Thanks to Nixie’s initial strike, the team is well into taking Jimmy out. Just as Ana and Kuku arrive back on the scene, Sophia takes the final, killing shot – or what would have been. Instead of Jimmy’s death, time completely stops. An old man in Catholic bishop vestments appears before them. “Life just isn’t fair, is it, child?” he says. “Thrust into a world you didn’t ask to be part of. Demeaned. Called terrible names. Forced to fight for your poor mother. And then, one day, put up by fate against relentless foes a poor, human being like you never stood a chance against.”
The mysterious old man addresses the onlookers frozen in time. “He was scared under that helmet, you know. He was crying. The job never stopped scaring him. You can hardly even imagine what that fear was like any more, can you?” And here, he smiles, beatifically, lifting one hand. “But it’s all right. You will. By my authority as The Shining One, The Great Diaconate of Silent Vespers, Lord of the Hidden Tabernacle, High Priest of Oblivion, I will rectify this cruel and unfair farce. I will give this boy an honorable name, and an honorable mission, and honorable power.”
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
“By my authority, I knight thee, Beast of Extermination.”
Time resumes. Jimmy, who should be dead, who should have died, stands. Jimmy is a changed man, however. His polygonal vulture of an anima is only part of a testament to that. The battle begins again, this time against Beast of Extermination.
Beast of Extermination is a much tougher, much more adept foe than Jimmy was. He’s surprisingly resilient for how mangled his body must be beneath his metal armor, but he continues to fight.
Saturday, July 6th, 2167
Session Award | 0 XP
3-Die Stunt Award | 1 XP (Vikky)
Total | 1 XP
Running Total | 204 XP