For The Love Of Life 1 2a

[10:56] <@Minaplo> [Sera and Shinji approached their door. On each side of the door was a right hand alcove… Shinji filled his side with his right hand.]
06[10:58] * Sept did the same, glancing at Shinji.
[10:58] <@Minaplo> [Shinji glanced back, his terrifying mask visage nodding once…-
[10:58] <@Minaplo> [The door split open, sliding to the left and right.]
06[11:00] * Sept stepped through cautiously, looking out for potential traps.
[11:01] <@Minaplo> [Shinji followed, the door closing behind him.[
[11:01] <@Minaplo> ]*
06[11:06] * Sept kept his voice low. "Something moving around here. Heavy."
[11:06] <@Minaplo> ["Alive?"]
[11:09] <Sept> "…yes." Sera crept forward, keeping his weapons close at hand.
[11:15] <@Minaplo> [They turned the corner…-
[11:15] <@Minaplo> [And padding back and forth, its hide a shimmering silvery-steel mesh…-
[11:16] <@Minaplo> [The beast was the size of a car, maybe a little larger. It was ridiculously huge for an animal, and as it turned to look at Sera…-
[11:16] <@Minaplo> [He would see the burning murder in the Armoured Lion's eyes.]
06[11:20] * Sept carefully tried to shift away from Shinji's side - they'd have to try and at least flank it. "Shit. How do we… Stay away from it, watch out for fire. And… find openings."
[11:20] <@Minaplo> [The beast -roared- in response, and prepared to pounce!]
[11:49] <@Minaplo> [It leapt through the air, bearing down on Sera, a paw the size of his torso swiping at him, threatening to crush him into the dirt.]
06[11:50] * Sept evaded backwards, pointing his whirring knife at it threateningly as he took another few paces back before turning his momentum and stabbing at the beast.
[11:52] <@Minaplo> [And Shinji swept in, taking advantage of its weakness, punching it hard in the chest twice as it reared up. His fists crackled with energy as they struck home.-
[11:52] <@Minaplo> [The Lion reared backwards, letting out a cry of pain and rage- it fell backwards, then was up on its feet in a second, swiping at Sera with both front paws.]
06[12:02] * Sept could sidestep the first one and step back in to deflect the second one as the lion's balance got weaker, going in for a vicious counterstrike from above!
[12:05] <@Minaplo> [He cut it across the chest, and it reared back, whimpering for a second. This was Shinji's chance. He stepped in, joining his hands and driving them both into the beast's back, then, hands still together, smashed his fists upwards into its jaw.-
[12:06] <@Minaplo> [Blood trickled from its wounds, reflecting an array of colours across its armoured fur. It seemed dazed for a second, shaking its head, then opened its mouth…-
[12:06] <@Minaplo> [But Sera would see the stream of chemicals a second before they burst into flame! THe corridor was bathed in superheated fire…]
[12:09] <Sept> He didn't have the space or time to go around the lion, so Sera hurriedly grappled himself up off the ground towards the ceiling, feeling the scorching heat below him for a few moments before dropping back down outside of the lion's reach.
[12:10] <@Minaplo> [Shinji meanwhile had awkwardly rolled under the lion, managing to pound a fist into its leg as he went.-
[12:10] <@Minaplo> [But the lion was set in Sera, seeming to see him through a haze of hatred. It twisted and turned, trying to get into a good position to strike at him, yet found little good.]
[12:24] <Sept> "Finish it!" Sera yelled, swiping at the lion and trying to at least keep its attention while inflicting some damage.
[12:26] <@Minaplo> ["Yaaaaaaah!" Shinji pulled his right hand back, supercharging it with energy. He let loose, the fist breaking through the armoured fur, through the body, through bones and organs, right to its internal chemical sac. The entire thing erupted and, on contact with the fist, exploded.-
[12:27] <@Minaplo> [The body split open, pieces flying in all directions, a roasted heart the size of a car tire slapping Sera square in the face and knocking him over. Shards of metal and bone buried themselves into the walls on all sides, and when it was all over, all that remained was the body, burning slowly.]
[12:43] <Sept> "…ugh." Sera breathed out, trying to get the majority of the blood off before breathing back in. Then, slowly, he picked himself up. "Well. Let's see… what else we can find."
[12:45] <@Minaplo> ["… Looks like you had a heart-to-heart."]
[12:46] <Sept> "No. -No-."
[12:47] <@Minaplo> ["What do you think would be the -mane- course?" Asked Shinji, turning the corner.]
[12:47] <Sept> "You fucker, you don't get to do that when you caused this!"
[12:47] <@Minaplo> ["H-Hey, I didn't cause anything!"-
[12:48] <@Minaplo> ["Maybe if you weren't always lion down on the job…"]

-cont'd-

(13:16:22) Sept: "Might be more of them. Focus."
(13:19:29) @Minaplo: ["You think so?" Shinji nodded down the hallway, which terminated in a door about four metres away.-
(13:20:41) @Minaplo: [The door was as thick and imposing as they had come to expect, but about a metre away from it, a stone altar jutted out of the ground, about a metre and a half high. Chiselled into the altar was a basin, and sitting in the basin was a grey metal goblet.]
(13:23:55) Sept: "Some kind of riddle?" Sera circled the altar, looking for insriptions.
(13:24:48) @Minaplo: [There were no words, but instead a pictogram carved into the stone: a teardrop suspended over a goblet.]
(13:29:59) Sept: "A liquid? The lion's blood?" Sera held an arm over the basin, shaking it a bit to loosen a few drops.
(13:31:05) @Minaplo: [The blood dropped into the basin, but didn't have any noticeable effect.-
(13:31:26) @Minaplo: ["Fill the basin, suppose?"]
(13:35:56) Sept: "We can try. I'll grab the heart." And he headed back around the corner to retrieve some mutant blood.
(13:37:50) @Minaplo: [The heart was currently doing its best Elisha Caine impression and thus was split into four or five parts.-
(13:38:06) @Minaplo: [There was plenty of blood, though, some of which was still on fire.]
(13:44:49) * Sept would try to thus scoop a goblet full of lion blood from whatever remained of the carcass. "Surely it's just to check we killed it, right?"
(13:45:50) @Minaplo: ["I hope so. I'm not sure what lesson we're supposed to get out of blood sacrifices…"]
(13:46:56) Sept: "Best not to jinx it further." He poured it out into the basin.
(13:51:24) @Minaplo: [The single goblet filled it up to about halfway.-
(13:52:18) @Minaplo: [Another two or three trips would fill it to capacity, at which point the bottom of the basin would slide open, the blood funnelling away. Previously invisible lines in the door suddenly flared red, before the door itself slid open…-
(13:53:09) @Minaplo: [Revealing the same room Yanmei was in, with Yanmei and Ezekiel visible- and of course a giant Iron Guard woman devouring portions of a lavish feast.]

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