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Re: They Who Cannot be Named: Demons against Devils
« Reply #30 on: June 12, 2011, 08:41:29 am »
Nonetheless, the Photos' cavalry were met with a considerable amount of resistance. Everything within reach of the dreadnoughts' cannons promptly swiveled to engage them, with every ship in sight unleashing a maelstrom of beams and ordinance as swarms of fighters moved in to engage them. Still, the sudden intervention was not without its merits. The Combine and others became substantially more efficient at trying to crack the Atomna, with a fraction of the Nameless force diverted to intercept the Photos reinforcements.

On the Orealyianis side of the field, an unexpected development caught the defenders' attention as the Atomna-Destroyer Hybrid shifted its attention away from the force in front of it and towards its brethren. The creature then began to emanate a subtle prismatic aura which quickly built up, followed by a sudden torrent of lights arcing all across its body. Moments later, the arcs of light collapsed into the being's form as the body itself began to phase from existence.

The next instant revealed that the beast had already migrated to the other side of the field, directly above the other members of its kind. Nearby Combine units sought to engage the behemoth preemptively, sighting a cloud of partially formed programs already above its form.



The goal was never met.



As the first volley of fire reached the lone Atomna, the array of programs promptly set off, unleashing a hail of distorted space at the intense battle below. As the first beams hit their mark, it was quickly apparent what the obsidian menace was doing. One by one, the force of the beams dislodged the frozen Atomna that were immobilized by the Combine's attacks. Hurled in all directions, the Atomna took the opportunity to hyperlink away from the thick, emerging in less defended positions where they promptly restarted their assault.



"Unbelievable!"

The commanding officer of the Orealyianis garrison snapped his nippers shut after seeing the speed at which the lone Atomna formulated the array of programs.

"Sir, it appears that the enemy didn't use programming to perform the jump!", one of the personnel alerted him as a projection in front of the commanding officer's desk produced footage of the Atomna overlapped with energy readings of the assimilated destroyer's components.

The commanding officer's eye glared at the video as energy signatures spiked within specific parts of the consumed vessel just before the Atomna transported itself across the field.

"The enemy, used the ship's own FTL systems to minimize, processing consumption...", he said out loud as he ran the idea again through his mind.

"... allowing it to devote more resources to programming than usual.", one of his subordinates continued his train of thought.

"Exactly.", the commanding officer concurred. "Relay this finding to all coalition forces, as well HQ!", he ordered with haste. "The Atomna can use assimilated pieces of technology not just a resource for mass, but also as fully functioning tools and weaponry!"



Outside, the news quickly reached all allied vessels, just as the Atomna once again picked up their pace.

Rushing headlong into the defensive forces, one of the Atomna stops its advance in front of an unfortunate frigate. Turning its hands into a pair of drill-like implements, it prepares to plunge them inside the doomed vessel.






The Atomna, for reason unknown, stops its assault on the frigate.

A rain of fire promptly pelts the Atomna from all directions as the vessel narrowly slips away from its gruesome fate.

Unlike former engagements, the Atomna appeared to be markedly slower than usual.



It was not alone.



The same event was unfolding all around the station. Both Atomna and Corrupted forces were exhibiting inexplicably poorer performance. Though the effect was greatest on the Atomna, the sudden gap in aptitude was reshaping the lines of battle, slowly pushing the invaders away from the station's presence.

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Re: They Who Cannot be Named: Demons against Devils
« Reply #31 on: June 12, 2011, 09:52:33 am »
Noticing the slowing of their enemies, the Photos switched their antimatter guns on the Corrupted; this way, the three fleets could focus their entire firepower on the Atomna.
Inside the hulls of the dreadnoughts, large circular turbines were spinning, a golden bolt of energy arcing down the center. Finally, with an arguing roar, the beam reached full intensity. The antimatter reactors were spun up all the way.
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From the numerous barrels of the Antimatter guns on the dreadnoughts, golden bolts of energy shot forth. When they made contact, brilliant explosions ripped apart smaller ships and did very noticeable damage to larger ones. Onboard Kar'shez' ship, the targeting computer read almost 25%  of the remaining hostile ships damaged beyond fighting capability, if not outright destroyed. Kar'shez couldn't help but grin. He doubted they expected a fleet to pop in behind them, much less something packing antimatter weaponry. Nevertheless, there was still the problem of the incoming fighters to deal with.
"All ships, prepare to launch Liberators." He ordered.
Within the hangar bays, the launch rails were spewing out fighters as fast as they could be operated. Once away from the dreadnoughts, they flew into formation, firing at the oncoming fighters. Much like their larger brethren, the fighters were pathetically sluggish, and easy prey for the well-trained Photos pilots.
Kar'shez opened a channel with the Orealyanis and Combine forces.
//"Push them back towards us, we'll rip them apart."// He said, leaving the channel open.

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Re: They Who Cannot be Named: Demons against Devils
« Reply #32 on: June 13, 2011, 09:37:06 am »
"You heard the commander!", a small grin in both nippers of the Orealyianis commanding officer after witnessing the sudden development. "Push these hostiles back into those dreadnoughts!"



The sound of weapons fire echoed across the chamber as the duel between Sforza and Harao was interrupted by the new contender. Countless walkways became dotted with massive scorch marks from salvo after salvo of rapid plasma fire, the Assassin barely dodging each time as he scrambled to the next piece of cover.

"I know you're out there...", the unkown marksman muttered after suddenly losing sight of Harao. Seemingly unknown to him, the Jyunkichi had already positioned himself behind him, weapon locked and moments from opening fire.

However, before he could finish the act, a powerful light from above consumes his immediate surroundings as a massive round of plasma explodes upon his location.

"Fell for it!", the unknown marksman smiled as a Royal Variable Armor descended from above and into Sforza's view.

"Royal Variable Armor... Then the one who was firing at Harao was-", Sforza pondered before he was cut by someone calling from his communicator.

//Captain Sforza... This is Admiral Kiyavi of the Orealyianis garrison, are you alright?//, came his communicator after opening the channel.

//You sure took your time...//, Sforza replied somewhat jokingly. //Still...//

//I know. I'll take care of him from here on out.//, Kiyavi replied. //Now go. Rendezvous with the rest of my unit. They should be in the Professor's bunker by now.//

Sforza nodded before closing the line and jumping into the service shaft which lead to the Professor's bunker.

Kiyavi continued his hunt for Harao on foot as his Armor hovered some distance above him.



Back outside, the Corrupted were continually getting routed by the coalition as the defenders around the station relentlessly pushed them back towards the lethal wall of Photos dreadnoughts.

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Re: They Who Cannot be Named: Demons against Devils
« Reply #33 on: June 14, 2011, 08:07:19 pm »
Multiple alerts rang out through the Combine fleets as multiple clusters of slave ships where being destroyed rapidly by the Atmona’s new offensive.

"Commander, it appears to be-"

"Programing…" Scourge observed, he had seen similar readings from the previous Nameless vessel they had destroyed "Ready a SPAM missile volley…"

"We can’t focus fire, the Atmona have spread out and are attacking undefended positions!"

"Then refocus the swarm! Block up the holes and divert the experimental weapons fleets fire to them"



Another reorganizing of Combine formations began to occur as the massive fleet redirected its fodder to the Atmona that had sprung up in the less defensible positions. The Combine was forced to maneuver in ways they were usually not used to in order to engage the enemy on so many fronts, and rapidly shifts its bulk in so many directions.

Several of the fleets formations opened up in many different areas, allowing the split elements of the experimental weapons ships that were used in the previous battle through to do some damage. Although it’s strength was diverted towards different targets those targets already appeared to be moving sluggishly, the new array of information bombardment may immobilize them. In theory.

All over the battlefield, the Combine continued to push the Corrupted forces, refusing to give an inch without making them pay for it in blood, theirs or the enemies. Between the bulk of Combine ships and the Photos’s barrage, the enemy seemed to being beat…
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Re: They Who Cannot be Named: Demons against Devils
« Reply #34 on: June 16, 2011, 08:24:20 am »
The meatgrinder continued to take its toll on the Corrupted as Coalition forces relentlessly push them back, driving them into Photos' dreadnoughts which unleashed their own maelstrom of havoc. The resulting sandwich drove the invading armada near to the brink of collapsing, the only credible threat that remained being the Atomna themselves.

All across the battlefield, the weakened Atomna continued to lash out against the station's defenders as the violent beasts fell deeper and deeper into their own stage of bloodlust. A level of fierceness not unlike the Combine's presented itself to the Coalition despite, or perhaps because, of the shifting tide of conflict. Yet even this rash display of aggression could only, at best, delay the battle's inevitable conclusion. It did, however, send a very stern message to whoever they were facing, that they were never to go down without taking a massive chunk along with them.



Back inside the station, Kiyavi searched feverishly across the endless corridors for the elusive Jyunkichi Assassin.

So far, to no avail.

He was not alone in his search, however.

The news of enemy presence within the station itself was slowly getting around the Coalition's more secure networks. The other garrisons were already starting to deploy their own interception units, all of this on top of the already heightened electronic security which mainly aimed to delay the Jyunkichi's next strike.

So far, news of the incident has not yet reached the forces outside the station proper. However, it was only a matter of time before the dire revelation finally makes its rounds through the Coalition's entire network.



Elsewhere...

The brief sound of weapons fire echoes across the long, darkened and constricted corridor before finally being silenced by a final string of fire.

As silence engulfs the scene, a lone bloodied Orealyianis figure walks across the tunnel and past the varied corpses strewn across the floor.

Reaching the small gate located at the end of the passage, the Orealyianis reaches for a nearby holographic console as it types a set of keys, followed thereafter by a series of optical scans which verified its identity.

Slowly, a gap forms in the middle of the gate as light from the other side floods the dark hallway.

The sound of blade cleaving flesh suddenly fills the air as the Orealyianis doubles over and another living form bursts forth from its lifeless body.

Rising from the gruesome event, the wearer of flesh picks up his host's weapon before entering the succeeding chamber.



Greetings...



Professor Talsenreave.

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Re: They Who Cannot be Named: Demons against Devils
« Reply #35 on: July 09, 2011, 12:06:29 pm »
"Drop your weapon. You're not here to kill me I can tell that already."
"So what is it you DO want? My mind? This station? What is it? It would have been far simpler if you just came in like this as an assistant without making such a ruckus."
Talsenreave was biding his time. He knew that people would be converging on their location very soon, and if he could delay the inevitable, maybe he could activate the security in the bunker...
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Re: They Who Cannot be Named: Demons against Devils
« Reply #36 on: July 19, 2011, 10:13:46 am »
"Eager to inquire, are you not, Professor Talsenreave?", Harao complied, releasing his grip on the weapon as it fell beside his feet with a solid thud. Slowly, he began to close in on Talsenreave, taking one step at a time as if to deliberately delay his approach. Focusing his sights straight on the still biding Professor, he took one last step before stopping from where he stood. "Regrettably..."

"Your, efforts, to summon further aid-", he continued, his words hitting precisely at Talsenreave's line of thought. "- is naught, but a fruitless endeavor."

As Harao finished his statement, a small bead of crimson light landed on the back of his head, the sound of rapid steps becoming stronger and stronger behind him.

"Would you not agree...", Harao added, a slight grunt can be heard in the direction of the bunker's entrance. "... Professor Sforza?"



Elsewhere within the station, Kiyavi continued searching for the elusive Jyunkichi, oblivious as to what had already transpired within the bunkers.



"Don't even think of moving.", Sforza tightened his grip on his weapon as he slowly approached the formerly stolen gun on the floor, picking it up while still keeping a lock at Harao.

"Have you not learned from your mistake?", Harao questioned him, the Assassin still motionless under the Captain's threat. "Your, meddling, will merely delay the inevitable."

Without prior warning, Harao turned into a sudden blur as he vanished from where he stood, reappearing shortly thereafter right in front of Sforza. Moving quickly, the Captain managed to bring his guns to bear against Harao, but not before he did so as well using a pair of concealed blades which promptly revealed their presence.

"Professor Talsenreave.", Harao continued, seemingly unfazed by the rapid turn of actions. "The answers, lay not within me..."

"Rather..."



... within you.



At that moment, Professor Talsenreave felt a sudden surge of energy race down his spine as the entire bunker was flooded by a potent crimson light. Whatever noise there were of the ensuing battle between Harao and Sforza were immediately drowned out by a powerful wave of static.



Outside the station, a pinpoint red light can be seen piercing the station's outer walls.

Whatever remained of the broken enemy forces began to shift their course, converging on the new light.

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Re: They Who Cannot be Named: Demons against Devils
« Reply #37 on: July 19, 2011, 11:20:32 am »
"They're actually clumping together." Kar'shez noted. "Eh, easier pickings from the Antimatter guns. Target the clumps." He said, walking off the bridge and going down the elevator. He made his best time to the armory. He swapped his normal powered armor for a suit of Shock Armor, loading it with a RC and rotary Plasma Rifle. He returned to the bridge.
"What's with the Shock Armor, sir?" One of the bridge aids asked.
"I have a bad feeling they're culminating on that red dot because they're going to board there...so we're going to board first."
"Boarding pods? That's awful risky considering how many hostile ships remain." The aid responded.
"Well, the most decisive battles of history were not won with simple, danger-free tactics, unfortunately." He said, opening a ship-wide channel. "All hands prepare to board Talsenreave. We're going to be using the Boarding Pods, brace yourself." He left again, and made his way to the Boarding Pod bay.
The dreadnought diverted all non-essential power to the engines, and within a minute or so, was within range of the station. It lined up as well as it could, and began launching boarding pods. They slammed into the outer hull of Talsenreave, penetrating to the nearest breathable hallway or chamber before establishing a more secure air-tight seal. Troops began to disembark before moving to sensitive areas of the station. Kar'shez made his way to the bunker. He looked through the gaping entrance to see Professor Talsenreave taking cover behind a control console while two figures were locked in combat. He made his way over to Talsenreave.
"Professor, are you injured? Nevermind that, we need to get you out of here." He rushed the Professor out of the bunker before blowing a large pipe to pieces with a shot from his Mass-Reactive Cannon. The large parts of the pipe blocked the entrance, and while not a permanent seal, they would stall the assassin a few minutes.

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Re: They Who Cannot be Named: Demons against Devils
« Reply #38 on: July 26, 2011, 10:04:34 pm »
"Hmph...", Harao slighted, seeing Talsenreave get whisked away by an unexpected Kar'shez. The assassin took surprisingly small heed of this act, preferring to engage Sforza while the commander carried the Professor to safety, or so the Photos thought.

Flee as you will, Professor..., Harao thought as he dodged another point-blank shot from his opponent and letting out a pair of lunging blades soon thereafter. It is all but a meaningless effort...



The converging Nameless force began to writhe at the wave of SPAMs which suddenly met their way. The programs which constituted the Atomna's sustained biology began to come under siege from the tumultuous cloud of interference. Other, more mundane components of the force found themselves at a distinct disadvantage as their enhancements ceased to function and their thoughts bombarded relentlessly.

By this point in time, the remaining enemy forces were being attacked from all known angles, being swept away like a mist by the coalition's united fire.



The coalition's apparent impending victory over Talsenreave space heightened the once wavering hopes of the civilians huddled in the bunkers.

Lazura began to smile, ever so slightly, at reports of the current situation. His singing grew even stronger as news of the Nameless forces concurrently growing weaker played across the comms network.







CLANG!


Came a tumultuous sound from all sides of the Talsenreave. A sudden, seemingly mild, force of motion began to affect everyone within the station as they found themselves pushed in a uniform direction towards one of the structure's side.

The vessel was apparently keeling over from an as of yet unidentified force.

Lazura was shaken out of his singing after feeling a minor force nudging him towards the bunker's wall.

"What's... happening?", Lazura wondered, promptly standing up to keep himself in place.

Thoughts began to circulate with regards to what the force was, filling the room with a mix of worry and curiosity.



"It is time...", Harao murmured as a sudden push of his palm sent Sforza flying into the impromptu barricade set up by Kar'shez from before, and destroying the barrier and knocking the air out of the Professor turned battering ram.

Zipping past the incapacitated Sforza, Harao rushed towards the bunker's exit and into the station's corridors. Oddly, he continued to disregard the fleeing Talsenreave and chose to pursue another path, conjuring a chain of Hyperlinks and using it to hop across the station.



Kiyavi continued to scour the vicinity for any signs of additional enemy breaching. Fortunately, he found none, though another equally ominous sign did run across his path.

"A light?", Kiyavi thought to himself as he saw the vermillion streak pierce the station corridor. "Judging by the beam's source, it most likely came from..."

"... Compressor Number Six.", a sudden realization came upon Kiyavi as he hopped onto his armor and raced towards the structure.



Back in space, a strange occurrence began to plague the coalition defenders as they contacted their respective nations to report on recent events.

"We can't seem to patch through, Sir!", came a worried Luzonian comms officer as the Luzonians post's commander was about to deliver an update back to central command.

The case was the same for everyone else in the coalition. No one seemed to be capable of sending messages beyond the system.

It didn't take long before someone tried to jump out of the system, to completely no effect.

At the same time, the station began keeling over even faster as coalition forces closer to the station proper began to feel the same effect befall their respective ships.

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Re: They Who Cannot be Named: Demons against Devils
« Reply #39 on: August 12, 2011, 10:27:34 pm »



Several systems away from where the station lay, the TSS Illumination, one of TIER's Athanatsu-Class warships, sensed a tremendous surge of energy hurtling across the sector. The wave came with such intensity that it caused a momentary loss of function to the ship's sensors.

"Another one?", Captain Ceramoleious, the officer in command of the vessel calmly raised a brow as the sensors recovered from the shock. Shortly thereafter, the crew managed to lock onto the epicenter of the massive burst of energy...


Talsenreave itself.




Back at the station, Harao can be seen standing under the entrance of one of the staion's many bunker's, bathed in both blood and a familiar crimson light. Watching apathetically at the being in front of him who was currently emitting the unusual light, he closed his eyes and began to walk the other way.


My task...


He continued across the dark and cramped corridor, past several lifeless or otherwise incapacitated armed persons, with one unfortunate soul cleanly sliced in half and partially carved out from within. Harao sighed, but only slightly, returning to his cold and ineffectual image shortly after. He eventually made his way to the doorway leading to the section's main hallway.


... is done.


Looking up to the sky, Harao saw nothing but the tightly clenched fist of a royal variable armor. Milliseconds before impact, the Jyunkichi was replaced by a sudden blur, the being reappearing just above the mech's arm, at which point several bolts of plasma flew past him, some almost managing to connect. This was swiftly followed by an Orealyianis shaped figure hurtling towards his position, which he equally dodged with little effort.

Harao disappeared again, reappearing on top of the armor's wings and staring down at his assailant.

"Harao!", Kiyavi leaped again towards Harao, firing another salvo at him, to which the Jyunkichi graciously replied by vanishing in a cloud of light.

With a grunt, Kiyavi leaped down onto the platform which lead to the bunker's entrance.

Making his way through the passage, he could only mourn for the fate of those that fall to the Assassin. Seeing the light, he raced towards the bunker proper. However, before he could reach the entrance, another, more powerful tremor rocked the entire structure. Along with it came a massive gust of wind which emanated for the bunker, sweeping Kiyavi and anyone else who happened to be in the corridor out into the main hallway.



The sky around the station has all but been extinguished, either figuratively or literally, depending on one's perspective. For those stuck within the ever encroaching darkness which appeared with no discernable warning, it might as well have been the latter.

One by every single one, the fleets around Talsenreave, friend and foe alike, sank into the void, never to be seen again.

The station itself was next to come under siege as ships began to dock into the station to avoid, or at the very least delay, their inevitable demise.

Every zone, every section, every single piece of the massive superstructure was swallowed by the growing void.


Nothing was spared.




A massive portal opened to Talsenreave's location, through it emerged the TSS Illumination which frantically made its way to the area after sensing the massive disturbance.


"Were too late.", Captain Ceramoleious said to himself as he looked across the horizon. A sense of dread and disappointment present in his voice.


The station, along with system which contained it, was nowhere to be seen.

Ultimately consumed by the void.