[Taocow PBEM] Chapter XVIII - Into The Heart Of Darkness

Aaron Clausen mightymartianca at gmail.com
Thu Feb 19 20:29:30 GMT 2009

OOC: A big mistake, I have five monsters in the initiative, but there
are only three.

> > [GM]
> > Suddenly the ground begins to shake horribly, and a powerful, cold wind
> > blows.  Right in front the company rises threee whirlwinds of blackened dirt
> > that within moments form into three giant, vaguely humanoid figures with
> > massive arms and legs that terminate in hands and feet that look more
> > massive blocks of stone.  Each stands about ten feet tall.  They leap
> > forward, intent on smashing the vehicles and whoever are in them.
> > [/GM]

> > [Initiative]
> >   Louissa    - 20
> >   Monster 1  - 18
> >   Koba       - 14
> >   Alister    - 13
> >   Ted        - 12
> >   Talas      - 11
> >   Monster 2  -  9
> >   Carlos     -  8
> >   Sialillion -  6
> >   Monster 3  -  5
> >   Owen       -  1
> > [/Initiative]

> > Combat Round #1...

> > [Louissa]
> > Louissa pops her head out of the ATV she is in and opens fire [Strike: 7],
> > firing a spray at the monsters, hitting to of them [Damage: 11MD].
> > [/Louissa]

> > [Monster 1]
> > The first of these strange giants simply leaps on to the hood of the first
> > ATV, damaging the hood with its huge block-like feet [Damage: 10MD] and
> > overcoming the suspension, knocking everyone around inside.
> > [/Monster 1]

> [Koba]
> Shaken and a little startled by the sudden appearance of these natural
> demons, Koba quickly pops through the roof of the ATV and grabs a hold of
> the mounted weapon and swings the barrel towards the closest of the two
> monsters. He squeezes the trigger and tries to track the muzzle with the
> monster through the weapon's muzzle flash. [Strike: Natural 20!]
> It has reached the point where even the ground and the earth that the group
> is traveling on is set against them. (OOC: Lore check for Demon's/Monsters?)
> [/Koba]

Koba recognizes nothing about these demons.  His success with firing the
weapon is much better, striking one of the demons directly and seeming to blow
a hole right through it (100MD!).

Alister, seeing his opportunity, pulls a small very "bombish" looking bomb
out of one of his numerous pockets, and it disappears, reappearing right where
the demon already damaged by Koba's superb shot, making the hole even
bigger [50MD].

> [Ted]
> Ted does everything he can to get his passengers safely past these monsters.
> [/Ted]

As much as Ted tries, somehow he manages to lose control of the vehicle.
Suddenly the whole vehicle lurches violently to the left before striking a
large rock and flipping over (100% on Pilot roll).

OOC: According to my records, Ted, Sialillion and Koba are in the vehicle.

> [Talas]
> Knowing that the group can not afford a prolonged fight in the open,
> Talas decides to scare off these demons rather that taking the time
> to kill them. Talas casts Banishment, in the hope of driving some of
> the demons out of the area.
> [/Talas]

Talas's spell is mostly successful.  Two of the demons (including the damaged
one) stop their assault, and suddenly leave at incredible speed.  The third
seems to have resisted Talas's spell, and now leaps on to the overturned
vehicle, trying to crush the metal with its hands.

Inside the ATV is chaos.  Ted and Sia are okay [each received 6 SDC from
blunt impact], but Koba is trapped partway out the window, and feels a lot
worse [18 SDC].  There's some pain coming from his right side and his
right arm, both of which are partially out of the vehicle.

As they come to their senses, they feel the vehicle violently shift and hear
pummeling.  Koba, through his pain, can clearly see one of the demons
trying to tear the his side's door off the ATV.

"Holy crap!" Alister shouts.  Now driving the other the ATV, he hits the
brakes and, in reverse, races back to the other ATV.

Aaron Clausen
mightymartianca at gmail.com

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