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McJigg takes notice that

McJigg takes notice that Jackie isn't working with the chaos mage. He shouts to Heather "I'll keep her distracted, you get him up!".

McJigg moves the hand that was pointed at Jackie so both aim at the chaos mage. He strains himself pulling as much power as he can, without venting or redirecting the stolen power, his own aura begins to glow. He starts to mumble to keep focused, attributes of the magic being taken in. "Fractured, broken, from outside, left of present, north of the future, moving base, funneling anchor", it goes on.

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Ignoring some commotion,

Ignoring some commotion, Jackie continues "where's Giatia?!"

Still struggling to reclaim her arm, the mage replies "dead, killed by Galrithius", then starts to feel the drain from McJigg, if it continues, she might begin to age. She musters as much might as she can, then disappears. She reappears mid-air above McJigg swinging an ornate warhammer with both arms, aiming for McJigg's head.

Jackie stops, and tries to comprehend the nightmare world he's been sent to. "Can't be" he murmurs "she's a god"

Some life force enters Chiasma as he falls. He catches himself on one knee. He looks to Heather saying "it's all yours" then falls, motionless.


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Seeing the mage on the same

Seeing the mage on the same side of the icewall as herself and McJigg, Heather sends a last bit of healing energy to Chiasma, then rushes over to attempt to block the warhammer. The blade is once again the sabre, and glowing brightly again...

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The desperate slash is enough

The desperate slash is enough to move the hammer away from McJigg, it crashes into the wall. The chaos mage dislodges it and swings it horizontally at Heather, throwing herself off balance.

"Arcaulia?!" Jackie yells, but the chaos mage is too busy to reply.


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McJigg had lost track of the

McJigg had lost track of the Chaos Mage with her teleport but now had her square in his sights. He had absorbed more power than he could continue hold in, it had to come out.

With a painful yell he unleashed all the built up energy as a force wave to shove the mage into the ice wall, before falling to his knees panting.

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Midway through the swing, the

Midway through the swing, the force wave hits the chaos mage, sending her flying across the room, crashing through the ice wall Jackie'd created, and slamming into the opposite wall. She slides down a shelf and onto the floor, half-conscious and flickering.

Jackie creates ice bindings across her shoulders, hands, and thighs, then stands over her. "Answers! Now!"


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With the chaos mage

With the chaos mage immobilized, Heather stepped through the hole in the ice wall and placed her fingertip on Chiasma's carotid artery, checking for a pulse even as she sent healing energy directly into his body...

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Chiasma's pulse faded as

Chiasma's pulse faded as Heather checked. But his soul remained in its vessel....

Across the room, the alternate reality Jackie begins to interrogate the subdued chaos mage: "you can't put me back, can you?"

Struggling in the binds, "not alive" the mage answered with a smirk, her lips continuing a moment after words stop.

"Where's Arcaulia, who's not banished I guess?" "With Galrithius, I suppose." "And where's he?" "To the North, but you won't make it there alive." Jackie chuckled, "but then you could put me back." "You'd still be dead, you idiot!" Jackie scowled and added a bind to her throat "then I think I'm done with you...."


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McJigg, panting heavily,

McJigg, panting heavily, forces himself up. He wearily takes a few steps towards Jackie, holding his hand out and starting a power drain. It was weak as he fought the manaburn, achieved when he overdrew from the chaos mage earlier.

"I've really had enough of death for today." He fell to his knees again and aimed his other hand at Heather to siphon the energy to her, not knowing Chaisma's pulse had stopped. "I'm not an expert on your magics, but it would be really cool if this version of you was against Convergence..."

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"Conva--, what?" Jackie

"Conva--, what?" Jackie startles. The bind's weaken on the chaos mage's neck and legs, and she begins to struggle against the arm binds, but they hold. Jackie turns to McJigg "maybe [i]you[\i] can explain this nightmare. All I know is this 'Galrithial' tried to take over but he failed." he turns back to the chaos mage "then chaos magic was banned."

"Galrithius!" the chaos mage blurts out, still struggling against the bind, flickering occasionally.


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Heather shifted her hand,

Heather shifted her hand, pouring healing energy directly into the wounds, but she was almost at the end of her reserves. "Any more healing magics over there?"

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McJigg pushed himself further

McJigg pushed himself further to transfer Heather what he could with the manaburn. He struggles to even keep his head up.

"In the words of the other you... Necrobia's dimension is being merged on top of ours.... Everywhere is creatures and chaos...."

McJigg's hands fall and the siphon ends. He's pushed himself too far into exhaustion giving Heather everything he could, even with the siphon.

"Please.... help the detective...."

He remains there on his knees panting, fighting to stay awake.

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The chaos mage continues to

The chaos mage continues to struggle against the icy binds; Jackie restores the binds at her feet, and she begins to flicker more frequently. "Listen! I'd love to help you guys with this war and such but what do I do with this bitch if I can't choke her out, which I thought was pretty humane?!" Jackie yells at no one in particular. He then conjures a black spear in his left hand while holding the binds with his right.

Chiasma's wounds begin close every so slightly, bloodlessly, continuing the cauterization. His soul still unmoving.


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Satisfied that she'd done

Satisfied that she'd done everything she could magically for Chiasma, Heather opened her first aid kit, sprayed his wounds with antiseptic, and wrapped sterile gauze pads over them. Then she turned to the chaos mage and asked Jackie, "These bonds won't hold her, then?" She pulled out another pair of cuffs, this one marked with Nordic runes glowing softly. She cuffed the chaos mage's right wrist, then took hold of her left, ready to drag them together. "I am required to caution you that attempting to use magic while wearing these handcuff may result in injury, grievous bodily harm, or death. You are under arrest. You have the right to remain silent. Should you give up that..."

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While Heather began to patch

While Heather began to patch up Chiasma's body, Jackie pondered, holding the icy binds. He had little skill with life magic or vampiric magic, much to his shame. Once Heather cuffed the right hand, Jackie released the bind, then the same for the left, leaving no time for the mage to pull away. "Hmm, pull away" Jackie said under his breath. "Ha! I've got an idea!" he blurted out. "Okay, so you've got life magic" he said to Heather, then "...and you've got vampiric magic" he said to McJigg. He demanifests his black spear. "After a breather, you drain all her lifeforce, then give it to the cop, to give to trenchcoat. Now, I know I'm asking you to kill, but you'll save a life at the same time" he said to the two, a bit too excited.

The mage was petrified by the suggestion, which would leave her unable to phase back, and stopped struggling in her cuffs.


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McJigg stares at Jackie for a

McJigg stares at Jackie for a few moments in silence. "You.... you think what I do if of vampires?"

He looks to Heather. "Well golden boy is as delusional as the last him we dealt with. I think we may be on our own until we get to the precinct..."

Looking to the doorway, still covered by the brick wall the chaos mage had put up. "I also think we're locked in here unless..."

He grunts as he gets up and makes his way to the closet door. "Unless we go through my place..." Slowly, McJigg starts to redraw the rune on the door, carefully managing what energy he has left.

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"It's terminology, man. And I

"It's terminology, man. And I'd rather not be stuck in this nightmare on my own" Jackie says walking a bit towards McJigg. "also, while these aren't the Necrobians I know, I bet I understand them better than you do" he continues, pointing at McJigg.


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Heather clicked the other

Heather clicked the other cuff onto the chaos mage's left wrist behind her back, then finished reading the card. She then turned to McJigg, and said, "If you've got some Gatorade, or a bunch of bananas, I can recharge that way, and keep the healing coming. And, where is your place?" She lifted the mage to her feet, then asked Jackie, "Can you carry him by yourself, or shall we wait for McJigg to finished opening his door?"

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"Yeah, I think so" Jackie

"Yeah, I think so" Jackie said before examining Chiasma's body. At 6'2" 210 lbs, Chiasma was a bit of a bulk to carry. Jackie thought for a moment before trying to carry Chiasma the hard way. His ice powers must be useful somehow. "Hey, there's an idea" he said aloud. He rolls Chiasma over, then applies a coat of ice onto his coat with a standard ice beam, forming something of a sled, then he flips over the Chiasma-cicle. "This should be better than dragging the poor guy" Jackie says with a bit of glee from behind the makeshift handle of the ice.


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Golden Jackie has done 0 to

McJigg turns back eyeing the sled. "It'll have to do."

He finishes the same purple rune as before. "You are about to enter a personal space, please keep your comments to yourself as it is not meant for visitors. Once you are inside, I will adjust the door to lead us back into the city."

McJigg pauses for a moment before he walks over to pick up the duffel bag he had packed earlier. He starts back towards the door. "Do not touch anything."

Sliding the door open reveals what looks to be a bachelor apartment. The entrance being used exits a wall covered in clay, it can open any door within it's side dimensions. The kitchen is messy, a nearby iPad playing alternative rock. One wall contains a work desk covered in notes and little arcane devices. Another wall is various maps covered in pins and red string like conspiracy theorists use. The windows look over a different city entirely with a telescope aimed at the moon. The final wall is shelves of storage which had recently been rummaged through to pack the duffel. There is no bed.

McJigg motions to the door uncomfortably. "Please step into my office..."

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Heather nodded at Jackie,

Heather nodded at Jackie, "After you."

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Jackie slides the Chiasma

Jackie slides the Chiasma-scicle into the door, then into the middle of the room. Against better judgement, Jackie comments "my last bachelor pad was at least as bad, man." He takes a seat next to the ice-sled, "You'd think some elder trans-dimension timeline gods would step in to prevent this shit", he muses aloud.


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"Perhaps your presence here

"Perhaps your presence here is evidence that one has." Heather found an empty section of floor, and told the chaos mage, "Sit down, please." She made sure that the mage wouldn't fall, but she was ready to kick legs out if needed to make her sit, despite the polite phrasing. To McJigg, she asked, "May I check your fridge for quick energy?

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McJigg enters the room and

McJigg enters the room and shuts the door. As he wipes the rune off the clay, the seams of the door disappear. "You may not find much in the fridge aside from old orange juice, this is just a work space. There are granola bars in the cupboard."

He walked over to the wall covered in maps and string. "Detective, you had mentioned the Coventre Precinct." Tapping it on a map of Titan City, he looks for the closest door rune. "Is that you're preferred location or was it just the closest precinct at the time?"

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The chaos mage complies at

The chaos mage complies at first, recognizing her restraints. After the exchange, she blurts out "you redbloods just prefer squalor don't you?!"

Jackie chimes in "hey, chill out with the racism! I'm betting you started redblood." The mage responds "I was born in Necrobia. Blueblood by birth" with a smile. Jackie retorts "and I'm 'light-skinned'. What's your fucking point?" The chaos mage makes no rebut.


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McJigg simply quips "All

McJigg simply quips "All blood is blue before oxygen is added. You guys should consider breathing."

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"No, dude, the magic

"No, dude, the magic literally turns blood blue. Even in veins it's red normally" Jackie blurts out. "Maybe it's blue that's 'normal'" the mage insists. "Maybe you're a racist heretic" Jackie retorts.


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Heather pulled out a granola

Heather pulled out a granola bar from one of the pouches on her ammo belt. "You mentioned you wanted to check a PIT database? They've got either a backup copy or a shielded landline to somewhere that does at the Coventre precinct house. Not sure which. As for dropping off the prisoner, any precinct will do, or the Sheriff's or the State Police. But I'm betting Coventre would be a bit more secure. They deal with the Wyrd stuff a lot. If it hadn't been for Lotus Hills wanting me for my language skills, my mother's other training would've had me putting in a few years at Coventre; I could get a transfer there anytime I wanted." She stepped over to Chiasma and checked his pulse again, while watching the two "bluebloods".

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"Again, blue is the natural

"Again, blue is the natural color before it gets oxygenated. That, and changing the color of any liquid is pretty simple with magic so I fail to see the significance." McJigg walks over to the clay wall. "Coventre it is then, I can get us within 5 blocks if the undead haven't broken the door."

McJigg draws a rune in the clay, it glows green. Cracks appear in the clay that smooth out to outline a door. "We'll be exiting from a rear entrance of the nearby grocery store, let's hope looting is at a minimum." He pushes the door open.

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"Well, It also pales the skin

"Well, It also pales the skin, but yeah, it's a symbolic side effect. People like to get their rulers out about how blue theirs is...." Jackie continues. Once the rune begins to glow, he interjects "what about the TV dinner here?," pointing at Chiasma, "I can't cryo him, if that's the plan."


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"Time to stand up again, Jane

"Time to stand up again, Jane Doe." Heather lifted the chaos mage up and let her get her feet settled. "And we take him with us, and leave him at the precinct until they can get him to a doctor, or vice versa. Pray for him if you're so inclined." Judging her energy levels to be enough to make it safe, she gave Chiasma another burst of healing energy., leaving her with plenty to activate the sword if needed.

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"We sometimes do the same

"We sometimes do the same with shirt collars. It's Galrithis' Chalice that causes this effect is it? Must be a heck of a kool-aid."

Without stepping outside, McJigg leans a quick peek out the door, giving a thumbs up.

"And we seem to be clear to leave. With the exception of the Detective, I doubt you guys are any fun at Mario Kart so...."

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"How dare you accuse him of

"How dare you accuse him of being with the Chalice!" the mage spits.

"Damn, you are intense!" Jackie interjects, "he clearly isn't up to speed on Necrobian history....I guess neither am I, here." He then takes the motion to mean he should take point with Chiasma. As he goes through the door, he mentions "I'll have you know I'm pretty good at Mario Kart" with a chuckle.

He leaves the runed door into an alleyway behind a grocery store, sliding Chiasma into the middle of the alleyway. The alley is calm, but the store itself is pandemonium. Civilians have barricaded the doors against a dozen haunts, including knights, but already inside are three umbral servi.


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Heather guided the chaos mage

Heather guided the chaos mage through the door, then looked around as she stepped to the far side of the alley. "This way, then right right at the street." The noises from the store grew louder as she cleared the alleyway and approached the parking lot, and though she really didn't want to have to carry her, she readied a sleep spell to use if the chaos mage called out to her allies.

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An umbral servus corners a

A servus corners a deli worker into the alley. She tries to use a kitchen knife to stab the undead, the servus catches her wrist on the way, then blasts her with dark energy, knocking her out. It then straddles the unconscious body, ready to begin devouring her.


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McJigg shuts the door and

McJigg shuts the door and deactivates the portal. Carrying the duffel bag he runs catch up with the others. "Hope you all enjoyed your time in Canada, but it's time to get back to cleaning up the mess from Necrobia." McJigg looks to the chaos mage. "I guess they just prefer squalor where they come from."

Draining some energy from the chaos mage, he sends a blast of force to try and knock the servus off the civilian.

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"Heh, got 'em" Jackie

"That's not even what 'squalor' means', imbecile" the mage spits, before being drained into silence.

The blast flings the undead off the worker and into the street. Thinking quickly, Jackie brings a large icicle onto the beast, dispatching it. "Haunts? Here?! That's your idea for war?!" Jackie begins to yell at the chaos mage, "zombie apocalypse is your master plan? Yeah, we gotta get me back, this sucks"

The chaos mage glares, still too tired to speak.


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McJigg looks down at the spit

McJigg looks down at the spit and then back at the chaos mage.

"So it's not Necrobia making the place extremely dirty and unpleasant? Full of spit, monsters and name calling? Don't worry friend, we can get you a dictionary."

Getting back to the matter at hand, McJigg looks to the way forward.

"Think we can pile that civilian ontop of the Merc? We don't have time to pick up everyone but I also don't feel right just leaving her in the alley..."

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Taking a break from yelling

Taking a break from yelling at the restrained mage, Jackie replies "I mean she looks light enough, but the merc is heavy....I don't know how mobile we'll be with both." He puts a hand on the sled, getting ready to push.

Shortly afterward, the chaos mage shoves her head back at Heather, attempting to headbutt her, then to make a run for the front of the store.


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Fortunately, between the

Fortunately, between the recent draining by McJigg and a fair amount of martial arts training, Heather was able to twist aside in time to get away with just a bruised cheek, and maintained her grip on the mage's arm. "Sorry, can't afford to let you get away. Sofðu vel!" She finished the sleep spell with a gentle thump with her free hand on the side of the chaos mage's head.

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With the thump on the worn

With the thump on the worn down mage, she falls limp, into a sound sleep.

Jackie rolls his eyes. "Honestly surprised she didn't run sooner" he comments, then puts another hand on the sled, ready to push.


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McJigg begins to pace back a

McJigg begins to pace back a forth a bit. "We can't just keep piling people on the ice sled, I'm used to working in areas police have sectioned off. This is too big, there's too many variables, Sumerian energy point theory is easier to process than what's happening now."

He stops to try and compose himself a little. "This is not as simple as 'just getting to the precinct'."

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Heather picked up the

Heather picked up the unconscious mage in a fireman's carry. "It is, if we make the hard decision to ignore everyone on the way there, if helping them will slow us down. Saving lives now, for now, against maybe saving everyone else later. The math seems simple, but sometimes the hard equations suck." She set off at a brisk walk. "Only you can decide how big you can make that sled. Bring her, if you can, but otherwise her only hope is to end this invasion fast."

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"Okay well the bigger I make it the harder and louder it moves so, sorry" Jackie responds, beginning to push the Chiasma-cicle."I hope she comes to quickly" he continues, as he nears the corner Heather is at.

Meanwhile, at the front of the grocer, a knight begins to pierce through the metal gates at the entrance.


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McJigg joins the others at the front corner, seeing the knight.

"Keep moving towards the precinct, we'll have to lure creatures to us, make them follow and fight on the go."

He kicks a nearby car to cause noise and starts draining power from the knight to try and get it's attention. He directs the power at Jackie to help with pushing the sled.

"You know my original plan for the night was a sting operation. Coffee and netflix on a rooftop waiting for a guy to head to a Regency smuggling deal. I mean technically that could have lead to fighting the undead anyway, but that means the plan would have failed at that point."

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"Wait, what?!" Golden Jackie

"Wait, what?!" Golden Jackie yells mid-push, having expected a more covert approach. But, invigorated by the mana transfer, he's able to move Chiasma at a brisk pace.

The knight's polearm is lodged into the gate as it's drained. It and the other Haunts turn in unison to the trio, and quickly charge them. Three other knights lead the charge: two with swords and shields and one maceman. Behind them are orange-runed undead, mouths with flames spilling out, and behind them blue-runed undead raise their arms and coat themselves with ice.

Jackie takes a hand off the sled for a moment to form an ice wall to the undead's left, limiting their spread across the street.


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"So, it's a race, then?"

"So, it's a race, then?" Heather wrapped her left arm around the mage's legs to keep her securely on Heather's shoulder, and broke into a fast jog. "Nyahhh! We're stealing your mage!" She'd been hoping to get a bit closer to the precinct house before deliberately attracting attention, but thought that ice wall should delay the undead a bit. Her right hand was still free to draw a weapon, if they got to close...

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As the knights reach the wall

As the knights reach the wall, the swordsman smash the edge of the wall, creating a larger opening, the maceman keeps charging ahead, nearing Jackie as he tries to man the sled. The blue and orange undead funnel past the swordsman as they finish crushing the portion of the wall.


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"I know Netflix isn't a

"I know Netflix isn't a standard stake out thing."

McJigg bends down and writes a sigil on the ground, one effectively meant to work as a magic nullification mine. When stepped on, it should create a wave of weak force that dispels everything in the area. He was sure to made the addendum that it would not go far in their own direction.

"But you should hear how loud this guy plays music in his car. I'm pretty sure I could enter a restaurant across the street and still hear when he leaves."

McJigg runs up a bit ahead and writes another sigil on the wall. This one will cause a physical wave to knock down anything that triggers it, he waits to arm it until Jackie is past.

"I'll be honest though, I'd probably end up watching something trashy like Shark Tank. I haven't found a good series to really sink my teeth into for a while. I'd watch youtube but it doesn't work as well on my device."

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Between breaths Jackie tries

Between breaths Jackie tries to converse "Yeah...sounds like an ass, eh?" They're three blocks away from the precinct by now.

The maceman steps on the mine, soon after Jackie passed over it, it detonates, startling the knight for a moment, but it continues to charge, though slightly slower. The orange-runed undead behind the knight lose their runes, the flames dissipate, but they continue to charge at similar speed, catching up to the maceman feet away from Jackie.

The swordsmen run past the ice-covered undead in their charge, all out of range of the mine.


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Heather turned, noticing that the boys were behind her. She drew her pistol and fired three shots each at the knight and the maceman, trying for the headshot with each shot.

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The disarmed knight falls

The disarmed knight falls with three holes in its head. The maceman tries to block the bullets with its mace, but its speed drained, it shares the disarmed knight's fate.

the swordsman speed past the de-runed servi, with the ice-covered servi close behind, all a few yards form Jackie, lagging behind the other two. He pushes past Mcjigg's force rune.


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McJigg begins draining the swordsman.

"He's inconsiderate in public for sure, but there's more to the guy. His apartment is clean and he helps with his daughter's homework so I think there's more to his criminal origins than meets the eye."

McJigg puts a hand on the sled and helps to push, turning to Jackie.

"Mind making an ice patch to help trip these guys up?"

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"You know he helps his daughter with her homework?" Heather kept just ahead of the sled, but went to two rounds each for the first two of the icy undead, then released the mage's legs long enough to reload... "Your clients are getting their moneys worth."

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"I was actually hoping to

"I was actually hoping to turn him into an informant, scare him about the jail time away from her. But word is he's got his hands on the Lexicon of Neverah which was stolen from a museum last month."

McJigg waves his hand from draining the swordsmen to give Heather a quick boost before returning to the drain.

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Jackie responds "give it a

Jackie responds "give it a sec'", then relieved a bit by McJigg's help, he waits for the swordsmen to step just in front of the mine, triggering it. Jackie conjures an icy fence, less exhausting than a wall, just in front of the swordsmen.

Shortly after Heather's rounds dispatch one of the servus frigus, the mine detonates,sending the servi flying back and slamming the swordsman against the icy fence. One of them is impaled by shards of ice smashing through, the other quickly tries to recover. The trio near the precinct, but it's view is blocked by taller buildings.

Jackie tries to join the conversation "so the Lexicon is powerful? Evil? Demonic?"


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Heather finished reloading,

Heather finished reloading, then holstered the pistol and secured the mage's legs again with her left arm. "Hadn't heard of it, myself, until they mentioned it in a daily briefing, just after the theft. Not part of my seidr." She keep just ahead of the sled, but her breathing was starting to get labored.

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McJigg keeps pushing the sled. "No, not anything like that, just unique. Written by a European explorer/mage who came to America/Canada in the early founding days and wrote methods of combining west European and Aboriginal magic methods. While it never caught on into wide use, it's interesting and worth keeping open to scholars and not hiding it in some rich guy's private collection."

He gives the sled a shove and bends down to make another sigil mine, once completed he catches back up with the sled to keep pushing. "To which of course some rich Regency guy wants it in his private collection, I just don't know who yet."

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Jackie and McJigg push the

Jackie and McJigg push the Chiasma-cicle to the corner, but Jackie stops, noticing the commotion. He hears the last knight behind him, and turns to lance a black javelin through the knight, dispatching it.

They've reached the precinct, a five-story concrete building. It's a fairly 80s brutalist rectangle with relatively few windows. The grass in front of the entry is littered with TCPD mech debris. Three mechs battle on the front lawn, and two oddly familiar suits of plate armor lie closer to the heroes. Two of these mechs are covered in a blue aura, and they continue to bash the third mech with their energy fists. The third mech struggles to defend itself. All the while, a figure in brown robes with silver trim shines blue runes on the secure entry, visibly frustrated.


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Heather slid the chaos mage down onto the ground, then drew her pistol, keeping her eyes on the brown-robed figure. "Can either of you break the spell on those mechs? I have an arrest to make." She kept her voice low, not wanting to be heard by Brown-Robes over the noise of the Mech Battle.

She didn't wait for an answer, but moved forward, staying quiet until she reached the lawn, with a clear path to Brown-Robes. As she chambered a round and pulled out The Card, she began speaking, "You are under arrest. Release your control of these mechs immediately, cease all other magicks, and turn around slowly with your hands in plain sight. You have the right to remain silent. If you give up this right..."

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"Damned digital nonsense" the technomancer mutters to himself, before being interrupted by an arrest. He turns slowly as Heather begins to mirandize him, then gives a snarky blank look as she points her pistol at him before interrupting "You're overworld 'rights' mean nothing to the down-trodden, pig" a keen eye might notice his lips speak Arabic, but the words that leave are English. He waves his hands quickly in a seemingly stiff set of motions, almost akin to martial arts palm strikes. Blue runes converge on the pistol intending to Regress it into a flintlock or similarly primitive weapon.

Jackie turns to McJigg, "okay, so this is technomancy, controlling technology with magic. I don't know if you can dispel it, but I think we should get the cops out first. If we fuck up they might need a lightsaber to get out." His voice is audibly worried, at the sight of possibly three TCPD mechs on him and a skilled technomancer, Gael.


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Heather sighed as the runes converged, and she pulled the trigger. But when the hammer was released, it was now a clamp with a bit of flint in it, coming down on the outside of the weapon, which was now an ornate assemblage of wood and steel... Heather held her point of aim (center mass), cursing in Mandarin as the sparks ignited the priming and then there was a soft boom and a .60 caliber sphere of lead came out at a few hundred meters per second. She barely noticed the fall of the powderhorn and the bag of nine lead balls...

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"I can dispell anything after

"I can dispell anything after some study but Necrobian magic is still new to me. Let's hope it's based on puppet theory because I don't see code overlay runes or central download emitters placed anywhere..."

He looks back to the last of the servi. "Think you can take care of the rest of these guys while I start reading?"

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The lead ball hurtles towards Gael, but he smirks as it strikes his holoshield, deflecting upward. He turns to the glowing mechs, then motions with more fluid, circular movements, ending in open hands pointed at Heather. The glowing mechs abruptly end their assault, then start running towards Heather, energy fists glowing orange. But the mechs are cumbersome,so it'll take a few seconds to close the distance.

The Servi begin to crawl around the icy fence and start to gain on McJigg and Jackie. Thinking quickly, Jackie runs to the lucid mech yelling "incoming", assuming the mech still had plenty of ammo in the minigun. Chiasma would hopefully not be a target for the Servi or Gael.


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Heather flipped the empty flintlock to her left hand and drew the sunblade with her right. "You wanted inside, I'll take you inside," she said as she closed the remaining distance to the technomancer. Her charge ended with a lunge, the glowing saber aimed at his stomach. "But the choices are, as prisoner or as evidence."

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McJigg grunted with annoyance at having to run out, he closed the notebook and shoved it into his pocket. As he followed Jackie he kept his eyes on the mechs, trying to read the technomancy that had taken over. At last though, he spotted something in the arcane geometry. It was something that had been in every knight, every runed servi, the once common component of all Necrobian magic he had seen so far.

"Think I got something" McJigg broke away from following Jackie and instead ran up to one of the the controlled mechs occupied in the fight. He slammed his hand onto it's leg and with his power erased one component of the spell. If he was right, it was the only thing that declared Necrobian constructs, spells and people as friends instead of targets.

He backed off the moment he was finished, trying his best not to be trampled.

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Gael was a tad overwhelmed,

Gael was a tad overwhelmed, mechs to keep track of, a cop with a magic sword, and two more incoming. As Heather charged, Gael configured a device on his right hand, the sword plunged into the holoshield, slowing it's lunge. Gael had enough time to configure his emitter for a force blast, then unloaded on Heather a force wave hoping to send her flying a few meters.

McJigg had dispelled part of the Remote arcane apparatus, but Gael suspected generalized dispelling heroes. A failsafe was installed: if the Remote was reconfigured, the Regress runes would activate. The Regress triggers, disabling the mech. Mid-charge, it stumbles stiffly, smashing into the dirt and skidding several feet. It lies face-down, strangely unpowered, trapping the officer inside. The second mech continues to follow Heather, ignoring McJigg.

The officer in the third mech rights the mech and tries to gather his bearings: Golden Jackie looked different enough at a glace to not seem like a threat, McJigg had interfered with one of the bad mechs so he's friendly, and Heather was obviously a detective. He sees the Servi pour over Chiasma, and he opens fire carefully. The barrels spin, sending hot lead all over the Servi, eliminating them in gruesome blue mist. He runs out of ammo as the last Servi is relieved of its head. He then begins to try to get up, but his servos have been worn down.

With a spare moment, Gael yells "Jackie! What are you doing?!" Walking carefully since the Servi are taken care of, Jackie responds "Chaos magic. Help me out here..."


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Knocked back by the blast, Heather rolled to her feet and turned in time to parry the fist of the remaining compromised mech. The energy around that fist dimmed substantially, and the sunblade flared even brighter as it absorbed the energy, feeding some back to restore its weilder's stamina. Invigorated, Heather began striking at the mech, staying clear of areas where cutting through would injure the pilot, and hoping to disable the mech. In her off hand, the pistol began to glow and twitch...

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Since Heather and the free mech were occupying the controlled mech, McJigg runs up and climbs onto the 3rd deactivated one. He begins studying the regress runes and takes his time figuring out how to properly dissemble them to properly free the mech and pilot inside.

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The Remoted mech struggles to

The Remoted mech struggles to keep up with the agile Detective, the fist often missing Heather entirely, and when it didn't, it was deflected by the blade. The sword cleanly slices the mech's hard armor and begins to damage servos, but the mech mindlessly continues, even as it's right leg fails and collapses. Thankfully it seemed unable to use its minigun.

Gael responds to Jackie "I doubt anyone but Arcaulia could send you back. Now are you with us or with these 'heroes'?" Jackie replies "I'm with anyone who will get me out of this nightmare, Gael." "This 'nightmare' is our destiny!" "Necrobia is supposed to be a haven for spellcrafters, not a cult!" Gael sighs, "You'd find her with the Council to the North. Maybe she can send your corpse back." He then points his left hand to Jackie, and shoots a red laser shuriken out of his Gluon Blade. Jackie conjures a black shield and blocks it, absorbing the energy cleanly. "Heroes it is!" he yells as he begins to charge the technomancer, conjuring a black sword.

The officer got the intact mech to its feet, then pondered for a moment: these mechs are vulnerable to the mage, they can be turned against the city or simply disabled, however, he's very vulnerable in his Blues too, having only his standard gear on him. He decides to remain in the mech for now and assist the officer trapped in the unpowered mech. He stumbles over to McJigg then says through the speaker "roll 'em over and try the manual release." But the other officer was unconscious from exhaustion. If she could be restored, she could try the spring-loaded release on the front plate.


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Heather took advantage of the

Heather took advantage of the mech's loss of mobility and moved to its rear faster than it could turn with one leg. She dropped the pistol on the way, and struck at the back of the mech's left knee with the sunblade. Not waiting to judge the effects, she jumped for the back of the mech, grabbing for the manual release handle.

In the grass, the glow on the revolver faded.

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The mech aimlessly flails at Heather as she grabs the exposed manual release. Once its pulled, the hydraulics of the front plate slowly lift the assembly upward. The unconscious officer slumps halfway out of the cockpit. She jossles as the mech slowly turns towards Healther by pushing it's minigun into the ground and rotating the mech. Once it finds the Detective it'll try crawling to her, mindlessly continuing its charge beyond any combat effective state.

Gael readies his Gluon blade as Jackie charges, sword and shield. Jackie slams his black shield into the Holoshield, slowly absorbing its energy. While his shield weakens, Gael reconfigures his Emitter for light magic, to counter the umbral weaponry.


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Heather laid the pilot down next to Chiasma and the chaos mage, then circled around to lead the mech away before darting in to attempt to recover her sword from the mech's shoulder.

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McJigg was not strong enough

McJigg was not strong enough to try and turn the disabled mech over, he studied what he could as the regress runes faded. He hit the mech with his fist as the last traces left. So used to dismantling the novice magic of thugs with spell books and arrogant rich folk, he felt an equal measure of respect and annoyance at Necrobian magic. He surveyed the battlefield, Heather was finishing off the remaining mech and Jackie was facing off against the mage. If he could disable the remaining mech the same way, he and Heather could both go assist Jackie.

McJigg hopped off and began running to the mech chasing Heather to dispell it the same way.

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The lucid officer stumbled

The lucid officer stumbled over to the Regressed mech. He slowly turns over the mech to lie on its front. The hydraulics and servos were very worn, but enough to do the job. Once the mech was turned over, he examined the cockpit: the pilot didn't seem badly wounded and would recover quickly, and the manual release seemed functional. Rather than get involved with the tech-mage, he decides to park his mech and turn it off. He'd wait in safety until backup can come from the precinct.

The glowing mech charged its fist with all energy available, bypassing safeties. With its front plate flapping, it tries to intercept Heather as she goes to retrieve her sword.

Jackie continues to push his umbral shield into Gael's Holoshield, but Gael finishes configuring the Emitter, then blasts the shield with a high powered photon bolt. It absorbs nearly all the energy of the bolt, but it's proves too much and the shield demanifests into shadows. Jackie is staggered back, with only his black sword. Gael protracts his red Gluon blade and charges to lance Jackie, yelling "Necrobia for all!"

The battle cry reaches the chaos mage, rousing her from her sleep. She gets up, refreshed, and begins to analyze the cuffs and considers gruesome options.


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Heather feinted towards the blade, then dived into the cockpit. She looked to her right as she turned to face the hatch, and saw the edge of the sunblade where it had passed into the side of the cockpit. She considered that the blade had changed its shape before, and for a moment she could not think of a way to get the hilt and the crossguard, in any form, through to the inside of the mech. She put that problem aside, for the moment, then seized the controls. Theoretically, that made the mech her weapon, as her hand on the hilt would a blade, and, combined with the police markings on the mech and her badge, that opened up an option.

She was not quite as good at such wards as was her mother, but she had the sword available to draw power from, and she was in contact with the mech while the technomancer was not. She cast the spells, wards designed to keep a weapon under the control of its weilder...

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The blue runes seem to resist

The blue runes seem to resist the warding, but the sword anchored in the side of the chassis begins to change shape radically: The hilt adopts an ornate Epee handle, the blade first forms a golden vine pattern, shining dimly. The vines split and spread across the mech, occasionally making anchors in the armor. They spread around the open front plate and find their way to the controls, under Heather's hand. The hilt remains on the outside of the chassis, but the Remote runes remain, struggling against the strange blade. The mech sits motionless, perceiving no command from the Remote.

The chaos mage makes a risky choice, as is her nature. The cuffs would constrict if she cast a spell. Assuming the overworld police are as cruel as she's heard, if she struggled enough, the cuffs might constrict enough to sever her hand, freeing her to heal the wounds. She pondered which spell to cast. Mentalism seemed wise, Gael could use the backup, or perhaps summoning would be better. She began to motion to summon a knight, the cuffs activated and tightened, quickly bruising, but she persisted. Halfway through the spell, the cuffs snapped her forearm. She let out a yelp before catching herself. The device seemed to apply more pain than the injury itself would. She collapses on her forearms, immobilized from pain.

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McJigg stops in near disbelief as he approaches what is now Heather's mech. "Detective, consider me thoroughly impressed!" He looks back and forth between the Jackie/Gael conflict and the chaos mage. "You want the teal she-witch or or to help golden boy?"

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The pain subsides enough for the mage to think clearly. She figured her first choice, Mentalism, would be wiser. She considered the psychic nature of Convergence, and deduced that if she could amplify her psychic presence, a simple spell, she could find another Mentalist, Mentalism-skilled Summoner, or maybe Galrithius himself, to come assist. She'd learned enough Mentalism to cast Presence without motions. She braced for pain then cast the spell, telepathically calling out "Bellator!". The cuffs constricted and she nearly passed out from pain again. Without a telepathic response, a knight manifests beside her, teleported by another's chaos magic, rather than summoned from Necrobia. It wields a battle axe, and quickly raises it above its head. The chaos mage holds her hands out far.


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As the vines wrapped around the control sticks, Heather called out to McJigg. "Not quite done here! Your choice!" She then twisted the control for the minigun, trying to line the sight-camera up with the newly arrived knight's axe, before triggering a burst from the weapon.

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As much as it would suck for

As much as it would suck for the chaos mage to get away, at least for the moment, Jackie was an ally. The choice was pretty clear. McJigg gives a thumbs up and starts running towards the police station, outstretching his hands to drain Gael and boost Jackie.

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Gael's blade reaches Jackie

Gael's blade reaches Jackie unprepared, but he's able to catch it with a quickly conjured black shield. The two struggle against each other for a moment, locked in their clashed weapons. Gael smirks, then shoots a photon beam out of his Emitter into Jackie's knee, hoping to destabilize his stance. The beam immediately singes Jackie's robes, then starts to burn the skin. Jackie nearly collapses, but McJigg turns the tide. Jackie is able to shove Gael's blade away, and freeze his emitter with an ice blast. Gael quickly melts the ice, but before he could protract another blade, Jackie --invigorated-- slams his fist on the ground, and a pillar of ice shoots up below Gael. He's launched into the air, shocked and exasperated.

The knight begins to swing his ax down as the minigun spins up. The large war ax cleaves the mage's hands off at the forearm. Lead finally leaves the barrels once the gun has reached operating speed. The knight is obliterated, but the mage scurries behind Chiasma's sled, and begins to try to heal her wounds, freed from the oppressive binds.


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McJigg charges forward, still

McJigg charges forward, still draining Gael. He switches from empowering Jackie to empowering himself as he tries to jump on and restrain Gael as he lands.

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Heather pushed the Main Power

Heather pushed the Main Power Shutdown button (likely the first thing the pilot tried, but with the spell active...) then climbed out of the mech. She retrieved the sunblade, then scooped up the hands and the cuffs before coming up to the sled. "You may want to let me help you with these, before you do too much permanent damage." She held out the hands by the fingers.

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Before he lands, Gael is able

Before he lands, Gael is able to protract a new blade. He slams onto the dirt, panging most of his back. He's stunned a bit as McJigg lands on him and begins to restrain him. With his opposite hand, he sends a blinding flash out from his Emitter, hoping to blind McJigg for long enough to get free.

Jack gets back to his feet. He conjures a black spear then runs to assist McJigg if Gael gets free.

The mech deactivates and the blue runes glow brightly, screaming for control over the depowered mech. The sunblade maintains its epee-ish handle, the vine-like projections release from the mech and quickly reassemble into the viney blade. As she nears the sled, the chaos mage is finally able to heal her hands. They flicker into this timeline, but with far more color than her stark white skin. She's captivated by the vitality for a moment, then suppresses it, redblood features. When Heather reaches her, holding out blue bleeding hands, the mage conjures a weapon, this time a bronze mace, then lunges at the detective.


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Heather dropped the hands.

Heather dropped the hands. "Guess you don't need these anymore..." She parried the mace with the sunshade, sparks flying as she redirected the blow. She spared a glance at Jackie, then turned to concentrate on her opponent and her new hands. "You don't care who you hurt, do you? Even your other selves? You're lucky one of them doesn't decide she needs your heart more than you do..."

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After she staggered across

After she staggered across the rood from the parry, she gathered her balance, and replied "chaos healing doesn't work on vital wounds, redblood." Soon after she spoke, the hands phased out of this timeline. The chaos mage points with her off-hand at the empty cuffs "hopefully she uses them well." She sends her off hand out toward Heather, then in a teal flash, a Frisbee hurtles toward the detective.


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McJigg, who had been facing

McJigg, who had been facing against magic (which can often be bright and flashy) for a very long time, was thankfully wearing a mask that helped protect against the flash. He fought to get a good grip on Gael, continuing to drain him while powering himself, something that was more effective with direct contact.

"Do you know how many people have tried to flash blind me!?"

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Not knowing what the nature

Not knowing what the nature of the frisbee was, Heather ducked and rolled to the side. She winced as her shoulder came down on an object in the grass, and as she came back to her feet she glanced back at what appeared to be a Colt revolver from the 1880s. Or maybe a prop house... She dived back, watchful for the frisbee, and grabbed the gun in her left hand.

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Gael struggled against McJigg

Gael struggled against McJigg's grappling and manadrain; melee was not his preference. He managed to get his ring finger to press a button on his console, he then smirked. "Okay, how about this?!" the technomancer said before his holoshield reactivated with enough force to send any foreign object flying back, even the dirt on his robes.

Jackie then shoved the black spear into the shield, planting his feet in a strong stance to resist the shield's pushback. The spear slowly begins to pierce the holoshield, while Gael tries to gather enough strength to put up a decent fight.

The Frisbee flew over Heather and landed in the grass, harmless. As Heather rolled, the chaos mage casted an Arcaulian Shield, then began to cast a dangerous Project spell....


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