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Post by SiphonTalvesh on September 24th 2018, 20:04

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Chris = Black
Helen = pink
Juliara = red
Gwen = purple
John = blue
Watson = green
Clara = orange
Alice = lime
Will = brown
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The entire team, over a series of teleport 'jumps', materialized in an area where the supposed Vampire Stronghold had once been.  As they did, Helen began looking around, frowning at the distinct lack of rubble indicating it had ever been there.  Clara emphasised this point a moment later.

"Right so um ...  this is the right spot, right?"

Helen sighed.

"This is where the map stated it should be yes, but there's only rocks."


Watson meanwhile had moved off to one side with Will, and they were looking at a strange looking rock.  Watson seemed to be pondering something, when Will suddenly blinked.

"Hey Dr. Watson, wouldn't their stronghold have been made from stone?  Doesn't that look like it might be the lip to a castle, but buried?"

After a moment, Watson smiled slightly.

"Yes, they would have been, and it does.  This may be one of the outer walls.  I think you're right, I think it may be buried below us.  The trick is to find a way down.  Perhaps near where the center would have been?"

Will frowned.

"We need another reference point, at least one, maybe two more edge sides to tell us where the outer markers would have been.  We need to get the others looking."

Watson nodded, and started to move forward, however something seemed off with him, or the suit, as he stumbled, barely catching himself.  He was close enough to both Winona and Sarah for them to notice as well, just as they'd surely notice when will went to check on him he waved him off, saying he was fine and he'd catch up.


Meanwhile Chris was walking with Juliara, the two looking and talking quietly, probably catching up.  Alice wasn't too far from them, seeming to shadow them and stay close to someone she knew.  Any glances over to her betrayed that she was absolutely terrified being in the open like this, and was trying to stay near someone she knew so she didn't lose it.  And for anyone who knew her past, who could blame her for being so scared?


Gwen meanwhile was off on her own, seeming to be looking around the area.


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Re: Tibet, unknown location

Post by Shrike7 on September 26th 2018, 11:24

Winona sent a concerned look to Watson as he stumbled, eyes drifting over the odd hints of the contraption he wore under his suit. He waved away help, so she moved towards Helen instead, crossing her arms to help ward away the cold.

"Search a large area for small clues. Sounds like the reason I'm here. Shall I?" She asked simply, smiling.

Once she had permission, she nodded, starting to remove her jacket, passing it to the woman. "Very good. Try to keep this warm for me. If I don't return in an hour, assume I want able to ward off the cold, and continue without me. I'll return in spring, or perhaps summer, if the weather here takes that long to thaw." She explained pleasantly, before she seemed to slouch a little, then collapse entirely. Spiders swarmed outwards from her, dozens, then quickly hundreds, possibly thousands. They scattered in every direction, avoiding the feet of the group as they spread around, slipping into the cracks between rock and snowdrift and vanishing from sight. There was little left of the woman herself, short the jacket Helen held and the matching snow pants and heavy boots a few feet away.
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Post by lurker on October 11th 2018, 06:15

Sarah took herself a moment to double-check everything as they arrived, looking into that carpet bag of hers to double check everything before she really did much else. "Well, I suppose burying the place would be a good way of securing it," she can't help but deadpan, giving a shrug as she helps to try and figure out more of this place.

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Re: Tibet, unknown location

Post by SiphonTalvesh on October 22nd 2018, 13:11

Helen nodded, calling back to Sarah.

"True.  It's also been so long since the massacre here that this very well could be overgrowth on it's own.  It probably hasn't been touched or viewed much in centuries outside of my father's visit here."


It would take some time, but Winona would eventually locate another outer wall piece, almost completely buried, and seeming to have been damaged at some point, for part was broken off.  Based on what she'd heard Will and Watson talking about, that would put the center of the place just slightly off where they'd come in to begin with.


Gwen meanwhile had found some trinkets that appeared to be very old, deciding to pocket them.  Who knew what might be a vital clue to this?


The others continued their search, with Chris, Alice and Juliara moving back towards Sarah and the others, possibly to coordinate a more proper search.  Suddenly though, Alice froze in place, and one look at her told Sarah something had spooked the girl.  Really spooked her, as she'd turned several shades whiter than normal.  Her hands were shaking, and she looked to be trying not to run away in terror.  Juliara noticed first, and said something to Chris, who turned and started talking to her.  Sarah couldn't make out what he said to her, but Alice's response, the first time she'd spoke, might send a chill down her spine.

"Something ...  or someone ...  we're being watched.  We aren't alone out here."


Chris frowned.  He'd been aware of several creatures around, wildlife, but they would leave them alone.  He paused for a moment, carefully examining Alice and her reaction.  She didn't seem like a bear or wolf or anything would have spooked her like this.  No, there was something, human, or maybe abnormal out there somewhere that he couldn't sense.  If it were human, it might be the Cabal.  If it were abnormal ...  well things would get a lot more interesting if this place had been nested by some abnormal species.  Finally, he spoke, but the way he did it masked his true purpose.

"Everyone over here please.  We need to discuss how to find our entry point before the sun sets."

Something else was said to Alice, who nodded and shakily walked towards the designated point.

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Post by Shrike7 on November 5th 2018, 16:39

In the odd, disconnected awareness of her current form, Winona traveled down, following the pillar they had found to its base. She found the directions its foundations stretched off to, and altered the directions she sent her swarm to match, crawling through the mountain snow, a few above, but the vast bulk of her below the surface now.

Some of her view fuzzed, eventually blacking entirely, but she ignored the slow diminution, finding two more corners to the foundation, and moving upwards from those. At the surface, a few spiders began to emerge, then more, two flows moving from points spaced in the distance and returning to the heavier clothes she left behind, the swarm massing upon itself, growing and merging back into the woman she had been moments ago.

Shivering, she moved to Helen and retrieved her jacket, seeming slimmer than she had been before, almost gaunt. "I've found two more corners to the structure, the places you saw me emerge. I'm certain Will and the good doctor can find the fourth from there." She explained, rubbing her arms against herself to try and warm faster.
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Post by lurker on November 19th 2018, 18:02

Sarah stayed quiet about what she had overheard, the woman however can't help but gaze her wary eyes around as she neared the others. Just in case, she allowed a hand to casually rest inside her carpet bag as she approached the others, carefully gripping one of those old pistols.

Reaching the others, she sighed. "Sooner we figure this out, the better, really."

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Re: Tibet, unknown location

Post by SiphonTalvesh on November 21st 2018, 08:18

Will and Watson began scheming in their minds the layout based on the information Winona had given them while the others grouped up together. When they arrived at the same spot, Chris dropped the bombshell.

"Alice is sensing something other than us here. Now, there's two things I can think of. Either it's the Cabal, and this is a setup, which fits them, or we've got an unidentified abnormal lurking about, maybe more than one. Whatever it is, I can't sense it, which isn't good. We also need to figure out our entry point soon, or we'll have to leave and come back. The nights will get brutally cold this time of year, and none of you will want to be here when the sun sets. Will, Watson, anything?"

After a moment, Watson began to slowly nod.

"I believe so. Based on the information Winona has given to us, the center, and a possible access point, should be about thirty meters or so behind, and to our left. We probably walked over it already in fact, so it's probably very well hidden."

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Post by Shrike7 on November 21st 2018, 15:20

"Or at least, very well buried." Winona added with a shrug. "Its possible it is otherwise hidden, but I suspect we shall have to dig, first."

She glanced around briefly, then continued. "As for any possible guests, I didnt see any either, but I wasn't looking for one, either. If it's the cabal and they saw me scatter, we likely have some time while they regroup. It also means I should be a viable distraction, as well. Or bait."
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Post by SiphonTalvesh on November 26th 2018, 14:16

Watson nodded in agreement.

"I'd be surprised, very surprised if we didn't need to do at least a small amount of digging. Given all this time ... well, let's just say that we can see this much of the place is a mild surprise."


Helen meanwhile grimaced slightly, not liking the idea of using anyone as bait.

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Post by SiphonTalvesh on January 2nd 2019, 19:30

((Long enough on the wait. Moving this along.))


The group of them spread out, looking for this entry point. It would be Gwen who found it, although by mistake, and not how they'd be expecting. One moment it was quiet, the next Gwen let out a short cry of surprise and vanished from view. A few moments later, they could hear her yell ouy, "Found it! Fell inside the damn thing!"


As he moved over with some of the others, Chris frowned.

"She shouldn't have fallen in like that. Someone else has been here and dug this up recently. Will, set up the ropes, we'll have to rappel down one at a time. I'm going down there, don't think Gwen should be left alone down there for a couple of reasons."

Nodding to Helen and Juliara, he walked to the edge and jumped down, landing a few moments later to find Gwen a bit shaken, but otherwise unharmed.

((Time to have the others react and join them below.))

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Post by Shrike7 on January 2nd 2019, 20:33

Winona turned at the yelp, a hint of a smile crossing her face as it was revealed what had happened. She waited for the ropes to be set up, keeping an eye on their surroundings and headed down near the last of the group, in case they were attacked while distracted.
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Post by SiphonTalvesh on January 3rd 2019, 14:27

One by one the group made their way inside the abandoned fortress, meeting up with Chris and Gwen. Gwen seemed to be rubbing her shoulder slightly, and wincing slightly as she walked. It seemed she'd banged her shoulder some, and possibly had rolled her ankle, but otherwise she seemed fine. Fortunately, the fall hadn't been too far down.

As they made their way deeper inside the place though, Gwen began to seem uncomfortable. As they approached a darker than others corner, she stopped, prompting the others to as well.

"Something's off. I mean ... well ... the electrical charge in me is acting weird, almost as if something with a similar ability were clashing with it, or as if there was some kind of other charge in the air, but ... I think Alice is right, we may not be alone down here."


A moment later, a shape appeared in the doorway behind her, right in front of what had once been a massive metal door. It spoke, laughing as it did.

"You should listen to her, she's right you ... OW!"


The voice was cut off as Alice reacted in a way no one had been expecting. Letting out a slight gasp, she suddenly reached her hands out, then pushed them away as if shoving someone. The huge metal door lifted off the ground, and then SLAMMED straight into the person's face, sending them flying into a lit enough area for the others to recognize them. It was Nikola Tesla, who was supposed to be dead.

Alice though wasn't done as she pressed her hands down onto the air, the door actually pressing and pinning the half vampire, immobilizing him.


Once he realized what had happened, Druitt began to laugh uncontrollably before turning to Alice, and with a smirk, he added, "bravo, nicely done. I don't suppose you'd care to smack him a few more times in the face with that door would you?"


Alice though didn't seem to be in a laughing mood. In fact, she seemed barely in control of herself, as if having a flash back or something. She seemed as if she were contemplating trying to crush him beneath the door, her hands wavering and shaking, sweat pouring down her face with her eyes still wide and alarmed looking. Clearly, Nikola's appearance had triggered the emergence of another power she had, one it seemed Chris even hadn't been aware of as he seemed surprised at her reaction, but also concerned as Alice seemed out of control. It was possible her memories of whatever had been done to her had come back, and she'd reacted out of pure fight instinct.

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Post by Shrike7 on January 4th 2019, 20:22

"Ah, if it isn't the -other- last vampire." Winona commented with a smirk. She recognized an ingrained reaction when she saw one, and figured the other woman would calm herself after a moment, coming back to the present.
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Post by SiphonTalvesh on January 25th 2019, 02:17

Chris whispered something to Alice, who reluctantly moved the door off Nikola, allowing the half vampire to speak.

"Well if it isn't my favorite spider woman. Tell me ..."

Helen cut him off.

"Cut the bullshit Nikola, what the hell are you doing here?"

Watson was the one who answered her though, glaring at Nikola as he did.

"I suspect for the same reason we're here. You wanted the Source Blood sample."

Druitt smirked slightly as he added, "Only he failed, or you wouldn't still be here, not after our last meeting."

"Yes, about that, nice move there John. Took me a while to get over that one."

"Not long enough. Care for another helping?"

The grimace on his face suggested not.

There was a long moment of silence, finally broken by Nikola.

"I may as well show you the map your father left Helen, it's in the center of this place. He really knew how to make things difficult didn't he."

"Lead on then and let's get this over with."


As they moved onward, Alice seemed to keep a wary eye on Nikola, while Gwen kept her distance, still seeming to try to get used to whatever feeling she was getting from being in proximity to someone with electrical powers of their own.

Juliara however moved over to Winona, tilting her head.

"Spider woman? I somehow doubt he meant a lover of spiders. So if I'm right ... you can shift too?"

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Post by Shrike7 on January 25th 2019, 14:38

Winona smiled sweetly. Somehow, it seemed almost predatory. "What's wrong with being a lover of spiders?" She asked, before opening her mouth. It went wider than it should, and a pair of pedipalps unfurled from within, showing a pair of wicked looking fangs tipping them before they retreated once more.

"You didnt notice above? My kind is something like shifters, I suppose. In truth, we're somewhere between a shifter, and a sentient colony. It's hard to explain better than that." She answered.
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