Posted 08 October 2016 - 04:01 AM
The tasoth in question, the last time it was observed was not a squad leader, it was a soldier. Walked right on into it, so close the trooper could have snogged the thing. Although she chose to zap it with a tazer instead and call in backup while its attention was elsewhere to cut through the wall with sonics and have the two or three backup assisting the cutter with an incendiary shell from one of the squad heavy weapons guys-stroke-explosives expert then slamming it with heavy gauss fire, passing the cannon along to the assistant, and further shooting ensued, managed to take it alive.
There would have been panic messages had the tasoth done so, and I have seen none in this mission.
About being unable to shock something from above, looking down are you positive, magicmushroom?
(nice nick btw...I'm going hunting for those as soon as a painful foot injury preventing me wearing a shoe on that side heals and I'm off crutches, got a lovely spot for a long walk too, that tends to give quite a lot of fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) and large stands of grass parasitized very heavily with ergot (Claviceps species, C.purpurea, I think C.sulcata, either that or C.fusiformis, although the latter isn't much use, as its blocked at the clavine stage of the ergot alkaloid synthetase enzyme cluster and doesn't produce simple lysergic acid derivatives or ergopeptides like ergotamine) and I think, C.microcephala although I'll need to examine the germinated sclerotiae in culture and have a look under the microscope at the ascospores and conidia, if the strain isn't aconidial). Place produces some other neat stuff too, the very pretty, edible, although truly repulsive tasting and not worth eating, bright mauveish violet Laccaria amathystea, the really delicious ceps (Boletus edulis, or porcini) and nearby, I believe last year, something fruiting in very localized area but in significant numbers, for the species at least, POSSIBLY devil's boletus, B.satanas, which although poisonous, potentially deadly, due to the presence of bolesatine, a cytotoxic glycoprotein, if I can find them this year, as I have the last two years, more than cause to send samples to kew gardens for confirmed ID, as they are on the national red list, near extinct in britain and extremely rare in europe; so if they are then I can try getting people together for a conservation effort:))
There are a few others that look like it, or can do but all the close relatives in the B.satanas clade are also very scarce, some rarer still, and notably these things pack one truly awful, awful stench of rotting flesh, when mature. Which is known to be the case with Satan's bolete. Couldn't even keep one in my room the other year after finding a specimen that had been uprooted, although still fresh. It was not decay, but an actual inherent smell coming from the intact mushroom. That disgusting pong was foul enough and strong enough that I couldn't keep it in the room, it was really bad, turned my stomach:)
Got plates and plates and plates (I mean dinner plates, not my petri dishes) worth of brown birch boletes, Leccinium scabrum too, which are common, as are the Boletus badius, bay boletes (now transferred within the last few years to the allied genus Xerocomus), and both of them quite good eating. Some authors don't rate the brown birch Leccinium, but its perfectly safe to eat, and I think it has a flavour good enough to justify eating them, certainly I prefer them to the nasty little button mushrooms and portobellos you can buy in supermarkets, although I've certainly had much, much better wild fungi, they aren't ones I'll reject if they are firm in texture and not overripe. The bay boletes look a bit sinister when cutting them up and peeling the skin of the cap off to remove dirt, before cooking, because like many poisonous boletes, they turn lurid blue within moments of being wounded. Tasty though, much better than the brown birches. Wouldn't reccomend eating the ergots though, at least if you don't want to have your fingers, toes, nose, ears, maybe genitals suffer intense vasospasm and resulting gangrene and amputation. Plenty potential, with a lot of work, though, but potential all the same, for producing precursors to some nifty lysergic acid derivatives.
Failing taking the xarquid down from above, using explosives (this actually wouldn't work so well, would it, compared to for example, killing a triscene with a pulse grenade enema, exploiting the weak under-armor) then what are the chances of if not getting it to move, just getting it to lower itself to ground level and allow the tank to take it on from a long distance from one side whilst 6-7-8 agents bust a hole through the side of the buildings, around the corner, then sneak around in order to get in to melee range and zap it oblivious? I am fully prepared to call the tank a writeoff if it means I can recover the xarquid alive. Hell I'll throw every agent below a liutenant to the wolves if I have to other than one or two particularly talented snipers with very good starting reactions and strength just under 40, and at least one of them having 80+ MC strength. I'll throw them like fag ends in a dustbin if that xarquid can be brought back to base for study.
The medkit is the reason I wonder about the tazer, it can be aimed downwards.
The tazer can only target conscious targets, though, and how often does the potential exist, for even attempting to hit a conscious target from above? it just doesn't happen most of the time. And in TFTD at least, compared to UFO, the enemy is much more shy about blasting down at targets from the lift shafts, in UFO they love to snipe from above.