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[08:51] * Yanmei fidgeted in the Captain's chair. -
[08:57] <Yanmei> Things had been slooow on the Bride since her return from Marianne's quarters. It felt as if she barely needed to be there at all. For now she checked over some reports she had already seen, occasionally peeking up hopefully at the others still stationed around her. Unfortunately there was little gossip or idle chatter going around today, so inevitably she just returned to working.
[08:59] <Mianplo> [A beeping on one of the chair's arm-consoles.-
[08:59] <Mianplo> [("Savage to Bridge.")]
[09:05] <Yanmei> "!" Yanmei eagerly pressed the little button that would allow her to reply. It was also located on the arm-console. "This is the Bridge~ Chancellor Zhang speaking? What's up?"
[09:15] <Mianplo> [("I've just returned with your personal guard. The ones taken from the representatives from the Australian clans. Do you want me to bring them up?")]
[09:22] <Yanmei> "Ah! Sure! It'd be nice to get some introductions in before our return? We'll be waiting."
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[09:27] <Mianplo> [("Right on.")-
[09:27] <Mianplo> [About ten minutes later, Yanmei would hear the tell-tale sound of the bridge elevator doors opening. She heard a quarrellsome melange of grumbling and muttering, a few muffled curses, then finally a clear voice.-
[09:28] <Mianplo> ["Chancellor Zhang." Said Terry, forcing his way out of the crowded-looking elevator.]
[09:34] * Yanmei stood up from the chair. "Brigadier Savage. Esteemed Honor Guard." She cleared her throat and raised her voice to be heard above the hubbub and also to attract the attention of the few remaining Bridge Bunnies if they weren't already following along. She dramatically swept an arm around to encourage the newcomers to soak it all in. "Welcome, everyone, to the Bridge of the Dorian Lachapelle~"
[09:36] <Yanmei> ^Security Chief Savage
[09:44] <Mianplo> [A few seconds into the speech, someone pushed their way out of the elevator. Terry reached forward, but the man forcefully shoved Terry aside, sending him crashing into a wall.-
[09:46] <Mianplo> [The man was tall and huge, as one might expect from an Iron Guard. He had ruddy skin and a high mohawk of hair, dyed electric laser blue. He wore an open robe of neon blue and violet, trimmed with some kind of white fur. Decorative feathers hung from the trim and cuffs. The robe was open at the chest, revealing a huge distorted barrel chest, covered in ritual scars- how exectly he'd scarred
[09:46] <Mianplo> himself when his body could regenerate so quickly was best left to the imagination.-
[09:47] <Mianplo> [Despite his presence and eye-catching outfit, he was slightly smaller than his comrades, a little slimmer. He had the look of a swimmer or maybe a runner about him.-
[09:50] <Mianplo> ["I am Theodore, warrior and champion of the mighty Cassowary Clan!" He announced, his voice filling the entire room. "Many have trespassed me, and many have felt the tear of my talons." He thumbed his scars, which Yanmei would now realise were- vaguely- shaped like a bird's taloned foot.-
[09:51] <Mianplo> ["I will not serve the weak." He said, staring down at Yanmei, clearly unimpressed. "Call yourself a leader? I ought to beat you now and become Chancellor myself!"]
[10:13] <Yanmei> Off to a magnificent start. Yanmei glowered at him, but managed to keep her temper mostly at bay. She even tossed her hair a bit to show how unruffled she was. -
[10:17] <Yanmei> "Sorry, but you wouldn't even have a shot? That's not the way we elect Chancellors around here. And in any case, -how-, exactly, am I weak?"
[10:21] <Mianplo> ["You send others to do your bidding, because you are too small and afraid to come yourself." Said Theodore of the Cassowaries. "If you were really a leader, you could bare your mighty battlescars and fight me one on one!"]
[10:30] <Yanmei> "I send others because I can't be in two places at once! Do I -look- like I fear you? Any of you?" She shot a glance to the other Guards around the elevator.
[10:42] <Mianplo> ["Not me, Chancellor." Said a second guard, stepping out of the elevator. This one was taller, but still slim (by Guard standards). He had long brown hair tied back in a ponytail, and wore a luxurious, shimmery silky silver and black robe that seemed to flow around him in waves, almost frictionless. He held a small box under his left arm.-
[10:43] <Mianplo> [He placed his right hand over his heart and bowed. "I am Julius, emissary of the Chief Spider Clan. I beseech you not to listen to Teddy of the Peacock Clan here…"-
[10:46] <Mianplo> ["The Tiny Insect Clan need all of their many eyes, because they have trouble recognising their betters." Said Theodore, his face reddening with anger.-
[10:47] <Mianplo> ["Unfamiliarity, I'm afraid." Said Julius with a shrug. He threw a theatrical glance towards the rest of the bridge, grinning, as though mugging for an invisible audience. Instead he had Hyuga, Archibald, Vimes and James, who were staring at the group with extreme caution.-
[10:47] <Mianplo> [Someone in the elevator did laugh, though.]
[11:02] * Yanmei did, at least smile at him. "Thank you for the warm greeting, Mr Julius. I'm looking forward to getting to learn about you and your clan. That goes for everyone?"
[11:04] <Mianplo> ["Bah." Theodore snorted. "She reacts so well to the silky words of an insect, but has no respect for a sign of honest strength. That is how I know she is weak." He turned to leave.-
[11:04] <Mianplo> [The last three of the 'Honour' Guard had filed out now. One of them stepped forward to bar Theodore's path.-
[11:06] <Mianplo> [He was dark-skinned and powerfully built, wearing a sort of poncho made of feathers over a basic brown robe. Elaborate and beautiful tattoos coursed down his arms and around his face, highlighting his eyes especially. "You cannot say that, Theodore." Said the new man. "Resent her not for having the eyes to see how hollow your strength is. No one respects a bird that does not fly."-
[11:07] <Mianplo> [He turned to Yanmei. "Mark, of the Wedge-Tailed Eagle Clan."]
[11:21] <Yanmei> "Hello, Mark. Theodore, please stay. I appreciate all of you for coming here at the very least."
[11:26] <Mianplo> ["More pretty words." Muttered Theodore, but blocked as he was, he turned.-
[11:29] <Mianplo> ["Outta the way." Muttered a fourth voice. The other Guard cursed as they were shoved aside, revealing the fourth Guard- a woman, shorter than the others but much stockier, her body bulging with powerful, developed muscles. She wore a brown coat over her robe, on which were dozens of pointed, sharp-looking spines.-
[11:31] <Mianplo> ["Shelly of the Echidna Clan." Said the woman, her hands on her hips. She noticed suddenly that some of her spines were coated in a thin layer of blood. Experimentally, she reached out, ran her fingers over a bloody tip and licked them.-
[11:32] <Mianplo> ["Mm, Wedgetail blood." Said Shelly. "I know it well…"-
[11:32] <Mianplo> [Mark visibly bristled, his hands curling into fists.-
[11:32] <Mianplo> ["Go ahead and punch. Go on." Goaded Shelly.-
[11:33] <Mianplo> [Theodore watched them both carefully, his own stance shifting subtly.-
[11:33] <Mianplo> [Julius of the Spider Clan simply rolled his eyes.]
[11:38] <Yanmei> "No punching," Yanmei warned. "Or goading. Here, anyway. This room has lots of fragile equipment in it? Also, we should be trying to work together."
[11:40] <Mianplo> ["Work together?" Snarled Mark. "With a savage-" He gestured at Theodore, who beamed- ", a traitor-" He nodded at Julius, who looked only slightly offended, "And a stubborn, persistent rodent?" He glowered at Shelly.-
[11:42] <Mianplo> ["It's true." Said Shelly. "I can't work together with this lot. The Echidna Clan has thrashed them all so often, we know exactly how shit they are at just about anything."-
[11:43] <Mianplo> [Theodore looked as though he was about to pipe up when suddenly a high-pitched shriek tore through the room- it sounded like Archibald!]
[11:50] * Yanmei spun to her at once, clearly alarmed. She'd never even heard her make a noise like that before!
[11:53] <Mianplo> [A stranger- a Guard- was standing over her, trapping her between him and the console console. He was simultaneously the tallest and thinnest of the lot- it was strange to describe him as gangly, considering he was an Iron Guard, and yet there he was. This fifth Guard was pale, with wide, protuberant fish-like eyes. His skin had an almost translucent quality, and Yanmei could see even
[11:53] <Mianplo> from a distance the thin veins running over his face.-
[11:53] <Mianplo> [The other four Guard all swore and muttered at this. "Platypus Clan." Muttered Mark, his voice full of disgust.]
[12:00] <Yanmei> "Excuse me," she called. "Er. Mr Platypus Clan member? What are you doing?"
[12:12] <Mianplo> [The Platypus Clan member didn't turn. In fact he didn't move at all- with one exception. His head turned around to face Yanmei, moving so that it sat at a perfect 180 degrees away from where it normally faced. Those bulging eyes focused on her. He licked his lips a few times, almost like a nervous tic, and seemed to ponder his answer for a silent, awkward minute. Eventually, he spoke: "She
[12:12] <Mianplo> smells."]
[21:51] <Yanmei> For another awkward moment, silence settled again as Yanmei stared back, truly at a loss for words. -
[21:53] <Yanmei> Eventually, she decided that the best thing for everyone within earshot was to sidestep the many many questions the man's response triggered. "Won't you come over here and introduce yourself?" she asked politely.
[21:57] <Minaplo> [He stared at her for another long minute. Then he pulled away from Archibald, the rest of his body turning to match his neck. He walked back over to the group.-
[22:00] <Minaplo> ["Peter, Platupus Clan." He said, his voice wet and slick. "We see but are not seen."-
[22:00] <Minaplo> ["Was he even with us on the way up?" Asked Theodore of the Cassowaries, his voice alarmed.-
[22:00] <Minaplo> ["I don't think so." Said Julius nervously.-
[22:01] <Minaplo> ["He was." Said Shelly. "There's some freak blood on my spines, so he had to have been."-
[22:02] <Minaplo> [Mark simply stared at Peter intensely.-
[22:02] <Minaplo> [Archibald had been near-frantic, but was quickly calming down. Her chest rose and fell quickly, but the rate was slowing, and she was now looking around carefully and quietly for her service pistol.]
[22:11] * Yanmei eyed Archibald, but she trusted her not to do anything dangerous. Unless provoked. -
[22:12] <Yanmei> "How long have you all been with us? On this ship, I mean?" she began conversationally.
[22:16] <Minaplo> ["About an hour." Said Theodore. "Enough to see the poor state your 'leadership' has left it in."]
[22:17] * ZackFood is now known as Zack
[22:23] <Yanmei> "You mean rallying thousands of soldiers and civilians stranded in a desperate situation to work together in order to escape it and finally nearly reaching that goal? Yes. What a 'poor state' indeed," she said dryly.
[22:30] <Minaplo> ["No one cares if you catch a ball you dropped, only that you dropped it in the first place!"]
[22:42] <Yanmei> "I disagree. Resillience is just as important? A strong army should be able to bounce back after misfortunes, not just coast along on winning streaks for the entirety of their existance."
[22:43] <Minaplo> ["You don't win wars by 'bouncing back', you win wars by not losing." Snarled Theodore.-
[22:44] <Minaplo> ["Please, please." Julius raised his free hand. "Look at us, having gotten all off on such an aggressive foot. Don't mind him, really, Chancellor, if anyone here knows about bouncing back from a defeat, it's Teddy of the Peacocks, heavens knows he has the experience-"-
[22:44] <Minaplo> ["Do not mock me, insect!"-
[22:44] <Minaplo> [Julius smirked.-
[22:46] <Minaplo> ["Now, Chancellor, Theodore might be making a big show- as Peacocks do- but I think I speak for us all when I say we're perfectly fine serving with you. We might have problems with each other-" He glanced at Peter of the Platypus and at Theodore- "But to me at least your credentials are proven."]
[22:51] <Yanmei> "Well, I do appreciate that," she said, happily accepting the change in topic.
[22:55] <Minaplo> [The other Guard snorted or rolled their eyes, but Julius pressed on. "As a token of our esteem, I would like to present you with two gifts from the Great Spider Clan."]
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[22:56] <Yanmei> "Oh…? I wasn't expecting something like that?"
[22:59] <Minaplo> ["Unexpected gifts are the best of gifts." Said Julius with a sleek smile. He placed his box on the ground and withdrew a fluid package from some fold in his robe.-
[23:02] <Minaplo> [He unfolded it with expert grace, revealing a robe, much like his own, albeit far smaller. "A robe fit for an empress." Said Julius proudly. "Spun from the silk of our Great Spiders… Its style and elegance is matched only by its ability to stop a bullet."]
[23:08] <Yanmei> "Impressive! It's pretty refined? Thank you, and also pass my thanks along to your craftsmen."
[23:09] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I will." Said Julius, nodding and smiling. He picked up the box and held it out as well. "And this is a mark of honour from our captain."]
[23:13] * Yanmei accepted it. What would happen as she peeked inside?
[23:16] <Minaplo> [Inside was a fat, glossy, hairy black spider, easily about the size of her hand or a little more. A pair of long segmented legs stretched out onto the edge of the box.]
[23:22] <Yanmei> If Yanmei felt any deep, relentless jolts of terror, she kept it well off her face. It was a -gift-, and shrieking and tossing it across the room was probably going to cause an international incident. "It's v-very cute! A pet?"
[23:24] <Minaplo> ["I wouldn't say a pet exactly." Said Julius delicately. "These gifts are practical ones. This is a baby Great Spider. One day it will grow to be the size of a large car or if you're lucky, the size of a truck." He said enthusiastically. "It will produce silk for you, venom for your weapons, and serve as a mighty mount. To the Great Spider Clan, to own one of these is to be wealthy."]
[23:31] * Yanmei very carefully slipped the lid back into place to prevent it from getting loose and finding some dark, abandoned portion of the Battleship to live and grow to its terrifying maturity. "I will cherish it? Although, with all the support you're all giving me, I feel very wealthy already, in a way~"
[23:36] <Minaplo> [Julius gave her an indulgent little laugh as he stepped back.-
[23:36] <Minaplo> ["I hope you're not expecting gifts from me." Said Shelly of the Echidnas.-
[23:37] <Minaplo> ["Nor me." Said Mark of the Wedgetails.-
[23:37] <Minaplo> [Theodore snorted at the very idea.]
[23:50] <Yanmei> "Gifts are not mandatory, no?" she said with a small smirk. "But~ I am curious to know more about each of your respective tribes? I've read reports, but that's no match to hearing about it from flesh-and-blood warriors. In response, I'll answer any questions you might have that Chief Savage didn't get around to fielding."
[23:55] <Minaplo> ["Being told about it is no match for experiencing it first hand." Said Theodore, tossing his head proudly.-
[23:56] <Minaplo> ["Peacock away." Said Julius, his tone dry.-
[23:56] <Minaplo> [Theodore shot Julius a hateful look before turning back to Yanmei. "The Cassowary Clan are the fiercest and fastest! We set upon the foe and tear them apart before they even have time to react-"-
[23:57] <Minaplo> ["Providing the foe is old and weak-" Said Julius-
[23:58] <Minaplo> ["-which is why Cassowary Clan has soundly thrashed all of its neighbours, including these shits here." Said Theodore angrily. "We favour the claw and the sword, weapons against which none can stand!"-
Session Time: Mon Dec 29 00:00:00 2014
[00:01] <Minaplo> ["Unless you're seen coming from a mile away." Said Mark, who muscled Theodore out of the way. "The Wedgetail Eagle clan do not cleave to just the sword, but also to the gun. We see our prey and stalk them, and wait, and when the time comes, we-"-
[00:01] <Minaplo> ["Miss-" Said Theodore.-
[00:01] <Minaplo> ["Strike." Finished Mark.]
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[00:20] <Yanmei> "So you've got ferocity and speed in direct CQC, and another Clan that specializes in deadly accurate attacks from a distance." Yanmei mused. "If you actually worked together, you'd have nearly all of your bases covered~"
[00:22] <@Minaplo> ["Work together?" Theodore snorted. "Everyone knows the Wedgetail Pigeons don't attack unless they outnumber a foe ten to one."-
[00:22] <@Minaplo> ["It's called 'Defeat in detail', you jackass." Snapped Shelly.]
[00:27] <Yanmei> Yanmei's ears perked up slightly. "Do the Echidna use a similar strategy?"
[00:28] <@Minaplo> ["The Wedgetails have their way, we have ours." Said Shelly. "By default, combat almost always favours the defender. So long as the enemy can be incited to attack you in your strongest position, you can bleed them dry."]
[00:31] <Yanmei> "Very sensible! You guys are super confident in your forts, then, aren't you? Or maybe your armor. Like those spines you were talking about…"
[00:32] <@Minaplo> ["Defenses, traps, the terrain- many things can be used." Said Shelly.-
[00:33] <@Minaplo> ["The spines of the echidna don't keep it safe from a spiderbite." Said Julius sleekly.]
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[00:40] <Yanmei> "It would take a special sort of trick to bring down one of your mounts, true. And…" she sought out Peter. Was he still there?
[00:42] <@Minaplo> [Oh, he was standing behind her now. Somehow. When had that happened? He was bending over her chair, his head about a few inches away from her face.]
[00:55] * Yanmei went chalky white in the few seconds after the realization struck her. "You… your Clan uses stealth," she guessed lamely.
[01:04] <@Minaplo> [The other Guard all started and began cursing and muttering angrily again.-
[01:04] <@Minaplo> ["Will someone tie the freak down, please?" Asked Shelly furiously.-
[01:06] <@Minaplo> [Peter stared at Yanmei with those massive eyes of his. He swallowed, and Yanmei could almost see the twisting and convulsing of his throat muscles beneath his near-transluent skin.-
[01:06] <@Minaplo> [He didn't reply until a minute or two had passed. "We debilitate." He said.]
[22:24] <Yanmei> "Debilitate," she echoed. "May I ask how?"
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[22:38] <Minaplo> [He splayed his hand in a quick flicking motion. Several claws, about two inches long, suddenly slid out of little slots in his fingers. Peter placed his claws hand against her throat- she could feel the hard claws against her skin, a nervous and uncomfortable sensation.-
[22:38] <Minaplo> ["Soft." He murmured quietly.-
[22:38] <Minaplo> ["That's enough." Said Terry, walking over from where he'd been knocked. He held a cocked bolt pistol in his hand, pointing it at Peter's head.-
[22:39] <Minaplo> [The unsettling Guard froze, not moving except for his overlarge eyes, which flicked between Yanmei and Terry. After a minute, Peter withdrew.]
[22:49] <Yanmei> "Right, then." Said Yanmei briskly, her own eyes darting between Terry and Peter now. "Right… then. Please have a seat for now, Mr Peter. In that empty chair, right there." She gestured to one that was resting just a few paces away, in front of a broken computer monitor. Surely, if he was sitting quietly, he wouldn't get up to anything else? At the very least, it would make him easy to keep track of.
[22:51] <Minaplo> [He stared at her for a few seconds before doing as he was told.-
[22:52] <Minaplo> ["The Platypus Clan are known for their agony spurs." Said Julius slowly. "If he'd cut you, you'd be trapped in indescribable torture for the next six months."]
[22:58] <Yanmei> "I gathered that it was some sort of toxin involved," Yanmei murmured. "Although I don't think he would have cut me even on accident. Isn't that right?" She glanced to the disturbing Platypus Clan member.
[23:02] <Minaplo> [He smiled.]
[23:19] <Yanmei> She smiled back cheerfully, pretending to take it at face value instead of as another terribly disturbing sight. "It's like this." she turned to regard the other Guards as well. "It's a bit early to trust you guys on a personal level, but I do have tremendous respect for your diverse combat skills, including your ability to control your own weapons. I also have faith in my Security team's competence. Chief Savage here isn't going to walk someone up to me who has a vendetta or who's working for the enemy unless Savage himself is -also- a spy who's working for the enemy and is in on the facade. I'm pretty sure he's not, though?"
[23:22] <Minaplo> ["That would be a fairly elaborate scheme." Said Julius.-
[23:22] <Minaplo> ["You would know, traitor-Clan." Snarled Theodore.]
[23:32] <Yanmei> "Hey, hey." Yanmei frowned. "This is the second time you've been called a traitor."
[23:41] <Minaplo> [Julius chuckled.-
[23:42] <Minaplo> ["Chancellor, my clan simply understands that even though it's sometimes worth it for the spider to ally with the fly, that doesn't stop the fly from being a fly."]
[23:57] * Yanmei sighed. "Can I trust you guys not to actively plot against each other for the time being?"
[23:58] <Minaplo> ["I do not plot." Hissed Theodore.-
[23:58] <Minaplo> ["Of course, Chancellor." Said Julius with a smile.]
Session Time: Sun Jan 04 00:00:00 2015
[00:04] <Yanmei> "Thank you." she smiled back, and then turned that same smile on Theodore. "You strike me as being fiercely honest, so it would be a surprise if you did? Still, can't be too careful, right?"
[00:12] <Minaplo> ["No. You cannot." Said Theodre, staring at Yanmei with a sharp glare. "Are we done?"]
[00:16] <Yanmei> "Barring any more questions you guys might have. Last chance."
[00:24] <Minaplo> ["What happens to us once we're done being needed?" Asked Shelly.]
[00:38] <Yanmei> "You mean after the war? You, personally, will be compensated and free to do what you please. Your Clans will have the continued support of the Federation, which will be helpful for their development in Australia and for international relations."
[00:39] <Minaplo> ["And I suppose that'll happen even if we fight each other?"]
[00:53] <Yanmei> "Under circumstances like that, we would deploy a mediator and urge peace whenever possible? If conflict was unavoidable, we would either take a neutral stance, limit support to providing food and supplies instead of manpower, or both."
[00:57] <Minaplo> ["You don't want us to fight one another?!" Asked Theodore, his chest suddenly puffing up. The others didn't look too pleased either.]
[01:01] <Yanmei> "Why would any nation -want- two of its close allies to fight each other?"
[01:09] <Minaplo> ["I care not! We fight each other!" Said Theodore. "And you would just meddle in what we're supposed to do!"]
[08:29] * Yanmei kept a firm, calm facade up, no matter how compelled she was to break it an throw a lost and confused look around the Bridge. "You would rather we stay neutral and keep out of it, then?"
[08:32] <Minaplo> ["Yes!" Said Theodore at the same time that Julius said "No".-
[08:33] <Minaplo> ["Oh, of course the fat insect would want help." Snarled Theodore. "Knowing it can't defeat the rest of us, or even one of us, by itself."-
[08:34] <Minaplo> ["Oh, please, Peacock-Clan." Said Julius with a snort of derision. "The Federation and I are in the same mind here- we both understand there's more to life than fighting."-
[08:34] <Minaplo> [Theodore's eyes widened in alarm. "What."]
[08:43] <Yanmei> "Look," said Yanmei quickly. "Why don't we write out individual treaties before the end of the war, since it's clear you all want different things."
[08:48] <Minaplo> ["What if one treaty asks you to intervene on our behalf, but another asks you to stay out?" Said Julius. "You still need to break one treaty to fulfill another."]
[08:54] <Yanmei> "I'm aware of that? The trick would be to write treaties in the first place that don't lead to those sort of contradictions."
[08:56] <Minaplo> ["And if such conditions lead to unsigned treaties?" Asked Julius.]
[09:01] <Yanmei> "We are prepared to keep working with you until we come to an arrangement that leaves all parties satisfied."
[09:04] <Minaplo> ["Then you will be working -forever-." Said Theodore with a snort. "I have no intent to support such a pointless errand."-
[09:04] <Minaplo> [He turned and headed for the elevator… Although Terry looked at Yanmei. He gave her a short questioning nod. All she needed to do was nod or shake her head.]
[09:13] * Yanmei gave a slight nod, and stood up from her chair.
[09:14] <Minaplo> [Terry stepped after Theodore. Theo reached out to shove Terry aside again.-
[09:16] <Minaplo> [Terry grabbed the arm with his right hand, and with his left, lunged forward and slammed his elbow into the back of Theo's skull with enough force to smash a car open. Theo staggered forward, letting out a wordless choking sound.-
[09:16] <Minaplo> [With a kick to the leg, Terry knocked the stunned Theo to the ground, then pinned him there. He grabbed Theo's arm with both hands, and twisted.-
[09:17] <Minaplo> [There was the sound of a bone cracking. Theo cried out in pain.-
[09:17] <Minaplo> [Terry twisted again. More bones, and something more wet and awful.-
[09:17] <Minaplo> [A third twist and the arm came straight off at the shoulder, tearing away with a horrible splatter of blood and muscle and bone.-
[09:19] <Minaplo> [For the next minute or so, Terry set into Theodore, smashing the prone Guard with his own dismembered arm. He swung and swung until Theo's head split like a ripe watermelon, splattering over nearby walls and floor. Then he started on Theo's torso, belabouring the barrel-broad body until the arm had practically disintegrated and Theo's ribcage was exposed.-
[09:19] <Minaplo> [Terry finally reached in and vigourously pulled the ribcage open, forming a 'blood eagle' with the pieces. It left Theo's core entirely exposed.-
[09:19] <Minaplo> [Terry took a step back. Most of his body was covered in blood.-
[09:20] <Minaplo> ["Ooh, nasty." Said Julius, sounding amused. The others looked utterly alarmed.-
[09:21] <Minaplo> ["Any problems?" Asked Terry.-
[09:21] <Minaplo> [Silence.-
[09:21] <Minaplo> ["No? Good. Now fuck off, and take this with you." He nudged Theo's body with his foot.]
[09:48] <Yanmei> "We will see you all later." Yanmei was wearing another firm, determined expression. "And please don't underestimate the UEF's strength or its ability to find solutions. We -will- manage the treaties in a way that satisfies everyone involved."
[09:49] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh." Said Shelly. She'd regained her composure, and gave Yanmei a firm nod.-
[09:51] <Minaplo> [Mark the Wedge-Tail walked over to Theo's… Remains, and sighed. He reached down and ungently hoisted the mess over one shoulder, absolutely ensuring that he would leave a trail of blood wherever he went.-
[09:51] <Minaplo> ["Ye God." Muttered Julius, who walked behind Mark if only to push the body up and maybe deflect some of the gore.-
[09:51] <Minaplo> [And with that, they were gone…-
[09:52] <Minaplo> ["Sorry about that, Chancellor." Said Terry. "That… Is probably not what you were expecting, huh?"-
[09:52] <Minaplo> [Yanmei could hear the rest of her squad let out little sighs of relief as well as the odd retch.]
[09:57] <Yanmei> "It… wasn't, no." She slumped back into her chair, straightening up just a little to address the rest of the Bridge, panning over all of them. "Everyone? Take an hour long break."
[09:58] <Minaplo> ["Booze time!" Shouted James.-
[09:58] <Minaplo> ["Hear, hear." Said Archibald tiredly.-
[09:58] <Minaplo> [Terry headed to Yanmei's side. "I hope you don't think I was excessive?"]
[10:01] <Yanmei> "It was a little much," Yanmei muttered. "I thought you were just going to restrain him? But you've spent more time with them than I have, so you know how they operate. Was it appropriate?"
[10:03] <Minaplo> ["Oh, yeah. Totally appropriate." Said Terry breezily. "Guard respect strength and discipline, but these lot have lost that respect for command. So until they get it back, beating them to death is basically the only way to get them to really listen. I already had to thrash Theo like that when I fought him the first time, the little fucker."-
[10:04] <Minaplo> ["This time I went one step further. Did you notice the ritual scars on his chest?"]
[10:06] <Yanmei> "Yeah?" She paled ever so slightly, as she went over the 'before' and graphic 'after' images of his torso in her mind's eye.
[10:23] <Minaplo> ["They were proud symbols of his clan, and also a way for him to show off, visibly, how many victories he had won. By destroying his torso so much, his body is sure to regenerate without them."]
[10:25] <Yanmei> "You may have made yourself a new enemy, then." Yanmei managed a small smirk.
[10:26] <Minaplo> ["New? Hah. He's welcome to try again. And lose again."]
[10:29] <Yanmei> "Heh. Even without him, I'll have to figure out how to get around all the bickering. And that one-" she stopped herself, as if remembering something and then quickly looked around, eying the chair where Peter had been told to sit.
[10:29] <Minaplo> [He was gone.-
[10:31] <Minaplo> [Terry had looked too with the same sort of suddenness Yanmei had. "… It might be an idea to keep an Ayanami around from now on." He said cautiously. "Platypus Clan are strange. Their physical presence just slips off your mind, unless you're like an Ayanami or an Apostle. It's useful, but the other Guard detest it."]
[10:36] <Yanmei> "I can understand why? The man would make a perfect assassin."
[10:42] <Minaplo> ["Exactly." Said Terry. "Awful party guests, though."-
[10:42] <Minaplo> ["Seriously." Said Archibald darkly. "Why was he sniffing me?"]
[10:47] <Yanmei> "You didn't use any special shampoo this morning?" Yanmei supposed aloud, tilting her head slightly. "Or soap? Not that it would excuse it."
[10:49] <Minaplo> ["Where would I find those things, exactly?" Asked Archibald awkwardly.]
[10:59] <Yanmei> "No idea," Yanmei admitted. "Ugh. Maybe we should just stop thinking about it…"
[11:04] <Minaplo> ["I don't suppose we have any Ayanamis on hand who don't mind me bunking in?" Asked Archibald. "I already know I'm going to have nightmares tonight, and I really don't like the idea of waking up to find that standing over my bed or something."]
[11:11] * Yanmei seemed to be on the cusp of quietly laughing it off, but them changed her mind simply by putting herself in Archibald's shoes. "I can check with Chiisana? She also seems to have an idea of what her sisters are up to."
[11:12] <Yanmei> ^always
[11:13] <Minaplo> ["Thanks."]
[11:21] <Yanmei> "Let me also see if I can call someone to help clean up before we resume working?" She offered Terry a small smile. "Thanks again for your assistance, by the way. You're welcomed to take that hour-long break too?"
[11:23] <Minaplo> ["Hah. Thanks, but I'm good." He, too, began heading for the elevator. "See you around, Yanmei."]
[11:24] <Yanmei> "Later, then!" she called after him.

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