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inFAMOUS: Zero Year


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Private Roleplay for an INFAMOUS RP between Metty and Zack.

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WELCOME BACK TO ZERO YEAR

Radon city. Once a great place to visit with the family, home to two amusement parks, a museum and lavish hotels. It used to be bustling before Cole McGrath decided to help the beast “resurrect” it. It was rendered a pile of debris afterwards, its newly christened conduits moving on to greener pastures. It wasn’t until two years after Cole turned on the Beast that reparations began. It was slow at first given the state of the surrounding cities, but a woman named Brook Augustine managed to quell conduit hatred enough to persuade people to let them help. 

Twelve years of hard work, long hours, technical advancements and political unrest later, Radon city was back to being a functioning city. Only now there weren’t anymore amusement parks. No museums. The D.U.P that now ran the city felt those things were unnecessary and a waste of money. Much like the rest of the nation, Radon was run by the DUP. Their presence was heavy at first, but was now relatively light after they’d killed over a dozen conduits they referred to as “Bio-Terrorists”. Still, curfews, patrols and surveillance remained in place to make sure no more turned up. 

Didn’t stop crime though. In fact, the DUP did little to nothing to quell civil unrest or keep people from getting killed by your average, unhinged sociopath. No, although they refused to lend out any of their advanced tech or weaponry, the DUP left crime to typical law enforcement. 

Radon was big, separated into five sprawling districts, two of which, districts four and five, devoted to DUP occupation. Five was the main hub, surrounded by a wall and a perimeter of trigger happy brutes. Rumors had it that the city’s prison was in there, and that people would practically cease to exist inside. Criminals often fought to the death as a result, which brings us Radon’s crime rate and intensity.

Being a cop in Radon is hard. Early, fatal retirements are the norm, most of the force trained to fight wars against psychotic gangs or rebel groups. Even beat cops are armed to the teeth as a result, even the new recruits. The DUP’s oppressive and cold nature was sapping the city of its mirth, its love, and its will to carry on. Mental breaks were common and gruesomely violent. One would think it couldn’t get much worse.

Recently there have been a lot more mental breaks in the city, mainly in district two. Whole riots would start, meaning that the SWAT team would need to be called in to quell them. These rioters were incredibly fierce and bloodthirsty. Rumors spoke of some kind of new drug, detectives trying to find its supplier. But no evidence had been discovered. 

Today was a new day, and Arashi’s unit had been deployed to a large, condemned factory that had caught fire during one of the riots. Most of the fires had died down, but reports of psychotic individuals running rampant within the factory’s remains had the public worried, and Arashi’s team was supposed to take care of any stragglers by any means necessary. 

Around her she’d see several members of her team getting their gear together, most of them looking like they were ready for war. Still, they were waiting on her orders before they did anything. One of her squad mates, Dean, approached her. He was new to the team and the most skittish. He’d been given the position because his father was rich and had connections, but he was a good kid that genuinely cared about protecting others. His training had been grueling and he’d barely made it through the physical portion, but he was good with technology. He’d used his talents to build all manner of gadgets to deter and surveil potential threats. 

Today would be the first time he’d be involved in combat. (edited)

“W-What are these uh…rioters, like?” Dean asked in a hushed tone so as not to attract the attention of the others. “I-I’ve seen some pictures. Of uh…of the victims. It looked like some of them had been…eaten? Are these people sane?”

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Stormbreaker

Arashi, known too many on the force as “Stormbreaker” her code name was a well known and respected sergeant in the force itself. Rising to the top of her class and graduating with almost excellent marks. Arashi had dealt with many bioterrorists, criminals and all matters of people over the years, but today was no different. Arashi had been training for years, had a great record with her work, and she made sure people got out alive whenever she could. However, she had lost a few friends over the years, causing her to be more and more distant from the losses. 

If there was one thing she hated more than anything else, it was bioterrorists. One in particular killed both of her parents, her father a DUP soldier and her mother was in SWAT. Both are well respected and loved in their fields. Arashi dedicated her life to following in their footsteps, hoping to save as much people as she could.

As Dean turned to Arashi, she was putting her helmet on and making sure her gear was all accounted for. She knew he was more new to the task force and liked how he had knowhow about his gadgets and technology. She turned to him when he spoke, looking at him directly. “Dangerous. Keep your guard up. Don’t be afraid to taser or shoot them with non-lethal rounds if they get too close. We avoid killing if we can help it. The same cannot be said about the bioterrorists.

Just follow my lead, kid, and we’ll all be fine. If you see something, don’t hesitate to call it out.” Came Arashi’s advice to Dean as she held her hand on her rifle.

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“A-Alright.” Dean stuttered as he imagined resisting the urge to use lethal force against a crazed murderer. “I mean, yes ma’am!”

Rocko, an older and more experienced officer in his fifties, approached Arashi with a map of the factory. Dean backed away as Rocko gave him an irritated side-eye. He didn’t like Dean, mainly because he hadn’t worked his way up like the rest of them. He felt having him on the team was risky, a needless way to get a kid killed. 

Rocko used to be the S.W.A.T team leader before Arashi came onto the scene. He’d stepped down because he was getting old, and he knew Arashi had the instincts and skills to lead the team. He was glad to have her. If she hadn’t come along, Braden Bishop would have taken his spot, and Braden was always itching to start a gunfight in the middle of crowd of civilians. Or shoot a jay-walker.

“How you wanna go in?” Rocko asked Arashi as he pointed at the many entrances and exits on the map. “Quiet? Loud? I can’t confirm that there aren’t civilians hiding in there.”

“Maybe I could-“ Dean began, but Rocko shot him an angry look. Dean swallowed and continued. “M-Maybe I could uh…use one of my drones? To…you know…figure that out?”

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Arashi looked over at Dean with an eyebrow as he stuttered. Poor kid has never been up against this type of problem before. It's no wonder how he doesn't know how to react. Experience is a good teacher. Arashi thought to herself as she sighed. "Just be careful is all I ask.

Arashi turned her attention to footsteps approaching her, as a familiar face, Rocko. Rocko was somebody she respected heavily out of everybody and somebody she was glad to mentor under. Arashi had since then learned skills and exceled from learning under him, becoming the leader herself and there was no way in hell she was going to let Braden become the leader.

She looked curiously over at him and looked upon the map. It was interesting. Interesting enough that she tried to think of a way to deal with. Going in too loud would be a bad idea, they don't know if their going to be outnumbered... but going in quiet might be the better solution. She wasn't quite sure on what to do, until Dean spoke up.

"Like Rocko said, we can't risk coming across any civilains. They could easily outnumber us along with the rioters and then we're in trouble. The best thing to do is to go in quiet... but that drone will give us the layout and knowledge we need to actually traverse carefully. We have to be concerned in any case the rioters have set up any traps too."

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Dean's expression lit up a little, glad to be useful. Rocko rolled his eyes because he knew how Dean felt. He too was a young cop wanting to be useful once, but he was too ashamed to admit that. Plus, unlike Dean, he had to work up the ranks with blood sweat and tears. 

"You got it!" said Dean, barely containing his excitement. "I'll get it set up!"

And so he did. Within a few minutes, his basketball sized drone was hovering above them, Dean squinting at it and tweaking things on his controller to make some microscopic adjustments. The drone was almost completely silent, hard to hear even when standing next to it. 

"Okay," Dean began. "I'll send it over the factory and do a quick scan for life forms inside of the building, then I'll send it inside to get a secondary reading."

"Where'd you buy this gizmo?" asked Rocko. 

"Didn't." Dean said with a childish smile. "I built it! Figured it'd be safer to have this thing scouting ahead instead of people."

With that, he flew the drone high over the factory where eit hung there for a few seconds. As he looked at the screen on his controller, his eyes widened. 

"Hold on..." he said with a perplexed look before flying the drone into an open window. He held out his controller for Arashi and Rocko to see. The screen showed what the drones camera was seeing, and it was using heat vision to see through walls.

"That's more than a few rioters." Rocko said as he glanced at Arashi. "Either our Intel is bad, or more showed up at some point."

"They're acting really...eratic" Dean commented. The people they were looking at were either hunched over  and shaking erratically or running to and from randomly, whispering and screaming to themselves. One woman was clawing at the skin on her face and was bleeding profusely. Oddly, none of them were attacking each other. 

"Uh, oh!" said Dean as one craze man locked eyes with the drone and started screaming at the top of his lungs. 

The man took off with inhuman speed,  his blood covered hands held out to tear the drone to pieces. Dean was forced to fly it away and out of the nearest window. That didn't stop the man though. He lunged out of the window from the second floor, his crazed eyes still locked on the drone. He landed on the ground almost face first in an extremely painful looking tumble, but was seemingly unaffected.

The man was on his feet quickly, his neck and shoulder bent at odd angles as he ran screaming towards the drone. The drone that was now hovering right next to Dean. 

"U-U-U-UAGH!" Dean yelled fearfully as he saw the look of bloody murder in the crazed mans eyes. 

The rest of Arashi's team showed not the faintest sign of fear or alarm, merely pointing their weapons at the crazed man and waiting on their leaders orders. 

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Arashi glanced across at the kid, not wanting to ruin his moment to help this situation overall. She wanted to see her team grow and not hold them back, as that might cause more trouble than it’s worth. After all, she had only recently become the leader.

Arashi watched Dean carefully as he setup the drone overall. Arashi did seem impressed when he said he built it. “Well, looks like you’ll have a future career building more stuff if you keep it up. Can’t you add a taser or an EMP to that thing as well to help with maximizing non-lethal capability?” She suggested. 

Kid has some talent to say the least. Time will tell if he improves. 

Arashi watched the footage closely as the drone got closer and closer inside. Noting how it looked different to their intel. “This is rather strange, isn’t it? Something is amiss here, and I don’t like the look of it.She had a pretty bad feeling about this. More rioters showing up? Something isn’t right after all. There was this off feeling that there was more to this.

She then was thinking deeply in thought. “Do you know if we have any known record of a conduit that affects others like this? Surely, there’s some record in our databases of that.” Arashi asked. 

Arashi instinctively put her rifle down, grabbing the shotgun off her back and loading electric stun bullets into the chamber and aiming it at the man that entered. “Weapons free, non-lethal. I’m not taking any chances with these folks.” She said, firing a shot with the electric stun slugs in her chamber of her shotgun. She then got in front of Dean and activated the ballistic shield she had on her arm to protect him in case the man went for them.

Dean, report this to HQ and then switch to drone view so we know what we’re dealing with.

(rolled a 16, so success there)

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Arashi's aim is practically divine, a surprise to all but Rocko. The slug hits smack dab in the middle of the mans forehead, the perfect spot for it to take full effect given his unresponsiveness to pain. As a result, the combined force of the slug and the electrical shock it emits on contact with his skull knocks the crazed man out cold immediately, leaving him to fall onto his back in an unconscious heap.

"Good shot, as usual." says Rocko with an approving nod as he lowers his gun. "So good it's scary. Aim like that don't come from training."

Dean, who had been cowering behind Arashi, was now shocked at how effortlessly she'd put the man down. She seemed almost inhuman to him with her movements, almost like a machine. 

"W-Wow..." was all Dean could say. Then Rocko gave him an inpatient look, causing Dean to remember the order Arashi had given him. 

"R-Right! Yes ma'am!" said Dean as he composed himself and went to work on his controller. Built into it was a communicator with both voice and text. After sending a report back to HQ describing the situation, he tapped a button on the screen to go back to the drones view. The screen showed them from behind, looking down at Dean's controller. It was behind them, hovering idly. 

"Where would you like me to fly it? Near an entry point? Back into the building?" Dean asked. 

"It got a stun gun on that thing?" Rocko asked.

"That's my next project!" Dean responded with nerdish glee. 

"So no." Rocko sighed.

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Arashi smirked from under her helmet, that comment practically making demeanour change for a slight second. Comments like that were needed in this type of work, however, she didn’t show much emotion with anything like that normally, but stroking her ego like that was certainly something. “Maybe I was born with that good of an aim. I’m just that good.” She commented, checking her weapon as she looked at the man on the ground.

Alive at least, so that’s a good sign as any.” She deactivated her shield in the meantime. Arashi didn’t respond to Dean’s comment, opting to look down at the man in question. “... Odd that he attacked us like that out of nowhere. No normal person would do such a thing.

Arashi seemed to be lost in thought. “Either we have somebody that can control others via their powers or that man was on something. We have to be ready for whatever is up ahead.” She spoke out loud her thoughts.

Just get into the building, maybe a back entrance this time. We might figure out who’s in it and why these rioters are acting crazed. But you might want to add a stun gun, tear gas and some tranquilizing agent to the drone next time, though. That would have been useful right now.

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On 4/27/2024 at 11:46 PM, Metty said:

“Maybe I was born with that good of an aim. I’m just that good.” She commented, checking her weapon as she looked at the man on the ground.

Rocko raised an eyebrow at Arashi, his expression unflinching. A part of him, a seasoned and trustworthy place at the back of his mind, urged him to tell Arashi not to get cocky. But he ignored it. He knew she was like that and it hadn't gotten in the way of her job thus far. Also, he could remember how he was when he was younger. He had an arrogant hot streak a mile long with the macho bravado to match. He was insufferable, far worse than Arashi. So bad in fact, that it caused him to make a few really bad mistakes. Mistakes he wished HE could have suffered for instead of the people who actually did. The only reason he was allowed to stay on the force was because the chief vouched for his love for the city AND his ability to ADAPT to any situation. When Chief Smoke said the latter, he didn't mean that Rocko was a tactical savant that could fight in any situation. No.

He meant that if Rocko didn't have an attitude change right then and there and ADAPT to a force that shunned egotism, he'd be handing over his badge, his gun, and his potential.

"Hm." Rocko merely grunted at Arashi's self-praise, choosing to talk to her about it later. He was confident there would be a later.

On 4/27/2024 at 11:46 PM, Metty said:

Alive at least, so that’s a good sign as any.” She deactivated her shield in the meantime. Arashi didn’t respond to Dean’s comment, opting to look down at the man in question. “... Odd that he attacked us like that out of nowhere. No normal person would do such a thing.

Arashi seemed to be lost in thought. “Either we have somebody that can control others via their powers or that man was on something. We have to be ready for whatever is up ahead.” She spoke out loud her thoughts.

Just get into the building, maybe a back entrance this time. We might figure out who’s in it and why these rioters are acting crazed. But you might want to add a stun gun, tear gas and some tranquilizing agent to the drone next time, though. That would have been useful right now.

"Y-Yes, ma'am!" Dean said, clumsily standing at attention with a salute. 

"You heard her everyone!" Rocko turned to the rest of the squad. "We are set to initiate the infiltration via the rear entrance. Prepare for entry. Breachers, ensure all equipment is secured and comms are clear. Confirm readiness status, we go in two. Any questions, bring them up now."

Rocko studied the other men in a routine fashion, his eyes searching for imperfections. He find more than a few on one operator casually leaned up against the truck, polishing and examining his combat knife. 

"Stitch, are you deaf?" Rocko asked the operator in a harsh tone. Stich, fully clad in his armor and gear, simply nodded casually.

"Loud and clear, T-L." said Stich in his typical, cold, venom filled tone. Stich was not supposed to be an operator. He was a war vet who was dishonorably discharged for doing drugs while on duty. In spite of his frankly terrifying service record and confirmed kills in the field, he was shipped home and put on watch. He applied to be police officer and Chief Smoke let him have the job in hopes that it'd keep him out of trouble. Stitch was just supposed to be a patrol officer, but when other officers got to see how effective he was in shootouts and fights, it was obvious that his talents were being wasted. There were also rumors that Stitch did contract killings for government officials on the side, although Rocko could never find proof.

Smoke did not want him on the SWAT team, but gave him a spot anyway, never explaining why to Rocko or Arashi. Rocko thought it was awful decision to let a man like him be an operator, but Stitch proved to be an asset. He was mean, cold, and generally offensive, but he'd proved multiple times that he was willing to risk his life for innocents, and he followed orders. He was loyal. Also, he was the only other person Rocko knew that could fight like Arashi. Still, Rocko wished he knew more. Stitch seldom talked unless he was being smart-mouthed, and he never shared details about himself. Much of his service record in the military was classified, even to Arashi. Rocko doubted that even the Chief knew was on those classified documents. 

Rocko examined Stitch, desperately searching for the smallest, most infantile imperfection in his gear. He found none. Stitch was always the first to be geared up and ready to go, and he took his gear seriously. His shotgun was slung over his shoulder as Stitched studied his knife for microscopic stains or bits of dirt. He wondered what Arashi thought about Stitch. 

"W-What do I do?" asked Dean nervously. 

"Marksman Tarry, you're with Dean on oversight." said Rocko, gesturing for Tarry to come over.

"...Yes sir." said Tarry after a moment of stunned hesitation. Dean tried not to look Tarry in the eye as he walked over, knowing that he wasn't well liked by most of the team.

Rocko looked at his watch and checked over the team one last time before putting on his helmet. 

"We move in thirty seconds." Rocko said to Arashi as he checked his MP5 for the tenth time in the last two minutes. "Additional instructions?"

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Arashi watched her squad get ready, checking her gun and making sure it was ready to go. She didn't say much as she wanted her squad to get ready, so they go and deal with whatever was up ahead. She kept thinking about whatever was acting that civilians to act crazy though. What a weird coincidence. Hopefully, they would find out whatever was going on ahead. "Additional instructions? I believe I'm made enough instructions as I manage. Weapons free, don't hesitate. No killing if able. We're here to protect the public at large, not cause them to lose trust in us. That is all." Arashi wasn't a woman with many words. She got the job done. That was it. She wasn't great at talking whatsoever. 

"I take it, your with me, Rocko? Or does anybody else want to partner with me? Somebody will have to cover for me if I have to hold the enemy back." To the point. She didn't beat around the bush when it came to anything. 


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