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Animus Moderators ([personal profile] animusmods) wrote in [community profile] towerofanimus2014-04-27 06:16 pm

Ex Machina; Infiltration

Characters: Riki and the infiltration team
Setting: administrative levels
Format: any
Summary: Riki's efforts must be sabotaged. Stealth is the name of the game and time is of the essence.
Warnings: psychological horror

Though the chipped unit does not follow, he sees to it that the team advances the rest of the way. At the end of the lit corridor is a set of double doors, heavy-duty polished metal with small windows set into each one.

Through the windows, a massive machine is visible, connected to thousands of holographic screens that are hard to make out at the speed at which they're being manipulated. The machine sits in the center of the room and is networked to four elaborate terminals stationed along the walls via a complex tangle of panels, wires, and towers. Each of these terminals controls its own set of floating screens; the sheer amount of holographic monitors in the room is disorienting, and really, it's hard to tell what's connected to what.

In the chair in the middle of the enormous set-up is Riki, maneuvering all of the screens with the same ease with which most people breathe. His back is to the doors that lead into the room, and for the moment, he is utterly engrossed in his work.
megazero_to_superhero: Now where'd that last goon go? (✪ Observing ★ Conversation)

[personal profile] megazero_to_superhero 2014-04-27 10:26 pm (UTC)(link)
[Guess who hadn't attended the sleepover. But he's been in the hideout a lot, studying and figuring out what information is available from Reno's notes to try and figure out how to go about this.]

[David has some ideas, though. He turns and looks back at some of the other assembled members of the infiltration team, engaging his powered armor suit's flight systems—kicking him upward into the air by a good foot or so.]

Arright, who else has stealth powers? Or invisibility?
stitchedupbodyguard: (Totally sneaking)

[personal profile] stitchedupbodyguard 2014-04-28 01:19 am (UTC)(link)
[Veronica glances over at the armoured man, less surprised than she should be by the fact it could fly.]

I don't think anyone here has powers like that. I was trained to sneak really well though.
megazero_to_superhero: You tell me where, I'll tell you when. (✪ Serious ★ Conversation ★ Listening)

[personal profile] megazero_to_superhero 2014-04-28 01:22 am (UTC)(link)
[David turns in mid-air to look over at Veronica. Yet another face he hasn't really met before until now ... This, even after Zo consolidated the residential floors. Either the Residents are still rather numerous or David's been far more of a recluse than he'd like to admit!]

[Still, his response is swift and to-the-point.]

I do.

[A beat.]

Well, my suit here does. Was thinkin' about usin' it to get in, start shuttin' down dose terminals, an' get out.
stitchedupbodyguard: (Default)

[personal profile] stitchedupbodyguard 2014-04-28 01:33 am (UTC)(link)
[It was more the fact that Veronica had, until recently, spent most of her time with a select few. Alas, socializing wasn't something she did much or well.]

That's smart. [Her gaze moves over the suit.] But what if there's something important on the terminals?
megazero_to_superhero: Just yer average ordinary everyday superhero. (✪ Neutral ★ Looking)

[personal profile] megazero_to_superhero 2014-04-28 01:37 am (UTC)(link)
I can try lookin' before I do dat. I was thinkin' dis would be more "sneak into Riki's lab an' find out what he's up to" anyways—

[He flips open one of the pouches on the suit's utility belt. In it, there's a pencil and a scrap of loose leaf paper he'd taken from Aria's secret hideout.]

Not how I'd usually do things, but I can jot notes down for later.
stitchedupbodyguard: (not sure if)

[personal profile] stitchedupbodyguard 2014-04-28 01:46 am (UTC)(link)
We don't really know what's down here. Doing some investigating might be a good idea.

[She nods. Somewhere in her cloak was a sheet of paper of her own, brought just in case.] Great.
megazero_to_superhero: You tell me where, I'll tell you when. (✪ Serious ★ Conversation ★ Listening)

[personal profile] megazero_to_superhero 2014-04-28 01:54 am (UTC)(link)
[David glances out to the others who volunteered for this mission for a few seconds before looking back over to Veronica, trying to make sense of any plans that the others have formulated. But most of what he's hearing involves a lot of people volunteering to distract Riki ...]

So, uh—how are we doin' dis? 'Cause I can try takin' any of terminals no one else is goin' after.

[Assuming Riki can't see right through glamoured equipment, getting to one of them should be a piece of cake. He's had plenty of experience flying right through dens full of villainous minions undetected to solve a time-urgent crisis first, at least.]
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[personal profile] stitchedupbodyguard 2014-04-28 02:08 am (UTC)(link)
[The key part of the plan here seemed to be distracting Riki if it came to that. Enough that people were basically disregarding the other part of the plan. Veronica heard the voices as well, and it really didn't help her hopes that things would turn out okay.]

[All she could do was shrug.] I think we just choose a terminal? I could go after the first one in there.
megazero_to_superhero: Now where'd that last goon go? (✪ Observing ★ Conversation)

[personal profile] megazero_to_superhero 2014-04-28 02:12 am (UTC)(link)
Arright. I'll see about takin' any of da others.

[David makes a show of cracking his knuckles. Or ... well, that probably was his knuckles, but it's hard to tell with those thick armored gauntlets he's got on.]

[Far as he's concerned, all there's left to do is wait for the doors to be opened ...]
ninjainviolet: ([Concerned])

[personal profile] ninjainviolet 2014-04-28 08:57 am (UTC)(link)
[Sheena had been scouting the group, searching for any familiar faces when she hears a now familiar voice. Turning, she nods to him before heading over.]

I don't exactly have stealth powers, but I am a ninja. I was trained for something like this.
megazero_to_superhero: Just yer average ordinary everyday superhero. (✪ Neutral ★ Looking)

[personal profile] megazero_to_superhero 2014-04-28 09:49 am (UTC)(link)
[Oh hey, he recognizes you from a few days ago! Though they never did trade introductions ... whoops.]

Ninja type, eh?

[Though his face is partially obscured by that visored helmet, he's giving the kunoichi an appraising look. It's rare for David to meet a solitary ninja without any sort of stealthy superpowers—usually the un-stealthy types tend to be in the thrall of Masterminds who use them as expendable warriors en-masse. Still, that never precludes an un-powered person from training in natural means to become just as effective. That's pretty much what most Natural-origin heroes are, after all ...]

[So, David nods once before he speaks further.]

I was thinkin' our best shot's in havin' anybody who's got da powers—or trainin'—for sneakin' around to go an' shut down dem terminals. My suit's got a cloakin' device, see—but I dunno if Riki can see right through it, since I ain't got my real stuff here.
ninjainviolet: ([What])

[personal profile] ninjainviolet 2014-05-06 05:53 pm (UTC)(link)
[That needs to be rectified as soon as possible.]

Yep! Trained by my Grandfather! [And considering that bow she's got on her and she's still alive, she's probably pretty good with that whole stealth thing.

She nods as he explains his plan, in the middle of saying "sounds good" when he mentions a cloaking device.]


Okay. I kinda know what cloaking is--you use it to be able to hide or blend in--but a device? How does that work?
megazero_to_superhero: Now where'd that last goon go? (✪ Observing ★ Conversation)

Okay, now that finals are over! BACK TO THE ACTION.

[personal profile] megazero_to_superhero 2014-05-11 07:00 am (UTC)(link)
Pretty well!

[David gives Sheena a sly grin before explaining further. He holds up a forearm in front him, then taps at it with his other hand, as if he were pointing out the time on a watch.]

My suit's got a smart layer of paint. Whenever I turn da cloakin' system on, it makes da paint change colors 'till I blend in with my surroundings. Kinda like a chameleon, if you ever saw one.
ninjainviolet: ([Delight])

Nice entrance in the NPC thread, BTW. :D

[personal profile] ninjainviolet 2014-05-17 07:34 am (UTC)(link)
[She grins. She's seen a chameleon, but something else comes to mind.]

Or a ninja!

[Sheena looks at where he's pointing before taking in his entire suit. After a moment, she looks up at him in wonder.]

You actually look like your surroundings? It's not magic or an illusion or something like that? But real?

[She's not being insulting; she's truly fascinated.]
megazero_to_superhero: Just yer average ordinary everyday superhero. (✪ Neutral ★ Looking)

Thanks! :'D

[personal profile] megazero_to_superhero 2014-05-18 04:43 am (UTC)(link)
[David's not insulted at all! He's been in the superhero career to see powers borne of all different kind of methods, including invisibility.]

Yep—here, lemme show ya.

[A moment or two passes, and David does nothing—aside from subtle movements of his head, as if he were reading something written on a wall. Depending on how well Sheena can hear, though, she might pick up a sudden, though very soft, deep electronic hum coming from David's body.]

[Then, he appears to turn transparent. The humming also dies away, becoming inaudible as David's suit fully takes on the appearance of—from Sheena's perspective—what's behind him. It's even actively changing, the paint scheme shifting colors as other members of the Infiltration Team discuss plans behind David.]

[The only parts of David that are still somewhat visible are his face—at least, what the now-cloaked helmet doesn't cover—and the plasma exhaust from his flight system. However ... given how well the suit is copying the environment, even manipulating infrared light to mimic surrounding heat sources, it would be much harder to find David if one hadn't watched him activate the cloaking device in the first place.]
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[personal profile] evokingfool 2014-04-28 09:55 pm (UTC)(link)
[Decked out in his usual gear, Minato paused and looked over at where he heard David's voice.]

...No powers like those. Just some standard sneaking in quietly ones.
megazero_to_superhero: Just yer average ordinary everyday superhero. (✪ Neutral ★ Looking)

[personal profile] megazero_to_superhero 2014-04-29 04:22 am (UTC)(link)
[It's good to see Minato here! He doesn't recall Minato actually signing up for Riki's power donation, especially after the talk they had. Bet the kid feels relieved he didn't get duped by Riki.]

[Focusing on the here and now, though, David readjusts his cigar in thought.]

Nothin' dose Persona thingies you got can help with?

[Well—Minato would have probably said if he did have some kind of stealthy Persona powers ...]
evokingfool: (Looking Away - Do do dooo)

[personal profile] evokingfool 2014-04-29 02:46 pm (UTC)(link)
[Nope, Minato never went down and volunteer at the time. A few chat with some friends of his helped him made his decision to stay behind.

He shakes his head at the question.
]

None. Their abilities are mainly for battling, not sneaking in.
megazero_to_superhero: Now where'd that last goon go? (✪ Observing ★ Conversation)

[personal profile] megazero_to_superhero 2014-04-30 05:25 am (UTC)(link)
Heh, well, had to ask.

[David thinks he remembers Minato mentioning his Persona powers could be used to heal, so ...]

Guess most of dis is gonna have to be done da hard way.

[... Or, if it turns out that Riki can see right through glamoured cloaking powers, the easy way.]
evokingfool: (Headphones - Listening to my music)

[personal profile] evokingfool 2014-04-30 05:55 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah. Although I suspected this mission won't be easy in some aspect.

[He hopes things will go smoothly, but Minato knows he have to be prepared for the worst.]

We probably might have an easy start. It'd get harder if...when we get spotted.
megazero_to_superhero: You tell me where, I'll tell you when. (✪ Serious ★ Conversation ★ Listening)

[personal profile] megazero_to_superhero 2014-04-30 06:15 am (UTC)(link)
[David nods in agreement, especially at what he has to say about the "when."]

Yeah, dere ... still ain't a whole lot I can do when it comes to dat. I mean I've been doin' some trainin' with Diarmuid—[Pronounced correctly for once!]—an' Reno, but I ain't a Scrapper.

[He goes silent for a moment, thinking back on Aria's plan. The sneaky, stealthy part of this mission was what he'd expected to do when he volunteered. Actual combat, he was hoping to avoid. It might be possible to distract and lure Riki out of the machine room later once the time comes to handle that part of the mission ... or so he's gathering from what he overhears the others discussing, like Enoch. But—it's more likely that it will come to a fight.]

[And the superhero mentality seated in David doesn't want to be left out by that point. So what can he do ... ? David's lips tighten their grip on the cigar while he thinks that over.]
evokingfool: (Leaning - In the hallway)

[personal profile] evokingfool 2014-05-10 01:11 pm (UTC)(link)
[He doesn't know what a Scrapper is, but he can make a reasonable assumption based on the context.]

Hopefully, we get to talk to Riki by the end of this instead of fighting him. But if a fight starts out, I hope we don't get to kill him.

[Riki may have lied to them about what he's using the energy for, but Minato knows letting him die may potentially make things worse. It can possibly make things better, but that's rather unlikely.

Especially if Riki bites it, that would leave them with just Ruana and Zo.
]
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[personal profile] megazero_to_superhero 2014-05-11 01:29 am (UTC)(link)
Talkin' him outta dis would be ideal. But I ain't much of a negotiator.

[David glances toward the door for a moment, as if he can see past it and see everything in the machine room beyond. Which he can't.]

Killing him, though ... yeah, bad idea. Lord knows Ruana'd show up for suppertime if we did.

[David punctuates that sentiment with a grimace.]

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[personal profile] no_longer_a_king 2014-04-29 01:47 am (UTC)(link)
I apologize, but no.

[And she looks David up and down.]

Are you sure you can go unnoticed flying so?
megazero_to_superhero: You tell me where, I'll tell you when. (✪ Serious ★ Conversation ★ Listening)

[personal profile] megazero_to_superhero 2014-04-29 04:04 am (UTC)(link)
[Oh hey! Another familiar face, though—they never exchanged names either, have they? Then again, neither of the past times they met were exactly the best time for socializing ...]

[Like now—but nevertheless, David looks over to Arturia and gives her a confident grin.]

Yep. Done it a lotta times before, with dat cloakin' system in my armor. You'd be surprised how close you can get to some peoples when dey ain't lookin' for yas.

[His grin slackens a little, revealing that David's not entirely cocksure about this.]

Only issue's not knowin' whether or not Riki can see right through simulated stuff.