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Date: 2018-11-29
Pose Count: 31
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-29 21:01:19 101152
Sometime in the dark of night, a Time-Space Barrier with Rashmi's signature colors closed over the harbor. Not long after that, however... Kriegsfauste gets a... rather frantic message.


And not long after that, another ping is sent, this time on a wide broadcast, readable by any Device.


And then..... nothing.
Stahlritter 2018-11-29 21:22:21 101153
    Most people who know Stahlritter more deeply than "oh god his fists hurt a lot" know that while he is pretty damn fast, he can't fly, so his movement time is somewhat hampered by the fact that he has to adhere to things like... you know, obstacles and such.

    But in the instant that the message reaches Kriegsfauste? Certain limits are broken.

    A huge, triangular set of runes glowing red form up in the sky above the buildings of Mitakihara, lasting for just a few seconds before it shatters in a glorious explosion of light and shockwaves of force rippling the air.
    That explosion alone is responsible for The Steel Knight temporarily taking to flight over the many buildings in Tokyo, launched through the air like a missile.

    Eventually his velocity does slow down enough that he starts to plummet back down towards the ground. He still has his chains, though, and one of them is sent unfurling into a building, and the momentum from his flight is used to send him swinging like a rocket-boosted wrecking ball over the streets before he's launched flying again. And again, and again, at one point even running along the side of a building just to keep moving.

    That all brings him swinging over the harbor district in Uminari in record time, coat spread out by the air pressure and wind behind and around him like dark wings for that brief moment that he is floating in the air.

Rashmi Terios 2018-11-29 21:27:04 101154
She's alive.

That much is evident, by the fact that her chest is slowly rising and falling, and that the red stains on her street clothes are slo-o-owly spreading.

But otherwise, she's completely unconscious, and Nicomachea is a silent charm in her limply upturned hand.

What's strangest is, she isn't a pile in the middle of the street, but carefully sat up against a nearby wall, very visible under the light of a streetlamp. And she couldn't have put herself there, not with the injuries her bloodied clothing hint at.

Someone put her there.
Stahlritter 2018-11-29 21:41:00 101155
    The instant the Knight hones in on the exact position of the redhead, another quick boost to his movement is given by a rapidly-formed-and-collapsed shield to redirect his trajectory, so that he comes landing down right besides her.

    "God DAMNIT you better not be about to die because I SWEAR TO GOD I will rip my way through into afterlife and drag you out JUST SO I CAN SLAP YOU SILLY."

    He doesn't mean that, of course. He's just a *little* rattled, between the distress signal he received earlier and seeing her ACTUALLY BLOODIED.

    One knee goes down on the ground with a heavy THUD, to let him reach his thick arms down, easing them underneath the girl to start hoisting her up off the curb.

    "Rashmi? Come on. Talk to me. Nico? Fuckin' *one of you* say something."
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-29 21:43:46 101156
Perhaps it's the pain of having her injuries shifted, perhaps it's Alexis' voice, but Rashmi's breathing hitches as she's picked up, blood pattering onto the sidewalk from the fingers of one hand. "Nnnn...."

Nicomachea is silent. Worse than silent; there's no appreciable activity to be picked up from him, as though he's in a critical power-saving shutdown.
Stahlritter 2018-11-29 22:03:58 101157
    Oh no. Oh no. That is bad. For so many reasons. Especially so after the news he'd heard from Cure Shield the other day, it doesn't thke much to figure out just what exactly has gone and happened. For just a second, Stahlritter panics internally.


    In the middle of that foreign string of profanities, the Knight launches himself into a high leap up over the nearest building, and onto the rooftop beyond it.

    "Krieg! Text-- EVERYONE we know who can heal and give them the address to the old hideout ten blocks over!"


Rashmi Terios 2018-11-29 22:40:56 101158
Rashmi remains pretty unresponsive at the moment, and somewhat pale. She may not be in danger of dying terribly quickly, but, nobody gets this badly injured for free. With her unconscious, and Nicomachea inactive, there's very, very little to stem the panic driving Stahlritter's thoughts.
Stahlritter 2018-11-29 23:15:39 101159
    With the increased sense of hurry that this partcular situation has brought on to STahlritter, it doesn't actually take that long for him to get Rashmi to his destination.

    Namely, an old office building at the edge of the harbor district that has since fallen out of use, and for some reaosn or another, never got a new permit for use by some other company. On the third floor of it, behind rubble left behind by some spat between organized crime families, there's a little hideout set up in office rooms. Electric lanterns brought in for lights, and various crates hidden about for storing things, including one refrigerated container. But most importantly, a surprisingly clean and comfy-looking camping bed set up into what must have been the office of the building manager once once upon a time. And Rashmi promptly gets brought to lay down on it.

    What follows is a complicated events of Stahlritter getting out of his Knight Armor, recovering a first aid kit from one of the aforementioned crates, and carefully trying to attend to Rashmi's injuries with what first aid knowledge he has and some extra tutorials quickly referred to through his smartphone, all the while furiously sending texts to someone.

    As time goes on, eventually the scene inside the hideout has turned to one of mostly-bandaged Rashmi left on the bed, under covers for decency's sake, and a certain tall caucasian boy in a brown leather jacket pacing nervously back and forth through the room.
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-29 23:18:35 101161
The injuries were.... gruesome is one word for it, concerning is another, and for wholly different reasons; Rashmi seems to have been impaled all the way through by large spikes... But carefully placed to miss vital organs or major blood vessels. Still, one can only imagine what it must have been like to be pinned by bicep, calf, shoulder, and side, all from behind. And, certainly, such wounds would definitely make sure she didn't drag herself to where Alexis had found her.
Millie White 2018-11-29 23:31:22 101162
The text came suddenly through her Cure Line, and the moment she read the words, her heart sank. Thankfully she wouldn't need to waste time in purchasing the requested items as she almost always readily had them on hand. The Canuck quickly tossed some water bottles and some pain killers into the first aid kit she held before transforming into Cure Shield. The Cure wasted no time in rushing to the address Stahlritter had given her.

Getting inside without getting killed was another story. A later text came in describing how to get past the alarm systems and booby traps that the steel knight had set up... typical. It appeared to be a derelict office building of sorts. Once she was through the security gauntlet and on the third floor, she pushed through a door and froze at what she saw.

Alexis Raskoph was pacing back and forth over the prone form of Rashmi Terios, and before she could stop herself, she swore in English. "Shit." The Cure's confused gaze flickered from Alexis to Rashmi, her brain trying to process everything at once. Rashmi was hurt, covered in bandages, it looked bad. Alexis was here, and Stahlritter was not. Did that mean....? Her head reeled at what this could mean, but she didn't have time to worry about that now. Cure Shield shook her head and quickly crouched beside Rashmi's bed to survey the damage.

"What happened?" The Cure demanded from Alexis, putting the first aid kit on the ground next to her shield and a bag full of food and bottles of water. Concern flickered in her eyes as she assessed the other girl's wounds. Oh Rashmi...
Stahlritter 2018-11-29 23:35:50 101163
    Alexis, for his part, doesn't seem to flinch at all when Cure Shield comes inside-- but that might ahve a lot to do, too, with the fact that there is an ever-present, dark frown on his features now. He just gives a quick, assessing look to her and wordlessly turns to get the first aid kit she'd set down.

    "I didn't get to her early enough," he growls in answer to her question, with quiet hiss of frustration following the words all while he goes through the kit's contents to get more bandaging and disinfectant out of it to help cover up what he couldn't finish up already. "She was already like this when I got to her signal."

    He pauses, for just a few seconds, to grit his teeth together hard enough that one can almost *hear* the scraping.

    "Her Linker Core."
Miho Kagami 2018-11-29 23:42:21 101164
Life Mahou Joy was patrolling a bit further afield, in Mitakihara. As soon as she got the text, she immediately turned around and started boosting forth at top speed. Now, a mint-green blur of light zooms over to the office building like a meteor. It's only a hop skip and a jump to get inside ...

She enters right as Alex speaks up, and she lets out a sigh as she sees the situation. "Rashmi-chan," she says softly; her clear and bright voice has a tone which suggests that this isn't the first time she's had to heal Rashmi.

She walks up to Rashmi. "Okay, everyone clear back, it's gonna take me a minute to even start on this," she says. "Who did this to her this time? And what was that about her Linker Core?"
Millie White 2018-11-29 23:50:34 101165
Didn't get to her in time... Cure Shield let a frown take over her usually calm features. The moment he mentioned the words Linker Core, The Cure's emerald gaze flew wide.

"The Wolkenritter?!" Her voice was a rasping growl and she instinctively leaned closer down to Rashmi's form on the bed. The green knight took one long sniff just as Life Mahou Joy arrived. With a name like that, she was definitely the most qualified to be helping Rashmi at the moment.

Cure Shield obediently stepped backwards before looking at Alexis. "Zafira... it has to be, I can smell his magic on her." The Cure then then turned to Life Mahou Joy. "Do you know anything about the Wolkenritter?"
Stahlritter 2018-11-29 23:59:24 101166
    "As far as I can tell, yes," Alexis growls in answer to Cure Shield. "I got an emergency signal from her but by the time I got to her she was already laid down like this with whoever did it nowhere in sight."

    His attention turns from the Cure, though, when he hears Miho's voice. "...Pretty much just in time," he lets out with a relieved sigh. "I thought I was going to have to fix her up myself."

    With her presence there, he does the sensible thing of stepping away from the bed to just get out of the way.

    ...However, after a moment, he does turn to slam his fist VIOLENTLY into a wall, hard enough that the old wall easily cracks under the pressure and his knuckles go through.

Miho Kagami 2018-11-30 00:08:23 101167
Miho shakes her head. "Nope, never heard of 'em before," she says. She holds her hands over Rashmi's prone form, takes a few deep breaths. And then at Alex's outburst, she jumps slightly with an unnatural flicker of her shadow, and she whirls on him. "ALEX-KUN WILL YOU SETTLE DOWN OR AT LEAST LIKE STEP OUTSIDE IF YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE THAT MUCH SUDDEN NOISE."

She then turns back to Rashmi and resumes holding her hands over her, and takes a few more deep breaths. After a moment, a mixture of mint-green and jade-green light emanates from her hands -- if Rashmi were conscious right now, it'd immediately start easing her pain, too. Smells like Life Blessing!

The jade-green is probably new to Alex and Rashmi, though.
Millie White 2018-11-30 00:20:29 101168
Cure Shield sighed as Alex punched the wall. He didn't seem to have hurt himself, so that was at least good. The Cure did her best to give him an apologetic look, but she turned back to Life Mahou Joy as she worked on Rashmi.

"They showed up about a week ago. Belkan Knights of legend, extremely powerful, and they are going after linker cores to power some book artifact. We aren't sure what it does or what their goals are besides gathering enough energy from linker cores. Nanoha Takamachi was their first victim." The Canuck's gaze watched as the mint energy tried to do what it did best, and she closed her eyes.

"We know that there are at least two of them. The first is a tall pink haired woman with a sword named Signum, General of Raging Fire, and supposed leader of the Wolkenritter. The second... is who I think did this. His name is Zafira and he has silver hair, dog ears, and a shield. I suspect he has defense busting abilities." Her eyes snapped open again. She was getting rather good at summarizing what she had seen at the Warehouse that night.
Stahlritter 2018-11-30 00:32:21 101169
    "Just make sure she can get back on her feet, damnit!" Alexis snaps back at Miho over his shoulder, voice all growling.

    He keeps pacing around for a moment, too, and once Cure Shield has finished recounting the information again, he suddenly fishes out his phone, taking to furiously tapping along it. "Where was the warehouse?"
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-30 00:35:10 101170
"....Hey," Rashmi says faintly, not long after Miho bends back to her work. "Turn down the volume a little...? Kinda... hard to get any sleep..." Stirring under the sheet, the redhead's face twists as her slowly-disappearing injuries still make themselves known -- if less urgently than they would in normal circumstances -- and her eyes flutter open. "Oh...... right...... Hey, Miho-chan...."
Miho Kagami 2018-11-30 00:42:18 101171
Miho concentrates on Rashmi. "Been telling a lot of people, huh," she says distractedly to Millie. Even as focused as she is, she's still able to spare some concentration for analyzing the situation ... "What warehouse?"

The glow continues for several minutes, and she smiles faintly as Rashmi speaks up. "Hey, Rashmi-chan," she says. "Don't try to move."

Slowly but surely, the injuries fade. "... man ..." she murmurs. "Zafira-san was really careful not to hit anything vital." Another moment of just healing. "... or like, I think he was," she adds. "But that's kinda what it looks like to me." She's better at magical healing than mundane medicine and anatomy, where 'magical healing' means 'shoving the Life Blessing into people's injuries and letting it do its thing.' But she seems to be observing what it's doing in more detail than she has in the past.
Millie White 2018-11-30 00:57:14 101172
The Cure placed a hand on Alexis' shoulder, which likely looked hilarious considering how much taller than her he was. Either she didn't notice or didn't care because her grip was firm.

"I know you're angry, but don't ever talk to a healer that way." Her tone was hard line but not without sympathy. Cure Shield's arms dropped to her sides as Rashmi's quiet voice brought with it a wave of relief. The fact she was conscious so soon after what had happened could only be good, and it spoke volumes for Life Mahou Joy's skill in healing. When asked about the Warehouse, she shook her head.

"It was an Eclipse Warehouse not too far out. It was full of unconscious people and the Wolkenritter when we got there." She rattled off the location, but something about what Joy had said bothered her. Zafira had made sure the strikes were not fatal? "Now that you mention it... Signum looked reluctant to take Takamachi-san's linker core as well." What could the hesitancy of the Wolkenritter mean?
Stahlritter 2018-11-30 01:04:37 101173
    "I'm not--!" Alex starts to growl in response to Cure Shield, but he is duly distracted by actually hearing Rashmi speak up. He perks up visibly from the acknowledgement of her finally regaining consciousness again, and without a beat, he turns to go stepping towards the bed.

    "Hey," he lets out in a much softer tone, and slowly lowers himself down to one knee besides the bed, liips pursed and brows knit together. "...I'm sorry."
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-30 01:55:59 101174
"Hey," Rashmi breathes, managing to turn a pained, tired smile on Alex. "Don't be silly... Just because you're a knight... doesn't mean you can save everyone. I knew I was doing something stupid... And got in over my head. Again." Loosing a slow, shaky breath, she turns to stare up at the ceiling. "And it got me sidelined... Probably for a few weeks." Sniffling, she presses the heel of her hand on one eye, her smile quivering. "...At least thanks to Miho-chan... I can just... tell my parents it's mono, or something?"
Miho Kagami 2018-11-30 02:01:04 101175
Miho's response to Millie and Alex's byplay is, "You totally were." But there's a certain vague playfulness to her tone, which suggests that at the very least, they aren't strangers. (At the most, it might be something almost sibling-like.)

After another moment the glow fades, and she exhales and lowers her hands. "Okay," she says. "I mean, like, yeah, I'd probably tell you no going nuts and going off and doing magical stuff for a while, but, I mean." She pauses. "I felt that there was some kind of damage there, in an 'in your magic' sort of way," she adds, "but like ... I'm not sure it's even possible for me to try to heal it and stuff. Healing ... linker cores is kind of outside the Life Blessing's, y'know, stuff."
Millie White 2018-11-30 02:09:15 101176
Cure Shield was silent for a few moments while the other three talked among themselves. The scenes from the Warehouse replayed in her head. Signum reaching through Nanoha's chest, extracting the energy from her linker core, the look of agony and horror on the girl's face... The Cure's expression darkened. How many more had to suffer before they were able to bring the Wolkenritter to justice? And why did they seem so reluctant...?

The green knight crossed the room silently and dug in the grocery bag she had brought. Two batches of items were removed, a water bottle, and a small bundle of rice balls. Carefully she handed them to Alexis to give to Rashmi, not wanting to crowd the poor girl.

"Drink some water, and maybe get something in your stomach if you can. The rice balls are a bit plain, but they should be easy to get down. If you aren't up to eating, don't force it, but the water is important." Her tone was soft as she stepped back, crossing her arms over her chest. Joy's healing was something to behold and it showed in the proud smile she flashed her, but all abilities had limits. The Life Blessing was no different. In a quieter voice she added to Rashmi, "I'm glad you're alright."
Stahlritter 2018-11-30 02:19:34 101177
    Rashmi's weakly-voiced assurances just seem to cause Alex to frown deeper, still. "... You called and I didn't come fast enough," he murmurs quietly, hand briefly reaching towards the redhead before he thinks otherwise of it and just rests his hand on the edge of the bed instead. "... I should have been faster. I could have stopped it from going all the way through at least. I should have." He closes his eyes for a moment after saying that.

    "...You have Nanoha and Fate's phone numbers, right? I'm going to need to talk to both of them."
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-30 02:43:52 101178
"Miho-chan if you could grow back magic," Rashmi breathes, "I'd be shoving you in Nano-chan's direction, based on what I've just heard..." Her head turns, as Millie offers water and rice balls, and the gratitude in her eyes might possibly be seen from space. "....Millie-chan you are just the other best, y'know that?"

Snacks secured, she turns her eyes to Alex, and frowns faintly. "Alex-kun... stop, okay?" The water gets set aside, so her hand can rest on his. "I didn't call until it was too late. You already saved my life, getting me here and calling everyone." And she pauses, realizing just how close to actually dying she's managed to come.... again.

"Don't feel bad. Just.... help me do better, okay? I'm.... kind of tired of getting thrashed by every new threat that rolls around."
Miho Kagami 2018-11-30 02:56:01 101180
Miho nods to Millie. "Yeah, I dunno how much extra snacks will help, since it kinda looked like you aren't producing any magic, but like." She smiles. "I know enough to say that 'drink more water' is good for everything except drowning, basically."

And then she groans. "Alex-kun, can you stop trying to make other people's acts of bad-guy-ness about yourself for five seconds?" she says. She turns to Rashmi. "But like ... yeah. I mean, that Belkan robot thrashed you in, what, June? You're kinda ... overdue ... on figuring out defensive stuff. I've had to bail you out three more times since then, and healed you from major ridiculous injuries in two of those." (She doesn't mention that the third was saving Rashmi from Alex.)
Millie White 2018-11-30 03:14:31 101183
Cure Shield stiffened when Rashmi called her by her civilian name. A soft sigh escaped the tall knight but she smiled warmly down at the bedridden girl.

"I'll get you an actual meal in a little while. Something tells me the rice balls aren't gonna cut it, eh?" Her grin was genuine as she offered a playful wink. Now she turned back to face Alexis, shrugging her shoulders. What could she say?

"Guess the cat's out of the bag for both of us. This is... really obvious in hindsight, isn't it?" Cure Shield offered Alexis an amused yet lopsided smile that suddenly might seem very familiar to him. Her tone then became more firm.

"And you should listen to them. Sitting here moaning about what ifs won't help anyone, least of all Terios-san. What we need to do is help her recover, and decide what to do from here." That was two linker ganks in essentially a week. It would benefit them to come up with a game plan, or at least some sort of buddy system so that no mahou is caught alone again.
Stahlritter 2018-11-30 03:37:49 101185

    Alexis wrinkles his nose at Rashmi. Even though he damn well knows what she's saying is very much correct. His hand slips away from hers after giving a quick squeeze, to just gently brush over her forehead before he lifts himself standing upright.

    "I'm going to need those numbers," he murmurs. "I don't know why they are doing this, but they're going to keep doing it. And I doubt they will settle on doing this on just Device Users alone, either, and I hardly expect them to be able to differentiate those of us who will actually die if they lose their equivalent of a Linker Core. We need to start pooling up resources and knowledge. Tyrfing might have something useful recorded about the Wolkenritter too. There might only be two known occasions of them showing up, but I might be able to start working on eliminating some areas in the city where they're unlikely to have originated from just with that."

    His head tilts from one side to the other slowly, stretching out hs neck to the point where a joint audibly cracks, and he turns away from the bed, only giving Cure Shield a brief assessive look over the whole Identity Revelation thing. "We can't just continue to be reactionary with them. We're going to pool information and people together, and after that... be they legends or whatever or not... we're hunting them down."
Rashmi Terios 2018-11-30 04:06:47 101189
"...Nicomachea had their information," Rashmi says after a moment, eyes falling to the quiescent charm in her hand. "...But I've been to Fate-chan's house... I'll give you the address when I get back home."

Drawing in a deep breath, she looks up at Miho, eyebrows slowly drawing down. "...Miho-chan," she says gently. "...I'm sorry for worrying you. But um... Next time you scold me, maybe, um.... don't talk to me like I'm Sacchan's age and new to this? Thanks?" Despite the wording of the rebuke, Rashmi does manage a brief smile, trying to get across that it's not help against her friend.

And thanks to the utter fatigue of being without a Linker Core, it's only now that she processes that she just outed Millie without meaning to. "Sorry, um... Cure Shield? Sorry... Usually I'm better about name to henshin, just..." One hand rises weakly, waving down at the sheet, the bed, ad the bandages. "Anyway... It'll take awhile for my Linker Core to grow back. I'd be more worried, but... I've seen someone basically do surgery on an infected one, so I know it's just a long recovery time and a lot of rest before I can back in the skies."
Miho Kagami 2018-11-30 04:12:09 101190
Miho blinks, and looks between Alex and Millie. "Oh, you didn't know each other's ..." She shakes her head and shrugs. It's not that important. Especially once Alex gives his speech and she sighs theatrically. "Okay but before you guys do any of that, you gotta take a freaking step back and wait until Rashmi isn't actually bedridden."

And then she flinches back from Rashmi. "Ah ... uh ... sorry," she says softly. Her shadow flickers, but then she takes a deep breath, and it goes back to normal. "Sorry." She looks away. Wow she needs to work on not putting her foot in her mouth! ... and she isn't sure who Sacchan is, either.

And then she hesitates. "There really is always something, isn't there," she says quietly. "Like there's a lot of history that I feel like I'm still always catching up on. But ... the world really doesn't let up on us magical girls, huh?" She laughs nervously. "Wow."