The Core and the fury RP
GLaDOS removed the nightfury and sat her on the ground in a mildly annoyed manner. P-Body and Atlas got expressions like if they had jaws they would have dropped all the way to the floor. Atlas made a questioning noise and GLaDOS snapped "No this does not mean you can give me a hug. I did not tell her she could do that." P-Body made a questioning noise asking why the nightfury didn't explode after daring to do that if she did not ask GLaDOS first and GLaDOS told him "Because biological beings do not simply explode and get put back together. That would be messy. And annoyingly difficult. You two are made to be dismantled and put back together as easily as building blocks. Is there anything else you need to know." The two robots gave each other a look then they both raised their hands like they were in a classroom. GLaDOS sighed and although she knew she was opening a can of worms she let them speak. Just as GLaDOS predicted they bombarded her with questions about how the humans get blown up and stuff too even though they are biological and what was that thing in the can it looked icky and why is the dragon in GLaDOS's room in the first place? Was she going to spend the night there? It quickly became too much of a nucence to bother with and GLaDOS decided to blow both of them up. "That should make them leave me alone for.....about five minutes maybe." Grumbled GLaDOS before telling the nightfury "Unfortunately for me I happen to kind of made those two immortal in a way. They're for when I have no one else to test on. You see you can blow them up however many times you want and they will always come back assuming the reassembley machine is working. They're quite useful when I'm bored. Not so much any other time. Though they are good at getting things I can't reach so perhaps that's another use for them too."
((I hope you don't mind me doing a scene with those two. I just thought it would be funny.))
GLaDOS flinched slightly from the sudden light and movement. The whole room flinched with her. However she was far from mad about this. She turned to the nightfury and said "Impressive. Someone has certainly become a powerful beast." She turned her head sideways thoughtfully and said "You may even be powerful enough to do something for me. Would you like to do something for me?"
GLaDOS said "There is a part of aperture far below here that I can't get to and I have reason to believe test subjects have escaped down into it. I've tried sending tweedle dee and tweedle dumb over there but it seems they're too soft to actually do anything about it plus they keep getting themselves k.illed." GLaDOS gave P-body and Atlas an annoyed look then turned her attention back to the nightfury. "I need someone to A. see how many escapys there are and B. get them back under control before they do something destructive."
"Don't d.ie now or I will be very disappointed in you!" GLaDOS called as the nightfury disappeared from all camera sight. "We still have much science to do together."
GLaDOS could help but chuckle a little. "It's impossible not to be amused with how destructive your sneezes are." She said before turning to the nightfury and asking "Now are you sure you got all of them? Maybe we should open a pathway back up and have you check one more time to make sure. I do NOT want another Chell incident. Well technically it wouldn't be a Chell incident since Chell isn't here anymore-thank goodness- but that was definitely memorable enough to name it after her." GLaDOS then mumbled "I hope she's proud of herself the little lunatic." so quietly it almost couldn't be heard.
It turns out that StarShadow had flown into something quite out of the ordinary. Something was a little different about these two. For one thing one of them was on top of the other and appeared to be trying to eat him. When the aggressive one heard the roar it lifted it's head to the nightfury revealing the face of a mantis instead of a man. It made a nasty noise and fluttered it's wings thinking the nightfury was challenging it for it's food. This distraction allowed the actual human to deliver a double leg kick to the mantis man and wiggle free from the otherwise almost impossible grip. The human rolled off the hill of rubble he and the mantis man were fighting on and when he stood up he reached down and picked up a turret with two stickers reading "defective" on it's sides. He placed this turret on his shoulders like that was a totally normal thing for a human to do and it opened fire on both the mantis man and the night fury. (Tripod is defective in the head and not actually physically. She can shoot just fine. She just hates doing it. Essentially she's got a similar problem as the orical turret) Strangely the bullets seemed to go near but not right at anyone like the turret was missing on purpose but it was enough to make the mantis man give off a horrible shriek and fly away. With the mantis man out of the way the human asked "Now what the heck is that?! Great. Just when I thought today couldn't get any weirder."
The turret replied "1. That's a nightfury and 2. I've already told you. Aperture can ALWAYS get weirder."
"Oh just my luck." Sighed the human. It seemed he knew this turret even more than his picking it up had hinted. One closer inspection one could see that he was wearing a kind of handmade strap based saddle (as in made of straps that are probably in turn made out of twisted old wires) that allowed the turret to sit on his shoulders without the human having to hold it there. One could assume that the turret placed quite a bit of weight on the human's back but the human didn't seem to care. The turret told the human "Be careful. I saw that dragon take the others." to which the human replied "It's a DRAGON? Dragons are a thing now? You're right. Things just keep getting weirder. Next thing you'll be telling me is that it's GLaDOS's pet."
"Um.....She is." Said the turret. The human said "Really? GLaDOS can resist k.illing something long enough to have a pet? I didn't know that was possible."
((Bugs will be back shortly. Let's have a small conversation while the human has a deadly weapon to keep a certain someone back with. (Or insulted growl and snotty comments) That is if you don't mind. Remember I do not actually want Rizzo and Tripod captured yet though your charicter can certainly try. If she gets a hold of them I will simply have bugs get involved and end up with him captured instead. Tripod will only shoot when StarShadow trys to get close and she will do mostly warning shots meant to scare and maybe cause small injurys but not k.ill))
"RIZZO!" Called the turret from her place on the ground. Rizzo called back "Still alive. .....Temporarily at least." then he turned his attention to the nightfury and said "So. You going to k.ill me or are you going to save that pleasure for GLaDOS?"
Taking this as a yes he was being saved for GLaDOS Rizzo told her "Oh really? To be 100% honest I'm not sure if I prefer that. See I'm sure you don't agree but um...you might as well just k.ill me now. That's what she's gunna do unless she wants to play with me more. ....Like a cat. Have you ever seen a cat play with a mouse before? It's horrifying. They bat it around and sink their claws into it for several minutes while it is still alive so they can watch it run. Then only when it has given up do they end it. Does that sound like fun to you because it doesn't sound like fun to me." He coughed and said "By the way did you know you have really bad breath? What have you been eating? No, wait. Don't tell me. I don't want to know. It's probably at least half as disgusting as what I've been eating and trust me you DON'T want to know some of the stuff that I've put in my mouth. Heck. Even I don't want to know what some of the stuff I put in my mouth was. I've been eating random cans of who knows what and other who knows what for weeks. Ya that's right! I've been loose for WEEKS! So sue me!" He grinned revealing that he was missing at least half his teeth and said "On another note. Did the emancipation grids get yours too or are you just like that? Your teeth I mean. They took most of mine. I was tasting blood all day that day." Of course Rizzo didn't really care if he got an answer for any of this. He was just passing the time and purposefully trying to be annoying to avoid facing GLaDOS. He would have continued talking until ether he was taken there or the nightfury got fed up enough that she k.illed him if it weren't for the fact that a certain someone had come back (Bugs if that wasn't obvious). Technically he had never really gone. He had left only as far as it took to get attention off of him and now he was very mad. This new creature had HIS food! And with the scary turret out of the way he was determined to get it back. He crept forward. Slowly....slowly. Relying on the stealth skills he had gained from his mantis half. Then using his wings for extra height he jumped onto the nightfury's back and bit her on the shoulder. He did not however realize how thick dragon skin was or how slick it was so he miss judged and did not get a very good hold. It must have hurt but it couldn't do any real damage.
GLaDOS imeedeitly turned to P-body and Atlas to snap "Hey! You two! Enough with the games!" She handed one of them a turret and said "Both of you get down there right now and bring that with you! If the dragon d.ies I'm selling you to the dragon hunters in exchange for a replacement!" The two robots were quick to obay as to them this was a far scaryer threat than being k.illed. They had seen the dragon hunters and they did not seem like very nice people at all. Plus the dragon hunters lived a good portion of their life on boats and both robots hadn't had great expereinces with liquide in the past.
Meanwhile Rizzo said "Welp. That's our que.". He grabbed Tripod and started running. The turret said "Thank goodness. I thought I was going to be left here on my side or get thrown in the incinerator. Plus I was at the perfict angle to watch if that dragon k.illed you. Not only would I be left on my side but I'd be haunted with nightmares forever!"
"You have to be the most squemish turret in existance." Rizzo said with a chuckle. The turret replyed "Why do you think I'm defective?" This was the last that could be heard of them before they were gone.
This is when P-body and Atlas showed up with their not defective turret that let off more than a warning shot at the mantis. The mantis however had seen the turret the moment Atlas set it down and was able to dodge out of the way. He landed on the ground with wings flared and let out a horrific shriek at the two robots. Then while still dodging bullets he pulled a move very simalar to the one StarShadow had pulled to catch Rizzo in order to do the same thing to Atlas. Of course if the mantis thought dragon skin was h.ard that was nothing against metal. Plus the two robots could in fact hit quite h.ard despite their gentle nature (for something in aparture at least). The mantis man got himself stuck in a bit of a agression loop. When he attacked Atlas P-body came to his defence and because the robot's punchs hurt the mantis would get further riled up and attack P-body which resulted in Atlas defending and getting the mantis to attack him again.
((Sorry for the spelling in this one. Spell check was taking a while to load and it's late for me so I didn't want to wait))
GLaDOS gave the wide eyed faces a look and asked "What happened? The other trips went so well."
Now it was GLaDOS's turn to get wide eyed. She asked again only this time more to P-body and Atlas "WHAT happened?" The robots explained that they went down there to find a bug man attacking the nightfury. GLaDOS wondered out loud "A bug man? Huh. I thought they k.illed all of those long ago. That's very interesting news. Now however I need you two to get a first aid kit." The robots both blinked once and looked confused. GLaDOS had never asked them to get a first aid kit before and they had no idea what one even was. GLaDOS rolled her eye (or did her version of it) then explained "It's a white box with a red cross on it and it has band aides and bandages and things like that in it." The robots continued to stare. They didn't know what band aides or bandages were ether. GLaDOS snapped "Just find the white box with the red cross sign on it and I'll explain everything from there. Now please. Just GO before I blow you two up just to rebuild you in the room it's in to cut time further since it seems I literally have to point you in the right direction!" The robots ran off leaving GLaDOS to shake her head in exasperation while she waited for them to get back. She then had the even more annoying task of having to teach them how to do first aid which is something that they had never been asked to do before so it took a LOT of explaining. Eventually however they did get the job done and they even helped make a bed for StarShadow out of curtains. GLaDOS commented "Curtains? Really? Oh well. It's probably the best we can do for now. Unless of course you want to gather a bunch of discarded cloths but that would be even more ridiculous. Oh wait. I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner but there are beds in the relaxation centers aren't there? Like, actual beds? Or....do dragons prefer something that can be heated with fire?" She turned to StarShadow and said "Are you conscious? More importantly are you conscious enough to answer me if I asked what kind of bed would help your wing not scar and affect your future test results?"
P-body and Atlas gave GLaDOS a look like they were pretty sure the reason she was worried about the bed wasn't for the reason she was stating. It could have been their own likeing of GLaDOS but they were pretty sure she was being mushy. Something she said she never ever was. Though, it didn't take a whole lot of inteligence to know that there were a lot of things GLaDOS had been known to lie about and they were pretty sure they had seen her get mushy twords the dreaded Chell too. Very suspisious.
"WHAT?" Snapped GLaDOS throwing an intence gaze of her own apon them. The robots imeedeitly looked at the ground or the walls or anything but GLaDOS while they tryed to pretend they were innocent.
Atlas and P-body understood what the nightfury wanted. They knew she wasn't calling for them but they walked over and sat by her hopeing they could give her at least some emotional support. GLaDOS spoke with her usual tone of sarcasm "Like I'm going to get up and walk away. I literally can not do that. Not without a core transplant anyway which I will NEVER ALLOW TO HAPPEN AGAIN. It was probably the worst thing that had ever happened to me and I won't go into any more detail then that. The point is I'm here, I'm always going to be here and you're always going to be stuck with me as long as you're here." It seemed that GLaDOS had finally known the nightfury long enough that she was starting to pick up what those noises meant. She continued "I suppose I could move YOU if I really wanted to. But I don't want to. Because A. I just learned that I can hear you cry out from pretty much anywhere in aperture which means moving you would probably lead to nothing but annoyance on my part and B. ....Just why bother? So don't worry. I will not be moving you and I will not be moving. End of story."
P-body and Atlas seemed to take it as they earned a friend and they both threw their arms around StarShadow in a group hug. GLaDOS meanwhile seemed to buffer for a second before she responded "That's.....probably not the wisest thing to offer in a place like this." P-body and Atlas gave first each other then GLaDOS a look as if to say "I think she likes her. You totally like her don't you." GLaDOS snapped "What. You KNOW I hate it when you both stare at me like I'm suppose to pick something up without you saying it. I'm not sure you want me to do that ether because I'll probably assume you're trying to be annoying." The robots gave each other another look then ran over and tried to hug GLaDOS herself. She immediately blocked them with pannles and said "No no no a thousand times no! How many times do I have to tell you I'm not a hugging person. I've tried blowing you up, I've tried spikes, I've tried turrets. What does it take for you to get the hint?" The two robots made a disappointed noise so GLaDOS shoved them back towards the night fury and said "Just hug her or something. She's at least somewhat touchable considering how many times she's tried to pull the same thing. Of course I couldn't blow her up and expect her to come back so repercussions weren't quite as extreme but you get the idea."
"Oh please." GLaDOS said "Not everyone likes to have their personal space stolen from them." That's when she picked up something on a camera in a different room. She took a closer look via turning said camera to find the mantis man in a storage area. He was trying to figure out how to open a can. GLaDOS brought her attention back to those who were in her room with her and said "You guys are probably not going to like this but it seems your friend from down under followed you up to these levels. Luckily for you he doesn't seem interested in you anymore. At least....I think it's a he. It's really difficult to tell."
GLaDOS commented "Huh. You're glowing again. Is this going to be a thing now? I do hope that's normal for your kind and that you didn't eat anything weird." P-body picked up the nightfury book and held it up to GLaDOS open to the page about that. GLaDOS looked over it then said "Ah. So it is normal. You've got to excuse me for not reading all the way though that. Books are quite small and annoying to skim through for someone my size. Now then. About the mantis man. Are you really going to fight him again less than five minutes after he injured you? If that's the case you've certainly got more spunk than these two." She nodded towards the robots who in turn looked a little insulted for once but didn't say anything. GLaDOS continued "Here's a little word of wisdom for you. Bug antenna are sensory devices. I'd bet even that bug won't like it if you grab him by them. Now I don't say this often but bring him back alive if you can. Or at least to somewhere I can grab him. Of course if push comes to shove you may k.ill him but mantis men are something that happened before my time and I've never had the chance to test one." With that she opened the door.
The mantis man crashed into a bunch of cans then into the wall. He seemed stunned for a second then shook his head in an almost humanlike way before getting to his feet. He flared his wings in a mantis threat posture before charging towards the nightfury. He didn't know what this dark colored thing was or what its abilities were but whoever and whatever they were they had taken his food from him earlier and had attacked him now so naturally he was quite mad.
((This is what a mantis threat display looks like by the way. It's actually quite funny.
Not my picture by the way. I got it from http://www.cyclingforum.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=11091&sid=2dbd0c25aea6e90f6efbccc47918f320 via googling mantis threat display. Look up mantis threat display yourself for more funny. The more extravagant the mantis the crazier it looks))
To prevent the mantis man from simply following StarShadow out GLaDOS waited until the second StarShadow's tail was out of the way and shut the door. The mantis man stopped and examined the door wondering how to make it open again. He did this for a minute then spied movement out of his compound eyes. Only then did he notice the large AI in the room with him. GLaDOS said a simple "Hello." when the mantis man turned to look at her. The mantis man made a suprized squeak of a noise and attempted to scatter like a cockroach caught in the open when the light turned on. Now the mantis man didn't have a reason to dislike GLaDOS personally. This was the first time he had ever met her. He just did not at all like being in a room with this giant thing hanging from the ceiling and decided he would rather be literally anywhere else. GLaDOS responded with a "Where do you think you're going?" before picking him up with a claw. The mantis immediately started biting said claw which didn't do anything except cause GLaDOS to use her famous sarcasm. "Oh yes I know. You're very fierce. I'm shaking in my mainframe." before tossing him in a glass room to get a look at him. She waved a pannle around and watched the mantis man follow it with his eyes while holding his ridiculous threat posture. Somewhat amused she said "Is that suppose to scare me off or something? You little monster." then told the others "The bug is caught. So far I'm mostly seeing mantis behavior. Well except for the running. That was definitely human."
GLaDOS looked at Atlas, P-body and even the mantis man. She asked them "What just happened? Was it something I said? I really prefer my insults to be purposeful." The two robots shrugged. They had pretty much no context to go off of. The mantis man just twitched his antenna still looking very nervous about this whole situation.
GLaDOS sighed and told P-body and Atlas "I'm going to need you two. I am not having another Chell moment. ESPESSULY not with a FLYING Chell. And YOU." She turned to the mantis man. "Don't cause me any trouble." The mantis man gave GLaDOS a blank stare so she ignored him and sent the robots on her way. She was pretty sure the nightfury knew where her cameras were hence why she needed another pair of eyes. (Literally another pair as each one only has one eye so together they are a pair. XD) Still GLaDOS wasn't going to just rely on them entirely. She called through all her speakers all around aperture at once. "Subject D1. I have no idea what I did. Would you please come back and explain that to me? At least have the courtisy to tell me if you're going to blow anything up." Ect.
((GLaDOS will probably resort to using StarShadow's actual name if this doesn't work for long enough. D1 stands for dragon 1. GLaDOS has no idea if she'll ever get ahold of another dragon in the future so she left it open even though she wasn't thinking of going dragon shopping soon))
Somewhere out of view of GLaDOS a particular human and turret eavesdropped on the message seeing as it was h.ard not to. Rizzo chuckled and said "Uh oh. Looks like someone lost their pet. This should be interesting." Tripod snapped "INTERESTING! This is bad! She's going to be on high alert! We're going to have to lay even lower than usual." Rizzo shrugged and said "Then we'll just lay even lower until it passes over or we get k.illed." Tripod opened and shut the doors in her sides that contained her guns. This was her version of stomping a foot on the ground. She was very much annoyed with Rizzo's aloofness and snapped "How can you be so calm?! We could d.ie any minute!" Rizzo shrugged again and said "That's always true though. Here in aperture you can ALWAYS d.ie any minute. What's the use in worrying about it. Worrying won't make us less likely to d.ie." Tripod looked downward and admitted "Well. When you put it that way. I guess you're right. I just .....just please don't do anything stuped."
Rizzo told her "Like what? You think I'm going to just walk in front of GLaDOS or something?"
Tripod said "No you're right. That was a dumb request. You've already told me you only do dangerous stuff for our survival or for a last harah. It's just. Then I think about the time we jumped down that huge pit and it was the scariest thing I ever-"
Rizzo took Tripod off his shoulders to put an arm around her reassuringly. He said "Hey. We'll be ok. ....Well. At least until we're not."
"THAT DOESN'T HELP!!!" Shrieked Tripod. They both froze terrified that someone might have heard but since so nurotoxin or claws came out of the walls and GLaDOS's calling didn't even pause the knew that at least the scariest person had not heard them. Tripod told Rizzo "I'm sorry. I told you not to do anything stuped and then I went and did."
"Don't worry about it." Rizzo said then continued "But lets move anyway. Just in case." He placed Tripod back on his shoulders and slunk off to another room. Careful to avoid the many cameras in random corridors.
"Oh good. You came back." GLaDOS said "But I do hope you don't mind if I just do this." She put a few pannles up in front of her then explained "It's not so much that I THINK you're going to do something and more that I've had too many runaway test subjects try to k.ill me to not be a bit careful. I will put them away when I'm sure you aren't about to blast me in the face, or rip parts off of me and throw them in the incinerator, or turn me into a potato. All of which I have had people do before by the way. So. What did I do this time and how mad did it make you?"
GLaDOS put away the pannles she had been using as a shield then said "Where'd you get that from? If I wanted to get rid of you believe me I would make it WAY more obvious. Is this about me not wanting a hug? I told you I'm not a huggy person. Not everyone likes hugs. That's just the way some people are and I'm one of those people."
GLaDOS told her "Well you certainly did suprise me but you didn't do anything particularly Chellish which is what I was worried about. You are forgiven." Atlas patted StarShadow on the back and made a noise that meant something similar to "Don't blame yourself. GLaDOS has trust issues."
GLaDOS snapped "You try not having trust issues after you've been through what I have. I bet you wouldn't be whispering behind my back right in front of me then. By the way whispering behind someone's back while right in front of them is very stuped. Just so you know." Atlas blinked once and looked around the room awkwardly while making an apologetic noise. GLaDOS meanwhile asked "Anyone want to get a look at this thing before I put it away?" while motioning to the mantis man. Atlas and P-body immediately ran over like kids taken to the zoo. They waved and tried to be friendly. The mantis man regarded them wearily but seemed to know he couldn't do anything about this where he was so instead he just stared back through the glass wondering what these things were. The fat one looked like a deformed core with legs while the skinny one looked more like a deformed turret again with actual working legs instead of the metal sticks most turrets have. It did not however seem to have a gun so the mantis man deemed it a nonthreat for now.
GLaDOS commented "Yup. I thought you two would be interested."
P-body looked at GLaDOS hopefully and asked something. GLaDOS replied "No. You can not keep him. Well....maybe if he's still alive when I'm done with him and he's not going to be a problum but those are very big ifs."
GLaDOS stared at StarShadow knocked speechless for probably the tenth time. She quickly shook that little issue off the best she could and told the robots to get away from the bug's enclosure so she could safely move it out of the room. The mantis man did not seem to like this process at all and looked like he thought he was in an earthquake but as far as GLaDOS could be concerned he would just have to deal with that. The two robots gleefully let themselves be pulled into a game.
GLaDOS warned them "You're cute and all but be careful not to hurt yourselves. Someone in that wrestling match has an injury and that would be a very boring way for that person to go."