The scorpion on the left, unhindered, managed to land an attack on the overwhelmed Ryia. She caught a claw to the side and was lifted off of the ground a full foot. After this it started to squeeze, trying to cut through the girl's armor. On her right the other scorpion pulled its stinger back again and thrust forward, the tip aiming for Ryia's face.
Keres noticed this and cursed. She turned with the crossbow aimed and realized that she wouldn't be able to hit. It'd be hard enough if she were a good aim but as she was she'd likely just hit the girl instead.
Then she saw something rush past her as the stranger leapt up and brought his sword in an arc, cutting the stinger off the creature on the right and, much like earlier, landing on its back. This time he didn't have time or space to position himself so he simply brought his blade down across the scorpion's back. It moved backwards as it tried to shake him off and he crouched low to keep balanced.
Keres, hoping someone would be able to help Ryia better than her, reluctantly turned. The southern scorpion was headed straight for Anis and, though Gilly, claiming a desire to show off her "Hero power" got between them, Keres didn't want to leave it at that. She fired another bolt at the scorpion, injuring it and, with the arrow in it already, slowing its advance considerably.
The water mage groaned, her shoulder becoming sore from the recoil on the crossbow. It was slight but, for the untrained, it was starting to wear on her.
The monster before Reinaan took some time to get over the sudden flames but it still seemed intent on killing the group. Food was hard to come by and it was getting harder every day. The scorpions couldn't resist a potential meal.
The scorpion swung both its claws at Reinaan in an attempt to grab him but it failed. The small Draken managed to get up close and personal to the scorpion. And, as he made his attack, the scorpion lashed out with its tail...
With one claw lost and both its tail and legs injured, the scorpion was a bit wobbly as it turned around to face Lindow. It seemed a bit lopsided, favoring its right side, as its claw came across at Lindow, snapping towards the human.