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Time to be Heroes Thread (Morpheus, Neo, Smith, Molly, Karolina, Trinity, Cypher(?)) 
26th-May-2006 02:22 pm

Hello! So I just thought of opening up an OOC thread to the corresponding story on LSNY just in case we need to communicate with each other at various times to plot, ask questions, etc.

I have a suggested posting order for the time being, though it might change as we go along. What do you think of the following posting order: Trinity, Neo, Karolina, Molly, Smith, Morpheus with Cypher interjecting  if/when he sees fit ;)

Also, I was thinking that it might be good to have the main plot in one thread with other seperate actions in new threads (within the Time to be Heroes post) . This is only a suggestion, feel free to put your two cents in if you think it might make things confusing or difficult. 

'Runaways' players, if you have anything you would like to see here or have us incorporate into the thread please let us know.

26th-May-2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
Ah damn. I posted before I saw this. If you'd like me to delete my comment and wait for Neo to post for Kar, I'd be more than happy to do so.

Also, this is just a thought, but getting into and out of the vault may not be as difficult as Trinity imagines. Molly's torn her way through security doors before, though it really tires her out to do so. We might want to debate strategic use of the Runaways' powers here, since Molly crashes and naps after using her superstrength, and Karolina is solarpowered (and lo, night falls). What kind and how many obstacles are the rescue party facing, Agents aside?
26th-May-2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
Hi! Just to answer your question and perhaps to clarify the order of battle from my side, here are the details as the new Time to be Heroes story thread starts:

- 5 Agents and 5 soldiers are outside the building;
- 1 Agent is tied up on the rooftop of a Hummer, outside the building;
- 2 Agents and 5 soldiers are in the building's lobby;
- 2 Agents and 5 soldiers are in the staircases leading from the lobby to the basement;
- 2 Agents and 5 soldiers are in the building's basement, near the vault's door;
- 1 Agent Smith is with Morpheus in the vault in the basement of the building.

We can assume that these people might move around as needed and since they are non-player characters (beside Agent Smith), you can feel free to move them around as bit or kick their ass at will -- within the range of what's realistic, of course: Agent Smith needs some capable bodyguards around!! ;-)
26th-May-2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
That...is a lot of Agents. They're going to need Neo post-haste!
28th-May-2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
Lol! Oh but wait! I can be even more detail-obsessed. Let me give names to all those Agents! :-)

- 5 Agents and 5 soldiers are outside the building:
..... Agent Williams
..... Agent Wilson
..... Agent Moore
..... Agent Taylor
..... Agent Harris

- 1 Agent is tied up on the rooftop of a Hummer, outside the building:
..... Agent Jackson

- 2 Agents and 5 soldiers are in the building's lobby:
..... Agent Johnson
..... Agent White

- 2 Agents and 5 soldiers are in the staircases leading from the lobby to the basement:
..... Agent Jones
..... Agent Brown

- 2 Agents and 5 soldiers are in the building's basement, near the vault's door:
..... Agent Miller
..... Agent Pace

- 1 Agent is with Morpheus in the vault in the basement of the building:
..... Agent Smith

This gives my minions more of a personal touch!
28th-May-2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
29th-May-2006 12:34 am (UTC)
Guys, I made a mistake (twenty lashings!). I wrote that it was Agent Johnson who killed Trinity. My bad, it was Agent Thompson so that is the name I will post next time around.
28th-May-2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
*laughs* This is in no way a critique of you, but it cracks me up that the Agents are all generic caucasian males. Computers are not known for their creativity!
28th-May-2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
Well, with the exception of Agent Pace, that is. It's even funnier to see them try and diversify!
29th-May-2006 12:48 am (UTC)
Lol! Very true: not very original indeed... Damn sexist software! ;-) Agents are only given a last name, which could leave room for some of them to be female, but I think that in this case, Agent Pace will end up being the only woman around indeed! As to the last names, I am drawing them from the most frequently occurring surnames of the 1990 United States census (click here for the full list).
26th-May-2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
I see SmithMun pretty much highlighted it all, the main obstacle is all the Agents crawling around. Hence in order to get to the basement in one piece they could either (1)fight their way through (small miracle would be needed not to get hurt unless Neo shows up), (2)Crawl down the ventilation shaft...

Actually, let's take a survey of abilities to see what we have to play with in regards to this particular situation. If I am correct:

1. Karolina: solar powers--work during the day only?--which allow her to fly, hurl solar bolts (many apologies if i am not entirely precise or right. Feel free to correct me.) Utilise light as a weapon (offence/defence). (good for deflecting Agents?)
2. Molly: Super strength (good for trying to open the safe?)
3. Trinity (she's been altered so her abilities are still unknown to her):Download info on surroundings, fighting
4. Neo: Stopping bullets, fighting, taking care of Smith while they escape with Morpheus and Molly (if she crashes?)

Anyway, just thinking out loud.
27th-May-2006 12:24 am (UTC)
What about pounding their way through the floor..? It's just a thought. Molly might be able to crash through a few before tuckering out. Then again, it might be best to safe her strength for the big doors.

Unfortunately Brian K Vaughan, writer of Runaways, hasn't laid down any hard and fast guidelines for the girls, so we're going based on what they've accomplished in the past and, in Karolina's case, what three years of training should enable them to do, so:

Karolina - Solar powered alien; her body literally 'photosynthesizes' sunlight into energy (in canon a vampire once bit her and exploded due to sunlight in her blood). It isn't that her powers don't work at night, it's that once she expends all her stored energy she has to wait for the sun to recharge. Sunlight can also heal her to some extent. She can fly, shoot lasers/bolts of varying focus and damage, and manipulate the light she gives off to bind or shield. She does glean some small energy from starlight, so that even once she's burned herself out she can still fly, but once she's used up her battery she won't be much good in a fight. Her powers have no effect on people of her same race. I don't know if the Agents could take advantage of that or not, since she's an alien, but I throw it out for thought.

Molly - Super Strength, yes, but we think it's based on psionics. Both her parents were psychics, when Molly uses her powers her eyes glow the way theirs did, and she has some resistance to mental control. So, basically, she's as strong as she thinks she is, and her childlike mind doesn't really comprehend that some things shouldn't be possible. She also has some measure of invulnerability (in canon a badguy tried to whack her over the head with a shovel, which shattered and left her totally unphased). How much is up to her player, though I would guess that she'd need to be conscious of a threat to be guarded against it. After a certain amount of slugging away, however, she crashes for a hardcore nap. And she snores.

Could Trinity or Neo perhaps alter the codes that they see? It seems they can send SoSes through it, so I just wonder. The extent of their alterations is murky!
27th-May-2006 04:31 am (UTC)
To answer your question from Trinity's side (taken from her user page): In addition to be able to read Matrix code she progressively finds that she is able to manipulate this code. Therefore, viruses (vampires), programs (gods, angels etc) can be modified or harmed. Unfortunately, she does this with great risk to herself.

*She has not learned about this ability. Recently she has been able to separate strings of code but she has not figured out that she can manipulate it in a person/being/etc.*

-She learns that she can over-ride 'code' (deflect some bullets, cause things to melt, break, move) but cannot add-on code (make objects that are not there appear). She can do this only within reasonable limits

*She knows she can do this because when she first arrived she made a car start by touching it. http://trinity-matrix3.livejournal.com/959.html and since has caused a bullet to stop before it hit her.*

However, she has a feeling that these are 'malicious' gifts from whatever is trapping her in the Matrix in order to serve their purpose, so she is a bit weary of using them unless the situation calls for it.
26th-May-2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
Wow! Quick on the posting Karolina! Awesome! ;) Next cycle of posting maybe we can have Neo post first and then Karoline so that we can keep Molly/Karolina together and Neo/Trinity together in their replies since they feed off each other's actions. Would that be okay? I'm open to suggestions.
26th-May-2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
That sounds great to me! I planned on holding off anyway, since it seemed that Trinity had inadverdantly called Neo through code and he's probably enroute as we speak.
29th-May-2006 01:49 am (UTC)
To Morpheus' mun: I just wrote a post in which Smith realises that the Oracle programme seems to exist within Morpheus' code. I understand that this reveals an important aspect of Morpheus to one of his enemies, so if you believe that it is too soon, or that the way it is depicted in my post does not fit with the characteristics or intentions of your character or of yourself, please let me know and I will re-post at once (no problem, really: it is important that you feel comfortable with that post and the way I wrote it). Thanks! :-)
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