The Black Watch

The Black Watch Part 11

The Elect “You seem well,” Yamamoto said mildly. The cyborg nodded. “Yes. I replenished my stock of nanopaste and grafted a fresh arm to replace the damaged one. I am now at a hundred percent operational efficiency.” “And you brought friends,” Yamamoto added. “Of course. Someone launched a campaign of murder and terror against the […]

The Black Watch Part 10

Believer The werewolf beheld the operator. Yamamoto was a man. A weak, fragile, puny man, barely worthy of his teeth and claws. And yet… And yet, he stood unflinchingly before him, cold green eyes clear yet inscrutable, short sword held loose but at the ready, his muscles ready to explode into a symphony of motion. […]

The Black Watch Part 9

Wake the Blood The team split up. Wood, Fox, Tan and the bot went one way, Yamamoto, Connor and Karim went the other. This time, Yamamoto allowed Karim to take the lead. “Don’t lead us right in front of the Husk, rookie,” Connor said. Karim stalked up the escalator to the second floor and beheld […]

The Black Watch Part 8

One Target, One Team The Sentinel’s wings were clipped, but she could still drive. Karim worked the pedals with two leaden feet, breaking every traffic law and taking every turn at dangerous speeds. Dozens of voices chattered over the radio, dribbling out information piecemeal. Yamamoto sat in the shotgun seat, silently processing it all. “The […]

The Black Watch Part 7

Reconfig As the regular cops secured and cleared the Shard, the Black Watch muscled their vehicle back upright. There was no art to it, no special tricks, just sheer brute force amplified by their exoframes. All six of them pressed their hands against the roof and cab of the truck and, on Yamamoto’s command, heaved […]

The Black Watch Part 6

The Shard Karim flew. Yamamoto manned the radio. In the rear, the rest of the team reorganized and readied their kit. Karim dedicated half his brain to controlling the Sentinel, the other half monitoring the radio. “Control to all callsigns, be advised, two active killers reported at Singularity Network, Shard One. Witnesses report two suspects […]

The Black Watch Part 5

The Lotus Palace The Sentinel howled through the storm-drenched night, its sirens blending with the background choir of a hundred scattered alarms. Karim hit the gas, pushing the armored gravtruck as fast as he dared, climbing higher and higher into the night. Next to him, Yamamoto worked the radio, firing a series of orders. “All […]

The Black Watch Part 4

The Face of the Enemy “What do we do?” Karim asked. “Develop the situation,” Yamamoto said. “We need more info before we can act.” Karim returned to the living room, planting himself in an unoccupied corner. Yamamoto’s voice bounced off the walls and floated through his earpieces; the team leader was updating the team and […]

The Black Watch Part 2

ROE State Red The six operators regrouped in the lobby, dripping rainwater on the lacquered parquet. As the team gathered around Yamamoto, he summoned a a street map on everyone’s eyeshields. “This is going to be a straightforward assault,” Yamamoto said, “but don’t let your guard down. Husks always have a nasty surprise waiting. ROE […]

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