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    Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #22: You Bet Your Life

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    Violet hung her head and looked at the floor. "I thought it would help if I went instead. Obviously it was a stupid idea."

    "I just wanted to save the girl."
    Jack stopped in front of the younger girl, this time when he spoke it was without the edge that had been in his voice previously. "You were trying to help Randy, nothing wrong with that." He waits a moment then turns around and resumes walking. "If I hadn't screwed everything up in the first place you wouldn't have had to."

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    Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #22: You Bet Your Life

    Xun watched as Lex left, then looked to Martin. "He has an eight-year-old girl in his head? Is that a euphemism, or...?"

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    Martin considered Lex.
    It was unvoiced but he seemed to tense when Martin told Xun about working with an unspecified spy agency. Was he really annoyed by that? After he'd just railed at a Vindicator for keeping too many important secrets? He hadn't even specified which spy agency or what government!

    When Xun suggested going to the Administration Martin was relieved. "Yes! Please, let us go to zem, get zem involved. Zank you!"

    "And I *could* locate ze chemical signatures of ze drugs but I do not 'ave a sample of zis 'Boost'."

    After it was suggested they involve the authorities Lex decided to be elsewhere, seeming to take affront at something Martin said. Was it the Anne thing or the ascribing Lex a psychological condition (The very thing Lex threw in Xun's face earlier in the car)? In Catagari's Psych class they'd have called that Displacement, or maybe Rationalization. Martin wasn't sure which. But it was the second time Lex was walking away from something that his meddling started. Fine. He wouldn't stop the American this time. But maybe he could direct the impulsive teen to something useful. He called after him.

    "Lex, could you find Gaspar and let 'im know ze situation, see if 'e'll 'elp. 'E yet knows nozing of Xun's situation and... non-evilness." Martin gives an apologetic smile at Xun then shrugs.

    "'Oo of us 'asn't had foreign entities in our 'eads, am-I-right?"

    "Xun, let us go to ze 'Eadmasters' office."
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    Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #22: You Bet Your Life

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    Much as Dennis for once did not want to criticize someone, especially an actual friend, he knew Jack was right. The whole thing had been proceeding on their terms until Jack had burned the pooch dramatically. "We do have Haboob and Morgana at least - so we're going to get everything out of them."


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    Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #22: You Bet Your Life

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    "It might be a while before Haboob can tell us anything."
    Violet sighed. "He got cheeky with Otso. Damn well deserved what he got though."

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    Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #22: You Bet Your Life

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    Much as Dennis for once did not want to criticize someone, especially an actual friend, he knew Jack was right. The whole thing had been proceeding on their terms until Jack had burned the pooch dramatically. "We do have Haboob and Morgana at least - so we're going to get everything out of them."
    Jack's pace quickened after hearing Dennis' news.

    "It might be a while before Haboob can tell us anything." Violet sighed. "He got cheeky with Otso. Damn well deserved what he got though."
    "I'm willing to bet he deserves a lot more, I'll make sure to have a long talk with him."

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    Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #22: You Bet Your Life

    Soon enough, Xun and Martin had Mahdy's phone number. A quick call to Armin yielded a stern talking to: Armin droned on about his inability to help them on matters unrelated to his assignments. Still, he reluctantly agreed to helped to track Mahdy's cell phone... to the campus.

    With the realization that Mahdy had left his phone behind, the pair were left with just two options: get Mahdy's theoretical 'business' number from one of his clients, or wait to ambush him in his room. Not knowing what to look for in a Boost user, Martin was forced to disguise himself as Mahdy's sheets.

    Xun returned to his room, while Martin snuck into Mahdy's. Yuusuke was already asleep on the top bunk, and Martin performed his best impersonation of bedding. A little over an hour and a half yielded the results he wanted: a portal opened and a cacophony of scents fluttered through. Closing it, Mahdy opened another one--a portal to a room filled with familiar scents...

    It was Lex's room.

    Mahdy pulled his mobile phone from there and pressed the button to stop recording. Holding one phone, he slipped another into another portal. Plugging in ear buds, he started to listen as he stripped--kicking off his shoes and tugging off his socks before fumbling with his belt. He swiped across it, looking for any thing other than silence. Rolling his eyes, he peeled his shirt off and dropped back into bed.

    Martin was instantly conscious of the scents coming off of him; the aroma of the club has permeated every fiber of Mahdy's being, leaving its stench hanging off of him. The malleable man pushed past it and administered a chemical compound through the skin, causing Mahdy to drift off to dream.

    Once he it was done, Xun came to help him retrieve Mahdy. They took him away and moved to bind him to a chair--a chair they secured to the floor, in an effort to prevent him from being able to create a portal under the chair and falling to freedom.

    When they were confident that he could not get away, Xun woke him.

    "Hhh... wha...?"

    "Where is Hanako, Mahdy?"

    Mahdy was slowly coming around. He came around faster the moment he realized he was restrained. Instinct kicked in and a silvery disc appeared under his chair. Secured in place, it couldn't go through the portal. "Make this easy on yourself," Xun said, standing on the supports of the chair; if Mahdy could find a way to escape, he'd have to take Xun with him. "I'm not going to hurt you. Not so long as you tell me-"

    "I don't know what you're tal-"

    "I know you were there!" Xun snarled. "I was there, too! I met with the Yakuza, Mahdy! You tried to be so careful, but you slipped up. I saw you. When the alarm went off, I went for her! I saw one of your portals, just as it was closing!" That part was a lie, of course; true to his word, Xun was keeping Lex and Martin out of this. "I know you took her! Tell me where she is!"

    "Please, man... I don't k-"

    "DON'T LIE TO ME, MAHDY!" Xun's eyes exploded with flames as he conjured his soul weapon. His arm swung around and the crook of his blade's hook was mere inches from Mahdy's throat. "They won't know you had anything to do with it. Just tell me. I'll go--I'll free her. We'll leave Tokyo--head for China..."

    Mahdy was quiet for a moment, considering what options he still had. "They have a property management company in Bunkyou," Mahdy offered reluctantly. "They had me move five girls there, until they decide where to send them."

    "If you're lying to me, Mahdy-"

    "I'm not! I'm telling you the truth! Just... just let me go..."

    The hook sword vanished as the flames in Xun's eyes were extinguished. "I can't have you warning them."

    "I get it. I won't talk."

    "I know you won't," Xun said. "I'm going to sedate you."

    Putting his hand behind Mahdy's head, Martin could affect the Indian teen without raising suspicions. Another contact with the boy's flesh and he was out once more.

    Leaving Mahdy there, Xun and Martin left for the Nishitama District. There, they found the business Mahdy had mentioned. Martin scouted the building and found Hanako. The teens worked quick to put their plan into motion: Martin, disguised as Hanako, fled from the room and into the streets where he staged her self-immolation. Xun and Hanako watched from a safe distance as emergency services responded to the fire.

    Within an hour, the couple was at Nogawa Park with Lex and Martin. "Thank you for helping us," Xun told the two. "Everything you both have done, I cannot begin to repay." He looked suddenly sullen. "I apologize for how hostile I treated you. I was rash and jumped too quickly to conclusions. Please forgive me."

    He explained that he was leaving the school behind. Haneda Airport, he believed, might be a place the yakuza were watching. "We'll head north, I think," Xun said, "and make our way to the mainland from there. I don't know what use I can be from there, but if ever there is a chance that I can repay the kindness you've shown us, please do not hesitate to call upon me."

    And with that, Xun and Hanako left Tokyo.

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    NEW VINDICATORS ACADEMY OF EUROPE #23: I’ve Got a Secret

    Wednesday, May 27, 2009

    LONDON, HEATHROW AIRPORT (Jack, Lex, and Violet; NPCs: Carla, Kirstie)
    It had been eleven days since Carla called him, ten days since she’d given him her husband’s journal, and nine days since Anne informed him that it was not written in any known language; eight days had passed since Finn had explained that his powers didn’t work on written languages, and one week had gone by since he had theorized that this may have just been a means for Kirstie’s father to torment him from MI18’s clandestine prison.

    None of that mattered, at the moment, though: with less than a week left in the semester, Kirstie had invited him back to London for the weekend. “Violet’s mum may have a solution to my problem,” she had explained. “I’m going with Violet to meet her. I’d really like it if you could come to.”

    It was hard to say no to her. That was why he’d run halfway around the world, to join her mother in welcoming the girls at the airport.

    Sure enough, the girls came out… followed by Jack…

    LONDON, HEATHROW AIRPORT (Jack, Lex, and Violet; NPCs: Carla, Kirstie)
    "He wants my uncle," Randy said. "I don't much know where he is." He looked intently at Jack. "I doubt even that magus who came to arrest you would know, and he's supposed to be British intelligence.”

    Nearly two weeks after Randy left with his father, the Irish teen’s words were still eating at Jack. How had he known about Agent Hall? Only a select few of the students even knew about MI18’s existence, let alone that one of them was a magus. How had Randy known? Why even mention it? What had he been trying to tell Jack?

    The only hope Jack had was to ask Agent Hall, but he didn’t have the means to contact the man. Still, Violet and Kirstie were taking a weekend trip to London, and while Jack may not have known how to contact the abjurer, he knew where he worked… With the timing so right, Jack had managed to tag along on the girls’ homecoming trip.

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    It’s Friday evening at the school. What are Dennis, Harry, and Otso up to? If you can think of a reason to have joined Jack in his trip to London, you are welcome to plant your way into the above scene. Otherwise, the plot will come to you.

    Similarly, Martin… it would be Saturday morning in Tokyo. I wasn’t sure if you’d find a reason to tag along with Lex to London, or if you’d have him drop you off in Vienna en route, or if you’d be in Tokyo. Let me know what country Martin finds himself in, and I’ll work around the rest.
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    Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #23: I’ve Got a Secret

    Thursday, September 18, 1777 - Oubliette-62
    General Burgoyne watched as the crackling ball of energy collided with his Whisperer. Peter Thatcher’s chest exploded; his blood shattered out of the wound as his body toppled backwards. The Patriots’ mages had cut his own down before the spell could be cast: Howe wouldn’t learn what they had learned here. He wouldn’t learn that accursed Pollack had summoned a demon straight from the gates of hell here, to New York.

    Astaroth pointed and a jet of crimson flame sprang from his finger, pierced the body of one of his artillery officers, went clear through him, and clipped the stomach of a Hessian; that beam—redder than Gentleman Johnny’s own coat—continued to stretch forward, slaying anyone is impaled.

    Digging his heels into his horse, he galloped away from the monster. The only hope they had now was to get word to Howe—to have him teleport reinforcements here, to Saratoga.

    He abandoned such a purpose, however, the moment the heavens belched out that strange ship. It sat suspended in the sky above him, giving off a hum that, mercifully, left him deaf to the agonizing cries of his men dying.

    Unbeknownst to the British commander, the alien ship was manned by beings possessing powers almost beyond his reckoning. Well above Bemis Heights, the crew of the Armada listened as the ship pronounced the time and location. The eighteenth century had little to offer them by way of supplies: their technology was far more advanced and their mercantile wasn’t anything to be desired. Instead, Admiral Chen-Lei decided, the harvesting group would be deployed. They would siphon this planet’s stoiechion and shift out of yet another realm.

    They had been at it for months now, and in that time, they’d seen hundreds of different dimensions. Sometimes it was a familiar dimension—maybe a year or two behind a time any of the Armada considered home. Twice, they had found themselves in the far future; this was the fourth time they had arrived at a point before the twentieth century.

    They had even managed to recruit a few new members. In one dimension they met Sister Clarissa, a Neo-Sapien who practiced the dark arts. She was an agent of the coven—a group of super-powered magi who followed the White Witch, a woman whose enemies had exiled her to another dimension. In the hopes of being reunited with her master, Clarissa had joined the Armada.

    Nate Miller and Penny Kubichek were another matter. They hailed from a world where Neo-Sapiens had almost been hunted to extinction. They all banded together in a clandestine city known as St. Deimos. The entire city had attacked the Elpis when it appeared. Most of them had been dealt with, but Nate had pleaded for his life—his, his girlfriend’s, and their newborn son. The admiral must have taken pity on him: in exchange for Nate’s service on the frontlines, his small family was allowed to stay.

    The electric speedster’s presence evoked something in Jack: it was more than his abilities—more than the uncanny resemblance he bore to Lex Murphy: Nate’s pants were held up by a belt adorning a worn out Superman symbol. Jack had overheard him tell Razorback that it had belonged to his grandfather—his mother’s father.

    Despite the newcomers, the Armada had also lost crewmen. On one world, Zehirli returned with broken ribs and Cleave’s corpses. They had been done in by one of that dimension’s heroes; along with that universe’s Paragon, he made his way to the Elpis, only to be felled by Creeper: the Welshman’s legion of bugs crawled into the youth’s mouth and suffocated him.

    Today, they were more fortunate. Today, the crew returned with few casualties and the command was given for the Elpis to shift. Once more they were in the space between dimensions, where they could rest and recuperate between raids.

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    Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #22: You Bet Your Life

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    Dennis was in the lounge, looking up at the ceiling. He'd already had a sit down with Tatjana and Dag - not all that different from the Dag he'd previously known (but then he'd only known Dag-519 for a handful of days, so there) about the putting on of Trial by Jury with the aid of his illusions for setting and costuming. It had seemed promising.

    But then he'd tried his best also to see about getting stuff out of Fata Morgana and Haboob. Dennis still felt frustrated about the whole failure. What he had pulled together from Jack and learning about the Faustian Society hadn't helped his mood. Informative, yes, but Dennis didn't like the picture.

    Faust was power-hungry, but it looked like he'd been pretty easily stopped. This Ferchar though...

    An Aurelii who also was likely an Aesir, on some hunt to become godlike, and on the other side, Robor, the family-killer who claimed it was for protecting the world from the former. But power corrupts, so Dennis had his doubts on the purity of that in the first place. Family-killer.

    Dammit, Alan. Why couldn't I have gotten more from you about magic and your family tree? And the Apples. Was there even a way to kill an Aesir for good? Alan hadn't answered that, neither had his mom, or Dag or Bulwark. Then again, Dennis hadn't asked back then. Dealing with the Kurbash's crew had taken a certain priority, and at some level Dennis probably hadn't wanted to know.

    Hindsight, frigging 20/20.


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