- Freak: +0
- Danger: +0
- Savior: +1
- Superior: +2
- Mundane: +0
- [X] Been Reading the Files: You’ve learned about the superhuman world through your mentor’s resources. When you first encounter an important superpowered phenomenon (your call), roll + Superior. On a hit, tell the team one important detail you’ve learned from your studies. The GM will tell you what, if anything, seems different from what you remember. On a 10+, ask the GM a follow-up question; they will answer it honestly. On a miss, the situation is well outside your base of knowledge; the GM will tell you why.
- [X]Be Mindful of Your Surroundings: When you assess the situation before entering into a fight, you may ask one additional question, even on a miss.
- [X]Venting Frustration: When you directly engage while you are Angry, you can roll + the label your mentor denies (Mundane) and clear Angry.
Max moves only hesitantly when Miho first slaps at his hip, though reluctantly relents and refrains from shifting back in front of her when she moves herself to get a view of the ominous message. He still stands close beside her in a protective manner, even though he starts to feel a bit silly, suspecting that he can’t just smash the thing even if it does attack somehow.
Still watching the space where the message hung in the air, his free hand starts to reach for his pocket before Miho catches his wrist. The gentle touch does give him pause, and Max turns attentively towards her albeit with a questioning look, before his eyes snap towards the screen as Chisei is addressed, the simple mention of Lightbringer already putting him on edge.
His expression becomes quite stony as the clip replays the moment Coyote rushes Lightbringer and is summarily obliterated, jaw tightening. Max doesn’t immediately turn back towards Miho until she speaks, where upon her grim expression is met with one similarly severe, and troubled beneath the surface. He remains quiet for a thoughtful moment, holding her gaze, though his drops away after another pause, flicking back towards the screen again before ultimately returning to her as he decides to speak. He wishes too, that Miho could be wrong. Because otherwise, a whole new layer of complexity has been added to the mess, and an extra element of danger as they must be forced to wonder who they can trust. But he doesn't think that she is wrong.
“...No, not crazy. It does sound like she might have been saying that.” Max agrees stoically without any uncertainty. In truth, it had struck his ear odd at the time, just as the whole last ditch attack on Coyote’s part had seemed oddly irrational. Personal. He had wondered what she was trying to say in the moment, but then Lightbringer’s response had been... very quick, and very distracting.
“...When you put it that way... It does make the timing and... severity of Lightbringer’s reaction seem pretty... purposeful. If Coyote was about to reveal that they were coordinating... maybe she forced Lightbringer's hand,” Max utters the last words with a hint of righteous disdain, the idealist obviously not one to buy such an excuse when it comes to killing someone, especially. The idea that Lightbringer’s knee jerk reaction is to vaporize someone also doesn’t sit easily with him, especially knowing that the team is going to have to expect envoys on her behalf soon to explain the events.
“It’s all pretty f*cking suspicious. I’m glad you recorded that. We should take it to show The Smith as well. I really want to hear what her take is.”
The Smith is one of the few adult heroes that Max has any faith or trust in, the latter being a particularly rare commodity for him to give out. As much as he wants her aid with the alien artifact, he needs to hear what she has to say about Lightbringer’s actions as well. For the most part, Max doesn’t need anyone’s opinions or suggestions to make is own, or to take action, and can be quite stubbornly independent in many cases. But right now, he needs to hear his mentor say that it is unacceptable, what just happened. He needs to reaffirm his trust is placed in someone whose morals align with his own. And he needs her guidance on how to deal with a hero he can’t abide by.
Another thought enters his head however as he pulls out his phone with his free hand and the screen opens to the last message he’d sent. Hikari.
Max turns towards Miho again. “...I think we need to get Hikari up to speed on all of this too, given what just happened with the artifact and... this clip... before we get even further ahead. I’d like to get this thing to The Smith today though, and I want you to come, whether or not anyone else can make it. I’ll wait a bit for Hikari, but I hope you don’t have anywhere else to be,” He adds with just a hint of apology in his tone as he’s potentially asking Miho to devote the rest of her day to this endeavor, and she’s already given quite a deal of it already. He suspects she’s intrigued enough with the artifact that an apology is hardly warranted, and Max personally feels it’s urgent enough a matter anyway that anyone duty bound should be eager to assist. But he’s not one to make demands of his team mates without feeling slightly guilty still.
“I’ll see if Hikari can get here soon, and I’ll warn The Smith she needs to expect company.” He explains as he starts firing off a text to the former first.
Ronin thinks artifact might be alien tech. Going to take it to The Smith but would like you to come too.
Can you get back to the base? Ronin and I want to debrief you.