[Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter II

Aaron Clausen mightymartianca at gmail.com
Tue May 11 22:01:39 BST 2010

OOC: I apologize for my lateness.  I ended up taking a few days off
last week, so have fallen far behind.  I had hoped for more posts, but
we'll just have to work with what we've got.

> > [GM]
> > ...
> >
> > Quite suddenly Ted's prone body seems to lift into the air and begins
> > rushing towards the vortex.  The brain seems to stop in its tracks, a
> > visible field of energy engulfing it and Ted.  Ted becomes fully
> > conscious in time to see the vortex racing towards him.
> > [/GM]

> > [Talas]
> > Talas leaps up and charges the brain, using all his strength and
> > prowess and leaping at it, swords at the ready [Strike: 15].  The
> > field doesn't appear to do him any damage, but his attack does not
> > break it either.
> > [/Talas]

> > [GM]
> > Even as Koba reaches the cannon, another burst of energy leaves the
> > brain, this one so powerful it heats up the air.  It isn't aimed at
> > anyone, but rather at the dome itself.  It immediately begins burning
> > a hole which could very lead to catastrophic failure.
> > [/GM]

> [Ted]
> The lizard man, however, appears to make no effort to resist the field's pull.
> [/Ted]

> [Carlos]
> Taking careful aim, Carlos targets one of the tendrily cords and fires.
> [Strike: 19]
> [/Carlos]

Carlos's well aimed shot hits one of the tendrils [Damage: 29MD].  There
is a bright flash and and a piercing scream, both physical and psychic.
The tendril itself falls to the deck, whipping around madly like a headless

> [Ted]
> Ted lays into the brain with a sword strike/death blow [Strike: 14].
> [/Ted]

Ted's sword comes down on the brain [9MD].  He feels tremendous
resistance, but the sword pierces... something... and scores the tissue
underneath.  Quite suddenly Ted drops to the ground right beside the
brain, and the vortex behind the brain seems to shrink slightly.

Suddenly Alex leaps forward, a black blade in her hand.  Runes glow
brightly, illuminating a face that is the beauty of the red-haired scout,
but eyes that seem strange and alien.  With unbelievable speed, even
for someone like Ted or Talas, she is literally on the brain, the blade
streaking down [Strike: Natural 20!].

As the blade comes down, it seems to pierce a strange semi-luminescent
layer of energy.  The blade only seems to slow slightly, the runes dimming
momentarily before lighting up again as the blade passes into the brain.

The brain seems to shrink as strange wisps of some sort of energy are
pulled out of it.  It bucks back and forth wildly, screaming so loudly that
it threatens to burst unprotected eardrums.  And then, quite suddenly,
it drops to the deck, shriveled, bereft of even the sickly hues that indicated
some sort of life.  Alex is standing there, her eyes aglow with a
terrifying fire,
the blade dripping with a pale fluid.

> [Koba]
> Now that Koba is closer to the cannon, he can try to adjust the targeting.
> Never having found the chain that holds the submarine here, Koba will
> attempt to alter the target of the laser to the chain itself a hundred
> meters away from the ship's hull
> [/Koba]

Koba's senses reach out and gain control of the targeting system.  It's
sensors become Koba's eyes, and he can clearly see the chain.  He
commands the cannon to fire [Strike: 16], and the cannon opens an
enormous barrage on the chain [Damage: 150MD], turning into molten
metal and severing it.  The sub is free.

The submarine may no longer be in trouble, but the company is.
The hole that the brain had blown into the dome suddenly turns into
a crack with the sound of stressed and breaking glass.  Koba feels
a few drops of water on his face.

The vortex that the brain thing had opened suddenly enlarges.  Coming towards
it from the pinkish oozing world beyond are several brains, clearly intent
on leaving their dimension.

"If anyone has a way out of here," Talas says,  "now is the time."  Despite
this, he raises his swords and prepares for the onslaught.

Aaron Clausen
mightymartianca at gmail.com

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