Try though he might, Tol'Beor'Torey was trapped. 'between anvil and hammer' the thought ran circles through his mind, interupted only by the echoing thuds of oncoming footsteps.
He had slipped, lost his footing when a pipe gave way underneath him, and now he was stuck, half wedged between a metal box, a wall, and a deep vertical shaft.
It wouldn't have been so terrible really, save for the comotion his fall made, and the approaching bootfalls that answered it, and Tol held few hopes that the surviving crew were responsible.
The steps approached. Climb the box? No, nothing to grip, it didn't feel like it would support him, and he wouldn't dishonour himself by damaging a magical machinae.
Dark voices called out. The wall? No, he couldn't turn to face it.
Hands fumbled for an opening. Fight? He couldn't reach his sword, let alone swing it.
As the wall cover tore away, Tol caught a glimpse of dark soldiers with lightguns raised as he let go, falling through the dark with flashes of sickly green as lightguns slashed down after him.
He bounced, tumbling off wall as his arms scrambled to find purchase, to slow his decent. He succeeded somewhat, then with a crash his fall came to an end, he impacted a vent grate, tearing through it, shattering bone and shredding muscle. He hit the ground, his vision blurring as he saw the group of shattered giants, and the dark warriors surrounding a small band of surviving skymen. Battered, and broken, the warrior bled out on the floor.
I had this prepared so I could drop in. Just made it fatal so I could use it.
It is a shame. Guess I'll just have to focus on my tenkyichi ironman budokai abridgathon now :S
Hope to try again some day.