Dec 16, 2018 12:08 PM
Lorica lands in sentinels!mutant world
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Lorica's out of town; she's been loaned to the Minneapolis team who are having a Stranger problem. Not all their villains are Strangers, though. For example, this combo she's run into seems to be a Tinker and a Blaster.

Her skillset doesn't dovetail as well or as familiarly with the locals as it does with her usual team back home. She's called for backup, but she shouldn't have extended herself in this direction this far in the first place, not without a solider sense of who was on call and what they could do.

The blaster misses her and hits some tech and the tech goes nuts and there's a high pitched whine, a bright light -

- and she's somewhere else.

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This particular patch of somewhere else appears to be an abandoned patch of city. Most of the skscrapers are intact, but some have begun crumbling. 

There are no other humans in view, but she can hear mechanical movement not too far off. 

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Rete can't get into the internet from here, which means someplace that never really had it or someplace that's had it cut off. This isn't Nilbog's town, but it could be a Simurghed city - she doesn't recognize it - what language on the signs?

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English, on what signs aren't too corroded to make it out. 

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She doesn't think it's London, though...

She kicks into the air for a better view.

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Some kind of humanoid machine rises out of a chunk of rubble to follow her. 

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She'd like to think that if there were somebody churning out robots in a Simurghed city she would have heard about it but realistically she probably wouldn't. She doesn't have any of her flock here, just the suit, so she doesn't want to get into a confrontation. Does the robot fly?

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The robot does not seem to fly, but it can jump like nobody's business and cling to the sides of buildings like a goat. 

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Well she can fly, so she's just gonna do it a little faster now.

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Another robot bursts out of the side of a skyscraper on a direct intercept course for her. 

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Well, fuck. She's fast, but if there get to be too many of these things she's gonna have a problem. Can Rete find any radio or anything?

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There exist nonzero radio transmissions, but they're super encrypted. 

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Rete can get to work on that; it has more onboard processing than usual since it couldn't talk to the base station from Minneapolis. It won't be that fast though. Meantime she flies away and tries not to get too close to buildings.

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Two robots burst out of buildings on either side of her. 

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How many of these things are there?? She goes up higher, trying to clear the buildings altogether.

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The robots hit each other, but instead of crashing into each other one of them uses the other as a springboard to leap at her. 

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Well that's just not fair. She gives it a solid kick in the head before veering out of its way.

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Its arm shoots out to grab her ankle before she can get out of range--

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And then a voice from the ground yells: "Hey, pick on someone your own size!"

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--at which point all of the robots immediately cease to pay any attention to Lorica, instead focusing on the other girl. 

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- okay. Lorica cannot currently fight giant robots effectively, she's barely a brute 2 and doesn't have a gun or anything on her. Maybe she can do some quick salvage before the other cape gets herself killed and put together something useful. She zips into a skyscraper, one that's already disgorged its robots, looking for electronics or anything she could turn into a gun or explosive.

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Just before the robots converge on her location, the sewer manhole she's standing on turns into what looks like quicksilver and she falls as it wraps itself protectively around her. The robots follow, breaking through the concrete around the hole. 

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There are a lot of old dead electronics in this skyscraper. Given a power source, some might turn out to be less dead than they appear, but all the batteries have long since lost charge and the outlets aren't outletting any power. 

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She can give something a jolt out of her suit. But first she has to assemble it. Stapler spring - copy machine - glue gun, nail gun - laptops, four of them - coffee machine - emergency part compartment in her suit has some toybox ceramic - strip this, fold that, wind this around that, grab a battery out of a cellphone -

She's working faster than she would if she didn't need to have something in ten minutes or be useless, so she has something in five; it's an infrared gun that Rete can aim. She goes back out and follows the bots.

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The bots are in tunnels underground.

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She holds up her arm. Rete twitches the nose of the gun, and sets it to "melt sensitive internals".

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