[Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter XVII - Return to Hoburn Hill
kitsunefx at netzero.net
Fri May 15 01:43:22 UTC 2015
On 2015-05-13 15:47, Aaron Clausen wrote:
> The stairs are every bit as tricky as Alex and Vesper could have
> expected. Centuries worth of water have eroded away large portions of
> the concrete stairs to little more than rusted steel rebar and powder.
> At times, Alex is essentially forced to climb, but with the line to
> keep them safe, even missteps do not lead to any serious falls.
> Still, it is backbreaking work, and seems to take a long time. Fortune
> is on their side, however. As they descend, they find the general
> structure of the building is in better shape, and the erosion of the
> stairs less and less, until they can descend relatively safely, though
> there are still spots where the stairs have collapsed.
> As they descend, Alex and Vesper note signs of more recent occupation.
> Here and there they see evidence of fires with animal bones, and in
> some cases humanoid bones. Clearly the denizens of the ruined city
> lead a somewhat barbaric life. Where access doors are missing, they
> can glimpse the floors they pass; long wide hallways stretching off
> into the darkness, here and there illumination from what must be
> windows. There are more signs of occupation; mattresses sprawled on
> floors, more fire pits, clothes hanging from lines. Both adventurers
> can smell cook fires.
> The stairs here are very well tended, and there are signs of recent
> repairs; wooden or beaten metal steps replacing missing or damaged
> concrete steps. It's then that Alex's keen eyes catch movement a floor
> down on the stairwell, and the slight "crunch" of a booted foot
> treading on concrete fragments.
Even though a lot of work and worried about their companions abandoning
them, there is still something enjoyable about climbing. Not the first
time she has climbed in ruins although she thinks to herself that maybe
Vesper need some lessons.
When she gets down where it looks like it is inhabited, she whispers to
Vesper, "Be very careful. Some of what I see does not look real
She will use telepathy to scan to see if there are any minds around.
> OOC: I'm assuming Alex responds.
"With the magic storm the way it is, Vesper does not trust teleporting
again. As such, we are going to try to climb down if we can," Alex
ooc: This would have happened before they began to climb.
If people are good only because they fear punishment and hope of reward,
then we are a sorry lot indeed -
- Albert Einstein, German-born American Physicist
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