[Taocow PBEM] [Ted, Alex, Louissa, Jacek the Borg and Co.] Book 3 - Chapter XIII - The Millennium Druids

Aaron Clausen mightymartianca at gmail.com
Tue Sep 10 19:48:16 UTC 2013

>>> [Alex]
>>> Alex does like Louissa but decided to be clunt, "Did you not expect your
>>> parents to be angry when you departed? Not just a wilderness farm girl who
>>> joining the military was her best choice. How I got here, I have no clue.
>>> Luckily, Lone Star is not likely to take it on my parents for something that
>>> happened while I was serving Chi town and not even the LT."
>>> She smiles, "Thing I am afraid of is that they have been attacked by
>>> monsters at their farm. In such a case, I would want to go home. Problem is
>>> that the Coalition would likely execute me if I they found out I came home
>>> and could never get home to help anyway. If I was not an ocean away, my
>>> opinion might change. Even if I could send them  message, I might consider
>>> things a bit differently."
>>> "Now, where exactly are we going to need to go to help Ted," the red headed
>>> scout asks. "This seems to be a problem we can at least try to resolve."
>>> [/Alex]

>> [Louissa]
>> Louissa tries to smile. "You're problems are LOT bigger than mine."
>> she says. "I knew you were a Coalition soldier, but never thought
>> about your family."
>> Louissa looks to her companions. "Ted knows something of why I don't
>> want to go back. But you have to promise you won't say anything to Oz,
>> because he's a knight of New Camelot now and would be obligated to
>> inform King Arr'thu."
>> Louissa looks at Jacek the Borg as well, but he's walked away and is
>> looking at the scenery.
>> "You know I'm New Poughkeepsie nobility, right?" she says. "I'm an
>> heir to a pretty big estate along the Hudson River called Fort Peters.
>> Well, about two or three days before you guys showed up, my uncle had
>> betrothed me to the King of New Poughkeepsie. The wedding is supposed
>> to happen this spring. Yes, that's right, I'm supposed to be a queen
>> in a few months. But what do queens do? Have little princes and
>> princesses and never travel further than some sort of summer estate. I
>> fled with your company because I wanted to see the world. Except our
>> Ambassador at New Camelot has informed both my King and King Arr'thu
>> that I'm in England, and orders will certainly be sent out soon to
>> send me back."
>> [/Louissa]

> [Alex]
> "I am not too worried about my family," the red haired scout responds.
> "Chi-Town might be different, they are kind of nuts up there, but Lone
> Star tends to be more pragmatic. They don't for example take a runaway
> Psi-Hound on her other pack mates."
> "What you do from here is up to you," she continues. "Not as if even
> getting home is not fraught with its own dangers. Transport between the
> New German Republic and the Coalition is done with high altitude
> aircraft that travel really fast."
> "As I said, I cannot go home so wherever I am needs to be home. I would
> offer to be your guard but doubt I could do that job for that long. I am
> decent at fighting but I am far more of a ranger than a guard or
> soldier. Don't know where I might go from here."
> [/Alex]

"New Poughkeepsie has need of scouts, as well." Louissa says. "I can
only hope when all of this is done you'll come back with me. You and
Ted are the only friends I feel like I have in the whole world."

> [Ted]
> The lizard man only nods sympathetically, unsure of what to say.
> "We will do what we can," Ted promises her.
> [/Ted]

"Thanks, Ted." she says. "I know you're a long ways from home, too,
but maybe you can return to New Poughkeepsie as well. Someone with
your talents would be welcome in the King's service, I am certain."

"It seems to me," Taelaen says with a smile, "as if you are something
of a family yourselves."

She turns back towards the ladder down. "Come, let us return to your
apartments. Soon there will be a feast to celebrate our victory and
you're role in it. And then you will meet with the Council."

OOC: Assuming no one else is going to look into the orb, so heading
back down the tree.

The Tree's healing powers are evident. As they pass through areas
where Splugorth damage was great, they see bark already half-grown
over, leaves growing back and the smell of burned wood almost gone
completely. There is a feeling of health about this place.

They are halfway back to the apartments when a Millennium Druid comes
up to Taelaen and whispers something in her ear. She nods and then
turns to the company.

"I have been informed that we have captured many weapons and other
gear. While some of the defenders have use of this, in general we
prefer to use our mystic arts and the Tree's gifts. It can only be a
small part of the reward you deserve, but if you like, you may have a
pick of this equipment."

[Jacek the Borg]
The Borg nods. "This I like." he says. He turns to Ted, Alex and
Louissa. "This may be the only chance any of us has to reprovision and
re-equip, so I recommend we do so."
[/Jacek the Borg]

Aaron Clausen
mightymartianca at gmail.com

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