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Upon Vestia: Chapter Twenty-Two

Post by Kooshie on Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:28 pm

(Starts on day 15 at the Guild, I believe)
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Twenty-Two

Post by Kooshie on Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:30 pm

The assorted parents would stay with the baby star dragons all night. In the morning though, it would be time to send them off, so they could be safe.

Morning came.

Asher was trying to hide how worried he was. Losing his new siblings, and his daughter? That hurt so much already, and it was only going to get worse.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Twenty-Two

Post by Starrnico on Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:41 pm

Starr had gathered everything she could think to have for them and loaded one of the ship's shuttles. She would send that through, just in case they needed to get off-world and couldn't use magic to do so. Plus it was easier to keep everything together that way.

Now she stood, hugging her babies close but ready to open the portal once everyone had said their *hopefully* temporary goodbyes. All the non-combatants would go.

Moone and Skye stood together, holding one another also. Moone would go with the dragon babies and Thalia, since she was a kid herself.
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Twenty-Two

Post by Kooshie on Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:48 pm

Asher left for a bit, making excuses, and came back carrying crayons and paper, books from the library (Ethan could fine him all he wanted for all Asher cared, Asher wanted the dragons to have something to read while they were gone!), and also three envelopes, which each had a dragon's name on them. He handed those to Web, asking him to give them to the dragons, if something should happen to him.

Bianca sneaked onto the shuttle. Asher helpfully told Web that the rat was sapient and not vermin, so please don't hurt her.

Ellie, James, Ethan, and even Tala, came to watch the group leave. Ellie cried. Ethan eyed the books Asher had taken, but didn't protest.
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Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:48 pm

Thalia didn't want to go see everyone off, what was the point? Besides which, she didn't trust Matt. He'd avoided her all the previous day and now that everyone else was gathering for tearful farewells he appeared, looking grim.

"You sure you don't wanna come?" He asked.

Thalia eyed him suspiciously. "No."

Matt nodded. "Alright." He came over to hug her.

Thalia's eyes narrowed. "Matt..." She started.

He shook his head. "I'm sorry, i'm so sorry..." He stepped backward, disappearing and reappearing behind her.

"MATT!??"

Before Thalia could react Matt had grabbed her from behind and shoved the sedative patch he'd palmed against her neck. He held her tightly as she struggled against him.
"I can't lose you, not again. You're both too important."

"I'm going... going to..." Thalia struggled against the sedation but to no avail. She slumped in Matt's arms, eyes closing as she drifted off.

Matt sighed, hefted his fiance up into his arms and carried her princess style to where everyone else was.

He'd already dropped spare clothing into the shuttle with everything else, along with an appology note that he was pretty sure wouldn't be good enough.
Still, even if Thalia was so mad she never wanted to speak to him again, at least she and their child would be SAFE. That was all that mattered.

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Meanwhile,

Armin couldn't spare the time to see anyone off, he was frantically sewing having stayed up most of the night getting as much done as possible.
He wasn't a fighter, but damnit, he was going to use every last ounce of energy he had to make sure everyone was armored.

Mourn came to see just out of curiosity. So did Swarm.

Luka took time out of prepping the ships to wish the children farewell. Poor little things.
She pressed a silver charm into Moone's hands, the silver dagger Moone and Third had made. "It will keep you safe." She told her. "Please, stay safe."

Kay clung to Danika, holding her close and trying very hard to keep it together. They would get through this, they would see her again... no matter how much he told himself that he really struggled to believe it.
This hurt, so so much, but at least she would be safe. He could at least save her.
He wished Asher was going too.

Hewitt had no interest in this sappiness.
Amity however seemed to be pretty insistent the pot plants went.
His protocols demanded he keep the guests OUT of danger, and determined that an incoming war force was most certainly danger.
Hewitt wouldn't listen, causing a stalemate between Amity's protection and obedience programming. But the pot plants didn't get a say.
He brought them to the cargo bay.

"Give them sunshine and rain water, they will grow."

Web looked bewildered. Plants? really?

Esk came to see his eldest brother off. "Don't die." He told Web simply.

Web smiled softly. "Same goes for you."

Esk shrugged. "I make no promises."

Web shook his head. "You'll keep the others safe, you always do."

Esk nodded.

Then Matt came in with Thalia in his arms.





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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Twenty-Two

Post by Kooshie on Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:07 pm

Ethan went to take a look at the plants. He remembered Hewitt talking about them during the festival. Aketi cuttings, huh. What a bizarre species.

Asher winced at the sight of Matt carrying Thalia in, but he wasn't really surprised. He moved a bit closer to Kay and Danika, to murmur a soft "She's all right," to the little dragon.

Ellie squeaked in shock. "Thalia! Is she okay? Oh my gosh!" She might not like Thalia much, but if the girl was sick, that was bad!
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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Twenty-Two

Post by Starrnico on Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:37 pm

Moone hugged Luka then put the chain around her neck, nodding "I will try to stay safe. You be safe too. I want to give this back when we return"

Danika would hold onto Kay until she had to let go. She didn't want to leave him either. She looked to Asher at his words then over to Thalia and tilted her head "Sleeping" She said then buried her face again even as she held a hand out to Asher, wanting to hold him too, even if it was just a finger.

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Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:00 pm

"She's fine, she'll wake up in a bit." Matt looked to Web. "She'll be seriously p.. annoyed... when she wakes up" Yeah kids here. "Just give her a wide berth as she comes around and uh.. remind her you aren't me okay?" He nodded.

Web frowned. "Was it really necessary to knock her out?"

"You don't know Thalia." Matt replied

Esk snickered. "You better hope you don't survive this, when she gets back she's gonna kick your ass."

Matt nodded. "Yeah well, at least they'll both be safe."

Kay frowned at Matt but didn't chastise him, he understood, that's why he'd given him the sedatives. He moved so Danika could hold Asher too.


The Aketi cuttings were an assorted variety of shapes and sizes. They weren't in soil, instead the pots were filled with bits of stone and small branches that the plants were clinging to.
A few of them looked like a ball of leaves, roughly the size of a tennis ball and about the same shape, some were more twig-like. Others were more obviously part of a hand, or the two toed mantis-like feet of the adult Aketi.
All of them had elongated leaves with spiny ridges, and all of them had long tendrils that swayed in the air gently.
Not one of them looked like anything other than just a plant. A strangely shaped plant in several cases, but still just a plant.

Amity nodded to Ethan. "The Professor refuses to leave. He should leave, but he doesn't want to. I can't force him." He shook his head.


Luka nodded. "I hope so." She hugged Moone back. She was a sweet kid. "Just.. remember, don't go out after dark, make sure the gates are always kept shut and... and keep the shutters barred when the sun goes down okay?"

Web nodded to Luka. "I won't let anything get in."

She nodded back, looking a bit fretful. "You're armed right? You have a gun, just in case?"

Web nodded again. "We can defend ourselves."

"Don't kick the generator." Esk told him. "There's a manual in the shed, or should be. I don't see why Jess would have taken it. Read the damn thing."

Web smiled wryly. "I'll do my best, you were always the only one who was any good with the machines."

"I know." Esk replied flatly. "Idiots." He looked to Moone. "My brothers were always too stupid to work out how to get the generators to keep going, needed to have a kid do it. So I guess it's your job now." He smirked.

Web shook his head. "It's not." He told Moone.
He looked back to Starr. "Are we ready?" He hated to break up all the tearful goodbyes, but they should get out of here, sooner rather than later.


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Re: Upon Vestia: Chapter Twenty-Two

Post by Kooshie on Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:06 pm

Asher put his finger in Danika's tiny hand, trying to reassure her. "You're going to have to be brave," he told her gently, "this is going to be very different for all of you, and sometimes it might seem a bit scary. But you are brave, and you can handle it together. Remember that."

Ethan frowned at the news that Hewitt was staying. He liked the guy, and didn't really want him dead. "Damn. Guess we'll just have to try and keep him out of the line of fire and hope he isn't an idiot."

Ellie looked at Matt, a bit concerned, but nodded. Drugged pregnant girlfriends getting sent to tiny farms in the middle of nowhere. Okay then.
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Post by Starrnico on Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:17 pm

Moone nodded then giggled at Esk's comment "I could do it, if I can read the manual, but you guys have different writing, so..." She teased then glanced to Web and nodded, giving Luka and Skye a final hug goodbye before going to take a seat.

Starr nodded and set the babies down in their seat, giving them a kiss then coming over to give Danika a kiss as well. "Be careful, all of you"

Danika looked to Kay then nodded and nuzzled him then Asher before letting Starr kiss her. She took a breath then let go of Kay's shirt so they could put her down.

Starr would make sure all those staying were off the shuttle then handed the pendant to Web, telling him the activation word then stepping back "It will take you and the shuttle to that place just outside the house when you activate it, this shuttle has a cloaking device also, just in case."
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Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:32 pm

Amity nodded. "I am limited by my coding. Aketi are remarkably resilient though." He indicated the cuttings. "The professor already survived two crashes, an engine explosion, complete life support failure and an engine fuel fire. He is either extremely lucky, or extremely tough."

Matt looked to Ellie, he looked guilty. "She can't fight." He explained. "This is for the best. Hopefully... she'll understand that...some day." He set Thalia down in a chair and strapped her in, kissing her gently on the forehead. "stay safe love. Don't give Web too much grief okay?"
He hesitated, looking pained, then stepped away and left the shuttle.

Kay looked down at Danika, giving her one last hug and a light kiss on the head. You'll be safe little one, we'll see each other again soon. He hoped he could make good on that promise.
Reluctantly he let her go, biting his lip and squeezing his eyes shut. Damn this was hard.

Mourn waved. "bye bye!" He called.

Luka smiled a little forcedly and also waved.

Esk smirked to Moone. "you're not an idiot, you'll figure it out." He told her. Which was the closest thing to compliment anyone would ever get out of him.

Web bowed his head, looking to his brothers awkwardly. "May fortune smile on you." He frowned. "I'd tell you to be careful but... I know you three. Just, look out for each other... and remember, I don't particularly want to have permanent custody so you had better come for us." He smiled weakly.

Matt pulled him into a hug. "We'll do our best. We'll give the family hell."

Web patted Matt's shoulder awkwardly, pulling away from the hug and nodding. "till we meet again."
He bowed his head to Starr. "Thank you." He took the pendant and took his place on the shuttle, making sure everyone was where they needed to be and everything was secure, including the caged goats.



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Post by Kooshie on Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:39 pm

Ethan nodded. Okay, the Professor might be fine.

Asher smiled softly at the three dragons. "Remember we all love you guys. And have fun on your vacation, okay?" He stepped back so he wouldn't be in the way when they closed the shuttle.

"Bye kids!" James said, waving.

Ellie waved too, but now she was crying in earnest and she couldn't really see who she was waving at.

"Be safe and of great courage!" Tala called.
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Post by Starrnico on Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:31 pm

Moone waved to them as they all stepped back, letting the shuttle doors close.

Starr and Shane stood beside Ellie, waving until the doors closed.

Dawn and Rigel stood in the back, watching quietly.

Skye wrapped her wings around herself once the doors closed, crying silently now that Moone couldn't see her.

When Web said the activation word, the shuttle and everything on it would vanish, much like his teleportation though without the 'falling' feeling and arrive at the designated location
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Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:52 am

Web said the word, blinking as the whole shuttle shimmered around them and they teleported away.

Kay lowered his head and took a deep breath.

Matt shook his head, he looked miserable.

Esk turned and headed out without a word.

Mourn grinned. "bye bye ship." He turned to the others. "Why sad? Babies safe. Should be happy."

Matt forced a smile. "Yeah... you're right. come on, let's get back to work."

"I will make refreshments." Amity declared, and went to go do that.

Luka fought back tears, nodding. "We have a meeting scheduled with those remaining to fight in an hour. We should prepare."

Kay nodded.
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Post by Kooshie on Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:35 am

Ellie wiped her eyes, trying to get herself under control. The baby dragons were gone, and it was really starting to sink in that they might never see them again. She might die in this battle, or they might be found and enslaved... It was awful. She grabbed Starr and Shane both and tried to hug them.

Tala headed off to get back to work.

James looked pretty gloomy too now. The war really was going to happen, wasn't it?

Ethan went over to James. "Sucks, doesn't it?" He said with some amount of sympathy. "Come on, let's train a bit before this meeting."

James hesitated, then nodded. He paused to pat Asher's shoulder reassuringly before following Ethan out.

Asher sighed. Well, now the misery had really begun. "Come on Kay, let's see what needs to be done," he said quietly.
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Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:55 am

Kay nodded, he didn't look much like he wanted to work but he needed to. To keep his mind off things.

Everyone scattered, picking up their various projects, lending help where needed, training, practicing, doing whatever had to be done till the meeting.
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Post by Kooshie on Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:14 pm

Asher led Kay out of the shuttle bay, looking for some project they could occupy themselves with until the meeting started. He wanted to sit and mope too, but of course, that would only make their demise more likely, wouldn't it? And that would be counterproductive.

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Ethan took James to one of the sparring rooms, and started trying to teach him to use his brute strength instead of just being a wuss and letting organics push him around. Yeah, you weren't supposed to hurt organics under normal circumstances. But this wasn't normal circumstances, it was war, and if you could break bone with your bare hands, then you should be able and willing to do so.

James seemed a bit hesitant about this.

Ethan muttered something about androids from this universe being pathetic.

James tried to prove Ethan wrong by decking him, but Ethan dodged and grabbed his arm to throw him instead. Dammit.
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Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:41 pm

Kay tried to think of anything else they could do. Check the medical scanners they had were working? Again...
Make sure everyone had first aid kits.. done
Ensure Asher was well armed and prepared? Yep.
What else could they do?

He desperately searched for anything they could help with.

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Luka got kitted up in what uniform and armor she could scrape together and went over things to tell the other pilots. Oh, she was going to lead a squad into battle, yes, yes she was. Unless someone more qualified took command.

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Mourn tinkered with the last few upgrades. New guns, new shields, holo emiters for distractions...
"Good ship." He patted Vestia's hull. "We win." He nodded. "we smarter than family."

He went to find Amity and upgrade his hologram, make him scarier. He couldn't do a lot, but giving him some upgrades to his coding would make the robot far more useful in battle.

Amity wasn't totally sure about this but he couldn't do much once Mourn turned him off and plugged into his system.
Oops?

it was fine, wasn't like the drone was actually alive.

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Hewitt had a nap.

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Armin set to one side a pile of armored vests, looking exhausted. A short nap, then back to work.. yes.

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Matt fitted the cleaning robots with little tasers and instructions to use them on anyone who wasn't the crew, if their tiny little AIs could grasp that concept.
He warned Vestia to keep people away from the robots, just in case.

He prepped makeshift molotovs, lining them up along the bar.


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Post by Kooshie on Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:51 pm

Asher looked to Kay, still drawing a complete blank on what they should be doing right now. "Where are you planning to be, during the battle?" He asked quietly after a bit. Although really, he supposed, this was probably the sort of thing that was going to be decided in the meeting.

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---Our chances have never looked better--- Vestia told Mourn, lights turning an affectionate pink.
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Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:10 pm

[I'm a terrible shot.] Kay admitted. [Honestly i'm best either running triage or front line combat. ] Yeah, claws were useful for that kind of thing. Then again, last time he'd tried to fight they hadn't gotten very far... hmm.
He frowned.
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Post by Kooshie on Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:16 pm

"I think we'll be more in need of your skills as a medic," Asher said, "Your other form is dangerous, but it requires that you get very close to foes who will be armored or rapidly healing, which isn't ideal." Plus, you know, he'd rather not have Kay at the center of the combat.
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Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:26 pm

Kay nodded in agreement, trying not to think of last time they fought the keepers. [I can try to set up some sort of field hospital.] Which was exactly his area of expertise. [If Vestia's going to be in combat, it may be better to be on the ground. Somewhere away from the main fight. Problem is, we don't know where they'll hit until they do so.]
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Post by Kooshie on Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:34 pm

"Yes, not knowing exactly how they're going to attack is going to make this difficult," Asher agreed. "Maybe we can scope out a few locations, and set them all up ahead of time. Then we can pick one once we know where the Family are attacking from."
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Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:44 pm

Kay nodded slowly. [We'll still need supplies though. But there must be some fortified and defendable buildings in the city. Ones that don't look like hospitals.] Yeah he didn't believe the family wouldn't just blow up a hospital.
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Post by Kooshie on Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:55 pm

"The supplies that are easier to obtain can be stored in each location, so they don't need to be moved. The more valuable stuff can be brought in by supply runners. Maybe an artuvian, or even someone who can teleport, like Matt." Asher nodded. "We definitely need buildings that don't look like they're hospitals. Shop basements, maybe. With magical warding, as well as subtle physical reinforcement if possible."
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