We come to a lit cavern with running water cascading down the wall. Krin takes a drink. The rest of us fill our canteens. To the South is a long hallway. To the left is the slope that will take us to the statue room where we killed the Gundarks. We decide to keep pressing forward. Derryn and Krin are at the front of the group, Shavven and Roka in the middle, and Dom, Bowser and I are taking up the rear. All of a sudden, Derryn and Krin stop and start whispering. I ask Derryn what is going on and he says that there are three adult Gundark and a “bunch of kids”. They are assessing their patterns to determine the plan of attack. Krin starts to sneak up to the nearest group of kids. Unfortunately, the two closest groups of kids see him. His sudden appearance from out of nowhere staggers the kiddos. I guess it is showtime.
Krin punches one of the kids on his left. He kills one of the kids. One of the adults starts to charge Krin. Dom takes a shot at the adult and kills it. It falls at Krin’s feet. Another adult charges Krin. Krin slices at the charging adult with his vibrosword, taking off his upper right shoulder. Dom shoots at another adult, crippling it. I shoot at the adult that charged Krin. I shoot off its left upper arm and I distract it. Shavven shoots the adult in the leg and kills it. Roka kills the last adult. CRACK! Derryn takes a piece of the ceiling the size of a spaceship and drops it on the kids, instantly killing them. A Gundark child hits Shavven with his monster sized fist.
Krin takes a stimpack to rejuvenate himself and then swipes at another kid with his sword. He strikes another down. Roka shot a adolescent through the head and the shot then hits another in the chest, killing it instantly. AMP starts to fire his E-WEB, however it is jammed. He then proceeds to clean his gun. I go to shoot one close to me but I missed. However my shot distracts it. Shavven shoots his assailant in the heart. His blaster is now clogged with blood and he needs to clean it. Derryn drops another part of the ceiling on another group’s head, flattening two of them and one has an arm trapped. Dom shoots three Gundarks with one shot. The gundark then hits Dom back. He hits Dom and Roka goes down.
Krin hits another Gundark. A gundark hits Shavven and him and another distracts Derryn. He then picks up the two that attempted to hit him and throws them in the group of four adolescence. He kills three. I drop my carbine, yank my pistols and barrage towards Derryn, hoping that I don’t hit him. I successfully take out two more, however, I do get Derryn. Just in time, he whips out his lightsaber and reflects it as he gives me a scowl. I just shrug at him. Dom drops into sniper mode and vaporizes the Gundark. He looks at me and says, “That’s how it’s done” I shrug and say, “Vision hasn’t fixed my HUD yet.” Shavven shoots at one near him and points his gun at his heart and pulls the trigger. The gundark slides to the side, knocks his gun away, and his shot then hits the ceiling. The gundark slides and is in the perfect position for AMP to hit both with his E-WEB, if he can pull it off. He does and mows down the remaining gundarks.
Healing time. Derryn heals Roka and I take care of Shavvens and Derryn’s strain. I stick Shavven with a stimpack. There is a tunnel going to the northwest going up and one going southwest going downhill. Then we go west, still following the water. I notice that the tunnel is a corridor. We are back in the building. We continue following the water. We catch up to Krin. We are on a long sloping curve. We come to a room with a lake. This is a dead end. Krin and Derryn go fishing. Shavven goes swimming. I roll my eyes. A tenticle wraps up Shavven. AMP identifies it as a Dianoga. AMP tells Dom and he immediately drops into sniper mode. I take aim at the center of mass and unload. A few minutes later it stops thrashing. I go to see if I can find anything in the pool but I take in some water and am forced to surface because the water tastes terrible. I get out of the pool and take a swig from my canteen. The water from the canteen and the water tastes refreshing. At least it washes the taste from the pool water out of my mouth. Shavven found a cave and engaged 3 male gundarks. They beat the snot out of Shavven. Derryn senses it and tells the rest of us that we need to pursue. I say “No way. That water is absolutely disgusting.” Dom says “That’s an order, missy, let’s go”. “Great. Pinch your nose and plug your hose, we are going in” I mutter under my breath as I head over to the pool.
We come up the other side and see Shavven being dragged away by 3 male gundarks toward a fire. I see where this is going. Derryn throws his lightsaber at the gundarks. The lightsaber arcs through the air, the gundarks gingerly dodge it, look at it curiously, and the lightsaber cuts Shavven free. A gundark rushes towards us and hits both Derryn and I. It makes me mad and I shoot it. My shot emboldens AMP and he is able to shoot off his grenade launchers at one of the gundarks in the cavern, staggering it. Roka shoots it and take it down. The last gundark rushes in and hits Roka and Derryn. Dom aims at the gundark that rushed in Roka. He kills it instantaneously. Derryn lifts the gundark in the air, throws it over his head and slashes into two pieces with his newly caught lightsaber. As the last one is cut in half, we hear a tremendous roar and from the other side of the cave we see the matriarch. She comes charging at us. She is easily half again larger than the other gundarks, and she is VERY angry. I roll behind a big rock. Derryn force throw a bunch of rocks at the Matriarch. Krin slices at her with his sword and then pivots and hits her with his vibroknuckler. Dom shoots at her, hits her, then I hit her with both blasters. AMP starts hitting her with a barrage from his E-WEB. Roka shoots her and winded her. Shavven shoots at the back of her head, but misses. Matriarch uses the force to harm Derryn and Krin. Krin hits her and it makes her head reel. Derryn throws more rocks at her as well as his lightsaber. I hit her, and take away her will power. All of a sudden, I feel a dark, crushing feeling on my mind. I feel like my head is in a vise and someone is cranking down on it. Dominick, realizing she has impenetrable armor, shoots for her eye, puts his rifle in overdrive, drains his power pack, sends a bolt hurling past Derryn, and into her right eye, and she falls dead at Derryn’s feet. Shavven is revived, and he staggers into a cave and then we hear “You have GOT to be kidding me!”
We have just defeated the Gundarks. I look around to see if there is anything of use. I find a weapon sling, however, in the process there was some broken glass and I sliced my palm open. I let out a quiet curse and wrap my palm to stop the blood. We decide to go through the North door to catch up to the rest of the group. I step into a cavern that is lit up by many different crystals. I find 5 crystals laying on the ground and decide to pick them up and put them into my bag. They may fetch a good price, or make a good present for Vision.
I see a moving glowing crystal up ahead so I follow it. We eventually go around a corner and see Dominick taking aim at something. I then look where he is aiming and see foot long bug. Dominick takes out scrap from above and it falls and squishes the bugs. The scrap pile in the corner shakes and moves and out of it comes out a HUGE bug. The mandibles are about as big as one of Shorty’s arms. AMP takes out his grenade launcher and shoots it at the big bug. His grenade hits and forces a piece of scrap to rise, protecting Krin from taking any damage. Shavven throws another ‘nade, bounces off the Krin’s sheeting, lands in the pile of scrap and detonates, hitting the bug, but makes the bug so mad that it acts next. It goes under the scrap pile to hide. I see an opening in the scrap pile, so I take a shot with my carbine. It lunges out of the pile, shrieking, and lands on the floor, dead. Krin then decides to take the poison sacs from the dead bug’s body.
I walk closer and states “What is that thing?”
AMP says, “That is a Kahun.” He is cutting meat off of the bug.
“Is it good?” I then realize he is cutting the poison sacs out.
“Not for humans…” He says
“The meat, I mean”
“Want me to start a fire?”
I grab some burnable material and AMP’s torch and start a fire as Roka is giving me light to see by. I need a grill type thing so I look through the scrap pile but i find nothing. I ask AMP if he has any ideas and he sighs, walks over to the pile and throws a boxspring at my feet. He then goes over to the fire and pulls out his heat sensors to recharge. I say to AMP “You dont have to be snotty about it.”
“You’ll have to forgive him. He hasn’t had his coffee yet.” Dominick states.
“Yeah, well you better give him his oil with a few extra expressos in it.” I say. I put the meat on the fire to cook. Roka all of a sudden snatches a piece of raw meat and eat it. I look at her with a disgusted look. “Ya know that came out of a scrap pile full of garbage…”
“Awww dang it” she says. I hope it agrees with her. I continue cooking the meat.
“it’s feline, and it’s curious.” Derryn says.
“ A cat? Where?”I say
“Maybe it is hungry. Roka, throw your steak over there. Maybe the cat will eat it.” I say
“ Sure” She throws it. A few seconds later, we hear the steak being eaten.
“here kitty kitty” I say. It growls at me. Derryn fakes like he is throwing more steak into the light. A Loth Cat jumps out of the darkness. They are so cute! I want one. Anyway, Derryn plays with it for a while and then it scampers back into the darkness. The food is ready so we sit down and eat. Bowser reminisces about his past hunts as we enjoy our hard earned meal.
I relieve Dom from sentry duty as I say “You may want to get some meat before it burns.”
“Okay, All is clear, Derryn and Krin Went off this corridor.”
“So if crap hits the fan it will be down this passage”
“Yeah, but it is Derryn. If you see a turquoise glowy stick, don’t worry about it, he’s got it”
I sit at my post, pull my carbine and start my guard as Dom walks back to the fire.
Eventually, Derryn and Krin return. They ask us if we want to go with them so we extinguish the fire and follow along. We walk back into the crystal cavern and I say “I love this room. It seems so… magical”
Krin punches a purple crystal loose and snags it. We head down the unexplored cavern next to the passage we come out of. We walk into a room with river flowing along each wall. AMP checked the water with his kit and it is clear. I fill my canteen. TO BE CONTINUED...