<html><body><div style="color:#000; background-color:#fff; font-family:times new roman, new york, times, serif;font-size:10pt"><div><span>Someone is working with dimensional energies. Possibly a rift or working a teleportation or summoning magic.</span></div><div style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 16px; font-family: times new roman,new york,times,serif; background-color: transparent; font-style: normal;"><span>[/Vesper]<br></span></div><div><span></span></div><div><br></div> <div style="font-family: times new roman, new york, times, serif; font-size: 10pt;"> <div style="font-family: times new roman, new york, times, serif; font-size: 12pt;"> <div dir="ltr"> <font face="Arial" size="2"> <hr size="1"> <b><span style="font-weight:bold;">From:</span></b> Aaron Clausen <email@example.com><br> <b><span style="font-weight: bold;">To:</span></b> The Tao of Cow Rifts PBEM <firstname.lastname@example.org> <br> <b><span style="font-weight:
bold;">Sent:</span></b> Thursday, November 1, 2012 2:08 PM<br> <b><span style="font-weight: bold;">Subject:</span></b> Re: [Taocow PBEM] [Alex, Justin and Vesper] Book 3 - Chapter X - The Quest For Louissa<br> </font> </div> <br>
OOC: Many apologies for the lateness of this.<br><br>>> [GM]<br>>> As Oz, Sir Prrcyvel and their two groups walk away, Alex, Vesper and<br>>> Justin make their way eastward. After perhaps fifty feet the stream<br>>> flows into a small, deep pool. Here Alex finds more footprints, and<br>>> enough good ones to tell her that at least three or four different<br>>> people were here, in at least two different groups. A closer<br>>> examination by the edge of the pool reveals what appears to be foot<br>>> prints from bare feet, small, and possibly female.<br>>><br>>> While she's checking the ground for more prints, Vesper spies a torn<br>>> piece of cloth caught in some thorny bushes. When Vesper goes to check<br>>> it out, he finds a concealed trail with more boot prints.<br>>> [/GM]<br><br>>> [Justin]<br>>> Justin peeks over Vesper's shoulder. "Another trail!" he
announces.<br>>> "Vesper's discovered another trail, right by this torn cloth."<br>>> [/Justin]<br><br>>> [GM]<br>>> The three adventurers now have a choice; continue along the main trail<br>>> that sticks to the stream, or follow this concealed trail. Alex sees a<br>>> few more boot prints along the main trail, but they do not seem that<br>>> recent; rains have come and gone since they were made. There are fresh<br>>> boot prints on the concealed trail.<br>>> [/GM]<br><br>> [Vesper]<br>> Vesper nods, "Right, I think we should follow the concealed trail. Someone<br>> spent some effort in not wanting to be followed along this way." He hands<br>> the cloth to Justin so his dogs can get the scent.<br>> [/Vesper]<br><br>> [Alex]<br>> Every five minutes, Alex calls "Everybody check in" over the radio. The<br>> Coalition ranger is determined to keep everybody in contact.
This<br>> includes the guards by the way."<br>> [/Alex]<br><br>[GM]<br>Both Oz's and Sir Prrcyvel's parties respond.<br>[/GM]<br><br>> [Alex]<br>> "I see some tracks on a concealed trail," looking carefully.<br>><br>> OOC: Any signs of who the tracks are. Do they look like Louissa or<br>> Ted's tracks? [Tracking Humanoids Skill Check: 13%]<br>> [/Alex]<br><br>[GM]<br>The tracks are all from booted feet. Some of the marks look like they<br>came from City Guard armor, so it seems likely that those must be from<br>Louissa and her companion (whoever he is). The other boot prints are<br>of slightly different shape with different tread, none the same,<br>suggesting whoever else was here was not in any kind of regulation<br>armor.<br><br>Very close observation determines this critical fact; it appears that<br>the one city guard armored person was with the other group of<br>miscellaneous individuals (at least three, possibly four with
two<br>people wearing similar armor). The other city guard, who was much<br>heavier than the other, seemed to be following the trail. That<br>person's boot prints are always on top of the others, and in muddy<br>patches are still much clearer than the others, suggesting that that<br>individual was following behind, perhaps several minutes behind.<br><br>As they follow the trail Vesper found, Justin's dogs pick up the<br>scent. With the dogs leading and Alex behind, analyzing the prints<br>left behind, the new direction reveals a narrow trail that cunningly<br>follows the stream while keeping one well hidden from anyone at the<br>stream itself. The land begins to rise and the stream cuts a deep<br>gully, perhaps thirty feet down. As they continue on, the trail now<br>plunges down the gully at a precipitous angle. The wall of the gully<br>is shale, and loose pieces of shale cover the path itself, making the<br>going very difficult indeed.<br><br>As
they progress, Justin in his armor finds the going much tougher,<br>and it forces them to slow down. Justin is unwilling to leave his<br>armor behind, so he brings up the rear at an ever increasing distance<br>from his dogs, Alex and Vesper.<br><br>As they make their way up the path, Vesper gets flashes of an odd<br>feeling, a somewhat familiar "scent" of some sort of dimensional<br>change ahead, getting stronger as they move up the side of the gully.<br>To get more information will mean stopping to get a better sense of<br>what it might be.<br><br>Above them some small chunks of shale fall down the side of the gully,<br>falling in front of their path. Alex's Sixth Sense goes off. There is<br>danger nearby, and they are in a dangerous spot, with a sheer drop<br>about forty feet to the bottom of the gully on one side, and a wall of<br>rock above them, the top not visible.<br>[/GM]<br><br>-- <br>Aaron Clausen<br><a
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