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>Make a mental note of where that last core fell.

"Does anyone have a wristwatch? Let's try and see how long it takes to regenerate or be rescued"

>Focus on the larger bombers now, or whichever different-looking birds come out of their camouflage. Is their behaviour the same?

>Also, see if any cores are hit and fragment mid-air. Do they take longer or shorter to corrupt?


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>Make a mental note of where that last core fell.

"Does anyone have a wristwatch? Let's try and see how long it takes to regenerate or be rescued"

>Focus on the larger bombers now, or whichever different-looking birds come out of their camouflage. Is their behaviour the same?

>Also, see if any cores are hit and fragment mid-air. Do they take longer or shorter to corrupt?


You make a mental note of where the last core fell - except it might be hard to remember, since cores are hitting the ground left and right.

Claire: "I have a watch. Kinda hard to keep track of individual cores though, unless if I continuously stare at it."

Focusing on the larger birds, you, can't really see them, only focus the sensor in their general direction. The light created from the fighters following them is too bright to see through - the only indication that the larger birds are in there are the more destructive beams that are fired, blowing up tanks and leaving smoldering, molten wreckage.

Occasionally there's a core that decompresses midair and continues taking damage, these seem to begin corrupting fairly quickly.

Meglunda's forces take a large number of casualties, but so do the birds - dozens of them drop like flies, and several of the larger ones are hit as well, massive cores that quickly begin emitting corruption and then breaking into pieces as they hit the ground.

Claire: "If we could kill a bird when it's right above the ground so it would survive the fall, I think that would let us recover it, or for Bezel to enter it if it's a queen."


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"I mean, it could still corrupt at will at any point afterwards. Do you have some sort of plan to keep it from blowing up on us if we try to retrieve it?"

>Try and take a good look at the fallen cores for outer damage and points of entry for Bezel.

"Also, a queen core would be much larger and heavier than this. The queen would have to be pretty much landed for it not to take damage, don't you think?"


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"I mean, it could still corrupt at will at any point afterwards. Do you have some sort of plan to keep it from blowing up on us if we try to retrieve it?"

>Try and take a good look at the fallen cores for outer damage and points of entry for Bezel.

"Also, a queen core would be much larger and heavier than this. The queen would have to be pretty much landed for it not to take damage, don't you think?"


Claire: "Not landed. It would have to be in the air, as high as its core radius."

Bezel: "Sounds very precise."

Claire: "Yeah. For the non-queens, you can safely harvest their parts before they self-destruct. The queen, well, same thing, just a lengthier smash-and-grab."

The battle seems to reach a tipping point when most of the air supports are taken out, and only one of the bombers remain. The birds turn around, retreating back to the south while trying to dodge the barrages of fire that the tanks and artillery are still throwing out.

About half of Meglunda's forces are gone, and the battlefield is littered with the husks of war machines and broken cores.



Claire: "Look."

She points in the distance, and you see a pod-like creature standing roughly two stories high with long, stilt-like legs. As it gets closer to a rotting witch core, the creature begins glowing a faint orange, getting brighter as it nears the core.

Claire: "It's an adult HM eater."


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"That's big. Are they dangerous?"


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"That's big. Are they dangerous?"


Claire: "They have the potential to be, since they have strong jaws and can emit corruption, but they're not aggressive. They usually keep their distance from people."


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"...Will the ones back in the lab get to be THAT big one day?

Wait.

How did it even get there? It doesn't seem particularly fast, and there's very little cover for it to have been hiding in. Plus, it's way into witch territory. Doesn't it fear getting attacked?"


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"...Will the ones back in the lab get to be THAT big one day?

Wait.

How did it even get there? It doesn't seem particularly fast, and there's very little cover for it to have been hiding in. Plus, it's way into witch territory. Doesn't it fear getting attacked?"


Claire: "Apparently they can run fast if they want to. Hold their body lower and take longer, faster strides. Never heard the soldiers talk about birds attaching the eaters, or the eaters attacking live cores, so I guess they don't really mind the other."

Bezel: "One of the cores is shrinking."

Claire: "Oh? Where?"

Bezel points at an area of damaged, uncompressed cores, and you see one that seems to be in a lot better condition than the others. It slowly shrinks, slow enough that one wouldn't notice if just scanning the battlefield.

Bezel: "Should we tell someone?"


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>Tense up. This could be our chance!

"Claire. Have there been any reports of witches being able to cast just from their cores, without a formed body?

Bezel, how fast could you get there?

If I'm understanding this correctly, the thing is trying to heal. It won't try to self destruct unless it detects an actual threat, right? A couple of unarmed humans is hardly a threat, don't you think?

It started as a small building, and has to be the size of an apple before it can reform a body. At this rate, we have at least a few minutes before it's done.

Who's up for some short range observation?"


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>Tense up. This could be our chance!

"Claire. Have there been any reports of witches being able to cast just from their cores, without a formed body?

Bezel, how fast could you get there?

If I'm understanding this correctly, the thing is trying to heal. It won't try to self destruct unless it detects an actual threat, right? A couple of unarmed humans is hardly a threat, don't you think?

It started as a small building, and has to be the size of an apple before it can reform a body. At this rate, we have at least a few minutes before it's done.

Who's up for some short range observation?"


Bezel looks at the screen on her sensor.

Bezel: "That area's full of rotting witch cores. Getting close would be dangerous."

Claire: "I think it'd be best if none of us tried to get close. Not that we'd be able to get all the way over there in a timely manner."

You watch the core slowly shrinking in the field of cores, reaching the size of an APC.

Claire: "This is probably the best view we have of it."


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>Ready sketchpad, strain eyes.

"Then by Caelum, let's view it as well as we can."

>Miss nothing! Take note of how long it takes to shrink, and how long to regenerate after that.

>What kind of bird does it return as? Which size? Does it follow the retreat path of the others? Can it use camouflage?


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>Ready sketchpad, strain eyes.

"Then by Caelum, let's view it as well as we can."

>Miss nothing! Take note of how long it takes to shrink, and how long to regenerate after that.

>What kind of bird does it return as? Which size? Does it follow the retreat path of the others? Can it use camouflage?


You pull out a notepad and start taking notes while observing the core. It takes about 5 minutes to shrink from something the size of a car, down to something smaller than an apple. After that, it does nothing for about two minutes, until streams of white ribbons sprout from the core, forming feathers and wings and the body of the witch. It only takes several seconds to fully form its body, the size of a "Fighter," and it quickly jumps into the air and flies south at a low altitude before Meglunda's forces can open fire.


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"Hrm. That's pretty fast. What's more, you'd have to cross a corruption-riddled battlefield to even get close to it. Unless we get one to fall very close to our lines, that is."

>Scan the area with the detectors. Are the corruption levels too close for us to approach?

"I'm not sure how we'd get INSIDE one, too. All the non-selfdestructing ones had intact core shells, as far as I could see."

>Pause.

"Claire, you said the troops were able to smash and grab landed cores before they selfdestructed. How did they manage? From what we measured, it was a few seconds at most between the cores reaching impact velocity and starting to corrupt themselves.

Also, uh. You're saying you dissected the witches alive?"


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Additionally.
"Wonder why they can maintain compression indefinitely, but starting it takes so long."


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"Hrm. That's pretty fast. What's more, you'd have to cross a corruption-riddled battlefield to even get close to it. Unless we get one to fall very close to our lines, that is."

>Scan the area with the detectors. Are the corruption levels too close for us to approach?

"I'm not sure how we'd get INSIDE one, too. All the non-selfdestructing ones had intact core shells, as far as I could see."

>Pause.

"Claire, you said the troops were able to smash and grab landed cores before they selfdestructed. How did they manage? From what we measured, it was a few seconds at most between the cores reaching impact velocity and starting to corrupt themselves.

Also, uh. You're saying you dissected the witches alive?"


Claire: "I said what?

Anyways, soldiers didn't do smash-and-grabs, they shot cores before they began corruption, and scattered the parts to a safe distance. Or use a remove vehicle to pull a piece closer."


Scanning the various areas with cores, the corruption looks like it spreads too far to get particularly close, but probably close enough for a vehicle that was controlled from a distance with a cable.

TorrentHKU wrote:
"Wonder why they can maintain compression indefinitely, but starting it takes so long."


Claire: "Dunno. The outer shell of the core probably has some clues, but those are hard to investigate. Since, they get blown up and flung in every direction when the core expands."



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