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Praetorian

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  1. Praetorian

    A wrinkle in mine [closed]

    He glances to Ecks and then to the carriage before shrugging in response. “I could probably shoot it and disrupt its programming.” He immediately regrets the offer. “But, I’m not sure what else that’d break.” The obvious solution, in his mind, is to reprogram the wagon, or override the program, and just ride the thing until its power runs out. He didn’t have the mechanical know how, engineering background, or programming knowledge to be able to do any of that. But isn’t that what smart guys like Ecks are for? Why wasn’t Ecks offering that solution up? Maybe knowing something about spectral analysis, arcane biology, and preternatural chemistry doesn’t translate into magi-tech engineering skills? Rex chews his lower lip as he mulls over the problem. A minute, and then another pass, before he meanders over to the control panel and pops the top off. Pulling a pocket knife from his belt he pries a small crystal from its housing and then cuts a pneumatic line. The carriage starts to rock as the air pressure engaging the brakes bleeds out. “I think I lobotomized it.” He finally announces as he secures the knife and the crystal.
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    A wrinkle in mine [closed]

    Rex’s visage is best described as blank or empty. His face is there but the absolute lack of muscular engagement or reaction gives it the quality of an uncanny mask. A mask that hides his feelings. Yeah and I may turn into a frog, may doesn’t mean shit. The unspoken retort festers on his tongue before finally boiling off. Even if every fiber of his being wants to debate the merits, or lack thereof, of her actions it isn’t the time or the place. “Uh no, no no no.” He hastily interrupts Ecks, clearly bothered by the implication of the statement. “The coms were interfered with and disabled, that’s not the same thing as intercepted, and what was said during that time was trivial. What’s more important is that I had auditory and visual hallucinations about Redwater. Something wants the hex-bag there. Guess it’s getting what it wants, although probably not how it wants it.” Relaxing his guard, while returning to the crate, Rex retrieves the launcher and then holsters it. “Anyway, we could probably discuss this while traveling to Redwater.” The statement is distorted and muffled as the mask slips back into place.
  3. Praetorian

    General Chatter [18+] Violence always permitted!

    Guys.... Guuuuuuys, guiz. It's French. The ucre, like most letters in french words, are meaningless and silent. It is just pronounced, "Val".
  4. Praetorian

    General Chatter [18+] Violence always permitted!

    Ugh, when the websites creator can't even pronounce it right! SMH. 🙄
  5. Praetorian

    Pictures of Us

    It is funny the things you find lying around, things you've forgotten from your past, things that stir up memories and emotions. I suppose that is what sentimental value is.
  6. Praetorian

    A wrinkle in mine [closed]

    “Running? That’s rather presumptuous of you.” Rex’s reply comes as he stands and then steps from the crate, leaving the launcher within. “We aren’t running from you, we are chasing death and you’re slowing us down.” Although Rex’s voice lacks anxiety and fear, his body language –standing tall, relaxed muscle, defensively raised hands at chest height with palms facing outward-- suggests a basic respect for the complexity, volatility, and precariousness of the situation. “I’ve always wondered if inquisitors are so devout that they can’t tell difference between friend and foe or see the obvious consequences of their wanton destruction.” Rex naturally came to a conclusion when Sacks had the building purified, torching all of the evidence in the process. “As mentioned, the contagion is self-aware. More importantly though, we have reason to believe it is either in or traveling to Redwater. We are going there.” There is a pause, not for dramatic effect, but to assess the full consequence of his next sentence. “You’re welcome to join us, so long as you promise not to kill everything. If someone is so weak that their only option is to kill, they aren’t strong enough to travel with us.”
  7. Praetorian

    Brevity exercise OOC [a wrinkle]

    Time skip works for me.
  8. Praetorian

    A wrinkle in mine [closed]

    Rex glares at the workers. “No, it’s not happening.” The statement, stern and adamant, is aimed at the fact that they want to shove them into the same crate. After some back and forth, they relent and Rex is taken to his own coffin to hide in. As the lid is lowered, he catches Ecks toss a baggie onto the ground behind a box and then run a length of clear string from the baggie to another baggie on the opposite side of the room. Trapped within his container, Rex reflects on the day’s events or at least tries to. The cart, pulled by an auto-carriage, isn’t exactly the smoothest ride and the crate doesn’t afford any level of comfort. The minutes pass like hours and the crushing darkness, stifling stale air, and cramped accommodations leave him longing for fresh air and freedom. When the cart finally stops and the lid is finally removed, it takes all of his willpower to keep from hastily scrambling out. Instead, he stands up slowly, his head breaking the threshold so that he can snag a cautionary peek. They’re a few miles outside Ignatz, pulled off to the side of a country road.
  9. Praetorian

    Later Nerds - A Heartfelt AFV

    You are all terrible people and I'm leaving.😐 Kidding, sorta. Undoubtedly, to the relief of a handful of people my time here is up. For this reason, henceforth, I shall no longer be engaging in role play or active on Val. (Projects I obligated myself to I'll keep working on, no worries Carlos) There is of course two minor exceptions to this. I will continue to post to A Wrinkle in Mine, at least until July-ish. @Witch @supernal @bluelife I'll set a time aside to do some rapid posting with you to wrap up our thread. To @Lacernella Rubra @THE_BULL @Alexei @P.N.See @Acies ab Vesania @Mag @-Lilium-@Mickey Flash well, you guys will have to wait until I return if you want to continue. To anyone and everyone else that I've written with, it has been a blast. Thank you for the good times and engaging stories. I'll probably see you guys sometime in December or January at the earliest.
  10. Praetorian

    A wrinkle in mine [closed]

    Inwardly, Rex rolls his eyes. Not because anything the half orc said is overtly stupid, but because he has the audacity to assume that his waiter has the ability to slow down the inquisitor, or that the inquisitor would humor Eric by idly waiting for verification. “Let’s hurry, before they have to put out the help wanted sign.” A moment later and they’re in the basement, and while Ecks is shopping around for spell components, Rex takes a minute to reestablish coms. “This is Harper, inquisition burned the lab to the ground, all evidence is gone. One of the techies from the lab built a device that is tracking unique signatures. It’s pointing us to a place called Redwater. I’m working with him to established containment. I need something done about the inquisition though.” Rex is met with garbled and broken static. Whatever the reply is, it is lost to him. “Something is blocking the signal.” He’d have to try again later once they were out of the building. Catching up to Ecks, Rex waves to get his attention. “Hey, so what’s the plan to leave? Secret tunnel? Because I certainly don’t want a public confrontation with them.”
  11. Praetorian

    A wrinkle in mine [closed]

    Before Rex answers he’s swallowed by a wave of heat and lost in a glow that momentarily saturates buildings in every hue from white to red. Even though they are a considerable distance from the lab, the presence of the monolithic tower of enchanted white plasma reaches far past them. Although it is only a few degrees hotter than a second prior, the significance isn’t lost to Rex. When the flames finally die down, there would be nothing left. No skeletons, no foundation, no building, nor ash… just an empty and smoldering lot. It takes him awhile to come terms with the finality of it all, the absolute and total destruction that they were almost part of. It isn’t until they’ve reached the Purple Axe that Rex final finds himself back in the moment. Lingering by the entrance, he waits for Ecks to establish contact, before once more following him. It isn’t until they are ushered into a back room to speak to whoever the hell Letthem is that Rex finally answers Ecks’ question. “Redwater is a mining town with innumerous missing persons reports.” The inflection of his voice adds an unspoken, because of course there is to the statement.
  12. Praetorian

    I am here to burn your world

    I can't go back to a place I've never left. 🙄
  13. Praetorian

    I am here to burn your world

    You're drunk Red, go back to bed.
  14. Praetorian

    Brevity exercise OOC [a wrinkle]

    I'll have a reply up tomorrow morning. Had a fun filled action day of go-karts with my kids. Kinda spent.
  15. Praetorian

    I am here to burn your world

    So speaking in terms of what you can or can't do. You could very well go the brute force route, but chances are you won't get approved for canonization. Mostly because it'll probably violate one or more aspects of established lore. You're also likely to draw the attention of the Canon Defense team depending on how outlandish you go. So there are checks and balances in place to make sure people play fair. That being said, typically speaking most people are allowed to pursue their goals as long as it is a good story and generates activity. That's why there are cities in terrenus that are functionally independent nations. Tactic, strategy, fairness, good story, and content generation, and high future activity are all things that exponentially increase your odds of getting exactly what you want. However, at some point in time you'll probably have to answer for your crimes. I'm not sure if it'll be answering to Justice, answering to a peacekeeper, or answering to the whole Terran Military. But I'm sure when that time comes, it'll be fun.
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