Post by Yuudai Takeshi on Dec 14, 2017 23:43:28 GMT -5
"Ah shit, why did I have to be the one to help out?" Yuudai was silently complaining to himself about the task he had been assigned. It wasn't particularly hard or anything. In fact, it was probably one of the easiest jobs he would get for a while. That said, helping test out something for the Third Division seemed... Boring? Yeah, boring. I don't understand why they don't test it out themselves.
Museihei shook his head. Perhaps it's some new weapon that they want someone with combat experience to test out. Yeah, I guess you're right. Besides that, they told me that I needed to transport it to the farthest skirts of the Rukongai... Wonder what it is. Yuudai, now curious, came upon the required meeting spot. He was told that he would be greeted by a person from the Third Division, but so far it looked like Yuudai was the only one here.
Awwww come on, don't do this to me. Is this a joke? I betcha someone set me up for this. Yuudai was irritated, but no matter what he had a task to do. Therefore, he must wait for whoever it was to show up... If they were even real. If he's not here in a half hour, then I'm...
Almost as if he had summoned forth the very person he had been speaking about, Yuudai quickly felt another presence coming up from behind him. His reflexes automatically drew Museihei and spun him around, his blade at the ready. He noticed that instead of a Hollow or Arrancar, it was a Shinigami. "Oh shit..." he muttered under his breath. Clearing his throat, Yuudai spoke loud and clear.
"Sorry about that. Reflexes got the better of me."
Post by Alain Merrick on Dec 15, 2017 17:40:44 GMT -5
When Alain first learned that his superiors had ordered him to assist Fourth Division with the testing of one of their prototypes, he wasn’t pleased. Though given what he knew about their members, he could understand why they would want outside help. Excluding the Captain, they were nothing but a bunch of lab rats. No one would want watching their backs if and when the proverbial crap hit the fan and Merrick was no different. But after some thought, he began to see the assignment as an opportunity. Progress on his two underground laboratories had come to a screeching halt months ago. Now he would have the chance to start up his personal project again. If babysitting a Shinigami and a prototype was the cost, then he was more than willing to pay it. Thus, after informing his superiors at the hospital of his new orders, he began the trek to the deep outskirts. With any luck, the mission would be resolved in less than a week or two and he could focus on Amara.
Like his previous ventures into the Rukongai, the trip was an excellent way to practice his hoho techniques. He had grown much since those first days in the division. In fact, he barely felt any exertion at all when finally arriving at the designated meeting place. It had actually been tough to find which explained his delay. When one was this far into the Rukongai, landmarks of any kind were almost nonexistent. In any case, when he stepped into the clearing, he was welcomed by an armed Shinigami. Hmph. Twitchy fellow. His eyes quickly drifted down to the large, elliptical object resting on the ground. It must have been five or six feet long and then four or five feet along the other axes. Must have been a pain getting that out here. In any event, the sooner that they began, the sooner they would finish.
“I see that you are expecting trouble, but I am unlikely to be the cause. Let us simply proceed to the task at hand. Now then, I learned long ago not to make any assumptions, so I will tell you what I know. Like you, I was tasked to assist Fourth Division with one of their prototypes. It is some kind of automated drone turret intended to provide additional security in areas like the outer districts which not all Shinigami can reach easily and quickly.” Alain hadn’t been told anything about the Shinigami whom he was meeting, but he suspected that they were chosen for the first to participate in the first test. The latter part was little more than observation. Finally, if the prototype survived, then it would be returned to HQ. “Testing is two-fold. First, a little one on one with a Shinigami. Since nothing was mentioned about damage to the device, I imagine that some internal mechanism is constantly recording and transmitting data to Fourth Division. So nothing to worry about there. Second, we see if it can take down a hollow. That will be the time-consuming portion because I am not sensing any of the creatures nearby.” In order to purify a hollow, the drone must have employed some kind of kido, but he wasn't aware of any Third Division involvement. However, that was a question for another time. "Do you know how to activate the drone?"
Post by Yuudai Takeshi on Dec 19, 2017 20:58:31 GMT -5
The man did not introduce himself, simply went straight into the details of the mission. Straight to the point, huh? I don't mind that. The man continued on about the different parts of the mission that was to be involved. The first part seemed to be some sort of test of the drones strength, while the second seemed to depend on whether or not a Hollow could be found.
"Seems simple enough, although that latter part could prove troublesome if we aren't able to find ourselves a Hollow to test it out on." Perhaps the Hollow's will sense the presence of two powerful spiritual energies and wish to confront you to devour you. That's how you'll get a Hollow. Nice way of looking at it Museihei. Yuudai couldn't help but be sarcastic towards his Zanpakutō. He knew that Museihei had a point though.
The man asked if he knew how to turn on the drone, and Yuudai just looked at him with a neutral face. "Not really. If I did, I would have activated it by now. But, let's take a look. Shouldn't be too hard to find the instructions..." Yuudai immediately turned to the package that contained the drone in question. He kneeled in front of it, looking for any outside instructions. When there appeared to be none, he quickly grabbed a hold of the top of the crate and yanked it off.
It came off rather nicely, no splintering or anything of the sort. Inside, there was a drone that looked like one of those camera drones Yuudai had seen humans messing around with. This one, however, was a fair bit bigger than those and had what looked to be a sort of blaster on either side of it. Yuudai looked around inside the box until he found a set of instructions. Well, can't go too wrong with good ol' paper.
It took a bit of work but he was finally able to figure out how to activate the drone. With a flip of a switch, the drone came alive, rising out of the crate at a steady pace. Yuudai turned to look at the other Shinigami. "Well, I think that's it. The instructions have a few things that mention how to use the drone for testing, but I'll leave that to you since I'll probably be the guinea pig it fires at anyways."
Post by Alain Merrick on Dec 19, 2017 22:59:55 GMT -5
“Regrettably, the lack of a Shinigami presence this far out, usually leads to a few hollows which have stumbled into Soul Society. That is good for us today, but bad for the surrounding populace.” If they had terrible luck, then they could always lug the drone to the human realm, but that would be a major hassle. So for the time being, Merrick would keep his fingers crossed that they find a hollow. “It should not be a problem. Even without instructions, I suspect that Fourth Division can and likely will take control. But I will check in order to be certain.” Reaching into his robes, Alain retrieved his denreishinki and sent a text message to the Research and Development Institute asking if they would be taking control of the drone or if the pair would be left to handle things on their own. “Alright. It looks like Fourth Division can take control of the drone, but only after its activation. However, they will be leaving things in our hands unless there is an emergency.”
After digging the drone out of the crate and locating the instructions, Merrick’s fellow Shinigami had the drone up and running. “I take it that you are a member of the Infantry Fighting Force? If that is the case, then I shall not stand in the way of your fun. I am more of a support player anyway.” Alain merely assumed that anyone from Fifth Division would jump at the chance to fight even if it was against a mechanical construct. Upon taking the hard copy constructions from his colleague, he walked over to the drone and opened a control panel on the side. “With these documents and the Fourth’s help, I can program the drone for a specific target. In this case, you. I can also program a specific duration. After said time has elapsed, the drone will return to standby mode and then we can issue a new set of commands for the subsequent hollow test. So, how long would you like to face off against this little toy? Ah, and you may call me Merrick.”
Post by Yuudai Takeshi on Jan 1, 2018 17:07:51 GMT -5
Yuudai listened intently to the man's explanation of the drone's capabilities. Makes sense that the drone could be controlled by the Fourth. That way they can give it specific commands if need be. After the explanation was over, the man said that he wouldn't get in the way of Yuudai's "fun time" with the drone. Yuudai grinned. I like this guy. "You know, I hate to fit the stereotype, but ya got me. I'm raring to go."
The man, who revealed his name to be Merrick, asked for how long Yuudai wished to fight the drone. He pondered this question for a decent amount of time. How long indeed... If I do it for too long, we'd just be wasting time and my energy. On the flip side though, if I don't do it for long enough then we don't get a good handle on its combat capabilities. Hmmm... How long do you think I should have him set it? Yuudai was directly asking his Zanpakutō, Museihei. I think it should be about 10 to 20 minutes. A normal battle should last that long, and any longer, while a potentiality, is very unlikely.
Yuudai, now confident in his answer looked up at Merrick. "I think you should set it for about 15 to 20 minutes. A normal battle would probably last about that long, and any longer would honestly be wasting our time." Yuudai grinned at the man, his eyes twinkling.
Yuudai turned and walked a good distance away from where the drone and Merrick were, stopping at around 20 feet away, or about 6 meters. He turned back towards his partner and the hunk of junk that was floating gently next to him. He readied his Zanpakutō in front of him, a grin constantly plastered on his face. "Oh and by the way, my name's Yuudai Takeshi, but you can just call me Yuudai."
Post by Alain Merrick on Jan 1, 2018 20:59:56 GMT -5
Merrick wasn’t surprised. Individuals from Fifth Division never went off script. If you had met one member, then you had met them all. Yuudai fit the stereotype perfectly and said as much. When the conversation turned back to the duration of the test, the man said fifteen to twenty minutes would suffice. “Fifteen minutes it is.” Circling the drone slowly, Alain found the ocular sensor. Once he had it aimed directly at Yuudai, he returned to the control panel and programmed the battle bot to use the man as the sole target. Followed by an input of duration, the pair were more or less ready to get started. He pressed a button to close the open panel and backed away from the drone. “It is all yours.” Merrick was left with nothing to do, but observe and hope for a chance to see his colleague's zanpakuto release.
Alain neglected to mention the capabilities of the mechanical construct, but with good reason. He simply didn’t know. Neither Fourth Division or the instructions provided that information. In all likelihood, this was the Research and Development Institute’s way of obtaining as accurate a test result as possible. This would allow reliable simulation of a Shinigami meeting an unknown enemy on the field of battle. For any soldier worth their salt, this should be child’s play. And if Yuudai came up short, Alain would be there to pick up the pieces, either physically or with his kaido. So as he waited for the test to begin, the Third Division doctor briefly turned his attention to the next phase of the plan. Clearing his mind and focusing, he scanned the environment once again for spiritual energy emanations. No hollows . . . yet.
Post by Yuudai Takeshi on Jan 12, 2018 2:59:36 GMT -5
Yuudai waited patiently as his partner went around the drone, setting it up for remote combat practice. His eyes switched back and forth between the man and the drone, betraying his anxious thoughts. Why are you anxious? Are you nervous perhaps? I'm not nervous. I'm just... eagerly waiting. This didn't surprise Museihei, who simply smiled and rolled his eyes ever so slightly.
The drone finally whirred to life, and Yuudai prepared for a fight. The drone suddenly shot forward towards Yuudai, faster than he had anticipated. This surprised him but not enough for him to lose focus. He came up with his Zanpakutō as he dodged to the left, his body out of harms way while simultaneously swinging upwards toward the drone. It seemed like the machine was smarter than it looked though, because as Yuudai's sword came up towards it, it rolled out of the way to its left and quickly came to line its ocular lense up with Yuudai.
Yuudai wasn't expecting that, but leave it to those people in the Fourth Division to come up with a competent battle drone. He continued with an assault on the drone, opting to take a more offensive approach rather than a defensive approach. It worked well for a while, keeping the drone cornered for most of the battle, until the drone decided to attack almost as recklessly as Yuudai was. This prevented Yuudai's strategy from working any longer and forced him on the defensive.
This cycle of offensive and defensive switching happened during the rest of the fight, until at last the fifteen minutes was up. At this point, Yuudai was sweating and panting. He watche as the drone blinked a green light a few times before shutting down and returning gently to the ground.
Yuudai looked at his partner, who Yuudai wasn't sure had seen the whole thing or not. "Looks like she'll be a good asset to the Shinigami in the outer ring. I can't really say for certain whether she'll replace Shinigami, but it seems like she could definitely handle a Hollow around my level."
Post by Alain Merrick on Jan 12, 2018 12:34:54 GMT -5
After Alain had finished setting up the drone’s programming, he walked away from the pending field of battle. Conducting a hasty scan of the environment, he found an overturned tree which would serve nicely as a makeshift stool. From his new vantage point, he sat with arms folded across his chest and observed the engagement of man versus machine. It was quickly apparent that the drone was an impressive piece of construction. Beginning with maneuverability, the 360 degree range of motion along each axis and anything between, reduced an opponent’s ability to predict where an attack would originate. On the defensive side, Fourth had managed to design some manner of armor which was capable of withstanding some of the strongest blows an unseated Shinigami could dish out. I will need to ask them about the material in the future. Finally, and this was both an offensive and defensive measure, was the bladed octopus-like arms. Eight in total, they could be extend and retract at will, attacking and defending in equal measure. The only disappointment was the two turrets on the top and bottom of the drone which never fired. Whether by design or a malfunction, Fourth wouldn’t have a complete set of test data without them. But frankly, it was their problem now.
Once the bout was finished, Merrick rose to his feet and rejoined Yuudai and the drone. “I do not believe that the expectation is to replace us. As I said earlier, it is most likely a measure to better secure the lawless outer districts and beyond.” However, he had to agree with the man’s other assessment. The drone should be an effective tool once all of the kinks had been worked out. “In any case, I still do not detect any hollows. As such, this is my plan. While reading through the manual, I noticed that the battle bot can be placed in patrol mode. But more importantly, we can establish the bounds of said patrol. So I will assign our current location as the starting point and first boundary. Next, I shall send it in a straight line into the deep outskirts. It will continue in that direction until encountering a hollow or similar threat, thus creating our second boundary. Normally, the drone would then take those two points and continuing moving back and forth on a loop, but since Fourth only needs a single hollow encounter, the drone is set to deactivate after the fight, win or lose. We simply need to keep pace with our sentry and retrieve it. Sound like a plan?”
Post by Yuudai Takeshi on Jan 20, 2018 22:03:06 GMT -5
Yuudai, who wiped the sweat away from his face as his partner spoke, nodded his agreement at various points. Seems like his plan is pretty well thought out. Yuudai looked at the man after Yuudai had finished wiping his face and listened as his partner told him the full extent of his plan. "Yeah, I think that sounds good. If we don't find any Hollow out in the field, well, tough shit."
Yuudai sighed, his eyes closed for just a second as he rolled his shoulder. "Alright, let's get this show on the road." He walked over to the drone, looking at it up and down. You know, this is a really nice piece of equipment. Those boys over at the Fourth Division sure know what they're doing huh? It's not like you actually know anything about how any of this works. Museihei smiled, a smile that was more mocking than honest. Screw you.
Yuudai looked around the drone, looking at the control panel that he had used to turn it on, looking for something to program it with. Finally, exasperated, he looked at his partner. "Ok, guess I'll let you take over from here." Yuudai moved away from the drone to allow his partner access to the drone.
Here's my latest post, sorry that it's kinda short. I think I'll let you have one more post. In that you can have input into what you want to happen and then with my post after that I'll cement what's happening.
Post by Alain Merrick on Jan 21, 2018 11:40:10 GMT -5
The solution to their problem had been relatively simple, so it was no surprise when Yuudai agreed with Alain’s plan. The only delay was when the infantryman decided to try and program the drone himself. Stick with what you know. As soon as he moved out of the way, Merrick quickly had the battle robot up and running, soaring away from the pair at a swift pace. “Indeed. Let us get moving.” After making certain that his zanpakuto was securely fastened by his sash, the Third Division doctor proceeded to follow at a jog. For nearly one hour, the Shinigami ventured deeper into the Rukongai. With each step that they took, Alain grew more and more bored by the inactivity. Eventually, he stopped in his tracks, letting the drone race even further into the outskirts. “I do not think that we will be able to complete Fourth’s second test. Agreed?” It had only been a little over sixty minutes, but Merrick had things to do and was finished wasting his time on chaperoning a drone and a colleague.
Before Yuudai could provide his opinion, the two heard a roar resonate throughout the countryside. Son of a bitch. Why hadn’t Alain sensed the beast until that moment? He focused intently on the reiatsu signature. It was now clear as day, having approached dangerously close without their knowledge. He silently berated himself for noticing soon. Fortunately, they wouldn’t be attacked completely without warning. In fact, the cry of defiance likely indicated that the drone had encountered the fiend. Perhaps Fourth deserved more credit than he had been willing to give. “Well, seems like we cannot end this venture just yet. Shall we go and see how the little device handles its intended target?” Merrick didn’t bother waiting for a response. He simply held the zanpakuto hilt firmly against his hip with the left hand as he departed in a burst of reiryoku. Though mildly annoyed by his recent failing, he was curious to learn how the hollow had evaded their detection.
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