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DON'T NEED NO ALIBI - plot opener & flashback
« on: July 16, 2019, 02:44:04 PM »
AND CHANCES ARE, THEY WON'T GO FAR | | |
TW: Mentions of murder / death, violence, implications of unhealthy relationships

"Stephen Wells, aged thirty, traditionally masculine; I want people who will help me find him, and kill him." Salem said, slamming down three crudely drawn wanted posters onto the table casino table.
"It's likely that these two will also be there; Timothy Baxter and Lillian Baxter. Weapons dealers, incredibly dangerous, but it's likely they can be reasoned with or taken out. Anything you can steal from there you can keep, I don't give a shit." Salem stopped to take a breath, and adjusted his collar.
"So? You in or what?"

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Stephen had always been gentle. A gentle heart, a gentle hand. He did not flinch when people rose their voices, or when blood stained his clothes and it never washed out; he was a pirate like the rest of them, but he'd been a good man.

After Carter - their captain, their friend - had been killed, Stephen could be heard crying deep into the night. Sometimes wailing, sometimes trying to muffle his sobbing. Monty and Stephen would spend time on the deck, staring out at where the sea met the stars, Monty rubbing circles into Stephen's back until his eyes finally dried and his breathing became less hitched.

Monty asked if Stephen had been in love with Carter, Stephen didn't have an answer.

What love might've been attached faded in the coming years. Monty staged the mutiny, and became Captain Salem II; but in the future he'd simply be known as Salem, his brother's legacy buried as time went on.

Salem remembered the first time him and Stephen had kissed; it'd felt intimate, unlike Salem's on and off relationships with some of the other crewmembers. Salem pulled away and Stephen commented that he looked like his brother.

Stephen still cried, sometimes. Salem would continue to find it in himself to rub circles into Stephen's back and name constellations until Stephen's breathing evened, and the night became quiet except for the crashing waves.

Salem still remembered the scream ripping out of his throat as Stephen helped hold him down while Casey carved into him. Stephen murmured words of apology and comfort, but it was as empty as his eyes as he stared down at the writhing, terrified man in front of him.

On the ship that night, there was nobody to rub circles into Stephen's back anymore.
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Re: DON'T NEED NO ALIBI - plot opener & flashback
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2019, 03:57:03 PM »
C  A  T  A  L  Y  S  T
Cat looked up from what they had been doing when they heard Salem speak up, displaying several posters on a table. With a small sigh they got up and walked over, looking skeptically over the papers. "So when you told me not to worry about your old crew..?" They raised an eyebrow and lifted their gaze to the man as they trailed off.

Spoiler: IF YOU DONT KNOW NOW YOU KNOW && INFO && 07/14/19 • show
GENERAL   welcome to the end of eras, ice has melted back to life
⇥ Given name is Scott Mathew Darrow ⇥ Goes only by Catalyst or Cat
⇥ Assigned male at birth ⇥ Agender ⇥ They/Them pronouns only
Twenty-one ⇥ Born 11/27/17 ⇥ Sagittarius ⇥ Real time aging
Boss (leader) of the Badlands ⇥ Ex prisoner of the Badlands
⇥ Ex cultist (Mourningstar) ⇥ Ex member of the Young Rogues

RECENT EVENTS   done my time and served my sentence
⇥ 06/26/39 ⇥ Led a raid on the Insurrection
⇥ 06/29/39 ⇥ Reunited with Louie
⇥ 06/26/39 ⇥ Had a talk with their father

APPEARANCE   dress me up and watch me die
⇥ Catalyst is 6'2" tall; they possess a lean and muscular body, one that has a variety of old scars adorning it. One of the easiest to notice is one that stretches down their right cheek. While not a scar, one very notable marking on their chest is the "BL" brand. They have two piercings, one in their tongue and the other in the cartilage of their left ear. They typically dress in dark colors (favoring jackets with some sort of writing on the back), and their hair is black. They're not all dark, however, as they have pale blue eyes that peer out from beneath medium-sized eyebrows.

PERSONALITY   if it feels good, tastes good, it must be mine
⇥ Catalyst is ambitious, with the cunning and ruthlessness to reach their goals by any means necessary. They can be brutal when they feel it is needed, however when it's not they won't bother. They tend to be rather aloof and apathetic to most things and people, with some very rare exceptions. Provided those around them don't cross a few specific lines, they're content to leave them be, though they've been known to take an interest in some people, which seldom has a positive end for whoever their interest is in. They can be manipulative, and will often encourage people to make bad decisions. Those that stick by them will be rewarded, but those that do not will be cast out, as they've been outcast for their entire life and have learned to appreciate loyalty wherever they can find it. Even during the most stressful of situations, they usually keep a firm grip on their temper and keep their calm, though when they do snap and lose their temper, it is uncontrollable. They're remarkably observant, often able to deign much from subtle clues in what people say, how they say it and how they act.

RELATIONS   dynasty decapitated, you just might see a ghost tonight
⇥ Molly Darrow x Austin Darrow ⇥ No siblings
⇥ Adopted parent of Molly Valentina Darrow-Lupei (Mo)
Pansexual/Panromantic ⇥ Very much taken ⇥ One Crush
⇥ Not looking but it happened ⇥ Rarely forms romantic attachment
⇥ Holds most people at arms length and doesn't get close

INTERACTION   i'm taking back the c r o w n
Hard physicallyHard mentally ⇥ Doesn't let their guard down
⇥ Is most comfortable with close ranged-weapons ⇥ Dislikes guns
Brass knuckles ⇥ A variety of knives ⇥ Carries a handgun
⇥ Will kill/capture/maim in certain circumstances
⇥ Will leave things be in others ⇥ Will start & finish fights
⇥ No kill/capture/maim without permission
⇥ Attack in bold #0d0d0d and tag @/Bryne
⇥ Peaceful powerplay allowed but they may react negatively
⇥ Dislikes almost any sort of touch unless they initiate or agree to it

I've been defeated I begged for what I needed
I suffered now I'm ready for war

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Re: DON'T NEED NO ALIBI - plot opener & flashback
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2019, 03:19:20 PM »
AND CHANCES ARE, THEY WON'T GO FAR | | |
Salem looked up at Cat, his gaze hard and lips drawn tight. He'd toyed with the possibility that Cat might try to stop him, or at the least hinder him, but then he'd thrown the idea out under the assumption that Cat wouldn't care if he was going out and killing people with no ties to major groups.

"You still shouldn't worry about them, I'm taking care of it." Salem stated plainly. "They aren't stupid enough to retaliate against me or anybody who goes with me, not when they find out we came from the Badlands."
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Re: DON'T NEED NO ALIBI - plot opener & flashback
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2019, 08:10:14 AM »

— while catalyst had wandered closer to look at the papers, addy had stayed back in his seat, watching the two converse before he tried to make up his mind. he honestly didn’t give a shit about finding someone and killing them for salem’s personal vendetta - but he did care about stealing from possible weapon dealers. it’d be nice to get a few new weapons on hand.
 
“i want in,” he chimed after a moment, glancing between the two for a moment before adding, “but i’m not killing the guy- sounds like it’s something you should do.” but he’d help, at the very least.
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Re: DON'T NEED NO ALIBI - plot opener & flashback
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2019, 10:51:47 PM »
C  A  T  A  L  Y  S  T
Would they care if someone killed someone of no affiliation with any neighboring groups? No, not really, at the start of their reign they'd even encouraged it to a degree. Having a family had changed that, to an extent; they no longer sought out the thrill of the fight or felt the need to assert themself as some kind of force to be feared. Did that mean they'd back down from a fight or be hesitant to lay down the law? No, not at all.

They were a tamer person; they didn't need discourse with Molly or enemies that might take them away from Gavril and Mo. Or worse, enemies that would go after their loved ones. But the violence was still there, under their skin, and it was going to stay there for a long time. Maybe forever. They couldn't imagine walking around unarmed, nor could they imagine a time when they wouldn't be prepared to use their weapons.

"Yeah, with my people." That alone would be enough to get their close attention, but now he was going to use the group's reputation as a shield? "I think you'll find that people tend to be incredibly fugging stupid. Little dogs pick fights with big dogs. If you're going to use the Badlands to back your shit up, it better be worth backing up." Addy volunteered to go, and they shrugged. They trusted him a hell of a lot more than they trusted Salem.

Spoiler: IF YOU DONT KNOW NOW YOU KNOW && INFO && 07/14/19 • show
GENERAL   welcome to the end of eras, ice has melted back to life
⇥ Given name is Scott Mathew Darrow ⇥ Goes only by Catalyst or Cat
⇥ Assigned male at birth ⇥ Agender ⇥ They/Them pronouns only
Twenty-one ⇥ Born 11/27/17 ⇥ Sagittarius ⇥ Real time aging
Boss (leader) of the Badlands ⇥ Ex prisoner of the Badlands
⇥ Ex cultist (Mourningstar) ⇥ Ex member of the Young Rogues

RECENT EVENTS   done my time and served my sentence
⇥ 06/26/39 ⇥ Led a raid on the Insurrection
⇥ 06/29/39 ⇥ Reunited with Louie
⇥ 06/26/39 ⇥ Had a talk with their father

APPEARANCE   dress me up and watch me die
⇥ Catalyst is 6'2" tall; they possess a lean and muscular body, one that has a variety of old scars adorning it. One of the easiest to notice is one that stretches down their right cheek. While not a scar, one very notable marking on their chest is the "BL" brand. They have two piercings, one in their tongue and the other in the cartilage of their left ear. They typically dress in dark colors (favoring jackets with some sort of writing on the back), and their hair is black. They're not all dark, however, as they have pale blue eyes that peer out from beneath medium-sized eyebrows.

PERSONALITY   if it feels good, tastes good, it must be mine
⇥ Catalyst is ambitious, with the cunning and ruthlessness to reach their goals by any means necessary. They can be brutal when they feel it is needed, however when it's not they won't bother. They tend to be rather aloof and apathetic to most things and people, with some very rare exceptions. Provided those around them don't cross a few specific lines, they're content to leave them be, though they've been known to take an interest in some people, which seldom has a positive end for whoever their interest is in. They can be manipulative, and will often encourage people to make bad decisions. Those that stick by them will be rewarded, but those that do not will be cast out, as they've been outcast for their entire life and have learned to appreciate loyalty wherever they can find it. Even during the most stressful of situations, they usually keep a firm grip on their temper and keep their calm, though when they do snap and lose their temper, it is uncontrollable. They're remarkably observant, often able to deign much from subtle clues in what people say, how they say it and how they act.

RELATIONS   dynasty decapitated, you just might see a ghost tonight
⇥ Molly Darrow x Austin Darrow ⇥ No siblings
⇥ Adopted parent of Molly Valentina Darrow-Lupei (Mo)
Pansexual/Panromantic ⇥ Very much taken ⇥ One Crush
⇥ Not looking but it happened ⇥ Rarely forms romantic attachment
⇥ Holds most people at arms length and doesn't get close

INTERACTION   i'm taking back the c r o w n
Hard physicallyHard mentally ⇥ Doesn't let their guard down
⇥ Is most comfortable with close ranged-weapons ⇥ Dislikes guns
Brass knuckles ⇥ A variety of knives ⇥ Carries a handgun
⇥ Will kill/capture/maim in certain circumstances
⇥ Will leave things be in others ⇥ Will start & finish fights
⇥ No kill/capture/maim without permission
⇥ Attack in bold #0d0d0d and tag @/Bryne
⇥ Peaceful powerplay allowed but they may react negatively
⇥ Dislikes almost any sort of touch unless they initiate or agree to it

I've been defeated I begged for what I needed
I suffered now I'm ready for war

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Re: DON'T NEED NO ALIBI - plot opener & flashback
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2019, 02:48:19 PM »
AND CHANCES ARE, THEY WON'T GO FAR | | |
Yes, he actually had an interested party and not Catalyst being overprotective. "Good, I'll count you in. And I don't care who kills him, but thanks for the consideration bud." Salem said, grinning at Addy and giving him a covert thumbs-up before turning his attention back to Catalyst.

"Your people can make their own decisions, captain. Don't treat them like children who need their asses wiped." Salem snapped back, frustration curling in his mind at Catalyst's continued arguing. "You're right, little dogs do pick fights with big dogs. But Shire's not stupid; the most idiotic thing I've ever seen him do was leave me alive. I lived with the man for over a decade, I think on this subject I've got more expertise than you're willing to admit." Salem snapped, before drawing his elbows up and rubbing the bridge of his nose.
Being lectured by someone who was barely past the point of legally being able to drink; it was insulting, and infuriating that he had to keep reminding himself to be deferential since he was the little dog in this case.

"Sorry- I'm a bit worked up, cap. I'd like to have your blessing for this, but even if I don't get it I cannot walk away from this fight." Salem ended, looking up at Catalyst and hopefully catching Cat's gaze; if so, he'd continue to stare determinedly at Cat until he received an answer.
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Re: DON'T NEED NO ALIBI - plot opener & flashback
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2019, 08:08:21 PM »
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Really? They were being overprotective and a helicopter leader? No, this was fucking nothing, not compared to Mourningstar, where just about everyone was watched and monitored. There was hardly anything that you could do that wouldn't be reported back to Derick; Cat had gotten it to a lesser extent than say Honey, found reprieve with Susie, but for the rest of the cultists? Nothing was private, and no consequential decision got made without Derick or Cat's influence.

"I'm not and I don't. Any one of them can make whatever decision they want, but if there's a chance that it blows back on everyone else, I pay attention. Learn the difference." They crossed their arms. "Yeah, well maybe I wouldn't be concerned if you were making that clear without the attitude." They glanced away, over at Addy, who had been so quick to volunteer. "Seems like all you've gotta do is stand still and the fight will walk away from you."

//this is proper shit but I managed to reply and that's amazing

Spoiler: IF YOU DONT KNOW NOW YOU KNOW && INFO && 07/25/19 • show
GENERAL   welcome to the end of eras, ice has melted back to life
⇥ Given name is Scott Mathew Darrow ⇥ Goes only by Catalyst or Cat
⇥ Assigned male at birth ⇥ Agender ⇥ They/Them pronouns only
Twenty-one ⇥ Born 11/27/17 ⇥ Sagittarius ⇥ Real time aging
Boss (leader) of the Badlands ⇥ Ex prisoner of the Badlands
⇥ Ex cultist (Mourningstar) ⇥ Ex member of the Young Rogues

RECENT EVENTS   done my time and served my sentence
⇥ 07/16/39 ⇥ Saw their parents announce their vow renewal
⇥ 07/14/39 ⇥ Attended Blake and Eddie's wedding
⇥ 06/26/39 ⇥ Led a raid on the Insurrection

APPEARANCE   dress me up and watch me die
⇥ Catalyst is 6'2" tall; they possess a lean and muscular body, one that has a variety of old scars adorning it. One of the easiest to notice is one that stretches down their right cheek. While not a scar, one very notable marking on their chest is the "BL" brand. They have two piercings, one in their tongue and the other in the cartilage of their left ear. They typically dress in dark colors (favoring jackets with some sort of writing on the back), and their hair is black. They're not all dark, however, as they have pale blue eyes that peer out from beneath medium-sized eyebrows.

PERSONALITY   if it feels good, tastes good, it must be mine
⇥ Catalyst is ambitious, with the cunning and ruthlessness to reach their goals by any means necessary. They can be brutal when they feel it is needed, however when it's not they won't bother. They tend to be rather aloof and apathetic to most things and people, with some very rare exceptions. Provided those around them don't cross a few specific lines, they're content to leave them be, though they've been known to take an interest in some people, which seldom has a positive end for whoever their interest is in. They can be manipulative, and will often encourage people to make bad decisions. Those that stick by them will be rewarded, but those that do not will be cast out, as they've been outcast for their entire life and have learned to appreciate loyalty wherever they can find it. Even during the most stressful of situations, they usually keep a firm grip on their temper and keep their calm, though when they do snap and lose their temper, it is uncontrollable. They're remarkably observant, often able to deign much from subtle clues in what people say, how they say it and how they act.

RELATIONS   dynasty decapitated, you just might see a ghost tonight
⇥ Molly Darrow x Austin Darrow ⇥ No siblings
⇥ Adopted parent of Molly Valentina Darrow-Lupei (Mo)
Pansexual/Panromantic ⇥ Very much taken ⇥ One Crush
⇥ Not looking but it happened ⇥ Rarely forms romantic attachment
⇥ Holds most people at arms length and doesn't get close

INTERACTION   i'm taking back the c r o w n
Hard physicallyHard mentally ⇥ Doesn't let their guard down
⇥ Is most comfortable with close ranged-weapons ⇥ Dislikes guns
Brass knuckles ⇥ A variety of knives ⇥ Carries a handgun
⇥ Will kill/capture/maim in certain circumstances
⇥ Will leave things be in others ⇥ Will start & finish fights
⇥ No kill/capture/maim without permission
⇥ Attack in bold #0d0d0d and tag @/Bryne
⇥ Peaceful powerplay allowed but they may react negatively
⇥ Dislikes almost any sort of touch unless they initiate or agree to it

I've been defeated I begged for what I needed
I suffered now I'm ready for war