[Taocow PBEM] [Oz] Book 3 - Chapter X - The Quest For Louissa

Karl Prosek karl.prosek at gmail.com
Wed Jan 23 20:44:36 UTC 2013

> "You look like a man to do business." he says. "An' front what I hear
> o' the battle, the Hood's no damned good to me."
> The man leans forward. "Whole camp is surrounded by a fog.. a mist.
> The Hood bought it from some mage. Shifts the whole place in to some
> other dimension... a pocket dimension I think they call it. If you
> don't have one of the special lamps, you'll likely stay lost in that
> fog forever. Wherever you see a trail marked with stones leading into
> the fog, reach inside and feel for a lamp."
> The man looks mighty pleased with himself. "An' just to show you I'm a
> fair minded bloke. You ain't the first person I told. Little girl
> asked me a few hours back, an' paid handsomely for the information.
> Now it's your turn to pay up. Where's that gun?"

In another place, Osmar Wolz might have given the man his gun barrel
first. Here, though, chivalry was the rule and not the sign of
weakness that would get you a vibroknife in the back. He put out a
hand, clearly expecting someone to put something in it. "Give me
whatever gun he was carrying before all this."

Once he had the man's gun, he held it out to the man but didn't let
go. "I won't begrudge any man a weapon in times like these. But if we
find ourselves on different sides of another battlefield, I'm not
likely to be as friendly as I was this time. You understand?"

When the man indicated his understanding, Oz let go of the gun. Oz
stood up and put out a hand to help the man to his feet, clapping him
on the shoulder in a gesture of 'we're all human' camaraderie. "If
you're smart and not of a mind to fight, you'll head north and find a
cave somewhere to hide out. I wasn't exaggerating about the aliens
coming to put us all in chains. Nothing short of an army is going to
stop them from putting you on the selling block."

Of course, Oz didn't tell the man about the tracker he'd palmed out of
his own pocket and placed on him.

I guess that would be a Palming/Concealment check with a tracer bug.

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