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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Psychout » Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:22 am

Motto: "The Blackest Night Falls from the skies,
The darkness grows as all light dies,
We crave your hearts and your Demise
by my Black Hand-- --The Dead shall rise!"
Weapon: Sniper Rifle
Crueljaws Cab

Once they were clear of the built up areas Psychout reverted back to his robot mode and size and began to evaluate of the data he had acquired. There was likely to be much more detail at the base itself but he currently had more than enough to go on.

He opened a general comms channel and brought everyone up to speed.
>>Listen up guys, I'm going to fill you in on the Facsimile details, and assign a couple each to monitor and relay orders through. Some will be here shortly after us but others will take a bit longer to arrive. They are being brought here to take control of this base and enable us to work more openly however caution is to be advised still as there isn't close to enough to replace the entire contingent stationed here.<<

He pulled the files up on a holographic monitor projection from the dashboard and sorted thorough them, he only needed the military base ones for now and wanted to match the facsimile's style with his teams personalities, but that was easy enough.

>>'Jaws, You have General Chase Meridian and his minion O'Connell. Miserable bastard from all accounts and is currently en-route via DCHQ to facilitate the stand-down of the bases high-priority status, so should be escorted here in a few hours. He is to assume control of the base and relieve the current commander who is being redeployed with his logistics unit to some sandpit outpost that we don't care about. Yet. Darkfire, I have a hand picked one for you... Former special-ops agent Kowalski, black ops trained, now a contract 'cleaner'. Not officially on the military books, but our new 'contract' should have been delivered by now. Currently finishing a senator job in Vancouver and will need to clear his affairs there but he'll be here in 24 hours. Be casreful with him, this one is very valuable. Headcase, Yours will already be in situ, a Commander known as 'Benchpress'. He's the current control coordinator and liaison with the upper echelons, so he doesn't need to change much other than to ensure that we are kept separate from the rank and file and he is responsible for making sure we are not seen. If he fails on that we feed him to Crueljaw...<<

He flicked through the rest of the the list, mostly media and political types, but there was one especially that caught his eye...

>>All others are on a need-to-know basis and I will inform you of them once they arrive. You have your orders, we meet at the base shortly, wait until dark and then its time to dig us up some rocks from home...<<

He checked the map briefly, they were there now and he could see Mount St. Helens looming in the near distance. He could see why it was chosen for a base, It was truly vast. This planet may be a putrid ball of rank organic matter, but it did have some interesting features in places, as well as it's limitless energy potential.

>>One last thing to note, there is a high presence of a organisation called Academi in the area, we are to stay off of their radar until more can be established about their intentions and affiliations. Until told otherwise they are to be considered the enemy and we are still under Phase 1 protocols. Vindicator, we are now on your position for the rendezvous. Your new toy is expecting us, and will clear us through the initial gates. Its up to you and Jaws to get us in without incident, understood? <<

Psychout guided Crueljaw over Vindicators position and checking they were all clear of fleshling interlopers, he jumped out of the cab and radioed Darkfire for a final time. >>Darkfire? We are in position, you may land when ready.<<
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Foxfire13795 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:22 pm

Motto: "Broken Autobots never mend."
Weapon: Magnetic Repellor-Attractor
Gifford National Park – Up There…Somewhere…

Monitoring the chatter on the frequencies while setting up her approach to the airstrip, Darkfire sighed internally at the fact that she would have to land on the airstrip she had seen earlier. It was some distance away from her team, at least on foot. It would be an interesting venture to journey to their outpost. The assassin ignored Vindicator’s new term for her and focused on her altitude. She would have to circle around the airstrip if Psychout did not give her the all clear to land in time.

Fortunately, permission came along with some interesting information about the facsimile being assigned to her as well as a group named Academi. An assassin always changed the way a game was played. Whether by killing a key player or planting incriminating evidence, they always changed the rules of the game. It would indeed be interesting to work with another assassin even if it was a facsimile.

Darkfire set up the angle of approach and descended, opening up a comm to relay acknowledgement to the others.

>>Acknowledged. Proceeding to land. You three stay frosty. I don’t want to be the one to clean up your mutilated remnants if you get blown to bits.<<

With that, Darkfire cut off the communiqué, and set her attention on the runway before her. Her wheels folded out from her underside as she flew ever closer to the small airstrip. She touched down and rumbled across the airstrip, decelerating and finally rolling across the runway and toward the hanger itself.

The doors were open, but no humans were in visible range. Darkfire rolled into the hangar and slowed to a stop beside an old biplane. Rudimentary didn’t even begin to describe this hangar. It was slaggin’ prehistoric. The assassin knew this planet’s technology wasn’t that advanced, but she had expected better than this. Perhaps she had overestimated these fleshlings? Perhaps, perhaps not. Overestimation was more easily forgiven than underestimation in any case.

You can’t be taken by surprise that way.

Darkfire settled in among the rest of the planes. She stood out of course, but since no one was around, it wouldn’t cause much trouble. The assassin was content to rest here until dark. She considered meditating in the meantime. It wouldn’t be a bad idea, now that she had some time to burn.

The assassin emptied her mind of all conscious thought and attuned herself to her surroundings. She first became aware of the objects most immediate to her. The planes, the tools, the parts scattered about the hangar. Their composition was logged as well as size and structure. Her awareness slowly extended out to the full range of her perception, noting small organic life forms all around her—birds, rodents, and others. She calculated air pressure and altitude as well as a number of other things without concentrating on a singular process. The assassin was completely aware.

Any cybertronian could be trained to do this, though most of them didn’t seem to bother or thought that meditation was focusing on nothing when focusing defeated the whole purpose of meditation. Meditation allowed Darkfire to fight more efficiently and managed to calm her as well. Clearing her mind at any instant would allow her to react instinctively to a dangerous situation. It had helped her in the past. She would be able to know if anyone approached the hangar, but focusing on them would provide a point for concentration. A wandering thought did pop into Darkfire’s mind once, however—it was inevitable; no one could be absolutely perfect at meditation. She briefly wondered about the status of Vindicator, Psychout, and Crueljaw before crushing the thought away and returning to her meditation.
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Psychout » Wed May 02, 2012 4:51 pm

Motto: "The Blackest Night Falls from the skies,
The darkness grows as all light dies,
We crave your hearts and your Demise
by my Black Hand-- --The Dead shall rise!"
Weapon: Sniper Rifle
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A cave in Gifford National Park

Psychout took a metaphorical deep breath and considered the descent from the caves up in the National Park. This would be his first direct encounter with these meatsacks, and he had learned all about their narcissism and tribal tendencies from his brief but intense exposure to the world wide web a few hours ago. He marked the position of the caves Vindicator had found on his map, dismissed any possible ideas of failure and turned his mind back to the job in hand.

"You know what we have to do. Vindicator, you are the escort and I need your eyes on the security. Benchpress should be the fleshbag on the gate so once we are in, take control of him and get us cleared and positioned for easy access to the base itself." He waited a few seconds for the grumble of acknowledgement to arrive and Vindicator returned to his Tank altmode and revved his engines impatiently, hiding inside a tiny cavern wasn't the siege specialists idea of fun.

Psych climbed back into Crueljaws cab, moved over to the passenger seat and transformed again. That's twice in as many hours he thought, don't see that every day but this time he assumed a slightly larger altmode, one more in scale with a portable hard drive, tensing at the energy expenditure his size alteration circuits costed him. Were it not for his small robot mode size, he would already be dangerously low, but he knew he could last until they were ready to enter the old factions outpost at least. "It's now or never 'Jaws, lets go and see just how secure these humans are..."

Darkfires transmission came through and it sounded as though she would already be in situ when they arrived >>Received Darkfire, land and we will meet you for transfer into the old base.<< was his simple response. For a new addition to the team, she knew how to keep herself tidy, a valuable asset in this kind of mission. He just hoped the likes of Vindicator and Crueljaw weren't too bored as these two were clearly bred for combat, although he doubted it would stay this quiet for long.

The journey to the base was short and uneventful apart from Darkfire's descent and landing ahead of them, graceful as always. There were a few near misses on route whilst Crueljaw reacquainted himself with the concept of only driving on one side on the road and the various horns and expletives that only a Hummer/Tank convoy would bring in a area such as this, but in a few short moments they were at the gate where Psychout took over the vocalising of Crueljaws shaggy-haired Avatar, complete with his uniform showing a single star of rank. I hope that's not too much the cassette thought to himself, lets just hope the military here think this place is as important as I hope they do...

The gate guard looked taken a back, word of their arrival clearly hadn't filter down to the rank and file yet, but their arrival prompted a senior officer to stand down the trooper and deal with this himself. Through his ranged receptors, he could see the name of the front of the commanders uniform was "Benchpress" - looked like they had hit the jackpot. He allowed the Avatar to lean forwards to speak but, instead of mere words, Psychout transmitted a short burst of machine code which to any passers-by would have sounded like a garbled screeching, or the interference between radio stations, but it in fact transmitted an override code and took control of the facsimile who instantly stiffened up as if standing to attention whilst he processed his new orders. The Avatars usual voice took over quickly before any of his subordinates could query what was going on. "At ease soldier, routine upgrade to your installation's internal network. We have an uplink package that required immediate attention, so have your CO and Comms officer in the briefing room at 1900 hours" it said, and waved a hologramatic replication of ranked military ID for the benefit of the other soldiers listening in on the gate. The Facsimile retained its blank stare and waved them in with his weapon, "Right this way, Sir. We have an area being prepped for your arrival as we speak, Sir. Your aerial escort arrived a few moments ago and has taxied to Hangar 4, Sir. ...You are cleared to enter." Benchpress' responses were monotone and flat, but Psychout was impressed with the level of control on these fleshling servants, clearly Darkride had done a good job when programming these things.

Releasing the facsimile from its machine code loop before Crueljaw pulled away, Psychout chuckled silently to himself. If only all all these fleshlings were that easy to control... and he watched from the inside as his bodyguard pulled into a secluded but secure area overlooking a group of hangars whilst Vindicator positioned himself tactically where he would see all surrounding access points.

"Well, we're in guys. New we just need to get me hooked up and for it to get dark so we can get inside the old base there. Big Vin? scan us up an entrance, you're our guide from now on..."
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Insidious » Thu May 03, 2012 8:56 am

Weapon: Oxidating Laser
Gifford National Forest

After the others had begun the process of integrating themselves in to the area, Shockwave dispatched an additional operative from stasis to join those already in the area of the former Decepticon headquarters. Landgrab was a mechanoid of few words, if any at all, and that had not served him well in doing anything of political consequence within the Decepticon ranks, but it suited Shockwave's purposes. He did not need a mech of substantial charisma or power in this instance. He just needed a tool. And in that regard, Landgrab excelled.

He began looking for a suitable structure to connect with as soon as his feet touched the surface of this organic planet and began broadcasting a relay signal so that the other Decepticons in the area would know that he was present.

His function in most any circumstances had always just been as little more than a stationary support structure to anything that the Decepticons had already established in the area. He had scanned the structures that the native organics were using on this planet, particularly in this area, and had prepared an accommodating alternate mode configuration. Now it was just a matter of getting to where it would be of use.

Transforming, the nondescript platform rolled along in the darkness until Landgrab could find what he was looking for.
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In the Skies

A pair of military surplus helicopters had entered the airspace around Skamania County with little fanfare. The pilots aboard both transmitted the various clearance codes that Epsilon Holdings had been granted to conduct some private contracting work in this area via the federal government. It was looking like it would shape up to be a hefty contract, possibly so big that it would put Epsilon in the black early this year. That warranted a visit from some of the big timers.

Abraham Dante looked out of the window, as some of the other members of his executive team did the same. Vehicles that were clearly military and others that were decidedly not so were all over the area.

"Washington sure don't know the meanin' of subtle, do they?" Dante said with a half-smile, looking over at the others. "We got teams workin' the media, yeah?"

"Deployed in to the populace about a half hour ago, Mr. Dante."

"Good deal," Dante said, before tapping the left ear of his headset. "We all clear to land? I'd hate to think I flew outta Dallas just to hafta go right back."

"Clearances received, sir."

"Well alright. Let's take these birds down and see how much money we're gonna make this year, eh?"

"Yessir."
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Foxfire13795 » Thu May 03, 2012 3:25 pm

Motto: "Broken Autobots never mend."
Weapon: Magnetic Repellor-Attractor
Gifford National Park – The Hangar, Just Hanging Out

The approach of two fleshlings was immediately focused on when they entered the assassin’s range of awareness. They were still outside and a good deal off. Not in visual range yet, but definitely within audio range. Darkfire, knowing she still had a few seconds before she would have to display her holomatter avatar, garnered as much information about the pair as she could.

Their footsteps were fairly light—to a Cybertronian, any human footstep would be light—but rapid and loud. The assassin judged from the intervals that they were jogging toward her location. There was a variety of other noises that the humans made, but without proper experience, Darkfire couldn’t tell anything from it. She had never actually dealt with humans before. She would have to get the facsimile assigned to her do some exercises so that she could get an idea of the height, weight, and physical fitness from sound alone. It might also help if she could get Psychout to give her a few files on human composition and structure as well as functions of their various parts.

The assassin checked on the resonance of the human footsteps and judged that she had a few astroseconds left before they entered the hangar. It took one astrosecond for her to formulate a suitable alibi and several other back-ups in case the original was not accepted. It took another astrosecond for Darkfire to throw up a holomatter avatar. In the next astrosecond, the two humans jogged into the hangar.

The assassin’s holomatter avatar appeared to be in her late twenties. She had an obvious air of authority about her. She was wearing a flight suit and had the helmet tucked under one arm as she checked over the side of “her jet”. An ensign of an eagle was present on her shoulder, denoting her rank. The two soldiers came to attention in beside the avatar, waiting to be acknowledged.

As the avatar turned to them, they could see her cold almost golden-green eyes assessed them. She tossed a lock of midnight black hair over her shoulder and nodded to them. “At ease, soldiers." The two humans took up a more relaxed stance, though they were still rather tense. One of them spoke up, “Colonel, what is the purpose of your visit?"

“I am part of a specialist unit investigating the cause of the volcano’s collapse," the avatar said curtly. Colonel Phyre sent both men a stern stare after a long pause, wondering why they hadn’t left yet. It took her a moment to delineate the reason. She was not often in a position of leadership, preferring to work alone.

“You are dismissed. Both of you."

The humans nodded before trotting off and away to report this to some superior of theirs. If she could have scowled in alternate form, Darkfire would have been doing it. She had hoped to remain undisturbed. Her avatar flickered out of existence after the two humans were gone. Suddenly, a Decepticon signal immediately caught her attention.

Another member for our team? Curious.

The assassin would leave the task of briefing their new teammate to Psychout partly because he was the designated team leader, but mostly because she preferred to keep her presence as discreet as possible. With the two fleshlings out of the way for now, she opened up a private comms link with Psychout.

>>Psychout, you’ve accessed this thing called the internet, correct? I need files on human composition, structure, organ functions, and anything else you can find.<<
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Phaze » Fri May 04, 2012 5:46 am

Motto: ""All's Fair in Life and Death""
Weapon: Nuclear Charged Fusion Cannon
Gifford National Park – Military Base

Crueljaw hated being this close to so many organics after Psychout’s binary conversation with the Facsimile Crueljaw rolled through the military base. Various versions of his own alternate mode just a lot more camouflaged some of the flying crates he’d seen in the woodland where sat idle to one side of the airstrip. As he moved He utilised his avatar to try and spy the communications and intelligence tent but as Crueljaw crawled forward an unfortunate human stepped out in front of the hummer a blast from his horn was enough to cause the human to leak. “These things are small scared all the time and deserving of being ruled” he muttered as he pulled into the secure area.

Crueljaw utilised his avatar in a more hands on approach as it picked Psychout’s portable hard drive form and headed off into the teeming throng of soldiers that where milling around. After a few subtle enquires Crueljaw guided his holo avatar into the communication and information centre and found his way to a bank of servers. Crueljaw knelt down pretending to sort his shoelace out but he placed Psychout in close proximity to the severs and hoped his tiny colleague could get himself jacked in as Crueljaw didn’t want to get discovered messing with the computer banks. “You’re on your own from here Runt I can’t stay here I’ll be found out” with that Crueljaw's holo avatar headed out of the tent and awaited a call to retrieve his friend.
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Insidious » Sun May 27, 2012 9:27 am

Weapon: Oxidating Laser
Gifford National Forest

Landgrab increased the intensity of his locator signal. He knew from mission logs on the Thanatos that a group of Decepticons had been stationed within this area, but he hadn't encountered any of them directly. This was a pretty delicate intelligence mission, though, and Landgrab was hardly going to be the one to foul up any of Shockwave's plans.

These natives are so...squishy, Landgrab thought as he drove past a pair of them, engaged heavily in their own conversation. Even basic physiological analysis suggested that these creatures would come apart at the slightest application of pressure or tension. And Cybertronians had enough problems with leaking. These things? They were like water balloons. He wasn't going to enjoy it if one of them happened to get underfoot. Stardust would lose a circuit if he ever got assigned to this planet.

C'mon, 'cmon, someone's gotta see me and know where I'm supposed t'go.
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Phaze » Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:57 am

Motto: ""All's Fair in Life and Death""
Weapon: Nuclear Charged Fusion Cannon
Gifford National Park Military base

Crueljaw had found a vehicle compound where he could hold up and await Psychout’s retrieval signal. He took the opportunity to enter energon conservation mode to preserve himself for when he was really needed. However he never got the opportunity to do this as a decepticon locator signal burst into his audio receptors. I might very well strip the gears from the transformation cog of whoever this is Crueljaw shunted the thought of mutilating the new arrival to the back of his mind as he opened a secure comm frequency to broadcast to the new comer

>>This is Crueljaw who are ya and why are you here?<< Crueljaw didn’t see the point of being polite curt and to the point would provide him all the information he needed regarding the newcomer. His holo avatar sprung back into life as he prepared to move if needed stretching its holo limbs and pulling a holo paper from the glove box.
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Insidious » Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:54 pm

Weapon: Oxidating Laser
Gifford National Park Military Base

As Landgrab had received the incoming Decepticon transmission, he also homed in on it. It wasn't long before he found himself within the same vehicle compound and came to a halt, shutting off his engines.

"Landgrab. Uhhhhh...Decepticon operative activated at, uhhmmm...what time is it? A few breems before now. Function:...uhh, well, support and artillery I guess, on behalf of Shockwave for operative Psychout. You?"

Landgrab recognized the callsigns of some of the other Decepticons in the area but little else. It had been...well, slaggin' hell...it'd been an age since he'd since fieldwork. But here it was staring him in the face and he was determined to make the most of it. Otherwise it'd be off to the CR chamber again.

And who knows how long he'd be under next time.
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Psychout » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:08 am

Motto: "The Blackest Night Falls from the skies,
The darkness grows as all light dies,
We crave your hearts and your Demise
by my Black Hand-- --The Dead shall rise!"
Weapon: Sniper Rifle
(OOC:Apologies for my absence, its a long story, am also posting for Baneblade who's laptop appears to require an exorcism...)

Gifford National Park Military Base, 1 hour ago.

"...SOLDIER, I SAID DO IT NOW!!" Vindicator's rapport with the gate guard was effective, the siege master was a mech of many words when it was needed and he had the most military experience and knew how to get guards active, but this wasnt the time for conversation. The spooked guard panicked at first, but relaxed when the blank-expression of the facsimile staff sergeant relieved the confused grunt from his post and took over the exchange. He waved the tank and prototype military humvee through and watched expressionless as Crueljaw and Vindicator rolled into the compound and pulled up. Psychout, hidden away in his altmode, was handed over to the staff sergeant for upload into the bases dataset to allow him full control of the facility and 'stage one' was officially complete.

He lost sight of his team mates as he was placed roughly into a pocket and passed from personnel to personnel. He made a mental note to make sure these meatsacks knew what it was like to be shoved inside a giant holdall, and eventually - after much persuasion - managed to get himself connected to the central computer system. He began to settle in exploring the data before him and the milliseconds felt like hours as he mined away at the encryption layers like peeling the layers off an over-armoured Autobot onion and set about his task. Most of this shouldn't take long, these fleshbags just aren't prepared for a robotic space alien cyber-attack, heh. Periodically he found files that even he didn't recognise, but as Cybertronians have been here on Sol-3 for a while now it wasn't a surprise, it would just take a while longer to decipher them, the rest was ridiculously easy.

The cassettes triumphant train of thought was disturbed briefly by Landgrabs beacon as the new mech arrived on earth. Odd, I wasn't expecting anyone else he mused, Contemptor and Mal Practice were due to join in time, but that wasn't for a while yet. Lets see who the boss has sent..? but before he could reply Crueljaw had established contact and given Landgrab their location. Excellent, he thought, saves me a job, and he plunged his conciousness back into the computer system, not wanting to waste any more time.

Gifford National Park Military Base. Now.
"Landgrab, this is Psychout, in command of this mission and facility. You will rendezvous with Vindicator who will brief you when you arrive. Ensure your hard-light avatar is active and in the correct military attire, and we commence stage 2 shortly, until then you can stand down, and Crueljaw will establish your security clearance for mission access once you present your orders."

So engrossed was he in he in his data mining, Psychout had barely registered Landgrab's arrival at the base and so his welcome speech to the new arrival was briefer than he would have liked. Psychout angled a security camera to take a good look at their new team mate. Nope, definitely don't recognise him, but as its time to report in I can double check. Information operatives liked to know all the facts and Psychout, especially, hated being in the dark. Needless to say, the Decepticon army was huge and without access to the Thanatos' personnel files this Landgrab could be anyone, and he didn't get where he was today by blindly trusting 'anyone'.

He carefully selected a frequency that was least used and as secure as was possible using this cup-and-string level of technology, confident that if Shockwave himself was unable to receive it Soundwave would be able to pick it up and (hopefully) pass it along. Damn he hated that monotone yes-droid.

>>Psychout to Commander Shockwave>>
>>Infiltration of Sol-3 has been achieved with 100% success, Sir. Location is secluded and sparsely populated and fit all criteria for a secure outpost. Insertion team are in position to begin reinforcement of infiltration protocols here and key facsimiles have been activated, ETA's at facility between 26 minutes and and 14 terran days. Will continue to monitor Sol-3 transmissions and broadcast networks for possible protocol breaches before securing facility for re-use and transport to Razorclaws location. Please advise should you require and alteration to the mission brief, and to confirm the ID and designation of the support unit that has just arrived, to enable access to security protocols.<<
>>Out<<

It was nearing nightfall. Darkfire was in position in a hangar. Vindicator and Crueljaw were in position adjacent to the breach in the old collapsed base entrance and Landgrab had just rumbled into place with a few hours to spare. He summoned the Staff Sergeant to come and collect him to return him to Crueljaws cab, but not before accessing the medical journals and sending the information packet over to Darkfire. "Darkfire, this should be what you need on the organics physiognomy, and your facsimile looks like it will be first one to arrive, just prior to nightfall. Upon its arrival, it should report to the gate and be sent directly to you. We move into the ruined base in approximately 85 minutes."

As the facsimile arrived to transport him back to Crueljaw, he established a remote link with the fileserver to allow him to manipulate the system from range. Links like this were never that effective and he know that any major changes would involve a full integration, but it will save time for the mundane tasks. Then removing all traces of his activity within the system, he duplicated a couple of the file blocks he didn't recognise for later decryption and allowed himself to be pocketed once again, only being brought back into the fading evening light as he was handed to Crueljaws avatar and set back down on his partners passenger seat.

"Well 'Jaws, that's the boring part over with, are you ready to see what's in Aladdin's cave?"
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Foxfire13795 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:27 pm

Motto: "Broken Autobots never mend."
Weapon: Magnetic Repellor-Attractor
Gifford National Park Military Base

Kowalski arrived at the front gates of the base, stopping at the front gate. He simply showed the guards on duty his clearance and continued inside. From what he had been told, the Decepticon that he was reporting to was inside the hangar nearest the mountain. The facsimile parked his car and stepped out into the evening air, headed directly for the hangar his superior was residing within.

Darkfire was waiting patiently for the facsimile to arrive after Psychout's notice. She had sent some time learning about these humans' physiognomy. The assassin found it fascinating. She always preferred to know her enemy before engaging the enemy. She now knew how much pressure to apply to snap bone or simply render unconscious. There would be no mistake of accidentally killing one of them. Suddenly, Darkfire became aware of approaching footsteps. No need to send out her avatar. She would simply observe.

As Kowalski entered the hangar, he looked at all of the aircraft within. Spotting the F-22 Raptor that was the assassin's alternate form, Kowalski approached Darkfire. He sent her a short tranmission, identifying him as a facsimile and not another human. Darkfire gazed down at the facsimile charged to her, then opened a brief communique with Psychout.

>>"The facsimile has arrived, Psychout. Ready to move to the old base on your mark."<<
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Phaze » Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:57 am

Motto: ""All's Fair in Life and Death""
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Gifford Park National Park Military base

Crueljaw was keeping himself busy his holo avatar checking the underside of his Humvee mode.

He wasn’t registering any damage under there but he preferred to check it with his own optics the sound of an engine brought his attention to the approaching vehicle catching note of the purple symbol branded on the frame. The newcomer identified himself as Landgrab and let out a deep rumbling that was almost a human equivalent to a belly laugh. “No I’m not the runt he’ll be arriving shortly” another snigger emanated from the hummer as he emphasised shortly. The facsimile arrived carrying the tiny Psychout his diminutive colleague started jabbering about some human called Aladdin and his cave as soon as he was placed on the passenger seat in Crueljaws cab.

“did you take a sip of tainted energon or did you get a power spike through your processor units. Who in the name of the pit is Aladdin and why do I want to get into his cave unless it’s to cave his puny skull in? I thought we were grave robbing?"

He then remembered Landgrab “oh yeah this is Landgrab just happened to appear on earth by us apparently sent by Shockers himself” Crueljaw explained with a hint of sarcasm. He started his engine and prepared to move off

“Where we going now boss?"
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Insidious » Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:46 pm

Weapon: Oxidating Laser
Gifford Park National Park Military base

Psychout was....well, he was little, wasn't he? That was the first sentiment that worked its way through Landgrab's mind. But that fact certainly didn't make him any more inclined to not do what he was told. In his experience, officers generally got put in their jobs for many reasons beyond Landgrab's understanding or care. He just followed orders. It made his life easier. And, he was still alive after all. There were many in the Decepticon ranks since the war first broke out that could no longer make the same claim.

Landrab pulled up a physical scan of the avatar that had been put in place on his behalf and cross-referenced it with the others. Nothing out of place, really, except for that haircut it was sporting. He'd need to get that changed.

"Orders. Right. Uh, just support and resource provision, it looks to me. Nothing really specific on my activation readout out here. Just a location and some signature scans that match up with you guys'. So....yeah. Don't think Shockwave hand-picked me or anythin'. Just knowin' how he works, my performance record matched up enough with whatever directive protocols you guys needed to get done down here. And, bam, here I am."
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Psychout » Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:18 pm

Motto: "The Blackest Night Falls from the skies,
The darkness grows as all light dies,
We crave your hearts and your Demise
by my Black Hand-- --The Dead shall rise!"
Weapon: Sniper Rifle
Gifford Park National Park Team Midget Military base. Nightfall

After being unceremoniously dumped back into Crueljaws cab by the facsimile taxi-service Psychout took advantage of the tinted windows and reverted back to his robot mode, stretching himself out as he did so. He set the comms to include all 4 of the team. "Well, that's one problem solved. These meatmokeys have no idea of what happened here last time, despite the gigantic mechanical aliens trampling the area flat for 10 square miles. It would appear that whoever we have in the top brass covering this up really knows their job, or the locals have drank the Kool-Aid. There were a few files I still have to work on, but we have plenty of time for that later, but currently these shaved apes are to be considered 'clueless'."

He checked his internal chronometer, and the skies above, then cross referenced it with the shift schedule. It was now dark and the night watch has taken up their posts, they wouldn't be disturbed now. He open Crueljaws drivers door and jumped down to the ground, heading towards the aircraft hangars. If he thought he was small compared to Crueljaw, he was tiny next to the new arrival. Shockwaves humour always was subtle he chuckled.
"You can transform to robot modes now if you want, we're out of sight - but no lights!"

He walked towards his newest soldier on the way to the hangar. "Looks like you arrived just in time then Landgrab." Psych stopped and appraised the large platform. "You're well equipped, I like that. I assume you come with digging and hoisting rigs? Better hope you do, you've got 2 hours to drill us a nice new entrance here, the smallest you can make it so we can all fit inside - and 'Jaws has put on a few tonnes since the old days..." he pointed towards a section of rock Darkfire had identified as a potential entrance on her recon sweeps earlier "I doubt you've been dirtside before but it'll just be some weak carbon-based mineral or other and won't take long to drill. Get on it, and call me when you're done. Darkfire will enter first on point and Vindicator and Crueljaws will back her up and ensure nothing bad is waiting for us in there. Now get moving!"

Psych was on a roll now, he had just had a good few hours to formulate his strategy whilst playing cyber-tetris with the native computer technologies child-like encryption systems. He issued the next round of orders as he walked, keen to get everything done in the narrow window they had before dawn.

"Vindicator, you're the only person who has been here before. I need a schematic of the layout along with the rough location of the CR chambers, command bunkers and armouries and - most importantly - I need an alternate way out in case this place is pulled down on us again. Make sure Darkfire has a copy and then go and help Landgrab shift some rubble." Vin had stopped for a second, unnoticed by Psychout. The last time he had been here he had ended up with his head dipped in lava and he put a hand to his temple and remembered Mal Practice's experimental procedure to fix the damage. He did not want to go over that again, and didn't know if it was that or the makeshift repairs on his neurals but just couldn't quite recall the old layout. Still he had a few moments, if only he still had some of those drugs Mal gave Contemptor, Haxtl-something? He removed the triple grade Energon bottle from an arm cavity and took a swig, which seemed to help. A bit.

Unaware of Vindicators psychological crisis, Psychout moved on. "Darkfire, once Landgrab gets started, I have the first target for your Fleshling. An illegal weapons trader in the deep web is claiming to have discovered an 'alien ray gun' and trying to sell it on to the highest bidder. He is attracting too much attention. From the description its only a crappy mini-bot pistol which must have been lost in the battle here when Megatron collapsed the base. Send Kowalski to make this idiot disappear, retrieve the weapon and get the identity of the bidders - one of them is ours anyway but a most are not, anything on their tech levels that could haver been derived from Cybertronian needs recording. I've traced this guy to a private security compound about 60 miles from here. Brief him quickly though, you're on point when Landgrabs finished digging us an entrance."

Lastly he addressed his old ally, "Crueljaw, whilst they are busy getting us in, I've got something I want you to help me check out over here" as he continued towards the aircraft hangar...
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Phaze » Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:46 pm

Motto: ""All's Fair in Life and Death""
Weapon: Nuclear Charged Fusion Cannon
Migetsville, military base gifford park

As soon as the diminutive Leader of their madcap crew jumped out Crueljaw heard those words he liked he was able to roam around in robot mode. He activated his transformation sequence. He ignored the jibe about gaining a few tons as he stood up right his hydraulics wheezing slightly as he stretched his arms out. This was what he hated about grey ops no fighting just a lot of sitting around in a suitable covert mode watching and utilising the holo avatars.

The servos in his neck groaned in protest as he looked around the prolonged stay in his alternate mode wasn’t great so soon after his defrosting from stasis. His lone red optic narrowed as he heard his diminutive commander ask for his help.

The bodyguard fell into step alongside Psychout he didn’t reduce his steps just slowed his pace. “You want me to do protoforms steps so you can keep up?" Crueljaw enquired making a not so subtle jibe at the miniature cassette. “I mean I could tow one of these trailers if you want to get their quicker or just throw you like a hex nut. So what’s the big deal about this place I mean apart from some cretin blowing it some when into the next millennia?" the aircraft hanger was looming in front of the decepticon who realised that he was going to have to duck to these hangers where for fighters not the huge freight planes. “I really hope you’re not going to try joyriding like on Ryza I remember you jacking that alien fighter took that bunch of seekers 6 breems to get you out of the air”
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Foxfire13795 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:21 pm

Motto: "Broken Autobots never mend."
Weapon: Magnetic Repellor-Attractor
Gifford Park National Park Team Midget Military Base

Darkfire studied her facsimile curiously. Taking what she had learned from Psychout's information packet, the assassin could assess her facsimile and compare it to the average human. However, she did not have the leisure of time for testing her fleshling. "You have an assignment. Approximately 60 miles from our present location is a private security compound where a illegal weapons trader will be residing. He has discovered one of our weapons. Your mission is to recover the weapon and make this human disappear. Obtain the identity of the bidders and record their technology levels. Note anything that could be even slightly perceived as Cybertronian. Lastly, leave no traces. Understood?"

Kowalski nodded to his newest superior.

"Dismissed." As Kowalski left the hangar, Darkfire transformed back into her robot form and followed behind, taking care not to squish the facsimile. Ducking as she exited the hangar, Darkfire looked around. She noted Crueljaw and Psychout's approach and moved aside, keeping near Kowalski. Kowalski soon reached his parked car and got inside, heading off to accomplish his mission. Darkfire looked after her facsimile for a moment then glanced around for the only Decepticon that she did not recognize, Landgrab.

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Kowalski settled in his seat for a long drive. He looked over to the passenger seat, where the case holding his sniper rifle rested. He carried his pistol equipped with a silencer on his person at all time. In the trunk of the car, hidden under a false panel, were a number of other arms and devices necessary for any contract killer. Tearing down the dark road, Kowalski felt a ghost of a smile touch his lips. He loved his job.
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Insidious » Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:37 pm

Weapon: Oxidating Laser
Gifford National Park Military base

Landgrab listened to the little one speak. Unlike most other Decepticons, however, Landgrab's face did not betray any sort of embarrassment that one might feel by being ordered around by someone of such physically inferior stature. He took the orders with the same level of acceptance as if he were being addressed by Megatron himself. Or some other similarly-sized Decepticon.

Of course, they wouldn't be getting orders from Megatron from here on out, would they? Landgrab was still having a tough time adjusting to that. He wasn't "warborn". He could still remember a time in their species before Megatron had risen to the position he had. Even so, that had been a slaggin' long time ago. Going forward, things could never hope to be the same. Time would tell if that would be better for Landgrab's ongoing survival odds, or worse.

"Drillin'. Easy 'nough," Landgrab said, reversing his vehicle mode some before heading off to the area that Psychout had indicated. He wasn't an all-purpose and adaptive Constructicon or anything, but he could carry out basic jobs like this without any problem. His equipment wasn't the most up-to-date, either, but he'd make due. Retrieving the necessary drilling attachment, Landgrab began to plow forward in to the terran minerals.
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Insidious » Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:14 am

Weapon: Oxidating Laser
Priority-4 transmission from Shockwave to Psychout

>>"Satisfactory. Imperative: identify any human personnel present that are ideally positioned for facsimile replacement process and initiate process on-site. Declarative: terran natives are operating too close to the remnants of a full-scale Decepticon fortress. Any breach of the infiltration protocols is not to be allowed at this stage. All present Decepticon operatives--confirmed. Advise further upon objective completion. End transmission."<<
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Psychout » Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:23 am

Motto: "The Blackest Night Falls from the skies,
The darkness grows as all light dies,
We crave your hearts and your Demise
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Weapon: Sniper Rifle
Inside the Military base, foot of Mt. St Helens.

Psychout chuckled at Crueljaws mention of Ryza, he'd almost forgotten how much fun the real adventures we're after being couped up for so long and despite himself, he was even starting to enjoy it here. "Heh, bet that's the biggest repair bill Starscream's had to pay off so far..." He looked around at the tiny human structures as he walked towards the Hangar Darkfire had just exited and stopped as the three of them met.

"Ok, Darkfire, as I said earlier, you'll be the lead. It is highly suspected that humans have been in here in some form or another, they wouldn't have just left it - especially with seismic activity like this - however nothing has been discovered over their global network that would indicate they found anything of value yet. My current guess is that haven't been able to get the machinery in to enter the underground sections or they are too stupid to know what they have got. It's also possible that they already have a position set up underground and will be expecting us, but it's as unlikely as a Prime not dying every 5 years. If you do encounter anything, bring up CJ who will be behind you and deal with it however you see fit. Landgrab and myself are your backup, just remember we need a route big enough for 'grab to follow. Oh, hang on..."

Psychout was in mid briefing when Shockwave's reply arrived. He looked up at Crueljaw. "Looks like we may as well get used to the coffee here, we're going to be here for a while."
"Shockwave has ordered us to swap out the personnel we need to establish a staging post, assume control of maintaining the Infiltration Protocols and clear the humans out of the immediate area. That makes the Facsimile-pods our priority once we get inside and I'll see what I can do about getting them fixed up and reactivated. Vindicator will have to remain outside on the base to oversee operations until the rest of the Facsimiles arrive then, probably for the best considering..."

He motioned to both his troops and then towards the mountain. "Any human teams you find in there is fair game for a stompin', but if you can try and avoid squashing a couple so I can interrogate them afterwards it would be helpful. I've not detected any broadcasts from inside, but I'll be monitoring and anything that does will scramble pretty easily."

He looked over towards Landgrab who had already made a massive dent in the mountainside in the short time he had been working, and was nearly done. Impressive stuff. "Arm up, we move out presently. 'Grab and I will follow you in when you give the all clear." Then, without another word be took off and began to fly towards the nearly completed dig site - Darkfire and Crueljaw could easily keep up and it was time to get moving, he had wasted enough on these humans as it was.
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Phaze » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:49 am

Motto: ""All's Fair in Life and Death""
Weapon: Nuclear Charged Fusion Cannon
Midgetsville Gifford Park National Park Military base

Crueljaw’s attempts to stifle his chuckles it made him sound like a constipated bull as he heard Psychout’s mention of Starscream’s Seeker repair bill. He’d seen that bill and it was considerable “could be worse you could be paying for the Predacons lunch” Crueljaw’s switched his view to image intensifier mode that improved his vision considerably as he turned slightly to Darkfire “you made it in one piece then..." the surly Decepticon was interrupted by the jabbering of Psychout who started outlining the next part of their operation. Crueljaw took the time to look up and the blue sky with the white fluffy things had turned various shades from dark blue to black with twinkling stars that made him long to be somewhere other than the mud ball he was currently stuck on.

His attention was turned back to Psychout as he was mentioned as being the back up for Darkfire as she explored the interior of the ruined base but something made Psychout pause the bodyguard looked at Darkfire. “Yeah cause we’re gonna find Necrobots running around in there trying to eat your central processors or a spark eater just too keep it interesting” it was then that his right hip locker opened from this the bodyguard retrieved his shotgun from it. The locker hissed as it slid shut again “I like to keep this handy for those close encounters” as he spoke he patted his shotgun.

He then heard Psychout start jabbering on about the mission and something about getting used to the coffee. Then some more about the mission and the fact any humans inside the base where fair game but a couple had to be left alive for interrogation. As Psychout floated off towards the mountainside where Landgrab was digging the lumbering Crueljaw followed as swiftly as he could “so do the live ones have to have all their appendages still attached? Would you accept mildly squashed ones also what if we find the tunnels within the new entrance collapsed you want us to excavate or alternate our route?"
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Insidious » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:19 pm

Weapon: Oxidating Laser
Gifford National Park Military base

Landgrab was making decent enough progress. He'd be able to call in to Psychout and let him know that the entrance was dug in here in a bit. At the same time, he was being careful not to make too big of an opening--also as ordered. It was tempting to simply plow through, caution be slagged. But it was a temptation that was easy to resist for the likes of Landgrab. Never stray too far from an officer's orders, if you were going to stray at all. Not in the ranks of the Decepticons. No sir.

Hm hm hm...workin', workin', woooooorkin'. Fire the irons, band the saws, workin' workin' woooooooorkin', the large, bulky Decepticon hummed internally.
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Foxfire13795 » Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:44 pm

Motto: "Broken Autobots never mend."
Weapon: Magnetic Repellor-Attractor
Midgetsville Military Base

The assassin listened as Psychout outlined the plan and possible threats and concerns. It certainly would not be a good idea to have the bulkier Decepticons stumbling along in the darkness only to alert any possible humans to their presence. Darkfire smirked slightly at Crueljaw's mention of Necrobots and spark eaters.

"Well, if there are any spark eaters or Necrobots, things will get very fun, very fast," she said to Crueljaw.

Fun being a relative word, of course. Life and death meant little to the assassin, obviously. Her very function called for the utter disregard of sentient life. After a while, sparks only seemed like paychecks. A bleak philosophy, to be sure. Still, while she did not value most sentient life, Darkfire could be convinced to value a precious few sparks. However, her own spark was not among their number.

The assassin grew curious about the state of Vindicator. He was going to remain outside to manage the facsimiles, was he? But why was it for the best? She would find that out eventually one way or another. For now, she opened a private communique to Vindicator. There was a hint of a teasing tone to her words that replaced the normal irritable edge.

>>"You better hold down the fort out here, Vin. I don't want to have to come back out here and take care of your mess if you slip up."<<

Darkfire walked over to the entrance Landgrab had created. Tapping the excavator on the shoulder to grab his attention, the assassin observed the new arrival. He seemed rather...simple. And, he was from Shockwave, which led to the assumption that he could be trusted. She didn't trust Landgrab. Moreover, the assassin just did not allow herself to assume anything.

"Cleared a path large enough for me to fit through yet?" she asked with a hint of derision.
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Baneblade » Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:48 am

Motto: "Scream....it only make it more fun"
Weapon: Plasma Cannon
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Decepticon Earthbase - Going Spelunking

Vindicator stood tapping the side of his head thoughtfully, trying to conjure up the previous map details of the layout of the now ruined base. It was one thing to remember everything and have your head immersed in superheated magma, then go to have your head operated on and your full faculties are back in order - except for your memory. Yeah that had been a problematic part - remembering key or important things. Especially when they really mattered. Like now.

You know...

...Cave diving...

...banging around in the dark...

...on an alien world...

...that sort of thing.

Somehow, Vindicator - through the continual tapping on the side of his head, managed to jog his internal memory circuits into life - this time without the use of some of the triple distilled that was squirelled away in a compartment in Vindicator's torso. Another good thing, especially as the contents of the bottle were getting low. The comm-link suddenly crackled into life as Vindicator picked up the silky tones of Darkfire humming in his audio receptors.

>>"You better hold down the fort out here, Vin. I don't want to have to come back out here and take care of your mess if you slip up."<<

The seige expert laughed darkly and returned the remark with a riposte of his own.

>>"Hah...amusing 'Fiery..."<< he paused and looked down at the fleshling that he had control over. An idea popped up in his head. >>"...well if you think that, then I'm going to have to put another measure in place...after all, we can't have your pretty little aft stumbling around blind in the dark..."<<

Vindicator let that one hang in the air before he turned and looked down at his own personal puppet, a knowing smile creeping over his faceplate. He spoke to the general in a hushed manner - well as hushed as a towering 35 foot tall walking, talking, war machine of a robot could be! But in this case, this was going to be the fun part.

"Now General..." Vindicator began "...No one is allowed past the perimiter of this entrance. If they are, shoot them on sight! This mission is already compromised in other factors, and all above your understanding, so...no one gets in here...no one!"

The hulking decepicon grinned at the blank, yet taking in stare of the facsimile. No response came from the fake human that his orders were cut and dry, untill Vindicator was out of sight inside the darkness of the cave. The General turned and saluted to the inky blackness - actually to no one in particular, before he turned around swiftly and returned to the actual makeshift base at the foot of the mountain as one of the grunts questioned where he had been. A fine way to volunteer for a very, VERY mundane task.

"Sir...where have.."

"Silence private!" came the stiff bark "You've just volunteered yourself for guard duty, so take your boney little arse up to the cave entrance along with a jeep so you can keep any unwanted people out...and that includes our lot who get with the nosey nosey!" The general straightened up.

There was a chuckle from behind him as the other soldier found the entire tirade amusing.

"I suppose you'd like to join him up there then, eh Private Bloomberg?"

There was an audible groan as the realisation of 'you've been caught out now deal with it' sunk in with the soldier. And the facsimile pointed at two other soldiers and told them to hoof it up to the cave entrance to stand guard. He would join them later on - to make sure that nothing went wrong.

Vindicator, on the other hand, made his way into the cavern to meet with the rest of his fellow con's, and as gloomy as it was in the cavern, Vindicator's own shoulder mounted lamps, lit the dank hole with a cold, wet light as he picked his way through the stalagtites and stalagmites of the cavern, all the while, letting his holomap guide him towards one of the service shafts that was installed in the base. It was where the rest of the group had already assembled.

"Heads up you slaggers...I'm coming in..."
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Phaze » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:24 am

Motto: ""All's Fair in Life and Death""
Weapon: Nuclear Charged Fusion Cannon
Team Midget Cave Entrance
Crueljaw was growing impatient he was watching Landgrab slowly moving through the earth. Pacing wasn’t helping but he’d given the digger enough time. “Alright I’ve had enough of this slag are we going in or sitting out here waiting to rust” Crueljaw reached into one of his leg lockers and pulled from it a shaped thermo charge that he’d obtained from the Thanatos armoury. Striding past Darkfire, Crueljaw quipped “he’s never gonna make a entrance wide enough for that skid plating of yours”

The decepticon fixed the charge to the wall that Landgrab had been working on “I really hope you can back up” the bodyguards optic flared with amusement as he finished synching the detonator and moved away.

“I’d seek cover Team Midget Fire in the hole”

Crueljaw hit the switch the charge fired it sounded like a small rumble all the energy was directed into the remaining cave wall in a wall of rock incinerating flame.

he looked back at Psychout his optic glowing brightly

“Open Says me”
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Re: Phase Shift

Postby Foxfire13795 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:11 pm

Motto: "Broken Autobots never mend."
Weapon: Magnetic Repellor-Attractor
Decepticon Earthbase - Team Midget Entrance

Darkfire scowled irately at Crueljaw. She still had half a mind to pull his vocal processors out through his chest cavity, though she would never bother to do such a thing. It would be wasteful...and she was beginning to grow fond of her team, not that she would ever admit it out loud. Or even to herself for that matter. She had about to fire back a retort at Crueljaw when the comm link crackled with an incoming transmission.

>>"Hah...amusing 'Fiery...well if you think that, then I'm going to have to put another measure in place...after all, we can't have your pretty little aft stumbling around blind in the dark..."<<

Darkfire hid a smirk as she sent Vin a response.

>>"What, me? Stumbling in the dark? You must have me confused for someone else. Maybe someone...like...yourself?"<<

With that playful jibe delivered, Darkfire focused on the matter at hand.

Standing back from the entrance slightly, the assassin watched as the charge blew away the remaining blockage, revealing the metallic interior of the Decepticon Earthbase. She smirked a little. So much for subtle. She ought to send her holomatter avatar in ahead now. In case of any little humans that may be scurrying about.

The avatar formed beside Darkfire. The assassin picked it up and moved into the darkness of the base. This was her element. Darkness. She always felt more relaxed within the shadows. After all, she was the thing that went "bump" in the night. She allowed a slight smirk to touch her lips. As soon as she had made decent headway into the old base, she noticed two specks of light ahead. Moving slowly.

Darkfire moved off to one side, taking cover, and set her avatar down on the ground. She offlined her optics and let her avatar be the sole source of visual feedback. The avatar remained behind cover while adjusting her clothing. Pitiful armor these humans wore, but some articles still had their functions. Darkfire had chosen an attire of camouflage. It came in assorted hues of dark grey. It would break up the avatar's shape and make her harder to see amongst the shadows.

The avatar crouched down and stuck her head out. They were coming. She moved, staying close to the walls, approaching them. Watching them. Hunting them.

"You sure you heard something?"

"Yes, I told you! It was like this...deep booming sound."

"And you're sure it came from this direction?"

"Yes! Why don't you believe me?!"

"This volcano just exploded. Did it ever occur to you that it could just be the rock settling?"

"No, this didn't sound like that. It was an explosion! I'm sure of it."

"Whatever you say..."

Silently, the assassin's avatar appeared behind one of the humans. They had not noticed her approach. From the information packet Psychout had sent her, the humans relied on sight above all other senses. She struck suddenly and silently. The avatar's hand clamped over the human's mouth, the other wrapping itself around the human's head. With a sharp jerk, the avatar snapped the human's neck with the precise amount of force needed. The avatar was already retreating back into the shadows as the body began falling to the floor. The flashlight landed with a light thump.

The other human turned with a frown etched on his pink, fleshy countenance.

"Did you hear that, at lea-"

The avatar clamped her hand over the remaining human's mouth and repeated the same procedure. He fell with a thud. The assassin's avatar glanced down the the corridor for signs of other humans. Satisfied that there were none, the avatar began moving the bodies. Darkfire's optics blinked to life again as she sent a transmission out to Psychout and the rest of their little team.

>>"Clear. Just watch your step near the right wall. You might squish a certain breach of infiltration protocol that would be unpleasant to pick from your gears."<<
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