I leave for a short time, and I come back to this?
[Megatron may have taken what he considers a 'short' sojourn out to the badlands to scout for Megatronus Prime--one of the few things he manages to agree with his Firstforged about. Granted, 'short' was almost two months, and 'sojourn' was more like 'grueling death march,' but he cant say he regrets it.]
[So now...coming back to what looks like a battleground?]
Is there anyone who cares to fill me in on what I missed?
[Have Elita on your screen frowning quite severely, her mouth in a flat line. The only light beyond the glow of her blue optics is apparently some unpleasant-looking yellow, and it doesn't reach very far.
The view around the edges of the screen seem to pulse without a rhythm, and there's some sort of... device, behind her. What can be seen of the room doesn't seem to exactly be there at all. She doesn't speak, rather text pops up on the screen instead.]
If anyone has ideas of how to deal with this, I'd love to hear them. If you're going to attempt to join me, you're going to need protection against the radiation... [She shakes her helm slowly, looking away from the screen for a moment.]
Which I can probably provide through Solus little gift, but I suggest not trying to come here alone, because while I'm sure we could deal with the things I passed to get in here, their capabilities are unknown but I'm pretty sure they're far more dangerous than the creatures that milled at the outskirts.
... Just use text if you plan on replying, too. I have no idea how good hearing the creature I passed has, but if I'm going to take it I'd want back-up.
[The roar of turbines can be heard in the very near background of a video feed that shows wastelands rushing by some distance below. Thundercracker's voice speaks over the noise.]
All right, everyone, listen up! Pretty sure I've found something, and I'll be a half-slagged Empty if it's not the cause of what's going on.[A ridged valley comes into view, one that no one will recognize. Thundercracker slows some, banking sharply to keep the new complex at its center in view as he circles it.]
This is southwest of Haven. Radiation's highest here than anywhere else to date. And if I have to spell out what I think of the party down there, you're best to stick to the temples. I'm reading some other kind of energy too, aside from the radiation. I don't recognize it.
So . . . who's up for some target practice?((ooc: Everyone's welcome to tag on the plot post or start our own posts. I'm just going to start a thread with TC for any fliers who want to bombard the CNPP. >D Maybe we can provide cover for a ground assault? Distract a majority of the zombies to one side at least, even if we can't get through the shield.))
[The video feed comes on to show Bulkhead, looking serious and all business. There wasn't time for much else. The feed shakes as he's obviously moving, and some might even notice a large, and long, green handle slung over his shoulder.]
Alright, for those lookin' for shelter from the radiation. The Hub has been reinforced. Also, several several rooms in each temple have been reinforced. That way nobody needs to leave the temples if they don't have to.
[He'll attatch coordinates for the room locations in each temple.]
Stay safe, everyone.
Great, so we've gone from sci-fi to horror in less than a week. Pretty sure this is not
what anyone had in mind when they wished to be a Hollywood star, but whatever.[Spidey's costume is looking a bit worse for wear, with tears and claw marks plainly visible in the red and blue suit, but the number of injuries underneath appear to be minimal. A few blood stains in one or two places, but he actually looks relatively unharmed. Physically, anyway. Mentally, well, he doubts he'll be getting a good night's sleep for months.
He's broadcasting from somewhere in the junk pile, and slowly turning the comm from side to side in the process, like he's using the camera lens to look for something. He's still careful to always remain in the frame of course, but it's apparent he's not really concerned about sharing an update on his condition.]
But uh, one thing that definitely
bears mentioning. The things we're dealing with right now? It so
gets worse. At least one
of our new playmates is a little shy, and likes to go invisible. Or, close to it, anyway. I'm trying to deal with them before they get near anywhere populated, but it's kind of tricky. So far, the best tactic's been pretending I don't notice them, and dealing with them when they finally attack.[The camera stops panning once he spots...well, something. It looks like the air's somehow blurry in one location, and careful examination would reveal an almost human-like blur in the landscape, one that's moving. Closer.]
guys. And no, I do not
recommend trying to deal with them yourself unless you're about thirty feet tall and half car
. I just wanted to show you guys how to look for them, so you know to get as far away as possible
if you ever spot one. Also, they do this really
obnoxious 'heavy-breathing' thing, but if you can hear that
, you're already way
too cl--[Whoops, time to move! Spidey webs his comm to a nearby object in the junk pile as the bloodsucker de-cloaks and attacks, though considering he jumped out of the way in time, all it gets is a claw full of air. And possibly network celebrity status, in all it's ugly, ugly glory. He'll be nice and get that out of everyone's sight quick enough though, as he's fired a pair of web lines into the creature's back even while still landing behind it, then quickly swings it into a nearby pile with a loud crash and an explosion of debris.]
Like I said, taking care of these things as best I can, but figured I should warn the rest of you guys. I've got kind of a 'sense' about stuff like this, so I figure I'd be the one better suited to the risk-taking. Makes it hard for them to creep up on me even when they're invisible, but they do
get lucky every once in a while.[Aaaand that loud roar confirms that his playmate for the day isn't quite out of the game just yet. And all Spidey can do is let out a frustrated sigh.]
Right, almost forgot. They're also really
hard to put down. Stay safe guys, and give me a holler if you spot any of these things skulking around the city. I'll take care of them as soon as possible![With that, he cuts the feed, if only to have his hands free to continue dealing with his charming Bloodsucker friend.]
Um, hi everyone.
[Rapunzel looks uneasy, as far from assured as she's ever looked; however, she also looks strangely determined, almost stubborn, something she never much had reason to show during her time on Cybertron. It's time to come clean. Lives are at stake, and it's driving her all but insane being cooped up, unable to do anything.
Well, it's past time to stop the self-pity. She can help. She needs to. Rapunzel can't bear the thought of losing her friends to these monstrous menaces, especially not when it's possible for her to give them near-infinite chances to stay alive.]
Okay, before I say anything else, I know most everything going on makes no sense to me; I don't understand the "science" or the terms o-or any of the things beyond my time. But I was told about monsters growing up, and seeing what's all happening over the network... it's obvious they can cause a lot of harm and a lot of damage. Frankly, I'm... I'm terrified. That people are going to get hurt. Good people.
And... I know I haven't been entirely honest, either. I-I've been too scared to, but now... now I'm scared for completely different reasons.
That's why I'm saying this now. [She takes a deep breath, in through her nose, out through her mouth. It was one thing to reveal her power to those who would keep it secret; revealing it to everyone... it's far more daunting. Necessary, given the cryptic times, but daunting. Yet despite having good reason for keeping it under wraps this long, there's something distinctly guilty about angle of her brow and look in her eye. Though she's righting the wrong and facing her fear, she's scared but hopeful it isn't too little, too late.]
I have magic hair that can heal when I sing a special incantation.
[There, she said it. Hastily, she presses on, as she doesn't want to give those who were previously in the dark too much time to grow resentful for her secret-keeping.]
I didn't know it at first, but it does heal literally everyone... robots included. It should reverse any damage, almost immediately. I'm... I'm so sorry I never told everyone before, but I do want to help, and I'd like to think I actually can, even though I'm not big or strong or superhuman.
A-anyways, from what I've heard, it isn't safe for people to go outside, much less "organics". But... if any of you do get hurt out there or see anyone else get injured, please come to me. I'll heal everyone and anyone that walks through the door.
[Even jerks like Sentinel.]
I'm inside Vector's temple, if and when anyone needs me.
[Well, there, Haven, have . . . well, one might guess it – him? – to be human. Maybe? Humanoid, at any rate. Damn, but those are some enormous – and very blank and dark – round optics…in a rather leathery "face". Best guess, for those would know of such things, is a guy in a full-head-covering gas mask over what was probably once really nice body armor. While still quite functional, by the looks of it, it's definitely seen better days. From the way he's holding up the device he's recording with, only one shoulder is visible . . . and there's no Glyph. When he speaks, it's with what could best be described as "decent" English with a heavy Russian accent.]
So… Hello. Seems not only I get caught outside during blow-out – and survive, yay for me – but I get dropped on alien world. And bring mementos of home to share with you all. Reverse welcome present, yes?
[Someone's inordinately cheery for finding himself in the situation that he has. Maybe it's because he's been dealing with weird and "alien" shit for a few years now as it is. He's spent the past few days learning what he could in recent network archives while he holed up somewhere defensible. It also helps that he hasn't quite realized that what robots he's seen on the network aren't just amazing suits of powered armor
with unnecessarily expressive faces mimicking their pilots, nor just how huge you all really are.]
How does this sound? We trade information – I tell you what I know of mutants, you tell me what you know of . . . [He shifts to roll the wrist of his free hand – and that motion?...brings his other shoulder into view…which doesn't bear a Glyph either. Never mind that he's got armor on, if there was one present . . . it'd be visible.] . . . everything else. Deal?
Oh, and food. Yeah. Food would be good. [It's actually the main reason he's doing this now. He's run out of rations, oops.] And vodka. Lots of vodka. Trust me, is good for the health. Especially with radiation levels rising like they are.
Oh . . . name is Stepan. Stepan Utkin. Vsego dobrogo!
[Ut-oh, looks like Deckard's got his "Leader of the Brave Police" hat on today, if his grim expression is anything to go by. To say nothing of his tone of voice.]
Good afternoon. This is Deckard of the Haven Police. As I’m sure everyone is aware by now, we seem to have another Unicron-induced invasion taking place. There have been sightings of what I can only describe as zombies, plus some pretty grotesque animals, either bio-experiments or possibly the results of radiation mutations. I've never heard of victims of severe mutations like we're starting to see surviving birth before, but I'd never heard of a lot of things before coming here, so I'm not going to rule it out. Especially in light of the rising ambient radiation levels throughout Haven.
Those without shielding, I must ask that you remain inside, as deep into the Temples as you can. Those who can weather the radiation, we need to find the source and a way to neutralize it as soon as possible. I'd like to ask all those with aerial capability to contact me. If we coordinate flight patterns, we can cover more ground in less time with little wasted in overlapping efforts. Those on ground patrol, if you decide to go out, I strongly suggest you do so only in pairs or more. We don't know what these creatures are capable of, but I can tell you from past experience that you could be in for a wide variety of really nasty surprises.
Also, keep your eyes up. There's been at least one instance of an attack by a flying adversary. I'm sure many of you saw Thundercracker's video. I just spoke to him a little more about it, and he described a seemingly sentient, floating fireball that was able to turn into essentially a column of flames. Shooting the core destroyed whatever it was, so we know that firearms are effective.
If anyone has any additional information at all on what's going on, please share it. Thank you all in advance for your help.
[The feed that opens is staticky, coming as it is from the outer edges of the network's range, and bears a face that should be familiar to many. Upon closer inspection though, one might notice this Wing is a little rougher around the edges compared to recent newer arrivals. His glyph too, is a brilliant Vectorian gold edged with a strong violet glow. A touch of concern marks Wing's face as he looks right and left before speaking into the feed. The jet is clearly wary of his surroundings.] Haveners! It's been quite a long time. I wish happier news brought me to this, but alas, the recent disruption of the Lamdba affects us all. [Behind Wing, over his shoulder, there's a stealthy, disturbingly flesh colored shape slithering down the slope on all fours.] We hope-- [There's a flash of steel and white and red behind the jet: Drift doing what he does best, which is, apparently, slicing things into sushi, the two--the whatever-it-is and Drift--disappearing offscreen in a grunting flail.]
[The sound of combat rings out off screen, grabbing Wing's attention. The feed is jostled as he almost ends it--clearly Wing is tempted to join the fray--but he seems to change his mind at the last moment.] Please. Please be wary if you leave the Haven. The wastelands is strewn with foreign debris and creatures stranger than ever roam the land! [Yeah, and on that note... Drift appears--victorious, of course--holding what appears to be a severed head--actually two, one a smaller, almost vestigial one like a goiter from the neck of the main one--into the camera's range. ] Anyone else running into these , for example? [Stay classy, Drift.] ((OOC: Action and network both fine! Responses will be from either--if you have a preference, let us know! ))
[Someone has the best timing from wandering out of the badlands.]
I died, didn't I? ...Figures. I look horrible... If I did, what was the point in bringing me back? I'm not exactly worth anything. Seems like a wasted effort.
My processor is killing me. Don't... really know where I am right now. Not that it matters, I'll probably just end up dead again.
The planet's not about to explode and kill us all, right? It would be my luck to come back just for that.
[Alia spends most of the video message skimming and dismissing red windows that continually pop up in the feed. Light's sake she just got the fragging sensor net up and this happens.]
Guys, I'm glad you're making friends with the critters but we have another problem. I'm detecting radiation levels in Haven that weren't here before that boom, and the level's rising. I'm not sure how long we have because this stuff is refusing my attempts to match it to normal emissions types, but... In case you're from a place that doesn't have that sort of thing, it's not something you want to be out in if you happen to be squishy and biological.. or a mech for that matter.
I'm going to try and find somewhere radiation proof where the really vulnerable can sit this out, but I might be a while.
In other news, the perimeter is working just peachy as you can see. I'm still getting incoming bogie contacts.
I think they're getting bigger.
[Thundercracker is crouched down on a knee out on the edges of Haven. The ground around him is littered with warped, twisted bits of metal and plastic. He has a piece pinched between his fingers, turning it this way and that. Letters of...some language or other can be made out across one scorched face of it.]
Well . . . whatever it was, it's completely unrecognizable now. The language looks like it might be Russian though...[Don't ask him how he knows that. He has no idea.
He STILL hasn't consciously learned about the gift from Alpha Trion, oops!][A moaning sound comes in from his left. Grimacing in distaste, he merely shifts to raise an arm, firing his shoulder rifle a few times. Wet
splorts of something organic being blasted apart can be heard. At least it stops the moaning?]
Brought something with it, though. Lots of somethings. Things that I'd guess died on impact . . . but didn't stay
dead. If I had to make a guess, I'd say they were human. Or were at one time.
[A heat haze surrounding a fiery glow
drifts into view from behind the camera, heading for Thundercracker. He's shifting stances into something he can better react/defend from as it closes on him. The video feed of the camera goes staticky as the heat haze increases, the glowing heart of the anomaly turning into a ball of fire that quickly fills the camera's view. There's a SNARL of pain from the Seeker before the video feed cuts out.]
[Lea had never been especially fond of rats. And this particular mess mess wasn't changing his mind on that score. He'd seen the Lambda's display and gone out to see what was up, only to be assaulted by zombies of all things. The first few were easily dispatched, but like Heartless more seemed to reappear right when they were least wanted.
And now they'd been joined by giant, mutants rats. Or something. It was possible they could have been some other rodent, but they looked like rats to him, so he was calling them rats. He roasted the latest bunch with a stream of fire while pulling out his communicator with his free hand.]
Hey, anybody know the number of a good exterminator? Or maybe a 15-foot cat? Because we've got kind of a big rat problem.
[Briefly turns the camera so that folks can see the giant rats. A shambling zombie can be seen a bit further away before Lea turns the camera back to himself.]
Oh yeah, and zombies too. But one thing at a time...
[Turns a fireball on another rat and it goes up in flames with a pained squeal.]
OH SCRAP OH SCRAP OH SCRAP!
[What is Ravage yelling about? Well it may have something to do with all the barking and growling that you can hear in the back ground that is gradually getting louder.]
STOP CHASING ME!!! THIS IS TOTES NOT FUN!!!
I DON'T LIKE DOGZ!! AND U R TOTES TEH CREEPIEST DOGZ I HAZ SEEN!!!