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

Aaron Clausen mightymartianca at gmail.com
Mon Oct 17 20:26:20 UTC 2016

>> [Oz]
>> "Concur. We just got a flash of what looked like flame no more than
>> 10 feet from you to your (whichever direction it was). You're the
>> wizard, but my guess is demon or fire elemental. It's not showing up
>> on sensors. Watch your backs."
>> He looks at Ted and Lady Veronique. "Ted, Lady, do you want to go
>> down there? Vesper wants people experienced with melee; I am more a
>> shooter than a fencer."
>> [/Oz]

>> [Ted]
>> Ted glances at Lady Veronique. "I can go," he says, not waiting for a
>> reply. He takes a quick look at the map on the monitor and then leaves
>> to find his friends.
>> [/Ted]

>> [Lady Veronique]
>> Lady Veronique says "I'll head down there to give them a hand, it's
>> possible they are dealing with entities of some sort and I have a
>> blade specifically enchanted to handle astral menaces like that"
>> She will head down to catch up with Vesper.
>> [/Lady Veronique]

> [GM]
> Ted exits the bridge, with Lady Veronique close behind, leaving Oz alone
> to stay in contact with the leyline ship and the crew VTOL.
> [/GM]
> OOC: Continuing in the next post

Oz is left to listen to the gentle hum of equipment. After a minute or 
two he can see Veronique and Ted moving through the hold to the location 
of the leak. Oz does not see any further odd lights.

There are a few more radio communications with the leyline ship; mainly 
status reports on the readiness of the hoverjet, and this gives Oz time 
to select the priority goods to be offloaded.

As he is scanning through the list, the ship's radio suddenly comes 
alive. There's an incoming signal of some kind, very weak. A 
triangulation display appears on the screen by the radio, and very 
oddly, it seems to show the signal is coming from within a couple of 
hundred feet of the bridge.

The signal itself is largely static, but some automatic audio filters 
kick in. The sound coming out of the speakers at first sounds like some 
sort of white noise, but then it seems to stabilize, and it sounds a lot 
like screams. A man's voice can be heard above the others, "Oh god, help 
us! Please help us! Release us! If you can hear us, help us!"

The signal fades out and disappears from the screen before it reappears, 
this time only a hundred feet from the bridge. Oz notices a faint 
shimmering in the air over the main deck. The signal comes in clearer, 
"Free us! Free us, please! Can you hear us?"

Aaron Clausen
mightymartianca at gmail.com

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