[Taocow PBEM] Chapter XI - Dissension in the Ranks

Aaron Clausen mightymartianca at gmail.com
Wed May 30 20:30:46 BST 2007

> > [GM]
> > As if to answer Ted's question, the sounds of earth and rock being
> > moved can be heard above.  Those Borgs seem awfully interested
> > in getting to the party, and as Alex privately observed, this seems
> > rather odd.
> >
> > As the company looks ahead, the narrow path leads on, following
> > the meandering path of the lava river for several hundred feet
> > before it, and the river, end abruptly at a sheer face.  From this
> > distance, there is no obvious door.
> >
> > Below, Lady Frost's freezing is coming undone, and a few
> > bubbles of lava can be seen breaking through.  Above, the
> > Borg can still be heard furiously trying to clear away debris.
> >
> > Lady Frost herself soon comes out of her swoon, and finds
> > herself being carried by an elf.
> > [/GM]

> [Carlos]
> Carlos grabs whatever body is left to carry then high-tails it down the
> passage.
> [/Carlos]

Ted does likewise.

> [Alex]
> Being followed by these Coalition metal heads sounds like a very bad
> idea. She looks at the ice melting and things it might be a good idea to
> speed it up. The exiled ranger loads a second speed loader  and fires at
> the ice behind her in what looks like a weak spot. Hopefully she can
> collapse the ice.
> [/Alex]

Five rounds are sufficient to break the ice.  Almost immediately lava
spews forth and the rest of the ice quickly melts away.

> [Alex]
> After she finishes firing five rounds into the ice, she turns and runs
> after the others
> [/Alex]

The company arrives at the bare rock face.  The heat is now becoming
insufferable again, and the noxious odors of the lava are effecting some
of the party.  As they stand there observing it, with the sound of the
Borgs continuing to dig, it almost seems that there is a shimmering
in this rock wall, a very faint distortion.  It might be simply the heat and
the fumes, or it could be something else entirely...

Aaron Clausen   mightymartianca at gmail.com

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