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Posted Mar 27 2013 - 03:52 AM
I gave Atonal a very irritated look. "I'd say you were Captain Obvious of the Ga-Koro Obvious Marines, but that would be too low ranked. I hereby promote you to Brigadier General Obvious with Crimeia as your second-in-command."
"Well, he won't last very long," Crimeia said, grinning. "Since I'd be the one going to backstab him and take his place as Brigadier General Obvious."
Under this flag, I fly in freedom. A space pirate, sailing the sea of stars.
Posted Mar 27 2013 - 05:20 PM
OOC: Sorry, Fanixe, I'll respond to you soon!
Riaril became selfconscious of her disfigurement for the first time. The Ga-matoran averted her gaze, but the damage to Riaril's psyche was done. She would have to accept the feelings of inferiority and pity from now on; her patients had done the same after all.
"Yes, I am, though I don't work in this Koro," Riaril said with friendly caution. In a brief diagnosis, Raril figured the woman before her was suffering from a case of stilletos and nothing more. Then again, appearances could be decieving.
"Can I help you Little-One," Riaril asked, her words condescending without meaning to be, made rotten by the scars on her face.
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Posted Mar 27 2013 - 10:46 PM
[color=rgb(105,105,105);]IC: (Vera Polzin)[/color]
[color=rgb(105,105,105);]"Oh. Really? Which Koro do you work in?" The Fe-matoran caught her own social faux pas almost immediately after that. She had forgotten to mention her name. "I must apologize for asking all these questions without even giving my name. I'm sorry, I forget my manners. My name is Vera Polzin. I am the current owner of the Polzin Shipping Company here in Ga-Koro." Vera smiled, her lilac eyes had no trace of pity, rather respect for the Toa of Water. The cerulean women in white in stood tall, proud, and dignified. She looked ever bit the part of the healer, as well as a Toa. In her previous scan over the Toa she had noticed some scars, taking the injury to her left eye into account as well. She had weathered through adversity. That meant she was resilient, and mostly likely capable. All information that stored in her mind, in hopes of dissecting further. This actually gave her an opportunity, but it require further discussion with the healer. For now she had been focusing mostly on speaking to the women. Noticing her earlier gaffe when glancing upon the glaring gouge, where an eye used to be. Definitely the cause of the condescension.[/color]
[color=rgb(105,105,105);]"Healer Toa would you mind if I ask you your name? You could help me if you can spare the effort and time although it's nothing too urgent. In fact it's not really for me, but for a friend. So if you could spare some time we could discuss it further. Perhaps over a meal? It's nearly noon and I feel as though I forgot to eat this morning." Vera smiled, hopefully awaiting the response of the tall Toa of Water.[/color]
Big things have small beginnings.
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents. -Andrew Carnegie.
Posted Mar 28 2013 - 05:14 PM
Edited by Voutok S'Tythe (Ray), Mar 30 2013 - 10:33 AM.
Posted Mar 31 2013 - 04:02 PM
"That can be arranged." Ravage replied, only dropping the usage of his mask after the funeral had ended, and the Arete departed. The black armored Toa returned to view, and glanced at his two companions.
"Would "borrowing" or renting be preferable? Actually, does anyone here have any money whatsoever?"
Posted Mar 31 2013 - 07:44 PM
[font="georgia, serif;"]"Rhow," Destian growled, pulling not just the one Skakdi, but all the Skakdi's, attentions back from the funeral procession, and the Toa moving up to receive some award and issue some proclamation. "I don't think remaining here much longer will be a good idea. If we have to stay, make sure your weapons are nearby."[/font]
[font="georgia, serif;"]Trust Destian to be wary of everything and recommending a blades-out philosophy.[/font]
Posted Apr 01 2013 - 01:27 PM
Ishi ignored Labelle’s comment as he continued to peruse the wall of haphazard events. Location, time, even date seemed irrelevent in an event’s placement on the wall. It was more a place for the inner tag artist of the archival assistants. Ishi knew there was a more convenient way to reading the information: waiting until it was catalogued. I don’t have time to wait, He thought, reflecting on the clock counting the minutes away in his head. When we entered the marine’s had just started eating. They’re going to be done soon, which means rounds will resume in full force. Getting out will be tricky if that happens. Since this afternoon Ishi’s had learned about the Mark Bearers’ end, a possible coupe in the city, and now scribbles about a tsunami on the southern coast of Le-wahi. He needed to correlate the information.
“Labelle, I need you to find me a map of the island, and set it on the desk,” Ishi said, still moving like an erratic fly across the wall’s length. Labelle paused, her hands slimy from a damp scroll bound in seaweed. The sounds of scraping benches floated through the floor from downstairs.
“I’m sorry, what?”
“A map. Of Mata-Nui.”
Labelle stared at her companion for a moment, eyebrow raised beneath her kanohi. She turned back to the scrolls and said indifferently; “It’s to your right.”
“I know that,” Ishi promptly fired back while continuing to read, waving in the general direction of the framed item with his good hand, then pointing towards a driftwood table in the center of the room. “On the desk.”
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Posted Apr 02 2013 - 02:12 AM
"Well then..." I stood up, cracking my knuckles and started checking my various knives and weapons. "I suggest we start heading towards Ta-Koro. I'm not sure what condition my spare weapons cache is in at the moment. I'd rather be able to go into the fight with Fuse with non-rusted weapons. There's an old saying: "before all else, be armed." And I intend to do just that."
Crim stood up. "Do you really have that many extra weapons?" she asked quizzically.
I grinned lightly. "I suppose you could take that saying as my personal motto. Why else would I carry around so many knives?"
[color=#006400;]Even though I was heading towards the Suva, I couldn't help finding a nice view and just standing to look out towards the bay. If I had particularly felt like it, a swim would have been in order. It certainly would help take my mind off that...monster that passed by. That Toa had passed by moments before, ignoring me as he headed off in some other direction. I was glad he was gone. If anything, the village was still intact. That meant he was done here. And thank the Great Spirit for that. A gust of wind blew past me, causing my cloak to flap and nearly took my hat off. I readjusted it carefully, tightening its string. It would be such a shame to lose this hat. [/color]
OOC: Lenzo open for interaction.
Under this flag, I fly in freedom. A space pirate, sailing the sea of stars.
Posted Apr 02 2013 - 03:15 PM
Posted Apr 02 2013 - 03:20 PM
[color=#0000cd;]"Hello Daylaria."A voice said, from behind the Valkyr. When she looked back, she was confronted with a tall Ga-Toa in a blue coat, flanked by a De-Toa. Her expression was stern, but even if Daylaria couldn't recognize the face, the emblem on her collar was a tipoff. Ralin, commander of the Keras Defenders, and one of he village's most respected officers.[/color]
[color=#0000cd;]"We have a warrant to bring you in for questioning. Ink's still wet. As you should know, it is extremely suspicious when a commander missing without warning for two weeks returns looking nothing like herself, acting nothing like herself, and using a mission that she was never given, or requested, as an excuse. And it's particularly suspicious when she offers up a warrant for an outstanding guard's arrest, claiming that he has gone rogue, with no witnesses.""And it's particularly worrisome when that warrant is issued just as the opposing warrant is being processed."[/color]
[color=#0000cd;]"This doesn't have to be an arrest. But I have enough probable cause to arrest you, if it came to that. Oh, and if you're wondering how I got in, your butler was kind enough to do it. One look at the warrant, and he practically rushed out of our way. There's a squad of marines outside. So don't even try to run."[/color]
Edited by The Snark Knight, Apr 02 2013 - 03:22 PM.
Posted Apr 02 2013 - 03:31 PM
[color=rgb(105,105,105);][font="georgia, serif;"]"Daylaria, I think I saw you in Le-Wahi not too long ago, running around with a Toa of Ice and former Mark Bearer named Praggos, didn't I? Did he do this to you?" Mussiki grinned.[/color][/font]
[color=rgb(105,105,105);][font="georgia, serif;"]"Because if he did, he's got one mean sense of humour."[/color][/font]
Posted Apr 02 2013 - 04:23 PM
Posted Apr 02 2013 - 04:31 PM
OOC: Wings alone are a pretty big difference. Plus, I compared the recent Daylaria post to the old ones, and there is a significant difference in tone.
[color=#0000cd;]"Respectfully, a witness that no one knows, and no one has ever heard of. Regardless, I am sure the Arete will be very interested in the nature of your changes, as well."[/color]
Posted Apr 02 2013 - 04:58 PM
OOC: Sorry, posted in the wrong topic.
Edited by Baltarc, Apr 02 2013 - 06:16 PM.
Posted Apr 02 2013 - 05:13 PM
Posted Apr 02 2013 - 07:50 PM
I snapped awake when I heard my adopted name. "Mind if I come with you?"
Posted Apr 03 2013 - 08:51 PM
[color=#daa520;]IC: [/color][color=#000080;]Iraanus scanned the crowd, searching it for obvious threats. Unsurprisingly, he saw none - this was a time to mourn, not to fight. "What's the problem, Destian?" he asked quietly.[/color]
Posted Apr 03 2013 - 10:42 PM
[color=#000000;]ICThe Captain of the Marines stepped forward, raising her arms to draw the attention of the gathered masses and breaking the silence at last:[/color][color=#000080;]“My people,”[/color][color=#000000;] she began, her clear voice ringing out over the crowds. [/color][color=#000080;]“I wish we could wait until our time of grief is over before announcing a new leader, but these are dark times. The Makuta looms over our home, and his servants mass on our doorstep.”[/color][color=#000000;]The crowd began muttering restless; the Captain raised her hands again for silence.[/color][color=#000080;]“I say this not to alarm you; it's not surprise, after all, that our enemy has been assaulting us for the last thousand years. The Great War still rages, and Ga-Koro needs a wise, strong leader who will lead us through the difficult times ahead.”[/color][color=#000000;]She drew two things out of the pack she carried: a long blue robe, and Turaga Nokama's trident, her badge of office, carved from the bones of a Makuta fish.[/color][color=#000080;]“The Council has met, and we have decided upon a new leader: Toa Ketan, step forward.”[/color][color=#000000;]The Toa of Air did so, and knelt before the marine commander on the damp, salty docks.[/color][color=#000080;]“The Toa Arete have, from the moment of their arrival, done nothing but good for our home. They have warded off many threats, and shielded us from danger. Their tireless service has purified Ga-Koro, and brought Mata Nui's light back when many of us thought we had lost it forever.“With this in mind, Toa Ketan, the people of Ga-Koro would ask you to fulfil the vacancy left by our beloved Turaga. We would ask you to protect us from danger, and lead us in the light. We would ask you to give everything you have for this village, that we might always be free from the Makuta's shadow.“Do you accept, Toa of Air?”[/color][color=#000000;]The kneeling Toa opened his mouth to reply in the affirmative, but before he could speak a word, another voice broke the stillness.[/color]
[color=#800000;]"No, he cannot."[/color]
[color=#800000;]A familiar cough rasped into the ears of all present in choleric resonance. The "Arete" instinctively whirled at the sound and stopped. The throngs of sapient natives about the interrupted ritual, silenced and rebuffed, likewise fell into charged inaction. A hundred bated breaths were drawn in that moment and twice more that in rapt eyes towards the irate hiss. And, again as one, a hundred unique individuals of Ga-Koro found their focus irresistibly drawn with all the attraction of an electromagnet to one of their own. The silence was that before the coming of a great cumulonimbus; muscles tensed and target locked, all present could detect the inherent importance of the next few moments. It was not simply that the Arete had been challenged. It was the way in which they had been, by words filled with fiery judgment and gaze erupting with righteous fury. And both delivered by such a challenger who had proved himself alongside his opposition.[/color]
[color=#800000;]The challenger in question stood a step before the masses. At his stance, brimming in contention as he stood with fists coiled at sides and body forced upright, the matoran nearby took cautious steps away. Yet the challenger did not stand among any of the other parties present, and at his glance the stunned Arete and Marines alike retreated. His shadow fell on no people and he was the enemy of all. Even so, he was the ally of all as well, until proven guilty. So no one moved for him and he moved for no one. He stood as a battered champion of a forgotten sort of ideology and attested to it in not merely his words, but in his actions, in the way he purposely separated himself from the allies and enemies and kept a third party. His cloak hung in scraps from his back, as scarred by his war against the world as his armor was, and he dripped seaweed and pieces of debris in a manner reminiscent of an abyssal or diluvian monstrosity. He convulsed slightly with each movement from a clear exhaustion. His eyes, however, remained clear and perfectly laser-like in intensity as they looked upon startled Ketan. There was yet a conviction in his words and an accusation in his gaze. This man would be a hero and he would bring justice to this circumstance, regardless of how terrible it was.[/color]
[color=#800000;]He would do this. Wrath was not dead yet.[/color]
[color=#800000;]"No, he cannot," He hissed again. His glare focused on Ketan and burned into his soul. He did not need a finger to point out the flaws in his enemy. "Because this man--Ketan of the Arete--is fundamentally a farce![/color]
[color=#800000;]"He is a liar and a blasphemer. He is a cheater of the law and of the land." Wrath stopped, breathless, but to the watchers it was as though no time had passed at all before he continued speaking. "All this scheming weasel really wishes for is not the salvation of anyone, the abeyance of any code, or even the most base of justices in the exile of criminals, but the complete and utter promotion of himself to as high power as he may possibly attain! He has murdered and coerced, tortured and propagandized, his existence to the highest pedestal of honors this village can give in offering its own leadership to him on a foundation of total falsehoods and a catapult of corruption! I shall testify against this to my full abiliity with all possible evidence and in every court I bear witness before, but even should you make him leader, I beg of you this: do not trust this degenerate![/color]
[color=#800000;]Wrath hushed for a second and coughed. He examined the silent faces about him only briefly, though it seemed that his gaze pierced those of each person--crowd, Marine, or Daedra--and saw through to their core.[/color]
[color=#800000;]Then he raised his hands. And Wrath held the world on his back as he bowed before his listeners. [/color]
[color=#800000;]This was his decision. He would follow his honor at last and finally throw off the chains of oppression. Now he would Enlighten. Now he would speak the truth, and now he would be the ally of justice he desired in the world around him.[/color]
[color=#800000;]"This much, I implore."[/color]
--Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Posted Apr 03 2013 - 11:29 PM
[color=#006400;]The pier was silent after Wrath's tirade; every eye was on the Toa of Fire; nearly every mouth hung slightly ajar in shock. Gentle waves lapped against the docks, and the gentle drip-drop of rare raindrops pelting the water was the only sound in the otherwise silent Koro.[/color]
[color=#006400;]Then Ketan stood to his feet, the very picture of righteous indignation. He stood, feet apart, hands at his hips, his cape rippling in the soft breeze, the kind of fluttering wind that heralds the coming of a mighty storm. His eyes narrowed; his jaw was set.[/color]
[color=#006400;]"What evil dreams has the Makuta sown in your mind, brother?" he questioned, his voice as sharp as steel and as cold as ice. "You've been at my side these last months as we've defended this village: you know that none of the Toa Arete would stand against the Great Spirit by seeking to seize power."[/color]
[color=#006400;]The Toa of Air broadened the focus of his speech to include the entire crowd. "I seek only to protect this village from the dark influence of the Makuta, be I its leader or not. The Matoran have spoken; if it is their will, I cannot refuse. I will not refuse, not when the shadows darken our door, threatening all we've built."[/color]
[color=#006400;]He gestured to the other Arete. "Brothers, sisters: help me. Our brother's mind has been poisoned."[/color]
Edited by Eyru Bieber, Apr 03 2013 - 11:30 PM.
Posted Apr 03 2013 - 11:39 PM
Ic: "Ta, what is the meaning of this tirade?" Anthyn said as she stepped forward from her level with a cool saunter of dominatrix confidence. It was seven to one, putting Ta at a major disadvantage of not only numbers but also facts. He had gone away for days now, doing nothing to help the Arete, and then returned at this moment of all with discord in his mind?
Inwardly, however, Anthyn relished the prospect of gutting yet another former Daedra member.
"You've been gone for a while already, brother," she pressed as she stepped directly closer to Ta, her long legs carrying her quickly without hesitation. "Has the dark one clouded your vision? Have you been corrupted to spread a message of despair to this town of peace? Because if you have, you've failed," she said pointedly as she stood before Ta in all her imperial majesty. "You need help. Let us help you."
The corners of her mouth twitched slightly, allowing a glint of her nature to spill out, as she softly said to Ta's ears, "Let us remind you of our purpose."
"Oh, 'monster.' Perhaps you should speak to me more softly, then.
Monsters are dangerous and just now kings are dying like flies."
Posted Apr 03 2013 - 11:57 PM
IC - Decaia - Nokama Pier: And so the construct breaks...
For all the bravery he had shown as Toa Caidae, all the apathy that had overcome him for the past few days, Decaia's mind was clouded with one, single emotion now--panic.
It was all too perfect, as if there truly was a god, as if retribution was truly to be enacted upon them. What better day for the Arete to be betrayed, in public, than the day of Nokama's funeral? Try as they might to salvage the situation, Decaia knew, deep down, that his worst fears had come to fruition. The seed of doubt had been planted. From here, the situation could only tumble further and further, until it shattered.
Distractions might work for now, but when this was over? No. They would know. They would find out.
They were preoccupied--Ta and Lust, the only two whose wrath he truly had to fear. All attention was turned to them and Greed; no one watched hooded, silent Toa Caidae. He slipped away from the others--carefully--and began backing slowly, ever so slowly, toward the edge of the pier, one hand tingling with elemental energy, the other clasped tightly around the handle of a tomahawk, a ghost moving unheeded across the wooden deck.
I will not share your sentence. I refuse.
Edited by Parugi, Apr 04 2013 - 10:35 AM.
Posted Apr 04 2013 - 01:03 AM
IC: As the sudden turn of events went on, the party sat there, watching like the rest of the crowd. It was rather confusing for the Vortixx, seeing as he hardly knew who any of the people were. Even so, as a business man, Loren was a fair judge of character.
The Toa who had interrupted the ceremony had a ring of truth to his words, or at least certainty.
Ketan was the very picture of injured and righteous innocence, but even so, something was off. Perhaps he was overplaying his part or perhaps that was just his character, in either case Loren was having a harder time making up his mind about the guy.
The last person, the seductive looking female Toa however, all but screamed predator. The way she walked, talked, moved, it was all that of highly skillful predator of the mind and body. People like that did not just smack a person around to get what they wanted, oh no. That would be too fast, too merciful. Oh sure they might hack up a few people now and then for the thrill, but for the most part, people of that sort liked to play with their victims, mess with their minds and break them down.
A normal person would probably never notice until it was too late, like what was happening with Ga-koro. The average person wanted their heroes to be tall, strong, beautiful and the Aerte team member fit that to a T.
As she moved closer to the interrupter, Lenat quietly spoke to Voutok. "I suggest you prepare yourself, this feels like it might turn ugly."
Edited by Silvan Haven, Apr 04 2013 - 11:24 AM.
"I serve the weak. I serve the helpless. I am their sword and their shield. If you want to strike at them, you must go through me, and I am not so easily moved."
Posted Apr 04 2013 - 07:13 AM
Posted Apr 04 2013 - 09:22 AM
Edited by Legolover-361, Apr 04 2013 - 09:23 AM.
Posted Apr 06 2013 - 08:26 PM
OOC: I should have done this a long time ago. Sorry. Tawara to Ta-Wahi.
Edited by Death of the Endless, Apr 06 2013 - 08:26 PM.
"When the first living thing existed, I was there, waiting. When the last living thing dies, my job will be finished. I'll put the chairs on the tables, turn out the lights and lock the universe behind me when I leave."
- Death, The Sandman
Posted Apr 07 2013 - 07:06 PM
IC: [color=#800000;]There was nothing here for a hero.[/color]
[color=#800000;]In the honeyed words of Greed, in the tempting stalk of Lust, in the desperate flight of Sloth, and in the arrogant plea of Pride, Wrath found nothing enticing and nothing admirable. These sinners were as false as his ideal of fair exchange had ever been. None of it excited him and none of it convinced him to sway from his path of justice. So the man who wanted no more than to be a hero scoffed at Greed's speech in defiance. He stepped away from Lust in repulsion. He strode towards Sloth in judgment. And he ignored Pride in honor.[/color]
[color=#800000;]This time the world-machine would not win. He would not be diminished. He would triumph.[/color]
[color=#800000;]So they want to take me on the way of Gluttony, now, huh? Desire to shut me up? Sorry it's not happening, Wrath thought wryly. He glanced at Lust and dismissed her gaze with an imperious flick of his eyes that matched her own movement. Oh, well. I never did fancy angels much anyway. [/color]
[color=#800000;]Ta crossed his arms as he stopped pacing. He looked out to the crowd again, scooping up their collective stare. Then he fired his second salvo.[/color]
[color=#800000;]"Are you of civilization, ye of great potential, really to believe that this man has no ulterior motive backing his defense of this village? If you yet are indeed convinced that he is wholly pure, then I will further shed light on this situation with facts-hard bites of data that I did not extemporize nor falsify and will corroborate ad infinitum.[/color]
[color=#800000;]"Fact number one:," Wrath pronounced, pausing for emphasis. "This man's true name is not Ketan."[/color]
[color=#800000;]The throngs released a great murmur. What was the challenger to claim next? That Ketan was actually a long-lost relative? That he was a sapient rahi? That the Toa of Air was Makuta in disguise? Inwardly, individuals questioned what Ketan's supposed 'true name' could be, but moreso they began to seriously guess as to what Ta would claim.[/color]
[color=#800000;]"Fact number two: this man's true name is Greed."[/color]
[color=#800000;]With that, the crowd was sent into a cacophony of confused and disturbed mutterings, only stopped when Wrath raised a scarred hand. [/color]
[color=#800000;]"Fact number three: He is called this because he has built the so-called 'Arete', in actuality," Ta spat, "Into the 'Daedra'. This toa team named itself the 'Sinners'. And so each of its members embraces a particular sin and has taken it for a name. Greed has an insatiable thirst for power. Our dearly departed Baruek, Gluttony, as evidenced by his girth and high rate of consumption; like the absent hippie, Haro," Wrath named, watching confused matoran turn this way and that as they searched for the familiar faces of the rotund toa and the pacific matoran, "I might postulate that he was murdered covertly by the Daedra. Kind Venedico, Envy, for his coveting of all the newest and best in material possessions. The most illustrious and magnificient of all, Anthyn..." [/color]
[color=#800000;]Wrath paused, not merely for effect but to consider what he was about to say. Anthyn had always been respected by the populace. Feared for her power, admired for her beauty, and honored for her duty. To alienate her was a risk that could result in a rather belligerent circumstance.[/color]
[color=#800000;]It was also a risk he was willing to take.[/color]
[color=#800000;]"Lust, an eldritch creature masquerading as a winged toa, an alien craving solely blood; she is sadistic and ruthless, and I have watched her torment prisoners such as the once-escaped pirates in person." He let the murmurs reach a new height before continuing his speech, letting them die down. "But the worst sinner is truly gifted with the worst of sins in our last case. Now, may I present..."[/color]
[color=#800000;]In one fell bound, Wrath descended upon the path of 'Caidae' as he furtively moved across the pier. The planks of its surface shook beneath his feet as the startled Ga-Toa, hatchet in hand and element readied in other, froze under the sudden gaze of the masses for a brief microsecond. [/color]
[color=#800000;]That microsecond was long enough for Ta to flip open his hood and exposed his shamed face to that same gaze.[/color]
[color=#800000;]"Brave 'Caidae', truly known as 'Decaia'-," Wrath proclaimed as the crowd let out a deafening gasp, "-Sloth, desperate and sluggish in his attempts to fight the long arm of the law as he slinks back into, or now away from, the koro which he supremely loathes!"[/color]
[color=#800000;]As the throngs roared, Wrath raised his voice. "It's true that I've worked among them under the guise of 'Wrath', but only so I might eventually bring an end to evil, and bring justice to the pathetic weasels such as Ketan and 'Caidae'! Only remember this: that these 'Toa' have actively harbored your hated enemy, a criminal of this village, from the watchful eyes of justice right inside their own koro! If you cannot trust me, if you cannot accept that this was done by Ketan, if you simply disbelieve that even a criminal should not be leader of a koro, it is acceptable..."[/color]
[color=#800000;]His eyes burned with righteous fire. The murderous mob quieted briefly, stilling the liquid inferno in their veins for the last argument of the challenger in deference to Ta's accusations.[/color]
[color=#800000;]"BUT KNOW THAT THE ARETE IS AN ORGANIZATION OF UNPARALLELED EVIL!"[/color]
[color=#800000;]And with that, Ta stood before the Daedra, Marines, and the raging people of Ga-Koro with arms crossed and head held high.[/color]
Edited by Mr. Peanuts, Apr 07 2013 - 07:16 PM.
--Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Posted Apr 07 2013 - 08:38 PM
You will always be fond of me.
I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit...
Posted Apr 07 2013 - 08:54 PM
Edited by Voutok S'Tythe (Ray), Apr 07 2013 - 09:25 PM.
Posted Apr 07 2013 - 09:31 PM
[color=#000033;]IC - Decaia - Nokama Pier: As Wrath's gaze set on him, the Toa of Water froze completely. The flames in Ta's eyes burned with a just passion that sickened and frightened Decaia, threatening to unleash its anger upon him. The feeling enveloped him as water encloses a sinking object, pressing upon him from all sides, muffling his senses, slowing him down, until he heard the words that were spoken only as words, not registering the tone, the implications, the anger, the danger, what was happening, not seeing Wrath moving closer, closer, closer—[/color]
[color=#000033;]A powerful hand gripped his hood, yanking it back, pulling the fabric off of Decaia’s head—removing the last remaining barrier between the Toa of Water’s eyes and those of the public. Ta’s sudden movement proved enough to knock the powerless Miru off of Decaia’s face, the object shattering against the dock. Decaia stared at the splinters of protodermis at his feet, eyes wide in shock as he heard Ta move away. The Toa of Fire set about addressing the crowd once more, though Decaia did not heed his words. A shell of darkness seemed to enclose him, blotting the world out of his vision, until the only thing that registered in his sight were the glinting pieces of debris below him.[/color]
[color=#000033;]Is this how my life ends? Betrayed by my ally, thrown back to the ravenous, bloodthirsty citizens of a village that care not for its protectors, so easily swayed and so quick to turn on those they claim to love?[/color]
[color=#b22222;]"It's true that I've worked among them under the guise of 'Wrath', but only so I might eventually bring an end to evil, and bring justice to the pathetic weasels such as Ketan and 'Caidae'!”[/color]
[color=#000033;]These people know nothing of honor or justice. When faced with kindness, honor, valor, they flock as moths to a lantern. And at the faintest hint, unfounded or founded, that their heroes, their saviors, are not perfect, they turn, they butcher, they crucify. Decaia clenched his fist, hands shaking in anger, hatred toward the world, toward this village, the Toa of Fire before him. Seyza…[/color]
[color=#b22222;]“Only remember this: that these 'Toa' have actively harbored your hated enemy, a criminal of this village, from the watchful eyes of justice right inside their own koro!”[/color]
[color=#000033;]Beneath the dock, the ocean bubbled, boiling, churning aggressively, lapping against the underside of the Arete’s first gift to the Village of Water. Water seeped through the cracks between the boards at Decaia’s feet, as well as other spots around Nokama’s Pier, hardly noticeable amidst the tension in the air, the commanding presences of the likes of Wrath, Lust, and Greed.[/color]
[color=#000033;]That was one advantage to being Sloth, Decaia figured. Nobody ever saw you coming until you were right in front of them…[/color]
[color=#b22222;]“If you cannot trust me, if you cannot accept that this was done by Ketan, if you simply disbelieve that even a criminal should not be leader of a koro, it is acceptable...”[/color]
[color=#000033;]The veil began to lift around Decaia. He saw the world again. That cloud of apathy that normally enclosed him disappeared, as the tides of emotion broke through the glass cage that his Dark Bloom, set against his heart, had created. Panic gave way to fury, depression to clarity, apathy to vengeance.[/color]
[color=#000033;]They will pay.[/color]
[color=#b22222;]“BUT KNOW THAT THE ARETE IS AN ORGANIZATION OF UNPARALLELED EVIL!"[/color]
[color=#000033;]“Oh, shut up,” Sloth spat, his voice a sudden razor that cut across Ta’s booming growl. He felt the many eyes that turned to him, felt the surprise in their gaze, and saw the anger mixed in with others. The Toa Daedra stepped forward; beneath, the raging ocean followed, brushing against the bottom of the deck. He did not care. Sloth’s gaze, burning with their own inferno, was set on Wrath, and Wrath alone. “You. You stupid, self-righteous, ignorant little slug-bearer!” The dock shook as he yelled this last word, struck with a powerful wave of water from below. “How dare you… How dare ANY of you…” He rounded on the villagers. “I was ostracized, hunted, hated because I objected to an injustice enacted upon my partner—a beloved protector of this village[/color][color=#000033;], someone so pure that her[/color][color=#000033;] only crime was that she was not attentive enough to foresee the ease with which her own people will turn against their guardians, ease that you again demonstrate here and now! How dare you speak of justice when all it takes for a witch hunt from you is a single act of selfishness among hundreds of acts of heroism?”[/color]
[color=#000033;]Sloth glared out at the populace, making eye contact with random villagers, as if daring someone to speak up. When no one did, he continued. “You may call me Sloth, but at least I acknowledge my status as a Daedra, while you rodents are content to sit back and pretend that you are any better than the rest of us, enjoying the pleasures of safety and comfort while silently loathing those that bring you those very luxuries. Before today, I believed I was the epitome of apathy and delusion, but now? Now I know that Ga-Koro itself, Village of Parasites, bears that title, and for that, I--in the name of Toa Seyza--demand justice!”[/color]
[color=#000033;]Envy's sudden attack could not have been better timed, nor the arrival of another Valkyr. Sloth jumped back as the Toa of the Green moved forward, using the anger that wracked his body to fuel his elemental energies. As if it were an extension of him, the ocean’s bubbling began to grow more and more violent, changing from a slight rocking of the pier to a full-on assault of the village. And it was spreading. The bubbling intensified as Sloth’s area of influence emanated outward, encompassing several blocks, beginning to shake sections of Ga-Koro, rocking them back and forth with the might of an angered giant.[/color]
[color=#000033;]As he backed away, face contorted in an expression of cold fury, Sloth kept his eyes trained on Wrath and the others, mask activated at a low level so as to utilize it at a moment’s notice. The screams and shouts around him brought back a memory, prompting him to call out to Ta even as he made his way toward the edge of the deck again.[/color]
[color=#000033;]“Remember what I said earlier, Wrath? We are right on top of the ocean. And it. Is. MINE!”[/color]
[color=#000033;]And soon, so shall this village be—beneath the waves.[/color]
Edited by Parugi, Apr 08 2013 - 01:06 AM.
Posted Apr 07 2013 - 09:45 PM
Ic: "Hey, soul sister," Anthyn said as she grinned down at Anyanka, an expression the girl replied to in turn.
There they stood, the twin heavenly demons themselves, the empress and her princess poised to protect each other while wasting everyone who opposed them. Wrath had accomplished his task admirably and fomented unrest supreme. It didn't matter if the allegations were true of false at this point. The people of Ga-Koro were too used to seeing the Toa Arete as purehearted heroes with nary a speck of dust on their Kanohi, but in the span of a mere moment Wrath had returned and thrown cowpies at their armor to tarnish the name they held. The public swarmed on the tasty meal of truth Ta granted them like a true matoranitarian, and the Arete, already wavering and struggling from killing each other, would release their inner selves at last and bend to the situation at hand.
There was no use defending the ruse; Anthyn had no stake in the town, no love for its people, no adoration of its culture. For the first time since the abomination that was the First Valkyr was borne into flesh from the soulsucked carcasses of former heroes and released into the sky like a majestic eagle too long trapped in a cage, Anthyn was free. Free to do as she pleased, free to express herself without restraint, without consequence. She was already being watched angrily by the people, what use was it to pretend to be an angel anymore? For months they saw her like a saviour, now it was the time to show them what she truly was.
Ta's rah rah rah speech raised the rabble so that they were curious. Anthyn and her bestest friend were going to have their attention.
Anthyn's wings spread out like war banners just as Decaia gave his ultimatum and expressed his own violence, fueled by the pent up anger the normally reserved toa had obviously been hording like trash. The docks and lilypads rocked and surged as the water churned beneath the city of water, but Anyanka was flexible and kept her balance while Anthyn stabilized herself with her twin great anchors on her back.
A squad of marines threw their spears at Anthyn but her answer was swift and sharp, punching her hand through the wooden floor she stood on and breaking it and bringing it up as if it were a hatch on the floor. The spears struck the platform and stuck like it was a barrier as Anthyn ripped it completely off and tossed it with her enormous raw power back at the guards who assailed her, smashing them aside in seconds. Anyanka and Anthyn stood back to back, and while they were a comical pairing in stature they were all but weak in fearsome strength. Anthyn's wings, broad and open like shields, protected the twin dark sisters and Anyanka's sizzling energy rumbled in her delicate little digits to unleash hellfire and brimstone on her enemies.
"Oh, 'monster.' Perhaps you should speak to me more softly, then.
Monsters are dangerous and just now kings are dying like flies."
Posted Apr 07 2013 - 09:55 PM
[color=#008080;]IC: Savina - Ga-koro-[/color]
[color=#008080;]Whoosh! An arrow flew right across Anthyn's vision, as she followed the arrow's path with her eyes it ended abruptly into the eye of a Marine, a Marine who had been quite posed to throw a javelin at the so-called angel. [/color]
[color=#008080;]Out of all the spectators, participants, and random angry villagers. There one Toa unnoticed by all. Savina had crept through the crowd unnoticed, it turned out that people could be a lot like trees, easy to slip around if you knew what you were doing. [/color]
[color=#008080;]Savina had masqueraded as one of the crowd long enough to hear everything Wrath had claimed. Of course, what she mostly paid attention to was what was said about Anthyn, her angel. The way that Wrath spoke about the Valkyr of Lust made her blood boil. How dare he threaten her! It didn't matter to Savina whether or not what Wrath said was true, about Anthyn and the other Arete really being quite the opposite of what they'd claimed to be: protectors of the people. Savina was completely incapable of thinking less of her angel. No, she was infallible. In fact, the fact that Anthyn was so clever as to masquerade as protector when she was really just a predator only made Savina even more impressed with Anthyn than she already was, if that was possible.[/color]
[color=#008080;]Now Savina stood on the roof of the late Turaga's home, a bundle of arrows strapped to her back and her bow at the ready. Every arrow she fired was to pick off any would be attackers of Anthyn. [/color]
[color=#008080;]Savina then took specific aim at Wraith himself, firing off one...two...three arrows at his center. The arrows were tipped with a paralysing poison, courtesy of her Kanohi Faxon. [/color]
Skyra | Savina | Darien | Hakari | Rekirar | Taleen | Novan | Mimira | Denerium | Kehaga |
Posted Apr 07 2013 - 10:12 PM
Posted Apr 07 2013 - 10:16 PM
[color=#006400;]Ketan watched helplessly as everything he had built began to crumble around him, like a castle made of sand. All of the time and effort that he had poured into this village to bring it under his heel was turning to dust; all his plans were coming to naught.[/color]
[color=#006400;]“Please, let's settle this calmly-”[/color]
[color=#006400;]It was perverted alchemy: the alchemist was forced to watch as his beloved gold corrupted back into lead. Heavy, worthless lead.[/color]
[color=#006400;]“Stop, brother! Sister, no-”[/color]
[color=#006400;]No one was listening. No one cared. They were taking everything from him.[/color]
[color=#006400;]They were taking everything from him.[/color]
[color=#006400;]THEY TAKE WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY MINE.[/color]
[color=#006400;]With an anguished scream of hatred and self-pity over his loss, the Toa of Air threw his hands out, calling upon the wind -his only remaining ally, it seemed- to sweep over the huddled villagers, the stalwart Marines, and the bitter, infighting Daedra.[/color]
[color=#006400;]No longer the Arete. That heroic facade had been cast aside. They were sinners now. Nothing more. Nothing less.[/color]
[color=#006400;]“You dare...” he snarled, his cold, calculating eyes focused on Wrath's face, his words carried to all ears by the bitter wind. “You dare to take what I've made and cast it to pieces... you dare to take this from me? Ga-Koro was mine! Mine!”[/color]
[color=#006400;]All pretence of being a hero was gone. He was Greed now.[/color]
[color=#006400;]He spat at Kynaera, whose words were only salt in the festering abscess that had once been his pride.[/color]
[color=#006400;]“You stole my kingdom from me, you piraka!”[/color]
[color=#006400;]Unslinging his scythe, the Toa of Air swung it in a devastating arc parallel with the ground; villagers and Marines alike fled to avoid having their lives harvested to feed the Toa's insatiable hunger.[/color]
[color=#006400;]The Captain of the Marines herself leapt back, attempting to draw her short sword as she did so, her eyes finally blinking through the shadows and fully seeing what she had only suspected until now.[/color]
[color=#006400;]But she was too late. Her blind eyes had opened too slowly, and the elegant, furious weapon wove a ribbon of silver through the air, so fast did it move, and lopped off her head.[/color]
[color=#006400;]Her head fell to the docks; her mask fell off at the impact, exposing a dead face and lifeless eyes. Her corpse collapsed to the wood as well. Blood pooled.[/color]
[color=#006400;]The Toa of Air spun his deadly blade, throwing drops of gore into the crowd, his eyes far from lifeless. They shone red with malevolence and sheer evil as he looked over the scene and watched his kingdom fall apart.[/color]
[color=#006400;]Ketan was no more. There was only the monster, only the sinner.[/color]
[color=#006400;]There was only Greed.[/color]
[color=#006400;]And if he could not rule, then he would drag this village down to Karzahni with him.[/color]
Posted Apr 07 2013 - 10:48 PM
[color=rgb(47,79,79);]I thought I'd lost her.[/color]
[color=rgb(47,79,79);]I didn't want to ask myself why I followed her. Nor why she left me. For I wanted to keep what fragile hold I had on hope from breaking completely. A crystalline thing, hope. You could pound on it with an iron hammer, and only succeed in denting the hammer. Other times, the lightest touch could shatter it into thousands of pieces. I grew up in a land of ice, I knew crystals.[/color]
[color=rgb(47,79,79);]I'd also grown up hunting Rahi where the bank of snow to the right could be a predator lying in wait, you learned to be observant quick, or else the trip came to an abrupt end. Though, even with that, following Savina was not a task made easy in the slightest. It might have been the painkillers, it might have been that mass of bodies, or it might have been my subconscious mind sparing me the event of actually finding her.[/color]
[color=rgb(47,79,79);]I was many things, but stupid wasn't one of them.[/color]
[color=rgb(47,79,79);]I'd seen it, heard it, [/color]felt it from the Toa of Plantlife. It wasn't something I wanted to think about.
[color=rgb(47,79,79);]A single flash of emerald in a sea of azure was all I got, but it was enough. I followed it as best I could, thought it wasn't until a Matoran surged forward did I get a clear view. And, it wasn't good. Textbook archer stance, she was standing on top of Nokama's hut. Or what used to be Nokama's hut. I heard the slight sound of a bowstring, but I didn't watch to see where the the arrows went.[/color]
[color=rgb(47,79,79);]The yells were enough.[/color]
[color=rgb(47,79,79);]I didn't even bother getting a running start, not like there was enough room for that anyway. A mental push, and my Kanohi flared briefly, and I was suddenly rocketing into the air under my own power. Savina was too focus on... shooting arrows... to notice me flying towards her. A second later, and I'd talker her back onto the roof of the hut.[/color]
[color=rgb(47,79,79);]It was a low-speed impact, though waves of pain tore through the blissful numbness that the painkillers provided. I'd either broken my ribs again, or down right killed myself. I didn't care, and I pushed it aside. Currently on top of a stunned Savina, I did the first thing that came to mind.[/color]
[color=rgb(47,79,79);]I kissed her, full on.[/color]
[color=rgb(47,79,79);]And hope shattered into pieces inside of me.[/color]
Posted Apr 07 2013 - 11:20 PM
[color=#008080;]IC: Savina - Ga-koro -[/color]
[color=#008080;]It all happened so fast. She hadn't even had time to blink. One moment, she's launching arrows at those who would do harm to her angel, then an instant later she's looking straight up into the face of someone she was sure she'd left behind so that he could get some rest. Her eyes simply widened in shock and surprise, she couldn't even comprehend how this was happening, or why? Before she could even think of opening her mouth, Tehlin moved down and brought her into a kiss. [/color]
[color=#008080;]She felt like putty in his arms, her eyes closed as she kissed him back, wrapping her arms around him. She didn't know why this was happening, or why it was happening now of all times, but she didn't want it to stop. [/color]
[color=#008080;]When urge to breathe finally came they broke the kiss, Savina's lungs labored heavily as Savina just looked at Tehlin, still quite speechless. "That was....I mean I really..." Savina laughed, extremely giddy. "What?" There were so many emotions and feelings coursing through her body she felt it would take her days to sort it out.[/color]
[color=#008080;]Consequently, Savina had completely forgotten about the bloodbath that continued to rage on below the roof that the two Toa lay upon.[/color]
Edited by A billion cats, Apr 07 2013 - 11:21 PM.
Skyra | Savina | Darien | Hakari | Rekirar | Taleen | Novan | Mimira | Denerium | Kehaga |
Posted Apr 07 2013 - 11:37 PM
I could say "I told you so," but for once I was sad at being right. Greed's words had been carried to me too. The same voice that had rebuked me, condemned me, and finally exiled me.So, what do you do when those who seemed to be paragons are hypocrites?I'm sorry, Giver, wherever you may be.No one would recognize me. But maybe I could be someone Tarnok would finally think was worthy of power. I drew my sword, teleporting toward the sounds of battle.
Edited by Elvis, Apr 08 2013 - 10:38 AM.
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