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Date: 2018-04-21
Pose Count: 20
Stahlritter 2018-04-21 21:39:31 90460
    When most people go on rooftops in this part of town, it is typically right on top of Clover tower-- mainly on account of it, itself, being a bit of a tourist attraction. There's even public entry to the very top of the thing!

    But, for whatever reason, a figure stands on the less... publically accessed rooftops just besides the tower. Not quite as high there as Clover Tower, but pretty tall regardless. There stands the tall figure of Stahlritter, just at the precarious ledge of the roof proper, with gauntlet-bearing, otherwise bare arms crossed together over his chest, t-visored helmet tilted down to peer far down to the streets below, all while his sleeveless black coat with red inner lining whips idly in the high altitude winds behind him.
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-21 22:01:08 90466
Sailor Mercury stands on a nearby-to-Stahlritter rooftop, surveying the area, her back to him. She doesn't see him right away, until she turns. Then she hops over to the roof he's standing on, ribbons fluttering.

"Stahlritter," she says amiably. "What brings you out tonight? Patrolling?"
Stahlritter 2018-04-21 22:14:29 90467
    When Mercury lands behind him on the rooftop, he merely shifts his head just slightly-- enough for one edge of the visor to be visible over one shoulder. And even that lasts for just a few seconds before his attention seems to move back donw over the edge of the roof.

    "Bit of that," he answers. "Bit of observation. I'm watching patterns of... certain movements. Couriers from a Yakuza family who might be sponsored by my family take the routes of the alleyways down there." Somehow, whenever he has that helmet on, his voice sounds... deeper, more rumbly and more "boom-y" than usual.
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-21 22:21:45 90469
Sailor Mercury smiles a little at how adult his voice is, but only while he can't see. "Oh," she responds after a moment, once it filters through her amusement. The smile drops, and she steps up next to him. "Need Mahou firepower?"
Stahlritter 2018-04-21 22:33:52 90470
    "No," comes the blunt answer from underneath the helmet, and this time his head does turn more fully over with her standing besides him-- as much as he might be taller than her. "Not right now, that is. Just gathering intelligence. Drawing a map of the web that runs through this whole city-- of their influence. It runs through the whole world, but Tokyo is of most immediate concern, since *they* are here.

    The helmet-clad head turns back over again, to peer down towards the streets below. "I don't have any way to go through intelligence in any other way than like this and by... persuading information out of people, though. You don't happen to be able to go through digital records and what have you?"
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-21 22:37:46 90472
Sailor Mercury looks thoughtful, and nods. "I can try." She taps her earring, and the Mercury Visor comes up, before the Mercury Computer comes to hand. "What am I looking for, exactly?"
Stahlritter 2018-04-21 22:50:45 90475
    "Krieg," Stahlritter sounds out promptly upon that question, and his thick arms unfold to hold out one gauntlet-clad hand towards Mercury. "Prepare transfer of notes."


A faint, periodic beeping sounds out from within the gauntlet, and a faint red glow shimmers out briefly along the wrist of it.

    "Give Krieg access to that machine of yours," Stahlritter urges, thus. "He'll transfer over all the data we've gathered so far. Locations, addresses-- properties that we've pegged these couriers making regular deliveries to so far. There may be more-- some of these go on with week-long intervals, or even longer. A lot of them are probably just running money, weapons or drugs to hideouts or underground casinos or whatever. But if any of them can be traced back to my folks in any way-- I want to know about it. Unless that computer can do all those things for you instantly, it's fine if you leave it for later. I don't expect my work to be done anytime soon to begin with."
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-21 22:51:41 90476
Sailor Mercury nods, and lets the interfacing happen. "I'll report back with what I find," she says, looking up at him. "It won't be long, but it does take a little while."
Stahlritter 2018-04-21 22:59:10 90477
    "Thank you," comes a slightly quieter murmur from beneath the helmet once it's all done and she's made her promise, letting the large, metallic hand fall down away. "It feels like scaling Mount Everest without any climbing gear, tell you the truth. But can't just let it be, either."
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-21 22:59:44 90478
Sailor Mercury smiles up at him. "You know you have the support of the Mahou community," she tells him. "Why didn't you just... ask someone?"
Stahlritter 2018-04-21 23:04:12 90480
    "Pretty sure I just did," points out Stahlritter, sounding just vaguely amused. "I might look like a big brute, Mercury, but I'm not that stupid. It's not as if though this only concerns me."


    He promptly smacks the knuckles of one hand on top of the other gauntlet. "Shut it."
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-21 23:05:31 90481
Sailor Mercury frowns. "You're still not healed, Stahlritter?" She stares at him, frowning harder as she uses the Mercury Visor to look him over.
Stahlritter 2018-04-21 23:08:13 90499
    And cue one of those large, gauntleted hands coming up over to... brush over the top of Mercury's head. Which also conveniently acts as an effort to disrupt the Visor's scanning of him, all while he rumbles out in simple insistence of "I'm fine."
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-21 23:09:59 90504
Sailor Mercury swats the hand away. "Stahlritter," she says, angrily. "You don't patronize me. I saved your life and if you don't want me to stop doing it, you'll let me scan you." She stares up at him, bright blue eyes cooling to frosty icicles.
Stahlritter 2018-04-21 23:22:47 90506
    Even with the helmet concealing his features, it's obvious enough that Stahlritter is briefly taken aback by the look she gives him.

    "...Alright," he allows afterwards, and his arms come back up to crossing together over his armored chest once more.

    As far as what her visor reveals of him, though? Comparing to the records of his state of being directly after being taken out of the stasis tank, his muscular growth and recovery has been *remarkable*, matching the state of when she operated on him during the whole vampire incident-- if not outright gone past it.

    But on the flipside, there's signs of near-constant strain there, too. Could be he got to where he is by *hurrying too much with it*. Not to mention that there's faint signs of halfway-recovered injuries too. More recent, but still old enough to not be obvious. Cuts and bruises, tiny fractures in some bones.
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-21 23:32:11 90508
Sailor Mercury frowns softly. "You're pushing too hard, even if you're healing fast. If you push too much, you're not going to heal right," she says, for the umpteenth time. "You've got stress fractures, cuts, bruises..."
Stahlritter 2018-04-21 23:38:41 90509
    There's a low sound underneath the helmet. It might be a grunt, it might be a sigh. It might be both at once. "It's not that bad," he insists. Either he heals faster than is readily apparent or he's way more confident about his ability to keep pushing on than he rightfully should be. "I just have even less reason to just sit still now than I did before."
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-21 23:39:28 90510
Sailor Mercury stares at him. It's icy. Cold. And bitterly disappointed in him. She sighs. "I've got to go before I say too much. But I'll email you when I have data, and we'll talk then." She turns.
Stahlritter 2018-04-21 23:42:35 90511
    "Right," he lets out then, with a slow nod of his head. ... Apparently the whole point of what Mercury said combined with the look she gave just *completely* went over his head. As smart as he is, he's still as blind as ever to some things. "Good luck."
Ami Mizuno 2018-04-21 23:43:17 90512
Without another word, Sailor Mercury jumps away, rooftop to rooftop, into the horizon.