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

Posted Jan. 25, 2023, 2:51 p.m. by Lieutenant River Styxx (OIC Marine) (Nathan Derricutt)

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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.


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

River watched Da’mu as he knelt and said nothing. she was to busy deciding what the best course of action was. She needed to deal with yhe mechs and she knew where to hit them but she had to time it right. To Da’mu it would look like River was contemplating his offer. She pressed a few buttons on he phaser and holstered it.

“Perhaps you are right” she said simply as she began to walk closer to him.

“Love and light will shine on you child,” Da Mu spoke in a soft paternal tone with a benevolent smile. He waited and watched as the woman approached.

Although slowly she eventually reached him and stretched out her hands.

Taking her hands, Da Mu rose until he was standing before her. “This is the first step to your journey as a warrior of the light. Let it wash over you and,”

It looked like she was embracing him. As soon as her hands touched him however she grabbed each side of his head and brought her knee up to his exposed face. Putting as much force as she could into it.

Da Mu felt the impact on his nose and immediately reached for his nose. Blood poured from the broken appendage covering the front of his prison overalls. Stumbling back he shook his head pushing through the sting and blinking rapidly to remove the tears forming in his eyes out of reflex. The Nano’s in his body instantly began repairing the damage allowing for Styxx to attack the MECH’s.

She hoped it would take him out for a few moments, if it did River would draw her phaser, now set on the highest setting and fire it at one mechs weak spot then the others. If it all worked out the Mechs would be destroyed and Da’mu would be easier to manage.

Lieut Styxx (Marine OIC)

The accuracy of her shot exploded one of the MECH’s however the blue sensor light immediately switched to red as the MECH’s slipped from civil defense to attack. The MECH’s moved from a loose formation around Da Mu to a picket formation cutting Styxx and the marines she brought with her from the rest of the populace. They did not fire but lowered their level of hovering to cover the defenseless spot on the bottom. Every MECH seemed to be targeting a Marine but was not opening fire.

As River backed up a squad of four marines in full armour, formed behind her. While there faces where covered River knew who each one was. As she reached her marines one handed her something she had wanted since this started “Qrow said you might want this.” One marine said to River.

River smirked and took the weapon, it was a sheathed sword, tying to around her waist River nodded “Thanks Freya” she said simply.

“My child why are you trying to cause pain to yourself? Fighting your destiny will only prolong your suffering. The pain you felt being on Acheron will seem like a pleasurable experience if you continue to fight me.” Moving around to take up a defensive position, Da Mu slammed his wrists together. As he separated them a long blue saber appeared as if made from pure energy. The weapon bore the archaic lines of ones seen in ancient Japan wielded by the samurai. Slowly he began to slice through the air with the weapon as if getting his feel for it. “Tell me, child, do you not yet feel the welling up of fear like the men and woman felt you let to slaughter holding a pile of dirt no one cares about anymore? Your Federation tossed you to the wolves after letting those that did not support the effort try to tear the flesh and soul from your body.”
The information was not secret however Da Mu had not had access to any of the databases to know such details. The question would be where did he find such specific information?

River said nothing at first. Choosing instead to draw the sword form its sheath. Once it was freed the sword was as sight to behold, intricate carvings, in a language only a few knew adorned the green tinted blade, it razor sharp edge glinting in the light of the overhead lamps it was clearly a final crafted weapon, One that would be the stuff of legend d in some stories, “Peace is a lie. There is only Passion. Through Passion, I gain Strength. Through Strength, I gain Power. Through Power, I gain Victory. Through Victory my chains are Broken. My pain shall set me free” She said reading the inscription on her weapon as she demonstrated her mastery over it.

“Tell me was the loss of your Lily worth the price and scorn you paid?”

Da Mu

OOC: I think you mentioned a connection with a woman named Lily once. If not I am sorry I got the fact wrong and can take it out. ~ Kate

OOC: You are right there is a connection. Lily was River’s 12 year old adopted daughter, she died on Acheron, mercy killed by River after being infected with a nero-toxin. Her death is what destroyed the old River and gave birth to the devil of Acheron. So its a very deep cut.

IC: The very mention of that name caused River’s blood to boil. Her eyes burned with hatred and anger.

“Say the word boss, I’ll send him straight to hell” the marine who had handed River her sword growled, as a deep hiss built up in her throat. For Freya was a Ferasan, the sabertoothed offshoot of Caitians.

“You speak a name you know nothing of. A name you think you can use to control me, to make me submit, but all it does is grow my hatred and through my hatred I grow stronger.” River spat tears in he eyes, but whether they where tears of sadness or anger was anyone’s guess.

“I do not wish to control you or have you submit to me. I am not a God but simply a man.” Da Mu’s voice was calm but also on some level unsettling. It was as if Da Mu somehow knew her pain and struggles as if he was there but there was no way that could be true. “My only wish is to show you that the pain your suffered by the loss of your daughter is a wound that can never heal nor should it. It has scarred over sealing in all the pain and torment you carry as a burden on your soul. What you did…the price you paid…no one should ever have to carry that alone. ” If Styxx was religious or spiritual at all, she would sense that Da Mu was speaking as if trying to heal the pain she carried with words of comfort. The juxtaposition however was that nothing the four aliens had done since they arrived reflected the softness and gentleness Da Mu was exhibiting now. While the man’s words were gentle, his tone did not convey warmth but felt almost cold as if the room had suddenly dropped several degrees. The sensation might be similar to the pit in one’s stomach when a secret was revealed that should not be known.

“Do you think the brat you brought with you will appreciate the price of what you’ve done, when I throw your dismembered head at her feet? or your fellow cult members when they realise how much of a coward and a failure you truly were ” she asked after a short pause

Lieut Styxx (Marine OIC)

Da Mu ignored Styxx’s words and made a gesture that could reasonably be assumed to have some sort of prayer or praise-like meaning behind it. “Your anger is not with me child but the toxin that those wishing nothing but death and despair used to take the light from your life. Prejudice and hatred of those that follow the path result only in the cataclysmic destruction of civilization. It is a wildfire that scorches the landscape of society to a charred, blackened carcass. Nothing is more dangerous than the undevout to the preservation of culture, harmony, peace, and love. Do not shun the undevout but guide them into the light for they have only known chaos instead of clarity. Those you fought saw the power and strength inside them. The call you the Devil but in the end even through all your pain you showed the light withing you and guided them to the path without even knowing it existed.” The more Da Mu talked the more it was as if he was reading Styxx’s mind like a telepath or emotions like an empath.

Da Mu

As Da Mu spoke River realised that the man in front of her was either an empath or a telepath and a very strong one at that, he had been able to pick up on things that barely touched the surface. But perhaps that was his weakness. As she thought a pan formed in her mind, it was a long shoit and would suck to no end but if it paied off it could prove just the advantage she needed.

All Empaths and telepaths could be overcome by emotion, the stronger the emotion the harder it was to control. Even Vulcans could get overrun with emotions and they had hundreds of years to practice their craft. Maybe it was time to fight fire with fire.

“This is going to suck” River said under her breath as she lowered her weapon and closed her eyes. Taking deep breaths and focusing on her breathing she dug deep into her memories. She tried to remember what Lily looked like, what meeting her from school was like she remembered her first kiss with Abi, and how it felt to lose both. She remembered the sight of the enemy coming from the clouds, the sound of the sirens, the explosion in the distance, She tried to remember the wrecks the crew that where lost. She focus on this feeling of anger of hatred. As she did images flashed in her mind.

Her friends falling to the creatures they once called friends. The twisted forms of those she had served with leering in violent bliss as they served their new masters. She remembered the section 31 agents trying to take lily’s body. She remembered the carnage, the blood shed. The day she saw her father figure die, the day her CO died in front of her. She remembered every kill, every fight, every face she had seen twisted in horror. She conjured up images of the green gate way darkening t sky. The bodies of the star fleet crews float around the husked of their ship. The screams of the wounded and the cries of the civilians who where cut down as they fled. The sight of the hospital ship hawthorn being destroyed after it was granted permission to leave.

Every thought she could think of every moment of pain of rage of sadness, everything she had that was negative, she dug up. The faces of her former friends that she killed, the wounds she suffered, the fathers weeping over there sons, the mothers burying their daughters, the children crying as their parents went off to fight never to return. She remembered the twisted wreck of the once pristine sky scraper. She relived things that no one should have lived through, horrors that would scare even the darkest of creatures.

As the memories came to the surface, unbridled uncontrolled tears fell down River’s face as she opened her eyes, focusing solely on Da Mu “You wish to know me, what I have gone through. Then look and drink your fill. Look at the people I have lost, the things I have sacrificed. Look on the faces of those that died and see the things I still live with. I have seen horrors you could not imagine, fought creatures you can no comprehend. I have fought enemies that wore the faces of allies and i have been cast aside.” River said her voice raising as every emotion every emotion every ounce of anger, sadness and rage was channelled towards Da’Mu if he wanted to see the truth then he could and River hoped he would choke on it, she hoped all she could muster would be enough to overwhelm him and give her the advantage, this fight was not only a physical one but also a psychological one. If she could just crush his abilities make him burn them out it might knock him enough to deal with him, a clouded mind cannot make rational decision, a mind overwhelmed with emotion cannot function as it should, and maybe just maybe that would mean far more for Da Mu.

Lieut Styxx (Marine OIC)

OOC: Oops I got carried away, I ca change it if its a bit much.



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