[Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter II

Koba Rowers koba.rowers at gmail.com
Wed Apr 21 17:51:37 BST 2010

" I can stop that cannon if I can get to the laser. Supress those apes  
and cover me." Ignoring the large brain creature, Koba takes a  
supressing blast at the two ape creatures with his pistol before  
pulling the vibroblade from its sheath with the off hand. While the  
others fire, Koba will start running towards the cannon. If necessary  
to clear the portal, he will boost over it with the jetpack (ooc: as  
long as the cealing is high enough in this room).

On Apr 15, 2010, at 5:19 PM, Aaron Clausen <mightymartianca at gmail.com>  

>>> [GM]
>>> Koba's shot is the charm, hitting the fishman square between his
>>> beady fishy eyes [Damage: 20MD], and pretty much blowing it right
>>> off.
>>> But the problems are hardly over.  The water is now above
>>> everyone's ankles, and above the shaft where Carlos and Raven are
>>> can be heard many footsteps.  It seems presently the only escape
>>> route is the shaft, but it also sounds like there are enemies above
>>> it.
>>> [/GM]
>> [Owen]
>> "Well, it looks like our only way out is up."
>> [/Owen]
>> [Koba]
>> "Time to leave. Everyone up the ladder." With that, Koba will fly up
>> the shaft to the top to clear the way for the others.
>> [/Koba]
>> [Owen]
>> "Let's Go."
>> Following Koba's advice, Owen will move towards the ladder to begin
>> climbing.
>> [/Owen]
>> [Lyle]
>> Catching his breath and making sure everything is still intact and
>> functional, he looks up. "Let's get going"
>> Lyle will bring up the rear and keep his eyes open for anything that
>> might up behind/under us.
>> [/Lyle]
> [GM]
> The only thing behind the company is a lot of water.
> [/GM]
>> [Raven]
>> Raven followed the others after they went ahead, preferring to be
>> last.
>> [/Raven]
>> [Ted]
>> The lizard man jumps for the rope and begins climbing.
>> [/Ted]
> [GM]
> Ted still finds himself very weak, and climbing is more difficult than
> he expected.  The others notice volumnuous amounts of sweat pouring  
> off
> of him.
> [/GM]
> [Talas]
> Talas follows the others up.
> [/Talas]
>> [Carlos]
>> Carlos will inch forward a little with his rifle in hand ready to
>> fire if needed. He'll try to survey the area while waiting for his
>> comrades to arrive.
>> [/Carlos]
>> [Alex]
>> Alex will put her JA-12 away and switch to her C-12 Rifle. She will
>> then use levitation to float up the ladder way.
>> If there is anybody waiting on the other side, she will fire bursts
>> to suppress the enemy while others get up the passageway.
>> [/Alex]
> [GM]
> Alex is the first to reach the top of the shaft, with Koba and Carlos
> close behind. Both find themselves confronted by a scene of chaos.  
> What
> sounded like an army above is actual dozens of fishmen, some in clear
> panic while others are trying to bridge a thirty foot gap in the  
> passage
> way between where the company is and the emergency airlock with pieces
> of tubing, metal and whatever they can seem to scrounge up. A few
> floating brains can be seen, the strange implants between the
> hemispheres of their loathsome bodies glowing bright red. The psychic
> effect is so strong that Alex finds herself feeling a little ill,  
> though
> it's clearly not directed at her, but rather at the fishmen.
> And then Alex catches sight of a familiar figure. Standing there is a
> tall insectoid humanoid D-Bee standing about four and a half feet
> tall, with pinchers where a mouth should be, four compound eyes and  
> two
> legs and four arms. This, if Alex, Koba and Carlos remember correctly,
> is the submarine's medical officer, Dr. Zazbrurr. The D-Bee is wearing
> some rather bizarre body armor, and in two hands are energy pistols  
> and
> in the other two are vibroblades. Behind him are two ape-like D-Bees  
> and
> four fishmen in bulky body armor with large guns. They ignore the
> madness around them and stare straight at Alex and Carlos.
> Alex [Strikes: 5 and 7] and Carlos [Strikes: 3 and 15] open fire.  One
> of the fishman dodges [Dodge: 8], but the insectoid, who is also  
> struck,
> is unable to [Dodage: 1], and Alex's burst hits it in the chest  
> [Damage:
> 14MD].  Carlos's first shot goes over their heads, putting quite a  
> deep
> hole in the ceiling above [Damage: 48MD], but the second hits one of  
> the
> ape-like D-Bees, who also fails to dodge [Dodge: 13, Damage: 40MD].
> At that moment the rest of the company arrives at the top of the shaft
> and see scene.  The four fishmen and the two ape D-Bees are clearly
> military trained as they drop down to defensive positions with rifles
> raised.  The insectoid D-Bee flings himself behind a bulkhead.
> Then something truly awful comes into view.  It is like the other
> brains, only much much bigger, at least ten feet across.  Blood  
> vessels
> throb and the brain seems to glow.  From a black, diamond-shaped
> structure between the two hemispheres emanates a purplish field.
> A voice, disembodied but still clearly coming from the brain echoes
> through everyones' heads.  "Zazbrurr, you have failed me.  The Sunaj
> your lord sent me is dead and my redoubt in ruins.  The submarine  
> cannot
> be taken and must be destroyed."  The insectoid falls back into view,
> clutching at its ant-like head and screaming.  Ooz drips between its
> clawed fingers and then it drops to the ground, its head split like a
> mellon.
> Everone in the group feels the giant brain's attack like ripples in a
> pond.  They were not the targets, but some residual effect of the
> psychic attack can still do damage.  Carlos, Lyle and Talas feel it  
> like
> a massive migraine.  Blood leaks from their noses and they actually  
> take
> some physical damage (4 SDC).  Their vision is blurred so badly that
> combat will be difficult [-6 to Strike, Dodge and Parry].
> The air around the brain thing begins to vibrate and then swirl like a
> whirlpool.  The emergency lights dim to almost nothing, and even the
> power inside environmental armor diminishes so that optics do not work
> properly.
> The brain turns towards the company, and two horrifying eyes  
> protruding
> from tendrily chords connected to the brain fixate on them.  "At  
> least I
> know you all will die, trapped here, for your sub is about to be
> destroyed by mean remaining minions."  Now connected to this monster's
> mind, they can see three fishmen somewhere in the domed structure  
> beyond
> carefully aiming what looks like a large laser cannon at the sub,  
> which
> can be dimly glimpsed, still chained as a fierce battle between  
> fishmen
> and sub crew takes place underwater.
> The brain begins backing away towards the vortex, which now clearly is
> some sort of dimensional gateway.  Beyond can be vaguely glimpsed a
> terrifying world of pinkish oozing mounds, like moving flesh, set
> against a blood-red sky.  Unfortunately the brain and the vortex  
> seem to
> be standing between the company and the fishmen about to start  
> firing on
> the submarine.
> [/GM]
> -- 
> Aaron Clausen
> mightymartianca at gmail.com
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