Posted Apr 05 2012 - 09:41 PM
IC - Dalmia/Elithes - Eastern Barrens: Draxion's cloud quickly engulfed Dalmia, who did not seem to have had time to react. Elithes glanced in surprise in the Rahkshi's direction before nodding his thanks, keeping his gun trained on the cloud. If Dalmia had survived that... He pushed the thought aside, unsure of what to think at the moment. Carefully, he approached the cloud, searching for any sign of movement. The flickering of the fire from the Wheel caused small shadows to appear in the cloud. Elithes ignored these as he peered closer..."Is this how we're going to play now?" Elithes spun to face Draxion as the voice called out, several feet behind the Rahkshi, his eyes widening as he saw Dalmia standing there. The Matoran clenched his teeth. "Really, Rahkshi? Have I tried to kill you before?" He stepped back, disappearing in thin air, as a pillar of shadow appeared. When he spoke next, he was in the air--literally standing in the air--above the group. "Now, now... If you do that then I might not want to help you anymore."IC - Kerid/Ehjoras - Near the Searcher: Kerid and Ehjoras paused in surprise as Sol landed in front of them, momentarily interrupting their observation of the Searcher. "Hello, Sol," the Matoran said. "Not sure whether to be surprised that you're here or..."Kerid crossed her arms as Ehjoras talked, looking around. She noted a group of four or so beings fairly close by. Giving them only a momentary glance, the Steltian turned back to the Searcher, moving closer to get a better look at it.IC - Vailian - West District: Atop a particularly large building, Vailian stood with his arms crossed, looking out over the landscape, his eyes betraying how deep in thought he was. Ignoring the Northern District, the Ring member stared straight at what could be seen of the Searcher through the falling snow, a massive black mark against the white background. Seeing the destruction that the Construct had caused had started to give Vailian second thoughts--on top of the horror that he felt building inside of him with every thought given to what had been done to Khazra...He sized, moving to the edge of the building and peering down. What to do...IC - The Eyes - Vertak's Mind: So you wish it... The silhouette's eyes began to glow a brilliant white. ...so shall it be...As Vertak watched, the other Matoran raised a hand, running it horizontally in front of himself, palm facing the ground. The silhouette began to break apart, white light joining together and forming a rectangular object, which slowly began to gain color. It floated there, right in front of Vertak; as he grabbed it, the place began to break apart, blackness shattering and turning into a bright, white light..."...er...ak... Ver...ak... VERTAK!"IC - The Collector - Kia Island: Kia Island was silent, save for the occasional whistling of the wind or the baying of some faraway Niaka. Snow poured across the island's surface as a storm continued to rage, blinding in its intensity. It was somewhat peaceful, and yet at the same time, extremely foreboding. Below the island, in the tunnel that had led to the hiding place of the Eyes of Apheer, it was just as silent. Save for the occasional tumbling of a rock from the pile of boulders that now blocked the tunnel somewhere near its mouth, nothing moved.Cutting through the darkness of the place was a green cloud, invisible in the shadows that surrounded it. It descended steadily, searching for the place where the deceased Toa Tarius now lay. A deep, chilling wind seemed to follow it where it moved, but the Collector paid no attention, only focusing on its search. Silently, invisibly, it moved downward...Coming upon the block, the Collector halted, allowing its body to form. Pale eyes shown out from its skeletal face, observing the pile, mist obscuring its body. It stood there for only a moment before its face split into a mad grin. Just as suddenly as it had formed, the Construct's body broke apart once more, the nanobots that constituted its body impatiently scuttling in their cloud. The Collector moved into the pile, its components slipping through the cracks between the boulders, searching in the darkness...For several moments, there was no activity. Then the rocks began to shift, boulders rolling off of the pile and crashing to the floor, sending spiderwebs of cracks along the tunnel. A pulse of energy shot outward from beneath the pile, launching the rocks on the surface down either end of the tunnel and disintegrating the rest, briefly illuminating the place before it was cast back into darkness. Silence returned, emphasized by the deep shadows all around.It was not long before the tunnel was illuminated again. Pale green lines appeared in the darkness, tracing along the body that had rested underneath the rubble. They climbed across his body, up and down his spine, down his arms, shoulders, legs, hips, chest, and neck, stopping at the base of his skull. There they broke off, jagged lines crawling up his mask and appearing on the object's surface, three lines that seemed to bore into his face. His eyes lit up, shining green in the shadows. Slowly, the Toa pushed himself to his feet, taking a moment to steady himself.Carefully, Tarius brushed his damaged cloak, clearing the dust and powdery ice off of it. Raising a hand, he summoned his rapier, sheathing it underneath his robe. Without a word, he raised his hood over his head, beginning the climb back up the tunnel...IC - Dark Hunters/Feranaki - Feranaki Caves: Another shock seemed to move through the massive Feranaki horde as Quicksilver made his escape with the rose. Their eyes stopped glowing. For a moment, they stopped moving. And then, another deafening sound echoed endlessly off of the walls of the cavern. Cut off from the central mind of the rose, the Feranaki no longer had anything keeping them in check; as a result, they were going berserk everywhere the Dark Hunters looked, roaring and screaming in distorted voices that would make a Makuta think twice about approaching the island.Just as suddenly as they stopped, they renewed their attack, no longer in control as they raged against the Hunters with a ferocity never before witnessed in the horde.As the others moved to retreat, Kovian was too stunned to take so much as a step backward--less so by the Feranaki and more so by the apparent presence of a new helper. He recognized those daggers... but how in Ruaki's name could he have gotten here...? He was pulled from his reverie as a Breaker appeared from beneath his feet, throwing off his concentration--and his balance. As the creature let loose a monstrous roar, slamming its spines into him, the Toa was knocked back, smashing into the ground. Winded, he forced himself to roll to the side as the thing brought its foot up, slamming it on the ground where he had been a moment ago. Concentrating, Kovian caused ice to spread from the floor and rapidly engulfed the thing's body. It wouldn't last long, but it would do."Reaper!" Mechanic's voice suddenly shouted over the growing roars of the Feranaki, difficult to hear even over his comm. "GO!"The Toa didn't have to be told twice. As the others charged back up the steep slops to the exits--or, in certain cases, teleported or flew--Reaper pushed himself to his feet, quickly running toward the entrance. The Feranaki continued to throw attacks at both him and the other assailant; this increase in frequency as well as their screams of rage seemed to suggest that whatever had had control over them before--presumably the rose--no longer did. They were going into a frenzy--and with the thousands of Feranaki present, that was not good."Fly... toward the... ceiling," Specter gasped to Ikssrss, preparing to use her remaining strength to allow the pair to phase through the rock as a means of escaping. One hand was pressed against her side, where blood was slowly but steadily pouring from a wound; she had been hit by an elemental attack immediately before they had taken off. Specter reminded herself to thank Ikssrss not only for the save, but also for killing her attacker by destroying the rock they had been standing on.From her vantage point, however, she could clearly see the issue currently facing Mechanic.In any other situation, Mechanic would have happily accepted Fate's repairing abilities. Now, however, he could not: He was trapped, and mentally, he was kicking himself for not realizing it before. The shelf of earth that he had arrived on with Cannon Fodder, Fate, and Khadbaen had no slope leading back up to it--only a sheer, completely vertical drop that he had recklessly leaped from to get into the fray. While there was no doubt that Fate and the others would be able to escape, all of Mechanic's means of quickly scaling the small cliff had been compromised. And with the Feranaki rapidly closing in, there was only one thing he could do."Desoria," he said calmly and gently, shifting his gaze rapidly to several individual infected as the Toa's fire continued to block their advance--at least for the moment. "You need to leave. You won't be able to repair me quickly enough; even if you do, there's no way I'm getting to an exit in one piece."As if to emphasize his point, more Breakers began to appear--one of them right beneath the two Dark Hunters, much larger than those that had been seen previously.Reaper stopped at the edge of his exit, raising a hand and creating a series of ice spikes to slow the Feranaki from advancing. As he ducked to avoid an energy blast, causing it to slam into the wall and create a small explosion, he could see Mechanic and Fate across the room, temporarily shielded by a wall of fire. The Toa frowned, gritting his teeth."Mechanic, Fate, what are you two doing!?" he called over the comm. "Retreat!"