[Taocow PBEM] [Oz] Book 3 - Chapter XVIII

Aaron Clausen mightymartianca at gmail.com
Mon Aug 29 19:48:30 UTC 2016

The hover transport jet picks the company up, along with Lenny the 
Battle Magus, and they leave the ley line ship. The view as they fly to 
the wreck is uniformly dull. Other than the English coast line far off 
to the east, the Irish Sea is one big frozen plain, with only large 
piles of pressure-fractured ice here and there to break up the monotony.

The craft now heads out into what would be open water, until the coast 
line disappears completely. Up ahead a black dot appears to break up the 
unchanging white. Then it grows larger until it takes the form of a 
ship. It is in fact a very large freighter. The ice here looks much 
thinner, and it's probable the ship got caught in the ice, and was 
unable to find its way back to open water again.

As they go for final approach, they can see the hull has been partially 
crushed by the ice, which has left it listing heavily to the port side, 
which will make walking on the deck a little tricky.

"I'm not going to try to land on that ice," the hover jet pilot informs 
the adventurers. "It's way too thin. The ice thickens up about six 
kilometers east of here, so I'll set down there. Let me know when you're 
ready to return. We should have room for about a ton of goods, if you 
find that much."

The company is lowered to the ship two at a time in a drop cage, which 
sets them down on the main deck. When everyone is off loaded, the hover 
jet flies back westward to find the thicker ice.

For anyone not in a full-environmental suit, it is bitterly cold, 
perhaps 15 degrees Fahrenheit below zero (-26 C) with windchill. A cold 
northern wind buffets the ship, and a ragged flag showing the merchant 
marine colors of New Bristol, a free city in close association with New 
Camelot. There's not a soul in sight, and other than the wind, and the 
moaning of steel, there's nothing to be heard.

OOC: The company has been set down roughly half way along the ship's 
length (see attached document). The large doors to the hold below are 
buckled, and people could fit through them, but there are also several 
hatches along the deck, as well as the bridge and crew areas at the rear 
of the ship. A glimpse down into the hold shows many shipping containers.

Aaron Clausen
mightymartianca at gmail.com

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