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Post by ViperaUnion on Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:27 pm

Corey swiveled his heat to look at Mott, his head tilting off to one side, "Really? That's delightful!" He said, before whirling around and grabbing his always-handy clip board from his desk, and then picking up several pens, scribbling them on a pad of paper, and when discovering they weren't working or had gone dry, tossing them aside to grab the next, until he finally found one that had ink in it.  "Well, we can't be late, can we?" He said, before turning to follow Mott and Aarin, "Of course, I am interested in this!" He had been discussing the theory of how to repel the Arachnarche drones a moment before, and had suddenly flipped into enthusiasm for this subject. The sudden change in focus could perhaps be attributed to his apparently eccentric nature, as he would often find something he would lapse into great detail about, and then all of a sudden become distracted and change the subject at the flip of a coin. It wasn't apparent at first, especially not when Corey was shut in his office, free of distractions, where he could easily carry conversations in depth for a long time, but the longer one knew him,  the more apparent these quirks became.

On the way out, he began babbling about how wonderful the situation was, "It's lovely, after ages of being restricted to communication only with other Chimerosu, we're finally talking to other species, and-hey, why did thing bring so many warships with them? Are they escorting a leader, or something?" He said, noticing a video feed showing the approaching ships on a screen on the wall. He flicked his tail, "Must be important, but it probably wouldn't be any important individual regarding politics, seeing as we're about to enter a very dangerous part of the galaxy." He then glanced around and tilted his head to one side, "It would seem that the process of signing paperwork went quickly, it seems Ravage already has a set of cadets she's training, look." He pointed over at where Ravage was, Xenos by her right side, and Captain Silver on her left. Behind them there was a flock of young Officer Cadets, about twelve of them, four of each species prevalent on the Majesty. One of the Frigian Cadets everyone recognized was Cadet Lucas, the pure-white young man from the lunch room. Also among the small group of Vitisans, Frigians, and Cavernians was the now-demoted Snow and Grove, shamefully bearing the same rank as the young people they had been teaching before.

Ravage stopped, and ordered everyone to stand at attention, which everyone immediately did, save for Snow and Grove. She stalked up to them, and glared, baring her teeth, which made both of them uneasy, "I told you to stand at attention, that's an order, you two!" She then gave them both harsh blows to the spot between their wings, making them stumble forward. That was enough urging for them to immediately listen the next time she called the order. She then walked back up to the front of the group, "Alright, here's what we're going to do, we're going to be there when we greet the two representatives from the Markovan empire, and I expect all of you to be on your best behavior, do I make myself clear?" Her voice projected so that nobody would have trouble hearing her.

The officer-cadets immediately responded, "Lieutenant Colonel, yes ma'am, Lieutenant Colonel!" They said, their voices simultaneous.

Ravage nodded with approval, and turned to Silver, "Prepare them for inspection, they need their uniforms to look proper when the Markovan representatives arrive. First impressions are very important." She said. Silver nodded, and proceeded to correct the positioning in their ranks, before saluting, and allowing Ravage to first-hand walk along the lines and inspect each uniform, there were three lines of four composed entirely of one species. When stopped before each cadet, and scanned their armor for any imperfections, sometimes making comments about something that needed work, mostly minor details that wouldn't really deserve any sort of punishment, and then sometimes simply telling them their uniforms were good. She then came and saw Snow's uniform, which was covered in scratches, upon closer examination. "Snow, your armor is covered with scratches, dents, I could understand, but scratches can be buffed out. Why didn't you bother to polish your armor?" She asked.

Snow looked at her resentfully, "I was busy being court-marshaled." He said, snapping in a rude manner.

Ravage's eyes narrowed, and there was a loud ringing as she struck Snow's back with her tail, forcing him to his knees. She then placed one foot on his good arm, and the talons on that foot closed, so that he could feel the pressure and force she could exert in them, but not be hurt. He looked up at her, suddenly looking frightened again, "Snow, I told you I would make you into an honest, respectable man, and I meant it, even if I have to hammer the sense into you into the most violent way possible. I am your commanding officer, now, and my job is to mentor everyone beneath me so that they won't die in a combat situation. That means that I will make you obey my orders, even if I have to hurt you to do it, because on a battlefield, you don't get second chances. The days of flaunting skill in one area that isn't always effective in certain situations is over. I am going to train you and all the men in this squadron, until you know what it means to be a soldier." She then released his arm, leaving him to rub at the bruise beneath the feathers. She walked back over to Silver, and turned to the squadron, "Alright, everyone fall out, you don't need to stand at attention for this." With this, all the cadets fell out of formation, this time congregating into small groups where friends talked.

Lucas and his group of cadets was closest, and thus the most audible, "Yikes, what was that?" A Vitisan cadet asked, "Are we going to really go into battle?" He asked. Overall, the officer cadets were more like soldiers still in training, therefore Lucas and his group of friends were very young men, clearly with no experience in fighting first-hand.

A Caverian scowled, "Didn't ye hear anything the Lieutenant Colonel said? Yes, we're going into battle, and everyone's been talking about that long before this."

"Well she doesn't have to be so harsh, Snow and Grove never threatened to hurt us-"

Lucas cut the beginning debate off before it could start, "Look, I know y'all miss training and getting complimented for doing something right and all, but Snow and Grove ain't good teachers, not if they did something bad enough to get court-marshaled down to our rank. The Lieutenant Colonel is trying to prepare us, and who's got time to congratulate you when your life is at stake, anyway? She's serious, there's nothing cruel about it, if we'd gone and disobeyed orders during a fight, chances are we'd be dead."

At about the same time this debate began, Travis and the other representatives entered the airlock where the escort ship had landed.

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Re: Disruption (IC)

Post by Vara Lord on Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:24 pm

The door to the Markovan ship opened with a hiss, descending to the floor to form a walkway down. The first to come were a pair of Markovans who were obviously not the representatives themselves, but were probably the pilots; they were currently helping to get the luggage out. But the group gathered in the airlock didn't have to wait long.

Two male Markovans stepped down into the room from the ship. One was obviously a soldier; he was fully outfitted in armor of the Markovan style, covering all of the torso while leaving the limbs free, a pair of bladed foot greaves on his feet, and a helmet which he was carrying under his arm. Strangely, he didn't seem to have a weapon, unless maybe it as the strange narrow cylinder buckled to his waist. He was obviously a fairly seasoned warrior.

The other, however, seemed to be rather young. He was simply attired in the typical Markovan attire, the only different being, he had a sword strapped to his shoulder horns. However, simple though his attire was, it was the finest quality. The belt and shoes seemed to be genuine leather, with a buckle of gold adorning the belt. The sword also was obviously of the very finest make.

The younger of the two, who seemed to have been well trained in Markovan etiquette smiled graciously, and drew his sword, presenting it hilt first as was considered customary. "Greetings my friends," he said. "Allow me to introduce myself. I am Tevri din Ethrin, son of Asmir din Ethrin, Emperor of the Markovan Empire."

Some murmurs of surprise went amongst those present; Mott gave a low whistle. "Son of the Markovan Emperor himself! No wonder there were so many ships."

"Allow me to introduce my fellow representative on this mission. I give you General Jessic min Davris, a distinguished member of the Markovan military."

In contrast to the young man introducing him, Jessic made no sign of presenting any weapon, but rather simply made a curt nod.
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Re: Disruption (IC)

Post by ViperaUnion on Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:36 pm

Travis nodded, "We are honored to have your presence here, both of you." He said, before going through introductions, "I'm Travis, leader of this mission, and these people are Blair, Kerr, Haku, and Aolani. Together the five of us are the lead representatives of the UCN, and largely responsible for what happens on the Majesty. We have other important figures here, as well, representatives from Vathoris, the Krathunians, and the Jorro'kil, as well as the two remaining Krylonians in existence. They are all assisting in the exploration mission, as well as the possible diplomacy with the Arachnarche swarms that are in the fifth arm. We also have a reliable team of scientists working on ways to improve our technology." He said, flicking his tail, "Again, we're glad to have you aboard this mission."

In the meantime, Ravage had ordered her squadron to line up along one wall, and all the young officer cadets, save for the older officers Snow and Grove, stood at attention. They all tried their best to pull off the position off as effortlessly as Ravage and Captain Silver did, but they couldn't keep from looking extremely stiff and uncomfortable. One young Frigian seemed to suffer an itch on his beak, and kept twitching it, as though fighting the urge to scratch. Overall, they showed visible effort to look official, but didn't quite succeed at it. Their uniforms, however, save for the scratches on Snow's, were spotless. Many of them showed veiled joy and excitement, but the two oldest officer cadets had almost sour scowls on their faces, as though they had smelled something foul. It was rather obvious that they were different than the others, though Ravage continued to gaze ahead, the way she held herself clearly indicating her status as an experienced officer. Though Silver's was nearly perfect, his eyes kept darting towards Snow and Grove, as though he were wishing they would get rid of the expressions on their faces.

Corey, in the meantime, had gone back to his hunched-over posture, and craned his head in odd angles to look at the two, clearly an odd fellow, even at a distance. He seemed to tap his pen to his clipboard without thinking, and the tapping came quickly with a light, wooden sound. It was enough where Samir, having arrived with Arrow by his side, finally reached over, and gently took the pen from his hand, hoping he would stop. Not even noticing Samir had taken the pen, however, Corey immediately began to tap the clipboard with his one finger, prompting the Krylonian to quietly sigh, as he decided it wasn't really possible to make him stop.

Overall, everyone tried to make the greeting effortless, but there were little flaws in everything.

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Re: Disruption (IC)

Post by Zaroas on Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:27 pm

Svar stood close to Aarin and Mott, listening and watching carefully. He had recalled that, during the battle of Vathoris, the Markovans had fought with unrelenting courage and bravery. This, along with their ranking, made Svar respect the new representatives very much. He stood at attention, though not in the same manner as the Chimerosu as to further distinguish himself from them.

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Post by Vara Lord on Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:27 pm

Aarin, Mott and Allé placed their right fists to their left palms and bowed. "We are indeed honored to have you aboard," said Aarin. "Allow me to introduce myself. I am Aarin Tiirmot of Daro, of Vathoris. With me here are Mott Gatiir, Daro's chief mechanic and engineer, and Allé Hadrin, Daro's chief scientist."

Tevri bowed to them. "It is an honor. I have heard of your world, and all that has been taking place there. I am honored to meet someone from that world."
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Post by Zaroas on Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:18 am

At this time Svar decided to greet the new representatives. He knelt, placing his right palm flat on the ground and his left gauntlet closed at his chest. He looked up at the Markovans, much closer to their eye level now due to the height of the other species. "It is truly an honor. I am Svar Levantus of the Intragalactic Krathunian Covenant of Sethega." One who knew Krathunians well may have noted that Svar did not state anything pertaining to the Pact of Stone, as many Krathunians do.

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Post by Vara Lord on Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:57 am

Tevri bowed to Svar and also to Xerin. "It is an honor."

Aarin motioned back towards the rest of the the ship. "Perhaps you would care to see the rest of the ship?"
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Post by ViperaUnion on Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:44 pm

Travis turned to Aarin, and nodded, "Of course, they will be given a tour, but first, we should show them to their quarters so they may drop off their things, we already have some rooms prepared." He said, before turning back to Tevri and Jessic, "If you would please come this way." He said. He then turned and began to lead them out, the group passing by the squadrons that had lined up outside the airlock. The third squadron, Ravage's squadron, immediately stood out, because in addition to the fact that there were two somewhat older-looking cadets who seemed out of place, the person in charge did not resemble any of the four species of the UCN, and did not even really resemble the original Krylonians, either. There was also a large, ferocious-looking amphibian creature standing next to Lieutenant Colonel, and it wore a saddle, clearly a kind of mount. Nobody said anything until they had left the airlock and laboratory entry room.

"That was Lieutenant Colonel Ravage, we recently put her in charge of that squadron. The two sour-faced officers you just saw were demoted from the original rank of captain. They used to mentor their respective species in combat, but after they challenged Ravage to a sparring match and horribly lost, they wanted revenge. They conspired to break into her spaceship and steal personal information that she keeps secret, and she caught them plotting red-handed. They're being punished for it, and she has already proven to be effective in teaching discipline." Travis explained, once they were out of earshot from the people in the room below. He flicked his tail as he led them up some stairs and down a hallway, "Sad, actually, that someone could achieve that high a rank and be so undeserving of it." He added. He then stopped, "Alright, here's your rooms." He said.

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Post by Whos on Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:11 pm

Xerin dipped his beak when the Markovan officials greeted them. "It is good to meet you. I am Xerin Grei, representative of the Jorro'kil Confederacy."

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Post by Vara Lord on Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:26 pm

The two Markovan attendants who carried the luggage carried everything inside, and then, after exchanging some words with Tevri and Jessic in Markovan, they headed back to the shuttle.

"Thank you very much," said Tevri politely. Suddenly he paused, with a look of astonishment on his face. Jessic looked at Tevri, then, looking in the same direction, also bore a surprised look.

Following their gaze, everyone present noticed Isbar coming down towards them, stopping as he came up. Looking at the two Markovans he gave a curt nod, then paused, seemingly waiting to be introduced.

A moment of seemingly awkward silence followed. Aarin felt confused. Why were the two Markovans looking at Isbar like that. Certainly, Isbar was unusual, and no one really knew what he was, but surely these two expected to meet unusual species?

Then Tevri's expression turned to one of interest. "Amazing," he said, coming forward and peering at Isbar. "You actually tamed one." He turned to Jessic. "Isn't that amazing? They have a tame Virc."

"Fascinating," said Jessic, with a slight look of disgust on his face.

Tevri turned to Travis. "Is it all right if I give his head a little scratch?"

Allé shot an alarmed look at Corey. Apparently the Markovans knew about Virc, and that they were not sapient. Everyone else was left standing open-mouthed.
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Post by ViperaUnion on Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:08 am

Corey, finding that he was going to have to deal with an awkward, and potentially dangerous situation, if Isbar didn't control his temper, was a bit uneasy. He wasn't known for his skills in dealing with people, and his mind quickly cycled through the various options, should he tell them about the scientific evidence, or should he play dumb? He hurriedly decided to go with the latter, at least in front of the general public, so as to protect Isbar from the many other scientists in his department who wouldn't give any second-thoughts about how the intelligent Virc regarded their prying questions and desire to perform invasive tests. Regardless of what Tevri and Jessic thought, it was not good for Isbar's sake for such information to get out that his species was actually a kind of animal, rather than an intelligent race. He would probably have to tell them in private, but for now, keeping Isbar's privacy was a priority.

He hurriedly stepped up, hoping he didn't look too uneasy, thankfully managing to convince most that he was simply rather clumsy, which he was, in public situations. Even if he had looked nervous, the situation, and knowledge of Isbar's apparent temper, was enough to make it where it was understandable. "Ah, there seems to be a mistake, sirs." He said. "Allow me to introduce myself, I am Corey, head scientist on the Majesty, and I can assure you that Isbar is not an animal, pet, or any creature below a sapient being. He is an honored guest on this vessel, as well as a strong, reliable warrior in battle, capable of operating a wide variety of weapons. Call him a 'pseudo-Virc' if you like, but the chances are you are confusing his appearance for something similar from a different planet. Also, in addition, if we plan on discussing the similarities between him and something else, then we shouldn't conduct the conversation here." He then turned to Isbar, "Forgive me for being bold and blunt, but your temper is terrible, and I'm not the fighting type, but I would be furious about being called an animal, too. If this starts an argument, we shouldn't hold it where the entire ship can hear it, we've already had enough drama with the supposedly haunted engine rooms, and the speculation about the new chain of command on the ship. I would like you to please follow me to my office if you wish to discuss the matter further."

In his own, indirect way, Corey had carefully masked the fact that there wasn't any such thing as a pseudo-Virc alien race in front of the large crowd, but had also subtly told everyone who was likely to get personally involved in this incident that they should follow him so that they wouldn't get the rest of the cruiser involved. Corey was doing his best to keep the secret of Isbar's primitive species origin a secret, but how well it worked depended heavily on if Isbar could detect the subtle warnings and hints he was giving him. Regardless, there were some sharp, suspicious looks from many of the scientists in the crowd, and Corey worriedly glanced in their direction.

The representatives, as well as Ravage and Samir from the crowd, also gave them the same, knowing look that the Markovans had given away something he had been trying to keep it. Travis, deciding that this probably was the best course of action, glanced between faces in the group, "Alright, then, I think this should be held away from the general public. Respecting the privacy rights means that nobody should pry into the business of others unless it is because they they could potentially endanger the mission as a whole. In some cases, the greatest endangerment in any mission is because people don't mind their own business." He then turned to bark at the primarily-Frigian scientists with an eagle-like screech, Frigian dialect, non-national, the original tongue they spoke. The words must have been harsh, because the scientists hurriedly turned away, as though the Major had scolded them for even considering prying into Isbar's personal life.

He turned back to Corey, "Lead the way," He said, before glancing up at Isbar, "Corey's office is sound-proofed, so nobody can hear what goes on inside. Plenty of people in bad discussions get escorted there, happens all the time." This was, in fact, true, and it seemed most of the Chimerosu were beginning to grow doubtful that Isbar was actually a Virc. Corey was the lead scientist, after all. Their ignorance of the truth was perhaps the only saving grace in this whole situation.

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Post by Vara Lord on Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:16 am

Aarin looked around at all gathered in the room; Allé, Mott, Travis, Ravage, Samir, Corey, Tevri, Jessic, Svar, Xerin, and Isbar who sat with a scowl on his face. "So, Corey, Allé, tell us what this is about," he said.

"Well," began Allé, "I did some research because I was curious as to what Isbar's race and I. . ."

Without warning, Isbar raised his hand and spoke. "That's enough, I can take it from here."

Isbar stood up and went to the far end of the room, staring into the cage of the spider that resided in the lab. He then turned, and sighed.

"Allow me to tell you all a story. On a world called Deyatron-5 (so I'm told it is called) lived a young male Virc, a fierce animal as some here may know. This young male was captured by some aliens called the Liirlith."

Those who had heard of these aliens exchanged glances. Tevri looked startled, apparently recognizing the name. Jessic scowled, and looked at Isbar in a rather unfriendly way.

"These Liirlith," continued Isbar, spitting out the name with a obvious hatred, "conducted experiments on their new lab animal. They changed him, altered him, made him stronger, increased his senses and all of his natural abilities." Isbart paused a moment. "They also increased his intelligence, to the point where he could think and speak. This Virc had become, in all respects, a rational sapient being." He looked at everyone. "I don't think I need to tell you who this Virc was. They were very cruel to him, the Liirlith. They mocked and reviled him constantly, kept him in a bare cage with the absolute minimum he needed to survive; I don't think I need to mention some of the tests he was forced to endure."

"How did you end up here?" asked Tevri.

"I escaped, naturally," said Isbar. "I will not bore you with the details. But I took some of them with me," he said in a grim voice, "with the very weapons they designed or my use." He paused, holding up his arms so that the cuffs he wore were visible. "They had tried to change me so that I was susceptible to their voice commands, but for whatever reason it hadn't worked on me. I have a feeling they meant to do away with me."

Isbar sighed, and closed his eyes. "The first thing I did was try to go back home. I felt burdened by feelings and sensations that I had never experienced before. Suddenly, everything I felt was more intense than it had been before; I had the ability to think about my emotions, my sensations. And I found myself having other feelings besides the ones I had had. Suddenly I found that I longed for companionship, for someone like myself; before, I had had nothing but suspicion of every creature other than myself. But when I tried to mingle with my own kind, they attacked me, seeing me as a threat to their territories. I was truly alone."

Isbar leaned on the table, his head bowed. "I have wandered since then, going here and there, before staying for awhile on Vathoris, and most of you know the rest."

Isbar was silent for awhile, before looking up again. "There you have it, everyone. That is my story. I am something that shouldn't ever have existed, a scientific genetics experiment, an abomination, without even a people to call my own. The one thing I lseek now, that I live for, is to fight until I finally find the battle in which I can finally be freed from the burden of living." Those who had the keenest eyes might have noticed Isbar's eyes seemed to be moister than usual.
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Post by ViperaUnion on Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:35 pm

Ravage looked down at her hands, her eyes narrowing, "I know enough about the Liirlith to know that they have no regard for creatures other than themselves. On Vathoris, the one responsible for the invasion and the conspiracy was a rogue Liirlith creation who did not obey their commands. This creation, Jiiran, has an entire empire now at his disposal, and the manipulation that he suffered his entire life drove him to the point of madness." She looked up, "I have faced two events that tested the limits of my sanity, as well, first the destruction of my home planet, which exterminated my people, and secondly, the day I was shot with the mutagen that turned me into what I am today. Each one separated me further from any sort of understanding I might have with other people. I do not get sick, I do not appear to age, and I heal so rapidly that wounds that I would only regard as temporary hindrances would most likely kill a normal Krylonian." She then looked down at her hands, "The truth be told, for the longest time, I had no real purpose, and I often thought that it would have been wonderful, had I been dead, but nothing killed me, so I resigned myself to wandering between planets, hiding my genetic coding, and killing anyone that tried to obtain it." She flicked her tail, "It was a miserable existence, but then I discovered that it felt wrong for me to think someone was different, because of outward appearance. Who would be like me, truly? I gave others a chance, and found that life was worth living again, because I had something to defend. I still veil much of my past in secrets, sometimes because someone would not hold their tongue, and other times because the past is too gruesome to describe. However, I found that because there were people I could trust with my secrets, that I didn't carry the weight of them anymore, it was like freedom."

She folded her arms, and looked at Isbar, "Perhaps our origins are different, I will never know what it means to have the simpler needs and desires of a beast, the lack of knowledge that makes the natural world a pure and innocent thing, in essence, and I will never know what it means to be like that, and suddenly gain the deeper understanding of a sapient being, and the depth of emotions that comes with it. However, I will tell you I understand how you might feel, because I once felt the very same way. Animals have simple wants and desires, but beings want purpose, a meaning, for why they exist, because being alive is a burden, if you have no reason to be there. You just need to find what makes life meaningful to you, that is my opinion, but I can't change the way someone else sees a situation." Her eyes looked down at the floor again, "If you still insist on bringing your own destruction, then at least let me beg you not to throw it away on a meaningless cause. You are surrounded by people who know who you are now, and regardless of if you want them to or not, they are going to care, because they are good people."

Corey looked over at her, "You're taking this quite well, I thought you'd be surprised." For the most part, everyone should have been shocked, but Ravage had accepted the story without even the smallest twinge of doubt.

Ravage looked up at Corey, "I was mutated ten years ago, and I look nothing now like I did beforehand, nor did I have so many amazing abilities in the past. I tamed a Spiromander and keep him as a trusted friend and companion, and have had dealings in many important events, including exposing the conspiracy on Vathoris, and a top-secret mission from the Third Arm Confederacy. Now, we're going to go and either fight or befriend giant insects with varying levels of intelligence that feed on energy and build their nests out of metal, and more wildly they can fly through space. Nothing really shocks me much anymore, anything is possible, if it was thought impossible before, the universe is sure to find a way to make it a reality. If Isbar claims he was genetically altered by the Liirlith, that seems completely possible, to me, regarding the fact that my own alterations took place inside a pupa of sorts and lasted only a few hours. I can also say that I wish I knew what my own origins are, in regards to what happened, I've been paranoid that it has to deal with Karthla."

Corey winced, "Ah, Karthla, organic weapons of destruction, survived best on the most toxic, polluted planets, lived up to a hundred years, meal of choice the Jorro'kil. I can see why that would worry you, I wouldn't want anything to deal with them, either, I would especially loathe the idea of having genetic ties to them, in some way. Among the two, neither Liirlith or Karthla would be very pleasant."

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Post by Whos on Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:51 pm

Xerin listened quietly to both Isbar and Ravage, careful to pay attention to their stories and not interrupt. After Ravage's speech, his spirits lifted because of the inspirational nature of her words.

Xerin's personality was mostly kindly, but he was also an experienced military Commander and had to deal with many awful things, especially during the Dominion War, so he also had a side which was colder and darker, some of it filled with regret, even now that he had seen Ravage could forgive herself, a small part of him wished for sweet revenge, though it was too distant now that the Dominion had been expelled.

His expression changed to one of disgust at Corey's last remark about the Karthla. "Please." He said.
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Post by Zaroas on Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:59 pm

Svar had also been paying close attention - Prior to this, he was curious about the origins of Isbar, and had had finally received an answer as to what he was and why. He paid especially close attention to Ravage's remarks about her mutations, fully knowing of her history due to eavesdropping on the ship. Throughout all of this his head was lowered, and he seemed to be deep in thought.

At Corey's remarks, the Krathunian looked up not with disgust, but with hatred and anger. Nodding at Xerin's words, he said, "The Karthla... The destroyers of Sethega and the old Krathunian Covenant. They mercilessly killed family, friends, anything that wasn't them. We're lucky to still exist. Like us, they ruined many civilizations and people," He glanced at Ravage for a quick second, referencing Krylon. "I would not want to share anything with the Karthla - But we must make the best of ourselves, whether we were mutated by the Karthla, the Liirlith, or not."

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Post by Vara Lord on Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:04 am

Jessic had been shooting suspicion-laden glances at Isbar, and then Ravage, when he learned what they were.

"Undoubtedly," he said, in response to Svar's words. He shot another look at Isbar. "My own people have had experience with the Liirlith. They are indeed treacherous creatures, and cowardly as well." He looked at Isbar again. "So you are one of their experiments, eh?" he said in a tone that was definitely not friendly.

Isbar slowly lifted his eyes. "Yes," he said, "but they do not control me. I remember saying that they couldn't."

"And how do we know that that idea wasn't simply implanted in your mind so as to make you a more willing tool for their purposes, a spy perhaps?" said Jessic.

This blatant accusation left everyone stunned. "Jessic!" cried Tevri in astonishment. Isbar jumped up, eyes blazing. Aarin then jumped up.

"Now hold on, Isbar," he said. He turned to Jessic. "Pardon me, but I think you owe Isbar an apology. He has been brave and loyal so far, and your accusation is unfair to him."

Jessic snorted. "In my experience, Sir, the creations of the Liirlith always are in control of their creations, even if they may think otherwise."

"I am not controlled by the Liirlith," snarled Isbar angrily. "I hat them, and kill them whenever I meet them, and if you don't watch your tongue, that will be you as well!"
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Post by curius on Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:04 am

Lakes of molten metal dotted the Nidum’s surface. While the bombardment ships had grinded it flat, it was the Wrath that dealt the killing blow. Its beam cut through the last layers that separated it from the cortex, the section that was responsible of the communications across UFIAI words. It consisted of millions of small wormholes, each leading to either one planet or other commanding unit, like flagship. Wrath’s beam ripped apart the systems sustaining these wormholes, causing them to collapse in a gigantic chain reaction. Simultaneously the major AIs, Absolute in particular, felt their consciousness getting shattered to pieces and sprinkled across the galaxy.

First, the planet started to shrink, like a balloon that was leaking air. The wormholes collapsed first into temporary singularities. Nidum continued to shrink for couple of seconds, before suddenly starting to expand again. The entire surface of the planet was launched into space, as the singularities turned into explosions and temporary points of negative mass. One by one the wormhole gates around the system started to fall down too, some getting smashed by expanding sphere of flying debris and others just spontaneously collapsing. The system was getting more and more hazardous as the debris from the slowly exploding planet filled the space and the gates were turning to singularities. A dozen of gates were still active, including the gate that the Confederacy’s fleet arrived from. The arch had multiple dents and holes due to hits from the debris, but it was still on. The wormhole was getting rough from the edges, like struggling to get free from its frames, indicating that it would soon collapse like the others.

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Post by ViperaUnion on Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:48 pm

Ravage looked at Jessic sharply, her beak wrinkling to bare her teeth, "The Liirlith knew nothing of this mission, because up until the arrival on Vathoris, the UCN, as far as anyone was concerned, did not exist, nor did anyone think that there was a possibility of other surviving Chimerosu. I find it highly unlikely that they planned all of this, and if Isbar were a spy, do you think he would have told you he was created by the Liirlith, specifically, knowing their reputation? Everything points towards the idea that he is telling the truth, and I will trust that he is not following their orders. I would just as easily understand not wanting to say he is an intelligent Virc created by Liirlith, because the way you are regarding him is exactly why such a thing would be kept secret. Regardless of origin, Isbar is a person who has done nothing to deserve such treatment, nor did he have any control over what was done to him." Her pupils contracted to thin slits, "I have had to learn to accept things the way they are, and until he gives a good reason for it, Isbar can be trusted. Don't be so quick to jump to conclusions" She then glanced over at Isbar, "Isbar, I need you to try to calm down, Corey is right about the fact that you have a temper, it will not help the situation if you allow yourself to grow furious, although I completely understand why, such accusations are not to be taken lightly."

Travis slowly got up from where he had been sitting in his chair, "Although it is true that these Liirlith create and then manipulate genetic creations, Isbar hasn't shown any sort of questionable behavior, and neither has Ravage, whoever changed her, don't think I didn't see you give her the same look, Jessic, because I did. Both of these two have been incredible assets to the mission thus far, and until they do something that tells me they have harmful intentions, I ain't going to treat them any different than I've treated them before. What was said in this room will stay in this room, no talk of this outside, we got Cavernians all over the place, and outside this office, nobody knows who's listening to them. Now, as for the risk of Isbar being a spy, the Liirlith had no way of knowing the UCN existed, nor would they have been able to spy on our plans, regardless. We don't talk about this stuff over transmissions that people can eavesdrop over, we meet in person, and we hold those meetings on one of our more hostile planets, in this case Frigius. Frigius is so cold that if you ain't wearing a jacket, or a Frigian, for that matter, you'll freeze to death almost instantly, granted that your ship even makes it through the atmosphere in the first place. I guarantee the Liirlith ain't sending him here to be a spy."

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Unsilenced Retribution, knowing the planet would be destroyed, acted quickly before its annihilation. "All ships, prepare to exit the system through the wormhole. Bombardment ships, disengage." It was only seconds after the bombardment ships had been able to escape from extremely close proximity to the surface, the Wrath's particle beam shredded apart the cortex systems. The planet collapsed and expanded as the surface shot off into space and the wormhole network collapsed.

The Wreae watched this in silence for only a couple seconds, knowing that it had limited time. Once more, it did not feel remorse or pity. Wreae emotions are usually very muted but almost all of the machines felt some degree of remorse at killing another AI such as those they were fighting against. Unsilenced Retribution  At this moment, it activated the COMM again. "We do not have much time. Go, now!" It looked to Xej Therus, gazing over him for a couple moments while pondering the transformation of its psyche.

All of the ships uncloaked to allow for maximum power distribution to the engines before shooting off into the quickly destabilizing wormhole. The Wrath, being the largest of the ships, was the last one through, and just as it exited the gate into the area near Master Carrefour's Dyson Sphere. Unsilenced Retribution did not try to contact the AI, knowing that its very consciousness was most definitely shattered. It did leave a COMM buoy with a message thanking it and Baron Saturday for their efforts, knowing that they had sacrificed much to aid the Confederacy. The fleet went into FTL, heading for friendly Jorro'kil territory.

Once safe near Jorro'kil owned worlds, Unsilenced Retribution turned back to Xej, slowly approaching it. Small blue bolts of lightning cracked down its armor, showing that its energy was noticeably increasing, likely due to confusion and anger. "Zealot, were you aware that this transformation would occur?"  

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Shortly after their escape, the news of what had happened to Nidum spread throughout the Confederate worlds. Footage from the bombardment ships spread like viruses throughout communication systems similar to the internet, broadcasting to most Ravena. The civilizations knew that the assault of Nidum was different. It was not a conventional counterattack, but its effectiveness showed. The march of the UFIAI had come to a sudden halt as the AIs controlling them had their consciousnesses ripped apart, and the Confederacy gained back much ground quickly. Soldiers rallied as they watched the bombardment ships tear down Nidum's surface and the already symbolic Wrath dreadnought deal the finishing blow.

Grand Admiral Barborin was one of the first to learn about the counterattack. As he watched the ship he normally commanded thrive under Unsilenced Retribution, he could not help but grin in both triumph and disbelief. Soon a conference was held with other military officials about the attack, where the general consensus was that it was effective, efficient, and proof that the Overcharge Project had succeeded. Grand Councilor Zaroas was at the conference, and he could not help but say, "I may have lost my loved ones to the Wreae, but I'll be damned if they don't know how to command."

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Svar had listened carefully to Travis, though he was still wary, like Jessic, that the Liirlith were influencing Isbar in some form or way. At this moment, a notification popped up on his heads up display, a classified file from the Krathunian military that would likely contain more information than the civilian broadcasts. He opened it, and watched the destruction of Nidum from the perspective of the Wrath. The Krathunian's helmet went up as to further hid a suppressed smile, as he had just found a beacon of hope after days of destruction. He pulled Xerin to the side, sharing the video on the Jorro'kil's HUD.

"Look at what just happened," He whispered. "We've destroyed Nidum, the center of UFIAI communications. It was a successful counterattack. Here, there's a list of several personnel involved." He named several soldiers, including Xej Therus. "Do you know any of them?"

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Soon, the group searching for the Continuum Corrupter was able to reach the roof of the building using grappling hooks, rope, and in Rakluth's case, jetpack boots. There were access doors to the interior, but none of them would open for even the Sentinel, and thus the fountain was their only option to get inside. However, they came to a roadblock. Upon reaching the surface of the top of the building, they found themselves surrounded by several armored Krathunians with high powered assault weaponry. They were ushered to the center of the plaza near the fountain, where a young and brash looking Krathunian walked up to them smiling.

"Ah, what do we have here? Some aliens, military personnel, and a living museum. What do you want?" The Krathunian spoke in a harsh, grating voice, as if his vocal cords and organs had been damaged. His face was riddled with scars from energy weaponry, and walked with a limp.

"What in the name of Krathun is going on here?" The Sentinel growled, almost a roar, his helmet still on. He refused to answer the question of this odd figure.

"This building is a storage and smuggling area for the Alkisuns mercenary group. Though you wouldn't know anything about that, because you seem to be a slave to the Convergence," He laughed, most likely referencing the Sentinel's high rank, as implied by the blue color of his armor.

"In fact, I'm not a slave. I'm a member." At this moment the helmet came off to reveal the Theranis' identity, and a weapon storage sphere fell into his open palm, forming into a pistol with which he rapidly shot into the chest and head of this new enemy. He didn't even stand a chance, dying the instant the first blast hit his unarmored snout. This all happened within the span of a quick moment, and the other members seized the opportunity. Rakluth grabbed his hammer, with which he smashed the nearest mercenary into the surface of the roof and sent another flying down to the streets of Ra'anian. A blade jutted out of the forearm of the Lieutenant unit, with which he quickly pierced the weak points of the armor of the nearest two mercs, leading them to bleed to their deaths. The others fell back and began to shoot, to which they fell rather quickly to the onslaught of Q'ren, who had taken out an extremely advanced SMG and annihilated their cover precisely.

It was only seconds later that cheering erupted from the streets and buildings of the city. The Sentinel turned to see footage of the destruction of Nidum on a holographic display, one of many throughout the city. He stared in disbelief, knowing full well of who was to blame. He beckoned for the others to see, pointing at the screen. Rakluth joining in the cheering, holding his hammer high with one hand in a gesture of triumph despite the massiveness of the weapon. Q'ren simply stared, aware of the UFIAI war but not of recent events. The Wreae did not seem to be paying attention, focusing on figuring out how to get inside the building to access the archives.

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Post by Vara Lord on Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:30 pm

Jessic shrugged. "If you say so, Sir." He then turned to Ravage and Isbar. "Pray do forgive me for my bad manners," he said in a tone that showed that he was not the least bit sorry for anything. "I do hope we shall get along better in the future." He stood. "Please excuse me, I think I'll go to my quarters and get my things arranged. Good day." He stood up and left the room.

Isbar noticed Svar and Xerin whispering, but he paid little attention to it. "Please excuse me," he said. Standing up he left the room, heading in the direction of the engine room. He wanted to be alone.

Tevri stood up. "I am terribly sorry for Jessic's behavior. I am very embarrassed that one of my own should behave in such a dishonorable manner."
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Lirr nodded approvingly as he cleaned some blood from his sword; he had stabbed one of their attackers, killing him. "Looks like the UFIAI has received quite the blow."
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The Wrath and its accompanying vessels were not alone.

Admiral Marr examined the video feed his ship was intercepting. His ship and a few others were in Jorro'kil space, cloaked. They had been testing the prototype of the Entropy Accelerator on a few small space stations.

Marr grinned cruelly. "Looks like we have a few more test subjects. Let's give them a warm welcome, shall we?"

As the Unsilenced Retribution posed his question to the zealot, no less than twenty Mondarian ships decloaked nearby. One of them was larger than the others, and had a strange apparatus dominating its front.

"Good evening, gents," came Marr's voice cheerfully over the COMM. "I trust you are in good health?"
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Post by ViperaUnion on Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:38 am

Ravage sighed, and shook her head, "It wasn't really dishonorable, Tevri. Jessic does have good reasons to be wary of Liirlith creations, things linked to Karthla, and anything genetically altered, for that matter. Liirlith creations with intelligence are infamous for gaining trust and then taking advantage of it to wreak havoc on whatever planet they were released on, Jiiran being perhaps the most well-known. However, Jiiran was manipulated while he was staying on the planet by Liirlith he regularly had contact with, and I have not even seen a Liirlith to know what one looks like, and I absolutely know one is not on this ship. The Liirlith like to observe what their creations do, I can tell that much, and they can't observe Isbar here." She flicked her tail, "And secondly, the reason I fear Karthla origin is because of what they are, and the fact that I was given the mutagen on a Dominion planet, which was blown up later. The explosion likely killed whatever scientist that developed it, so it's unlikely I have a controller. I feared Karthla origin also because my abilities are similar, lack of aging, enhanced immune system and healing, all of them seem similar, but when I think about it, my abilities would be desirable in any form or fashion, it doesn't strictly have to come from Karthla." She folded her arms, "We will just have to wait and see what will come of all of this."

Travis frowned, but nodded, "Well, alright, then, it looks like we're all finished with this conversation, then. Remember, not a word of this outside the sound-proofed office, Cavernians can hear almost anything, so you got to watch what you say, no matter where you are."

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As Isbar approached the engine rooms, he would see two Frigian engineers hurriedly whispering to one another near the entrance of the room. His sensitive hearing would easily pick up their conversation, if he listened carefully to what they were saying.

"-Look, pal, I know it's my shift, but I really don't want to go in there," The first said.

"Well, I'm tired, and I want a break, now are you gonna go maintain the engines, because I'm not getting paid overtime for this." The second replied, looking annoyed.

"Well, I keep getting chased out. I'm telling you, there's a ghost in there." the first said, urgent.

"Would you quit whining? It hasn't hurt anyone, we've all seen the bright blue glow, I get it, but you're freaking out over nothing."

They continued to debate, oblivious to Isbar's passing. Obviously, the ghost in the haunted engine rooms had been a problem for quite some time, now.

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Post by Vara Lord on Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:29 am

The meeting disbanded.

Aarin noticed that Tevri looked a little downcast still. "You're still upset about Jessic's behavior?"

Tevri nodded. "I feel embarrassed really. I was thinking we were all allies together in this, and that allies should treat each other with respect."

"They should," said Aarin, "but maybe, as Ravage said, we can excuse Jessic this time. He doesn't know Ravage or Isbar yet, but I'm sure he will in the future and that he come to respect them both."

"I hope so," said Tevri. Just then, as his attention wandered, the hem of his tunic caught on something and ripped. "O my," he said, looking at the ugly tear.

Aarin laughed. "No need for dismay. If I'm not mistaken, there's a seamstress on board, quite close by too. Let's go see her, shall we?"

As they went over, they continued talking. "I must say, Tevri, I'm a little curious as to why the Emperor's son is being sent on such a potentially dangerous quest as this is. In most societies, I would think the heir would be kept somewhere safe."

"I suppose," said Tevri, "but my father thought this would be good for me. You see, he married late in life, and I was the only child. Usually Markovans can have lots of children, but she couldn't for some reason. She also died early too, so I never really knew her."

Aarin nodded. "My mother also died before I knew her."

Tevri glanced at him a little in surprise before continuing. "My father has always tried to give me as much time as he could, though he never attempted to spoil me; he thought that sort of thing was a disservice to one's children, since they never really learn how to live in the real world. He always took all of my training in hand personally; he taught me my letters, history, combat skills, everything. You see, before he became Emperor, he served in the military, and he believes that an Emperor should be well-rounded, so to speak."

"When this quest came along, my father insisted that I come along. I asked him why, and I'll never forget what he said: 'Tevri, my son, I want you to go because this is the best thing for you. You will have experience meeting and interacting with other races, and will learn how to lead, but also follow. I've taught you all I could, but this is the chance to really put those things to practice,to learn them again in a whole new way. I can teach you everything known by Markovans, but there is nothing to compare with learning on the field. By rights, you are a grown man, but in my mind there is a difference between coming of age and coming to manhood, and with this mission, I'm hoping you will earn or show that you have earned your manhood."

"Your father sounds like a wise man," said Aarin.

"Yes, he is," said Tevri, a hint of pride coming into his voice. "He is a good and wise man, and I think it will be a shame for the Empire when he eventually leaves his station."

Aarin smiled. The young Tevri was clearly quite devoted to his father. "Ah, here is the place," he said as they entered the seamstress's place of work.
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Isbar listened idly to the talk between the two Chimerosu. He wasn't particularly frightened by the idea of ghosts. He didn't believe in them.

Without pause, he entered the engine room. Picking a more secluded corner, he sank into a squat, his way of sitting down. With a sigh, he closed his eyes, his head sinking until his snout touched the floor. He felt isolated and alone, and he wished now more than ever that he find some battle in which his life would finally come to its end.
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Unsilenced Retribution turned suddenly as Marr spoke from the COMM system. Several possibilities went through its AI on what this new arrival could be, but scans from the Wrath confirmed his initial suspicion on the identity of the fleet - The Imperial Despot pf Jiiran. The Wreae quickly noted that the other fleet was inferior to the Confederacy's in size and likely firepower, though they had what seemed to be a superweapon on a larger ship. It quickly decided on a plan of action.

As the Wreae soon commanded, weaponry and shields were activated on all vessels. The warships took a defensive, circular position around the Wrath, a couple of them locking their shields together as demonstrated above Muthara. Some of the more damaged ships had their crews evacuated via escape pods that went immediately to the Wrath, and Unsilenced Retribution had these now largely empty ships, save for Wreae, form a defensive barrier in between the fleets. They did this as to completely shield the Wrath from the view and weapons of the Mondarian ships. The most damaged of the ships were remote controlled by Wreae after their crews left and went behind this, acting to both protect and potentially collide with enemy ships. On the Wrath, the particle beam's power generators activated and the Genesis Device went into preparation. It also told some of the tacticians and workers on the Wrath to prepare to send for reinforcements from the nearby Jorro'kil worlds.

After this formation was complete, the Wreae contacted Admiral Marr's ship. "Yes, we are. Thank you." The Admiral could have noted the fact that an AI was speaking with the tone and emotion of a completely organic being. "Would you mind telling us your purpose in Confederacy territory?"

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The odd signals near the Krathunian worlds continued, the words over the radio static never changing. However, a couple other spots of this anomaly began to appear. Near UFIAI territory at the end of the second arm, one such signal appeared. If some of the more unaffected AI had been on a specific frequency, they would have received similar static, but with a different dialogue. "I am the Deceiver, but I will not deceive you. Together, we can manipulate our enemies." This voice spoke in a similar way to an AI and was slightly distorted.

The same event occurred in between Markovan territory in the first arm and the fifth arm. It was possible that the Majesty picked up some of these signals as they were passing through the area to the rendezvous point. It was again mostly static, but another voice had appeared. "I am the Destroyer," it spoke, the voice and tone being very similar to the heavily distorted sound of a Krathunian speaking. "I will bring all who oppose the Collective to their knees."

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"Oh, nothing much," replied Marr airily. "Just running a few tests wit our new prototype here. Not the real thing, unfortunately. Still, the tests we ran on a few Jorro'kil space stations a little while ago were quite interesting, and frankly, rather humorous." The most horrid laugh imaginable came through the COMM.

"Still, I'm sure you're all quite curious about it. Allow me us to demonstrate. Keep your eyes peeled on those vessels you have lined up in front of the others, the ones that look to be all dinged up."

The voice of what must have been a helmsman came faintly over the COMM. "Sir, scans show that those vessels are unmanned."

"So?" came the reply. "It'll work just as well on them as would anything else. Power it up."

The largest ship, the one with the strange apparatus, moved slightly forward ahead of the others. The sensors of the Confederacy vessels showed some energy buildup occurring, but then began rto flicker, as if they were having problems receiving anything.

At the opening of the apparatus, there seemed to be some strange disturbance within space; but that was nothing compared to what was happening to the unmanned ships protecting the others. The power levels dropped away to zero. The atmosphere within them liquified, then froze. The ships buckled and collapsed in on themselves until they were all one quarter their original side. Then the apparatus turned off.

"What you have just seen, my friends," said Marr over the COMM, as the Confederacy ships' sensors began to function normally again, "was a demonstration of our little prototype for a weapon we are currently building, the Entropy Accelerator. This little toy, however, is nothing compared to what the finished product will be. I promise, it's going to be quite spectacular. Good day to you."

The Mondarian ships then cloaked and vanished.
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As the Markovan warships began to return from escorting their passengers, they picked up a strange transmission:I am the Destroyer. I will bring all who oppose the Collective to their knees.

General Tissin ve Dazmir sent back a transmission: "Who is this, and what do you mean by this threat?' In the meantime, he sent a tranmission back to the Empire, ordering the helmsmans to transmit the message and any and all responses back to the Imperial Government.
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After the meeting, Mott went back to his quarters. He had several things he was working on there. As he worked, a small radio he had brought with him suddenly spluttered and gave the following message: I am the Destroyer. I will bring all who oppose the Collective to their knees.

"What?" said Mott, looking at the radio quizzically.
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As they entered the seamstresses' place of work, Aarin and Tevri first noticed that the large room had the distinctive smell of fragrant incense to it, though there did not appear to be anything burning. Upon closer inspection, it was revealed that there had been a sort of lattice, made of a dark grey-brown wood had been attached to the ceiling, and from hooks in the boards there were suspended silken mesh bags, which seemed to contain twigs of a paler brown wood, which gave off the scent. Overall, it was similar to the smell of most precious woods, with a warm, soft quality that was slightly floral. In addition, there was a distinctive citrus smell to the room, but it did not appear to come from the scented bags. The room's metal walls and floors had been covered up and hidden by multiple rugs and tapestries of different shapes, sizes, and patterns, examples of the work done by the seamstress, each of a superior quality and design that would have rivaled the textile seamstresses of royalty. In addition, all of them seemed to be made of the famous material of Stagnumian spider silk, for the fabric gleamed with a bright shine that was very distinctive of the organic material. While the rugs on the floor were woven so as to have texture that would allow people to walk with ease, they were also remarkably soft and comfortable on the feet. The room was like a completely different place from the rest of the ship, filled with silver moons and golden suns, with curling emerald vines and fruits and striking rosettes. Each design was different, and not all colors had the same base, but overall, it all seemed to fit. This was only the walls, ceiling and floor, and they alone seemed striking enough.

The furniture and other items in the room seemed to be for more practical reasons. There were different kinds of looms of every shape and size possible, for different purposes, from weaving ribbons to the same tapestries and rugs that adorned the room. On tables there sat spools of different colors of threads, and jars kept in crates in one end had stained lids, indicating that they contained dyes of different color. There was also a woven basket in one corner of the room near the door, filled with different textiles, tags attached to them, with names scribbled on the labels in a strange language that nobody could really read properly, because the language wasn't really a part of the galaxy. It seemed that several people had asked nicely for the seamstress to make them one of her famous rugs, and this basket was filled with completed works that needed to be delivered. There were a few large cushions in the room of varying colors, an clearly, they were meant for people to sit down on them.

Halfway across the room there was a wooden screen that partially concealed a particularly large loom that someone was currently working on, as the clicking of the loom and the spinning of spools could be heard, this was a seamstress who did not use automatic machines, but did everything carefully by hand. This was a true artisan at work. Having heard the opening of the door, as doing so caused it to cling against a pair of chimes made from what appeared to be black and cream-colored shells of varying sizes and shapes, the figure behind the screen got to a stopping point in the pattern, and got up, coming from around the screen to see who had entered her shop.

The woman, as it turned out, was a Stagnumian, the only one aside from Kerr who had come aboard the Majesty, although there was nothing truthfully beautiful about her. She was clearly older, and by most Chimerosu standards, she was most likely ugly in appearance, and it didn't take the opinion of an actual Chimerosu for a non-Chimerosu alien to figure out. She had a shorter mane, firstly, and while most Chimerosu had smooth beaks aside from the typical ridges, the beak of the seamstress was somewhat warped in appearance, looking somewhat warty, in a way, like the skin of a toad. Her left eye was somewhat clouded over, as well, and it seemed she was either completely blind on her left side, or had poor vision in it. Her horns also seemed to be dried and cracked, although if this was genetic, or simply old age, one couldn't quite be sure, nor would they really have the courage to ask. Her actual appearance set aside, she was very nicely dressed. She wore a black silken robe that accented her feathers, with bits of silver vine-like embroidery lining the neck and the waist part. There was a flap in the front that allowed ease of the natural movement of the front pair of legs, and the back of the robe trailed over the back of her serpentine body and ended part way down the tail, with two slits allowing the wings through. On the back between the wings there was a silver embroidered pattern that appeared to resemble a cluster of flowers. In the black part, there was an almost scale or feather-like pattern in the weaving of the threads, visible when the silk caught the light. It was easy to tell that the seamstress had made it. She wore shell-like beads on her wrists of varying colors, and she took in the sight of the two.

"Ah, representatives have come to seek my services, yes?" Her accent had an odd quality to it, and it was very thick, the international tongue coming out somewhat broken. She looked at the two of them, "I am Greta, I work as seamstress on Majesty. This work you have for me, is it mend or request?" The lack of certain words she had suggested that she likely didn't know she needed to use them.

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Behind Isbar, there was a sudden appearance of bright blue light, and immediately it brought to mind the ghosts the engineers had been arguing about earlier. Upon turning around, however, it was clear the glow didn't belong to a ghost at all, although it was perfectly reasonable for others to think that, considering it wasn't a physical, or even organic creature, to begin with. It was none other than Ambigon, who had been hiding out in the engine rooms of the Majesty since it had left Vathoris, so quiet about his presence that people had rather quickly forgotten he was even on the ship in the first place. "It would seem that we meet again." The tinny voice came from the energy being, which Isbar could not force to leave or even threaten, because he would pass right through it. The strange creature drifted over, "You seem depressed, why?"

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