As the group stepped through Feint's portal, they would find themselves in the Deleted portion of the Gigamerican Network.
The network wasn't entirely void of form, as one would have expected it to be, but it appeared to be in a deteriorating state of being. The area was constantly fluctuating and flickering as if the entire network was glitched. This must have been what it meant for a network to be considered "Deleted".
The sky was black and void, and the landscape seemed like nothing more than green and cyan-blue wireframe replicas of the boulders and mountains that used to be there. Some multi-colored blocks of data floated around the skies like clouds and others painted the "mountains" and other parts of the area.
There were still some pieces and fragments of the network that seemed normal, like a small lump of dirt of a patch of grass here and there, but they were few and far between. After the ONB released their jurisdiction from this area, viruses swarmed and destroyed it, making it what it has become today. This would be the result of every network had the ONB not fought off virus attacks on a daily basis.
Amidst this once-mountaneous region, the group found themselves at the foot of what appeared to be a "path" -- or more like a corridor -- between two mountains... or, what used to be mountains.
It kind of just begged for them to walk down it.
" That path should lead you into the enemy base. You're already inside of the Debilitating Field they're generating, so you must be pretty close. Just follow it in there and it shouldn't be long before you find it."
Feint radioed in, and she spoke as if she'd been here before... maybe she had?
She was able to see what was going on since the Navi Packs worn by each group member transmitted some sort of visual data back to Feint. It was difficult to explain, but she had a bird's eye-view of the group's vicinity with the data that was transmitted.
Luckily, this first part of the Mission appeared to be a very linear step forward... There was nothing behind or to the sides of the group but large, unscalable rocky walls, bleeding with blue streams of binary.
The incentive to "get in and get out" was every where... How could anybody survive in these conditions?
[Follow the Path] [Abort Mission] (Forfeit All Rewards)
Post by ~Divine|<3|Heart~ on Jun 17, 2013 11:06:55 GMT -8
"Fine Sugar! As long as I get what I want too."
Yami's thoughts were silent to all but herself. A little smile graced across her lips as she had looked within the deteriorating area. It seemed as if it was nothing new to her. To be exact, this is what lied in one of her signature black holes whenever she created them on such a minor scale. A void to nothingness and a destiny to become a piece of fragmented data and memory to fade into the darkness as it was ripped piece by piece by stretching fabrics of space and time. It was like being placed into a philosophical blender that ripped apart every matter of being and leaving no remains.
It was amusing in theory,but to actually be in one of these areas herself made her almost feel sorry for her victims...well, almost.
Yami felt many things, but empathy was the last. The first was her purpose being here seeing that she was not around to play "hero" or "Best Friends Forever!" with a bunch of goody-do-gooder NetNavis. A threat to the internet placed a dilemma to her, and it rubbed her the very wrong way. It made her simply smile knowing what needed to be done, and oh boy, would she have fun doing it!
Multiple pieces of the golden jewelry that adorned Yami's body instantly popping off after shaking and vibrating around her body. Even then, they all hit the terrain one by one with enough strength to cause minor quakes around her. Her eyes opened as the last large piece of jewelry fallen off her wrist and left small black beads to float along her body.
"It's as the stylish girl says," Yami noted as she looked upon the wireframed terrain. A small pebble simply vibrating in her presence, but nothing more. "Even with the fixation of Light-Elemental Charms no longer adorning my body and limiting my full powers, my gravity field can't do much!"
Yami simply lifted her right hand and plucked outward a middle finger. An invisible force seemed to send the gravity sweeping off the ground and going across the path that went between the decaying mountains within Yami's sight. Her eyes drooped, seeming to not be amused with how weak she was now.
"I suppose that would be too greedy of me. This power I have should be more than enough. It's been a while since I had to life more than a finger. My gravitational field is unstable, so they will definitely see me coming...especially when I go knocking on a few doors!"
With a sadistic smile upon her face, Yami had walked forth between the mountain paths. She seemed to have no intention of waiting for the others.
Nidhiki came through the portal, already feeling the effects of the field on his body. 'The girl was kidding, the danger is real while it's up.'
But still, the sight around him was jaw dropping. Nidhiki had never seen anything like it before. "So this is a deleted network..." he spoke out loud. Over the years he had heard stories about deleted networks, about how dangerous it was to take a job that involved going into one, and now here he was doing that exact thing.
'All the more reason to get in, get the deed done, and get out. No wonder those navis were scarred for life both mentally and physically. This area reeks of deletion.'
His scanning eyes caught a figure moving along the path ahead. The female navi that had interrupted his conversation with Noal and had gone into the portal first. Nidhiki quickly turned his body and head, searching for the male navi that had entered the portal before him, only to find no trace of him. 'I guess he experienced some lag on the way here.'
Either way though, his priority was staying alive until he knew more about the area and the danger they were up against. And one of the most effective ways of achieving that was strength in numbers. He began to quietly sprint towards Yami, silently clinging and clanging as his leg armour rattled in the process, calling out to her in a slightly loud voice. "Wait up! It's not safe to go alone in our condition!"
Merrill landed on his feet through the portal. He shuddered, feeling the effects of the deleted network on him already. He put his hand out, and tried to call one of his swords to him.
Nothing. He could feel the blade, but couldn't call it. That girl wasn't kidding. He put both arms out, and tried to blast energy forward, towards the mountain.
He was seriously frustrated now. He snapped his wings open. His Tri-X wings were a bit wonky with the backpack on. He stretched his legs real quick, then took three quick steps, and jumped, beating his wings. He looked at the ground, the dust data spraying up...
Then collided with the ground. Hard. He stood up, nearly swearing. He threw a quick few punches, followed by a round kick and a side kick.
"At least my speed has only decreased slightly. I can still defend myself..."
Merrill concentrated attempting to call up the healing powers within him. He felt a faint glow in his hand. It wasn't strong by comparison to his natural healing abilities, but, it was something.
After testing out how the deleted network weakened him, he looked towards Yami at first. She blissfully ran ahead. Merrill then turned towards the other navi, one whom he did not recognize at all.
He waited patiently for the others. He thought the idea of being in a group was wiser and safer for them all.
Noal appeared in a beam of light. Unlike the others, she didn't test her abilities under the NDD field, confident in her hand to hand combat skills. Instead, she took the time to really look at her surroundings. Corroded data, empty skies, something about it all felt strangely familliar. A little like home.
A jolt of pain ran through Noal's body, her muscles tensing up. She was glitching. Perhaps the effects of the entrance lag? Well, it didn't seem to matter. As soon as it had started it had stopped, and now Noal was just sore.
"Geez... something about the place gives me the creeps."
encore: HOW DO I ADULT EGG, COLIN Colin: it kinda just happens eggs
Post by ~Divine|<3|Heart~ on Jun 20, 2013 14:23:54 GMT -8
Yami's attention turning into the direction of the voice (and some incessive rattling from his armor). She had looked upon the individual, or rather down upon him in every since of the phrase. She was a taller woman, something that complimented her voluptuous form making her an attractive tower of curves. With her backhands curled and body hunching over, she lowered her head and slouching hair before the figure with a seductive smile upon her face.
"Ooooh! So sweet!" she mused jokingly as she puffed out her cheeks and poked out her lips making a puffy baby-like face, "A cutie like you worried about me? Aren't you choo jwess da' mose adworable knight in shwining armo!"
Yami let out laughter afterwards. Powerful, humored laughter as she seemed amused talking down to the NetNavi like that.
"Relax, hun! I'm the real deal!" Her hands out in a flare as if she was presenting herself on stage, "My little 'power' gone or not, I'm no stool pigeon. See there?"
Yami's eyes glimmered with a reflection of light in them. Her right finger lifted pointing towards the pile of jewelry she had unlatched off her body and left lying by the portal. That very same finger pointed, was lifted as she revealed her index in a rejecting fashion.
"That pile of loose metal isn't some fashion statement, they're limiters to my physical strength. If that and my...well...'other' power was used at the same time, I would have a little trouble with restraint. However, since this area is a little restricting on the other, then it just means those are no longer necessary. Trust me, I can handle myself for the most part on the muscle, so don't count on me getting kidnapped or something."
Yami was confident in her strength. Even looking at the pile of jewelry made her body sore remembering how physically ailing it could be without her special power. She was not obliged to fully divulge her abilities to these NetNavis. Allies now would most likely become "something else" later. However, they had their usefulness...something she acknowledged as she gazed down hte path she was heading.
"Though, I suppose you're on to something," she admitted, "A brute like me, my prey will feel me coming by the goosebumps on their spine. It's the downside of being me. I don't suppose you're up for taking the lead. Clanging armor and all, huh?"
It was a sarcastic question, even with the smile on her face, she was more than happy to point out that he was not the stealthiest of NetNavis.
Or at least...that's the impression she had received.
'So unprofessional.' Nidhiki thought sadly to himself. He had never worked with someone as unprofessional as she was. She didn't even know him nor their situation, and she was willing to be arrogant, cocky, and almost insulting to him. 'She's lucky I maintain an actual level of professionalism.'
However, she was right, he was clanging more than church bells on a sunday morning. Then again, he never could be stealthy, his wide, 4-legged design being the main issue. 'Then again, if I'm in the lead, I do set the pace...' And if he could set the pace, then it meant he could reduce the rattling and clanging he was suffering from.
'darn this stupid field, this problem has never happened before. It must be because my nanomachines are inactive, they were responsible for keeping it in place.'
"I'm definitely up for taking the lead." he said, turning towards the portal to see if everyone was there. He saw the male navi had made it, as well as Noal. But the female navi that their employer had pointed to hiding had yet to show up. "Besides we're still short a navi so we shouldn't leave yet." Numbers could mean everything here."
While he waited, he decided to make some idle conversation with her. "Name's Nidhiki, ex-mercenary." Unlike Noal, he didn't offer a handshake to Yami. She didn't seem like a navi for formalities. "So what do you think of our... 'boss'?" The word 'boss' sounded hollow when he said it, almost as if he didn't acknowledge that Feint was actually his superior for this mission.
Post by ~Divine|<3|Heart~ on Jun 20, 2013 19:05:54 GMT -8
"Hmm? You mean old sugar cube?"
Yami's eyes shifting towards the NetNavi. She thought so little of his title, or him as an individual at all. After all, he was nothing to her but just a pawn to consider in this little task she had in mind. If someone was so cliche to bother with affairs on the network that could possibly interfere with Ms. Donna's business...
...she couldn't have that, right?
All those thoughts passing through her mind, but yet, they only told her one thing as she sat in a moment of silence. Her eyes rolling from the left corner to the right as if she was really pondering about an opinion of some tight suit wearing fem-navi. She had to soften her true thoughts as she simply said, "Well I'm sure she has a great personality!"
Her fist swung before her in a sarcastically cheerful enthusiasm, but the smile that remained could not have been anymore fake in showing just how meaningful she mean it to be. Folding her arms under her buxom bosoms, Yami had simply walked by the NetNavi, turning on her heel, and starting to circle him like a shark.
"Though I suppose her interest in this little area in something to think about. Usually, you don't see ordinary 'Good Samaritans' dealing with this kind of stuff. So, Mr. Ex-Mercenary, I'm sure you've seen them all, what would our Sugarcube be?" She said stirring the pot of paranoia with a wild smile, "ONB? INA? ABC? She may be so big, her profession goes through the whole alphabet? Certainly, the information pulled for this isn't by any ordinary NetNavi, nor are these...toys."
Yami's eyes going towards the very sophisticated device that bought them here. She may have acted like a ditz, but she was not all brawn and brains as her shifty eyes and carefree expression set on the teleporter.
No...not ordinary NetNavi would have all this information or sophisticated technology without a little help from someone. After all, as a tradewoman, Yami would know.
"She's certainly not small fry if she's got the guts to boss us around and these types of toys to play with for sure." It was obvious that Yami shared his opinion of their oh so fearless leader. While Yami did give him some new food for thought, she failed to stir his paranoia up anymore than it already was. Not because he knew everything, but because the running footsteps and figure of Noal managed to distract him from his train of thought.
'I guess she got impatient?' Afterall, they had been standing there for a decent amount of time, and she had come in a decent amount of time after him. But still, while she had the right idea, Nidhiki knew she was being foolish. If they split up, or even one of them fell, their odds of survival fell.
"We'll continue this later." He said to Yami, turning and dashing to intercept Noal. His width from the waist down enabled him to get in front of Noal more easily. "Slow down there. We're still short a navi. Until they arrive or the boss informs us that we have everyone, we wait. Rushing in without a plan and without everyone will get use deleted. Understand?"
After watching events unfold, Merrill walked forward, Going between Noal and Erat. He stepped to the side, making a triangle. He waved towards Yami, calling her over.
"We need to stick as a group until otherwise we have no choice... The other navi has a few more minutes before I contact our employer about it. In the meantime, we need to watch ourselves and make sure we are ready for anything. This place is very dangerous, and I don't know about you guys and how it affects your functionality, but I think that there's more to this network than expected."
Post by Kairi Kamiya on Jun 23, 2013 10:59:31 GMT -8
As the wormhole's destination soon became clear, a refreshing breeze could not resist playing with the Maiden's spun silver strands and fluttering the silk into ripples. Soft gentle giggles greeted the scene as the Lady landed on her feet to the deteriorating land; giggles froze.
Fragments of what once was was all that remained, flaking away into oblivion one pixel at a time. This was the proof of destruction left in it's wake; destitution and no hope of life. It was already taking a toll on the Lady's life, sapping the energy into nothingness. Phoebe would do all she could to heal the others, sacrificing her own life if need be. The reward of simply seeing everyone through this mission without lethal deletion would be enough. The terrain told all in such a state that this would not be easy...but that was never the intention and the Maiden knew it in her beating heart.
The Lady looked to her side slowly, taking in the tiny details of the terrain before gazing at the large warrior. Oh, it was Merrill. Though they were friends for but a moment, the Maiden stepped away slowly. Who knew how much time had changed him and events transpired can change the heart. Granted, he would never recognise her, but it did not excuse the Maiden's innate shyness. The Lady just waited for further notification from the leather clad woman, shaking within.[/font]
NOTE: Exp/Zenny Rewards aren't to be added to your Stats until this Mission is over. I failed to mention it earlier (and if you've already added your Rewards up to this point, then that's fine) -- but from here on out, I'll keep track of your Rewards in your Mission Stats Page. They can be claimed upon the Mission's Completion (or upon your ejection of the Mission, should you choose to abort or simply become inactive)
"Alright, now tha--You there!"
Three Navis approached the group consisting of Merrill, Nidhiki, and Noal. Yami wasn't standing far enough away to not pick up on their conversation, but Kairi -- who was still near the teleportation destination -- wouldn't be able to hear anything more than indistinguishable gibberish unless she came closer.
The first Navi -- the one who had called out to them -- was wearing a solid black jumpsuit that had been adorned with many neon blue patterns, including two stripes down the side of his body and a strange, rubix-cube-like design that appeared to hover just above his chest (less than a fraction of a millimeter away) as it constantly fluctuated and shifted (like an actual rubix-cube). The soles of his feet and the palms of his hand had the neon blue pattern as well, and there was a single stripe down the center of his back where his spinal cord would be.
A neon-blue arm band -- though it looked more holographic than tangible -- was clamped around his left arm... possibly signifying some form of authority.
The only part of his body not covered by his uniform was his head. While his face wore a fancy type of sunglasses -- also more holographic and transparent than actually solid-matter -- the rest of his head was completely naked, leaving nothing to hinder his sapphire-blue hair from spiking at the top of his forehead, and more or less enabling his indigo eyes to be visible behind the semi-translucent apparatus.
The two navis accompanying him wore matching suits -- sans the blue armband -- and their uniforms were adorned with yellow and red neon patterns respectively.
"This is dangerous territory! You should leave now!"
The yellow-clad Navi's feminine voice was easy to distinguish and it suited her pretty well. While her uniform was similar to that of the blue-navi's, her face, obviously, was not.
Yes, she wore a similar looking pair of visors (albeit yellow, rather than blue), but her head was covered with a flowing current of electricity -- one that resembled so closely to braided, blonde hair, that it was almost indistinguishable at first glance. Brown eyes were only half hidden by her visors, and more so by the mysterious displays that were popping up on the visors as they scanned the Navis she had shouted her warning to.
"We have information on a dangerous, black-clad female navi that was last spotted in this area! She stole some of our equipment, and is probably planning on using it to trap other nav-- Quiet! That's classified information!"
The red Navi, once again, shared the same uniform as his associates -- sans the red neon design and visors, of course. His hair was crimson red and spiked more to the side of his forehead, and even behind his visors, his maroon eyes were still plainly visible.
But regardless of his appearance, during his accidental spill of information, he was very clearly warning the group of a female-navi not unlike one they had seen recently...
Could it have been Feint?
"Do not listen to these guys! Take them down immediately!"
Almost as if right on queue to defend herself, Feint radioed in and barked out more orders.
Feint's radio was coming from the packs that each Navi wore, but the frequency of the signal was unique enough that only they could hear her -- not the three newcomers that had just arrived.
"Quit standing around! Get back to where you came before something dangerous happens!"
The three navis didn't have any weapons... not visibly, at least.
But could they be trusted? Or more importantly, could Feint?
Would she have lied to them with promises of a well thought-out, high-priority mission only to set them up for failure at the first turn? Maybe there was no Mission at all? Maybe she'd set this whole thing up -- made them believe that it'd take all of this time and effort to dig all the way through a deleted network -- only to abandon them before the "Mission" even began, in order to move on to a new set of victims?
Maybe these three Navis were her last victims? After all -- her details on the Mission were rather vague.
And who were these three Navis?
Were they trapped here by Feint, and only trying to warn this new group of the danger that they were in, before the portal closed and sealed their chances of escape? Or maybe they worked for the ONB, and had been interrupted by a different black-clad, female Navi during their patrol? Maybe they weren't even on the same side as the group -- maybe they were just pretending to be, so that they could fire at them when they had their backs turned?
Regardless of which theory they chose to believe, the group had to act now.
They didn't have time to confer amongst themselves which option they would take and which they would leave.
Each Navi had to choose for themselves who they would trust. And as they could almost feel something creeping in the shadows, watching them, they'd learn that they had little time to make that choice, and no time to go interrogating each party to find out who was trustworthy and who was not.