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820992 No. 820992 ID: a6af03

Chapter 4

Wiki: https://tgchan.org/wiki/The_Sunfish

Previous chapters
1: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/res/762401.html
2: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/779392.html
3: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/801983.html

Disthread: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/106228.html
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No. 843051 ID: 094652

Well, the disease would probably cause excessive pain and screaming. Then the agent would resort to shooting, followed by swearing and bashing until his brain stops working.

Nonlethal takedown would work here.
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No. 843348 ID: a6af03
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843348

“Can you get audio?”

Annie’s hands fiddle with some invisible controls. She gives you a thumbs up and starts typing on her datapad.

You scurry around the corner to find Dachelle, still on the comm with security. She covers the handset with a hand, “Therre arre three officerrs converrging on the sidtuadtion. Morre on theirr way.”

“Annie says there might be a hostage. Dr. Kent was grabbed.”

“Dr. Kendt? Budt he is immorrdtal?”

“He wasn't scared of Annie earlier, but whatever is in those syringes has him worried. Let security know that he’s in danger.”

She nods and relays this into the communicator.
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No. 843353 ID: c88e6d

>>843348
Little we can do but wait, monitor the situation and search for a way to install ad-ware onto the shared helmet network so popups blind all these dudes.
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No. 843362 ID: 3ce125

Okay now go see what Annie is transcribing and relay anything important to the security team.

...is it possible for you to link up your tablets so that when Annie types something it shows up on yours? Then you can just stand right here and read aloud what Annie is typing.
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No. 843364 ID: bb78f2

Kent's just worried about being abducted.
Maybe tortured or interrogated. Also, maybe beheaded.

Like, you know, you guys can still be beheaded. Or put into vacuum.
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No. 843365 ID: 91ee5f

>>843348
Immortal doesn't mean "immune to truth serums and/or tranquilizers"! .....I think.
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No. 843918 ID: a6af03
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843918

You check back in with Annie as she types

you know what this is then Just nod

Good i dont have to explain myself then take me to your archives
i want all of your dna scans research and bio templates

Radio- you have incoming 2 min

Thats too fast what tipped them

R- not sure keep moving port ready in 60 sec
Get us inside now

Inside lab, sealing and fogging door
Okay got the system fogged initiating hack
I can hear them working on the door

R- somethings off, check your feed

What who is-
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No. 843919 ID: a6af03
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843919

The datapad slips from Annie’s hands. You look up at her masked face as every muscle in her body clenches with tension.

“Annie?”

Her fingers slowly claw their way towards you. Her voice comes through the helmet in short desperate barks: “Sam. Run.”
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No. 843920 ID: bb78f2

Knew it was rigged in case of this.
I knew it.
Can you cut off a neurocollar thingy? Tell me Bucky told you how to get it off him if it went haywire. Get him on radio if you can, because if he didn't tell you he should know how if he's a responsible user.
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No. 843921 ID: 600f38

>>843919
Rip the helmet off.
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No. 843922 ID: be0718

Stun baton! Robust the bird, fix the helmet later.
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No. 843923 ID: 3ce125

>>843919
Can't you just take off the helmet for her? She's fighting against what is apparently some kind of remote control, so you should have enough time to do it. Or would breaking a direct connection like that be dangerous?

The alternative is to try to take her down nonlethally, but really, we don't have anything available. Oh! Break the helmet and the connection goes dead without much issue. Should be able to do that via blunt force trauma. No that YOU should do that. Might want to leave that to the crew, or security. Which means you run. ...you have the cornergun, right? Don't let her get her hands on it.
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No. 843930 ID: 33d4be

You heard the lady.

This may be a control device built into the helmet or it may be some sort of conditioning she was put through being activated. Or both. Maybe just pile on her? I hope that that thing can be disengaged safely. Do you know where the power supply is? There should be some safety mechanism that disables the whole thing in a relatively friend way in case of dead batteries or EMP or something.
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No. 843932 ID: c88e6d

>>843919
You should yank it off before it explodes or teleports her away.
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No. 843947 ID: 830fb7

say: "No I'm not leaving you", then start yanking it off.
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No. 843949 ID: 3abd97

Do we still have our equipment? Cause smart-fogging the helmet seems like it would mess up or slow down whatever it's trying to do.
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No. 843952 ID: 91ee5f

Wait! Sam still has her can of Smart Fog, right?! Spray the helmet with the Smart Fog to hack and deactivate it!
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No. 843956 ID: a8dd10

Wait you have a stun baton? If not, then run. You might be uniquely vulnerable here. Otherwise, give those electrical components a taste of pain.
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No. 843957 ID: 91ee5f

>>843952
We probably should've done that before we had Annie put the helmet on. Then this wouldn't be happening to her!
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No. 844173 ID: a6af03
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844173

“No! I won’t leave you!” You reach up to yank the helmet off and she blurs. A savage rabbit-punch to your exposed midsection lifts you off your feet and slides you across the floor.
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No. 844174 ID: a6af03
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844174

You curl up in agony, struggling to pull air into your lungs and wordlessly clutching at your stomach. You’re reduced to a writhing, gasping invertebrate, cast up onto a broken shore to be picked clean by predators.
Through your tears, you look up and see a set of cruelly poised talons hover above your neck. Somewhere someone is yelling something.
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No. 844175 ID: a6af03
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844175

A larger shape looms and wraps itself around Annie. Pinning her arms to her sides, Cain lifts her off the ground in a massive bear-hug. He stands as unshakable as a mountain while her dangling legs kick freely, carving scarlet gouges into his thighs. Struggling against the crushing force, she still has the strength to howl into the helmet.

“SAAAAAAAAAM! I’M SORRY, OH GOD SAM GET UP! SAAAAAAAM!”

She screams your name until it dissolves into a meaningless roar of frustration, sucking air back in between heaving, gasping sobs.
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No. 844178 ID: 33d4be

Focus. Annie needs you. Get up. Get around behind them, come up from the side, and break the connection as quickly and safely as you can.

She may be in some sort of "automatic" that reacts to perceived threats (like someone going for the helmet), but there is a big possibility there's a function that lets one of the others hijack control of her body through the neural interface. Hopefully that means they have to give up control of their own body in the meanwhile. It also theoretically means the others have a way to be hijacked, too.
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No. 844179 ID: ed67d9

>>844175
I'm going to assume (hope, really), that the blood is from Annie carving up Cain and not from carving up Sam.

Either way, someone's gotta get that helmet off. Smartfog might npt work on military grade hardware (per >>824650 ) so it's gotta get pulled off.
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No. 844180 ID: a363ac

>>844175
SAVE YOUR BIRD SAM!
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No. 844183 ID: 91ee5f

>>844175
Get that helmet off of her!
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No. 844186 ID: be0718

Shut down bird first, then helmet! If you don't have the stun prod, tell the big guy to use a sleeper hold. We're not in immediate trouble where we are.
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No. 844193 ID: 600f38

>>844175
"Morgan, stun rod!
Bucky, if you're listening we need you to hack this!"
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No. 844211 ID: c88e6d

>>844175
You need to get the SmartFog. Set it to just break all the circuitry directly or something, you need to disable that helmet.
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No. 844214 ID: ed67d9

>>844211
Smartfog doesn't work on the helmet as near as we can tell. D:
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No. 844216 ID: 91ee5f

>>844214
That's because we haven't tried it yet.
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No. 844237 ID: c1f05e

GET THE MASK OFF
IT PROBABLY HAS A SELF DESTRUCT AND THEY WILL USE IT SOON
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No. 844326 ID: 3abd97

Get up. If nothing else, she can see that you're okay.

Then we need to take her down, cause he can't hold her forever. Either we need to fog or remove the helmet, or we need to drug her, or something.

Be careful, and don't go where she can kick you. She's not in control.
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No. 844328 ID: 2d1231

>>844175

Ah, neural uplink collar which can be used as an override -- but not psychologically. Her very nerves are being puppeted, it seems. Gotta get that off, somehow. Any chance we can create enough radio interference to shut the thing down?

Better get Bucky to take his off right the fuck now.
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No. 844331 ID: 91ee5f

>>844328
Annie isn't wearing a collar, that black part on her neck is a part of the helmet.
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No. 844390 ID: 15a025

See if Bucky can't hack into it?
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No. 844398 ID: 2d1231

>>844331

Yes, because one is built into it.
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No. 844927 ID: a6af03
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844927

You grimace and drag yourself to your feet. You watch as Morgan throws their skinny arms around Annie’s flailing legs and clings there. Whoever is puppeteering Annie head butts her helmet against Cain’s chest in retaliation.
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No. 844928 ID: a6af03
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844928

Still clutching your stomach, you stagger up to Annie and... smile, “It’s going to be okay.”
She stops screaming, but pants furiously and grunts as her body is toyed with. “Do it.” She manages.
You take either side of the mask in your hands and lift it away.
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No. 844929 ID: a6af03
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844929

Annie’s limbs immediately go slack and Cain gently lowers her to the floor.
You drop to your knees next to her and put your ear to her chest. You lay there for some time, listening to the steady pulse of her heartbeat as if it were the most important sound in the universe.

End of chapter 4
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No. 844931 ID: 3ce125

>>844929
Sleep well birdbutt.
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No. 844934 ID: c88e6d

>>844929
Everything is going to be okay. Lives have been saved this day and no one is dead.
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No. 844946 ID: 91ee5f

>>844927
>Morgan
Damn, they're stronger than they look!

>>844929
If we ever have to do that again, let's hack the helmet to prevent that from happening again! Not that we should try that again.

Also, the fact that they could get Annie to easily attack you instead of blindly flailing around, means that you probably missed some cameras on the helmet! Or they were using Annie's eyes to see where to attack!
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No. 844952 ID: 600f38

>>844946
Shoulda put a box on the helmet like we asked.

Oh, well.
Bucky, we need you to hack this helmet and sanitize its inputs.
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No. 845027 ID: d36af7

>>844946
>you probably missed some cameras on the helmet! Or they were using Annie's eyes to see where to attack!
Or, Occam's Razor, it's got the same ultrasound active scan capabilities as the owlet scouts.
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No. 845051 ID: a3c940

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAA
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No. 845112 ID: 99fef2

Nobody died, well done all!
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No. 845197 ID: a8dd10

that was a real hellmet
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No. 845243 ID: 2d1231

>>845027

Or, more likely, being a neural uplink collar, it's wired directly into her brain, which is how the augmented reality works and how she was puppeteered, and thus someone Assumed Direct Control, which includes vision.
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No. 845356 ID: a6af03

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