Viceroy S Court

[14:28] <@Minaplo> ["… Ain't my fucking job to babysit your tossers! And I'm not your mate!"-
[14:30] <@Minaplo> ["Tch. Your diction is as crude as your tactical battle plans… Mate."-
[14:31] <@Minaplo> ["Don't you talk down to me, you poncey prick! I'm gonna fuck you up one day, Prince!"-
[14:33] <@Minaplo> [Hermione Severus shifted restlessly in her… Well, her throne. She was sprawled in the seat, sitting on cushions that were slowly rotting away, her right leg hanging over the side of the chair. She listened to the bickering, felt it grating on her nerves like someone scraping their fingernails on a blackboard, slowly at first, then faster and louder…-
[14:42] <@Minaplo> ["You had that opportunity for years, Checkers, and all you could do was trip over your own overlarge feet-"-
[14:42] <@Minaplo> ["Better big feet than a big fucking head-"-
[14:46] <@Minaplo> ["Enough already!" Snapped Hermione irritably. "Fuck me, can't I get any rest from you lot? I'm not your bloody mother, so I shouldn't have to to herd you like brats!"-
[14:53] <@Minaplo> [The Blue Prince and Checkers Lucy were standing near a table, barely three feet away, their faces red with anger and fury as they stared and shouted at each other. But at Hermione's order they stopped, glowering at each other instead with palpable hate.-
[14:53] <@Minaplo> ["He started it." Muttered Lucy.-
[14:58] <@Minaplo> ["Shut it." Said Hermione. "Not interested in hearing about who started what."-
[14:58] <@Minaplo> [There were, not counting the six guards, five people in this room. Hermione, of course, on the throne of Parliament; the Blue Prince and Checkers Lucy, arguing; and sitting at a table, side by side, were Mosquito Reynolds and Saint Luna.-
[15:08] <@Minaplo> ["Thank Christ." Said Reynolds, who leaned back in his chair and lit up a cigar. "It's really hard to relax when these two are going at it like dogs in heat."-
[15:08] <@Minaplo> [The Prince and Lucy both swivelled around instantly to glare at Reynolds, who merely grinned and took a puff.-
[15:18] <@Minaplo> [Luna remained silent, her hands folded in front of her.-
[15:19] <@Minaplo> [It had been a few months since Zhang Yanmei had left, leaving Hermione in charge of the Lions. In those few months, Melbourne had changed more than it had in years.-
[15:38] <@Minaplo> [They had tanks, now, and the AC Suit, and more than that, they had a form of co-operation. The Lions had become more than a gang- they'd become the vanguard of a revolution. With Ying the Liberator as their idol, the Lions had expanded and in its own way absorbed the neighbouring gangs, turning them into subordinate allies. The Demons, the Saints. The Bombers and the Blues.-
[15:53] <@Minaplo> [The Saints and Demons had been nearly destroyed in that baffling incident which had taken Yanmei away- when the giant white beast had attacked the Saints' Citadel. The leaders were pragmatic enough to realise that if they kept fighting, they'd die out or have their Runners defect; joining with the Lions had been smart.-
[15:53] <@Minaplo> [And the Bombers had been doing that anyway.-
[15:58] <@Minaplo> [The Prince had joined for one reason only- the promise that one day, Zhang Yanmei might return.-
[15:58] <@Minaplo> [… Although it was tempting to think that this reason meant so much was because of his philandering, it was much more simple- the Blue Prince wanted out, like Anthony Albus before him.-
[16:06] <@Minaplo> [With this union, and the weapons and vehicles they had, they waged a war for the city itself. Lord Governor Severus, his support already eroding, had fled before them with only a few forces left, many of his soldiers having defected to Hermione.-
[16:22] * Aline (~ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|un#ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|un) Quit (Ping timeout)
[16:23] <@Minaplo> [And now he was in hiding, and now Hermione- Lady Viceroy Hermione- sat on the throne of Parliament.-
[16:26] <@Minaplo> ["Look." Hermione sat up a little, pointing at Blue and Lucy. "The two of you need to learn to stop fucking with each other and start working together. Yeah, you were enemies in the past. Sure, you kicked each other's asses."-
[16:26] <@Minaplo> ["But this is Zhang Yanmei's city now, and that means your people problems are worth less than dogshit if it means you fuck up our goals. Got it?"-
[16:42] <@Minaplo> ["Tch. When is she even coming back?" Asked the Prince irritably, turning fully to face Hermione now. "Yes, this city is now ours. Yes, this city is becoming a better place to live. But I was promised freedom. Do you even speak to her?"-
[16:48] <@Minaplo> ["You know how it works, Blue."-
[16:48] <@Minaplo> ["You speak to the man in black, but what about Zhang?"-
[17:02] <@Minaplo> ["What about Zhang?" Came a new, deep voice. The occupants all jumped.-
[17:19] <@Minaplo> [He was a tall man, armoured in a thick, ominous dark red armour, a cloak wrapped around himself, his head hidden by a helmet with a fearsome, imperious visage.-
[17:20] <@Minaplo> [He had entered silently, but now he strode in, each footfall clunking heavily on the floor. It seemed absurd that they hadn't heard him, honestly- he was noisy, imposing. He took up the entire room with his presence!-
[17:30] <@Minaplo> [Hermione sat up in her throne properly now, looking directly at the Man in Black. He'd first visited them not two weeks after Yanmei had left, and had continued to visit every week, bringing them…-
[17:30] <@Minaplo> [Information. Promises. But also sometimes material things. Reference books. Teams of experts. Weaponry.-
[17:31] <@Minaplo> ["You're back." Said Hermione.-
[17:32] <@Minaplo> ["I am." Said the Man in Black, who did not stop walking until he was but fifteen feet away from the throne. He turned towards the Blue Prince. "You doubt whether I truly represent Zhang Yanmei, princeling?"-
[17:33] <@Minaplo> ["Should I not? Healthy skepticism is paramount to survival." Said the Prince, folding his arms. "You've given us plenty of resources, but no proof."-
[17:34] <@Minaplo> [There were two people who weren't treating this exchange with the solemnity it seemed to require. Mosquito Reynolds and Saint Luna were leaning towards each other, Reynolds speaking quietly under his breath.-
[17:34] <@Minaplo> [("Just flies in like Flynn, you can see that he gets right under Prince's skin, Prince is afraid that he's run into someone more melodramatic than he is-")-

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