[b War]; It comes to all. What little peace there had been, has fallen to ruins. As the old earth burns, a new world emerges from the ashes.
As the war continues to ravage the countries, new technologies are being developed in hopes of defeating the next land.
As one country manages to pull ahead of the rest, a new prototype weapon has been created. The prototype, a robotic limb which grants the user the ability over a single element.
Of course, their choice of people to test this weapon, those injured in war. These people were taken without their consent to the experimental weapon.
Now they wake up, all in the same room of what they can only assume to be a massive facility. Confused and now stuck with a new robotic limb and abilities they are unaware of, a voice sounds in their room.
That voice tells them that they are to win the war for their country. But first, the group will have to learn to master their element, work together, and get through the tests before they will be released onto the battlefield.
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This idea is loosely based off of an RP I did several years back with a couple of friends
Limb Missing: Right shoulder and arm.
Bio/History: Alexa had been a soldier from the day she could walk and damn, she was good at it. She had the advantage of her youthful innocence and people expected her to flee or faint at the sight of blood. However, she was quick and could bring a man twice her size to his knees in one hit
The war had been a trophy call for her, she had put herself in the middle of danger and fought her way out every time. The last thing she remembered was doing just that. Her team were out doing recon and she had become impatient waiting for them to "figure things out". So she ran in, head first. She took down the men on the ground easily enough and almost smiled at how easy this had become, however one man stood on the sidelines, waiting. She charged at him, preparing to fight with her bare hands when he lifted a strange weapon and blasted it towards her. White heat ripped through her right side and in a second, she had blacked out.
Bio/History: Ragnor was once a proud leader to a group of powerful mercenaries. Their services were highly sought after by many of the countries as the wars continued to ravage the world.
However, one of their dealings took a turn for the worse. Ragnor was working with a leader of another country. He was unaware that the very man he was making a deal with had his own team moving in, eradicating every member that was once part of Ragnor's mercenary group.
When Ragnor came back to what was left of his home and the bodies of his comrades that were once closer to him than any family he had, the man was left in a broken state. However, being a trained mercenary, he pushed those thoughts away, leaving only one in it's place; the want for revenge.
Ragnor went out on a killing spree, till he was finally stopped. The man doesn't remember what happened afterwards. He woke up to find himself in a large room with his arm replaced with some robotic limb, and 5 other people whom he had no idea who they were.
Bio/History: War, war never changes. It is always bloody, and random things have a high probability of happening on the field of battle. Her random event, was simply being near the detonation of a mine while out on patrol in a warzone with her squad. The last thing she saw, was being helicopter lifted to a helicopter before blanking out and forgetting everything on awakening in a strange place.
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Anya bowed down her head and closed her eyes. She felt tired and partially fatigued. Had the surgical operations taken a toll on her energy levels? It was indeed a possibility, but she would never know or even remember it. Hell, she couldn't even remember whether she had family or not. Anya simply shrugged her shoulders, and kept listening with closed eyes.
Rei, that was an interesting name. Although the voice sounded like it belonged to a teenager, how fucked up were these people to take a teenager and mutilate him in such a fashion? It felt wrong, it felt morally wrong in every sense. It was as if whoever had taken them, were simply cold shells who did these types of things for the heck of it.
Opening her eyes as the next person spoke, it was the bright-redhead; Chevalier. Anya somehow knew that word meant knight in French, but playing poker was not exactly a knightly action to do. Poker involved gambling, and according to any bible that was wrong. Anya blinked in surprise, since when had she known all this?
Her thought process were interrupted by a door opening, and the characteristic sound of guns being cocked. It was pretty obvious which way those guns were pointed. Anya sat around more, before the smell of a cigarette began permeating through the air. Alexa decided to voice complaints out loud, and those were very fair complaints to make. But then again, Anya did not know how Alexa would be a good team member. Highly independent and stubborn as a bull, didn't want to work as a team, factors which favored a disorganized and a very dead team.
Alexa went out first, Anya followed suit. The guns tracked her carefully, and it appeared as if these soldiers knew her background all to well. She simply went along with it. They did stop her and began putting a bag over her head, she calmy stood there before a gun was lightly jammed into her back and she followed wherever the gun pointed to.
Alexa had listened to the others with an obvious disinterest. Her eyes were casually looking around the room, taking a mental inventory of everything and everyone. She had already decided Ragnor was her biggest problem, she would keep her distance and if the chance came, she would rip his organs out of his chest and stamp on them- Alexa pushed the murderous thoughts out of her mind and went back to looking at the others. The Russian girl, Anya, would probably hold her own in battle, she would need to watch that.
The moment the door slid open, Alexas body tensed up and she subconsciously moved in front of the two boys, they were children in her eyes, though not much younger in age. Whilst she knew she probably deserved to be the one on the receiving end of punishment for once, she could find no reason to harm these innocent civilians. The guns were unlike the type she was used to but she was sure that given the opportunity she could use it well enough. Soon the selfish jerk opened his mouth again to ask for a cigarette, she turned to glare at him and clenched her fists.
[b “Really?!"] She said, throwing her hands up in the air. [b "They kidnapped you, ripped your limbs off and are probably going to kill us and all you can think about is smoking? This is hardly the right time to be thinking of yourself!”] She said, her voice angry and getting louder.
[b “If I don’t kill you first, let's hope that poison in your lungs will.” ] She snapped her head back around and stalked forward, heading in the direction that the armed guards were pointing them in. Alexa threw a glance back at Anya and the two boys and then spoke to them over her shoulder, tensing up the whole time.
[b “Whilst I’m sure we’re all walking into a death trap, you’re probably safer with the people that mutilated you then [I him.”]] Not waiting to see if they followed, Alexa carried on walking towards what had been called the testing facility. A soldier stopped her mid-step and raised a cloth bag up in his hand. Obviously, they were going to blindfold them, it was stupid of her to think any different. She would do the same with her hostages. Snatching the bag out of his hand she gave him a warning look. [b “Touch me and you lose your head.” ] She took a deep breath and pushed down the rising fear in her stomach before putting the bag over her head.
[I Into the lions den we go. ] She thought, and felt the cold barrel of a gun pushing on her back, guiding her in the direction of the training unit.
[h3 [center Ragnor Barron - AKA: 'Big Boss']]
Ragnor sighed, reaching his good hand up, rubbing his temples. As the one lady started saying her name, then almost slipped about being an officer. Yea, now that he thought back she was pretty damn familiar. Ragnor had only come across her a few times, and yea, he wasn't gonna sugar-coat it, he killed off some of her men before, messing things up on her end. She had all right to hate his guts.
The look he offered Alexa was not hostile at all, instead it was calm, [b "Good...great to know you'll be a pleasure to work with."]
Ragnor's green eyes then wandered to the next woman who introduced herself. Huh, a Russian was amongst them. The male took a job once or twice for some Russians. That was all he really knew about them. Well, least she seemed easier to talk to than the other woman.
The one of the kids spoke up, Reiki was his name, or so he said. Ragnor paused, looking the boy up and down. He couldn't help but raise an eyebrow. Were the people, whoever the hell they were, that desperate to get this 'project' going they'd go so far as to get people with clearly little to none battle experience? Well, he was guessing, but just judging by the boy's body language and his appearance, he was going to be struggling.
Then the other red head spoke up afterwards, finishing. Once again, Ragnor didn't see much combat experience. Perhaps it was because the boys appeared to be younger, or just simply the body language and appearance. For all he knew, the pair could very well turn around and prove him wrong.
Before he knew it, Ragnor found himself reaching for his pocket, finding nothing for his cigarettes. It was a bad habit, he knew, but it was something to steady the nerves.
[b "Well, I suppose that is everyone's introduction..."]
His head suddenly turned the red light above the door in the room blinked to green. The giant metal door suddenly slid to the side, armored guards appearing. Barrels of guns pointed into the room, one of the guards speaking.
[#696969 [i "Aether Unit, you are required to come with us. We will be heading to the testing facility...and please do not try to run or fight."]]
Ragnor paused, his body tense. The male looked at the weapons, then towards the soldiers who were to escort them. Eh, what did he have to lose, might as well go with them and see what awaited him in the testing area. He glanced back towards the others who were still in their large cell.
Instead, as he waited, he glanced to the side towards a soldier. Ragnor gave the guy a smile, [b "Hey, bud, anyone here got a smoke?"]
One of the soldiers glanced to the leader, who only gave a nod. The other reached into his pocket, pulling out a small box and lighter, tossing them both to the mercenary. Ragnor caught both with ease, instantly grabbing a white stick, lighting it.
He raised it to his lips, inhaling deeply. Ragnor's eyes slowly closed, almost content.
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[center [h3 A sad tale]]
[Center Katsu gripped his elbows tight enough to turn the knuckles on his real hand white. His mind was racing and he almost didn't hear the voice coming into the room.
[I "Greetings Aether Unit."]
He flinched, easily scared. No his friends did not describe him as brave, rather a coward. Sure he was cunning and an excellent liar; A snake some would say. Brave was not his word.
[I "kind enough" ]
Kind? Their idea of kind was taking them and... Mutilating them. Turning them into soldiers. He would rather have died. He looked around at the other men and woman in the room before his eyes caught up on the smaller boy to his side. Weapons, that's all they were.
He looked the small boy up and down, a sigh escaping his lips. If they all had "suffered a near-death injury" Then what has such a frail looking young boy suffered. His limbs seemed to all be intact, unlike the others whos arms and legs seemed to be replaced, this boy had his arms and his legs looked just fine. He went over the possibilities in his mind with sadness, evidently this sadness eased his tense shoulders, replacing his panic. He slumped a little as the sad thought came into his head and the voice died out. Soon everyone in the room was introducing themselves and Katsu found it hard to concentrate on more than the names and tone of voice behind them as he found himself lost in his own mind.
[+red [I Elemental control huh?]]
Would he even be able to understand how to use that power? He ran his hand though his hair sighing. The only thing snapping him from his own mind was the small boy who obviously was talking to him. He looked over at him with soft eyes as he said
[+red "Chevalier. That's my last name by way. Shot playing poker. I'm not very interesting."]
He sighed yet again. The others looked like they had a reason to be here, hell even Katsu looked like the type to get into some kind of trouble but this boy seemed sweet. Katsu found himself wanting to know this boys story. Perhaps he could befriend the boy, two heads were better than one anyway.
[center [h3 A Story?]]
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[center [b Big Boss? Reiki wasn't sure what that name was, was he supposed to know that name somehow? He had asked him to introduce themselves share a story but Reiki he couldn't remember anything. As two of the other pretty young girls spoke up one seemed to be straightforward about not working together. Reiki never much got along with people like that a lone wolf? They were a dime a dozen was that judgemental? Or perhaps he was too fragile to wanna converse with people like that? Those thoughts aside he saw a red-headed male who grew very upset. Reiki frowned he felt very bad for the man and it wasn't long before a beautiful woman with a Russian accent had begun to spoke.]]
[center [b Reiki had scooted over closer to the red headed male. Not that Anya was scary or anything she seemed nice but he felt more comfortable doing this introduction next to him. He seemed confused and scared like Reiki was though perhaps Reiki was really much more terrified. He admitted he was kind of a pushover it was just the kinda person he was.]]
[center [+lightgreen My name is Reiki Chiyu but y-you can call me Rei... As for how I'm here...? I don't really remember what happened to be honest...]]
[center [b He held his arm as he nudged the redhead a bit curious. He opened his mouth to ask but instead, he looked away shyly. Talking to new people? Not a strong suit of his.]]
She froze, literally. Her brain was seeing what her eyes were showing, but the mind inside the brain did not want to believe what it was seeing at first. One blink, the metal legs were still there. A second blink, the metal legs were still there. A succession of rapid blinks, and the metal legs were still there. It wasn't an illusion, it wasn't a dream, it wasn't a lie. She would have metal legs for the rest of her life.
As soon as she heard the voice over the intercom, Anya snapped to attention with a straight sitting posture; her muscle memory from the military. So, the all of them were in this "Aether" unit now, well this would be very interesting. And it would be very interesting to learn how the all of them had gotten here in the first place; some male across the room, in an identical bed, voiced her same exact thoughts out loud. The voice, evidently could hear them as well as it stated the male's names; Ragnor Barron, or 'Big Boss'. Anya paused for a few, those two names seemed very familiar to her. But, but she could't pin down to where she had heard those names. 'Twas like a black void.
Then came the big schpeel, Anya listened to it in her usual calmness, as if this was a brief or a debrief for one of her missions. In a way, this was becoming a mission; figure out which element you control with the help of these robotic limbs during the tests that would be happening, while learning to work as a team. After that mission, their team would probably receive an actual mission to fulfill.
Ragnor, or Big Boss, decided to start the whole 'meet-and-greet' thing. Didn't seem as if he wanted to go in depth about it.
Next up was the female, looked young, who had cursed out loud. The female seemed so pissed, she even stood up and walked towards Ragnor, as if the female recognized Ragnor. What Anya didn't like about this female was that she was adamant at working alone. In Anya's experience, that was likely to kill you as well as the rest of the team on a mission . Hopefully, this female would warm up somehow and start being a teamplayer.
Seeing and hearing that no one else was going, Anya introduced herself. [+purple "My name is Anya Sergetov, a senior lieutenant in the Russian Armed Forces. Or to be more precisely, was."] As usual, being Russian meant that when speaking English, the Russian accent stuck out as if it were a sore thumb. Oh well, that had always been the case.
Alexa should have been more surprised with the sudden intercom voice, but after observing the others in the room and how they were all reacting to their metallic limbs, she realised they were most likely in a similar position to her. This meant someone else had done this to them and she didn't hesitate for a second to believe they were watching the group through hidden cameras. She wasn't about to give them the satisfaction of playing their game. She looked at her arm again, the cold metal was most likely very practical in reality and she could find someone in the city who dealt with weapon modification to enhance it. Pulling her sleeve up she assessed the extent of the object, it stretched out across her shoulder, and down her ribcage. [i That bastard who shot me really did some damage ] she thought, noticing the scar tissue around the metal.
Looking back up as Ragnors name was mentioned she bit down on her lip. She knew that name, but surely the notorious mercenary who had gotten in her way more than once, not caring if he ruined her military operations if the 'pay was good enough', couldn't be stood in front of her. Standing up, she took a few steps towards him, narrowing her eyes.
[b "I'm Alexa, Officer of the s-."] She paused a moment, not wanting to share her information with these people, who could possibly be dangerous. [b "-just Alexa is fine. I got shot whilst infiltrating an enemy organization. Bad information meant I was outnumbered. ] She pushed her blonde hair from her face. She felt uncomfortable around these people, her instincts were screaming to defend herself but she wasn't sure what from.
The voice had mentioned a test, the ability to control elements. It must have been why her arm was giving off a strange energy, it was somehow enchanted. [b "I'll make something clear now." ] She said, looking around the room at the others to make sure they were listening. [b "I'm not the 'happy best friends team' kind of person. I work well alone and always have. However, providing you don't fuck me over, I'll help to make sure we get out of this crazy place alive...probably." ] She threw a glance back at Ragnor, knowing from reputation that he was likely to be the one screwing them over if a better offer came along.
[h3 [center Ragnor Barron - AKA: 'Big Boss']]
Great, that was all he needed, screaming women, plus a woman who just happened to have a rather accusing tone to her voice. Despite the situation, Ragnor couldn't help but release a quiet chuckle. Heh, almost like old times, did he come back home too late again? If only that were true...
He shifted his green gaze to what appeared to be a boy, only about 16, or perhaps 17 would be closer. Either way, appeared the kid wasn't coping well with the situation. Ragnor felt a bit sorry, but that was the least of his concerns.
Another woman was nearby. She was currently staring at her legs, and he could see why. Once again, the same robotic limbs like his and the other lady's arm...hold that thought...
Well whaddya know, another person without an arm. Seemed arms were just being lost left and right. Heh, almost funny...
[i "Greetings Aether Unit."]
Well, that was unexpected. A voice from an unknown source echoed somewhere in the room, well, actually seemed to fill the whole room.
Ragnor raised an eyebrow, glancing over to the other people, watching their reactions for several moments, then turning his gaze back to his lap.
[i "I'm sure you all are wondering how you ended up here, and about your new limbs."]
[b "Damn straight we are,"] Ragnor muttered under his breath.
Whoever was on the other end must've heard, cause it addressed him, [i "Ragnor Barron, or do you prefer your other name; 'Big Boss'?"]
Ragnor instantly became quiet. Great, now everyone knew who he was, and most likely what he had been before being thrown into this hell-hole.
[i "Each and every one of you suffered a near-death injury. We here were kind enough to give you another chance at life. A chance to live and to end the war that rages right outside our doors."]
The voice was quiet for several moments, then continued again, [i "With your new limbs, you each have been given the ability to control and manipulate one of the elements; Fire, Water, Earth, Shadows, and Light. To learn which element you control, we will be conducting a test later on. Until that time comes, get to know the members of the unit."]
And just as the voice had come, it was gone. Ragnor stood up fully. He paced back and forth a few steps, then looked back to the people in the room. Great, get to know the people you are going to be working with...what fun.
The man glanced over each person, then cleared his throat, [b "Well, you all already know who I am, probably know what I have done as well. Good enough, now what's the story with the rest of you?"]
He was never the best with the whole 'get to know each other' thing. Ragnor was used to keeping names to a minimum use, taking a job, and getting it done.
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[center [h3 Just a day]]
[Center [+Red "Listen boys this has been a lot of fun and all but I really should get going."]
A red haired boy said as he smirked, laying his cards down on the table so everyone could see his hand, scooping up the coins in front of him.
[I "No way!"]
Another man at the table said, his mouth gapped wide. Yet you could hear the sound of cards shuffling onto the table and a little chuckle.
[B "Yeah I don't think so buddy."]
Another man said. The red haired boy looked at the table and frowned.
There sat the King of hearts. He smiled awkwardly looking at his own pile. What were the chances that he had put the same card as someone else? He usually did pretty good at cheating.
[+red "listen guys I think this is one big misunderstanding." ]
The men stood up and looked at him menacingly. The small red head laughed nervously and took a step backwards towards the door.
[+red "Uh...so I'm gonna just go."]
He pocketed the money and turned around, walking fast to the door. As his hand Felt the cold of the handle his shoulder was yanked back rather hard by a large man looming over him. He squeaked and put his shoulders down, looking up at the man with a stern expression to contrast the weak stance he had taken. His shoulder stung as if the man had pulled a muscle in it or something by jerking it the way he did.
[I [b "I believe you've got something of ours Chevalier."]]
The large man growled, poking the boys chest. The boy nodded quickly and reached into his pocket, but instead of pulling out the coin he pulled out a knife, stabbing it into the shoulder of the man in front of his, quickly ducking out of the door and running.
[+pink "Katsu why the rush?"]
A girl yelled from the bar, but Katsu just continued, his shoulder burning with pain as it swung wildly as he ran. The large man ran after him for a bit, yelling at the boy the whole time. But eventually the yelling stopped and Katsu turned around a corner into an alleyway to catch his breath. He bent over, gasping for air as his adrenaline ran out and his pain started to set in. His arms hung limply at his side and pain shot through his whole body, at the pulled muscle and a new scrape. He realized that in his haste he had rammed his shoulder into the brick rounding the corner into the alley. His skin was torn up and bleeding a bit as he sighed.
[+red "Geez Katsu, be more careful. "]
He muttered to himself before....
A gunshot rang out, throwing the boy backwards as he cried out. Blood poured from a wound as a large man rummaged through his pockets. Katsu's vision blurred and he closed his eyes.
[+red [I "Is this how I die?"]]
He thought as his hand slowly went to his wound and the world went black around him.
The boy woke in a blindingly white room.
[+red [I "Is that...yelling? Where am I?"]]
His head hurt and he felt a pain in his Left side. His eyes slowly opened as he pulled his hand up to his face, feeling cold fingers wrap around is face. Something wasn't right. It wasn't that bad to make his fingers so cold. His eyes fluttered open and he glanced at his hand, gasping out in fear as he saw a metallic glint from the arm that wasn't his.
[+red "No way! I'm dreaming! I have to be!]
He sat up quickly, his breath was coming in short pants as he curled into himself, feeling panic grip at his body. He pinched himself over and over, hoping to wake up from the nightmare he was in, but it didn't work. He didn't know what was happening.
War, war never changed. It never mattered how technologically advanced the war was, the bloody and inhuman characteristics never changed. Humans killing humans, humans torturing humans, bombing of civilians, surprises, the list went on and on.
In the midst of an ever evolving battlefield, Anya and her squad patrolled an empty city. The city was devoid of life, the only evidence being the shells of the houses that people had been driven out from by the war. The patrol was to make sure that no enemy soldiers had been left from the previous attack. The squad moved silently and with deadly precision. Each member performed their job with a military precision, years of training and years of working together as a single unit. Unless the six of them ran into any form of serious armour or aircraft, nothing would’ve been able to stop them.
Despite the trudging of their heavy boots, there still was a deadly and chilly silence floating through the city. It felt unnatural, as if there was something other-worldly that had arrived and made its home in this city. Despite feeling all that, they still moved along their route.
Until one accidental muster and the report of an explosion ripped through the quiet city. After the dust had settled, Anya was lying a good distance away from the epicenter of the blast, on the verge of unconsciousness and with a weird feeling coming from the area of her legs. She could see the world as this blurry bubble, and hear a distorted voice yelling something. Some time later, she heard this weird “wub-wub” noise accompanied by dust raising into the air, before being lifted into he air where she fell unconscious.
Anya woke up with the start to a feminine voice yelling. There were others in the room, lying in identical looking beds. Her legs felt weird, so Anya decided to wait with looking around at the others and massage her legs. Immediately her sense of touch told her was something wrong. The legs, they felt too cold to the touch to be alive. Anya slowly rolled up her pants to her knees, and staring in shock at what she saw. She had no living legs, they had been replaced with metal legs. But at the same time, they felt so light. [+purple “What.... the..... hell.??”]
[center [h3 Peace and War]]
[center [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Aoiwktr1Z8]]
[center [b Reiki Chiyu, was the name of a young boy who lived happily with his family in a rather small town. He was timid but for the most part a happy young lad. His parents were herbalist and he too was learning the practice as others boys at the education departments wanted to learn how to fight how to serve the army. It wasn't always that way in Reiki's school but when the government moved in and started making changes and promoting warfare as the only answer maybe it was? Maybe they had to fight to preserve their existence right? Reiki wasn't sure about that though he didn't think it was his problem.]]
[center [b One bright sunny morning Reiki had gotten up as he got dressed he didn't look it but he was eighteen and about to graduate soon. He wasn't sure where he'd go next to advance his education but as he got dressed and headed out the door his folks gave him a smile and a wave. As he smiled softly and waved back.]]
[center [+lightgreen Bye mom bye dad I love you see you later!]]
[center [b He was a naive childish lad but Reiki was very aware of that fact. His backpack was strapped over his shoulders as he began to head out with a faint smile on his face. It wasn't long before a group of three other boys attending the school stopped him.]]
[center [+lightgreen Guys I-]]
[center Rei don't look so nervous we just wanted to check on our pal! We are pals right? You know I forgot money for our daily ration at the department today. I gotta keep well fed to protect little squirts like you right? So I was wondering pal if you could maybe help pay for my rations right? You're parents already serve soldiers like my own right so get a head start Rei!]
[center [+lightgreen I-I can't I barely have enough for-]]
[center Oh Rei buddy pal you'd leave me hanging? If I can't eat how can I protect you from danger?]
[center [b The boy gave a smile as his two larger cohorts moved in punching Reiki in the face giving a few swift harsh kicks. As Reiki pulled his wallet out and held it to his chest. As he held on too it tightly as they kicked and pulled. "Yeah protect me from these two huh?" Reiki scowled under his breath people like him only thrived with war around. As he stubbornly clutched on the man at the lead pulled out a knife.]]
[center Okay you asked for i-]
[center [b Before he could make a move a woman had stepped in with a knife at his own neck. The man stood shocked as he dropped his own life with a hefty sigh and a shrug.]]
[center Ahh fuck it let's go guys]
[center [b They had left as the woman gave a sigh and helped Reiki up as she offered a bright smile.]]
[center [+pink Don't let guys like that pick on you okay Rei? You have to stand up for yourself or they'll just keep bothering you if you need to get a teacher okay?]]
[center [+lightgreen I can't or it'll just get worse...]]
[center [b Jessica was the name of the autumn haired tomboyish girl. Rei and her were friends for some time she always came in to save the day and it was so.. Embarrassing. Reiki hated feeling so powerless but at the same time he didn't want to learn how to hurt others. He always wanted to help people the best he could.]]
[center [b Reiki and her had headed off as she talked to him it was like any other day for this small town. Reiki and her had separated for classes as he zoned out during every lesson it seemed more and more everyone was talking about the war. The history of the war and who they were fighting and Reiki was tired of thinking of violence and death everywhere he went. He wiped under his bruised nose as he took a sigh looking out the window. As he noticed he saw smoke in the distance in the forest as he peered in he heard a large explosion as in an alarm went off.]]
[center [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK3Zs1BGuoA]]
[center [b Reiki felt a twisting feeling in his stomach as the world become muffled in his ears. The intercoms had went off and without even having to listen Reiki knew what they were saying. They were under attack against those they strove so hard to fought. As he saw guards in the city fight back with blades and bullets alike. A man at he lead wielding a blade himself as he cut a man into two wearing heavy duty armor. Reiki had sat up and began to vomit on the floor as the teacher tried to calm the students they sat up and began to panic one by one running out the room. Reiki had felt disconnected with the world "this couldn't be real" as the teacher finally bolted to catch up with the kids Reiki had walked out the classroom. As he strolled down the hallway almost as if it was any other day the exception being his eyes wide with terror and horror.]]
[center [b Reiki had made his way out the school as he realized his family was in trouble! He looked up and began to run to his home as the soldiers laid fire to those around them. He looked around in terror and fear as he looked over to see a guard had laid sights on him. Fear like a dark and cold grasp had found it's fingertips around his heart. As it pulled and squeezed holding him in place. As Jessica had stepped in stabbing the soldier through the chest as another man shot her in the stomach as she turned around with a growl charging the man as he began to again pull the trigger her way.]]
[center [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9WsZoceais]]
[center [b Reiki had shut his eyes as he began to head home he couldn't let it sink in. He couldn't let himself realize what had just happened as he finally made his way back home. He saw the house on fire and men with rather cocky grins on their faces as they laid waste to the house an a hailstorm of lead.]]
[center [b Reiki had fell to his knee's as he cried out in pain and in anguish as he began to breathe heavily. Every breath more painful than the last like sharp daggers placed into his chest. As he looked up he saw a few men with grins on their faces as Reiki clenched his fist grabbing a broken shard of glass as he ran and stabbed one of the men in the eye. As he coiled back in pain the other men had raised guns to shoot Reiki down as the man stabbed raised his hand as to stop them.]]
[center [+red Halt! Little shit wants to play war hero? Cut my damn eye out? The main unit has already crushed this little sorry ass town. Get him on his knee's I have a real treat for this asshole.]]
[center [b As the larger men tackled Reiki slamming him onto his knee's as they gripped tightly yanking his hair back. The man had pulled the glass out of his own eye with a sinister grin.]]
[center [+red An eye for an eye they say but why not double for sneaking up on me? You wanna be a hero than here grab a shard yourself. Men let the boy go!]]
[center [b Doing just that they let him go as Reiki reached for a shard of glass as he stood up. The man waited no time before charging ahead as Reiki put the glass in front of him like a shield as the man ran through it. Letting it stab through his hand as he grabbed Reiki's throat pinning him to the ground. As Reiki began to chock and gasp for air the man had raised his hand over the boy.]]
[center [+lightblue Ack.. Hnng...]]
[center [b Reiki kicked and struggled as tears filled his eyes as he smelled burning flesh. The pain had plunged deep into his heart though that wasn't the only pain to feel. The man had slammed his arm down driving the shard into Reiki's right eye as he gave a twist. As Reiki screamed and bellowed in pain like a wounded animal as the tears in his remaining eye began to swell up. As he began to fall into a deep panic the pain filling his body he was going to die here wasn't he? The thought entered his mind and it couldn't stop it wouldn't go away.]]
[center [b "I don't wanna die" he thought to himself "I don't want anyone I love to die" was this the base of his hatred for war? For his fear of death? Before he could let his mind fall further into despair the man had yanked the shard out and quickly sunk it into his remaining eye. As Reiki gave an agonizing scream of repugnance as trepidation began to set in like wildfire. He was an abhorrent sight as red liquid crawled from his closed eyes. The man had stabbed the glass in Reiki's leg and sat up giving him a kick and firing his weapon into the air for Reiki to sprawl and panic alarmed by the loud noise followed with sudden darkness. As he stood up the man gave a cocky laugh.]]
[center [+red Wanna pick a fight? Than make sure you can boy! You could have ran away you dumb ass! Here's your chance run forward in the forest now go on give it a shot now! It wasn't very nice plucking my eye out see how it feels! ..Fuck that hurts get me a drink boys!]]
[center [b Terror and consternation began to swallow the boy whole as he sat up and began to stumble forward. Unsure of where to go the man pulled a firearm shooting into the boy's shoulder. Fighting his wavering body as he almost fell again his body had urged him to run in fear. He had bolted and ran into the forest slamming against tree after tree as he heard laughter and gunfire behind him. He felt he was in a living nightmare that's the only way such a atrocity could occur right? In a nightmare like this.]]
[center [b He stumbled slammed and fell again and again as he began to feel woozy. His adrenaline of flight had began to wear off due to his grievous wounds. As he heard a few aircraft began to land he tried to pick his damaged eyes as the vision began to fail him. Was that? Like that it was dark but he swore he saw the soldiers of his nation was he saved? Would they help him? With the darkness came complete silence as the boy had fallen right over.]]
[center [h3 Awaken]]
[center [b Reiki had woken up shaking as he began to pant his eyes stung as he opened them. He almost felt he had something stuck in his eye metal? He heard a weird whirring sound from the them but than after that? Normal as he began to think on what happened. "Nothing" he couldn't remember anything he remembered running in a forest his eyes gone. What happened? He felt his head hurting what did he do slam his head against a rock? He couldn't see maybe he slammed into a tree but what... What? What was he... Running from?]]
[center [b His family? His friends? Where were they? Did the people here save him? How could he see now? What it just a bad dream? No some of his wounds were still recovering it was a very real experience.]]
[center [b He saw others in the room just as confused a woman had yelled about her arm. Was she accusing them? She had to of seen Reiki just woke up right? He rubbed his head in pain as she glanced at her and the other man. As he curled his knee's up sitting down as he looked at the ground. He was never very good at making conversation or talking to others he was too scared too.]]
[center [b These people did they need help too? Were they afraid? Reiki was scared himself from the woman's loud yelling he wanted to bury his face and just hide. He placed his hands over his head as tears began to escape his eyes they felt.. Strange like their was more liquid than usual. That aside he shut them tight as he ignored the woman yelling at them. "This was just a bad dream a bad dream nothing more"]]
[center [b [u A day like any other... ] ] ]
[i Damn them all to hell. ] Alexa took another few steps toward the low voices coming from a few feet away. Her team were out scouting the enemy, gathering intelligence that they believed would help them win a clean victory. They didn't understand war like she did. She was a true soldier, it was in her blood. Checking the bullets in her gun, the knives strapped to her belt, she rounded the corner to face the group of men who looked more irritated at the arrival of her than scared.
[b "You have two options," ] Alexa said, mentally counting the men and their weapons. [b "Either, you submit now, leaving your weapons, or... I can decapitate you." ] She locked eyes the men and before they had time to process her threat, she threw the knife in her hand...
Alexa wiped the sweat off her face. Most of the men lay motionless on the floor, bullets embedded in their flesh. Those who still moved wouldn't last much longer. A flicker of movement caught her attention and she spun to look at a man, stood in the shadows, observing, a look of amusement on his face.
[b "Enjoy the show?" ] Alexa clenched her bloody fists, tensing her body. [b "Oh don't worry, you'll be on the floor with them soon" ] She said confidently. Then, the man lifted a strange contraption from his side, a gun of sorts, and aimed it directly at her. She had barely moved to defend herself, before a searing white hot pain tore through her side, knocking her out completely.
Alexa woke to an intense, raw agony in her shoulder that spread out across her chest. It was the reason she had been passing in and out for the past hour. She breathed in deeply, keeping her eyes closed. She would not throw up, she was stronger than this. [i Stay conscious Lexa, pain is a teacher.]
Hearing the mans voice she sat up suddenly, pushing down the waves of nausea, reaching for the nearest thing that could be used as a weapon on the stranger and falling short. [b "What...the heck..." ] Alexa looked down at the alien metal object that was protruding from her body where her dominant arm used to be. It pulsed with a strange energy and looked like liquid silver in the fluorescent lights. Turning to the other three in the room, her face became hot and anger rose in her chest. [b "My arm! What the fuck, have you done to my arm" ] She barked at them, ignoring their own confusion.
[h3 [center Ragnor Barron - AKA: 'Big Boss']]
[center [b [u Nothing More than a Dream]]]
[b "Y'know, last time I checked, there was a group off in the East who was offering us a bit more money than you have set on the table right now,"] the male grumbled.
He raised the cigarette to his mouth, inhaling deeply. The man then slowly exhaled, the smoke escaping his lips. His eyes appeared to closed, as if relaxed.
[i "That's just the up front payment, I promise you will get the rest once you finish this task we have given you,"] the other spoke.
The man slowly opened his eyes. He took a moment to look back at the wad of cash on the table. The male was quiet, then slowly reached over, grabbing it. He ran a finger through the bills, eyes intently watching as the paper flipped against each other.
He lifted his green gaze to look the other in the eyes, [b "So, the 'up-front payment'. Hm, suppose it could count."]
The man then slipped the wad into a pocket of his jacket, leaving without another word. As he closed the door behind him, the male was unaware of what was happening, or what he was about to return to...
He froze, dead in his tracks. His eyes were wide open, the half smoked cigarette falling from his mouth. What was once a building, was reduced to rubble. Blood painted the ruins, bullets littering the ground. Lifeless bodies surrounded him on all sides.
His legs collapsed from under him, making him fall to his knees. All he could do was stare, no words to describe the scene. The man wanted to call out, maybe there was still someone alive. Yet, in the back of his mind, he knew they were all gone.
[center [b [u Brought back to Reality]]]
He awoke with a start, gasping. Ragnor could feel the cold sweat that had formed on his body. The man took a moment to look around, panting. Something didn't feel right...
Ragnor looked towards his side. He felt the bile rise in the back of his throat. The lights overhead glinted off metal, only that metal wasn't from the table he was laying. He felt his body start to tremble uncontrollably.
Without even thinking, Ragnor reached for his pocket that usually held his cigarettes. Only problem, they weren't there anymore, not even his lighter could be found.
He sighed, reaching towards his head with his hand that was still 'human'. It took all his control to keep from panicking. He muttered in a shaky voice, [b "First the bastards take my arm, then they take my smokes? Sick fucks..."]
Ragnor glanced upwards, seeing a few other individuals who appeared to waking up as well. Did they have any recollection of what happened, or who did this to them? He was curious, but there was still terror there, threatening to overtake his usually calm demeanor.
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