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    Heroes Unlimited: Rise of the Sphinx

    The Viper Gambit

    Viper Wars Finale

    War!
    What is it good for?
    Absolutely nothing!
    Say it again yall!
    ~Edwin Starr


    As the next day dawns bright and shining. The group finds itself running through various moods from the upbeat--Hornet and Karen acting like a pair of teenagers--to the serious--Kris and Shock both of whom have seen things that leave them convinced that something big is coming, and confused--Dragonfyre for as he searched and searched he could find nothing that lead him any closer to Lexia. Even Ayas encouragement couldn't help as information seemed impossible to find or was blocked in ways even he couldn't touch.

    All in all though the groups activites today are brought to a halt as Elena calls them together. "Guys we have a request from agent Coulson."

    She waits till everyone sits down and she at least marginally has their attention before continuing.

    "The Evidence that Shock discovered with Dark Angel a night jibes with evidence and with testimony from the Captured Serpent Society members who talked."

    She touches a screen on the table which causes a wall mounted screen to light up and she uses her touch screen interface to move the data around.

    "Agent Coulson is positive that Viper is planning something major that is going to coincide with the verdicts delivery today in the Trial." she pauses a moment and looks right at you.

    "He wants you guys there to be ready in case Viper tries anything stupid."


    A refresher of the first page Im just going to port over the beginning fo the battle and skylarks entry to save time

    well kick in after Hornets action
    IC thread
    Heroes-Unlimited: OOC Thread
    Role Call Thread
    Catsiverse: Setting Thread

    Going Rogue IC
    Going Rogue OOC

    Chapter List:
    Chapter 1: Terror at the mall
    Chapter 2: Trolls under the bridge
    Chapter 3: the Viper Wars
    A: Viper in our midst
    B: The Trial of Viper
    C: The Viper Gambit; Viper wars Finale
    Viper Gambit; Finale Continuation
    Chapter 4: Rise of the Sphinx
    A: Masters of Fortune
    B: The Nakamura Incident
    C: Ultimate Vacation
    Last edited by catsi563; 10-13-2016, 01:28 PM.

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    Shock
    HP: 3 LP: 0

    Jealous of Kirk's ability to keep his armor (and thus costume) on hand, Chris raced up to his room and was changed in seconds. He got on the comm to get the location of the nearest police station from Elena and rushed over. There wasn't much he could do on his own for disaster relief but he wanted to authorities to know the Protectors were in the area and already moving. That took a few minutes. Then he was on the move again, back to the shore, to get a look at how the eruption was progressing.

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  • Kaisius
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    Magus Errant
    Thomas Flynn
    Hp 1


    Just as Thomas was about to enter the cave, a great shadow passed over the area,drawing his gaze upward. "Hm. A dragon.", he whispered to himself. "Majax mentioned a dragon...but damned if I can remember what he said." As he watched, the dragon began to wheel back around toward the cave mouth. "Well, good, bad, or indifferent, he saw the cave and will be here shortly." Taking two quick steps into the cave, out of the dragon's line of sight, Thomas conjures an obsidian plaque, reading "Anubis", onto the cave floor. He then pushes himself into the left-hand wall. Let's see if he'll tell which side he's on....

    I enter the cave, switch to Conjuration to make the plaque, then back to Ephermal Form to phase into the wall. I'll leave enough of my head "out" to see and hear & Stealth to hide it. Stealth 1d20+11=26.

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    Prism
    HP:1

    Frustration nagged at Prism as her search turned up nothing use. For there had ever been a trail to follow it was long cold. She was a warrior, not a tracker and it seemed she would get no where just wandering the tunnels. There was little more to do in that regards then just keeping one's ear to the ground.

    In the meantime, she might as will check on Gretchen to see how her friend had endured in the tremors. His lair, which from her understanding was originally build by some kind of discordance group, seemed to have weathered quite well. This was encouraging.

    "Gretchen?" she called out as she entered his domain, "Quite the upheaval. How have you fared little one?"

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  • kenseido
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    Photon

    Colin goes through a mental checklist of the files Elena gave him. He had asked for as many mission reports as she was willing to provide before taking this gig.

    Not that anything in the files would have changed his answer. The Protectors had done more than their fair share recently, and if anyone deserved a vacation, it was them. Filling in for them was the least he could do.

    But reading through past mission reports was a bit SOP for him now. He lost count (17) of the number of times he saved Version 2 of the Rangers because he had important information that was buried in those mission reports.

    And Elena's were far better organized.

    "Roger. Gretchen. Tunnels. I'm on it."

    With a streak of light, Colin is off towards the tunnels and the old Viper base down there.

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  • catsi563
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    Photon and Prism


    He reaches up and presses the link as Elena instructed when she first gave it to him.

    Hi, Elena. Everything is good. Be a little while longer for them to finish repairs on the crane. When will lunch be ready?"

    She laughs that pleasant laugh and replies easily "Jean PHillipe says he has a wonderful Jambalaya prepared soon as you're back."

    Below him the workers finish the last of the repairs stabilizing the Cranes base and give him a thumbs up and a wave letting him know he can safely let go of his burden.

    "By the by can you check the Troll tunnels for me?, I haven't heard from Gretchen and the little guys usually punctual about reporting the state of the people down there. I want to make sure the people living down there haven't been too adversely affected by the quake."


    Down in those tunnels Prism floats through them searching fro the darkness but hasn't had any luck. Whatever dark force has been down here has either left of laid low. with the exception of the smaller animal down here nothing else has moved into the tunnels from the sewer network above that she can see. As she passes the former Viper base that has been coopted by little Gretchen, the odd goblin like creature with a knack for technology she sees that the base seems to have weathered the quake well.

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  • catsi563
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    Hornet, Dragonfyre, Shock

    "I guess that depends on whether you think it's a coincidence this is happening while we're here." Chris paused to get the expected reaction.


    "Sure it is! Just like kids who sit in the house all day playing video games and eating junk food all day happen to be REALLY pudgy and out of shape."


    "Yeah, me neither."

    "Yeah, me either."


    "I'd say you get in touch with the scientists, I'll coordinate with the authorities and Tony gets a closer look at the volcano."
    "Sounds good. I'll get in touch once I know something more." Hornet looks over to Karen. "You get to back to the hotel and stay safe."
    "Volcano it is boss!" tony snorts as he enters the room leaving a whiff of sulfur in the air. "Ill give it a quick once over and report back soon."

    A line of scales flares across his body as he smirks then runs towards the open balcony where he leaps skyward falls out of sight only mere seconds later to rise up like a flaming rocket with a roar that rattles the windows as he veers off and heads towards the volcano. The elemental nature of the islands had been whispering to the dragon in him all week since his arrival and hed been spellbound by the devils brew he'd seen on their helecoptor tour of the big island and its active volcano. the fire and lava bespoke to something primal in his dragons nature.

    He soared on the winds crossing the islands quickly above the expanses of water beneath him and soon found himself circling the caldera which theyd flown over less then a day or so ago. the caldera was now alive and filled with roiling and bubbling magma and fire and smoke where merely a day before it had been nothing but solid rock and plant life.

    its as he circles above that something catches his eye. A man near a cave entrance not wearing the protective gear that the geologists studying the phenomena were wearing. The man is checking a cave entrance and appears to be about to enter it just as he stands up tony loses sight of him when the man shimmers and then disappears from sight.

    --ooOoo--

    Magus Errant

    As far as Thomas can tell hes as indistinct as fog and the sounds of his footsteps seem covered by the volcanos eruption he begins to move into the cavern when something catches his eye high overhead. Its a stunning sight, a dragon here or at least it reminds him of such. The wingspan and way it circles above just screams dragon to his mind.


    Ill move us forward a bit so Shadow can catch up when hes ready

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  • Kaisius
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    Magus Errant
    Thomas Flynn
    Hp 1


    One could still smell a hint of salt in the ocean air, past the heat and sulfur of the eruption. Damn and double Damn!, Thomas Flynn thought as he approached the cave entrance. My own fault. I keep relying on old shortcuts. He regarded the remains of the capstone and wards that had protected. Still, no welcoming committee. That's to the good. There is time yet. With a gesture, the Magus Errant's form becomes dimmer and indistinct, as he moves carefully into the cave.

    Originally posted by OoC
    Activating Ephemeral Form and Stealthing into the cave. Stealth 1d20+11=16
    Last edited by Kaisius; 10-17-2016, 05:12 PM.

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  • Tattooedman
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    Hornet:
    [Kirk McGlothlin]
    HP: 1
    LP: 2

    "I guess that depends on whether you think it's a coincidence this is happening while we're here." Chris paused to get the expected reaction.


    "Sure it is! Just like kids who sit in the house all day playing video games and eating junk food all day happen to be REALLY pudgy and out of shape."

    "Yeah, me neither."
    "Yeah, me either."

    "I'd say you get in touch with the scientists, I'll coordinate with the authorities and Tony gets a closer look at the volcano."
    "Sounds good. I'll get in touch once I know something more." Hornet looks over to Karen. "You get to back to the hotel and stay safe."

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    Shock
    HP: 3 LP: 0

    "I guess that depends on whether you think it's a coincidence this is happening while we're here."
    Chris paused to get the expected reaction. "Yeah, me neither."

    "I'd say you get in touch with the scientists, I'll coordinate with the authorities and Tony gets a closer look at the volcano."

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    Hornet:
    [Kirk McGlothlin]
    HP: 1
    LP: 2

    After the events of the Nakatomi Plaza and the teams sudden deficit of members Catherine herself called and outright ordered the team on vacation. She wouldn't hear any objections and as Hornet well knew when she pushed for something she got it.

    So Hornet, Shock, and Dragonfyre found themselves on the beaches of Hawaii in Oahu scenic and beautiful. Hornet laying about on the beach with Karen at his side both fully lathered in sunscreen and soaking up the rays. Shock catching some waves on a paddle board, and Tony making the local ladies squeal with glee as he lets the dragon show a bit with a glass sand castle.

    All told beautiful weather which had Elena complaining good naturedly about not being able to join but wishing you well all the same.

    For the last four days of a two week stay paid for in a top flight hotel the three of you have lived it up, and surprisingly you haven't had a lick of trouble at all. Shock put one crime to rest by just examining the scene and pointing out to the local authorities the actual perp. Hornet fixed a cars electrical system with a couple quick fixes, and Dragonfyre broke a local credit card scam targeting tourists with a laptop.

    beyond that though the days have been idyllic and filled with leisure.
    Normally Kirk would have put up a lot more resistance about taking a vacation but given his recent health troubles from over using the Hornet armor the scientist surprised his teammates and friends by not putting up any arguing about taking break. Not that he didn't try to bring some work with him, but Karen made sure to have an inspection on his packed bags that ended up with several blueprints and schematics taken out and left behind at the lab in the Protectors' base.

    Once in Hawaii, Karen made sure to keep Kirk busy with visits to all of the tourist attractions that were offered and trips to the beach. Not surprisingly he put up no resistance to the attractive young woman's efforts.

    the only sign of any trouble at all comes well into the fifth day where after breakfast a rumble is felt throughout the island chain. Over the last week one of the dormant volcanos long thought dead, has been smoking and showing signs of life. Geologist were puzzled but no one gave it much thought given that Hawaii is an active region and the activity was low level.

    its at this moment when finishing their morning repast that the team is shaken by a rumble of the ground shaking and then a visual right out their windows that cant be missed. the volcano is now in full eruption, lava and smoke pouring from the caldera and down the sides into the ocean creating a visual spectacle. There are reports of damage in the area from the earthquake and possible injuries as the authorities urge everyone to stay close to home and await further instructions.
    Kirk sighs. "Guess this means the vacation is over." He says as he reaches into the cooler he was keeping nearby; Dr. Hank had worked up a custom diet to help Kirk kick the last effects of the fatigue he'd had from the overuse of the Hornet armor and Kirk had been following it almost religiously, plus the cooler was a good spot to store his armor, which he'd figured out a way to shrink it down to action-figure size for easy travel. "How do we want to handle this?" The tiny hero asked after suiting up.

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  • kenseido
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    Photon
    HP: 1, LP: 2

    Colin is floating in the sky, patiently holding up the crane while the workers complete the repairs. He likes doing things like this; some of his teammates on the Rangers didn't want to do anything except fight supervillains. It was like pulling teeth to get them to help with disasters; things as mundane as this were impossible.

    The beep and voice causes him to jump a bit, causing the crane to move. All of the workers turn and look at him as he re-steadies himself.

    "Sorry."

    He carefully shifts the crane onto his left shoulder as he carefully reaches down to his belt to the small pocket where he held his communicator. His hand reaches into an empty pocket and stops. He grimaces and tries to reach across to his other small pocket where he usually keeps his team ID card. As he does, the crane starts to slip off his shoulder, and he quickly has to adjust to keep the crane from plummeting to the ground.

    Colin looks back to the workers who are all staring at him again. One of them rolls his eyes.

    "Sorry."

    The communicator chirps again. "Photon?"

    Right, right. The ear thing.

    He reaches up and presses the link as Elena instructed when she first gave it to him.

    Hi, Elena. Everything is good. Be a little while longer for them to finish repairs on the crane. When will lunch be ready?"

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    Prism
    HP:1


    Something was stirring. That much was clear. Something sinister had found that poor man, and not only slain him, but then twisted what remained into a monsterous puppet. She found it disturbing to say the least, and she felt it was a safe bet that the others that had gone missing had suffered a similar fate. Then there were the earthquakes and she couldn't shake the feeling that maybe to two events were connected. If so, then something was indeed stirring on the horizon, something big.
    She had shared her experience with the unfortunate corpse with Gator and Gretchen after she had laid the creature to rest. They would be on the look out for more such creatures should another try to claim prey among the under dwellers, while she investigated and tried to find the missing people and brought the Light to those responsible.

    Unfortnately, as is usually the case with the Darkness, the facts were hidden. She needed information, some clue as to what was causing this events. She could not fight what she could not find. If the tremors had been felt above ground, maybe someone on the surface might have more information, but first she felt the need to search the tunnels one last time for any clues or sign of those who have disappeared, or their abducters.

    Having discarded her human disguise, Prism stalkes the tunnels, with her Light shining bright into all corners, daring those responsible to come and face her as she searched.

    Using Light Control to flood the tunnels with light up to 900 Feet (10 points from Dynamic array)
    In case it is relevent, I've rolled a perception to save some time.. if anything else is needed, let me know.
    Perception Roll: 1D20+10 = [2]+10 = 12

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  • catsi563
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    Re: Heroes Unlimited: Rise of the Sphinx Ultimate Vacation

    Chapter 4: Rise of the Sphinx

    Ultimate Vacation

    Vacation
    All I ever wanted
    Vacation
    Had to get away
    Vacation
    Meant to be spent alone
    ~The GoGos

    After the events of the Nakatomi Plaza and the teams sudden deficit of members Catherine herself called and outright ordered the team on vacation. She wouldn't hear any objections and as Hornet well knew when she pushed for something she got it.

    So Hornet, Shock, and Dragonfyre found themselves on the beaches of Hawaii in Oahu scenic and beautiful. Hornet laying about on the beach with Karen at his side both fully lathered in sunscreen and soaking up the rays. Shock catching some waves on a paddle board, and Tony making the local ladies squeal with glee as he lets the dragon show a bit with a glass sand castle.

    All told beautiful weather which had Elena complaining good naturedly about not being able to join but wishing you well all the same.

    For the last four days of a two week stay paid for in a top flight hotel the three of you have lived it up, and surprisingly you haven't had a lick of trouble at all. Shock put one crime to rest by just examining the scene and pointing out to the local authorities the actual perp. Hornet fixed a cars electrical system with a couple quick fixes, and Dragonfyre broke a local credit card scam targeting tourists with a laptop.

    beyond that though the days have been idyllic and filled with leisure.

    the only sign of any trouble at all comes well into the fifth day where after breakfast a rumble is felt throughout the island chain. Over the last week one of the dormant volcanos long thought dead, has been smoking and showing signs of life. Geologist were puzzled but no one gave it much thought given that Hawaii is an active region and the activity was low level.

    its at this moment when finishing their morning repast that the team is shaken by a rumble of the ground shaking and then a visual right out their windows that cant be missed. the volcano is now in full eruption, lava and smoke pouring from the caldera and down the sides into the ocean creating a visual spectacle. There are reports of damage in the area from the earthquake and possible injuries as the authorities urge everyone to stay close to home and await further instructions.

    --ooOoo--

    On the mountain side Thomas Flynn known in some circles as the Magus Errant and in others as less flattering and more curse inducing words searched the volcanos side easily avoiding lava floes and not bothered at all by the heat. He was here following up on an investigation at the request of a friend hed made some time after arriving here.

    A fellow mage named Kris Majax.

    Kris had been hot on the trail of a monster named Black Anubis, a man empowered by the darkest of magics with the powers of an ancient god. He might be unfamiliar with this world in many ways but somethings were universal and the ancient Egyptians no matter what universe had magic powers you just plain didn't mess with. The Amenti aka mummies were a prime example of that and he'd run into a couple of those on this world as well. they were not to be underestimated.

    So he found himself following a trail of resurrected corpses, ancient curses, and at least one Scion of Sobek, the powerful Crocodile Mage and he battling to an near fatal conclusion. Now on these beautiful tropical isles he has sensed his foe and followed his works to this ancient volcano, but more then some mere dormant rock, a ley line nexus and link to the elemental planes of fire and earth.

    circumventing the wards around the place has proven tricky but not impossible however it has delayed him and he feels that whatever dark magic being woven within is reaching its climax. the fact the volcano erupted while he was investigating was proof enough of that. At this time he finds a cave with an oddly specific message on it.

    Keep out.

    the cave itself looks to have been sealed by magic that's not broken and a large rock used as a door now shattered to dust. the scent of death and ancient magic reeks all over the place.

    It would seem the vampire he interrogated for information was on point. hed have to find out whats inside.

    --ooOoo--

    For Photon the last months have been a whirlwind of action. the Viper War, several super villains in need of a beat down, and at least one moron that thought messing with an alien suit of power armor from a crashed ship was a good idea. he'd helped fight them all and more and more felt like the hero he was told he was meant to be. He'd seen the footage of guys like the Protectors fighting the good fight especially their now famous last stand against the viper army that marched on the California capital armed with one of the most brutal villains ever Ripper. The battle has quickly gone viral on youtube and other social media platforms and remains a favorite for top 10 superhero battles on Hero Network.

    Still it doesn't diminish his own contributions as stopping a viper satellite network armed with orbital lasers is a pretty darned impressive feat even if no one was there with a camera phone to record it.

    Now though hes got an interesting new job. Elena the Protectors admin and public face approached him with a temporary Job offer. The Protectors it seemed were short handed and on a much needed vacation. He had been asked to fill in and gotten a recommendation from a friend, a Blue Lantern named Ashley who had put in a personal appearance at the Protectors base and after a reunion with the staff endorsed him to them.

    And that was it he was hired as a temp replacement and asked to patrol the city. hed already stopped a couple robberies, and at least one supervillain -- the speedster Dart.

    Now here he was above the city skyline holding up a crane that had been shaken when an earthquake rolled through the region. the construction crews were working like mad to get the crane stabilized and now they had the time to do sot hanks to him.

    "Photon how you holding up?" Elenas voice broke in through the new commlink earpiece hed been given.

    --ooOoo--

    Elsewhere Valerie Bright worked her way through the local community she frequented. these under dwellers lived beneath the marvelous city above them in tunnels that used to be ruled by beings known as Trolls until a group of heroes had driven them out. Her arrival here some time ago had allowed her to make a home of these tunnels and along with the enormous green giant Gator, and the smaller Gretchen become a sort of odd family protecting the under dwellers as if they were her own subjects. Why they chose to live down here she couldn't say as her own understanding of this worlds culture was limited. Still they had made that choice and now she strove to protect them as she could and to provide for them as they needed.

    Gator made this easier as did Gretchen. the Man reptiles monstrous strength scaring off any would be raiders, and the small skittish Goblins cunning and intellect enabling them to build a helpful infrastructure allowing the community to thrive. Now though she was busy investigating a problem.

    Members of the community had been vanishing, and worse at least one had been found as a corpse. But what made this truly terrifying was that the corpse had been animated as a shamble and had attempted to prey on her and the others.

    Princess Valvalla Leota Shard aka Prism couldn't allow thatand had quickly returned the corpse to the dirt as ashes. but the encounter had shaken her, and now with the earthquake shaking their community she knew soon she must leave the tunnels and return to the surface to seek help because some dark force was at work down here, and whether it was related to the darkness that had taken her homeworld or not she couldn't say.

    But she would bring light to it none the less.


    And off we go again

    aloha to those in Hawaii

    and welcome aboard to our newcomers
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    epilogue

    Bastion was forced to leave the team when one of his old friends begged for his help in saving their old team from something hunting them. this happened when the team was away and they were unable to help or even say goodbye sadly. A message received from deep space though let them know he was ok and still fighting and he wished them well.

    this however did leave the group short and Elena thinking of a recruiting drive.

    Fortunately the other members did have some interesting times between then and now.

    Tony was able to have a proper date and this time a proper goodbye with Lexa as she left him her number and a very weird email address that was more akin to a magical incantation then an address. Still she assured him theyd see each other again soon. Tony never was able to answer her question though as that question as one hed been struggling with all his life.

    Hornet had a brief health scare when his armor malfunctioned seemingly causing him to nearly have to stop using it. Karen though working with Doctor Hank and visit from a mysterious man known only as the Traveling Healer who said he knew this was where he needed to be at this time saved his life and renewed his health.

    Shock was not able to find out more about Powerfist as she left shortly after the bombs were disarmed in the confusion. He was certain though given some recent activity hed been monitoring involving a some what secret group of heroes, that he'd see her again.

    this left the group shorthanded and still searching for Kris Majax to help them in their need for magical answers.

    This state of affairs would not last though as the powers in the shadows were moving pieces of enormous importance and soon a new phase of the game would begin.

    in Hawaii a man named Thomas Flynn was investigating why a long dormant volcano had suddenly gone active and why the very earth itself cried out in pain as it did. Not even remotely natural this occurrence nor the reports of local homeless folk being abducted by a sinister cloud of darkness as one fortunate victim who escaped narrowly described it.

    In space a glowing man used his powers to subtly shove an asteroid off course. A course that would've taken it straight into earths atmosphere, while this wouldn't have been too bad the alien parasites riding the asteroids tail would've been a major pain for earths heroes, hes aided in this endeavor by a red head wearing the uniform of a Blue Lantern those beacons of hope that show up when theyre most needed. Shes the one who alerted him in passing to the trouble and they worked together to put the problem to rights.

    On earth an alien princess used a beam of light to push a bus full of children back from certain oblivion. The drivers recklessness nearly costing his charges their lives. Still her quick thinking lead to them being safe and she left after giving the driver an earful about responsibility. She wanted to set him on fire for such blatant disrespect for others lives but had learned in her exile here that it was frowned upon, sadly. Nobles oblige they called it here, or Sek Uka'r on her homeworld.

    All these events would play out in their ways as Anubs moved in the shadows at the behest of his dark master.

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