OC:http://www.iwakuroleplay.com/showthread.php?t=20597 All of the top scientists and countless amounts of funding had gone into this project, and now they would finally see it completed. It had taken them years to even create just a quick glimpse into the world. It took them dozens more to make the portal, but they would finally complete the world's first interdimensional portal. Included in the preparation was the assembly of a small, but effective team to make first contact and perform general research of the surrounding area. That's how it was planned to go anyway, and they were hoping that things would go off without a hitch. The portal had gone through severe testing and required heavy precision and the smallest miscalculation could lead to an unstable field that would have unpredictable effects. It was something they would rather avoid that. The structure that housed the portal was a lot bigger than the portal itself. It consisted of a large platform with two robotic spires on it's side. On those spires were spikes that pointed inwardly that shot sparks with a purple hue to it that eventually massed to form a circular blob that opened a window to the other world. In it, was the edge of a lush, but dense forests. The trees were nothing like that of Earth. It had oddly shaped branches, and the leaves had a subtle purple coloration to it. More to the right was a vast plain where they had spotted some figures moving out in the distance, but never came close enough to see closely. The scientists had concluded that the world was inhabited, but whether they were docile, primitive, advanced, or hostile was another question entirely. It would all rely on these crimson wings to bring back information about it. The Crimson Wings however, were being held in a sort of break room, where they were given plenty of food and water in hopes that they would be ready to ship out. They had two hours until they are ready to enter the portal. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It was a time to be celebrating. Everyone should be happy around this time of year, but recent occurences have kept them from what usually is their most memorable time of year. Strange weather patterns, increased agitation in animal behavior, even interferance with their magic. The Elders have assured that it was all just a passing moment, but there's that small fear in most of the denizens. Most people had believed what the elder council had said, but there are some, those who felt that there was more to the council's words, that feel as if there are some larger forces at work. Unfortunately, there is no way of telling the truth. For now, the people would have to be content with festival that the capitol, Krenh, has put on. The festival was an annual festival called the Pyre Festival. This was the day that they would not only honor the dead, but sacrifice animal offerings to their gods that have bestowed the power of their Mana to them. It began as a ritualistic ceremony, but later developed into a country wide festival. Krenh holds some of the biggest festivals attracting travelers and party goers. This year, they've began to make it bigger and better as if trying to make up for the out of the ordinary occurrences lately. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Issac began to mill around the large, but occupied room. They had decided to put the entirety of the Crimson Wings into the room and have them "rest" until the time comes for them to go. They've laid out food and drinks that were very extravagant. It seems they've spared no expense to accommodate the explorers, considering that this is a dangerous mission into the unknown. Issac, as the leader and pseudo-founder of the Crimson Wings, he had access to some of the more privileged information, but this was still a surprise to him. Must've been decided by some of the more higher-ups. He had approached the table with plates upon plates of food that you'd find in a five-star restaurant. They must've thought that they could get them to socialize and develop some sort of group dynamic before they're sent off. He couldn't blame them, but looking around the room and scanning the members, he could see that a couple of them would rather not get to know each other. All together, the team was made up of a mechanic, a sniper, a mutant, some kind of robot that would be hooked up to the mech outside, and himself. The mechanic seemed a bit ditzy for the team, but he's been hard to track and is amazing at what he does. The sniper has almost no history and finding her was a challenge in itself. They found her rotting in a high security prison. She was silent, but a professional. The other two, the mutant and the CHARLOTTE driver were easier to find. They were in government records, heavily classified government experiments. This was quite the team, but hopefully they'd hold up under pressure.