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  1. Making a wide arc on his return path so there's less stress on the weapon, Brandt bolts back to where he'd left Zhenglai. *Get ready to jump through that warp! I'm comin' in hot!*
  2. "Shit." Grabbing the cannon, Brandt leaves a cartoon-like puff outline of himself as he bolts back down the hill. Unsure how well the massive weapon will hold up at full speed, he accelerates as quickly as he dares, keeping an eye and ear on the cannon for any signs of stress. His own stress he was already doing his best to manage. *Incoming fire on my position!*, he yells through the link. *Zhenglai, if I manage to dodge this thing, I'll need a warp to drop the weapon through, so get one ready to someplace nice and isolated!*
  3. Brandt nods agreement. Glancing around, he gestures towards a hilltop a few miles away. "I'll be over there. If there's any return fire after my inital blast, I'll try to take this," he hefts the cannon, "with me, but if it slows me down too much I may have to drop it." He pauses, then looks up at the sky, his face expressionless. Bringing his face back down to look at Zhenglai, he's suddenly sporting a wide grin that's only betrayed a tightness around the eyes. "Alright then. I'll see you in a little while." With a brief stirring of dust, he's gone, darting to the hilltop he'd picked out just a moment ago. Seconds later, Brandt finishes the setup of the anti-spacecraft weapon and waits for it to acquire a target. Reaching out through the link, he messages Paul. *I'm just about to let this thing rip, Dr. Blue...so be ready for any repercussions.* His message sent, Brandt waits for the machine to beep it's confirmation, then fires.
  4. Nodding to Zhenglai, Brandt thinks back at Paul. *Nice work. As soon as Zhenglai here opens a gate, we'll be on our way.* Aloud, he says, "Ready when you are."
  5. The speedster sighs, and glances over at his Chinese companion. "Nevermind Peru, my friend. Dr. Blue has just asked for our assistance. Looks like we're heading back to deal with the guardian ship hovering over the Nevada desert." Just to be sure, Brandt pings the mental network to get Paul's attention. *Just for clarification, I assume by 'other ship' you mean the one positioned above you right now? Zhenglai and I have already taken out the one over the Caribbean. How's it going on your end, by the way?*
  6. Brandt grins. "Agreed. I know a lovely place in Peru that's relatively uninhabited, at least in our world. Or do you require the location to be somewhere you're already familiar with?" ((I'd like Brandt to be able to respond to Paul, but I'm not sure on the timing. I know there's been a few minutes of travel and conversation on their end, and I don't know how long it's been for Brandt and Zhenglai.))
  7. Brandt lets out a slow whistle and glances over at Zhenglai. "Well, looks like it works. I think we should stick around here and see if any reinforcements show up, see if this cannon here is able to take one down that's ready for it. What do you think?"
  8. Err...I thought Brandt was in the Caribbean with Zhenglai, waiting for whatever happens next. As a matter of fact, did I miss it, or did we as a group finally settle on a plan for what Brandt and Zhenglai are supposed to do after shooting down the ship in the Caribbean? Cuz last I checked, that was never settled.
  9. I think it's accurate, but only if referring to average levels of activity. Strenuous activity, like combat, should reduce the amount of time even a Mega-Stamina nova can go without sleep.
  10. Go see it. It's awesome. And make sure to stay until after the credits. ::cool
  11. Agreed, which is why Brandt considers it a serious risk...perhaps too serious for our resident warpers. Brandt himself has more than a few options for getting the hell out of the way, quickly. As for computer targeting IRL...what weapon systems and fast moving targets are you referring to? Anti-aircraft missiles, for example, are designed to get close(but not directly hit) much larger and slower moving targets than Brandt.
  12. ::sad Gee, thanks. However, I'm not sure how well that fits within this particular context. First, I imagine that reaction time to hit a button is based on actively searching for a target beforehand, i.e. already primed with hand over the button. You're also making assumptions on their sensory tech, which may be designed to track objects in the sky(other spacecraft), than objects on the ground(human-sized targets moving ridiculously fast). Secondly, we also have to consider the in-game rules aspect of it. Hyperrunning gives bonuses to avoid being hit while moving full-tilt, and there are also rules for outpacing area attacks.
  13. I may have screwed up my original calculations, you're welcome to double-check them. Well, Mach 7 in kph is about 8500 kph, by the online converter I'm using, so that's close. Since I don't imagine it's a huge secret by this point in the game...Brandt has M-Dex 5, plus Enhanced Movement, plus Hyperrunning 3. I think I originally figured his in-combat speed...but I'm not sure.
  14. I just corrected it, after I read your post. I thought the ship was forty kilometers away, instead of a hundred miles away. Brandt's top speed, without maxing, is just about Mach 7. Please tell me if 2.5 minutes for 100 miles is correct. Still more than fast enough to outrun bullets and fighter jets, even in the Abberant universe.
  15. Brandt returns the smile. "Well, I have both tea and coffee with me, and you're welcome to either. As for desert terrain? To be honest, the type of terrain has never really affected how fast I am." He shrugs, then setting the huge cannon down next to him, slings off his pack and kneels next to it. Looking up at Nathan as he digs around for his food bag and stove, he continues with a wink, "I think your real question is, how fast can I make it to the downed ship from here?" In an eyeblink, Brandt's hands move, and suddenly his small cook area is complete: the stove on the ground, lit and flaming away, a tall metal canister filled with water atop it. Even his bag was re-packed and back on his shoulders. He glanced in the direction that the downed ship lay, then back at Nathan. "Roughly two and a half minutes. Is that fast enough?" ::sly
  16. Suppressing the urge to grit his teeth, Brandt responds evenly. "Whatever you think is best." Taking care not to transmit through the link, he manages his complaints mentally. *Idiots. They can't even decide on a plan of attack, much less coordinate one. I offer a low-risk scenario for everyone but myself, and when I dare to suggest making sure I can dodge the damnable alien overlords horrible atomic weapons, they shoot me down faster than the enemy above! Aagh. Our job is to test this weapon and go home. We can't save every world.* This last thought is tinged with regret and frustration, emotions quickly squashed as Brandt goes back to focusing on the task at hand. "Excuse me, Nathan, I don't suppose you'd care for a cup of tea?"
  17. Brandt snorts. "Indeed. I can have you there in seconds." He pauses, looking thoughtful. "Although, I should do a test run to see if I can outrun their weapons." The speedster glances around. "Any objections? I'll leave the weapon here, and just dart past the downed ship to see what happens. I've been assuming they can't hit me, but I'd prefer to make sure of that before we start any coordinated attacks."
  18. For flavor purposes, you could describe the level of damage one can survive at the various levels. Sort of like in the core book, but more specific(and accurate). M-Sta 1: Can shrug off a heavyweight's bests shot. M-Sta 2: Can shrug off a baseball bat to the head. M-Sta 3: Can shrug off a 5 story fall. M-Sta 4: Can shrug off being hit by a car. M-Sta 5: Can shrug off being hit by a truck. M-Sta 6: Can shrug off being hit by a semi. Or you could give streamlined explanations of healing times. Yes, the core book mentions the healing rate, but then the ST has to calculate the actual recovery time needed. M-Sta 1: Recover from crippling injuries in two months. M-Sta 2: Recover from crippling injuries in a month and a half. M-Sta 3: Recover from crippling injuries in a month and a week. M-Sta 4: Recover from crippling injuries in one month. M-Sta 5: Recover from crippling injuries in 27 days. M-Sta 6: Recover from crippling injuries in 23 days. M-Sta 10: Recover from crippling injuries in 15 days.
  19. Brandt takes a moment to assess this new information before replying. "Well, seeing that I'm not one of our group able to breathe such a toxic atmosphere, I think my original idea still holds merit, though perhaps a change may be needed. How about this instead? We open a warp gate to the Caribbean, I go through and fire the weapon, then pass it back to Esteban through the warp before I run off to draw any return fire. From the sound of Zhenglai's vision, there's a good chance of more ships coming out to the islands in response. I can make it back here in a matter of minutes if needed, and maintain communication through Paul as I go."
  20. Brandt glances at Johnathan. "I think we just found our first target. The downed ship and its protector offer exactly what we were looking for. Perhaps we should split up? One of our warpers and I could jump to the crash site, fire on the orbiting ship, and then warp away. If it gives chase, only two of us are at risk; and that frees up the rest of you to examine the crashed ship. If it doesn't chase us, we'll just keep firing and try to take it out." He forces what he hopes to be a natural smile. "Regardless, I think we should risk as few of us as possible while testing the weapon. In the worst case scenario, I'm sure I'll be able to get both of us out of the way of any return fire. I can always drop the gun if I have to."
  21. Standing over by Rieller and the new weapon, Brandt gives a brief nod to Cameron. "Nice to meet you." Having just hefted the three-ton laser onto his shoulder, the speedster raises an eyebrow at Paul. "I"m not sure of that innuendo, Paul, but I certainly had no plans to kill innocent, panicked citizens simply because they accost us." Contrary to Paul's attire, Brandt is dressed and equipped the same way he has been for previous missions, excepting the extra containers of mox and some other goodies in his pack. A second eyebrow rises to join the first before he shakes his head ruefully. "I suppose I understand your concern, Dr. Blue, but we will likely be too busy dodging return fire from the alien vessels above to worry about enemy ground forces or threats from civilians. Either way, I don't think we'll be in any one spot long enough for it to be a problem. By the by, if it hasn't been done already, can we confirm whether there are any radiation or hazardous material concerns before we go through?"
  22. Brandt shakes his head disbelievingly. Leaning back in his chair, he stares at the ceiling. "I can't believe you people are discussing this so lightly. What you're suggesting is dangerously close to a suicide mission." He sighs, still studying tiles above him. "We have no idea how sophisticated their sensors are. As Obsidian Mask already mentioned, they could detect the weapon powering up and neutralize us before the ten-second lock is completed. As a matter of fact, it's probably safer for us to assume that the aliens will detect the big-ass gun pointed at them, and plan accordingly. Which leads to the next problem: the idea of using warps to avoid incoming fire." He drops his chin to look at Paul, then looks seriously at Zhenglai and the Obsidian Mask. "How fast can you open a warp? What kind of distance and accuracy can you guarantee while under fire on a different world? I've seen both of you open warps, and I know there's some concentration involved. How large a warp can you make, under the same conditions I just mentioned? This new weapon of Rieller's sounds like its a bit on the large side, and Michal's already suggested Esteban transform into something bigger than normal to tote it around." Brandt swings his head around to look at Michal and Rieller, splitting his attention equally between them. His tone is mildly questioning, belying the obvious emotion in his stare. "What else do we know about the alien's weapons? Are the energy-based or do they fire solid projectiles? Do we have any idea what the blast area is, or how quickly they can aqcuire targets and fire? Do we have any of that information?"
  23. I also vote for Alex. He managed to keep Paul active and accurate throughout this verrrry long episode. Kudos to him! ::biggrin As a quick and related aside, I wanted to briefly apologize for my(and Brandt's) infrequent contributions. The field of study I've chosen is much more time-consuming than I would have ever thought it to be, and leaves me precious little free time. But summer's coming, and I hope to be able to spend more time posting with only one class to deal with.
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