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Dec 16, 2018 1:17 PM
the continuing adventures of Darya in Shift
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<Darya?>

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<-help.>

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<Do you need us to send someone over?>

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<-yes. hurry. please.>

He's backing away, twisting to protect Thecia from the boy encroaching on him.

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<Okay, stay calm and stay with me. I can't contact anyone in the area. Could you describe what happened?>

People start to kill each other. Someone apparently dies... only to shift into a new form and then kick their attacker, causing then to rocket into the sky. The kicker turns to the group of weird people.

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<.strangers, weird. attacking? or causing something?>

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<Causing what?>

Darya recognizes that pair over there, they... they are siblings and they are trying to kill each other.

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<-I I don't- insanity. They're- everyone's trying to- kill->

He keeps moving away from the strange people. He should help, but he doesn't know how to, and he needs to protect Thecia and-

And the merchant and their newborn and-

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There are plenty of people needing saving. In the distance, Darya can see someong shooting off into the sky in a bubble, they are too far away to  shout for help.

Someone pushes Darya and Thecia into the ground, they don't stay to fight, apparently Darya is just a distraction to a crowd that's marching steadily towards them.

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He curls around Thecia, feeling useless and worthless and-

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And the boy is-

-trying to protect him??

"Guys, cut it out."

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-Whatever was affecting the crowd abruptly dies off.

"What the fuck, E?"

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Back in the Bright guild headquarters, Theo is in deep concentration... trying to switch powers...

It's like putting your arm into a pool of acid and glass shards.

He ignores it, because the only thing he needs is finding a power that can help with this situation.

 

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The technology they have is beyond anything even the Bright's have ever seen, probably not from this world.

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Darya braces himself, ready to shift, to run and hide, holding Thecia close to him, praying she'll not start crying.

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Some people approach. A Ventari fellow even appears to be trying to approach the group diplomatically...

...but a shadow, not someone in Umbra (well, maybe), but a humanoid shadow strides forward and positions itself near the group.

But even that's interrupted by a thunderclap, for a moment it even sounds like guild's teleportation, but it isn't, instead there is a woman up in the sky, surrounded by balls of lightning, she throws one at Pride. It's slow.

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Pride moves, twisting away from the ball of lightning, one whip lashing out, aimed at one of the group, a search for a human shield.

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Well, there was that Ventari person that so helpfully got closer to them.

The woman tries to change the ball's trajectory.

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Well, Pride now has a human shield, even if she's having some trouble navigating the wings. And she's got a keen eye on the ball, tracking its trajectory and adjusting appropriately.

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-And Wrath walks right towards the ball, lips pulled into an insane smirk.

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The ball of lightning zaps her like a thunderbolt from the heavens.

 

The woman flies higher and starts creating more balls of lightning.

The shadow observes Wrath.

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-Gleeful laughter is probably not the response they're expecting.

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Probably not, but the shadow isn't visibly reacting.

It is just... stands there, it might be staring Wrath in the eyes, but the pitch black darkness does not reveal features.

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She's still on her feet, for all the damage that's obviously been done, and there's more metal visible through the wounds she's sustained - almost as though her body is as much metal as flesh. "If you think that's gonna put me down you got another thing coming."

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