SERAPH-30: Are We There Yet?? Alex drove the van as fast as he dared, avoiding all the main roads as they were regularly patrolled by APCs and tanks. At one point Alex had to bring the van to a complete stop, and they all hid in the rear while they waited for a low-flying helicopter to fly past; it was a tense wait, but the helicopter's buzzing rotors gradually faded, and the group continued. Eventually, they reached their destination; a two-storey house in Vermont South, sitting just past the corner leading into a court. Most of the second storey had been obliterated by explosives, and Maddy could just make out the matte-black rifles of two snipers hiding in the top-storey wreckage; luckily the snipers recognised Alex' face through the open windshield, and didn't fire.SERAPH-30: Are We There Yet??4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Alex drove the van up to the garage, letting everyone else out while it opened; once Titan slammed the door shut, Alex drove straight in just as the garage doors began closing again.
SERAPH-17: Alien Deathmatch The recent debate sparked between the Belgan president and the Galactic High Council regarding the latest creation of the Belgan's bio-weapons industry was the cause for all this strife.SERAPH-17: Alien Deathmatch4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
'Infinity Stones,' as they were dubbed by the Belgans, were biological weapons of no equal, elegant in both their disguise and means of destroying a planet's populace. The Infinity Stones masqueraded as self-sustaining power sources with no equal, but produced a destructive waste product that was lethal to all forms of organic life, but was specially-tailored to leave any valuable mineral deposits untouched; there was no known way of disposing of it, and no possible way of stopping the production of the 'Black Matter' short of destroying the stones. That would take nothing less than an orbital strike from a Supernova-class dreadnought, the appropriately-dubbed 'planet destroyer.'
The Infinity Stones also required no maintenance or surveil
SERAPH-24: Clash of the Titans Before the countdown had even started, Ghost had made it clear that she had no interest in fighting Nyx. Helena had been, understandably, quite angry, but there was nothing she could do to change Ghost's mind. Ghost, like many people at SERAPH, did not care for Helena very much. All she wanted, and this is a direct quote, was a front-row seat so she could watch Helena "get the ass-kicking she so sorely deserves..."SERAPH-24: Clash of the Titans4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
While Animal would've been content to sit back and watch as well, he wasn't one to miss out on a good fight...
Helena hit Nyx like a hurricane wind. An inhuman burst of speed shot Helena forward like a bullet as she lashed out with her right elbow; Nyx grabbed Helena's forearm with one hand, throwing a punch at Nyx's ribs with the other. Helena caught Nyx's fist in her hand, her knee becoming a matte-black blur as she smashed it into Nyx's stomach.
Nyx coughed, winded sligh
SERAPH-14: Commandos We'd taken a position atop a ridge overlooking the Dragon's Nest; Cat was watching the automated defence turrets through the scope of a high-powered anti-materiel rifle attached to his arm, while I was peering down with the help of a pair of binoculars. Ghost had begun her climb down the ridge about ten minutes ago, and had been slowly creeping past the turrets ever since.SERAPH-14: Commandos4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Give us an update, Ghost; what's your twenty?" Cat asked. He was looking around the valley with his scope, switching between filters to try and spot the elusive girl; but, true to her word, none of the filters were picking her up.
Then the window of the door to the gatehouse, which I was looking at through my binoculars, suddenly shattered inwards; over my radio headset, I heard Ghost hiss in pain slightly.
"I've got control of the exterior defences; any recommendations for shutting them off?" she replied. It was eerie for me to
SERAPH-11: Hospital Date Two stories dominated the news headlines the next morning.SERAPH-11: Hospital Date4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A short stretch of a Kensington street was torn up overnight; as the fires in that area had spread quite extensively by the time emergency services showed up, there was little forensic evidence that could determine the identity of the culprits. Property damage estimates were astronomical due to the district's historic nature.
Two people, a father and daughter, were rushed to hospital. The father had a seriously-broken spine, and doctors were unable to restore to him the use of his legs; he would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The injuries inflicted on the daughter, however, captured the nation's heart. Her face had been seriously burned, and she had been put into an induced coma after suffering some kind of stroke or brain haemorrhage that night, probably brought on by deep-tissue damage; doctors were confident, however, that
SERAPH-20: Omega Tropic and I dashed away from the second decontamination chamber, rounding the corner and coming face-to-face with a massive barricade; desks, medical gurneys, trolleys and anything else thick enough to block a bullet had been piled up across the hallway in front of us.SERAPH-20: Omega4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It hadn't stopped Agent Omega; he'd just blasted straight through the wall of debris and massacred the last group of soldiers. Cornered, alone and, more important, beaten; I couldn't imagine how terrified these soldiers would've been.
Just as the two of us dashed past the wreckage, a cavernous roar echoed through the base as something exploded; Wrex had arrived. Tropic looked at me, shoving me forward.
"Quit gawking like an idiot and move!" she urged. "I'll keep him busy!"
"You won't last two minutes against him!" I shouted. She shoved me again, harder.
"Then you'd better hurry your arse up!"
SERAPH-33: Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch...SARISSERAPH-33: Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch...3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I stood at the aft of the ship, looking at the churning water behind the Sanctuary. In my magnified vision, I could clearly see the tiny black shape of a warship, ringed by half a dozen much larger, more heavily-armed vessels. The smaller ship had an odd shape; instead of gun emplacements there were dozens of monster truck tyre-sized radio dishes, and in place of a bridge was a bulbous orb, like a giant sphere of grey Play-Doh had fallen from the sky onto the hull of a corvette. Above the ship, growing from the rear, was a massive illuminated globe that flashed bright green every few seconds. The Tanaka.
"So, what's the plan?" Chimera asked from behind me. Not for the first time, I found myself caught by his distinctive accent.
"That big pylon at the back of the ship; I figure that's the shield generator," I explained. "Among my people, the technology and
SERAPH-08: Cops and Psychos As soon as Elsa Williams barged through the office door of Special Agent Gavin Farrow, his receptionist had called the police; she feared that the young woman with green hair was another of Mr. Farrow's many ex-girlfriends, and many of them came to his office to scream and shriek at him. Some caused property damage, and the receptionist had learned not to take chances when angry women charged, unannounced, into Mr. Farrow's office. Within minutes of the call going out, a police car arrived on the scene; inside was Lieutenant Zara Blake, who arrived just in time to see Mr. Farrow's window explode...SERAPH-08: Cops and Psychos4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As I got out of my patrol car, a rain of broken glass fell all around me. I shielded the organic side of my face with one of my metal arms, glaring up at the office with my synthetic eye...
There was the briefest flash of dull-green as something dove out of the broken window and swang across the road using some kind of cabl
SERAPH-34: Breaking And Entering The Coalition of the Rising Sun didn't rely on human soldiers.SERAPH-34: Breaking And Entering3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Oh sure, they had the numbers for it, but it took too long to train them and was too costly to outfit and arm them. They did, however, train smaller squads of soldiers; these were elite men, on par with America's Navy SEALs or the Marines. They weren't many, and what few there were had been assigned to protect high-value assets, like the general in charge of the team breaking into the facility.
To compensate for the lack of trained soldiers, the Sunnies had brought hundreds of thousands of mechs; it was a fact that was accepted world-wide that Japan made the best mechs, and they had two-hundred of their top-of-the-line units patrolling Lilydale Lake.
The Mechanised Anti-infantry Combat Unit, Series IV, or better known as the MACU-IV, was almost like a real-life Terminator. It could stand up to machinegun fire, shrug off explosives, get set on f
SERAPH-18: Pressing the Target We all charged into the elevator, and Zephon pressed the button for the thirty-ninth floor almost eight times before the doors closed. The Altairians all fidgeted anxiously, and even Jeth looked rattled. I tapped a button on my helmet's temple, turning my radio's long-range transmitter on.SERAPH-18: Pressing the Target4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"All units, this is Dagger One; we're inside the main complex, heading to the control room in the freight elevator. Any other teams heading in, be advised we booby-trapped the train tunnel; if you want to come in, come in another way!"
The other seven team leaders acknowledged my broadcast; five of the teams were too far away to be of any assistance, one was close enough but was cornered in a parking garage by an enemy attack helicopter. The seventh team leader divided his squad in half; half would give assistance to the trapped squad, while the other would enter the command centre through maintenance tunnels on the weste
SERAPH-12: Hunting E.T. British special forces had by now quarantined the crash site of the alien spacecraft, and kept a twenty-man garrison of SAS commandos to maintain security while crews of scientists studied the craft.SERAPH-12: Hunting E.T.4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The first thing they discovered about it was that it was unmanned, operating on some kind of autopilot.
The second discovery, achieved via the use of x-ray, was that the spacecraft appeared to be some kind of portable armoury. Various imaging devices picked up the silhouettes of multiple strange-looking weapons; carbines, sniper rifles and even a couple of large-bore weapons, presumably RPGs or grenade launchers. There were also several small power cells that the scanners picked up; the energy signature was massive, more so than a comparably-sized plasma clip manufactured on Earth.
Sometime later, the British government was contacted by the crew at Parkes Observatory in New South Wales, the radio telescope that relayed t
SERAPH-28: Encounter With The Copycat The group was sequestered in a second-storey room near the end of Croydon's main street; once upon a time it had been a lawyer's office. Now it was just a refuge for rodents, insects and the accumulated filth of half a century's worth of neglect; as such, it stank.SERAPH-28: Encounter With The Copycat4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
There were seven people in the smelly, dirty room; five male, two female. While they all had differing builds and clothing, the one constant was that all of them looked like they were on their last legs; they were dirtied and some had dry blood on their clothes, bad rations had thinned them all down and there was a general air of fatigue that permeated the group. Even so, the muscular giant clad from head-to-toe in a suit of black combat armour standing by the window stood strong and tall; he kept his gaze firmly locked on the street outside, and his finger unwaveringly perched on the trigger of his large-calibre handgun. He turned inside and levelled his gu
SERAPH-27: Defending the Sanctuary pt3ANIMALSERAPH-27: Defending the Sanctuary pt34 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The monster that stood in front of me was an absolute colossus, and every instinct in my saurian brain was screaming at me to flee. Nyx laid a comforting hand on my knee, and I steeled myself as I looked up and gritted my fangs.
The giant dinosaur in front of me had a crimson hide, mottled and slashed by steel-grey stripes with a milky-white underbelly; muscles bulged under a coat of fist-sized scales. A massive sail adorned its back, supported by bony spines as long as Nyx was tall. It flexed a pair of three-clawed talons, and its massive claws dug deep scratches in the deck as it advanced with thunderous strides. It was its fearsome visage, however, that rattled me the most; it was a narrow, crocodile-like snout filled with jagged, serrated fangs and with a pair of golden, lizard-like eyes that peered down at me from under a scaly, crown-like brow.
This beast was almost fifty feet long; a
SERAPH-03: Inspection The incident at the FloraTech facility made headlines, not just because of the massive property damage and the reconstruction costs, but because of the intrigue surrounding it.SERAPH-03: Inspection4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
In the event of the activation of the facility's incineration failsafe, all digital files are immediately downloaded to the central database in Berlin, Germany; they could then be retrieved for analysis and investigation into the cause of the containment breach.
However, a security guard operating one of the checkpoints was overpowered a few minutes before the incident; he hadn't seen his assailant. The intruder managed to gain access to the FloraTech database, wiping the facility's server clean with a powerful computer virus. The virus had been on the verge of penetrating the network of FloraTech's parent company, GaiaTech, when the incineration failsafe was triggered, diverting the virus straight into FloraTech's central core in Berlin.
SERAPH-22: Licking Your Wounds About one-hundred metres upriver from the iconic Tower Bridge was a two-storey building, so run-down that it looked as though it wouldn't stand up against anything stronger than a light breeze.SERAPH-22: Licking Your Wounds4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Once upon a time, this ramshackle building had been a bar, but the passage of time had slowly eroded away everything except the lone piece of trivia written on a tourist-information board in one of the dusty windows: during Cold War Two, this bar had been a regular haunt for the Navy crewmen who maintained the prototype Poseidon-class attack submarine. One of them, the last surviving one in fact, owned it.
Zara's patrol car was parked across the street, and the cyborg herself was sitting on the bonnet waiting for me. She slid down the bonnet as I approached, standing up in front of me; in my human form, she was a fair bit taller than me.
"Where's the Deltian?" the cyborg asked. Nyx wasn't with me; her fierce
SERAPH-19: We're Not Alone... The walls were painted crimson with dried blood, and the bodies that said blood belonged to were strewn about the lobby that we stood in; spindly limbs and decayed heads and shrivelled guts were scattered about like the decorations of some macabre party, interspersed with thousands of rusted shell casings. The offending guns lay everywhere, crumpled and broken as though they'd been trampled.SERAPH-19: We're Not Alone...4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Or smashed aside by a very angry Deltian.
"They put up one hell of a fight," Ghost mumbled. "Nobody could've gotten through here without being turned into Swiss cheese."
"There's not enough stopping power in these old Kalashnikovs to penetrate a Deltian's skin; these guys were fighting a battle they'd already lost," I replied grimly. I couldn't imagine the fear these men would've felt; seeing their opponent, resplendent in an armoured coat of black scales, shrug off a blitz of automatic gunfire as it cut down their com
SERAPH-02: Burn Baby, Burn... The plants that FloraTech typically studied in their London facility were often exotic specimens from far-off, hard-to-reach lands. Because these plants were so rare and hard to get, the scientists rarely had any idea on the toxicity or danger of the plants they worked with; as such, they were pretty serious about containment breaches like the one occurring right now.SERAPH-02: Burn Baby, Burn...4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
In the event of an airborne contagion, detected by sensors coating every inch of the facility, local fire and ambulance services were alerted. Then the computer would initiate the "incineration failsafe."
This procedure involved locking down areas where the airborne contaminant had been detected, before flooding the facility with a non-lethal but highly-flammable gas that was then ignited after a safety timer had expired.
Anyone inside the facility, Elsa for example, had approximately twenty-five seconds to get out of the facility before they were given
SERAPH-29: Reach vs. Flexibility It was like a scene straight out of an old action movie.SERAPH-29: Reach vs. Flexibility4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
First the window exploded as a chair came flying through it like a bullet, ricocheting off the opposite building before crashing to the road beside the waiting van as a crumpled heap of torn fabric, shredded foam and bent plastic.
It was followed soon after by the massive form of Titan, who charged out through the window with Cat right behind him. Titan turned in midair and fired at Cat's head point-blank, sending him flying back into the office building.
His arm then jerked from his waist before up to shoulder height; it looked like he was throwing something to the six people in the van below, but none of them could see well enough to know what it was...
It was then made perfectly clear to them what happened, when the entire second storey exploded. The windows were blasted out by a thunderclap-like explosion, and the ceiling ballooned alarmingly be
SERAPH-21: A Family Reunion Cat's cop friend, Zara, was waiting for us at the airport. Nyx had stowed away in the cargo hold with the injured vigilante, and had administered first-aid as best she could; Zara thanked her for her help, before laying him in her patrol car. She was taking him, she said, to his "super secret lair" for a more extensive patching-up; that was when he suddenly got worse, and Ghost went in the car to help keep Cat stable while Zara drove. Nyx wanted to help, but in her current form was far too big to fit in the car.SERAPH-21: A Family Reunion4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Nyx and I went straight from the airport to the private hotel that my sister and her family were staying at; I toyed briefly with the idea of catching a taxi, but Nyx convinced me that it would be faster to race across the rooftops. Nyx asked a few questions but, for the most part, I wasn't paying attention; I did, however, notice that most of them were about Cat.
Once we reached the hotel, Nyx told
SERAPH-13: Animal Cruelty. "...what do you mean you visited my niece in the hospital? How did you know where to find her?" Elsa exclaimed, coming to a stop. She was walking with the enigmatic SERAPH agent, 'Ghost', towards the departures terminal where their plane to Islamabad was waiting; Ghost had just come out with this seemingly-random piece of trivia.SERAPH-13: Animal Cruelty.4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"My second power helped me find her. It's hard to describe it, but I have a sort of sixth sense that I can use to sense other people with powers; my control is pretty flimsy, but when it starts up it's... I don't know, like my brain is trying to push out of my head; I get a migraine if I don't find--"
Elsa ran in front of Ghost, making her come to a sudden stop.
"And you're saying this sixth sense led you to my comatose niece?" she snapped. Ghost nodded.
"I looked her over; when Hellfire attacked your niece, a bit of skin tissue or something must've come off
SERAPH-01: Countdown Initiated Down a clinical white-painted hallway, a young woman in a white lab coat grumbled to herself as she pushed a heavy cart along the hallway. She was petite and around seventeen years old, with emerald-green eyes and the pale complexion of a person that spends long periods of time indoors. Hanging from a lanyard around her neck was an ID badge, with her picture and the words "Elsa Williams, WORK EXP" written on it.SERAPH-01: Countdown Initiated4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Looking at her, there wasn't much for the eye to catch. She seemed, for all accounts, to be perfectly ordinary; just another studious teenager on work experience.
What was about to happen to her would dispel that illusion forever...
Life, frankly, sucks.
Here I am, working in one of the most prestigious botanical laboratories in the northern hemisphere, being given only the chance to do tedious manual labour. I'd studied botany for three years at my school; I was easil
SERAPH-26: Defending the Sanctuary pt2HELLFIRESERAPH-26: Defending the Sanctuary pt24 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The rows of houses were ramshackle affairs, little more than ventilated sheds made of reinforced metal that were stacked two-high along three-quarters of the ship's runway. I surveyed them with a frustrated grimace.
I didn't like metal; it wasn't flammable--
A soldier leapt in front of me; he wore combat fatigues with the SERAPH logo, and looked at me down the sights of his submachine gun, his laser sight painting a quivering blue dot on my chest.
"Freeze!" he shouted. I laughed.
"Fat fucking chance!" I retorted, not even pausing.
BANG! He fired; the bullet hit me square in the chest, about as painful as friendly punch to the shoulder, before the plasma bolt just fizzled and died against my skin.
The soldier gaped as I advanced, but shook his stupor away as he laid into me with a burst of gunfire. The constant drum of the blasts on my
SERAPH-16: Battle Angel The following speech was transmitted from Alliance Command on Altair to the four Royal Galactic Alliance Navy dreadnoughts above Belga Prime; they were the Vanguard, the Decimation, the Blood Fury and the Harbinger, the armada's flagship.SERAPH-16: Battle Angel4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The speaker was Fleet Admiral Cavorne Drake, the supreme commander of the Alliance Navy. To hear directly from him was a rare honour.
"Soldiers of the Alliance dreadnoughts Vanguard, Decimation, Blood Fury and Harbinger, you all know I'm not one to mince words, so I'll just say it right out: billions, perhaps even trillions, of lives are hinged on your actions these next few minutes!"
Everyone aboard the four dreadnoughts stopped what they were doing and crowded around the nearest hologram projector.
"As you all know, the Belgans were ordered by the Alliance High Council to cease production of the Infinity Stones and destroy all o
SERAPH-10: Battle Royale Cat ducked under Hellfire's opening swipe, kicking the molten man in the gut before stepping back from a backhanded slash. I leapt to my feet and smashed him in the back with my upper-right fist; he shrugged off the blow, turning and driving his elbow down on mine.SERAPH-10: Battle Royale4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As I clutched my elbow he swiped at me with his burning sword; I leaned back, and the blazing weapon burned through the air not two centimetres in front of my nose. Cat attacked while his back was turned, catching Hellfire in the back with his knee. Hellfire was bent forwards by the impact, allowing me to hit him in the gut with my lower-left fist. He gasped and counter-attacked, punching me in the side of the head while elbowing Cat's face in the same motion.
I turned with the impact, lashing out with my tail; he deflected the blow up over his head, swiftly punching me in the side. He simultaneously blocked a roundhouse aimed at his s