A New Team Leader & A New Chapter Begins

Sofia Nikecrates
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08 Oct 2017, 04:57 #31

“I can keep an eye on things from here.” Sofia said, keeping a grip on Argyros all the while as she tapped into the bow’s power. She also switched the comms on so she could hear the chatter from the ground team as well as those on surveillance, and used her climbing apparel to get to a good vantage point on another building once the copper had landed. “Let me know if you want a closer yet more discreet look st something; I have a good spot from here.” All that was left was to wait for word on any action, be it supernatural or normal.
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Christopher Blake
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08 Oct 2017, 06:25 #32

Rune bumped his fist to Spartan's with a smile and a nod. He figured a sign of camaraderie would help to raise team morale. He knew that sometimes raising spirits too high could lead to overzealousness, but everyone in this squad possessed a degree of experience and expertise rivaled by only the most experienced and gifted within the Crusaders' upper echelons of active agents. Thinking on Spartan's military experience and weapons training, Hanzo's fabled blade and mastery over techniques thought impossible by the world at large, the mythical Argyros wielded by Moonlight as the divine will of the Goddess of the hunt, and whatever the Hel this new guy - "Think he said his name was Mike...." - wore over his arm. If not for the previous several months' activities centering around the hunting and dispatching of almost every known supernatural menace native to this and even a couple other realities, Chris may have actually felt outmatched.

As the group took off toward Germany, Rune closed his eyes to center his mind, body, and spirit, thankful for a moment that all the teleporters must be tied up with other business. For once, Rune and his fellow Crusaders would arrive before tourist season and he'd have an opportunity to prepare some of the arcane power embedded within his own flesh. Using his left hand to activate the spells as his rotting right hand gripped the battle axe, Christopher traced the ancient runic letters of the Elder Futhark hidden in Ouroboros encircling his neck. This activated his blessings of resistance against magic and psychic attacks, which could always come in handy. Recently Chris found himself able to channel those same energies into resistance against kinetic energy, an ability that proved rather useful when trading blows.

When the bubble landed, Chris considered his options and activated another spell by touching the proud and ancient Ash tree on his right forearm. A technicolor rainbow of arcane light lit the runes hidden away in the layers of ink all across Chris's exposed arms, chest, neck, and back. When the light subsided until only the iridescent glow of a pale blue flared from the sockets where his eyes used to be, it became clear to see that Chris's tattooed flesh now more resembled dark gray stone with a seemingly endless script chiseled upon it as if Chris himself were an animated runestone. The hair on his face and head retained it's graying, auburn color but its texture more resembled strings of tiny pebbles. Hands of stone tested the battle axe's grip as Rune set his glowing eyes on Hanzo. His voice echoed with the otherworldly rasp of grating stone as he spoke.

"Well, with all those eyes in the sky I reckon that makes us the ground team. If it's all the same to you, it ain't the best idea to let these things gang up on ya. I think we oughta stick together on this one."

Rune turned his head to the left, thinking he heard something odd coming from the east.

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08 Oct 2017, 21:24 #33

Zahava focused on her job. The others there didn't understand did they? Of course, most people would have no problem compartmentalizing their emotions in order to do their job. Zahava couldn't. She would be too emotionally unstable to be able to do much. Instead she did as she was told.

It helped, really, to focus on something else. She crosschecked any location that fit the parameters. Making a note of them, she repeated any location that seemed appropriate. Of course, not that there were many that fit the parameters. And so her mind would start to wander. Only to be pulled back again forcefully be Zahava. Don't think, don't feel. Just do your job. She kept repeating to herself.
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Caesar Drake
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09 Oct 2017, 00:17 #34

The group took off to Stuttgart. Stone carried the bulk of the team while Seraph flew herself. It could have been a faster trip but neither of them had the skill to make it. By the time they flew into the city, Audra had confirmed the four different trainyard locations for them.

As Stone set the other members of the team down on the tallest building, Seraph continued on toward the trainyard that was located the farthest north. As she continued on, Stone started making sweeps over the city of people. Sergeant and Moonlight settled into positions from the roof of the eight story building. Rune and Hanzo had to find a door just to start heading down to the street.

Things seemed well coordinated but with the number of people in the city it was a much more difficult then if it had been deserted except for their quarry. It would take the duo descending at least a few minutes to reach a floor with an elevator on it or they could continue using the stairwell.

Seraph discovered the northernmost trainyard to be unoccupied which meant it had to be one of the two to the west of the city or the one on the east side. There a number of different approaches they could take. The building they had been placed on was in the center of town so they would have to make a decision as to their next course of action.

"In game terms, reality is broken." - Patrick Kapera, Crafty Games, creator of Spycraft, FantasyCraft and the MasterCraft game system

War is changing. Killing, however, is constant.
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Brian Stone
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09 Oct 2017, 19:56 #35

Stone shook his head in frustration at finding no results, "This isn't working. Sergeant, coming back to your location for pick up. You and I will move to one of the west side rail roads and investigate there. Be ready."

The group would see the dim light of Stone coming in fast from the north, and a beam shoot out to the roof. It would soon be followed by Sergeant wrapped in a similar light following Stone's figure. The two would arrive quickly at the designated rail yard. Stone set the old soldier down and immediately scanned the immediate area for any signs of the trolls. Sergeant moved to find a new location to check for signs of life.
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Christopher Blake
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13 Oct 2017, 06:01 #36

"Just a couple of damn birds... but still..."

Chris missed a good look at the birds as they took flight amidst the odd shadows cast by the two lightbearers. The image of two North Forest ravens perched on a barbed wire fence flashed in Chris's mind, then three words painted in red: Please close gate. Feeling thunderstruck, Rune turned his head back toward Hattori.

"Let's head to the eastern yard. I'll borrow a bit of Zoran's speed to help me along. If you got a faster way down besides jumpin', I suggest ya take it. We can regroup outside the yard."

Rune's altered voice echoed slightly as he stowed the battle axe behind his back. Chris barely waited for a confirmation before he drew a finger on his right hand around the charging bull elk carved into the stonelike flesh of his left bicep. Even in this form, the scar running across the back of Rune's right hand appeared as a deep, porous flaw in the stone. A faint scraping sound cut through the air before the rainbow light returned, this time in the form of an Aurora swirling around Rune. The man who'd been an addictionologist in another lifetime rushed with Zoran's lightning speed toward the roof exit, leaving a technicolor tracer in his wake.

As he descended the stairway in a blur, Chris struggled to maintain his focus. Beneath stone skin, the desire to confront the fabled huntsman consumed. Chris thought he'd missed a step as he went over his plans. Hardly even considering the more immediate threat of trolls as he tried to avoid an opening door, Chris attempted to correct himself before remembering something Zahava said about compartmentalising. He heard a raven's caw in the back of his mind as those three words stuck with him again, this time more warning than memory: Please Close Gate.

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Celestia Johnson
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13 Oct 2017, 13:38 #37

“I’ll take the northern yards, then check the west one.” Seraph spoke over the comms as she made her way there, scanning the area once she arrived. Nothing on her ‘demon senses’ indicated that something was here, in fact, it didn’t look like there was anyone here in quite a while, quite abandoned. That was a bit of a relief, which helped narrow their search by at least a quarter of the way.

Heading southwest to the next point of inquiry, she reported in to the team. “Nothing on the northern site. Checking the western one now. Rune, are you going to be alright?” She asked, concerned. She realized he may be new to the team although his record stated that he had been in the thick of things before. If what Celestia has read up on him was true, then they were of a similar kindred spirit having div Be-inspired powers and yet being weak to at least one serious flaw. “If you need me to, I can regroup with the rest just in case this place may be the spot...”
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Sofia Nikecrates
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16 Oct 2017, 01:34 #38

Taking up position, Sofia had a good view of the mentioned areas. Tapping her comlink, the Grecian archer chimes in. “If you have need of my services anywhere, I can hitch a ride to your location. Until then, I can remain here and have eyes on all sites; the empty ones may be that was because the personal n has not returned yet?” She proposed, zooming into the site to the south. Sure she should be with the others, but due to her skills, it was better from afar and not give the opponent the satisfaction of seeing her. Besides, Sofia knew she was good, and with her patron deity at her side, there was no way she could lose. Speaking of which...

”Great Huntress, I beseech thee, grant thy sacred bow victory in the hunt this day. May those that defile our allies be smitten by thy arrows. Allow thy champion to honor thee in victory, and to pass that glory to thy homeland. Virtuous Maiden of the Hunt, I pay thee homage in all my actions.” This was said in her native tongue after muting the comms; no sense in having her teammates here something they couldn’t understand (well, maybe one of the could, or two if one counted the one with the strange symbols tattooed on him). Her petition finished, the search resumed, determined to find some trace of Aura...or the cursed spawn that took her.
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Christopher Blake
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16 Oct 2017, 04:09 #39

Rune's feet stomped down the stairwells with the repeating rapidity of a needle working on a sewing machine. He felt that little splash of stomach acid burn against his esophagus as he pumped his legs as hard as possible. "Really shoulda brought some Tums..." he reminded himself, just like his doctor told him. Chris tried to remember the last time he had a check up. Typically, a reservist must clesr a standard physical exam to return to active duty, but a Bravo leader's life typically didn't hang in the balance. Whether Chris planned to take any orders from Aura made little difference. "No more dead Crusaders."

"Funny. You think as if you possess some say in the matter."

"Ain't I? And who -

"Verily! But he must know he does not!"

"Oh, no..."

"Indeed, brave Son of Odin! Revel and rejoice, for surely thou doth knoweth what fine company thou host!"

"Heckle 'n' Jeckle..."

"One might think you'd learn to use our proper names by now, Christopher ."

"Indeed! For it is known!"

"If y'all wanna bother me now, could ya do me a favor and cut the bullshit?"

"Aw... You're know fun!"

"Now, don't you think that's stretching it?"

"...Know. I don't!"

"I really do hate all y'all."


Having lost track of how many floors he'd cleared, Chris was more than grateful to hear the voice of a (half) angel hail him on the comms channel. After considering the pros and cons of having the added support in the eastern yards, Chris replied in his altered voice.

"Masa and I can manage, Seraph. Appreciate the offer, but we oughta have our flyers scanning them two spots in the west." Rune called into the comm-link, now addressing the team's archer. "Moonlight, can you give the eastern yards a thorough lookover? I don't want to run into anything blind." Chris finally hit the lobby floor, and left the team with some final words before he hit the streets. "If anyone spots anything from afar, let's regroup before we follow up. If we go in, we should go in en masse . And if anyone happens across that son of a bitch Algair before I do -" Rune passed through the lobby doors.

He found himself in the ghostly environment of Germany's Black Forest at night. Chris remembered flying along and high above the forest on his way into the city, but it had been earlier in the day then, or so he thought. Where else would all that light have come from? Chris found himself unable to answer his own question. Exotic fauna lit up the ground like a liquid lava lamp, and Chris fought waves of nausea as his feet threatened to sink into the day glo marshmallow ground beneath his bootsoles.

"This isn't right!" Chris yelled (or was he singing?) out loud. And it wasn't. Chris hadn't been in the Black Forest since that hell hunt with Spartan. "When was that?" Worry about it later. We need to talk.

Chris continued upon the psychedelic terrain as best as he could manage until he finally came upon a fence made of strings of barbed wire that lit up like fireflies. Chris followed the fence for what seemed like days or at least yogurt until he came to a gate upon which strobed a red neon sign. PLEASE CLOSE GATE said The Sign. But someone hadn't listened, and left the gate ajar, waiting. Christopher Blake accepted the invitation, and stepped into The Dreaming once again.

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Caesar Drake
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17 Oct 2017, 03:17 #40

As Rune and Hanzo started making their way down the stairwell, Stone carried the Sergeant to one of the western train yards. The early evening meant the city was starting to feel the sunset, especially this time of year. Some people started scurrying at the site of Stone's arrival. Sergeant landed soft enough and the few people around the trainyard looked a little surprised at their arrival. <"Hey! Who are you? Why are you?">

Seraph made a search through the buildings at the Northern trainyard. Her appearance surprised many people but Seraph had been around Europe enough in her earlier dealings with the team that she was well-known enough by appearance. Nothing seemed amiss so she turned quickly toward the other West location.

As Rune and Hanzo started their way down from the eighth story rooftop, Rune activated something to give him some additional speed. At his request, Moonlight scoped into the trainyard to the East. It seemed deserted but would take some time to get to on the ground. In the shadows of one of the buildings, there was a few forms visible but it could not be discerned what they were. Abruptly, they disappeared from sight entirely.




(OOC: Yellow = German)
"In game terms, reality is broken." - Patrick Kapera, Crafty Games, creator of Spycraft, FantasyCraft and the MasterCraft game system

War is changing. Killing, however, is constant.
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