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Neshakushin Empire / Furi'ken, Chapter 1 - Into Darkness We Plunge! Part 4
« Last post by Kalshion on April 12, 2020, 12:28:49 AM »
Two season's later
April 12th

Tennōmae, the capital of the Neshakushin, unlike other cities within the nation this one sits above ground in plain view for any and all to see. In the vast, royal, garden stood several statues - some of which were over fifty feet tall while others were barely ten. Standing in front of the largest statue was Chi'ka, the captain of the Furi'ken, Chi'ka - much like the rest of her crew - were foreign to this nation because even though it contained the same kind of people as them it wasn't in their universe.

"Strange really," Chi'ka remarked as she slowly circled the statue. The statue resembled a young kit bravely giving their life to ensure that others lived, the Kit was an exact replica of the one who had been responsible for the creation of the Youth Corp back in her own universe. She had learned, through inquires, that it was the same here. Glancing off to her right, she observed a group of kits - perhaps no more than five or six years of age - frolicking about in the garden with a much older Shukaren watching over them. Every so often she'd see a slight flash of light come from the hand of the older Shukaren. "Magic..." she remarked.

Flashback, one season earlier
Tennōmae Military Research Hospital

"For all intents and purposes-" a doctor stated as he through a large medical bay. "-I fail to see the reason why we need to do this."

Beside him was a military officer, a My'leke - four legged with a long tail and grey fur - wearing the rank bars of an admiral. "They look like us, sound like us, and even act like us; but we need to know for certain that they aren't spies."

"It's been a full season, you've had the intelligence people watching them ever since they were released into the public, I'm sure if they were spies you'd know by now," remarked the doctor. The two came upon a door and, placing his hand on the keylock, the door opened. Inside were a bank of monitors, over three hundred each one with a single person watching them, although only one hundred and seventy eight were actively being used.

The admiral walked up toward one monitor, there was a peice of table taped to the side of it with someone's name: Micalio Di'Aldio. There was another monitor with the name 'Phra'athit Neha Ay'indri' the Admiral glanced over at a clipboard which showed various bits of information, including what the monitored person was doing, where they lived, what they ate, etc.

"Nothing out of the ordinary?" the Admiral asked of the officer in charge.

"Nothing," the officer said with a shake of the head. "All one hundred and seventy eight people that we are monitoring are doing precisely what we had hoped. None of them are displaying signs that they are our enemies in disguise or even showing any signs of potentially being a threat."

"Yes well," a voice spoke from behind the officer. "I could've told you that," Chi'ka stood there with her arms folded, she wore the same uniform as the admiral except her rank badges showed her as being a captain.

"Standard procedure," the officer remarked as he turned toward her and smiled. "We have to make sure that you are who you say you are."

"Really? So why am I not being monitored then?" Chi'ka asked while walking up toward the officer and folding her arms once more.

"Who says you're not?" said the admiral. "We do have a way of figuring out whether a person is our enemy or not, perhaps you should know since you will be going back to space soon."

"Is that so? Ok, please explain to me then."

The admiral raised a paw toward her. "First off, I understand that you may find our methods distasteful, probably from where you come from things are different but we've had to take these measures in order to protect our people."

Chi'ka thought for a moment, tapping her lower chin. "Distasteful? Not really, where I come from we torture our enemies, starve them, leave them out into the cold or the hot, wait until they are ready to speak."

Of couse, Chi'ka knew that some of that wasn't exactly truthful but some of it was. "I just find the process of probing our minds to be distasteful."

"Yes well, you see," the officer in charge started - he beckoned at one of the monitors and tapped on the stats screen. "Probing someone's mind doesn't work when they possess some manner of mana, chi, or kai."

Chi'ka had heard those words many times already since they arrived. "I see, and I take it that's how you are figuring out whether you can trust us?"

"Like so," the officer spoke and grabbed a spare, unused monitor. "Give me recording of suspected spy 98373-A," he waited until the image faded from black to show what looked like a My'leke walking around the capital's lower ward. "Our enemies can't use magic, we don't know why precisely although we have theories, the fact is that they just can't."

The camera followed the My'leke as they made their way casually through the ward, a bar on the right showed the stats - where the My'leke was, including their rough gps cordinates, location, but it also showed the measurable amount of mana that they had. In this case, the number showed zero percent.

"According to scientists, it is theoretically impossible for a living thing to have no mana but here we see that this person is just that." The officer then had barked an order and the footage changed to now show this My'leke in an interrogation cell. A Shukaren injected something into the My'lekes neck, over the course of an hour the My'leke changed from being what they appeared to be to being something else entirely.

It still sent shivers down Chi'ka's back, even though she's already been briefed in depth about the enemy that plagues the Neshakushin, it still bothered her how they used gene modification to spy on others - though it was an ingenious idea. The creature on the screen now resembled an odd hybrid of a bipedal lizard with four arms, a single eye and an exposed chest cavity that showed the heart, lungs, and stomach. "I don't recall seeing that in the reports," she remarked as she covered her mouth in disgust.

The officer looked over at Chi'ka for a moment and then at the doctor. "We know from some reports that this person is apparently a criminal in their society, it seems as punishment their chest is 'opened' to reveal their organs which - despite having open contact with the air - do not degrade. However, I do know that it is extremely painful and apparently spying is one of the methods for them to be made whole again." The doctor said but then shrugged. "To be honest we don't fully understand this."

End Flashback

Chi'ka was now leaning up against a wall made out of wood and flowers, she stared up into the dark sky - occasionally she'd see a shooting star. "Still though it amazes me.. magic.." she repeated that last word a few times - as if her mind still wasn't able to comprehend it. In the universe that she and her crew came from, magic was considered fantasy, an impossibility. Yet here it was real, as real as the air that they were breathing.

She glanced down at her palm and flexed her fingers. "According to them every member of my crew has the potential to use magic, some more than others, but how to unlock that potential I wonder?" she had already asked that question but the answer were always the same: "Only if that person wills it and understands it, can they use it."

As she stayed there, leaning, she pondered how the rest of the crew were doing. It had only been a few days since the crew last got together for a briefing and status update on the ship, but to her it seemed like many days had now passed. With them being ground-side for several seasons, she was hoping that her crew - much like her - had partaken in some needed leave, but also, honing of one's skills. She herself had spent time learning how to operate some of the Neshakushin's heavy weapons since it seems in their military ship captains are always part of away teams and members of assault squads. "Not much different from our own, though that means the XO stays behind to command the ship," she muttered under her breath.

It was about time for them to have their next briefing, here in the Royal Garden. She looked toward the only entrance to the Garden, waiting for her crew to come.
Neshakushin Empire / Re: (Furi'ken) Chapter 1 - Into Darkness We Go! Part 3
« Last post by Soresu on December 26, 2019, 01:06:07 PM »
Ay'indri's hands shook a little whilst keeping them upon the controls. The small fox seemed to have her attention on the task at hand. Looking down, she saw Aiu fiddling with the bandage on her thigh. With a little growl of renewed pain at the added pressure, Ay'indri shook a little at the medic's question. Did she have friends? They were a liability in her line of work. That and she'd never been too personable, to begin with. Although a frown formed upon her lips. Family. A sore spot for her. Her parents were kind, gentle and understanding when it came to their daughter. It made her a little uncomfortable when attention was lavished upon her to the point it reminded her of her deceased sibling.

He'd been the eldest. He'd been gone for almost a decade now, his cause of death attributed to an 'accident' but she knew what had happened. Netrunu'marol, an all Laibe faction of terrorists had raided her family's claim holdings and he'd simply got in the way. Ay'indri gulped, her eyes misting through the pain of her physical wound just as much as the mental scarring upon her psyche.

It was the bloodloss she told herself. The crack in her normally silent, stoic demeanor. With a grunt of throbbing pain, the agent kept her drooping eyes upon the screens.

"I have no friends," she stated in a matter of fact tone, well, as much of one as she could muster. Though all she could do was mutter incoherently about her mother and father. It was uncomfortable to talk about her life, or so she thought as red spots of crimson began to seep through the newer layer of gauze and bandage. A shudder rumbled through the ship as her grip weakened on the controls. With an audible inhalation, Ay'indri gripped them harder, sparing a glance to Aiu, and then back to the readouts.
Neshakushin Empire / Re: (Furi'ken) Chapter 1 - Into Darkness We Go! Part 3
« Last post by Aria on November 30, 2019, 03:11:16 PM »
Aiu rushed through the door onto the bridge, bumping against the door frame as she tried to keep her balance. Her task was immediately apparent upon arrival. She ran up to Ay'indri and looked over her injury.

"Bleeding through the bandage, possible femoral artery tear," Aiu muttered out loud. She's lasted this long, so it might not be. She swiftly pulled out a thick set of gauze pads, then pressed them tightly on top of the old bandages. Removing the old ones could disturb blood that's already clotting and make things worse. She then tightly wrapped some medical tape around the gauze to firmly hold it in place. With one hand, she fished for a field tourniquet out of her medical pack as she put pressure on the wound with the other. If the bleeding didn't stop, she'd have the tourniquet ready.

"Please talk to me, Ay'indri. I need you to stay alert. Tell me about your family or friends."
Neshakushin Empire / Re: (Furi'ken) Chapter 1 - Into Darkness We Go! Part 3
« Last post by Soresu on November 09, 2019, 10:46:16 PM »
Ay'indri, Or'ion Agent, now pilot shivered as she clung desperately to the ship's nav-controls. All she saw was the pale blue of this unknown world's skies, the fluff of clouds and the dark aquatic colors of an oncoming sea overtaking the horizon. Feeling the Ship Mistress' hands atop her own helped. They steadied her shivering appendages whilst fighting to keep them from crashing headfirst into a vast expanse of water. Feeling a chill raced up and down her spine, the focks agent tilted the controls back a little more.

Her adjustments were made to try and buffer the waiting blow from smacking into the sea into something a little more manageable.  Her heart raced, not so much from blood loss, but simply experiencing a feeling of vertigo as she watched the viewscreen. They may survive the crash. Or at the very least some of them depending on how water-tight everything was on such a damaged vessel
Neshakushin Empire / Re: (Furi'ken) Chapter 1 - Into Darkness We Go! Part 3
« Last post by Kalshion on October 27, 2019, 10:51:09 AM »
The ships bow slowly eased upward thanks to Ay'indri's determination, Chi'ka kept her hands on Ay's but she felt her own strength slowly waning due to the struggle. "Just a little more," she remarked as she watched the altitude gauge out of the corner of her eye. They had less than thirty seconds and currently ahead was a sea of water.

Neshakushin Empire / Re: (Furi'ken) Chapter 1 - Into Darkness We Go! Part 3
« Last post by Soresu on October 02, 2019, 10:44:01 PM »
Ay'indri's skin would feel cool, clammy with an even paler cast to it than normal. The small fox was breathing rapidly but in shallow breaths. Weakness suffused her limbs to the point of trembling. She was tired, she wanted to sleep. To rest her weary head. But, some small part of her knew that doing so meant death. Her hands almost slipped from the controls which caused the ship to shudder along with its impromptu pilot. Chi'ka's hands helped, but she was fighting a losing battle even as she fought her own body to keep their decent steady.

The agent could feel her heart beating quicker, the elevated thumping sounding off in her fur-covered ears. With a shaky hand, Ay'indri pressed a button, then another, fighting every inch of the way to soften their decent to the approaching ground. The console warned her that the bow was dipping lower, but her eyesight had blurred to the point of blinking rapidly as she tried to make heads or tails of the words. Soft lashes and eyelids fluttered as they to decided to dip lower, and lower.

Ay'indri shook her head once more, lips trembling as she tried to speak, "B-Bow s-s-s-ection too l-" she couldn't finish the thought as confusion dampened whatever relevant thought had formed in her mind. Her head dipped forward and came back up before shaking her head in a bid to shake the cobwebs. It just wasn't enough.
Neshakushin Empire / Re: (Furi'ken) Chapter 1 - Into Darkness We Go! Part 3
« Last post by Aria on October 02, 2019, 03:47:06 PM »
Aiu quietly followed Micalio and Barbanov towards the escape pods until the sudden order for a medic echoed over the ship's speakers. Her good ear perked up as she stopped with a small slide before turning and sprinting the opposite direction towards the bridge.

"Sorry, duty calls!" she shouted back, a little too chipper considering the message.
Neshakushin Empire / Re: (Furi'ken) Chapter 1 - Into Darkness We Go! Part 3
« Last post by Kalshion on October 02, 2019, 11:21:25 AM »

Chi'ka bolted the rails and over to Ay'indri, "bloody hell," she remarked as she tapped the console. "Medic to the bridge!" the ships loud speakers bellowed as Chi'la placed her hands on those of the agents to keep her course steady.

The display showed the vessel on a gradual descent, it was a bit on the low side but Chi'ka figured losing a little bit of the forward section was better than trying to force an injured agent to do more. "Just keep her steady," the shipmistress said into the agents ear.
Neshakushin Empire / Re: (Furi'ken) Chapter 1 - Into Darkness We Go! Part 3
« Last post by Soresu on September 27, 2019, 12:39:47 PM »

'And you call yourself a Shipmistress?!' Ay'indri wanted to shout back in retort. The grumbly fox grumbled even more as her pale skin was bathed in the blue glow of a holographic interface. Finally! Something was g- '*Pop!*. The interface fizzled out leaving the Or'ion agent with the bittersweet, almost fatalistic view of their impending future. Her balled fists found the sleek console with an angry shout. She had been trained to kill, to seek out the Kingdom's enemies and destroy them. Not this!

Worry and pangs of urgency flipped in the pit of her tummy as she quickly gave the console another look. The screen showed the interface was down, for the moment or for forever. But there was another option. It flashed and bleated in red. The manual flight controls. One of her delicate fingers rammed down on the control with all force she could muster. Manual control was granted. With hands shaking from near panic and adrenaline, Ay'indri began by trying to level out the ship with the emergency thrusters, and ensure the vessel didn't snap in two. Hopefully, with the computer's assistance, she next activated Gravitic engine once more.

Except for this time, she'd have to manually go about trying to keep them aloft, or even try to land the rickety thing on some solid ground. She could fly a shuttle with ease, except the Kestrire'alis-class Recon Ship had several million metric tons and was infinitely more complex than a  simple shuttlecraft.

Her fingers tapped on the console rapidly, sliding along the interface for the amount of 'thrust' and 'lift' from the engine all the while fighting to try to keep it level and not to take a nosedive. Her vision continued to blur, and the feel of cold tickled her skin. The small fox tried shaking her head, willing herself to continue. But it was a losing battle. Even with the bandage she was losing blood at a rate in which she'd not last much longer. Ay'indri's eyes grew wide a she looked to the shipmistress, "I-I don't know if I can-can keep thi...this up." her words slurred as she gestured to her thigh. The bandage was bright red and more blood dripped down the torn pants leg as she panted.
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