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

Aaron Clausen mightymartianca at gmail.com
Sun May 22 19:13:19 UTC 2016

>>> [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]

>> [GM]
>> 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!"
>> [/GM]

> [Ted]
> Ted makes for the driver's seat of the hover jeep.
> [/Ted]

> [Oz]
> Oz uses the smoke as cover and tries to circle around the 3 soldiers,
> preparing his wrist blades to take the men out one by one.
> [/Oz]
> OOC: He'll try to do a Batman- attack from the smoke then duck away
> before he gets shot, then repeat as needed until the 3 soldiers are
> down or he takes some damage. [Strikes: 30, 20 not natural, 20 not
> natural]

Oz is able to take the first soldier completely by surprise, as Oz
plunges the blade into his unarmored skull [Stike: 30]. The second
sees Oz, and tries to shoot him with his energy pistol [Strike:
Natural 1], but the shot goes wide, and Oz is able to slit his throat
[Strike: 20 not natural]. The final soldier manages to plunge a
vibrodagger into Oz's leg [Strike: 21, Dodge: 12], but only doing
minimal damage [Damage: 3MD] to Oz's armor.

Meanwhile the General has got two of his cybernetic arms around
Ithdalkal and flings her at Oz [Strike: 7], but Oz is unable to get
out of the way [Dodge: natural 1] and Ithdalkal's flying body knocks
Oz to the ground. Before Oz can recover, the General is on top of him,
three arms pinning him to the ground while the fourth tries to tear
his helmet off.

> [Vesper]
> Vesper fires some shots from his rifle more to cover Alex getting
> in the jeep and Ted. He doesn't mind firing wild if it means they will
> back off. Given the chance he will dive in the jeep after. [Wild Bursts: 8-6=2]
> [/Vesper]

Vesper's first wild burst goes wide [Strike: 4], but the other two
manage to hit the mark [Strikes: 9 and 9], hitting two soldiers
[Damage: 18MD and 21MD].It doesn't kill them, but does enough damage
to force them to take cover.

> [Alex]
> Once Alex is in her armor, she is likely far better protected than
> Vesper or Ted, between the force field and the invulnerability
> enchantment.
> If there are any quick targets that pop up that are threats, she
> will fire quick three blast bursts at them, [Strikes: 19, 17, 15]
> [/Alex]


Alex's burst hit three soldiers [Damge: 70MD, 30MD, 60MD], killing two
of them. Between Alex's and Vesper's efforts, there are no soldiers in
the immediate vicinity. Though heavy boots can be heard approaching.
It's clear now armored soldiers, likely with multioptics, are

> [Ted]
> "Hang on."
> OOC: Once Alex is in the vehicle, Ted will swing around to
> pick up Vesper.
> [/Ted]

With everyone in the vehicle, the smoke is now beginning to clear a
little. Which isn't very good news, as they can see about fifty
armored soldiers in full environmental armor running towards them,
opening fire as they come. In the other direction about fifteen others
are approaching, and they're clearly moving to encircle the company.
The only escape paths right now are either east, in the direction of
the sea, where several tall skyscrapers stand, or to the west, which
is still largely obscured by smoke.

And Oz has disappeared as well, probably into the haze and smoke.

Aaron Clausen
mightymartianca at gmail.com

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