"HOW DARE YOU! I NEVER MEANT TO SQUEEZE HER SO HARD!" Cecil screams at Sandellaella as he endures the pecking attack of the seagull swarm. Blood spatters the sandy shore, and with another great roar, Cecil stands to face his executioners.
You tussle with the seasoned insectoid warrior, but in true space combat fashion, you manage to hold your own against him. The ship's Level 1 autopilot routine handles the complex navigational calculations required to teleport the ship safely -- they should complete in about 90 seconds, as long as --
THUD, THUD, CRACK! KZZZZT!
The other Mantis warrior is bashing the cockpit's electrical panels with his bare pincers!
Meanwhile, the mantis warrior currently clashing with your decorative sword manages to wrench it out of your grasp with sheer brute strength! He stumbles backward a step as he does so, however. At the same moment, the cockpit door swooshes open, and Private Pohman rushes in, firing his blaster rapidly at the nearest Mantis! Taken by surprise, the farther mantis staggers sideways and collides with the one that attacked you. Four of their hind limbs get tangled up together, and they collapse to the floor in a writhing heap!
"SORRY CAP'N, THAT PROTOCOL WAS TIED TO THE LEVEL 2 SHIELD SUBSYSTEM!" he exclaims. "BUT I THINK CHIEF O'CRYIN SHOULD HAVE IT WORKING AGAIN IN ABOUT 20 SECONDS!"
WHAT WILL YOU DO?! @Marken (Note: Feel free to jump in as another character, anyone else who reads this in the next 10 minutes or so!)