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    Hunter? Hunted? Only fate will decide... (tag: NOS)

    Post by Lawrence on Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:39 pm

    Time: 7:45 PM
    Date: 7/19/2011

    The sun was well on its way to setting, not that Lawrence could really tell as he stalked through the slums of Portal City. Much like the last time he was here, the place was bringing back all sorts of bad memories, but he was not here to dwell on those. The various residents of the area skittered out of the way when they noticed the robot butler was armed, his Ice Shrieker in hand for all the world to see. No, he was here for a hunt, and his footsteps held dire purpose as he headed for the area where Zurg's spies had last seen NOS-4-A2.

    The route Lawrence traveled quickly grew more deserted, as if the street rats and other scum of this place instinctively knew there was something far more ferocious, far more deadly than they were lurking in this direction. He remembered how the denizens of Blackwater City's slums acted the same way around himself once he'd gained his own fearsome reputation, but the lack of people suited him just fine. Anyone else would just be in the way.

    The butler kept his energy levels as low as he possibly could as he sneaked through the alleys and back streets, hoping to keep the element of surprise for as long as he could. Granted, even once he was discovered and battle was joined, there were a few other surprises in store for the energy sucker, but he would not reveal those until an opportune moment.
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    Re: Hunter? Hunted? Only fate will decide... (tag: NOS)

    Post by [ADPT.] NOS-4-A2 on Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:48 am

    Lawrence had gotten one thing correct: it was dark now. Very.

    By the time he had arrived to his destination and scoured the decrepit world that few ever felt reason to ponder, the sun had finally set at last. No longer would the butler be aided by the kind rays of daylight, and now... he was in the world where the dark, the disgusting, and the plain despicable lived. Vandals hooted off in the distance, fires burning brightly in beaten garbage drums, but still... nothing really stirred. Flyers flittered about and so too did insects, but nothing seemed to be alive down here. Why would they? It was the hour where things, wicked things, roamed and no sensible person who knew the area would dare to venture out where the sun did not offer protection.

    The lights from dying street lamps flickered, and a few went out in the far distance.

    It was quiet... or, was it?

    Lawrence would have to venture further if he wanted to make any progress. And he better be quick about it, too. Some of the more bold ruffians were starting to eye him with questionable smirks.
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    Re: Hunter? Hunted? Only fate will decide... (tag: NOS)

    Post by Lawrence on Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:17 am

    Darkness completely fell soon enough, and for a few moments, Lawrence could almost picture these slums as the same areas around Blackwater City, though he didn't dare let his mind drift for more than a handful of seconds. The smirking ruffians were eyed with a glare, then a smirk of his own appeared on his lips, sadism and perhaps a bit of insanity shown there. No, you know not what you stalk, boys . . . best run along or this old wolf might decide to use you for target practice before moving onto bigger game.

    The butler moved even deeper into the slums, his movements growing slower and more precise, and he looked the very image of something stalking for a kill. Lawrence stuck to the shadows where he could; any advantage he could hold onto was a good one. Further into this abyss of a place he crept, and when things seemed as desolate as they could get, he finally spotted some movement up ahead of him.

    Lawrence froze in the shelter of the shadows, raising his Ice Shrieker to his optics and looking through the scope. He had to be sure this was the energy sucker . . . he didn't want anything else getting in the way.

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    Re: Hunter? Hunted? Only fate will decide... (tag: NOS)

    Post by System on Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:17 am

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    Re: Hunter? Hunted? Only fate will decide... (tag: NOS)

    Post by [ADPT.] NOS-4-A2 on Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:29 am

    Indeed it was the butler's prey, but... not to what he had expected.

    NOS-4-A2, in all his robotic glory, had changed somehow. No longer was the robot shined and lusterous, its metallic shell and body rather dulled and scuffed. The cape it proudly wore remained in tatters and shreds, and the robot seemed rather oblivious to Lawrence's presence. If only things were ever so easy...

    Suddenly hissing came from the side, and in that brief moment something lashed out from the very shadows the butler had kept hidden in! There was a slight clash of metal, brief sparks from the contact, but nothing major to do enough damage. Whatever it was, if anything, scuttled down an alley and disappeared into a sewer grate much too small for the pudgier Lawrence to chase after. What was that thing!? If Lawrence went back to look into his scope he would find that... his prey was gone.

    Gone, and perhaps... deeper inside the underworld of Portal Breach.

    The match was set.

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    Coinflip: HIT, Lawrence lost sight of his prey. MISS, Lawrence still has the robot in his sights, but will need to further venture into the underworld of Portal Breach.
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    Re: Hunter? Hunted? Only fate will decide... (tag: NOS)

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    Re: Hunter? Hunted? Only fate will decide... (tag: NOS)

    Post by Lawrence on Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:40 am

    Lawrence watched the energy vampire through his scope, again reminded of his years on the streets. His paint job and armor had looked about that bad by the end of those days. There was no sympathy there, though. In fact the butler found it amusing, to see the monster that had terrorized him so reduced to this state. He was about to let fly with a few rounds, when out of nowhere, something hissed in the darkness!

    Lawrence winced at whatever it was that struck him, only looking away from his enemy for a moment to track the thing. When he brought his scope up again, NOS-4-A2 was gone, obviously spooked deeper into the ruins. It didn't matter how far away NOS tried to fly at this point, all the butler wanted was to end this, and that was what he intended to do. He headed further into the darkened alleys, hoping to spot his prey nearby.

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    Post by [ADPT.] NOS-4-A2 on Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:46 am

    And again, Lawrence's vision had proved true. But... was it really?

    Further down into the forlorn state of the seedy outer districts, NOS-4-A2 appeared to be... looking for something. What was anyone's guess, and in a silent swoop of its crackling wings the robotic monster descended upon an open dumpster bin and it sorted through it ravishingly. Many screeches and shrieks of talons upon metal could be heard, and useless things were thrown out without second thought. Was it searching for something to feed upon? Something to use? What? It was all very... strange.

    So strange, in fact... that Lawrence should have noticed something starting to creep up on him...

    A shadow draped itself over the butler without warning, and if he turned to whirl that business end of his Ice Shrieker...

    BANG!

    It was nothing.

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    Coinflip: HIT, Lawrence finds a nasty surprise. MISS, it's nothing. Will edit accordingly.
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    Re: Hunter? Hunted? Only fate will decide... (tag: NOS)

    Post by Lawrence on Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:57 am

    Lawrence had indeed whirled at the sudden shadow draping over him and the sudden noise, only to find nothing there. When he turned around again, his prey had once again disappeared. It was rather infuriating, but he kept his focus. Giving into rage had only fueled his humiliating defeat the last time. No, without Mister Dark to influence him, the butler fully intended to keep his cool throughout this hunt. His aim and reaction times were far better when he was calm.

    Sighing mentally, Lawrence ventured in the direction of the faint ion trail NOS's wings left behind, hoping to finally have a decent shot at him.

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    Post by [ADPT.] NOS-4-A2 on Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:09 am

    Appeared Diceor was favoring Lawrence tonight, and ridiculously so! What, did M-chan's grand sacrifice actually work today?

    But it would take more than a friend's good luck to aid the butler today. Just because he was a skilled tracker didn't necessarily mean that his prey would be just as easy to fight as it was easy to find. Again, NOS-4-A2 appeared disgruntled and preoccupied. Shouldn't an energy vampire with the latest in evil technology be able to sense Lawrence nearby? Maybe NOS-4-A2 really was getting rusty. Maybe, maybe...

    With NOS-4-A2 in Lawrence's sights he was free to squeeze the trigger anytime...

    It was right there, after all. The butler could end it now! Now!

    Something stirred from behind Lawrence again, but it was probably nothing.

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    Coinflip: HIT, Lawrence gets the surprise. MISS, the butler is damn lucky.
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    Re: Hunter? Hunted? Only fate will decide... (tag: NOS)

    Post by Lawrence on Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:19 am

    Lawrence could scarcely believe his luck this night; after losing track of NOS-4-A2 yet again, he'd managed to find him easily. He was starting to get a bit of a bad feeling, but the target right in front of him was just too tempting to ignore. He focused yet again, steadying himself as much as he could before bringing the Ice Shrieker to bear. He lined up his shot with the scope, almost seeming to freeze in place until he pulled the trigger.

    One freezing round flew from the business end of the rifle, and the butler hoped his aim was true.

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