E4S2 - West of Kailua Kona - Angelfish, Ty'daal.   Posted by DainXB - GM.Group: 0
DainXB - GM
 GM, 636 posts
Sat 8 Mar 2014
at 02:52
E4S2 - West of Kailua Kona - Angelfish, Ty'daal
Ty'daal:
It will take a while before the effluvia from the shut-down Amphora platform washes past your crashed ship. Seeking clear water (and perhaps a tuna or mahi-mani to sate your hunger), you swam west.

It is good to be alone in the sea, hunting. The natives of this world and their impenetrably-complex culture can be forgotten, for a time, and your thoughts can focus on straightforward things; current, hunger, and the habits of fish.

Spotting a long strand of floating seaweed you follow it's line west, knowing that fish gather to eat the dangling fronds. From below, the sound of dolphins squeaking at one another carries up to you. A good sign; dolphins often cooperatively "herd" prey-fish. Their teamwork helps them compete with fiercer sharks for the same food.

Angelfish:
When you got back to the lab, Ishida-san was starting to get frantic. He was sure you were going to wind up either in custody, or on the run having escaped from Coast Guard or police custody. His relentless pacing had left a trail of fine ashes from one side of lab to the other. "We should get out of here for a while; make ourselves scarce." He said over dinner. "I've been focusing too much on my own work, taking up too much of your time. We should get back to your research..." He suggested an overnight trip in the Kiyomi Maru, to drop sonobuoys and record the sounds of dolphin pods for your cetacean language studies.

The big island is large on the horizon as the moon comes up, the peak of Mauna Loa sihouetted against the sky. You and Ishida-san are on the after-deck, enjoying the night air. The soft "plop" of sonobuoys dropping into the water as you drift is the only sound.
Ty'daal
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Sat 8 Mar 2014
at 03:21
Re: E4S2 - West of Kailua Kona - Angelfish, Ty'daal
Ty'daal swims downwards seeking out the dolphins. He had seen them a few times and, based on their intelligence and general good nature, he had developed a better opinion of them than most surface dwellers. Spotting them he drew closer, then moved to swim parallel, careful not to scare away their prey or present himself as a threat.

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DainXB - GM
 GM, 643 posts
Sun 9 Mar 2014
at 00:15
Re: E4S2 - West of Kailua Kona - Angelfish, Ty'daal
Ty'daal:
The dolphins of this pod are swimming in a broad horizontal spiral, gathering a school of small fish into the center of the vortex they create. As the density of fish in the center gets high enough, individual dolphins begin to cut across the center of the spiral, snapping up fish. They notice your presence, but since you're not interfering with their meal, they don't pay you much attention.

Suddenly, the high-frequency squeaks and squawks the dolphins make become much louder, and you realize that there are other things moving in the water. Tiger sharks! Not just a solitary hunter, but at least a dozen large sharks--all heading full speed toward the dolphin pod!

One of the dolphins, a shade darker blue-gray than the rest, squeaks a long ultrasonic note and jets out in front of the pod, charging the oncoming sharks! He slams nose-first into the lead tiger shark, hard enough to rupture organs; but another shark opens wide jaws and tries to bite the dolphin's dorsal fin with serrated rows of teeth!

Angelfish:
The sea is calm, the moonlight is lovely... but whatever romantic moment was about to happen is interrupted by a squeal from the sonobuoy speakers; an ultrasonic "shout" of Delphinese stepped-down by Ishida's equipment into the range of human hearing!