15 – Synthetic Subdual13-Jul-08
Your barrage on the synthetic continues. She has dropped her pistol and switched to a metal rod, which she has used to great effect against Gene and Aka-Vasha. Olive defends her – repulsion field active – with Aka-Vasha, Rasputin, Apollo, and Gene also in melee. Yobo, Ibben, and the Slinker remain about twenty feet away. The synthetic doesn’t speak, but occasionally shrieks in electronic tones and static.
Initiative for round 3: Ibben (on 6); Slinker, Yobo, and Olive (on 4); Aka-Vasha, Apollo, and the synthetic (on 3); then Rasputin and Gene (on 2). The retainers stand ready, awaiting orders.
Ibben shakes his jowls at the needless injuries caused by the attempt to capture the synthetic, thinking that she is insane and cannot be communicated with even if she is captured. Nevertheless, he continues to keep watch on the surrounding corridors, which his echolocation indicate are still clear – though he does hear the howling of the vegepygmie plant-dogs in the distance to the west.
Slinker remains ready with his crossbow aimed and a spaced-out look in his eyes, strangely silent during the battle.
Hiding behind the Slinker, Yobo yells: “The thing is talking! Very high pitch and very rapid. I can’t understand it. Are you hearing this Olive?” Yobo yells above the fray. More quietly “hopefully it’s saying “I give up” and not “you will all be assimilated!”
Very carefully, Olive takes a step or two closer to the android. He’s moving to protect her and to make sure that she doesn’t escape.
When Yobo makes his announcement, Olive responds loudly in his pleasant tone. “Snide remark: It would be much easier to understand her if everyone could stop the testosterone-filled hate fest and quit yelling for a moment.” The android attempts to access his memory and play back what the female android said, dropping his repulsion field and manipulating the speed and pitch to approximate what he thinks her voice may sound like.
In a female voice, speaking in Ancient, Olive says “There is still extreme danger!” followed by static, then “Must not continue!”, followed by an electronic squeal, then drops down on top of her attempting to block any attack directed at her.
(Olive makes an opposed DEX check, rolling a 16.) The synthetic resists, but does not anticipate the android’s superhuman quickness as he falls atop her. Though not actively grappling her, Olive does block her from further assaults.
Annoyed by her failed attack, Aka-Vasha tries to pounce on the synthetic like a springing tigress. (I’m assuming she’s trying to subdue the synthetic, not injure her. Opposed DEX check, roll is 15.) Dodging the synthetic’s metal bar, Aka-Vasha gets her in an armlock, preventing further assaults from the minx!
Assisting his allies, Apollo tries to disarm the synthetic completely by tossing the metal bar aside (Opposed DEX check, roll is 9), but Aka-Vasha’s grapple interferes with his attempt.
The synthetic screeches furiously and attempts to twist free (Opposed DEX check, roll is 3), but is unable to! She emits a burst of static, then shouts in Ancient: “I hate you all!” (Only Olive and Rasputin can understand the words.)
Reasoning that the pistol must be set up correctly for firing, Rasputin tries to emulate the synthetic in regards to how he holds the pistol and the the correct way to activate it. He will hold his fire however unless one of his companions seem truly in danger.
Rasputin feels that we may yet be able to subdue the synthetic without risking an untried artifact.
Gene draws his pistol and levels it at the subdued synthetic’s head. “Surrender, we have you outnumbered”. His thumb draws back the hammer and readies the pistol for firing.
Gene will hold his fire in anticipation of the synthetic’s surrender. If she breaks free he will fire. If she surrenders he will continue to aim his weapon at her for the time being.
Seeing no hope for escape, the synthetic emits a low rumble then stops resisting. Aka-Vasha adjusts her armlock to a better position and Apollo knocks the metal rod aside. The synthetic sulks and begins crying. With a pout mutters “I hate you all!” again in Ancient.
What are your actions?