(I probably should have announced this sooner, but I am leaving today to go back to Uni. I will no longer be able to post. Thank you all for these past few years, it has been great getting to know you all. Do whatever you would like with my characters. Keep being great, comrades. До свидания.)
"I'm sure you remember our fun mancannon," Pariah replied to Sanctus, "and we know the Vex just love patterns. They claimed Mercury long ago, and transformed it into one of their machines."
Pariah froze as she considered something, snapping her fingers she pointed to a Warlock Disciple before she asked: "There were quakes not to long ago, correct?"
The Warlock merely nodded his head: "Minor, yes. Not along fault boundaries, intraplate. But stranger yet, at the locations of Vex facilities."
"Just as I thought." Pariah muttered, "Any reconnaissance? No, of course not... Reina wouldn't permit it. Line up the activity and bring me the results, they must be connected to the Vex if these quakes occured right under Vex structures."
"I will alert the Vanguard, I'll see if Orkrim has kept contact with the House of Flames." Avgust paused, "If we can establish this, then will we see if Phokass is willing to help."
"Avori, I hope you are familiar with the Caloris Basin, where you all oddly set up a fighting ring." Pariah noted, "The Cabal were there first. And now? Who knows what happened to them. All enemies of the Vex, is a bit ambitious."
"What do you recommend, then?" Avgust asked, as he stared directly at her: "Unless we find this Mind, we have nothing."
"There needs to be something." Sara commented.
Pariah seemed to glance around the room as this was said, as she paced around back and forth. Eventually the Huntress paused, before she placed a gloved hand at the chin of her helmet: "Building something..."
Avgust followed the rest of the group, keeing his Thunderlord locked in his grasp as he passed by a few Disciples. The Major clicked his tongue: "Have we gotten any more major Vex activity since we've returned?"
Avgust stepped off fhe Hawk, prepared to confront Reina as Sara stepped quietly behind him. About to speak, he watched as Pariah drew her weapon and fired, killng Reina before Fenrir reached out to grab Reina's Ghost. The Major was dumbstruck for a moment, surprised to see Pariah effectively killing the command of the Disciples with no hesitation. He also watched Xor attempt to escape, but eventually be seized by Solis and electrocuted.
"Marvelous..." Avgust muttered, "we never fail to impress."
"You have lost that right." Avgust stiffly replied, when Pariah called him 'Ava.'
The Major turned his head to his colleagues: "Our allies we made from Europa, not much has been heard of them. If the Awoken do decide to help us, I'm not sure how much Petra will be willing to assign. Tempests have likely been deployed to research Vex structures. And the Disciples have done nothing other than stand around. We have a few options, but even fewer possibilites they would work."
Avgust shook his head as Pariah said this, before carefully replying: "If that is true, then why run? Why come all the way here? In all my years, never have I witnessed such cowardice. If you meant to do good, you buried your face and fled. I find it dishonest, and I find it insulting. But that was always the case, wasn't it? Decided to scurry along for something else, leaving me... I thought we were family. But family doesn't run."
The Titan turned his head to one side, before he glanced at Khyber and Fenrir. Obviously they didn't appreciate the scene, but nor did Avgust.
"Perhaps then you shouldn't have killed Yurami," Avgust responded in a lower tone, "and gutted me. Killed me before running off like a coward."
"Assistance will be limited." Avgust simply muttered, ignoring the interference: "Since I have last left the Tower, teams are being scattered to better known grounds on Mars and Venus. There is a Vex resurgence not only on Mercury. All Constructs and Minds are getting involved"
The Titan glanced over Pariah, noting her hesitance to step in for convincing the Disciples to help. Avgust scoffed, shaking his head as the Huntress turned her head: "You were never one to respect authority in the first place. What has changed?"
"Not sure I like Vexing-up my Ghost more than I have to," Pariah muttered as Vex teleportation arrays were lain before her. The Huntress took hold of one of the parts, looking at it before continuing: "It is an infectious material, I hope you are aware. Not safe in the slightest."
Sara sighed as she loaded in another cell to her Sleeper Simulant. The Titan glanced over her mentor, the Huntress, the Warlock and her Fireteam leader. From behind her helmet, one could sense her disappointment.
Avgust turned his head to watch Fenrir and Avori depart, in search for more of these Vex components that would allow their Fireteam to travel back to the present. The Vanguard looked down to Solis: "How will we be using the Vex radiolaria? Introduce it to the components to allow us to access its potential?"
<If we are handling as a collective, we should be fine...> Pariah's Ghost asked, <right?>
"Right..." Pariah sighed, as she stepped over the remains of one Vex Unit. Removing her knife, she thrust it into the chest of the Goblin as she pulled some machinery free. Tossing it over to Solis, she sheathed her knife. "The Disciples have long theorised and tested these bits are the ones that help the Vex warp."
Avgust lowered his Thunderlord as he watched the massive frame of Tityos struggle to stay standing as it was bear upon by the members of Argus. Reangling his machine gun, the Titan fired more at the Vex Goblins which were quickly advancing on the position of the Guardians. Pariah took an angle on the roof of one of the facilities, picking off as many targets as she could with her sniper rifle. Sara angled her Sleeper Simulant as she fired toward a nearby column of Minotaurs, as a few disintegrated from the impact of her fusion volley.
"Grab what you need, Guardians!" Avgust commanded over the COMM, "The Vex are pressing as hard as they can!"
"Either way, we shouldn't be staying long." Pariah muttered, as she looked around the facility. "Have we found what we need?"
"Guardians..." Sara muttered, as Avgust slowly looked away. It troubled him, sure. But they had other priorities at the time. Pariah approached close to where Fenrir was, before she added: "Not sure how stealthy you intend to be... our Ghosts are a part of their network, meaning we might have another way."
"How?" Avgust inquired.
"Why, we might be able to trick them." Pariah replied, "If they cared about us now, we would have been surrounded already."
"Look, Avori..." Avgust paused, as the sound of gunfire intensified, the shouting of soldiers growing closer, "The consequences of our intervention outweigh the benefits. Our priority is to eliminate Tityos, and return to our present. Solis is right, we cannot risk this."
"Our priority is also protecting the Traveller's people!" Sara remarked, Avgust quickly turning his head toward his student, "We are Guardians, are we not? So why then are we refusing our duty? These people have the right to our protection, just as much as the people in our present!"
"Xor," Zavala addressed, "What can you tell about this barrier?"
"Not our concern?" Sara asked Solis, as she looked toward the chaos ahead, "This is—"
"We know what happens here." Pariah interrupted, "They aren't our concern. Tityos is."
"I'm sorry, the majority of Argus is MIA?" Zavala asked, "How can... until we establish transmission, we will have to wait for them. Guardians, we have nearly broken the Vex's hold over the transmat network on Mercury. We are getting a lot of interference from this, 'not-Citadel-thingy' as you so put it. We have reason to believe these Citadels connect to the Repetitive Mind. Can you assist us?"