With no time to react to the cannon, Merrill could only watch as death charged at him. However, Feint saved him. She actually was true to her word and saved him. Speechless, he took a second to get his head together.
"Great... Now I owe a debt...[/size]
He started to follow the others, picking up battle chips and everything he could along the way. Useless or not, having them may prove useful.
Even though she was able to outrun Yami, Noal, and Merrill, she'd followed the trench created by the massive beam that had attacked earlier, so as long as they followed it too, they'd be able to continue chasing.
It didn't take long -- maybe only a half mile after they'd started running -- that they arrived at a particularly large outpost. The front of the building was built just outside the wall of the mountain behind it, so the rest of the base reached inside of the mountain for an uncertain depth.
The half-deleted network's mountain glitched for a moment and flickered in and out of visibility once or twice, revealing to the group that only the front of the base was artificially built. Once going through the entrance, they'd actually be inside of the mountain -- not inside of what would appear to be a building. In essence, the structure in front of them was more of a doorway to the entrance of the mountain than an actual building.
And it was a heavily guarded doorway at that... well, it usually was.
The peculiar feature of all of this was that -- despite the numerous turrets lining the wall of the entrance, and the two larger cannons at the far sides of it -- absolutely no one was in sight.
The turrets -- unmanned. The entrance -- unguarded. And the door -- wide opened.
It was almost too welcoming, in fact. The dark green walls of the entrance didn't appear to be aged or ancient -- they looked as if they'd been built within recent years, actually. This place didn't look like a ghost town, as far as structure had shown, but it certainly felt like one.
Was it just a ruse? Was the enemy trying to frighten them with reverse-psychology? After charging into action, expecting a strong retaliation, but having the door held open for you instead... was it really smart just to waltz inside? Maybe the enemy wagered that the team would feel uncomfortable with this and back off?
Or maybe they retreated? Did they get what they wanted, by taking Feint from the team? Maybe after having seen the team in action, they'd decided to fall back because they knew they wouldn't be able to stop them for getting what they came here for?
Perhaps somebody had beaten the team to this base. Or perhaps, this was the base of another enemy. Their enemy's enemy.
Or maybe... maybe this was just over-thinking it. There was no where to go except inside the base, anyway. Well, except back, but they'd just reach a dead end without Feint on the other side...
Your objective is to find the Debilitating Device inside the Deleted Network. Once you find it, destroy it...
Feint's voice seemed to echo in the back of everyone's minds... Echoing what she said back when they started this mission.
... Along the way, pick up as much information about the Enemy as possible...
It was this debilitating field that prohibited them from just teleporting out right now. They'd either need to destroy it to get out, or have that "exo-suit" Feint had mentioned before they started the mission, but it was kind of obvious which option was available and which wasn't, right now.
So to the back of the group was the way they'd came.
To either side of them, nothing but mountains with unscalable walls.
And ahead: the entrance to the mountain.
Through the doorway, there'd be a room to the right with computers and monitors everywhere -- half of their mission was to gather information, so this is where they'd probably find it. It was still odd to have such a room at the front of the base, but that's where they decided to put it so there was no arguing with that. No real point in complaining about it either, since it made things a little easier for the team anyway.
If they were to pass the doorway they could continue down the hall for a few meters up to a fork, where the hallway would branch into a right path and a left path. You could keep walking forward if you wanted to be a rebel, but you'd simply hit the wall standing directly in front of you. Apparently someone had made that mistake before, though, because there was a painting on that wall inside of a cracked glass frame. Which only begged the question -- why didn't they replace it yet? In fact, the vibrant purple swirly pattern of the painting didn't even compliment the pale green colors of the walls, so why did they even bother putting it up?!
But they weren't interior designers, they were here for one of three objectives -- rescue Feint, locate and destroy the debilitating device, or gather information on this enemy. The enemy that was still nowhere to be found, mind you. Pursing either of the former goals would be most possible to those that followed this hallway down to the fork. Luck would determine which way their path would take them, from there.
The ceiling seemed shallow enough that you could almost reach up and touch it -- one short hop would be enough to high-five it with your palm. There was no second tier to this building, though -- certainly not one above the first floor, at least. So removing a ceiling tile and crawling through the roof wouldn't really get you anywhere.... except, well, in the roof. Maybe that's where the entire enemy base was hiding? Maybe they had climbed into the ceiling when they noticed the team approaching, and were waiting for the opportune moment to jump out and catch them off guard with a surprise ambush?
The only issue with that theory was, of course, that it'd have been so much less effective than just shooting everyone down with the turrets outside. There was no telling how much ammo those had left in them still, though.
The Team was at a cross road... they could either split up to take all possible paths, or stick together and focus on a single goal.
[Ground] (HP: 100) [Wall*] (HP: 100) (*Between Hall and Computer Room) [Wall**] (HP: 100) (**With Broken Picture) [Ceiling] (HP: 100)
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Noal] (HP: 255) (Fire Element)
[Yami] (HP: 300) - -☉ Crush (Starts Next Battle on Cooldown) - -☉ Ground Wave (Starts Next Battle on Cooldown)
[Merrill] (HP: 230) - -☉ Focus (Locked until Next Battle)
Post by ~Divine|<3|Heart~ on Aug 25, 2013 16:48:15 GMT -8
That was one ugly painting...
Her stroll through this forsaken network was nothing heavy on her mind, nor were the turrents, or the silence. Yami had been continuing forth so far, whether her "stooges" followed or not, and remained under the impression that this place and all its areas were not a major threat to her. Little by little, her powers returned and so did her ego. This place was nothing that phased her to a degree. Nothing worn her down so far, and she was more than certain that she could take or withstand any disturbing monstrosity before her!
But...this was one ugly painting!
The piece of architecture mocked her for all the wrong reasons. Yami, staring at the hanging frame had titled her head to the side as if it woud move with her perspective. Her arms folded under her busty brown bosoms that heaved up slightly as she breathed in, and then breathed out. She was motionless, staring at the painting once more almost forgetting her goal! After all...
..this was one ugly painting!
Her right fist slammed into the wall.
Her left followed afterwards as if she was a statue coming to life with lightening fast jabs. Two reverse punches were delivered to the painting as the sight of it was annoying enough, but there was something odd about it in such a place that was borthering her.
"I can appreciate a fine piece of work, like myself," Her ego reflected in her tastes, "But this 'thang' just has ta' go, hun!"
Her sadistic smile remaining as she seemed to be enjoying her temporary moment of procrastination.
As if in response to Yami's striking of the painting, red lights began to flash throughout the hallways as sirens started to scream as loudly as they could, alerting everyone present of imminent danger.
But these alarms weren't in response to Yami's action.
In a monotone, robotic voice, a protocol was being repeated over intercoms hidden in the hallways instructing whoever was left in the barren outpost with how to respond to the situation.
EMERGENCY EVACUATION PLAN INITIATED. DISRUPTIVE FIELD HAS BEEN DISENGAGED. PROCEED TO EXIT THE NETWORK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
At first, one would assume this to be a ruse set up by the enemy. It would be an interesting way to scare the intruding group out, or even cause them to let their guard down for an ambush. But as the warning was midway through its third repetition, the voice cut off and the alarms hastened. This was certainly no false alarm.
The sirens screamed at double their pace, and the lights flashed more quickly as well, as the entire facility -- no, the entire network -- began to quake with a tremendous force.
The announcement returned, somehow managing to raise its volume over the deafening sound of the earthquake. The first half of it's scripted dialogue was nothing new to hear... although the pace of the voice was hastened compared to before.
EMERGENCY EVACUATION PLAN INITIATED. DISRUPTIVE FIELD HAS BEEN DISENGAGED.
The alarm's voice slowed down to its regular pace and spoke more powerfully as it instructed the group with their only possible response.
EXIT THE NETWORK IMMEDIATELY. THE COLOSSUS HAS AWAKENED.
Whether by something they did, something Feint managed to do, or by something their enemy did -- something quite large and powerful was nearby, causing the disturbance in the area.
The group felt their full power returns as the debilitating veil over the network was removed, giving them the ability (and quite the incentive) to retreat back to the Sky Tower in Yumland's network.
Feint was still nowhere to be found, but there was no time to wait for her.
The device was disabled, so the team's mission had essentially been completed. Their compensation was still inside the backpacks they were wearing, which would be unlocked upon the re-entry of Yumland's Network.
Although the Mission was complete, it left the group with more questions than they'd begun with. But something in their gut told them that the answers would reveal themselves in the near future.
For now though, it'd be better if nothing was on their mind other than escaping.
[Jack Out] (Claim Rewards in Sky Tower) [Stay] (Instant-Deletion)
Last Edit: Oct 15, 2013 11:02:10 GMT -8 by Deleted
Post by ~Divine|<3|Heart~ on Oct 16, 2013 9:19:26 GMT -8
The sirens were annoying.
The noise was the equivalent of a line of retarded children running down the hallway playing cops and robbers and all of them wanted to be the cops. That's what the sirens made Yami think about in her mind as she simply stared forward with her face twisted in disgust and her right arm wrist deep in the painting on the wall. She would have thought she was caught at the moment, red-handed and soon enemies would come to foolishly challenge her and be flattened like a pancake from her returning powers, but...
This was different.
"It's either they were dumb enough to hide a debilitating-whatsamawhozits in an ugly painting anyone would destroy or," Yami paused letting her head tilt to the right and her eyes smile. A smile crept upon her face as if what was occuring was her own doing, "Ol' Sugar Cube has stirred up some trouble herself."
Yami's hair suddenly as she said this and her dress flew outward as if a funnel of wind blew from the core of her very body. The painting was turned into splinters as it suddenly exploded and the ground crept with cracks and a deep gash that made it seem like a meteor had impact the very place she stood. Yami's eyes had widened only for a second as her back was to the remaining group with her, but soon the force subsided slowly like a dying breeze that was less vicious.
"Sorry loves!" She said happily lowering her arms to her side, "With the debiliating field gone I have to try to control myself again. Jus' look on the bright side: I noticed my power returning before it actually killed you all. HAHAHAHA!!!"
She was looking up with her hands on her hips like she was some aristocrat that heard a very corny, but raunchy, joke. It did not take her long to stop laughing as she looked over her shoulder to the remains of the group; a mischeivous expression upon her face and a smile that seemed almost predatory with how she eyed them. Her backside of her right hand shown with a lift and she simply waved it to the group.
"I guess our job is done, and so is our little buddy-buddy time! Hopefully, I won't be seeing you later, loves!"
In a brillaint flash of light, Yami's body had leapt skyward as it phased through the walls of the base. Instantly, it had seemed she logged out of the area and left them to fend for themselves.
They should have expected much. It was not like they were friends...right?