ACTAEON, JULY 22, 2007
Outside the PERIL
The late evening sun painted the sky indescribably hues of red and violet as the team conversed and planned their next move against Ignatieff. The massive gas bladder that usually held the glorious airship aloft swayed gently in the evening gusts, half deflated and ready for its routine maintenance. In the distance, birds sounded their surprise at seeing such a massive kindred spirit stuck earth bound.
But it didn't last long.
From the cabin's side ripped an explosion of hellish fury, fueled by the elegant wood and the fuel propellant that usually pushed the Peril gloriously forward through the air. Men died in an instant, others were struck blind and deaf from the raw power of the explosion.
And from a distant window at Hoppergarten, another bound man watched with tear filled eyes as the flames rose higher into the orange sky.
"This is your fate." the thick Russian accent of his assailant droned out, "As is anyone who sides against true progress."
As the bound Barnabas watched the Peril list from the explosion, he heard a sound he only recognized as a street light being sparked at night.
"Now they know my reach and will be coming. All into my trap. I must thank you for your information, Barnabas, but, as I said, your fate was sealed the moment you took sides with them."
Barnabas could only reply with a shrill scream as his skin literally cooked off his bones and flames reached into his very soul.
Ignatieff did not smile as he literally burned his victim to death. The message had been delivered to the team. He could strike them at any time, and that would cause them to panic and act just as he wished.
The wheels were turning in his plan. The enemies of Russia would meet their end, and those that stood in his own path would be ruthlessly eliminated.
[OOC: Just to allay fears, I don't intend to blow the Peril up, just bring one of the engines out of action, which can either be easily repaired or serve for some drama if you want to include an airship chase later on. This is just a message to get y'all to action. Cheesy ]