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-[size=6]1.05 Diplomacy ​[/size] +
-[size=4]In which the Faction is encountered[/​size] +
-[quote]Traveling to [url=http://​www.obsidianportal.com/​campaign/​paradox-diaspora/​wikis/​trafalgar-square]Trafalgar Square[/​url] the group decides on following the advice of   ​[url=http://​www.obsidianportal.com/​campaigns/​paradox-diaspora/​characters/​mr-konig-pv]Craig Konig[/url] and to plunge into their midst. What have they to lose?​[/​quote] +
-Craig Konig stands with hands in pockets, his lined and wrinkled face portraying patience not normally seen on any human as we waits to find out whether his new acquaintances will be accompanying him or seeking their own way in the city. +
-It seems you have an escape plan, which is more than what we have our selves.GÇ¥ Jim looks at the others and shrugs. As far as I can see, our best chance is to accompany Mr Konig."​ +
-Well don't leave me behind. With my luck, I'll run into one of those Sontaran things. +
-Agreed. Mr Konig has been nothing but a perfect gentleman to us. We should do him the courtesy of accompanying him to Parliament. It would seem to be in all of our best interests. +
-Excellent! Believe me, at this stage it's in everyone'​s interest to follow me!, Mr. Konig leads the group forward."​ +
-From ahead come the noises of a large group of people talking. The quiet of the city accentuates the echoes and the gabbling giving an eerie affect as though in a large enclosed space rather than an open city. +
-Despite his words, Jim seems a little reluctant to follow Mr Konig, and drops to the back of the group as they begin to hear the sounds of the group ahead. +
-While we're walking in, do you mind if I ask something quick? Before you came by, we were just talking about some sort of design appearing on the wall of the church we met at. Lots of circles, but no idea why they would be there. Anything spring to mind? +
-The design David is talking about was of particular interest to the Sontaran. I believe he tried to destroy any access to it by collapsing the church around it. +
-That? It's a hole, and is spreading. +
-Noticable there first I imagine because the nodal interstices were weakened when penetrated, Mr Konig eyes the dust covered David."​ +
-That brings up a couple of questions. What penetrated, from where, and I guess that will also answer where the hole leads? And what do you mean nodal interstices?​ Jim asks, looking at Mr Konig for an answer. "I take it this is all to do with being in a pocket universe?"​ +
-If it's a hole that goes back to where we came from, it might be how we got here in the first place. Or at least how I got here, since I woke up at that church. Of course if it was something as simple as that, I doubt there'​d be much need of a rescue plan to get back out unless it's a one way door for some reason. +
-Ah, you came from the church! I suspected as much., says Mr Konig."​ +
-Alas I fear, that particular egress was temporary and quite likely originally intended for only one person +
-Ahead, amongst the shadows of the street, Pall Mall as it turns into Trafalgar Square can be seen dark figures. Humans in robes, costumes, some even in spiky bone armour +
-They appear to be arguing. Often with shorter, muscular figures with no neck, in battle armour. +
-[quote][size=3][b]Reconstruction number one. Second day Faction Paradox briefing, as given by Godfather Morlock.[/​b] +
-[i]Now, observe this armour. As new members of our family, this is the uniform you'll be expected to wear on ceremonial occasions, or, heaven forbid, if you ever have to go into real-life combat. It's the best protection you're ever likely to possess, and I should know, because I designed most of it. I'm sure you'll all have noticed the hardwired biokinetic system and the airtight layer of artificial membrane, while the more observant among you might also have spotted that the armour'​s framework looks a lot like bone. There'​s a reason for that, of course. It's because the whole suit's made out of a skeleton. You don't need to know what it was the skeleton of, but let's just say that if you run into something that's six foot three and covered in chitinous plating then you might want to think about leaving the room before it notices you're wearing one of its ancestors. It's enough to know that these are the bones of one of the toughest humanoid species known to the family, and if sympathetic magic'​s what it used to be then some of that strength should rub off on you. +
-Of course, now you'll be asking yourselves the obvious question. If these things are so tough, then how did we manage to kill them for their skeletons in the first place? Not that I want to reduce your confidence in your armour.[/​i][/​size] +
-[/quote] +
-Jim slows down a little at the site of the group ahead. You seem fairly confident, Mr Konig. ButGǪ ,well, is there some kind of plan we should know about?"​ +
-David spots one of the guys in bone armor, and leans over to Jim whispering to him. Would you look at these guys? They look like some death cult or something. We sure about this?"​ +
-I'm not sure about any of this, but then do we have any other choice? Jim replies quietly."​ +
-Let's just go in as if we belong. Confidence is the key. +
-Onward!, Mr Konig shouts, marching towards the crowd. ​ Almost all these people appear Human except for the occasional Sontaran. Very few of them carry weapons of any sort other than the Sontarans. Those that have weapons appear to be quite futuristic guns of various sorts. Some of the humans have no shadows and some of the humans have shadows that move differently from them or appear to be holding something, possibly a weapon. These humans don't appear to carry a normal weapon (at least, very rarely)."​ +
-The plan is, my erstwhile colleagues, to baffle them with common sense! Always confuses these ritualists, Jim my boy. Stay close, try not to offend too many people, but if you do GÇô be prepared to back it up with a fight. +
-Mr Konig ponders the thought for a moment. +
-Hmmm, now there'​s a thought GÇô Ever heard about stories of fairyland? General advice is GÇô be careful what you eat, don't give away anything personal GÇô especially information. In fact, I need be careful how much I tell you. Too much knowledge is a dangerous thingGǪ +
-I don't think I need to be too careful about what I eat Sylar says wryly."​ +
-No, eating will not be a problem for me, either. Jim pauses a moment. "There is one possible problem though. Everyone in that crowd will see me as one of their own race. It is why I don't look alien to you, David. But this could cause problemsGǪ it can be very confusing in a multi-race mob. I will stay out here if you all think it would be for the best."​ +
-Jim looks at the crowd, and licks his lips. Then again, it might be riskier to split upGǪ"​ +
-Well if it's fine with you, I'd suggest going back to that church now that the aliens are gone, and see if there'​s anything to explain what you saw. It may only link to one of us, but it might give us an idea of what's going on here in general. Craig seems like he has connections here, but frankly I don't know how much help we're going to get from these- +
-David looks back to the bone armor guys, to gesture to them for Jim, and then pauses for a moment as his head starts to hurt again. +
-Stupid headache must be coming back. Wonderful. Anyways, I don't know how much help these guys are really going to be, so any extra information we can get would be awesome right about now. With that ability of yours, you're the closest thing we have to a spy around here and I get a horrible feeling that we're going to need one before we can leave. +
-Jim looks confused for a moment. Sorry, you seemed to be suggesting going back to the church and then you seem to imply we should see what information we can get from here? I am a little confused."​ +
-Jim looks at the gathering and licks at his lips again. Though, I'm beginning to think we may get more information out of this gathering."​ +
-I agree. This gathering looks like it's about to get interesting. The church isn't going anywhere in a hurry . . . . . . . I hope. +
-I was saying about if they have anything hiding at the church or not, but like I said it's up to you either way. Either way I think I'll be sticking around here as well. If nothing else, I'm pretty sure the guy is getting some sort of idea involving me. Might as well see what else I can dig up while we're around here, maybe find out more about what this newspaper from earlier is talking about. Like what the heck a GÇÿTime War' is for example. +
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-[size=6]2.01 Faction Paradox[/​size] +
-[size=4]In which the Faction is bumped into and it begins to bump back[/​size] +
-[quote]Making their way through the crowd, Konig dragoons a Cousin into showing them the way.  Meanwhile David remembers.[/​quote] +
-The crowd is a mishmash of strange costumes. Somewhere between a goth cosplay event and a BBC costume drama. There are frock coats, ruffs, cloaks, and many, many skull masks. All mixed in with the odd individual in bone armour GÇô some with masks, some with them held idly in their hand. The mood of the crowd is chaotic and frenetic, bordering on hysteria. +
-As David, Jim and Sylar trail after Mr Konig into the crowd, they can hear snatches of conversation between these odd people: +
-GÇ£.. about the Skasis Paradigm?​GÇ¥ +
-GÇ£.. kidding, right?​GÇ¥ +
-GÇ£GǪdoesnGÇÖt have to be your actual grandfather,​ but it canGÇÖt be, say, a great aunt. GÇÿPity,​GÇÖ she saidGǪGÇ¥ +
-GÇ£ItGÇÖs about time! Also, space.GÇ¥ +
-GÇ£GǪwith this midwife yelling in German and me wearing only half aGǪGÇ¥ +
-GÇ£GǪthe moral dimension isnGÇÖt an actual dimension recognised by the philosophical framework of theGǪGÇ¥ +
-GÇ£GǪlooking younger every day, itGÇÖs getting quite beyond aGǪGÇ¥ +
-GÇ£Look, it all will have been going to be fine.GÇ¥ +
-GÇ£The syncotronic flux resonator is picking up some percussive resonance events. Better look into that! Could be a major event precursor.GÇ¥ +
-GÇ£Where your post-historiographic theory falls down is that it lacks an adaptive, holistic framework! ThatGÇÖs all very well for day-to-day stuff, but it canGÇÖt address the wicked problems of space-time multi-navigational infrastructure!GÇ¥ +
-Mr Konig grabs the nearest young person he sees. +
-GÇ£You there, Little Br.. Sister. Honestly, young bloods these daysGǪ Little Sister, whatGÇÖs your name?​GÇ¥ +
-GÇ£..GÇ¥ +
-GÇ£Forget it, donGÇÖt care, take me to your leader!GÇ¥ +
-GÇ£Who areGǪ ?GÇ¥, the young woman in victorian dress begins to ask before Craig yet again cuts her off. +
-GÇ£Your Fathers and Mothers, of course! I take it the Cousins are in the armour?​GÇ¥ +
-GÇ£Uh, yeah, uh..GÇ¥ +
-An agitated old lady wanders past, GÇ£IGÇÖm sure I recalibrated the chronospectrograph! Well, IGÇÖm sure one of me did! I canGÇÖt all have forgotten!GÇ¥ +
-GÇ£Forget it, IGÇÖll get a CousinGÇ¥,​ Craig lets go of the young woman and approaches one of the bone armoured. The skull mask does a double take on Mr Konig, scanning him up and down. +
-David overhears a young man in a crew cut and possibly a steampunk Star Trek uniform (for some reason), GÇ£Tralfamadore?​ Never heard of it.GÇ¥ +
-Sylar and Jim are distracted by small group of what appear to be tight-wearing shakespearean fans: +
-GÇ£GǪeither a complete breakdown of causality, or some sort of reiterative hypercausation cascade. Not good either way.GÇ¥ +
-GÇ£GǪcould be caught in a self-repeating paradox loop. Could be worse GÇô youGǪGÇ¥ +
-GÇ£GǪlook,​ I understand that, but it doesnGÇÖt mean anything to me unless we establish a common reference point.GÇ¥ +
-[i]Seems like everyone here uses family titles as a status, like what you might see with a nun house. Everyone calling each other sister or brother or even cousin.[/i] David notices that nobodyGÇÖs called anybody GÇ£Father/​MotherGÇ¥ or GÇ£Son/​DaugherGÇ¥ yet. Maybe that would go with someone with an office job that wouldnGÇÖt be out here with the common folk of the group? +
-[i]It looks like one person there seems to recognize Craig, almost like he was surprised at who he saw. What sort of connection does he have with this group anyways?​[/​i] +
-A shiver ripples over Jim as he is submerged in a wave of emotion. It isGǪdelicious,​ that is the only word for it. He stumbles, but quickly gathers himself. Making a conscious effort he catches up with the others. He stares raptly, almost hungrily at those around him. +
-The man (or possibly woman?) in the bone armour defers to Mr Konig, even going so far as to say GÇ£SirGÇ¥. +
-The Cousin inclines its skull mask to one side, addressing Mr Konig, What can I do for you M..GÇ¥"​ +
-HeGÇÖs abruptly cut off by Mr Konig, CraigGÇ¥. Although the pronunciation is somewhat different to Sylar. Something that sounds more like "​KreegGÇ¥"​ +
-Craig Konig, is my name. +
-David notices that something meaningful may has passed. +
-I take it that all the Fathers and Mothers are in session, debating what the hell should be done? +
-I donGÇÖt see how any of that is your.. +
-IGÇÖm here too arenGÇÖt I? It is most certainly my concern! And my business! +
-..and? +
-Mr Konig stares at the CousinGÇÖs skull mask, making them uncomfortable. +
-GǪ and, Sir?, grudgingly the Cousin overcomes its natural inclination to rebel against authorities GÇô especially SOME authorities."​ +
-..and I need to speak with them, of course! Show me to Westminster. Oh, and try not to do anything permanent to my entourage., Craig nods back at Jim, Sylar and David. "I need them. Therefore, so do you."​ +
-The Cousin inclines its mask in acknowledgement,​ and also starts to take more interest in the group behind Craig. The attention received makes them feel somewhat uncomfortable themselves, as though being judged on a bad performance in front of a live audience for forgetting lines theyGÇÖd never learned GÇô in someone elseGÇÖs play theyGÇÖd never heard of. +
-[i]Well that wasnGÇÖt awkward at all. Nope.[/i] +
-It would seem that they were off to Westminster now for now. Sounds like his suspicion about leader titles was right, and that they were all meeting about something or another, probably whatever the big deal is about it being night right now. Not to mention the Sontarans, and hey maybe even themselves if they know about it already. +
-Looking over to the Cousin"​ whoGÇÖs currently taking them to where the session is, and occasionally staring at them once in a while, he tries to strike up some conversation."​ +
-IGÇÖm David by the way, good to meet you. There something we can call you besides GÇÿCousinGÇÖ?​ +
-Jim follows on with the others. He keeps close but his head keeps swivelling around as he studies those they pass. Now that he is passing through the crowd he is fascinated by the groupGǪ and not just the mixture of emotions he is feeling. Being his usual cautious self he also scans the area for any threats. +
-Sylar adds to DavidGÇÖs introduction. GǪ and I am Sylar, of the Komvos Banausic. I must say your armour is quite impressive in style. It is an interesting use of biological matter. Myself, I find biological matter to be quite flimsy for such uses, and somewhat distasteful."​ +
-The Cousin pauses, he turns to David, You can call me Cousin Saul"​."​ +
-Jim notices an unusual amount of cripples amongst the crowd GÇô mostly people missing one arm. Strangely some of them appear to be carrying items that obviously require two arms. +
-The Cousin moves his arm slightly. +
-Jim keeps looking around at the crowd. Why would so many of them be one armed, and also carry two handed equipment. It made no sense. +
-Not wanting to interrupt the others conversation with CousinGǪ Jim hadnGÇÖt caught the name, but not wanting to interrupt Jim filed away the question for later. +
-Sylar sees the shadow of Cousin Saul move differently than his arm and moves out of the way. A small nick appears in his cloak by his arm. +
-Cousin Saul immediately stops and inclines his head to Sylar, My apologies Sylar, I did not mean to be impulsive. IGÇÖve only recently been bonded and sometimes my concentration lapses."​ +
-Mr Konig is highly affronted by this rudeness. +
-Do NOT do that again! +
-I have no wish toGǪ sir. If youGÇÖll come this way., he starts to lead the way through the crowd."​ +
-It could just be the headache bugging him again, but for some reason something seems familiar hereGǪ +
-David notices heGÇÖs starting to fall behind the others, having been slightly distracted. Jogging a little bit to catch up, he makes sure to keep an eye on that shadow that seems to have a mind of itGÇÖs own. +
-Hey Saul, silly question here but did we meet before somewhere? You sound familiar for some reason. +
-Of course, the only Saul he remembers knowing is the one from the Bible, so itGÇÖs more likely heGÇÖs just going crazy from all thisGǪ but those flashes seem worth at least looking silly for a few seconds about. +
-Jim jumps at Mr KonigGÇÖs outburst, at first thinking that he had done something wrong, or worse that the xenophobic hatred for his race was showing itself. +
-I dose not take long for him to realise that Mr Konig was unhappy with their guide and no one else. Not really sure what had just happened, Jim starts to take more notice of the group he is travelling with. +
-Apologies accepted Cousin Saul, under the condition that you tell me a bit more about your bonding, the armour, and the impulsive shadow that you seem to be struggling to master. +
-Cousin Saul turns to David, We didnGÇÖt meet. ItGÇÖs fairly safe to say."​ +
-He leads the group through the crowd without being further accosted. David pauses as heGÇÖs noticed SaulGÇÖs voice GÇô of the people heGÇÖs met so far, none of them have American accents, other than Saul and Jim who both sound as they come from where he grew up. +
-Mr Konig walks by David, I wouldnGÇÖt fret about it too much, SaulGÇÖs just a typical Faction happen-stance and just worrying about him will lead to too much confusion."​ +
-[i]Something still seemed off about all of this, but he didnGÇÖt have much to go with right now. Best to wait on that for another time.[/i] +
-I guess.. you have anything in mind once we get to Westminster or are we just planning on storming the castle? +
-Palace, actually, Mr Konig replies in a curt manner, "and I plan on knocking."​."​ +
-Too much Confusion? Jim murmurs from the back. "This whole situation, from just before I met David, has been nothing but confusion. I think GÇÿtoo muchGÇÖ came and went a good while ago."​ +
-Cousin Saul continues to lead the group south of Trafalgar Square, past Whitehall and down Parliament StreetGǪ +
-With Craig being as vague as ever, and Saul not being the best for conversation,​ David simply follows the group, and spends time looking at the various people and places they are passing on the way. +
-Looking at some of the buildings, David seems to wander into a day dream, standing still for a moment +
-Jim, who is already at the back, slows as he passes David and then stops. Casting an eye at the others as they continue on Jim says, David, we canGÇÖt stop. WeGÇÖve got to keep up with the others. IGÇÖm not sure its safe with this lot with out Mr Konig. David?"​ +
-David snaps back out of it long enough to notice Jim poking at him to keep going. This wasnGÇÖt just simple vague hintings anymore, they were finally starting to actually form a picture of something. What exactly is still unclear, but things might be easier to figure out with an extra pair of eyes. +
-Hey Jim, you mind if I talked to you for a minute? David turns to look at the rest of the group still walking ahead. "Out of earshot of our company?"​ David starts to catch up a little but makes sure to stay far enough behind to have a private conversation."​ +
-A questioning look passes over JimGÇÖs features as he matches his pace with David. +
-Of course. Is there something wrong? +
-IGÇÖm not sure really. But I donGÇÖt think I first appeared here from that church. Not sure what the deal is with whatever you found in there, but I think whatever got me stuck under a pile of rocks knocked out some short term memory. +
-David starts looking over at the buildings some more as if trying to figure out something. I think IGÇÖve been getting some memory back about what happened, but itGÇÖs still mostly unclear. But I do feel like IGÇÖve seen this place, or at least a place rather similar to where we are now before. And walking through some sort of gate into the city, although I donGÇÖt remember London ever having a gate before."​ +
-David takes one more look around to see if anyone is paying any particular notice. ThereGÇÖs also something about a woman that I keep remembering. One with the same sort of armor weGÇÖve been seeing around here. Looked like she was in her late 20GÇÖs, early 30GÇÖs? IGÇÖm pretty sure she followed me in through whatever that gate was, and attacked me at some point. Other then that, I just remember something falling, possibly the ceiling where you found me." +
-IGÇÖm not really sure how it fits together though. All I can piece together is that I apparently came here on my own somehow for some reason, and was attacked by a woman from the faction. +
-Looking back ahead at the group, he adds one last thing. The only other thing is about our guide. I donGÇÖt think IGÇÖve seen him at all with these flashbacks IGÇÖve been having, but I swear I recognize his voice at least from somewhere."​ +
-[quote][size=3][b]Reconstruction number four. From the memoirs of Godfather Morlock.[/​b] +
-[i]The Parliament buildings never cease to astonish me. The shadows they cast through history. Just consider: all those layers of the past, waiting to be dissected. One day, our tracking-knives will be able to take apart architecture as keenly as they can take apart flesh, and the secrets these buildings could give up are beyond even my imagining.[/​i] +
-[i]Well, maybe not mine.[/​i][/​size][/​quote] ​   +
-Jim listens to what David has to say. I would say that the things you are remembering might be a result of the blow to the head you received. But it is unlikely that you could come up with this detail yourselfGǪ In which case, we should keep a watch for this woman. It could be that if she meant to kill you she may try and finish the job if you are seen."​ +
-Maybe we should tell Mr Konig about her? He seems to be the closest thing we have to an ally at the moment. +
-IGÇÖd rather not bring it up with him just yet. I mean we barely know this guy, and itGÇÖs not like heGÇÖs been exactly forthcoming with what his plan is. +
-That, and the fact that he seemed to be taking some interest with me earlier. I think he knows something here, but I havenGÇÖt a clue if thatGÇÖs a good thing or not. At least not yet. All I know is that heGÇÖs connected to this faction somehow, and someone from the faction apparently attacked me earlier. And right now, I donGÇÖt know if itGÇÖs something the whole group is part of it for goodness knows why, or only some of them. Until we have more idea whatGÇÖs going on here, letGÇÖs not bring it up with our faction friends here. +
-In the meantime, f I do see this lady IGÇÖll figure out a way to signal you somehow. +
-Ok, I wonGÇÖt say anything, though given the armour that they wear, will you be able to tell one female from another? They all look the same to meGǪ Still, I will keep my eye open to see if I can spot anyone taking more than a casual interest in you. +
-Not if they keep wearing these helmets I guess. She wasnGÇÖt wearing one before though, I specifically remember her face. So either she was being cocky at the time, or she doesnGÇÖt normally wear one. WeGÇÖre looking for a white skinned woman, straight shoulder length hair, thin eyebrows, and wrinkles around her mouth and nose. +
-I will keep a watch for someone like you describe. I wonder why she attacked you though? It just adds to the confusion of this place GÇô whatGÇÖs happening, who these people are, how Sylar got here and why, how you could have survived that blow to your head, why so many of that crowd back there had only one armGǪ I can not make any sense of this at all. It seemsGǪ dreamlike. +
-Not to mention I didnGÇÖt suffer any injury at all, never mind my head. I got out of there with just a headache. Not that IGÇÖm not appreciative to still never having broken a bone before, I donGÇÖt get how I got out of there at all more or less in one piece. Maybe it has to do with not being in a real timeline? +
-Speaking of how we got here, how about you? You told me before you woke up nearby if I remember right. What were you doing before this whole thing started? Maybe that can tell us something if we remember something similar. +
-Jim shakes his head. I donGÇÖt think it will help. I got here by more mundane means than either of you it seems. I hitched a lift with the Sontarans. IGÇÖd heard that Earth might be a safe place for one of my race. I think I was just unlucky that they came here instead of the time they were supposed to. Anyway, soon after I left them, they were attacked andGǪ well, then things seemed to fold in on themselves and I awoke next to the church."​ +
-You think that ship we saw a while back might be the one you hitched a ride on then? +
-Although wait a minute. The Sontarans were already planning on coming to the earth? What yearGǪGǪ earth year I mean if you know it, were you from? Did we already have relations with them in some form that they were coming for? +
-No, the crashed ship was bigger than the one I was on. I was on a scout shipGǪ Jim manages to look a little embarrassed. "It ended up being part of an invasion fleet, though I did not know that at the time. I believe the date here isGǪ wasGǪ in the 1750GÇÖs sometime, I thinkGǪ"​ +
-An IN-GǪ. remembering where heGÇÖs at, he lowers his voice back down."​ +
-An invasion fleet? In the 1750GÇÖs? That doesnGÇÖt make any sense. Earth wasnGÇÖt invaded in the 18th century, IGÇÖm pretty sure weGÇÖd have heard something about it. Of course, this whole thing about getting stuck here might have something to do with it. +
-This just gets crazier as we go. So how does an invasion fleet end up getting displaced out of time? I mean, itGÇÖs crazy enough that weGÇÖre here, but an entire alien fleet? What the heck is going on here? +
-Jim shrugs. I donGÇÖt know. All I can really say is that the Sontarans were attacked by machines and energy weapons that arenGÇÖt supposed to exist hereGǪ that is why I was surprised that the Sontarans and this Faction seemed to be allied. If it wasnGÇÖt the Faction that attacked them then who was itGǪ and yet we heard a recording saying the Sontarans were fighting the Faction so how can they be allied? As you say, it all seems crazy."​ +
-Wait, now that I think about it that newspaper clipping we found did mention something about people invading. Maybe Homuculi are the factions name for Sontarans, and the Sontarans meant to attack the faction from the beginning?​ +
-Of course that doesnGÇÖt explain at all about how they would be allied now. Mind alteringGǪ something or another? +
-If there was more than one Faction that might explain itGǪ some kind of civil war maybe? +
-Here, let me check that newspaper again. See if anything in it makes sense now. Hard to really make out though, this font is really annoying to read. +
-GÇÿThose that apprehend anGǪ invaderGÇÖs?​ ground their opinion upon such arguments as these: that if the Homeworld comes to an open rupture with the Eleven Day Empire, they can have no other chance for a successful war but an invasion of Homunculi because the operations to a time war would probably see her navy destroyed in two or something hours; for (?) has the odds of starting the (?) may be easily maintained even f(?) ship for ship with the K(?) f the war: so that it (?)GÇÖ +
-Not sure who the homeworld is referring to. Sontaran homeworld maybe? And talking about a time war destroying a navy in a couple hours. Spaceships are usually called a navy right? At least thatGÇÖs usually the case in science fiction. ThereGÇÖs a few holes in this still, but reading this again, it sounds like the sontarans always planned to attack the faction, and in response the faction used time as a weapon somehow to stop the invasion force you hijacked a ride on. That could fit the battle report Sylar found as well about a campaign against these guys. +
-Jim makes sure that they are keeping pace with the others of their group. +
-Maybe the Homeworld is the factionGÇÖs?​ They certainly donGÇÖt belong here. Could it mean that the homeworld used the Sontarans to attack because they couldnGÇÖt afford to start a time war with the Faction, or the cost would be too great for them? Jim shakes his head. "​WeGÇÖre guessing really. Though Mr Konig did say that the he could understand why the Sontarans trapped on the ground, IGÇÖm guessing he meant once their ships were destroyed, would ally with the Faction. Though why wouldnGÇÖt the Faction just destroy them?" Jim grins. "Now IGÇÖm getting a headache."​ +
-Maybe things will start to make sense once we get to our destination. LetGÇÖs just keep an eye open for now, and catch up with the others. See what we can figure out when we get there. +
-Jim nods his agreement and speeds up a little so that they catch up the small distance they had fallen behind. +
-Cousin Saul leads the group towards Westminster. The palace looks remarkable similar (to David at least) to the 21st century version of Westminster +
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-[size=6]2.02 Westminster Palace [/size] +
-[size=4]In which Mr Konig goes to Parliament[/​size] +
-[quote] +
-Encounter an argument outside Westminster between Godfather Morlock and Godmother Quelch, nevertheless Mr Konig disappears inside to have a word with the Fathers and Mothers in the House of Commons, followed by Cousin Saul, Quelch and later Sylar. +
-This leaves Jim and David to MorlockGÇÖs undivided attention. +
-[/quote] +
-Clad in Victorian High Gothic fa+ºade, the towers of Westminster loom overhead. +
-Cousin Saul leads the group around the back to St. StephenGÇÖs entrance between Cromwell Green and the Old Palace Yard on St. Margaret Street. +
-In front of the entrance appear to be more Cousins in armour as well as a tall, bulky, powerfully built man in his (apparent) sixties. His hair is shaved and he appears to be in a heated debate with what could be favourably described as a venomous old hag" just based on the genital-related epithets she hurls his way."​ +
-Saul stops and waits for them to finish. Konig, taking his cue from the Cousin, decides for a change that perhaps some diplomacy may be required. +
-Noticing that this man doesnGÇÖt seem to be wearing the same helmet as most other faction members here seem to, David wonders exactly what this guy might be doing here. Walking over to Craig he quietly asks him to keep from drawing the ire of the lovely couple"​ in front of them."​ +
-So who is this guy anyways? Someone we should know fairly soon? +
-I know of him by reputation only, David. They call him Godfather Morlock., replies Craig."​ +
-If we get him on side, it will be a fairly easy walk for us. They have three God Parents GÇô Godfather Morlock is the head of the Biotechnical arm, Godfather Sabbath is the head of the Military arm. Godmother Quelch there, is head of the Rituals. +
-TheyGÇÖve got a democracy of sorts, the Fathers and Mothers GÇô about 600 of them GÇô vote in the House of Commons. ThereGÇÖs no Prime Minister. That position would be for the Grandfather,​ and he doesnGÇÖt actually exist. There is a House of Lords in the building as well, but no-one goes there. Because no-one comes back from there. +
-I just need to reason with Morlock before either of them kills me. +
-I would smile politely, if I could, Sylar murmurs to Craig. "I assume that heated conversations,​ such as this, are common between the Godfather and Godmother, and that we need not be concerned?"​ +
-Sylar listens to as much of the heated debate as he can. The more information he can gather from people in the know, the better he will be prepared for what is to comeGǪ +
-Jim remains quiet and positions himself so that the others stand between him and the arguing GÇÿgodparentsGÇÖ. +
-He hasnGÇÖt upset anyone yet, but now is definitely not the time to assume that his camouflage is holding or that his natural shape does not anger these people. +
-Wait, but that doesnGÇÖt make any sense, why have a position for a person that doesnGÇÖt even exist, or a place of government that supposedly kills anyone that goes in? As much as I donGÇÖt mind reducing the number of politicians,​ why not just put someone else up for the Grandfather position, or have the house of lords meet somewhere else? +
-From what Sylar can make out, the gist of the argument is what to do with the Sontarans. Godmother Quelch is in favour of sacrificing them to the Spirits whereas Godfather Morlock repeatedly points out that the Spirits have abandoned them. +
-Craig turns to Sylar, I assume so, my reports on the Faction donGÇÖt go to that level of detail"​."​ +
-There is a fine line, David, says Konig, "​between existential time mechanics combined with the Uncertainty principle of quantum mechanics and plain old fashioned faith. Religion and maths a little more than kin, and less than kind. Certainly for the Faction."​ +
-He turns to the group, I suggest waiting here while I chat to Morlock. If things go well, IGÇÖll be let into Parliament. If they continue to proceed well, IGÇÖll come out again within the hour."​ +
-And if they donGÇÖt go well? prompts Jim."​ +
-If things donGÇÖt go well, my guess is we make sure weGÇÖre not the next people to pester him, while we have a demonstration as to why. +
-The Faction is a religious group then? I thought it wasGǪ well ok IGÇÖm not sure what I thought it was, but that wouldnGÇÖt have been my first guess. I guess it fits the spirit talk though. +
-David notes that Craig mentions having reports on the faction. Is he not with this group after all then? What does he have reports on them for? Something to remember for later, assuming he doesnGÇÖt get himself disembowled by Morlock here. +
-If they donGÇÖt go well, Jim, follow David. HeGÇÖs your best bet to get out of here., Konig leaves the group and walks towards Morlock."​ +
-Cousin Saul accompanies him, almost standing as a guard or possibly bodyguard. +
-WellGǪ. thatGÇÖs rather ominous. He mutters to Jim as the two of them wander over watching what is going to happen."​ +
-Craig has to know something about David. HeGÇÖs trying to stay quiet about it for some reason, but thereGÇÖs no doubting he knows something. What on earth is his game here? +
-Jim turns to look at David. What does he mean by that? Can you get us out if need be?" +
-I havenGÇÖt the slightest. But I think itGÇÖs safe to say he knows more about what IGÇÖm doing here then heGÇÖs letting on. Have you seen Sylar by the way, if this gets ugly we might need to run like crazy. Especially considering we have no clue what the heck this guy is about to do. +
-Frowning Jim looks about. He was around here just beforeGǪ"​ +
-Sylar unobtrusively lurks at the back of the group. +
-Morlock pauses QuelchGÇÖs tirade at an opportune moment to turn and address Konig and Saul. +
-David notices that Konig approaches Morlock with what can best be described as trepidation,​ he expects an angry reaction or some form of retaliation for something. +
-He is completely baffled by MorlockGÇÖs cool appraisal of him and his companion. +
-Koschei, Godfather Morlock greets Konig somewhat coldly."​ +
-Mr Konig reddens, IGÇÖd not been called that for a long, time.."​ +
-As if expecting a reaction, Morlocks arm reaches out to restrain Godmother Quelch who moves forward when she realises who Konig is. +
-ItGÇÖs good to see there is some justice in the world, after all, War King, Godfather Morlock turns to Saul."​ +
-Quelch, almost apoplectic in anger, interrupts, sputtering about .. how this [censored] Gallifreyan dares to show his face here after causing all this [censored] GǪ"​ +
-Well, then Godmother, youGÇÖd be best to accompany him and make sure he doesnGÇÖt get up to his usual tricks, hmm? +
-Quelch eyes Morlock in disgust, YouGÇÖre loving this, ainGÇÖt ya?" +
-And Cousin Saul, if youGÇÖd be so kind as to make sure Godmother Quelch doesnGÇÖt do anything permanent to the War King, if youGÇÖd be so kindGǪ +
-Saul and Quelch accompany Konig into Westminster,​ leaving Morlock behind to face David, Jim and sylar. +
-Jim stands still half expecting an angry reaction or even attack from Morlock. It was strange, they knew little about Mt Konig and yet with him leaving Jim felt more at risk then when he had been with them. +
-Realizing that talking out of turn could be considered an insult by Morlock- especially if this so called Godfather saw Jim as one of his own race (doubly so as if this were true then Jim would likely appear as some lower GÇÿclassGÇÖ citizen) GÇô Jim chooses to stand politely silent. +
-David turns to Jim and mutters something along the lines of What the heck just happened there?",​ and stands about for a moment wondering if they should say something or not to Morlock. He seems in a non-murderous enough mood at least, unlike the woman who just left."​ +
-Craig seems to have some explaining to do the next time they got a chance to talk, but in the meantime heGÇÖs looking to be busy for what could be a rather long while. +
-Realizing Morlock is facing them, David squirms with his feet a little before addressing him. Um.. hi there."​ +
-MorlockGÇÖs shadow appears to be wearing spectacles. +
-Ah, the dead man, hello. IGÇÖm sorry, but I wasnGÇÖt told your name. YouGÇÖre reputation proceeds you GÇô and I must take this opportunity to apologise for your treatment by Cousin Eliza. She has always been somewhat impetuous, even when she was alive. +
-Wanting to be polite here, considering what they know of this group so far, David reaches his hand out for a handshake, as he introduces himself. +
-IGÇÖm David. IGÇÖm not really sure how word about what happened at the church got back here so fast, I must have been out for a while. I take it Cousin Eliza is the one IGÇÖm remembering being with me at the church? Why on earth would she want to attack me? +
-DeadGǪ David wasnGÇÖt deadGǪ at leastGǪ Jim remembered the impression of the large rock where DavidGÇÖs head wouldGÇÖve beenGǪ +
-He shook his head GÇô things were getting more and more confusing. He was beginning to look back at being run out of the mining colony with fondness. +
-David wonders about the dead man comment, although for the time being he dismisses it as it refering to how lucky he must have been to survive that collapse. Hopefully. Or at least he really didnGÇÖt want to have to find out he was also a zombie now on top of everything else. Yeah, letGÇÖs just go with it being a euphamism. +
-Morlock shakes DavidGÇÖs hand. He doesnGÇÖt wear armour of any sort, not being militarily inclined, but robes and a waistcoat. Dark and austere, but not completely black. +
-Yes, sorry to break it to you, David. But you died. But then, we all do sooner or later. Mostly.."​ +
-After that of course, if youGÇÖre human. Or mostly human, or a derivative of the same, of course GÇô you end up in the City. The City of the Saved that is. +
-Ah, one of the Banausic. Good and bad. Good that youGÇÖre here to help, bad that weGÇÖll have to stop attacking your people. Not a plan of mine I assure GÇô typically heavy handed work by Godfather Sabbath. IGÇÖll have a word with him, but best you stay with Saul and the War King in the meantime. For your own safety of course. +
-Sylar, somewhat shocked at this, nevertheless leaves to join Konig, disappearing in the blink of an eye. +
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-[size=6]2.03 Godfather Morlock[/​size] +
-[size=4]In which Godfather Morlock elucidates[/​size] +
-[quote]While Sylar and The Master (aka Mr Konig, aka The War King, current ruler of Gallifrey) enter Parliament to see (and perhaps prevent) what damage Cousin Eliza may have done to organise the Faction to leave the Eleven Day Empire, Jim and David receive the attentions of Godfather Morlock which gives David a terrible headache.[/​quote] +
-David is currently busy remembering way too much at once, and can barely focus on what's being said right now. +
-Hoping that the silence that seems to have enveloped David since the mention of this City doesn'​t bring this Godfather Morlock'​s attention on to him GÇô Jim remains silent and still, standing slightly behind David. +
-Morlock turns to Jim. +
-Your friend seems to be having a fairly major epiphany, I do hope he doesn'​t hurt himself there. But then, that's not very likely, is it?, says Morlock."​ +
-He steeples his fingers together, almost sardonically indicating intellectual superiority with his body language. +
-I take it your companions know your a Centillian? An interesting species if I do say so myself. But then I've always been keen on studying the non-physical feeding processes bordering on the uses for Artron Energy. I hope you haven'​t promised your body to anyone else in the event of your death? No? Solitary predation species are such rare findsGǪ +
-Jim looks around himself, marking the best escape routes before turning back to Morlock. They know I'm an alien, though not what type, nor anything about my race. Not many do. As for my body, I had planned on using it for quite a while yet, so you will forgive me if I don't promise it to anyone."​ He stops his head cocked slightly to one side. "Oh, and I like to think of myself as a Mutualistic Symbiote, as opposed to a predator."​ +
-What I find most interesting about you is that you actually appear to be from the 18th century of Earth GÇô virtually no one else here is from that time period., ponders Morlock."​ +
-But then we do end with all sorts dropping by. We're almost a charity in regard to being the last refuge for the flotsam of time. +
-He turns and nods as there is an increase in noise coming from the interior of Parliament. +
-Hmm, about least 10 seconds early in incensed recriminations there. The House must finding less solace in the additional presence of Saul and Sylar than I anticipated. No doubt someone in the audience has trotted out that old line just to insult him 'GǪ and you will obey meGǪ and all those shenanigans of his younger, far less droll days."​ +
-Morlock turns to almost confide in Jim, I have my doubts that the War King will ever stop being a politician now, no matter the regeneration. Although possibly traumaGǪ hmmm.."​ +
-Meanwhile, David falls to the ground. Said near-catatonic state isn't doing anything for his sense of balance. +
-Jim moves to David'​s side to check that he is ok, though he only has a limited knowledge of human biology. Happy that David is not in any real danger, he looks up at Morlock from where he is kneeling, I confess to not really understanding a lot of what your saying. War King, regenerationGǪ Though as to how you view me, I should appear to as you would expect me to appear. I would have thought it would have been as one of your own peopleGǪ it is as you say, interesting."​ +
-Ah, I must apologise there, I do tend to blather on. I am actually very good at viewing things. Having obtained some quite useful spectacles. +
-I shouldn'​t worry too much about your friend there, he'll recover. I'd be surprised in fact if it were at all possible to hurt him, currently. Or for that matter, Eliza. +
-Jim frowns up at Morlock. I did not read that humans had any kind of advanced healing or the likeGǪ Has something happened to David.. and this Eliza person?"​ +
-Indeed yes. They'​re both human, you see. Although in Eliza'​s case she was pushing the limits when she died. +
-They'​re what we call, GÇÿCitizens'​. There'​s a very unique anomolly at the end of the universe, prior to next; known as the GÇÿCity of the Saved'​. It's where all humans end up after they die. I won't bore you with the details of how it's done GÇô but I do have fairly extensive notes that I've sent myself on the subject. +
-The long and the short of it is, that their reconstructed bodies are indestructible. Within the confines of the City itself, normally. Apparently there are other areas this continues to be the case as well. All rather suspicious if you ask me. +
-Hmm.. he appears to be carrying a Sontaran gun. If you like GÇô you can test it for yourself. Try shooting him with it. +
-Jim stands up rather to quickly. I'd prefer not to. It's not that I don't believe what your saying, it's justGǪ"​ Jim wracks his mind for a polite reason to refuse. It comes to him in a flash. "Well, I think I have already seen this. When I found David, a roof had caved in on him. A huge slab of stone should'​ve crushed his head, butGǪ"​ Jim waves a hand down at David'​s form."​ +
-So, are you telling me then ,that you think that David died and went to this City place, and then somehow wound up here? +
-So Eliza told me. She's still inside you see, arguing the case for evacuating the Empire, says Morlock."​ +
-I gather she caught young David here in a transient state, when they first entered the Empire. Otherwise her impetuous trapping of him would not have damaged his brain. I can assure you though, that even at this distance I can see his synapses repairing themselves. He'll be better than new in no time at all. Figuratively speaking. +
-Jim shakes his head I know it's a strange day when I don't feel like the oddest person in the groupGǪ So, do you think that it is possible that the parliament will help us leave, or are we stuck here? And if so, then I guess I should ask why the Empire might need evacuating?"​ +
-David, finally starting to come around again, catches the last bit of what they were saying, and slowly starts to roll over onto his back. +
-Because something happened. It's starting to come back to me. Slightly disorienting to wake up and feel like you just died all over again. Just for the record, I don't recommend it. +
-Anyways, something happened. I'm still remembering the details, but there was a catastrophe of some sort here. And I was sent here toGǪ. toGǪ. yeah that's right, I was sent here to help lead these people out of the city. +
-I'd thought that would be the case, muses Morlock."​ +
-The City isn't one for letting it's inhabitants wander around willy-nilly. Certainly not into our own little oubliette. +
-The War King will be a very good motivator to get folks interested in moving. He may have set the Sontarans on us, but at least he's now in the same boat now. And it's sinking. It's the price you pay when you give creatures like Lolita orders they delight in obeying. They'​re twisted to their own purposes. Hmm, now I begin to see some correlation to the Arabic Djinn GÇô a most apt allegory. +
-He's well known for a heightened sense of self preservation from his days of wandering the universe as the somewhat pompously titled GÇÿMaster',​ and if the Fathers and Mothers recall his history at all, it will most certainly lend credence to his evacuation plans. +
-Turning to Jim, Morlock says, The Empire was not the best place for us to reside even when we were not swallowed up by a complex space-time event."​ +
-[quote][size=3][b]Reconstruction number seven. From the reports of Godfather Morlock.[/​b] +
-[i]The results of the tests can't be argued with. We've inherited the curse of the founders. They lost their shadows when they started using the ceremonies of time, and we've got the same problem. The experiment I've been running is quite simple. In the laboratory, I set a hamster running inside its wheel, then lock the wheel inside a dynamic time loop. As a result, each turn of the wheel takes the hamster back in time to a point just before it began taking the step, using the techniques of the Grandfather and his followers. Observation shows that at around three-thousand turns of the wheel, the hamster'​s shadow shows serious signs of degredation. At exactly nine-thosuand-eight-hundred-and-five turns, the shadow dissipates altogether, leaving the hamster as one of the shadowless. Very few of our agents have taken more than a dozen or so long-range journeys through time, of course, but let's remember that our entire Empire is sealed inside an eleven-day time-loop. The point is that each eleven-day cycle reduces us, and soon the signs will begin to show. Like the hamster in its wheel, we're damning ourselves to be among the shadowless, and therefore unarmed.[/​i] +
-[i]There is a solution, however. It's theoretically possible to transplant our shadows from donors within the House, just as the founders did. Unfortunately,​ this would mean surgically removing the spirits of family members. This isn't something we should make public knowledge, I feel, although I'm continuing my own line of research into the matter. Until then, we just have to accept it. Our very proximity to the spirits will one day destroy us. Or, at the very least, wipe our souls clean.[/​i][/​size][/​quote] ​   +
-[quote][size=3][b]Reconstruction number six. From appendix three of the treaty of recognition.[/​b] +
-[i]The following is a list of crimes against the major Houses for which members of House Paradox, AKA Faction Paradox, can still be held culpable. One: the killing of a member of another House, killing"​ being defined as "the taking of one of the victim'​s lives",​ in accordance with the homeworld'​s Partial Homicide protocols. Two: plotting against another House, including such offences as supplying privileged information on that House to alien powers (see also appendix four). Three: direct time offences against a member of another House, including attempts to change the victim'​s timeline to a degree of no less than fifty-three millistates. If the change to the timeline exceeds seventy-two milllistates,​ the victim shall be considered a different person, and the offence will be considered murder, in accordance with the homeworld'​s Total Homicide protocols. Four: the killing of a House. If an individual should be suspected of any such domicide, and if the evidence is substantial enough to warrant trial proceedings,​ then the severity of the crime demands an immediate transfer of the wanted party into the care of the Council of Houses. Should House Paradox not comply, then the other Houses shall have the right to take instant and drastic action, upto and including military force.[/​i][/​size][/​quote "​ +
-Jim looks from David, back to Morlock. I take it from what you have both said, though I don't understand most of it, that leaving isn't going to be as simple as getting on a ship and flying off planet. Though I had a feeling that would always be the case."​ +
-Striding up and down in contemplation,​ Morlock says, Hmm, how best to explainGǪ"​ +
-Imagine the universe as a bottle. Now imagine that within that bottle, you have a smaller bottle that you have placed a city inside. Now take that bottle out of the larger one and put it next to it. +
-That's the Empire in a nutshell. The problem we currently have is if you think of another small bottle inside the universe bottle GÇô the outside is within the universe, the inside contains the Empire'​s bottle and is outside the universe bottle. +
-Now if you think of the bottles as time, you're halfway to being a Faction recruit. +
-He smiles encouragingly. +
-SoGǪ Jim draws his eyebrows down as he tries to grapple with the imagery. "In effect we are in a time bubble existing with in time itself, but outside the universeGǪ Is that right?"​ +
-More or less, yes, Morlock smiles in a condescending way."​ +
-Now, have you any questions?, he waits."​ +
-Jim had nothing but questions GÇô but then he was feelin g more than a little overwhelmed by everything he had learnt. He shook his head. Not at the moment, thank you. I'm not sure the time is right anyway."​ +
-I'm sure I'll have some things to discuss in a little bit, but my brain still feels like it's still processing all these memories again. Let's go see how Craig, or whatever the heck the Time Lord's name is, is doing. +
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