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Re: Incapacitating the vulnerable

Post by Cashan on Tue 24 Jan 2017, 20:11




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The phone lines in the Oxen Corporation's Headquarters were ringing off the hook. Bade was getting numerous reports about some kind of creature or creatures attacking the hospital. The logical concussion to begin with was of course vampires. But as more and more reports came in, it was seeming less and less like vampires and like something else entirely. " Mr. Price, there's a woman on line 3. It seems quite urgent. " the familiar voice rang through his earpiece as he delegated duties on the other lines. " A woman? " he muttered to himself as he tried to think of who it could be. The Oxen Corporation was a misogynistic beast, it was not made to be so but as was the nature of this business. Capable and qualified women were few and far between so to hear of a woman looking for him was rather bizerre.

Switching lines he could think of only one woman who might call him at the office and quite frankly her timing was terrible. " Nat? " he asked switching to the line but he was pleasantly surprised to her Annika's voice. " Oh Annika, sorry. " he said a brief smile meeting his face despite all the chaos. Unfortunately this wasn't a social call. He listened carefully to what she was saying as he was finally getting to grips to what was actually going on down there. It was worse then he could ever have imagined. This wasn't a simple case of robbery as he was first presuming. This was far more serious and posed the first real in quite sometime. " Ok Annika, I'm sending people now but you need to get out of there. " he said knowing she would probably ignore him. She was not under his jurisdiction but his conscience required him too.

" I'll order an evacuation of the hospital but please get yourself to safety. " he asked before hanging up. He didn't have time to dwell on the phone with her. Switching lines, his voice would now echo across the headquarters and into the ear pieces of every solider who had one. " All members be warned this is Code Green. Be advised that Hazard material is on site. Evacuation team on route. Protective gear to be warn before entering the site. " Bade's message was clear and concise everything it had to be in this situation. Time was of the essence and he was done sitting around behind a desk. " Veronica, I'm taking the mobile command center, forward the calls to the vehicle. " he ordered to her surprise. " But Mr. Price...." she said in vain as she watched Bade disappear.

It took him no time at all to get to the scene with the sirens and the streets around the hospital being shut down as the evacuation was already under progress. Bade was eager to get to the site to ensure protocols were being followed. If this virus was released not only would it mean casualties but his neck would be on the chopping block. This happened under his watch and he was going to do his best to keep both his men and the public safe. He only hoped Annika had gotten out as he asked. Secure in the van, Bade watched the going on's through various monitors, mostly body cams worn by the men that were now entering the building. If Annika or anybody else was still in there, they were about to be surrounded.



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Re: Incapacitating the vulnerable

Post by Romal Dimitru on Tue 24 Jan 2017, 22:34


With each bullet that managed to pierce through his brother Romal felt a little slither of hope that Vaughan could fall there with him and that it would soon all be over. As awful as it was he would rather both himself and Vaughan die in such a brutal way now then have Asha or another one of his brothers mutilated by Vaughan once again, if it took them both dying to achieve that then so be it.

The canister he fought to stop Vaughan opening fell between them to the floor and rolled, he managed a glance down in time to see that it had not opened. Not that it did any good to the soldiers already dying behind them due to the first chemicals being released.

As he fell against Vaughan his knees never met the floor his brother grabbing hold of him not allowing him to fall. In the past they would have done the same thing for each other in an attempt to help yet as his gaze met Vaughan's he saw nothing of the brother that he loved. He only saw a monster, so much so that a deep twinge of his own demon surged weakly through his core at the sight of it. The recognition of the two brief as Vaughan launched Romal backwards using him as a shield and a force to push away from as he vanished through a void leaving Romal to slam the floor and slide along his back until connecting with the writing armed bodies of OX soldiers upon the floor sucking in their last breaths.

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Lying there his blank stare fixated upon the cracked ceiling he wheezed the awful sound of lungs fighting a losing battle. To die there would have been so easy, all he had to do was let go and then once again it would be over. Even going back to Nero seemed a more simple prospect then moving forward beyond this point.
But he was a Dimitru, that was not the way things were done. While there was even a ounce of strength left in them they would fight. Once again he found himself giving it everything he had just to make it through. He couldn't leave Asha alone, the thought of his sister facing Vaughan alone had got him through before it would again.

Each movement seemed as gruelling as climbing a mountain but once he started he refused to stop. Before long he stumbled is way over corpses towards soldiers scurrying to escape the expanding plume of unknown toxin.
Making his way into the hall he turned and roughly slammed the door hoping to slow the spread, for a moment he considered bringing the walls down but had enough wits left about him to realize the structure of the building would suffer major damage and probably collapse bringing with it all remaining inside the hospital.

Turning to the stairs he looked up at them to see they were clear of soldiers. He had been looking at the door for longer then he had thought but soon once again he was on the move, leaving a slick trail of blood in his wake, the silver bullets the soldiers had pumped him full of unrelenting in their mission.

The ground floor was eerily quiet by the time he got there, deserted the evacuation having taken place during his slow ascent up the stairs.
Dizzy and increasingly disorientated he wondered the halls in search of an exit his sense of direction having failed him.

Tripping on something he hit the floor with a groan glancing at the offending obstacle that had unbalanced him he slowly reached out for it. A cell phone. Pulling it up close to his face he struggled to focus upon it his blurred eyes making out the bars of signal. Lazily he managed to enter the first number that came to mind which just so happened to be Nathaniel's. Fat lot of good that would do him, dude was always on some beach miles away.
Ringing through to the answer phone he sighed the tone sounding far away as it prompted him to speak.
“Hey.. I'm at the hospital” it would have to be enough, the phone dropping from his hand his ability to grip it failing him as a silver bullet within his shoulder burned through nerve and muscle tissue.
He just had to hope Nate would hear him in time.


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Re: Incapacitating the vulnerable

Post by Annika Quinn on Thu 26 Jan 2017, 12:56

When the office assistant had finally managed to get her shit together and patch Annika through to Bade she made no correction as he mentioned Nat on the phone. Instead she breathlessly began to blurt out an account of what she had just witnessed as she ran down each stair case behind the soldiers and security staff ahead of them as he recognised her from her voice. She held the mobile to her ear as she tried not to stumble or bump the soldiers, eventually having to drift back a few steps as some began to notice her.

“Hey! Don’t stop me, I’m on the phone to your fucking boss!” she managed to shout as one of the soldiers stopped her on the platform between stairs, her feet scuffling the ground as she kept herself from crashing into him. It was times like this that she hated know it all soldiers in uniform.
“Bade you need to get reinforcements here, there is something going down at the hospital and it’s not friendly.” She shouted at him on the phone in a hurried voice. Her usual relaxed tone was now sharp and short, as though she was used to screaming orders at people all day. As they closed in on the bottom of the stair well she found the figures ahead of her beginning to cram up and slow. The shouts of the soldiers were suddenly undertones to shouting and wild screams as a burst of light illuminated the stairwell below, producing a gust of heat she could only assume was from some sort of explosion.

“Jesus Christ I don’t know what that was...” Annika mumbled on the phone as she held it to her ear, appointing herself as a communicator to Bade since the remainder of people in front of her were more concerned by the imminent threat the two immortals had posed. As she pushed her way down with the soldiers at the rear of the troops, some leapt up the stairwell in panic as she scowled. She had no knowledge to understand why until she managed to push her way to the bottom doorway, stuck just behind two or more clusters of soldiers as she shoved and jumped up and down to get some sort of view through the door. The shouts and screams were so loud in the air she couldn’t hear a word of what Bade was saying, or had said anything at all. As a gap opened her eyes widened in shock as she spotted a man in a security uniform howling as he grabbed at his throat, his eyes bulging as he stumbled towards them. Behind him there were soldiers on the floor and in the distance she could make out the outline of one of the men she had seen earlier. The hall was a chaotic mess and it was seconds later as the wailing man was promptly shot by soldier that something was dreadfully wrong.
“Get out! Get out!” the men at the front waved and shoved to the soldiers in the stairwell, Annika fighting to keep upright as she felt herself shoved between the personnel.

“There’s gas!” someone shouted before another man fired a shot and took out another gasping security guard as he tried to reach safety in vain.

“Fuck Bade we need help!” Annika shouted into the phone as she tried to get back to the stair case, the soldiers in front of her firing out at the immortals and men who had inhaled what had been released into the air.

“It’s biohazard, gas or something” She added as she elbowed her way passed two soldiers and managed to get a foot on the bottom stair. From there it was much easier to weave pass people and it was exactly what Annika had done. She had no idea of how to fight against things like air contaminants and chemical warfare, hell she had enough trouble dealing with claws and sharp teeth. She mustered her energy and placed her weight distribution forward as she used the balls of her feet to spring up each step, trying to regulate her breathing to stay at a consistent pace. She was fit and trained for combat but even she hated running stairs. The line on the mobile disconnected and she could see the light emitted from the phone screen out the corner of her eye, realising the call had been cut. She could only hope that Bade had heard her amidst the chaos.

Once she had made it to the lobby Annika ran for the front entrance doors, a few people still in the lobby who had been far too slow to evacuate at the sound of the sirens. She glanced at them as she ran past, her breath catching as she reached the doors and slowed in anticipation of them opening. She lifted her hands as her palms slapped up against the glass as the doors didn’t budge, people on the exterior of the building staring back with fear in their eyes.

‘Shit!” Annika screamed as she pulled her hands into fists and bashed them against the glass doors.
“Hey! Open these!” she screamed to no avail. She stumbled back a few steps as the people outside continued to move away from the entrance and she turned in panic as she thought about the release of gas into the air. With eyes darting about and her thoughts scrambling for some sort of idea of how to get out, Annika took off in the opposite direction of the stair well she had come out from. From all accounts the hospital was large enough that she could get to the other end and find another set of stairs that wouldn’t lead to the biohazard labs. By the time she had made it to the south end of the building it was apparent that all of the entry and exits out of the building had been shutdown and there was no way in hell she could get out of there. Instead she found the first fire escape stairwell and headed up for the roof. She tried to tap out a message as she ran up the stairs until the door came into view. Relief hit her until her hands pressed down on the lever and she crashed into the door. Pain rattled through her shoulder from the impact and she let out a furious shout in frustration. Rattling the handle she found the door wouldn’t budge.

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Re: Incapacitating the vulnerable

Post by StareNation on Sat 28 Jan 2017, 06:52

Caine wasn’t great on booking places that were comfortable, at least not the kind of comfort level Nate was interested in. He was so used to fluffed pillows and luxury beds but the mattress he laid on in their hire apartment room was stiff and old, surely to possess a thousand obscure stains should the sheets be pulled. Nate had propped himself up on the pillows he could find, folding the top one over and wedging it under his neck as he lay back, beer in hand watching an ordered movie. Arcane was a long long way from Tahiti and the other islands he had been travelling across and nowhere near as beautiful not to mention the women.

As his phone buzzed for the thirteenth time Nathaniel let out a gravelly whine, sick of Caine sending messages and calling while he was out. He understood his family needed him but Nate preferred to be doing many other entertaining things. He had opted to stay home while Caine and Asha caught up, he didn’t want to hear them drone on all day. Reluctantly he finally picked up his phone, sliding his thumb across the screen. His brow raised as a side glance turned into concern, the number at the top identified as Romal rather than Caine.

Sitting up with surprise he lifted the phone to his ear, the reception terrible which he put down to being stuck in a shitty motel apartment block.
“Rom?” he answered with slight concern, after all no one had heard from Romal since he had called Caine in Lacrimosa. At first he had received no response, though after a few seconds he could make out Romal’s voice, lighter than usual and much more strained, obviously in trouble. He heard where he was before the sound became a loud clutter, the line cutting out before Nathaniel had a chance to say something in reply.

“Hospital?” Nate murmured to himself. He frowned as he slid off the bed, picking up the remote and switching off the tv. Surely there were was only one or two places he could be. With that idea in motion Nate raced across the room, picking his wallet and keys up off the kitchen bench and heading for the door. He had to find Romal.

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Re: Incapacitating the vulnerable

Post by Cashan on Sat 28 Jan 2017, 22:30




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The scene outside the hospital appeared to be chaotic to the untrained eye but to those with the right training they would see a well executed machine acting to protect the public to the fullest extent. Unfortunately with every passing moment it was becoming more and more complicated. Bade had arrived knowing that some kind of biohazard was involved thanks to Annika. But finding out it was some kind of air borne virus put a halt to his evacuation plans. They couldn't risk spreading whatever was causing the deaths to get out into the general public. A sound system was setup to relay important information to those trapped inside. It advised them to remain indoors and not to block or hinder the doors or personal. Of course there was also a message of encouragement assuring those inside that they were doing everything possible to resolve the situation. Of course Bade was dealing with the hard truth. That many of those innocent people inside may come out in body bags if they couldn't get a handle on the situation quickly.

He tried calling Annika again but it went straight to voicemail. Damn hospitals. He suspected there was some kind of network blocking in place meaning he couldn't get in contact with Annika and had no idea whether she was safe or not. He could only hope that she knew how to take care of herself and could keep herself alive till he got to her. Stepping out of the van, a swarm of men approached. Dressed head to toe in white plastic protective gear. The most important piece of information was whether or not the pathogen was strictly airborne. If it was only transferred in the air, they could evacuate the hospital without worry that the people inside would be carriers. But until that had been established they were trapped inside and Bade was stuck outside, holding their lives in his hands and possibly their deaths on his shoulders.

As the biohazard team entered the building another team began setting up the appropriate blockades while they awaited the rest of the equipment to arrive. The hope was that if it was purely airborne they could purify the air and eradicate the threat. But Bade was no scientist or doctor. All he knew was that the research facility beneath the hospital dealt with all manner of dangerous infections and Bade was out of his comfort zone with all of this. His speciality was immortals not bioterrorism and now someone he cared about was once again in danger and once again, he was helpless to do anything about it. It was bringing back everything he had felt years previous when Natalia had almost died. It brought his mind to a dark place but the voices in his ear brought him back to the present.

" Control, this is Oscar Charlie 2, we have made our way toward the basement and located the facility as well as one Immortal who is in custody. Out. " Bade's blood almost boiled upon hearing that message. Of course it was an Immortal. It made sense now. They were attacking the hospital to cause havoc and chaos in the city, distracting the organisation and giving them an opportunity to strike. He was almost impressed with the plan but also relieved that the plan had failed and the perpetrator was in custody. " Rodger Oscar Charlie 2, proceed with testing. Over. " he replied knowing he would have to wait to claim his prize until the testing was complete. The wait would be agonizing.

----- A SHORT TIME LATER -----

" Control this is Oscar Charlie 2, preliminary results show the patagon is strictly airbourne. I repeat, pathogen is strictly airborne. Evacuation can proceed. Over. " Bade sighed with relief. " Received, Evacuation will begin shortly. Out. " Without missing a beat Bade began switching switched in the van, the message over the loudspeaker changed. The voice was now instructing those inside to proceed to the front exit for Evacuation. A large poly tunnel surrounded it and ended in a large truck that would transport those inside to Ox Corp Quarantine. They would still have to take every precaution for at least twenty four hours to ensure that no one suffered any effects and allow Ox Corp time to fully test the pathogen and find out what they were dealing with.

Teams of soldiers, wearing facial masks with it's own oxygen supply to protect them when inside, stormed the building. Their aim was to find any survivors and get them out of the building. They also had to take a toll of those who had not survived and assist the OC1 with removal of the Immortal still inside. He would be removed last as his transport would be separate to that of the survivors. Bade left the comfort of the van to move alongside the poly tunnel. Not only did he want to do a headcount as the survivors passed him but he also had to know whether Annika had made it out alive and who this Immortal was that was responsible for this act of bioterrorism.



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Re: Incapacitating the vulnerable

Post by Romal Dimitru on Sun 29 Jan 2017, 16:27



He knew he should be moving yet the task seemed very far out of reach as he could feel each individual bullet burning their way further into him their metal corroding through anything they came into contact with.
His left arm had become useless to him, he had tried to reach out again for the phone but it simply refused to move, it didn't matter anyway before long he heard nothing but dial tone Nathaniel having hung up, hopefully having understood what Romal was trying to say.

In times like these he wish he in part at least had remained part vampire, then having a heart beat would not have been such an issue.
Upon his return from Nero he had been resurrected in the form of a demon and blood had once again flowed through his veins. It had made him stronger and at times he had proven himself to be a force to be reckoned with, yet in this case it was only hindering him.
Each beat of the now damaged organ pushed more blood out of him and pulled death ever closer.

Bringing his left leg up he kept his foot against the floor his knee bend, twisting it he rolled onto his side his right arm stretching as he groaned to himself his fingers hooking around a fallen filing cabinet. Forcing his weight he stumbled up onto his feet just as the sound of footsteps filled the hallway, soldiers wearing gear he hadn't seen before filing in.
“ah shit..” that made things a lot more complicated, he had expected to have more time at least.

No way he could run, he started to limp off towards a set of stairs, a mains outlet catching his attention only for his mind to catch up and remember he had probably not only blown the power to the building but cooked most sockets when he had attacked Vaughan. The back up power would be saved for much more important areas in the hospital.
He was pinned down, with no where to go and he had no choice. He didn't have enough of his own energy left to level an attack upon them without killing himself and as far as dying rather then being captured went, well that was a great thought but he couldn't do that to his siblings not when he had one other option left.

Turning slowly he faced the soldiers who aimed their weapons once more at him. Looking them over as he stood half dead before them they still looked upon him as a monster. He had tried to help them but they would never believe that and he wouldn't waste his breath trying to convince them.
Raising his right arm he put his hand up, unable to do so with the other. “You, got me..”

They all came to a halt their guns aimed to the head, the laser sights stinging by-coloured eyes as he turned his head away.
Two had broken away from the group, one going to his side then behind him the other slightly off to his front.
A swift butt of the gun to his gut had heaving blood upon the floor, another blow from behind to his knees had dropped him.
Before he knew it pure silver cuffs were shackled, the pain of manipulating his arms in such a way causing him to yell out in pain between gasps.

Next the others were beside him, one or two taking pictures he only assumed would be for evidence or identification. He complied as best he could even when they strapped him into some sort of body suit rendering him completely incapacitated.
Pulled onto his feet and dragged he was led off down a tunnel they had put in place and towards a waiting set of vans.
By this stage he didn't care nor was he aware of it all the grasp of consciousness barely holding on.

He rose his head a fraction to look upon the unkind eyes of a man he did not know, a man who seemed to be in charge of the whole thing. Their exchanged looks brief before once again he was forced to move. Literally being hurled into the back of a van and once more secured.  


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Re: Incapacitating the vulnerable

Post by Annika Quinn on Sun 05 Feb 2017, 13:44

The eerie silence of the hospital stair well had not helped Annika to feel better about her situation and after a long five minute of kicking and hitting the door to the roof her hopes were beginning to diminish. As she turned her back against the door and slid down onto her backside she grasped at escaping ideas that could get her out of the hospital and to safety. It was not a wise move to go back down to the ground level of the hospital, shit she couldn’t even tell if she was clear from the toxins that had been released into the air in her current position but it was the best she had on offer. It was then that her forehead began to slowly but surely moisten with sweat, her chest barely able to contain her racing heart and rapid breathing. Mismatched eyes seemed to glisten as she tried to hold in her panic though the more time past the more Annika thought over her situation and an untimely downfall she was not at all prepared for.

“What if i’ve already inhaled it? What will happen....am i breathing okay? My chest is tight but i.....i don’t know if thats just from running...oh god i don’t want to go like that.” Annika’s brain questioned as though there could be some sort of solution found by freaking out more. She glanced down as she lifted her arms, turning them around and back again to see the colour of her skin. Surely if she was about to die she would look pale or blotchy. Had the soldier she watched suffocate to death receive any other indication of imminent death? She could remember the look in his eyes as his hands had grasped at his throat and she found herself panicking more.

She wished she had some kind of weapon on her, the truth being that having come to the hospital Annika had not armed herself at all. Carrying weapons in a place like a local hospital would have gotten her kicked out fast. A gun would be mercy; she could go without the same kind of pain she had seen the first wave of victims go. As these thoughts plagued her, Annika felt the closeness of the stairwell walls and panic finally got the best of her. Pulling her arms around her form Annika squeezed her eyes shut and tried desperately of other things, her father teaching her to ride a pony, her brothers play fighting, the rolling, spacious fields of her childhood home. Tears had slid down her cheeks but she wiped them away angrily, she didn’t want to cry.
Every moment she waited for her throat to suddenly close, every inhale becoming all the more important than ever before. She had briefly gone through her pockets to try and find something, anything to perhaps pick the lock until she realised there was no lock to pick. It seemed an eternity until suddenly she jumped in freight as a voice spoke. It was a recording, god knows she had never ever heard such anyone speak in such a monotonous tone but regardless of what it was, it had captured her full attention. Relief flooded her as the message began to repeat, knowing that her call to Bade had not been in vain. Given that Annika was out of options she could only sit and wait, hoping this would mean she could finally get out of this increasingly crappy small stairwell.
----- A SHORT TIME LATER -----

As the message droned on Annika had begun to think that the whole ‘we are doing our best’ speech was simply a false hope. She had lost count of how much time had passed and it wasn’t until the words suddenly changed that she noticed how oddly calmed she had been by the droning sound. She lifted her head up from her arms, listening intently as the new message gave sound instruction to evacuate. At that moment she had lost all composure, breathing out a long rushed sigh of relief as she braced her arms on the ground and pushed herself up to stand. She could finally get the hell out of there. Cautious but desperate to leave Annika ignored the usual warnings in her mind, the what if scenario questions she often went through before showing her presence somewhere in the face of danger. Claustrophobic to a fault, Annika proceeded to rush the stairwell, skipping a step in between to get down them quicker until she finally reached the ground level and pushed through the door, entering the hallway and into the sights of a dozen white suited soldiers and armed to the teeth. The sight threw her as she retreated to the doorway of the stairwell. Was she about to get shot? Jesus how stupid could she have been?

Hesitating Annika glanced around the corner to see the soldiers on approach, though none raised their weapons as the man in the front motioned for her to come towards him. Her mind was in a quandary but then again as she had previously resigned herself to the thought, being shot was a better and faster way to go than suffocating. Reluctantly she went against her instincts, stepping out and walking to the soldier in the front of the group who seemed more about helping than killing her, walking beside her as he led Annika to the front entrance of the hospital where the quarantine trucks were positioned and awaiting patients. The soldier beside her had spoken but the gas mask had hindered the sound from catching Annika’s ears. Instead she was focused on what was going on, a few people being aided out with her as she neared the entrance. There was no sign of the immortals but she had surmised that they were probably killed by now and Ox Corp wasn’t likely to take an immortal amongst a bunch of mortals. Finally she could see the poly tunnel that had been attached to the hospital entrance, the end winding to awaiting transport whilst oxen corp staff clad in white hazmat suits welcomed them and guided the way. She couldn’t believe the luck in stepping over the threshold of the hospital doors, something she would have openy celebrated if she hadn’t spotted Bade’s face just on the outside of the tunnel. She stopped walking, stepping to the wall of the tunnel as she called out.

“BADE!” she screamed in the hopes he could hear her, a face she knew and at that moment appreciated his presence even more so. Just as she had pressed her hands to the tunnel wall, a soldier wrapped and hand around her arm, ushering her along towards the truck in such a way that was not overuse of force but enough to suggest that she keep on moving.
“Man....let me go, alright....alright!” Annika muttered as she reached the truck, casting a gaze over the looks on the passenger’s faces. Some relieved, others crying and huddled. She stepped into the transport vehicle, taking a seat and closing her eyes, calmed by the fact that help had arrived.

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Re: Incapacitating the vulnerable

Post by StareNation on Sun 05 Feb 2017, 14:08

Nathaniel loved nothing more than wearing a loud shirt, something that always seemed to draw attention and give off a party vibe. But in a place like arcane, Nate had concluded that wearing such a thing would probably lead to trouble, hence stealing one of Caine’s horrible button up shirts was necessary though not at all the most desirable consequence for Nathaniel. Unlike some of his siblings Nate’s eyes were seemingly normal, perhaps more reddish brown but able to pass for mortal enough. His runes seemed to be controlled well also and with the shirt covering them there was no worry for being detected in the city. He had pulled up the map application on his phone and searched for the hospital, one place at least that he wasn’t familiar with despite all of his visitations to Death manor. It wouldn’t be a quick race to the location unfortunately and he wondered now why Caine or Asha had not bothered to get a hire car.

After two bus rides across town and a ten minute walk through a local park just for the sake of cover Nathaniel had reached the boundary of the hospital. He could see from a distance the swarm of oxen corporation men and women, bright white suits and large white tunnels which extended from the building. This was not at all what he had expected to encounter and for a moment he stood and watched, hoping for some sort of easy entry. Nothing easy came to the forefront of his mind and after a while he gave into the idea of being able to simply walk into the hospital. Observation was necessary to find his brother, at least if he knew Romal’s location then he could organise how the hell he could get his brother back safe.

He walked briskly through the car park where civilians were still swarming, presumably waiting news of what had occurred in the building however the closer Nathaniel moved to the building, the more his hearing picked up on conversations between individuals about what had happened. There were different theories but one thing was drastically clear, the word bioterrorism being passed about and the presence of immortals. He couldn’t be sure on the truth of what was going on but for now he could assume an identity in the mass of people who were outside without drawing attention. With the transport vehicles in sight he found the first person he could see who looked remotely like they worked for Oxen Corp, fronting them with a panicked look.

“Excuse me, my sister...i’m trying to find my sister and i can’t see her, she was in the hospital this morning because she spilt hot water on herself, please have you seen her? She is about this high,” he mocked the height using Asha for a guide. ‘she is thin, red hair....”he asked the person as they shook their head.
“Oh god...maybe she is still in there, please you have to help her...your truck, do you think she is on one? Where will she go? Is she alive?” Nathaniel ranted to the oxen corp employee who tried to settle him as he put on his act. He couldn’t fake a cry so over the top speaking would have to do. It had worked and eventually he was informed his supposed sister would be taken to ox corp headquarters for observation and a number was given to him on a business card for him to call so that he could locate her.

He thanked the person, moving back into the crowd and slipping the card into his pocket. He couldn’t display his confidence and celebration of getting the information, instead sticking his head down and merging into the crowd before making his way behind a maintenance shed and into the bushes where he could wait and watch for any sign of Romal.

It took some time before the first transport truck moved off, a few more proceeding as Nathaniel bunkered down into the dirt under the bushes which concealed his presence. It wasn’t until a different looking truck arrived that he spotted a darker colour moving through the tunnel. He had seen smaller clusters of people prior to now, the odd couple but sure enough this larger blotch of colour showed him that more than just a couple of people were moving to the truck. Some armed soldiers were stationed to drive the vehicle, an obvious sign that this was probably Romal if he had been captured. Taking the sign on a hunch, Nathaniel got up from the ground, dusted himself off and slipped out into the car park, his intentions to boost a car to follow the transport vehicle.

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Re: Incapacitating the vulnerable

Post by Cashan on Tue 21 Feb 2017, 16:57




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For once, everything was going to plan. The immortal had been detained without loss of life to his men and the evacuation was underway with all of the hospitals occupants complying with their orders. It was a small relief but Bade wasn't about to let his guard down yet. The job was not done and he still had to face the press in a conference. At least it was going to make Ox Corp loook good for once. They had apprehended the culprit with minimum loss of life. He hated that phrase, no loss of life was acceptable to him but he had to read from his script to keep the shareholders happy. It was not an aspect of the job he enjoyed but as the face for the company he had no choice. It was his duty and he had never said no when faced with his duty.

He watched those evacuating keeping a look out for Annika. He had no idea whether she had been infected or not. All he knew was that Annika was close enough to know what was going on which meant there was a chance she might have gotten infected before the quarantine was set up. Bade was still at a loss as to what this was exactly and had no idea whether it would just make her sick or whether she was dead already. He hoped for the latter. He had developed quite an attachment to Annika and wouldn't be able to live with himself if something happened to her because he couldn't act quick enough. His hands had been tied with proper procedures and protocols that he often felt helpless at times despite having an army at his disposal. He had to dot his i's and cross his t's and there was no room for error. He had to lead by example and no matter hoe much he wanted to throw the rulebook out the window, he couldn't. If he didn't follow the rules then there would be anarchy and with their goal of eradicating all immortals so close, he couldn't afford to slip up now.

Stepping toward the poly tunnel he looked at the frightened faces as they passed him. Some smiled grateful, others in shock or the rare few who were angry at the inconvenience. He never understood those who were angry, how they couldn't understand that their actions were in their best interests. Their anger would get them nowhere except to piss off those in charge. Still, their anger meant little in the big picture and right now his focus was on finding Annika. However, his men would find him first as he was directed toward the immortal who had caused all this. Moving away from the tunnel but trying to keep it in the corner of his eye, he walked toward the men and their prize. He stood about an arms length away as the creature was behind a truck, out of public view. Bade stared at the creature as for a moment he tried to remember where he knew him from adn then he recalled a night in Arcane when a literal crater had been left in the city. They had caught him once and they were not going to lose him again.

" Did you get pictures of him before he was in the restraints? " he asked the soldier who nodded. " Good I want his face all over the six o'clock news. " his muttered casting one last hate filled glance before dismissing him. " Get him out of my sight and do not lose him again or it will be more then your jobs on the line. " he warned not wanting another screw up like that to happen under his watch. As he watched the immortal be put into the back of a secure truck, he heard his name being called out from behind him. Turning toward the sound, he saw Annika banging on the tunnel  trying to get his attention. He smiled, relieved knowing that she was ok. All they had to do now was get through the quarantine period. He pointed toward the truck wanting her to follow the soldiers orders. They couldn't talk here and he didn't want to delay the evacuation of the rest of the survivors. He watched her enter the truck and then he turned to watch some of the convoy leave with the Immortal and the first of the evacuated. All that was left to do now was face the press and then head back to Ox Corp to deal with the paperwork this mess would have created.





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Re: Incapacitating the vulnerable

Post by Annika Quinn on Tue 28 Mar 2017, 14:48

The whole process of quarantine by Ox Corp was not ideal in Annika’s mind. She had been stuck in a van with a dozen distressed citizens who were either too stupid to understand the gravity of the situation or so hysterical she had growled on several occasions to shut up. Further exacerbated by her fear that she was infected with a fatal virus Annika’s mood had dropped well before they had even reached the Oxen Corporation headquarters. She had lost any idea of what time it was when the van eventually ceased movement, the doors opening to a large sterile smelling depot. The lights were stunningly bright, so much so that most of the people who were immediately ushered by people in white suits were raising their hands and squinting to see.

Oddly subdued due to her fear of having contracted something lethal, Annika stepped down from the van before feeling the firm grip of a hand on her arm, half muffled instructions following from a tall man in a suit as he ushered her along in the line towards two large open doors, a long lit hallway that looked more imposing than friendly. She glanced about as she walked, wrenching her hand from the man’s grasp as she walked beside him.

“I am not a damn child,” she snapped in protest, though the man simply repeated for her to ‘come this way ‘. There was no sign of Bade but given his high position in Ox Corp there was no reason to have expected his presence there. If it weren’t for their building friendship, Annika wouldn’t have thought twice about it but something made her want him there, even if for a moment of support.

--- Some time later---
The air from the vents in the room was a cool relief, taking away the stagnant feel of being locked in a small observation room. The room was more so like a cell with an observation window, a small cot to sleep on and a medical table which she thought a little more worryingly of. The lady beside her drew the last test tube of blood from Annika’s arm, withdrawing the needle from the inside of her elbow and pressing a small cotton ball to the area, placing the tube down and taping the cotton ball over Annika’s arm with some bandage tape.

“there you go Miss Quinn, I will be back soon, just make yourself comfortable” the woman instructed her as Annika stared at the observation window next to the door. Her sense of dread had not dissipated, not at all since she had been asked to remove her clothes and now sat in a hospital gown. As far as days went, this had been one of the shittiest on record. As the woman left the room and closed the door, all of the outside noises were shut out, leaving Annika sitting on the edge of the medical table feeling awkward and vulnerable.
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Re: Incapacitating the vulnerable

Post by StareNation on Thu 30 Mar 2017, 07:51

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There was a positive to trying to boost a car in a hospital carpark. On one hand it was awful to think that while worrying over a loved one and their health someone could take easy advantage of your frame of mind. But in this case it was the best option for Nathaniel in order to work out where his own brother was being taken. He had made sure to traverse the carpark to the far end of the hospital away from the attention and activity of Oxen Corporation and general public. It was there in the last few rows of cars that Nate walked casually about, systematically trying the doors on cars until at last he heard a definitive popping sound, the opening of an unlocked door on an old blue sedan. Whoever owned it had either been worried too much to remember locking the car or had not cared at all. Nate slid into the vehicle and reached down, popping the plastic around the ignition lock system. Looking at the wires under the steering column he isolated the four wires he needed, stripping them and taking a minute to hot wire the vehicle. Out of practice it took some time but eventually the motor started and he pulled the door closed, reversing out and driving out as calmly as possible.

He had lost sight of the last van which he had assumed to have taken Romal although in the long run that did not matter since he had been given a card with the address for the Oxen Corporation offices. He had taken enough time to ensure he wouldn’t be noticed by Ox Corporation before heading for the address noted on the card, using that time to punch in Asha’s cell number and send her a message.
Rom held by ox corp, finding location now. Ring me

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The death manor was more active in recent days given the Matashina coven had merged with the Death’s in a strategic move to survive. Asha had done her best to abide by the rules set in the manor though there was no denying that all Asha wanted was space and the opportunity to get her family back together. An answer to this would soon come in the form of a haphazardly written text message from Nathaniel with words to the effect of Romal having been captured by Oxen Corporation. With this in hand she suddenly understood why Romal had been absent at the coven merger celebrations and why her own messages to him had gone unanswered. But how? And why was Nathaniel already on route to Ox Corp? She knew he had gone into town for clothes but evidently something had gone pear shaped.

Sliding up from the chair in the dining room she pushed the door open and ran into the hallway, making a dash for Caine’s room where he had been seeking solace for the last couple of days to cope with his emotions over Sauri. She had given him the space he had asked for, only bothering him at times to bring food and drink so that he would have his own privacy. Caine had told her the rumours about Sauri and her heart ached for both her brother and Ajax. Lately as such subject had come to light, Asha had learnt more and more why people were acting the way they were. Making her way through the twisting hallways and reaching Caine’s door with her breath caught just behind her teeth Asha pushed the door open, not waiting for the invitation.
“Hey...” Caine grumbled as he stared at a page in an old weathered book, not having bothered to look up from the text he was trying to read but irritated enough to scold her with the tone of his voice.

“Save it,” Asha cut her brother short, striding across the room to where Caine sat at a writing desk. She placed the phone on top of his book as he frowned and shot a glance up at her.
“Go on, read it and tell me what you think we should do,” Asha replied to the expression received, resting her hands on her hips in a rather matronly fashion. Caine picked up the cell, highlighting the screen to read the message Nathaniel had sent her. A moment passed before Caine muttered “shit,” under his breath, passing the cell back to her as Asha nodded in acknowledgement of her brother’s reaction. Standing up as he placed a bookmark into the book at the page he was up to, Caine grabbed his jacket from off the back of his chair, shrugging it onto his shoulders.
“I will ring Nate, you grab a car and we will meet him out there” Caine told her as he walked over to the bedside table, picking up his own phone to call Nathaniel. Asha simply muttered an “okay,” turning and exiting the room to find a vehicle they could borrow to head into town.

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By the time Nathaniel reached the location of the oxen corporation headquarters Romal and the people taken from the hospital had been unloaded and the gates were heavily guarded. The place was an absolute fortress. Caine had called briefly and after a few minutes of updating him on what had happened, Nathaniel had sent him a message with the location of the Oxen Corporation office. He had pulled the car into a restaurant parking lot down the street from the heavily fortified location and left the car, taking a casual stroll along the side walk in the direction of a local park he had seen on his way in. As he moved he took the opportunity to scope out the front of the oxen corporation, its high walls looking more like a castle than a set of offices and laboratories. It was the first time Nathaniel had seen anything remotely to do with Ox Corp other than the hospital and it was quickly becoming apparent that Romal was well and truly in the shit.

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Re: Incapacitating the vulnerable

Post by Romal Dimitru on Thu 30 Mar 2017, 21:10



At some point once secured in the van reality had slipped away from Romal, plunging him into a world suspended some place between life and death. Vulnerable and unable to move he had found himself in some sort of nightmare, memories rolling through his head. Finally he could understand that infernal human saying of life flashing before their eyes. Unfortunately for Romal there were not many pleasant moments to relive. Though when one did appear of his siblings or Lita he tried to cling to it as best he can before Nero, the angels and mass slaughter took over once again in a repetitive cycle of blood and gore. A gift from their father bellow who was once again awaiting his arrival with open arms.

At some point he had been transferred from the van into the Ox Corporation building, the teams there removing the bullets from within his body to cease any further harm and poisoning, hoping that the body would be able to regenerate itself enough to survive so further testing could be carried out upon the demon to better understand the ones who had so often slipped through their nets.

A short amount of time has past before he began to stir, eyes groggily opening to find he had been strapped down to a table, his arms, legs and neck secured, some sort of mask over his lower face, Oxygen tubes running to his nose.
The brightness of the room was painful making it take some time for his eyes to adjust to his surroundings. He remained silent, listening to the beeping of various monitors that were apparently wire up to him.
There were at least three surgeons hovering over him, each one carrying out different tests, taking different samples and none of them so much as batted an eye lid one seeing he had woken up.

The more lucid he became the faster the beep of the machines beeped and the more aware of his situation and the pain he was in registered to him.
Twitching fingers upon his right hand curled against the restraints flexing as he fought to tear his arm free, the electrical equipment around them starting to flicker as he made a futile attempt to draw as much energy as he could from them, as quickly as he could. But they were ready for that, a female doctor arriving above him with a needle which she swiftly inserted into his neck above the restraint. Once again movement became impossible his focus gradually slipping away from him once more.

-

It could have been hours, it could have been days for all he knew as a groan woke him from his slumber his body suddenly very aware of all that it had been through since he had woken up half dead with no short term memory in the hospital.
Rolling over he found this time he could move all but his left arm, his limbs were free and as he focused he realised he could hear no machines, sense no people. He was alone.

Eventually his eyes opened and the light flooded him once again, his hand going up to shield his eyes as he tried to get onto his knees, having to remove his hand from his face to find the wall for support.
Looking down upon himself he realized the entirety of his torso and left arm had been tightly bound, blood already having soaked through the majority of it. He wore shorts but other then that they had left him bare.
With a lift of his head he began to take in his surroundings as one leg then the other straightened to raise him onto his feet a backwards stumble jolting his back against the wall with another groan as he stayed there to steady himself.
“Well...fuck” They had him in a cell, an insulated one. Even the lights that so cruelly stung his eyes were sheeted in a protective layer. He had no power source to drain and he was a long way off being able to generate his own. Bi-coloured eyes slowly searched as just how screwed he was dawned upon him. Unlike last time, there was no way out.










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Re: Incapacitating the vulnerable

Post by Cashan on Fri 28 Apr 2017, 17:00




B A D E . P R I C E
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Since Bade had returned to the Corporation he found himself swimming in paper work. Concerned family members had started arriving at the corporation wanting information on their loved ones and any available member had been called in to help manage not only those evacuated but the worried crowd outside. Journalists were looking for quotes and answers and he had yet to decide how to spin this. They obviously could not disclose the fact that there was a laboratory of that nature in the hospital. The public would turn against them but his pride did not want to blame it on a vampire either as it would make them look incompatant. He would have to leave it in the hands of his PR people but one thing was for certain, the public would never know the truth.

As he started going over the witness statements, one was very obviously missing and for good reason. Annika had seen more than most and she knew the truth. Bade was going to have to get their stories to match before an "official" statement could be taken.  He did not want her mentioning a vampire if there was no mention of a vampire anywhere else. He didn't need that headache as well as everything else. Shuffling through the papers, his eyes were getting so tired he was beginning to see double. He rubbed the middle of his forehead, the stress of the job showing in the slowly forming lines. Sighing, he turned to his computer. Logging in, he accessed the camera's throughout the building. News crews were already gathering outside the building and would no doubt want a statement soon.
Flicking through, he checked on their newest guest. There was only one previous entry for this vampire when a crater was left in the middle of Arcane. The gas explosion excuse was just about believed by the general public. It was questioned but over time, as all things, it was forgotten and people moved on. The public had to believe they were safe or what was the point of Oxen Corporation? It was a question that had been bouncing around his mind for some time, as despite all his best efforts, the war waged on and it seemed to be no end in sight.

Changing to the camera, he was now looking in at those who had been transported from the hospital. Staff from the hospital were assisting the medics located in the corporation. Most 'patients' were now in separated while the labs determined whether or not someone was exposed. Thankfully their state of the art equipment meant that most people would be out of here and cleared in a few hours assuming they hadn't come into contact with the contagion.
The next image made him pause as he stared at the familiar face. He smirked as he saw that Annika was in a hospital gown and he could only imagine the poor nurse who had to convince her to put that on. It was clear from the picture that she was concerned and he felt bad for having to keep her there but he had to follow protocol although he couldn't help but be concerned about her well being. He had been spending quite a bit of time with Annika lately and grown very fond of her. He didn't want to see anything happen to her. Leaving his desk, he left his secretary to file the statements till tomorrow. Stepping into the elevator, the AI in the unit asked him where it was he wanted to go. After stating the medical wing, he began to his descent. He brushed his hand through his hair, smarting up his appearance somewhat knowing he had to appear to take it all in his stride. It's why he liked Annika, she didn't answer to him so he could be himself around her. It was a relief and after the day he had, he selfishly needed it.


Walking down various corridors he entered the secure medical wing, he had never seen it so full. Some slept, others sat up looking worried and he offered a small smile although he doubted it would comfort them much given the day they had just had. Reaching the end, Annika was in fact in a treatment room because Bade wanted her kept separate and at this point they were trying to fit people wherever they could. Swapping his card, he stepped into the observation area to Annika's room. He knew she couldn't see him through the window and as much as he would of liked to have joined her, there was no way he was entering the room till she got all clear. Walking up to the window. He pressed the intercom and smiled a little. " You look like you could use a drink. " he said, his voice would be heard through the speakers in the room. A moment later he pressed a button on the console that changed the window to translucent. He pointed toward an identical console on her side so they could communicate. He felt bad for having to keep her here, the least he could do was keep her company until her results came through. 


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Re: Incapacitating the vulnerable

Post by Annika Quinn on Wed 16 Aug 2017, 04:24

Time was unable to be recorded as Annika sat, her legs swinging nervously as she fiddled with the material of the hospital gown. Mismatched eyes stared at the door with the anticipation that it wold open and dreadful news of her oncoming death would be uttered to her. The room had already begun to shrink around her, the feeling of being stuck in the observation room not at all comforting.

It was a shock when Bade’s voice rang out in the room, seeming to come from all angles of the room as Annika jumped in fright. Having expected the door to open first had completely caught her off guard, but with the panic that ran through her, a subtle glimmer of hope followed as she glanced about as though doing so would actually reveal Bade. Who knew what kind of gadgets and gizmos Oxen Corporation had? She half expected a hologram to appear beside her of Bade’s face. The comment prompted her to roll her eyes and laugh before the window became translucent and she spotted Bade standing on the other side with a small smile etched on his face.

Sliding down from the table Annika made short work of the few steps to get to the window where the intercom button was. It was funny that she hadn’t noticed what the box had been before now although she had been far too anxious to go pushing random buttons when already confined to a small room. She glanced at the box, pushing the intercom button as she hesitantly tested it.

“Can…can you hear me?” She asked before realising he most probably would be able to. It suddenly gave her a minute to escape the confines by allowing her to connect with someone familiar, at which she gave no hesitation in barrelling a cluster of questions at him.

“Jesus what the bloody hell is this shit? Am I dying? Do you know what the test results are? I can’t die right now, not today Bade..” Annika rambled as she stared at him, the pitch of her voice elevating as she ran shorter of breath. Her eyes had already welled with tears, for once unable to place a thick layer of sarcasm on her predicament. As much as she hated to admit it, Annika was genuinely terrified of dying.
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Re: Incapacitating the vulnerable

Post by StareNation on Wed 16 Aug 2017, 05:15

Asha had driven like a bat out of hell to get to the hospital, with Caine yelling at her around just about every corner as he felt the car lift and sway.
“You’ll bloody well kill us before you even get there!” he had growled at her, clearly nothing like he had once been, the casual and carefree biker. Instead he clung into the grip handle as Asha drove, her expression contorted in concentration as she hissed dismissively.

“Just keep a hold of the holy shit bar and shuttup, I am almost there,” she bit back as Caine reluctantly shut his mouth. She had not slowed at all, the simple reason being that she wanted to get to her brother in time, before the Corporation could do any damage. It wasn’t long until she suddenly slowed, turning the final corner into the street where the large walls of the oxen corporation stood out like a sore thumb, already surrounded by a crowd of people. There was no way in hell they would be able to park close and so they drove past, the both of them casting a gaze over the location as Asha negotiated the car between the crowds of people swarming the street.

“There’s Nate,” Asha indicated, spotting Nathaniel among a group of people as he continued to perform the scoping out. Turning her attention back to the road she turned right, heading a couple of streets away and pulling the car into a spare parking spot. Caine punched in a text message to Nathaniel before the both of them sat in silence, waiting for Nathaniel to join them.

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“Looks pretty fortified,” Nathaniel announced once he had found Caine and Asha, opening a door and sliding into the back as the three sat in contemplation.

“How the hell did he get into this mess?” Caine grumbled as Asha took a sideways glance at him.
“who cares?!” she answered with a huff before she turned sideways in the car seat and looked at Nate who simply shrugged.

“I did a walk by, there are a shit load of people demanding to see their friends and family in the compound but they are being directed elsewhere. No simple walk in entryway but the good news is that the crowds are drawing an awful lot of Ox Corp people out from the building.” Nate explained as Asha nodded.

“Sounds like it’s the roof then.” Caine replied thoughtfully before Asha cut in, “yeah but how do we get past the boundary walls let alone up the building.”

----- A good hour later, Oxen Corp still hounded by the public, the media have arrived. The street is packed with people demanding to know what had happened at the hospital and the Corporation still has yet to release an official statement. -----

The siblings had spent most of their time in the car formulating some sort of plan, eager to pull Romal out to safety but knowing that it wasn’t a simple walk in and nab type of mission at hand. Asha had initially queried Nathaniel’s sanity when he offered to walk in disguise, most likely as a media member to try and infiltrate the building, telling him not to be so bloody stupid but as the three made their way to the side of the compound in a smaller and less occupied street, she wondered if it wasn’t as stupid as simply ‘jumping the fence’. Caine however had made a good reference in regards to pointing out that the corporation personnel were already occupied trying to keep the public at bay outside, jumping the fence which would normally be impossible was now less of a risk.

Still as they paused to see if anyone was looking or traveling close, Asha felt her heartbeat race with reservation.

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