[Taocow PBEM] [Vesper, Alex, Oz and Ithdalkal] Book 3 - Chapter XIV - Belmont Abbey

Aaron Clausen mightymartianca at gmail.com
Mon Apr 14 19:59:18 UTC 2014

OOC: Been bogged down and haven't got lists of items together. I'll
try to do that in the next few days, but let's carry on...

>> [GM]
>> The sergeant radios Oz again. "We're in the ship, Mr. Smythe and Lady
>> Louissa are here, but we don't have a way of piloting this thing to
>> you. Either you find the captain or some crew who can help, or I think
>> we've got to abandon this ship and get out of town. Waiting for
>> instructions sir."
>> At that moment there's a loud crash, probably coming from the shop
>> next door. Boots can be heard outside the shop  door.
>> [/GM]

> [Oz]
> Oz curses quietly in a language that is neither English nor German. He
> responds over the radio. "Did anyone see the captain or crew during
> their leave?" Oz cracks open the black faceplate to speak to Vesper
> and Alex. "The men are on the ship but we've got no crew and no
> captain. Do we know where the captain was planning on going in town?"
> [/Oz]

> [Vesper]
> "I have no clue where the Captain or crew might be. Though with such
> a pervasive presence of Splugorth pawns in the city, escaping by air
> might be a bad idea."
> "Wait a moment I seem to remember seeing some of the crew. It was
> when we first came to the shop. They were heading into another building
> a bit down the way. Some place with red lanterns outside of it. I am not
> sure if they are still there but it is worth a shot trying to see.  Keldon is
> there a back or hidden way out of here ?"
> [/Vesper]

> [Alex]
> Unable to help herself, she does effectively a face palm, "It is a
> brothel. Not so much the soldiers in my unit but half the soldiers I
> dealt with regularly would visit one every time they got paid. The rest
> are probably getting drunk somewhere." Her voice does not sound mad
> though, just more amused.
> [/Alex]

> [Oz]
> "Close is good. Let's go get some people who can fly us out of here.
> The faster the better." Oz shuts his faceplate again and re-seals his
> armor, preparing to follow Vesper and the others through a back door.
> [/Oz]

"Yes, yes, of course." he says, clearly frightened out of his mind.
"Lads, open the trap door, and be quick."

As his sons work, Keldon tries to explain, "This building was built on
top of the ruins of some old store, and there were storage rooms
underneath. There was a tunnel linking it to where the brothel is, but
I cannot say if it's still intact."

Moments later the two sons announce "It's open father!", pointing to
where a bookshelf had been just a moment before. There, in the floor,
is a trapdoor.

At that moment, there is a loud bang, followed by another one. The
front door shivers, but does not yield. "Quick now! That door will
withstand some Kydian boots, but not Kydian energy weapons."

As everyone moves forward, there's the sound of a energy weapon (or
rather several energy weapons) opening fire. The door shivers, starts
to glow, and then explodes, molten bits of metal and other substances
scattering over the front of the store. Some land on scrolls and begin
to smolder. Through the smoke and wreckage of the door, plasma and
laser beams shoot into the store.

The Archbishop runs towards the trapdoor, pushing one of Keldon's
sons, who is shoved into an energy beam that cuts deep into his body.

"Nooooo!" Keldon cries.

Aaron Clausen
mightymartianca at gmail.com

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