Ice crunches under the treads of the crawler as it emerges from the shuttle and advances towards the two life-forms with Marine sub-commander Ekkub at the controls.
As Payákár slings his rifle and climbs into the turret, the vehicle lurches and skids. Ekkub has abandoned the controls and is rising from his seat, reaching for his holstered z-ray pistol.
Simultaneously, Commander Nek has lifted his disintegrator rifle and fired on Mr. Harv.The Pe Choi, all legs scrambling to keep his balance in the spinning crawler, is narrowly missed by the weapon’s black ray.Behind him, a portion of the crawler’s armored hull glows blue-black and liquefies but the thick armor plated skin of the vehicle remains intact.
On the Deeds of Glory
As Hale and the robots approach the great green cat-like alien it begins to slowly back away. Málakal addresses the creature but it does not respond.Hale repeats the message in Mihálli and it replies in exotic gibberish.
Through her open comm channel, Hale informs Málakal andFalyai that, although she is programmed for Mihálli and the creature’s speech shared many similarities with known Mihálli dialects, it was sufficiently different to be untranslatable.She asks, “Should we attempt to restrain the intruder?”