Up, Up and Away?
The live vine tree is uprooted as Alexis’ vehicle reacts poorly with the increasing gravitational flux, but through the efforts of Luke and Tsume they hold their ground and even save what looks a ranged weapon and a set of armor snagged in the live trees roots as it floats away. Perhaps with the added strength of a mighty dragon they will be able to pull the vehicle solidly to the ground or even toss it into the splugorth-made device.
However, the upended forces of gravity keep pulling and wrestling with the heroes in a titanic struggle for a vehicle with no driver! Aiding the heroes' efforts is a Bio-borg (gun brother for those with kn megaverse) unseen appears next to Luke and grunts as he grips hold of the back bumper of the vehicle. Its skin ripples with hardy strength at it aids the heroes efforts. A keen eye will notice that the metallic gun brother’s cyber eye is carefully trained on Tsume.
Rita pouts looking at the device and at Black Dow with some concern. She had been promised bubble gum and pink bubbles but this mess looked a bit darker.
She quickly nods to Parsons spitting out her bubble gum and holds his gaze for a heart beat too long, ”I’ll see you there, save point 3.”
She seems to have more to say but pulls down her shades striking a pose as she works her magic (Kn Arcana: teleportation).
At the same time, Black Dow draws his pistol using a quick release mechanism to fling it into his hand and points it at Rita in one smooth motion. He rolls under the nearby zombie’s bladed arm strike, keeping the pistol trained on Rita.
He shakes his head at Rita and says darkly, ”Sorry Rita our employer said no one follows. It's just business.”
Parsons has seen enough, pulling his railgun into his hands.
Scowling at Black Dow, the Death Dealer tells the expiditor, ”Don’t ask for me again Dow, you won’t be able to afford me. Get your gun—”
Suddenly, energies biological and technological alike go haywire. Rita gasps as her PPE is drained from her, and the glitter fades suddenly. Parsons is thrown from his hovercycle as the engine revs out of control and explodes catastrophically. He rolls across the ground to lie at Rita's feet and closes his hand around her ankle.
Black Dow screams and clutches his head just as he pulls the trigger meaning to vaporize Rita. A white glittery light engulfs Rita and Parsons as her spell goes off. After it fades they are gone and only a pair of rhinestone remain where they once were.
Black Dow shakes the pain off and is able to see clearly. Quickly analyzing his options, he neatly ducks under a Zombie’s gnashing maw. He clicks his tongue and a gunbrother thrusts its vibrosword into the zombie only to have the zombie's liquid metal skin morph around the blow, effectively negating it.
He looks at Antipas and Azumi, ignoring his gunbrother bodyguard's struggles against the zombie.
He says matter of factly, ” Well down to business I suppose. A true Atlantean and a Cyber Knight. How do you know my real name? I thought I killed everyone who knew me as Black Wing.”
His tone takes a on a slight hard edge of hatred, ”The Wing’s were losers. No one ever amounted to anything. I cut my ties with them long ago both figuratively and literally. How do you know me?”
The few remaining thugs turn to open fire on the still-moving bio-wizard zombie. Their attacks punch holes through the zombie but otherwise seem ineffectual against the monstrosity! In fact, their firearms seem to be even less effective than Azumi's psi-sword against the creature.
Meanwhile, the device's many tentacles continue writhing as it disturbs the arcane energies of the ley line...
Haters Got to Hate
The CS soldiers, perhaps not the finest ever to walk Rifts Earth but still heroes of humanity, get it together and launch their assault.
Over loudspeakers, Commander Giles commands his troops, "These scum have made their choice. Destroy that device and obliterate everyone in that valley. Spare the ones on the opposite cliff. Should they take any hostile action, dispose of them too."
The psi-stalker screams, seething uncontrollably and clearly still frightened of Al, ”I saw it... A dragon just like the war man! In the first days the reckless red one took out 12 death heads! I was on the 13th! Its back man, ghosting us! I thought we killed them all in Freehold... But we failed. Call it in! Call it in!”
He starts backing up to the CS ATV while still shouting, ”Call it in! I saw it, I saw it man!”
At captain Giles' command, the grunts fire their rocket launchers into the camp. Antipas and Azumi can feel the heat and force of numerous explosions as the encampment between them is blanketed with rocket fire.
Black Dow and his gunbrother are caught directly in one of the blasts, but they're made of sterner stuff than most. They come through the assault without much more than ruffled hair and dirtied armor.
The thug struggling with the zombie is blown to pieces by the blast. The zombie trying to eat him is similarly dismembered.
A final blast kills two more thugs south of the device. They share the same fate as their friend and the zombie.
The two dog boys growl and shift their aim 30 yards away from the encampment and fire their rockets. One explodes harmlessly, but the second is a direct hit on Rita and Parsons! He jumps in front of Rita, absorbing some of the blow. Unfortunately, Parsons is made of tougher stuff than Rita.
Rita lets out a horrible screech when she is caught in the explosion. She collapses to the ground and whispers to Parsons, "I guess this..is it. Game over, huh?"
Parsons picks her up and yells, "Rita! NO! I'll save you Rita..."
The Death Dealer wraps her up in his arms and takes off through the wilderness with Rita.
After Rita's pained scream, frenzied barking and growling can be heard from within the tent. Chains loudly rattle and shake. Finally, metal snaps and one of the most massive, intimidating dog boys any of you have ever seen erupts from within the tent wearing little but a loin cloth and a spiked collar. He has a long piece of metal in his hands.
Just before the device is pummeled by CS rockets, silvery wisp-like shards shoot out of several of the device's tentacles and take root in the dead thugs' torsos. Then the rockets hit! The impact and explosions from the rockets do not seem to harm the device, however it briefly glows orangish red. As the color fades, pulses of additional energy begin shoot up into the ley line from the device.
Bio Wizard Zombies Please Stand Up!
Before 77th's eyes, the thugs' corpses begins transforming to a liquidy metal. Tendrils reach from their bodies to their missing pieces, and they begin pulling the pieces back to the torso. Even the one Azumi put down starts to reform!
The device releases the energy absorbed by the rockets in a wave of rippling fire. It pours out of the sky from the ley line. The entire valley is bathed in heat and flames! Foliage catches fire, lightly armored and unarmored individuals are burned, and those even in sealed armor feel a sapping heat wave.
Step 1 heat wave! Make a vigor at -2 roll to withstand the heat. See below for the result!
- Are you in sealed armor? Failure results in a level of fatigue.
- Armor not sealed? Failure results in a wound.
- Immune to fire or heat? Make the vigor roll with no modifiers.
- Immune to fire and heat? Carry on with no roll.
Step 2: Dramatic Task! Alexis’ Vehicle needs your Strength. Anyone participating in the dramatic task (Luke, Tsume, and Al so far) make a Strength roll with no modifier. You can take a MAP if you with to participate in combat as well. The group is at 8 successes out of 15, and this round 5 successes must be achieved. After this round, one more round will remain. Don’t forget right now only Luke, Tsume, Al are “grappled” with the vehicle. Want to join in? You will need to make a grapple check fighting. (Shooting or throwing would be fine if you are as awesome as Tsume
Step 3: A Time for Heroes! 3rd round of combat is up! Players go first, followed by CS, BM, and the Zombies.