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Assault on Niska's Skyplex (TAG zoe, jayne, river, niska, mal, saffron)

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Sep. 6th, 2006 | 07:48 pm
posted by: firsttour in tmserenity

“Skyplex Control, this is Commander Harken CO Light Cruiser Harpers Ferry. You will power down all weapons systems and prepare for boarding, on my authority as a representative of the Interplanetary Forces of the Allied Planets.”

Harken waited, giving them time to detect the ten bomb-pumped laser cannon pointed at their control center. His voice was severe and brooked no argument.

“We will make contact in thirty seconds. If your airlock is not open, we will open it. Anyone standing will be shot, so I suggest you lay down and push your arms out in front of you. Adelei Niska is a person of interest in our ongoing investigations. Your best bet is to hand him over to me… If you do not… pray to whatever gods you have for mercy, for I have none. Harken out.”

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Adelai Niska

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from: is_solid
date: Sep. 7th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
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The captain of Niska's Sky-plex guard had already been informed long ago of the approach, but had expected them to simply pass through.

The Alliance had never had an interest in Adelai Niska's dealings. He had enough friends in high and comfortable places, to keep his 'business' safe and sound.

Before he did anything else, he first contacted the man himself, Niska. He knew his employer had placed his activities on this day under a 'do not disturb under any circumstances' tag, but this was not only circumstances. This could very well be disaster, at least if handled wrongly.

A small humm alerted Niska to the Int-comm signal. With a small growl he put down the bloody knife and whiped his fingers. It was time for a small wake-up call for Captain Reynolds anyway. The blood-couagulant was working perfectly, keeping the bloodflow at a minimum ... and thus the pain at a maximum.

"Yes?" He demanded in an irritated voice at the pale face looking back at him from the screen. The Guards eyes flickered to the bloody mess on the wall, then back to his employer.

"An Alliance ship has arrived ... they are demanding access, and wish to speak with you, in person." his voice was clearly nervous and in irritated Niska further. What in all black hells did those bastards want here? He had paid his 'tributes' for this year.

"Order all men to stand down. Lower levels are to be locked off and cleared immediately. Issue a general warning to Top 7 and prepare the pods." Niska snapped orders at the man, then flipped off the connection before they could be acknowledged. He looked down at himself. Immaculate, as always. It would do.

"Leonid, stabilize Reynolds, seal the cells and go to your quarters." Sparing Reynolds a last look, chest muscles almost exposed on the left side, the skin hanging down as a glistening red curtain, Niska said "I will be back, Captain. I apologise for disturbance. Most inconvenient, yes?"

Then he left the room and walked briskly towards the lifts that would lead him to the airlock and reception area.

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from: zoe_washburn
date: Sep. 7th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
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Zoe waited, pistol ready for the doors to open. Her disregard for the Alliance had gotten her and Jayne towards the rear of the platoon. But that was fine, she wanted to use them as a distraction anyways. It meant that once they had Niska's attention, she and Jayne could get throught he skyplex without too many people in the way. Jayne was right behind her and she knew he would come with her to get to the Captain.

She'd made sure Simon would be closeby when they got Mal back to this entrance. Now, they were just waiting for the airlock and Commander Harken's orders to enter... not that she's be sticking with them. She wasn't so good with the patience anymore. The Alliance had used all of her patience up.

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Skyplex Assault

from: creepifyin
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
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River appeared suddenly at Zoe's side and leaned in to whisper in her ear. "You head for the cells... I should have located Mal and brought surveillance down by the time you get there."

She slipped away, up through the ranks of Marines who were eagerly ready to kick ass and take names.

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Re: Skyplex Assault

from: zoe_washburn
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 12:13 am (UTC)
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Zoe watched River go through the ranks. She wanted to tell her to stay safe and keep alive. The captain would be upset if the crew wasn't all in one piece when he got back and she herself was worried. But the girl was already gone.

If River could get surveilance down, there shouldn't be much trouble at all. And she knew where the cells were all too well.

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Re: Skyplex Assault

from: firsttour
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)
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"Gentlemen, we have achieved contact, you may board at your leisure," Harken's amused voice came over the insertion teams comm units.

Patinelli gave the Go signal to his men and popped open the airlock. They ran stopping to kick weapons away and secure individual hostiles.

River sprinted ahead fast as a gazelle.

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Re: Skyplex Assault

from: zoe_washburn
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
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Zoe stood back behind some officers with Jayne, letting the soldiers disarm all of Niska's men. She eyed the corridors that she could see and waited for instructions from River on which path to take. She forced herself not to barrel ahead without waiting. She could wait a little more. She was a trained soldier, after all.

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Adelai Niska

Re: Skyplex Assault

from: is_solid
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
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Niska could fairly feel in his bones that his privacy was being invaded. He stood impatiently in the lift that brought him up from the sub-levels where the cells were. It moved too slow and he had a distinctly bad feeling about this. A tap on the wall revealed a flat small screen and a few keycommands gave him a partial view of the Reception area. Alliance dogs... with disgust he punched the screen, making it disappear in the wall again.

In the reception area, all the guards had already stood down, all weaponry on the floor, all hands in the air. Nobody said anything, eyes only focused on the invading tall Alliance marines that seemed to fill the large area.. They followed Niska's orders without question, but their expressions were grim.

Niska looked at the counter. Only two more levels, and he would be there.

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Re: Skyplex Assault

from: creepifyin
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
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River ran and ran, according to basic skyplex design and what she knew of this particular skyplex from the reports of Serenity's crew.

She found it, the command center. It was a nexus for communication, surveillance, and data of all types. The workers glanced at each other as she approached the screens and began tapping two of them at once.

"Sub-level .... D is the prison section, Zoe," River said into her comm. She'd selected hers to be heard by Zoe and Jayne only, and to hear all the Marines, though it was hard to keep their thoughts separate form their actual words.

"Section 11... cell 28!" she crowed triumphantly. Then out of curiosity, she looked to see what was in the other cells.

"Oh her! 29!"

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Sub-thread for the Rescuin' :) TAG Jayne, River?

from: zoe_washburn
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
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The moment Harken began speaking with Niska, she nodded at Jayne and they were off. Into the lift they waited for sub level D as River had instructed. Part of her wondered if River would meet them there or if she were headed back to the Alliance ship.

The lift ride seemed to take forever and she and Jayne both rode it out in silence, to the job, and nerves racing.

When the doors opened, she and Jayne hurried through the corriedors. "River said section eleven, cell twenty-eight or twenty-nine." She told Jayne as they hunted for section eleven.

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Re: Sub-thread for the Rescuin' :) TAG Jayne, River?

from: creepifyin
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
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River looked at Mal on the monitor closer... the flesh of his chest was gaping.

"Simon!" she yelled. "Simon!"

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Re: Sub-thread for the Rescuin' :) TAG Jayne, River?

from: zoe_washburn
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 02:12 am (UTC)
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Zoe winced at the screams in her ears over the comm. "What is it River? You seein' somethin'?" She asked as she jogged through the corridors for section eleven.

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Re: Sub-thread for the Rescuin' :) TAG Jayne, River?

from: creepifyin
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)
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"Gorram it!" Patinelli yelled as River's piercing screams were heard down the corridor... but not over his comm! He led 4 marines to the monitoring station where she writhed on the floor.

Skyplex security stood well back from her, hands in the air. "We didn't touch her!" they protested as pulsers were leveled at them.

"Blood! Everywhere!" she screamed. "Make it stop! Please! Simon!" She screamed and clutched at her chest.

Patinelli's mouth twisted. "Medic!" he barked into his comm.

Then he saw the monitor she'd been looking at. A man hung from chains, the flesh of his chest was cut and scored so much that flaps of skin hung off, exposing muscle. All was drenched in rich red blood. Patinelli had seen plenty worse... but what made this distrubing was the fact he still breathed.

"What the fuck!" he cursed, wondering why he knew nothing about Washburne and Cobb bursting through the door even as he watched.

"Team 4!" he shouted into his comm. "Get down to uh, sub-level D, section 11! Secure that level!"

Then he switched to the Commander's channel and informed Harken that he believed they'd located Reynolds.

"Full trauma unit to sub-level D!"

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Re: Sub-thread for the Rescuin' :) TAG Jayne, River?

from: zoe_washburn
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
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Zoe burst into cell 28 horrified at what she saw before her. Blood was everywhere and the Captain... She and Mal had seen plenty of bad like this during and after the war, but never to one or the other.

She pulled it together and began searching for a release to the cuffs around his wrists and ankles... a key... She found none and walked closer to Mal, attempting to ignore the way the exposed musle moved with each breath he took, the tears that slid down his cheeks, and the tremble that overtook him every few seconds.

He was rambling words too unintelligible to understand and when his eyes opened to narrowed, drug induced slits, she knew that he wasn't in his right mind. "Jayne... get ready to hold him. Gonna shoot the chains."

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Malcolm Reynolds

Re: Sub-thread for the Rescuin' :) TAG Jayne, River?

from: cpttightpants
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
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Mal's eyes opened to a bleary vision of two figures in the room with him. He tried to tell them that he was sorry... that he would clean up the blood when he could, but he knew the words didn't quite make it out him so that anyone could understand.

He closed his eyes again, his forehead wrinkling through the excuciating pain that seemed to be everywhere. When he heard the familiar voice, he shook his head. "Run... run.... don't look at me." His speech was slurred but still enough so that he could be understood. "Gotta run... don't hurt them." A terrified, drug induced scream tore from his throat, echoing off of the walls and through the corridor.

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Re: Sub-thread for the Rescuin' :) TAG Jayne, River, Saffron, Simon

from: zoe_washburn
date: Sep. 8th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
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The captain's reaction to her voice was making it very hard for her to keep emotion out of this. A deeply seeded anger rose in her at what Niska had done to him.

Zoe waited for Jayne to get a hold on Mal before firing her shotgun at the tight chain links holding Mal in place; first at each wrist so that his arms dropped heavily to his sides, and then at his ankles. The iron blood coated cuffs were still tight around the captain's limbs. She turned to the small table and looked in the bag at the weapons and various torture objects. Using a bloody towel, she picked up the only thing in the case that wasn't a weapon, a small vial of liquid for Simon to study.

She went to the other side of the captain opposite Jayne and they started out of the room. It was then that she remembered River had said something about cell 29. She opened the door and thought about turning around and walking back out. It was Saffron.

She turned to Jayne. Mal was still bleeding out, his lips moving over unintelligible words that didn't make their way completely out of his mouth. His blood was all over him, Jayne and her. "Get him out of here. Take him to the doc."

She remembered the wav Mal had sent about Saffron helping him from Atherton. Against her better judgement, she was going to help Saffron. She walked into the room and aimed her shotgun at the links of the chains at her ankles first.

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serenitymod

Re: Sub-thread for the Rescuin' :) TAG Jayne, River, Saffron, Simon

from: serenitymod
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
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OOC
I'm moving Simon to a new subthread in case Jayne and Saffron want to play here.
Reply to Zoe's comment above.

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subthread for Simon and medical teams - tag Zoe, Jayne, Mal, Saffron

from: drsimontam
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
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Simon raced into the Skyplex with the trauma team. He was supposed to stay back, but he'd won over the medics once they realized he'd been trained at the MedAcad on Osiris, not a Space Navy hospital. They got to River in the control room first and Simon said simply, "Give her a smoother."

He hated to leave her like this, but all she needed was quiet time to escape the voices in her head. And he had to get to Malcom.

He raced to join the stream of medical teams headed down to the cells where people were restrained.

"I'm here Jayne!" Simon yelled when he saw the big man carrying the Captain. "Here! On this stretcher. Mal! Malcom! Look at me!"

Simon peered at his eyes and began triaging the damage to his body.

"No!" he yelled at a medic about to apply a pressure bandage to the bloody chest. "The best way to apply a toxin is to an open wound... This is more than a simple flay... the bastard is a student of Shan Yu."

He looked up "Jayne... Zoe... are there... implements ...so we can see what was done?"

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Re: subthread for Simon and medical teams - tag Zoe, Jayne, Mal, Saffron

from: zoe_washburn
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
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Zoe handed Simon the small vial she'd found in the room with the Captain. "Only this that would make a mess of the mind." She said flatly. The vial was wrapped in a blood soaked cloth. "Rest was a bloody dagger that was out of the bag and the rest I didn't get a good look at."

She glanced between Mal and Simon. She'd seen torture like this before. Never to someone she was so close to. And she'd heard rumor of drugs that had lasting effects. "Guess you can fix him?"

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Malcolm Reynolds

Re: subthread for Simon and medical teams - tag Zoe, Jayne, Mal, Saffron

from: cpttightpants
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
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Mal attempted to look past the monsters surrounding him. Every voice sounded different than any voice he'd heard. They sounded lower, more harsh, angry. Everything inside and outside of him ached as he drew a trembling breath.

Every touch felt maginified and if it were possible, the touching was worse than the sharp point of a dagger, the slice of a jagged hilt, or the tips of the whip. He didn't want anyone looking at him in his Hell he'd fallen into. He didn't want anyone to see the blood... too much blood. "He-help... help." He whispered around a breath of air just before his face fell into a soft cry that slowly grew in volume and terror. "Please... please stop.. make it stop." His speech was slurred and weak from the effprt it took to scream.

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Re: subthread for Simon and medical teams - tag Zoe, Jayne, Mal, Saffron

from: cantbe_trusted
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
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Saffron was lost at this point. It had been too long since she had inhaled the potent drug Niska sprayed at her. Now, it was in her head, flowing in her blood stream, pumping in her body almost like a part of her. It had made its way into her brain, to the point that she was just like Niska would want her now. There were no coherent thoughts in her head, except maybe she liked cheese.

When Zoe came into the room, she did see her, but it could have been anyone else at that point. The sound of the gun going off did nothing to her, she didn’t even flinch. Her voice, if she did try to speak, was hoarse now, raw from all the yelling and screaming she had done. It had started off with blaming Mal, and then soft of just died off, into quiet whimpers. Now, she almost had no voice at all.

She slumped as Zoe picked her up, one arm draped around Zoe’s shoulders. When they got out into the hallway, she saw the men, the two working on Mal. In the back of her mind, there was one small thought. Malcolm Reynolds. She hadn’t seen Niska yet, so she wasn’t technically controlled yet. He hadn’t given her specific orders, so now she was just mindless. She would do whatever anyone asked of her. Killing Saffron would have been fine, but to take her free will, that was the worst. If she ever recovered from this, she’d be a shell of who she was.

“Mal,” she whispered.

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drsimontam

Re: subthread for Simon and medical teams - tag Zoe, Jayne, Mal, Saffron

from: drsimontam
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
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Simon handed the vial to a tech. He gripped the man's shoulder. "We need to analyze every bottle like this, track where it was found and track which patient has it in their blood. I'm tasking this to you personally. Do you understand me?"

The man nodded and pulled out his chemospectroscoper and began to work.

"Plamsa!" he barked at another medtech. "In with the good, out with the bad, yes?" He nodded at Zoe.

Once they had plasme flowing into Mal's veins, he walked along with the stretcher, headed back to Harken's ship and a full medical suite.

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Re: subthread for Simon and medical teams - tag Zoe, Jayne, Mal, Saffron

from: zoe_washburn
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
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Zoe kept her arm around Saffron. She didn't care for the woman, but if the wav had actually been Mal sent, Saffron had helped the captain, or attempted to. Also, she needed to feel useful and no one deserved any kind of treatment from Niska. It was clear that the woman was drugged.

"Gonna get you fixed up too, then we'll see what's to be done. Come on now." She told Saffron as they followed behind Simon and the other doctors. She was not letting Mal far from her sight. "Gonna need some kind of skeleton key to get those cuffs off his wrists and ankles. Course there might be more blood under 'em." She said, more to herself than anything. She wasn't sure if anyone would be listening to her or not.

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Malcolm Reynolds

Re: subthread for Simon and medical teams - tag Zoe, Jayne, Mal, Saffron

from: cpttightpants
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
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Mal heard his name, heard people talking, felt the movement of the stretcher, all of it seemed too far away. The voices sounded too low and raspy, grating against his eardrums. He idly wiped at his chest, his fingers catching on some loose skin. A small whimper escaped him. He'd never get all of the blood off. "Jus' get it off... can't..."

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Re: subthread for Simon and medical teams - tag Zoe, Jayne, Mal, Saffron

from: cantbe_trusted
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Saffron just leaned against Zoe, letting her take Saffron wherever she was going. She heard what Zoe was saying, but really had no formulated response. Zoe had said come on now, so Saffron followed, obeying her. "Yes..."

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drsimontam

Re: subthread for Simon and medical teams - tag Zoe, Jayne, Mal, Saffron

from: drsimontam
date: Sep. 9th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
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"Be still!" Simon snapped catching the offending hand and holding it down. The party moved as quickly as possible. "I'll clean you up. Dont' worry. I"m here." Simon said in a softer tone.

Then he barked at the tech with the sample. "Do you have it?"

"The analysis is done, but it doesn't match any record in this handunit. I'm transmitting to the mainframe."

At the crusier's airlock they were met by a small fleet of mules. Simon ann the tech placed a foot on the one carrying Mal.

"Stay with her," Simon barked at Zoe, indicating she should get that Saffron woman onto the next mule in line. He had one moment to shoot her a look of pure loathing. "If she's got the same thing as Malcom, she'll do for a test case."

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