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Post by TheToonKing on Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:33 am

RISING Unit's home base has fallen, and they find themselves piecing together their team and transitioning into a new dwelling. With the disappearance and assumed betrayal of Xalia, the team hopes to further broaden its ranks for the coming battles. Soon they will do just that.

This is a story of a man whose path will soon cross with theirs...


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A small New England town...

The landscape was painted white, snow still drifting down across the once peaceful dwelling. Now it had been evacuated following an E.L.A. raid, one of their earliest attempts at kidnapping a large number of citizens for as of yet unknown reasons. While the E.L.A. had moved out of the area, they'd used parts of it as a testing ground for new weaponry.

What are now identified as "Big Sentrys" were first sighted being tested in a suburban area here.

The military had caught wind of some of these exercises, and attempted to keep tabs on them. These documented tests of various droid's and their ability to maneuver through a urban environment, as well as general combat tests. Some combat tests performed included planting Saibamen and their alternative breeds, and scientists nearby seemingly attempting to control the creatures with different equipment.

Some intelligence gathered indicated Saibamen behaviors only shown in these tests, such as some changing from their natural color as a result of a scientists actions. Some were also shown capable of team work, yet others became so erratic as to attack their own kind.

This particular information piqued the interest of one particular man, who like many had joined the military's forces on the onset of the war. He'd asked to be told immediately when the signs of these specific test preparations were reported, and had been flown out today after sentry's were seen forming a wide perimeter around the general portion of the town where things were happening.

Now that he'd arrived, he'd have to get beyond that perimeter, within it was a park which had the soil they'd use for the days Saibamen testing. Being spotted by the Sentry's would complicate things greatly...but if he entered the park unspotted, the perimeter may not be able to see him from then on...

The man walked towards the top of a hillside which would give a full view of the New England town, and get an idea on how to move ahead...
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Post by Gohan2535 on Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:58 am

The man sighed, "That Xalia character really made things difficult..."

Adjusting his clothes, he began to stretch, "Not only did she take on the crisis at Hazard when I was going to...she didn't leave any traces for my research..."

"Not to mention field work is annoying in the first place..."


[Unknown?!?!]

He drops a bag to the side, placing the lab coat he was wearing in it, beginning to equip his tools. One was a green colored gauntlet of sorts, its top think and extending out slightly. Some kind of projectile launcher perhaps? Another was a high tech looking gun that he straps to his belt, along with a few satchels with various items in them.

"I think that's everything..." he sighs again.

"Time to do this...
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Re: Arc I Side Story 8: Men of Science

Post by TheToonKing on Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:52 am

As the man reached the top of the snowy hillside, he looked out over the town.

The park which would house todays tests had sentry's spread out in a wide perimeter guarding it, just as was reported. It came to his attention that the perimeter was thinner to the south at the very least, and the park itself had enough trees and area that the sentry's couldn't see the testing ground themselves.

What also caught his interest was just between the hills bottom and the town... The outlet of a sewage pipe small enough for a man...
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Post by Gohan2535 on Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:56 am

Eying the perimeter of sentries, he recognizes their make from previous encounters with the E.L.A. Spread out in groups around the park, "Two groups along each side....except for the one to the southern side. Those models aren't to strong. Maybe I can pick off the south side first..."

"Might as well check this out..."

He heads towards the pipe, being careful not to fall as he slides down the hill. Reaching the subject, he mentally begins to map out the pipeline with the image of the town in mind.

"For the size of the town, these pipes probably twists and turns throughout...It might be easy to get lost in there, but it could lead to multiple spots. Namely...the testing area. Better not though, I don't want to risk the smell seeping into my clothes..."

"The long way it is..."
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A few minutes pass, as the man circles around the town behind tries at the southern side; having the smallest number of opponents. Easy to pick off...

However; trying to get the drop on them fails when a Sentry notices and alerts the rest of it's group!

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Initiative Order
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Unknown (13)
Horde of 5 South (2)

??? (Lv. 4 / 212 HP / 122 EP / 100 ECP / 6 AP)
Horde of 5 South  (Lv. 1 / 25 HP | 1 AP)
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Round 1 start!
???'s Turn!
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Quickly reaching to his side, the man draws his gun whilst leaping to the side, "Line it up," time flows slowly as the man's brain fires into calculations. The distance, the trajectory, the probable ricochet...



"...Fire..."



The gun makes a quick high pitched whir, rather than the loud noise of a normal gun as it fires. The bullet glides through the air as it hits the first sentry, the impact hitting exactly where the man aimed for. Causing the bullet richochet to the next sentry, and the next... until one was left.

The sentry tried to process exactly what just happened, but didn't realize the man closing; throwing a chop that tore the sentry to pieces.
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??? uses his Power Gun (Ammo: 30 -> 29) on the Horde, inflicting 22 damage! (Horde HP: 25 -> 3). He uses his reaction to reload the gun.

??? burns an AP (6 -> 5) to attack the horde with a basic physical attack, inflicting 14 damage (Horde HP: 3 -> 0).

The Horde is Defeated!
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Taking a breath, he looked at his gun, "Heh...Seems I did a better job crafting you than I thought," he says, stowing it back to his belt and heading in, ducking into the nearest building to take a quick breather...
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??? rests, regaining 1 AP (5 -> 6)
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Re: Arc I Side Story 8: Men of Science

Post by TheToonKing on Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:24 pm

Meanwhile, within the park...

A lone Big Sentry was set to guard the immediate area, an open patch of grass at the center of the park. The perimeter of sentries wasn't visible within the trees of the park. The scientist who was beginning to dig into the snow grass using a thin black blade resembling a trowel which extended from a device around his wrist, which took up the arm nearly to the elbow.

The scientist was an Animal-type human, a tall mole-man. His large body was within a greyish labcoat, a standard E.L.A. color, a dark heavier layer of clothing beneath it. His small eyes were obscured by equally small round black sunglasses. His body was round, but appeared muscular in the arms.

[E.L.A. Scientist - Biochemistry Laboratory Specialist]

[Saibamen Expert "Seitz the Mole"]

As he finished digging into the ground somewhat with his wristblade, he produced a tablet from his labcoat. Using a stylus he began todays notes...

"Saibamen Alteration Experiments...Test number thirteen..beginning at nine AM..." he said as he wrote, before placing the tablet away. His hand returned from his labcoat pocket with a unmarked clear bag full of multi-colored gummi worms. The mole-man promptly slurped down a red, blue, and purple, and placed the bag away with a handful ready for later.

He adjusted a black mask lowered around his neck, before lowering his wrist machine towards the dug holes. With a press of a button with his worm filled hands, several small green seeds popped out into the hole. "Hmmm...hhmmmhmm...~~" Seitz hummed a tune, used to the motions.

With another switch it began to pour a blueish liquid into the dirt, before he brushed a boot across the ground and covered in the holes.

"I've got a good feeling about today's formulas..." Seitz mused, slurping up a some worms from his grasp. "Today is looking to be a great day for Seitz."

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Post by Gohan2535 on Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:35 am

The man continues on after resting for a bit, taking a bit of time to get to Seitz's location...the Big Sentry stepping up with a, "Halt!!"

This causes Zeitz to jump in surprise with his gummies sticking from his mouth. He turns, coughing up half eaten gummies a bit, "H-Hey! What are you doing here?!"

"H...How'd you get by the sentries?" He steps back, crunching the snow.

"Oh, right. I have clearance of course. I'm a newbie under Korematsu. Wanted me to come here for some field work, though I'll admit: I'm more of an engineer rather than biochemist," the man says casually, stepping forward.

"Y...You mean...he actually remembered me? it's been years since I was his student..."

"You were his student?! I should be honored!"

"Yes, yes...when he was a professor, I was one of his many students...heh, words spread all over he joined the E.L.A., but he's actually become a part of the Head Staff...that's why it's hard to believe he'd remember me, and send someone to help in my niche research..."
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??? successfully persuades Seitz!
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??? took another step, "I wouldn't sell yourself short like that! I certainly feel like I let him down with my inferior ability as a biochemist."

"Hmm," Seitz nods slowly, reaching into his labcoat; producing...?! "Here, take a look at my notes," his tablet from earlier.

"I...c-could have them sent to Korematsu as well!"

??? continues up to Seitz, the Big Sentry seeming to have been persuaded as well. Taking the tablet, he looks at it, "Wow, I feel like this is years out of my league! My current self has only produced something like this," he raises his hand which had the equipped gauntlet, "But it mainly uses engineering...since it's my comfort zone."

"Ooo, that looks snazzy! Though I can't tell what its for," Seitz raises his own wrist mounted gear, "I've got my custom piece, Saibamen focused of course," he points forward, thinking he looks cool, "Once this batch is born, I'll show you some of my custom formulas."


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Post by TheToonKing on Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:27 am

The man recalled his briefing on this man's tests, the reports of the Saibamen having their colors changed with the scientists actions. While Seitz looked on to the Saibamen's hole, the man opened up the back of the tablet and procured a small chip, pocketing it.

Seitz seemed to remember something, "Oh!"

The man turned, wondering if he had been seen for a moment. Seitz simply said. ""Ah, by the way, their are some Guard Sentry's hidden in the snow nearby. They'll protect us if anything goes wrong with these guys."

The man gave a nod, pocketing the chip.

??? passes an Intelligence check, gaining Seitz's Notes!


Seitz put a hand against the black mask around his neck, lifting it slightly; ""But we shouldn't have to worry! Because I've got this beauty..."


"Oh? Does she have a name?"

Seitz tilted his head, "Oh? I never thought to give her one...Vocalizer? No...hm...what do I think of when I think "controlling" ..."

He didn't need to long to think about it, frowning. "Heh..." he smiles somewhat to the man, "I'll call it the Mother Mic!"

"I see..!!" the man nodded quickly in response.

The two waited a bit for the Saibamen to sprout. And soon they did. The ground split open, numerous heads raising out of the dirt, colored; grey, black, blue, and green. They grunted and stretched their new arms and legs.

The man eventually spoke up. "I've only seen the green ones up until now."

"Well this is an especially sweat treat. The Copyman actually sprouted..." Seitz replied, before lifting the Mother Mic to his mouth, where it rested.

As Seitz spoke, the sound was heavily distorted into a shrieking similiar to the Saibamen, and the creatures lined up. The mole-man quickly had an idea. With another command, he and the creatures jumped back...and went into various poses.

Seitz uses the Mother Mic's Command ability! The Saibamen are under his command



The man promptly fell over from the sudden event...



Seitz stood, rubbing the back of his head with a chuckle, which became a screech through the mask. The Saibamen mirrored his action. He lowered the Mother Mic.

"The Saibamen are loyal to whoever grow them, but the Mother Mic takes that to another level..."
"...you think Korematsu would be impressed?"
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Post by Gohan2535 on Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:38 am

The man spoke up, "I know i am," amazed, "...how do you go about testing them once you've grown them?"

Seitz smiles, "Well, I used to test the Mother Mic for a while, but she's working good now. So i'll get right to my formulas," he slides forward on one knee, thrusting his geared arm out as he presses a button, "Growth Cocktail!"

A green mist sprays forth from the device, overcomes the Saibamen who breath it in.

Glancing at the tablet, ??? looks at the notes Seitz had taken in tests. The saibamen have their lifespans cut in half to grant them a nice healing factor...

"I see... Incredible!" he nods, "You ever use, say, the sentries for combat ability? How have you tested their physical abilities?"

"The sentries? no...nothing like that. I'd probably want some extras from center for that."

"Right, right. Was just curious..."

Seitz begins to change the settings, "Heh, I'll show you my new additions to this formula," He raises his arm as a red mist sprays out, "Vigor Cocktail!"

As the saibamen inhale this one, thye begin to scream out uncomfortably, rather upsettingly so; ??? letting off a cringed face for a moment, "T-They don't look so good... is it working," he asks as the saibamen freeze up, their bodies changing shades and bulking up.

"I think so, they just need to adjust to it for a moment. The formula really gets the adrenal glands pumping, among other things....its a real power-up." Seitz watches, as ??? nods.

"True, i had a similar idea. A Combat Formula that would power someone up! But my lack of experience has made it rather difficult to complete," he pauses. Raising his hand to point towards a pipe he had noticed seconds ago, "By the way, what's that...I noticed it earlier..."
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Post by TheToonKing on Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:57 am

The mole-man eyed it through his round sunglasses, rather disinterested, like he'd rather talk about that combat formula. "Sewer system? Irrigation maybe?"

"I wonder if this leads throughout the entire town..." the man replied. He walked towards the pipe... "If you set up saibamen by the openings to these... and use your cocktails through these pipes..."

The man suddenly paused, realizing what he was saying to a E.L.A. scientist...

"Huh...you could seize an entire city," Seitz replied, "Setting Saibamen up to grow and appear out of the sewage system after flooding it with some of my formulas."

After a pause, he finished if off with a weak, ""Sounds too brutal.."

"You're probably right," the man scratched his head, sweat-dropping, "Its a bit much..."

The scientist approached the pipe a bit. "You're a smart guy, though you are under Korematsu so of course...I guess my research is meant for acts like that...huh?"

The brunette didn't respond to this for a bit, before thinking to say;

"That gets me curious...What're your thoughts on this...war? And it's participants...?"

Seitz abruptly stopped walking, snow crunching under his feet. The man seemed to sense he may have made a mistake. "...A...Ah sorry. you don't have to answer..."

"I mean..." Seitz spoke up, "We're workmen for the E.L.A...."

"They gave me...everything I have now.I couldn't keep a job after my schooling finished, but they took me in, saw my skill, and gave me a future...Even if they...do some of the things they do, like having to start this war...they're just trying to give everyone a future...that's what I think. Maybe with their help, we can all reach our full potential...right?"
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Post by Gohan2535 on Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:23 am

"Is that what you believe...?"

??? stares at Seitz, "You can reach your full potential however you want, you don't need the E.L.A... at least that's what I believe," He steps closer to Seitz, placing a hand on the mole's shoulder, "Tell me, do you really agree with the E.L.A's ideals?"

A pause. Seitz's glasses angled in a way to show ???'s reflection, "..." silence for a moment. Then, "Is this a test...is that what you're here for?"

"Or," seemingly pushed to think about the situation for too long, "...just who are you?"

??? blinks at this, realizing what he said may have seemed suspicions, though he genuinely wondered, "A-ah! Sorry. I can get a little philosophical when I being to over thing things or when my mind runs wild... Uh... Here," he raises his hand to give Seitz his tablet back.

Seitz gives a surprised look, like he'd forgotten. Grabbing it quickly, he stares at it.

"You...you should get back to work," ??? clears his throat, "I'm just going to explore this a bit...out of fear of disturbing you further..."

The mole responds with a slow nod, "Okay."

A silence as ??? begins to head in.

"Hey, what was your name? I'm Seitz..."

??? turns, surprised, "Oh! I'm terribly sorry for my rudeness, I'm Terra," he holds his hand out, the mole seeing with a smile, quickly returning the gesture.

"Ah...! It's nice meeting you!"

"The feeling is shared."
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Post by TheToonKing on Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:11 am

Shortly after Terra disappeared into the pipe, the robotic sentries which were guarding the area poured into the area, converging on Seitz for his safety. They alerted him that the south side of the perimeter had been taken out, and the mole-man didn't wasn't all to shocked at the revelation.

"I haven't been interupted so...feel free to take up your post again...whatever it was must have been scared off..." Seitz replied, and the sentry's did just that.

Before returning to the four freshly-grown Saibamen, Seitz gave one last look back towards the pipe...

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As Terra traveled through the pipe, it was soon devoid of light. He soon provided himself with some using his arm device. "A rodent perhaps..." he thought aloud. He continued on.

Suddenly, something passes into his light, a shadow...it soon escapes from view in a rush however. Terra took pause, but soon continued. He found himself in a large sort of central chamber, where numerous pipes converged at. The man quickly calculated which pipe was likely lead him out to the east, where his transport was waiting...

And with that he stepped into his pick. Moving down it, the scientist came face to face with the shadowy creature yet again, seeing it completely. It was a blue Saibamen, a Caiwareman, but its left arm was swollen and purple. Terra recognized it to likely be an effect of the Vigor Cocktail...

Terra watches the Caiwareman's movements for a bit, and reads it like an open book. It's clearly tired and deprived of...something. It seemed hungry...though did Saibamen eat?
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Post by Gohan2535 on Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:56 am

"That Vigor Cocktail... is cruel-seeming. Hmm..."

After a moment, he slowly takes out a ration from a belt pouch, and opens it, "You probably don't eat, but just in case," he sets it down for the Caiwareman; who just stares at it. Seems they don't actually eat. So what could he do?

It steps closer, into the light..then suddenly gets shaky and trips over its own feet, Terra quickly rushing to help it; being careful just in case. But it didn't try to swipe, not that it could due to its weakened state.

Despite the nature of this creature's creation, and what it could possibly do to him; Terra was unable to let it be in pain. Lifting up his arm, he pushes the protruding end into the Caiwareman slightly, "This will sting for a second," A quick, high pitched noise; indicating the device's activation.
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Terra uses his "Salveo Device" on the Saibamen. It regains 10% of it's HP, and it's HP recovers as if it had rested for its next 2 turns. (Terra's ECP: 100 ->)80)
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The creature's veins pop out for a moment as an organ within kicks back into gear after burnout as result of the Vigor Cocktail. It screeches as life comes back to it's body with sudden energy it hadn't felt in a while. It seems to regain its bearings, leaving Terra alone.

Watching this unfold, Terra gives off a slight smile at the effectiveness of his invention; picking up the ration and fingering a bit into his mouth. "I wonder if its possible for you to develop into...a more...sentient being..."

The creature stares up at Terra, pausing. After a moment, Terra realizes its going to just stare at him for now...

"Hmm," he places the rest of the ration down, "Probably would be better cooked. I'll just leave it here,"
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Terra's Rations 1 -> 0
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He begins to progress, making note of the Caiwareman's actions. Inching passed, with nothing else happening. He continues; checking back every few seconds to see that clearly, the creature is following him but keeps its distance...

Eventually, a light is seen at the end of the pipe path.
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Terra successfully picked the right path, making it back to the hill and grabbing his bag; placing his equipment within. He makes it to the helicopter waiting to pick him up, with the Caiwareman behind  him; seemingly sensitive to the sunlight...

The pilot stares at Terra. Terra realizes and casually gives a, "What?"
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Terra casually sits in the helicopter all strapped up, just behind him is the Caiwareman with strapped in as well. The pilot is visibly uncomfortable, "Right...back to base then,"
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Post by SSJRandomMaster on Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:27 am

Pacifist run. First of its kind, probably the only, we'll see. Anyway, rewards...

Terra gains 1500 EXP. Good insight into character, and got through this mission without throwing a single punch.

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