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    Maverick got a reaction from Tenkai Matsumoto in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    It was a fight to the death, Alexa's ill advised strike not only missing but the khornate monstrosity taking advantage of her psyker powers to press on her mind. It was a grave slight, to attempt such frivolous attacks against a beast made of corruption and misery combined in a corporeal shell, seething with hatred and sheer burning bloodlust. It was an intense headache, like someone slowly driving a titanium spike right into her cranium with a power fist. But her eyes didn't stop burning with her own font of psychic potential, warp energy still pulsing out of her sight. 

    Kneeling, reeling, every movement a struggle, every thought of retaliation snatched. But for a second there, the Inquisitor could feel a burning light inside of her, like a fire bellowing inside her like a furnace. She very slowly, but firmly, stood up and looked at the demon directly into what she thought would be it's foul eyes. A trembling hand raised, the other in a white knuckled grip around her blade, Alexa's mind flooded with the memories of her past... How the odds were against her all this time, and how she had beaten them all... And now in what could be her darkest hour, the dice were cast, and she stood tall...

    A moment courage, shining brightest in the backdrop of despair.

    The Inquisitor braced herself, and in an instant, a psychic scream of her own clashed against the unsurmountable chaos energy of the blackened knight, perhaps matching it for a second. And a second is all she needed. She knew she couldn't stand mind to mind against a corporeal channel of the Blood God, but she needed to keep it's focus for but a single moment.

    From behind her, the Stalwart image of her protector charged forward, heavy armor not impeding her speed in the slightest. Guardian Lena Drachenberg's stride was victorious, at least in spirit, as the combined efforts of Tenkai and Alexa would hopefully give the opening she needed. She was not a Greatsword, but every Guardian in the Force Majeure knew that one swing could be as decisive as a flurry. And one swing she attempted, all her might behind that single blow of her war glaive, aimed at that chip in the back of the daemon champion's leg.

    @Fierach @Tenkai Matsumoto
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    Maverick got a reaction from Fierach in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    It was a fight to the death, Alexa's ill advised strike not only missing but the khornate monstrosity taking advantage of her psyker powers to press on her mind. It was a grave slight, to attempt such frivolous attacks against a beast made of corruption and misery combined in a corporeal shell, seething with hatred and sheer burning bloodlust. It was an intense headache, like someone slowly driving a titanium spike right into her cranium with a power fist. But her eyes didn't stop burning with her own font of psychic potential, warp energy still pulsing out of her sight. 

    Kneeling, reeling, every movement a struggle, every thought of retaliation snatched. But for a second there, the Inquisitor could feel a burning light inside of her, like a fire bellowing inside her like a furnace. She very slowly, but firmly, stood up and looked at the demon directly into what she thought would be it's foul eyes. A trembling hand raised, the other in a white knuckled grip around her blade, Alexa's mind flooded with the memories of her past... How the odds were against her all this time, and how she had beaten them all... And now in what could be her darkest hour, the dice were cast, and she stood tall...

    A moment courage, shining brightest in the backdrop of despair.

    The Inquisitor braced herself, and in an instant, a psychic scream of her own clashed against the unsurmountable chaos energy of the blackened knight, perhaps matching it for a second. And a second is all she needed. She knew she couldn't stand mind to mind against a corporeal channel of the Blood God, but she needed to keep it's focus for but a single moment.

    From behind her, the Stalwart image of her protector charged forward, heavy armor not impeding her speed in the slightest. Guardian Lena Drachenberg's stride was victorious, at least in spirit, as the combined efforts of Tenkai and Alexa would hopefully give the opening she needed. She was not a Greatsword, but every Guardian in the Force Majeure knew that one swing could be as decisive as a flurry. And one swing she attempted, all her might behind that single blow of her war glaive, aimed at that chip in the back of the daemon champion's leg.

    @Fierach @Tenkai Matsumoto
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    Maverick got a reaction from Fierach in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    Davath's cunning action gave Tenkai the opportunity he needed to strike, as Alexa's assault pierced the blackened, warped plate of the Khornate beast in front of them. Had it been a simpler monster of a lower caliber, it would have surely been beaten by now. However, the Black Knight dashed onwards, like the stuff of nightmares running wild in the dreams of the most disturbed Astropaths. But Alexa was not one to relent anymore, for nightmare had been her life, and she had taken the abyss within herself... Promising to bathe it in the light of humanity's greatest determinations.
    She would let her psychic energy run over her body, feeling every fiber of her being buzzing and writhing with the warp as she dashed towards the foe with everlasting fury. She didn't need to beat it in combat... After all, her melee combat prowess was but a fraction of Tenkai's incredible ability...
    But she only needed one strike, perhaps not lethal, but a strike to cement her zeal into the beast's twisted void of a soul.
    She moved like a blue blur, ending right in front of the Knight as Tenkai released his attack upon his leg. All the energy she had gathered she charged her blade with, the catalyst steel crackling brightly against the ashen background as she attempted to strike an opening on his armor. All the time, she looked up to the creatures face, her eyes pulsing with the warp as she spoke in a modulated, but furious voice.
    "Face me Daemon... Face the light of the Emperor himself." She uttered, prepared to clash her own Psychic powers against his.
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    Maverick got a reaction from -Lilium- in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    Davath's cunning action gave Tenkai the opportunity he needed to strike, as Alexa's assault pierced the blackened, warped plate of the Khornate beast in front of them. Had it been a simpler monster of a lower caliber, it would have surely been beaten by now. However, the Black Knight dashed onwards, like the stuff of nightmares running wild in the dreams of the most disturbed Astropaths. But Alexa was not one to relent anymore, for nightmare had been her life, and she had taken the abyss within herself... Promising to bathe it in the light of humanity's greatest determinations.
    She would let her psychic energy run over her body, feeling every fiber of her being buzzing and writhing with the warp as she dashed towards the foe with everlasting fury. She didn't need to beat it in combat... After all, her melee combat prowess was but a fraction of Tenkai's incredible ability...
    But she only needed one strike, perhaps not lethal, but a strike to cement her zeal into the beast's twisted void of a soul.
    She moved like a blue blur, ending right in front of the Knight as Tenkai released his attack upon his leg. All the energy she had gathered she charged her blade with, the catalyst steel crackling brightly against the ashen background as she attempted to strike an opening on his armor. All the time, she looked up to the creatures face, her eyes pulsing with the warp as she spoke in a modulated, but furious voice.
    "Face me Daemon... Face the light of the Emperor himself." She uttered, prepared to clash her own Psychic powers against his.
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    Maverick got a reaction from Fierach in (ARTIFACT) A Master of Space and Self   
    The more time it passed, the more heat Ellyna's temperature auspex began to overcharge, the diminutive cyborg resorting to turning it off altogether. Her heat resistance was put to the test to it's maximum capacity, certainly, though she was confident her father's work was beyond capable of resisting such an infernal amount of heat. She moved from side to side, jumping to the pillars opposite of Master Eredas as she kept giving the massive creature a multitude of slashing wounds, her blades moving at the rhythm of her music in radial, wide arcs of piercing purple.
    "This is barely working." She uttered in a frustrated tone, her bobbing intensifying along with the music picking up a higher tempo.
    As the order to take cover suddenly roared, the creature reared his massive head into an echoing scream, becoming a veritable living volcano as it spewed a massive amount of fire.
    Ellyna jumped back and twirled, her blades scoring the ground in a rather large circle around her. The flickering image of a barrier appeared around her just in time as the fire began to spread.
    "Defensive protocol 21-B activated." She spoke, unemotionally, her stance changing to a lower, more grounded position, grabbing her blades in a reverse grip. The shield would keep her safe from the heat, and anyone nearby could use the covered area to protect themselves as well.
    The music the people affected by her audiomancy would feel was now a slower, more Bass boosted rhythm. They would feel more balanced, grounded and with greater endurance.
  6. Superlike!
    Maverick got a reaction from Zashiii in (ARTIFACT) A Master of Space and Self   
    The more time it passed, the more heat Ellyna's temperature auspex began to overcharge, the diminutive cyborg resorting to turning it off altogether. Her heat resistance was put to the test to it's maximum capacity, certainly, though she was confident her father's work was beyond capable of resisting such an infernal amount of heat. She moved from side to side, jumping to the pillars opposite of Master Eredas as she kept giving the massive creature a multitude of slashing wounds, her blades moving at the rhythm of her music in radial, wide arcs of piercing purple.
    "This is barely working." She uttered in a frustrated tone, her bobbing intensifying along with the music picking up a higher tempo.
    As the order to take cover suddenly roared, the creature reared his massive head into an echoing scream, becoming a veritable living volcano as it spewed a massive amount of fire.
    Ellyna jumped back and twirled, her blades scoring the ground in a rather large circle around her. The flickering image of a barrier appeared around her just in time as the fire began to spread.
    "Defensive protocol 21-B activated." She spoke, unemotionally, her stance changing to a lower, more grounded position, grabbing her blades in a reverse grip. The shield would keep her safe from the heat, and anyone nearby could use the covered area to protect themselves as well.
    The music the people affected by her audiomancy would feel was now a slower, more Bass boosted rhythm. They would feel more balanced, grounded and with greater endurance.
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    Maverick got a reaction from Phoebe in (ARTIFACT) A Master of Space and Self   
    The more time it passed, the more heat Ellyna's temperature auspex began to overcharge, the diminutive cyborg resorting to turning it off altogether. Her heat resistance was put to the test to it's maximum capacity, certainly, though she was confident her father's work was beyond capable of resisting such an infernal amount of heat. She moved from side to side, jumping to the pillars opposite of Master Eredas as she kept giving the massive creature a multitude of slashing wounds, her blades moving at the rhythm of her music in radial, wide arcs of piercing purple.
    "This is barely working." She uttered in a frustrated tone, her bobbing intensifying along with the music picking up a higher tempo.
    As the order to take cover suddenly roared, the creature reared his massive head into an echoing scream, becoming a veritable living volcano as it spewed a massive amount of fire.
    Ellyna jumped back and twirled, her blades scoring the ground in a rather large circle around her. The flickering image of a barrier appeared around her just in time as the fire began to spread.
    "Defensive protocol 21-B activated." She spoke, unemotionally, her stance changing to a lower, more grounded position, grabbing her blades in a reverse grip. The shield would keep her safe from the heat, and anyone nearby could use the covered area to protect themselves as well.
    The music the people affected by her audiomancy would feel was now a slower, more Bass boosted rhythm. They would feel more balanced, grounded and with greater endurance.
  8. Superlike!
    Maverick reacted to Tenkai Matsumoto in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    The fact that they had made short work of the imps was not at all surprising to Tenkai. They were of the lowest rung in the daemonic hierarchy, not even fit to be considered lesser daemons. What was concerning to Tenkai was the fact that the imps were all they had encountered on their way towards the core of the ship. One would have thought a place so heavily integral to the operation of the vessel would be far more heavily guarded than that. It was almost as if there was no need for any well coordinated defense, as if they were being let in deliberately. They wanted them to go deeper.
    For Tenkai, the macabre environment that his group encountered was more than just a morbid reminder of the terrible fate that befell those of the crew that did not give themselves over to Chaos. He could see them, not crystal statues but the very souls trapped within them. The cursed power of Soul Sight contained in the false eye under his eyepatch allowed him to peer through the veil of the spirit world as one would use heat or night vision, while simultaneously allowing him to directly interact with souls and other spiritual constructs. There was no way he could simply pull any of the unfortunate souls free from their terrible fate. No, that would require no less than the destruction of this accursed vessel. He could, however, perceive their warnings far more clearly than the simple suggestion of their frozen forms. It was abundantly clear now that something far greater than a mere handful of imps awaited them deeper within the corridors of bone.
    To behold the spirit world in a place suffused with the corruption of the Warp was not a pleasant sight to behold. The spirit world was not normally very pleasant to begin with considering the grim nature of death, but the Warp made it several times worse. The influence of the Blood God tinged the ambient spirit particles a violent shade of red, resonating with intense rage as the raw stuff of Chaos made such emotions manifest. One would think that Tenkai's connection to the spirit world would have left him vulnerable to this corruption, but a monk such as he was made of far sterner stuff. Existing as he was in both planes simultaneously provided a modicum of protection as he was anchored to reality. Combined with immense spiritual fortitude cultivated over several years, Tenkai was as unmoved as a solid chunk of diamond in a sea of molten lava. The hot winds of rage crashed against his psyche and parted way as he stormed the infernal intestines of the ship.
    Yet, as unmoved as he may have been, even Tenkai was given pause once the ground began to shake. As if materializing from nothing, the burning intensity of a powerful aura of rage flared up upon his senses like the heat of a blood red sun. Inquisitor Alexa could feel it too, as expected. It wasn't before long until they could see the monster with their very eyes. Far ahead of them down the wide passageway was a daemon unlike any of those they had encountered until now. It was not the first time Tenkai had encountered daemons of Khorne. He could recognize the Bloodletters, the lesser daemons of the Blood God, when they manifested in realspace. Yet the creature ahead of them was far greater than any Bloodletter Tenkai had seen before. Greater, yes, though certainly not a Greater Daemon either. A monster of that class would have been such a massive threat that he would have sensed it right as the Imperator Bellum completed its warp jump to Parime. No, the daemon before them was in a class all its own, which made perfect sense given the ever-changing nature of Chaos. Even their own forms of hierarchy could not contain their maddening spectrum.
    Tenkai brought his sword to posture, advancing no further as he took stock of his surroundings. The size of their enemy, its arms and armor and all the possible points of entry and exit where it could be reinforced. He did this with all haste, knowing that the daemon would not simply wait for long as they formulated a plan of attack. Tenkai was about to signal to the rest of his allies when he was interrupted by the thunderous charge of the majority of the Custodes in his group. They flung themselves at the daemon in a blind rage, overtaken by the daemon's influence.
    "What are you doing!?" shouted Tenkai, "Fall back! FALL BACK!!!"
    The fools, Tenkai cursed. He should have known they would be susceptible to the daemon's influences. As stalwart as the Guardians were, like many of the Custodes they reveled in the glory of their ever-raging war against Chaos. To an extent, they needed to be. There were few ways any mortal mind could bear the horror of never-ending war but to find comfort in the promise of glory should they meet their end in battle. It was in glory that one could find meaning in the meaningless, purpose in the purposeless. Yet glory was ever the chink in the armor of those who faced the Blood God, so thin being the line between it and unabashed revelry in combat. Thus did it please Khorne to press such eager warriors to spill blood, be it that of his servants or their own. It mattered not which.
    In such a maddened frenzy, they did not stand a chance. They had stepped into Khorne's realm, and the daemon before them worshipped at his altar. The monstrosity dashed the Custodes to several bloody pieces before Tenkai's eyes, and the sight of it struck him like the memory of so many other past comrades whose fortitude against the darkness he faced on a daily basis was woefully found wanting. Every young, impulsive recruit from his days working for the Vatican, each one eager to mete out glorious justice, snuffed out like a candle in a squall. The swordsman winced at the sight like he was being vexed by the pain of an old wound that never fully healed. 
    Then the daemon spoke. Like so much of the rage and bloodthirstiness emanating from it, Tenkai let its words slip past him without the slightest hint of fixation. Daemons only ever spoke in lies twisted into the visage of truth for no other purpose than to penetrate the wills of their foes and break them down from within. Even acknowledging it with a response was risky in a battle of the psyche. Right now the only thing on Tenkai's mind was how they could best put an end to this walking sin against reality before them.
    Tenkai directed his attention to the remaining Custodes who did not charge headlong to their deaths. There were six of them now. Four remaining Guardians and the two Greatswords, Asil and Davath. The latter two were more experienced, able to ride the wave of rage far more smoothly than their fallen comrades. Without taking his eyes off the daemon, Tenkai spoke to them.
    "Asil, with me. We're going to get this monster's attention," he said. "Davath, cover our advance and lay down suppression once we're in position. Guardians, stay close to the Inquisitor and cover her flank. Do NOT leave her side. Clear?"
    The Custodes all gave quiet nods of acknowledgement. The remaining Guardians had resisted the daemon's influence, but Tenkai was not about to take any further chances. With the Inquisitor being a psychic, it was likely that she would draw the ire of the daemon fairly quickly. Psychic powers were an affront to the Blood God. Having the Guardians on the defensive to support her would be valuable to their overall strategy. With their swords and shields, a defensive approach was far more suited to them than that mad dash towards death that their brothers and sisters had just done.
    Meanwhile, the Inquisitor was already making her move, brimming with fury born of her intense hatred for the daemon before them. That was but another means of riding the wave of rage safely. Although hate served as a potent fuel for warriors of Khorne, it could be just as easily turned on them. An indignation so incandescent that it focused all of one's willpower into rejecting the very essence of the daemon before it. There was no risk of the Inquisitor letting the daemon draw her in as her inimical fury pushed her will further and further away from its grasp. Tenkai could tell that her rage did not cloud her judgement, either. Using her psychic powers to indirectly cause damage through the manipulation of physical objects, the Inquisitor would circumvent the Khornate daemon's innate resistance to psychic power. Such an attack would force the daemon to defend itself, and that would be Tenkai's opening to move in.
    The swordsman monk made his advance, flanked by Asil, who led with his shield arm prepared to receive and ward off the daemon's blade. Tenkai would look for whatever opening that would follow from the joining. Meanwhile, Davath opened fire with his rifle from behind their line, aiming high towards the daemon's head. It was clear that a single headshot was not going to win the battle outright, especially not with that hellforged helm upon its skull. The point was not to land a critical hit, however. Each shot would rattle against the Blackened Knight;s braincase and send sparks into its eye, purely as a means to further divert its attention to cover Tenkai and Asil's advance. As for what he would do next, that would all depend on whether the two of them got into position first.
    Tenkai was not taking any chances here. No hesitation or half-measures. If the daemon was hoping to goad the slayer-monk into single combat, it was sorely mistaken.
    @Roen @Maver1ck @Fierach @-Lilium-
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    Maverick got a reaction from Roen in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    Alexa's mask began pumping and filtering oxygen to her as the smoke began to blanket the area, the air heavy with a supernatural quantity of ashen substance and detritus. It became clear to her that something was amiss... The imps had fallen, some of them turning craven and escaping back into the confines of the ship, and as the team trudged deeper into the bowels of the massive daemon cruiser, the more unnatural their path became. It was like walking on the blood stream of a gigantic, infected creature, their presence a virus the body would work savagely to purge off it's twisted insides.
    It was no surprise they did not see it coming until it was too late.
    The Inquisitor felt the pull of the knight's aura like an animal would react to pure survival instinct. She had felt it before, like every sense in her body shooting into a maximum alert, ready to fight, flee... or die.
    She tried to warn them... To tell them of their impending doom at the blood-soaked claws of the Blackened beast. But she was too slow, or the knight too fast, or perhaps both. It would not matter, as his presence would send those unaware of his unholy influence into a reckless rage.
    They did not stand a chance.
    She just began to shoot it, yelling a futile retreat to the Guardians, falling unheard on the fevered pitch of battle.
    Lena began to advance as well, her weapons ready to meet against the daemon.
    "No!!" The Inquisitor yelled, however, as her mask's lenses sparked in a teal glow and her hand shot into the air, grabbing Lena with her powers and pulling her back from the daemon's reach.
    "No! Inquisitor! Release me now! I must... I must go! My brothers!" She screamed in response.
    But it was over in a heartbeat. The broken warriors at the feet of the towering facsimile of a knight, his maw consuming their flesh at the same time he spoke his vicious taunts towards the survivors. Alexa stepped back... Her trembling hands holding her head in exhasperation, her weapons still firmly gripped and shaking along.
    She felt so much sadness, so much fear, a tidal wave of emotions. The warp was so deafening in there... Every pulse and every crunch the ship made, every crack and gulp the foe's feeding caused, a festering fear she had felt so many times before and never failed to reel it's head back into her mind...
    But in this cacophony, a sudden realization came...
    The Inquisitor, in her state, found one emotion she had rarely faced...
    Rage. Anger... No... It was more... Stronger, intense.
    FURY.
    It was not the bloodcurling, senseless anger of battle. It was not the dark, giddy pleasure of the crimson spectacle before her. It was beyond such low, base emotions, the anathema of the ruinous filth the Dark Gods fed from.
    She raised her head high, the glow in her visor an intense, shimmering azure as she holstered her pistol and leveled her arm towards the monster. With a modulated scream, her hand balled into a fist, the movement of her fingers followed by the rippling crunch of metal, the inner "bones" of the ship swinging towards the beast like jagged spears.
    Would it fell the beast? Hardly. But she was ready to meet the bloodletter with all her might, a moment of valor shining in the backdrop of despair.
  10. Superlike!
    Maverick got a reaction from -Lilium- in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    Alexa's mask began pumping and filtering oxygen to her as the smoke began to blanket the area, the air heavy with a supernatural quantity of ashen substance and detritus. It became clear to her that something was amiss... The imps had fallen, some of them turning craven and escaping back into the confines of the ship, and as the team trudged deeper into the bowels of the massive daemon cruiser, the more unnatural their path became. It was like walking on the blood stream of a gigantic, infected creature, their presence a virus the body would work savagely to purge off it's twisted insides.
    It was no surprise they did not see it coming until it was too late.
    The Inquisitor felt the pull of the knight's aura like an animal would react to pure survival instinct. She had felt it before, like every sense in her body shooting into a maximum alert, ready to fight, flee... or die.
    She tried to warn them... To tell them of their impending doom at the blood-soaked claws of the Blackened beast. But she was too slow, or the knight too fast, or perhaps both. It would not matter, as his presence would send those unaware of his unholy influence into a reckless rage.
    They did not stand a chance.
    She just began to shoot it, yelling a futile retreat to the Guardians, falling unheard on the fevered pitch of battle.
    Lena began to advance as well, her weapons ready to meet against the daemon.
    "No!!" The Inquisitor yelled, however, as her mask's lenses sparked in a teal glow and her hand shot into the air, grabbing Lena with her powers and pulling her back from the daemon's reach.
    "No! Inquisitor! Release me now! I must... I must go! My brothers!" She screamed in response.
    But it was over in a heartbeat. The broken warriors at the feet of the towering facsimile of a knight, his maw consuming their flesh at the same time he spoke his vicious taunts towards the survivors. Alexa stepped back... Her trembling hands holding her head in exhasperation, her weapons still firmly gripped and shaking along.
    She felt so much sadness, so much fear, a tidal wave of emotions. The warp was so deafening in there... Every pulse and every crunch the ship made, every crack and gulp the foe's feeding caused, a festering fear she had felt so many times before and never failed to reel it's head back into her mind...
    But in this cacophony, a sudden realization came...
    The Inquisitor, in her state, found one emotion she had rarely faced...
    Rage. Anger... No... It was more... Stronger, intense.
    FURY.
    It was not the bloodcurling, senseless anger of battle. It was not the dark, giddy pleasure of the crimson spectacle before her. It was beyond such low, base emotions, the anathema of the ruinous filth the Dark Gods fed from.
    She raised her head high, the glow in her visor an intense, shimmering azure as she holstered her pistol and leveled her arm towards the monster. With a modulated scream, her hand balled into a fist, the movement of her fingers followed by the rippling crunch of metal, the inner "bones" of the ship swinging towards the beast like jagged spears.
    Would it fell the beast? Hardly. But she was ready to meet the bloodletter with all her might, a moment of valor shining in the backdrop of despair.
  11. Superlike!
    Maverick got a reaction from Tenkai Matsumoto in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    Alexa's mask began pumping and filtering oxygen to her as the smoke began to blanket the area, the air heavy with a supernatural quantity of ashen substance and detritus. It became clear to her that something was amiss... The imps had fallen, some of them turning craven and escaping back into the confines of the ship, and as the team trudged deeper into the bowels of the massive daemon cruiser, the more unnatural their path became. It was like walking on the blood stream of a gigantic, infected creature, their presence a virus the body would work savagely to purge off it's twisted insides.
    It was no surprise they did not see it coming until it was too late.
    The Inquisitor felt the pull of the knight's aura like an animal would react to pure survival instinct. She had felt it before, like every sense in her body shooting into a maximum alert, ready to fight, flee... or die.
    She tried to warn them... To tell them of their impending doom at the blood-soaked claws of the Blackened beast. But she was too slow, or the knight too fast, or perhaps both. It would not matter, as his presence would send those unaware of his unholy influence into a reckless rage.
    They did not stand a chance.
    She just began to shoot it, yelling a futile retreat to the Guardians, falling unheard on the fevered pitch of battle.
    Lena began to advance as well, her weapons ready to meet against the daemon.
    "No!!" The Inquisitor yelled, however, as her mask's lenses sparked in a teal glow and her hand shot into the air, grabbing Lena with her powers and pulling her back from the daemon's reach.
    "No! Inquisitor! Release me now! I must... I must go! My brothers!" She screamed in response.
    But it was over in a heartbeat. The broken warriors at the feet of the towering facsimile of a knight, his maw consuming their flesh at the same time he spoke his vicious taunts towards the survivors. Alexa stepped back... Her trembling hands holding her head in exhasperation, her weapons still firmly gripped and shaking along.
    She felt so much sadness, so much fear, a tidal wave of emotions. The warp was so deafening in there... Every pulse and every crunch the ship made, every crack and gulp the foe's feeding caused, a festering fear she had felt so many times before and never failed to reel it's head back into her mind...
    But in this cacophony, a sudden realization came...
    The Inquisitor, in her state, found one emotion she had rarely faced...
    Rage. Anger... No... It was more... Stronger, intense.
    FURY.
    It was not the bloodcurling, senseless anger of battle. It was not the dark, giddy pleasure of the crimson spectacle before her. It was beyond such low, base emotions, the anathema of the ruinous filth the Dark Gods fed from.
    She raised her head high, the glow in her visor an intense, shimmering azure as she holstered her pistol and leveled her arm towards the monster. With a modulated scream, her hand balled into a fist, the movement of her fingers followed by the rippling crunch of metal, the inner "bones" of the ship swinging towards the beast like jagged spears.
    Would it fell the beast? Hardly. But she was ready to meet the bloodletter with all her might, a moment of valor shining in the backdrop of despair.
  12. Superlike!
    Maverick got a reaction from Fierach in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    Alexa's mask began pumping and filtering oxygen to her as the smoke began to blanket the area, the air heavy with a supernatural quantity of ashen substance and detritus. It became clear to her that something was amiss... The imps had fallen, some of them turning craven and escaping back into the confines of the ship, and as the team trudged deeper into the bowels of the massive daemon cruiser, the more unnatural their path became. It was like walking on the blood stream of a gigantic, infected creature, their presence a virus the body would work savagely to purge off it's twisted insides.
    It was no surprise they did not see it coming until it was too late.
    The Inquisitor felt the pull of the knight's aura like an animal would react to pure survival instinct. She had felt it before, like every sense in her body shooting into a maximum alert, ready to fight, flee... or die.
    She tried to warn them... To tell them of their impending doom at the blood-soaked claws of the Blackened beast. But she was too slow, or the knight too fast, or perhaps both. It would not matter, as his presence would send those unaware of his unholy influence into a reckless rage.
    They did not stand a chance.
    She just began to shoot it, yelling a futile retreat to the Guardians, falling unheard on the fevered pitch of battle.
    Lena began to advance as well, her weapons ready to meet against the daemon.
    "No!!" The Inquisitor yelled, however, as her mask's lenses sparked in a teal glow and her hand shot into the air, grabbing Lena with her powers and pulling her back from the daemon's reach.
    "No! Inquisitor! Release me now! I must... I must go! My brothers!" She screamed in response.
    But it was over in a heartbeat. The broken warriors at the feet of the towering facsimile of a knight, his maw consuming their flesh at the same time he spoke his vicious taunts towards the survivors. Alexa stepped back... Her trembling hands holding her head in exhasperation, her weapons still firmly gripped and shaking along.
    She felt so much sadness, so much fear, a tidal wave of emotions. The warp was so deafening in there... Every pulse and every crunch the ship made, every crack and gulp the foe's feeding caused, a festering fear she had felt so many times before and never failed to reel it's head back into her mind...
    But in this cacophony, a sudden realization came...
    The Inquisitor, in her state, found one emotion she had rarely faced...
    Rage. Anger... No... It was more... Stronger, intense.
    FURY.
    It was not the bloodcurling, senseless anger of battle. It was not the dark, giddy pleasure of the crimson spectacle before her. It was beyond such low, base emotions, the anathema of the ruinous filth the Dark Gods fed from.
    She raised her head high, the glow in her visor an intense, shimmering azure as she holstered her pistol and leveled her arm towards the monster. With a modulated scream, her hand balled into a fist, the movement of her fingers followed by the rippling crunch of metal, the inner "bones" of the ship swinging towards the beast like jagged spears.
    Would it fell the beast? Hardly. But she was ready to meet the bloodletter with all her might, a moment of valor shining in the backdrop of despair.
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    Maverick got a reaction from Tenkai Matsumoto in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    "Time to move, remain vigilant. Guardians, up front, shields up. Any movement means fresh meat, we are the meat grinder." The first Greatsword ordered on the comm-link.
    The Guardians would form a shield wall at the front of the group, the Greatswords covering the flank on the back and leaving Alexa on the center and Tenkai right behind her, all soldiers ready to move at a moment to give him the space needed for him to be the monster combat expert he was. Alexa wore her Inquisitorial "Death Mask", A grim looking ballistic mask provided with filtration systems and oxygen reserves for hostile and boarding operations. The full visage of the Inquisitor, while small, was for the first time quite menacing at first glance, with her blue glowing blade in one hand and a strange, gilded looking pistol that seemed to hold the same glow as her blade in it's chamber.
    "There is some walking to do before we get to the Engine Room. These halls have many nooks and crannies where the daemon filth will be waiting for us." She spoke, her voice modulated slightly by the mask. "We must drop one or two floors, then proceed to the rear of the ship. Or at least that would be the case in a regular ship, keep your eyes open for warp signatures. Purge everything in your wake."
    The Greatswords nodded and signaled the advance, the well trained squad moving at once. Lena remained one square behind the squad's "Tip", front and center of Alexa as her duties as protector demanded.
    The first third of the way appeared eerily silent and calm. No enemies in sight, no entities on their auspex, and only the sound of their boots against the solid metal floor to accompany them.
    Suddenly, a scream, human in nature, but somehow not. Like a screech, or a whine, or a yell... Or all at the same time. It was a sound that made no sense, yet it evoked the same response from the entire squad.
    The Greatswords readied their weapons as the Guardians planted their shields and cocked their shotguns. Alexa pointed her pistol towards the front of the squad, ready to pull the trigger.
    The metal began to creak, a clacking, cacophonous sound following. The warp energy pulled on her mind as she detected the large mass approaching. But she couldn't see anything... Unless.
    "They are on the walls!" She yelled.
    A claw broke the metal around them, the broken steel bleeding a black ichor as crazed, imp like demons broke through them. Shell after shell began to be fired, the Greatswords picking the ones bold enough to attempt a flanking maneuver. The Inquisitor silently shot her pistol towards the targets she could aim for, the shots crackling with warp energy that essentially melted the flesh of the demons' bodies.
    As one attempted to jump over the testudo, Lena intercepted it in mid air and slammed it against the hard steel of the floor, grabbing it's upper jaw with her heavy gauntlet and ripping it's head off in one gruesome pull.
    "Push forward! For the Force Majeure!"
    The squad began to move while attacking, carving a way forward towards the back. Though savage and deadly, the daemons fell in droves in front of the concerted efforts of the boarding party. The would show them what humanity was ready to do. To defend, to avenge, to purge their foes from the world.
    To become the Slayers of Doom, and plant fear into what was once Fearless.
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    Maverick got a reaction from -Lilium- in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    "Are you sure about this? You would be safer in the ship." 
    Lena stood in Alexa's door, the Inquisitor readying her gear up. Most of the things were in good shape, and whatever damage it had suffered had been repaired as best as they could aboard the Bellum. In contrast, however, her coat still had the marks of battlewear, a couple of tears at the tail and the seams, but still fully functional. 
    "I'm not staying inside while all of you risk your lives Lena. We already talked about this." Answered the Inquisitor, fitting a glove over her cybernetic hand, a serious neutral look on her face. 
    The Guardian nodded silently, already in full armor. 
    "Piercing the warp veil. Arrival at Kadia imminent."
    The two walked to the bridge as the Imperator Bellum made it's last boost towards realspace. There was a few seconds of silence, follow by a low gasp of most present when the situation unveiled in front of them. 
    It was worse than she had thought. 
    "I have never seen a Daemon engine that size!" Alexa exclaimed, her eyes surveying all around the field.
    She walked towards Tenkai and James. Pondering her past encounters with large daemonic presences and her old teachings. She could feel the sheer pull of warp energy from the ship-like being, her eyes glinting as an idea formed on her mind. 
    "It's energy signature is too heavy to be that stable. A being that size must be having something inside it tethering it to this plane, otherwise it would be displacing constantly." She explained to the two commanders. 
    "Your orders Lord Eredas?" Lena asked, putting her helmet back on. 
  15. Like
    Maverick got a reaction from -Lilium- in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    Alexa's wounds were healing well, though her exhaustion was more attributed to her extended use of her powers more than anything. It had been a rough few days, Lena dutifully looking after her and not letting her jeopardize her health further. Observing her surroundings, the pristine white walls of the medical bay were a shocking contrast to the metallic gray and black of a black ship, or even the regular staff corridors of the Imperator Bellum.
    "How are you feeling today Alexa?" Asked Lena in a peppy tone, bringing her a little juice carton. The inquisitor smiled and took the juice with gusto, her hands still a bit stiff with bandages all over.
    "You don't have to pamper me so much Lena, your job is making sure I don't die, not being my personal caretaker." Alexa answered, giving the Guardian a puppy wide-eyed gaze. The warrior lady waved her comment away, enjoying a juice herself.
    "Oh yeah... Imagined if I all of us had that kind of protection on us..." A booming voice would break the peace from another corner of the room. It was another guardian, this one with bandages and a patch covering what appeared to be a now rent eye socket. His expression was borderline angry.
    "You are gonna run your mouth today Barret? Is that what you really want to do in medical leave?" Lena answered, her voice instantly changing to a stern tone. Alexa dropped her gaze slightly, wanting to avoid the confrontation entirely.
    "I'm just saying... Imagine if the Kadians had sent something more than just this... Child. Are all inquisitors like her? A one shot match that breaks after the first use?"
    "She kept your ass alive out there did she? Or do you think those beastmen suddenly keeled over because they were afraid of your shitty blade play?" Lena lashed back out. Alexa held the Guardian's arm, like begging her to drop it.
    "What are you now Drachenberg? A guard dog? Are you going to run away with her and frolick in a field like an obedient little puppy?"
    Lena stood up like a missile, approaching the other Guardian with her fists balled up. "You question my loyalty... I might just decided to even up your other eye!"
    Alexa stood up as well, holding Lena's hand back in an attempt to stop her friend.
    "Please Lena... Just let it go..." She said almost in a whisper.
    "Both of you, that's enough..." Another voice cracked the tension, like a hammer banging against an anvil. It was Greatsword Davath, now standing and seemingly towering over all present.
    "Would it have mattered if we had a battalion of Kadians at our side? Would it have mattered if the Inquisitor had an unlimited supply of power?"  Davath spoke to the other two Custodes, who had fallen silent at the words.
    "This war is not about power, or about numbers. We do what we can, with what we have, as we have always done... This bickering is as pointless as asking for 'What ifs'"
    The Guardians looked at each other begrudgingly, each going back to what they were doing before. Alexa followed Lena back to her bed, Davath going back to his carving.
    "Don't scare me like that..." Alexa said to Lena, rather serious at the moment.
    "Tensions are running high... I'm sorry." Lena answered, rubbing her neck embarrased.
    Alexa looked up to the ceiling, feeling a bit cold. Her mind focused on their situation for the moment, an energetic "Tug" as it may, being what discovered their current path through the warp, and what little power she could put towards it was at least enough to keep them safe... For now.
     
  16. Like
    Maverick got a reaction from -Lilium- in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    "Time to move, remain vigilant. Guardians, up front, shields up. Any movement means fresh meat, we are the meat grinder." The first Greatsword ordered on the comm-link.
    The Guardians would form a shield wall at the front of the group, the Greatswords covering the flank on the back and leaving Alexa on the center and Tenkai right behind her, all soldiers ready to move at a moment to give him the space needed for him to be the monster combat expert he was. Alexa wore her Inquisitorial "Death Mask", A grim looking ballistic mask provided with filtration systems and oxygen reserves for hostile and boarding operations. The full visage of the Inquisitor, while small, was for the first time quite menacing at first glance, with her blue glowing blade in one hand and a strange, gilded looking pistol that seemed to hold the same glow as her blade in it's chamber.
    "There is some walking to do before we get to the Engine Room. These halls have many nooks and crannies where the daemon filth will be waiting for us." She spoke, her voice modulated slightly by the mask. "We must drop one or two floors, then proceed to the rear of the ship. Or at least that would be the case in a regular ship, keep your eyes open for warp signatures. Purge everything in your wake."
    The Greatswords nodded and signaled the advance, the well trained squad moving at once. Lena remained one square behind the squad's "Tip", front and center of Alexa as her duties as protector demanded.
    The first third of the way appeared eerily silent and calm. No enemies in sight, no entities on their auspex, and only the sound of their boots against the solid metal floor to accompany them.
    Suddenly, a scream, human in nature, but somehow not. Like a screech, or a whine, or a yell... Or all at the same time. It was a sound that made no sense, yet it evoked the same response from the entire squad.
    The Greatswords readied their weapons as the Guardians planted their shields and cocked their shotguns. Alexa pointed her pistol towards the front of the squad, ready to pull the trigger.
    The metal began to creak, a clacking, cacophonous sound following. The warp energy pulled on her mind as she detected the large mass approaching. But she couldn't see anything... Unless.
    "They are on the walls!" She yelled.
    A claw broke the metal around them, the broken steel bleeding a black ichor as crazed, imp like demons broke through them. Shell after shell began to be fired, the Greatswords picking the ones bold enough to attempt a flanking maneuver. The Inquisitor silently shot her pistol towards the targets she could aim for, the shots crackling with warp energy that essentially melted the flesh of the demons' bodies.
    As one attempted to jump over the testudo, Lena intercepted it in mid air and slammed it against the hard steel of the floor, grabbing it's upper jaw with her heavy gauntlet and ripping it's head off in one gruesome pull.
    "Push forward! For the Force Majeure!"
    The squad began to move while attacking, carving a way forward towards the back. Though savage and deadly, the daemons fell in droves in front of the concerted efforts of the boarding party. The would show them what humanity was ready to do. To defend, to avenge, to purge their foes from the world.
    To become the Slayers of Doom, and plant fear into what was once Fearless.
  17. Like
    Maverick got a reaction from Fierach in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    "Time to move, remain vigilant. Guardians, up front, shields up. Any movement means fresh meat, we are the meat grinder." The first Greatsword ordered on the comm-link.
    The Guardians would form a shield wall at the front of the group, the Greatswords covering the flank on the back and leaving Alexa on the center and Tenkai right behind her, all soldiers ready to move at a moment to give him the space needed for him to be the monster combat expert he was. Alexa wore her Inquisitorial "Death Mask", A grim looking ballistic mask provided with filtration systems and oxygen reserves for hostile and boarding operations. The full visage of the Inquisitor, while small, was for the first time quite menacing at first glance, with her blue glowing blade in one hand and a strange, gilded looking pistol that seemed to hold the same glow as her blade in it's chamber.
    "There is some walking to do before we get to the Engine Room. These halls have many nooks and crannies where the daemon filth will be waiting for us." She spoke, her voice modulated slightly by the mask. "We must drop one or two floors, then proceed to the rear of the ship. Or at least that would be the case in a regular ship, keep your eyes open for warp signatures. Purge everything in your wake."
    The Greatswords nodded and signaled the advance, the well trained squad moving at once. Lena remained one square behind the squad's "Tip", front and center of Alexa as her duties as protector demanded.
    The first third of the way appeared eerily silent and calm. No enemies in sight, no entities on their auspex, and only the sound of their boots against the solid metal floor to accompany them.
    Suddenly, a scream, human in nature, but somehow not. Like a screech, or a whine, or a yell... Or all at the same time. It was a sound that made no sense, yet it evoked the same response from the entire squad.
    The Greatswords readied their weapons as the Guardians planted their shields and cocked their shotguns. Alexa pointed her pistol towards the front of the squad, ready to pull the trigger.
    The metal began to creak, a clacking, cacophonous sound following. The warp energy pulled on her mind as she detected the large mass approaching. But she couldn't see anything... Unless.
    "They are on the walls!" She yelled.
    A claw broke the metal around them, the broken steel bleeding a black ichor as crazed, imp like demons broke through them. Shell after shell began to be fired, the Greatswords picking the ones bold enough to attempt a flanking maneuver. The Inquisitor silently shot her pistol towards the targets she could aim for, the shots crackling with warp energy that essentially melted the flesh of the demons' bodies.
    As one attempted to jump over the testudo, Lena intercepted it in mid air and slammed it against the hard steel of the floor, grabbing it's upper jaw with her heavy gauntlet and ripping it's head off in one gruesome pull.
    "Push forward! For the Force Majeure!"
    The squad began to move while attacking, carving a way forward towards the back. Though savage and deadly, the daemons fell in droves in front of the concerted efforts of the boarding party. The would show them what humanity was ready to do. To defend, to avenge, to purge their foes from the world.
    To become the Slayers of Doom, and plant fear into what was once Fearless.
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    Maverick got a reaction from EpicRome23 in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    "Time to move, remain vigilant. Guardians, up front, shields up. Any movement means fresh meat, we are the meat grinder." The first Greatsword ordered on the comm-link.
    The Guardians would form a shield wall at the front of the group, the Greatswords covering the flank on the back and leaving Alexa on the center and Tenkai right behind her, all soldiers ready to move at a moment to give him the space needed for him to be the monster combat expert he was. Alexa wore her Inquisitorial "Death Mask", A grim looking ballistic mask provided with filtration systems and oxygen reserves for hostile and boarding operations. The full visage of the Inquisitor, while small, was for the first time quite menacing at first glance, with her blue glowing blade in one hand and a strange, gilded looking pistol that seemed to hold the same glow as her blade in it's chamber.
    "There is some walking to do before we get to the Engine Room. These halls have many nooks and crannies where the daemon filth will be waiting for us." She spoke, her voice modulated slightly by the mask. "We must drop one or two floors, then proceed to the rear of the ship. Or at least that would be the case in a regular ship, keep your eyes open for warp signatures. Purge everything in your wake."
    The Greatswords nodded and signaled the advance, the well trained squad moving at once. Lena remained one square behind the squad's "Tip", front and center of Alexa as her duties as protector demanded.
    The first third of the way appeared eerily silent and calm. No enemies in sight, no entities on their auspex, and only the sound of their boots against the solid metal floor to accompany them.
    Suddenly, a scream, human in nature, but somehow not. Like a screech, or a whine, or a yell... Or all at the same time. It was a sound that made no sense, yet it evoked the same response from the entire squad.
    The Greatswords readied their weapons as the Guardians planted their shields and cocked their shotguns. Alexa pointed her pistol towards the front of the squad, ready to pull the trigger.
    The metal began to creak, a clacking, cacophonous sound following. The warp energy pulled on her mind as she detected the large mass approaching. But she couldn't see anything... Unless.
    "They are on the walls!" She yelled.
    A claw broke the metal around them, the broken steel bleeding a black ichor as crazed, imp like demons broke through them. Shell after shell began to be fired, the Greatswords picking the ones bold enough to attempt a flanking maneuver. The Inquisitor silently shot her pistol towards the targets she could aim for, the shots crackling with warp energy that essentially melted the flesh of the demons' bodies.
    As one attempted to jump over the testudo, Lena intercepted it in mid air and slammed it against the hard steel of the floor, grabbing it's upper jaw with her heavy gauntlet and ripping it's head off in one gruesome pull.
    "Push forward! For the Force Majeure!"
    The squad began to move while attacking, carving a way forward towards the back. Though savage and deadly, the daemons fell in droves in front of the concerted efforts of the boarding party. The would show them what humanity was ready to do. To defend, to avenge, to purge their foes from the world.
    To become the Slayers of Doom, and plant fear into what was once Fearless.
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    Maverick got a reaction from Alexei in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    "Are you sure about this? You would be safer in the ship." 
    Lena stood in Alexa's door, the Inquisitor readying her gear up. Most of the things were in good shape, and whatever damage it had suffered had been repaired as best as they could aboard the Bellum. In contrast, however, her coat still had the marks of battlewear, a couple of tears at the tail and the seams, but still fully functional. 
    "I'm not staying inside while all of you risk your lives Lena. We already talked about this." Answered the Inquisitor, fitting a glove over her cybernetic hand, a serious neutral look on her face. 
    The Guardian nodded silently, already in full armor. 
    "Piercing the warp veil. Arrival at Kadia imminent."
    The two walked to the bridge as the Imperator Bellum made it's last boost towards realspace. There was a few seconds of silence, follow by a low gasp of most present when the situation unveiled in front of them. 
    It was worse than she had thought. 
    "I have never seen a Daemon engine that size!" Alexa exclaimed, her eyes surveying all around the field.
    She walked towards Tenkai and James. Pondering her past encounters with large daemonic presences and her old teachings. She could feel the sheer pull of warp energy from the ship-like being, her eyes glinting as an idea formed on her mind. 
    "It's energy signature is too heavy to be that stable. A being that size must be having something inside it tethering it to this plane, otherwise it would be displacing constantly." She explained to the two commanders. 
    "Your orders Lord Eredas?" Lena asked, putting her helmet back on. 
  20. Like
    Maverick got a reaction from Tenkai Matsumoto in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    "Are you sure about this? You would be safer in the ship." 
    Lena stood in Alexa's door, the Inquisitor readying her gear up. Most of the things were in good shape, and whatever damage it had suffered had been repaired as best as they could aboard the Bellum. In contrast, however, her coat still had the marks of battlewear, a couple of tears at the tail and the seams, but still fully functional. 
    "I'm not staying inside while all of you risk your lives Lena. We already talked about this." Answered the Inquisitor, fitting a glove over her cybernetic hand, a serious neutral look on her face. 
    The Guardian nodded silently, already in full armor. 
    "Piercing the warp veil. Arrival at Kadia imminent."
    The two walked to the bridge as the Imperator Bellum made it's last boost towards realspace. There was a few seconds of silence, follow by a low gasp of most present when the situation unveiled in front of them. 
    It was worse than she had thought. 
    "I have never seen a Daemon engine that size!" Alexa exclaimed, her eyes surveying all around the field.
    She walked towards Tenkai and James. Pondering her past encounters with large daemonic presences and her old teachings. She could feel the sheer pull of warp energy from the ship-like being, her eyes glinting as an idea formed on her mind. 
    "It's energy signature is too heavy to be that stable. A being that size must be having something inside it tethering it to this plane, otherwise it would be displacing constantly." She explained to the two commanders. 
    "Your orders Lord Eredas?" Lena asked, putting her helmet back on. 
  21. Superlike!
    Maverick got a reaction from Fierach in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    "Are you sure about this? You would be safer in the ship." 
    Lena stood in Alexa's door, the Inquisitor readying her gear up. Most of the things were in good shape, and whatever damage it had suffered had been repaired as best as they could aboard the Bellum. In contrast, however, her coat still had the marks of battlewear, a couple of tears at the tail and the seams, but still fully functional. 
    "I'm not staying inside while all of you risk your lives Lena. We already talked about this." Answered the Inquisitor, fitting a glove over her cybernetic hand, a serious neutral look on her face. 
    The Guardian nodded silently, already in full armor. 
    "Piercing the warp veil. Arrival at Kadia imminent."
    The two walked to the bridge as the Imperator Bellum made it's last boost towards realspace. There was a few seconds of silence, follow by a low gasp of most present when the situation unveiled in front of them. 
    It was worse than she had thought. 
    "I have never seen a Daemon engine that size!" Alexa exclaimed, her eyes surveying all around the field.
    She walked towards Tenkai and James. Pondering her past encounters with large daemonic presences and her old teachings. She could feel the sheer pull of warp energy from the ship-like being, her eyes glinting as an idea formed on her mind. 
    "It's energy signature is too heavy to be that stable. A being that size must be having something inside it tethering it to this plane, otherwise it would be displacing constantly." She explained to the two commanders. 
    "Your orders Lord Eredas?" Lena asked, putting her helmet back on. 
  22. Like
    Maverick got a reaction from Tenkai Matsumoto in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    Alexa's wounds were healing well, though her exhaustion was more attributed to her extended use of her powers more than anything. It had been a rough few days, Lena dutifully looking after her and not letting her jeopardize her health further. Observing her surroundings, the pristine white walls of the medical bay were a shocking contrast to the metallic gray and black of a black ship, or even the regular staff corridors of the Imperator Bellum.
    "How are you feeling today Alexa?" Asked Lena in a peppy tone, bringing her a little juice carton. The inquisitor smiled and took the juice with gusto, her hands still a bit stiff with bandages all over.
    "You don't have to pamper me so much Lena, your job is making sure I don't die, not being my personal caretaker." Alexa answered, giving the Guardian a puppy wide-eyed gaze. The warrior lady waved her comment away, enjoying a juice herself.
    "Oh yeah... Imagined if I all of us had that kind of protection on us..." A booming voice would break the peace from another corner of the room. It was another guardian, this one with bandages and a patch covering what appeared to be a now rent eye socket. His expression was borderline angry.
    "You are gonna run your mouth today Barret? Is that what you really want to do in medical leave?" Lena answered, her voice instantly changing to a stern tone. Alexa dropped her gaze slightly, wanting to avoid the confrontation entirely.
    "I'm just saying... Imagine if the Kadians had sent something more than just this... Child. Are all inquisitors like her? A one shot match that breaks after the first use?"
    "She kept your ass alive out there did she? Or do you think those beastmen suddenly keeled over because they were afraid of your shitty blade play?" Lena lashed back out. Alexa held the Guardian's arm, like begging her to drop it.
    "What are you now Drachenberg? A guard dog? Are you going to run away with her and frolick in a field like an obedient little puppy?"
    Lena stood up like a missile, approaching the other Guardian with her fists balled up. "You question my loyalty... I might just decided to even up your other eye!"
    Alexa stood up as well, holding Lena's hand back in an attempt to stop her friend.
    "Please Lena... Just let it go..." She said almost in a whisper.
    "Both of you, that's enough..." Another voice cracked the tension, like a hammer banging against an anvil. It was Greatsword Davath, now standing and seemingly towering over all present.
    "Would it have mattered if we had a battalion of Kadians at our side? Would it have mattered if the Inquisitor had an unlimited supply of power?"  Davath spoke to the other two Custodes, who had fallen silent at the words.
    "This war is not about power, or about numbers. We do what we can, with what we have, as we have always done... This bickering is as pointless as asking for 'What ifs'"
    The Guardians looked at each other begrudgingly, each going back to what they were doing before. Alexa followed Lena back to her bed, Davath going back to his carving.
    "Don't scare me like that..." Alexa said to Lena, rather serious at the moment.
    "Tensions are running high... I'm sorry." Lena answered, rubbing her neck embarrased.
    Alexa looked up to the ceiling, feeling a bit cold. Her mind focused on their situation for the moment, an energetic "Tug" as it may, being what discovered their current path through the warp, and what little power she could put towards it was at least enough to keep them safe... For now.
     
  23. Like
    Maverick got a reaction from Fierach in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    Alexa's wounds were healing well, though her exhaustion was more attributed to her extended use of her powers more than anything. It had been a rough few days, Lena dutifully looking after her and not letting her jeopardize her health further. Observing her surroundings, the pristine white walls of the medical bay were a shocking contrast to the metallic gray and black of a black ship, or even the regular staff corridors of the Imperator Bellum.
    "How are you feeling today Alexa?" Asked Lena in a peppy tone, bringing her a little juice carton. The inquisitor smiled and took the juice with gusto, her hands still a bit stiff with bandages all over.
    "You don't have to pamper me so much Lena, your job is making sure I don't die, not being my personal caretaker." Alexa answered, giving the Guardian a puppy wide-eyed gaze. The warrior lady waved her comment away, enjoying a juice herself.
    "Oh yeah... Imagined if I all of us had that kind of protection on us..." A booming voice would break the peace from another corner of the room. It was another guardian, this one with bandages and a patch covering what appeared to be a now rent eye socket. His expression was borderline angry.
    "You are gonna run your mouth today Barret? Is that what you really want to do in medical leave?" Lena answered, her voice instantly changing to a stern tone. Alexa dropped her gaze slightly, wanting to avoid the confrontation entirely.
    "I'm just saying... Imagine if the Kadians had sent something more than just this... Child. Are all inquisitors like her? A one shot match that breaks after the first use?"
    "She kept your ass alive out there did she? Or do you think those beastmen suddenly keeled over because they were afraid of your shitty blade play?" Lena lashed back out. Alexa held the Guardian's arm, like begging her to drop it.
    "What are you now Drachenberg? A guard dog? Are you going to run away with her and frolick in a field like an obedient little puppy?"
    Lena stood up like a missile, approaching the other Guardian with her fists balled up. "You question my loyalty... I might just decided to even up your other eye!"
    Alexa stood up as well, holding Lena's hand back in an attempt to stop her friend.
    "Please Lena... Just let it go..." She said almost in a whisper.
    "Both of you, that's enough..." Another voice cracked the tension, like a hammer banging against an anvil. It was Greatsword Davath, now standing and seemingly towering over all present.
    "Would it have mattered if we had a battalion of Kadians at our side? Would it have mattered if the Inquisitor had an unlimited supply of power?"  Davath spoke to the other two Custodes, who had fallen silent at the words.
    "This war is not about power, or about numbers. We do what we can, with what we have, as we have always done... This bickering is as pointless as asking for 'What ifs'"
    The Guardians looked at each other begrudgingly, each going back to what they were doing before. Alexa followed Lena back to her bed, Davath going back to his carving.
    "Don't scare me like that..." Alexa said to Lena, rather serious at the moment.
    "Tensions are running high... I'm sorry." Lena answered, rubbing her neck embarrased.
    Alexa looked up to the ceiling, feeling a bit cold. Her mind focused on their situation for the moment, an energetic "Tug" as it may, being what discovered their current path through the warp, and what little power she could put towards it was at least enough to keep them safe... For now.
     
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    Maverick got a reaction from -Lilium- in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    A hum resonated into her mind.
    Alexa barely opened her eyes, the white lights of the Imperator's medical bay blinding her like a sun upon her eyes, the psyker covering her faces weakly with a hand. A large gauntlet held it, however, the concerned face of Lena softly putting it back to rest.
    "Don't move too much Inquisitor... You suffered many injuries and the other psychics say you strained too hard on that last burst. You really saved many lives out there..."
    Indeed, perhaps among the fighting she didn't notice the amount of injuries. Her jacket was off, leaving her only with her bra protecting her top. Medi-gel and gauze covered what appeared to be several stab wounds and slashes, adding more to the already many scars among her torso. Ironically, the tattoo of the scholastica psykana appeared to be covered as well.
    The psyker girl became restless. She couldn't keep her mind quiet for long, and it seemed to become harder to focus. She could feel the huge pull of the chaos hordes approaching... And the lights lagging behind in the approach back to the Imperator Bellum.
    She tried to stand up, Lena trying to hold her back.
    "No, Alexa. You are heavily sedated, please remain in the bed..." The Custode said, trying to keep her from standing up.
    In her stupor, all Alexa could answer with was by shaking her head. Struggling, she unplugged everything from her and climbed out of the clinic bed, Lena right beside her trying to help her.
    "I... Want to... Save them." She whispered.
    The Inquisitor walked back to the loading bay, every step harder than the last... But it was too late. She raised her hand, trying to use her powers to stop the ramp from closing, but her eyes merely flickered for a second before going back to normal. In a last effort, she tried to run, able to make it to half way before the ramp finally locked and the Imperator began to lift off the battlefield.
    She fell to her knees.
    "No... I can still... I can get him up just..."
    Lena held the psyker and lifted her up, holding her on her arms. The golden light of that last Greatsword shone brightly, brighter than anything down there... Before dimming down to nothing. Outside the observation window, scores of dead bodies laid, the fresh horde stepping over the cadavers like they were nothing but obstacles. Among those bodies, gleaming armors laid as well, motionless.
    As Lena carried her back to medical, Alexa could only hold close to her chest, her eyes filled with weak tears.
    All she could think of, was that she couldn't save them all...
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    Maverick got a reaction from Tenkai Matsumoto in The Harrowing | Kadia Event   
    A hum resonated into her mind.
    Alexa barely opened her eyes, the white lights of the Imperator's medical bay blinding her like a sun upon her eyes, the psyker covering her faces weakly with a hand. A large gauntlet held it, however, the concerned face of Lena softly putting it back to rest.
    "Don't move too much Inquisitor... You suffered many injuries and the other psychics say you strained too hard on that last burst. You really saved many lives out there..."
    Indeed, perhaps among the fighting she didn't notice the amount of injuries. Her jacket was off, leaving her only with her bra protecting her top. Medi-gel and gauze covered what appeared to be several stab wounds and slashes, adding more to the already many scars among her torso. Ironically, the tattoo of the scholastica psykana appeared to be covered as well.
    The psyker girl became restless. She couldn't keep her mind quiet for long, and it seemed to become harder to focus. She could feel the huge pull of the chaos hordes approaching... And the lights lagging behind in the approach back to the Imperator Bellum.
    She tried to stand up, Lena trying to hold her back.
    "No, Alexa. You are heavily sedated, please remain in the bed..." The Custode said, trying to keep her from standing up.
    In her stupor, all Alexa could answer with was by shaking her head. Struggling, she unplugged everything from her and climbed out of the clinic bed, Lena right beside her trying to help her.
    "I... Want to... Save them." She whispered.
    The Inquisitor walked back to the loading bay, every step harder than the last... But it was too late. She raised her hand, trying to use her powers to stop the ramp from closing, but her eyes merely flickered for a second before going back to normal. In a last effort, she tried to run, able to make it to half way before the ramp finally locked and the Imperator began to lift off the battlefield.
    She fell to her knees.
    "No... I can still... I can get him up just..."
    Lena held the psyker and lifted her up, holding her on her arms. The golden light of that last Greatsword shone brightly, brighter than anything down there... Before dimming down to nothing. Outside the observation window, scores of dead bodies laid, the fresh horde stepping over the cadavers like they were nothing but obstacles. Among those bodies, gleaming armors laid as well, motionless.
    As Lena carried her back to medical, Alexa could only hold close to her chest, her eyes filled with weak tears.
    All she could think of, was that she couldn't save them all...
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