MIRROR: Download from MEGA Click Here! (This is a exert from an online roleplay I did with someone and I'm thinking about turning a similar version of it into a book. Credit must also be given to my roleplay partner LeoX) The world had gone through hell and back only to come out the other side battle scared yet still living. If living is what you could call it, mankind was barely hanging on by a thread. If not for the aid of some unlikely volunteers then what little that remained would not be here either. It was when a greater evil threaten the very existence of every â€œlivingâ€ being that all those concerned with survival decided to unite against the evil that loomed over head. Who would have thought that those who were once enemies would now come to rely so heavily each other? As they say keep your friends close but your enemy even closer. The sun beat down on her from above, the crumbling roof top did nothing more then radiate the heat back at her. Sweat dripping down her brow was whipped away absent mindlessly while she continued to scan the area. With the almost complete destruction of the earthâ€™s environment the world was an unforgiving mistress now, far from the nurturing mother they all knew in the past. Bringing her binoculars to her green eyes she scans the horizon of sector Z, her post. Lt. Commander Sheyera West was a pro at her job, having survived the initial attack almost thirty years ago with nothing but the lost of her family to count in the loses she was a veteran at this war. She yawns a bit as she settles into her seat just a little bit more for comfort. Her long auburn hair was ties back and braided into several small plates against her scalp, what are more commonly referred to as â€œcorn rollsâ€. In about 5 more minutes her shift would be over and the entire sector outside of New Hope City would be lost to the night as the stronger demons awakened to feed upon any living thing unfortunate enough to be caught outside. She takes a sip from the hydration device strapped on her back as she tries to stay awake on yet another boring day of watch. Waiting just a few more moments she decides to call it a day early today and prepares to leave when the glint of something in the distance of the fading sun catches her eye. Excitement causes her heart rate to accelerate as she brings the binoculars back to her eyes she zooms in on the object that caught her attention. Phoenix had been tracking the charging force for days on end. He hadn't eaten for most of them and sleep was never available when chasing a force that needed none. It was a marauding raid of demonkin going from town to town, outposts, ravaging and killing. They had been struck with a blood disease from consuming the undead from a part of northern hinterlands. They were starving and nothing was filling their hunger. He had already took samples of their blood, taking out one of the lame injured pack members. His cloak was ragged but kept the sun from blinding his eyes in the desert days and hid his armory of weapons. He was an alchemist of old, a long forgotten science, disused when the planet began to die. He made company of non-humans, he considered humans the most dangerous race of all. Though he did save them...He now stood on a cliff side looking down as the vibrations of the galloping force rumbling the rocks under his feet. They were coming upon a fortress of a camp. He hadn't seen anything this sophisticated since an ice block palace in old Siberia. They had maybe 2 more miles before attack range. Phoenix began to run beside the mob atop the cavern's side following them waiting to engage. Shey grinned as she replaced her binoculars and activated her neural link, "Central Command this is Lt. Commander West." "Go head Shey." she smiled at the sound of her friends familiar voice, "Hey Alex. I have a band of hostiles approaching my sector I'm prepared to engaged." "What is their classification?" "Nothing more then C" "Your orders are to return to the safety of the walls before they begin lock down for the night." "Negative. I'm going to fight them now and stop them from reaching our walls, decreasing the chance of one of them getting through." "Well I know you will do as you wish regardless of your orders, so take care." "Don't I always? West out." she broke the link Adjusting the sword strapped to her back she checks the position of the demons once again and then jumps down from the 15 story building. With a ground shuddering thump she land on the ground going to one knee due to the impact. She is only slowed for an instant before the sound of her black steel toed boots crunching the rubble can be heard as she races to her personal transportation vehicle. The black high gloss paint job was new and it showed especially with the setting of the sun. On a normal day she would have taken the time to admire the smooth and powerful machine, but right now she was on a mission. She removes her sword and straps it to the side where it would be easily accessible. Placing her hand on the center the machine reads her bio-signature and lights up doing a self diagnostic on itself as she tips it up and onto its wheels. She twists the accelerator feeding the engine some fuel, its roars like a hungry lion in search of its next meal. A hungry smile on her own lips she twists the accelerator down once again this time holding it down while at the same time holding the break down causing the rear wheel to spin in place building up speed and kicking up smoke. As the engine geared up she listened for the right moment before releasing the break and allowing the bike to surge forth like a race horse breaking out of the gate. Phoenix was following along the ridge of the cavern racing along following the mob. He noticed as some of them began to mutate forming spikes on their backs and arms. "Bloody fuck... They are hitting the third stage of the infection."His left hand made an insignia in the air as it shined bright. It dissipated and he exploded into a burst of speed, his feet touching the ground for only mere split seconds as he began to lead the mob. Shey raced toward the on coming mob without hesitation, though as she neared she could tell that their scent was different, like they were wrapped in a sickness. As she neared they changed direction enough to now be heading straight for her, "Lets dance!" she calls out as she draws her sword and enters the pack, their snarls and snapping jaws reaching her ears as she slashes her way through the group. A rather brave one darts in front of her racing bike knocking it off balance and throwing her from it, her sword sailing to the top of the cavern. She rolls to her feet and gets her back to the wall as she watches them encircle her. She arches one slender eyebrow as her fulls lips form a smirk, "Lets see what you got!" she says to them as she looks into their blood lusting eyes. There was a whirling noise in the air, her sword suddenly slicing into the dirt before her sticking up. A figure came sailing down from the cavern wall landing hard on its feet. He was cloaked in a black covering, tattered and teared from desert weather. His hand reaching under it pulling out a medium sized shining blade. Its metal creased following square lines all about it, gears on its hilt. "Aye. Thought you might like that back Lass. This weather does hell on blades yeah?" His head masked by the cloak and goggles looked back and nodded."Whatever you do.. don't swallow the blood." A demon charged at him raising its hands over its head swinging down at him. He spun his blade transforming mid air. The gears turning the blade separating and shifting its metal in sparks. It shifted and reconfigured into a massive 5 foot broadsword slicing through the demon's mid section like nothing. The blade sat back on his shoulder, his feet making creases in the ground from its weight, amazingly holding it with one hand. "What is it you Americans say? It is not the size that counts yeah? Heh..." Shey smirked, "Yeah something like that." she eyed her new companion oddly, but decided now was not the time for the third degree. She picks her sword up from the ground and gives it a twirl, "Ok now where were we? Oh yeah I was going to lead this dance!" she growls out at the demons as she rushes into them once more, using her sword to deflect blows then continuing the motion to kill another demon. They were frenzied though so where they would have normally given up by now due to the face that their meal was no longer easy, they stayed to fight till they were dead. "So do you always wonder about in deserts looking to rescue helpless maidens or did I luck out and find a wondering knight?" she teases at her cloaked friend as she duck and rather strong blow and fell back to join him by the wall. He ducked and dodged showing amazing maneuverability with the massive blade. He spun on the ground swinging it cutting out a large festering demons legs, it thudding unto its muscle bound stumps. Charging he dug the sword into the ground using it to pulvult him forward drop kicking the demon's skull with a sickening crack. Falling to the ground he rolled out of further punches slamming the ground around him. Springing to his feet he dashed to his dug sword gripping it's handle tightly with the demons encroaching.