Day 034: Reapercussions
Summary: The Trikru (with some Skaikru assistance) take Coesbur back from the Reapers, and then the Mountain interferes.
Date: 2 July 2016
Related: Don't Fear the Reaper
Kai Benning Gideon Wren Britt Arlin Cassandra Starling Silver Morgan Pontus Grey Asher 


Coesbur Bridge, The Wilderness

Emerging from the forests, this bridge had once been part of a small, two-lane highway. Much of its asphalt and concrete remain, though sharp swordferns have grown out of the deep cracks. It has low barriers on one side, and higher ones on the other to protect what had been a pedestrian walkway from the rushing waters of the divided Potomac below. It stretches over the forty foot span of the river, leading into the Grounder village to the east. A sign hangs lopsided on rusting metal posts. What is left of it reads:

C—- o- —esbur- POP: 4-,6-3

35 Days After Landing

<FS3> Grey rolls Alertness: Good Success.
<FS3> Cassandra rolls Alertness: Success.
<FS3> Kai rolls Alertness: Good Success.
<FS3> Wren rolls Alertness: Amazing Success.
<FS3> Silver rolls Alertness: Good Success.
<FS3> Benning rolls Alertness: Great Success.
<FS3> Arlin rolls Alertness: Great Success.
<FS3> Morgan rolls Alertness: Success.
<FS3> Starling rolls Alertness: Good Success.
<FS3> Britt rolls Alertness: Good Success.
<FS3> Gideon rolls Alertness: Good Success.

Another summer storm has rolled over the lowlands to the east of the Mountains. The clouds are high, but lightening as the storm begins to pass. Thunder still rolls, but it follows the eastern path of the storm. Collected rain drips sedately off overburdened leaves, and a soft birdsong rises up out of the post-storm serenity. The asphalt of the old bridge leading into Coesbur has deep puddles of gathered water on either side, and a sizable pothole toward the middle has become a lovely bird bath where a color-changing nuthatch splashes around, fluffing out his handsome feathers and chirping happily.

This is all quite a lovely picture, save for the fact that the storm has not smothered out the bonfires that burn in the center of the village, sending a steady plume of smoke curling ominously into the sky. Noises can be heard from the village — low, guttural grunts, growls, and the occasional unintelligable shout. The warband has slowly moved in, utilizing the village's various points of entry into Coesbur. There are obvious signs of Reaper activity, sweaty and dirty bodies moving this way and that in the village center. It is hard to exactly track how many there are on this side of the village, but there is a sense of lots.

Kai's not usually one for being loud, and normally would prefer not to be standing out in the open, but Reapers aren't terribly tactical, and the advantage of the bridge's chokepoint isn't one to be lost. And that's why when the break in the rain comes the Trikru convert finds herself just off their end of the bridge trying to taunt a bunch of psychotic cannibals into trying to murder them. As you do. Something something fight in the shade she recalls to herself with a smirk, watching the movement she can see for signs that they've been noticed.

Benning is perched in the tree with her bow drawn, looking at the village with hard eyes. Her gaze takes in the apparent damage that has been done the structures and the amount of Reapers that are present. From her vantage point she's able to quietly signal to Gideon and Starling that she can see eighteen Reapers.

Gideon kom Trikru is up in a tree — not a very shocking place for the nimble scout. She is tucked up against the trunk, balanced in a low squat on the thick branch. Her bow is in hand, and quiver full of arrows with back-ups sticking out of her scouts bag. Her clothing is dark with ash and oil and dirt, all of which match the dirt on her face. She glances to Starling and Benning, as the two are also in the canopy with her. She says nothing, but nods slightly to the two and mouths the words, "I count fifteen." Then she flashes five fingers three times to emphasize her initial headcount. Then her brow furrows when Benning reports three more, and she narrows her eyes back at the village again, but those damn Reapers just blend together as ugly and monstrous.

Wren left Roach a bit back to not draw attention, then moving quietly with the rest of the party he's been put with. Hair has been tied around his head, keep it out of his eyes in the midst of battle, having been kept down to a low crouch while moving along the bushes. While he's not the sneakiest of people ever, it's at least an attempt at not making himself a large moving target that'd give away himself and everyone else. Upon coming up to the bridge, he pauses, taking a slow look around, eyes sweeping from one side to the other. A few audible sniffs to smell the air, then licking his lips slightly, as if to taste it. And yes, he doesn't bother to look over his shoulder to make sure Kai is there, that's just a given. "Hold here, Kai." he stays at their end of the bridge, crouched and waits a moment, looking around again. Perhaps seeing all that he needs to see, he looks back to the rest of the group.

"There are bodies scattered about. They appear dead. The buildings appear heavily damaged. But so far, I think I counted somewhere between eighteen and twenty-four of them moving about." That's said for everyone else, his initial report on the matter. "I say we lure them back to the bridge, as many as we can, fight them here, take them by smaller numbers and use this place as a chokepoint."

Britt has taken up a position where she can provide supporting fire to the bridge, concealed by the base of a heavy tree. Her bow is in one hand, an arrow held loosely in the other at the ready. Her red locks have been darkened by the soot and by the rain they came through. The white bandage is gone from her face, revealing the ugly gash beneath, but the swelling's gone down enough that she can actually see again. She glances over to check on Starling, who she'd asked to stay nearby.

Having to return to Coesbur, three weeks ago, for the first time in over 12 years was bad enough. Having to return to Coesbur now that it's been overrun by Reapers while probably maybe going to be exploded by a missile in the foreseeable future really isn't an upgrade. Having been on horseback for the past too many hours certainly doesn't help. Having some Skaikru here — an unknown and not particularly trusted factor — might well be the rancid icing on a burnt cake. Duty calls, though, and Arlin answers, even if the whole thing sets him sour. Then again, that could just be his Resting Jerk Face.

For once, the medic's not wearing his beat-up Army Rangers Airborne ball cap. Or, better put, he removed it and tucked it away for safekeeping when it was time to take his stance. The ever-present medical satchel is present, and he and his hatchet, AKA Molly, are warming up. The overcast sky means a lack of sun directly in his eyes, which he keenly casts towards the village. Unlike the archers, he has no need to be quiet, and he semi-echoes Wren, noting, "I count eighteen. Looks like they've torn off some roofing, and the window above the Seat door has been bashed in."

<FS3> Cassandra rolls Athletics: Embarrassing Failure.

Why Casandra of the Sky-People is here in the first place is anyone's guess. She doesn't care for anyone but herself, to hear tell from her own camp, least of all the Grounders; and if that isn't true, then it still ought to be apparent that the girl is no warrior. She came armed and easy to mistake for a Grounder, with a new, fashionable set of practical clothing from TonDC, including a trailing duster jacket. She is still wearing the leather armour gifted to her by Silas Pike, has a thin wooden short-bow at her back, and a long-bladed steel machete at her hip; but she is not a warrior. Thin and lacking in both nourishment and musculature, she follows the imposed war-band with the air of someone who knows what they're doing and none of the skills to back it up. Once they arrive at the bridge, she spreads out with the rest to join the ambush, following the lead of one Gideon kom Trikru.

The task seems easy. Cassie is an archer, is she not? And archers belong in the trees. With confidence and fluid movements, she sends a glance to the cat she's copying, then follows up.

Crash. Out tumbles the skygirl from the trees, rolling off of her back with a wince of pain and a shower of leaves off the side of the bridge. This isn't the first time she's fallen from the sky, and it's certain not to be the last. There's no doubt in her momentarily dazed mind, mercifully liberated of the ability to hear any laughter for the moment, that she's embarrassed herself enormously in front of her new peers — which is why, without pausing to absorb what they might have to say about that, she lets out a breath, gets up, and tries again.

And again. And again. Fruitlessly, Kasandra kom Skaikru reaches for that tree, raises the toe of her trusty old boots (riddled with holes, being the only item of her ensemble that doesn't look shiny and new from TonDC) and again attempts the climb. She looks up at those tall branches above, biting her lip, but it's a long time before she gives up. Let nobody speak, for the girl isn't listening. Finally, with a sigh of resignation, realising that everyone has now moved into position but her, she unslings her bow, draws an arrow, and slips behind that wooden bane of her existence to hide on the ground instead. She is sore and bruised in skin and ego alike, but won't be giving herself more punishment for it than the others see fit to impose on her.

Starling is in the long hang of the branches of trees, within reach of Britt, and sight of Gideon and Benning, she glances up at the motion of numbers by the higher archers and nods, flashing 15 to her own sight in agreement with Benning, but she passes the number to Britt as she gets settled with her bow and arrow at the ready.

Why? Why did Silver agree to this? Because there are Skaikru and Trikru here, and doubtless some of them are going to be injured. More importantly, there are Reapers, and if she wants to get samples from them sent back to the Ark for analysis, she's going to have to risk actual contact. Sort of risk. She's hanging back as much as she can, doing her very best to stay quiet and out of the way of the people who are much better at dealing with killers.

Morgan isn't a skilled archer and is going to need to choose the best angle for each shot possible so being confined to a branch seems like a very bad idea. Instead, he's on the ground and off to one side where he's not likely to shoot someone in the back unintentionally. Opening the satchel on his belt, he pulls out a strap that has some metal tube thing attached to it and he bucckles the strap around his helmet, adjusting the tube so it's pointing forward on the side of his helmet. Jumar made him a GoPro. He also gave him a dataslate which he checks before slipping it into his pocket and closing the satchel back up.

Pontus has been quiet this whole trip. He didn't usually have a hopspitable look about him and that he was approaching his occupied home? Less so. The scarred meat-quilt of a scout gave Benning a nod hearing her count and made his way past Kai following Wren at his shoulder. One eye was kept on the other side of the bridge, and the other on the Skaikru. He wasn't worried about betrayal so much as them not to mess things up. Untrained children were not what he'd refer to as 'reliable help' but his vocalized that opinion none. Grey eyes squint trying to pick out where their ambush points might be.

<FS3> Andromeda rolls 7: Success.
<FS3> Andromeda rolls 7: Success.
<FS3> Andromeda rolls 7: Success.

Immediately, three Reapers' heads go up from where they are skulking near the Coesbur-side of the bridge. One is looking high up in the trees while the other two are focused near the ground. They start grunting at each other, though whether or not they are actually talking is up to a very long and unending debate. One advances forward a step, sinking into a low squat.

Grey crouches low in the bushes on the far side of the river from Coesbur. Thankfully, his hair isn't long enough to get in his eyes in the rain, but he's definitely wet in places that he doesn't enjoy being wet except in a bath. The jury is still out on this whole 'rain' thing in his eyes, but at least it's warm. And ridiculously humid now. "Feels more like I'm breathin' recycled water than air." The words are a grumble as he looks around the little group gathered at this end of the bridge. It's odd… he was here only three weeks ago, spying on the village with a very different purpose, and a very different group of allies. Well, not so different. Morgan's been swapped in for Cameron, that's kind of close, right?

Cassandra's crash to the ground draws Grey's attention in that direction, and he raises his eyebrows. "Well…" Licking his lips, he gives a couple of his armor plates a pat, then looks up to the tree that he thinks Gideon clambered up. "I think that's our cue to get started, yeah?" He waits for Trikru approval, and then straightens up from the bushes and pulls out the small cylinder at his right hip free from his belt. With a snap of his wrist, it extends into a metal baton around two feet long. The soft sound of metal slipping over metal brings a little grin to his lips… that's how readying a weapon is supposed to feel and sound. And then he raises up the weapon to his chest, keeping it carefully powered down as he clatters the hilt against the plates of his armor, helping to raise up the required ruckus.

Wren's eyes snap to the sound of Cassandra crashing down from a tree. Oh, her. There's a eyeroll and headshake. "Well, never mind the lure, the Walking Accident over there seems to suffice just fine for one." he utters. "We're going to get some that're probably going investigate that. We kill them, more will likely come. We fight them here, on our terms. Stay in a group, let them come to us and don't get seperated from the rest of the group. Let them get angry. They'll make mistakes. And don't take on more than you can handle."

Britt blinks as Cassandra comes crashing down not far from her, watching for a moment to make sure the skaigirl didn't break her neck. She gives a dubious headshake and then looks over to Wren. Her lips press together thinly, then she suggests to the archers. "I suggest we wait until they're mostly across the bridge before we open fire. We spook them too soon, they might not cross and then we'll be the ones attacking through a chokepoint."

"Yes, Wren," Gideon says dryly, looking down at him. "We have done this before." Then she shakes her head, shifting in her spot on the tree branch. She reaches for an arrow, notching it, but not yet drawing back as she waits for the results of the noise-makers… she releases a soft grunt of affirmation to Britt's amendment to the plan.

Kai gives an acknowledging nod for Wren's words. Her right arm isn't bothering her as much as it was but still isn't an experience she's in a rush to duplicate immediately in favor of giving a sharp whistle and a couple of loud shouts to help with the purpose of luring, barely noting, and not commenting, on Cassandra's tree-fail.

<FS3> Cassandra rolls 6: Good Success.
<FS3> Arlin rolls 6: Success.
<FS3> Kai rolls 6: Success.
<FS3> Asher rolls 6: Success.
<FS3> Grey rolls 6: Failure.
<FS3> Wren rolls 6: Good Success.
<FS3> Pontus rolls 6: Failure.

Pontus eyed Cassandra wanely and then to Wren noted, "<In Trigedasleng> Keep them on the bridge them to control their numbers?" It speaks. The hood shook with his head. He wasn't even going to address the issue of Squirrel Girl falling like the loudest acorn ever. "<In Trigedasleng> We stealth around the other side, THAT one stays here."

Starling watches the tumbling Cass as well, she just blinks once and looks down to Britt, a question in her eyes but then like the others she just shakes her head with a tiny frown before she nods in understanding to Britt. Starling glances up to check on Benning and then her attention is to the warriors around them, a quick check on Wren and then Po and there is a deep breath as she waits.

"Mostly for their benefit." Wren remarks in a grunt at Gideon, nodding at the Skaikru hanging around. Because obviously they don't know what real tactics are like, right? Right? There's a lift of a shoulder in a half-shrug. "<In Trigedasleng> I don't think that's going to be a large issue, Po. There's not going to be much room for sneaking around once this starts." That does mean he does give the spook a look. "<In Trigedasleng> No running off on your own this time, either."

Oh, look. A Skaikid fell out of a tree. Color Arlin unsurprised. Owlishly, he blinks, thoroughly unamused, and seemingly unconcerned with any bruises to Cassandra's body or pride. But then girl keeps trying… and trying… and trying… and the medic's eyes roll. And again and again and again Cassandra keeps failing, and it goes from incredibly irritating to oddly entertaining and just stops shy of it veering back into back into: for fuck's sake, knock it off, you clueless bint.

And then Arlin's attention is back on more important things, even if he's still smirking a little at the impromptu show.

Grey looks up and around at the discussions and debates and Trigedasleng being tossed around, shaking his head slightly. He's got a job, he knows it, he's doing it. Easy enough. Except he's not, because he's listening to the talk instead of making noise. "You okay over there, Cass?" Oh, right. Noise making. And then he's back to clattering the grip of his shock baton against his armor. It's not the most appetizing of sounds, but at least it's loud and constant, right?

Britt looks up at Starling, a bemused can you believe these Skaikru? expression meeting the younger woman's silent question. She shakes her head slightly, then, and looks over at Arlin to gauge his reaction. Yep, about what she expected. She smirks a little, then returns her attention to the bridge.

Pontus slid Wren a scarecrow grin of wry amusement at being told not to skulk off and hunt every one of those bastards down himself today. He was tenatious, true, but the appreciation from his 'brother' was noted. He looked around and was accepting, but not happy about being out here. IN the open he felt completely exposed and was not happy about this. That was the job though get them to come here. One hand tapped the end of his spear on the ground, his other idly wrest on one of the two knives resting at his lower back.

Silver watches Cassandra's tumbling act with a briefly pained expression, but as the other girl keeps getting up, she doesn't go to interfere. Learning's hard sometimes. Like when- Oh god why are we bringing them toward us again? This cannot be good. She swallows as the others start making noise, quietly wiping her sweating palms on her pants and pressing a little bit closer to the tree trunk she's hiding behind.

Morgan looks over at the sound and frowns as he sees Cass on the ground. "You okay, Cass?" Though since Silver is here, he doesn't leave his chosen spot to go see to her. He can play medic once things get to be too much for just her.

Kai banging on her armor wouldn't make much noise, and it would be disrespectful to go bashing her sword on the bridge or something, so the Skaikru Second settles for just letting it all out. Words? Screw words. There's plenty of inarticulate raw anger in that well for her to draw from in a howl before subsiding with her sword in search of a bright-eyed opportunity.

Asher, who was at the back of the group until the noise making begins moves off near Cassandra and Gray. Cass fell down? That's unfortunate. While others are asking her if she's ok, Asher seems to have moved past her. He pulls his axe free of the strap that secures it to his belt and gives it a quick spin. He's not in the trees or hiding behind one, he's near the bridge outlet. They are supposed to make noise right? So Asher bellows out a wordless cry across the bridge. Apparently someone wounded a dog or something.

She can hear two people call over in Gonasleng to ask if she's okay, and the only answer Cass provides is a light nod of her bruised head. Those bruises were there before, to be clear; this isn't the first time she's taken a fall. Who the people expressing concern for her are is a mystery to her at the moment, as she's shaking off a daze, but to all outward appearances, despite the dead-eyed stare of her swollen brown eyes, she is pretending like nothing happened.

Benning keeps her focus on the Reapers, not the Skaikru girl that seems ill-suited to be with them on this mission. She waits quietly, not moving a muscle as she sits and waits. Gideon and Starling are given looks but only to assure they don't see something she doesn't.

Screw soft noises, Wren isn't gong to play around. But with this kind of stuff, he never does. At the side of bridge he's one, he goes to the side of the bridge, looking at one of the sections of metal tubing that runs along the side as a railing of sorts. Taking his axe, he whacks the haft against the metal pipe. The sound is a loud, shrill 'ping' noise that he makes a couple of times. Easier than just yelling some declaration of challenge.

Reapers are scary in the dark — but they are downright terrifying in the naked day. Their clothing is old tatters of their former lives, and their weapons look more gnarled and rusted from neglect. It is hard to tell if they are men or women — monster seems like a far more fitting description. Matted hair has not seen care in days, weeks, months… years. Blood stains their jaws and chins, and the fingers that work the grips of their weapons are tipped in broken and split fingernails. It is no wonder that the Trikru no longer see their friends in whatever is left of their familiar faces. They are brutal once-humans…

And they are charging the bridge. There is no formation, or pattern to their sudden swarm onto the wet asphalt. Boots and bare feet splash in the water without a care, and it takes a mere minute for the first wave to be half way across the bridge stretching over the quick-moving rapids of the Potomac.

Arlin rolls his shoulders a few times, then stretches his neck, tilting his head to the left and to the right before circling it thrice. He further stretches his arms, then legs, slanting side to side. Thus fully warmed up, he calls out, "<In Trigedasleng> Hey, fuglies! Over here!"

Benning watches as the Reapers charge towards the bridge, her eyes watching for those that might be able to attack from a distance. She notices one of the Reapers has a throwing spear and targets that one first. It may take a moment for the others to reach her party so the first order of business is to take those out first.

Pontus didn't talk often at all but called out in a terrible sounding English, "Target those that fight at range first," The spear stayed in hand and he haaaated aiming at anyone on a damn bridge. If knives bounce off armour there'd be little chance of recovering them. Let's face it he really did like his weapons more than people most days. He eyes an opposing spearman and pulled one of his throwing knives from his lower back and held it to his forehead for a moment until he was ready and would send the business end of it at the abomination.

Starling flickers a glance to Britt, a quick check to see if they have given enough time, and then her bow is up and she is tracking one with the throwing axes. An eye narrows as she takes a deep breath before the first shoot is released.

When the Reapers charge, Grey's clatter stops once again. He studies the… creatures… charging across the bridge at them. "Woah." Again, the Skaikru Guard licks his lips, "Those are some ugly motherfuckers." There might even be some awe to go with the nerves in that murmur. He then glances over to the other Skaikru present at the near end of the bridge, "You ready to show the Trikru what we can do?" Mostly that's to Asher, he supposes, although the rest are included for the sake of solidarity. With the howling mob closing in, Grey steps back from the middle of the path, back where he can catch some cover if projectiles start flying.

Gideon immediately draws back the arrow, her balance on the branch proud and steady while her arms flex under the demanding pull of the bow. Her fingertips nearly brush her jaw, and her forearm is neatly turned out to avoid the inevitable lash of strings. She hisses down to Cass, "Remember, Cassandra… steady in the arm, focus…" Her jaw sets, and if she recognizes a single Reaper storming the bridge, she does not show it.

"Hold…" Wren says through narrowed eyes, not wanting the others to rush off blindly ahead. "They flank quickly." The axe in his spun once. "Pick your target, make your first swing halt the tide."

As soon as the Reapers appear, Morgan reaches up to turn the video recorder on. Then he pulls an arrow from his quiver and nocks it, picking a target with a ranged weapon. "Damn. How the hell does someone get like that? Maybe I'll autopsy one after the fight and see if there's a physical cause." Not that the Trikru likely know what ana utopsy is.

Asher bellowed until he saw them and then he stops, watching the oncoming horde of Reapers. He clears his throat and looks over to Grey, then back to the Reapers. Normally, Asher is all out aggression in combat, running in blindly. Today, he's waiting at the damned mouth of the bridge like everyone else. This shit is crazy. "This shit is crazy…" Asher adds on for emphasis to Grey.

There's a brief flicker of… something on Britt's face when the Reapers begin their charge, brows knitting in forced concentration. Surely the elder archer isn't rattled by them? Naaah, couldn't be. She takes a breath to steady her aim and prepares to shoot one of the ones leading the charge.

Kai's seen the Reapers before, and yes, they are ugly, but from the way the grey-eyed former Skaikru's focus falls on the ravening horde there's no room for nerves in her,"That one." is what she declares with her blade aimed at Reaper21,"Is mine." not because she knows them, oh no, but simply to let the rest of team bait know what one she's taking a ipece of.

<COMBAT> Starling attacks Reaper20 with Bow but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cassandra attacks Reaper13 with Bow - Critical wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Pontus attacks Reaper23 with Thrown Knife - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Reaper20 with Bow and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Gideon attacks Reaper13 with Bow - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Benning attacks Reaper23 with Bow - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Britt attacks Reaper20 with Bow but MISSES!

Cass may not be able to climb like Giddy (affectionately named, but only in secret), but at least she can watch and learn from below. Sliding her eyes upwards towards the far more experienced archer, the Skaigirl draws her elbow back across her shoulder, then turns her gaze to focus on the approaching onslaught. "Steady in the arm, focus," she murmurs under her breath. Those reapers sure are ugly, but Cassandra is oddly okay with the visage of these monsters. Having seen plenty of iron-masked, grisly-looking Grounders, not to mention having spent a few days choking on her own blood after a hot day in a pit, the gore of Earth has ceased to shock her.

Determined to recuperate from her public embarrassment in combat against a tree, Kasandra kom Skaikru lets her arrow fly — and takes the grisly beast straight through the throat. Even she seems surprised by this, eyebrows shooting upwards upon her purple-mottled forehead.

When seeing Reapers in action for the first time, it has to be.. hard and none the less for Starling, she swallows over and over again as if trying to keep her breakfast in place, her eyes don't close till the arrow is loose, but somehow the Reaper she is targeting ducks and twists out of the way. A flicker of a closed eye and then Starling seems to get ahold of herself, another deep breath and an arrow already in place as she tracks her target before release.

"Now!" Wren bellows out once the Reapers have closed in at just the right distance for melee. And he knows he's suddenly got three of them eyeing him. Which, well, isn't the first time that this kind of thing has happened, just the way things roll out. Axe lifted, hefted and then sung out forward, already having picked the one in particular that he's going to turn to meat.

Morgan watches his arrow whiz by his target and sail out into the water. Not terribly surprised but a little disappointing. "I want my gun." he mutters quietly and tries again. If at first you don't succeed…

Benning takes a deep breath as she faces something out of her childhood nightmares. She focuses on the task at hand, releases her arrow and murmurs in satisfaction as it lands true into one of the beasts. She pauses as Wren gives his battle cry, and then prepares another arrow.

Terror and curiosity are both pulling at Silver as the Reavers come running. It's not that she actually wants to be anywhere near them, but she wants to know what's making them like this. And maybe watching will give her a few clues. Or completely destroy her ability to sleep at night, it could really go either way. She peeks out from behind her tree, ostensibly to watch for others in need of medical assistance.

Gideon lets loose her arrow within a heartbeat after Cassandra. It rips through the air with a soft whistle, landing in the Reaper's gut, almost sending it doubling over. She blinks up, looking at the arrow jutting out from the monster's neck, and she looks down at Cassandra. A small smile tugs at her mouth. "Adequate, Skaigirl… Adequate." HIGH COMPLIMENTS.

Pontus let that blade fly fast and fly far. Range was clearly where this guy was most comfortable. It stuck into the Reaper's chest witha satisfying -Slok- as they closed in. The Puzzle-man pushed his hood back. Those scars on him ran deep and far over that bald dome of his lined in war tats. Let's just not mistake one here for the other, folks. At Wren's word Pontus rolled the spear in hand and aimed for one of the pair coming at him with a snarl as they came in.

Britt has no good excuse for missing her shot on the Reaper, and mumbles a curse under her breath. She spares a brief glance up the tree toward Starling before shifting her fire to the one that's going after Arlin.

Grey nods at Asher's response, "Yup." He steps back out toward the center of the path as the group appears, glancing over to Wren and just shaking his head. "And this is why shouting is a bad idea." Then again, he does it rather frequently. And then the Reapers are upon them, and… they all have eyes for Asher. It's almost a little insulting, really. Apparently, a shiny black shell makes you look less appetizing. His shock baton still powered down, he steps out wide around the pair coming after Asher, looking to deal with the one with the axe first.

Kai isn't in a rush, they're coming, and that allows the grey eyed girl time to prepare, waiting coiled for the opportunity to launch herself into the fray. For some reason it does bring a smile to her face, a slow and broad one as nerves and fear squelches down to background noise and she waits for the opportunity to strike.

Two of the Reapers seem to focus in on Asher. Luckily, onle one of them is armed. Deep breath…In and out… it will get ragged soon. ASher has been her before, he knows the score. Except before they were just NORMAL Grounder ugly, not Reaper ugly. Yikes. Wren bellows out more orders and Asher smirks just a bit, "Yeah, I think we got it." he calls out. No, they don't got it. They are all going to die. These fuckers are scary looking.

Asher saw Cass's arrow gore a Reaper's neck, but for now he doesn't comment. A glance is spared for Grey. No one wants to go after him and just before he engages, Asher barks out, "Told you I was scarier!" or yummier. Either works. And then Asher bolts into the fray, moving on the Axe wielding Reaper coming at him.

Even though he's in a support position, thus somewhat behind the others so he can assess and dive in as necessary, one the Reapers seems dead set to round the other melee members of Team Coesbur in an attempt to make Arlin's pretty face as ugly as the charging rage monster's. It's a less than ideal position for the medic, who usually is in harm's way trying to get someone else out of it, but he buckles down and waits to swing his axe, trusting that Britt will also have his back. It's kind of their thing.

<COMBAT> Reaper12 attacks Kai with Sword - Light wound to Right Leg (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Reaper10 attacks Wren with Sword - ARMOR on Right Leg stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Reaper23 attacks Arlin with Thrown Spear but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Reaper21 attacks Pontus with Sword - Moderate wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Kai attacks Reaper12 with Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Gideon attacks Reaper13 with Bow - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Wren attacks Reaper10 with Axe - Critical wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Starling attacks Reaper20 with Bow - Moderate wound to Head.
<COMBAT> Reaper24 attacks Asher with Brawling but Asher DODGES!
<COMBAT> Reaper20 attacks Benning with Thrown Axe - Light wound to Head.
<COMBAT> Reaper13 attacks Wren with Axe but Wren DODGES!
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Reaper10 with Bow - Moderate wound to Right Arm.
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Reaper14 with Club but Reaper14 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Benning attacks Reaper23 with Bow - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Arlin attacks Reaper23 with Axe - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Reaper22 attacks Pontus with Brawling - Light Stun wound to Left Arm.
<COMBAT> Reaper14 attacks Asher with Axe but Asher DODGES!
<COMBAT> Reaper11 attacks Wren with Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cassandra attacks Reaper24 with Bow - Light wound to Right Arm.
<COMBAT> Britt attacks Reaper23 with Bow - Serious wound to Head.
<COMBAT> Pontus attacks Reaper21 with Spear but Reaper21 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Reaper14 with Axe - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Reaper10 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Reaper13 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Reaper23 has been KO'd!

<FS3> Andromeda rolls 7: Success.
<FS3> Andromeda rolls 7: Good Success.
<FS3> Andromeda rolls 7: Good Success.

Clearly not pleased with her first attack, Starling shifts to the right, sliding into a more powerful position and lines up her shot, eyes follow the thrown axe wielder, bow shifts, arrow is loose and she shifts again back behind the leaves as she pulls another arrow to follow the first.

Benning has her focus on the Reaper with the spear, which is why she almost misses the axe that is being thrown at her head. She feels the flash of pain as the Reaper's axe grazes the side of her head to bury itself in the tree that she's standing next to. She let's loose her arrow at her existing target, giving a grim smile as she solidly hits him in the chest and then turns her attention to the other Reaper that just wounded her.

Pontus was relentless. Two attacking him? He seemed just fine with this and did all he could to keep their attention on him. The first of the two reapers hacked at him and caught his left hand as he blocked with his seap. He turned to strike at that bastard and protect his right side when the other wretch swung and slugged him in the same arm. The stab with the spear was true, but the Reapers were nothing if not fast, tenacious, and agile. In this case ducking back under the spearhead that once belonged to a Buick Continental or something that was painted partly metallic blue. Once.

The frequently inadequate Skaigirl is just fine with being called something a single notch higher. The ghost of a grin starts to tug at the corner of Cassandra's lips, until the grisly beasts start charging the bridge. Specifically, they seem to be charging that large Skaiboy thug with the faded red streak in his hair, otherwise known as Asher — in teams, no less. This is more or less the story of Asher's life, and taking an interest in it, she shifts the aim of her bow. Their scarred up faces come into view, painted with pale limestone and human blood, before she lets fly again. Though she'd meant to line up her shot and hinder both at once, the sudden shift of aim is hasty, and this time her arrow only glances one upper arm. It's enough to distract the Reaper swinging his fist at Asher's head while the Skaiboy takes the second, but only seems to make him angrier. The Skaikru archer grits her teeth and steels her gaze as the heat of battle becomes all too real. "We can't all be amazing like you," she notes to her Trikru teacher in the branches above, but as that didn't stop her from attempting the climb all the same, it doesn't stop her from drawing a third arrow.

Better. Not wonderful but better. Morgan'll take an arm shot over a miss any idea. Course, Wren nearly slice it in half but he'll take his arm shot as acceptable. Taking another arrow, he looks around for another target and sees one attacking Kai. Target acquired.

As the battle is joined, Silver creeps toward the edge of her hiding tree, eyes flickering between the grounders, skaikru, and Reapers scuffling in the mud and the dirt. Bracing herself, she darts out from behind the tree to run to cover behind a closer tree in case anyone should fall.

That first swing of his double-bladed axe, Wren buries the edge in the Reaper's chest, causing a spray of arterial fluid. Which gets all over the big man. The Reaper is theng quickly finished off by Morgan. Hair is no longer blonde, it's a now a light shade of red, along with face. But he just spits out blood that isn't his, rounding on the one that he managed to dodge earlier, taking a shot to the leg, but only feeling the impact, no pain. There's a feral grin on his face. This is the battle trance, a focused rage that borders on bliss. The axe, now bloodied, is brought forward, rounding about, to try and cleave the next one in two.

Goddamn armor. It's not hard for Kai to find her target, it's that the damned armor is a pain in her.. well, leg, actually. So she aims higher, the slice that makes it through her pant-leg not terribly sufficient to deter her from the heartfelt desire to shove her weapon as far into the grimy flesh of her opponent as far as it will go as quickly as possible so she can move on to a fresh one.

"They're attackin' you, Asher." Grey sweeps forward, looking to land a blow on the Reaper with the axe, or at least to drive him into Asher's own axe. One of Grey's swings is dodged, another is batted aside, and Grey notes, "Obviously they're more scared of me." And then he gives them reason to be. Depressing a recessed button on the hilt of his shock baton, the weapon crackles with arcs of blue energy. "Alight then, come on, you jackholes!" Woah, and there's another one charging out of the fracas at him.

Britt smirks a bit as a pair of arrows combine with Arlin's axe to take down the Reaper closing on him. You're welcome, buddy. As he said, it's their thing. An axe sailing into the trees nearby draws her attention then to one of the Reapers. Hey, no targeting the makers! She shifts aim to that one.

"Yes, well… I am quite amazing," Gideon agrees as a small smile twitches at the corner of her lips. She immediately draws forth another arrow, notching it and pulling back. She narrows her eyes slightly as the first Reaper fall, but not without some blood spilled. The sudden cut of an axe into the trees causes her to duck instinctively, but the hit to Benning sends the archer into a small snarl. She moves out further, making herself an easy target, and she snarls, "<In Trigedasleng> Here!" Then she shouts down to the Skaigirl with the bow. "Cassandra, to the left, attacking Asher." Then she turns her head. "<In Trigedasleng> Benning," she says to her sister, "<In Trigedasleng> are you alright?"

The Reapers are moving quickly and without much care of how many of them fall to the initial strike from the Grounders and Sky People. The sound of combat draws the attention of more, and another three appear at the edge of the bridge.

It's just like old times. Someone — or, in this case, some thing — tries to kill Arlin, and Britt kills the would-be killer. Miss Molly Hatchet does her best to dig into the offending Reaper's chest, finding herself gnashing against armor. Britt's arrow, however, strikes true, making that Reaper's already fugly face even more so. Even before the corpse hits the ground, the medic is calling out to his war buddy, "<In Trigedasleng> Sweet shot, sweetheart!" First round is definitely on him.

A quick scan follows, Arlin's well-trained eyes picking out who is in most need of support before he's moving that way. "<In Trigedasleng> On your right, Jigsaw," he calls out to Pontus, letting the scout know he's about to crash the dance party.

"Bigger threats are taken out first, Grey!" Asher bellows back as he ducks under a punch from the brawling Reaper. Asher ignores the one with no weapon as an arrow hits it. He side steps an axe swing from the axe wielding Grounder and then follows it up with a hack of his axe at the Reaper's chest. Asher's blade his chest, and cuts through armor, and then meets flesh. It's no enough to take the Reaper out, but he had to play it safe. Now that Grey is taking on the brawler alone, Asher rolls to the right and comes up in a more aggressive stance, charging at the Reaper.

Her archery mentor making herself a more obvious target is a bit of a problem for Cassandra, who is presently hiding in her shadow, or at least the shadow of a nearby tree. She grimaces, ducking around and behind, but is indeed taking aim again at the reaper to the left. The one with the arrow in his arm howls, distracted enough now that he's now swinging his fist at Grey instead of Asher — a fact which, were one to ask, Cassandra would admit she is perfectly okay with, for the moment. The crackling electricity on the new Guard's shock-baton sees the Skaigirl wince, but she lets fly anyway at the axe-wielding reaper.

<COMBAT> Reaper21 attacks Pontus with Sword but Pontus DODGES!
<COMBAT> Reaper12 attacks Kai with Sword - Light wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Reaper24 attacks Grey with Brawling - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Reaper20 attacks Gideon with Thrown Axe - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Reaper20's weapon clicks empty.
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Reaper12 with Bow and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Gideon attacks Reaper14 with Bow - Moderate wound to Right Arm.
<COMBAT> Wren attacks Reaper11 with Axe - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Starling attacks Reaper20 with Bow and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Reaper22 attacks Pontus with Brawling but Pontus DODGES!
<COMBAT> Pontus attacks Reaper21 with Spear - Light wound to Right Leg (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Cassandra attacks Reaper14 with Bow and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Reaper14 with Axe - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Reaper14 attacks Asher with Axe but Asher DODGES!
<COMBAT> Benning attacks Reaper20 with Bow - Moderate wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Reaper11 attacks Wren with Sword - Light wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Kai attacks Reaper12 with Sword - Serious wound to Left Arm.
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Reaper24 with Shock Baton - Moderate Stun wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Britt attacks Reaper20 with Bow - Light wound to Right Leg (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Arlin attacks Reaper21 with Axe - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Reaper14 has been KO'd!

Benning sees the axe hit her sister in the chest and lets out a shout, "<In Trigedasleng> Gideon…damn it! Stop trying to block axes with your chest." She then aims and shoots, this time catching that Reaper in the neck. It's not enough to bring him down but he's starting to look like a pin cushion. She looks over at her sister, blood still flowing from the head wound giving her warpaint that normally the archer abstains from.

<FS3> Gideon rolls Athletics: Good Success.
<FS3> Andromeda rolls 7: Success.
<FS3> Andromeda rolls 7: Success.
<FS3> Andromeda rolls 7: Good Success.

Pontus changed his stance and made a note not to his Arlin. He was playing a defensive game but he was locked on that reaper with the sword. The hitter? He could deal with a few punches. Hell that you could find at the pub in a Trikru town on any night. The sword was a concern. He let Arlin have the room he needed. The Puzzle-scout stepped on front of the swinging Reaper and leaned back out of the swing. His turn and there was a growl that was nothing but vitriol at the Reaper who cut up his hand, "<In Trigedasleng> LOOK at me when I'm hitting you!" He rotated and leand back under Reaper21's swing of the jagged blade letting him miss and go off balance. When he came back around it was low working on taking out the mobility of that Reaper's right leg letting Arlin aim high.

Starling curses under her breath as a clear shot somehow missing again. Reaper20 name named DodgyBoy, twists to the side as he throws his next axe into the trees. Starling's eyes flicker up and she winces as the axe finds it's mark, they stay long enough to make sure Gideon and Benning are still in place before her eyes narrow and she wraps her legs tightly around the branch that she has taken perch on and let's the next arrow line up hopefully for the damn DodgyBoy's head.

Oh it's on. Kai's target's sword finds the back of the Second's hand, managing to lacerate it through the light padding of her glove, and though it means that they manage to avoid being skewered it means that she has no qualms or hinderance in sinking her sword into their left arm and then shifting. Someone's arrow goes sailing past her target, and it merits a snarl of aggravation from Kai although she doesn't elect to look to see whose in the name of looking for an opening to put an end to her opponent quickly.

Britt spares a glance up at Gideon when she hears Benning's shout, making sure she's all right. Her arrow slashes the one Reaper's leg, but since he seems to be out of axes to toss she scans the fray to see who might be in need of help. Arlin's clear, for the moment, but she sees another closing in on Kai and takes aim at that one.

Silver watches the battle still from the cover of the trees, trying to keep her sweating palms from shaking and wondering why she keeps doing this. But she keeps doing it. There's a glance over her shoulder when Gideon gets hit, but Cassandra is closer now.

There's a slice across the Reaper's midsection, Wren pulling his axe away gets tagged in the hand. If he felt it, he doesn't register the pain. That'll be worried about later. Besides, he can't tell which blood is his own anymore at this point. And yet again he's being flanked by another Reaper. He /did/ say that they love to flank people, moving like pack animals. That's fine, more for the grinder. But he's going to focus on the one he's currently fighting, using both hands to bring it down across the other.

And another miss. Two to one now. Morgan can't begin to express how delighted he is that his bad aim is being recorded for posterity. The things he does for science.

Gideon manages to let loose her arrow just before the axe collides with her chest, cutting sharply across her breastbone. She almost topples, grabbing hard onto the rough bark to catch herself. She snarls out a curse in trigedasleng, and then begins to collapse down the tree in a semi-coherent fashion. She looks at Starling and Benning. "<In Trigedasleng> Stay!" Then she drops low next to Cassandra, taking a moment to breathe while she feels blood flow down her tank tops, staining them red.

Reapers, reapers, everywhere… even while another drops, bleeding out across the bridge, three more appear at the entrance to Coesbur. These guys love traveling in threes!

An arrow slings into the axe wielding reaper who was attacking Asher, hitting him in the arm. Asher ducks under the remnants over that poorly attempted blow and as he comes back up to his feet he slashes with his axe from low to high in a diagonal slash. The axe slices through the armor and once more Asher leaves a deep gash in the Reaper who falls back and away to the ground. Asher was going to help one of the Grounders. He had two on him. so he was going to lend a hand. He started in that direction, when a new wave of Reapers make their way across the bridge though Asher sees one rushing him from the corner of his eye. He calls out to Cassandra, "Cass! Help that fucker out!" he points off towards Pontus, with two on him and then Asher moves off to meet the newly arrived Reaper in combat.

Pontus stabs the Reaper in the right leg and Arlin takes an entirely cheap shot to the horror show's (the Reaper, not Pontus, people) abdomen when it twists away in pain from the scout's spear. Then he moves in for a follow-up blow to who knows where.

Fists and feet are flying at Grey, and the newmade Guard blocks one kick with his left forearm and takes a punch to the chest — right on an armor plate. He staggers back a step, "C'mon, man. Everyone knows you go for the weak ones first." And he's pushing in again, looping the point of his shock baton past the Reaper's arm. It just brushes the beast's clothing, but the arcs of electricity lash across the Reaper, bringing pain with them. The shout of Gideon's name draws his eyes up for a moment, even if he doesn't understand the accompanying words, but then another Reaper is rushing him, and he has no time for anything but defending himself.

"Giddy! Shit." So panicked is Cassandra for the moment that she forgets the dire warning she has issued to every one of the Skaikru to whom she's spoken about Gideon kom Trikru, her archery teacher: do not call her Giddy to her face. That would be a be a bad idea, and she knows it. She watches that flying axe slice itself across the archer's armour and shifts her bow, moving to try and catch her, which would likely end poorly for everyone. The Grounder is able to get down on her own, and Cass, who looked just about apt to embarrass herself again trying to climb that tree, swiftly moves towards her.

A roll of clean cloth from TonDC is pulled free from Cassie's bag, which she wraps tight around Gideon's wound. It's a fortunate thing that the axe isn't barbed, like the last projectile she had to remove from a wound, and that the blow was largely mitigated by the armour. "You're tougher than this, come on," the Skaigirl tells the Trikgirl. She's distracted enough now that she can barely pay attention to the battle on the bridge, and though she hear's Asher's call and hazily looks up, she is already helping one fucker out. The one he's actually pointing out, Pontus, will have to wait. Cass never was very good at following orders.

IN A PLACE UNSEEN…

Eyes watch as the chaos on the bridge ensues. They are dressed in hazmat suits, neatly hidden from sight not only in the natural vegetation, but also thanks to a netting covered in leaves and branches. They wear long-muzzled masks over black balaclavas. They are watching through long-range binoculars, and one reaches up to touch the side of their head, speaking to some all-powerful presence on the other end of the radio: "Sir, we have confirmed contact between Outsiders and Cerberus subjects." A pause, a glance to the other masked individuals. He nods as he hears the response.

<COMBAT> Reaper21 attacks Pontus with Sword - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Reaper26 attacks Grey with Sword - Serious wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Reaper24 attacks Grey with Brawling - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Reaper11 attacks Wren with Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Reaper24 with Shock Baton but Reaper24 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Reaper27 attacks Kai with Axe - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Reaper25 attacks Asher with Club - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Reaper20 attacks Wren with Club - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Reaper12 attacks Kai with Sword - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Kai attacks Reaper12 with Sword but Reaper12 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Britt attacks Reaper27 with Bow but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Wren attacks Reaper11 with Axe but Reaper11 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Reaper22 attacks Pontus with Brawling - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Pontus attacks Reaper21 with Spear but Reaper21 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Cassandra treats Gideon:
< Chest (Moderate): successful
<COMBAT> Benning attacks Reaper20 with Bow - Light wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Arlin attacks Reaper21 with Axe but Reaper21 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Starling attacks Reaper20 with Bow - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Reaper27 with Bow - Critical wound to Head.
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Reaper25 with Axe - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Andromeda has started a new turn. Pose and choose your action.

<FS3> Andromeda rolls 12: Great Success.
<FS3> Arlin rolls Alertness: Good Success.

Benning watches Gideon jump down and almost moves to go to her side but then Gideon yells at her to stay so she does. She arms her bow and shoots at the one that cause the head wound she now bears. The blood is still flowing down her face but she is sure it is only a flesh wound because she's still able to focus. She takes her shot and swears under her breath when the arrow only grazes the Reaper.

Pontus was a leaf on the wind (wait, okay phew, the spear thrower was down. No fear of repeating history). He spun and thrust the spear at his singular target, constantly moving in front of that second reaper swinging fists to keep him/her occupied and off someone else. In this case it was bracing for impact and stepping in front of the fist of the abomination that (oddly) made him look likehte good-looking once for a change(bonus!). It hit heavy and hard knockign the wind out of him. It wasn't damaging, but it did take him off his target a tad allowing his main prey to attack the thrust of that wicked spear of his. Dammit! It was enough to allow the Reaper withthe sword to get in what would have been a good hit, and blocked at the last second withthe spear shaft mitigating the damage, but still catching his other hand. Worth it.

Three more Reapers at the entrance of the village manifest in Arlin's peripheral vision, which is both good and bad. It's good because he can alert the others, "<In Trigedasleng> Three more incoming!" (Which isn't helpful for the Trikru, but old habits die hard.) It's bad because he's distracted just enough that his swing goes wide and he misses his intended target.

Morgan takes a deep breath as he draws back the bow string and then sees a second reaper coming up on Kai. He shifts aim and gently looses the arrow, sending it flying right at the reaper's head. Oh Morgan, you are so good. And it's captured on video no less. Now to see if he can put him down for good.

"Panic suits neither of us," Gideon says to Cassandra, though she helps with the armor so she can get to the bleeding wound across her chest. She is squirming a bit, proving to be a poor patient, but the bleeding is staunched and a rough bandage shoved over the cut. She looks up at Cass, and there is a hint of thanks in her eyes. Then she nods slightly. "Our fight is not done, Kassondra kom Skaikru." She then starts to pull to her feet, reaching for another arrow. This time, she's on the ground with her companions.

Kai evidently needs to work on keeping her focus spread when she's pissed. Because right now? She's pissed at Reaper12, she can manage to keep them off of more serious than nicks on her, but that fucker had the nerve to dodge, and it's lured her into a fury, such a fury that she doesn't quite realize that there's another guy looking for a piece of her until there's already an axe attempting to bury itself in her chest,"FUCK!" it's anger, and pain, but there's a damned arrow in his head and she elects that really she needs to dispose of 12 before she's the one that winds up bleeding out on the wet ground, charging at her original target with determination.

Okay, so there we go with Wren actually feeling pain. The club impact through his armor hard enough that it makes him stagger backwards a step, causing him to completely miss on the swing that he had been taking. "<In Trigedasleng> Wait your turn." he says spitting blood at the ground. But he's observant enough to see when someone is in trouble. "Grey! Get back and get yourself taken care of! I'll handle them!" Before charging into one of the Reapers going after the newly-minted Guard.

Silver winces as people on their side start to take hits, trying to creep a little bit closer to the fight without turning into a target herself.

"<In Trigedasleng> Shit," Britt mumbles under her breath when her arrow goes wide, but someone else's skewers the Reaper in the neck so she shifts to the other one that's on Kai. "Wren!" she shouts when she sees Kai take a rough hit. "<In Trigedasleng> Kai needs help!" Whether or not she does is open to debate, but Britt feels obliged to call attention to this.

Starling, meanwhile, manages to slow down DodgyBoy a little with an arrow to the chest, but it's not enough to stop him.

The three new Reapers join the fray, and there's an expectation of three more coming onto the bridge. Instead, they are greeted by a giant burly fellow with a shock of red hair beneath the dried blood on his face and head. He is wielding what can only be described as a war axe, and his steps are heavy thuds as he steps out onto the bridge.

Clubs hurt. That's a fact. Asher tries to jump back as the Reaper he is facing swings the club at him. The end of the club catches Asher in the gut and pulls him off balance. Asher grunts and swipes his axe at the Reaper to menace it away for a moment as he catches his breath. He growls low and moves back in on the Reaper he's facing down when another one starts across the bridge and charges at Asher. Two on one again…He sees it has a sword this time and dashes towards it, switching targets. He'd rather take a club hit than get stabbed.

Revenge is a dish best served cold, or so they say. Cassandra, on the other hand, has an innate sense of rage that burns hot, and that's what she goes charging with. After tying off the cloth she bartered from TonDC to make a basic bandage across Gideon's torso, she gives the Grounder a sharp nod of her head. Indeed, panic does not suit her: anger does. "Cover me," she commands her teacher, whom she has no right to command, before she draws her machete from the sheathe at her hip and goes racing towards the bridge. She's still absolutely terrible at following orders, which is why she still doesn't go to treat anyone else's wounds. Instead, she takes note of the Reaper who just clubbed Asher in the stomach and lets loose a visceral roar. As far as battle-cries go, it's not quite up to scratch with For the One Hundred, but she isn't thinking at the moment. It's the first instinct-driven battle-cry she's ever yet issued.

Under attack by two cannibals, Grey gives ground. Another blow lands on his torso, causing him to wince as it jostles his ribs, and he's spinning away from that attack… and straight into another. His baton flicks out, only to be beaten aside by an armored forearm, harmlessly spending energy on the air. And then the sword comes across his left arm, slashing between protective plates and down the outside of his left bicep. The wound is bad enough to wring a sharp cry of pain from the teen, and he staggers back further, keeping his guard up with his right hand. Wren's order causes him to snarl, "I've got this, Wren. Help Kai." There's as much pain and frustration in the lie as anything else.

IN A PLACE UNSEEN…

The Ground Unit remains in place, the commander speaking into his comms. His voice roughens a touch, almost growling, "Sir, we have confirmed sighting of Ark Security Personnel. Repeat, we have sighting of Ark Security Personnel. Please advise…"

<COMBAT> Kai attacks Reaper12 with Sword but Reaper12 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Reaper27 with Bow and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Reaper27 attacks Kai with Axe - Critical wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Reaper12 attacks Kai with Sword - Moderate wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Reaper29 attacks Britt with Thrown Knife - Moderate wound to Head.
<COMBAT> Reaper28 attacks Starling with Thrown Axe and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Reaper25 attacks Asher with Club - Serious wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Reaper24 attacks Grey with Brawling - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Reaper23 attacks Asher with Sword - Serious wound to Left Arm.
<COMBAT> Pontus attacks Reaper21 with Spear - Serious wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Reaper24 with Shock Baton - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Gideon attacks Reaper26 with Bow - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Reaper23 with Axe and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Wren attacks Reaper24 with Axe but Reaper24 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Starling suppresses Reaper28 with Bow. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Reaper26 attacks Grey with Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Reaper21 attacks Pontus with Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Reaper20 attacks Wren with Club - Critical wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Cassandra attacks Reaper25 with Sword but Reaper25 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Britt attacks Reaper12 with Bow - Serious wound to Left Arm.
<COMBAT> Benning suppresses Reaper28 with Bow. <successful>
<COMBAT> Arlin attacks Reaper21 with Axe - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> Britt has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Reaper12 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Britt spends a luck point to keep fighting!

<FS3> Starling rolls Resolve: Failure.

Damn it! Another miss. Seems like Morgan's alternating misses with hits so he's up for a win with this next arrow. Except… "Kai!" Shit. How is she still standing? Hell, how is she still alive? Make this shot count, Morgan.

Wasn't expecting to take that club to the neck. The large man, gasps loudly, trying to breath, but he has to move back, knowing his swing missed that time too. Wren growls ferally, but he then he sees Kai take a couple of bad shots. Without another word, he moves past Grey to his Second. "There's nothing more you can do, get back!" he yells at her, it's not exactly a suggestion, while he himself focuses on the one that Kai was fighting, trying to keep it distracted for his cueball-headed woman to get out of the way.

Benning grumbles as she wipes away the blood. She sees one of the Reapers targeting Starling and calls out, "<In Trigedasleng> The one with the throwing axe is targeting you!" Then shoots an arrow to distract him, "<In Trigedasleng> Keep targeting the ones with range weapons." Even though Pontus and Wren are getting hit hard on the ground. It's a hard choice for Benning but Starling has to come first.

As the chaos on the bridge continues, two of the Reapers suddenly drop their focuses on the attackers on the bridge, and turn to the woods where some of the Grounders and Sky People are staying back. They start lumbering forward even while the large dude continues his slow thudding approach, apparently taking his time. Slow boss mode!

To this point, Starling has been dealing well with things, really she has, she has missed a few times, something that is uncommon when it comes to hunting, but she was dealing just fine. A quick look up to Benning last, and a nod between the two girls gets them aiming to distract another Reaper with an axe. But as Starling's arrow goes wide and does nothing, and the axe flies by her head to slam into the tree, her attention is pulled. And those blue eyes first take in the fight below, seeing the attack on Wren's second, then seeing Potake a bloody blow, that alone could have send the Maker flying out of the tree, but it is the Bloodier hit Wren's Throat and the head wound to Britt that causes a sound to be ripped from her throat. The call/yell/scream/growl vibrates in the trees, an echoing sound, but atleast Benning is behind cover as the sound bellows out, and then Starling shifts her attention to the Reaper on her brother and narrows eyes that have gone pale with rage before she raises her bow once more and takes aim.

Aw, hell, and now even hiding's not safe. Silver glances toward the new arrivals, glances toward the existing fray, and then curses under her breath. "Kai, you had better start pulling back because I am going to need someone to stab these people for me!" she shouts to the other girl as she skitters tower the chaos.

Pontus figures he must have stunned Reaper 2's fist on his chestplate apparently. The scout, dauntless and keeping everything in his world in tact did catch that club swing in his peripheral vision to his left. "<In Trigedasleng> Wren do NOT die on us today. You're not done taking mar-" He turned his head back from the punchy-Reaper to the Sword weiling one. Too… late. His words were cut by the hack-hewn sword tot eh chest. Sloppy, Pontus! Very sloppy! he should be wincing. He was pissed. A boot went to the wounded Sword-reaper's abdomen and he kicked him back giving his room to swing that wicked spear again catching the bastard's sword hand. "<In Trigedasleng> Your life is mine. You're going to ground wher eyou belong."

Oh green fucking Eden. Kai's shot misses her target, and apparently opens her up for a revenge hit in the neck, but it's not that one that sucks the wind out of her, oh no, it's the other guy, Mr head-wound, capitalizing on his first armor-shattering strike to follow up with a second. It's not good. There's too much blood and old splintered plastic and yet the Skaigirl does not go down. It might be pure stubbornness, rage, or stupidity that keeps her upright even when she staggers back, fingers twitching on the sword. She's not listening, really, because it's obvious that she's not going to run and someone is very likely going to need to pull her out of the way before enough synapses fire for her to attack.

Switching targets may have been a mistake for Asher. He tries to keep his stance wary and defensive. This has two results. One, he's too slow to attack, his axe swinging wide. The second issue is that Asher takes hits from both opponents. A club slams into his neck. He still had bandages covering the stiches in his neck from the last time he was attacked there. Asher staggers back and spins from the force. He gasps for breath, trying to draw in air. And then as he's still staggering back, the sword wielding Grounder jumps in, hacking at Asher's left arm. The laceration is bloody and deep. His arm is intact, but hangs mostly useless at Asher's side as he stumbles back and away from his attackers. Short shallow breaths are all he can manage as Asher stares at the sword wielding Reaper. Shit.

It's not easy to fight off two attackers at once while your left arm dangles more or less uselessly at your side, but Grey manages it. Pure stubbornness, most likely. It's certainly not overwhelming skill, as both of the attackers manage to land at least one of their myriad blows on Grey, although the Sky-made armor deflects both the thrust of a sword and soaks the sweeping blow of an arm. The Guardsman's own counter strikes home… only for the shock baton to hit a plastic plate on the Reaper's armor and crackle harmlessly. "Goddamn it. How many did people say were in the village?"

Gideon actually looks impressed, brows arched as Cassandra goes marching into the fray. The archer does cover Cassandra, but also helps Grey with his double-happy-time with the two Reapers. She sets her jaw, focusing her strength through her bow despite the way her chest aches under the pull.

Britt manages to take down one of the Reapers on Kai, but not before it gets one last hit in. She gasps a little on seeing the skaigirl take two more hits, amazed that she's still standing. Britt is drawing back an arrow to take another shot when an axe comes sailing through the air and hits her near the ear. She staggers sideways with a sharp cry. Where the hell did that come from? Dazed, she tries to find her target again.

It could've been hearing Britt's voice that Kai needed help that drew Arlin's attention enough that he ba-a-a-arely missed the Reaper's head, but what is for certain is that he sees the Second take a terrible blow and, on instinct, he is charging in her direction to get her out of the fray. (Sorry, Pontus. Priorities.) "There!" he yells to the Skaikru Second, gesturing with his hatchet to the best place in their line-of-sight to patch her up, taking full advantage of Wren stepping in to meat shield.

Pontus nodded when Arlin alerted him he was breaking off. THe ninja-scout that looked like a scary move shifted his stance to face off withthe pair letting Arlin's target change be covered from the healer getting hit. There he was again, bleeding in his armour, hands a mess, it was a toe-to-toe horror show melee down at the foot of the bridge. All he could do to help Wren at this point was his job and making sure Arlin wasn't hit so he got help. A scarecrow grin widened to the sword man and one tattooed eyebrowridge raised. "<In Trigedasleng> Let's do this."

<COMBAT> Starling attacks Reaper28 with Bow - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Wren attacks Reaper27 with Axe - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Reaper29 attacks Gideon with Thrown Knife - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Reaper29's weapon clicks empty.
<COMBAT> Reaper28 attacks Starling with Thrown Axe - COVER stops the attack.
<COMBAT> Reaper28's weapon clicks empty.
<COMBAT> Reaper21 attacks Pontus with Sword but Pontus DODGES!
<COMBAT> Gideon attacks Reaper26 with Bow - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Benning attacks Reaper28 with Bow - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Reaper24 attacks Grey with Brawling but Grey DODGES!
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Reaper20 with Bow - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Reaper24 with Shock Baton but Reaper24 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Reaper26 attacks Grey with Sword but Grey DODGES!
<COMBAT> Reaper25 attacks Asher with Club - Moderate wound to Right Arm.
<COMBAT> Reaper20 attacks Wren with Club - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Cassandra attacks Reaper25 with Sword but Reaper25 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Britt attacks Reaper27 with Bow - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Reaper25 with Axe - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Arlin treats Kai:
< Right_Leg (Light): successful
< Left_Hand (Light): successful
< Chest (Serious): successful
< Right_Hand (Light): successful
< Chest (Critical): successful
< Neck (Moderate): successful
<COMBAT> Reaper27 attacks Wren with Axe - Serious wound to Head.
<COMBAT> Pontus attacks Reaper21 with Spear - Serious wound to Left Arm.
<COMBAT> Asher has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Reaper21 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Reaper26 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Wren has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Wren spends a luck point to keep fighting!
<COMBAT> Asher spends a luck point to keep fighting!

Cassandra's sword goes cleaving through the air as Asher staggers back from multiple battle-wounds. "Your apologies are worth shit," she hisses, her loosely braided hair flying up behind her as she recuperates her balance. Eyes rising towards the club-wielding Grounder, she stands defensively in front of the large thug, issuing his opponent a silent challenge. When the Reaper ignores her scrawny provocations, raising his weapon again to bring Asher down, the girl lets out a screech and launches herself at his ugly, armoured back. Though she can do little to hurt him, she aims to distract him, taking a piggy-back ride the big brute never offered and aiming to bring her blade up to the Reaper's neck.

Benning growls under her breath as the Reaper lets loose his axe and it almost hits Starling. If not for her cover, he would have gotten her. She lets loose the arrow and it hits him squarely in the chest. The monster is still standining, "<In Trigedasleng> These creatures…they do not fall easily." She is not happy as she once more takes aim on it.

Okay, that was a nice chest shot even if the arrow did bounce off its armor. Another quick scan of the fight and Morgan winces as the good guys start getting pounded. Shit. … Oh shit. Tossing his bow to one side, he draws his sword and gets ready to get up close and personal with a Reaper.

Wren is not an idiot. He knows when he's in over his head. He was able to get a decent cut in on the Reaper that was going after Kai, but he took another bad shot, again, to the head. He's seeing stars. A lot of stuff doesn't really seem to make sense, and this time he can taste more than plenty of his own blood. And it might be that he can't tell what's what, or what direction he's going in. Thankfully, Pontus is there to help him out, and the other may be looking at Britt a bit more than him. So he stumbles backward, likely where Silver has been hiding out. "<In Trigedasleng> So that's what pain feels like. I had almost forgotten." he mumbles a little. Yeah, he's going to have a fresh new scar after that.

Pontus was a terrifying person when he was upset, worse when provoked. There was no glee over his victory finishing off one of the pair of reapers that had stayed with. He rolled the spear around his back turning on the pair that were closing on on him making a nice clean half circle ark in front of him in the dirt withthe butt end of his spear. It was a message: you are not crossing this line alive. He was more than willing to keep those two near monsters-of-poor-life-choices on the other side of that line. They would be going through him to get to his family and extended-family today. Like a mangled pittbull he fought to hold and was too stupid to run, but you gotta give him that he was dauntless at his job without having to be asked.

There? There. Kai's attention is dragged by Arlin and the Second yields the field, her left hand going to clutch across her chest as she lurches in the direction indicated and collapses to her knees. Laying down would be nice. It would be good, and it's very tempting, but given the sheer number of people swarming those still fighting she's not willing to do so, right hand clutched around her sword hilt and teeth clenched as Arlin works on her wounds because it's all she can do to try and keep herself awake and something approaching focused, breathing ragged and limbs trembling but entirely unwilling to leave the others behind.

Again with the axes, Starling just might need to learn how to use one of those if they seem so attracted to her and the tree she is covered in. The sound of the axe cutting into wood again just over her head makes the woman shudders badly, but her eyes narrow and she switches to covering fire at the last Reaper to attack her brother. That she is helping Po out as well? Bonus.

By the time Silver reaches the melee, Arlin's already dealt with Kai. (Un)luckily, there are plenty of people bleeding all over the place. "Bleed less," she mutters at Wren as he stumbles clear of the fight, breaking out her cobbled together excuse for a healing kit. "Kill more. In a minute, after I deal with the bleeding part." Really, she has the worst battlefield bedside manner.

Asher probably would have let Cassandra take this one, even if for a few moments. He still can't breath right. His throat has swollen up and is a deep red from the blow he took. Still, when it came at him, club raised, Asher did the only thing he could, he raises an arm to keep the blow from crushing his skull. Asher's arm gives quickly under the blow, but he's out of the way of further damage. Fighting through that pain, Asher hacks at the Reaper, his axe connecting, but not getting through the armor. Asher collapses to the ground a moment later, both of his arms feeling useless.

Despite the pain, Asher gets to his feet, albeit slowly. He grutns and grumbles as he staggers back. "Medic!" he growls out, trying to keep back. He watches Cassandra though, to ensure she doesn't fall to the Grounder she is facing for him. Yes, his apologies are worth shit, but his promises are worth more.

Stubbornness and pride will keep you in a fight, but skill and luck will keep you alive in a fight. Grey uses his shock baton to deflect the sword once, twice, and then he blocks a kick with his shin, wincing in pain. The shock baton whirls over his head, crackling, and he shouts, "Come on, you ugly cock-knockers. You all want some pain, don't you bastards? I got it right here!" What did Grey say about shouting in the middle of a fight? Right, it was bad. He might be a little carried away though. Or not thinking straight. Pain'll do that to a guy.

To hear Arlin tell it, he's really only good for three things: fighting people, fucking people, and fixing people. Here and now, he definitely proves the last on that list. With a dizzying level of speed and precision, Kai's armor is removed and the medic is assessing and treating her chest. Where did his hatchet go? How can he have the tools of his trade out so quickly? Is he already moving on to her neck? No, now her hand. And there are salves and ointments and bandages binding everything in place just so. Did this just happen? (Yes. Yes, it did.)

And then he, and all his stuff are gone, and the medic's yelling and gesturing Asher further into cover, "There!" So he can do it all again.

Once Kai's focused, and Arlin has her under control the Second grips his shoulder briefly. It's not that she's not aware that she should stay down, it's that help is needed and though she doesn't trust herself to be able to speak right now she staggers to her feet to go and stick her sword in one of Grey's pals.

Britt sees Wren stagger, and one of the Reapers that was on him start peeling off towards her. She may be an archer first and foremost, but Britt also knows how to handle a blade. Slinging her bow over her shoulder, she draws her blade and waits to meet the Reaper's advance.

<COMBAT> Reaper27 attacks Britt with Axe but Britt DODGES!
<COMBAT> Silver treats Wren:
< Left_Hand (Light): successful
< Chest (Moderate): successful
< Neck (Critical): unsuccessful
< Head (Serious): successful
<COMBAT> Reaper23 attacks Gideon with Sword but Gideon DODGES!
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Reaper11 with Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Reaper29 attacks Gideon with Brawling - ARMOR on Left Leg stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Reaper25 attacks Pontus with Club - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Reaper22 attacks Grey with Brawling - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Reaper11 attacks Morgan with Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Kai attacks Reaper24 with Sword - Critical wound to Head.
<COMBAT> Reaper24 attacks Grey with Brawling and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Reaper20 attacks Pontus with Club but Pontus DODGES!
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Reaper24 with Shock Baton - Moderate Stun wound to Head.
<COMBAT> Cassandra attacks Reaper25 with Sword - Light wound to Left Arm.
<COMBAT> Benning attacks Reaper20 with Bow - Moderate wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Arlin treats Asher:
< Abdomen (Light): successful
< Neck (Serious): unsuccessful
< Left_Arm (Serious): successful
< Right_Arm (Moderate): successful
<COMBAT> Starling attacks Reaper20 with Bow - Light wound to Left Leg (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Pontus attacks Reaper25 with Spear and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Britt attacks Reaper27 with Sword but Reaper27 DODGES!

There is something about DodgyBoy that is really ticking Starling off, almost like he knows he's pissing with her by the way he dodges, twists and takes hit after hit and stays walking. Starling growls softly and says to Benning, "<In Trigedasleng> It's almost like he's taunting us!" She re-aims and tries a calming breath.

Benning grits her teeth in anger as her and Starling's arrows fly true, hitting the Reaper but not dropping him. The shot was solid, this time to the hand where he holds his club but he doesn't drop it and keeps on attacking. She glances over where Wren is with concern but it looks like the Skaikru girl is tending to his wounds.

Morgan trades blows with the reaper as both their armors block their weapons. Could be worse, could be much better. "You just volunteered for the autopsy." he tells the Reaper. He's not even going to wait till its dead, though a sword isn't as precise as a scalpel. At least that's the plan.

Wren blinks severely, not feeling great, but good enough that he has his wits about him. "Thank you, Silver." he says, standing back up. "Just be ready to have to deal with me again. I may be back here soon." His axe is picked up again, looking around. Then he sees that same Reaper on Britt. "Better go lend a hand." A look back at Silver. Something wordless is exchanged before moves off at a run. He doesn't hide the run, even as he lunges at the Reaper, axe swinging out.

When Kai comes rumbling in to help, Grey offers her a brief nod, then takes a back-fist to the chest, staggering two steps back before he recovers, "Shouldn't you be getting your boo-boos kissed, Kai?" Apparently, whatever anger or disappointment he might feel toward her isn't as important as what's happening right here, right now. As the swords-reaper drops its weapon and comes at Grey with both arms extended, he ducks under its lunge, gritting his teeth to keep from screaming at the pain in his left arm as he lets it roll over his back, and then lashes out with his shock baton, tagging it on the way by.

THIS is how Pontus in all the battles he's fought, became a hacked up meat quilt and lived. He simply refused to die. Or maybe he was every bit the monster he looked like, but he was Trikru's monster and was keen to remind these Reapers of that. He trusted Benning and Starling to shoot the weak one down that was on him. He saw the arrows fly in and he knew their fletchings well. He was also glad neither were letting the shot go wide and hitting him.

Pontus, blocked the incoming swapon from the weak one and dodged trying to leave him open to get hit. The brute with the club? Oh she was another story. The club to his chest came at the same time his spear near made contact with her head, but the impact set it off. His eyes narrowed and tried to push her back to let Arlin have a good shot.

Cassandra's knees dig into the large, ugly reaper's hips as she latches onto his back, doing her best to distract him as he staggers about and off towards Pontus. Lip curled to bare her teeth in a snarl, she pulls her sword up to his neck, but the burly creature shakes her as he swings his club, and her blade is knocked an inch lower to cut across his arm. She rolls off him soon after, but doesn't let up. Asher's condition is now a mystery to her, as she chases after her opponent, swinging low to swipe at his hamstrings.

There's a clanging of blades and some careful footwork to avoid slipping on the wet grass as Britt engages the Reaper that came for her. When she's shooting from afar, the archer does her best to keep tabs on the others - the Mother Hen hard at work. Right now, though, her attention is laser-focused on the one she's fighting. She does catch a glimpse of Wren coming out of the corner of her eye, at least, long enough to identify him as friend and not foe.

Gideon swiftly reclasps her bow into the spot along her quiver. In the same quick gesture, she sweeps her short swords out of their sheaths at her back. She spins them twice in her grip and then takes up an aggressive stance. Then she is advancing, heading forward in a swift approach toward the Reaper attacking Grey, though even as she moves forward, she catches sight of the other two who have decided she's a tasty morsel.

Everything on Kai hurts. Pretty much. Her chest is at least strapped together for the moment thanks to Arlin, but right now she's definitely operating on determination and rage as she stalks up behind one of Grey's targets and swings at it's mangy head with her lips peeled back from her teeth. Murder is decidedly on her mind and in the eyes she turns Grey's way,"Not done making friends." she snarls through gritted teeth as she stabs at the equally resilient cannibal because damnit she's fed the hell up and one of these assholes is going to die even if she has to bludgeon it to death with the blunt end.

Asher went to the brush and cover Arlin indicated, and having been treated more times than he can count, he sits and lets Arlin do his work. His axe arm still hurts, but he can manage through pain. Once he's cleared, Asher gets to his feet and rushes back into the fray calling, "Thanks!" over his shoulder. Immediately he notes Cassandra, and then Morgan. Cassandra isn't being attacked directly, Morgan is. Keep the Doctor alive as long as Cass isn't actually in danger. Asher rushes off to help Morgan. Rushing is a bit of an overstatement. He limps quickly Hopefully attacking from behind will give him a nice advantage.

Silver works quickly on Wren, her hands steady even as the rush of adrenaline makes her feel like she's going to puke. Bandage, salve, wrap, shove. "Go," she orders, wincing at his neck. Nothing to do about that in the field. When there are creatures coming. Creatures which, as she suddenly realizes, are so much closer since she jumped into the fray to help. This was a deeply flawed plan.

That club to Asher's neck is going to leave some serious bruising, but there really is little even someone as Arlin can do for the injury here and now. The other wounds, so, he tends to with the swiftness and excellence he's trained very hard under terrible conditions to achieve. Then, quicker than quick, he's packed up and dashing back into the fray, Molly retrieved from her loop and sent swinging at the dance partner Pontus is ditching on him. "<In Trigedasleng> Still here?" he quips to the scout, his grin at the intersection of cheeky and feral.

<COMBAT> Arlin attacks Reaper25 with Axe - Moderate wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Reaper27 attacks Britt with Axe but Britt DODGES!
<COMBAT> Reaper25 attacks Pontus with Club but Pontus DODGES!
<COMBAT> Reaper20 attacks Pontus with Club but Pontus DODGES!
<COMBAT> Starling attacks Reaper20 with Bow - Moderate wound to Right Arm.
<COMBAT> Reaper29 attacks Gideon with Brawling - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Reaper24 attacks Grey with Brawling and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Reaper22 attacks Grey with Brawling but Grey DODGES!
<COMBAT> Pontus attacks Reaper25 with Spear but Reaper25 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Kai attacks Reaper24 with Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Cassandra attacks Reaper25 with Sword but Reaper25 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Reaper11 with Axe - Light wound to Left Arm.
<COMBAT> Wren attacks Reaper28 with Axe - Moderate wound to Left Leg (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Reaper28 attacks Wren with Brawling - Critical Stun wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Reaper23 attacks Gideon with Sword - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Reaper11 with Sword but Reaper11 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Reaper24 with Shock Baton but Reaper24 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Britt attacks Reaper27 with Sword - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Benning attacks Reaper20 with Bow - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Reaper11 attacks Morgan with Sword - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Gideon attacks Reaper29 with Sword but Reaper29 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Reaper20 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Reaper27 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Wren has been KO'd!

Pontus broke his stoic concentration to grin as Arlin asked him if he was still with him as the Scout worked in the tree-way dance. "<In Trigedasleng> Always with ya, Arlin." He was keeping the wounded wreck busy while taking a stab at the healthier of the reapers. He couldn't hit her without hitting the girl riding the Reaper. Finally he said to Cassandra, "Get the fuck off the Reaper so we can hit it and not you"

"Yes!" Benning calls out as she and Starling send the Reaper to the next life. She shakes her head at the number of arrows it took for her to unload into that beast and then sets her sights on a new target, "<In Trigedasleng> It works much better when we did it together my friend." She glances at Stirling and smiles through the blood on her face.

"Make 'em faster then." Grey is still on the defensive, trying to open up his attackers for Kai to strike home, but he's really way too busy just getting out of the way of their flailing limbs to score any real hits. "Where are the rest of the Trikru, damn it?" Now he's just griping, as he tries desperately not to pick up any more blood-holes in his body, "Most of the damned Reapers have to be here, what're they doing?"

Morgan swings at the Reaper, which leaps out of the way then comes back with a swing of its own. The very tip slices into him and he reaches down to feel the wound, his fingers coming away bloody. That is so very not acceptable. He nods to Asher when he comes over to attack it and maneuvers to better but the Reaper between them.

While Wren was in a dead run for the Reaper on Britt, he saw out of the corner of his eye one charging right at Silver. And well, that's a hard choice. Britt can defend herself pretty well on her own. Silver…well…not so much. So the choice is pretty clear on that one. He switches his footwork with just enough time readjust his swing on the Reaper leg, cleaving it decently enough. However, given his momentum, he wasn't able to get out of the way of the fist that impact in the /same damn spot/ on his neck that's already injured. There's a bry of pain and pain floods his body, staggering down to one knee, furious, and trying to get back up.

Silver was going to run to safety. Or at least the back of the lines. Out of the line of fire, away from the actual blood and sharp objects and…And then Wren goes down, and running is no longer an option. Running away, that is. Bracing herself, Silver turns and runs back into the fight, skidding through the mud to her knees. "Wren, get up, get up, get up, I swear if you don't get up…" She's already trying to clear an airway for the fighter, shoulders hunching defensively in anticipation of something awful coming up behind her.

Kai's second attack on 24 hits low and deflected by armor and she would probably go for round three, but she see's Wren take a blow and the Grey finds himself abandoned so that the wounded Second can go menace the guy trying to throat-punch her First,"Stop fucking around with a baton then dickhead!" the former Skaigirl snarls as she lopes up behind the Reaper that hurt Wren. Goddamn cannibals, man.

Starling glances up after DodgyBoy falls and she flashes a grin to Benning, "<In Trigedasleng> We do make a team…" She might be about to say more when she sees Wren go down. this causes her to tense till she sees people coming to his aid, and then her eyes narrow as she searches for a target that will not get in the way of the fighters, but she calls out. "Get him to cover!"

Let it never be said that Cass cannot follow orders. Well, at least until the next time she proves that to be an entirely accurate statement. Get the fuck off the Reaper, says Pontus, and off the Reaper she gets. When she looks up at the speaker's face, though, her eyes widen, and she very nearly mistakes him for a Reaper himself, distracting her as the large brute escapes from reach of her machete. She dodges to the side before Arlin can come charging in with his axe, sheathing her sword and letting the actual warriors show her how it's done. Meanwhile, the girl unslings her bow anew from where it's held tight across her torso, drawing an arrow as she steps back towards the bridge, in search of cover. Swollen brown eyes scan the battle-field, taking stock of the injured, the fighting, and finally taking new aim at a Reaper with a sword about to stab Gideon.

Pontus narrowed a glare to the Reaper Cassandra was riding and making a difficult target. He resolved if she didn't heed the warning and got hit he wasn't going to feel bad about it. Reaper had to go down. He brought the spear up and said to the fourth grounder to be very very wrong about him doing down today "<In Trigedasleng> You're leaving our home, and this Earth today." When Cassandra hopped down he worked to make sure that her 'ride' was focused on him to clear a safe exit for her. Points to her for teamwork.

Britt certainly wouldn't fault Wren for jumping to help the defenseless Skaikru healer girl — even if it weren't his lover. The archer can indeed take care of herself, ducking under the Reaper's swing and slashing him across the chest. It's not a deep blow, but apparently it's enough to finally knock him down. Then she shifts to the one that just knocked Wren down, letting out a shout to hopefully get the Reaper's attention off of him.

Hitting a moving target in the back is easier when you don't have breathing trouble and what is likely a fractured forearm. Still, Asher does the best he can, slicing into the Reapers arm, but not meaningfully. Asher side steps to try and flank the Reaper with Morgan, "Left, left…" Asher calls out instructionally to help try and position the Reaper. His gaze sweeps the field for Cassandra and falls on her. She's still standing. That's good.

Gideon kom Trikru engages quickly with the brawler who ducks easily out of her attack. She is moving fast however, trying to drive the Reaper back. She glances over toward Grey, and for a moment, she offers him the quickest of smiles. Then her gaze flicks back to Cassandra, and she gives the girl a quick nod. The others might be shouting at her to get out of the way, but at least she's out here. That means something to Gideon.

Molly Hatchet moves to cut into the dance — and the Reaper's neck. It's not as deep as her partner would like, but Arlin's always mildly distracted, scanning the field for the fallen. Is Wren still down? So much for that Skaikru healer. (In his defense, it's not like the medic saw Wren going back for seconds.) "<In Trigedasleng> Damnit," he mutters through gritted teeth, before he barks out to Silver, "Move! Let me look!" Already charging that way. (Sorry, Pontus. Priorities. Again.)

<COMBAT> Kai attacks Reaper28 with Sword - Critical wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Reaper23 attacks Gideon with Sword - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Reaper24 attacks Grey with Brawling and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Reaper24 with Shock Baton - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Cassandra attacks Reaper23 with Bow - Moderate wound to Left Arm.
<COMBAT> Benning attacks Reaper29 with Bow - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Reaper28 attacks Britt with Brawling and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Reaper25 attacks Pontus with Club and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Reaper22 attacks Grey with Brawling but Grey DODGES!
<COMBAT> Pontus attacks Reaper25 with Spear but Reaper25 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Reaper11 with Sword - Serious wound to Head.
<COMBAT> Gideon attacks Reaper29 with Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Arlin treats Wren:
< Neck (Critical): successful
< Wren is still KO'd.
<COMBAT> Reaper29 attacks Gideon with Brawling and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Reaper11 with Axe - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Starling attacks Reaper25 with Bow - Moderate wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Reaper11 attacks Morgan with Sword but Morgan DODGES!
<COMBAT> Britt attacks Reaper28 with Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Reaper28 has been KO'd!

Pontus called to Arlin, "<In Trigedasleng> Stay on Wren and Silver. Get. Him. Up." He seemed to be comfortable tanking this reaper, fortified by anger and that sharp pain that was in his chest, his hands, and his being. These creatures were trying to take his home and the lives of his people. He finally acalled out pointing to the reaper at his spearpoint "<In Trigedasleng> MINE." The intention of that was clear in any language. It was as such that hte Skaikru AND the reaper in question knew. He's had enough of its shit. His First in the day taught him a very valuable lesson: patience. He left himself playing a defensive game and let the Reaper come to him.

Morgan swings a nice overhead blow at the Reaper that connects solidly with its head then leaps back to avoid its sword, which left it open to Asher. "My left or your left?!" he calls with a grin but it seems they got it right. "Time to finish it off."

"<In Trigedasleng> Starling, I will cover Gideon…protect Wren," Benning calls out to her fellow archer, knowing that they're getting low in arrows. She focuses on one of the Reapers that are attacking her sister. A look of satisfaction given as she continues to send well placed arrows into the fight.

Starling has more than one quiver with her, but she hasn't reach for it yet as her eyes flicker towards Benning, "<In Trigedasleng> Call out if you see anything, I have them covered…" She sweeps the ground again and picks whoever is cloest to her brother and defenders.

As Arlin rushes in, Silver falls back out of the way, hands up. Say what you will about her effectiveness, but at least she can take orders. Notable, though, are the fresh bandages already in place on the other wounds, neatly tied off. "<In Trigedasleng> Club to the neck," she offers in explanation, switching quickly to English in frustration when she can't find the words in Trigedasleng. "His airway might be compromised." Still crouched by the pair, she pulls a small, makeshift knife from her belt - she's not much for knowing how to use it, but she's not leaving, either.

Britt keeps the Reaper occupied, her blade slashing harmlessly across the monster's chest. Breathlessly, she gives a nod of acknowledgement to Kai's powerful stroke. Trusting Arlin and Silver to take care of Wren, she takes a quick look around. Two on Gideon, two on Grey. "Help Gideon," she barks to Kai, pointing in that direction. She in turn moves over to try to draw off one of the ones on Grey, again letting out a loud snarling war cry to get the monster's attention.

Wren coughs and hacks once he gets his throat put metaphorically put back into it's right place. "<In Trigedasleng> She's doing…fine." he finally says with hard cough, turning his head to show off bandaged wound on his head and then the hand, because the salve and wrap on his chest is pretty evident to see. But he still looks dazed, trying to get up, looking at the haze of combat. Teeth are grit, but he can't get up. And he's trying, the only lifeline keeping him in the hear and now is his hand wrapped around the haft of his axe. "<In Trigedasleng> I need…to get back out…there."

Across the chaos of brawling Grounders and Reapers, Cassie's eyes lock briefly with Gideon's, on whom her attention remains fixed as she catches that nod. A split-second after, her arrow sails through the air again, taking him clean through his shoulder, but she is too slow to stop him from striking at the Trikru archer's hand. The Skaigirl utters a curse as she backs up, eyeing her surroundings warily for any incoming attackers. She finds a spot to crouch behind the bridge, where she draws an arrow to take another shot at her teacher's assailant. Steady in the arm. Focus. She's surprisingly better at this than she is with a sword, refining her rage into a single piercing shot rather than letting it swing wild and aimless.

"Screw that." Grey's response to Kai could easily be a lot more profane and wordy, but he's a little busy fighting against two Reapers, one of whom is significantly taller and broader than him, and the other of whom is just about his size… before the furs and armor. He knocks aside a punch at his throat with his right forearm, slapping his shock baton into the Reaper's stomach… and into another plastic plate. "Damn it!" Energy crackles again, but doesn't connect, and Grey has to duck under a sweeping blow from the other Reaper. Again, he hears Gideon's name somewhere, and he grits his teeth, even as his skin begins to take on a chalky undertone, blood still trailing off the nasty gash in his left arm.

Kai isn't done yet, no. She stalks up behind reaper28, following it from where Wren fell to where it's after Britt and the Second forgoes any pretense about finesse for once in her young life and just jams her sword in the back of its head. Her grey eyes and grim expression settling on the archer for just a moment as she speaks. Her left hand goes to her chest, she's perfectly aware that she should give in to the pain and find a place to crawl off to but instead she grunts acknowledgement and turns towards the pair on Gideon with that same grim determination. There will be time to rest later. Right now, Reaper's gotta die.

He meant his left. It didn't matter though. Morgan's sword blow and follow up dodge gives Asher the chance he needs. He darts in and hacks horizontally with his grounder made axe at the Reaper's chest. He cuts through armor and then through skin. Once more, Asher shuffles back and away several steps, nodding to Morgan. Once more he surveys the field and then notes that there are two on Grey. And then Britt is helping with that. Cassandra isn't being attacked either. Good. Back to finishing off this Reaper right here.

The biggest bad on the block trundles closer into the fight, nearing the first cluster of Trikru and their Skaikru support. He is not quite within range, but give him a moment.

For all his fun-loving ways, Arlin's an intense guy. Right now, he's in his element. There's a faint frown as he assesses the injuries (or maybe that's prompted by Silver's prior attempts), but there is zero hesitation in him getting to work. "<In Trigedasleng> You need to be able to get up, first," he snickers to Wren. "<In Trigedasleng> Don't move." Because the medic's not done.

Gideon hears the thunk of her blade hitting armor, and her gaze narrows into the disgusting face of the Reaper. The breath is enough to make her stomach curdle. She drops low, trying to evade the strike from one of the Reapers, but it hits her hand and sends her left blade clattering to the ground. Good thing she has two, and both hands come to grip the hilt as she prepares for another attack.

<COMBAT> Reaper23 attacks Gideon with Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Cassandra attacks Reaper23 with Bow - Light wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Reaper29 attacks Gideon with Brawling - Critical Stun wound to Head.
<COMBAT> Reaper25 attacks Pontus with Club and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Reaper22 attacks Britt with Brawling but Britt DODGES!
<COMBAT> Reaper24 attacks Grey with Brawling and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Reaper24 with Shock Baton - Critical Stun wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Britt attacks Reaper22 with Sword - Serious wound to Head.
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Reaper11 with Axe - Moderate wound to Chest.
<COMBAT> Reaper11 attacks Morgan with Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Pontus attacks Reaper25 with Spear and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Reaper11 with Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kai attacks Reaper23 with Sword - Light wound to Right Arm.
<COMBAT> Benning attacks Reaper29 with Bow - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Arlin attempts to rally Wren and FAILS
<COMBAT> Starling attacks Reaper22 with Bow - Critical wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Gideon attacks Reaper29 with Sword - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> Reaper11 has been KO'd!

Benning lets out a cry as her sister is hit in the head with solid punch to the head, "<In Trigedasleng> Gideon!" She lets loose her arrow and hits the creature in the chest, wanting her sister to be better. Unable to jump down and join the fray. Instead she must watch and try to protect her sister from the trees because she is no good to them on the ground. She glances over at her extra quivers and knows that she'll need to switch out soon.

Pontus met something worththe hunt. Still he stayed on his side of the arc that he drew on teh ground and his singled out target on hers. The reaper swung in with that heady weapon and the spear met it blocking high,a nd pulling it forward so he had a clean shot to thrust up the length of it's arm towards the Reaper's neck. The reaper craned its head to the side and lifted their weapon again ducking under Pontus's reach. It was on, so so on. The dance went on and on; the scout playing a viscious, but careful game. His armour darkened at the chest where his wound underneath bled. This was more important to him right now. He promised "<In Trigedasleng> You will be my next mark before the day is out. And Rain will sleep because you will not."

Asher waits patiently for the opening. The Reaper goes at Morgan, and misses. Morgan goes at the Reaper and misses. Asher ducks under the Reaper's arm and slams his axe into the Reaper's chest with a meaty thunk and drives it to the ground. He looks up at Morgan, nods to him once, and then extracts his axe with a sickening sort of squishy sound and runs off down the bridge at the big bad who has been watching from afar. Battles are contact sports, no onlookers from the bleachers allowed. This is a stupid decision.

There is a moment where the entire sky explodes in white stars, and Gideon finds herself staggered by the monstrous blow to her head. Her grip almost loosens on her one remaining sword, but the shout of her name from Benning causes her to shake away the blurs and focus again. She turns her head slightly, catching sight of the second Reaper, and her lips curl back over her teeth. "<In Trigedasleng> My fight is not over!"

Starling is keeping count of the arrows in her head, she notices the big Boss is close, but her attention is pulled back to the Reaper on Britt. She let's the arrow loose and watches it slide right into the throat of the ugly thing(tm), but it doesn't drop. So she pulls the next arrow and takes aim once more.

At this point, there is nothing more Arlin can do for Wren, and he's not the sort to idly sit by being useless. "Show him your tits," he tells Silver, as he collects his gear and rises to his feet. "If that doesn't get him up," pun totally intended, "I have no idea what will."

That said the medic dashes back into the fray.

"<In Trigedasleng> Go." Wren states at Arlin, almost a growl. "<In Trigedasleng> Go. You're needed more out there than here with me." He's trying, trying to get up, but he's still far too dazed from the blow to his neck to get up to his feet, still down to one knee, while watching the fighting continue, Pontus and Kai in specific. "<In Trigedasleng> I'll be fine. Silver knows what she's doing, doubt or not. They need your swordarm out there."

An arrow flies past Kai and strikes her target, but Kai doesn't slow her steps, that the Reaper tries to stab Gideon has it high on her list of things that must die. The Skaikru Second has plenty of pain to share and damnit she's feeling generous. The motion of things make her first attempt lace across it's arm, but she twists her wrist, reversing her blade to try and smash him upside the head with the sharp edge. She has no idea what the archer is shouting right now but the emotion behind it elicits a snarled,"YEH!" from the wounded girl. Time to die you Reaper bastard.

When Britt comes sweeping in to attack one of the two facing him, Grey lets out a little breath. He's still fighting hard, but now he's able to push forward, not strictly defending himself and trying to keep the big uglies off him. Now it's one on one, and he twists aside from a wild kick, and plants his shock baton neatly between two armor plates. Electricity arcs through the Reaper, and he begins to smell a little scorched, which is honestly an improvement. "Thanks Britt." But the Reaper hasn't fallen, and is coming back for more, and Grey snarls wordlessly, "Did you see how Gideon's doin'?" Worry might creep into Grey's voice, but not enough to get him to look away from his attacker. She's a big girl, after all, and she can take care of herself. Right? Plus, she was up in a tree last Grey saw.

Silver shoots a look at Arlin as he scrambles up, but Wren is breathing, so there's no point in glaring daggers at him. "Wren, get up," she urges, moving back in and trying to get an arm under his shoulder. "Either you're getting back in this or you're getting out of it, but we're not sitting here in the middle of a damned battle. I'm not going to wear the samples I want back to camp, so GET UP."

Blood sprays from Reaper 22 as it takes Britt's blade and Starling's arrow to its head and neck. But somehow the damn thing is still standing. "<In Trigedasleng> For fuck's sake, die already," Britt hisses at it, breathing hard. This is more of a workout than she's used to, especially when she's still recovering from a couple of bad knocks to the head. Benning's call gets just the briefest of glances in that direction. "Go - help her," she tells Grey when he asks about Gideon. "I've got this one."

Trying to stay just out of range till the time is right, Morgan darts in to swing but misses, mostly because it's already falling over dead when Asher kills it. He can deal with that. He nods back to Asher then frowns as he runs down the bridge. "Asher! Get the fuck back here! That's idiotic!" He briefly glances over at his bow but he's much better with the sword, even if it does put him in greater danger. "Oh fuck it." he decides and chases after Asher to attack the big guy.

"Well, this one is staggered as shit." Grey tosses that off, and then turns away, looking for Gideon amidst the melee.

"Ai gonplei nou ste odon," says Cassandra, to nobody save herself. The words are echoed from Gideon's own as she draws and fires another arrow at the Trikru archer's assailants, finding a thread of concentration in the chaos and dogpile surrounding her. Lots of people love Gideon, that much is clear: the Reapers, a certain Skaiboi, the Grounder's sister, and other concerned friend. Cass isn't quite there yet, but since the Grounder Chick did arm and train her to shoot, she has a lot more going for her than most of her own people do.

And then Cassandra sees the large, axe-wielding reaper in black heading for Asher. If he weren't so unpalatable in the face-region, he'd be easy to mistake for Asher himself, being similarly large, dressed and armed the same. "HEY. OVER HERE," she calls out to the guy, leaping out from hiding like a suddenly upright meerkat, as she points her bow plain and clear for all to see before she aims to shoot him in the face.

A PLACE UNSEEN…

"Yes, sir," says a rough voice into the comms, the Mountain Man nodding his head. "Lasing the target. Will confirm." The man shifts under the netting and leaves, drawing his weapon out so the muzzle just protrudes. The laser sight fixes on a point in the village, the man's head neatly cocked and hands steady as it flickers across brown brick.

<COMBAT> Gideon attacks Reaper29 with Sword - Moderate wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Reaper29 attacks Gideon with Brawling and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Reaper22 attacks Britt with Brawling and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Starling attacks Reaper22 with Bow - Moderate wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Reaper30 attacks Asher with Axe - Moderate wound to Left Arm.
<COMBAT> Reaper25 attacks Pontus with Club and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Reaper24 attacks Britt with Brawling but Britt DODGES!
<COMBAT> Pontus attacks Reaper25 with Spear - Serious wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Reaper30 with Sword - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Reaper29 with Shock Baton - Critical Stun wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Cassandra attacks Reaper30 with Bow - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> Benning attacks Reaper29 with Bow - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Arlin attacks Reaper24 with Axe - Critical wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Kai attacks Reaper23 with Sword - Critical wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Britt attacks Reaper22 with Sword - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Silver attempts to rally Wren and FAILS
<COMBAT> Reaper23 attacks Kai with Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Reaper30 with Axe - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Reaper22 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Reaper24 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Reaper29 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Wren spends a luck point to keep fighting!

Pontus was a creature focused on a singular task; finishing what he started. The scout leaned way back letting the club swing with might right where his torso had just been. Pulling himself back to his feet; that wicked spear carved a rut across the throat of the reaper he'd been dualing with. Bloody hands clenched around his spear trying to fight the urge to get sloppy for the finish.

Benning lets out a raging war shout as she shoots an arrow at the fool that would attack her sister and hits him right in the chest. Grey lands a blow of electricity to his neck as Gideon hits him with her sword to the neck. It's debatable on who actually dropped the Reaper so one has to chuck it up to teamwork. She pulls the last arrow from her bow and then starts to target the big guy who's engaged with Asher. It looks like Kai and Pontus have things well in hand.

Now Kai's got his attention. And her sword has a good chunk of his neck, too. Don't mind the smile, or the shattered armor, if it wasn't for that bald head of hers between the blood and everything maybe she looks a little closer to her enemy than she'd be comfortable with if she wasn't absorbed with bringing death. It feels easy to her, to step aside from the wild swing, it's off of Gideon and the Skaigirl can't help but growl at her current favorite,"Hi." as she endeavors to put him down permanently.

One moment, the Reaper attacking Gideon is snarling and trying to rip her limbs off. The next, she's cutting him, and then he's stiffening up, wreathed in arcs of blue energy. He crumples, and there's Grey, standing just about exactly where the Reaper was. He flashes a broad grin to Gideon, "Thought you were gonna stay in the tree, Dee." The cocky look might be better if his left arm wasn't hanging limp and awash in blood.

Whether by Silver's urging or sheer willpower on Wren's own, that threat by the medic has him staring at her. "There is no way I'll dishonor myself in front of you like this." he spits, hefting himself forward and upright. "I will not lay on my back while others fight for me. I will not.." Warrior to last. One last look before he moves back into the fray, looking right at the Reaper eyeballing Pontus. No, not going to let his brother fight all on his own. And that's where his axe be swung at.

Gideon ducks smoothly the second strike, and then lashes out with her blade as it cuts across the Reaper's neck. This is just in time for her to turn to Grey, and she smirks. "As if I would let you have all the fun, Grey," she murmurs, and then her gaze turns to Kai, and she is advancing to help the Second with her own Reaper problem.

Asher is dumb. This is a fact. He rushed in, while still fairly injured to meet a huge Reaper in combat. Asher's axe connects with armor, but glances off. And then more shooting pain in his left arm. While mostly useless to him right now, he tried to move it to keep the axe from hitting him in the chest. That worked, but his arm is now actually useless, hanging by his side limply. It's still attached though, so that's good. It's probably broken. Asher staggers back and away, glare dead set on the Reaper before him. Luckily, while he's keeping it occupied, everyone else is trying to kill it. Hello Tank.

Starling relaxes a bit when she sees Wren up, but frowns as he rushes back into battle, there is a moment where an expression wars over her features but then she seems to nod to herself and aim the last arrow of that quiver. With another arrow to the neck, she moves to track the larger Reaper on the field and let's out a little hiss before she let's that arrow go.

As Wren gets up, Silver pushes up as well, moving a few steps back from the heart of the fray and looking around for any remaining threats or fallen friends.

After sending Grey off to help Gideon, Britt steps in front of the Reaper that was attacking him, trying to give him a chance to disengage without getting stabbed in the back. She's working hard to parry and dodge, focusing more on NOT getting hit than in actually doing damage. Fortunately her buds have her back. She's unsurprised to see Arlin standing on the other side of the recently-downed Reaper, and flashes him a beleaguered smile. "<In Trigedasleng> Even again." She doesn't know which archer to thank for the other one, but she's grateful, honest. Taking just a second to catch her breath and look around, she then steps over to the one that's on Pontus.

And now Arlin and Britt have come full circle. With an arrow through the head, the archer killed a Reaper attacking the medic. With a hatchet to the neck, the medic decapitates the Reaper attacking the archer. Less blood would've been nice, but the man wears it well, splattered across his neck and face. So bright is his grin, his hazel eyes shining with a wild kind of delight. He pauses only long enough to wink at her (because, unfortunately, he that's how he rolls) and then is making a beeline for the soon-to-be-corpse looking to send Kai to the grave.

"As you sew, so shall you Reaper asshole." Morgan says and thrusts his sword into the thing's chest. "Hah. I forgot about that quote. Seems pretty fitting, doesn't it? Don't you die on me, Asher. I've spent too much time putting you back together to have you waste it all. Soon as the others get here, you get the fuck out of here."

<FS3> Grey rolls Athletics-2: Good Success.
<FS3> Cassandra rolls Finesse+finesse: Success.
<FS3> Asher rolls Athletics-4: Failure.
<FS3> Morgan rolls Finesse+finesse: Success.
<FS3> Britt rolls Athletics-2: Good Success.

<COMBAT> Reaper30 attacks Asher with Axe - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Starling attacks Reaper30 with Bow but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Starling's weapon clicks empty.
<COMBAT> Grey attacks Reaper30 with Shock Baton - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Reaper25 attacks Pontus with Club and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Reaper23 attacks Kai with Sword and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Benning attacks Reaper30 with Bow and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Benning's weapon clicks empty.
<COMBAT> Wren attacks Reaper25 with Axe and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Pontus attacks Reaper25 with Spear - Critical wound to Head.
<COMBAT> Morgan attacks Reaper30 with Sword but Reaper30 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Gideon attacks Reaper23 with Sword - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Britt attacks Reaper25 with Sword - Light wound to Left Arm.
<COMBAT> Asher attacks Reaper30 with Axe but Reaper30 DODGES!
<COMBAT> Arlin attacks Reaper23 with Axe - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Kai attacks Reaper23 with Sword - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Reaper23 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Reaper25 has been KO'd!

Of course the last arrow would not count! Starling is muttering to herself after the arrow is loose and turning to reach for her quiver, sliding the used to her left and placing the other on her right. She turns back in time to see what is unfolding under her place in the trees, after that is a quick check on Benning slightly above her.

Benning uses her last arrow to shoot at the big Reaper but her arrows miss him. In fact anyone that tried to hit this Reaper missed, it's like he's superhuman the way this monster moves on the field. She pales as she scrambles to get the next quiver, looking at Starling with fear in her eyes. She's pretty certain none of their warriors have seen anything like this before.

The smart thing to do would be to stay back with her bow and keep shooting, which is what Cassandra is considerably better at, compared to swinging her sword and climbing trees: steady in the arm, focus. The Skaigirl, for a change, isn't trying to be smart right now. When she yells at the large, black-clad reaper, over here and he still refuses to turn — when she sees him hack at Asher's arm, who staggers back — she leaps over the bridge and starts charging back into the fray. There's no time now to even draw her sword: she clenches her arrow in her fist, bow in the other, and raises it like a spear, bringing the thin wooden shaft stabbing down at the Reaper's back. Her teeth are bared as she tries to recklessly launch herself and tackle him to the ground, axe and all.

It's to Kai's benefit that her enemy is in even worse shape than she is, not that she's paying attention to it, he swings, and goes off her line, her shot dipping low and skittering ineffectively across his abdomen but at least it leaves him open for the other two after him. She's not going to complain. No. The field's clearing, but it's not yet clear, so there's no rest for the wicked yet.

Grey purses his lips in a kissing expression to Gideon, and then turns and scans the battlefield. Spotting several of his fellow Skaikru out on the bridge, he turns and begins loping out in that direction, hefting the crackling shock baton as he does. As he approaches behind Morgan, he plants his right foot, putting on a spin-move like a running back in the hole, and then lashes out with the baton, laying it across the big beast's back… only to have the crackling energy discharge itself onto the Reaper's heavy armor. Frustration mingles with pain in the Guardsman's snarl, and he starts to circle around the big guy.

Damn. How can something that big be that fast, especially when it's bleeding? It sidestepped Morgan's stab and a few others as well. He flicks a quick glance over at Grey when he shows up. "Distract that thing from Asher." Mr. Guard.

Looks Wren is swinging big wiffers now. He still looks a little dazed, but not so much so that he's completely useless. And maybe he poses a decent distraction while Pontus and Britt put down the one they were going after. But still, the axe swings at nothing, maybe because the guy was already dropping by the time it passed by. Either way, there's only one left to go after and to the big man, he doesn't want to lose anymore personal honor than he already has today. So that last one, yeah, he'll target that one.

Silver watches from a safe distance, halfway between the archers in the trees and the remains of the battle. At least she looks a little less convinced something's going to jump up behind her. Or else she's more worried about the people still in the fight.

Pontus eyed the creature in front of him. It'd be a great time for words and while he was a poet for posterity he didn't like to waste them on himself. He'd tell of Britt's story and Wren's story, of archers and war later, and of healers dodging peril and keeping them from accruing casualties at all odds. But for this creator? No. It lunged to hit him and that's all the scarred scout needed. Pontus spun, and with bth bloody hands on that spear, used the momentum from spinning it around, his body the fulcrum of the pivot, and lined up that shot neatly careful not to hit Britt or his brother. The Reaper's head hit the ground first with a wet thud. A moment later, Pontus still holding the spear on the follow through, waited for the Reaper's body to fall to its knees and slump to the side. There was no revelry though. The point lowered and he looked over Wren's wounds in a slate grey scan. "<In Trigedasleng> Good of you to come back from the dead to join us. That guy. Yeah?" He nodded to the big boss He was tired, but satisfaction would come when he could move back into his house.

So it turns out Pontus didn't really need Britt's help after all. She nicks the Reaper's arm briefly before Pontus takes him down hard. Then she notices the gaggle of skaikids trying to take down the big ol' guy with the axe. While she might be more effective attacking it from range, she can't just hang back and let the kids play meatshield. That's not cool. Letting out a sharp 'here we go again' exhalation, she starts heading that way as well.

<FS3> Andromeda rolls 8: Success.

Ragged breathing, blood dripping freely from his arm, Asher seems to be unwilling to back down. It's just general principle with him, Asher doesn't back down. He'll die before that happens. Which is entirely likely here. So Asher stays front and center. He tries to stagger away from the axe slash, which connects and gets through his armor, but it's just a long, thin cut in the end. He has much worse. His own attempt to hit the Reaper is weak and doesn't meet the mark. And then Cassandra is running into the fray and his eyes widen. Asher growls out, gasping for a deep breath through his likely damaged windpipe, "Cass, run!" Cause this dude is scary!

Gideon just snorts at the kissy face, turning fully to assist Kai. Her sword bounces in her grip as she finds its balance, and then she swipes with sheer dedication at the creature's back, slicing open a sizable chunk of soft tissue at its side.

"Float yourself!" Cassandra retorts when she's told to run, bringing her gripped arrow stabbing down at the Reaper as she practically throws herself into the line of fire. The Skaigirl thinks she's a honey-badger.

What Gideon starts, Arlin finishes, flashing a flirty smile as he waggles his brows twice. "<In Trigedasleng> Fancy meeting you here. Now hold still." Because she's injured and he's of a mind to do something about that.

The sole Reaper on the bridge swings his massive axe like a golf club, trying to knock Asher's head from his neck, but ending up instead slicing up across the breastbone. He roars in rage, looking as though he is about to go full berserker… but then there's two things that happen simultaneously as the speed of sound and light come together in a brilliant cacophony.

The Seat of Coesbur explodes, taking it with it much of the surrounding buildings. Brick and mortar pepper the village center, slamming into Trikru and Reapers alike as Indra and Oxfor's combined warbands converge from their various points of entry. Stained glass shatters, turning into searing shrapnel with no prejudice to who is in range. The bridge shakes at its center, and the shockwave sends out in a world-shattering ring of pure kinetic energy. It barrels into the monstrous Reaper, who staggers and falls aside. Morgan and Cassandra suffers the same fate, being careened off their feet in the blast. Grey and Britt manage to maintain their footing, but they are still staggered. Asher — however — takes the worst of it, being thrown several feet back and slamming into Wren and Kai like a cannonball.

Some Place Unseen…

"Confirmed hit," the Mountain Man reports as he looks through his sights. He draws his weapon back into the netting, and the Ground Unit begins its retreat.

<FS3> Benning rolls Athletics: Success.
<FS3> Starling rolls Athletics: Good Success.
<FS3> Pontus rolls Athletics: Good Success.

Kai spares a moment to look at Arlin, and Gideon, lurching off because there's nothing she can do there to join Wren, left hand pressed to herself to try and keep the pain down to something like a dull roar. She gets there in time to open her mouth and then the world /explodes/ and suddenly it's raining Asher's. Not exactly her idea of a good time.

Benning watches in awe and then horror as the light comes together and blows the Seat of Coesbur to pieces, causing the stained glass shatters, the bridge shakes, and Benning can't hold onto the tree that she's perched in because she wasn't holding onto anything when the blast hit. She was trying to switch out quivers. She falls backwards out of the tree, bow and quiver in her hands and the back of her head cracks onto the root below, causing the girl to see stars. She doesn't even cry out because it happened so fast.

"Hey jackhole!" Grey waves the crackling shock baton at the big Reaper… and then the world explodes, where the world is defined as Coesbur and those points reached by the shockwave. He staggers, stumbles, puts his right hand down to keep his balance, still gripping the shock baton with his thumb and forefinger. he blinks against the sudden pall of dust, tries to lift his left arm up to clear his vision, and then strangles a scream of pain. Right, that arm doesn't work. Instead, he wipes his face with the inside of his right arm, opening and closing his jaw to try to clear the ringing in his hears, "Maup… maup…" Clearing his throat, he straightens up, looking around for anyone moving, "Uh… what the shit? Everyone still up?"

Morgan is looking for an opening to try to kill the Reaper when the world blows up. Okay, maybe just a small section of it over there. In the exact center of the village. He was paying attention to the Reaper so light, sound and shock wave all happen at once for him and he falls down hard. Which is probably the best place to be with all the shrapnel flying through the air.

Pontus looked to Britt and graced her with a bit of a smile. A hand went to her shoulder and nodded with a thanks and mutual admiration. "<In Trigedasleng> We're not done yet." He was tired. The scout was still running on pure adrenaline with the rest and almost stopped to give Cassandra a 'wtf?!' look when she said go float yourself. It wasn't to him be he had no grasp for context. He started running full tilt for the largest of the Reapers when… well the unthinkable happened.

…light…
…streaming from the sky…

…carrying naught but a deafening silence.

…and then nothing.

Pontus's ears rang. His very spirit bled when he opened his eyes again to the cloud of destruction that was their heritage and all they fought for. Nothing but a broken glass cacophony that was the scarred grave marker for a once great village. The shockwave shook him and halted his advance. The devastation to his home did what four rabid Reapers could not, it brought him to his knees. The scout just stared; frozen.

For a split second, there's an odd whine, and Silver turns to try to track it. Before she even has time to wonder, though, the world is noise and pressure and wind, and the rest of the people on the bridge are flying through the air. "Son of a bitch," she curses from behind the shield of an arm, turning in a circle to search for anything that explains what's happening - and more importantly, if it's going to happen again, before she goes rushing in.

Wren has barely a moment to really think. He was about to attack that last ground, and suddenly he can barely hear, nothing but a loud ringing in his ear as the shockwave, so close to the point of impact knocks out his hearing for a moment. He can't hear anything but a ring, but he can see the flash of light at the village center, exploding into a rain of dust, debris, and possibly body parts from the bodies that were in the village the he saw earlier. And then, an impact. Not just on him, but with his Second as well. No time, barely any to put his arms up, dropping his axe. There's a haphazard attempt to try and catch the flung Asher at them, bowling him over, but managing, barely to stay upright. With the body of the Skaikru knocking him over, he's been kinda stunned into silence.

During the time it took her to pull her quiver into place, the whole world changed, there is a flash and then sound and then everything goes crazy. You'd think the view from the trees would give one something to watch, but Starling can do nothing but tighten her legs around the branch of the tree she was sitting on and fall forward to hold on as the tree whips back and forth. Her eyes are open though and she catches the sight of the falling Benning and she cries out. "<In Trigedasleng> BENNING!" but she can do nothing try not to fall herself. But then there is that silence ringing in her ears and blue eyes turn towards the place that has been her home and she just stares in horror.

Asher didn't really even have time to register what the world had exploded. He was dealing with an axe wielding thug. And then suddenly Asher was floated. Literally. The blast took him off his feet and threw him back and into Wren and Kai with a tremendous amount of force. Also, Asher is not dainty like a flower. He is six feet, and around two hundred pounds of muscle. So that's going to suck. On the plus side, he acted as a helpful pin cushion for Wren and Kai, much of the glass that flung out hit him first due to his sheer proximity. Asher is out cold, and bleeding quite a bit.

Vicious and fruitless, Cassandra is still stabbing her arrow balefully at the Reaper's neck when the radiant blast thunders through the Coesbur Bridge, sending her falling with her opponent and rolling off to the side. Light and sound ring her ears and blind her vision, successfully uprooting her senses in the same fell swoop with which it lays the Grounder village to waste. Though healing, the Skaigirl already has a skull-fracture, which makes her very prone to migraines. Pain flashes across her face as the world shakes around her, leaving her too stunned to register anything else or anyone, save the throbbing ache and the sound of her own blood pumping: at least she's still alive. Hands drift in front of her face as she pulls her arms defensively upwards, oozing lethargy with every nerve ending and muscle fibre tugging her back awake.

Britt gives Pontus a brisk nod in return, acknowledging the words before she starts moving back into the fray. The shaking earth causes her to stumble, hands coming up to cover her face instinctively. She catches her balance before falling, but a hand goes to the side of her head. She may not have been knocked down, but concussive shockwaves on top of a concussion are not the most pleasant thing in the world. Dazed, she just stares, open-mouthed, at what remains of Coesbur.

And there it is. What Arlin had been expecting since the moment the Skaikru first shot their guns. It's the sardonic satisfaction of a pessimist and the aching displeasure of someone who wishes it were an ideal world instead of this hard knock life of endless crap and disappointment. Neither emotionally nor physically bowled over by this turn of events, Arlin ducks a little and shuts his eyes as he protectively draws his arms around his head, semi-muffling his ears in the process. As things settle, he looks around to assess the structural damage and preliminarily perform some semblance of triage from afar so he knows where to run first

Kai wasn't in great condition to start out with, and though the Second is likely lucky that her First is larger and more impactable than she, it doesn't change that landing on her back with a face full of Asher officially ranks up there on the 'not fun' list. She didn't even really have an opportunity to process the whole explosion thing. And right now can't help but groan and push at the injured guys legs because goddamn it that so very did no good for the bits of her strapped together already by Arlin's work,"What the fuck was that?" the skaigirl can't help but croak.

Fire, that's all Gideon sees. The Seat explodes, leaving nothing but a blackened crater of earth. The rain of glass and brick hardly phase her, what little comes down. She is staring in mixed horror and rage as her village burns. Unlike Pontus, who is on his knees, or Britt who is in shock, the archer is moving forward at what can only be described as a dead run. She pauses just once to grab her fallen sword, and unless stop, hurls herself toward the village.

<FS3> Opposed Roll — Morgan=Melee Vs Reaper=12
< Morgan: Failure Reaper: Success
< Net Result: Reaper wins - Marginal Victory
<FS3> Starling rolls Athletics: Good Success.

Morgan slowly climbs to his feet and looks toward the village. Guess they were right about the Mountain Men destroying villages. Well shi… Spotting the Reaper also standing up, he looks around for his sword, stoops to get it and lunges for it's back, failing miserably since he's still off balance.

The Reaper who remains is scrambling in raw instinctive fear. He appears to not care that there is water churning below, aiming to throw himself into it to escape his own panicked fear. Morgan's missed attack is all that is needed to send him falling into the water with a splash.

Grey looks to the Skaikru staggered around him, calling out, "Silver! Asher and…" and then he cuts off as Gideon comes running along the bridge. He drops his shock baton, reaching out with his right arm in an attempt to catch her around the waist and halt her headlong rush, "We'll go help. We'll go see if anyone was in there, but wait. Go together." He's speaking rather louder than he intends to, but that's probably for the best, considering the aural abuse that all of their ears have suffered.

Starling drops as gracefully as possible from the tree, she lands on her feet but touches the ground to get her balance anyway and then she is standing slowly and moves to check on Benning, kneeling next to her sister in all but blood. "<In Trigedasleng> Benning, can you get up?" She asks softly, still trying to shake the ringing out of her head. It's clear she wants to rush to the bridge, to her home, but she has to make sure Benning is ok first.

Benning doesn't move from where she fell. She fell hard and it's going to take her a moment to get her bearings after falling out of the tree. She moans, "<In Trigedasleng> Gideon…Starling…" They're the first two people she thinks of after everything. She looks at Starling in shock, "I fell out of the tree…" What she doesn't say is that she just saw her shop, her village, the only place she has ever known get blown to hell by the Mountain Men.

Pontus pushed himself to his feet and ran quickly to the body of that first downed grounder with his knife still in it. He twist and pulled so the vacuum in the dead's chest didn't hold it in place. It wasn't to the large reaper though. He ran to the tree of the archers. He checked Starling hanging into her tree. Good. Where was- shit! He ran to Benning on the ground and assessed the damages. "<In Trigedasleng> Benning, get up. Those bastards broke our village." The words were practical, he was watching for response. There were enough people in the bridge, and he needed to make sure they weren't going to be somehow flanked and that their own were shielded from extraneous bullshit. He offered a hand to her to sit up.

"Medic!" Kai croaks, not for her, no, she hurts, but it's Wren and Asher who need help more than her, the grey-eyed girl rolling very slowly to one side to ease out from under Asher's leg with her left arm wrapped across herself as she grabs her sword in nerveless fingers and tries to get to her feet, staggers to her feet and stares around.

Arlin makes his decision: He's going to help haul out Wren. The Skaikru can take care of their own. As far as the medic is concerned, the destruction of Coesbur is on their doomsday ignoring, gun-wielding hands. "<In Trigedasleng> FALL BACK. THEY MAY STRIKE AGAIN."

Morgan sheathes his sword and hurries over to take care of Asher. he even has a (mostly) fully equipped medical kit to do it with.

Horns start to go up, blasting from the forests. The long, deep blast says one thing: retreat…

Starling turns to look up at Pontus when he comes over, she just stares at him for a long moment and only when Benning is up, either by his hand, her hand or however, does she turn for one moment and she bury her face in his chest, silent with ears ringing, breath hard, and an arm around Benning. Just a few moments not to start balling, and then the blast of the horn causes a shudder before she is pulling back from the Scout, seeing as he is still on duty as it were.

As the dust settles, Silver turns one more circle, making sure the area is clear. "You've got Morgan!" she calls back to Grey, marking where Arlin is headed as well before…turning back to the group of grounders at the trees. Someone fell, there may be other injured there.

Gideon is caught, and she almost headbutts Grey … again. But this time it wouldn't be out of some misplaced flirtation! She fights in his arms for a moment, snarling and spitting like a feral animal. Then his words calm her, but only enough to listen to Arlin's orders — and the blast of the retreat horns. She sags then. Hot tears sting her eyes, and smear the ash on her face. She takes a step back, and then another. Then her gaze turns to southwest, where the looming crown of Mount Weather lies.

Kai's got no idea what Arlin is saying, but he's grabbing Wren, and so therefore so is she. Not that she should be trying to pull anyone in her state, but well, yes, she's upright, she's mobile, and her First needs help. So she ignores Asher in favor of her teacher, teeth gritting against the unpleasant grind and throb of all kinds of areas.

Benning manages to get in a sitting position with the help of Pontus and Starling. She looks to her friend who is crying and then feels her own tears well up. Her shop, her beautiful shop was now gone. She looks for her sister and then breaths a sigh of relief that she's with her Niron. She looks at Pontus and tells him, "I hit my head, my ears are ringing…and I don't know if I'm going to be steady when I stand up."

Cassandra, at least to all current appearances, doesn't care too much that a Grounder village just got bombed. She cares that she just told Asher to go float himself… and floating he went. If only things would go her way when she wishes things she actually means. She's shaking as she slowly pulls herself up onto her hands and knees, wincing as one of her palms slices open upon an unseen piece of shrapnel. The girl keeps moving forward, staggering and pausing to catch her breath, before she finds herself again at Asher and Morgan's side. "…Asher?" she pleads, sitting on her calves. "Wake up." Her hands paw at his face, lightly slapping his cheek. By the daze in her hazy gaze and the sway of her neck, she's barely awake herself, and can barely see.

<FS3> Arlin rolls Brawn+brawn: Success.
<FS3> Kai rolls Brawn+brawn-3: Success.
<FS3> Gideon rolls Brawn+brawn-5: Success.

Pontus snapped to Arling, he was getting his ire back, though his eyes were wet with fury and loss, his face was not, though it was still sprayed and spattered i teh blood of the fallen. "<In Trigedasleng> Silver, Arlin, Don't let my fucking brother die. He owes me a drink still. That other guy is a doctor. We need him." His brow furrowed trying to keep tabs on that situation. Starling was there looking at him covered in wounds and spattered gore. he just murmured to her "<In Trigedasleng> Don't worry, most isn't mine." His jaw set and his free arm hugged her close as she buried her face in his chest. Arlin was yelling and he's not wrong. He called back for the benefit of the Skaikru, "Fall back. There might be another one heading in!"

Grey leans back from Gideon's anger, wincing as her struggling pulls at his wounds new and old. "Dee! Dee!" And then she's calming, and retreating, and he steps with her. If he weren't swaying under the aftereffects of the blast, and if she was paying the least attention to him, it might even look like a dance. As it is, it looks awkward. "Where are you going, Dee? There could be people in there." Pontus' shout causes him to wince, and he looks back toward the village, "Shit. Shit. Okay." And then he's moving with the archer, his hand still at her side or back unless she pulls away. "We've got docs at the Camp, if we want to take the wounded there?"

Despite the face slapping and pleading, Asher does not wake up. Probably for the best, that large shard of glass protruding from his stomach is likely quite painful, he doesn't want to be awake for that.

Britt staggers over to the edge of the bridge, still staring at Coesbur. Hearing the horns even over the ringing in her ears, she looks back and forth between the village and the treeline. There might be other wounded down there, but it's impossible to see with all the dust no matter how much she strains her eyes. Hearing Grey's protest, she casts a pained look back to the village. Caught in indecision.

Starling takes a deep breath and reaches up and wipes at Benning's tears, she isn't the only one who has lost a shop, but she tries to be strong as she looks up to Pontus, "<In Trigedasleng> Wren?" She questions almost to scared to know, but then he's yelling to the healers and her shoulders relax slightly as she reaches out to help Benning stand and not fall over, "<In Trigedasleng> Come on we need to get out of here for now…" It's clear she will see her village again soon, one way or another.

"<In Trigedasleng> Arlin has him," Silver assures Pontus with a glance over her shoulder toward the bridge, voice eerily steady. Shock, maybe? Probably. Her second battle, and she's still not sure what she thinks about this whole risking her life thing. Better not to think about it. Better to do something useful.

Benning tries to stand up and get her bearings but between the head wound from the axe and then hitting the back of her head from the fall, the moment she gets to her feet the young woman blacks out and looses consciousness. Everything just goes black and she slumps as she starts to fall back to the ground unless someone catches her.

Pontus snapped the look, not the tone to Grey. He said simply, "We evac'd. There is nothing left that is ours. We are not losing more to them now." He looked to Starling and said "<In Trigedasleng> You and Benning cover us while we fall back. I'll help make sure Wrencome's home. Silver won't let him die. She saved Rain, she'll certainly help him." Did he like Skaikru? Not particularly. Not in general, but he did absolutely trust Silver would do this. The certainty was there. He looked to Silver "<In Trigedasleng> Wren's coming home." He looked to Silver and nodded her over, "<In Trigedasleng> benning took a blow to the-" He had her hand and between he and Starling, would have her. A nod to Starling to not let her hit the ground. He scooped her up, "<In Trigedasleng> Silver, need you here."

"<In Trigedasleng> BRITT," Arlin roughly barks in a tone she knows well enough, "<In Trigedasleng> A LITTLE HELP HERE!" Mainly because he's snapping at Kai, "Stand down. We have enough injured and I lack the time to tend to you again." Best not aggravate those wounds, yo.

Morgan looks over Asher but the obvious problem is the shard of glass piercing him. Under normal circumstances, you leave things in people because they're also keeping whatever blood vessels they might have severed plugged. In the middle of nowhere, with all his other injuries, and the only way back via horse is not normal. The sharp glass is more likely to act like a saw than a plug so it's coming out. Opening his satchel, he pulls out a handful of bandages. Then careful not to cut himself, uses them to get a grip on the glass and pulls it straight out. Dropping it to the side, he quickly packs the wound with the bandages and ties a strip around him to hold them in place. His other injuries get a similar treatment, making sure they don't get worse till he can be treated somewhere clean and safe.

Kai looks like she might protest, but really, Arlin's right, and with a reluctant nod the Second let's go. She might look like she's going to linger where she is, but no. She goes to collect her sword and Wren's axe to make damned sure they're not left behind,"<In Trigedasleng> Horses." she remembers that word,"I'll get the horses." and elects to limp off in their direction to help in a way that's not going to result in her bleeding more heavily.

Unapologetic Cassandra, directly responsible for floating the syrup-sweet Earth Skills teacher and indirectly her father, who has never apologised for a sin in her life, does so now. "Ash. I'm sorry. I'm sorry I was such a bitch to you. Please wake up." It's hard to tell what will take longer to live down: this or having fallen out of a tree and failed multiple times to climb it. "We have to go. Wake up, please." Though she doesn't keep slapping him, and resists shaking him, she stays kneeling next to his head and scrunches up a hand in his hair. She looks aside to Morgan, face expectant. She avoids getting in his way as he does what he can, but it's clear she's begging him to say something.

Starling catches Benning and helps get her into Pontus's arms, but she does what she can to take the weight from the Scout, as he is hurt after all. But between the pair, they can get them all moving and then silver can help as well.

Silver takes a quick step toward Benning when she starts to sway - for all the good she'd do trying to catch - though she pauses when Pontus catches her. "Hey, careful," she urges Pontus, stepping in to one side of Starling. "<In Trigedasleng> Let us. You're hurt, too."

Britt snaps out of her indecision when she hears Arlin shouting for her. "We'll regroup the others and then organize a search for other survivors." Assuming the bossman doesn't nix that idea. The idea of leaving any wounded behind down there hurts. "<In Trigedasleng> I'll help the skaiboy with that one?" Britt offers to Arlin, not entirely clear what he needs help with exactly. She jerks a finger toward Morgan and the injured Asher.

<FS3> Asher rolls Brawn+Brawn-5: Failure. (3 3 5)

Although Arlin is capable of hauling Wren by his lonesome, some help wouldn't be frowned upon. "<In Trigedasleng> Leave 'em," he sourly says about the Skaiboy, "<In Trigedasleng> They can take care of their own." Not much sympathy there for the people he blames for drawing the attention of the Mountain. "<In Trigedasleng> Help me with this slab of meat. Kai's gone off to see about horses." As if the medic didn't need another reason to be pissed off. Damn horses.

<FS3> Grey rolls Brawn+Brawn-2: Success. (1 7 5 5)

Gideon is there to sweep an arm around Asher, helping the Skaikru up very carefully. She casts a glance toward Arlin, scowling softly, "<In Trigedasleng> They fought alongside us, Arlin… there is no harm in helping." Then she begins to step forward, easing Asher forward. "We will take Asher there, but let the Trikru handle their own." She grimaces as she holds Asher against her strong side, and she begins to help him move forward.

The glass is removed and for a moment, the blood starts to gush. Profusely. Luckily, Morgan is really good at what he does, so it is gotten under control. He will be carried wherever because his ass is still knocked the fuck out.

Grey remembers something then, leaving Gideon's side for a moment to step back and collect his shock baton, collapsing it with the press of a button and tucking it back into his belt. His left arm still hangs loose at his side, awash in blood, and he's starting to sway from bloodless as well as concussion now. He moves to help Gideon pick up Asher… after a look to Morgan to make sure it's okay. "We can move him, yeah? I… I think it'd be good to get him back there if we can. I don't think they're," a look to the angry Arlin, even if he can't understand the words the man is speaking, "gonna want to go there, or us to go with 'em. Cass, you good?"

Pontus shook his head and was stubborn is as stubborn does. "<In Trigedasleng> I'm fine. I'll be fine." he held Benning in his bloodied hands, jaw set. She also wasn't that much a burden overall so it was not too much for him. Tomorrow he'll hurt, today? Today he had things to do and one of them was hold his friend still and the other was try to look for Britt and Wren and Kai in the mess while Silver worked. "<In Trigedasleng> Arlin. Updates?"

Kai elects to ride her own back, leading a few more as well as the injured Skaigirl can. She's been practicing, a lot, since her first outing, but it takes a lot of effort and concentration to get the three or four back to the gathering in order to help give them a way of transporting the wounded other than dragging. Though she doesn't elect to try and get down out of the saddle again, in the absence of adrenaline pain is beginning to settle in hard and the works not done yet.

Starling was keeping an arm around Pontus to support him as he carried Benning, she does atleast have her bow over her shoulder and her eyes darting around as they move. A flicker of a look to the Scout and then to the Healer as she searches for her family as well.

"No," Cassandra interjects, shaking. She looks between Morgan and Gideon nervously, but doesn't stand in the way of the Grounder helping Asher up. "He needs medical attention. Real medical attention." She clambers slowly to her feet, still wincing. She may have suffered no real injuries, but her head is killing her, and between that tree and the blast, she certainly has a few scrapes and bruises that sting, at least temporarily. "Someone should take him back to Camp." Someone not her, her tone implies.

Only then does Britt notice that Wren is now well and truly unconscious. Somehow she missed that while the Mountain was deciding to give her a headache, literally and figuratively. She crouches down near Arlin. "<In Trigedasleng> Should we send for a wagon? We have too many who can't ride…" And slinging them like potato sacks across the backs of horses doesn't strike her as the best idea. "<In Trigedasleng> Would probably be faster than fashioning litters."

"Wherever we can get him quickest." Morgan answers, standing back up and nodding at the question. "He needs surgery but I don't want to do it here."

Pontus looked to Britt and looked to the other Trikru who were up. He nodded. "<In Trigedasleng> We should. I can try to ride +1 with me but Wren and some of the others? We wither need to cap which is a bad idea or start out and have someone go ahead to meet us halfway to cut back on the travel time without doubling it."

Arlin is clearly unmoved by Gideon's words. Well, that's not true. The needle moves further into the contempt side of the gauge. "<In Trigedasleng> They caused this fight. They were warned. You fucking one of them doesn't changed that fact." Did he catch the kissy face Grey made earlier? Did he notice the head bump and embrace shortly thereafter? Did he hear some rumor? Maybe. Or maybe he's just jumping to the most insulting conclusion because that's what he tends to do.

"<In Trigedasleng> He'll live," the medic then tells Pontus about Wren, tone wry. As for Britt, "<In Trigedasleng> We'll fall back further, but yes, wagons." They surely have some. Arlin would've insisted upon it — and not just so he wouldn't have to be stuck riding.

"<In Trigedasleng> Can ride, me." Kai got enough out of Pontus' words to try her completely shitty Trig to communicate. There'd be mortification if she realized the awful phrasing there and wasn't battling her own injuries, but 'wagon' isn't one she knows and right now, all she can do is linger with the handful of horses she managed to bring back with her, trying to work out what she can do in her current condition.

Pontus turned his attention to Arlin and said calmly, "<In Trigedasleng> Arlin, who caused what isn't important right now. Let's get our casualties up and work on adjudication later. The people who bled with us today bled WITH us. We take care of that first and we report to the Heda and those who will sort this out will sort this out. Today no one dies." He paused and looked at the village smoking as a crater and squeezed his eyes and jaw shut. Looking at Silver treating Benning in his arms and to Starling he offered to the furious medic, "<In Trigedasleng> We lost enough. Who is responsible for what can wait." He wasn't saying Arlin was wrong either. It was Kai's words out of her mouth he might grin at any other day, but she was doing her best. He nodded to her.

Silver, for her part, doesn't argue about whose fault it is or who'll be allowed to do what. Silent, she works on the people who don't object and keeps her thoughts to herself.

Britt rises then, nodding to Arlin and Pontus in turn. Arlin's harsh words to Gideon are noted with a frown, but she doesn't contradict him. "We'll fetch a wagon for the more seriously wounded," she says for benefit of the Skaikru. "Gideon, I think you're the fastest rider - can you go ahead and organize it? Those who can ride can take the other horses back. Arlin and I and whoever else wants to stay will guard the badly injured until the wagon comes." She looks around, open to other suggestions.

"I'm staying." Kai declares. She might not be getting off her horse right now and might only be held together thanks to Arlin and what's left of her armor, but there's no give in her tone. She's definitely volunteering to stay behind and not likely to budge without direct orders.

Arlin's words are met with a stubborn jaw and a small hint of fury in her eyes. Gideon says nothing in response, but instead looks over toward Britt when she says her name, and the orders thin her expression a bit. She glances at Asher and Morgan, and then to Cassandra and Grey. "Take him," she says to Cassandra, hoping the girl will take her side of the boy's shoulder. Once Cass is situated with Asher — and probably under some strain! — Gideon steps up to Britt. "I will see to it," she says, accepting the order with a terse nod. Her mare is back with the other horses, so she starts to move at a quick pace despite her own wounds.

Grey looks over to Kai, calling between the knot of Skaikru plus one and Trikru plus two, "We're taking Asher to Camp Jaha. I'll be back to help look for survivors as soon as I can." That will be long after all searches are completed, if the medtechs back at Camp Jaha have anything to say about it. He nods to Morgan, "We'll need a litter. It ain't gonna be…" he sways a moment, then steadies himself, "…fast, but we'll go as fast as we can." Arlin's clear anger toward Gideon has him scowling across at the medic, then shaking it off. Bigger problems. Britt's words make some sense, and he lets out a breath, nodding to Asher between the various Skaikru, "He needs surgery, bad. That means Camp Jaha. We're happy to help anyone else there, but…" and he nods toward Arlin. Gideon gets a worried look as she shifts the weight onto Cassandra and starts toward her horse, and he licks his lips, but stops himself from saying anything beyond, "Stay safe, Dee." And then he has to worry about carrying a good deal of Asher's weight on his unwounded shoulder.

"Grey," Silver calls over to the guard, looking up from Benning. "I'm going to try to get some tissue samples. I don't know how well they'll last, but I'll try to get them to the camp when I can."

Pontus eyed them and tilted his head. He was looking at Grey talk about Camp Jaha and surgery. The scout's been dutifully supportive of the aliance that was handed down to him, and the efforts of those gathered but he had a line. He muttered something to Silver and watched her. Quietly he muttered to Benning, "<In Trigedasleng> Not letting them take you there. Don't worry." He wasn't the only one that had feelings on being very wary of that skai-tech. It kept being a bane over being a boon.

Whoa there. Cassandra may be acting all concerned, but she definitely did not volunteer to help. This, in point of fact, is an area which she has several times established herself as being unwilling to partake in. So when Gideon and Grey abruptly team up to try and shanghai her into hoisting Asher's considerable weight, she steps away, shaking her head. "I'm not coming with," she says, gesturing for Morgan to take her place. "You're right. He needs surgery. I don't." She starts to back away, towards Gideon, but pauses to call to her fellow Skaikru. "When he wakes up…" Because she does not want to consider an if. "Tell him… tell him I… went to get drunk." She gives a slow nod of her head, settling on that choice of words.

<FS3> Arlin rolls Resolve-2: Failure. (5 3 2 3 4)

Morgan looks over at Silver when she mentions tissue samples. "Oh, right. We need to take one of them with us. I also need to get some pictures too." Since there's nothing he can immediately do for the injured, he gets out the dataslate and starts recording some close ups of the corpses. "Just come with us, Cass. He'll be glad to see you when he's conscious."

Britt nods to Kai. She expected no less. Her voice is a few degrees cooler when she answers Grey, "As you like, Grey kom Skaikru." She's not going to twist his arm into bringing the Skaikru back with them. As Arlin said, let them deal with their own. Silver gets an odd look at the talk of samples, but then Britt is sheathing her sword and tugging at her still-ringing ears. Which brings a sting of pain from the knife that slashed her scalp near there earlier. She winces. "<In Trigedasleng> Are you waiting with us, Pontus, or taking Benning back? Starling could go with you if you are," she suggests with a glance at the other young woman.

<FS3> Opposed Roll — Arlin=melee Vs Grey=Dodge-4
< Arlin: Good Success (5 8 5 7 1 1 6 1 7) Grey: Failure (3 1 5 5 3)
< Net Result: Arlin wins - Solid Victory

No, really. Arlin has zero fucks to give for the plight of the Skaikru, figuratively and/or literally. (Although there is no shortage of the latter being given by other Trikru, or so rumors go.) "<In Trigedasleng> If their people die, that's on them. Not my fault they get so injured. Not my fault if their healers fail."

Once he's satisfied that Wren has been hauled far enough, he sets down the big guy well enough ability that it's obvious the medic is old hat. That done, he steps towards Grey, hazel eyes narrowed, and he launches a fierce punch at the Guard's face, not care what that might mean for poor Asher. "I warned you, Skaiboy," he growls. "What happened to Coesbur is on you and yours. That debt will be claimed. Consider that a reminder."

<FS3> Wren rolls Brawn+Brawn-7: Embarrassing Failure. (1)
<FS3> Gideon rolls Alertness-5: Failure. (3)
<FS3> Opposed Roll — Cassandra=melee Vs Arlin=dodge
< Cassandra: Failure (1 4 5) Arlin: Good Success (5 8 1 2 1 2 1 5 8)
< Net Result: Arlin wins - Solid Victory

Pontus looked up and said in a loud enough, resolute tone, "<In Trigedasleng> Arlin! Stand. Down. We are NOT breaking this truce today REGARDLESS. THat's Indra's call, not ours. Break the rule and chaos will destroy more than our home." In english he looked at either of them, "Everyone stand the fuck down and tend the wounded or I will come over there and end it. Let. It. Stand for now."

Grey starts to turn toward Silver, even as Cassandra is avoiding getting Asher's weight half-put on her, and then his head whips back toward Arlin when the man steps close… and then his head is snapping back, and he's tumbling onto his ass — and dropping Asher in the bargain. Holding a newly split lip, Grey struggles back to his knees, spitting out mingled blood and saliva, "Screw you, jackhole. Screw you and the horse you rode in on." Clearly, Grey does not know Arlin. "Your people attacked mine. We defended ourselves." He struggles up to his feet, his left arm still hanging loose at his side, "If you hadn't attacked, we wouldn't have used the rifles. This isn't on us, it isn't on you. It's on the fucking Mountain."

And Asher unceremoniously hits the ground with a thud as no one was really supporting his weight when Grey gets hit.

Britt was looking at Pontus, but sees Arlin beeline over to the Skaikru out of the corner of her eye. She's too slow to do anything about it, but jumps in after the punch is thrown, trying to put herself bodily between him and the other Skaikru. "<In Trigedasleng> ENOUGH!" She echoes Pontus' sentiment. She snaps at Grey. "You brought this ruin on us, but Pontus is right. We will not be the ones to break the truce. That is for the kruheda to decide. Take him and go."

"Hey, get off him!" Cassandra may not be willing to help, but when Arlin goes for Grey, the honey-badger of a Skaigirl launches herself viciously at the medic's back, just like she did that Reaper she rode. Her hands clench at his shoulders as she tries to forcefully prise him away from Grey, but she is a scrawny lass attacking a seasoned hunk of meaty warrior, and she has little success.

"Don't you see he's carrying someone injured? Someone injured who risked his arse to save your sorry carcass," Cassandra sneers. She tries to manoeuvre herself in Arlin's way, to prevent any further attacks, planting her feet between him and the fallen Asher.

Silver's head jerks up at the sound of a fight, hands stilling in their work. She walked out of the battle like it was nothing, but a fight has her attention immediately. Two years as the softest kid in the box will do that to you. Someone else is already breaking up the fight, though, so she studiously turns back to her work.

Starling is tired and drained and just not in the mood for this, she just lost her /home/. But as everything seems to fall apart for a moment, her fingers just tighten on Pontus's arm. Though if that is stop him from doing anything, or herself, it's extremely hard to tell.

"If we want to finish the Mountain's work, the bloodshed today has been a waste." Kai utters with her left hand still pressed across herself,"The more time we waste standing here fighting amongst ourselves, the worse the wounded get." she's not wading into the fight, expression etched with exhaustion and pain as she slowly swings down from her horse. It's Morgan whom she seeks out with her eyes though she doesn't add anything further.

Morgan wasn't really paying attention but at the commotion he looks over in time to see Asher be dropped. Hand on his sword, he heads back over to Grey. "No, since we got here, you've been attacking us. Despite that, we've tried to make peace with you. Everything that's happened is because of what you've done. They only kidnapped Cam because you were attacking us. This is all your fault and no one else's. So you can either keep going the way you have been or cut it the fuck out! Now, let's get the hell out of here."

Silver casts a brief glance toward Pontus, oddly…apologetic, before she raises her voice. "<In Trigedasleng> Arlin," she calls over toward the confrontation. "<In Trigedasleng> Pontus is bleeding." Sorry, Pontus. Sacrifice for the sake of peace. Him, and maybe any ground she's gained toward showing she knows how to heal, but at least no one else needs to start bleeding. Hopefully.

Pontus had Benning in arms. Starling was either going to say 'hand her to me' or 'let it go'. His brother was food for the meat wagon when it was coming to collect and a friend as deadweight in his bloody arms. He was tired, he ached, and now one of his companions was letting his feelings, just or not, rule him. It wasn't that Arlin was wrong, it was not the time, place, nor means to make emotionally charged decisions that endangered the wounded. He carefully set Benning down looking to Starling to help hold her while Silver focused on her tasks. Slowly he stood. He sighed, and turned on heel walking over. He looked from Cassie to Morgan, Gren, Arlin, and finally arched an eyebrow at Britt. As if a silent gesture he stooped to help pull Asher off the ground. He looked to Morgan who he id'd as a healer and said "Can you help him?" Yes. The scout that was allergic to Skaikru was trying to aid them. yes, Silver was absolutely right; the gore he wore masked his own but he was still sporting stab and slashing sounds to the chest, arm and hands. Right now he didn't seem to care. The job wasn't done and people were down. He looked to Arlina and spoke firmly, but without rancor, "<In Trigedasleng> Take it to Indra. Any persons here? They don't make decisions for their people. You're a healer. We need you Arlin. We can't do this without you. We live first, we fight later." He was the center of calm over the spot he was an apex of motion not long ago.

One little punch and everyone loses their shit. Arlin just snorts and sneers. "You defended yourself with GUNS after you were warned. YOU brought down their wrath, whatever your reasons. Protecting your people does not change that. A real warrior, someone with honor would own that choice, not make excuses. And the only reason you," Grey is disdainfully indicated, "is still breathing is because there is a cease fire. And should that ever change, not even Gideon's sweet ass will be able to save your hide." Because, really, Grey totally could've been shanked to death right now. All it would take is the Sarge slicing through an artery of few.

Oh, but then Cassandra is on the medic, and he doesn't even have time to roll his eyes before he has her grappled in an immobilizing and uncomfortable position. And then he applies just enough pressure to make it clear how badly he could hurt her if he wanted. "I have not scratch, sweetheart," he sarcastically coos. "Appreciate the fighting spirit, but save it for when you actually know how to fight." Beat. "And learn how to climb a tree." That said, he releases her and none-too-gently shoves her away. With a smirk and a loft of his brows, Arlin's expression blithely asks: Any other takers?

<FS3> Cassandra rolls Resolve: Good Success. (3 7 5 3 5 8 6 1)
<FS3> Pontus rolls Resolve: Good Success. (7 7 4 8 4 4)

Britt is bleeding too, but with as much Reaper blood as she's wearing you'd be hard-pressed to tell. She turns a blood-splattered glare on Morgan next, her hand going to her sword when his does. Not drawing, but prepared to if he does first. "Take your own advice, skaiboy, and get the hell out of here before someone else gets hurt. Your friend is there dying while you're pointing fingers and talking out of your ass."

<FS3> Asher rolls Brawn+Brawn-4: Success. (1 1 4 7)

Grey turns his anger to Britt now, apparently not caring about semi-friendly fire, "Screw that. We survived. You came at us, we did everything we could to survive. Tell me you'd give one millimeter less to live." Not that most Grounders know what a millimeter is. Silly American ancestors, unwilling to give up on the Imperial system. "I'm sorry that you lost your homes. I am. I tried to stop it. But I'm not gonna apologize for fighting back when someone was trying to kill me and mine." And then there's the friendly fire, "Cass, get the hell down. Knock it the shit off." And Morgan, "No, damn it. It's their fault." And he points his one working arm out toward the rocky bulk of Mount Weather. Finally, Arlin. "Let her go, or I'm coming for you." He did promise he'd have the back of any Delinquent, way back when. Even though he's in absolutely no shape to fight anymore. "Think whatever the fuck," he doesn't use that word often, "you want, Arlin kom Trikru. I just don't give a rat's ass what you think." Given how he's arguing with other Grounders, that's not true of everyone present.

Pontus REALLY hated what he was about to ask. He looked to Wren and back to Morgan. "How far? How long's he got and how are you planning to get him there?" He cast a withering look tired of it, "Oh fuck off both of you. Our people are dying and no one fucking here did shit about it except for let our emotion cloud our judgement. NOW. STAND. DOWN." he looked over and said with a sigh. he REALLY hated this. "Silver, Starling, can you get Wren and enning back? I'm gonna ride Asher back to his people and come back."

<FS3> Wren rolls Brawn+Brawn-7: Success. (8)

"STOP IT." It's probably the loudest anyone's ever heard Silver. Ever. In her life. "People. Are actively. Bleeding. This discussion is OVER until there is no more bleeding. Morgan, Grey, get Asher back to the Ark before he bleeds out," she points between them, moving sharply. "Cass, go with them if you can't keep it together. Arlin, every minute you spend arguing, I'm going to start treating another injured Trikru, and I can tell just how much you trust me to do that, so make your choices." Breathing hard, she turns to Pontus with a single firm nod before she starts toward Wren.

<FS3> Pontus rolls First Aid: Good Success. (7 5 8)

Cassandra is wriggling in Arlin's grasp, still wholly adamant that she can weasel her own way out of it. She digs her short, practical fingernails into his arm, glaring at all that remains in her line of sight when her head, like the rest of her body, is uncomfortably immobilised. It's the remark on her tree-climbing skills that finally gets to her and sees her expression visibly wounded. "Float you," she curses when she's sent staggering back, landing in a heap on the ground at Asher's side, and on her bruised backside. She scowls up at the Grounder healer, sour.

After pulling herself to her feet and picking up her pride again, Cassandra tugs her shiny new sleeves down over her hands and stalks over to Pontus, checking on Asher's face. "Get him to medical," she turns and snaps at Grey and Morgan, but still doesn't seem to be of the mind to join them.

"When we fight each other, the Mountain wins." Kai pitches her voice as loud as her chest will allow her right now,"Do none of you see that? This wasn't Trikru, or Skaikru, this was them deciding to attack an unoccupied fucking village! Not Tondc, not Alpha, and why? If they wanted to kill people, there's plenty fucking more people than are standing here right now. It's for this. Right here. Because if we're fucking killing each other THEY win!" she flings a hand in the direction of the Mountain. Pontus' words merit a firm nod from her at least,"When Gideon gets back, we'll get Wren home safe." she promises,"Mochof, Pontus." for whatever reason, the weary Second elects to limp over to her First and squats down, shaking her head to herself.

Morgan frowns over at Pontus and he nods, letting go of his sword only then. "Yeah, I can help him. He's as good as he's going to get here in the middle of nowhere. It's not safe to do surgery but if he starts going south, I'll have to." Shit. He forgot to include transfusion gear in his kit. But he can improvise. Looking at Grey, he says "We can't put him on a horse. He's likelier to fall than stay on and the jolting won't be good for him."

Starling was kneeling down with Benning in her arms, she grunts as she moves to stand, somehow carrying her friend as carefully as possible. "<In Trigedasleng> There are Makers here who need healing…" It's soft, but it's also a reminder of those who have been themselves in danger for their home, as if that and that alone is the important part. She moves towards Britt and where the horses are carefully, a look over her shoulder to Pontus when he says he's going to the camp and her brows go down in worry, but she doesn't gainsay him as she limps comes to lay Benning carefully near Wren and puts herself between them and the rest of the conversation, as if guarding them from the bad humor going around.

Pontus takes a deep breath and just picks up Asher and starts carrying him off. He said only to Morgan, "You. You're healer? Kai? You said you can carry one?" His sister taught her to ride.. He was letting his faith in that carry him right now. "Kai I need you to grab that one" he nodded to Morgan "Ride him> We'll ride fast and hard and get them back to their people. You get your people to send word back. They see this they'll likely shoot. This kid's not dying today." He looked to Britt. "We'll be back."

The titan stirs from his slumber. Maybe all the fighting and then the yelling is what roused Wren out of his 'out of it' state. With a groan, and then a cough, he sits up, then slowly rising up to his feet. Could be he had been listening for a bit. Or kind of listening, hard to say, but only now just moving. "I'm fine." is the low growl to Kai, grabbing his axe, and then looking around. But he looks pained, dizzy and maybe a little woozy. Which just makes him annoyed. "And all of your damn squabbling like so many children." and yeah, that's regarded for Trikru and Skaikru alike. "Pointing fingers and blaming each other like who stole who's sweets. Children.. Kill each other if you like, but neither of you will ruin the efforts for peace." There's a look at Pontus, then Starling, followed by Kai and Silver. "I'm going. Keep blaming each other if you like. Then start blaming the grass for being green." His piece said, the big man starts to lurch off, to likely find Roach, farting up a storm somewhere.

It's probably not humanly possible for eyes to roll so hard that they detach and fall out of the sockets. Arlin's try, though. Oh, how they try. "What part of if I wanted him dead now, he would be dead are you all. Not. Getting?" And then he lets a long, dramatic sigh. "And what part of there are wagons do you not understand? Oxfor will surely lend one," for Asher, "in honor of his treaty." Important distinction there. "And for the record," he levelly informs Grey, "I will do whatever is necessary to protect mine, but I will never make excuses or shift the blame for the consequences of my actions because whatever the rules of engagement, I still played my hand how I played it. So own up and shut up."

As for Silver's threat, Arlin smirks. "If you want to kill Wren and his family, by all means." He smiles a smile too pretty for it to be anything other than insulting, even throwing a hand flourish for her to carry on.

Oh praise Green Eden! Kai can't help but cast her eyes with gratitude skyward as Wren awakens, coughing as she rises to her feet again. Wren is mobile, her First says he's fine, and that he's going, so there's a nod from her,"Come on Morgan." she grunts, turning to limp back to her horse again with only a glance for him. Getting back up in the saddle is going to hurt, but orders have been issued, and she'll obey.

"Back the fuck off," Britt tells Grey, her tone and position suggesting that the only way he's coming for Arlin is through her. She takes a breath, struggling to control her temper. She nods her agreement to Arlin's words, then says, "You want to go? Go. You too," she tells Cassandra, pointing her towards the other Skaikru. Pontus gets a tiny nod of acknowledgement, but then an irritated glare is leveled on Kai and the stalking-off Wren.

Pontus paused carrying the unconscious man and said warningly to Arlin, "<In Trigedasleng> I love the hell out of you as a friend, and my blood for yours, but that family is my family and Silver kept my lil girl alive. You're overplaying your hand, and I forgive you. But stand down." He wasn't angry. He was appealing to sense he trust Arlin to still have. He hurt. He was tired and there would be time to mourn their home later. Business first. He looked to Starling, "Star…" He gave her an apologetic and promising look, "Look after Benning and your brother. We'll meet you in Tondc." He climbed up on his horse and pulled Asher up there with him. It wouldn't be the most comfortable ride but it'd be swift. "Kai, we go."

Morgan nods to Kai then looks over at Grey. "Get one of the corpses and bring it back with you." he tells the man. "I was serious about wanting to do an autopsy. There might be a physical cause. A parasite or something." Glancing around quick, he moves over to get his bow before going to Kai. "Ok, gimme a hand up."

Grey never even went for a weapon. He looks to Britt, "Looking out for me and mine." He doesn't even respond to Arlin, just turning around to see Pontus helping Asher. He moves over there, "Thanks for the help." A frown of concentration. "Muchoff." He butchers the thanks in Trigedasleng, but that's nothing new. Nodding to Morgan, he revises what he said to Pontus, "Thanks for the offer. But the doc says he can't ride. I listen to the doc on that stuff." He nods over to Silver, then moves to help carry Asher again, "Cass, please come with us. We're gonna need the help. Asher's gonna need the help. We need four for a litter."

Morgan adds to Grey "He can't ride alone. But if a skilled rider can keep him steady, the time save to get back sooner will be worth it."

Starling is not happy! But she watches Po and those eyes say something before she takes a deep breath,"<In Trigedasleng> Be careful and back soon, or I'll be coming to find out why…" It's a promise and a threat, but it's said as she watches him leave with the others and then moves to make sure Benning gets taken care of. Muttering under her breath the whole time.

Silver doesn't even roll her eyes back at Arlin. As things break apart, she goes back to Wren's family, back to her usual silent stoicism. The girl worked her way into one of the most exclusive career tracks on the Ark from the home of a sanitation worker and a food service worker. It won't be the first time she works for what she wants.

Pontus eyed Grey and said "Then you're both stupid. He can't ride by himself and your litre will be too damn slow. You can come with and get him real attention and avoid ruining his ability to think or you can stay here and wait for reinforcements." As he was on the horse WITH Asher and Morgan finally saw the plan he stopped and nodded. "If a comes with us, faster yet. Get on the horse with Kai so you don't die." Nope. Not eloquent. he sighed and winced slowly. Finaly sense was starting to be made. "<In Trigedasleng> Britt, drinks in Tondc. Save me one? Starling, I'll see you at home. I trust you and Silver to get Benning and Wren back."

"I am commanded." Kai points out to Britt with a nod in the direction of Pontus once she's managed to struggle back up onto the horse, she shouldn't be riding either, but compared to others she still counts as.. well, mobile at least, offering out her less injured left hand to Morgan to help him up onto the horse with a grit of her teeth,"<In Trigedasleng> Not stay camp. Wont go leave." the Second specifies for Pontus as best she can, twisting her horse about for what's likely to be an agonizing trip.

"<In Trigedasleng> Or they could just take a damn, wagon," Arlin blithely snarks, really not giving a damn what they do. He then eyes Britt and notices she has a new head injury. "<In Trigedasleng> Lemme take a look."

Grey gestures to Morgan, "Doc's in charge of Asher. What he says goes. I'll stick with…" he trails off. Silver and Kai are going back to Tondc, who knows where Cassandra is going, Asher and Morgan are off to Jaha on horseback. "…helping here how I can." He looks to Morgan, "I'll see you back at Jaha. I'll…" he looks to the corpses scattered around, "…I'll pack up a corpse if they'll let me." And then he wanders off a bit, slumping back against a tree and then slides down it to sit at its base. Lightheadedness from bloodless is only fun for so long.

<FS3> Opposed Roll — Cassandra=Persuasion Vs Oxfor=Resolve
< Cassandra: Good Success (8 3 8 1 5 5 5 1 5) Oxfor: Good Success (7 4 4 5 2 3 3 3 8 4 5 1)
< Net Result: DRAW

Pontus was flagged down by Gideon who was able to help he and Kai fix a cart up for the horses to carry with Morgan and Asher in the back. God he was going to the one place he did not want to go. At least at the Mountain he had permission to hit them, but Indra said the war was over and these kids didn't do anything but spill blood with them for their village. Ugh it was a wash. Still his directive was: uphold treaty. Between his marching orders and his sense of fairness about war? Well he was not going to let this kid die because his people were busy quibbling. After everything was rigged as they could make it back there as expeditiously as they could.

Although Cass narrows her eyes at Britt when the Grounder says, 'you too', pointing her to join her fellows, the Skaigirl stays firmly rooted on the spot. "I'm not going back to Camp Jaha," she says in a low voice, making her stance clear, especially for the other Skaikru to hear. "I'm going back to Camp Cassandra. Make sure he gets to medical safely." Turning her gaze to Morgan, she idly asks, "Got needles on you?"

Well, since it seems like they're getting to use a cart, Morgan puts his bow in and the quiver in it then helps drag one of the dead Reapers over to it to hoist in. Once Asher is settled, he sits down next to him to keep a close eye on the man. "Yes, Cass. I've got everything I need." That the camp could supply anyway.

Britt blows out an annoyed breath when Cassandra refuses to go with the other Skaikids. But it's not like she's in any position to make her go. That'll be Oxfor's problem, or the guards at the gate in Tondc. Either way, Britt just ignores the remark and turns her attention instead to Arlin. "<In Trigedasleng> Yeah, well, I said that in the first place," she grumbles, about the damn wagon. She stands still so he can take a look at the head wound. "Is it deep?"

"<In Trigedasleng> There's no cure for stupid," is Arlin's droll reply to his buddy. Examining the wound, he gets to work, smirking as he informs Britt, "<In Trigedasleng> You'll live."

Giving a light nod of her head, Cass turns away when Morgan assures her that he's well equipped, and without a further word, stalks off to find Oxfor kom Trikru, dead or alive. The two have many things to discuss, namely involving meat and footwear.

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