[Taocow PBEM] Chapter XIX - Rath-Iren

Aaron Clausen mightymartianca at gmail.com
Fri Sep 11 22:34:37 BST 2009

> > [GM]
> > Owen steps past Koba and into the passage way.  He can
> > see the red light more clearly, and though it must be a few
> > hundred feet away, it looks almost like a desert, with a
> > dull-red sky above it.
> >
> > As Owen and Koba look on, Raven works on a woman she
> > does not know; though some know her as Lady Frost.
> > Suddenly Lady Frosts eyes open slightly.
> >
> > "Thank you." she mouths quietly.  She struggles to get up,
> > then sees the dwarfs attacking Talas, raises a hand, and a
> > burst of liquid-like ice leaps from it and on to the floor.  Two
> > of the dwarfs slip and the others leap back, unprepared for
> > this bizarre attack.
> >
> > "Before it is too late." she says.  "Through the passage, and
> > seal the door behind you."  There's an odd quality to her voice,
> > a strange dullness to it, as if it had been spoken into a pillow.
> > [/GM]

> [Ted]
> "Where does it lead, Frost?" Ted asks, trying not to sound too
> suspicious of her sudden reappearance and familiarity with the
> escape route. He waits for the others to make their way toward
> the passage while holding off the blue dwarves for another
> moment or two.
> [/Ted]

> [GM]
> "To safety, my friend." she says, her voice now filled with warmth.
> [/GM]

> [Ted]
> "How do you know that?" the lizard man prods. The others said
> she had disappeared, but to where? Can she prove that she is
> the Lady Frost she claims to be? Ted keeps his doubts to
> himself while fighting off the dwarves.
> [/Ted]

[Lady Frost]
"I was..." she pauses for a second, an odd look of pain and fear
crossing her face, "held captive, I think.  Below us, in another
chamber.  But the end of this passage," she continues, her
voice becoming stronger and surer, "that's the way out."
[/Lady Frost]

> [Koba]
> "Alright everyone, through here! Lets get going before they
> break through my wall. Lady Frost, can you walk?"
> [/Koba]

[Lady Frost]
With a little effort, she struggles to her feet.  "Yes, I think I
[/Lady Frost]

> [Koba]
> With that Koba will stand at the entrance to the tunnel and
> lay down an area burst with the rifle to try to suppress as
> many of the dwarves who are still standing.  [Strike: 4]
> [/Koba]

Unfortunately, Koba's spray misses any targets.  It does blast
some more holes in the wall.

> [Alex]
> Alex picks Osiris up and continues carrying him.
> [/Alex]

> [Raven]
> Raven thought a moment about what was going on. She
> imagined a trick by some elder evil leading them into a trap
> because of the guise of one they had just saved - and some
> recognized as ally. However, there was only one way to find
> out which was to let it happen.
> Raven pulled out her NG Laser Pistol and lobbed a grenade
> into the midst of the blue dwarves [Strike: 22] as she backed
> off into the opening to the new room.  She hoped the others
> who went into there spotted danger or safety already...
> [/Raven]

Raven's nearly perfect grenade launch hits in the midst of the
dwarves [Damage: 20MD each].  It blasts them back, and at
least two of them seem to, if not dead, then pretty heavily

> [Owen]
> Owen will wait for the others to cross into the Tunnel, and
> place a force field over the hole in the wall to slow the
> dwarves following them in their movement down the tunnel.
> [/Owen]

> [Talas]
> Once the five dwarves on this side of the force field are dead,
> Talas will move through the hole in the wall.  [Strike: 8,10]
> [/Talas]

Talas again moves into action.  One of the dwarfs manages to
parry with a short sword [Parry: Natural 20], but the other is
injured [Damage: 20,15].

The blue dwarf that parried attempts to stab at Talas [Strike: 15],
but Talas just barely manages to parry [Parry: 15].  There are only
two dwarves left.

> [Ted]
> Noticing only two of the blue dwarves still standing, Ted throws
> his body shoulder first into the nearest [body tackle strike: 13],
> then vaults into the air to [leap kick strike: 24] its companion in
> the chin.
> [/Ted]

Both the dwarfs attempt to dodge Ted, but both fail [Dodges: 5 and 11].
Both are struck [Damage: 18SDC body tackle, 19SDC leap attack]
and both fall to the ground.  All the dwarfs in the room are now

As Carlos passes through, he fires a few shots at the dwarfs
[Strike: 11], striking one [Damage: 11MD], and killing it.

Once in the passage, they can clearly here more dwarfs.
Owen's force field seems to hold them, but for how long?

"Everybody run!" Carlos shouts, as he begins firing above the
passage to the other chamber.  Within moments the passage
is obliterated by a large pile of semi-melted rocks.

[Lady Frost]
Suddenly invigorated, Lady Frost shouts "Come on!  We don't
have much time.  That cave-in won't stop them for long."
She begins jogging towards the reddish light at the end
of the chamber.
[/Lady Frost]

The reddish light becomes clearer.  It seems to be another
chamber at the end of this passage, or is it?  There is a
carved arch, and faint traces a bluish shimmering.  Whenever
the ground slightly shakes, the shimmer seems to become

Beyond is a wasteland, a sea of red sand dunes.  The sky is
dull red, and dominated by a massive sun, at least five or six
times as big as the normal sun.  The smell of sulfur is

Aaron Clausen
mightymartianca at gmail.com

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