"A Knight, a lord, nowhere you want to say it." Candace explained, then turned her attention to the paw prints, examining them.
Plague Knight knew the others were talking about him, but he didn't care. Instead, he briefly looked at the prints, then ran off in the direction they were facing. "Her hee hee! The escence of this beast will be a powerful ingredient!"
"Well, I thought he just invented this title ... and we should stop him, he might do harm to this world with reckless behaviour.
Although ... Rinia, how common is traveling through worlds, here?"
As Dalahar's demon side subsided, Sarah came closer as well, wanting to ask the same as Reinhardt, but not repeating it unnecessarily.
Ottawa - In a cab
Ory'hara glanced over her shoulder to check for pursuers, replying; "Yeah, I know that 'home' isn't the same the same thing as nativity." She paused, then said; "Hey driver, get us somewhere open would you? We'll be getting off soon."
Candace followed after Plague Knight quickly, scared of what he may do to the beast.
"In Ciercia, where I'm from, we've had world-hopping tech for a couple decades. But when it was first developed, apparently, the bio-construct that got sent through lost connection with the lab and ended up getting killed on the other side. So the tech is still fairly limited in its usefulness." Rinia explained to Dala. "At least I can go through without getting amnesia nowadays, though, so that's something."
Candace would see that the track was feline, larger than that of a normal big cat such as a lion, and seemed to be depressed deeply, suggesting the beast was heavier than the average big cat.
Zevrisya retrieved her cane, and walked back over to the others. Those of them that paid attention to her might note that she seemed paler than usual, which was saying something.
"You mean to a field or something?" the driver asked, unsurely.
"It's good that you know. Apparently it's not obvious to some ..."
Candace took note of the deep, cat like tracks, keeping her eyes peeled as she looked around, following Plague Knight.
"Is Ciercia on this world?
It's something, at least. You should be careful, always send through scouts first. And don't bring in life from other worlds, it can upset the balance immensely."
Rinia nodded. "Yes. If we're still here come nighttime, you might be able to see it. And we do send scouts through; that's what bio-constructs are for." she replied. "And we're well aware of how the balance of things can be upset by the introduction of something new."
"Never get used to that" Dalahar said pushing himself to his feet. "Sorry you had to see that"
With Cast Away gone and the location known it's clear what the group must do. Sarah recieves the encrypted message from Gilson at this time as well.
"It's fine. Are you alright?" Reinhardt asked Dalahar.
"That's good. Honestly, you seem far better suited to deal with that stuff than most people.
... but this world did have some kind of downfall, didn't it? Can you tell me about that." Dala asked, pointing to the motorway with her foot.
Sarah still looked on, then let out a sigh of relief.
Immediately after she got the message. Curious, she looked at it ... then tapped on her phone rapidly, activating secure and decryption software. "Someone just contacted me ... from the place I tracked. Huh ..."
"A park or a plaza or something, preferably not with too many people on it but at this point I'm not picky." - Ory'hara replied. She still had a nagging sensation that they were in danger, and she longed to be protected by the thick steel hull of her ship.
"Okay." the taxi driver said, and drove to Thornecliffe Park, not too far away.
Anik was more quiet than before, but still anxious. "How do we get away?" she asked Ory'Hara quietly.
"Around here, it's known as the Pahana, though different places call it different things. Essentially, the world was hit by meteor showers. Inside these meteors were magical stones, and the magic they emitted caused a variety of effects. Animals changed, some caused plant growth... it made the land dangerous. So roads went unused." Rinia explained, kicking a loose stone away as she spoke. "Vamestra was relatively unharmed, being a series of islands. The Vamestrari spent about ten years killing Pahana Vatra in the waters around their islands, before coming to the mainland. Those guys in black you probably saw back in town are Vamestrari Crusaders."
"So how dangerous are these creatures?" Candace called back to Rinia.
"Do you know if it was a natural occurrence?" Dala asked, curious. "And do those Vamestrians help, or are they more of a bother?"
The message decrypted by Sarah includes evidence that Tombstone was behind Cast Aways attack on the group. The source names himself as simply Gilson and included the information that Tombstone would be stuck at the traces location trying to decrypt their own files that he locked.
Helena was not oblivious to Gilsons actions, the fool had forced her hand now. She had some technicians work on jamming the groups communications while the rest recalibrated Cast Away. She would have to fight here, they had to die or they would tell the world and ruin everything.
"They're quite helpful. Bit preachy at times, though. And there's no indication it wasn't a natural occurrence." Rinia told Dala. She then said to Candace, "It varies, but there's a reason lots of roads go unused and lots of towns are empty."
"I'm sure it's nothing." Candace said, the smug smile evident in her voice.
Ory'hara smiled slightly, and whispered conspiratorially; "We'll fly."
Sarah read the message, then read it again, then read it aloud. "Seems like these Tombstone guys are not of one mind ... and we could stop them." she said.
"Alright. Interesting. Hmm ... was magic a thing on your world before those meteors fell?"
Anik was quiet for a second, then said, quietly: "Huh. Nice. How do you fly?"
"I've got a shuttle on auto-pilot coming down. It'll reach us in a few minutes." - She paused, then added; "Going into orbit can be a little... uncomfortable when you're not used to it. Don't worry though, I've done it thousands of times."
Rinia nodded to Dala, then looked over at Candace, scowling under her mask. "Are you an idiot or something?"
"In ... orbit? You seem to have quite better tools, now.
It can't crash, right? Or be followed? Or ... do you trust the technology?" Anik asked, anxious about technology she did not know.
"Of course not. I'm highly educated. But I've hunted dangerous beasts before and come out unscathed. Why should this be any different?" Candace called back.
"Ah, then it makes sense that it could be natural ... and Candace is kind of an idiot, yes.
I'll try to protect her, though."
Candace didn't hear what Dala said, looking around for signs of the beast.
Candace, and the others, would eventually spot in the distance a large feline creature, snoozing under a tree. Its fur had a dark brown colouration, and it appeared to have rock-like natural armour on its back.
Candace chuckled a bit, drawing her blade and gun, then looking back to the others. "Get the rope ready."
"I'm ready to set the beast on fire if it threatens to kill you." Candace said. "Can't do much with rope, though."
"I'll make it bleed out a bit, then you can tie it with the rope when it's weakened. Does that sound good?"
Dala shrugged. "I don't think I'm good with tying up things with my feet, but I can try."
Dalahar stands up. "Yes, it's fine. Nothing new. If Sarah is correct then we can end this all now, just need transport to the facility"