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Re: IC 5 - Hamburg - Day 2

Gatac posted in IC 5 - Hamburg - Day 2 on 2018-08-20 14:52:29
Tim "Lock King" Barstow easily cracks open the door of a patrol car and climbs inside just as one of the cops - hot off his latest attempt to calm the situation - chances a look sideways.

"Halt!" the cop shouts, trying to part the human sea before him, but he's not nearly fast enough. Tim just cranks the engine to get everyone's attention, does a little burnout to the cheer of the protestors and then speeds off. As expected, a good few protestors follow him, whether to see what he gets up to next or to shield one of their own from the cops catching up to him. In any event, the protest spreads out and starts to dissipate.

Flawless, really, except for -

"All units, all units!" the radio crackles to life, just as Tim turns the corner to see another, even larger demonstration a few intersections down - with cops rolling out armored trucks with water cannons. "Be advised we just...someone stole our car! We're in pursuit but we need backup!"

Yeah, the part about getting rid of the cop car just as downtown is on lockdown and there's zero civilian traffic to blend into. That might be not so flawless.

Re: Empire

Gatac posted in Empire on 2018-08-18 07:01:05
The stony looks on Toshiba and Takao's faces say it all to Yu: your gratitude is thanks enough.

The mill stands as you remember it, its water wheel still stopped up and the entrance closed. With Ishikawa's nod, the door is breached, revealing that the interior has since been "cleaned", removing all evidence of it having served as a Lightwatch base / hospitality zone. The moan of frustration is audible even behind her mask, but she doesn't comment on it further; it's been a few long days, and besides, Lightwatch has been demolished and Lady Ikishi's schemes halted, so what good would evidence be now?

Instead, you turn your attention to the outside, where you spend a few minutes locating the stone Ikishi told you about. It's subtle, to put it mildly, but you do find the marking, take your paces and then start digging, soon hitting the "vault" - a stone box that protects an ornate wooden chest inside. That chest, in turn, has metal reinforcements and a lock that fits Ikishi's key. On turning it, several clacking sounds are heard. When you open the chest, you find not only what Ikishi said, but also several glass phioles around the perimeter of the chest, filled with a clear liquid - no doubt some sort of acid that would ruin the contents if the chest was forced open.

Most significantly, what looks to be Shira's heart is in there, and it is indeed still beating. Himiko gasps at the grisly sight and turns away.

"Bring out Lord Shira," Ishikawa orders her men, then nods to Yu Lee. "His life is in your hands now."
"I will not fail him," Yu says.

Neither Toshiba nor Takao have much to contribute to the delicate operation - and besides, neither of them is much of a "crowd" type of man, so they quickly find themselves standing watch at the perimeter. Before the dreaded man-to-man conversation can develop, however, something appears on the cloudy sky, a trail of red fire that rapidly closes the distance. Is that Kiara? Holy hells, it is her, but only because you've seen barely enough of her half-dragon shape to recognize elements of it in the actual no-shit dragon streaking through the sky, carrying someone on its back. As the mystical beast curves and descends for a landing, all eyes are on it; leathery wings unfold fully and help it arrest its speed before touching down.

(Fun history fact: the 1917 Fairey Hamble Baby floatplane was the first aircraft to incorporate functional flaps. And yes, I know flaps compensate for loss of dynamic lift due to speed reduction, not being the cause of the speed reduction themselves, so shut up.)

As the dragon comes to a halt, HIRO HOMI! climbs off its back. Before your eyes, the dragon shimmers and folds upon itself, assuming the appearance of plain old human Kiara again.

"Man, flying long-distance over the sea sucks," Kiara says. "Dolphin meat is hella oily. Wicked heartburn, and -"
"Let's spare our friends," Homi says. "I think I can apprehend the basics of what has occurred during my absence. Kiara was so good as to let me in on the...rough outline."
"Oh, yeah," Kiara says. "Like, you guys forget I'm here half the time, it feels like. I mean, the ninja in me appreciates it but the dragon needs some fire, knowimsayin? So I figure hey, let's make myself useful and take care of a loose end like our Homi here. How did you even plan to get back from Olafsen's lair after scuttling the ship?"
"I'm the Shadowguard," Homi says. "I have ways."
"Who needs 'ways' when you have friends?" Kiara asks. "Anyway, that's one long haul! Longer than the flight to the oracle, even." She spits. "Man, that good for nothing jerk. Still mad about that."
"In any event," Homi says, "during my time on the ship, I was able to examine the bodies further. Through means unknown, it appears that their chi was drained completely. That accounts for their strange disposition - without even the barest speck of life in them, these bodies cannot even decay. I suspect Ikishi's arts are to blame, though I cannot yet say for what purpose this was done."

Takao glances up during Homi's explanation; were those clouds so thick and dark before? The question is shortly answered by a distant flash of lightning, with the thunder upon you a few seconds later. Looks like a storm coming your way fast.

Re: Jade Imperium - Afghanistan, Pt. 3

skullandscythe posted in Jade Imperium - Afghanistan, Pt. 3 on 2018-08-18 01:10:25
"Let's make sure the entrance isn't trapped before we go charging inside. Getting a look at our new battlefield isn't a bad idea either."

Re: Jade Imperium - Afghanistan, Pt. 3

e of pi posted in Jade Imperium - Afghanistan, Pt. 3 on 2018-08-17 15:02:24
Luis curses under his breath as the fabrics of the market stalls trail over his armor and Arketta's, the camouflage temporarily defeated. A few insurgents find the chance to take shots at the motion where no wind should be, but despite the curses they do find only wind, and then he and Arketta are past the stalls and in the clear. He breaks into a run for the central headquarters, trailing behind the others that have already hit the wall.

Re: IC 5 - Hamburg - Day 2

Admiral Duck Sauce posted in IC 5 - Hamburg - Day 2 on 2018-08-14 16:31:21
Shit, if those jackasses shoot someone the post is fucked, Tim thinks. Go big or go home, I guess...

Making sure his face is as covered as possible, Tim weaves and ducks his way towards one of the police cars. He's gotta bleed off or redirect the steam from this situation, and stealing a cop car might be just the Pied Piper he needs.

Re: Jade Imperium - Afghanistan, Pt. 3

punkey updated in Jade Imperium - Afghanistan, Pt. 3 on 2018-08-13 19:47:53
(Angel suppression: 3d12+1d10 vs. 1d6 = 7 vs. 5
FTE suppression: 3d10 vs. 1d6 = 7 vs. 4

Garrett sneak: 2d8 vs. 1d6 = 8 vs. 4
Ngawai sneak: 1d8 vs. 1d6 = 5 vs. 4

Hale sneak: 2d10 vs. 1d6 = 7 vs. 3

Arketta sneak: 1d8 vs. 1d6 = 1 vs. 4
Luis sneak: 1d8 vs. 1d6 = 3 vs. 5

Zaef parkour (off the second story roof): 2d10 vs. 2d8 = 8 vs. 5
Zaef sneak: 1d10 vs. 1d6 = 10 vs. 6

Insurgents shoot: 3x1d6 vs. 1d8 = 4, 5, 3 vs. 8)

The team starts moving as FTE's first accelerator shots zip through the air. Angel raises his rifle to his shoulder but doesn't bother with the scope, ripping off a dozen shots through the light-amplified sight picture projected through his glasses. Between FTE and Angel, enough hot metal flies through the air that wherever the three remaining shooters are on the roof - if they're even still there at all - they're keeping their heads down. Garrett and Ngawai peel off from behind their respective sides of the archway, Hale busts out of the remains of the door left standing by the spearbomb strike, and Arketta and Luis push themselves up from behind cover, all of them hustling across the flat ground of the marketplace. The only thing visible to any bystanders would be barely-there puffs of dust from the boots of their cloaked armor impacting the ground.

And then there's Zaef. Being on top of a two-story building as he is, he has two options: take the stairs and arrive later than the rest, or jump off the side and figure it out on the way down. Of course, he chose the second option. Rifle slung over his back, he vaulted one-handed over the edge before Angel or anyone else could warn otherwise, falling two meters or so down to the slope of a chimney built into the wall of the building. Zaef slid down that on both feet before leaping off into a front flip and falling the three meters down to the ground below, landing in a shoulder-first roll off a box and cleanly onto his feet, the momentum of the move already putting him at a flat run.

The carts and stalls are still up in the marketplace, and so Arketta and Luis have to bust their way through and hustle under drapings and tarps, which leaves them exposed to hostile fire independent of their armor's cloaking. A few potshots are fired from the roof - low, just over the edge of the roofline and under the suppressing fire - but all of them miss. By the time Luis and Arketta brake through the obstacles and are motoring on to the central office/storage/militia headquarters at the back of the marketplace, everyone else that was doing the 100 meter dash hits the wall.


skullandscythe updated in Wiki on 2018-08-13 18:59:40




  • Architecture 0/1
  • Human Terrain 0/2
  • Languages 2
  • Military Science 1

  • Bullshit Detector 2
  • Cop Talk 0/1
  • Flirt 1
  • Interrogate 1
  • Intimidate 1
  • Negotiate 0/1
  • Reassure 0/1
  • Streetwise 1/2
  • Tradecraft 1

  • Chemistry 2
  • Data Recovery 0/1
  • Electronic Surveillance 0/2
  • Notice 1/2
  • Outdoor Survival 1
  • Photography 1
  • Urban Survival 1/2

  • Athletics 5/8
  • Conceal 0/2
  • Cover 10
  • Disguise 2
  • Driving 4
  • Explosive Devices 8 (MOS)
  • Hand-to-Hand 3/8
  • Health 8
  • Infiltration 2/5
  • Mechanics 2
  • Network 15
  • Sense Trouble 4/9
  • Shooting 8
  • Stability 6
  • Surveillance 8
  • Weapons 5


Drive: Mystery. Why go to all the trouble to set up the bombings? Blake needs to get to the bottom of this, no matter what.
Symbol: Poetry, the only way to express what's behind Blake and what's ahead of him still.
Solace: Mama. Still keeping a light on for the son who's going everywhere but home.
Safety: Tibetan Monastery. One summer in college, Blake found something he didn't even know he was looking for up in Tibet. If he had to run...really run, it seems like the only place it could end.
Trust: Tim 3, Luc 3, Mason 1

Re: Jade Imperium - Afghanistan, Pt. 3

CrazyIvan posted in Jade Imperium - Afghanistan, Pt. 3 on 2018-08-12 07:26:54
"Not the first time knife work's sorted this out."

Angel stays in his firing position, nodding once to Zaef. "Just say when and we'll keep them hunkered down."

Re: Empire

Gatac posted in Empire on 2018-08-09 18:25:35
You fan out and go through the servant's quarters, the storehouse, little auxiliary buildings - finding absolutely nobody. The shelves in the storehouse are empty, but free of dust. The servant's quarters are bare, even lacking tatami mats on the floor. Yukio tests the big central hearth with the cloth-covered back of her hand, finding it cold. This has not been fired today.