02 - 07 - Riposte

**Profanity warning. ** The Azalea Free Company of Kowloon led by none other than Creature and his group of aberrant and rag-tag lieutenants, is an Kowloon free company motivated by their desire for knightly honor, a roof over their heads, basic necessities, and a lover's embrace! Throughout their adventures, they will fight unscrupulous bandits, hell-bent armies, and all manner of existential dangers to Kowloon. Regardless of whether or not they emerge victorious in these encounters, the men and women of the Azalea are united in their will and purpose!
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02 - 07 - Riposte

Post by Tony » Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:24 pm

Creature and most of his team were now gone. His last recording indicated that Kamilla was now in charge of Azalea. THen of course news from Kowloon proper was not forthcoming. It appeared that the Empress' cousin and wife were officially maneuvering while the Empress was off at war. Kamilla stood with Azalea Company surrounding here and manning their defensive position in the interior of Lucarin City.

She had a clear view of the battle, and it appears that the Gartagen were holding their line. The only issue she had was the fact that the other Cities across Lucarin were rapidly falling. The Atraxians were striking all at once, and the Shield General in charge of this planet's defenses had not acted swiftly enough in evacuating the civilians.

Kamilla turned around and noticed many of the Civilians were sitting firmly behind them. The flashes and thunderous reports of heavy weapons causing the ground to shake. Lucarin still stood. Moments passed, then an hour. Before long the Gartagen's were in the middle of their Organized retreat. As were Alliance and Tai Pan relief forces that had come to aid in the defense of the world.

The Atraxians were poised to enter Lucarin City, and from the view looking down on them, their vast hoards of Mecha, and soldiers were wasiting no time. Kamilla turned and barked her orders. "This is it. There isn't any retreat, we either win or we die. Fight house to house, and hand to hand. Surrendering to Atraxians is not an option!"
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Re: 02 - 07 - Riposte

Post by Gir » Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:04 pm

A short, thin young woman shifted nervously in the crowd as she heard Kamilla's words, her hand toying with the old surplus handgun tucked away in a holster inside her thick green jacket. Her tired green eyes darted left and right as she peered through her protective goggles and the messy black hair framing her face, as if she was looking for a way out. In a way, she was. The nineteen-year-old was still cursing her luck. After years of scratching out a living on her own in the Taianese frontier, she just had to board a ship bound for the Kowloon System. She'd thought that maybe, just maybe, there would be something there for her that was better than the life of a homeless Third Class "citizen" of the Empire. And now she was stuck in the middle of a planetary invasion.

The woman, Hotaru Akiyama, swallowed nervously. She wasn't a soldier. That should have been obvious to anyone. She barely reached five foot in height, and thanks to a chronic lack of proper nutrition she was thin enough to nearly disappear into her sturdy traveling clothes. Unfortunately, she had a suspicion that the Atraxians wouldn't care about what she did or didn't look like. So she tightened her grip on her pistol and drew it from her jacket, sweat clinging to her pale skin from both the heat and the fear of the upcoming battle.

A familiar tingle rose up in the back of her mind as she exerted her mental abilities, feeling out the gun in her hand without looking at it. She didn't sense any faults within the gun, or the ammo loaded into it. She hadn't sensed anything the other times she'd checked, either, but it paid to be thorough. Not for the first time, she considered running for it, further into the city. She might be able to find some hidden basement to teleport herself into. That would work.

...Until it didn't. Knowing her luck, the Atraxians probably had some kind of way of rooting out hidden civilians. With a grimace, she admitted that her best bet was probably to stick close to the trained soldiers. She just hoped the elf knew what she was doing.
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Re: 02 - 07 - Riposte

Post by TheCountryWarrior » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:33 am

Alexander Ridgewood stood before his men, the five house warriors that had accompanied him to the front lines, and nodded to each on in turn, giving them a Ridgewood salute. They all knew what this meant, that perhaps none of them may survive this, but indeed it would be a glorious death. Alex stared at the approaching horde with anticipation, a smile on his face as he thought of the glory such a last stand would bring him, especially if he survived. The enemy was numerous, and trained, savage and intelligent, and Alexander drew his blade as he rocked in place out of excitement.

His men stood at the ready behind him, and Alex looked over his equipment to ensure his low chances of survival. His carapace armor was dark, and the symbol of the Azalea Company on it's back, and the symbol of the Empress on his chest. He wore her symbol proudly, it giving him the courage to fight on for a better future. His blade sat in his hand, long and pointed, suitable for both casual fencing and for graceful attacks in war. Tucked into a makeshift holster was a unnecessarily gaudy revolver from off world, more for status than war, but still a cold instrument of death.

He smiled at the incoming wave of death, placed his elegant helmet on his head, and waited for orders. He stood like a professional, a warrior through and through.
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Re: 02 - 07 - Riposte

Post by Tony » Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:03 pm

Hotaru's mind was a rarity in Kowloon. Some sens let her know that she was not alone. Psionics rarely was, yet they were often worlds apart from one another, and often found themselves hunted by magic users and others who feared their abilities. Had it been a mistake to pull on her ability to check her surroundings.

Briefly she felt a precognitive reflex take over. Yet Hotaru did not need it to know what was coming. Battle, blood, and death. But something was in fact unusual. In her vision, it was not the soldiers of the Atraxians who would cause the death of this city. Rather from her prescient view of the near future, Hotaru gleaned that the soldiers of this city would be largely successful in their defense.

Before her, very position sat a ruin of this great place, strewn with the bodies of fallen Atraxians. They were clad in their heavy armor that seemed to be slapped together from scrap. However, and disconcertingly so, the bodies of the Kowlooni defenders lay, much as they stood. In their organized columns, still clutching their weapons. Pools of blood and gore flowed from every orifice of their bodies.

Peering at Hotaru was alone Atraxian man. wearing simple clothing. His pallid flesh and sharp green eyes locked on to hers. "You are like me." He said in a booming voice that reverberated in Hotaru's skull.

"I am going to do to you what I am going to do to them. I want you to tell them. I am coming."

Then the vision from the veil lifted, and Hotaru found her self looking at the present. Kamilla eying her, and the Elven man and his guards. Kamilla pointed at Hotaru. "Arm the civilian's Anybody capable of fighting is going to probably have to do so." She said commanding Ridgewood.
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Re: 02 - 07 - Riposte

Post by Gir » Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:30 pm

Hotaru stumbled slightly, bile rising to the back of her throat. She blinked rapidly, trying to dispel the images of gore and bodies littering the ground. An overwhelming feeling of dread assailed her, and she glanced at the Kowlooni soldiers around her, flinching whenever she recognized one as one of the corpses from her...vision? As her mind caught up to-or in this case rewound back to-the present, she realized the implications of what Kamilla had just said, and her sun-starved skin grew even paler.

"No, no no no...we can't stay here, something, someone's coming! We...we need to go, or fall back, or whatever! He knows where we are, he'll kill us all!" she stammered out. Her knuckles went white as she gripped her handgun tightly. She had only felt so certain that something terrible was about to happen once, on the worst day of her life.
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Re: 02 - 07 - Riposte

Post by TheCountryWarrior » Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:07 pm

Alexander was not fond of this spazzed out excuse for a warrior, panicking before a battle. He takes strides to her and stands over her, looking her over. "Get ahold of yourself woman! This is no time to panic! On this day, we defend the city! On this day we will stand victorious! If you cannot handle war, you will die quicker than most. I propose you calm yourself, perhaps you will live to see the glorious dawn of our victory. Take up a weapon, and fight for yourself if you have no allegiance. The animals outside will not care of your side once they reach us, so be smart and be on our side. Do I make myself clear?"
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