With business more-or-less settled, you ask Kruglov and Sakharov for any other last-minute tips they might have; no sense risking death simply for not being thorough. The two shake their heads, then Kruglov pauses.
"Well, I've heard reports that sleeping salamanders will sometimes move in their sleep, but that this isn't actual conscious behavior," he says, "I've yet to get anything but an anecdote or two about this, but keep it in mind when you find the nest. Wouldn't want to start shooting too early, right?"
"When it comes to mutants," Damsel says, "I'm not sure you can shoot early enough."
With that quip, you head out. Accessing the swamps isn't hard; the bunker is literally surrounded by them, with the way back only slightly less bogged down. What a place to put a put a research center!
The five of you stick together, albiet loosely, each keeping an angle and teammate under your gaze. It'd do no good to get snuck up on or loose a teammate in the stinking water and towering reeds.
Asked for his experiences, Bird speaks up, "I've never actually seen a salamander - just heard of them. They weren't very common when I was spending my time in the deeper Zone," he pauses, "All I can say is - in general - the larger the group you travel in, the more likely the mutant is not to approach. They may be monsters, but they still have their instincts."
The implications of that remark are not pleasant.