“It’s dead,” said Rutani. “For now.”
At that very moment nanites inside the lifeless corpse would be busy repairing the damage we’d done to their host; replicating cells, stitching torn flesh and replacing lost blood. Soon information would begin streaming in from transmitters in multiple locations, uploading what parts of the mind and memory could not be saved locally. Then that same upload process would set into motion the whirling electrical patterns that are the unconscious mind, and that unconscious mind would–after a moment’s respite–begin to crave consciousness.
The dragon would wake violently, and would react violently to those of us who had crowded around it. It would quickly find its feet and then its wings, and it would try to retreat to a safe place so as to let the nanites finish their work. If it could snatch one of us to take home it likely would, as food to fuel the healing process. I had seen it happen before.
“Let’s work quickly.” Rutani was calm, but there was a nervous haste in his voice. He could see that the wound on the dragon’s neck was already beginning to fizz with nanite activity. We didn’t have long to get what we needed.
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Image credit: Capcom (Dragon’s Dogma concept art)