It was at this point something rather odd happened.
Fri Mar 27, 2015 06:38

Well, two things, really. Er, one and a half.

The Notary was checking through the Guardsman's registered equipment list to make sure she hadn't missed anything, and promptly started having a screaming fit. She tried desperately to think of a plan as she scrolled through the microtag trackers in the bodycams - another security measure for the people the DIA were supposed to protect - and found that the off-duty jumped-up gropo had returned to Rudi's-

Good. That could work.


A few minutes later, a fat-looking white pigeon with a tag on its leg declaring to to be one "Speckled Jim" sped into the room like a bullet and perched atop Wobbles' comically oversized clown wig.

"Huh? Oh, heya buddy!" Wobbles stroked the bird along its back and fished in her pockets for some seed. "Who've you got for me today?"

At the chorus of baffled expressions, Wobbled looked slightly guilty. "I, uh, I can't subscribe to message boards. I've got AAT - so, um, technology and I are really, really not friends - so when I signed up for Hugbox they set me up with a carrier pigeon! Oh, uh, Hugbox is kind of like an app where people go over and give each other a hug, some reassurance, you know, all that kinda thing, so of course I wanted to be part of it! Thank you, Mister Pigeon!" With that, she reversed and pedaled her way over to the Guardsman, who was promptly wrapped up in a tight hug.

At around head level.

Wobbles was content to do so until she heard the familiar crackle of multicoloured flames.

  • The Guardsman strode back into the pub...SeaTurtle, Thu Mar 26 22:46
    ...and made his way back to Rina, water dripping all over the place. "Sorry about that incident. Even if she's a stuck-up bureaucrat she's still a PPC agent-- and we're supposed to Serve and Protect. ... more
    • It was at this point something rather odd happened. — Scapegrace, Fri Mar 27 06:38
      • Once the initial shock had subsided...SeaTurtle, Fri Mar 27 08:21
        ...the Guardsman, despite being pinned under Wobbles' bear hug, awkwardly reached into his pocket and threw his laser screwdriver away from the Floater. With his most precious belonging now safe from ... more
        • She stared, horrified, at the flames issuing from the Guardsman's hat. "She's seriously able to get away with that?" she asked in dismay.
          • "Maybe yes, maybe no."SeaTurtle, Fri Mar 27 08:36
            "Either way, it's all in my head," said the Guardsman. "The Notary is just pushing back the inevitable."
            • "... but it's really nice to meet you! I kinda sorta left some people in the lurch over there but hey, come round sometime! I'll make sure she's out. Oh, and here!" There was a prolonged squeak of... more
              • "Oh, yes, I'm sure she's a lovely person."Iximaz, Fri Mar 27 09:35
                The sarcasm was so happy it was a bit of a surprise there wasn't Sar-plasm dripping from the walls. "After all, I'm sure someone willing to abandon a recently-regenerated, delirious person in a... more
                • ...and looked at Rina. "She did what now? I can't say I'm terribly surprised but... It's a Time Lord thing. If somebody just regenerated, you bring them in your house and help them get back on their... more
                  • "No, I think I've got it under control."Iximaz, Fri Mar 27 10:07
                    "But wow, the energy's still hanging around? That's... really weird, I regenerated yesterday, I thought the energy only lasted a few hours-- wait, set stuff on fire? "
                    • Valon perked up at the mention of fire.Voyd, Fri Mar 27 10:13
                      "So... you cast Fire Sneeze? So every round, your standard action is spent spitting out a cone that deals fire damage?" He grinned widely; he seemed to do that a lot. "Why yes, I play Pathfinder. At... more
                      • "A concentrated blast is very, very hot." He pointed at Rina's chest with his screwdriver. "You've still got energy pooling in your lungs and your voice box. Don't be surprised if your voice suddenly ... more
                        • "Uh, sure! Probably!"Scapegrace, Fri Mar 27 11:34
                          "I mean, half the time I don't know how I'm doing what I'm doing, and the other half I don't know what I'm doing period , but I bet we could figure something out! What do you think, Professor... more
                        • It was not dissimilar to the contagious yawn. But there was no way she was going to let the Ironic Overpower take advantage of the situation. "Yeah, I found out about the voice changing thing earlier ... more
                          • The Guardsman looked at...SeaTurtle, Fri Mar 27 16:42
                            ...Agent Wobbes as she made a balloon replica of Arcadia. "Hah, that's actually pretty good! Look: she's got the sky train network right. I can even see my old district on that thing! And that open... more
                            • "I'm really sorry."Iximaz, Fri Mar 27 16:55
                              Rina didn't know what else to say. "Don't worry, though. The Doctor will find Gallifrey, the writers wouldn't let anything else happen." She gave the Guardsman a small smile. "Well, I haven't been... more
                              • "Yeah, about that."SeaTurtle, Fri Mar 27 17:20
                                "It's mostly about the transfer of unwanted memories or even causing some sort of mental feedback loop or something. Let's say I wanted to show you memories of my first TARDIS flight: if I just... more
                                • "I thought about it for a bit."Iximaz, Fri Mar 27 17:24
                                  "Considered 'the Aviator', but decided there wasn't a point. I mean, it's not like I'm a renegade or anything, am I?" Rina laughed somewhat nervously. "And yeah, holy cow, that was quite the... more
                                  • "Relax, you're only... uh..."SeaTurtle, Fri Mar 27 18:07
                                    The Guardsman squinted at her. "Maaaaaybe under twenty? Yeah, no. That's not enough time for the really embarrassing stuff to build up. If you've lived over a millennium only then can you actually... more
                                    • "Just turned eighteen a few days ago."Iximaz, Fri Mar 27 18:15
                                      "And I don't know, really. That Lola girl kept showing up quite a bit, but I don't know what the deal is with her." Rina shrugged helplessly. "I was kind of not thinking straight at the time." Her... more
                                      • "Oh, the little cute one! I can help!"Scapegrace, Fri Mar 27 18:29
                                        "Yeah, she was the Notary's girlfriend back when the Notary was, like, fun and stuff - but don't tell her I told you! She doesn't like being reminded of the times when she wasn't horrible, and I only ... more
                                        • "Did I just hear that right?" she said, stunned.
                                          • The Reader walked over, trailing balloons.DawnFire, Fri Mar 27 19:06
                                            "Hi again," she said to the Guardsman. She sounded tired, but turned a credible imitation of a smile on Rina. "And hello. You wouldn't happen to be the new Time Lord I've been hearing about, would... more
                                            • "Wait a minute. Is that the Eye of Harmony?"SeaTurtle, Fri Mar 27 19:27
                                              The Guardsman leaned towards the Reader to take a better look. "Yeah, that totally is. Sweet. Look, she even added a solar flare trying to escape the singularity. And balloon-Arcadia, of course.... more
                                              • ((Suggestion!))Iximaz, Fri Mar 27 22:40
                                                ((SeaTurtle, since Dawn Fire seems to take a while to respond (no offense intended, DF, promise!), want to continue Rina and the Guardsman's conversation in the below thread? We can pretend it takes... more
                                                • ((The chain with 'Hey I go on tangents'? Sure.))SeaTurtle, Sat Mar 28 11:11
                                                  ((This is turning out to be a real Time Lord-fest: skipping though threads, splitting them apart, rallying at arbitrary points, the works. *Looks at thread* Derp. I completely forgot that the... more
                                            • Rina was instantly on her guard.Iximaz, Fri Mar 27 19:19
                                              The new lady smelled like a Time Lord. "Yes, she said hesitantly. "But I didn't destroy Gryffindor tower, before you ask."
                        • At the mention of the Notary...Voyd, Fri Mar 27 10:35
                          ...Valon's grin instantaneously changed to a frown. "I try not to hate anyone, but with that woman, I'm willing to make an exception. Just like Kala said: Doesn't she realize how dangerous it is to... more
    • "Oh, is that what's causing it?"Iximaz, Thu Mar 26 23:58
      "I just havent been able to make sense of it! And I haven't had a chance to talk to anyone other than the Notary and the Librarian, no time to go to the Canon Library and find books, and I haven't... more
      • "Yeah, sure."SeaTurtle, Fri Mar 27 08:35
        "You got questions, I've got answers," said the Guardsman. "Well, most of the time. If you asked me how to fix a TARDIS I could show you that but you'd need..." He scratched his chin. "Say... a... more
        • "Hey, I go on tangents all the time."Iximaz, Fri Mar 27 08:40
          Rina gave the Guardsman a weak smile and handed him his laser screwdriver. "Here, you kind of threw this." "Anyway, I think I turned eighteen a few days ago, but it's hard to be sure. Doc Fitz said... more
          • "Yessiree. You got time, though."SeaTurtle, Sat Mar 28 11:32
            "Provided you don't pull a Doctor and blow through over half of your regenerations in the span of a millennium you can easily live to be several thousand years old and only use up... say... five or... more
            • "Three thousand years?" Rina gasped.Iximaz, Sat Mar 28 11:42
              "That's... that's a long time..." She fell silent for a moment, staring down at the table and suddenly realizing just how incredibly young she must seem to the others. She decided it was best if she... more
              • "Painful?"SeaTurtle, Sat Mar 28 15:36
                "You're being torn apart and reassembled on a cellular level while your metabolism burns though an inherently unstable form of energy all while remaining conscious. Of course it hurts! Then again,... more
                • "That's... weird."Iximaz, Sat Mar 28 16:04
                  "Really weird. I mean, I knew that, but it's a lot stranger now that it's applicable to me." She twisted a lock of hair nervously. "Um, so, you said the touch-based telepathy needed training. What... more
                  • "No can do."SeaTurtle, Sat Mar 28 16:39
                    "It's as natural as breathing for us. On the up side, you'll be able to sense these weird 'tipping points' in time and guesstimate the best course of action based on your gut feeling for the future.... more
                    • Rina gave an undignified snort.Iximaz, Sat Mar 28 16:58
                      "Well, I'm sure that comes in handy once you're able to make sense of things."
                      • Valon, who had been spacing out...Voyd, Sat Mar 28 17:31
                        ...suddenly snapped back into reality. "Bwuh? Did you say telepathy? I dare anybody to get inside my skull." ((I kinda have in mind that Valon is just too weird to effectively read his mind. Anything ... more
                        • "DIA regulations on nonhuman agents..."SeaTurtle, Sat Mar 28 17:45
                          "...paragraph 3, sections seven to eleven," recited the Time Lord. "It boils down to this: 'if you are a telepath, no peeking into anyone's mind.' Stuff like that is strictly verboten; it's... more
                          • "Except Sues."Voyd, Sat Mar 28 17:57
                            "But even then, half the time I don't know what I'm thinking, so I doubt anyone else would." ((What is your opinion of Valon's psychic block of chaos?))
                            • ((It's a WIP of my D&D campaign. My character's a wizard/psion and when she tried to read the party rogue's mind, she just got a jumble of colors and a lot of noise. Sensory overload, his brain was... more
                              • "I have to agree," added the Guardsman.SeaTurtle, Sat Mar 28 22:12
                                "Besides, how can a person operate if everything inside their mind is complete chaos? In order to achieve higher thought you have to have patterns somewhere, right? Any competent telepath should be... more
                                • "If your mind really was just chaos..."Iximaz, Sat Mar 28 22:41
                                  "You probably wouldn't even realize it. I mean, I remember what post-regeneration delirium felt like, and at the time I thought things were totally normal until I recovered." Rina shrugged. "Of... more
                                  • "Well, there's impaired function..."SeaTurtle, Sun Mar 29 10:38
                                    "...and then there's absolute gibberish," said the Guardsman. "There's no order that can come from totally random input-- well, that's actually debatable," he interrupted himself, "because there's... more
                                    • "Um..."Iximaz, Sun Mar 29 10:47
                                      "Well, to be honest, I kinda dropped out of school in the middle of my eleventh year to become an agent," Rina said, turing red again. "Highest mathematics I took was pre-calculus. It wasn't ever my... more
                                      • "Oh, man," said the Guardsman, shaking his head.SeaTurtle, Sun Mar 29 11:47
                                        "I don't know much about Earth but you guys have an over-reliance on fossil fuels, right? Ooh, that's not going to end well. You people need scientists and engineers, not arts students! I'm sure that ... more
                                        • "Believe me, I'd love to give it a try."Iximaz, Sun Mar 29 11:52
                                          "But I just never really have the time. If I'm not off on a mission, I'm catching up on sleep. And half the time when I'm on a mission, I'm trying to sleep." She paused and suddenly grinned. "Though... more
                                          • The Guardsman smiled broadly.SeaTurtle, Sun Mar 29 12:58
                                            "Welcome to the good life. Thriving off only a couple hours' worth of sleep, being able to read books in an instant, perfect recall, and incredible longevity. You'd be overqualified for any job back... more
                                            • Rina stared hungrily at the diagram of the escafil device. "How could I have forgotten about that?" she murmured to herself. "I... I could turn back..." She felt her hearts leap, and she grabbed the... more
                                              • *clap clap clap clap*Voyd, Sun Mar 29 13:37
                                                "Maybe when you're running low on regenerations. I'm sure you've bled on something before; that'd be enough DNA, right?"
                                                • "Well, there's a bit of a problem..."Iximaz, Sun Mar 29 13:42
                                                  "See, if I did get my hands on an escafil device, which would be a feat in and of itself, I'd have to either have fresh blood or directly touch my old self. Gotta have living DNA for it to work."... more
                                                  • "Well, portals can open..."SeaTurtle, Sun Mar 29 14:41
                                                    "... almost anywhere in time and space," said the Guardsman, "so going back a few weeks ago in the PPC isn't totally out of the question. Besides, time works weirdly here. You're covered on that end. ... more
                                                    • "Well, there's Ilraen."Iximaz, Sun Mar 29 15:00
                                                      "Ilraen-Aroline-Fothergill, Implausible Crossovers. I met him when I first came here and looked up his reports afterwards. Oh, this is just perfect!" Rina was about ready to start cheering when a... more
                                                      • ((Replying to both.))SeaTurtle, Sun Mar 29 15:30
                                                        The Guardsman facepalmed. "Ugh, of course. You know when I said Time Lords had 'total recall'? Well, I'm an embarrassment to the entire race now. Hooray. Anyways... yeah! It seems like you got... more
                                                        • "Oh, you just had to say that!"Iximaz, Sun Mar 29 15:37
                                                          Rina smacked the Guardsman lightly on the arm, but her brow was furrowed. "Can you see others' timelines? Is it possible to pull this off? There's no 'fixed point in time' crap going on?" ((When in... more
                                                          • "It's tricky but doable."SeaTurtle, Sun Mar 29 16:05
                                                            "Doubly so because this is the PPC. It's really, really vague because you're seeing all of these potential timelines at the same time but you can get a gut feeling for someone else's future. For... more
                                                            • Rina squinted at the person...Iximaz, Sun Mar 29 16:13
                                                              then looked back at the Guardsman, shaking her head. "I'm sorry, I don't know what I'm doió" She glanced back and suddenly felt it. Her mouth fell open. "Oh my god, that is weird ."
                                                              • "Neat, eh?"SeaTurtle, Sun Mar 29 16:46
                                                                "He doesn't look like it but somehow this guy is at the centre of a fixed point in time. If you plan on sticking around the PPC for... thirty-odd more years then I highly suggest you talk to him. If... more
                                                                • "Maybe I will later."Iximaz, Sun Mar 29 16:50
                                                                  "I mean, I've got quite a lot to catch up on. Canons to reread. I don't know why, but not all my memories copied over properly." She scowled down at the table. "I can't remember the last time I... more
                                                    • "Hm..."Voyd, Sun Mar 29 14:49
                                                      "Isn't Rayner's partner a shapeshifter?"
                                                      • "Who?"SeaTurtle, Sun Mar 29 14:53
                                                        "And more importantly, did they acquire their shapeshifting abilities though the Andalite device? If not, they can't use the cube to give others the ability to morph."
                                                        • Valon blinked a few times.Voyd, Sun Mar 29 14:55
                                                          "Andalite? I think there actually is one of those here. Isn't he partnered with that cranky DIC agent?"
    • Valon grinned; no psychosis this time.Voyd, Thu Mar 26 22:50
      "Hiya! I'm Valon Vance, DF. My partner's the one who just juggernauted her way into the wall. Uh, why are you wet?"
      • "The Notary tried to fry my cameras..."SeaTurtle, Thu Mar 26 22:56
        "...with some sort of magic water or something. She honestly thinks she can get away by writing bogus complaints because people talk to her. Well, let's just say her complaint isn't going to go very... more
        • "Vivisection?"Voyd, Thu Mar 26 23:12
          Valon honestly seemed confused. "If this is about the turtle in the Cafeteria, I had no way of knowing it was still alive." ((Valon got a visit from the Gods of Retcon; the vivisection no longer... more
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