[Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter XVII - Return to Hoburn Hill
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ooc: This is before Louissa disappears
The red headed scout asks Vesper, "Mind if we stay together. These magic
storms scare me just a little bit"
It can only be so intimate because she is wearing full armor and has her
rifle but she is glad of any company he can give her. In addition, she
will wrap her arm around him if he allows it.
ooc: After Louissa disappears
"I am a scout," Alex responds, "Everybody stay away from where she
disappeared at. Let me see if can see any tracks." The ranger will then
look and see what she can find. It is frustrating but this is how things
seem to work these days.
On 3/10/2015 18:29, Aaron Clausen wrote:
> >> [GM]
> >> The navigator finds a ley line heading eastward. It is a smaller
> like that
> >> should avoid any major nexus points, and hopefully anyone seeking
> to follow
> >> them. Night slips over the company and then they can clearly see
> the glow of
> >> the ruins.
> >> Captain Neeson shakes her head, some worry on her face. "Those are
> the Ghost
> >> Lights of Liverman. Some of the light is the nexus points, some of
> it is
> >> lingering radiation, and some of it, well if the tales are to be
> >> are permanently opened rifts; gateways created during the dark days
> of the
> >> Apocalypse by the first great sorcerers of the new age; gates to
> >> hells."
> >> "What they usually mean," the navigator interjects, "is intense ley
> >> activity, which makes sailing on a ley line, even a minor one,
> >> I've seen this glow a few times, but never this bright. And the
> ozone, it is
> >> getting stronger."
> >> As the navigator speaks, everyone can smell the sharp odour of
> ozone, and
> >> those sensitive to it can feel the growing tingling sensation. A
> ley line
> >> storm is brewing.
> >> The area they are entering is hilly, and the ruins themselves are
> out of
> >> sight, though the glow is not. A few bluish bolts of lightening
> flash in the
> >> sky, and the ship trembles slightly at the energies coursing down
> the ley
> >> line.
> >> "We can try to outrun the storm," the Captain says, "or we can take
> the ship
> >> off the ley line and hunker down around here."
> >> It is reasonably sheltered. A few houses remain, half fallen down,
> but large
> >> and well built to have lasted through these centuries. They look to
> >> been mansions, so perhaps this was a suburb of the great city, an
> escape and
> >> retreat for its wealthier citizens.
> >> [/GM]
> > [Alex]
> > "I am a soldier and scout, I certainly do not feel confident enough
> in the ability to
> > just the best course of actions. I certainly do not want to get
> caught in a magical
> > storm however," Alex responds.
> > She looks over at Vesper, "You know far more about magic than I do,
> what do
> > you think." Does light up slightly speaking to him. At heart, she is
> more than a
> > bit of a romantic.
> > [/Alex]
> > [Vesper]
> > Vesper nods to Alex, "Yes we should avoid the storm as much as
> possible. It
> > looks to be a ley line storm and since this is a magical vessel we
> should if it is
> > possible take it off the line and land someplace sheltered from it.
> I have seen
> > storms like this before. Lightning is drawn to magic and magical
> craft and
> > items. If we stay on the line we risk getting rifted or worse." He
> looked to Oz,
> > "These storms are natural though on occasion happen when someone or
> > is trying to harness a nexus. I can't tell what the case is but I
> will alert
> > everyone the moment I sense a rift open in that mess."
> > [/Vesper]
> > [Oz]
> > Oz nods. "I bow to your superior knowledge. If you say we should go
> off the
> > line, we go off the line." He nods to the Captain. "Find us a good
> place to
> > hide, Captain."
> > [/Oz]
> The Captain nods and begins commanding the crew to prepare to detach
> from the ley line. The ship's large PPE batteries fire up and the ship
> gently glides away from the ley line. Captain Neeson selects a wooded
> area between two large and still reasonably intact buildings, great
> white Corinthian columns glowing blue with the mystical light. The
> craft gently sets down on the ground, about two thousand feet off the
> ley line.
> The sergeant turns to Oz. "Sir, with permission, we'll set out a
> secure perimeter. Not so much as a squirrel will get near the ship."
> The crew are organized into watches. Neeson makes sure that they
> compliment the New Camelot soldiers in keeping an eye on things.
> As the night deepens, the storm grows more intense, putting on an
> incredible light show. Blue fork lightning strikes the ley line, and
> it steadily grows in size, until its at least three or four times its
> previous diameter. The air tingles with mystical energy, and one of
> the psychics, a young red-haired fellow named Brandon, amuses his
> crewmates by using telekinesis to fire a metal ball at a nearby tree,
> taking great gouges out of it with each strike, until the erratic
> nature of the mystical energy turns the ball around and plunges into
> the deck of the ship at about two hundred miles an hour.
> Jacek and a few of his mercenaries take their turn at guarding the
> security perimeter around 3AM, as the storm is hitting its peak. The
> wind is blowing out from the ruins at nearly 100mph, bringing with it
> a warm rain and odd, alien smells.
> Louissa, who hasn't been able to get any sleep, finally rolls over and
> tells Ted and the rest of her companions "I'm going with Jacek on
> watch." She grabs her gear and heads outside.
> OOC: If anyone wants to go with her, they're welcome to, though maybe
> they want to get some sleep. The following is for anybody that follows
> Jacek sets his men to manning the part of the perimeter closest to the
> hills dividing the ruins from this suburb. He sets a dozen men in
> squads of three to patrol the area, including one of the the ruined
> mansions. No one is permitted to be out of earshot, and everyone has
> their radios set to the same encoded frequencies as the soldiers and
> the crew of the ship.
> Louissa is assigned to the company that is closest to the mansion. It
> is a magnificent building, and it is a credit to its builders that
> centuries exposed to the elements; mystical and natural, have not
> toppled it. Its columns stand fifty feet high, holding up a great roof
> that at first appears to be stone, but is in fact some sort of
> decorated and molded megadamage material. The windows, though clear,
> cannot be made of any normal kind of glass, because the remain intact.
> Still, the doors were long ago pushed or blown down, and what can be
> seen on the inside is generations of squatters; fire pits, piles of
> refuse, animal bones and the like. Jacek does not permit anyone inside
> the building, fearing at the very least it could be unstable, and at
> worst it could be home to some menace.
> As the night wanes, there is no sign of any danger. The winds are
> beginning to die down, the rain continues, but is now normal cold
> February rain. Jacek is preparing to end his team's watch and pass it
> on to the next group when someone observes "Where is the Lady Louissa?"
> OOC: Anybody left in the ship is woken up.
> Someone wakes the rest of the company up, indeed the whole ship. "We
> have a man missing! It is the Lady Louissa! No one knows where she is.
> OOC: I'm attaching a rough map of the area.
> Aaron Clausen
> mightymartianca at gmail.com <mailto:mightymartianca at gmail.com>
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