May 21, 2022 3:09 PM
Musoka gets yoinked into the Survivorverse
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Musoka has been putting a lot of work into preparing for her first day at Collège Françoise Dupont! Her French is good enough that she can speak, read, and understand it without AI support. She's learned the names of her teachers, and even a few of her classmates. She's practiced taking the busses from her Aunt's flat to and from school. She's even started reading some of her textbooks! 

She's never put nearly this much work into getting ready for school! So it's really quite unfair that on her way there, she feels a sharp tugging sensation and, before she thinks to ask her ring what's happening, finds herself somewhere else entirely.

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There is a patch of air outside the Collège Françoise Dupont that is now slightly colder than it was.

This is, however, of rather less importance to Musoka than the fact that she is currently standing about an inch above a large glowing metal disc, set into a platform with cylindrical shimmery transparent force-field walls around it. The room this platform is in is lit by glowing panels in the ceiling, and across the room is a man in an Einstein wig, Kevlar vest with a lab coat over it, and face-concealingly huge goggles with a holstered glowy zappy gun thing, standing on his own platform. (His similarly has cylindrical shimmery transparent force-field walls around it, but also has a dramatic console full of glowing and flashing lights and buttons on it inside the force-field walls.) Other than the two platforms, the elaborate cables sneaking off into corners of the room, the glowy generator attached to the walls, and the shelves of equipment, there's nothing unusual about the room itself.

"BEHOLD! A TRIUMPH BEYOND MEASURE! The ULTIMATE WEAPON is mine, CONJURED FORTH FROM BEYOND THE VOID ITSELF -"

There's a slight crash below.

"Ah, the Luddites, just on schedule. Well, my ultimate weapon, perhaps we shall..."

And then he actually looks at Musoka and stops talking.

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Her AI immediately starts piping information into her brain. 

<Unfamiliar transdimensional activity detected! We've been pulled into another dimension. Remain in control of your feelings; you may be in danger here. Ring charge at 54%>

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Musoka yelps, startled by the sudden change of scenery. Looking around, she quickly focuses on the mad scientist (really? an Einstein wig??), staring at him with her mouth slightly agape until his monologue tapers off.

"D-did you just kidnap me? Into a completely different universe?? On my very first day of school???"

Her voice is loud and shrill, and her eyes are watering visibly.

<Acknowledged. Going to play dumb.>

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"I SUMMONED the ultimate alien weapon!" He glares at her. "I had no way of knowing it had a teenage girl attached!"

(There's another crash from downstairs, and a muffled sound of witty quips and something breaking.)

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The teenage girl steps back in alarm, raising her gloved hands shakily.

"I-I don't have any alien weapons! I don't think your machine worked at all!!" Her voice rises into a loud wail. "I want to go home!!!"

(an astute observer, trained in lip-reading, might notice that the sounds coming from her mouth don't actually match the movement of her lips.)

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The good doctor is not trained in lip-reading!

"Bah!" He draws the death ray. "Stay there. I have a -"

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"- Desperate need to get punched?" says the blue-and-silver clad young woman who bursts in, smashes into the force-field surrounding Mr. Wig going about 60 miles an hour, and bounces off like a rubber ball. "Hi, miss innocent hostage! Sorry about this, miss innocent hostage! Problems will disappear really shortly just as soon as I deck this guy!"

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And Mr. Wig draws his death ray and begins firing at the intruder.

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Oh no! A death ray!! She shouts in alarm, collapses in apparent shock, and curls up on the floor.

...And then conjures a small drill made out of blue light, being sure to keep her body between it and the mad scientist. She takes a deep breath, focuses on her hopes of resolving the situation without anyone getting hurt, and attempts to drill a small hole through the platform she's currently trapped on without drawing attention to herself.

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That works! There's a little fizzling and smoking coming from the platform - pretty clearly, whatever electronics are in it don't like being drilled - and the force-walls around her start flickering.

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The intruder is bouncing across the battlefield, pushing off shelves and careening off walls, death-ray blasts always missing. When Musoka falls she gives her a quick worried glance - then, careening over the far side of her, gives her a quick (and delighted) grin and keeps rolling, quipping as she does.

(The lights on the ceiling start to flicker, now.)

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Musoka, still facing away from the mad scientist, smiles back at the other blue girl, then focuses on her drill again.

She'll keep drilling until the forcefield drops, or until she manages to get a hole all the way through the platform.

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The forcefield drops first, but not very first. What does she want to do with the downed forcefield and/or hole?

(He's firing through the forcefield, incidentally; the superhero doesn't seem to be able to fly through it, but he sure can shoot through it.)

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(Meanwhile, the battle is continuing: "Your stubborn refusal to die -!"

"Is totally why I have this job instead of someone else!"

"You stand in the way of scientific progress!"

"I think I mostly stand in the way of kidnapping!"

"CAN YOU BE SILENT!"

"Dunno, never tried!")

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With the forcefield down, Musoka dives off the platform and into cover. She peeks over the top, inspecting her kidnapper and the system protecting him. Does he appear to have noticed her deception and sabotage? And does it seem like she could break his platform in a similar way? 

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He is super busy trying to zap the superhero with a death ray and has not really noticed yet! He'll probably notice real soon but right now his attention is focused elsewhere!

And yes, absolutely. He's getting a little hard to spot, though - by this point between the power going erratic and Mirror bouncing off the light fixtures, he's only visible by the glow of his console's buttons.

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Musoka takes in a deep breath, filling her mind with hopes of making a good first impression on a Fellow Superhero(!!!) and safely apprehending her kidnapper.

A line of blue light snakes out from her left hand, looping around her cover before making its way to the other platform. No longer trying to be sneaky, she creates five drill bit constructs, pushing them spinning into the exposed metal side at half-meter intervals with a grin on her face.

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He may not notice her rolling off the platform, but he totally does notice glowing drill bits! He slams on one of the buttons, and his platform begins descending like an elevator car, the force-field starting to flicker as her lantern-ring constructs eat through it.

"You have not heard the last of Doctor Dimensiona -"

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And then the other superhero drops out of practically nowhere behind him while he's distracted and punches him through his forcefield somehow - her hand only goes up to the forcefield but the punch somehow goes through - and sends his death ray spinning across the still-descending platform.

(She flashes another grin at Musoka as she does.)

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Emboldened by his disarmament, Musoka rises from her hiding spot and attempts to drill faster. Can she get the forcefield down before he makes his escape? If so, she's going to grab him with giant construct-pincers and haul him up.

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He is escaping as fast as he can! This is not actually fast enough. As soon as the forcefield goes down, Doctor Dimensional is gripped by giant construct-pincers and hauled up.

He looks at her hand. He looks at her glowy blue light.

"I TOLD YOU I summoned the ultimate alien weapon," he says, somewhat muzzily between wheezes.

 

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"Yup! You did. Now jail. Thank you, fellow superhero whose name I currently don't know!"

She waves. "Mirror."

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Musoka grins sheepishly at Doctor Dimensional.

"It's... not a weapon, exactly? It's more like... the ultimate alien multi-tool! ...That you can fight with."

She turns to Mirror and waves. 

"Hi! It's nice to meet another superhero!! You can call me Blue Lantern. Unless you have other Blue Lanterns around here?" Her brow furrows in thought. "That'd be inconvenient for naming purposes but otherwise really convenient, since my ring doesn't know anything about its own history..."

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(Mirror snickers at "multi-tool.")

"That name is not taken," she says cheerfully. "Most are! Just not that one. We have no magic-lantern people and I don't even think we have any magic-ring people! I'd ask where you're from, but, uh, supervillain -"

(The supervillain glowers.)

"- and you generally don't want to give them secrets they can use to find your real name. Don't worry, though; the police are on their way and they can lock him up, since I don't imprison people, I just punch them until they stop kidnapping and/or death-raying people."

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"...well, he kidnapped me from another dimension. On my first day of school! It sounds like you have a lot more superheroes here than we do at home, so I definitely want to learn more about what's going on here, but my family is going to be really worried..." 

She glances at the doctor.

"You can send me home, right?"

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