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  1. For the moment the beautiful woman of Haqqislamite origins staid put in Her proferred role, smiling sometimes, but silent and attentive, alert to all possible threats... She could not be a True Bodyguard, trained to be hyper-observant more than a Sentinel Drone, but nonetheless She was trained in all manner of Medical-related Skills and with at least a Basic Knowledge of Psychology spicing up the gene-engineered Neural Pathways increasing Her yet vast Intelligence, it was easily trivial to try to analyze, collate, catalogue all various informations readily provided by that "Social Battlefield"... It was a manner of lying in wait, ready for spinging a lethal ambush not very dissimile from Her past training in the Special Forces Career, but this time with the Talents honed and refined by Her Medical Past... She was ready for almost anything or anyone, silently awaiting and trying to guard Eddie with all of Her considerable array of advantages.....
  2. [@Solodice... The idea was to provide Eddie with something useful, and not suspecting, that He can hide in a pocket of the expensive suit that He wear... We have an unknown target of which capabilities I don't know; many rich idiots from all around the Human Sphere to interview and potentially a crowd full of Professional Swindlers / High Profile Narcos / Con-Thieves / Corporate Spies and so on... Not only Potential Enemies but also genuinely not negative people that wants EVERYONE to fun-up and will maybe put all manners of "Enhancements" in the Drinks / Chemical Refreshement of everyone pretty and interesting... The Silk Lord, for an example, would not be out of character to maybe, in totally good mood, offer some "Choice Nitrocaine" (made from the purest Haqqislamite Silk) to anyone amusing enough that is met at a similar party... So I tried to provide Eddie with something portable that could help the enhanced Chimera Physique to battle all manners of "Toxic Abuse" even if ONLY from the Gallons of Hard Liquor that the "New Corp Kid On The Block" would be necessary to intake to mingle and be accepted between the Hyper-Elite Glitterati... Also, not only is My Duty to protect Him, but an "enraged / boozed / drugged" Gene-Engineered Gladiator could be a massive risk at a similar party... Let Me and Eddie know if with all those Pharmacological Successes I managed to concoct something at least baseline useful...] ..... The Odalisque Aaliyah Toma, at the side of His equally beautiful and attractive charge started to observe carefully all the more dangerous looking people present at the V.I.P. Assembly; still trying to keep the typical expression of an Eye-Candy Bodyguard (so relatively Vapid Smiles and Superficial Attitude, but still a modicum of Competence !!)... Especially the Silk Lord and the Odalisques Entourage was surveyed with expert personal knowledge; not only their Appearance, but all manners of personal quirks and mannerisms would at least narrow down their Ethnical Background and Cultural Heritage and offer, maybe, further clues...
  3. I start to open now a Thread to share, discuss, elaborate all the Characters-related stuff about the Infinity R.P.G. Campaign started by @Solodice... At the moment I have done just some "Quick Digital Rework" on hastily scratched rough sketched with Crayon on Paper and then speedily scanned with an Office Machine, so far from a very satisfying material, but I will progress on it (especially as I'm currently replacing any kind of "Old Analogical Work" with Digital Art direclty drawn on Graphic Tablet !!)... Also the various Players still have not totally decided on their respective Characters' Appearance fully, and there is a lot of future modifications to do... A quick, rough, conceptual sketch of mine Player Character in the Infinity R.P.G. "Cyberpunk Noir" that I'm currently playing into...She is named "Dr. Amyah Bubastys Hamunaptra" and, while appearing no more than 20-25 Years of Age, is in reality well over 40. She has extensively Gene-Engineered Her own Body with Military Special Soldiers Enhancements and also obtained Limited Regenerative Capabilities, is far tougher than it looks and has also enhanced Reflexes / Thoughtspeed. Also is totally batshit crazy insane and believes that the Gods of Ancient Egypt are Real and speaking to Her, so She tattoed (with Hyperadvanced Genetic Materials) almost all important symbols of the Pharaoh's Age on every available inch of skin..... Another hastily scanned Crayon-On-Paper Sketch that had no time to further rework in Photoshop; this is the rest of the Crew of Fellow Player Characters; on the Left two renditions of "Eddie" a fearsome Close Combat Cyborg with also a lot of Organic / Biogenetic Modifications, the leftmost with an elegant Suit hiding the lethal Short & Long Blades usually employed, then more on the right a "Cyberpunk Noir" street-attire much like Philip Deckard of Bladerunner or Adam Jensen of Deus-Ex, with a Kevlar Armoured (but still Stylish...!!) Trench hiding a lethal Armor Piercing Pistol and some Flash-Bang / Smoke Grenades. Those were lent by the other Character on the rightmost, Konrad, first shown in a Corp-Suit that is not the normal attire, and then with its usual "Space Pirate" Garb. Then on the lower left there is Samuel "Impi" a sort of Part Hacker / Part Orbital Worker of Zulu Ethnicity (the Character lacks a short cropped hair and a silver stud-ring, but show potential typical Face-Scars of a Zulu Warrior).....Like My character before these are just very rough sketches that will be later extensively reworked before Colouring... Just a quick sketched concept rough of a "Signature Weapon" of My Character in an "Infinity R.P.G." Cyberpunk Campaign; as She believes actually in the Old Egyptian Gods, has commissioned an apparently ancient "Sacrificial Ceremony Knife" like the ones seen in cheap "Mummy Horror Movies" (golden / bronze sheen in the blade, Hyeroglyphs etched on the metal, fake leather hilt wrapping and so on) but is in reality an High-Tech Special Forces Grade kind of combat dagger (curved like an Arab "Jambyah" or "Gumia") because She hails from a heavily middle-eastern influenced culture on a Desert Planet...Hopefully soon there will be better definition / colouring / detailed work on the image..... Rough Concept Sketch of the Infinity R.P.G. Character Group; also this was scanned quickly from a Paper + Crayon Rough and had not the time to rework it better (this will need some serious better detailed stuff later).....The Character on the leftmost is Amyah, My Haqqislamite Special Forces Medic, disguised as a "Biker Race Queen Eyecandy" and packing a Light Shotgun; just on her right there is Konrad the "Deep Space Pirate" disguised as a Corporate Driver and armed with a slightly outdated Semiauto Pistol and a rough, cheap (but still reliable and lethal) Drum-Fed Boarding Shotgun; behind Him on the upper part on the right of the image is Samuel "Impi" the Techno-Hacker from Corregidor with Zulu heritage (is not very clear on this image, but His right hand is directly behind Konrad and doing some "Counter-Hacking"); on the lower part of the rightmost of the image there is the fearsome "Eddie, the Chimera" (in the Bakunin Mothership, the Chimeras are Gene-Engineered Gladiators enhanced with Animal D.N.A.) crossing guard with His lethal Hi-Tech Dagger + Sword Combo.....In the Image is not very clear, but all the Characters are wearing "Virtual Smartgoggles" that should represent they are in a synchronized, encrypted "Battle-Network" between their personal interfaces... Another very rough scanned concept sketch for the Characters of the Infinity R.P.G. Campaign that I'm currently playing; the "Scene" should be reminiscent of '80 / '90 cheap, but entertaining, Action Flicks (such as series like "Miami Vice") for an inner joke between players (the "Title" will be reworked as resembling an Episode Font of that time); the Scenery Background is the stunning Beachfront of "Sabai Island" a luxury resort in the lush tropical zone of a Binary Planet System dominated by a Chinese State-Empire and with Hi-Tech Domes dotting the pristine landscape; on the leaned All-Terrain S.U.V. the gene-engineered gladiator (in Leisure Suit !!) Eddie is striking a pose; on the right there is the Zulu Hacker "Impi" executing Virtual Data-Mining; leaning on the doorframe there is Konrad, our Pilot and Driver; My character, Amyah, is checking the weapons splayed on the chassis (Her sawed-off Light Shotgun, the Drum-Fed Autoshotgun of Konrad and behind, Her own "Long Gun" a sort of Hi-Tech Sniper Version of an AK-47); on the lower leftmost, hidden in the bushes, there is a Fifth Character that will be inserted later in the Game, as is supposedly a "Ninja Infiitrator" that We still have not seen, at the moment is just a shadowy silhouette......The Image will need later a serious Reworking and Colouring... ...... For the moment is all; unfortunately Time / Work / Family are all serious issues now, especially in this "Hectic Midsummer" period, so I had to quickly copy-paste Images and describing text directly from the Deviantart Page that I'm filling with all manners of rough sketches... More well done stuff later (very soon I hope !!!)...
  4. Amyah / Aaliyah was overjoyed by the rather overt display of "Exuded Money Power" style chosen by the charge of Her assumed "Odalisque Bodyguard Persona", as really fitting what She knew, and expected, from a "Rampant Corp Exec", not only from the rather abundant of Gossip Channells of Maya and Arachne (some of which employed Behavioural Analysts that dissected Celebrities goings-on with more attention to details that O-12 Counter-Alien Intelligence Specialists to the new xenomorph horrors discharged upon Humanity by the Combined Army !!) but from Her personal experience… Her personal background was aways to be happily submissive and sidekick-supportive of a powerful, charismatic, leadership figure and in that moment Eddie / Lawrence was the most faithful incarnation of Up-&-Coming Young Corporate Manager almost as a sort of “Physical Materialization” of an idealized Maya Archetype… But rather than the plastic-smiles, fake mass-produced “Hollow Men” of the various, countless Pan-Oceanian Lobbies, or the unctuous, oily “Mandarin Fu-Manchus” party-functionaries of the Imperial State of Yujing, it exhuded the raw, animalistic “Rage-Against-The-Machine” that could be obtained only in the Nomad Mothership of Bakunin… Her pheromones could have been faked with some crafty concoction of cheap perfumes, but the scent of “Alpha Predator On The Prowl” of the Ex-Uberfallkommando was quite real (and the Haqqislamite cared to deeply…..inhale...in the proximity of custom-tailoring their matching outfits !!); it would be quite a devastating effect on the unprepared at the V.I.P. Event…!! Just some last-minute re-tweaking of their ensemble to perfect the charade (and maybe a tad just too long contemplation of their stunning match-up in the oversized mirror of the Luxury Suite; Amyah was not only quite exhibitionist, but also deeply appreciative of someone else Beauty and Allure) and they were ready to go… The Assault Pistol from Ariadna and the long, curved “Crescent Knife” were carefully hidden on Her persona, thanks to the wise “Tactical Decision” by the savvy Chimera, but the Bourakite was sure that…..Her Weapons for the Evening…..would have been of a totally different kind !!! ….. [Secure Tac-Net Comm Good Luck on the Pit Crews, then boys, with Motor-Oil Smell and Burnt-Tires Aroma while We will be nose-stricken dead by flows of Chanel N° 25 and Neoterra Drakkar Grey…!! Jokes aside, there is a rather important Info that could be gathered by questioning the more successful Teach-Support Teams, something that could be useful for You to Video-Register with Your Comlogs and maybe forward to Mine, by secure Encrypted Channel… I'm not so thorougky trained in Reverse Psychology, but Basic Procedurals are in My Medical Education, along with some tricks that I acquired assisting Police Analysts… If some Winning Teams seems even more smug and self-assured than normal, or in the inverse, if they seem somehow, unjustifiable paranoid and closed, then it could be a Lead that they are involved, or simply suspect something wrong is afoot, and it merits to be further investigated !! Everything that You deem suspect forward it to Me, and I will thoroughly check it…..!!!]
  5. Everything that She was trained to do in Yujing, by whatsoever source it was, was extremely further amped-up when She started to collect quite radical Biomod Enhancements that Silk-Grafted all manners of Cosmetical, Techno-Oraganic and Combat-Grade genetic upgrades made from Old Earth Tiger's cultivated and multi-spliced strand of D.N.A. and personally customized by some unknown Black Labs of Praxis in the Nomad Mothership of Bakunin… Is unclear if was something allowed by Her mysterious benefactors / family clan, or was rather a careless spending of allowance money of a rich heiress, but it was an incredibly risky business nonetheless, that employed Scientific Procedures believed “Too Radical” even for the Vaudeville Zoo Crew... But before delving too much, too deeply in the more recent, rather controversial background of the two rather extreme “Feline Genome” warrior girls, it is important to analyze also WHO allowed those normal human women to become the extreme “Big Cat Chimeras” that nowaday Akh-Sekhmet and Shoujo-Tora are… ….. Doctor Amyah Bubastys Hamunaptra is a rather eccentrical, borderline psychotic Special Forces Veteran and Battlefield Medic, with a proficiency of Combat-Grade Gene-Engineering Biografts that She experimented on Herself…!! She hailed from the Gaqbar Ethnical Zone of Bourak, where the traditional Haqqislamite Values intermingled with the rather more fanciful "Imperial Mindset" of the Kirghiz, Ughyurs and Tagik People that escaped Yu-Jing to keep their Cultural Heritage intact against the State-Empire rather aggressive homogenization; Her people, of Islamic-scented Chinese and Mongol roots had quite a history of congregating around powerful, charismatic “Khans” from thousands of years… Also Her family was rather entrenched in the Local Military Scene, a very potent and vastly influential “Warrior Dinasty” that always catered to a strict, traditionalist stance over the typical Hyper-Elites “Bollywodian Vulgarity” and expended a lot of money and socio-political assetts for tangible shows of power, rather than the last vapid fad of the week… That relatively strict upbringing helped Her to be what She is now, strenghtening Her resolve and determination, but not always in positive manners; while Her mother's side of the Family (of rather dubious Egyptian Roots, a little too much fashion-displayed to counterbalance poor material wealth) had pushed Amyah to pursue an Academic Science Education, it was the harsh, rigid expectations of the father's side (an “Army Clan” of aggressive, lethal-minded, militaristic Gaqbarites that would have not be out of place in Genghis Khan “Golden Mongol Horde” !!) that constrained Her to follow a rather difficult Special Forces Training that started to cause a big rift in Her not-so-stable psyche… To cope with being torn in so many different directions (trained as a Medic to save lives, and as a Black-Op Soldier to violently end them !!) often She choose a rather submissive role towards more charismatic and commanding people, who naturally had the flair for leadership; in the Army gravitating towards being a faithful sidekick towards Elder Cadets or Instructors and in the Scientific World almost flowingly falling in a pre-determined “Assistant Role”… Only when some more altruistic, open-minded colleagues made Her realize that Her endless string of “Sugar Daddies / Yuri-Big Sisters” Paramours were really parasiting Her crisp intellect and submissive behaviour, that She choose a more independant manner of living (and started to reinforce heavily Her physical frame, as if overcompensating to cope with Her far more fragile and weak willpower and character !!)… Not that She was not always gravitating toward a “Support Role”, but at least She reasoned much more, and much deeper, about whose Leader was deserving Her unwavering loyalties; after emigrating from Bourak to the Bakunin Nomad Mothership then Amyah believed to have found Her calling in the Pesedjet Pantheon Module, as their re-founded Faith in the Old Gods of Ancient Egypt rekindled some spark of recognition from Her mother fables… But unfortunately all was not so well even in that supposed “Animal-Headed Paradise”…..!!!
  6. [I assume then that the S.U.V. "Tourist Trip" around Sabai Island is totally going off-screen and that its results could be assumed to what are the infos the Characters of Impi and Amyah are getting: "Nothing Apparently Untoward and Visible happening, both on the Real World and in the Quantronic Local Net"...?? Well, at least this give us the "Proof" that the "Targets" are extremely Skilled, Well-Entrenched, Lucky or all of the above... So We will skip to the Party Evening then, allowing the P.C. to mingle with their “Peers”… Eddie and Amyah with the crowd of the “Socialite Glitterati”; Samuel and Konrad with the Techies' Pit Crew and Bike Mechanics…..???] ….. After a rather uneventful roundabout of the Resorts Zone, then the gorgeous Haqqislamite (that appropriatedly gawped and gaped at the Luxurious Surrounding and was, apparently, unaware of the envious / lascivious looks of Locals and Tourists alike…!!) returned to the Suite… Just a quick refreshing to combat the side-effect of the Tropical Climate (but nothing too serious, if compared to the harsh condition of arid, scorched “Worst Wastelands” of Bourak) and then got down with the handsome Chimera to kitbash together a matching appearance that, while maintaining the façade of the “Luscious Odalisque Bodyguard” would be just the right amount of “Arm-Candy” that will enhance and support the image of Mr. Lawrence Calversten as a powerful, up-&-coming, rampant Corp Executive that was best to have as Friend than Foe… Not only the various dress accoutrements would have been chosen to be “Submissive” to the “Dominant Image” of the Trysterion P.R. Manager, but also to subtly reinforce the yet Charismatic, almost Magnetically Hypnotic, kind of forceful personality that the Ex-Uberfallkommando was able to project… While “Fashion & Style” would have been the preminent needed results (after a quick counsulting with Her Geist, tasked to quickly surf the Maya Web to check the last trends) parimently tantamount would have been concerns of being essentially able to convincingly Defend the allotted charge… A succint, open wardrobe, not only would have been able to let glimpse a generous amount of Gold-Tanned, Tattoed Skin but also allow easily a rather unimpaired freedom of movements; elegant Shortboots would have been chosen to be just with the right amount of heel-height to evidence the “Callypigian Side-B” of the Gene-Engineered Beauty, just barely contained in a mini-skirt (well, rather a “Micro-Skirt”…!!) and, while alluring and seductive, those would have let Her long legs free to run, jump, skid and even kick with unimpeded dexterity… A Tube-Shaped upper part dress would be just the right size to ALMOST let Her ample bosom to be totally visible and preminent, but still be on the tasteful side, rather than vulgarity; an even longer Bioplast-Silk Blue Scarf would replace the Bandanna, but will be expertly employed to keep the shoulder-long dark hair of Amyah out of the eyes and also further add to the exotic gorgeousness of the Cosmetically-Enhanced Woman… The exact style and fashion-brand of the dress would have been beforehand discussed with the Chimera of Bakunin preferred type; also the small touches of Semipermanent Make-Up (not so “Heavy Egyptian Cleopatra” as Amyah was used when going “Full Mode” !!) and a wafting fragrance of combined perfumes (just enough to suggest thin aromas of “Odalisque Pheromones”) would have been carefully tailored to match and be a good counterbalance of Eddie slightly-visible inhuman features and rather powerfully seductive “Animal Musk” (a wanted effect of many of the most successful “Gene-Engineered Zoanthropes” created in Vaudeville / Praxis, as was almost mandatory to be both “Combat-Beasts” AND “Sex-Beasts”…..!!!)… If the “Corp Exec Charge” would have liked a relatively more “Covered Up” kind of attire for the "+1 Eyecandy” then Aaliyah Toma would have done many attempts to hide Her curved Haqqislamite Knife and the rather vintage Assault Pistol under a tasteful mini-jacket or a thin, but fluently vaporous, “Shoulder Veil” to half-cover Her curvaceous upper body… If instead Mr. Lawrence was of the style to prefer all His “Bought Goods” on overt display, necessarily the Ariadnan M.P. and the “Sacrificial Jambyah” would fit in a cheap, but very well made “Small-Bag Pochette” replica of the coolest brand en-vogue; the size would also be needed to be re-adjusted to contain all possible spare Ammo Clips and all the sort of useful Medical Gear… Obviously AT LEAST the Injector Pistol, with a charged Nano-Serum Vial, would be tried to be put inside, but also some Panspectrum Antibiotics and Wide-Range Painkillers could be useful too; it would have been very similar to the typical “Posh Bag” of any kind of Glitzy Maya Starlette, filled to the brim with all manner of Fashion Gadgets and Stylish Gewgaws, but the contents would have been far, far more different… She had the excuse that, gorgeously beautiful babes or not, Bodyguards NEVER Drink-On-Duty, but obviously not only the Trysterion Corp Exec would have been expected to gladly partake of all manners of Refreshments Available, but also be rather Suspicious if some newly forged “Work Alliance” would offer some rather more…..Exotic Manner of Carousing… She knew very well how much powerful was the Cybernetic / Gene-Modded Physique of Eddie (in fact She was DIRECTLY responsible to have rewrote in a better, customized manner Part of its very D.N.A.-Coding to ameliorate the “Typical Package” of mass-produced Chimeras of Bakunin !!) and a Bakunin-Frame inured to Combat Drugs and Stymm-Glands normally would have nothing to fear from whatever poshy stuff was available at a V.I.P. Glitterati Evening… But this was potentially Hostile Territory and not only their Targets could attempt something bad, but all manner of Unlinked Ruffians could be present to try to take advantage of the “New Kid”; She took many pills from boxes of “Buzz-B-Gone” and “WideAwake”, two kind of Party Sideffects countering pharmaceuticals NEVER lacking from a Luxury Suite in ALL the Human Sphere and started to crush the combined Nano-Worked materials with a glass bottom, grounding it in a fine powder… Then the resulting pharmaceutical dust would have been put in a small metal pot, in a hot burning mini-oven of the kitchenette, and then the Haqqislamite Doctor would add the most powerful Spirit available in the Suite Bar, stilled and concentrated further and than the precipitated mixture would have been catalyzed with some small doses of Anti-Shock Chemicals from Her trusty Army-Issue Medikit, to enhance and refine the results… She just hoped that from their shared past the Bioframe of the Ex-Uberfallkommando would have not changed further overmuch, but She was sure to have created some good “Wide-Spectrum Toxic Countermeasures” custom-tailored to Eddie's Hyperenhanced Physique, easily contained in a couple of spare vials that were hidden, and quickly reached, in any kind of Leisure Suit… After this She was totally ready to “Hit The Party” with the mindset of Storming an Enemy Stronghold in a Special Forces Black-Op……!!! ….. [Basically what I'm trying to do is to prepare something that could be useful for Eddie if something untoward happens at the Party; never being “Too Prepared” is a problem… My Medicine Talent “Field Dressing”, pag. 86 of the Manual, allow Me to use the Advantages of Medikits even when none is present, and allows even more further Advantages when I have some Pharmaceutical Stuff available… So I essentially tried to create some “Pre-Emptive Medical Countermeasures” should the need arise, customized on @Section 9 Character and allowed by the shared past into which Amyah had yet Operated / Medicated / Gene-Modded on Him… I have a nifty Intelligence of 12, with further Expertise in Medicine of 4, so I assume Target Number of 16 and also I have a Medicine Focus of 1, that further enhance the Results of the Roll… I will burn a Momentum Bonus granted by the Field Dressing Kit (even when NO Medikit is present) to enhance the Roll, and also My other Medicine Talent “Physician” allow the Re-Roll of a Bad Roll, hopefully for the Best… Don't know what could possibly be the Difficulty, but Eddie and Amyah shared “Past Medical Relations” could POSSIBLY lower a basic text diff. Pre-Emptive Customized Medicine for Section 9: 3d20 29 Roll Results = 3d20: 29 [3d20=6, 17, 6] Yet two success, and will try to Re-Roll the 17… Re-Roll of a Bad Dice Result for Section 9 Medicine: 1d20 8 Roll Result = 1d20: 8 [1d20=8] That's good, all well under the Target of 16, so I hope for 3 nifty Success, useful for all manner of “Future Medical Shehanigans” with Eddie… Let Me know further details, precisations and so on...]
  7. Surely is very well done and very helpful to add an air of "Official Styel" to all... But could not just confound a little what is REAL Concepts and what is Personal Fan-Art, especially with the small claim at the rightmost lower of "Copyright 2017 Corvus Belli S.L.L." then...?? Maybe it will be more prudent to ask them what manner of "Officially-Styled" Fan-Art is admissible by Forum Policy and what is not... I'm sure that @Psychoticstorm, as not only a Forum Moderator, but also an avid Collector / Cataloguer of Infinity Concept Art would be immensely helpful to contact and question about all of it.....!!!
  8. When exiting from the Suite, then Aaliyah strived to enter a more cold, dispassionate state-of-mind, letting Her practical "Battlefield Medic" esperience and the harsh years of Special Forces Training in the worst parts of Bourak's unforgiving environment to take the pre-eminence on the apparent-silly, carefree "Happy-Go-Lucky" demeanor that She had presented to cement teamship between the various fellows of the squad... She always strived very hard to form a strong camaraderie with past comrades and team-members (and with the kind of "Sprawl Punks" that the Haqqislamite had to work after the untimely escape from Bakunin, had many unwanted, unforeseen consequences !!) but with those excellent "Pros Edgerunners" finally assembled it was almost natural for Her to try to forge a bond stronger than steel (the fact that they were all Three very attractive or efficiently rugged handsome "Male Specimens" did not influenced overmuch Her choices.....or so She fervently hoped !!)... But now the time for "Eyelash Batting" and "Witty Flirting" was over, they were entering potentially hostile territory in unknown lands; while externally still a bubbling gorgeous eye-candy that smiled a tad too much to the "Hyperluxury Glitterworld" surrounding them, the hard-edged, warzone-honed istincts had took completely over, and the lethal Military Veteran had totally replaced the Fake Odalisque... Not only Her physique had been almost completely rebuilt with Extreme Gene-Engineering techniques, (resulting in a "100% Organic Frame" far, far more durable than externally appeared) but also Her "Mind" has been honed to razor-edged sharpness with proscribed therapies that forged new, and improved, Neural Pathways, (speeding tenfold the quickness of thought-processes and somehow "Overclocking" the retaining / collating / elaboration of informations)… There were some quite extreme side-effects, especially with the coping processes of Her self-abused psyche, amongst which Her excessive flirty gregariousness and deep-seated Religious Faith in a Pantheon that almost existed only in dusty museums of Old Earth and one rather “Borderline Fringe Module” amongst Bakunin's Extremists where just the two most evident methods to internally cope… But She was always thinking than the Price was totally worth it (even considering that She was now unable to implant a Cube and that further Gene-Tweaking Enhancements would have been incredibly expensive and critically difficult to obtain) and so She put to use this somehow “Totally Organic Artificial Intellect” to a good use… She put over the Blue-Hued Raven-Black Eyes the Transparent Smartgoggles slaved to the Comlog and the Advanced Sensor Suite, instructing the Personal Geist to run continuous diagnostics on the Quantronic Signatures all around; it was decided to still be on alert for whatsoever Hacking / Noosphere kind of signals would be directed at Her… Her external and peripheral awareness (not that was so much trained or well-performing, to much Her chagrin, alas !!) was still on the Real World, but should some mysterious pinging, digital scoping, unwanted transmission or other kind of Quantum Interference would have been directed at them, the Neo-Enhanced Reality kind of Civilian Visors would have alerted Her, and more importantly, the other nearby Team-Mates, far more expert than Her to interpretate those clues… …. [In a generic “Alert Bodyguard” kind of “Attention Mode” then Amyah will try to scope all the surroundings around the squad, both just when exiting the Luxury Suite, navigating the spacious Lobby of the Resort and when traveling around Sabai Island with their allotted S.U.V. but without any modifications to the “Help Counter-Hacking” settings yet prepared to help Samuel do its “Netrunner Magic”… I'm not very good at Awareness (just 8) and have absolutely have no points (0 Expertise / Focus) in Observation, but will try nonetheless to help the odds of the Party… Basically I trust that the shared Comlog-Synchronization of the Sensor Suite will form the skeleton basis of a “Sentinel Gestalt” into which all the Characers and their Geists will somehow “Pool” their attentiveness to the surroundings, both Real World and Virtual Maya, and detect all kind of suspicious surveillance, unwanted attention by weird types and maybe also some useful clues left around to progress on the investigation… My Target to roll UNDER is a measly 8, but I trust in “luck and pluck” and have the edges of the Sensor Suite, that for appropriated “Signals” will lower the Difficulty of 1, add +1 Momentum (that I will burn immediatly) and also have the equal Bonus to all the other P.C. nearby (so both in the Eclipse Complex and onboard the Vehicle) for their, hopefully, far more powerful roll… I take also a Momentum from the Team Pool, and hope refreshing will be quick to happen… If anyone have other Suggestions about how to proceed with Team Expenditures pleas feel free to advise Me… ….. The Roll is so 4d20 (2 Basics, 1 Sensor Suite Momentum and 1 from Team Pool); Target 8… The Untrained Skill Roll. +1 Diff. SHOULD be counterbalanced by the -1 Diff. of the Sensors… Untrained Observation Roll to Quantronic Surveillance: 4d20 48 Roll Results = 4d20: 48 [4d20=12, 16, 14, 6] Ugh, just one measly Success; hopefully is enough to contribute to the Team Efforts and not detract from it...]
  9. Very cool and professionally made, in perfectly style of Official Corvus-Belli concepts... I'm in fact preparing (amongst various other styles) some similarly drawn Dossiers of the Characters of the Infinity R.P.G. Game of @Solodice... It is a "Unorthodox Detective Team" based in Tunguska, hired by various Clients around the Human Sphere by the (Dis-)-Repurable "Sunz Private Eyes Agency"... Mine is an Ex-Haqqislamite borne in Bourak (of Kirghiz Heritage, so "Middle-Eastern" but just a little more tad "-Eastern" than "Middle-" !!) that had the Careers of Special Forces Soldiers and Battlefield Medic, has Gene-Engineered Regeneration / Physique of the utmost Level and acquired in Bakuni some very hardline Cosmetic Enhacements (Inhumanly Beautiful Appearance and "Smart-Tattoos" of the Ancient Egypt Pantheon)... At the moment She is parading as an Odalisque on "Bodyguard Duty" (so describe Her as "Scantily-Clad Lass" will be an.....Understatement !!) but if I will draw "Officially Style Dossiers" will have a "Medic Uniform" similar to the Pan-Oceanian Trauma Doc (but obviously with far diverging details) and a "Full-Combat Medium Armour" inspired by the Al'Hawa Female one... Other Characters in the group that I want to portray in "Dossier Style" are @Section 9 charcater, an Ex-Uberfallkommando Chimera-Cyborg, that present the external package of a Playboy Corp-Exec in "Miami-Vice Leisure-Suit" (so based on the H.V.T. Concept Art, either the Pan-Ocean, the Nomad or the O-12 one), but is in reality a "Close Combat Killing Machine" filled to the brim of Milspec Combat-Grade Cybernetics and Biotech (so a more "Rougher Edgerunner Look" based perhaps on the Dossiers of the newest Morlock Male, the one resembling Colossus of the X-Men !!)... Another Character by @drunkCorsair is a "Space Pirate" from the Human's Edge, loosely affiliated / inspired by the Yuan-Yuan (whose Dossier will form the Basis of His "Void Suit" attire) but that at the moment hide His criminal expertise of "Submondo Specialist" under an unassuming "Corp Sarariman" appearance (so still the H.V.T. elegant suit, but less glitzier and tech-shinier than the Corp Exec one)... Last Character active in the R.P.G. is a Corregidoran Tech-Expert and Hacker of Zulu Heritage, created by @Razgriz, that will have an "Active Duty" Dossier based still on a Crossbreed between Yuan-Yuan Spacesuit and Alguacil Armour, and a more rugged, but still stylish "Corporate Trench" attire for more High-Class environments... ..... In fact many of the extants Official Art Dossier of Corvus Belli could be easily de-coloured (to allow less loss of details) and re-tweaked to show Personal Character's Details; they are so clearly drawn, with crispy detailed "Ink Lines" that are a true joy to use and employ in Fan-Art, rather than other Conceptual Stuff of other games, maybe artistically exceptional, but a little confused and blurry to employ as inspirational origin material.....!!!
  10. Pleasantly surprised that Eddie / Lawrence had selected a matching palette of colours in the "Egypt Royal Blue" shade that nicely complemented with Her own choice of attire, then Amyah / Aaliyah quickly, but expertly and elegantly, dressed in some Outdoor Sport Wardrobe, a little more tasteful and refined than the one worn in the Cruiser Jet (just if they had to do an impromptu representation stop, or somehow impress Locals / Rich Tourists) and adjusted the Holsters holding the Assault Machinepistol and the "High Priestess of Anubis" combat knife under a small, ultralight Sea-Jacket with a cheap rendition of the Trysterion Logo on the back... Instead of a cap, She selected an Azure-Hued long bandanna to keep in check Her over-shoulder long Raven Hair (more useful for improvise total head cover, an improvised Blood-Staunching Torniquet or even a quick “Bandit Facemask” should the need arise); a relatively small Sport Pack in matching colours contained possessions even more useful than Weapons, such as the Portable Army Medikit, Emergency First Aid stuff and especially Her trusty Injector Pistol along with the precious 8 Vials of Nano-Serum… Then the Long Military Snipergun was simply stored away in the rather large sack containing yet the Ammo Clips, it was a simple matter of adjusting the stock pin to fully collapse it and it was greatly reduced as lenght and encumbrance; before zipping the bag, the Haqqislamite Special Force Soldiers took special care that no Banana Magazine was insterted and that the Firing Chamber was free of bullest, along with the Safety firmly on… A similar, but rather smaller and less bulky, Army Duffel Bag was put alongside the Light Shotgun at the table alongside Samuel / Nathan sitting place; it contained the rest of the Flechette Slugs, both in small 5-Shots miniboxes (the ones good for fitting into Civilian Dress pouches) and more basic 25-Shots standard packages, with one unassuming brand of a rather generic Tunguskan “Urban Security Firm”… It was unspoken that the tall, broad-shouldered Corregidoran Zulu could take all that stuff, if He decided to go along with the offer of borrowing that Yungang Xing Sawed-Off Cal.12 / 00; the compact, practical bag, without any external markings would have fit perfectly with whatsoever place the Ebony-Skinned Space-Techie would have chosen on the S.U.V. and would have been unassuming enough to fit with the Role of Corp Exec Assistant… Then, important things prepped and done, helped with the small chores of cleaning the snack mess; She took particular care to somehow employ ultra-strong detergents to cancel whatosever Genetic Traces would have been left (one cannot being too prudently paranoid !!) and awaited eagerly all the other Team-Mates would have been ready to depart the Suite to go for the “Tourist Island Roadtrip”… Her preferred “Marching Order” would have been to open all doors and preceding Her “Charge” on Turbo-Elevators and other natural bottleneck points, as was the typical operational wisdom of Bodyguards all around the Human Sphere; Lawrence and Nathan could easily follow a couple of pace later, presenting a convincing façade of being engrossed in “Deep Corptalk” and Chi Lin could stay as last, as His peculiar Criminal Background would have been priceless to detect “Tails” or suspicious extra surveillance, along with a various kind of other misdemeanours…..!!!
  11. Amyah / Aaliyah observed with military, dispassioned and professional eye (but still tinged with some "Pupil Sparkle" of amusement, as if good mood was quickly coming back.....evidently Her Biosculpted Gene-Modded enhancements had some quite wild "Ebb-&-Flow" emotional swings as side-effects !!) the quick, precise, brutally efficient manner of preparing of the Human Edger... She just took care to remember what manner of Ammunition Warheads, if at all special kind of Shots, the Deep Space Pirate chambered as ready in His arsenal; too often a Black-Op by Special Forces went awry because a Team-Mate made the wrong assumption about what Shells were packed by the others… As Her old Firing Instructor (a dour faced Hunzakut Huntsman, with features resembling sand-worn rockfaces of the Haqqislamite Desert, always set in a perpetual scowl) often repeated ad nauseam “Always Assume You Have Armor-Piercing Against A Soft Target, And Dum-Dum Manstoppers Against A T.A.G.; if You Are Wrong It Will Be A Good Surprise !!!”….. She just manipulated a little Her Comlog, without a very good practice evidently apparent to the Corregidoran Hacker, before instructing Her “Ushabti Geist”, Ka-Ba-Sekhem, to create small unassuming “Flags” to be added ONLY to Secure Tac-Net Communications to instruct any Member of the Small Fireteam what kind of Ammo was currently chambered… At the very good tactical remonstrances of Konrad / Chi Lin, then the almost-naked Bourak Babe approached the displayed Askari Sayad Rifle and caressed the rather long barrell with one of the not-too long, perfectly manicured Blue Nail of Her index finger, with almost a longingly way, like a long-lost lover reminiscing a still painful, but beloved “Past Affair”… Then She activated the “Optical Video-Recorder” function of Her Comlog and, with careful and artificially slow movements, put back the “Duplex Clip” on the Red Side inside the Ammo Feed Receiver, then equally elaborately, racked the Armement Slid-Lever, taking care to show the F.M.J. Shot now chambered in the Firing Mechanism, then switched the rather antiquated Safety Lever from On to Off, then to Single Shots, and suddendly from 3-Rounds Burst to Full-Auto… All the time She was showing some Basic Firing Poses by half-embracing the “Snipered-Up gun” and positioning Herself around the table (coincidentally also displaying in full-view some of the more daring Hyeroglyphs Tattoos decorating the ample gluteus zone); all the Time the firing finger was well-away from the Trigger, on of the first safety procedures of Marksman Pros... After this She put back the Safety On, painfully attentive and careful to show the primitive Clip Holding Lever, extracted the Banana-Shaped Magazine and, finally, racked back the Slid, much like an obsolete Bolt-Action Hunting Gun (of which just the Ariadnan Ojotniks and costly Vintage Replicas, where useful Videos present in the Maya / Arachne “Gun-Nuts Channels”)… The chambered Full-Metal Jacket Round was so expelled and grasped, in mid-air, with well-practiced fingers; with a quick, automated motion, was then put back in the Red-Taped Magazine, as if to show-off that sometimes Old Cased Ammo could be a little rambuctious to be properly aligned in the rather primitive and obsolete coil-spring loaded Ammo Clips… Finishing this then She stopped the Recording, instructing again the Geist to start a Basic Encyphering Subroutine open to ONLY the other Team-Members Logs and went back to the others… ….. [Secure Tac-Net Comms. Just wanted to show how properly employ this “Old Stallion”; it is one of the fondest memento of the best memories I still have of Bourak, My Homeland, and if well-treated, could be a competitive beast against the Best Hi-Tech Gewgaws of Human Sphere's Hyperpowers… This is a rather Undercover Detective Work; I REALLY Hope that a Long Range Military Rifle will not be relevant to Our Work, but as with Umbrellas or Condom-Preservatives, it is best to Have-No-Need-To-Use than Not-Have-Need-To-Use… Until We decide if actually feasible that “Shark Hunting” Bolt-Action Luxury Rifle that was discussed by Lawrence, then this is our best option for Long Ranged; also that Ojotnik-Replica, while immensely superior by Ballistic Results, would not be a Military Weapon optimized for quick, chaotic engagements, and would guarantee best results in rather sedate circumstances… Should someone of You be from a Military Background of Ariadnan Roots, all of these video-recorded procedurals would be moot; but even with a Past rooted in Low-Tech Improvisation like Nathan and Chi-Lin, I felt safer to do this little “Gun-Porn One-Girl Show” just for Your eyes only…!! Silly jokes apart, I concur totally is best to not let it open here in ths suite, was just for pre-mission checking, and this little…..Spectacle !! I daresay imagine You all know now that I'm a little, let's say…..Exhibition-Enthusiast..…!!! No really, I'm serious now, I let You all to decide what to do with this “Sword-Of-Allah Rifle”; I can dismantle it and pack it in the bag, hopefully not needing it, or can prepare it in a Rapid-Deployement Bag to have it in the trunk of the S.U.V. or whatsoever other sound Tactical Decision You'll reach… I concord that while a “Defensive Boarding Shotgun” can be justified even to paranoid Yu-Jing Policemen, a claim of “Counter-Sniping Option” will sound a little hollow to an angry Pheasant Agent… If someone want more accurate Firing Stances nods with this Beauty I'm very disponible and…..eager…..to teach; or I could pack it away, no problem… A little “Tourist Trip” of the Island Circuit could be a very wise move anywyay; Our driver will familiarize with the Vehicle and Yujingese Road-Laws and We could all keep our eyes well-open… Also could be useful to pick up wierd Quantronic Signatures around the Circuit Zones, if our hunches about Trojans hidden in the Race's Program Source Code are founded and sound… So let's decide, Boys, I'm a Party Girl, but really an Omega Groupie rather than a Crew Leader…..Be all Good Alpha Males and decide what we do…!!] ….. And with this She sat back at the right side of Nathan / Impi, in the same creamy Smart-Sofa filled to the brim with Neo-Fullerene Micro-Cushions that strived to adapt to that curvaceous extra weight; She tried to spy what the Holographic Networked Assembly of the ebony-skinned, handsome Corregidoran Zulu was collating and data-mining, but Her confused expression (while She unabashedly pilfered one of the most scrumptious snacks remaining on the platter and nibbled it pensively !!) meaned that, away from Special Forces Battlenets or Bio-Medical Gene-Screens that vaunted “Enhanced Intelligence” was not so brightly powerful…..!!! What was clear to the others Professional Edgerunners was that She was genuinely happy to be back with a Team of what She considered evidently to be “Her Peers” (or even “Far Better Superiors” in their chosen field); who know what manner of Knucklehead Thugs that She had to put upon in half-assed Two-Bit works… One could be still a Killer Pro, but also being infectiously gregarious and parading as “Human Sphere Adventure Lady” and a Vintage Gunshow Enthusiast (weirdly enough of all the Low-Tech Using Factions, the Rank'N'File of Ariadnans still worked with Weapontech older than Three Centuries, while their Elites strived to acquire all the available Hyperpower Gizmos; on the Polar Opposite, in the Haqqislamite Basic Armies there was a relative widespread of “Newtech” while their Special Forces tried to employ provedly reliable and uncomplicated stuff !!!)….. Amyah / Aaliyah observed with military, dispassioned and professional eye (but still tinged with some "Pupil Sparkle" of amusement, as if good mood was quickly coming back.....evidently Her Biosculpted Gene-Modded enhancements had some quite wild "Ebb-&-Flow" emotional swings as side-effects !!) the quick, precise, brutally efficient manner of preparing of the Human Edger... She just took care to remember what manner of Ammunition Warheads, if at all special kind of Shots, the Deep Space Pirate chambered as ready in His arsenal; too often a Black-Op by Special Forces went awry because a Team-Mate made the wrong assumption about what Shells were packed by the others… As Her old Firing Instructor (a dour faced Hunzakut Huntsman, with features resembling sand-worn rockfaces of the Haqqislamite Desert, always set in a perpetual scowl) often repeated ad nauseam “Always Assume You Have Armor-Piercing Against A Soft Target, And Dum-Dum Manstoppers Against A T.A.G.; if You Are Wrong It Will Be A Good Surprise !!!”….. She just manipulated a little Her Comlog, without a very good practice evidently apparent to the Corregidoran Hacker, before instructing Her “Ushabti Geist”, Ka-Ba-Sekhem, to create small unassuming “Flags” to be added ONLY to Secure Tac-Net Communications to instruct any Member of the Small Fireteam what kind of Ammo was currently chambered… At the very good tactical remonstrances of Konrad / Chi Lin, then the almost-naked Bourak Babe approached the displayed Askari Sayad Rifle and caressed the rather long barrell with one of the not-too long, perfectly manicured Blue Nail of Her index finger, with almost a longingly way, like a long-lost lover reminiscing a still painful, but beloved “Past Affair”… Then She activated the “Optical Video-Recorder” function of Her Comlog and, with careful and artificially slow movements, put back the “Duplex Clip” on the Red Side inside the Ammo Feed Receiver, then equally elaborately, racked the Armement Slid-Lever, taking care to show the F.M.J. Shot now chambered in the Firing Mechanism, then switched the rather antiquated Safety Lever from On to Off, then to Single Shots, and suddendly from 3-Rounds Burst to Full-Auto… All the time She was showing some Basic Firing Poses by half-embracing the “Snipered-Up gun” and positioning Herself around the table (coincidentally also displaying in full-view some of the more daring Hyeroglyphs Tattoos decorating the ample gluteus zone); all the Time the firing finger was well-away from the Trigger, on of the first safety procedures of Marksman Pros... After this She put back the Safety On, painfully attentive and careful to show the primitive Clip Holding Lever, extracted the Banana-Shaped Magazine and, finally, racked back the Slid, much like an obsolete Bolt-Action Hunting Gun (of which just the Ariadnan Ojotniks and costly Vintage Replicas, where useful Videos present in the Maya / Arachne “Gun-Nuts Channels”)… The chambered Full-Metal Jacket Round was so expelled and grasped, in mid-air, with well-practiced fingers; with a quick, automated motion, was then put back in the Red-Taped Magazine, as if to show-off that sometimes Old Cased Ammo could be a little rambuctious to be properly aligned in the rather primitive and obsolete coil-spring loaded Ammo Clips… Finishing this then She stopped the Recording, instructing again the Geist to start a Basic Encyphering Subroutine open to ONLY the other Team-Members Logs and went back to the others… ….. [Secure Tac-Net Comms. Just wanted to show how properly employ this “Old Stallion”; it is one of the fondest memento of the best memories I still have of Bourak, My Homeland, and if well-treated, could be a competitive beast against the Best Hi-Tech Gewgaws of Human Sphere's Hyperpowers… This is a rather Undercover Detective Work; I REALLY Hope that a Long Range Military Rifle will not be relevant to Our Work, but as with Umbrellas or Condom-Preservatives, it is best to Have-No-Need-To-Use than Not-Have-Need-To-Use… Until We decide if actually feasible that “Shark Hunting” Bolt-Action Luxury Rifle that was discussed by Lawrence, then this is our best option for Long Ranged; also that Ojotnik-Replica, while immensely superior by Ballistic Results, would not be a Military Weapon optimized for quick, chaotic engagements, and would guarantee best results in rather sedate circumstances… Should someone of You be from a Military Background of Ariadnan Roots, all of these video-recorded procedurals would be moot; but even with a Past rooted in Low-Tech Improvisation like Nathan and Chi-Lin, I felt safer to do this little “Gun-Porn One-Girl Show” just for Your eyes only…!! Silly jokes apart, I concur totally is best to not let it open here in ths suite, was just for pre-mission checking, and this little…..Spectacle !! I daresay imagine You all know now that I'm a little, let's say…..Exhibition-Enthusiast..…!!! No really, I'm serious now, I let You all to decide what to do with this “Sword-Of-Allah Rifle”; I can dismantle it and pack it in the bag, hopefully not needing it, or can prepare it in a Rapid-Deployement Bag to have it in the trunk of the S.U.V. or whatsoever other sound Tactical Decision You'll reach… I concord that while a “Defensive Boarding Shotgun” can be justified even to paranoid Yu-Jing Policemen, a claim of “Counter-Sniping Option” will sound a little hollow to an angry Pheasant Agent… If someone want more accurate Firing Stances nods with this Beauty I'm very disponible and…..eager…..to teach; or I could pack it away, no problem… A little “Tourist Trip” of the Island Circuit could be a very wise move anywyay; Our driver will familiarize with the Vehicle and Yujingese Road-Laws and We could all keep our eyes well-open… Also could be useful to pick up wierd Quantronic Signatures around the Circuit Zones, if our hunches about Trojans hidden in the Race's Program Source Code are founded and sound… So let's decide, Boys, I'm a Party Girl, but really an Omega Groupie rather than a Crew Leader…..Be all Good Alpha Males and decide what we do…!!] ….. And with this She sat back at the right side of Nathan / Impi, in the same creamy Smart-Sofa filled to the brim with Neo-Fullerene Micro-Cushions that strived to adapt to that curvaceous extra weight; She tried to spy what the Holographic Networked Assembly of the ebony-skinned, handsome Corregidoran Zulu was collating and data-mining, but Her confused expression (while She unabashedly pilfered one of the most scrumptious snacks remaining on the platter and nibbled it pensively !!) meaned that, away from Special Forces Battlenets or Bio-Medical Gene-Screens that vaunted “Enhanced Intelligence” was not so brightly powerful…..!!! What was clear to the others Professional Edgerunners was that She was genuinely happy to be back with a Team of what She considered evidently to be “Her Peers” (or even “Far Better Superiors” in their chosen field); who know what manner of Knucklehead Thugs that She had to put upon in half-assed Two-Bit works… One could be still a Killer Pro, but also being infectiously gregarious and parading as “Human Sphere Adventure Lady” and a Vintage Gunshow Enthusiast (weirdly enough of all the Low-Tech Using Factions, the Rank'N'File of Ariadnans still worked with Weapontech older than Three Centuries, while their Elites strived to acquire all the available Hyperpower Gizmos; on the Polar Opposite, in the Haqqislamite Basic Armies there was a relative widespread of “Newtech” while their Special Forces tried to employ provedly reliable and uncomplicated stuff !!!)…..
  12. As the tall and handsome Chimera was taking its turn at the Shower, then the gorgeous Gene-Engineered Native of Bourak, selected a choice of Her wardrobe to lie alongside the stilishly Armoured Clothing of Eddie / Lawrence, ranging from the sensibly elegant and classy to totally racy in the most outrageous sultry, barely qualifiable for the less disreputable Streetwalkers of the Human Sphere… Most of it was in the same weird shades of Blue-Azure that somehow Amyah / Aaliyah was so fond of, but some were in rather strikingly different hues; what was clear is that any kind of footwear, even the most elegant had sensible, practical, short heels; evidently, on this mission, the Haqqislamite was preferring to not risk some unpractical choices to risk (even if the Ex-Uberfallkommando remembered clearly from their shared past, that She has wore some very absurdingly high Stiletto-Heeled Sandals when going Nightclubbing in Vaudeville !!)… While She positioned Her stuff on the plush Triple-Sized Luxury Bed, humming an exotic-sounding wordless song, the Ex-Special Forces Medic put the most strikingly and weirdly coloured dress at direct contact with the Chimera disrobed vests; She knew that the very costly Nanotech-Enhanced Smart-Fabric of Bakunin origin was able to somehow partly adapt and change shades, even when not directly on the body of the designated wearer… While all cheap, but good, replicas of the most “En Vogue” fashionware of the Human Sphere's Elite, and perfectly conotured to Her shapely body, it was painfully clear that ANY part of the Wardrobe of the Bronze-Skinned Woman would NOT have been able to block even a stiff breeze (far differently from the Reinforced Neo-Kevlar of Eddie's clothing, designed to stop even Heavy Pistol Shots at Close Range)… Unfortunately part and parcel of the Haqqislamite Odalisques roles is to be unobtrusive and elegant Bodyguards, so that their custom-fitted, personally-tailored Subdermal Organic Armor-Plating, would have been impossible to spot and anyway able to provide Milspec Wargear levels of ballistic protection; trying to fit some last-minute acquired Bulletproof Shirts or Light Kevlar Jackets would not only have been impossibly costly for Amyah's meager finances and dilapidated assets, but also totally and impractically “Out-Of-Cover-Character”…!! Luckily for Her, the other Team-Members have seen on the shared Tactical Infos mutually provided by the Sunz Agency, that during Her stint of Service in the Haqqislamite Medical Military Corps the Ex-Special Force had tweaked to almost impossible levels Her own Genetic Code, employing techniques proscribed even by the rather experiment-oriented Elites of Bourak… The Phisique was reinforced to the point of resembling a 100% Organic Version of a Light Combat Lhost, with extra deposits of Meta-Ceramic Calcium in the Bones (especially around the more typical impact zones of the Human Skeleton and with the Thorax Ribs further encased as a sort of Lamellar Endoskeleton Carapace), blood vessels have been re-spliced and diffused as a sort of “Secondary System” all around and the Neural System had been enhanced and reinforced to Combat Level efficaciousness… The very part of the Growth / Regrowth / Morphology of the very Human D.N.A. has been re-written with strands taken from Old Earth Salamanders, Paradiso Titan-Newts and the infamous “Gray-Goo Amoeban” of Yutang (more an infestant plant almost impossible to root-out, rather than a true vermin); it was unclear if the results were truly the intended ones, but Natural Human Healing Processes were amped-up to levels unheard even in the infamous Djanzabans and Janissaries of the Haqqislamite Special Forces… It was almost impossible to think that the beautiful, infectiously-optimistic and cheery Tattoed Exotic Beauty currently whistling in Bras and Tangas while happily comparing Stylish Dress was in reality a Gene-Engineered Bioweapon, not very Lethal and Strong, but clearly very, Very, VERY Difficult to put down…..!!! Finishing with the more flirty and gregarious part of Her travel baggage “Dismantling” then Amyah / Aaliyah somehow changed; Her wordless tune became somber and more martial, almost like an Army Song and Her sparkingly shiny eyes somehow become overcast with a darker hue, as if a Visual Manifestation of some not very fondly remembered past deeds… First came out from Her dress case a sort of Medical Uniform reminiscent, in style and design of the Sphere-Wide renowned Pan-Oceanian “Trauma Docs” but made of a coarser, rougher fabric; weirdly enough instead of the ubiquitous Red Cross, Haqqislamite Red Cescent or “Winged Serpents Caduceus” there were patches hsaped like a vibrantly crimson-hued, almost blood-scarlet “Egyptian Ankhs” shaped exactly like the one Tattoed on Her belly, dominating promptly all the parts of the Female Anathomy that had purposes of Reproduction and Birth… Then it was the turn of a true Military-Grade Armour, clearly designed form maximum tactical effectiveness; while neither the Light Neo-Kevlar Suits favoured by Recon Rangers, nor the Heavier Rigid Plates employed usually by Assault Frontmen, it offered a believable compromise between maximal affordable protection and ease of movement… Strapped around the Semi-Soft Organic Teflon Weaves of the dark hued Medium Armour (with a Camo Pattern reminiscent of the Deserts of Bourak, at Night) were all the typical accessories of a hypermodern Army Climbing Plus Kit: Selectively Adhesive Patches for Gloves and Boots, Force-Evolved Grip Pads on Friction Zones, Orbital Steel Rings around the Gear Harness for holding Climbing Pitons or Monosteel Cables and other useful gadgets widespread around the Suit… Finally (and the mood of the Haqqislamite took decisively the more dark, sinister tone) She extracted Her heavier weaponry from the sensor-screened “Diplomatic Cases”; first it was the relatively compact and stort-barrellled Light Shotgun of the Yungang-Xing Type 3.2 kind, very similar to the ones seen put in the racks of the Sabai Islands Police Cruisers (and renowned around the Sphere for being the best compromises of cheap, reliable efficacy !!) was nonetheless further customized with some extra personalization… The Fore-Handgrip was fitted with a short Neo-Led Tactical Light, running parallell alongside the barrell was put a Red-Dot Laser Pointer of better quality thatn the standar-issued one and on the Upper Rail was affixed a Reflex tac-Scope optimized for Short Ranged combat engagements; almost unthinkingly the alluring Bourakite Woman started to load the relatively primitive Slug Shells on the tubular magazine underneath the main barrell… These were the standard “Airburst Pre-Fragmentation” Cal.12 / 00 kind of Flechette Ammunitions, so infamous and criticized by O-12 Gun-Laws for their horrendous efficacy against Organic Flesh; Konrad / Chi-Lin recognized immediatly their Bright Red Plastic Casing so different from the Light Yellow of His own Nonlethal Stun Slugs, or the Deep Blue of the devastating Armor Piercing Shells that His own Boarding Shotgun (of the rugged, capable Devcon Arms Outburst 2 model) was able to chamber, and select, in the Smart-Drum Magazine-Clip... First the exotic, alluring and cosmetically-enhanced Girl chambered 5 Shells in the main barrell, then proceeded to do the same in 5 plastic slots welded to the Left Side of the Shotgun's Body, polar opposite to the Right-Side placed ejection port of the spent slugs; finally a similarly spaced five-slotted serie of Ammo Pouches, sewn into the Bioplastic Meshweave carry-belt of the Light Riot Weapon was carefully loaded… The only practical flaw of the Yungang-Xing Type 3.2 by the various Pros of the Human Sphere was that the vintage-styled, relatively primitive, Pump-Action+Cylinder Magazine mechanics of the Light Shotgun (favoured by the Yu-Jing Gun Designers for ease of manufacturing and compact practicability) towards the more advanced Semiauto Models with a detachable clip-styled magazine, was the relatively slow, methodical, cumbersome method of reloading, especially in mid fight… Special Forces Trooper everywhere had very often employed this manner a sort of middle-ground apporach by putting some extra Slug Shots directly on the weapon, rather than in Box-Pouches or Ammo Belts that could have been uneasy to reach during pitched engagements; another smart move was to somehow count the remaining Chambered Shells and re-fill the ones spent during a small lull in the fight… Seeing that “Impi” had prepared some quick snacks for anyone, while putting a tasteful brand of expensive coffee, She thankingly profited from the bountiful spread that the Corregidoran had prepared; still tastefully, but clearly hungry, the Bourakite started wolfing down some choice morsels (obviously Her Gene-Modded Enhanced Physique needed a rather superior intake of Proteins and Calories to keep functioning at peak levels of efficiency…!!)... She put the prefectly prepared Light Shotgun carefully on the rather luxurious and spacious “Coffe Table” alongside the Holographic Projection of Samuel / Nathan hyperadvanced Network of Comlog + Geist carrying the shared Tac-Net, alongside with a couple of rather unobtrusive 5-Shells Ammo Boxes, clearly customized to be carried easily and unsuspectingly in normal dress pouches… ….. [Tac-Net Secure Comms. If You feel somehow under-armed, even with Your lethal Combat Hacking prowess, Nathan, then feel free to borrow My Shotgun… I absolutely don't mind lending it; could not carry it without be too conspicuous, so perhaps is best for You to have it, maybe disguised in a Assistant Manager Case or similar… If You want to carry it hidden under a large jacket, or maybe a stylish Evening Trench, perhaps We'll have to slightly regulate the carry-belt, as I feel that Your manly shoulders are rather.....larger.....than mine…!!] ….. And with this, almost jokingly, the “Odalisque Bodyguard” half-massaged the rather broad shoulders of the handsome Zulu from Corregidor; the ebony-skinned Tech Specialist obviously understood that, while a form of Camaraderie-Bonding on itself, the expert fingers of the Haqqislamite were, somehow, almost carefully “Sensing / Appraising” the muscular tone of the Nomad Spacer… Obviously Amyah / Aaliyah had some…..rather peculiar…..concepts of “Personal Space” and “Workplace Modesty” as usually considered by the rest of the Human Sphere…!! Then She opened Her last Case and displayed the contents clearly on the secondary available bed, after being careful enough to spread a Bioplastic Tarpaulin; from the case were extracted carefully the diassembled parts of a rather large, cumbersome Haqqislamite Battle Rifle, far heavier and primitive looking than the usually sleek Assault Combirifles of the more advanced Hyperpowers… Anyone with an interest in “Vintage Guns” would have recognized that the Askari A.S. Sayad of Bourak, chambered in 5.56mm. and standard issues of the various Haqqislamite Armed Forces, was clearly designed keeping the ancient, venerable 7.62mm. Ak-47 Kalashnikov of Old Earth; but just the basic concepts were kept and the rest was enhanced by the most advanced Biomechanical Technology available… Rather than stamped thin metal casing of the Firing Apparatus, the sleekly designed ergonomically adapted frames were custom growth in Bioplastic Vats and then reinforced with Organic Metaceramic; softer, cushion-padded brands of Techo-Organic Molds were eployed where would have been Shaped Wooden Parts such as Stocks and Grips (just the “Neanderthals of Ariadna” continued to employ Wood parts for their customized Guns, even if the Ash-Maple of Dawn was almost iron-strong and far durable than every Earthian Trees… The movements of the Haqqislamite when re-assembling the Long Gun where quick but extra-careful, almost in a ritualized way; probably countless hours of Safety Drilling, at night and during averse conditions, had made the practice as a sort of “Automated Muscle-Memory” kind of process… Just when Basic Assembly was complete and the clearly personalized custom touches of the Rifle were put on the thing become less a cold, dispassionate automatic process and rather had a warmer manner of further refining the Characteristics of the Gun… While still a collapsible, tubular kind of Paratrooper Stock the Shoulder-Impact Zones were enhanced to provide a better “Sniper Marksman” kind of firing stance, with small rivets able to regulate the optimal arm-bracing; a Fore Handgrip contained not only a small tactical torchlight, but also a sort of cheap, but reliable, Gyrostabilizer to reduce the shooting recoil; a folding bipod was affixed parallel to the Barrell, able to be deployed in all manner of Precise Shooting situations... Then a rather large Cylindrical Sound-Reducer was counter-clockwise swerved to the firing mouth, in place of a Standard Flash-Muzzle; even if quite lenghty, very probably the rather primitive, heavy calibre of the Long Rifle would have prevented a truly Silenced Fire, and would have been efficiently just as a Suppressor… Finally, a somewhat cumbersome, vintage-styled, kind of Tactical Scope was carefully placed on the aft-forecastle of the Sayad; rather than the totally Holographic Display (slaved to either the Battle Comlogs, or the Smartgoggles / Cybereyes of Hyperpower Soldiers) of the more advanced versions of Combirifles was in a rugged, reinforced Biometal Casing; on plus of the Basic Opticals, (with a peculiarly nostalgic x2 / x4 / x6 zooms regulated by an old-styled calibration wheel) there were also mounted a thin, but still efficacious Red-Dot Laser Rangefinder and some sort of Army Surplus “Night Vision Box”, probably with antiquated Infrared / Starlight modules… The old-styled Forward Banana-Shaped Ammo Magazines were then carefully extracted from a rather large sack; there were other 5 somehow “Signed” with Blue Tape, on plus on the one still insterted in the Gun Feed, and a rather more large quantity of Red-Taped ones… Amyah / Aaliyah then extracted the Blue one from the Feed and tied it (with a featureless Packing Black Tape) to a Red One, with the ammo feed of the Magazines put in polar opposites; then proceeded to carefully, but quickly extract the dual-tied Ammo Clips, again and again from the Sniper Autorifle, with just a pressure of the antiquated release bin… Just someone very familiar with Ariadnan Military Tactics or with a passion for “Maya Data-Mining” would have recognized this manner of combining magazines as the “Duplex Clips”, something developed by Old Earth Fireteams to quickly reload, or speedily change different ammo types, nowadays put into obsolescence by the Smart Liquid Metal Mag-Shapers of modern Multi-Rifles or the still prevalent, but somehow less advanced Selector Feeds of Drum-Fed Guns like the less technological models of Boarding Shotguns... Extracting a final time the Dual-Taped Magazine then the Exotic Haqqislamite seemed satisfied and put the Rifle on the Bipod at a small table nearby (but still not visible from exterior) a window of the Luxury Suite on the side of the Eclipse Resort facing the main road of Sabai Island, with a good view of the peculiarly crystal-clear azure waters of the oceanside beachfront... Then the Tattoed Beauty approached the Void-Born “Deep Space Pirate” and carefully showed Him the different kind of Vintage Brass-Cased Ammunitions put into the different Clips; in the Red-Taped one there were old styled, but still easily recognizable Standard Ammunitions, some Full Metal Jackets with a Lead Core covered by a thin film of Brassy Metal… Instead in the Blue-Taped one there were rather weirder kind of Ammunition Warheads; the Bullett was unjacketed, and seemed not even Metallic, but rather some kind of glossy kind of bioplastic with a rather sinister sheen to it; intersped in the middle of the stuff were almost visible some kind of shiny, steely dots… ….. [Tac-Net Secure Comms. I tell this to You, Chi Lin, as from the Tactical Dossiers of Sunz then You are our “Best Shot”, especially with Precise Marksmanship at Long Range, and so perhaps it will fall to You to employ My Rifle when I'm not able… The Red Taped Clips have Basic Ammunition; is rather old stuff, Ariadna-Styled Full-Metal Jackets, but comparable in efficacy with the Standard Shots of Hyperpower Combirifles, and is far less expensive than the Blue ones, that I find rather more difficult and costly to replace… These are a special brand of Haqqislamite Armor Piercing Ammunitions; in Bourak, often We spare a lot of cost by recycling tiny shards of Teseum from other Hi-Tech Elaborations and put the sharper ones into this Kinetic Bioplastic Warheads; while relatively cheap, they are still quite lethal to Armoured Foes… When impacting against a very hard target, such as Rigid Plating, the Bioplastic squash easily on the tough surface and have a “Syringe Propelling Effect” that projects the razor-sharp shards inside the softer parts of the enemy; while I could not guarantee that these are Anti-T.A.G. Ammo, in the capable hands of a good shooter like You, these could do a lot of damage…..!!!] ….. With Her little “Haqq Milspec Promo-Spiel” then done, She then let the three Team Members progress with their own tactical elucubrations; She sat down on the softest Smart-Sofa available, still just in Bra, Panties and Shoulder-Holsters, crossing Her long, curvy legs and scarfing down some more Snacks prepared by “Impi”, grateful also by the strong coffee prepared by the Black Corregidoran, and awaited further logictical decisions...
  13. Aaliyah put a gentle, light-touching (but still firm and muscularly strong) hand on the Deep Space Pirate shoulder, flexing a little Her long, perfectly-manicured fingers, with well-polished Nails tinctured in the same Pastel Blue hue of Her chosen Lingerie (and obsviously custom-tailored to accentuate both the glittering Emerald-Green of the Hitech Tattoos and the Gene-Engineered Golden-Bronze shade of Her smooth skintone, along with the Nightsky Reflections on Her raven-coloured Hair)... She believed (maybe a Tad.....Overmuch !!) on the "Positive Reinforcement" of the Physical Kind, so She was blissfully unaware that instead of being unobtrusively supportive, She is somehow troubling and distracting Her Void-Born Team-Mate..... !!! ..... [Tac-Net Secure Comm] All good ideas Chi-Lin and maybe it will be enough to nail down with further precision these avenues of investigation... In fact should their faithfulness to Our final client not be compromised or suspect somehow, then the Pilot of Team Coca-Cola would be a very useful assett to understand the specific method (or methods, We could not discount many little tricks instead of a "Big One-Shot" !!) of this obviously well-thought and well-proved cheating scam... Ariadnans are notoriously resistant to be pervasively "Invaded" by the many gifts of "Big Brother A.L.E.P.H." and so their Technical Support will be rather limited; while this will give them serious disadvantages against a Superior Hacking, will also limit quite strikingly the "Backdoors" somehow opened or left in their Racing System... Also their Pilot has a proved reputation of "Roughshod Rodeo-Racing"; if We use this, with or WITHOUT their "Informed Consent", a well-timed "Road-Bump Accident" could cause the cheaters to adjust their planned programming and let a Quantronic Spike somehow visible onto this "Poisonous Digital Web" they have spun... ..... Lawrence, do You know if Mr. Ash Silver will be present at the Party Soirèè; or at least an Accredited Assistant of the Boss' Staff...?? Perhaps the "Higher Echelons" of our Client Company are not privy to our SPECIFIC presence, identities and methods, and they could be under heavy surveillance, so it will be a very important Tactical Decision to choose of revealing (at the most opportune moment) our general, or even detailed, availability.....??? ..... Nathan, what have, for now, revealed Your Digital Investigative Techniques...?? We are, after all, in a Resort Island.....Did You have "Reeled In" some prospectively "Big Fishes".....???
  14. Shoujo Tora, literally translated from the Nihonjin Sub-Dialect of Yu-jing means literally “Tiger Girl” and was the self-selected nickname of one relatively obscure at birth Japanese Woman that was soon propelled amongst the most controversials of the Maya Celebrities of all the Human Sphere (well, in reality Her “Maya” stints were really brief and unimportant, is in the Arachne Counter-Hypernet that She really made a loud splash !!)… She was born nearby the Prefecture of Motobushimi on Kuraimori, the Island-Continent of Shentang Planet that was selected as the “New Japan” by that so peculiar Ethnicity of the Jade Empire (almost an “Inner Empire” in itself, nested in the larger Chinese-Majority one); all the past life obtained by dedicated Data-Mining Fans almost unhearted nothing, just vague references to being sole daughter of an obscure, but very wealthy Agri-Corp Clan hidden in the grassy hills of Motobushimi's northern slopes, just dominating the bustling port city… This of course led to many weird legends amongst Her mysterious past, ranging from the most outlandish to be slightly related, by Blood, to the disappeared line of Japanese Emperors, to a still absurd, but a little more sensate, to being sole heir of a powerful Ninja Clan (the same “Ninja Clans” that so vigorously the Yujingese Ministry of P.R. Communication denies even existing !!) raised from birth to become a powerful Oniwaban like the infamous, controversial Mercenary known as Shinobu Kitsune… But whatever the truth of these rumors could be, the life of the Young Girl that would become “Shoujo Tora” (and what REAL Name was totally stricken from ANY available Data Source of both Maya and Arachne, a thing particularly Ominous and Sinister considering the connotations of one's Clan Name in the Yujing Culture !!) was peculiarly unremarkable and without many ripples in the Datphere, unless was counted some excellent Spoartsmanship Competition Marks from the early on… Just a couple of analysys of those Sporting Competitions (realistically said to be employed by State-sponsored, and Private Armies, of Yu-Jing to start Scouting for potential candidates of Elite Services and Military Special Forces) begin to shed some further mysteries on that Celebrity Past…..!!!
  15. After a quick shower and a rapid drying under the Hi-Tech Airblowers, then Aaliyah not even bothered with a bathrobe, but as soon as perfectly clean and dry, went immediatly for just wearing just some basic Blue-Hued Lingerie (with just some hints of Arabesqued Silky Patterns), a rather simple Bra, perfectly shaped to contain Her ample breast, and some tasteful Tanga-Panties, that melodiously contoured Her "Callypigian Derriére" (a rather fanciful term that a Merovingian Playboy expatriated from Ariadna had employed once to sway Her, not with much difficulty; She had spent a relative lot of time in Maya to actually understand that meaned "Side B dignified enough to be of a Demigoddess" and that had piqued Her interest and made the passes of the Ariadnan even more successful...!!)... She then quickly wore a rather complex, but antiqated in design, ensemble of Synth-Leather Strings over the shoulders and, in doing so, accentuated how much flexible and supple were the muscles flexing under the Golden-Hued, Emerald-Tattoed Skin; the "External Packaging" could have been adorable and lovely, but what was "Hidden Underneath" was unmistakably created / modified with Milspec Levels of Gene-Engineered Lethality... The relatively outdated A.K.-Novy “Groza” Burst-Capable Machinepistol was inserted in the rapid-extraction holster under the Right Armpit; similar in design to the Semiautomatic Handgun employed by the Deep-Spacer Pirate was of a smaller caliber and of rather more quantity of bullets in the “Vintage Spring-Loaded Magazines” put in extra carriers on the straps, so different from the so-called “Smartclips” employed by the most advanced Hyperpowers of the Human Sphere… Rather than pressurized, nanotech-sealed “Magnetic Bottles” of Liquid Metal (ready to be shaped into aerodynamical bullets by the Gun inner magnetic-coils and accellerated by the Barrell's linear mass-drivers) it was compact, flat boxes with vintage Brass Casings and Lead Heads covered by thin films of Metal (the so-called “Ariadnan Full Metal Jackets” so infamous and controversial outside the Planet Dawn)… On the left side of the Holster-Carrier Strings, alongside some further Extra Magazines, was inserted in a well-oiled sheath (of an even higher quality Cloned Synthleather) an even more weird weapon, a curved knife with a general “S” shaped contour, that seemed quite just a fancy Tourist Gadget to be sold to gullible folks around the cheap bazaars of Bourak or Old Earth Middle-East… But appearances could be deceiving (as much as with the owner of that bizarre Short Blade); while it was made, at first sight, of a sheen of a Bronze-Coppered Alloy like stuff from Antique Museums, and the shape was of a Ceremonial Knife of Ancient Egypt (along with strange Hyeroglyphs etched on the blade, a Guard prominently displaying the Falcon-Eye of Horus, and a Pommel shaped much like a stylized version of the Jackal-Head of Death-God Anubis) it was nonetheless recognizable as the deadly Crescent Daggers, with edges honed to ALMOST Mono-Molecular levels, employed by the Desert Troopers of the Haqqislamite Special Forces… While the gorgeous woman of Bourak prepared Herself with the most unobtrusive Weapons of Her arsenal, She was a little worried by the Chimera pensive and brooding silence, knowing that the Ex-Uberfallkommando had a lot about to reflect, especially after the rather direct and brutally honest, but quite blunt way with which Amyah / Aaliyah had forced Him face some unpleasant memories of a shared, difficult past… So She respected the contemplative stance of the Former Elite Moderator of Bakunin and instead approached the other two members of the Team, softly plodding with her naked, bare feet on the silky Nano-Weaved Artificial Furry Carpet (a rather tacky, but stull stylish feature of the Luxurious Suite) and contemplating what they were checking on the Holographic Display of their Synched Comlogs, put for ease of analysis on the tastefully undecorated Main Table… She knew that Her Advanced Sensor Suite would help them to whatever kind of Technical Observation they would have selected with their rather impressive, widespread range of talentuous skillset and had yet expressed, rather eloquently, Her various doubts and tactical questions, so She staid silently a couple of paces behind them, trying to decipher their Geist-Enhanced “Seance”… If Nathan and Chi-Lin would have asked Her opinion She would have been there to interject, but Her Technical Background was rather focused on Medical Displays and Gene-Code Decyphering so simply She was there in a supportive manner, hoping Her presence would have been a silent declaration of positive reinforcement and trust in their capabilities… To reinforce the fact She had not yet selected some rather Obnoxious Haqqislamite Perfume to “Wear As A Second Skin” to further reinforce Her assumed role of Odalisque; just the smooth fragrance of Her freshly cleaned flesh and carefully combed hair wafted in the conditioned atmosphere… She was simply there, nearby the Corregidoran Zulu and the “Corsair Of The Void” trying to be NOT overbearing or overwhelming, but RATHER supportive and silently unobtrusive with Her silent presence, ready to be useful should the two would have needed of Her…..