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Boys and girls of every age, Wouldn't you like to see something strange

WHO: Imports
WHERE: Helix Station, Maurtia Falls
WHEN: Evening of 10/16
WHAT: Swear-In Ceremony, with a bonus Haunted House!
WARNINGS: Violence and other spoopy stuff.

The Festival

An orange moon slowly burns into life as the sun begins the last few moment's of it's descent, washing the sky in beautiful splashes of fading twilight hues. The white walls the Helix Station glow in the warm autumn light as throngs of costumed children and their families parade through the large front gate and into the festively decorated courtyard within.

Laughter and squeals of anticipation and delight ring out from the gaggle of children in a never ending chorus as their attentions dance between the kitsch decorations of gremlins and skeletons, to the ImPort Heroes in attendance. But at least the parents and guardians seem to be doing a good job of keeping the beaming or bashful kids from bothering ImPorts too much as you make your way into the facility. Though do be prepared for an autograph request or three. Unlike some of the previous Swear-Ins, this is no media circus. While there may be a reporter or two in the crowd, asking for a few quick shots with imports and their adoring fans, this gathering is for you and your new rosy cheeked best friends. Just a bit of seasonal fun and the added benefit of helping a local children's hospital by contributing to their charity.


Colorfully decorated stalls line the exterior of the courtyard, offering the attendees a wide variety of activities, entertainment, and gifts. While most of the stalls are managed by groups or individual imports contributing with their time and goodwill (mostly), several also offer refreshments and snacks manned by droids or volunteers from the hospital staff or children's family.

A few honorable mentions of ImPort run stalls:

-Hazel and the Doctor's Face Paintings
-Kanaya and Helena's Fangtastic Bobbing for Apples
-Manolo and Sabriel's Performance Cake Walk
-Stan's Photo Booth of Terror (And extortion)
-Lucifer's Mystic Magic Mirror of Mystery
-Fraiser and Kowalski's Totally Scary Puppy Petting Zoo

And of course there's also a stall with informative pamphlets and a chipper Government representative ready to register any willing imports and talk about the benefits inherent to doing so.

There are also plenty of open stalls if you want to add to festivities!


Just inside the main building, the lobby area and adjacent rooms open into the main area of the Haunted House. Despite the spooky imagery and haunting ambiance, this floor is rather tame. There may be a few motion sensor activated skeletons that pop up and startling the careless, but otherwise it's all kid friendly.

This however is NOT the case with the upper floors. Which prohibit native participation completely. If that doesn't chill your blood then the fact that you have to stop by a booth near the elevator to "check in" and received a warning that only those that are seeking a true test of terror should enter, might.

However the droid representative will NOT offer any additional information to imports, save that all participants will be given thirty minutes to escape before "time is up". They will NOT be telling anyone that:

-Immediately upon exiting the elevator, you will find yourself seeped in power dampening fog, leaving you de-powered.
-That the upper floors are inhabited by wandering animatronics with monstrous appearances that are programmed to hunt the imports trying to find their way out.
-As the thiry minutes tick by, the animatronics will become faster and hunt the imports with more tenacity and ever increasing perception. Early in the hunt it's possible to hide or avoid most animatronics. This becomes less effective as time goes by.
-Any imports that are unable to escape the animatronics will NOT be hurt. When an import is captured they will be hauled to a secret exit which ends in a shoot that deposits the character outside, near Stan's Photo booth. (Who might just have a series of photos depicting your character in various compromising states of terror.) However the participating imports will be unaware of the lack of danger they are in until this happens. Which means you might even see some imports being hauled off kicking and screaming into the darkness.

Imports that manage to evade the animatronics long enough to find their way out of the maze of corridors and rooms will find themselves in the haunted house lobby, where they will be presented with a plush version of one of the monsters that had been hunting them. Not so scary now, huh?

Attack on Helix Station

Just after midnight as the festivities hit full swing, several masked men slip over the wall and into the facility. While mostly concealed, to any ImPorts sharp enough to notice them, it quickly becomes apparent that these men are armed to the teeth and full of bad intentions. Moving with precision, skill before any import can alert the others, the gunmen take up positions to cause as much damage as possible. However as they ready their weapons an alarm blares through out the facility. In that brief moment of confusion the gunmen hesitate. And in the span of that hesitation, several security droids suddenly march out into the facility through side doors hefting snub nosed weapons cradled in their arms.

An electric blue flash suddenly illuminates the courtyard as a blast from one of the droid's stun weapons strikes one of the gunmen, who crumples.

And then chaos erupts.

Seeing them as the clear and present danger the gunmen focus their fire on the advancing security bots, but as several defense turrets pop out from concealed slots in the walls, their position quickly becomes untenable. While strong in numbers, the gunmen scatter into groups through out the facility to take cover. A few of them drop smoke grenades to cover their escape, but the blinding cloud is short lived. As contaminates are detected in the air, several purifiers cleverly disguised within the decorations will activate, drawing in the smoke and laying the terrorists' movements bare.

As the gloom recedes, Revan stalks forward out of the smoke, a sheathed katana clenched in one hand
and his expression blazing as he marches towards the nearest group of soldiers.

"WE ARE UNDER ATTACK!" his voice booms strangely loud, carrying over the entire courtyard with the force and command power of someone used to leading warriors into battle. "IMPORTS!" With a fluid motion he withdraws the sword and tosses the scabbard aside.

Little did these bastards know that they were ready. With a small army of Imports, comprised of RISE and volunteer security forces, at his back Revan gave a flourish of his blade before dashing forward.


[ooc: More info as well as plotting posts can be found here!]
helpline: (kind of disgruntled)

the Twelfth Doctor | unsettled | ota!

[personal profile] helpline 2015-10-18 04:14 am (UTC)(link)
face painting
[ One of the perks of needing relatively little sleep is that the Doctor can whip up a costume on short notice. His sewing skills are drastically out of date, but they're good enough to cobble together his costume for the event: a cardinal (the clergical kind, not the bird). Because screw you Musketeers, he totally doesn't look like Cardinal Richelieu at all and dressing up like a cardinal will somehow prove his point.

He might not have thought this through entirely. He also got distracted by the thought of wearing a cape—he hasn't work a cape in years.

So, the Doctor's in a flowy red cardinal's outfit that's too leather free to be screen accurate (not that the Doctor would know what screen accurate was to begin with). And, since Hazel's painting faces, it's his job to shepherd the kids and count the money. The Doctor's actually pretty good at this. Some of the younger kids he just shoves back to their mothers, no, he doesn't want to deal with this, make it stop crying, but the older kids, around eight and up, he gets along with splendidly, and it usually involve them sassing each other back.

whoops, that's totally an attack
[ It's telling to the sort of lifestyle the Doctor has that his first thought is 'huh' instead of 'what on Earth, we're being attacked.' He moves like someone who knows what he's doing, keeping out of the way of gunfire and security bots (though, he does end up pausing to watch a few of the bots in action right in the middle of a firefight.) The Doctor's never been good with guns. He's also never been good with gunfire. Give him a machine to outwit, a doomsday weapon to stop, something like that any day, over people with guns, shooting at him.

It's like they were trying to kill him or something. Rude.

Most of his time is spent trying to get innocent civilians away from this. It's not their fault. He highly doubts these gunmen were targeting teenagers to begin with. Still, if he spots an imPort, the Doctor will hurry over, not looking confused, per se, but more of annoyed.

Is this a regular occurrence?

[ aka 'is he gonna get shot at often?' ]
superposition: ((talk to me))

attack time

[personal profile] superposition 2015-10-18 05:04 am (UTC)(link)
[Since their previous conversation was all in text, of course - and since he doesn't look much like Sylvester McCoy - Qubit doesn't recognize the Doctor when their paths cross in real life. He's also trying to herd the civilians out (mainly by emergency exits, since big glowing portals are more likely to attract fire), but he's between groups of evacuees at the moment, and can spare a few seconds to respond.]

Unfortunately, yes. Hence all the security.

[He's actually pretty proud of how effective the droids and turrets have been so far, though. The improvements he made to them are showing.]

Are you an imPort? What's your power?
helpline: (hrrrrrm)

[personal profile] helpline 2015-10-18 05:10 am (UTC)(link)
[ The Doctor also doesn't recognize Qubit (but he is rather impressed by that hair. It's so tall.) But right, questions, he's got answers. ]

If you're talking about that rubbish the Porter gave me, I can summon chalk. [ because the Doctor, understandably, doesn't consider his biology a 'superpower'. And now back to the important question at hand. Or, at least, one of them. ]

Any idea why they're shooting at us?
superposition: (But no more apologies)

[personal profile] superposition 2015-10-18 05:24 am (UTC)(link)
[A bit of a sympathetic wince at the power. Sorry, mate, that one is pretty much objectively garbage. Unless your name is Hermann Gottlieb. Dude, he'd probably love that.]

Not really, but I'm sure they'll be telling us all about it once this is over. [Willingly or otherwise.]
helpline: (for fuck's sake)

[personal profile] helpline 2015-10-18 02:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, of course they will. 'Don't mind us, we were only hired by so and such, alternatively we're massive extremists, death to all imPorts.' [ The Doctor can't help but roll his eyes. He's heard both of those excuses before and he's heard them plenty of times. Boring. ]

You think people would find better excuses for shooting.

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[personal profile] bindsthedead 2015-10-18 05:49 am (UTC)(link)
About once a month! [It's shouted as Sabriel tries to work out where the ther gunman are located in the crowd.]

Sometimes it's a bit more harmless, though!
Edited 2015-10-18 05:50 (UTC)
helpline: (kind of disgruntled)

[personal profile] helpline 2015-10-18 02:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Like what, people deciding to attack the imPorts with water balloons? [ the Doctor can't help but shoot her a skeptical look, as he continues to hurry people, pointing some harried teenagers to the emergency exit ]
bindsthedead: (art-shock)

[personal profile] bindsthedead 2015-10-19 03:10 am (UTC)(link)
Or toilets attacking! Or imPorts being turned into children- minor things, compared to the Hornets and Crane!

[personal profile] helpline 2015-10-19 03:51 am (UTC)(link)
[ Wait, what. He can't help but pause for a moment, giving Sabriel an intensely confused look. ]

You can't be serious about the toilets.

[ really, toilets sound more intimidating than birds and insects, okay? ]

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justimprobable: (✂︎ so she ran to the lighthouse)

face painting

[personal profile] justimprobable 2015-10-18 07:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh my god, you actually dressed up.

[In all honesty, Clara made the trip to Maurtia Falls on the off-chance that she would need to help out in an emergency situation - she's heard about the past swear-in crises, and part of her is already tingling with anticipatory adrenaline. But that doesn't mean she isn't at least half participating in the festivities - she's donned a pirate hat with a big, flashy feather, and she's warming her hands with a hot chocolate.]

And putting up with children? Maybe you've got a bit of your old self left in you after all.
helpline: (kind of disgruntled)

[personal profile] helpline 2015-10-18 07:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Of course I dressed up! It's Halloween, [ said with a scoff. How else is he going to stick it to the Musketeers if he didn't dress up, gosh Clara? Besides, have you seen this cape, it's a damn fun cape. ]

And I put up with gifted and talented or whatever you called them, I'm decent at putting up with children! [ The Doctor's smart enough to know that 'decent' is as good as he's gonna get. He's certainly not great with children. And thankfully, too many of these kids are too distracted by the prospect of face painting to ask him stupid questions. But hey, his flatmate's the one painting faces, he can deal with children long enough to try and make this face painting booth not a total disaster. ]
justimprobable: (✂︎ daughter of the rain and snow)

[personal profile] justimprobable 2015-10-19 12:06 am (UTC)(link)
[It is a fun cape - a fun cape that Clara's coming up to examine now. Sorry, Doc. She only teases out of LOVE.]

Is that your flatmate, painting faces?

[She doesn't even pause to acknowledge his protests. Okay, so he handles children alright, when he encounters them, but it's still hard to imagine him actively participating in entertaining them. She's glad, though. He's sort of like a strange, fun uncle.]
helpline: (a little bit smarmy)

[personal profile] helpline 2015-10-19 01:34 am (UTC)(link)
[ He nods, looking over to Hazel. ] Her name's Hazel. She's...a character.

[ said with a slight tone of endearment, though. They'd grown to tolerate each other in their short weeks together. ]

What about you? I hope you're not rooming with someone who's rubbish, I'd have to sort them out if they did things like forget to water the plants.

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resipiscent: (uhh...)


[personal profile] resipiscent 2015-10-19 11:40 pm (UTC)(link)
[This guy looks pretty comfortable fighting -- there's an ornate sword in his right hand, though for all the craftsmanship it looks like making it involved, he's using enough force with it that it looks like it should break all those pretty little feathers right off. He's in costume, too, naturally -- a blue robe and a starry hat that may look like a certain cartoon wizard's.

When Riku hears the Doctor's voice he turns on his heel, lowering his weapon.]

Uh, sort of but not really? It depends on what "this" refers to. ImPorts getting attacked is a thing, for sure.
helpline: (~jazz hands~)

[personal profile] helpline 2015-10-20 12:36 am (UTC)(link)
I meant mass chaos, but imPorts getting attacked! I can work with that! [ The Doctor can't help but look over Riku's costume, giving him a small little nod. He's always appreciative of the classics, even if the classics are the Sorcerer's Apprentice. ]

When was the last time we all got attacked?
resipiscent: (uh NO)

[personal profile] resipiscent 2015-10-20 12:50 am (UTC)(link)
Like last Wednesday? [He shakes his head -- he's kidding, but this does seem to happen all the time.]

No, ah... August was the last really bad one. September was pretty good. Swear-ins seem to get attacked a lot because we're all gathered together.

[He points the Keyblade toward a group of footsoldiers coming toward them, at the ground ahead of them -- and shoots a fireball into the ground there. They scatter, and it gives him a chance to straighten, stretch a little.]

I wasn't prepared for this at all, though I should have expected something.
helpline: (a little bit smarmy)

[personal profile] helpline 2015-10-20 02:14 am (UTC)(link)
I suppose that just means you'll be ready next time, [ the Doctor casually responds, not moving and not flinching as Riku shoots off a fireball. He raises an eyebrow (impressive) but that's about it. ]

Is that you or the stick, by the way?

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equinamity: (Sideways glance)

B/Why yes that is definitely an attack

[personal profile] equinamity 2015-10-22 09:53 pm (UTC)(link)
[Hawkeye initially focused on disarming gunmen, but ultimately felt the turrets and droids were doing a satisfactory job and moved on to assisting civilians to safety.

It's a fluke that she bumps into the stranger. Literally bumps into him, moments after ushering a little girl back to her father and pointing them down a known safe path.]

Regular occurrence? Yes.

[A group of teens wander by at an agonizingly slow pace; Hawkeye points them down the correct path, her mouton attempting to suggest some semblance of urgency.] I work for the Heropa police department, but have been assigned as additional security at nearly every imPort event since my arrival.
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helpline: (hrrrrrm)

[personal profile] helpline 2015-10-23 05:46 am (UTC)(link)
[ Someone who knows things! That's certainly his favorite type of person. Unfortunately, the Doctor doesn't have any sense of urgency, and has decided that the best response to this it to strike up a conversation. ]

Did they need you every time? I'm sure it's bad, but it can't be that bad.
equinamity: (Thinking)

[personal profile] equinamity 2015-10-23 09:05 am (UTC)(link)
It started as precautionary. [Riza frowned.] Some months aren't so bad as others.

There was an ImPort based terror attack in August done at the Swearing-In. Bombing. Killed about 30 people, and released a toxin that caused intense fear and paranoia in victims. In July, however, there was a release of propaganda material. So as I said, it really does vary.
helpline: (~jazz hands~)

[personal profile] helpline 2015-10-23 06:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Propaganda material? Now that's interesting. What sort? So and such is a un-American commie? Such and so works with the Russians? Or something a bit less jingoistic?

[ It's the Cold War though, it's probably hella jingoistic. ]

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[personal profile] orions_shadow 2015-10-23 05:36 am (UTC)(link)
[By the time this costumed delinquent makes his rounds around here he's quite content in just munching on snacks, currently eating his way through a cup of cheesy fries.

Once he spots the Doctor however, his interest shifts into curiosity because what is he even supposed to be? The pope?]

Isn't that sacrilegious? [As he approaches from the side, leaning over to get a better look at who it was. Maybe it was just a real preacher guy. Or maybe it was a weird Lucifer religious fanatic?]
helpline: (~jazz hands~)

[personal profile] helpline 2015-10-23 06:38 pm (UTC)(link)
It doesn't count unless you have a cross, [ said with a nod. Of course, the Doctor just made that up right then and there. But it makes sense, doesn't it? At least, for him it makes sense and the Doctor is seeing that as a lovely justification. ]
orions_shadow: (Thoughts)

[personal profile] orions_shadow 2015-10-23 08:38 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't think that's how it works.

[And old people lied to cover their asses all the time. It doesn't make sense at all.]

I've heard some priests do evil things so I guess you're at least trying to be scary.
helpline: (kind of disgruntled)

[personal profile] helpline 2015-10-26 12:03 am (UTC)(link)
Priests are scary? [ new to him. ] I thought the priests were the ones who stopped the scary things, like that exorcism movie, what was it called....

[ The Exorcist. he's thinking of The Exorcist. ]

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