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Dr. Gordon Freeman ([personal profile] trustycrowbar) wrote in [community profile] anemoi2012-06-28 12:54 am

Transformation Matrix

[The basement of the labs was dark and still, a graveyard of steam pipes and forgotten items and disused equipment that no one really wanted to see anymore. The area was all too familiar to Gordon; this was where his suit's charging station was sequestered.]

[But this isn't why he had come here this time. He coughed, leaning against the wall; pale, clammy, and trying to catch ragged shreds of breath. His lungs felt like they were on fire. At first he thought it was just stress, or exhaustion, or some fucking flu virus... he doubles over and coughs from the bottom of his lungs. Pieces of bloody... something, splatter to the floor. His own lung tissue maybe. Oh god, no wonder he couldn't breathe. There's plenty of soft defenseless tissue for the nanites to mess around with in there...]

[Yes, he knew exactly what was going on. That's why he wanted to get as far down and away from people as possible. Lock himself up. Hopefully the others will figure out what happened to him--]

[He lurches into another violent coughing fit and doubles over, wrenching himself to the floor. And those splatters of inert bloody tissue recoil from the impact, and slowly begin to inch away.]


[Oh hey, look, it's one of those wormy scientist guys! Why is the background so dark...?]

"Ah, is this thing on? Oh, alright. Ahh... ahem... It seems that just to compound the difficulty the power to the labs has gone out. No one is sure of the cause, and to top it off our illustrious Mister Freeman has gone missing. I knew the boy couldn't handle the pressure of administration. It may be a while before we can--wait, what was that? No, over there. By the air duct! Oh FINE, I'll go looOH GOD--"

[The rest is cut off by screams and a sickening prolonged crunch. It's safe to say that the Labs would like some help.]
faithful_kitsune: Grrrrrrr. (grrrr)


[personal profile] faithful_kitsune 2012-06-29 02:52 am (UTC)(link)
A single point of light illuminates the way. Ran's paper shikigami floats in front, helping guide her and the group of scientists in her wake.

"Stay close now. We mustn't have any more fatalities. And keep your wits about you; the creature could be anywhere right now."

She sighs, looking around. She spots a vent and sends another shikigami down it to monitor. Somewhere in the pit of her stomach, she knows that Gordon's disappearance and the sudden attack on the lab is connected, but she doesn't want to admit it... even if the statistical probability of anything else is astronomical.
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[personal profile] third_alternative 2012-06-29 03:16 am (UTC)(link)
Rex follows closely behind, hands balled into fists and ready to build machines at a moment's notice if need be. It's behind him that a small group of terrified scientists huddle together.

"Don't have to tell me that. We just need to figure out where it is--all this clanging is just making it more confusing."
faithful_kitsune: The master's will is absolute (stern)

[personal profile] faithful_kitsune 2012-06-29 03:56 am (UTC)(link)
"Tch --"

Ran reels back. She'd use stronger force, but now that she knows these things may be someone she knows, that's not an option. Seems like it's spellcard rules for now.

She processes the reaction of the thing in the vent to her shikigami. Such things need better verification, though. She pulls out three more -- nearly the maximum of what she can handle -- and flings them towards the creature, their flimsy shapes bursting to life and light and shooting forth. No shots yet, however; she wishes merely to gauge reaction.
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[personal profile] third_alternative 2012-06-29 04:39 am (UTC)(link)
Screw gauging reaction! It's there, it's shambling, and it's monstrous. That translates to "smash it into the ground" in Rex-speak!

He rushes past Ran and as he closes in on the monster, builds one arm into a giant fist. He reels it back and aims to give it a good, hard punch.
faithful_kitsune: Grrrrrrr. (grrrr)

[personal profile] faithful_kitsune 2012-06-30 02:12 am (UTC)(link)
Ran moves her hand slightly. The shikigamis move to surround the creature, and as the creature lunges, they begin firing a series of danmaku at it. There's no time to linger on disproved hypotheses.
third_alternative: (shit's serious // need to keep an eye ou)

[personal profile] third_alternative 2012-06-30 05:40 am (UTC)(link)
Oh great.

Rex does not stop to think about the circumstances or the consequences of what he might do.

No, instead, he just tries punching them harder.

~*~Flawless logic~*~
faithful_kitsune: What on Earth...? (shocked)

[personal profile] faithful_kitsune 2012-06-30 05:46 am (UTC)(link)
"Stay near me, all of you!" Ran repositions the shikigami. Unlike Rex, she realizes brute force may not be the answer here. In which case, she needs to spot something, an Achilles heel of sorts. She hopes Rex can keep them distracted long enough for her to monitor through the shikigami.

The niggling feeling once again that she should be more capable than this enters her mind, but she fights it off.
third_alternative: (shit's serious // need to keep an eye ou)

[personal profile] third_alternative 2012-07-01 12:12 am (UTC)(link)
Rex never actually considers curing in the middle of a fight. When something is trying to kill him, his first instinct is to punch back, not lovingly stroke it into submission.

...Although lovingly stroking them is starting to sound like a good option yeah. For lack of any other options, he grits his teeth, pushes his hand into the nearest monster, and hopes he can cure it before it smacks him into a wall.

He nods at the other monster, the one that was pulled by tendrils. "You think there's another monster we're dealing with in here too?"
faithful_kitsune: Grrrrrrr. (grrrr)

[personal profile] faithful_kitsune 2012-07-02 12:07 am (UTC)(link)
"Blast if I know! Whatever it is, it seems to want to help, but I cannot for the life of me understand WHY!" She sends out a larger, singular danmaku shot towards the lurching creature, shift to ensure she's in between it and the scientists.

She isn't entirely telling the truth. She has a slight hunch why this may be the case. But she doesn't like it.
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[personal profile] third_alternative 2012-07-02 03:43 am (UTC)(link)
"Huh. Curing seems to work."

He says, as if this is any surprise.

He glances up from the gross, bloody mess and spots the other halfling monster that he punched earlier. He thrusts his hand out at it too in an attempt to cure it before it does any more damage.
faithful_kitsune: Riiiiiiiiiight. (disbelieving)

[personal profile] faithful_kitsune 2012-07-02 04:02 am (UTC)(link)
Ran observes this process impassively, still maintaining the defense of the non-combatants. "It seems like you have considerably more effect than I do," she comments idly, an eyebrow raised.
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[personal profile] third_alternative 2012-07-02 04:13 am (UTC)(link)
"Yeah, well, when you--"

Rex cuts off mid-sentence when he spots the last blood creature removing and reattaching its bloody limbs to get out of the tendrils.

"...Okay, that? Is gross." Rex runs closer to it and shoves his hand at it to cure it as well.
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[personal profile] faithful_kitsune 2012-07-02 04:30 am (UTC)(link)
Ran observes the tendrils a bit longer -- and then slips out a slightly smaller shikigami. Focusing, she activates it with as little light as she can, before slipping it up through the vent where the tendrils are coming from.

Friend, or foe? This must be established.
third_alternative: (all-purpose icon of greatness?)

[personal profile] third_alternative 2012-07-02 05:01 am (UTC)(link)
Rex does, in fact, fully expect a violent retaliation from the tendrils, and can't help but lean in when they don't. How strangely...not monster-like. He tries to gingerly poke it.

Then he turns back to Ran, recalling the shikigami she just sent through the vent. "What was that thing you sent through there, anyway?"
faithful_kitsune: Breaking the bad news (serious)

[personal profile] faithful_kitsune 2012-07-02 05:14 am (UTC)(link)
Ran's eyes are closed, focusing on her sight through her servant. "A shikigami. Shh."

She refocuses, and channels her thoughts through it. Strange one. Do you understand what I am saying to you now? If you cannot speak, then simply show a sign.
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[personal profile] third_alternative 2012-07-02 06:01 am (UTC)(link)
Rex pauses before he leans down and gingerly picks up the glasses. Well that can't be good. Hopefully that's not Gordon's blood on the glasses. Hopefully he just dropped them when getting away from this area and someone else's blood got on them.

"Okay. Add that to the to-do list: find Gordon."

He glances from the glasses to the tendril, glasses to the tendril.

"It looks like it's trying to communicate with us, though." He crouches and inches closer to the tendril, trying to see more of it and follow it visually to its source. "Wonder what it's trying to say."
faithful_kitsune: Oh I'm sorry (apologetic)

[personal profile] faithful_kitsune 2012-07-02 06:05 am (UTC)(link)
Ran, her eyes closed, speaks slowly, deliberately, her focus clearly not all in the room with them. "I believe... we have already found him."

She maintains her focus. Gordon. I strongly believe it is you. The probability of it being anybody else is low. Please remain calm. The boy who cures is with me. I shall send him on his way. If you could provide me directions, I will assist him in reaching you as soon as I can.

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