[Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter I
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Wed Sep 30 15:10:19 BST 2009
Alex puts her hand on her pistol, her nerves on alert suddenly.
"What the hell is going on?"
She will use her telepathy to read surface thought.
Aaron Clausen wrote:
> Even as Carlos sets foot inside the hovercraft, it takes off. The
> pilot, seeing a Skycycle and a motorbike down below, lands just long
> enough to pick the vehicles up, by which time the Slaver isn't more than
> a half a mile. In the distance appears to be more. This is likely a
> Splugorth squad.
> The Blind Warrior Women fire on the hovercraft, but the shots all go
> wild. Within a minute the hovercraft has dipped down below the plateau
> and is flying over the thick mists of the swamp. After a minute or so
> those mists part to reveal a large boat floating in the midst of one of
> the larger pools of water.
> As the hovercraft dips, a large opening appears in the sub, and below
> can be glimpsed an interior landing bay. Even as the hovercraft begins
> a vertical drop, it's shaken by a blast, and then another. Above can be
> seen the Slaver and other dimmer shapes that must also be part of this
> group. The hover craft violently lands inside the submarine's hold,
> jarring everyone in the process. The door above quickly closes, but not
> before a few stray bolts of energy manage to get through, causing smoke
> and damage.
> Within moments, everyone is escorted out of the crippled hovercraft and
> into the hold, which is actually surprisingly small (no more than about
> fifteen feet wide and twenty five feet long). Klaxons are sounding as
> they make their way out of the hold and into the narrow corridors that
> wend through the boat.
> All of them are suddenly greeted by a rather shocking-looking man-sized
> insectoid creature. "Ah, welcome back Ted and Owen, and to you to Raven
> and Sir Lyle." the creature says in a cultured English accent. "To the
> rest of you, let me introduce myself. I'm Dr. Zazbrurr, ship's surgeon
> aboard the HMS Deapthbreaker. Don't worry, I'm skilled in all manner of
> humanoid physiology. All of you will be pleased to know that one of
> your fellow adventurers, a young woman, is doing well. That is, if we
> make it through simultaneous attack by Splugorth Minions and that
> dreadful tentacled monster below."
> Dr. Zazbrurr immediately lays Osiris down. He turns his attention away
> long enough to look at the others. "You all need rest." he says. "I'm
> afraid that's going to have to wait. If any of you have any serious
> injuries, say so now, or wait until after we get out of this particular
> Anyone who doesn't speak up is quickly herded along by a couple of stern
> officers. Even as they make their way through the narrow corridors, the
> submarine is violently shaken. Lights temporarily dim, then light up.
> "Sir Lyle," one of the crewmen says, "I know you would like to be at the
> weapons right now, but the Captain's orders are to remain with the
> guests." With that they are lead into a small well-lit cabin, with four
> bunks and three cots sitting in the middle of the floor, leaving barely
> enough room to squeek around. The only adjoining room is a very small
> bathroom with a toilet, sink and a show barely big enough to move one's
> arms around in.
> It's in these cramped quarters that the company spends the next two
> hours. Loud metallic bangs and crunches, and the odd strangely muffled
> blasts can be heard. Anyone with a weak stomach would quickly find
> themselves with their heads in the small toilet. The whole situation is
> frightening, maddening and uncomfortable all at once.
> Then the door opens. One of the crew, a young woman, comes in. "The
> Captain wishes to see you." she says flatly, her eyes looking tired...
> and, a little creepy, like someone else is looking through them.
"those who burn books will, in the end, burn people."
- Written by Poet Heinrich Heine who's books were burned
by the Nazis
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