Defender of Oerth
Taka nods, "We should go to Shaft 9 and look around. And we should be heavily armed when we do so. Lead the way, Coldtree. I am with you."
Coldtree thanks Gebbrik, and says... "We should prepare well for this mission."
Tehn gives Taka a sidelong glance, "Heavily armed with what? This is what we have; besides, your arms are heavy enough!"Taka nods, "We should... be heavily armed..."
And we should be heavily armed when we do so
Coldtree grins and holds up his hands, calloused from his years of training. "These are my weapons. I actually meant we should bring plenty of food and water in case we have to go deep into the mine."Heavily armed with what?
As Coldtree moves within 1 pace of the feeding beetles, they immediately stop eating and face him. They are apparently much more aware of their environment than first perceived. Instead of charging toward him, the two nearest beetles hunch their bodies forward and sprays a noxious substance at him, which slightly fogs Coldtree's cognition. Despite being dazed, he leans in, slapping the beetle, causing it to boil to death from the inside.Coldtree... at the beetle encounter... says in Hebrian, "Back in East Port we had squads of people whose job it was to wipe out pest infestations in the city. We called them 'exterminators' because their job wasn't done until the entire infestation was wiped out." He holds up his hand and manipulates (thermal waylines) to let fire play over his fingers. "I wonder how these bugs will taste roasted in their shells?"
Coldtree will move up the left flank, away from the goat to approach the beetles from behind. Whenever a beetle draws near, he will punch it and Heat (it).
Taka lifts his club and moves directly at the feeding beetles. When almost close enough to swing, two of the centrally located insects turn and spray him before he can act. The spray burns his eyes and muddles his thoughts. Bringing his club to bear on one of the beetles only manages to knock it away. What is of greater disappointment is that as he manipulates the mechanical waylines, they unravel when he tries to cause them travel through the wooden handle. Fortunately, the second beetle is ineffective at physically attacking while the first rights itself.Taka will follow suit, attacking one of the beetles with a slightly different tactic; using the axe handle, he will attempt to smash one of the beetles by hitting it on the back, at the crease where the wings fold together. Taka will augment the attack (by manipulating mechanical waylines to add a pulse of air to the attack, giving the physical blow more force).
Subconsciously exchanging the pickax handle for his sword, takes a mere fraction of the second necessary to generate another thump of air. If the two beetles aggressively trying to stab Taka could effectively pierce his boots with their horns, he might be in trouble; but though the boots sustain some damage, his flesh does not.Taka drops the handle, and draws his sword... pummeling with the flat of the blade, rather than trying to cut with the edge of it.
Having only one remaining beetle with which to contend, Coldtree fares better at avoiding its horn, all together. He shuufles back and forth, dodging its assault until he can finally lay a hand on it. Slapping the beetle causes no physical harm; and although his manipulation of thermal waylines is not as effective as his first attempt, he still manages to incapacitate his second beetle.Since heat worked so well, Coldtree will attack another beetle in the same way.
Taka uses his sword to quickly dispatch the beetles...
Making sure that all of the insects are absolutely dead is a matter of routine. Each man checking the corpse or corpses nearest him, but nothing of the sort can happen for several minutes as each man has to wait for the muddling effects of the noxious spray to clear before he can think clearly. Once fully cognizant, Tehn decides to pry the chitinous elytra from each beetle.Coldtree will help dispatch the rest of the beetles still clinging to life. Taking one of the less damaged corpses, he will (analyze the waylines) to test their parts for proclivity.
Since it is a three on three fight, Coldtree is confident the group can handle them. He will quickly find a likely place to hide so that he can get a shot off with his bow first, and prepare an arrow to shoot. If for some reason the Graggorid attack before he can get a shot off, he will drop the bow immediately and use fists and manipulate (waylines) to (generate) lightning.
Coldtree quickly moves to his left, finding a suitable boulder to duck behind. It is not the best of locations, but it may do. Taka is about four times the girth of any tree at this elevtaion, but with the jagged and broken nature of the rocky terrain, he too manages to find a suitable boulder by moving off to his right. Tehn feels that he was about half a second late to the party and draws his sword, preparing to stand his ground and allow the enemy to come to him. Since he is farther away from them than the other two, it might provide an advantage to the ambush. He does, instinctively, attempt to bend the light around him to provide more shadow.Taka will duck behind a tree, if he can; knowing that his large frame might still be visible on either side, he tries to manipulate (waylines) to shade his skin and clothing to match the bark of the tree.
With his greater speed, Coldtree uses his bare hand and feet to pummel at his opponent several times, while avoiding the leg bone mace of his enemy; albeit, the physical blows are ineffective. However at the fifth contact, Coldtree manipulates chemical waylines to poison his enemy's mind, dissolving an ant stinger in the process to double its effectiveness. The toxicity impairs the cognition of the Graggorid but not quite enough to render him unconscious.Since their previous attacks did not fare well, Coldtree will try to poison the Graggorid attacking him in the same manner they did the ants. He will punch and kick, attempting to use one of the Ant Stingers to increase his chance of success.
Acting slightly faster than his more encumbered opponent does not happen to provide benefit to the assault. Taka can neither disarm his enemy nor follow through with a damaging strike. Likewise, the Graggorid is unable to retaliate. The fight currently seems a stalemate.Taka will attempt to disarm his foe, by slashing at the Maldrog's wrist with his sword. If successful, he will follow up with a sword thrust to the abdomen.
Taka will riposte, leaving the sword out of position, and attempt to strike the Graggorid in the side of the head, using a reverse elbow strike, augmented by the manipulation of (mechanical) Way.
Satisfied with the results of his previous tactic, Tehn does not alter his assault. Fighting with sword and fist and feet, he hopes to again intoxicate his opponent's consciousness.Now that he has a useful path to attack, Coldtree will (generate) Toxicity against his opponent again, this time without the use of a stinger.