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A cavern with a mysterious energy field towards the southern wall. What is that?
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Oor Cavern

A cavern with a mysterious energy field towards the southern wall. What is that?

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Oor Cavern is a part of Nyrman Pass.

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Masaharu Hama [13] Commanding general of the 1st Imperial Taiyou Army's Home Force
Oleg the Seer [4] Oleg of Kiev is the successor of Prince Rurik and next prince in line to the Oor Rus throne.
Prince Rurik [4] Rurik the Varangian founder of the Oor Rus Vikings.

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Zirkonia has arrived, coming from Nyrman Pass.
Zirkonia vanishes into nothingness, but you get the feeling they are heading somewhere else.

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Masaharu Hama came down through the elevator shaft that led up to the Ten-Shi Zaibatsu mining compound. He only briefly walked towards the Iron door that separated his world, from that of the cavern. He had been personally tasked by Generals Mikawa, and Kuribayashi to lead the invasion of this new world. A grin briefly crossed his lips as he surveyed the darkness in front of him.

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Roughly a dozen Taiyou soldiers had assembled on the Niihama side of the gate, they were all conscripts, wielding their Arisaka type 99 rifles, along with their specially made Tanegashima Type 01 rifles. The mission briefing was fairly clear concerning what lay on the other side. High technology wouldn't work, so simplicity was key in this particular situation.

Sergeant Hakage watched with anticipation as the men readied the earthworks, tossing sandbags down onto the muddy ground below them, his eyes moved briefly over to Hama, whom had moved over towards a large table, and was going over a map.

Hakage moved towards a formation of six conscripts, they were carrying a large metal cylinder of Phosgene gas. Gingerly, they moved the gas over towards a wheeled cart, and lowered it carefully into the cart.

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Six more Taiyou soldiers came down, one of them was holding a pressurized gasoline lantern, which exuded a brilliant white light, illuminating the darkness beyond.

It was an air of tension, but the order would inevitably be made to cross the threshold. Hama gave a subtle nod, and keys were inserted into tumblers. The Iron gate swung open with a loud screech.

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Now that the gate was open, General Hama made his way over towards Lieutenant General Yoshio Kozuki, whom was charged with assisting General Hama in planning the invasion of Iskjerne.

A large map was splayed out over a table, illuminated by bright fluorescent lights that flickered, and buzzed incessantly.

"Much of our technology will not work on the other side." Kozuki commented. "We'll be severely limited in how we can handle this approach."

"I've gone over the initial plan with our staff, and we've come to agreement." Kozuki said as he moved his fingers across the map. "We'll take the caverns, and the surrounding area. There we can establish a forward base of operations. These escarpments here, in the Weargtooth mountains would be an excellent place to set up artillery."

"I've taken the liberty of sending in forward reconnaissance elements through the gate ahead of our invasion." Kozuki said, straightening his back.

Hama quietly thumbed his chin in thought, as he considered the map in front of him.

"Conscripts could take these hills here, and here... they can dig in quickly." He commented, his finger sliding across the map. "We can move fifth, and sixth recon into these positions to scout the settlement, and provide firing solutions for artillery."

Hama paused in thought for just a moment. "We'll be using classical tactics, sheer overwhelming numbers, bayonet tactics, and volley fire."

"Command has redeployed the thirty first infantry conscript garrison, five hundred thousand conscripts are being moved here for the initial attack. Second, and third Infantry, and sixth Niihama Mechanized will follow, along with the thirtieth Archer Maiden corps.

"We'll bring everything we have, but we'll be prepared for none of it to work." Kozuki added, moving to let his hand rest on the belt of his officer uniform.

Hama furrowed his brow, and then cast his gaze over towards Kozuki. "Send them with Type 99s, and Type 64s. It'll be a blessing if the 64s work, but if it really boils down to it, they'll fight with bayonets, and use the rifles like clubs."

The ground quaked slightly, the sound of a Yunboro filled the chasm in the distance, it's engines churning to life.

"We need to seize the settlement, and force their defeat before the Navy arrives. If we fail, the Navy will blow everything to hell, anyway." Hama added.

Hoargraskr materializes from the void.

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They would find the ground increasingly hard to cut through. It was a harder road in the frozen mountains sucked dry of life. The caves weren't quite as large as the aliens had initially thought.

As it so happened a strange chill came about the place. It wasn't cold, though it did send a shimmer of glory down their spines. There was a whisper in the aether of the cavern, whirling about in the shadows, breathing unto their hearts glory; despite the task ahead.Invisible to the naked eye it swam.

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General Hama felt a shiver down his spine, it was an odd sensation. He stopped for a moment to look up from the map, only to see Kozuki offer a shrug.

He was about to go back to the map when he caught the sight of a young woman off to the side, the sound of her feet on the muddy ground not lost on him.

"Yuriko?" Hama said, looking up and to the woman as she walked past him.

"I'm going to save Seno." She said, as psionic energy welled up around her, causing the ground to shudder.

She slowly began to levitate, and move towards the Iron gate, stopping just short of the threshold.

"We're supposed to wait until we get a report from our agents on the other side!" Hama called out, but it was no use, Yuriko was going to do her own thing.

She slipped through the gate, fists clenched, and faded into the darkness on the other side.

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As Yuriko entered Gaia's fields a presence made itself glaringly obvious. While the white serpent was invisible to the naked eye there was very clearly something large and powerful present. Faint winds echoed around Oor cavern despite there being nowhere for it to come from. The breeze playfully kicked up dust before Yuriko.

From down Nyrman pass Hoargraskr psionically called out to Yuriko, beckoning her to follow the energy. There was something irresistible about the call of Hoargraskr. Being the titan of spirit Hoargraskr was always better than the others at touching the hearts of the Children of Gaia- the mortals who walked her realm.

Yuriko 'Omega' Matsui materializes from the void.
Hoargraskr has left the area, heading north into Nyrman Pass.
Yuriko 'Omega' Matsui has left the area, heading north into Nyrman Pass.

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Some time Later...

In the time since the first incident with the Iskjerne Vikings, the orders finally came down to reinforce the breach point with the gate that lead into Gaia. One thousand and three hundred Taiyou soldiers were working to pour concrete, reinforce the cavern walls, and install a thick, reinforced carbon nanosteel door in place of the iron gate.

In the days that followed, Taiyou construction personnel, and the handy Yunboros worked to install the door, sparks flew, and the sound of arc welders filled the cavern, as General Hama quietly oversaw the construction.

"We need to make sure to install failsafes here, and here." The General instructed, as he placed his hand on the map of the cavern. "We have a two tier design, we'll build a concrete redoubt in the middle chamber of the cavern, so if the initial doorway is breached from the other end, the failsafe will go off, and flood the chamber with nerve agents." Hama said, gesturing to the designs, while glancing over to a group of Taiyou Engineers who were pouring reinforced concrete on the far side of the chamber, while another group were installing duct-work for the gas.

Hama brought his gaze to the reinforced door, there was an audible, metallic thud as iron slugs engaged locks, and the door sealed shut, a handful of welds being applied, the lead engineer returning to the General.

"The door has been installed, sir!"

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Character Portrait: Iskjerne Vikings Character Portrait: Ubbe Ragnarsson Character Portrait: Hoargraskr Character Portrait: Halfdan Ragnarsson Character Portrait: Iskjerne Ulfhednar Character Portrait: Masaharu Hama Character Portrait: Oleg the Seer Character Portrait: Prince Rurik
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Halfdan Ragnarsson, better known as Hvitserk, the son of Aslaug the Seeress, being also the brother of Ivar the Boneless and half-brother of Bjorn Ironside and Ubbe Ragnarsson, entered the Rikkisopi Caves after aiding his brothers, and helping King Harald Fairhair to extinguish the Norman Ellarian heretics from Iskjerne Bay, reclaiming the northern territory beyond the mountains and restoring it to the natives. Hvitserk never really had a relationship with his father, but he wanted to make his brothers proud by walking in their footsteps. He led a small group of 100 warriors into the cave tunnels, when all of a sudden he began experiencing visions or hallucinations. Being the product of incest and the son of a powerful seeress, Hvitserk had inherited certain distinct qualities which messed with his mind and sometimes drove him nuts. He began to see visions of the future, as though through intuition, and peered forward in time to the events leading to his own death. Retaliating against the Taiyou emperor Shimizu Takayama by invading Niihama sounded like total suicide, and Hvitserk envisioned many other atrocities and bright daylight mares and horrors, witnessing glimpses of mass murder and bloodshed right before his very eyes.

Hvitserk stumbled and leaned against the nearest cave wall, pressing his forehead against the hard cold stoney surface while cringing. Just then, his brother Ubbe Ragnarsson walked up behind him from out of the barely lit fork in the narrow black caverns and labyrinth of winding tunnels. Ubbe had ordered his leidang to retrieve the weapons of the fallen praetorians and bring them along, so that Ubbe was now dressed in the Argosian Praetorian uniform and armor that he had taken from the elite soldiers his Vikings had killed in Iskjerne Bay, with a specialized sword and shield which could withstand the force of a 50-cal sniper rifle. Ubbe placed his hand on Hvitserk's shoulder to comfort him, having no idea that Hvitserk had just experienced a series of premonitions and terrifying visions. Hvitserk nodded when Ubbe asked if he was okay, and followed Ubbe deeper into the narrow passages and into the first open cavern when Ubbe took the lead. Ubbe had an additional group of about 50 warriors with him, seven of which were also now dressed like Argosians, wearing praetorian armor, while Ubbe himself wore the uniform of the Decanus whom he had decapitated.

"Wait," his younger brother said as his visions became more clear. Hvitserk could see through his mind's eye what dangers lie ahead, waiting for them around the corner. "What is it Hvitserk?" Ubbe asked. Hvitserk paused for a moment, placing his hand on the cave wall. He could sense that something about the Oor Cavern had changed. Something was eerily different about the gateway to the other side. "We can't just walk in there like this. If we do, we will all die. Something's different about this place my brother. Very different. It's not like before," Hvitserk said, urging him to re-think his strategy. Ubbe stopped to consider his brother's warning, nodding quietly as he turned around to gaze at the army of 150 vikingr warriors who had followed them into the caves. Ubbe Ragnarsson was planning on just storming the gateway like the Iskjerne Vikings had done in the past. He had brought a larger force with him this time, his only regret being that he didn't have more warriors to spare. He would have brought even more if he could, but the Vikings no longer had strength in numbers and would have to be much more tactful now if they were going to stand a chance against their enemies. Ubbe started to formulate a plan.

He ordered the eight Vikings in Praetorian armor to step forward and asked if any of them knew how to speak the language of the foreigners. A few of the older Varangians had been privy enough to travel abroad in times past and had picked up a little bit of Latin on their adventures, but not very much. Takao had taught Sigurd Hring how to read and write in Taiyou, but that was generations ago and there were few Vikings in their time who could recall the old ways. Of all the 150 people in his army, only one of them spoke enough broken Latin and Taiyou to carry any meaningful conversation, a Rus viking named Rulav who could easily pass as one of the Argosians with his clean shaven face, auburn hair color and pale blue eyes. "Trade me your armor," Ubbe said, exchanging the Decanus' uniform with Rulav, and putting on the armor of one of the other lesser ranked praetorians. Ubbe then told some of the other Vikings to remove their shirts and armor and hand over their weapons. Using a long chain with shackles on it, Ubbe linked them all together as one, and told them to look as filthy and weary as possible as they began covering their bodies in ash and soot. Some of the mock prisoners even cut themselves intentionally, on their arms and chests, and above their eyebrows, doing their best to look as though they had been beaten and demoralized.

It was a ballsy move, but Ubbe and his Vikings were about to try a very old and simple tactic. It was a sort of Trojan Horse tactic. They were going to walk right into Oor Cavern, and pretend to be captured with hopes that the Taiyou would fall for it and let them pass right through without a fight. Rulav, Ubbe, Hvitserk and five other Vikings in Argosian Praetorian armor would escort a chain gang of 20 other Vikings dressed as captives, while the other 122 vikings stayed back in the darkness of Nyrman Pass and waited for the signal to advance. It was a shot in the dark and a very sensitive, extremely risky operation that required full community and cooperation among all of them as a whole. It was also going to require a lot of luck, even on top of all of their coercion and planning. One slip up, and every single one of them was sure to die before they ever reached the surface. Ubbe took the swords and axes handed over by the Vikings and wrapped them up in a wool blanket, handing it over to one of the servants. He left the shackles and cufflinks loose enough around their wrists and ankles to allow some freedom of mobility, so that the strongest ones among them could still break free if they had to. But without their weapons and armor, the large metal chain would be the only thing the Vikings had for which to defend themselves, and they would have to work together as one unit in order to use it effectively.

Ubbe Ragnarsson went over the plans with his army again, making sure that everyone involved knew exactly what they were supposed to do. Rulav went over some of the basic gestures and terminology that he felt the Argosians might use to communicate with their allies, but warned all of them never to make eye contact or to speak unless spoken to. "I'll be their leader, so you let me do all the talking. You just nod your heads and obey. If I give you an order, just raise your fists to your heart like so, and bow your head. Don't say anything. We only got one shot at this, so don't screw it up. Let's get in there and make our ancestors proud of us, alright?" Rulav looked over to Ubbe and nodded. Ubbe looked at Halfdan and Rulav before nodding back. "Alright, let's do this." Rulav said before going to the front of the line. With that, he looked over to the flag bearer who was holding the Argosian banner and gave him the signal. The flag bearer raised the horn trumpet and blew into it, loud enough so that the Taiyou could hear their approach coming from around the corner. The sound echoed throughout the cave system, and suddenly the high-security motion sensored cameras picked up on their movements as the Vikings began marching into Oor Cavern, approaching the bomb-sheltor or vault-styled Taiyou Gate which had been completely sealed off and reinforced to prevent anyone from getting through the portal.

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Inside the cavern where the portal itself resided, the massive gear shaped door stood imposing, just immediately on the other side of the portal itself which was imperceptible, appearing only as a small doorway into a second, larger cavern where a concrete wall, and massive gear shaped blast door resided. This was all constructed on the Taiyou side of the portal, since the proximity interfered with Technology. The door itself was fourteen feet, and ten inches across, shaped like a massive gear inset into smooth reinforced concrete wall. There was a single light that illuminated the door, and cast a soft orange glow inside the cavern itself.

Ubbe, Rulav, and his group of warriors would happen across this large door, which stood imposing inside the cavern, bearing some unusual symbols on the door facing. There was a silence coming from it, aside from the buzz of the high pressure sodium light bulb, there was an oppressive silence, with every wall of the cavern lined with reinforced concrete, or massive stone boulders.

Inside the facility, the sounds did not go unnoticed, as dozens of Technicians poured over the video feeds, seeing them round the corner. One of them tapped his monitor, and leaned forward, before he called his sergeant over.

"Karera wa modotte kimashita!" He called out, waving the older man over, whom which quickly focused his attention on the monitor, hunching over the young technician.

General Hama stood behind a large bullet proof glass window overlooking the main reception hall, while dozens of Taiyou soldiers filed in behind concrete redoubts, where 12.7mm HMGs were positioned, and focused on the door, each of them racked their weapons, checked, and lubricated them with a spritz of CLP, before focusing on the large gear shaped door in front of them.

General Hama quietly lit a cigar, focusing his attention on the door. So the Praetorians had returned. He rolled the thick cigar in his mouth, savoring the taste of it, while focusing on the vault door before them. A dozen men kept their weapons pointed forward, as a loud buzzer klaxxoned, yellow lights flashed all through the room, and the men narrowed their eyes.

Back in the Command room, a lieutenant approached General Hama, and offered him a brisk salute.

"Karera wa modotte kite, shūjin ga imasu."

Hama offered a nod, they could interrogate the prisoners, and learn about the other side. This would provide a unique opportunity. Hama nodded, and looked out as the alarms continued to blare.

Metal on metal screeched throughout both caverns, the audible clunk of locks disengaging, latches retracting, and the mechanical clicks of disarming countermeasures echoed throughout both chambers, while sweat accumulated on the brows of each heavily dug in soldier, who was instructed to open fire the moment something was amiss.



With the grating of metal on metal, the gear shaped door retracted, and then moved off to the side with a series of audible clunks, echoing, and reverberating through the interior of the caverns before the door rested to the side with a massive clunk, exposing the Taiyou within, who stood with their weapons ready, while General Hama waited, and watched closely.

A small platform extended across the doorway, while a Taiyou soldier tightened his grip on his Sumitomo HMG. Each one was clad head to toe in thick clothing, armor, and a gas mask so that not even an inch of skin was exposed, and they kept their weapons, mostly Seburop C30 Assault rifles, chambered in the 5.56x45mm Caliber, utilizing High Velocity ammunition, which hit like a train, and was an excellent all around close combat munition.



Quietly they waited, to see what the "Argosians" were going to do next, they had all heard from the scout ship about the fires, so perhaps the Argosian soldiers had emerged victorious, and taken prisoners? Only the next few moments would tell.

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As the gear-shaped door opened, the eight Iskjerne Vikings disguised in Argosian Praetorian armor marched up to the opening gateway and stepped on to the extending platform. Four of the officers stood in front, while the other four praetorians stood at the rear behind their gang of twenty shirtless captives, who were all bound to a single chain. The flag bearer stood at the front of the line behind the decanus as he shouted the command to halt.

"Subsisto!" Rulav shouted as they entered the ramp and came to a sudden stop on top of the platform.

As the Vikings boarded the platform, they waited patiently for it to move again as it brought them deeper into the Taiyou chamber where dozens of heavy machine guns were focused in on their direction. This was a crucial moment, as it left the Vikings completely exposed and helpless, bunched together on top of the narrow platform with nowhere to go. But they kept their resolve quietly and stayed in character, waiting patiently for the platform to carry their small group over to the other side where it docked again before letting them off.

Once the platform came to a stop and the small metal guard rail opened, Rulav pushed the small gate aside with one hand and motioned with his other hand for the troops to follow as he stepped off the ramp and continued marching. The praetorians made sure that everyone got off of the platform as the last officer at the very end proceeded to close the guard rail before stepping back into formation. Rulav ordered them all to turn left face and then marched them up to the next set of doors where he ordered them to halt.

Everyone did exactly as they were told without saying anything, or even diverting their focus on the scenery around them. Most of it was technology that they wouldn't have understood anyway, and Rulav had warned all of them not to let their eyes wander around too much as they entered the Taiyou chamber. This they did, and as Rulav's contubernia came to a sudden stop in the middle of the welcoming committee, he swallowed deeply and waited for somebody to approach him or start barking commands, not entirely sure what if anything they were supposed to do next.

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as the Viking party made it's way deeper into the chamber, eyes continued to stare at them intensely, as dozens of fully armed, and armored Taiyou soldiers watched from behind the sights of their weapons. They murmured among themselves briefly before a sergeant silenced them, and they quietly allowed the group to pass over the platform. After a few moments there was a deafening buzz, an alarm began to sound, a shrill buzzing tone. Behind the Viking party, a massive apparatus moved forward towards the door, and latched into it, with a series of shrill screeches, and mechanical clunks, the massive gear shaped door was rolled back into position behind them, and then slid into it's final position with an audible metallic clang, followed by a slight hissing sound. The doorway had been closed behind them, sealed shut once more.

Immediately to their left, a yunboro with a 20mm autocannon swiveled to the right, and slowly trundled off in the opposite direction, as a massive steel door began to retract into the ceiling with an audible buzzing sound, a second steel door immediately behind it also slid open, a pair of Taiyou soldiers stepping through the threshold, grasping their Seburo C30 Assault rifles closely, but there was a man who was different from the others, where the soldiers wore combat gear, and clenched their weapons closely, this man was different, middle aged, but clean cut, with neatly cropped hair, and a neatly trimmed moustache. His hands were clasped behind his back as he stepped into the room, and he stared at Rulav, the one dressed as the Decanus coldly.

"Anata wa okurete imasu." He said, his words carefully chosen, and accusatory almost.

"Watashi no fune wa machi de nani ga okotta no ka o hōkoku shimashita, watashi wa kanzen'na hōkoku o shitaidesu, anata no regato~usu wa shinryaku no tame ni guntai o atsumeru tame ni Arugosu ni mukete settei shimashita."

He swiftly turned on his heel, and continued to speak, almost expecting them to understanding him, afterall, Taiyou was second nature to Argosians.

"Watashi wa anata o Arugosu ni tsureteiku junbi ga dekite iru paddo no ue ni fune o motte imasu."

Slowly he led them through large concrete cooridors, where there were more soldiers, armed to the teeth, along with thick steel doors, that opened only when one of the nearby soldiers swiped a keycard.

Ultimately, the man in green led the Vikings to a large blast door that opened up to reveal a large cargo elevator, flanked on either side by Taiyou soldiers. Slowly, the man in green stepped onto the platform.

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The plan of the Iskjerne Vikings seemed to be working as the Taiyou welcoming party fell for their disguise. But as Rulav the Rus and his comrades in Argosian uniform led their mock captives into the Oor Cavern chamber, suddenly the portal gate closed and sealed behind them, cutting Ubbe and Hvitserk off from their 122 reinforcements on the other side. In just seconds, Ubbe Ragnarsson had lost 2/3rds of his army. He contemplated silently as the 8 Vikings disguised as Praetorians continued to march in disguise, unsure of the dangers which lie before them in Niihama's underground tunnels. Ubbe was planning a full-on assault against the Taiyou soldiers in front of him. But now he was outnumbered and outgunned, as 2/3rds of his remaining forces were virtually unarmed. Victory in the Oor Cavern was beginning to look dim, and although none of the Vikings broke their disguise, they knew that their plan had been foiled.

The next few minutes seemed like an eternity as 36 or more Taiyou soldiers armed with heavy machine guns and standard issued Seburo C30 assault rifles kept their weapons drawn and pointed at the small assembly. They seemed more focused on the chain gang of shirtless Viking prisoners than on the eight Praetorian soldiers who were bringing them in. Rulav, Rurik, Ubbe and Hvitserk stood at the front of the line, as four more Vikings in Argosian attire stood at the rear, walking in behind the gang of prisoners with nanosteel spears pointed at their backs, pretending to poke at them from behind. Ubbe glanced at the yunboro and its 20mm autocannon as it turned and pointed at him before slowly trailing off and swiveling away from him, apparently fooled by his disguise. It was a close call, but Ubbe kept his composure and pressed forward, looking at the middle aged man in the green uniform. He nudged Rulav quietly without breaking formation. Rulav kept his head straight and his eyes gazing forward, yelling at his contubernia to halt.

Rulav brought his right fist up to the central left side of his chest and bowed his head to the man in front of him, peering at him from behind the visor of his helmet. "Anata wa okurete imasu," the man said with a cold tone, his hands folded behind his back. Rulav hadn't the faintest idea what the man was saying, but he gathered by the man's tone and body language that he was being scrutinized for taking so long. Of course, the real reason for the Praetorian's tardiness was because they were all dead. The real Argosians had never reported back, their frozen corpses still decorating the fields of Iskjerne Bay as the real Decanus lay headless in the snow. Rulav's disguise appeared to be working as the middle aged man with the mustache spoke to him directly, mistaking him for the actual leader of their party.

"Watashi no fune wa machi de nani ga okotta no ka o hōkoku shimashita, watashi wa kanzen'na hōkoku o shitaidesu, anata no regato~usu wa shinryaku no tame ni guntai o atsumeru tame ni Arugosu ni mukete settei shimashita." the man said quickly, turning on his heel as he spoke. Rulav swallowed quietly. Not one word the man spoke was familiar to him, or any of the Vikings in Argosian uniform as they stood at attention, pretending to understand. To Ubbe and his crew, it all sounded like senseless jibberish, but the man just kept talking as if expecting them all to understand him. They were all dressed as Argosians after all.

"Watashi wa anata o Arugosu ni tsureteiku junbi ga dekite iru paddo no ue ni fune o motte imasu." the man continued. At that moment, Ubbe and his men gripped their bulletproof shields tightly, maintaining their positions. Rurik slowly reached down to grasp the hilt of the gladius he had sheathed behind his shield. It seemed that the Vikings had gotten themselves into a heap of trouble, and the lack of understanding was beginning to make them tense. But just as it seemed they were about to fight, Rulav spoke, answering the man in what little Taiyou he could understand.

"Hai," Rulav said, nodding his head.

The middle aged man then turned to lead them through the large concrete corridors. Rulav glanced to Ubbe and Hvitserk for a brief second before leading his contubernia forward. It was clear from their expressions that the Vikings were nervous, but that was to be expected. They had showed up rather late to check-in, but fortunately the battle at Iskjerne Bay had provided them with a fairly decent excuse, and the 20 prisoners they had brought with them had made up for their lack of responsibility. For now. Rulav and his praetorians marched diligently into the corridors, where more Taiyou soldiers were waiting with guns. They watched as one of the soldiers used a keycard to open a steel door, then followed as the man with the mustache led them into the next hall.

Ubbe and Hvitserk took a mental note of everything they observed and witnessed as they continued down the hallway, following General Hama to the large cargo elevator. There they encountered even more Taiyou soldiers and armed guards as General Hama opened the shaft and stepped on to the platform. They were getting closer now to the surface, but it was already too late to go back. In just a few minutes, King Harald Fairhair was about to pull the remaining Vikings out of the caves and blow up the entire cave entrance. Ubbe and his men knew at that very moment that there was no going home. At least not back the same way that they had came. They were committed now, and would have to make due with what little support they had as Rulav stepped in behind General Hama, leading his guerilla warriors on to the platform as they stepped inside the elevator shaft.

But just when it seemed that the Vikings couldn't get more screwed, something else happened. The elevator platform wasn't big enough for all of them to enter at one time. To their dismay, the Vikings, already severely divided, were about to become even more divided as Rulav had no choice but to divide their forces in half. They were going to have to make two trips to the surface. Half of them were going to have to wait below with the Taiyou guards while the other half accompanied General Hama to the helipad. With a few, very quickly spoken commands, Rulav ordered half of the praetorians and Viking prisoners to stay behind and wait for the next elevator. Hvitserk grabbed the skeleton key from his belt and started unlocking the chains as Ubbe and Rurik forcefully began grabbing some of the prisoners by their arms and pushing them on to the platform, occasionally spitting on them or hurling insults, threatening to kill them if they didn't comply. Rulav, Rurik, Ubbe and Hvitserk then accompanied General Hama along with 10 of their prisoners, while the remaining four Praetorians guarded the other 10 prisoners down below, where they remained always under the watchful eye of the Taiyou armed soldiers while waiting for the next elevator ride up to the surface.