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  1. META_mahn

    [Episode Four] Lockdown

    Spire - South Heuristics, Marie. No ideal solutions. "Yes...that can work," she noted. "As we move items out the crate gets lighter. This lets us...hmm." "The load is hanging. A sufficient imbalance will cause it to fall. What we need is a stable structure, or at least a fulcrum that can...
  2. META_mahn

    [Episode Four] Lockdown

    Spire - South "What did you find there?" Marie asked, as she came around to Glas. Thankfully just walking was something Marie had gotten very used to. If this was two or three years ago, she'd have been wheezing from exhaustion. Now she handled it quite well. "...soup. And...oh, that's the...
  3. META_mahn

    [Episode Four] Lockdown

    Enpala 13 Dragonflies, huh. Quite the nasty things. She'd have to make a note of them later...For now, she needed to get herself out of this...wall of airbags. Carrying some very important hard drives. "The research was saved." A small Marie gasped, about 1/10th of her normal size, struggling...
  4. META_mahn

    [Interim Three] Adjoin

    Cargo Bay Marie would love to laugh as of current moment. No, she'd love to also jump in and give Romulus a good punch upside the jaw. Marie could also trivially disable the Overseer. Cause a breaker to surge, destabilize the power source, any number of things could recapture her. She did...
  5. META_mahn

    [Interim Three] Adjoin

    Downrider "Hey, I'd like to remind you that wherever she ran off to-" Marie pointed at Tara/Osco/whatever her name was now, "-if her duty was to preserve information, then first off, having a metal book as a storage disk is a terrible option. Second off...how many years has it been?" A...
  6. META_mahn

    [Interim Three] Adjoin

    The Downrider The pen exploded, leaving Marie with a very, very ruined sheet of paper. There was still something legible, at least, judging by the imprints left on the page, but that would take a lot of time and effort to recover. In these circumstances, there is only one human exclamation...
  7. META_mahn

    [Interim Three] Adjoin

    Landing Site There was too much conflicting information. No, not too much information. Illogical information. There were -- other people. Those people were replaced. The fall was too great to survive. And yet here she was, climbing out of the rubble with an awful headache. Voltage was not...
  8. META_mahn

    [Episode Three] Defile

    Lower Reactor Control Take another defensive maneuver. Marie interfaced with the Bouncer's chainsaw, revving its motor to speeds that it was not meant to handle. A burned-out motor would be a useful thing for the chainsaw to experience. She stepped away from the Bouncer, towards Romulus and...
  9. META_mahn

    I would like one potato

    I would like one potato
  10. META_mahn

    Hjönk

    Hjönk
  11. META_mahn

    [Episode Three] Defile

    Lower Reactor Control A suboptimal situation. The armor was not an issue. In fact, it could be fixed now through the tried and true methodology of 'use the function again.' So, naturally, this should be fixed immediately. And Marie did so, the echyllis taking form into glowing light blue...
  12. META_mahn

    [Episode Three] Defile

    Operations Corridor "You're forgetting who I am," Marie replied to Romulus as the driver finished its cooling cycle. The exhaust vents closed as a fine layer of condensation dripped off the driver, before Marie looked down and wiped the water off. "Hm. Future designs could have a better...
  13. META_mahn

    [Episode Three] Defile

    Operations Corridor "Hold on." Marie crouched down for a moment to sort through the conflicting voices. "Okay, robot wants me to do something, captain's asking for status, Reman's said something, triage, triage, triage..." It took a moment for Marie to mentally organize everything that was...
  14. META_mahn

    [Episode Three] Defile

    Operations Corridor "Not only that, a similar model to the ones we saw in Alipier," Marie commented. "So clearly we've got a bit of a recurring villain here." "Let's head back. We aren't equipped to fight this out, because there is definitely more. They also have control over the power grid...
  15. META_mahn

    [Episode Three] Defile

    Upper Path Tunnels "His field operative?" Marie asked. "Maybe...maybe we shouldn't incapacitate the creature then. If he sees some use out of it. Maybe the thing does something Arvero doesn't like, and if we take it out, we're just stuck with his field agent and whatever tricks she wants to...
  16. META_mahn

    [Episode Three] Defile

    Kind of Close to a Dragon Ooh. Never been this close to a dragon before. A friendly one, too. Wait, no, stop. This is a genetically evolved machine made to kill things and burn the things it can't kill. And yet, eerily alluring. So many things unknown about dragons, so many unproven...
  17. META_mahn

    [Episode Three] Defile

    Upper Path - Collection of Arcadian Lootboxes The person in question with a questionable moral compass was, in fact, Marie, as she held the sparking remains of the lock in her hand that she absolutely fried. She looked to her wizard friend. "...Well, I won't lie, it was a dirty solution. But it...
  18. META_mahn

    [Episode Three] Defile

    Upper Path Aha. Now Marie had...a light stick. Wow, this was actually kind of stupid. But hey, tools are tools. Kerolyne on the other hand...sounds like something they should take as much of as possible. Reactive but not volatile. Or in other words...plastic explosive. The demolitionist's...
  19. META_mahn

    [Episode Three] Defile

    Elevator Shaft Marie just finished passing a current through the bulb, lighting up a large area before the creature scurried off. Her eyes were wide open, first looking at where the thing fell, then back up at the Overseer. "Do we...chase it? Or do we...go up there?" The engineer craned her...
  20. META_mahn

    [Episode Three] Defile

    Main Cavern Room "Okay, so where are we going now-" Marie asked, before she noticed quite literally everyone splitting off in their own ways. Oh great. Well. There were certainly benefits (and obvious drawbacks) to following any given group. Being the rational one, she decided to instead sit...
  21. META_mahn

    [Episode Three] Defile

    Cave "Hexagonal. Weird. Copper. Electrical primer?" Marie pondered, to the...probably two people who were with her. "Hexagonal would mean they store more propellant, and...the tips appear normal. Mostly. Don't have the tools to take one apart..." Marie looked up. There was no one there. Great...
  22. META_mahn

    [Episode Three] Defile

    Cave It was a rough time making her way down. No, it wasn't the metal that caused her trouble -- Marie was picking up every piece of it by observing her regional magnetic fields. It was the sand, in all of its semi-fluid behavior. Yay, science. Pleasant sometimes, but not today. Marie noticed...
  23. META_mahn

    [Episode Three] Defile

    Wayfarer "I'll try," Marie replied, before the air smelled sharply of ozone again. She let off a brief pulse of electromagnetic energy, almost as a radar...for metal. Mostly to gauge the size of the Wayfarer buried underneath the sands, but as she processed through the response, she walked over...
  24. META_mahn

    [Episode Three] Defile

    Trayl II Landing Site The engineer turned to look at Deimos. "Well, to be more specific, you need a lot of prior exposure. If Echyllis was conventional radiation, you'd have to expose yourself to probably around 65 rems worth and still somehow survive, which if you worked about thirteen years...
  25. META_mahn

    [Episode Three] Defile

    Downrider Lounge "'dapter's not done yet..." was the Sage's only reply, her face buried in her coffee cup as well as her scrambled eggs, sausage, and hash. "Givvit a week or something...bother Juryrig or something, dun fuckin know..." Her stomach grumbled. She ate an entire sausage in a single...
  26. META_mahn

    [Episode Three] Defile

    Downrider Engineering Marie woke up to the awful rumble of re-entry. It wasn't anything new, just...reminded her that her newest thing wasn't anywhere near done yet. Dammit, it was hard making these things, with all their reduction of Echyllis output and thermostability and whatnot. At the very...
  27. META_mahn

    [Interim Two] Reprise

    Tundra "I would preferably have him write in every last gap we have researched up to current date that he can," Marie began. "We have many holes in our information, such aaaassss..." And just like that, as soon as Juryrig closed the door behind him, Marie's train of thought went out instantly...
  28. META_mahn

    [Interim Two] Reprise

    Marie opened her mouth to object, but then something caught her eye: the black key in the snow with its edges in a bright green. It seemed to be glowing. No, it wasn't glowing, it was transferring. Transferring in the sense that if she really closed her eyes and focused, she could feel her...
  29. META_mahn

    [Interim Two] Reprise

    Tundra Bonfire "I'll have you know that I wasn't even aware of my involvement until fifteen years later," Marie grumbled to the robotic overseer. "He's on his own here. I almost became a pet project of his, now that I'm aware." Marie started scooching her chair across the frozen earth, away...
  30. META_mahn

    [Interim Two] Reprise

    Tundra Wake up. Marie bolted awake, causing the chair to slip a little beneath her. She noticed that she was bound across her body to a chair, a fire nearby, close to two others... "What do you want? I'm not a witch, I don't have any money, and I've done nothing illegal, I pro-" Oh wait. It...
  31. META_mahn

    [Interim Two] Reprise

    Tundra Marie's eyes narrowed at the trio as they vanished into the horizon. The blue-purple cloud smelled of many conflicting things -- metal, acrid burning plastic, rust, and something inexplicably fruity. She pulled on the manual release lever as the driver popped off. It was time to do...
  32. META_mahn

    [Interim Two] Reprise

    Outside That actually kind of hurt, running into that barrier. But that was interesting. An ability to connect two points of space. But more importantly, it seemed like they were all overheating. She had studied the driver she had access to initially, as well as Osco's reactor. She had learned...
  33. META_mahn

    [Interim Two] Reprise

    Tundra "So you weren't looking to have a nice chat," Marie replied to Gallo. "Clever. Additionally, you know my set of possible actions while I know only two of yours. Disadvantageous, certainly, but..." Marie traced her route. "...if you know anything about me, at the least, you know how we...
  34. META_mahn

    [Interim Two] Reprise

    Tundra The man knew her. But she didn't know him. Nothing about him rang any bells. Not his face, not his voice... "Doing what anyone in our profession would do when we're stuck against a wall," Marie replied, after bolting away from the man. "Field work. What was your duty in the Institute?"...
  35. META_mahn

    [Interim Two] Reprise

    Marie grabbed the spear from the ground, testing its weight. It was well-balanced, and more importantly, made exactly as to how she'd like it. Interesting...? Weapon bound. No time for questions now, though. Now was the time she needed to finish off Romulus, as his driver was having issues...
  36. META_mahn

    [Interim Two] Reprise

    Epsilon's Way of Saying Hello The entire space. It was something else entirely. She hadn't woken up due to the water -- although that did help get her fully awake. Every last bit of the room, every last atom felt like it was speaking. Whispering to one another, to her. Constantly monitoring...
  37. META_mahn

    [Interim Two] Reprise

    "Interesting," was the white-haired girl's only response as she took her notebook and walked away. Certain concerns have now been established. Although, Romulus's solution is a flawed one...one could hope there is a better solution. Containment, and refinement, rather than...
  38. META_mahn

    [Interim Two] Reprise

    “Yes, I’m aware,” Marie sighed. “I’m looking for the missing link you’ve wiped off the face of your rest of your notes. Unfortunately, you’ve left nothing. But if you’re going to play your game, I can play the game of cryptic warnings too.” The Sage paced around the room. “Did you read page 51...
  39. META_mahn

    [Interim Two] Reprise

    ISS Downrider Medical Bay She never rests. And by 'she,' this was Marie. The tingling in her arm stopped bothering her about an hour ago, the feeling of magically regenerated skin. She understood nearly nothing about medicine, so she couldn't help Aradia fix people. She was, however, reading...
  40. META_mahn

    [Episode Two] Union

    Nave Fully unequipped for combat. This was not the fight Marie should be picking. She had something good for dealing with small things, like those sawblade...monstrosities. She did not have the means to deal with the golem. She needed to reidentify the priorities in the area. Most of the crew...
  41. META_mahn

    [Episode Two] Union

    Nave Perfect. An arm. Something controllable that conducts electricity. She took some time to learn how the servos were connected to the arm, and after a bit of the arm bending and flexing around. The sound of Reman’s driver disengaging caused her to look up. Reman’s driver spat out its final...
  42. META_mahn

    [Episode Two] Union

    Well...errr...now what? Now Marie was stuck with a heap of metal and she hardly had the time to disassemble it. She probably, probably wasn’t strong enough to start tearing its arms off, although it didn’t hurt to try. She ripped a strip of cloth off her coat, bandaging the strip of exposed...
  43. META_mahn

    [Episode Two] Union

    Alipier Observatory Nave Marie screeched as the metal beast leapt in front of her. It was a horrifying creature, a twisted gnarl of steel and electricity, of a haphazard heap. It was...horrifying? No...that wasn’t the right word. It was disgusting. It was useful. How dare it exist. There was...
  44. META_mahn

    [Episode Two] Union

    Alipier Observatory Right...yes, it was still definitely dangerous out there. And no weapon still. What a horrible situation. Dammit. She was in the same boat as Deimos. Not like a sword would do much good against a gigantic robot. The overseer’s surprise appearance was...honestly expected at...
  45. META_mahn

    [Episode Two] Union

    Nave Right then. Time to get on doing... The crash startled Marie as she reflexively jumped backwards, crashing into the wall with a huff of air as it knocked the wind out of her. But at least she dodged the flying pew. She didn’t have time. No tools, no environment to exploit, nothing. And a...
  46. META_mahn

    [Episode Two] Union

    Nave Marie's senses refocused. "Huh?" she wondered what Deimos was talking about. "Oh...um...it's...normally internal, but yes. I should probably explain what SARCOM is, or at least what I got from Osco." "It's an Arcadian comms channel for scientific research. She specifically emphasized...
  47. META_mahn

    [Episode Two] Union

    Alipier Laboratory Nave "In all honesty..." Marie began, taking in the surroundings, her eyes filtering out everything that she needed to be aware of at first glance. An observation lens of some sort. An apparatus, possibly electrical in nature if previous experiences were cross-referenceable...
  48. META_mahn

    [Episode Two] Union

    Alipier Laboratory - Upper Ledge "You...may find I'm more than suitable of an individual," Marie responded to the robot. "Maybe we should optimize where we seek our safety, though. Up there." She pointed with the lead rod towards the nave, indicating to go that way. "Amperia Institute, masters...
  49. META_mahn

    [OOC] Arcadia Complex

    science
  50. META_mahn

    [Episode Two] Union

    Main Room Mental noise isn’t good for you, Marie. You of all people are weak to this. You know why. It makes you sick, horribly so. Even more than the normal person. The tumult of thoughts subsided...away to the back of her mind. She picked up the lead rod again, walking towards the tentacled...
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