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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:55 am

"Prime or no, vengeance will be mine. Blood calls for blood, sergeant."

Kenji called out some orders and two of his men left, returning quickly with his boots. If Rhone wanted the veteran shop-keeper to stay back and hold down the fort, so to speak, he would need to do some better convincing.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:33 pm

I'm not here to tell you how to run your shop, Kenji Nagai....or to tell you that you shouldn't avenge your own.  Hell, I wouldn't let anybody stop me from ripping apart the the scum who hurt one of my men.  But these men still need you, brother.  Their livlihood rests on this shop and i'll be damned if I watch one of Toujou's last sons die in a tiny crawl space. Besides...that gut of yours is just too solid to suck in, and Emperor damn you if i've got to pry your fat ass out of a wall while the enemy gets away.

Rhone moves in closer and places a strong hand on the man's shoulder.

"Hold it down here...these could be the same men who attacked you earlier.  This could just be a diversion. Defend your home and let me find out who did this to your man.  Then we'll take the fight to the enemy and cut the head off the serpent together."


Rhone glances at Jules a moment and winks.

"You did all you could, little darling."


His attention back to Kenji, Rhone meets the man's gaze.

"I imagine you and me suffer the same weakness in command.  We both want to handle everything when sometimes, there's better men for the job.  I'm that better man for the job right now, Sergeant.  Get your shit in order here until we figure out what we're dealing with.  I'll try to bring the prick back alive."
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:10 am

Kenji looked at Rhone and for a moment the former Kasrkin wondered if the old shopkeeper would actuall throw him through the wall. But a slight, sad smile crossed his face and he peered down at his rock hard dad-gut.

"Can't argue with you there, Rhone." He looked at the bolt pistol and nodded, more to himself than anyone else.

"Here." He handed Jules the triple-barrel and a box of shells. "Hallway that tight, you won't even need to aim it - just point and squeeze. Keep it tight against the shoulder though, it has a hell of a kick."

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"We will hold it down here."

The hole was already being cut out, even as Yamazaki's body was covered. It would only take a few more moments before it was accessible.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:26 pm

Jules gives Kenji a tight smile her face full of determination as she accepts the shotgun. She perhaps was clearly not a military type, that much was obvious as she handled the weapon, but she had the nous to check the safety and check that the gun was loaded. She'd been in a few scrapes before but a shotgun was new to her.

She hefts the weapon and then tries it out for 'fit', pulling the stock into her shoulder. Nodding again to Kenji her gaze then shifts to Rhone.

"Lets go." she nods to the shotgun "As you're taking lead if I say duck hit the floor."
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:49 pm

Rhone nodded to Kenji before turning to Jules. An extra body and a shotgun would be useful, but Rhone wasn't too excited about dragging the girl into a potentially dangerous situation.  Still, she proved she could handle herself...

"Just make sure you plant both of those feet if you unload all three barrels at once little darling...or you'll be joining me on the ground."

Rhone looked over to the hole briefly before turning back to Jules.

"As much as I enjoy giving you a show, i'd best get some clothes on before we go crawling into the unknown. "


Rhone breaks off momentarily, jogging to his temporary quarters.  In less than a minute, the sergeant returns fully clothed.  The aviator jacket would offer superficial padding to the elements and the occasional tooth. Checking his weapon placement, Rhone checks the magazine of his bolt pistol before he flicks the red dot sight on and off to make sure everything is in working order.

"No telling who this shithead is. If the opportunity presents itself, i'd like to take him alive."
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Sat Dec 29, 2018 5:38 pm

The two move into the cramped corridor. Piping snaked along both sides of the walls and the ceiling. Whether or not it was functional or long unused remained a mystery. A look back revealed Kenji giving a nod of encouragement, his almond, tilted eyes hard and set in determination. He turned and tended to his men, leaving you to it.

There is enough room to turn around should you choose, but you two definitely couldn't stand side-by-side. Rhone took the lead. He had some four inches in height on Jules, plus whatever his boots added. This meant that Jules had the pleasure of staring at the bottom of his neck if she were right up against him. As such, her view ahead was severely cut off. She would have to rely on Rhone to know what was ahead of them.

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Although, whatever had killed Yamazaki had come from behind her...

As Jules as Rhone moved off in the direction of Yamazaki's killer, the first thing they noticed was just how dark it was. Coming from the lit basement into the unused corridor was quite the juxtaposition in light and dark.

In the current conditions, you could see only a meter or two ahead. Of Yamazaki's killer, there was no sign or sound.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:22 pm

It was dark and cramped. Jules had experienced far worse conditions on the penal colony. She shrugged the claustrophobic conditions off. Mr. Ken's (as she preferred to think of him) shotgun was at the ready, although it was pointed at forty five degrees to the ground and her finger rested on the ring, not the trigger. While she was not combat trained she was smart.

She considered her surroundings...

"I've a glow globe or night vision glasses. Which do you prefer?" she queried to what she considered as the evidence presented itself the person with the most experience in such matters. Jules was pretty sure her night sight glasses was the right answer, but that depended on what gear Rhone carried.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:32 pm

The space was indeed cramped. Rhône was rather tall, and his shoulders were broad. Despite his observations of Kenji’s extra weight, the grizzled Sergeant’s muscled frame wasn’t necessarily best suited for crawling through cramped spaces either. Still...it was less laughable than trying to watch someone like Stubbs fit through such a tight space.

He squinted tightly for few long seconds. He repeated this process a few more times in an attempt to adjust his eyes to the low light conditions.

Rhône quirked a brow as the girl spoke. Night vision..? Whoever this girl was, she was resourceful. Rhône weighed the options, ultimately deciding to take the goggles, seeing as he would be taking point. There was no sense in leading the way blindly.

“I’ll borrow that night vision if you don’t mind. If we end up exchanging fire in here, all you need to do is point all three barrels in the general direction of the enemy and let the Emperor and physics do the rest.”

With an elbow bent, he holds his bolt pistol parallel to his head. The muzzle was pointed at the sky, and like Jules, his finger rested on the trigger guard. The weapon itself was a sleek black gunmetal with an ivory grip. On each side of the pistol was a stylized ivory skull; It’s eyes illuminated by a pair of LED’s that emitted a low red glow. Beneath each skull, written in high gothic were the words “Penitence in death”.

Aside from the large pistol, Rhône was traveling fairly light considering what he was used to. Dangling from his neck was a set of ident tags. Underneath his aviator jacket, a shoulder rig could be seen which housed a pair of bolt magazines under each armpit. One of the four magazines was marked with a distinctive orange stripe. Attached to his left upper thigh, just above the knee was a utility satchel. Two imperial steel blades rested in sheaths at his right hip, and on his left ankle. Finally, a sturdy belt pack rested above his tailbone.  
“You ever kill anybody before, darling?”
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:50 pm

Army boy had got it all wrong, perhaps I should have been clearer. Jules smirks behind Rhone's back.

"I take it you do not have goggles yourself then. I have some spectacles that help me see in the dark." Jules fishes out a pair of metal framed glasses, the lenses circular and tinted dark grey. "I'll be able see absolutely nothing down here with out them or some light. If you want to use em' I can hang onto your 'coattails' and then use the globe when I need to. Up to you?"

Jules understood why the second question was asked. Could Rhone rely on her if needed. She had killed precisely two people. Both had threatened her life. At the end of the day Jules was a survivor and she also looked after her friends. She didn't count Rhone as one yet but he sure was as close to any she had at the moment.

"Yes I have" Jules replies. Steel in her voice.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:46 pm

Rhône realized the weight of his question immediately after he asked it. Jules’ voice carried something with it. Pain? Regret? Both maybe... His own first kill was a fellow cadet in the Cadian White Shields at the age of twelve. An accident, but a mark of shame that would haunt him forever. A pair of betrayed eyes that stared back at him as he closed his own every night.
While he’d dealt with “civilians” before, Rhône had been surrounded by callused killers for far too long now. He felt a sense of embarrassment after asking the girl such a heavy question so nonchalantly....at the same time, survival outweighed tact.

“Sorry, darling.... Look, you strike me as capable enough. Follow my lead and I’ll get us back here before lunch, alright?”

Rhône’s thoughts lingered on the girl’s upbringing. He knew nothing about her, but she was proof that innocence was only a naive perception imposed on others to justify one’s own actions.

“If you wouldn’t mind parting with those glasses a moment...I think we’d maintain the tactical advantage if I led the way with them.”
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:30 pm

*Assuming Jules gives Rhone the glasses*

The dim of the corridor went away as Argus slipped the glasses over his eyes. They were a nifty piece of tech, taking away the darkness so that everything appeared in a not-quite-clear monochrome.

Jules could see Rhone's back as long as she stayed close.

The two moved forward at a cautious pace. The path ended in a T up ahead, but the direction to go was easy as the path to the right was long since patched up with scrap metal and rebar. Rhone peaked around the left corner, weapon out, and saw more empty pathway, with tubes snaking along like snakes.

With only one option, you continue on. The path was anything but straight as it made a Z, cutting back and forth, belying the fact that it was most likely constructed as areas around it and above it unexpectedly expanded in unforeseen directions.

At another corner, Rhone halted. Ahead, a pipe was spewing steam in great clouds. It was five meters ahead, but beyond it visibility was zero.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:35 am

Jules peered around Rhone as best she could "That's going to hurt if lingered under." she considered the problem for a moment with the potential for the killer to be waiting just beyound. She was no tactician but logic worked well as far as she was concerned.

"Ok, so you duck down and wiggle through against the wall furthest from where the steam is coming out. Then if bastard who killed Mr Ken's man is waiting for us you holler and I put three barrels down the corridor?"

She was sure Rhone would have a better or different idea but she wasn't one to stay quiet at the back.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:36 pm

It only took a few seconds for Rhone's vision to adjust to the monochromatic filter.  Rhone's eyes swept his surroundings, searching for what at this point could very well be anything.  Their enemy was unknown, but clearly practiced at murder considering the single deathblow that left Yakazaki drowning in his own blood.

Rhone halts just before the steam cloud, holding up a fist indicating to Jules to stop. It was too perfect...a trap more than likely. The sergeant smirks at Jules' enthusiasm.  Even Artur, Rhone's chosen second in command wasn't as vocal. For the sergeant, it was a breath of fresh air to be in the company of somebody who took some initiative.

"I like your enthusiasm darling..."


Rhone holds a hand out, closer to the steam in order to gauge the temperature.

"As long as we pass through quickly without exposing our skin for too long, it shouldn't be too much of an issue.  I'm glad I decided to go back for my pants....What i'm more concerned with is what's waiting on the other side.  Without any way of seeing through that steam, we're potentially walking into a lazy but effective trap."

Rhone ponders briefly.

"It's knee height.  I'll step over and move ahead five yards to make sure we're clear.  If you hear me yell fire, that means i'm prone.  In that case, aim high and let one barrel loose.  All three and I might catch some of that falling shot in my ass.  And I swear to the Emperor darling, you shoot me in the ass and you'll be the one patching it up."

Through the glasses he winks at her before high stepping over the plume of steam....
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:21 pm

Rhone seemed to have an obsession with his pants and liked to draw attention to the fact that she'd seem him in just his underware. He cut a fine figure, but was he over compensating Jules mused.

With a tight smile on her face she covered the corridor with the shotgun while Rhone cleared the steam.

"If this thing hits you in the ass there's not going to be much left to patch up." she quips back.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:55 pm

Rhone easily hops over the flowing steam without burning himself.

Only Rhone can see this:
 

Jules quickly loses sight of him completely. Immediately she realizes just how alone, and how incredibly dark, her situation has become.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:44 pm

Stealth clearly wasn’t the objective just yet.
They wouldn’t have the element of surprise in such a cramped cooridor. Their echoing footsteps and light sources would be impossible to hide. Rhône scans his surroundings, searching for any hidden signs of danger before he calls out in a raspy, whispered yell.

“Jules...other side is clear. Get up here.”
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:33 pm

She could see precisely a bit more than feth all. She didn't like it at all and thoughts plagued her of assailants from behind. She remained focused though despite the nagging thought of what she was doing down here. Rhone depended on her.

"Look, I'm going to need to use my globe to light my way. Just for a sec." without waiting for a reply she presses the activation stud and the area is bathed in soft light. Without much hesitation she moves forwards and tries to circumvent the hot steam.  

Evade Steam...:
 

Once Jules is clear she switches off the globe and draws close to Rhone.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:35 pm

There are a tense few seconds as the light switches off and both Jules and Rhone's eyes have to readjust to the dark. Jules' eyes take longer as she didn't have the benefit of the photo-lenses she had lent the rugged soldier.

The steam remains the only sound. That and the heartbeat you hear pounding away in your ears. But whatever tore up Yamazaki's face wasn't jumping out to do the same from you.

Five meters ahead was the opening into the larger room. Nothing stirred as far as the duo was aware...
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:01 am

Stay cool Jules, don't look like a scared girl in front of Rhone. He is a potential ticket out of here. One she would explore if... no when they got out of this hole. As her eyes adjusted she imagined all kinds of horrors in the dark so was relieved when she started to see the outline of Rhones broad shoulders slightly ahead of her.

She wanted to place her hand on his shoulder, just for a bit of reassurance. Human contact in the dark to steady her nerves, but she kept Mr. Kens three barrelled shotgun tight in her hands. She waited for a plan from Rhone trusting in his combat experience to see them through.

Stay cool Jules!
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:39 am

Rhône’s breaths were long and steady as his eyes focused on the area ahead. He’d been trained long ago to ride the waves of adrenaline that would rob a lesser man of their senses.
He felt Jules’ presence behind him, more than he heard her. The girl had a fire in her that he couldn’t put his finger on. Trouble always seemed to fall into his lap, but he was beginning to wonder what he was even doing down here. Rhône had promised Kenji he’d deliver vengeance for the death of his man, but what about his own men? Once this was over, he’d get his bearings and move on.
Rhône gripped the bolt pistol tight in one hand. Without taking his eyes off of the area ahead, Rhône points to Jules and motions to the left before moving forward slowly.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:38 pm

Jules nods in reply to Rhones motions. She hoped he meant that she should follow and stick to the left, it seemed obvious.

She tries to control her hammering heart, she imagined Rhone could almost hear it as she assumed he'd be pretty cool right now. Perhaps fearful but focusing it like soldiers often did and had to. She breathes in and out slowly and steadily a few times trying to calming herself a little and got ready to act, if Rhone entered the room she'd go in and peel left a little. She had to stay in control, use the shotgun, not her mind if threatened.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:06 pm

Rhone and Jules move forward, nearly in lockstep. Jules lacked the discipline of a trained soldier, but the fear of dying horribly tended to grant some reserves of self-saving control to people.

The end of the steamy hallway gave way to a room that was slightly better lit. Ambient light from out of sight glow globes brightened the area around you by a shade. It was by no means "lit" and Jules still needed to squint to see a foot or so in front of her face, but at least it wasn't the blind dark she had experienced earlier.

Rhone could see that they had come to some sort of junction. The pipes came together here in this 50 ft. diameter room (10 feet longer than a standard shipping container for reference). They snaked off through various exits, including the one you just came from, carrying steam, water, waste, electrical, and everything in between to other parts of the station.

There is the faint sound of water dripping on plasteel. Of the enemy, Rhone can see no immediate sign. Where did they go? Which way would you choose? How would you choose it?

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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:52 am

The anticipation of expecting something to happen and the relief when nothing did weighed heavy on Jules. It really was quite stressful poking about in the dark expecting something to attack at any moment.

For now Jules hangs at the back wall where they had entered and let Rhone get a head a little while he looked for evidence of the attackers passing. While she waiting she strained her ears to hear anything that might help.

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