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Convergence

Aztec's body slammed the island dirt. With Aztec's dagger, the set was complete, and the Necrobian destiny could begin. "It's time!"

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Chiasma looked up from his wrist console for a moment. A wave was crossing the sky, leaving it red and speckled with runes of some sort. "Well, that can't be good", he said, opening the comms on his wrist console. Force of habit. He'd defected from the Star Lords and had his console hacked. He could not call for backup.

Out of the very wall of the alleyway, a creature crawled out, emaciated and covered in glowing orange runes. Chiasma reached for his holster. The creature looked at chiasma, its eyes glowed for a moment, and it opened its mouth to reveal growing flames. Chiasma opened fire with his smaller pistol. The creature breathed fire halfway to chiasma before the seventh shot to the head put it down. He inspected the body: "zombies?! I mean I guess it's not the first time but, this seems new." He left the alleyway.

Across the street, another emaciated, runed creature was throwing icicles at a minivan with three passengers, the ice almost piercing the windshield in front of the driver,

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Detective Heather Xian-Pu

Detective Heather Xian-Pu Kowalski, TCPD, was off duty when the wave moved across the sky. She put her groceries into her car, then tried to take pictures of the runes with her smartphone. Then she heard a sound like breaking glass behind her. She whirled to see a dead person throwing icicles at a mini-van. She pushed a button on her phone that dialed her precinct's desk. "Detective Kowalski reporting-" She stopped when she realized there was no connection, and drew her pistol. She fired twice at the zombie, striking it at the middle of its back... "Freya protect us," she whispered.

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A shard of ice passed through

A shard of ice passed through the windshield as the second shot struck the Servus. It turned to the Detective, then raised its arms to the air. Plates of ice formed haphazardly about the creature, attempting to offer some sort of protection. It began to lance larger ice crystals at the officer.

Out of the side of the minivan, another orange-runed undead begins to crawl out. Chiasma reloaded and emptied another clip into the creature's skull. Before it could finish spawning, it was dispatched, and its body slipped all the way through the door, rolling onto the floor.

"Just like the movies, officer! Go for the head!"

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Kowalski dropped to one knee

Kowalski dropped to one knee and raised her point of aim. The shards went past as she fired three times. The first struck the jawline. The second missed, deflected by a shard of ice. The third struck just above where its nose should've been.
"That's Detective Kowalski, thank you. And thanks for the targeting advice."

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"Are Detectives not also

"Are Detectives not also officers? Whatever, my bad" Chaisma said finishing reloading. He opened the car door to the minivan and helped the shocked passengers out of their deathtrap. "You guys get to--" Chaisma stopped himself from saying "safety". Where was safe when the undead crawl out of the sides of a car. "Any suggestions Detective?"

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Heather pulled her badge out

Heather pulled her badge out of her inside jacket pocket and hung it around her neck. "Sorry, it's just that I worked nearly as hard to get out of the uniform as I did to get into it in the first place." She pulled out several magazines for her S&W from the trunk of her care. Anyone with a magical sense would likely notice that the contents of those magazines were enchanted, as was a golden symbol on the back of her badge holder. The magazines went into the outside pockets of the jacket, except for one that replaced the one she'd fired three shots from. She pointed down the street. "There's a church just down three blocks then one to the right. Episcopalian, I think. But it feels as holy to me as anywhere else I can think of this side of Aurora." She took the bags of groceries out of the trunk, holding them in her left hand, and closed the trunk with pressure from the butt of the pistol.

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"Huddling in a church for the

"Huddling in a church for the apocalypse? Guess I did say 'just like the movies'" Chaisma remarked. "You guys wanna come with us?" he said to the family; a passenger nodded.

As they began to walk down the avenue, two more zombies began to crawl from the ground, one blue and one orange. A third began to emerge from the wall, with black runes and a smokey aura. Chaisma switched to his custom 5.56 pistol and opened fire on the blue creature.

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Heather took careful aim at

Heather took careful aim at the orange creature, placing one semi-jacketed blessed silver round into its forehead. "Not huddling, just taking a defensive position while we figure out where to hit back." She shifted her aim to the one emerging from the wall. It looked more dangerous, so she whispered a quick prayer for accuracy before firing at it...

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The round struck the darkened

The round struck the darkened figure in the jaw; it flinched, then charged the detective. Chiasma intercepted the beast with a kick to the hips. It fell into a stance disturbingly gracefully, then casted a flying black skull at the former agent. It struck Chiasma in the chest, dropping him to a knee. Before the beast could close the distance, a final blessed shot from Heather to the back of its neck brought the beast down.

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Chiasma tried to get back on

Chiasma tried to get back on two feet immediately, but he fell to both knees, gravity suddenly felt stronger and his vision blurred slightly. He fought back tears as the Gloom set in.

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Seeing Chiasma went to his

Seeing Chiasma went to his knees, Heather flipped her badge holder around and spoke a prayer in Old Norse. The valknut glowed as if it were in bright sunlight, illuminating the area, and healing energy flowed into the mercenary. Heather crouched and pulled Chiasma's right arm over her shoulders, then straightened to help him back to his feet. "No time to waste, let's get to that door."

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Once on his feet, he took his

Once on his feet, he took his arm back. "Thank you" he said, wiping tear streaks away, "clearly my magic tactics are rusty." They continued down the avenue toward the church after checking on the passengers, all three still present.

As they turned the corner toward the church, they see a dozen orange-runed undead engulfing the white-walled church in flames. They were accompanied by a figure in black robes with white runes, whom the zombies did not harm.

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Huddled behind a mailbox, a

Huddled behind a mailbox, a crouched figure is watching the mass of zombies and seemingly taking notes. He continuously points around as if trying to follow lines before returning to jotting things down in a small note book. His shoulder looks singed, it's likely he's faced one of these creatures already.

"Lungs work, this is not puppet theory animation as the anchoring runes would suggest. Sudden appearance indicates it may be a manifestation but physical attributes are solid so they are not to be counted or treated as ethereal. Vessels of will? Hivemind behavior? Power clearly comes from outside source, may be the robed.... difference in rune color is significant.... Power reaches from white to the orange, variation of sponge theory animation most likely.... Is robe the source? White powers orange but what powers white? Aetheric currents to busy to tell at the moment, moon help us if there's more than one white source but white being THE source does not sound any better."

The figure continues to hide behind the box talking to himself, so focused on the creatures he has not yet noticed there may be anyone else around.

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Out of the wall behind him,

Out of the wall behind him, another black-runed undead begins to emerge. It crawls out of the wall, notices the notetaker, then begins to charge another blast...

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McJigg notices the sudden

McJigg notices the sudden appearance of magic behind him and quickly turns around. "Black runes... runes may denote a coding language for function instead of order of relay..." He drops the notebook on the ground and creates a null barrier in front of himself as he braces to absorb the blast. He begins to give off slight teal glow with the activation of his powers. "Beautiful beast, highly complex, who or what made you..."

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The blast seeps into the

The blast seeps into the barrier, nullified. The zombie stops for a moment, twitches, then moans "Necro-...bia...." It twitches again, coming out of the trance, then suddenly charges the McJigg, black auras forming about it's hands and feet.

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McJigg is fully taken aback.

McJigg is fully taken aback. "SPEECH!?". With the approaching zombie he tries to take a step back but bumps into the mailbox. "Forget sponge animation theory this may be remote possession, but the more importantly..." McJigg extends his hand and with his powers tries to attune to one of the runes on the zombies leg. "Are these anchors or corks?" He yanks on the arcane geometry of the rune as if trying to dislodge a part from a construct.

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The black auras dissipate

The black auras dissipate from the zombie, but it continues its charge, albeit a tad slower. It reaches McJigg and tries to tackle him into the mailbox.

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"Corks then." McJigg gets

"Corks then." McJigg gets tackled but remains standing as he's pushed against the mailbox. He tries his best to grapple the zombie, grabbing it's arms near the runes. Beginning to siphon the zombies energy he diverts it to himself to bolster his own strength. "I still don't understand your purpose though. What does any of this achieve?"

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The zombie lets up for a

The zombie lets up for a moment. looks McJigg in the eye, and moans "ret-...rib-...ution", then vomits caustic dark green ooze on McJigg as it collapses.

The black robed figure turns his head, alerted by the vomit. The dozen orange-runed zombies stop and stand still for a moment. "Capes, always in the way. Go!" 4 undead begin walking towards Chiasma and the Detective, and 8 begin to charge McJigg. The mage moves his hands, preparing another conjuration spell.

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"Ugh..." McJigg turns to face

"Ugh..." McJigg turns to face the zombies as he shakes his arms in disgust. "Really? Retribution?..." He removes his jacket and throws it on the ground, looking to the robed figure and shouting "More zombies? Look, if it's a pokemon battle you want... Mailbox! I choose you!" McJigg delivers a kick the mailbox and expends a good amount of the energy he had absorbed from the first zombie. It goes flying towards the charging zombies.

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The box clobbers five of the

The box clobbers five of the undead and continues hurtling toward the black-robed Necrobian. He dives to the side, interrupting his casting. Arcane circles and runes linger in the air for a moment before dissolving. He scrambles to get up and cast another spell, hoping the remaining undead can distract McJigg long enough to summon a lesser Haunt.

Chiasma and Heather open fire on the flamethrowing undead gaining on them. Two fall immediately, but the flames are getting close to the duo. The passengers dart behind an alley.

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From her jacket pocket,

From her jacket pocket, Heather pulled out what looked like a small soda bottle. She holstered her pistol as she shook the bottle, then opened it and let the carbonated holy water, blessed by a Rune priest working out of Clarkstown, spray over the nearest of the undead.

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The flames were extinguished

The flames were extinguished by the holy water, and the nearest undead stopped in its tracks for a moment, covered in shining white scars, twitching.

Chiasma emptied the rest of his clip into the face of the further zombie, then watched as Heather sprayed the undead, bewildered. "Magic Sprite? That's a HiJinx move" he said with a chuckle then quickly reloaded.

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McJigg starts rushing forward

McJigg starts rushing forward, he did not like the looks of the arcane circles and runes that had briefly appeared in the air. At this point he finally notices the other two fighting zombie from the other side. He shouts out to them "Don't let the robed man cast anything!"

There were still three zombies to get through and McJigg had already expended most of his absorbed energy kicking the mailbox. He would attempt to expend the last of it to vault over the zombies and charge the robed figure.

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"Too late magic deadpool"

"Too late magic deadpool" Jackie finishes his spell with a push through the runes, three undead materialize in front of him. They are draped in tattered chainmail, seemingly wet with black liquid, and have rusted metal helmets. Two carry dark steel swords and shields, and the last has a bow and arrow. The swordsmen take a defensive posiiion in front of Jackie and the bowman draws his first shot, aiming towards McJigg.

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Heather drew her pistol again

Heather drew her pistol again and reloaded with the special magazine; the one with silver bullets that had been blessed by her mother, a more learned Gydhja of Freya. She was not in time to prevent the robed mage from summoning his reinforcements, but perhaps she could prevent him from summoning more. She aimed carefully, firing from a Weaver stance and letting the weapon settle before firing again, and again...

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The first shot goes for

The first shot goes for jackie's head, the silver bullet makes contact, then dissolves into green dust, the force throwing his hood off. Startled, he ducks behind the shield of one knight. The next shot strikes the shield. The next strikes the archer, knocking it down. Jackie struggles to reform his Arcalian shield, his only line of defense.

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McJigg lands on the other

McJigg lands on the other side of the zombies only to be faced with an archer aiming at him. He'd freeze in place a moment as his brain tried to decide what to do next, it could have been his end had Heather's silver bullet not knocked the archer down. In his rush to try and stop the summoning he now found himself caught between two groups of zombies and no absorbed energy to take advantage of. It was a bad place to be and he needed to get himself out. Step one, McJigg lashed out his powers at Jackie to start absorbing energy. Step two, McJigg would use this energy to speed up and run round to Chaisma and Heather. He could redirect Jackie's energy to them if he could only get there, they seemed much more prepared for combat.

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The necessary runes dissolved

The necessary runes dissolved just as fast as Jackie could cast them. He gave up refreshing the Arcualian Shield, and directed the servi pyre to attack McJigg, specifically to cast flames to each side, cornering him, then to close the flames upon him. The archer, with a gaping hole in its head, slowly began to rise, picking up its bow and grabbing an arrow.

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McJigg pauses in the flames,

McJigg pauses in the flames, unable to reach the others in time. He thinks as the flames begin to creep in, watching the archer raise from the corner of his eye. He needed a stalling tactic, he could maybe still get out of this if he had time to hatch a plan.It was the oldest trick in the book, but it was worth a try. Could he bait the villain to monologue? Moving the arm that was reaching out to Jackie, it now aims at the archer at the archer. Hoping the power drain will slow it, unsteady it's aim, buy time. He thought back to what one of the zombies had said to him and decided to speak plainly.

"If I'm to die for retribution, I'd like to know what debt I owe. What the city owes. What possible transgression demands the deaths of those unaware and to what end does it serve? And for clarity... what is 'Necrobian'? An order... or a lord?"

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Noticing the archer rising

Noticing the archer rising again, Heather aimed carefully at the caster's chest, and fired rapidly, each shot aimed a few inches higher than the one before,the last aimed once again at the caster's head. After the slide locked back, she ejected the magazine and replaced it with one filled with standard police issue ammunition as she considered the results.

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While McJigg wondered aloud,

While McJigg wondered aloud, Jackie finished his shield, but Heather's bullet used it immediately. The next shots riddle his backside. As he falls forward, the last shot misses his head. On the ground, bleeding, he looks to McJigg "Necrobia is....my salvation..." he falls unconscious, near death.

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Chiasma shoots the knight on

Chiasma shoots the knight on his left in the knees, and it drops, immobilized. The second charges them, shield up. Chiasma notes his shortage of ammo, he has one full clip left.

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"Nooooo!" McJigg shouts in

"Nooooo!" McJigg shouts in panic. "We need him for answers, without him we know nothing!" He steps back as another wall of fire appears, the zombies closing in. Expending the energy he had drawn from Jackie, McJigg releases a shockwave that would hopefully be enough to knock the zombies off their feet and stop their fire from closing in further. To those who caould not see magic, or don't know of his powers, McJigg would begin move his arms somewhat erratically. To those who could see magic, McJigg was beginning to establish and manipulate some ley lines, his goal was to create a power funnel of sorts. A siphon to drain the three zombies of their energy and direct it to Jackie. This would give Jackie strength, hopefully enough to hold out a tad longer, but it was in no manner a healing spell... This process would need about a minute to complete.