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#1  Edited By Anthony_Stark

@satar:

Satar was wrong about Stark. He wasn't arrogant, the word itself implied an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or abilities.

Stark knew he was great.

Nothing was beyond his grasp.

No task too big. No ambition too tall.

He had kidnapped two President's in his lifetime and not a single soul had figured it out until he had allowed them. He had triggered a war which resulted in the now mutant Utopia of Venezuela existing and even to this day nobody had known he was the culprit. He had become the President of the United States and used it for his own gain. Stark could achieve anything, even using the immortal Sanguine lineage to fake his own death. Anthony did not need 'validation'... He was beyond such human desires... Although Satar was right about one thing - Stark did see him as a rat, beneath this battle and beneath him. Buildings could be rebuilt. Peak International was a momentary block of concrete erected for a fleeting moment in Stark's life.

And it appeared, as it were, that the moment had just ended.

"Horizon, what's inside that car?"

Stark watched as the vehicle drove to the side of Peak International, knowing the answer before Horizon had replied. A rat like Satar wouldn't drop some small explosive, he wanted to send a message the only way he knew how.

-- It appears to be a bomb of some nuclear capacity, sir. I am speeding up your thought processes so we can discuss a solution to this problem --

Suddenly the vehicle slowed down to a delicate halt, barely moving as the world paused. Stark's mind going far faster than even the flapping of a butterflies wings. "Horizon, can I still survive a nuclear bomb? I've tanked two correct? How far can I extend my teleportation field? Say I do not succeed... How many lives will I be risking?" Horizon replied instantly.

-- Indeed sir, you have survived two nuclear attacks at point blank. One from Amaranth and the other from the Gothic City 'hero' known as Dark Vengeance. But it must be noted you almost died twice and had friends to assist you. Secondly, your teleportation field can extend to 98% of Peak International's grounds. I estimate exactly 53 casualties --

"Option two, then. 53 lives aren't worth risking mine."

And just like that, with a calamitous roar, Anthony Stark and 98% of his workforce vanished in the blink of an eye, Peak International becoming nothing more than a pile of dust and rubble.

Many miles away, Peak International London HQ

"Everybody, calm down."

Stark retracted his armour as it seeped back into his skin, looking at the surviving Peak International members. All of them were rightly panicked, shocked, alarmed, and every other word possible which could describe just surviving a nuclear bomb and only doing so because they were close enough to be ported away. Stark folded his arms. "We'll rebuild, that's what we always do. Some of you were employed during my Peak Industries time. Some of you moved to Kamelot, remember how that got destroyed? Avalon rose from the ashes. It's just a building... Horizon already hired you some London hotels, go clean yourselves up."

Leaving, Stark had other concerns. He teleported away and back to the broken Peak International, looking at his HUD.

"Do you remember that book we stole from Antonia? The one which she was given by Andres. I think it's time we called one of the dapper Knightfall's abomination's and put it to good use. Get me it's number."

-- Understood... Mr Stark.. --

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-- Mr Stark, critical failure potential detected. Peak International is currently under cyber attack. This does not appear to be a typical attack however, rather unconventional if I do say so --

Stark's artificial intelligence system Horizon was able to combat almost any threat. Only a few months ago had Horizon successfully warded off Prime Impero's technology after a brief struggle. "Lock down the critical systems and shut everything else down. It would take Santiago Porthos and all of Avalon's resources to even attempt to successfully break through our mainframe," with the orders Stark was quick to don his suit, the silvery Virillium substance coating his body as Anthony was alerted to a new threat. "What now." He was quick to growl, too busy to deal with this inconsequential distraction. -- Mr Stark, incoming bombers approaching from the sky. Permission to activate magnetic defence systems? I feel it would be a suitable counter. --

"Permission granted."

Stark was quick to respond. Around Peak International was other buildings of course, however Anthony Stark had learnt many many years ago that his buildings were attacked. Once upon a time Amaranth Strix and his band of renegades had attacked Peak Industries, in that struggle Stark had grabbed Amaranth and smashed them into an opposing building, causing considerable damage. This ended up with a lawsuit that cost Stark quite a bit of money... To say the least. After that ordeal Stark made sure to buy all buildings within the area and station them covertly with various defensive measures. In a square around Peak International were four pieces of technology which enables Stark effective control of parts of the electromagnetic spectrum but more notably metal itself. Horizon took control of these measures and sought to take control of Satar's troops and attackers and set them on a collision course with each other, using their own explosives against one another like rag-dolls.

Physical counter-measures aside.... There was another issue.

-- Mr Stark... There are numerous reports of employees trying to kill themselves. It appears Peak International has suffered three attacks. Cyber, physical and most dangerously psionic. The anti-psy shielding was unable to ward off the effects and I was forced to release a sleeper agent throughout the building. All members of staff have been rendered unconscious. Apologies sir, we will reimburse them with a 0.5% pay increase in the next years budget. --

"Horizon I swear to God, I have to pay people after I saved their lives now?"

He scowled once more but internally knew they were only in danger because he had attacked. Now to take the fight to whoever this was, most likely Satar if the troops attacking were any indication. He had used them before and would use them again it seemed. With a burst of speed, Stark used his source particles to go intangible and phase through the building, coming to stand upon the roof as fire raged everywhere. The magnetic defences clearly had not been enough to stop everything. Like a machine Stark looked left and right, his targeting systems locking onto anything which moved. "Fire." From his left and right shoulders a device storing miniature rockets opened like a pack of cigars, sending multiple miniature warheads at the hopefully suspended-by magnetism attackers who had survived in an attempt to kill them all.

~ "Horizon, damage report." ~

-- Peak International has suffered major damages. The fire which got through burned into the building and because of the system deactivation the fires are still raging. Counter-measures are deactivated. Estimated time before loss of life if three minutes, although I am yet to purge the system totally of the virus which has been implanted. Shall I employ the Praetorian Guards? -- "Yes." Stark responded. "But only defensively, and make sure they are in stealth. I do not want them targeted." From opposing buildings Stark's personal robotic guards activated their cloaking mechanism and sought to enter Peak International and where possible, put out fires and take the employees to the secure safe-zones within the building that not even Stark could break into easily. "Horizon, can you figure out a way to send back a message to the attacker's? Have you located the source?" -- I think so, Sir. -- "Well then, let's send them a message."..... If Satar was watching his troops screens, Stark hoped to beam a message to him. It was a clear message, as clear as Satar's own attack.

"You are a coward, Satar, hiding behind your army like a frightened dictator. You've always been a coward and you'll die like a coward. I remember how you ran from me in Gothic, it was pathetic. I'm televising this you know, so the entire world can see what a small man you are. If I'm wrong..." Stark chuckled. "...Come fight me yourself."

And with that Stark cut the transmission, waiting, hoping, Satar would come join the fight himself.

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There were a few reasons why Stark was about to go into business with S.T.R.I.K.E, most notably men like Julius had saved what little faith the businessman had for the US's moral and ethical responsibility. Faith, as it were, that men men like Julius and women like Ruby would still do their job despite their being men like Anthony Stark in the world. Stark would have happily murdered one hundred innocent lives with a single bomb to defeat a terrorist, in fact, he was responsible for once ruining thousands in Gothic...

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Stark stopped short at the entrance to the meeting room, removing his tech glasses and pocketing them. He composed himself. Stark was a man of many legacies and funding S.T.R.I.K.E would simply be another drop in the ocean for both his assets and future documents of his life. He often liked to think that for all of his immoral deeds, it was all for the greater good....

...But funding organisations such as this were a sure way to help his moral conscious, or was it simply a way to show a facade to people that he cared about the world.... Stark was a sociopath, or was he? Nobody really knew, sometimes neither did he.

With a warm smile Anthony entered the meeting room and stood behind his chair, holding the back of it.

"You still have those scary looking eyes don't you Ruby?" He joked, taking a seat and leaning back. "I'm glad you came to me. The world needs people like you," he winked, "and me.... To fund people like you," with a shrug, Stark flicked a credit card containing all the money in the world required to fund such an organization towards the future Director, interlocking his fingers and raising his brow.

"So how is this modern S.T.R.I.K.E going to work exactly?"

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@pre-mortem: @strigidae_100: @sionnach001:

Beams that'd phase right past the armored layers of Stark's suit and rapidly heat up the bodily fluids and fat molecules beneath the skin of the man behind Peak International. One Hundred's goal? To literally boil Stark from the inside, to see the trapped steam from Stark's boiling bodily fluids scorch his flesh until his heartbeat stopped. He'd fired his rounds, and now, the Black Knight was on the move, finding another cover spot, one far from the desk he'd just used.

What the... Stark pant in pain, feeling a sudden blow to his abdomen as One Hundred's sophisticated rounds surpassed his forcefield and layers of armor, succeeding to thud against his fleshy torso and set his body internally on what felt like fire. And then, something else just as bad happened...

-- Alert -- Alert -- Mister Stark, containment unit at 0% efficiency. Subject 87's restraints are completely inactive --

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Anthony signed heavily. "Oh, Strigidae. What have you done now?" He was quick to spin around, gazing as the metal containment tube split apart, caused by Pre-Mortem's attack... As it opened Stark clenched his fist out of pure instinct, a colossal roar echoed through the entire warehouse, the sound itself almost shaking the giant structure. This'll be fun. Stark thought, unwilling to see the consequences as he briskly turned towards the Renegade Remnant; his mask flipping down for a fraction of a second as he forced a wink, the pain of 100's attack still pulsing through his body as his regenerative technology desperately combat the effects. "Good luck."

And then he vanished.

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Up, up into the air - Blasting through the roof as though it wasn't ever there and climbing to the highest reaches of the atmosphere, he looked down as the beast began its escape. Communicating with Horizon.

-- Sir, would you like to activate the Godsbane protocol? I predict that combined with the Strigidae associates involvement, terminating subject 87 has approximately 10% chance to fail --

For a microsecond, the Merchant of Death contemplated. And then he made his mind.

>No. let us see how strong Subject 87 really is. Lock all external doors in the warehouse and let the intruders test our new weapon.<

-- Your injuries, sir? The unknown blast is frying you from the inside. Internal homeostatis is declining rapidly --

>Get me to Peak International, I couldn't find like this if I wanted.<

Back inside the warehouse

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The beast which Pre-Mortem had unleashed thud against the metal floor, looking at the one visible foe with a rage only Satar or Brahma Bull could muster. Hrrrgh.

It gnarled, pacing forward before into an outright sprint, seeking to brutally smash into the Renegade Remnant like a bulldozer...

...But uncaring if it missed, the real objective was the shiny vehicle behind him. It'd attempt to pick it up as though it was a toothpick and throw it back at the owner like a bowling ball.

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#5  Edited By Anthony_Stark

@lady_liberty: Step back a minute, what? I think you should calm down LOL I don't think I've ever @'d you once in my life for a moderator related issue? Maybe next time I'll ask a mod who is comfortable doing their job.

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@jean_knightfall: @hound_of_war: @rossum: @vai: @fraga: @jason_ford: @_animus_:

"How do we rebuild Gothic City?".

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Stark looked around, wondering how half the people in this room had even kept their businesses alive. Amateurs. This was an embarrassment and he could almost feel the same emotions radiating from Alexander Donn and Lichter in disguise. Building, or rebuilding in this case, was not the mental conundrum that everybody was making it out to be.

Slowly, Stark took a glance at Fraga.

"The same way any city is built."

He began, giving a brief nod in the direction of Rossum, agreeing with his own thoughts.

"To build a city isn't some advanced concept or theory, it doesn't require superman intellect... All you have to do is consult the building expertise we already have access to. How did any of your own business headquarters get designed and created? By skilled architects and already trusted Structural Engineers."

He slapped a palm onto the table, looking everyone individually in the eyes one at a time, he just knew that his comments would rattle a field insecure egos.

"Let's not have a throw-down of egos, rather a throw down of who is willing to provide manpower and resources. Sitting in this room, we potentially have access to the most qualified and vaunted handymen and women in the world. Peak International has already pledged to provide it's technological capabilities to resurrect the power grid and provide fixed and mobile telephone, television and broadband internet services to businesses and citizens."

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Stark clicked his wrist watch as a hologram of earth appeared, the year 1931, when the Empire Station Building had been completed. The hologram zoomed in until each member sitting in the conference could see the estimated 3400 people it took to build the Empire State Building. He then looked around at everyone, an experienced eye was also bored. How did a construction project have to be so complicated?

Too many cooks in the kitchen indeed.

He started giving the hologram some meaning.

"The last known figures showed that before the destruction there were approximately 240 skyscrapers in Gothic City... Now let's say because of an advancement in traditional technology it will take... 1500 construction workers to build a skyscraper in 2016? At least I was able to employ that many to create Peak Industries five years ago. Say we rebuilt those 240 skyscrapers, times 1500 workers per structure. That's 360,000 construction jobs instantly created." He looked around the room, making it obvious the thought of diamond nano-threads and swarms of technological ineptitude was pointless. There wasn't enough super-materials to create an entire city in the first place. "Now that's just for the skyscrapers, not accounting smaller buildings, hospitals, schools, housing, shops, police stations, the docks, and everything else comprising a modern day city."

Anthony smiled. He had once abandoned Gothic City and virtually left it destroyed, least he could do was offer some common sense when talking of construction. "We create jobs, and for those unskilled, we offer them apprenticeship initiatives. For every one worker we have two or three unskilled apprenticeships, galvanizing an entire workforce the future. I pledge right now to take on as many future and willing apprentices into Peak International who live in Gothic City. Every single corporation in this room will also now be doing the same. You disagree?" He pointed at the door, "feel free to step out." Anthony nodded to Donn.

"I'm sure the President and I are of like mind. We aren't here to help the 1%, we're here to help a broken city. We offer jobs, chances and education to citizens within these cities. And the talk of corruption?" Stark almost burst out laughing, shaking his head and leaning back into his chair. "What corruption? I'm sure you intelligent people already realize but the city is not a city anymore. There isn't any crime, there isn't even a city," Stark face-palmed, crossing one leg over the other. "Just say what your company can offer in real terms, how it can provide a future for the citizens, and what resources and expertise you can offer."

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@rossum: Not right now, just in future. I think the odds are stacked against Pyro enough right now.

Honestly they aren't. Stark could win that fight if I wanted to :P

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@k_brimstone: That's my secret, I'm actually a Marvel script writer for Stark.

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