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    RP (Open, Recruiting) The Myrmidon (reboot)

    The jolt that rocked the ship, and the tearing scream - one that could not possibly have come from any organic throat - that accompanied it, came as a complete surprise to all aboard.

    Some were thrown to the deck, others into bulkheads. A handful of night-crew already asleep were flung from their bunks.

    This massive jolt was followed by what felt like turbulence, the ship shaking as if caught in some giant earthquake machine. This was accompanied by a steadily rising shriek coming from the direction of the engine room, and a disorienting sense of acceleration, with no accompanying inertia.

    Additionally, anything that was glowing, from the ship's illumination strips to the bioluminescence of the handful of Crystal Dragons aboard, also gained ghostly echos, lights that floated in the air around the original source.

    The signs were unfamiliar to many, but to a few, they were completely unmistakable.

    A Runaway.

    Seconds later, a second tearing scream cut through the ship, followed by an electrical arcing sound and a bang, accompanied by a second massive jolt. The light "echoes" disappeared instantly, as did the sense of acceleration, replaced briefly by a highly unpleasant - if mercifully brief - "prickling" sensation, a far stronger version of the faint tingle that normally accompanied a transition in or out of phase.

    Those aboard barely had time to register that they were back in normal space, before the main engines abruptly roared, the fusion torches audibly pushed far past their normal safety margins.

    Gravity aboard the ship shifted, many of the crew finding themselves floating towards the bow bulkheads; a sign that the artificial gravity system was unable to quite keep up.

    This lasted for almost three minutes, before gravity abruptly shifted to the floor.

    "Brace! Brace!" a voice barked over the intercom, moments before the ship slammed into something.

    :::

    Kimrith pushed himself up from where the impact had dumped him, using the storage/maintenance frame containing his own power armour as a handhold to push himself to his feet.

    He staggered slightly, before turning and surveying the room.

    It wasn't a pretty picture. While the room itself seemed to be structurally sound, a lot of the tools used for maintaining the armour were strewn across the bow end. Several of the technicians were groaning in pain, battered and bruised, while at least two had broken bones; something that Kimrith had avoided thanks only to his extremely sturdy boron-silicate skeletal structure.

    Clenching his jaw, Kimrith moved to one of the wounded techs, and knelt to examine the break.

    It was bad, the technician's arm bent partway down the forearm - a double break - but thankfully the bones hadn't gone through the skin. Still, he needed medical attention.

    "Someone get the first aid kit!" he called.
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    Allyn found himself amidst chaos. It only took a few moments for him and the techs in the suit bay to realize a runaway was happening. It was an eventuality that nobody wanted to consider. They were rare, after all. Rare, however, didn't mean impossible. The techs grabbed onto anything solid they could find, while Allyn held onto his bay. He was test-fitting the latest revisions to the Zephyr, which meant he was already suited up.

    The sounds of rending metal chorused through the ship and Allyn winced. How much damage was being done?

    He tried to steady his breathing. He didn't want to think about what this meant. Where would they come out? Would he and the others be able to get home?

    "Is everyone alright?" he asked the techs in the bay.

    He turned to Kimrith as he knelt over the sprawled out tech. He hopped out of his suit bay and snatched the first-aid kit from the locker on the wall and rushed over.

    He hadn't taken any medical courses, so he hoped that Kimrith knew what to do.

    "Sir," he said, handing the kit over to him. "I've sent a call to medical. Hopefully, someone will be here soon."
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    • #3

      Kimrith gladly took the medical supplied, placing the kit on the floor next to him and opening it.

      "Looks like some broken bones are the worst of it," he commented after a moment, when the techs let out vaguely affirmative or pained answers to Allyn's question.

      He took the first-aid kit when it was presented to him, placing it next to himself and opening it to pull out the bandages he needed. He snatched up a couple of spanners to act as a splint and immobilised the broken arm.

      A glance up showed that the other injured tech was being cared for, his broken femur being splinted.

      "Calling the medbay was a good call, Allyn," Kimrith stated, "That room's even sturdier than this one, and buried deeper. And there's no need to call me 'sir', Allyn."

      The medical bay was actually one giant escape pod, designed that way to allow critical patients to be evacuated in the event of a ship-destroying emergency. Because of this, it was built extremely sturdy.

      Kimrith moved to the bulkhead door, quickly turning the wheel. However, when he pulled it open, he immediately swore, as he was confronted with a blocked corridor; one of the ceiling panels had fallen, and ended up wedged into the corridor, a mess of damaged piping and other conduits tumbling from the hole.

      Fortunately, the power cables, which supplied energy to the lighting of the corridor, weren't live; no sparks were visible, through there was some flickering visible in the darkness beyond the blockage.

      "Allyn, you should suit up again," he informed the gyrfalcon, turning to march to his own suit, "The corridor is blocked; we're going to need to clear it."

      The Storm Strider suit chirped as Kimrith input a code into his comlink, swiping his thumb over a sensor built into the device. The suit's back hinged open to allow the Crystal Dragon to climb into the suit.

      The cradle released the suit as it closed back up, Kimrith's tail sliding deftly into its sheath as this happened, the faint hissing of the micro-fusion cores starting up accompanied by the whir of the suit's rear armour bolting itself into place as it re-sealed. For the moment, however, he kept his visor up.

      "Good to go, Allyn?" he asked, turning to face the gyrfalcon.
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        Allyn nodded to Kimrith, "Gotcha, Kimrith. Just one of those old habits." he said, seeming to relax a bit.

        He made his way to his suit again and climbed in. Allyn was considerably smaller than Kimrith, so getting into his own suit wasn't quite as involved of a process. His limbs went into their spots, the wing-wraps closed over his wings snugly, and the visor closed over his beak.

        He stepped forward and out of the charging cradle and then joined Kimrith at the door. "Oof, what a mess. There must be a break in one of the junction boxes, or those power lines would believe and a big problem to deal with."

        he started to help Kimrith in clearing the corridor, picking up and moving what he could. Augmented by his suit, he was able to lift quite a bit more than he could normally, but that still paled to what the crystal dragon could do.

        Still, every bit helped. "Any update on how or where we landed?" he asked as they worked on the hallway.
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        • #5

          Kimrith nodded to Allyn, striding to the door.

          "Not necessarily the junction boxes," Kimrith replied, "It's possible that there's another break in the lines. But that does seem likely."

          He stepped through the hatch and reached out, pushing the conduits and piping to the side. The piping, being metal, stayed in place, offering a good place for Allyn to tie the cables.

          The Crystal Dragon then stepped past them to the fallen roof panel. The sheet of plate metal was designed to be moved by two unsuited people, so it was actually fairly light. However, it was wedged into place, and creaked as Kimrith tried to move it, before releasing with a clang. It nearly flew out of the manipulators of Kimrith's suit thanks to the sudden release, but the Crystal Dragon managed to keep hold of it, and set it to the side.

          "Nothing yet," he replied, "But given the damage here... It's not-."

          His suit's communications system crackled to life at that moment.

          "All hands, this is the Captain," the gravely voice of Captain Nightfang stated over an open, albeit short-ranged channel, at a surprisingly low power, "We have experienced a Runaway, and have subsequently crash-landed on an unknown, likely uncharted planet. All drive systems are inoperable, and the phase drive is a fused lump. The ship has suffered severe structural damage; both the outer and pressure hulls are compromised. However, the planet has a breathable atmosphere and near-standard gravity, and the ship doesn't appear to be in danger of structural failure. I'll be briefing you all on further details shortly. For now... Damage control teams, focus on putting out fires and clearing safe paths to and from the medbay. Everyone else, please assist the wounded to the medbay for triage. Nightfang out."

          Kimrith blinked.

          "Well... better than I feared," he said after a moment.
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            With the two of them working together, it was relatively easy to clear the debris out of the way.

            Allyn nodded to Kimrith as the Captain made his address. "I guess any landing you can walk away from, is a good one." the falcon commented.

            "Breathable atmosphere, at least we have that working in our favour." then he shook his head, "But an uncharted planet? A runaway? Don't we have safety systems to keep those from happening? The last reported runaway was, what, years ago?" he shook his head in agitation, "Maybe it's the security professional in me, but something doesn't add up."

            As they got the hallway cleared, he nodded to Kimrith, "Well, let's check the path to medical. Hopefully, the rest of the way is clear."
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            • #7

              "Better than smashing into the landscape at orbital speeds," Kimrith agreed, "Honestly, I'm surprised the ship's as intact as it is. That speaks highly of the crew."

              He turned when Allyn asked about the Runaway, and mentioned a suspicion that it wasn't an accident.

              "That Runaway was twelve years ago," Kimrith confirmed, " And yes; there are safeties in place against Runaway drives. The sheer amount of energy involved means they're not completely effective, mind -the incident twelve years ago happened in spite of said safeties kicking in - but then again they're not normally even necessary. Phase drives normally fail safe."

              That fact was due to a quirk of how the drives worked; they needed a constant flow of energy to keep the ship out of phase. If the flow was interrupted, as per a typical failure, the ship would simply "drop" back into normal space. Even power surges normally just kicked the ship's velocity up a bit higher than intended, maybe made it emerge a couple of light-minutes from its intended destination, even if the crew failed to notice and adjust their emergence time (unless over-sensitive safeties dropped the ship out, as sometimes happened).

              Runaways were catastrophic failures, more power flowing through the drive than the material it was made from could handle.

              There was certainly enough energy available on a ship to do that; most modern ships had a lot of energy-hungry systems, usually powered by a large fusion reactor (or a bank of them, in some especially large ships). A Runaway could even be initiated intentionally, though it took disengaging all drive safeties and diverting a large portion of the ship's maximum output to the drive alone - typically a full third, though in some vessels it was as little as a quarter, and some others more than half.

              More than enough to arc several metres. Which made cutting power to a Runaway phase drive a difficult prospect. There'd been talk of designing the drive to be jettisoned completely in a Runaway scenario, or on improving the reliability of (already quite reliable) power-distribution technologies - since a Runaway could only happen in the first place if large amounts of energy were mis-directed - but the rarity of Runaways, and the engineering challenges involved, meant that had never gained any traction.

              "Who would they be targeting if it was sabotage?" Kimrith asked after a moment, holding his hands out to the sides (the only version of a shrug possible in his suit), "Everyone aboard's either solo, or part of an independent team. The ship's independent, at that."

              He paused when Allyn mentioned checking the path to medical.

              "Good idea," he replied.

              His visor lit up as he stepped past the former obstruction and into the darkness of the unlit corridor. The light revealed a number of other ceiling-panels had fallen - thankfully all the way to the deck - and there were damaged cables (this time mostly fibre-optic) and pipes hanging into the corridor in places, but it wasn't as bad as the obstruction right at the door.

              They made it roughly halfway to the medbay before flickering orange light at the turn caused Kimrith to pause.

              "Damn. We need to detour," he informed Allyn and the techs, "Fire ahead."
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                Allyn followed Kimrith's lead down the corridor. "The thing is, this company you've got. The people the Captain tends to do business with, well, they're all the sorts of people that take jobs based on ideals rather than money. That works both ways, you know... While it's nice to have a bunch of people who share a common view of what's right and wrong, having all those people in one place means that some external influences who don't agree would have one target to deal with to get rid of a whole lot of their annoyances." he said, shrugging, "I'm not saying that's what happened, but I would like to be able to talk to the Captain and maybe help investigate the cause. For now, though, I think that's secondary to actually get things settled, though."

                As they made their way to the end of the corridor, Allyn looked around the corner to see if he could spot the fire. By the looks of the flickering, and the fact the heat hadn't risen too much as of yet, the fire was still a ways away.

                Allyn extruded a filament from his finger and clipped on a tiny spy-camera unit to it. He then snaked it around the corner to have a look around. "Maybe it isn't so bad and we can put it out." he said to Kimrith. While he doubted it, it wouldn't hurt to take the thirty seconds to have a peek. It could save them a good deal of backtracking. If not, then they haven't lost much.
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                • #9

                  "Still. Using a Runaway?" Kimrith replied, "That kind of sabotage is hard to do, and harder to hide. It would be much easier to plant a bomb somewhere. Or mess with life support."

                  While the life support systems aboard most ships were compartmentalised (in case of damage), someone with the right access could potentially sabotage all of them - setting a timed toxin release, or just planting bombs - though it would be risky. Far less so, and far less likely to be detected once carried out, than the kind of work needed to engineer a Runaway.

                  Furthermore, subtle means of sabotage to a Phase drive just tended to cause the ship to drop out, or stay in phase longer than intended. Neither was ever much more than a nuisance, especially the latter (given the common practice of having the ship aimed to intercept the target gravity well).

                  "If it was sabotage... then someone is an incredibly lucky idiot, and several people in the engineering crew screwed up," Kimrith added, before holding out his hands and shifting his wings in an approximation of a shrug, "But yeah. The Captain will want to investigate how a Runaway occurred in a well-maintained ship with a near-new Phase Drive and power-distribution systems."

                  Kimrith paused as Allyn assessed the situation with the fire.

                  "I'm not sure we have time to be fighting fires, Allyn," he stated, before pausing, "Still... this is the fastest route to the medbay..."

                  He paused for a moment.

                  "The nearest fire extinguisher is..."

                  He turned, only to find its hook on the wall empty.

                  "Ah... Crap... It got shaken loose in the impact."

                  The fire itself was small enough to be handled by a fire extinguisher, but only barely, and had the potential of needing two.

                  The fire extinguisher itself wasn't visible at any point before the fire.

                  There was a frantic moment where Kimrith suspected that it had ended up in the fire, before his suit's foot accidentally kicked something cylindrical in the gloom, and he realised what it was.

                  "Found it!"
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                    Allyn nodded slowly, "You may be right, but the fact remains we just suffered one. If they need help parsing through their system logs or doing forensics, I'll make my services available. There may be something in there that may shed some light onto what actually happened." he replied as he drew the camera back in and helped with the search for the fire extinguisher.

                    With Kimrith in possession of the extinguisher, Allyn stepped aside to let Kimrith move past and douse the fire.

                    "You know..." he said, his voice softening a little bit, "We may never get to go home again."

                    That was the elephant that was in the room that nobody wanted to address. It was unlikely that the ship would be repairable without a drydock. It was even more unlikely that the phase drive would be repairable. That needed replacement, he had no doubt. He had no idea of where they were, but unless they got incredibly lucky and landed on a space faring planet, they'd likely be living out their days on this planet.
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                    • #11

                      Kimrith gave Allyn a slightly distracted nod at the mention of helping figure out what went wrong, busy looking for the fire extinguisher at that moment.

                      There was a long moment's silence during the search, before the clunk of Kimrith's armour tapping the fire extinguisher came.

                      The fire extinguisher itself was one of the larger models, not meant to be transported far by hand, and was quite simple in construction. It even still used a pin as its safety, though this particular model used argon instead of carbon dioxide.

                      Kimrith nodded to Allyn as he passed, before pausing when he spoke up.

                      "... I know," he said softly.

                      They had no clue how far they were from known space, let alone the Federation. They also didn't have access to a QEC - the devices were incredibly useful for communications across the Federation and beyond, but they were rarely mounted on ships due to their strictly point-to-point nature.

                      They'd have to rely on a phased-radio distress beacon - a radio transmitter that transmitted the radio waves phased, exponentially increasing its range and causing the transmission to travel faster than light - but the signal could take years to reach civilisation. If it did at all; while the range of a phased-radio signal was increased exponentially, it did eventually degrade to the point it was unintelligible.

                      Though an unexplained phased-radio signal, even an unintelligible one, would draw attention. The technology was relatively new, and phased signals didn't happen naturally.

                      Kimrith continued down the corridor a moment later, before the sound of the extinguisher could faintly be heard.

                      It took a couple of minutes to extinguish the fire, and Kimrith, the extinguisher depleted, ended up having to stomp out the last few smolders of it.

                      "All right, the fire's out," he reported.
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                        Allyn nodded slowly and just pondered the implications. This was the first time he had really stopped to consider the reality of the situation. With the rush of the crash and the adrenaline coursing through his system, he had only been looking at things objectively as problems to solve. Now that the main danger had passed, though, he found himself feeling homesick. Ascenseon was a wonderful planet to live on. It had lush forests, mountains, and structures ideal for avians to inhabit. He remembered his night flights, enjoying the crisp night air of a summer's night.

                        He may never experience that feeling again. That saddened him. He didn't think he'd ever feel homesick, but that was because he always had the option to return. Now, that option was an ever-diminishing possibility.

                        Allyn saw Kimrith returning. It took him a moment to realize the dragon had spoken. He shook his head, shaking himself out of is funk, but he was sure Kimrith would have noticed.

                        "Right." he said with as much composure as he could muster, "Let's go check out medical. I'm sure we'll also start to get status reports in the next few minutes as well. With the path to medical cleared, the techs in the bay can get the injured over there. What we do next, I'm not sure. "

                        Allyn shrugged, which his lighter, more flexible suit was able to do. "Do you think the Captain will send us to explore the immediate area?" he asked, hopeful. If they were going to be stuck here, at least they could get to know the planet a little better.
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                        • #13

                          Kimright nodded to Allyn when he mentioned getting the people to medical.

                          "The status updates will probably be going primarily to the Captain," he replied, "We might catch some in passing, but I expect we'll be getting a briefing soon."

                          He turned to the techs.

                          "All right," he said, "Medbay's not far now."

                          Indeed the medical bay wasn't far. It was just two short corridors past the site of the fire.

                          This still gave Kimrith time to answer Allyn's question, however.

                          "Seems likely, yeah. I'm not sure how well the vehicles came through the crash... or if we can even launch them."

                          The ship had a small contingent of aerial vehicles, but given the damage to the ship, Kimrith wasn't sure if the doors could be opened.

                          The ship's ground-vehicle capacity was much higher, intended to carry the vehicles to get the Armoured Infantry to their battlefields. However, the ground vehicles were probably write-offs, given how the ship had impacted.

                          "Either way, we'll be sent in when they need a better look," he finished.

                          They ran into a damage-control crew just outside of the medbay, the group giving them nods as they hurried past, some of them clad in Exoskells*.

                          The frames whirred audibly with each movement, since they used linear actuators (cheaper than myomers, but noisy, and less responsive).

                          The door to the medbay was closed, but opened at the press of a button, revealing the interior of an airlock.

                          "Enviro-seal mode?" Kimrith wondered, before gesturing for the techs to enter the airlock.

                          Once they were inside, and the airlock door had closed, he turned to Allyn.

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                            Allyn stepped into the airlock with Kimrith, then nodded, "Seems like a good precaution to take." he said, engaging the enviro-seal mode on the Zephyr. This brought filters online and boosted toxin sensors sensitivities. It did mean that they had to run off of their own contained air-supplies, as well. But, if anything nasty had found its way into medical, it was probably worth the inconvenience.

                            "You know..." he mused, looking up at the dragon, "This reminds me of that old film I watched as a hatchling. A crew of explorers crash-landed on an unknown planet, and then they found out the entire planet was a huge machine that read their thoughts..."

                            Allyn shrugged, "Great film, but it certainly kept me up for the next few nights. I doubt we'll be encountering anything that dramatic, but it does make me wonder..." he paused in his musings then, "Sorry, I'm just rambling now. I just can't help but feel that something isn't adding up, you know? I've just got this feeling that we're here for a reason."
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                              (I... ah, guess I didn't make it clear where they were. My bad. I'll roll with it.)

                              "Given the damage to the pressure hull, yeah," Kimrith agreed, "The risk of a toxic atmosphere means it's standard procedure to use it in a crash. I'm just a bit confused as to why they've stayed in it after being given the all-clear on the atmosphere. We'd have been warned if it were in quarantine.'

                              He glanced at Allyn, and noticed that the Zephyr suit's vents were closed. Before he could comment, however, the inner airlock doors hissed open.

                              Allyn's suit immediately picked up trace amounts of various medical chemicals. None of them were dangerous at such low concentrations, though a couple smelled decidedly unpleasant to some species. Going by how Kimrith reacted (a sound of disgust, followed by the vents on his helmet snapping shut), Crystal Dragons were one of them.

                              The suit's sensor suite also picked up elevated levels of chemicals found in antiseptic cleaners, though this was explained by the fact that a nurse was using a mop to clean up what was clearly spilled cleaning liquid.

                              "Don't think I saw that movie," Kimrith admitted, signalling for a couple of the nurses, who hurried over.

                              "Got a couple of techs with broken bones," he informed the nurses, "Their injuries have been splinted, but you'll want to give those a look. The rest have cuts and bruises; just need a once-over."

                              "Two with broken bones in need to checking, the rest just need a quick check," the male nurse, a sparrow, replied, nodding in understanding, "We'll get on it."

                              Kimrith nodded to them, before backing up and turning to Allyn.

                              "Sent here for a reason, huh?" he asked, his tone musing, "Heck of a way to get us here, don't you think?"
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                                Allyn nodded slowly, his gaze looking around the room. It looked like there was nothing out of the ordinary here, just some broken containers and spilled chemicals. Which explained to him the reason for the caution. "Hm, yeah. I see now. Well, it's not so much what got spilled, but what sort of reactions those chemicals might have if/when they combined. Seems like a very sound decision by the Doctor in charge." he said, before looking back to Kimrith.

                                He shrugged, still a bit unsure about his line of thinking. Kimrith was right, there were certainly easier ways of sabotaging the ship, but those easier ways were also easier to spot. "I'm not saying I'm sure about any of this, honestly." he responded to his boss's comment, "But unlikely events do tend to have unlikely causes. I can't tell you how many breach audits I've done where the cause was the one thing nobody had ever thought could happen, happening. These are complex systems. A lot of the tie they're barely understood, and introducing something that seems harmless or routine could have strange results. It may be what happened here. Whether it was deliberate or not, I'm not sure."

                                Allyn looked back to the nurse, who had just gotten the spill under control. Another bird, it was nice to see someone from a neighbouring planet now and then. It managed to dull the feeling of homesickness he was starting to feel.

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                                • #17

                                  Kimrith blinked, then nodded when Allyn mentioned what could have happened if the chemicals that had spilled mixed together.

                                  "True," he admitted. "Some medical compounds are pretty volatile if mixed, and others are volatile on their own, though those tend to be pretty well-secured."

                                  "And none of them spilled, thanks to that," the sparrow commented.

                                  Kimrith nodded to him.

                                  "Not sure about the drive. Honestly, the tech's pretty well-understood at this point, or we'd never have gotten it small enough to fit on a ship this size."

                                  Phase Drives had once been huge, requiring a massive amount of space in order to fit into a ship, to the point where most FTL-equipped ships had to be built around their Phase Drive; in many cases, the drive had taken up the vast majority of the ship's mass and volume. Even the great battleships and carriers of the day had needed to be built around their drives, and devote significant fractions of their mass to it.

                                  The exception had been the large colony ships, which had essentially been mobile space colonies - barely mobile at all outside of their FTL - with plenty of space for a Phase Drive.

                                  "Still, it's a possibility that needs to be looked at," he admitted, before turning as the airlock opened again, allowing another disheveled group of crew into the medbay.

                                  "We should go help out with the rescue efforts," Kimrith commented.
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                                    Allyn gave Kimrith a nod. There would be time to investigate what happened. For now, the two of them would indeed be better served to use their suits to help out where they could.

                                    "Good idea. I'm sure we'll be getting a call later. For now, let's scot the exterior of the ship." he said.

                                    After the group of techs came into the medbay, Allyn followed Kimrith back into the airlock and cycled through.

                                    He opened a channel and reported, "This is Allyn Ryder. We're suited up here and we're thinking of headed outside to have a look around. Any objections to that?" he asked amiably.

                                    As he walked along with the Crystal Dragon, one thing was very clear to him, "You know, I don't know how the crew did it, but from what I can tell so far, this crash landing was nothing short of miraculous. There seems to be a good bit of damage, but we managed to not face-plant at high velocity. I need to buy the navigator a beer if any survived." he commented with a wry smile.
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                                    • #19

                                      Kimrith nodded.

                                      "Right," he replied, motioning for Allyn to follow as he headed for the airlock, "I think we're the only ones currently wearing combat-spec Power Armour, and we do need to have a look at the area."

                                      The radios of the two crackled with static for a moment after Allyn reported in.

                                      "Clarify please," came the response, in the musically-accented voice of the communications officer, "We?"

                                      "Allyn and myself, Kimrith Varainier," Kimrith replied, "The both of us are suited up and ready to deploy."

                                      There was a moment's silence.

                                      "Wait one. Checking with the Captain..."

                                      There was a moment of silence over the line, before the comms officer came back.

                                      "The Captain has no objections. He just wants you to stay close to the ship, so it can provide fire support if needed."

                                      "Understood, Myrmidon," Kimrith responded, "We'll stay close."

                                      He closed the line.

                                      "Sounds like at least some of the weapon systems are operational," he noted, "That'll be helpful if there are any hostile wildlife."

                                      He turned his head to look past his shoulder when Allyn mentioned the crash.

                                      "It speaks highly of the skill of the helmsman," he agreed, "We didn't face-plant, nor did we tumble end-over-end. I think he's earned that drink."

                                      They made for one of the hull airlocks as he spoke, specifically one mounted just above the port-side wing.

                                      Being an assault landing craft, the Myrmidon was built with an aerodynamic frame, designed to fly like an aircraft when in an atmosphere, with an enormous pair of wings coming from the lifting body.

                                      The airlock was intact, but the area had lost power, forcing the pair to cycle it manually. With the pressure hull compromised, they didn't need to bother waiting for the lock to equalise, and were able to open the outer door immediately after closing the inner one.

                                      The door opened to reveal that they were in a mountain range, sitting on a forested plateau on the side of one of the mountains.

                                      The ship had dug a long crash-scar, flattening every tree in its path, and tearing a trench, for quite a distance. Pieces of hull plating were scattered across the scar, along with the odd bit of rock. Smoke rose from a few smouldering fires, but some dark clouds visible off the bow of the ship indicated this wouldn't be the case for long.

                                      A dull roar was audible, coming from a waterfall visible back in the direction they had clearly come from, flowing out of a cave and off a precipice into a small lake, out of which flowed a crystal-clear river that flowed past the ship's crash scar, and then wound past the ship's bow, with a second source of dull roaring faintly audible from that direction.

                                      The trees were interesting; most of them had bluish bark, and they universally had blue-green leaves. Some even had fruits growing on their branches; probably not ripe yet, given they hadn't been knocked down in the impact, but nonetheless there.

                                      "Not... sure what I was expecting, but this definitely wasn't it," Kimrith commented as he stepped out onto the wing's upper surface.
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                                        Allyn followed Kimrith out of the airlock and onto the top of the wing. Inside his suit's helmet, he looked around slackjawed. He whistled, taking in the picturesque scenery all around them.

                                        He turned a circle to get a good view of the surroundings. It was an amazing view all around.

                                        "I suppose that if we were going to crash-land someplace, a place that looks like the idyllic vacation spot wouldn't be a bad option," he commented. "It's... Beautiful." he said, softly, and really meant it.

                                        Allyn wanted so badly to stretch his wings at that moment, but they'd been ordered to stay nearby. Instead, he deployed his sensors and tried to get a good idea of what the environment was made of. It was definitely compatible. The fact the damage control crews weren't rushing to plug every hole spoke to that, but compatible didn't necessarily mean ideal. That's what Allyn wanted to find out.

                                        He looked back to Kimrith, "It... Reminds me of home."
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