They figure out the general area the titan may be at. P and D go to the public spots to feel out public opinion. They are instantly ided as outsiders. They go to cogcross. He states that the video and message have bolstered their numbers
D: The apathetic? JC: interesting you ask the lazy and worthless do not last long. They are just set in their ways and they are hesitant to give up the system. The purity of our mission and the strength of the message have reached people and they now question. D: we must do more. How is the majority feeling? Are we still outnumbered? JC: well…. What is it to be out#ed when your cause is righteous? To die in service is to honor the emperor. I can’t answer the ? of numbers, but we have those who would glady lay down their lives in the name of the emp. D: Our counterparts will be better soon and we will be in need. Just keeping gaining followers and diminishing the harkars reputation. JC: have you heard what they say? D:? JC: your pictogram was quite moving when naris said the titan will rise. People now speak that now the emperor will rise.
D instructs Cogcrosses men and D and P sabatoage power lines that go to the power draw. Val is able to instruct JC’s men with Z on how to destroy substations. It does cause massive outages to certain sections of lathe, which are visible from space. People start whispering and graffiti spreads throughout the lands, “the emperor will rise” wth crudly drawn caricatures of naris Harkar with his head cut off. In the areas where the power was out there have been sighting of big trucks moving things. Drake stakes out some of the roads and sees 1 or 2 trucks carrying some heavy equip followed by several fuel trucks. The guys riding on the trucks look very experienced and tough. Drake also notices that there are several spots where there is heavy exhaust where there are possibly generators running. D decides that it is not a good idea to go in by themselves.
Val tries to mute his peg and it works to a certain degree, however the rhythm is not quite right. There are 4 days until arrelia arrives to find and kill all of us. They debate ambusing her shuttle to the surface. They find out that there are a lot of shuttles that go to and from interstellar ships. They find that families have private shuttle pads.
Z has a hunch that he may know a certain TP that may be involved with this heresy. He wishes to directly attack the titan as he has a fierce hatred for it. Z rigs up some IED’s on the fuel carrying routes. The streets actually have some tenement buildings, which have become abandoned with the new traffic that has been going through.
There is a rumbling resonating from the ground. P and D are on one side. V and Z are on the other. They have set up the trap. V is ready to shoot the driver in case the demolitions do not work. Pris is waiting with her grenade launcher. There are a total of 3 trucks. The last 2 are fuel; the first has a giant crate with 6 guys. They are going about 40 kmh. He detonates, and nothing happens.
D takes initiative as he sees the trucks move through the blast area with no detonation. He tries to spasm the driver of the front fuel truck. D concentrates as hard as he can the guy in the truck just spasms and contorts as it careens off to the side and crashes into the side of a building. The other trucks come to a halt. Val takes a semi-auto for the driver of the second truck with a silencer. Three shots go through the windshield as the man-stopper bullets tear through the “bullet –proof “ glass. He slumps over the wheel, hurt badly, but not killed. Z takes a shot to the side of the 2nd truck. Guys start to come out of the back of the 1st truck, auto guns in hand. They heard Z’s long las and a man-stopper hits, then another, another hits the corner of the building, another misses, and then another hits They spread out in 2 groups of 3 on either side of the truck. Pris has readied and d tells her to use a crack as the men take cover behind the second truck. Fuel is leaking all over the ground as a giant hole. The first truck sits as the drivers of the other 2 trucks start to pull around the first, squeezing by on the emptied street.
Drake takes his long las, aims and fires at the fuel to try to ignite it. The shot goes straight down and flames come up from the trail. The fire starts to track along the ground heading toward the second truck. The bottom of the third has some flames. Val suppressive fires hitting the driver, 7 out of 8 people have now run for cover. Z tries to medicae himself and is somewhat successful. They baddies try to take some shots from cover one actually squeezes off a shot at Val as he tries to slide to the side and he takes the hit in the body. Pris takes another crack at the third truck and it is on fire, but did not explode. Guy in the second truck is overtaken by flames and his truck is gone, taking out the three dudes using it as cover. Guy in truck 3 just hits the remains for the second truck just goes off. The area becomes a giant fireball. All of the IED’s now go off. Three of the guys are crawling through the smoke trying to get away from the wreckage.
Drake takes out one. It’s like shooting a fish in a barrel. Val takes a shot and misses as he has not yet adjusted to his new stance. Z tries to medicae himself. Z has to ask D to heal him. Crew captures the one guy, who provides very little resistance. D, ‘how long until the titan is finished?" He has no idea what the titan is. Crew discerns that they were transporting a giant generator. He volunteers that they are running the generators into the ground and that’s all they need more generators and fuels. Z “What tech priest is in charge?!” he demands. His eyes roll back” all I know is that they refer to him as Ritor that’s all I know!” Beep Boop Brrrrrrrrr. Val whistles and Pris coughs. D acknowledges and pulls out his weapon. The man is deal. D rigs the generator to blow. There is wreckage on fire as they walk away with their loot. Z says a prayer for the generator machine spirit.
The crew and JC’s followers take another caravan down. JC’s followers try to take more, but are unsuccessful. The crew knows that they are making an impact and cutting the productivity down to a 10th of what they were running at before. They work with JC’s followers and the method is perfected. The smoke now sprouts from various places around lathe where the ambushes take place. In reaction the convoys move faster and are edgier and shoot at anything. The compound is about the size of a hospital complex. Well guarded with security. They all realize that they know she’s coming, but she doesn’t know that we know she’s coming. Drake does some recon and he knows that there are significantly less patrols than there were a few days ago. The crew has 5-10 minutes from visual of the shuttle to when people disembark.
The plan: Find out when she’s going to land. Have JC’s men create a productive distraction. Infiltrate the compound and intercept Arrehlia at the shuttle pad.