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The first thing she registered was a headache that beat itself into the back of her skull, a bright light that poured its way under her eyelids making itself uncomfortably known. Atlas tried to open her eyes, struggling against the sleep that crusted them, before immediately closing her eyes against the light. She groaned and tried to lift a hand to shield herself from the glare, but her arm didn't want to respond to her, the muscles trembling with exhaustion. Her whole body felt exhausted and her eyes narrowed in confusion as she looked down at the traitorous limb. Then she noticed the IV drip in her arm and her heart stuttered for a moment, even as she picked up the hospital gown she was wearing, the strong smell of chemicals, the red light flashing on the screen beside her bed. Something wasn't right here, something wasn't - she needed to get out of here. Every cell in her mind screamed for her to flee, but her hands shook too much to be able to detach the drip, and she barely had the energy to sit up. But she worked at it, breathing out as the drip finally fell loose and clanged against the metal bedside, then started to push herself up.

 

However, there was an older woman, with soft pale skin that nearly blended in with her white top and slacks, who had one hand on Atlas' shoulder, pushing her back down into the pillows. The strength in the woman's arm seemed at odds with their shorter stature and slightly overweight appearance, or perhaps it was the absolute weakness she was feeling in her own muscles. Atlas tried struggling for a moment, before trying to formulate a question.

 

"What's, what-"

 

"It will all get explained in due course. Currently, you need to rest more."

 

The woman narrowed her eyes at Atlas, even as she quickly reattached the IV drip and tapped a few buttons on the screen. Instantly, Atlas could feel warmth blossoming through her veins and she couldn't reach over in time to detach it again before she fell back asleep.

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@Tanktimus the Encourager this is fully your fault for the title, cause I was writing the next section for my previous story, but then I started thinking about incorporating Bourne into it, but then sci-fi, and then I fully want to become a space ninja so now this challenge is about me becoming a space ninja (and also warning yall about our mighty powers :P). It doesn't feel much like sci fi right now, but I've got the next chapter already writte, which should be up by the end of Week 0.

 

My morning routine has been going pretty well, wake, brush teeth, stretch, change, go for a walk, shower, bible, korean, plan day, then do the day. It takes about two hours, depending on the walk, but its been good. I've also been tracking my food for the past week, but I want it to become a proper habit, so I'll probably keep an eye on it this challenge as well, as well as trying to stay under 1.5k kcal every day. It's not strict, but if I want to see consistent weight loss, that's my number. I'm also all done with my teaching for this year, but I have an essay due at the beginning of May, and an exam in mid-June, alongside all my media and society work, so keeping a firm grasp on my time-management is important. It really does all disappear every time I go home, because all I want to do is laze around and read books and play games, despite still having some work to do. But that should get done if the rest also happen, especially the planning part.

 

#1 - Sleep before 12

#2 - Wake by 9

#3 - Eat <1.5k kcal

#4 - Continue morning habit

 

The measuring will be done over on my character sheet, but I've listed the ones that I really want to focus on above. The rewards and stuff are listed over there as well. As it is, I'm going to try to continue as is and gain a base strength to build off of.

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they / them  |  half-orc paladin ( oath of the watcher )   --   lv 0

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I'll happily take credit. :D 

Current Challenge Original 1,2,3, R 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51

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"By the Most-Righteous-and-Blessed Beard of Sir Tanktimus the Encourager!" - Jarl Rurik Harrgath

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Ohai! Following for space ninjary  :)

 

HUNTER OF ALL THINGS SHINY

Intro Thread    Bodyweight Exercise Library

The Arruvia Conspiracy Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 567, 89, 10 

Other Challenges: 12345, 6, 7, 89, 10, 11, 1213, 14, 15 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28Mardi Gras [Current]

Level 2 Ninja

Strength: 13 Intelligence: 14 Wisdom: 6 Dexterity:14 Constitution: 12 Charisma: 11

 

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16 hours ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

I'll happily take credit. :D 

I guess @SkyGirl gets some for it being on her thread?  :P But thanks :D

 

11 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

Ohai! Following for space ninjary  :)

 

The coolest kind of ninjary?

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13 hours ago, Infinity.Creates said:

The coolest kind of ninjary?

 

Indubitably!!!

SKY ELVENWORD

The Silver Archer, Ranger Level 45

Jesus-follower | Writer | Encourager | Resident Myers-Briggs and Enneagram Geek 

"Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people." - Fred Rogers

 

2021 Books in Progress:

How We Love (82%)  |  Talking Back to Purity Culture (64%)  |  Rhythms of Renewal (60%)  |  Beholding and Becoming (19%)  | What Did You Expect? (36%)  |  A Gentle Answer (0%) 
 

2021 Books Completed:
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  |  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  |  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire   |  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  |  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince  |  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  |  Lady Windermere's Fan 

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The plans for next weekend have been finalised - the penultimate weekend for the Offas Dyke that I've been doing for about three years? My walking everyday has been in part training for it, but I think it's made me more nervous. It's 20km on the first day, and I currently average 4kph on flat ground, and the Dyke always throws us terrible terrain, so if I go down to 2kph, it's gonna be a loooong hike again, and it's tiring me out just thinking about it. I'm gonna tackle it, and I'll get through it, but I hike cause I enjoy hiking, and I really want to enjoy that weekend...

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20 minutes ago, annyshay said:

Space ninjas, aye? Ok. I'm in. 

Ninjaasss in sppppaccceee:D 

 

Oh you got the one year wings??! They look so good!!

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4 hours ago, annyshay said:

Why thank you!

I haven't really been on since the last big challenge, and I kinda miss it,but am struggling to justify the cost :( 

How many days along your streak are you now?

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they / them  |  half-orc paladin ( oath of the watcher )   --   lv 0

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I went on a really nice walk today with my parents and sister, 7.6k in 1.5 hours. Which is a pretty fast pace, though it was on v flat ground for most of it. It didn't really do anything to remove my fears, but I'm resting in that my mother, sister, and God will all be on that hike with me, and even if it's long and doesn't fullfill the purpose of a hike being fun and beautiful, it will be a memory to share with them and the others I'm going with. 

 

I also bought new shoes before heading out today, and did a bit of a trial run. I think I'm going to add (or switch) the sole to one that I've already used, or one that's a bit softer. My feet feel really raw, and I'll also have to switch up the socks as well. It feels like so much planning for just a two day walk, but I know I'll regret it if I don't. 

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Went on a Walk of Witness today - where ten churches in the local area meet up and walk a cross around the area (which happens to be mainly Muslim), stopping every now and then to read a passage and sing a hymn. Then we had to walk back to get the car, but decided to grab lunch instead (I love doner kebab so much oh my ), then walk home, cause my mum decided not to join us and drove home. That racks up another 6k today, and my feet are feeling today and yesterday. :D 

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13 hours ago, Infinity.Creates said:

I love doner kebab so much oh my

Oh, me too!  SOOOO GOOD!

HUNTER OF ALL THINGS SHINY

Intro Thread    Bodyweight Exercise Library

The Arruvia Conspiracy Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 567, 89, 10 

Other Challenges: 12345, 6, 7, 89, 10, 11, 1213, 14, 15 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28Mardi Gras [Current]

Level 2 Ninja

Strength: 13 Intelligence: 14 Wisdom: 6 Dexterity:14 Constitution: 12 Charisma: 11

 

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6 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

Oh, me too!  SOOOO GOOD!

Donner in fresh naan or pita with loads of lettuce and a spicy sauce .... oh no I started drooling :P

It's almost definitely worse than mince or mystery meat, especially around here where it is a literal fast food, but its all halal so it can't be that bad, right? :D Maybe I should just keep it as a once every few months thing for when I come back home.

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Posted a short story on a space spy, unrelated to this challenge, though they might end up in the same universe? :D

 

Hawthorn pulled herself up from her knees, groaning slightly as she felt her ribs shout their protest, but she kept her head held high and that smirk lingering on the corner of her mouth. "You've really got to be careful of humans like me," she said, one hand coming up to wipe the blood that she knew was trickling down her chin, split lip, black eye, bruised cheek. She looked like hell, but that only served to intimidate the Okoryite standing at the back of the alley, red and black patterns of horror flashing brightly under the skin of their face.

Scattered at Hawthorn's feet were half a dozen of the alien's compatriots, all attempting to take something from her - knowledge or money, you could never be too sure in the backstreets of Ephesis. The whole sector was filled with pirates and spies, which was, of course, the reason why she was here.

"But then again, you've really got to be careful of humans in general. Three centuries in society, and none of you have learnt your lesson." The Okoryite had the white of despair mixing with the red black horror across their face and hands, before Hawthorn rushed forwards, swiftly crossing the length of the alley before driving her elbow into the tough acrylic like skin, then again, and again, ignoring the alien's screeching and attempts to pull her away. Again, again, waiting for the spider-web of cracks to appear. The moment it did, she pulled a long steel cylinder from her belt, slamming it into the Okoryite's head in one swift blow. The creature collapsed - dead - while the cylinder started to flash colours from the top.

The memory retrieval generally worked best when the Okoryite was remembering the memory that she was after, but 'any means necessary' were the keywords of this mission, and that was what she was going to deliver.

Pulling herself up, Hawthorn barely muffled another groan as the various bruises and breaks in her body started to make themselves known, but she tucked the device back into her belt pouch and tapped the implant behind her right ear. She forced herself to not blink as a UI overlayed her vision, options clustered at the bottom left, and an orange mail button blinking at the top right. She dimmed its colour with a swipe of her hands, and pulled up a visual chat with Director Sibor, her hands automatically performing the salute.  Her fists tapped against her temples before falling open ontop of each other infront of her heart. The director mirrored the movement, open palms curling up infront of them, before going to tap their temples, before speaking.

"Report, Agent 3HR6."

Hawthorn nodded, acutely aware of the implants in her head, at the base of her neck, in her wrists, and wrapped around the base of her spine.

"Seven Okoryite's neutralised. Probably pirates, though I recovered the memories of the last, who operated like their leader. The rest talked and moved like grunts. No permanent damage to myself, though a rehabilitation period will be required."

The director's lips thinned at that, always displeased whenever an agent was hurt, before nodding in acquiescence. (Was it due to concern for them, or for her as a tool? Hawthorn was never quite sure.)

"Directions are given to your overlay. Follow them to the drop off point, then new instructions will be given for your recovery location. Praise to the Revolution."

"Praise to the Revolution," Hawthorn intoned back, motioning the salute again. The Director received it, then cut off the communication with a burst of static Hawthorn knew was intentional. So she sighed and shook her head, before activating her cloaking, and hobbled her way out the alley.

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Finally, she had reached the recovery house of the Rebellion, been checked up and fixed, and now her body was going through the final healing procedures on its own. The human body was still a lot more efficient and resilient than modern medicine, having adapted itself to any situation thrown at it, and the most the medicine could do was prevention and speeding up the process.

Hawthorn lay back on her bed and let out a heavy sigh, pushing her dyed dark purple hair out of her eyes, and opened up the Zimmer overlay again. Still, the mailbox blinked at her, mocking her, and she decided to open it.

 

they / them  |  half-orc paladin ( oath of the watcher )   --   lv 0

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I went to Fairbourne yesterday, a beach that's about 3 hours drive away but totally worth it. (Also considering all beaches are at least 2 hours away from home, it's not much more). THe sun was out, there was a soft breeze, the sand was perfect for building a massive sandcastle. A really nice day and lunch, with a very filling Spoons dinner. The only problem was that the water was absolutely ice cold, so I couldn't be in there for more than 30 seconds :D Just long enough to rinse the sand off and throw my sister in :P

It was a fun time with the family, but the rest of the week is prep for the weekend hike and catching up on admin I need to do before I go back to uni.

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