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Re/Aligned Mods ([personal profile] re_alignedmods) wrote in [community profile] re_alignment2014-07-07 09:14 pm
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The Zone: Part Two

Thanks to the distraction caused by the various creatures and anomalies, and the interference from the ever-increasing radiation, pinpointing the fallen 'meteor' and likely source of the attacks may have been difficult up until now.

But efforts to locate it have paid off.

South-west of Haven, there is a ridged valley that did not exist a week ago. In it's center is a massive, sprawling power plant, exhaust towers rising up to the horizon. It is literally crawling with more mutants.

As if that was not ominous enough, it is a nuclear power-plant.

Anyone who has been to Earth or knows their human history - or happen to be from a Tyran universe - may recognize it for what it is: Chernobyl, straight out of some alternate Ukraine. The facility is tucked in the middle of the valley like it landed there, edges slightly off and melded into the landscape, but entirely intact in it's crumbling, ominous glory. Despite being of human-make, the building is devoid of functional electric lights, the very air around it seeming to leech the light out of the surroundings, but it is far from lacking in 'living' activity.

The concentration of anomalies, radiation, and Lambda-like energy signatures is at it's strongest here, surrounding the moldering facility. Any sensors point to the readings only getting worse on the inside.

Any organics or particularly weak-armored Cybertronians are going to want protective shielding of some variety to participate in this attack. The radiation in this valley is well beyond safe levels, and only on the rise. Any attempts to simply attack from the air (unfortunately) do little damage, the majority of any ordnance hitting some sort of storm cloud-like anomaly thundering with increasing intensity above the facility.

It looks like it might be growing. Time is running out.

You will have to enter to find the source.

[[Mod Note: Given modly time constraints, the following prompts are not intended to be NPC'd, but are instead to serve as a vague story-line for the assault. Feel free to use them, pick and chose only ones that interest you, or to thread your own attack as you please! However, once the Source is reached, a final prompt will be posted when it is destroyed, (or when the event comes to a close a week from today.)

And as a side-note, this plot contains SPOILERS to the end of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series.]]

wherenobotsgone: (R - In battle)

[personal profile] wherenobotsgone 2014-07-12 02:00 pm (UTC)(link)
So this was turning out to be one of those times when being this big was both an asset and an incredible frustration. With their size and their strong armors, both him and Jetfire could be doing something useful further into the facility.

Except, of course, that they didn't fit in there.

Instead, they were doing the best they could to fight their way through the perimeter. It wouldn't work for themselves, but if they could clear a path for someone smaller to get indoors, it might just be worth it.
angleofscience: (:/ - all the hesitation)

[personal profile] angleofscience 2014-07-12 05:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Jetfire would have suggested they make space for themselves to get into the facility itself, but since they didn't know exactly where - or what - the actual root problem and danger lay, he'd shelved the suggestion.

The... undead? humans had been simple and a bit guilt-inducing to just mow through, but these... anomalies proved more... interesting, if nothing else.

"This is--- interesting," Jetfire said, interrupted by having to duck away from a rather impressive piece of rubble lobbed at him by what seemed to be some sort of telekinetic ability, "and might be worrying, if energy anomalies can manifest..."
wherenobotsgone: (R - Profile)

[personal profile] wherenobotsgone 2014-07-12 09:34 pm (UTC)(link)
"Right now I'm leaning more towards 'worrying', yes," he replied. Fighting energy manifestations with telekinesis was quite far from his comfort zone after all. If you could call this fighting at all - he felt he was using much more if his efforts in ducking and avoiding.

They were interesting, of course. Just the kind of interesting he felt no need to see from this close.

... but someone had to do this. Right?
angleofscience: (too little input - find more data)

[personal profile] angleofscience 2014-07-12 10:39 pm (UTC)(link)
They were doing an inordinate amount of dodging and ducking, yes, which was really annoying, but beyond that the things were... not dangerous as such. But they were on the other hand, still an obstacle and the size of rubble the anomalies could throw around could be greatly damaging if hitting someone smaller.

"Definitely," Jetfire said, grimacing as he ducked aside from another thrown bit of sharp metal rubble, getting the side of his helm clipped his a hiss of metal, "do you think there's some way to find a frequency that would disturb them? Because while they can obviously be overloaded by firing into them, something with a wider affect..."

Also, he still wasn't sure why shooting these anomalies, energy weapons or no, could destroy them.
wherenobotsgone: (R - Weapon)

[personal profile] wherenobotsgone 2014-07-13 04:34 pm (UTC)(link)
"At least it's--"

He was interrupted by a piece of flying rubble - parts of what used to be wall, he thought - that he fortunately managed to duck. Clearly, he was going to have to keep his head down. He stayed in a crouching position for the moment, aligning himself better so that he could still get a decent shot at the anomalies.

"It's worth a try," he managed to say at last. "Perhaps if we could get a quick reading and try to match it..."
angleofscience: (battle is a science - but better at one)

[personal profile] angleofscience 2014-07-13 10:10 pm (UTC)(link)
"Definitely. Would you want me to keep any rubble off you while you take a reading, or shall I?" Jetfire wasn't going to insist either way. He would want to take the reading, yes, but he was also aware that of the two of them, he might be more suited to keep any rubble tossed at them away from Skyfire.

He had, after all, had far more time to not just get used to combat, but engage in it proactively as well, with little or no hesitation.

Not that he didn't still have some faults or hesitations and a huge heaping of reservations, but that would not apply here.
wherenobotsgone: (R - Concentration)

[personal profile] wherenobotsgone 2014-07-16 12:02 am (UTC)(link)
Skyfire had followed more or less the same reasoning on his part, so he simply nodded and took his instruments out of subspace.

"I'll go," he said. He took a quick control reading first, then carefully approached the anomaly. He hoped whatever was going on with the energy wouldn't affect the tools. At first glance, at least, they seemed to be working fine. The readings themselves were all over the place, but that much was to be expected.

"If you can buy me a little more time, I'll try to take a couple more just to be sure."
angleofscience: (weaponized superjet - no valkyrie)

[personal profile] angleofscience 2014-07-16 11:16 pm (UTC)(link)
At first, the anomalies seemed to not have caught on that the two were doing anything specific or different from before. There were still debris flung around, but hardly enough to put any pressure on Jetfire's shooting skill.

So he just nodded for Skyfire to get the readings and didn't have much trouble for the first bit.

"Shouldn't be a problem. More readings would make the final result far more relia---" the bit of wall that slammed into his side which he'd completely missed was large enough to make him stagger, and Jetfire swore as he straightened up, shooting the next two pieces of far larger than earlier debris that came flying at him and Skyfire.

"I'll handle it," Jetfire said, optics narrowing and mouth flattening out, even as he had to step out of the way of another tossed bit of debris to shoot the ones aimed at Skyfire.
wherenobotsgone: (R - Profile)

[personal profile] wherenobotsgone 2014-07-18 12:08 am (UTC)(link)
Skyfire winced at the sound of the debris hitting his friend. Jetfire seemed to be all right, at least for the moment - but it was still a reminder that he needed to hurry.

"Just a little more," he said, almost to himself, as if it would somehow make the instruments work faster. But fortunately it didn't take long until he heard the beeping that told him it was done.

"I've got it!" he called out, already starting to retreat.
angleofscience: (Autobrand - no matter what (you say))

[personal profile] angleofscience 2014-07-18 11:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Now that he was paying proper attention, he could keep up with the debris flung around, and what he couldn't shoot he could, at least, avoid. Without being brained in the helm or having something slam into his cockpit or into his flight array.

The important thing wasn't getting the debris aimed at him, since he could avoid that after all. It was making sure Skyfire could take the readings in peace.

"Good," Jetfire said, catching a sharp piece of... wall? metal torn from the ground? as it flew at Skyfire, "what results did you get?"

Others might have waited until they were further away from the closest anomalies to ask, who seemed disturbed still with the huge aerials' behaviour as to continue to toss things after them as they retreated. Jetfire, however, didn't see why he couldn't ask and retreat at the same time.
wherenobotsgone: (R - Concentration)

[personal profile] wherenobotsgone 2014-07-19 11:33 pm (UTC)(link)
That was something that Skyfire definitely agreed on. As much as they insisted on telling people (well, mostly Starscream, to be honest) that they very much weren't the same, this was one of the many traits they did have in common.

"I managed to get the frequency," he replied as he moved further from the anomaly. "Perhaps if we can replicate it, they might cancel each other out."
angleofscience: (science science science!)

[personal profile] angleofscience 2014-07-20 10:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Some similarities were to be expected, but some people just took it too far. Luckily they weren't many (ergo, one).

"Let's start there and try a flipped frequency if matching them doesn't work. Send that data over?" Jetfire eyed the anomalies within sight as they backed up another few steps. They seemed to have calmed down, but he wasn't going to trust that. They had taken particular umbrage to the scanning, after all, and now that they had what they wanted, he doubted there wouldn't be some retaliatory action.
wherenobotsgone: (R - Here we go again...)

[personal profile] wherenobotsgone 2014-07-21 07:58 pm (UTC)(link)
"Of course. Just give me a moment--"

As soon as Skyfire managed to get himself somewhere relatively safe - or, at least, somewhere he could spend a few seconds looking down at his instruments without getting hit by debris - he transferred the data to Jetfire. Hopefully they wouldn't have to try many different frequencies, but... they were rarely so lucky.

"There. Did you get that?"
angleofscience: (inquisitive - how much data?)

[personal profile] angleofscience 2014-07-22 06:39 pm (UTC)(link)
"... got it," Jetfire said as he frowned at the data Skyfire had sent over, quickly bringing up another particular set of data to compare, "well, it is, if nothing else, definitely distinct from the Badlands and the Lambda. That's somewhat reassuring."

If nothing else because the energy and frequencies of the Badlands and the Lambda had proven to be extremely detrimental to them all. This one, that belonged to these anomalies... well, while they were radioactive, it wasn't anything that couldn't be handled, and the frequency itself didn't seem to have any affect on anyone around the anomalies.

If you didn't count having to duck away from or shoot debris that was tossed at you.

"Let's see if this works then, hm?" throwing a small smile at Skyfire, Jetfire approached the closest of the anomalies after making sure he would be broadcasting the frequency outwards.

He quickly had to duck or step out of the way as things started to be flung again, but onlining the broadcast quickly had the waver of energy twisting around itself, its grip on the debris it was flinging slipping... and then it seemed to simply pop, leaving a shadow of something human-like briefly slinking away before that, too disappeared.

"You... ah, know, I didn't think it would be that... er, simple," Jetfire said with a shake of his helm as he looked back at Skyfire. At least this one had been simple.