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([personal profile] broken_frightener posting in [community profile] srwu Aug. 3rd, 2015 09:38 pm)

[With the threat of the Vagan ended and the SSR reluctantly rescued one would think that a break was finally found. This would not be the case as an alarming message began to worm its way throughout a number of frequencies. The area that was projected was forgettable, what was about to happen was not. It was Leos, Remille standing behind him.]



This is a message to all those willing to raise their guns in defiance of the world.

You know me as the Ninebreaker. As the leader of the Frighteners. As a fellow Murderer. A man who hunts those that cause chaos. Though I clearly didn't do that good of a job. Heh.

I've had a lot of time to think about the state of the world. Took a good long look and asked myself... Why keep it the way it is? After all people like us already shape the world don't we? People in and out of the ESUN in their shadowy offices give us mandates to do what they ask as well as private jobs on the side as their own personal hit squads or maybe even just the latter because they can't be seen endorsing such things.

We serve whatever power lets us feed our urges, our want to hunt and kill. To feel alive.
We move. We slay. We get paid. We do all the dirty work they're too afraid to have see the light of day or are just too lazy to have done themselves. The world goes on. We fight until we're of no use and then we're erased and tossed aside. We already carve it up into a meal fit for the fat kings on their velvet thrones who claim themselves to be the force of order in the 'civilized world'.

[There was a muffled noise as Boyle hauled a rather battered looking bureaucrat who was cursing angrily.]

"Let me go damnit! This wasn't what I put this team together for! Let me go Klein! After all I've done this is my thanks?!"

I think it's time we took that throne for ourselves.
We fight their wars. Their battles. We deserve it all. I think we're done taking orders from the likes of weaklings like him don't you think?

"What the hell are you babbling about?! Klei-"

[With a deep and sinister chuckle Boyle lifted the former benefactor of the Frighteners and proceeded to repeatedly slam him into the ground. Not even caring as the screams of pain fell silent and were replaced by the sound of a dead man being beaten into a pulp by the floor.]

The world has no small amount of superweapons to go claim for our own. No shortage of sheer destructive force to call ours. To that end we'll take the STAI Battleship for ourselves. That floating island of guns... While they're too hobbled down by their own goals and finances their protectors will be too slow to act. SSR, Unity Group, it doesn't matter who's in our way... the world will be in our hands if you join me. What say you gentlemen?

Isn't it time for a new world?

[There was no other damning proof than this... Leos has gone completely insane. Just how will you react to this new threat?]

tiger_ken: (I Will Kill You)

From: [personal profile] tiger_ken


[...Ken had been having a hard enough month, with what happened to Prime, the continued frustrations that came from Loni and his friends...

Now, someone he might have once called his best friend was now a full on megalomaniac.

In a moment of weakness, Ken makes his way for the ScarleTiger. Past the maintenance crews, dropping himself into the cockpit...

Damn, where would Leos be? Chances were that signal had its location scrambled...

But wait, the battleship! To steal it he'd have to go there...]

Yes, yes...

[ScarleTiger's cockpit seals up, and slowly, the machine makes its way for the door.]
star_of_sad: (In distress)

From: [personal profile] star_of_sad


Ken...? No, wait!

[Seeing the ScarleTiger move, Setsuko has only seconds to react. She runs up to the hangar gates, standing in front of them to block the unit from leaving... despite being much smaller.]

Ken-kun, where are you going?
tiger_ken: (I Will Kill You)

From: [personal profile] tiger_ken


...I have to stop him...

[Ken wagered that Setsuko had likely seen the message as well.]

Now get out of the way!
Edited Date: 2015-08-03 02:34 pm (UTC)
star_of_sad: (Ugh!)

From: [personal profile] star_of_sad


You're not alone in this. We all have to stop him! What can one damaged unit do?
tiger_ken: (In Pain)

From: [personal profile] tiger_ken


I-Its not so bad! And against the likes of Leos, I could...

[But its not just Leos, is it? Its his whole gang, and potentially whatever other number of mercenaries flock to his side...]

...Dammit, dammit, dammit...

[ScarleTiger slumps slightly, as Ken holds his head in shame inside.]

I don't want him out there... I don't want the world to be hunting him. For someone else to-

[To potentially land the killing blow.]
star_of_sad: (Awkwardness)

From: [personal profile] star_of_sad


I know. I know! But...

Why is this happening? What have you done, Leos?

... We'll stop him. But we have to do it together.
tiger_ken: (Uncertain)

From: [personal profile] tiger_ken


...I don't know if I could do it though...

[ScarleTiger descends further - deliberately, rather than slumping - till the cockpit is low enough for Ken to hop out. His fists are clenched, and in his frustration, he smacks the side of his own machine.]

When Loni left... scarcely anyone had been on good terms with his group. Even Ilinka was just...

[He shook his head. How terrible was his judgement in people?]

But Leos was my friend. Arguably my best friend, next to Volya. I mean, that's why I don't want anyone else to... but if I was actually there, and I had to, in the moment...

[It was appalling. He had to have slain hundred by this point, in the name of peace. Why should Leos be any different?]
star_of_sad: (Unease)

From: [personal profile] star_of_sad


I remember, he used to be just a goofy kid who ran around and did silly things...

This isn't right. This isn't right at all.
tiger_ken: (Yelling)

From: [personal profile] tiger_ken


It isn't! But...

...But its probably too much to hope that this all something the cybernetics did to him. Arguably, we should have seen this coming.
star_of_sad: (Discomfort)

From: [personal profile] star_of_sad


We should've... and we tried to help. Did we not try hard enough?

No... it's no use thinking about it now. But I really hope it's not too late yet.
majestic_keiki: (Thinking)

From: [personal profile] majestic_keiki


...We really should have seen this coming, shouldn't we?
actuallyselfish: (Bwha?)

From: [personal profile] actuallyselfish


"I'm watching him on TV right now, and I still can't believe it!" Dido says, slumping down on a chair.

"Why would he do this?" She says aloud. "Upholding the supremacy of mercenaries, perpetuating war, crushing the weak–this is everything he stood against–no, everything he hated!"
Edited Date: 2015-08-03 08:16 pm (UTC)
actuallyselfish: (This world...)

From: [personal profile] actuallyselfish


"Maybe," Dido muttered. "But he always hated the mercenaries he was working with...."

Dido rubs at her nose. "I guess it doesn't matter...he's announced his world-takeover plan on the world net: he's planning to change the world with violence, never-mind how others feel about it....we've got to take him down."

Dido sighs. "Do you think we could have stopped this, if we'd helped him more?"
majestic_keiki: (So tired)

From: [personal profile] majestic_keiki


Not without somebody in charge given him the psychiatric help I asked them to more than a year ago.
actuallyselfish: (Justice...and Stuff!)

From: [personal profile] actuallyselfish


"Dammit..." Dido moans. She rests her hands on her lap, sighs and stands up.

"Well...he was our friend...but we can't let that hold us back from stopping him!"
majestic_keiki: (Unamused)

From: [personal profile] majestic_keiki


And it shouldn't either. He's going to hurt himself with this anyway.
keep_your_dignity: (KOG)

From: [personal profile] keep_your_dignity


[Kagura watches it, immobile]

SO THAT'S HOW IT ENDS. SUICIDE BY COP.

HAD HOPED IT WOULDN'T COME TO THIS. ONE DAY I'LL LEARN THAT THERE IS NO FUCKING POINT IN EVER EXPECTING ANYTHING TO GO RIGHT.

WELL, KLEIN, I KEPT YOUR ASS ALIVE WHEN I SHOULD HAVE PUT A BULLET IN YOUR SKULL, SO I SUPPOSE IT'S MY JOB TO CLEAN UP.
brought_it_back: (...worry)

From: [personal profile] brought_it_back


No! We absolutely can't do that!

[Eva's shaking like a leaf, fire in her eyes.]

We definitely can't kill him! We can't!
keep_your_dignity: (KOG)

From: [personal profile] keep_your_dignity


I HAVE GIVEN KLEIN HALF A DOZEN OPPORTUNITIES. YOU SEE HOW THAT HAS WORKED OUT.

HE'S MADE A DECISION OF WHAT HE WANTS TO BE. AND WHAT HE HAS DECIDED TO BE IS A THING I'M GOING TO KILL.
Edited Date: 2015-08-04 07:33 am (UTC)
keep_your_dignity: (KOG)

From: [personal profile] keep_your_dignity


NO, THE REASON YOU DON'T WANT TO KILL HIM IS THAT YOU HAPPEN TO LIKE HIM.

I HAVE FUCKED UP MANY THINGS I CARED ABOUT, BARTON. BUT I'M STILL A BELIEVER IN FREEDOM OF CHOICE. WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO DO IS WHAT DEFINES YOU.

THIS IS WHAT KLEIN HAS CHOSEN. AND NOW HE GETS THE CONSEQUENCES. THE FACT THAT HE'S THERE IS IN PART DUE TO MY OWN CHOICES. AND NOW I GET THE CONSEQUENCES.

THAT'S HOW FREEDOM WORKS.
brought_it_back: (...uncomfortable.)

From: [personal profile] brought_it_back


That's...That's not it at all!

[Eva takes a breath.]

...I...I like him, but...I hate him too. I hate him more. For us to do 'what needs to be done', to...kill, him...that's what he wants us to do. It's what he's hoping for and longing for...

So I can't let him get that wish.
keep_your_dignity: (KOG)

From: [personal profile] keep_your_dignity


YES. I KNOW THAT. THIS IS AN ELABORATE SUICIDE BY COP.

WHAT, DID YOU THINK I DIDN'T NOTICE HE WAS SURROUNDING HIMSELF WITH PEOPLE THAT NOBODY WOULD MISS? I WARNED HIM ALREADY. TWICE.


[Kagura's armor had yet to move, but now the "face" plate turns slightly so it can look at Eva sideways]

YOU SAY YOU WANT TO KEEP HIM ALIVE BECAUSE YOU HATE HIM. LEAVING ASIDE WHETHER I BELIEVE A SINGLE BLOODY WORD OF THAT, THE FACT OF IT IS I DON'T. OR AT LEAST NOT ANY MORE THAN I HATE MANY OTHERS.
keep_your_dignity: (KOG)

From: [personal profile] keep_your_dignity


AS ONE WHO KEPT HIM ALIVE, WHAT HE DOES IS MY RESPONSIBILITY. AS A SOLDIER, MY JOB IS TO TAKE DOWN THREATS LIKE THIS. AS A PERSON, HE MADE HIS CHOICE, AND I AM RESPECTING IT. AND AS KAGURA, KLEIN IS NOW THREATENING PEOPLE UNDER MY PROTECTION AND THEREFORE HE FUCKING DIES. THERE ARE MANY REASONS WHY I SHOULD.

GIVE ME A SINGLE ONE WHY I SHOULDN'T.
brought_it_back: (...worry)

From: [personal profile] brought_it_back


That's-but!

[Eva takes a few deep breaths.]


...Leos has been a friend. We know he can be a good person...or at least a good-enough person.

Humans are all flawed creatures...So we shouldn't give up on forgiveness.

Not as long as there's the slightest chance left.
keep_your_dignity: (KOG)

From: [personal profile] keep_your_dignity


TRY TO DO AS YOU FEEL YOU MUST. IF I AM ORDERED IN THIS FLIGHT, I WILL DO THE SAME.

[Kagura begins walking away]

AND ON YOUR FIRST POINT, BARTON, I'M NOT AT ALL CERTAIN WE KNOW ANYTHING OF THE SORT.

THAT IS THE ENTIRE PROBLEM.
brought_it_back: (...worry)

From: [personal profile] brought_it_back


No..no no no! This isn't how this was supposed to go at all!

[Eva's frantically running her hands through her hair, looking all over the place.]

Agh, this-no!
itbelongsinamuseum: (Thoughtful)

From: [personal profile] itbelongsinamuseum


You okay?

[They were pretty bad news, but they shouldn't cause a freakout like that...Or should they?]
brought_it_back: (...worry)

From: [personal profile] brought_it_back


No, I'm not okay! Nothing is okay.

[Some deep, panicked breaths. Eva does manage to calm down a little.]

That's not...augh, I knew he was going to pull something like this, but the scale is way too big! I might not be able to stop someone from killing him...
Edited Date: 2015-08-05 04:45 am (UTC)
itbelongsinamuseum: (Thoughtful)

From: [personal profile] itbelongsinamuseum


We'll need to stop him either way. And get him the help he desperately needs, while keeping weapons away from him.
brought_it_back: (...on a rooftop)

From: [personal profile] brought_it_back


Yes...

Talking like that...You're going to come, then.

Even if I tell you not to.
Edited Date: 2015-08-07 06:45 am (UTC)
itbelongsinamuseum: (Default)

From: [personal profile] itbelongsinamuseum


Yes. He needs to be stopped either way and I haven't deployed for a while, so there is no reason for me not to come, somebody has to.
brought_it_back: (...in a car.)

From: [personal profile] brought_it_back


It will be extremely dangerous, you know.
Edited Date: 2015-08-07 05:52 pm (UTC)
itbelongsinamuseum: (Pout)

From: [personal profile] itbelongsinamuseum


I've been here for around a year already. I gave myself up as a hostage once to save the civilians. I can take care of myself in a fight.
itbelongsinamuseum: (Thoughtful)

From: [personal profile] itbelongsinamuseum


Thanks...It's easier to just act. And I had an easy life until all this happened, so it felt wrong to complain about little things or the same thing everybody is doing.
mc_of_mcs: (It's not a region lock guys)

From: [personal profile] mc_of_mcs


Leos...

[Nep only stares at the screen. After that incident with those kids and the Frighteners, she doesn't quite know what to think. Still...]


I don't think you're a bad person at all. But since you're going with this badguy thing, it's our job as the main characters to stop you!

[She points at the screen.]

Get ready!
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