Jesamin feels the heat on the back of her neck and energy crackles in the cramped vehicle as Taliat and Tabash fire out the driver’s side window from the rear. Tabash’s shot misses widely but the burst from Taliat’s heat ray rifle strikes Lénzur’s Shén.
As Cookie, crouched in the floorboards, screws with the van’s wiring, Jesamin makes the hard right onto the narrow Martian street. The maneuver opens up a clear shot for Sun, in the back of the van. His antique disrupter rifle hums loudly and a bluish white pulse of energy impacts the target.
Staggering from the raygun fire, the Shen in the street manages to get off a shot with his wavium pistol. The sabot packed with depleted wavium pellets explodes against the side of the vehicle. Jesamin is momentarily blinded by the flash and suffers a serious burn on her left arm and neck. Her skin suit quickly seals over the injury.
Cookie touches the black wire to the green wire and the old hover craft lurches into the thin red air, leveling out about 20 feet over the low Martian rooftops of Akupánthur’s Old Quarter; from this vantage, two more Shén in red and gold are seen emerging from the Lodge. Their leader squeezes off another pistol shot and the round explodes harmlessly behind the flying van.
The domes and spires of star-port and tall ships on their launch pads are visible to the west. The Old Quarter stretches toward the city walls in the north and east and the palace of the local warlord rises in the south amidst the villas of Akupánthur’s elites.
[Jesamin took 4 hit points damage from the wavium pistol burst]