This log was recovered from the Love Love Meta High!~ Commemorative Fanchat at 01:14 AM on 8/3/2075
<bray_eyeanami>:01:14:And that’s why everything you like is terrible.
<otaku_john>:01:14: Guys, I think I found it!
<Dogsuka4lyfe>:01:15: Found what?
<otaku_john>:01:15:The lost episode! I’ve finally got a lead!
<2DPD>:01:15:Bulldrek. You’ve got to be fragging me.
<bray_eyeanami>:01:15:How? I’ve been searching for ages!
<otaku_john>:01:16:Went on a trip to the deep resonance. A lot of records were still kept on paper during those days (you know how traditionalists are) but I managed to get a fragment of a memo that someone scanned in. Apparently Group Flack paid the Yaks to have C-Train shut down… Permanently.
<Dogsuka4lyfe>:01:16:I can’t believe it! We need to start a boycot!
<2DPD>:01:16:Says the one who can’t shut up about Among The Empty.
<Dogsuka4lyfe>:01:17:It’s the closest we’ve gotten to an orc female lead since… you know.
<2DPD>:01:17:You do realize they’re just going to kill Makoto off so Takashi can have something to feel bad about before he and Rei ride off into the sunset?
<Dogsuka4lyfe>:01:18:I’m allowed to dream. Besides, I can’t have a cuddle pillow harem if there’s just the ork from Meta High.
<bray_eyeanami>:01:18:We get it, you want to fuck a tusker. John, you got any other info?
<otaku_john>:01:18: No, but I think I know how to get it. Send out a call to all the other fans, we need to start pooling money.
<2DPD>:01:19: What for? Is it really what I think?
<otaku_john>:01:19:Yep. We’re going to hire some runners.
You are minding your own business doing something only marginally illegal for once when your com-link vibrates, rings, or does whatever the hell an over-hyped smart phone does to inform people that you’ve got a call. Fishing it out and hitting answer, you see a dark silhouette. In the mechanical tone of a voice changer, it says “254 Cheshire Drive, third table from the left. Be there at eight AM tomorrow. Don’t be late,” before hanging up.
When the next day rolls around, you find the address with little difficulty. It turns out to be that of a franchised cafe, one of the ones where they have a chalkboard listing the day’s specials and use three different words for “large.” You make your way over to the third table from the left, where you find several people already sitting. It's a little before the appointed time, so you have a moment to say hello to each other.
The caller is of course, your 'Johnson', the person pulling the strings to hire all of you. He’s still using a voice changer, but you might be able to pull out a few details if you squint.
"Oh, you came!" He says in an excited voice. " *Cough* I mean, I knew runners of your caliber would. Now, I'm sure you're all interested in what the job is. Don't worry, it's not too hard, just something outside of my skill set. Just like Lupin, I'll need you to 'acquire' a valuable, hostorical artifact for me. I'm prepared to pay well for the job."
>>603932 Smirk slightly "Yea, dangerous hazards are extra, you know like armed guards, so I hope this job is as safe as you're saying." >>603933 "Not much, just a leg and hoof." Show off one of the fake legs. >>603934 "At least there's that. Coffee's always good."
>>603937 Nine thousand for just one job? Cha-ching! "Eh, all right, I'll bite. Though if ya turn out to be some toddler spending his dad's money, I'm gonna kick the shit outta ya, okay? And I'm being literal here. I will beat ya until ya lose control of your bowels."
>>603950 >>603951 >>603952 "Yesh! I mean, I've succeeded in getting one of my agents at Grand Horn Railroad to cooperate and it only cost me an Ange fig-… Important stuff, right. Just, he can get any stuff you bring along through, but he says that you'll need to be careful with the security staff. Don't hide any weapons on you and be prepared to have them give any replaced limbs a good once over."
"Is that alright with you all? I'm sure it's a minor inconvenience for all you rough and tumble runners, right?"
"That, doesn't seem to be an option on their site. Sorry."
>>603956 "Well, since you're already in Seaddle, It might be a good. Tell you what, there's a shop on 83 Colton Court. Pick up a package and the tickets from there. You'll have a few hours before the train arrives. Just think of it as confirmation that you've taken the job."
Ready to pick up the package and head to the railway?
>>603958 >>603959 >>603960 The store you were sent to was inside a shopping mall, but there was a Crystal Pony with an apron is waiting just outside it for you. She hooves you a brown bagged package and the printed out tickets.
The rail station itself is sparsely equipped.The fans on the roof seem to have been the same one from the last century and the seats have accumulated the smell of 100 years worth of sweaty travellers. There are all sorts of people here, ranging from Goats with ritual dyes on their coat to tired barnwagers to a little filly with too much energy for the place and a few replaced limbs barely more advanced than a peg leg. You're certain you could swipe some of the screws on his legs.
The Tirekian Transit Authority Buffalo and his henchponies are dragging someone over to the back. There's a Pegasus guard who seems a bit more skittish than the rest of the TTA guards.
>>603961 Dragging someone? Who exactly are they dragging? A slightly manic grin starts spreading over my features. A chance to start trouble and not have passerby interfere with me beating their faces in? This could be awesome!
>>603962 You could only see their bottom half, but it was either another Earthie or Unicorn. There were no wings on that one. A Gryphon appears from another room with a medical kit and starts walking towards them.
>>603963 The little Earthie Filly starts following him around. The Pegasus guard doesn't seem to know what to do and keeps flying around, occasionally looking down at a sheet he has and then looking back to make sure the kids hasn't hurt themselves.
His eyes go wide and his ears fold back, but then quickly goes back to a normal face.
"So, you're the guys he's willing to pay an Ange for. Ha, this will be the easiest way for me to get my hooves on one of those. He told you to put all your stuff in the bags right? No funny business and you'll be on your way in no time and I'll be hugging her soon enough."
A moaning yell can be heard from the back offices, but the Pegasus is quick to leave your company and grab a megaphone and starts giving instructions, slowly flying over to the scanners. He motions for you to follow him.
>>603971 The kid rushes to the scanners, the father trying to keep up with all the luggage. He rushes past the metal detector before a guard can stop him.
As for an Ange, this knowledge is too obscure for you and most of society..
>>603972 The Pegasus acknowledges. As your stuff gets into the machine, you see his wing reach into some gaps of the scanner, some flickering, and none of your gear triggers the alarm. He turns to wards the back office and giggles for a moment, then goes back to being professional.
>>603973 The curtains have been closed and one of the guards has come out, yelling orders in an attempt to conceal the noise.
>>603974 snicker a bit. "At least you can tell its a kid, just don't let the brat near you, not hard." >>603973 "Hey, you got a bad feeling about this, or is it just me?" >>603975 Sigh and keep moving. Whatever shady thing they are doing I don't wanna know.
>>603975 Put my stuff in the bags and put it through the scanners. "Sounds like your boss is getting kinky back there." >>603977 "Are you joking? you ever had a kid decide you're interesting? You can't get them to leave you alone!"
>>603979 "Nitro? Isn't that stuff, like, really liable to blow you up before you get where you're going?" >>603980 "Eeeeeeh… not really such a fan of that, since my kicks are liable to crack their skulls open."
As soon as the train arrives, your escorted to the second car from the front. The seats are well cared enough and there isn't any garbage lying around. There's a food car only a small distance away. It also seems the Johnson got you seats that recline, you could catch some sleep on them.
"Just, try not to pull anything crazy, I'll do a lot for an Ange, but I don't want to lose my job over one."
Love Love Horsie High!~ was a controversial anime series made in the latter half of the twenty first century, being the first anime to feature meta-equines in significant, non-villainous roles. A harem comedy about a Earthie protagonist who got transferred to an all meta-equestrian high school, it faced a large amount of opposition from the more traditional elements of Amareican society. The production team was forced into hiding, but promised that they would still broadcast the thirteenth and final episode. On the appointed day, fans all over Amareica waited. Instead of the conclusion they were promised, they received a short message explaining that the episode had never reached the broadcasters, accompanied by a calming picture of a boat. The riots lasted for three weeks across nineteen cities, eventually destroying several million bits worth of property. The action hit what many consider to be its climax when a disgruntled otaku animated the 5/1 scale Celestia statue in Gnu York. Needless to say, ratings for news stations covering the disaster went through the roof. When the dust finally cleared, the rioters had accomplished nothing. There were still no clues as to the fate of the final episode, and it remained that way for almost fifteen years. Now cut to the present.
>>604266 It seems your partners in crime have opted to fall asleep for the moment. It's a long ride.
Female Earth Pony Martial Artist Talent: +1 Basic attacks Stances (Combat suit with various settings) Passive; Switching stance is an Instant Automatic action. Stance of the Bear: You gain X max hits at the cost of X max wounds Stance of the Tiger: You cannot benefit from weapon tags, but gain +2 to all normal attacks Stance of the Cross: Self-inflicted helpless does not cause a wound of damage.
Stance Dance passive; When you switch stances, you may also roll for an extra attack.
Dynamic Duo (Situational reaction scanners alert her to openings created in an enemy's defense) At the start of combat, pick one ally. When that ally successfully hits an enemy, your next attack at the same enemy becomes Instant.
Appearance: Mechanical suit that predominately fits around his hooves and head, with wires providing direct neural feed to the suit.
Name: Cuiva Race: Diamond Dog (+Burrow) Gender: Female Talent: Hawkeye +2 Class: Tracker Skills: Hawkeye (1), Custom Job (1), Trick Shot (1), Reflex Shot (2) Weapon: Carbon Stilettos (Single, Ranged) Apparel: Fabrilite Projector, Civilian home-defense vest, decommissioned civil-cybernetic prosthetic replacing right arm Inventory: Fastappli bandages, pain numbing shots, wallet Hits: 5 Wounds: 5 Appearance: A small greyish white diamond dog who wears a small fabric projector to hide her vest and cybernetic arm. GM's Quirk: Seeks a higher set of pain meds to keep her attention off from an ill-fitted arm augment
Varrel Male Earth Pony Ninja Talent: +2 tumble Substitute [realistic hologram] Recharge 3 after effect triggers; The next time you would take counterattack damage, you instead leave a substitute in your place and disappear into hiding, making you impossible to detect and making your next roll Autocrit.
tumble Recharge 1; Roll past an enemy, striking them. You may use this ability from helplessness. A successful Tumble from helplessness brings you to your feet.
backstab weapon. recharge 1; strikes the enemy from behind. No counterattack damage except on critfail if used from Stealth. Crits on a 9+. Kills helpless targets.
stealth [limited invisibility tech]
weapon: single: holo-blade. a blade that springs from his robotic foreleg as needed.
Appearance: an earth pony robotic legs, which house most of his tech, including the holo blade other stuff: keys: real ones because sometimes you can't trust technology. Shackles, a lockbox, food, a canteen.
You see a lot of them glancing out windows. They're breathing pretty hard.
>>604284 You still have your Eagle eyes. Outside, you can see small specks of light closing in on the train. It's easy enough to see that these are heavily modified vehicles, these aren't regular sedans.
You have three turns to prepare for a train heist.
>>604291 As you head to the back, you see that all the railway employees have been issued a weapon, but none of them seem to have ever used them. With them being far less careful in concealing it, you see that they only have taser guns, only good to a few feet.
You're at the back. The Door outside is shut, but nothing someone of your abilities couldn't get past.
>>604304 It gives only the token resistance required by law and nothing more. From out here, you can see your would-be raiders in their vehicles preparing to board, but they're still just a bit out of reach.
>>604308 I hope the kid's gun is alright, because I'm gonna have to use it without test firing. Gun vs armored tires. Cheap shot. Try and make the car lose control. At this speed it shouldn't be hard. They are chasing after a hi-speed train after all.
>>604311 This is the third turn, so they drove up very close to the train. The taser bolts fail to pierce the tire, but being flung around everywhere, they catch onto some mechanisms and short them out.
However, firing a taser weapon means that your gun is now attached to the vehicle and quickly pulls on you. Roll to keep your balance.
>>604313 >>604314 >>604316 The vehicle you shot is moving erratically, jumping around because of the blown systems. The 3 occupants are focusing on keeping it under control, frantically shifting gears and working on the internal CPU.
You're right above the car, free to land on it or do anything else.
>>604319 At these speeds, that's super crazy! The car is liable to roll over with you on it, but the passenger dog grabs the wheel and a gun. He's opening fire, but he's shooting like crazy! And the screaming pony in the back isn't helping!
>>604337 You've done plenty of damage to its resale value, at least. The Steering wheel and column remain, but all the damaged cables render it inoperable for the moment. It's not a difficult fix, but it's one they won't be able to do right now.
You fly up and look down at the train. A large motorcyle and another Road Rover are lining up with it. Some of the hijackers are starting to jump aboard.
The pistol is of cheap construction and fires a tiny caliber. It's enough to penetrate though. The motorcyle, without a driver, finally chooses to drive off into the landscape with it's passenger. It only manages to go a short distance before it violently flips over.
One vehicle remains, and you can hear the sounds of glass breaking and some screams.
>>604413 The second car has some guys in suits armed with simple pistols. They must have boarded eralier or from a side entrance. However, they're all ponies with clean cut tails and manes. These guys are at least properly trained and take some pride in that.
The third car has the real threat. Several hijackers, a Goat wearing very little, a Pegasus who seems to have shiny wings, and a Donkey sporting a few too many explosives. They'd look like any regular trash, but …
Love Love Horsie High!~ is the most commonly cited trainwreck anime produced in Amareica. Even the most casual of viewer will notice where each episode is handled by different people. But for all it's problems, it also gets cited as a good show.
Hiro is the protagonist of Love Love Horsie High!~, starting off as another bland MC meant to have the harem thrown at him. But as a way to save budget and only have to pay as few voice actors as possible, we follow Hiro as he struggles to live without parents, make sure the house is maintained, dealing with neighbors, little things that make him stand out as his own person instead of just a blank slate to insert yourself in.
Of course, you don't know why this knowledge is coursing through your brain right now. If you're not careful, the Gryphon with a large caliber shotgun will put a few bullets in it. His yammering Zebra ally off to the side and the Buffalo whose stench is now ingrained in all the furniture isn't helping.
There's a Unicorn with a knife in the side of his chest on your waiting room table. You might want to help him.
>>604536 "I KNOW THAT! But that wasn't all! I've been stabbed before, but Sonny here just up and collapsed! He's stronger than this, I know it!" The Gryphon squawks, never moving the shotgun away from your head.
"We were in a place we shouldn't have when we got jumped by some weird guy. We drove him off, but there was some weird noises going on." The Buffalo slowly adds.
The knife is oddly thick, but the edges are very sharp. It's own weight seems to cut slowly into it. These guys went in somewhere way over their ranking.
>>604539 It's all over the place. His eyes dart around. Blink and you'll miss his eyes looking in different directions.
But his heart is the worst. It's irregular. It's beating often enough to keep the blood flowing, as the blood on your table testifies to. But then it'll beat three times when he would only beat once just seconds before, then slow down just as fast.
At the edge of your vision, the Zebra is balancing more com-links and conversations than you thought possible.
>>604549 "What he'd stab me with, Doc? Am I dying?!"
His heart rate seems to have stabilized a lot more. You still get the occasional irregularity, but you're spending more time between them. You also don't have to shine a light in his eyes this time. He doesn't seem to have too much trouble following you.
>>608008 Sitting up, Sheva stretches, shaking off her thin blankets and sliding off of her crappy bed to open the curtains. Rubbing the sleep from her eyes, she peeks out the window. Aside from a plug in the back of her head and some some metal-lined bones in her legs, not really. She does have long scars from when her bones were made like that, though.
>>608009 You manage to catch a few local Pegasi take off for their work shifts. For all the propaganda about their natural grace and elegance, you see them struggle with their briefcases and bags. It be sad if they didn't get to fly.
The river nearby isn't as smelly this morning. That's usually the sign of a good day. Of course, your Com-Link vibrates and shows you the ID of one of the Fixers.
Besides Shadowrunning, what does she do to pay the bills in the mean time? As good as those types of jobs can pay, even the best can go some time between jobs.
Why was the metal inserted? Where the bones broken in an accident or some such?
>>608011 Groaning, she leaves the shades and goes about her morning routine: Shower off, making sure the plug has it's waterproof casing on first; Grab the mail from the mail slot; Sort the bills as she eats a simple breakfast of cereal, milk, and hormones to help keep her body from rejecting the implants; Get dressed in her full-body-covering work clothes before heading out for her job at the local MegaCorp Retail Store, where she works as a cargo unloader.
Brittle Bone Disease; she was a test patient to see if metal casings could prevent bones from fracturing under stress. It worked, but it means she's going to be paying bills for the treatment for most of her natural life unless she hits it big. The fact she didn't exactly volunteer doesn't help matters.
It bills itself as a boutique, but this store and many others like it dwarf the Wal-Marts that we know of. Ever since the Laws of the Sisters could be ignored, they have been, and this place shows it, at least to you. Just a few days ago, you had to replace a section of wall that the rain was starting to get through. Made you wonder how sturdy the rest of the place was.
Does Sheva have her own method of transport, or does she usually ride mass transit like most people?
>>608013 Mass transit is cheaper. Go ahead and listen in to the Com-Link's message as I ride along. Though she doesn't suffer Brittle-bone Disease anymore, she does suffer adverse side effects if she forgets her pills, since her body will start trying to reject the metal lining. Also, the procedure left her heavily scarred across her body- not everywhere, but in locations where they're sure to get noticed, like you'd expect from a procedure exposing all her bones. As a result, she always wears full-body clothing. Thankfully they had the decency to leave her face alone.
>>608014 "Hey, hey, how's my favorite little robot doing!?" The Com-Link yells. "Hey, I know you're always a bit busy on your end, but I have a simple, and uh, uhm, easy, yeah, easy job for you. But I need you to text me your response after a few hours. I have something to do on my end, primo important. See ya, and please respond."
It's Striped, a local ne'erdowell Goat who tends to get his snout in everyone's business. He tends to be stingy with the pay, but he's been upfront with you.
It's starting to rain again, but at least you're covered by the bus stop. There are still lots of pulled carts, usually Equines with families, though you see a few mana powered ones for the more well to do. The bus that comes up your way has seen better days and better paint jobs, some of the kids got to it earlier and tagged it up. Getting inside, you immediately flagged down by a buffalo lass who seems familiar.
It's Khundi, a Buffalo and one of your neighbors. You recall that she would often leave early to join up with her friends, but it seems she's alone now and caught an earlier bus.
But that's not important. What is important is that you are looking straight at her. She's still in Middle School, but she probably weighs more than you and your metal bones by now.
"Miss, Miss, sorry to ask, but you said you worked at Chose Rare, right? If it isn't too much, can I ask for a teensy favor?" She says, trying to look girly and cute, but her sheer size putting a damper on that. "The Winter Dance is coming up, and I'd like to know if you have anything that would fit me." >Com-Link: This number could not be found or is no longer in service. Please try again if you think you received this message in error.
>>608018 Roll twice, Buffalos still don't have much of a fashion industry aimed at them. You might have to make do with some stuff.
"I want to, SO BAD, but I can't miss any classes. I feel so far behind already. Just, let me know what you can find, please and thank you!"
She jumps off at the school stop and surprises a few classmates. Seems even they aren't used to having someone so big be in their classes.
The rest of the day is spent doing normal, menial things. They know of your particular skill set and they're probably breaking lots of rules by having you carry so many things without a cart, but that's the type of world you live in.
Your shift is about to end when you receive a text message with two directions on it, nothing else.
>>608021 Once I've got my suit on, I'll follow all the directions, feeling much more confident now that I'm properly dressed. Having this much power behind every movement… it's the only time I ever truly feel free.
>>608022 The AR coordinates lead you to an office. Stripes' office, and it's in bad shape. Lots of papers thrown around and desks over-turned. He's always been a bit off, but even he wouldn't cause this much damage to his property.
They eventually lead to a highlighted ceiling tile. Proceed towards it, or do something else?
It's an address to another nearby hood, just a brisk jog away, for a pony. It's more wooded out here, closer to the outskirts, but still overpopulated. >Com-Link: High Priority Message Incoming >Answer > Yes > No
>>608028 >Communication Opened "Thank the Sisters, you're here. I couldn't get in contact with anyone else. Listen, I'm in deep right now. I don't know exactly what was in that data chip those other guys gave me, but there's some crazy people out there looking to get it back and they're ready to blast anyone looks at 'em funny. Look for one of the houses, third story, just keep walking around and I'll signal you. I'll pay you primo bits to get me outta here and get these guys offa me."
You notice a black, mana powered cart with its occupants still inside. They seem to be discussing something, but they pay you no mind so far.
>>608031 >>608031 "Nope. If I had been, they'd have their faces pounded in." Pushing past him, she kicks back on the closest sitting implement and kicks up her legs as she shoots him a grin. "So, what's the plan? Smash and Dash?"
>>608032 "Nah, listen, you said you saw 'em in their cart, right? How about we ambush 'em and find out who they work for and what they want with this stick and how they even tracked it. Ugh, I wish Mental Note wasn't out for his check ups. Just remember, we need 'em conscious. Sleepy ponies don't tell me what we need to know."
>>609586 My brother is at his room besides mine. We live on an apartment…I remember having to sell the old house to lay for the high bills… I getc up and go check on him. Make sure he's awake and well There are bags under my eyes… I barely slept…
>>609591 She wakes up extra early and walks there so she can save up on the bus she sighs and first prepares him a nice breakfast..he deserves it Then she takes her coat and puts it over her white and red suit and leaves in a rush
>>609592 The people and the houses around you have been getting worse since you can recall. The paint on the houses seems weaker, even the graffiti seems to be using duller colors, it's not even vibrant. There's a Donkey up ahead, and you can here one of the Local Earthies carrying some signs with them.
Give me a quick roll to spot before you reach the clinic, d10.
>>609594 You notice a Gryphon and a Zebra get into a mana-cart and drive off.
Inside the clinic, there's only a note from the Dogge in charge asking you to take care of the place today. Looks like some funds managed to make their way into the clinic and now it needs to be spent.
It's slow enough in the morning, so it isn't much. Only a few kids with coughs and an older mare with headaches comes in. She starts talking about her own bills and life while you fill out the paperwork. Humor her, or just deal with some of the back stuff?
>>609595 You're a few houses behind the mana-cart. Roll to Notice.
There's some tall grass and garbage cans between you and the cart. You might be able to sneak up on it if you want to try.
>>609598 It's barely lunch time, but time flies while you're working. Some of the non-Earthies that have come in have been leaving before you can attend them, but there's a large group gathering outside. The rest that remain are anxious.
>>609599 As you cross the street with your escort target, you notice that they are on walkie talkies! Those two aren't alone!
"Nah, I ain't staying in town. Goons like those don't come cheap. I'm going to drop the Com-Link near some station and then go underground for a few months. I don't like it, but I like being alive, dig? Heh, feels like it wasn't that long ago when we got in contact with each other? I don't even remember the first job I sent you on."
>>609617 "EQuestrians United In Stability. They think that just becuase they haven't given birth to kids with wings or horns that they're something special. I'd say they're just jealous. But if I were you, I'd call some extra security. Those doofuses are always ready for a fight."
>>609620 "Sucks. I've been taking a shining to this place being orderly. Make sure you lock the doors and bolt everything else down. Hopefully some of it will still be here tomorrow. Say, is it time for my appointment?"
>>609635 No wonder you were hired. He manages to hold in his pain as you relocate small bones in his wings and massage the muscles. Even without the R.E.S.T., you're talented.
"You're a life saver, you know. I don't know if it was the Sisters who sent you here, but I'm happy for it."
He fills out the rest of the forms before he leaves, making sure to offer to buy you a drink.
It's time to close, but you'll need to be wary of those Earthies outside. At the same time, the phone starts ringing.
>>609641 He goes face first into the mud. His yellow coat now much more clear to you, but also covered in blood. He's barely conscious, but you can also hear his walkie-talkie broadcasting some static.
You're in a good part of town for a little pick pocketing. The people here are pretty well to do, and you've come up on some clothes that let you blend in. Right now, there's a big crowd, it should make it easy for you make off with some bits.
>>609696 You can tell something is off with these bullets. When you put them on the plate, none of them make the same noise when you drop them. He doesn't start breathing better after you pull them out either. In fact, he's starting to spit out some blood.
>>610162 "Well…yeah I do…But it's not…completely tested…it works wonders though…but there might be some side effects." She pointed at the R.E.S.T on her back. "This thing here…if he's willing to try it…because now the other medical supplies are locked away…"
>>610172 "That was the R.E.S.T. Which is Regeneration Enchanging Symbiotic Tissue." She said adjusting her visor "And that is a special symbiosis that will revolutionize the medical world…that is what I injected in you. however I am not sure of what is that thing that came out…I will have to take a sample of it…"
>>610173 "It smells terrible. Do whatever you need to take it off of me." The Batpony responds.
The Earthie goes off on the Com-Link of theirs and starts messing with it. Meanwhile, the Diamond Dog turns towards you.
"You do this often? You were pretty calm through most of it."
>>610174 "It's fine!" The green Unicorn mare grumbles.
"We just need to look like we belong. Just do as we say and it won't matter. How about the Number 3, for all of us, just to get this farce done?" The pink mare adds in as she looks out through the glass doors and windows.
>>610175 I look at the unicorn "Oh… y.. you're one of them, I didnt know." I smile as I grab a soy dog and began to eat. I then loook at the pink mare. "Just so we look like we belong? What do you mean?"
>>610180 I then finish the soydog and smile. "Ahh thats good." Upon hearing the delivery, I just gulp, and look at the two of them still uncertain to all of this. "Who's here? Can you explain, oh by the way my name is Precious. How about you two? Also thanks for the chow." I smile.
>>610185 "It was great!" He says, nearly falling off the chair in his excitement. "Teacher said I have some of the best marks in class. And, how was yours? Did you have fun too?"
>>610186 While they do stand out, they seem to be on the level. They're standing around, some of them having soy lattes to try to blend in. But they all ordered the same thing, so they look extra suspicious.
The Unicorn Mares cross the street with you, and the rest of the 'conversation' goes on wordlessly. A few grunts and head nods, some small USB sticks being put on top of devices that flash green, and everyone is starting to smile.
>>610187 "Oh just the usual day…until late night where I could test dad's project a bit…I think it is working now…but I would need more testing later.." she said taking a sip "Oh and you got the best grades too? Hege I'm glad to hear that…did you sleep well this morning by the way?"
>>610195 "Good…I don't want to Dreamof anything happening to you…Come on now give me some sugar." She said hugging her brother lovingly. "You wanna sleep in my bed tonight? Now I'm worried about having you sleep of alone…"
>>610199 Boop his nose "Well you snore a little too. And you keep stealing the blankets!hehehe…" I say ppulling out of the hug. "Yeah I'll be fine… just promise me you'll be good and that you will behave." I say tussling his mane
>>610198 Mostly she resides in the more downtrodden area of the city near the docks. She lives on a trailer(those pulled by trucks) that she has converted into her room. The place is almost a maze of trailers and it is stacked three trailers high and she lives at the top most with some of the homeless living below her. Perhaps just scout amongst the dock area first and see if the usual ruffians are there.
>>610202 I look at the sky and just frown as the rain falls. What a downer, no bits and a shoot out. Bummer. Well at least I got soydogs so that will do. Pull my cloak up and just walk towards my trailer home. I just hope the neighbors are calm tonight.
>>610208 It's the mother of your Brother's friend.
"Hello, I'm just calling to let you know your Brother got here safe. My son has mentioned his condition, and he insisted I call you as well. Is there anything specific I should know, in case, you know…"
>>610210 She grumbles a bit before waking up. She coughs a few times before looking you in the eyes.
"Hey there to you too. You seem in spirits, have a fun day today?"
She snickers while breathing harder than usual.
>>610208 Turns out, it's the mother of your brother's friend. She's a bit nervous.
"Hello there, I'm Billy's mother. Your brother is here with my son. Don't worry, everything is fine! But I've been told about his condition, is there anything I should be extra aware of while he's here?"
>>611059 Smile to myself. he found friends who actually care about him after all… I pass to her anything that is needed in case he has one of his episodes and also to call me immediately so I can head there. Making sure to say everything slowly and clearly
>>611060 A few ponies pass through the lines, swinging their credit sticks while you chat. You see her right down everything you say, some concern passing by her face every time you mention side effects.
Your Com-Link beeps with another call, if you want to take it and get something from the cafe.
Can you relink your sheet? I don't have it on my laptop.
>>611062 The Com-Link doesn't post a number or even a video image.
"Miss Sympathy, sorry to call you like this, but I'm kind of out of options. I'm with the 'people' who had visited you after hours, and I'm willing to pay just like they did if you go do a little favor for me, Please."
The person is using a synthesizer, but you can hear the emphasis on the end.
>>611079 The previous pony gets up and rushes you with his blade. The Brown Earthie punches at the same time, and when all your moves have been taken into account, the Brown pony goes into the sky for a brief moment, his eyes going to the back of his head as he falls down limp.
You're reinforced legs just kicked him in the crotch.
>>611083 A little was too much for him. He falls and you can hear his leg power down. Except for an occasional spark, it's been turned off. The Brown Earthie is still in pain, but Striped is supporting you by constantly kicking him in the same area you did.
"Stupid jerks, this is what you get for messing with ME! ME, what did you think was going to happen to losers like you!"
>>611086 "yeah, yeah, already knew that…" Grin down at him, then pull him up into a forceful, passionate kiss. With tongue. "Thanks for the dance sweetie~" aaaand a hoof to the back of the head to knock him out.
>>611089 "Ugh, at least you get to go home. I'll need to get rid of almost everything now. And I just bought new furniture. I was moving up in the world, UP! And then this. At least you were there. You're good pony, you know."
"I'll drop you off ahead, then I'll shove this thing in the river."
>>611076 Well… if the coordinates lead to here sooooooooo Yeah I'm coming in this is probably a rape trap from some pony that saw me at drinking tea ugh I wis I brought a knife why couldn't I have a neat weapon like the cool kids and stuff? Ah nevermind. Let's look around
>>615154 I stare at him for a few seconds ''and what kind of donkey asks for a favor and greets me with that much sass? seriously just go straight to the point, I'm really not in the mood for bullshit right now.''
>>615156 ''Pft,I wish…I work at Mavel's clinic…Sadly I couldn't get to one of those big places yet.'' I say following him ''The name's Sympathy Pain,but I think you already know that… So what's yours?'' I frown a bit at the mess…I always disliked messy places ''…And what is that ''Job'' you're talking about?
>>615157 "Name's Asinara. But's that's just a name while on the job. If you'll be doing this often, I suggest you make yourself a new name when you're on the clock."
He leads you down a small hall and stops in front of a wall heater. He moves his earpiece in front of it, and with a *woosh*, it goes back. It's a secret door leading to the basement!
"Don't worry too much about the 'job'. Less any of us know, the better. Safe to say, though, that it didn't go as smoothly as we had liked. Accid over here managed to get himself stabbed a few times."
"They got lucky!" The bleeding gryphon yells.
"Yeah, whatever. Anyhoo, we know to try to keep the blood from coming out, but we're not exactly willing to take them out and we've been giving him some, 'unconventional medicine' to keep the pain away. Think you can help?"
>>615158 ''Codenames huh? how edgy…'' I say following along ''Oh hey secret doors, now that is neat…Oh…oh buddy that's a lot of holes…'' I say rushing to help him ''You holding up alright? Can you tell me exactly how fresh are these wounds? And by the love of whatever god you worship, tell me the knife wasn't rusted…'' I say as I start patching him up with the medicine I have. also give him some specialized painkillers >Heal >Restore
>>615161 If it weren't by my honed medical nerves and calmness I would have jumped as he screamed. ''What…What did you gave him?'' I say as I try to examine the wounds closely. anything I can see that's out of the ordinary? '1d10'
>>615162 "Some Bliss to keep the pain away and some Long Haul to keep him up. Even I know you shouldn't fall asleep so soon after taking medication!" The Goat cheerfully volunteers. She looks like she could attend the same school your brother does.
The wounds seem bog standard. They were jumped by a gang, after 'acquiring' some goods. Managed to ditch them and took shelter here, a little safe house. In the basement, everything is much cleaner. There are still loose cables hooke/d up to numerous computers and cabinets, but it's a world of difference from upstairs.
"Ride is coming. Miss, is Accid okay to be moved?"
>>615163 ''hmn…yeah He'll be fine…And the name's Sympathy Pain, so don't call me a ''miss'' okay? it makes me feel old.'' I turn to Accid ''So how are you feeling? You'll survive but I want to make sure you're feeling well'' I say with just the barest hint of worry
>>615164 "I feel alright, but now I want a huge Donk burrito." He seems well enough for now.
A mana-cart pulls up as quietly as possible. The Donk's ears shift around and he orders everyone to come outside. But before you can go, the Buffalo gets in front of you. He's pretty big, but he hoofs over some gear.
"Our payment. You might need it."
"Come on! Faster we get to the dropoff, faster we all go home."
>>615166 Lots of computer parts. Your brother might have fun with those. Some radio equipment, and a few spare batteries. But most important of all is the Extend-0 Stretcher inside. Something has been done to it, but it needs some work since half of it isn't popping out.
Of course, your R.E.S.T. still sits comfortably on your back. In your wallet, you only have what few credits aren't going to bills. You'd have enough for bus fare and fast food.
Outside, the driver of the mana-cart is waiting. It's the Dog from the other day! Seems he makes a living as a driver.
"All y'all, keep your heads low. Don't attract anymore attention than I need, got it?"
>>615167 Neat I put them away in my bags carefully. I'll go see if I can talk to a techie friend to know more about this I have never been so experienced in the pure technological side of stuff so there's that I wave to the dog ''Sup''
He nods his head, but quickly gets into the driver seat. As you pass down the streets, you can see the squalor people are living here. Lots of junkies means that most houses seem to be pieces of material that conveniently block the weather than can pass for a 'home'. Even your place ranks higher than these.
Lots of people fight to get out, like those gangsters in that heavily armed cart catching up to your rear.
>>615171 ''Soooo I suppose those guys are after us?'' I ask sarcastically as I look back a bit. and then I get down to not be in range to get shot. ''Fucking perfect…'' I snarl as I pick up my shield and cover myself '1d10' Block
You're stronger than you look. Much stronger. His skull felt soft as you send most of his teeth into the street below. His body goes limp, but before he falls and hits the pavement, a Unicorn's TK pulls him up and over into their cart.
"Her, grab her!" Comes from inside the eney cart, as it pulls in close and a Gryphon is trying to grab you! Knock him away!
>>615184 You get a full view of the Unicorn leader. A red coat with an orange mane, he stares at you, smirking with his gold teeth that has 'EAST' emblazoned on the top and 'SIDE' on the bottom. You can see the Pegasus on the back seat, blood coming out of his mouth, and you can tell you broke the bone on the Gryphon. In your cart, it looks like the Goat took a good hit to the leg.
You should watch that strength.
"Just some two bit gangsters. Looks like I was right, they are all starting to move. Someone must have been knocked out and now they're trying to get a piece of the pie."
After a few random turns, the cart turns in towards an alley with a Well-Dressed Zebra at the other end.
"You know the drill. The girl brings me the goods. The rest stay in the car."
The others look at you. Looks like you're their only option. They lift up a case from the back.
>>615185 Squint at him. ''seriosly? East and side?'' I say to myself as I flex. ''And damn I should start working out'' when we arrive, I look at them ''Ugh, seriously? alright gimme that'' I take the case magically and walk up to him, not breaking eye contact. Once I'm close enough I levitate the case to him slowly.
>>615188 "Here's a tip, free of charge. Take the bits and run. Those types seem to change every week. I know they tend to shift them around on different jobs, but I rarely ever see repeat err, contractors."
>>615190 "Sorry lady. Even I don't know that. I just get calls to pick things up and my bank account gets bigger. I'm not messing with that gravy train. I've got what I needed, keep the rest, since it seems that they looted the whole place instead of what we needed."
He nods politely and walks through a backdoor. You hear it lock in place. Your mana-cart driver honks at you.
>>615191 nod at him ''I'll see you around then'' I say before leaving ''Yeah…everything went alright…'' I say levitating the case to my lap as I sit I take less than a moment to examine the expressions of everyone around me, feeling a bit more suspicious after what the zeebra said…but then again…should I trust him? ''So…what now?''
>>615192 "Jobs done, we head our own ways. Smart thing is to drop these two off at other clinics. We actually, legitimately were attacked by gangbangers, we don't need to worry about them finding out."
He's offering you a ride home, or he can give you some clothes to hide your identity and walk home.
>>615195 ''Hmn…Well I might accept them…but I might not be willing to take the most risky stuff…but then again I doubt there will be a job that isn't risky…'' I say taking the credit stick and putting it on my bag ''Thanks…Hey…I know this might sound a bit weird but…uh…one of you guys wanna go get a drink tomorrow night or something? as much as it was dangerous, tonight was fun and holy crap did I felt alive… So I kinda would enjoy having a drinking buddy for tomorrow'' I say that trying not to blush. I was never good at asking people to go out
>>615196 "Maybe next time, but get some sleep and ask for time off. If you get called again, think long and hard before you pick up. You got lucky, but you might wind up like Accid over there and you don't seem to be as agile as him."
>>611059 I shake my head. "Ah no, trouble as usual. Unable to loot those snooty upperclass ponies and then getting in a firefight. baah.." I then look in my bags and see if I have anything to give to her. "I… I dont know if I had any for you."
>>616485 I got one cot, a small dresser filled with old clothes, a shelf filled with all sorts of junks and interesting stuff I found and of course some high tech stuff like the laptop and old tech stuff, spare parts and stuff.
Now open up the laptop, lets see if i got any message, now lets insert the plastic stick and scan it for viruses and stuff
>>616499 "it's nothing, just some stuff I bought for myself and the paycheck from the clinic. " Pat his head and give him another squeeze. " alright alright, you can go… Just be careful okay? " I sit down on the couch and pant a bit. Oh gosh what a scare!
Where you can win big and lose everything in the same day and the government won't lift a finger.
You've got a bag full of electronics, a half-working Extend-O stretcher with what you are certain are not authorized modifications, and you were nearly thrown out of a moving vehicle. II'd say a bath and a nap are in order, wouldn't you?
>>616505 "aah… At yeah, Symphathy was needing this… Hey what you're getting so grumpy about? We used to shower together all the time Seam." pick up the soap magically and start rubbing it over me, try to get all that dried sweat off of me.
>>616507 She sighs, closing her eyes "Dad was… Tall, lanky… Had that unkept white mane and always, Always had some dirt in his blue coat, heh… I remember he always had that old pipe he got from grampa… I think it's around the house even… Oh yeah and his doctor garments… Oh man he used that thing all day every day… Said that if he got called into work in an emergency, he wouldn't need to waste time getting dressed… Man he smelled really bad… " I chuckle as I start to scrub him With the soap " I have it on the wardrobe… He said He would pass it to me when I became a doctor like him but there's NO WAY I'm wearing that smelly thing… Nope! "
>>616512 "It's all used, but you got a Solacorp Gen-IV generator! And some of Eris's CPUs, the limited edition ones! This is awesome, thanks Sis. I had wanted some of these after looking at my friends' stuff. You're the best!"
He nuzzles you before running off into his room. You can hear the sound of screwdrivers and pliers getting to work.
>>616515 Lots of errands. The money from the last job is almost gone, but you at least don't have to worry about bills for a while.
The R.E.S.T could use some spare parts and materails. Expensive parts and materials only the other people on the Com-Link can provide.
>>616516 "I'm detecting a camera, but is that tape? Did you really put tape over the camera? I mean, really? It's broken, at least tell me that. Honestly, what are you trying to test this time? I don't even have decent Net access here."
If your laptop could sigh in exasperation, it would.
>>616518 "Ugh, I can't even running my analysis software on this thing without burning it out." It says. "Honestly, you should know how I speak. I'm A.L.T.E.R., the A.I. you built, remember? Ugh, even I can't remember without access to my databanks. Why am I in this computer? I thought I was already done with my testing?"
>>616519 The rain and the Com-Link are the only noise you hear over the night.
The next morning is just as bleak, except Open Seam can be heard messing with his little drill and the little LED device going off on your table.
>>616520 "A.L.T.E.R……." I ponder wondering what it means. "I… well, uhmmm… what are you? WHat does A.L.T.E.R mean?" "Uhmm.. you know just testing how you cope up if you are combined with inferior hardware hahahaha… "
"Wait, why did you disconnect me from the Databanks! I hate not knowing things! Well, hurry up the test and plug me back in! I know I don't trust [AGENT NAME WIPED] and my GPS says he's coming over here. Just unplug me so I don't have to deal with him!"
>>616522 "Sis, it's YOUR Com-Link. You have a call, that all. Honestly, why are you the older one. Do you want me to pick it up?"
>>616524 He also pushes the Talk button as he hoofs it to you.
"Ms. Pain. You are surprisingly hard to get a hold of, you know?" The voice from before, who was so panicked last time, seems to have gotten back into his 'usual' speaking pattern. "I've got an, ehh, simple pickup job for someone with your skills. Are you interested?"
>>616525 You only catch a brief glimpses of shadows as someone kicks over a garbage can a few hobo's were using for warmth.
"I hate that guy. I can never grasp him in my data sphere."
>>616526 "Oh no oh no oh no…." I began to clamber and grab rain proof plastics so I can use it to cover the laptop and the data stick just in case I need to run. "Why do you hate him? Is he dangerous?"
>>616528 "hey, give me just a bit. " I rush back to Seam and give him a hug " okay Seam, I'll be out for a bit, there's some money in the table if you want to order something to eat, don't leave the house and don't open the door for anyone okay?" I give him a kiss on the cheek before getting my stuff and getting dressed in a rush to leave. "see you later today, love you!"
>>616529 "I don't have access to my databanks, but I did note that this Equestrian doesn't leave a nettrace. I don't even think he's Equestrian, to be honest. Just, why are you so worried. He's obviously here to pick us up?"
You hear several gunshots.
>>616530 "Is that your kid? You look pretty young to have such an older child, but it isn't that uncommon around here."
He unfurls his wing and takes the cart to the sky.
"It's just going to be us two, we're picking up someone's kid from the hospital. Going to meet up with one more person there. But everything seems on the up and up. That's probably why we have you with us, in case the patient gives us any trouble."
>>616532 "Hey, no need to get so worked up so early in the morning. Once we are done with this job, I'm treating myself to Dannie's. Why don't you bring him along?" He chuckles as he takes flight over the city, somehow still able to see over all the rain.
>>616535 >>616532 Gyr waves his talons around with the LED batons, but none of the police go and bother him while he approaches Caballero Central. Most of the other flyers seem to be focused on the lower end of the building.
You land in the front porch area, where another nurse is waiting.
"Are you sure this is necessary? He's still in terrible condition, you know."
>>616674 Gyr just shrugs. He's only been told to come pick someone up.
"That boy, he got to close to a generator and started SURGE'ing. He's a Crystal pony now, and his emotions have been all over the place. We've had to sedate him to keep him from hurting himself more. Please, leave him in our care, I beg of you."
>>616675 She glances to Gyr, then back to the mare. "… Where is the boy? Can I see him? Also, where are his parents? And how exactly has his emotions been all over the place? I'm sorry but I don't know how crystal ponies work "
>>616676 She hesitates a little, then starts leading you towards isolation.
"Most Crystal ponies SURGE in the womb. They grow up being able to handle their emotions better. Many cases were it happens later in life, tend to die. Either from the shock itself, or from the seizures the mood swing caused." >Roll to Spot
"He's being held down by medication, but he's still so young, and all of this going outside won't help. Please, just leave him here."
A few nurses you pass by just keep their heads down. While you were training in a hospital, you never went to the rich people's area. It's much quieter and better maintained here.
>>616686 Are those screams of pain or terror? Gah! Doesn't matter. "Gyr, run to the Isolation and get the boy, I'll see what that is and NO discussion on the matter, just GO! " I shout to him as I head towards the screaming
>>634283 Gyr has the patient in a carrying saddle. Pretty rough and shoddy job, but you are getting shot at. As you carry the other patient North, some bullets start hitting the wall and cleaning station that was in front of you.
"What are you doing with her? We got the kid, LET'S GO!"
>>634298 "Not with these tubes and things sticking out of him, even though I'm sure I saw a power drill back there. Map said there was another way through the Managers office, but we had two shooters and two ways out. Which one should we go through?"
>>636523 ''He-hey I'm just here on overtime alright?! I just wanna go home without any lead going through my brain or some shit so can you please go to the restroom and lower the gun? Jeez, what you think i'm gonna do? stab your hoof with a syringe until you die?''
>>636525 Goddamit how can this place still smell? ''Alright, stand still'' I start to examine him a little more as I think of my choices I could either patch him up and hope he'll let me go in peace, which might be unlikely since I'm a witness Or I could sedate him with the Injection gun…But it might not knock him off right away… ''Hmn…Some pieces of your bone broke into little splinters and are lodged into the flesh… I'll need to make a slight incision to open up and make sure that there are no bone splinters there, or else you're gonna feel a lot of pain for a good while…Hold still while I apply the anesthesia''
>>636533 huh, what trick might that be? And I suppose it's best I go back to the hospital manager room and see if Gyr waited for me or if he went off without me. I really hope I don't have to leave this place without a ride…
>>636535 Oh alright, well There's not really much benefit from doing that anyways And I'll have to either sock him or tell him he did well by running off with the kid I sigh and I look for the exit door, trying to see if I can find him somewhere
>>636541 Oh it's the cops, fuck yeah! ''I'm alright I'm okay, don't worry gentlecolts…I managed to deal with one of these rascals, you'll find him in one of the stalls there on the Colt's restroom, he's passed out from the tranqs so you can be safe. but there's one of them still roaming around so watch out for him''
>>636544 "So you're still alive? Guess Gyr doesn't get your cut." It's the Johnson, the guy who hired you. "Good, he has the kid in a safe spot, but I don't think he's doing all to well. I'm sending you a link with the address. Try to keep him alive long enough for them to go pick him up, then he'll be out of our hooves."
>>636546 It's another run down part of town a few blocks away. Plenty of beggars along the way towards and empty strip mall, and after entering the security code, you're able to access a clean area with a few couches. It wouldn't be out of place in the hospital, though it doesn't have the strong medicinal smell.
Gyr is with the Crystal pony kid, wrapped up in a blanket, breathing incredibly hard.
>>637820 ''Now I don't know if I'll bash you or praise you for leaving me behind there, so I guess I'll do both'' I say, walking up to Gyr and giving him a slap in the back of the head ''Good job…Now…'' I turn to the kid ''What happened to him? Did he had a panic attack on the way?''
>>637822 I groan ''Well then what are you good at even? Besides shooting that is…'' I say as I approach the boy, and try to comfort him the same way I used to do with Open Seam when he was much younger ''Crystal ponies…The deal with their emotions, you know…'' I mutter '1d10'
"His name. I really didn't remember it, Crystal pony stuck in my head more. Woah, I should have been more careful. His last name is Emera, a big shot family that brings in a lot of stuff to the city. This might be a good payout after all."
>>637826 ''Rhodon Emera?…Don't remember ever hearing of them…'' I turn to him ''Hmn…I never tested R.E.S.T on crystal ponies…'' I Mutter to myself as I stay close, but let him keep his personal space ''Where is your family? do you remember it?''
>>637827 "Well, you're just a nurse, so I wouldn't expect you to. But they're wealthy enough to forget about entire buildings. I use one of their warehouses too, and they even send in someone to clean it up!" Gyr laughs.
"My family, are they here?" He says, gasping for breath every other word.
>>637829 "Well, something caused him to spazz out and go all Crystal-y is why he got sent in. The Doctor said something else, but then we started getting shot at it and I just focused on my pistol." He moves over to a small refrigertator. "Soda? Should I give one to the kid? Or should we wait while they pick him up?"
>>637831 "That's what the Doc said. I'm sure. Let me tell ya, Magic can be a weird thing. We're all using it, but then stuff like this happens. I mean, if I try to fix my Auto-Cart, will I end up turning to stone or somethin'?"
"As for who is coming to pick him up, probably one of the Johnson's his folk hired. While this'll get them some good PR, they'll probably want to keep everything on the downlow until they, and we, figure out who tried to wack us."
>>637833 "We're paid to do a job. You could have eaily been working with those guys against me depending on who called. Besides, they didn't even touch my feathers. In this industry, you just take the money and keep your head down."
Gyr checks out his Com-Link.
"Make sure the kid is presentable, no holes. They're coming for the kid and to drop off the money."
>>637834 I sigh ''yeah I know…I'm a bit new to this kind of work too…I just hope I can remain in this long enough to get enough money and remain no-strings attached…'' I check onRhodon again, making sure he's all good to go
>>637840 ''Hey, hey hey! Chill a little, both of you, we're getting through this in one piece and together alright? just calm down and let's pick our options, especially you man, I thought you were a proffesional!''
>>637841 "Okay, okay. I just thought I could get my check and be done with this. I still have the cart, maybe I can fly off with the kid and you? But, they're know we're here. They must be expecting that."
>>637858 "I'll get you home, I promise…" I pat his head "But you gotta be a big colt for me alright? I need you to calm down and trust me that you'll be back with your family okay? " I gaze into his eyes to make sure he'll pay attention
>>637860 "ssh… It'll be okay… I know you're a big boy, and big boys don't cry… Now come on… I think I could take you home… Maybe you could be friends with my brother… Too bad it's way too risky…" I take him to a random hotel"
>>637861 As the night presses on, Rhodon actually manages to calm down. He still hyperventilates a few times, but you've seen far worse. You see him crinkle his nose whenever he tries to smell something.
The bathroom is small, only barely able to fit itself and the toilet. even with the usual lack of building enforcement, this one is excessively tiny. The shower barely accommodates you, and a lot of water will be getting on the floor.
>>640829 Professional. You must do this a lot at the clinic.
But while cleaning him up, and getting rid of the hospital smell on him, you notice that he still has some clumps of fur. The Crystals are taking it over, though, since you get a lot of his fur stuck on your hoof.
There is a complimentary towel here. It's questionable, but it is there.
>>640830 For a moment I consider getting him a disinfected towel… But who am I kidding, this is a cheap hotel… I'll just clean him with that and hope he doesn't get STDs or something "How are you holding up kid?"
>>640856 "You gotta show me how to do that!" Seam says, shivering a bit in the night. Rhodon just looks at you for a moment.
"USER: Open Seam. It is cold outside, below your programmed-programmed-programmed tolerance. Please return." The Robot now at the door says, it's camera eye attempting to focus on the three of you. "Are USER:GUESTS coming along? Yes or No?"
>>641099 White lines shift as if in a whirlwind over the large black end of my body other races call a face, signs of a mind lost in thought. Then, air dances through the pores of my upper body, giving a fleeting, dancing voice to those thoughts.
>>641099 >>640857 ''You made a bloody robot?…Wow…Seam I…'' I look up at the robot up and down, a shaky smile forming in my lips before I rush to wrap Open Seam in a hug ''I'm so proud of you!'' I keep hugging him with an arm and use a hoof to give him the noogies ''Making a robot all by yourself huh? God I wish Dad was here, he would be so happy to see that…''
>>641113 ''Of course we can keep it you little nerd! I would complain about you not wanting to do your chores right, but I guess you deserved it after this…How long did it took for you to make him? why didn't you tell me you were making a robot? Did you study about robotics on the internet?''
>>641126 "Not really. We usually had some prepared stuff. What kind of plant is 'Macaroni and Cheese'?" Rhondo asks, poking the food in a scientific manner.
"Kinda. Maybe. I looked at it, but it made my head hurt. Then I just focused on seeing if I could get all the things to connect. When I connected them, it started working." Seam replies, staring at Rhondo now.
>>641136 ''Uh…Alright…'' Let's try to find something he CAN eat then. Fucking picky rich kids
Roll my eyes at Seam ''Look, this is different okay? I'm glad you used your time to do something productive, but it might be dangerous to keep around a robot that you don't understand 100% alright seam?…''
"Uh huh." He replies sarcastically. "No way is the robot going out with you. I bet someone will try to steal him! But where were you all day? Why'd you come so late?" He asks, intrigued and motioning over to Rhodon.
''Seam, I'm trying to be nice with you, but you're making me lose that happiness I had…We'll take the robot to an inspection of parts tomorrow, and if you behave, I can start looking around to get you into a robotics school, alright?''
>>641149 I sigh and relax a little ''I know Seam I know…I wish I had more time to spend with you But mom and dad aren't here anymore… I just want to make sure you will be someone in life, not end up with a mediocre job or in the streets…'' ''I'm just doing this because I worry about you. I don't want any killer robot roaming around the house with you when I'm not here you know?''
>>641155 I sigh ''Maybe I'm just being a little paranoid I guess…Just, be careful with it. It might explode and it's pieces might cut your head off alrigth? I should make sure the parts are also not illegal or something, don't want to get arrested for that…''
I head to get Rhodon a glass of cool water ''It's not spring water though, just plain straight out of the tap water'' I joke
>>641177 ''Yeah…Was a pain to get him here…God I'm so tired…'' I slump down a little, only now realizing how heavy my body feels ''Seam I don't really want to sleep in the couch tonight… Let's share the bed?…''
>>641179 Most people who are into "questionable" material tend to try to hide it.
But not in Cyberspace. Here, the Third Street "importers" have spent a little, by which I mean a lot, of money sprucing it up in the virtual world. Lots of ornate details, even non-standard textures. You can tell by the Avatars passing you by that there are numerous people just looking at their more legitimate goods. But if you go into the "back door", you can meet the Admin and Second Myrmid in Command, 'Dipper'.
"Hey'o, how's it goin'… I mean, welcome to my humble shop, Customer. You seem to have taken a wrong turn."
Smoke everywhere. It's thick, it's hard to breathe. You can't tell if there's a fire though, but you feel an intense pressure on you. You search for a door, or a window, but no matter how far you run, you never get out of it. Until you fall.
>>641191 "The reason I ask is because this one is going to need a bit more meat space work. Someone wants some parts moved in quietly, and we aim to please. I'd send some of my guys, but they're off their rockers, if you get my drift." Dipper's avatar makes an inhalation motion. "Just came up too, but the client seems a little too anxious and specific about times and stuff. Here's his contact info if you're capable."
>>641194 "Haha, knew I could trust you. Sorry to drop this one on you like that, but I really would like to use a third party for this. Besides you, I barely trust the others with stuff more complex than a light switch. With the route I have, you're going to have log into the city's sewer systems to get through."
"And between you and me, the fact that the guy didn't mind his stuff going through Sewer Town sets off all kinds of red flags. I don't have to remind you, but just make sure you wipe all history of being here. But if you get it done, you're going to like the pay."
>>641200 Her eyes go wide, then they just show confusion.
"Where did my life go wrong? When I was a pup?"
Once you finally emerge from the apartment, the smells of garbage and fading paint assault your senses. The place is falling apart, and so are the people. Since you still have to get to the other side of town and then even a little distance out, how will you get there?
>>641201 They wave signs about how Unicorns and Pegasi should be removed from 'proper' society, and get into the faces of a few passing Buffaloes.
You'll have quite an experience if you go through, or will you try to find an alternate way? Roll 2d10
It's morning for you Hawknia, and at least your Com-Link made it through the night without its charger. Gotta get ready to pour those cups of coffee to all those hard working stallions and bulls of Seaddle.
The sun isn't even out yet, but there's plenty of noise outside already. Other early birds and goats can be heard outside, trying to beat the masses at their own games. You can smell breakfast coming in from your open windows, the neighbor ladies know how to stretch that soylent hay.
>>643591 I groan and mimic my manager's voice "Remember to smile Hawknia, and act cheerful, and puff your feathers out, it makes you look soft, customers like soft." Better get myself preened and ready.
>>643592 The Com-Link falls from its stand, reminding you to charge it.
You've got an old feather brush with you, a little stronger than most since it's reinforced with duct tape. The shower was intended for smaller equines, it'll be a tight fit right now, even with your lithe frame.
You'd better hurry if you want breakfast here or to nab something at work, but the clock is running out and your stomach is growling.
>>643594 Such a tiny door to the shower means you always have feathers out of place, but maybe the flight to work will push them back where they need to go. You don't have time for breakfast, or much food left either.
You'll want to be quick if you want to beat the other flyers to the security checkpoint to get into town proper, else you'll have to deal with "him".
>>643596 It's a close flight, with your wings nearly clipping several other flyers and nearly dirtying your work clothes as you flew too close to some apartments. The only problem being that you can small the smog starting to come in, if you were a regular Gryphon, you could have gotten sick.
Arriving at the checkpoint, it's the Zebra guard so far, from the night shift. You've managed to beat most of the rush hour crowds at least, but that just means the holo-ads can be heard at full blast. "ID?" >Lift's hooves with papers "ID?" >Lift's paws with wallet "ID?" He asks you.
>>643598 He just glances at your pretty picture, making sure it matches you, and opens the gate. You're through! Just in time, "he" shows up, flashing his stupid manecut. You can hear the rest of the females sigh in despair and any males with a shred of decency will try to avert their eyes.
Past the checkpoint, it's still pretty lousy, but there are notable efforts to keep this area clean. You're starting to approach the Corporate area, and they do spend some bits to make it slightly presentable. A few trash cans around and a street sweeper can be heard as a Gryphon guard chases a Pegasus checkpoint flyer.
It's smooth sailing to the work place, or so you'd think. Roll for your ability to Notice.
>>643600 You're an Assassin, or at least raised in their ways, since your resume only reads Barista at the moment, but you know when something is up. The trash, it's not regulation bags that are piled up waiting for a dump truck. You can see bits of cable and pipe sticking out of them. There's a smell of manure. Only about 40 feet ahead, right next to the road, with your growling stomach being the only noise you can hear.
>>643602 It's still early, the only people you see are the usual morning workers of WcDonald's next to you and the morning janitors. A few cars pass by, but most of them are loaded with the daily supplies of the massive corporations. What few higher ups pass through here, you can think of 50 places better to wack them.
This isn't the usual hit job, this place is too big, too crowded to be written off. Someone is trying to send a loud message.
>>643604 It's so poorly made that it'll spill out onto the street. It's concealed well enough, but the construction is haphazard. You can see that they loaded extra detonator pipes, but these were definitely their first welding jobs.
It's still early, so there aren't that many people out here, but there are loads of places any of the terrorists could be viewing from.
Or they could have run off if something had caused them to do such a shoddy job, even at the end.
>>643611 Soon, they'll be praising my name in the papers! Metal augmentations? Not if you don't want them! Perfect replicas of limbs today, better bodies tomorrow! Stomachs that eat anything, horns for pegasi… Hahahaha! HAHAHAHAHA
>>643618 She stares at you, then looks at the Unicorn and sighs.
She shoves a sock in your beak with her left hand, then reaches over to your front leg's elbow. She pokes at it, but you only have a strange sensation coming from it.
"Next time you see a bomb like that, leave it alone." She smiles as she pushes ever so slightly and you see the rest of your leg bend in a direction it wasn't meant to.
You have 2 seconds before the pain registers.
>>643619 The dinky knife is a scalpel, it won't do you any good. The COO absconds through the stairs above, but the shooters are mowing down anyone in a lab coat. There's a second set of doors to the operating room, hurry up and pray you don't trip on someone's entrails!
>>643623 I whimper into the sock in pain, but somehow my tail swishes in excitement, this is the first interesting day I've had in years. I'm going to stay awake for all of this. What other entrances to this room are there?
>>643627 You get enough claw nicks on the rope to eventually cut it, after about a minute.
The house is empty, not even homeless people have claimed it. There's some cloth from the bed and a few unopened water bottles. The roof is easy enough to reach, but the sun's location makes it clear that it's way into the afternoon.
>>643628 It's on the way to the roof. Opening the door reveals the hunched over janitor, slightly wimpering.
There are numerous bleding holes visible on his once pristine white fur.
>>643630 This is a poor neighborhood that you look down on. Some kids can be seen running through houses, some warning signs not keeping them away, as they hit the walls and fences with a few pipes. There are few lights out here, it would almost be peaceful and nice if it weren't for the open air sewage treatment plant down a few blocks.
If you were trying to find your hit and runners and chokers, looks like they have a choice of several straight roads out here.
>>643715 There's a couple of cars heading back into the city proper, and most decent folks try to avoid the wild lands where the magic has come back stronger.
Roll a 2d10 to see if you can spot a car with your kidnappers.
>>643717 If the Flying Cart was here, you could use it, but the SMG wielding security guards might object. They point their weapons at you as an out of shape Unicorn yells the first things that come to his head.
"Who are you, and where is the freaking Pegasus team we pay top bits too? I have half a mind to fire them!"
A Diamond Dog Secretary tries to calm him down to no avail.
>>611090 So, I've finally got the cash to pay my bills this month, but in return I've gotta change my look. Again.
At least working at retail's got some benefits for this: I've got ten different sets of clothing styles I can shift into.
What would be a good style? Goth-girl? Nah, I hate being debbie-downer all the time; my job's depressing enough, I don't need to go full emo. Cow-girl? Nah. I ain't got the accent or udders to pull that one off. …Leather-jacket is really old-school biker, but at least it's got some sort of class to it. Maybe I've got other options buried away?
>>643732 "No way, how did you not see this thing!"
"Sorry ponie homie, I totally didn't. It was like you just appeared all of a sudden with the devil behind ya. I've got insurance, give me your papers and I'll have them pay."
"Do I look wealthy enough to have that stuff? Why would I waste money on it!? Ugh, I'm gonna be even later now."
He's got a different mane cut and clothes than your hostage taker did.
"So why do we let him drive again?" Another male voice comes from within.
>>643735 She starts bawling like a pup as several guards turn towards the flashing light and open fire. She doesn't weigh much, but your not exactly an image of physical fitness. It might have looked cool if it wasn't so dangerous.
The Pegasus Cart team is coming in and the idiot COO is jumping up and down trying to signal them.
Bits and pieces of the roof come flying off as the sniper keeps shooting.
>>643738 You'll need something to cover your prosthetics. It's a dead give away if those guards ever pay your area a visit, but you'll need something that can deal with the rain. You've got plenty of jackets and sweaters in your closet, and bags can cover you up and your stuff.
But you didn't forget about your promise, did you?
>>643757 Eh, fuck him. We've got an arrangement of sorts: he don't bitch about me disappearing at odd hours now and then, and I don't bitch about being his self-charging power equipment. If things start falling behind, they can use the actual machines they're fucking supposed to.
It's an apartment, remember? Not really a 'house' to speak of. Not allowed to do much customization to it's appearance on the outside, so I've always left it plain. Still, I should dye my mane a different color; Purple should work. It's all the rage for teens to dye their manes colors that don't fit, so I'd blend right in… Wait, nah, bleach it instead. I need to look like someone I'm not, so the professional look is better. …At least, a lazy professional look.
>>643764 Plenty of 'Beauty' salons willing to change your mane style, and more than a few cart shops would give it a try. Both places would probably snap a picture of their work to show off. It's a pretty late hour, but a few are still open to help the night workers and partiers.
>>643768 Yes, it's a dangerous city, as your elbow can testify. You do manage to kick a can, but no one hears you with all the Mana-cart engines and the occasional out of tune one.
The Heavy-Cart is pretty built up. Even through the heavy window tinting, you can see roll bars in it and a full back seat.
>>643772 I've probably gone to one of the cart shops before for help with my rig, so I'll head to of the the guys I know is chill about this stuff. By which I mean "has enough skeletons in his closet he knows better than to poke around."
>>643779 Orlov is your go to Pony then. Or Donkey in this case. The young kid has performed his share of back alley jobs for people and his stubborn streak gets him into twice as much trouble. But you know his true secret, don't you?
He's washing some of his tools and making sure his hooves are clean. Looks like he has plans.
>>643780 It's the default model most amputees get. Bare bones, in a sense, but it works and doesn't require too much maintenance. Easy for surgeons to get on.
One more thing to notice, this hospital is very clean and quiet. You can make out the nurses gossiping, but there aren't that many more people here.
>>643785 Not a good idea as they are entering the checkpoint, at least. It's still plenty bright out and there's a few security guards who have to pay some lip service to watching plates and the rears of Carts.
What else can you think of to do with this specifically damaged Mana-Cart and the loud music coming from within?
"Come on, I've to a date tonight. Even a machine like you has to have some sympathy and not ask for anything today."
>>643803 "Relax, or you'll hurt yourself. But I can't say anything about anyone being with you, all we have is a transfer order from some little clinic nearby they rushed you to. You should thank the Sisters that you're alive."
>>643805 "Relaaaax, It's nothing big. Just need my mane and tail bleached so some fellas I pissed off don't stick even more metal in me." I lean on his shoulder in a friendly manner. "Just stick me in the back room or something, out of sight, out of mind."
>>643804 There's more than a few Load-Carts you can sneak in to. You've seen the guards do only a cursory look through 'em.
You pick a Load-Cart bringing in Soylent Hay, easy enough to hide in and easily conceals everything about you. Except you aren't the only passenger in the back. You can hear someone else ruffling through the Soylent Hay.
>>643811 You reach into the Soylent Hay and pull yourself out.
You barely struggle as you hold yourself against the wall of this container, looking into your eyes.
What will you do with the you that you are holding?
>>643815 "You wouldn't know her and I don't want you to know her. Some friends of mine sent me her contact info after they spotted her and her friends at some club. But I'm going to tell you because I know how you pry."
"Her name is Khundi."
>>643816 "Oh, that's why that name sounded familiar! It's a shame what happened, since they were such big donors, but Equimethius got bought out after their buildings collapsed. Such a terrible thing to happen, but I'd tell you to forget about them. It was all over the news how they skimped on properly building that facility."
"As much as it pains me to say it, but I'm almost glad that executive who took the building money died when it collapsed."
>>644005 Near the clothing area. Lots of equines pitching saddles and briddles that they swear are name brand and they'll give to you for cheap. The food is sold closer to the center, to force people to pass through their stands. A few are hawking stolen Com-Links and computer parts too.
>>644006 "They, they tried to kill me…" She starts to hyperventilate.
The truck is two carts ahead, trying to get through the security point traffic and onto proper streets.
>>644010 "You're me, you should know, because I'm clearly going crazy here. I can't believe I'm going to die like this, pretending to talk to myself in the back of some dingy Cart." She starts sobbing. "I didn't do anything wrong. I was a good girl…"
A body falls on top of you, then falls to the floor.
It belongs to that Donkey you worked with, when you met Gryph and Binhu.
>>644030 Even your fast healing is going to bench you, try not to mess with it too much.
Getting out of the truck, people can't help but notice the two beat up, extremely similar looking Gryphons that emerge. They give you a wide berth, but everyone in a car is focused on going their own way.
Traffic will ease up once they reach and pass the stop light.
>>644036 "Sorry about that knife, but I could really use your talents. Those guys who broke into our hideout weren't playing around, I had to be saved or I would've been stomped to death. 'Sides, didn't you take an oath to help?"
>>644058 "…" she knows more, but fighting her friends in this state would be a problem.. put a claw on her neck. "I am so tired of hearing just some guy today. Tell me how I'd recognize him or his cart and you can run back to your friends."
>>644062 "I know it's over kill, but I think whoever went after that kid is playing for keeps. Too many Equines, too fast to be anything less than something I want far away from. You understand right?"
>>643821 "…Damn, Sweetie, didn't know you had a thing for chicks bigger than you~. Ah well, let's just get started; the sooner we're done, the sooner you two can get to the good part." Let's head to his back room and start the hair-bleaching process.
>>644110 "Well…" Oh fuck, there's no way I can resist the chance to gossip. I mean, seriously, this might be the only time this year I get the chance. "…She's pretty excited about the upcoming Prom; that alone should tell you a good bit. She's… honestly a sweet girl, which sure ain't common these days, but I don't think she's all that self-secure. Oh, and… buffalo."
>>644112 "We're going to start your physical therapy! You'll be up on your new leg in no time, like it was still there."
She's positively beaming.
>>644113 "Wait, come on. You gotta be messing with me. Please tell me you are lying, that you're gonna laugh at me like you always do. Please, I'm begging here, I'll give you full authorization to say I bought it, because I am."
>>644116 "Oh, I'm laughing all right. Because guess what? Since I run into her every now and then, I'll know if you screw this up. And she'll probably make a point of being annoying for me if you do. Which means I'd come and break your leg for being such an asshole." I give him an ear-to-ear grin. "So have fun tonight, Sweetie! I'm rooting for ya."
>>644118 "Don't worry about being out of the job until later. You managed to get covered by their insurance before they got bought out, so think of this as a vacation! Catered meals, prepared beds, a personal trainer, and free cable!"
>>644119 "NOO! Come on, she's underage to hoof? You know how much trouble that could get me into? Not even the Corps have enough money to bail me out from it. There has to be some way you'll let me call this off!"
>>644122 "Seriously? You're worried about her being underage? She's in high school, man, most kids these days pop their cherry around that age, it's not like anyone's gonna tattle on you. Besides, I was getting shot at earlier today; you don't get to talk to me about getting into trouble."
How old's this guy anyway? I'm getting the impression he's still pretty early on in years himself.
>>644125 How many rooms and windows? Anything we can use a rope? '1d10+1' look for rope "We find out what the hell is going on." I reply coldly to the dog "Pull up the picture of your hit, maybe I recognize him or something." Take a brief moment to check on my double, tapping her shoulder. "Sister, can you keep watch? Do you feel okay?"
>>644124 "You like those too!? They're my favorite ones, even my kids like them!" She starts clicking on her Com-Link. "The Nurse said we had to be prepared, and I have it somewhere here. Ah, they were bought out by Raiku and a couple of other companies. They've been on the news lately."
>>644129 Take one of the blankets for a rope and tie him up. "Someone up the foodchain tried to have you killed. Had your friend killed. We need a chance a lead.. My sister's tired, will you keep watch Miss Paws?"
>>644128 "You knew you were risking her wrath when you agreed to this blind date." Damn, this guy really can't catch a break when it comes to the ladies, can he? "Fine, you've been a pal, so I'll help. Got any ideas how you wanna stand her up?"
>>644130 "Yeah, he just killed my partners. Be prepared to hear a bang."
Your counterfeit looks at you wide-eyed.
"Please stop, this joke isn't funny. I want to go home…"
>>644131 "I called her already, did the whole smooth operator thing. She can call me at anytime. You're mostly girl, come on, there has to be something you'd know so this doesn't get any weirder than it has to be."
>>644133 "Dude, guys take one look at me and run. On top of that, I'm a bitch, so I'm at a loss on how to deal with girls like her other than "smile, nod, and imagine strangling her." Whatever you come up with is better than what I can."
Once my hair's bleached, I'll get out. I did warn him at least, so that's favor enough.
>>644137 "I'm going to ask him what he knows.. What kind of a mess we're in.." "Its going to be okay.." ease her into the smelly bed. "Just rest, we may have to run again sooner than we like, so rest while you can."
>>644144 "…" I don't reply about the sister comment, its a good cover to say I'm related to this doppelganger at least. Instead I'll focus on the captive, standing imposingly over him, with his own gun pointed at him if possible. "Hey there. We took all your toys so don't think about trying anything."
>>644144 I'll spend the next few hours figuring out exactly how to make my latest cash influx go the furthest, which bills need paying first, how much I need to put towards stuff to keep from having interest added… you know, life stuff.
>>645441 "Oh. You see I promised my friend she could kill you, you did kill her lover after all.. I think she went to get some wires or something first.. wanted to make it more fun.. I mean I told her to back off, that I wanted to try talking to you first.. but if you want to be unreasonable, I'll just let her have her fun.."
>>645445 >Message Opened 1/2 "Hey you walking pile of scrap, why didn't you show up today? Don't give me any excuses, just get over here *an audible crash can be heard* before I burn down the store myself. The new guy you were supposed to train just knocked down our baby section." >Message Opened 2/2 "Oy, Sheeva, it's me, Cunic. Hey, I know it's short notice, but could I get you to help me out over here at the 'Yard? I, uh, need your physical, uhm, abilities for a task. Seriously, how am I supposed to ask about that. Anywho, give me a hoot when you can. Preferably soon."
>>645446 "And what would you know about 'honor'? You're just another disposable criminal who does work for money."
>>644144 "He'll be okay! Get the mop and a glass of water!" I go help him out, Patting his back "Calm down… Deep breaths, come on…" I say before groaning once I hear the sirens "Ugh Fuck! Seam go see what is going on outside!"
>>645447 I roll my eyes a little. "Yea, I wish I could say I do that. I'm unemployed at the moment, thanks to these guys. Its a bit of a pain in the ass to be honest with you. And even if I do get a new job, I'll have to start completely fresh, get all the shitty assignments, the ones that involve sitting in the smog and sun for hours.."
>>645447 Since when do I work in Resources? I'm not licensed to train anyone in the first place! I've been trying to show the new guy the ropes, but he won't listen for shit because "you're not my manager, I'm just here to do my job," blah blah fucking blah… How good does this construction guy usually pay?
>>645456 Okay. Now I start to get irritated. Growl in his face and put a claw on his heart. "Look here pony. All day people have been telling me 'its just some guy' 'some people' 'someone' and I swear, I'll tear you to pieces if you give me that vague crap again. Now. Who do you work for?"
>>645456 You know that saying about spoons, vinegar, and sugar? Retail always has something going wrong, and they always have people and money to fix it with. I'm headed over to the yard to help Cunic out.
>>645459 "Away from what? What makes you so superior to Equestrians? How are you not a lowly criminal? Just because you didn't pull the trigger? Hiring an assassin is the same as murdering them, legally and morally."
>>645461 I sigh. "Right. You're still randomly guessing at who I am, for some reason. But we took all your things, so you can't be recording this. And you should have blown yourself up by now I'm guessing. So that family you want to die for things you're dead. I don't get it. Why keep trying to help them, they clearly aren't coming back… I know a bit about being left alone too. In case you were wondering that. "
>>645458 It's a bit of a hassle to get to the Yard he's working at, but the reason you'd work for him quickly shows itself. The poor Owl Gryphon is practically bathing in sweat.
"Sheeva, so glad to see you! Can I offer you some water? Some, err, oil? Is that okay? Anyways, I need your help! Some hooligans trashed my machines, and you're the only one who can get here fast enough to help me move forward! Please tell me you'll do it! I'll pay double!"
>>645463 "Heh, looks like you're the one in need of a water break here, Cunic. My boss at the mart won't be happy about this… Eh, he's always cranky anyway. Take a break while I see what I can do." All right, what's wrong with his machines?
>>645465 "Sabotage! Malfeasance! Black catbirds and other ill omens! My machines were sabotaged, and all I have right now is you! We're getting a few mechanics in to fix the cut wires, but I can't fall behind schedule too much."
He throws himself at your hooves.
"Your body! Your beautiful, mechanical body! Please, use it to help me get everything in place for the work crews. I need to do everything I can to not fall behind. Please!"
>>645466 An Assassin like you knows a bit about them. They're a foreign gang, just another collection of criminals and killers looking to make a buck under the guise of honor.
Roll a d10 to try and recall specific things.
"I'm just clean up, that should be obvious to idiots like you." He gets kicked in the groin bu the Dog, who yells a set of expletives at him.
"SHUT UP, PLEASE SHUT UP AND STOP THIS!" Your imitator calls out in tears.
>>645467 "They brought her outside, and she's sitting down. They have one of those water bag things in her now."
Rhadon is calming down now. "Sorry about the milk…"
>>645468 '1d10' maybe I can recall something useful.
"Stop hitting him already, that's not going to work." I push her to the side. "Okay, so you're delusional. Or perhaps a little mad. I'm upset too, haven't had anything to eat today. You know a good place? Maybe a nice neighponese place, maybe one we can drop your body off at so your clan can find it?"
>>645469 Your old corporation had a grudge with them, since they worked for the competition. They'd kidnap workers and sneak supplies around. You've popped a few of them and their underlings.
Except you also know they often did dispicable side jobs along the way. Supplies would be brought alongside smuggled slaves, kidnapped workers would often be drugged with narcotics they massed produced. These guys had turned crime into a business.
"Now you show your true feathers. Do it quickly, stop wasting my time. My clan will find out and they'll hunt you down."
>>645470 You keep the cheek coloring under control.
"These machines need other machines to open them," he sighs, "but I'll fall even further behind if I wait for everything to be brought in. Use your strength to, uhm, open the hood. Yes, that'll do, so that those mechanics can get to work as soon as they get here. And if you can, help me with…" He gives you a load of other tasks to take care of.
As you approach the Ambulance, you can see that the lights have been turned off. One of the Medical Zebras is even smoking! Miss Lamancha is sitting on her stairs, the other Donkey Paramedic just filling out the forms while the IV tube pours itself inside her.
>>645472 "If you're a Typhoon. I have no choice but to kill you anyway. Or you're just come back and do something horrible, like your clan always does. I mean, they left you to die, but you seem bend on going back. So I have to." Hold the gun steady and turn the safety off. "Any last requests?"
>>645473 Because it is heavy, hard, outdoor work. Your gears and muscles stress themselves to open up the vehicles. They didn't make it easy for anyone to open them. Several port-a-potty Cunic wanted you to move tipped over and leaked out. Some of the regular tools have been stolen. The thick fog rolls in, messing upi your hair and machine parts. Then you hear Cunic.
"No, it can't be you! Why, why, I haven't done anything wrong enough to deserve this!"
He's running into his office, away from the goofy looking Earthy with massive glases and missing teeth.
"Hiya!" She yells out shortly before tripping over her own hooves.
>>645475 "Balikun. At least remember my name when you are torn apart."
>>645476 The smoking Zebra turns his head towards you, then goes back to his cigarrete. The Donkey paramedic, who looks like she hit a bottle of gin earlier and it fought back, replies: "Just another case of not drinking enough water. An IV should get her back and running in no time." She says disinterested.
And then Lamancha starts throwing up and screaming.
>>645482 "Yea.. but we can't go to your home.. they came after you." I think and guide her further away. "We could try my home…" Then I faceclaw. "But that stupid bitch took my ID earlier I bet she lost it in the fire too."
"Wow, they really did a wonder on them. Hmph, I bet it was one of them…" She adds, in a disgruntled tone. "If you can stay over here, I might need some help with these. Keep your hoof on this part, it'll probably fall."
>>645484 "Here, maybe we can use mine." She ruffles her wing feathers and out falls her ID.
"I keep forgetting it, so I carry it that way. Good thing I'm such a klutz, right?" Desperate eyes look at you as she holds the card up.
>>645496 Stare at her innocence for a long moment. "I'm an assassin. I was engineered to do it. That's what they told me. They told me that they made me for it, and that It was expensive. Then the company went down, and they forgot about me. Not really their fault, since I was a ghost and completely off the record." Spread my wings and fly off slowly so she can keep up.
>>645508 She has an ID. She can just walk through. "Hey, maybe my life was a lie, and they stole me from your family! Chin up." Pat her on the back with a grin. "Now just go through the gate, and I'll find a way to the other side. Keep going a bit that way until you're out of sight of the guards."
>>645515 She's glowing with pride as she fixes her glasses.
Then her leg pops open and she pokes herself in the face.
"They work! They work!!" Cunic cries out in joy. "And you, you have redeemed yourself!" He shouts out as he yells out and hugs Sella. "For you, as agreed." Cunic brings over a Cred-Stick with the agreed on fee.
>>645516 "Hey, you paid for my body, the least I could do is make sure you got the full benefit~" I grin and give him a sultry wink as I take the cred-stick. "Whenever you get that need you can't take care of yourself, just give me a call."
>>645499 Dammit! "Seam, goddammit,I… G-go get me my emergency kit on my room!" I panic slightly as I don't know what to do… Hopefully they will get that lady out of here and his pain will stop… If not.. Well, I'll have to go there myself Though I am not sure if I will be able to stop her pain…
>>645519 Open Seam quickly retrieves your kit, having been on the receiving end of it before. You've got a few tranquilizers on hoof, though nothing as strong as what they were giving him in the hospital. The ambulance sirens start blaring, added to the noise with the screams.
>>645521 It puts up a lot more resistance than it should. Enough so that you can hear his voice walking through the line.
It's giving way, you can hear the insides giving, just a little more.
>>645522 Your Com-Link is blaring with messages. You're likely going to be there all night if you go in.
He comes into view, that spiky haired horn horse. He inspects some of the Equestrians in line, mostly the female ones. You can see his horn glow and it isn't hard to understand where the magic is going.
>>644144 >>644143 The treatment goes well. The leg has most of the kinks worked out, and the rest of your body recovers as well.
Right now, you're waiting in the hospital lobby for the Goat Nurse to bring you your discharge papers. Your Com-Link is fully charged.
>>645531 Just a little more detailed than what was told to you. A few weeks ago, some of the flammable supplies brought to the building exploded. Since the facility's construction and maintenance money was stolen by the CFO and others in the company, it collapsed, killing most of the employees there.
The company was bought out by a conglomerate, efectively eviscerated by multi-nationals. The lions share went to Raiku, its mentioned.
>>645532 I chuckle and shake my head. "Heh. Never had a choice in whether you got them or not; I know what that's like. You need to take anti-rejectants, or that not a problem you've gotta worry about anymore?"
>>645536 The Sister's can get you a job for them. Nowhere near the most advanced stuff, but they're always understaffed and could use someone with your training.
You might try G.O.A.T., but coming from a former competitor might give them pause.
Roll for memory, 2d10, if you want more.
>>645537 "I have to take a lot of other ones. Sometimes it feels like I'm a machine with organic parts added on instead, you know? Like they wanted a way to make a metal body move and this was the best option, huh?" She laughs before sighing.
>>645538 "I'll give the idiot that. Worst part for me is that he does a better job than my own husband."
She gives a few injections to the area and hoofs you some painkillers.
"Just stay off of it, and you'll be fine. Since you can fly, shouldn't be too much of a hassle, just be careful. And here." She also gives you a sandwhich and a soda from her lunchbox. "I usually try to hide a bite or two during the night shift, but you'll need it more than I will. You can eat it on the Mana-Cart. You'll be home in no time. Get some sleep."
>>645539 "So what? Yeah it sucks having to take meds and constantly aching everywhere, but there's payoffs too. Like, I can walk anywhere I want. I can run. I can do it better than most ponies, for crying out loud! I just wish it had been by choice. That, and if they'd just asked permission first." Eh, why not get a decent-sized meal for myself? I've earned it.
>>645523 Those tranquilizers are the best I have right now so it'll have to do for now… "Seam, we're gonna have to soothe him until the ambulance takes Lady Whatshername away! Hold him down so that he won't hurt himself, got it?!" I start preparing the shot
>>645546 >>645547 You flash back towards when you were running in the building. The dead dudebro, he starts standing up despite being full of holes.
"Hey, a friend of mine said he was interested in people with your skill. If you need extra money and don't want to pay tax, give him a call at YYY-YY-YY-YYY."
>>645548 You recall that he still has areas of fur that haven't turned to Crystal yet. The needle goes in smoothly as the ambulance pulls away at the same time, but he's still breathing with difficulty.
>>645549 She looks out the door and then back at you with a disinterested look.
"He's on the phone, playing some game. Just tell him when you're ready."
>>645550 "Sucks huh. Some of my friends go forever between jobs and are alright at the end of it." >"Hey, it's me, Papillon. I got a weird message to send you some coordinates from a dude calling himself 'Stripes'. Said you might need them if the heat was on you? You know what that's all about and should I burn all trace of this in my system?"
>>645564 "Not exactly mine, its the guards. One of them is real friendly with me and arranged it when he saw I was hurt.. I could" I yawn a bit. "Sneak behind or something while you ride in the open.. wouldn't be hard.. I'll give you the address and stuff.."
>>645569 >Spitting sounds can be heard, and some unintelligible yelling on the other side of the line.
"No way, now he convinces someone else from there. Okay, I don't know how much you were told, but we could use someone like you. But, uhm, don't be mad if we're kinda cautious about this. Please. But if you're serious, can you come to this address? I'll send you the link, got it?"
>>645570 "Just as expected from my big sister, to always think of everything.
>>645857 "Alright Cita… I'm Hawknia." Sit on the bed feeling safe for the moment. "Today? I went to work, at my boring job at the coffee shop. Today. I never got to work. Today, I made a promise to you to help you." Pat the spot next to me "How about we trade stories. I'll tell you why I didn't make it work, and then you tell me what happened to you before I found you."
>>645861 I blink and put a hoof to my ear ''What was that Seam? Did you said you wanted aspargus soup for breakfast tomorrow?'' I say, hoping he will get the message then turn back to Rhodon ''Well…I'm sure he'll understand, I'll just explain myself that I was just doing my job as a nurse and we'll have a calm adult conversation I hope…He's a reasonable guy, right?''
>>645866 "So.. I was on the way to work, I had to hurry, barely had time for my shower, no breakfast, and my comm device was dead because I forgot to charge it.." I go on with these ordinary details for a while, trying to make her feel comfortable. "..and Then I spotted an oversized trashbag on the side of the road, not regulation, and it has these pipes sticking out of it. It was a bomb, and it was going to hurt a lot of people. I tried to disarm it, but I'm a little out of practice so it went wrong, It broke open, I was covered in shit, and I had to think quickly, I dug down to the sewer and pushed the bomb in so it couldn't activate.. then it all went black. I was captured by the dog and her unicorn friend. They questioned me for a little bit, but they clearly didn't know what they were doing.. Left me alone and I escaped easily, and followed them. That's when I met you."
>>645871 "But you're used to it, aren't you? Me, I was just a Secretary. I woke up, I fly to work, I take counts and orders, and then I go home. I don't expect to be jumped by, goons in suits when I get asked to go help a client. I don't know how to handle being kicked repeatedly. How was I supposed to deal with being left for dead after the car they threw me out of got hit…"
>>645877 "Just boring black and blue suits. I probably have, had the same ones if I looked hard enough in my closet. I know where they were, since I still remember the address, but it's a blur after that. I remember there being a Mana-Cart accident, but nothing else. I'm sorry."
>>645878 "Is it okay if we do it from your work? I don't get out much, and I want to see the city before I have to go!" Rhodon asks eagerly.
>>645880 "Hhmmnn… It might be dangerous Rhodon… This place has all sorts of bums, weirdos and possible muggers going about… Are you sure?" I walk up to him, lowering my head so he looks at me in the eyes to show that this is serious
>>645881 "Yeah, well sort of. I worked for Protocera, we shipped and sold drug stuff." She stops for a moment, catching herself. "Medical chemicals, we're legit. But sometimes stuff is important, and it isn't unlikely for us to be sent to supervise, to make sure stuff doesn't get cut, you know. I was picking something up from Cicon Supplies, since my boss just sent me there in a huff, and I'll mark the location if you have a map, or a computer."
>>645888 I roll my eyes "Sort of… But if we get cornered by two or three dudes With guns, we're both Fucked… They won't think of sparing us from a mugging just because you're a kid… But you behaved well and since you said you were feeling better… Alright… But pay attention and for the love of Celestia don't leave my side for a second, okay?"
>>645890 It's one of the warehouses in the middle of the 'Iceburg', a holding area for stuff that came off the boats.
"I just don't understand, it's not like I ever did anything wrong? I had all my paperwork, I mean I would get drunk sometimes, but I never did anything bad that I can remember."
Blood starts appearing on her beak.
"Why can't I remember?"
>>645891 He practically runs around the house in the blink of an eye. He's got one of Open Seam's hoodie sweaters on before you can note him moving towards it. It's a muggy day, with plenty of rain in the forecast.
>>645899 You're dressed and prepped. The city is actually looking lively and all the stalls and stores are open with their fancy neon lights. Rhodon spends more time looking at the mundane, every day things.
"There! Over there! What are those?!" He yells out as he points his hooves towards some chickens.
>>645572 >>645573 You managed to make it to your regular job, where the manager was ready to rip you apart, but all the animals getting loose in the pet department took him away quickly before he could insult your new appearance.
A few days of incognito work go by before Cunic gives you a call. >Pick up? >Go on with your day?
>>645915 Show her the real picture, at least I have real memories of it! "Here's one, I remember this place, used to go there to socialize, there was this cute scientist there, and a really annoying pegasus pony, thought he was the best at disarming bombs and ladies."
>>645913 "Thank the Sisters in the Sky you picked up. I've got some propositions for you, any of which would be good for me, since some things at the company have come up."
He offers several jobs. >Help move some containers at the Shipyard to a truck >Pull Guard duty at the Yard, but there have been some hecklers he warns >Deal with some deliveries on a Cart, point being that his less than trusty cousin will be with you
>>645918 "I think I can make sure that cousin of yours behaves himself. Just tell me where I need to go." Much as I'd like to teach the kids messing with his gear a lesson, standing around is boring. This way, I can help him out and maybe bust some skulls!
>>645921 "Yea, that did happen, he got into a fight with.. what was her name.. Iris? He was always hitting on her, I wish I had seen it actually happen, would have been satisfying, but I heard she bucked him with both her back hooves and he only dodged one."
>>645932 "Hah, Cousin is always working hard and he must have a good eye for others like him. That means we'll be taking it easy in no time! Now, I need a guard, but I don't need a guard, exactly. Company doesn't want to spend for one, and I can outfly even Wonderbolt, but the papers here, they weigh a ton. Drop it on a Dragon and, POOF, dead dragon! Just, the city can be troublesome, like a lady. Nice and stable, then you are on the floor being kicked around because you had another girl on the side."
"Now, enough chat, let us get our work done so I can bill the Company while we nap."
>>645933 "But, I can't remember anything else. That's the thing. I should have a memory of what I did after school. Who had their parents come pick them up. A book report! Some homework! That was it, that's all I remember! Just some snippet of your life. Where is mine?"
>>645939 I should but I can't just run away with him… Can I? "Excuse me? What the hell are you talking about?" I try to feign confusion, although I honestly don't know what they are talking about… I don't remember talking shit about anyone… Also make sure to stay in front of Rhodon, if they try anything with him, they'll have to get through me
>>645936 "..Um.. Do you remember.. Golden Beak? I used to sneak out and see him, he was a baker, I met him when I was 15, doing some scouting practice at the market, I slipped on mud and he helped me up. I didn't tell anyone about that, because we were supposed to be perfect in the field, and went back that night to make sure he wouldn't tell.. and I saw him prepping the next day's sign for the bakery. Four years we dated in secret."