[Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter III

Koba Rowers koba.rowers at gmail.com
Sat Aug 7 19:02:13 BST 2010

With her warning, Koba redoubles his effort to set the controls on  
autopilot away from the wreckage and towards the shore. If he can set  
it, he will join the others in the sub before it takes off.

"Try to get that ship ready to move. We need an escape." Koba radios  
to the sub team.

"Here, arm this and set the delay." Koba says tossing a fusion block  
to Louissa. "Our best chance of getting out of here unnoticed is if  
they think we all went down with this ship."


On Aug 6, 2010, at 6:17 PM, Aaron Clausen <mightymartianca at gmail.com>  

>>>> [Alex]
>>>> "There are two distress transponders on this boat. His race is  
>>>> something
>>>> called Kittani and he is from Atlantis." Alex states. "We need to  
>>>> get away
>>>> from this boat or somehow disable the beacons."
>>>> "Yes, I have some rope," Alex adds as an afterthought. "I really  
>>>> don't want
>>>> to lose my climbing line so don't cut is."
>>>> [/Alex]
>>> [Louissa]
>>> Louissa grabs the rope and ties the Kittani up.  "Splugorth  
>>> filth." she says
>>> with extraordinary venom.  "You're in league with the brain things  
>>> that killed
>>> my Talas."
>>> She then looks to Koba.  "I'm no electronics expert.  Can you at  
>>> least
>>> identify where those transponders are?"
>>> [/Louissa]
>> [Alex]
>> When Louissa asks, he doesn't happen to think of where they are?
>> [/Alex]
> [GM]
> The Kittanni doesn't actually seem to know.
> [/GM]
>> [Koba]
>> "I can take a look at those transponders. I'm pretty sure I got at  
>> least
>> one of them already. Make sure he isn't carying one on him." He says
>> pointing to the ape. "More importantly, someone needs to take a look
>> in that other sub.  It looks as if it is capable of remaining  
>> underwater
>> better than this splurgie transport. We should see if we're able to
>> make it our new transport. Alex, you interested in taking a look?"
>> [/Koba]
>> [Ted]
>> "I can do it, Koba," the lizard man volunteers.
>> [/Ted]
>> [Owen]
>> "I'll go too," responds Owen.
>> [/Owen]
> [Carlos]
> Carlos also wants to go.
> [/Carlos]
>> [Koba]
>> Koba will turn his attention to pulling apart panels and electronic
>> components looking to see if the ship has transponders and more
>> importantly an autopilot he can rig to take the ship away in a  
>> different
>> direction from the sub.
>> [/Koba]
> OOC: Okay, so far I've got Ted, Owen and Carlos (who I am apparently
> playing right now) stating they're going into the sub.  Louissa, at
> least, is remaining behind, and Koba is going to try to find the
> remaining transponder.  That leaves Alex and Lyle, and they can state
> at the first opportunity whether they're following the others.
> [GM]
> Koba determines that the transponder, wherever exactly it is, is not
> connected to the rest of the boat's circuitry, and must be on an
> independent power supply.  The transponder most likely will be on or
> in the hull, and would probably mean a swim to remove, if it was
> accessible at all.
> As to jury-rigging the auto-pilot, Koba has a great deal of
> difficulty.  Perhaps it's the unfamiliar circuitry.  He can choose
> either to try again or follow his companions.
> Meanwhile, Carlos leads the way down to the sub hatch.  It takes a
> minute or so of fiddling but finally he manages to trigger the manual
> lock.  There's a hiss and everyone's ears pop as the pressure
> equalizes.  Moist cold, but much fresher air floods up into the boat.
> Beneath the hatch is a very small chamber, almost ovoid in shape,
> about four feet high and eight feet in diameter.  There is a
> continuous bench, a number of diving suits and masks, though no diving
> tanks.  There are four computer consoles at even spacings, screens
> sunken into the wall of the chamber.  On the floor of the chamber is
> another hatch.
> Quite suddenly a number of fluorescent tubes light up and the lower
> hatch slides open.  Below is revealed the bridge, a cramped space,
> about nine feet long, eight feed wide and six and a half feet high.
> Despite all of that it is crammed with instrumentation and a
> surprising six seats, five for bridge crew and the captain's chair.
> The crew of the sub must literally work nose to nose.
> At the end of the bridge is another hatch leading aft, and a hatch in
> the floor that obviously leads to a lower deck.  The walls and ceiling
> that aren't covered with instrumentation have tubes and conduit
> running along them.
> As could be vaguely determined on approach, there seems to be active
> systems.  Red and blue lights intermittently blink, while a couple of
> yellow ones at one station remain steady.  There is one monitor on
> that has six sets of three lines.  The screen reads in Dragonese and
> American "Hibernation Monitor".  Four of the sets of lines show
> activity described as respiration, heart rate and brain activity.  Two
> others are flat.
> Other than the slight hum from the monitor, the bridge is completely  
> quiet...
> But maybe not for long.  Through one of the windows those on the sub
> can clearly see lights approaching.  It's much clearer to Louissa
> above.
> "Koba," she says, "whatever you're doing, do it fast."
> [/GM]
> -- 
> Aaron Clausen
> mightymartianca at gmail.com
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