For Mephis the proceeding events had become a bit of a blur. While they made their escape the noise of metal clashing and loud explosions rang through the air. Before she knew it they had escaped the train and on to the streets. However they did not stay on street level for long, as Lumen escorted them through the backstreets. He opened up the floor in one of them somehow. Mephis never even knew such secret passages existed. As they descended into the depths they found themselves in dark corridors with only dim orange lights to guide them. This entire section was filthy and dilapidated. No doubt this area hadn't been used for many years. She slowed her run as they descended another flight of stairs and found themselves on an empty platform. "Is this a dead end?" Mephis asked. "Just wait." Lumen assured. Sure enough a far off but distinct rumbling began to emerge. A single bright light began to burn brighter in the distance, steadily drawing closer. Before she knew it the rumbling had intensified until finally a battered old train car emerged, slowing to a stop on the platform in front of them. "That...that seemed pretty convenient." Mephis said. "Convenience is not a luxury LOKI can afford." Lumen replied. "Everything is a result of careful planning." "Planning?" Mephis parroted. "But you don't even know who I am. How could you plan all of this?" "All in good time." Lumen replied. "For now let's just keep moving." The train doors opened and Lumen stepped on with Kou following shortly afterwards. Mephis paused for a moment. She looked back up the stairs. Could she really be sure about this? LOKI were terrorists, right? She had already ran from ODIN, if she continued to do so then there would be no turning back. Sure they had tried to stop her, but maybe she could explain. Maybe it wasn't too late. "Mephis-chan~" Kou said with a smile. "You comin'?" "Uh...I'm not sure." she replied, turning to her companions with a look of unease. "What if...what if I just turn myself in? I could say this is all a big misunderstanding. They'll understand, right?" "Uuuuuhhh...." Kou put his finger to his lips. "Yeah...probably not." "But why?" Mephis asked. "I didn't do any of this on purpose." "Perhaps not." Lumen interrupted. "However, there is far more to this than you know. Needless to say even if ODIN believed you, they would still hold you captive. No doubt you would end up on an operating table being subjected to all sorts of unpleasant examinations. They want you now just as much as they want Apex Valkyrie." "M-me?" Mephis scratched her head. "But I'm a nobody! I'm no use to anybody!" "On the contrary" Lumen replied, adjusting his glasses. "You are the first person to wear Apex Valkyrie...and live." Mephis' eyes widened with shock. This suit she was wearing, it could have killed her? How could that be possible. Apart from all of her confusion she felt fine. Actually it was more than that. She had never felt better in her life. If Apex Valkyrie could kill her, then how was that possible. However it did not look like Lumen was going to elaborate just yet. If she was going to get answers then she would have to go with them. She sighed. "Fuck it." she said finally as she stepped on to the train. The door closed behind her and the train began to move immediately. "Just where are we going anyway?" Mephis asked. Kou sat down on one of the chairs, while Lumen simply stared out of the window. Finally he answered. "Hel." he replied simply. The train stopped at another abandoned platform, and Mephis stepped out with the LOKI members. While they stepped out without much worry, Mephis was holding her sleeve to her mouth, stepping out of the train cautiously. Lumen turned to her and raised his eyebrow. "Just what are you doing?" "Her if wadioactiff, wight!?" Mephis replied, her voice muffled through her sleeve. Lumen smirked and shook his head. "Yes, it is." He replied. "But we're okay as long as we stay underground. These sections have been vented and sealed off. However even if that wasn't the case, holding your sleeve to your face would do you no good." Mephis sheepishly removed her sleeve from her mouth and the group continued. They ascended the steps and up in to a similar set of disused corridors with the same orange light. It was all pretty creepy. Mephis wondered how old these underground tunnels were. Why were they sealed off in the first place? Nobody really knew what had happened in Hel, only that there was a radiation leak from Muspelheim had made the area uninhabitable about 30 years ago. The strange thing was that for such a secret organisation, LOKI didn't seem to have much security. Surely ODIN agents could make it this far without much trouble. Why hadn't they been found? They finally reached a rusted old door, which opened as soon as they reached it. However as Mephis stepped through the threshold she realised that her surroundings had completely changed. The walls were slate and metallic, with the same orange lighting, but it was brighter. The corridors were clean, the air didn't stink. The door shut behind them and Lumen and Kou ushered her through the newer, cleaner corridors. As they passed by windows she saw out into larger rooms that looked like refurbished hangar bays, now filled with all sorts of machines and gadgets. Finally they reached and large door which once again opened as they drew closer, and inside was a fair sized room with a network of interactive holographic displays featuring all kinds of data about Midgard. Images from street surveillance flashed up along with demographic information about the area, along with ODIN crime reports, GPS type location of various operatives for LOKI and much more. "What the hell is this place?" Mephis asked as she stared in awe. "This is one of our three bases in Hel." Lumen explained. "Each of them are linked by the system you see before you. This network is the true form of my Aesir, Jormungand." "I thought your glasses were your Aesir?" Mephis asked. "This is simply a mobile platform." Lumen explained as he adjusted his glasses. "People assume that an Aesir is technology designed to be worn by a user. However this is not the true definition. The truth lies in how an Aesir is created." "And how is that?" Mephis asked. "That is quite a long explanation. One for another time." Lumen replied. "Welcome to Akihabara!" Kou said with a grin. "Akiwhonow?" Mephis replied. "Akihabara." Lumen said with a hint of a sigh. "All of our bases are named after cities from the pre-voyage era. I foolishly allowed Kou to name this one..I did explain to him that Akihabara wasn't even a city." "So what are the other ones?" Mephis asked. "Stockholm and Amsterdam" Lumen replied. "Right. And so where is everybody else?" Mephis asked. "Actually only myself, Kou, Orca and Indra actually know the location of the bases, aside from yourself." Lumen explained. "All of our field operatives are given instructions through secure channels. Having too many people knowing our location is far too risky. Even though our numbers our growing, we keep the majority at arms length. It is not ideal...but it is necessary." "So that's what Jormungand is for then? Communicating with everyone else?" Mephis asked. "In part." Lumen replied. "Jormungand is not a combat based Aesir, but it is perhaps one of the most powerful in existence. It is an advanced network that allows me to see so much around the city and beyond. Locally I can tap in to technology and use it for my own benefit, which is why I wear the mobile platform." "So...how did you get your hands on this?" Mephis asked. "I created it." Lumen replied. "It is my life's work." "Whoa...so you're some kind of genius?" "He's super smart!" Kou interrupted. "Lumen used to be the Director of Aesir Development for ODIN. At least until he defected." "Shit...so you were one of the bad guys then?" Mephis asked. "Not as such. Things were not always like this." Lumen replied. "Although I was...mislead. I can only blame myself for that. However my leaving only paved the way for something far worse to take my place. MIMIR." "What's that?" Mephis asked. "Trouble." Lumen replied. "...You should rest for now. Tomorrow we will show you the truth. Kou will show you to your quarters." "But...I have more questions." Mephis asked. "They will have to wait." Lumen replied. "When Orca and Indra return I'll wake you. Until then please try to rest." "Alright..." Mephis said with a sigh. "Come on weird guy, show me my room." "I'm not weird!" Kou protested. "I just have very specific tastes..."