Path of Dawn: Part 2
Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:46 PM
Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:52 PM
Josh was waiting with the others when Cath and Lex showed up. Apparently the Celestrian traveled with his own armor, and was sporting some very mean-looking blades on his back. For once, Josh was glad that he was on their side, at least for the moment, and he boarded the Hawk, waiting for the others to board as well. He wasn't looking forward to this mission, he had a bad feeling, but then again, Magog always gave him a bad feeling.
Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:12 PM
Dawn boarded the Ebon Hawk and stood towards the back of the bridge, wrapping one hand around a support strut so that she would remain in position during the flight. She had been slightly surprised that Cath had allowed Lex out of his quarters and invited him on the mission so soon. Other than the historical records of what Celestrians were like he was a stranger to them. Not to mention the Celestrians could have changed a lot during the past three centuries. But then again Cath had invited a range of unknown and sometimes potentially untrustworthy people into her crew including herself and Athena. Nevertheless Dawn kept an eye on their latest newcomers, Miranda and Lex. Not out of any particular suspicion but to learn more about them.
Daze walked aboard the Ebon Hawk and up to the bridge where he took a seat in one of the empty and spare chairs near the back where passengers could sit. Things had gotten interesting with himself, Miranda and a Celestrian now on the crew. Sooner or later Catherine would have to know at least something about them. Not all of course but something. He would have to give some careful consideration what to tell her after this mission. She trusted him as a friend and advisor-he knew that much from the many afternoons sharing a cup of tea and talking. After the mission. Daze wasn't sure that all of the crew would survive what was on the base. He would of course try to see to it that they all did of course. Absently his tail twitched in agitation as he tried to work through the probabilities while waiting for everyone to get ready so the Ebon Hawk could take off.
Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:42 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 06:07 AM
"Oh yay," she said with a sigh, "more fighting with the Magog, huh, Daze?" Erica tried to hide her nervousness by gathering her hair into a ponytail. "Think we'll make it?" the Nietzschean asked absently, not really expecting the doctor to tell the future.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:51 AM
Josh boarded with Cath and sat next to her as they got ready to go. He hoped that Lex would prove her trust in him in letting him come along as he was difficult to read through the polite exterior that he presented. At least he did appear capable, if his custom armor and weapons said anything. He glanced at Cath as they buckled in and noted that she appeared to be uneasy. "I don't like that look." He said to her. "Any particular reason for it, or is it just the Magog?"
Posted 25 April 2012 - 02:39 PM
"I'm not really sure." Catherine replied to Josh after launch. "It just seems a little too easy so far." That was it, she decided. Even with Lex unexpectedly showing up things had been going a little too smoothly. But fighting magog was seldom so simple. The journey down to the surface was short and soon Cori had landed them next to an airlock on the side of the fortress while Dawn connected the two airlocks. "We can go inside now." She announced. Cath nodded then stood up. "Lets move out." With Daze and Dawn behind her she headed to the airlock and opened it, waiting for it to cycle through, then opened up the other airlock. Through it she could see a plain metal corridor. No magog yet. Cath glanced at the others then cautiously stepped through into the fortress.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 02:53 PM
Lex listened as Erica asked Daze if they were going to make it and he paid attention as Daze answered her. Something about the way he said that he hoped sounded ominous, as if they were going to run into something other than Magog. Well, all they could do was to do their best and he stood and followed Captain Rowe, Daze, Dawn and Commander Salroka through the airlock and into the corridor. He then moved down a bit to give the others room to join them and kept a watch out while they gathered.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:01 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:17 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:28 PM
Lex moved down the corridor a bit as well, all of his senses were on high alert. Something wasn't right and he knew it. He just didn't know what that something was. It didn't really matter, they had Magog to deal with and if they were expected then maybe his presence would throw an unexpected wrinkle into their plans since they probably didn't expect him to be among the landing party.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:45 PM
"I think this is a plan to get us here," he said. We're the ones being targeted not the colonists."
Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:57 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 09:59 PM
Erica agreed with Tommy...this felt like a trap. But so far they'd seen nothing. Holding her forcelance tightly she walked silently with the others wondering like hell if someone was going to die down here. She glanced at her group of friends then at Cori, her bright green eyes fearful.
Edited by Nikki Peppermint, 25 April 2012 - 10:01 PM.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:25 PM
Finally she held up her hand to bring the group to a halt having decided that the risk factor had gotten unnacceptably high and that it was more prudent to retreat at this point and sent some drones in to scout the fortress before she and her crew returned to eliminate the magog once it was safe. But as soon as she raised her hand a blue light appeared further down the corridor and travelled towards them. As it reached them several things happened at once. Daze unexpectedly grabbed her and Josh with his hands and Dawn with his tail and yanked them aside and against the wall. The floor where Erica, Kaytee, Miranda and Tommystood seemed to shimmer and shift out of phase causing them to fall through the floor before solidifying. And from her position flattened against the wall Cath heard the growls and squeals of magog as a small swarm of them swarmed down the corridor towards them.
"Agreed." Daze whispered to Miranda. "I'm working on my precognition to find out what." In the end it was his crewmates talking about the possibility that they were walking into a trap that finally caused the probabilities to shift then settle in his mind. They were right. This was a trap and it was meant for either himself and the crew of the Path or Trance and the crew of the Andromeda. Whichever one responded to the Mentakan request and was one of several placed around the known worlds. He blinked. A trap designed to capture a Solar Avatar and their mortals? The Abyss had indeed gotten bold. He opened his mouth to suggest they retreat when Catherine had apparently decided to do the same thing but the tesseract trap was already sprung. He could see it travelling down the corridor. Grimly Daze grabbed the nearest three crewmembers and pulled them against the wall while using his own considerable telekinetic powers to partially disperse the tesseract field. He was only partially successful as some of the crew fell through the floor into the trap while others remained safe. He gritted his teeth when he heard the sounds of magog approaching.
Edited by Mikoto, 26 April 2012 - 06:26 PM.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:39 PM
Suddenly she hit the ground, not too hard but enough to jar her body and cause her to gasp in shock. She was brought to her hands and knees roughly on cement. It took her a moment to catch her breath, the only thing in her line of sight at the moment being huge metal doors. She heard sounds around her and turned to see Tommy and Kaytee with her.
Automatically, as a fighter, one hand went for her gauss pistol at her thigh to help protect her friends but there was nothing there. She swore, shaking her head to clear it.
Erica didn't know that all her weapons were back on the floor in a pile next to Cori.
"Is everyone alright?" Erica growled, her voice low and worried.
Edited by Nikki Peppermint, 26 April 2012 - 07:06 PM.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:03 PM
Lex had ventured down the corridor with the others, but he could tell something was wrong, something was very wrong and then when Captain Rowe had signaled a stop that's when he saw the tesseract field advancing towards them. He had just enough time to flatten himself against the wall, wrapping his tail around a support strut and hanging on before it passed him by and dissipated soon after. When the floor became solid again, and then his sharp ears picked up the advancing Magog just before Josh said something and he already had his gun in his hand and had moved away from the wall a bit and turned to face the direction they were coming from.
Kaytee had been creeping down the corridor behind Tommy when she saw Cath raise her hand and she stopped. Then, before she could do anything at all, a blue light shot down the corridor and the floor opened up beneath her. All she could manage was a startled yelp as she fell through the floor, into the room below, then she fell through that floor too. All in all, the sensation was like nothing she'd ever experienced. She wasn't falling fast, but due to her small size, when she did hit the floor she collapsed into a heap, breathless and probably bruised in several places. And her knee hurt too, like she might have twisted it on landing or something. She lay there, gasping and trying to catch her breath as she heard a couple of other thumps as well, telling her that she wasn't the only one, nor could she feel her backpack on her back anymore and her weapon was no longer in her hand. She heard Erica ask if anyone was all right, but she didn't have the breath to answer just yet.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:12 PM
"Breathe, Kaytee," she whispered, focusing on the engineer for the moment. "Deep breaths. Then tell me what hurts."
Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:28 PM
Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:19 PM
As Miranda realized she was trapped immobile, she began to mutter under her breath. "Oh, sure, Daze, let me join you and your mery band. What could possibly go wrong? " She tried to turn her head, but wasn't successful. "Well," she said at normal volume, "I'm alive. Mostly unharmed, but when we find the guy in charge here I want the first shot."
With a corner of her mind, she realized that while she could still use her bone blades, all her other weapons were missing. She hoped that the crew remembered to grab her things--she would hate to lose the Butcher.
Edited by animagus_kitty, 26 April 2012 - 09:29 PM.
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