[Taocow PBEM] Chapter XVI - Into The Southlands

Aaron Clausen mightymartianca at gmail.com
Sat Jul 12 00:03:13 BST 2008

[Meanwhile, back on the boat...]

> > > [Alex]
> > > "I really do not want to kill any more of you," Alex states. Her eyes
> > > carefully rove around, watching the others.
> > >
> > > "Should we retreat to shore," she asks the others in a quieter voice.
> > > [/Alex]

> > [Alister]
> > "If we abandon the boat, we're moving on foot." Alister whispers.  "I hate
> > walking.  I say we make our stand."
> > [/Alister]

> > [GM]
> > The men look very nervous, glancing at Wallace's still smoking body.  "We
> > don't want no trouble, so if you get off the boat, y'know, we'll just act
> > like none of this happened..."
> >
> > There are only four of them left, one still recovering from the effects of
> > the grenade.
> >
> > Louissa whispers.  "I agree with the techno-wizard.  How hard can it be to
> > take out these guys?"
> > [/GM]

> > > [Alex]
> > > Alex continues bearing her rifle towards the men, "I hope you guys
> > > can swim."
> > > [/Alex]

> > [GM]
> > In the face of Alex's staunch defense, the weary (and in many cases
> > dizzy) men finally give up the ghost.  They lay down their weapons
> > nervously.
> >
> > One of the men, visibly shaking says "Look, we just don't wanna go down
> > for mutiny.  It'll mean our heads.  Just let us off, and don't tell Lady
> > Sialillion anything, and we'll just say we were attacked and barely
> > survived.  It ain't even a lie, sorta."
> > [/GM]

> [Alex]
> "If you wish to leave, I will not stop you. Staying aboard would be sure
> to cause problems."
> She keeps her rifle pointed at them and watches for any false moves.
> Just in case, the one that is doing the talking she will listen to what
> he is thinking
> [/Alex]

The remaining crew slowly move past Alex and her remaining companions.
They give Alex quick, furtive looks, but clearly have no interest in joining
their dead comrades.

Alex probes the mind of the man who was last talking.  There's fear and
concern, images of what must be his family, and possibly of angry
superiors.  Alex knows that this mutinee would most certainly lead to
execution, if it were discovered by anyone in the kingdom.

And as that thought crosses Alex's mind, there's a sudden sense of
impending danger.  One of the man, a vibroknife whipping out of its
sheath jumps at Lady Louissa.

Even as this happens, Alex's radio squawks.  "Alex, " Osiris's voice barely
recognizable over the static, "come in, this is Osiris.  Is everything under
control... over."

OOC: I'll give Alex automatic initiative, as her sense danger alerted her.

[Meanwhile, back on the island...]

> > [Koba]
> > With the complete destruction of the mummy, Koba replaces the pistol
> > back in the holster. He kicks the remains of the mummy's legs out of the
> > way with his boot, Koba reached down to help Ted to his feet.
> > [/Koba]

> [Ted]
> "Thank you, Koba," the lizard man replies. He looks around for a scabbard to
> store the crystalline blade in.
> [/Ted]

A simple, unadorned and rather worn scabbard is lying on the floor.

> [Ted]
> Ted looks for the gauntlets.
> [/Ted]

The gauntlets lay within the pile of dust that was once the mummy.  They
are simply adorned with swirled designs.  They are dented and there are
signs of frequent repair.  Clearly their bearer saw a considerable amount of

> > [Koba]
> > As he looks down by the mummy, Koba notices the sparks that appear
> > below him. "Thats not what I would expect from inside a tomb." He tried to
> > focus and see if he can use his senses to determine what kind of power or
> > device is below the floor.
> > [/Koba]

> [Sia]
> "I sense great magical power.  Perhaps we should move this slab and
> see what is beneath."  Sialillion moves towards the rock and starts to
> push, waiting for others to help her.
> [/Sia]

The slab is much too heavy for Sialillion to move.

> [Koba]
> "There is a lot of energy coming from this place. I think you may be right
> Ted, but I'm not thrilled about the surprises this tomb has already shown
> us. I think we should be careful when we look under this slab." With that
> Koba motions for those of the party who have shown incredible strength
> to move the slab. Koba checks the clip on his pistol and aims purposefully
> at anything that might jump out from under the slab when it is moved.
> [/Koba]

> [Talas]
> Talas moves up beside Sia puts his hand on her shoulder and says "Lady
> Sialillion, if I my?" And with that pushes the slab out of the way.
> [/Talas]

> [Sia]
> Sialillion curtsies a bit facetiously, and, with a wry smile, steps
> aside to allow the Demon Queller to do his work.
> [/Sia]

Despite his great strength, Talas still finds the slab incredibly heavy.
He strains mightily as the slab creeps forward, scraping the stone floor
with a sound not so different from nails on a chalkboard.

Osiris cups his hands to his ears.  "Ouch!  I'm not so deaf that that doesn't

Then he slaps his hand to his head.  "Good Lord!  Alex and Alister!"  He pulls
out his radio.  "Alex, come in, this is Osiris.  Is everything under control...

With a final push, Talas pushes the slab aside to reveal another chamber
beneath.  Another metal ladder, this one in considerably better shape than
the one that lead this far, leads to the floor below.

The chamber is square, with smooth, almost glassy walls.  Against the north
wall is a table with a long grayish cloth covering what may be a number of

Against the east wall are several cylindrical-shaped objects, again covered
with cloth, but with some sort of pipes or conduits that glow bluish with
magical energy going into the wall.

The south wall is empty, but the west wall has some large-disc shaped object,
again covered in cloth.  There's a faint distortion in the air around it.

Aaron Clausen
mightymartianca at gmail.com

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