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Tick Tick Boom The Promenade - Da Mu...when the past doesn't match the future or the present

Posted Dec. 5, 2022, 10:15 p.m. by Civilian Jessa Novar (Child) (Kate O'Neill)

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Da Mu felt the slight sensation of falling as lights enveloped him. Raising his hands did nothing to stop it as he rematerialized in a new part of the ship. Gone was the silence of Marine Country. It was replaced with sounds of confusion and chaos. The klaxons and red lights were only adding tension and fear to the situation. Rage poured through the Elder at the almost casual way these aliens could pluck an individual from one spot and move them to another in an instance. Touching an Elder without being given permission was against the law. These people needed to be informed that such actions would no longer be permitted.

The battle drug fueled his rage causing Da Mu to immediately going on the offensive. Raising his fist to the ceiling, Da Mu dispelled his weapon. Bolts of energy riccoheted off the ceiling to burn themselves out on walls and deckplating. Those that encountered glass walls shattered them sending shards out like daggers. As if he controlled it, the klaxons suddenly silenced leaving only the screams and cries of the people around him. This gave him time to take in his surroundings. The area looked like a shopping area with clothes, shoes, and merchandise filling the space. Translate and scan Da Mu spoke within his armor. Numerous holodisplays began to process his request as data appeared indicating the probability of weapons, the make up of the humanoids in the space, and his surroundings.

Weapons - absent. Females 86% of the population. Males 14% of the population. Estimated age of the population sample is fourty one with 18% of the sample being juveniles. Environment - shopping complex. Threat assessment- minimal. Room appears to be shielded..

“Quad report,” Da Mu’s spoke into his helmet trying to ascertain where the rest of the group was. He was sure his weapons would punch through thier shielding however not knowing what was over him, stopped the use of more powerful armaments for now.

Communication systems currently disabled. Unable to translate written alien language at this time. Armor at 72 percent. Repairs in progress. The AI system of his armor responded.

Dropping a fist full of metal balls, they rolled from his feet spilling out into an oily river leading him towards the people instead of away from it. “I am not to be feared but embraced for I am your salvation.” Da Mu’s stepped into the inky pool. With each step it seemed to flow with him like a river invoking the image of one walking on water. Pausing next to a shirt that was hanging, he let the slippery silken material glide between his fingers. While the initial mission was to find the Prism, Da Mu now knew there was a more divine purpose for his and the other Elder’s arrival in the Milky Way. “Kneel down so that I may teach you the path to enlightenment and away from the shallow hedonistic life which has consumed you. I am here to free your mortal souls. Bend at the knee so I might release the yolk of darkness and ignorance that has suffocated you from birth.” Dropping the material, Da Mu raised his hands above his head and began to pray.

Da Mu

When River materialised she took stock of where she was. She was on the shopping level. She could hear Da’mu chanting some rubbish and tapped her com badge =^= River to Qrow, I’m on the shopping level. How are you guys? We’ve need to contain these aliens, but be careful there is an counter insurgence unit at work as well. =^= She whispered through her com as she moved over to the emergency cache she new was on this deck. River moved slowly had quietly until she could see Da’mu or at least his back. She set her phaser on heavy kill lined up her shot. Even if it didn’t do much hopefully it would at least shut him up.

However river was a facing a conundrum did she act now and potential save more or did she wait for reinforcements and hope the idiot in front of her didn’t do anything stupid. She decided that of he did more than spout his nonsense then she would act swiftly.

Lieut Styxx (Marine OIC)

As she waited River’s com chirped =^= Qrow to Styxx. We’ll get there as soon as we can. However where still sorting out our wounded and the systems are fired. You might be on your own.=^= Qrow’s voice said quietly.

=^= Roger. If you do get out, do me favour send a few marines to find Primrose, i have a feeling he has something to do with this. Use whatever force necessary.=^= She ordered as she steeled herself. She need to by time and sitting still doing nothing would not help anyone.

The mic in her ear transmitted a message only Styxx would hear. Normally open comm lines were not used but with all the security teams separated, McIntyre’s message and its response was played to Styxx.

=/\=Yep…this is Lt. O’Neill.=/\= A voice came through McIntryre’s comm badge. =/\=It seems our pint-sized Ironman got some kinda outside help. The Promenade is locked down. Security forces are working on trying to gain entry but what is stopping you from leaving is preventing us from entering. The nerds in engineering think we can use the Jefferies tube to get people out until we can get the forcefield down. ETA for reinforcements five minutes.=/\=. The information was meant to let Styxx know plans were in place and diversion was needed from the Jefferies tubes located in the walls.

Sighing she raised her phaser and moved slowly round the corner. she took note of the room and where everyone was, then aimed at Da’mu. Putting the Phaser ion the highest setting, she fired. Even If it didn’t do Much it might just shut him up.

As the bolts streaked towards Da Mu, the oily pool rose up like a wave absorbing the shots causing a ripple in the surface like that of a stone thrown into a pond. It was both mesmerizing and beautiful at the same time. As if from the old story of Moses, the black screen parted and melted back as Da Mu turned towards Styxx. The look on Da Mu’s face was almost benevolent like a patriarch waiting for the person before them to explain their actions.

Once she had fire she stood behind him “Excuse me do you have a evangelical permit, all religious members must file for a permit before commencement of preaching. Those found in violation of this are to be removed and detained.” she said her tone serious but laced with sarcasm. If Da’mu turned around he would see River standing there alone with her phaser raised and her eyes burning with vengeance, there was no fear, no admiration and no mercy only vengeance. She had the eyes of warrior.

Lieut Styxx (Marine OIC)

Da Mu let the words seep into his soul as he listened with a calm expression on his face. “You speak the truth although your tone denotes arrogance.” It was as if Da Mu could sense the truth behind Styxx’s words. He did not counter it as if it were a lie but merely a fact one accepted. “Do you know allow religious freedom here?”

“Religious freedom yes. Religious subjugation no” River said her tone firm “And lets face it we both know the only religion you want to see is your own. All others must be swept away” she added her tone flat.

“Because there is only one true faith,” Da Mu spoke in a paternal and condescending way to River. “You will see my child. Come to me and let the light of the divination flow through and over you. Let it bring peace and harmony to the chaos that fills your soul.” Taking a step towards Styxx, Da Mu wore a smile that felt bone chilling. It was as if the man could peer into Styxx’s soul and see all the horror and pain the woman carried within. “Shiv Anunna Mazda sees all and can heal your wounds.” After saying the name of their deity, Da Mu proceeded to mime a series of hand gestures towards Styxx. The gestures appeared to incorporate several familiar ones but all strung together as if in a dance. The first gesture seemed to be an adaption of the familiar Christian gesture of the Benediction only with the thumb touching the middle finger in a slightly cupped shape. This was imitated on both his right and left hand. This gesture was raised his fingertips to his forehead where Da Mu dragged his hands down his face slowly closing them into a flat palmed prayer pose until his hands cleared his face. The gesture ended with Da Mu opening his hands and spreading them out as if opening his body for a hug.

River scoffed “Good luck telling the Bajorans that” she said coldly.

Taking another step, Da Mu focused his hypnotic gaze on Styxx as he continued to speak. “We do not wish to subjugate you like those that have in your past. We will not sweep you away as if you are meaningless in this universe but embrace you as part of its energy.” Da Mu seemed to know far more general comments about Styxx than one should. It was nothing specific but the hints of subjugation touched on how some saw the Devil of Acheron. The campaign saved thousands of Federation live but did cause death to the thousands that were trying to defeat the Marines on the planet long ago in Styxx’s past. The mention of sweeping away as if meaningless touched on the court marshal and the black mark on Styxx’ career after this event. It was as if Da Mu was plucking out certain words Styxx spoke and finding the secret truth behind them.

“For someone who claims to be so enlightened, your perception of the galaxy is so simplistically naïve.” she said her tone flat and to the point “You claim not to want to subjugate us, yet you demand all kneel before you.” she added firmly.

As if on cue, all of the monitors lining the walls of the shopping complex switched from the warning sign staying calm to another message. Attention crew of the Atlantis. Four individuals have escaped the brig. They are armed and dangerous. Lethal force is authorized. Ian’s message was followed by frontal and profile images of each of the four aliens.***

Da Mu watched the message and slowly raised a hand to his neck. Instantly the armor snapped into place. The Mech’s would protect him but there was no need to take chances. Now he understood the purest reason for the mission. It was not the Prism but to guide the ignorant masses into the light. Raising his hands he let the oily liquid coalesce under his feet so that as it grew into a podium Da Mu was three feet higher. “Keeper of the light I humbly offer these lambs to you for judgment. Let me be the rod and the staff that will mete out your holy commands. Faith is the assurance that when one follows the path, one will find the truth at the end of the journey. When the devout find the truth, they will be rewarded with eternal enlightenment for your soul.”

He opened his eyes and looked at River. “Will you be the lamb or the servant of the light?”

Da Mu

River looked straight back at him unwavering and unflinching “Neither. For you are not a savior. You are just a man. A Ordinary ma who uses violence, indoctrination and advanced tech to force others to believe your own myth. Trampling on other in the process” she said coldly.

“That being said, I will give you a chance to prove me wrong.” she said pausing for a moment “Deactivate your mechs and get out of the suit. Face me with nothing but your skill. Prove to me, you are the saviour you claim to be.” She added, standing defiant. For River would stand alone against an army ,if it meant she could protect her crew.

Lieut Styxx (Marine OIC)

“Just as you were once a mere soldier before they elevated you to religious stature. Devil or Angel…they are just names the universe thrust upon one. You did not deactivate your weapons and lay down before the foe when they were slitting the throats of your men and the ground ran red with blood. You once asked your foe to lay down the scythe and join you. You won that battle and not the war. It cost you everything. Let Shiv Anunna Mazda guide you to the light so that you can be the savior you are.” Da Mu stood and waited for Styxx to reply.

DA My

River was not impressed or even remotely interested in what Da’mu was saying. The thing that did interest her though was what ever power he seemed to have. It was like he could read the room and detect the traces of the lives that where in it. A useful trait. However river was certain it would not have the effect that he hoped it would have. Dragging up her past was only going to make River revert more and more into the monster she once was.

“You’ll have to do more to impress me then recite a bunch of lines, you swiped from some fortune cookies.” She snapped coldly a low glow in her voice “Besides if you know me so well, then you would know that the safest place for you to be, would be kneeling at my feet.” she added.

Lieut Styxx (Marine OIC)

“Your pain radiates from you along with your strength. I can feel it,” Da Mu spoke in a fatherly tone. Dropping to his knees, he opened his arms as if he was greeting a small child. “If this is where you feel safe I will meet your need. Are you brave enough to meet see what bliss can be offered to your child or will you fight it tooth and nail like a spoiled petulant child?” The image was best defined as David and Goliath. While Styxx was not a petite woman, the armor and bulk made Da Mu appear to be a giant. Aside from the MECH’s hovering, it would appear that the man was defenseless and surrendering. The reality was less obvious.

Da Mu


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