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Fixers First Great Hunt


Characters: Axle, Fawn, Jeanie, Ramsey, and Way
Date: 2020-08-22
Summary: Most of the Fixers participate in a Great Hunt for Spirits of Rust
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Soundtrack: Pete Seeger - Cumberland Mountain Bear Hunt

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There's no fire this time; the less light, the better to fool the spirits with the costumes that the pack has created. And it allows the crescent moon above to shine down on the Fixers. The center piece this time is a heap of scrap metal that has been gathered from around the warehouse. All of which appear to be contaminated with some kind of rust or strange decay that wasn't a couple of weeks ago. It started some time recently and seems to be affecting anything metal that isn't covered in rustoleum, WD-40, or another kind of sealant.

Axle spent the day resting and doing whatever communing she has learned to do with spirits. Which mostly involved hiding in the trunk of the Marauder eating Reese's Pieces and playing on her phone -- when she wasn't napping. No one else has to know that. It's all important mystical stuff.

Still in Hishu form, she's dressed in a ratty Ramones tee shirt and a pair of yoga shorts. She isn't the one who has to fool someone, so she isn't wearing makeup or a costume. There's a table near the heap, on which is a simple plastic bowl full of Psilocybin shrooms. A few bottles of beer, a bottle of wine, and a mason jar full of moonshine. Whatever one wants to drink to wash down shrooms.

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Jeanie on the otherhand certainly does need to convince some spirits and so she's spent most of the afternoon putting on final touches on her wolf costume... there was definitely at least one more run to the craft store for some more felting wool to complete the mask. She's got it in her hand now, along with the leather shirt Axle had helped her work on, and a big grin on her face as she comes out to the rust-heap and glances at the table. "Are we getting ready for a hunt or Burning Man?"

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It's Hunt Night In Louisiana, and Ramsey's come to play. He's in his paper towels lumberjack suit, and his game face, because he isn't stoned in order to get that killer instinct going, and he's giving off them rahu vibes and ready to chase something down and throttle it. Shrooms are gonna help with that! He's got a red solo cup of something, and is gnawing on a strip of beef jerky. "Maybe that's the secret of why people go to Burning Man?"

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Trying out his new form -AND- his new contract ... Way is not the same Way they might know and recognize. No, tonight he is a wolf, but not just any wolf. A LIGHTNING wolf! Obviously a form of Canis Lupus, the Lost blazes with electric energy along, even seeming made of it for those who can see such things beyond the mask. When he arrives it is with quick ZAPs of movement from one place to the next. Stopping at the group he sits and observes with a grin.

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From not too far off sounds the 'awwoooo' of Fawn, which isn't as convincing as a real wolf, but she gives it her best shot. It's been her way of greeting the others as of late, so people may be used to it by now. She wanders in to view soon enough, wearing the leather shirt and her wolf mask, which is currently slid back and resting on the top of her head. She's made some shorts out of faux fur.. which doesn't really have much stretch, so they're kind of awkward, and she's got a cape tied over her shoulders made from the same faux fur. Yay Joann's! As she comes to a halt nearby she takes a look around and waves to everyone, then hones in on the bowl of treats! "Ohhh.. Axleeeeee.." Giggle.

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In spite of her desire to be all mystical and shit, Axle definitely isn't solemn about it. She is nursing a bottle of 'Viscount' from Broad Street Cider; hard cider with caramel apple flavoring! It's supposed to be fall by now, damn it, not 80 humidity and still fairly warm after dark. And stupid skeeters! There's a satisfying sizzle-POP every time one of them gets too close to Wolfarer. The curly-haired cub flashes a grin when she sees him, shaking her head, glancing toward Ramsey and asking, "Are you the quicker picker upper?".

In the wake of Jeanie's Burning Man remark, she says, "Dude, you have to fool yourself, too. Not just the spirits. So... Start chewing," she instructs, picking up the bowl and holding it out to gesture at it with Fawn and Jeanie. Is she going to enjoy getting them fucked up?

Well... Yeah.

To the two, she also says, "Turn around. Show us your tails!"

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Jeanie answers Fawn's 'awwoooo' with one of her own. It certainly isn't a perfect howl, but she's practiced enough it's a fair imitation for a human. As for Ramsey's secret, she grins. "Well, the shrooms definitely aren't the secret part of Burning Man. If it's all a cover for a massive hunt in the desert, that'd be something..." She trails off at the arrival of the the new Lost-wolf and blinks. "Is that... Way?" There's not much time for pondering as Axle's passing over the mushrooms and Jeanie slips her half mask on her face and grabs a mushroom, raising in a salute. "Aye, aye, Captain! This is gonna be the best hunt ever!" And while she does promptly begin chewing the look on her face clearly says she regrets not grabbing a drink to wash it down first.

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Can a lightning wolf talk? Why yes it can. "It's me, Wayfarer!" he finally confirms with that wolfish grin. All dark with sharp angles and bright streaks of electric power running over him, he remains sitting there a moment and responds, "I won't eat them all. Just leave me some and I'll finish off what is left. Though I don't know if I need it or not...but hey who cares. I'll have some for the fun of it."

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Ramsey looks up at the moon and then toward the arrival of Lightning Wolf 1, then passes his cup to Jeanie while she chews over her shrooms. Then he seems to be doing some kind of thing the way his voice intones all different from his normal speech, even inflected with whatever part of his accent comes from that weird scary spirit language he talks. "This story is true. In the times before, when Father Wolf walked the borders of the worlds, the Firstborn ran as one pack, and slyest among them was Red Wolf, and she was not given to endings in the way of Death Wolf or Destroyer Wolf. But she was also the cleverest of the children of Urfarah and Luna, and no less deadly than either. None of the other Firstborn ever mistook 'didn't' for 'couldn't' with Red Wolf when it came to taking down prey. Understand?" He looks at Jeanie a bit meaningfully, as if trying to reinforce his meaning and then some kind of weird spirit magic thing happens and she's a real pro at murder.

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"Does it meet your standard?" Fawn asks as she does a little turn around for Axle, pushing her rump out and moving her cope out of the way so she can let Axle see the long tail.. which is just a strip of faux fur sewn to another and stuffed. It's alright. As she's busy wiggling her ass at Axle, Fawn looks towards Jeanie and grins at the look on her face when she's eating the shroom, and then it's over to Way. "That's cool," she says to him, taking a moment to drink in the sight of wolf Way! Woot! Once she's done enough wiggling, Fawn turns to the bowl and hmms, looking over the mushrooms and picking up a handful. She counts and moves them about, adds another, then smiles. Bottoms up! With fingers pinching her nose she pops two into her mouth and starts to chew. Fast. What a nasty taste. She chews while listening to Ramsey.

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"Do at least three or four," Axle tells Jeanie. They're small pieces, after all. She sets the bowl down to let them do as they will with the contents, glancing toward Fawn as she turns to show off her tail, grinning and giving a thumbs up and a wink to her -- since Ramsey is telling his tale and she doesn't want to interrupt. As she heads over to check out Way's new form, she takes the long way so she can give Fawn's tail a little tug in passing.

Once near Way she reaches down to run two fingers along his head, making no attempt to withdraw even if he crackles and zaps her. Because she's the wolf that still licks random objects in the Hisil, 'Just to see!'

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Jeanie nods at Axle's instructions, picking out a few more pieces and gives a bit of a tail-butt wiggle as well. Her tail is just a couple strips of the faux fur, more the idea of a tail than an actual replica of one. The weird story time from Ramsey is almost as welcome a distraction from the taste of the mushrooms as the cup was welcomed to wash it down. At the end of the tale, she flexes her fingers a bit as she feels at least something beginning to work already. "I think so. We're gonna make Red Wolf proud tonight."

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"This is so....weird." he points out as Way looks at himself, still not entirely used to this new form. "It will take some getting used to, but I think I like it." He chuckels a bit and peers at the other, "Look at those costumes. I think you just might trick the spirits with those." When Axle comes over to run her fingers along his head, Way-wolf leans into her, though probably only for a second when it zaps, not that it really does any harm. Just kind of tingles like touching an electric fense. "Woops. Sorry."

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"Darn tootin'," the big redneck rahu says, then when Way zaps, he says "It's like he swallowed an Operation game. But, I mean, who among us hasn't. Right? Right?" He then gets himself another beer to drink that over. "I have a good feeling about this." He does!

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Fawn sends Axle a little grin when her tail is tugged, and then it's back to getting the mushrooms down. She swallows, shudders hard, then pops the rest into her mouth and gets to chewing. She does have to stop now and then to gather the strength to continue chewing, and once they're all finally down she shudders again. Nasty! Fawn looks over the refreshments and back towards the others, and she smiles brightly, eyes drawn back to Ramsey at his operation comment. "Sure.." She starts to laugh. "Yes! This is going to be so much fun.." She bounces a little where she stands, ready to go!

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Axle lifts that hand to her mouth and wets the fingers, reaching back down to touch Way once more -- and squealing and jumping because she's a dipshit. But she also cackles and shakes out her hand, starting to head back to the scrap heap. Her eyes are kind of glowy in the dark of the crescent moon, but no more than anyone else's. They're still human eyes. Time to space out.

After a bit more socializing, those mushrooms are going to start kicking in. About half an hour or so. Next time she'll have to brew some tea. That won't take as long as the raw mushrooms do to be processed after ingestion.

"Gather round, gang. Let's get this started," Axle invites. "Just so you know what will happen, Way... When the rite is done, Ram and I will shift to wolf form. And so will Jeanie and Fawn. And Jeanie and Fawn will be in that form until sunrise tomorrow. The four of us will =need= to find this prey. It's the Siskur-Dah. So if we seem weird and stubborn... That's why." She pauses and explains, "The prey is whatever the hell has been making all this rusty crud grow. A spirit friend told me there was... something, in the area last week. And it started this whole mess."

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"Like the whole game? That's impressive!" Jeanie grins as she makes an equally impressive effort to quickly chew up and swallow the rest of her magic mushrooms, only making a bleh face once or twice and draining down whatever was left in Ramsey's solo cup. She'll grab a refill with some of the moonshine to try to continue washing the taste of the pyschedlics out of her mouth. She gives a bit of a shiver as Axle explains the run-down of what's going to happen, but nods eagerly. "That's rude of whatever it is. Definitely can't let something go around rusting up all our stuff."

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Ramsey nods, saying "Rust monsters are massively annoying in D&D so I can only imagine in real life, equally so. Maybe even more. So we'll just have to get crunk and run it down. Maybe feast upon its delicious spirit essence if that's what it is? Oh man, y'all are gonna have fuuuuun. There is -nothing- like running like this, on the Sacred Hunt." He's excited. He's grinning. He's ready to do this ritual.

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By the time those shrooms -have- started to kick in, Fawn is lifting her hands and holding them out before her, and she giggles a little. She casts a glance about the space, listening to what's said, and giggles softly again. Her hands drop to feel over the faux fur on the thighs of her shorts, and she rubs up and down. "So soft.." she murmurs to herself, dragging her fingers along and through the fur. Don't mind her. She giggles a little again, then reaches up and slips her mask down in to place. Her eyes narrow behind the mask.

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"Okay I get it. Don't take it personal if you guys are super serious about getting this spirit. Gotcha." Way responds with a nod of his wolf head to the explaination. Once Fawn and Jeanie have had their shrooms, the lightning-wolf-Lost stands and walks over to lower his muzzle into the bowl, finishing the rest off. BEDLAM HERE WE COME! He 'wolfs' them down and lifts his head to turn and look between the others, "OKay so now what? How do we get into this spirit world?"

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"First we have to find it... But we're going to take it on in this world. The girls can't come to the Shadow. Yet. I think I will shift now." Axle suggests to Ramsey. She doesn't wait for an answer. Just glances toward Fawn and Jeanie with a note of concern as Fawn begins to show signs that the psychedelic fungus is taking effect. Then she shifts to her wolf form and starts on into the ritual. Before the two in costume wander off somewhere away from the heap!

Time to do her best impression of a spirit of rust. Which seems to involve a lot of growling, hissing, scratching at the ground. As she does, she rubs up against the heap of scrap metal, releasing little tidbits of rust into the air and onto her hide as her bristling fur rasps up against the hunks of decaying iron and other oxidizing substances. It'll take some minutes. A little over five. Less if Upgrade decides to give them the benefit of their good time management.

But in time the two will become wolves.

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"Think you might end up having as much fun as us," Jeanie leans her shoulder into Ramsey's, before she starts fiddling with her faux-tail. But then it's time for the rite to being. As Axle shifts down and begins the impression of a rust spirit, Jeanie drops to all fours and tries to start her impression of a hunting wolf. A good amount of sniffing and circling and a few howls as well, with each howl getting more and more actual wolfish until the spirits are apparently convinced enough or else they ALL have done too much mushrooms cause she sure does look like a real wolf now.

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Ramsey grins a little at Jeanie's wolf howl, and he gives a nod to Axle, and when the ritual starts, he, too begins prowling, in kind of a counter-circle to Axle as he takes Urhan form as well. He's oddly kind of smaller and sleeker in this form, not having the appearance of bulk that gray wolves have, instead having that odd, short bristle of a red wolf, that slightly more coyote-like features. As Jeanie becomes more and more lupine, he huffs a pleased-seeming sound, and checks on Fawn as well, as Axle invokes the hunt, and he gets more and more coiled, like winding a spring.

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Fawn is easily enough to distract when Axle gets to rubbing against the rust, and she stands there watching it for a moment, transfixed upon it. There's a stupid grin tugging her chin lower than her mouth, and the girl's tongue soon follows. The eyes behind the mask narrow in on the scene again, and soon enough she's crouching down and digging her fingers into the dirt below. She giggles again, unable to help it, but as she calms she gives a low growl. It's the one Ramsey taught her! She scrunches down closer to the earth and begins to crawl towards Jeanie, soon enough turning into a wolf as well.

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Watching the others, Way isn't quite sure what he needs to do, so he waits and observes. When they begin howling, he joins in, lifting his muzzle to howl along with them. Lightning crackles around the Lost as he gets more excited about the hunt and dances around a bit. He peers over to see Axle starting the ritual, curious just how it will go, and keeping an eye on her. Though he tries to see what the others are doing as well, espcially when they begin digging and growling. He joins in with that too.

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Soundtrack: Heart - The Wolf

Little bites come from Axle, too. She pauses now and then to snap her jaws at Jeanie or Fawn, and Way once or twice, too. It's part of the ritual as she learned it. So she does what she learned. They're just nips. Not meant to hurt the becoming-wolf creatures. Just to stir them toward their change.

When all is said and down, Axle lifts her own head back and howls to the moon up above. Her moon is in the sky, waxing eventually toward Ramsey's.

The trail here is cold by several days; but the benefit of the rusty heap over which they performed the ritual is a refreshing of that trail, enough to lead them to the next warm spot, one lot over. And the next. And the next. And so on. Until the troop makes it to the open streets and on through the district until ahead looms a junkyard illuminated by a few night time safety lights.

Kind of obvious that that's their target. But where inside? Ramsey will know where. Inside the gates -- there's a place to squeeze through a gap in the fence if the crew moves around and down one side of the place. And then inside!

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Ramsey seems to understand what is happening here a bit better now, and he sniffs the ground. Once he sees that Jeanie and Fawn are fully transformed, he goes and sniffs them, getting a sense of their pack-scent as wolves, and pauses to give Jeanie a nuzzle at the neck for a moment with curiosity, then he catches the right scent on the wind, his howl more yowly and warbling to echo Axle's and he's off at a run, leading them through the back ways of Little Woods to that junk yard and the decay spirit he knows is there. The rush of that full out initial sprint never ceases to thrill him as they hone in toward their prey. A growl-yowl is given, meaning clear: Keep up, watch out. He slows as they approach, and finds the gap, his shoulders moving in a slow, stalking roll as he scans the stacks and piles of junk.

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It takes a moment for Jeanie to get a hang of her new paws, the mushrooms probably not helping at all with that. As Ramsey comes over, she nuzzle the Rahu back and giving a big sniff with her new found enhanced sniffer and gives a playful wiggle of her tail. She pounces over towards the rest of the back as well, trying to commit to memory how each of them actually smells before giving one last excited howl before it's time to hit the trail. She'll hang towards the back of the back, taking a moment before leaving the Warehouse lot to summon her own electric sparks around her, giving a little snap, crackle and pop of current. Two electric wolves are better than one!

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Fawn has never been a wolf before, and it would't be Fawn if she didn't give things a quick try. She digs around in the dirt a bit, rolls over a few times, howls and yips, then playfully goes to bite at Axle's back right leg before it's out of her system. Mostly. She prance-runs to Jeanie and half crashes, half bumps into her left shoulder before turning to loooook at Ramsey when sniffed. She sniffs back at him, yips, then falls in to running along and following the path that eventually leads them to the junkyard. Along the way she sticks to shadows as much as she can, checking that out and slinking along while sniffing at this and that. She sticks close by, though, and looks around carefully, tail low and ears back.

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As kind of the man out here, Way hangs in the back of the group. He watches as Jeanie and Fawn transform into actual wolves and while he has seen stranger things, well it is still pretty cool. Ramsey and Axle seem to know best of where to go, so of course he lets them lead the way. He walks over to nudge up against Fawn and chuffs at her lightly. but then he pays attention to what is going on.

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She bites back. Axle, that is. When Fawn bites at her leg, she mock-snarls and nips back at her, before she goes over to investigate the heap of metal. There's a little mote of a spirit that pops out of the pile and adheres itself to Axle's vicinity. Her little spirit buddy, Cub-Cadet, from the lawn mower.

They're off! As Way and Jeanie make up the back column, Axle runs beside Fawn, while Ramsey takes the lead and guides them to their destination. It's no walk in the park. It's a trek of around an hour, give or take, as they have to be wary of the Herd and bypass the more populace neighborhoods that -- even at this time of night -- have a lot of pedestrians and end-of-summer tourists.

Almonaster Salvage Yard, Inc. 7979, Almonaster Avenue. Except the gap to enter is off Elaine Street on the west side of the lot. Inside, a vast open field with junked and half-salvaged automobiles parked here, there. All over the place. In addition to the cars, there're also car parts in all states of repair and decay. Mostly decay in some places. Especially right... Over... There.

There's a gaggle of them. A metallic Resonance and with a ability to manifest themselves in the material world. As quite LARGE locusts. Made out of metal debris. At least ten of them in this area. Not aware of the pack yet. Because they appear to be focused on taking apart a Geo Metro. An ugly. Two door. Red crappe. Er, coupe. Coupe.

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"Fuck, it's that one Insectacon!" Of course, it comes out as rarrr grrr grrgle brrr, in a low tone so as not to break their cover. He ducks back behind a half-disassembled jeep and his form veers back to something approaching human, but bigger, meaner, scratchier, and is crouched, so that he can speak to them. "Okay. So they have the resonance of metal, which means they may conduct like it, which could be good or could be bad. There's more than one, but they're physical right now, which means we shouldn't have problems making contact. I don't know if this is all of them, though. I smelled more than one but I don't have a full count or anything."

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Jeanie wiggles through the fence with the rest of them, busy looking and sniffing at EVERYTHING as they head towards their selected prey. Now hearing the rust locusts so close, her ears flatten to her head and she lets out a low whine as Ramsey stops to talk instead of actually //going//, compelled as she is by the Great Hunt, but she does listen, nodding her wolf head. Her electricity crackles just a little bit as she hunkers low, getting into position, ready to charge or shock once a signal is given.

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Staying right next to Jeanie as they run quickly, but sneaky through the urban environment, the lightning-wolf sniffs around any time they get a chance to slow down. This is all so new and fascinating, and being the curious type that he is, it is almost killing him not to explore and see things through these new senses. When they get to the salvage yard and come to a stop he almost runs into Axle. He lifts his head to look around, but remembers the other senses and sniffs the air.

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Fawn doesn't leave Way out of the affection, either, and when he's close she tilts her wolf head so she can bite playfully against the back of his neck before she is looking around at where they have stopped. She dips her head lower as she sniffs about, tail kept still, and she looks towards the locusts. Her mouth pulls back to a little snarl and she lowers her head to Ramsey, tail wagging once as she waits and looks about.

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There's more than one prey, yasss, precious. And Axle has picked up on the trail of the other one. Or at least that's what is possible. Because the Ithaeur hangs back from the rest of the pack. Unnoticed is her retreat, in all that focus on the BIG HONKING METAL BUGS on the Geo Metro. There's an Axle shaped hole in the coterie as she wanders off in search of that other creature. Siskur-Doh!

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Ramsey takes a deep breath and keeps his eye on the prey, then starts to slink around to create a pincer maneuver for them, and as he does, his form shifts and warps into a wolf again, but this time enormous, like... Horsewolf. With the biggest of the tooves. The signal will probably be violence. He disappears into the cover of the shadows and his eyes peek out through the blown out door window of a bigass caddy. Ready to strike.

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Jeanie might be eager, but she's not going to full on Leroy Jenkins this crap, at least not yet. She hunkers down behind one of the broken down cars, belly crawling until her face is peeking out just enough to see the car the locusts are currently in the process of all rustifying. She takes a deep breath and focuses on the car, her electric coat seems to solidify as she concentrates and suddenly.... KABOOM. It's more than just the battery in the car exploding as sparks shoot everywhere at anything within several feet of the Metro and it takes everything in her not to howl in delight.

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You know who WILL Leroy Jenkins this crap? Way. Way will. "I got this." he ruffs at the others with a huge grin. "I'll catch their attention and while they are chasing me around...you guys..." He pauses when the electricity snaps and things explode. He can't help but howl in laughter, at least a little bit. "Nevermind. I think that got their attention." So instead he looks around for something and Ah HAH! He begins to focus on a big magnetic arm they use for moving the vehicles. That will be his puppet.

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Fawn watches which way Ramsey is headed and she turns to do the opposite, mirroring his movement to head around from the other side so that the locusts are essentially surrounded. She moves through the darkness, dipping here and there until she finds herself the perfect spot to watch and wait from.. and things kaboom! Sweet. Her ears perk as she hears Way, and then it's back to the locusts to see how they react to that shocking turn of events!

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Things. Are. About to. Get... Well, anti-climactic really. Because Jeanie sends out that sizzle of energy, which encompasses the Geo Metro. That's lights come on and the radio sends out signals. Since it was left with a crappy Now That's What I Call Music CD in the radio, Cotton Eyed Joe blares for the duration of the zzzzap. Whereupon, as it ends, the two clumps of Rust Spirits discorporate. Because their bane was electrolysis. So bits of metal debris start to thump, sprinkle, thud, click and clack down onto the Metro and the ground.

Except for the one locust-shaped critter, which takes off. Heads deeper into the junkyard. Toward home base. Toward the rest of the swarm?

Soundtrack: Rednex - Cotton Eye Joe

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From out of nowhere comes giant wolf Ramsey, tackling the fleeing locust thing from the side and bearing it to the ground in a very crunchy, unpleasant sounding tussle that leaves it discorporated and Ramsey rising from the wreckage in his Dalu form all Terminator like. Smoke machine nearby.

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Before the rust-dust from the boom can settle, Jeanie darts out towards the wreckage of the Metro, sniffing a bit about the discorporated pieces just to make sure there's not a sneaky one that needs a double tap hiding there as she watches Ramsey's giant wolf form crush that sole survivor and she heads over towards him, brushing against the dalu's leg. But she's pretty sure the Hunt's not over yet, sniffing towards the direction that the locust seemed to be heading before he got an urshul to the back, ready and eager to be heading that way and ASAP.

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Speaking of piles of crap laying around... Where did Axle go? Well, she fell victim to the Rust Queen's "Maze" power. And is currently wandering around in the aisles of cars. Which is fine by her. Because there are lot of pretties to look at while she tries to find the creature that will help her end the Siskur-Dah. It's a good thing Jeanie gave her that amulet...

Once the troop has had a chance to investigate the remains of the rust-bugs and start on toward the next stop... Their various abilities will overcome that disorientation of the Rust Queen's maze power. And come to find Axle /and/ the rest of the prey. The former is laying on the ground covered in another group of the bugs. While the Queen? She's twice the size of the others. Twice as powerful. Twice as metal. And made of a shiny material like stainless steel. The rustproof kind. And she appears to be in the middle of eating one of the rust spirits, taking it apart piece by piece and shoving it into her mouth parts.

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Fawn glances left and right as she peers through the darkness and feels.. something strange come over her, but it's gone soon enough and she's once again moving along. It doesn't take long before she happens across Axle.. and the bugs, which may be real. Are they? Hard to say when the shrooms are kicking full force and making things appear to be other things just case they look similar in shape. Fuck. Crouching low then, Fawn begins to slowly stalk towards the bugs, teeth bared and snarling, a low growl of warning given to them.

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Right behind Jeanie, who knows what Way has planned, but it certainly doesn't go like HE planned. When they begin the assault, the mushrooms start kicking in BIG TIME. Perfect. WHat a perfect time to start tripping his ass off in the middle of a fight against some spirits. Catching something out of the corner of his eye, the Lost turns and backs into Jeanie, then jumps and turns to nip at her in confusion. "I saw HIM." he claims. "I saw HIM! He is HERE!" He tries to regain his composure and get back to the fight, but now he is keeping a look out for something else.

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Seeing his packmate being victimized by the spirits makes something shift in Ramsey. Until now, it's been the thrill of the hunt and the chase, but things are different now. He looks across at the queen and then the ones attempting to steal Axle's essence, and he starts to shake, suppressing the spasms that will send him into kuruth, but in doing so he reaches out. His presence is announced by the sound of his hand gripping the body frame of a pick up truck. And where one of them would usually not move, it does. Metal twists and squeals as Ramsey's eyes burn with white moonlight and a massive, incalclable detonation of just... Scary Rahu Bullshit? It's gnarly to see and he just rips the metal frame in two and hurls one half to either side, crashing into the walls of the junk maze. "Get. Off. Her." He don't say it twice.

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Jeanie growls as Way nips at her and gives an irritated snap towards the Gremlin. She doesn't care who he saw or what might be here, as she's pointing her snout very determinedly towards the trail. The only thing she really cares about is following the trail of rust towards it's source. The maze doesn't seem to be any hurdle to her, she might as well be a compass pointing true north as she navigates through the alleys of junk. She growls as she spots Axle under atack, her sparks crackling but she's not quite willing to zap on the off chance she hits her packmate as well. A growl which turns into a howl of anger. It's nothing compared to Ramsey's Scary Rahu-ness, but she's not messing around either as the electricty cracks around her.

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The sight of a truck being mangled by the Rahu... Well, it draws attention to the other members of the pack, first and foremost. The little swarm of Rust Spirits abandon Axle as the combination of the display of strength and that howl from one of the electrical looking wolves occurs. The Ithaeur's still in urhan form, sprawled on her side on the dirt. She doesn't look injured, at least.

That truck has been nicely torn in half to expose all sorts of delicious bits of metal. And that's where the rust spirits start to head. Except for the one that the Rust Queen creature grabs hold of in passing, and begins to tear apart. To consume for her own insatiable hunger. Off comes one of the metal legs.

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Fawn continues her slow approach towards the spirits as she watches Ramsey rip that car.. Holy hell. It gets her attention for a few seconds, but then it's back towards Axle and the spirits until they decide to move away. With her snarl still present, Fawn pads along quickly, rushing over to Axle where she moves to stand over her form and poke her muzzle against Axle's ears and neck. She snorts and snuffs, poking about at the other and checking her for signs of breathing as it seems the spirits are distracted.

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The Ithaeur stirs when the heavy metal bugs crawl off of her and start toward the wreckage of the pick-up truck. She whines softly and lifts her head, snorting once, herself. Rust particles come out of her nose when she does. She shakes her head and noses at the other female wolf with her muzzle, sitting up in the process of reaching to do so. She's not hurt physically.

--

When the smaller members of the cannibal umia scatter and go after the ripped open truck, Ramsey seethes. His blood is up and the rage is on him, and he stops trying to fight it. He sees Axle move out of the corner of his eye. So she will heal. But the hunt is still on, and the quarry hasn't had the good sense to get as scarce as scarce can be. His body warps again, this time not just big caveman Ramsey. His Gauru form is rangy and long-limbed and whip slender below the upper torso, moving with that wrong-looking agility of things that step out of time with the world around them, like an unsettling Harryhausen effect. All the more nightmare for the Rust Queen as he charges headlong, simply destroying everything in his path as he breaks wreckage, almost tramples a minor spirit, and his claws rake into the metal carapace, bouncing the entity down into the ground and back up to grip its head cruelly as he lets out a deafening howl of pure, unbridled lunatic rage to the sky amidst the sounds of unhappy crunching.

--

That story was indeed true as the motivation provided by the tale of Red Wolf spurs Jeanie onward. A packmate has been hurt (or at least her Essence stolen) and while the human-wolf might not risk rage, she's got teeth and a burning desire to use them, even if Ramsey has easily dispatches the Queen and official target of their Hunt. There's no hesitation in that lunge towards the smaller of the remaining rust-bugs, she leaps and goes straight for the thorax. It's brutal, it's effective, and the locust disintegrates into a heap of rusted parts. Not too bad for a first attempt at a bite.

--

Wolf Fawn is paying close attention to Axle, and when she moves and gives that whine, Fawn's tail wags quickly a few times. She scoots back to no longer stand over her, and soon enough she's giving a rather excited pawing at Axle's side and leaning in to lick over her ears a few times. She gives a best derpy wolf smile as she can, licks a little more, then moves to sit back on her hind legs next to Axle while looking around to make sure there aren't any others that could come back for Axle. Looks like Ramsey and Jeanie have them under control!

--

The spirits scatter in the wake of the Rahu's maniacal rage through toward where the Rust Queen had... simply continued to consume, consume, consume. 'Hers' was a defense of disorientation; the pack already bested that. At the last moment, the Rust Queen's only other defense is to jump to a new host. Except there's no creature to touch other than the one who is destroying it... So 'she' discorporates into various parts, which the Rahu can choose to consume of the remnants of Essence.

Once she is destroyed? The others go back to building themselves new brethren out of the bits of metal in the area, leaving behind traces of decay in the form of new rust, holes in the metal pieces, etc.

Axle bumps against Fawn and snaps at her, then tosses her head at a few of the other spirits. Whereupon she trots over and chomps on one, tossing her head at Fawn once more. Come and play. Eat one. Or destroy it, she seems to say with her actions.

--

The remains of the choir leader, such as it was, are held in the wolf-man's hands and he takes a big old chomp, symbolic mostly, and then he tosses it into the middle of the area, for Jeanie and Fawn and Axle. The spoils of the hunt. Nothing sweeter. Slowly, he gets his breathing under control, and with a last, bellicose howl to the sky, he starts to shrink back down into a manageable size. He gives a shudder, and then looks around at the wolves going about their dealing with the umia with a savage, proud grin.

--

Undernormal circumstances, hubcaps probably shouldn't be replacement rawhides, but a Hunt and Discorporating spirits definitely aren't normal situations. As Ramsey tosses over what is left of the queen, curiousity compels Jeanie to take a nibble before she sits down and gives a proud wag of her tail before she nudges some more Rust-Queen parts over towards Axle and Fawn with her snout.

--

Fawn watches Axle going for the spirits, and when invited to join she pushes up from her spot and begins to trot over. Her head goes low to the ground and she sniffs deeply on her way after the spirits, only lifting once she is close enough to one to snap it up between her powerful jaws and chomp down on it. Ohh, crunchy and good! She chompchomps a bit, jumps up and back, then sniffs towards the Queen parts nudged her way. Her ears perk and she growls, lowering down to bite at it several times. Take that!

--

It's all in good fun, part of the hunt. Not meat, even. Just bits of spirit stuff. Axle chases after another moving bit and wolfs it down -- no pun intended. She shakes out her fur and raises her head to howl at the moon -- visible in the midst of the wide open sky that's above them, over the expanse of treeless yard, that's full of cars and few buildings, stretching from one fenced area -- and one business -- to the next. Ramsey will understand her when she says, <<Pack perform good. Best team.>> even if the others won't. But her tail-wagging suggests the same thing.

--

His head still all foggy with confusion, and that paranoia now that he saw something they just wouldn't understand, Wayfarer sits back and watches the rest of the Mackley rip apart the rust spirits. He really is rather content to observe from the sidelines while they devour the spirit essence. It doesn't really work that way for him. However, when Axle begins howling, he does join in.

--

Ramsey crouches and watches, then gives a slow, lazy stretch as he stands, prowling to make sure none of the spirits get out of hand but they seem to have it under control. When Axle howls, he lets out one from his more human throat, and falls into laughing as the wolves romp around the junkyard, and he becomes one once more to join them.

--

Now that the prey has been dispatched, Jeanie can focus more on just the excitement of being in wolf form! At least until the magic wears off come sunrise. She raises her head and howls with the rest. As Ramsey shifts back to his wolf form, she pads over to give his nose a boop with her own snout before romping continues and she may roll into some questionable mud puddles along the way.

--

Fawn gives a last chomp since it's so fun, and as she drops the piece she begins to howl along with the others, sounding happy and excited. She finishes howling and starts to break for a run, zipping about the space between cars. You only wolf once! Maybe.. Who knows..

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Soundtrack: The Doors - The End

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All Dem Rolls

Jeanie's Roll for Inspired:

<OOC> Jeanie is gonna go ahead and roll an inspiring for y'all.

.oO( Jeanie rolls 6 Dice )Oo................................................o.
  Roll: Presence + Expression - 1
  Result: Success (1) -- (2 9 3 4 4 4)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

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Ramsey's Roll to Grant Jeanie Brawl-3:

<spend> Ramsey spends 2 (-2 points) of his Essence pool, for This Story Is True.

.oO( Ramsey rolls 9 Dice )Oo................................................o.
  Roll: Presence + Academics + Glory + 3
  Result: Success (3) -- (7 6 7 9 6 10 1 8 4 1)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

<OOC> Ramsey says, "Jeanie, have Brawl 3. For funsies."

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Axle's Performance of the Rite of the Great Hunt:

.oO( Axle rolls 8 Dice - 9-Again )Oo........................................o.
  Roll: Presence + Crafts + 2
  Results: 20 total successes

  Successes: 2 -- (5 10 3 7 2 4 6 8 7)
  Successes: 2 -- (5 2 8 5 4 10 1 2 1)
  Successes: 2 -- (8 4 6 9 5 7 7 4 2)
  Successes: 7 -- (4 10 2 9 9 6 6 1 10 9 3 4 9 8)
  Successes: 4 -- (3 9 7 4 6 10 6 2 8 10 2)
  Successes: 3 -- (1 9 6 6 2 8 1 10 7 4)
.o..................................................oO( extended (public) )Oo.
<OOC> Axle says, "6 minutes!"

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Team Tracking the Prey:

.oO( Ramsey rolls 9 Dice )Oo................................................o.
  Roll: Wits + Streetwise + 3 + 2
  Result: Success (2) -- (9 2 2 5 6 5 3 9 1)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

.oO( Ramsey rolls 2 Dice )Oo................................................o.
  Roll: Primal Urge
  Result: Failure -- (5 5)
.o...................................................oO( failure (public) )Oo.

.oO( Jeanie rolls 5 Dice )Oo................................................o.
  Roll: Wits - 1 (untrained streetwise) + 2
  Result: Success (1) -- (6 7 2 3 9)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

.oO( Axle rolls 9 Dice )Oo..................................................o.
  Roll: Wits + Streetwise + 2 + Primal Urge
  Result: Success (1) -- (3 2 7 7 1 8 2 3 4)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

.oO( Fawn rolls 7 Dice )Oo..................................................o.
  Roll: Wits + Streetwise + 2
  Result: Success (2) -- (1 5 8 3 8 5 2)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

.oO( Way rolls 5 Dice )Oo...................................................o.
  Roll: Wits - 1 (untrained streetwise) + 2
  Result: Success (2) -- (7 8 5 7 8)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

.oO( Ramsey rolls 7 Dice )Oo................................................o.
  Roll: 7
  Result: Success (1) -- (4 10 3 7 5 5 1 3)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

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Jeanie Activates her Electrokinesis:

<OOC> Jeanie will also manifest my electicity for an Electric Corona.

<spend> Jeanie spends 1 point of her Willpower pool, for Sparks!.
.oO( Jeanie rolls 10 Dice )Oo...............................................o.
  Roll: Resolve + Occult
  Result: Success (1) -- (6 3 7 2 7 6 8 5 1 2)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

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Everyone Rolls Stealth to Sneak Up on Prey:

.oO( Jeanie rolls 4 Dice )Oo................................................o.
  Roll: Dexterity - 1 (untrained stealth) + 2
  Result: Success (1) -- (2 2 7 9)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

.oO( Ramsey rolls 10 Dice )Oo...............................................o.
  Roll: Dexterity + Stealth + 3
  Result: Exceptional Success! (6) -- (6 6 10 10 3 2 9 9 6 8 3 8)
.o......................................oO( exceptional success! (public) )Oo.

.oO( Way rolls 8 Dice )Oo...................................................o.
  Roll: Dexterity + Stealth + 2
  Result: Success (2) -- (9 4 1 8 2 3 2 1)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

.oO( Fawn rolls 6 Dice )Oo..................................................o.
  Roll: Dexterity + Stealth
  Result: Success (3) -- (10 1 5 3 1 10 6 9)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

.oO( Axle rolls 8 Dice )Oo..................................................o.
  Roll: Dexterity + Stealth
  Result: Success (2) -- (4 5 3 3 8 4 10 5 2)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

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Ramsey Destroys a Rust Spirit:

.oO( Ramsey rolls 16 Dice - 8-Again )Oo.....................................o.
  Roll: Strength + Purity + Brawl.Natural Weapons + 2 + 3 - 4 - 1
  Result: Exceptional Success! (5) -- (7 2 2 6 4 9 7 4 10 9 7 10 4 6 3 6 3 9 7 3 5)
.o......................................oO( exceptional success! (public) )Oo.
.oO( Ramsey rolls 5 Dice )Oo................................................o.
  Roll: Dexterity
  Result: Success (3) -- (1 3 10 4 10 8 2)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

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Everyone Rolls to Resist the Rust Queen's 'Maze' Dread Power:

.oO( Fawn rolls 1 Dice )Oo..................................................o.
  Roll: Wits + Composure - 5
  Result: Failure -- (2)
.o...................................................oO( failure (public) )Oo.

.oO( Way rolls 3 Dice )Oo...................................................o.
  Roll: Wits + Composure + 2 - 5
  Result: Failure -- (4 5 4)
.o...................................................oO( failure (public) )Oo.

.oO( Jeanie rolls 4 Dice )Oo................................................o.
  Roll: Wits + Composure - 5 + 2
  Result: Exceptional Success! (6) -- (10 10 9 3 10 10 10 7 5)
.o......................................oO( exceptional success! (public) )Oo.

.oO( Ramsey rolls 3 Dice )Oo................................................o.
  Roll: Wits + Composure - 5 + 3
  Result: Success (1) -- (10 1 1 7)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

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Ramsey Invokes his Hunter's Aspect:

.oO( Ramsey rolls 19 Dice )Oo...............................................o.
  Roll: Strength + Purity + Intimidation + 2 + Purity
  Result: Exceptional Success! (13) -- (10 4 8 5 1 3 5 9 8 2 9 2 10 5 2 7 9 6 7 8 4 3 4, Rote: 1 8 4 6 9 7 7 3 9 5 10 10)
.o......................................oO( exceptional success! (public) )Oo.

.oO( Axle rolls 5 Dice )Oo..................................................o.
  Roll: 5
  Result: Success (2) -- (1 8 9 6 2)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

.oO( Axle rolls 7 Dice )Oo..................................................o.
  Roll: 7
  Result: Exceptional Success! (5) -- (10 10 1 4 8 7 4 6 10 9)
.o......................................oO( exceptional success! (public) )Oo.

<OOC> Axle says, "Ram beat by 11 for the ones on Axle and 8 for the Rat Queen. lol"

<OOC> Ramsey says, "They gain the Submissive condition"

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Ramsey does the Slaughterer Thing:

<spend> Ramsey spends 1 (-1 points) of his Essence pool, for Slaughterer.

.oO( Ramsey rolls 14 Dice - 8-Again )Oo.....................................o.
  Roll: Strength + Purity + Brawl.Natural Weapons + 2 + 3 - 5 - 1
  Result: Success (3) -- (10 2 5 7 6 3 3 7 7 10 3 9 7 7 1 1 6)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

<shift> Ramsey changes to his gauru war-form. 

.oO( Ramsey rolls 2 Dice )Oo................................................o.
  Roll: 2
  Result: Success (1) -- (7 8)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

.oO( Ramsey rolls 4 Dice )Oo................................................o.
  Roll: Dexterity
  Result: Success (3) -- (9 7 8 9)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

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Jeanie Rolls to Chomp a Rust Spirit:

.oO( Jeanie rolls 4 Dice )Oo................................................o.
  Roll: Strength + 3 - 4 - 1 + 3 + 2
  Result: Success (4) -- (8 9 1 10 10 5)
.o...................................................oO( success (public) )Oo.

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