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Epimetheus wasn't like Prometheus when it came to powers and magic. He had power, sure, but he'd never mastered it the way his twin had. He hadn't needed to, really. He'd never been trapped in the mortal realm after all, he came and went as he pleased- Using portals. ...Portals he generally had others open for him. However, since he was traveling alone lately, the only way to pop back home for a bit was to crack one open himself, using the only spell he knew to do so. A very blunt spell, honestly, that Prometheus had scolded him time and time again for using. 'Spells like this aren't like garage door openers, you know. They don't just open one portal, they'll open any in range,' the other titan had scolded, though all Epimetheus had said in return was 'What's a garage door?'.

That had been some time ago, but Epimetheus had used the spell many times since. He'd never noticed any ill effects personally, and didn't have the foresight to see how it might go a bit wrong. So this morning when he'd popped home to see Pandora, he'd gone on as he always did- Oblivious to any trouble he might be causing elsewhere.

(Portals are opening and closing all over london, letting things into the city from other places, times, ect. The sky is the limit here! Have anything you want slip through into the city- Or maybe let your pups go stumbling through one themselves? The choice is yours! This post will be open all next week, so tag in and then check back often! As always, we trust you guys not to go too crazy with this power, but please, no wrecking the city or doing anything that might cause gamewide issues without checking in with us first. Also, like any plot, feel free to have your pups sit out or be completely oblivious to the chaos. Assume that Torchwood and the like are keeping it out of the papers. ;) Have fun!)

Date: 2017-05-09 12:19 am (UTC)
finlay_flynn: (looking up)
From: [personal profile] finlay_flynn
"Well you brought us here, didn't you?" Fin snapped, assuming whatever had happened was something to do with the wizard's wizarding.

The ground shuddered and Fin looked unsteady as he used his magic to cast a shield around them. It wouldn't last long, but it would, hopefully, buy them some time to think- And temporarily prevent the machine from smashing Felix's pretty skull in.

"Felix, I don't know how to fight robots!" Fin insisted, one hand held out to keep his magic steady as he held the shield in place for as long as he was able. "The things that attack me generally have actual faces and very scary looking swords."

Date: 2017-05-09 03:24 am (UTC)
harrowgate: (wizard)
From: [personal profile] harrowgate
"I didn't bring us here!" Felix argued, ducking even though he could sense the shape of the shield. Barely a minute had passed since he'd been on the street in London, and he hadn't time to think. He flung out one hand, his own magic seeking for anything to latch onto, anything to give him information about the thing now trying to kill them.

The automaton's fist fell away from them, sliding off the shield Fin had created. The ground shook again when it landed, and then the sound of grinding gears came again, along with the ticking of the clockworks within the metal barrel of its body. It had to right itself again before it could attack.

As it straightened up, Felix caught a glimpse of something glowing and grinding in the gaps between the construct's head and its body. It looked not unlike the inner workings of an engine. "Fin!" he called, stumbling back a few steps to be out of the thing's reach. "It's like a car. You stop a car by turning off the power. We have to cut off its power source!"

Date: 2017-05-09 07:05 pm (UTC)
finlay_flynn: (white)
From: [personal profile] finlay_flynn
Right, so, they had magically wound up somewhere that wasn't London, and a robot was trying to smash them. ...Right, good, brilliant. Taking a calming breath, the fae forced himself to think rather than panic.

Fin let his vision go dark in favour of keeping the shield up a while longer, and though he couldn't see what Felix was seeing, he nodded a little.

"Well, I can either keep this shield up for you, or I can help you switch off the power- But I can't do both," he said. "This shield is taking all my power- I've had to let my vision go dark, Felix. ...If you guide me, I can protect us both while you work on disabling it's power source, but if you need a second set of hands, I'll need a moment for my vision to return first. ...Usually it takes about thirty seconds."

Date: 2017-05-11 02:29 am (UTC)
harrowgate: by unopened (sparkle)
From: [personal profile] harrowgate
The automaton had straightened up again, and Felix did not know how it might try to attack next. He knew what he needed to do, and he didn't have time to think.

He surged up behind Fin, suddenly very close and very tall. "We don't have thirty seconds," he breathed. "Keep it up until I tell you to drop it." Both heavy hands rested on Fin's shoulders to direct him back several steps, watching the construct all the while. He did not have time to figure out how to dismantle the power source. Much more direct action was called for.

The monster creaked and groaned again, and Felix gripped Finlay's shoulder to hold him steady. There was a sound like a freight train trying to brake at a hundred miles an hour, and a crackle of magic, and Felix hissed, "Drop it. Now."

Date: 2017-05-11 03:08 am (UTC)
finlay_flynn: (overdramatic)
From: [personal profile] finlay_flynn
Having Felix in his personal space was painfully distracting, but thankfully not even that could draw Fin's attention away from the threat posed by the mechanical beast they found themselves facing. Eyes shut tight, he kept his magic steady and took slow and calming breaths, letting Felix lead him and moving easily with the wizard.

His magic just seemed to understand what was needed, and Fin barely had to think as he let the shield drop at Felix's command.

His gaze was hazy, but his magic did what it could to show him what was happening as it started to right itself. All the while, Fin kept himself at the ready, willing to put the shield back up if needed, or to fight if Felix failed somehow.

Date: 2017-05-12 04:01 am (UTC)
harrowgate: (Default)
From: [personal profile] harrowgate
The moment the shield fell, there was a sudden change in pressure and heat, and a surge of magic. Felix gripped Fin's shoulder hard in one hand, and the other flung out toward the construct.

The magic exploded in a burst of pale green light, focused on that seam between the head and chest where the glow of power had come before. Something caught, combusted, and a sound like a thunderstorm crashing in a teakettle threatened to deafen Felix's ears. Searing light. Screaming metal. Felix grabbed at Fin as the ground shook and he lost his footing again, stumbling and toppling toward the ground.

The automaton was falling as well, directly toward them.

Date: 2017-05-12 09:09 pm (UTC)
finlay_flynn: (fingertips on lips)
From: [personal profile] finlay_flynn
With his sight still recovering, the burst of power only caused the world to go pure white for Fin. He felt Felix falling though, and instinctively caught him around the middle, attempting to keep them both upright. Fin wasn't nearly as strong as he liked to think he was though, and as he caught hold of Felix he only wound up tumbling with him to the ground.

The world seemed to slow as they hit the ground, Fin could feel the heat of the machine burning brighter, and hear the angry scraping of metal against metal growing closer. The young fae was hardly a master of his power, but he knew what he was doing when he put up the shield again- The only defensive magic he really knew, if he was honest. Not that he'd ever admit that to Felix.

Date: 2017-05-13 01:47 am (UTC)
harrowgate: (busy)
From: [personal profile] harrowgate
Force magic was not Felix's strongest sphere. His world was bindings and openings, fire and lightning, channeling power into intricate shapes and patterns. He was well capable of the raw heft required to affect the physical world so bluntly, but it was clumsy in his hands. The power had no finesse whatsoever.

So when Felix flung out a wave of force, intending to push the giant metal creature away from them, all he managed to do was send himself and Finlay tumbling backwards off the train tracks, down the little embankment toward the trees. The automaton finished crashing to the ground behind them with a deafening sound.

No birds went rousting from the trees. No woodland creatures went scurrying for safety.

In the resulting ear-ringing silence, Felix said thoughtfully, "I think I burned out more than just the power source."

Date: 2017-05-13 02:45 am (UTC)
finlay_flynn: (squinty)
From: [personal profile] finlay_flynn
Fin's fall was anything but graceful, and by the time he started to sit up, he was aching. ...And laughing. It was a dry laugh, rough and deep, but the hint of mirth it held was genuine.

"I wish I'd seen it- It felt impressive," the young fae said, flashing a faint grin as his vision slowly started to come back.

Date: 2017-05-13 04:21 am (UTC)
harrowgate: by unopened (sparkle)
From: [personal profile] harrowgate
"I'd rather not offer a repeat performance," said Felix, pushing himself up as well. His designer shirt was torn down the side, dust and bits of leaf and twig clinging to his clothes and hair. He looked up at Finlay, his eyes squinting and blinking. It seemed to be darker here, off the tracks and closer to the woods. The bright blue of Fin's eyes seemed dimmed, somehow. Felix didn't try to stand up.

"So. We're somewhere that they build massive robots out of magic and clockwork."

Date: 2017-05-13 05:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] finlay_flynn
We're not doing an encore then? Pity," Fin quipped quietly, nursing his ankle a bit before pulling himself to his feet and looking around.

"I thought we might have crossed to The Other Side, but if we have, we're not in the fae lands. I'm yet to meet one with any interest in technology- Or most metal in general. Well, other than myself and Pip, of course," Fin said, looking thoughtful, then glancing over at Felix. Everything was still slightly foggy, but he could see Felix was looking a bit rough.

"Are you alright?" he asked, his tone softening slightly to something more empathetic and genuine. "Are you injured?"

Date: 2017-05-13 09:39 pm (UTC)
harrowgate: (Default)
From: [personal profile] harrowgate
Felix attempted to absently brush himself off. He didn't answer right away. As soon as Finlay stopped speaking, the air around them went eerily quiet. There was a slight breeze, but not enough to rustle the leaves of the forest. The giant automaton was prone, flung half across the train tracks, and silent but for the the faint sizzling and creaking of heated metal slowly cooling down.

The wizard put a finger to his lips, then looked up at the faint light dappling through the leaves high above them. Finally, he whispered, "Shouldn't there be... something? Some kind of sound that isn't us?"

Date: 2017-05-13 11:04 pm (UTC)
finlay_flynn: (overdramatic)
From: [personal profile] finlay_flynn
Fin fell silent as well, nodding slowly and frowning deeply. He didn't even realize he was doing it, but he moved closer to Felix then, unnerved by the eerie silence of this world.

"Maybe... Maybe we should go back and get a good look of whatever's left of that machine," he suggested quietly.

Date: 2017-05-15 04:08 am (UTC)
harrowgate: (Default)
From: [personal profile] harrowgate
"Maybe," Felix agreed, and seemed finally able to start to lever himself up. It wasn't easy. His body felt leaden, as if gravity were too much for him to fight.

"Fin," he said softly as he got his feet beneath him. "These woods. They... want me. They want me to... to go lay down and not get back up again."

Date: 2017-05-15 04:51 am (UTC)
finlay_flynn: (lost in my thoughts)
From: [personal profile] finlay_flynn
"That sounds... Not good," Fin frowned, his words often lacking elegance when not scribbled down on paper. "Tell me what you feel exactly, Felix. ...Or, um, no- No you don't feel it, do you? Magic, I mean, you- You see it, right? Tell me what you see, but don't lay down, alright?"

Stepping closer, Fin hesitated a beat before moving behind Felix, steadying him with a surprisingly firm touch. He knew Felix wasn't fond of having him (or most people, he imagined) in his personal space, and generally Fin respected that, despite his touchy nature. Now, however, seemed to be a good time to cross that line.

"Go on, I'm not going to let the woods take you- I mean, who's going to reject me at bars when I'm drunk and sulking if I let you get swallowed up by moss, hmm?" he asked, slipping into a voice more suited for the stage than his usual somewhat clumsy attempts at poshing his accent up. Fin's words were confident now, charming in a way a crowd tended to love, and made him seem slightly less like the waifish fop he was.

Date: 2017-05-16 01:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] harrowgate
Distantly, Felix thought to wonder why Finlay was being so nice to him. Still just as bloody chatty through his kindness, but nevertheless, honestly kind. When Fin touched his shoulder, Felix could take a breath, grounded by something real. Or at least something more real than the massive metal monster laying cooling just a few meters away.

"I don't know what I'm seeing," the wizard finally said. "I can't see anything there. The harder I try, the more impossible it is to define, but I know... if I stopped trying, I'd know everything about it. Because it would take me over."

Felix tried to shake his head, shake himself free of the entropic tendrils creeping out from the woods.

Date: 2017-05-16 02:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] finlay_flynn
"It wants you," Fin mused. He could feel it now, reaching out, pawing at Felix- Or maybe he was just imagining he could. Fin's imagination did have a way of getting a bit over excited at the worst moments.

"This could all be a trap," he pointed out, thinking back to the man in the mist he'd watched Felix struggle with- But thinking better of actually bringing it up. Without thinking about what he was doing, Fin rested his chin on Felix's shoulder. Not flirting or even comforting the other man, just absently touching, before snapping out of it and pulling away. "Maybe we should walk a bit, get away from that thing, and whatever's got its paws on you?" he suggested, though he sounded far from sure about that idea.

Date: 2017-05-20 03:34 am (UTC)
harrowgate: (busy)
From: [personal profile] harrowgate
Felix's shoulder, neck, and entire spine stiffened up like stone when Fin leaned against him like that, even if it was only for a breath. One hand on his shoulder was one thing, but a man behind his back where he couldn't see, close to the sensitivity of his neck, was a sensation ingrained in his skin as something dangerous. When Fin backed off, Felix relaxed so quickly that it was obvious his reaction was completely involuntary.

"Can you see an end to these woods?" he asked, drawing a ragged breath. The train tracks led toward distant patches of light and sky, curving off slightly to either horizon. "We oughtn't leave this thing on the track. What if a train... would anyone even know what it is? Are there even people here? We need to... we need to get out of here. We need to find a way back to London."

Felix's chest felt tight, his breath coming short. He was not prone to panic attacks, but he supposed there was a first time for everything.

Date: 2017-05-20 04:04 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] finlay_flynn
"You're panicking a bit, Felix," Fin said softly. "It's honestly kind of terrifying, given your usual, you know- You-ness. You're too clever to panic though, come on, just... Deep breaths, then tell me what we need to do, and I'll help. You're not alone, Felix. I may not be your ideal partner in a crisis, but I'm right here, it's alright."

Date: 2017-05-21 12:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] harrowgate
Too clever to panic -- oh how Felix wished that were true. In all honesty, he didn't know what they needed to do. Didn't know how to get home. He tried to draw the deep breaths that Fin recommended, but they came stuttered, uneven, like air being let out of a balloon.

"Follow the tracks," he finally said, casting one last glance toward the now silent hulk of metal. "That's where the portal opened before. If it's coming back, it'll be there."

Date: 2017-05-21 12:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] finlay_flynn
"A good plan," Fin said with a small nod. "See? Clever. Clever, clever fox you are, Felix," the fae added with a soft grin, nudging the wizard gently and then starting to make his way up to the tracks.

Honestly, as frightening as the robot-thing had been, it was all such an adventure for Fin.

Date: 2017-05-21 11:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] harrowgate
"I'm not... you're the fox," he pointed out, his wit not really having caught up with the rest of him just yet.

Felix glanced back at the automaton one more time as they started to move away from it. "Where do you suppose that thing came from? Who made it? There was magic in it, I could see it, but where did it come from? Magic doesn't come from nowhere."

Date: 2017-05-22 12:24 am (UTC)
finlay_flynn: (dumb hat face)
From: [personal profile] finlay_flynn
"Honestly, Felix? Not a clue. I can tell you it doesn't feel like fae magic, at least none I've ever known," Fin replied honestly. He'd been tempted to make a little joke about Felix's stint as his foxy friend, but the remains of the machine were distracting enough that the fae didn't go there.

"Seemed keen on giving you a smack though. Piss anyone off lately?" he asked, pausing a beat and then laughing awkwardly. "Anyone new or powerful, I should say. I imagine your charm is lost on people daily."

Date: 2017-05-22 03:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] harrowgate
Finlay being a cheeky little sprite did more to pull Felix out of his near-panic than his trying to be comforting had done, by far. This was a more understandable sort of interaction, if nothing else. "Everyone finds me charming when I decide that they should," Felix told him, with a pointedly lifted brow, then rolled his eyes, half making fun of himself and half poking delicately back at Fin to show him he was all right.

"Between these woods and that thing, there is something very amiss in this countryside. Such a strong entropic force as what exists in the woods should have dragged the magic out of the... automaton. But just the opposite happened. That creature was drawn to our magic. I do believe it saw us as a threat."

Date: 2017-05-22 07:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] finlay_flynn
"Guarding its maker then, maybe?" Fin suggested, falling easily into step beside Felix. "You've never come across anything like this before in your, I dunno, wizard studies?"

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