[Taocow PBEM] Chapter XVII - On The Border Of Doom

Aaron Clausen mightymartianca at gmail.com
Mon Feb 2 21:46:21 GMT 2009

> > > [Carlos]
> > > After listening to the council and everyone talk he speaks up. "I
> > > like Amanda's plan. I don't see how we're going to sneak into this
> > > temple, but at least if there is a distraction we'll have a better
> > > chance. Perhaps these elves have some way to help us sneak in."
> > > [/Carlos]

> > [Alister]
> > "If we can delay things by a day or so," Alister says, "and if my
> > fellow spellcasters could lend me hand, maybe I could come up
> > with something that might give us an edge."
> > [/Alister]

> [Ted]
> The lizard man turns to address the Elven strangers. "Do you have
> a map of the demon's lair? Perhaps we could look it over and discuss
> our plans somewhere less out-in-the-open?"
> [/Ted]

One of the councilors nods and pulls out a scroll, and hands it to
Ted.  On it is a rough drawn map.

"It is the best we have." the councilor says.  "We have lost six scouts
to get this much information about the lands around the swamp.  It is
a dangerous, evil place, and none that have entered it have returned."

OOC: I've attached the map.  If anyone doesn't get it, let me know.

> [Alex]
> "I may not be a true snipe or sharpshooter but if my rifle is one of the
> longest range laser rifles outside of weapons for power armors.
> Depending on the situation, I may be able to pick off many of them
> without them able to respond."
> [/Alex]

> [Sia]
> Sia nods in agreement.  "It seems like our only choice at this point
> to hope that we can find and rescue the children before the rest of
> K'murd Faka's forces have a chance to respond.  Sniping would be a
> good choice.  I also have the ability to blend with shadows... and I
> may be able to get us a quick getaway back to Poughkeepsie, if we find
> a nexus point."
> [/Sia]

"I'm no slouch with a gun either." Louissa says.

The councilors seem relieved, now that it looks like the company may
help them.  The outspoken councilor frowns slightly less.  "I shall
assemble all the men and weapons I can, and shall return in the
morning." he says, and without another word leaves.

"And as for me," Alister says, "I'm going to start work on the device.
This should allow most of us to be camouflaged.  Providing the ice
lady can keep the demon distracted, maybe we can get past him."

With that Alister heads out to the vehicles to grab his supplies.

The counsellors call to the guards.  "Our guests require privacy.  Show
them to the guest house and make sure food is available."

They bow to the company.  "May the gods bless you, and give you aid
in your quest.  Succeed or fail, we are greatful to you.  Now we must
confer amongst ourselves.  We shall meet again in the morning."

The guards lead the company down the street to another, small house.
Inside is a small hall, and a number of elvish women setting up mattresses
and blankets.  A large fire blazes in a pit at the center of the room, and
near it is a long table with roasted boar, fruits, vegetables and pitchers
of wine and water.

"May you enjoy food." one of the women says in very halting American
as she and her helpers leave.

While the room is being set up, Amanda heads out to the vehicles to
see how Alister is doing, and to get Osiris.

When she returns she gently places the old Cyberknight on one of the
makeshift beds.  "I don't think we can take the old man with us." she
says sadly.

Alister, in turn, returns with a hoverboard.  He grabs some food from
the table and immediately sits down by the fire and begins working,
piecing together a silver box and sticking wires and gems into it,
seemingly oblivious to the rest of the world.

Outside, two guards are posted.  One of them peeks through the door.
"If you should require anything, let us know."  With that the door is
closed and the company is again alone.

OOC: I'm going to jump ahead.  If anyone wants to discuss things,
don't hesitate.

With a good meal behind them, the company makes their way to
their beds.  Exhausted, and yet concerned, sleep comes with
some difficulty.

Aaron Clausen
mightymartianca at gmail.com
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