Justin OOC Posted November 16, 2015 Share Posted November 16, 2015 Gerald Locke scowled as he hit the alarm next to his bed. Another day, another 5am. He got up for his morning run around the barracks, noting that he still drew looks from alot of the personnel. The first mission with his team had been a success, but it wasn't one to be overly proud of. Casper, Fiona, and Kiera, all killed, fighting a monster that turned out to not be real. It was the first case of Free-moving Quantum Construct that had been witnessed, and it took the combined efforts of Five novas to drive away. Sonja and Abigail had barely made it out of the fight, and regrouped with Locke and Temple. Knowing they were dealing with a quantum powered enemy, tactics were adjusted, and a trap was set. A convoy was sent to the destroyed facility, ostensibly to salvage and rebuild, and like clockwork, more Raptors and the Rex returned. This time, Locke had Temple essentially trace the mind of the controller, stealing images of The "Alpha" for the raptor, and controller of the Rex. Revealed to be within the Rex itself. There were flashes of the past, a life as a young man, who became a monster, no longer human. There was no explanation for the other species, the coordination, only that somehow he'd become their Alpha. Coordinating firepower, and buying time, Temple, Locke and Sonja kept him busy in one place, while hidden from view, Abigail had painted the target. The Airstrike did the rest, destroying the Rex construct, and killing a number of raptors. Locke himself had administered the coup de grace, placing his gun to the inhuman nova's head, and ending the nova threat. What followed was routine cleanup, the extermination of the raptor nest, and the pteranodon nest for good measure. The Aftermath was rough, but they picked up, and returned to base, bringing their dead home and burying them with honors. It had been two weeks, and new novas were being brought in to bring the team back to six. Director Gaalf had defended Locke, stating that they had dealt with the threat, and considering the losses that the single nova had already inflicted, and how many more it stood to inflict, ending the threat was worth the cost. Thankfully the higher level discussions had been kept from everyone but Locke, who had to be present, the fact the novas were thought of as expendable assets wouldn't go over well. Of greater concern was what had happened to create "Rex" as he was being called. This wasn't the first time a nova had become a monster, and it was showing to be accompanied with much greater power, at the cost of humanity. Locke himself had first hand experience, witnessing the effects in another nova, but he tried not to think about it. Clearly research would need to be done, but he was concerned, If this became a more common occurrence, humanity might consider novas a bigger threat than the beasts that now shared the world with them. They had all had blood taken from them, samples for testing to see if there was anything to be determined from their exposure. After his run and shower, he dressed and ate in the mess. Nine am came around and he waited in the assigned meeting room for his team, Mission details in files set on the table. The new mission would be taking them to Birmingham, Alabama. A request had come in through the highest levels for a Nova team to respond and help with several missing person incidents. Perhaps it was overkill to send the whole team, but a nice relaxed mission would do the team some good and allow the integration of their new members without being in combat. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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