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>Date: August 17th, 2017
>Time: 3:47 [Relative to S.C.]
>Location: Genesis Station - South America

>The artificial island of Genesis Station is situated hundreds of miles off South America's northern edge - closer to Central America. A large concentric circle network of small settlements and buildings comprises the large structure. The simulated archipelago regularly sees little activity, as resources and building materials are airlifted into the base - using discreet methods.

>As another submersible shipment slowly rises from the waters of the Atlantic Ocean - the crew on the docking station slowly walk towards them, ready to greet their new arrivals.

"Is the material here? We're on a tight schedule, agents."

>One of the research scientists looks impatient, as a figure in reinforced armor slowly exits from the submersible's exterior. Carrying with them a large black canister with glowing wiring - the armored figure looks down at it for a moment.

"We're well aware, doctor. Now if you'll excuse us, we have a command center to report to."

>The armored figure is one of Eukaryon's - utilizing magical equipment to reinforce their strength and general power. Behind the figure are two more figures slowly flanking them.

"Where's the second shipment? We're not hoping to fall behind schedule, and risk irritating our……benefactor, once more."

>The research scientist says to the armored agents, as they begin walking towards the large command center in the distance.

"He's already unimpressed with your work so far. If he doesn't see improvement within the month? He'll send Doctor Bolivar's team to replace you."

>Narrowing his eyes, the research scientist replies.

"…..'Replace'? What does he mean by- Oh…."


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>The researchers continue to escort the agents to their destination. As they arrive at the large command center, they then turn to face their new guests.

"He's waiting for you inside."

>The agents nod slowly in response.

"Good. Our boss would have us send a message to him."

>The agents then slowly enter the facility - walking into a large industrial factory-like area. Mechanical parts and motors are spread out across the floor, as robotic components are littered in shelves and in holding containers.

>Eukaryon agents slowly walk around the premises, brandishing guns to go along with their visors and reinforced armor.

>Standing at the center of the command room is a man in a black and red combat suit, a cowl and bright red visor covering the upper half of his face.

"Oh. You're finally here."

>The man then slowly turns around to face the armored agents - looking them over.

"Agent Alpha. Agent Omega. Agent Zeta."

>Providence then gives the three magitek units a nod of acknowledgment - as the three look back at him.

"We're not here for pleasantries, meta. You're only back from the dead because our shared boss needs something from you. Have you found it yet?"

>Scowling underneath his breath, Providence then turns around and looks at a holographic projection on the table before him.

"We're still going on with the deep sea digging operations - but nothing yet."

>Looking back at the magitek units, Providence gives a look of suspicion on his face.

"…..What the hell's so important down there that your boss needs it found, ASAP?"


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>Agent Omega looks beyond Providence and at the hologram before them. The hologram showcases a large internal structure - a seemingly round cylinder, no larger than a phone booth in height.

"….It's none of your concern, nor mine. All I know is that our orders are to find it, without question."

>Pointing a finger at Providence, Agent Omega continues.

"If we don't? Then it's your head on a platter - meta."

>Red energy begins to slowly arc from the sides of Providence's cowl - racing across his face as he prepares to fire a discharge…..

>Then, the feminine Agent Zeta places a hand on her slender figure as she waves it off.

"Don't even bother. We could slice you in half before you could react. Now be a good boy and let us do our work."

>The light slowly fades and subsides behind Providence's cowl and mask as he sighs and mutters to himself.


>Stepping to the side, he allows the magitek units to inspect the internal structure - along with the massive 3D map of the undersea basin below them.

"Given it's diameter and the topography of the area - it can't be too far deep."

"Likely buried under heavy rubble, given the sea wreckages that've been here for years."

"But why here? There's no undercurrent or tidal forces powerful enough to capsize a ship. What could possibly-"

>Silence, as all 3 look at each other.

"…..The target."

>Providence then crosses his arms, as a pair of Champion clones slowly walk up to accompany him - standing beside him.

"…..Ahem. This is still my facility - so I would appreciate it if you conducted your analysis outside of the war room."

>Silent for a moment, the three magitek units then roll their eyes underneath their helmets.

"If you insist-"

>Suddenly, a bright red alarm blares inside of the facility, causing the Champion clones to be on high alert.

"I thought you said this facility was secure?!"

>Spinning around, Providence begins running to the deck, attempting to check the security feeds.

"It is! The cloaking technology we were given has allowed us to successfully evade detection for months! What could possibly-"

>Then a loud explosion can be heard in the distance - a vacuum seal being broken in one of the water containment facilities.

"Shit! We've been hit! Facility two's been hammered!"

>Spinning around, Agent Omega then shouts.

"Then send crew to fix it now-"

>Another explosion rockets the area, sending Providence and the agents flying backwards. Loud blaster fire can be heard outside, as explosions grow larger and louder - as they get closer to their position.


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>In that moment, the doors of the facility blast open - as a pair of Eukaryon field agents are sent flying through. As the agents crash into the nearby metallic plating of the walls - their bodies convulse as they fall to the floor, knocked out cold.

>Only faint footsteps can then be heard, as a distorted voice begins to speak in the distance.

"I was honestly expecting more from you - given the severity of the situation you've been placed in. Oh well."

>A figure in red and black armor, a red hood and a red mask then slowly walks into frame for the others to view. As the figure becomes more visible, confusion begins to set in for the assorted criminals.

"….Who is this supposed to be again?"

>Spinning to look at Providence, the Magitek agents begin to shout.

"I thought we were briefed on the strategic capabilities of all known hostiles!"

"Never mind that, his armor. Isn't that…."

>Agent Zeta then scans the newcomer's armor with her helmet's electromagnetic sensors - utilizing magical energy to amplify the process.

"…..This is magitek? That shouldn't be….."

>Thinking intently, the woman then considers a thought in the back of her mind.

{"…..Those parts have the same design as the stolen magitek shipment. But that couldn't be….no….it can't'' be!"

>Looking back at the figure, Agent Zeta then jumps forward - brandishing her magical arm blades from her armor's coverings.


>The other two agents look on in shock, as they also assume battle stances.

"You're sure?!"

>Agent Zeta nods.

"There's no mistake. His build matches the database, and his voice sounds familiar enough. It has to be him."

>Chimera then remains standing in the middle of the entrance, casually looking around.

"Good eye for deduction there, agent. Since you're so insightful, I'll only have to ask this once."

>Chimera then uses telekinesis to bring a small pommel to his hand - activating it to produce a blood red beam of light. A laser sword of sorts, as red sparks begin to flicker from the edges.

"Where's the asset?"


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>Agent Zeta grits her teeth behind her helmet.

"You're not getting a word out of me."

>Chimera cranes his head to the side in irritation.

"Either you tell me, or I'll take the knowledge from your corpse before it goes cold."

>Zeta then screams in anger as she rushes Chimera - blasting him with a barrage of energy beams from her hands.

>Chimera deflects the magical energy beams with his beam saber - clearly demonstrating similar magical properties.

>As Zeta lands on the ground, she begins moving to fight Chimera, attempting to strike him with her glowing arm blades. Charged with magical energy, the blades easily cut through the reinforced titanium-steel alloy of the war room's interior.

>Sparks fly everywhere as Chimera casually avoids Zeta's attacks.

"Atta girl. Keep leaving yourself open to attack."

>Chimera then finds an easy opening, moving on instinct as he kicks Zeta in the side of her waist - knocking the wind out of her.


>Chimera then makes a quick push gesture with his left hand - generating a massive amount of telekinetic force and sending Zeta flying through the walls, crashing into the next room beyond the war room.

>Alpha and Omega look on in shock, turning back to Chimera as they begin firing their own attacks at him.

>Firstly, Omega launches a compressed ball of warped energy, rapidly pulling in materials and matter from the surrounding environment to create a mini vacuum effect. The sphere of condensed energy tears through the nearby metal - erasing it almost entirely as it moves towards Chimera at rapid speeds.

>At the same time, Alpha launches a barrage of flame bursts at Chimera - using the exteriors of his armor's wrist slots to generate said flames.


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>The Champion clones then begin to move forward to assist in the battle…..



>However, before they can move, two bright beams of red energy protrude through their skulls - with brain matter falling to the ground as the smell of burning flesh rises.


>Before Providence can respond, his head is swiftly cut off and sent flying, as the same two red beams slice across his body.

>In an instant, the remaining combatants have been disarmed, permanently.

>A figure in all black then slowly looks up from behind one of the Champion clones - watching as his body falls to the floor.

"Good riddance."

>The armored man then deactivates the beam sabers, holstering them around his waist as his black armor and black cloak contrast with Chimera's.


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>Alpha and Omega then look back - blindsided by the appearance.

"What the hell?! Now who's this-"

"He just killed Providence! Damnit!"

>Meanwhile, Chimera holds out his hand, catching the pseudo singularity and slowly undoes the phenomenon with an immense amount of telekinetic force. While doing so, he also catches the approaching flames with his telekinesis.

>Having caught both attacks, Chimera then turns to look at Alpha and Omega in irritation.

"So again I'll ask. Where is it?"

>Silent, the two magitek units then shake their heads.

"Go to hell."

>Chimera then scoffs in return.

"You first."

>In that moment, Alpha is stabbed from behind - having his guard dropped during the situation.

"Wha- ACK!"

>As the searing heat of the red beam blade strikes through Alpha's chest, he can barely move his hands as his attacker looks on from behind him.

"No killing. The clones, sure. But not actual people, Fugue. Remember that."

>Chimera says, looking at his associate.

>Fugue sighs and pulls back his arm, kicking the armored man down and watching as the magitek suit's healing functions begin to slowly work on Alpha.

>Now placing his beam saber directly in front of Alpha's helmet, Fugue then says.

"Tell us what we want to know, or get a firsthand look at experiences worse than death."

>Alpha, now coughing up blood in his helmet, weakly looks at Omega and speaks.



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>Omega looks between his downed partner and the two figures standing before him from different sides.

>His mind races for a moment, considering all possible options, before he sighs.

"….Fine. I'll tell you."

>Zeta then quickly rushes out of the laboratory - landing on the ground a few meters away from the three figures. Seeing the downed body of Alpha, she then stares in bewilderment, and in silence for a moment.


>She then also sees the dead bodies of the Champion clones, as well as Providence's decapitated head.


>Standing up, Zeta then holds her hands up in surrender, as Omega then begins to speak.

"…..The object's likely at the bottom of a trough detected in quadrant three. You'll find the data on the map we just examined."

>Silent for a moment, Chimera then states:

"Thank you. Now was that so hard?"

>He then flicks his wrist - causing both Omega and Zeta to ragdoll into the walls repeatedly - and with such force and precision as to knock them out in seconds.

>As both of the magitek agents fall to the ground - defeated, Chimera and Fugue stand in place for a moment.

"…..You know I wasn't going to kill him, right?"

>Chimera stares at Fugue for a moment, before walking over to kick Alpha in the helmet - knocking him out cold as well.

"You're a bad liar, little brother. But that's why I appreciate you."


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>Chimera then looks down at the symbol changing on his armored gauntlet - a series of changing shapes that only he can seemingly decipher.

"Right on time too. Three….Two…One…."

>Suddenly, a bright flash of light appears - before Chimera and Fugue are back in their more familiar blue and red armors.

>Fugue then checks his wrist, as he's back in his standard armor - a watch-like device protruding from it as he does so.

"….I'm not a fan of this 'timer' mechanic on the Index function."

>Chimera walks past Fugue and walks up to the table before them. Looking at the information on the table, he passes a gloved hand over the hologram - instantly downloading the information regarding the map coordinates.

"….Quadrant three, he said…..Alright then. Let's get going."

>Turning back to Fugue, Chimera then watches as Fugue looks up from the watch-like device protruding from his armored wrist.

"Hang on. I'm trying to dial a forced reset back into the Index."

>Chimera sighs and looks at Fugue.

"Fugue. The Index function did what it was designed to do. It integrated the magitek equipment we stole, and gave us a transformation designed to counter the Magitek units that we just fought."

>Placing a hand on Fugue's shoulder, Chimera then says to him.

"It's done more than enough. You can mess around with the core components of the drivers once we're back home."

>Fugue then gestures to his wrist's watch in protest.

"But the Master Control function-"

"Isn't relevant right now. Let's go down there, find the artifact and destroy it. Then we can worry about the specifics."

>Sighing, Fugue then relents as he waves away his brother. The watch-like device then "integrates" itself back into his armor's mesh plating, leaving no traces.

"Fine, whatever. Let's get this over with. I'm still gonna use the rest of these assholes as target practice on the way there."

>Chimera and Fugue then walk off - out of the war room of the command center, and out into the frenzy of chaos left in their wake.


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>Date: August 18th, 2017
>Location: Paradise City - Business Sector
>Time: 1:30 PM


>An armored figure is sent flying - knocked back into a large lamp post in Paradise City's business sector. As the figure slowly rises from the damaged lamp - he rubs the side of his head.

"I thought these suits were gonna give us a better shot against her!"

>Freaking out, the man in red armor quickly activates a mechanism on the side of his belt. Instantly, time begins to slow down rapidly, as the figure moves out of the way of a red beam of energy.


>The explosion caused by the beam's interaction with the lamp post causes it to catch ablaze.

"You almost killed me!!!!"

>The armored figure with red plating then continues freaking out.

"Guys! Guys! She's serious this time!"

>The armored figure then begins moving at supersonic speeds - attempting to circle around their target.

"I'll have you know that I'm twice as skilled as I was the last time we fought-"

>A precision burst of wind catches the figure - sending them flying backwards into a car.

>Groaning, the figure then says:

"…..OK…Maybe I spoke….too….soon….."

>The figure then signs as they're knocked unconscious.

>Hyperia, standing in place, crosses her arms.

"Well you're faster than you were the last time, Beetle. Still, you're just another common crook, as far as I'm concerned."

>From behind Hyperia, another figure moves at superhuman speeds - appearing as a blur of purple speed as they jump onto Hyperia from behind.


>The figure's sword then finds itself caught harmlessly in Hyperia's hand - as she clamps down on it. Now demonstrating enough strength to keep the armored figure hovering in the air, with his hands grasping his sword - the figure then gulps nervously.

"Haha….Hey, Hyperia! L-Long time no see!!!!"

>The figure in purple armor then takes a moment to stare too long at Hyperia's chest.

"You're still pretty stacked……wow…."

>Hyperia forces a smile through her gritted teeth in response.

"Hello, Scorpius. You're still an idiot, I see."

>While still holding Scorpius up by his sword through a clasped hand, Hyperia then tosses him up into the air and backhands him through his sword - shattering it and sending him flying into news stand that's nearby.


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>Then, large bursts of blue energy rain down from above - nearly hitting Hyperia in the head with pin-point precision.

>Using her superhuman reflexes and speed, Hyperia ducks out of the way of the attacks, instead turning around to look up at the rooftops before her.

>After less than a femtosecond, Hyperia's already identified and found her target.

"Dragonfly. The most serious of the bunch. I might have to take you seriously."

>Hyperia then dodges another volley of powerful blue beams - particle beams capable of ripping apart objects on an atomic scale.

"Always had to give you the most attention - you should be thankful for that."

>From above on the rooftops, the blue armored figure with the Dragonfly motif then curses to himself.

"Damnit. She's found me out. I knew I should've taken the shot the first time I could…"

>Pulling back his hand blaster, Dragonfly then looks around - attempting to find an escape route.

"We're gonna need to go back to the Constructor for better upgrades….Assuming we can get out of here just fine…"

>Before Hyperia can move, she's then blasted from behind by two large beams of sapphire blue energy - as opposed to Dragonfly's sky blue beams.

"Tch. Oh how could I forget about the biggest pain of them all."

>Slowly turning around, Hyperia finds herself face to face with the last of the four armored thugs.

"Stag Beetle. The more emotionally challenged brother of Beetle."

>Stag Beetle gives a groan of irritation at the mention of his brother.

"I'm the one who should've been in charge of this damned operation! Not him!"

>Drawing two reinforced blades from the back of his armor, he then holds them up to Hyperia, ready to fight.

"I ain't afraid of you either!"

>Hyperia then cracks a smile.

"Good. I always liked you the most - since you actually had a backbone unlike your buddies."


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>Dragonfly then radios to his partners, stating:

"Alright guys. We're in over our heads here - again. Hyperia wasn't supposed to be here at the manufacturing plants. Somebody probably tipped her off."

>Now moving at supersonic speeds, Dragonfly moves down the rooftops and towards Beetle and Scorpius - helping them up to their feet.

"I told you idiots to use the underground escape through the tunnels! It's smaller and constricting, yes - but we could've split up and avoided Hyperia for the most part."

>Beetle gets to his feet, looking groggy as he speaks.

"Yeah but we blew it! This was supposed to be an easy gig and the data chip wasn't even there!"

>Meanwhile, Scorpius gives a gesture of support to Stag Beetle as the latter fights Hyperia.

"Yeah! Go get her dude!"

>Hyperia looks on at the three of them in annoyance, causing Scorpius to speak up.

"Hey Hyperia! If you wanna fight for real next time? I can show you my scorpion tail-"

>Dragonfly smacks Scorpius on the back of the helmet, scowling as he speaks:

"You idiot! getting away from her right now was part of the plan!"

>Laughing nervously, Scorpius rubs the back of his helmet in response.

"Ha ha….Yeah….Plan….I knew that!"

>Hyperia then rushes towards the group - irritation in her eyes as they glow red, causing them all to panic.


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>In that moment however, a large rush of energy blasts down from above - standing in front of the armored criminals.

>As the dust settles, a blonde man with black and red clothing and a red visor stands in place - dusting himself off.

>Hyperia stands a few meters back from the man, instinctively retreating. Her cape flutters in the wind, as the high pressure of the arrival causes nearby objects to be sent flying backwards - spiraling through the air.

"Oh, I know you. You're one of those clones."

>Hollow smiles as he bows before Hyperia.

"Ahh, as cunning as you are beautiful-"

>Before he can finish his statement, Hollow then quickly dodges a beam of red light sent at his feet. Instinctively jumping backwards himself, he lands back down, scoffing.

"Fine then. No pleasantries, Hyperia."

>Hyperia crosses her arms as she looks at the armored criminals behind her.

"…Are you seriously here for the Techsects? These rejects can barely do a heist properly."

>Hollow them gives a deep and bellowing laugh as he then says out loud.

"Oh no, my dear. I'm not here for them. I'm here for you - and your power."

>Holding out a hand, Hollow then makes a tapping motion with the tips of his fingers, stating:

"All I need is a single touch of my fingertips - and I'll have everything that makes you….unique."

>Scowling, Hyperia keeps her arms crossed as her cape continues to flutter in the wind.

"Oh, you're that kind of creepy supervillain. Alright then. Here's the memo."

>Hyperia then uncrosses her arms as she then assumes a combat stance.

"Touch me, and your hands come off. Tell me what you're trying to grab at me for - and I'll let you keep them. Sound good?"

>As the two continue to talk - the armored criminals activate the mechanisms in their suits, and run away at supersonic speeds; moving faster than the human eye can see in most circumstances.

>Hyperia and Hollow remain standing in place, both of them staring each other down from their visors, as they dare the other to make their first move in the fight to come.


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>Hollow then lets out a soft laugh after a moment - the air between the two seemingly growing stale over the course of the staredown.

"I can't speak on behalf of my employer without losing their favor. Just know that you're a vital part of his plan-"

>Hollow then instinctively moves his body, quickly craning his head to the side as to avoid a large beam of red light.

>A large metallic truck then spontaneously melts behind Hollow's head - the smell of burning metallic alloys and oil beginning to fill the air.

"Ahh. The direct approach then."

>Hollow smiles and then lunges forward at Hyperia - arms outreached as he attempts to grab hold of her.

"This again?"

>Hyperia moves at an equally quick pace, grabbing Hollow by the wrists and lifting him overhead with his strength - now slamming him into the ground and creating a mini crater in place.


>Hollow screams in pain as he instinctively writhes in place, moving his arms to his waist as he begins convulsing from the pain.

>Hyperia stands back, crossing her arms as she looks down at Hollow - a red glow in the eyes of her domino mask.

"Motive. Now."

>She says with a menacing intent in her voice.


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>Hollow then coughs up a bit of blood as he then smirks. Looking up at Hyperia, he shows a malicious intent in his grin.

"As I said. I'm not at liberty to speak on behalf of my employer."

>The area around Hollow distorts briefly as he reappears on his feet - reenergized.

"I just need you captured - that's all."

>Hollow then suddenly multiplies himself, dozens of times - all surrounding Hyperia as they assume different poses.

"So make this easy on yourself, and allow us to complete our objective."

>Hyperia rolls her eyes and then bares her teeth.

"You're really not in a position to make demands. I thought I made that clear."

>The dozens of Hollows then laugh in unison.

"The bravado is appreciated - though you can put that to rest now. We'll be escorting you to our boss now-"

>The nearest Hollow is then grabbed at blinding speeds and flung around - spiraling like a missile into another wave of clones.


"Shit! Just get her! Now!"

>The original Hollow exclaims, barking commands at his clones as they begin to rush at Hyperia.

>Each of the clones then attempts to grab at Hyperia - trying to stretch their arms with elongation abilities, teleport and lunge at her.

>However, Hyperia blasts all of them away with a surge of glowing red light. A barrier of red light begins to faintly appear around her body.

"Is that a forcefield?"

"It doesn't matter! Pierce it!"

>A Hollow clone attempts to rush forward and grab her by the arm - only to feel a sharp pain and feedback course through his body as he yelps in pain.

"Fuck! I can't grab her!"

>Hyperia then looks at the Hollow clones - scoffing as she speaks.

"I told you. You're not in a position to make demands."


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>A pair of figures quickly fly into view, their capes fluttering in the wind as they slam into Hyperia like sidewinder missiles. The resulting shockwave sends the Hollows flying backwards - with some smashing into glass doors and buildings.

"Ngggh! Those idiots!"

"Who sent them?! We had this!"

>The Hollows are seemingly perturbed at the sudden arrival of the Champion clones. The pair of super strong clones seemingly push Hyperia - knocking her backwards and into the air.

"Huh. That's…."

>Hyperia then quickly cranes her head to the side - narrowly avoiding a pummeling blitz from a Champion; getting her bearings all the while.


>The Champions then circle around in the air - arcing their flight paths towards Hyperia as she begins fighting them. While she deflects all of their blows with her bare hands, Hyperia finds herself initially unable to land any hits in return - her fists seemingly arcing around at the last moment.

"The hell? That's definitely new!"

>The Champions, seemingly operating in synch, then punch her in the chest - sending her flying back down towards the ground.

>The Hollows then immediately converge on her location as she lands - using their combined telekinetic power to hold her down, barely.

"Now! Do it now! Before she breaks free!"

>One of the Hollows then quickly rushes towards Hyperia at super speed while she's kept in the telekinetic grip for a fraction of a second - his fingers outstretched……


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>The Hollow rushing towards Hyperia then grabs onto her face - slowly beginning to pull out a bright red disc….

"I've got it-"

>A sudden distortion effect then appears over the Hollow clone, as they're seemingly ripped apart by the fabric of space-time itself.


>Screaming in pain, the villain is then inverted for a brief instant, the blunt force of the phenomenon knocking him out cold.

>The Hollows are then further taken aback, as they all regroup at superhuman speeds - keeping their distance away from Hyperia.

"…..Did you all see that?"

"Of course we did, you buffoon! Stay on guard!"

"If it's not Hyperia, then who is-"

>The Hollow clones then all suddenly feel their bodies develop a sense of profound nausea - a debilitating feeling of vertigo and motion sickness which forces them onto their knees.

"Eugh…I can't…..Stand….."

>Some of the Hollow clones even begin to barf on reflex - completely taken out, as they begin hearing a high pitched sound. The noise emanating from seemingly all directions is silent to the normal human ear, however.

"….Fall back….Fall….."

>The last of the Hollows then falls to the ground - dazed and unconscious, while Hyperia's red disc slowly moves back into her head.

"What the hell?!?!"

>Hyperia looks on in confusion, then places a hand to her head to shake off the feeling.

"What was……I can't…..Ugh."

>Regaining her bearings, she then begins to move forward.

"I'd stay there if I were you. Wouldn't want you to get caught in the field that I just projected."

>Upon hearing the voice, though distorted, Hyperia is immediately aware of her mysterious helper's identity.

"Hah. Took you long enough to show up!"

>She says, smirking - as Mechanicus slowly appears from a rift in space-time beside her.


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>Mechanicus looks down at the large futuristic artifact in his hand. A sleek, long and wand-like device spins through his fingers.

"Sorry for taking so long, I was busy helping out Phosphor with something in the Financial District. A group of changelings were trying to rob a bank."

>Raising an eyebrow, Hyperia then notices Mechanicus's change in body stature as he sighs.

"Never mind."

>Now gripping the tuner with his hand, Mechanicus then outlines the situation more effectively.

"I used the tuner to project a dissonance field. Hollow has heightened senses right?"

>Pointing at the downed copies of Hollow, Mechanicus continues.

"So I figured that I could disrupt them with this. He may be a Meta-Human, but he still has a vestibulocochlear nerve."

>Mechanicus then holds out the tuner device, watching as a glowing green light from the device seemingly shifts the clones back into Hollow's original body.

"Did the Champions give you trouble?"

>Hyperia crosses her arms and looks up - seeing the two Champion clones hovering nearly a mile above the two of them - staring them down with murderous intent.

"Can't hit 'em. No matter what I do, my strikes always seem to miss 'em."

>Mechanicus nods as he thinks.

"Distortion field. Somebody's likely nearby to protect them."

>The Champion clones then blast down towards the two vigilantes - intent on destroying them.


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>Mechanicus then creates a glowing green barrier of charged energy - powerful enough to knock back the Champions into a pile of carts nearby.

"They aren't the smartest, it seems."

>Looking back at Hyperia for a moment, Mechanicus says:

"My kinetic barrier should hold them back for now. Are you sure you don't need help with them?"

>Shaking her head, Hyperia cracks her knuckles while looking at the Champions.

"No. They're artificially grown bags of meat. No consciousness. No identity."

>Still looking at them from beyond the green energy barrier, she then narrows her eyes at her enemies.

"I'd rather not keep destroying them like this - but I don't really have much of a choice."

"Just remember, you'll need to output enough energy to bypass the spatial warping being done. I can sense energy pockets around their bodies. That's likely why they're able to avoid your attacks."

>Hyperia nods.

"Sure. I'll keep that in mind."

>As the Champion clones return, Mechanicus lowers the barrier briefly - for the bright red blur of force to rush through. A massive sound wave is generated as Hyperia blitzes the Champion clones up into the air - flying them high away from Sanctuary City.


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>Hyperia soars like a light beam - straight into the clouds above Paradise City. Then she moves higher and higher and even higher.

>Eyes narrowing, they then glow red as her hands have managed to breach the artificial spatial barriers protecting the Champion clones.

>As the mindless clones attempt to punch her down - Hyperia's body entirely shakes off the attacks.

>Now leaving the planet's atmosphere - Hyperia begins moving at absurd speeds, breaking past the relative orbits of Earth….Venus….Mercury……

>Before getting right to the Sun itself.

>Looking at the two Champion clones - who have already experienced vacuum pressurization and internal organ rupturing, Hyperia then tosses them both into the Sun - watching as they immediately burn up into atomic mass upon closer proximity.

{"Good riddance."}

>Hyperia tells herself as she immediately flips to do a 180. Her supernatural senses perfectly aligning her as she then flies back just as quickly.

>Approaching Earth once more in the blink of an eye - Hyperia then enters the atmosphere without any effort - casually shrugging off the flames of re-entry.

>After a few more moments, she's right back in Paradise City - touching down where she was before.

>Dusting her hands, she then sighs and places her hands on her hips.

"Sorry about that."


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>Mechanicus looks slightly startled, as he realizes where Hyperia went, due to her flight trajectory.

"….I'm still amazed that you can just move that fast."

>Hyperia gives a light hum of amusement as she then walks up to Mechanicus and leans in to face his helmet more directly.

"I try not to show off all of the time."

>With a satisfied smile, she then steps back from Mechanicus.

"You mentioned the Champions being supported by someone?"

"Yes. They can't be too far away. Likely someone using psionic abilities to warp the fabric of space-time."

>Mechanicus then attempts to use his psionic abilities to pinpoint the location of the instigator. After a few seconds of psionic pulses, he narrows it down.

"…..A warehouse in the construction sector."

>Hyperia then holds out her hand for Mechanicus to grab.

"Come on then, let's go."

>Mechanicus nods and grabs her hand - as a ripple of space-time appears around them.


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>Location: Abandoned Warehouse - Paradise City
>Time: 1:40 PM

>Hyperia and Mechanicus barge through the padded walls of the warehouse's interior - sending pieces of metal flying off in multiple directions.

>The area is silent, with the cold air of foreboding intent lingering in all corners of the facility. Faint shadows seemingly move from left to right, as Hyperia and Mechanicus both sense different figures lurking in the darkness.

>It was then that both of them noticed how unnaturally dark the area actually was - despite Paradise City being filed with sunlight currently. The day seemingly feels more like night, despite this.

"….Something's definitely not as it should be, I'm getting a paranormal feeling here, Hyperia."

>Hyperia nods as she mutters to herself:

["Figures, it had to be something supernatural and not just Meta-Human focused."]

>Out loud, she then calls out.

"Whoever you are! Show yourselves! Now!"

>There's another air of silence for a moment, before Hyperia then gets irritated and clenches her right fist. Her red ring then glows with a radiant light - which emanates out with surprising force and speed, pushing away the darkness and restoring the light to the room.

>Strangely enough, the darkness seems to function like a physical and tangible mass, attempting to fight back against the radiance of Hyperia's red light. However, Hyperia's light easily wins the altercation, with the mass of black darkness soon being atomized into nothingness.

>As the area of the abandoned warehouse is now properly lit - voices can finally be heard.

"So this is what this world's humans are capable of. Impressive."

"I never imagined that they'd find us so soon. You're getting sloppy, Tenebrous."

"Mind your tongue, Zephyr, lest you lose it to your brashness."

>In that moment, two figures then step forward out of the last vestiges of the darkness. A tall man with red hair and an elaborate red jacket and gloves steps forward - sporting a large black wing. Beside him, a tall blonde woman with a unique feather jacket steps forward as well. She then looks at the man for a moment.

"These two seem powerful indeed. Potentially, they may help us gain our revenge."

>Then, her eyes fall on Mechanicus in particular, as her smug expression then slowly morphs into one of anger and realization.

"….Him….He has a signature similar to the one who usurped our world!"

>The man in the red jacket nods, showing a more neutral expression.

"Indeed, but he is not the one. His psionic signature is similar, but not the same. However, he may be the one to help us and the others - help us learn more about our enemy,"

>Hyperia and Mechanicus look at each other for a moment in confusion.

"What are you talking about? What enemy? What signature? We were tracking yours."

>Hyperia says, confused - as Mechanicus sighs and closes his eyes behind his mask.

{"…..This has to do with Ouranos, I know it. What did he do? There's no record of these individuals back on Thulcandra, so unless he took his Trans-Temporal Capsule and invaded another world with it-"}

>Mechanicus's eyes widen behind his mask, as he then curses to himself softly.

{"That idiot! He's brought extra-dimensional beings to this universe! His TTC! That's what he was looking for in the water! Which means someone found it and…."}

>Mechanicus looks back up, snapping out a demand.

"What did you do to the people who found the capsule! I know you all were trapped in there!"


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>The man and the woman look at each other with amused expressions on their faces.

"This one works fast."

"Indeed he does. Very well then, introductions are in order."

>The woman bows as she speaks.

"I am Gale, and this unruly, incompetent buffoon is my partner, Shadow."

>Mechanicus scoffs lightly in response.

"….'Tenebrous' and 'Zephyr' sort of gave it away. I'm assuming you're the ones responsible for powering up the Champion clones?"

>Nodding, Gale then speaks.

"In a manner of speaking, we are. That canon fodder you referred to as the 'Champions'….They were a good distraction for you, while we continued our work."

>Shadow then looks at Hyperia with interest, as a wry smile falls across his face.

"Imagine our surprise when we realized you had the capacity to detect our presence…."

>He says, his gaze still fixated on Hyperia.

"Can't say I'm thrilled with your focus on my partner."

>Mechanicus says, slowly moving to stand in front of Hyperia.

"Oh? Protective, are you. Well that's good to see. It'll make the woman a more appealing prize once I take her for myself-"

>Before Shadow can finish his statement, he's sent flying backwards with a bright blue beam of energy - emanating from Mechanicus's tuner device in his hand.


>Shadow's voice howls with a slight distortion and inhuman cadence to his voice - as he's knocked back into the wall and towards the ground.

>Gale then attempts to rush towards Hyperia - only for her to be ensnared by a set of glowing red chains - seemingly appearing out of nowhere.

"Now, since introductions are done and out of the way…."

>Mechanicus walks up to the defeated form of Shadow - holding up the quantum tuner in his hand. The glowing blue edge of the wand-like device is crackling with energy, all pointed at Shadow's face.

"One last time. What did you do to the people who found the machine?!"

>Shadow, cursing to himself and holding his right arm in pain, just laughs.

"They found out what it was like to be stuck in a prison of one's own making….."


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>Blinking underneath his helmet, Mechanicus then states:

"Hyperia and I are giving you a chance to leave peacefully. I'd take it if I were you."

>Understanding the severity of the situation, Shadow immediately pulls the material darkness of the area around him and Gale - as Hyperia and Mechanicus's shadows move to join that tangible mass of darkness.

"Very well then. We admit, we've underestimated you. However, we will not be deterred by the machinations of feeble human minds."

>As the tangible black mass begins to cover himself and Gale, Shadow then states:

"We will be seeing you again - 'heroes'. As for you, my dear?"

>Shadow says, pointing his darkness-consumed hand at Hyperia.

"I'll enjoy the spoils of war, very soon. Anticipation makes the conquest all the sweeter."

>Giving Shadow the finger as her 'goodbye' gesture, Hyperia then looks at Mechanicus as the two disappear.

"Real stand up guy that one was. Maybe I'll toss him into Sagittarius A when we're done."

>Mechanicus blinks for a moment.

"…..You can't possibly fly to the center of the galaxy that quickly, can you?!"

>Hyperia looks at Mechanicus with a playful expression on her face.

"Well I've never tried but….there's a first time for everything, right?"

>After another moment, Hyperia then says:

"…..Shouldn't you be focusing on what he said about the machine?"

>Blinking, Mechanicus then states:

"Right! I think I know what it is they were referring to. I got a signal yesterday about an unauthorized tampering with Thulcandran equipment on this planet."


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>Mechanicus then brings up a holographic projector screen, as Hyperia stands beside him. The screen is a 2D outline of the Earth's surface - with a bright red dot pointing down at South America and Central America.

"Unauthorized dimensional breach - recorded with a TTC that shouldn't be on this planet."

>Hyperia places one hand on her hip as she looks over the data, her hyper-advanced brain already thinking ahead.

"It's the Ouranos guy's, right? Maybe that's what he sent his Eukayron goons to survey. They've been at it for months."

>Nodding, Mechanicus points at the red dot as it expands - showing a 2D model of a TTC with a damaged exterior.

"It's definitely Ouranos's. The central monitoring algorithm that taps into trans-dimensional communications picked it up. Every TTC is dimensionally connected to the central stellar generator back on Thulcandra."

>Hyperia crosses her arms as she responds.

"Aiden mentioned your little 'back door' program for the TTCs. It's how you stopped Laplace, right?"

>Mechanicus nods as he takes his tuner device and presses a set of buttons on the side of the device.

"Naturally. I can't trust that every Chronarch is going to act with the best interests of sentient life in mind. It's why there are back doors and contingency mechanisms.

>Bright circuits flow with energy inside of the tuner device as Mechanicus begins pointing it at the red dot on the large hologram before them both. In an instant, they get a live feed image of the interior of the TTC.

>Hyperia leans in, staring at the footage in disbelief.

"….Is that Chimera? Fugue?"

>Nodding, Mechanicus states:

"Your cousin must have been the one who raided their base. Meaning they found the TTC. Meaning…."

>Hyperia sighs.

"Meaning Ouranos was probably alerted the instant it activated…."

>Mechanicus shakes his head.

"Back door, remember? I can remotely control the emergency broadcasting systems of the TTCs in activation. Ouranos won't get the signal, since I blacklisted his TTC from the broadcasting network ever since he went rogue."

>Hyperia lets out a sigh of relief.

"So, we've got time to get them out of there - and take Ouranos's TTC to learn more about what he's planning here."

>Mechanicus nods.

"I'm going to have to place it in an empty foundry, but it'll be valuable leverage against Ouranos. Let's go retrieve it now."


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>Location: Ouranos's Trans-Temporal Capsule
>Time: Irrelevant

"Keep moving, Fugue! We're near the central command console!"

>Chimera says, as he and Fugue continue running at hypersonic speeds - narrowly avoiding the space-time distortions and temporal implosion traps littered across the large hallways of the machine's interior.

"I've tried interfacing with the sub-level maintenance systems, but this stuff's way too advanced! Even for me!"

>Firing off another blast at the set of humanoid android robots pursuing them, Chimera then retorts.

"I'm not expecting that to work, Fugue! We need to find the central command console and use the override!"

"How did you know-"

"Our power, Fugue! Use it!"

>Blinking, Fugue then takes a deep breath as he's maneuvering across the hallway with Chimera - his eyes dilating briefly as his core intuition ability activates.

>Instantly, Fugue can see the inner workings of the maze and properly understand them, alongside Chimera.

"Oh, now I see. It's a hyper-spatial machine we've been trapped in!"

"Can you use your technopathy to interface with the security systems? Shut them down at least?!"

>Fugue takes out his blaster and destroys two more of the robotic guards chasing them.

"Maybe. But I'll need a direct interface into the machine's systems! Some kind of port, something direct and more analog!"

>At that moment, the space of the hallway rapidly distorts - expanding and then contracting in the middle of the area, in an attempt to separate Chimera and Fugue.

>However, both armored figures move at speeds fast enough to keep pace with the distortion.

"Wait a minute. I can feel something, Chimera. Our suits….They're resonating with the technology inside of this device!"


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>After more skirmishes against guard robots - as well as obstacle maneuvering, Chimera and Fugue eventually find themselves near an auxiliary port of sorts. A large opening that seemingly fits specialized technology.

"I think this works. It looks like it's complimentary to some sort of integrative technology."

>Chimera fires his blaster at the last of the robots chasing them - as he turns to the port.

"Whatever it is, use your technopathy! I don't think this machine is designed for Meta-Humans!"

>Fugue sighs and holds out his hand - placing it at the auxiliary port. His hand pulses with a red energy for a moment, as red circuits then begin to protrude from his gloved hand. As the red circuits begin to integrate themselves into the auxiliary port, they begin to feed into the larger network of the machine.

"Ngghhh! I've got something, but it feels like it's fighting back somehow! The machine!"

>Blinking, Chimera then looks at Fugue - as the room begins shaking violently. What seems like a mechanical whirring sound can then be heard. After a few seconds, Chimera realizes that it's not a whirring sound.

"…It's a scream! This machine is alive, whatever the hell it is!"

"What do you mean it's alive?!?! Seriously?!?!"

>Chimera nods, as his intuition guides him.

"I'm sure of it. Just interface with the device long enough to guide us to the central console. I have a feeling we can reprogram the machine from there!"

>Nodding, Fugue then turns his attention back to the auxiliary port - focusing his Meta-Human technopathy powers even further than he thought possible.


>Screaming with pain, Fugue feels a burning sensation in his hand as it begins glowing a bright red. With the last of his strength, he destroys the auxiliary port - as the door opens up.

"Good job, Fugue!"

>Looking back at Fugue, Chimera sees that he's unresponsive - instead falling to the ground, unconscious.

"Fugue?! FUGUE!!!!"

>Rushing towards his brother, Chimera quickly picks up his body as he turns to the open door.

"….Shit. I'll get us out of here little bro. I swear…."

>Chimera then summons all of his energy - and blasts forward, like a bright surge of blue light. The force of his movement is enough to rupture the entirety of the hallway space as he makes his way towards the central console…..


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>Chimera then bursts open the door to the central command room of the TTC - the heart of its operations.

>As the loud blaring of warning alarms continues to fill the air - Chimera shouts:

"Oh shut the fuck up! I'm done with your bullshit!"

>Taking out his free hand, he fires his blasters at the alarms - as the already damaged TTC continues to sustain further injury.

>Turning his attention back towards his brother, Chimera begins to notice glowing red circuit patterns forming on Fugue's armored body.

"No….NO! hang in there Jakob! Just hold on!"

>Carefully placing him down in a nearby chair, Chimera then goes to work at the terminal. Summoning the full extent of his intuition powers - he begins instantly analyzing and understanding the mechanisms behind its operation. Cursing to himself under his breath, he then says:

"We've come way too far for some stupid fucking machine to stop us now!"

>After a few more minutes of working away at the terminals, Fugue's glowing red circuit patterns reach further and further across his body.

"No! I'm not losing you, Jakob! Not here! Not now!"

>Working faster and faster, Chimera's gloved fingers move at superhuman speeds - barely touching the keypad as he continues prying away at the TTC's core defenses.

"We're not losing to some stupid fucking machine! Not today!"

>After a few more moments, Chimera's final key inputs are finished - and the warning lights die down. The alarm trigger is removed, and a the area goes quiet.

>Then at that moment, a large panel protrudes from the keyboard center - with a large set of dialogue appearing for Chimera to read.

"Emergency reset override complete. Default TTC biometric scan required for initialization…?"

>Silent for a moment, Chimera looks over at the glowing circuit patterns on Fugue's armor. He then turns back and without hesitation - removes the gloved plating from his hand, remotely.

>Placing his hand on the TTC scan panel - he then watches as a glowing blue light forms over the panel. Then he reads the responding message.

"…..Biometric scan complete. Initialization sequence commencing…."


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>Suddenly, the TTC's command center room begins to shift and distort rapidly. After a few moments, the entire area has changed shape - becoming more compact with a black, white and red aesthetic as compared to the grey and black aesthetic from before.

"…..What just happened…"

>Suddenly, the interior of the machine begins seemingly speaking to Chimera through his head.

["TTC Mark Four initialization sequence complete. Chonarch DNA not detected. Hostile DNA breakdown detected. Remote Arch Chronarch sample present for 'Ouranos'. Relink Trans-Temporal substrate? Affirm or Deny."]

>Suddenly, Fugue wakes up and begins to cough loudly - now also shouting in pain. On instinct, Chimera then shouts:


>The voice then responds.

["Affirmation acknowledged. Beginning remote Chronarch DNA transplant."]

>Suddenly, the interior of the TTC begins to glow brightly - with a powerful blue radiance that seemingly breaks the fabric of space-time around Chimera and Fugue. The two of them being bathed in a bright light…..


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>Location: Paradise City
>Time: 1:50 PM

>As Mechanicus is about to teleport himself and Hyperia to the locked on TTC, he suddenly gets another emergency alert on his helmet's HUD.

"….Uh oh. That's unexpected."

>Hyperia looks at Mechanicus, confused.

"What's wrong, Sammy?"

>Mechanicus looks back at Hyperia, with an amazed expression on his face.

"….I think your cousin just solved the issue themselves. More astonishingly - they've activated a Remote Arch signal. Unbelievable."

>Confused still, Hyperia impatiently barks out a response.

"…What does that even mean? Are they OK or not?!"

"They're going to be fine. More than fine actually. Which is why I said it's astonishing that they managed to do this. You'll see when we get there. Come on."

>Mechanicus holds out his hand for Hyperia to take hold of - which she does. Afterwards, he then confirms the coordinates with his suit's internal systems, before Mechanicus's TTC appears around them.

"Woah…That's….pretty trippy."

>As they're now suddenly in the command center of his TTC, Mechanicus then walks over to the console at the center of the room. Transmitting the coordinates from his suit and to his TTC's central command console - he begins flipping switches and pressing keys.

"I get that a lot. Ready to go see your cousins?"

>Sighing, Hyperia says:

"As ready as I'll ever be."

>Nodding, Mechanicus then presses his hand on the transporting lever and pulls it back.

"Alright then. Let's go."

>Then, a mechanical whirring sound can be heard through the corners of the room, as the TTC dematerializes out of conventional space-time - moving towards its destination.


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>Location: Chimera's TTC
>Time: Irrelevant

>As the blue light dies down, both Chimera and Fugue are on the floor - dazed. After a few moments, Chimera reacts first - slowly rising to his feet as he groans in pain. Now placing a hand to his head, he then scowls and mutters to himself.

"What the hell happened……"

>Looking back at Fugue, who's now slowly risen to his feet, he looks at him and asks the obvious question.

"Jakob! Are you OK?!"

>Chimera quickly rushes forward to inspect his brother's armor. The bright red circuit patterns are completely gone, and Fugue looks seemingly fine as he was before.

"Yeah…I feel better. What did you do, Marek?"

>Marek sighs as he looks up at the TTC, saying:

"I have no idea. Whatever this thing is, it saved you."

>Suddenly, both of them hear a fainting and whirring mechanical sound. Spinning around, they both then see a metallic cylinder - identical to the one they stepped into.

"What the….Are we dreaming or something now?!"

"No wait, I think this is different."

>Both assuming combat stances, they then wait for the door of the cylinder to slide open - which it does.

"…What the….Phoebe?!?!""

>Chimera says - as Hyperia walks out of the TTC with Mechanicus beside her.

"Told you. They're fine."

>Confused, Fugue looks between Hyperia and Mechanicus, before pointing a finger at Mechanicus.

"Who the hell is this guy then?!"

>Hyperia places her hands on her hips.

"My partner, you idiot. Put your finger down before you do something stupid, Jakob."

>Stunned, Fugue slowly lowers his hand, looking at Chimera.

"…..I'm so lost, man. I don't know what the hell's going on anymore."

>Shaking his head, Chimera then speaks:

"….Neither do I, honestly. Neither do I. Unbelievable….."


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>Time: A few minutes later

>As Mechanicus finishes his biometric scan of Chimera and Fugue, he then turns back to Hyperia, stating:

"It's exactly as I expected. They're Chronarchs now."

>Blinking for a moment, Hyperia then says:

"….I'm sorry, WHAT?!?!."

>Mechanicus holds up one hand to clarify.

"Well, not entirely. They're more like part Chronarch now. Remember, each TTC needs a trans-dimensional key signature with a Chronarch in order to operate. That was the safety precaution made to ensure that they don't fall into the wrong hands."

>Looking at the interior of the console command area before him, Mechanicus continues speaking.

"But since our new friends in Paradise City seemingly broke out of containment here - the damage they did was so extensive as to force the TTC to reboot itself. That's very rare."

>Fugue looks up at Mechanicus upon hearing that statement.

"…So like a factory reset for a computer?"

>Mechanicus nods at Fugue as he responds.

"Exactly. The biometric key signature was lost, and the machine so to speak, had to reboot itself. It needed a DNA signature to prime its initialization process - so it needed yours, Chimera."

>Nodding, Chimera then makes a flicking gesture with his fingers.


>Mechanicus then further elaborates.

"After that, it needed a Chronarch signature to obtain full operational status. As such, the TTC accessed the only Chronarch signature that it realistically could - the DNA signature back on Thulcandra."

>Mechanicus looks back at Hyperia as he finishes his explanation.

"In other words, it redeployed Ouranos's Chronarch DNA as the template."

>Pointing back at Chimera and Fugue, Mechanicus then says:

"So it more or less partially re-wrote their DNA to integrate the Chronarch sequence into their bodies. Hence, them being part Chronarch. Strange though…."

>Mechanicus takes a moment to assume a thinking position as he continues speaking.

"Their DNA must be awfully resilient in order to avoid a complete overriding. The benefits of being a Meta-Human I suppose."

>Hyperia then takes a long moment to look between Chimera and Fugue - then Mechanicus before she speaks up again.

"….So they're part alien now."

>Mechanicus nods.

"They're not going to manifest much beyond the standard Thulcandran physiological traits. At least for now. However, even that alone should be a substantial boost to their intellect and energy efficiency."

>Looking back at Chimera and Fugue, he then says:

"So I suppose they're more Thulcandran than Chronarch. Still a substantial increase in intellectual capabilities - I would say."

>The TTC's interior then changes once more, to a larger open space - with a more dark grey aesthetic once again.

"The area is still in flux, due to your resilient DNA. It'll take a few days for the internal structure to stabilize - although the TTC has repaired itself enough to move."


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>After a few minutes of instructing Chimera and Fugue on how to operate the machine, Mechanicus then speaks to Chimera once more.

"Remember, this is your TTC now. It's keyed to your trans-temporal signature. Ouranos has no control over it anymore. That doesn't mean he's going to be thrilled about it - but he'll have to take it up with all of us now."

>Nodding, Chimera looks down at the controls as he then speaks up.

"It felt like near gibberish before. All these symbols and numbers. I could barely make sense of it with my core intuition ability. But now? It's like reading a book."

>Mechanicus crosses his arms as he observes Chimera's statements.

"As I expected. You're a Thulcandran now - but unlike your cousin, you lack my memories. Meaning you'll be going at a snail's pace compared to him, and he's a Chronarch. You're still just a normal Thulcandran, so I wouldn't use this machine frequently - if ever."

>Sighing, Chimera then mutters to himself once more.

"….Always second fiddle to you, Aiden. Figures that'd be the case, even here."

>Giving himself a soft laugh, Chimera then says:

"Yeah well, whatever. All's fair in a competitive game, right? I'll take the TTC and park it in our backyard back home. You said the Camouflage Circuit can disguise it as anything right?"

>Mechanicus gives a quick nod of affirmation.

"Within reason for displaceable mass and volume relative to the outer casing or shell? Yes."

>Shrugging, Chimera then responds.

"It'll have to do then. Still, thanks. I'll keep in touch. If you need help taking that Ouranos prick down? Let us know."

>Mechanicus and Hyperia nod as Hyperia walks over and gives Fugue a tap on the shoulder.

"Try not to give your brother a heart attack next time, Jakob. Alright?"

>Fugue nods slowly, looking away from his older cousin in embarrassment.

"…Yeah, fine. I'm alright, Phoebe."

>Smirking, Hyperia then turns around and waves behind her at Chimera and Fugue.

"Good luck then you two! See you soon!"

>Hyperia and Mechanicus then enter Mechanicus's TTC - which then begins to whir before leaving, dissipating into nothingness.

>Afterwards, Chimera flips some switches and types some key inputs - before placing his gloved hand on a lever.


>Fugue nods.

"Beats coming and going from the Charon, that's for sure."

>Chimera nods as he says:

"This'll be fun. Hang on to something now!"

>He then slams the lever down, as the TTC begins whirring normally again - now preparing itself to move outside of space-time. As it does so, it disappears from the bottom of the ocean in the blink of an eye - moving to its new location countless miles away.


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>Date: August 20th, 2017
>Location: Sanctuary City - Residential District
>Time: 5:00 PM

"..So they turned into Thulcandrans then?"

>Aiden says as he brings a bottle of champagne to the table where Phoebe and Virgil are sitting. As they're both drinking water from their glasses - they watch as Aiden effortlessly pours the delicacy into their separate glasses.

"In a manner of speaking, yes. For lack of a better term - they became part-alien."

>Taking a moment to consider the notion, Aiden then gives a casual shrug.

"It wouldn't be the strangest occurrence that happened within the past thirty days or so."

>As Aiden sits down at the table across from his sister and her boyfriend, he then speaks up once more.

"You said that you had something interesting that you found though."

>Nodding, Virgil takes out a small metallic data plate - placing it on the table and activating it. A large hologram of the Earth in a 3D model shows up, with various points of interest appearing all over it.

"I downloaded this from Ouranos's TTC, right before Marek rebooted it. Looks like this was his master plan."

>Phoebe narrows her eyes for a moment at the hologram as she speaks.

"I don't understand. What do you mean by that, Sammy?"

>Virgil then explains more thoroughly.

"Back when he was on his way to Earth in his TTC, Ouranos likely got into an altercation with supernatural beings in another dimension. Since they were the ones who caused the hull breach and left the TTC damaged at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean."

>Phoebe looks at Aiden.

"That explains why he sent the Eukaryon troops to set up a research facility. It was a cover to find his busted car - so to speak."

>Nodding, Aiden looks at the hologram as well, thinking intently.

"Meaning he's the one who's been causing the chaos over the past few days. I'm getting reports of Meta-Humans causing trouble all over the world - but only a handful of them."

>Virgil then speaks up.

"It's likely those five or so supernatural beings he fought and contained within the TTC - likely trapping them there after realizing that he couldn't defeat them with direct force. Now that they're out…."

>Aiden sighs and then says:

"We'll deal with them as they come up. What's important now is whatever Ouranos's plan was. What did you say the name of this data slate was again?"

>Virgil deactivates the hologram and looks up at the plate - examining the Thulcandran writing on the side.

"….The Dark Hour."

>Aiden gives a somewhat amused smile in response.

"How ominous of him. Nonetheless, we'll figure out what he's up to - and then we'll stop him once and for all. As you said, his TTC's been hijacked by my cousin now, so there's no way for him to run away."

>Now standing up at the table, Aiden looks between Phoebe and Virgil as he concludes his statement.

"Ouranos is getting what's coming to him - whether he likes it or not. It's time we got answers out of him, and whoever else he may be working with now."

[The End]

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