The Emerald City (CVnU: Living Location)

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Zedora’s steely blues eyes traced the enigmatic flight pattern of the midnight fairy until she drew within appropriate conversation distance. “My people?” She questioned, before realizing this mysterious fairy was referring to the organics. “M’dear Leena, these people are not my people” As she spoke she peeled a light layer of her own flesh revealing the cybernetic structure that lay underneath.

“I, like yourself; am the first of my breed. These organics associate me with them because I look the part, but as you can see I am different” She kept a collected and formal tone, almost as if she had a point to get across to the fairy.

“Soon enough, beings like us will be here, in this world…in bulk. A the organics will be the ones struggling to find their identity. What’s it like where you’re from?”

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"Nan chu jan jal?" Leena tilted her head, her massive scarlet eyes widening in curiosity as the android peeled back a layer of flesh to reveal her true nature. She drew a little closer, prodding at the area with one tiny hand and emitting a satisfied coo. Synthetic humans! What would they think of next? Humans had already automated their transportation, their entertainment, nearly everything... then they made automated humans too? Was this born of necessity, or indulgence?

The Crowned Imp's face showed a wide array of emotions and thoughts before she finally spoke again, chirping in her ethereal voice. Even when mimicking a terran languish (Spanish, in this case), it seemed similar in nature to her own language of chirps and staccato syllables. She spun around in another tight corkscrew, examining the inorganic life form with a mix of trepidation and genuine interest. "Funny machine woman," she said finally, her perplexed expression finally widening into another cordial, harmless, wide-mouthed smile. "I am from the realm beyond the Veil, a place of flowers and ponds, a place of twilight and midnight. But I now make your home mine, while opening my home to those of this world. The Veil lies long since torn."

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Leena’s foreign speech didn’t register to any known language in her processor, which genuinely intrigued her. Studying the peculiar anatomy of Leena, Zedora’s internal processors begin to create a mental “file” for Leena and her various features, strictly for scientific purposes. This would allow her to share information with everyone else under the Synthetic Cell Network—sort of like an upgrade.

Her processors contained tons of information, but Leena was an known variable; this making it hard to understand the native vernacular of the Midnight fairy, in any other machine this would’ve caused a slight malfunction but; Zedora was also human , this allowed her to switch back to her most primitive form of information gathering—asking questions.

“I must admit, I have a few questions. My first, what exactly is this veil you speak of? And what about this world do you find so amazing that you would leave yours and it’s people?”

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On the outskirts of a lonely city stood a tree. It was old but grand, it's bark engraved with love confessions and it's roots embedded deep in mother Earth. He was a seasoned warrior with a love for the celestial bodies. Throughout it's long and prosperous life it became a home to a variety of organisms. Animal, plants, fungi. They all lived in a happy and lasting unision.

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In it's broad shade grew a lonesome crimson poppy. All it's life it dreamt of leaving the bothersome grass blades and joining the little community prospering inside the tree. She struggled with all the might in her stem to move, but her humble efforts never came to fruition. Was she damned? Destined to listen to the irritating talk about the Sun, rain and dirt, that the grass blades loved so much to discuss, for all eternity? It would seem all hope was lost.

The Sun was already setting over the horizon and last of it's light was shining over the rooftops of Emerald City. It is then she felt it. It was like a--like a kick. A sudden movement in her roots. She could feel them swell and push aside the dirt below. She rises into the air on a stalk of botanic matter. Limb by limb grows and grows until a head pops up to her left.

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"Hello, tiny one. Why so wilted?", the gentle floric giant says in his booming voice as a wide smile curls up on his face. They share a common bond, The Green. It was the life-web of all flora. There was no need for words as he could understand her on a telepathic and empathic level. To him she was an equal, another being.

"Hmm...I know what could cheer you up.", he says as the grass beneath him molds into something else. "Will you be so kind and become my company for this beautiful evening?", he adds and in her curiosity she does not waste a second to agree.

"Well then. Let's be off.", he says as he departs into the city with a crimson passanger on his right shoulder.

As they leave her home-hill behind the old tree bears witness to a miracle: What was mere moments ago an empty hill turned into a field of poppies...

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"Over too much time, all things grow stale," the Imp answered simply, pointedly never settling to the ground. She perpetually hovered, keeping herself at eye-level with the tall humanoid and remaining naturally buoyant. "The Veiled Forest lays to the North and West of here, a place where the Fey have dwelled for time unending. The Veil separated our worlds... now it lays shattered." She looked more than a little proud of herself, despite not explicitly saying that she had been the one to destroy that eons-old barrier between realities. Still, it remained a fact.

The Scamp may not have normally been so talkative, but it was refreshing to be able to converse -- when she met humans they tended, thus far, to either hunt of fear her, and neither were particularly conducive to conversation. Still, while she answered the synthetic entity's questions, she asked many of her own with her eyes. The dark orbs surveyed Zedora's figure incessantly, examining her for small changes, anything to indicate she was different from the humans she was used to. Despite the fact that the android had hips to rival even her own, Leena had difficulty discerning any further anomalies. She grew closer and closer, gradually rotating around the humanoid and, if left unchecked, also getting intrusively handsy in order to test any tactile differences.

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Many would call nature beautiful. Others, a nuisance. Some would see industry overtake all of nature, crush all the green and color down to the roots and replace it with iron and concrete. Often, this happened to be the case. Humanity favored progress and nature seemed part of the old world, a commodity that could be farmed for oxygen and left in containers. Few remembered the blooms of the forests, or the echoes of the mountains. It all seemed foreign when not observed through the opposite side of a photo album or online image search.

Oddly, one of the advents of this industrial growth also happened to be a child of that age. Born when Elysia still bore the fruits of its primordial labor, the son of Johannes von Doom grew to appreciate nature in all of its forms. When faced with a housing crisis, he did not look to destroying the vaunted Mistwood Forest for land opportunities. Perhaps his experiences in the negotiations of the supernatural paid off in his many years.

The harmonious reemergence of life into the withered landscape brought back distinct memories of those gatherings, when the wood nymphs played in the festivals of Doomstadt and the sprites fluttered in the breeze around his castle keep. Those were happier times. But now, everything seemed darker. Even the tiniest of elves could see that the Iron Tyrant had been preparing for this moment for decades. His dozens of visits to the Eighth Continent of Skellbrieg, lost behind the Edge of the World, only confirmed his hypothesis.

And so, he finally managed to track down one of the great Avatars of nature, the one who held the song of life in his hands and the first to know of this tribulation.

"The Green King, who sows the seeds, and breathes the whispers, and gives the gifts of firsts, must also know that fire reaps your harvest,"

Doom continued out of the meadow, his iron-shod boots hovering mere inches from the ground as to not offend his gracious host.

"But fire also brings with it the air of rebirth, fertilizes the land, and leaves upon a bittersweet rainstorm. I have come bearing the news, Green King, of a fire that does not cease to burn, nor does it sow seeds of its own. Instead it salts the land, scars it from ever growing again. I speak of an enemy I have contended with for decades, one that has been trapped upon the borders of the world for as long as time has existed,"

He folded his arms behind his back, a stalwart gaze meeting what would be cherry-red pits glowing with either interest, or anger.

"The Infernal Phalanx has found a way to Earth."

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"Bravo...Doom. Not many can track an avatar, but I am sure a man of your caliber did not find it difficult.", he said but didn't even turn around. They were all talking about him, about 'the floating knight in a shining armor'. They didn't need too. As odd as it may sound, the Seeder could smell him. The Green, The Red, The Rot. They are all intertwined. A skilled enough avatar can peek even into these foreign realms and Doom? He was only a download away from becoming the herald of the Machine Empire. He was marked by it's synthetic touch.

"I am sure you didn't come all the way here just to warn an old fool such as myself...", he states his disbelief as he casually turns towards the herald. He could hear the thoughts of his newly made floric friend reaching into his own, none too pleasant. Nevertheless, he was willing to hear his warnings out. Afterall this Infernal Phalanx sometimes echoed from within The Green, but none of his agents were quick enough to relay anything else than their name.

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"Indeed I have not, nor would I shirk responsibility for this,"

With a gesture, Doom conjured a map that only he and the Green King could register as real. A unique blend of cosmic sorcery and technology lent itself to this display, bringing with it a transdimensional map of Earth, Doomworld, and the proposed location of the next portal through which the Infernal Phalanx would come.

"I have charted this mathematically for decades now. Warsman's technologies are formidable, but none can contend with the brilliance of Doom. The boom tubes are coded with the coordinates of Earth at any given point in our solar system, leaving the location of Ragnarok as foreign to the light of our sun. It is outside the grid and the boom tubes are thrown like darts at Earth as it moves around. Thanks to the events of Paris, I now know the angle at which Ragnarok will be aiming, and moved Doomworld accordingly. Some might think that I harvested Vulcan from that alternate timeline for the purposes of conquering Earth or even adding to the garrisons of Elysia. This is not the case. In fact, the opposite is true. I created Doomworld for the express purpose of intercepting any attack from Ragnarok that might come in the indefinite future, even with any modifications to the boom tubes Warsman might make. The jamming fields on Doomworld make it impossible for those fleets to bypass it, and a continued orbit around Earth makes it doubly so from any conceivable angle. Like Skellbrieg, it is the ultimate security system for a new age in fighting the demonic hordes of the Phalanx,"

Closing the demonstration, Doom once again folded his hands underneath his illustrious cloak.

"But it is not enough. Even with all of this preparation and time inputted into the necessary bastions and locations, there is still a large margin for error. Most of that comes from Ragnarok itself. Even as the Master of the Infernal Phalanx makes his alliances with Warsman, Warsman himself has an endless army of his own. Not counting the forces already on Ragnarok, his birthright as the king of the Xelu'tari ensures that at least one dimension has already crumbled to his bloodthirsty whims. Given that possibility, hundreds of generations of Earthlings and Vulcanites would be subject to endless war for the rest of the conceptual future. I refuse to accept that reality. Instead, I want to make the opposite true,"

What would come next could either make or break this truce between machine and nature. Doom walked a thin line here, but he had done so before and with far more dire results. He still lived, a testament to his iron will.

"I will offer this once, and only once. To expedite the destruction of the Infernal Phalanx, Warsman, and the Xelu'tari, I am willing to make an alliance between myself and the Green. I will also offer you passage to Doomworld for the express purpose of cultivating and enhancing the Vulcanite war machine through extensive biomechanical research. This shall bring no harm to you directly, but experiments will be conducted on the spores, fungi, and plant life you are willing to implant upon the surface of Doomworld once you arrive."

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Itsy kept her distance as she watched as the Winged Goddess swept down like a bird of prey, her target, the super creepy white van and with a mighty swing of her mace; the metal vehicle crumbled under her power. IT WAS SO FREAKEN COOL! She went SWOOP and then SMASH! The car skid to a stop as it landed on it’s side and Molly couldn’t help but fangirl from the distance as she stuck to the side of a building that was across from all the action. It was so awesome! It was like watching a movie only in real life! Luna was so freaken strong and powerful and- Wait why did Luna land? OH OH OH IT WAS HER TURN!

Leaping off the building she shot out a line ‘ftttt!’ and with a hard pull swung downward towards the chaos below as a total of six men began scrambling out of the van with sub-machine guns in hands and black ski masks over their faces as they quickly tried to get into position to fire at Luna. “Heeeeeeeeey bad guuuuuys!” Itsy yelled out as two of the men shift their attention, their guns pointed in the air and towards her as they fired rounds at the young hero and just like that, it was as if the world around her slowed down. With an ease vertical twist of her body in mid-air the bullets whizzed right by her, smashing into the concrete of the building behind her. While still in mid-air she threw out her hands and ‘THWIP! THWIP! THWIP! TWHIP! TWHIP! TWHIP!’ each of the man’s guns were covered in webbing, unable to fire as she then landed on the ground in a three point position before them. All of this happening within a matter of seconds, her head looked up as the men were shouting at each other, a huge grin on her face as she turned her head at Luna and gave a nod.

Not too far the police sirens could be heard closing in as people began crowding around the area, phones pulled out as they were all recording the event in awe.

(sounds good then!)

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Luna Hawk smiled a bit at the young hero. "Good work." She said honestly. "You seem to be a natural at this." She ignored the people standing around. One of the bad guys recognized her from a certain video and made a rather obscene gesture. At first she looked furious...but remembering Itsy's words from earlier, she calmed down. Instead of reacting she walked over to Itsy and spoke softly so no one else would hear. "You should tell them your name."

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Standing up from the ground Molly dust her hands from the dirt that collected from the land. This is so freaken awesome! Second crime stopped in the city and first team up and it was a SUCCESS! “AIR-FIVE!” Itsy yelled out as she threw her hand outward as if she was giving a high-five at Luna and “WHOOPISH!”she made the sound effect as she brought her hand back down. She almost had a skip in her step as she walked back over next to Luna as a couple of police cars pulled up next to the damaged vehicle. But then one of the men that were caught up in Itsy webbing began make inappropriate expression. If Molly had laser eye vision that man would have totally had a hole right in between his eyes! But she noticed Luna was trying to just shrug it off, and Itsy couldn’t help but be proud of her. “My name?” She asked, almost confused with her statement for a moment. “OH! RIGHT!” She cleared her throat and rose her hands in the air. “Hello citizens of Emerald City! My name is Itsy, and I- uh… am here to serve and protect this city to the best of my abilities!”

Some people began to cheer as others boo’ed but Itsy didn’t let it get to her. This was it! It was official! She had just named herself the protector of Emerald City and there was NO going back. Right then the officers finished escorting the men to the vehicles and turning her attention back to Luna. “I totally think we should go get some Victory Ice Cream, there’s a place in Lower Emerald City that’s open 24/7, you down?” It would be the cherry on top of having such an epic night! “I’m buuuuuuying.” She sang out the last part while playfully nudging her new friend, trying to convince Luna to join her for a cold treat that she felt the two deserved.

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Ice cream? When was the last time...oh... The last time had been with The Monitor. She closed her eyes behind her mask where no one would see, but soon opened them again. "Yeah, let's go." She agreed. You have to move on, press forward. It's what he would have done.

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#113  Edited By Oran

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"Hmmm...Excuse us.", he says as all his weight comes crashing down onto the grass into a galant sitting pose. The Green King needed time to assess the proposal. He could hear them already calling, the Parliament of Trees. The ancients demanded his presence to discuss the matter. Oran complies, afterall what would be a king without his advisors? So his body takes root and his consciousness pours back into The Green and through it, into their realm, The Grove.

The time passed differently in The Green. Even time bends to the will of the avatar. Several seconds pass on Earth while eons pass in the botanic plane. Eons of heated debating, a verbal clash between the King and his advisors. He could silence them forever with but a thought, force them into their Winter. But Oran was a rational man at heart, so he continued.

Atleast several minutes must have passed and the sitting mass of vegetation twitches before springing into life once again.

"Apologies Doom, but you must understand the gravity of the decision at hand.", he says in his gravely booming voice. "The Green agrees and so do I.", he reassuringly adds as he walks over to the floating emperor. Now standing mere inches infront of Doom. He peers into his eyes with a piercing gaze before adding: "But do not mistake me for a mere golem, Doom. I was a man of science myself. Force my hand and I will not hesitate to use the microflora inside your gut and violently morph you into an armored ficus...", the Green King seriously threatens the Elysian.

There was no harm that could come from this unision. The experiments would be of The Green and thus with The Green, if they were to be misused against their creator he would simply disintegrate them with a thought. Such was the power of the avatar.

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"Your threats are misplaced, Green King. Once Doom has made a pact, he will abide by its codes. Besides, if I did think you to be a simple conduit for the Green instead of its Avatar, I would not have divulged such tender informations with you in the first place. Doom is no fool. You would do best to remember that, just as I shall remember to honor your laws,"

Opening a portal to Doomworld behind him, the million miles between Earth and the destination point closed in an instant, bringing the worlds together for a brief moment in the amalgamation of space-time.

"We would benefit from beginning as quickly as possible."

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"Looks like we're about to go on an adventure, little one.", he whispers to the crimson poppy resting on his right shoulder.

He moves to the portal, but doesn't cross over yet. Oran briefly looks over at his temporary armor clad ally and then back towards the portal. Closing his eyes, he bonds with The Green for a moment to scan for plants ahead. It was present, the plant life. Little bits, tiny eukaryotic cells who spoke of the synthetic planetoid. Impossible, many would say so, but The Green was a much stranger place.

The King under the Oak crosses over to Doomworld to fulfill his end of the agreement...

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Ice cream? When was the last time...oh... The last time had been with The Monitor. She closed her eyes behind her mask where no one would see, but soon opened them again. "Yeah, let's go." She agreed. You have to move on, press forward. It's what he would have done.

*Clomp, clomp, clomp..* The sound of armored metal clamored upon the pavement, the noise much complimented the sight belonging. A seven foot suit of armor gently pushed through the crowd, gaining the attention of many. Though spandex and capes were a common sight, a knight was still mostly uncommon.

The seemingly concealed knight approached the heroine of thee hour. "I do believe a congratulation is in order , ladies." Prosky clapped his gloved hands and chuckled, his voice having a rather echoed feel to it. Without further delay, the secret Golem gently bowed before them. "I am Prosky, a fellow defender of this "emerald" city. I also happen to be a sort of fanatic on heroes such as yourselves."

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Molly held her breath as she waited for Luna to answer, but she was THINKING about it, which was a good thing! It wasn’t a complete shut down! Then, she agreed! “REALLY!?” She couldn’t hold back her excitement as she gave a little bounce with her shout, completely ignoring the people around them who were still standing around.

But then the sound of metal clomping on the cemented ground could be heard and Itsy slowly looked over Luna’s shoulder to see a very… very… VERY tall man dressed in metal armor to be seen approaching them. “Pleasetellmethisisntabossbattle” she whispered very quickly to her winged friend as her shoulders began to slowly sink down showing she was slightly worried. The ice cream shop was gonna have to wait.

Then he began to congratulate them and even bowed before them! OMG THANK GOODNESS! Even though she figured Luna could have Hawk Smashed him with her hammer if things went south, she knew she wasn’t ready for something like that. “T-thanks!” A sound of relief in her face as she looked up at Luna gave a slight nod and then took a step forward towards Prosky her head slightly tilted upward due to him towering over the hero who only stood at 5 feet 4 inches, HE WAS HUGE! “Hello Prosky, I’m Itsy, it’s nice to meet you! And nice to meet a fellow protector of the city!” THIS WAS SO FREAKEN EPIC ON SO MANY SCALES! Not only did she stop her first crime, she met Luna and then stopped ANOTHER crime and then met ANOTHER hero! A MAN IN AN ARMOR SUIT! BEST NIGHT EVER! She turned her head and glanced over at Luna so she could introduce herself to what seemed to be a new ally.

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Luna Hawk stepped up beside Itsy. "My name is Luna Hawk, it's good to meet you." She offered "I'm a protector of...wherever I am at the time."

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"Itsy, Luna. They're both very interesting names for very interesting individuals." Prosky looked around at the crowd, he would smirk if he had a face to do so with. "I heard mention of Ice Cream, I know of the place you speak, come..." The massive defender gestured the women to walk with him, believing dramatic exits to be unnecessary. "Luna, you mentioned you too roam to where good deeds can be done. I myself do the very same thing! See, I have been at this keeping of peace for a few decades now. To be honest, I am very happy to still see new faces to the cause, shows there is hope for future generations."

A few poor children ran a few circles around Prosky, bewildered and intrigued by the metal man. He waved at them and tussled a young girl's hair while chuckling, the children then running off to chase a stray cat. When the Ice Cream shop was in sight, Prosky made a quiet and echoed sigh. The Golem of course did not sleep, fatigue and eat. He had always been curious what such frozen treats tasted like, or even what taste felt like.

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"My new friend Itsy here is the real new face." Luna Hawk said. "I've been doing this a lot longer than it looks. I think Emerald City is in good hands with Itsy." She smiled a bit. She wrote something out on a napkin once they were in the ice cream store and handed it to Itsy, it was a phone number.

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This is going to be a tough couple of months

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#123  Edited By Austri

@itsy: Nice post, nice look

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“Y-yes I’m going up…wait…ma’am?” Maya asked a bit puzzled. She’d never been referred to as a “Ma’am” before. “You don’t have to call me ma’am we’re practically the same age” She didn’t know it to be true, but she knew she couldn’t be that much older than the apprehensive woman. Pressing her back against the back of the elevator she listened to the young girl nervously lie through her teeth. “Well it’s just that you seem…rattled?” She didn’t know if that was the right word, but it was the only one that came to mind.

“Especially when you thought you saw my…uh the goddess” She said correcting herself in the process. Though it was pretty well known who Maya’s parents were, she didn’t want to get in the habit of calling her “mom” to people she didn’t really know. “I saw here too.” She confirmed running her hands through her long hair.

“I wonder what it was…oooh selfie moment care to take one?!” She gasped with excitement, the self-proclaimed selfie-queen never missed an opportunity to act on a selfie.

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"Oh! Oh wait, yeah. I'd love to take one. Just give me a second to-" Eve took a moment to decide on her pose for the selfie and then, modeled for the shot. The flash of the camera was closely followed by the song of the elevator doors signifying the arrival to the 4th floor, which was coincidentally the floor to Eve's room.

Initially, Eve was relieved that she had gotten away with taking a selfie with the most amazing and famous person she had ever met. Initially, she felt like a bubble of emotion that just narrowly avoided bursting in room of needles. Her initial feelings where the blissful moment of calm before the thunderous storm of reality rushed back in.

It was like the words were right there at the tip of her tongue, where she could have just as easily said "I'm fine really. Thanks for asking." and collected her contrived thoughts in the solitude of her luxury room. But, more out of instinct than social appearance, Eve embarrassingly admits "You know what, I am pretty f*cking rattled. In fact I'm- I'm-" She quickly uses the back of her had to hold back the closing elevator doors with a heavy *thump*.

Eve then, uses her free hand to brush the sienna hair out her face once again, while continuing to explain and reluctant making eye contact, "I'm, like, a second away from screaming more than I've ever done before."

That came off a little more emo than desired but at least it wasn't another lie. Eve then, with teary eyes, steps on the other side of the door and pulls her hand back to fall sheepishly to her side. After a small sniff and whipping her eyes with the sleeve of her shirt, Eve looked back up to her idol and concluded, " I'm usually not this weird ma'am- Maya(!)- um... I'll be fine though. Thanks for asking."

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Finding a benefactor in this day and age could be challenging. Of course, the wealthy and powerful were present. Even those with an interest in alien affairs. But it seemed that each time the Silhouette sought out one of these people, she saw more than she wanted. She saw darkness. Lust for power.

Alexandra Steele had been one such target, after she'd shown interest in extraterrestrial communication. But her association with "the Dark Hellfire Club," her methods, not to mention her association with the vile alien bounty hunter Dirge Havocstorm, was more than enough to inspire the Xul'ar girl to move on.

She'd tried to visit Cassian Godwinne, but found him entirely too cloistered away in his own affairs. Too exhausted from enduring immortality to have the focus Silhouette sought.

Even Anthony Stark had receded into hiding mere moments after seemingly resurfacing.

It left the alien girl with few options, but she had finally found one that had potential. A level-headed young woman, last of the Gast line, on a business trip from Switzerland to Spain. It was hard to tell whether she would have the proper motivations to spur on an interstellar embassy, but it had to be worth a shot.

"I have an appointment with Miss Gast," the alien girl said, shifting into her "human" form and offering a polite smile to the young CEO's secretary.

"I don't see any--" the woman began to say, only to flip the page of her appointment book and see the name already penned in for this time-slot. It was a pretty simple trick -- mere moments earlier, a camouflaged Silhouette had written the entry under the secretary's nose. And so, an appointment for a Ms. Sil Xenis had been made.

"...Right this way," the woman said hesitantly, leading the redheaded girl upstairs.

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@silhouette_: "Can we try for something less..."Claudia bit her lip, swiping her finger on the touch pad, moving the page to show more bathroom tile samples " ..Garish, it's a bathroom not a gallery" Design was never her main interest, Gast enterprises was expanding it's scope of influence to Spain. Europe was the true heart of the world after all.

"King Arthur without his round table." Her father's gentle Germanic voice chimed into Claudia's ear, she rested her pointer and middle finger on her earpiece to better hear the conversation. "Your father is right Dear, being an Island does not serve your purpose." Claudia's mother finished her husband's train of thought.

" I fully comprehend mother" *Claudia stood up from her office chairs and made her way to the front of her walnut desk " But community causes conflict, varying view points lead to infighting. There is to be no distraction among the righteous, their is only one enemy and it doesn't need friends, neither should I" Claudia smooth down the skirt to her black business suit.

"There is assuming and there is fear dear daughter, both can hold you back." Her father responded. Claudia fidgeted with her fingers, a habit from a young age.

"Madame Gast you have a visitor"

"Duty calls..love you both." She ended her call and resumed her spot behind her desk. Putting on a buisness face, she studied the young red head the graced her office.

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The alien girl offered a small, shy smile, waiting for the secretary to leave back downstairs before greeting the young CEO -- by morphing back into a more "natural" form, one that the human may be comfortable with, but that did expose her non-terrestrial nature. A business suit and skirt faded into a sort of streamlined schoolgirl's outfit, pale skin faded to green, blue eyes to violet, and overall, she shrunk by about six inches.

"It's a pleasure to meet you, Miss Gast," the Xul'ar girl said softly, her voice lightly accented with something utterly implacable. Her posture was non-threatening, carrying the entirely passive stance of someone who was neither aggressive nor afraid.

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@silhouette_: Claudia's blue eyes where racked by the spectacle the unraveled before her.At first glace, the young red head appeared to be some form of representative of another company but now" Well you are no ordinary client." Claudia smiled

"Before we go further down this rabbit it hole" Claudia gestured to the open seat in from of her. "I would like to know your name." Claudia gave the girl another look. "Based on the attire, it's something mmmm..intergalactic...as well as scholastic ?"

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The Xul'ar girl offered a small nod of sorts, walking a little closer and starting to stalk around the room, examining various mundane items around the penthouse. "I have no name. My people are known by vibrative signatures, and have no need for titles. However, those of your world have taken to calling me the Silhouette -- so I suppose you may call me that." She smiled politely, tilting her head to regard the Gast heiress more closely. "I am afraid I have you at a disadvantage, however, as I am already quite aware of your name and position. For that, I must apologize. I like to research those I contact before putting myself at risk."

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@silhouette_: "Much like a child in a candy shop." Claudia thought to herself as she watched the alien girl move about, bewilderment clear in her expressions. "We respect all paths of life here at Gast Miss Silhouette." Claudia stood back up and she took set on the edge of the table, crossing her legs.

"No problem with knowledge"

"But I'd like to have some even footing in a discussion." Claudia smiled warmly

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Silhouette nodded slowly, blinking a few times, though the gesture felt unnatural -- like an imitated thing, something that was not required and done only to fit in. "I am one of the Xul'ar -- non-corporeal life forms from very far away. We have remained silent and unknown for some time, but I have become increasingly... interested, in associating with foreign, corporeal societies. I visited Eeogiex some time past, but the embassies there require extensive documentation that our people do not yet have. Thus, perhaps a foothold may be found on one of the galaxy's other hubs of mixed life-forms. Earth."

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@silhouette_: The wheels turned in Claudia's head as she followed the words of the E.T., keeping on her best face. "Well my dear.."Claudia paused, to try to find a diplomatic way to phrase her next queue of words. "Gast Enterprise's is a weapons manufacturer, as I'm sure you found out already. Despite my best efforts, we are more war mongers then peace keepers" Claudia gently walk to stand next to her client.

"So why us?"

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"I'm not troubled by the concepts of peace and war. They are not valid concerns among my people -- conflicts occur, they fade, and with them comes change. Loss of life provides bounty for the survivors." Silhouette blinked again, seeming entirely genuine. "But your enterprise has a respect for tradition, which I, in turn, respect. It is those who seek too much, too quickly, that threaten to disrupt the balance of life and the cosmos. Things must move slowly, and steadily, in order to progress at a natural rate."

The green teen paused at a houseplant, examining and then gesturing to it. "The growth of these houseplants is kept in check so that it does not overgrow, take over, and disrupt the balance. So it is with civilization."

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@silhouette_: "Our tradition is the prevention of unnatural loss of life." The young swiss knight responded, smiling at the inquisitive girl came to be enthralled with a near by spider plant, Claudia reached for the remote next to the plant, she took the small white device and flicked the button, the wall behind her desk slid down, now display an rustic tattered tapestry of her ancestor Servien Gast engaged with a Giant.

"That's my plant to keep in check."

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"Then we should get along well. I apologize -- I am still learning more about the customs of Earth." She moved to the other side of the desk, sitting down and not bothering to smooth her skirt out, offering a more-than-passable glimpse at her panties. Her eyes stayed fixated on everything around her, having not been in such a lavishly-appointed area as a guest. "In any event, I have no plans just yet for a complete endeavor. I am merely sowing seeds of the presence of the Xul'ar, even if I am the only one currently present."

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@silhouette_: "I apologize as well, Earth is quite archaic." Claudia takes her original spot behind the desk, resting her chin on her hands "So you want a campaign showcasing your kind to the world ?" Claudia ask, still trying to gauge the young E.T. motives. "We had friends with various P.R firms..if you know of those, We can lobby for an Embassy, money is our signature."

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Silhouette smiled again, though once more her expressions seemed forced. Social calculations, logical expressions to seem natural. The Xul'ar expressed themselves via subtle changes in their vibrations... vibrations most humans didn't pick up on. "It's a face, we need. A figurehead. In return, I will share certain coordinates in order to create audiences with Eeogiex and, if I can arrange it, perhaps even travel to one of the more diversely-populated planets."

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@silhouette_: "My domain is Earth, but We can arrange..." Claudia fingers danced on her keyboard, moving funds around and sending emails to the right individuals " Arrange all this pro bono, a favor if you will" Claudia kept typing away

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"An unusually generous gesture for one of your kind, who so value your possessions," the alien tilted her head, watching the human's fingers click away with only a rudimentary understanding of what they were actually doing.

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@silhouette_: The Swiss royal finished up her work and extended her hand. " I value life above all things."

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"Then you are unique among your kind," Silhouette stood up again, seemingly uncomfortable with being immobile and pacing around the room once more. "Still, a campaign to connect your company to the rest of the cosmos will not be without its rewards... even if it also includes new enemies."

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@silhouette_: Her father's words about assuming there is nothing she'd need in a relationship buzzed about her brain " Well I have a new friend, I think I can manage the weather that will brew"

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Friend?

Silhouette furrowed her brow, thinking it over for a moment, her enlarged blood vessels allowing her brain to process enormous amounts of thought in a short time. She did not yet know this woman well, besides the small amount she had been told. The concept of a friend was one foreign to the Xul'ar, a race of entities that were so similar that they valued their individuality over their companionship. She had acquaintances, even pleasurable ones in the case of Paragon. But the idea of a friend was strange to her. "Friend... yes."

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@silhouette_: "Do your people eat or drink ?" She asked, taking her tablet in her hands, putting out and order for eggs benedict to her personal cook. " I skipped breakfast and lunch."

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"I am able to transmute consumable items into energy," Silhouette answered. "It is a similar, though less complex, process to what your kind go through." She paused, her expression contemplative. "In other words, yes."

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@silhouette_: Modifies her order to include and second plate, she put away her tablet and got comfy in her chair. "Anything else you want to share as we wait ?" her slender hands went behind her head, a hair tie in hand, she place her faint rose hued hair into a pony tail.

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"That will be fine, thank you," the alien stated, managing to sit back down and exhaling. "I'm surprised by your nonchalance. Have you encountered other non-terrestrial entities in your travels?"

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@silhouette_: The swiss champion shook her head and rested her chin back on her hands " No you are the fist, but as I stated, I accepts all paths."

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The small-framed green girl nodded, offering another smile as the food arrived. She prodded at the unfamiliar dish briefly before lifting a gob of it with her hand, cupping it into her mouth and letting it glide down her throat without swallowing. "I find human proficiency with consuming the unborn curious, though quaint."

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@silhouette_: Claudia softly giggled to herself as she witnessed the nubile alien struggled to consume her meal "Not the worst date ever" She gave a small chuckle and thought up an answer to her friends statement. "It's usually no concern to the mass, cruel I know."

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"Funny how bizarre cultural customs can become commonplace -- why, on my planet, we habitually unsense the vibrative patterns of the native halazzek!" she let out a genuine little laugh, then paused when she realized that Claudia had no way of knowing what she was talking about. She then silently shrugged, taking another quick gulp of the breakfast dish.