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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:
"If you stop trying to hurt me, the stone will release you without any need to cause harm to yourself. The wards of the school prevent violence against students or staff."

The blows keep coming, thudding into the stone with an astonishing force considering the size of the girl responsible for them. As the stone begins to crack, more stone flows into the cracks repairing the damage. The only sounds coming from inside the stone shell are little girlish grunts of effort and frustration.

After several minutes of this and the rising sounds of frustrated fury, the blows stop and an exhausted panting can be heard. Hand and arm return to normal, and the soft sound of a body collapsing comes from within the shell.

Nala sighs. "Or you can keep trying to hurt me until you fall unconscious. It's not a good choice, but it's a choice."


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:

The voice quiets to angry muttering and sounds a little absent minded, as if she in concentrating on something else. The blades coming from Jessa's fingers quickly retract, and a little more slowly, she makes a fist that swells to nearly the size of an ogre's fist and is covered in thick, hard callouses. At the same time, the musculature in her arm thickens to the point that the stone holding her arm must be causing her pain where he flesh is bulging obscenely around the edges.

The room shudders as a massive blow hammers into the stone bubble. A second blow causes small cracks to...

"If you stop trying to hurt me, the stone will release you without any need to cause harm to yourself. The wards of the school prevent violence against students or staff."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:


"Seventy-two unique threats," Nala noted as she took notes, not even flinching at the attempted attack, although the observant person might notice a layer of ice over the stone bubble. "Interesting. I have personal experience with numbers fourteen, twenty-five through twenty-nine, forty-one, and sixty-three through seventy. And five isn't really a threat. I'm immune. You're not going to scare me, you know. More inventively cruel people than you got there first. Let me know when you're done with this little temper tantrum," she added in a bored tone.

Ryuzo smiles at Nala's response. She can tell her casual accounting of the things done to her bothers him a bit, but he's loving the display of emotional strength she's giving.

::Quite feisty, that one. I wonder if they are separate beings in one body, or if she "split" to handle the constant experimentation and torture?::

::That is the question. She's certainly been through enough trauma to 'split' into two personalities. Especially if the hive mind of the virus was helping things along. But I also wouldn't it put it past the researchers who did this to her to have implanted a second, more cooperative personality. Hopefully the brain scans will give us a better idea of which way this developed. It's very different treatments, depending.::


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Lurch the Narrator wrote:
Narrator! wrote:
Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:


Her voice sounds a little confused, "Turned off their sentience? You killed them?" With a shriek of rage she launches herself off the table at Nala almost too fast for the eye to follow, metallic claws three times the length of her fingers flashing and reaching for Nala.

If you have some way of stopping her from reaching you, make a Reflex save DC 27 to use it before she does reach you.
** spoiler omitted **

You mean like the wards?

Yeah .. like those. Thanks Kryzbyn; I usually do not have to deal with hostility on campus.

Struggling to resolve the conflict between needing to keep the biohazard in a safe location and needing to protect one of its people from harm, parts of the school near the biohazard ward shudder as the floor of the lab flows up with the sound of a landslide. Directly in front of Nala there is a claw-tipped arm extending out of a rock bubble. Jessa's evil twin's voice can be heard clearly swelling rhapsodic on the topic of all the horrible things to which she is going to subject Nala as soon as she is loose.

"Seventy-two unique threats," Nala noted as she took notes, not even flinching at the attempted attack, although the observant person might notice a layer of ice over the stone bubble. "Interesting. I have personal experience with numbers fourteen, twenty-five through twenty-nine, forty-one, and sixty-three through seventy. And five isn't really a threat. I'm immune. You're not going to scare me, you know. More inventively cruel people than you got there first. Let me know when you're done with this little temper tantrum," she added in a bored tone.


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
Ryuzo Kato wrote:

::Well, that answers that question...::

"The guest arrives. We know Jessa, who are we speaking with now?"

She answers immediately, and her voice takes on a formal tone, "I am subject G7-8360J." She continues in a harder tone, almost angry, "How would you know people from my dreams?" A hand raises to her head, to the electrodes there, "Ah, you are monitoring my cranial activity, of course. I ask again, what have you done to me?"

"I turned off the virus sentience. It was necessary. Three minds to deal with was too many. I do find your insistence that Jessa is the dream interesting. If you're the real one, why is she the one with the real name? All you have is a number," she said in a neutral voice, taking notes. She was currently playing the role of 'scientist' to the hilt since that was what this girl expected to find.


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:

Ryuzo raises an eyebrow but says nothing out loud.

::Nala, this is a ruse. A defense mechanism perhaps?::

My bonus to SM is higher than 43 :)

::No doubt. But whose defense mechanism?::

She checked the scans for any signs of change in Jessa's mental activity.

"I do apologize for frightening you, Miss Mar'Niell. As I said, it's been a long day. Aside from an occasionally overly sharp tongue, you have nothing to fear from me."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:
Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:
"Alright, now we just have to wait. Do you have any questions that I can answer for you while we're waiting?"
Jessa hesitates, glances at Ryuzo, then takes a deep breath and raises her head, meeting Nala's eyes defiantly with bitterness almost visibly dripping from her tongue, "When are you people going to stop being nice to me? I mean, do you think after so many times through this song and dance that I am going to fall for the 'nice scientist' routine anymore? The 'you aren't in the Empire anymore' is a new twist, but let's just cut the crap and get back to the experimentation." With that she sits on the edge of the table, crosses her ankles, folds her hands in her lap, and drops her eyes back to the floor.
"I am truly sorry you've been treated as you have been in the past, and I understand your doubts. Our behavior, in time, will convince you we really mean you no harm, and that, for the most part, you are safe."

The temperature in the room had dropped several degrees as Jessa made her accusation and Nala pinched the bridge of her nose and focused on breathing as Ryuzo spoke to Jessa, the frost patterns on the floor by her feet slowly fading as she regained her calm.

"I can be rude if it would make you feel more comfortable," she said in a frosty tone. "I have plenty of motivation for it. It's been a very long day...days...whatever. But that doesn't change the facts. I'm not a scientist. I'm a school nurse. And the only experimentation we're doing is to give you back some modicum of control over your life so you can get on with it without being a danger to yourself and others. What you do with your life at that point is no longer my concern. Though you are of course welcome to stay at the school. It's a good place to work through all the issues that come from a difficult past. Or at least a safish place where you will do a minimum of damage to others."


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:

Sorry for the delay, I missed this one.

Nala Zamarosok wrote:
Nala deliberately looked away as she calibrated the scanner. "If it helps, I'm probably almost as scared of you as you are of me. Not because of the virus or your other personality. I have issues with being in close proximity with people...it does make being a medical staffer challenging at times," she said in a nonchalant voice.
Jessa flushes slightly but otherwise shows no reaction to Nala's words. She glances at Ryuzo again, then just waits.

"Alright, now we just have to wait. Do you have any questions that I can answer for you while we're waiting?"


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:
"Oh, I think I can handle myself in that case. I have a few tricks up my sleeve," she said with a slight smile, walking over to a set of drawers and pulling something out. "Now if you wouldn't mind allowing me to attach these transmitters to your forehead? That will let the scanner continue to gather data no matter how much you move around. It won't hurt at all."

Jessa looks skeptically at the electrodes, then glances at Ryuzo, and finally nods, holding stiffly still so that Nala can attach them. She does not look back to Nala until she is done and moves further away.

As some of her more acute fear symptoms abate, though she is by no means unafraid, it is starting to show that Jessa seems to have some trust issues with medical people in general, and women in particular.

Nala deliberately looked away as she calibrated the scanner. "If it helps, I'm probably almost as scared of you as you are of me. Not because of the virus or your other personality. I have issues with being in close proximity with people...it does make being a medical staffer challenging at times," she said in a nonchalant voice.


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:


With Nala's acquiescence, Jessa is able to master herself and relax a bit once more. As she calms down, she takes a few steps back towards where she had been standing, "I would prefer not to have her come back, but she will. It will be pretty easy for you to tell, as she will probably be quite violent if you succeed at disabling the virus."

"Oh, I think I can handle myself in that case. I have a few tricks up my sleeve," she said with a slight smile, walking over to a set of drawers and pulling something out. "Now if you wouldn't mind allowing me to attach these transmitters to your forehead? That will let the scanner continue to gather data no matter how much you move around. It won't hurt at all."


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:

"Oh, it can be stopped. It's just more difficult than originally anticipated. I told you, I don't lose patients if I can help it."

"Now...I am concerned about this other presence in your mind. There are a couple of things that can cause something like this. Miss Mar'Niell, I am a telepath of no small skill. With your permission, I would like to examine your mind to see if I can determine exactly what is going on in there. How we deal with this issue going forward changes drastically depending on what the root cause is."

Jessa seems frightened by the prospect of Nala being inside her mind, "You want to examine my .. mind? Like to come inside my head and sort through things? My mind is the only place I am safe. I don't want anyone inside my mind. No! Stay out!" She is shaking her head by the time she finishes, moving more animated and confident than at any other time since she regained consciousness. She begins backing away from Nala until she bumps into something behind her.

Nala put up her hands in a gesture of appeasement. "As you wish. Since you don't want me to examine your mind, I will not. Not without your permission. That does leave us with the dilemma of how to find a way to determine exactly what is going on without resorting to telepathy. I believe it is possible to configure the scanner so that we can use it to observe your brain waves. At that point we simply have to wait until such time as the other personality wakes up and see what changes there are to your brain waves. I should be able to extrapolate from that information to determine the cause of your double personalities. It's not as quick or as accurate as telepathy, but I respect your decision to refuse that avenue of treatment."


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:


Almost speaking to herself as Nala examines the scan results, "I told you; it cannot be stopped. They tried, and they knew how it was made."

When Nala asks about the person to whom Jessa has been referring, she does not reply immediately, and sounds reluctant to speak when she does, "Talking about her makes her, um, stronger?" Jessa takes a deep breath and continues, "She is me. Only she is not me. I do not know how to explain. Sometimes I am in control of myself, and sometimes I cannot do anything except watch what she does with me." After a brief hesitation, she continues "I do not think she knows that I am actually real. I think that she thinks she is dreaming right now. She is very hard to keep away when she wakes up." Jessa seems about to say more but does not.

"Oh, it can be stopped. It's just more difficult than originally anticipated. I told you, I don't lose patients if I can help it."

"Now...I am concerned about this other presence in your mind. There are a couple of things that can cause something like this. Miss Mar'Niell, I am a telepath of no small skill. With your permission, I would like to examine your mind to see if I can determine exactly what is going on in there. How we deal with this issue going forward changes drastically depending on what the root cause is."


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:


Nala Zamarosok wrote:

"If you're worried about the virus sentience hurting people, the treatment I gave you should have killed the virus sentience. That's what I'm checking now."

"Ryuzo is right. This is the best place you could have come to for help."

Her voice is scared once again, "They tried to disable the virus, to see if it could be done. It always comes back. It always makes me hurt more people." Her voice takes on a bitter tone, "And she helps it. She likes it." Her voice fades again, "And she is still there; I can feel her watching me."

Nala frowned. "Well, that didn't work as well as intended. I'm going to need to give you another treatment. I need to give you virus blockers that can self-replicate...I'd just have you do multiple treatments, but I can't be sure how much to space them apart and it's too much of a risk to let you be around people if there's a chance the virus can bypass the blockers. Really, they shouldn't still be doing that. Not without a guiding sentience...."

"You keep referring to this she. Tell me about her. Who is she? Are we talking about the virus sentience or some kind of implanted personality? She's linked to your consciousness?"


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
Jessa hesitates, then nods slightly and holds herself utterly rigid while Nala uses the wand. She seems to be expecting the nice treatment to end. Once the wand goes away she relaxes a little, but her voice is still quiet, "I am fourteen. I think. I lost track of how long I was in the program." Her voice becomes more quiet as she continues, so much so that Nala has to strain to hear, "You should not put me with others. It never ends well."

"If you're worried about the virus sentience hurting people, the treatment I gave you should have killed the virus sentience. That's what I'm checking now."

"Ryuzo is right. This is the best place you could have come to for help."


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:

Jessa takes the scrubs and slippers from Ryuzo, watching him warily. Her movements are graceful, though there is very little enthusiasm in them.

A few rustlings come from behind the curtain and the girl steps out from behind it wearing the medical clothing she was given. She has her arms clasped and pressed tight to her middle. She is a young girl, perhaps fifteen if she is small for her age, or as young as thirteen. She has hair as black as a raven's wing, and eyes that would put a sapphire to shame. She stands looking at Nala and Ryuzo through a curtain of her hair, uncertainty and resignation in every line of her posture.

Nala smiled reassuringly. "Alright, I'm going to pass this wand over your body...it won't have to touch you at all, but it will give me a better picture of what's going on inside your body. The room sensors are still registering you as a biohazard, but they're not sensitive enough to confirm if the changes to render you non-contagious fully took. Let me just look at these readings and then either I'll have to make another treatment for you or we'll be able to transfer you over to the school proper. How old are you, Miss Mar'Niell? I'm guessing teens? You're welcome to stay and enroll in the school if you want. You don't have to if you don't want to of course. But it's an option. And speaking from experience, this is a wonderful place to hide when you're trying to get away from someone powerful who's done terrible things to you."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:
Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:


The girl's eyes become a little hopeful as Nala speaks of a cure, and Nala watches that hope die in the girl's eyes as explains that the virus cannot be eradicated. The girl's voice is heavy and full of despair, "My name is Jessa Mar'Niell. Not that it will matter; she will have me again soon. You should kill me. That will get rid of her." She visibly gathers her tattered courage and sits up on the edge of the table, eyes going a little wide as she sees the ruin that was made of her clothing by the shells that took her down.

"If you're speaking of the sentience formed by high concentrations of the virus, I can assure you that you have nothing to worry about. I need another scan to verify results, but if your treatment worked as intended that aspect of the virus was eradicated. And I am not in the habit of losing patients Miss Mar'Niell. Or letting them freeze...Ryuzo can you grab a set of scrubs for her please?"

"Yeah, sure."

He disappears for a couple minutes, then reappears with a set of scrubs and slippers. He hands them to the girl, then steps back.

"Thank you," Nala said, smiling. "Alright, Miss Mar'Niell, I'm going to pull this curtain here and you can get dressed. Once you're ready we can take care of that scan, and if you get a clean bill of health then we can all leave this isolab and head to the school proper. This may all seem a little overwhelming at first after everything you've been through, but don't worry. You're safe here and we will do our best to let you take things at your own speed."

She pulled the curtain and went to check on the biohazard readings one last time while she waited.


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:
"You're at Avalon Academy on the planet Agartha. It's a hidden world, so the people who did this to you won't be able to find you here," she said gently. "My name is Nala Zamarosok. I'm part of the medical staff here. I've been working on curing your...problem. Well, cure is a strong word. I can't remove the virus from your system altogether. Whoever did this to you made it irreversible without killing you. But I was able to change it, remove the sentience and render it non-infectious. I just need to do another scan to make sure those changes have taken before we can move you to more friendly surroundings. I know the isolab isn't exactly a warm and fuzzy sort of place," she added with a reassuring smile. "Can you tell me your name?"
The girl's eyes become a little hopeful as Nala speaks of a cure, and Nala watches that hope die in the girl's eyes as explains that the virus cannot be eradicated. The girl's voice is heavy and full of despair, "My name is Jessa Mar'Niell. Not that it will matter; she will have me again soon. You should kill me. That will get rid of her." She visibly gathers her tattered courage and sits up on the edge of the table, eyes going a little wide as she sees the ruin that was made of her clothing by the shells that took her down.

"If you're speaking of the sentience formed by high concentrations of the virus, I can assure you that you have nothing to worry about. I need another scan to verify results, but if your treatment worked as intended that aspect of the virus was eradicated. And I am not in the habit of losing patients Miss Mar'Niell. Or letting them freeze...Ryuzo can you grab a set of scrubs for her please?"


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:

Nala set down the needle after administering vaccine to herself and Ryuzo's shadow clone. She turned and walked over to the patient's bedside.

"Oh, good, you're awake. I was starting to worry that I hadn't made your cure quite right. Can you understand what I'm saying?"

The girl breaks eye contact with Nala almost immediately, but nods once in response to her question. Her voice is quiet and uncertain, "Yes, I understand. Please .. Where am I?"

"You're at Avalon Academy on the planet Agartha. It's a hidden world, so the people who did this to you won't be able to find you here," she said gently. "My name is Nala Zamarosok. I'm part of the medical staff here. I've been working on curing your...problem. Well, cure is a strong word. I can't remove the virus from your system altogether. Whoever did this to you made it irreversible without killing you. But I was able to change it, remove the sentience and render it non-infectious. I just need to do another scan to make sure those changes have taken before we can move you to more friendly surroundings. I know the isolab isn't exactly a warm and fuzzy sort of place," she added with a reassuring smile. "Can you tell me your name?"


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
The girl stirs, moving hesitantly as one who has just regained consciousness after being heavily sedated does. She lifts her head a little, and startlingly blue eyes peer out from beneath jet black hair.

Nala set down the needle after administering vaccine to herself and Ryuzo's shadow clone. She turned and walked over to the patient's bedside.

"Oh, good, you're awake. I was starting to worry that I hadn't made your cure quite right. Can you understand what I'm saying?"


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:
Ryuzo Kato wrote:


"Nala!"
The clone ports over to her.
"Are you alright?"

She nodded. "Yes, I'm fine. Lucky for me the biohazard suit took the damage instead of me," she said with a wink. Because of course the Champion of Luck would have such a lucky coincidence. "I'm just giving myself a vaccine to be sure. Here, I need to give you one too now. Don't want any live virus to escape the quarantine with us."
"Hmmm. This body doesn't technically actually exist...it's just made of shadowstuff, kinda. But, I guess it couldn't hurt..."

"As I said, it's a precaution. To make sure that no live virus ever escape from this chamber. Except for the ones in the patient. I was only able to change them, they won't ever actually die."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:


"Nala!"
The clone ports over to her.
"Are you alright?"

She nodded. "Yes, I'm fine. Lucky for me the biohazard suit took the damage instead of me," she said with a wink. Because of course the Champion of Luck would have such a lucky coincidence. "I'm just giving myself a vaccine to be sure. Here, I need to give you one too now. Don't want any live virus to escape the quarantine with us."


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Lurch the Narrator wrote:
The girl on the table groans and slowly curls around her middle as the blades on her right hand shrink back into fingers. The voice that issues from her is at once sensual and insectile, and full of pain and uncertainty, "What.. What have you done to me? I.. Burn.."

Nala glanced at her as she quickly prepared a vaccine for herself. "Yes, I suppose it would. I did what was necessary to save my patient and make sure no one else becomes infected."


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Lurch the Narrator wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:

"I'm very sorry about this. I can only imagine this is quite traumatic for you, but I have no choice. I need to administer this treatment to you or there will be more deaths than there have been already," she said crisply.

Nala lunged towards the girl, grabbing her raised hand and attempting to plunge the needle into her arm.

Nala easily grabs the girl's arm and sinks the needle into her arm, depressing the plunger to deliver the nanites. The girl's bright blue eyes go very wide for a moment, then she blinks and her dark purple eyes narrow on Nala's face. Before Nala can jerk back from the girl, there is a metallic rustling sound as her other arm whips up from behind her and streaks toward Nala's abdomen; the girls fingers have elongated into long, wickedly sharp blades that stab viciously at Nala.

I am not treating Nala as flat-footed. Given her level of caution, she was obviously expecting some resistance.
Attack: 1d20+21.
Damage: 1d8+13.

Nala jumps back and looks down at the tears in her environment suit. She sighed and took off the helmet.

"Well, this isn't much use anymore. Excuse me...try to refrain from attempting to kill me for a few minutes please? I need to administer a dose of vaccine to myself now, just to be safe. If you continue to attack I will put you on ice until the cure takes effect."


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Lurch the Narrator wrote:
As the stasis field dissipates, the biohazard alarms start going crazy. The girl tries to draw in a ragged breath and immediately tries to scream, but only a ragged gurgling sound escapes her. Her wounds are obviously causing her great pain, and just as clearly incapacitating her; she can do little more than writhe on the table in agony. As Nala closes in with the nanite injection, the girl's skin seems to ripple, and her wounds start to heal with astonishing speed. Bloodshot eyes open and focus on Nala. Another gurgling sound comes from her gaping throat wound, and she tries feebly to move away from Nala, one hand raised as if to ward her off.

"I'm very sorry about this. I can only imagine this is quite traumatic for you, but I have no choice. I need to administer this treatment to you or there will be more deaths than there have been already," she said crisply.

Nala lunged towards the girl, grabbing her raised hand and attempting to plunge the needle into her arm.


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Nala felt like she'd been waiting forever, but the nanite treatment was finally ready. She readied the injection and then turned off the stasis. She'd have to time this just right.


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Lurch the Narrator wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:
"Yes, the more of them are in an area the better they can simulate a neural network...even better when they can take over something else's brain...it's not the same thing as higher thought. I think based on how they've integrated with our patient zero here that they might be able to use her higher brain functions to think with when she's conscious. But they can't do that with a dead host and they haven't figured out how to keep a host alive. If we act fast this will not become a problem we have to consider. Ryuzo has been getting scans for me from Kuros so I could study the effects more closely. The violence appears more coordinated when the numbers are greater. Isolation is the key here."

Almost as if her words were a trigger, there is a beeping coming from the stasis monitors. The monitor that is beeping is reporting unusual activity from inside the stasis field, and the numbers representing active cells are climbing steadily. The only possible explanation is that the virus has finally figured a way to modify the girl's bone marrow to produce stasis resistant viruses. With a swift calculation, Nala adjusts the modulation on the stasis field and the numbers suddenly drop nearly to zero.

** spoiler omitted **

"Even in stasis, the virus adapts....I've got it under control for now. And I'm gaining enough information to render it inert in patient zero. If you need to keep it from mutating for a bit, hitting it with antimagic is definitely the way to go....just don't try to hit it with fire....the records from when patient zero was apprehended show that the virus at that time had already adapted to fire. Better to contain it and let it die on its own. The biggest problem is treating the infected but not yet dead. Given the virulence of this disease, what's left of the town's residents are likely to already be infected," she said as she refined the nanite program to better reflect the new information she had gained.


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Tyrrin Denulia wrote:


"I see." Tyrrin responds to the new of Ehos' and Jaiye's safety with relief. She really should've gone to see them earlier.

"Understood." Tyrrin says after listening to the recording. At least /some/ of her hypotheses had proven somewhat correct - specifically about the anti-magic field. The main problem though, was that they couldn't cure the virus while it was in the anti-magic field. She knew enough about bending to know that an anti-magic field stopped it.

"Ms. Zamarosok." she says, opening a direct channel to Nala. "I believe you may be overlooking something that we've noticed out here - the virus appears to have some kind of hive-mind-like effect. The infected act in concert. It's not just that they are violent - their violence is targeted and has intelligence behind it."

"And Professor Sunwake... if you need to cannibalize my telescope for electronics or other parts, then do it. If you don't have a way to quickly synthesize the nanites we need, it will not end well for us."

"Yes, the more of them are in an area the better they can simulate a neural network...even better when they can take over something else's brain...it's not the same thing as higher thought. I think based on how they've integrated with our patient zero here that they might be able to use her higher brain functions to think with when she's conscious. But they can't do that with a dead host and they haven't figured out how to keep a host alive. If we act fast this will not become a problem we have to consider. Ryuzo has been getting scans for me from Kuros so I could study the effects more closely. The violence appears more coordinated when the numbers are greater. Isolation is the key here."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:


A more Ryuzo-like voice comes out of the clone...
"Well, that's good it will die out on it's own. We won't have to burn the town down to kill the virus, if it needs a host to live longer than a day and a half. Who would build such a thing though?"

"I have a feeling that list is a lot longer than we wish it were," she sighed.

She hit the intercom button. "Professor Sunwake? I have some good news about the virus. I know how to stop it from spreading. I can send you the data now. You'll have to basically flood the town and the surrounding area with nanites that will alter the virus slightly so it can't infect any new hosts. It can't live for more than a couple of days max without a host.That will still leave the problem of the already infected, but they should be treatable by normal means. Unless they're already dead. The virus can keep a host mobile for a number of hours after they've become a fatality. In those cases the best thing to do is to hit the victim with antimagic. That will stop the virus from mutating so it doesn't continue to adapt to different types of attacks, since it will be necessary to fight them most likely. The virus can only inhabit certain segments of the brain, which means the deceased infected are operating on the most basic instincts. This is likely the source of the indiscriminate violence."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:


The clone bows, and vanishes...and reappears in Kuros with the scanner. He sets the scanner on a stump, turns it on, then attempts to get the attention of an enraged person, and guides it over to the stump, so it can scan it while the clone keeps it occupied. Made out of shadowstuff, the zombie-like person probably gets very frustrated at it's inability to actually hit the clone...after a few minutes worth of scans, he grabs the scanner and ports back to Nala.

"Here you go." it says with a bow.

I can work with this. There are pockets of infected still in Kuros. The team got the majority, but the ones who were still fighting the infection are slowly turning into the virus's new hosts. Also, just to keep in mind, these guys are crazy fast and strong. Not so much a problem for the shadow clone, just reminding folks that the zombie comparison only goes so far. :)

Nala takes the scanner and starts pulling up the data gained.

"Thank you."

She is completely absorbed with what she's reading. "Hmmm....."

"Yeah, this seems to confirm what I was suspecting. The organs are already starting to shut down. I think most of the infected wandering around attacking folks are already dead. And the virus can only survive in a living host. That's why it's so infectious. It's trying to survive, but it has to keep taking over new hosts to do so....whoever designed this thing meant it to be self-exterminating. It's supposed to kill every living thing on the planet and then die out. If we can change the virus so it can't infect new hosts, then it will die on its own. Based on the rate of decay for the virus in this room, it takes between 12 to 36 hours for the virus to fully die unless it can pull more energy from living things....it seems to feed on magical energy. Based on the scans from this victim I would guess the virus can live in a host for no more than two days before the body is just too far gone. Not even the virus's regenerative abilities can bring back the dead. And it seems to only live in the portions of the brain that control instinct. That's probably why the victims are so angry and violent. They aren't able to use higher brain function anymore."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:


The clone steps forward.
"I'll need a scanner..."

"There's an emergency field kit in my office that includes a very portable portable scanner. Use that."


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Lurch the Narrator wrote:


Due to the complexity of altering cellular production centers that create a virus with an active arcane metabolism, the nanite fabrication will take several hours, at which time the girl will have to be removed from stasis for the treatment to be administered.

After Nala sets up the nanite fabrication and oversees the first few stages, she is free to return to studying the active viruses that she removed from the stasis field. During the time that she was programming the nanite factory, the viruses seem to be moving more sluggishly. A closer examination reveals that their internal processes are slowing and, in a few cases, shutting down. Nala can conclude from this that the virus is unable to live for long without a host, but due to their extreme mutation and infection rate and communicability, they would never reach this stage on any planet with animal life.

Nala had continued working furiously as the nanite fabrication processed. She stopped abruptly, checking and rechecking her data.

"Ryuzo! I need a full scan from one or more of the plague victims in Kuros. I need to see how the virus interacts with its hosts....I think I might know how to stop it!"


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Lurch the Narrator wrote:


Study of the interaction between arcane and biological processes leads Nala to suspect that a total disruption of the arcane metabolism will only slow its mutation and reduce its communicability. You think it is likely that you may also kill the subject if you subject her to an antimagic pulse.

However, the virus's mutations do not seem to target its outer structures, so an attempt to strengthen the viral capsid to make it more difficult for the virus to infect other cells would severely reduce its communicability. On the other hand stripping it of its capsid entirely would make it unable to survive in air.

Another avenue would be to attempt to modify the regions in the girl's bone marrow that produces the virus so that the virus loses its sentience, as well as tuning its arcane metabolism so that it requires the specific magical aura within the girl's body so that it would be unable to survive outside of her body.

Without going too much into the structure and function of viral cells, about which I know almost nothing.... The only way Nala can think of to make the virus be not dangerous without killing the girl is to somehow change the production centers so that it comes out safe.

"Okay, I have a few ideas of how to deal with this. I think I can save the patient. She'll still be infected, but I think I know how to change the virus to make it safe. Non-sentient and non-infectious. I also have to deal with the virus that's already loose in the room...I have some idea for that as well. I'm going to worry about curing the patient first. Since the infection stems from her that seems the most logical place to start dealing with it," she said as she started the complicated programming sequence required to make the nanite treatment for this particular task.


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Lurch the Narrator wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:
"Molecular analysis of the virus shows nothing like I've ever seen before. It's difficult to even study. It keeps changing and mutating. It seems to be in a constant state of flux. Isolating any one factor is impossible. It's integrated fully into the patient's organs...I'm not sure that she can be cured at all. It's possible that trying to remove the virus might kill her. I'm going to work on a way to render it inert, or at least non-infectious....I don't know that it's even possible, but I'm not really sure what else I can try."

As Nala continues her analysis of the viral structure, she discovers that the virus is not solely powered by biological processes; it seems to be using arcane energy to accelerate its mutation rate and its high degree of communicability. She also discovers a portion of its DNA structure that is static and is linked to this ability to metabolize arcane energy.

What biology/medecine related skills does Nala have?

Max ranks in Heal, Profession(nurse), Craft(alchemy)(specifically focused on crafting medicine not other alchemical stuff), Knowledge(nature and religion) and every healing hex and spell a witch has access to. Basically she's an advanced med student. This is what she really threw herself into after she stopped being a thrallherd.

"Hmm....this is interesting. I think I may have found its weak spot. It appears to be converting arcane energy to maintain the constant changes. It's possible that if I hit it with antimagic it might be able to be treated like any other virus."


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"Molecular analysis of the virus shows nothing like I've ever seen before. It's difficult to even study. It keeps changing and mutating. It seems to be in a constant state of flux. Isolating any one factor is impossible. It's integrated fully into the patient's organs...I'm not sure that she can be cured at all. It's possible that trying to remove the virus might kill her. I'm going to work on a way to render it inert, or at least non-infectious....I don't know that it's even possible, but I'm not really sure what else I can try."


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Lurch the Narrator wrote:


The girl's genetic structure is human at is most basic level, but the nerve structures that control muscle motion and the muscular structures seem to indicate that this person would move inhumanly fast. In short, she is a human girl of early teen years that has undergone extensive genetic manipulation.

In the process of taking the biopsy, Nala realizes that the source of the anomalous cells is deep in the girl's bone marrow. The active cells, which are very clearly some sort of virus, are attempting to cause these viral production centers to become active inside the stasis field. Her wounds show some signs of very accelerated healing that was halted by the stasis effect.

Nala is able to successfully take a biopsy in very short order, thanks to a gaping wound in the girl's left pelvic region that exposes her shattered bones to the atmosphere. The sensors built into Nala's biohazard suit register the presence of a biohazard in the atmosphere of the room as soon as the biopsied material is brought outside of the stasis area. The sensors are having trouble categorizing how dangerous the contaminant is; none of the systems used to measure its lethality seem to go high enough.

"The anomalous cells are definitely the virus...I have a problem now. Whatever this is, I don't think that normal means of decontamination are going to work," she said, her voice quavering slightly. "The virus appears to have greater than 100% lethality according to the suit sensors.....It would appear that I am stuck in here until I either figure out how to teleport out of my biohazard suit or how to kill the virus. The virus became fully active as soon as it was removed from the stasis area. I am bringing the sample to the workbench for a full molecular analysis," she said, narrating her actions as she worked. She examined the results of the earlier scans while she waited for the results of the molecular analysis. "Patient is a human who has been subjected to intensive genetic modifications. Based on her appearance she is likely in her teens, but with this level of modifications it's impossible to tell for sure. These modification would make her unnaturally strong and fast. The virus might be the source of the modifications. It is definitely the source of her healing abilities. I would surmise that the ones responsible for these changes to the patient were done in an attempt to create some sort of super assassin."


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Lurch the Narrator wrote:


Even as Nala picks up the portable scanner, she notices that there is a small alert indicator flashing on it. The scanner is apparently already slaved to the stasis chamber and the alert is indicating that there is very minor activity in the stasis field. Acknowledging the alert, the scanner informs Nala that the activity is originating from deep in the girl's bone marrow where the body's white blood cells should be produced. While the activity is confined to only a very few locations, and does not involve more than a few hundred cells in total, that there is any activity in the stasis field is highly irregular and cause for some concern.

Performing a more focused scan on the activity areas, Nala discovers that the active cells are ones that are entirely new to her and that seem to be acting in unison to effect some change in the cells that produce white blood cells.

Aside from those few hundred active cells, it seems incredible that the girl is alive, as the stasis chamber reports that she is; she still exhibits several wounds that seem to have been caused by large caliber, high velocity shells, any one of which would have killed a normal human outright.

"Patient has survived wounds that should have been fatal if she were human. Scanning genetic structure and comparing to known species for confirmation. Also, patient has anomalous cells in her bone marrow. These cells remain active even in stasis. They appear to have some effect on her white blood cells. Perhaps they have something to do with her regenerative abilities. The anomalous cells are acting in unison. Based on what little I've been told about the disease this seems like a likely cause. Uploading scan data now. I'm going to take a biopsy of the anomalous cells for study while I'm waiting for all that data to process."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:


He looks at her, with a look that says he's going to protest. Then a look of wonder and pride take the form of a smile, and he nods. A clone springs up next to her, and then two more.

"I will send one with you to watch while you work, and the other two into town so you can have eyes on the scene as well. I am very proud of you, Nala Zamarosok." ...and I love you...his body language says as he give her a nod, and he and two of his clones vanish. The other clone he left behind, beckons for you to lead on.

Nala squares her shoulders, and heads through the door. The winding hallway eventually leads to a decontamination room where she put on a safety suit, instructing the clone to do the same. She looked around carefully so she would know where to teleport to if she needed a quick exit.

Once they were both suited up she opened the first airlock, and tried not to flinch as it whirred closed behind them. There was more hallway and then another airlock. On the other side of that was the observation area where she left the clone, while she headed into the small chamber where the patient was being held in stasis.

"Alright, start recording now. Patient is a young female. At first glance appears to be a human teenager, but appearances can be deceiving. Patient remains in stasis. I'm going to attempt to get a scan of the patient first," she said, grabbing a portable scanner from the workstation where the medical equipment was stored.


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Headmaster Ryo wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:
Headmaster Ryo wrote:


"I understand that, really, but we have a person in stasis that is the source of a sentient, rage inducing, hive mind virus that has reached Kuros, and you are our best bet right now. Please at least consider helping."

"Empty night! And I thought things were bad in the infirmary!"

"Yes, of course, if it's examining someone in stasis. It's hard to panic when the patient can't move. I will do my best. Where is the patient, and are there already safety precautions in place?"

"Through the door there." He explains, pointing to a door that wasn't there before. "while they may provide little comfort, given how easily my best defenses and wards are outright ignored or broken, several protection protocols are in place to ensure your health and safety."

"Thank you, Headmaster," she said in a businesslike tone. "I will get started right away. In the meantime it would be a good idea to appoint someone else temporarily in charge of the infirmary. Before Dr Wuxn permanently maims someone."

She turns to Ryuzo. "If there are protocols in place there is likely an observation station. It would be wise to have one of your clones there. Working with dangerous diseases alone is not the best idea. There should at least be someone there to report what happened if...if things go wrong."


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"I understand that, really, but we have a person in stasis that is the source of a sentient, rage inducing, hive mind virus that has reached Kuros, and you are our best bet right now. Please at least consider helping."

"Empty night! And I thought things were bad in the infirmary!"

"Yes, of course, if it's examining someone in stasis. It's hard to panic when the patient can't move. I will do my best. Where is the patient, and are there already safety precautions in place?"


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Headmaster Ryo wrote:
Aanandareavekki wrote:

Reminder to Ryo: Vare, Nala, and Ryo are standing right outside the door and Nanami just left. Nala is probably the only qualified person currently available to examine the quarantined girl.

"Nala, what exquisite timing you have! Please, come in. There's trouble in Kuros."

"Er, I'm not sure I'm the best person to help in Kuros," she said hesitantly as she walked into Ryo's office. "I'm pretty burnt out from keeping the infirmary running. I nearly froze the whole place because I panicked during a patient consult," she admitted sheepishly. "I was coming to let you know that you need to put someone else in charge for a little while. I need to be away from people."


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Nala teleported to the Headmaster's office where Ryuzo was already waiting for her. She gave him a shaky smile and knocked on the door.


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:


He slowly shifts back into his human form and backs up a bit as not to alarm her...

"Or both of us can. Unless you want some alone time." She can tell he's ok with the idea of her needing alone time in the way he asks it. He's not probing or playing a mind game. It's something he's accepted as a possibility. She can sense a wee bit of frustration on his part, that cuddling seems to be the only meaningful thing he can do to help. He is a problem solver with a problem he know he can't solve, but he's accepted that, also.

I know Nala has the ability to read people well...now being part bear I'm assuming she has some instinctive insight into body language as well, probably. I hope I'm not taking too much license with what she'd read here. He also promised to never use his Deception abilities on her. It's all genuine.

"You are helping you know. I don't know how I'd stay sane without you...and I appreciate your patience more than you'll ever know."

"I think we should probably both go....but I think I need to teleport there. Chance encounters in the hallway not the best idea right now. I'm pretty on edge."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:

He licks her cheek
::It'll be all right, Nala...::
He continues to listen and cuddle...

After a long silence, Nala pulls away and sits up.

"One of us should probably go and talk with the Headmaster...let him know that I've hit my limit and someone else needs to be put in charge of the infirmary for a while. At least for the night shift."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:


::I spoke with Phaezeriel earlier. About helping me. With the memories. To make them fade like normal memories. I know it won't make everything suddenly better, but it will help I think. Maybe someday...with some luck...I might be able to not panic over a hug.::

::Oh...I didn't realize there was something actively preventing those memories from fading, I jsut thought they were that vivid... That's...just horrible, and sadistic.:: A low growl issues from his throat...

::More crimes to heap upon your mother's head. If I had the means, she'd never have the chance to do this to anyone else...::
He settles back down...
::I hope that Phaez can do this, to help you with this. But even if it doesn't work as hoped, I'm not going anywhere. Moles can be quite stubborn...:: He gives an amused squeak, and nuzzles some more.

::It's the nature of how a fey ritual works. The memory never fades. It's always as clear as if it were happening right now. And I went through a number of those rituals. Mother tends to go through knights rather quickly. I thought I could just wall them off somehow, put them in a part of my mind I never go....but it doesn't work like that. Little things remind me and then....then I panic. It's like I'm there and I blindly fight except there's no one here trying to hurt me. So I just end up looking like I'm completely crazy.::

::I hope it works too. I'm so tired of being held prisoner by my past. It feels like I'll never be really free....I just want to be able to be with you without fear. I know that you'd never hurt me. But sometimes it's hard to remember that when the other memories are so strong,:: she admitted, hiding her face against his fur. It was hard to admit so much weakness, even to Ryuzo.


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:


::I think you're on the right track, though. Sometimes helping others can help us help ourselves.:: he cringes, then gives an amused squeak
::That sounded incredibly cheesy, I'm sorry. We'll get through this. You won't face this alone. And I meant what I said about you getting better. You are. I wish you could see the progress as I have.::

::I spoke with Phaezeriel earlier. About helping me. With the memories. To make them fade like normal memories. I know it won't make everything suddenly better, but it will help I think. Maybe someday...with some luck...I might be able to not panic over a hug.::


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:


::Yes you are! You stood up and did what needed to be done with no hesitation. You just exceeded your limit today, that's all. I think you did great, and you're getting better. You went farther the last two days than you ever had pushed yourself before. And you didn't take the easy road and charm anyone, either. I am very proud of you!::
He's quiet for a moment, then says:
::That person was not a student. I don't know what he was, but he was drowning in deception. There wasn't a single honest thing about him. I don't know why he wanted to speak with you, but it probably wasn't out of any genuine concern for anything other than something selfish.
Anyway, he should not be bothering you anymore, unless you choose to face him again.::

::I don't know who he was either. He wanted to talk about a conflict between two students that happened earlier. His smile was so empty and insincere. It scared me. It reminded me of...someone,:: she finished, shuddering. ::I hope I never see him again.::

Her sobs started to slow a little bit. ::I hate feeling so helpless. I took this position to help people, but I'm the one who still needs help. Sometimes I wonder why they even let me graduate.::


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:


Ryuzo appears with Vasya in Nala's office, and takes his mole form to console her, nuzzling her cheek, wiping her tears away with his fur, and squeaky purrs in her ear.

Nala clings to him, still sobbing.

::I can't do it. I know they need me, but I just can't do it anymore. It's too hard. I'm not strong enough. I nearly froze over the infirmary over one creepy patient.::


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Wearer of Masks wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:
Wearer of Masks wrote:

"Yes, that disturbance....I think they should be made to talk out their differences..." he smiles softly, inclining his head and ignoring the ice...

"Oh, yes, that's a brilliant idea," she said sarcastically. "They did such a lovely job of that the first time. Talking more must surely be the answer."

"Or perhaps they could both use some individual counseling in anger management instead."

With her understanding and helpfulness... you have to wonder how she tolerates children.

"You are a very negative woman, did you know that... It would be so much better if you were more responsive to ideas not your own... "

he takes the very common stance of a disapproving authority figure, a stance Nala is quite familiar with.

Children don't usually trigger her PTSD....there's a reason she's not supposed to be working with teens/adults.

She took a step back. It was a small exam room. She didn't have enough space to transform into her polar bear form.

"I don't know who you think you are, but you have no right to come in here and try to give me orders. Just stay back," she snapped, a short wall of very sharp icicles grows from the floor as she reaches back for the door handle enforcing her desire for him to stay away.

She takes a step outside the room, realizes how far she's lost control of her ice magic and how much of a panic it would cause if she shifted forms here, and teleported to the relative safety of her private office in the elementary wing. She curled up on the floor crying as all of the little stresses of the day has finally added up to just too much for her.

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Wearer of Masks wrote:

"Yes, that disturbance....I think they should be made to talk out their differences..." he smiles softly, inclining his head and ignoring the ice...

"Oh, yes, that's a brilliant idea," she said sarcastically. "They did such a lovely job of that the first time. Talking more must surely be the answer."

"Or perhaps they could both use some individual counseling in anger management instead."


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Wearer of Masks wrote:


"Student caused... One student was provoking another... I could feel the negative aura... It's very unhelpful to the healing process..." he says with a smile, trying to calm Nala

His smile looked false and predatory. It reminded her of Verlok the Destroyer. He'd smiled too, before...she shut down that line of thought as quickly as she could, but not before the frost spread throughout the room and the floor right under her feet was covered in solid ice.

"I presume you're speaking of the latest disturbance? That would be caused by the student called Renkai attacking Igni? Is there a point to this?"

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