[Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter XVII - Return to Hoburn Hill

Aaron Clausen mightymartianca at gmail.com
Fri Apr 10 19:25:13 UTC 2015

OOC: Many apologies. I had intended to send this out on Thursday, but
ended up instead in a ophthalmologist's office dealing with bleeding
in the retina of my left eye. I hope that's sufficient excuse. At any
rate, we plug on.

>> [GM]
>> As Ted races towards Louissa and her captors, they react to
>> missed shot. The humanoid carrying Louissa keeps running
>> towards the compound surrounding the pyramid, while the
>> other three stop, drop to their knees, pull out some sort of
>> guns and open fire on the hillside.
>> Alex, Oz and Vesper are forced to duck for cover as bluish
>> bolts of energy strike the trees and brush, which explode
>> and burst into flames.
>> By this point Ted, with his incredible mutant speed, is
>> already at the bridge as they take aim at him. The three
>> enemies are about 600 or 700 feet from Ted, the lone captor
>> carrying Louissa is over a thousand feet away, and only a
>> couple of hundred from the wall.
>> As Louissa's captor approaches the wall a gate swings open
>> to allow it and Louissa in.
>> [/GM]

> [Alex]
> Alex will accept some risk of having fire returned to her.
> Always seems to be surprisingly calm under fire. She will take
> a second shot at the leg, followed by another if required.
> [Strike: 16]
> [/Alex]

> [Oz]
> Oz fires at the person carrying Louissa as well, not bothering to
> aim for the runner's leg. [Strike: 19]
> [/Oz]

> [Vesper]
> Vesper starts absorbing some of the power around him. Providing
> an energy field wall for the shooters to use for cover.
> After that is done he hunkers down and gets his own energy rifle
> from his back. Providing cover fire for Ted and Alex. [Strike: 5]
> [/Vesper]

Alex's shot hits the captor's leg [Damage: 12MD], followed by Oz's
shot which strikes the captor's back [Damage: 24MD]. Vesper's covering
fire doesn't hit anything, but certainly forces the captor's
companion's to take cover and protecting Ted, who is completely
exposed on the bridge, from being blown away.

As to Louissa's captor, it stumbles as Alex's shot hits it. It must
have some sort of megadamage protection, because it (and its
companions) look to be largely naked, and the leg doesn't disappear at
a megadamage strike. Oz's shot nails the creature right in the back,
and this time the damage is visible, even in the bluish ley line
light, as a large black smoking hole appears, and the creature falls
over, trapping Louissa beneath its body. She doesn't appear to move.

The other captors find what cover they can behind rocks and scrub, but
on the wall several figures can be seen, and they too open fire,
shooting wildly in Ted and the rest of the company's directions, as
several figures run out of the gate towards Louissa. Such is the
intensity of the fire that Vesper, Oz and Alex on the hillside are
forced to take cover as trees and huge chunks of the hillside are
blown away. Ted, too, is forced to dive for cover, though he notes
that all are firing at his head, and none seem keen to actually fire
at the bridge he is on.

Behind the three companions on the hill side, the borg Jacek and a
number of his bandits appear, and return fire as best they can, though
they too are unwilling to risk the barrage. "This is turning into a
frontal assault!" Jacek shouts.

Aaron Clausen
mightymartianca at gmail.com

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