Alissa shuddered from the Maelstrom blast as she rose from her feet. The familiar aura of the menace traveled through her; hate, chaos, destruction. Horribly memories from the past flashed through her head. Alissa grimaced and closed her eyes. So many Stromlings, explosions, yelling, pain...
"Alissa," Ariel muttered quietly, gripping her arm. Alissa shuddered again before brushing her brother's arm away.
"Sorry, I was..." she turned to the Space Marauder Alexander Black. "What did you say?"
"I can lead you to the main consoles," Black said. "Perhaps find where the Maelstrom is festering the most." Meredith Black and Jack Storm seemed to be eyeing Black with uncertainty.
Alissa nodded. "Right. But," she gestured to the fallen forms of Matthew Cyrista and Damon Vankorov, both who had been overwhelmed by the Maelstrom. "What about them? Until they wake up...if they wake up...it's gonna be hard to keep going." Alissa paused briefly to shoot a Maceling in the throat that had been slowly approaching the group. "And now would certainly be the ideal time to get moving. Whatever happened with that Stromling managed to push the Maelstrom back a bit and scare most of the Stromlings away."
"I can't imagine the Darkitect will be impressed with showing," Ariel muttered, glancing around the burned and bruised ship. "We should be on our toes for anymore Stromlings like that. I've seen a few like that on a mission to Forbidden Valley. They are an absolute pain to kill, even with an advantage in numbers." Alissa looked down at her feet and saw a pile of bricks from both the ship and the Corrupted Sentries. And idea soon formed her head.
"So let's move," Linus Wetherby said with determination, gripping his weapon tightly. "Someone can just-" he stopped as he saw the two makeshift stretchers Alissa had quickly thrown together. They hovered about a foot and a half off the ground. "Ah, good thinking, Kahn." He and Ariel quickly lifted Cyrista and Vankorov on to the stretchers. Ariel got behind the stretchers to push them. "Watch their backs and lets get moving."
As they started, Alissa glanced around the ship. The abandoned ship was cold and held an omnious aura. The engine area of the Venture Explorer was not in good shape. Ominous cracks covered the architecture of the ship and the powerful engines that once allowed the ship to travel the universe. Most of the walls were missing numerous bricks and stained with the black and violet colors of the Maelstrom.
Perhaps... She remembered what the Faction leaders and what Sky Lane's report had said about the Venture Explorer's corruption. This was her area of expertise. "Ariel," Alissa muttered, matching her brother pace behind the stretchers. "I'm going to hang around a bit back to here. Do some investigating."
"Should you really be doing this alone?" he asked. Alissa gave him a crooked smile.
"All the problems down here can be solved with a smack of a wrench or simply a lot of gun," Alissa assured him. "Things I can handle perfectly fine."
Ariel sighed. "Fine, just hurry up and get back with us when you are done doing whatever. I'll pass the message along."
"Thanks," Alissa nodded before turning to examine the engines further.