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Sep 29, 2022 3:58 AM
Musoka gets yoinked into the Survivorverse
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She jets away, trying to make space between her and both the Rat and Vulture without getting too close to the fire, and -

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Come on, come on, what would be useful here... Oh. Duh.

<Raven-mask is slowing us down, and seems like he needs to be looking at us to do it.>

(She continues updating Minerva on everything that's happening, along with her analysis of their foes)

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<Got it.>

Large blue rake constructs extend down from each of her hands into the soil, and as she continues to fly zig-zags away from her pursuers, she drags them along behind her, flinging dirt and topsoil into the air.

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(Your analysis is essentially correct; these are new villains, untrained, inexperienced with their powers, with granted abilities and stun-bolt immunity. This is an assassination team newly empowered for the purpose of murdering Musoka. Leading candidate is Magister Magistrorum, 68% probability.)

And someone even she doesn't like talking about, 27% probability.

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The rakes are a good idea, but not quite accurate: The zig-zags may make it harder for him to aim, but she never speeds up for more than a second before his eyes are on her again, no matter how fast she reacts.

The Vulture is going high, the Rat isn't fast except in her slowed perception but is moving slowly towards her - 

And the Spider is gesturing as her mask finishes and a new set of flaming strands is hurled across to form a mesh that catches on the strands on the other side of the battlefield and cuts off the section of the garden Musoka was flying at, almost catching the Vulture in the blast before she swerves to avoid it at the last minute.

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Augh! Fine. She dismisses the rakes and dips away from the new fire, flying towards Rat, a large snowplow construct appearing in front of her as she rushes him.

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The Vulture will try to cut her off, swooping in with wrongbadfear claws -

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And be lanced by a bolt of force that appears from some invisible point in the air and slams her back halfway to the net of fire before she manages to break away from it and veer off.

(Spider throws a bolt of fire at the source of it that catches on an invisible field like a pane of glass and then starts eating through it, but by the time it breaks through Minerva is gone.)

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Musoka feels horrible and sick when she stands in the line of Rat's rot, physically ill, severely, like she desperately needs healing and help and none of the forces holding her body together are working - 

- But he can't dodge the snowplow, and it slams into him, driving him back - 

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- She falters but manages to veer out of the horrible rot, gasping for breath.

With a small sob, she focuses on her desperate hope of surviving this fight and not disappointing Ceru and Minerva and Mirror and everyone else

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- and a dome shield of blue light shimmers into being around her as her body starts to knit itself back together - 

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- And Minerva is going to toss an invisible wall up between Musoka and Spider and then take advantage of Rat being flat on his back to try to trap him with a set of simple force-fields, including an opaque dome over his eyes, and then some land some precise blows with her blasters' lances, since he's somehow not unconscious yet, even though he's been run over. They're coming from all over, as she alters her velocity unpredictably to dodge enemy fire -

(She's also feeding Ceru the information she's picking up, to the limits of Ceru's ability to accept it in a format neither of them engineered; Minerva is only seeing directly in infrared and ultraviolet, the same trick that makes it impossible to see her in the visible spectrum also making it impossible for her to see, but she has a lot of security cameras.

One of the things is that she has not escalated to lethal violence yet, and is seriously considering doing so but expects the three of them can win without it.)

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Bull's tearing apart whatever's firing at him, which means that he's shredded most of the automatic defenses by now. Spider is throwing fire at Musoka, and her bolts of fire trail strands of flaming webbing; they're eating through Minerva's force-wall, but Minerva can keep refreshing it as long as she needs to -

(And Rat is down and he's not aiming, at least not effectively.)

And Vulture is going to fly at Musoka, flaming claws extended to try to rip her force-field apart, and there's an echo of the fire-web's fear about them -

(And Raven has eyes on Musoka...)

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She hasn't finished healing herself; her body still feels weak, like she's been up all night with a nasty virus. But she doesn't feel like she's actively falling apart anymore, and the adrenaline coursing through her veins gives her the energy she needs to keep herself together, keep fighting. 

(Ceru is feeding her filtered battlefield updates from Minerva, and the confirmation that Rat is down at least for now bolsters her hope. We can do this.)

She wants to keep as much space between herself and Vulture's terrifying claws, and she really wants to do something about this awful slowing effect. Popping out of her domeshield, she flits erratically across the battlefield towards Raven, a long whip of blue light spooling out from her left hand towards him as she approaches... 

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(Meanwhile, Ceru is currently attempting to remotely reboot and activate Musoka's power armor, and is kicking herself for only thinking of this now remembering to do processing and retrospectives later.)

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Vulture's flying right after her, her claws tearing through her domeshield with their horrorfire, but she's not nearly as fast as Musoka, and she's especially not as fast once Raven catches them both in his slowing-field, not just Musoka. Bull's coming at her, though, much faster than he ought to be able to and not really noticing either the stun-bolts or the force-lances that Minerva is blasting him with. He's really not as fast as she is and she expects she'll get to Raven first, but as long as she's slowed, he's still really fast.

Ceru has the problem that the powered armor is not so much not designed to be operated remotely as designed not to be operated remotely. It isn't capable of moving without a physical switch flipped and doesn't have software for moving except for the software that tries to keep in sync with the wearer's body and has been engineered as best the engineers could so that there was no possible way any remote individual could do worse to Musoka (if she was, say, running at 40 MPH) than distracting her. These problems are not unsolvable for a ridiculously advanced AI who is also telekinetic, but, you know, they did their best to make them so?

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She's close enough to Raven now that her still-growing whip is now long enough that it's reaching past him, and while she's still slow relative to how fast she should be, a construct that she's actively controlling is still fast. She stops in midair and twists, arm outstretched and -

- she really really hopes this works -

- her whip collides with his ankles and coils itself around his legs rapidly. She continues the spin and then yanks with a shout, trying to hoist him off the ground!

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It does in fact work! Whipped off the ground, he is incapable of directing his gaze in any controlled manner, and she begins to feel herself return to her normal speed.

(The house clearly ought to be on fire, by this point; most of the trees are in spite of the cold air, but for some odd reason it isn't.)

Vulture and Bull are both after her!

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-Oh, that's much better. As she feels herself speeding up, she plots a course around Bull and then zips past him, thickening the construct connecting her and Raven and pulling him along on the other side of Bull, clotheslining him at chest level! (As she does, she's starting to expand her grip on Raven into a cocoon of blue light, making very sure to keep him upside-down and facing away from her).

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Bull collides with the clothesline with immense force, and practically shrugs the blow off. She's fast enough (and, out of the slowing effect, agile enough) that he can't hammer her, but he appears to have pretty high levels of just no over people just to use kinetic energy on him.

Meanwhile, Raven appears to be trying to punch or claw his way out. It isn't working (at all), but points for trying.

On the other hand, Spider's flame has gotten through Minerva's barrier; the amount of space Musoka has to operate in without getting too near the horrorfire is shrinking as the fire spreads.

(This may be because Vulture had been getting closer, and is now being punched by a beam of invisible force into an invisible wall. You know. Just possibly.)

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...Yeesh. <Does Minerva have any suggestions for what to do about the fire?>

She tries reaching out with long-ranged constructs towards Spider, a network of branching blue filaments spreading out along the ground towards her...

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(Ceru relays the question.) 

She can't get the power armor moving, but she has turned it on, and she warns Musoka to make earplug constructs before blaring a shrill alarm over the external speakers at maximum volume, which ends up coming out louder than a firetruck.

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The filaments are working, where they don't intersect the fire. (Where they do, it crawls onto them and begins consuming them.)

I cannot project force past her fire, but while it may protect her here, it is not protecting her from my bodies outside, which will arrive shortly.

Minerva's also prepared to offer a lot of secondary plans - withdrawing to the bomb shelter, disintegrating a hole in the ground to tunnel out, escalating to lethal attacks - but the force-screens on the house won't hold forever, and it would take a lot of time and stress on her body and power for Minerva to disintegrate that much matter, and frankly, Minerva still still thinks they can win without lethal violence.

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They react badly to the sound! Admittedly, "badly" means "shocked and angry," not "dead", but it completely does disrupt their coordination when she does it!

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Shocked, angry, and disrupted coordination is exactly what she was going for! Rather then letting the siren blare continuously, she cuts it out after a few seconds and then experiments with toggling it on and off at intervals, trying to read Vulture's body language to figure out what's the most distracting to her.

Musoka could also tunnel us out with a drill construct; it'd be a bit slower, but a lot less of a power drain.

Agree that we'll probably be fine without escalating further, and... it'd be very good for Musoka, if we can avoid using lethal force.

ETA on external bodies? Musoka's biggest concern right now is the fire dome, we can try containing Bull instead. 

(She's already told Minerva by now that the fear affects from Spider and Vulture are, at close range, strong enough to cause Musoka to lease ring function entirely.)

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