[Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter XIII - The Millennium Druids

Peter Perkins riftsgm at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 29 23:03:14 UTC 2013

"I could stay behind Oz and try to find our missing scouts if you want."
Vesper waited for Oz to answer.

 From: Kitsune <kitsunefx at netzero.net>
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"One of us is under a curse from this creature," the red headed scout 
states. "We were hoping you might be able to help with the curse and 
free the one cursed."

"I am Alexandra Hawke," she continues. "An ex military scout from far 
from here." She looks up at the huge tree, pretty amazed by its size.

On 07/29/2013 16:05, Aaron Clausen wrote:
> You're still down by the lake as a big wave approaches and one of the
> scouts is stuck in some sort of chamber. I'll deal with Miles and
> Thodin separate from the group for the moment.
> Aaron
> On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 12:50 PM, Dave Walter <gunga677 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I seemed to have missed something?
>> On Monday, July 29, 2013, Aaron Clausen wrote:
>>> OOC: And onward and upward! Seems like a good place for a new chapter.
>>>>> [GM]
>>>>> ...
>>>>> When the cataclysm is complete, the lake is gone. A muddy expanse
>>>>> leading down to the original riverbed is all that is left, and only a
>>>>> couple of bodies of Kydians can be seen. The central third of the dam
>>>>> is
>>>>> completely gone.
>>>>> But the worst devastation is below the dam. Where the Splugorth army
>>>>> was
>>>>> just a few moments before is a vast lake of rushing water. The
>>>>> Millennium Tree stands like as an island in a sea of chaos. Many of the
>>>>> Splugorth minions have been swept away further downstream, perhaps a
>>>>> few
>>>>> hundred are straggling in the current or crawling up the banks. Sadly,
>>>>> it seems a few defenders were swept away, but it seems a fair enough
>>>>> trade.
>>>>> As to the small pyramid that had been channeling the energy from the
>>>>> rift, it has been knocked on to its side, and is glowing with a harsh
>>>>> red light, and several Kydians around it can literally be seen melting
>>>>> as the intense energies go wild and scorch the area around it.
>>>>> A cheer rises up from the defenders of the Millennium Tree and they
>>>>> rush
>>>>> ahead to pick off the remaining Splugorth troops.
>>>>> Over the radio an excited voice shouts out "We thank you, whoever you
>>>>> are!"
>>>>> [/GM]
>>>> [Oz]
>>>> Oz responded on the same channel. "Remember that feeling when we come
>>>> in and ask for assistance with our wounded. We're a couple of APCs and
>>>> ATVs in-bound."
>>>> He got on the guard channel and ordered his men into the transports.
>>>> "Let's get down there before the aliens send reinforcements."
>>>> [/Oz]
>>>> [Alex]
>>>> The ranger does not trust the demon child to turn her head. "If you guys
>>>> have it under control, lets get moving."
>>>> [/Alex]
>>> [GM]
>>> There seems no objection to moving on. Still, reaching the Millennium
>>> Tree is a tricky venture, as it is now surrounded by a fast flowing
>>> river on all sides. It takes some careful maneuvering by all three
>>> vehicles to find the shallowest part of the lake.
>>> For Oz, there is the additional worry that his two scouts that went
>>> out the with newcomer and his dwarf to scout out the lake and dam
>>> never returned, leading one of Oz's men to speculate that they may
>>> have got caught in the flood. A couple of men ask for Oz's permission
>>> to go back and look for the four missing people.
>>> For the most part the Splugorth have retreated, their army defeated.
>>> Here and there the company sees defenders with Kydians taken prisoner.
>>> A couple of technowizards have built a mystically-powered energy cage
>>> to keep the Kydians inside, and it is rapidly filling up.
>>> And then there are the friendly casualties, which seem to number in
>>> the hundreds. Bodies of men, women, D-Bees, many who look to be
>>> acolytes, lay side by side as other priests busily try to discover
>>> their identities.
>>> The Tree itself dominates all. It stands hundreds of feet in the air,
>>> and its native power ripples through the air. There is evidence of
>>> damage, score marks over its bark, but now that the dimensional rift
>>> that was causing it injury has closed up, it is healing rapidly.
>>> As they approach the Tree, it appears that a group is coming to meet
>>> them. Three members of this assembly are dressed in drab robes with
>>> hoods that cover their faces. About a dozen retainers in similar
>>> clothing though not wearing their hoods walk beside them. Finally
>>> there are another six people; three who look to be Ley-line Walkers
>>> and three that are heavily armed types who look like mercenaries;
>>> about half human or humanoid and half D-Bees, who seem to be
>>> bodyguards.
>>> The leading hooded figure raises her hand in a gesture to the rest of
>>> that group, who all stop. The hooded figure approaches and then raises
>>> the hood to reveal an old woman, perhaps seventy years old, with short
>>> grey hair, deep wrinkles on a wizened face, and deep brown eyes.
>>> "I am Cassandra, chief Speaker for the Druids of Hednesforth Tree."
>>> she says in a somewhat hoarse voice. "We owe you and your King a great
>>> debt. If you had not come when you had, I think our lot would be much
>>> the worse now."
>>> "Most of you are welcome here as Friends of the Tree. Here, before you
>>> go further on your journey, we shall do what we can do heal your
>>> wounds. But you must be aware that we have many wounded, some near
>>> death, and our resources are taxed."
>>> Another of the hooded figures walks forward, taking off the hood and
>>> unveiling a humanoid with bright red skin, a bald head with three
>>> small horns and three blood-red eyes. The nose is wide and flat over
>>> an overly large mouth filled with bright white razor sharp teeth. A
>>> pretty terrifying figure all in all, only magnified by a great stature
>>> of at least seven feet tall.
>>> "As Cassandra says, most of you are welcome." he says in a harsh
>>> voice. "But you bring a terrible thing you, a very evil being. Surely
>>> you must know that to bring such a thing to a Millennium Tree could be
>>> viewed as a grave insult. Explain yourselves."
>>> [/GM]
>>> --
>>> Aaron Clausen
>>> mightymartianca at gmail.com
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