Ask Exploring a Cave

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  1. Alexei Denkio

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    So far it seemed the two members of the rebellion were ready, they were outside of the cave. Having sent some time gathering a few supplies at the settlement the duo now had everything they should need. Hopefully they didn't forget any some details. Alexei grabbed a combat knife, and had spoke with some of the other members of this settlement so if things go well he would be paid for this.

    Now they were outside of the cave with the speeder behind them ready to go whenever. Now he needed to deal with the actual Kath Hound problem. Which could be quiet a problem especially given that he was only with one other person. Still given that he felt the woman was somewhat capable of fighting he wasn't to worried.

    "Alright so here's my idea. We are going to have a glowstick on and just stick together. We will take things slowly, I will have the glowstick kept you blaster ready." Alexei grabbed one of 5 glowsticks in his left hand while his right hand held onto his pistol.

    Something tickled the back of his mind, almost a senseless sensation that put him as ease for some reason. Like a reminder he wasn't alone, the Force was actually with him. Standing in front of the dark cave was a bit scary but with the Force and his new friend Vas no doubt they would be alright.

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  2. Vas Kodro

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    Vas stood at the base of the cave with her newfound friend and fellow rebel. She wasn't too afraid now, as they had glowsticks, or at least Alexei had glowsticks, so they wouldn't be dealing with a whole pack of Kath hounds in the darkness. Alexei told her to keep her blaster ready. She was already clutching her blaster with anticipation on the speeder.

    "Ready when you are," she said, taking baby steps towards the cave. She looked back at Alexei to make sure he was following her, because soon she would be following him. They would have to stick together in the darkness of the cave. That could be a problem if the hounds surrounded them, but it was a much better idea than splitting up. Both of them were competent on their own, Alexei probably more so given equipment and experience, but if one got lost, they would be done for.

    Vas continued creeping into the entrance of the cave and stopped with her foot barely inside. She stood facing sideways, so she could easily look inside the cave and back to Alexei. She tried to look past the blackness of the cave, waiting for him to lead the way.
     
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    The darkness in the cave was somewhat frightening but it wasn't something he couldn't handle. Especially as he was the one that decided to take this task on himself. No matter the lack of light though, what actually scared him was the animals in the cave. Kath hounds aren't the most dangerous of creatures nor are they cunning. But what they lack in these areas they make up for with their numbers. Striking together they could be a serious problem for anyone, Alexei figured even to well trained users of the Force, which was they had to watch their corners. As Alexei wasn't even able to understood much less use the Force yet.

    Having the glow stick in his left hand and the pistol in his right the rebel walked side by side with Vas she was a rather interesting person. Definitely a good person for sure given she was here helping him out trying to help out the settlement. Hopefully though they weren't about to make a mistake.

    As they entered the mouth of the cave, there were little light that didn't come from the glow stick. Wondering into the cave now in the lead, he kept his pistol ready to blast at the nearest beast. And as he wonder deeper into the cave, there were little noise besides there steps walking into the cave. So far there were nothing that they could see that was interesting. That was until they got 15 feet deep into the tunnel and a clean pick skeleton was laying on the ground. Not complete though clearly many of the bones had been picked up and used as a toy else where.

    "Okay so clearly this pack as had a taste for people for a while." He tried to speak quietly, but clearly it most have been notice as soon after a low growl could be heard.

    Though no Kath Hound came into view something lived in the cave that was a bit more dangerous. Or at least that is what he thought when his hair all started to stand up on the back of his neck. Looking for a second at Vas, he looked back out into the cave and the next thing he knew there was a three way split. One to the left and two on the right and was divided by a rock wall in the middle.

    "Which way you want to go?" Alexei said in his normal voice, hoping that Vas would pick as right now the Rebel was to keen on deciding which area they were going to potentially die in.

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    As the two crept through the cave, Vas became increasingly on edge. She hadn't had much experience with Kath hounds, or caves, or working with a partner. In her mind she told herself to be alert, and she was, to a fault. She focused her senses so much that the sound of her own steps made her paranoid. Though she kept it together pretty well through sheer willpower and the drive to stay alive, the experience was still a bit daunting.

    They passed an incomplete skeleton laying on the cave floor. Vas couldn't see much beyond it, but she made out faint outlines of bones scattered around the cave. Alexei commented on the now obvious information that these hounds had a taste for people, seemingly to break the tension, before a low growl could be heard not far away. She remained calm internally, but her grip on her blaster tightened as she inhaled deeply.

    Soon they came to a three-way split. Alexei turned to her, and she took it to mean that she had to decide. She glanced at all of the separating paths in rapid succession, mostly the two on the right since she figured the pack would be based in a larger space. "Far right," she said, without much hesitation. That was where the most bone fragments were located from what she could see. Besides, if they didn't find anything there, they could always go back and check another pack.

    She walked into the far right path cautiously, checking Alexei every few seconds to make sure he was on the same page. After about 20 feet, the path opened up into a larger space. More bones were scattered on the ground, all picked dry. Small cracks of light in the ceiling exposed tiny slits of the cave, where scraggly bits of grass grew. The space was mostly dry, but a few puddles of water dotted the ground. A droplet of water hit a puddle, making a faint splashing noise. The same low growl could be heard in the distance. It didn't sound threatening, maybe like a sleeping hound awakened by the slightest noise.

    Vas stood still, concentrating on the sounds around her. She could hear the faintest steps on the far side of the cave.
    "Do you think they're awake?" she whispered softly. This time several growls could be heard, again nothing too threatening, but still concerning. This could have been a huge mistake.

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    As they reached the three way, it seemed that Vas wanted to go the into the far right path. Which seemed a good idea as any, but as he followed her he could sense something was off. Plus it wasn't like they were committed to the path, though as they entered the space it was large enough for multiple hounds to stay, but as he looked around he could see the shadow of a few of them. Though most looked asleep a few were beginning to stir and awaken.

    Thankfully though they were on the far side of the enclosed space and it seemed there was another path heading deeper into the cave on the other side. Maybe he could get a shot off killing one and then they could have the beasts run into this funnel. It was a good enough plan for him, without even speaking with Vas he began to aim for on of the beasts he could see. With deadly accuracy his shot was aimed for its head, and hit straight for its head. Sure the others woke up but they seemed shaken and confused now. Probably even slow now that they only just woke up. As they started to yelp and slowly approach they were all approaching so they would arrive at the entrance they came in from at the same time. Which gave him a idea.

    "Listen umm... run." Alexei didn't wait for Vas to listen to his command and putting away his pistol he grabbed one of his fragmentation grenade and set the fuse for 5 seconds to the right of the entrance to the space.

    Hopefully as they start to run the grenade would get a few and it seemed they weren't paying attention. If Vas didn't retreat she would find the light going dimmer and dimmer as Alexei began to run as soon as he threw the grenade.

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    Vas could barely see the hounds lurking in the shadows. Most of them looked asleep, though a few of them had begun to stir. She drew her blaster, ready to fire, when Alexei shot one of the hounds clean in the head. The others began to stir and get on their feet. The hounds slowly approached her and Alexei. Vas became hyper-focused on the hounds in front of her, trying to remain still with her hand on her blaster.

    She heard Alexei say something. At first he tried to give a formal instruction to her, but then he just told her to run. Without hesitation, she turned on her heel and sprinted out of the area into the path they came from, beating Alexei out of the clearing. She ran far enough back into the tunnel to avoid any possible fragments of the grenade Alexei had just thrown.

    Alexei caught up to her with the glowstick right as the grenade exploded, sending fragments into all reaches of the clearing they had just left. She saw a flash of light and heard a boom coming from the area, and then the body of one of the Kath hounds flew out of the opening. It appeared to be dead, but Vas shot its chest once when it landed, just to be sure. After the flash, Vas said, "Let's check to see how many we got."

    The two walked back into the opening, ready to fire in case there were any immediate survivors. Slowly surveying the area with the glowstick, they saw that most of hounds that were there originally were lying on the ground dead. Some of the bodies were intact, others were broken up into smaller pieces. However, some of the hounds may have escaped, and there was no other way for them to go than the path on the other side. "There seem to be a few more we haven't cleared." She started slowly approaching the path, thinking that taking care of the rest of the hounds, at least the ones they knew about, would be a walk in the park.
     
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    It was good that Vas responded the way she did, she was smart enough to trust him and get out before the grenade. Feeling the vibration though the ground as shrapnel launched out and striking many of the beasts. It was sad that these beasts had to go, they were just animals that didn't have much say over what they hunted. An now that these beasts wanted to eat people they would need to be hunted down.

    Watching her go back into the clearing he joined her noticing the several bodies of the beasts. She had fired into one previously and he decided to join in just in case, and used his pistol on several of the solid Kath hounds on the ground. Each one got a bolt in its body to ensure that they didn't get up. It also gave him time to count out the bodies and from the looks of it a few did manage to escape the explosion. No doubt they ran deeper into their home if there were more of the pack they would regroup and prepare to strike back.

    "I am not surprise I think I remember reading up on how Dantooine has large underground tunnels and caves. I would be cautious I think a few escape and if there are anymore coming for us they would know we are here now." Alexei kicked himself mentally for using a grenade already when he knew it would cause problems, he was just lucky it didn't collapse the tunnel and kill himself and Vas.

    As the two continue to head deeper into the cave there was plenty of space for a large family to live in this place. A small idea began to form in his head for later, but for now he needed to handle the problem at hand. As the two headed deeper though they went though another tunnel until they finally entered a space empty of any other entrances or exits but in it 24 Kath hounds. An they all stared directly at the two. There was some of them that clearly looked like they were hurt but most was a mix of old and young. With a large one that towered above the rest sitting on a natural elevation by the ground. Watching them with somewhat intelligent eyes.

    Alexei couldn't figure it out but it felt like the beast was somehow influenced by the Force, though not naturally. It was dark and twisted his mind almost telling him it needed to be put down for the betterment of something. What he wasn't sure but he was sure of one thing, that was a lot of Kath hounds and they each looked hungry and angry.

    Using his pistol he fired at two Kath hounds that was near them, with one going down and the other getting hit in the thigh. While the rest began to charge. Problem was though Alexei had ran out of charges in his pistol. Completely forgetting he needed to change out the ammo clip. Having to drop the pistol he was quickly reaching for his combat knife prepared to at least go down fighting.

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    The two ventured on into the tunnel, reaching a large area that could accommodate more hounds than the one before. Like she suspected, four injured hounds were lying on the floor. What she didn't expect were the other 20 hounds, a mix of old and young, with one standing above the rest, watching them with its sharp eyes. It was odd that the hounds immediately turned and stared at her and Alexei. It was almost mechanical how their gaze immediately locked onto them.

    Alexei fired at two hounds that were close to them. He took one completely down and the other took a shot to the leg. The others began charging as Alexei tried to shoot, but it was to no avail. She saw him drop the pistol and pull out a knife. Fighting a whole pack of hounds without a ranged weapon handy was a surefire way to get killed, so Vas knew she had to do something. She leaped in front of Alexei and aimed with her blaster for the head of a hound charging directly at her.

    She hit the hound clean in the head and the body hit the cave floor with a thud. Still, the hounds continued to charge. Vas shot two more coming from the side, one in the head and the other in the chest. As the hounds ran towards them, the large one with its intimidating stare stood still, watching them intently.

    Vas looked back to Alexei to make sure he was alright, realizing that he had another ammo clip. "Reload, quick!" she yelled, shooting another hound in the face with her blaster to buy him some time.

    The hounds were coming at them faster now, but Vas could hold them back long enough for Alexei to refocus. As she heard panting coming from behind, she turned around and saw an older hound charging her with astonishing speed. It sprung onto its hind legs as Vas shot it in the stomach. Another one coming from her right was approaching, which she quickly shot in the neck. The hound kept running for a few seconds before slowing and collapsing to the ground. We've gotten a good amount of them, she thought. The injured ones will be easier to take care of, and the non-injured ones are mostly older. The largest hound, still staring at them, lowered its head and arched its back. At least it was finally moving, which made it much less eerie but more threatening, like it could attack at any moment.
     
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    Having a fish jump in front of him to save him was kind of embarrassing. Watching her begin blasting at the Kath hounds it was almost a beautiful scene of a holovid. She clearly was a good fighter, and if he wasn't in a bad state in his life maybe he would have thought about less professional thoughts. Still as he watched he heard her tell him to reload, which snapped him back into reality. Dropping the glow stick he didn't need to keep it in hand for it's glow to shine a light on the Kath hounds coming at them.

    Grabbing a hold of his rifle, and pulled it into his shoulder aiming to the right of Vas and blasting a hound in the face sending it sliding across the floor. So far they were doing alright, but a surprise came when he felt something come closer behind him. He isn't sure how he knew it but his instincts told him to turn around and he did just in time for a hound to jump and only able to claw up his right shoulder.

    The hound flow past Alexei and was in front of himself and Vas. Which meant that Alexei was able to blast it straight in the chest once it tried jumping a second time. So far they were holding the beasts back but the numbers weren't in their favor. Turning and blasting at another hound it was clear that they should start backing up. Since the semi intelligent hound seemed to be start approaching them. Slowly almost like it was waiting for something.

    "Back up." Alexei started to walk backwards hoping another hound wasn't going to jump on him again.

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    As the hounds closed in on them, Vas and Alexei knew that they would have to start backing up. A few hounds were fast approaching on Alexei, and he was able to hold them off, but it was unlikely that they would get out of this unscathed. The semi-intelligent hound moved closer, slowly, its eyes still fixed on the two of them.

    Alexei told her to back up, which she did immediately. She was getting jumpy, so any order Alexei gave she would immediately follow. She took a step back when a hound charged her from the back of the pack. Startled, she slipped and dropped her blaster. She wasn't hurt from the fall, but hounds were starting to surround her. "Help!" she called out, curling into a defensive position to brace herself. With her right hand she reached for her blaster, while her left protected her head.

    Two Kath hounds clawed her back, while one prodded her with its horns. She hoped that Alexei could fend them off, but he was probably dealing with other hounds attacking him. She couldn't see that well because she was protecting her head from the hounds, so she couldn't see her blaster. The clawing at her back was growing more painful as she scrambled around on the floor.