Shana emits a loud "BANG" from her hands as the blue hot plasma fires from them. This shot is hot enough melt most metals and stone and is fired at highway speeds. Its AOE size is roughly the size of a laptop.
"I'm Rinia." the catgirl informed Dala. "And what do you mean 'they'?"
"You this world had great beasts, didn't you?"
Cast Away tilts its head and the shield array shimmers as it detects directed energy. The burst hits the shield and explodes. The heat not dissapated overloads the shield which explodes, detaching Cast Aways right arm and sending it flying backwards. It lands on its feet in a braced position, glances at its stump of a right arm and back at Shana. The whirring noise from its tail becomes a high pitched shreak as it emits a focused laser beam of great strength,
"Down!" Dalahar had said, pushing Shana to the floor before diving down himself, the laser slicing a piece of his shoulder armour clean off. Cast away sweeps the laser horizontally, left and right to attempt to hit as many of its targets as possible.
"Ahhhhh!" She screams.
Shana shows no resistance as Dalahar moves her body.
Reinhardt rushed forward with the shield raised, trying to get close to Cast Away to block his laser shot as Lambda threw a fee small energy daggers at him.
"Ah. Them." Rinia stepped up and pointed further inland. "They're all around but the ones you could probably catch are that way."
"What do you usually with those creatures if you have caught one?"
Nova shrugged. "Whatever floats your boat."
With allies continually insisting on getting right next to the enemy, Cybil and Sylvia continued standing by.
Candace was about to head inland, but stopped. "Wait. The ones we can catch?"
"Normally, we just kill them. Not much use alive, honestly." Rinia informed Dala. As she moved towards Candace she said, "There are sea-dwellers and flying ones, but those would be impossible to capture. The former, due to size and the latter due to height."
Hearing the command from Dalahar, Zev immediately dropped down into a crouch. She quickly moved her eyepatch back into its normal position, as she looked around.
"Why do you kill them? For food, or something else?" Dala asked, non-judgmentally.
Sarah shrugged too. Then she said: "Oh! I should look up where the weird jet was flying to. And then disable my signal."
She took out her phone, and looked to localise her tracker by gps.
The laser burns out, it's hear sinks ejecting from the tail with a burst of steam. With its targets in the deck aside from Lambda and Reinhardt it focuses on them as the right arm stump begins fabricating into a weapon. The left arm generates another pistol to fire upon Reinhardts shield.
Helenas attention is drawn away from the fight for a moment as the AI on her triton passively notes another anomaly. She notifies a tech operator back at HQ to look into any data transmissions that may be foreign in origin. She also sends a pair of immortals stationed at the research base to investigate her Triton. She turns her attention back to the fight. Cast Away, even in this stage of data puppeteering, had her interest and she had the idea that it would be the perfect case of deniability. She could use Cast Away to avoid involving tombstone in taking out the XPOL agents and their ED allies.
Reinhardt kept up his shield, but cracks started forming in the energy barrier. "This won't hold forever!" he warned the others. Lambda continued taking potshots at it, scanning for a weakness.
"How big and high up are they?"
"We eat them, yes, but mainly it's to protect our settlements. As for how big and high they are, we don't really measure that stuff. Or have a way to, honestly."
"Do you not hunt for sport?"
"Would we get paid if we dealt with some of them?"
Rinia shook her head and said, "Hunting for sport isn't something we can afford to do. And independent hunters don't get paid for it, but you can still sell the parts."
"No, because it's dangerous." Rinia said. "Though I suppose wands and weapons can be expensive."
"I accept that challenge!" Candace crowed.
"I will watch you hunt, and save you if necessary, but I will not help you to hunt." Dala stated.
Dalahar convulses on the floor as the daemon within him pushes itself to the fore. Cast Aways right arm becomes a tesla weapon that begins charging up to fire upon Reinhardt.
Reinhardt, shield nearly broken, decided to deactivate it. He charged forward, the rocket on his back flaring, zooming towards Cast Away to grab and slam him.
"Thank you." Candace told Dala.
"Why the hell didn't you do that earlier?" Nova irritably replied.
Cybil and Sylvia gave a slight nod to one another. Cybil dashed to get behind Cast Away and swing her sword at his back, the blade once more glowing yellow and would have the same effect. Regardless of whether her swing connected or not, she would dash away off to Cast Away's side, as a moment later Sylvia fired a large bolt of red energy from her cannon. The bolt was over 3 times larger than her previous shots, and would cause a significantly greater burst of explosive force.
Suddenly the segmented tail shot out of Cast Aways back once more, aiming to intercept Cybil with its pincer like appendages and sieze her. It discharges its tesla impulse before fully charged at Reinhardt as he charges, a weaker shot but the with the pressure on it had to resort to that. Unable to configure and generate a field array in time for Sylvia's energy bursts Cast Away was counting on being able to grab Cybil to use as a shield. It would attempt to break away should the impulse stall Reinhardt enough.
Cast Away seems astonishingly adaptive to situations but it mostly reacts rather than acts due to relying on external data input at this stage. Currently Cast Away has been unable to think many moves ahead as it simply takes in the information for the current attacks and how to react. Put simply it has no intuition and those fighting it may have noticed this.
"Okay. So, first off; what equipment do you have?" Rinia asked, as she raised her mask to her face and fixed it in place.
Zevrisya hopped back onto her feet, staring at Cast Away intently, the iris of her eye slowly turning bright red. After a short pause, she closed her eye and hurled her cane like a javelin. Despite the other people rushing in to attack CA, and Zev aiming blind, the chances of Zev missing her target and harming her allies were almost impossibly slim.
Sarah now knew the place of the base, unless the signal was somehow disturbed. (OoC: You should state the place in your last post, Vakra)
"I ... forgot." Sarah said, notably embarrassed. She put in some commands on her phone, and the tracer had a short circuit, making it to a useless piece of metal.
Dala sighed loudly.
"These," Candace held up her blade and pistol, "speed, and years of experience."
Reinhardt, seeing his allies attack, abruptly cut the boosters, skidding to a stop just in front of Cast Away but with enough momentum remaining that he could utterly smash Cast Away with his hammer if the opportunity presented itself.
Lambda, scanning Cast Away, realised its tactics or lack thereof. "It's not planning g anything, it's just reacting to us." she called to her team mates.
The eyes of Rinia's mask began glowing, and she scanned the pistol to see how it functioned. "Anything else? Magic, for example?"
The pistol was a fairly standard six shot revolver, though it had a but more kick than others of its kind and was heavily decorated with shining nickel covering, detailed engravings, gold trim, and a pearl grip. "Well, I could acquire net to make it easier to capture..."
"How strong are you?" Rinia asked.
70 miles east of Cape Town, Graver Research labs
Nestled in low lying hills a good distance away from any civilisation the Graver Research labs are located. Helena notices the AI drops its anomaly report and cycles back into idle. A trace, most likely otherwise it would have no reason to vanish like that and remain so untraceable. With a curt nod she issues the orders. The immortals stationed in and around the base cease patrolling or standing idle and begin systematically hunting down anyone not a part of Tombstone in the base to scrub it clean. Gilson had anticipated this a few minutes earlier and feigned a bathroom break to dart back to his office and send an encrypted message along the signal that traced them, just as he heard the gun shots start.
Helena announced "We're moving off, integrity compromised. Recall Cast Away, wipe the servers and bring the data."
In front of her Imogen sat impassively as the few Graver staff in the ops centre are gunned down. She smirked knowing she was integral to the next phase of Cast Away and would be leaving with Tombstone.
Cast Away dodges Zevrisya's thrown weapon by a millimetre as it carves through the top layer of its synthetic flesh before passing it. To clear space it begins cracking with electricity as it prepares to release an energy pulse. Dalahar, in daemon form comes barrelling for Cast Away, gibberish and clawing.
"Whatever." Nova replied dismissively. "So where are those cockroaches hiding out?"
Cybil reacted with supernatural reflexes to match her abnormal speed, twisting at the last possible moment to let the claw nearly graze her it lashed out. She took her swing and continued running as Sylvia fired.