The Bell Tolls - TBT Act 1 - A Tribe Called Quest

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Description: The mechanisms of Shadaloo have run deep into the countryside of Mexico. Where the city has the touch of the criminal, what happens in the rural communities are even worse. Sabbath is working on rare bio-engineering concepts among Mexican natives, with Shadaloo technology at his fingertips. His focus on these natives is due to aboriginal ties to the Elder Gods, and his goal is to extract genetic material from the captured villagers. But such dalliances with the other side draw the attention of the mischievous Lilith, who swiftly descends to disrupt and liberate the villagers for the sheer merriment of sowing discord within Shadaloo.

Among Shadaloo's other operations in Mexico, is Sabbath's particular project related to the Elder Gods of Aztlan. In a village deep in the remote jungles, where The Sacred Springs parted into a roaring river that emptied into the Caribbean Ocean, there lived the Blue Osprey tribe of Native Costa Ricans. These natives had lived for years trading cartography and guides with travelers, at first the natives of the land, then the Spaniards, later American soldiers and then Marxist guerillas, and finally now, American tourists. They had a connection with the land, rumored to have an animal kinship with the birds of the high weathers above.

Sabbath strongly suspected they had a legendary falconry gene he had long suspected had come out of the native relatioship to the Elder Gods during his time at the United Nations, having heard stories of First Nation natives having spiritual relationships with great birds of prey. The Blue Ospreys were a tightly guarded Mestizo secret, however Vega's access to Mexican government files had revealed to Sabbath the location of the tribe. He strongly desired their DNA, to grasp the touch of divinity that the Blue Osprey tribe possessed. If not for Shadaloo soldiers, than for a retrovirus to give him a kinship with vultures.

He rather enjoyed the animals.

Shadaloo soldiers in black uniforms with red badges on their shoulders have secured the small mountain jungle village, with black open-topped jeeps parked around the village. The Shadaloo soldiers have small arms, mostly pistols, but this particular detachment has been trained at Sambo arts, in order to defend against others using martial arts. In the town hospital, an age selection of natives have been shackled to table, where Sabbath and a small cadre of Shadaloo medics is extracting blood and bone marrow samples.

The rest of the village is in prison-blocks deployed by helicopter and set up by local Blackshirt construction workers hired by Vega to create camps for the natives not being sampled yet.

Around the hospital, one of the men in black might not be expecting anything at all. Certainly not anything like what is about to happen to them.

A shadow elongates and widens out from under one of the jeeps parked nearby the hospital. He might just feel the hair rising on the back of his neck as a pair of small, very red eyes briefly glow and flash within the depths of the murky pool of black suddenly welling around him from the ground.

A pair of blue, delicately gloved hands emerge from the shadow and briskly pull the man down into the shadow, as if he stepped off the side of a pier into water. The brief sound of the man's surprise is likely all what one might hear.

The shadow begins to then creep slowly toward the hospital wall, as if it seeks to crawl slowly along the edge of the wall and through a window, seemingly.

Dr. Kent Sidi, "Sabbath", is dressed in a mute red jumpsuit, with gray skin and red eyes, a round metal plate over the top and back of his head. It's attached to a spinal implant with metal piped tubes emerging to his left ear, with an eyepiece over his left eye. A gunmetal gray claw is over his right hand.

As he works on patients, directing the medics to withdraw flesh and blood from the bawling children, hysteric women, and shuddering men, he looks up suddenly.

Sabbath swirls around, in the direction that Lilith approaches in. His chi sensors are going off, and he doesn't detect the imprint of any of the registered Shadaloo users he's registered. In fact, one just dropped from his sensations, as reported by his neurocomputer.

Sabbath raises his clawed hand to his associates, before pointing a long finger. "Keep working," comes a quiet, polite murmur, before he moves towards the door to the hospice, peering outside with a step.

He doesn't raise the alarm, instead seeking a spider's dance with this assailant. He reaches up to his ear implant with his left hand, depressing a button as his chi-scanner comes alive and he runs his gaze back and forth over the village, looking for the dial-tone.

COMBATSYS: Sabbath has started a fight here.

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Sabbath          0/-------/-------|

"So I hear you want blood," a voice comes out of the shadow now creeping through one of the hospital's likely tightly shuttered and barred windows.

"By the way... where did homeboy get to?" From out of the dark murky puddle of shadow now creeping along the floor comes a /huge/ torrent of blood, splashing across the floor, geysering up to the ceiling, and directly all over Sabbath as the metal-piped doctor spins around. The torrent of blood doesn't stop--gushing out and out--like someone uncorked a dam somewhere.

After a few moments--Lilith rises up and out of the thin layer of blood now coating the floor like a red lake, her boots not seeming to touch the floor--rather standing /on/ the blood, as if she has no weight.

"Haha--just kidding, he's fine," she plucks the black-garbed man out of the puddle beside her with a little crouch and a careless flick of her wrist--tosses him across the room.

"So... whatcha doin'?" she asks, in a fairly casual and juvenile way, brushing her purple bob-cut hair back as her headwings flutter a little, as if trying to settle her hair back down. She's sitting there smiling as his chi-scanner begins to rove over her.

"Ooh, scan me any deeper and you're gonna have to pay for it, buddy," she grinned, meanwhile the scanner would likely report psycho power signals, rather than just pure 'chi'.

COMBATSYS: Lilith has joined the fight here on the right meter side.

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Sabbath          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Lilith

Sabbath recoils at the explosion of blood from the floor, jaw dropping as he's splattered with crimson red gore. Shrieks, terrified shrieks, come out of the people on the tables, shaking and thrashing about, as the medics back off their charges and strike up combat positions.

Lilith's power levels are analyzed and categorized, Sabbath placing her as a Darkstalker in his combat computer database and classifying her, with a mental notation, as a possible relative of the Aensland family. He'll need a tissue sample.

"Why, aren't you a lovely specimen," he says gently in a neutral tone, wiping blood off his mouth and nose, then out of his eyes, calmly and carefully, with a bit of bent torsion to his hand that indicates he's deeply annoyed.

"You've come to the right place. I think I'll need to take a sample. I don't think you'll mind, given your racial predilictions as a demon."

He smiles. "I suppose you're counting on taking a sample of me as well, aren't you."

And then, Sabbath goes charging forward, his claw swiping out at Lilith's face, fingertips ready to draw her flesh and capture any flesh sample he can find, to recombinate the DNA in cloned sample-tubes stored elsewhere on his person.

COMBATSYS: Lilith dodges Sabbath's Face Slash.

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Sabbath          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Lilith

"Oh my," Lilith giggles a little when Sabbath talks about getting a sample from him. "I'll give you one, alright," she tilts her head as he wipes the blood from him. "Are you saying I don't care what race I or you are, because I'm a darkstalker? Psh, that's some racial profiling," she snerked.

When Sabbath swipes at her, she tilts herself back on the pool of blood--moving soundlessly as she deftly avoids the blades rending air in front of her. She then tilts herself back up to being upright on her booted feet.

"Ooh, well if you want it so bad then come here, baby," Lilith grins and she reaches out to try and grab Sabbath with her arms--her wings then turning into giant scythe blades as she attempts to pull him tightly against her, grinning.

"Mnn, I love the metal plate in your head, it's a neat touch~"

The scythe blades of her wings snap shut inwafds, like a bear-trap--trying to slice him in two!

COMBATSYS: Sabbath dodges Lilith's Innocent Hug.

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Sabbath          0/-------/-------|====---\-------\0           Lilith

"Racial profiling? I am a genetics expert, in the finest worldly traditions, from the Hindu philosophies of the chakra-bound soul, to the peaks of Hebrew geneology regarding the ancient tribes of the world!" Sabbath replies, mortally offended.

He pulls back as his claw swipes nothing, before he bounds upwards between the enclosing wings and plants his left hand on Lilith's head.

He bounds above the enclosing blades, bouncing over her and launching over her with a sweep of his balled legs. He lands on the ground behind her and spins about to face her.

He begins circling, his claw gesticulating oddly as he scans her with his sensors, slowly watching for her next move.

"Tell me, are you of the Aensland descent? You lack the power to be a true figment of his reign, but you have the hallmarks of a dream taking strigoi."

COMBATSYS: Sabbath calculates his next move.

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Sabbath          0/-------/-------|====---\-------\0           Lilith

Lilith is surprised when the man's hand is placed right over her head--like he's giving her a pat at first--then uses it to bound up and over her--the blades of her wings create a shower of sparks and a shriek not unlike two metal edges coming together fast, like a guillotine.

"Heeey--get back here!" she sounds disappointed, she whips around--on the heels of her boots, like she's hovering against the membrane of blood, suspending her above the floor. Her wings briskly reform into a more normal wing-shape.

"Wasn't that obvious? I'm Morrigan's less top-heavy (and cuter) sister!" she grinned, "I know, your scalpel is razor sharp for me already," she winks, waggling a finger at him.

"But you forget, we succubi are /good/ doctors, and right now I think the prognosis... is terminal~" her left wing suddenly becomes a mess of red arrow-headed spikes and shoots down into the floor--going into the blood but not striking the floor beneath it--instead rising up out of the floor around Sabbath!

COMBATSYS: Sabbath fails to interrupt Aggressive Strike from Lilith with Fang Thrust.

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Sabbath          0/-------/----===|=====--\-------\0           Lilith

Sabbath screams in a high pitched, rattling, jerking staccato, as the spikes explode from the floor. His feet and knees are shish-kabobed with spines, and he falls back onto the spikes, several of them jamming into his butt. He jerks, once, before he pulls himself away from the spikes in a panic, attempting to crawl away from Lilith. He shivers in pain, his back to her as he pulls himself along with his legs shooting full of pain from razor thin holes going through them.

"Ouch, that looks like it hurt," Lilith blinked as she realizes she just partialyl shredded the bionic mad scientist with gray skin. It's not quite the worst outcome--especially since he had tried to attack her as she did that.

"I guess I might need to analyze the situation as well, g'yaha--how're you over there young lady? Are you alright?" Lilith prances forward, coming alongside one of the women strapped to the table, suddenly hefting what looks like a comically over-sized syringe in her hands, like something from a cartoon.

"In need of anymore injections there? I think maybe for our friend here, he looks a little pale," Lilith had leaned forward to listen to the woman strapped to the table's sobbing cries--then lifted her attention back up to Sabbath, hefting the syringe to point towards him now, like a spear.

COMBATSYS: Lilith focuses on her next action.

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Sabbath          0/-------/----===|=====--\-------\0           Lilith

Sabbath reaches up for a table's edge and pulls himself up to his wobbling feet, his face grimacing hideously as he feels his punctured feet resting on the ground. He turns about with a rapid swipe, glaring.

Sabbath goes running at Lilith, swiping once with his claw at her face, a shallow feint, before he attempts to thrust his claw directly into her solar plexus, stabbing his fingers into her with a thrust of his fingertips. He aims to punch the ribcage and inject poison that cues up into his fingertips, a painful personal blend taken from a rattlesnake.

COMBATSYS: Lilith dodges Sabbath's Medium Strike.

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Sabbath          0/-------/----===|=====--\-------\0           Lilith

"Looks like it's a little hard for you to walk there," Lilith said still grinning, floating over the pool of blood that was now the floor as the man struggled to get to her, wobbling.

"Ooh, poison," Lilith seems to be able to detect the presence of it in Sabbath's claw blade through some infernal olfactory sense, probably what Morrigan also uses to detect the nearest Waffle House--before she brings the oversized syringe up and blocks Sabbath's claw with it, struggling with him. She's strong, of course, being a supernatural creature and all--but the bionic mad doctor is strong as well.

"Looks like you're FALLING for me already, doctor! D'ohoho~" with a growl she swings the claw away with the huge syringe, turning his attack away and drops the object into the blood--her wings whipping up and becoming more like flexible as she turns and swings them like lashes toward him, like a roundhouse kick with... well, her wings!

COMBATSYS: Sabbath auto-guards Lilith's Merry Turn.

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Sabbath          0/-------/----===|=====--\-------\0           Lilith

Sabbath is sent spinning awkwardly on his ailing feet as his claw is wrenched aside, landing on his hand, his knees shaking.

As the spinning wings come lashing in low, Sabbath bounds into the air and jumps atop them, bouncing off with a hop and hitting an empty table on his knees as a recovery. He flips it over and rolls to his feet, a table now between him and Lilith, as he crouches behind it.

And then, he comes, bounding upwards, before his claw comes down at her. The fingers are splayed wide, as he attempts to latch onto her with his similarly small frame and grab her with the claw on the head, digging his fangs into her.

"I think you'll learn some respect from your betters, young girl, if your beauty is marred below your peers," he hisses.

COMBATSYS: Lilith blocks Sabbath's Tarantula Clench.

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Sabbath          0/-------/-----==|=======\-------\0           Lilith

"Heyyy--no fair dodging it!" Lilith has to reorient herself right quick as Sabbath brings the claw arm back and up into her--she manages to catch the claw arm with her wing arms--just before they sink into her chest--their tips piercing her ever so lightly along with her wings. Ouch.

"Woah!" Lilith is surprised when the man manages to sink his teeth in, this is a bit of a change of course, since usually /she/ is the one biting people!

"Eessh--" she makes a pained nouse, hissing between her teeth as the larger, gray-skinned bionic scientist puts the bite on her--attempting to grab at the man and pick him up--if she gets ahold of him, she'd form a bow with one of her wing arms, then drawing the man back and letting pulling wing-arm eject him across the room into the wall!

COMBATSYS: Lilith successfully hits Sabbath with Mystic Arrow.

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Sabbath          0/-------/---====|=======\=------\1           Lilith

Sabbath is hurled across the room and into a wall, smashing the concrete and bouncing off onto his face, shuddering as he jerkily twitches on the ground.

With certainty, Sabbath limps to his feet, his body hunched over from the pain in his back, grinding his jaw crookedly. Sabbath goes running at Lilith with an uneven stagger, and bounds off his feet at her.

He flies in a tackle at her upper body, attempting to slam her to her back and then flip off her with a roll, landing on the other side and continuing his bound, skidding to a halt on the other side and jerking around to face her again, claw on the ground, waiting for her next move.

COMBATSYS: Lilith dodges Sabbath's Medium Throw.

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Sabbath          0/-------/---====|=======\=------\1           Lilith

"Bye bye now!" Lilith happily announces as she lets Sabbath go, wincing only when she heard the sickening crunch of him hitting the wall.

"So, lets see what these Shadalosers have done to ya all--" Lilith is about to start cutting test subjects free when--Sabbath is returns with a tackle--running full speed across the freaking room at her!

"Eek!" Lilith dashes aside over the blood, having raised one wing arm and turned it into a blade to cut a restraint on one of the gourneys--instead she raises it again after recovering and tries to slam the wing blade back down into him as he turns to face her!

COMBATSYS: Lilith successfully hits Sabbath with Improvised Smack.

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Sabbath          0/-------/-======|=======\=------\1           Lilith

The wing slams into Sabbath as his tackle is cut short, and he quickly slithers backwards, his face cut up, bone showing. He snarls, shaking with rage, as he opens his claw, sidepacing.

"Your interference with my projects have been quite a nuisance, Aensland," he chitters, becoming spider-like now that he's in pain.

"Let us see if you will miss your ability to reproduce."

With that, he drops onto a knee, thrusting his claw upwards between Lilith's legs.

COMBATSYS: Lilith interrupts Groin Shot from Sabbath with Splendor Love.

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Sabbath          1/----===/=======|=------\-------\0           Lilith

"What the--hey, going for the low blows is my schtick!" Lilith cringes and looks a fair bit worried as Sabbath drops down and thrusts his claws up between her legs. The tip of his claw lightly slices over her right leg, tearing through her blue and purple nylon tights and drawing blood--but just before it can reach any further Lilith rises up and explodes into bats.

Well, her clothes do.

"Temptation!" she is surrounded by a white glow to keep things PG-rated (Or else P-body will murder us) and all of her clothes have morphed into glowing green soul bats--the storm of them tearing through Sabbath before she drops back down to the floor, her outfit reforming from the bats.

"Phew~ hope it was as good for you as it was for me!"

The flurry of bats rend through Sabbath, sending him staggering backwards as the bats ameloriate his flesh. He shakes and bumbles into a wall, his muscles shuddering from the psionic energy.

Sabbath flips a switch on the cerebral implant where his left ear should be, honing in on Lilith with his targetting system. He charges forward with a raging battle cry, a low, level, rising shout, swinging his claw about to and fro as he assaults her with singular, shallow swipes, nothing particular devastating, merely adding up to a great deal of lacerating damage.

COMBATSYS: Lilith blocks Sabbath's Cyber Frenzy.

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Sabbath          0/-------/----===|===----\-------\0           Lilith

Lilith is now reduced to trying to fight the now frenzying robot spider mad doctor on equal terms--her wings forming into large broad sword-like blades in front of her as she swings them around, blocking and deflecting lacerating swipes of his claw--sending showers of sparks over the poor people still strapped to the tables. Eventually however, his claw blade does sink into her right side, not full strength--she had managed to stop it partway with one of her wing blades but it still stuck somewhat deep.

"Owww--damnit, also why are you suddenly a spider, not that I'm not into spiders, just jeez--"

Lilith brings one of her 3" stiletto heeled boots up and tries to jab it into Sabbath's kneecap in retaliation.

COMBATSYS: Sabbath blocks Lilith's Light Kick.

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Sabbath          0/-------/----===|====---\-------\0           Lilith

Sabbath brings his claw down to block the blow to his knee, the stiletto jamming into it without the toe as he shifts her leg to the side, before he swings his arm up across his fore in an effort to spin her about and to the ground.

And then, a downward stab of his claw while she's on the ground.

"We are all true things in our mind, but passion brings our lies to a halt!"

COMBATSYS: Lilith interrupts Quick Strike from Sabbath with Shining Blade.

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Sabbath          0/-------/=======|======-\-------\0           Lilith

"Now you know why succubi wear heels all the damn time, ngghh--" Lilith struggles to free her stilleto heeled boot from the man's shoe and subsequently foot, blood spraying out as she pulls her foot back--turning as she brings one wing arm up and it morphs into a blade in the blink of an eye!

"Eat it!" She snarls as she springs into the air, bringing the blade up while slicing through Sabbath's claw arm--taking a hefty gash along her cheek and shoulder from it in the process!

Sabbath's blood sprays from a wound along his arm and chest, a blood curdling scream escaping. He jams his fingers at Lilith's hide, attempting one last rebuke, jamming his clawtips into Lilith's hip and side as he falls to his knees sidelong before her and against her, before he drags himself down against her to the ground.

COMBATSYS: Sabbath can no longer fight.

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                                  |======-\-------\0           Lilith

COMBATSYS: Sabbath successfully hits Lilith with Neurotoxin Injection.
- Power hit! -

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                                  |=======\-------\1           Lilith

Sabbath manages to stick her with his stinger as her falls, getting her in the side with his poison-tipped barb there.

"Phew, finally--" Lilith grins as she disappears back under the blood, knocking out all the guards and severing all the restraints for the people. Several grab the Shadaloo sec-team's weapons and make a break for the back door, a small war breaking out as the test subjects make a break for it.

"Now... where was I," Lilith walks back to Sabbath, lying there. The neurotoxin is doing some... interesting things to the succubus. Her eyes fully dilated, she's sheathed in a thick, dripping sweat as her stiletto heels click against the hospital room floor, now bare of blood.

Currently, the poison is making Lilith hallucinate Sabbath as some sort half-human spider creature, think a male Muffet from Undertale.

"D'ohoho, we're going to have some fun tonight, webly," there is a piercing silence in the room, save for sounds of shouting and gunfire outside as dainty gloved hands grasp Sabbath's ankles and drag him away.

Log created on 14:00:55 07/01/2018 by Lilith, and last modified on 20:08:42 07/01/2018.