[Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter XV - Wales

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IC: Anne leaves her rifle where it is, as it's too cumbersome for a boarding action. She draws her sidearm, and looks over the rail nearest where the noise came from. If she can see the top of the attached line from where she is, she'll hold position. If she can't see it, she'll climb over the rail and move down the hull until she can -- to anyone watching the latter action, she seems to be walking and standing on the hull in a way that defies gravity. 

OOC: If she does go for a walk on the hull, she's actually flying but in a way that will disguise what ability she's using. No need to give any potential enemies intel they don't need after all. She suspects more dwarves, but no need to take chances. Recall the scenes from various Superman comics/cartoons/movies where the guy is climbing the building and suddenly sees red boots standing on the sheer wall. That's about the effect I'm going for here. 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Aaron Clausen" <mightymartianca at gmail.com> 
To: "Tao of Cow Rifts PBEM" <taocowpbem at zork.net> 
Sent: Sunday, July 6, 2014 9:58:31 AM 
Subject: Re: [Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter XV - Wales 

>> [Louissa] 
>> "We do have a flying boat." Louissa says. "But 
>> maybe there is some other way in here besides 
>> the front door. I know in Poughkeepsie fortified 
>> towns like this have secret escape tunnels. 
>> These are dwarfs, do they're experts at digging, 
>> right?" 
>> [/Louissa] 

>> [GM] 
>> As the party debate next moves, they suddenly 
>> hear noises behind them, coming from the 
>> direction they just came. Ted's acute hearing 
>> suggests several individuals moving in a semi 
>> circle to surround them. 
>> On the ship, Anne and the sergeant both see 
>> movement in the forest. They can't make it out 
>> who is surrounding their comrades, as whoever 
>> they are, they are well camouflaged. Whoever 
>> they are, they are moving to surround the party. 
>> [/GM] 

> [Oz] 
> Oz shuts his faceplate, talking over the radio as 
> he moves to take cover. He gives a mental 
> command through his headjack to enable his 
> new armor's active camouflage utility. "Scatter 
> and get back to the ship. Don't get bogged down, 
> keep moving!" He switches to the encrypted 
> channel his soldiers use. "Sergeant, we might 
> need supporting fire in a second. Do not engage 
> until my signal; if the Splugorth spot the ship we 
> might be done." 
> [/Oz] 

> OOC: Prowl check for Oz. He takes -5% on his 
> check from the armor but the active camo gives 
> -20% to anyone trying to spot him. 

OOC: prowl skill at 4%! 

> [Anne] 
> Anne keys her radio, on the group's frequency 
> "Heads up! You have a number of humanoids 
> converging on your position from all sides, size 
> looks like dwarves." She'll stand ready to cover 
> the group, but for the moment holds her fire. 
> [/Anne] 

"Aye Sir, we see them." The sergeant responds. "The lady here thinks they're dwarves. You might be in danger anyways if they think you're with the Splugorth. We've got fire ready on your word." 

> [Alex] 
> Using the night vision feature of her armor, Alex 
> also looks around to see what is around them. If 
> they are within 60 feet, she will also use 'See 
> Aura' from her dagger 
> [/Alex] 

They're definitely humanoid, and very short of state, no more than 4 and a half feet tall. 

The blade revealed that there are ten humanoids, all but two of them off low base PPE, one has psychic abilities, and all have aberrations. 

The blade informs Alex ~These are dwarves, I am certain. ~ 

> [Vesper] 
> Vesper heard the message and looked to the 
> others he lowered himself and said, "Alright I am 
> going to use camouflage on anyone who wants 
> it." He casts it on Alex first unless she objects 
> then others that request it. 
> [/Vesper] 

> [Alex] 
> The scout simply nods 
> [/Alex] 

OOC: I'll assume that Ted agrees to be camouflaged as well. His player can let me know if he chooses otherwise. 

There's a whistle, and the figures stop advancing. Suddenly one of the figures advance into view. It is a dwarf in what looks to be camouflage armor similar to Oz's. The dwarf raises a hand and says "If you are Splugorth, I did, but so do you. Name yourselves." The voice is female. "Are you invaders or friends?" 

Meanwhile, as Anne is trying to watch what is going on, there's a loud THUNK on the hull of the ship. One of the crew shouts "Someone has attached a rope or line of some kind!" 
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