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    <p>[Alex]</p>
    <p>"Are they magical?" she quickly asks, going into effectively
      combat mode.</p>
    <p>[/Alex]</p>
    <p>ooc: Alex tried to avoid unnecessary violence¬†<span
        class="moz-smiley-s6"><span>:-[</span></span> <br>
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    <div class="moz-cite-prefix">On 5/31/2017 09:27, 'Peter Perkins' via
      Taocow Rifts PBEM wrote:<br>
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        <div id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1496236063606_8293">[Vesper]</div>
        <div id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1496236063606_8288" dir="ltr">"We are
          under attack. Watch out for the nets." He calls to his
          companions as he moves to avoid being trapped in a net
          himself.</div>
        <div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1496236063606_8398">[/Vesper]<br>
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                  <hr size="1"> <b><span style="font-weight:bold;">From:</span></b>
                  Aaron Clausen <a class="moz-txt-link-rfc2396E" href="mailto:mightymartianca@gmail.com"><mightymartianca@gmail.com></a><br>
                  <b><span style="font-weight: bold;">To:</span></b>
                  Taocow Rifts PBEM
                  <a class="moz-txt-link-rfc2396E" href="mailto:taocow-rifts-pbem@googlegroups.com"><taocow-rifts-pbem@googlegroups.com></a> <br>
                  <b><span style="font-weight: bold;">Sent:</span></b>
                  Tuesday, May 30, 2017 3:28 PM<br>
                  <b><span style="font-weight: bold;">Subject:</span></b>
                  Re: [Taocow PBEM] [Alex, Vesper, Veronique and Ted]
                  Book 3 - Chapter XVIII<br>
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                <div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1496236063606_8419">OOC:
                  Around you<br clear="none">
                  <br clear="none">
                  On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 5:52 AM, 'Peter Perkins' via
                  Taocow Rifts PBEM<br clear="none">
                  <<a shape="rect"
                    ymailto="mailto:taocow-rifts-pbem@googlegroups.com"
                    href="mailto:taocow-rifts-pbem@googlegroups.com"
                    moz-do-not-send="true">taocow-rifts-pbem@googlegroups.com</a>>
                  wrote:<br clear="none">
                  > OOC: The energy net forming around us, or the
                  three figures ?<br clear="none">
                  ><br clear="none">
                  ><br clear="none">
                  > ________________________________<br clear="none">
                  > From: Aaron Clausen <<a shape="rect"
                    ymailto="mailto:mightymartianca@gmail.com"
                    href="mailto:mightymartianca@gmail.com"
                    moz-do-not-send="true">mightymartianca@gmail.com</a>><br
                    clear="none">
                  > To: Taocow Rifts PBEM <<a shape="rect"
                    ymailto="mailto:taocow-rifts-pbem@googlegroups.com"
                    href="mailto:taocow-rifts-pbem@googlegroups.com"
                    moz-do-not-send="true">taocow-rifts-pbem@googlegroups.com</a>><br
                    clear="none">
                  > Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2017 1:49 PM<br
                    clear="none">
                  > Subject: Re: [Taocow PBEM] [Alex, Vesper,
                  Veronique and Ted] Book 3 -<br clear="none">
                  > Chapter XVIII<br clear="none">
                  ><br clear="none">
                  >>>> [Alex] > The fire haired
                  ex-Coalition ranger holds out a hand in<br
                    clear="none">
                  >>>> placation<br clear="none">
                  >>>> although prepares for feelings of
                  danger and reacting. "Peace, let<br clear="none">
                  >>>> us talk?" she asks in a calm voice
                  like somebody trying to coax a<br clear="none">
                  >>>> scared animal.<br clear="none">
                  >>>><br clear="none">
                  >>>> If she can get her friend back and if
                  this sphere is gotten out of here,<br clear="none">
                  >>>> she is more than willing to give it
                  up. It has been nothing<br clear="none">
                  >>>> but trouble. > [/Alex]<br
                    clear="none">
                  ><br clear="none">
                  >>> [GM]<br clear="none">
                  >>> The three figures stare at each other,
                  and nod, almost as if they're<br clear="none">
                  >>> having<br clear="none">
                  >>> some sort of conversation. Finally one of
                  them turns to the company.<br clear="none">
                  >>><br clear="none">
                  >>> "We will... talk," it says, "but you must
                  all lower your weapons, and we<br clear="none">
                  >>> shall do the same."<br clear="none">
                  >>> [/GM]<br clear="none">
                  ><br clear="none">
                  >> [Vesper]<br clear="none">
                  >> Even though Vesper is at a distance behind
                  cover he will lower his weapons<br clear="none">
                  >> as he<br clear="none">
                  >> hears Alex conversing with the beings.<br
                    clear="none">
                  >> [/Vesper]<br clear="none">
                  ><br clear="none">
                  >> [Alex]<br clear="none">
                  >> Being cautious in case there is danger but
                  she will sheath her sword. Dues<br clear="none">
                  >> to<br clear="none">
                  >> the tight quarters of engineering, the sword
                  was her best choice.<br clear="none">
                  >><br clear="none">
                  >> "I have a friend who was trapped by the orb,"
                  she states straight off.<br clear="none">
                  >> "Now,<br clear="none">
                  >> what do you want the orb for?"<br
                    clear="none">
                  >> [/Alex]<br clear="none">
                  ><br clear="none">
                  >> [Veronique]<br clear="none">
                  >> Veronique just stands there listening so far,
                  she's willing to fight if<br clear="none">
                  >> they are.<br clear="none">
                  >> She figures shooting out the bottom of the
                  boat is an idle threat since<br clear="none">
                  >> they<br clear="none">
                  >> would wind up losing the orb in the ocean if
                  they did that. Still, she'll<br clear="none">
                  >> follow<br clear="none">
                  >> Vesper's lead. Diplomacy isn't usually
                  Veronique's thing.<br clear="none">
                  >> [/Veronique]<br clear="none">
                  ><br clear="none">
                  > [GM]<br clear="none">
                  > "We know of your... friend," he says. "He has
                  threatened our control<br clear="none">
                  > of the Crucible, and is being dealt with as we
                  speak. We cannot<br clear="none">
                  > guarantee his safety."<br clear="none">
                  ><br clear="none">
                  > "We are under orders to capture the Crucible and
                  gain control. That is<br clear="none">
                  > all I can disclose. Now, we have talked, so you
                  can now hand over the<br clear="none">
                  > Crucible."<br clear="none">
                  ><br clear="none">
                  > As they are talking, Veronique and Vesper catch
                  the two other figures<br clear="none">
                  > clench and unclench their fists, and then hear a
                  strange buzzing<br clear="none">
                  > behind them. It's hard to see, but Veronique
                  catches a glimpse of what<br clear="none">
                  > almost looks like an energy net beginning to
                  surround the three of<br clear="none">
                  > them.<br clear="none">
                  ><br clear="none">
                  > "Turn over the Crucible now," the lead figure
                  says.<br clear="none">
                  ><br clear="none">
                  > [/GM]<br clear="none">
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