On the Deeds of Glory:
Behind its wall of psionic energy, the form of the alien is blurred but it and the wall may be seen moving, very slowly, toward the empty area of the bay where the shuttle had rested.
Málakal opens his mind to the psychic energies of the intruder and is briefly overwhelmed by a rush of images, patterns and colors of which he can make little sense. He is left with a feeling that this creature is very alien and with emotions, thoughts, and motivations that are incomprehensible to the human mind. There is a sensation that the Mihaili could be dangerous.
Málakal and Falyai hear the tinny voice of Deeds through their communicators.
“I have been pre-occupied with remote operation of the warbots on the planet’s surface as the away team has come under attack from powerful alien telepaths. I have managed to complete a detailed linguistic analysis on the speech patterns of the intruder. I calculate a 95% probability that it spoke a very ancient version of the Mihaili language. I am now processing the available data to enable translation. Fragments of his initial speech may indicate that the intruder was combating the telepathic aliens on the planet and escaped by teleporting aboard this ship.”
On the Crawler:
Lalei releases Commander Nek from the effects of the PSY-Kill. He appears to be alive and barely conscious and is immediately restrained by the Mk 2 war-bot. Ekkub remains trapped within the sticky tangle and a second war-bot moves into position to further restrain him if necessary.
Dr. Mors looks shaken and confused and stares at the laser pistol in his hand as a third war-bot snaps a claw around his wrist, he drps the raygun.
One of the three remaining war-bots retrieves Nek’s disintegrator rifle and the metallic trio quickly clanks to the crawler’s hatch. As the hatch opens several fleshy pink tentacles burst through the opening.
The three robots fire their rifles. The first, armed with a z-ray rifle fires wildly through the hatch, clearly missing the monster. The z-ray fired by the second robot appears to strike a tentacle but the ray seems to pass through it causing no damage. The third robot fires the disintegrator rifle and the black beam engulfs the tentacles. There is a horrible alien howl and the tentacles glow blue black and vanish.
The crawler is already beginning to move as the three war-bots file though the hatch…
[Tried to post this yesterday but blogger was non-cooperative.]