- Freak: +0
- Danger: -1
- Savior: +3
- Superior: +2
- Mundane: -1
- [X] Fireside Chat: When you seek advice from your mentor, roll + the Label they embody. On a hit they will tell you what to do. On a 10+, mark potential if you follow their advice, and take +1 ongoing to follow through. On a 7-9, you get +1 forward to see it through if you do it their way. On a miss, they don’t have time for you because something big has gone down; mark a condition, GM’s choice.
- [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.
- [X]Before We Get Started: When you take the time to closely observe your opposition before a battle, roll + Savior. On a 10+, hold 3. On a 7-9, hold 2. On a miss, hold 1 and mark a condition. During battle, you can spend your hold 1 for 1 to name a character you observed and...:
- ...redirect their attack to another character or nowhere—into a wall or the sky.
- ...cross a distance between them and you.
- ...disarm them.
- ...ignore all harm to yourself from one of their attacks.
- ...escape any bindings or restrictions they attempt to place on you.
Max nods in confirmation to Ronin as she lands, though doesn’t immediately speak up as she continues, listening to all that she has to say first.
He’s been trying to reign himself in, let Hikari call the shots, given their last conversation. He’s been trying to trust his team mates and think of himself as part of a unit, as these were failures last time. If he’d been on his own today, or simply himself a few months ago, he’d definitely have tried to get himself into the building. Offered himself as a hostage maybe. He’s pleased they’ve got the wounded to safety, but there’s been altogether too much talk and not enough action still for his liking. That said, he’s not going to protest or such, knowing it can still be his knee-jerk reaction to rush headlong, and still wanting Hikari to make her showing as leader.
When Ronin looks to him after asking what the play is, he is slightly surprised, but he tries to be honoured by her trust and not focus too heavily on the guilt and insecurity that gnaws in the back of his mind. Does he really deserve it after their last mission? But this time at least he is more prepared. Mentally, anyway. And thankfully in ways that may make up for his lack of peak physical condition.
Since Dēmonrōdo made it clear they’re worried about him as well as Ronin, he shifts about, moving to where his back is to the building while he faces his team mates, so that he can address them without letting anyone watching from the building see what he’s doing.
“...I think we’re running out of time honestly, if we want to get any of us in there, and getting all of us in there without causing trouble is unlikely.” As he’s giving his assessment, he’s turned one of his arms over, keeping it low and tucked in close against his body. His cell phone is fitted into a frame fixed to his gauntlet, so that he can easily make use of it when more than voice commands are needed. Which he is, making use of it that is, rapidly tapping away at a new app, seeming to be queuing up several actions.
“It’s a little odd they haven’t outright killed anyone, and they definitely and easily could have. Not sure what it means, if it’s just to keep everyone distracted and busy, or... whatever. They have the advantage while they’re hunkered down in there though. Between the snipers, the hostages, and the building itself. I think you’re right... We might have a better chance cutting off their escape. More mobility, less hostages. They can’t take them all, and remain very mobile themselves. So White Sparrow, and maybe a few others, leave the rest behind with the elementals, most likely? I haven’t seen any vehicles in place that could act as transport for that many people. If they’re ‘on foot’, even better. That said... I don’t think we’ve established how they got in there, to begin with. Did they just walk in? If they used portals or something, we’re going to have more of a problem..”
Finally he puts his arm down, looking back up to Ronin and the rest.
“I’m bringing in some new toys from the base. I’ll bet a few drones can sneak in more easily than we can, anyway. Hopefully we can have some new eyes both inside and around the building shortly, and maybe answer some of those questions. Also this way we can follow them even if they try to pull some kind of distraction when they make their escape. But there will still be hostages left behind, trapped with those elementals from the sound of it, even if we decide to chase down Dēmonrōdo. We should... consider coordinating with the Guardians here, so that those people have help as well. In case this chase goes long, or the Guardians still plan on doing the same thing. A few drones are already inbound, more shortly after including a little present that might slow down our friends escape. First time using the new fabricator, so no guarantees...” He adds the last sentiment with a hint of apology. “What new toys do you got, Ronin?” He asks, given her mention of some experimental tech, before finally glancing towards Hikari for her ultimate decision, given the input from both him and Ronin.
“What do you think we should do, Hikari?”
Spoiler: OOCRolled 8 to Assess the Situation. Max wants to figure out where they're going. With his Protege move Be Mindful of your Surroundings that means two questions.
Going to ask:
- How can we best end this quickly?
- What here can I use to find out where Dēmonrōdo is going?