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    Vasquez's Place

    Vasquez is surprised, first that he stayed, and second, that he hugs her so closely. She tenses at the start, but relaxes after a moment, hugging him back with her good arm and resting her head on his shoulder, figuring that he was scared. She didn't know why, just that he was.

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    Anatolij will find Lt. Colonel Hicks, a tall and thin man wearing a plain uniform of a private, waiting for him inside the debriefing room. He's a young blond man, but just the way he carries himself proves that he's far from dumb, inexperienced or rash. He gives Anatolij a nod and gestures for him to take a seat. "I'll assume that you were successful."

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    [Intelligence Center - Debriefing Room]

    Anatolij snaps to attention, salutes, then takes a seat. Partially. We defused the bombs and prevented the destruction of the buildings, but we had to kill the perpetuator - Rot from AMEN - rather than capture him.
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    Vasquez's Place

    Vasquez is surprised, first that he stayed, and second, that he hugs her so closely. She tenses at the start, but relaxes after a moment, hugging him back with her good arm and resting her head on his shoulder, figuring that he was scared. She didn't know why, just that he was.
    Gus holds her for long enough that when he steps back, his characteristic grin is back on his face. "I await my escort, Mistress."


    Jake's pants and shoes are still on the floor. Gus has no plans of taking them, though he will if Vasquez tells him to.
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    Ian, David, Keith, and Jason are all taken by guards, separated, and one at a time, get their hair shaven, forced into the showers and finally, get a red skull overlaying the Remnant Symbol tattooed onto their shoulder. Underneath that, and on their lower back, they get a pair of barcodes tattooed as well.

    Each one is tossed into their own small 8x6 cell. They have beds, clean linen, a sink, and toilet, but other than those, the only adornment in the room is a window with bars on the outside. They're told that they'll get new clothing daily, and educational reading materials if requested. They're all kept in there for a week, alone, only taken out for daily showers (once again, alone) and are always guarded. No one talks to them, and if they ask questions, none are given.

    Finally, six days after they've been brought to the Conscript Cells, they're taken out one at a time to be lined up with twenty others. Men, women, human and non-human, it doesn't matter. They're all dressed in white shorts and tank tops, and have had their heads shaven just like the four friends.

    They're guarded by a pair of women wearing black power armor, their fists adorned with spikes and faces covered in a skull like helmet. Their shoulder bear the same symbol as their tattoos, but with a white stripe along it vertically, showing that they've earned their freedom and have decided to stay to work in the unit as officers. They're seemingly unarmed, but by now the "recruits" will know that they don't need to be as long as they're wearing the armor.

    The conscripts are forced to wait for over an hour, and if any of them speak up or move out of position, they'll quickly receive a spiked backhand from one of the officers.

    Eventually, it begins to darken overhead, and thick clouds begin to rain, as if to spite the recruits. It's at this point when Jyarl arrives, pacing in front of them and looking them over. He doesn't say anything yet, but inwardly smiles. The rain wasn't natural, but they didn't know that he regularly asks Annie or Aliz to summon a cold shower. Aside from breaking morale, it'd keep the smell down and make it harder on them as the mud builds up.

    Even in his armor, he seems smaller than some of the recruits, namely the half gold dragon on the end. "I know what you're thinking..." Jyarl starts. "You're thinking that perhaps if you kill me, and my two Valkyries, you can try to make a run for it. So, lets get this straightened out ahead of time." He tells them before taking a step back and commanding his helmet to slide back, revealing a shaven head and scarred face. "Who among you think you're strong enough to take me on? If you can kill me, you'll earn your freedom."

    Without warning, the Half-dragon lunges forward with a roar. The thing is massive and rippling with muscles. Jyarl snorts, sidesteps and latches onto the arm that was aiming a hook for his jaw. If it had hit, it'd have likely ripped his head from his shoulders, but instead, the officer spins, holding the arm. There's a series of sickening cracks as the bones give way and then a hideous ripping sound as the half-dragon is disarmed.

    Literally.

    With a snort of contempt, Jyarl drops the limb and grabs the half-dragon's head before wrenching it with hardly any effort, killing him instantly and stopping the hideous screaming.

    The body drops, and he turns back to the recruits, ignoring the pooling blood as the rain washes it away. There was always at least one in each group of conscripts. It was his job to weed out the dumb and strengthen the weak. Those who gave way to their anger and impulses this easily, deserved death one way or another.

    "Make no mistake. I own you now. Not your god, not your mother, and not even Remnant own you as completely as I do. You are mine. You will do anything I say, when I say it. I do not care if you are a prince with access to wealth beyond my wildest dreams, you will obey. If I say jump, I don't want you to ask how high, I want you to jump. If you fail, you die. There is no turning back, there is no second chance. Regardless of what GLoG says, this is your only chance at redemption. Fail, and die. Do I make myself clear?"


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    Vas doesn't remark about the pants and shoes, getting the feeling that maybe he'll need them here in the future some time. She'll take a moment to attach her arm before nodding and walking out with him, ignoring the rain.

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    Hicks nods, looking slightly annoyed. Not with Anatolij, but with the fact that Rot would be back in the future, likely within a few days. "Thank you. Is there anything else of note?"

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    [Intelligence Center - Debriefing Room]

    Anatolij considers the question briefly.
    Not that I can think of. We spotted no other AMENites at the site, so Rot was probably acting alone. He still thinks the organization should be implicated for not keeping him in check, but it's not the time or place for his opinions.
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    Vasquez's Place >> Front Gate

    Gus puts his hand in the crook of Vasquez's arm, as if she were a gentleman escorting a lady, and is escorted out. He looks up at the rain, and laughs. "'My Mistress eyes are nothing like the sun.' Jakey could probably quote you the whole thing, but that's all I remember. Seems fitting though."
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    "Thank you. You can go now. I expect the paperwork in a couple days."
    Hicks tells Anatolij.

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    Vasquez walks with her face turned up to the air, ignoring the scream and knowing what it was from. She'd have to deal with the report in the morning, and probably a couple complaints, but that was a small price to pay. With the feeling that the rain has cleansed her soul, she smiles a bit to Gus after a moment. "Maybe, but thank you." She tells him as she guides him.

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    [Intelligence Center]

    Yes, Lieutenant Colonel. Anatolij gets up, salutes and walks out.
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    Front Gate

    Gus takes his leave, and hopes on the Riftline to go home and change into clothes that fit.


    Sometime later, he sees a notice on the Wall, about a Masquerade ball in Riverside, on the next night he'll be alive. Perfect!

    He texts Vasquez to invite her, and continuity is restored. Somehow!
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    [Training Grounds]

    The smell of spilled blood is still in the air even as the oppressive rain begins to sweep the sanguine emission away. Ian has to clamp down hard to keep himself standing straight. To be honest, he has never seen anything torn apart like that right in front of him. He's seen some ugly scenes, but that was brutal. It really drove home what he was risking here, and what he would have to endure. But he calls out clearly, "Yes, [sir][drill Sargent][appropriate address here]!" Hopefully in cadence with the others.

    Jason seethes a little bit. He understood that a bit better than Ian did. He'd seen ugly gang initiations, and he knew that little display was exactly that; it was meant to influence them. In all honest, he'd already started to hate Jyarl, but he wasn't dumb. He knew who was in control here, and who had the power. And for now, he'd toe the line. He called out the response too, as expected. But his eyes told the real story. He was afraid, and he hated to be afraid, and the two were rising and mixed up inside him until he couldn't tell one from the other.

    It's an even sharper shock to David, but in a way, he needs it, because it finally hits home, and gets through all the socialization and taming of civilization to the survival instincts at the core of his humanity. He finally realized that he was forever lost to the world of 9 to 5 shifts, coffee in the mornings, meetings and reports, going to posh clubs in the evenings, and coming home boozed out and rolled. After what he'd seen, and what he would do, he could never go quite back to the way things were before. If he made it that far. So he called out the response as well. Because he wanted to live.

    Keith was quiet in the row, but inside his guts churned oddly, and his brain squirmed like a toad. Unlike many, who looked away from the cooling corpse on the ground, he stared at the dead half dragon. He looked at the torn limb, lying like a stick in the mud. He gazed at the tore open shoulder, saw the exposed tissues and bones. He peered at the odd angle of the neck, and the emptiness of the eyes. He saw... and a strange part of him stirred again, the same part that had been moved when he witnessed the massacre at the bank. He called out the response, the same as the others. But there was almost a faint shadow of a smile upon his face.

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    A dwarf stands among the company, one of the shortest there. With a very bulbous nose and his hair and bear shaved off he looks quite odd. Unable to look at the horrific scene Jyarl made until he speaks again. The dwarf's head snaps to look at their now commander and when he barks out his question he quickly replies with a yes sir.
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    [Front Gate]

    Iamar Shalhoub, a Mysterious Hooded Figure™, approaches the gates to Remnant. Although she's armed to the teeth with various bladed objects, and her face is slightly masked by her white hood, she doesn't appear to be hostile.

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    Front Gate

    The assassin will find herself facing a pair of armed Remnants, wearing their white armor, guarding the gate, and several more overwatching the area from atop the walls and watchtowers. "Can we help you?" The woman of the pair of guards asks.

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    Jyarl watches the group of conscripts closely, keeping a very close eye on reactions and noting them down for future use. "Now, this isn't to say I'm going to throw you into battle untrained at all. In fact, you're going to be very well trained. I am going to beat you and break you down until you are nothing! But then, I'm going to build you up to be something at least somewhat more respectable. If you're lucky, maybe as much as the mud beneath your feet." He says in a cold and harsh tone, with enough contempt that he couldn't think worse of them than if they were all something to be scraped off his boots.

    "Make no mistake. You will be fighting for your lives. Even more so than the average Remnant soldier does by a large degree. If you're lucky, you'll remember each and every bit of this training, and use it to survive. Any moment you wish, you can stop the training, go back to your cell, and quit. However, you'll still be thrown into battle. It is not our fault if you decide to give up on life."

    After this, Jyarl turns a bit and gestures at a line of packs. "Each one has a name on it. Take yours. They are weighted proportionately. Today is the first day, so I think we'll start things on a good note." He says with a slight sneer. "We're going to be jogging until the last one of you drops. Every time you stumble, every time you fall more than 10 paces behind the last person, and every time you miss a word in the cadence, I will add another stone to everyone's pack."

    "Now, pull them on, and follow my lead."
    He orders.

    He'll give them a moment before beginning to jog in place backwards, waiting for them to line up. Once they do, he turns, starts to jog, and begins to sing, expecting them to do the same.

    "Some things in life are bad..."
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    Iamar looks at the pair of guards, curious about their armor. "I was referred here about a job, by someone named Dipsnig."

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    [Training Ground]

    Each man has his own way of dealing with what they have to bear. Ian focused on dropping at the right moment; he knew you wanted to neither excel nor fail at the training. It went easiest for those who drew the least amount of attention. If you stood out once, you were likely to stand out through the whole thing, and suffer for it. Jason was angry and tried to use his anger to push himself beyond his limits, to try and keep standing to defy Jyarl. Keith has his mute dulled acceptance, the numbness that usually occupied his sense of the world. David was the worst one off, and he would probably be among the first to give. He was also likely to be the source of many stones in their packs.

    It was rough going, but they did their best, and called out the cadence.

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    It wasn't often that Remnant got referrals from other Orgs, but usually, if it weren't AMEN, they were taken fairly seriously. "Well, if you turn over your weapons, we'll take you to an interview. What's your name and what sort of job are you looking for?"

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    Vasquez walks back with Jake, barefoot, and wearing the sweatpants she once loaned Gus, as well as a sweater the latter owned. Hopefully he wouldn't mind. Even though the guards have their helmets up, she rolls her eyes a bit, knowing they'd be getting glances and that rumors would be spreading by the time her shift started in a half hour.

    She leans over and gives Jake a full kiss, even in front of everyone. "Thanks for the night, Jake. Give Gus my regards."

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    Jake would definitely have a lot to say in his next note to Gus. A lot of questions to ask. But Vasquez could just phone him - something Jake would never be able to do. She didn't seem to realize that she could communicate with Gus easier than he could, but he wouldn't mention that now. Maybe next time.

    And suddenly he's being kissed, and that's the only thing that matters.

    Eventually, reluctantly, he'll release her. And later that day, she'll receive another bouquet of flowers.
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    Iamar's left wrist twitches a little upon hearing that she'd have to turn her weapons over, but nothing else. "My name is Iamar Shalhoub. I'm looking for work as an espionage agent." She begins to remove the longsword strapped to her waist, then stops. "Will my weapons be returned to me?"

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    Rahona follows along with the dance, smiling and shrugging at the question.

    "I was delivering stuff and didn' get outta here afore the party started"

    She grins as the dance continues.

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    "Neither do I. You're good at this." Ordo says, smiling quietly at the feathered woman while they move back and forth. "Didn't really have a date, so..." He seems to think it would've been good to have a date for the wedding.
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    The dwarf is able to keep up very well and will probably be one of the last to drop. Dwarfs are a very hardy fold after all. Though he slips up on the cadence a few times, only about three though.
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    "Your weapons will be returned when you leave, but I hope you understand our precautions." The guard says.

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    As they drop, one by one, the Valkyries will drag them back to their cells after checking their medical condition. When they wake up, they'll find clean clothes, a glass of water, and a few pills for them to take to get rid of their muscle cramps.

    And to think, that was day one of training.

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    [Penal Company]

    Day One, Ian thought, as he swallowed a pill, day one of what might be the last days of your life.

    And one day, I'll pay them back for this. With interest. Jason promised himself as he glared at the walls of cell.

    One day, I'll be beyond this, and then... then life will truly begin. Keith smiled as he carefully worked the muscles in his calf.

    It hurts, oh god it hurts, David thought, lying limp in his cell, But it won't hurt tomorrow, not as bad. Tomorrow is another day...

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    [Front Gate]

    "Of course, can't be too cautious." Iamar will proceed to relinquish all of her weapons. A longsword, short sword, three belts of throwing knives (five each), and a small crossbow.

    She also unbuckles the bracer on her left wrist, and gives that up as well. It doesn't look like a weapon, but there is a small mechanism attached to its underside.
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    It hadn't been hard to get access to the house. She claimed to be fleeing an abusive boyfriend, with painted on bruises to go with her story. They were nice people. They wanted to help, promised to protect her. After that, it was even easier. Pick up the baby, put a knife to its throat, toss handcuffs to the parents and order them to cuff themselves to the radiator. Put the baby down, and murder the parents. She didn't know what the Emissary wanted with the baby, but the instructions were clear. After the parents are dead, take the baby out the back door. Await further instructions.

    These instructions had been delivered in person, by someone invisible who whispered them in her ear. The most terrifying instructions she could have received. But what could she do?

    You will infiltrate Remnant through the Penal Company. You will survive your training, and your first battle and learn everything you can. You will not betray your true reasons for being there. Your story is that you killed them so you could take their child. If you betray us, if you die in training, if you die in your first battle, you know what will happen. If you succeed, you'll be contacted.


    And then will I be reunited with the Emissary? she had asked. But no answer had come. She had her instructions. She ran until she was caught.

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    Leah lay curled up on her bed, after taking her pills and drinking the water. She had pushed herself as hard as she could, and had gotten up several times after falling, earning a lot of glares from other prisoners. Her dropping didn't punish anyone, but her getting back up, stumbling and falling further behind did. She was in the first half to drop for good though.

    She could see now how well the Emissary's handlers had prepared her, training her enough to be healthy and in shape, but not enough to be suspicious. But now she second guessed herself. She'd pushed herself because the Emissary wanted her to survive, but she needed her fellow soldiers help to survive too. She shouldn't earn their hatred.

    Leah could cry at least. Nothing in her instructions, either from Jyarl or from the Emissary prevented that. So she did.


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    Garn Fartek, the dwarf with the bulbous nose and the funny face without his beard, stared up at the ceiling after taking his water and pills. He lay there pondering. His predicament, how he got into it, and stone. He was a dwarf through and through and stone was always on his mind. Most would think that one rock was just like the last but they would be wrong. Each stone was like a person, with flaws and strengths to each.

    But one particular stone was on his mind. A stone that shone with brightness of day but was the darkest black, smooth as water but as hard as steel. A stone that was worth a fortune and Garn had tried to take it. He had tried to take it and he had killed a guard and then had two more killings pinned on him by his so called partner in crime. But Garn was strong like the stone he admired. Dwarfs where cut from stone. Stone didn't forget easily.
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    "Neither do I. You're good at this." Ordo says, smiling quietly at the feathered woman while they move back and forth. "Didn't really have a date, so..." He seems to think it would've been good to have a date for the wedding.
    Rahona smiles back as she speaks.

    "Dun worry about it, neither of us had one and yet we both got a chance ta dance"

    Rahona seems to be having plenty fun despite the fact that she neither had a date nor an invitation.
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    "Some more than others," Eileen says with a sigh. "So, anyway...what exactly do you do around here?"
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    Caet waves a hand around the area, "I'm an abjurer and diviner. My job is to go around and make sure that the wards I've set up are in place. They're damn good wards, too. Even I can't get into them, and I can get into almost any ward in the Nexus."
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    Eileen arches an eyebrow as she listens. "Wouldn't that be a bit dangerous, though, to have even the person who cast the wards being unable to break them? What if they had to be broken for some reason?"

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