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PostSubject: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:49 am

Naira was wandering the halls of Helios again, a common sight since Jack's death and her return to Helios. An electronic device in hand, faint music heard from it, and her free hand to her mouth in thought, she strode uninterrupted down the pathways. Only when something caught her attention or when she would want to make sure she was not about to trip into anything would her gaze stray from the ECHO in her hand.

Perhaps today something new in the company might catch her attention or perhaps she'd grow sick of all the dicks running about. Since Jack's death it seemed like everyone here wanted to fill his shoes, to become him.

That thought made Naira sick to her stomach.

A loud crash of metal against the floor caused Naira's attention to snap to the source--a trash can lying flat on its side. Nearby two men were there, both looking baffled as an announcement began to play. Gauging by the taller one's reaction to the janitorial announcement he must've been Rhys. Naira recognized the faces only briefly, glimpsing them through the halls a time or two, theirs and the woman that had arrived, looking amused and a little confused.

Naira shook her head. Whoever had logged that announcement to play hadn't bothered to notify her about it. 'Great, one more thing slipping through cracks,' she scoffed.

"I hope you're not planning on kicking every trash can you see," Naira called out, a sigh following. If it weren't for the headache already forming she might have sounded a bit easier going than she actually did.


[[OOC: Hope you don't mind if I just started at the beginning--kinda didn't have any ideas how else to start things off]]

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:41 am

It wasn't like him to get so angry but he couldn't hold it in. He worked so hard to gain a new position and what did he get? Nothing but a demotion from a man who had it out for him. What was more, a murder as well. This wasn't something uncommon in Helios. By all means, Rhys had heard horror stories. To actually witness the corpse of his old boss though? That still sent chills through his body.

Unable to hold his frustration in anymore, he let out a groan and kicked the nearest thing he could. A trash can clattered onto the floor. No sooner had the trash been spilled did an announcement for him to clean it up rang out. Another loud, frustrated groan left him.

A voice rang out, starling him. He jumped, his gaze falling onto a well known woman within Helios. She had been rather close to Jack though, now that he was gone she'd grown quiet. She wandered Helios most days, he position set in stone.

"I'm thinking about it," he muttered, his own frustrations apparent in his tone.

All of his work, right down the drain. It shouldn't have surprised him but he had been optimistic. His position was set. He just didn't predict this outcome. It had come out of the blue and he was gobsmacked.

In that time, he didn't even consider it strange that she was talking to him. This woman was something of a loner now, simply picking up odd jobs when she could. Most avoided her for the reputation. Rhys didn't find it in him to care too much.

"I assume you have an idea that Vasquez just tossed the current boss out into the void of space?" he asked, raising a brow. At the moment, he didn't quite care of his tone was still sharp, "You seem to have an idea of what's going on everywhere here. Not a surprise given the position."

In that moment, he might have been the tiniest bit bitter about her standing there, never having to worry about her own position here. After all, she was set. That was, if Vasquez didn't get the idea of trying to kill her like he had his old boss.


----- [ x ] -----

Naeva heaved a soft sigh, wiping her forehead of sweat and dust. Nearby sat the odd mechanical skag robot she had built. Him was always alert, always keeping an eye out for anything suspicious.

That was partly why she built him in the first place. She might have grown more comfortable with killing, far too comfortable to admit, but she still lacked some amount of skill. At least, compared to Zer0 that was. Her robot was just another fail safe for her lack of ability.

She glanced up at the large H shaped space station casting a shadow against on of Pandora's Moons.She had trouble understanding why it was still there. With someone like Jack out of power, she half hoped the company would go with it. Instead, someone new just took over.

Naeva quickly quashed those old memories, too painful to want to recall. The fighting in the resistance had been enough to scar anyone for life but she'd lost Naira to that place as well. It was a painful thing to think about. Often, Naeva avoided it. Still that space station was a constant reminder.

She blinked, glancing up to find Zer0 nearby. He was so silent though, over the years she'd caught onto subtle movements and noises that followed him. Still, there were times he no doubt intentionally tried to scare her out of her wits, specifically when she was concentrating on something a little too hard.

"Any leads, Zer0?" she inquired, her mind briefly escaping old memories.

Moxxi was having them track something new, something that could lead to another Vault. Zer0 was always up for any kind of challenge. It was little surprise that he'd take up this one as well. As always, Naeva stuck to him like glue, often never minding the dangers that might await them now.

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:55 pm

The taller man—Rhys, Naira assumed—had jumped when she’d spoken, blinking at her owlishly for a minute. This didn’t last long before that grumpy expression had overtaken his face. The few times Naira recalled seeing him and his two buddies there in the hallways they’d mostly skirted around her, maybe offered a greeting of the day to be polite which she may or may not have heard, and so seeing him like this was a strange change of pace. Naira didn’t let it get to her too much however.

”Hey, Rhys, easy! You know who you’re talking to here!” his buddy hissed, brow furrowed in worry as he did so.

Naira had to resist a chuckle at that. She wasn’t going to go about firing or killing people for a little bad mood—not when it very well was justified. Still, it didn’t seem like others in the company knew that. Perhaps that was for the best, it might keep them all on their toes.


”At the very least another demotion might be looming…” the woman noted, her hand up so that Naira could not fully hear her. Naira didn’t put too much stock into it and it seemed like this Rhys didn’t either.

Naira cocked her head to one side, brow furrowing deeply at the news imparted to her. Vasquez… that name sounded familiar but Naira couldn’t place a face to the name. All the same, having thrown their higher up out of an airlock and taking his place? Perhaps it was this man that was going about with all these changes behind Naira’s back.

“I had not,” Naira answered slowly, picking her words carefully as anger built up in her chest. “Vasquez you said his name was…?”


”Hey, uh… So, this isn’t turning into a planned murder or anything… is it?” the other man wondered, glancing between Naira and Rhys.

----[x]----

Zer0 easily found Naeva and her robotic skag, glancing around at the vast expanse before them. Like other places on Pandora this one was a bit of a wasteland, bandits and psychos littering the area. The more there were the more likely Zer0 and Naeva might find what they sought, however.

Despite his quiet steps Naeva seemed to have heard him, calling to him before he’d reached her. A slight chuckle escaped him at this. She’d come into her own since he’d first met her so long ago. Back then she’d been something of a coward and incapable of defending herself. Now, while she wasn’t the most proficient at combat, she was at least able to keep up with Zer0 in a fight with the help of her robot.

“Only a name here, someone named Bossa Nova, he will lead us there,” Zer0 imparted.

There was a moment that followed in which Naeva seemed to take into account that information. It was more than what they had before. Whether or not this information was genuine Zer0 couldn’t say. Moxxi had given them tidbits she’d found but so far it felt like they were running ciricles.

Once he neared her side, Zer0 reached out to place a hand on her shoulder, running his three digits down her arm shortly. He was not overly affectionate though when alone like this little touches were in order. This had long since grown to be the usual method between the pair and already Zer0 could see Naeva’s eyes light up at the touch.

“We will move and inspect this lead.”

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:03 pm

For a moment, he'd almost forgotten his two friends were there in his frustrations. It wasn't until they spoke up did he realize they were still at his side. No doubt, they would try to calm him down. It would take quite a bit to do so. His mind was still whirling.

If anything, the woman who stood before them wasn't as terrifying as some led to believe. She was softer spoken than he expected but offered an offhanded chuckle despite the situation. Maybe she wasn't as bad as people believed.

"It's fine Vaughn," he told his friend, sparing a quick glance. He motioned to her then, "Look, she's not biting off anyone's head."

From the looks of things, she had considered what he said, though had not known about it either. It was easy to see the gears working, surprisingly so. The few times he had seen her, she was rather emotionless and quiet.

"I'm not getting demoted," he continued after a moment, "I'll find a way to fix this."

Questioning looks appeared from all of them. That would be something obvious. Taking down someone like Vasquez who obviously held more power over Rhys now wouldn't be easy.

He pointed at Naira next, fully aware of her position before he spoke; "You might want to consider something. If the guy is okay to murder for some power, they're a number one target."

Still, he glanced at his friends, offering a sarcastic shrug. "We're going to do something worse. I've got a plan. We just need to take his deal, that's all. It'll ruin him."


----- [ x ] -----

The robotic skag rose from it's haunches, already prepared to be moving off. He was programmed to do as such, always on the move and alert at that. Of course there were always minor kinks to work out.

He chuckled, something of a rare sound when they weren't together. With others in Pandora, he was always quiet and observant. Honestly, anywhere that wasn't these wastelands, he was always reserved.

She scrunched her nose a little at the name 'Bossa Nova'. It sounded like some kind of knock off DJ who was trying to make a point about classical music. Naeva tried not to look into it anymore than she needed to.

"Well, as long as Moxxi isn't sending us on a wild goose chase," she answered. She paused only for a moment to think about that before she added, "Or to use the excuse of calling us to shoot out more lame innuendos."

It almost seemed like she looked for an excuse to do so. By no means had they really announced any kind of deeper relationship. Moxxi just caught onto things, it seemed.

His touch was always surprisingly gentle despite his own brutal behavior in battle. She loved them, sparing only a quiet and soft smile in return. They were often only shared in private and rightly so. Neither seemed comfortable with something so open.

"Let's be on our way then," she answered, sparing a glance toward her own little robot. He'd already taken several paces ahead of them, "See where else Moxxi might lead us this time."

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:00 pm

Despite Rhys’s assurance that she was not out to get them demoted for any agitation displayed on his part this Vaughn still looked unsure. Perhaps rightly so. Naira could be rather brutal, when the need called for it. It was becoming clear that the need was about to be realized though not towards any of these three.

”Maybe not now.” A pause followed in which Vaughn’s expression grew more worried, sparing a glance towards Naira in the process. “Uh, no offense!”

Naira shook her head, ignoring the comment. It wasn’t important right now, not in comparison to what she’d just heard. Vasquez… he was a threat to her now, one that was becoming increasingly clearer to her.

“Well, no shit, I’m not in this position because I’m blind, you know,” Naira pointed out. From the corner of her eye she could spot the other woman pinching the bridge of her nose. Perhaps she expected the worst out of all of this. “You spoke of a deal he had; tell me of it. If it ends as we intend it I’ll ensure you a better position than you previously had.”

”Yeah, but is that even wise to do? For all we know we might just be jeopardizing ourselves,” the other woman pointed out.

“A risk I’m willing to take,” Naira said without hesitation. Her gaze remained on Rhys. If this deal was big enough and if Vasquez was becoming this much of a threat to her it needed to be dealt with now.

----[x]----

The robotic skag had begun to move, probably ready attack anything that moved that it registered as a threat. Usually it did anyways. Naeva was always working on it when she had the time to. Still, machinery like this always had a few bugs to sort out, especially so when engaged in combat.

“All there is to do is to investigate and find out,” Zer0 pointed out. It was the most they could do right now.

It looked like Naeva was eager to get on the move again, despite the brief moment where distaste flickered across her face. Whatever she thought about this man they were after she didn’t mention it out loud, at least not now. At the very least they had a lead, it was more than they had an hour ago.

“It will be swifter to travel by vehicle,” he pointed out, almost lightly.

Naeva had never seemed to get over her distaste for driving. Still, she had grown very adept at using the turret attached to the gunner’s seat atop. It left Zer0 with more time to focus on the obstacles in their way then on firing at bandits after them. For that he was grateful, even if he did not express it often.

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Thu Mar 26, 2015 8:20 pm

Rhys easily waved the previous subject off. His plan was already moving, the gears already turning. If they could get this to work out, he could get ahead of Vasquez. Hyperion would do anything for vault keys. They'd just need to move fast.

He glanced at Naira, well aware that she was keeping an eye on her own position as well. While she might not shove her own weight around but she had high power here. She was the only thing that Jack had left behind.

"Don't worry guys, I've got this," Rhys assured well aware of the doubtful looks cast his way. Already Naira was asking about this deal as well. Rhys grinned, a new kind of confidence overtaking him. This would be easy!

"The guy doesn't know what the meaning of subtle is," he pointed out, "He's making a deal with someone on Pandora for a Vault Key. All we needs is a few million bucks and a ride to Pandora."

Already, Vaughn looked pale as a sheet. No doubt this was probably going to be hardest on him. After all, he wasn't much of a fighter and getting out on Pandora? That could be asking for a death wish.

"Look, it'll be easy," Rhys tried to reassure, "We just go in, get the deal done, and leave. Vasquez didn't meet this person face to face yet so he has no idea who he's actually meeting."

Putting it in words, it all sounded easy. Getting that vault key was the most important thing to him now. It was ensure a position for all of them, really. If Naira was in the mix too? Well that would bring up a little more good light on them. It could still work! He knew it could!


----- [ x ] -----

A runner. God, how she hated those things. The first times they'd nearly flipped and crushed her was enough to be wary of them. People out here were all action and no reasoning, especially in vehicles. Her own paranoia had only grown thanks to those days.

"Those runners are so terrible. I'll make something better someday," she declared, huffing a little, "But if we must...just don't mow anything down. Last time you did, someones guts ended up in my hair. That was gross."

She's seen worse things, of course. The fact that it was so stuck on her was something she'd rather avoid. Deep down, there were still things she didn't like to see. While she'd quashed most of her discomforts, anyone she was close to in pain or a grizzly death still left her stomach rolling.

She whistled for her robot who responded immediately, moving toward the pair again. It would only take a moment to shut him down and dispense him so he might be carried for later use.

She motioned to him then, carrying on jokingly as she had grown comfortable in doing, "Unless you like hearing me scream in terror in which case, you're creepy."

Naeva knew otherwise. He wasn't so heartless - or maybe he was. There were instances he used those little emotes to tease her and each time, in the end, she had laughed.

"Best get a move on," she started. It wouldn't be far to grab a vehicle and head out, "Before the worst of these bandit groups start tearing up at nightfall."

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Thu Mar 26, 2015 8:56 pm

Whatever anger Rhys held towards his rival it was slowly ebbing away in favor of this eagerness despite his friends’ concerns. Whatever this deal entailed it must have been big if Rhys thought it would bring down Vasquez’s rise in power in Hyperion. If that were the case then Naira would listen and plan carefully and accordingly.

“A few million? And how few is few?” Naira interrogated. If they were taking from Hyperion coffers than it could be quite noticeable depending on the amount. It would tip others off even before the deal was complete.

”Even if we do take that money don’t you think this is risky enough as it is? C’mon, Yvette, say something!” Vaughn argued, glancing between them all before urging the other woman. At least now Naira had a name to each of their faces.

For a second, Yvette looked as if she didn’t want any part of this conversation. She folded her arms over her chest and glanced away, her eyebrows knitted together.
“I’m with Vaughn on this one. There’s so much that could go wrong here.”

“Unfortunately, I’m under close watch so I don’t fudge a few budget numbers,” Naira said simply. There was no need to explain that she’d caused a bit of a ruckus during that last meeting, trying to get money moved to other projects she deemed more important—to say it had been a less than successful attempt would be an understatement. “Find a way to gather the money and I’ll accompany you to Pandora where I assume the deal is to take place.”

She’d been to the planet more than a time or two, especially so since Jack’s death. She’d long since gotten used to the feel of a firearm in hand and the gauntlet over her right hand was more than for show. Then again from the looks from Vaughn and Yvette they might be questioning her capabilities.


“All right, all right! I can probably get the money we need… It’ll be pretty close though and I don’t even know how we’re going to get down to Pandora without being noticed!”
Vaughn said, rubbing the back of his neck.

----[x]----

Another chuckle escaped Zer0 at Naeva’s little rambling. He’d long since grown accustomed to them since she’d opened up to him all that time ago. Still, if she were serious about creating something better than a runner Zer0 would one day like to witness that. Of course whether or not one Scooter would approve would have to be seen when that day came.

“A thought I might take into account,” Zer0 answered. For him it was a rather joking response though it might not have sounded like it to many an ear.
Already Naeva had taken to deactivating the robotic skag for the time being, its inactive compact form far easier to deal with when traversing with a runner. Rather not let the thing fall behind, unable to keep up with the runner after all—no doubt Naeva would be angry to have to rebuild it from scratch if that were the case.

Only once she had it packed up did Zer0 nod his head in the direction of the nearest vendor that would allow them a runner. They were all over the place as it were, Scooter slowly gaining more by the day it seemed. It made life a little easier for their traveling needs.

“Such worries matter not. They will be eliminated if they stand in our way,” Zer0 said.

There was little to fear for him after all. They were just more challenges and Naeva was capable enough to join in the combat if needed. Sometimes he wondered if she enjoyed it a little, so long as things did not end up too grizzly.

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Thu Mar 26, 2015 9:56 pm

Rhys knew the exact number was going to be large. Taking it from this company could very well get them killed. Bringing the vault key back though? The higher ups would never see it coming!

Of course, there were particular problems that they would run into.

"Come on," he pressed, "We get down there, we get back. No one notices."

Vaughn was easily starting to break down and quickly. He'd get the money they needed, even if Naira couldn't. Why Naira wanted to accompany them, he could only wonder. It wasn't a big secret that Jack had been on Pandora to open a vault. Maybe she was following in those footsteps.

"That only leaves you, Yvette," he started, glancing at his other friend. He grinned, placing his hands together as if he was praying, "Coooome on. You can get us down there and help out if we need it! We just need a few hours! It'll work out, I swear!"

The woman still looked skeptical of that however. Rhys had to bargain with her just to sway her decision. It would be easy. A large lunch might bring her around.

"When we get back, we'll all have a huge lunch, anything you want!" he continued, "Just this once, that's all I'm asking."


----- [ x ] -----

She spared a small smile at yet another chuckle. Naeva always felt a little proud, a little warm knowing that she could get him to utter the smallest of chuckles. They had grown close even if Zer0 didn't often admit it. Then again, she didn't either.

"As you should," she replied playfully.

The vendor wasn't too far. More had been popping up as of late. While bandits hadn't been chased of Pandora, they had certainly been pushed back in areas. After all, those who killed Handsome Jack were naturally feared and respected.

She shoved her hands into her pockets as they moved on. It wouldn't take too long to call up a runner and get a move on. From there, there might not be a whole lot of talking. Zer0 tended to withdraw into himself when things were steadily getting more exciting for him.

"So this...'project' Moxxi is having us chase down," she started, "You know anything more about it, Zer0?"

Details could be minimal and sometimes, they were just chasing rumors. Those were the times Zer0 was particularly frustrated. He didn't like wasting his time. A lack of a challenge often left him feeling as if he had wasted his effort.

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Vaughn had caved and now it left only Yvette, who still stood with her arms crossed and an uncertain look on her face. Naira couldn’t blame her for it. Yvette’s position was not at stake without trying to swipe the deal, but doing this might very well be enough to get her canned or worse. Still, Rhys seemed to be able to sway her, the mention of a large lunch sparking a certain gleam in the woman’s eye.

”Well, only if it’s an expensive lunch!” Yvette finally said. “No skipping out on this!”

Naira tucked her electronic device away during this little aside, making sure the music was off. No need to draw attention to her while there were covert plans to be getting to after all. Only then did she clap her hands together, gathering their attention.

“If we’re all in on this, then let’s not dally,” she said. “We only have a little time if I’m understanding things correctly.”

”I guess that means I should get to getting us that money then…” Though he’d agreed Vaughn still looked uneasy, pale even. For now Naira dismissed it. They needed to get a move on and quickly. The sooner this deal was theirs the better. Vasquez needed no more leeway and leverage than he already had gotten without her knowledge.

After that it was a matter of preparing. Rhys promised he knew of a vehicle they could ‘borrow’, looking a little smug while he pitched it. Naira didn’t stay to question it—she needed to make sure her equipment was up to snuff before stepping foot on Pandora again.

----[x]----

Naeva was seeking more information, a habit he was proud to know she’d honed. Information was power after all. To see her actively seeking it kept Zer0 content even; if he missed something Naeva might not after all. It was a safety net.

“Only that it might connect to another vault,” he answered.

Really, anything more about the Gortys Project was under lock and key. The group must have put a lot of stock into it if they’d wanted it to remain secret. Still, information on it had been drudged up and now they were on the hunt for it. Zer0 could only hope that the promises of another vault were not lies. The last had been sufficiently challenging enough for him after all.

“We will find out in time however.”

In reality that’s all they could do. For now Zer0 would keep his sights on this project but if it fell through then he would seek something else, Naeva trailing along at his side as always. It was a familiar pattern nowadays, one that Zer0 found he oddly liked.

For now they would focus on getting transportation and out of this place however.

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:17 pm

With everyone in agreement and the money taken, they would head off to Pandora. While Rhys was confident, there was still quite a bit of nervousness churning in his belly as well. He couldn't guarantee this would actually go the way he wanted it to.

It was a needless thought. He pushed it aside as soon as it came. They had gotten the car that they needed, the specific one that Vasquez had ordered, and they were taking it to Pandora. This was a kick in the teeth if Rhys could have done it himself.

Being shot from the Helios station toward the planet was actually quite a smooth ride. He hadn't considered how dangerous it might have been. Then again, Rhys never had a need to leave the station in this way either.

The container hit dirt, breaking apart easily. From there, Rhys hit the gas, rather confident with how things were going so far. Only a few minutes of driving in Pandora's wastes had led them to almost feel comfortable. That was until something stepped out in front of them.

Rhys panicked, trying to hit the breaks, though it was too late and the creature hit the windshield, flying over the top of the car and landing in a heap nearby. He couldn't describe the panic he felt, his heart pounding against his chest.

"Oooooh my god. Oh my god, did I just kill someone? Is it dead? What'll we do? Do I check?" the words sputtered from his mouth so fast, he barely had time to realize he might have stumbled on them.

Most notably, Naira did not panic. If he had been looking, he might have even seen something of an oddly amused expression on her face.


----- [ x ] -----

The information was little but often times, that was something normal. They were often just chasing clues. Naeva had long since gotten used to that and tried to grab as much information as she could. With that in mind, she had pulled herself into the gunner seat and they were on their way.

Tracking down where Bossa Nova would be was something of a pain. Who knew someone who was infamous for loud music was so difficult to find. Still, they had finally stopped at a small bandit town, left over after Handsome Jack had gotten through with it.

She and Zer0 staked out on one of the cliffs overlooking the area. For what seemed like hours, there simply remained there, watching and waiting. Her robotic companion scanned the area as well, having heat sensory installed. For the moment, it did little to help.

Naeva blinked, watching a cloud of dust appear. She squinted her eyes, catching sight of a rather expensive looking car cruising through the wastes. Whoever was driving was clumsy, hitting a skag and screeching to a halt.

"Zer0," she called out to him, "I don't know about you but the large 'H' on that car is a little more then conspicuous. What's someone from Hyperion want all the way out here?"

For all she knew, it might be nothing but trouble. The lot of them liked to cause it and even fewer ready to take responsibility. Maybe these were exactly the type.

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Things proceeded smoothly in the short time they had, Rhys procuring the vehicle he’d promised (revealing that it was actually Vasquez’s ride in the process) and Yvette readied herself to send in supplies or a loader bot if necessary. With that prepared Naira and the two men had slipped into the car and shot off towards Pandora, the process an effortless one.

At least up until the point when a lone skag had stepped in the way of the car, causing Rhys and Vaughn to panic as it had been hit. Hard.


”I-I don’t know, man! What the hell was that?!” Vaughn shouted, his face looking pale from what Naira could see of it. Actually, both men were rather pallid right now.

She bit her knuckle, attempting to stop from grinning too much though her shoulders shook with the concealed laughter. Neither seemed to know what to do! It was almost cute, really. It was a good thing she’d accompanied them at this rate.

Only when she was sure she could contain her amusement did Naira speak up on the matter. “It’s merely a skag, nothing to worry over.”

That seemed to be enough to calm Vaughn slightly, though he was still craning his neck to glance at the body from where the vehicle had stopped. Neither man seemed too inclined to get out and check now, perhaps both a little embarrassed at the overreaction in the face of Naira’s calm answer. Or perhaps they were merely still a little shocked—it was a little difficult to tell. Naira had long since become accustomed to such brutality.

”Riiight… a skag. That’s actually kind of a relief,” Vaughn muttered.

Amusement still danced in Naira’s eyes, a smirk playing on her lips. This was just too cute! Had she once been like this? No, no she hadn’t, she realized. She’d taken to combat and violence a little too easily.

“You’ve done Pandora a favor, actually. They’re common vermin around here.”

----[x]----

They had reached the little bandit town easily and quickly enough, much to Naeva’s apparent relief. She was always like that when they did not crash or merely flip the runner they were using. Honestly, Zer0 couldn’t really fault her for that. Most people did not enjoy crashing the vehicle they were currently riding in, no matter how insane one might be.

Time passed far slower when they chose the place they would remain, eyeing the area from above. Her robot came in handy here, its heat sensory able to pick up what they might otherwise miss atop Zer0’s complex scanners. He would often peer down at the town through the scope of his rifle, getting a better view as well.

For the most part things were quiet and he relinquished watch to Naeva solely for a few seconds of rest. Straining the eyes, even with the help of scans and robotics, did no one any good. It was during this rest that Naeva caught sight of something.

“Hn?”

Glancing up he caught sight of the large, shiny black car that rode into the town. It was far too taken care of, too new to be anyone around here’s. That much was obvious even without the logo Naeva pointed out on the hood.

“An odd sight to see. Perhaps news has spread further, though let us hope not,” Zero murmured thoughtfully. If Hyperion had gotten wind of the Gortys Project they might have a bigger problem on their hands. Though on the other than that would lead to a better challenge…

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Fri Mar 27, 2015 12:12 am

It took a long moment for his heart to settle back down in his chest. Even with the announcement that it was just a pest, Rhys had still been startled. If it had been anything a little more dangerous, they would have been in trouble. For now, he took a deep breath and just let it slide off.

"Right," he finally said, "a pest. Nothing important."

From the looks of it, glancing at the review mirror, Naira had a hard time not laughing. Rhys tried to hide any embarrassment he might have felt. That freak out shouldn't have been like him. Then again, he told himself a lot of things that he never really acted in real life.

He put it behind him, instead turning the car into the correct direction again and headed off toward the town. At least with that out of the way, they could get to where they needed to be. Now they just needed this deal to run over smoothly.

Rhys glanced at Naira again, wondering how much she knew about Pandora. Not many on Helios took to this planet. After all, it was famous for bandits.

"You make it sound like you've been here a few times," he pointed out after calming down. His heart slowly started to move back to a bit of a normal pace, "I mean...have you been here before?"


----- [ x ] -----

The vehicle had remained still for a long few moments. No one got out of it though she could tell it was still running. A tip of her robots head let her know there was someone in there. Given how warm it was however, the number would no doubt be undetermined.

She hummed briefly in agreement as the car finally started a move toward the small town again. She could only wish the idiots who were heading toward that town luck. People had a grudge against Hyperion here. Driving up in something like that would no doubt catch quick eyes.

"Might not have to worry about it," she pointed out, "They're heading in quite confidently. They might not be prepared for the outcome."

Not everyone on Helios knew how things worked down here or if they did, they didn't have first hand experience. This just seemed odd to her. If it was Hyperion, and some real big shots at that, they would have taken more care.

"I don't know, call it intuition but something doesn't seem right with that," she muttered, rubbing the back of her neck. She ignored the sweat there, long since used to it, "I guess we'll find out, if the bandits take issue with it quick enough."

That would be a given. When bullets started flying, they would know just how things had ended up with the people inside that car. None of that seemed like a smart move in the end. She shook her head, her worries quashed a little. What really mattered was keeping an eye out for Bossa Nova.

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Fri Mar 27, 2015 12:49 am

Both men still looked a little shaken though otherwise fine. In fact, Rhys was able to calm himself enough to get them started back the short way left to the town. In that time she caught him glancing up into the rearview mirror at least once.

“Right, so, uh, do skags typically just… jump in front of cars like that?”
Vaughn wondered, glancing over at Rhys and then back at her. Naira merely offered a shrug in answer to that. It wasn’t like she knew the inner workings of skags, just what they were and that they were an annoyance.

It was silent for a beat or two until Rhys spoke up, glancing back at her again through the rearview mirror. She met his gaze through it, cocking her head to one side. Vaughn had shifted around in his seat, glancing back at her for her answer as well.

Perhaps it was a curious topic to them. There were rumors floating around Helios about her, after all, especially so after Jack’s death, and she did typically frequent Pandora when nothing took priority up on Helios. Not that she told anyone why she made these trips—for now it was a closely guarded secret.

“Maybe, maybe not,” Naira answered simply, amusement still quite prevalent on her expression. “Perhaps I’ve merely done my homework.”

She could hear Vaughn scoff at that as he turned back in his seat. Even from her spot in the back she could spot the way he clutched tightly at the suitcase of money, cuffed to his wrist for safekeeping. She wondered how safe it really would be, assuming things got too out of hand for even her to handle.


”This is already getting to be too much,” he muttered to himself, shaking his head.

----[x]----

Zer0 watched, pulling his rifle to him and peering down the scope. It did not magnify enough to make out the details of the people inside but he could at least see that there was at least one passenger with the driver. Whoever they were they were either very dumb or very confident; perhaps even both.

“There are at least a pair,” Zer0 reported. While her robot might be able to sense the heat signatures from the vehicle, it would most likely be unable to pick apart how many sat inside depending on how long the vehicle had been running already. “Perhaps we might have a show.”

Naeva was still trying to piece things together with what little information they had with these newcomers. Zer0 listened patiently, keeping his piece to himself. He’d rather watch and see how this all played out first before he voiced anything.

Still, she had a point. If these Hyperion workers were skilled they might have more contenders in the race for the secretive Gortys Project. Zer0 was of two minds of that.

“We will keep watch from here for now. We have scopes and your skag, we can easily survey what happens from a distance,” Zer0 said after a moment of deliberation. There was no point in revealing their location when Bossa Nova had yet to be seen here anyways.

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:01 pm

She didn't say anything. At least not right away. Rhys had to wonder about that. There were a lot of rumors circulating about her up on Helios. Of course, with her position she was more or less safe. No one was going to tell her what to do.

Still what could she want here? There wasn't much to offer someone so high up in Hyperion. Doubled by the fact that she was so scrawny, he had little doubt that she wouldn't be fighting very well. Not to say that he or Vaughn could even do the same.

What she finally did provide wasn't much. Rhys couldn't quite argue. It wasn't like he had much of a right to as it was.

"Guess we should have done the same," he finally replied.

Glancing over at Vaughn, he took notice to how he clutched onto the case so hard. The cuff was for safe keeping but there could still be risks. Rhys was still rather confident about it all.

"Don't look so worried, Vaughn," he finally tried to lighten the mood, "We'll just say it's for charity or something. It'll work out!"

Vaughn didn't seem to settle anymore than he already had been. As they neared the bandit down, he just looked worse off. Rhys tried not to worry about it. A little reasoning could go a long way.


----- [ x ] -----

Zer0 was quiet, allowing her to speak her mind. While most of it was theory, he gave her the courtesy of listening. If anything, she still felt she had a bit of a point. Still, only time would tell. They could only wait and see what happened.

"Well, it'll be interesting, that's for sure," she replied to him. If there really were only two, they might be in for quite the rude awakening, "Suppose we can only wait and see."

There was still something unsettling about it. She couldn't put her finger on why. It was like waiting on a storm. She shook her head, trying to push it from her mind. At least for the moment, things were quiet.

She reached out, touching Zer0's arm briefly, her fingertips brushing passed the familiar armor and fabric. For the time being, there wasn't much they could do but wait and watch. Bossa Nova was their target. If the Hyperion people got involved, they'd just be new targets on top of it all.

"Things certainly are getting interesting, hmm?" she inquired briefly, sparing a smile.

If things blew up anymore, Zer0 might have quite a bit of fun. He'd no doubt enjoy all of this. A challenge was something he'd been seeking for a long time after the first vault had been open. Now he might get a new one.

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:22 pm

Whatever Rhys might have thought about the vague answer he didn’t comment on it. Instead he only helped to prove that neither man knew much but the very bare bones of Pandora. Naira resisted a shake of her head at that. Hopefully they had some kind of weapon on their person at the very least for self-defense.

It was quiet as they rolled up into the very ‘limits’ of the town, a few bandits wandering the alleys and main dirt road. Naira could see Vaughn tighten his hold on the briefcase on his lap as he glanced out the windows. No doubt he was highly nervous, holding onto so much cash in a violent wasteland of a planet.

”Oh, yeah, a charity right. Like that’ll work so well!“ Vaughn started, shooting Rhys a brief look.

“A noble cause but bandits won’t care for the story,” Naira pointed out, only reinforcing Vaughn’s worries. It would be best if he was keeping a vigilant eye about him rather than led into a false sense of security. Naira ignored the pointed look Rhys gave her for her comment.

A few moments passed, in which Naira eyed the buildings and people they passed at a snail’s crawl. Up ahead she could spot someone hosting a little spit roast stand of his own, tendrils of smoke crawling up through he air from what he cooked. He didn’t seem too delighted about his life from what Naira could see, but then none of these bandits ever did unless they were looting and killing.

“So, you know the location of the deal, right?” Naira wondered.


”It’s somewhere in the World of Curiosities but I’m not seeing it yet… Maybe we should ask for directions,” Vaughn supplied helpfully.

----[x]----

Zer0 spared a nod. Wait and see, it was all they were doing right now. Their target was Bossa Nova and getting involved with these Hyperion folks would only make them lose sight of that. For now they were in no rush however and so they could merely stand back and observe them along with the rest of this bandit town.

“A show is sure to play out either way,” he agreed. If nothing else it would be entertaining, even if he were not to be part of the fray that would ensue. No Hyperion employee stepped foot on Pandora without getting into at least one firefight with the locals.

His thoughts grew distracted as Naeva reached out, touching his arm briefly yet warming past the clothing he wore. Small touches were often enough for the both, able to let the other know how they felt as well as reassure the other though only when left to their own devices like this. Small moments were best shared between those involved, without witnesses after all. Zer0 was a private person, especially so given this newest aspect of his life—one he’d never really thought he’d indulge in before.

“That they are,” Zero said with a nod. “For now that is.”

It was no secret that he was always craving another challenge before the elation of the last had even ended after all.

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Fri Mar 27, 2015 9:59 pm

The area was crowded with broken down buildings, people littering the streets - some fighting, and only god knew what else. As they were moving at a snails pace, Rhys felt a little wariness rise in his chest.

His plan had more or less a bit of a naive one just to settle his friend down. From the way Naira spoke, these people would be outwardly hostile. It wasn't a big surprise but he had held out hopes that maybe things wouldn't erupt so soon.

"All of these buildings look the same...apart from color and graffiti," he pointed out, glancing out the window once, "Asking for some help couldn't hurt...could it?"

Rhys slowly hit the break, putting the car in park. Despite this, Vaughn didn't seem too confident about it. Naira was notably silent as well, perhaps just observing. Rhys took a deep breath before he pushed open the door, exiting the car.

The man nearby was grilling...something or other. Rhys wasn't too eager to find out, if he was completely honest with himself. He simply approached the man, putting on the best smile he could manage.

"Hey...uh," Rhys started. The man eye's rose only briefly, a hard frown still on his lips. He barely looked like he cared about Rhys standing there, much less what else he was doing, "We're uh...looking for the World of Curiosities. It's supposed to be somewhere around here? Would you be able to point us in the right direction?"

He was met with only silence. Just behind him, he could hear the car door slam again. Naira or Vaughn had gotten out, maybe to help out. Rhys wasn't sure, a little afraid to take his gaze off the brutish man in front of him.


----- [ x ] -----

It was something of a relief at times to know Zer0 was excited or pleased about something. He was so stoic, obviously coming from his job. Assassin's couldn't afford to be anything but emotionless and cold. Given their relationship, it was always something of an oddity that he would decide to get close to someone like her.

Despite the brief thought, she couldn't shake the feeling that something was off about this. It wasn't waiting on Bossa Nova, it was just that car. What business did Hyperion have here? There were no tips offs, no reason for them to be there.

"I wouldn't want you getting too bored, now," she finally answered, sparing a brief grin, "You'll run off, tearing through another town of bandits again."

There were times that did happen. He just grew so bored that he went looking for someone who knew how to fight. Often times, these were fruitless efforts. Bandits were brutish types with very little skill to be had.

Her gaze returned to the dirt path, void of movement now that the car had pulled into the bandit town. Another few hours could prove fruitful if Bossa Nova finally showed up. Somehow, he was remaining elusive despite all of the tip offs they had gathered.

"Moxxi say anything more about Bossa Nova?" she inquired, squatting down to rest her legs briefly. She folded her hands, watching the road briefly, "I can't imagine he's this elusive. Most others are well guarded but not that difficult to find."

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:28 pm

Naira did not say anything at the mention of asking for help. She wasn’t going to go coddling these men just because they didn’t know the inner-workings of Pandora. She would be more than capable of taking on a few bandit groups if they got all riled up anyways. Her long coat hid more than just her skinny frame, after all.

There wasn’t much discussion as Rhys pulled the vehicle to a stop, soon exiting it. Only then did Naira exhale a sigh, shaking her head. Things would get fired up sooner or later; best get ready for it now while there was room to breath.

“Might as well not sit around and wait,” Naira pointed out.


”Oh, you think so?” A pause followed. “Maybe some fresh air would be nice while we get directions.”

Naira could not hear what Rhys was saying as she let herself out of the car, Vaughn following suit seconds later. Naira spared a cursory glance around, taking note of what bandits she could see and where others might be hiding at, waiting to ambush someone. It was a common tactic in places like this, especially so with newcomers.

Even more so when those newcomers were Hyperion.

”Well? Ask him, Rhys! We don’t have all day,” Vaughn pointed out, visibly nervous now that he was out in the open as well. No doubt the fact that a shiny brief case was cuffed to his wrist would be getting attention. The car alone would fetch a pretty penny.

Naira scoffed, a hand finding its way to her hip as she surveyed the greasy fellow Rhys was trying to talk to. For all intents and purposes it seemed like the bandit was trying to ignore Rhys. ’Well, that just won’t due!’ she thought, the withdrawn demeanor she’d taken up since Jack’s death falling away now that she had something to really take her mind off of him. Hyperion work just couldn’t do that, not when he was still front and center in everyone’s minds there.

“You should know better than to ignore your better! Now answer my boy here,” Naira called out cockily. If she noticed the surprised look on Vaughn’s face she didn’t react to it.

----[x]----

“No one would miss them if I did,” he pointed out.

Naeva’s thoughts were a mystery to him. They always were, if he was honest about it. She came from another place entirely and had been such a pacifist before. It had all been something that Zer0 couldn’t bring himself to understand. Violence and challenges stemming from fighting were far too ingrained in him to be able to.

Still, they got on well and had grown close over time. Her oddities and mysteries helped keep Zer0 on his toes from time to time with her. Perhaps it was that that helped keep him so interested in her even now.

He shook his head as Naeva drew his attention more fully back to their mission. Despite her curiosity of the Hyperion vehicle, she was at least still very focused on their mission at hand as well.

“She had not,” Zer0 answered simply. A moment passed before he said anything further, his gaze straying briefly to the car again. Someone had stepped out of it though Zer0 was not yet interested enough to raise his scope up and see who it was for sure. “Only that he was in the area.”

For all they knew the guy was probably asleep or something equally stupid.

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:11 pm

Rhys was quiet for a moment, waiting for the man to say something. It seemed like he was going to continue to ignore him. They needed to get to the location before the deal went on! They couldn't waste anymore time than they already had.

Naira's voice rang out, startling him briefly. The way she ordered the man to tell them what they needed to know surprised Rhys. She never pushed her weight around before, even when she knew she could. He glanced back, wide eyed, at the superior look on her face.

"We just want directions," Rhys tried to press a little more politely, offering an awkward shrug of his shoulders, "We'll be gone before you know it."

The man looked like he lost what little patience he might have had. He stopped turning whatever he was grilling, closing his eyes as if he was annoyed. A long sigh left him as he stepped around from the grill.


"I don't quite care for you Hyperion lot," he informed. Rhys noticed him fingering at a weapon before he continued, "And I definitely don't like the higher then thou attitude, little girl. You might want to figure out who you're picking a fight with."

Rhys glanced around frantically. Where did all these bandits come from all of a sudden. He swallowed hard, trying to take a step toward Vaughn and Naira before things got too out of hand.

----- [ x ] -----

"Truth be told," she agreed with him.

The bandits here seemed more like vermin. Take down some and new ones just populated an area again. It was a wonder how people even survived on this planet. She was well aware that there were some quieter villages around, protected by shields and sometimes even turrets.

The information about Bossa Nova was very little. That was surprising all things considered. Pandora might have been vast but word traveled quickly as well.

"Well that's comforting," she replied, if a little sarcastically, "We could be sitting out here all day."

Her skag moved suddenly, it's eyes trained on the town. She could hear the camera's adjusting, tracking each new person who surrounded the area. Naeva rose to her feet, glancing down at the town.

"Looks like we've got a show either way," she said. She placed a hand on her hip, glancing down at the vehicle in the distance. No one had drawn a weapon yet but it wouldn't be long now, "That didn't take long."

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:37 pm

It had been a few weeks since her last journey to Pandora’s surface yet Naira was confident these bandits wouldn’t be able to trump her. Some of them didn’t even look like they carried a shield! How foolish. It would be a simple matter to take them out if that was the case.

Rhys seemed to be trying to salvage the situation, perhaps not eager to get into a fight. He had a stun baton on hand, given to him by Yvette before they’d come but Naira wasn’t sure how useful it’d be in a firefight. A loader bot being summoned would be handier for the pair of men at her side.


”H-Hey, c’mon, guys! We only want to get to the World of Curiosities, that’s all,” Vaughn pitched in, clutching the briefcase to him tighter.

Naira placed her other hand on her hip, striding forward and past Rhys. The smell of cooked skag filled her nose the closer she neared the little ‘stand’, if it could be called that. If she was close enough to the greasy-faced individual she might just be able to save a bullet or two by using the combat bracer adorned on her right hand after all.

“Swine like you should recognize when you’re out of your league!” Naira crowed. “Now, spare yourselves some trouble and answer the question: World of Curiosities, where is it?”

From the corner of her eye she could spot a few nearby bandits taking up their preferred weapons as they neared. So, they’d prepared then? It seemed like the answer might not come though Naira had expected as such anyways. Bandits were less than helpful.


”Is this really necessary!? We could just be out of your hair, you know?” Vaughn tried to reason, a panicky note in his voice.

----[x]----

The biting sarcasm was back, a common thing with Naeva. She seemed to favor it when her mood grew frustrated or there was a lack of intel. Zer0 had grown far too used to callousness to have ever let it affect him, besides her bite hardly was aimed towards him as it was.

“Quiet is your standard, a strange change of pace from you.”

Movement from the robotic skag was enough to tell them that something was stirring up with that group down there. From here Zer0 could spot several new figures converging around the others, perhaps to block off a path of retreat for the Hyperion workers, acommon tactic among bandit groups.

He cocked his head to one side, ready to raise the rifle and watch through his scope if he grew bored enough. Right now there was no need to when shots had yet to be fired. Naeva seemed to like the change, however, perhaps already tiring of their time out here on the overlooking area.

It would not surprise him if she took to watching the proceeding with interest at this rate. It would be better than nothing until some other ruckus might alert them to Bossa Nova’s location here. The man was strangely silent for the time being.

“So it seems,” Zer0 agreed. He held out his rifle for Naeva to take if she so wished. The scope would aid her more than him—his helmet was highly advanced as it was.

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:58 pm

Rhys found himself steadily growing more nervous. He felt it was rightly so. After all, they were being closed in on now. He swallowed nervously as Naira took to getting in the man's face. Vaughn had shouted his protests on that but it seemed she wasn't listening.

"That's big talk for such a scrawny woman," the man spat back, "You might want to step off before you get hurt."

Around them, it was obvious the bandits were closing in. Rhys kept the stun rod close in hand. Already, he was calling on Yvette to aid them. It seemed far too soon but if they didn't do something now, they would be screwed.

"Uhhh, Yvette, a little help," he begged quickly, glancing around as he did so. He raised a placating hand then, as if to try and calm the people around him, "Hey, we're not out to cause any trouble, I swear!"

Trouble seemed to be what they'd found. No sooner was that said did Rhys hear a gun fire. He flinched, covering his head as if that would have saved him in some way. It was easy to see Vaughn react much in the same way.


"How about no. You people are pissing me off."

That seemed to be the end of it. The man pulled a pistol, ready to fire at Naira in front of him. Rhys heart seemed to skip a beat, unsure of how he should react.

----- [ x ] -----

"The heat will be the death of me," she replied in a jesting manner. Truth be told, she'd gotten used to it over the years but there were days when it bore down on her so badly that it made her a little sick to her stomach. "I don't know how you stand it, and in black no less."

Still the conversation would grind to a halt as something more interesting started to happen. The bandits were gathering around, forming a tight circle and trying to keep their targets from escaping.

She gladly took the rifle, wanting to take a peek at these Hyperion lot. Carefully, she looked through it. There were three clearly dressed far better than the bandits around them. One woman was somehow familiar though, it was only when she turned her head did Naeva realize who it was.

Her heart skipped a beat and she lowered the rifle. If she looked pale, she didn't realize it. Why was she here?

"Naira?" she finally spoke up, "The hell is she off Helios for?"

Knowing that she was in the exact area possible tied to a vault unsettled Naeva a little. If she was after something specific, then they might not have much choice but to move in.

"She hasn't been out of that place since Jack died..." she muttered, glancing through the scope again.

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:54 am

Naira refused to step down even as they were surrounded. Doing so wasn’t going to stop things. They were Hyperion in a bandit town and these men most likely would have jumped them at some point anyways. Better sooner than later, when they were already busy with more important situations.

Behind her she could here Rhys contacting Yvette, the woman’s exasperated sigh reaching Naira.
“Already?” Nonetheless it seemed like a loader bot would be on its way to assist, once Rhys input a few things to finish the process up.

”C’mon, this is getting worse, Rhys!” Vaughn shouted. Had he even moved farther from that car? Naira didn’t turn to check.

Despite Rhys’s attempt to placate the bandits, it seemed this ringleader of theirs wasn’t going to have it. ’Not surprising,’ Naira mused. Most bandits enjoyed a good bloodbath, assuming they weren’t on the receiving end of the hurt that was. That thought was pushed aside as the guy raised his gun at Naira, finger on the trigger.

”Woah, woah, woah! Can’t we talk this out or something?!” Vaughn was shouting, his words mixing with Rhys’s and even Yvette’s quieter one from the call with Rhys. Perhaps that loader bot was on its way now.

A gunshot rang out, impossibly loud and causing Naira’s ears to ring as her shield ate the bullet for her. Without hesitation she swung her armored fist around to catch the guy across the face hard.

“Like I’d be fool enough to step on this planet without a shield, dumbass!” she cried, her free hand already tugging out her pistol. Until the loader bot was here she at least needed to keep an eye out on Rhys and Vaughn. It shouldn’t be long now.


”Rhys! How’s that loader bot coming?!” Vaughn shouted.

----[x]----

A question mark burst forth from his helmet, illuminating the heavily tinted visor red for the brief moments it was there. After it disappeared he glanced down at himself, clad all in black as he was. He supposed the heat should be a problem and yet he had grown quite good at ignoring trivial things such as that.

He did not verbally respond to that comment however. What was there to say, after all? In Zer0’s eyes there was nothing. It was a topic that came and went as quickly as it had been brought up, nothing more and nothing less.

It was quiet for a few beats as Naeva took the proffered rifle, propping it up and taking her time to scan the combatants. Whatever she might be focusing on out of it all Zer0 could only assume until she said something. For all he knew she might very well just want to see some more Hyperion workers bite off more than they could chew.

At least, he’d assumed so. Thought was put on hold when he glanced at her, noting the wide eyes and the paling of her face. What was wrong? Zer0 did not get the chance to ask before he found out.

“Unsettling,” Zer0 voiced simply, keeping an eye on Naeva. Yes, he recalled that friend of hers and though Naeva seemed to harbor no ill will towards the other woman Zer0 was less than trusting of her—anyone who worked in Hyperion earned that position almost immediately after all. “Perhaps there is more to the story than we anticipated.”

If this woman was here it might spell bad news despite what Naeva might think about it all. That woman had been close to Jack after all…

“Interesting turn out, indeed,” he mused

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:50 am

He hadn't expected things to get this bad this fast. All things considered, between them all Naira was surprisingly the most prepared. She was protected by a shield and armed with a pistol.

Rhys could hear guns being shot everywhere now. The man who didn't back away was now eyeing the case Vaughn protected. Rhys swallowed his nervousness, trying to get a hold of Yvette quicker.

"It's coming!" he shouted to Vaughn who was ducking for cover, "Just give it a few more seconds!"

He easily picked weapons that he felt would be most effective in this situation. A good shield and a rapid firing gun would mow down these bandits. With that entered, they waited the few seconds for the bot to be sent.

"Just duck for cover now! There's nothing else we can do!" Rhys warned, feeling as if he was dodging a barrage of bullets.

All the while, that man was trained on them.
"Hey kid, you wanna tell me what you've got there?"

Before anything else could be said or Vaughn could even protest, the loader was sent, hitting the ground with a heavy thud. Deployed and ready for action, all that was left was for Rhys to tell it what to do. Simple enough, just to tell the thing to shoot down the bandits immediately.

----- [ x ] -----

More or less, Zer0's words were blunt. That wasn't so much a surprise. All of this could very well be interesting to him, provide a greater challenge. That's what he sought.

She couldn't explain the swirl of emotions that resided in her however. Relief, fear, uncertainty, disappointment, these were among the most prominent that she could make out almost immediately.

The obvious worry ran through her mind. Was she here for information about the project as well?

"I just hope she's not following in that mans footsteps," she told Zer0.

That could very well be the case. Naira no doubt held some bitter feelings though, who those feelings were aimed at, Naeva didn't know. Opening a vault, bringing out the warrior possibly inside. It was no doubt tempting, Naeva was sure.

She lowered the rifle again, blinking as a familiar noise rang out. A loader was being sent down from Helios, nothing that would have been too surprising if it had been more than one. She raised a brow at that. Normally they sent down many, especially if Naira was one in the bunch.

"This is strange. I don't like it," she finally said.

She glanced over at her robotic skag, half tempted to allow it to go further toward the town and check on things, see what was going on and report back. It seemed hasty but she wanted to know as well.

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Sat Mar 28, 2015 5:06 pm

Judging by the way fire was being focused in several directions, Naira guessing that Rhys and Vaughn had enough sense to duck behind cover and wait for the loader bot to deploy now. Naira could take the brunt of the fire for now. Hyperion was efficient, after all, and the bot would only take a minute at most once the order was sent through to Yvette.

Rhys and Vaughn shouting could be heard over the gunfire, barely. Naira didn’t have time to stop and try to listen in, she could only assume the bot was on the way now as she took to cover of her own. A shield she might have it didn’t guarantee her avoiding a bullet wound for long with this many shots being fired. Up against the side of a building, Naira would pick off bandit from bandit from here, allowing her shield the time it needed to recharge as necessary.

It was with some relief that the loader bot arrived, its arrival preceded by the now familiar sound of it coming in for a crash landing, sending a bandit or two skittering back for safety. Just in time too, given the greasy-faced individual that had been stalking closer to Vaughn and the case of money.

”W-Why isn’t it doing anything?!” Vaughn shouted, ducking around the other side of the car for safety as he did.

Naira took the opportunity to use the moment of silence to rush out of her spot to trip up a bandit and shoot him—dwindling their number by one. Only then did she turn to the pair and shout, “Get moving! You’re a sitting target like that!”

That seemed to be all anyone needed before someone took a shot at the loader bot, seeing it as the bigger threat for the time being.

”It’s all you, Rhys! Tell it to do something!” Vaughn cried.

----[x]----

It had been a long while since Zer0 had last seen Naeva this stricken by anything. In fact, when he thought about it, the last time had been back during Handsome Jack’s defeat, worry and concern for her friend lasting for some time before eventually fading away to something more manageable. Yet now it was back, full force, combined with confusion.

Zer0 couldn’t pretend to know what her friend might be up to, especially so being allied with Hyperion.

“In time we might now, but we must wait and watch now, to see where this leads.”

He folded his arms over his chest, peering down at Naeva carefully. She was still racking her brain for some clue or answer she didn’t have. Even more curious about the situation was the announcement of just a single loader bot being sent from Helios to add their employees. That was increasingly odd…

Zer0 did not have to point that out for Naeva to pick up on it. Whatever her friend was up to it demanded some amount of secrecy it seemed, a somewhat troubling thought given where she seemed to remain standing in Hyperion hierarchy.

“Perhaps another challenge is unfolding,” he offered simply. What else could he say? If it came down to it and Naira was following in Handsome Jack’s steps then things would need to be seen to sooner or later.

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Sat Mar 28, 2015 6:10 pm

Rhys looked at the hologram hovering over his hand frantically. The bot refused to move despite having gotten it called here. It was taking fire too quickly. At this rate, they'd have no protection at all.

Vaughn's voice rang out, telling Rhys to order the bot to do something. He hadn't realized that's what needed done. Rhys swallowed hard, attempting to disspell any nervousness rising up in him.

It only took a moment to order the bot to shoot. Only then did Rhys duck for cover as Naira had told them to do. As bandits took shots, getting mowed down the loader bot, he missed the first bandit rushing at Vaughn, grabbing the case and entering the car.

The slam of a door drew his attention. Rhys's heart stopped as he saw the car driving away, Vaughn being dragged along with it.

"Stop!" he shouted helplessly, "Loader bot! Go after it!"

The bot responded once again, rather clumsily if he might add, and started toward the car shouting something or other. Rhys didn't pretend to catch it as his gaze sought Naira.

"We have to go!" he shouted, "Come on, we've got to find Vaughn before they kill him!"


----- [ x ] -----

Naeva couldn't think of fighting against Naira again. At least, focusing more on Naira now. When it was Handsome Jack, she could push it aside. The man had done horrible things. Hearing and witnessing it herself? She felt it was justified. Now that it could be Naira? She wasn't sure she could bring harm to her old friend.

She tried to shake it from her head for the moment. It might have been some optimism on her part but she held out hope they wouldn't be fighting. Maybe the circumstances were merely coincidence.

"What worse could happen at this point?" she muttered.

It was easy to hear the gun shots ring out from the town. The bandits were quick to grab at weapons and retaliate, often easily irritated. It was easy to see the two males scrambling, trying to figure out what to do.

"I doubt you'll be disappointed," she answered him, raising the scope briefly once again, "Naira's always been the clever sort. I doubt she's just rushed into this without some kind of plan."

Of course, she failed to mention that her friend had always been the overly blunt type as well. Those moments often resulted in rushing in with no plan at all.

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PostSubject: Re: |Borderlands| Begin Anew |1-on-1 rp|   Sat Mar 28, 2015 6:38 pm

Naira barely registered the slamming of a car door amidst all the other noises, especially of that from the mini-gun the loader bot was equipped with now that it was attacking the bandits. It wasn’t until the screeching of tires filled the air and her name was shouted did Naira turn her attention from the bandits to where their stolen ride was heading.

“Son of a bitch!”

She was on her feet, darting after the car and out of cover as her shield ate up another bullet or two. At this rate it’d be drained in no time but she couldn’t focus on that now. Vaughn and their money were in the most jeopardy right now! It wasn’t too difficult to catch up to Rhys, her feet slapping hard against the dirt road.

“That’s my employee, you shit-fucks, I didn’t tell you you could kidnap him!” she shouted ineffectively.

The pair didn’t get too far down the road before a rusted up bus barreled into the way, the muzzles of assault rifles poking through the windows in their direction already. Naira’s heart skipped a beat at this before she managed to throw herself to the ground and out of the line of fire. The air rushed out of her lungs briefly before she rolled out of the way, into a side alley only for Rhys to lunge in after her clumsily, nearly falling atop her.

Glancing up the sight of a bandit barreling towards them caught her attention and with the quick pull of a trigger, he fell with a heavy thump to the ground. Only then did Naira say anything further, rising to her feet quickly.

“C’mon, man up a little and take a swing at one!” Naira goaded a little.

----[x]----

Compared to the relative quiet they’d endured most of the day here, it was almost deafening to listen to the echoing cacophony of the firefight below. When these things fired up they did not merely go halfway. This would only end when one party got away from the other or one’s group was entirely dead. Which would happen first had yet to be seen and at this rate Zer0 suspected it might be some time longer before the conclusion came about.

He ached to rush into battle down there, striking bandit after bandit down with the swipe of the blade or a simple bullet. Still, they had other important matters to attend to. Zer0 would remain and wait with Naeva until their target was located.

Besides, Naeva was still quite clearly concerned about this new development as it was.

Reaching out, Zer0 brushed his fingers through her hair briefly. It might very well be enough to settle her for now, reminding her that he was still there as well. Things like this were sometimes all she needed he’d found.

“We shall see what your friend has in store then,” Zer0 noted. It wasn’t like he’d come to know that woman personally though whether that was because she stayed out of most of the crossfire between them and Handsome Jack back when or not was difficult to say.

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