For The Love Of Life 1 2b

[10:56] <@Minaplo> [Yanmei and Ezekiel approached their door. On each side of the door was a right hand alcove… With a reassuring smile to Yanmei, Ezekiel placed his hand within the alcove.]
06[11:01] * Yanmei nodded firmly, and did the same with the alcove on the other side of the door.
[11:03] <@Minaplo> [The door opened, splitting down the middle; as they walked through, it snapped shut with dangerous quickness…-
[11:03] <@Minaplo> [THUNK THUNK THUNK. In the distance, Yanmei heard huge thuds…-
[11:03] <@Minaplo> [THUNK THUNK THUNK.]
06[11:05] * Yanmei reached for Excalibur out of habit more than anything, but remembered which door she had selected in the end, and dropped her hand without pulling it. "Let's investigate?" She said, and cautiously followed the sound.
[11:07] <@Minaplo> ["Let's."]
06[11:12] * Yanmei went a few more paces before pausing, frowning. "Almost sounds like… power armor?" she said quietly. "Except… heavier? Like it's piloted by an Iron Guard or something. Did Ikari -kidnap- someone and hold them here as part of a trap?"
[11:12] <@Minaplo> ["Entirely possible."]
01[11:13] <Yanmei> "What's -wrong- with him?" she muttered. Still, there was no place to go but forward. So she did.
[11:17] <@Minaplo> [And they turned the corner…-
[11:18] <@Minaplo> [The Iron Guard was pacing back and forth furiously. Its armour was red, and a massive chainsword was on its belt along with a bolt pistol. As Yanmei turned, the Guard drew the sword in a whirling flourish, spinning on its heel to look at her.-
[11:18] <@Minaplo> ["YOU!" It roared. "YOU ARE THE ONE BEHIND THIS!? HOW DARE YOU INFRINGE ON MY PERSON!"]
01[11:24] <Yanmei> "Excuse me?" It was terrifying… but there was something vaguely Tien-like about this confrontation, and even in her confusion she straightened her back and dug in firmly. "Behind -what-? We just got here?"
[11:27] <@Minaplo> ["I HAVE BEEN HERE FOR THREE WEEKS! LOCKED IN THIS LITTLE ROCK BOX, PACING BACK AND FORTH! IT IS YOU WHO IS TO BLAME! DO NOT HIDE THE TRUTH WITH YOUR LIES!"]
06[11:32] * Yanmei held up her hands. "We aren't hiding anything? Here. What's your name?"
[11:41] <@Minaplo> [The Iron Guard's frame shook with anger.-
[11:42] <@Minaplo> ["MY NAME IS HELEN! I AM AN IRON GUARD IN THE SERVICE OF THE WIZARD WEAVER! I WILL BRING YOU HIS HEAD FOR THIS!"]
[11:42] <@Minaplo> [Bring him your head*]
01[11:50] <Yanmei> "There was a commander named Weaver helping my army at a recent battle? In Paris? I remember everyone talking about how strikingly brilliant he was during it~ And he must be, if a soldier as formidable as you holds him in high regard. Why don't you tell us more about him?"
[11:53] <@Minaplo> ["THAT JUST MAKES IT WORSE! YOU ARE A TRAITOR AND A KIDNAPPER! FOR YOUR DISHONOURABLE WAYS, I WILL DISEMBOWEL YOU AND STRING YOUR REEKING GUTS ALONG THE FLAGPOLES AS A WARNING FOR OTHERS! I WILL TEAR OUR YOUR RIBS…"-
[11:53] <@Minaplo> ["AND EAT THEM."]
01[11:57] <Yanmei> "We did -not- kidnap you!" It was an absolutely ridiculous threat… but for some reason, she felt as if Helen would make good on it all. Yanmei took a deep breath. "In fact, we're going to find a way to get you out of here? No strings attached."
[12:04] <@Minaplo> ["THE ONLY STRING ATTACHED HERE WILL BE THE HANGING OF YOUR TENDONS AND ARTERIES FROM A HOOK AS YOUR SKINNED, FLAYED BODY HANGS FROM A GIBBET!" Helen took an angry step forward, her chainsword revving ominously. "WHY?! WHAT VALUE IS THERE IN KIDNAPPING ME AND PUTTING ME IN THIS BOX! IF YOU INTEND FOR ME TO DIE, THEN KILL ME! IF NOT, THEN RELEASE ME!"]
01[12:11] <Yanmei> "The man who put you in this box isn't here! And we -are- releasing you? Kidnapping is wrong, and we wouldn't be able to look at ourselves if we passed by, knowing there was someone still unfairly imprisoned here. Isn't that right?" She glanced to Ezekiel.
[12:18] <@Minaplo> ["We have no intention of keeping you here." Said Ezekiel. "In fact, we may be prisoners ourselves. But the fact is that we are either your kidnappers or your rescuers. If we are your kidnappers, and you trust us, then your situation remains as is. But if we are your rescuers, and you distrust us, then you actively prohibit your situation improving."-
[12:20] <@Minaplo> ["BUT… BUT." The chainsaw whirred threateningly.-
[12:21] <@Minaplo> ["YOU STAND HERE AND SPEW WORDS AND DO NOTHING! IF YOU REALLY WERE MY RESCUERS, THEN RELEASE ME!"]
01[12:32] <Yanmei> "We're trying, but the threat of violence and rib-eating isn't doing much to help? Regardless, we'll reunite you with your wonderful commander in no time~ So you should try to calm down a little."
[12:37] <@Minaplo> [The Iron Guard advanced until she was towering over them. She brought the chainsword up so that it was about a foot and a half from Yanmei's face.-
[12:38] <@Minaplo> ["You aren't begging for mercy, nor weeping, nor pleading." Helen stared down at them, her face hidden by her helmet's murderous visage. "You are made of sterner stuff than I realised."]
01[12:42] <Yanmei> "Thank you." Yanmei had gone a lot stiffer with the chainsword so close her face, switching wide-eyed glances between it and the Guard. "Not to downplay your own restraint? Thank you for not attacking us on sight after going through such a horrible ordeal."
[12:46] <@Minaplo> [Helen took a step back, deactivating the chainsword and slapping it onto her thigh, where it magnetised. "I still may if you do not find a way out of this!"]

-cont'd-

(13:20:09) Yanmei: "Right…" Yanmei tossed her hair… and then noticed a certain dampness about her hairline and forehead. Sweat? She went on hastily, trying not to draw attention to it, trying to step past Helen. "Let's have another look around?"
(13:24:09) @Minaplo: ["There is nothing but another door!" Said Helen angrily, gesturing down the hallway. "It refuses to open, and has no handle! Only hand alcoves."]
(13:25:42) Yanmei: "Ah! Like the way in!" Yanmei's shoulders sagged with obvious relief. "Let's do it, then, Mr. Ezekiel?" She hurried down the hallway.
(13:25:57) @Minaplo: [He followed along silently.-
(13:26:25) @Minaplo: [Indeed there was a doorway here, and it had two handprints, both right hands… But one of the handprints was obviously too large for Ezekiel's gracile hand.]
(13:31:10) Yanmei: "I see." Yanmei took the one regular-sized handprint, and then glanced over her shoulder. "Ms. Helen~ We need you~"
(13:32:04) @Minaplo: [Helen stomped over, staring down at the handprint. "Hmph." She pulled off her right hand gauntlet, and placed it into the alcove.-
(13:32:20) @Minaplo: [There was a momentary static shock, felt up their arms; then the door slid open!-
(13:32:40) @Minaplo: ["Freedom! I AM FREE! OUT OF THIS LITTLE ROCK BOX! BEWARE, WORLD!"]
(13:35:58) Yanmei: "H-hold on! There's a whole weird trap-filled tomb beyond here. Let's stick together until we get to the end of it together?"
(13:39:29) @Minaplo: ["I care not for traps!"-
(13:39:45) @Minaplo: [Helen stampeded out of the room, nearly bowling them over in the process.-
(13:42:33) @Minaplo: [The room beyond was larger than their little rock box-corridors. Yanmei could see three doors easily- her own, and two others. The only exit 'forward' seemed to be a trapdoor in the corner.-
(13:44:27) @Minaplo: [There were some other features. There was a table to their left, groaning under the weight of a veritable feast. Hot pork sausages sat around full, plump roast turkeys, the marinade juices glistening on the flesh; a platter of freshly-made, beautiful sushi sat to one side, whilst a giant loaf of bread shared space with a colossal mountain of near-bursting grapes, brilliant red apples,
(13:44:27) @Minaplo: firm bananas, lush lettuces and healthy carrots.]
(13:48:07) Yanmei: "What… on earth." Yanmei hung back, glaring at the table, as if she expected a monster to rise out from amongst the feast and eat them instead. She moved around it, going for a closer inspection of the trap door.
(13:49:13) @Minaplo: ["FOOD! I SHALL PARTAKE!"-
(13:50:20) @Minaplo: [There was a hard -thunk- sound as Helen tore her helmet off. Beneath the helmet, Yanmei would see the face of a hard woman; her features were angular, thick and solid. She had thick brown eyebrows and short brown hair and alarmingly red eyes. She rushed the table, grabbing a fistful of sausages and tearing into them like a beast. "ARRGHNOGHGHGHGHRRR"]
(13:54:03) Yanmei: "Wha- Did you not hear me talking about traps?! What are you going to do if that stuff is poisoned, huh? Or if eating it sets off some mechanism that makes the ceiling grow spikes and drop down to crush us?!"
(13:54:32) @Minaplo: ["HRGHARHGHE!" She threw a sausage at Yanmei. "NO TERRESTRIAL POISON CAN KILL ME!"-
(13:54:42) @Minaplo: [Yanmei would see one of the other doors opening, revealing…]
(13:57:54) Sept: A Sera with his upper body and back mostly caked with drying blood, followed by a relatively spotless Shinji. "What's this?" Sera frowned at the room's contents.
(13:59:19) @Minaplo: [Helen turned on her heel. "HAR! YOU!"]
(14:00:17) Yanmei: "That's what I want to know," Yanmei muttered, arms folded, scowling briefly down at the sausage that had struck her. She looked up again, and her eyes widened. "What in god's name happened to-?! What?"
(14:05:01) Sept: "What is it? And who're you?" He looked at Helen.
(14:08:37) @Minaplo: ["I AM HELEN, IRON GUARD KNIGHT LIEUTENANT OF THE LORD WEAVER!"-
(14:08:45) @Minaplo: [She tore through another sausage.]
(14:09:46) * Sept turned toward Yanmei again, hoping for a more effective answer.
(14:10:15) Yanmei: "We found her." Yanmei shrugged. "So now she's coming with us once she finishes eating or she sets off a trap. Whichever happens first? Also, you are completely covered in blood. Dare I ask what happened in there?"
(14:11:50) Sept: "Oh." Sept nodded toward Shinji. "He set an armored lion on fire. Volatile. That's all there was in there."
(14:14:27) @Minaplo: ["Yeah, apparently when we chose to 'kill the songbird' we actually chose to fight a mutant lion thing." Said Shinji, grumbling. "Hey, is that food ok to eat?"-
(14:14:43) @Minaplo: ["It is -not- poisoned, despite what the plumhead says!"]
(14:15:47) * Yanmei scowled openly at that. "My name is Yanmei!"
(14:18:06) @Minaplo: ["Yanmei had to persuade Lieutenant Helen that Yanmei wasn't her kidnapper." Said Ezekiel helpfully.-
(14:18:09) @Minaplo: ["You are Plumhead!"]
(14:20:38) Sept: "Do you name everyone you meet like that?"
(14:21:09) @Minaplo: ["Only if I feel like it!"]
(14:24:40) Yanmei: "Tch." Yanmei tossed her hair. "Anyway, if our detours opened up to the same place, then Blanc's must as well." She spent a moment more looking at the trapdoor. "Let's hang out for a while until she shows."
(14:29:46) Sept: "Is the trapdoor unlocked?"
(14:32:23) Yanmei: Yanmei peered closely at it, her eyes narrowed in intense concentration. "I can't tell," she said with a definitive tone.
(14:40:58) @Minaplo: ["Try opening it." Suggested Shinji.]
(14:41:45) * Yanmei reached for and gave it an experimental tug.
(14:42:49) @Minaplo: [Locked!]
(14:43:26) Yanmei: "No good," she said with a sigh.
(14:46:16) Aline: » The radios of the group crackled! "Hey. I had a thought."
(14:49:19) Yanmei: "!" Yanmei reached for hers quickly. "What is it, Blanc?"
(14:50:19) Sept: "Huh." Sera held his out for a more jarring echo. Or to hear it better. "Yeah?" he answered as well.
(14:52:00) Aline: » "You two are through with your hallways, right? Why not check to see if there's anything on this side of the last door?"
(14:54:29) * Sept turned to approach the last one as prompted. "Like what?"
(14:55:23) Aline: » "…I dunno. Hand things? Marks? Anything."
(14:59:33) Yanmei: "There's nothing like that? It's a smooth door in a big room with a trapdoor in the floor and a weird table full of food."
(15:01:00) Sept: "It's… pretty clear, yeah."
(15:15:53) * Sept hit the button on the radio again. "You'll give us a shout if you want us to break in, right?"
(15:18:48) Aline: » "Yeah."
(15:25:09) * Yanmei hit the button on hers now too, frowning. "Hey Blanc? What are things like on your side, anyway?"
(15:31:27) Aline: » "…With someone. The door is locked by a hole that needs a katana to open, but he's not going to just /open it/ because I asked."
(15:38:35) Yanmei: "Wait… there's no food or water over there? How's that guy been staying alive?"
(15:39:13) Aline: » "…I'm not entirely sure."
(15:43:54) Yanmei: "…ask him? I mean, he's not an Iron Guard, or something that doesn't need periodic food and bathroom breaks, right? Some sort of Angelic experiment or something?"
(15:46:02) Aline: » "Mmm. Fair enough."
(15:53:35) @Minaplo: [Shinji meanwhile had approached the giant table of food against the wall, glancing up at Helen. "You're sure it's not poisoned?"-
(15:53:49) @Minaplo: [Helen vengefully tore off a turkey leg and bit it in half, bone and all, and chewed contemptuously.]
(15:55:36) Sept: "… there's food and water over -here-, Yanmei. I don't know what kind of convoluted riddle this guy has, but… we definitely didn't see any food anywhere until now."
(15:57:04) * Yanmei had not taken her finger off the button on her radio. "He might be interested in knowing that, especially since there are certain people now ravaging it. There might not be much left soon?"
(15:59:01) @Minaplo: ["Silence! I ravage what I will, Plumhead!"]
(16:03:07) Aline: » "…Even so."

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