[Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter XVII - Return to Hoburn Hill
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Mon Mar 30 04:44:17 UTC 2015
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.
On 2015-03-29 03:03, Aaron Clausen wrote:
> >> [GM]
> >> ...
> >> In the meantime, the company reach the top of the hill, and there
> >> before them is the immensity of haunted Liverman in all its strange,
> >> ruined, horrifying glory. At least a dozen ley lines, and four nexuses,
> >> can be seen. The very air shimmers with mystical energy.
> >> The trail of the kidnappers merges here with the ruins of an old road
> >> that leads down about a mile to a bridge across the River Mersey. The
> >> bridge itself is still standing, and despite the rust and other signs
> >> of decay, actually looks as if someone is at least attempting to
> >> maintain it. New supports have been welded, along with pilings to hold
> >> up the sagging bridge near its center.
> >> Beyond the bridge the buildings for several blocks have been knocked
> >> down, and it looks like the rubble has been used to construct a
> >> pyramid that sits below the nearest nexus, about a half a mile from
> >> the bridge [OOC: a mile and a half from the company's current
> >> position]. A wall of rubble and steel surrounds the pyramid, and
> >> several fires can be seen blazing inside the wall. It looks like it
> >> would be difficult to creep up to the wall from this direction, as it
> >> is essentially an empty plain. There might be a way by going the long
> >> way around, as there looks to be several still-standing buildings, but
> >> it means going several miles out of their way through the ruins of the
> >> city.
> >> The light of the nexus is so strong that it casts shadows, and more
> >> importantly reveals several individuals, probably humanoid, racing
> >> towards the pyramid, carrying another figure.
> >> [/GM]
> > [Vesper]
> > Vesper would be trailing not too close to Alex or Ted to ruin their
> > tracking but close enough to provide support. So figure at least 50 to
> > 100 feet back. Feeling the nexus and ley lines Vesper starts fueling
> > himself feeling he may need it when the city or what is left of it comes
> > into view.
> > [/Vesper]
> > [Oz]
> > Oz orders the hovercycles not to pursue, instead to keep up an aerial
> > watch over the four of them as they pursue on foot. Like Alex, he
> > hunkers down below the crest of the hill and pokes just his scoped rifle
> > up to peer down at the city. Unlike Alex, when he hunkers down he
> > turns on the active camo function of his fully environmental armor and
> > fades from sight like a ghost.
> > [/Oz]
> The hovercycle pilots confirm, and stay back from the crest of the hill.
> > [Alex]
> > The red headed scout brings her rifle up and focuses her scope.
> > [/Alex]
> It is almost certainly Louissa. She is wearing New Camelot armor, bit
> no helmet, and Alex can see her hair, though not her face.
> > [Alex]
> > If she is over 80% sure the carried figure is Louissa, she moves the
> > rifle quickly down just a millimeter and makes a called shot on the
> > runner's leg. She will be firing a three round burst because she wants
> > to stop the person. [Strike: 8]
> > [/Alex]
> Unfortunately the shot misses, and wrote, it alerts the captors that
> they have been followed and are under attack.
> > [Ted]
> > As soon as Alex fires, Ted takes off running at full speed straight for
> > the Louissa.
> > [/Ted]
> 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.
> Aaron Clausen
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