• Nobles of Null is a forum based roleplay site where sci-fi and magic collide. Here, Earth remains fractured and divided despite humanity reaching out to the stars. Worse still, the trans-human slaves of one major power have escaped, only to establish their own Empire, seething with resentment at abuses of the past. Even the discovery of aliens, though medieval in development, has failed to rally these squabbling children of Earth together with its far darker implications. Worse still, is the discovery of the impossible - magic. Practiced by the alien locals, nearly depleted and therefore rare, its reality warping abilities remains abstract and distant to the general populace. All the while, unseen in the darkness of space, forces from without threaten to press in. For those with eyes opened by insight, it is clear that an era is about to end, and that a new age will dawn.

[The Gentle Breeze] Chapter 4 - Unlimited MacGuffin Works!

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Xiao looked around the room, her eyes, obviously not working, but the camera on her helmet was connected to her Occipital lobe while wearing it and gave her at least semi decent vision. Which is great since her comms cut off, She saw the drinks on the bar top, she watched Brigid casually walk over to the bar and mix herself a drink and casually talk to whatever was here. She also heard the door sliding shut behind her.

Scared? Xiao was never scared, you can't be scared of what you can't see, so she's not scared of anything. Wait the Camera? Those aren't her eyes so it's not like she's actually seeing anything, it's more like a movie, so shut up.

The blind Tiger Form casually pointed at the mixed drinks, and then to Brigid, "Friend of your's Brimstone?" She ask as she kept away from the bar and moved to prop a chair up with her foot.
 

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A metal hand rubbed heavily over her face as she watched viz run off away from the group. She felt... responsible for the woman, and as such she turned and made to follow after her. She would need the Priestess, knowing what was to come here in the base she was sure she was going to need viz if she was going to make things easier for her to focus on the enemies ahead. She went to go destroy that glob of darkness that hounded Viz, intent on destroying it so they could be on their way. Again, though difficult to channel it, she took her time as she closed in on the screaming woman and the darkness to reach out for it with what she could muster, and snuff out the evil that chased after the idiot.

"You damnedable loudmouthed woman, would you hold still and just help me destroy the damn being?!" She shouted at Viz.
 

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"WHAA-AHHHHH!" Viz frantically screamed, the shadow hot on her trail. "It's trying to get me! It's trying to get me!" Even as she said this though, Rikka felt the distinct sense of being looked at as the shadow quivered, holy light in her hand - it was running away from the angel! As Viz ran away from the shadow as the shadow ran away from Rikka, the priestess rounded the corner and went down the stairs. The shadow soon followed, only for a loud barking howl to trumpet. Rounding the corner herself alongside Sif, the two looked down as the blue haired priestess tripped down the stairs and collided with a towering Thing of hair and fur. Tumbling down the stairs, they hit the wall at the lower U-Bend.

"WORROOO!" the Messy Thing howled as it rose, Viz's tangled mess of limbs rolling off of it with another incoherent scream. Seeing this potentially dangerous newcomer, Sif leveled her gun at it. Daunting in form, it would have towered over even Rikka if there were on even terrain, but this time, they had the high ground.

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The drink audibly bubbled and gurgled in Brigid's stomach, the sensation slightly less than comfortable in the winged woman, but just as quickly as it came, it went. With their refusal to give in, the cold receded as their suit sensors detected less and less EMF activity.

"No fun at all. Just barely any table scraps," the raspy voice grumbled, fading away. Just as the voice slipped away however, the door that had shut on them leading back where they came faded from view as well. An illusion. But just as importantly, the emergency exit sign lit up, showing them another route. Though they could go back the way they came, they inevitably needed to go deeper down into the facility, and taking this alternative staircase down would do the same, bringing them into the main lobby. A main lobby that was having far too much combat going on outside of to just hot drop into.
 

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Brigid shrugged and put her drink down. "Never met it. Guess it wasn't interested in my offer. I don't know whether to be relieved or insulted." She said sighing. "Well, let's keep going. We can meet up with the others downstairs."

She flipped her helmet back up, picked up her gun, and took the lead, pushing the door open with her foot then rushing into the stairwell. When nothing immediately confronted her, she leaned against the door to hold it up. "Come on. Crouching Tiger." Brigid quipped.
 

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Xiao smiled as Brigid called her "Crouching Tiger." Raising a hand to pat her cheek as the tiger form passed. "I like you, hot wings." She said with a smile as the began descending the stairs. As she descended the first step, the bling tigress paused as her ears perked up,

"Woah, did you hear that?" She asked, not turning to Brigid,
 

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Rikka let out a low groan of annoyance as she watched Viz run of screaming through the room until she eventually found the steps and tripped. A metal covered hand found her face as she rubbed the hidden flesh underneath and let out a breath through her nose. How could a woman so.... essential be so annoying? It made no sense to the Caelumar to the point that she simply shook her head and walked forward. She knew what this thing was, or at least what watched her for the time being. It was the small blob of darkness, and as she rounded the corner to see the two trip down the steps she had taken a swipe with her sword in hopes that possibly the weapon that had so often been imbued with holy energy may simply destroy the being and be done with it.

But that wasn't the case, her weapon missed bother her and Viz, and the larger creature that dwarfed Rikka. She gave a glance to Sif as the woman leveled her rifled on the creature, and Rikka in turn opted to switch from her normal sword, to her spear. Defensive, her shield in front and her spear angled down at the creature and Viz, she simply waited to see what the being would do after it's trumpeting call and prayed she had the strength to handle it for now. She felt so... wrong... here and she couldn't help but wish the air and magic were far more pure.
 

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"It's a Woodsman!" Viz shouted from the ground, her finger pointing up at the towering monstrosity as though that was supposed to mean something. However, the creature's attention wasn't set on her at all. Seeing Rikka's spear and Sif's gun at the ready, it immediately threw up its arms. "Don't trust it at all! The moment you lose sight of it'll totally have its way with us!" Hearing the priestess's accusation, the Woodsman's eyes widened with horror as it's almost ape-like face contorted. "It's big too, so this Woodsman's reach is really long!" she added, getting back up on her feet. Even as she said this, they could see the being's yellow eyes nervously glancing back and forward between them all as though it were thinking hard. Before they could act, the ape-like creature made it's move! The giant arms held up quickly moved, palms striking against the back of its head before it went down to its knees, then quickly lying down on its stomach. Seeing this, Viz only started to get angry.

"Hey, what are you doing? That's not what a Woodsman does!" she shouted at it. Unwittingly doing her best police brutality impression, Viz started to stomp and kick the surrendering being.

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There was a myriad of noises in the distance. Through the interior walls, inside the building, and even outside. But the most distinct to Xiao? She had only heard it a few times in her life so far, but the sound had left a permanant mark on her indelible soul. It was the sound of Viz yelling, likely somewhere back the way they came and then some. Though, the memory was more like a disfigured scar. 'Fortunately' for the both of them though, Xiao was able to 'share' her little finding with Brigid through their suits, the direction of the source marked clearly. On the other hand, the stairwell was clear of any others, but further down, Xiao's expert hearing and the sonar of their suits was picking up something else entirely. The harsh babbling of numerous little fiendish voices.

Fiendish, malicious little voices, all squawking around the unmistakable sound of a young woman crying.
 
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The heavy, quick metallic thuds of her boots would alert Viz to her potential ally, only if she didn't turn around quick enough to spot the sudden foot aimed at the small of the Priestess's back. Rikka's eyes were alight with anger at the woman who attacked the surrendering creature on the ground, and if things weren't so weird and they didn't need the woman, Rikka would have struck her down out of sheer need for the injustice of harming a defenseless, surrendering being.

"Have you lost your Gods given mind?! The creature has surrendered! It hasn't made a single aggressive mood and yet you attack it?!" The spear was leveled on Viz wherever the woman may end up after the boot to the back if it hit, which knowing the woman's ability to move or do much else athletic from what Rikka had seen... She aimed low to point at the woman's face. Chest heaving in outrage, she turned her icy blue eyes back on the creature before she spoke, her voice full of anger at the moment though fortunately not aimed at this particular being.

"Can you speak the common tongue?" She asked, her shield still between her and the being. While the creature had surrendered... She still didn't exactly trust it. To many times had she seen Angels fall to the demons simply because the Demons "gave up" only to trick them.
 

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Brigid heard the familiar sound of Viz yelling. That meant she, Sif, and Rikka had survived the possessing entity, so she wasn't too concerned with them. She tried her comms again, directing the message to Sif. "Sif, if you can hear me, we blue balled the phobophage. It took off, and we made it down the emergency stairs. We're going to investigate some possible imps." She said, turning towards the fiendish little voices. Keeping her gun ready and feeling out for any magic with her senses, she gestured to Xiao to follow quietly and advanced to the source of the crying.
 

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Xiao nodded to Brigid as she motioned to follow along behind.
"Imps," She muttered. "Great, nothing like gnats that talk back."
 

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"WAAAAAAAAH!" Viz went tumbling over at the holy warrior's kick, tumbling over. Flailing her limbs about, she ended up on her back, staring up at Rikka with confusion and panic. "But the men of the woods are heretical!" she began. "If you let them near, they'll do all sorts of horrible things, and that's not mentioning how they'll trim your bushes and mow your lawns!" the blue haired priestess frantically yelled back. Hearing this commotion, the great haired being of the woods peeked up from under the shelter of its bough like arms.

"Waroo," the 'Woodsman' shook its head back and forward in a negative to Rikka. Though it couldn't speak, it did at least seem to understand however. " Ooo-wa, a-gahwoh," it then pointed at Viz with a thumb, its bellowing baritones seemingly calm despite the way it had to speak. Even so, the way it held up a hand horizontally before wobbling it about in a 'so-so' gesture was dubious.

"See?! I told you so!" Viz jabbed a finger in its direction. Seeing all this unfold, Sif kept her assault rifle leaved at the creature, but the way one of her eyes and an ear twitched made it look like she was suffering from an aneurysm. It was fortunately Brigid's voice that broke the awkward silence, salvaging what was left of the designated squad leader's rapidly diminishing sanity.

"Copy that, Miss Lifaris," Sif replied, her voice devoid of emotion. Looking at Viz and Rikka, she pointed at the stairs leading down. "Whatever the truth is, we need to keep moving. It isn't a concern," the Tigress tried to urge them on, nevermind the unanswered mystery in front of them.

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Quickly moving down the stairs, Brigid and Xiao found themselves in the triangular shaped main lobby. The main 'point' of the large area was where the reception desk, personnel elevators and main stairs were at. Designed almost like a bunker, it had oversight of the long wall opposite, but something had melted through it before snaking out of the facility front. The front was a long wall opposite the reception bunker made of a series of large loading bays meant to accept captures in various sizes of cage and containers. To either side of the 'reception desk' and well within its arcs of fire were what looked like heavy lift shafts meant to carry and transport captures. These heavy lifts were all damaged quite heavily by the looks of it, and one of them was most certainly the source of whatever molten hot creature had slithered out from below. Still, having taken the emergency stairs, both Brigid and Xiao were at one of the far corners, and from their little 'emergency exit bunker' they could see that the fighting had been vicious as an entire compendium of creatures lay dead and strewn about.

A handful of Daqinren lay about in various states of dismemberment, having been crushed, bitten or torn apart in the chaos. What looked like a hulking, tall, thick humanoid clad in chain mail lay slumped against a wall. Riddled with bullets, blood soaking through knee length beard, its massive axe lay beside it. Not too far away, a pile of ashes surrounded by red feathers smoldered away, the shadow of a Daqinren burned into the wall, the remains of a cryo-extinguisher on the floor. But more loudly, a tiny green humanoid held the bloody head of a horned white horse, bludgeoning it against a golden glob of goo the size of a bean-bag chair as others of its green kind kicked and punched the goo.

Almost bored kicking and punching the honey-golden glorb, one of their many number sniffed the air, only to quickly turn its crimson eyed gaze on Brigid and Xiao. The others quickly took note, their mouths spreading into wide, sharp toothed grins as they snickered. Crude cudgels and shivs in hand, they started to cautiously near, their pointed ears twitching in anticipation.
 

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"Agreed... This being presents no threat." Rikka let out a small sigh and relaxed a little before she looked back to Sif.

"Do we go to aid them now that we have the idiot back? Or do we move further into the compound to investigate?" Rikka was at a lost of where to go, knowing there were squad members who could use help but also knowing there was more to discover here. She felt strange as they split up yet again, but knew at times it could be beneficial when needed.
 
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