Flying the Coop (Sess)

Hitura Rael

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"The Genion is our priority. No mention was made of your survival, traitor."
"Which one? The real one? Or the half assembled mockery you're about to miss?" James' hands lifted off the controls ever so slightly before tensing. Gripping the controls hard would not be good at the moment...He had to control his anger, not charge in and ram Genion's fist into the mouthy little cockwank's face...

The Genion's proximity alarm chirped, prompting James to put his hands on the controls again. The Azure machine flinched back from the beam that engulfed the knights. "Good, disgraceful cockwaffles." There was no remorse for their loss.

"Following his advice might boost your life expectancy. But only if you run."
Of course, the remaining knights didn't run. They never did. Vengance was always the first thing in their mind and pursued wrecklessly. He let them go to find the hidden 'angel' in the dark. Their voice was familiar... but from where? Another proximity alarm broke him from his pondering. The Genion sprinted away from the hangar before it went up in flames. He frowned at the trio of Gespenst and readied for combat. But... It wouldnt do to fight if it was unnecessary.

"Not here to fight you or quell whatever you're doing. I'm escorting a Terran vessel to safety. Stand down," He did not dare risk looking away from his enemies. "Merida, can you find if the ship made it out?"

The woman jumped at the sound of her name and stared up at James for a moment, her brain slowly catching up with reality. The dazed look on her face resolved into unease and fear, then masked by resolve as she searched through the monitors.
 
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Group one provoked and crippled. Moving on to group two.

Liana allowed herself a satisfied smile as the Lunarian forces attacks bounced off her barrier. She turned her attention to the second group of hostiles, and her smile immediately vanished. Terra Sentinel. Significantly higher priority than the lunatics from the moon. Angering the Lunarians was more than enough, and depending on their actions might even be allowed to live. But the Gespensts needed to die.


Thrusters roared as the Aion burst out from the asteroids it had been hidden in, launching itself at the Lyunpees - and directly between them, more than fast enough to smash through anything stupid enough to stand in its way. The massive machine twisted mid-flight, its chest opening up to unleash a barrage of missiles onto the Gespensts. She kept on moving, twisting her approach so she was charging behind the cloud of missiles. A technique developed after her last squabble in a colony, a desperate move which had proved more effective than she'd have believed.

"Don't bother. They're willing to kill anyone who sees them. Just start shooting. And don't stop until they're dead."
 

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Liana's surprise charge roughly bulldozed the two remaining Lympees aside, sending the mass-produced machines sprawling - but they weren't on the backfoot for long. Only a moment longer, and they were in hot pursuit, Orgon Guns flaring rounds into her exposed back. What kind of fool, they thought, would ever turn his back on a Knight of the Moon?

The Gespensts, for their part, were seemingly more prepared than the Knights for the onslaught of Shadow Mirror's specialty machine. As her missile swarm shot out at them, they reacted as one - all three opening fire with their firearms, shotgun blasts and machinegun rounds clearing the swarm with almost mechanical precision.

However, her charging immediately behinfd the swarm caught them unawares, one machine being caught by her rough tackle - but within her cockpit, a proximity alarm would have sounded as the black machine found a handhold, closing its arm around her machine's exterior armor plates. The trio of plasma stakes on its left arm crackled to life as its visor glowed.

"Jet Magnum."

The Mk-IIM slammed its fist home into the chest of the Aion, aiming to completely discharge the plasma-bucklers and destroy its assailant in a seemingly suicidal strike - or, perhaps they were simply past caring about their own survival.

Turning as one, the remaining two machines fell upon her as well, opening up with their handheld M90 Assault Machineguns, seeking to drown the Shadow Mirror operative in bullets.

Meanwhile, near James the transport vessel was emerging from the hangar - just partially behind the Genion. Flanking it were a pair of off-white Axios, not much - but better than nothing, at least. The Genion's radio crackled to life, as the supervisor he had previously spoken to's voice came through the void.

"James, we're moving out. If you can hold out for three minutes, we should be clear."
Perhaps, however, it was easier said than done.

In the distance, there were more emerald gleams on the horizon - and no mere Lympees were these. It was time for the Knight Police to bring out the big guns.

Each of the nine Knight Machines that had materialized carried on its shoulder a cannon of truly gargantuan size - one that matched even the Terran Barrrelion, yet no Lunarian scientist would ever admit to taking inspiration from them (oh heavens no!). The lead machine surveyed the chaos before it... And raised a hand.

"There's a civilian ship, Sire."
"It's Terran in origin. Blow it apart!"

Almost as one, the Dona Lympees arms snapped into their fearsome barrels, transforming each machine into a fearsome artillery platform. Glowing lights filled their Orgone Cannons barrels, preparing to rain absolute destruction on both James and the DEI vessel-

"S-Sire!"

The last second warning almost went unheeded, as the lead machine glanced up - only a for a bolt of what appeared to almost be lightning ripped through its body, tearing it - and four of its fellows - to shreds, causing the remaining machines to scatter in disarray.

"...Pretty sure I told you..."

Appearing just on the edge of the Genion's sensors, a familiar form loomed - both figuratively and literally, over all present. The Geminia lowered its palms, energy still streaming from its fingertips, and affixed its younger twin with a fiery neon stare.



Within the cockpit, the pilot sighed, and opened his eyes. Seems he'd been foolish to think he could rid himself of the young man with that performance alone.



"...to stay put, didn't I James?" Said Gerart Enfield.
 

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"Don't bother. They're willing to kill anyone who sees them. Just start shooting. And don't stop until they're dead."
"I figured, but it's only polite to give them a chance to not kick hornets nests." No mercy then, The Terrans were all gonna die, either from the mystery machine or by the Genion, and they better pray that the familiar sounding woman got to them first.

"James, we're moving out. If you can hold out for three minutes, we should be clear."
James watched the machine move in to tangle with the Terrans, the Genion making to move in and lend aid... But he had other priorities at the moment and it could wait until the ship was cleared.

"Acknowledged. If you see the opportunity to bolt take it." The Genion reached for it's weaponry. With swift, practiced motions, the remotes were assembled and released to flank the Genion at either shoulder. James frowned at the distant glimmers. "Shit..." he muttered under his breath. His luck was terrible today. He didn't feel any need to move to defend the ship though. If it was blown up... that mockery went with it and they could escape on their own. The scientists had poor judgement. He was almost disapointed when something ripped through the knights ranks and halted the ship from being blasted to bits.

"...Pretty sure I told you..." "...to stay put, didn't I James?" Said Gerart Enfield.
James shifted his attention to the ships savior and almost cursed again. He did not need another engagement with Einfield right now. Or ever in his opinion... But... it was an opportunity... He shifted his comms to focus on the Geminia.

"Could we talk about my not staying put once we're clear? I'm Escorting that ship out of the war zone. It has a half assembled Genion made of spare parts on it. We... really need to talk. Not fight- Talk." He wasn't about to admit he was going to blow that mockery up himself. Not until he knew where Gerart stood on that thing. The Genion charged forward to engage the knights with Gerart.
 
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Barrier at Critical. Shutting down in five...
Liana flinched at the sight of her own machine smashing through the Lunarian mechs like toys, the various altrets about additional forces giving her pause. So much for causing a little trouble and getting out - this was becoming a full-on warzone. Thinking about things in terms of units was becoming counterproductive. Every force in play had to be disabled - but the problem needed to be broken down. Deep breaths. Even the violence outside became oddly silent to her, every sound fading away except the relaxing thump of the repeated impacts against her armor. But soon even those slowed, and after a second of contemplation her eyes snapped open with a new purpose.

Executing defeat in detail. Need to think faster.



Scenario one:

Let the detonation consume the Gespenst - rely on barrier to defend rear armor while crushing Terra Sentinel. Pile bunker on unit one, beam on tw-

No.. that won't work. Too much damage sustained from explosion. Barrier will be crippled. Death certain. Different approach required.

Scenario two:

Pre-empt the Gespenst by firing missiles early. Kill all three, then switch focus to the Lunarian-

Too big. Missiles are only guaranteed a single kill. And even if it could, too much time has passed. Need to combine solutions. Now.

Scenario three:

Launch missiles. Kill first. Use momentum to sandwich Gespensts two and three before exploiting-

No more time to think. Executing.



Her Aion's torso exploded outwards as the Jet Magnum pierced into it, the second rack of missiles launching point blank even as the plasma stakes caused them to detonate. While the chain reaction would tear a huge hole in her machine's chest, the TS machine would be lucky to get away with only losing the arm. Not many machines could survive a rack of missiles going off in their face, but the area around the racks had been hardened specifically to defend against something cooking off the ammunition.

"Fatal mistake."

One down, two to go. Gespensts two and three would each see one of the Aion's hands extend towards them, beam guns firing for suppression as she turned the super robot towards the one on the right. No chance of scoring a kill, but... that wasn't the point. She wanted to distract them, make them spend those vital seconds defending while she got behind them. And more importantly, got them pincered between her and the Lunarian police force. One last gesture opened a global communication line, aimed at both 'unknown' units and the supporting Axios.

"Our chances of survival increase if you start eliminating the enemy gifted. Get to work."

Her tone was clipped, cool and analytical with a definite hint of malice. She'd spoken without thinking, ironically enough - used the term from her world rather than theirs. But it didn't matter. They'd understand.
 

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"A second Genion?"

Enfield's avarice seemed to fade somewhat, the surprise seeping into his voice in response to James inquiry - but he quickly shook it off. Whatever Selene was planning, whatever the young man thought of him... They'd settle accounts when the moment was right. Still... A part of him was glad to see him alive, despite his demeanor.

"...You're right, Sir Steelheart. Words can wait."

The remaining five Dona Lympees had now reformed, gawking at the behemoth and the cerulean machine bearing down on them.

"G-Geminia?! The Knight of Knights is here?!"

"That's right." Said Gerart, the Geminia's right hand glowing bright as it pulled the Broken Lightwave Blade, Formenia from its palm. The titan brandished the weapon at the Knights, tip gleaming with the keen edge of Dimensional Force.

"Who among you is brave enough to strike me down?"

"F-fire! FIRE!"

Three of the colosal arm cannons opened fire on the Geminia as Enfield joined James' charge, with another two targeting the Genion itself. Nothing his D-Field couldn't handle - but the young man would be in for a rough ride if either artillery-grade round connected.

Meanwhile, the Gespenst that had struck the Aion was enveloped in the ensuing blast as its missiles cooked off. It was questionable whether the operative knew - less so cared whether he lived or died, as the machine was practically motionless as it was swallowed by explosions, its own reactor going critical and detonating with all the force of a bomb in Liana's vicinity.

The remaining two paused momentarily at her communication, even as the scattered chunks of their comrade flew about them... but only then for an instant. Both raised their arms reflexively as her beam guns opened up, tearing gashes in both of their frames - yet neither so much as budged an inch backward, waiting out the torrent of fire in complete, stoic silence. Her communication would display as received... Yet, eerily, there seemed to be no response.

Witnesses had to be eliminated. The Lunarian prototype could wait. Sparks flared from both units shoulders as they paused to reload their weapons, several small plate-like shapes being dispensed into the surroundings. The woman's wit had only won her the most momentary reprieve.

"Slash Rippers."

Six total, the bladed disks hurtled forward, bladed arms emerging from their sides to whirr to life, each intended to shear the tenacious Shadow Mirror Agent's machine limb from limb.
 

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"Yeah. You're not with the Terran eggheads tryin to swipe the spare then?" James asked Einfield alone, ignoring most of the other communications. The woman though, said something that struck at some foggy memory. It was something she said... gifted?

James glanced back over to the other woman's struggle. "Damnit..." He muttered, "Can you handle those back there for a minute while I bail her ass out?"

James didn't wait for Einfield to respond. The enemy would wait for no one and he did owe the woman one. The Genion accelarated backward, twisting to both dodge the artillery rounds and turn and face the black machines bearing down on Liana. He'd take a few hits if he had to, the D-Field could handle it. The remotes charged ahead of him, announcing the Genion's approach in a rain of emerald plasma firing upon the disk shapes.

He couldn't afford to leave the knights at his back for long. He pushed the Genion as fast as she could, using the momentum to deliver a painful blow to the back of the first Gespenst in the back, following through with the strike to keep going forward until the momentum could be shifted to turn around again and charge back to the knights.