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    iWear stomps on the hatch once more, before flying off again. She'll be back before half an hour has passed, accompanied by a collection of thugs from the local gang, armed with guns and Molotov cocktails. They'll go to the nearest door and start pounding on it with sledgehammers, whilst iWear hovers up behind them, ready to fire her crude flamethrowers into the warehouse once the door is open.
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    The door can be broken down easily enough. The structure beyond is briefly illuminated by the blast from the flamethrowers. Inside, the warehouse is decrepit and crumbling, a fitting lair for a monster. The thugs look uneasy. They know something dangerous lives here. They don't know what.
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    "Go on, throw your bottles in there, set the place alight! This thing doesn't like heat, so let's burn this place to the ground!" iWear knows the thing is a nanite cloud, but won't tell the gangers that- she doesn't think it'll calm them down, and quite likes them scared. If they panic and run, they're less likely to try betraying her to steal her own tech. She doesn't want to set them on fire, she doesn't know if she's got enough fire to deal with the intruder that stole her tech. "Come on, do what I pay you for! Or do I have to get the Boiler Blokes, they won't chicken out from a little darkness!"
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    A bunch of molotov cocktails are thrown, and a gasoline fire begins to spread throughout the entrance to the decrepit warehouse. The firelight flickers through the building, illuminating strange, twisted shapes impossible to identify in the gloom. And then there's the laughing, the sound of a million voices mocking the attempt all as one. "Oh, that's rich. You didn't even bother to aim." A bolt of red energy arcs out of the darkness beyond the flames and strikes one of the thugs dead in the center of his mass, burning a hole clean through him. As he collapses, the other thugs start to look very panicked and likely to flee.
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    "Oh, it talks. What a surprise. You stole some of my tech, and didn't die when I activated my failsafe. You'll either give me reparations, or die." She keeps her eyes on the warehouse as she addresses the thugs- or their leader, at least, if he's alive. "If you run now, you won't get the battery- and I'll take my money back, too! Cowards, burn it out!" Granted, they might need to aim their petrol bombs better for that to work properly, but hopefully they'll manage to do something.
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    "We'd like to see you try. Even with those fancy new toys, you can't kill us. Your devices are crude, compared to our elegance. Crude, but effective."
    The warehouse is pretty big, and made from concrete and metal, hardly good materials to burn. It's unlikely that even with good aim, the thugs will be able to burn the creature(s?) out.
    "If you want your tech back, come in here and take it. Or are you... scared?"
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    "You think I'm scared? Of a little dark? You don't know me, you cloud of pathetic dust-bots." iWear grins and flickers through several vision modes on her goggles, thermographic then traditional green night vision and finally a blue-tinged electromagnetic vision, picking up the magnetic fields generated by electrical devices and people. She's hoping it will help pick out the nanites, but really it's guesswork, and she strides into the dark. The vision mode she's using is once again quite a new innovation, and I don't know if a cloud of nanites would generate a notable electromagnetic field.
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    The entire building is full of electromagnetic fields.
    They're flowing through the walls, the floor the ceiling. Hidden within rusted shipping crates are huge machines, constantly running.
    There's no verbal response, rather a grating, high-pitched, mechanical noise that sends the thugs reeling and grabbing their ears. "Well then. Care for a rematch? Come on in."
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    Well, that's both useful and unhelpful. Regardless, iWear strides into the warehouse. "I'm in. You gonna come out and say hi, or stay hiding, in... pretty much everything, I think. Fetch petrol, oil, straw, wood anything! This place won't burn on it's own!" She shouts over her shoulder, and hopes the thugs will do as she asks. She doesn't expect it, though. Chances are, they'll run and hide like the cowards they are.
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    "You might want to check again before sending in your grunts."
    They're gone. This thing isn't worth the pay.
    One of the machines in the warehouse moves. Another blast of red energy arcs out of it towards iWear.
    "How about you just die, instead of making ridiculous demands."
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    The villain doesn't say anything as the red light is blasted towards her, activating her boots to jump over it before sending a quick blast of flame in the direction it came from. She lands a bit hard and off-balance, the flamethrowers- being repurposed jets- have more recoil than the lasers she usually uses, and she's not yet familiar enough with them to start compensating. She toggles quickly through her other visual methods before settling back on electromagnetism, just to see if there's any unusual thermal heat signatures nearby or movement.
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    The flames spread across one of the cargo containers, revealing narrow holes cut into it. The mechanism inside is badly scorched, but it doesn't lose cohesion. It doesn't seem that this particular trap is made of nanites. Something drops down out of the ceiling behind iWear.
    "Looking for us?"
    A pitch-black sword slashes at her neck. The nanites aren't even trying to appear human now, just a shifting mass of spikes and blades.
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    Small motion sensors in the back of iWear's goggles alert her to the movement behind her, so she is able to duck and dive, escaping the attempted decapitation. She rolls at the end of the dive and washes the area where she'd just come from with flames from her left flamethrower, keeping her right one ready as she glances around to see if there's any more movement. Maybe seeking vengeance wasn't the smartest idea, and maybe she should have rounded up some more villains and heroes that use tech to back her up. Those thugs are getting nothing except a fly-by visit later with her lasers, if she gets out of here, so that plan failed.
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    The creature is already gone before iWear fires, not staying in place long enough to give her a clear shot. It dodges away deeper into the warehouse, trying to draw iWear further in as she attempts to kill it. Then, while she's distracted fighting it, a steel blast door falls over the door she blasted in and locks in place, sealing both of them inside the warehouse.
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    Ugh, this thing can move quickly. She isn't sure where it's gone, and this place is far scarier than she was expecting. The blast door slams shut, and iWear blasts her rocket boots over to it to try and force it open. She didn't bring a crowbar or anything, and she's a little worried about things now.
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    "You locked us in and tried to destroy us. Now it's time for us to return the favor."
    The blast door is reinforced steel, very difficult to bend or break with human strength, even assisted by the rocket boots.
    An energy blast scorches the wall beside iWear.
    "You are but human. We are transcendent."
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    "You broke into my house, destroyed my gear and tried to kill me. Locking you in and trying to blow you up was justified." Which, uh, works against iWear, she realises now. Too late to take it back now, though.

    She does stand with the door to her back now, though. Theoretically she won't be able to be surprised by the nanites turning up behind her this way, but she's not really accounting for the size of the microscopic robots. If she sees movement she'll blast flame in that direction.
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    "Human beings. So shortsighted."
    The nanites don't attack. Yet.
    "We give you a choice. Transcendence or death."
    iWear may have a third option in mind. Or she might want to learn more first.
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    "Transcendence how? Download my brain into your swarm? I don't want to lose who I am." She'll lose a quick burst of fire into the room, just to show she still can, but... she's got quite a limited supply of fuel, so she can't really afford to do that too much.
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    "To rise beyond the petty concerns of mortal flesh. To become one with the technology you claim to wield. Immortality. Invincibility." To some, that would be a tempting offer. But it does come at a cost. The loss of humanity, of the corporeal form. The death of yourself and loss of your soul, if you believe in such things. And the entity here doesn't seem entirely sane either. How maddening must it be, to have your mind and physical form shredded to a billion component parts, each but a tiny sliver of your true self?
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    "I enjoy dressing up and causing havoc with my stuff. Part of why I enjoy that is the fact I can take it off at the end of the day and blend into high society without anyone being any wiser. I 'transcend', I'll lose that ability. I'd be iWear for the rest of my life, and... well, iWear's social life is really boring." She presses the sole of one foot against the blast door, and reaches down to fiddle with the jet- and the latches holding the boot onto her foot. Exactly what she's doing is... honestly questionable, and might not work. And will severely hamper her if it doesn't.
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    "Paltry concerns. What are humans to immortal demigods? They will die. We will live forever. We are invincible!"
    The nanites flow out of the walls into a roughly human-sized figure in front of iWear. They back slowly away from the flames, but hold out a pseudopod. Nestled inside is a small black object. "Take it. Become more."
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    "Sexy, fun, and eligible to inherit family fortunes." Despite her words, iWear moves to take the pod. Once she's gripped it, she'll squeeze the trigger and activate the flamethrower on that hand to destroy the nanites she can see before rolling away from her boot, which is still stuck to the blast door.

    The boot will explode, a directed blast into the door to hopefully create a hole iWear can either escape through or pry wider so she can escape. Ideally it'd blast the door off entirely, but the only explosive she's got is the fuel tank for the jet boots, so that's highly unlikely.
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    The capsule is cold to the touch and slightly rough, but looks like a solid piece of metal.
    The nanites are already beginning to retreat when iWear blasts them with fire. Blobs of destroyed material drip off them.
    "Fool. You will pay for this betrayal!"
    The explosion tears the blast door apart. Fresh air wafts in from outside.
    "You will never get another chance. Now you die!"
    The capsule explodes into a swarm of nanites and begins attempting to devour everything it touches, including iWear's gear and her flesh and bone.
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    iWear screams as the nanites explode out of the capsule- held in her closed hand- and start to eat at her body. She holds the affected arm out as far as she can and roasts it with her other hand, the air filling with the scent of burning plastic and cooked meat. Hoping that's done enough for now, she stumbles out through the hole into the sunlight.
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    Disappointed they didn't get a convert or a kill, the nanites let iWear go.
    They're sure she'll return, either to exact revenge or to beg for a second chance at immortality.
    But they won't be here when it happens.
    By this time tomorrow, the warehouse and everything in it will have disappeared, as if they were never there in the first place.
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    iWear is not planning on returning. Not today, not tomorrow, not next week. This whole area has been marked on every map she owns as a no-go area. She won't discover the absent warehouse for a while yet, and when she does... Well, it won't reassure her, that's for sure. For now, though, she's got to build a prosthetic hand she can wear to replace the charred and ruined stump of her right arm.
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