[Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter XVI - Assault on the Kydians
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The ex coalition scout continues to stand guard and protect people as
they prepare to escape.
"Lets do our best to make sure everybody comes out alive."
On 1/23/2015 17:48, Aaron Clausen wrote:
>>> The elevator has more than enough room for everyone, and fortunatley seems
>>> to operate on some other principle than cables. As the company gets in, the
>>> building completely collapses around them, and the elevator drops about ten
>>> feet in a split second; knocking several people to the floor. Then, its
>>> lifting mechanism recovers and the rest of the ride is gentle, though
>>> clearly quite swift.
>>> Despite the speed of the elevator's descent, the trip takes a good two
>>> minutes. They must be thousands of feet underground by the time it slows,
>>> and finally stops.
>>> The door opens on an enormous cavern, at least three hundred feet high, and
>>> a three thousand feet in diameter. Great pillars carved out of living rock
>>> in the shapes up of dour-looking dwarfs, hold the ceiling up. Wherever
>>> water leaks from the walls and ceiling it is channeled into rivers that
>>> cascade into pools of shimmering water. The whole chamber is lit by several
>>> bright globes that shine with daylight.
>>> There are small stands of trees, lawns, gardens, stone-houses carved out of
>>> the floor of the great cavern. In the middle of it all is a single squar
>>> stone pillar about a hundred feet in width, that reaches up to the ceiling. A
>>> single great door of shining metal sits at its base.
>>> "This is our true dwelling." Skarn says. "Kizak-kuzdan. It is our greatest
>>> creation, and now we must destroy it. But come, you wish for the cold iron."
>>> Skarn leads them to the great central pillar and at the door, he murmurs a
>>> series of Dwarfish incantations. The door noiselessly opens to reveal a
>>> spectacular scene. Tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of
>>> ingots of gold, silver, platinum, and other precious metals. There are
>>> gemstones both familiar and unfamiliar neatly placed on shelves. There are
>>> coins of every kind of metal in the thousands. It is safe to say that none
>>> of the adventurers have seen so much wealth.
>>> Skarn leads them up a flight of stairs, and at the top, about a hundred feet
>>> off the ground, is a display case. Within are about fifty to sixty rods of some
>>> sort of blackish-bluish metal. They are about an inch in diameter, and six
>>> feet tall.
>>> "You would have to journey to our ancestors halls on Palladium to see a
>>> greater store of the cold iron." Skarn says. "Take what you need, you have
>>> earned it."
>>> He pulls a small device about the size of a credit card out of his armor. On
>>> it are two black buttons. He presses one of them, and in the distance a loud
>>> voice starts speaking in Dwarfish "Kaz kaz ukruk nakat-zirk. Kaz kaz ukruk
>>> "But you must hurry." Skarn continues. "This whole complex, and the town
>>> above, indeed the entire valley, will turn into a fireball in five minutes.
>>> There are two ways to escape; in here, where we will be shifted to a nearby
>>> dimension to begin anew, or via the elevator, down to the escape tunnel
>>> several hundred feet below us. There is a mag-lev transport that will take
>>> you about eighty miles west of here."
>>> Ithdalkal shakes her head, and then says, "What of the ship? We are
>>> assuredly to deep in the earth to use radios to warn them, and if they do
>>> not move soon, they will be destroyed."
>> Oz gestures at Vesper. "He can get us out of here, straight to the ship and
>> then we're right out of the valley. Right, Vesper?"
>> "Yes, just keep the cold iron away from the portal till it is open everyone travel
>> through I will need to go through last. More time would have been better but will
>> make do." Vesper looks for the best area to open the rift to the ship and prepares
>> taking out the PPE charged items he has knowing most things including himself
>> will be drained. Ask the Dwarves if they are going to sacrifice all that wealth in the
>> explosion. If so we could sure use some to fund our operations against the
>> Splugorth." Vesper drew out the parameters of the Rift and began the ritual
>> hoping the ship had not moved from where it was.
> Skarn shakes his head. "No, we shall sacrifice none of it. It is the
> product of a thousand year's labor. This pillar will, in a minute or
> so, will fall into a dimensional portal. I and my companions here will
> journey with it to assure that no unforeseen evil befalls it."
> Skarn thinks for a moment. "But I take your point, and indeed if you
> would use some of our wealth to combat these foul murderous Splugorth,
> then so be it."
> Skarn turns to one of his companions. "Relzek! Kak nurkad zik tagbarakor!"
> The dwarf nods, grabs a couple of other dwarfs, and they run back down
> the stairs. They return moments later with a crate filled with gold
> ingots. These ingots are emblazoned with the symbols of the New German
> Republic, along with serial numbers and the value of each ingot;
> 200,000 NGR credits. There are about 100 ingots in the crate.
> "You will find these easiest to spend or exchange." Skarn says. "We
> received these from a Triax agent in return for our services some
> years back. Now go. You have only a few minutes left."
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