I left Alex in my apartment and I ran to the Nexus building. It was only a mile and I passed several other manifestations confused on the street, but they were not a danger — at least not yet.
The moment I stepped through the metal and glass arch way that was the Nexus the world felt different — cooler and hotter at the same time, louder and quieter. The duality was part of the dissonance of the place.
There wasn’t even an all hands meeting just a packet for everyone to pick up. My handler stopped me before I got to it. He handed me a wooden stake. “Vampire in the park.”
“That’s all I get?” I grinned at Gary with a wide smile.
“One at a time. Bring ’em back if you can, someone will Drift ’em back.”
I sighed. “Got it.”
I took the wooden stake and went off to hunt a vampire. Thankfully it was enraged otherwise it would have remembered to mesmerize me and taken me out with a couple shots.
I took out my first aid pen and pressed it to the boys throat before the others came. They knew the vampire that lay slain on the ground. I felt bad, but not terribly so.
And then a voice I recognized called out and I turned towards it. The voice sounded in my ears and not my head. His eyes were bluer than I remembered. “Alex.”
“Where the fuck am I?” He said.
“Uh. I don’t know.” I said.
“He doesn’t have a halo.” Tall dark and handsome said.
“He’s from Shift #0.” I said.
“You too?” The blond asked.
“No. Strange. I was born here. Can’t anchor. Have a metal feather embedded in my chest. Lots of strange about me.” I said as if I needed to explain myself.
Alex stopped in front of me and I smiled softly and reached out and touched his cheek. I touched his skin. I put my other hand on his face and took a step back. “You’re here. How the fuck are you here?”
“That’s what I just asked you.” Alex chuckled and pulled my hands from his face. He smirked. “It’s nice to finally meet you too.”
I pulled my hands away and blushed and turned towards the other guys, but there was large growl to our left.
A green hulking creature stepped out of the tree line and roared.
Alex yelled “The fuck!” And he backed away from the thing.
I grabbed for his hand but he as out of reach. “It’s okay.” I shouted after him.
The manifested echo charged at me. The halo was golden yellow of the thirty-fifth Shift. “Shhhh.” I said. The oni ignored me and continued to charge. I reached out as it charged past me towards Alex. The blonde next to me reached out too. He smiled. “Calm.”
I grabbed the hulking creature as well and drift to it’s home. There was a pop in my ears and the Oni struggled with my grip and then it ran off confused into the waste land in which it came.
I sought home and found that it didn’t come. I was adrift.
Nox Luxignis is a Mystical Warrior who Bears the Phoenix Feather and Drifts from Shift #0
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Abilities: premonition, sense magic, hedge magic, manifest phoenix, shroud of flame, drift, determine shift
Weapons: unarmed (caestus) 2 – eased, unarmed (caestus) 4, blaster 4 long range
L5 (15) Hulking Oni, 8 damage, 20 Health, Feats of raw strength as level 6; Intellect defense and seeing through deception as level 3; Speed defense as level 3 due to size
Initiative: O: 12, Alex: 15 -1, Ant: 11, Nox: 18 -1, Ryan: 6
Nox, Alex, Oni, Ant, Ryan
Nox determines shift and then drifts (-3 int)
Ryan (-3 int)
GM Intrusion: Nox can’t get back
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