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@homura_kitsune: (and everyone else, but I'm pretty certain this is the only direct attack I have to respond to, at the moment; please sing out if I am mistaken)!

The temerity.

The indignity.

Pain, at least conventional pain, had long ceased to be a meaningful part of Vitus' existence. His unliving, necrotite-infused body did not register agony from physical damage as it would have when he was a living being; it was often little more than a passing thought, an inconvenient reminder that he would need to attend to repairing that damage at some point. The attack on his person, while inflicting a surprising amount of damage to his body, did not cripple him with the torment that would have wracked a living target.

That said, his sense of pride had, if anything, been enhanced by his condition. Even in life, none had dared to attack him in such an...irreverent manner; that some inhabitant of this backwards, water-logged piece of cosmic detritus would have the audacity to do so was simply unacceptable. His vision grew as red as his eyes blazed with fury, lips pulling back over predatory fangs in a snarl so reflexively primal that it would have given a wild animal pause.

However all the arcane and technological enhancement in the universe did not alter the laws of physics, The uncanny impact of the blows tossed him about like a rag doll, and left him in no position to respond to the attack, or evade the destruction of the building upon which he stood. In a matter of seconds, the cosmic vampire found himself in an improvised tomb consisting of tons of rubble.

Had he been alive, the attack would have killed him a dozen times over. As it was, he was going to require time and sustenance to repair himself. Rather than attempt to use his telekinesis to dig his way free, he once again faded into mist, which seeped downwards into the damaged foundations of the city until it located a easier means of traversing: sewers and subway tunnels. Here, he would rest and feed, first upon the omnipresent vermin, and then upon survivors who had fled below ground to evade the attack on their city.

The image of his attacker burned in his mind as he slowly regained his strength. While he may have been removed from this battle long enough to no longer factor into its outcome, he would find the one who had dared to oppose him in such a mocking manner.

He would find him, and use him to redefine the very notion of suffering...

Back on the surface:

If the Deathborn even registered the catastrophic removal of their commander from the battlefield, they gave no outward indication. They had their orders, and carried them out like the malevolent synthesis of machine and living mind that they were. They continued to inflict damage on the city, even as the initial shock of the assault wore off and their offense began to lose momentum. For all the civilian casualties that had been inflicted, most of the humans able to do so had fled the streets, finding hiding places that, for the moment at least. made them unsuitable targets. Above, the Strikers' numbers began to dwindle, as the Earth's defenders rallied.

Where a conventional military might begin to fall back, however, the forces of the Imperium pressed coldly onward, driven by their programming to act as ordered. Only new orders or their own destruction would deter them, and it seemed likely that any further orders would not be forthcoming, barring the appearance of a new commander.

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@galatea_: Ha! Yeah I figured that might happen. I'm waiting for Nova to lock and delete it -_-

In all seriousness, my first thought on seeing this was that your account had gotten hacked, lol.

Awesome stuff, though!

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Relocation completed; I'll try to get caught up tomorrow!

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@chloe_bates: Actually, if you're in a position to go, please feel free! I got news yesterday that I have to relocate (it wasn't unexpected, but I didn't know it was going to be this week), and that might tie me up for the next couple of days.

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@zazie_jefferson: @supreme_sapien: @apex_predator87: @ultra-woman: @trinity-blue: @homura_kitsune:

Success.

Nearly too much success, truthfully.

The defenders of the Earth did not disappoint. Their counterattack, while not seemingly entirely coordinated, was as sudden and furious as the Deathborn’s initial assault. His warriors found their attacks being reflected back at themselves, their bodies separated and scattered across the horizon, and tossed about like children’s toys by beings who fought with potent energies or pure muscle.

His minions continued to pour from their portals, and his fighters swarmed like locusts, but where the numerical advantage was clearly his, even dozens of them could not match any one of their titanic opposition. What truly announced the turning of the tide, however, was the destruction of his flagship. Neatly bisected by the Fallen Destructor, the ship had barely time to begin succumbing to the effects of the planet’s gravity before it was completely obliterated in a barrage of explosive attacks.

As the death throes of the massive heavy cruiser would rain fire and shrapnel upon those below, however, an unearthly mist would emerge from the smoke and smolder, drifting heedless of the prevailing wind to settle upon the top of a nearby skyscraper. There, the unnatural formation coalesced into the form of the cosmic vampire, standing with arms folded, and a burning, baleful glare sweeping the city below.

His goal in coming to the Earth had not been victory; here, his task was to occupy the planet’s defender and allow his ally the opportunity to put her own machinations into action. That being said, he was not fond of throwing resources away without some manner of return, so as he activated his forces’ supernova protocols (which would command them to focus their tactics on causing as much collateral damage as possible, rather than trying to take down the most powerful opponents), he began to intently observe and analyze each enemy from his vantage point.

The remaining Strikers, meanwhile, would begin to strafe and swarm the defending heroes. While they were neither especially durable or offensively powerful, they remained numerous, and were fast enough that they would present challenging targets. Once they engaged, Vitus would bring his telekinesis into play, using it to hurl the twisted scrap from his destroyed ship and massive pieces of masonry at his opposition.

Ever one to mentally multi-task, the cosmic vampire sent one telepathic message to his ally, @madison_maynard: “the Terran defenses are engaged, Queen. Be swift!”

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@acrimony: See, this is why I want to eliminate organic life: not because of the inherent threat of the major forms of life, but because of the inherent annoyance of the minor ones! >:P

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I swear, fruit flies have the ability to either teleport or turn invisible.

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I will definitely get back into things, this weekend; this week hasn't been good for creativity, and with everyone else pulling out all the stops, I don't want to bring any less than my A-game.

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Wow, I have a lot of reading to catch up on, tonight!

That makes me very happy. ^_^