Day 054: Assault On The Mountain (Skaikru) - Part 1
Summary: The Skaikru-led team assaults Mount Weather.
Date: 23 July 2016
Related: Happens concurrently with Assault on the Mountain (Trikru) - Part 1 and Assault on the Mountain (Trikru) - Part 2. Leads to Assault on the Mountain (Skaikru) - Part 2
Ark Gideon Wren Silas Rinnan Kai Asher Grey Cassandra Morgan MountainMen 

Within Mount Weather
Scattered throughout in scenesets.
54 Days After Landing

Movement through the Reaper Tunnels is tense, moving through the darkness with only red-tinted flashlights pointed straight down for light, hoping not to run into any brighter lights as the team follows the directions of the scouts. After a nerve-wracking hour or so in the tunnels, however, a pale glow appears ahead, an electric light over a door in the cavern wall. This must be one of the entrances to the feared and fabled Mount Weather. And there above the door is a camera, easily recognizable to the Skaikru, and familiar by description to the Trikru. It is a moment's work at the direction of Lieutenant Sambas to destroy the camera over the door, and then the Lieutenant crouches down before the door. If he cannot crack the card-reader and get them in this door, they will have to try the singular explosive provided to them by Richael, or their mission is for naught and they will have to double-back to one of the other entrances, losing valuable time in the process. Thankfully, Sambas is able to take apart the keycard reader and short-circuit the insides, sliding open one side of the airlock door. Inside is a small room, barely large enough for ten warriors, and another closed door.

"Everyone into the airlock," notes Sambas as the door slides open. Just in case anyone was thinking twice about entering the deathtrap.

Gideon is here not as a Trikru, but as a Skaikru — not that you would be able to tell. Her armor is still that from her previous clan, as are her choice weapons. Her face is clear of ash and oil, and her light, golden-brown hair is drawn into a tight ponytail. Earbuds hang off her shoulder like two, slender tendrils, bobbing slightly at her chest. Her quiver is full, bow out and held in a passive position. She glances over toward Cassandra, gives her Second a small nod, and then files in with the others into the tight airlock. She feels abruptly closed in, like the ceiling is too low and the walls too close. She intakes deep breathes, breathing through her nose and out her mouth in a meditative whoosh.

Wren takes no joy going in the Reaper tunnels. Making just the slight bit paranoid. Never mind the sheer lunacy of getting into the mountain in such a way. He doesn't like it. What he doesn't like even more is that there isn't someone like Britt or Erson or Khesu with them. Someone a bit more seasoned and veteran. Basically, someone Trikru to take orders from. He does not at all relish even the idea of having to take orders from one the Skaikru Guards. But in an effort of cooperation, he makes no issues about it. Not liking something and not following are two different things.

Still, he donned his war paint, and sliding over the Jason Vorhees-style hockey mask over his face, which has been painted black. The big guy is wordless, following, everyone filing through the doorway. There's a look back behind him before moving forward, giving Kai a grunt. Wren-speak for "c'mon".

Quiet, hushed breaths come from Silas as he quietly follows along in the middle of the group. His right hand holding his sword at his side by its hilt, Silas' eyes follow the front-most flashlights before he's squinting towards the glowing light at the end of the tunnel. His lips are pushed into a thin line as they advance upon the light, his eyes falling upon the Lieutenant as he takes out the camera and then successfully short-circuits the card reader. Silas pales a bit as he hears the doors sliding open, eyes flicking to Sambas at his words before looking back. Silas steps inside, taking in slow and deep breaths as to try and calm himself as his knuckles whiten as his hand clenches the hilt of his sword.

So. Rinnan is here. Which is… decidedly awkward, at least for her. The presence of this many Skaikru around her general person seems to have a general affect on her overall ambition towards being chatty. So far, it's been a lot of monosyllabic nodding and grunting as a primary path to diplomacy. No time for deep and meaningful discussion about that one time as Space Camp, Docta Jones! Instead, she throws a somewhat apprehensive look at Wren and Kai and even Gideon before this man they call Sahm-bah orders them all forward. It's probably not rocket science why she lets all the people with the 'fayogons' go through that door first.

It's been impressed upon Kai that she is to follow the orders of the Skaikru on this mission. And though she can't help but cast a look at Wren at the thought of going into the death airlock of doom the Second does pull up a piece of white smeared black cloth over the lower half of her face, eyes and skull smeared with ash aside from the line of stitches still in her skull. She enters, electing to take up a spot on the opposite side of the inner door from the keypad. For the moment at least her bow is left where it is in favor of pulling her machete and holding it tip towards the floor. Just in case. Shooting gallery comes to her mind.

Being militia, Asher has an assault rifle slung over his shoulder. Being a delinquent, he also has grounder armor on, a grounder hand axe at his hip and a grounder sword strapped to his back. Oh, and several knives and shivs about his person. When the door opens, Asher glances around to the others present. He unslings his rifle from his shoulder and presses the butt of it against his shoulder, the barrel pointed at a forty five degree angle down to keep from shooting anyone. He's still no marksman, but he can at least put the bullet in the right direction…normally. And so he moves off through the open doors.

The Reaper Tunnels are plenty creepy even when you have an assault rifle snugged up against your shoulder and a flashlight on the rail beneath the barrel. Grey can only imagine how it might be armed only with a sword and without any light at all, and he doesn't want to think about that. So instead he keeps quiet, thinking about the people trapped inside, Quinn, Hanne, Max, Cookie, Cameron… the list continues in his head. Grey is not the sharpest tool in the shed, but he memorized the whole list of names, burned them into his head. When the door opens up, he slips past the Lieutenant, moving up to take position just to the left of the door. He gives Gideon a tight smile, intended to reassure her just as readily as it is intended to reassure himself. He doesn't like being in the deathtrap any more than Sambas does. The only thing worse is elevators.

Cass Bonheur seems like an unlikely individual to be attending this rescue mission, given her official title as Token Selfish Bitch of the 100; the finding of Zoe Zu's bones having posthumously passed her the crown. Though her head injury is healing well, its effects in suddenly changing her person, apparently, cannot be overstated. Not only has she expressed willingness to dive head-first into danger and save her missing friends, but she's marching tall and proud, without trace of fear, and actually following orders. She gives Gideon kom Skaikru a reassuring nod as they head into the tunnels, keeping mostly quiet. Tight spaces, however, aren't anything new for those who were born on the Ark, especially for this ex-Solitary confined Delinquent. In her hand she holds a brand new short-sword with a lightly curved blade, perfectly balanced for her arm. She keeps an eye out for any signs of danger, especially any that might be pointing at Asher's neck.

The rifle might look odd combined with the Grounder armor and a sword but it's not the first time Morgan has that particular combination so should be familiar to at least some. He's been staying near the front of the group but hangs back when the tech works on the door. When he's given the signal, he slips inside, scanning the interior for someone that needs killing.

The Lieutenant sidles through the mass of humanity inside the airlock, moving from the open back door to the front, "'Scuse me, 'Scuse me." And then he's at the interior door, and after another minute's fiddling, The outer door slams shut, and he induces the inner door to start the cycle. There is a hiss from the ceiling above them… and then a jet of cold air blasts down atop them. A hum of machinery around them starts up, and then the inner door unlocks. Once the door opens, it reveals a short hallway with pipes and wires collected at the ceiling. All four surfaces around them are concrete, gray and unadorned, the walls made of cinder blocks and the floor and ceiling poured material. Lights ride high on the walls. There are three doors on each side of the hallway, each with a keycard reader and a placard alongside it. The hallway ends in another door, also with a keycard reader. One more for Sambas to work through, and he hurries forward to get to it.

Gideon ducks her head immediately, almost shocked by the sudden flood of air striking her from above. She closes her eyes tight, waiting it out while her breath comes harder through her nose. She dislikes this. She dislikes this a lot. Her eye cracks open to glare a bit at Grey, as if she might be saying this is his fault. Though she does offer the quickest of smiles to soothe. Her eyes flicker left and then right, and finally settle on the hallway beyond the door. She grimaces, nods, and begins to step out with the others. She reaches into her quiver, drawing out an arrow, and quickly notching it. "Notch," she murmurs to Cassandra. "But hold… eyes open."

<FS3> Gideon rolls Alertness: Success. (2 7 1 3 3 6)

Wren's movements are slow, precise, but fast enough to not hinder anyone else. Getting cramped in the decon room, he almost doesn't seem to notice the blast of air. His eyes are closed from behind his mask. Not hard to spot a man mentally preparing himself. Finding his center, his zen peace of mind before what he assumes will be chaos coming to life all around him. Getting a grip on the rage. When they begin to move again, his eyes flicker open again, moving on with the rest.

Silas quietly lifts his right right foot to scratch the opposite leg, looking between everyone as they've all made their way into the rather small room. "So uh.. Nice weather, am I right?" he says- trying to lighten up the entire situation with the really bad pun, even if just by a bit. Hell, he hasn't even insulted any of the grounders yet- it's obvious he's nervous as well. Silas looks over to the Lieutenant, shifting aside somewhat to let him through with a quiet grunt before he looks over and watches the doors come to a loud shut. The hissing earns a look, and he winces somewhat as the air blasts him. "..Can we get that?" he mutters to anyone nearby, looking around a bit before he looks over to the inner door as it unlocks. Silas pulls back with bared teeth as though he imagined something to leap out at them when it opened- but when that's not the case, he blinks and seems to calm down a bit as he observes the piped and wired hallway. Taking in a deep breath, he holds it as he mutters, "Fuck my life." before he's marching inwards with the rest of the group, his eyes carefully scanning along the entirety of the hallway as he passes through it.

Grey does his best to ignore the fact that Cassandra is following Gideon around, ducking his head a little under the blast of cool air and grimacing a little. Gideon's glare catches him a bit by surprise, his brows lifting in a silent 'what?' Silas' pun causes a little snort of laughter despite himself, however. When the inner door opens, Grey steps out into the hallway and immediately aside to his left so that he can cover the length of the room and the three doors on the right side of the hall, although he keeps the barrel of the rifle pointed down, and reaches forward to click off the flashlight alongside it. No sense wasting the battery.

Wow does the blast of cycling air feel odd on Kai's shorn head, she can't help but dip it, her grimace hidden behind the cloth on her face. She holds and let's others flow past her into the hallway, choosing to hold onto her machete for the moment. Her eyes go to the placards as they make their way down the hallway. Curious. Or paranoid. Possibly both.

The Skaikru around Rinnan are making displeased faces at each other. Her gaze shifts from left to right, a mild tic above one eye firing off before she looks at Wren and pulls what appears to be a small pinecone out of her pocket. She motions in the air, as though she's going pinecone bowling but contextualization might suggest she's asking if they should check for traps? Or maybe she wants to go bowling? These crazy Tree people, right? She does however look at the Lt. and make the same motion, her eyebrows raising slightly for his feedback.

This is a tense situation and that blast of air doesn't help matters. Asher would have fired off a round if his basic safety training hand't taught him to not put his finger on the trigger till he intended to fire, so it rides the trigger guard instead. His gaze flickers to Cass, and he nods to her once. If anyone else is gonna be watching her, best that it is Gideon. As he waits for the next door to open, he keeps his rifle aimed at the ground, but pointed in the direction of doorway, ready to release a poorly aimed torrent of gunfire at anyone he sees…ANY BAD GUY he sees. Bad guys. Not the Lieutenant.

At the order from her mentor, Cassandra quietly sheathes her sword into an oiled leather sheath at her hip, instead unslinging her bow from across her torso. Over her shoulder, she draws a newly-fletched arrow, which she notches into the string that was bisecting her front moments prior. A nod is sent to Gideon, and a glance to Grey. She's narrowing her eyes at the newly-minted Guardsman ex-C, being unduly territorial and jealous over her new best friend. This is entirely hypocritical of her, given she can't stop looking at the accident-prone Asher, either. She stays calm in the face of that sudden blast of air, and although the corner of her lips curl in a lopsided smirk at Silas' pun, she opts to remain wordless as they proceed.

"Be quicker once we kill someone with a security card." Morgan mutters, looking visibly impatient. Pretty much ignoring the banter, he just stares at the Lieutenant as if his gaze can force her to go faster and be more efficient.

Lieutenant Sambas looks confused a moment at Rinnan's gesture, then thinks a moment and shakes his head, murmuring, "These rooms are lighted. Probably used. Shouldn't be pressure plates or tripwires here." Again, Lieutenant Sambas works his magic at the keycard reader, although it still takes a minute or two to crack it open and connect the appropriate wires. He pulls the door open and raises his assault rifle again, peeking out into the hallway and then stepping fully out and crossing it to press against the far wall and then beckoning the others onward. There's a moment's hesitation as he thinks, running over the map in his head, and then gestures to the right, "Elevator's closer than the stairs."

"Killing someone with a security card means they know we are here," Gideon quips back. She offers the Skaikru a light, but tight smile. Then she breathes out a slow exhale and continues forward. Her arrow remains notched, fingers light at the fletching. Her green gaze has been searching ahead, looking for cameras that were detailed to her earlier. She doesn't see any, so she nods slightly. When the guard mentions an elevator, Gideon frowns and looks at the others. "An elevator? Where are the operators?" Because the only elevator Gideon has ever seen is the hand-cranked one in Polis.

Nothing here from Wren. No reason to talk, and nothing to really add to any conversation. He's here to kill people. You don't talk about how to kill people, you just do it. No conversation needed.

<FS3> Grey rolls Alertness: Success. (4 2 5 2 8 3)

"More boxes." Kai groans just about under her breath. Orders are orders, so to the right she goes, electing to stick to the left hand side of the corridor as she prowls forward, trying to keep her eyes and ears open and letting her injured left hand brush along the wall to help guide her. Keep moving was the order, and for the moment at least she's being good at following them.

Grey nods at Morgan's comment, although he does nod demonstrably toward Gideon at her response. When Sambas crosses the hallway, Grey moves up to the left side of the door frame, leaning around it to cover down the left side of the hallway and waiting for the others to pass by. Just doing his due diligence at this point. And then Sambas makes his decision, and Grey groans softly, murmuring under his breath, "Shitsticks. Another killbox." Gideon's question causes him to shake his head, "Machines, Dee."

<FS3> Kai rolls Alertness: Good Success. (4 1 3 3 1 1 8 3 7)
<FS3> Cassandra rolls Alertness: Success. (2 4 1 3 6 5 7)
<FS3> Rinnan rolls Alertness: Success. (8 6 6 3 5 3 1 1)

Silas is moving in when beckoned- making his way into the hallway before he's letting himself slip back towards more of the rear of the group for the time being. He looks along the same way the Lieutenant gestures when he mentions the elevator staring that way for a moment before he quietly speaks up. "It'd be bad if we all got caught in that, though. Like- we're all painting the damn thing red bad." he says with a slump of his shoulders and a slow sigh from his nostrils. Silas' eyes scan around the room for a moment or two with a lopsided frown. In any case, Silas is heading that way after a brief pause- following behind Kai as he picks himself up. "Hey, sorry 'bout being a bit of a dick before." he says to her, staring over the woman's shoulder as he watches ahead anxiously. Silas apologizes a lot when it's likely he'll die.

"If someone sees us, we're going to kill them. So they might as well have a security card to make it worthwhile." Morgan points out. "Elevator usage could be monitored. They've got to know Lip escaped so implemented security plan verse rescue of hostage blood donors." Or whatever they call it. Probably something boring like Plan D.

Cass isn't too bothered by the tightness of the tunnels and mechanical boxes, nor the prospect of cannibals further down. She isn't bothered by sudden blasts of air either. All that sets her off is the sound of Lieutenant Sambas' voice; every time a member of the guard who isn't Grey speaks, her fingers twitch. Though she tries very hard to keep still and not shoot anyone in the back so soon after being named a Grounder's Second — or officially, given that Grounder is Skaikru, an 'apprentice' — it's obvious she's uncomfortable being here, around these people. She keeps closest to Gideon and Asher, her arrow still against her bow and pointed downwards. The others around her get suspicious looks, as if she expects them to stab her in the back in equal measure with the danger they face from Mount Weather. "Less talking," is the only word she contributes to the team.

The moments that turn into minutes that it takes to open the doors are never ending. Asher waits an eternity for each door to open, waiting to find out if he will have to kill someone today or not. When the order to move forward is given, Asher does so, taking quick, short strides through the door and down the corridor. Elevators? Cass speaks and Asher glances over at her, brow raised.

Quietly sidestepping, Cass then creeps up closer towards the left wall, eyeing a nearby placard.

Kai picks a spot of the wall to lean against where she can spot the Lieutenant and waits until he's looking her way. Fingers are pointed above the door they just came through, and then in each direction of the corridor to point out the camera's the grey-eyed girl can see before her attention flits to Silas. There's a grunt of acknowledgment from her for him, though the words she elects to utter are,"Everybody smile and say cheese."

<FS3> Gideon rolls Archery: Good Success. (5 3 1 7 1 6 4 3 5 7 6)

Cassandra's two words cause a slight grin to pull at the ex-Trikru's face, but she quickly sobers when Kai points out the three cameras. Gideon draws back the arrow without even thinking twice, looks down the righthand corridor, and lets the arrow fly right at the camera. It hits the small target — but just barely — and the camera fritzes. "Well, they know we're here," she announces calmly. "Left hand camera," she says, pointing at it. "We want to make them blind." She glances to the Lieutenant, adding a bit belatedly. "If you agree, Lieutenant…" Oops.

Wren waits. Nothing else to do do right now.

Grey grimaces as Cassandra crosses his field of fire, "Cass…" he whispers, lowering the barrel of the assault rifle quickly, "We're going that way." To the right, not the left.

Indeed, Sambas is moving down the hallway already, at a quick jog, although he skids to a stop at Kai's words, looking up and grimacing, "We have to keep moving. Those kids are counting on us." When Gideon draws and fires, he nods, "Drop the cams quietly if you can. But let's move." And then he's hustling back down the hall to the right.

Silas is quiet as he's simply following the rest of the flock along, pursed lips and somewhat wide eyes. He's quiet as he carefully holds his sword and begins to speed up into a light jog as he double-times it, the mention of 'those kids' causing Silas to furrow his brows and make him shut up from making his little comments. Got people to save, places to be!

Morgan glances up at the cameras then points at one followed but pointing his rifle at it. The message should be clear to those watching in whatever control room there is. He's not going to waste a bullet though so just follows the Guard officer.

Cassandra spends 1 luck points on need to make Grey jealous and win Gideon's heart.
<FS3> Cassandra rolls Archery+3: Good Success. (7 1 3 2 8 2)

As the cameras are noted and taken down, Asher just watches. He doesn't have a bow an arrow, he isn't a marksman and he isn't going to take them down quietly. So he'll just leave those to other people. So instead he'll follow the Lieutenant down the hallway. The faster they get their people back, the faster they can get out of this creepy ass place.

Right, as the Lieutenant says, Kai takes a look for Wren, giving her First a nod before she rises from her crouch to follow along, the sooner they get to the missing, the better in her opinion, no matter how unenthused as hell she is about the idea of setting foot into an elevator under these circumstances.

Wren returns the nod to Kai, but remains silent. When the rest of the group begins to move along, so does he. Since he doesn't know what an elevator is, there's not reason to comment on it. Though he probably won't like it.

Ignoring advisement that she's going the wrong way, Cassandra pauses in front of the placard on the left wall, quietly taking in the information listed on it. At the sound of the camera fizzling out, knocked down by Gideon's arrow, she eyes her mentor's pose, glances over to Lieutenant Sambas, then turns back towards the sign. Her lips move silently, muttering a reminder under her breath, before she turns around, draws her elbow back near her shoulder in a straight line and lifts the arrow to point at the second of three. Rather than firing at one of her own fellows, she lets fly at the surveillance equipment, still saying no word. The last image on it that Mount Weather's security team sees is a scrawny, Grounder-garbed Skaigirl's steely eyes meeting theirs through the video.

Lieutenant Sambas reaches the corner just as Cassandra puts out the second Camera, and there is a sudden explosion of sound from around the corner, where the hallway turns left, a single shot that echoes off the concrete walls. There is an explosion of gore from the right side of the Lieutenant's head, and he crumples to the ground in a clatter of armor and gear.

<FS3> Gideon rolls Resolve: Great Success. (3 7 5 7 7 1 7)
<FS3> Silas rolls Resolve: Failure. (3 3 3 6 1 1)
<FS3> Cassandra rolls Resolve: Great Success. (4 5 2 3 8 8 8 7)
<FS3> Asher rolls Resolve: Good Success. (6 1 8 7 3)

The Grounder waits for Cassandra, nodding with a quick and stoic pride to the girl for taking out the camera. Then she turns, nodding her chin to the elevator. Gideon will act as a wrangler if need be, getting everyone to the elevator quickly. "They know we are here for sure, now is the time to move." Because this scout knows when it is time to stop being sneaky and just start getting on with it. She is already nocking back another arrow, fingers playing at the fletching again as if in some strange, almost obsessive habit. The blue iridescent feathers glimmer even in the harsh flourescent lighting of the Mountain Men corridor.

Then she hears the explosion, and her eyes dart up to the sound of the explosion — gunfire in an enclosed space is worse than in the open air. It makes jump slightly, but she manages to not lose hold of her arrow despite the sudden quivering in her fingers. Her hand tightens, and she is drawing back a step, and with the motion, she draws back her arrow. "Oso throu daun ogeda!" We fight together.

Stopping dead in his tracks with wide eyes, Silas stares as he watches the Lieutenant get gored in front of himself, stepping back a step- before he's pacing back even more with accelerating breaths. Fighting grounders is one thing- but watching someone get shot in the face? That's another. "FUCK!" He lets out in a yell- before he pales as he realizes that his position was given away before he's turning on his heels, his shoes giving a little squeak before he's breaking into a hasty run towards the back of the group. "Fuck that fuck that, holy shit- FUCK THAT!" He isn't running away, but he's definitely not wanting to be at the front right now.

<FS3> Kai rolls Alertness: Good Success. (8 8 1 3 6 6 3 5 1)

Having moved behind the LT down the hall, Asher nearly gets a face full of blood and gore when that bullet meets brain. Gut check time. Asher takes a breath, slamming back against the wall near the corner that turns to the action. "Shit…" he grumbles and looks towards Grey and the other guard. "Alright, someone pony the fuck up and be in charge now before I do it." Because there are chains of command and Grey said he had to follow orders. Time for someone to lead. Time to be Big Damn Heros. Safety flipped off, Asher takes a quick, quick glance around that hall to see what he can see. Hopefully what he sees isn't a bullet in the face.

<FS3> Asher rolls Stealth: Good Success. (8 3 3 3 5 8)
<FS3> Asher rolls Alertness: Success. (6 3 4 3 2 7 2)
<FS3> Grey rolls 8: Success. (2 4 4 1 1 8 3 2) - Alertness
<FS3> Cassandra rolls Athletics: Good Success. (8 8)

Grey starts to move down the hall after the group, even as Cassandra puts out the second camera. The Guardsman appears to be covering the team's rear, walking backwards, but the gunshot up ahead causes him to spin around, rifle barrel coming up and searching for a target. "Shit!" And there's a body in black armor on the ground, and he calls out, "Cover the corner, cover the corner!" Yes, they can probably hear the order, and can understand it since it's in English — his Trigedasleng being bad enough that most Trikru can't even understand it. Evidently, however, he's going to answer Asher's request.

A moment after looking around that corner, Asher is back against the wall on the safe side. He looks over to Grey and holds up a hand, all five fingers extended then holds up his gun, and jerks his head back in their direction. What an excellent time to play charades….

Bang goes the gun. Splurt goes the Lieutenant's head. Up against the wall goes Morgan, bringing his rifle up at the ready and looking for a target. Which is fortunately around the corner or more of them might have splurted. For once, he does what Grey says and covers the corner.

Loitering by the placard may not have been a good idea, but Cass is Cass, and it's a wonder no one's yet thought to get her a toddler leash — preferably rainbow-coloured or leopard-print. Now is the time to move, when she hears the sound of a gunshot and a lieutenant much less lucky than her, one who obviously wasn't able to survive being shot in the head. She ducks, racing back towards Gideon and the elevator with impressive speed. The jogs she's been taking around the lake per Asher's insufferable work-out plan have obviously served her well. She sidles back up near Gideon, eyes narrowed, and readies her bow and arrow anew, pointing it down the hallway at the ready.

Rinnan wasn't even supposed to be here today. Watching the former Sahm-bas' head explode like a grape is probably a thing some in this party are going to remember with the opposite of fondness for the rest of their lives. Which good news (!) might only be ten more minutes from now. Watching Silas flail his way from the front of the line towards the back, she stares at him with raised eyebrows before shifting the weight of the hilt of her weapon around in her hands. "We will smell for the seat of your pants if we lose sight of you," she informs Asher in English, before positioning herself out of the direct line of fire. Guns > Blades, Distance.

Kai lingers in the lee of the 'hidden' corner, crouched low and listening. The machete is eased away as the bow is taken from about her and an arrow nocked. It's awkward with her injured left hand as a brace, but she remains as low to the floor as her bow will allow her and looks towards the others. It's from this low position that she eases up next to Asher and unless prevented is entirely content to shoot from that position and cover to open hostilities.

Wren stays back. Not out of desire, but it's just good tactics to put the people who can shoot forward than try to barrel forward in some suicidal attempt. So there's little else he can do right but stay out the way of that rapidly packed area.

Silas is really fond of his new spot at the back of the pack, clutching onto his sword with both hands, a pale face, pursed lips and shaky limbs. Silas is breathing heavily and fast to the point where he's quite obviously hyperventilating. Silas takes down a big gulp of air as he begins to try and calm himself, moving to keep himself pressed up and against the wall and tucking himself in to try and minimize the chances of him getting his own head splatted. "This isn't good weather right now!" Still holding onto that pun, at least, so that sight hasn't sent him insane.

Grey nods at Asher's gestures, dropping his left hand down to his belt and pulling out a cylinder as he reaches the collection of warriors and non-warriors just shy of the corner. He covers his eyes with the hand and the weapon a moment, then pulls a pin free and loops it around the corner. Oh. Flashbang. Right.

It seems, in fact, that both sides have the same idea, because another little cylinder comes bouncing around the corner as well. Oops. Tick, tick, BAM! There are blinding flashes of light and sound from both sides of the corner. Hopefully everyone got Grey's little gesture and was covering their eyes, although he was only planning on his own being thrown.

<FS3> Cassandra rolls Alertness: Good Success. (2 6 6 7 4 7 8)
<FS3> Asher rolls Alertness: Success. (2 6 1 4 5 8 5)
<FS3> Silas rolls Alertness: Good Success. (7 1 7 4 5 8 2 5 4)
<FS3> Morgan rolls Alertness: Success. (4 7 6 6 6 5 1 2)
<FS3> Kai rolls Alertness: Good Success. (3 8 6 8 2 3 4 8 1)

Kai squeezes her eyes shut at Grey's gesture, holding her position in anticipation born of Cadet training. She waits for the shift towards shadow again and in that crouched position elects to fire an arrow at the first security guard she can see.

"What did we say about talking?" Cass hisses under her breath when Silas puns yet again, no longer finding the banter funny now that their attempt to steal quietly into the Mountain has been blown. Catching the gesture from Grey, she raises her brow, wondering if he's got something in his eye, then glances down to the ticking flash-grenade. …Oh. Imitating quickly, she scrunches her eyes up tight and turns her head to the side. With her hands holding the bow and arrow, she has none free to protect her face more fully.

When the sign from Grey comes, Asher, relying on the minimal training he has had down here, turns his head to the side and closes his eyes tight. This has the added bonus of keeping the worst of the flashbang that was thrown at them from totally incapacitating him. It's enough for him to be able to whip around the corner and unload a third of a clip at the guards before ducking back behind the corner. That's the plan at least. He flips the rifle to full auto, and whips out around the corner to open fire.

Gideon joins Cassandra in shielding her eyes the moment the second flashbang comes tink-tink-tinking into view. She's seen these before, she knows what they are. She turns away from it, loosening her grip on the arrow. This allows her to avoid most of the brilliance. Then she does something that might be considered stupid, but there's just no room for everyone hunkering around the corner. She skids out into sight, and draws back hard on her bow to loose an arrow at the first Maunon she sees.

Wren has heard of these things from first-hand accounts, so he seems to pick up on that from the reactions of others before it happens. At least he hasn't gotten into the line of fire, still, turns his head away from the corner and the corridor that lies beyond it, and closing his eyes. Little else he can do right now. Maybe once they've thinned their numbers, he can get out there without being little more than a bullet sponge.

That clinking of metal… Silas thinks he heard something like that before. Probably one of the times he played a video game. In any case, he knew it wasn't a good thing- and he wasn't busy making bad puns out of stress, so he was able to hear it. Hell, Silas doesn't even have the time to bark something back at Cass. His eyes fall on Greys gesture and his brows shoot up, and he tucks his face down, turns away and clenches his eyes shut, hands coming over to cover his ears as he lets it go off. After all, there's gotta be a bang if it's called a flashbang, right? In any case, Silas is still trying to avoid getting shot. Sucks he didn't take any of those gun classes.

Grey was expecting one ear-shattering kaboom, not two. But what's good for the goose is good for the gander, theoretically. After ducking his face into the crook of his left arm, he can't hear anything, but he can still see at least. He waits a heartbeat as people start to lean around the corner, and then he takes three rushing steps forward, aiming to cross the hallway quickly and slam into the opposite wall with his shoulder, and then fire off a burst at one of the guards. As he's quick-stepping across the hallway, he goes, "Maup… maup…" because his dad was an asshole and told him that's how you get your hearing back.

Flashbang grenades? The Grounder Cocount Network has failed to carry this message beyond Wren, so Rinnan has no idea what those are. Luckily, the brain-slamming-against-inside-of-skull-noise-while-temporarily-blind way it has about itself clears that up real quick for Rinnan. The disorienting quality of having your eardrums murdered isn't all that one would aspire it to be. The ringing in her ears is probably really quite special, too.

Morgan nods in response to the motion Grey makes. He's made sure to know what was being planned to save Cam and that there were flashbangs was mentioned. Turning his head, he closes his eyes and raises his arm to shield them until he hears - shortly followed by not hears - the explosion (s). He doesn't need to hear to shoot people and hey, bright side. He can use it as an excuse to not follow orders he doesn't like assuming he can hear them int he first place.

<COMBAT> Security1 attacks Kai with Assault Rifle - Moderate wound to Abdomen.
<COMBAT> Security2 attacks Asher with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kai attacks Security1 with Bow and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Security4 fires fullauto!
<COMBAT> Security4 attacks Gideon with Assault Rifle - Moderate wound to Right Leg (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Security4 attacks Gideon with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Security4 attacks Cassandra with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Security4 attacks Kai with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Security5 with Assault Rifle but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Gideon attacks Security1 with Bow but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Asher fires fullauto!
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Security2 with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Security2 with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Security3 with Assault Rifle - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Security4 with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Security3 attacks Morgan with Assault Rifle - COVER stops the attack.
<COMBAT> Cassandra attacks Security2 with Bow and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Security5 attacks Grey with Assault Rifle but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grey fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Security5 with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Security5 with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Security5 with Assault Rifle and MISSES!

Morgan takes aim at one of the mountain men but he's still seeing some spots from the flashbang and misses. Then when a bullet ricochets off the corner right by his head, he flinches back. "Shit!" So that's what it's like to be on the receiving end. He's not a fan.

Around the corner, five Mountain Men Security Detail personnel crouch in whatever positions of cover they can find. One is partially protected by a narrow column, two squad in doorways, and the other two are just out in the hallway.

Agony. Gideon's arrow is loosed, but all she experiences is agony that radiates from the thick muscle of her quadriceps. She buckles, dropping almost to a knee as she realizes just how much pain a bullet causes. But then she pulls herself upright again, drawing herself to the far wall. She draws another arrow, nocking it and drawing it back to its full measure. "I count five!" She reports as she focuses on the same one who shot her.

Cracking her eyelids back open when the worst of the white light ceases burning her shielded pupils, Cass turns to take stock of their surroundings and catches an eyeful of Asher breaking cover to spray the corridor with bullets. She might under normal circumstances find this attractive, being a bit of a sociopath (according to some), but she's never been this close to gunfire before than right now, sandwiched in the corridor with her team. What the flash-grenade didn't incapacitate, the rat-tat-tat of assault-rifles does, and she reels back as her ear-drums pound with the sound of violent, man-made death machines. It's all she can do to not fully pull back and die a coward. She follows the lead of her First, stepping out into the hallway and into the line of fire in order to raise her bow and shoot. "Yu gonplei nou ste odon!" she yells at Gideon when the archer falls to one knee, trying to pump herself up to not flee, too. Though she misses her mark, too stunned, she's soon drawing another arrow to fire into the fray. She barely has it in her to pay attention to where she's actually shooting, unfortunately.

Grey's shots are thrown off by his haste to get across the hallway and the jolt into the wall at the far side, and he gets to experience what it's like to know the difference between 'a bullet in the area' and 'a bullet whipping right past you.' It's a very distinctive sound. And not a pleasant one. As Gideon stumbles, Grey's lips peel back from his teeth in a snarl, "Suppressing Fire!" Whether that means blazing away somewhat randomly or taking aimed shots is up to those hearing the order, "Blades, get in there!"

<FS3> Silas rolls Resolve: Success. (4 4 6 3 1 7)

The CLACKCLACKCLACK of assault rifle fire fills the hallway and bullets are everywhere. Bullets fly past Asher as he ducks back behind the corner and then he commits to spray and pray as a tactic. He sends ten bullets down range at the guards. One actually lands, smacking into one of the guards flanks. Better than missing everything. Still, Asher is better up close and personal. Once he's back around the corner, Asher slings the rifle around his back, cinches the strap and then pulls his axe out from the sling that keeps it hitched to his belt. And then, in true Asher fashion, he bursts around the corner and makes a mad dash to get into melee range before he's riddled with bullets for his efforts. Tactical Genius.

There's a growl from Wren, that mask making him a little more terrifying than he usually is. There's a look at Rinnan. A nod, before he's moving away from that corner everyone is shooting at. This is dumb, but they need a distraction. "You need a distraction. You'll get one" Then he rounds the corner, axe in hand, barreling right for the security men.

Kai's going to get a lecture from at least two people, one of whom is in the room. But when Gideon and Cassandra move to fire in the open, so does she. And pay for it. Because One of the bullets fired her way managed to find a spot where it goes straight through her armor and staggers her, not helping the injured, novice shooter keep her target at all. And that drawing fire from two of the guards. Holding the bow is going to be too painful for too long for her, not that she's not already in pain but well, running away isn't an option, so the bows flung away from her hopefully out of position to knock anyone else over and she elects to run forward, pulling her machete as she goes.

Silas takes in a few heavy breaths as he's opening his eyes and listening to the sound of rifles firing back and forth down the alley. Silas bites down on his lower lip as he begins to push himself up from his feet, and he's watching as Asher and Wren seem to have the same idea as him. And so now, he's marching from the nice safety of the back of the group to break into a sprint as he charges over towards the maunon security.

Rinnan nods to Wren, able to infer what he's up to even if her ability to hear him is mostly shot to hell. She nods definitely, in agreement - he's going so she's going, too. "<In Trigedasleng> I DO NOT THINK THIS IS A SMART WAY TO DO THIS," she informs Wren, way too loudly wot for the shrill ring in her ears. Flashbang grenades: the gift that keeps giving.

<COMBAT> Gideon attacks Security4 with Bow and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Security3 attacks Wren with Assault Rifle but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Morgan fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Security3 with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Security3 with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Security3 with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grey suppresses Security3 with Assault Rifle. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Grey suppresses Security4 with Assault Rifle. <successful>
<COMBAT> Grey suppresses Security5 with Assault Rifle. <successful>
<COMBAT> Security5 attacks Grey with Assault Rifle - Moderate wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Security4 attacks Silas with Assault Rifle but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Security2 attacks Asher with Assault Rifle but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cassandra attacks Security2 with Bow and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Security1 fires fullauto!
<COMBAT> Security1 attacks Kai with Assault Rifle - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Security1 attacks Kai with Assault Rifle but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Security1 attacks Gideon with Assault Rifle - Moderate wound to Abdomen.
<COMBAT> Security1 attacks Cassandra with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kai has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Kai spends a luck point to keep fighting!

Morgan grimaces in disgust as he misses again and this time with all three shots. Switching targets to the one going full auto, he puts the rifle back on single shot which he seems to have better results with in general.

Kai takes a shot to the chest, it's slowed by the armor but, really, charging into gunfire wasn't what it was designed for. And it may seem at first given the way the girl staggers that she's going to go down but there's a roar of mostly unheard fury as she closes the distance with security1, bound and determined that she's going to shove her sword where it hurts.

Cassandra is better at hitting cameras that stay put than she is at shooting moving targets. Her second arrow misses yet again, though that's in no small part due to the fact that she's barely looking where she shoots. There are so many security guards, so many bullets, that she just assumes she's bound to hit someone. That changes when the someones available as targets now include her own people, namely Asher, charging into the fray. "Watch your neck!" she calls after him when he runs past her. The least she can do is offer cover fire, and so biting her lip, she glances out towards the corridor, sees that no one else is now shooting at the wounded Gideon, and aims for the jerk who has the audacity to be aiming his rifle at her own favourite jerk.

"<In Trigedasleng> Whoever said it was smart!" Wren calls back at Rinnan, even as he veers to side when he sees one of the security men pointing his rifle at him. He can hear the bullet wizz by him, but it's not something he lets himself thinking about. Like a hound being sent to flush quail out, he heads right for that coloumn that they were using as cover. And that one that shot him, that's the guy that's honed in on. With the way that axe swings, the intention to relieve the man's shoulders of his head is pretty clear.

The nice part of not being able to hear jack shit? Guns going off in a confined space aren't that unpleasant! But then, there are downsides— like not being able to hear people, like Wren. "<In Trigedasleng> WHAT ABOUT GAUZE AND NAPOLEON BONAPART?," Rinnan hollars back at Wren, as they both plunge into the fray. She seems surprised for a moment when no bullets fly directly at her but that surprise shifts into a dark cackle, the zeitgeist of the room shifting towards aggressively murderboner.

Scrambling down the hall, Silas grip tightens on his sword as he stares down at the security member that begins to take aim at him. Silas dips slightly, letting the crack and bang of the rifle firing as his hairs stand on end when the bullet whizzes over his shoulder. Baring his teeth with furrowed brows and wide eyes, he's pulling up his sword with a sharp breath before he's roaring in the mans face as he closes the distance before sending it swinging down wildly at the man. And what words of badassery and wisdom does he yell during this? Well.. He doesn't yell any of those kinds of words- so instead he's just screaming, "CUUUUNT!" in his targets face.

Grey fires a series of rounds at the Security personnel along one side of the hallway, trying to force them to duck back behind their cover and buy the attackers time to reach their targets. He is… more successful than when he was actually trying to hit them, but not much. A bullet clips the back of his neck, digging into the meat there, and sending him twitching into the wall again, "Shitdamnow!" Squeezing his eyes closed a moment, he starts to advance away from the wall, rifle-barrel sweeping to look for a more offensive target, finding one in the Mountain Man Wren is charging. It's probably a good thing that he can't understand the Trigedasleng being bandied about. But at least their charging as well. But where'd his cover fire go… he blinks, and there's Kai and Asher rushing into the fray, and Grey lets out an annoyed breath. Nothing to say now though, they know their jobs.

Once in range, Asher dive rolls for one of the guards out of cover and in the fray. He comes up a few feet from the guard and tries to slam his shoulder into the guard before whipping his axe at him in a back handed slash. Dispatch the enemy quickly, that's the only option. "Drop the guns and give it up! You don't have to die here!" It's worth a shot right? Asher probably should have told people he would go rushing in like this, but, to be fair, he's Asher. He just does this.

The archer is not faring kindly out in the open. The shot to her gut grazed across the muscle of her side, splitting it open. Her steps have staggered back, widening the distance between her and the Mountain Men. She shakes her head, clearing it as there is a touch of blackness around the edges. She grimaces, pulls herself upright, and fires off two arrows — both missing and tinking off the cement walls of the corridor. "Yes they do," Gideon growls in response to Asher's demands for surrender. That's not helpful.

<COMBAT> Security2 attacks Cassandra with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Security3 fires fullauto!
<COMBAT> Security3 attacks Wren with Assault Rifle - Serious wound to Right Arm.
<COMBAT> Security3 attacks Wren with Assault Rifle - Moderate wound to Chest.
<COMBAT> Security3 attacks Rinnan with Assault Rifle - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Security3 attacks Silas with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cassandra attacks Security5 with Bow and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Wren attacks Security3 with Axe but Security3 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Silas attacks Security4 with Sword - Light wound to Left Arm.
<COMBAT> Security4 attacks Morgan with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Rinnan attacks Security1 with Sword - Moderate wound to Left Arm.
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Security1 with Assault Rifle - Serious wound to Left Arm.
<COMBAT> Gideon attacks Security4 with Bow but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Security5 with Axe - Moderate wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Security5 attacks Asher with Assault Rifle but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Security1 attacks Kai with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kai attacks Security1 with Sword - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> Grey fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Security3 with Assault Rifle - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Security3 with Assault Rifle - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Security3 with Assault Rifle - Moderate wound to Right Arm.
<COMBAT> Security1 has been KO'd!

Another miss, the arrow tinking loudly off a pipe this time, ricocheting back to the ground harmlessly. This is not boding well for the Grounder. Gideon is backing it up closer and closer to the corner, and then she almost ducks behind it to Cassandra. She is bleeding on her thigh and side, but the only sign is the glistening of liquid on her black armor.

Kai might not manage to hit her target, it was close, so close she probably got hair, but there was no more wounds, and between Rinnan and Morgan, he goes down gurgling. There's a look from the grey-eyed girl for Rinnan, the briefest nod before she shifts to back up Wren with grim determination. There will be time to worry about the blood seeping from her afterwards, by her measure.

One down four to go. Morgan's not even really pleased about one of them going down. They're just faceless obstacles to get past on his way to Cameron. He picks out another target and hopefully won't just hit an arm this time.

Being shot twice has it's downsides, Wren feeling like he'd just been punched once in the arm and then again in the chest. It causes his axe to swing wide, causing him strike into the cement coloumn, chunks of cement to scatter about on the ground. The Trikru doesn't have time to really address the fact that he's been shot twice, channeling that rage into a weapon. Not missing a step he makes for the Maumon again, swinging again. He really wants to cut this guy.

Silas' swing comes down a bit short and offers a shallow cut to the forearm of his targets left arm, though managing to throw off the mans aim as he's firing at Morgan. Silas strafes to the left, carefully stepping along with his feet, his eyes scanning before dipping over to a security member taking aim at him. So, he pulls off to the side, letting the bullet fly past him and into the wall behind him before he's carefully watching Security 4 as he gets ready for close quarters combat- waiting for a chance to get a good swing in.

Cassandra has missed every single shot she's fired so far; even her noble cover-fire meant to protect Asher missed, but she watches him do a fine job of protecting himself with an axe to his assailant's head. Chivalry is not her bag. Sending a glance to Gideon, she ducks under fire and drops her bow rather than wasting another arrow, slinging it back across her torso before she reaches over to pull her mentor to cover.

"You're gonna be fine," Cass reassures, meeting Gideon's moss-green eye. Leaving bloodshed to the professionals, she opts to instead hide behind a wall, which is what she does first. She has an excuse, this time, which is a roll of bandages and home-made astringent pulled from her bag, made from a poultice of yarrow, goldenrod and crimson lake-weed. Binding Gideon's thigh and side in a quick triage, she does her best to drown out the din of battle and gunfire.

Although Gideon may be backing up, Grey is advancing, pumping out three rounds in the direction of the Security guard when Wren drives him out from behind the column. Two rounds hit, and Grey is getting close now, nearing the sprawling melee. He shifts and sidesteps to clear his line of fire, doing his best to keep the pained noises he nearly-heard from Gideon earlier. Focus, Lucian, Focus. And he can hear those words in his mother's scornful voice, and a wordless snarl contorts his face, his steps quickening as he continues to advance.

Rinnan swats at the bullet that pings off the front of her armor, annoyed by the bruise delivering gnat that the guard delivers. She glances over at Kai, a wide rictus that's all teeth to go with her dead-eyed, murder prurience for the Second before she brings the blade down into the brachial muscles of his left arm. Morgan's shot hits him a moment later and the guard drops, leaving Rinnan looking disappointed for a moment that the toy broke so quickly. She casts Morgan a look for a moment before she shrugs. Nevermind! You there! The one in the door! Rinnan charges on, cackling like a slightly bent magpie. Hi friend!

The Security Detail personnel are used to neither being downrange of bullets nor Grounders pressing home an attack straight into the teeth of autofire. As the swords and axes start to fall on them, and one of their own goes down — hard — the start to retreat, still fighting, but not exactly enthused about it at the moment. This close, the melee fighters can see their mouths moving, but after the flashbangs and autofire, the words are impossible to make out.

Slamming the flat of his axe blade against the guards rifle keeps Asher from being shot point blank. Which is helpful. The shoulder charge didn't net him much and so he was forced to redirect his axe attack. Once the shot goes wide, Asher shoves the guard back with a shove from his boot and then he brings his axe down in an overhead swing at the guards head. The helmet the guard wears keeps the axe blade from being cleaved in two, but blood does start to run down the guards face. When you can't hear, you just do what you can do, and ignore any orders.

<COMBAT> Security5 attacks Asher with Brawling - Moderate Stun wound to Left Leg (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Rinnan attacks Security2 with Sword but Security2 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Silas attacks Security4 with Sword - Serious wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Security5 with Axe - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Wren attacks Security3 with Axe - Critical wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Security4 attacks Silas with Brawling - Moderate Stun wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> Security3 attacks Wren with Brawling but Wren DODGES!
<COMBAT> Morgan fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Security2 with Assault Rifle - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Security2 with Assault Rifle but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Security2 with Assault Rifle - Moderate wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Kai attacks Security3 with Sword - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Cassandra treats Gideon:
< Right_Leg (Moderate): unsuccessful
< Abdomen (Moderate): successful
<COMBAT> Security2 fires fullauto!
<COMBAT> Security2 attacks Rinnan with Assault Rifle - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Security2 attacks Rinnan with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Security2 attacks Wren with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Security2 attacks Security3 with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grey fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Security3 with Assault Rifle - Light wound to Left Arm.
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Security3 with Assault Rifle - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Security3 with Assault Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Rinnan has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Security2 has been KO'd!

When the Guard switches to melee, Asher moves to dodge a feint, but finds himself taking a kick to the left knee. His leg half buckles under the force and the slash of his axe at the Guard's chest doesn't get enough force behind it, only cutting through armor. "Fuck!" he growls out, though he can only hear it in his head. His leg hurts and it'll be a few minutes before he can put his full weight on it. Asher switches stances, moving his bad leg back and away from his opponent.

The axe bites. And bites hard. That big axe blade buries itself into the security guard's neck. A clean hit, suggested by the blood spray. But magically, somehow the guy, while maybe looking a little half-dead, is still on the moment, enough energy to at least try to punch Wren. Which he sidesteps out of the way of. No quarter, not now, not ever. And he's twist the two-handed weapon in hands to try and make this fight a little shorter.

Silas stumbles back a bit as he earns a kick to his right leg, pushing him back but letting him swing his sword around from left to right to slash at his neck- cutting it deep enough to be a serious injury, but light enough that he can still fight— for now, at least. Silas lets out a sneer as this happens, breathing heavily through his teeth as he raises his sword up and overhead before he's swinging it down for his target.

Grey tracks another burst of assault rifle-fire up the Mountain Man's left arm and into his chest even as Wren cleaves into him again. And then the ex-Delinquent tosses back his assault rifle, letting it slide around to his back on its sling, and reaches down to his right hip. His right hand grasps, flicks, and he's suddenly got three feet of steel crackling with energy in his hand. He glances at the remaining Detail, and then heads for the woman Silas is fighting, "On your left." It's loud, but it's probably still barely audible.

Taking aim at the last of the ones using a rifle, Morgan squeezes off a burst and can't help but smile, nay grin, when one goes into the man's chest and is followed by one into his head. Yeah, take that asshole. Just a shame a head shot is usually instantly fatal. Next!

"Mochof, Cassandra," Gideon murmurs to her Second, gripping her shoulder. "Now, let's see these Mountain bastards dead, shall we?" She pushes up once Cassandra has her ready, and her side wound no longer bleeds even if her leg is starting to redden the bandage. She draws up her bow once more, grasping for an arrow. This time she is using the corner as her advantage, standing at it so she can spin out, fire an arrow, and spin back in.

Keeping out of the way of Wren's axe, Kai's own blade goes high and clangs off the guys helmet, it's aggravating, and jarring, and between flash bang impacted hearing and the general melee all she can do is concentrate on trying to put down this guy before he has a chance to put down her First. Die, damn you, die.

There's little that Cassie can do for Gideon's leg, though she tries. The bullet is lodged under her armour, bound to impair the woman's movement, but she manages to staunch the flow of blood at least, preventing it from getting any worse. "Just don't move too much!" she tells her, not really considering how her First is supposed to be able to do that given they're still going to have to storm the castle. When Gideon pushes up, she nods her head, straightens up, and looks up in time to see yet another person she cares about having their leg taken out.

Unlike her mentor, Cass does not use the corner to her advantage. She leaves Gideon to use that cover, and herself bounds right back into the fray, glowering as she draws another arrow, steadies her aim and fires it at the security guard who's just trying to defend himself. There's now ducking and cowing out of the line of fire, this time, and she leaves herself open to attack, her sole focus on getting off that single shot.

<COMBAT> Cassandra attacks Security5 with Bow - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Security5 attacks Asher with Brawling - Moderate Stun wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Security4 attacks Silas with Brawling - Moderate Stun wound to Chest.
<COMBAT> Security3 attacks Wren with Brawling and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kai attacks Security3 with Sword - Serious wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> Gideon attacks Security3 with Bow - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Silas attacks Security4 with Sword but Security4 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Wren attacks Security3 with Axe - Moderate wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Morgan fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Security4 with Assault Rifle - Serious wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Security4 with Assault Rifle - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Security4 with Assault Rifle - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Security4 with Shock Baton and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Security5 with Axe - Critical wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Security3 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Security4 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Security5 has been KO'd!

Kai dips low and leaves the proverbial high ground to her First, slinking in to the rear of the security guard to hamstring him with vicious abandon and open him up to Wren's attack. Which means that she also winds up wearing blood other than her own but, well, finally, they're all down.. and so is Rinnan,"Shit." is offered emphatically,"We've got one down and Wren needs a medic." she calls for the group, not sticking her sword away but electing to prowl over to kneel next to Rinnan and check her pulse before checking the security guard next to her. She wants two things. To see if he has a radio, now that she can hear something more than white noise, and to see if he has a keycard.

The third swing went for the other side of the security guy's neck. The same time that Kai almost cleaves the man's leg off is the same time that his head is separating from shoulders, arterial spray an all. It rolls over and away with a sorta sickening cruch sound when it lands on the hard floor. There's a pause, where it's just him breathing hard, letting the rage simmer away. He looks at Kai. "<In Trigedasleng> Well done, Second." he says, patting Kai on the shoulder, before having to lean against the wall, suddenly realizing that once the adrenaline begins to boil off, ow, he hurts. "I could use a healer, yes." he says, wincing at both his arm and chest.

Whether or not she actually managed to hit something, Cassandra has no idea. Largely, this is because Asher's swinging axe is making it hard for her to see, and by the large thug moves his broad shoulders and blade far off enough for her to get a good look at where her arrow went, she notices that the fellow who was attacking him longer has a head. Huh. "You okay out there, Gid?" she calls out towards the corner of the wall. She waits to put away her bow, stepping cautiously back towards the pile of security guards to assess Asher's wounds, and curiously peer down at her arrow.

Aaaand three shots takes down the next one. Morgan just has to chuckle. It makes up just a tiny bit for whatever they're doing to Cam. A down payment on blood. Putting the safety on, he slings the rifle over a shoulder and unzips his medkit. Morgan giveth and Morgan taketh away. Wounds, that is.

As Silas is going in for his downward swing, he feels boot of the man slam against his chest and send him stumbling back as his sword swings and cuts at nothing but air. But hey, that was probably for the best- because shortly afterwards the man is getting filled with three bullets from Morgan. Silas swing his gaze around to look at the man staring at him before he offers the man a faint smile. There are no words exchanged- but the gratitude is there. Silas looks back down to the body, brows furrowing as he steps over and leans over to retrieve the security officers pistol- looking it over before he searches and finds the safety, seeing that it's ON. Silas fixes this, turning it off with a bit of hesitant effort before he's sheathing his sword. Looking up and around, Silas sucks in a breath before sighing. Silas looks around for a moment as he's beginning to get his bearings, reaching down to grab the mountain mans rifle and sling it over his shoulder. He's not going to use it, but it's doesn't seem like something you just leave behind either. "Are-" Silas pauses, swallowing dryly at some air, "Are we all good?" he asks, looking around at the others with a risen brow.

Grey comes around Silas' left, lunging forward with the point of his shock baton toward the Security Detail-woman's neck… and then she's crumpling before he can even get there. Nasty horrible pain in the back of the neck for nothing. Wincing, he turns to look for another target… and finds nothing. The shock baton is retracted and holstered, and he points down to the woman at his and Silas' feet, "Keycard, radio, and…" but the other Arker is already on the weapons collection, "We're movin' as soon as everyone's mobile." He looks to Gideon, clearly wanting to ask how she's doing, but doing his best to keep the group moving, "Someone check the Lieutenant too. And gimme his ammo and pistol."

"I'm okay," Gideon calls back. "I'm seeing to Grey." No jealousy now, kids. She swings her bow into its clip and then moves toward her niron. She is pulling out her own medical supplies — now blessed by Camp Jaha instead of the Trikru. She is still maneuvering what is what, but the med-techs have been good teachers so far. She looks at Grey, giving him a scolding look. "How am I to get you to finish building the house if you insist on doing foolish things… like getting shot at… in the neck no less." While her words seem to suggest Grey is an idiot, the tone is quite warm and affectionate.

<COMBAT> Morgan treats Wren:
< Right_Arm (Serious): unsuccessful
< Chest (Moderate): unsuccessful
<COMBAT> Gideon treats Grey:
< Neck (Moderate): successful
<COMBAT> Cassandra treats Asher:
< Left_Leg (Moderate): successful
< Chest (Moderate): successful
<COMBAT> Rinnan spends a luck point to keep fighting!

An elbow to the chest catches Asher as he was pressing his advantage against the guard. Luckily, Cass shot an arrow at his hand somewhere. That was helpful. Asher slams his shoulder into the Guard's chest and as the guard rebounds back against the corridor wall he moves into Asher's axe blade. Specifically, his neck runs into Asher's axe. It's only once, but the added force of the guards momentum means the axe blade (which is made for chopping) goes right through the guards throat and then the spine and slams into the corridor wall. With a grunt while Asher tries to extract his axe from the wall he lets Cassandra see to his wounds, which is very generous.

Whatever Morgan is trying to do to Wren, he jerks a bit, flinching a bit. "I don't think that's helping, Morgan." he grunts a little in pain at the man. He doesn't look angry, using his non-injured hand to lift his mask up. "Perhaps something different." Granted, Morgan's hands are not Silver's. Though he's not looking to make out with the medic.

Silas lets himself slowly look around for a few moments before he seems to finally register Greys mentioning of the radio and other things. Silas looks over, nodding to the other Arker before he leans down and begins feeling the female security member at his feet for her keycard and radio. Silas is quietly squatting next to the body with pursed lips and furrowed brows- seeming to have gotten into the swing of things like he did back at the dropship fight. Silas also takes the moment to retrieve any extra ammunition the body may hold, before he's looking over to Grey. "How many Cadetlettes's were among the kidnapped?" he asks. Probably just wants to know who to dump the rifle onto.

Kai's investigation that Rinnan is alive. Patient Prognosis: Fucked Up (It's A Medical Term) But Alive. And, what it like getting shot? Rinnan can answer that now. Won't everyone in the Dirt Person, Tree People village be impressed! The last thing she saw, in terms of dramatic preamble, is was the nearly-silent to her damaged ears report-flash of the gun pointed at her. And then, well, nothing. Nearly dying is massively unimpressive. So is waking up on the metal floor of a Mounan hallway with a ringing in your ears, your tongue all cottonmouth, the feeling like your horse just kicked all your insides, and a very boring ceiling above. She rolls over carefully, with a painful yelpgroan before she staggers slowly back up to her feet. Blinking dully around the room at the collection of those still present, she leans down to pick up her weapon and staggers on.

Kai wipes the radio off on her knee and sticks the ear piece in her ear, palms keypad and reminds,"Someone check Rinnan." screw her own wounds, the smile she gives Wren is lost behind her mask as she collects her sword and rises again, going to check the elevator, though she remarks to Grey,"Taking the elevator is fucking stupid. It's a kill box. But we need to get to five, and it will at least give someone the chance to look at the rest of the wounded while we are moving." it's a Skaikru mission, she's opting to let him lead at least.

For now, Cass manages to stave her jealousy. "Remember what I said about not moving too much," she calls out to Gideon, but doesn't even look back to her First this time. She came on this mission for a very specific reason, beyond impressing her First, and now's the moment to see to it.

"Take his armour," the not-so-selfish bitch tells Asher, nodding at his victim. "Wear it." After she's seen to his wounds, presumably, which is what she does now. She averts her eyes from the gory display in front of her, not wanting to see it. "Good job trying to get them to surrender first, too," she adds in a quiet, pained voice. Liberally lifting his shirt to check on his existing bandages, she carefully peels off the one that looks damaged and replaces it with a fresh ones from her bag.

"Speakin' of gettin' shot, Dee. You good?" He waits a moment for the response, his feet already shuffling as he holds still through a desperate effort of will, every instinct screaming at him to move. "We don't got time to strip 'em, Cass. We gotta keep movin'." He gestures toward Rinnan as the woman hauls herself to her feet, "Morgan, you check her out when we're in the elevator?" And then he's jogging back down the hallway to get the ammo and pistol from Lieutenant Sambas himself. "Kai, you stick with…" he searches for the name he learned on the way here, "uh… Rinnan in the back? Make sure no one comes up behind us." He studies the LT's body for a long moment clearly struggling, and then grimaces, reaching to to snag the man's ID tags and then leaving him where he lies, "We're movin'."

The Grounder sees to Grey, offering him a gentle touch to his shoulder. "I'm fine… Cassandra saw to my wounds. I will manage." Then she starts to worry herself about putting the proper pressure on the adhesive bandage, and she leans in to press a quick kiss to his forehead. Then she is grabbing for some of the gear Grey ordered them to get — she avoids the guns like they are cold iron and she is a mythical faery, but she does grab a radio and a keycard. She then nods her head. "Let's get moving… we don't want to get swarmed. The more we move, the less likely they will pile on."

"Sorry Wren. A bit distracted." Morgan gives the man a spat on the shoulder. He nods to Grey and heads for the elevator, stooping to grab an extra rifle or two and dragging them along. "We should take their guns and ammo. And check for security cards."

"It'll have to wait." Isn't the first time where Wren has to simply deal with whatever wounds he has. Won't be the last either. He's a big guy, he's got a lot of blood. He'll last a long time before he bleeds out. Some say it takes five days to do that. So, at least that much to look forward to. Still, gonna hurt until he can get the adrenaline going again. Don't feel much after that. Pushing himself, he pulls his mask back down over his face. "Forward."

Asher waits for Cassandra to finish checking on him. The liberal lifting of his shirt forces him to smirk just a bit, "No time to get undressed right now…" He then looks to the guard and his armor. He'd like to take it, but…"We don't have five minutes for me to strip that guard down and put his armor on. We gotta move. They'll send more guards soon." Asher puts his axe away and then slings his rifle back into his hands. "Maybe on the way back if there is time…" Like he'll drag that fuckers body out to get the armor.

Silas quietly pulls and searches for a keycard and radio- which he manages to find, slipping the two out in his right hand. He brings his right hand over to hook the radio on his belt, before he's looking over the keycard and wiping it down on his pantleg to rid it of any blood on it. "Got a card and radio 'ere." he says before he's looking over his shoulder to Grey. He's looking over the others for a moment or two before he pipes up as he brings himself to his feet, staring at his leg and chest. "That's gonna bruise…" he says with furrowed brows before he's standing by and waiting to follow along, idly looking over the handgun he's taken. "Heavy…"

"You're such a stubborn ass," Cass tells Asher, batting the back of her hand at his side when she's done replacing his bandage. That probably isn't going to help his injuries. She leans over to steal a quick kiss on the cheek, deciding they at least have time for that, then bends to retrieve her arrow from the dead Maunon's hand. Apparently she did hit something after all. Somehow, she manages to do that without letting her eyes linger on the guard's severed neck, shelving that imagery for another night, when she needs to sleep, and not move.

Grey grins at Gideon at the kiss to the forehead, squeezing her shoulder, and then they're off to the elevator, which apparently this patrol just departed, because it arrives immediately when the call button is pushed. Grey slips in, nodding to Kai, "It's stupid, but it's fast. We'll use the stairs to get back up." Since their exit is actually on this floor, through the infirmary. He presses the door-hold button until everyone is inside, and then releases it, jabbing the '5' button and then trying to get his new and additional gear sorted somewhere, somehow. Two pistols, a captured assault rifle he'll take from Morgan so the medtech doesn't have three, his own assault rifle, extra ammo, his shock baton, and his knife. He might be waddling a little. Or at least clanking.

"I'm trying to be a good soldier. It's probably just a phase." Asher replies and then when Cass has gotten her arrow and Asher has at least taken the mags and extra rifle from the guard, pistol if he has it, then he'll go with Cass to the elevator to get the hell out of here and off to finish their mission.

<COMBAT> Morgan treats Rinnan:
< Abdomen (Light): successful
< Chest (Serious): successful
<COMBAT> Wren treats Kai:
< Abdomen (Moderate): unsuccessful
< Chest (Moderate): unsuccessful
<COMBAT> Gideon treats Silas:
< Right_Leg (Moderate): unsuccessful
< Chest (Moderate): successful

When the doors open on Level 5, showing the placard on the opposite wall (Dining Hall Left, Storage Right, Machine Room Right, Residences Left), there are, amazingly, no Security Detail personnel waiting to open up full-auto on the occupants of the elevator. In fact, the hallway appears to be empty, although there are a couple of cups of coffee sitting on the ground opposite one of the doors to the right, one of which is knocked over. According to their maps, the 'Visitors' Quarters' are off to the right, in one of the old storage rooms.

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