Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Character Creation and Discussion
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Join Date: May 2007
and...more continuation of the mystery...apologies for use of other peoples characters if I got them wrong...
" So is this the place?" Kha asked, following as Allison lead the way, Artei bringin up the rear.
Their destination was theoretically a Space Time Administration Bureau facility, but it looked suspiciously like a cluster of abandoned warehouses on the lower north side.
On the surface, anyway. It didn't take as sensitive a reactive Linker core as Kha's to notice the subtle magical undercurrents lacing the area, though most would have been none the wiser as the embedded sense spells detected the approach of the three.
taking no notice of this, the three proceeded to the barn-like doors of one warehouse, swung the unsecured door open, and glanced inside. What they saw was nothing out of the ordinary: stacks of containers, pallets on metal racking, and a few scattered cardboard boxes in the aisles.
It was also completely fake, and they knew it. The illusion of normalcy faded after they proceeded a few yards into the room, passing through the illusion projection, and finding the appearance of normalcy replaced with rank upon rank of serried stoarage Devices all charged and pointed at them.
Despite this, they knew they were in the right place when they saw the massive, and more importantly, empty, hammer shaped storage brackets on the wall.
there was a tense moment as the groups stared each other down.
Kha broke the silence " Who's in charge here?"
"A figure stepped forward, his own Device manifested but uncharged " I am"
" Not any more. Get this mob out of here right now. This whole area is now under the direct Jurisdiction of the Cathedral Knights. As of now, you have no authority, and anyone failing to vacate this area will be detained. You remain under the auspices of the official secrets act, and all operations at this facility remain on a need to know basis. Leaking of information regarding this facility or this change in Jurisdiction will result in...repercussions... " Kha ordered.
" Is that some kind of threat?" The commander demanded.
" No, it's a statement of fact. As of now, what the Church says is law on this site. We have absolute Authority to take any measures we deem necessary to secure this facility. You can leave now, or stay and help us with our enquiries. Non-compliance is not an option."
The seething commander barked orders, and the majority of the assembled STAB staff eft, bar some essential maintenance personnel, ordered to remain to keep the facilities and the anti-detection systems in working order.
" Very well, the facility is yours...for now, but be assured, the STAB will hear of this, and then there will be...repercussions...for you also..."
the commander left. Artei glared after him.
" can you believe that guy?" Allison swore, " he is in for a rude awakening someday soon..."
" later, for now, let's scope this place out." Kha suggested.
* * *
They found the living area below the surface, accessed by a concealed platform lift disguised as a stack of pallets. Even with the illusion field, there were additional layers of security. If any bureau memeber who didn't already know the facilities' nature visited, they'd find only a disguised weapon's stockpile.
Below ground was another matter.
The command area was as impressively high tech as a top-of-the-line STAB warship Bridge. The security system included a variant of the Gadget drones that had been troubling the Bureau, and these were authorised to use lethal force.
When they found what they were actually looking for, it was disheartening to say the least.
The supposed quarters were a solid cube thirty feet to a side, and constructed of solid artronium, one of the strongest alloys known to the bureau. it was suspended on giant shock absorbers to prevent any outside vibration being conducted into it.
entering along a retractable bridge, the inside was found to be...different. The lighting was incredibly low. Allison attempted to summon a light globe spell, but the crackle and pop of magical misfire told them that the room was saturated with a high level anti-magic field. The walls featured six inches of soundproofing.
But the most disturbing thing about it was how normal it all seemed. Aside from the soundproofing, aside from the very limited light, the inside of that cube was basically a reconstruction of a two floor house. Granted the 'windows' were obviously visiplate fakes, but the kitchen had stock of common groceries. There was a broadcast access screen ( the Midchildan equivalent of a tv) with only marginally restricted channel access, and a severely low energy projection monitor.
It was so blandly normal that it was hard to accept it as what it was.
A prison cell. Mobile unit thirteen had been living more or less constantly for the last seven years in a cage. A gilded cage, but still a cage.
" Unit 13's Powers are dependent on harnessing ambient wave motion energy, right?" kha asked.
" right. That's why the low light, the soundproofing, and the shock dampers."
"for seven years he's been living in a cage, and they wonder why he disappears now? it's a damn miracle this didn't happen before!" Artei added
" Agreed...but, let's be thorough...see if you can find any clues as to personality troubles or the like. It's specifics we want...not just why he disappeared, but why now?" Kha ordered, more requested, really. They were technically orders, but he knew that if it came to it, they wouldn't obey any order they didn't agree with, and he wouldn't want them to.
the three split, combing the 'house' for any leftover detail that might reveal the motivations of the missing weapon.
Their pickings turned out to be slim indeed. A picture of a woman they didn't recognise, with the words " I'm sorry" scrawled on it in black marker.
" do either of you recognise her?" Kha asked. there was much shaking of heads.
" fine, we'll run a search later, but it's odd. This place is almost sterile. For all that someone's supposed to have lived here for almost seven years, it seems like nobody's
here at all..."
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