“The organisms are rooted in rock, with a hollow metallic tunnel system that connects to the planetoid’s volcanic channels. The stems must be made of something like asbestos. Lava is sucked through them to form membrane-coated balls it can shoot out, I assume for self defense.”
“What damage does it do?” Woon asked.
“There are channels carved into the surface of the Sapphire Dreams as if it’s eating away at the metal of its hull,” Heather reported.
“What I need is a giant pair of scissors,” Woon said. “Aiming at each tendril to sever it without damaging Sapphire is challenging.”
“I’ll talk to Engineering to see if they can pack up the jaws of life that are attached to the ceiling in the center of the hangar disc and send them out quick enough,” Walsh said.
Hugh reported, “Like others on the ship, some of my people are down with that new thing going around, but I’ve got enough for a team.” Luckily, Hugh and his maintenance team were pretty efficient. Working feverishly, it took them mere minutes to unbolt the giant jaws, hook them up to a battery and controller, and mount it on the Jason shuttle. Under Woon’s brainwave guidance and in coordination with Jason’s pilot, the tool modelled after industrial demolition machinery opened its giant jaws. One after another, it snipped the tendrils off, spraying lava that quickly solidified into dangerous projectiles.
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