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Formian Hive

A nest of big ol' ant thingies. They've got a beef with Dawn for some reason, not quite sure why yet.

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John and Dawn appear in a little in lay in one of the earthen walls.
Obscurejones

John glances around for something to grenade.
Who

There's a whole bunch of squigly white things that seem to be attached to the ground. Is it me or has John gotten more violent?
Obscurejones

A little bit.  He flips down his goggles to confirm his theory about the white things.
Who

They're grubs.

"Okay, part 1 of the plan went off without a hitch. Time for part 2."
Obscurejones

He nods.
We don't have a part 2 do we?
Who

"We do."

She starts reloading her rifle with something with a bit more oomf.
Obscurejones

He nods and tries to look menacingly grenadey.
Who

"That's not part 2. That's plan B"
Obscurejones

What's part 2?
Who

"Come up with part 3."
Obscurejones

I see.  Any idea about part 3?
Who

"Um...find out why they want to kill me?"
Obscurejones

Righto.  How?
Who

"Well lets think. We're in a nest of ant creatures that want to kill me and we have to find out why.....ask?"
Obscurejones

Excellent idea.
Who

"Why don't you do the asking? Call this a hunch but I don't think they'll be too chatty for me. Can you speak Formian?"
Obscurejones

I don't know.  Hopefully.
Who

"Okay, lead on then."
Obscurejones

He heads in what he suspects is the right direction to reach the center of the hive.
Who

They take about three steps before they're stopped by two large ant things. Clicking away angrily at them.
Obscurejones

Hey!  Turns out he does speak formian!  What they clicking!
Who

Mostly 'kill her, kill her, kill her.'
Obscurejones

Formian: <Why?>
Who

"Killed the queen!"
Obscurejones

<When?>
Who

"Before!"
Obscurejones

<Ah.  Before what?>
Who

"Before!"

It should be pointed out these are warriors, they're not very smart.
Obscurejones

<Well I'll need to confirm this.  Anyone else I can talk to?>
Who

They look like they're about to snap him in two when....

"Stop!"
Obscurejones

John glances round for the source of the intervention.
Who

Another big ant thingy, this one's got like, ridges on its head.
Obscurejones

<Please tell me you're the smart one.>
Who

It nods.
Obscurejones

<A pair of drones attacked my queen.  Why?>
Who

Awww, he is aware Dawn knows what he's saying right?

"She killed our queen."
Obscurejones

He is not.
<Did not.  I've been keeping an eye on her.  No killing of any kind.>
Who

"Scent does not lie. Prehaps we can discuss this away from common ears?"
Obscurejones

<Fine>  We're going to follow the ridged one.
Who

She smiles and nods.

"I'm your queen am I?"
Obscurejones

He blushes.
I thought you didn't speak Formian.
Who

"I said I didn't know whether you did."
Obscurejones

He blushes again and moves to follow the ridged formian.
Who

And Dawn follows him, the walks going to take a while, the nest is huge.

"So if I'm the queen, what's that make you? King?"
Obscurejones

He smirks.
Probably a drone.
Who

"Nah, that's what the pig's for."
Obscurejones

Soldier?
Who

"Doesn't matter. Blimey this place is huge."
Obscurejones

Is there an insect who's job it is to shag the queen and cook her delicious sandwiches?
Who

"I'm not sure...why don't you ask?"
Obscurejones

Because it strikes me as a rude question.
Who

"It's never stopped me before."
Obscurejones

Than you ask it.
Who

"Excuse me? Mr Ant? My friend here wants to know if there's an ant who's job it is to sleep with the queen and make food."

No answer.

"Rude."
Obscurejones

You could try asking in Formian.
Who

<Excuse me? Mr Ant? My friend here wants to know if there's an ant who's job it is to sleep with the queen and make food.>

Nothing, the Formian stops in a large spherical chamber.
Obscurejones

Huh.  Maybe he doesn't know.
Who

<What were we saying?>
Obscurejones

<Oh.  Right.  She didn't do it.>
Who

<Scent doesn't lie>
Obscurejones

<Do you have any records of the event?>
Who

He shakes his ridged head.
Obscurejones

<And the assailant smelled exactly like her?>
Who

He nods again.
Obscurejones

<Any of my scent mingled with the assailants?>
And now for "What can I remember from high school biology?".
Who

I failed biology so it probably doesn't matter.

The ants antenea swish about for a second before it shake's its head.
Obscurejones

<And her scent,  the woman here, it's mingled right?>
Who

It shakes its head.

<Just her>
Obscurejones

He glances at Dawn.
Hmmmm...
<I'm pretty sure it wasn't her.  I think she might have a smell alike though.>
Who

<Explain>
Obscurejones

<A woman visited us just before your drones.  Same scent as my queen.  Seemed in a hurry for some reason.>
Who

<And she murdered the queen?>
Obscurejones

<I would assume so.  If you hurry you might catch her trail away from our domicile.  She used technology to jump through time and space.>
Who

<Thank you, the drones will escort you away.>
Obscurejones

John nods and follows the drones.
Who

As does Dawn.

"Well that was easy."
Obscurejones

Yeah...
John keeps a grenade at the ready.
Who

Hey this isn't the way they came...

"Wonder what the pig's doing?"
Obscurejones

John sighs.
No idea.  Probably tidying up.  Or conquering the town.
Who

"Really? Cause that'd be awesome."

The drones stop, and just to clarify there's four of them, they gesture for John and Dawn to walk down a tunnel.

"Well this must be our stop."
Obscurejones

John checks to make sure they're close enough that he can get all of them with one grenade.
Who

Probably.
Obscurejones

Then he starts down the tunnel.
Who

As does Dawn. The drones stay where they are.

"This isn't the way out is it?"
Obscurejones

John shakes his head and glances around the tunnel.
It does not appear to be.
Who

It's a long tunnel, lit by a bunch of wierd glowing fungus. Dawn shrugs.

"Pig's got enough pancakes."
Obscurejones

So.  Down the tunnel, or fight our way out?
Who

"That depends."
Obscurejones

On?
Who

"Think we can take on a whole nest of angry ant things?"
Obscurejones

He checks how many grenades he was ables to carry.  He's got three left.
Maybe?  Probably not.
Who

"Then maybe we should see what they want first."
Obscurejones

Okee dokee.
<What do you want?>
Who

The drones didn't follow them.

<A sandwich would be nice>
Obscurejones

He raises an eyebrow and walks back towards the drones.
Who

There's a large rock blocking the way.

"Call this a wild stab in the dark but I don't think they want us to leave."
Obscurejones

John shrugs and starts heading deeper down the tunnel
Who

It ends in a small chamber with nothing in it.
Obscurejones

Huh.

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