[Taocow PBEM] Chapter XVIII - Into The Heart Of Darkness - Owen, T ed, Sia, Alister and Louissa

Aaron Clausen mightymartianca at gmail.com
Thu Apr 30 21:15:21 BST 2009

> > [GM]
> > Ted and Owen race towards Louissa.  Ted's greater physical
> > strength is an advantage here, and he gains more distance than
> > Owen, but the tentacle is faster than either and before either
> > can reach her, Louissa and the tentacle have disappeared into the
> > cave.
> >
> > In a few moments, Ted and Owen reach the mouth of the cave.
> > Some slight illumination is offered by some strange glowing
> > underwater algae.  There is cold, salty water rushing out of the
> > cavern, making swimming much more difficult.
> >
> > And then it's there, the tentacle, stretching back into the cavern
> > beyond site.  Louissa dangles, now unmoving, in the grip of a
> > tentacle that, while relatively slender at its end, quickly becomes
> > as thick as a large tree, and at the edge of sight, maybe larger
> > than that.
> > [/GM]

> [Ted]
> The lizard man draws his weapon and then telepathically informs
> Owen that he plans to cut Louissa free. Owen will have to act fast,
> but the lizard man promises to cover their escape.
> [/Ted]

With Owen left far behind, Ted swims like a fish towards the tentacle
and Louissa.  He is now fully inside this tunnel, the water becoming
saltier and more buoyant.  He is now within thirty or forty feet of
Louissa, and can clearly see her, looking unconscious, her arms
undulating lifelessly in the current.

And then, almost out of the corner of his eye, Ted sees the strangest
thing, what looks like a submarine, resting on the floor of the canyon.
It must be about eighty feet long, perhaps twenty feet at its widest,
with a conning tower, and several prominently located laser cannons.
There are no running lights on, and it certainly looks to be dead.

Suddenly Ted looks to be in trouble.  Where his powerful lizardine
strokes were pushing, suddenly he seems to be flailing weakly.  Owen
can't see clearly what's going on, but his companion is clearly in
trouble of some kind.

And as if that wasn't enough, the tentacle stops, drops Louissa,
and with lightning speed moves towards Ted.

Aaron Clausen
mightymartianca at gmail.com

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