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Tales of Bravery Issue 3: Maybe Determined
Greetings, fully individual and non-indoctrinated JTF career personnel. Welcome back to Tales of Bravery, the ongoing chronicle of the skilled men and women of the Joint Task Force’s elite Bravo Team. In the last issue, our heroes liberated Siberia base from the dark clutches of the sinister Destroyers and their ape army. Unfortunately, while our heroes fought valiantly abroad, their absence left the city vulnerable to domestic infidels.
Today, Bravo Team races to rescue one of July’s most power people from a league of evil terrorists lurking in the shadows. Join the fight and wage war against any suspected wrongdoer. Пролетарии всех стран, соединяйтесь! Sieg heil Binary, 富国強兵 July!
-Roll Fizzlebeef de July vas Argosy III
Roll Fizzlebeef de July vas Argosy III
AmSalja Estia Uisa
Emanuel the Rat
Bernadette Vos Laren
Chapter 1: Nothing Comes Closer to Home
Big Joint Task Force Base, 3:00 AM. The Thenian jet opens and the Bravo Team jumps out in slow motion while looking away from explosions. It appears that the base was attacked while Siberia base was liberated.
“Sigh, I guess I’ll see if anything is left of the lab.”, AmSalja mumbles.
“It would be good to see what happened and how well we can assist”, Jenora adds.
“Whoa, the mission just ended. Let’s wait for orders”, Roll counters, “Plus I need to store this cool tech we gained. I’ll be in my quarters!”
Before the others can comment, Roll whiskys back to his room and promptly goes to bed. Dreaming of Dome Ball victories, Roll manages a good night’s rest. Hours pass peacefully…
The walls quake as shockwaves rumble through the city. Roll opens his eyes, turns to his JTF standard issue cellphone and scans for any news. Nothing immediate, so he dozes off again in his warm, warm sheets. Two or three minutes pass and the phone starts vibrating. Roll would rather rest and get a sticky bun, but duty calls. He puts on on his slippers and heavy machine gun and reports to the war room.
Inside, Silbe Marble looks tattered, yet majestic. Jenora and AmSalja are already sitting around the table, looking like they didn’t sleep at all. Several members of the Binary coporation are also huddled around the room.
“The city has been hit by terrorists”, Silbe informs, “During today’s early hours the criminal gang run by Martha Maybe attacked Binary headquarters and leveled nearby facilities. As some of you may know, Binary is the nation’s leading manufacturer of commercial and industrial 3D printers. Attacks on their property could jeopardize global economics, supply infrastructure, and cause instability. For this operation, Bravo Team will be reporting directly to Binary Agent Othello Dimachki.”
Othello steps up and continues the briefing, “Thank you Lady Marble. Martha Maybe’s crew attacked Binary with heavy artillery of unknown origin. At least four or more of her enforcers have infiltrated the base. Your mission is to ensure that our CEO Bernadette Vos Laren survives this invasion.”
Othello transmits full dossiers and footage of Martha Maybe’s gang to Bravo Team. AmSalja closely reviews the records and points out that Rat somewhat resembles Emanuel, who has been missing for weeks. The team takes note of this and heads to Binary HQ on stealth bikes.
Chapter 2: Finger Ling-Ling Good
The JTF Bravo team makes their way to Binary HQ. There is a great lawn dividing the entrance to the rest of the campus, so our heroes cross through. Shockingly, Binary has some kind of dryad defenses that entangle the bikes. Roll easily jumps from his bike to safety, but Jenora falls and is ensnared. AmSaljia is quick on her feet and is able to toss out an acid to destroy the creature, but burns Jenora as well. The heroes make their way toward the outer perimeter walls.
“Cun-Gorgoth, can you lower the other defenses?”, Jenora asks over the comm. The Binary agent is able to disable some systems, but an overwhelming amount of radiation starts to emit. Roll cuts through a nearby wall and the team enters into an empty conference room.
The three make their way into the inner halls. Several Binary guards lay dead on the floor, and both Jenora and AmSalja arm themselves with their stun guns and take the ID badges. Upon entering the elevator bank, there is clearly a large amount of hard foam blocking several passageways. The elevators themselves seem to be jammed or possible traps. Roll sets up his trust sentry to guard the rear while he cuts through the broken elevator door.
“Hey, there is another body over there with a Rat mask and something sticking out of its butt.”, AmSalja notes.
“Could be Emanuel. He does fancy his butt.”, Jenora adds, “I’ll take a look.”
The Commander moves over to the fallen person, but is soon ambushed by an assailant in a Rabbit mask, wielding a sawed off shotgun. The masked Rabbit bounces about, dodging sentry fire and bolting for the northern hall. Roll and Jenora take flight, while AmSalja stays on guard.
“Uh, send back up,” AmSalja says over the comm, “Looks like we got a Panda here too.”
As Roll makes some good hits on Rabbit, Jenora doubles back to assist AmSalja. Rabbit twists around a hall and into the northern entrance of the room with the Rat. Roll is able to hit Rabbit again, but is soon forced into cover from sniper fire. Off in the southern rafters, a masked Bat takes aim. However, for a brief minute Rat rises to his feet and shoots suppressant fire at Bat as he flees. In turn, Roll is able to get back the elevators by destroying the glass case Rabbit has positioned on.
Roll catches up with Jenora and AmSalja, who seem to be engaged with a hulking Panda. He seems to be fazed momentarily, but not severely injured. As Roll takes a slice at Panda, the sentry shoots around the room, as Rabbit whisks through and dodges into one of the suspicious elevators. Bat tumbles in right behind, taking some grazings from the sentry. The three are able to take out the masked Panda and confiscate his two grenade launchers. They remove his mask and run a background check. It appears that this man was a missing person, presumed dead.
The JTF Brave Team moves over the Binary infirmary, where they find Rat patching himself up.
“Hey guys, it’s me, Emanuel!”, the Rat says in a muffled voice.
Although they are a bit suspicious, they are able to confirm that the terrible fashion sense could only be Emanuel’s narcissistic touch.
“I don’t know what happened to you for the last two weeks, but you’ll need to fall in line. Binary’s CEO is in trouble”, Jenora tells Emanuel.
Roll finishes cutting into the broken elevator and the team scales up with their Thenian provided repealing gear.
The team arrives just below a broken elevator. “Looks like it’s stuck”, Roll comments, “We’ll need to break through the shaft doors.”
Roll lodges himself and cuts open the door, and Jenora moves into the hall. The doors slam quickly shut and breaks what’s left of the Commander’s armor. AmSalja patches up her minor injuries.
“Emanuel, do you know the current situation with the the rest of Martha’s gang?”
“They are above, my Rat mask can track them a bit. We’ve put a dent in them, but they there still seems to be four of them alive in the building.”
Jenora orders the team to hoof it up the stairs to Bernadette’s chambers. Emanuel hesitates, not being sure it’s the right strategy. Jenora zaps him with her war staff and they lug him up to the next few floors. The elevators here appear safe and lead straight to the 99th floor where Bernadette should be recovering.
Chapter 3: I’ve Fallen, But I Can Get Up
The elevator arrives and Brave Team emerges to the sound of gunfire. There are two halls leading to the East and West. AmSalja and Roll make their way to the West, and see a large man with a Rhino mask towering over more Binary bodies. Just outside the elevator Jenora spots the masked Bat hiding in a room and opens fire with her new grenade launcher. Surprisingly, the grenade isn’t explosive and instead bursts into the hard foam seen on the bottom floor. With Bat trapped, Jenora and Emanuel head East.
The Rhino appears to be beating down the few Binary agents that are still breathing. Among the fallen, includes Othello on the brink of life. Roll stabs into Rhino with his awe inspiring plasma cutter, but it seems to slightly deflect towards non-fatal places. Rhino responds by punching the JTF hero square in the jaw.
“This is a decoy”, AmSalja shouts, “This thing is pulling us away from saving Bernadette.”
The doctor lays some suppressant fire, but ultimately heads off to join Jenora and Emanuel. Roll soon conquers, and heads to the west while firing at Rhino. They pass by some exploded walls and the crumpled body of a masked Wolf on the ground.
Jenora and Emanuel have subdued on of the enemies, but have suffered blast damage. They are currently within Bernadette’s chambers fighting off the bouncing Rabbit. AmSalja and Roll hastily enter and the latter quickly sets up his sentry gun. Rhino comes charging right behind them, but Emanuel is able to throw a C4 and detonate it right at the beast’s weak point.
Jenora is able to stick Rabbit to the ceiling with a shot from her foam grenade, but suffers a shotgun blast at the same time. The sentry peppers Rabbit in response, allowing AmSalja to treat the severely wounded. Not one for a direct fight, Bat flees with her compatriots dead.
Roll moves over to Bernadette’s veiled bed and takes a closer look. However, she’s not there and instead a young woman rests. Jenora approaches and recognizes her as Aura.
“Wait, where is Bernadette?”, Roll asks confused.
“We are as one”, Aura explains, “Aura has been chosen to join with I.”
AmSalja examines the medical equipment and discovers that parts of the large animal tumor were used in the treatment.
“So are you safe and recovered?”, Jenora asks Aura.
“Yes I am, but if you could please attend to Othello and the other wounded.”, Aura-Bernadette answers.
Roll looks through Rabbits gear, while AmSalja treats Othello. Emanuel seems to have disappeared again. He reemerges a few minutes later.
“There are many secrets within Binary.”, Aura comments, “But for now with must deal with the present danger of Martha Maybe.”
The walls shift and a screen shows the exterior of the Maas cathedral. Waves of spindly walker drones move towards it. The screen flashes and shows that Binary’s forges have been hacked and are producing these robots. The JTF, Thenians and Humanos have responded by sending troops into the city. The robots patrol around the streets and force sleek masks onto various citizens. The single eye of the mask shine just like those used by Martha’s gang.
“Let us be off.”, Aura states.
The walls further shift, and the room completely dislodges. The room flies through the air, towards the Joint Task Force entourage that has gathered several dozen miles from the cathedral.
“I will try to assist from here, but the fight will have to be yours, Bravo Team.”
Gadzooks what an amazing adventure! But the true battle is only beginning! The JTF Bravo Team will need to save the most holy Maas cathedral from the evils of Martha Maybe. But, just who is this dangerous criminal and why does she aim to desecrate such a divine place? Enlist in the Joint Task Force today and find out in the next issue!