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Death of an Agent, End of a legend

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 4:07 am
by Contradictor
"You're kidding me, right? You want me to do WHAT?!" said Attli, his jaw dropping.
"Face it kid, you're not coming back from this one, even the reclaim system won't save you. You'll be too mangled." His lifetime mentor, and good friend, turned away, brushing away a quick tear, hoping his pupil wouldn't see how much it pained him to do this. "It has to be done, and you're the one to do it. Hell, you're the only one I'd trust to do it. This mission could turn the tide of the war we've been in for the past 6 years." He turned back, and looked hard at Attli's face. Young, fair skinned, his hair slicked back like the gangsters of eons past. "Well, will you do it?" The agent's usually blank face pulled into a rare grin. He picked his rifle up off the ground and cocked it while saying, "I don't get paid nearly enough for this fucking work. Shooting I'm O.K. with, hell, even death once in a while isn't too bad. This however, can blow me. I swear, if this doesn't end the war and get me some medal or some shit, my mangled body will hop out of reclaim and kick your ass so hard the planet implodes." Attli looked at his mentor, trying hard to keep a straight face. The both broke out laughing and embraced, trying to make such a serious situation seem like their usual hit-and-run missions. He backed up and saluted his mentor for the last time, and strode out of the building, wrapping his cloak around himself so as to not be seen.
Attli turned down the nearest alley, and got to work making sure his gear was in working order. He spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning his gun, polishing and oiling his armour, and, most importantly, seeing that the briefcase of contraband Unicorn-class explosives were safe and ready to be used at a moments notice. He finished his gear work exactly when he planned to, and shortly after dark.
Meanwhile, his mentor, a silver-haired ex-mercenary called Arretin, was busy at work as well. He was hunched over his data console, erasing all the information he had about Sitra Achra, codename 'Attli.' As far as anyone knew, neither he nor his pupil existed anymore. After Attli's assassination mission was complete, Attli would be dead, and Arretin would have to hide. Arretin sat back, massaging his temples, speaking aloud to himself a quote from a book thousands of years old. "For the greater good" he mumbled to the air around him. He was perfectly willing to sacrifice himself to aid the neutral cause, and he knew Attli was too. It still grieved him to know he was causing his student's death, and, quite possibly, his own, if the plan failed.
"Typical....rain. Nice day to die, eh?" Attli liked talking to himself on a dangerous assignment. It kept him focused, while allowing him to put behind him the stress of his chosen line of work. He was sitting midway up a building, his black cloak concealing everything but the pale grey hue of his face. Across the street from him was another building, well decorated and lit for the banquet that was being held. The street, 50 feet below, and the building across from Attli's perch were crawling with security. In a time of such high tensions, security could never be too tight. That was all a blur to Sitra, all he saw was the man at the podium waving his arms and speaking to the assembled mass. He was a well known orator, and, in Attli's eyes, a maniac. He was preaching a true neutrality, which, although ideal to some people, would upset the delicate political balance and quite possibly lead to the end of the neutral people.
That man was the main target. The secondary targets were all of the people currently mesmerized by his speaking. Attli took out the detonator for the explosive charges. He knew trying to shoot all of them would be pointless, so he planned accordingly. Once the speaker was dead, all of the guests would be escorted to a safe house, set aside in case such a thing happened. Attli had spread all the charges around the interior of the building. Their camouflage technology would keep them well hidden, unless some ill-fated guest happened to trip over one. The power to keep the charges hidden was immense, which means they have to be detonated from short range. Attli stretched out on the ledge of the safe house he was lying on. "Poor bastards," he thought, "They won't know what hit them, at least I'll get time for a final prayer and a last look around."
Putting his emotions behind him, he picked up his rifle and looked through the scope. In about five seconds he was sighted in. He lined his sight up, slightly above and to the right of the man's breastbone. He slowed his breathing, confident in his own ability and the power of his custom made MK XI Cobra. He held his breath, and slowly squeezed the trigger. The rain disguised the slight cough the rifle made as the bullet was fired. Attli kept the scope up to his eye, watching the man at the podium slump down, knowing that even reclaim couldn't stop the poison that bullet had been coated with. He put his gun down, and watched the panic below him. People running, screaming, and crying, their hysterical sounds tearing the night apart. Quickly, and professionally, as he had predicted, two guards went to tend to the assassinated speaker, while the rest ushered the people as best they could into the safe house. All of them were oblivious to the gunman, 50 feet above them, looking into the sky, saying aloud his final thoughts and wishes.
Ignoring the sounds of the chaos below him, Attli continued to voice his final thoughts to the stars above. It was only when the street became completely silent that he sat up from his trance, and knew the time had come.
He flipped the safety off the detonator, and pressed the button as he took his last glance at the universe around him...

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 6:12 am
by Smokex
/me lays down a pack of cigs at the site where Attli died.

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:00 am
by enigma
Although she knew he was a loose cannon, an odd man out.. a loner as agents tend to be.. She was glad he had decided to stay within the Shadows for the time that he had.. knowing he would disappear for long periods of time.. he was, in a sense.. like a brother to her.. no matter what form of profession he came as.. he was a Shadow.. and he remained strong in keeping them united.. and for doing whatever it took to keep the neutral front strong and undivided, and to make sure that the new neutrals of Rubi-Ka were not dissuaded, persuaded or disillusioned by 'big talkers and supposed self-proclaimed neutral *leaders*'.. for she laughed at the very same thing.. but she knew that he would do whatever it took.. to not let that happen.. including un reclaimable permanent death..

When the news came to her.. in which her comm was always on and listening to low frequency but often used channels to communicate underground news not even IRRK could pick up as fast on.. she was not surprised.. she had known the day would come when it was possible he would chose his demise.. 'for the greater good'.. it still didn't take away the pain.. for losing a comrade.. a long time friend.. a fallen member of her family.. she could only pray that someday soon the doofs at RUR could make this reversible and his death not fin.. till then she will wait and hope.

And so she sits upon her hill where for the most part.. this all began.. and pops out a hunting knife.. digging a small hole in the cliffside.. and embeds in the memory of Borealis.. a bullet with no name.. no evidence.. but she knows.. it is in his remembrance.

Till reclaim can bring you back my dear friend.. she says quietly to herself, kicking up dust as she lights her seemingly never ending smoke, and takes the long path back to Newland on foot.

[And she does, indeed hope you can someday return.. in whatever form.. - till then, memories never to forget, laughter of good times for the sake of nothing but a smile, and a friendship forged.. be well on RK4]

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 2:47 pm
by mes
When I heard about the incident, I knew something was gone. I couldn't sense his presence anymore. The logical path of events was pointing towards this from the first time I saw him. It was not hard to think he was just another corporate operative but later on his strange past started to open up. One could say the assassins who did not pick a side were the most vicious and I grew to appreciate his merciless attitude.

I didn't feel sadness but a numbing feeling of something twisting inside. Sometimes it felt like the only thing he knew was the war.. murdering, infiltrating, working behind enemy lines, doing assassinations, not being able to trust a single human on the planet. I don't criticize him for the choices he made, or feel pity for the people he murdered. He was always standing by the innocent people, the oppressed, those who had been silenced. He did not only kill for passion but I think he wanted to find a meaning for the war he was fighting.

May his soul not wander off to the brink for the things he did.

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:30 am
by Kross
I bolted up with a start, grasping my pistols and glancing around the room frantically. The echoes from the massive explosion faded away as they echoed off into the distance. What the hell was that?
As my heart slowed down, I took in my surroundings. A large crack had formed in the wall on the far end of the room, probably from the concusive shockwave of the explosion. Pictures had fallen off the walls, and a lamp was broken on the floor.
Taking a deep breath, I holster my pistols and stand up, preparing to clean up the mess. I reach down to pick up some broken glass when I notice something out of the corner of my eye, stopping me dead in my tracks. There, standing in the corner, is my bot....

.... Gaily Painted!
"DAMN YOU, ATTLIIIIIII!!!!111oneone!!11!!!"

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:19 pm
by Ndure
A wolf can only feel one thing when a pack member fades.....Aaaaaarooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!