New Vindicators Academy of Europe #29: The Son of Man (M&M 2E - IC)

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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #29: The Son of Man (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Michuru » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:48 pm

NVAE, WRECK ROOM (Greystone, Imago, Shiver, Taheka, Ursa; NPCs: Armorer, Backlash, Cacophony, Candyman, Capacitor, the Drifter, Eiron, Felsic, Fiore, Gae’bolg, Hubris, Kiln, Larrikin, Magnitude, Manticore, Martin, Maze, Parabola, Pict, Puck, Rheid, Singularity, Tantivy, Thorn, Vestige)
“‘E took my beloved Emma and told me zat if I ever wanted to see ‘er again, I would do as ‘e said. Before Liz and ze Aurelius arrived, I ‘ad already transformed sixteen people into O’Shaes. I all but ‘elped to make zat man a god.”

"All that and you still haven't gotten the bloody idea to stop it?" Violet shook her head. "Bloody Hell, Martin."

“Were you in my shoes, would you ‘ave gambled wiz someone’s life and resisted? I knew I was getting a carrot on a stick, but I ‘ad to do everyzing I could to try and save ‘er...”

"Well, that begs the question,” said Dennis, “why did the Astrolabe choose to bring you here to a world with another Robor in it?"

Otso seemed to be thinking the same thing: "You mentioned you'd powered up your Robor. Did the Aurelius stop him, maybe sharing that information is why you're here?"

“I have a theory,” said Kas. “The first time we met Liz, Jack, Harry, Gaspar, Astrid, and I were taken to the world we’ve taken to calling the Imperial World. Essentially, Neo-Sapiens are sought after by nobility, as our powers pass on. Monarchs still rule, albeit it with a sort of superpowered arms race occurring.

“Anyway, it took me because my doppelgänger was behind a plot to start a war. Harry’s double was also involved. The others... I don’t believe the Astrolabe needed them, insomuch as they needed to be there.

“Jack? Would you have known about the effects of the apple without going there?

“Astrid began to see how her zeal was putting the rest of us at risk.

“Gaspar found a way to control his powers and overcame his depression, following the battle with Laputa.

“The next time we encountered Liz, it took us to Dennis’ world. Jack and Astrid were there, but this time so were Violet, Pirjo, Ellen, Otso, and Beatrice. This was where Astrid fully understood the ramifications of what she was doing. Jack and Ellen’s relationship began here. Otos and Beatrice’s seemed to deepen.

“I... must admit, I am not sure if the Astrolabe needed Violet and Pirjo there or if Violet and Pirjo needed to be there... but it always seems to be one way or the other.

“Perhaps Liz was wrong: the Astrolabe doesn’t need Martin to save our world, but to give him an opportunity to save himself.”

Martin shrugged. "Perhaps," he said. "In ze meantime, I can still alter Randy's DNA so zat he cannot contribute to Robor's ritual... but zat may act as ze catalyst zat I experienced on my world. Should we roll ze dice? Should I fix Randy?"

Taheka wasn't so sure that Martin's offer was the best thing for them: "So, you would change people whether they wanted to or not and how do you know what is right for them?"

"Well, I don't need any further convincing that any body-modification ideas from you are bad," offered Otso.

"Bad?" Martin looked insulted. "We are talking about fixing 'im--all of you. I 'ave given this one back 'is eye. I can give Kas back 'is sight. I can remove ze tumor from Jack's lungs. I can make Randy not be 'is father's son. I can strengzen your immune systems. I can cure diabetes or myopia. I can make you ze ideal body weight or ze average height for your age. How is being perfect 'bad'?"

Suddenly, Otso was reminded of something else: his father's brother was in Vienna. They had met twice since Puck's love potion experiment. He wanted to take Otso back to the States with him--away from this school and Beatrice. Otso was resisting it, but if the man pushed it...

If Martin could alter Otso's genetics so that he was not a genetic match, he might be able to find a way to stay, should it come to that.

NAVE, HALLWAY (Fluxx; NPCs: Fach)
<<"Tatanja, please, wait.">> he said in German. <<"Please, Violet was right, you are ideal the way you are, and we are working on the rest.">>Fluxx says. <<"*I* do not feel like he does. Please don't doubt that.">>

<<"I don't,">> said a tear-eyed redhead, <<"but we both know he's right. I'm gaining weight. I'm only barely stable because of the pills, but... it's hard to sleep. You don't know, but... sometimes, I wake up and I just lie there, staring at the ceiling, trying to will myself to fall back to sleep.

<<"During the day, there are times it feels like my leg is going to fall asleep.

<<"Chicken tastes like shit. I love chicken and suddenly I can't stomach it.

<<"There's all these side-effects from the stupid pills, and that other you? He says he can fix it! Why shouldn't I let him? Why shouldn't I just let him just change me? No more pills. No more weight. No more sleepless nights or leg pain or nausea or anything!">>

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Bottom just nodded a few times. He leaned back against the wall behind Lex, thrusting his hands into his pockets. "I'd be lying if I said I understood. There are times I sort of envy people like you, Lex. Your powers are remarkable. When you were in Tokyo, you ran... I don't need to tell you. You did it. Me? I'm a smooth talker. That's all I got. Well, that and... I'm pretty long lived.

"I don't think I've ever really been upfront with you about my past. I haven't really told anyone. Newton knows. Old Man Bacon, too. The truth is, I'm a few hundred years old. I don't know if I'm immortal or if I just don't age. I'm too chicken to test it. I was cursed, you see. A few hundred years ago, this creature decided to monkey with my life and ever since then, I've been unnaturally charismatic and I haven't aged a day.

"Now that creature's holding up at the school, playing games with other people." Bottom shook his head. "If it weren't for the Aurelius, I doubt Newton would have let Puck anywhere near this school.

"Anyway, I'm never going to save anyone with what I've got. That's all there is to it. You? You get to be the hero. You get to go charging into burning buildings and run along crumbling bridges and save people at the last second. Sometimes, they may not seem grateful, but then... something is going to change. Maybe one day, this guy you saved? Maybe one day, he's going to hold his first child and smell its head and take in that baby smell, and he's going to be thankful he's alive. I can't promise he'll realize it's because of you, but... he'll appreciate it then. At least... I hope he does."
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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #29: The Son of Man (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Tattooedman » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:50 pm

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“Jack? Would you have known about the effects of the apple without going there?"
Jack had to admit that Las had a good theory. "Not a chance in hell."
Martin shrugged. "Perhaps," he said. "In ze meantime, I can still alter Randy's DNA so zat he cannot contribute to Robor's ritual... but zat may act as ze catalyst zat I experienced on my world. Should we roll ze dice? Should I fix Randy?"

Taheka wasn't so sure that Martin's offer was the best thing for them: "So, you would change people whether they wanted to or not and how do you know what is right for them?"

"Well, I don't need any further convincing that any body-modification ideas from you are bad," offered Otso.

"Bad?" Martin looked insulted. "We are talking about fixing 'im--all of you. I 'ave given this one back 'is eye. I can give Kas back 'is sight. I can remove ze tumor from Jack's lungs. I can make Randy not be 'is father's son. I can strengzen your immune systems. I can cure diabetes or myopia. I can make you ze ideal body weight or ze average height for your age. How is being perfect 'bad'?"
"Speaking for me and my tumor: We're fine. Perfect is over rated." Though Ellen's taking his hand and squeezing it made it clear to him there was going to be a serious talk happening later. "As for Randy or anyone else, that's their choice to take you up on your offer. But you might want to consider how well making folks "perfect" worked out for you where you came from."

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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #29: The Son of Man (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Flynnarrel » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:01 pm

Michuru wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:48 pm
NAVE, HALLWAY (Fluxx; NPCs: Fach)
<<"Tatanja, please, wait.">> he said in German. <<"Please, Violet was right, you are ideal the way you are, and we are working on the rest.">>Fluxx says. <<"*I* do not feel like he does. Please don't doubt that.">>

<<"I don't,">> said a tear-eyed redhead, <<"but we both know he's right. I'm gaining weight. I'm only barely stable because of the pills, but... it's hard to sleep. You don't know, but... sometimes, I wake up and I just lie there, staring at the ceiling, trying to will myself to fall back to sleep.

<<"During the day, there are times it feels like my leg is going to fall asleep.

<<"Chicken tastes like shit. I love chicken and suddenly I can't stomach it.

<<"There's all these side-effects from the stupid pills, and that other you? He says he can fix it! Why shouldn't I let him? Why shouldn't I just let him just change me? No more pills. No more weight. No more sleepless nights or leg pain or nausea or anything!">>
Fluxx considered. He knew the side effects were building but he didn't know they had gotten this pervasive.

<<"Okay.">> he says. <<"If this is what you want to try, okay.">>

He'll go on to explain himself. <<"When 'fixing you' came up with Tallemaja that was going to be a spell she had to cast periodically. That beholden you, us really, to her continued good graces. The psychopharmaceutical options we've been trying I have extensive notes on and any drug store can reproduce. All so you'd never be dependent on a single other person. If this Martin's abilities can take care of that permanently and he'd be making these changes with your consent, I will be nothing but supportive.">> Fluxx says. He smiles despite the twisting in his gut. 'Real' Martin offering options that 'faux' martin couldn't.

<<"If you want, we can approach him together. Maybe he can demonstrate the procedure. There may be fundamental differences in how our powers work - cross-dimensional divergence and all that - but maybe I can learn. Maybe he could even give me advice on the boy in the wheelchair that Lex and Kirstie told me about.">> Fluxx says.

<<"But allow me to reiterate, I *like* your amount of 'cushion' and I figure this Martin's Emma but be a rail-thin woman. Which is fine if that is you thing... but I like *you*.">>
"Something pithy this way comes."

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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #29: The Son of Man (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Shock » Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:25 pm

Violet Lear
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"And who says you know what perfect is?" Violet moved forward to confront New Martin. "You aren't perfect yourself now are you?"

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"That's great for them," Lex asks, then looks at Bottom, "But what about me?"

"I'm the one who's going to wind up dead in a gutter,"
Lex scoffs, "You know how many people are going to remember or care? Four, maybe five."

"Well the night that Alex Murphy died is a night I'll never forget.
Some of the boys got loaded drunk and they ain't be sober yet.
As long as the bottle was passed around every man was feeling gay.
O'Shay came with a bagpipe, some music for to play!"


Lex strummed his guitar, standing and dancing around the chair

"That's how they showed their respect for Alex Murphy.
That's how they showed their honor and their pride.
They said it was a sin and shame, and they winked at one another.
And every drink in the place was full the night Lex Murphy died."


Lex mutes the strings and looks over, "Worst part? I don't even care."

"So far as the world cared, I already died, man. This is the post Lex Murphy world, and nobody noticed,"
Lex sits back down, "But I don't care. I wasn't expecting parades and monuments. But I want something more than a dirt plot out back or another girlfriend who died doing the right thing."

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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #29: The Son of Man (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Michuru » Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:45 pm

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“But you might want to consider how well making folks "perfect" worked out for you where you came from."

"And who says you know what perfect is?" Violet moved forward to confront New Martin. "You aren't perfect yourself now are you?"

“I am one-‘undred and zirty-seven years old,” said Martin. “I don’t recall what it is like to feel bad or sore. I have never ‘ad to sit in a doctor’s office and ‘old my wife’s ‘and as we await a prognosis. We are simply the picture of ‘ealth, as is everyone I am able to reach. Zat is possibly my one failing: I cannot give ze gift of perfection to everyone. Zere is simply not enough time.

“Now, if you will excuse me? Ze Astrolabe brought me ‘ere for a reason. Ze sooner I find it and fix it, ze sooner I can go ‘ome.”

Martin walked past the New Vindicators and left the room.

Buddy hurried after him.

NAVE, HALLWAY (Fluxx; NPCs: Fach)
“You like me,” Fach said. “I don’t, though.”

The doors opened, and Martin walked out of the Wreck Room. He paused for a moment at the sight of his doppelgänger and his girlfriend. “Excuse me,” he said as he continued towards the elevator.

“Martin?” Fach asked timidly. “Your... What you said? Would it hurt?”

Martin shook his head. “Not in the least bit.”

The doors opened again and Buddy appeared. “If you make me taller, how long would it last?”

Martin looked at him curiously. “Forever.”

“How long would it take you?”

“Not long. It would not be a comfortable experience, zough. Your skin would need to be stretched before your skeleton can be transformed. You would-”

“I want you to do it.”

Fach nodded. “I want you to fix me, too. Everything you said in there—just do it.”

NVAE, BAND ROOM (Lex; NPCs: Bottom)
Bottom tapped his foot to the song. “There’s something Doug and I were working on... If he’s willing, I’d like you to hear it.

“We were writing the Ballad of Lex Murphy—the man who saved our world. We wrote it when we thought you were... you know...”
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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #29: The Son of Man (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Tattooedman » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:20 pm

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Jack watched as new-Martin walked out of the room then looked over at Liz. "Your magical dingus knows how to pick some real winners to save worlds."

"You realize that it's not likely he's here to help with our Robor problem."

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Post by Shock » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:58 pm

Violet Lear
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"He's barmy." Violet nervously watched New Martin leave. "We have to stop him. I don't think we should let him go about on his own. He could ruin the whole school while fixing it."

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Post by Flynnarrel » Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:08 pm

Fluxx stood as Fach requested Martin’s assistance. He would observe and hold Fach’s hand through the process. The better to figure out what his power was doing.

Unfelt tendrils extended into her to monitor the shape of the DNA in her cells. Fluxx already knew it was something different than what he could do. Martin hadn’t needed to touch Rheids eye to affect it and that had always been a hard limit on his own power - direct contact with the area to be modified. Fluxx has skirted the edges of that restriction where he could be it was always there. He hoped he could pickup something from the healing but he feared he might not.
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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #29: The Son of Man (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Tattooedman » Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:58 pm

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[Jack Rexroth]
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"We have to stop him. I don't think we should let him go about on his own. He could ruin the whole school while fixing it."
"Good point, no telling who he might run into." Jack said as he moved to follow the other worler. Luckily he caught up quickly to both Martins, Tat and Buddy. He said nothing coming part way into their talk, simply watching new-Martin.

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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #27: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by EnigmaticOne » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:44 pm

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Tattooedman wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:20 pm
Jack watched as new-Martin walked out of the room then looked over at Liz. "Your magical dingus knows how to pick some real winners to save worlds."

"You realize that it's not likely he's here to help with our Robor problem."
"Then again, for all we know he's here to serve as an example to our Martin. In several respects."
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Post by McGuffin » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:56 pm

Ursa
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Otso bit his lip as the thought prodded him incessantly. How far was he willing to go to stay in Vienna? He stole a glance at Bea. The answer was 'pretty damn far', but he still had faith he could turn his uncle alone if he could just sit down in peace with the man without the school erupting into chaos around them.

"To 'scare Martin straight'? I dunno, Martin feels pretty together. If anything it feels like Other Martin is giving our Martin bad ideas."
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Post by Arkrite » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:37 pm

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"That's, uh, sweet and all," Lex say awkwardly, trying to ignore how embarrassing that sounds, "But it's not about my ego. I don't want a legacy-"

He sighed and looked up at the roof again, "I want a future."

"You know, like three days ago I got my ass kicked by a one armed man who I'm taller than and out weigh by twenty pounds? And he wasn't even a neo,"
Lex shakes his head, then pulls up his left sleeve to show off his bracelet, "Then there was that time I got locked in another dimension," He flicks the key to the dimensional portal, "Or that time I got stabbed by homicidal flying swords," He flicked a little metal sword charm, "Or the time I was shot in the spine like a dozen times, or-"

He shakes his head, "I get why I'm doing it for them, but what am I doing for me?"

Looking down at the guitar in his hands he paused to consider his options, "I think it's time. I've got like three years to prove I can do something with a guitar before I've got to hang it up and go to college."

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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #29: The Son of Man (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Gilliam » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:02 am

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"Dang and I would have sworn he didn't look a day over 150" Tamati said trying to hide his surprise at the other Matins real age.

"Or he could be an example to our Martin of what he can do with his powers and why he shouldn't do it."

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Re: New Vindicators Academy of Europe #29: The Son of Man (M&M 2E - IC)

Post by Shock » Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:00 pm

Violet Lear
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"'I turned Robor into an unstoppable nightmare' isn't enough of an example?"

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