Surprise Checkup

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December 21 2014: Jericho and Oracle check in on Nyx

Gotham Street

Gotham's city streets are dirty and dingy even at the best of times.


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Jericho has been meaning to get a second look at the strange heroine in training who calls herself Nyx. She has some odd hardware on her person (possibly in her person) that seems to function not unlike his polymorpher. Which is strange to say the least since those were highly classified, and also worrisome since someone with a polymorpher tried to kill him recently.

It's late at night when he finally finds her. Hunting through the city grid to get a fix on her location. He's a network ghost. It'd take someone with legitimately amazing hacking skills to trace him. Oddly, Gotham has just such a person. An information goddess as it were. Double oddly, Aspect is leaving small crumbs so he can be followed more easily online. The real world? He doesn't like being followed there, but it becomes moot as a figure with glowing amber batwings drops down near Samantha.

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Nyx is walking home from Sho's Gotham premises and some training, which involved working some more on her motorycle a heaping helping of patience. So much instruction in Zen Patience. She isn't wearing her mask or anything on her walk to the bullet train back to NYC just trudging.

The amber light though is enough to get her attention and draw her up to a pause as she looks in that direction, just staring for a long moment before calling towards the figure "Hello…. are you some sort of bat person.. like… AmberBat or some such?"

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Aspects's activity on the Gotham digital network brings up some small alerts on Oracles systems. Nothing major, just alerts indicating that someone is active, most likely in places they shouldn't be. The redhead in the wheelchair frowns as the alerts show and pulls up the data feeds, noting the odd activity. What's most odd, is just how obvious the tracks are… and recognising the digital signature, Oracle smiles grimly. Opening an encoded comms channel, one that has already been allocated to one of the many people she has in her network, Oracle speaks "Aspect, you wanted to talk to me?"

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"Not a bat no." The voice might be familiar. The man is covered in circuit like traces that are shining through his shirt the same color as his wings. As he walks forward the wings vanish and the traces fade. Nyx may recognize the voice. And the face when he gets close enough. As he does she can see him smirk and cant his head slightly. "Hello here Oracle. Yes, I did want to talk to you. Both of you, actually."

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Nyx watches him approach "Neat trick." then she ohs "The consultant guy…and…" she pauses and looks around "Both of us.. what is an Oracle.. I mean isn't that like a Greek thing?" she cocks her head as she studies Jericho "Are you stalking me?"

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By now Oracle has a physical loction fix on Jericho and is pulling up the CCTV and security camera feeds from the area. Zooming in as much as possible, she focusses on the hacker and the young woman.

"Oh?" the woman doesn't sound overly impressed but that will be removed as her voice is digitally altered. "Next time, contact me directly and don't make me work for it please." What with her own new charge and the ''discussion'' with her fellow Bats, Oracle has more than enough on her hands without having to trace someone who wants to talk to her. "Who is she?"

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"A little bit." Jericho admits. Well, he was after all. Frowning, the hacker holds his left arm up. The traces on it glow blue and he projects a holographic image through which his internal communications with Oracle can be heard. "If hadn't bothered to find me it wouldn't have done either of us any good for me to call anyway. But, here we are."

He grins a bit and puts his free hand in his pocket. "Oracle, if you do a network search you may find an incredibly localized, info dense network near my location." Beat. "It isn't mine."

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Nyx frowns even more "A little bit… did Agent May ask you to stalk me?" she peers at the holographic image "What is that… and you still haven't really answered me as to what an Oracle is… your being evasive… which is I guess normal for a spy consultant…" she sighs. There is indeed an incredibly information dense network, or whatever it is, in something that almost isn't even a recognizable protocol. It is also intensely dangerously encrypted with a completely unknown (and otherworldy) encyption protocol that is frankly better than Aspects. All of which is centered on Nyx.

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Oracle does the search, and yes there is such a network. "Alright, yes I can see it. What about it?" The redhead is studying it now. "I am Oracle" she says in response to the young womans question "Don't worry about what I am, just know that I help people in need." The network is studied a little more and the Oracle states "So she is the network. What did you want with me?"

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Jericho looks at Nyx very carefully. He agreed to investigate this on the downlow and to keep it off SHIELD's books. He did not agree to keep it from Nyx. "You're emitting network signals Nyx. Really, really strange ones. Unknown encryption, dense signals, the whole works. Oracle's a tech expert. I wanted her to look at them." And he wanted a second look himself. He starts carefully probing the network. There, that shuold answer both questions at once.

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Nyx frowns "Network signals." like this was news to her. "Another SHIELD Consultant?" she asks Aspect and Oracle really. "How many consultants dos SHIELD have…"

Probing, well it is what it looks to be, incredibly alien in design and sophistication. Which may be a hint. At the active probing though, it starts to probe back aggressively. Mostly becuse it hasn't encountered demonic unlike the 'easymode' terran systems and returns the probing, fiercely.

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In the Clocktower, Oracle sighs "Is this SHIELD related, Jericho?" she may worry about the young woman, but avoiding SHIELDs interest was high on Oarcles list of DO's, if only to keep Batman happy. "No, Nyx was it?, I'm not a SHIELD consultant, I'm independant for the most part." She's running her own diagnostics on the network and signals, all mundanely humanly based of course.

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"This is off SHIELD's books. My contact asked me to look into it offline." Jericho says, mostly to reassure Nyx but also Oracle. "She wanted this kept away from their official notice. It gets messy when that happens. Believe me, I know." He pauses and sighs.

"Also, it's similar enough to systems people have tried to use to kill me that I have something of a personal stake."

"Well it didn't like that…" Jericho quickly sequesters his connections to the alien AI and scrambles his network ID again.

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Nyx eyes Aspect "Agent May seemed nice enough if kind of scary and Darce was great.." then her brow furrows "What are you even talking about…. I mean I hear Oracle now but it still feels like Im hearing half this conversation…"

With Aspect bailing the attention slides to Oracle and her more human and mundane system and starts to ride it back and parse it apart. It doesn't even pretend to be sneaky. It could be Nyx or something else really, it is definitely coming from around or within her for certain. She may just be trolling you both with her reactions.

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Oracle sees the attempts on her networks and disengages as quickly as she can, whilst checking her firewalls and IDS are still operational. "If you want me to check her out, I'm going to have to setup a sandboxed environment, whatever that is not getting access to my main systems." sandboxed, standalone, not connected to anything but her… Oracle has her thoughts on how to do this. "I would speak to you privately Jericho about the way to assess the systems."

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Jericho is checking the functionality of his own systems. Yep… seems okay. "Sure, we can do that Oracle." He says quietly. "Well, Nyx… something attached to you is very unusual and quite curious. It's like you're carrying a network around with you and I'm not entirely sure how."

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The teenager frowns deeper at that "I'm not sure what your talking about or why that would matter…" okay not she is getting squirrelly about it and she isn't the best liar at all. "I'm not doing anything wrong." Nyx protests now.

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"I'm sure you're not, Nyx. But whatever it is, it's coming from you and we need to get a handle on it. Please don't worry" the words, just yet, aren't stated by Oracle "I'll speak with Jericho and we'll work out how to do this safely for all of us." The question as to why it matters, the redhead will leave to Jericho to explain.

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Jericho holds his hands up placatingly, agreeing with Oracle. "You've done nothing wrong. You're not in trouble. But whatever that program running near is, it just tried to crack my encryption like an egg… and it's really good encryption." It didn't, for reasons Jericho isn't going to share with Nyx, but there you go. "And if you're not telling it what to do, that's somewhat concerning, for the both of us."

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Nyx chews on her lip and still seems all sorts of prickly about this whole topic for some reason. "I can't really explain all my powers. I am sure it is fine though." somewhat evasive, she can't or wont hard to say. "I… get why you are worried though if it is doing that." she really wishes it would knock it off, last thng she wants is someone to try to undo things.

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"And maybe we can help you with that explanation." Oracle is catching the nuances of the young womans delivery and the redhead raises an eyebrow. "I would sugges though, Nyx, that you share everything you know with us, otherwise it might get rather messy." This is probably one of the few times she wishes her tone would transmit digitally.

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Jericho also catches that tone and cants his head slightly to catch Nyx's attention. "Hey…" He says quietly. He gets it. He's had people want to take away what made him unique as well. Except in his case, that meant killing him… which they knew. "We're not here to dissect you or de-power you. May brought this to me because she knew I wouldn't and didn't trust SHIELD to have the same stance. We'll help you figure it out and make sure it isn't gonna bite you in the butt later. Or anyone else that you don't mean to."

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Aspect's words seem to get through to her better than Oracles did. "Fine.. I'm still not sure why you guys care or what business it is of yours ut I get why people might worry." she crosses her arms. "No one is taking it away from me.. but if yuo arent about to try anything then ok." she eyes Aspect then sighs, maybe she is tired "I don't know why it is dong anything like that.. I had no idea it was even .. networkng or doing anything other than ..well the powers. Im no mutant or meta or anything though… I found .. this silver liquid stuff… and it gave me these powers."

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Oracle shakes her head. Young people… "Where did you find the silver liquid stuff, Nyx?" If she gets that, maybe she can find out what it was and how it works. Letting Jericho look after the young womans concerns, suits Oracle down to the ground.

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That would be the pertinent question there. Jericho keeps Oracle's transmitter (and his projecton of it) open as he stuffs his free hand into his pocket and listens intently.

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Nyx tracks Aspect's hands, because well hers are really dangerous so who knows what amber-wing consultant guy can do. She looks up though meeting his eyes, squint. "From an asteroid." okay she probably means meteorite since she presumably wasn't up in space, but still…. explains a lot and complicates everything.

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Eyebrows get raised and Oracle sighs. "And where did you find this meteorite? It would help, Nyx, if you gave us the whole story… We're trying to work out how to help you and without knowing how this all came to be, it makes our jobs that much more difficult." Oracle sits forward and puts her elbows on the console, while she waits for the next installment from Nyx.

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Jericho's hands can be dangerous. As can the rest of him. It's perhaps his eyes that are the most unusal thing about him, though. When Nyx's gaze tracks up to meet his they flash. It's like someone lit a torch beneath a pool of molten amber. People don't have eyes that look like this. Hell, animals don't have eyes that look like this.

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Nyx shakes her head "I don't know either of you … you say you want to help but all I know is your some freelance Oracle and he is some sort of SHIELD consultant working off the books. I don't know you at all and you say you want to help.. and I don't like talking about this at all especially when you might not really want to help me .. you might want to do all the bad things he said you dont't.. which if you intend that I will fight you." she seems very adamant about that. "There isn't anything to find … when I found it .. it was a silver egg in the crater and when I touched it .. well it went into my hands.. it didn't leave anything I could see behind…" she frowns "It crashed in Pelham Bay Park.. I thought it was a shooting star but it crashed so I went to find it…" Bronx, large park on the waterfront.

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New York. The fragments of the meteor, if any, will have been taken in by one scientific group or another which means Jericho can follow up on that front and see if there is indeed anything to find. The hacker shrugs at Nyx' understandable caution. "Fair enough, but I tracked you through Gotham without you knowing and so far I haven't done anything but glow a little. So there is that to consider." He seems to find the notion that he consults for SHIELD particularly amusing.

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"You're right, you don't know me. And I don't know you." Oracle speaks to the young woman. "Really Nyx, Jericho found you and you're still there, not being taken somewhere… and we're talking to you, not fighting with you. I understand your concern, I would have it myself… What more do you need from us to prove our intentions are good?" The redhead shrugs and shifts in her chair slightly. "Jericho, I assume you can assist in seeing what's left of the meteorite and where it might be?"

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Right, well if the footage of Nyx's exploits is any sign, what you have here is a girl who barely squeeked by High School, worked a dead end fast food job because she probably couldn't even get into community college, in possession of some sort of alien something giving her superhuman strength capable of ripping steel like it wasn't anything and some sort of energy blasts that can punh a hole right through the Time Square jumbotron and into the building beyond. Oh and get shot by some of intergangs best energy weapons and walk it off… and a very sophesticated network protocol.. and god only knows what else.

Nyx shrugs a bit "There wasn't a meteorite it a was a silver egg…" to her eyes, there may have bee a meteor casing. Of course a silver egg sounds way worse on any count. "I .. don't know. Do either of you know Nightmare Tokyo or Hawkeye.. uh the girl Hawkeye… maybe they could vouch for you?"

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"Kate knows me. Ask about Aspect or Jericho." He's been helpful in the past and the ex-soldier genuinely likes the young archeress. "I'm afraid the name Nightmare Tokyo doesn't ring a bell. Oh wait… he was the one going after those cursed paintings. Young swordsman. Japanese. Don't really know him I'm afraid."

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"Yes, I know Hawkeye. We've worked together." Remembering their last conversation makes Oracle a little sad. "As to Tokyo Nightmare, I know him but I doubt he knows me."

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Nyx nods there "Okay… I'll talk to Hawkeye later and see what she has to say about the two of you." she looks around a little uncomfortable "You both can obviously find me if you want to talk more about this stuff." right.. stuff… "I'm going to go home now and not sleep well… but I hope it is nice to meet you both and I don't end up regretting this conversation… hell who knows maybe you with all your wierd glowing can actually help me figure out what all I can do and how…" a light shrug and she looks ready to go catch her train before she misses the last one to NYC, also she looks ready to punch Aspect in the face if he tries to detain her.

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Jericho shrugs. "Perhaps, perhaps not, but it's worth a shot." He's got some data from briefly probing and being, er, probed. He'll send it over to Oracle and also up to K'tten on the Starfire. If it is of extra terrestrial origin, it's possible the Tamarrans may have some record of it. Or at least be able to make some sense of it. That's his hope at any rate.

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"Here's a way you can contact me Nyx" Oracle provides Nyx the details of a comms channel she can use "Reach out anytime you need help… " As to not sleeping well, who sleeps much anyway? "Jericho, will you be in touch soon?"

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Nyx pauses to pull out her phone so she can take a note of that information from Oracle, then tucks it away. "Thanks." she nods to Jericho and then starts for her train.. getting clear of this tension causing conversation.

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Once Nyx is clear Jericho begins walking toward Downtown Gotham. "Yeah, I'll stop by your place." Beat. "Tonight."


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