[Taocow PBEM] Book 3 - Chapter XVII

Aaron Clausen mightymartianca at gmail.com
Thu Mar 10 23:18:25 UTC 2016

OOC: Wow! Lots of posts.

>> [GM]
>> ...
>> The Colonel leads the company to an elevator, and when they are inside
>> she places her palm on a scanner and then presses down. There's a
>> disorientating feeling of going down for a few seconds, and then there
>> is an audible "bing!" and the door opens up on a well lit corridor.
>> There's a station with a man in fatigues who salutes as the Colonel
>> steps up. "Sergeant, please process the visitors from New Camelot and
>> issue them temporary passes."
>> The man efficiently types some information into the computer, asks
>> each member of the company their name, and then hands them each a
>> small credit-card sized ID card with their names, picture on ID on it.
>> The cards say "Visitors - Security Level 2".
>> With that done she leads them down the hall and around a corner. Here
>> she points to two doors. "These are the quarters set aside. Their are
>> five small rooms, with a shared bathroom and a small common area. The
>> General should be finished his business quite soon, but you should
>> have a good half an hour to wash up, and then someone will be along to
>> fetch you. If you need anything, just use one of the comm units on the
>> walls, and someone will see to you immediately."
>> She salutes Oz, and then leaves the company.
>> The quarters are much as she said; each bedroom has a small bed,
>> little bigger than a cot. There is a washroom and a common room with a
>> table big enough enough to sit everyone, as well as a computer
>> console.
>> The vibration is much stronger here, and there's an almost sub-sonic hum.
>> [/GM]

> [Ted]
> Ted will take a quick shower, perform whatever maintenance his weapons
> and equipment require and then seek out Louissa.
> [/Ted]

Louissa is a bit more herself, and while being far underground isn't
ideal, she's finding it better than the increasingly crowded ship.

"Thanks for looking out for me, Ted," she says.

Alter-Ted, who has come with the rest of the company, just shakes his
head. "I can't believe you're not a queen in this dimension," he says.
He turns to Ted, "And where I come from, we're a General in the
Poughkeepsie and New Camelot forces

> [Vesper]
> Vesper spends time with Alex.
> When the large group of soldiers comes into view Vesper tenses a bit.
> "I should be relieved there are so many to oppose the Splugorth but seeing
> so many armored troupes."
> He shakes his head a bit and looks to Alex.
> [/Vesper]

> [Alex]
> "A lot like Lone Star actually," Alex responds. "I think if I was a DeeBee,
> a mage, or anything but a very minor psychic, I would have felt pretty
> different. Used to seeing a lot more psi-hounds however."
> "I am a wanted woman in the Coalition so I am not going back there
> however," she adds. "Still, troops in and themselves are not uncomfortable.
> I am a bit uncomfortable with brass however. I was just a private although
> would likely be a corporal by now and maybe a sergeant."
> [/Alex]

> [Oz]
> Oz gets his people settled before finding a shower and a place to get
> his gear cleaned. He'd practically been living in his armor, and just
> getting out of it and into soft clothes was a welcome change. When he
> comes out he is in unmarked grey fatigues with a vaguely military
> appearance but no insignia- clothes that have been sitting in the
> bottom of his bags for weeks.
> He looks around for a coffee maker while he waits for his officers to
> show up in the guest common room. The adopted knight nods at Vesper
> and Alex. "With the splugorth out there I'd think these folks would
> welcome any d-bee, psychic, or mage. Even your Coalition must see
> sense in the face of monsters from another dimension."
> [/Oz]

> [Vesper]
> Vesper smiled to Alex.
> "You know, Oz could promote you, he holds rank in our own little
> group."
> [/Vesper]

> [Vesper]
> Vesper nods, "Ahhh alright I know what you mean now. Sometimes
> I wish we had some formal school or training house. I find myself
> doing more fighting then I am used to. So I am very glad to have
> you around Alex." He smiles to her.
> [/Vesper]

> [Alex]
> "I am whom I am, I don't think that any promotion will change things,"
> Alex states. "I don't think any promotion would change things.
> Generally CS officers go through officer training which teaches them
> how to be an officer.  I just get a littl uncofortable around senior officers."
> [/Alex]

"Maybe that's a good reason for a field promotion," she says. "Of
course, you'd have to be sworn into the New Camelot army, but Oz
doesn't seem to have a problem doing that!"

> [Vesper]
> Looking out at all the soldiers, "Yeah, I was originally from the
> States so your right as a Mage it causes me some worry even
> though the relations between soldiers and mages seems different
> here."
> "Still, we need soldiers if were ever going to truly oppose the
> Splugorth. What it makes me wonder is how are things back
> home in America."
> "You know, your probably right. It would take something like this
> to bring some kind of truce between the Coalition and Federation."
> [/Vesper]

> [Oz]
> "Federation? The only thing I've heard about America is the
> Coalition. There's a Federation, too?"
> [/Oz]

> [Vesper]
> "The Federation of Magic, headed by Alistair Dunscon, largest
> collection of magical forces in the States. I can only hope he is
> fighting the Splugorth instead of joining them. Hard to tell with
> him. He lost his father to the Coalition and has been vengeful
> ever since."
> [/Vesper]

"Dunscon is a lunatic," Louissa says. "There was a diplomat from
Magespire who visited my father a few years ago who had a lot to say
about the way things were in the Federation of Magic, and from
everything I heard, it wouldn't surprise me if Dunscon had some of his
'True Federation' scum over here right now helping the Splugorth out."

> [Oz]
> "Goodness. Allying with the splugorth to get revenge would be cutting
> off your nose to spite your face if I've ever heard it. I've seen some
> terrible things- the gargoyle empire in Europe is quite horrible
> indeed- but these invaders are the worst I've ever come across."
> [/Oz]

> [Alex]
> "I don't think so. I think that the CS is so indoctrinated that D-Bees
> and practitioners of magic will always be considered a threat. Outlying
> communities may have less issues however."
> [Alex]

Louissa nods in agreement. "The CS has put pressure on us for years to
'control' our mages and psychics. They even offered us an entire
battalion of bots if we would expel magic users. Free Quebec is just a
few days' journey from Poughkeepsie, so we have to play nice, but
we're worried that at some point they're going to stop asking, and
just simply invade."

OOC: Continued in next post.

Aaron Clausen
mightymartianca at gmail.com

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