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Eggman International. A bustling airport filled with people from all walks of life and from all over the world. Ambassadors and diplomats used the airport constantly, leading to the creation of a wing solely for diplomatic purposes. Right now the wing had been prepped and ready for a visit from a Promised Land representative, one Admiral Hunt.

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if he was honest with himself, flying made Hunt nervous. It was probably a big reason why he'd chosen the navy as a career over the Air Force, where everyon else in his family had gone.

So when they touched down at Eggman international, his fingers had to be pried off the arms of his seat, and he had to be re-assured they were on the ground.

Standing up, he thought it was a miracle his legs didn't shake, even when he took his first few steps, and when he came down the ramp to whatever escort waited to greet him, only a slight tightness in his eyes indicated his previous discomfort.

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Blyzar smiled.

"I'm glad you are pleased. The citizens of Eggman Empire thrive on efficiency. The more waste we cut, the more we have to give to worth while things, like education, or infrastructure. If you would like, we can start the tour by visiting Robotropolis' Ice gardens. They're wonderful to look at, especially at this time in the evening when the lights are on."

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"Excellent! You won't regret this decision. Follow me, we have a personal motorcade for you."

Blyzar led Hunt out of the terminal into a private lot. There, three Guardian-03 APCs and four CC-6 Pitbulls interspaced between them. Blyzar led Hunt to the middle APC. The hatch opened and the two and Hunt's guard's entered. The interior had been redesigned into a limo type style. Padded leather seats, a mini-bar, soft lighting, a stereo, and a mini-TV. Bulletproof glass had been installed into the firing slots, allowing occupants to look outside without having to worry about someone taking potshots at them.

"To the Ice Gardens please." Blyzar told the driver.

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They arrived at the Gardens at around 10 pm local time. The gardens were truely a sight to behold. Hundreds of statues, looking just like real objects and creatures glistened and gleamed in the carefully positioned lights that dotted the Gardens. In the center of the Gardens, a grand site was held. Five sculptures of men stood, ten feet higher then anything else in the garden. They weren't just any men. They were Kintobers. The first was Johan Kintober: The man who laid the foundations for Eggman Empire by building a small research settlement later known as Robotropolis. The second; Renold Kintober. He had expanded the settlement and founded Vlask. The third was Alfred Kintober, who created the Eggman Empire officially. He helped establish the political infrastructure and military order that would be vital in overcoming the challenges Eggman Empire would face. He was also the first Kintober to officially be recognized as Emperor. The Fourth, Wilhelm Kintober. He was the man responsible for turning Eggman Empire into a world renown medical and scientific establishment. The fifth, was Sammyace Kintober. Each figure looked regal and imposing.

"Having fun yet?" Blyzar asked, as he handed Hunt a cup of hot coffee.

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Nodding, Hunt gratefully accepted the cup of coffee. Taking a sip of the hot liquid, with his empty hand he gestured at the imposing statues of the Kintobers. "Truly great men, to hold such an honored place in the Ice Gardens. I only wish I could have personally met each and every one of them. Too bad time travel's not yet possible, eh?" he added with a grin.

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"Of course." Hunt was here to tour more than just the Ice Gardens, after all. He returned to the APC that had brought him here, ready to head for their next stop; even though he wished he could have stayed just a few more minutes, he knew he couldn't afford to spend a lot of time on each individual stop and still see all his hosts wished him to see.

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The procession left the gardens, and within a few minutes, they arrived at the palace. Built by Afred Kintober and finished by Wilhelm, the place was built by a fortress. The initial perimeter was protected by a ten cement wall topped with barbed and razor wire. Evenly spaced guard towers stood just behind it. On the walls themselves, Bunker style windows had been placed. One could clearly see the assortment of heavy weapons mounted on the towers and windows. .50 Cals, M240Bs, M249 SAWs, sniper rifles, and TOW launchers stuck out like barbs. The group had to go through three different checkpoints. To save time, Only the APC holding Hunt and Blyzar went through.

Arriving at the front of the palace, they saw the massive pillars that supported the second floor balcony. They climbed a flight of polished marble steps to a set of massive varnished oak doors. Hunt and Blyzar entered and were faced with the massive front hall. Flights of marble stairways led to the second floor hallways and balconies. Doors were all along the walls. Blyzar turned to Hunt.

"Would you care to receive the full tour, or just visit the sites where the Kintobers spend most of their time?" Blyzar leaned close to Hunt and whispered "If we take the latter, we can get some supper from the kitchens."

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"Hmm," Hunt mused. For a moment, his military mind analyzed what defenses he saw, and he nearly shuddered to think of someone needing to assault this place and capture anything intact.

But he put that out of his mind as his stomach growled quietly. "I think we can afford to see just the highlights," he said with just a touch of humor in his tone.

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"Excellent!" Blyzar clapped his hands together in delight. "Lets go!" He hurried off, and Hunt maintained a. brisk walk to keep up with him. Blyzar led him through a door, down a hall, and through another door. "Here we are" He stated. "Emperor Kintober's personal study." It was dead silent, except for the steady ticking of a grandfather clock in on of the corners. Directly infront of them was a large mahogany desk, with a leather seat behind it. Odd nicknacks, papers, files, books, and a single reading lamp cluttered the desk. A large, elegant looking fireplace made up part of the wall behind the desk and chair.

On the wall above the fireplace hung portraits of the five Kintobers Hunt had seen in the Gardens. They came in historical order. Johan Kintober's portrait showed him standing in front of a newly built Robotropolis, a pickax and shovel in hand. The portrait of Renold Kintober showed him on a cliff's edge, overlooking the harbor and port of Vlask. Alfred Kintober's painting showed him with his hands on the very desk that was in front of Blyzar and Hunt now. On the desk in the portrait was a copy of the Eggman Empire constitution. In his portrait, Wilhelm Kintober stood in front of a hospital. The painting depicted him in the process of cutting a red ribbon with an oversized pair of scissors. The final portrait showed Sammyace Kintober. He was clad in a lab coat, a syringe in one hand, and a vial of something in another. He stood in front of a metal counter that held lab equipment.

After gazing at the paintings for a few minutes, Hunt allowed his eyes to wander. Bookshelves lined all the other walls. They held volume after volume of all kinds of scientific and medical textbooks. One could teach an entire medical college with the sheer volume and depth the books held.

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Once again, he was impressed. Each of the paintings was like a window into the past, allowing him to see just a little of what their subjects were like.

The desk, though a little more cluttered than his own, was, if not imposingly impressive, at least another look at the man who used it. it let him know that it wasn't just for decoration, but that it was actually used.

And the books on the shelves--truly an impressive collection. He ran his eyes over some of the titles, almost reaching out to grab one on human physiology that caught his eye, but he wasn't sure if that would be polite.

"How much of this," he indicated the books, "does he know himself?" They both would know that he meant the current emperor, Sammyace. Hunt wouldn't be surprised to hear that the books were mainly for show and that the man had it all in his head.

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"I wouldn't be surprised if he'd memorized all of them." Blyzar chuckled. "But his real book collection is on his computer. He's got dozens of flash drives, all devoted to a different topic and completely full. They range from anything like autonomy to zoology. He must have thousands of books, journals, and textbooks on those thinks. Look, there's some on his desk." Blyzar pointed to two grey flash drives on Kintober's desk. One said pathogens while the other read cybernetics.

"Well, I think that's it for this room. C'mon and I'll show you the rest of the important rooms." Blyzar said and turned out of the room. Hunt nodded and followed. Neither knew that if you tilted the portrait of Wilhelm just right, the fireplace would open and reveal a secret passage that led to Sammyace's personal lab.

It did not take long for Blyzar to show Hunt another important room. The war room. It was a fairly open room, with computers, phones, and communications equipment lining the walls. In the center of the room stood a table with a map of Eggman Empire on it. On top of the map were little flags with different markings on them.

The room had a few soldiers manning the various terminals along the walls and a single officer stood over the table. He noticed the two and moved over to them. He gave a quick salute to Blyzar, who returned it, before turning to hunt.

"Brigadier General Wallace Yerkes. What can "

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"I wouldn't be surprised if he'd memorized all of them." Blyzar chuckled. "But his real book collection is on his computer. He's got dozens of flash drives, all devoted to a different topic and completely full. They range from anything like autonomy to zoology. He must have thousands of books, journals, and textbooks on those thinks. Look, there's some on his desk." Blyzar pointed to two grey flash drives on Kintober's desk. One said pathogens while the other read cybernetics.

"Well, I think that's it for this room. C'mon and I'll show you the rest of the important rooms." Blyzar said and turned out of the room. Hunt nodded and followed. Neither knew that if you tilted the portrait of Wilhelm just right, the fireplace would open and reveal a secret passage that led to Sammyace's personal lab.

It did not take long for Blyzar to show Hunt another important room. The war room. It was a fairly open room, with computers, phones, and communications equipment lining the walls. In the center of the room stood a table with a map of Eggman Empire on it. On top of the map were little flags with different markings on them.

The room had a few soldiers manning the various terminals along the walls and a single officer stood over the table. He noticed the two and moved over to them. He gave a quick salute to Blyzar, who returned it, before turning to hunt.

"Brigadier General Wallace Yerkes. You must be the Admiral from Promised Land. What can I do for you?" He asked.

"Not too much General. I was just showing Admiral Hunt the war room." Blyzar replied. Yerkes nodded.

"I can see why. Alot of history here. Did you know every war Eggman Empire has fought in has been coordinated in this room? If you want, I can show you all the maps we used during our campains."

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Hunt was almost amused at the general's enthusiasm, but he chose to be, once again, impressed instead at the efficiency displayed, and he nodded his approval.

"Not all the maps, General Yerkes. I don't know if we would have time. But some of the more important campaigns, perhaps?" He would be able to tell even more about them than they thought; simply by seeing the ones they deemed most important, he would gain insight into how they prioritized these things.

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OOC:I've forgotten which battles I've fought in. I don't have the time to browse through the archives either. I hope you'll understand.

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IC:"I would be more then delighted to show you." Yerkes replied briskly. "Follow me." He motioned them towards a door that read Map and equipment storage.

"As interesting as I find this, I must take a rain check General. Nature is calling and I must answer. I hope you two understand." Blyzar interjected. "But please show the Admiral here our collection." He told Yerkes, who nodded.

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Blyzar hummed as he strode down the corriders. He enjoyed giving tours. They were the easy part of the job. He'd reached the bathroom and was just about to enter it when the occupant inside opened the door and nearly ran into him.

"My apologizes, I-" His statement was cut short when he saw who he was addressing. Standing in front of him was Avita Karnikov; Head Minister of Medicine and Science, clad in nothing but a large pink bathrobe. "Avita, I-er...didn't you know slepted here." He said. Avita looked away.

"I...I don't...I live outside of Robotropolis." She said meekly.

"Then what are you-...Oh...." Blyzar said. He looked away. "I'm giving a tour to that Promised Land Admiral. You might wanna make yourself scarce." He told her. She nodded. He turned and looked back at her. "Avita." She met his gaze. "Be careful, trouble follows that man like a lost puppy."

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Yerkes had just finished telling Hunt about the last war Eggman Empire had been involved in before Kintober had been "Assasinated" when Blyzar entered the room, looking slightly flustered.

"Well, good news and bad news. Bad news is there's some renovations going on that I didn't know about so I can't show you Emperor Kintober's private bed room. Good news is we can get some dinner from the kitchens. Sound alright?" He asked.

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OOC: That's just fine. I don't like to do a lot of digging either... :( Nice touch with Avita, though :D

IC: Hunt waved a hand at Blyzar, his way of saying he didn't mind, already following Yerkes to the first map.

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Blyzar came back just as Yerkes finished detailing the Northern Empire's campaign against the Greater Nordland of its time.

"If only the world had learned from its previous mistakes, Nordland would not have been allowed to rise once more after that campaign," Hunt mused, then turned to see that his guide was back. He was about to ask what had the man bothered when he burst out with the explanation about some rennovation.

"Of course. It feels like my stomach's rubbing rubbing up against my backbone," he joked.

OOC: That's one thing I do remember; that your last campaign was as part of the Northern Empire, and against Greater Nordland (when it was just Brian Reimer and Kaiser Martens).

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OOC: That's one thing I do remember; that your last campaign was as part of the Northern Empire, and against Greater Nordland (when it was just Brian Reimer and Kaiser Martens).

OOC:I remember that. It was supposed to be my final hurrah before I joined the military and dropped this because I would be "too busy." Anyways...

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IC:"Come, I'll lead the way. You can have whatever you want done the way you want it. Just tell the cooks and they'll make it for you." Blyzar said.

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They made their way to the dinning hall. It was a massive room with a giant dinner table in the center and several tables and booths surrounding it. The main table was empty, but some of the secondary tables had customers such as the mansion staff and military personnel. A quiet buzz filled the air from the various conversations. Blyzar picked a booth out at random and they sat down. "As you can see, when not being used for special occasions, the Hall becomes a DFAC." Blyzar said, gesturing to the various people. "Just think of what you want while I ring for service." Blyzar added. With that, he pressed a buzzer on the side of the table. In a few minutes, a waiter walked up with a pen and paper.

"Good evening Minister Dreth. What can I get for you and your guest?" The man asked chipperly.

"I'll have a well-done steak with the chef's special spice blends, Onion rings, mushrooms, steamed broccoli, a pineapple/orange/banana slushy, and a slice of carrot cake." Blyzar replied. The waiter nodded. "Told you they can make anything. What would you like?" Blyzar said to Hunt.

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Hunt considered carefully all through the time it took the waiter to get there and take Blyzar's order. Well, if they could make anything...

"A large chicken sandwich with onions, pickles, tomatoes, and lettuce to start with, I think. With that I think I'll have french fries (don't foget the ketchup) and a medium-sized plate of Ceasar Salad with Ranch dressing, please. And for dessert, I think I'll have a large blackberry milkshake."

He unconsciously licked his lips at the thought of such a feast. It wasn't often he got to order what he wanted when he wanted it.

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"Alright. Both your meals will arrive in about fifteen minutes." The waiter said

"Oh, would you please have someone bring over some water and coffee blends?" Blyzar asked.

"It shall be done." Replied the waiter, before he bowed politely and left for the kitchen. Blyzar turned back to Hunt. Placing his arms on the table, he leaned forward.

"Classic Dinner, huh? It sounds delicious. I'll have to try it sometime." Blyzar said. Before Hunt could reply, a man in a lab coat burst through the main entrance doors waving a large net.

"Alright! Don't panic, but watch your legs!" He exclaimed. Behind him, came more men dressed in lab coats, all carrying various types of animal-catching equipment. One held a Kennel. The lead scientist jumped up onto the main dinning table. "Your attention please! A mere few minutes ago, a...uh.........cat....escaped one of our testing labs. We've traced him to this room and now have him trapped. If all of you would please stand up and start looking for him." The other patrons got up and started looking as if this was an everyday occurrence. Most of them even carried on their conversations. Hunt was speachless. Blyzar motioned to the man standing on the tabletop.

"Hey Sammy! Over here!" He shouted. The man turned, smiled, and ran to them.

"Blyzar! I thought the tour here would happen later in the evening. What have you showed Admiral Hunt so far?" Sammyace Kintober asked.

"Just the Ice Gardens so far. I wanted to do the tour now because I never know how long it will take to get through security." Blyzar said. "What's going on?" He asked.

" Well, it's a little side project I've been working on. I've been trying to create a creature that can detect both biological and chemical agents whilst being immune to them. Results have been...interesting." Kintober replied distractedly. Before anything else could be said, a loud screech filled the air. All heads turned to a creature that was hissing at one of the scientist. It looked somewhat like a cat, but it had six legs, two tails, and it's fur was dark(almost black)green and blue. It hissed a second time at the scientist, before jumping off the wall, landing on the ground, and taking off like a cheetah. "After it! It's worth 2 billion dollars!" Kintober exclaimed. For the next few minutes, chaos reigned. The scientists, Kintober, all of the dinners, and a few of the kitchen staff charged after the freak cat. Tables were knocked over, dishes were smashed, food was ruined, and drinks were spilled. The chase ended when on of the cooks managed to trap it in an empty food crate. A large metal box was brought in and several men managed to toss the freak cat into it.

"Congratulations gentlemen! You've just saved Eggman Empire $2 billion and six months of research. Give yourselves a pat on the back and enjoy your meal." Kintober declared. Everyone gave each other a quick round of applause before trying to get things back to normal. "Goodbye Blyzar, Admiral. I hope you enjoy Eggman Empire!" With that, he followed the scientists and the box out of the room and into a side hall, disappearing from sight. Blyzar chuckled.

"Never a dull moment, huh?" He asked Hunt.

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Hunt was surprised for a few moments, but seeing that everyone was used to this sort of thing, he let it go--then he saw the creature they were looking for, and his eyes went round as saucers, and if his jaw hadn't been attached to his face, it would have fallen off.

Wordlessly, he gaped at the creature, not even having the presence of mind to move out of the way when it ran under him once. He got bowled over for his lack of reaction, but that was all, as one of the cooks managed to catch the thing with a crate. Getting up, he wasn't quite out of his daze when he sat at the table he and Blyzar had been at before (one of the few that was not overturned, though it had gotten bumped a few times in the mad chase).

When Blyzar addressed him, he snapped out of it (mostly). Once his hysterical laughter had died down, and he managed to control himself, he poinbted to the door the Emperor had exited through. "Sammyace Kintober, I presume? I'd heard he was a bit of an eccentric genius but that..."

He burst into laughter again, this time not because of nerves, but because he was genuinely amused. "Yeah, not a dull moment is right. How do you guys keep your sanity around him?" he asked, only half-joking.

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