Seric skims across the ground, low and careful on the hover cycle trying to keep up with the griffin riding mage.
'Slow down Stormforge. If I go faster my engine will make too much noise.'
Seeing the Mage land Seric sighs.
'Good, we are damned close and on foot will be stealthier by far. Maybe now I can catch up too.'
Dismounting and heading on foot the Mage sneaks further ahead.
Moments later a Seric lands and kills the engine. Looking sideways at the big “bird” the two lock eyes a moment until the griffin snorts and Seric flinches, the Slinger then runs after Stormforge in order to catch up.
While doing so the Villain of Carlsbad
slows and crouches down. Canting his head a little he listens to talking ahead, and sees the tracks at the same time.
'Oh crap. Dog Boys and somewhere over to the right is a Psi Stalker. That limits my options considerably.'
Setting his small backpack down on the ground Seric moves further to the right as he hears Stormforge talking.
Just beyond the next tree is the Stalker who is sitting on the rear tailgate of a beat up jeep. Left over from a by gone age, its rusty tailgate is being used as a seat.
"Durant here...listen stupid I'm not base, I'm Sierra, and you are echo, Thompson, got it! You report to me! Anyway what you got... well I don't care. Kill him or don't if he's harmless. Just do it and get back here with that water from the stream this PB&J sucks and is making my mouth more gucky than a ruptured ACL. This is why I usually just suck Mages dry....wait. DO I sniff sniff, is the guy with you a Mage? I smell something. Hurry back."
As the Psi Stalker tosses the rest of the sandwich on the ground, the radio onto the jeep bed, and stands up to stretch Seric moves in from behind the man
Rifling through the dead Stalkers pack Seric glances over at the dead man
and whispers. "Sucker." Pocketing the cred stick from the Psi Stalker's pack the Psi Slinger moves past the broken neck Psi Stalker, grabs his CS radio and heads towards where he hears a growling voice telling Stormforge to move along.
Moving quietly though the trees Seric sees the Mage muttering and walking away.
'Good, let him go.'
Then the black haired dog boy pounces towards Stormforge with a vibro knife.
Bursting across the distance Seric runs closer as the blade is plunged into the Mage, fierce anger turns the Slingers vision red at the edges.
Ruthless bloodthirsty and remorseless anger flows in the psychics mind so much so that the dog boys senses it and instead of stabbing the Mage a second time, spins to face Seric.
Slashing the vibro blade out at Seric, Thompson growls deeply as behind him Stormforge slumps forward.
Barreling into the large dog boy Seric catches the swing under his arm, the blade hits him in the side and back, scraping across the armor uselessly. Grasping the dog boys unhelmeted head in both his hands the Psi Slinger unleashes bolts, point blank, from both hands incinerating the mutts head. As the dog boy drops Seric kicks it in the chest and the now headless being lands on the ground near Stormforge. Seething with anger and holding his hands out, pointing pistol fingers at the dead dog boy Seric fights to calm himself.
A few breaths later he dashes to the Mage's side and turns him over.
Seric slaps a IRMMS to the Mage and utilizes the Healing option on his Armor. Between the two hopefully Stormforge will be revitalized.
"Stormforge, hey. Hold on. Let me get you patched up brother. There. Take a moment, here have some water..."
Snatching the full canteen from the dead dog boy Seric hands it to the Mage.
"When you feel better we can head in together man."
As Stormforge drinks the water and recovers Seric looks from dog boy to mage. Lifting a finger to signal hold on a second Seric moves back to the Psi Stalker and lifts his dead boy up, carries him back to Stormforge and then rushes off to get his own backpack he left down the path. Everything gathered Seric sizes up the dead Stalker.
"We look about the same size. I could wear his CS armor?"
Seric uses the TL radio to send a update to the others.
Note: CK Medium Armor = Medium Armor suits include either the healing power, which can be used on self or others. IRMSS medical tool to heal also.