 May 2020
at 13:39
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
"Elements that do not exist within the known periodic table." Malun's voice piped up, loud enough for Ms. Calhoon to hear her at least. "I've found what might be an access panel, my PortCon has located a potentially compatible electronic device inside."

After futzing with the panel for a few moments with her tools, she frowned, "...I can't get it open."
Whitney Zabka-Cabot
 player, 56 posts
 I will not bow
 I will not break
Mon 4 May 2020
at 04:05
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
The fight abruptly ended with a bang. More accurately it ended with Malun somehow crashing the ship straight into it's pilot and nearly taking out Garret in the process. He was fine tho, Whitney knew that should be surprising but the feeling never came. All things considered, such as elementally flavored laser beams, he was relatively unhurt. The fight felt like ages, but on reflection was over in moments. It was unsatisfying.

Energy crackled and stung the skin as his light burns mended. The pixie's magic undoing what harm he had taken. It did not calm his blood.

He could faintly hear the others gathering around the thing. A soldier, a drone, a robot? Too many unknowns. Too much energy.

He found himself pacing in a circle around the group looking into the forest and what visible sky they could see through the foliage. One foot, two foot, bow gripped in hand. Three foot, four foot, breath in, breath out.

Perception roll: 20 (not nat)

Whitney's eyes darted as he paced around. Investigation into the so-called space ship and it's pilot was beyond his skills. And yet his feet needed purpose.
July Coates
 player, 73 posts
 i'll sing along
 yeah with every emergency
Sun 10 May 2020
at 06:14
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Malun's statement piqued July's curiosity. Elements beyond the periodic table was the sort of thing that should be impossible, right? Hadn't they talked about that in chemistry? The heaviest elements being man-made, past the limits of exploding stars? It didn't make sense.

Of course, nothing about all of this made sense either. Maybe this could get them some answers.

July approached, trying not to notice how humanoid the broken alien-whatever-person-thing looked, to focus on the closed panel in question. Nothing about it sparked recognition or insight--this was just a broken (dead?) thing (person?). Guilt churned at her insides, for both having broken (killed?) it (them?), and for not being able to help figure out what it was.

Except like, wait. Maybe?

"Hey, Malun? Want to try that inspiration thing again?" After a pause and a nod from the younger girl, July took a deep breath and let the fire churning in her chest flare to life, golden strands of light blossoming out to connect with Malun. "You've got this."


July rolled a whopping 7 on the attempt to Help Out with Investigate, so have a Bardic Inspiration, a delicious 1d6 of help.
Mariko 'Malun' Lunesby
 player, 73 posts
 Obligatory child genius
 Don't touch my PortCon!
Mon 11 May 2020
at 02:14
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Malun let the inspiration magic wash over her and felt her own thoughts rearranging themselves in her mind with their assistance. The panel was sealed by a form of latch she had not seen before and did not have the tools to open, that much was obvious.

Suddenly she snapped bolt upright and stood up, "Ugh, OBVIOUS!" The sheer disgust in her voice at her earlier failure was evident to everyone as this time she was not remotely quiet. As she rapidly moved to the ship and rather easily pried open the same hatch she saw the creature exit from before with a miniature crowbar, she continued, "the creature is biomechanical in nature, an access panel in that location must be for maintenance and no sapient creature requiring mechanical maintenance would travel without the means to perform self diagnostics and repairs. The tools I need are thus naturally in its own ship."

The moment she was finished speaking, Malun pulled herself back out of the ship with a strangely shaped tool in hand, "This looks right."

Pushing her glasses back up, she darted back to the fallen robot-alien and easily undid the latch on the panel with the proper tool. "There. Ugh, I needed magical assistance to think of that. Utterly embarrassing."

With the panel finally open, Malun took a look inside and grimaced, "Hmm...no this won't do at all." Standing back up she looked over her shoulder, "Jason. I require something vaguely resembling a workbench, trying to learn the nature of this creature's internal integration while sitting on the ground will be unpleasantly difficult. Can you manage something?"

Then as an afterthought, "also, either way I'll need someone to hold a flashlight for me, the lighting of a faerie forest might be aesthetically pleasing but it's hardly conductive to delicate mechanical work."

Mariko 'Malun' Lunesby rolled 25 using 1d20+5+1d6.
Jason Drake
 player, 63 posts
 Welding, forging, wood
 Working with my hands
Mon 11 May 2020
at 02:41
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
When Malun at first failed a her attempt to open the panel, Jason was trying to think of some way to help out, but nothing solid came to mind. He watched July employ her strange ability to make other people just be better, still in amazement at such a power. He kind of had to snap back out of his own thoughts when Malun asked for his assistance.

"A bench, uuuhhhh hold on..." the young man looked around for some relatively even-height stones, and there were several scattered about from the original impact of the space ship. He placed them evenly spaced apart and set his shield on them. "Not exactly flat but it's what I've got." When she asked for a light, he made his magical light appear on the tip of his hammer.

Casting Light to give Malun the light she needs.
Retro DM
 GM, 68 posts
Mon 11 May 2020
at 02:51
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
With the end of the battle, Whitney's adrenaline was still surging, and it seemed to focus his sight better than it typically was, like a hunter still looking for prey. He didn't see any more objects from space, or other wildlife coming near the crash site, but he could see the strange constellations present in the permanent twilight sky. One of them seemed to form the shape of an archer, not unlike Orion, but much more defined with the arrangement of stars, almost as though it was deliberate.

With the help of July's inspiring ability, Malun's second attempt at opening the panel was much more successful. Her intellect seemed to be sharpened even more than usual, allowing her to find the tool from the ship and open the panel up. Inside, there was a circuitry assembly, and a central, deep violet gem, which Malun could surmise acts as the focusing apparatus for the Starman's own hard light projectiles. Her PortCon seemed to confirm this.

::Compatible device. No radiation detected. Internal power source of target offline.::
Ms. Calhoon
 NPC, 5 posts
Mon 11 May 2020
at 02:55
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
While the teenagers studied the dead trash can further, Ms. Calhoon also scanned the horizon for more threats. Her eyes had adjusted to the low light of the twilight that didn't move, and she focused carefully, checking for any movement. She shot a look over to Whitney, who was also scanning about.

"Nothing moving nearby. You see anything?"
Garret Blake
 player, 96 posts
 Do good deeds
 Stay out of trouble
Thu 14 May 2020
at 20:31
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
"Yeah, he definitely did call us thieves," Garrett said, nodding as July mentioned Skittles. A pause followed as she brought up his dream, and he was briefly back in Noel's yard, hearing what she'd said about the Celestial Order.

Service.

"Um," he chewed his lip. "Yeah. Swan said that my powers, at least, weren't supposed to be mine. That they were intended for someone else. He also said the link tying them to me is a bit... incomplete." And for the briefest moment he was back on the edge of that lake, seeing the reflection of something terrible staring back at him from the waters.

"Which is... complicated." His last words were almost solely to himself. He watched as Malun tried and failed, then tried and succeeded to pop open the panel on the Starman, which seemed to imply that the thing was almost completely mechanical, rather than organic. Or maybe he wasn't? Elements that didn't exist on the periodic table. Living armor. Garrett rolled his shoulder. That was gonna keep feeling weird, wasn't it? He supposed that being shoulder-checked by a spaceship wasn't something you just got over, even with healing magic.

"He might have been right," he continued as Malun worked, "But there are varying degrees of that. The lot of us ending up with powers we didn't ask for is a few degrees removed from literally stealing them on our own. I sure didn't ask for what I s--"

No. NO. Not going there. He wasn't ready.

"--I mean," he covered after an awkward second. "I mean this is great and all, but I can't say I'd have pilfered it deliberately even if it was right in front of me. I've stolen enough in my life. Don't need to add further acts to the list."

He shouldn't have joked about that. Christ, but this was coming out all wrong. Walking over to where Jason and July were standing just a little bit back from Malin, looking over the younger girl's shoulder at what she was doing with a momentarily innocent expression of curiosity.

"So um. What's all that mean?"
Mariko 'Malun' Lunesby
 player, 74 posts
 Obligatory child genius
 Don't touch my PortCon!
Thu 14 May 2020
at 21:03
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
"To be quite frank," Malun sighed, "I have no idea how this creature's systems work. This, however," she reaches her hand in past the wrist and pulls out a deep violet gem, pulling it free of a few wires and cords still connected to it, "is some kind of power source. It was clearly hooked in to the weapon systems, not its general function, so it seems worth taking and probably safe."

Getting the gem cleanly free and wiping it off, she pulls out a sample collection bag from her Giant Bag Of Stuff and places the gem inside, returning it to her bag when safely contained. "I'll bring this back and use father's equipment to analyze it. It may prove useful, and certainly knowledgeable."

Measuring Garret for a moment, Malun then shrugged and responded to his comment quite matter-of-factly, "I would have. Whether we knew of it before or not, powers like this exist and are either currently unknown to humanity or known but kept secret and controlled only by a select few." The young girl adjusted her glasses, and without any hint of smile or humor continued, "I am opposed to both of those things. If knowledge can be obtained it should be."
Whitney Zabka-Cabot
 player, 57 posts
 I will not bow
 I will not break
Fri 15 May 2020
at 03:18
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
"Did we bring any cameras with us?" Whitney gazed at Orion. He didn't know his constellations very well, but he'd be a poor archer not to recognize him. A giant of Greek myth, an archer to rival the best. The only man to hunt with Artemis, although his strength didn't save him. Might and skill never did save heroes in any myth.

His blood coursed, still on edge, but he was able to actually listen to people now. They were taking apart their mechanical assailant. Now Garret's limited brain cells seemed to be trying to convince themselves that people who murder on sight should be taken at their word. Why was he like this? It took all his will power not to roll his eyes.

"At worst we are unwilling accomplices, Garret. Please stop trying to reason out the ethics of the situation and stick to coming up with your creative battle cries. Those are somehow less embarrassing to witness." Garret should stick to what he does best and not worry about things outside his control. The idiot has enough problems without trying to invent new ones for himself.

"Malun, I hate to lean on your intellect this much. But do you recognize any constellations here? That one over there," Whitney points with emphasis, "is Orion. Or at least very similar. If this is a different planet, the constellations shouldn't be remotely similar and I have doubts about any coincidences."
Jason Drake
 player, 64 posts
 Welding, forging, wood
 Working with my hands
Sat 4 Jul 2020
at 18:41
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
The discussion of stealing powers or finding them, intentional or not, makes Jason pause to consider.

"I mean we obviously didn't ask for this, but I think I'm with Malun here. If it was presented, or I had a chance to take this power, I would. Better me than someone shitty. And as much as Skethar and this metal dude say we 'took' it, I mean, they both wanted to kill us. Not exactly a source I would trust, you know?" He shrugged "At least I know we won't do anything evil with these powers."

He looked over to Whitney, his eyes slightly narrowed at the comments "Is this really the time for that? Garret has some valid concerns, you could address them without being... you."

Then there was the talk about constellations. Having not really looked before, Jason turned his head up to twilight sky.

"Huh...weird."
Mariko 'Malun' Lunesby
 player, 75 posts
 Obligatory child genius
 Don't touch my PortCon!
Sun 5 Jul 2020
at 16:02
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
"Of course I have a camera,"  Malun stored the gem in her bag and fished out a small disposable camera, handing it to Whitney.

Then she looked up at the sky herself and cocked her head to the side, "No. That appears to be Orion but there are too many stars. Hmm...but it's in the right spot...Sirius, Procyon, the Pleiades, these are also all in the right place. But it's too perfect. Brightness levels are incorrect to account for the visibility of stars by the naked eye that are not even visible by telescope at home. There are stars that should not be there."

Malun looks back down at Whitney, "Frankly that looks like an artist's rendition of Orion and the night sky. They put all the important stars into place then just made up the rest. Along with adding extra stars into the constellation to give it extra definition and make it easier to see. Much like you might see in an illustrated children's book."