[Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter V - The Debate

Aaron Clausen mightymartianca at gmail.com
Tue Dec 6 21:53:04 UTC 2011

> [Oz]
> The German man parks his vehicle in an out of the way spot and
> proceeds to pull a small arsenal out of the boot. In addition to his
> brace of pistols he adds an energy shotgun- in a holster attached to
> his lower back- and slung an energy carbine over his shoulder.
> [/Oz]

>> [Louissa]
>> Louissa looks very concerned, and turns to her companions. "I
>> think this is a 'frying pan into the fire' situation we have
>> here."
>> [/Louissa]

> [Oz]
> Oz nods at that. "We should've made for New Camelot, trying to make
> it through the forest. Here, we're sitting ducks at best, maybe
> looking at a siege." He lifts the visor of his helmet up, revealing
> a man in his early thirties, relatively attractive, with dark eyes
> and hair.
> He smiles at the assembled group. "Osmar Wolz. But anybody who gets
> bombed along with me can call me Oz."
> [/Oz]

> [Alex]
> Once she gets to the castle, which she considers more a fort, Alex
> will look around at the defenses to see how good it might be at
> holding up. In looking, she will try to find an e-clip charger
> [/Alex]

It's a well built structure, stone on the inside, but plated with 
mega-damage material at critical points. There are several rail gun and 
heavy particle beam cannon emplacements, as well as what appears to be a 
mini-missile launcher and an anti-aircraft energy weapon.

The keep is definitely built to withstand an initial assault by 
numerically superior forces. It's hard to say how long it might 
withstand an attack.

There is a well off to one side, so there's a source of fresh water. 
Clearly the structure was built for at least some sort of siege. But 
Alex's military-trained eye guesses that against an enemy like the 
Splugorth, it wouldn't last long.

She also spies a door labeled "Armory" which would likely be where an 
recharger would be found.

>> [Little Girl]
>> The little girl, who has been kicking stones around and singing to
>> herself, looks up and then right at the southern wall of the Keep,
>> and almost as if she's looking through it. She begins to giggle in
>> a sweet, and yet somehow menacing, childish fashion.
>> "You have no idea, my Lady Louissa." she says, still chortling.
>> "But I am only here to help Ted Smythe. The rest of you, well..."
>> she shrugs noncommittally, "you're not my concern and dispensable.
>> That poor fat Baron, though. My goodness, but he's in for a
>> surprise!"
>> She begins to laugh uncontrollably and falls to the ground,
>> rolling around with insane mirth.
>> [/Little Girl]

> [Oz]
> Oz quirks an eyebrow at the little girl, obviously wondering what
> she is on about.
> [/Oz]

> [Vesper]
> Vesper takes off the skull helm and shook out his hair. He was a
> human in looks. Long brown hair blue eyes and pale skin. "That's not
> exactly comforting." he glances to Ted, "Why is she helping you ?"
> [/Vesper]

> [Ted]
> "She is in my custody," the lizard man replies, conveying a greater
> sense of responsibility for her than he actually felt. "She has
> information I will need at another time. I apologize if she disquiets
> you."
> [/Ted]

> [Vesper]
> "A bit, though I'm used to talking with things that have a similar
> attitude just hope you have a proper pact or you might end up in a
> relationship built on lies my friend." He says and pats Ted's
> shoulder.
> [/Vesper]

"We have are theories on what that... girl is." Louissa says. "Justin 
over here thinks its some sort of Old One, whatever that is."

> [Oz]
> Oz shrugs. "Well, if we're not going anywhere, we either need to find
> someplace to take shelter or we need to find someplace where we can
> stand and fight."
> The German man eyes the group briefly. "You look like a 'stand and
> fight' kind of group." The accent makes it hard to tell, but it is
> unclear whether he means it as a compliment or not. From his armor,
> one might suspect that the man is more of a 'hide and shoot them in
> the back' type.
> [/Oz]

"We fight when we have to." the older man says. "But I don't think we're 
going to make that much of a difference here. I'm no soldier."

> [Oz]
> He looks around for the commander of the Baron's security forces or an
> upper level officer that he knows.
> [/Oz]

One of the baron's officers, a man named Sir Havalard, who has dined 
with a couple of times, is busily giving instructions to a young woman 
in knight's armor, and she crisply salutes him.

"Yes, Mr. Wolz." Sir Havalard says. "How can I assist you?"

As the knight is talking to Oz, there's a cry from one of the watches. 
"They're bombing the town!"

"Do you think the Baron would be upset if we decided to hightail it now? 
I'm all for spontaneous acts of bravery, but this looks like suicide."

Aaron Clausen
mightymartianca at gmail.com

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