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Author Topic: Riding hard. [Kora]  (Read 1163 times)

Riding hard. [Kora]
« on: October 23, 2019, 05:08:17 PM »
[ spring 847 ]

Approaching a village ahead, Gunther looked out to the sky, spotting a red flare burst and soar into the air before being obscured by a copse of trees. A second flare followed it, closer, and he followed its direction. Within seconds, a black flare was fired.

He tugged on his reins, steering Vedette sharply off-course. The left flank had already undergone losses earlier in the ride, and he shouted out his intentions to the nearest member of Squad Levi. The middle was well-enough prepared and had no titans immediately in vicinity. Assisting them would benefit the formation more so than everything else, and he didn't wait to hear whether or not he would be allowed to go.

A decision he was grateful for as Vedette galloped around a decrepit building and he took in his first glance of the menacing Abnormal Titan thundering towards another squad, arms spiralling at all angles - perhaps in an attempt to sweep up the Scouts, or else due to its deformed shoulders.

"Get back! Turn around!" he yelled, patting Vedette's muscled neck in signal to her to continue on. Pulling a leg over to the other, he wrapped the reins around his fist to pull taut, using it to assist in his balance as he pulled up to stand upon the saddle. She neighed, not quite a complaint, and he released her, firing a grapple-hook towards the nearest building. He kicked off.

Just as the Abnormal smashed a heavy hand into one of the riders unable to escape in time.

Re: Riding hard. [Kora]
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2019, 05:38:57 PM »
“Get back! Turn around!” Kora heard from behind her, her eyes leaving the large abnormal titan for only a split second. She saw the approaching Scout, but was a second too late in commanding her squad as the large hand swiped at them.

Thankfully, the majority of her squad moved in time, but one of them was immediately thrown off their horse by the force, and slammed hard into the building next to them. The crack of bones breaking could be heard over the noise of the titan, making even the level headed Kora flinch and become slightly unhinged.

“Get out of here, now!” The young squad leader ordered to her, looking at her remaining squad members with an almost panicked expression. She stood in her saddle just as the other scout had, and fired her grapples not too far from where he had. First, the abnormal needed to go down, then she would retrieve her comrade.


Re: Riding hard. [Kora]
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2019, 08:08:53 PM »
A kick of gas sent him up into the air, retracting the line to swing around and above until he landed, boots skidding on tile, on the roof. He turned, crouching, with his blades brandished and his eyes narrowed on his target. The Abnormal Titan had taken down one Scout, but there were still more to protect. Only if they were fortunate enough to dispatch of the Titan would they be able to even see if the soldier was capable of being brought home.

Either way, they would need to get rid of the Abnormal Titan to ensure safe passage for the supply carts.

"We need to take out the arms before anything else," he called to his fellow soldier, finally aware that she had joined him. "Cutting them deep enough that they're limp would make the most sense." He considered the Titan again, growing nearer. They had little time to construct a plan. "Are you prepared to take on the left arm? I'll behave as a distraction, then loop around to take on the right." One at a time was dangerous, but the erratic movements had to be at the forefront of their minds. One slap would end their lives. Grasped, they had a chance, but a very small window before they'd be offered to its mouth, if it were capable of such a thing.

Re: Riding hard. [Kora]
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2019, 08:44:44 PM »
As Kora landed beside the male, she immediately recognized him as Gunther from the Special Operations Squad. Everyone knew that squad, but that didn’t necessarily mean he’d know who she was. She listened closely to his words, then looked him up and down. “It’d be better if I took the right. I know you trust yourself as a distraction, but I can guarantee that I’m quicker than you. I’m smaller and less likely to get swatted.” She replied, then looking back towards the approaching abnormal.

She knew they had less than a minute to agree on something, but she wasn’t going to allow a member of the special operations squad to use himself as a distraction for her safety. “I’ll go first and keep it distracted long enough for you to take that arm, once you have, I’ll swing around and take the other.” Her voice wavered slightly, but only out of shock from the previous close calls.

Kora could see her wounded squad member on the ground, trying to drag himself from the streets. Thankfully, the titan wasn’t paying him any attention, but it seemed as if both legs were broken. Possibly more. The only way they’d be able to get to him, was if they took down the large titan coming for them.

Re: Riding hard. [Kora]
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2019, 10:04:06 PM »
On being corrected on who should go for which arm, Gunther paused just a moment to consider it. Then he gave a sharp nod. "Fine." She had a point, and she would certainly have an advantage with her size. Whether that outweighed his experience he couldn't be sure - if there was one thing he had plenty of experience in when it came to titans, it was providing a distraction so his squad members could take the kill or else cripple it. "Don't try to blind it."

He could see the crawling soldier out of the corner of his eye. "Go now. We have to get this over with quickly. Go!" The titan was getting closer to them, too close for comfort, and they needed another space to avoid its arms. Running through the route in his mind, he picked out the rooftop he'd aim at and what angle to go in at, trying to pick out a pattern in the titan's arm movements. There were none. He'd simply have to stay out of its vision and hope that she was able to keep its attention.

Re: Riding hard. [Kora]
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2019, 11:18:41 PM »
Kora nodded at Gunther’s orders before launching her grapples forward and towards the titan. She’d need to turn it to the right to get its eyes off her comrade, so she hoped he’d accommodate that into his own plan to take his assigned arm. As she kicked off the roof and began reeling herself towards the titan, her eyes travelled back down to her wounded soldier on the ground. He still appeared alive, but wouldn’t be for long if they couldn’t get the titan down.

The titans eyes seemed to be locked on her as she neared it’s face, and it began to reach out with both arms to snatch her. Just before the hands could smack into her, she shifted her weight to the right and turned, then pressed the gas. This sent her flying quickly to the right, successfully dodging both arms. The titan followed her movements, taking its eyes away from the direction Gunther was in. “Now’s your chance!” She yelled out to him.

Re: Riding hard. [Kora]
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2019, 04:34:31 PM »
He watched with fear clutched in his chest. Losing any soldier affected him each time, and in this case if she went down, his chance to take the titan down would vanish. Everything needed to play out correctly in order for them to survive. Back-up would no doubt arrive in time, but the titan may well have the opportunity to kill them both before then.

Perhaps he should have asked for Eld to accompany him.

At her call, he kicked off from the roof and fired out a hook, a burst of gas giving him a higher jump. His blades in hand, Gunther flew through the air in a charge of determined revenge. His mind stayed calm enough, surveying the route before him as he released and retracted the hook, then fired the other to find his angle. He turned into it, eyes on his prize, blades at the ready.

The titan turned with a sharpness that shocked him, a hand slapping out. He narrowly dodged it, spiralling away with suddenness, scuffing his knee against a roof tile. Lucky enough that it hadn't been a full blow, for his leg would surely have broken. "Try again!" he shouted out, dropping down to the ground to avoid the swiping hand. He would need to gain air again, height would be his advantage - four limbs in reach of him on the ground would surely result in his death.

Re: Riding hard. [Kora]
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2019, 06:23:20 PM »
When the titan turned to smack Gunther from the air, it's other hand flailed downwards, almost taking her down with it. She fired a grapple into a nearby roof, using her gas to narrowly escape for a second time. Her high speed made her land hard on the surface, twisting one of her ankles harshly. "Crap!" She hissed, taking the pressure off her leg.

It took a second for her to regain her composure from the pain, but as Gunther called out her eyes snapped back up to the approaching titan. A normal distraction wouldn't work on an abnormal. They'd have to improvise somehow. "Do it as quick as you can!" She yelled as an idea popped into her head, launching her grapples straight into the titans face.

Instead of just distracting the titan, she'd have to blind it. She recalled that Gunther had specifically ordered her not to do that, but it was the only idea she had. As she neared the titans face, it's hands followed her. She pressed the gas to gain more speed and within seconds landed on the titans nose, using a blade to impale each eye. Kora then released her grapples from it's face, and her blades from her handles before jumping out of the way and to a safe distance. A second later, the titans hands collided into its face, it's elbows moving upwards, giving both Scouts vantage points from below. Once she had landed, she quickly switched to a new set of blades and took a second to test out her ankle once again. Once Gunther took his arm out, she could go for hers.

Re: Riding hard. [Kora]
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2019, 08:49:47 PM »
He heard her call as he zipped up to another roof, keeping himself angled in order to see every limb of the titan. A stretched leg or a kick would displace him far too easily, but he couldn't move far back, not when he needed to find an opening to take out the monster. It was on landing, one foot planted on the side of the building, other leg bent and crouched against the guttering, that he saw what she was doing.

Gunther ached to yell at her to not be a fool, but it would only distract her. It wouldn't be worth it. If she pulled it off, they'd be better for it. If she died, he had to be ready to go immediately.

She did it.

Pushing off, he shot towards the titan, arms back and to the side, measuring up his path and the actions he needed to take to attack the arm. The titan was too busy struggling with its blinded state, though he knew it would still be able to sense him. Gunther braced himself, firing a hook narrowly past the titan's side, tugging himself closer and kicking in gas at the last moment. Flipping over its shoulder, he slashes deep into the flesh of the arm, twisting his body around to drag the blades ever deeper, embedding them before they snap. Smoke burnt hot in his face.

Another hook snatched at a roof further off, gas giving him the burst to get out before the titan could react. With one arm out of the way, they were closer to dispatching it. Just one arm and the nape to go.

Re: Riding hard. [Kora]
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2019, 09:52:42 PM »
She watched nervously as Gunther flew through the air, knowing that this would be their last chance to kill the titan. Kora was already mildly injured, so being the distraction for a third time wouldn’t bode well for her. Her eyes darted to her squad member, who was now laying still on the ground instead of crawling.

Her attention was drawn back to the titan as it let out a pained roar. Gunther had successfully taken out one arm. Now it was her turn.

Kora pushed off with her non-injured leg, shooting an anchor past the underarm of the titan. As she pressed the gas, her small body shot forward, sending her flying straight towards her intended target. With her blades at the ready, she managed to cut the arm deep enough as she under it. The arm almost caught her as it fell to the side, but she managed to quickly evade it, rolling onto the ground to avoid another injury to her ankles. As she looked up, the titan was turning her way, it’s eyes having already regenerated. “It’s eyes are already healed!” She yelled, frantically standing to her feet and preparing to move out of the titans way. “Finish it off!” She added, sending an anchor into one of the buildings close by and reeling herself up to its roof. Once he sliced the nape, the titan would fall, she didn’t want to get caught under it.

Re: Riding hard. [Kora]
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2019, 08:15:18 PM »
Gunther landed against a wall, slamming his shoulder so hard into the concrete he thought the bone might shatter. It didn't, but that relief was brief as he fixed his attention back on the threat at hand. If his comrade was unable to dispatch the Abnormal's other arm, he would have to take the nape with speed and precision, and hope he got there before he could be snatched.

He held his breath.

The cut from beneath the arm was not sloppy, but it made his heart clench in his chest. It was far more dangerous at that angle, with plenty to go wrong, but she managed it. The narrow evasion proved how difficult it was. She was yelling even as he kicked off of the building, a spurt of gas sending him flying towards the titan as it faced its most recent attacker.

He drew the next pair of blades, holding his arms firm in readied position as he gained on the titan, bitter sweat at his hairline. His body jerked to the side, firing a hook past the titan to better angle his approach, though either the whistling of the grapple or his advancing approach caused the titan to be aware of his position. It began to turn. Arms trailing down, smoke billowing off of it, the Abnormal looked almost pitifully horrific.

Gunther roared, deafening the creeping fingers of self-doubt, as he slashed the blades in one movement, slicing flesh with every ebb of strength he had left in his body. The nape slid down its back, smoke blasting him in the face as he rushed past, kicking in enough gas to push him towards the roof. The titan crumpled.

His foot only just touched a roof tile before he made his way down to the injured soldier, rushing to their side with no more concern for his own body, searching his person for the emergency supplies he carried - his horse held the bulkiest, and a piercing whistle followed as he snatched out a thin roll of bandages from his belt. "Quick!" he snapped over at her, hardly aware of where she was or what she was doing. All that mattered was doing their best to recover every soldier.

Dead or alive.

Re: Riding hard. [Kora]
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2019, 08:26:10 PM »
Kora watched anxiously as Gunther went for the nape. He was moving so fast that she almost missed his slice, but the moment she saw the red blood, she was already making her way down to her injured soldier. She feared the worst for him, since he had gone so long without care already.

Gunther's voice could be heard as she approached, and the sight was worse than she'd expected. Blood was coming from a wound on the mans forehead, and his legs were both bent in awkward directions. The titan had literally smacked his entire body from his horse, and then into a building.

Her face stayed calm as she knelt down beside them, and she wondered if they'd even be able to help him at this point. Her eyes traveled to Gunther with a slight hint of panic. Would he make it? All of them had lost people, comrades, friends, family, but Kora had never lost one of her own squad members. She'd only been a squad leader for a few months.

"What can I do?" Kora asked quickly, reaching down to grab the injured soldiers hand. He was still slightly conscious, but it was clear that he wouldn't be awake enough to talk to them. "This head wound is bleeding pretty badly.." She added, reaching with her other hand to move bloodied hair out of the way. She knew that his legs were in worse shape, but they could only do so much out in the field.

Re: Riding hard. [Kora]
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2019, 09:03:05 PM »
Surveying his patient, Gunther thought quickly about how to proceed. Bleeding out was the most likely cause of death, and could lead to infection at the very least. He stretched out the bandage, laying it upon his knee as he took a screwed up piece of gauze from his pockets. It would have to do. "Put light, but firm, pressure to the wound over this, with a hand," he said, fingers skimming the blood-stained skin of the soldier before he placed the gauze where it seemed best to, keeping his hand on it for the moment. It didn't entirely fit the cut, but it was the best he could manage. "The flow of blood needs to be stemmed," he explained, "so don't take your hand off until I say so."

By the paling of the man's face, it could even be too late.

Turning back to the bandage, he cut through it with a knife, covering the gauze with the cotton fabric, and then indicated she put her hand over it once he moved his own. "I need to check his legs. Keep him still, though be careful."

Gunther braced himself a moment, then began to check over the soldier's legs, grimacing at what he saw. From a brief observation, he expected it was very likely that the ride home would kill any chance of the man walking again. That was if he hadn't already lost too much blood.

Re: Riding hard. [Kora]
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2019, 12:39:13 AM »
Kora put the gauze over the wound, holding it down firmly to stop the bleeding. She listened to Gunther’s orders to hold him still, and lightly placed her other arm over the man’s chest. It wouldn’t do much to keep his legs still, if he could move them, but it would keep him from trying to reach for them.

”Hey.. I know you’re in pain but you have to stay still..” She wasn’t sure if he could hear her, but she didn’t know what else to do. Kora was already expecting the worst, and felt absolutely horrible for what was happening.

He was her squad member. She was responsible for him. If he died, she’d be the one to go to his home and inform his family of his death. Not only that, but she had grown attached to her squad members. She knew she had to stay calm though, at least for now.

After a few moments of holding hm down, Kora looked back towards Gunther. I”Is there anything we can do?” She asked, keeping her voice as steady as she could despite the situation. ”His legs.. they’re bad, aren’t they?“ She then asked, furrowing her eyebrows deeply as she glanced down at them.

Re: Riding hard. [Kora]
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2019, 10:30:18 PM »
content warning: tiny bit gory medically (skip paragraph 3)

The sense of being unable to help was more crushing than seeing any body already devoid of life. It meant that there could have been a way to keep anyone alive, to keep them well and healthy, to be fit for service still. Mostly, it showed how cruel the world could be. If he, with his knowledge of battlefield medicine, couldn't save someone on the field, what use was it?

That pessimism bled away with her voice. A renewed ambition to get what he could get done done swelled in him. "Yes, they're bad," he confirmed. "I need to stop any bleeding here to stabilise him." Saying it out loud helped even more.

The gauze came out again, but the blood dyeing the soldier's white trousers made it difficult to tell immediately where to begin. Going by the most likely place of fracture, he pinched the trouser fabric away from the skin, cutting as safely as he could into it, splitting the material until he was able to rip it by hand instead. The blood there was sticky and prone to infection - here he wiped as best he could from the open wound.

"Is he still breathing?" he asked of her, his voice quiet and strained. "Does he look to be getting worse?" It was a race against time to stabilise him before death took him.


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