[Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter I

A Gardner threeplusoneis4 at hotmail.com
Wed Sep 30 23:40:51 BST 2009



Owen will pull his pistol and aim at the crewman.  "Something is not right here."


> Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 13:49:53 -0700
> From: mightymartianca at gmail.com
> To: taocowpbem at zork.net
> Subject: Re: [Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter I
> >> [GM]
> >> Even as the strange, beautiful woman fades, the last stones of the
> >> temple fall and then there is a hush. The land seems quiet, save
> >> for the faint sound of the wind whistling through the ruins.
> >> 
> >> And then there is a louder sound, very mechanical. Over the lip of
> >> the plateau appears a large hover craft, with some sort of very
> >> royal-looking emblems on it.
> >> 
> >> Lyle, Raven, Ted and Owen recognize the emblem, though the others
> >> don't. It lands in the middle of the ruins, and a voice comes out
> >> from the loudspeaker. "All ye wanting rides best be coming aboard.
> >> We've got something on the scanners that don't look good."
> >> 
> >> Even as the voice speaks, over the horizon comes a flying shape 
> >> that even the most stay-at-home of people know, a Splugorth slaver
> >> ship!
> >> [/GM]
> > [Alex]
> > Seeing the Splugorth boat, Alex stated, "Lets get a move on."
> > [/Alex]
> > [Ted]
> > "And hope this infirmary has room for two," the lizard man adds. As
> > he follows Alex, he mumbles aloud, "These Splugorth sure get around."
> > [/Ted]
> [GM]
> "That they do, sir." the young crewman says. "I suspect they've been 
> off the coast and detected all the nexus activity. They're like moths 
> to a flame those ones."
> [/GM]
> > [Talas]
> > Talas quickly holsters the railgun and gets in the hovercraft.
> > [Talas]
> > [Owen]
> > Glancing around, Owen will check to see if anyone needs help getting
> > to the hovercraft. "We better get on board, the quicker the better."
> > Owen will move to get on the hovercraft.
> > [/Owen]
> > [Lyle]
> > A smile crosses his face when he sees the hovercraft. He helps the 
> > wounded and Osiris onto to the craft.
> > 
> > "Hurry up, we got a Slaver coming!"
> > [/Lyle]
> > [Alex]
> > Still lugging Osiris around, the red haired Coalition scout pulls off
> > her helmet and shakes out sweat soaked red hair. She asks, "Is there
> > an infirmary section where we can take our companion?"
> > [/Alex]
> [GM]
> "Aye, we do indeed, ma'am." says one of the crew, a young African man 
> with a thick Scottish brogue. Seeing that she is exhausted, he lifts 
> Osiris up out of Lyle and Alex's hands. When Osiris is safely on a 
> seat, he salutes Lyle. "The Captain sends her regards, Sir! But where 
> is Zandeeli, Sir Lyle?"
> [/GM]
> > [Raven]
> > The drain on her body was felt like no other spell ever had. She had 
> > never taken such a toll on her magical ability all at once like that.
> > It felt as if she had ran a mile, or had the breath knocked out of
> > her. When her allies mentioned the slaver she had stared at it for a
> > few moments, as if not comprehending what she was seeing. After yet 
> > another moment she shook her head and took a breath. She ran to the
> > hovercraft as fast as she could!
> > [/Raven]
> [Carlos]
> Seeing that Raven is clearly exhausted, Carlos lends her a helping hand. 
> "You're amazing!" he says. "You saved our collective asses back there." 
> He gives her a hand up to Owen and Lyle, who hoist into the 
> hovercraft, before he jumps in himself.
> [/Carlos]
> [GM]
> 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 
> mess."
> 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.
> [/GM]
> -- 
> Aaron Clausen
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