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((And it looks like we're partners now!))
Mon Aug 31, 2015 02:53

Aaron had been comfortably dozing in his Response Center, enjoying a chance to catch up on his sleep. The jolt of changing forms might not have managed to wake him, but Chakkik's shouting certainly was.

He recognized the smell of death and ozone that clung to his new body instantly.

Aaron liked to think that he wasn't racist against ghouls. After all, they were people just like humans, weren't they? Sure, they were horrifically decayed and would eventually go feral, becoming mindless brutes who were better than Super Mutants only in that they were easier to kill, but it wasn't exactly their fault. That said, the idea of actually becoming one was not an idea he relished. At least, thought his slowly-growing sardonic side, it was better than the alternative.

He couldn't allow his mind to spin purposelessly, though. He had to focus, try to figure out what had happened. The answer to that question, though, was obvious. There was only one thing that could turn a perfectly healthy human, well within the baseline range for mutations, into a shambling monstrosity... err, a being perfectly capable of productive contributions to society, but still rather unfortunately necrotized.

"The Sues," he said hoarsely, to nobody in particular. "They must have bombed HQ. I - I've got to try and find Natasha, maybe she made it out."

((Fun fact about ghouls, for those of you who aren't familiar with Fallout - humans have a chance of becoming one if they somehow survive massive radiation, such as, say, a nuclear bomb going off. So that's what Aaron's assumed has happened to him.

And Aaron is, in fact, mildly prejudiced against ghouls.))

  • Chakkik had been human for far too long. There were only two things he could take comfort in; the gentle hum of Mana at the back of his mind, and the cold flask in his hand. He took a drink, and let... more
    • ((And it looks like we're partners now!)) — Tira, Mon Aug 31 02:53
      • "You, name and department, right now."
        • "Aaron Hunter, DMS."Tira, Mon Aug 31 03:45
          The response was almost automatic. He frowned at the other man - another ghoul, confirming his initial guess at the cause. "Who are you? You're not my partner." Aaron had seen female ghouls before,... more
          • "I have been quite rudely removed from my own body, and I would like very much to murder whoever is responsible. I assume that you are not in your body either?"
            • Aaron blinked.Tira, Mon Aug 31 04:25
              "Removed from your... no, you don't understand. This is your body, my body. There must have been some kind of nuclear explosion, and the radiation caused us to mutate. We've been turned into ghouls." ... more
              • "This is NOT my body."Voyd, Mon Aug 31 12:31
                "I am six feet, four inches tall, and of a powerful build. This body is too small, too lean, to be mine. In addition, I was still recovering from an ordeal in my last mission, and I simply feel too... more
                • Aaron frowned.Tira, Mon Aug 31 13:59
                  The idea that people came in different sizes, something that he knew objectively had always been true, had only recently come to have any practical implications for his life. Examining the foggy... more
                  • "Surely... there is evidence... of who exactly... we are possessing... oh, I am a fool, the console is there." Chakkik started tapping away at the console's keys. "We are in Response Center... more
                    • "I guess they don't have the levels of nuclear power necessary to create them in all continuities. They're a form of mutated humans that look kind of like zombies - not that I'd ever use that word... more
                      • "My world is a fantasy continuum."Voyd, Mon Aug 31 15:43
                        "Our most advanced technology is powered by Mana. Which, in my current form, I cannot sense . I am going to murder whoever is responsible for this. I. Need. A sword. "
                        • "Oookay..."Tira, Mon Aug 31 16:17
                          Aaron was not used to calming down homicidal maniacs; in fact, he had rather more experience being the homicidal maniac. "Let's calm down and try to think about this logically?" he said. "Killing... more
                          • Chakkik stormed over, grabbed Aaron by the wrist, and dragged him out of the RC. "Mana is an ever-present force in my home continuum. I am in truth a Mana Monster, but I have been forced by... more
                            • They were both ghouls of similar size, and he thought it likely he could break away, but he was loath to leave his new acquaintance alone. "That seems like a really bad idea. What if they're the only ... more
                              • "Rectification, then bloodshed."Voyd, Mon Aug 31 23:30
                                "I am aware of my insanity. I also am not particularly concerned. Results are results."
                                • On the one hand, he didn't like the idea of killing someone just because of what could easily have been an honest mistake. On the other, he wasn't exactly unsympathetic to Chakkik's perspective. He... more
                                  • "My name is Chakkik, of the Department of Mary Sues. My Response Center is 512, and..." A look of dawning comprehension spread on Chakkik's face. "Oh... Hammers of Gnome, I have to find my partner.... more
                                    • ((That's fine!))Tira, Fri Sep 4 15:08
                                      "Natasha Markova, DMS as well. I suppose we're neighbors, if that even means anything in this place." Natasha held out her hand to shake, removing it from the holster of her gun. "So if we're going... more
                                      • Chakkik breezed past Natasha...Voyd, Fri Sep 4 21:02
                                        ... ignoring the outstretched hand. " Doooon Giovaaaaaaanniiii, a cenar teeee-ECK. Ergh, this body is clearly not trained in opera. Are either of you familiar with Mozart's 'Don Giovsnni'?"
                                        • Natasha shook her head.Tira, Sat Sep 5 00:42
                                          "Nah, I'm more of a Van Halen kinda girl, and Aaron here sticks with stuff from the Fifties." "It's nostalgic," Aaron replied rather defensively. "It reminds me of..." He broke off suddenly, and... more
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