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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:43 pm

In the quiet proceeding Kanna's outburst, Ur'Na heard a faint thumping. The noise, resonating quietly in Ur'Na's helmet, seemed to come from all directions. Pausing briefly, Ur'Na felt the now familiar rise of panic, necessitating action. Ur'Na pressed herself into one of the doorframe's coming off the hallway, closed door at her back, and pulse blaster poking around the reinforced frame.

"Possible contact" she whispered.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:40 pm

Taro does much the same at Ur'na's words, making himself as small a target as possible against the side of the hallway. He aimed his pulse rifle down the hallway, trying to get a read on anything that might be coming for them.

The memory of the past skirmish caught in his mind like a fly caught in a web. The fear much the same as the fly. Would they encounter more flesh eaters? Dismemberers? Or some new beast entirely? The cursed ship knew how to chew them up. But hopefully it wouldn't spit them out like it had so many others. Tauva willing, he hoped they'd get out of this mess.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:26 pm

The limbs swing gently in the lightest breeze caused by the life support systems running. No sounds come from any of the rooms and the hallway is dim and deep. The minimaly powered lights cast ominous shadows over the floor. The limbs can almost be mistaken as tree branches swaying if one kept their eyes on the floor and never looked up. But such was their number and length of the hall that it was nigh impossible once one knew they were there.

A few moments pass. Perhaps Ur'na was simply spooked as no one hears anything out of the ordinary. Or at the very least speaks on it.

Not until it was too late.

One of the ventilation ducts to the right of the room explodes outward. The ferocity of the flying grill scythes down at least three of the limbs which tumble down among you. A blur of movement comes flying out. It drops the four meters to the ground in a full run, slamming into High Tower with the force of a skimmer. The demirug's pulse carbine flies out of his hands as he is lifted off of his feet. Both the creature and High Tower disappear through one of the open officer's doors.

"Oooof!!! Argh... gah... fuc... sgot me! It's crushin..." Cries High Tower over the comms.

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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:02 pm

Arlene sighed inaudibly at Kanna's short response. This wasn't the first time he showed his discomfort for the warp. She tried to act calmer in order to ease the tension, and began to focus more on moving through the ship to Reaper One as safely as possible.

She moved with the rest of the team calmly, trying to perceive any possible threat. To her dismay, she was rewarded. She motioned for the team to stop.

Too little too late. The creature plowed into High Tower and took off with him. She yelled out, but it was nearly inaudible by a quick pulse from her R'sum. In the heat of it all, the shot went far too high, plowing into one of the many appendages dangling from above. "Damn! Don't lose him!" She cries out before chasing off after the creature. For a few loops and turns she thought she could've actually kept up, but the beast soon got away from her, and she was left out of breath, and one team mate fewer. "Bentu'sin... Balai'sin."


R'sum: Lit. 'Long Bullet', prefix of R'sum Kabusaro (longshot pulse rifle)
Bentu'sin: Lit. 'wise-gifted one' Demiurge
Balai'sin: lit. 'stupid one' idiot


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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:51 pm

Harriet turned from the Fourth Tau to look curiously at Kanna's helmet. He sounded angry. The limbs hanging above them seemed to have effected the Tau more than she would have expected. The fourth Tau and Taro had both sounded odd too. Arlene though sounded similar to how she did before, calm and in control. Acts like this might be uncommon for the others. Thinking back, she looked through her own experiences to see if any of that data could help. While part of the Spinoza cartel she had been with different crew members when they had killed others, or when they had come across their own dead crew. None of their feelings had ever seemed as heightened as those here. Then again they had been whole bodies rather than limbs. The Tau's words also seemed to indicate that they did believe this was influenced by Daemonology, despite what she had said. Perhaps that was fair though, she hadn't been able to speak definitely- only that she couldn't prove a positive link.
She wondered how Kor'arx felt about it. As a Kroot he might have another different viewpoint. She would have liked to have asked him but Kanna's orders had been clear. She was not to speak until a later date. Taro had also confirmed his earlier suggestion. She was to kill cultists with his gun. Gripping the gun at her side, she waited to see if any would appear.

The fourth Tau moved into position inside a doorway and whispered about contact. Harriet looked carefully from left to right listening hard but she couldn't discern anything. This Tau's hearing must be keen indeed. She was staring up ahead when suddenly there was an explosion of noise behind her. Turning her head to look behind her she just caught sight of a blur propelling the Angry Dwarf through an open doorway. That was odd, she thought. A moment later the data made sense in her mind. He must have been attacked.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:35 am

Kanna quickly moves in. The handing limbs seemed to reach out for him, but he was easily able to bypass them and move towards HT.

Whatever this room was, it was a something made from pure terror.

"This whole ship ought to be razed to dust." he says as he moves towards HT's voice.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:56 pm

As the thashing limbs falling from the roof, combined with the assault on Hightower, startled Ur'Na. Firing on instinct, the pulse blaster shots slammed into the wall behind the... thing that was dragging Hightower away. As the two moved from sight, Ur'Na pushed off the door behind her, intent on chasing down the beast that had, assuredly taken Reaper Two from her. Despite a near fall, floor slick with blood dripping from above, Ur'Na's breacher training proved beneficial as she moves quickly into the hallways of the ship.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:56 pm

Only Ur'na and Arlene were aware enough to get shots off, but both proved to be well off the mark. As the creature burst through the door, Kanna was already moving.

Inside the room, there is a hole i one of the walls. He can make out shapes moving within, so he follows without hesitation. The hole, made by the hand of the beast no doubt, broke into a series of internal maintenance corridors. They were cramped and hot, with cabling snaking everywhere. Still, the beast moved with an incredible agility.

Finally Kanna comes to another broken section of wall. From the sounds within, that is where High Tower and whatever took him await. Footsteps behind and a quick glance show that only Ur'na, the breacher, has kept pace with him...

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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:15 pm

Round 1

Ur"na pauses as she sees the broken section of wall. Entering without support or information would be dangerous. She shrugs, Kanna is here, and it's not like me to wait.

Kanna headed through the breach. He had no time to think or question the actions of he wanted to save HT, and he planned to.

He steps through the shattered bulkhead, Not sure what he would find but only knowing HT's cries from help were within.

The impromptu room was in actuality an artery where piping and various liquid conveyance tubes met before running out to various other parts of the ship. Piping as big as Kanna was wide snaked in clusters from the ceiling and splayed around the room at crisp right angles. Beyond a cluster some ten meters away you could spy the slumped and prone body of High Tower. From your helmet's HUD you could still hear his labored breathing and his vitals showed as weak.

Of the creature responsible, you see no sign...
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:53 am

Round 2

The absence of the beast frustrated Ur'Na, with nothing to fight there was nothing to do.

Kanna sweeps the room, it was a strange bio-pumping station of sorts.
His stab light spots HT slumped on the opposite wall. He wanted nothing more than to rush to his aid, but the abruptness felt off.

"Careful," he warns Ur'na, "This feels like a trap."

He looks towards every nook and cranny for whatever did this to HT. "Hold fast" he tells HT, "We will be with you shortly."

High Tower attempts to respond, but only labored breathing and gurgling comes back.

From the darkness of a broken wall grate, a flash of movement is the only warning of any impending attack. Even had the two tau been looking in that direction, it was unlikely the eye could have followed such fast violence of action.

The same pale bluish blur as before rushes forth and crashed into Ur'na. The breacher had no idea she was under attack until she felt a crushing blow in her left leg. Luckily for her, tau armor was made of sturdy stuff.

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Ur'na 14 [Pulse Carbine] 1 Damage - Guarded action; in close combat with enemy.
Arlene 13 [Longshot Pulse Rifle]  - (At the fight on Round 3)
Kanna 12 [Pulse Carbine] - Full round awareness.
Unknown 11 - in CC w/Ur'na
Ta'ro 5 - (At the fight on Round 3)
Harriet 4 - (At the fight on Round 6 w/Kor'arx)
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:55 am

Round 3

As the creature slammed ineffectually into her leg, Ur'Na instinctively kicked and scrambled back half a pace. One arm slung the pulse blaster over her shoulder, unwieldy and ineffectual in hand to hand fighting, while the other flicked the pistol out of her holster. Acting on instinct, the pistol fired...

...and the shot went wide in the struggle.

Arlene ran up to the room, gripping her weapon tightly. When she made it to the entry. she hesitated for just a moment on seeking cover at the entry or heading in. After hearing the commotion, she quickly moved into the room, dropped to one knee as soon as she had contact with the enemy and let loose a round from her longshot...

...it moved far quicker than she realized. The pulse round burned into one of the cables with a hiss of pressure.

Kanna raises his pulse carbine, ready to fire.
The carbine hovered as the creature and Ur'na struggled, Ur'na was attempting a rip'yka maneuver.

"Back off and Ill gun him down!" he tells his un-bonded brother.

He awaits the opportunity to fire without the threat of friendly fire.

The creature, who Ur'na can now see seems to have no eyes but a series of holes in its face that sniff the air, swings at her head. The blow goes high, but she can feel the might with which it was swung pass over her.

Taro knew Hightower needed aid and fast. He shuffles his way into the room, doing his best to ignore the creature they had engaged, solely putting his focus on the task at hand. He reaches the downed demiurg and immediately sets to work trying to undo the damage that had been wrought on him. He starts with a body scan to assess the damage and then immediately gets into his tools and gets to work.


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Ur'na 14 [Pulse Carbine] 1 Damage - in close combat with enemy.
Arlene 13 [Longshot Pulse Rifle]  - (At the fight on Round 3)
Kanna 12 [Pulse Carbine] -1 FP, -1 Reload - Full round awareness.
Unknown 11 - in CC w/Ur'na
Ta'ro 5 - With High Tower.
Harriet 4 - (At the fight on Round 6 w/Kor'arx)
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:58 pm

Round 4

Ur'na disengages, following Kanna's orders. As soon as she does so, Kanna acts. He saw his moment and hosed the offending party in a shower of blue plas-fire. At least, he would have had his weapon not chose that exact moment to malfunction.

Kanna telling Ur'na to back off from the creature made Arlene let out a sigh of relief. She was sure her last shot was going to hit Ur'na, and the thought of harming an ally put her on edge. She breathed deeply, relaxed, and lined up another shot, letting loose a flash of bright blue pulse fire on the daemon.

Kanna couldn't believe his bad luck as the mechanism froze.
He lets out the obligatory curse, "Orokos!" and finds the stud to reset the componets.

He watches helplessly as Ur'na still had to defend against the freak of nature.

The creature seems to grow enraged. It's many nostril openings huff and puff as it sucks massive amounts of oxygen in. It's lanky, light blue body tightens and loosens, the corded muscle beneath the flesh flexing like hardened steel. It roars in fury, spittle flying from a mouth of thick, sharp teeth.

Once Ta'ro has made sure that High Tower is stable, he raises his pulse rifle and takes aim at the creature.

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Ur'na 14 [Pulse Carbine] 1 Damage - in close combat with enemy.
Arlene 13 [Longshot Pulse Rifle]  -
Kanna 12 [Pulse Carbine] -1 FP, -1 Reload - Needs to unjam.
Unknown 11 Frenzied (+10 WS) - 5m from Ur'na
Ta'ro 5 - With High Tower.
Harriet 4 - (At the fight on Round 6 w/Kor'arx)
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:04 am

Round 5

Ur'na stows her pulse pistol and quickly takes out her heavier pulse blaster. Holding it in both hands, she lines up a shot and squeezes the trigger. The complex weapon internally breaks apart a concentrated pulse particle, spreading it over a wider area at the cost of range. It was devastating in close quarters. The creature must have smelt the build up in power as it tried to get out of the way, but it wasn't quick enough. It takes the brunt of the shot in its neck and head... Its left ear is blown off, burning up in a splash of fire and gore.

Arlene watches as the creature enrages itself, momentarily afraid of the implications if it fought without fear for its own health. She was reminded of its mortality at the sight of Ur'na blasting it's 'ear' off. She spoke as she sighted another shot, "Press the attack, carefully. Finish it before this escalates further." She said as she squeezed the trigger, launching another bright blue pulse round toward the creature.

Kanna could only watch as the digital readout on the weapon case was checking for critical failure cause.

10%.....20%......40%

He looks back up to see Ur'na fire at the thing. He wasn't sure what it was doing, but it was standing still and breathing heavily.
"By the ethereals, were just ticking it off. Keep your distance."

50%.....60%

He looks back to see where the others were, they were struggling with the dangling appendages, they sure could use Arelene's long rifle about now.

The carbine chimed suddenly. There was no explanation for the sudden, inexplicable failure of the weapon. But at least it would work now....

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Ur'na 14 [Pulse Carbine] - in close combat with enemy. 1 Damage
Arlene 13 [Longshot Pulse Rifle]  -
Kanna 12 [Pulse Carbine] -1 FP, -1 Reload - 10m away from creature.
Creature 11 Frenzied (+10 WS/S/T/WP; Immune Fear/Pin/Stun/Fatigue) - DEAD[/b]
Ta'ro 5 - With High Tower.
Harriet 4 - (At the fight on Round 6 w/Kor'arx)
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Yesterday at 10:40 am

The creature's leg explodes in a backward blowing umbrella of fire and gristle. Arlene's shot had been low, but it had been exceptionally deadly. It writhes on the ground for a few moments. It must have been in agony, but it only grunted and roared in rage-fueled defiance before lying very still.

IC OPEN

Harriet and Korarx arrive just as the creature stops moving.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Yesterday at 4:38 pm

Kanna keeps a bead on the creature, even after it was obvious it was dead.

He looks back to HT and moves in.
"How bad is it?" he asks.

He wanted a response more than a detailed prognosis.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Yesterday at 5:04 pm

Harriet entered the room with a jump, coming to a stop with both hands wrapped around the butt of the Tau weapon. She had witnessed a basic breaching drill back on the 'Rosa Lux' and though she hadn't been able to take part, she had memorised the movements. Once you were in the room you had to scan the area and differentiate between allies and friends. Taking her time she started in the far left of the room moving her gun slowly as she discounted each area. She had been ordered to kill cultists with this weapon and if there were any present then she would shoot them.

The smell of burnt ozone was particularly strong in this confined space, and she assumed that the Tau had been firing their weapons, though they were no longer doing so. The next moment she saw the two slumped figures, the first 'The angry midget' and the second, something very different. Discounting her immediate thought to check on the status of her items, she finished her scan of the room and finding no cultists, stuck the Tau weapon into the holster at her side and went straight over to the creature that the Tau had been fighting.

Hunkering down about an arms length from the body, just on the edge of its blood circle, she examined it carefully. Unconsciously she had put both of her hands together, index fingers touching her chin, but in all other respects she was completely still. After about a minute of this, she returned to her feet and slowly moved around the body, often leaning forward to look at something a little more clearly. Once back at her starting point, she hunkered down again, and removing an empty food tube from one of her hanging bags, dipped it in the creatures blood and brought it up close to face. First she simply stared, before giving the blood an interested sniff. When she had a free moment, she would note down what she had learned into her datapad. In truth she would have preferred to do this immediately but experience had taught her that those she belonged to, wanted any information immediately.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Today at 10:02 am


The creature was sprawled out before Harriet, one leg gone at the waist. From head to toe it was well taller than a tau, and it even had a standard human by a few inches. Its body went in at the waist, but not in an emaciated fashion. It was all muscle. Wide shoulders and back with long arms, it's entire body seemed to be made of corded muscle. It took Harriet a moment, the knowledge flowing through her brain almost like a machine finally cross-referenced some things that seemed to be a match.

She knew exactly what this was.


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Kor'arx looked to the creature and grunted. "That's the bottom feeder. Good kill, Cunningham," he said clearly recognizing the killing blow.

High Tower wheezed into his vox system, but eventually gave Kanna a firm thumbs up. "I'll live. Ta'ro took care of the worst of it. Thank you, brother. Bastard hit me like a TX4 at full speed; it was so strong. Damn near squeezed the life out of me. I blacked out somewhere on the journey and woke up here. Looks like using me as bait didn't work out so well for it." He pulled off his helmet and spit bloody saliva through hardened, bloody lips.
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