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Author Topic: Chapter 6: M.I.A.  (Read 829 times)

Bobitron

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Re: Chapter 6: M.I.A.
« Reply #30 on: May 14, 2017, 08:24:58 PM »

The flare sizzles for a moment as it hits the murk, sinking quickly. You can still see the ghostly-green glow under the water, but the silty, slow moving water is too thick for the flare to illuminate. It sinks to maybe 1.5m down and sits, barely visible.

Hecate is leaning over the edge watching closely when a ripple disturbs the turgid waters. The flare disappears in the blink of an eye. She stumbles back, her boot catching on a root, and falls down scrambling.

"You see that? Tell me you saw that!"
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Re: Chapter 6: M.I.A.
« Reply #31 on: May 15, 2017, 11:15:20 AM »

"I saw it." Hoods walks up to a tree he judges to be of sufficient size to span the river and be used as a bridge by a trooper and starts chopping at it with the axe. Between chops he says: "We ford the river... cover the crossing... anchor the sentinel... with a winch line... use it to help... Sawyer climb up the bank."
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« Reply #32 on: May 17, 2017, 10:18:26 AM »

"Thats a lot of hard work Sergeant Hood" Replies Sawyer as he takes in anchor points and begins cogitating weights and stress ratios. "With enough ropes, block and tackle and a bit of prayer, it shouldn't be a problem" Data slate in hand Sawyer slips into a fugue like state as he puts his thoughts into readable reality.
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Re: Chapter 6: M.I.A.
« Reply #33 on: May 17, 2017, 03:08:58 PM »

"Where engineering... is concerned... you're the boss... Sawyer..." Hood is already regretting smoking that Zuban cigar as he continues to hack at the tree.
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Re: Chapter 6: M.I.A.
« Reply #34 on: May 27, 2017, 11:50:11 AM »

Crouch grins. "Betcha you wish you packed more than one axe, eh sarge?" Shouldering forwards, he reaches out his hand with a wink. "Hand it over, boss. This is a young man's job."

Bookie's already hunkered down in the bushes on the bank. His ghillie suit blends with the jungle leaves as he scans the far side of the river through his gun-sight.
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Re: Chapter 6: M.I.A.
« Reply #35 on: June 12, 2017, 12:57:13 PM »

Mara had been rather quite since the briefing, the news that 1st Squad was missing had seemed to hit her hard.  Of course that did not stop her from focusing on her job as 2nd Squad went into action to try to find their missing comrades. 

As the squad came to the river, Mara signaled Brosnan to move in closer toward the squad as she found a shaded section of jungle and activated the chameleoline coating for her Carapace armor.  She then focused on the jungle behind them, watching for any sign they were being followed.

"Everything is quite back her so far."  She stated over the squat Vox in a low voice.
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Re: Chapter 6: M.I.A.
« Reply #36 on: June 13, 2017, 09:30:47 PM »

The work goes quickly, though the squad is dripping wet with sweat by the time Sawyer uses the Sentinel to push the thick trunk across the slow moving water. The crossing is tense. Mara and Bookie stay in overwatch while the others cross. Anchoring Sawyer gives him enough leverage to make the high edge without much trouble, the Pathfinder's actuators whining as the wide feet claw for traction in the mud. Multi-fuel engine protesting loudly at the strain, he gingerly crests the edge with a nervous eye cast back to the water. Almost 40 minutes has passed since they reached the riverbank.

Soon the jungle is broken now and again by the outlines of age-old structures, so overgrown that a novice might think them rocks. They grow more dense and defined as 2nd Squad approaches the target site, at times peaking through the mossy growth to reveal time-worn decorative carvings in ancient stone.

Bookie notices the first sign of 1st Squad. An Elysian can be seen ahead, propped up against a tree. As the scout calls for a halt, Mara whispers in the comms. "Another. 20m left."

A second guardsman is face down in the undergrowth.
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Re: Chapter 6: M.I.A.
« Reply #37 on: June 20, 2017, 06:28:52 PM »

Hearing the words that they've made contact with the first (of what was most likely to be many) guardsmen causalities, Zurk began immediately scanning the horizon, searching for possible ambush parties on the perimeter as he awaited Hood's orders.  No doubt he would need inspect the bodies, but given that they've already given their life for the Emperor, he didn't see the need to rush to their side.
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« Reply #38 on: June 21, 2017, 04:59:07 PM »

Hood thumbs his comm bead. "Spread out. Covering positions. Watch for ambushers, watch for traps." He takes a knee and uses his scope to scan for anything suspicious. He's keenly aware the Elysians may still have life in them and every second counts but 2nd squad will be no good to them dead. Once he is satisfied they aren't walking into a trap he says: "Zurk check the bodies. Mara see if you can pick up a trail or anything that might tell us what happened here."
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Re: Chapter 6: M.I.A.
« Reply #39 on: June 22, 2017, 11:59:29 AM »

Mara had resisted the urge to rush toward the downed Elysian she had spotted, knowing full well that it was likely already too late and that this could be a trap.  She scanned the jungle area around the body, looking for any sign of hostiles.

"Understood."  Mara replied when Hood gave his orders.  "Watch for booby-traps."  She added in warning as she activated her chameleoline coating again and moved to start a sweep of the area around the bodies to look for any signs of what happened. 
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