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**3 hours after the encounter with Klarion - Watchtower**
After leaving Owl and her companions behind, Mina was quickly separated from Hitome and Abigail, although she was assured that both would be taken care of and she was in no danger. Brought to a room where the walls are metal, she is in for a shock when she looks out the large observation window to see the world below, lights all over the land as the sun has set, shrouding a globe below her in darkness.
A few uniformed attendants have been in since then, offering food and such, but none able to stay for long except to assure her she is not a prisoner and that somebody will be along for her 'Shortly'. The mix of accents and skin tones is already a shock... all sorts of ethnicities, nationalities, men and women both.
Mina had never stood still for very long, and this one was one of those rare events, staring at the shining blue orb below in awestruck fascination, but it didn't take her mind long to quickstart again.
"I'm floating above the Earth! Oi! Verne was right! And.... and those shiny carriages that flew up in the future... this is where they came!"
She ran along the sides of the large window like an excited puppy, and then her attention turned to the rest of the room, especially the control panel by the door...
...and decided it might be better to stay put when a little spark flew between her finger and the panel and she started floating, and every light in the room turned red... and that horn started blaring and a lady said something about gravity control failure.
Things became normal after a while, and so Gremlin sat down, taking nibs from the food that was brought to her. She wanted to go exploring, but the scary lady in a cape didn't look as if she'd be fine with it. And so she waited... and waited... bored out of her wits and wondering if she'd jump back home before anyone would come.
As she's beginning to nod off, the door light sudden goes off and said scary lady with the cloak walks back in, her expression neutral.
"Oh, hey!" Mina snapped to attention and gave Raven a grin intended to be friendly but came out a little nervous.
"Whilemina, isn't it?" Raven nodded. "My name is Raven Roth.. *cooly* I need to ask you a few questions. I apologize for the wait but your 'compatriots' were a bit less patient and needed our immediate attention."
"Wilhelmina O'Shaughnessy at yer service!" She saluted and nodded. "But Mina works, tha'ts what papa calls me."
"MIna...can you tell me what year it is?" Raven nods and sits down across from Mina.
"Uhm..." Mina scratched her head and looked around. "Somewhere around da 21st century? Aheh... I only jumped ahead o' mah time a couple a times, an' I dinnae see any flyin' carriages, so.... aye, mid 21st century?"
"So you're accustomed to Time-Traveling?" Raven nods. "Well, early, 21st Century. It's now the year 20XX. The Girl Hitome had a bit of trouble with this and Ms.Williams...well, Let's just say I don't have a great deal of confidence in her turning out any better for this."
"Oh, aye, I jump all the time! No pun intended!" She giggled and shrugged, eliciting a wince from Raven. "I dunno how or why, but I end up at diff'rent times, but always snap back home... which is taking a bit o' while now, but I should be outta yer hair soonish."
"Mina.... Since you've been here, we've actually been doing a bit of research. Are you familiar with the Akashic Archives?" Raven asks, not knowing how well trained in the magical arts this one is, if at all.
"Uhm... sorta' kinda'... It's s'pposed to be a big library in the sky or something?" Gremlin said, then gasped, her eyes opening like plates. "Is that where we are?! Can I look?! Can I get copies? Papa would love a copy o' Paracelsus' treatises!"
"Not quite... No..." The Mystic Maven sighed. "The Akashic is not a physical library, but it is a record of all of the accumulated knowledge of the universe. One of our League's Members, Jason Blood, has one of our reality's seven keys and was kind enough to allow us access." She hopes she can break this gently, opens a file. "Mina...."
"Can you confirm that you were in Russia: June 30th, 1908? Near the Tunguska River? Or Krakatoa Island in the indonesian Ocean in 1883?" Raven flips a page with each location. "Or New York City, 1937? How about Pompeii, 79 AD?"
"Well, I cannae say exactly, when I jump I dunno where I end up, and it's not much aof a priority... but I pick up stuff... the really cold place with the river might a'been Russia... an' I do remember a very hot place with an ocean... Positive on New York, I saw a newspaper...! An' Pompeii would be the place with a lotsa people in togas, rite?"
Mina blinked, inclining her head in the opposite direction. "How did ye know? Is someone keeping track of me jumping?"
"History is, yes..." Raven sighed again, pulling a photo from the file and lays it out: New York, dated May 5th 1937, her with Errol Fisher, a local who took a liking to her and showed her around the Greatest City in America. Mina remembers posing and remarking on how 'fast' the photo was developed from the flashpan.
"Oi! I remember that!" Mina giggled. "He was so nice to me! Most people aren't... I know I look a bit queer and people think ah'm a demon or ghost and chase me off, but he didn't! Hm... I guess he's dead by now, but I'd love to see him again to thank him! I was pulled back before I could!"
"The day after this was taken, right? More specifically, 7:25 pm?"
"Aye, something like that... why?" Something in Raven's tone was raising the hairs in Mina's neck.
"Mina...do you know what the term 'Temporal Entropisis means?" Raven sighs, their worries confirmed.
"Uhm... well, not as such." Mina blinked. "But it has 'entropy' and 'temporal' innit so... something about time degrading?"
"It's a culmination of events that defy coincidence and logic... it's when everything that can possibly go wrong is set to happen and all that is required is a catalyst to set it into motion. Pheramanronies, a greek magi, believed that there were certain individuals who acted as these catalysts.... a viewpoint that was echoed by British scholars, so much so that they passed into folklore... little more than legends to most." Raven looks right up to the girl. "You know what they are called, Mina? These catalysts?"
Mina blinked again.
"Uhm..." She frowned, scratching the back of her head. She didn't like where this conversation was going. "Ah.... gremlin? That's... that's what a British bloke called me when he caught me poking about his flyin' machine..."
"That's right...." The former Titan starts pulling out pictures. " New York. Pom-Peii. Krakatoa. Tunguska. London." The last one really gets to the girl, because she was 'pushed back' that time, kept in place while Klarion 'scooped' her up.
"W-why are ye shoing me this...?" Mina's voice was a tiny whisper, horrified at the collected depictions of destruction, especially the last one... she remembered the fire surrounding her in London before she had ended up in that silly contest.
"Because you need to understand what is at stake here..." Raven sighed again, taking no pleasure in this. "Mina... these things are not your fault. Whatever force has been dragging you around the time line has not been of your own doing."
"From what we've been able to figure out, some force outside the Akashic's knowledge was purposefully sending you to each of these places to cause a 'spark' of destruction, setting these events off. Every time you were 'pulled' out of a place, it would be like striking a match in an oil-room."
"Ye mean... I... I caused this.... all this?" Mina had shrunk in her seat, her voice getting all teary. "I... ah... I know things sorta break sometimes when I'm around but... this...?!"
"This.... stopped." Raven's words got Mina's attention, looking her in the eye. "Mina... Klarion managed to catch up to you in London, but from what we can figure, he had his eye on you for some time, he was wanting to make use of this... unique... ability, but he couldn't do anything about it at the time. In London... you felt like you were pulled, but then jerked back, right? Held back and you were caught in the fire?"
"Hitome told us what Klarion said." Raven cut off when Grimlin looks at her like 'how can you know that'. "How he intended to send you back to the Fire and discribed you as having 'just' come out of the Fires in London."
"But... that's what happened, nay?" Mina asked. "There was the fire... and then I was with the others... felt a bit like mah jumps, but... not quite..."
"Klarion broke the cycle and put you in danger to make you 'appreciate' his offer. Lords of Chaos have no power over time... if they did, believe me, the forces of Order would not be able to hold him in check. From what we can tell, You are, at least chronologically, close on to four hundred years old; you didn't jump, Mina.... Klarion held you in some form of sleep all that time, waiting until he could 'use' your talent and run you and the others though that ridiculous game of his."
Mina's mouth hit the floor with a sloppy sound, before she collected herself.
"But... but.... but...." The girl's mind was racing, several thought balloons opening around her head and popping at great speed. "Broke the cycle? The cycle of mah time jumps? That... wait.... wait... that means... I'm not going home...?"
"Mina... what we're more afraid of is that you 'will'; think about it, some of these events are relatively small, others are massive... If the records are to believed, each one correlates to a periods between your jumps there and your jumps home in the 1870's."
"So.... if I go home... something horrible is going to happen here?" Mina was shocked. "Something worth... a couple o' centuries of waitin'?"
Raven nods simply.
"You can understand why we're... concerned."
Mina nodded, evidence of how the truth was sinking in in the position of her increasingly slumping shoulders.
"So... I can't go home...." She whispered in resignation rather than questioning, but then her head snapped up. "My papa! He... he was always so worried when I returned! And... Aw, no! I didn't return! He... and now he's dead... and he never knew what happened to me!!!"
"I'm sorry." Raven knew this reaction was likely.
Mina was struck silent, and then started bawling, curling into a ball on the chair. She'd told Hitome she understood being out-of-time, but she could always expect to go home... and now she was stranded.
But that wasn't what was bothering her... it was the thought of her father spending the rest of his days wondering what happened to her, and why that last jump had taken her out of his life forever.
"You... you gotta help me!" She suddenly jumped, slamming her hands on the table and staring pleadingly at Raven. "Send a message to him somehow! Let him now ah'm fine! Please don' let 'im die in the dark!"
"Apparently, I don't have to." The Maven of Magic pulls an envelope out of the file and hands it to the girl.
Mina dried her odd eyes with her sleeve, taking the envelope and its contents with trembling hands. An old parchment, obviously heavy and weighted. there is nothing on the envelope itself.
"That was delivered to Jason Blood, an associate of mine two weeks ago from the Royal Bank of London...with specific instructions to be given to 'The Neon-Haired Firebrand'. Jason's been around long enough to know when to keep a watch out for things..."
Mina nodded, her curiosity picqued by the letter sealed with old wax; it has likely been in a dry vault for years and it made her forget her sadness for a bit as she cracked the seal carefully, trying not to damage the paper.
The envelope does flake a bit, but the paper slides out along with...a colored photograph? It's also old, but looks like something far more modern than the paper.
"Oi..." She frowned, a little confused by the mix of techniques in the whole package. The picture is colored, the word 'Polaroid' at the bottom right corner. And much to her shock, it's... Her father.. in his lab, flanked by... Gremlin immediately recognizes the odd creature from before with the purple head-piece and the thin girl that rode on the platform. Her father looks a good bit older, but smiles in the picture with the girl and....whatever that other thing is... that look completely out of place.
She opened the letter, reading gingerly.'My beloved Electric Fire-brand... '
'A wise man once said that all things happen for the best, and that even in loss, angels can be heard to sing. Although I do admit, you befriend some very strange angels. And the one who tried to sing was hardly a divine choir.'
'I have been told I cannot say much, as the things that they have told me of you have not yet come to pass by the time you will have read this. To think that movement between time could be so achieved, as if our lives were but chapters in a book that some of us could skip ahead to. They have told me that the Great Plan dictates that you stop flipping in chapters and stay the way of the weary traveler, moving from one page to the next as the rest of us must. I will not pretend to be glad at this, Little Mina. But I can be proud of what work you have and will do in the time beyond my own. Of the works they discribe, an envy of Hercules himself.
'Whatever else may come to pass, in the presence of monsters and gods of that place so far ahead, I ask only this: Don't let fear stop you.... '
'and try not to break too much of the future generation's stuff.'
-Love forever, 'Papa O'Shaughnessy
Mina laughed gently after reading the letter, and pressed the picture against her chest with great relief on her face, then she slumps back on the chair, sighing. She has to dry her eyes again before addressing Raven.
"So... what happens to me now?" She asked. "I canne leave this time an' I don't have much of a place to stay... Oh! And the others! Ah' think Hitome could adapt, but Abby-face?"
"Well, that depends on you." Raven answered. "Whatever force has been using you so far seems to have lost track of you. We don't blame you personally for anything that may have been done with your powers and have no intention to keep you against your will. But that said, this is a very different world you're in now, Mina... from what you've experienced before in the past, and this isn't a simple visit; you obviously have skills that set you in a different place from the..." Raven tries for a slight irish drawl, and fails miserably. " 'Common-folks'? And you came back at...an interesting time; things are happening that have never been so before... particularly in regards to 'young' heroes... if that is a path that might be to your liking?"
"Ye mean... go heroing about with Owl and the other gals... and that guy.... and.... that... girl.... with the... gorgeous armor...?" Mina's eyes lose focus and she starts to drool inadvertently.
Raven looks over the table at the photo in Mina's hand. "I get the feeling that Destiny may be pulling a few strings to get his way on that."
After a few moments of imaginary bliss and a few drops of drool on the table, Mina snaps back to the present.
"I'd love to! All the flyin' and jumpin and goin' 'have at ye, ye miscreant!' sounds like loads of fun! So, so, so... this would be like that group my papa said had gathered in London to fight evil and stuff? With Mr. Quatermain and other strange people? We'd be like a League of Extraordinary Lasses.... and Lad!"
"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was one of the originals. And still Legendary... a similar premise, but things work a bit differently." Raven stands and motions for Gremlin to follow out the door and down a hallway. "Today, it is known as 'The Justice League'." Mina is treated to a spectacular view of the main Station Promenade, several flying individuals and those walking...all in costumes and special outfits. One girl is literally on fire as she walks around and a man in red moves with such speed he is little more than a blur, checking on various consoles. "Owl and the others you met are part of our 'younger' generation...not full members of the League yet... They are one of a dozen teams that are all part of the Teen Titans."
"Heeeh... but ye said I'm over 400." Mina chuckled, not really argumentative, taking on the impressive sights around her... and careful not to touch anything; she would die of shame if she broke something in front of so many incredible people.
"Chronologically... not physically or mentally." Raven taps Mina a bit on the head. "The Titans act as part training, part test, and as a family and home as you grow. Everybody needs stability, something I learned for myself as part of the 'Original' Teen Titans."
Mina nodded, the feeling of isolation and loss quickly replaced by excitement and curiosity at the new life that was opening ahead of her.
Mask: Commlink; Immunity 5 (Sensory Affliction Effects; Limited to vision); Rebreather; Senses 2 (Vision Counters Concealment: from environmental effects) - Multiple effects - 7ep
Grapnel Gun: Movement 1 (Swinging) - 2ep
Hidden Arsenal (equipment array 18ep base cost) - 25ep
. . Bolas: Affliction 8 (Hindered and Vulnerable, Immobile and Defenseless, DC 18; Accurate 3: +6, Alternate Resistance (Dodge), Extra Condition, Increased Range: ranged; Diminished Range 2, Limited Degree)
. . Cutting Torch: Damage 1[/b] (Linked; fire, DC 16) + Weaken 3[/b] (Linked; Resisted by: Fortitude, DC 13; Affects Objects Only)
. . Explosive Kunai: Burst Area Blast 6 (DC 21; Burst Area: 30 feet radius sphere; Diminished Range)
. . Flash Bomb: Affliction 8 (Impaired, Disabled, Unaware, Resisted by: Fortitude, DC 18; Accurate 3: +6, Increased Range: ranged; Diminished Range 2)
. . Quick Glue Pellets: Progressive Affliction 5 (Hindered, Immobile, Resisted by: Fortitude, DC 15; Accurate 3: +6, Increased Range: ranged, Progressive; Diminished Range, Limited Degree)
. . Smoke Bomb: Concealment: Cloud Area Concealment Attack 6 (All Visual Senses, Extra Ranks 2, DC 16; Cloud Area: 15 feet radius sphere, Attack: Fortitude)
. . Kunai Flurry: Strength-based Cone Area Damage 6 (DC 24; Cone Area: 60 feet cone, Selective)
. . Sleep Gas Pellet: Cloud Area Affliction 6 (Fatigued, Exhausted, Asleep, Resisted by: Fortitude, DC 16; Cloud Area: 15 feet radius sphere, Increased Range: ranged; Diminished Range)
The Argos, Prototype BioCruiser Form - PL 10
Strength -, Stamina 15, Agility 5, Dexterity -, Fighting 0, Intellect 5, Awareness 5, Presence 2
Agile Feint, Equipment 6, Second Chance: Resisting fatigue effects, Set-up
Acrobatics 9 (+14), Perception 9 (+14)
. . Biomachine: Feature 1 Can be healed with Technology repair checks
. . Cargo Capacity: Power-Lifting 8 (+8 STR; Limited to Lifting)
. . Colossal Size: Growth 16 (+16 STA, -16 Stealth, -8 active defenses, +3 size categories; Innate; Limited: No Strength, intimidate bonus, or speed bonus, Permanent)
. . Piloted: Feature 1 Can receive team check bonus from Expertise, Technology and Vehicles checks from the crew
Codespeak: Comprehend 2 (Machines/Electronics)
Collapse Form: Morph 1 (+20 Deception checks to disguise; Single form; Metamorph; Activation 2: standard action)
Gravity Field Generator (gravitic array)
. . Dimensional Mass Accelerator: Superheated Plasma Pellet: Perception Damage 10 (DC 25; Dimensional: Normalspace, Increased Range 2: Perception; Resistible: Dodge); Targeting Improvement: Senses 8 (Counters All Concealment: Visual, Extended: Visual 3: x1k; Stacks with Sensors and Singularity Drive Senses)
. . Repulsion Field: Deflect 5 (Advantages: Second Chance: Deflect energy attacks; Accurate 3: +6, Redirection, Reflect; Limited: to attacks at her position) + Impervious Toughness 15
. . Tractor Beams: Move Object 10 (gravity, 25 tons; Accurate 4: +8, Feature: Can be used inside, Precise, Split 3: 4 targets)
Life Support: Immunity 13 (Critical Hits, Life Support, Sleep; Affects Others [Life Support ranks only])
Project Avatar: Illusion 1 (Affects: Visual, sound, touch, Area: 2 cft., DC 11; Independent; Feedback, Limited: to image of her humanoid form)
Sensors: Senses 13 (Analytical (Type): Visual senses, Danger Sense: Visual senses, Detect 2: Radiation emissions (visual), Extended: Visual 2: x100, Infravision, Radio, Radius (Type): Visual senses, Rapid: Visual senses 1, Ultravision)
. . Microwormhole Transporter: Teleport 8 (Carry 50 lbs.; Accurate, Affects Others Only, Change Velocity, Dimensional: dimension - Ship Interior, Extended: 250 miles in 2 move actions; Limited to Extended)
. . N-Dimensional Folding:
. . . . Movement 6 (Dimensional 3: any dimension, Space Travel 3: other galaxies)
. . . . Senses 12 (Direction Sense, Distance Sense, Extended: Visual 9: x1bn, Tracking: Radiation Emission 1: -1 speed rank; Custom: Dimensional [Normalspace])
. . . . Time Stasis: Feature 1 (during n-dimensional transit, time in the ship is slower than in normalspace)
. . Subspace Thrusters: Flight 12 (Linked; Speed: 8000 miles/hour, 16 miles/round) + Movement 1 (Linked; Environmental Adaptation: Space)
Cannon Batteries [Cannon Batteries: Damage 8, DC 23; Increased Range: ranged; Limited: Usable only by Crew], Ship Interior
Ship Interior - HQ Features, 22 ep
Toughness 6, Size Colossal
Communications, Computer, Defense System, Dimensional Portal (To-From Deck), Fire Prevention System, Gym, Hangar/Cargo Bay, Holding Cells, Infirmary, Laboratory, Library, Living Space, Personnel, Security System 1 (DC 20), Workshop
Carried: Feature 1: The HQ space is transported by the Cruiser form and Argos is connected to it.
Tesseract Space: Feature 1: the HQ space of the ship exists in a different equivalent dimension contained in the ship's hull and remains locked away when Argos collapses into her human form.
Cannon Batteries: Damage 8, +0 (DC 23)
Grab, +0 (DC Spec 10)
Dimensional Mass Accelerator: Damage 10, (DC 27)
Throw, +0 (DC 15)
Tractor Beams: Move Object 10, +8 (DC 20)
Unarmed, +0 (DC 15)
Bound: Argos will imprint to a captain and crew and will be loyal to them. Her Will bonus is reduced to 0 when resisting effects from her imprinted crew and has a -5 to opposed Insight checks against them. She will always obey following a clear and defined chain of command.
Quantum State Interference: Argos cannot collapse her from into human if there is any living being inside her or while suffering from any condition removable by a saving throw.
Singularity Leak: If she falls to incapacitated while in Cruiser form, her singularity core will go berserk. She may collapse into human form, create a weak black hole around her, emit insane amounts of radiation, drop herself and everything through a transient wormhole, or anything the GM can think of.
Dodge 5, Parry -8, Fortitude 15, Toughness 15, Will 5
Abilities 8 + Powers 132 + Advantages 9 + Skills 11 (22 ranks) + Defenses 10 = 170
Sandra Garza-Iñarritu (mom) - PL 10
STR -1, STA 0, AGL -1, DEX 0, FGT 0, INT 3, AWE 4, PRE 4
Equipment: Cell Phone (Smartphone), Family Estate. Advantages: Assessment, Attractive, Benefit, Wealth 3 (millionare), Connected, Contacts, Equipment 4, Fascinate (Persuasion), Fearless, Languages 3 (English, French, Russian, Spanish), Skill Mastery: Investigation, Skill Mastery: Persuasion, Well-informed. Skills: Deception 4 (+8), Expertise: Management 7 (+10), Insight 11 (+15), Intimidation 4 (+8), Investigation 9 (+12), Persuasion 11 (+15). Offense: Init -1, Grab +0 (DC Spec 9), Throw +0 (DC 14), Unarmed +0 (DC 14). Defense: Dodge 3, Parry 0, Fort 5, Tou 0, Will 10. Totals: Abilities 18 + Powers 0 + Advantages 19 + Skills 23 (46 ranks) + Defenses 15 = 75
Complications: Motivation: Justice, Obsession (dismantling criminal power structures), Responsibility (a socialite and business manager)
Appearance: A beautiful, elegant, middle-aged woman with hard gray eyes and dirty blonde hair.
Personality: Driven, strict, sometimes cold and utterly professional. A charmer in social situations and a warm, doting and often overbearing mother in private.
Powers and Abilities: A consummate businesswoman with contacts in all tiers of the industrial world.
Background: A self-made entrepreneur who married into a richer family and manages hers and her husband's businesses, all the while managing to support and raise her children with minimal help from hired help. When her son was murdered, her drive was focused into a cold and silent rage and she has begun forging dangerous connections with the seedier side of global industrialism.
Family Estate - PL 10
Tou 10, Size Huge
Features: Communications, Concealed 1, Fire Prevention System, Garage, Grounds, Gym, Hangar, Library, Living Space, Personnel, Power System, Security System 1, Workshop. Totals: Abilities 3 + Powers 0 + Advantages 0 + Features 13 + Skills 0 (0 ranks) + Defenses 2 + Equipment 0 (0 ep) + Weapons & Armor 0 (0 ep) = 18
Apartment - PL 8
(Alternate of The Library)
Toughness 6, Size Medium
Features: Computer, Concealed 3, Dimensional Portal, Living Space, Security System 2
Abilities 1 + Powers 0 + Advantages 0 + Features 8 + Skills 0 (0 ranks) + Defenses 0 + Equipment 0 (0 ep) + Weapons & Armor 0 (0 ep) = 9
The Library - PL 8
Toughness 6, Size Awesome
Features: Communications, Computer, Dimensional Portal, Isolated, Library, Living Space, Personnel, Temporal Limbo 1
Doors to Everywhere: Teleport 8 (Carry 50 lbs.; Accurate, Dimensional: dimension - Real world, Extended: 250 miles in 2 move actions, Portal; Limited: to publicly and personally accessible locales., Limited: to departures., Limited to Extended, Medium: Doors, Quirk: the point of origin is taken from the traveler's home city)
Windows to Everywhere: Remote Sensing 8 (Affects: Visual Senses, Range: 1 mile; Dimensional: dimension - Real world, No Conduit; Medium: Windows, Quirk: point of origin is taken from the viewer's home)
Abilities 6 + Powers 2 + Advantages 0 + Features 8 + Skills 0 (0 ranks) + Defenses 0 + Equipment 0 (0 ep) + Weapons & Armor 0 (0 ep) = 16
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