[Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter XV - Wales
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Mon Jun 16 19:31:41 UTC 2014
>> The Blind Warrior woman interjects. "I do not know Anne's race, but I
>> do know the Splugorth trade with many races. It is as Anne says; the
>> Splugorth are wicked, but they do represent one of the Megaverse's
>> greatest trading networks, and many worlds, good and evil, out of
>> necessity, must work with them. And if you should distrust her, then
>> you should distrust me, for I am a Minion, a servant up to a few days
>> ago. Perhaps, being on good terms with Lord Splynn, she may be of some
>> use to us."
> "I don't worry too much, I just wanted to ask directly," Alex responds.
> "I could be some deep cover agent for the Coalition after all. Granted,
> I am not that good, but could all be part of the trick."
>> The conversation is interrupted by the leyline ship starting to move,
>> heading back towards the ley line. Soon enough it is back on the ley line,
>> and moving westward towards Wales at great speed, leaving behind the Abbey,
>> the Kydians, and, at least for the moment pursuit.
>> In fact, for the first time since the Millennium Tree, everyone can relax,
>> or at least try to. The ship moves through the night, through a land of
>> snow-covered trees and hills; entering the land that was once Wales around
>> It is after dawn that Neeson comes to the company and informs them "We may
>> have a problem."
>> She leads them on deck and let's them look through a telescope. In the
>> distance is the walls of some great stone city, dug out of a round Welsh
>> mountain. But while the city looks like it could host hundreds, if not
>> thousands, it looks deserted, and thin columns of smoke rise from it.
>> "This is where the cold iron you seek is kept." Need on says. "But I fear
>> the worst, and do not wish to get any closer."
> Anne spends the trip working on Jacek. For those watching her, it's almost
> like watching a psionic healer work on a flesh and blood patient. Damaged
> metallic 'tissues' fall away from wounds into metallic dust at a touch, to be
> gathered and reforged into structural components. Damaged wiring is rewoven,
> motors are stripped and rewound. Between the multi-tools and whatever she is
> doing with her hands, she molds metal into new armor plates almost but not
> quite like a sculptor shaping clay. The tools themselves are worthy of note --
> while she only has two of them, they reshape themselves into any tool she
> needs, apparently with just a thought. While she doesn't ever create anything
> from scratch, the tips of the tools occasionally get fine enough to patch and
> repair microcircuitry. Her claim of being a robotics engineer appears to be a
> bit understated.
Jacek, charming fellow that he is, is simultaneously grateful and
suspicious. "Thank you for your assistance." he says. "And I do hope
that there is nothing in your repairs that will compromise my
> Oz looks through the telescope for a while, eventually giving up the
> scope to someone else. He looks at Vesper and Alex. "A small team to
> scout the city first? If we keep running through transports like we
> have been eventually we're going to end up walking."
Oz's sergeant nods. "I'd like to come along, sir. I know you're
looking for a small team, but I'd like to be up close to this one."
> Ted volunteers for the cold iron retrieval team.
> Meanwhile, he seeks out Alex as soon as he is able.
Louissa also volunteers.
> "I will go with you on the scouting mission I absorbed plenty of energy from
> the line to help out."
> "Do you have any magic that would allow us to be hidden?"
> "A number of spells, Chameleon which is best when still or moving slow,
> shadow meld which will make us like shadows, Invisibility though there are
> so many things that can see the invisible it isn't the cool spell it used to
> be." Vesper smiles. "Still yes I should have us covered for stealth."
> The lizard man listens carefully to the plans being made.
> "Ted, do you have any suggestions?"
OOC: I'll let this conversation carry on and then post later this week.
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