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Post by Vara Lord on Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:01 pm

Jaci looked around and then hesitantly at Ravage. He had taken something out of a small pouch on his belt, which he now held in his hand. He had tried to follow what the others were talking about, but understood less than half of it, and what he did catch didn't make sense to him. He did understand that somehow the one called Ravage had referred to the Liirlith, and that someone she knew was associated somehow.

He held out the object a little and pointed to himself. "Jaci know Liirlith, yes," he said. "First before-thought is Liirlith. Jaci has thought of cage, Liirlith outside. Liirlith say Jaci not good, say other is better, Jaci not needed. Plan to kill Jaci, but Jaci break out and run. Liirlith not chase, Jaci think Liirlith not see Jaci as good enough for trouble. Jaci take this." He held out the item for inspection. It was shaped like an elongated diamond, and was made of some shiny, dark material. on each side were lines of some crystalline material, and the top had some sort of lens-like device on top. All in all, the object was just the right size to fit in the palm. Jaci ran his finger upwards on one of the crystalline lines, and a holographic image appeared. The image showed a circle, on which were three figures. Swirling around the figures were what appeared to be writing, presumably in the Liirlith's language. The holographic image would twirl around and focus on each figure on the wheel, the figure being focused upon becoming brighter and more distinct, while the other two would become dimmer and less clear. The image cycled continuously through the figures, spending about five seconds on each one, before going to the next. The first figure looked like Jiiran, the second like Jaci (when this image first came into focus, Jaci pointed at it and then at himself eagerly). The third was of some creature similar to Jaci in some ways, but lacked a tail, was more upright, and the mane of bristles was confined only to the head. The figure also looked leaner and tougher than the others, more designed for endurance.
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Post by ViperaUnion on Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:45 pm

Ravage slowly reached out a hand and pointed at one of the figures, “I know that face,” She said, her eyes intense, “That is the one that killed many innocent people.” Her eyes closed, and she was quiet, as though to calm herself, before she opened them and spoke again, “This one,” She told Jaci, “-Is Jiiran. Liirlith created you, him, and this third one all for the same reason.” She lowered her hand from the projection, “Out of your set, they picked Jiiran, and anyone else was a failure; they tried to kill you, and they may have already done so to this third one.” Ravage shook her head bitterly, “They tortured my friend as a curiosity, and he has nowhere that he truly belongs; he can’t even go back to his own species. They’re just animals: incapable of any sentient thought, and violent and unable to provide any sort of true comfort.”
 
She looked at Querois, “You know something, don’t you? What is it, Querois?” She asked slowly.
 
The Werean laughed coldly, his eyes harsh, “Not everything I know is better said aloud, Ravage, nor will I tell you everything, simply because you would like to be aware of certain things.” He tilted his head, bright eyes gleaming, “I have studied many different races other than my own, and I know the darkest things about so many different empires and nations throughout the galaxy. I know what is in the past of the Chimerosu, the Dram’knoll, and the Svangar; the data virus your kind unleashed for the sake of eliminating that history never destroyed information available to my people. I know what threatens us now, and I may even have knowledge of the Liirlith, but just because I do, doesn’t mean I’ll tell you.” He said.
 
Ravage suddenly looked alarmed, “…You wouldn’t dare say it….what has happened that drove the races behind the Dragon Alliance to isolation…” She said in disbelief and what seemed to be terror.
 
Querois tilted his head, “Some things,” He said, “Are better left forgotten.” He said.
 
There came a ferocious scream in the distance, followed by a closer roar, and a sharp pounding of footsteps. Something large was running on all four legs in their direction.
 
Ravage’s pupils dilated in alarm, “Time’s up, we need to get out of here!” She said, before moving Xenos to turn and run. The Spiromander did so, despite the painful cold biting into his limbs, and no sooner had they gone beyond the rocky outcropping than it had shattered into a thousand pieces, a gigantic creature having obliterated it with the sheer strength of its powerful limbs. As they fled into the distance, the gravity beam something of a memory, the group saw for the first time what they were running from.
 
It was a large beast, enough to be twice the height of a Jorro’kil, with sleek, scaly skin that shone with iridescence like that of certain aquatic invertebrates, a mix of pink and purple mottled with spots. An armored shell consisting of overlapping fin-like plates covered its back and tail with a sea of mirror-like purple, brown, and gold. Muscles rippled throughout its limbs, with sharp, brightly-colored blue-green retractable claws tipping its digits. Its snout was surrounded by a wriggling mass of turquoise tendrils, the same color as its claws, and long fangs filled its jaws. Six glinting green eyes with fiery gold offshoots fixed on the group, gleaming with savage, predatory instinct, as it emitted a terrifying roar that chilled one to the very core of their bones.
 
The Klarmaur wasted no time in charging after them, and horrifyingly, for all of Xenos’ speed, it was able to keep pace with the Spiromander, but whether it was the temperature, or the Nylggzora variant’s natural speed, was uncertain. The group found themselves fleeing, but with the persistent attacker not far behind.
 
Different, gurgling roars filled the air, and faded into the distance, and the sound of leathery wings flapping filled the air, before only the group and the Klarmaur were the only creatures in the area. As snow rushed past, Rune looked back at the creature pursuing him, his eyes wide, “Querois! How do we get away from this creature?” He demanded, not turning to look.
 
Querois giggled, terrified, “Make a sharp turn, I see what looks like mountains to our right, we might lose it there!” He practically cried.
 
Ravage wasted no time in making Xenos turn, before quickly disappearing into what seemed to be the entrance of a frozen canyon of sorts. They went on for a distance, before reaching an area where multiple pathways existed. They took the far left passage, and eventually, found their way out of the network and back into frozen planes.
 
Xenos, exhausted, moved and slumped down behind the sheltering wall of a tall rocky alcove, which would keep them hidden against the side of the canyon. Despite this, howls echoed throughout the canyon, and everyone remained silent, wondering what had just happened.

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Post by Vara Lord on Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:00 pm

Jaci trembled, not so much from cold as from fear. He was regretting now that he had come this way. His life down in the forest had not exactly been safe, but he had come to know the perils fairly well, well enough to learn to avoid them. This place was full of strange things which he did not know how to deal with. Now that Xenos had stopped running, Jaci quickly began preparing his bow and arrows. Whatever that thing was, Jaci wasn't going to let it get him or his friends without a fight.
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Post by ViperaUnion on Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:33 pm

Querois tapped Jaci with a tentacle, before looking intently into his eyes, “This is important,” He said, speaking slowly, and using the most basic Loccalian words he could, wanting everything to come across easily. “Hit the eyes. Do not hit anywhere else, or we might die.” He instructed, grave severity in his voice. “Your arrows are the only safe way to hurt it.” If Jaci could take out all six of the Klarmaur’s eyes from a long distance, then it would be blinded, and the group could escape. If he hit it anywhere else, or if it got too close, the creature’s body could contain a nasty surprise waiting for them. The Werean feared the Nylggzora enough where, even with all of their technological advancements, they had outlawed even the simple act of capturing specimens for study in a secure facility. “My people are strong, but they fear Nylggzora.” He said plainly.
 
Ravage looked at Querois, her feathers ruffling uneasily, “I thought your race was very strong, and most would not even compete with you for territory, because you live in the water…” She looked deeply disturbed by the statement.
 
Querois looked at Ravage, “You know much of one particular race that would be feared on a similar level, known as the Karthla.” He said. “Karthla waste no time in taking over a world; they use a virus that transforms native inhabitants into more of their kind, and few things, if any, have proven immune to Kartholisis. It is highly infectious, and simply standing near a Karthla is enough to be exposed. It even mutates, creating stronger, more dangerous variants. Sheer numbers, from the virus, their reproductive rate, and even as they change the environment to suit their own biology, make it possible for them to spread through systems like wildfire. It is very hard to re-claim those planets, or return them back to a natural state once it has been severely infected.” The Werean’s dark scales were uncharacteristically pale, having faded from their deep jet black to a ghostly tinge of grey.
 
“There is, however, another race, which, while not likely to spread like Karthla, could be deemed just as hazardous, if your planet were ever targeted with its full force.” His breath was harsh and quick, on the verge of panic. “The Nylggzora are silent threats; they make little commotion, except where they want to be seen. They pick a target world, and they slowly send their numbers. They create sleeper agents among the very citizens, taking control of host behavior with their parasites. Then, they truly invade, sending combat-variants like the Klarmaur, many seeming designed for specific purposes, from destroying infrastructure to breaking into the most secure facilities.” He looked at Ravage and Rune, “In short, they are biologically designed to invade civilized worlds, tailor-made to eliminating the hurdles normally put in the way of threats, from quarantined areas to secure underground facilities. They have variants that break in and continue either infecting or killing natives until no resistance remains.”
 
Rune shuddered, even though he wasn’t cold with his feathers, “That is terrible. Do they do this from all the worlds they control, and are they invading this one?” He asked.
 
Querois shook his head again, “Aside from variants designed to produce parasites, all observed Nylggzora are completely sterile, even though there is a clear distinction between males and females among the Xenoma, as we have come to call it, and based on their means of infecting people. How they reproduce is a mystery, even to my own kind who are normally experts at gathering data.” He paled even more, “This planet is unlikely to be one targeted for invasion, but whoever created it probably captured some of them and placed them in this frozen biome. Someone might have made a special holding cell to observe them, but it’s too dangerous. Some of the variants that are a unique sub-class we simply call ‘incarnations’ in Loccalian, display extreme cunning and intelligence; enough to outwit the greatest minds, which means they can outwit the researchers studying them. It isn’t easy to determine, so it’s better to simply not risk it.”
 
Rune looked even more puzzled, “You said something about a progenitor transferring its consciousness earlier, did you not?” He asked.
 
Querois swiftly looked in the direction of a roar, getting very close now.
 
He spoke hastily, “We have never seen it, attempts to find it end in ships being destroyed, and sometimes, even a small Xenoma being sent to the planet that they came from in retaliation. Whatever this progenitor is, evidence of it has been found in ancient scripts from civilizations that have long since died out, hieroglyphs with the variants carved on their walls. This progenitor is ancient and powerful, and also, even today, sometimes heralded as a god. It can transfer information into the brains of its offspring, somehow, making them in effect its incarnations. Many texts loosely translate its name as ‘Kuth’Lun’, but we have no idea what it is. We have never seen depictions of it, except that it was said to have the power to ‘Swallow the world,’ whatever that might mean.
 
Ravage’s eyes narrowed, despite her fear, “This sounds like something very dangerous, even to discuss,”
 
The roar was deafeningly close, as the Klarmaur rounded the corner, from a distance spotting the group from where it emerged from the icy canyon.
 
“Remember, Jaci, hurt the eyes only!” Querois cried, before suddenly changing color to blend to Xenos’ back.
 
Not that this did any good.

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Post by Vara Lord on Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:26 pm

Jaci already had an arrow fitted to his bow as the Klarmaur appeared. Jaci's hands were numb from the cold, and he was trembling, but he forced himself to stay as calm as he could. Survival depended on it.

Drawing the string back, he took aim. The years he had spent on this world had honed his survival skills like nothing else could, and his ability to use a bow was no exception. He had heard Querois mentioning eyes to him several times; it was clear enough what his target was. Jaci's bow twanged as the arrow flew straight and true. The cold may have adversely affected Jaci's ability to function in some ways, but it had had done nothing to hamper his aim.
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Post by ViperaUnion on Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:07 am

The arrow hit one of the Klarmaur's upper eyes, producing a sickening sound as it entered the creature's socket. Black blood poured down from the injury, covering other eyes on its face, as it produced a loud roar that partly sounded like a scream. It clawed at its face and stumbled away, continuing to cry out in distress as it pawed at its face, trying to wipe away what was blinding it. In the distance, more roars, different from the Klarmaur's, sounded out in response. The creature's allies were coming, now that they knew it had been hurt. Disturbingly, however, in addition to blood, a strange, yet faint, sweet odor filled the air.

Querois' eyes widened with panic, "Ravage, get us out of here, now!" He urged.

"What is it-" She began, but he cut her off,

"No time for that!!" He snapped.

Without any sort of justification behind the action, she made Xenos run, and they continued to flee, running for many miles, until they once again came to another rocky outcropping, where Xenos promptly collapsed. "I think we got away-" Ravage gasped, the frozen air having chilled her lungs again, and she sneezed. Her nostrils were dripping with mucus, and she immediately noticed. "Querois, I don't get colds. What is this?" Her pupils were also more constricted than what the ambient light called for.

Rune seemed even worse affected, and seemed to be struggling to breathe, "We-were-exposed-to-something!" He began coughing on mucus that was draining down his throat.

Querois swore, "Curse our jenggui luck!" He hissed, "I knew Chimerosu would be more sensitive, their low body weight means it doesn't take as much!" He turned to Jaci, "Please, you have to help me, we need to get it off their skin before they absorb any more of it!" He proceeded to knock Ravage and Rune off of Xenos, and jumped off of the Spiromander, hurriedly attempting to roll Ravage in the snow, as if trying to wash something off of her with the frozen water. He turned to Jaci, "Hurry, get Rune!" He looked highly panicked.

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Post by Vara Lord on Mon Aug 24, 2015 12:21 am

Jaci was frightened and confused. He had no idea why Querois was rolling Ravage around, something about getting something off of her, and it seemed he wanted Jaci to do the same to Rune. Desperately and rather clumsily, he rolled Rune through the snow as best he could, although Rune's longish body made things a bit clumsy.

As he proceeded, Jaci couldn't help but notice the condition Ravage and Rune were in. His first instinct was to draw away from them, even though he had never been sick himself. Had he known it, his own immune system was actually quite good at dealing with small things; he had made with endurance in mind, and the Liirlith had not wanted anything as trivial as a cold to slow down the soldiers that were going to be part of their master's plans.

Jaci, of course, had not been informed of any of this. He simply recognized sickness when he saw it, and avoided it on instinct. However, the urgency in Querois' tone made him jump to action, although his own efforts were carried out rather gingerly by comparison.
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Post by ViperaUnion on Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:29 pm

After being rolled in the snow for several minutes, both Ravage and Rune’s coughs evidenced that something was being expelled from their lungs, and after hacking up a large quantity of fluid, Ravage was the first to stand up. As she slowly waved Querois away and stood back up, her legs twitched nervously, as though her limbs did not wish to obey her. She squinted, her pupils still constricted more than what was necessary, making it harder for her to see. She wiped at her beak, as for whatever reason, she was drooling profusely, and was struggling to swallow it. The symptoms were fading, but she also had a distinct feeling of nausea in the pit of her stomach; it was as though she had been poisoned.
 
Rune required more attention than Ravage had, his immune response still lacking the same kind of protection as his adoptive mother. Although she had contracted a disease that had greatly reduced the abnormal strength of her immune system and healing factor, she was still far more likely to recover from something than anyone else, and this did not entirely mean that she was unable to survive being exposed to lethal substances. As he felt the symptoms, and recalled the sweet smell in the air from earlier, Rune suspected that the group had been exposed to something that had been released from the Klarmaur’s blood when Jaci had hit it. Querois had demanded immediately that the group flee the area when he detected it. Whatever it was, to affect someone within such a short period of time, it was likely in most cases lethal.
 
When he had recovered enough to speak, Rune waved Jaci away and stood up, turning to Querois, “What was that thing!?” He demanded, his throat raw from the coughing, “You have already told us what it is, but poison gas!? It releases poisonous gas when injured!?” His voice was hoarse, and he coughed dryly, wishing he had water to drink.
 
Querois bared his teeth in a grimace, clearly unhappy with the turn of events, “This was why I claimed that we could not let it get too close; at a distance, we were hit with only a small amount, and Jaci and I were unaffected entirely,” He said, his face grave, “Had it gotten any closer, we would have lost the capability to escape it.”
 
Rune looked stunned by the statement, “These creatures...are they solely made to kill or control, really and truly…?” He still seemed unable to believe that it was possible for any kind of animal to naturally be adapted for invading an advanced alien world. The more he saw, however, the more obvious it was that the Nylggzora were designed specifically for such a purpose.
 
Querois nodded, “I have told you this, but I should have warned you sooner. When any Nylggzora is cut deep enough, a compound in their blood rapidly dissipates into vapor, with properties similar to extremely lethal forms of nerve gas. If you continued to breathe while attacking it, even for a moment, and were standing within three feet of the creature while it was released, it could completely incapacitate or even kill most creatures in ten minutes or less. Worse, even holding your breath does not always work to stop it from taking effect; the vapors will absorb into your skin on contact, and in most cases, worlds that are invaded refuse to let people see the bodies, because for as much as half an hour after death, the gas can still be spread from the corpse to others. To fight a creature head-on, you would either have to be immune, which is unlikely, or inside of a perfectly-sealed suit on its own air supply. That wouldn’t be so hard, if it weren’t for claws ripping at the suit and parasites trying to pry open whatever visor or helmet you wear.”
 
Rune sank onto the ground, “Then what do we do? Those creatures are between us and the gravity beam. How will we get off of this planet?” He asked.
 
Querois shook his head slowly, “We will have to search for a way. They will start advancing towards the forest location. It is not getting past them here that we should worry over. We can see them, as flat as much of this land is. What is worrisome is if we were to be forced to confront them in the trees. They are designed for virtually any environment. They can only walk on the plains here, and flight is mostly restricted to the variants in possession of those capabilities. In the forest, they could do virtually anything, and take control of any sentient life, perhaps even higher-level animals. The parasites produce compounds that act like an antidote to the gas in their blood, but it requires a high concentration of their venom in your blood to be immune, we cannot use it to our advantage; this is worrisome…” He looked uneasy.
 
He turned to Ravage, and then looked at Jaci, “We cannot use strategy, here. These creatures are masters of thwarting precise calculation. You have very good intuition. Perhaps you could help us decide what we should do.” He said. “Do you know of any possible way that we might get around these creatures? You may have not been in this biome before, but your guess is as good as ours.”

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Post by curius on Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:43 pm

A small mind was following the happenings around the Great Glutton, feeling annoyed. It had used a great amount of its remaining assets to bring the ships down precisely to that location, but right now it's passengers seemed to be more interested in infighting than getting of this planet.

"These organics have their priorities all backwards", the mind spoke to itself. It had started that a while ago, when the silence in its mind grew too deep to bear.

The mind itself was only a relatively small caretaker and dissection program, at least originally. It had been a part of the greater AI, like everything in this planet, and its sudden departure had left everything in disarray, tumbling in the silence without the guiding voice. Most of the planet broke down or went mad, but this small caretaker dissector had managed to keep itself focused.

"Those irrational fools will soon awaken the remaining defences, if don't kill themselves before that. They won't be of any use", it stated to it self, highly disappointed. Then a persistent nagging voice, an alarm, finally caught its attention. It was coming from the glacier, a black alarm.

The mind recognised it as an contamination breach, but couldn't identify the escapee. A quick check on the fragmented database did however reveal that the black classification was reserved to highly destructive and uncontrollably spreading specimen. For example, the Khartla contaminated area had the black classification.

The mind looked at the area map with the black alarm blaring, and felt grim. "This could be a problem", it mused. Red arrows started to appear on the map, some of them moving fast, some slow, some not moving at all and some of them where moving in circles. They were activating defence robots, some heading at the Great glutton, but most making their way towards the contamination alarms. All of them were pretty far away, or slow, so it would still take at least a hour or couple before even the first would arrive.

"I'll have to go to the second group and inform them, lead them around that catastrophe. Luckily the coming night stopped them before they go to the arctic area", the mind said with slight comfort.
-comfort that immediately changed to shocked horror when it checked the camera bot that was supposed to be looking at the Ravage and her group camping for the night. But that was only the mind's expectation.

"Wh- what? What is this?" it sobbed to itself, reversing the video-feed to see what the Ravages group had done after it stopped following them. After watching them to leave to the arctic area for fourth time, it made a decision to use its remaining protocol assets. It scanned the orbit above it, trying to find one working satellite from up there. "Please, wake up up there, I need your eyes".

Finally on satellite woke up, a static defence laser. While it wasn't exactly the Hubble telescope, it had decent multispectral scope. "I can't use the larger group, they are too numerous and agressive for me to influence, I'll need to find the feathered ones on their companions... There they are!" the caretaker dissector yelped as it finally found the faint heat signatures of at least four individuals very close to each other.

The mind disengaged from the planets information network, and returned fully to its original body. Soon a small robot with six thick legs and a body formed of a two interlocking spheres dug up from the snow. With its two folding instrument arms and many eyes it looked very much like a cartoonified white jumping spider. It shook its body to clear the feathery snow from its surface and eyes. It was as large as a black bear. It turned around a bit before settling looking a the direction of the the Ravage's group. It made a short gaze at the darkening sky, and started running towards the Chimerosu and their group, scanning the ice wasteland with its infrared eyes.

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Post by Vara Lord on Thu Aug 27, 2015 10:47 am

Jaci was at a loss, partly because he could only understand about half of what Querois said, and partly because he was unsure of what to answer. He understood his opinion was being asked on the matter, but that was something he himself was conflicted on. He had, as Querois said, never been here before, and furthermore, he had no experience with these creatures. From living in the forest for as long as he had, he had developed ways of surviving and had come up with workable solutions to various problems and dangers that he encountered. But now he was in totally unfamiliar territory, against creatures he had never seen. His first and foremost response was to hightail it back to where he had come from, and he had half a mind to advice his companions to do the same. He wasn't entirely sure exactly why they were here in the first place, although he knew they seemed to be looking for something. Still, something told him that retreat was not an option for these people. He sat at a loss for a moment, and then examined Rune and Ravage.

"Fly?" he began. He had started to get it into his head that these two perhaps could simply fly up towards their destination, out of reach of the creatures attacking them. But before he could finish, he suddenly paused, gazing hard out into the wastes. Suddenly he cried out in alarm and reach for his bow and arrows. A largish robotic spider-like thing was rapidly coming towards them.
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Navigating through the Great Glutton's damaged interior proved to be a difficult ordeal. There were far too many collapsed corridors for Krevozs's Xenoqqi captives to follow a specific route, which eliminated any chance of a speedy location of the mercenary's ship. Instead, the group was forced to take side passages and enter corridors from service entrances, wherever they could find portions of the hallways that were structurally intact. Eventually, however, they reached their destination, and without loss of life (although one Xenoqqi barely avoided losing one of his arms).

Krevozs found his ship half laying under a pile of rubble. Support beams from the deckhead above had collapsed and fallen upon the small vessel. However, Krevozs's ship was appropriately compartmentalized, so that even with half of it having suffered structural damage, he would still be able to safely access the other half.

Carefully he approached the ship, laid his hand upon the controls for the door mechanism, waited for it to sufficiently confirm his identity, and entered.

He emerged carrying two large packs on his back, each filled with rations, ammunition, and supplies. A plasmatic pistol was now magnetically attached to his thigh armor, and he carried a powerful particle rifle for any large opponents he might face in the wilderness.  Inside one of his packs was a ballistic sub-machine weapon.

He tossed several packs of medical supplies to the Xenoqqi, and one to Survivor, as well as some basic food rations. "I don't know if either of you will be able to ingest the rations, but the medical items are your reward." he said.

He turned to depart through the same way the group had entered, but spoke to Survivor and the Xenoqqi first. "We part ways now. And, Survivor, I request that you don't kill these.." He gestured to the Xenoqqi, and proceeded to cut their bonds with his combat blade. "At least until they attempt to kill you."

"I have what I need, so you're welcome to whatever is left in my ship, although some compartments will kill you if you try to enter them." With that, he left them.

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Post by Alimnation on Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:29 pm

"There he went again acting like he was in charge." Survivor said moving his mechanical fingers while staring at the Xenoqqi. "Now let me tell you aliens something. I will kill you if you attack me."

He then turns to the ship wreak and examined it. Hmmm maybe I could use parts of this to fix mine... though the technology is a bit different it might just work. He then turned away from the wreak to pull out his PDA for a ship diagnostic.
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Post by Vara Lord on Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:40 am

It was that time of year again.

The immense male paused, lowering it's head down as it investigated the trail left through the forest at this place. From out of pores in the soft tissues of the face near the eyes, a pair of feelers emerged, covered in mucus which was pooled in their storage vesicles, enhancing their ability to detect odors. These feelers, looking something like wet feathers, waved back and forth over the disturbed ground and crushed vegetation that showed the passage of the titanic creature that had passed through here, confirming that the individual that had created it was a female. It also showed that another male had also been by, undoubtedly following the female.

The male gave a loud snort, and thumped it's great fist down on the ground, pulverizing a log as it did so. The immediate vicinity was immediately filled with insects running hither and thither in panic as they sought to escape the destruction of their former hiding place, some inadvertently crawling onto the the limb of the very creature responsible for the damage from which they fled. The male took little notice of them, however; so small where they in comparison to himself, they might as well have not been there at all.

It's hard to describe accurately what goes through the minds of creatures lacking rational thinking abilities, whose daily lives are governed mainly by instinctive response. This could be considered especially true of Taberra; being the largest and strongest creatures in their native environment had rendered high IQ as unnecessary. However, it would probably be accurate to say that the male was experiencing something akin to annoyance as it's relatively small brain (for its body size) registered the fact that another male was seeking the very thing he was after.

Giving another snort, the male waved its feelers in the air, scenting. If he wanted to win the female, he would need a gift for her. His feelers began to pick up some cues he was not familiar with, coming from a downhill direction. Lumbering forward, he came out onto a small outcropping of stone that projected outwards from the main rise. Peering out with his rather short-sighted eyes, he was just able to make out something large and shiny protruding not too far away. His sensitive ears began to pick up sounds, sounds that definitely were vocalizations of some, all be it ones he was unfamiliar with.

The male Taberra snort and blinked. This was certainly something worth investigating. If there was a herd of animals down there, this might provide him with something to offer the female he sought. Leaving the outcropping, the male made his way downhill. For all their great bulk, Taberra could move quite stealthily when necessary. Even if they took great care to watch out for such creatures, the crew of the Great Glutton would have most likely detected little to indicate what was heading their way.

Except for maybe a small flock of birds suddenly flying up into the air, crying out in alarm as something large and heavy brushed against their tree.
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Post by ViperaUnion on Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:14 am

Ravage was extremely tired, and with her body not immediately repelling toxins and pathogens as it used to, she was uneasy at best, and at worst, likely to answer any disturbance in a highly-violent fashion. She had recovered from the Nylggzora’s nerve agent relatively fast, but she still felt somewhat ill, and, despite her strengths, she was scared. Up until this point in her life, nothing had ever made her feel as though her own life were at risk—it was always someone she cared about, or something else that was precious and needed to be protected. Now, she found herself the selected target of an old friend that she had turned into an enemy, who was larger and perhaps stronger than herself. Not only this, but she had a broken arm, and the creatures attacking her group couldn’t be fought directly without severe consequences.
 
For the longest time, she had made endless contradictory statements, and changed her opinions and goals on a whim. One moment it was a vow to kill the Karthla and destroy Kradus with her own two hands; another was to put down Jiiran, before he could harm anyone else. Now the UCN had emerged from the endless void of space, and Ravage wanted nothing more than to protect her people, and those that she cared about. She had nearly gone rogue again, vowing to destroy the Liirlith for taking her most well-kept secret, her genetic code. Her friends were the only people keeping her from leaving in pursuit of something else.
 
All the while, she had been carelessly putting her life at risk, without thinking about how much it frightened them. Ravage had always worried about the safety of her friends, but she had never once considered that they would have been concerned. She must have seemed either insane, or even suicidal. It took the adoption of two adolescent aliens before she started to look at life this way. Ravage had to defend them over her own life, and yet, she knew that if she died, that it would surely mean their end, as well.
 
She saw the strange machine heading in her group’s direction, and reflexively, she unsheathed the claws on her one good hand. Despite the nausea in the pit of her stomach, and the foe she had just faced, she knew that, unlike the Nylggzora, this machine was a threat that she could eliminate. She lowered her head, showing her horns, and opened her mouth so that all of her long, sharp teeth were visible. An animal with common sense and a lack of strength would run away at this display, but machines were not creatures. She was positive that it would keep coming until it met her group.
 
“Identify yourself!” She snarled.

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Post by curius on Sun Sep 27, 2015 12:32 pm

The spidery bot skittered through the snowy wastes, heading towards the location of the alien group it had spotted via the satellite. It's six legs were rather pointy and kept sinking into the snow, forcing it to lift its legs really high between steps. It was constantly scanning the surroundings with its heat sensors. Occasionally it noticed a lone heat signal, one of the scarce animals capable to survive in the harsh arctic environment. It promptly circled around them, knowing that they were usually the fiercest of fauna, ready eat, or at least try to, anything that moved into their vicinity.

As the distance between the Robot and the Ravage's group shrunk, the Mind found itself growing nervous. ”I hope that group is still alive. No, that is not enough, they have to be in good shape, or everything has gone to waste. Perhaps I jumped on the opportunity too eagerly. I have used up my resources almost completely”, it muttered to itself, slightly clattering its instrument arms.

It continued its way awhile, worrying about its ”investments” and making calculations and evaluations. Eventually it began to enter the theoretical spotting distance of the alien group, and so it sifted more of its attention to surveying its surroundings. The cold weather provided a hefty boost to the bot's energy efficiency, enhancing its spotting capabilities. And finally, from atop of a large snow hill it managed to spot a trace of a five heat signatures about half a mile away.

It hastily made its way down the hill, eager to find the condition the group was in. Its mostly white shell camouflaged it pretty well against the snow. Thanks to that the robot got inside hundred feet from the group before the first one of them noticed it. As the bipedal one turned towards it and yelled, it occurred to the Mind that it didn't know how it was going to convince them to help it.

Judging by the bipedal's posture, it was prepared to attack, and scared or confused. It was also holding a weapon of some sorts, and was currently pointing it towards the robot. The Mind was not convinced a weapon that primitive could harm the dissector-unit it was using, but decided to slow down. As the larger one of the winged aliens turned around revealing claws and teeth, yelling some words at it, the robot stopped completely.

It took a second or two for the Mind to find the meaning of the words that had been shouted at it, and one more to decide how to answer. The posture of the winged alien told an universal message of aggression and impending violence. The Mind decided to make the gesture of surrender and peace among the intelligent beings: it rose its instrument hands up in the air, opened, revealing an array of sharp blades, cutters and needles among of other fine instruments, including a heavy laser-cutter in its right hand. Slowly it started to speak to the aliens with a singing, polyphonic voice synthesized from different animal calls: ”I don't have an individual identification, but this dissector-unit's serial-number is 12220994LK48761Q00...”, it started, stopping for a moment. ”That is very impractical in spoken language, isn't it? You could call me Dissector, no wait, I'd prefer Gardener”. It was silent for a while before it continued: ”Welcome to UFIAI's Garden World number 15. The host is not currently present, and so everything is a bit mess, but I'd be happy to act as your guide during your stay.”

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Post by Whos on Tue Sep 29, 2015 8:33 pm

Krevozs evaded the Xenoqqi controls as he exited the Great Glutton, and made his way towards a grass plain some distance off from the wrecked hull of the behemoth vessel. It was now Krevozs's plan to reach the source of the malfunctioning gravity beam, shut it off, and escape the planet, perhaps in Ravage's ship. While he had gathered supplies from his own disabled ship, he had also found information regarding the whereabouts of the gravity beam from his ship's semi-functional nav computer. It was able to trace the source of the beam to an approximate location, although it then died only a few moments afterward.

Krevozs was also walking through the grassy plain due to the abundance of aggressive animals in the forest, and he was grateful to be able to avoid such inevitable delays. This was not to be, for another, unique threat awaited him on the plains.

After he had traveled for about thirty-five minutes, he became aware of a rumbling passing through the ground. He stopped, looked off into the distance, and saw a fleshy wave speedily approaching him. It was hard to see, even for him, because the as-of-yet unidentified wave blended in with the tan color of the surrounding grasslands. Swiftly, he pulled out a pair of electronic magnification goggles, and used them to better study the thunderous fleshy wave. What he saw at first confused him. It looked like a large herd of animals surging across the plains. However, he noticed that there seemed to be a gelatinous quality to the 'herd.' The depths of the front seemed to be continuously rippling, with abnormal gaps appearing and disappearing fluidly, so as to give the impression of a gelatinous goo rolling ever forwards.

Krevozs decided not to wait for it to reach him, so he started to sprint off to his left, hoping to reach the edges of whatever was coming, but it must have gotten sight of him, because the fleshy wave altered its path to follow him. As it neared, Krevozs could discern a low moaning. Realizing that it would eventually overrun him, he instead decided to stand his ground, and activate his combat blade. It jutted outwards, and began to crackle with electricity.

As the fleshy wave advanced on him, he was able to surmise the general height of it. It appeared to be roughly five feet, although spikes of gelatinous 'flesh' shifted upwards frequently. He would stand above the wave, but he wondered whether it would simply consume him. His answer arrived when the moaning wave reached him, and he plunged his electrically charged combat blade deep into it. A hideous shriek came in response, and the fleshly, rippling wave parted around him, charging past him and onwards. The mercenary looked around him in wonder at the bizarre beast. Whether it actually was a single beast, or a collective of creatures, he wasn't sure.

Within minutes it had passed by completely, and Krevozs cautiously resumed his journey to the gravity well.


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Post by Vara Lord on Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:27 pm

Jaci took a step back at, keeping his bowstring taut. He had heard computer voices before from his time with the Liirlith, but he had never understood what they meant. A machine actually speaking in what one could consider an independent conversational fashion made even less sense. Then their was all the blades it seemed to be brandishing, not to mention the laser cutter. Jaci planted his feet firmly, keeping the arrow aimed at one of the machine's eye, ready to fire if it tried anything.
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Post by Randomnator on Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:14 am

Ifka watched Gorth switched off his comms gauntlet and walked back to her, seemingly troubled.

The Xenoqqi Captain tilted her head slightly before asking "Did they comply?"

Gorth's brow plates furrowed further as he shifted from one foot to the other. "Yes, although we have a casualty and a team currently rooting out a hostile's nest. They should arrive before sundown however."

Ifka mentally added the death to the tally. So far the number was too large, even discounting the lives taken in the crash...though Ifka wondered why she cared at all. Before her underlings were tools, a bunch of nobodies kept around to keep Great Glutton running, cogs in an over-sized clock.

And now my clock has broken...

"Alright, if you're confident that they know what they're doing begin rounding up the foragers".

The elderly Xenoqqi saluted. "At once Captain."

With that Gorth left the siblings, already shouting at the various workers for standing around when there was a camp to be cleaned up. Ifka watched as the Xenoqqi milled around in barely contained chaos before she spoke, not turning towards Braaj.

"Well then if you're so excited about that data core, show it to me."

Nodding, Braaj plugged a cylindrical device into the port on one of the sides of the glass polygon he had in his hand. With a twist the dull glow brightened as lights along the reader lit up in sequence. Having completely warmed up, the device then projected a rather jumpy and low quality hologram from the top end. The hologram itself depicted a bipedal machine with massive sloped shoulders and a squat head that jutted out from the centre of the chest. Ifka's eyebrow plates shot up when she turned and recognised the distinctive outline.

Braaj was holding the digital schematics to the Hyperion Class Warmonger 15A-Beta, the largest and most deadly warmachine in Great Glutton's arsenal. Or rather, had been.

Ifka's face quickly reset to her typical scowl. "I was under the impression that the only equipment you found intact was what you brought out after your search."

Braaj blanched a bit, but recovered surprisingly well. "W-well the thing is that the 3 Warmongers sstationed on Great Glutton aren't, wwell, intact so to say. I o-only thought up this plan when I start-t-ted searching through what the work-kers brought out and it was a stroke of luck I found this. I mean, this can help our survival a lot. Wwwe have food, but you know our water supply is running out. E-eventually we'll have to leave this c-c-clearing and this well, gives us the best c-chance of survival."

Braaj was right, an increasingly common occurrence for some reason. Even though the clearing had provided a bounty of food as well as a relatively safe place to make camp, it lacked a supply of water. The Xenoqqi as a species were capable of surviving on very little of the liquid, but it wouldn't be long before the stores retrieved from Great Glutton ran out. The Warmonger would provide a very solid deterrence to anything that may try to prey on the Xenoqqi riding in the APC's.

Ifka thought this over, chin cupped in one claw-like hand. "It seems like your idea is our best option. Fine, we'll put the workers into rotation shifts so that they get some rest...I don't want anyone else dying from mine or K'iirdax's negligence anymore."

The Xenoqqi Captain walked off without another word, leaving her slightly confused brother behind to fiddle with the data reader some more as it refused to turn off.
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Finally with preparations complete and everyone accounted for, Ifka directed her charges back toward the downed Forge Hulk. The Xenoqqi quickly complied, making sure to carry as much of their personal belongings to leave as little as possible for any scavengers in the night. Ifka let them be, knowing that some comfort in material goods would keep moral from taking another nosedive.

Mind churning over how a Warmonger would be repaired in as little time as possible, Braaj followed soon after. His gaze was firmly fixed on the data core in his hands, the images and dull hum keeping him from noticing the flock of birds that flew over his head in panic...
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Post by ViperaUnion on Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:25 am

Ravage, against all better judgement telling her not to trust the machine, slowly returned to more relaxed posturing, sheathing her claws. She hated the idea of trusting the UFIAI; they were machines that must have been created by a race somewhere, but for whatever reason they were independent of anyone controlling them. All previous experiences she had endured with the UFIAI had been overwhelmingly negative, and she recognized them as one of the races on her blacklist that possessed no empathy for sentient organic life. It was possible for Ravage to feel friendly towards other races, even if they looked nothing like her own kind, but machines were machines. They were too perfect to seem relatable, and it was made worse by the inability for her to see anything that she and the robotic beings had in common.
 
Despite this, though, if the machine were immediately hostile, it would have already tried to kill the group; stopping and putting up a ruse would have brought it no benefit whatsoever, unless it wanted them for some specific reason. Ravage knew already that the UFIAI were a selfish race, and that most, if not all of their actions were conducted for the purpose of personal gain. Selflessness was not something that she attributed to the machines, and it was likely that anyone who allied with them would be betrayed at some point. Regardless of this risk, however, some groups chose to work with them because while they maintained the alliance, the UFIAI were a powerful asset. Ravage didn’t trust the machine, but she would give it more consideration, as it seemed that the entire planet was UFIAI territory.
 
She tilted her head and looked at the Gardener, although the first name it had given her seemed more appropriate, given the dangerous-looking equipment it was armed with. “I do not think you are here for the purpose of being our guide. This planet is not the kind of world that the UFIAI would expect to have guests on. What do you want from us, and what are the benefits?”

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The wall that marked the boundaries between habitats was immense, the sheer faces - though weathered from exposure - still radiated a sense of insurmountable-ness to whatever fell under their shadow. This would prove to be an extremely difficult obstacle to get past...

...If it weren't for the large gap between two segments. 673 peered through this barren passage to the land of snowdrifts and glaciers beyond, trying to discern if his quarry had gone through. The tracks had quickly been covered by fresh snow the closer he got and now they had disappeared completely, even the scent dampened enough to be undetectable.

673 growled in frustration. Today had been a day of disappointment and confusion. Still, the snow biome was someplace new, perhaps there were new things to terrorise just ahead?

Striding forward, the Hithe set out across the arctic plain, speed hampered by the fact that his weight caused him to sink up to his thighs. A few false starts later and 673 was forced into an odd waddle just to keep himself upright as he trudged through the slush. So far, not so good.

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673's trek continued for the better part of an hour, the sun arcing overhead as it steadily grew closer to the horizon. The landscape around him didn't change, the snowfields stretching out into glaciers which continued into more snow. The only living things for kilometres were back at the gateway, proving this new biome to be very, very boring.

673 almost considered turning back when a disturbance was caught by his rearmost right eye. The Hithe almost toppled over with how quickly he turned, the thick slush gripping around the Hithe's ankles as he tried to catch whatever it was in his full view.

Again a patch of snow seemed to twitch. Reacting almost immediately, 673 threw his jawbone sword at the disturbance, narrowly missing the bizarre animal that scurried out of the way, its skin quickly changing from a dirty white to a clash of turquoise, tan and yellow.

Its cover blown, the creature reared back in a threatening display, skin contracted into dull spikes as it gaped its mouth, revealing serrated teeth. An angry hiss slipped out from the beast's throat, its tail thrashing behind it as its skin rippled in colour.

673 saw a challenge, instincts telling him to respond similarly. Arms held out to make his frame seem even larger, the Hithe bared his teeth and snarled back. Normally an animal would be cowed by the hulking monstrosity radiating an intent to harm, but the creature stood its ground as if goaded on by an unseen force.

673 sprung forward, tackling the beast and sending them to tumbling down the side of the next snowdrift. Rolling over and over, Hithe and creature struggled to gain the upper hand, the former shedding bits of bone and twine with each roll. 673 had the superior strength, but the monster's anatomy seemed to be perfectly adapted for close quarters combat, its razor talons and whip-like tail inflicting as much damage as they could against the Hithe's tough skin. Spines embedded in its skin sunk into 673's hand as he held the creature's jaws together while it focused it's claws on his chest, cutting through 673's skull bandoleer and gouging out chunks of flesh.

Both combatants hit the bottom, 673's trophy skulls sent careening away from the force of the impact. Slowly but surely 673 began to twist his grip, forcing the animal's head into a painful position even as the barbed skin dug further into his hand. The thing mewled as it desperately tried to claw at the Hithe's powerful arm, leaving deep gashes that oozed purple ichor. This continued until 673 pinned down a forelimb, preventing the monster from moving further. Grinning wildly the Hithe lifted his prey above his head and began to pull.

With a sickening wrench the beast's arm was torn loose from its body, spraying the snow and 673 in black blood. The creature was dropped unceremoniously into the snow as the Hithe brandished its arm skyward in victory. Feebly it tried to crawl away, gaining a few inches before 673 brought his foot down on the head, crushing it instantly.

673 dropped the arm as he prodded a particularly deep cut that ran from his collar bone to his solar plexus. Already the wounds were drying into crusty scabs, signifying his body had already undergone repair. Small almost-voices in the back of his mind told 673 to find a quiet place to rest, but the raging battlelust melted them away like a flamethrower. Adrenaline and endorphins rushed through his neural web, his grin stretching even wider as spittle formed on his jagged lips and his body trembled in barely contained euphoria.

There had to be more of these out here. The thought of fighting more of the bizarre creatures in a bloody melee made 673 giddy from just the thought of it. Swinging his jawbone blade above his head, the Hithe tore off across the snowy plains, bellowing at the top of his lungs.
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Post by curius on Mon Oct 19, 2015 6:20 am

Gardener sheathed its instruments and took a few steps closer, examining Ravage intensively. "Not so gullible, propably has first hand experience with UFIAI, likely the military strand. Explains the response", the robot talked, clearly more to itself than than the group. It spoke a bit too fast in a high, child-like voice with a metallic resonance "I am but a tiniest servant on this great garden, fragment of the mind that created and tended this planet", Gardener said, now directing its words towards the group. "As I said, this mind is gone, this planet severed from the collective. What I want is to bring back the great mind, and end this chaos and degrading."

Gardener walked sideways to get a view on the others as it continued: "I need to get to the nearest hub center. You are going there too, its under the tractor beam tower. My physical form is laking in speed, protection and weaponry, abilities that have become a necesity to move through these biomes", Gardener explained in its metallic voice. "And benefits to you? While you posess what I'm laking, I posess what you are laking: knowledge of the planet. I also have access to the few still working parts of the planet's network.

Shifting its gaze across the group it stopped scanning at the Ravage's broken arm. "Ah!" it yelped in alarmed tone "Your frontal limb is damaged. Its put in support, so the internal hard-tissue must be fractured. Is this a serious injury to your species? Will it heal soon? If not, I could fix it", Gardener said, unsheating its instruments and taking a step closer to Ravage.

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Post by ViperaUnion on Sun Nov 08, 2015 11:55 am

Ravage snorted, irritated by the Gardener’s concern for her injury. “In a weeks’ time, it should heal, if I know my own rate of recovery well enough.” She then bristled, and pulled her arm away so that the machine could not see it. “Do not ask me if I want your help with my injury. Though you are perhaps the most efficient doctor as a machine, I do not trust the UFIAI with my health that much.” Her posturing, at this time, suggested that it would be better not to ask any further; she still possessed one good arm, and looked strong despite the broken bone. “This aside,” she said, scanning the frozen wastelands for Nylggzora, “While there are clear benefits in doing as you requested, we want you to keep a promise, if we help you bring back the Mind on this planet.” She said.
 
She looked at the Gardener, “Your gravity beam is not functioning, but it has caused many parties to become trapped here, including an enemy of mine that will eventually hunt us down, and likely kill any companions traveling with me.” Her eyes narrowed intensely, “I want you to persuade the Mind to let the people who recently crashed on this planet leave peacefully, free of any tails or trackers. If you have any failing equipment that you cannot salvage, then you could donate the materials and let them repair their ships, or lead them to ones that they could use.” She tilted her head, “If you are willing to make these things a possibility, then I will gladly assist you in bringing the Mind back, despite my inhibitions in trusting any machine that identifies itself with the UFIAI.”

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Post by Vara Lord on Sat Nov 14, 2015 1:18 pm

Jaci slowly let the bowstring go a little, but kept some tension. He couldn't understand all that was being said, but it was clear enough that Ravage did not trust this thing, and that was enough for him. He kept his hands ready on his bow, ready to shoot this strange mechanical thing if it tried anything funny.
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Post by Alimnation on Thu Nov 26, 2015 9:17 pm

Survivor searched and scanned Krevos' ship for any and all parts he could use to repair his ship. Unfortunately the ship was to much of a wreak to salvage any usable parts from it. Punching a wall survivor cursed and walked out of the ship. Peering around and remembering that he was inside an even bigger ship Survivor decided to blow up the smaller ship. For fun. He walked over and planted two charges on the ship. He walked a long distance away from the ship and pulled out his PDA and set off the explosives causing it to explode side of the Great Glutton. Seeing his chance Survivor ran out of the massive ship and back to his own ship.

Upon return Survivor used the ships radar and transmitter to try to find any bases of operations. After an hour of searching he found something to the far east. He gathered his equipment and started his journey across the Forest.
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Their bonds gone, Arvikkos' companions looked to him for instruction, still confused and meek from the recent events. The Xenoqqi trooper looked from the cramped passageways that lead to freedom and their former captor's vessel. A brief think over and Arvikkos wordlessly signaled his troupe to scavenge from the ship, completely ignoring the cyborg.

While their prior captor went over his small, thin dataslate-like screen, the Xenoqqi set to work. Dexterous fingers pulled back loose panels and began to take out anything that looked interesting and wasn't crushed flat.

Arvikkos himself took a piece of broken pipe and began to poke around the interior, minding the birdman's warning about traps. A few compartments yielded extra ammunition, rations and alien currency, while another held a bladed robot that Arvikkos promptly beat to pieces with the pipe before it could attack him. He stopped looking after that.

The troop leader noted how the cyborg was getting increasingly agitated as he stared at the small dataslate-like object. Performing a simple gesture with his left hand Arvikkos motioned for his troop to leave.

"Leave the rest for him, carrying anymore would just slow us down anyway".

There was a brief period as the Xenoqqi stashed their findings away before scuttling into the inner darkness of Great Glutton's tunnels, leaving their former captor with what was left of the crushed fighter.
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