06.13.3013: For Glory
Summary: The Hostiles try to claim a Waygate by coup de main.
Date: 13 June 2013
Related: The System War in general and Sophie's drive to find combat.
Hostiles Nikomachos Sophie Sammel Johana Asher 


The Ways of Phylon
Settled in the rolling Plains of Ares, the capital city of the Vale offers an initial sense of calm to those stepping through the Ways. However, once one lays eyes on the city of Phylon itself, it is hard not to find it breathtaking. The Ways hub is set apart from the city, accessed on a platform that stands hundreds of feet above the plains. There is a long raised walkway that leads toward the sky-stretching, cathedral-styled tower that is the Fortress of Phylon; the fortress's buttressed architecture glows a faint cyan and gold, and is particularly luminous at night. Though it does not appear to have barrier, there is an unseen field that keeps people or things from tragically falling off the edge of the walkway. Far below is the terraced city of Phylon itself that spreads out and stacks up around the looming arcology.
13 June, 3013

The scattered Hostile ships are getting close to the Inner System now, darting, dodging, and doing their best to avoid the undamaged ramships sent up to stop them. Undoubtedly, a few will make planetfall, although it's unclear exactly where they will land, it has steadily become clear that the Plains of Ares will be one target. Nikomachos is waiting in the Colosseum as word trickles in, various outposts check in, and everyone prepares for the start of the War on Imperius. The eldest son of the Knight Commander is in full armor, his helmet on, and stands alongside his monstrous black destrier Erinye, waiting to respond to the first call to arms. The top half of his view shows the calculated descent paths, ever-narrowing circles estimating where the Hostiles will make planetfall.

Sophie got the call that she may very well actually be involved in a Hostile-Haven conflict, scrambling to join with the Knight Commander's son at the Colosseum. She comes galloping through the entrance and skids to a halt at Nikomachos' side, mounted on a dappled gray mare that almost instantly buries its head in the ground for a meal, "Mallory, not again!" She presently wears her gleaming futuristic Protector armor, and Caedmon soon gallops in atop his own chestnut horse, garmented in a medieval styled set of Defender armor. Sophie giggles excitedly despite the situation, "so, will I finally get to fight some Hostiles, Niko?" She presses a button on her armor, which unfolds her helmet across her head, obscuring her face from view beneath a multitude of segmented plates. Already, she is grabbing the metallic bow from her back, which unfolds into its full fifty inch size, bowstring slipping from within.

Slow steps, as he leads his own horse, not quite as monstrous as his older brother's destrier. While Sammel's still not entirely healed after the last run-in with the Hostiles, the one on the ships, he's managed to put on his armor, as he makes his way out to where Niko is placed. His poleaxe is hanging from the saddle of the horse, as he looks around, seeing Sophie as she arrives as well. "Hey, maybe even Niko gets to fight them…" he remarks, a bit lightly.

Guiding her own destrier at a gallop, the Young Lady Ibrahm is in full armor, tinted black, her face covered by her helm, the shield down over her eyes is already glowing red. It had been repaired since her last run-in with the Hostiles and the readings inside reflect the current state. A sword is sheathed at her side and she's also got a polearm that looks vicious. Approaching the others, she draws in the reins gently, bringing her horse to a stop, lifting her face shield. "Trouble on the horizon?" Offering a smile and a nod to the others gathered.

Fresh from the ring is Asher, having come to join the defense in the Vale with many other knights, and the Cindravale host. He is in his combat armor, sitting atop his own steed, with a lance in hand, and his aura glowing faintly as it flickers a mix of wispy fire and static discharges. He has on his hip a mean looking horseman's axe as well.

Nikomachos looks up from his study of the incoming Hostiles at the galloping arrival of several others, especially the Sauveur. The Valen may be pale beneath his helm, but his tenor is strong and sharp enough when he snaps, "Gods-damn it, Lady Sophie. This isn't just patrols. This is se — " Just what this is is washed away by an announcement over the massive loudspeakers in the Colosseum, "Hostiles attacking Godwinstown. Hostiles attacking Godwinstown Waygate!" A touch of panic comes into the announcement at the end, "Opening Waygate now, all available forces to the West Waygate!" Niko doesn't need to be told twice, snapping, "Clear vision!" He swings up into his horse's saddle, "I don't care who you are! With me! With me!" His boots are barely in the stirrups before he's raking his destrier forward, wheeling away to gallop out the west entrance to the Colosseum, along the high roadway to the West Waygate. As he goes, he collects his lance from its holder at his saddle's side, and ignites the shield.

Sophie offers Sammel a casual wave, though her features remain obscured beneath her helmet, "I simply cannot wait to fight them. This is going to be so exciting!" Caedmon places his ivory horned helmet atop his head, preparing for battle with a silent sort of confidence completely different from his ward. He sheathes and unsheathes his greatsword, measuring its weight and the smoothness with which the weapon slides from its scabbard. For Sophie's part, she waves towards the other approaching members of the band, though without a means of identifying them, she simply returns her attention to their leader. She flinches at the sudden shouting, head directed in his direction until yet another loud sound threatens to freak her out again. Shaking her head quickly from her reverie, she pulls an arrow from the quiver at her back, its collapsible metallic shape lengthening and straightening into a more proper form. She kicks her mare's side to follow Nikomachos through the Colliseum's exit, her guard swiftly following once he unsheathes his giant sword.

Having had a lance with him as well, Sammel grimaces as he hears the call over loudspeakers. "So much for a quiet one…" he begins, before he hurries to mount up. Offering Johana a brief grin as he hears her words. "When isn't it, these days?" he remarks, with a nod and a quiet smile to the others as well, before he rides off after Nikomachos now, readying that lance as he rides.

Hearing that, the smile slips to be replaced by a sudden grimness. All greetings and pleasantries gone as Johana slips her shield back down into place. Tightening her hands on the reins and her knees on her mount, she looks towards their destination and nods to Niko. "Lead the way Sir, I'm at your disposal." Leaving her sword sheathed, she draws her polearm in hand and prepares to help defend the waygate from the Hostiles. Kicking her destrier into action, she follows Niko and Sophie and Sammel.

Asher spurs his steed into action, "Yah!" he says as he urges his horse to move as he follows the group Nikomachos is rallying towards the waygate, "I'm with you, Young Lady." He says as he moves to Johana's side.

Nikomachos has his horse up to a gallop before they're halfway down the long pathway to the Waygate, "Then keep up." There's a fierce, wide-eyed sound to the words, almost a challenge. Inside his helmet, he adds, "AI, tag friendlies blue, Hostiles red." Ahead of them, the Waygate flashes as it opens, revealing rolling grasslands at the outskirts of a small settlement on the other side. And just on the other side of the Waygate, there are the bodies of several men-at-arms and archers, all dead save for one critically-wounded man still trying to fend off several of the scout-style Hostiles. The Hostiles have forgone their camouflage as they fight, with two of them hanging back to cover the Waygate and the others working on slaughtering the last of the defenders. Niko shows no signs of slowing as he approaches the Waygate, lowering his lance and ducking down as he rides through at full gallop, "FOR GLORY!" House words, after all…

<COMBAT> Johana has joined the combat as a soldier on team 1.
<COMBAT> Sammel has joined the combat as a soldier on team 1.
<COMBAT> Sophie has joined the combat as a soldier on team 1.
<COMBAT> Asher has joined the combat as a soldier on team 1.
<COMBAT> Sophie has changed weapons to bow.
<COMBAT> Asher has changed armor to Combat Armor.
<COMBAT> Sammel has changed stance to mounted.
<COMBAT> Sophie has changed armor to protector armor.
<COMBAT> Asher has changed stance to mount_shield.
<COMBAT> Sammel has changed weapons to Lance.
<COMBAT> Sophie has changed stance to mounted.
<COMBAT> Asher has changed weapons to Lance.
<COMBAT> Johana has changed armor to aggressor armor.
<COMBAT> Sammel has changed armor to Aggressor Armor.
<COMBAT> Knight has joined the combat as a soldier on team 2. (Mars)
<COMBAT> Johana has changed weapons to polearm.
<COMBAT> Knight has changed weapons to greatsword. (Mars)
<COMBAT> Knight has changed armor to defender armor. (Mars)
<COMBAT> knight's team set to 1. (Mars)
<COMBAT> Johana has changed stance to mounted.
<COMBAT> Knight has changed stance to Mounted. (Mars)
<COMBAT> Nikomachos will attack Hostile1 this turn.
<COMBAT> Nikomachos will spend luck on attack this turn.
<COMBAT> Sammel will attack Hostile11 this turn.
<COMBAT> Asher will attack Hostile10 this turn.
<COMBAT> Hostile12 will attack Nikomachos this turn. (Nikomachos)
<COMBAT> Hostile13 will attack Sophie this turn. (Nikomachos)
<COMBAT> Hostile10 will attack Asher this turn. (Nikomachos)
<COMBAT> Hostile11 will attack Sammel this turn. (Nikomachos)
<COMBAT> Knight has changed stance to defensive. (Mars)
<COMBAT> Johana will attack Hostile10 this turn.
<COMBAT> Sophie will attack Hostile1 this turn.

Sophie keeps pace with Nikomachos as his squad rushes towards the Waygate. After a short while, she pulls her horse up just a bit, so that she finds herself at the back of the group, Caedmon directly in front of her. Copying the leader, she tells her helmet, "AI, tag friendlies green, Hostiles red." She already has an arrow nocked and ready, glancing around for the best Hostile to attack. However, once she spots the dead bodies, human dead bodies, she pauses uncertainly and mumbles into her speaker, "a-are…are those…" She flinches at Nikomachos' proclamation, hardly even thinking straight as she shouts out, "f-for glory!" She raises her bow against her cheek, pulling back the string and aiming for one of the Hostiles that attempt to finish of the critically wounded man. Once past the Waygate and within the midst of battle, she wholly intends to release, firing the shot at the hopefully unsuspecting Enemy her very first time.

"Friends in blue, foes in red…" Sammel offers to the AI in his helmet, as he charges through the gate with the others, aiming his lance for one of the Hostiles. He doesn't call out anything loudly for now, but whispers the words under his breath, as he charges forward.

When Asher moves up beside her, Johana offers a nod, the smile unable to be seen behind her helm. As she rides towards the waygate, she lifts her polearm at the cry from Niko, repeating the same command to AI about the foes and friends, eliciting her own battle cry that is made up of no real words at all, just a Braveheart sort of call as she charges forward, prepared to take out Hostiles for daring to invade.

Asher's lance lowers down as well as he spurs his horse into a charge, leveling the weapon at one of the Hostiles, his aura continuing to crackle and flame a bit, "Let's down him quick and move onto the rest, Johana."

<COMBAT> Nikomachos attacks Hostile1 with Lance - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Nikomachos's weapon clicks empty.
<COMBAT> Knight passes.
<COMBAT> Hostile12 attacks Nikomachos with Hand Crossbow - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Hostile12's weapon clicks empty.
<COMBAT> Johana attacks Hostile10 with Polearm - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Hostile13 attacks Sophie with Hand Crossbow - Moderate wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> Hostile13's weapon clicks empty.
<COMBAT> Hostile1 attacks Manatarms1 with Bludgeon and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Sophie attacks Hostile1 with Bow - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Sammel attacks Hostile11 with Lance - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Sammel's weapon clicks empty.
<COMBAT> Hostile11 attacks Sammel with Bludgeon - ARMOR on Right Leg stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Hostile10 attacks Asher with Bludgeon but Asher DODGES!
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Hostile10 with Lance and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Asher's weapon clicks empty.

Apparently, Nikomachos either never removed the holoprojectors from the Tournament of Vengeance from his armor, or he reinstalled them, because when his lance strikes home, holographic wings of flame burst forth from his shoulders. A ribbon of steel fired from the wrist of one of the supporting Hostiles glances off his shield without doing more than knocking him slightly to one side, and then the Valen is riding past the fray, his destrier leaping over a fallen man-at-arms almost delicately for a creature that big. Blood soaks the ribbons hanging from his lance-tip, turning what was once color-shifting cloth indelibly red. "At them again!"

Asher's charge results in no appreciable damage to the Hostile he charged, "I don't know why I pretended I was good at these things.." he says, ducking out of the way of the return swing. He tosses the lance away, his aura flaring up brightly as he grasps the discarbed lance mid-air, flinging it with all his Telekinetic might at the hostile he's now engaging along with Johana.

<COMBAT> Asher has changed weapons to Psychometry.
<COMBAT> Asher will attack Hostile10 this turn.
<COMBAT> Nikomachos will reload this turn.
<COMBAT> Nikomachos has changed stance to def_shield.
<COMBAT> Hostile12 has changed weapons to bludgeon. (Nikomachos)
<COMBAT> Hostile13 has changed weapons to bludgeon. (Nikomachos)
<COMBAT> Hostile1 will attack Nikomachos this turn. (Nikomachos)
<COMBAT> Hostile13 will attack Knight this turn. (Nikomachos)
<COMBAT> Knight will attack Hostile13 this turn. (Nikomachos)

<FS3> Sophie rolls Riding: Failure.

<OOC> Nikomachos says, "Gah. And I didn't notice that Johana was using a Polearm. You can't use a Polearm while on a horse."
<COMBAT> Johana has changed weapons to sword.
<COMBAT> Sammel will reload this turn.
<COMBAT> Sammel has changed stance to Defensive.
<COMBAT> Johana has changed weapons to greatsword.
<COMBAT> Sophie has changed stance to normal.
<COMBAT> Johana will attack Hostile10 this turn.
<COMBAT> Hostile11 will attack Johana this turn. (Nikomachos)
<COMBAT> Hostile12 will attack Sammel this turn. (Nikomachos)

<OOC> Nikomachos says, "Doh! And I had it wrong. Greatsword can't be used mounted either."
<COMBAT> Knight has changed weapons to sword. (Nikomachos)
<COMBAT> Johana has changed weapons to sword.
<COMBAT> Johana will attack Hostile10 this turn.
<COMBAT> Knight will attack Hostile13 this turn. (Nikomachos)

With the initial charge, Johana manages to strike the Hostile she had been aiming for with her sword, slicing into its chest. At the same time she strikes, she holds tight to her horse with her knees, determined not to be unhorsed during the attack. With a nod to Asher, she agrees to team up on the same Hostile, to try and knock it out of the fight.

Sophie swiftly lets release the arrow from her bow, watching the metal shaft fly through the air and pierce through the armor against a Hostile's chest. Quickly, she draws another arrow and prepares to nock the projectile, only for her to feel a crossbow bolt slice through the flesh of her right leg. She lets out a shrill cry of pain, falling from her horse and slamming into the ground. Stunned from the fall and shocked from feeling her wound too greatly, she rubs away the mud from her helmet and slowly rises onto her good left foot. Still holding her arrow in hand, she aims unsteadily in the same direction as before, pulling back and preparing to release her arrow once more.

Sending the lance into the abdomen of the Hostile he was aiming for, Sammel gets the hit from the enemy bounching off the armor of his leg. Bringing his own horse forward to move in for another pass just like his brother, he shakes his head a bit as the Hostile still seems to be standing. "Oh no you don't…" he begins, bringing the horse around for another attempt.

The Hostiles soak up the sudden assault from the Waygate without comment or question, turning from their slaughter to attack their attackers. The two at the back fire off ribbons of hardened steel, then lift up their heavy double-bladed axes and wade into the fray.

<COMBAT> Knight attacks Hostile13 with Sword but Hostile13 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Hostile13 attacks Knight with Bludgeon but Knight DODGES!
<COMBAT> Sophie attacks Hostile1 with Bow and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Sammel finishes reloading.
<COMBAT> Nikomachos finishes reloading.
<COMBAT> Johana attacks Hostile10 with Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Hostile11 attacks Johana with Bludgeon - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Hostile10 attacks Asher with Bludgeon - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Hostile10 with Psychometry but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Hostile12 attacks Sammel with Bludgeon but Sammel DODGES!
<COMBAT> Hostile1 attacks Nikomachos with Bludgeon but Nikomachos DODGES!

Nikomachos soaks up an axe-blow on his shield, and then he's free of the combat, lifting his lance upright and turning Erinye's path. As he scans the combat, he curses under his breath, "Lady Sophie is off her horse. Watch her!" And then he glances over to his brother, making sure that he's still close, and his lance comes down and he charges back into the melee.

Asher takes an axe to his chest, his armor caving in a little and he starts to leak some blood from the wound, grimacing a bit at the Hostile who just hit him and he brings up a stronger telekinetic barrier between him and the creature to deflect any follow up blows, even as he pushes out with his other hand, sending a thrust of telekinetic energy to try and slam into the hostile.

Still startled from her fall, she releases her arrow in the direction of the Hostile, only to watch as the projectile swings far too wide. She stumbles and nearly crashes to the ground, but manages to remain upright, holding her bow like a life-saver. Before she can feel another ribbon of steel slice through her flesh, she hurriedly grabs ahold of another arrow and nocks it, pressing her bow to her cheek and releasing towards the precisely same Hostile as before.

Determined not to get hurt this time, Johana had taken it personally the last time and she swings her blade hard towards the Hostile, striking it again in the chest. This think is going down, she glances towards Asher to make sure he was fine and barely misses the Bludgeon from the Hostile.

Nodding a bit as he hears Niko's words, as he ducks out of the way of an attack, before Sammel moves forward again, aiming for the neck of one of the Hostiles now. "Time to show them the error of their ways…" he offers.

<COMBAT> Hostile1 will attack Sophie this turn. (Nikomachos)
<COMBAT> Hostile12 will attack Nikomachos this turn. (Nikomachos)
<COMBAT> Nikomachos will attack Hostile1 this turn. Options: called=neck
<COMBAT> Nikomachos has changed stance to mount_shield.
<COMBAT> Sammel will attack Hostile12 this turn. Options: called=neck
<COMBAT> Sammel has changed stance to Mounted.
<COMBAT> Asher has changed stance to def_shield.
<COMBAT> Knight has changed stance to aggressive. (Nikomachos)
<COMBAT> You change knight's stance.
<COMBAT> Johana will attack Hostile10 this turn. Options: called=neck

<COMBAT> Nikomachos attacks Hostile1 with Lance - Moderate wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Nikomachos's weapon clicks empty.
<COMBAT> Johana attacks Hostile10 with Sword - Moderate wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Sophie attacks Hostile1 with Bow - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Knight attacks Hostile13 with Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Hostile11 attacks Johana with Bludgeon and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Hostile10 attacks Asher with Bludgeon and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Hostile1 attacks Sophie with Bludgeon - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Hostile10 with Psychometry - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Sammel attacks Hostile12 with Lance - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> Sammel's weapon clicks empty.
<COMBAT> Hostile13 attacks Knight with Bludgeon - ARMOR on Right Leg stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Hostile12 attacks Nikomachos with Bludgeon - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Hostile1 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Hostile10 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Sophie has been KO'd!

Another strike from Johana and this one seems to stagger the Hostile and with the added magic bit from Asher, it's more than the enemy can handle and it stumbles and falls, out of the fight. Nodding her approval to Asher, the Ibrahm moves on to another one, prepared to carry on.

Asher's telekinetic push staggers the Hostile on him back, enough at least to expose it for Johana's blade, "Good job, Jo! Now let's get the one harassing you." He says, his shield fading away as he draws his hands together to shoot out a blast of black smokey fire, with electric discharges running through the trail towards the Hostile attacking Johana.

<FS3> Nikomachos rolls Riding: Great Success.

<COMBAT> Sophie spends a luck point to keep fighting!
<COMBAT> Asher has changed stance to agg_shield.
<COMBAT> Asher will attack Hostile11 this turn.
<COMBAT> Sammel will reload this turn.
<COMBAT> Nikomachos has changed weapons to Sword.
<COMBAT> You change your weapon. Action and target have been reset.
<COMBAT> Johana will attack Hostile11 this turn. Options: called=neck
<COMBAT> Nikomachos will attack Hostile12 this turn.

Nikomachos puts his lance into another Hostile, even as a heavy blow rocks him in his saddle, slicing in between plates on the right side of his rib-cage to draw a trickle of blood and sending those brilliant holographic wings of flame flashing once more. Despite a grunt of pain, he doesn't overrun his target, drawing back on his reins to halt Erinye just shy ofthe grounded Sauveur. He leaves the lance sticking out of the Hostile he skewered with as the creature falls. "Lady Sophie!" Pulling his sword from his sheath, the elder Valen wheels his horse in a circle, making sure to keep it between the Sauveur and the nearest Hostile.

Frowning as his lance misses its target this time, Sammel moves to turn the horse around again so he can get ready to move in for another pass. "Unless this works, there'll be drastic changes…" he mutters to himself as he does, letting out a bit of a sigh now.

Sophie releases her arrow and watches as it zooms the short distance to its dangerously approaching target, noticing as first Nikomachos wounds the creature and then her projectile slices into its chest. Before the monster falls, its double-bladed axe rams against her chest, forcing her to crash towards the ground along with it. She lets out a shriek of pain, writhing on the ground. Yet courageously, heroically, she grits her teeth and struggles back onto her feet. Blinking through her blurring vision, she vaguely hears Nikomachos call her name. She glances to him, shaking her head quickly to force away the agony that eerily seems to trickle at her chest. She shakily draws another arrow from her quiver and sets it in place, drawing and releasing to the nearest Hostile in her careening sight.

<COMBAT> Knight attacks Hostile13 with Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Johana attacks Hostile11 with Sword - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> Hostile11 attacks Johana with Bludgeon and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Hostile10 passes.
<COMBAT> Sammel finishes reloading.
<COMBAT> Hostile12 attacks Nikomachos with Bludgeon - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Hostile1 passes.
<COMBAT> Sophie attacks Hostile11 with Bow but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Nikomachos attacks Hostile12 with Sword - Moderate wound to Right Leg (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Hostile13 attacks Knight with Bludgeon and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Hostile11 with Psychometry - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).

The blast from Asher scores a solid hit in his target's abdomen, "We should have him down with one more good blow, Johana!" he exclaims, his hand gesturing about dramatically as he draws in energy to send out another of his smokey blasts at the Hostile.

Sophie fails to hit the nearby Hostile, her vision simply too obscured by creeping darkness. Shaking her head again to force away the blackness, she slams a hand to her head before taking yet another arrow from her quiver. Nocking the projectile yet again, she draws the bow back and carefully releases, this time in the direction of the abomination's head.

Nikomachos wheels his destrier back and forth as the Hostile approaches himself and the downed Sauveur, the horse kicking and biting and generally keeping the creature at bay. Until, of course, the Hostile leaps up high enough to clear the destrier's shoulder, sweeping its axe in at Nikomachos' chest. It's enough of a surprise that Niko's parry is just a moment late, and the axe hits home, although with much of its power stolen by the parry. Still, it's enough to send holographic wings of flame flaring up once more, and the Valen slashes down at the airborne Hostile, slicing into a leg before it lands in a tumble and rolls back to its feet. "Six Above! These things can leap!" The arrow flashing past him lets him know that Sophie is still conscious, which takes a weight off his shoulders, even if the projectile misses its target.

Time to move forward again, and Sammel aims for the head of one of the Hostiles now, as he kicks his horse into action, charging forward towards his target. Hearing Niko's words about the leaping Hostiles, but doesn't react to it at the moment.

Johana misses, almost unseating herself in her horse since she'd expected it to strike. Managing to remain in the saddle, she goes for the same Hostile she'd been attacking.

<COMBAT> Sammel will attack Hostile12 this turn. Options: called=head

<COMBAT> Nikomachos attacks Hostile12 with Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Sophie attacks Hostile11 with Bow - ARMOR on Right Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Sammel attacks Hostile12 with Lance - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> Sammel's weapon clicks empty.
<COMBAT> Johana attacks Hostile11 with Sword - Moderate wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Hostile12 attacks Nikomachos with Bludgeon but Nikomachos DODGES!
<COMBAT> Hostile11 attacks Johana with Bludgeon and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Hostile11 with Psychometry - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Knight attacks Hostile13 with Sword - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Hostile13 attacks Knight with Bludgeon - ARMOR on Right Hand stops the attack

Nikomachos is ready for the Hostile's leap this time, bringing his shield up neatly to catch the descending axe on the flame-washed hard light surface. His right hand drives his sword across his body, under the shield, striking home in the Hostile's gut but unable to penetrate its armor, sending the blade glancing aside. "If you won't go back through, Lady Sophie, at least stay behind me…" The horse-crested helmet half-turns to speak to the lady archer behind him, only to whip back as the Hostile before him makes another aggressive move in response to his younger brother's charge.

With a better aim, Johanna rips into the neck of the Hostile, but it swings the bludgeon at her, almost striking her. She manages to avoid the dangerous weapon and swings her sword hard with her hands to try and end this Hostile completely. Taking just a moment to make sure the rest of the team is still able bodied, she notices most are and continues fighting.

At another time, Sophie might excuse the sight of her arrow uselessly bumping off the Hostile's arm on something other than any possible lack of skill. At the moment though, feeling a menacing trickle at her right leg and her chest, she is reminded to keep on fighting. Breathlessly, she replies with a croaking voice to Nikomachos' words, "y-yes, my Lord." Oddly, she feels little actual pain, thoughts merely on drawing another arrow and nocking the tool, before releasing once more at the creature's nightmarish noggin.

Asher scores another blast to the abdomen of the Hostile. He turns his horse a little, getting it under a bit better control before he channels more energy into another smokey blast at the Hostile, aiming for a finishing blow this time!

As he once more misses the charge, Sammel shakes his head a bit. Tossing the lance to the ground with a bit of a growl, he brings the horse to a stop. "Okay, time for the old-fashioned way…" he lets out, as he pulls the poleaxe with him while he dismounts. Making sure he has the weapon in hand, he rushes for the one Niko's fighting, moving in with the spike on the weapon's head going straight for the Hostile.

<COMBAT> Asher will attack Hostile11 this turn. Options: called=head
<COMBAT> Sammel has changed stance to Aggressive.
<COMBAT> Sammel has changed weapons to Polearm.
<COMBAT> Sammel will attack Hostile12 this turn. Options: called=neck
<COMBAT> Hostile12 will attack Sammel this turn. (Nikomachos)

<COMBAT> Asher attacks Hostile11 with Psychometry - Critical wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Sophie attacks Hostile11 with Bow and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Hostile12 attacks Sammel with Bludgeon and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Knight attacks Hostile13 with Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Johana attacks Hostile11 with Sword - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> Hostile13 attacks Knight with Bludgeon and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Hostile11 attacks Johana with Bludgeon and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Sammel attacks Hostile12 with Polearm - Critical wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Nikomachos attacks Hostile12 with Sword and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Hostile12 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Hostile13 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Hostile12 has left the combat. (Mars)
<COMBAT> Hostile13 has left the combat. (Mars)

Boom, Headshot! Asher's smokey lightning blast hits the hostile in the head, quite a telling blast, "That's a tough one!" Asher calls, "I can't believe it's still standing!"

There's a bit of a roar from Sammel as he closes the distance between him and the Hostile, as the younger of the Cindravales present pushes his weapon out in front of him as he sees the enemy turn to face him. Managing to catch it with the spike on the poleaxe's head just where he wants to, said spike goes far into the Hostile's neck, as Sammel manages to evade the attack aimed for him. Pushing the creature a bit further away before he wrenches the weapon free now. "Okay, much better…" he mutters, before he turns to try help taking the last one down, after a few deep breaths now.

Johana has luckily avoided the bludgeon the Hostile keeps swinging at her, and when Asher does make a successful strike at the same time she misses, she moves to swing one more time, agreeing with the Khourni. "He. Won't. Die!" Swinging her blade at the same time she says die.

Nikomachos gooses Erinye forward with his heels, swinging down at the Hostile as it turns toward his brother, only to have his sword miss entirely as the Hostile crumples, neatly pithed by his kin. Nodding to Sammel, the elder Cindravale sits up to scan the area, fully confident that the Khourni can deal with the last remaining Hostile. Best make sure there aren't any more. Twisting his torso a bit to test the wound at his side, he grimaces inside his helmet, "This is Sir Nikomachos. We need medical teams here on the double, and a force to hold the Waygate on this end."

Sophie lets out a low growl in annoyance when her arrow misses, feeling a bit dizzy on her feet. No matter, ignoring her injuries completely, she draws another arrow, nocks it, and releases it once more at the Hostile's waiting head, intent to finally take the creature out with this last assault.

<COMBAT> Sophie has changed stance to aggressive.
<COMBAT> Sammel will attack Hostile11 this turn. Options: called=neck
<COMBAT> Nikomachos will pass this turn.
<COMBAT> Knight will pass this turn. (Nikomachos)

<COMBAT> Johana attacks Hostile11 with Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Hostile11 attacks Johana with Bludgeon - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Sophie attacks Hostile11 with Bow - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Nikomachos passes.
<COMBAT> Knight passes.
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Hostile11 with Psychometry - Light wound to Chest.
<COMBAT> Sammel attacks Hostile11 with Polearm - Serious wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Manatarms1 passes.

Asher is perhaps a bit suprised that this battered Hostile Scout is still up and fighting, his hand moving to thrust another firey blast out towards the creature's head to try and put it down, for good!

Sophie stares through fading vision when her arrow somehow manages to slam against the Hostile's head, only to bounce harmlessly away. Gritting her teeth, she draws yet another arrow. Nocking the projectile in place, she pulls it to her cheek and lets go, intent on piercing the creature's head this time.

<COMBAT> Asher will attack Hostile11 this turn. Options: called=head
<COMBAT> Nikomachos has changed weapons to lance.
<COMBAT> Nikomachos has changed stance to agg_shield.
<COMBAT> Nikomachos will attack Hostile11 this turn. Options: called=neck

Nikomachos circles around Sophie's line of fire as she reaches for another arrow, pulling the lance from the arm of the dead Hostile and then carefully finding a direct run at the Hostile that stays out of her line of fire and Asher's. Putting boots to Erinye, the destrier launches itself forward, the bloodstained ribbons hanging from the base of the lancehead whipping wetly in the wind of the charge.

With everyone on the same Hostile, Johana's arms are growing tired of swinging her blade repeatedly, but she forces herself to continue even when he manages to strike her armor to her chest where her previous wound was still healing. Unable to believe it's still standing even after the continued hits, she doesn't give up.

Swinging his poleaxe for the neck of the remaining Hostile, Sammel mutters something under his breath as he keeps on attacking the creature now. Frowning a bit as he does, letting out another growl now.

<COMBAT> Knight passes.
<COMBAT> Johana attacks Hostile11 with Sword - Moderate wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Hostile11 attacks Johana with Bludgeon - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Sammel attacks Hostile11 with Polearm and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Sophie attacks Hostile11 with Bow - Moderate wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Nikomachos attacks Hostile11 with Lance - Light wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Nikomachos's weapon clicks empty.
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Hostile11 with Psychometry - Critical wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Hostile11 has been KO'd!

Finally the Hostile goes down as Asher scores another solid hit on the head of the creature,even aslance, sword, and arrow puncture it's body as well, and the Khournas knight takes a deep breath, "Are there any more on their way?"

Sophie looks on while the single remaining Hostile is assaulted by what appears to be numerous weapons. Her arrow misses the mark, though still pierces the Hostile's right arm, while a lance cuts at its throat, a sword slashes at its other arm, and a ball of fire obliterates its head. Finally, the monster is downed, and Sophie is reminded of her wounds. She collapses to the ground with a loud grown, clutching at her right leg and writhing wildly, her bow discarded and forgotten beside her while agony sears through her battle-weary mind.

Nikomachos probably wasn't necessary there, with his lance just clipping the side of the Hostile's neck as he's being torn apart by arrows, swords, and scary, scary Psychometric powers. By the time that he's recovered from the charge, bringing his charger around and his lance up, footmen are pouring through the Waygate, establishing a perimeter and clearing the way for medical teams to rush through after them. Nikomachos locks his lance upright in the holster on his saddle, looking around and pressing his hand to his side. He's looking a bit green there inside his helmet, but thankfully, no one can see what's going on in there. Working his mouth, he finally answers Asher, "I don't see any, but…" They do go all invisible, after all.

Letting out a breath as he sees the Hostile fall, Sammel sighs a little now. "Everyone okay? At least relatively speaking?" Moving to retrieve his lance and horse now, he lets out another breath. "Well, they're bound to return at some point in the future," he offers.

Relieved, Johana resheathes her blade while she can for the moment, taking a few deep breaths to catch it. She looks around at the others and sees the wounds. "She needs assistance. My lady can you ride?" Though then she sees her collapse but realizes the medical team was incoming. "Now I wonder where the next will strike…." lifting her visor, "Well done, everyone. Well done."

Nikomachos looks about at the human and Hostile ruin, blood, limbs, entrails scattered about, and then abruptly he reaches up to rip off his helmet, shutting down his hard light shield just in time to lean over the side of his saddle and vomit noisily. That doesn't do anything good for the ribs that currently feel like they're trying to rip themselves free of his side, and he grabs at his side with one hand even as he wipes his mouth with his other. His usually-light voice is rough from the acid as he speaks up, "We should get back to Phylon. There's still a ship coming down."

Sophie groans through the speaker, still clutching her right leg while blood dribbles downwards onto the ground. A metallic bolt pierces her right leg, while the front of her breastplate has been caved in at her chest. Gritting her teeth, she replies to Johana's words by mumbling out, "I…I'm not sure…by the gods, it hurts!" She hears the horrid sound of Nikomachos letting loose his lunch, while Caedmon gallops to her side with her own mount in tow. He drops from his steed and carefully picks Sophie up from the ground, before collecting her bow and locking it on her back once more. Gingerly, he manages to place Sophie atop his horse, climbing on behind her and holding her secure. One hand gathers Mallory's reins, and he looks to Nikomachos with a likely eerily calm voice, "ready, Sir."

Sammel frowns a bit as he sees Niko doing the vomiting, studying his brother with a concerned look now. Mounting his horse again, he brings it over to closer to where his brother is now. "Not a pretty sight…" he offers quietly, before he nods. "True, we should be getting back to Phylon now."

Nikomachos gestures with the hand not currently clasped to his ribs at the carnage around them, "Have you looked around, Sam?" Swishing spit around in his mouth, he spits to one side, then nudges Erinye toward the Waygate, nodding to Caedmon as he does, "We'll get her patched up at the Fortress." A grimace crosses his face, "She should never have been out here." He seems to be recovering from his regurgitation well enough, although he still looks rather pale. And then he's leading the group back through the Waygate, nodding his silent thanks to the two Khourni who accompanied the group, and slouching a bit in his saddle.

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