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  1. As Mathias pulled swathes of the swarm into his flame the others continued to be attacked. It was quickly becoming apparent that he didn't have a strong enough gravity well to exorcise the mass of deadly insects. Realizing that his options were dwindling down to one, he braced himself to ignite the airspace, and burn away all the immediate oxygen in the air. The ramifications could not be anticipated with little time to think, but he knew the damage would be immense if he followed through. Extinguishing the flame and gravity well, he preps the energy he had to begin a chain reaction, cringing at the thought of the impact from the impending explosion... When Mara called out to them, he gasped a sigh of relief only to suffer the pain of insects entering his throat. As he scrambled into the bag, he dropped the contents to the ground. Blood welled up on the damaged pores in his skin as he extracted a laser from its case. With little time to attach a power source he swung his arm to the side, throwing off a gauntlet, and proceeded to jam his hand into the power casing of the laser. Tattoos on his arm ignited in a silver glow as he powered it. Using the last of his willpower to ignore the pain and focus, Mathias aimed the laser into the swarm. With the pull of the trigger the laser bursted out in a vertical line to ignite the swarm. If it didn't do the job, he'd have only one course of action.
  2. Going to post in the next day, super swamp with work, and I'm getting under four hours of sleep the past three days.
  3. Also, would igniting all the oxygen in the space be acceptable? @Csl, because it is looking more and more like a good idea. Could use the energy from one of the batteries as a quick jumpstarter. Since there's a cutting laser how effective would it be at dealing with the swarm?
  4. I remember reading some of the info about how they behaved in the other thread, and was hoping to immobilize them rather than "kill" the "xers" so we could just stroll on by. As a side note, what is in the packs our characters are carrying?
  5. "They fell apart...", worried by his apparent miscalculation, Mathias had to think fast. He was completely exposed to the swarm and while he could help himself he was unsure how to help her or the others. Mathias would usually remain level headed, even in situations like this, but bugs set him off. The pricks of pain began to set in as he continued to waste time thinking, and with each bite, he slowly started to panic. He, however, was not deaf and snapped to Mara's call for fire. While he didn't have the materials necessary for torches he did have an idea to latch onto in his panic. Re-purposing the energy he had gathered he converted some of it to thermal energy, igniting oxygen around his gloved hand to produce a flame. Expanding it just enough to hold a constant shape, he aimed to burn away the creatures on his body. It would take a few more moments to charge and expand the flame as necessary. Concentrating was difficult given the situation coupled with his irrational fear and distaste for insects. With his free hand, he channeled a small gravity well into the flame the best he could, hopefully being able to pull insects that got close enough into the flame. Igniting a large pocket of oxygen was a possibility, but being in such close quarters forced him to save that as a last resort.
  6. No worries, just wanted to clarify I wasn't going to post again. Posting after work tonight! MFW it's a fight with thousands of tiny insects of death:
  7. @Csl I won't have anything else to post until the Xers react, just a heads up.
  8. "Well, it wouldn't be Taen if things didn't escalate quickly." Chuckling at the verbal thought. Mathias had never been a fan of the Xers, and that wasn't about to change, but the grin on his face told a different story. His bloodlust for them was obvious, driven by past encounters with them. Seeing Erin engaged was plenty of reason to hop in. Given their movements, the bugs would have a hard time navigating a space without friction or gravity. "Save your energy and lead them towards me, we might be able to make this easy," he yelled to Erin. He hoped Tafili and Mara would get the gist when the creatures came close enough to him. Mathias dashed to a halfway point, between the group and Erin, before firmly planting himself in position. He'd project an anti-gravity field directly in the path of the Xers chasing her. Ornate lines on his arms went black as he compressed the energy necessary to expand the field, once Erin was clear of the radius. Compared to generating gravity, this was a bit out of the norm for him and as such, the field was likely to only last around five to ten seconds. A drop of sweat dripped from his forehead, a maniacal grin continued to grow as he waited for the Xer'Orians to barrel towards him.
  9. Will post in about 10-12 hours. Alright, getting to work.
  10. The night passed without a single sound. No living thing could be heard in the valley aside from the rush of the waterfalls, and the rustling of the trees across the faces of the cliffs and valley floor. The first watch was dead silent, with little action occurring. As the second watch for the night came to an end, the light of the sun peeked over the edges of the mountains, slowly filtering into the valley and began hitting the cliff face where the expedition had rested. Mara, Araborn, Dauner, and Linda had opted for the second watch and were positioned around the camp. As the morning fog drifted across the valley floor, and around the cliff-side, it became difficult to make out the details below. Suddenly, as if a thousand nails were run across a chalkboard, the sound of scrambling creatures began to rise above the roar of the waterfall. Insectoid screeches could be heard as several Xer'Orians struggled up the cliff to reach the camp. In total the watch members could count around six of them currently visible on the walls. If there were more the fog would likely obscure them from view. Two of the worker class Xer'Orians had been quicker than the others and had reached the top, their arms swinging onto flat, stable ground close to Mara and Araborn. In their enraged states they screeched as their heads jerked from side to side, their bodies covered in white dust, claws dripping with blood from forcing themselves up a sheer cliff. The rest were making their way up, and before long would reach the camp. Only moments would need to pass before three more soldiers, and two consorts would be upon the Dauner and Linda.
  11. I'll leave it be then. Take us away!
  12. Nice job on the tagging! I got notified ? As a side note, would anything come of interacting with the pillars or is it best to leave them be? @Csl
  13. Short of going up and touching things, I don't think there's much else I can have Mathias do.
  14. Gritting his teeth through the sound, Mathias bared the pain to hear the message. Though he had a strong threshold for pain, it was not true for everyone around him, and at Mara's request, he dropped it. "To be fair, it still wasn't as bad as adopting a twistling. Anyways, if those large pillars are receivers, then where are they receiving from..." he wondered. The scientists might know something, but considering how Dr. Ileto looked it might not be the best time to ask. It would have been possible to thoroughly analyze it had he been able to get close, but given what the current mission was and Mara's disposition towards the odd construct it was probably better to look from a distance. "I'm certainly not pumping any energy into them again, though based on the reaction they're all linked together and not just independent speakers as you called them Erin.". Gathering a small amount of energy, his gray eyes lit up faintly as he ran his gaze up and down the structure. Signals, gravitic anomalies, psionic resonance, different types of light, energy, he probed for anything that might be of use. Looking further he gazed at the ground beneath the pillars as well. They could be attached to something, though in the end, it may be better to leave it alone. He was incapable of repressing his curiosity, there was something here and he wanted to know what.
  15. Have a safe flight, and hope you feel better.
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