Dala just continued following Rinia in silence.
"What is with you?" Candace asked Dala.
Reinhardt would see Dalahar in his true gruesome form. Armour rent open and spiked protrusions erupting from his expanded body. Arms formed into viscous claws and legs bent into raptor like forms.. His helmet was a snarling face that moved if alive and the eyes burned like coals. The speed and ferocity that he fought with wqs hard for Cast Away to deal with who had resorted to evasion as a single swipe from the daemon could bisect him.
"Well, you are ignorant, do not listen to warnings, and I don't even know what purpose catching a beast should be. And I can't be of much help.
So ... everything's fine, go ahead."
Rinia approached a pair of the helmeted figures and began talking to them, while Dala and Candace had their discussion in the background. After a short talk, one of the figures walked into a small building, and then returned with a net. Rinia carried it back over to Candace, then tossed the heavy rope net into her arms.
"...I admire your commitment, concern and drive, but it's misplaced. I can handle this." Candace said, heaving the heavy rope.
"Dalahar, what happened to you?!" Reinhardt said loudly, trying to shout the man back to his senses, not even bothering with attacking Cast Away any more as the space marine had that covered.
"Well then ..." Dala said, "Time to search for tracks or something like that."
As Sarah walked towards the combat, she saw Dalahar, and immediately stopped, only watching, ready to jump and fly any second.
Candace began tracking as well as they left the town.
With a sickening crunch Dalahars clawed limb grips and tears Cast Aways left arm off, synthetic blood dripping from the limb as well a flurecent blue liquid. Cast away is able to back away fully now, as Dalahar roars in triumph. A second later the arm detonates in a flash of light that releases a concussive blast throwing Dalahar to the floor as Cast Away makes its escape
Near Candace and whoever else was with her, a cloud of smoke suddenly burst out. It quickly dissipated, revealing a short person- or what appeared to be a person- wearing dark grey robes, a green plague mask, and carrying a scepter with a crow's head design on the handle.
"BOOM! Hee hee hee, now I... " he said, stopping as he looked around. "Hmph. This isn't the Exploditorium.. That fool Percy must have messed with my potions!" The strange man paced back and forth as he spoke, then looked up to Candace as if just noticing her.
Candace looked to the strange, short man, waving her hand in front of her face to clear away trace smoke, not really sure what to say but surprise and confusion clear on her face.
"Oh. Err... Hello." He said awkwardly, then started reaching in the pockets inside his robe. "Hee hee, just a moment."
"Um... A moment for what?" Candace looked and sounded bewildered.
He didn't respond directly, instead rummaging more and more frantically through his belongings, the clinking of glass heard as he does so. "Hee hee hee, oh, nothing, just to get out of your way. I know I have another transportation brew in here somewhere..."
"A what brew?" Candace asked, still a bit flat footed.
Rinia looked over at the short figure, the eyes of her mask glowing blue as she attempted to scan the creature.
Zev rushed after Cast Away, hurling her cane at the back of its legs as she went in an attempt to trip it.
"Oh, what kind of idiot can't put together what it means by the name..?" he shook his head and sighed. "Hee hee hee... It's a potion to bring me back to my lab... I must have left it in my other blast robe, so it looks like you're stuck with me! Hee hee hee!"
Rinea would find that underneath all the bird like clothing was an actual bird person, augmented by potions beyond his natural strength.
"What did you just call me?" Candace asked, steel entering her voice.
"Where are your wings?" Rinia asked, as the glow faded.
"I called you an idiot! Hee hee hee!" The alchemist replied, twirling his scepter casually as he looked to Rinia.
"Hee hee- I have these big sleeves for a reason. You're more observant than that decadent dandy, I see!"
"Hrm! You have no tact or politeness at all!" Candace said, getting a bit mad but not acting on it... yet.
"Hee hee- an alchemist doesn't need to be polite! Just to make bigger explosions! BOOM! Hee hee hee!" He casually tossed a green and purple flask and caught it as he spoke. "Hee hee... where is this merry band headed? I have some new bombs that need to be tested!"
"On a hunting trip. Where we are trying to capture something alive." Candace told him bluntly.
"Hee hee, perfect! I have some bombs that are nonlethal. In theory." He twirled his scepter, then set out in the direction that Candace and Rinea were headed when he appeared.
Candace stormed up to him, grabbing him by the right arm and holding him in place. "In theory?"
"Yes, hee hee- do you not know what those words mean? Heh..." His robes flashed a few times, then an explosion suddenly happened below his feet, launching him backwards to safety and probably pushing Candace back. "Maybe I should test them on you! Hee hee hee!"
Candace was thrown back by the explosion, quickly getting back up and checking that her clothes hadn't been damaged.
The explosion hadn't done much damage, as it mostly served to launch the man away. "You can't just grab me or push me around. Hee hee hee..."
Candace quietly sighed in relief, then looked to the man. "This is important. I need you to make sure the beast is still alive. Understand?" It was half request, half threat.
He went silent for a moment, a bit surprised that Candace didn't want to fight. "Hrmph... Fine. But if anything else tries to stop us along the way, then I won't promise anything, hee hee hee..."
"Right." Candace was tempted to fight, but didn't want to jeopardise her chance of regaining favour. "I believe proper introductions are in order. I am Lady Candace Ayers. You?"
"I am Plague Knight! The greatest alchemist the world has ever seen! Hee hee hee.."
"Wait. You are a knight?"
"Heh. Of course I'm a Knight, don't I look like one?" He tapped his scepter on the ground impatiently.
"I didn't realise I was speaking to another of noble birth. My apologies." Candace bowed.