Post by Tank Stryker on Nov 5, 2019 22:32:19 GMT -5
Tank came on the scene after receiving all of the details from Noland. He was smiling, because this would be very simple for him. All he has to do is figure out the timeline of events, and then he can go about his business.
"Trust me, guys. Whatever I need to do to keep you all out of that jail if things go south, I'm gonna do," Tank assured them. "Gladion, let's do this."
"Yes, sir," Gladion accepted. "Scythe of Kronos." A temporal anomaly affected the area as the scythe warped itself into Gladion's hands. He attempted to use it to revert time to where he could see exactly what had happened. Strangely, time didn't just revert to the instance in question. He saw thousands of years into the past...
Gladion forcefully deactivated the scythe in response to this. He was breathing kinda hard due to how scary it was for him to lose control like that.
"I can't do it..." Gladion surrendered.
"What do you mean you can't do it?" Tank asked in confusion.
"Something hit me the exact moment I tried using the scythe. I lost control of its power in an instant. If I was as inexperienced as I was back then, I'd have went thousands of years into the past..." Gladion reported.
"...How does that even happen...?" Tank asked in bewilderment. "You said thousands? I thought our safe limit was 500 at the most. How did it get all the way to the thousands?"
"...I don't know..." Gladion silently replied.
"Yo, Hardy. You sense something going on over here?" Tank wondered.
Post by Noland Hardy on Nov 5, 2019 22:39:16 GMT -5
Noland confusingly looked in the direction where Tinsley was at. It was really bugging him how he was able to feel some form of power coming from him at the Complex. What is he...?
"Leave. Now," a voice told Noland.
"..." There it was again. This was the second time Noland was talked to by some unknown person. Could it really be Demaryius...?
"Let's get out of here," Noland advised everyone. "And...let's all walk..." With that, Noland started walking away from the area with caution. If Gladion almost sent himself into the past, there's no telling what will happen if Noland tries to do anything.
Post by Fabia Sheen on Nov 6, 2019 23:23:36 GMT -5
With that investigation under way, another one started on Neathia, or - more accurately - it was about to start without the Neathians knowing about it.
Fabia was taking a shower in her living quarters at Sanctum. Aranaut was waiting out in the common area in a human-sized form. He was tapping his head over some data he was looking at.
"I'm not understanding how this is happening..." Aranaut sighed. "I didn't even know that happens here. We're supposed to be a unified community - a village - and we can't stop children from disappearing? CHILDREN!"
"What's going on, Aranaut?" Fabia called out. She came walking towards Aranaut...completely naked and in her Neathian skin. Their skin color was lighter than the Gundalians.
"Nothing, princess," Aranaut lied. "Go ahead and finish what you're doing."
"Uh, okay..." Fabia confusingly responded. She went back to put some clothes on.
"..." Aranaut looked in her direction as she did. Obviously, it wasn't for a perverted reason. There was another, more important reason... "Wolfurio..." Aranaut called silently through his visor. "You see that?"
Through Aranaut's visor, there was a scene of a mass gathering of Neathians happening near Rafe's home, the Celestial Valley. "Yes, sir," Wolfurio responded.
"I'm not allowed to officially give the order since I can't overrule the queen, but...if you and Rafe go down there to 'look' at something, I don't know anything and I didn't see anything."
"Understood, sir," Wolfurio acknowledged. "We're going over there now."
"Copy that," Aranaut accepted. He kicked back and relaxed until Fabia came back with a white shirt and black jeans. "You look nice," Aranaut complimented.
"Are you saying that because you're conspiring with Wolfurio to disobey my sister's orders to monitor Celestial Valley from a distance?" Fabia wondered.
"That would be highly disrespectful of me, Princess. I'd never have the thought," Aranaut lied.
"Uh huh..." Fabia still wasn't convinced.
"You look and sound like you did something you weren't supposed to do," Fabia suspected.
"I'm just here bumming around, waiting for a challenging opponent like the Legendary Soldiers on Earth," Aranaut claimed.
"And you'd think of some excuse that'd get us to go down there?"
"If it were for a good cause, then yes."
"So, if I try to ping Rafe's location, I'm gonna find him here in Sanctum. Correct?"
"I dunno. He could be here. Then again, he could be elsewhere. He's a grown man. He does what he wants."
"You let him go down there...even after we told you not to do that."
"What you're speaking of is beyond me."
"They MAY have went there already after seeing what was going down on their old stomping grounds. He took it personally. I'd do the same thing."
"...Let's go then..." Fabia sighed. "...When Serena hears about this...you're taking the fall for it. Got it?"
"Okay..." Aranaut said, and he sounded very disappointed by it too.
Rafe and Wolfurio were already on site. They were overlooking the valley from one of the peaks. Fortunately, there was fog in the area, so the people below wouldn't be able to look around and notice anything far into the distance, if they could anyway. Rafe had some binoculars that allowed him to see through visual obstructions like the fog, so he was comfortable staying prone while looking down at the town below.
"You see anything?" Wolfurio inquired.
"Negative. Just townsfolk," Rafe responded. "Did we get here too late or something?"
"Perhaps...we were far when they were spotted by our scanners. Maybe they went elsewhere already," Wolfurio theorized. "Stay patient until something happens. Aranaut detected them, so that's something."
"Switching to tracker mode," Rafe announced. This was where the binoculars could pick up details such as footprints, trace evidence, and impression evidence. While this was not very useful since it was clear that this area was populated, it would give a decent idea of where everyone was, especially if they can find blood. "I see blood."
"Is there a trail?"
"Yep... The scene is getting ruined with everyone walking around, but there's a trail leading to... Oh no..."
Post by Fabia Sheen on Nov 12, 2019 14:26:59 GMT -5
"Backup's already here," Aranaut informed them. Him and Fabia were right behind the boys. This must have taken some good stealth skills to sneak behind them without getting noticed. "Unfortunately, this will be all the help we get. Let's do this carefully and not engage any threats until we know what's going on down there."
"Well, don't keep a lady waiting. Let's go," Fabia sorta rushed. "It's your turf, so you take the lead with this one."
Rafe looked over his shoulder and saw Fabia in some clothes that...really showed off her figure... The Castle Knight uniform already did, but this was a nice change...
He turned around immediately to avoid showing any signs that he liked what he was seeing. It would be very improper for him to do so given the political differences with the Queen being her sister and all...
"Sure. Let's go then," Rafe quickly accepted. He got up on his feet to go into town right away. They both took the quick way down due to how dire the situation was. They were parachuting towards Rafe's sister's residence. They landed not too far from it, but far enough that they could monitor it to make sure they didn't get caught off guard.
Rafe approached the steps leading up to the house very carefully. He looked down and noticed the trail of blood. He sighed as he posted up on the side of the door. "Castle Knights," Rafe announced as he knocked a few times.
Post by Fabia Sheen on Nov 12, 2019 17:28:36 GMT -5
Aranaut looked through the residence from outside using his visor. From what he was seeing, no one was inside except for a lone Neathian. Presumably, this was Rafe's sister. This person didn't appear to be wounded or anything. She was just sitting in one room doing nothing.
"Bust it down," Aranaut signaled. Fabia then kicked down the door and allowed the Bakugan to go inside first. Even though Aranaut already saw inside the house with his visor, they still checked every corner to follow procedure.
"...Something's not right about this..." Fabia noticed, because there was nothing to be seen in there that would explain the blood trail.
Rafe was looking everywhere for any signs of trouble, but he couldn't find any. All he saw was his sister who didn't seem to have any cuts or bruises anywhere on her body. He even went up close so he could look, but she wasn't responsive at all...
"Ry, what's the meaning of this? I demand an answer!" Rafe yelled.
"..." Ry didn't want to answer...
"There's no body anywhere that would explain the path of blood," Wolfurio came in to report. "Either this was deception to distract us from what's really going on, or we're about to be disposed of."
Post by Mother Bowen on Nov 13, 2019 19:15:31 GMT -5
"Fantastic observation." The commendation came from a lady's voice. It sounded elegant, yet sinister at the same time. The person in question materialized on the table near where Ry was sitting. She was in dress clothes. She had on a skirt, so it would clearly be improper to just have her legs positioned in any way that she wants. She did so anyway.
"Don't worry about the blood. The person that belongs to has been taken care of," the lady assured them. "Now, since you all kindly walked in here, why don't you take a seat and we can discuss business with each other?"
Post by Fabia Sheen on Nov 13, 2019 19:20:56 GMT -5
Fabia looked at this woman strangely. It was the look that depicted the, 'Bitch, please,' attitude that she currently had.
"Be careful with this one... She's not normal," Aranaut warned them all. For a Bakugan to say this about a humanlike-being was very telling. After what happened on Gundalia - despite none of the Neathians knowing what happened - they'd do well to take Aranaut's advice seriously.
"What did you do with his sister?" Fabia asked. "We're not doing anything until you explain."
Post by Mother Bowen on Nov 13, 2019 19:27:53 GMT -5
"What did I do? Hm...how do I put this in a way that you'll save the questions until after I'm finished with my presentation...?" The lady pondered over that thought for a brief three seconds. "Okay. Tell you what. This is what happened..."
The lady snapped her fingers. Ry was then covered in a hazy purple energy cloak. The cloak then withered away, and so did Ry...
"I believe that should answer your question," the lady shrugged. "I'll bring her back any second now assuming I don't have to ask you a second time to take a seat."
Rafe didn't seem too emotionally disturbed by what he was seeing, but that was only because he was conditioned to stay level-headed. He had to make a decision here that would be best for the welfare of everyone else. Vengeance was never a preferred option for the Castle Knights.
"Alright," Rafe surrendered. "It's only proper for all of us to have chairs. There's four of us, so..." As Rafe said that, a few chairs popped up in the room for the Neathians to sit in. "...Thanks..."
Rafe was the first to take a seat. Everyone else was reluctant to do so, but that was only because Rafe could see that this woman was beyond dangerous to them AND the surrounding area.
"Princess, Aranaut, and Wolfurio...I'd appreciate it if you sat down now..." Rafe nervously expressed.
Post by Fabia Sheen on Nov 13, 2019 19:37:32 GMT -5
"...I don't like it...but you are the lead..." Fabia relented. She decided to take a seat herself. Aranaut and Wolfurio were the last to do so, but that was only because they were more on edge than their Neathian partners. This woman's attitude was very sickening...
"If I find out that you're being dishonest...it's you and I..." Aranaut threatened the lady.
Post by Mother Bowen on Nov 13, 2019 19:50:25 GMT -5
The lady gave the Neathians a nice smile when they finally complied with her 'request.' For that, she brought back Ry with another snap of her fingers. Ry was still sitting there in a frozen state. She was sweating from how nervous she was in the lady's presence. She was too terrified to talk. A needle about half over the size of Ry appeared to the left of her. If that went through Ry's body, there was no telling how messy it would be.
"I want to introduce myself to you all, and then I'll let you go. Well...that's the plan anyway," the lady proceeded to explain. "I want to be transparent with you all first. You're both here because of something I'm organizing. I'm the one you're here to investigate or apprehend, whatever order you were given."
"I've been watching the Castle Knights for some time now, and I can see that you two have the closest bond out of everyone else... A princess and her knight... Isn't that a lovely site? What do you think about that, Sir Rafe? What I do next may depend on how you answer..."
"..." Rafe was very distraught over what this woman was asking him. If there's one thing that's difficult to suppress, it's feelings for another person whether it is love or hate. He made the mistake of showing a slight reaction to the question, which requires him to say something. This was a huge problem.
If he tells her what she wants to hear, she may back off, but then he'd be dishonoring his name. Under no circumstance was a Castle Knight to show any hints of romantic feelings for another without the permission of Queen Serena herself. To express any hint of feelings for Fabia would not only dishonor the Queen, but himself and the Castle Knights as well. He'd lose his honor, which was central to his actual power...
BUT...if he says nothing or lies - assuming the lady can tell - then Ry may be in more trouble than she's already in. He didn't know what to do...