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Nature Abhors a Vacuum

“Thing is,” Clavis explained, his voice too calm. “Thing is... without anyone around
to cull 'em, there's no telling how big they could grow.” The implications of this
statement slowly sunk in to Aiden's mind, and the picture it formed was not something he
wanted to see emerging from the tunnel.
“Get your gear, everyone,” he instructed tersely. “We're not waiting around to see-”
He was interrupted by another tremor, this one even more intense than before, and this
time it was accompanied by a loud screeching noise. Aiden's heart almost leapt out of his
chest as his natural instincts to run kicked in. The tremor did not stop, and instead
continued to build in intensity.
“Run!” Aiden shouted, not waiting to see if anyone was listening to him. He bolted
back over towards their excavation site, still being lit by Nellise's staff, and several
flaming torches on the ground that shook from the force of the tremor. The young cleric
was on her feet, using her staff to help her move across the unsteady ground towards
Aiden.
Colt had managed to get his equipment together, just as the rock behind him
exploded outwards, showering him in gravel and dirt. The spray obscured Nellise and
most of the torches, but there was enough light around to see that something... big had
emerged.
“They go after loud noises!” Clavis roared over the immense sound of the rocks
tumbling around them. From behind, the loud screeching sound grew louder, and the
torch Pacian had dropped when he took flight with the rest of them illuminated a huge
creature, easily filling out the tunnel it was crawling through. At that moment Aiden‟s
heightened senses detected a shiny, dense outer shell and two beady little eyes, glowing
yellow in the torchlight.
He was still half running, half stumbling across the rock-strewn floor towards
Nellise, who was backing away from the Borer that had emerged almost right next to her.
She was clearly stunned by what she was seeing, and was not reacting fast enough. One
of the Borer's great paws, tipped with huge razor-sharp claws, lashed out and struck her
in the chest, sending her tumbling backwards with the tremendous force. Colt was closer
to her than Aiden, but was still recovering from being pummelled with rocks and wasn't
ready to strike.
Aiden drew his sword and spoke the command word to activate his magical glove,
bringing the shimmering force field into existence. He continued moving as fast as he
could towards Nellise, to see if her armour had protected her from the crushing blow. Her
staff was still glowing, making it easy to locate her in the dusty mess they were mired in,
though getting there through the shadowy half- light without tripping was challenging.
Nellise was starting to pick herself up as Aiden reached her, a sizeable dent clearly
visible on the lower part of her breastplate.
“I'm fine,” she coughed in the dusty conditions as the young adventurer helped her
back to her feet. He didn't get a chance to say anything to her, for a second giant Borer
followed the first one, screeching in unison, and started shambling their way with
alarming speed towards the light sources – Nellise and Sayana.
Aiden was no tactical genius, but it was obvious they wouldn't stand a chance against
these things unless they worked together. Colt had already started backing away from one
of the Borer's, moving to cover Nellise, so it seemed expedient to bring everyone over to
him.
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