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 Post Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 9:50 am 
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"May I?" If they let Arkady, he'll give it a go; and tag (at need) Scratch a Slav, find a farmer and If you want something done, do it yourself.

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 Post Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 10:55 am 
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Felix moves to assist, holding tools and helping to apply force where necessary.
Roll Engineering to apply aspect Mechanical Assistance to Arkady's efforts.

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 Post Posted: Tue May 23, 2017 3:14 am 
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Arkady: Survival: +1 Spacesuit gloves: -2 Roll: +0 Total: -1

At first, Arkady's hive doesn't seem to be doing any better than Nate's did...

Felix: Engineering: +5 Spacesuit gloves: -2 Roll: +2 Total: +5

Felix attempts to provide help where necessary, holding tools or applying force as needed. Sometimes, just having a third hand around makes all the difference.

Arkady: Felix' Aid: +2 Total: +1

Furthermore, Arkady has been in - well, not exactly this situation before, but close enough. The last time, it was the cold instead of gloves that made his hands less responsive, and it wasn't a beehive that he was tying to delicately remove... but he's not entirely unfamiliar with the idea of trying to prise something loose with the environment getting in the way.

Arkady: Scratch a Slav, find a farmer: +2 Total: +3 Target: +2

With care, delicacy, and Felix providing a push just there at exactly the right time, Arkady manages to lever free an almost entirely undamaged hive. The blood bees are not exactly happy with this disturbance, and make their unhappiness known by swarming all over Arkady's space suit.

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 Post Posted: Tue May 23, 2017 7:48 pm 
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Felix helps put the lid on top of the box and puts a rock onto it so Arkady can spend his time taking care of the bees swarming his visor.

Once that's all done he lights a flare and starts burning all the hives they're not taking.

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 Post Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 7:27 am 
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Arkady brushes the bees off his face plate to get a glimpse of what's going on (brushing or shaking them off things is pretty standard with Terran bees, though they don't care for it). "Felix, wait a minute. I want to walk a few dozen meters away and let the guard bees return to the hive before we seal it. Or at least be seeing if they do. Then we can be killing the rest. So please open that container for a few minutes." With that, Arkady will start to stroll slowly away, brushing aside bees as needed not to trip over anything. He is not headed towards the local knight, though; if feasible, Arkady will stroll at right angles to him.

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 Post Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 11:16 pm 
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"I'm guessing they'll attack me before going back to the hive, then I'd have to walk away and no one could shut the box. It'd be easier to kill the guard bees and be done with it," Felix says. He stops and checks the hive in the box to make sure it still has signs of activity or if all of the bees are attacking.

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 Post Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 11:30 pm 
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"Easy fix."

Nate props up the weighted lid with a stick, looping a bit of string around it's middle and tying it in place with a simple overhand knot. There's a fair amount of string hanging off the spare end, but overall, it should do the trick.

He hands the reel of string to Felix.

"Go ahead and give that a pull when you think most of them are inside."

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 Post Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 1:05 am 
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"I..uh thank you. I want to find out who's behind this as much as you do." Roger says.

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 Post Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 4:57 am 
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Arkady manages to take several slow and careful steps away from the hive, feeling ahead of him in case of any trees, before he suddenly and quite unexpectedly discovers a downward slope, and finds himself tumbling down it.

It's not a steep slope by any means, and there's a small stream at the bottom. His Suit prevents him from being any more than a little dizzy by the time he's splashed into the stream. and at some point in the fall, he seems to have left most of the guard bees behind.

The bees head back to the hive; some of them buzz around aggressively, some join the groups attempting to attack Felix's and Nate's suits, but most head back into the hive. It seems likely that if the other two leave the vicinity (hopefully less abruptly), more of the guard bees will return to the hive.

...there's still a few crawling on Arkady's suit. But these seem more exploratory and less aggressive than the full swarm was.

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"I just wish we had something to go on, personally," says David, morosely. "As it is, all we're doing is waiting for whoever-it-is to try again. And how did they get the administrative password in the first place, anyway?"

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 Post Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 4:15 pm 
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Felix walks away from the hive, presumably with Nate, in order to get some distance from it before pulling the string and letting the lid fall on the hive and the bulk of the swarm that should have gathered inside.

He'll secure the lid down with weights if successful and, hopefully, move on to burning the rest of the hives down.

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 Post Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 7:30 pm 
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Arkady gets up and looks around. He glances down at the bees left on his suit and comments in Ukrainian: "It is not the first time I am suspecting He has a sense of humor, you know." With that he unslings his rifle and chambers a round (lest the timber wolves show up) and starts walking back up-slope.

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 Post Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 5:00 am 
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"There's no record of a pod opening prematurely right? That would seem to indicate that the culprit must be from this planet as all the Terrans were asleep. All they've done to this point is wake people up which would also indicate that they would like our help with something. As for the 'how' well magic IS a thing on this planet."

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When the lid drops down onto the container, it vibrates suddenly, and the guardian bees swarm out again - only to find themselves unable to get far. so they settle for buzzing angrily inside the box. Felix adds a couple more rocks on top, just to be on the safe side, but it doesn't seem like there's any danger of them escaping at this point.

Felix takes out his flare, and - experiences a brief moment of uncertainty. He's standing in a very flammable space suit, which he can't get out of quickly, surrounded by undergrowth which, while he can move through, he can't move quickly through. Is messing around with fire really what he wants to do at this point?

Arkady has no particular trouble getting back upslope again. A few more of the bees fly away from him on the way; but as he gets close, the untrapped hives start to swarm him again.

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"No record of a pod opening prematurely," says David, "although someone with admin rights could in theory delete that record. But... the pods can't be re-used, and I haven't found one that's open without explanation. If they can open the pods, then why can't they ask us what they want help with? If they're from on-planet, then how did they log in before we were even close to orbit? And magic can't be a thing, you don't just change the fundamental nature of physics by going to a different planet! Magic is scientifically impossible!"

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 Post Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 11:02 am 
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Given the concerns for flammability, Felix instead takes the smoker filled with insecticide and uses it to systematically kill all the bees in the area not protected by the box.

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 Post Posted: Mon May 29, 2017 7:13 pm 
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Arkady helps with the smoking as appropriate. He also seals the carrying container (presumably it has some kind of locking mechanism for transport purposes which can be used wearing gloves).

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