Heavy Fire and Major Wounds
As the TSES team (minus Rick who was working the computers) reach the airlock where the single escape pod was left, they decide to venture furth to the engineering section of the ship. When they open the airlock door leading into the bridge / engineering section they are immediately fired up on by a group of 3 pirates with an automatic pistol and gyrojet pistols. The lead pirate fires a devastating burst of gunfire and injures the Doc’s leg and Aeryn’s chest – causing her to bleed out.
There was a few precious seconds of what to do and Aeryn throws her doze grenades to Grimm and Frost who immediately charge forth in a zig zag motion to avoid gunfire. The strategy works with only Grimm getting hit with a minor flesh wound. Grimm throws the doze grenade and catches two of them in the blast causing both to become unconscious. Then right out of the elevator comes Rick with his electric sword and charges forth as well.
The doc gives himself a minor shot to heal some of the damage and then turns his attention on Aeryn to stop the bleeding. Grimm fights with the pirate lead with the automatic pistol while the captain of the ship escorted by his guards and lieutenant flee into the elevator leading to the shuttle bay. They make it there without incident and leave the ship. Grimm with Rick’s help finally take down the final pirate lead.
Serena Dawn is doomed
Aeryn then goes into the engineering department with Frost only to discover that he ship has fusion drive has been set for self-destruct and has passed the point of no return. She also notices that the entire area was wired with explosives, even if she was able to fix the self-destruct. With little time left they gather in front of the only escape pod on the ship and begin stowing their gear and finding their place. They had one minute before the doors automatically shut and the ship takes off. Luckily they get everyone on board with their gear stowed in about 42 seconds.
The escape pod makes it’s way to Volturnus when an explosion is heard and the tiny escape pod catches fire. Aeryn unbuckles her self in zero-g, grabs her techkit and begins to make hasty repairs and extinguishes the fire. She does the best she can as the ship enters the atmosphere and she just gets her techkit back and herself strapped on when the high Gs begin. They watch the spectacular explosion of the Serena Dawn just as they enter the atmosphere.
The escape pod catches fire again due to the heat shield damage and the ship lands in the Volturnus desert with a bang and does it’s best as it deploys thrusters first, then airbags when that doesn’t slow it down enough. It lands with a bang and everyone is still alive but a little dazed. The escape pod is now leaking liquid oxygen and other liquids and the ship is about to explode. Everyone grabs what the can and take cover from the ship except for Frosty and T’kreet who struggle to get the final equipment out. They don’t make it and the ship explodes throwing them 10 meters to the ground and causing massive damage. Luckily their military suits take the brunt of the damage but leaving them nearly destroyed.
After the explosion a sound is heard from far above, the sound of a jet engine and then the transition to rotor blades. Someone is coming to investigate the explosion. There are no legal claims of colonization or operations (beyond Truane’s Star), so who ever has the jetcopter is most likely not friendly…
What will the TSES do next?