Returning from town, the party had been surrounded by military-grade automatons outside of their landed ship. The robots had lied in wait, hiding behind the heaps of broken parts strewn about the wasted area. Xingzhe had already begun strangling one as Kiora challenged another to a duel.
[Guys you can edit this part since I can’t remember everything, specifically combat details before the point where I started talking a lot] [Also arbitrary paragraphing =P]
Kiora, ripping herself free of the robot’s hold with a yank of her shoulder and a handflip kick, attempted to be diplomatic and seek a nonviolent resolution. The automaton responded that their purpose was not anything to do with “fools of flesh and blood” but with returning the ship. The robots could only operate on violence in securing the vessel, and it insisted that the situation was beyond any understanding of the party. It stated that the ship had some ancient power or something. After Kiora challenged the one in charge to answer her, shouting across the battlefield, a red light glared from a distance and a synthesized, amplified voice replied. The voice suggested that the party retreat or die, that “the prize” should best be abandoned. It intimidated the majority of the party members into being unable to move closer to the origin of the voice, and Kiora, Nuri, and Anii initially headed for the town to retreat. Yet the other members present fought back and offed several of the robots, while Xingzhe headed to board the ship.
Meanwhile Van, overhearing the threatening voice and still inside the ship, headed for the controls and attempted to fly. A laser pointer flashed along the ground and stopped over a section of the ship, firing off a laser and causing some damage. Debris flew over the field, damaging a few members. Kiora asked who was behind that attack, and was met with the reply, “Fire support.” The White Raven made his appearance with an unfamiliar humanoid, wrecking a robot handily and causing another to surrender. His buddy decided to take the robot as a prisoner. Van lurched and hit the ground hard on his teeth, but managed to press on and get the ship engines started.
The party was now aware that the ship was functioning, and both Anii and Nuri went to board it. The ship took off with the loading ramp still out, and the two females clinging on for dear life. Anii couldn’t hang on and fell quite a ways, nearly falling unconscious as she landed with a concussion far away from the battle. Kiora decided against retreating to the town and tried to fight off the remaining robots. Fenrir, sensing that the pilot of the ship may not have realized how many were still outside, signaled with a large beacon of light. Van could see the beacon and realized not everyone was aboard.
However, Xingzhe—who was—attempted to convince Van to leave them behind with offers of gold, both real and illusory with his magic. Van countered with the proposition of the possible wealth to be had from the mech heading towards the party, which they could easily see now was the source of the red light far away. The argument was a stalemate, and Van continued with his plan. He strafed toward the mech, firing upon it with unusual, bright energy bursts.
On the ground, the White Raven conjured an imp-like creature of pure shadow over the face of one of the robots, blinding it. The robot could not hit the White Raven, “missing in ways unfounded ever before.” White pushed off with his left foot, leaned back into his right shoulder with his weapon high and spun to bring the weapon down on the robot’s left shoulder, the shadows wisping up into his weapon. Only one automaton remained. Fenrir took the opportunity to try and secure a pair of legs from one of the offed automatons, but botched the attempt. Kiora was more successful, cleanly acquiring two legs from another, and then shot the last robot dead with a crossbow bolt, snipping off a few strands of the White Raven’s elegant, long, white hair.
The encounter over, Van assessed the mech and then hovered over the ground near the ground party, waiting for everyone to get aboard. Kiora found Anii limping toward them and helped get her to the ship. Meanwhile the White Raven had his buddy confiscate the prisoner and leave, and Fenrir secured rifles and other useful supplies lying about. Once everyone was safely inside, a brief exchange took place between Van and Anii in which hostilities rose. Anii stormed off to the medical bay, possibly locking herself in.
Van, Fenrir, and Xingzhe checked out the mech, finding power batteries, pneumatics, and various other helpful things. They also found the operator of the machine, and took the head off it, as the rest was hooked to the machine. The head could be powered using a power source and its memories unlocked. The session ended with the ship taking off into the distance…