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Re: Yeah I wanted to use Gideon and look at me now
« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2019, 09:59:10 AM »
 Nadine jumped back a whole foot when Gideon tapped on the window, though both the teleporter and Ether stood their ground. With no small amount of shame, she glanced to Thorkild - whose raving suddenly seemed a lot more fair now that the beast was awake, she noticed sweat forming on his brow.
 Well, if he was nervous, he had absolutely no idea the amount of flips her stomach was making. Despite looking like he had been part of some wreckage, the beast before them spoke somewhat eloquently, but his words made absolutely no sense. They were archaic, as if he still spoke as if he were a three-hundred year old mage.

 Ether glanced at the teleporter. "How old is he?"
 "Seventeen..." Nadine answered, and ignored the judgemental look that Ether passed her way. "What are we meant to do if he gets out?"
 Eth moved her gaze back to the killer, "Hide behind me, I suppose. And pretend that the smell of urine isn't coming from you."
 How reassuring...

 Ether tapped the window again, demanding his attention.
 "Think you can behave yourself for ten minutes? No killing or death threats for a bit? It'd make my job a lot easier, I'm not looking for another fight." She was surprisingly polite, "The psionics are a little busy, but we gather that their presence hurts you." Ether shrugged. "Not looking to cause you more pain just for fish heads and giggles."

 That was when the Spaniard finally noticed it, the augments where the skin was slowly knitting back together, running down his spine and shoulders. She let out an audible gasp.
 "What... what's he done to himself?"
 Ether's gaze hardened. "Nothing, that's all the project you're so keen on putting your nose into. Isn't it?" She directed the question at Gideon. "Pretty banana'd, huh?"
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Re: Yeah I wanted to use Gideon and look at me now
« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2019, 11:38:58 PM »
Gideon locked his gaze on the new woman  and pressed his face close to the reinforced glass. Upside down, locked in such low gravity, Gideon’s hair and what remained of his shirt floated around him, exposing the thick bed of black and yellow cables embedded in the delicate flesh of his neck and skull. His predatory eyes wandered from her shoulders to her throat and then to her face. The Nails liked the idea of killing her, tearing her face from her dainty skull, they sent a jolt through him, his shoulders and neck spasmed, rolling his head back as the pain ticked just that little bit higher. Her accent was Spanish, not the kind that stupid vampire in Mexico had, more European.

Gideon pushed off the ceiling and floated to the ground, landing on the balls of his feet anchoring himself to the stone floor with his right hand, resting his left on his knee, the whole time staring directly at Nadine. What was it Katyusha had called him all those years ago... ’Glaz Tigrinyy, tiger eyes.’ The thought of Katyusha, her violent end and painful life, made the Nails twitch, simultaneously enjoying the memories of bloodshed and hating the thought of being controlled. He tuned into what Ether was saying for just a moment as she turned her attention back to the Scot.

”Not looking to cause you more pain....” Gideon’s head snapped back to ether, dragging the Nails away from the woman they had marked for death. That was not a sentence Gideon had been expecting, for a second at most, his expression softened, his predatory grin and scowl replaced for only a moment with what any sane person would see as thankfulness.
But the Nails don’t like thankfulness. Gideon’s entire body spasmed, forcing him to place both hands on the ground to anchor himself, he gritted his teeth and tried to speak through the pulsing wires.

”Th-the Nails d-don’t l-like it wh-when I st-stop killing.” Gideon’s voice was strained, the impact of the Nails behind his head kept him constantly twitching, punishment it seemed, was inevitable. The relentless beating continued for long enough that the rest if the conversation was inaudible to Gideon.


Thorkild tried to appear calm as he stepped back from the cell, keeping himself at least somewhat between Nadine and the Scourge of Scotland as best he could. Every fiber of his being told him to either run, or cut this worthless killer down while he had the chance. He hated Gideon’s eyes, those bright hazel things with massively dilated pupils while he looked at Nadine, he wanted to kill her so badly Thorkild could practically feel the bloodlust around him. If the beast wanted her dead this badly, Thorkild doubted he could stop him.

But then something very, very odd happened. Again. Ether spoke to Gideon like he was some kind of frightened dog, a polite, gentle tone that seemed very odd to speak to a serial killer in.

And he responded. He actually reacted in a way that wasn’t threatening to tear off someone’s arms.

”What... what did you do to him?” Thorkild said. He was awestruck, what kind of monster does it take to tame one of the biggest monsters that the magical community had cooked up? Who exactly was this woman? Why did she not kill him when she had the chance? Thorkild could sense some kind of kinship was felt between Ether and Gideon, whether that went both ways he couldn’t tell, but she certainly had some kind of vested interest in him that went beyond handling him for Nadine.

”What the llama is happening right now?”

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Re: Yeah I wanted to use Gideon and look at me now
« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2019, 04:49:27 PM »
His stare was rounded on Nadine with a predatory intent, causing her heart to jump down into her stomach. Her chest palpitated a little, making it hard to breathe.
 What the llama have I gotten myself into? She thought fretfully as her palms started to itch; she could have sworn she was starting to sweat. And to add insult to injury, the student next to her was merely typing something on his phone.
 In fact, she had barely noticed Thorkild's subtle shift in stance to stand somewhat in front of her. When she did, she flashed him a thankful look that she hoped portrayed her sorrow in involving him so heavily.
 Nadine doubted that he'd ever fully forgive her. Yet now was not the time to worry about the relationship implications of her work. In this moment, she was no longer an avid journalist, hunting for her next story in the warm streets of Spain. To Gideon Macabre, she was no-one and nothing other than a kill that would be too quick, too easy, to be satisfying enough for longer than perhaps an hour or so.
 Despite being in zero gravity conditions, the killer shifted his weight and moved with skill, moving one arm down in an almost delicate motion to keep himself rooted to the floor, the rest of his body floating as if in a divine portrait.
 Something Ether said dragged his attention away from Nadine, and she loosed a quiet breath that she hadn't realised she'd been holding. She could have sworn there was an emotion that flashed across his face that wasn't pure rage for a second, but it was ruined by his entire body convulsing in a way that had her step back once again.
 Despite herself, the words she used to recite with her mother started blurting out from her, quieter than a whisper; "Padre nuestro, que estás en el cielo. Santificado sea tu nombre--" It was the teleporter's hand on her shoulder that broke her from her reverie, allowing her to fall fully silent as she realised what he was bringing her attention to.
 The killer had calmed, as calm as one could be when wracked with unthinkable pain. He was talking as if they were just having a particular strained cup of tea.
 "What the llama." She finally spoke at full volume. "How..."

 Ether rose a brow at the Elder's comments.
 "I didn't do anything." She turned her attention back to Gideon, deeming both Thorkild and Nadine too over-dramatic. "The Nails? Is that what you call the implants? There's plenty of animals in your cell to shred up for now." 
 With that, Ether slowly stopped manipulating the gravity around him, allowing him to sink to the floor. She noticed Nadine stiffen once again in her peripherals; understandably unhappy at the man who'd fixated on the idea of killing her being able to have full movement. The Spaniard opened her mouth to protest when Ether raised her good hand to shut her up.
 "I wonder if anyone has ever bothered just being polite? You'll find that sometimes it works out."
 "Being diplomatic is wonderful when it's not with a man known for his brutal nature." Nadine countered coldly. "I somehow don't think many people he's run into end up alive at the end of the encounter."
 Ether looked back at Gideon. "Do you want to llama up Israel Sodom?"
 Nadine's eyes narrowed. "Not how I would have put it."
 "Your business thrives on bullunpleasant excrement." Ether mocked. "I'm being straight with the man. I ask again, do you want to llama up Israel Sodom? I know I would."
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Re: Yeah I wanted to use Gideon and look at me now
« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2019, 08:19:17 PM »
Thorkild was impressed by Gideon’s ability to move in zero gravity. Even in a state where he should have been fumbling at confused, Gideon was graceful and moved with a purpose and ability the likes of which only came from being a killer of skill that most would never comprehend. The kind of confidence that only came from three centuries of murder and only counting the number of times you’d been beaten on one hand. Thorkild caught Nadine’s look, if she was trying to convey sorrow, she succeeded. Thorkild had warned her, she didn’t know the kind of forces she was playing with, and now here she was, a non-combative mage standing in a god forsaken facility made for human experimentation next to a super-vampire who could manipulate gravity and defeated the creature in glass to his left. A creature that regarded all of them with an expression that wasn’t human anymore, it was the look of an apex predator, something that nothing would dare to actively try and defeat unless it wanted its life expectancy to drop dramatically.

But Ether? She was something else entirely, she was reasoning with him. Reasoning with a walking talking weapon of mass destruction. Even doubled over in pain, he was talking to her, explaining why not trying to kill them all wasn’t going to be particularly easy. Thorkild hadn’t seen anything like it, and then she eased off the gravity. Thorkild adjusted slightly to keep himself equidistant from Nadine and Gideon, he swallowed heavily but didn’t say anything, his icy blue eyes were trained on Gideon, his focus entirely on his hated enemy until, …”llama up Israel Sodom? I know I would.” Thorkild turned his head to Ether, a measured, careful motion, then to Nadine, and then back to Ether.
”Are you suggesting…” Thorkild mumbled. ”Did you just threaten to use Gideon Macabre on Israel Sodom? Israel SODOM?” Thorkild turned his back on Gideon, his grunts of pain assured him that he could take his eyes off him, focusing back on Nadine. ”Was THIS your plan? Get a hold of a walking war crime and try to send him against Israel Sodom? One of the most powerful telekinetics alive and an Elder of the Cote d’Ivoire Sanctuary?” Thorkild was awestruck, not in his wildest dreams would he have thought of this, not in another 700 years would he have though Nadine would be planning on sending something to try and kill Israel. But before he could launch into another tirade, he heard Gideon stand back up.

Gideon felt his body grow heavier. Slowly his head and chest, assisted by the weight of his arms, made their way to the ground, then his legs, until after a few seconds he was sprawled on the stone ground. The Nails pounding into his skull, sending shocks through his neck and shoulders, cascading down his spine to make his legs twitch, his feet cracking into the ground. Slowly he gained his wits again, eyes refocusing as the Nails fell still behind him. He exhaled a heavy, shaking breath. He could hear Ether as he pushed up from the ground, growling as the wires moved around in his back.
"Th-the Nails. Y-yes. They c-called them th-that wh-when they p-p-put them in." Gideon screwed his eyes shut, talking through a renewed set of shocks from the Nails, threatening to knock him back onto his stomach, he struggled to listen through the ringing in his ears, but amid all of the noise he made out one thing distinctly. Very, very distinctly.
Israel Sodom.
The Nails immediately switched gears, hearing the name of the woman who had subjected him to relentless experimentation, eventually resulting in the implantation of the Nails. The ultimate tool to keep a weapon like him under control. Israel fishing Sodom had reached deep into Gideon’s vast well of hatred. All the thoughts that had ever crossed his addled mind about killing Israel Sodom swam lazily back to the surface. Fresh bloodlust welled in his eyes, his pupils dilated, his mouth split into his signature metal filled grin as he drew himself up to full height. But this time he wasn’t looking at anyone, he looked over all their heads as hundreds of images of a murder so brutal it would make anyone uncomfortable to even think possible.  His muscles were tight, as if his entire body was a torsion spring only held back by the wielder’s choice of whether or not to pull the trigger.

”I want her to suffer as I have. I want her to die for days.” Gideon growled into the empty air over the heads of the people on the other side of the glass.

His face snapped back to Nadine with terrifying speed, fast enough that anyone besides Ether probably wouldn’t even register his head had done anything more than twitch on top of his neck slightly before being pointed directly at the Spaniard.

”Is this what you offer me, Spaniard?”

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Re: Yeah I wanted to use Gideon and look at me now
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2019, 01:18:12 AM »
 Nadine got absolutely no opportunity to speak up against both Ether and Gideon, trying to placate the killer and perhaps tell him it wouldn't exactly play out the way he was thinking of before Thorkild whirled on her.
 "Did you just threaten to use Gideon Macabre on Israel Sodom? Israel SODOM?" His voice sounded unusually shrill and lilting oddly, clearly distressed.
 "You're assu--" She tried to cut in weakly, and noticed that Joakim and Ether only looked on in pity at his oncoming torrent of disapproval.
 "Was THIS your plan? Get a hold of a walking war crime and try to send him against Israel Sodom? One of the most powerful telekinetics alive and an Elder of the Cote d’Ivoire Sanctuary?
 Nadine visibly recoiled, taking another step back, but before she could respond Thorkild's eyes were back on Gideon, warily taking in every movement of his.

 His movements were imperceptible, and the piercing gaze struck right through her. She fell absolutely still.
 Ether made a gesture for her to speak, realising that all the colour had drained out of Nadine's face at being put on the spot.
 This is how I'm going to die. Nad took a shaky breath.
 "I... was never going to use anyone against anything. I have absolutely no intention of getting you to kill anyone. To be blunt, I'm rather worried if I even attempt such a thing, the first head to roll will be my own." Nadine managed to say, causing a derisive snort from the vampire across from her. In response, Nadine shot her a nasty glare, the bones of her knuckles poked out to shield the skin, slowly starting to encase her hands -- a knee-jerk reaction she hadn't noticed. "If you really wanted to go head to head with Israel Sodom, I won't stop you, but good luck. She is quite a force to be reckoned with."
 "Who said he'd be alone?" Ether purred, a sickly noise that made Nadine want to retch. Her jaw set.
 This vampiric dog of female orientation was going to ruin her entire fishing plan and get her killed with her ridiculous bloodlust. This dog of female orientation was going to-- Nadine's eyes widened in realisation. It was a risk, but if Ether was here to protect them... she had orders. And the Midas Project was hardly a secret; especially when a lot of the magical community wanted to know why their scientists in Africa were getting slaughtered.
 "And who said," Nadine's voice had finally regained its cool, she finally was able to weave her words. "That your handler would let you? You are family, after all. She wouldn't want to lose her bodyguard."
 A low growl resounded from Ether at that, shaking the woman's entire body in a fit of fury. Her lips curled upward into a disgusting snarl, those claws curling as if they were imagining the exact way they'd sink into the skin of Nadine's throat. She spat something out in a language Nadine did not understand, but remained where she was.
 So it seemed Jacinth had kept her pet on a leash for her. With that knowledge, Nadine was finally able to keep calm.

 "All I wanted was to know of Project Blackshield." Her full attention turned to Gideon. "Israel needs to be brought to justice, and if it can't happen your way, then I only ask you allow for the opportunity for it to happen my way as well. You can do whatever you want, you can go and face her down and try and tear her limb from limb if you wish and I'll give you all the resources to do so unhindered, but should that fail, allow me the chance to make sure that she goes down no matter what. I'm offering you closure, and failing that, retribution."
 Even Ether didn't seem to be put out by such an offer. The vampire looked to Gideon with a raised brow and shrugged, as if to say; Doesn't sound like such a bad idea.
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Re: Yeah I wanted to use Gideon and look at me now
« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2019, 02:11:05 AM »
Thorkild turned back to Nadine, keeping his gaze on her as she spoke to Gideon. So this wasn’t her plan, at least that was a relief. He took a small step toward Nadine when her knuckles spiked. He kept his hands low and his eyes on Ether, not that there was much he could do if Ether took offense to her response. Thorkild arched an eyebrow at ether when she responded to Nadine’s comment about going toe to toe with Israel Sodom. ”You wish to accompany him to fight Israel?” Thorkild asked slowly, he had regained some control in his voice, at this point more curious than outraged, though still not particularly thrilled by his current situation, until Ether growled at Nadine, Thorkild took a full step forward, flexing the fingers in his left hand. Something was keeping Ether back from killing Nadine, and it definitely wasn’t the energy cracking between Thorkild’s fingers. The magic fizzled out and he stepped back. ”I apologize... The past hour has been very, very sudden.” He said to ether and Nadine both.
And then Nadine cut Gideon a deal, she’d let him try to kill Israel, but if that didn’t work she’d be brought to justice. This newfound streak of caring about justice was an odd transformation for the Spaniard Thorkild had firmly pegged as a self serving information gatherer.



Gideon stepped back from the glass slightly. The Nails started to bite as Nadine explained her plan and premise to him. Before he was able to stop them, the Nails drove his anger to incredible heights, just for a fraction of a second as his own brain rebelled against him. ”DO NOT SAY ITS NAME!!!” Gideon screamed, that fraction of a second was enough for him to swing at and hit the glass with his reinforced fist.
Sigils flared in a brilliant blue flash, the smell of ozone filled the room and Gideon’s hand was pushed back, the flesh around his knuckles was burned away, exposing the metal bones underneath. He snarled and turned around, pacing the cell as the muscles in his face and shoulders twitched, preparing for the coming bite.

Gideon shook his head, eyes focused back on Nadine, but with less laser precision.
”Y-your offer i-is ac-accep-ceptable.” Gideon stammered and screwed his eyes shut. ”Wh-What do y-you want on th-the pro-project.”

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Re: Yeah I wanted to use Gideon and look at me now
« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2019, 02:32:46 AM »
 Nadine reached a hand to rest on Thorkild's elbow, an odd clacking noise emanating from the bone that ground together.
 "It's fine."

 Gideon's reaction, however, was not. The sudden rage that overtook him didn't seem to be triggered by anything, and the mages around him all seemed lost on how to react. Despite her posturing, Ether went into action remarkably quickly -- moving herself in front of all three mages before Nadine could even blink.
 
 Staring at Gideon's hand, Ether let out a breath through her teeth as he made the same mistake she did too often as a child.
 "You never touch the glass." Ether informed him. "It does unpleasant excrement like that."
 
 Despite this, he had turned to Nadine and his gaze was soft enough to let her sigh in relief as she realised he'd be accepting her offer before he even said it. The young woman's shoulder's sagged and she ran a hand over her face.
 "Ohmygodthankllamaforthat." She mumbled into her hand. She had honestly started resigning herself to either dying in this room or getting killed by the English madwoman back at her own home. "Literally everything."

The Teleporter coughed. "Um. You said he was... a war asset? The war was ending around when you were born, that's a lot of ground to cover. Plus, you don't tend to ask vets to recount their war stories. Unless, you know, you're you."
 Nadine frowned at being chided by a literal child, and crossed her arms. "Fine. Start at the beginning. Ether's sister here says you were born under the name Charlie, you were implanted with... those things, by Israel Sodom... presumably while you were still quite young, and the Nails, as you call them, were part of a matching set--"
 "We'll leave that bit alone." Ether warned, Nadine frowned.
 "The more we know--"
 "We'll leave that bit alone." Ether repeated, a little harder this time. "There are some things you don't force people to relive. Ask Silas or Jacinth for that one."
 "It wouldn't be the same, but fine." Nadine relented. "I'm told you're barely a century older than me, why would someone so young let someone experiment so heavily on them just for a War they were too young to--"
 "I'll just stop you there." Ether cut in. "The War here was genuinely absolutely unpleasant excrement. Huge cradle of magic, we're getting torn the llama apart. Part of the reason this facility was built was for it. People were desperate. Plus, he told me he signed up for Cleaver training."
 Nadine frowned. "So the Elder just flat out fishing lied?"
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Re: Yeah I wanted to use Gideon and look at me now
« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2019, 05:29:19 PM »
Gideon regarded the assembled mages with the closest thing is ruined mind and face could come to warmth. His face twitched as Thorkild powered up for a moment, the energetic magic making the Nails desire to kill stronger. He took a quick step forward and, despite Ether’s warning, pressed his hand to the glass. This time sigils on the corners flashed green, the acrid scent of something corrosive burning into his hand filled the air as he leaned in on Thorkild, seemingly unaware of what was happening to his hand. The Scot locked eyes with Thorkild, pops of acidic fluid burning tiny holes in his face as he leaned in.

”K-keep that ins-side or I’ll tear it out of y-your th-throat.” He growled past Ether, who was at this point bodyblocking the other mages. The Norwegian swallowed hard, but to his credit he didn’t have any obvious reaction. He pulled his hand off the glass, blood leaking down and forming a small puddle on the floor. ”Th-the glass fools the N-nails.” He said to Ether, taking a moment to shake a flap of heavily corroded flesh off his hand, he was confident the sigils wouldn’t be able to damage the reinforced parts of his skeleton. Distracted for a moment by the state of his hand, he tuned back into what was happening on the other side of the glass as the one who looked the youngest tried to explain to the Spaniard what she was asking. He laughed, a guttural and stammering sound with his face twitching.

”W-war Asset. A g-generous w-way of s-saying weapon, boy.” Gideon snarled, his teeth clicking together as he spoke. He wouldn’t have a child speak for him, besides, Gideon never considered himself a “veteran” of the war. The War was just the first time he killed, it only ended for the ones who didn’t leave so much of themselves behind in it.



Thorkild hated being intimidated. And Gideon Macabre most definitely intimidated him. Anyone who could let all of the flesh on the underside of their hand be corroded away, not even flinch, and then casually flick a chunk of near liquid muscle onto the floor was someone Thorkild did not like to be in the presence of. He exhaled a long breath when Nadine touched his elbow, careful to keep from his magic reflexively giving her a shock. He arched an eyebrow at Joakim. ”Debating the ethics of asking a serial mass murderer about his time during the war?” Thorkild would never understand the outlook some people had, sticking up for Gideon Macabre’s feelings? Now that was a new one. Thorkild followed Nadine and Ether’s conversation with genuine interest. ’A matching set? There couldn’t be, Gideon was the only who was implanted with… hellig lur.” Thorkild’s eyes widened as he regarded Gideon, something different on his face. No fierce concentration or fear, Thorkild looked like he genuinely pitied Gideon. He stepped back and leaned in next to Nadine. 

”His soul mate… Katyusha. She was the matching set.” Thorkild whispered to her. ”Those things in his head, they made him kill her. It drove him even more insane than the Nails did. With them constantly forcing him into a state like this, it wouldn’t be possible for him to really process what she went through. Gideon is perpetually stuck in a state of grief, never able to accept what happened.” Thorkild stood back up and made eye contact with Gideon, who had just gotten done starting to mend his ruined hand.



Gideon absorbed Nadine’s questions, mulling them over as he started the healing process on his hand. When he looked back up all of the mages were staring at him, even the Norwegian had changed his look. Gideon cracked his neck and winced as the wires pulled around his upper back. ”D-don’t be st-startled.” He said flatly, and hit the glass again, the green sigils sending acid down his arm. Gideon let it burn into his skin and muscles until it reached his reinforced skeleton.

”I d-don’t remember my n-name bef-fore now. I was b-born in Sc-Scotland, but g-grew up in L-London, b-but the W-war forced my f-family to Africa. Th-they were k-killed wh-when we ar-arrived.” Gideon hissed an narrowed his eyes as the Nails bit in, the pitiful pain from the sigils wasn’t sating them for long. ”Sh-she gave m-me the idea t-to become a C-cleaver. F-fight the people that k-killed them.” The massive scot started pacing, thinking of Israel, Cote d’Ivoire, all of it made the Nails itch for blood, their incessant ticking sped up in his head. ”Sh-she LIED! Gideon’s fist crashed into the stone wall, which grew spikes that shattered uselessly against his Asgardium bones. ”Th-they tr-trained m-me for y-years. Ev-every t-time I g-got hurt the d-doctors w-would —“ Gideon clutched his head as the Nails kicked the back of his skull, pain blooming behind his eyes, anger building at the thought of the doctors at Blackshield. His head snapped back to the assembled mages and smashed his palm against the glass. A blue flash went off around his strike, lacerating his palm and exposing the silvery bones beneath. In the relative darkness the moonlight glow of his bones was plainly visible, he held his viciously damaged hand up to the assembled mages. ”Th-they would improve me.” Gideon snarled.
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Re: Yeah I wanted to use Gideon and look at me now
« Reply #23 on: May 27, 2019, 07:40:10 PM »
  The young teleporter cringed, taking a step away from the madman. Nadine gave him a withering look, letting him know that his input was not welcome.
 I bring the boy to be a glorified cab and he starts mouthing off. Students. The Spaniard let out an exasperated sigh, keeping her eyes on the killer's ruined hand even as it started to heal. If it was on anyone else, such a move would have been impressive. On Gideon Macabre? Seeing that rapid healing in action was nothing short of sickening and terrifying. She nervously rubbed the back of her neck with a dainty hand, allowing him to speak uninterrupted -- even if she had to crane her body a little bit around Ether to actually see him.
 
 It seemed that underneath all the posturing and the talk about murder, all they had really put in a cage was a broken man. Nadine was starting to understand Ether's viewpoint a little more; seeing the man so sedated, genuinely trying to have a conversation that didn't end with their lifeless bodies before him... and if the shadows weren't playing with her eyes, he looked genuinely distressed.
 Nadine shook her head. This was not the time to develop a conscience. It was just as she'd managed to collect her resolve once more that Thorkild seemed to stiffen a little beside her, those electric eyes widening in some indiscernible emotion. He leaned in, having to bend himself a little comically to reach her ear; "His soul mate… Katyusha. She was the matching set." His voice was extremely delicate, as if he didn't want to be heard, and Nadine had worked out the next bit before he even said it; "Those things in his head, they made him kill her. It drove him even more insane than the Nails did. With them constantly forcing him into a state like this, it wouldn’t be possible for him to really process what she went through. Gideon is perpetually stuck in a state of grief, never able to accept what happened."
 The words cleaved through her like a knife, leaving an incredibly cold emptiness in their wake, and it was an extreme struggle not to give any visible reaction. Nadine had never had a soulmate -- had never wanted one, either. For any mage, a connection like that was dangerous. With such long life-spans, being connected by your very being to someone else was an extremely unappealing concept. Things changed in a year, yet alone a decade... or a century; who knew what sort of volatile relationship would be borne of such a connection? Though it seemed Gideon was never able to find out -- his experience had forced him to kill his soulmate, to willingly cleave his own soul in twain to be free of such an influence.
 "llama." Was all Nadine could say under her breath, and the vampire before her gave her a look -- enhanced hearing. Of course the vampire would hear every little breath that came from her.

 Both Nadine and Ether listened to Gideon, absorbing everything he had to say. Ether's face was stony, barely readable. Nadine's... not so much: she looked genuinely pained to have to put him through such memories again, even if she found his actions unforgivable. Even his tantrums that the cell around him fought back against, hurting him and yet doing no damage worth even a blink from the Scotsman, only doing to reveal the augments hideously burrowed under his skin. As he held it up, Nadine gagged.
 "And you would have been only a teen."
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Re: Yeah I wanted to use Gideon and look at me now
« Reply #24 on: June 15, 2019, 12:49:54 AM »
Gideon took several steps back from the glass and took a seat on the cot. Tapping his knuckles against the side of his head. ”Y-young, yes. Ye-twelve wh-when they did the t-teeth. N-nine t-teen when they m-modified my sk-skeleton. I d-don’t re-remember the r-rest.” Gideon shook his head, trying to keep the Nails from pushing him further into something nasty.
”C-combat trials...” Was all he could choke out before the Nails pulsed their miserable rage into the back of his head. Gideon convulsed, doubling over onto his knees as the muscles in his shoulders and back visibly tightened against the onslaught.


Thorkild didn’t know what to do at this point. The man he hated so very deeply was mere yards away, he’d held his own against Gideon before, if not for very long, but he was younger, less experienced. An odd sense of sympathy gnawed at the back of his head, after all, Gideon hadn’t traded his humanity for his power, it was taken my force. So what ground did Thorkild have to stand on? His actions couldn’t be blamed on anyone else, no matter how hard he tried. But could he blame Gideon for what he’d done? No matter how monstrous it may have been, he wasn’t exactly functional. ”What was Israel’s idea of a combat trial?”


Gideon’s head snapped up from staring at the ground at the mention of the vampire again. He locked eyes with the Norwegian, an intensity back in his gaze that had been lost without a clear target for his predatory nature.
”Sh-she would fight us. Full c-ontact, no rules. The ones that s-survived got t-to get imp-improved. I j-just barely m-made it e-enough t-to be ch-changed the
m-most.”

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Re: Yeah I wanted to use Gideon and look at me now
« Reply #25 on: June 23, 2019, 03:43:23 AM »
 "Twelve." Abject horror crept into Nadine's tone, those amber eyes widening almost comically. "Nineteen. They waited for the Surge--"
 "Surge could realistically be at any point." Ether cut in, those muscles in her shoulders twitching as she eyed Gideon with an expression that could almost be called fond. "I was nineteen when I hit the Surge, but he could well have never hit it. Or hit it after the experiments."
 "Nineteen." Nadine's voice went harsher. "At nineteen, I was-- I was betrothed, not fighting some war I had no role in--"
 "But he was." Ether shrugged. "The war here was bad. You would have no clue what people thought was necessary; you're a young European."
 Nadine's jaw steeled, her eyes flashing with anger at the condescension. Why did the older mages feel so inclined as to talk down to her? Did they all forget morality? Bodily autonomy? Did they forget what was okay and what was not okay to do to their fellow mages? They all seemed to carry this archaic air of superiority and look down their noses at the younger mages like herself who did not succumb to their ridiculous hierarchy.
 Israel Sodom deserved death, perhaps worse. Even looking at this man - this killer! - and how he struggled with a nature that he'd been so familiar with for the majority of his life, she could place the guilty party in her mind as the woman that did this to him. That forced him to kill his own soulmate, that tore any sense of normalcy away from him before he could even choose his path in life for himself. For all any of them knew, this Gideon Macabre could have grown into a productive member of society, could have gone down a path greater than any of theirs - or he could have remained a criminal. The only fact remained was that he deserved the chance to decide that for himself.
 "You want her dead?" Nadine hissed at Gideon, though he seemed too preoccupied to pay any heed to her words. "Worse? She deserves it. But I need you to get your unpleasant excrement together so anything can be done."

 Joakim coughed awkwardly. "I don't think my contract said anything about making deals with killers. I'd like to maybe, uh, up my pay? Maybe hazard pay would be could?"
 Nadine scowled at the younger teleporter; she was beginning to really dislike him this night. "What do I pay you for, Joakim?"
 "Uh. To stand to attention and, uh, stay in reach, ma'am."
 "What do I pay you not to do?"
 "Babble, ma'am..."
 "Exactly. Read the room and shut the llama up.."
 Ether snorted, giving the younger mage an amused look. "My employer could probably do with a teleporter, they're not too easy to find. You want good pay? Contact Jacinth, she'd pay for your entire college experience."

 Nadine raised a hand to shut them both up. The two mages shot her a disapproving look but quietened as she required. This was not the time, and definitely not the place for a contract change, and she was going to be having extremely harsh words with this child once they left. There was an uncharacteristic hardness to her eyes as she stared at Gideon, now ignoring everyone else in the room.
 "My contact would like to speak with you." Nadine said softly. "She will get you exactly what you need for what you want done. You will get your retribution and more, on a single condition."
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Re: Yeah I wanted to use Gideon and look at me now
« Reply #26 on: June 23, 2019, 04:20:19 AM »
Gideon stood up from the cot, Nadine had laid out her terms. She was offering him the chance to kill Israel after all, perfect. Of course it came with conditions, despite himself Gideon found no small amount of irony in the fact that he was having to pay to kill the elder of a Sanctuary and not the other way around. But still…
Gideon met Nadine’s eyes, finally not clouded by terror she had a stern look. Someone she feared more than Gideon was laying out the terms.
Thoughts of killing Israel were distinct, sharp images that sliced through the haze of pain in his head. He couldn’t suppress the laughter at the thought of all the ways Israel could die, the time would come for him to pick one.
”A single condition for me to become the most wanted criminal in the world…” Gideon chuckled as he walked back up to the glass. He stooped down to make his face level with Nadine’s, his breath fogging the glass through his metal grin.
”Tell me what, and it will be done.” Gideon snarled. ”But I kill Israel first.




Thorkild is still confused and just stands there looking like a dipunpleasant excrement. He really wishes Nadine wasn’t so attractive.

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Re: Yeah I wanted to use Gideon and look at me now
« Reply #27 on: June 23, 2019, 04:46:35 AM »
 Nadine was back, and it was the most refreshing experience of this entire horrid day. She could talk, keep her posture upright, and feel herself without being paralysed by fear of this monster before her. Everything about the way she stood, the slight tilt of her head, and the smirk curling those painted lips of hers was exactly back to the enigmatic Spaniard that played with deadly information on the daily. The ridiculous provectimancer wasn't here, the others standing so awkwardly around them weren't there -- it was just Nadine, and Gideon, talking.
 If there was one thing she was good at, it was fishing talking.
 "My contact does not like afflicted, at all, whatsoever." That comment prompted a growl from Ether; it was clear the "vampire" or whatever she was was starting to really hate the terms of the contract already. "There's one particular afflicted that she seems to have a vendetta against more than most. It should be easy work for you, she's not... particularly strong. And very young, born barely after the Victorian era."
 
 The younger teleporter had already clocked on. There weren't many Victorian vampires around that people knew, but this particular woman? Her face was everywhere, she'd built an empire with one of the scariest psionics known to man... that latter part was probably a fact that Nadine would leave out for now; with any luck, Silas wouldn't be anywhere near when Gideon upheld his end of the bargain.
 "Unfortunately, she won't trust you to keep your end of the deal. You deal with her first, and then Joakim will take you straight to the Ivory Coast to deal with Israel. You'll be funnelled some money and can go anywhere, and nobody will bother you again--"
 "This is bullunpleasant excrement." Ether suddenly cut in, "Just get to the fishing point, you're talking circles around yourself. What. Do. You. Want. Done?"
 Nadine's temper almost flared, and it was a visible effort to her to contain it as she took a deep, long breath. "I don't want anything. My employer..." Nadine took a brave step towards the cell, gazing Gideon down. "My employer wants Voluntas Aranea dead, and she wants her dead before you kill Israel--"
 Ether hissed hideously. For the first time, the vampire was caught off guard in front of them. "That's a tall fishing order..."
 Nadine raised a brow. "Not for Gideon Macabre it isn't. Voluntas is barely over a hundred years old, has no combat experience to speak of, a psionic -- so the implants will want her dead anyway -- and is extremely easy to reach. I think you could make fairly short work of her." Her eyes went back to Gideon at the last sentence. "But it has to be that before Israel, I'm afraid."
 Ether grabbed Nadine, hard enough for the bones in her wrist to crunch with a horrifically satisfying noise. If Nad wasn't a shapeshifter, she'd be deeply concerned with her now ruined wrist. "If you're fishing him about, you die. If I see any goaty, I will grab your young little teleporter by the scruff of his fishing neck, and I will give him a world of pain until he sends us to the Ivory Coast. Understood?"
 "I have no intention on breaking any deal." Nadine flashed an empty smile.
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Re: Yeah I wanted to use Gideon and look at me now
« Reply #28 on: June 23, 2019, 05:44:50 AM »
Gideon moved side to side while Nadine ran through her terms, Israel would have to die second. ”Now who wouldn’t trust me?” Gideon grinned and licked his teeth, salivating at the thought of another kill. Especially one on a psionic, even if before Israel. Ether took the words right out of his mouth, get to the point. He couldn’t kill a target without an actual target.

Voluntas Arenea. The Nails twitched slightly at her name, the American Mindwalker was connected to her. Important in some way if the Nails has kept her name. But again, this one came first. Ether sprung into action before Gideon’s eyes, clutching the Spaniard’s wrists with enough force to cause the bones to crack and grind, the noise sent shivers down Gideon’s spine. The Norwegian twitched behind Nadine, his hand moving for the sword hilt. Gideon locked eyes with him before he could move again, his grin was gone, replaced with an expressionless mask.
”Try it, Elder.” Gideon’s velvety words came out perfectly, any trace of a stutter gone as the Nails prepared for the kill.

”Big talk from inside a cage.” Thorkild hissed back.

Gideon’s claws ignited in bright yellow light, he held them up just barely touching the glass. Despite its impressive strength, contact with the Elysion caused it to melt, running in tiny streams down to the ground. He didn’t need to say anything else, the elder placed his sword onto the ground and placed his hands in his pockets. Gideon regraded Ether and Nadine, if Ether had his back in this, then he had faith in it.

”Just send me to her. I’ll kill her before your ‘employer’ knows I’m on site.”


Thorkild paced, his hand firmly in his pockets. ”On site meaning Crayne Tower in London. A very public building, with hundreds of people inside on holidays.” Thorkild was audibly exasperated, having graduated beyond confusion into utter desperation. ”You could be looking at collateral damage higher than if you just bombed the fishing thing.”

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Re: Yeah I wanted to use Gideon and look at me now
« Reply #29 on: June 23, 2019, 06:04:16 AM »
 Nadine had never felt as cornered as when Gideon's nails started melting the glass as if it were nothing, though he'd mercifully stopped. Even Ether had let go of Nadine's wrist, allowing the shapeshifter to start mending it -- bone appearing on the skin outside as if it were a bracelet -- as the vampire turned to Gideon.
 "No stints like that." Ether hissed.
 "Well, at least I know he could kill me, but didn't deem it worth the effort." A mirthless chuckle escaped Nadine, and Ether threw her a harsh look. Nadine ignored it and crossed her arms, flexing her newly mended wrist. "That's a done deal then. We send you to Crayne Tower in London, you do your thing, we get you out. Simple enough?" She glanced at Joakim.

 Joakim was white as a sheet. "I don't get paid enough to be party to terrorism, Miss Azarola--"
 "You never use that name again." Nadine snapped. "Or you'll be more than just party to murder. I'm not asking you to be happy about it, I'm asking if you know where Crayne Tower is and can get our new friend there without difficulty."
 Joakim nodded shakily, intertwining his fingers and looking at the glass that had been rendered useless by those claws. "Um. I... if he doesn't kill me, it... uh, shouldn't be... shouldn't be a problem?"
 Ether snorted. "I'll be going as well."
 "Oh." Joakim's voice was barely a squeak. "Wonderful. You two seem... like the best... the, uh, the best travel buddies..."

 Of course, it couldn't all be sweet. Of course Thorkild would finally have to speak up. His face-off with Gideon hadn't seemed to deter him from finally remembering that he was an Elder, after all, and part of his job was making sure international incidents like they were planning didn't happen. Nadine's heel crunched on the ground below her as she turned her back to Gideon and whirled on Thorkild.
 "Did I just hear the words collateral damage from the unrepentant war criminal, Elder?" Her voice was harsh. "What do you care if some Brits die so that one of the Sanctuary's bigger enemies is torn to shreds?"
 "Voluntas isn't an enemy of the Sanctuaries." Joakim got out, and Nadine actually growled in frustration, putting her hands to her face so that she could scream into them.
 "Crayne Consolidated is one of the most corrupt organisations out there, you petulant child! Silas Crayne could do with a dose of humble pie, and lose his CFO and half his employees with it. This is not our business, and not our moral dilemma to think about. Let us not make it that way, Elder." She drew her hands away from her face to take a steadying breath. "Let us not worry about whatever collateral damage ensues from this, and leave that to Mr. Crayne himself to worry about when the staff turnover takes an unexpected spike."
 Ether cackled. "And they call me a monster."
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