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 Darwin's Soldiers: Disruptive Selection, 3rd part of the trilogy
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Posted: Jul 6 2010, 03:14 AM


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Elsewhere, Zenarchis watched with mild curiosity as a small red dot blinked, and the back-up generator flashed inoperative.

He sent a message to Dr. Branston. <Eurylochus, this is Odysseus. Do you read?>
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Posted: Jul 6 2010, 08:37 AM


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(OOC - Kerzach is known as "Aeneas")

Dr. Kerzach was standing near the main generator. He was armed with a Mossberg 500 shotgun. <Yep, I hear ya! I'm at the main generator.>

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Dr. Branston had finished scanning the databases. He found no viruses or any other malware. <This here is Eurylochus. I read.>

<Good. My telemetry readings show that the back up generator is inoperative.>

<Dragonstorm has been compromised. There is an experiment loose in Southport.>

There was "silence" for several seconds.

<Destroy the experiment. Odysseus out.>

Dr. Branston slumped back in his chair. He dispatched a trio of guards to check out the back up generator.

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The TOW missile barely missed the SUV and the gunner retaliated with a burst of gatling gun fire.

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Alfred kept an eye out for any intruders when his shotgun was suddenly pulled away by an invisible force. He turned around and spotted a hulking mechanical monstrosity that looked like a metallic humanoid with an M2 machine gun for its right arm. The cyborg took the shotgun and broke it against a tree.

"Look who invited the Terminator," Zachary deadpanned. He shot at the monster only to see the bullets ping off the creature's heavy armor.

"Surrender or die," the machine droned in a flat monotone. It trained its machine gun on Hawkeye, seeing him as it's biggest threat.

Alfred took advantage of the distraction, seized a boulder that weighed some 200 odd pounds and heaved at the machine.

He watched as the boulder crashed into the cyborg and pinned half of it underneath the boulder.
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Posted: Jul 6 2010, 10:20 PM


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The soldier in the top hatch ducked inside as the enemy's bullets ricocheted off the roof of the Humvee. He couldn't attempt to reload the TOW if they keep shooting at him...

Above, the Eagles made a U-turn to ride parallel of the freeway. "The road ahead of the blockade is clear," reported the wing leader. "Get the blockade open and tell our boys on the ground to pull back!"

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The firefight at the gas station is still in full swing. Ever so often, a soldier falls to the stubborn resistance of the SUVs. More anti-tank launchers are loaded to fire solely for the escorts...

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The A-10s reached the perimeter of Southport. "This is 5th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard," reported the wing leader. "Reporting to any friendlies on the ground."

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Below the radar, Azrael's helicopter breached the perimeter into Southport...

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The helicopter convoy is still two hours from the last known location...

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Minutes ticked by as the frigate's missiles finally crossed paths with the falling guided bombs. The sky was lit with what seemed like massive fireworks before it died down to reveal the after math. One remaining frigate missile, an anti-satellite ballistic missile shot on ahead for the mystery satellite. And one guided bomb had emerged untouched and continued for the earth...

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"WARNING. ENEMY MISSILE CONVERGING ON THIS POSITION. INITIATING DEFENSIVE MANEUVERS." Boosters throughout the Dragonstorm satellite came to life...
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Posted: Jul 6 2010, 11:26 PM


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Aisha and Dr Landon opened fire on the experiment, ot at least the part that wasn't pinned under the boulder, which turned out to be the creature's upper half.
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The bullets pinged off the war machine's heavy armor plate but one bullet found its way into the creature's eye, causing it to shriek in pain.

It slowly pushed the boulder off itself, revealing that its legs were severely buckled and crushed but it was still capable of fighting. However, its machine gun arm was rendered in operable by the boulder. Instead, the left arm's armor plates slowly slid back to reveal a 3 foot long machete-like blade.

"Erm, got anything else to throw at it?" Dr. Zanasiu asked, shooting at the machine only to see the shotgun pellets ping off the armor.

"Um, no," Alfred replied. He then turned to Aimee and Hawkeye. "Since it looks like it is immune to small arms fire, it seems like we'll have to take on it hand-to-hand," he said with a groan.
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Posted: Jul 7 2010, 12:37 AM


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Subject 19 was leaning against a nearby building amongst the chaos that had risen up within Southport. She only glanced at the monsters for a brief moment as she simply chuckled to herself, looking at the syringe she held in her hands, ignoring the fact that Azrael's helicopter was within Southport....well, she was either ignoring it, or she just didn't care for it.

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Subject 16 on the other hand, had decided to leave, searching for explosives alone whilst he decided to instead, go after the main reactor himself, walking as silently as he could as to not alert any of the guards in the vicinity.

He moved up against a nearby building and peered out slightly to see there was only one guard there, Dr. Kerzach. He glanced around a little more, but found no other guards around before he moved out silently to try and approach the good doctor without him finding himself.

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Aimee looked over to the attacking experiment and was about to make a move herself when Alfred chuckled a boulder at it "Okay, that works....I guess to a point...." he spoke and moved her arms somewhat before stepping forward, ready to take on the machine in hand to hand combat.

She eyed the hulking monstrosity, yet, she was also trying to find out if it had any weak points of which she could see, but so far, she had seen nothing and sighed, just a little bit as she was a little annoyed that she would have to strike it first without knowing of any weak points "You want some?" she asked it with a small smirk across her face as well.
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Posted: Jul 7 2010, 12:56 AM


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<I'm heading to our tent now. And I'm bringing reinforcements, James and company have finally arrived, and Dragonstorm is about to fall.>

Shelton turned to the others, and muttered under his breath so the rest could hear him. "It looks like we each found uniforms of our own, so now you all have to start casually looking through tents and grabbing uniforms for the others. If you play it cool, they won't look twice at what you're doing. Once we have enough uniforms, we can start breaking this team up and heading our separate ways."

Getting up, he started towards his tent.
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The machine said nothing but charged Aimee, its machete held high. Alfred found a piece of rebar in a pile of construction debris that someone had dumped along the side of the road. He quickly started crumpling up the top of the rebar, forming a crude mace.

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Spc. Crota and Sgt. Masters nodded, they opened up another tent; this one was empty and started rifling through the bags.

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<What shall I do?> Dr. Kerzach asked mentally.

He kept scanning the area for his allies.
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Posted: Jul 7 2010, 11:20 PM


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Hawkeye quickly stepped in front of the machine, catching the machete blade with one of his bladed wings, then twisting to shatter the blade from the machine's arm, then grabbed it's arm, flinging it to the ground before finishing it with a blast to the face from his arm cannons.

"There. Problem solved."
He said calmly...
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"Thanks," Alfred said. He looked at the crude mace - nothing more than a piece of rebar that he taken and crumpled up the top for more impact power "I also lost my gun to that experiment," he said.

"You did pretty good with that big boulder. Hell, if there was another one, you could have simply crushed the thing's head with it," Dr. Zanasiu said.

Alfred twirled his crude mace. "Yeah, does anyone have an extra gun that I can actually use?" he asked.

He got no response. "Fine, I'll see what's in the back of my truck," he muttered, tossing the piece of rebar aside.

He then rummaged through the bed of his truck. He ignored the shovel, machete, chainsaw, ax, pickax and several lengths of heavy chain that were scattered about. He finally settled on a 20 pound sledgehammer.

Dr. Bailey's eyes widened as he saw Alfred with the hammer over his shoulder. "You're not going to use that against a Dragonstorm experiment are you?" he asked.

Alfred shrugged. "Why not? War hammers were used against armored opponents in the medieval times," he replied.

"Yeah, but didn't they have a beak like a pickax?"

Alfred nodded. "Getting my weapon stuck in a Dragonstorm experiment is not something I want to happen. As a bonus, I can also easily wreck machinery," he replied.
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Posted: Jul 8 2010, 12:06 AM


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"Are you sure that thing is dead? I wouldn't want it getting back up once again" Aimee told both Alfred and Hawkeye as she eyed the experiment that had been defeated.

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Subject 16 on the other hand, made his way closer to the generator, all the way to the back of it as he remained out of sight still, looking at the generator in question 'I just hope that this works....' he thought to himself as he pulled his blade out and jammed it into the generator to cause it to spark.

He removed his blade from the generator second later, although getting a bit of a shock in the process, but decided to shake it off for the time being, stepping away from the now damaged generator, now deciding to take care of Dr. Kerzack himself as he stepped into view slowly, placing his blade back into his cane again, as he put his hands up in the air, yet, still holding his cane in the process.
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Alfred hefted his sledgehammer and bought it down with all his might onto the machine's head, completely crushing it and embedding it into the ground. "Well, now it is," he said.

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Dr. Kerzach looked at Subject 16. "Who are you? he asked. He kept his shotgun at the ready but aimed away from him.

Something within him hinted that this mysterious man was an ally.
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Subject 16 lowered his hands back down again as he placed the bottom of his cane onto the ground so that he could lean with it as he looked to Dr. Kerzach "My name isn't important at the moment I'm afraid, but I would like to know one thing, if you are an ally of Dragonstorm, or if you are not"

He had a small plan going through his mind, which was rather simple, get onto Dr. Kerzach's good side as he caught in the corner of the eye, the generator sparking a bit more violently "I only ask as I have not seen you around here before myself, then again, I do not know many who work with Dragonstorm, I don't really see the light of day too often, so if you are an ally, then that would indeed, put my mind at ease" he told him rather calmly as he remained leaning against his cane, yet, gripped it somewhat as he eyed Dr. Kerzach some more.
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Dr. Kerzach looked around. "If you must know, I am friends with a certain Dr. Shelton and a Dr. Zanasiu," he said.

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The escort SUVs in the gas station were gradually losing the battle. But to them it did not matter; what mattered was that at least one of the trucks got to their destination.

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The remaining truck sped through the empty freeway. A burst of gatling gunfire quickly disposed of the police blockade. Their weapons were not powerful enough to damage the heavily armored truck and SUVs.
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While dodging fire from the escorts, a police officer from the barricade hears a call from the radio in the car. "Hey! We got orders to open the blockade! Let's get the cars out of the way!"

"TOO LATE!" screamed another officer as he started running to the side.

The other officers followed suit as the truck barreled toward the line of squad cars...

The Eagle squadron began to make a low formation run along the freeway, gaining speed on the target, now on an empty street. "All aircraft, prepare to launch ASMs on my mark. Three... Two... One... Launch!" One missile from each plane launches at high speed for the truck and its escorts...

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On top of a skyscraper, the helicopter landed upon the roof long enough for Azrael and a pair of armed guard to step off. He calmly walked to the edge of the building to look down at the carnage and chaos on the street below. "I'm in Southport now," he phoned in. "It seems that the population have been mutated by some kind of biological weapon."

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Dr. Branston coughed as Azrael relayed the news. "What? But how!? Dragonstorm has no records of any biological weapons being made or used! In any case, don protective gear and proceed with caution. Branston out."

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One of the last remaining SUVs, its gatling gun out of ammunition and riddled with bullet holes, intentionally rammed one of the gas pumps, knocking it over and causing gasoline to spill out onto the road.

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The missiles struck the truck and SUV escorts, destroying them in a massive fireball.

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Subject 19 soon stepped off away from the wall, she had the next part of her little plan all in her mind as she begun to walk forwards, walking through the chaos as the creatures around still didn't seem to care that she was there, they were running past her as they were concerned for the rest of the population still.

She started to make her way towards where the army was holding up as she was to find General Ross herself and kill him....kill him and dispatch the rest of the army here as well, walking along rather casually herself.

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"Dr. Shelton? Hmm...." Subject 16 thought for a moment as he eyed Dr. Kerzach some more "And this Dr. Shelton you speak of, he too is Dragonstorm I take it? Him and his friend?" he asked, still doing his best to sound as though he didn't even know Shelton and Zanasiu himself.

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"So, what now?" Aimee asked Alfred in particular as she leaned up against the side of his truck as she looked to him some as well "I mean, if we had to take care of that....thing....what's stopping any other experiments coming to our location to find out what the hell is going on?"
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"Acknowledged..." Azrael replied, and hung up. He then noticed something out of the ordinary in the chaos below. A lone figure barely out of view calmly walking through the bloodthirsty carnage. It had to be Subject 19.

A sudden rush of noise reached him as he looked up to see the sillouhettes of aircraft above the city. The military had sent attack planes. "Armor up and get the gear! I've got an idea!"

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Nearby soldiers saw the gas pouring from where the pump was and started running for cover. A few soldiers took a risk and jumped into the cabs of a few of the trucks to try and have them started. The truck farthest from the group managed to start and pull away. "No one shoot the trucks!" a call came out. "Our boys are trying to get the trucks out! They may be bombs!"

They still don't know of the true cargo within...

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The final bomb soon struck its target and several buildings were enveloped in the massive blast...

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"Target destroyed! Nice job!" the wing leader commented.

"RTB immediately!" a reply came in the radio. "The base is under attack!"

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The satellite began making maneuvers to escape the missile, hiding behind a large piece of space debris as the missile closed in. The anti-satellite struck the debris and exploded, missing the target, but shrapnel showered the Dragonstorm satellite and shattering some of its solar panels, thrusters, and wedged into the weapon panels.

"WARNING. WARNING. UNABLE TO LAUNCH FURTHER ORDINANCE. ATTEMPTING TO SELF-REPAIR."

The satellite was capable of repairing itself in orbit, but it needs time to get fully functional...
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<I guess make contact with the others. They're infiltrating the camp as we speak.> Shelton sent back to Kerzach.

Slipping into his tent, the first thing Shelton did was collapse on his cot, exhausted. "I really don't want to move..." he muttered to himself.

After a few moments, he forced himself to get up. First thing he did was grab his radio-flashlight off of a boxtop, and clip it to his belt next to the sheathed embedder.

Then he unzipped his paint-covered DS-1 jacket and threw it in the corner.

"Oh yeah, take it off." Crota slithered into the tent, rolling his eyes.

"Ever learn to knock?" Shelton snapped, rifling through his clothing for a clean uniform. "And why aren't you with Subject 16?"

Crota ignored the question. "Everyone's grabbed their stuff. We're waiting on you."
Crota looked around the tent. "Wow, this is cramped," he noted. "Good thing you have like no stuff." He took a thin paperback book off of the cot, the only book in the tent. It was The Art of War, by Sun Tzu.

"They passed those out to everyone in Dragonstorm," Shelton said before he could ask. "It's not a bad read, especially when you have nothing else."

"They pass these out to everyone too?" Crota was holding a reflective red medal. It had two stylized dragons coiled around the circumference, and in the middle read: Dr. Roger Simpson: Commendation for Special Services to the Order.

"Give me that," Shelton grabbed the medal and chucked it in the corner, his face almost as red as the medal. "Let's go; I'm all changed."

Gathering up his and Kerzach's remaining clean uniforms, he and Crota headed out to meet the others.

"All right," said Shelton, to the assembled team. "We have enough uniforms for the others, I think, so Team A has officially completed its job. Now we need to--"

"Simpson!" somebody called out. "Is that you?"

Shelton turned. A short, stocky Beagle was coming his way. "Oh, hi Monty!" Shelton quickly put on a smile. "I didn't see you there!"

Lester Montgomery stopped in front of him, as if he were seeing a ghost. "You're alive!" he exclaimed. "We thought DS-1 was completely killed!"

"Well, I survived, and just managed to get back to camp," said Shelton. He motioned to his team. "These men were on laundry duty, and I was just thanking them for lending me a uniform; the one I was wearing was rather dirty."

"You're supposed to report immediately to your superiors upon returning from a DS mission!" Montgomery chastised angrily. "Come with me!" Grabbing him by the arm, he started leading Shelton away.

Shelton managed one glance back at his team. <Tell the others to split up and head for either Team B or C. They'll need the uniforms we've grabbed before they can enter the base. Sorry I won't be with you!>

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Spc. Crota and Sgt. Masters returned with laundry baskets containing stolen clothing to the area where the others were located.

"Put these on!" Sgt. Masters ordered, tossing the clothes to everyone.

Spc. Crota noticed the remains of Dragonstorm experiment. "Experiments already out here?" he asked.

Zachary nodded as he put the uniform over his clothing.
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