[The Gentle Breeze] It's a Thriller - Chapter 2

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] It's a Thriller - Chapter 2

Post by CadetNewb » Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:05 pm

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"You're the adventurers that the guild hired?" a baffled man-at-arms questioned. Decked out in full plate armor, the man raised the visor to his sallet and eyeballed the Taianese soldiers. Though they themselves were a motley collection, their advanced equipment and high-speed-low-drag armor was as uniform as it got. "I know your masters were holy horrors, but I have a hard time believing that," the mustachioed man admitted. The city he protected had new, clean stone walls much like a castle, but standing from where they were on the battlements, they could all see that it was just another place like any other. The buildings were rustic, with cobbled streets running in between them, all straight out of their fantasy shows or games. If one didn't know better, they had stepped right into one themselves.

"It is not your job to believe," Sif began, her voice laced with a threatening boredom. "It is to obey," she reminded him.

"Yes, well," the man-at-arms coughed, taking his eyes off the squad before closing his visor again. "As you could already see from flying in on that contraption of yours, a good portion of the city has already been claimed by the unholy presence that is the undead," the man began to explain. "Fortunately, the squalor took the brunt of the blight. We've blocked off roads, and the people have been evacuated. Or at least enough of them anyways," he offhandedly remarked. "Whatever it is, it clearly has originated from the cemetery beside the slums. None of us can get close, but I trust you shall." Turning to lead them into the gatehouse, he soon pointed down the stairwell. "The last set of stairs to this gatehouse have been destroyed, preventing their spread up to us. Once you leap down, we will only be able to support you from within direct fire range of our arrows and handgonne's, though expect the latter to hit you as often as the enemy."

"Do any of you have any questions?" Sif asked them all.

"Why are you guys treating this as such a big deal?!" Viz loudly complained. "I'm a top-tier priestess, and we have an Angel with us!" she pointed at Rikka. "Let's just hop down there and start smiting already! We can't let even one of those filthy undead get away! Right Miss Angel?" the body-suit clad woman elbowed Rikka.
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Re: [The Gentle Breeze] It's a Thriller - Chapter 2

Post by Ham » Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:08 pm

Kikyo adjusted the hairband holding her hair back in a ponytail, rolling her eyes when Viz spoke. She walked towards the other side of the battlement closest to the township itself. Her eyes scanned the roads and buildings, the cogs in her head beginning to whirr. Distance would mean much more undead to deal with as well a better chance of getting turned around. If they were smart they could possibly move from rooftop to rooftop, taking down what rabble stood between them and potentially make the approach easier.

On the other hand, if it was close it would be easier to get in and out of but would mean missing most of the horde. Depending on how the unholy magic that made all this exist, taking out the head would make the rest fall. If that wasn't the case, no matter the distance they would have to travel the entire town yard by yard.

"I'm no necromancer but would theoretically taking the head off the snake stop the horde entirely?" Her violet eyes fell first on the man-at-arms and then onto Sif as if she'd know any more than anyone.
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Post by uso » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:59 am

Zhang Wu lagged behind the group by a few steps to satisfy her need for more personal-space than most. Her fluffy tail was pulled up against her back, making the suit look like it had a small backpack attachment. Similarly her chest was bound tightly, making the upper body of her suit look a bit puffy from all the material underneath. She even brought a small poncho made from some local fabric that draped over her suit, doing much to conceal the outline and curves of her body. Similarly her face was covered with the armored material from the suit itself, creating an angular, dark, shape.

"You forgot to tell us what causes a Zombie outbreak. What are we supposed to look for in the graveyard?" Wu asked, moving to the edge of the gatehouse and peaking over.

It was doubtful the zombies' could bite through the material of their suits, but even so it would be annoying to have to fight through so many just to reach their destination. It ALSO seemed annoying that they weren't using the shuttle to go right to their destination. There was no shortage of things to be frustrated at, but Wu would focus on the current lack of plan. Zombies were dumb, and it should be easy to distract them with a loud noise. Without asking the others she would pull her Type 8 weapon pod off the back of her suit, letting it open up and latch on to her arm. The soldier firing off a plasma-glob into the distance.

...A few moments later, someone's possibly-zombie-infested house would crack open in a blue-white ball of flame accompanied by the sharp 'CRACK' of mass being vaporized by superheated plasma.
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Viktor Saltpeterson eyeballed the collection of women from behind his sallet with suspicion. These Taianese were strange interlopers, and were ignorant of the world, but if they could be used...

"Yes and no," the man-at-arms began to explain. "The undead spontaneously arise wherever people's remains are scattered should holy rights not be rigorously administered in the name of the holy kingdom and the savior, be they body, bones or ash. However!" His steely gaze fixated on Kikyo, finger arrogantly pointed up into the air. "Should they be summoned through even more unnatural means, the weakest of their number will crumble if what draws them here is purged from this realm." Turning his attention to Wu next, he couldn't help but raise an eyebrow, this non-human woman perhaps the strangest of them all, judging by the concealing garment she wore. At the least, the presence of an Angel was reassuring.

"Something as simple as a bite untreated by holy rites can fell the ailing devout, the heresy spreading through their veins," the armored man explained to Wu. "In this same thread of thought, this unholy heresy may also spread through unblessed food and water as well, but worse yet? A foul necromancer or litch may cast their summons. Either way, find the source, and cleanse it," he commanded her. Watching the strange woman, her proportions obscured by her garments, he couldn't help but note that the device she now handled something strange yet vaguely familiar. "How queer. Is that the rumored arquebus wea - " The ensuing plasma explosion and tiny mushroom cloud in the distance quickly dissuaded Viktor of the notion that she was holding a newfangled arquebus. This was something much worse. Much worse than some witch or wizard throwing fireballs. "Nevermind," he regained his composure. As the fire quickly began to spread through the medieval buildings though, a ray of light shown through the clouds and fell on the man as it dawned on him. "Such a simple solution. Holy fire...of course!" the man realized. "CLEAAAAANSE THE HERESY!!!"

"CLEANSE THE HERESY!" Viz quickly joined the man, her arms thrust up into the air in triumph. However, that was not meant to be. Almost as quickly as the flames began to spread, they wilted, sputtered and died out. "What?! That fire's being heretical! It's supposed to burn out the slums like they always do!" the body-suited priestess accusingly pointed towards the distant smoke.

Sif however, continued to watch, unamused as she always was.
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Post by Sageshooter » Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:29 am

Her spear was still attached to her back as Rikka let out a small sigh and looked over the city spread before them. The undead made her skin itch under her armor as she put a hand on the grip of her sword and simply waited to see what they were to do next. The tiny mushroom cloud in the distance impressed the angelic woman, but she was more interested in getting into the thick of things and destroying the abominations by hand. As much as she hated to agree with the High Priestess that was with them, she was happy the holy fire seemed to do the job well enough and would take the hint when they got into the fray.

"So what's the plan? Go in... Guns firing and swords swinging? Or try to stay quiet and work our way to the root of the issue?" She asked as she tried to watch what undead she could see to get an idea of just what they were capable of. If they could run or if they were a shambling horde, how intelligent they were, even their strength if they had any. She knew her armor would stop most any bite, but the concern would be if they were overrun by a horde. She turned back to the man that had been talking to them and spoke.

"Do you have an idea on the number of undead currently roaming?"
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Post by Helios » Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:58 pm

Dante followed along with the squad of odd soldiers, his gun trained carefully on the crowd of undead ahead of them with a cautionary pressure on the trigger, absentmindedly deciding to drop his helmet infront of his peers for the first time, to answer his angelic companions questions speculatively

"I think we going to have to shoot our way through the horide because there must be enough to warrant a team of soldiers beige called in." he suggests with a helpful smile which is rather unsettling against the fire covering his head as his horns grow back to their natural size after beige released from underneath the tight helmet. Once the Crown of excessive flames subsided he went back to observing the crowd of undead before him with interest, his nose wrinkled at the smell of dead and rotting flesh, for a devil his senses seemed to be extremely opposed to the more off putting nature of death.

"Maybe you should take the lead? it seems like your area of expertise" he heaved out over spluttering coughs gained from the pungent stench of decay. Quickly swiping a hand before the undead to cast out a line fire with his magic.
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"They are numerous, their numbers unending," Viktor replied confidently. Hearing this, Sif looked up and to the side like she was trying to remember something.

"Recon drones indicate that they easily number over nine thousand, however, even though this is a small city, they may need more than that," the snowy haired woman explained to them. Even as she said this though, their helmets - or their helmet collars in the cases where they took them off - began projecting a top-down image of the city. It wasn't pretty. Given that it was divided by a river, an entire half of it was overrun, with the bridges being the key, vital choke points to hold back the hordes. "Perhaps their bulk is hiding in buildings or sewers, and emerge for combat," Sif's bored voice pondered. "Either way, Sakamoto wishes to carry out additional assessments, and as a result, I will be staying here with Mister Saltpeterson," she added, her face devoid of emotion. "I suggest proceeding to points of interest, such as the plasma crater site that didn't burn like it should have - " she briefly glanced at Wu, " - or the heart of this problem itself, most likely the gravey - "

Sif's shields flared as fragments of wood flew about, sparks flying as an arrowhead embedded in the stone. Turning towards the source - the arrowslit in the wall - Wu saw it head on. Sparks flew as the second arrow passed through the narrow passage, its metal tip grinding against stone like a flint as it bounced off the hard surface. And right into her face. Air crackling, the projectile shattered against the shield, its metal tip deflecting and embedding itself deep in the stone wall behind her.

"Cover, now!" Sif suddenly shouted, shoving a screaming Viz against the wall and out of the shooting ports. But just like that, the shooting had stopped, their HUDs already showing the rough trajectory of the shots. The Graveyard. "Hm. I see," she dryly remarked, the moment now frantic yet calm all at once. "Take Viz, and get to the bottom of this." Hefting the priestess, the Tigress shoved her into the rest of the group, sending them tumbling down the destroyed staircase and landing in a pile. With it entirely ripped out, there was no way back up.

"WHAAAHAAAAAAA!" Viz cried out, arms flailing. From up above, Sif simply stared at them like a grumpy cat.
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Post by uso » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:50 am

"GET OFF ME," Wu shouted, ending up in a pile with the rest of Sakamoto's soldiers for only as long as it took her to force her way out then place a few steps between herself and the rest of the group. She was far more concerned with putting some space between them, than with the unnaturally accurate arrow, though once she had some distance the events of the last few moments seemed far more approachable.

"They must have magic arrows...", It seemed like an obvious assertion, there was magic about and making a shot through one of those arrow slits was nearly impossible. "Even so they can't get through our suits. We should head to the graveyard and finish this." She would straighten out the cloth poncho she was using to keep herself covered up, before turning in the direction of the graveyard to start off, choosing to stay in the center of the road rather than trying to hide among the smaller pathways between structures.
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Post by Sageshooter » Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:08 pm

Rikka lay at the bottom of the pile, sprawled out with a small groan. She had been painfully caught unaware and had faltered in extending her wings, and with her being the heaviest of the group in her solid metal armor, it was a quick trip to the floor. That wasn't to say the fall was much better for any that had landed on her, but the Angel was a little slow as she stood.

"By the heavens that was RUDE." She shouted back up toward the top and dusted herself off for a moment. As Wu started off, Rikka drew her sword and made sure her shield was ready to be of use. The magically launched arrow had been a bit of a shock with the power behind it, but she was sure she could have taken more than a few of those. She rolled her shoulder and walked closer to Wu. Blue eyes scanned thier surroundings as she spoke.

"To the spot of the explosion? Or should we go straight to the graveyard?" She asked.
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In the horrid confusion of the fall, the squad had twisted and tangled themselves into a fine mess as Viz cried out, making her displeasure clear.

"AAAAAAAAAAAHHH! It's all your fault you dirty devil!" the blue haired woman looked down at the face buried in her lap. Grabbing Dante by the horns, the body-suit clad woman quickly wrapped her thighs around the young man's head. "You were waiting for this moment to reveal yourself and take off your helmet, weren't you! Waiting for - uh - something!" she started to loose steam, her grip around the young man weakening as her resolve faded to uncertainty. Hearing their Jongwu squadmate speak up, she quickly replied, "The graveyard can wait - it's gotta be something nefarious!" Looking at the barred window, she pointed a finger at the faint column of smoke that continued to rise. "Angel! You know something is amiss! The whole slum didn't burst into flames like it should have and cleansed the place! He must have done something!" Viz's grip tightened again. Now down at ground level, the motley group of recruits could hear faint moans and groans in the distance. Perhaps a hundred or so meters down the street outside the guardhouse, they could see the shambling forms of the undead.

"Ah, there they are! We should go get them, right now!" Viz then realized she still had Dante in her thighs. "After we deal with him - Angel! Purify him and send him back to the netherworld!"
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Post by Helios » Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:30 pm

Dante looked up at the blue haired woman as his horns were yanked on, a yelp escaping him as his head was closed in on by thighs, he hadn't originally intended to land in the lap of an arch priestess but really who could fault I'm for angleing his head just a little bit. Well maybe he could because apparently she wanted him dead now or something else completely unfair, he was a yazata, they were made to be tempting so it's not really his fault is it.

"Hey, you think you could go a little tighter, this isn't doing it for me" he wheezes up at her with his head still trapped in the metallic legs, a rough laugh followed his words before turning into a throaty cough as his airways got pressed down on further, at least he would either be killed by an angel or choked to death before the shambling horde of undead he genuinely had nothing to do with for once tore them all apart piece by piece.

"I'm not even that bad, you're the one committing impure acts upon me" He complained as he tried to wrench himself free so he had a fighting chance.
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Post by Sageshooter » Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:46 pm

Rikka blinked for a moment before she turned to look back at the others and instinctively the hair on the back of her neck and arms raised a bit. Blue eyes narrowed dangerously, her grip tightened around her drawn sword and for a moment she wanted to charge the man and cut him down. But there would be time for that... For now, the fluttering sickness in the pit of her belly was forced down somewhat as she wondered why she felt warm all of the sudden. Maybe the Devil was casting some strange magic on her... Filthy creatures.

Her eyes shifted off him and to Viz now instead as she wondered indeed just why the place hadn't caught fire more than it had. Something out there had to be stopping it, and it was their duty to find out just what that was. But the others were slow to get up and get moving, and Rikka frankly wanted to get this done now so she could get to take down Dante. She wouldn't talk to him, wouldn't even spare a glance, and instead just strode out into the streets. She wouldn't light herself up so much just yet, but the ethereal wings and large sword and shield would do a good job of attracting attention as she began to swing at the zombies to take them out.
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Post by uso » Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:48 am

Rikka's question seemed valid, and Wu provided a straightforward answer. "We go to the graveyard, why would we waste time with anything else?"

Of course the first thing she noticed was the lack of footsteps behind her. She could hear Rikka, walking and she could hear Dante and Viz... well... they certainly weren't walking. This was supposed to be a unit, and that should involve everyone sticking together. Her motion would pause, and she would turn around to observe the rest of her party. That was when the second realization hit her...

Everyone besides herself and Rikka was an idiot.

"GET UP." She shouted at them, wondering if everyone had to survive this mission.

That was when the third realization hit her. How did they know to shoot the arrow at that part of the tower? Were they being watched from the town? Did someone signal them from the inside? Was it the plasma-bolt that triggered them to try shooting at her? Maybe there was some reason the arrow came to her after she fired. That seemed to make sense. She did seem immune to arrows, and there was one easy way to test her theory.

Wu would pull her weapon pod out once again, this time firing a plasma bolt into the nearest slum-shack.
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Post by Ham » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:53 am

Kikyo had been quiet, having landed on her feet before getting behind. She had begun to speak before she witnessed the whole Angel versus Demon item and then was cut off by Wu's weapon discharge. "Dammit! Stop wasting ordnance! You'll just get a horde to bear down on us! Let alone these archers!"

She saw the Angel begin to work her way through the nearest undead. Something clicked in her mind again: someone had to wrangle everyone together. Someone had to make sure that everything ended up right. Violet eyes met each person before settling on Rikka and her current aggro. "Alright, let's get to this Graveyard."

The catgirl broke into a dead sprint, one hand holding her pod weapon, the other unsheathing her Axe tool she had on the last drop. Memories of Topia flashed in her mind. These undead bore resemblance to the ones who had charged the evacuation teams all those years ago. Kikyo fired a bolt of plasma like a mortar, aimed towards the back end of the horde, before charging in with the axe and going for the ones next to Rikka.

"Grabbing attention is one thing, but don't abandon your sis- squadmates." A slight blush appeared on Kikyo's face but was somewhat masked by her otherwise adrenaline-fueled expression.
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