Allie had trouble figuring out the situation. She couldn't position herself close enough to hear what the boy was talking about without drawing attention to herself, so she settled for a safe but distant position. She recognized the girl he was talking to, Isobel, from a few shared clubs. 'Does she know? They seem to be talking at length. I may have to ask her next time we're in club.'
After some time Allie pulled out DataSec. "DataSec. Start recording our movements. I think the target is about to start moving." Or rather, the two had stopped eating, at least. Isobel had gotten up and left, so that means that the boy would be next to leave.
...Or a dragon could stomp through the door that Isobel had left through. Allie had not considered that option, but here she was, in the middle of it. She shot up from her seat, quickly scanning the area. There were plenty of ways to exit, but she had to observe what was going to happen next. Allie ran along the walls to get a better vantage of the upcoming fight. The dragon was making a beeline towards the crossdresser. 'Ah. It must be a challenge. Now we'll see his true combat ability. Maybe his choice in clothing has to do with this.'
It closed in on him. He even said something strange about fate. It didn't seem like he was trying to evade. 'How long is he going to play chicken?! He must have a serious last-second technique to wait this long.'
'...Should I have tried to save him?' Allie thought as the possibility that the boy had no plan came to mind.
In case the situation evolved further, Allie began compiling her summon for her Load-Bearing Armor. While it probably wouldn't help against a dragon, it couldn't hurt.
Allie had seen it coming. However, she could not act in time to stop it. A girl - Allie had seen her around the school - was about to trip. Allie had just began to turn to her when it happened. And she spectacularly fell.
Allie had a glimpse, for the second time today, of something she should not have. Except for this time, there was something that she suspected nobody should have seen.
But the... person that had tripped seemed to think nothing of it. Even gave her a flippant remark. She could not process things in time to reply to her- him. "Uh." She managed to make a stammered sound, but that was it. He walked away without a care in the world, seemingly unaware of what he had just done to Allie.
Allie eventually found herself able to move, and she managed to put away her dish. But she was still perplexed. The thought she kept returning to was, '...But why?' She checked DataSec. She still had time before her class, since she was not concerned with being early. 'Do other people know?'
She hadn't practiced tailing people much, but this seemed like a good time to practice. It was practice, and not necessarily interest in the boy. She had to know why someone would do that. And of course, if anyone even knew other than Allie. Tailing and fact-finding were well within skills she needed to practice, anyway.
With that in mind, she kept an eye on him while keeping her distance. If he finished eating, she would follow. An exercise to see if she could do so undetected.
Though she tried to hide it, Allie's eyes quickly flashed to the bit that Corona summoned. For a split second Allie had tensed up, but she quickly relaxed. Though she knew that Corona wouldn't actually do anything like starting a fight with her, especially not in the cafeteria, Allie's mind liked to move towards what Allie could do if such an unlikely situation appeared. Under ordinary circumstances, Allie would have been searching for exit points or cover, but she had a slight burn of embarrassment as she thought about what the others at her table would think if she froze up and started looking at all of the ways out of the room. Rather than that, she changed her attention to what Esther was doing-
Allie very quickly averted her eyes after she saw something she was sure she shouldn't have. '...There are many types of courage in this world, I see...' Allie wasn't sure what to do with the red-striped information she just gained. 'Maybe it will come in handy some day...' Information was never a bad thing, but in this situation it seemed less than useful.
Allie was still at odds with what she had seen when Esther spoke up about the food. "Ah... It definitely seemed delicious." Which was the truth, from everything Allie heard Esther say about it. And the fact that it was good enough for her to forget her clothing's... issues.
The two finished before her, which didn't surprise Allie. She definitely wasn't a very fast eater, especially in the morning. She gave a shallow nod as the two bade farewell. A little bit after, she herself finished up her meal, and silently walked out of the cafeteria towards her first class.
Allie had tried to pick up something balanced for her breakfast, though she did find herself unable to avoid the pancakes. She sat down at an empty table, making sure to set down on a corner of the cafeteria.
A corner was best, of course, because she could not be caught off guard by anyone. Which was, admittedly, not really an issue she was concerned with in the mornings at the school, but most of her manuals read that practicing vigilance at all times was important. When it becomes actually necessary, it will be like second nature. With her position, somebody could never-
"Huh?" Allie was startled as two others had sat down at her table. Maybe she was still waking up, to not have noticed two people coming towards her table.
Muffled from within her coat, she heard DataSec's voice. "Allie. My sensors indicate there are two approaching your table. This report is delayed due to poor sensor placement. Please relocate sensors to a more visible position to-" Allie cut her off.
"Oh. Morning." Allie fidgeted in her seat self-consciously, cutting a slice of pancake dripping with syrup. She glanced at Corona and Esther, two classmates of hers.
Allie couldn't quite understand their outfits, but she had never really considered herself much of a coordinator. 'How are her legs not cold?' she thought as she looked at Esther's dress. Though she didn't really see the need to dress as well as these two, Allie did feel somewhat self-conscious, being the outlier at the table now. 'Does it make me stand out more to NOT wear dresses like these two? Maybe mom was right...' She mulled it over as she ate her slice of pancake.
[pending] Floor, Dorm [pending], House Machina Tower
A monotone voice softly broke the silence in Allie's room. "It is the time of your morning alarm." The dark room, window blocked by blackout curtains, was illuminated by a soft light. The hologram of a tiny girl stood within the source of light, and continued. "It appears that you were already awake. In that case, I will give my night report." DataSec paused, as if waiting for some kind of affirmation.
Allie never really was one to talk in the first few hours of the morning. Her stirring from the bed was going to be the only confirmation DataSec would get. She slowly did a few stretches, feeling a light soreness in her muscles from the previous day's training. She had begun to stand as DataSec started speaking, seemingly giving up on the chances of Allie saying anything to her. "There were no attempted entries into your room. There were no attempts at surveillance of your room. There were several statistical outliers in nightly occurences, however. There were three percent more footsteps outside your room than the average for a weekday. You turned over in your sleep eight times which is lower than average. Around two hours into your sleep, you chewed on your pillow and mumbled nonsense about desserts-"
Allie put her hand over DataSec's hologram projector, disrupting the AI's image. Not that it actually stopped her from saying things, but it was a gesture that meant "cease immediately." Allie had configured that after the first few nights that she had DataSec watch her room.
Allie dressed herself in silence, peering outside from the room's blackout shades. It seemed peaceful, like normal. As peaceful as the academy could be at least. She slipped on her pants, shirt, and surplus jacket, tucking DataSec's storage device into one of the jacket's large pockets. With that, she stepped out of her room, making her way to the cafeteria.
Name | Allie Sydra Age | 16 Gender | F Level/Tier | Adept 2 House | Machina Appearance/Attire |
Better drawing potentially sometime, who knows. Bear with me.
Alignment | Maverick
Personality/Habits | Allie is a fairly stoic girl. She tries to keep her cool at all times, though someone who knows her well enough can see her emotions from subtle cues. She tries her best to keep aware of her surroundings, which to others may make her appear shifty or untrustworthy.
Allie tries to subdue her fascination with military equipment around others, but even her cool exterior can fade if prompted. She can give a spirited discussion about them for hours if asked, perhaps talking more in those moments than others have seen her talk before.
If she respects the person in question, she will take work or tasks from them seriously. However, if they come from someone she does not respect, or thinks the order is an abuse of power, she will usually not complete it or even outright refuse. In a similar manner, she will intervene to protect someone from unfair treatment, whether it means helping with homework or even jumping into a fight.
Background | Allie was raised as a relatively sheltered and bookish girl. Perhaps it could be said that she was a fan of fiction and cutting-edge technology. In that sense, it was no wonder that she applied for L'Mordryn.
Allie joined Machina because she was fascinated by the high technology that she could see in the world; however she was even more amazed by what could be summoned from other worlds. After summoning an electronic field manual for soldier training within the other world, she was amazed by what they were capable of doing with their technology. With that in mind, she tries to summon equipment that would let her emulate the other world's most advanced fighters were capable of.
Favorite Summons |
An AI held within a simple storage device, with a holographic interface and basic camera. While DataSec can't interact with anything or even move on her own, she is a fairly powerful database creation and analysis AI. She can quickly scan, compile, and condense information given to her.
Allie often summons her to quickly deal with homework she finds boring. At times she uses her to organize her sporadic notes.
While DataSec's base storage device only has simple input and output through camera and holographic projector, it also can slot into some other things she summons, enhancing them in some way.
Combining ballistic armor with a load-bearing exoskeleton, this armor allows for the operator to remain mobile despite the amount of protection it offers. Comes with storage for all kinds of items. And weapons, if she has any.
Allie is afraid to be seen with it, so she usually wears it when she is in her room, or when she trains at night.
If summoned alongside DataSec, she will use her camera and data processing ability to cover Allie's blind spots and expand her awareness to 360 degrees.
A strange design, it features the weight, controls, and ergonomics of popular service rifles in the other world, but the internals have been modified to be used as a training weapon. Instead of firing conventional or caseless ammunition, a powerful and compact air compressor is used to simulate the force of a normal cartridge. Intended as a training weapon that can be used without a conventional shooting range area, it features modular parts that let it mimic various types of firearms with simple parts changes, from long rifles to compact PDWs. The air compressor is powered by detachable batteries that mimic the size and weight of conventional magazines, and recharge themselves automatically by movement of the operator combined with photovoltaic energy.
While the compressed air blast is not lethal, it can be used to punch or batter opponents from short distances. In addition, the air blast can be used to launch projectiles if they are loaded into the weapon correctly.
Allie has lodged many pencils into walls with it.
If summoned alongside DataSec, the data processing added will allow the weapon's airblast to be tuned for longer range and more powerful bursts, and allow for perfect ballistic calculations if firing a projectile with the Trainer.
Resembling a robotic football linebacker, and geared towards quick and compact training excercises, this drone features training programs for martial arts, both armed and unarmed. Supposedly originally designed for counter-terrorism training, this drone features various programs intended to challenge even a seasoned veteran. It is covered with a variable-hardness foam that will change depending on the usage of bare hands or weapons.
While Allie mainly uses it to train herself, she knows firsthand what can happen if it is set to the harder difficulties and pointed at the wrong person.
The sparring drone has no compatability with DataSec, as it has its own AI module within it. While not very intelligent outside of its sparring abilities, it can follow basic commands and rules. The AI will never inflict permanent harm on any human with its sparring program, as a basic rule burned into its design.
Summoning complexity is tied to both physical complexity and intelligence, right? Does one carry more weight than the other?
To frame the question; Summoning a database AI in a simple PDA or storage device: High intelligence but low physical complexity. Summmoning a surveillance drone that can both fly, walk, and record in various filters like Night Vision and Thermals but with basic pathfinding intelligence and not much else; Low intelligence, high physical complexity. Would they be about equal in difficulty, or would one be higher in difficulty?
In addition, would a mental link for Machina house members be some kind of direct input to the technology? Would their link allow them to interface and command directly, rather than using something like a controller or a computer?