Terradon PrimeReplies: 3 / 22 days 51 minutes 49 seconds
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[Inconsolata 'Terradon Prime, star-date 3584.92, systems configuration in progress-please stand by.']
[Inconsolata 'The world you know is an illusion, Earth is gone. Blown to pieces by a massive asteroid that split apart the planet and destroyed most of humanity. What is left of the world drifts alone on idle spacecrafts, lost in the void without a destination and without much of a plan. People are safely tucked away in hibernation tanks, their bodies are hooked up to a mainframe of networking and cybernetic systems that keeps them alive. The Terradon Genesis Program funded and created Terradon Prime, a computer program that functions as the world we live in for our conscious minds.']
[Inconsolata 'Terradon Prime controls every aspect of your life, right now your physical body is laying in a tube with wires up your nose and down your throat. A machine breathes for you, gives you nutrients and keeps you unconscious throughout the hibernation cycle. Your job, that you go to every day, is not real; the food you eat is a figment of your imagination, the taste is what a computer tells you it is. The credits you earn and spend have no real value, the products you buy and the clothes you wear do not actually exist. The Terradon Genesis Program is currently in control of a hundred and seventy-five ships, powering enough data to simulate this world as a means to keep humanity going but at a cost-the shuttles are just floating aimlessly, the simulation takes up too much power to fly the spacecrafts at the same time... and as of a month ago, the automated system just plugged in its last few power cells.']
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[Inconsolata 'I tell you all this because of what you saw-the break in the simulation, the tear in the veil that covers our reality-you saw something you were not supposed to. Your consciousness is resisting the program, which causes distress to your physical body allowing you to shape Terradon Prime through reworking the code-you are what Terradon calls a hacker, though to the public they call you an assassin out for their heads. Like me. We are fighting to shut down the program, it's the only way for humanity to survive; the ships have been outfitted with several systems for sustaining life, as when the program started we used it as an entertainment tool, like virtual reality or a holographic simulation. The idea was to help people relax and unwind from being planet-less and the void of space crushing morale with each cycle.']
[Inconsolata 'How do I know all of this? -I'm one of the people who worked on the Terradon Prime program, it wasn't meant to be running all the time, draining the ships' power supplies. Yet my colleagues always wanted more, they enticed people more and more with the advancing technology, expanding the world until it [b became] our world, now all of the ships are connected to a singular source, the Genesis Tree. Millions of people are locked in a dream world that is not real, but they are not to be told until they are ready-it would cause their minds to break. The rest of the team who worked on the simulation are the Justicars, yeah, I bet you've seen them on the news-they made the world so they think they should rule it.']
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[Inconsolata 'The Justicars employ the Shogun Sentinels, vicious programs that are determined to root out the hackers, the so-called assassins, and anyone else working with me to unplug the program. We deserve to make our own choices, with our own lives-we need to get back to reality again, this world is nice but it's a fake. They wiped everyone's memory of Earth, and the lives we had onboard the spaceships, erased memories of family and friends when someone first signs on to the program. The longer you separate yourself from the program-the faster your memories will return. I will teach and train you to make the Terradon Prime project work for you, the stronger you get at influencing the code the closer we get to the mainframe and we can shut it down from within.']
[Inconsolata 'Make no mistake, in this world death still applies, if a Shogun catches you they will terminate power to your hibernation pod and you [b will] die. It is a slow and painful death. You are marked, whether you want to be or not-as soon as you saw the program breaking your irregular consciousness is flagged and it will make Shogun programs hunt you down. That is what the cybernetic suits are for, I designed them myself, they hide who we are by sending interference to the Sentinels. We are essentially masked from their detection, and it allows other properties of the program to change once you get the hang of it. It should be mentioned, that the life you had in this program is over, you cannot return to your families or hide with any friends, the only way out is out of Terradon Prime.']
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1. Guns, gunpowder and any manner of firearms do not exist in Terradon Prime, the weapons of choice are vibroswords and cybernetic blades. The RP is futuristic but still medieval weaponry because I like them. The society and fighting styles in Terradon Prime is modeled after Feudal China/Japan with a cybernetic-futuristic take.
2. The Assassins are hunted by the Justicars, a group branded as rogues and terrorists seeking to destroy the government. Political propaganda skew the populace into believing the Assassins are evil killers and should be turned in to a Shogun Sentinel immediately.
3. Shogun Sentinels are not actually humans, they are computer policing programs used to maintain order and protect Terradon Prime at all costs; Shoguns are recognized by their ornate horned armor and glowing red-orange swords.
4. The currency in the world is electronic credits that are paid and exchanged through a brace device worn on the wrist, illegal credits are credits that have been stolen and their tracking numbers have been scrubbed from the code file.
5. The cybernetic suits allow the wearer to slip by Sentinels undetected as a non-threat, covering up the branded mark for termination. The suit enhances strength, agility, dexterity and has many forms of attachments that benefit a hacker for defense and escapes.
6. The suits can only protect the wearer so much, if anything pierces the suit, the wound is permanent. The only thing that keeps the person alive in the real world is the automated systems that sustain the hibernation cycle. Wounds do not bleed out or get infected as the drop in vitals immediately causes the ship's systems to preserve the person in the pod.
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Username: [http://rp.eliteskills.com/u.php?u=1001 Osiris]
Name: Wu Zihao
Assassin Alias: Shadow
First Uncovered Memory: He has a son somewhere, he first started working on the program when his son was still a young child.
Short History: Zihao was one of the people who worked on the Terradon project, he helped design most of the world's layout to help bolster morale for living in space. However, when he brought up the idea to turn off the program and get back to living on the spacecrafts he was 'burned'. Being burned meant he had no contacts, no currency, and no companions-he was cut off from all his funds and his account was shut down, removed from the company in fear that he would jeopardize the program that kept the rest of humanity under Terradon's control. He then started the Assassin faction, being their leader and grand-master, he rescued the awakened from being terminated by Sentinels. By their side he continues to strike at the Justicars and the Shoguns, training the other Assassins through a strict code of honor, and will stop at nothing to shut the Prime mainframe down.
Suit's Special Ability: [b Shadowstep-]Zihao's extensive knowledge of Terradon Prime, decoding the system and creating the cybernetic suits allows him to jump from shadow to shadow, melding into the program and coming out of it as long as it is a darkened area.
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Username: [http://rp.eliteskills.com/u.php?u=80562 canadonewithursh-t]
Name: Devon Carter
Assassin Alias: Ghost
First Uncovered Memory: She watched her mother die on a hospital bed.
Short History: Devon was forced into the simulator, from the very beginning she hadn't liked the idea of them. There was just something that hadn't settled with her. Then, one night whilst she was walking back to her room, the back of her head was struck and she fell, unconscious to the ground. When she woke up, she was back on earth. However, she knew that it wasn't her home. For days, she protested, refusing to eat, sleep, drink or interact with anyone. But, her memories of the real earth, her home, her family were slowly fading, blurring into nothingness. Until, the simulator became her reality. She forgot all about what had happened... That was until she saw the break in the system and she was pulled out from the simulator.
Suit's Special Ability: Devon's suit is enhanced to quieten any impact she makes upon a surface. More often than not, this makes her deathly silent and her targets never know that she is there.
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Username: [http://rp.eliteskills.com/u.php?u=80562 canadonewithursh-t]
Name: Andy McCoy
Assassin Alias: Maniac
First Uncovered Memory: Her father sealing her shut inside the pod.
Short History: Andy, daughter of a scientist working on Terradon Prime, was one of the first people to use the virtual reality. Only, they were trials, last minute tests to ensure safety before introducing them to society. She volunteered, wanting to help her father, and everything was running smoothly, perfectly even. However, when it was time to let the trials out, they found that something had gone terribly wrong with Andy's Pod. The scientists discovered that the brain signal had fried and thus entered her into a coma. Not wanting word to get out, they kept her in the pod still connected to power, as she would die if they pulled the plug. They erased all knowledge of that Pod or even Andy existing.
Suit's Special Ability: Andy can scale walls by walking or even running on them, due to the enhanced technology on the soles of her shoes.
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Username: [http://rp.eliteskills.com/u.php?u=20678 Colorful_insanity]
Name: Kain Williams
Assassin Alias: Spirit
First Uncovered Memory: Kain's first memory was that of sand. Lots and lots of sand along with a knife and blood all over his hands from a dead body.
Short History: Kain had just gotten back his first memory not that long ago. It had thrown him into a hole new world of shock when he discovered that his work for the government was nothing more then a fraud. Of course it was hard work still it was even harder hiding the fact that he is an assassin as well. he doesn't remember much outside of working for the governor of the city as a second sectary. All he ever did was file away the paper work.
Suit's Special Ability: Crimson gaze This allows Kain to accurately acquire targets vital points even making his throwing of knives more deadly.
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Andy knew everything before she woke up. She knew what had happened to her, what Terradon had done, what her father had done…
She was sixteen years old when the scientists were ready to run human trials on the Pods. They were, without a doubt, certain that everything was perfect. Her father was so sure that he allowed his daughter to be one of the first trials. To ensure the safety, they were going to run several tests, starting with one hour in the pod, then they would slowly increase until the participants had spent an entire month in the Pod. After every test and trial each person came out safe and unharmed. That was until the last one, her father was unlocking the pods and helping everyone get out, ensuring they were all okay before sending them off to the doctors for a medical check.
Andy's Pod was last, but as he checked her stats, he noticed that the brain signal had been fried, thus placing his daughter into a coma. At first, he was distraught and was immediately going to run to the Doctors, however, he slowly began to realise that he and his team had worked too hard for Terradon not to be released and if word spread of a trial failing and ended up with someone being in a coma… Well, it would set them back years. So, they locked away the Pod, deleted any files that the Pod even existed and deleted every piece of evidence of Andy. This had included placing an Assassination target on her mother, but the woman had escaped with a man called Zihao.
How did Andy know all of this? Well, her mother was a clever person, more clever than her father. The woman had found Andy's Pod and left messages within the coding. It was intended for when she woke up… But… That wasn't the case. She was in a coma, but her consciousness was still stuck in Terradon. She was kept apart from everyone else and so what she saw was very, very different.
At first, it was an endless white void, with nothing or no one within it but her. Then shapes, people, sceneries would randomly appear. She would be walking in the void and suddenly a car would be driving straight towards her, only to disappear before it could hit her. She could summon whatever she liked, whether it was food or some place to sit, but she was never really given what she wanted. She was alone in there for a month before she heard her mother's voice. She had simply thought she had gone mad when she first heard, but then the messages became more regular and they would be the only thing that kept her sane. She knew the passage of time as her mother spoke of dates, updating her of the world and what was happening. Then, she'd sign off by telling her how much she loved and missed her.
Otherwise, it was just Andy. By herself. Alone with her thoughts, and feelings. Her mind was fine for the first month or so, she simply craved human interaction and touch. But after a while, she began to slip. She started to see hallucinations. Nothing was ever real, but she couldn't tell the difference between what the Pod was making and what her mind was seeing. Anxiety would pull and attack at her, tearing her apart from the inside out. Then, one day, she made the decision to make her own conversation and she began to talk to anything that appeared in her void. Overtime, the objects began to talk back.
She was stuck there for three years, patiently awaiting her mother's messages. To hear her soothing, warm voice each week. But, suddenly, they stopped. She didn't know how long for, as she had lost the ability to keep track of time, and it worried her. Her mother had never failed to send her a message… It was strange… Things only took an even stranger turn. One day, it felt like she was being sucked from her white void, the world she had known disappearing around her. Then, she was opening her eyes and, what was once endless white was now four walls and a lamp hanging from the ceiling. Her brows furrowed slightly and she very slowly sat up. This wasn't where she had been put to sleep, that was the only thing she was sure of.
She looked down and found sheets hugging at her body, she gently clutched at them and smiled at their softness. Her gaze turned to the window and she birds soaring through a blue sky. Tears began to well in her eyes as she crawled to the window so that she could look down at the people. It all felt so real… But then, she remembered… This wasn't real. Her mother had told her so, she was just simply awake within a simulation. She wiped at her eyes and crawled out of the bed.
She thought that she would rejoice at the thought of being awake, at being able to feel again, interact again. But it wasn't real, it just seemed like it. She looked to the mirror and saw her figure. She didn't recognise herself. Her body stick thin as her clothes hung like potato sacks over her frame. Her skin was pasty and sickly looking, her hair was long and overgrown. But, the thing she hated the most was the colour. It was a light, blonde, the same as her father's… After everything he had done to her, to her mother and to society, she didn't want it. She didn't want to look any part of him.
Andy glared at the reflection for a moment before she began to hobble around the apartment. Her body, ears and eyes were still getting used to being in this environment, but her determination and stubbornness was not going to let her sit around and wait. In the wardrobe, she found clothes, all in her style and a suit… She wondered if this had been the work of her mother. This was confirmed to be true as she found a note attached to the cybernetic suit, written in black ink on a yellow sticky note were 'WEAR THIS - love mum.' She pulled the suit from its hanging and carefully changed into it.
It was mostly black, save for patches of red and dark, grey. They were of a harder material and she assumed that they armour. Next she moved to the bathroom where she would proceed to raid through the cupboards and find another note. This time, it was attached to a box of green hair and dye and it read. 'I KNOW YOU ALWAYS WANTED THIS - Love, mum.' she smiled slightly again and without a moment's hesitation, she cut her hair, after finding a pair of scissors, and followed the hair dyes instructions. What was once blonde hair was now a pale, mint green and she felt a bit better. The only thing missing was her mother, throughout the apartment were the notes and objects. Gifts that she loved, reminders that nothing was real and more additions to the suits. A helmet and pair of trainers. The notes told her to wear them before going out, otherwise [i they] would kill her.
Eventually, she made it out of the apartment and everything looked just like earth. It was frighteningly identical and she had to repeat in her head of the truth. Of course, the people were real. But the pavement she walked upon wasn't. The trees that stood tall, donned with dark, green leaves, weren't. She muttered it under her breath and received several strange looks. She looked up the roofs of the houses and buildings, looking for anything or anyone out of the ordinary… and she almost missed them. If she hadn't been paying so close attention, they would have been gone in a blink of an eye. But she saw them, people in cybernetic suits. So she did what any normal person would do and followed them...
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The early morning, the time where it was dark enough outside the street lights started to turn off but light enough yet that people were still actively running around the city. Cars floated and whipped around the streets like they own them. One specific silver car speed past even the other ones going above the speed limit set in the city. Inside was a single justicar, around the silver car was four black ones each one holding at the minimum of two sentinels with holding the possibility of more. Following up the tallest building close by a single man was covered in all white, he had removed the cloth of black from over his armor. He blended in with the clouds that floated above most of the city.
A voice came over the intercom that buzzed in his left ear. [i "Your target is right there. In and out, no witnesses."] The figure drew off his armor a single round circular little device. Placing his finger on the top it began to glow a slight shade of red. Looking back to the road from the device in his hands the man started clicking his tongue as he counted waiting for his target to go through the first checkpoint in the frames he had set on his visor to the suit he wore. It wasn't until the last car was passing over the last marker that a bomb went off causing it to flip over onto the others and causing a traffic jam. The other black cars screeched to a stop. Sentinels came flowing out of their cars and started swarming around the justicar who crawled out of their own car. a little bit of blood upon their head. [b "Secure the area."] was all the male spoke as he dusted off his white suit. As the sentinels swarmed the area the justicar just looked at their own car, demolished from the explosion and the other car landing right ontop of his own.
another buzz of the coms on his left ear [i "I said no witnesses Spirit."] That was his codename, and would remain so until he passed away or until their goal was realized. [#c81423 "I know Lord Shadow. I will make sure of it."] Kain pressed a single button and exploded the rest of the mines destroying the few accessible road ways so no other cars could get to the area. With that done he jumped from his outlook drawing out from his suit a bow shooting off arrows one after another as he dove from the building's rooftop. While it seemed he didn't have any targets in mind Spirit had deadly accuracy with any projectile weapon.
As he tumbled down through the air he managed to put the bow away and land on his feet, the force of the landing however pushed his body still to the ground making Kain put his hands on the ground as well. Standing the male tapped his suit twice on the head gear. The armor itself faded into the black starting with his feet and working its way up like scales were being flipped over. Kain Slowly stalking the few remaining pray; as he did so a buzz came across again. [b "Two minute warning."] a clear female voice rang out in his ears with those words. It was the scanner in the armor. Making it up to the first group of sentinels Kain watched as the group were taken out at the head by the arrows he had shot off earlier. stalked up to the road; it was already to late the judicar laid dead an arrow in the man's throat, another in his leg to keep him pinned to the ground. Kain walked up to the man and removed the arrow from his leg, but left the one in his throat. It seemed the judicar was alive, but wouldn't be for much longer. he lost a lot of blood; it was even free flowing still from the wound.
Taking a knife Kain dug it deep into the head. [b "One minute warning."] Spirit grabbed the arrows from the bodies and disappeared like he had never been there just as the sirens of the other sentinels were blaring into view. No witnesses were left as his orders were, he even took the head of judicar to prove he was successful. The only evidence that was left of anything happening at all was the sentinel bodies, the damaged cars, and the obvious damage to the roads around the area.
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Having a few hiccups along the way Spirit became a veteran assassin even allowed to take on harder missions with other teams. With justicars becoming harder to kill it took more then one assassin usually, but Kain had suspected the next target was far harder to do considering Shadow had gathered a team for him and Kain trusted the lord Shadow even without knowing who he truly was. Making his way to the office Kain knew that the team would be assembling considering Shadow was talking to the recruits and would be headed to his office himself.
Terradon Prime was awash with blue and white, the deep settling blanket of clouds overhead provided the rooftops with several places of cover, as a man crouched along the sheer edge overlooking the large city below. Only the soft glow of the red lights of his suit gave away his position, concealing the rest of him in darkness, he passively watched shuttles whiz by at high velocities. A companion quickly headed his way from the rooftop access, a woman knelt beside his shadowed silhouette, her voice coming from her own cybernetic suit-the contrasting blue lights melted into Terradon's beautiful blue nighttime glow.
[+red "You're late..."] He didn't even look at his companion, who dipped their head in apologies.
[i "Sorry, Shadow, it won't happen again, I got stuck along the-"]
[+red "-Luckily for you, so is our target."] The man named Shadow carried on with a quiet disregard for any excuses, the official they were hunting was also running behind schedule due to the large influx of traffic jamming many highways. They crouched in silence for a few minutes, until Shadow pointed to a long shuttle vehicle pulling up beside their building. [+red "There. You have five minutes."] His companion gave a silent nod and whisked away into the shadows, Shadow optically zoomed in on the vehicle relaying to the woman entering the premises of eight Sentinels escorting one Justicar.
After the nine entered the building Shadow's vision was impaired, he'd have to rely on his student to make sure things went smoothly. They had this one shot for Justicar Aiyuke before the man left the city for a long time, they were becoming harder to hunt since the last Justicar was taken down. There was some static feedback from their communication relays before the woman's voice spoke in a hushed whisper, there was a problem and problems were something they could not afford.
[i "You didn't tell me there was a child here. Shadow, what do I do?"] The worry of being discovered was heavy in her voice.
[+red "Incapacitate them, Poison."] There was a stutter, a hesitation before he knew she wouldn't be able to go through with it. These missions were not for the feint of heart and required no witnesses, her hesitation would cost them their only shot they've had in five years. [+red "Has your position been compromised?"]
[i "No, no one has seen me yet. It's just a girl, Shadow, I don't think we need to-"]
[+red "-We cannot allow any witnesses and you are running out of time. Three minutes, get a move on."] Yet Shadow was already on the move, placing a hand into a shadowed corner he split the program's code and enveloped himself within the mass of tangled numbers and abbreviated codes. He melded into the scenery and emerged from a darkened room several floors below his rooftop perch. The black shadows broke with the red glow of his suit, he heard his student's protest, wanting to leave the little girl alone but her requests fell on deaf ears.
Shadow had cut off the signal to their radio, relying on silence to apprehend the child before they blew the operation. He clamped a hand over the child's mouth, lifting them off the ground in one motion before shoving a tranquilizer needle into their neck. It was fairly fast at work but they were running against the clock now, he didn't say a word to his student, biting his tongue as he incapacitated the young human and taking them back into a dark bedroom. He could not lose this chance, he would not.
[i "Shadow, I'm sorry, I..."]
[+red "Get out."] He hissed at her, she recoiled as if he struck her, forcing him to repeat himself louder before she finally left to escape back towards the roof. He'd do things himself if he had to-she wasn't ready-he thought she was and she [i said] she was, but she wasn't able to see beyond what her eyes were telling her. She didn't see the coding, the unconscious brain still attaching itself to the guise of humanity. Shadow had no patience for those who lie to get further ahead, it was far better to say one was not ready than to force them into a position that made them uncomfortable.
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Poison sat on the overhang of the Pit-an entire room filled with computers, scanners, holograms and speakers dedicated to their cause of shutting down Terradon Prime; all the while people milled down one aisle to the next, unaware to the woman sitting above them-a clank from the right made the woman turn, her legs dangled over the metal brackets and swung back and forth restlessly. Shadow gave a small labored sigh as he made his way from the ladder and invited himself to take a seat beside his associate and apprentice.
[+red "Knew I'd find you up here, it's quiet here."] Shadow's eyes crinkled slightly in a small smile but one knew it was a feeble attempt. He pulled a strange electronic box from his pocket and began to tinkered with it, working at several gears and wires, several minutes of silence passed between the two of them. Poison tried not to but she felt her eyes prick and burn from the angry tears that welled up, she was struggling with finding the words to talk about what they had to do, what she failed at doing.
[i "I thought it would get easier, these kinds of jobs. We should be more than just assassins, more than hired killers, fighting in a war we didn't ask for. It should get easier, shouldn't it?"] Shadow messed with some frayed wires before replying.
[+red "No. The only thing that gets easier in this life is our ability to lie and convince ourselves that [i one day] things will be different. That one day, in the future, we could look back and find solace with the life we had led."] Another set of wires were twisted together, [+red "Yet you were given an order and it had to be followed, regardless of how raw you may feel about it. She would have alerted the authorities and the Sentinels would waste no time in chopping your head off."]
[i "She was a little girl, what harm could she do?"]
[+red "You can answer that question yourself, you did plenty of harm when I first found you. One cannot truly know peace until they have experienced the war; your wars are still ahead of you, Poison, when a chance for peace comes do not hesitate to reach for it as they are few and far between."]
[i "It still doesn't mean I have to like it, you want us to knock out children."] Shadow remained silent again as he continued mending the electronic device.
[+red "It was either knocking them out, or killing them, which would you rather happen? It is not our station in life to question the orders given to us-"]
[i "-So if the mission required you to kill yourself, would you do it without question?"] Another long pause of silence.
[+red "For the betterment of our organization and the salvation of the rest of humanity? To remove the program from controlling everything? Yes. I would die for this without question."] Poison shook her head and scoffed, climbing to her feet she went to the ladder before Shadow's voice stopped her again, [+red "You still have such [i passion] for life, Grace, many here have forgotten it and only live for the deaths of others. It is something I hope you never lose, when time tests you..."]
[center [b ~*~*~]] [center [Inconsolata ~Two Years Later~]]
Zihao sat in his office going over several holograms of a building's blueprints, his reflection mirrored his furrowed expression typing away into a third program that highlighted several sections. He was removing coding, essentially 'opening up' the building for his students to have access for their newest assignment. Shadow did not usually go on assignments these days, most of his time was now spent in training and preparing the new Awakened for the dangers that now rose up against them.
Not since Grace died.
He should have known better, he should have looked into her case more, he should have... No. Her death was not on his hands, he had no control over it, and the more vicious the Shoguns became the harder it was for the hackers to get out of situations alive. The hostile programs were whittling down the hackers slowly, but Zihao was running out of capable trainees. Not many were waking up, or not many wanted to wake up, the Terradon program controlled every facet of their lives. It was dangerous to try and force them out of the simulation, they would never survive if he pushed the issue before they saw it for themselves. There was a knock at his door and a familiar face popped in, drawing his attention from hacking the grid.
"We've got some new Awakened being brought into the training yard, some are pretty shook up. There was a giant crash along Fifth and Gregor Avenue, understandably some saw the split in the mainframe-they're stable for now but they could use your reassurance, Shadow." Zihao nodded, signing out of his work and getting up with a slow crack at his knees-the toll on his body was getting worse each day. The cybernetic suit helped soften a lot of the physical abuse their bodies went through but after so many years his body was beat up more than he'd like it to be.
Keeping his vibrosword at his side the grand-master visited with the new members, he provided a calm voice of reason, helped quiet the hysteria as he explained what Terradon Prime actually was. He knew it would take a lot longer than a single conversation to sort out the confusion, but he let them know that they were safe and secure. They were among others like them now, and the Shoguns would have to break down every assassin in their hideout to get to anyone. Zihao would not allow that to happen, he could not-not after everything they've done already.
The Mainframe still was out of their reach, but it was a goal he was determined to complete, he would throw everything he had at the remaining Justicars to get the program shut down. They took everything from him-everything from every assassin under his command-they lost their memories, their families and loved ones, every chance they had to maintain a normal life after Earth's destruction was stolen from them the moment they went into hibernation and booted up the program that he helped create.
For his contribution to Terradon Genesis he would pay dearly to undo what he made, it was never meant to take over their very lives-it was for entertainment and relaxation... At least that's what he made it to be, but the others-they just kept going, refusing to stop adding more that drained the ship's power supplies, and even when he told them of the power shortages they laughed at his concerns. Zihao was a hard teacher, but he was hardest on himself for what he now viewed as his fault-he had a life before Terradon, he had a family, and he threw it away for a virtual reality to feel like he was on a planet again, to have some form of normality after the asteroid.
[+red "I know these next few days are going to be confusing for you, but you are among friends here. We will get a few measurements and then in a few days I will make suits for you to bypass the Sentinels."] He motioned to the entire base of operations, [+red "You are free to explore and acclimate yourself to your new home, I'm sure a few others, my students, are eager to meet you. We'll start your personal training in a week or two, we want to make sure you are ready first."]
Zihao smiled lightly before excusing himself, allowing the mass of apprentices clamoring to meet the new associates to have their moment. The teacher pulled aside a few of his students, placing a hand on their shoulder was a hidden signal that he wanted to speak with them, they would convene in his office for briefing. He had to put together a team to take down their newest target, he could influence or move the building codes to help get them into the building but taking down the Justicar would need some skilled assassins. [right [pic https://imgur.com/mhHGMGN.jpg]]
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