Still down in the Underdark, tryin’ to get the hell out. HC shoots at the closest Zed, and predictably misses. I take her out with my .50. She was a candy striper, just a damn kid. One on the top of the traincar is in scrubs, and the other on top looks like the labtech we saw underneath the hospital.
What the crap. Where are we?
Bien (Russ rolled a nat20 for him!) takes out a Zed. He split him in twain! Glad he came along, good to have another person here who’s handy with a gun. One runs up to me and swipes at me, the sonuvabitch! Well, I nat20 dodged, but missed a riposte strike. Boo. But, I still got to go “All Trinity” and raise my gun to head, saying “Dodge this.” One more Zed down.
Taki’s monster’s container door flies open, and this alien-looking thing comes out. It looks like that one below the hospital, but thinner, red, and its skin looks like it’s covered in waving tendrils. Ew.
By now, the path is clear, so I bolt to train. Bien gets hit. Hard. I shoulda taken a shot at that Zed before I ran. Instead, it ripped up Bien.
Big Red just sneers at us and raises an arm. Some of those creepy tendrils shoot up to top of cavern, and in an instant, he just Spidermans away.
I shoot last Zed on Bien (which I shoulda done before it got to him) and run up to him. Taki takes the Zed out with the butt of his rifle.
Bein tries to get up but he slips on his blood, his own goddamned blood. When he manages to get up, I see his guts are hanging out. This is not good.
He’s probably infected, but if he’s not, there’s no way we can get him to the medical attention he needs in time. He’s gonna die, and it’ll be slow and painful. And considering these wounds, he’ll probably come back. Angry.
So, I point behind and yell “On your six!” He tries to look, and falls. So I raise my gun as if there’s a Zed right behind him and yell “duck!”
He ducks, and I lower my gun.
With Bien down for good, we run back to train. I manually close the doors and HC gets us going.
I tell Taki I was sorry that I took out Bien, but I had to. It was a mercy. Taki said it needed to be done, but was glad i did it. I can tell he’s relieved that it didn’t have to be him to do it.
We get most of way back when the traincar suddenly lurches, followed by the tic tic tic tic tic of what’s mostly likely claws on roof.
The claws tear through the roof. It’s Big Red ripping through. I raise my gun to roof, well away from Red, and fire once as a warning shot. Taki however shoots right at it. HC gets the car going faster, but it’s probably not enough to save our hides. Big Red squeaks (shrieks?), and tic tic tics towards the front. Towards HC.
We’re now moving fast enough that the car sways a lot on turns. HC slows us down just enough, putting us just under derail speed. It does however hop the tracks, sliding along side of tunnel. The side is ripping away, the screech is horrendous. The walls are scraping down like cheese in a grater. We all get to the other side of train and it comes to halt, teetering back to the middle.
We get out, and I immediately look back for Big Red, but nada. We either went back down, or took an opportunity to blast ahead. We hoof it up the tracks, and at the end/top we come across the remnants of two guards. I think the phrase “rent asunder” is appropriate here. One still has a head, but it’s really only connected to a single shoulder and arm.
Continuing onwards/upwards, a leg is keeping the elevator doors from closing.*ding* *whoosh* *thump* *whoosh* Rinse and repeat.
Getting to the doors, there’s a body in the back of the elevator, in a dress military uniform. He’s missing a leg and is slumped over in a corner. HC remembers him from party. I grab him by back of collar and throw him out of elevator and rejoin him with his leg that was kicked away.
There’s a Big Red sized hole in the ceiling. All in, we ascend.
Back on the upper level at the at party there’s nothing but mass hysteria. Blood is smeared on the walls, people are losing their shit. The mayor and his crew are being escorted out of a blown out window on the other side of ballroom by security. And my security, I really mean Archdiocese soldiers. Over the din of hysteria, I can hear a chopper in background.
We decide to go to the van and head straight to the bar. HC is gonna look up Project Rising Spirit – we found docs related to it int he hospital basement, I think. I know I’m certainly gonna drink, and after that, I’ll even let HC drink as well. We call Tuan to tell him to lock up and batten the hatches, and we’ll chat at length tomorrow. We also need to see Anoosheh.
Also, I took no DAM and my fancy white uniform is still pristine.