[Taocow PBEM] Fwd: Book 3 - Chapter III

Koba Rowers koba.rowers at gmail.com
Mon Jun 14 17:37:50 BST 2010

Koba draws his rifle and aims at the group of ape looking creatures  
ready to fire if they close in. "You are fools. Look at what is  
happening to the town. Do you really think they have any regard for  
any humans?  You may have just outlived your usefulness. Come with us  
and fight back." Switching to the internal mic in the armor Koba  
transmits to the group, "We need to escape this one way or another.  
The only way out looks like the way back. Anyone with infrared sensors  
will have to lead us out of here."
On Jun 11, 2010, at 4:39 PM, Aaron Clausen <mightymartianca at gmail.com>  

>>> [Osiris]
>>> Knocked out of his wheelchair, the old Cyberknight, still suffering
>>> from his wounds, shows that core of strength that he and his fellow
>>> Cyberknights have.  Dragging himself across the floor he makes his
>>> way outside behind Ted.
>>> [/Osiris]
>> [Ted]
>> Ted meets the old man half way and then lifts him over his  
>> shoulder. He
>> glances around and then makes for his Owen, hoping the psychic can  
>> treat
>> Osiris' wounds while the lizard man secures his weapons.
>> [/Ted]
> [Osiris]
> "Thanks." Osiris says.  "Can't wait until these legs are back in one  
> piece."
> [/Osiris]
>> [Alex]
>> Alex responds, "Thanks."
>> The red headed scout was about to try to help Osiris.
>> [/Alex]
> [...]
>>> [GM]
>>> Once outside, the company catches sight of Ted, and Osiris laying
>>> beside him.  They see the forces invading the land, and finally  
>>> get to
>>> see New Argyll's own forces; several hovertanks, hoverbikes, robot
>>> power armor and the like trying to engage the enemy.
>>> Several of the armored ape-like creatures are actually using their
>>> energy weapons to melt trenches with impressive precision,  
>>> considering
>>> they're about to be attacked.  Above a number of the flying  
>>> hovering bots
>>> are strafing the approaching troops while even more appear from the
>>> distant ships.
>>> The company's chief problem is that they're on the wrong side.   
>>> These
>>> invaders have essentially cut the town in two, cutting off the  
>>> naval base
>>> and apparently attempting to build a beachhead.
>>> These invaders are ruthless too.  Some are indiscriminately firing  
>>> into
>>> fleeing crowds of civilians, while the company notice that the  
>>> floating
>>> barges (Slavers) are herding others into the transports.
>>> In the midst of it all, two men run up to the company.  Both are in
>>> body armor, though not apparently of New Argyll decoration.  One
>>> his short (about five foot two) with a broad handlebar moustache
>>> and the other is tall (six and a half feet at least), with a massive
>>> frame suggesting an incredible amount of muscle below.
>>> "Ye be the strangers who needed passage." the short one says.
>>> "We were coming to to tell ye that we were sailing for England
>>> tomorrow.  I be suggesting we sail now.  If ye want to come,
>>> now would be the time."
>>> [/GM]
>> [Carlos]
>> Carlos looks at the man intently, then starts following him.
>> [/Carlos]
>> [Ted]
>> "No need to ask me twice," the lizard man replies, relieved to have
>> gotten his things from his room.
>> [/Ted]
> [Lyle]
> Lyle needs no convincing either, though he recognizes who the invaders
> are and, as a Cyberknight, instinctively wants to help them.
> [/Lyle]
> [Koba]
> Koba also follows the others, and then suddenly turns around.  "We're
> forgetting someone.  Where's Raven?"
> [/Koba]
> [Owen]
> Owen follows as well.
> [/Owen]
> [GM]
> Even as Koba asks the question, a missile streaks from one of the  
> flying
> bots, hits the bottom floor of the hotel.  The entire side of the  
> hotel that
> the company's rooms had been on disappears in an explosion, and then
> the hotel finally collapses.  If Raven was in there, it was unlikely  
> that
> she survived.
> One of the men looks back.  "If ye lost one of yours, then be  
> thankful that's
> all ye lost.  Many folk around here are going to be much worse off,  
> eh?
> Do na tarry, lest ye wake up in Splynn bein' auctioned to the  
> highest bidder.
> Or worse."
> The only fortunate thing about the explosion is that it's made  
> everything
> so chaotic, smoky and ash-filled that no one is likely to even be  
> seeing
> them depart.  The down side is, of course, that the company cannot
> see where they are either.  Still the two men lead them on through
> the choking smoke.  About all they can tell is that they are on a  
> pebble
> path, that the ocean is to their left and that tall looming shadows  
> suggest
> a cliff to their right.
> Above can now be heard a pitched air battle.  Explosions light up the
> smoke, and the smell of burning fuel and plastic fill the air.   
> Meanwhile
> the path becomes steeper and the going slower.  Finally it flattens  
> out
> and they are on a sandy beach.  In the distance, through the thick fog
> and smoke can be seen a number of figures.
> Again Owen and Alex's sixth sense goes off.  They have just enough  
> time
> to warn the others when there is a loud explosion above their heads,  
> and
> then a large piece of flaming metal comes crashing down just feet away
> from them.
> Their guides wipe their brows.  "Close one, eh!" the short one says to
> the tall one.  "Aye!  That it was, Lemmy" the taller one says.
> Then both turn around, guns in hand.  Behind them the shapes
> materialize into a dozen of the ape-like creatures they'd seen
> above, heavily armored and heavily armed.
> "Here they are." the short one says.  "Just like we promised.
> Now could we have the gold ye promised."
> [/GM]
> -- 
> Aaron Clausen
> mightymartianca at gmail.com
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