[The Gentle Breeze] The Fight for Rights - Chapter 1

Society in The Empire of Tai Pan is divided into three tiers. The 1st Class Taianese themselves, the 2nd Class who got the gene mods necessary to become Taianese in body but not mind, and finally, the 3rd Class. All the riff-raff too poor or without the social and political ties necessary to get their hands on those expensive yet wonderful gene mods. Segregated and with fewer rights, there's little room to move up in society. But, one Taianese woman in particular is wondering if this should change. Can you prove yourself to her in this story of combat, slice of life boredom, and bizarre reality?
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[The Gentle Breeze] The Fight for Rights - Chapter 1

Post by CadetNewb » Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:46 pm

In Tai Pan, the pure Taianese themselves were the First Class, with all rights and freedoms granted to them. Even those that had been given or bought Taianese bodies were considered inferior, and were Second Class, with less given to them. Naturally, most weren't even that, and were Third Class; they had the bare minimum of rights and the ability to travel across the Empire, and even fewer opportunities to rise above their station. A certain someone promised them a chance to change this. That, and more, she had hinted. And so, after saying yes, they were plucked from all their walks of life, and brought to this space port. Peering out of their polarized windows, they saw the magnificent structures rising up into the air as ships came and went. Busy and bustling, those in the ever gorgeous second class could be seen in abundance, going to and fro through those doors and while the Taianese themselves were few and far in between, their presence was felt.

Especially when their vehicles brought them around to the back side of the spaceport where all the third class citizens were. To be more accurate, it was the lack of Taianese presence that they felt, along with the number of cares they gave for them. As their vehicle stopped to back up into the cargo loading area, one of the shutters rolled up as the doors to the vehicle opened, swinging into the building and corralling them into its interior.

"Roll call," a bored looking woman flatly stated. Perhaps neither tall nor short, the black and white haired Tiger-caste woman plainly stared at them as they filed in. "Did you all make sure to pack your lunches?" she asked, voice utterly deadpan.
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Re: [The Gentle Breeze] The Fight for Rights - Chapter 1

Post by Eistheid » Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:35 am

"Èrděng Bīng, Lin Fu." The response came quickly on the heels of the request to sound off, spoken in a cheerfully comfortable report suggesting one accustomed to life in the military. Contrasting the prompt and confident response, the speaker being among the taller individuals in the room was easily observed to be in some manner of discomfort. A simple pink v-neck camisole, worn under a dark gray cardigan, hung about her large pale-skinned frame as if it didn't belong. The clothing cascaded downward awkwardly hanging over a black knee-length skirt which quivered and twitched betraying a tail beneath. Further adding to her somewhat awkward image was her maroon hair, the color visibly darkening in many places and with obvious black roots indicating a likely botched attempt at dying it. Matching what was likely her natural hair color were a pair of rounded tiger ears, folded back indicating the displeasure which she worked to keep from creeping into her facial expression though her bright green eyes already threatened to settle into a wince.

Trying to keep her eyes forward and focused on the individual who had begun the role-call, another apparent Tiger-caste woman who seemed to be the Commanding Officer of sorts in the situation Fu couldn't help but glance at the collection of Third-Class individuals that surrounded her. Twitching her tail with irritation Fu forced herself to wrap her tail around her calf the feeling of soft, warm, fur on her skin indicating that the loose socks she wore had once again fallen down further than she'd like. Trying to keep her mind off of her awkward outfit, wishing for the familiar comfort of a proper uniform, Fu settled for wondering just how she had ended up in this place herded like livestock among what she felt were common rif-raf. The thought briefly bolstered her morale, thinking of how she was better than those around her, but just as quickly her spirits sank as she realized that as an orphan, she was little better, and possibly even less valued than those she looked down upon. Even if she was fully Taianese.

Reaching down with care Fu lifted her light backpack containing little aside from a collection of inexpensive food options and a spare change of the awkward civilian clothing she'd been forced to acquire following her previous reassignment. Shrugging on the straps mindful of not jostling or inadvertently hitting those who crowded around her in the ad-hoc waiting area Fu refocused her eyes on the snowy Tiger-caste woman with the bored expression hoping that soon the familiar structure of military life would keep her mind from exploring less than pleasant avenues. Steeling herself for whatever may come Fu adopted a bright smile, relaxing somewhat as the effort of pretending to be happier slowly brightened her mood knowing that no matter what might come she'd do her best, as she'd always done.
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Re: [The Gentle Breeze] The Fight for Rights - Chapter 1

Post by Ham » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:06 am

Black, slightly damp, and pointy cat ears perked up amongst the crowd, "Èrděng Bīng, Zǐsè Kikyo." The black haired catgirl spoke up from somewhere in the back. Despite being barely five feet tall, she'd ended up there by her own accord in the confusion. Her very tenor voice was stressed by the duffel bag strapped to her back, presumably loaded down with personal effects and any reassignment gear. The bag itself was nothing special besides the worn down logo and lettering of the Wangdiao Colonies Shouwei. She avoided the glances that she felt, already blushing from looking like she could be pushed over by anything stronger than a stiff breeze.

She'd looked for the rooster woman but failed to find her among the crowd of third-class and regular uniforms. She considered the tiger-caste woman to be their actual commanding officer, and she immediately began to question whether coming here was a good idea. Sidelining that thought, she began to wonder what was going to happen to her now. She'd been forcefully introduced to combat already, and she didn't know what it had done to her. She wanted to be a medic but she had no idea if that was going to be her billet or not. For all she knew, she was going to be just another rank and file soldier.

She tried to calm herself down by crossing her arms and hugging herself quietly, blushing as she did so. She'd gone so far, but was never sure if going up in caste was going to help her at all. She wasn't sure if she could ever shake her primordial feelings. She once again forced her mind to calm down by squeezing herself a little tighter and told herself not to think such thoughts. For now, it worked.
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Re: [The Gentle Breeze] The Fight for Rights - Chapter 1

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It truly seemed like they were a bunch of riff-raff to be honest. Though the burly man in the business casual looked at least somewhat professional for an example, the blue haired young woman with the shirt that read 'Omega Milk' didn't help at all. On top of this, the stoic yet somehow bored look of the black and white haired Tiger gave off the distinct feeling that she did not want to be here with them either. Given how the Taianese tended to be racist though, that wasn't unex - there was suddenly a white feathered chicken strutting into the cargo offloading bay. It wasn't even a Dongwu by the looks of it. The chicken was just that. A plain, white feathered chicken that lazily made its way in, randomly pecking at bits it found on the ground. The Tiger there with them didn't seem to pay it any heed, though someone in their crowd did.

"Oh, hello chicken!" the girl with the 'Omega Milk' shirt began with a smile. "Did you get lost? You should come with me - I need eggs for breakfast!"

"Ara-ara," the chicken replied with an all too familiar voice. "You can have eggs for breakfast, but most certainly not mine!" its silky feminine tones added.

"Officer on deck!" the stoic Tiger shouted, right fist and open left hand smoothly coming together in the Taianese salute.

"Thank you Sif," the white chicken addressed her. Turning around, it looked at the crowd of new soldiers in front of it as the 'Omega Milk' girl stood like a statue with a dumb, open mouthed smile on her face. "So, how have you all been?" the talking poultry asked them. "I see some of you are as bright and cheery as ever," it took note, glancing at the blue haired girl again.

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Re: [The Gentle Breeze] The Fight for Rights - Chapter 1

Post by Eistheid » Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:19 pm

Listening to the irregular and at times questionably audible responses to the request for roll call, some of them coming on the heels of whispered reminders and the rustling of fabric which suggested helpful nudges in the crowd Fu found herself growing mildly irritated despite the sunny expression she labored to maintain. While she had been quite happy to finally learn just where she'd be serving next Fu had expected at least a unit of familiar Destroyer Caste Taianese with the common history of serving in the Dìguó Jūnshì despite being out in a backwater system. Instead she found herself among a mixed group of mostly third class individuals many of which she was uncertain had ever served the Empire in any official capacity prior. The more she observed her present surroundings the more that Fu wondered how she had messed up and why her former commanding officer hadn't told her prior to sending her off once again. Her increasingly distressed state was only amplified by the appearance of a chicken in their midst impressing the feeling that somehow she had ended up among livestock in some nightmarish twist of fate.

The unexpected occurrence of the white feathered fowl speaking, followed by a pleasantly familiar shout allowed Fu to for the moment forget about her worries of how she had ended up in such a place, and why despite her history of being an obedient and competent soldier she had been exiled to the hinterlands and dumping grounds of the Empire. Straightening as she came to attention, mirroring in many ways the black and white haired Tiger-caste woman's salute Fu's heel came down with an unsatisfying soft thump though the motion was one of familiarity and comfort. Listening to their commanding officer speak Fu was able to relax into the familiar role of simply being a soldier at attention, her mind focusing to allow her simply to listen for a time while the nagging questions that nipped at the edges of her awareness could be ignored. For the moment it didn't matter that a commanding officer was using a chicken as a proxy to talk to them, nor did the many unknowns of just what sort of individual had chosen to take up the task of managing such a questionable collection of recruits. All that mattered for the moment was that a small sense of familiarity had been restored, and that soon she'd be getting orders which would provide the direction she needed to keep her mind off of the many questions which plagued her life.
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Re: [The Gentle Breeze] The Fight for Rights - Chapter 1

Post by Mike » Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:37 pm

Hao fanned himself gently, watching the proceedings with interest after he meandered in following the Commanding Officer. Hao stopped at the door, and rested a shoulder against the frame. Unlike any of the military personnel here, he wore the courtly attire of the Cixi Dynasty, a slender bi-tonal robe, red and gold, that fit his form perfectly save for the loose pants. On the over-paneled robe, which flared his shoulders, he bore the Immortal's Emperor's insignia. The low felt hat of a scholar swept his short, dark hair back from his smooth, reddish horns.

His skin was pale, as pale as parchment, and his eyes were the deep crimson of carbuncles. He kept his expression neutral as he glanced over the tiny crew.

Riff-raff, in his opinion, might have been too much distinction for the disorganized rabble that comprised the ship's crew. Hao folded his fan and scanned the ship officers. Briefly, he had the suspicion that someone, somewhere, had set this up specifically to fail. Perhaps he would inquire about that later. For right now, Hao only puzzled it over.
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Post by Immortal Cyan » Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:27 pm

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Fan Mei Xing stood amidst the formation of Third Class soldiers with a thoroughly indiscernible expression across her Taianese features. The intense and penetrating gaze of her yellow eyes was mirrored by the relaxed state of her nine tails, each of which were neatly groomed, combed, and shampooed in an effort to make them appear presentable. To say the least, her tails were a very high maintenance and distinctive part of her body. They were especially prone to getting dirty, and the fur was constantly getting snagged on things. However, when faced with the choice to have them cut off, Mei Xing refused to do so. After all, she didn’t consider herself to be an especially remarkable woman, and she wondered how people would see her without them.

Not to mention the fact that she could barely afford to have the procedure executed in the first place.

When prompted to do so, Mei Xing delivered her rank and full name in a gentle and professional tone. Her gaze briefly focused on the other individuals as they spoke their names as well, taking note of a woman directly next to her who possessed pointed cat-like ears and mildly Taianese-esque features, yet had the latent scent of a human. There was also an odd Second Class Tiger, who seemed woefully out of place amidst of the rabble of Third Class individuals such as herself and the majority of the other soldiers in the room.

For her part, Mei Xing was utterly quiet and disciplined. However, a few of her tails flickered when she heard the peculiarly sing-song voice of the Rooster woman who had presented her with the contract to enlist within the Imperial Military. However, when she came into view…

A chicken?!

Mei felt the painful and unpleasant sensation of second hand embarrassment from the odd performance. Yet, at the same time, the potent urge to laugh nearly overwhelmed her restraint, which manifested across her features with an ephemeral smile that reverted back to a flat expression just as quickly as it had appeared. Then, Mei Xing refreshed her posture and executed a snappy salute, before returning to a relaxed posture when permission was granted to do so.
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Post by Ham » Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:49 am

Kikyo didn't say anything, just was lost in her own confusion. Whether it was Sakamoto as a literal chicken or the sheer bizarro situation that was beginning to show its light. She snapped to attention, though it was somewhat hard to do with the weight of her pack pulling her backwards. She was unbalanced, anyone who looked at her could see it. She was beginning to look somewhat panicked as well, something had shifted in the duffel and threatened to pull her all the way off balance. But she was at attention, and moving meant certain disciplinary action.

Don't...

Fall...

She twitched, slightly moving her feet to keep her balance, her posture iron-stiff and unmoving. She tried to listen for words but suddenly realized that she forgot to salute. She quickly slammed her hands together in salute but it was all in vain. As soon as her hands and arms moved, they shifted the duffel's contents further and tipped her back far. Her legs slipped back and she fell right where she was standing with a clunk, squeak, and a curse.

"Nyaa-FUCK!"
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"Shàngděng Bīng Royama Dai." A voice rang out, doing its best to be louder than the cursing girl on the ground, "Doing quite well, Zhōngxiào!- Quite the reception you had waiting for us. We're all most honored to be here, I'm certain." The owner of the voice was an amber-eyed human woman dressed in a rather well-used looking labcoat over light blue scrubs that looked to be in at least slightly better condition- she most certainly looked out of place, but then again most amongst their group did with few exceptions. Dai offered a hand to the fallen woman without ever looking down while she waited for a response that she was either going to regret or would come back in good spirits. That was hardly the point of her loudness, however, she wasn't normally the type of person who enjoyed testing the limits of those who had recently acquired power over her (at least not quite so soon.)

Somehow, despite her rather questionable decision to make a racket, the woman's voice had a certain sureness to it- perhaps reassuring, perhaps not-so-much. Either way, Dai seemed to know what she was doing and that much, at least, was probably good.
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Post by CadetNewb » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:45 pm

"Ara," the hen squawked. "I'm glad to see some of you are doing better than others, but can someone help her up?" it asked, rustling its white feathers as it looked towards Kikyo. "Anyways, what impression do you all have right now? Of the position you're in?" the Sakamoto sounding chicken asked as it began to pace back and forward. "You're all smart people, so I'm sure you've noticed certain small details already," she continued. "I mean, in such a nice airport, filled with so many Second Class and even the occasional First Class citizens, you've all had to come and enter in the back, comple - aaaah! What are you doing?!" the white feathered chicken blustered, flapping its wings as the young woman with the 'Omega Milk' shirt picked her up.

"You're really talkative - this isn't normal!" the blue haired person remarked. "Are you demonically possessed or something? Do I need to do an exorcism? I'm Víz, the best priestess around, you know!" she puffed her chest out in pride.

"Help! Someone help!" the chicken cawed, flapping its wings about. "She's gonna do something weird to me!"
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Re: [The Gentle Breeze] The Fight for Rights - Chapter 1

Post by Eistheid » Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:30 pm

As the cry that 'something weird' was going to be done, the heartbeat of hesitation in Lin Fu evaporated. Taking some care to not simply bulldoze her fellows in the tight space as Fu waded through the crowd the fabric of her skirt a whisper against her legs as she set about gently pushing those who obstructed her path out of the way. As she proceeded with her advance Fu paused next to the prone form of the overbalanced woman with the feline features, Èrděng Bīng Zǐsè. Another heartbeat of hesitation was all it took before Fu took a moment to reach down in silence and with as much gentleness as she could manage, pulled the collapsed woman to her feet. Taking a moment longer to look the woman over and idly straighten her clothing as Fu took the time to ensure that she wouldn't topple over immediately after being let go of, Fu offered a warm smile before proceeding onward closer to the distressed chicken.

Closing the distance as quickly as she could, Fu was soon reaching out to firmly set her hand on the blue haired woman's shoulder. Squeezing gently, Fu pink camisole clad form overshadowed the self proclaimed priestess as she stood over a full foot taller than the buxom woman whose shoulder she had occupied. Leaning forward and completely overshadowing the shorter woman, Fu greeted her with a friendly smile her black furred ears wiggling cutely before Fu spoke in a sunny tone, "Miss, while I'm sure we'll all be interested in your skills as an accomplished priestess. I would very much appreciate it if for the moment you would put the chicken down. I'm sure she would be appreciative of being returned to the ground as well."

While Fu was fairly certain that she hated everything about being where she was, and who she had found herself saddled with, she found that she couldn't project malice upon the largely innocent people around her. They were after all, much like herself, were simply there to report to their next assignment with hopes of being able to see a brighter future. Keeping that thought in mind Fu hoped that the blue haired woman would cease in her attempts to molest the white chicken, which was somehow the avatar of their commanding officer, and allow them all to get on with their days. With any luck Fu hoped that sooner than later they'd all be settled in to their new assignment, whatever it was to be, instead of spending any more time than necessary standing around in what was effectively a holding pen.
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Post by Immortal Cyan » Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:35 pm

After the dark-haired catgirl was helped up from the ground, Mei Xing looked to the woman and offered a shy and somewhat awkwardly mannered smile. Feeling the urge to offer her some kind of assistance, Mei leaned close to her and whispered something that seemed a little more intimate than she had intended.

“If you need something to help you keep your balance or just keep warm, you can grab onto one of my tails~ <3”

She could only hope that the clumsy feline wouldn’t feel creeped out.
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Post by CadetNewb » Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:28 am

As Mei talked to Kikyo, the self-proclaimed priestess refused to back down.

"Put the strange chicken down?" Vis began, momentarily parroting Lin's words as she held on to the chicken by the legs, hugging it close. She was aghast with horror that someone would say something so heretical, and was already furtively glancing at the others for help. "B-but! Can't you feel it? There's a strange aura emanating from this chicken, like uh, the smell of deep fried chicken wafting off of chicken nuggets!" she shouted with a fury, stepping back from the cat eared young woman as she neared.

"That's not reassuring at all!" Sakamoto's voice shouted from the flapping chicken in Vis's arms. Seeing nobody else come to her aid, the woman then simply stuffed the flapping chicken under her 'Omega Milk' shirt, which quickly quieted it down. "This is so strange. It's a little darker in here, and now I'm feeling sleepy!" they heard the Sakamoto-chicken remark.

"Besides, there's no chicken!" Vis puffed her now far-overly-large chest up in defiance. Somehow, the strange woman was able to say this with a completely straight face. Even as she started to slowly glow at the edges with a radiant light. "There's no chicken at all, and I'm totally not planning anything, see! So stop bothering me!"

Even as all this happened however, the black and white Tiger woman that was overseeing all this just stared at them with a blank expression.
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Re: [The Gentle Breeze] The Fight for Rights - Chapter 1

Post by Ham » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:27 pm

Kikyo was quickly to scamper up after Fu nearly caused her to mewl in fright to suddenly moving. She quickly detachws the strap of her duffel and left it beneath her. She was flush with embarrassment, attempting to swallow it. Her ears turned and had flattened against her hair in a very pathetic way. She tried to watch the presentation and then the abduction of Chicken-moto by the Omega Milk girl but had trouble paying attention behind her growing anxiety. She felt it all just confusion.

Her ears suddenly shot up when the nine-tail fox beside her spoke up with her offer. She somehow turned another shade of red and turned her head quickly to face her. She attempted to speak but just worked her jaw a few times before seeming to cave and submitted her left hand towards her as if scared to actually grab a hold of one of her tails.

"T-Thanks, I'm just lightheaded now." She seemed to shiver off and on, but managed to get a warm smile to form on her face. Her ears had gone back down to flat against her hair but she looked more comfortable than before. She looked back towards the confrontation occurring and was just more confused. Why is Sakamoto more of a chicken than she seemed normally and why does this Omega Milk girl want to do something weird to her?
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Post by Eistheid » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:40 pm

The refusal to comply to the request was expected yet still somehow proved to be more disappointing than Lin Fu was willing to shoulder. In a moment dozens of options danced in her head ranging from attempting to render the busty woman unconscious, to dislocating the woman's joints and then recovering the chicken-CO after the woman was left in a mewling heap. Instead of choosing a violent option for the moment Fu instead adjusted her posture, her shoulders slumping with a mixture of exhaustion and defeat which was as sincere as it was played up. Looking to the vehemently difficult woman, Fu on the verge of having tears in her eyes spoke softly a tired wavering note underlying her plea, "Could we please not do this Víz? I'm really tired. My feet are sore, it's hot in here, and I haven't been able to get a good night's sleep in weeks. That chicken is all I have to look to for the promise of finally being able to have a place to lay down and rest. I'm sure we'd all like to be able to rest and relax instead of having to stand here, while you stuff our one chance at having a place where we can be appreciated in your shirt. So, would you please let it go?"

Maintaining her defeated posture, Fu looked beseechingly toward the self proclaimed priestess and hoped that somewhere along side her self-assured nature there was the capacity for her to empathize with, and care for the well being of others. Tugging awkwardly at the hem of her cardigan, Fu waited for a response from the shorter woman with a sincere hope that within the next ten minutes she'd be acquainted with her bunk rather than standing in what amounted to an animal pen. Of course given the rumors of the capricious nature of the Imperial Castes, Fu had some doubts that even if things were to return to their previous path that there would be any rest for anyone...

The thought was almost enough to push Fu genuinely to tears as she gazed upon the buxom priestess.
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Post by Mike » Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:37 pm

Hao touched the front of his lips with the tip of the fan, wondering at the melding of the classes that he happened to be observing just at this time. The chicken wasn’t a chicken; it was one of the sentient creatures that occupied the lowest class of Taianese society. That had happened several decades ago. One could either choose to be a vegetarian, or agree with murdering the distant cousins of a significant and growing portion of the population for food by proxy. Hao, himself, understood the impact of the meat market. Frankly, the only thing that changed was that the prices had gone up relative to the years prior, but that support for the meat processing companies had diminished. One did not often wish to work where one was considered a product.

However, that the second-class citizens, and even a few of the third class citizens, seemed not to recognize the dongwu as an individual person proved a bit daunting. Hao supposed that it meant the definition of people, at least for the lower classes, was mutable and very subjective. He had yet to discern whether anyone standing in front of him registered as people or not.

That thought surprised him, though only a little bit. His ‘people’ were refined, cerebral, and elegant. If he set any of these soldiers to the test, he doubted he would find a single one that would avoid disappointing him in some way, shape, or form. Their uniforms seemed to be the best thing about them.

Would have need to return to the Emperor and inform him that the experiment had been a failure, even before it had begun? And, what of the representative of the Empress, who was surely skulking about here somewhere? Had this foul-up been her doing? Possible, he felt, but he decided to withhold judgement.

But should he do anything?

He tapped his lips with the fan a few more times before deciding to commit himself. Gracefully, he floated into the room, almost seeming not to step at all, until he was beside Fu. He skimmed her over with his carbuncle-gem eyes, before motioning her to stand a bit taller.
Gently he said, “Be at ease.”

Then he pointed, his gesture as smooth as the synthetic silks he wore, to the ranking individual standing behind the chicken. “I have seen enough, for now. Please do not confuse them any longer. Place down the dongwu, please.”
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Post by CadetNewb » Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:41 pm

"But, but!" As Vis looked at Lin's sad-kitten visage, that childish defiance began to waver and wane as her shoulders slumped, the Sakamoto-chicken comfortably held under her shirt. "It's probably possessed or something, but if it pecks your soul out at night, it's not my fault, ok?" the blue haired young woman halfheartedly pouted. Even so, they could tell Lin had taken the wind right out of her sails. Pulling the chicken out from under her shirt, Vis placed it back on the ground, where it woke back up and shook itself off. Its attention turned to focus on Hao as the rarely seen Dragon Form spoke, briefly clucking just a bit before it spoke.

"Ara, ara? A dongwu? Here? I don't recall having recruited one," the all-too-feminine sounding chicken remarked. "But I guess that's enough of that. I know what my ancestors feel like now," she admitted, distinctly winking at Hao. As the quiet white and black Tiger woman nearby began opening a suitcase however, the chicken strutted away from their little group, only to suddenly vanish in a cloud of steam. Where the chicken was, Sakamoto stood, back turned to them all, her tail feathers fanned out wide as she looked over her shoulder at them all with a playfully sly smirk. Of course, she was completely naked, but not for long as the Tiger promptly helped Sakamoto dress. Presented with a cheongsam and a kimono, the Rooster Form chose the latter. "Well, before we see you all to your quarters, any questions?" Sakamoto asked them all, wrapping herself in silk.
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Post by Daran Ist'Ladaren » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:47 pm

As the group spoke, the cargo docks were abuzz with general day to day activities. Crews were moving the various cargo from point to point in forklifts and pump carts, and twenty feet away was a repair crew trying to patch up a damaged docking port, probably damaged by some idiot shuttle driver who was in too much of a hurry. A pretty common fair was around it, other than a Dongwu woman. Being a Dongwu wasn't the interesting part about her. It was that she was single-handedly holding up an empty fuel tank, waiting for the rest of the crew to ready their rigs to lift it up to replace the damaged one.

When Sakamoto made a mentioning of hiring a Dongwu, the next few moments were a blur. A loud CRASH sounded through the cargo port, as the Dongwu woman dropped the empty fuel cell. In very few strides, she cleared the distance between where she stood and Sakamoto. "I'm a Dongwu!" She shouted, waving her hands frantically. She was massive. bordering on 8 feet tall, her flamboyant pink and wild hair barely kept down by the maintenance ballcap she wore. She was a strange liger type, only with two large sabre teeth protruding from her muzzle. Her fur was goldish brown with faint pink stripes, and muscles were prominent with the sleeves to her maintenance jumpsuit rolled up, and Sakamoto barely came up to her waist when they were side to side.

"Damnit Jayden!" One of the men she had been standing with moments before shouted. "That cell costs more than you'd make in a lifetime you idiot! What're you doing!" He continued, taking a few steps towards the group. "I'm really sorry for the trouble, she's a bit of a ten ply let me tell you. Talking to her is like talking to a dial tone," He said looking up at Jayden. "Get the hell back over there and pray that cell isn't broken, or I'll make damned sure your ass ain't fed for the next month you got that!" He snapped, reaching behind him and pulling a stun baton out of its holster. "You know damn well I ain't afraid to use this girl..."

Jayden ignored him, dropping down to her knees, still taller than the 5' Sakamoto, holding her hands together. "Please... pretty please... I would rather do anything than stay on this dockyard for a moment longer... Anything! Please don't make me st-GAH!" She screamed, writhing as the man shocked her.

"They don't give a damn about you! Stop wasting their fucking time!" He shouted, poking her again, getting a yelp and a spasm from the girl, looking at Sakamoto. He took off his hat, holding it over his chest and bowing his head slightly. "I'm sorry Ma'am for the Dongwu. She just doesn't get it sometimes. I'll get her out of your hair, you just carry along your way and hopefully, we can all forget this ever happened, yeah?' He asked, never seeming to fully remove his attention from the writhing liger.


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Post by Eistheid » Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:31 pm

It was a sight of immense relief to see Vis' resolve begin to break, prompting an honest expression of gratitude which lit up Lin Fu's expression. Fu was about to thank the short buxom self proclaimed priestess for her kindness when she was dismissed by the dragon-caste who had been hovering at the edge of the crowd. Deciding that she'd just have to thank Vis later for her willingness to help, and perhaps even try to assure the buxom woman that in the event that there was a possession that occurred at some point going forward that Fu would be more than happy to have her help. For the moment however Lin Fu simply took a step back settling into the familiar stance of a soldier at ease as she listened.

As the dragon-caste individual, Fu couldn't guess whether they emulated a gender or not, began speaking on the release of a dongwu from the effectively placated priesstess, Fu couldn't help but wonder if she'd missed something about the odd talking chicken that would have signified as much. Doing her best to keep her expression neutral Lin Fu reviewed the past few minutes and wondered what she could learn to better have insight into a future situation such as this. After all the dragon-caste individual being first-class indicated to her that they would likely have more insight and knowledge than she did.

The revelation of the chicken seeming to metamorphosize into the rooster-caste patron of the cage full of second and third caste individuals like some sort of smoke and mirrors trick left Fu with a kernel of doubt. According to the claim made by the chicken, and by extension their commanding officer, there had been no dongwu involved. Did this mean that she had been right to not make an assumption on the nature of the chicken? Had the dragon-caste representative been truly mistaken? Fu wondered at these questions as she watched the rooster-caste woman dress in her periphery before she turned to pose a new question to the crowd.

Before the question could be answered, however, a sudden cacophony of falling equipment and rushing footsteps drew Fu's attention away from their rooster patron. Appearing in their midst was a mountain of an individual, one who by their own admission was in fact a dongwu, and through the scene that unfolded, was revealed to be one who was quite disaffected in their present circumstances. Once again Fu was left to think on how she could address the situation, the sound of the dongwu screaming as she was disciplined punctuating the thought. But while she had a desire to intervene on some excuse or another, and give a grace period for a decision to be made she knew that she had been ordered to stand down by a first-class. A dragon-caste no less. Twitching the tip of her tail, the only emotional outburst she allowed herself, Lin Fu stood by and once again waited to see what those above her in the chain of command would choose to do.
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Post by CadetNewb » Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:46 pm

"Ara-ara~" Sakamoto blushed, cupping a cheek in hand while her luxurious feathers cupped her head. "This is all so sudden!~" she added, a hint of playfulness to her voice as she looked on all the others around her. Being herself, she chose to be the splitting image of a young maiden proposed to as the Dongwu knelt, pleading. "You may all speak, but, whatever should I do with her?" the Rooster-formed woman asked, uncertain as to what to do do next. Though the man in charge of the loading bay was forcefully thrusting his shock prod into the Dongwu woman a moment ago, he abruptly stopped as his jaw dropped momentarily.

"Nǚshì," the man began, addressing her with the honorific, "Surely you - " Though Sakamoto did not frown, her gentle, smiling gaze held in it a deathly coldness from which he quickly fell quiet and stepped back from, averting his eyes to the floor. Only a fool would oppose a Taianese, and he was not a fool. More importantly?

Sakamoto was still waiting for answers.
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Post by Daran Ist'Ladaren » Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:55 pm

With the man distracted, Jayden took her opportunity. Instead of attacking, which if she did at this moment, she would easily rip the man apart. Instead, she pushed herself back, before crawling behind the rooster as if hoping she would continue to stop him from shocking her. The sight of the Dongwu crawling behind a woman half her size was comical if the situation catered to such, but she was in actual pain. Her breathing was heavy and laboured as she recovered from the two shocks.

"Please! I swear, I'll do anything!" She whined, looking between everyone, before looking up at the Rooster. "Please miss chicken lady... I don't want to be trapped on this dock anymore..."
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Post by Noodles » Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:49 am

Dai was really on a roll with the bad decisions on this particular day- of all the days to be making back-to-back bad decisions- but she just couldn't help herself.

"You should take her!" The labcoat wearing woman answered, as bold as ever, "She's big- clearly strong, and I don't know about you, but I'd rather her have to carry around some of the equipment we might need than someone little like myself have to do it. If there's one thing the Tainese could never be beaten at, it's genetical engineering. I mean look at her. Good job to whoever managed to do that. You're a smart woman, and I know that you know that taking this, er, girl along with us would be an excellent idea. She's a Dongwu- worst case scenario you drop her off at the next planet we find and leave her there." Dai suggested, "But you won't get to see just how helpful she could be if you don't give her a shot." The human woman finally shut up after that last note, content to stare at Sakamoto expectantly with crossed arms- like a mother waiting on a child.
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Post by Ham » Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:38 am

Kikyo did not give an answer, not did she speak at all. She just kept one hand slightly towards the Kitsune uneasily before finally letting it drop back to her side. The catgirl was confused on what was happening, she had temporarily stopped paying attention. She listened to what the human woman was saying next to her, before just blurting out with a cracking voice:

"Yeah! What she said!"

She was obviously trying to sound in the loop, her beet red face showing the internal fight with anxiety she was going through. She froze up for a moment before letting the hand previously out for the Kitsune to start flailing around to find something to hold on to. After a moment of grabbing at air, it finally just quit and she wrapped it around her abdomen and attempted to appear absolutely fine. It was needless to say, the Catgirl had absolutely no idea what was going on but she still wanted to feel included.
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Post by CadetNewb » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:20 pm

If Sakamoto had a pair of wings and a glowing halo, she may have looked like an angel to Jayden with the way she softly smiled and reached out to gently stroked her mane.

"It sounds like you're going to have a new home now." The size difference between the two however, made that impression quite impossible given that the two of them were still eye to eye, even with the big woman kneeling and cowering behind the Rooster-woman. She then turned to the foreman, her words not unkind, "Simply forward to me the bill, and I'll do the rest." Looking at her crew members though, her eyes seemed to twinkle. "Well, I would hope that it would be clear that I do not expect too much military formality from you all," she began. "After all, I myself do not come from a military background, and am quite glad that soe of you are quite outspoken. Nonetheless, shall we?" Sakamoto gestured with a feathered hand.

"Yesss! Time to earn space monies!" Viz cheered, pumping her fist in excitement. "Once I have enough to buy a big ship, I'll exterminatus all those demons and heretics!" she innocently remarked, skipping along after the Rooster. "The Empire is so amazing!" the horribly out of place priestess in an Omega-Milk t-shirt sing-songed. Following Sakamoto however, it soon became even clearer that the path they took to the ship meant that they could not be seen by the 1st and 2nd Class public at large. Instead, the feathered woman lead them through the spaceport's machine shop, its fuel depot, and finally its pit crew area. Walking up through the umbilical pathway, Sakamoto lead them into the hangar of what was unmistakably a military vessel, fighters, shuttles and ground vehicles standing by.

Only, it was eerily quiet.

"Ah, here we are," she continued to walk. "Since I am keeping my complement of marines, all of you are technically extra personnel," Sakamoto began to explain, closing in towards one particular corner of the hangar, one step at a time. "That means, we've had to make do," she gestured at the field-barracks building set up in the hangar. "Sif? Make sure they get settled in and look after them. I'll be seeing to the finer details," the woman spoke to the Tiger-woman. "Dinner for you all is at 0800 hours. See you all there!~" Sakamoto beamed at them. As she left, the white haired Tiger woman simply looked at them all with an expressionless gaze that said many things in and of itself, mainly,

"I hate you all," or something along those lines, they could all imagine. She simply gestured towards the barracks with an upturned hand.

"I got top bunk!" Viz yelled out, rushing forward. Door sliding aside, a clean, simple barracks room with multiple bunk beds and lockers was revealed all, with a bathroom located in the back. There really wasn't much to say about it, other than the fact that it somehow felt very familiar. It almost felt like they had seen it before, perhaps in countless movies. The barracks were simply typical. "Hey, doesn't this place look rather average? I thought it'd look all future and stuff!" the blue haired woman observed from her top bunk.
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Post by Daran Ist'Ladaren » Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:29 pm

The Dongwu, since finding out she was actually going with the chicken lady was in a state of shock. She slowly got up, her jaw hanging as she tried to process what was going on, the foreman of her crew muttering under his breath something about how she better pray this new gig works out for her. She didn't pay him any mind. She didn't need too. She was leaving the station, and to do work on an actual Taianese military spaceship. She followed the group along through the station, carrying nothing with her. All she had was the maintenance uniform on her back, her cap, and a small package in her pocket that was supposed to be her meal for the day.

She listened to the Chicken lady address them again, still quiet, her talking about dinner, and immediately tuned out. Then she watched everyone else start to get excited, and then one mildly disappointed regarding the averageness of the barracks. She just kept her head down, walking over to the back of the room and sitting down, her back in a corner. She wasn't blocking the way to the bathroom, but her size made it a reasonably tight fit. She didn't seem to mind, pulling the paper towel covered block out of her pocket.

It was a shiny dark green, and gelatinous by how it seemed to jiggle slightly. She took a small bite out of it frowning a little as she did. She would occasionally look up at everyone else, watching as they picked their bunks, but never for long. She got quarter the way through the "Bar" before wrapping it back up, putting it back in her pocket and pulling the beak of her cap down to get some rest.
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Post by Noodles » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:11 am

Royama shrugged, she hadn't expected much formality out of the group- if anything she was impressed by the small amount of respect there did seem to be. Although, perhaps it was fear, shock, or confusion rather than respect. Regardless Royama had made a choice and no doubt had to live with it.

Granted, it wouldn't be too horribly hard to just turn on her heel and walk the opposite direction of Sakamoto's group. Some of them seemed to be real space cadets, so it wouldn't be that hard. Royama decided against that, she was already there and not back in that dinky clinic she had come from.

She didn't look too terribly enthused with having to sleep in bunks- but she also didnt appear to be surprised, "If you fall from the top bunk, I'm not helping you." The human woman warned the group, although it was mainly directed at Viz and her over the top excitement, "They're not going to use anything fancy on us, and if they do it won't be in our living area. This is probably about the best you can expect for a long while."
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Post by CadetNewb » Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:03 am

"A goddess-tier holy woman such as myself, falling out of her bunk?! Impossible!" Vis arrogantly replied, tossing back her long, aqua blue hair.

"Completely baseless, that's what it is! See if I heal you up if you fall out of your bed!" she then stuck her tongue out at the doctor. Looking around them all, she accusingly pointed, "And why are there so many sub-humans here?" Vis began. "I get the Taianese are cool enough to think they're some master-race, but what gives with the rest of you?" Though Vis was quite pretty, it seemed that whatever was in the self-proclaimed priestess's head was not. "I mean, look at that dumb looking cat-person with the big buck-teeth and pink mane! She's just eating some weird thing!" she began, before shifting targets. "And then there's this person, with all those tails! Aren't kitsune total sluts or something? Not to mention that other girl with the cat ears and tail. She looks sorta Taianese, but she keeps going 'Nyaa' and stuff," Vis went on with her tirade, jabbing another finger at Kikyo. "Who says that? The person standing over there with the white and black hair who's trying not to laugh at you all probably is real, and same with the girl who wanted my chicken for herself. They sure don't say 'nyaa' and stuff!"

"You're all a mess, but if you listen to me, the great and merciful Vis, I'll be sure to lead you all to greatness!" she declared. Hearing this, the officer watching over them, Sif, fought back a smug smile.
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Post by Eistheid » Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:29 pm

Having been lost in thought wondering at the turn of events that had occurred in the last fifteen minutes, it took a while for Lin Fu to notice where they'd been told to bunk up. She found it hard to come to terms with their commanding officer. A first class, deferring to third class citizens on a decision deciding one's fate and another's business, it was something she'd never heard of. This, along with the casual manner in which their Rooster-caste commander had flaunted the words and position of a Dragon-caste had left Fu feeling a little shaken as assumptions of the structure of the Empire had been thrown into question.

Taking note of their surroundings and sparing a glance for the Tiger-caste woman who had been assigned their mute minder, Fu's eyes fell on the tent style barracks before her and felt her spirits sink at the sight. She had been hoping for standard quarters, something which in hindsight she realized she had been unlikely to get given her present company. Displeased that she would be forced to bunk in something little better than what the Empire had set up for the Wangdiao Colonies refugees despite being a quasi-official part of the Dìguó Jūnshì sent mixed messages that she didn't want to dwell on.

Ignoring the questions and observations being made of their rudimentary unit, Fu tucked her her bag under her chosen bunk before sitting on the mattress tiredly. Having chosen bunk below the short buxom priestess, in a mixed gesture of being there to keep an eye on the eccentric woman and sparing the others of her companionship, Fu's gaze drifted across the room to where the dongwu had settled. Twitching the tip of her tail Fu noted that the unfortunate last-minute recruit was unlikely to integrate well if they kept their behavior up before looking away. Pulling off her cardigan, Fu bundled it up and set it aside before slipping out of her shoes and slumping over onto her bunk taking what rest she could after days on her feet.

Laying in bed, Fu's ears wiggled and swiveled about to better listen to the group wondering what sort of answers the self-proclaimed priestess would get, and to a lesser extend whether she'd have to get up again soon.
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Post by Ham » Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:16 am

The rage at the priestess in the catgirl's violet eyes burned, her ears going back at a different angle than before as she cursed in a forlorn elvish under her breath. Kikyo bit her anger back for a moment before she turned and stared deep into the priestess' soul. "You speak so high and mighty, and you call yourself wondrous things. You are not merciful and you are far from great. The great and merciful do not insult their comrades, and you are far from a leader. A leader leads their people, they inspire. I do not speak for anyone here, but from the hallowed grounds of Tai Pan's former colonies, I refuse to follow you and until you realize that humility will be the better part of your wanted valor, you'll never get anything from me except for pity."

Kikyo then took her duffel and shouldered it, walking to one of the bunks farthest from the priestess. She hooked her bag to one of the bedposts for the upper bunk. She was still hot, and her eyes showed this. It would take a fair amount of time for her to cool down. She may not be in a Taianese body, but what she had was something that she cared very much about and would not let someone's faulty religions insult what was left of her former life.
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Post by Immortal Cyan » Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:17 am

Mei Xing was not versed enough in the class hierarchies of Taianese to fully understand the intent behind making the small group of second and third class citizens walk through the pit and machine reas in order to board the ship. Instead, she took the time spent walking to sate her curiosity by watching the busy crews as they loaded and unloaded materials from the various vessels in the spaceport. After all, these things were all very new to Mei, and she could not help but to bear witness to them with her own eyes. Unfortunately, she fell behind the group more than a few times as a result of her curiosity. But, she managed to find her way back to the group via unconscious usage of her magnetoreception senses, the same ones which allowed red foxes on old Earth to catch small rodents buried under three inches of snow.

She found her way back to the group just as they entered the hangar, her tails swishing with relief as she strode into the ship and assumed her place in the group next to the catgirl. Having lived in a pod apartment since she arrived in Piyapon, Mei was not unimpressed by them in the slightest. She ignored the callous gaze of the white haired Tiger woman, and gave Sakamoto a shy wave as the Rooster turned to leave, ever grateful for the opportunity that she had presented to her.

“Do you want to bunk together Kik-” Mei spoke to Kikyo, not managing to finish her sentence as the vitriol behind the priestess’s racist rant cut deep into the cheerful atmosphere of the barracks. For her part, Mei remained completely silent and passive, but the simmering rage in the catgirl’s features was not lost on her perception. She stood next to Kikyo in support as the suddenly fearless woman rebuked the priestess. Mei crossed her arms under her ample bosom, and gave the priestess an intense stare of her own.

When Kikyo was done, Mei silently followed her towards a bunk near the end of the hangar, and then turned to her as she placed her own duffel bag on the bunk under Kikyo. “I...I think I want to hang out with you…” Mei said as a shy smile crossed her features. “Would you mind if I did that?”
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Upon hearing Kikyo's defiant words, Viz scoffed,

"What did you say you dumb heathen?" she began, angrily aghast at her audacity. "Hmph! I'm great and merciful so I'll forgive you for being too dumb to see my greatness if you apologize, and even if you don't, I - being so magnanimous - will at least grant you forgiveness for being a weeb!' she declared, hand proudly placed upon her Omega Milk shirt. As the blue haired priestess triumphantly declared this though, the Taianese-looking woman stepped outside for a moment before bringing in a pair of boxes which she began opening up.

"In all fairness, Èrděng Bīng Viz has a point regarding your intelligence," The black and white haired Tiger-formed woman spoke, her words stoically flat and plain as she began assembling some sort of shoulder height scaffold. "As she had already implied, she will be acting as one source of combat-medical intervention, with Doctor Dai being another." Calm and steady, the seemingly Taianese woman attached a small, doll sized elevator to the side, making the whole thing look like a very sturdy and well made prop for a particularly large mecha model. "If I were in your situation, I would consider apologizing given your expected working relationship." By that point, the woman had opened the other box, and pulled out what looked like a doll house. One with immaculate attention to detail and handcrafted quality to its exterior. Even the plants seemed to be alive. "That, however, is just me. I wouldn't use my authority as your commanding officer to force you to do so." At that point, the Tiger-form woman then stepped into the scaffold, only to shimmer and vanish as the hologram of herself collapsed.

In her place was a power armor. One which suddenly had a long cylinder protrude out from under the armored plates at the base of its neck, opening up to reveal the same exact person they were speaking with moments ago. Only tiny. Small. Like a doll. Stepping out of the cockpit, she casually walked across the scaffold and stepped into the elevator car, music began to play as she descended.

"Eh?" Viz blinked, utterly confused.
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"Royama, actually. It's Doctor Roya- Nevermind, it doesn't matter. " Dai huffed, hands moving to take firm grip onto her own hips, "Completely unacceptable behavior from both of you." Kikyo was the first of the two to receive the business end of the doctor's glare, "You're not here to follow her, she's in here with the rest of us ranked equally with you- despite her rude analysis of the lot of us in here your outburst was completely unacceptable. Having a tantrum over rude remarks is something I would expect from a child. Keep in mind that despite Sakamoto's current relaxed view on this whole situation you would be foolish to speak in such a manner towards anyone with any sort of authority over you. You're a third class citizen- it sucks. It doesn't give you an excuse to act a fool."

"And you." The blue haired priestess was next, "Maybe don't make a whole room of people hate you on your first day with them. Generally, people don't enjoy being insulted. Especially by a so-called 'priestess' wearing a shirt that says 'Omega Milk' on it. If you have something that might come across as rude- no matter how true you think it may be- keep it to your damn self or worse things than falling out of your bunk could happen. Keep in mind who you're living with. The lot of us are second and third class citizens- the latter of which often have a lot less to lose than you."

The human woman let out a long, exasperated sigh and relaxed her body, "Just try to be civil, yeah? We're all in here together."
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Post by Ham » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:18 pm

Kikyo did not give Dai a response nor did she even look at the weird display that their commanding officer was doing, she just turned around to look at her with an angered expression that was not directed towards her. Though what did quickly break the catgirl's fiery thoughts was the sudden words of the kitsune. Kikyo turned to her as if she'd not heard her right, seeming to silently stammer with her eyes before she turned crimson. "N-No. I don't mind." The catgirl's ears fluttered before going to a normal stance as she climbed on to the top bunk. She still looked pissed off, but much more calm than before.

It was only at this point that she heard the music from the elevator which made her ears stand ramrod straight. He blinked dumbfoundedly at the sudden doll house, having missed all of it. She spoke only loud enough that Mei and anyone close to them would here. "What in Chiharu's name is going on here. What kind of army is this?" She shook her head and quietly began trying to get comfortable, in doing so biting at one of her nails anxiously.
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Post by Immortal Cyan » Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:58 am

“Umm....well...it’s a nice little place…” Mei Xing whispered into the catgirl’s ear just a little too loudly. “It’s small but...a lot better than what we got…” Mei added a little more softly. “Looks very...expensive and...real, for a doll house, and the music isn’t bad.”

Upon directly seeing the accommodations afforded to the first class soldiers, Mei felt like a second class citizen. The walk of shame through the pit area hadn’t been enough initially, but this was. She wondered if all of the first class soldiers had accommodations that amounted to full scale houses, but the size of the ship didn’t seem to make that possible. Or did it?

“Also, don’t bite your nails, honey.” Mei spoke in an oddly motherly fashion when she spotted the catgirl chowing down at her fingers. “You have the most beautiful nails on the entire ship, dear!” She added cheerfully.
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Post by Daran Ist'Ladaren » Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:47 pm

Jayden sat and listened to everyone talk in the room. She didn't quite understand why people fought like this. What did it matter who was in control of who when in reality, no one in this room had any control or power to speak of. Not how they wanted it, for sure. She watched everyone bicker and toss comments back and forth, sighing loudly as she stood back up. She paused, looking at everyone in the room. She towered over the beds, and over everyone else for that matter.

"I find it weird, how a group of people who are all considered equally worthless to Taipan, are arguing with each other over who is somehow worth more," She said, her voice unsure but it carried thanks to her size. She pointed at the priestess. "You're worthless..." She said, turning to the Kitsune and the Neko. "You two are worthless." She then looked at everyone, except for the Tiger Classes. "You're all worthless. The only one who Taipan cares about is them," She said, finally acknowledging the tigers. "If anyone is in charge, it's them, and the easiest way to get through the day is to just bow your head and say yes ma'am. I don't want to get in trouble, but I know if anyone in here pisses off the Taipan citizens, then we are likely all going to get the shit, and I don't want that. So why can't we just stop shouting?" She asked.
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Re: [The Gentle Breeze] The Fight for Rights - Chapter 1

Post by CadetNewb » Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:53 am

Seemingly entranced by the sight of the stoic Sif pulling out a miniature watering hose and watering her plants in miniature, the priestess less than happy to have her attention so suddenly pulled away.

"But it's not my fault that they're like that though!" Aqua loudly pouted, jabbing her finger at the others as she replied to Royama. Despite the hostile gesture, she was lazily laying on her side like a princess and looked like she couldn't decide on whether or not to be lazy, or angry. "Besides, the path to self improvement begins with being humble and looking at one's own flaws," Viz seemed to recite from memory. Her following outlandish statements made that dubious however. "Also, what's wrong with Omega Milk brand milk? It's fortified with those things you call vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids! What kind of doctor wouldn't appreciate Omega Milk, huh?" the blue haired priestess arrogantly replied. "Poor child," she condescendingly continued, "You must be angry you didn't drink enough as a child. But if you apologize to the heavens and ask for forgiveness, I'll share some of mine with you," Viz smiled, the image of a saint.

Albeit a lazy one that was lounging atop her bed.

"The big boobed muscle-tiger is correct," Sif finally spoke up a few moments later, her voice as calm and emotionless as always. "The young tiger cub desperately attempting to sleep through this squalor upon her bunk and myself will be the most prominent members of this squad," she began to explain. "I am already the commanding officer, while she is most likely to be promoted quickly, and laden with the horrifying responsibility of caring for you all as well," the tiny tiger added, her face completely deadpan. "Though I will likely have a compatriot to share this terror with, it would seem that this will be an exceedingly daunting task, as some of you - " Sif loudly cleared her throat, the noise terribly jarring considering her flat words, " - cannot deduce the purpose behind our group despite the myriad of clues that Lady Sakamoto has so graciously laid out for us." Turning off the water hose, the six inch tall woman turned her cold eyes on them all.

"Well? Can any of you guess as to what she has in store for us all?"
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Re: [The Gentle Breeze] The Fight for Rights - Chapter 1

Post by Noodles » Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:37 pm

Royama took the time she had been provided by having essentially what she had just said repeated and compounded on to grab herself a bunk and settle in. The doctor settled on a bed as far away from the delusional priestess as she could possibly manage. Eventually she'd have to talk with her, but that could wait for as long as she could possibly avoid it.

"Wouldn't want to spoil it for those who have not figured it out yet. Wouldn't be very fun if you just gave it away. That's like spoiling the end of a mystery novel." Royama joked as she sprawled out across her bed, "Keep in mind that this isn't a standard military squad. Sakamoto has made her relatively 'lax' stance on our continued existence on her ship. We're here to show that we aren't worthless or lesser- so if we fuck up all it does is prove what the Tainese already think they know. We could be a lot worse off, however, given Sakamoto's personal image isn't really at stake here. If anything they'll just view her as an eccentric. The best thing we can do is try to make the best out of what could be an excellent situation."

The small human woman began to take off her labcoat, shifting from side to side in her bunk as she continued to speak, "I think it's important that we all make it known why we're here- what we have to contribute. I'm a doctor, If you get sick or hurt you'll be happy to have me around. How about you, cat girl? What are you good at?"
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Re: [The Gentle Breeze] The Fight for Rights - Chapter 1

Post by Ham » Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:51 pm

Kikyo turned towards the doctor and seemed to think over. "Well. I'm I guess what you would call a heavy weapons specialist mixed with demolitions. I was orphaned a long time ago and when I was eventually adopted I ended up in the former colonies. As you all know, it wasn't fun and games." She pulled up her shirt tail and turned her back to show to Royama, and the few scars and healed, visual imperfections showed a somewhat hidden side of the catgirl.

"I was a lot of things, but I did explosives and heavy guns the most. Yet for some reason everything comes back here." She broadly moved one arm around, probably meaning Tai Pan as a whole, while she redid her shirt tail. Her eyes were somewhat solemn, but it seemed she had gotten used to speaking about it as she didn't change her stance too much afterwards. She barely even left room for any comments before looking to the only person she even thought would end up a friend, the Kitsune.

"What about you, nine-tails?"
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Re: [The Gentle Breeze] The Fight for Rights - Chapter 1

Post by Immortal Cyan » Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:44 pm

The short-statured kitsune listened in complete silence as her comrades casually quipped at each other with insults and abuse. By now, the reality of her social status had completely dawned on her. She was no longer the naive, innocent kitsune that she had been before. After all, she now knew just how worthless and disgusting that she was in the eyes of the Taianese First class citizenry. Although Mei Xing was completely Taianese in form, the circumstances of her birth denoted her as seemingly less than true Taianese. The fact that she could not be defined into a specific caste further muddied the waters of her own social class. She was officially designated as a Second Class citizen, but she had been lumped into the Third class divisions on numerous occasions.

“Me?! Uhhh...ummm…” Mei exclaimed in as she placed a hand over her mouth in evident surprised at being directly addressed. “I uhh...I’m good at….uhhh...finding stuff, umm...things, places, and people.” Mei answered nervously. “I’m not a bad shot with a rifle, as well but uhhh...that’s not very special I guess.” The kitsune swallowed and looked to the multiple sets of eyes staring at her.

“Who uhh...wants to go next?”
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Re: [The Gentle Breeze] The Fight for Rights - Chapter 1

Post by Eistheid » Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:36 pm

Save for the twitching of the tip of her tail and her ears wiggling and swiveling Lin Fu had spent most of the conversation face down on her bunk and otherwise motionless; what little movement she had indulged in might have been easily passed off as the responses of someone deep in a dream. When the pause came in the wake of Mei's response and query for others to follow, Fu rolled onto her side and raised her arm before speaking in a surprisingly clear and carrying tone, "I am a soldier. I have been for nearly as long as I have been alive. I follow orders, and I get things done."

Her piece said Lin Fu shuffled over and flopped back onto her face having taken note of the position of the more talkative members of their unit toward the far end of the makeshift barracks putting them about as far as they could get from the buxom self-proclaimed priestess. This was unsurprising and provided a small echo of comfort in knowing that her sacrifice of taking the bunk beneath the priestess hadn't been misjudged and that she had in fact spared someone in the unit who likely would not have wanted to be in her place. She was glad that a shadow of a unit was forming in the wake of Doctor Royama's suggestion despite the somewhat divisive comments made, as well as appreciative of the dongwu Jayden's perspective on things though in a way her observations were only somewhat correct. After all Lin Fu had found herself assigned to a unit of Third-Class citizens in spite of what she was and where she had served previously and unlike their adorably tiny commanding officer she hadn't come pre-packaged with additional responsibility and prestige.

Thinking on this and examining the new angle of thought Lin Fu felt her spirits sink and the urge to cry welled up within her. Choking the feeling Fu instead nuzzled her face into her pillow trying to take what comfort she could in the relative softness as she did her best to not think about how a fairly good soldier could end up in her present situation effectively cast out of the Empire and mixed in seemingly without care among the unwanted.
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Re: [The Gentle Breeze] The Fight for Rights - Chapter 1

Post by CadetNewb » Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:41 pm

As the others talked amongst themselves, the tiny Sif quietly tended to her garden, watering can in hand.

"Oh, oh, oh!" the blue haired priestess excitedly began, a lightbulb flickering on in her head. "Is this where we all introduce ourselves properly?" she excitedly sat up in her top bunk, legs dangling into Lin's view should the tiger have opened her eyes. It seemed that the young woman had completely forgotten that she had already introduced herself already. "Though you might think I'm just another priestess, the truth is that I have a super secret identity!" she happily declared. "Sakamoto has hired me, Vis, the - WHAAAA!" A tiny watering can had clonked off her head before spilling its contents onto her white shirt. "Why'd you do that?! I wasn't doing anything wrong!" Vis frantically began as Sif plainly stared at her. "D-don't, don't give me that look!" the young woman pouted, her eyes beginning to water as the tiny tiger woman continued to expressionlessly stare. "I mean it!" Sniffling, Vis got back into her bunk and curled up, both her and Lin doing their best to shut out the world around them.

"You are all very special," Sif plainly stated. The watering can was somehow in her hand again as she moved on to the tiny banzai tree in her yard.

*****

The next few days perhaps went by too quickly.

Interestingly enough, the Taianese on board the ship were all polite and very helpful, going out of their way to assist all the members of their squad, minus Lin and Sif, who they were just polite to. After training, they'd help to clean and maintain their weapons and equipment, nevermind that it was last-gen or older. The Taianese even went out of their way to make room for them whenever they came to the mess hall of the ship as well, making sure to even wipe down the surfaces before they sat down. They even gave them first picks at the fresh food, nevermind that the Taianese preferred that sort of stuff over what their food replicators could make. And of course, Vis got alcohol too, to which she'd happily start performing all sorts of surprisingly entertaining party tricks in return. The Taianese crew members even helped to provide Fan with some great hair-care products for her tails while whasing Jayden, brushing her mane and telling her that she was a pretty girl, and a good girl, from which the Dongwu just emerged as they were summoned into the armory.

Donning their skin tight bodysuits and pod-like laser rifles - the suits a bit more bulky, the rifles with a few more parts and wires exposed - Sif quickly ushered them into their assigned dropship.

"It would seem that we are about to face our first combat deployment," the white haired Tigress noted. Though full sized and apparently wearing the Tianshi power armor's helmet guns atop her head along with the knuckle dusters over her bodysuit, they knew it was all an illusion. But even then, she brushed a few stray strands of hair aside. "Do any of you have any pre-briefing words?" she flatly asked them all.
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Re: [The Gentle Breeze] The Fight for Rights - Chapter 1

Post by Ham » Tue Dec 25, 2018 7:19 pm

To Kikyo, this was flattery for some sake. It gave her on odd gut feeling. Nevertheless, she continued on with prep work and had seemed to have calmed down since the first day's nonsense. She'd put her hair up into a ponytail, and seemed to actually get a bodysuit that fit her, albeit somewhat too tightly in some places. She babied her equipment, and kept it as clean as she could actually get it. Combat was not alien to her, but it was forced into her life and with that came harmful reminders. People could die, and very quickly so with weapons like these. She knew she was a nobody to Tai Pan, and the pampering she'd deduced was to keep them content for some sort of very harmful mission.

The catgirl had a few words to say, and showed so by holding up her hand and giving a polite sounding clearing-of-the-throat noise. "Ladies and gentlemen, we are soldiers. An auxiliary, and quite low on the totem pole, but we are soldiers. We may all have come from backgrounds that are as colorful as the rainbows that come from summer rains, but we are soldiers. We all know why we are here, we are gunning to show that even us scum and lowlifes of the lower class have our uses and our rights. We are soldiers, but we are also Taianese. Taianese. And that makes up for something. Let's kick some ass."

She spoke quite well for how anxious she was, but five years of hell had taught her to suppress her feelings when the shooting was about to begin. She didn't care if anyone listened, at the end of it all it was more a pep talk for her than anyone else. She held her rifle close to her and pulled her hand into a salute, a dated one but still one. Giving her rifle one last look over before going quiet to listen to the brief.
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Post by Immortal Cyan » Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:14 pm

The last few days had been a rush of activity as Mei and her unit got into a routine on board the ship. In between intense training sessions, drills, briefings, and more, Mei had very little time to herself, although she did attempt to make the most of it in various ways. For one, she tried out the new hair care products that had left the fur on her tails feeling more hydrated and looking fluffier than the cheap products that she usually used on her fur. The products took less time to apply as well, which allowed her more time for sleep and rest, rather than having to constantly wake up an hour before almost everyone else in her unit in order to take care of her hair.

Her bodysuit fit her perfectly, and for armor that was meant to be worn in combat, it accentuated her figure in a manner that very much retained the feminine shape of her form, in spite of the few protruding wires and the relative bulkiness of the suit. Although the bulk of the suit made it feel heavy whenever she needed to carry it by hand, while wearing it, the suit felt lighter than she had expected, and it allowed her to retain almost all of her athleticism, speed, and strength.

After Kikyo’s speech, Mei could not help but to shed a few tears at how much of a leader the seemingly shy catgirl had become. To say the least, Kikyo was almost a role model for Mei, but the kitsune hoped to distinguish herself among the ranks in a different way. Leadership was a skill that Mei knew she would never become competent in, and as such, she sought to foster the other traits of her character, such as her bravery, willingness to sacrifice, and her indomitable will.

“Thank you, Kikyo.” Mei spoke softly, with a shy smile crossing her features. “Your leadership is an inspiration to us all.”
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Re: [The Gentle Breeze] The Fight for Rights - Chapter 1

Post by Daran Ist'Ladaren » Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:43 am

Jayden had spent the last few days in absolute confusion. She had spent her entire life at the bottom of the totem pole. A credit bowl of noodles from a back alley shop was fine dining to her, and she was being bathed by people who once wouldn't give her a glance. The better things got, the more paranoid she got about what she was going to be expected to do, and standing here, she was reminded of what she was here to do. Be a soldier. She had a bad feeling about why they were being so nice to her. People were nice to her a lot in her life, and it always ended poorly for her. Still, at least this time she had a gun.

She looked over the suit she was jammed into. She was a bit bigger than they had anticipated, and it was tight! She felt like it was going to burst at any second, and it was leaving nothing to the imagination. Then again, she got a kick out of that. If there was anything she could be proud of, it was her body. That was at least still hers. "So, uh... Y'all want me to shoot things, right?" She asked, looking at the laser rifle. It was small in her hands, and she felt awkward holding the thing. "I hate to sound... Uh... Ungrateful, but do you have a bigger gun? I feel scrunched up holding this one..."
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Post by Noodles » Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:32 pm

"Calling us Tainese is like saying a butterfly is a roach, but that was a good speech nonetheless- hopefully you're as good at doing your job as you are giving speeches, we'll be in and out in minutes." Royama said with a raise of her brow, "You might be soldiers, but most of you lack real experience- so keep your head down and don't do anything stupid. I'm a doctor, not a miracle worker. If you get shot or otherwise injured- find me. Don't wait unless you absolutely have to. No reason to lose anyone on our first mission." The Doctor lectured them. Inspiration was good and dandy, but it was important to knock some pre-mission sense into the group before someone tried to play hero and ended up being a zero -dead- instead.
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Post by EtherealHawk » Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:01 pm

Sunny hummed gently to herself as she hung towards the back of the group. A slender arm wrapped idly across the underside of her chest, striking golden eyes seeming to just watch the others as they conversed.

This type of suit was nothing new, the kitsune brushing her singular bushy tail against a wall anxiously, allowing her weapon to swing by her side from one hand. Being out of the spotlight was something she could get used to, a luxury in times past.

As far as the Dongwu knew, she was one of the more chance arrivals to the crew and hence hadn't meshed as easily as the others might have. That and the past only consisted of looking after number one, reserved as she had been trained to be.

Her large, fuzzy yellow years stood at attention, twitching and swivelling. Another tell that she was nervous about whatever they were going to find once the ship touched down. Luckily, she'd managed to kept out of conversation up till now, though she expected that to change imminently.
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Dropship Troop Compartment

"Hm. Interesting choice of words," Sif remarked towards Kikyo's words, her voice flat and plain as it always was. "Your squadmate is correct however," she began, acknowledging Royama with a glance. "You are not Taianese, and even the young Lin Fu and I are Second Class Citizens, not first," the black and white haired Tiger pointed out to them. "More importantly, you should have all noted the 'kind' treatment you have all received at the hands of those in the First Class, save myself and Lin Fu." Sif made sure to air-quote 'kind' with her heavily armored hands. "It would seem you do not understand their Far East based culture. To be concise, they are giving insult by treating you all like babies. Needless to say, I would hope that you all prove yourselves in this mission." At that, the side doors of the dropship slid open as they sailed through the pristine air, the forcefields keeping them safely inside.

"Home sweet home!" The blue haired priestess smiled, running up to the side as she placed her hands against the invisible fields. "It looks like we're at the outskirts of one of the kingdoms, that's for sure!" Down below, they could see idyllic countryside and rolling shires pass by, the people down below looking tiny as bugs. While some stopped working on their primitive farms and simply gawked, others ran into the safety of their rustic homes or leaped onto horse or wagon to flee. "Hehe! I bet I can spit on them! Ptooie! AHHHHH! IT'S ON MY FACE!" she cried out in tears.

"As you can see, this is not the typical world in the Empire, and is technologically primitive, being comparable to Earth's European continent during the 15th century," Sif explained to them. "What is peculiar however, is that this world is one of the few that harbors large quantities of this reality bending phenomena known as 'magic'." The black and white Tiger narrowed her ears as great horns were bellowed down below as the inhabitants tried warning the other townsfolk. "That aside, we are here because the local nobility has noted that a number of mercenaries and adventurers have vanished in the nearby forest and have requested our aid. The civilians are unaware of their new citizenship, as well as these disappearances due to their inferior communication methods." Looking at Jayden, she added, "Collateral damage is acceptable, but is to be minimized where possible." Pointing to the munitions at the back of the dropship, she instructed the tall Dongwu, "Take extra charges for the underbarrel plasma packet launcher, and fill your pack with both those and standard munitions." She looked to Royama next. "Keep to the rear of the formation. I expect your handheld scanner and advanced medical equipment in your pack to be useful should the priestess fail."

"Hey! I'm an Archpriestess, you hear?! It's the highest order of - " As the dropship touched down, jarring them enough to shut her up, Sif quickly gave her orders.

"Helmets on. Fan out in standard formation and secure a perimeter." Activating their helmets, the collars they war spewed forth black poly-alloy that quickly consumed their heads before forming into a hardened shell, the world vanishing from sight, only to reappear to them a moment later as their hair was swept back and into the rear of the protective shell. Those with more hair like Jayden however, had it swept back and coated black. Overhead, they could all hear the quiet drone of the other dropships soaring past to parts unknown while the fields underfoot stretched out and ended in front of them all as the forest began. Green trees stood vibrant and tall as birds happily chirped away, oblivious or uncaring to the relatively quiet Taianese vehicle. Off in the distance, a pristine, gorgeous lake could be seen stretching out as several boats went about, their occupants fishing. On the shore closest to them all, several armed and armored men were gathering water, and sighting the squad, quickly packed up and went into their end of the forest.

"First test. What do you all think we should do first?" Sif's deadpan voice questioned them all.
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Re: [The Gentle Breeze] The Fight for Rights - Chapter 1

Post by Daran Ist'Ladaren » Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:13 am

Jayden did as she was told, walking to the back of the dropship, grabbing everything she could carry without weighing herself down too much, which was quite frankly a lot of shit. All of the ammo. Most of it at least. 50 or 60 pounds of ammo, and she shouldered it with ease. All the while she was thinking about what the Tiger said about the treatment they had gotten, and the idea that if she proved herself, that would somehow stop. When the helmet took over her face, she shook her head, looking about. "So, uh, if we do happen to prove ourselves, think I'll be able to convince them to keep insulting me? Cause all that was an insult, I'd gladly be a bitch," She chuckled, walking down with the rest of them, sorta standing in the right place, but it was obvious she had no idea where she was supposed to stand.

Then the question was offered. What did they do? It was a good question, she certainly didn't have the answer to it. She looked around, seeing the men with swords and shields wandering off, thinking about why they were here, and pointing to where the men with weapons went. "Maybe we should try to talk to them? They look like the type of people you said were vanishing here," She offered, shouldering her weapon. "I mean, we can't exactly shoot the thing doing this if we don't know what or where the thing is!"
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Stepping out of the dropship, the masked Catgirl brought her weapon to shoulder out of instinct at was awkwardly tight lipped. She listened to the wind and imagined its feel through her shrouded hair. Everything was familiar to her. Her weapon and armor was much better than before. She found herself wanting to bask in the sunlight in peace, but she knew what she was here for. Her mind was quiet, focused. Her feet jogged her to a point facing towards the lake about thirty paces from the dropship door. She was focused until Jayden spoke.

Vanishing people...

Topia, Wangdiao Colonies
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"Keep up, Kikyo!" the Shouwei Sergeant warned, "We need you up here." The burning city was quiet, too quiet for its own good. They'd been forced from their previous camp by what looked like blackcoats and someone in an environmental suit. They'd taken Junko, Hiram, Rusuko, and Maryanne in the night She didn't know why they were taken, no one did. It frightened her. With Rusuko was gone, she was having to lug around her carbine in addition to her backpack. She'd never shot anyone, she never wanted to.

The setting sun didn't help with vision. The Sergeant's stained white uniform was becoming harder and harder to see. Just when he was about disappear, a bright light arced over a highrise and painted the street with blueish-white light. The Sergeant dove for cover but a ball of fire took his place instead. She ran into a alley to get out of the light as a black dropship loitered over looking for prey. The Catgirl turned another corner at slammed into something, something that grunted and fell with her. Her face went pale as the light began to shine on a black-colored uniform.

She went for Rusuko's rifle but wasn't fast enough to beat the figure's fist. He struck her in the jaw and slammed her against a wall at her back. She felt her hand touch something vaguely gun-like and brought it to her shoulder. Her finger snatched the trigger as the report of a foreign made battle rifle coming alive rang out, muted by a squelch of viscera and the drone of engines. The figure contorted and fell still. His eyes locked with hers as he collapsed onto her, muffling her scream. She dropped the rifle to push him off and bolted for where the Sergeant had disappeared to, hoping that he'd survived the dropship's fire.


Present Day

Kikyo coughed and felt a shiver go up her spine. She'd began to lightly sweat and for once she was happy to be concealed in armor. She pointed towards them with the end of her weapon, automatically getting a bead on the lead figure. Her finger stayed away from the trigger however, hre head turning towards Sif emotionlessly without her weapon even falling. "If anything, I think we need to keep our element of surprise. Who knows what this 'thing' is that is taking these people. For all we know they work for them."
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Post by Daran Ist'Ladaren » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:22 pm

"Ya know, just cause they don't want to talk, doesn't mean they won't," Jayden said, before her ears flattened at the following comments. She turned her head abruptly with a snort. "It was a fucking joke," She muttered, clutching her rifle closer to her body, her tail swaying behind her slowly. "Some people tell them. Guess it's my fault for expecting a bunch of Taianese to laugh at them," She grumbled, taking a couple long steps. "Well, I guess given I'm not even a third class citizen, I should take the lead. Wouldn't want anyone important to step on anything unpleasant," She added loud enough to be heard clearly, but not to be shouting obnoxiously, looking over her suits control panel to find the picture that meant she could turn invisible, activating it and melting into the scenery. "I don't see the point in sneaking. Personally, I would be more likely to attack a bunch of people who popped out of thin air, than people I see coming. Not like we need a bigger club for these baby seals."
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