[Taocow PBEM] [Oz] Book 3 - Chapter XVII
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Fri Aug 28 20:14:47 UTC 2015
>> Ithdalkal appears from behind some creates, and salutes Oz. "That was
>> an excellent shot, my lord," she says simply, though there's clear
>> adoration in her blind eyes.
> Oz appreciated the adoration and the blind warrior woman's shapely
> form in equal measure. Soldiers were expected not to bed their
> underlings, but while Oz was more than willing to stick to military
> discipline in most things even though he was not technically a
> soldier, that rule just seemed silly to him. But that was for another
>> The little girl just stands there, staring at the smoking corpse of
>> her would-be liberator. She looks at Oz with that sickening little
>> girl smile.
>> "Now why did you have to go and do that?" she asks. "He was a nice,
>> accommodating fellow, for a twisted tenth generation mutant human
>> freak. He probably would have tasted just as good, but you humans
>> always like your food so overcooked."
>> Meanwhile, on deck Oz can hear the heavy energy weapons still firing.
>> Over his coms, his Sergeant asks, "Sir, we've basically turned the
>> hillside to molten lava. Recommend we cease fire so we can communicate
>> with the rest of your company."
> "I'm not talking to you, demon." Oz switched to his radio to agree
> with his sergeant. "I concur, sergeant. The problem down here is dealt
> with as well." He glanced briefly in the still-living demon's
> direction. "For now."
"I'm not complaining," the demon calls after Oz. "I'm a bit hungry, so
I'll eat those overcooked bits. Hope they don't give me cancer!" The
demon begins laughing in that horrible little girl cackle.
Above the relentless heavy energy weapons fire ceases. When Oz and
Ithdalkal head back on deck, the sight they behold is truly something
to see. Where there had been a forested hillside is a broiling mound
of lava. Lava rivers are engulfing the mansions below, which burst
into flames. The air is thick with fumes, and Oz can even feel the
heat through his armor. The minutes of weapons fire have transformed
the area into a vision of hell.
The Sergeant briskly walks over to Oz and salutes. "Sir, the enemy has
been... well... the enemy has been incinerated. One of our drones have
picked a bunch of them moving a rocket launcher out, but it looks like
someone has caused havoc with its targeting system. The Captain
informs me that the engineers were able to directly power the energy
weapons from the leyline energy, so the batteries are full."
"As to our companions, we were in communication with Ms. Hawke just
before the attack, and they are making for the pyramid fortress to
One of the crew briskly walks, salutes Oz and the Sergeant, and then
hands Oz a tablet computer. "Sir, this is the latest drone footage. It
looks like there's the nexus is going to turn into a rift very soon.
Midshapman Wallace, who is our ley line walker, says she thinks it the
rift will open within two to three minutes. Now look at the top of the
When Oz zooms in, he sees at least two dozen people on a platform
above the rift. They all appear to be women, and they are all bound
together. A number of the freakish creatures with what are probably
some sort of neural whips are keeping order. Among them is someone in
New Camelot armor. That must be Louissa.
"The Captain doesn't believe we can risk getting too near the nexus,
Sir," the crewmember says, "but we can probably get close to the
compound itself for an extraction, if we know where your companions
are. The Captain awaits your orders."
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