957/Power Base Blast Intermission

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Power Base Blast Intermission
Date of Scene: 30 April 2019
Location: Sonic Canyons
Synopsis: The escaped prisoners from the Power Base find themselves camping out in the Sonic Canyons while they recover, and a broken Nightlash is found by Starlock.
Cast of Characters: Nightlash, Hyperdrive, Tap-Out, Starlock


Nightlash has posed:
Blast Off might not have taken that shot...and probably would be kicking himself for not doing so. As it is, Nightlash is probably the quickest to cross that magical boundary between Helix and the Sonic Canyons, but...just barely, it's mainly a downward glide and gravity that are leading her along.

Clearly, the jet's in trouble, her engines sputtering dangerously before the worst happens, a proper flameout. With the damage to her flight systems and frame, one wing dips, resulting in a cascade of failures that have her stalling out, spiralling down, and slowly rolling into a nose-first dive that has her crashing, rolling, and skidding to a halt. Where? She's not sure. Somewhere. It's the canyons at least.

Yep...just gonna rest here...

Tap-Out has posed:
    Tap-Out makes his way to the canyons, looking back over his shoulder for Hyperdrive and the others. As the Decepticon weaponsfire falls behind him he slows, stopping to watch the Autobot meteor streak in from above. Offering another silent prayer of thanks to whomever that was, Tap-Out hunkers down and waits for the other Autobot escapees to join him. Of his team - Chains, Dashfist, and Fendoff - none made it out. He only hopes Hyperdrive had better success.

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive is flat exhausted. Though he faired well in the battle overall, he still caught a couple pot shots as they were escaping. Nothing that was enough to stop the forward progress. He follows the other three, looking back repeatedly even when the attacks seems to end, he just tries to keep everyone moving. "Don't stop til ya see Tap-out...and then don't stop unless he says it's safe. We gotta keep goin...." He trips and ends up flat on his face before struggling to rise again.

Tap-Out has posed:
    Tap-Out hears the rustle of movement and the clatter of Hyperdrive falling and getting back up. "Hyperdrive!" he whispers. "You made it." Tap-Out smiles and looks happily over at the others who survived.

    Drivetrain folds his arms across his chest and scowls. "Yeah. Some of us made it. Some of us didn't. Some plan, Tap-Out."

    Kickdown pulls up and transforms. He looks down at Drivetrain with optics narrowed but says nothing.

    Cambelt says, "Come on guys! We have to stay together. I can try to patch us up a bit with what I have. It's not much, but it might keep us alive." She looks across the canyons towards Nightlash's crash site in concern.

Starlock has posed:
     Starlock was zooming out to Nightlash's signal as fast as she could in her alt-mode, she knew the larger femme was in trouble and was tracking it as quick as she could. The pillar of smoke getting her attention, she didn't like the idea of repairing nightlash in this environment, but it seemed like what was needing to be done. "<<Nightlash?>>" She'd ask in a tightbeam.

Nightlash has posed:
Nightlash just...settles where she crashed, fire suppression systems kicking in to help douse internal hotspots that are a risk for uncontrolled fire, but it's hardly a worry. Her own HUD is flashing the status of things and...well, combustible fuel is hardly there to cause issues.

Instinctively, she calls up the drone, ready to send it off on a patrol of the area to scout out just where she landed, but...

Oh, right.

That doesn't really help her situation mentally, and she just sort of resigns herself to share that, content to rest right where she is. ...at least until that rest is interrupted by the tightbeam.

<<Go away... I'm... just go away.>>

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive glares at Drivetrain. "I didn't see you helpin anyone out Drivetrain, you were more than welcome ta stay behind and help...oh wait, that's not yer style is it?" He looks at Tap-out. "I don't know what shape Nightlash is in...she was the missile droppin crazy femme who took on everyone fer us...I hope she's okay."

Tap-Out has posed:
    Tap-Out nods seriously. "If she's the one that took down the forcefields and brought in the fire, then we owe her our lives. I don't think we'd have made it if she hadn't put out the lights." Tap-Out gazes across the canyons, listening to them echo. "None of us are flyers - think we can go around and get to her in time to help, while avoiding Decepticon patrols? I mean, we have to move somewhere. It might be her or the sea."

Starlock has posed:
     "<<Ah! Nightlash, it's me, Starlock... I'm coming to get you repaired.>>" She'd tightbeam to the other femme, still tracking her signal.. Eventually she'd be greeted by the familiar purple mini-bus, that transforms into the much smaller, mini-bot medic, as she approaches lash.

     She'd look around at the area, seeing no others.. Made sense, Lash was a flyer type, she probably ended up so much further out ahead then the rest... So she needed to get to work quickly, and pulled out her field medic supplies, giving the femme a bit of a somber smile.

Nightlash has posed:
<<Don't need it...>> There's just something in the tone of her voice. The battle's over, and even when faced with Starlock's enthusiasm about offering repairs, she's just content to rest there like the crashed ship she is.

Again, she tries to call up the drone. Not instinctively this time, more...just...maybe trying to will her counterpart back into action. It's not happening, though. <<...I lost my drone...>>

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive continues to glare at drivetrain, "Consirin one of the ones that didn't make it was one of the ones YOU were hittin on. I'd figure that if you were makin the plans that you'd have escaped much sooner....oh nevermind, you were still there. Just shut it and be glad any of us got out." He smiles at Cambelt, "Tap and Kickdown need more repairs than me..I just need some rest...when it's convenient."

Tap-Out has posed:
    Cambelt gives Hyperdrive a sweet smile. "I don't have a lot of experience with field repairs, but I'll do what I can!" She looks over the small band of survivors and starts patching up wounds with the experienced hands of an auto-mechanic. Kickdown gives her a nod in thanks and then joins the watch while Cambelt works on Tap-Out.

Starlock has posed:
     Starlock kneels by Nightlash, eventually sitting, and places her hand over Nightlash's "I heard.. I am really sorry..." She'd say softly, taking a look over Nightlash's wounds, and deployed her tank, reading the supplies for when Lash was ready.

     The drone likely could be replaced but... Much like Siegebreakers glaive, she knew better then to say that outloud, it was something Nightlash was attached to, after all.

Nightlash has posed:
Oh, the injuries are...not good. As it stands, she probably couldn't get airborne if she tried. The wings are a mess, fuselage is more than battered and beat, and it looks like she was drawing the combined firepower of just about everything which...in all fairness, isn't too far from what transpired.

But then there's the absolutely depleted fuel reserves and her energon systems are near dry. She was low before the whole...incident, and pushed it. Running on fumes, it seems, was what finally brought her down.

But it's probably her mental state that's probably the worst of it. "It's...just like...nothing. I can't see things. Something's just not there..." She sighs. "The names were transmitted, yeah?"

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive smiles at cambelt and finds a nearby spot to sit and relax for the moment. He watches her work on Tap-out. "QUake looked a bit upset about this...."

Tap-Out has posed:
    Cambelt looks over at Hyperdrive and smiles again. "Yeah. I don't think our escape was on the agenda this evening!" she laughs.

Starlock has posed:
     Starlock would start with her fuel, hooking up her refueling tanks hose to Nightlash's lines, and slowly started making sure those where at least sealed, so she didn't bleed it all out. She'd take a moment to think and nod. "Yes, we got the names, their not as base yet, but we're expecting them..." She'd frown, not wanting to inform Nightlash just yet she'll need to make her way back out to make sure they make it in.

     "...I can't imagine what that must be like, missing a part of you..." She'd glance out at the canyons before them. "...Will do what we can, you've done a lot to help them, now it's time to do our part to help you." She'd nod.

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive chuckles softly. "Wouldn't have minded keepin that tooth I won...but I think it went to a great place..." A smile is on his face and he moves so he can watch the repairs.

Nightlash has posed:
Nightlash ehs...even as reserves get topped off, she just...still contents herself with laying there. "Maybe I can sneak back in...recover what...there is of it...repair it." Replace? Never! Doesn't even cross her mind...

"I...lost count, but...I...most. The, uh... we lost two Autobots and a Neutral." Sure, it's repeated information, but...it's just where she's at in replaying things. "Neutral was stupid...executed."

Tap-Out has posed:
    Cambelt giggles. "You definitely put it to good use!"

    Drivetrain looks like he's had enough. "I'll leave you two to your mewling drivel. I'm moving out. Can't just stand around here waiting for the Decepticons to pick us back up." He stares across the canyon towards the long pillar of smoke - and takes off in the opposite direction, angling towards the sea. "See you losers later - probably back in the arena." He disappears into the night.

Starlock has posed:
     Starlock glanced around and made a "Ehh" sound, and shrugged her shoulders. "Maybe... If it's still there by the time you could cloak back in to look." She'd frown as she spoke, once she knew Lash's reservers where topped back up to full and not dropping, she would numb Lash's pain inhibitors, and get to work. "Don't let the others know I encouraged that." She'd smile softly, listening as she worked.

     She couldn't help but sigh and shake her helm. "Alright.. Long as we have their names, we can ensure their not forgotten." She'd smile sadly. "You did everything you could... Believe me.. Coming from a Medic, and Doctor? You.. You can't save everyone, even if you want to.... There times we'll try to go at least a solar-cycle without a death in the hospital, and some cycles it happens, but most?... Well." She'd nod.

Nightlash has posed:
The numbing is doing it's work, she hardly feels Starlock setting about doing...well, anything. "Yeah...I'll get it back just like last time... gonna be...back to normal." She mutters audibly. "Better than last time..." She vents softly and just goes quiet for a few good moments.... "Don't even know why I did... stupid of me. I... My head's not working right, I don't think... I don't make sense to me anymore." And...that's about the last thing she has to say, just...going quiet afterwards. Not offline, just...quiet.

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive watches Drivetrain leave. A glare following the mech and....he lets him go. He's watches Cambelt and Kickdown before getting up and limping over to the opening to the little culvert they've ducked into. And there he stands, watching for danger and shaking as the days events catch up to him.

Starlock has posed:
     Starlock thought as she worked, she was.. hesitant to ask... "...Sometimes we do crazy things, when we care about people." She'd nod. "I've been going stir-crazy because I've not been able to do anything to help..." She'd think a moment and nodded again. "I don't know what others will tell you, but I think you did amazing in all that... " She'd give a soft smile

     "...Ah, did you by chance get that immunization Pharma made..?" She'd finelly ask, heistaintly.

Nightlash has posed:
"I don't know." It's about the only answer she gives. Whether it's in regards to Pharma or just...the remarks made overall is probably best left up for debate. "I don't...know." She again works on calling in the drone to look around, and...again, there's nothing. "There's... the group needs... need to help the group still."

Starlock has posed:
     Starlock nodded. "Can once i'm done repairing you... I sadly don't have anything to re-supply your ammo but.. Well, you're not running on empty anymore." She'd nod. "Relax for a little bit, rest, you can easily catch up to them once I'm done, alright?" She'd try to sooth.

Hyperdrive has posed:
Hyperdrive listems to the winds blow through the sonic canyons ends ends up kneeling down and shivering slightly, waiting for everyone to be ready to move or for reinforcements to find them. in the meantime all he can do is wait and watch and listen.

Nightlash has posed:
Nightlash just goes quiet again for quite a while. Relax? She's...not really even showing signs of moving, even with the work done and her systems topped off. It's just silence on her part, and a stillness. Finally, and perhaps due in part to the numbing agents, or...perhaps not, she just mutters quietly, more to herself than Starlock... "I lost my drone...." And...then it's just back to silence.

But, hey! At least she's not pushing herself any.

Starlock has posed:
     Starlock nodded again and frowned, she's working slowly, being careful as can be, they were not her standard pristine repairs, given she had to work on the open field, but, they where repairs.. When she's done, she'd merely sit with Nightlash for a while, letting the energon on her hands to dry as she looked out at the horizon. "We'll figure it out." She'd mumble.