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

Aaron Clausen mightymartianca at gmail.com
Fri May 13 23:04:43 UTC 2016

>> [GM]
>> The second hovercycle picks up the Sergeant, who seems less
>> than pleased to be abandoning his CO.
>> Oz and his remaining men are just getting ready to push ahead
>> when suddenly a hole appears dimly in the smoke. Out steps
>> Alex, and beyond can be seen Vesper, Ted and Louissa in a
>> corridor. Clearly this is one of Vesper's dimensional portals. Alex
>> and her team appear to be still fully armed.
>> Above, the leyline ship starts to move away. One rocket, then
>> another fires at the ship. One explodes against the ship's
>> shield, but the second pierces and does some small damage to
>> the hull.
>> Then a missile launches from somewhere not far away, and this
>> does more severe damage, blasting a hole in the hull and
>> rocking the ship badly. A few fall off and disappear into the
>> smoke before the ship can escape to a higher altitude.
>> Somewhere off in the distance the General can be heard
>> shouting, and then there's the sound like someone being
>> throttled.
>> [/GM]

> [Vesper]
> "Ted get through now,  please." Vesper would wait just long
> enough for Ted to get through before following him and Alex
> through himself so he could slam shut the portal behind him.
> [/Vesper]

> [Ted]
> The lizard man grabs the rifle by the collar separating the
> barrel from the stock and tosses it through the air at the
> front-most guard before quickly backing through the portal.
> [/Ted]

> [Alex]
> On the other side of the portal,, she will radio to Ted and
> Vesper, "There is a bit of heat here as well, be careful
> coming through."
> Even though scrambled, she is hoping that there is enough
> communication going on that her call goes unnoticed.
> Also going to look for an area of cover so she might change
> into her body armor for better protection.
> [/Alex]

There's all sorts of communication going on. Radio traffic is intense,
not to mention a lot of shouting. Cover isn't hard to find. Alex finds
some behind a hover jeep that has, at least, temporarily, been

> [Vesper]
> Vesper heads through the portal looks around and moves
> with Alex for cover. He casts armor of Ithan on himself.
> "I guess Oz heard the same speech we did."
> Vesper spent a moment trying to get a handle on what
> was happening here.
> [/Vesper]

It's very hard to tell with all the smoke, but the leyline ship is
visible, the damage to its hull quite noticeable, and there's a
pitched firefight between New Strathclyde forces and forces on the
leyline ship. Oz and his people seem to be in the middle of it on the

> [Ted]
> After making sure that he, Vesper and Alex are intact, Ted
> looks around to make sure their new location is safer than
> the last one.
> [/Ted]

Safer only in that they are out in the open. Still very dangerous with
all the smoke, and tracers of energy weapons fire. Still, much of the
fire is directed at the leyline ship, so where they are right now is
definitely safer than where they were.

> [Oz]
> Oz shouts over the radio. "Get that ship out of here! I do
> not want the ship destroyed! We'll create a diversion and come
> along after ASAP!" When he sees the others he gestures in
> the direction Ithdalkal went. "The general is that way! We need
> to grab him if we have any hope of getting out of here alive!"
> [/Oz]

"Aye sir!" someone shouts through the radio, though Oz can't tell if
its Neeson or one of the crew. Moments later the Sergeant radios Oz.
"Sir, good news! There are other New Camelot forces in the area! We
just got radio contact with them. Will try to patch them.."

The leyline ship is pulling up and racing towards a wall that acts as
one of this fortress city's defenses. The ship radios Oz. "Sir, good
news! There are other New Camelot forces in the area! We just got
radio contact with them. Will try to patch them.."

At that moment, as the ship passes over the wall, another mini-missile
strikes it, blasting another hole in it. Oz's radio turns to static.
The ship disappears out of sight, though whether it's still airborne
or crashed is impossible to tell.

> [Oz]
> He ducks into the smoke, doing his best to stay hidden not just
> from regular sight but also the very same thermo optics he is
> using to see.
> [/Oz]

Thermal sensors are of a bit more use, particularly in this cold
environment. Oz sees a humanoid and someone whose heat signature is
mainly just a head and a torso grappling. When he can pierce the smoke
visually, he see's Ithdalkal literally hanging on to the General neck,
trying to choke the life out of him, while three New Strathclyde
soldiers try to knock her off with the butts of their rifles,
obviously not wanting to open fire on their commander.

Meanwhile, as Alex gets her armor on, she, Ted and Vesper can hear
troops approaching. Out of the smoke, a figure appears and shouts
"Drop your weapons now!"

OOC: Reminder, Alex and Vesper are near a hover jeep, and Ted isn't
too far away.

Aaron Clausen
mightymartianca at gmail.com

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