Title: Darwin's Soldiers: Disruptive Selection
Description: 3rd part of the trilogy
Serris - December 29, 2009 03:21 AM (GMT)
And so it begins...
This RP takes place about 2 months after the 2nd one. The characters are somewhere in Oregon.
Dr. Zanasiu threw down the newspaper he was reading with disgust. He was sitting on the foot of his bed or more accurately, the pull out sofa bed actually. The headline was "Investigation of Vegas Massacre in Full Swing".
"Something the matter, James?" Zachary asked, his ears swiveling towards James.
"The [censored] Vegas debacle! Not one mention of Dragonstorm but we're consistently referred to as terrorists!"
Zachary sighed and looked around the room. Their weapons were hidden in their van, except for Dr. Bailey's Glock 18 pistol on the desk opposite the two beds. The curtains were drawn, allowing only sliver of light.
Noname - December 29, 2009 03:44 AM (GMT)
Corporal Stern was also with them. He had been left out of much of the action, but was still angry at how things went down.
"You know, James? That was a disaster. I had no intention of being branded some kinda terrorist. Still, if asked to, I'd do it all again. We gotta remember why we fight."
Stern was eager to get back into the action. He knew little of what the future would hold, but he knew that this business wasn't over yet. It never was for him. "I can't believe this filth. I've read better stuff in the tabloids!"
Mirumoto_Kenjiro - December 29, 2009 05:32 AM (GMT)
During that time in Utah, the captured Dragonstorm data was continued to be decoded, uncovering secrets of the superweapon projects, and more importantly the loactions of several bases. The main backup base was found somewhere in Oregon, but the primary missions involve an elusive base set in a supertanker in San Diego, which at any time weight anchor and disappear into the Pacific Ocean.
As for the team, there were some drastic changes. Victor Summers, now a Captain, was selected as the new commanding officer of 'Crimson Squad', a team dedicated to the destruction of the Dragonstorm threat. Snow, now deemed a full-fledged citizen, and Aiko, became members in the squad. Professor Josephine "Dr Joe" Smithson was no longer needed in the field, but her scientific expertise puts her in special research into counter-acting the Dragonstorm's superweapons. And experiment X-279, renamed Chase, was put under Dr Joe's protective custody.
New members have been selected from special-ops and other experimental bases similar to Pelvanida. Eron, a Spider Monkey and saboteur. Tank, an Armadillo combat engineering and explosives specialist. Erin Matthews, a special-ops sniper. Mallard, a Duck former experiment and master diver. And Ice, a Wolf experiment with the skills lower temperatures and generate ice.
Crimson Squad's target: the San Diego base, where Dragonstorm's operations could escape into ocean waters, and where a strengthened legion of assassins are commanded by a professional hitman, Ariol...
Serris - December 29, 2009 05:46 AM (GMT)
Dr. Bailey came into the room with three plastic bags. "Lunch?" he asked.
"Sure, what you got?" Zachary asked.
"Ministrone soup, fish filet sandwiches and some vegan chili."
Dr. Zanasiu sighed. "Corporal, we have no data to go on. All we have are scattered reports of missing outdoorsmen and loggers," he said.
"Remember that Dragonstorm kidnaps its subjects. It is quite possible that the missing people could have been taken by them," Zachary said.
"You also need to keep in mind that logging is not a safe profession by any stretch of the imagination. Not to mention that inexperienced hikers or campers could end up lost in the wilderness," Dr. Bailey replied.
Zachary sighed. "Back to square one," he said.
Nick22 - December 29, 2009 06:29 AM (GMT)
Aisha sighed as she stirred from her "Bed. which was really the front seat of the truck Alfred the Bison had been driving, pushed down flat. It was like sleeping on a rock. A crumpled copy of today's paper lay at her feet. "Instead of classing Dragonstorm as the terrorists.. WE'RE the terrorists! The ignorance of the mainstream media never ceases to astound" She grumbled as Dr Landon opened the door. They were parked on a little used road in the Oregon wilderness, they had spent the last two months hot on the trail of Dragonstorm, they were getting close, or so she hoped..
Serris - December 29, 2009 04:52 PM (GMT)
"Aisha, Dr. Landon, I think it may be best if we stay at the Redwood Inn for a bit. We should really meet up with Dr. Zanasiu and the rest of the group and discuss tactics and share our findings," Alfred said, taking a sip of water. "Erm, what exactly are our findings? Besides the fact that we occasionally see logging trucks pass down this road." he added.
Dr. Bailey continued surfing the Internet for newspaper articles at the same time he was eating a sandwich. He then looked up from the laptop. "There's not one mention of the Dr. Shelton or Dr. Kerzach in any newspaper," he said.
"Makes sense, remember that they were stuck aboard Lab 101," Zachary replied, taking a drink of cola.
"If only there were some data back at Pelvanida to go on,"
Dr. Zanasiu shook his head. "We are under, no circumstances, setting foot in Nevada. Is that clear?"
Nick22 - December 29, 2009 04:57 PM (GMT)
Our finding are absolutely nothing" aisha said with a trace of bitterness " Dragonstorm has gone to ground..the trail's gone cold. hopefully Zanasiu and his friends have had better luck' she loosened her neck feeling a crackle as the bones reset. "How far is the in from here. Remember our cover story.. Dr Landon is my uncle I'm his niece, and you're our pet bison..' she cracked.
Serris - December 29, 2009 05:24 PM (GMT)
"Please, I prefer the term the term 'domestic help'," Alfred said with a grin as he started the engine, "As for the distance, we're looking at an hour or two."
As Alfred turned the truck around and drove back out of the country road; he failed to notice a camera hidden in the canopy of leaves above him.
A few hundred miles away from the camera, Dr. Branston and several technicians was sitting in front of the console in Lab 101. He activated the exterior camera, around him were the Dragonstorm scientists. Most of them had traded their white labcoats for flannel and denim.
Dr. Branston grinned; it really was a stroke of genius to disguise the staff and the lab as a logging camp.
Nick22 - December 29, 2009 05:27 PM (GMT)
"Ok domestic help it is.. I can survive an hour or so.. " aisha said.
Dr Landon frowned.. "well, we just have to keep searching, we can't go back to Nevada, or our homes at this point.."
Serris - December 30, 2009 05:21 AM (GMT)
Alfred continued down the road without incident.
An hour later, he arrived at a town called Culeston. The town itself was small but quite lively.
He then pulled up to the Redwood Inn.
"Well, we're here," Alfred said, getting out of the truck.
Mirumoto_Kenjiro - December 30, 2009 07:04 AM (GMT)
Once briefed on their mission, Vic and his team suited up for battle and loaded into two Cayuse helicopters, backed by four Blackhawks. The copters levitated into the sky and headed west to California...
At the San Diego base, security was beefed up as the final shipment of supplies was being loaded onto the supertanker. As soon as it's finished, the ship will set sail into international waters. There, some interested arms dealers will visit to to look at Dragonstorm's progess and possible "merchantise." Deathwind and the only other functional experiments were held in a series of clear chambers to be watched as displays for the potential customers.
Ariol stands in the bridge overlooking the operation. For two months he recruited as many assassins, hitmen, and mercenaries as possible. With all that happened at Pelvanida by a handful of meddlers, he has no intentions of taking any chances...
StarfallRaptor - December 31, 2009 11:06 PM (GMT)
From near the San Diego base, a set of six figures watched as the preparations were made. Kagetora set his binoculars down, shaking his head with a sigh.
"It's guarded heavily. We have almost no chance of getting within a hundred yards of that ship..."
He said irately. For months, he, Neku, Cale, Hawkeye, Slash, and Agito had been hunting down and disabling Dragonstorm-related bases, slowly attempting to deconstruct the project. Finding out about a score like this was almost irresistable, and they had traveled to California to attempt to disrupt the shipment.
Cale punched his fist into his open palm.
"Darn. This is too much of a chance to let slip by." He said with a low growl. Neku nodded.
Agito and Slash nodded as well.
"We have to do something."
"All of you, patience. We can't risk causing a scene, or else we'll be hunted down."
He said calmly...
Serris - January 1, 2010 06:01 AM (GMT)
Alfred went up to the check in desk. "Excuse me, sir but we are here to check in."
The clerk, a grizzled old Couger looked at him, Dr. Landon and Aisha. "All three of you?" he asked.
"Do you all want separate rooms or not?"
Alfred then turned to Aisha and Dr. Landon. "So you all want to share a room with me? It'll be cheaper."
"We need somewhere to start but where?" Dr. Bailey asked.
Dr. Zanasiu shrugged. "I haven't a damned clue. The only people who may even know of anything strange are either loggers, outdoorsmen or law enforcement."
"So that's a valid starting point."
"One problem, we don't know if those people are valid witnesses. In a worst case scenario, they could be Dragonstorm personnel."
Mirumoto_Kenjiro - January 1, 2010 06:45 AM (GMT)
Soon, Crimson Squad has entered San Diego and neared the base, staying out of visual range.
"What can you see down there?" Vic asked.
Erin was peering down through her rifle scope. "They got snipers across the ship and the pier," she replied. "Maybe some anti-aircraft weapons to add. We can't hit it like this."
"Then we'll have to board by sea. Pilot, land several docks away from here. We'll set up some rubber raider crafts and get on board as soon as they set sail."
The helicopters turned and headed to some secluded docks to land...
StarfallRaptor - January 1, 2010 05:59 PM (GMT)
Neku turned and looked at the helicopters.
"Guys, we may have just found our chance. C'mon, let's go rendezvous with them. Maybe we can get some help."
He said, and the six ran to where the helicopters were headed...
Noname - January 1, 2010 06:11 PM (GMT)
"So, is there a way to test if they are real witnesses?" Corporal Stern asked. "A member of Dragonstorm might slip up if we ask them the right thing."
Serris - January 1, 2010 08:43 PM (GMT)
"You know Corporal, you have a good idea. Now the only problem how do we ask without giving away our true intentions. As for who will do the asking, you, Cobalt Squad and PFC Reynolds will have to do so as we really have no authority," Dr. Zanasiu said. He was now drinking some hot tea.
"As for what to ask, how about the rules and regulations of logging or fishing. If they screw it up, we can reasonably suspect that they are really not who they claim to be," Dr. Bailey said. He was taking sips of Coke.
Nick22 - January 1, 2010 08:47 PM (GMT)
' sure, we can sghare a room, we need to keep our expemses in check. I've gott a credit card. But My father won't be happy if he gets a huge ceredit card bill, hes my cosigner on my cards.," aisha said. 'Does this place have a pool?' she asked the clerk
If there are only two beds to a room, I'll sleep on the floor' Dr Landon said.
Serris - January 1, 2010 08:57 PM (GMT)
"We do," the clerk replied. "It is in the back."
"One room for all of us," Alfred said to the clerk.
The clerk rang it up on his register. "That will be $50 per night,"
Alfred stepped back and let Aisha pay.
"Aisha, I'm going to try to get a job with a construction company to see if I can uncover anything," he said.
Noname - January 1, 2010 11:05 PM (GMT)
"If we are going 'undercover', is there any position I ought to take?" Corporal Stern asked. "I could easily pose as a security guard or a police officer, given the right materials and a bit of practice."
Serris - January 2, 2010 04:20 AM (GMT)
"Security guard for a logging company may allow you to gather information and gossip. If my thinking is right, Dragonstorm would be hiding out in the forests of Oregon," Dr. Zanasiu said.
"Aren't you guys worried about the possibility of a Dragonstorm raid on us?" Dr. Bailey asked.
"That's why we got you a pistol. And besides, Dragonstorm probably thinks we're dead."
Mirumoto_Kenjiro - January 2, 2010 04:25 AM (GMT)
They reached the landing zone, but before they landed, Erin catches something in her scope. "Captain, we're being followed."
Vic looked over. "What do you see?"
"I see six figures heading to our position. Shall I pick them off, sir?"
"Shine a light on them first. They may be some anti-Dragonstorm operatives we've ran into before."
All six helicopters, hovering at 50 feet, set off their bright lights at the newcomers...
Snow, who was in another helicopter, gets a very familiar scent in the air. "Could it be...?"
Noname - January 2, 2010 07:06 AM (GMT)
"Do the parameters of this mission allow me to open fire upon encountering confirmed Dragonstorm personnel? Or do we take them alive?" Corporal Stern asked. He hoped that the answer was the former.
StarfallRaptor - January 2, 2010 03:52 PM (GMT)
Neku waved at the helicopters, and then, in a flash of an idea, he drew and activated his prototype saber, the blue glowing blade a familiar sight to any who knew him...
Serris - January 3, 2010 01:38 AM (GMT)
"We don't want to blow our cover, Corporal," Dr. Zanasiu replied. "Observing and gathering information will work for now. However, if you can find a way to kill them without raising suspicion, you may do so."
"We want to take at least one alive so we know where everything is," Dr. Bailey added.
Dr. Yuri Kerzach or "Dr. Bradley Gallo" as he was now known, examined his surroundings. He was deep inside the Oregon forests and around him, Dragonstorm's scientists were carrying out their work. Of course, some were assigned to guard the perimeter as well and others were cooking food.
He was carrying a Mossberg 500 shotgun and dressed not in a lab coat but in flannel and denim.
To outside observers, Lab 101 appeared to be doing a forest survey for logging.
At least no one recognizes me. But will James and the rest of the crew recognize me? Speaking of which, where the hell is Shelton? he thought.
Noname - January 3, 2010 01:45 AM (GMT)
"Understood. I can see that working real well" Corporal Stern replied, with a slightly vicious look on his face. "I'll take one alive, sure. I can't wait to... ask him a few things." The Corporal was as his name suggested, Stern. He would not torture them, but he was not above pulling a few tricks at times. They were in lumber country, after all. A lot of saws. This might help him if he had to frighten them.
Serris - January 3, 2010 03:58 AM (GMT)
"I was thinking maybe we comb the countryside and back roads late at night. We're bound to catch something," Dr. Bailey said.
"One problem, we'd look pretty damned sketchy ourselves doing that but we're going nowhere so far so this might be our best bet," Dr. Zanasiu said.
"Not like we have a choice," Zachary added.
Dr. Zanasiu shrugged. "All right then. 12 Midnight. Meet by the van. I'll try to see if Alfred, Aisha and Dr. Landon have found anything," he said.
Noname - January 3, 2010 04:52 AM (GMT)
"Do we have any way of keeping in contact? Dragonstorm will doubtlessly coordinate its efforts if it is active here. We have to do the same." Stern replied.
"Situational awareness" was a cliche, but it was indispensable nonetheless.
Mirumoto_Kenjiro - January 3, 2010 07:32 AM (GMT)
"One of them just drew a sword," Erin said. "Glowing blue blade..."
"Wait, that's Neku!" Vic was stunned. "They're on our side. We can land now..."
As the helicopters lowered to the ground, Snow could then catch sight of Neku's blue sword and her heart skipped a beat.
The gunships landed nearby the newcomers...
Serris - January 4, 2010 02:34 AM (GMT)
"We have radios," Dr. Zanasiu said. "At least Zach, Dr. Bailey, Cobalt Squad and myself do,"
"So Aisha, you want to go out for dinner tonight?" Alfred asked as he carried their bags up to their room.
Nick22 - January 4, 2010 03:06 AM (GMT)
Sure, and I don't care where we go.. I'm getting tired of potato chips' She made a face. " and If Dr Landon makes me do ONE MORE crossword puzzle I will SCREAM!' she clenched her fists "sorry.. I'm just tired of the same things..
Noname - January 4, 2010 03:24 AM (GMT)
"Can our radios be tapped? I don't want any of those scum listening in on me, or any of us." Stern replied. "Do we have secure frequencies?"
Serris - January 4, 2010 03:56 AM (GMT)
Dr. Zanasiu shook his head. "Only Cobalt Squad has secure frequencies," he replied.
Zachary flipped open his cell phone and dialed Alfred's number. "Hey Al, this is Zach. We're going to walk around town later. Want to join us? Meet me in room 261," he said.
Alfred unlocked the door to the room and placed the luggage down. He then turned on the light and sat down at the desk and picked up the guide and looked for places to eat.
Suddenly, his cell phone rang. He fished it out and held it to his ear with one hand
"Hey, Zach, Aisha Doc Landon and myself just arrived at the hotel. Oh about the walk around town? Sure! Just gotta get dinner first." he said. He then hung up and turned to Aisha and Dr. Landon. "Guys, Zach just called me. Cpl. Stern, Dr. Bailey, Dr. Zanasiu and himself are in room 261. They want to do a walk around town and meet up in their room first," he said.
Alfred then continued looking for a place to eat. He finally found one: Zemoth's Vegetarian Cafe. "The cheapest place I found to eat is a vegetarian cafe. Is that all right with everyone?" he asked.
Nick22 - January 4, 2010 04:09 AM (GMT)
Alright, lets just hope the food is good" Aisha said ' Do they have a type of pot pie on the menu? I've been craving pot pie for weeks" Aisha said, her mouth beginning to water at the thought of pot pie..
- A walk around town would be great" Dr landon said.
Serris - January 4, 2010 04:18 AM (GMT)
"Well, let's meet up with James and his group first and see if they want to come with us," Alfred said. "On a side note, we may be able to get some information there," he added.
Nick22 - January 4, 2010 05:00 AM (GMT)
Very well then" Dr Landon said. the room was small, but it had two beds and small counch, which would serve as his bed for the night " How long are we planning to sty at the hotel, anyway/" he asked out of curiousity.
Serris - January 4, 2010 05:11 AM (GMT)
Alfred shrugged. "I think we'll have it serve as a base of operations," he said.
He then went to the bathroom to wash up. A few minutes later, he returned. "I'll wait while you all freshen up," Alfred said,
He then sat on the couch and turned on the TV. The local news was on.
"Police are concerned with the rash of disappearances among outdoorsmen. Though they say the disappearances are not suspicious nor are they related, they are still urging everyone to use caution in the woods," the newscaster said.
StarfallRaptor - January 5, 2010 02:39 AM (GMT)
Neku walked over to the landing copters, flicking his blade off as he did so. Kagetora, Hawkeye, and Cale were close behind him, each smiling a little.
Noname - January 5, 2010 02:50 AM (GMT)
Stern had seen the same report on the TV in their room. "Can you believe this? 'Not suspicious' my a... it's full of crap" The corporal added, politely. "Why would Dragonstorm be out in this remote area, anyway? To steal wood? Chop trees? Hope really hard that we won't find them?"
Serris - January 5, 2010 03:07 AM (GMT)
(OOC - Alfred is not in the same room as Cpl. Stern. However, it can be assumed that Dr. Zanasiu also turned on the TV and is watching the same news report.)
"Remember that we are probably the only people in this town who even know of Dragonstorm," Zachary said.
"Cpl. Stern, we'll need you to gather info on those missing outdoorsmen. They'll probably be vital clues," Dr. Bailey said