[Business District, PSI Citybase] (Earlier)
After several hours, no one would blame Inquisit for assuming the worst, but he remains beside the new body.
...and, eventually, she appears, walking cautiously through the door.
She looks to the body, her gaze slowly shifting to the detective. "I... I don't know about this." She shakes her head. "Don't misunderstand me, this is... impressive, incredibly impressive, and I'm flattered, but it's been a long time since us, Inq, and an even longer time since I've been sure I even fit into this world any more. I mean, have you read the news lately? Things used to be simple."
[Inquisit] ★ ↷ ⇄ ↹ ⊘
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[Retired Detective Chief Inspector] [Rational] [Hard Boiled] [Advanced Variable Golemech]
[Useful Gadgets] [Detective Stuff] [Chief Justice]
[Chief Investigative Officer of PSI] [Yen] [iceBERG] [Agent Eddis] [Good Enough]
"Yeah, I mean, ya don't need to spell out that we ain't a thing anymore. I get that, but this ain't about us, babe, it's about you. Giving you a real second chance at life. Initially, it was more about getting you back to your family, but after finding zero physical or metaphysical reasons for the fade out, I'm starting to get the troubling idea that maybe you just don't want to go back. Tell me if I'm wrong, because I'd like to be."
He's silent for a minute, and he touches the body on the arm. "I made it with a vastly improved variation matrix. It can even simulate various tissues and fabrics, so you can change it to fit your needs. Be they returning to your family or starting a new one or to just, disappear in the crowd." He leans back against the wall. "I don't know. I just want you to be happy. Anyway, think about it while we head to the other topic of the hour. You mentioned the news, and I note you were nice enough not to mention that I was part of it. The whole Unbound thing."
He starts pacing the room. "Almost everyone seems to think we are Unbound. Some say their bodies and histories were created when they appeared here and others say they 'awoke', but I got a different theory. It's that the Unbound are actually foreign souls that latch onto bodies. Many of them have memories from other worlds, but mine doesn't because it's new. That's what led me to this line of thought. Some, like mine, are passive and settle into the background, let the host retain full control again. Then there's the active ones, like Acer's. It's hosts had histories, lives before it took over, but it couldn't take them seriously, couldn't accept them as real. Thus all that claptrap he spewed the other day."
He stops pacing and reaches his hand into his head, rooting around until he pulls out a strange bit of glowing machinery. "This thing here? It doesn't show up on any of my schematics. It lets me sense where the others are, what they're doing or even talk with them mentally. I've been studying it. I think it may be the housing, the phylactery if you will, of the Unbound soul. I haven't had a chance to study any of the others, but I'd be willing to bet they have one too." He stuffs it back in and continues. "I've learned a lot from studying it, and I have an idea on how to disconnect them from their hosts. I might have to, if Acer continues as he is."
I had stuff written for the haze mission, but I have to go. So it's going in the draft.
[Kain Fuery]↹✯[Punished Acer] ⊕ ★⇄ ↹ ⇛ ◕
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[Legendary Mercenary] [Hacker] [Experimental Pilot] [Stealth Speedster] [Darktech Suit] [Sienna Gear WHITE]
[Vahman Strauss] [Verito Carbini] [Clearsky Dawn] [Mondo Caris] [Serinia] [Merdin Brol] [Haze Marines x 8]
As the tazer goes off, Acer's body ripples unnaturally, static cascading over his face.
He'd been wearing the [Darktech Suit] a long time, and it's finally come in handy. When Michael appeared, the [Legendary Mercenary] used his unparalleled skills as a [Stealth Speedster] to rush around the corner, leaving the suit standing in his place, where he could remotely control its outputs with his skills as a [Hacker]. [⎔⎔⎔⎔⎔⇄⎔⎔⎔⎔⎔, -⎔⎔⎔⎔⎔]