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 Savage Land - I Was Promised Dinos, not Orcs // Group One, Day 3 // Exodus, Plasma, Scion
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 Posted: Feb 1 2018, 03:00 PM
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As the odd combination of New Mutants and Brotherhood members moved across the Savage Land, they realized they were going to have to take shifts sleeping at night. That was simply due to the nature of predators in the environment.

A variety of fresh sights had been seen by all, such as sauropods milling about, large insects, lifeforms that didn't match anything on the books.

And while beautiful, it was still not a safe place as most would define it. The law of the jungle did very much apply, and civilization was a forgotten concept.

Though there was a bit of civilization creeping through the wild land, though not a civilization of nobility or goodness, not even of benign neglect.

Muscular, athletic, and wearing armor and weapons over their pale and green skin, the protruding teeth and pure malevolence shining from them showed that there was a purpose to their march. An attempt to track someone down. Someone that they had been sent to find, to disarm, and to hide his weapon in some forgotten cavern.

For only with the man's death would their Mistress reward them. ideally by letting them call forth their brothers and attack a small human nation, to claim as their own. And to keep some humans as livestock to breed the small ones that were so tasty.

Sniffing the air, the scout held up a hand as it had smelled the mutant at the camp. While two were adults and might be difficult, the other two were younger. With softer muscles and flesh. So tender. So sweet.

Letting out a few bird whistles to summon a few more up, they noticed the sword beside Exodus and deemed him the larger threat. They just had to get in position, and then they could attack.

For while they might have been hunting for one in particular, they understood his type. Knew that the man they sought couldn't stand by and do nothing.

And if he was out of range of the screams, then they would have some fresh meat.



Silently gliding above them, eyes peered down from behind a helm. There was a faint white glow as the technology in those lenses brought the orcs into focus. It was pretty obvious that the small army was going to attack the small group.

Letting out a sigh as he knew he could have made a lot of ground on these bastards if he simply was a calloused ass, he also knew he couldn't just leave people to die. So he guided Aragorn down, feeling the air fly past them as they aimed for the camp.

Suvik Senyaka was the one on guard duty, regarding everything with his unnerving glare. Though there was a chance that seeing a horse that was six freaking feet tall at the shoulder just land in front of him was not what he was suspecting. Much less one with a fifty foot total wingspan.

Delicately folding the wings against himself, the white horse then put its face near Suvik's and snorted out before sniffing him.

The man on the back of the horse then dismounted, leaving his sword sheathed and his shield folded down where it blended into the black armor. The only color on that sable metal was where paint had been chipped in combat and the red circle and hawk emblem on the chest.

And emblem that had belonged to a super villain known as the Black Knight before his passing.

Yet here was another man, with the same symbol standing in the camp.

"My apologies for disturbing your camp, but you are in grave danger," the armored knight said. Motioning into the forest, Dane said "There is an army of orcs out there, and some are scouting your camp. We need to move before the main force gets here."

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 Posted: Feb 2 2018, 07:03 PM
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They had spent about three days in the Savage Land. Three long days filled with walking, walking and more walking. With breaks for food, rest and handling any issues that came their way. The place was full of things that would likely kill them the second they fell asleep, so they had to take it in turns to keep watch. This meant trusting two members of the Brotherhood not to kill her or Julian while they slept or take what was left of the supplies and leave them to fend for themselves. Thankfully that had not happened. Maybe the Brotherhood weren’t as bad. Or maybe they were, just not towards other mutants.

The first night, Ruby had been unsure of whether or not she would be able to sleep. For one thing they were outside, it was dark, there were monsters roaming around and above all else, she was scared. But sleep had come easily, possibly due to all the walking they were doing and the amount of effort it was taking for her to keep up with two adults and Julian. Ruby was not normally an active person and it probably showed. Not that she complained, she kept all that to herself and simply focused on keeping going. Complaining was useless. It wouldn’t get them out of their current situation. All it would do was probably encourage the others to killing her first and resorting to cannibalism when their food supply ran out. Or encourage them to leave her somewhere and let the dinosaurs have her. No, she needed to be good and helpful. That was the best way. Potentially the only annoying thing she had done was sing to herself as they walked.

Ruby had been curled in a little ball and sort of sleeping when noise woke her. Another voice. She uncurled a little and opened an eye. Senyaka had been on guard duty, but was apparently not doing a good job as there was a strange man there with them. And a... pegasus? Well why not? There were dinosaurs and other creatures here. Maybe next they would find a unicorn or a dragon or a werewolf.

Realising that the strange man was warning them of an attack she thought it wise to get up and grab her khopesh. “Orcs?!” Was he serious? Crap, this was not gonna end well. Senyaka, Exodus and Scion would be able to keep them at bay, it was her that could let the side down. Her eyes swept over the area, searching for any signs of anything that was about to attack. So far the only potentially dangerous thing was the strange man. He could just as easily be lying.

So Ruby waited for the other two to get up so they could work out what they were going to do. One thing was for certain, they were in danger. But from who?
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 Posted: Feb 3 2018, 10:01 AM
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Suvik would rather be back in New York, carrying out the surgical extraction of Elliot from the grips of the X-men. Instead, he had been sent on this mission to retrieve Blink. While that irritated him greatly, he certainly understood that decision. The Brotherhood likely not wanting a trail of bodies left all over the place and had decided to keep the wild card away from that particular discussion and mission. It seemed he still had a ways to go before they understood that even though he was a monster, he could be a reasonable one. When asked.... politely.

Food had been scarce as well. The group doing what they could to scavenge up what they could. Suvik kept his energy stores up as much as possible with the odd critter that got within range of his tendrils, while doing what he could to cook or prepare what they could find, when their were in a position to start a fire and actually cook something. The trip so far had given Suvik an even deeper loathing of the vegan lifestyle and he'd kill for a dash of curry.

Three days in, and Suvik was up on guard duty. Silently skulking around the perimeter of the camp. Keeping an eye out on anything that might try to eat them, or that they may be able to eat. Left to his own thoughts and hoping they would encounter something that was actually civilized for once. He was stuck with Exodus. The two were not all that fond of each other. Though Suvik blamed that entirely on Exodus. He had tried to reach out when the man buggered off after the Inauguration. Seeking to understand and learn more. Have an intelligent conversation. Sure the intention was absolutely self-serving. Though Suvik understood that the Brotherhood's uneasiness with his presence was going to led to him being cut out of missions, or sent on these bullshit ones. That whole encounter only served to show how Exodus was intolerant of Suvik and his poisonous mind. Trapped in this hell hole with Suvik was a fair dose of karma in Suvik's mind.

Though Exodus could just as easy hurl Suvik off, and take his chances with the two children. He would not put it past Exodus at this point and he certainly had very little information on the other two. So mostly Suvik stayed to himself and observed. Doing is part to stand guard when it came time, entirely out of self preservation, and pondered their next steps. They were, after all, marching towards a giant red X in the sky and Suvik had jammed a handle bar into the head of one of the X-men.

The night had been like any other night, except this one had been interrupted by an armored knight on a winged horse bringing a warning of Orcs on the march. Suvik just stood there staring at the gigantic oversized wing horse that was currently sniffing his face before turning his gaze towards the Black Knight. "Orcs you say." Suvik said with an arched eyebrow. "Finally something decent to eat." Suvik, of course, meant life force as he turned to head towards the others. Though he absolutely did not let the Black Knight see his back. Suvik was crazy, but not ignorant.

"This guy says Orcs are coming. We have a choice to make. I doubt we will out run them on foot. So it's either stand and fight or try to our luck on the road." Suvik was bored as hell, and hoping for stand and fight.

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 Posted: Feb 3 2018, 10:51 AM
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As far as school trips went, this one wasn't all that bad. The weather was pretty great, if a bit more humid than the Californian preferred, there had been no horde of flesh eating scarab beetles, and he hadn't been sliced open from his chest down to his pelvis by any magically animated sand jackals yet. Overall, he'd rank it a seven out of ten. The landing had been a bit rough, and sleeping conditions were rather poor to put it lightly, but things could have been much worse. Not having the risk of his testicles literally freezing off because Logan picked the absolute worst time of the year to take the kids to Canada was really propping up that rating.

So of course there were going to be orcs.

Plasma's surprised exclamation of the word had stirred Julian from a sleep that wasn't really happening all that much. The ground was uncomfortable, and something about the Brotherhood member standing watch over their little group didn't really offer that much of a sense of security. Had it been Exodus standing guard instead of Senyaka, rest would likely have come a bit more easily. While that sort of noble knight thing that the red man had going on definitely took off several cool points because lolwhat, Julian trusted him more than the other one. Not that Suvik had done anything in particular to really earn that distrust (or not yet, at least) but something about him made it so he might as well have been wearing a shirt that read "I'm Creepy, Shhhh..."

"Did you actually just say Orcs?" Julian wondered as he sat himself up, looking towards Ruby with a confused expression. It could very well have been that Ruby had just said "dorks" or "storks" instead, who could tell, really? Or maybe this was just one of those English colloquialisms that he'd not heard properly, like... one of those other typically English things that Julian couldn't think of right now. He'd just woken up, he needed a few more seconds to brain properly.

It was then that Julian's attention was drawn towards the approaching Senyaka and... a knight on a winged horse? Man, he either was still dreaming or this place had just started to make a real effort to go up in the rankings on the list of strangest field trips Julian Keller had gone on. And apparently there were Orcs, so that hadn't been either him mishearing or Ruby just being oddly English in her choice of words. Actual Orcs were coming their way, and of course their choices defaulted to "Run of fight" because when were those ever not the only two options on Xavier's school excursions.

Getting up on his feet, Julian took a moment to consider what Suvik had just told them. "Well, we can both fly" Julian pointed out, gesturing between Exodus and himself, then looked towards his fellow New Mutant, "and I'm at least willing to carry Ruby over here, so--" he turned his attention back towards Suvik, letting it go unmentioned that "You're the only one who's actually hosed" was Option C for their little band of lost mutants.

"I'm not going to run from a bunch of Orcs," Julian decided then, giving a little shrug. Normally there would be an adult there, no doubt insisting that they were kids and needed to run from the danger that they were in (because of those adults, but that was not really relevant at the moment), but that wasn't the case right now. Okay, so there were actually three adults right there, but none of them were from Xavier's so as far as Julian was concerned they had zero authority over him. Not that he really listened all that well to the ones who did, but that was neither here nor there.

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 Posted: Feb 3 2018, 09:06 PM
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Three days trapped with Senyaka apparently was the amount of time required to make Bennet du Paris consider that it may have been unfortunate that a saracen sword hadn’t struck true somewhere in his distant path. Then again trapped was a rather strong word as Bennet could have simply broken the man physically and flung him towards the horizon but that wouldn’t fix the problem as evidenced by how quickly Suvik recovered from being tossed off a mountain. Of all the individuals who had been on the aircraft that he could have ended up with in this dark foreboding jungle it had to be the one member of the Brotherhood whose presence was like constant psychic trauma. Alas, perhaps in their travels the serial killer would give him an excuse to tether him to a rock and drop him into a tar pit if they stumbled onto one.

Yes three days with Suvik made any issues that one could have with the two New Mutants that they were travelling with seem like miniscule inconveniences at best. Plasma singing to herself broke the monotony of their forced marches and her fears of being an inconvenience were unfounded as far as Bennet was concerned. From her surface thoughts that entered his mind he could feel her unease and fear. Knowing that his being a known terrorist that was often at odds with the X-Men any attempt at trying to mitigate her concerns would probably not be taken well so he simply made sure to keep their pace through the jungle one that the small child could manage keep up with. He also made sure to keep himself positioned as a barrier with Plasma and Scion on one side and Suvik on the other whenever possible on the off chance that the man shaped monster decided to forget about the rules he claimed to operate by when it came to choosing who he would harm.

It was on the night of the third day when their sojourn into the jungle brought them into real danger for the first time. Bennet had been lightly dozing even though he didn’t trust Suvik he had to at least try and get a few hours of rest in order to try and show the young duo that they could sleep without worry. Then something landed in their midst and the french mutant was on his feet in an instant. Dancing light from the fire and his sixth sense gave Exodus a a clear picture of the situation.

An armored warrior on a winged steed was warning them about an army of Orcs that was out in the darkness of the jungle. The thoughts that flitted through the strangers mind helped paint a picture that was rather distressing but informative and as he turned and looked at the others Bennet saw the sigil and the sword by the light of the fire and his heart skipped a beat.

The Ebony Blade.

Something he hadn’t expected to see again no matter how long he had lived. Eobar’s line had continued on and a lineage that dated back to Camelot itself still walked the Earth. It was enough to lift the frenchman’s dour spirits and he set himself to try and discern what he could about their unseen assailants. With a moment of focus he could find them hiding out there in shadows. Now that he was awake and alert their malicious thoughts blazed in the darkness and Bennet scowled at what they intended to to do to Julian and Ruby. Also hidden within their twisted minds was a vague image of their Mistress, a sorceress of great power who had a fixation on snuffing out this modern Black Knight and casting the Ebony Blade into darkness. Considering the implications of this Bennet’s scowl deepened. His eyes flashed white as he reached out with his powers and muffled screams could be heard along with bones snapping.

“There are five dead scouts in the bush,” Bennet said gesturing towards the tree line, “They most likely don’t comprehend the challenge they will face trying to stop us so it would be best to strike a decisive blow while they are together as one host.” Turning towards Ruby the tall crimson skinned mutant took a knee and brought himself down to her level to speak to her directly. “Ruby, these orcs are dangerous and I know that this has been a trying experience but you need to be ready to do whatever you have to do to stay safe. Be ready to run, be ready to hide and if needed be ready to fight if anyone gets by us.”

Standing up he turned to Julian and considered what to tell the lad. He could tell that Scion didn’t plan on meekly following orders and he was more than willing to fight but Bennet wasn’t sure if the much younger telekinetic had the killer instinct needed to defeat foes such as these. “No matter what happens Julian I expect you to keep Ruby safe. Do not hesitate to strike the enemy down and use all the power at your command this is not a time for half measures.”

Having relayed what he felt needed to be said Bennet drew his sword from its scabbard and wreathed himself in telekinetic power before launching himself into the jungle, a mutant battering ram smashing a path through the trees as he rapidly closed in on the seething mass of orcs that were making their way through the jungle.


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 Posted: Feb 4 2018, 03:47 PM
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Ears pinned back as the genetically engineered for flight horse called Aragorn snorted after smelling Senyaka, walking over to what he thought of as the pale girl and lowering his head to sniff her as well. Wings fluttered out for a moment before settling again, with tail slightly swishing as the horse deemed Plasma better smelling than Suvik.

As for Dane, the modern day knight paused as two of the mutants in the group were recognized by him.

As both Exodus and Senyaka had been present at the Brotherhood crashing of the United States Presidential Inauguration, with the former sort of breaking a building or two and the later almost getting in a brawl with another mutant at the event, they had attained a certain level of notoriety. As far as the two younger went, the Black Knight didn't know who they were. But they seemed so incredibly young to be involved with the mutant terrorist organization.

Which made Whitman wonder if there was more to this than he saw. After all, in some of the historical records he had examined one of his ancestors had fought alongside someone with similar powers and coloration as the telekinetic powerhouse. Which made Dane wonder about the odds of a mutant in the modern age being born with the same look and powers.

Which was beside the point. At the moment the concern was the army of dark forces stomping through the jungle hunting for him and anything else they could kill. A grin did spread on Dane's face at the courage or possible stupidity of Scion. "Flight does help evade the scouts and ground forces, but they do have..." Dane then frowned as he hated to vocalize it, mainly as it sounded stupid to the trained physicist in him. Slowly pulling his sword and looking at it as he sighed, Dane ruefully said "I am a physicist in my day job. Yet have been thrown head first in what can only be called magic." Shaking his head, he then said "I was considering taking refuse in some temple I saw, but then some people in this army starts some chant and killed some giant ox or something they found here. And then suddenly a freak storm complete with hail stones the size of my head forced me away."

Looking at the two known killers and the younger mutants, Dane did know that magic or not, killers or not, there was one simple thing.

They were not literal monsters. There were still human, and thus he had an obligation to protect them.

Which..... kind of showed that Dane really didn't know Senyaka all that well yet.

With Exodus taking out the scouts, Dane frowned as he knew that attacking from the air would be useful. "I wish I hadn't broken the power lance earlier. Some aerial bombardment would have shifted the odds a lot better," Dane remarked. But before he could do much else, Exodus fired off like a shot, tearing through the jungle to face the horde.

Looking at Aragorn, Dane spoke to the horse and said "Keep the girl safe." Reaching for his belt and pulling out an item that looked closest to a flashlight. Stepping beside Plasma, he showed her a button and pressed it, with the item sending out a bolt of light in a sword blade shape much like a lightsaber. "This is a weapon I used to use," Dane said. "I call it the photon blade. It cuts through inanimate objects and sends a neural shock through living things, like a taser you can swing around and through things. Simple weapon if you need it, and can slice through normal steel like a hot knife through butter."

Looking at the kids, Dane then smiled and remarked "I know you don't have to listen to me, but safest bet on ground troops is keeping out of range and hitting from a distance." He had kind of hoped that Exodus would simply start hammering the horde with boulders from a distance, but beggars could not be choosers.

Glancing at Senyaka, Dane then said "So into the breach I presume?" Not waiting for an answer, he turned his night vision on in his helmet and took off at a jog along the path Exodus had left, weapon out and held confidently, like the rare person in the modern age who actually knew and knew well what to do with that weapon.



The leader of the orc horde frowned as his scouts were overdue. They had diverted the knight from the temple, wanting him to be in the open so their shamans and some of the assorted creatures with them could help deal with him. Their Mistress had promised them part of this world if they claimed the Ebony Blade, and barring that coming back with the head of its current user.

But being sent to this place to hunt him down.... the strange beasts and plants.... the general hated this land. But he knew that he and his army would not be returned until they had succeeded. So for them, it was a simple choice. Succeed or die.

And if he had to bathe the Savage Land in the blood of all that lived there to do it, he would.

Touching his preferred warhammer, the orc general raised his head as he heard the sound of crashing trees, and raised his voice in a yell screaming "IN FORMATION! ARCHERS! FALL BACK AND FIRE!" With that, rows of armored foes assembled in lines, spears aimed ahead as a few shamans were scattered behind the lines and started to whisper spells, sending bolts of lighting at the red power house coming their way. Arrows were drawn back and fired, and some orcs began preparing siege engines.

The general for his part lifted his hammer and felt the thrum of sorcery in his weapons and arms, and then lifted a hand to send the fliers he'd kept in reserve into the air. Giant winged bats started to take off, carrying pilots and archers on them, as well as secured baskets with weaponry on them.

They knew that this sort of assault wasn't the knight they were pursuing, but knew that they would face this threat and end it.
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 Posted: Feb 4 2018, 06:09 PM
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Since the beginning of their journey, Ruby had noted that there was something... off about Senyaka. He was weird and creepy and just... wrong. It would not have surprised her to discover that he had a torture chamber in his basement or something. Or he stole kidneys or something. He also seemed bored most of the time. Like he was hiking through a field of dead grass and listening to Adele. He showed some life, like when he suggested that they could eat the Orcs, but even that was creepy. Ruby got the impression he meant using those weird energy things of his on them. Which was probably a good way of killing the orcs, but it would Mr Creepy having access to power of some sort. Even the horse didn't like him. Although it did appear to like her a lot more. And unlike the horse she had gone near at the school, this one didn’t try to eat her hair. So that was a plus. It was a strangely beautiful animal and she hesitantly reached out to touch it.

"Yes. Orcs." Ruby said as Scion awoke with a confused expression and didn't seem to believe what she had just said. She didn't believe it, either, but they were in a strange place after all. Maybe Orcs actually existed there. "We're gonna be attacked be Orcs. Maybe next we'll Ents or Hobbits." she slipped her thumb into her mouth and chewed at it. Not that she was allowed to do that, but no one there knew that and it was her go-to reaction when scared. Which she currently was. The suggestion of flying off was a good one. Shame it wouldn't work and would involve leaving one of the team behind. That seemed harsh, even if it was Mr Creepy being left behind. But that plan got shot down when it was revealed that the Orcs had some sort of magic. Damn it. Even weirder was the strange mans claim of being a physicist during the day. Physicist by day, strange knight by night. If they survived this she hoped he would tell them something of his story, there was no doubt it would be interesting.

Something had annoyed Exodus and his eyes glowed with an eerie light. The muffled cries and sounds of snapping bones made Ruby flinch. Well, at least that was the scouts apparently dealt with. There was another flinch when the big red skinned mutant dropped to one knee in front of her. That flinch was unintentional, but the general reaction she had when someone she didn't really know was close to her. It had surprised her that for someone who was part of the Brotherhood, he was actually nice. He hadn't insulted her, or complained about her singing or been annoyed at her for slowing down. Even now, he was telling that if it came to it she needed to run or hide. Or even be ready to fight. Which she would do if needed. She was more of a medic, but sometimes fighting was not optional and this was one of those times.

First Julian had been asked to keep an eye on her, now the horse was included in the list. Ruby would have been annoyed, but knew she was the potential weak link. She was much smaller and weaker than the others, and her powers were not really combative. She tried to look on the bright side and reminded herself that she wasn't as helpless as she had been. She no longer had such poor vision that she could barely see anything around her and she had had some training with her khopesh, so she could sort of defend herself. Still, she couldn't help but feel a little ashamed. If someone got injured, she would be useful.

Despite already being armed, or maybe because her weapon was not entirely suitable, the Black Knight gave her what looked like a torch but turned out to be a freaking lightsabre. Boy was David going to be jealous when he heard about his. "That's cool." she said, the awe in her voice very clear as she took the photon blade. It was kind of like a taser, but a taser that could slice through steel. "Are you sure you want to trust me with this?"

As the others left them and went to fight the approaching Orc army, Ruby shivered and turned to Julian. "Sorry you got stuck with me." she said quietly. This was probably not going to be the best part of the trip for him either.
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 Posted: Feb 6 2018, 07:42 PM
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Senyaka grinned at the decision to fight, welcomed the change of pace even, as well as the challenge. Orc or not. Magical or not. Armed and armored or not, Senyaka cared very little and had even less concern. His experience with Sinister and Malice had removed any reservations or fears that he had in regards to death and mortality. Incorrectly giving him the belief that he was not only immortal but a force greater than death itself. An enemy with no hesitation in his movements was a vastly dangerous one, and Suvik Senyaka had all but lost that hesitation after about the forth time he awoke from death within Sinister's lab.

Suvik grinned at Scion's words, and gave a bit of a shrug. Suvik did not have the capacity to care for much of anything. A vast majority of any behavior that could be deemed as caring was expertly parroted from things he had observed through watching people in their natural habitats. True be told, he really had very little concern for whether any of them survived what was coming. He, in his own mind, understood that death did not dare come for him.

Casually, Suvik listened to the @Black Knight recount his tale. A Knight and Physicist, and odd combination. There was likely more to the story, though again, Suvik cared only that the man could fight the current threat. Nothing more, nothing less. Exodus had dispatched some scouts and placed Plasma in Julian's care. The Knight offering her a weapon and some instruction. Suvik deciding to add to that information. "I assume they are large and powerful." He said, his hand pointing to a spot above his knee. "There is a series of nerves here. Hitting this spot should drop them to their knees, allowing you to strike at the throat or the heart, and never let the enemy dictate the pace."

His cold eyes turned towards the Black Knight. Those tendrils unfurled from his wrists. A grin crossed his face as he nodded to the man's comment about entering the fray. "Lead the way." He simply said. A lot could be learned about the enemy they were about to face by watching how they assaulted the Black Knight. Suvik was more than willing to let the Knight be the guinea pig while he chose his target and forced these orcs to fight his kind of fight.
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 Posted: Feb 7 2018, 06:27 PM
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This whole situation should have probably shaken up a sixteen year old more than it did with Julian. Orcs, a man on a flying horse, crash landing in some inexplicable tropical jungle in Antarctica, something something magic. But it really didn't. After everything that had happened over the past few months, Julian was pretty much done being surprised by these sorts of things. Was he worried? Sure, because when a couple of grown-ass adults showed concern, one of whom someone Julian actually had some modicum of respect for, he wasn't too thick to realise they were in trouble. But after mummies, sand jackals and wendigo, this was just another thing to add to the crazy list.

"Magic. Sure, why not?" was all that he had to say in response to Black Knight's revelation. Maybe he would have had a harder time wrapping his brain around it if he were a boring physicist as well, but to Julian most science might as well have been magic too. Except that magic sounded more interesting than anything the weeping ginger and her fellow teachers had to offer during their lessons. Maybe Shane could do something about that if his practice session from the last month was in any way translated to the class he taught, but Julian wasn't holding his breath for Explosions 101 being part of next semester's Earth Science class.

Julian was more interested in what Exodus had to teach as well, if they could get through this whole ordeal unscathed. Taking out several opponents before the rest of them even noticed them? That was badass. Okay, so more than telekinesis was probably involved in accomplishing that, but still Exodus clearly knew his shit, and Julian wanted to learn from him. He had wanted to for like, a month and a half by now, he'd just never gotten around to actually searching for the guy. Having him more or less thrown in his lap was pretty much the best thing about this trip so far. Which was highly unusual, because the educational portion of anything ever had never been Julian's favourite part.

The red man had a few words to spare for Ruby before turning his attention towards Julian, urging him to both keep his fellow New Mutant safe and to not hold back when it came to dealing with these Orcs. "Half measures," he echoed flatly, taking a brief moment to think back to the last time half measures had been part of his plan. Oh yeah, right around the 5th of Never. "Yeah, no worries there," he assured the other psion. "You go do you, I think we can manage back here."

Especially with the help of... a winged horse. Okay, so was the guy looking like he'd escaped from some medieval theme park saying he didn't trust Julian to do the thing, thinking a horse would help? That didn't come across like an insult at all. "Hey..." he objected quietly, repeating that very same word when Plasma was handed some kind of special sword and all Julian got was a whole lot of nothing. Not that he needed anything, but he hadn't worn his "Hey, I'm a Telekinetic!" shirt to the Savage Land, so the guy could have at least asked. Maybe then he, the guy who seemed to know what they were dealing with, could have given him a tip or two. Even Senyaka at least had some words of advice to spare for Ruby, creepy as he made it all sound.

"You get a weapon, I get nothing." Julian muttered to Ruby after Senyaka and the knight took off in the direction Exodus had just departed in. "I have no idea whether I should take that as a vote of confidence, or as a sign that he just doesn't care." Pausing for a second, Julian turned his attention towards the winged horse. "That thing being assigned to the same task has me leaning towards "doesn't care"." Pointing his finger at the horse, Julian shared a few words of caution with it. "Just don't get in the way, okay?" He had no idea if the beast even understood English, but given that it seemed to follow a rather specific order, it wasn't out of the realm of possibilities.

"It's fine." Julian assured Ruby when she apologised for him getting stuck with her. "I've let you drown once, and would have bled out if not for you on another occasion." Man, saying those things out loud really drove home how messed up their lives could be, especially considering they were only teenagers. Ruby was like, what, eleven? Julian honestly had no idea. "Least I could do is try and keep you safe for once." At least that was something that he should be able to manage. There weren't a whole lot of things that could get through his telekinetic shield when he focused his full attention on it, so as long as Ruby didn't just charge into the fray thinking she was some kind of Jedi knight, they should be fine. "Just stay close to me," jules told Ruby next. "But not so close that you hit me with that." He nodded towards her fancy new sword. Maybe the Black Knight trusted her to use it well, but Julian had no idea how well Ruby handled a weapon, so if she did any better than accidentally tasering herself in the face would already come close to exceeding expectations.
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 Posted: Feb 8 2018, 11:47 PM
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Bennet knew that his approach was completely lacking in stealth but that was of little concern. He knew that the sound produced by his passing was more akin to an army or titanic beast of legend smashing through the dense jungle growth and he hoped that that there was a chance that he could unnerve the army as he drew near. Unfortunately such a thing was not to be as he could tell from the thoughts which entered his mind showed excellent martial discipline holding their lines together. He knew that if he was to disrupt their formation to improve the odds of Senyaka and the Black Knight that he would need to physically smash apart their formations.

As he neared the treeline he reached out with his mind and grasped five of the large jungle trees that he had blasted aside in his passing and pulled them along behind him as he cleared the brush line into a storm of arrows. The barbed steel arrowheads deflected off of his superhumanly tough hide and failed to slow him as he launched his wooden missiles into a broad arc like ballista bolts that were the size of battering rams. With his opening volley unleashed upon the foe Bennet began rising into the sky to face the bat riders when dark thoughts flashed across his mind giving him the briefest of warnings regarding incoming danger.

With his free hand raised in a warding gesture the crusader conjured up a powerful telekinetic barrier which managed to blunt the attack sent towards him by the orcish shamans. Bennet was quite glad that he had been able to stop the mystical barrage as he had no interest in being a mutant lightning rod for a second time though what joy he found in escaping the conjured wrath of nature was quickly dashed in a wash of fire as the first clay jar thrown from the bat riders on high broke over him. The sticky viscous fluid was soon alight and Bennet was ablaze in the air like a man sized torch.

The heat of the flames was not enough to seriously injure the crusader and what little damage they did was quickly being healed but it still obscured his vision and maid breathing difficult. A quickly formed telekinetic field tha pulsed away from his body managed to fling the fire and its fuel along with large smoldering portions of his shirt and jacket leaving a singed and angry swordsman flying in the air. Bennet was most displeased that the orcs had something as dangerous as Greek fire at their disposal on top of their magic and he was going to show the foolish green skinned beasts the full extent of that displeasure as he began reaching out with his telekinesis and swatting the bats and their riders from the air.


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 Posted: Feb 10 2018, 12:06 AM
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Aragorn glanced at Scion as he told the winged charger to stay out of his way. Narrowing his eyes and snorting at the teen, the horse drew his head back as if the thought of dignifying that with a response was beneath him.

And as such turned around and smacked Julian in the face lightly with his tail.

Silly kids. They obviously needed someone with intelligence to guide them. Thus leaving Aragorn as the obvious choice.

Sniffing the air and twitching his ears around, a leathery sound hit his ears as he looked up. A sudden whinny and flared wings occurred, with Aragorn shoving the kids back as a bat rider dropped several fletcchetts, the small metal pointed rods dropping and hammering into and through some of the trees, splitting some of the branches.

Looking up with a dark snort, Aragorn lowered himself in an attempt to let Plasma climb on him. For he knew that they needed some air, as the orcs having the high ground meant that they would eventually win due to air superiority if they kept harrying the kids.

Though as squadrons of giant bats flew through the sky, even flight was a temporary option.



The hurled trees by Exodus slammed into and through lines, with the then shattered lines gathering back into closer groups. The general scowled and gripped his war hammer, glaring up at the red hued former Crusader and snapped out "SHAMANS! Focus on him and take him down!"

Dark bolts of energy and spears of air flew at Exodus, some hitting him and breaking on his TK field, but having enough impact to force him back. The general then snapped out an order to his troops to keep pressure up on Exodus, wanting to break this possible mage or sorcerer before he could turn other powers on them. Answering that order, one of the shaman's cried out a spell before drinking a horn full of blood, convulsing and growing as mass and strength and speed were added to him. Red eyes looked at Exodus as the creature screamed and jumped at the former crusader, slamming jagged knives at him with a frenzied strength.

Which also meant they were focused on Bennett when Dane and Senyaka arrived on scene.

Whitman had not felt like it was a good move having Senyaka at his back, but there wasn't enough time to argue about it. Plus he had faith in his armor to keep him protected as well. As they saw the army, the Black Knight smiled thinly and said "As I said, orc army." There were ground troops, shamans mounted calvary on wargs, and the flying bat troops. Frowning at the collection of creatures, Dane hit a button on his glove and a triangular shield unfolded, lightweight but strong.

Taking sword in his other hand, he pointed at the general and shamans, saying "We take out the leader and the spell casters, the rest should retreat. At least until they regroup." Frowning as he saw the mages hurling spells at Exodus, Dane then said "I think it might be time to make a target of myself." With that, he stepped out of the jungle and stepped into the field, shield before him and sword at the ready.

A howl announced the charge of some of the wargs, the riders lowering lances. Dane narrowed his eyes behind the helm. He went low and deflected the first lance, sword swiping and cutting down a warg and then taking the head from the orc. As the rest of the warg calvary passed, Dane looked up to see a group of the orcs advancing shields up, with a shaman screaming words out and sending mystical energy at him.

Diving away from the magic out of instinct, Dane rolled to his feet and charged the line.

And he showed why some such as Nightcrawler were simply gifted amateurs.

His moves had no wasted energy, intercepting and letting him manipulate the enemy body with blade and shield. His sword carved through shield and armor like it wasn't even there, slicing even easier than adamantium due to the greater length and leverage available. Every slice and thrust, cut and deflection removed weapons, armor, and limbs.

This of course left holes in the defense, which hopefully could be exploited.
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 Posted: Feb 10 2018, 05:31 PM
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When Ruby was given the lightsabre thing, there was a slight protest from Julian. He hadn't been given a weapon, but she had. That did not look good. Either the Black Knight had faith in him or wasn't bothered about him. Ruby hoped it was the first one. The other option was cruel. It wasn't like Julian could have done anything to annoy him. Not in such a short space of time anyway. There were people who could annoy someone in less than a minute but Julian was not one of them.

"Shall we say vote of confidence? At least he didn't assign a horse to take care of you." Ruby said, glancing quickly at the winged animal. He looked kind of... intelligent and was apparently able to understand certain instructions. Which potentially made him much smarter than most horses. "Would you like to use my khopesh? Its strong, and you'll be able to do more damage with it than I can." If she had to face an Orc with it she might be able to do a tiny bit of damage but Scion was stronger and probably a lot quicker than she was, he could do some real damage. Always assuming he didn't just pick them up telekinetically and throw them over the horizon or something.

When Julian told the horse not to get in his way, it snorted, narrowed its eyes and turned away with its nose in the air. Definitely intelligent. And probably a bit annoyed at having to look after them. It then hit Julian in the face with its tail, so maybe it didn't like him. Ruby suppressed a giggle at this, now was not the time to laugh at someone being hit in the face by a horse. That was later. After they had dealt with the Orcs.

There was a bit of relief when Julian said he didn't mind being stuck with her. She knew he wouldn't have ever picked her to be on his team but at least he wasn't mad about it. "To be fair, I don't think that 'test' was set up so you could pass." she said with a shudder. "Wouldn't surprise me if he made you fail it just so he could mess with your head or something." After all, Sinister was a crazy bastard with terrible taste in music and foul tasting blood. Still, she smiled just a little when he brought up how she had kept him from bleed out. "Yeah.. sometimes my powers are useful. That's why I'm hoping to become a medic." Using her powers to save David and later Julian from bleeding out had shown her that she could use her powers for something good. She could be useful. "We really do go on some interesting field trips with this school, don't we?" She made sure she was stood on his left, with the lasersword clutched in her left hand. "OK. I'll try and stay on the left. Shouldn't accidentally get you that way." She hoped. Unless he was left handed as well.

While they had been talking, something had gotten closer and Aragorn suddenly pushed them out of the way. He was doing quite a good job of the keeping an eye on them thing. They were being attacked by... bats? If Ruby hadn't been so scared she would have been overjoyed at giant bats. Bats were so cute. These ones were also dangerous. "Oh shit...." Ruby moaned as the pointed metal rods they were dropping dug into the ground. Aragorn responded by lowering himself. For a moment Ruby was frozen, unable to think or understand what the horse was trying to do. Slowly it came to her and she awkwardly scrambled onto his back. "Ummm... this is the first time I've ever been on a horse..." her wobbling voice gave away how scared she was. "Julian? You coming on as well?" She was sure that the horse could handle it, it wasn't she weighed a lot and neither did Julian.


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 Posted: Feb 10 2018, 06:25 PM
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"Yeah. Let's just go with vote of confidence," Julian agreed when Ruby suggested it. Not that the Black Knight's opinion mattered much to him, but vote of confidence was definitely better than "doesn't give a shit." And she had a point that it beat being assigned a horse to babysit you as well. Especialy this horse. Julian had never been a fan of animals, what with all of their hair, the smells that they came with as well as their inability to talk, but there was something about this ill-conceived fusion between horse and bird that he liked even less. Maybe he was half goose, that would explain it. Geese were the biggest assholes of the animal kingdom.

When Ruby offered him her khopesh, Julian looked down at it for a moment. He did not know how to use any kind of sword beyond "swing it", but it couldn't hurt to have an option beyond his telekinesis if it came down to it. Made it easier for Ruby too, since she wouldn't have to lug around two weapons instead of just the one. That this kind of weapon brought back certain memories didn't really affect Julian either. It had happened, Ruby and Jase had made it so he lived to tell the tale, and that was that. "Sure,"[/i] he said with a light shrug, holding out his hand to take the weapon from the girl. [color=DarkGreen]"Heya, I remember you," he smiled wryly as he held up the blade for a moment, only to be smacked in the face by that dirty animal's tail. Man, was it ever tempting to smack it right back, but then when its owner found out no doubt Julian was going to be the bad guy, and so he just ignored the four legged asshole.

Looking back towards Plasma instead, Julian nodded at her assessment of Sinister's intentions with the test he'd put Julian through. "Yeah, that seems about consistent with what a damn sadist that asshole was. Still--" Julian lowered his gaze for a moment, "--I feel like I should have done better." But this was not the time to worry about that, not with Orcs looking to... do whatever it was Orcs did. Probably murder the lot of them in the most barbaric way imaginable. That sounded about right.

"Let's just hope you won't have to play medic today," he told Ruby next. Nothing against her or her powers, but if she needed to use them then someone was going to be in bad shape, and something told Jules that it was more than likely going to be him. Getting messed up on field trips was not a trend he was looking to start. "At least we went into this one expecting something bad?" he said when Ruby brought up how interesting their field trips were. Okay, so this was exceeding expectations, but if anyone was expecting a fun excursion or maybe a picnic when visiting some primitive land hidden away in Antarctica, they were just stupid beyond help.

Julian was about to comment on Ruby's idea to stick to his left, thinking it was a good idea, when that rude white animal suddenly pushed them aside. "What the shit--" he started, ready to give the winged horse a piece of his mind until he noticed the metallic flechettes stuck in the ground nearby. "Okay..." He considered his words for a moment as his attention shifted from the metallic shards to the horse. "You still suck." Just because he'd helped them out once didn't change that. Doing something good once or twice wasn't an excuse to act like a dick, which was something Julian fairly distinctly remembered someone telling him at some point. Couldn't remember who though, probably because he didn't actually care all that much.

The horse lowered itself for then, earning it a curious look from Julian. "Your first time, huh?" he wondered as he looked back at Ruby. "And you get one that flies as your first one. Somehow that seems like you're skipping straight pas beginner's mode with that one." Probably wouldn't make for as bumpy a ride though, and at least the horse seemed like it wasn't completely stupid. Y'know, by horse standards. Not that any measure of intellect would actually get Julian on its back. The horse could have asked him if he would itself, and it still would have been a big, fat nope. "Get on that thing?" Julian let out incredulously when Ruby asked. "Ew, no thanks. I'd rather try and eat one of those things." As he spoke, Julian gestured towards the flechettes stuck in the ground nearby. "I can help provide some air support myself," he stated as he lifted himself into the air telekinetically. "If you two stay close--" Julian briefly paused as he realised that, yes, he was actually addressing a horse as if it was people. "--I can provide you with some cover. My shield held up against a crazy wendigo spirit... whatever, I'm not too worried about whatever these Orcs might pull out of their green asses." Assuming of course they were green, Julian hadn't gotten a proper look at one yet and didn't just want to assume their colour.

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 Posted: Feb 11 2018, 08:33 AM
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Exodus, if he was paying any attention to Suvik at this point, would feel a shift in Suvik's mental state. His usual poisonous thoughts being replaced with those of both excitement and sharpened focus. They were still violent in nature, that was for sure, however Suvik had been raised as a mercenary since he was a young boy. Warfare and conflict were in his nature. He had been tempered by it, nurtured by it to the point that outside of Anna, warfare and conflict were the only things that gave him a sense of normalcy. Normalcy however, did not mean no longer an asshole.

As they arrived at the Orc Army, Suvik stopped, and let the Black Knight race in alone. His eyes taking in the Orc line and how they interacted with the Knight. Watching as they hurled magic, spears, slashed with swords, and attacked with Wargs. He couldn't help but think how their newest member Seamus would have been prattling on for hours about Hobbits and what not over this glorious chaos. Though their would be time for annoying reflections later.

Holding his arms out low, as if in a surrendering "I'm unarmed gesture," Suvik Senyaka walked towards the Orcs. To them it may seem like he was walking towards them, he doubted they were the type to accept a surrender, but then again Suvik was neither surrendering or walking. He was stalking and armed with the icy fingers of death herself.

The Wargs continued past the @Black Knight. Tendrils of golden light oozed from Suvik's wrists as he entered into a jog. Snapping his wrist forward, a tendril gripped an orc's lance and yanked it down. The tip hitting the dirt and pole vaulted an Orc up and over. His other tendril lashed out and curled around the warg's snout before flaring a brighter color. Pulling the life energy from the beast as Suvik raced by. Head long into the line that Dane was currently carving a path into.

Dumping some of his stored energy into his strength, Suvik's leg muscles tensed and propelled him up and over Dane. Dropping him in to the midst of the Orcs. His tendrils lashing out. Smashing against Orc shield with the heavy impact of a two handed warhammer. Another crack of his whip like tendrils caught an orc in the face. Snapping his head back and exposing his throat. That whip like tendril moved like no whip as it immediately slipped around the Orc's throat and began both squeezing the air out and drinking in its life energy. A group of Orc advanced, and Suvik dropped to a crouch and yanked the entangled and dying Orc of his feet. The orc sailed over top of Suvik's crouched position and like a wrecking ball smashed into the advancing group. His other tendril snaking around the ankle of an Orc that was advancing on Dane and pulled it from its feet. "What is the orc word for Death." Suvik calmly said as he reeled the toppled orc along the ground. An Orc battleaxe had been dropped by a dead orc. Suvik retrieved that ax as he both dragged the orc closer to him and drew out the foul beasts life energy. The ax chopped down, striking the orc in the forehead.

For a brief moment Suvik glanced about. The Knight had said they needed to get to the General and the Shamans. With Ax in hand, Suvik snapped his hand up. His tendril shooting out and curling around the clawed foot of a bat that was swooping low to avoid Exodus's assault, and Suvik flew into the air, trailing along behind the bat and slowly reeling himself towards it.

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 Posted: Feb 14 2018, 06:07 PM
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As the transformed shaman came flying towards him Bennet du Paris turned quickly lashed out with his sword fully expecting to cleave through his foe. When the blade simply stopped and he found the red eyed beast locked onto his sword arm by trapping it between his forearm and bicep as he drove a dagger into the frenchman’s left shoulder. As the blade sank up to the hilt Exodus grimaced in pain as he grappled with his foe. He should have expected them to be wielding magical arms and armor, the fact that he didn’t even after seeing them manipulate the elements just demonstrated that the time Bennet had spent in the modern world surrounded by the wonders of science had made him forget the power that could be harnessed through witchcraft.

With a quick pulse of telekinetic power Bennet quickly drove the shaman away before striking him to the ground with a pillar of power. Following his foe to the ground he swept a large swathe of the battlefield clear knocking heavy orcs and wargs aside like chaff in the wind. As he touched down he shifted into a one one handed fencing stance with his wounded side shielded from his foe. Bennet knew that he wouldn’t be able to win this fight using his blade. Whatever enchantment empowered the orc made it so that he couldn’t be cut while making him resilient enough that the sheer mass of the blade wasn’t enough to break him when he blocked. This meant that Bennet needed to play for time. Enough time for either the Black Knight to join the fray with the ebony blade or for his injury to heal enough to let his arm be usable so that he could try and over power the beast.

Perhaps he could simply try to carry the battle using his telekinesis but seeing his foe leap up from the ground with know signs of obvious injury meant that the odds of that working were less than acceptable which left trying his own augmented strength against him. Though he would need to get those blades out of his hands first.

He launched himself towards his foe and began attacking with quick precise strikes. A thrust followed by a backhand slash quicky turning into web of steel as he parried a barrage of attacks. As the fight progressed he began mixing in his telekinesis in to the battle to strike and trip up his foe or to simply crush the braver orcs that tried to attack his flank. He could slowly feel strength returning to his injured arm as his wound slowly began to close and he could also feel the morale of the enemy begin to dip as his allies had finally taken the field. The Black Knight was carving a path with his ancestral blade and Senyaka was beginning to rampage through the orc ranks.

The battle was beginning to look like one that they could win providing that they kept the pressure upon their foes.

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