<html><body><div style="color:#000; background-color:#fff; font-family:times new roman, new york, times, serif;font-size:10pt"><div><span><br></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> Monday, December 3, 2012 1:05 PM<br> <b><span style="font-weight: bold;">Subject:</span></b> Re: [Taocow PBEM] [Alex and Vesper] Book 3 - Chapter X - The Quest For Louissa<br> </font> </div> <br>
>> [GM]<br>>> Perhaps he is tired, or the walking in circles has muddled him<br>>> somewhat, but the nature of the anomaly escapes him. However, he is<br>>> able to determine that the center of the anomaly is to his right. The<br>>> problem may be that the nature of the anomaly means that he and Alex<br>>> cannot simply walk in a straight line that direction. If only he could<br>>> see the pattern of the mystical energies. Though it is wearying, he<br>>> tries again, but with no better sense. He simply cannot fathom the<br>>> pattern of energy.<br>>><br>>> As Vesper meditates, Alex keeps watch. Not that there is very much to<br>>> keep watch of. The fog seems strangely unchanging; no breeze of any<br>>> kind, no shifting of the mists. There's only the vague electric-like<br>>> feeling of mystical energies beyond the scope of her own powers. The<br>>> blade at her
side seems to pulse.<br>>><br>>> And then Alex sees something... or rather nothing. There's a vague<br>>> nothingness, circular or orblike in shape. It moves right and left,<br>>> sometimes back and then forward; receding to a pinpoint and then<br>>> increasing in size. It seems to be walking a strange pattern, but is<br>>> growing closer. As it grows closer, Alex can hear what might be the<br>>> sound of boots on the ground. By Alex's guess, as good as it can be,<br>>> perhaps it will be near them in a minute or so.<br>>> [/GM]<br><br>> [Alex]<br>> The Coalition Ranger will activate the various optics on her helmet to<br>> see if she can discern anything through the clouds. Otherwise, she will<br>> see if the telepathy can sense anything.<br>> [/Alex]<br><br>> [Vesper]<br>> "I'm not getting anything." He shakes his head and stands up.<br>><br>> "I know to our right is the
center of this anomaly but heading straight there<br>> will just get us lost. There is some method to this particular dimension."<br>><br>> He looks around shouldering his rifle again.<br>> [/Vesper]<br><br>[GM]<br>Vesper too sees the strange orb-like bit of nothingness and its<br>erratic maneuvering.<br><br>Alex zeroes in on the strange orb, and it shows a human-like body<br>shape and heat signature, though the fog is too thick for regular<br>visual confirmation. The orb itself appears to have a very cold heat<br>signature, at least -50 degrees Fahrenheit.<br><br>Upon the next close approach, the figure can be glimpsed. It looks to<br>be a human (sex indeterminate), perhaps five foot six, carrying<br>something on its back and holding what might be a lantern in which the<br>strange orb-like apparition is contained. The person is also running<br>very fast, even if his or her progress seems very slow.<br><br>The figure is now coming very near,
and as it approaches, suddenly the<br>mist seems to be driven away around Alex and Vesper, and they can see<br>that the figure is a young woman, and on her back is twins. She is<br>holding a lantern that is the cause of this effect, and they can also<br>see the path the woman is following as clear as day.<br><br>She looks at Alex and Vesper, cries out and begins to run faster, the<br>lantern's "light" quickly fading with her. In moments, Alex and Vesper<br>will be plunged back into the fog.<br>[/GM]<br><br>[Vesper]<br>Vesper looks at Alex confused then to the figure, "Wait we mean you no harm.<br>Were not here to hurt you please wait up." Vesper looks to Alex, "She can drive <br>back the fog and perhaps knows the way in this strange place."<br>He looked to Alex for confirmation she would follow and tried to reach the woman.<br>[/Vesper]<br><br><br>-- <br>Aaron Clausen<br><a ymailto="mailto:email@example.com"
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