[i]Huang rolls off the desk onto a trolley used for moving heavy items. He uses one foot to propel himself towards Yunru, while taking cover behind the thin handles. (Driving 14) Yunru windmills her arms and then thrust one in front of her. She drifts across the room, avoiding the cart just before it slams into the wall. Huang gasps as the impact jars his ribs, but at least he's got her further away from he door.
At that moment, the boxes against one wall explode into shred of cardboard. Yunru snapped her ribbon at these boxes earlier. As the pieces drift to the floor, a clicking mass of metal blades lurches upright. It appears to be made of old garden tools- including a lawnmower, lawn edgers and some secateurs. There's a horrible screeching noise as the rusted pivots move.[/i]
Huang: Lao-tyen, boo...
[i](Sorcery 17) Yunru snarls and whips one ribbon high into the air. She brings it down onto the workbench Ming is hiding behind. The workbench is shorn in two, wood chips spinning through the air. Ming scrambles backwards on her hands and feet, holding her shotgun protectively in front of her face.
(Guns 23 BOXCARS!) Huang rounds on the blade creature and gives it what-for. He catches the creature mid-leap towards him, and the blast knocks it back into the wall. The whole rooms shudders, and a baulk of wood drops into Yunru's head and sends her sprawling.
(Martial Arts 17) The shears beast shakes itself free of the brickwork, and leaps again for Huang. Huang doesn't quite get his gun up in time and the beast catches him full into the belly. The blow flings Huang to the ground, with the beast crouched over him, bloodied saw blades flashing.
Yunru shakes her head and slowly climbs back onto her feet.
Nic practically drags Mingxia out of the room, his eyes nervously watching the beast to make sure it hasn't noticed them. The adrenaline seems to have kicked in for the girl, because she manages to start climbing the stairs under her own power.
(Sabotage 4) Ming looks around at the injured Huang and the escaping Mingxia. Then she looks up at the swinging light. One blast from her shotgun shatters the bulb, plunging the room back into darkness. Yunru glows in the gloom, pink sparkles stuck to her skin and clothes making her position obvious.
(G 10) Huang rolls away from the beast and fires back towards it, but his aim is high. For a brief instant the monster is lit up.[/i]
Huang: Ming, what have I told you about making things difficult?
Ming: Nyer nyer!
[i](MA 11) The beast leaps at towards the sound of Huang's voice, but the veteran officer knows enough to keep moving and the only result is to scatter some fragments of the workbench.
(G 15) Ming feels safe in taking the time to line up a shot at Yunru, and is gratified to hear the woman cry out.
(MA 9) Hoping he's remembered the layout of the room properly Nic charges towards Yunru, hoping to overturn the bench Mingxia was on and slam it into the sorceress. He misjudges the distance in the dark and pushes at empty air which robs him of his momentum.
(S 15) Yunru's ribbons were never covered with the special glowing powder, so Ming has no idea she's threatened until she feels herself picked up bocily and slammed into the ceiling. Ming drops back onto the floor, spitting cobwebs.[/i]
Ming: You broke my goggles!
[i]Huang fumbles with his ammo belt and find the shell he's looking for. He kisses it for luck, then slides it into his shotgun and takes careful aim at the creaking noises that betray the position of the beast.
(MA 12) Ming nearly swallows her tongue as she hears the beast leap right past her, apparently with her death on what passes for its mind.
(MA 9) Nic gropes in the dark until he finds the bench, then heaves it over onto its side and charges towards Yunru. The woman snaps her arms about her then performs a graceful somersault over Nic and the bench to land on the other side.
(G 10) Ming fires at her while she's in the air, but there's the sound of rippling ribbons and Yunru appears unharmed.
(G 15) Huang sights down his shotgun at where he believes the blade beast to be.[/i]
Huang: Fire in the hole!
The white phosphorous shell spews incandescent light towards the creature, which is swiftly engulfed in clinging fire. The whine of its agony it almost as unpleasant as the smell that quickly fills the room. The phosphorous sticks to the creature, making it easy to see in the dark.
Ming has one shell left in her weapon, and has the cover of darkness. The has 16 wound points.
Huang has three shells left in his shotgun, and is more-or-less in the middle of the room, near the blade beast. He has 23 wound points.
Nic is near the bench he pushed, on the far side of the room from the door. He still has 18 wound points.
Yunru seems to be quite badly injured, and is lit up all pretty like near the middle of the room.
The blade beast is also badly injured, as far as it's possible to tell, and is lit up by the burning phosphorous