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RP [Tsumi] Volume 1, chapter 1: With overwhelming force

SirSkully

FM of S6
Game Master
Rekkin said nothing as his shoulder was barged, the one horned bull simply gritted his teeth and clenched a fist but he didn't say anything - it was easier this way and he'd learnt that a long time ago, of course it made him mad, it made him angry as it would any other Tsumi but he held his tongue and listened to jaytorr's response. "Heard that story a few times before, same general outcome but different details... all I shall say is that they should have expected nothing less, having betrayed the Sovereign~" Rekkin mused back as his gaze lazily dragged back over to where Marraken and Brax were no doubt still going at each other, his eyes narrowing a bit.

"I do see what you mean, High-born, but every second wasted on bickering is another second used to either run further or bolster their defences, and I doubt it would be the latter so do you really wish to let heretics get away?" he looked between Jaytorr, Horus and Sekhmet with a heavy breath before standing up, helmet in both hands - just standing there for a moment as he contemplated the repercussions of letting Brax follow through with this...
 
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Jack Pine

Staff Member
FM of S6
Game Master
Horus gave a soft grunt as he was reminded of the stigmatizing class distinction, "There are no high, or low born here. All I see are warriors, so let us leave the pointless class bullshit to the politicians. As to answer your question, no we shouldn't be allowing that at all. However, I severely doubt either of them will listen to reason. They've lost focus on what matters here, and that is the enemy. Question we should be asking, is what are our options if any on bringing the mission back into perspective for them."
 

club24

Everything Is Magical
FM of Neshaten
Game Master
“What do you mean? Of course there are high and low born here.” Jaytorr snickered from his position nearby hearing the high born Tsumi talk of equality on the battlefield. “Why, it’s all around you, but you seem to have forgotten your place in the pyramid.” The shorter, somewhat uglier creature walked up and locked eyes with Horus.

“I am filth, you are akin to royalty. By pretending this divide doesn’t exist you’re insulting me and the rest of the low borns. Not to mention making a fool of yourself. Sir.”

The three armed creature put an arm on Horus’ shoulder before breaking into a huge grin. “But despite all that, you don’t have to act like it’s not there, just accept it as part of the Sovereign’s will.” Jaytorr let out a haughty chuckle. “So what does the Sovereign tell you to do? Shall we wait for bickering among the officers, or simply take charge and glory. Whatever you decide know that this decision was always going to reach the same answer, her plan is greater than any one of us.”
 

IQ

FM of S6
Game Master
"Boastful words for a green-skinned lowborn piece of shite," Marraken casually retorted, crass, yet poisonously sweet. Both Marraken and Brax didn't seem too keen on interrupting the mutual death-stare they were giving eachother. Just a silent sneer from the blonde Tsumi as the lowborn filth that Rekkin was spoke up way too casually and walked between the two of them. Which in and of itself, was a bad call. Given how the tension slowly climbed to cut-throat. A few seconds passed - both Horus and Sekhmet's call seemingly ignore as well, before Brax snorted. Working up a bloody phlegm at Marraken's feet again. They were well beyond the point of insulting now. Seething anger, a desire to rip eachother's throats out. Clearly read in either of the two's eyes.

Though, it was Brax who seemed to elect common sense, or mayhaps cowardice? Lowering her shield again, she thumped the back of her spear against the floor. "We will fight," she promised. "With the Sovereign as our arbiter." She pointed her spear down the hallway. "Now - we take this ship, we kill and we emerge victorious." Marraken huffed under her breath, the weight of her large shield thumping against the floor. "Next time when challenging anyone, Braxton - make sure you don't shit yourself halfway through." The other Tsumi chimed happily, before shaking her head. Lifting her shield as she took several steps down the hallway. "Purge - converge on me," she commanded simply, passing an idle glance over the three of them. "Them idiots need weaponry to make up for their loss. We move to engineering and blow it up. If we can't have the ship, they can't have it. After that, escape pods, we'll probably meet other purges there, so kindly check for friendly fire." She exhaled a soft breath. "I don't give two shits about collateral, but we're on limited ammunition as is. Better kill enemies with it." The purge leader explained as she moved down the hallways, navigating with hopefully the rest of her purge in tow. "Any questions?"
 

club24

Everything Is Magical
FM of Neshaten
Game Master
Jaytorr nodded with a wide grin and hefted his axes once more as he fell in-line behind his purge leader, glad they were now moving on to continue acting as the fist of the glorious Sovereign once more. Before heading off however the zealot picked up a rifle from one of the now slain deserters and shouldered it, he figured it couldn't hurt to use their own equipment against them and save his axes a few nicks from crushing so much bone matter.

"Might I suggest taking what we can from these disgusting corpses before we depart? It's not looting if you consider that to the victor go the spoils." He said to his purge leader. "And if we come back with our equipment in good condition along with these spoils then you will be praised for your efforts as purge leader." He continued, still fully expecting to be slapped across the face for some reason or another.
 

SirSkully

FM of S6
Game Master
Rekkin nodded in agreeance with both bouts from the three-armed madman known as Jaytorr, the class divide made up what little bits of Tsumi culture weren't filled with war and/or orgies and to say otherwise was a daft insult to those either side of the line - seen as disrespect from the high-born and oblivious insults from those beneath them, denying it existed didn't grant you a favour with anyone.

"We are in somewhat of a shortage at the moment, and I'm sure the smiths would appreciate spare parts even if only to melt them down into something else, though it is your call - Purge Leader," the one-horned bull agreed as he rose back up and took a few steps over to one of the corpses, taking the wait on their leader as an opportunity to pull his helmet back on again, casting a shadow over most of the Tsumi's face.
 

SageShooter

Well-Known Member
"Fuck the divide." Was all Sekhmet said in regards to the caste bullshit. The terrible scrawled tattoos on her body, the pitted and scarred and ragged weapons, and armor that was more function than flare, her rank within the Tsumi military, none of it screamed highborn even though she was. She hated the whole idea and had always hidden just what she was, at least as best she could. She hadn't wanted to be born into her position, she just wanted a chance to fight as much as she could...

She formed up behind Marraken silently and let her eyes scan left and right for anything of worry or sign of enemies. Slowly the adrenaline began to give way to the throbbing pathways of pain that began to ache where the bullets had hit her, her knife wound pulsed every few steps with pain, but she slowly let it simmer, collected all the pain in her mind and held it as a fuel to ignite her rage when she next saw a heretic to purge. There was more blood to spill with her weapons today and she was eager.
 

Jack Pine

Staff Member
FM of S6
Game Master
Horus only quietly gave a scoff as the situation resolved itself, and finding the acceptance of such societal constructs disgusting. As the others began to collect weapons, he simply began to collect and strip ammo from the bodies. Quickly his hands pulled magazines from pouches, and especially any grenades if found. Once satisfied, he took position with the purge, noting how the woman Sekmet shared similar views. She would be one to note as the seemingly least conflictive so far. The others to him seemed like blind fools, finding Jaytorr's behavior in particular to be vexating.
 

IQ

FM of S6
Game Master
Marraken glanced over at Jaytorr at his suggestion, before breaking into an ear-splitting smirk. "Wasn't that a given? Take what's needed, we'll do a looting run later," she promised, before her purple gaze alternated to Sekhmet and the obviously displeased Horus, only shrugging softly. "You take what you want, by force. And you fight to keep it," was all she commented on the situation. Marraken knew full well how things went, the divide. High and lowborns. She was of the former, whilst it made her youth easier, she already had many challengers, such as Brax. "Whining helps none. Neither low- nor highborn."

Whilst the purge gathered new belongings, armaments or plating that would help them in the coming battle, Marraken's attention was drawn elsewhere. To the banners that decorated the walls. "These rogue ships aren't Bayrek's," she hummed to herself as she gripped one of the velveteen, green dyed tapestries. A soft chuckle ensuing. "You celebrated too soon, bastard." With a soft rip, she pulled the crest off of the wall. Folding it and slipping it between her belt. Making sure the emblem was pointing inwards. To avoid confusion. She didn't want to be thought of as a rebel. But she had plans with the tapestry.

"We move." She stated coldly. Though having given plenty of time for her purge to gather what they needed. Be it weaponry, ammunition or jugy-riggable plating. And without much else, the blonde strode down the halls. Finally emerging at a cross-section. The small map had indicated they'd need to take a sharp left, the entrance of engineering would be only a few meters ahead. The right was a lengthy corridor that split up in various directions. Though as they turned the corner, with Marraken checking their right flank first and noting it was empty, a scene worthy of tale was visible. Or rather, a scene worthy of nightmare.

The large blast doors were smudged with blood and speckled with bits of flesh and gore. The upper half of a Tsumi positioned in front, with hips stuck between the doors. Though his lower half seemed missing, arm and throat ripped to shreds. The trail of intestine visible in the crack between the doors hinting that it was scattered about the room somewhere. A soft breath left the purge leader. "I don't think anyone of you has a flamethrower in their arsenal?" Though as if to accentuate the point she was about to make, a blood-curdling screech resounded from the engineering bay. Before panicked shots, screams and the ripping of flesh and popping of bone. A cacaphony of death that took less than two seconds. Marraken pressed herself against the corner and raised a fist. Telling her purge to halt, approaching now would mean certain doom. "Warslave," she whispered, as a grin crept on her face. Growing from ear to ear.
 

SirSkully

FM of S6
Game Master
At the raised fist and hushed whisper Rekkin made sure to be slow and quiet as he lowered the barely-attached juryrigged faceplate down over his t-slit visor, along with that, a garishly gilded pauldron and some scraps of Tsumi scale-mail wrapped to his hip the one horned bull had also acquired a shoddy-looking double barrel sawnoff shotgun made from what looked like pop-metal that had been attached to one thigh via some creative use of a leather belt - but he was a Tsumi, not some coward, so instead oped for unsheathing two of his four axes while staying as low and quiet as possible.

"A warslave..." he repeated, the chilling words dying but a few feet from Rekkin's shielded maw as he gripped tighter with the creak of leather, a moment of near-silence as a breath rolled through his visor before the well-travelled bull spoke again.

"...let us hope it is just the one, and that it may be at least injured by the previous purge."
 
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club24

Everything Is Magical
FM of Neshaten
Game Master
Jaytorr simply grinned at his purge leader as she dismissed his idea as being a given, at least he hadn't been slapped. The short low-born strapped as much crap to himself as he could before following along at the rear, the perfect place for someone like him as he whistled a soft hum while they moved.

When the cries and gunshots rung out he promptly stopped his tune and hefted a shotgun he'd found with two hands and held onto an axe with the remaining one. "Well this just got interesting." He muttered as the whispers of 'War Slave' reached him at the rear.
 

SageShooter

Well-Known Member
Before they had moved out, Sekhmet had gathered up a few plates of armor and covered her knife wound and a few of her bullet wounds as best she could so they wouldn't be reaggravated. She stuck close to the purge leader and as she called for them to hold, she waited.

"A good challenge then." Sekhmet said as she did her best to hide the small hint of a tremble to her voice over what lay beyond. The War Salve would be more than a challenge, but one she was interested in testing herself against. Hands squeezed the handles of her weapons tightly as she steeled herself and nostrils flared as she began to breath a little heavier at the thought of fighting such a beast. She was eager but still understood the fear and concern of the coming fight.
 

Jack Pine

Staff Member
FM of S6
Game Master
Looking at all his eager comrades, over eager in his opinion, but one left unvoiced. He also felt their shudders, having heard the stories himself. If he had ever faced one, he could not remember, all the battles of the past bleeding together after a while.

"Maybe a ambush is in order, have someone draw the beast out, as to be cut down by overwhelming number at once."
 

IQ

FM of S6
Game Master
"An ambush is in order," Marraken agreed as she peeked the corner again. Laying eyes upon the creature through the same crack in the door. A loud ripping and crunching soon echoing throughout the halls. "Even if it was hurt - it's eating. It won't be hurt long," she answered with a soft breath, before glancing at the doors. She looked back at the four of them, giving a smirk through the Barbute she wore. Before shaking her head. "A challenge it is - one we'll have to kill as soon as possible." Her gaze moved over to Sekhmet as she thumped her shield on the floor softly and held it out. "Draw it out," she stated, before glancing at Horus, Jaytorr and Rekkin. "I'll override the blast doors and try to chop it up - I want every bullet you have in that thing's head. Understood? On my mark."
 

club24

Everything Is Magical
FM of Neshaten
Game Master
Jaytorr looked at the shoddy pile of bloodied guns and half full magazines he had picked up along the way and equipped three guns he could wield with a single hand each and loaded them up with a smile. "I think I can do that, sure you don't want us lowborns to act as bait though? I'm already crippled heheh." The short Tsumi chuckled, glancing at Horus once just so he knew that Jay knew he was lower class and wanted to make sure he knew it too despite his words earlier.

"Though I shouldn't question your decision, after all the mighter sovereign has put you in charge for a reason and I am devoted to following her will, so long as I do I will be kept safe until it is my time to ascend to a greater existence." The madman kept mumbling to himself on another spiel about devotion to their ruler fidgeting with his weapons in a rather unsafe manner.
 

SageShooter

Well-Known Member
Sekhmet looked to the shield for a moment then to Marraken and gave a nod. She put her axes to her side in their holders and took the shield from the leader and hefted it to test the weight. Her heart rate began to quicken as she realized just what she was about to do and she began to breathe a little quicker as she tested the shield a little more with a few thrusts to see how much force she could get behind it. She needed these moments to calm herself for what she was about to do.

"I'm ready." She wasn't, but the lie helped her a little as she gripped the shield tightly and placed it the best way to cover as much of her body as she could. She hunkered down, kept her eyes above the top of the shield but braced it with her shoulder and leaned into it a little as she formed up in the front of the door to go in and draw attention. This was her chance to prove that she was strong. Without even thinking of it, her hand found one of her axes and pulled it free from its holster to hold in her backhand as she waited.
 

SirSkully

FM of S6
Game Master
Rekkin's cybernetic hand reached down to retrieve the shotgun from his hip, mechanized limb splitting down the middle to become two forearms and hands that connected back at one elbow, two spare shotgun shells being held while the rest of the arm wrapped itself around the trigger - his other lower arm moving to brace the barrel as Rekkin's two top arms readied their axes.

He should be scared, the one horned bull knew he should have been, Warslaves were one of the most dangerous things out there but he was surprisingly calm given the circumstances - though said little more than a huff as he formed up behind Sekhmet with the shield, veins visibly popping through his brown hide through a few gaps in his mismatching suit of armour, a nod to tell them he was ready too.
 

IQ

FM of S6
Game Master
Marraken was first to break formation - sneaking over swiftly to the terminal, before glancing over at Sekhmet - seeing everyone else had formed up behind her. Checking her magazine and swapping it out for a fresh one, she scraped her throat. "Mark," she whispered. Before squeezing off a single shot in the ceiling. "Come and get us you abominable piece of wild-growth, plague-bearing shit!" She added insult to injury, calling out her challenge loudly as she slammed her fist against the console. Door of the engineering wing slamming open.

Her insult was met with yet another eardeafening screech - though the purge could just see what horrors these warslaves actually were. Their reputation and infamy wasn't belied. The horrid sight of this feeding creature was one thing - though seeing it get ready for combat was another. There was barely any time to react as it's back sprouted open in a veritable spray of blood. Bone constructs extending as stone-bone quills smacked into Sekhmet's shield with staggering force. Two arms warping into long tendrils that slammed into the floor just a meter shy of the purge and rapidly pulling the warslave closer. It's eyes cracking - bleeding and horribly mutating in wild growths of flesh as it's jaw unhinged, folded open with a massive line of teeth growing. A chomp aimed for Sekhmet. One that no doubt would shatter armour.

Though as promised, Marraken slammed the door shut with a security override just as the warslave passed through. Ripping anything below the waist clean off. Though even with it's internal organs splayed everywhere now, the Warslave didn't seem to slow down.
 

SageShooter

Well-Known Member
The sudden shock pushed the tank of a Tsumi back a few steps as everything from her fingers to her shoulderblade went numb from the impact. She grit her teeth and tightened her grip as best she could and willed herself to hold the shield up in front of her lest she die.

"DAMN... MONSTER!" Sekhmet roared back at the Warslave in response to its ear-splitting roar as she hunkered down. The slam of the doors and the sudden bloody squelch at least made her feel better that she hadn't been left out to dry by her purge leader, yet it kept on attacking, even after it had been split in two. Fearful for once in her life, Sekhmet lowered her shield as she saw the creature come at her for a bite. She knew from her own knowledge the creature could cleave the shield in two with it's bite, but it was taller then her...

As the maw came close, she lifted the shield up with all her considerable strength, exploding up from her toes through her feet, ankles, calves, knees and into her hips in an attempt to slam the top of the shield into the underside of the beast's maw to stun it and stop the bite attack. As she poured every ounce of her strength into the attack she roared in anger again, eyes locked on the dangerous teeth that bore down on her.
 

club24

Everything Is Magical
FM of Neshaten
Game Master
As the beast leapt towards them Jaytorr kept his distance from the front and began squeezing the three triggers one after the other, each shot squelching into the creature as it continued even with its lower half removed. The madman laughed in a loud throaty voice as their impending doom bared down on the purge. "It's a good day to die in service, EVERY DAY IS A GOOD DAY" He roared while breaking off to the side slightly to get a better angle on the warslave, as soon as it was within range the axes would come out, he was after all a warrior not a soldier, his weapons of choice were honourable blades not bullets and gunpowder.

"May our sovereign snarl upon us this day and deliver a worthy challenge. She tests our skill in battle as well as our loyalty to her!" At this point there was no logical thoughts left in the crazed creatures head, other than the one that told him who was good and who was bad. It was clear Jaytorr wouldn't be holding any civilised conversations for a while.
 
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