"Oh please! Nothing can withstand the Seven Staff Strike! Utter Tao.
He foolishly repeats the same attack as the pole hit the ground. Booster had spoken true as the beetles fire their laser at the base of the pole which causes Tao to lost control and plummet onto the ground as his face hit the floor hard. He quickly got up with but his face is swollen up and his nose is bleeding from the fall he stood. He had an anger look as he glare at them.
"No one does that to...!!"
The beetle immediately opens fire before he finishes his sentence. He is surprise by the beetle rudeness as he quickly uses his hands to spin his staff to deflect the laser barrage. His aiming could do with some practice as some of the deflected lasers are not aiming back at the beetles.
Leon was flung out of the cloud before springing to his feet.
"Brilliant they can see through smoke as well.
Guys I won't be nearly as effective while you or they can see me. I'm going to try and fry their optical systems with my suit's flash. Or something. It won't take a second and it might even disorientate them for a bit."
He batted away one of the bugs as it pounced on him but said bug didn't look too put off.
"So if you could all look away for a second please.
Oh one more thing when I can only recharge the flash by moving. It has a kinetic electrical converter.
"hey monkey prince. Duck!!!!!" yelled kai as he recombined his fire balls to their once massive size. he fired it at the swarm of beetles
"Don't worry, I've got plenty charge to spare," Dynamo replied to Blink, cocky as ever. She waved her hand to form a glowing electrical field, frying a few flankers. "Until they figure out grounding, I'll be fine." Dynamo worked as fast as she could, though this method was slow.
But hey, it's not like she'd have a problem with a few drones.
Tao saw the size of Kai Entai fireball. His staff had reverts back to a baton as he quickly duck down with his face again touching onto the ground.
Dave's heart skipped a beat when the drones started attacking, "Nothing to worry about, nothing to worry about..." Focusing on one drone Dave projects over a dozen fist that strike it's head in unison, the drone chirps loudly then falls to the ground. "Heh, nothing to worry..." Its at this time the drones begin to make a lot of noise and Booster announces that they've upgraded themselves.
"This is something to worry about, this is something to worry about!" Dave moves to the center of the group, throwing out random fist so the others wouldn't see how panicked he was becoming. Hearing Leon's plan he shuts his eyes tight and waits for some sign to open them again.
"HADOKEN" shouts Booster as Kai's Fireball wipes out 30 more drones.
At the same time Dynamo and Poltergeist knock out ten more stragglers with electricity and ghost fists respectively.
"Half way there guys lets do this" said Booster as he grabs a Drone andhurls it against the wall.
Eva went straight to work at the sound of the alarm. The blades in the fingertips of the suit made a 'snikt' sound as they popped out. She leaped towards their foes, managing to skewer one beetle robot with each hand. Then a laser beam flashed by Eva, missing her by a fraction of an inch. She activated the suits stealth tech and turned completely invisible. Eva used her advantage to slice the legs off the robot that had shot at her. She then removed the legs of three more robots before plunging her blades into them. With her invisibility it appeared as if though the robots had suddenly decided to break apart.
Eva was about to pounce a group of drones when a laser hit her in the back. She let out a yell of surprise and pain. The adapting drones had found a way to track her, even though she could not be seen. Eva guessed that they were using some sort of thermal vision and made a note to see if there was way to upgrade the suit to mask her body heat. If she got out of this alive, of course.
Eva deactivated the invisibility, not wanting to waste the suit's battery if it wouldn't work. She then went on the defensive, leaping and flipping between laser blasts with techniques learned from years of training, only striking when she had an opening. When she heard Leon's plan, Eva turned her back to him so she wouldn't be blinded by the flash. She gave Leon cover and slashed away at any drones that got too close.
It was incredibly intense blinding even. At least it seemed to work a lot of the drones were now disoriented. At least for a while.
"Ok I flashed they're all yours."
Leon had used the flash to move back to the rest of the gouge.
He still held his bad in both hands and during the flash he had smashed the two of the drones. A third leapt at him but was sent flying by a pretty good swing.
Tao quickly got back up from Kai fireball attack and saw that the beetles that were facing him were destroy. He decided to rejoin the group since that would be the best plan of action to be safer in a bigger group. The smarter beetles made them more dangerous.
He dash toward the beetles and they volley him with their laser. He dodges them with ease as he built up momentum. When he got close, he bends down and the built up speed allow him to skid and slide toward the swarm. A few of the beetles didn't move out in time as they got hit by his feet. As he sliding past the swarm he whips out his staff and quickly spins it. He is randomly hitting any beetles that were near him. Again some of the beetles jump out of the way while others did not.
As he is approach back his group he quickly got up and put his sandal on the break as he skidded back to the group.
Kai stepped back to join the rest of the group. He pulled out his second baton and lit both ends on fire. As one of the beetles charged he smacked it with one while driving the other into its body. "you okay Eva" shouted Kai as he noticed her getting hit.
Leon backs away reaching Kia and Eva.
"You two Ok? "
"Yeah, sorry," said Eva, not sure who she was talking to, or why she was apologizing. Most of her concentration was on the fight. Eva's optical device brought up indicators showing the weak points of the temporarily disoriented drones, as it scanned them, and Eva targeted them with her blades. A drone leapt at her and Eva delivered a strong kick, sending the drone flying. The drones were beginning to pick up speed again as they recovered from the flash so Eva shifted her focus to taking out the drone's legs to reduce their mobility as she continued to dodge the lasers.
"Glad you're ok."
Leon followed Eva thrusting the bat down into the drones she crippled. There was a satisfying crunch.
Dynamo leaped forward to dodge a laser blast after frying another drone, landing closer to the main group. "Alright, I think this has gone on for long enough," she said, preparing to shed her coat; unlike her other clothes, she hadn't found one that was particularly proofed from her power. "Would someone mind giving me some cover? I could easily fry these guys, but I don't want my coat to be ruined while doing it." Plus it's easier not to be dodging while getting this ready...
Tao compile to Dynamo request.
He boasted "Just leave it to me!"
He steps forward toward the swarm. He holds one end of the staff as it extends out into a pole piercing through a beetle shell. As it penetrated, the pole retracts back to the staff form and he repeats the process again at another target. He is able to perform this at a high speed however the beetles had adapted to time their dodging so his attack had became ineffective.
"Sure" shouted Kai as he batted a drone away from dynamo he jumped in front of her and assumed a defensive stance combining his batons into a pole. He flicked away two more drones as they charged him. "how long is this gonna take?"
"Sure I can."
Leon threw another of his favourite view-obscuring items down just in front of Alex It should help disorient the robots for long enough to cover the casting time. He made sure to throw it far enough not to blind Alex or Kia.
"alright who ordered the supressive cover fire, Dynamo right, well then let me help you out" said Booster as he fires more Boostershots(tm), with each drone he knocks out it takes more hits to take out the next.
"Well you have to admit Ted sure knew how to build a good security drone. Little to good" he quipped
"Excellent..." Dynamo stated, a malevolent grin under her mask. She began to glow yellow behind her three defenders, goggles going opaque to match. "Just a moment, Kai... just deal with these guys for a moment longer, and I'll finish them."
Booster continued to guard Dynamo, but with each second it was becoming harder to fend off the drones.
"Hey Dynamo, any chance we could speed this up, I have place to go, people to save, and products to sell. No but seriously lets wrap this up like Christmas morning." said the Time traveling hero as he held firm against the laser eyed beetle drones
"Fine..." Dynamo said, acting like she was being intentionally slow. "OK, EVERYONE, MOVE!" When they did, Dynamo loosed a large bolt of electricity that bounced from drone to drone, cooking their circuitry until they died in a puff of smoke. When it was done, she put her arms down, acting like that was easy as breathing. She spoke, trying not to sound winded. "Did... Did I get all of them?"
"Yeah looks like it.
Make sure Anne never finds out you can do that."
The electricity soaring past Kai caused his hair to stand on end obscuring his mask and vision. He had difficulty removing his mask as the static electricity cause it to cling to his head. As soon as it was off he pulled out a comb and stated to comb it back down "wheeew that was powerful" Kai quipped as his hair sprung back up with a comic spring noise. "can you do anything about this?" he said pointing to his hair
Eva kept slashing various parts of the drones as Dynamo charged up. When Dynamo unleashed her blast, Eva made sure to be as far out of the way as possible. In a flash, the drones had all been electrocuted, frying their hardware. One nearby drone sputtered weakly and Eva casually kicked it aside. The drone powerlessly collapsed. Eva took a moment to move her hair back into position covering her optical device, hoping no one had noticed it after her hair was moved out of position from all the acrobatics she had been doing.
Kai Entai wasn't the only one whose hairs are standing on end. Tao leap out of the way from Dynamo electric attack. When the electric attack was over Tao had notice the furs on his lower arms were standing on end. He touches part of his body to find that the fur on his lower leg, tail, face and his hair were also standing up from the static.
He said to himself "Ek Gawd!"
He then notices that Kai had a comb with him.
He asks "Hey can I borrow that for a while? Although you may not want your comb back after I am done with it.
"take this one" Said kai as he pulled out a second comb throwing it towards the monkey prince. careful though the points on that one are kind of sharp.
Tao catch the comb.
"Thanks, wait why do you carry a second comb? Never mind" reply Tao.
He quickly makes use of the comb as he had comb all over his hair and his fur. He combs his hairs at such a high speed that his hair and fur are back to normal so soon. He notices a lot of hair chunk are stuck between the comb teeth. He tries to pull it out but it is tangle tightly in it. His face turns red embarrasses for his messy hairs.
He said to Kai "Errr I will give you back your comb later when it's not cover up by my hair..."
He places the comb in his pocket and uses his staff to poke one of the circuit's broken beetles as if he is poking a dead animal with a stick.
Dave sighed heavily after the last drone fell, "Hate to be that guy, but shouldn't we be finding out who sicked these things on us instead of standing around here?" He didn't want anymore excitement, but there was a job needing done and he was nothing if not a professional.
"Of course I got them all..." Dynamo commented quietly. After mentioning that she could (or would) do nothing about people's hair, she saw the lantern from earlier. "Heh, green lantern... " she thought aloud, amused that it was unharmed.
Min fell out from a shadow. "Owoha-a-a!" She got up. "Wait a second... The fight's over...? Uh... Aha! Yes! This was all part of my plan to uh... See... Everyone's... Abilities...? Hmmm... Yeah that's why I wasn't in the fight! Not because I was hiding! Oh no! What gave you that idea?! Huh? Huh?!" She scratched her head. "What I miss?"
Kai managed to wrestle his hair back down and cram it under his mask. "Alright lets get moving" said Kai as he walked forward tapping the ground ahead just in case there were anymore nasty surprises ahead.
"Well Poltergiest makes an excellent point, we need to keep moving forward, whoever is doing this is in the lab, so follow me." said Booster as he stepped over the piles of destroyed robots.
"Oh and Min, while you were cowering the team kicked major ass, it was freaking epic." he added, a hint of pride and dissapointment in his voice. Pride for the Outsiders, dissapointment at Minnie
Tao was glaring at Minine cowardice.
Tsk, she's all talk and no action.
Upon hearing Booster he replies "Aye Aye Booster!"
Before he follow him he ran up toward a destroy beetle and kick it with all of his might. The kicked beetle went flying into a pile of the other destroyed beetle.
He mutter "And that for tripping me up!"
He quickly follows behind Booster.
Eva moved forward with the rest of the team. She paid little attention to Minnie and instead focussed on scanning the surrounding area, not wanting to get attacked again. The drones were apparently being controlled and not just an automatic defence so whoever activated them could be planning something else.