; Despite being braced for Garlens weight, the poor position nearly forced the sergeant and Park to fall down into the now burning cockpit. There wouldn’t be enough time to wait for Bleth to find a rope for any of you to use, not unless you would like to be roasted before leaving. Finding good hand and footholds was a relatively easy task, the valkyrie’s interior designed for utility rather than luxury.
, being in the better position, made it up first, taking an offered hand from Bleth
and scrabbling off the valkyrie and out onto the grey-brown scrub of Delta Tao once more. Park
would have been next, but sparks from a short circuiting cable blinded him, causing the trooper to lose his footing and fall towards the flames below. Or that’s what would have happened, until something arrested said fall by Parks arm.
“Not while theres breath in these lungs you’re not dying so stupid a death!”
Garlen hissed, his other hand gripping a broken stanchion so tightly that it was cutting through his glove and into his hand. Helping Park
pull himself back up and to the waiting arms of Katarn
, the sergeant wasn’t prepared for the hydraulic line that failed and exploded near his face; its contents boiled into superheated steam from the fire. There wasn’t even a scream of pain before Garlen fell into the cockpit, and nothing anyone could do to save him.
; Looking around, there was nothing out in the open that could be used as a makeshift rope and neither of you carried one, it not being standard issue for most drop missions after all. Noise from within the ship alerted Bleth
of someone nearing him, in time to see Larsson
trying to find a handhold and helping the man out. Calling for Katarn
to help him, Bleth
was reaching in to help Park
when something fried, initially catching Park in the face and the backlash burning Bleth’s
hand. The injury would ultimately be superficial, thanks to Bleths
gloves, but instinct had made him take his hand away; meaning he couldn’t try to grab for Park
before he fell.
The sergeant of second squad, Garlen if your hazy memories recalled correctly, managed to save Park
and haul him up. Katarn
reached into and grabbed hold of Park, straining against his weight and the awkward position. Bleth
grabbed a fistful of the fellow troopers fatigues, aiding in the venture, and the pair were able to lift Park
out. The same, however, could not be said for Garlen, who was unfortunate enough to receive a jet of superheated steam to the face before falling into the flaming cockpit. Unable to do anything more, the three of you dropped down from the burning wreck and hauled Larsson
away moments before the entire transport started to burn.
; The platoon had taken a beating, all that remained stood gathered around lieutenant Mulner
. Of the command staff, there was only Mulner
and trooper Nauls
, first squad was gone, four members of second squad, Park
included, and seven members of third squad, Bleth
included. Thirteen of thirty five, with all of the valks dead and the pilots with them; horrible losses under any circumstance, and no one even knew what had happened or why they were even here yet!
“Mourning our losses will have to come later, for now we have a mission that needs competing. A mission that has just become an entire world harder with our speed gone.” Mulner
began, looking you each in the eye before finally moving on. “Our mission is considered of the highest priority, snatch and grab orders from way on high. Our target is lady Yasamine Delau, who was taken two weeks ago and her relative position discovered only a few hours ago when her personal locator reactivated. If you recognize the name, then congratulations on likely knowing the name of this subsectors planetary governor. Yasamine Delau is the only surviving family of Golen Delau, who traitors and assassins would see dead for whatever heretical reason they could come up with.”
Producing a dataslate, Mulner
pulled up a map of the area, the groups relative location marked with an X and another location marked with a 1.
“This is us, and the lady Delau could be anywhere here. The reports of her taking are rubbish; just that her takers were well armed and knew what they were doing. For all we know they are local mercenaries or ex-soldiers for hire, though Billis
(pilot of Mulners
ship) did manage to crash us on top of a pair that shot most of us down. Eyes out and ears open, we’re gonna make for those buildings and see if we can’t scramble some sort of transportation. Move out at loose spread, we have a lot of ground to cover and with the ‘nids pressing the lines at our backs theres not telling how long we may have.”
[Bit for you all to go on hopefully. The buildings aren’t too far away, your just not going to make it there right away. This area is generally flat, though the approach your taking to the buildings affords you some higher ground initially. With any luck, you won’t come across anyone or anything hostile, what with only a few rocks coming up to your ankles for cover.]