[Taocow PBEM] [Vesper, Oz and Miles] Book 3 - Chapter XIII - The Millennium Druids
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"There is some flashing light down here on what's left of the barge. It might be an explosive or
some kind of warning beacon. We need to move out now !"
He looks to the woman, "What would the flashing light on the barge mean ? When a Slaver barge
is destroyed does it explode ?"
Regardless he scrambles out of the hole.
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One of Oz's men produces a coil of rope, about a hundred feet worth,
more than enough. In short order, Miles, Thodin the Dwarf and the two
scouts are back up on solid ground. For them, the view of the
devastation is a considerable shock. The lake is no more, and a muddy
plane all the way to a river that flows through the ruins of the old
dam is what remains. They also see a considerable pile of Splugorth
weapons and equipment. Oz, Vesper and the men with them have been
Miles jumps back a bit as the craft falls.
"We need to exit this as soon as we can. "
Miles looks up to where the craft fell from and sees if there is a way to get to the surface from there.
> > [GM]
> > They all open fire on the Slaver. The creature tries to pull itself
> > free of the wreckage and the exposed tunnel, but it is clearly too
> > weak to accomplish this. Still, it takes a good long while, and
> > several e-clips for everyone, to finally break through the armor,
> > bio-wizardry defenses and the creatures own natural toughness, but
> > finally it gives up what little fight it has, and stops moving. Its
> > flesh has largely been burned to a crisp and the smell is horrific.
> > Unfortunately, the barge has sustained some heavy damage both in the
> > crash and from the weapons fire, and probably isn't easily repairable,
> > at least not without a Technowizard's help.
> > And then they see movement on the other side of the barge. A hand
> > suddenly appears on the other side of the barge, and then a head. It
> > is one of the legendary and feared Blind Warrior Women!
> > This one does not look quite so fearsome. "Do not hurt me..." she
> > weakly says in a strange accent, and then loses her grip and falls
> > down unseen on the other side of the barge.
> > [/GM]
> "Check fire," Oz orders. "Keep your weapons on her, though."
> "We'll send someone down to get you. Lay down any weapons you might
> still be carrying, don't make any hostile movements, and you will be
> out of there in a trice." Oz detailed a pair of soldiers back down the
> rope to retrieve the woman from the pit.
> The soldiers make their way down into the collapsed passage. It takes them time, and once down they find the Warrior Woman's injuries are bad enough that they have to use a piece of the slave barge as a stretcher and then carefullh , with everyone's help, raise it out of the hole.
> The whole rescue takes a good twenty minutes, the whole time everyone subjected to the smell of burning Splugorth Slaver.
> "I expect we'll be debriefing you as soon as we're someplace more
> secure as well, miss. I hope you will be helpful when it comes to it."
> [Blind Warrior Woman]
> The woman nods. "I... do no... how you say it... I do no problem for you and Tree people.."
> She grimaces, clearly in considerable pain.
> [/Blind Warrior Woman]
Oz nods and gets on the radio to his sergeant. "I need an APC at my
location, ASAP. Send a medic along."
"Coming straight away, Sir!" the sergeant replies.
> Vesper looks to the woman, "Do you wish to live free of your masters ?"
> He looked to the others, "Hold your fire."
> The soldiers nod, but look very edgy. "Aye, sir, we'll hold our fire, but these woman are damned dangerous." None of them lower their weapons.
Oz nods approvingly at the men's wariness.
> [Blind Warrior Woman]
> The woman looks at Vesper. "Free..." she says, seeming to savor the word. "Yes, I would like free. Fight for Splugorth no more. Fight only for free."
> [/Blind Warrior Woman]
> As they talk to the wounded Splugorth minion, the snow begins to fall again. The temperature seems to drop three or four degrees in a matter of a minute or two, and though it's still a number of hours until dusk, the clouds are becoming darker and beginning to drop. Only the light of the ley line nexus offers any illumination, far greater than the cloud-hidden sun.
"Transport's on the way. We'll get her and that other stuff loaded up
then back to shelter." Oz nods at the warrior woman. "Do you have a
name, miss? It will make things less confusing if we have something we
can call you. I'm Oz."
"I was Ith-dal-kal." she replies. "I am... was... the second of Slaver Kal. It is dead and I minion no more. What name would you call me?"
Vesper looks over the blind warrior woman seeing if she has any weapons or communication devices.
She has some sort of ear bud that connects to her armor.
He also takes the time to inspect the barge and slaver. It's the first time he had been able to get so close
without being a potential slave or target of such a thing.
Vesper then wrote in the snow to OZ - Be Wary she may be a plant -
It has been heavily damaged and it looks as if whatever powers it is no longer functional. As he searches the wreckage, Vesper sees a flashing light near what seems to be control system of the barge.
As Vesper is searching the wreckage the APC arrives. The sergeant hops out with a young soldier in tow. Both look in wonder and fear at the Blind Warrior Woman.
"Keep your guns on her." the sergeant. He turns to Oz. "She's a bloody danger sir. Last one of those we met, my sergeant ended up in pieces and I ended up a sergeant. Permission to take arrest her as a prisoner of war."
[Thodin the Dwarf]
The dwarf looks to Miles. "I confess, Friend Miles, to being quite tired, and though no dwarf would love to be in a tree, I'd sleep on the top branch right about now."
[/Thodin the Dwarf]
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