OOC ( this is the continuation of a story arc begun in season 1 of the Galactic Depression RP. Due to time compression in Season 2 this thread will complete the story arc and bring our characters into Season 2)
I followed Sunlion's pointing gloved finger upward. It took a moment for my vision to distinguish the small, mottled green furry face and the two large dark eyes peering down at us from the foliage of the lower canopy. I activated my scanner, trying to orient it upward. I must have stood there for three times as long as the scan should have taken, but the scanner gave me nothing. I cursed inside my head. The last thing I wanted to have to deal with right now was faulty equipment. I saw that Sunlion was trying to scan also. The minute shake of his head told me he was not getting anything either. Perhaps there was some local mineral deposit or radiation that was causing the scanners to malfunction. I checked my suit's systems and it was not reporting any levels of harmful radiation or toxicity in the area.
-"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." - Robert A. Heinlein
Nivekisrom had scanned the creature I had spied up in the tree canopy above us, just as I had done, but to no avail. The scan just would not register that the creature was there at all. But there it was. I could not help compare the head of the creature to a mixture of two species from my home world Terra, a lifetime and and possibly a whole universe away from where I now stood. The face was similar to that of a Sloth, except that the snout was longer, much like an ant eater. It gripped the branches with two clawed prehensile forelimbs like a larger version of a possums, but with larger claws that could double for digging or breaching the bark of the trees , and appeared to have two pair of other limbs behind those, with even larger thicker claws much like the preverbial Sloth, which ensured a good strong and safe grip on the tree branches.
The thick bristly fir on and around its head had a green tint that appeared to shine at its tips in the dim canopy, like a bio-luminescence. The face was a smoother blotched fur of several lighter and darker more olive greens. Even though it was dark under the canopy, a lot of the surrounding foliage and even some of the lichens on the trees also glowed with a bioluminescence, along with some smaller bulb like plants at the bases of the tress with a more yellowish glow, each only the size of my thumb. The overall effect was enthralling yet had an edge of the sinsiter, as those dark shiny eyes kept their fixed stare upon us. I hope that given the physical appearance, that it indeed was an insect eating creature, as given it's size, that of a large terrestrial tiger, those claws may well prove too formidable for a direct confrontation should it gain the advantage. And, given the strap on attachments Nivek had create for our use on the soft ground, I doubt I would be quick enough to dodge aside, if indeed it did leap down between us.
All we could do was stare back and stay still, and see how events unfolded. I quetly clicked over my multi-tool at my side into shotgun mode and waited, first glancing at Nivek and then down at my multi-tool to show what I had done.