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  1. IC: Knichou, Metru-Koro Airspace, Bridge of the Taku "I can guarantee your feet will eventually hit something solid," Knichou responded with a chuckle. "What are you thinking of? We don't exactly have a lot of weaponry here - there will be some spare kanoka below if you have a launcher."
  2. IC: Knichou, Metru-Koro Airspace, Bridge of the Taku Knichou crossed his arms and tried hard to ignore the urge to ask more about the newest ghost on his ship. "In order to get close enough for a boarding, Keitara and Ulkarr need to stay at least until we're above the second ship so they can hide our approach. Skorm and Irna should go on the first ship, along with one or two others. All other volunteers can join me on the second ship. Any objections?"
  3. IC: Knichou, Metru-Koro Airspace, Bridge of the Taku Knichou looked extremely confused. "How? Why? More ghosts?"
  4. IC: Knichou, Metru-Koro Airspace, Bridge of the Taku "Wait, what?"
  5. IC: Knichou, Metru-Koro Airspace, Bridge of the Taku Before Nale could answer Knichou's question, Knichou was given questions of his own to answer. He jumped up to the open hatch, hanging on to the ladder built into the hatch itself as he poked his head outside the ship. He spoke a bit louder than normal to ensure that his voice would be audible above the winds. "Priority is taking out their weapons or main engines. If you want to crash the ship, you have to take out as many disks as you can. And yes, you can draw heat from the ship, just don't freeze it." He dropped down to the floor, only to find himself beset with more questions, this time from the guard captain. "Well, it might be best to board just two of them to maximize our chances of success. And as far as the boarding process... well..." Knichou gave a slight shrug. "We fly low and jump. Nale and I can use our powers to lighten the fall for those that can't use their powers to help themselves."
  6. IC: Knichou, Metru-Koro Airspace, Bridge of the Taku Everyone on the Taku quickly braced themselves against anything bolted down as the Taku ascended at near-maximum speed with the combined upward force of levitation disks and the thrust of the engines angled downwards. After several seconds of the initial burn, Knichou began slowly lowering the angle of the Taku, much to the delight of those on board. The boost had helped gain some initial altitude, but the rest of the altitude Knichou needed he could get while on the way to enemy airships. "Knichou, don't you go mistreating that poor van, okay? Make sure whoever is down there treats them right." Knichou was reminded of the situation in the cargo bay by Keitara's comment, but he was still too flustered to think of an adequate response. Keitara climbed out the top hatch, followed shortly by Kat, and began exerting her power. While Knichou couldn't see what she the effects of her light powers from inside the airship, he trusted that her cloaking was working well enough. "I'll be back," Nale said while shortly placing a hand on Knichou's shoulder. The two pieces of adaptive armor contoured effortlessly to fit flush together as the nanites synchronized data in the background. Knichou nodded at her remark, keeping his eyes trained on the aerial brawl in the distance. By the time Nale returned, Knichou had handed off all controls to Berys, and was standing in the center of the bridge, eyes locked on the battle the Taku was approaching. When he heard and felt Nale's metallic form approach beside him, he turned to her. "Everything good back there?"
  7. IC: Knichou, Metru-Koro North Gate, Bridge of the Taku In the Taku's cargo bay, Exuze responded to whoever was complaining. "Cap'n's orders, ma'am, we don't want this van to slide away." ~~~ Knichou blinked, eyes shifting between Triage and Nale. "Wait... what?" Knichou was going to say more but Arnex's voice came over the bridge's intercom. "Captain, the vehicle is secure." "I'll worry about this later, we're running out of time as is," Knichou said to Nale and Triage. He stopped what he was doing and swiveled his chair so he would be facing the Taku's controls. He pressed a button on the armrest and his voice began transmitting throughout the entire ship. "Okay everybody, you're going to want to hang on to something, we're taking off." He grabbed the controls, throttling the levitation engines to maximum and shifting the collective backwards. The passengers would hear more muffled clanging as the ship began to rise and tilt upwards at a sharp thirty degree angle. Once the ship was in this position and rising, Knichou put the main engines on full thrust, and the Taku began rising as fast as it could, propelled upwards by both the levitation disks and the exhaust from the chute engines at the rear of the airship.
  8. IC: Knichou, Metru-Koro North Gate, Bridge of the Taku "Wait, what?" ~~~ Having aligned the crane with the center of the Van's roof, Arnex lowered it fully until the crane magnetically attached to the vehicle. A moment later the arms of the claw lowered and magnetized as well. Arnex carefully used the crane controls to raise the vehicle slowly up inside the Taku, then moved it laterally until the van was hovering over the floor of the cargo bay. Exuze and Suhaku were on the lower deck, giving Arnex hand signals as she slowly lowered the vehicle in place. Once it was on the ground, Suhaku began attaching cables to the floor in front of the van, then flew above it to attach the other ends of those cables to the floor behind the van. Hopefully that would be enough to prevent it from sliding out the back of the ship when they took off.
  9. IC: Knichou, Metru-Koro North Gate, Bridge of the Taku Knichou gave Kat a nod. As much as he hoped to capture the airships, he knew in his gut that Kathrine would need to blaze a path through those ships. The captain then looked at Skorm and the person he just identified as Irna. "Both of you go, and stick together. No less than two on a ship, you'll need to watch each others' backs. Let me worry about getting both of you aboard." He looked around the room. The time for talk was over. The enemy ships would be upon the village any minute, the time for action drew near. In his heart, Knichou did not know if he was ready. His stomach was struggling under the weight of the responsibility of the lives of those in the room with him and all those huddling in the village nearby. He turned to Berys, who has been patiently watching the proceedings as the engine idled. "Alright, Berys, we're gonna need to gain alti-" Knichou was interrupted by Triage bursting into the room. "Captain, we have a van situation," An eyebrow was raised as Knichou stopped mid sentence. Triage continued before Knichou could fully parse the previous statement and respond. "I've got a vehicle out here that needs to come aboard, my friends are in it. Mega's group." So she really is sticking with her word on staying around for the fight, Knichou thought. He was glad Triage had made it back. Knichou hoped he didn't need Triage for what was about to happen. While Triage's statement was confusing, there wasn't enough time to question what the Karz was going on; Knichou needed to get in the air, and fast. He pressed a button on his wrist, and his voice boomed throughout the ship. "Arnex we've got a vehicle nearby, grab it and bring it up aboard, be careful for passengers. Exuze and Suhaku, be ready to bolt it down, as soon as it's in we're pulling maneuvers." The Onu-Matoran adjusted her posture in the seat of the crane controls. Looking at the cameras from the crane, she quickly saw the strange van underneath the ship that hadn't been there earlier. It would be a difficult grab, but she maneuvered the tool over the center of the vehicle, and went down for a grab.
  10. IC: Knichou, Metru-Koro North Gate, Bridge of the Taku "It's...quite the plan... but whatever we do next, you know how I feel, Knichou. I trust your judgement." A slight smile grew on Knichou's otherwise deadly serious face at Nale's words. It was relieving to that his most trusted advisor on board thought his crazy plan was just crazy enough to work, but not too crazy. Knichou nodded at Ulkarr. "Good, you can flood their pilots with shadow we get closer, then. Until then, we can relay on Keitara's light powers and the dusk around us to hopefully prevent us from being seen." The ex-Ghost then turned to look at Skorm with a curious expression as he learned Skorm was a League deserter. "Good idea. You can lead one of the boarding parties when we get there." As soon as Keitara said she would need to get on the outside of the ship to cloak the Taku, Knichou pressed a series of buttons on his gauntlet, and the circular hatch on the roof of the bridge unlocked and opened. Before she could leave, Knichou spoke up to caution her. "Don't go yet... you can climb on top once we level off, Keitara. We're going to do an... unconventional take off here shortly."
  11. IC: Knichou, Metru-Koro North Gate, Bridge of the Taku "Don't worry about the plan being perfect, we'll have to make do with what we can come up with quickly since this timing was such a surprise. As far as what to do on the ships - do what you think is best when you get on board. As long as we are preventing them from firing on Metru-Koro - be it by destroying it, disabling weapons and critical systems, or incapacitating their crews - we're saving lives. If you think you can capture the vessel mostly intact, that would be ideal, but reality won't be ideal - we don't know how strong their crew or internal systems will be, so you'll have to adapt and use whatever tactics fit best for taking that ship out of the fight." "For boarding, I have my armor's flight, and Kat has shown herself to use her powers well for surviving a fall, but perhaps for the rest of you, Nale could use her magnetism to give you a less risky landing? I don't think we'd have time to prepare any equipment, we've wasted enough time as it is. Either way, we can worry about the details of that when we get close enough - because that depends on how close we can get. That's where I see you and Ulkarr being critical to my plan." "For the best chance of this plan working, we need to get directly above their ships, preferably without them noticing and taking evasive action. Kei, do you think you know your powers well enough to bend the light around the Taku to mask our approach? Ulkarr, could you use your powers of shadow to plunge the command decks of the enemy airships in darkness to further keep our approach undetected?"
  12. IC: Knichou, Metru-Koro North Gate, Bridge of the Taku "Pridak has an army, Kat. More than enough to crew a few airships. This is nothing compared to the fleets at the height of the war."
  13. IC: Knichou, Metru-Koro North Gate, Bridge of the Taku Knichou responded first to Keitara's original question - he was well versed in airship mechanics by now and a factual answer was the easiest to get across first. "Airships use levitation and weight increase kanoka, sometimes distributed evenly throughout the hull, sometimes in clusters called 'levitation engines' like on the Taku. Most airships will have a supply of spare disks somewhere on board too. If you can't capture the bridge of the ship, you can always cause havoc by disabling the machinery connecting it to the bridge, or by manually causing the disks inside to misfire against the hull. Disabling the ship's weapons will also work for that, since that forces them to retreat. But obviously, the more ships we can capture without destroying, the better, since we can use their guns to destroy the rest and take them back to Metru-Koro to be use for defense in the future." After taking a short breath to recover from that technical rambling, Knichou addressed Nale's concerns. "Even if we aren't killing the crew - every crew member trying to fend us off is one less crew member firing at Jorak, the Taku, or Metru-Koro. It's definitely dangerous, but going hand to hand lets us disable those ships without destroying them and potentially killing all those inside." "As for your question, Kei, we have a cargo crane in the back, and I can create anything metal we'd need. We also have our own backup supply of levitation and weight increase disks. I don't know if I like where you're going with this, though... if we keep the Taku close to them they'll just fire on us, and I don't think we could withstand that damage for long. If we're all on their ships, they can't risk firing their best weapons at us out of fear of harming their allies, and they'll be too busy fighting hand to hand to fire them anyways - it completely nullifies their weaponry advantage, and depending on the size of the crew we can outnumber and overwhelm them."
  14. IC: Knichou, Metru-Koro North Gate, Bridge of the Taku Knichou was relieved when Vulimai confirmed that Keitara may have been right to assume this apparent League traitor was an ally - the Toa of iron was always overly cautious about that sort of thing. As soon as Nale finished speaking, he turned to respond to Vulimai. "So what do you need my ship's radio for? You can contact your inside man already. None of this changes the fact that this is our best opportunity to strike and get a decisive victory. Even if you convince them to retreat, they'll just return once they have consolidated their armies even more. Jorak turned this from a last stand into a battle we can win. We have one allied ship that can put up a fight, all we need to do is - wait." He stopped mid sentence as the pieces fell in place and the outline of a decent tactic emerged from the clutter of Knichou's mind. Everyone in the room waited in either anticipation or confusion. "Nale. That's perfect, I could -" Knichou held his tongue before completing that sentence, already racing off to his next thought. "I think I know what we need to do. What's the League's advantage in this fight?" Knichou did not wait someone to answer his rhetorical question. "They have more airships, and those airships have more cannons. How can we turn their advantage against them? Jorak already showed us how!" Knichou looked around at the assorted team, searching their faces to see if this plan was as crazy as it seemed. To Knichou, it was just crazy enough that it might work. "The Taku may not have weaponry, but we have all of you..." Knichou gestured to the assorted beings in front of him. "We don't need to get you on board our allied ship, Keitara. We need to get all of us aboard as many of their ships as possible. If we can take out the crew or sabotage each from the inside, we can not only win this battle, but give Metru-Koro an actual fleet to defend itself with so Pridak will think twice before trying to attack the matoran here again."
  15. IC: Knichou, Metru-Koro North Gate, Bridge of the Taku Knichou looked at Keitara with a confused expression. "I... don't follow. You're not suggesting you should go to - we don't even know for sure that that other ship is on our side yet! It could be Ehlek trying to pull one over on Pridak for all we know!"
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