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Chapter Thirteen

"Okay…  Everyone go out into the waiting room, and sit down.  Eve and I are going to run some final modifications to maximize our potential and our chances of victory against the Hyperlocust Hives.  I believe that with this, we will be able to defeat them.  I ate just yesterday, so I won't need to eat again for a week.  So tomorrow, we will attack.  Today, we'll get ready."

"Let me see…  Stoick, you come with me.  Valka, you go with Eve." Lisa said.  "We're going to invest a few of you with Biomass Manipulation in order to assist us in modifying the soldiers.  Please come with me, Stoick… Stoick II.  Hurry up.  The more time we spend preparing, the more time they have to hatch eggs.  And I predict that the eggs have a gestation period of approximately a day and a half.  So theoretically, the eggs laid today could hatch by the time we get there.  They are born with complete memories of everything the parent or any member of the hive has seen.  So with each generation, the Hyperlocusts become more dangerous.  Come." She said, taking Stoick's hand, not noticing the enraged look on RAAM's face.


"Okay, I haven't told anyone except Eve the people who are actually getting Biomass Manipulation.  You may tell or not tell as you like.  You're going to be one of the people who get it.  Valka will also be getting it.  You two will be assisting Eve and I in modifying the people.  So just lie down.  The modification will tingle a little.  Just stay calm and still." Lisa said.  Stoick smiled.

"A kiss for good luck, Lisa?" Stoick asked hopefully.  Lisa smirked at this and kissed Stoick on the lips once.
"Now, lie down.  I'll not be long in this." Lisa said, pushing Stoick down on the bed with a strength that was belied by her small frame."

"I see you noticed my extreme strength.  That's one benefit of having Biomass Manipulation.  My muscles are impossibly dense, so despite the fact that I'm still as slender as ever, I'm able to exert the strength of hundreds of men.  I can resist as much of the Hyperlocust Acid as you please.  I have near limitless intelligence, skill and knowledge.  That's the beauty of Biomass Manipulation.  It can be used to alter someone on a genetic level so that they can gain any power they want."

"Okay.  I guess that makes sense in a really weird sort of way.  Just load me up with it, then, Lisa, sweetie."
"Don't call me sweetie.  I may be your girlfriend, but I won't be your 'sweetie'."
"Okay, Lisa." Stoick said.  Suddenly, though, he felt a sharp pinching sensation, and he yelped in pain, feeling dizzy momentarily."

"Okay, I planted a 'seed' of my power in your own brain.  Right now, your power is merely an extension of my power.  This allows me to modify you remotely.  I can theoretically do it from any distance, but practically, you really should be in seeing distance of me for it to work at optimal capacity.  For now, I shall  be the one to modify you.  While I do so, your body can learn how to use the power, and your brain, as it is enhanced, will comprehend intellectually the ability.  Do you understand?"

"I think so.  Just go to work." Stoick said.  Lisa nodded and kissed him one more time, going to work on him, working on his head first, gently touching her hands to it.  Although she didn't really need to touch him, she found that even when able to remote control her subjects, it was easier when she touched them.  She was working on becoming more adept with Biomass Manipulation.  Thus far, Eve was still the superior user.

After about ten minutes, though, Lisa finished her modifications.  She then stood over Stoick and punched him fairly hard in the stomach.
"Ouch!! What the hell!!? Actually, that wasn't nearly as painful as I expected.  I didn't even get winded.  You punched me once before and I could barely breathe for five minutes.  I thought I was going to pass out! But now… I barely felt it."

"Yes.  I made your muscles super dense.  You should be able to lift upwards of 600 pounds with one arm, do more than 10,000 sit-ups and if I'm correct, you'll be able to perform incredible acts of agility, strength and stamina.  You should be able to hold your breath underwater for around fifteen minutes.  You'll get better with practice.  I gave you relatively minimal modification.  You can modify yourself further.  I gave you resistance to all but the hottest fire, but not plasma.  So be careful that you don't let the Hyperlocusts devour your dragon.  I have created clones of Toothless with complete memories.  But if they gain the ability to spit plasma, we'll have trouble defeating them.  You're resistant to typical Hyperlocust acid blood.  But the Queen's acid will remain strong enough to damage you."

"Your skin is denser, so it will be harder to cut or pierce, and can take a good amount of damage.  Watch." Lisa said, taking a knife, twirling it in her hand and jamming it into Stoick's abdomen.  In fairness, it didn't leave any more than a small cut.  Lisa also didn't use her full strength, knowing that she could still pierce right through skin, muscle and bone with her knife, even with it made denser."

"I wouldn't advise using that little trick until you're sure of your strength.  I also made your bones denser.  Therefore, they won't easily be broken.  Incidentally, you're also about 11 kilograms, or 25 pounds heavier, due to your intensely dense skin, muscle and bone.  This won't be a problem because your spine is also much denser and stronger.  I would suspect that your IQ has also gone up by about 60-90 points.  I'm still slightly new at this.  I'm experienced enough not to mess it up.  But you still should test your abilities before using them tomorrow.  Let's see.  What haven't I mentioned? Ah! Your nails.  Look at them."

Stoick looked at his nails and gasped.  They were at least an inch long and razor sharp.  He tried biting them off, but found that they didn't yield to his teeth.
"I wouldn't advise that, Stoick.  Your teeth are stronger, dense and strong as tempered steel.  But they will have no effect on your nails.  They are just as hard if not harder, and sharp as a scalpel.  You could slice right through steel with those if you knew how to use them.  

"Honestly, the nails and teeth weren't necessary modifications.  I just felt like it.  You should also have every power that I possess.  I wrote a list of them down and their effect, along with the martial art style that goes with them.  If you search your memory, you should find that you are a master of all martial art forms in existence.  Your dragon has been trained in the same martial art forms, not because he can use them, but because if he knows the styles of martial arts you use, he can attune his flying to your fighting.  By the way, you should have a good enough sense of balance now to stand and fight from dragonback while flying."

"Well…  Th-these are very…  Extreme modifications.  I-I know I said I wanted you to modify me, but…"
"Oh, that's nothing.  You should also live about as long as I do." Lisa said offhandedly.  Stoick raised an eyebrow.
"How long is that, swe…  Lisa?"
"Nearly forever.  You won't ever die of natural causes, anyhow, and you have regeneration enough to not only keep you from grievous injury, but also young as long as you live…  Which…  Like I said, should be forever."

"Oh, dear.  I'm not sure I want to live forever." Stoick said, his eyes widening slightly.  Lisa shrugged.
"You've got Biomass Manipulation, too, Stoick.  You can alter how long you live whenever you like.  I hope that you talk to me before you do, though.  I do love you…  I-I know I'm not a very feminine or romantic person…" Lisa said, seeming very insecure at the moment that Stoick wanted to say something.  But he also didn't want to lie.  She wasn't a very romantic person.  She wasn't exactly unfeminine though.

"I-I never really concentrated on girl stuff…  I-I used to make voodoo dolls out of string when I was a little girl.  I made one of a person whenever they bullied me."
"You were picked on as a child?" Stoick asked sympathetically.  Lisa nodded nervously.
"It comes of being the most intelligent person in any given situation.  I was smarter and knew more even than my teachers, even back in kindergarten.  I could read, and write at an adult level, do math at an adult level.  I was trying to explain the Theory of Relativity and particle physics while the rest of my class was learning addition and subtraction."

"Okay, that's…  Unusual.  Why didn't they just put you in college when you were five, then?" Stoick asked.
"They said I was too emotionally immature for college.  'School is about more than just academics, Your Highness.'" Lisa said in a very authoritative and pedantic tone as if talking to an infant.  "'School is about learning to get along with your peers, and how to socialize.  College students have already learned that.  You wouldn't be able to fit in.'" Lisa continued.  "'But professor, I'm able to get along with people.  It's other people who can't get along with me! I can't help knowing more than them!'"
"'Well, have you ever considered dumbing down what you say around others?'"

"They told me basically to stop acting so smart! What kind of thing is that for a teacher to say! I had already learned all my school lessons through the end of high school by the time I was in second grade! Tell me what I was supposed to do!?" Lisa demanded furiously, tears flooding her bright blue eyes, grabbing Stoick and shaking him violently.  Stoick grabbed Lisa's arm and pulled her off of him.

"Lisa, I'm not your elementary school bullies.  Please don't treat me like them.  I'll talk to you about it whenever you want, but I won't become a punching bag for your misplaced aggression."
"I'm sorry.  I haven't even thought about this in just over a decade.  The last time I thought about it, I was five.  I confronted Mike about him and his friends picking on me.  I showed him my collection of string dolls.  I'm pretty sure I still have it.  I'd been making them for three or four years already by the time I was five…  Or was I seven? Either way… I'll show you if you like."

"I'd be glad to see them." Stoick said.  Lisa smiled.  "Well, just let me finish with the rest of the modifications.  I've spent longer than I should with you, and need to move on to other people.  Go and relax.  Tell people or don't about having Biomass Manipulation.  They'll find out eventually." Lisa said, waving Stoick off.  Stoick walked out to practice with his new abilities.


Six hours later, Lisa finished the last person, and collected Stoick, bringing him up to her room.  He had never really been in a girl's room before except the one time he had been in his sister's room.  She was thirteen years old and had a bit of a brother complex.  She was dating a nice guy from Berk that Stoick nonetheless didn't like.  He suspected that his dislike was unfounded, and was because she was his sister and not for any rational reason.  

Regardless, he still was uncomfortable around them.  She said she didn't want to come to Arendelle with Stoick and the rest of the family.  She was still training with her dragon, and had yet to come into her own power.  She wasn't quite as talented as their mother nor as brave and occasionally rash as their father.  She was smart, though, and he intended to have his grandmother start teaching her about Dragonology.  She seemed more the academic type than the physical type.

Her boyfriend on the other hand was already about to join the Dragon Corps and was very talented with fighting and dragon riding.  He could even stand on the dragon's back for fifteen seconds while it was flying.  Stoick knew he was nice, but his occasionally aggressive tendencies worried him.  Nonetheless, he followed Lisa up to her room, and found, to his bemusement that it was nothing like his sister's room.  His sister's room was painted lavender and had Tidegliders, Sliquifiers and Windstrikers painted on the wall by her own hand.  She was extraordinarily artistic, such that she had taken to painting portraits of riders and their dragons for a small fee.  She was becoming quite well known in Berk for her artistic nature.

Lisa's room was just gray walls, bookshelves, a very Spartan bed and design and weapons hung on the walls.  The room was full to the brim with biomechanical technology, likely of Lisa's own invention that seemed to hiss occasionally and release steam from vents that looked more like gills.  It was dark inside the room until she turned on some halogen lamps on the ceiling that buzzed as they flared into life.  Her floor was linoleum and looked very much like a mad scientist's room.  There was little to no warmth in the room.  She slept there, clearly but it seemed to have no life to it.

Then he saw another shelf that had a few teddy bears and stuffed dolls on it.  This was a little bit confusing to say the least.  But he went with it, resolving to ask her about them later.  Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately, he never had to.
"Those stuffed animals were gifts for my birthday, or Christmas or another holiday.  I told them I wanted lab equipment.  They must have thought I was joking, because they got me stuffed animals." Lisa said, sounding slightly irritated that she couldn't just rip them up and throw them away.

"Here we go." Lisa said, typing in a passcode, speaking her name, and breathing in a mouthpiece before letting it scan her retina.  Then there was a hydraulic hiss and the bookcase came out of the floor and the doors opened.  Lisa stood back and Stoick fairly marveled at the vast number of string dolls that were on the shelves.  He could see very clearly by the quality of the stitching how old they were, and which ones were more recent based on how well they were made.

"Well, I never knew you had so much anger internalized, Lisa.  I'll have to watch out for you." Stoick said nervously.  Lisa smirked at him, and hugged him, kissing him on the lips.
"I promise I won't kill you until I think up the perfect recipe to cook you with.  Maybe Stoick Stew, or maybe I'll eat your liver with some Fava Beans and a nice Chianti…" Lisa said, giggling maniacally.  Stoick gulped.

"Oh, calm down.  I'm just joking.  I promise I won't hurt you.  You worry too much." Lisa laughed.  Stoick shuddered, but nodded.
"I am capable of assimilating or devouring other creatures.  My Biomass Manipulation allows me to break their bodies down to the molecular level and store their Biomass in my own Body, then manipulate it at a later date.  The danger of that of course, is that It becomes a part of my own biology.  There is a chance, albeit a small one that my own body will reject the Mass of the enemy I just Consumed."

"I know, Stoick that this sounds suspiciously like cannibalism.  It isn't the same thing.  I don't actually eat any of the flesh.  Rather, it is literally assimilated into my own flesh.  Let's take this little naked mole rat.  I've named her Klara.  Watch…  Come here, Klara, sweetie." Lisa said kindly, coaxing Klara over to her, and picking her up.  Soon, though, Klara shrieked in her own high pitched chitter and tried to escape.  Her paws were already being absorbed, though.  Stoick stared aghast at what Lisa was doing, and tried to stop her.

After a moment, Lisa released Klara, breathed deep and Klara seemed to calm down and skitter amiably back into her house, looking up at Lisa as though nothing had happened.
"W-what the hell did you just do!?" Stoick demanded.  Lisa looked at him, confused slightly.
"I told you what I was going to do.  I used my Biomass Manipulation to absorb Klara.  It's really as simple as that."

"No! Klara doesn't look like anything at all happened! How did you do that! You spat her out, touched her again, and she looked at you like nothing at all happened!"
"Oh! Well, I used a mild psychic suggestion to wipe her memories of the last few moments.  She was confused as to how she got in my hand, but she didn't remember any of what happened.  I perform modification experiments on her sometimes.  She can't speak, but she has the approximate IQ of a ten year old child.  I plan to use my Biomass Manipulation to enhance her intelligence further.  If I do so, she should be able to learn math and other subjects soon enough."

"Why don't you get a cat or a dog and do that on one of them?" Stoick asked, wondering why she would choose a creature as boring as a rodent.
"Well, I've been bugging my mother to let me get a cat.  I hate dogs.  Filthy, slobbering beasts that spend all their time sleeping, eating, barking or kissing ass."

"Wow.  That's a pretty extreme opinion.  I prefer dragons, personally.  But dogs have their own charm, I suppose." Stoick replied.  Lisa snorted.
"We need to get to bed early.  There's no guarantee that we'll get to go to bed again for a few days.  I modified your brain so that it could go as long as three days without sleep without any ill effect.  I wouldn't suggest you test it in such a trying situation as a battle with the most inhuman monsters imaginable."

"Okay, Lisa…  Good night…  Oh, Lisa?" Stoick said, smiling shyly.  Lisa looked up at him sharply.  "Yeah" She demanded.
"I-I love you, Lisa." Stoick finished, feeling a pink blush come to his cheeks.  Lisa blushed as well, though not as noticeably as Stoick had.

"I-I…  I love you, too…" Lisa said, kissing him quickly, then shooing him out the door in embarrassment.  She definitely wasn't used to showing emotion like this.  She had always prided herself on being a cool and collected scientist.  This was a new, and not necessarily welcome feeling that she was getting around Stoick.  He was just so sincere and kind that she was having trouble keeping her barriers up around him.  It was like he knew just where to poke to break her walls.


"Hey, Mom? Dad? I-I have a problem." Stoick said, feeling terribly lame at the moment.  Hiccup and Astrid looked up at him, and invited him to sit with them.
"What is your problem, sweetie?" Astrid asked, putting a hand on his shoulder.
"Dad? I never feel like I'm getting anywhere with Lisa.  I love her, but there's always a wall around her that I can see her, but I never feel close to her.  What should I do?"

"What are you talking about, Stoick?" Astrid asked, surprised.  "I've seen Lisa get closer to you than she ever did to either of us.  She's not an easy girl to get close to.  Her intellect has always been a barrier between her and other people.  She mostly locks herself in her lab, now, and she gets angry if anyone disturbs her, even to invite her to dinner.  You've noticed the modifications that she's made to herself, right? She made them to her brother and her family as well.  But they didn't take them for the same reasons that she performed them on herself."

"W-what do you mean, Mom?" Stoick asked Astrid.  Astrid laughed.
"That silly girl modified herself so that she only needs to eat one meal a week, and could probably go two weeks without eating without undue effect.  She only needs three or four hours of sleep a week.  She only needs  a glass or two of water a day, and as a result, she rarely needs to go to the bathroom.  She has a bed, and she always has a place at the dinner table.  But she rarely ever accepts the invitation, and when she does, she's typically silent through dinner.  She eats as little as she can as quickly as she can and excuses herself." Astrid said, looking as though she was slightly worried as well.

"She does this because eating is when she's expected to be social, and going to the bathroom and sleeping are when she's at her most vulnerable.  I doubt she realizes this consciously.  But unconsciously…"

"She doesn't want to open herself up and be hurt again." Came a different voice from the doorway.  Stoick looked up and saw Lisa's brother, Mike.  He was such a large and muscular man.  He was unsure why Mike wanted to be such a hulk of a man.  But it wasn't his business.
"What do you mean, Mike?" Stoick asked.  Mike sat down across from the family, and took a drink of water.

"Lemme tell you a story.  Lisa showed you her string dolls, right? I know you were in her room earlier, and knowing her, it couldn't possibly be what most people would think if a girl invited a boy to her room.  She must've shown you her dolls."
"Yes.  They seemed out of place.  The ones on her bookshelf she said were gifts that she didn't want, but felt compelled to keep, and the string dolls were made as effigies of children who had bullied her."

"Bingo! You noticed how many there were, right? Lisa's always been a bit out of place with her vast intellect and knowledge in such a mundane world as could not come close to understanding, and were even further from appreciating it.  She was told as a child that if she couldn't act less intelligent, to just be silent.  Men preferred women who didn't make them feel diminished.  Stupid, right? Well, my friends and I back then agreed at the time, and we lost no opportunity to belittle or ridicule her.  I was a real bully, a total cretin.  Our mother and aunt were worried that the Locust DNA inside me had more of an effect than it should have."

"That wasn't the case.  I was just an arrogant jerk, and I lost no opportunity to make myself feel bigger by making my sister feel smaller.  I suspect that by the time she was seven, she had contemplated suicide more than once.  You noticed all the dolls that looked like me, right? That's because I never tried to make her life easier for her.  I never helped her.  I never tried to keep my friends, such as they were, stop picking on her.  I think Lisa still holds some resentment against me, even all these years later."

"Ironically, by the time she was thirteen, she was graduating college, and dating a young man from middle school.  They were both thirteen.  But he was an abusive man.  I suspect she had come to expect abuse from her peers, even if she hadn't gotten any for years.  I took care of him and got rid of him.  He never came back.  My sister hasn't had an easy life.  So her cold demeanor is not entirely unexpected.  She's more intelligent than anyone she knows.  She knows more and has invented technology that would make the COG weep for their own ignorance."

"She makes posthumans as she calls them that are on her level intellectually.  But I suspect she realizes, even if she doesn't want to admit it, that beings created by her can never really make her happy.  They're for lack of a better word, fraternal clones of her.  So I would appreciate it, Stoick if even if it's hard, that you keep trying to open her up.  I lost my chance fifteen years ago when I decided that it would be fun to emotionally abuse and humiliate her.  That's all I can really think to say.  Get to bed, all of you.  Lisa asked me to remind everyone to get enough sleep.  We're leaving at daybreak."
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I love the colors that went into this picture as well as the texture.

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It is not the first time I have seen a picture like this, but it is gorgeous nonetheless.

The technique is amazing. It feels almost like I could reach out and touch it. The waves, or ripples on the ocean are incredible, and the Nebulae in the sky along with the stars and the planets are just fantastic.

I have already mentioned the impact with the whole feeling like I could reach out and touch it. Over all, the picture is excellent. I really appreciate the talent that went into it.
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Chapter Thirteen
 
As soon as the group got in the house, though, they were accosted by Lizzie, who came running up to Ciel, fairly tackling him before kissing him on the lips.
"I see you're wearing the necklace, Lizzie.  It looks good on you." Ciel said with a weak smile.  Lizzie smiled brightly.
"I love the necklace.  I just had to come over and thank you personally for it.  We've already had it appraised.  The appraiser doesn't know what to make of it.  He's never seen the stone before.  What did you do, Ciel? Use your Demon powers to make a stone?" Lizzie asked, smirking.  Ciel looked away.

"Master, wh-who is this? Asks Poe." Snake asked, blushing slightly.  This girl was the most beautiful woman he'd ever met.  If he wasn't quite mistaken, he was in love.  She was clearly with Ciel.
"This is Lady Elizabeth Ethel Cordelia Midford.  She's my fiancée." Ciel said stoically.  Snake nodded.
"She's…  She's beautiful…  Says Keats." Snake said, still blushing slightly.  Lizzi e blushed slightly as well.

"Oh…  Th-thank you! Um…  S-Snake, right?"
"Yes, Lady Elizabeth… Says Emily…" Snake said shyly, still a light pink color.
"Just call me Lizzie." Lizzie said cheerfully.  Snake turned a deeper shade of red.
"I-I'm not certain I can do that…  Says Goethe." Snake muttered nervously.  Lizzie raised an eyebrow, but dropped the subject.

"Ciel, I need to speak to you alone, now! But first, who is this young lady? She's so pretty! You have such beautiful eyes, Miss! And your hair is amazing!" Lizzie said excitedly, rushing over to Sieglinde and looking over her.
"You're what? Twelve?" Lizzie asked.  Sieglinde nodded.

"My name is Sieglinde Sullivan.  I met Ciel in Germany a little bit over a year ago.  He was investigating my village and found that the people of the village were making chemical weapons using the knowledge that I possessed.  Naturally, he put a stop to it, and took me away from the village.  Now, I'm going to college here in England and my English is improving drastically."

"You said you were German, Sieglinde? What is it like in Germany?" Lizzie asked in great interest.  Sieglinde shrugged.
"I never went outside my town until Ciel came along.  I never knew a man could be so beautiful.  My servant, Wolfram was hardly as amazing looking as Ciel." Sieglinde said, seeming as though she was proclaiming her love for the boy.  Ciel felt slightly self conscious being praised like that, especially around Lizzie.  

"Th-thank you.  But…"
"But he's already engaged to me! You can't have him." Lizzie said, hugging Ciel tightly.  Sieglinde nodded.
"I figured as much.  You and he seem to share a strong bond.  So you already own him? I'm a little disappointed, but I understand.  I didn't realize Ciel was engaged already.  I-I guess I should have known.  He's so beautiful."

"Look, Sieglinde…  I agree with you.  Ciel is very handsome, but this engagement has existed between us since he was born.  So…"
"I understand.  What chance does a common girl like me have with a noble like Ciel, right?" Sieglinde asked in perfect English, sounding slightly dejected.  Lizzie felt bad for speaking so harshly with Sieglinde.  She would never give Ciel up, though.

"Sieglinde…  You're a beautiful girl.  You'll have no problem in the future getting a boy to fall for you.  You'll have whoever and whatever you want in life.  You're smart.  You're talented, and from what Ciel tells me, you've already made chemicals that most people have never even heard of."

"Yes! From China to England, to America, women have sought this goal.  And likely they always will!"
"Oh! You heard all that?" Sieglinde asked, blushing in embarrassment as the Chinese man and the gorgeous woman at his side walked in.
"Heard what? What are we talking about?" Lau asked cluelessly.
"Ahahahahahahahaa!!!" Sieglinde laughed wildly.  "I was so sure you had heard me confess to Ciel!! But you were just playing along!!" Sieglinde laughed, tears of mirth filling her eyes.  Ciel didn't seem half so amused.

"Oh! Mr. Lau!!" Came Maylene's voice.  Lau turned and grinned at Maylene.  "Have you come, Miss Maid to agree to come work for me?" Lau asked, a Cheshire Cat grin spreading across his face.  Maylene shook her head.
"Of course not.  I'm a maid and formerly an assassin.  Not a whore! I just wanted to thank you for the katana.  I appreciate it.  The craftsmanship is incredible.  I can feel every grain in it." Maylene whispered.

"Oh? I didn't realize just how very taken with it you would be.  I'm flattered you're so happy.  What are we talking about again?" Lau asked cluelessly.  Maylene sighed exasperatedly.


Suddenly, there was a knock on the door.  Ciel looked up and walked over to the door, and asked who it was.
"Hello? Darling Bassy? It's Grell Sutcliffe and Rael Aldershof.  Could we come in?" Grell asked tentatively.  Ciel scowled, and opened the door.
"Come in.  I've got company, but we can make room for two more…  Who are these two?" Ciel asked, looking at a young woman and an older looking man.  He certainly wasn't old, but clearly the woman's elder.

"Good afternoon, Mr. Ciel Phantomhive.  My name is Sascha Breisascher, and this is my mentor, Ásbjörn Rudgar.  We witnessed yours and your butler's battle with the German military when you were in Germany, and we were very intrigued by your butler's transcendent skill.  We expected you or your butler to die, but instead, we ushered away the souls of many German soldiers.  We were dying to meet the young man who could tame a Demon like that."

"Please, come in.  Would you care for some tea?" Ciel asked politely.  Sascha smiled cheerfully.  She had never realized that Ciel was such a supposedly kind person.
"Thank you so much, Mr. Phantomhive.  I really appreciate that.  Ásbjörn, would you care for some tea?" Sascha asked happily.  Ásbjörn nodded silently and walked in after her, bowing to Ciel and taking a deep breath.
"Ugh.  The smell of Demons is as awful as Mr. Spears says.  It's stronger than I expected it to be."

"Mr. Ásbjörn, I believe that is because…"
"Silence, Gell…" Sebastian said with a glowing grin splitting his cheeks that was at once cheerful and dangerous.  Grell gasped and blushed as Sebastian's hand went over his mouth, practically melting under Sebastian's touch.  After a moment, Sebastian let go, though, and Grell groaned unhappily.

"Mr. Sutcliffe? Are you in love with Sebastian?" Rael asked naively.  Grell went to answer, but Sebastian cut him off.
"Hardly.  Mr. Grell is merely unable to control his libido." Sebastian said with a smirk.  Rael scowled at Sebastian for this comment.
"You take that back! Mr. Grell has been a perfect gentleman to me! He would never do something so improper!"
"You seem to be holding onto an idealized image of him, Milady.  Perhaps it would be best to let go of such delusions."

"Sebastian…  Don't dash her image of him.  I think it's nice that she thinks so well of Grell.  Lizzie? What's wrong?"
"I need to talk to you…  Alone…  Now!" Lizzie said, looking deeply upset, like she had been trying to hide it for a while.  Ciel nodded and walked off with Lizzie to a more secluded location.

"Ciel, who is that girl? She's so pretty.  Are you cheating on me!" Lizzie demanded, looking almost ready to cry.  Ciel shook his head.
"Of course not.  She's a girl that I rescued in Germany.  She lived in a village that was completely isolated from the rest of the world, and they were using a toxic and caustic gas called Mustard Gas to simulate what they called a Miasma that they associated with Werewolves.  But in reality, Sieglinde's mother and father created the 'Miasma' as a chemical weapon for the German military.  They needed to keep Sieglinde isolated, so they bound her feet…"  

"They broke her foot at the joint where her toes began and tied it underneath the rest of the foot… So she couldn't walk more than a few feet without collapsing and waited on her hand and foot calling her the Green Witch.  She was the only person in the village who had the knowledge and intelligence to create the gas, and by extension, to heal anyone who ran afoul of it."  

"As such, the villagers, who were secretly members of the German military treated her like royalty and kept her in the village and didn't educate her about the outside world at all.  So, Sebastian and I, under request from Uncle Klaus investigated the reports of Werewolves, and found this farce.  And we fought and defeated the military and absconded with Sieglinde, repaired her feet and helped her get a scholarship to college for a doctorate in Chemistry.  I never felt anything even remotely romantic for her.  She's just one of the more interesting people I've met in my life.  That is all.  No more, no less."

"I-I understand.  B-but you have to admit that she's very pretty." Lizzie said nervously.  Ciel nodded hesitantly.
"Yes.  She is quite pretty.  A bit young, though, at only 12 years of age.  Her charm comes almost entirely from her naiveté   She was gullible enough to go off with Viscount Druitt, who got her drunk and was about to rape her.  She left, and apparently, he didn't follow her.  Sebastian will need to have a talk with her about not going anywhere with weird strangers, or any strangers."

"Why don't you have that talk with her?" Lizzie asked scathingly.  "She seems to be quite smitten with you."
"I can't imagine why.  I not only took her away from the only home she ever knew.  I also killed her entire so-called family, and held a gun to her head.  She has little if any reason to be as you say smitten with me."

"You held a gun to her head!? How could you!?" Lizzie asked, appalled at Ciel's declaration.  Ciel smirked.
"It's a long story.  I told her that she had a choice to make.  The gun was more…  Symbolic of the choice she had to make in such a pressured situation."

"So you didn't really hold a gun to her head? Or was it a fake gun?"
"No, it was a real gun.  In fairness, it wasn't loaded.  I had no intention of killing her.  Like I said, the gun was a metaphor for the pressure she was under.  The metaphorical, or in this case the literal gun to her head."
"Oh, well…  That makes everything alright.  Did you really think putting a gun to a little girl's head was a good idea!? What if you really did load it but forgot that you had! What if you shot her and killed her! Are you insane!!"

"Given the fact that I sold my soul to a Demon in exchange for revenge against the people who killed my family? Yes." Ciel said flatly without a hint of a smile.  But then he looked repentant for a moment.
"I am sorry I held the gun to her head.  I never wanted her to become smitten with me as you say.  It was never my intention.  I'm flattered by her feelings for me.  But I can't return them.  I already have someone I'm interested in." Ciel said smugly.  Lizzie gasped.
"I never would have thought you could be such a romantic, Ciel." Lizzie said, kissing Ciel.  Ciel shrugged at this.

"I guess it took the loss of my humanity to find my romantic side.  Quite an irony in that, isn't there? It took becoming a monster to become more human." Ciel said with an earnest laugh.  Lizzie laughed along with him, which drew the servants and Sieglinde toward them.  Slowly, the whole group was laughing, though only Ciel and Lizzie understood why they were laughing.  Even Sebastian found that he was laughing at whatever joke had been made, if only to blend in.  

Then he realized that not only was Ciel actually laughing at a joke that had nothing to do with killing someone, death of some kind, torture or other morbid or otherwise callous subject, but he didn't need to laugh in this company since they all knew he and Ciel were demons.  Even Sieglinde knew now.  Sebastian was a little worried.  It was true that the servants wouldn't tell anyone.  They were contractually bound by Contractus Sanguinus.  Lizzie probably wouldn't tell anyone, or at least if she did, most people wouldn't believe her.  The few that would likely couldn't do anything significant.  Lau and Ran-Mao wouldn't talk, and the Shinigami couldn't talk.

Sieglinde, though, Sebastian liked as much as a Demon could like any human.  But she was young and didn't have the best grasp of the real world, considering that she had gotten most of her knowledge of love from romance novels, leading her to assume that Sebastian and Ciel were going to both have sex with her.  Frankly, Sebastian didn't trust Sieglinde.  There was a way to bind a human to a Demon's will without forming a Contractus Sanguinus Proper.  

But it still required that the human drink some of the Demon's Blood.  The difference was that the Demon didn't expend their own Will.  Their Blood caused the human to involuntarily expend some of their much weaker Will, and as such, although the human's will was subjugated in the face of the Demon's, they were not considered Culled, and were not immortal or inhumanly powerful.  They were what was known as a Blood Servant.

The Demon's will became so inviolate that the human would go as far as to stop breathing if the Demon commanded their servant to die.  Sebastian was pretty sure that Ciel wouldn't command any of his servants to die.  But it was a distinct ability of the Demon in the face of their servants.
"Miss Sullivan, how would you like to make a Blood Contract with my Young Lord? Your contract with him would not be the same as that of his servants.  But you would be contractually bound to him as completely as they."

"So I would become immortal like they are!?" Sieglinde asked excitedly.  Sebastian shook his head, though.  
"No.  First of all, you are far too young to become immortal.  Second of all, there is more than one type of Demonic contract.  The one I suggest you take would make you more of a Blood Servant.  It would mark you as the Demon's property, so to speak.  Then you could make a new one when you came of age.  It is entirely up to you."

"I'll do it!! I'll be Ciel's servant!" Sieglinde said excitedly.  Then she stopped.  She didn't know much about cooking or cleaning.  She had never needed to before.  Her servant, Wolfram had always cooked for her.  Ciel looked at her suspiciously.
"Are you certain that you want to be my servant? If you became my servant, my Will would be inviolable.  In other words, if I gave you a command, you would literally be unable to disobey." Ciel asked.  Sieglinde smirked at him.

"Are you suggesting a threesome? I knew you had a dirty mind, Master." She said, her smile growing wider.  Ciel shook his head.  Meanwhile, Lizzie looked horrified.
"No! It's a long story.  I could explain it if I had fifteen minutes or so." Ciel said, regaining his composure.  Lizzie and Sieglinde both looked at him expectantly.
"Okay.  Give us your long story." Lizzie said irritably.

"Well, Culled have to a lesser extent many of the same powers as the Demon they serve.  And though they aren't nearly as unbeatable as a Demon, they will never die of old age or disease.  They are stronger, faster, tougher and sturdier than a human.  A Blood Servant has the same contractual obligation to obey the Demon, but they don't gain immortality or Demonic powers.  However, they are marked as property of the Demon, but not in the way that Sieglinde's smile seems to suggest she thinks.  

Demons often keep normal human servants to allay suspicions of the rest of the world.  They often come from the upper crust of society so that the Demon can live comfortably while in the human world.  In my case, for the most part, I don't need humans to bring in money.  I have all that I need.  However, friends would not go unappreciated."

"Young Master.  You're being quite sentimental today.  I never realized that you were so caring and generous.  Your kindness truly overwhelms this humble servant."
"Shut up, Sebastian." Ciel said irritably.  Sebastian smirked, and bowed, stepping back.  Ciel looked at Sieglinde to ask once more if she was sure about this.  Sieglinde nodded confidently.  So Ciel looked at Sebastian, who told him the details telepathically.

Cut your hand, or wrist, it does not matter.  Then have her drink some of your Blood.  But make sure you don't expend any of your Will.  She will do that for you.  Assuming that you don't use your Will, then hers will involuntarily be expended.

"Sieglinde, come over here." Ciel said.  Sieglinde walked over to Ciel, and waited.  Ciel then took a blade and cut his wrist, then held it out, telling Sieglinde to drink the Blood.  Though momentarily repulsed, Sieglinde drank the drop of Blood, gasping at the ecstatic sensation that she felt.  Slowly, Ciel's Contract Mark appeared on the back of Sieglinde's neck.  

"Sieglinde Sullivan.  Do you swear never to reveal my secret to anyone under consequence of termination?" Ciel asked.  Sieglinde replied in the affirmative.
"Do you swear to serve me as your master?"
"Yes, Master." Sieglinde responded.
"And to never act in a way that would directly or indirectly threaten me?"
"I do."

"Excellent.  Then our Contract is sealed." Ciel replied with a slightly grim smile.  Sebastian smiled, though he knew that the contract hadn't gone completely as planned.  Ciel would find out eventually.  But Sebastian couldn't make the contracts for him.  And Ciel had to learn how to be a proper Demon eventually.  Ciel was intelligent, and would learn quickly.
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Chapter Twelve

"RAAM? I need your help with something.  I understand that you are able to meld with the Hyperlocust Hivemind.  We need that ability to find them.  I feel a vague connection with them, but it's not strong enough."
"I will help you.  But I want you to modify me like you did all the others.  I've proven my loyalty, and think I deserve the same treatment as everyone else.  I think I would be more use if you modified me before we attacked.  I know you're capable of doing so." Lisa said, trying to appeal to RAAM's noble side.  She was sure that he had one.  She had tasted, smelled, felt his aura.  And she knew he was a good person.

"I would be honored to help you, Your Majesty.  Have you got the troops? I know where they are.  Or rather, I have known for a while.  I was just waiting for you to be ready.  Um…  M-may I ask you a personal question, Your Majesty?" RAAM asked, turning away slightly.
"Of course.  Anything you like." Lisa said with a smile.

"A woman as smart and talented as you deserves a man as intelligent and talented as you.  Are you certain that one as eternally mediocre as that human boy will make you happy? There's nothing I should like more than to see you happy and fulfilled, and I'm afraid that your boyfriend's mediocrity will drag you down." RAAM said stoically.  Lisa looked surprised for a minute.

"Are you…  Asking me to date you, Mr. RAAM?" Lisa asked tentatively.  RAAM nodded uncertainly.  Lisa blushed at his proposal, but shook her head.
"I-I'm flattered, Mr. RAAM.  B-but really, I do love Stoick.  He's quite as intelligent and talented as I am.  If he wasn't before, he is now.  I pulled out all the stops in modifying him.  Eve and I worked together on his powers and he's got enough brains now to fill a supercomputer.  I can tell.  I can practically smell his intelligence."

But I'm also intelligent, Your Majesty.  RAAM thought wistfully.  He didn't know why he wanted her so badly.  Maybe she was just the first woman in years that could speak to him on his level.  Maybe it was just a beauty that he couldn't quite describe.  Nonetheless, he was sure that she would come around eventually.  

"I understand, Your Majesty." RAAM said, being suspiciously civil.  Lisa wasn't sure why she was so suspicious of him  But there was something that didn't quite fit.
"Okay, where are they?" Lisa asked determinedly.  RAAM   smirked, a wide, toothy grin filling his maw.
"They are inside Galdhøpiggen, the tallest mountain in Norway.  I would suspect that they are in the natural catacombs beneath the mountain.  There are numerous and I suspect that they could run excellent hit and run tactics.  Though they have recently relied on superior force, they are very intelligent and could easily adapt to any situation."

"I understand.  How do you think we should go about this? Should we split up? Should we go in a large group?"
"I believe that we should use invisibility and silent movement to get past their defenses.  Otherwise, they'll pick up on us faster than we can get there.  I really suggest using teleportation.  I know that your brother can teleport.  Might he be able to move us around?"

"He can.  But I don't want to expose him to undue danger.  Fortunately, he can use obfuscatory powers.  His ability to draw the darkness around him with his mind is highly useful.  I copied his power with my Biomass Manipulation after watching it in use.  I'm pretty sure I can copy and paste it onto at least one member of each group."
"Great.  When do you think we can get started on this? Until then, I'll go over plans I wrote up of Galdhøpiggen.  It's truly a gorgeous sight to see from the top.  Would you bring the rest of the troops in.  We need to go over definitive plans.  Make sure your brother is here." RAAM said firmly.  Lisa nodded and used her telepathy to contact everyone.  


"Okay, first I need to know that everyone is here.  Mike? Yes.  Eve? Elisabeth, Freyja, Loki, Mommy, Auntie Anna, Daddy, Stoick, Hiccup, Astrid, Valka…  Now, we won't need all of you on the front lines.  Some of you are going to need to be backup for the main troops.  Please don't feel that I'm discounting your abilities.  I plan to put us in six three man teams: Stoick, Lisa, Hiccup.  Elsa, Marcus, Freyja.  Anna, Elisabeth, Eve.  RAAM, Valka, and Astrid.  Mike, Stoick I, and Kristoff.  Auntie Rapunzel, Flynn, and…  Damn.  You'll take one of my modified soldiers, Sofia Vollan.  

I tried to put each group with at least two family members together.  We may not all live to see the end of this.  I make no promises, but I will make sure that until the last one of us dies, or the last one of them dies, we will all be together.  I'll keep us in contact with telepathy, and would appreciate it if the rest of you who have telepathy do so as well.  I just want you to know that I'm sorry you have to help me clean up after my mistakes.  I'm sorry that I've asked you to be willing to die for my screw ups.  I won't ask that you forgive me…  Just that you don't hate me.  Please don't hate me."

"Come on, honey." Elsa said gently, moving forward and hugging Lisa tightly.  "We're family.  We could never, ever hate you."
"Did I ever tell you the story of when I first brought Toothless back to Berk? I thought I was going to be burned at the stake.  Especially when Toothless got scared and attacked.  But with the help of my friends, and especially Astrid, I managed to get them to come to my way of thinking."
"And besides, I love you, Lisa.  You're the most intelligent young woman I've ever met.  If you're going to fight them, I'll be there next to you." Stoick II said proudly.

"Thanks, guys.  Now, turn your attention, please to RAAM, who has a map of the mountain.  It's the largest mountain in Norway, and one of the largest in the world at 1.5 miles high or almost 2.5 km high."
"Thanks for the intro, Lisa.  Now, look at this map.  It's drawn approximately to scale.  This is the base of the mountain.  It doesn't even represent a tenth of the area of the underground caverns beneath the mountain, which go for miles and miles, and have hundreds of caves of varying sizes riddled throughout.  I suspect, given the information that I've collected on them that there will be a Queen in most of the caves, though probably not all with her highest level guardians around her."  

"In addition, there will be a Mother-Queen in the central cave.  Now, the central cave is in the lowest cave approximately 3.5 kilometers beneath the surface of the earth.  It will be very hot down there due to vents blowing steam up from underwater springs warmed by the earth's own heat.  This will give the Mother-Queen a strong advantage both with her Hydrokinesis and her Pyrokinesis, both of which she no doubt possesses.  You see, there is a powerful telepathic and empathic bond between the Queen-Mother and the Queens, and by extension, the Queens and their Brood.  I won't be able to approach them without running the risk of falling under their control.  Thus, I'll be running Reconnaissance with Mrs. Valka and Astrid.  I apologize in advance."

"Now, let's go down to this cave down here.  This cave is huge, and at the bottom of the complex of caves, has the greatest protection.  See this? Though all the caves interconnect and by extension the tunnels do.  However, there is only one entrance to the bottom cave, and it is heavily guarded by the most powerful Royal Guards the Mother-Queen has to offer.  There will also likely be guards hidden around the cave.  This bottom cave has plenty of places to hide."  

"It is as dark as you please, and I suspect that these Hyperlocusts have extreme photophobia to the point that the light probably causes them physical pain in addition to mental anguish.  Fire will hurt their eyes, give them migraines.  For that reason, you likely won't have to worry about them using lightning or fire.  However, they may use combustion rays sparingly.  These, especially in the bottom cave will likely prefer to use their Hydrokinesis to their advantage, as it will allow them to obscure themselves with fog and simultaneously strike.  You will need to use as much fire, lightning and other attacks that cause flashes of bright light as you can at strategic and erratic intervals."

"Raise your hand if you can teleport." RAAM requested.  Lisa, Eve and Loki raised their hands.
"Good.  Make sure that at least one member of each group can teleport, preferably all of you in case one of the group dies.  Lisa, Eve, if you would use your power to grant the rest of the soldiers teleportation."

"Of course.  Eve, go to that side and I'll take care of these people." Lisa said, splitting up from Eve and beginning to use her Biomass Manipulation to implant the teleportation and obfuscatory powers into all of the people.  After about an hour, they were both done, and they turned to RAAM and gave it to him as well.

"Well, we're as good as we're going to be.  I think we should go over the battle plan.  We need to be able to communicate at a moment's notice, so we're all going to share our psychic signature so that we can tune into each other's minds in the blink of an eye.  Close your eyes and concentrate on your own mind, then project it outward to everyone in the room.  Watch how I do it." Lisa said firmly, breathing deep, closing her eyes and nodding quickly.  The entire group felt a pulse, and understood what she meant.  Then, the rest of the group did the same thing, and they all nodded.

"Good.  Let's see.  There are ten entrances to the mountain.  One is here, and the rest are here, here, here, here, here and here.  We'll enter them and try to converge on the bottom cave.  I've made copies of the map in electronic form.  Take out your tablets and I'll send them to you.  It will follow you and give you the shortest route to the bottom cave.  You'll all need to go through several other lairs before making it to the bottom cave.  If you make it before the others, wait.  Don't go in before the others.  Remember, there's only one tunnel that goes to the bottom cave, so we'll all meet up there.  Do you all understand?" Lisa asked.

"Yes!!"
Excellent." Lisa said, putting her hand in.  The rest of the soldiers put their hands in as well, and they pledged not to come out until all the Locusts were dead.
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Though this is a well used concept, I love your spin on it. The dark and bright colors contrasting like that really work well together. In addition, the woman popping out of the magma really adds a new level to it. I feel like she's popping right out at me.

The vision involved in this must have taken a lot of time, and it looks as though the volcano is practically its own biology. It looks like there are stone leaves with veins of lava in them and the woman is like a lava nymph. I love what you've done with it.

The same can be said for the technique. It's very well done. I love the life that you breathed into the picture. It looks like it could be a painting of a real situation almost, if it wasn't so surreal in content.

The impact? Well, it really blew my mind. Overall, I love the picture. It's not the only one I've seen along these lines, but all the same, you added something new to it. A certain Je ne sais quoi.

Admittedly, this is not in my own voice, but that of my OC, Erich Zann III

Character-Interview 


The ONLY Rule: The owner MUST answer these questions in character.

1.) What is your name?
Erich Zann III, at your service


2.) Do you know why you were named that?
I was named after my father, and he after his father.  Truth be told, I cannot stand either of them

3.) Are you single or taken?
I am married to my beloved Saki Yoshino-chan.

4.) Have any abilities or powers?
More than I care to mention, to be honest.  My primary abilities from when I was human was mind control, aura detection, telepathy, psychometry, and psychic empathy

5.) Stop being a Mary-Sue!
I apologize for my Mary-Sue-like tendencies, though I do not feel that I am personally a very likeable, or friendly person, so perhaps I am not as much of a Mary Sue as previously believed

6.) What's your eye color?
Heterochromatic, or rather, they are multiple colors.  One eye is bisected horizontally with green on the bottom and amber on the top, and the other is orange with red veins radiating from the iris.  I was born with violet eyes, though.  I changed my eye color dramatically to appear as different as I could from my former appearance, though.  It is frankly a long story

7.) How about hair color?
Black

8.) Have you any family members?
I have many family members, but I consider my true family to be my friends, and perhaps my younger cousin, Lillian.


9.) Oh? How about pets?
None, sir.

10.) That's cool, I guess. Now tell me something you don't like.
Something I do not like? Does my grandfather count as a thing? If not, I have never been a fan of meat.

11.) Do you have any activities/hobbies that you like to do?
Many, though my best known activity is playing the violin, reading, and practicing new martial art styles.


12.) Have you ever hurt anyone in any way before?
Sadly, I suspect that I have hurt more people than I could possibly count in my regrettably long history.

13.) Ever...killed anyone before?
Again, sadly I have killed more people than I care to mention

14.) What kind of animal are you?
I would have to say a cat.

15.) Name your worst habits?
You do not wish to know my worst habit.  My second worst habit is that I am generally unappreciative of what I have and tend to take it for granted.

16.) Do you look up to anyone at all?
I look up to my beloved Saki-chan.

17.) Are you gay, straight, or bisexual?
I am straight as an arrow.

18.) Do you go to school?
No.

19.) Ever wanna marry and have kids one day?
I am already married

20.) Do you have fangirls/fanboys?
I used to have a fangirl in my younger cousin, though she has moved on to someone far more admirable and worthy of her respect

21.) What are you most afraid of?
Losing control of my curse

22.) Okay... What do you usually wear?
If I had my choice, I would always wear a suit and tie.  I feel that it is necessary to present oneself well.

23.) What's one food that tempts you?
People.

24.) Am I annoying you?
You are not 

25.) Well, it's still not over!
That is okay.  I have all the time in the world.

26.) What class are you? Low class, middle class, high class?
I would classify myself as upper class, though I am often made fun of for that.

27.) How many friends do you have?
More than I could ever have deserved

28.) What are your thoughts on pie?
I, as a Vampire am not a big eater, though I confess that due to modifications of my Blood, I am capable of eating.  I simply prefer not to.

29.) Favorite drink?
Given my answer to the last question, I feel I need to say no more.

30.) What's your favourite place?
I would have to say at home, wherever that may be at any given moment.

31.) Are you interested in anyone~?
People are in general fascinating.  Their ability, indeed their willingness and even eagerness to betray each other at the drop of a hat has long held my interest.  Humans are such silly creatures.  They scurry about their short, pointless and meaningless existence as if there was nothing more important in the world than to get to their own destination.

32.) SKIPPING. NOPE.
I am able to skip rope, though I have never had much of a passion for it.

33.) Would you rather swim in a lake or the ocean?
I would have to say neither.  But if forced to choose, I would say ocean.  It is more of a challenge.

34.) What's your type?
Type? Rather, the type of blood I can drink is female Japanese or Irish blood, though I find a hint of Welsh in the blood to be refreshing.

35.) Camping or indoors?
I would certainly have to say indoors.

38.) Are you still wanting the quiz to end?
I have wanted this quiz to end since the first question, thank you very much.

39.) Well, it's over. Now tag some people!
That is a relief

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Okay... I'm 26 years old, and am deeply interested in fanfiction, vampires, werewolves and zombies (not weird ass sparkly shit Vampire wannabes), writing, Dungeons and Dragons. Ladies, I'm single, as if any more needs to be said. I also like taking pictures, although I'm not that great at it, my photos are passable.
I like people who are polite and respectful, and although rude people annoy me, I can handle them. It's stupid people and arrogant people who treat others like they're stupid that really piss me off. I'm not aggressive or confrontational (for the most part) and I generally expect others to be the same way towards me. If not, I don't have time for you. I get enough jerks at my job. I don't need them on my free time as well.
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Chapter Twelve

 

"RAAM? I need your help with something.  I understand that you are able to meld with the Hyperlocust Hivemind.  We need that ability to find them.  I feel a vague connection with them, but it's not strong enough."

"I will help you.  But I want you to modify me like you did all the others.  I've proven my loyalty, and think I deserve the same treatment as everyone else.  I think I would be more use if you modified me before we attacked.  I know you're capable of doing so." Lisa said, trying to appeal to RAAM's noble side.  She was sure that he had one.  She had tasted, smelled, felt his aura.  And she knew he was a good person.

 

"I would be honored to help you, Your Majesty.  Have you got the troops? I know where they are.  Or rather, I have known for a while.  I was just waiting for you to be ready.  Um…  M-may I ask you a personal question, Your Majesty?" RAAM asked, turning away slightly.

"Of course.  Anything you like." Lisa said with a smile.

 

"A woman as smart and talented as you deserves a man as intelligent and talented as you.  Are you certain that one as eternally mediocre as that human boy will make you happy? There's nothing I should like more than to see you happy and fulfilled, and I'm afraid that your boyfriend's mediocrity will drag you down." RAAM said stoically.  Lisa looked surprised for a minute.

 

"Are you…  Asking me to date you, Mr. RAAM?" Lisa asked tentatively.  RAAM nodded uncertainly.  Lisa blushed at his proposal, but shook her head.

"I-I'm flattered, Mr. RAAM.  B-but really, I do love Stoick.  He's quite as intelligent and talented as I am.  If he wasn't before, he is now.  I pulled out all the stops in modifying him.  Eve and I worked together on his powers and he's got enough brains now to fill a supercomputer.  I can tell.  I can practically smell his intelligence."

 

But I'm also intelligent, Your Majesty.  RAAM thought wistfully.  He didn't know why he wanted her so badly.  Maybe she was just the first woman in years that could speak to him on his level.  Maybe it was just a beauty that he couldn't quite describe.  Nonetheless, he was sure that she would come around eventually. 

 

"I understand, Your Majesty." RAAM said, being suspiciously civil.  Lisa wasn't sure why she was so suspicious of him  But there was something that didn't quite fit.

"Okay, where are they?" Lisa asked determinedly.  RAAM   smirked, a wide, toothy grin filling his maw.

"They are inside Galdhøpiggen, the tallest mountain in Norway.  I would suspect that they are in the natural catacombs beneath the mountain.  There are numerous and I suspect that they could run excellent hit and run tactics.  Though they have recently relied on superior force, they are very intelligent and could easily adapt to any situation."   "I understand.  How do you think we should go about this? Should we split up? Should we go in a large group?"
"I believe that we should use invisibility and silent movement to get past their defenses.  Otherwise, they'll pick up on us faster than we can get there.  I really suggest using teleportation.  I know that your brother can teleport.  Might he be able to move us around?"  

"He can.  But I don't want to expose him to undue danger.  Fortunately, he can use obfuscatory powers.  His ability to draw the darkness around him with his mind is highly useful.  I copied his power with my Biomass Manipulation after watching it in use.  I'm pretty sure I can copy and paste it onto at least one member of each group."
"Great.  When do you think we can get started on this? Until then, I'll go over plans I wrote up of Galdhøpiggen.  It's truly a gorgeous sight to see from the top.  Would you bring the rest of the troops in.  We need to go over definitive plans.  Make sure your brother is here." RAAM said firmly.  Lisa nodded and used her telepathy to contact everyone.     
"Okay, first I need to know that everyone is here.  Mike? Yes.  Eve? Elisabeth, Freyja, Loki, Mommy, Auntie Anna, Daddy, Stoick, Hiccup, Astrid, Valka…  Now, we won't need all of you on the front lines.  Some of you are going to need to be backup for the main troops.  Please don't feel that I'm discounting your abilities.  I plan to put us in six three man teams: Stoick, Lisa, Hiccup.  Elsa, Marcus, Freyja.  Anna, Elisabeth, Eve.  RAAM, Valka, and Astrid.  Mike, Stoick I, and Kristoff.  Auntie Rapunzel, Flynn, and…  Damn.  You'll take one of my modified soldiers, Sofia Vollan.  
  I tried to put each group with at least two family members together.  We may not all live to see the end of this.  I make no promises, but I will make sure that until the last one of us dies, or the last one of them dies, we will all be together.  I'll keep us in contact with telepathy, and would appreciate it if the rest of you who have telepathy do so as well.  I just want you to know that I'm sorry you have to help me clean up after my mistakes.  I'm sorry that I've asked you to be willing to die for my screw ups.  I won't ask that you forgive me…  Just that you don't hate me.  Please don't hate me."  

"Come on, honey." Elsa said gently, moving forward and hugging Lisa tightly.  "We're family.  We could never, ever hate you." "Did I ever tell you the story of when I first brought Toothless back to Berk? I thought I was going to be burned at the stake.  Especially when Toothless got scared and attacked.  But with the help of my friends, and especially Astrid, I managed to get them to come to my way of thinking." "And besides, I love you, Lisa.  You're the most intelligent young woman I've ever met.  If you're going to fight them, I'll be there next to you." Stoick II said proudly.  

"Thanks, guys.  Now, turn your attention, please to RAAM, who has a map of the mountain.  It's the largest mountain in Norway, and one of the largest in the world at 1.5 miles high or almost 2.5 km high."
"Thanks for the intro, Lisa.  Now, look at this map.  It's drawn approximately to scale.  This is the base of the mountain.  It doesn't even represent a tenth of the area of the underground caverns beneath the mountain, which go for miles and miles, and have hundreds of caves of varying sizes riddled throughout.  I suspect, given the information that I've collected on them that there will be a Queen in most of the caves, though probably not all with her highest level guardians around her."   

"In addition, there will be a Mother-Queen in the central cave.  Now, the central cave is in the lowest cave approximately 3.5 kilometers beneath the surface of the earth.  It will be very hot down there due to vents blowing steam up from underwater springs warmed by the earth's own heat.  This will give the Mother-Queen a strong advantage both with her Hydrokinesis and her Pyrokinesis, both of which she no doubt possesses.  You see, there is a powerful telepathic and empathic bond between the Queen-Mother and the Queens, and by extension, the Queens and their Brood.  I won't be able to approach them without running the risk of falling under their control.  Thus, I'll be running Reconnaissance with Mrs. Valka and Astrid.  I apologize in advance."  

"Now, let's go down to this cave down here.  This cave is huge, and at the bottom of the complex of caves, has the greatest protection.  See this? Though all the caves interconnect and by extension the tunnels do.  However, there is only one entrance to the bottom cave, and it is heavily guarded by the most powerful Royal Guards the Mother-Queen has to offer.  There will also likely be guards hidden around the cave.  This bottom cave has plenty of places to hide."   
"It is as dark as you please, and I suspect that these Hyperlocusts have extreme photophobia to the point that the light probably causes them physical pain in addition to mental anguish.  Fire will hurt their eyes, give them migraines.  For that reason, you likely won't have to worry about them using lightning or fire.  However, they may use combustion rays sparingly.  These, especially in the bottom cave will likely prefer to use their Hydrokinesis to their advantage, as it will allow them to obscure themselves with fog and simultaneously strike.  You will need to use as much fire, lightning and other attacks that cause flashes of bright light as you can at strategic and erratic intervals."  

"Raise your hand if you can teleport." RAAM requested.  Lisa, Eve and Loki raised their hands.
"Good.  Make sure that at least one member of each group can teleport, preferably all of you in case one of the group dies.  Lisa, Eve, if you would use your power to grant the rest of the soldiers teleportation."  
"Of course.  Eve, go to that side and I'll take care of these people." Lisa said, splitting up from Eve and beginning to use her Biomass Manipulation to implant the teleportation and obfuscatory powers into all of the people.  After about an hour, they were both done, and they turned to RAAM and gave it to him as well.
  "Well, we're as good as we're going to be.  I think we should go over the battle plan.  We need to be able to communicate at a moment's notice, so we're all going to share our psychic signature so that we can tune into each other's minds in the blink of an eye.  Close your eyes and concentrate on your own mind, then project it outward to everyone in the room.  Watch how I do it." Lisa said firmly, breathing deep, closing her eyes and nodding quickly.  The entire group felt a pulse, and understood what she meant.  Then, the rest of the group did the same thing, and they all nodded.  

"Good.  Let's see.  There are ten entrances to the mountain.  One is here, and the rest are here, here, here, here, here and here.  We'll enter them and try to converge on the bottom cave.  I've made copies of the map in electronic form.  Take out your tablets and I'll send them to you.  It will follow you and give you the shortest route to the bottom cave.  You'll all need to go through several other lairs before making it to the bottom cave.  If you make it before the others, wait.  Don't go in before the others.  Remember, there's only one tunnel that goes to the bottom cave, so we'll all meet up there.  Do you all understand?" Lisa asked.  

"Yes!!"
Excellent." Lisa said, putting her hand in.  The rest of the soldiers put their hands in as well, and they pledged not to come out until all the Locusts were dead.
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