In days long past, man wondered if we would ever see a day where technology would at last surpass magic. We did. Advances in all fields of science have forever altered our lives. Medicine is no longer merely sorcery and prayers, the lives of the sick and wounded in the hands of the few born with enough power and innate skill to be trained as healers. It has become accessible to any who wish to aid others, much as once the art of making fire became common knowledge. Nor do things end there. The drakin no longer own the skies as they once did, but now share it with the machines we built to make the world a smaller place. Information is shared in an instant across vast distances in ways that would make the aeons of old faint in gluttonous euphoria. We live longer with each passing generation, even the once-fleeting humans and capra. And with all this, magic has slowly become obsolete. A flickering remnant in this changing world on the verge of being snuffed out forever. Or so most thought. Yet the past generation has shown more signs of magical attunement than many before it. Of course the reaction to this has been mixed. Some are terrified, others… hopeful. In days long past, man wondered if we would ever see a day where technology would at last surpass magic. Now, I wonder if we will once again see a day where magic surpasses technology. If I have anything to say about it… We will.
Our story begins in the city of New Everbright. A prosperous place that drew in a massive amount of residents thanks to its rise to the status of one of the world's economy hubs over the past century, even eclipsing the original Everbright. Aside from housing several major corporate headquarters and one of the world's most prominent schools, the Joint Everbright Collage (along with several lower-profile, but still decent ones) it is known for its racial diversity and on a less marketable note, considerable income differences. But then, as the Everbright Suns' fan motto goes - can't win 'em all. Just stay out of the bad parts, like Redrock, and you'll be fine.
>>588028 I'm the shadow on the wall, the guy you never see coming because you'll never remember me. I'm Mr. Sandman, and five minutes from now you won't even remember this conversation. Nothing personal; hell, I actually wouldn't mind if you remembered me. Thing is, what I do… doesn't really have an 'off' switch. Better get going. Was nice seeing you again. Oh, and you will remember one thing from this: If you ever need a friend… If you find yourself in trouble… just whistle a tune. I'll be there. Mr. Sandman bring me a dream *snap* *snap* *snap* *snap* make her the cutest that I've ever seen…
>>588028 I'm a blonde haired blue eyed girl, I'm just making my way to class, as normally as possible. Luckily warm hoodies with small gloves doesn't stand out too much.. And when someone asks I just say Its something I saw in a PRINCESS video and thought it was cool and they all agree, probably because they just think I'm some weird rich girl.. Oh well. No sense in over thinking this right? Lets check the schedule again.. I don't want to be late.
>>588029 And so you leave, refreshed and smug as always, heading back into the streets. Did you wish to explore the southern Waterfront and its offices and docks, the expensive districts of the west parts of town, the poorer parts towards the east or go mingle in the city center where most of the action is? >>588030 If anything you might be early at this rate. You could probably even afford a detour.
>>588031 Let's explore the rich sections to the west. After all, criminals go where the money is, right? At least criminals who have money of their own. Besides, rich folks have the best food… and they rarely mind if it goes missing.
>>588032 They also tend to have the most cameras, private security and worst of all, private parking spaces Of course if you want to go extra swanky, the small islands of Dusk, Dawn and Day, commonly called the 3D, out in the bay are known for being prime spots for people who want to ensure their neighbors can't afford to be anything but rich. It will take a while to walk there though. >>588033 You could either turn back and retrace your steps a few blocks to get to a deli, or take a quick detour in the nearby shady neighborhood to grab something to eat there.
>>588034 Ugh… I'm not that intent on wearing out these shoes just yet. I'll head into the shady neighborhoods to the east. It's closer and it's easier to explain away any attention I draw. not that I ever draw any…
>>588035 Not the nicest of places, really. Granted, only the worst of the worst parts have fallen to disrepair since the city still has to keep up appearances, but the grey blocks and joyless streets are a far cry from the creative freedom of the rich areas and inviting open design of the market districts. Then, many of these areas were originally built in haste to house workers and not to act as selling points… >>588036 A bold move from a rich girl like you. Try not to find any trouble on your way. There is some sort of junk food kiosk not too far from here, you can smell the grease and salt clearly from where you are.
>>588037 I'm aware. I've spent a lot of time here… oh wait, you don't remember that. Sorry. Aaanyway, it's been a while since I last ate. What was it, two days ago? Or was it three? Either way, I'm starting to get hungry. That means I need money. Let's see who's up to no good in this neighborhood…
>>588037 Well.. those stories about horrible things happening in the street are mostly media hype anyway.. right? '1d10' And besides nothing could be faster than fast food. I'll try to find something edible there and be on my way again.
>>588038 Trouble is never too far here. If you look around hard enough you might find a dealer to shake down. Or you could go snoop around the back doors of some of the shops that still bother to run their business here in case someone is breaking in. It's doubtful anyone would try breaking into the only bank that operates in this area again since the last guys got killed by the teller… >>588039 Mostly. The only thing you see on your way to the fast food joint is a passed out Drakin.
>>588047 You head to the ordering window and a capra peeks out "Morning, morning. Welcome to the horns of the goat, what can I get you?" >>588048 Hard to hide in this open ground and bright morning sun…
>>588050 He seems to be listening to what's going on inside. Given his condition he probably just wants to steal some food. >>588051 "Never got why these are called hot dogs. They got no dog in 'em. Don't even taste like dog. 'Course not like they taste a whole lot like pig either hey you want some pinecone on this?"
>>588052 In that case, I'll just keep watch. I don't begrudge him wanting some food; I've been in the same boat myself. Still am, in fact. Still, best to hang around and make sure he doesn't get violent.
>>588053 "Soda's extra, flavored soda's extra on top of that and believe me nobody drinks the flavorless stuff unless they're so poor it hurts and even then they just ask for water. Really why do I even stock the stuff." He jabs four toothpicks on the bottom of the bun and puts a little wiener on top "Dog shaped hot dog for the miss with the fancy getup. That'll be five and a half." >>588054 He does have some sort of club on him. Looks like it might be a piece from a bike frame. He seems… impatient somehow. Someone must be inside.
>>588056 Move from your current vantage point and he'll see you. Busted nose or not, Drudges are hard to sneak up on. >>588057 "That'll be another three then." He swipes up the cash "A tip? You uh… in need of something extra?"
>>588059 Roll for having money Also it's a kiosk. And someone is already at the window, but she seems to be leaving. >>588061 "Right right fine day to you then. NEXT!" Oh would you look at the time. That took a whole lot longer than expected. You might need to take a shortcut… >>588060 A school day, young man.
>>588062 Checking for money. '1d10' Keep my eyes on the girl as she leaves, noting which direction she's headed. If she heads towards that drudge, I'll have to step in. Oh, and a friendly greeting as I pass. >>588061 Touch the top of my hat and nod at you. "Morning, miss."
>>588062 Rolling over, rolling over, rolling over… Sheets folding in process, please wait. Okay, time to unravel my human burrito self. Let's see how sleepy I still am as I climb towards the mirror… '1d10'
>>588063 Even better. You find unexpected help. The drakin from earlier lands next to you "You look lost." >>588064 A drakin lands near her. She should be safe. There is a sudden knock at the back door, which makes the capra spin around, hop off his stool and go check the back door "What, NOW you show up!? This delivery is three hours late!" He seems to have some trouble opening the lock on the back though. >>588065 You feel less than fantastic and look even worse.
>>588068 "Just you and your friend stick around a moment and you'll see. It starts in three… two… and…" >>588069 Move into hiding in the shadows near the back door, shushing the girl and her escort, then wait for the Drudge to bust in. Can't act till he actually commits a crime, you know… Stealth '1d10'
>>588070 It's a lovely morning. Bright as shit too. >>588071 "Sounds good to me. Though don't expect me to spend too much time around that place." He grabs onto you '1d10' >>588072 As the capra struggles with the door, the Drudge dashes around the kiosk, nabs a few patties over the counter and sprints off
>>588074 geez, poor drudge must be starving to steal food. Ignore it for now, but maybe I can have some baskets of food sent here later.. "Yea, don't worry about it. I can find my way when we are there." Take a deep breath, stay calm, and he's only touching clothes, he shouldn't be in danger.
>>588077 "You're a little cold ain't you? Hold on now, this might feel weird the first time." He tries to take flight '1d10' >>588076 He takes a few steps with the patties and then collapses, further busting his nose as he falls. >>588075 Ah the little problems of suburban life. Well at least both your parents are at work so they didn't see you get up this late. You barely make it to the bus, noting your best bro taking a nap in the back
>>588084 He remains passed out. The capra looks deeply annoyed "Who the FUCK plays knock knock runaway on a fucking restaurant kids these days are terrible anyway what'll it be for you and your uh… dog?" >>588085 "Ugh… ow… The parts I remember were fun anyway. So how was your night? Bed by nine, up at six?" He puts on a sneering grin.
>>588087 Return the wave. A few minutes later, you find that you can't recall my face. A few more, and you don't even remember me, just 'some guy at the kiosk.' >>588086 Well, I've got the patties hidden away… "I think we'll have a couple of patties, please." Basically get him as many patties as he stole, plus some for me. Now to wait for him to wake up…
>>588087 It's a little awkward finding a place to put your hands since the wings seem to be everywhere. He eventually lands you a short walk away from the university and lets you down "First time flying?" >>588088 "Yeah real biting and original broseidon. Any reason you decided to intrude on my last chance to sleep today like this, or was that, too, a part of your hilarious morning repertoire?" >>588090 "Just the patties, no burger no fries no salad no nothing? You some kinda weirdos? 'Cause I don't serve weirdos this is a classy family friendly restaurant."
>>588092 "You could tell?" I laugh a bit "Ah, course you could tell. How silly of me. Anyway. I'm Tenille, and I did promise you lunch, but in case I don't see you again.." give him like ten dollars that should buy him some food.
>>588096 "I hope you don't mean that. I know I wouldn't mind flying with you again. …anyway, enough of me sitting around here. This is not the sort of place I fit into." >>588093 "Might hit the gym, work on the guns a bit. You know, little oil, little polish, few practice shots." >>588094 "Yeah good alright great that'll be a tenner each then."
>>588105 "Try not to do it any of your classmates though." >>588107 Well you made it through that morning without anything harrowing calling for power use. Do you wish to play through the schoolday to see if excitement awaits, or skip on ahead? >>588108 The capra plops down your burgers "You plannin' to sit there all day?"
>>588111 His name is Bron Butcher, a human male slightly older than you. The same question applies - do you want to explore your school setting or skip ahead? >>588113 The drudge looks confused but shoves the food in his face and follows along >>588114 And so a day passes without much excitement. It's not until you head for home that something noteworthy transpires. Namely, Ashkarian coming to collect your promised meal. Lets see if he can land as gracefully as he intended '1d10'
>>588118 "The big idea is that trying to steal stuff often lands you in trouble." Smirk and tip my hat as I turn away. "You should probably get that nose looked at before it gets any worse." And I'm off to somewhere else!
>>588119 Oh come now, what sad jock would pick you for a target? You're so… ordinary. I mean c'mon Chuck Upchuch is quality freakshow material. You get people fighting over who gets to dunk him in the toilet. Or Unicorn, that capra who only ever grew one horn. Or The Great Hamboni, the fat kid who takes every drama class out there. See, those guys are somebodies. You, you're just that kinda generic filler nobody really pays any mind to. >>588120 "You got any more money on ya?" >>588122 "Good evening indeed." he lets his wings rest on his shoulders like a cape "Now, there was a meal you promised to treat me to, no?"
>>588124 But is it perfect? Don't you ever long to actually be worth more than background noise? Is that all you ever wanted to really be? >>588125 "…cause you seemed like the kinda guy who could get more if he wanted some, unlike me."
>>588127 Eh, why not? He's right about that. Pass him like twenty bucks or something. "You'd be surprised some of the jobs out there that need workers. Look around a little. You've actually got a better chance of getting hired than me."
>>588128 "My favorites are… boring. You look kinda rich. Why don't you show me how your kind dines?" >>588129 "Yeah wassup brah?" >>588130 "Nobody likes an unwashed drudge. Least of all one with no nose. …you a swell guy, helping me like that. I'll keep ya in mind."
>>588133 "Now why the shit would you want something like that?" >>588134 He looks a little uncomfortable being in the rich part of town. His clothes are far from the latest fashion and his wings keep twitching, as if he wanted to just fly off in shame. "You uh… you really hang around places like this?" >>588136 "Yeah yeah and I'm Mike Hunt. But hey, that's fine. I don't need yer name. The cash is plenty."
>>588138 "Yea. whenever i'm not at home anyway, well I guess that's gonna be all the time now that i'm going to university." I laugh to break the tension. "Still, its nice to have some company that doesn't feel the need to comment on how boring everything is."
>>588139 "Well you could try not spending your free time picking on minorities for one. And you know, maybe getting a girl. Or even a boy hell I ain't judging. Well ok yes I am but seriously bro, the whole loner whitebread silent virgin thing isn't getting you anywhere. You want to be seen, you first gotta be visible." >>588141 Isn't there always? Do you want to walk along the coast or cut through the city center? >>588142 "I uh… …can we… get out of sight a bit? Or at least go inside? This standing around is making me nervous."
>>588145 He looks around with mild amazement on his face "How very classy… …it's not that I worry. It's just… it feels stranger than I expected. I've never been in these parts before." >>588146 There is indeed. Roll for level of HAPPENING >>588147 "Yes well what can I say? I look good and can lift like a Hork. That gets you some types of females. 'Course if you're desperate you could just go hit on a capra."
>>588148 Smile and wink a bit. "Well, it would be a shame if a Bright didn't treat her hero properly." then feign distress by putting my head on my forehead. "Why, mother would be so disappointed." and then guide him over to where we would wait to order our food, showing him the menu with a friendly smile.
>>588151 "No dummy. Unless you want like… crazy politician chicks. Try being in on the popular culture curve. Know what's hot and what's not. You know. …you do know, right?" >>588152 Looks like one of the private security teams is frisking someone behind a store while his victim is trying to stop her nosebleed. A guy with a bloodied fist is trying to walk away from the scene >>588153 "Hero…? I uh…" He looks at the menu for a moment "…I can't even pronounce half of these."
>>588157 "Wait, you gotta pay to sit on those animals?" >>588158 "…yeah Friend sounds more accurate. Not like I did anything heroic or anything or… …yeah I'll have the one with the… onion sauce. Yeah."
>>588160 "I… don't really do much. I mean I try to find things to do to keep me away from home but not a whole lot of people like hiring my type." >>588161 "Whoa whoa bro, who ever said anything about owning? You just like.. ride them." >>588162 You trip over your cane and fall over like a dunce
>>588166 "If you don't mind I… …I've nowhere to go tonight so maybe we could just, get off street level and go watch the skies for a while? Or do rich girls even like that? …I'm being too forward aren't I?"
>>588168 Blush a bit and look frustrated. "Um. well first off rich girls are in all kinds you know! But I really should study tonight.. class tomorrow again, and I can't risk falling behind.." "But if you aren't doing anything then you could walk back with me."
>>588167 You turn a few corners and slam right into a sturdy looking Myrmid and his buddies just as they pry loose a back door to a jewelry store "…what the fuck?" >>588169 "Flying is faster than walking. We could… Oh hey the food's here uh… …ok. I'll walk you."
>>588170 "Hey, relax. I just said walk, because, you know. I walk pretty much everywhere." okay.. nothing to worry about just a normal meal. geez, he probably thinks I'm anxious because I like him.. but he is a lot more honest than those other guys at least..
>>588175 He wolfs down his food with little care or hesitation. Flying probably eats up calories pretty fast… "you uh… gonna eat that?" >>588176 A swift mental blast later, the lookout is out, but certainly not looking any more.
>>588178 An old crap phone, some coins, a blackjack and some gum. Not much of a take. Inside, you see the others looking around with a flashlight. >>588179 "That's very kind of you." He quickly finishes it off and sits there waiting for you.
>>588185 "Oh, so I was right, drakin do love meat then!" I declare with a grin. "That place is pretty nice for a quiet meal anyway, but its that special to me. Nah, my favorite place is the sushi bar run by the those drudge, they really know how to roll up their fish."
>>588186 "I heard drudge food is really tasteless because they can't handle spices at all." A few shadows pass overhead >>588187 It's hard to see anything. This is a windowless storage room and the lights are off.
>>588188 Hmn… I'll figure it out later… Almost ready… The big guy's got to go down first. Good thing my hickory stick's got brass on the ends… Take aim and crack the Myrmid on the back of the head. '1d10' autocrit from stealth
>>588198 Nothing immediately available. At most you could try to break into one of the warehouses here, or try to run back to the more heavy traffic areas for help. The trio land before you can think further though "Well well, would you look at that" "Everyone's favorite culture traitor has promoted himself to a race traitor" "With his types around, no wonder nobody believes we're dragonkin any more."
>>588201 "See what I mean? Drakin used to eat humans like you" "We still could you know" >>588200 Myrmids are trained for physical endurance, not mental barriers. He crumples with surprising ease. That just leaves one last guy.
>>588205 "Is that line supposed to scare me? Look. I said we're leaving." okay, that's enough, the gloves are coming off. step up and push one of them covering my hand with ice to give it more effect. earthen strike '1d10'
>>588213 "GET HER!" Looks like this will devolve into a fight after all… >>588214 Well, someone does. Though that ain't dad. And woe betide anyone whose dad he might be. Looks very military. Kinda gaunt, but clearly be used to be ripped when he was younger. Greying heavily, and sporting an eyepatch. "John Doe. We finally caught up to you."
NEXT TIME ON SUPERHEROES A FIGHT EXPOSITION AND MORE PLAYERS
>>588216 Just a girl with a bright red shell heading off to high school on the city's public transportation system with some other classmates and assorted people. I just want to make sure I didn't forget anything in my duffel bag, because I have class work to turn in, then a bunch of clubs I'm helping out in after school, then the temple…
>>588217 "You never needed to. Passively manifesting magical attunement can be very handy like that." >>588218 You kick some water up from a nearby puddle and flash freeze it into a sharp ice dart that embeds itself into the drakin's elbow He falls to a knee in shock, and his friends take a step back "WHAT WAS THAT!?" >>588219 A busy life, for sure. But surely nothing unexpected will happen
>>588220 Not as long as I keep my eyes on the road and make sure I get off on the right exit this time. Last time, I got so involved in talking that I had to run all the way back. It wasn't much for me, but my poor Human classmate, I had to help carry her for the last stretch.
>>588221 Lucky you. But adventure tends to happen after school more often than before. >>588222 "That would be an option, yes. As you may or may not know, your generation was one of the first to start exhibiting extraordinary levels of magical attunement. A phenomenon entirely unseen in centuries." >>588223 "GET! HER!" The other two leap over you and try to block your path Ashkarian tries to shield you
>>588225 Well, school does tend to be the pinnacle of mundane boredom. If you don't think anything worth experiencing will happen, feel free to move on. >>588226 "I dunno man, I ain't no horse expert. Still up for the park?" >>588227 "It took a while to develop, but yes." he places a small device on the table next to you "This negates certain magical energies near the wearer. It has limited applications, but we found out it does indeed block your particular powers, Doe" >>588228 You yank a long, thick ice rod out of the same puddle as before Ash falls over in surprise "Wha- what are you!?"
>>588229 Go ahead and strap it on, then see if there's a button or something to turn it on. "Stuff like this never comes free. I assume there's something you want from me that my… Special skills can assist with?"
>>588233 Drakin are swift when they need to be, and you are far from a trained fighter. You miss, and they dive in for a counterattack. Ash takes the hit from one of them, but the other slams into you. >>588232 "Try not to vanish into the background noise by then. I'll be waiting." >>588230 You might save time by finishing the dressing up as you walk. Otherwise you may need to take some shortcuts. >>588231 It has a switch, and a slot for a battery "Indeed. Our organization is one that seeks out promising candidates for magic training, and uses the graduated individuals for various tasks ranging from peacekeeping and security to construction and rescue services. On the side, we study the nature of magic."
>>588236 Do you wish to play out the schoolday or move on? >>588237 He manages to pin you down while his buddy clashes with Ash "Because I'm only just getting warmed up" >>588238 And to think a few short centuries ago Myrmids hardly even wore clothes… Time's a wasting young lady. Do try to hurry up. >>588239 "We are not a charity, Doe, nor are we a special needs home."
>>588240 And they had to haul their weapons and supplies with them, up a mountain to the enemy encampment, both ways, of course. Hey, the uniforms make us feel like we're part of a whole. Everyone going to school here has one, and all the business people wear similar stuff. Makes it feel like everyone is united.
Alright, double-timing it through the back alleys and short cuts to the Temple. '1d10'
>>588241 Afternoon. Still not a cloud in the sky. Guess you best head to the park >>588242 You make excellent time with the shortcuts, but as you leap over a fence on one of the back streets, an armored car crashes into a nearby wall. You remain uninjured but the car looks pretty wrecked. >>588243 A swift kick and icy grip later, he is left twitching on the ground, grasping at the air and his new and fashionable frostbite scars. Ash on the other hand seems to be losing his power struggle. >>588244 "My name is not important. Not until I know you agree to work for us."
>>588245 "You're the only employer offering, and I'm sick of living hand to mouth. You want Mr. Sandman? You've got him." Swing my legs over the side of the bed and get up, leanilg heavily on my staff. "So, what's my first assignment?"
>>588246 You punch him back, leaving icicles on his cheek "No forget this. Ashkarian, you are one huge freak!" The last drakin takes flight and leaves. >>588247 You'll probably need to climb over it to reach the diver. >>588248 For a brief moment, you hear some distant thunder. >>588249 "There are some other heavily attuned individuals we have detected. You might be able to help us track them down. Or if you'd rather keep off your leg a while, we have plenty of things that call for researching. Including the exact nature of your powers."
>>588251 Ash gets back up "What did you just do?" >>588252 It's weird. It almost sounds like words. Or angry shouting. Still not a cloud in the sky though. >>588253 As you hop on the toppled truck, the torn side gives in and you fall inside. Something grabs you >>588254 "Tracking attunement is not an exact science, but once we had an idea of who you were we were able to keep tabs on you. We believe you may have been near another attuned person earlier today."
>>588255 "Hmn… Doubt it was one of the thieves… And Smith had nothing to lose, so wouldn't make sense for him to hide powers… That leaves the girl and the drakin." Tip my hat to him. "How do I let you know when I've found them?"
>>588256 Nobody to your left Nothing to your right Nobody under you And then from a clear sky above, lightning strikes you. >>588257 "Ok lets start with just the bare bones basics here. What kinda crazy powers are those?" >>588258 For a moment, you see a vaguely person shaped blob reach out at you, before it starts grabbing onto more and more places on you >>588259 "You will be given an earpiece so we can keep contact. Follow me to the armory so we can get you geared up."
>>588261 Surprisingly enough, no. In fact you feel fine. Better than fine. You feel better than ever! Energetic! Strong! >>588262 As you struggle to climb out of the darkness, you can feel this stranger clambering all over you. Once you do finally get back topside, you don't quite feel yourself anymore. >>588263 "…how does that even…?" >>588264 "Call me Commander Fury." As you reach the armory, a capra walks by who waves to Fury "'Sup Dick?" "Not now Grim. I have a new recruit to work on." "Later, then."
>>588269 "Private security company. Not an army. Now, two things come as standard for operatives. A tattoo of your designated operative number for easy identification, and a communication earpiece/failsafe device. If you need anything else, you will need to requisition it." >>588270 You seem fine, save for a strange lump on your back. It seems to be stuck there pretty firmly. >>588271 Trapped… …safe? Control… You feel your arm cramp a bit, as if it was trying to move on its own >>588272 "Given the damage you dealt to the others for laying hands on you, I'm not sure if I'd be taking a bigger risk by running or staying."
>>588274 …it resists Then… trapped. >>588275 "I… uh… …that's not what I want to be. You know, greedy. Guess I kinda suck as a drakin. You ok?" >>588276 You can hear some distant sirens. Someone must have called for help. >>588277 "Not so fast. It needs to be calibrated." He grabs a small remote and taps in a few codes before pressing it against your earpiece "There. Now it should give us your ID when you call. And explode if you take it off."
>>588280 "Not nearly as bad as I'd usually be after running into them…" >>588279 Be still… …listen >>588281 "Exit's on the top floor. Giddy up." >>588282 The lump on your back heaves and detaches, before oozing away into the shadows. This almost throws you on your back. You can smell gas leaking from the truck.
>>589028 I am… the spirit of thunder… …you have trapped me… >>589029 There are plenty of exposed wires to do that already This thing might blow any moment now. You can see someone in the driver's seat >>589030 "Would I dare say no even if I didn't? ..That is to say… yes. I do.." >>589031 Once you get near the top floor, some armed guards check your earpiece and let you into… a room with no visible exists. Just some guards and scientists.
>>589033 The spirit of thunder… …once known as the god of thunder… I know not how you trapped me… >>589034 "What is your designated exit, Agent Sandman?" >>589035 You clamber over to the front of the truck and pull him out. It seems the gas pool has caught fire. This thing might explode… >>589036 he shies away from it at first "You, uh… sure that's safe?"
>>589038 You have done what even a god of war failed to do… I suppose… I owe you a boon for this feat. You feel your body tingle. As if energy had built up in it. >>589039 "Is all of you that cold under those clothes?" A moment later he realizes what that probably sounded like and tries to shut his face "I mean uh…" >>589040 You might make it safely, but if you want to be sure, now might be a good time to use those powers of yours. >>589041 "Very well. You will be exiting near the southeastern end of the central district. Call us when you need a pickup." He points you to a doorframe in the middle of the room, which now has a door in it.
>>589043 So long as I am trapped… I suppose it is in my best interest… to try and please you. As such… I share with you… a fraction of my power. >>589044 You exit out of an apartment complex' bike shed, too small to even house the room you just left, let alone the whole top floor of that place.
>>589045 A shimmering shield materializes around you and the driver, and you ride the blast wave of the exploding truck, skidding safely onto the pavement on the other side of the road. The driver finally wakes up "What… happened?" Somewhere in the unknown far distance, three beings sense what just happened… >>589048 "Where I can. I suppose I have an actual home with my folks over in the… poorer districts… but I don't really like it there." >>589047 We share this body now, you and I. This means part of my divine powers are yours. But also that you now share some of my divine obligations. >>589049 They should be somewhere between here and the poor district where you first met them. Try searching >>589050 The world has plenty to offer to a capra willing to look deep enough. Amazing how even in a place line New Everbright, which is a city built over a city built over a city by now, the traffic sort of dies away once you walk outside its borders.
>>589052 It seems your exit was not too close to them. You may need to expand your search. >>589053 I have had many names over the passing ages. Call me what you wish. >>589054 The greenery starts not too far away from the city. What there may have been to mine here has been mined long ago, and there are fertile lands not far from here for farming. This has left plenty of untouched greenery in some of these parts. >>589055 "I may need a doctor. But thank you for saving me. Did the truck survive?" >>589056 "It's fine to ask. I… It's nice that at least someone asks."
>>589058 magic 8 ball says [try again later] >>589059 The god of war demanded a duel. My repeated refusal angered him, and I was forced to fall back after he attacked me. This is not the first time. But it is the first time I was captured by a mortal in the process. >>589060 Still tastes like exhaust and trash. Tangy. The nearby woods seem a little more pristine. >>589061 You see two injured drakin youths Neither is the one from before. One has severe frostbite on his chest. The other has an icicle embedded in his arm. Somewhere in the distance, an explosion is heard. >>589062 "Shit. I will need to reportARGHH… …call an ambulance, would you?" >>589063 "You're acting awfully nice towards me. Usually I just get looked down upon for not really acting like a Drakin… 'should'"
>>589064 "Don't worry, I can already hear the sirens. But you really should be more careful when moving those things. It was pretty crazy in there, and small animals should be in a cute little animal carrier!"
>>589065 "I dunno. I've had humans take out their drakin-hate on me before. But now I'm just making this all about me, aren't I?" >>589066 A spirit of combat that has fueled the conflicts of this world for as long as I have lit its skies. A wild, easily angered force that seeks to prove itself to all, most of all to itself. >>589067 You might find bigger berries at the farms, but wild berries are a delicacy after all. Try searching. >>589069 Yeah gotta be sure those physics textbooks don't mug you. Try not to get caught toting that in a school mister. >>589070 "Real funny old man" "What are ya some kind of hobo too proud to admit how poor he is?"
>>589072 Depends. Did you decide to walk or just port there? >>589073 Right there on that hill. Loads of bigass bushes. >>589074 "Some human and the biggest failure of a drakin on this planet, monkey." >>589075 I am raw energy granted form. A force greater than any other once I choose to stir. Swift in my fury and faster than any. >>589068 >>589076 The ambulance finally curves around the corner The driver smiles "It wasn't alive, just some tech we were moving. Don't worry."
>>589078 Hiding from danger won't solve your problems forever. You need better control over your powers. >>589079 There is some sort of curious hole in the ground near the bushes. Looks deep. Maybe it's one of the old mines? >>589080 He winces but stays strong. "Towards the fancy residential areas. Now you gonna pay for that info or what?" >>589081 They should be here momentarily. Not sure what they'll think of your shield if you keep it up. >>589082 There is a reason we were worshiped, after all. Now, get moving so I can get a feel of what you move like. >>589083 "Or you've never had to tangle with 'real' drakin. You know the type. Think they're above all other races, can just take what they want and fly away if questioned? Like I could have demanded… all sorts of things from you to keep quiet about your powers, and then just broken in somewhere and slept where I wanted. But… I just don't have it in me."
>>589085 Your body feels oddly energetic. It wants to jog, not walk. >>589086 Yep. Looks like an old mine. Oftentimes they left all sorts of neat junk down there as they were abandoned too. >>589087 "I bet it would. And I could use a friend who can actually help me stand up to others." >>589088 "No, you." He punches you in the gut with his free arm while his buddy rips your pocket off and grabs your wallet. They both then fly away laughing. >>589089 Nothing seems out of the ordinary… the symptoms are same as ever. Your stomach feels like you left it at the starting point, the world looks far too blue for a second or two as your eyes readjust and there's a slight ringing in your ears. But you're unharmed.
>>589091 You're a capra. Your ancestors probably climbed mountains in their sleep to get here. >>589092 Your jog seems no different from what it was before, really. You get tired just as easily. >>589093 You're on the street outside. Luckily, nobody saw you pull a gun in a residential area. >>589094 You can hear their voices. They should be nearby! >>589095 "Alright, Ten. …hey, even with the whole fight, I kinda had fun."
>>589097 Lightning does not run. IT STRIKES. You suddenly blast yourself into a metal fence and out the other side, leaving the fence sparking. >>589098 Do you wish to play out the school day? >>589099 >>589100 "Hard to belie- Ten, is this guy trouble?" >>589101 It's kinda dark down here. But curiously, some of the walls still have traces of ore in them. This mine isn't dry, but it sure is abandoned.
>>589105 I have nothing planned for the schoolday. The only plan I had was to have Dick pick you up when you teleport again. >>589107 I showed you a small taste of my powers, now that I got more comfortable with your body. >>589106 "Probably, yeah." >>589108 The echo carries on deep into the caverns. You scratch at the ore vein and get some shiny dust on your hands.
>>589104 "Not trouble. Just here to talk, big guy. >>589106 "It was a drudge, actually. And there was a guy in the corner of that food stall… Who told you you wouldn't remember a thing… Starting to come back yet?" Remember, his powers are turned off now.
>>589109 "..You think you can fly yet?" >>589113 yea, its off now, but I already forgot you from before unless you are saying those will come back? "Uh.. Kinda.. I mean.. maybe? I think there was a guy there." >>589114 Sigh. "Okay. Look.. I have money. I'll pay you."
>>589110 You can, in time. But it does carry the risk of your body breaking from too much abuse. Even with me here, you are still meat and bone, not lightning. >>589111 It emits some sparks as you go along. The ore dust tastes dusty but makes your teeth shiny. Something must have spooked all the miners out of here. Maybe they left some nuggets deeper inside, where the veins are fat and exposed. >>589113 "Oh right. I think I remember you. But then I didn't really pay attention." >>589112 You toss an arm back and pretend to throw a smoke bomb like a ninja as you teleport again. This time you do not come out where you intended to. Given the distortion of this place, you might be stuck on the wrong side of your teleport. The sky seems twisted and alien. There are no structures in sight, only faint ghostly shadows of where they might be in the real world. >>589115 "Any time we need to, Ten."
>>589116 >>589115 "So you're the one with powers. Relax, I don't want money… I'm actually in a similar position. See, its not that you weren't paying attention… Its that you had contact with me. You throw ice around. I just… Get forgotten. Without exception." Yes, theyll come back while interacting with him.
>>589117 Some sort of force is preventing you from teleporting so swiftly. You can hear strange noises in the nearby shadows. You are not alone. >>589118 Clouds fly. Lightning strikes. >>589119 If they did, it would probably be rotten by now. These mines haven't been in use since the older settlements were built here hundreds of years ago. It's amazing this tunnel is still intact. >>589121 "Alright freakshow if you don't want money what is it you want? 'Cause you can't have her!"
>>589124 You should be able to try in a few moments. It's just the sudden distortion of everything around you that messes with your powers. Any moment now… The shadows slink closer >>589125 You punch at the ground, and as your fist connects, it sends out a flash of lightning. This flash then immediately conducts itself back into your arm, blasting you off your feet and leaving your arm convulsing. Fool! You cannot handle my powers yet! >>589126 Oddly enough, the tunnel stops looking like a mineshaft and begins to transition into what looks more like a cave. Weird. Maybe they found this while digging here?
>>589128 Show the device on my arm. "This thing turns off my powers, so you should remember this conversation. The man who gave it to me has started an organization to study this phenomena; turns out theres a lot of people out there like us. He recruited me to help recruit these individuals… Including you."
>>589130 It calms down eventually, but you now have a lightning shaped scar running up the fist and forearm. >>589131 Just as the shadow lunges at you, you teleport back out. When you open your eyes, you realize you're in some sort of tech lab, with a few guards surrounding you, and a pair of technicians giving a thumbs up to a tall man with an eyepatch "Interception successful, Commander." The eyepatch guy smiles "Welcome, Mr. Ceele. We've been waiting for you." >>589132 There seem to be some jugs of oil here. You could probably improvise a torch out of some stick in the mine shaft and a spark.
>>589134 "Because you want to know why you're like this? Look at what happened with those drakin back there. What if something similar happens in the future, and you kill someone because you don't understand your powers?"
>>589136 In time, child of flesh. But this has shown me that restraint is key if I wish to keep you from exploding. >>589138 "My name is Commander Fury. My mission is to seek out, and assist, individuals of considerable magical attunement such as yourself. Just now my experts helped pull you out of a potentially fatal teleport." >>589140 >>589141 You singe your hair a bit but nothing major. This thing won't last forever though so you had best explore with haste.
>>589144 Had I not done all I just did to help you, you would now be missing an arm. You are not much of a host body. Not yet at least. >>589145 This place kinda looks like some sorta temple. Old as hell too. Probably predates the human settlements here. Looking at what remains of the paintings and carvings on the walls, it has something to do with some kind of twin beings. Or one being with two mismatched halves. Maybe some old deity? Maybe there's old sacrificial stuff here! >>589146 You're in the correct world at least. But your coordinates seem almost nonsensical. "Well we're all people here. Some of us have intimate knowledge of the arts of teleportation, like Nils here." He points at one of the technicians. >>589147 Ash gives a reassuring look "You wanna listen to this guy or should we go?"
>>589152 "To be honest? You don't know, and I can't think of a way to prove it… Unless you want to come see for yourself." >>589149 Tap my earpiece. "Mr. Sandman here. Mind sending a pickup for us at my current location?"
>>589150 What is an insult is that I'm stuck inside you. But we would be much better off as allies than as enemies. >>589151 Some do, some just depict scenes of everyday life. This was probably some old communal area as well as a place of worship. The area starts to slope upwards. And worryingly, you start seeing bones laying around. >>589152 "If he is, can't you just ice him?" >>589153 slp well, thanks for playing
>>589157 They appear to be human. Which makes sense. No capra would have built a place like this. As you ascend, you start seeing new themes on the walls. A star falling from the heavens is depicted on the ceiling. Eventually you come to a great set of stairs leading upwards. All over the bottom lay bones, rusted weapons and broken armor. A battle took place here. A great and desperate one. >>589158 First, I must properly align myself to your body. Live out your life as normal, so I can attune myself. Then, we can begin trying to test the limits of your body. >>589159 Ashkarian interjects "They're some punks from the poorer parts of the city. I don't know what their gang is called but they often fly in groups. They're walking anachronistic stereotypes, still full of themselves thinking they're better than all the other races and can take what they want because of it."
>>589163 [What is it Sandman?] >>589162 There are more bodies on the stairs. Near the top you find a big fancy chest, rusted to shit, that looks like it was carried by two people considering the poles on the sides. Inside are some ritual gear, probably meant for a priest. …maybe the battle happened during some ritual? >>589164 It's that, or explode from an overload. What's on your mind?
>>589172 He is waiting for you in the park, punching at a tree >>589173 It's kinda freaky. One side has a huge mouth like it wants to eat, the other side has no mouth at all, just a disdainful eye. There is also an altar at the top And a massive stone door, slightly ajar
>>589176 Looks empty. They must have interrupted whatever was going on. Given the scraps remaining on the skeleton nearest to the altar, he was probably the priest. >>589177 "You're coming back. I know you are." >>589178 He has punched the bark off that tree (and the skin off his knuckles) pretty well… He also isn't responding.
>>589180 >>589181 You enter and emerge in a lab-like room. The same Sandman left from. A tall man with an eyepatch is waiting for you "Good job Sandman. And welcome, miss Bright." >>589182 Something is in there. Something fancy and glowing.
>>589186 "Still waiting for the results." >>589185 He throws a punch right past your nose and then smiles "Sup man?" >>589184 You leap past the skeletons with their hands on the door and daggers in their spines, and squeeze in. The glowing thing seems to be on some sort of little stone podium. Given the nature of this room, it is possible that it fell in here from the sky, and that the entrance hole has long since been filled with tons of soil and loose stones. Maybe it's some kind of neat meteorite some primitive folks found.
>>589188 As you touch it, you feel a strange sensation of power rush through you. Your skin crawls, your belly roars, your head grows heavy and your eyes go dark. You drop the stone and crawl out of the door. You need to get out. Fast. >>589189 "Go ahead. You have proven you won't run." >>589190 Do not! I sense something wrong here! "I dunno man i just felt super fucking mad all of a sudden. It's over now though. Freaky."
>>589193 "Well shit I hardly even felt that. Weird." >>589192 You throw up a huge dark blob and collapse. It seeps away into the darkness. You really need to get a move on. >>589194 "What drakins? We don't keep visual track of all our agents, Sandman."
>>589196 "Yeah I guess. Got no idea why I flew off like that." >>589197 Somehow, things get worse. The skeletons are starting to move. Or the floor is shaking them around. It's hard to tell. You black out several times on your way out, but eventually you make it back to the mineshaft and to the hole you entered from. You got nothing out of that trip save for a horrible bellyache and a looming sense of dread. >>589198 "Alright. You have one hour, and if we see you try to leave the city we will have to stop you." You enter the door and exist where you met the drakin duo. It will be quite a walk from here…
>>589200 "I just felt like that tree needed to get its ass kicked. Dunno why it happened. It feels kinda dumb now. Like someone dared me to hit it or some shit." >>589201 You enjoy some more berries, but they fail to take the strange hollowness inside you away. You might need some professional help. And who knows, it might show up rather unexpectedly. You can slp now >>589202 Given their direction and what you were told, you estimate the location of their gang hangout. Once you get there, you see your assumption was fairly accurate. The place is full of drakin imagery.
>>589213 I am Commander Fury, and this is a place where we help those with high magical potential gain mastery of their abilities. For the sake of their own safety and that of those around them." >>589407 If you rush, you might dodge the cops.
>>589409 It will take a while to drag yourself back into the city, but you might make it to a road… >>589410 Must be still out for something. You know how they tend to leave thing to the last minute. >>589411 You can, certainly. You might not even seem late if you sneak in. >>589412 "Everyone always has questions on their mind. My job includes answering them. Please, go ahead." >>589413 You hide for so long your legs fall asleep. Shortly thereafter, three Drakin land down on the street "Why can't we just toss the trash bags?" "Because that's how you get coons." "But coons are cute. Sorta." "Then because shut up. Or should I tell Ironhide you're questioning his orders?"
>>589415 "I'm doing my best to not touch anything man, but I think we might need to wipe the floor." >>589416 You roll like a little furball and reach the roadside with little effort. >>589417 Not as far as you can tell. >>589418 "We were not aware you had gotten into a fight. All we know is that you have a remarkable attunement to some aspects of magic, and that such attunement often leads to powers that are dangerous if not mastered. What we want, is to release you from the fear of losing control, and to prevent any possible future mishaps." >>589419 You're kinda sooty and ripped up.
>>589420 Welp, time to get a replacement! We should have an extra one in the back I can borrow.
Actually, how busy is the Temple today? What about the Priestess, where is she? And my friend? Don't tell me she's late even though she can fly.I hope there's lots of people, it makes the day go by faster.
>>589421 Lots of cars pass by. You might be able to catch a ride. >>589422 One of the Drakin in the group just falls over on the street "Shit, what now?" "Too much to drink again?" >>589423 Busy as ever. Perhaps that's why nobody is back here. Consider searching for them. >>589424 "We have ways of identifying high magical attunement in individuals. When they use magic, this process becomes that much simpler. You wouldn't be planning on using that water against us, would you cryomancer?"
>>589426 A fairly sleek looking car pulls over. Someone in the passenger seat gets out. They look almost military. "Are you hurt?" >>589427 "Well shit, just fly him up." "And let him throw up on me? Fuck that. Let him sleep it off. He'll fly up when he sobers up." >>589428 "Because you're a kid and kids are unpredictable." He motions with his hand "Bring the kid some water. Can't have her dehydrated or she might not grow up right." >>589429 You find some bandages, an old towel, duct tape and beer. >>589430 The clothes are exactly where they should be, so at least you will be modest. However, your friend and the priestess seem to be nowhere in the usual areas. Could they be up in the offices?
>>589431 Ah yes. The old duct take bandage thing. How can a house not have even basic sanitation products. You'd think a collage student lived here all by himself. Okay, time to… "Shit man, stick your hands out." They will kill me for drinking beer. Oh well. Let's first wash them and then pour the alcohol over them.
>>589432 Once you get there, they are both waiting. And looking quite serious. "Lotus. We need to talk." >>589433 They dump the trash bags and fly back up You are alone with the sleeper. >>589434 "Bro I don't think pouring beer on my hand is a good idea. Lets just clean out this sink and like, tape paper towels on my knuckles or something. It'll hold until i get home." >>589435 "Need a ride?" The driver pokes his head out "Oh come on we can't pick up every street capra we drive past!" "The Commander did and he is happily married now! So stow it." She helps you on your feet >>589436 "Plenty. We have some top scholars in the field of magic working here, along with many practitioners. But in order for us to fully assist you, we need to know the current extent of your control over those ice powers of yours."
>>589438 "What?" >>589439 He is now zipcuffed and still asleep. >>589440 "We'll get you to a doctor, explain on the way." As she gets you int he car, a small device in there starts beeping. >>589441 You clean up the bloodstains on the sink and floor. None will ever know. >>589442 "You can start by explaining in your own words." He hands you the water.
>>589444 "That's confidential." says the driver The lady who helped you just picks the device up with an incredulous face. "What did you say happened to you again?" >>589445 "It's about these… powers of yours." >>589446 You make a strange hogtied package. Roll for how effective it is against someone like this >>589447 "I fell? I got a little excited and hit a tree I didn't even know was there? Tell the truth?" >>589448 "Mhm. Well it's better than some we've trained here. What about control under pressure?"
>>589449 "Oh, what about? But first, I have to thank you for helping me work on them. They're super cool and I was able to save someone with them. I don't want people in danger but I'm going to keep doing my best to help when someone is in trouble!"
>>589450 "Yah. It doesn't even hurt." >>589451 She might not be big, but Drakin are stronger than humans of the same size… It might not hold for long. >>589452 "From what. Tell the whole story." She got a lot more serious after the device went off. >>589453 "I'm glad I have been of assistance. But last night we were contacted by an organization who wants to further help you refine your powers."
>>589454 Uh oh… "Am I in trouble? I was just looking for food or free stuff, when I found a mine. It had some sparkly ores everywhere, but it looked like it was abandoned in a hurry some time ago, because it opened into a cave, and the cave had this ancient temple thing with strange murals and a lot of corpses and an altar with a dead priest and a freaky mask, and behind it was a large slightly open door. There I found some sort of stone that looked like it was maybe the thing those people killed each other over but when I touched it I got sick and threw up some black blob so I left!" Motormouth!
>>589455 "And loss of control like that can be very dangerous. We can help you overcome that." >>589456 You eventually run out of clothing to tie her up with, and it seems no more solid than it did before. She is also waking up fast. >>589457 "Yah sounds good man. Take care will ya?" >>589458 "They said they would send an agent to pick you up when you agreed to go. I did not know how you'd react, so I did not tell them your name or address. But I'm glad you chose to cooperate. And of course you can still work here, when you find time." >>589459 "Call Fury. We may have a confirmed supernatural here." She then turns to you "Could you find that mine tunnel again?"
>>589461 "Still getting hit by lightning though. But yeah, lets hit those showers. See ya tomorrow." >>589462 "How do you feel? …nevermind, lets get you checked. We can go back for it later." The driver is on the phone and ignores you two. >>589463 "Wha..? WHAT!? WHAT IS THIS!?" >>589464 "I'll ask them to pick you up from the front gates at sundown then. You're both free to go." >>589465 "With professional training, both practical and theoretical. In exchange you will help us study the nuances of magic through your action."
>>589466 "This is a warning. Those two who came back to your hangout with the frostbite and toothpick in their arm? They were picking on some of my friends. I don't like it when people pick on my friends."
>>589467 Not as terrible, but far from perfect. >>589469 "We will observe your training and when need be, send you on assignments to gauge your development." >>589470 Something seethes inside him. Something powerful. >>589471 "I guess it's some new initiative or something. From what I was told they want to help people master their powers better and at the same time study magic first hand."
>>589476 "That would not be wise. Unless of course you wish for them to disappear. In fact, if not for the fact I need you to relay this, you would disappear too. Not like your friends would miss you; when you collapsed they just snorted and flew back up to their hideout."
>>589477 I do not know anything further. But given the rage that power manifested as, it is best to leave it dormant. And knowing about me will not help him do that. >>589479 "We'll get you to a place where we can run some tests to see that this isn't something more serious. Hold on." >>589480 "You talk a whole lot." She tries to slam you with her tail '1d10' >>589481 "Yes. Closely. And that we would like you to report in for training here with us every so often."
>>589483 We were testing how I adapt to your body and its limits >>589484 "No. You may have caught magic powers." The driver turns a sharp corner and drives into a garage. The other side looks far too spacious to be the same building he drove into… >>589485 She falls asleep again. This can't be healthy in the long run for her. >>589486 "It would be a considerable setback, and we would need to keep an even closer eye on you for the rest of your life, since you'd be a rogue element with possibly highly dangerous out of control powers." >>589487 >>589478 The day passes quickly, and as the sun sets, a car is waiting for you outside.
>>589489 Find a target we can practice on. It will be destroyed in the process. >>589490 "The nature of your powers is not yet known, but the item your found in that cave may have either triggered them in you, or passed them onto you. In either case, our magic tracker picked up your powers when we got near. And the readings indicate those powers are not natural." >>589491 Drakins are known to be greedy, callous and confident. Their strength and speed matches and often surpasses that of humans, but they are slow breeding and do not mature quickly. Many Drakin believe themselves to be the ancestors of dragons, and use this as an excuse for their treatment of other races. >>589492 "Certainly not. Please, come with us. We'll take you to see our leader." They seem polite enough, but their outfits are pretty military…
>>589488 Sigh. "Alright. Well." Pull out my university schedule. "If we're gonna do this thing. We need to work out a time. This is schedule for the semester. And I have family night every other sunday.."
>>589493 Frown again. "They are not dangerous, are they?" Fidget a bit in the seat, towards the door. "I'm not going to be put in a lab and vivisected and stuff by people in suits and sunglasses, right?"
>>589493 Hmn… I'll take a sharpie pen and write "Watch out for Mr. Sandman" across her forehead, empty her pockets, then graffiti a little more on her wings before leaving. Not as effective as I wanted, but it's a start…
>>589494 "If need be, we can explain your condition to your school and family." >>589495 "It helps when you don't need to change outfits between missions." "This will only take a minute. In the mean time, you can fill us in on your skills." >>589496 Just say when you're ready >>589497 "We can skip the vivisection if you cooperate." They open the door and let you out "The lab is on the floor above." >>589498 They'll find her eventually. Your loot amounts to a twenty and change, a file and eyedrops.
>>589499 "Makes sense. I wish I had thought of that earlier."
"Anyways, my powers came from a book I ordered from the internet and then combined with some prayers and I learned from the Priestess here, but I thought I could spice up the chant a little and added in my own touch and then I started glowing and got this strange armor around me that can survive explosions, like really big ones."
>>589500 Perform a basic physical attack >>589501 "We'll take you there. The Commander will want to meet you anyway." The walk doesn't take long, but this place is slightly unnerving. Probably because it really has no reason to fit into that tiny garage you drove into. >>589502 "Yes, we assumed that. We'll still be in contact with them regardless for legal reasons. Should we tell your school to provide time off for training?" >>589504 She probably has an infection or something. You can call for a pickup any time. >>589503 "This book, do you still have it?"
>>589505 "Yeah, it should still be in my locker. No way I am leaving it in my home. They'd tear the poor thing apart and I worked a lot to buy it. Do you know how hard it was to make the account? They don't make it easy for a high-schooler."
>>589506 Your arm reacts violently, making the scar pulse. You smell charred meat. Do not overdo it. >>589507 A fairly tall man in a dress uniform steps out of one of the side room "The commander would be me. You can call me Fury. As I understand you have been confirmed as a rare source of supernatural magic attunement?" At least his tone is friendly. "Agents, you're free to go. You will be given a bonus for this find if everything pans out." >>589508 "Because if left unchecked, you might kill everyone at your school by going absolute zero when someone pops a paper bag behind your back. When dealing with attunement as strong as yours, half-ass…butting your training can be extremely dangerous. Even if you have a degree of control with what you have now, your powers may evolve or mutate unexpectedly." >>589509 "That book will be safe with us. Tomes such as that should not be in open circulation to begin with."
>>589510 Look around the room with a nod. "I don't understand at all, they just told me that I am. Before that the only special thing about me was that I was the only one among my brothers who could burp the ABC backwards."
>>589511 This time the energy discharges outwards instead of inwards, leaving a charred mark on the windmill So this is how careful I will need to be… >>589512 "Well now you may be truly one of a kind. Come on, lets head up there and get you scanned so we can be sure." >>589513 Nils the door guy yawns "Right, right. I'll reopen the garage a few blocks down. It'll save some time and effort." >>589514 "We have those too, but it's often easier to use a dedicated communicator." he taps his ear
>>589516 "There should be no need for that. Unless it's a parasite, in which case we may need to operate." You finally arrive to the lab. Thankfully it's more tech stuff than medical stuff. >>589517 If you so wish. >>589518 "Luckily, we had a cold-resistant variant made." He signals one of the technicians to go get it, but leans in and whispers something to him before he leaves. "We will begin training tomorrow"
>>589520 This time there is a visible flash of lightning from your fist as the hit lands, cracking the windmill's side >>589521 "We are an organization dedicated to the study of magic and the training of those with magical potential. Sit down and face the scanner." >>589522 The garage door pops you back into Fury's base >>589523 "I hope I'm not scaring you. But these are the facts." The technician returns with the earpiece "There we go. Put this on and we'll know it's you when you call us."
>>589525 "Fury is conducting checks on some new arrivals. Go have a coffee or something while you wait." >>589526 "We are not directly affiliated with the government. We're more of an independent scientific organization." A researcher sits on the other side of the device and starts to focus. You feel a strange sensation inside you. As if you could sense magic being aimed at you. >>589527 "For the good of everyone, she should cooperate. If she refuses, that makes her a direct threat to the well being of possibly hundreds of others." >>589528 The last punch makes you fall on your ass as it backfires I said. Do not overdo it.
>>589530 Call when you need my powers again >>589531 "What's so funny?" >>589532 You walk down the halls and catch a glimpse of Fury in a lab inspecting a capra. >>589533 "Yes, it seems to be a magical signature alright. An odd one. Almost like a void of power, yearning to be filled. Sir, I can with fair confidence say that the readings were correct. This capra is a supernatural."
NEXT TIME ON SUPERS THE LAST INTROS GETTING THE TEAM TOGETHER AND GETTING TO KNOW EACHOTHER
>>589537 He and an assistant seem to be checking some readings from a scanner. Given the assistant's glowing eyes it is likely that he was using magic to help the process. >>589539 "Well, more of an indirect one. You're the one who could be a real threat if treated incorrectly." >>589541 "The author of this book may not even have been aware of it being merely part of a larger spell, let alone the seller. That is part of why we exist - to piece together the shattered origins of magic. As for people using magic for evil, that is a daily occurrence. We cannot intervene on all cases, but we can provide assistance to the police, and step in when times absolutely call for it. Not all of us are magically attuned, like me, but even those without powers are a welcome help."
>>589548 "It's not just here in NE. We are sometimes called to assist in other cities as well. Most places do not want magic crime to be highly publicized to avoid panic and outcry." >>589549 Well look on the bright side. The day is almost over. All you need to do any more is get back to the garage. >>589550 Without warning, he pulls a gun on you "GET DOWN ON THE FLOOR RIGHT NOW!" >>589546 "Well, I have no certain answer, but it may be some form of a power siphon. Perhaps it absorbs, negates or copies natural magic?"
>>589557 You burst into icy treats, severely damaging equipment and wounding those who did not duck for cover. Fury puts the gun away "That was not very composed. But I believe it demonstrated my point quite well." He taps his ear "Get us some medics down here." >>589558 "It may absorb, negate or copy natural magical abilities from others." >>589560 "We try to keep things on a need to know basis, and keep in contact with any who might have information." The driver interrupts "Almost there."
>>589564 As the medics rush in, Fury offers you a hand "I hope you now understand my concern." >>589563 "You'll need to ask the research team about that. I'm just a field agent." The car pulls into a garage. On the other side is a considerable larger interior. Fairly techy by the looks of it, but showing signs of budget constraints. "Welcome to the other side, Lotus." >>589566 "Yes, I am magically attuned. My powers were best utilized in scrying and other forms of true seeing. Until I enlisted here, I worked as a doctor." >>589570 Fury turns to you "Agent Sandman. I see you're back from your… personal mission?"
>>589573 "Good. Because we'll need you in here for a group briefing." >>589574 "Not as far as we know. It took a whole lot of effort to build this too. Follow us, we'll take you to see the commander." >>589575 "Now, I hope you're ok with staying a little longer before leaving, so you can meet the other newcomers." >>589576 At least they keep the place kinda safe… You make decent time with the lack of traffic. Nobody even out at this hour. Just a few more turns…
>>589583 It all has a fairly high tech vibe to it. Lots of cameras too. Very clinical and not too inviting. They take you up some halls and into a larger meeting room, where a tall man with an eyepatch waits "Welcome Miss Berthelotii. I am Commander Fury. Take a seat." >>589584 Right this way. He starts heading upwards towards the meeting rooms. >>589585 As you turn the next corner, a strange figure stumbles on the road. You barely have time to slam the breaks before you hit it. When you snap out of it, you have a hole in the windshield and a bad case of disorientation, but there is no body anywhere. >>589586 "We'll see soon enough. Come on." He starts heading for the upper level.
>>589594 "We will need to do some further tests to figure that out. I trust you don't mind staying with us until we're done with those?" >>589595 Some scrapes on the hood but nothing more. It's almost like the guy tried to jump at you on impact. >>589593 "Pretty much. This is the first time we've had so many newcomes at once though. Here we are." A myrmid girl is waiting inside. >>589597 Another Fury comes in, along with another man. >>589591 Well the place has a fairly simple layout. It's not hard to find your way here. You soon come to a meeting room. Inside are two Furys, along with a myrmid and another man.
>>589601 It's all I can do to not kick the tires as I get back in. Great. How am I going to explain this? "Some idiot decided to jump in front of the car on the way back, but no I couldn't find the body ?" And what caused this enormous hole in the window?
>>589606 "Your payment will be your cooperation." >>589610 To make it worse your shirt feels tight and your seat is uncomfortable. What a shitty night. >>589603 >>589604 The multiple Furys father up front "Welcome everyone. You've all met me by now. But in case you forgot, I'm Commander Richard Fury and I'm magically attuned. My powers include projecting multiple copies of myself. Now, lets hear some introductions from the rest of you."
>>589618 Well at least you're here now. Best just call it a night. You feel kinda itchy to boot. That shower will do you good. >>589613 >>589615 >>589620 "Now, it's a bit of a tradition here for everyone to pick a codename for field operations. Something you like yourselves. A stage name, if you will. Like Sandman here." >>589619 "Bottom floor, next to the elevator."
>>589624 "You will not be approved for active duty until the full nature of your powers becomes apparent. Go on." >>589626 "Anything you like, really." >>589627 Your skin crawls. Something feels wrong.
>>589621 Kind of fluff my hair a bit. "Oh, he's nice enough. But I really just met him, seems like he has kind of a hard life." >>589622 giggle a bit. "I think we're going to get along pretty well Lotus." >>589623 "..Oh, that sounds fun." "What do you think of Sapphire Frost?"
>>589631 "Leaping to protect a girl he'd just seen wreck two drakin? Guys with that kind of caring nature don't come around very often. From the look of it, he could stand to have a few more friends." Think about your codename. "Eh, I think i like Ice Queen better."
>>589636 You get in the elevator. There is another capra there, and the bottom floor is already selected. >>589638 "Every new arrival helps us develop our knowledge further. And it is important to teach mastery to all new notably attuned individuals for reasons of public safety."
>>589654 "That's like asking which ice cream is the best; how are you supposed to choose just one? Still, I tend to like adventure stories; seeing the unknown nobody get recognition for saving the world makes me smile."
>>589649 "You must be new. I'm Grim, working as an assistant here." >>589652 "An occurrence all too common. Many 'industrial accidents' and the like are caused by powers going haywire in a stressful situation like a fire at the workplace."
>>589657 >>589660 >>589661 "..Yea.. I guess its good to watch out for each other.." >>589658 Kind of sigh and sit down somewhere. "Hey. Mr. Fury. Do you really think its a good idea for us to train together? I mean isn't it dangerous?"
>>589659 "Ah. So you're a newly awakened recruit. Yeah I can imagine that makes you hungry. Come on, the chef knows me so we can get a little extra." >>589661 "That information will be made available to you after basic training is over." >>589662 "You will not necessarily always train together, but this way you will at least have someone you know in here who is on the same training and clearance level. This idea was implemented based on requests from past recruits."
>>589664 "Yea, do you maybe wanna go to mall sometime?" I suggest with a hopeful smile. >>589665 Look concerned. "Wait, what?" >>589666 "Pretty cool of you to do something like that, and yea.. its nice to know i'm not alone."
>>589667 "Well, that's the term they use for those who only just recently gained enough magical power to actually do magic." >>589669 "I'm sure you'll all fit right in" >>589670 "We can contact your school and tell them to give you time off" >>589672 >>589634 Your back feels… solid. Like a Myrmid's armor plate.
>>589677 "Well I hope you're right." >>589678 "I don't think we'd want to wear uniforms to a mall trip, but maybe we can wear the same color shirt? Do you like blue?" >>589673 "Anyone else coming to this meeting?"
>>589674 "Sometimes magic is subtle. Give it time." The doors open "Cafeteria is on the right." >>589675 "Just give us a list and we will take care of it." >>589678 "When you are promoted to full agents." >>589680 Your back is covered in strange plates. They seem to be fused to your flesh, and slowly expanding. >>589681 "Not right now. You'll meet the rest soon enough."
>>589683 "Training begins tomorrow." >>589684 The place is fairly big, but nobody is eating at this hour. The chef is cleaning some tables "Oh, hello Grim. Who is your friend?" "New guy. He needs something to eat, I could use some too." The chef gets a bright smile on his fat face "Ah, good. Go on. We have plenty leftovers I would need to throw away otherwise." >>589688 It hurts like a motherfucker. And what's worse, it seems to agitate them into growing faster.
>>589697 "Well, that's what Mr. Fury is for. He can't have people moving around in the same old clothing and we'll be in charge of making sure we all look presentable."
>>589696 "Actually, why don't we share colors? As much trouble as it takes me to coordinate blue, it would look close to your ice powers, right? And you could take a red theme, then Mr. Sandman here can take a mix of both!"
>>589694 Grim smiles "He doesn't mean any harm. It's just that most races don't seem to like the idea of leftovers." The chef lets you into the back, where he has several big drums of leftovers waiting to be dumped "Dig in." >>589695 "Better start sooner than later." >>589696 "Yes. You may go home now that introductions are over."
>>589698 >>589697 "More importantly we should get Sandman some new clothes in general! If its about paying for it I'm sure I can cover it. Maybe after training.. I'm honestly a little tired." >>589701 "I'll see you tomorrow Mr. Fury." Lets go to the 'door' or room I was teleported into.
>>589703 "We can offer a bed." >>589704 "That reminds me…" Fury hands you an earpiece "Put that on. It will let you contact us and other agents." >>589705 Nils, the teleport engineer, is waiting there "Evenin' miss. Where to?" >>589708 Try not to overeat.
>>589709 The plates keep expanding as you rush to get your toolbox, and eventually they lock your knees in place, making you fall. However, they also swiftly engulf your face, shielding you from the impact. For a moment you are completely paralyzed, but then, the shell starts to conform to your body. It loosens and becomes more cooperative, eventually allowing you to sit up and breathe again.
>>589717 "Good night to you then, miss." You enter the door in the center of the room and exit out a block from your home. >>589718 >>589720 You ride the elevator down to the cafeteria, where the chef is still cleaning up "Oh. More newcomers? How nice. Pleas,e browse at your leisure." >>589721 The very opposite - you feel as tough as a myrmid. And looking in the mirror… you kinda look like one too. >>589719 NEXT TIME ON SUPERS
DISCOVERING NEW POTENTIAL FIGHTING NEW FOES AND SO FORTH
Some time later, our young heroes to be are undergoing their first training session together. Plenty of effort has gone into researching the nature of Mavros' powers, but the more delicate methods have provided no clear answer. As such, Fury has greenlit a more… direct test. Lets just hit him with stuff and see what happens. But first, the others will need to catch him.
Meanwhile, Chris is getting off the floor in his new armor symbiote thing.
And Kayle's best bro Bron seems to have missed their date for the evening.
>>591407 You were given an earpiece you can use for communication. Fury also promised to help develop further failsafes for your teleportation. >>591408 Then you'd best be good at running away. >>591409 There has been no work of him. It looks like he just sorta went out on his own. >>591410 >>591411 >>591412 An obstacle course has been set up in one of the larger training rooms of the facility. It boasts a surprising amount of vertical space and plenty of tight quarters, with very few good vantage points. >>591413 Yes. The plates around you have conformed to your body and no longer lock joints in place. However, moving feels heavy and jerky, as if this new body was overcompensating for its own weight by enhancing all your movements.
>>591415 It will take a while to comb all those places. Where do you want to start? >>591416 Unfortunately, this is an obstacle course, not a kitchen. The objective is to run, not to hide. >>591417 Wow this place is disorienting… It was clearly built to give the capra an advantage. You might need to teleport up to see anything more than what's right ahead of you. >>591420 You've climbed fences before, so the modular obstacles here should be no problem. Indeed, you soon enough notice the capra trying to hide in a little crevice, looking for something to cover the mouth to his hiding spot with. >>591421 You can hear him rummaging around around the corner. >>591419 You have to turn sideways to fit, and you still dent the top of the doorway with your head. Myrmids are kinda big…
>>591423 The bowling hall is close by at least. Maybe the usual patrons there know something. It seems like a quiet night. The owner is in, as are a couple of the most dedicated bowlers, but not much else. >>591425 You miss by a mile. That capra is quick. >>591426 >>591424 Capra have been evading myrmids for tens of untold ages, and this is one fact the modern era has not changed. Lotus puts up a valiant effort, but can't quite keep up. >>591428 >>591424 Then, if bards are to be believed, capra have been running into human maidens for as long as people have been punched in the face for injecting their fantasies into stories. And this is another fact the modern era has not changed. Now is your chance Tenile! >>591427 Well luckily this hall isn't big enough to warrant binoculars. But from up here you can see the capra practically jump into Tenile's lap as he evades Lotus. >>591429 It's hard to say. You barely even feel anything when you poke it, and it protected you from hitting your head and falling on your face. So it seems to somehow be tied to your subconscious or something.
>>591431 "Not tonight, no. One of his cronies came by earlier though, said he saw Bron heading for the park, but the guy seemed somehow angry and distant." >>591432 You quickly pomf down to the alley she cornered the capra in >>591433 You hide in the shadows, thinking of people made up of sand that have plants for lips. Which is kinda weird. >>591436 >>591435 >>591434 Fury's voice pops in via your earpieces "Good job everyone, you've captured your first escapee in a simulated urban obstacle environment. As a reward, we'll let you try out a little more use of your powers for the next round. First one to land a hit on the escapee wins a bonus cupcake. But to make things a bit more challenging, we'll be altering the environment to give a more direct advantage to your target. Remember - you might end up facing someone who just outright moves better than you do. You need to be prepared." +1 to all Capra rolls. "Return to your starting positions and begin at will." >>591437 Try feeling safe. Maybe the armor senses that you're concerned and scared, and thinks you need protecting.
>>591448 "We have medics." >>591446 >>591450 >>591451 "Begin." >>591449 As you get there, you see some dented up trash bins and a knocked over tree. There are also lots of deep footprints near them, but they seem to disappear further away, like someone was purposefully stomping around here. >>591457 Get your mind out the gutter little lady and focus on the task at hand. >>591456 You sit down and just breathe slowly for a while. As your heart slows down again, the armor starts pulling away from your face and limbs.
>>591462 They seem to be leading towards the industrial district. >>591460 >>591463 >>591464 >>591465 The natural agility and evasiveness of the Capra proves too much for Sandman's detective skills, and Lotus' pursuit prowess (mostly thanks to her larger solid frame not fitting into nearly all the places a capra can) However, just as victory seemed certain, Al came out of nowhere and grabbed the leaping capra by his leg, ending the chase. >>591466 It takes several mutes of calm breathing and psyching, but eventually the armor retracts to just a solid hard lump on your back.
>>591469 I sense strange power, but it is hard to know details when you move so fast. >>591472 >>591471 >>591474 It takes a bit of trying, but at the end of the day teamwork pays off for everyone but Al, who gets to play the role of pillow for the falling Lotus. Fury chimes in again "Alright everyone that should be plenty for now. Go grab some water before the next round."
>>591478 You can't seem to find any seam between it and your skin. That's rather worrying. >>591480 Less. They just turn to normal footprints after a few steps I am. But that does not mean I can do everything fast.
>>591487 You stop and touch one of the deep prints Curious… it feels like the aura of a god… >>591488 You get a pair of mirrors to check it out. The lump is large, black and armored. It seems to be perfectly fused to your back. >>591490 You blow at some papers and make them fly around. This is not a super power.
>>591498 "See, I just.. stop concentrating on where I am, and I think about somewhere else. It's like you have to be somewhere in between where you are and where you want to be, but not exactly physically. Then when you're a little closer to where you want to be you concentrate back and you're there. Well, at first it wasn't my choice, I kept getting dragged off to… places, but now I'm better."
>>591499 "I really don't know if it's safe. Even if you leave with me, what guarantees you'll come back?"
>>591504 "Oh, I do that all the time. Nothing alive, but I need my backpack in case I can't find my way back for a while. Also, a gun. You'd be surprised how many otherworldly things can be put down by trusty old bullets."
>>591511 Shower helps clear my head, something I really needed after all this. I certainly hope so, since violently shifting whenever I get upset wouldn't be a good thing. Now let's see…can I summon it willingly?
>>591507 "Makes sense. The same laws of physics have to apply, or else you'd just…" Phantomine an explosion, throwing my arms out and making a wet "sploort" sound. "So something that works here, would likely work there. I guess."
>>591513 "I-I don't know. I first took my dad's gun with me when I knew I was going to get pulled away, then I learned where the head on this… human-shaped white thing was. Then I always made sure to have a gun with me."
>>591516 "Try to think of it this way. You're not moving from here to the kitchen, and the kitchen isn't moving to you either. The kitchen and here are the same. Or something."
>>591514 As you start getting closer to the industrial areas, you begin seeing more and more signs of his rampage… >>591517 Nothing happens. It must be linked to you on a more subconscious level. >>591530 >>591529 >>591528 >>591525 >>591519 Fury call again "Break time is over. We have a situation in the industrial area and the agents there are calling for backup. Get your stuff, this should be a good chance to get a little field experience in you."
>>591533 "Its easy to call out in a pinch at least. Easy to remember too." >>591531 "A-already? Uh, yes sir.." assemble myself quickly. >>591534 "Yes. Of course. I think just being near when powers are used would work. We can test it later." I smile proudly at my logic.
>>591537 Some security guards seem to have been heavily injured. Several fences have large holes torn into them. A few walls are badly cracked. A van has been smashed. >>591539 Well one option would be to just fall over or someth-…what's with all the noise outside? I mean sure, the industrial areas next door are always noisy, that's why the place was so cheap. But not noisy like this. >>591540 >>591538 >>591536 >>591535 >>591534 "Just grab anything absolutely vital, keep these channels open and report to Nils at the teleporter. I will be on-scene by the time you get there."