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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: Oh I'll show ya some Blaster's Wrath, alright ... (✪ Determined ★ Angry ★ Looking Up)

DYNAMIC ENTRY

[personal profile] megazero_to_superhero 2014-05-15 05:59 am (UTC)(link)
At about this point, David finally joins in on the fray. He'd been hanging back, still cloaked, letting the distraction team do the work of distracting Riki ... and he's been waiting for an opportunity where he can do something with the meager abilities he has.

Having a real weapon—that Orcish sword—looks like just such an opportunity has opened up.

David charges at the wall—but being careful to not actually touch the wall itself—dropping the cloaking system as he does so. The effect almost makes it seem as if he came out of nowhere.

Presentation is all part of being a superhero, after all.

He slams his own Orcish sword in between one of the bolts and the plating, gritting his teeth and grunting in pain as the electricity starts biting into him. Once he's got the sword wedged in well enough, he tries using his flight system to help with the task of prying the bolt off. That, he reasons between the sensation of electricity coursing through him, would be far more effective than relying on pure muscle or augmented strength.
Edited (Whoops. Misread.) 2014-05-15 06:08 (UTC)
evokingfool: (Evoker - Ready to shoot)

[personal profile] evokingfool 2014-05-15 06:50 am (UTC)(link)
"Shocks, huh?"

If anyone's looking at him, Minato looks as calm as always as he draws out his evoker. In one swift movement, the gun's pointing at his right temple and he pulls the trigger. Bang.

Out comes Cu Chulainn yet again. Without a word, he walks over towards the plate and stabs his spear into the edge. He starts to pry it off, despite the shocks he's receiving. The only signs of the shock's effects are in Minato's small winces.

Mental feedback can hurt sometimes.
notachickenhawk: (morph)

[personal profile] notachickenhawk 2014-05-15 07:16 am (UTC)(link)
Tobias considers the group, and flutters off to the corner of the room. Anyone watching him will see him shift and change, and while the others are lining up for their attempts he finishes his morph. Ideally he'd morph Andalite for this, but he needs something with more durability.

<Bladed monster, coming through.>

A large monster steps up to one of the panels, jamming one of his arm blades into it and twisting to try to unscrew the bolts. He makes noises of pain at the shocks, but doesn't stop. Just push through it, don't think of when you were trapped, keep going.
notsogrimreaper: (Ryoji Mochizuki: my mother's a bitch)

[personal profile] notsogrimreaper 2014-05-15 09:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Ryoji hangs back as much as possible, waiting to see if Tobias and Minato have any luck, but he has a real blade in case either of them need a break. He doesn't mind a few shocks.
attheclocktower: (concern ♡ and follow the Light)

[personal profile] attheclocktower 2014-05-15 10:36 pm (UTC)(link)
When her Keyblade doesn't work, Xion all but steps back. Like Zelda, she looks around to see if there's something - anything - that can help them. But she's not physically strong, and she isn't really sure what other ideas she has, unless there's something in the room that can help them.

She suspects brute strength isn't the best way to deal with this, but what other options do they have.

"Let me know if there's anything I can do," she says, worriedly.
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[personal profile] slightlyoblivious 2014-05-15 11:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Yukiko can't do a whole lot physically, either. Once she's steady on her feet again, though, she'll start - carefully, remembering what happened to Naoya earlier - checking the area closest to the machine. Maybe there's a tool box or something?
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[personal profile] brbtalkingtogod 2014-05-15 11:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Once those who had touched the walls were on their feet again Lucifel began to look around for something useful as well, a toolkit, anything that could be used now and perhaps later as well if the situation allowed it. Before he would use brute force he wanted to search for an alternative if one was available.
Edited 2014-05-15 23:35 (UTC)
animusnpcs: (...)

[personal profile] animusnpcs 2014-05-17 03:46 am (UTC)(link)
The voltage of the electricity gradually begins to increase the more pressure that is applied, traveling along the prying weapons to their wielders.

No tools have been left behind.
keybearer: (they're coming!)

[personal profile] keybearer 2014-05-17 04:11 am (UTC)(link)
After the first burst of electricity, Riku stopped briefly to catch his breath and cast Cure on himself.

"Guys, I think we may have to change tactics here. If this thing's gonna start shocking us, I say we pry at it in short bursts. Maybe that'll keep us from getting fried."

Whatever the others choose to do, Riku will start applying a start/stop method to prying in hopes that it'll stave off the charges. However, if it gets too unbearable, he may take a longer break. After all, he doesn't want to risk dying and, therefore, his real powers.
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[personal profile] megazero_to_superhero 2014-05-17 04:19 am (UTC)(link)
David's not giving up, even as the electricity continues to amplify. He's been shocked plenty of times in his superhero career—by Outcasts with electrical powers, by the Freakshow—he has a good idea of when this will get too much for him to handle, and David hasn't felt like he's hit his limit yet.

—but, he does let go of the sword momentarily when he hears Riku's idea.

"Arright ... Let's try dat," David responds. His voice has a slight shake to it, mostly from the aftereffect of the shocks he's already received. "I'll follow your lead."

So, he'll wait for Riku to begin prying. Once the keybearer's going at it, David will join in, but only prying when Riku's at rest. In a bid to get the bolt he's working on to come off, he's also activating his flight system's afterburners to get even more leverage every time he makes an attempt, grunting in both frustration and pain as he does so.
Edited (Minor rewording.) 2014-05-17 04:21 (UTC)
warriorscribe: (Intimidated)

[personal profile] warriorscribe 2014-05-17 04:21 am (UTC)(link)
This couldn't keep going on, it would kill them! And who knew if Ruana would be in any mood to revive anyone...

"Will someone allow me to use their lever? My armor can shield me from harm as long as it holds up, itself."
attheclocktower: (unsure ♡ turned into a quiet word)

[personal profile] attheclocktower 2014-05-17 04:22 am (UTC)(link)
Once it was clear the room itself was empty of tools or something that might help them, Xion attempts to examine the panels more closely itself, as well as the walls around them, looking for anything that might help them access the panels or the area behind them. She kind of wishes she'd observed this room more closely when she'd been here before.

"There's gotta be something," she says, quietly.

She knows some people are trying to muscle their way through, but it could take too much time. Time is of the essence.
sageprincess: (Conflicting emotions)

[personal profile] sageprincess 2014-05-17 04:27 am (UTC)(link)
Of course there aren't any tools they could use. That would be just too easy, wouldn't it. Zelda sighs, wincing in sympathy and frustration as the others continue getting shocked. Eventually she heads back towards the retrieval unit.

There has to be a better way...

"Do you know if there is a way to remove them without physically prying them from the wall using brute strength?"

It's clear enough that avenue is quickly becoming a non-option if they intend to survive this.
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[personal profile] animusnpcs 2014-05-17 04:38 am (UTC)(link)
Riku and David will feel the rather unpleasant sensation of increasingly powerful voltage coursing through them when their weapons are being used to attempt to pry it free.

The retrieval unit looks concerned as it glances in the direction Zelda approached it from. "If you have some way of prying it off without physically touching it... that would be ideal."
megazero_to_superhero: Oh I'll show ya some Blaster's Wrath, alright ... (✪ Determined ★ Angry ★ Looking Up)

[personal profile] megazero_to_superhero 2014-05-17 04:52 am (UTC)(link)
David lets go of the sword once more after hearing Enoch's offer, glancing back to look at him for a moment.

"I'm still good fer now—!"

David's not sure if his glamoured suit is making any real difference when it comes to the electrical shocks—either it's not and he might as well be doing this barehanded, or it is and the simulated protective layers of his suit are lessening the shocks he's feeling—but David still doesn't feel like he's reached the point where he'll be in serious danger ... so he resumes rhythmically prying on the bolt, putting both motor-assisted muscles and flight system to work.

"Come—off—already!"

Until they find a better way around this obstacle, it's all he can do to help.
midgarhorizon: (fire in his eyes)

[personal profile] midgarhorizon 2014-05-17 05:02 am (UTC)(link)
Reno lets go immediately upon the first time he gets shocked. The bolts are what needs to go, so he stands back and observes for a few moments and seeing what the booby trap Riki set is doing. When the retrieval unit answers Zelda's question, something clicks in his brain.

Shaking his head, he steps in front of the panels and waves his arms out. "Hey, yo! David, everyone! Back off! Get away from the panels. We need to get the bolts off. Anyone got ice magic use it on the bolts."

Hey, it's the best way he can think of to get them off without touching. He's glancing over at Xion, since he knows she has at least one.

"Freeze 'em as much as you can! Give 'em everything you got! They'll snap off!"
morphballin: (No sir I don't like it)

[personal profile] morphballin 2014-05-17 05:08 am (UTC)(link)
WELL. All that prior was a nasty adventure. Time to focus on the present, though.

"Without touching it..."

Samus frowns, glancing at her arm-cannon. Without her actual visor, it's tricky to tell what she has on hand, save for manually switching things and testing them. Samus steps around to get a clear shot at one of the panels, and after flipping a switch in her cannon, the end glows blue. Reno's announcement gives her pause, though, and she holds up her arm. "I'll try following the ice up - I've got a grapple beam, that hopefully won't conduct electricity."
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[personal profile] attheclocktower 2014-05-17 05:17 am (UTC)(link)
Xion squints back at Reno, suddenly a little nervous. She's still mostly tapped, though maybe she's recovered enough to manage a little. "All right, I'll try," she says with a nod. She can't really afford not to.

Reaching forward, she musters some ice magic into her hands. Not as much as a full Blizzard spell. She wants to be more precise than that. Carefully she forces as much as she dares onto each of the bolts, enough to put a layer of frost on each, as well as some of the surrounding metal, about an inch in radius. Still, she's not sure how much more she can muster, and there's still three more panels, after all.

Although...

"Riku?" she calls. He should have ice too, right? Maybe even more than her, since he wouldn't have used so much of it up trying to clear the path to the elevator.
keybearer: (it's go time!)

[personal profile] keybearer 2014-05-17 05:21 am (UTC)(link)
"Hold on, Xion."

Riku gazes down at his Keyblade, tightening his grip. But rather than cloak it in ice, flames swirl around the tip. "I want to try something a little different with the next panel. The way I see it, if we heat these things up and then nail them with the ice, that might warp and break the metal. Rapid cooling and freezing never ends well."

He points his Keyblade at the next panel, not directly striking it, but letting the heat flicker. "Anyone else got ice spells in their arsenal? Otherwise, I'll freeze this thing in a second."

The good news is, all that damage he took and the short breaks he's given himself allowed him to replenish his magic. This shouldn't be too tough of a task, assuming the physics work out.
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[personal profile] megazero_to_superhero 2014-05-17 05:24 am (UTC)(link)
David stops again as Reno calls out a new plan. He glances back, pausing to consider what he's hearing ... using ice powers to break the bolts off? That might work—hopefully. Reno has to have a better inventory of who has ice powers here—

"Arright! You got it!" But before he pulls away, David first grabs hold of the Orcish sword and yanks it free from where he'd wedged it in between the bolt and the panel. No telling if the blade could be made just as brittle to freezing as the bolts themselves, and he'd rather not risk finding out.

He pulls away, sword in hand, as Xion starts freezing the bolts.
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[personal profile] animusnpcs 2014-05-17 05:37 am (UTC)(link)
Xion's spell succeeds in layering the bolts lightly with frost. However, blocks begin to stick out of the wall, twisting out of place and moving to ram Xion, Riku and David away.
midgarhorizon: (Linefacing at you)

[personal profile] midgarhorizon 2014-05-17 05:43 am (UTC)(link)
Seeing the wall move, Reno went into action, jumping at Xion from where he stood by the panels to grab her and pull her out of the way. Thank his lucky stars she isn't too heavy.

For the others, all he can do is yell out a warning. "Riku! David! Move!"
keybearer: (heart wrenching)

[personal profile] keybearer 2014-05-17 05:45 am (UTC)(link)
Riku's eyes pop wide open the second the wall bulges. Clenching his teeth, he lunges out of the block's path and throws up his Keyblade in a defensive stance. If there's an opportunity to strike back, he'll fire off a Blizzaga spell at the plate from a distance.
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[personal profile] megazero_to_superhero 2014-05-17 05:56 am (UTC)(link)
"Whoa—!"

It's a good thing David was already in motion when the wall started to fight back. Wheeling over to face away from the wall, David's flight systems punch into overdrive as he rockets away—preferably in a direction away from the rest of the infiltration team, as (should the blocks be capable of doing so) he doesn't want the wall smashing into other people in its attempt to swat him down.
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[personal profile] attheclocktower 2014-05-17 06:03 am (UTC)(link)
Xion yelped in surprise, falling against Reno as he pulled her away. Still, it saved her from being hit, and she looked up at him gratefully, blinking still in the bright light.

She looks back at the panel now, and over at Riku. He'd heated it, and was firing what looked like a Blizzard now. So if she'd frozen it... maybe try to-

She turned, mustering a small Fire spell, which she sends at the panel from a distance.

"Someone try to pull them off now!" she yells.

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