[Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter III

A Gardner threeplusoneis4 at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 1 22:27:42 GMT 2010

"We should head towards the engine room.  There is a hatch on the floor that could help us get out of the sub alive.  if we can save the others, all the better but if not, we had better hurry."
> Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2010 13:15:57 -0700
> From: mightymartianca at gmail.com
> To: taocowpbem at zork.net
> Subject: Re: [Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter III
> > > [GM]
> > > It's then that an alarm starts to sound. "Warning! Warning!
> > > Dangerous energy storm ahead!"
> > >
> > > The view port shows an amazing but frightening sight, an underwater
> > > nexus with a rift opening, and the sub is heading straight for it.
> > > [/GM]
> > [Carlos]
> > Before she wakes up, Carlos tries to tie up Etta.
> > [/Carlos]
> [GM]
> Etta is only semi-conscious and offers no resistance.
> [/GM]
> [Carlos]
> > Carlos then turns to Arsendel with rifle ready, "Who or what is she,
> and why does she want to kill you?"
> > [/Carlos]
> [Arsendel]
> "That's a long story." Arsendel says. "Let's put it this way. Etta's people
> view my people as errant citizens, my people view Etta's people as invading
> enslaving thieves. I don't necessarily expect you to take my side, I just ask
> that you don't automatically assume that Etta or her cohorts, if any still
> survive in cryo, despite their doubtless boundless enthusiasm and sincerity,
> are in fact right."
> Looking at the view screen, his pale face growing even paler, if possible,
> he adds "Of course, all of that may soon be irrelevant. A most fascinating
> world you have here."
> [/Arsendel]
> > [Ted]
> > The lizard man pulls himself up straight. He mumbles, "There is
> > never a dull moment with you guys around." Sheathing his weapon,
> > he states, "With Lyle and Etta both out of the picture, we are still
> > going to need someone to steer this chum-bucket. Any of you
> > qualified or should I wake one of the others?"
> > [/Ted]
> [Osiris]
> "We may have to." Osiris says. "If we do, I suggest Mr. Arsendel
> find somewhere to hide. He seems to have a somewhat violent
> effect on the crew of this vessel, living and dead."
> [/Osiris]
> > [Alex]
> > Alex is more of a ground person than anything else. "Can we avoid the
> > rift?" the red haired scout asks
> > [/Alex]
> > [Koba]
> > "Now that Etta supposedly got this thing fixed we should likely head
> > to New Camelot. That is where this ambassador is from and I think it
> > is fair to bring him home. I'll see if I can convince this thing that heading
> > into a nexus is a very bad idea." With that Koba will move quickly back
> > to the control center and see what control he has over the ship.
> > [/Koba]
> [GM]
> Koba tries to get the helm to alter course [Skill Check: failed]. The Rift
> is no more than about five hundred meters away when Koba tries again
> [Skill Check: failed], with no more success than the first time.
> Now some very ugly creatures that look like translucent dolphins with
> squid tentacles are swimming out of the rift, yet another example of
> a nice new dimensional species getting a foothold in Earth's oceans.
> They seem pretty brainless, but fast, closing the gap with the sub,
> smacking it with horribly thuds.
> As the sub approaches the rift, it's engines begin to labor. The reason
> these squid-porpoises are moving so fast is because of an incredibly
> strong current in the water flowing from the alien ocean into the rift. The
> sub, still on its last course, fights furiously but finally overrides meant
> to protect the propulsion system and reactor from damage kick in, and
> the propulsion system is shut down.
> The navigation system shows the sub being pushed up and north, out
> of control and towards shallows of about fifty feet deep. The view
> screen is a muddled mess, sonar producing only depth information,
> and what looks like possibly the outlines of submerged buildings.
> And then there is a terrible groan followed by the sound of metal ripping.
> Water can be heard roaring in from the lower deck. The sub has
> obviously struck something.
> [/GM]
> [Osiris]
> "The hull's been compromised." he shouts. "We've got to get out of here."
> [/Osiris]
> [Etta]
> Etta wakes up and desperately tries to break the bonds. "The others!"
> she shouts. "You've got to save the others in cryo! Let me loose to
> save them!"
> [/Etta]
> [Arsendel]
> Arsendel hangs on to a bulk head. "Fools! Save those who are awake.
> Don't listen to that raving lunatic."
> [/Arsendel]
> -- 
> Aaron Clausen
> mightymartianca at gmail.com
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