Baphomet!   Posted by The Marshall.Group: 0
The Marshall
 GM, 2311 posts
 aka "helbent4"
 aka Tony
Tue 24 May 2016
at 04:25
Baphomet!
The service hatch awaited.



Before he acted, Schaeffer used a small mirror to check out the room.

"Long room. Lots of carnage. Not too many standing. I think this needs something a little different."

Putting away his fragmentation grenade, Schaeffer pulled out a flash-bang grenade instead. He nodded at Rowan. "I love you. Now let us end this!"

Pulling the pin, he tossed it through the hatch.

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:25, Tue 24 May 2016.

The Marshall
 GM, 2311 posts
 aka "helbent4"
 aka Tony
Sun 22 May 2016
at 09:17
Baphomet!
In reply to COL Kurt L. Schaeffer (msg # 1):

There was an incredible "BANG!" as the stun grenade went off inside the room.

It was an incredibly loud sound, echoing through the subterranean corridors.

This message was last edited by the GM at 20:20, Sun 22 May 2016.

Increase Trask
 player, 78 posts
 Robo Hunter
Sun 22 May 2016
at 20:10
Baphomet!
In reply to The Marshall (msg # 2):

Trask then entered the room with his rifle at his shoulder he moved towards cover unless a shot at the cyborg was available. He scans the room as red triangles appear on his monitor and flash a warning.
Rowan Dawson
 player, 1253 posts
 Medic
 Story-Teller
Sun 22 May 2016
at 21:32
Baphomet!
In reply to Increase Trask (msg # 3):

rowan waits for the fighting team to enter the follows  up towards the rear

OOC: As per message 54 I had a scull prepaired and was ready to step into the room

This message was last edited by the GM at 10:17, Sat 28 May 2016.

COL Kurt L. Schaeffer
 player, 463 posts
 Fernspaeher
 Ranger
Sun 22 May 2016
at 21:35
Baphomet!
In reply to Rowan Dawson (msg # 4):

Schaeffer stood aside, waiting for the rest of the posse to enter.

He was long-range fire support, and had a rocket, so he wanted to be closer to the rear of the "stack".
Jane Guin
 player, 701 posts
 Renegade Black Hat
 Former USAF Pilot
Sun 22 May 2016
at 23:15
Baphomet!
In reply to COL Kurt L. Schaeffer (msg # 5):

Jane, the other person with the rocket (even if she wasn't an expert in it's operation ) stayed closer to Schaeffer.  If he fired his rocket at least she might be able to see how he did it.  On the other hand, if he needed to fire a rocket they were screwed and she'd be too busy to think too much.  That was the fighter's way.  Do your job and don't over think it because you usually weren't hired to over think (or think at all).

Jane had a small smile on her face as she thought how much of a pain her life was but she still enjoyed it.
Jason Sinclair
 player, 343 posts
 Texas Ranger
 Templar
Mon 23 May 2016
at 03:16
Baphomet!
In reply to Jane Guin (msg # 6):

Jason comes in using Trask as cover to get clear of the stairwell. His P-90c set for burst and trained on any hostiles in the room. He puts his back to a wall(the nearest one if possible). His S.W.A.T. training from 14 years ago coming into play. He starts scanning the room for targets.
Peter Firecrow
 player, 728 posts
 Not that kind of Indian
 Wanna buy a gun?
Mon 23 May 2016
at 18:04
Baphomet!
Peter only entered the room after Trask and Jason had both done so. He covered to the sides for threats rather than ahead, as the two in front of him would be doing that. He glanced for the briefest of moments at Jane as he passed her but then he was all focused on the room and threats, rifle up to his shoulder and held out level.
Smoker Nix
 player, 814 posts
 Scavenger & Tech
 Truck Crew
Tue 24 May 2016
at 08:47
Baphomet!
Smoker, looking distinctly unhappy, padded along in the middle of the bunch. He was hoping they'd come to an exit soon.
Vundra
 player, 234 posts
 Junker
Wed 25 May 2016
at 08:21
Baphomet!
Vundra just follows along with the group, feeling uncomfortable with the level of tension this mission is creating. He moves slowly and keep the cannon pointing slightly upward.
The Marshall
 GM, 2312 posts
 aka "helbent4"
 aka Tony
Fri 27 May 2016
at 21:14
Baphomet!
The flashbang went off inside the large room.

Everyone's ears rang as they rushed through the rear door.

Inside, the Combine hideout was a hideous mess. It was a large, open square area. Cases and equipment lay scattered on one side of the room, on the other were bunk beds. The dead lay all over the place. The Combine Black Hat infiltrators were missing part of all of their heads, obviously, someone had triggered their "headbanger" chips! The mercenaries they'd hired were all dead, most were shot up. Some were crushed, others in the kitchen area stabbed each other with the knives and utensils lying around.

The surviving Automaton had been taken out, then blown up by its internal deadman's booby-trap. One particularly large Black Hat, an obvious cyborg in a Confederate officer's uniform, staggered around, his eyes a sickly puke-green, then his head exploded in a shower of blood, bone, grey matter and circuitry. A Black Hat command board dropped from his lifeless fingers. Jane, a former Black Hat herself, was startled to realise she recognised the man. It was Jonas Phelps, a former CSA commando officer that had become one of the Black Hat's most fearsome commanders. He was her former commander in the Black Hats. Since she had escaped the Combine, Phelps had apparently come here to Junkyard and commanded efforts by Combine infiltrators and their mercenary allies. For some reason he'd used his Combine command board to activate the Headbanger chips in most of his mens' heads to kill them. Then triggered his own!

It wasn't hard to tell what had caused much of the other damage, death and destruction, including that of the Automaton. The Russian Drone was currently busy with crushing the head of the last surviving non-Combine mercenary. His screams filled the dank metal chamber, then ended in a CRACK!
Simon
 NPC, 66 posts
 Head Templar
Fri 27 May 2016
at 21:22
Baphomet!
In reply to The Marshall (msg # 11):

In the middle of the room stood Simon, shaking off the effects of the flash-bang grenade. His blinking eyes had the same sickly green glow inside them, like that of his victims. For a moment, the green glow faded. He struggled to speak, to control his own body.

"My friends! Jason! I've been played a fool for years! I never truly killed Baphomet on that day long ago as I thought. Instead... it used my own anger to enter my soul, to hide inside me... coming out at times and possessing other people to kill! It conspired with the Combine to destroy the conference, but it was really just using them for its own ends to destroy my legacy... now it has no further use for them....

"I can't... undo the damage I've done. But I can do one thing. I can hold it within my mortal body. When you kill me, you kill... the beast... once and for all..."


He seemed to be losing control, his face and features shifting... he seemed to be... growing...
Baphomet
 NPC, 1 post
 Demon
 From Hell!
Fri 27 May 2016
at 21:29
Baphomet!
Within an eyeblink, Simon morphed and grew into a seven-foot demon. A demon with green-eyes and shaggy features that somehow still looked like the Templar.

"Ah! More playthings!

"I have been hiding too long in this puny shell for too long!

"It's long past time for me to exercise my full power... WHAT?"

The beast seemed to be confused and upset, but quickly recovered.

"No matter, I will still destroy you all and take your souls, no matter what that weakling Simon thinks he can do to hinder me! I AM INVINCIBLE! Beg for your lives! BEG FOR YOUR SOULS!"
Increase Trask
 player, 79 posts
 Robo Hunter
Fri 27 May 2016
at 22:05
Baphomet!

Trask gave the carnage a quick scan through his monitor before a large red triangle settled on the Russian Drone and a load warning sounded in his suit. H waits for a few seconds letting the rifle charge to the maximum and the targeting system had already given him a bead on the sphere.

As he waited the seconds for his rifle to charge he saw the demon emerge and changed from the Russian drone to target it.


Increase Trask rolled 7 using 4d8, keeping the highest dice only, rerolling max with rolls of 7,3,1,2.  Quickness

Holding shot for five actions.

Increase Trask rolled 8 using 5d12+2, keeping the highest dice only, rerolling max with rolls of 1,1,6,4,5.  Shootin

Increase Trask rolled 16 using 5d20, keeping the highest dice only, rerolling max with rolls of 9,11,16,12,13. = 61 Damage

This message was last edited by the player at 22:50, Mon 30 May 2016.

Jason Sinclair
 player, 345 posts
 Texas Ranger
 Templar
Sat 28 May 2016
at 08:45
Baphomet!
"Baphomet! I know your weakness. I carry the blade of Simon. It is only fitting that this blade fell you. Simon may the Saints be with you. None shall know your malady." Jason drops the P-90c and in an exaggerated motion draws the Sword of Simon.
Rowan Dawson
 player, 1254 posts
 Medic
 Story-Teller
Sat 28 May 2016
at 08:52
Re: Baphomet!
Jason Sinclair:
"Baphomet! I know your weakness. I carry the blade of Simon. It is only fitting that this blade fell you. Simon may the Saints be with you. None shall know your malady." Jason drops the P-90c and in an exaggerated motion draws the Sword of Simon.

Rowan feeling the sheer immensity steps forward into the room and casts the spell she has help ready throwing the skull at the creature
Peter Firecrow
 player, 730 posts
 Not that kind of Indian
 Wanna buy a gun?
Mon 30 May 2016
at 22:27
Re: Baphomet!
Peter stopped dead at the carnage and wanton destruction. His brain tried to process all the pieces of the puzzle strewn about. Then things seemed to click in to place, only to get turned upside down a bit more as Simon turned out to be a demon in hiding? Or had a demon hiding inside of him? Something very bad either way.

For a long moment he just stared in shock at the new and horrifying information. Then just after Trask opened fire he asked, "How do we hurt that without hurting Simon? Or do the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one?"

This message was last edited by the player at 22:35, Mon 30 May 2016.

Smoker Nix
 player, 817 posts
 Scavenger & Tech
 Truck Crew
Tue 31 May 2016
at 07:56
Re: Baphomet!
Smoker stood with his mouth open, starting. They'd come all this way to rescue Simon and now.... this? He just couldn't process it.
Jane Guin
 player, 705 posts
 Renegade Black Hat
 Former USAF Pilot
Tue 31 May 2016
at 13:32
Re: Baphomet!
Jane shook her head as Simon turned into the demon.  "Shit!  That's one ugly Demon.  I'm not sure how much we can do with mundane weapons but I aim to find out.  If nothing else perhaps we can stall long enough for the magical to work."  Jane saw Jason start to walk with Simon's sword.  "Cover Jason!  Don't think about Simon right now.  That thing wants our souls and after getting out of the Black Hats, I'd like to keep whatever soul I have left thankyouverymuch."


Jane opened fire, aiming high so as not to hit Jason.  Part of her wondered how does one kill something that obviously didn't have a heart but then she had heard that about the Black Hats too.  They were heartless...they were souless...they were spawns from hell.  Well perhaps it took one to kill one.  If she had to be a heartless in order to stand against this demon, so be it.  This girl would use her Black Hat training against her trainers to help keep others free.

Redemption was an ugly business at times.
Feldwebel Laurin Knapp
 NPC, 26 posts
 Fernspaeher
 German Ranger
Fri 3 Jun 2016
at 03:55
Re: Baphomet!
In reply to Jane Guin (msg # 19):

Laurin moved to the side to get a clear shot at the demon.

"Mein Gott... ein teuffel!"

This was a little more than she could comprehend. Once she fully comprehended it she stood still, in shock. Then, her G22 slipped out of her hand and clattered to the floor. Her face turned red and she started to gasp. She grabbed at her chest and collapsed backwards. "Gaaakkkk..."

This message was last edited by the player at 04:47, Fri 03 June 2016.

COL Kurt L. Schaeffer
 NPC, 464 posts
 Fernspaeher
 Ranger
Fri 3 Jun 2016
at 04:54
Re: Baphomet!
In reply to Feldwebel Laurin Knapp (msg # 20):

Following the others into the chamber, Schaeffer let the M4 drop to its sling and deployed the Armbrust AT rocket. He started to line it up on Simon/Baphomet, then caught sight of the combat drone.

The drone's eyes were glowing a sickly puke-green. The same colour that showed in Phelp's eyes. It stood up, focused on them, and spun up its 7.62mm minigun. Without thinking Schaeffer swing the rocket in its direction and fired without taking the time to aim exactly.

Jack of Hearts
2 Actions
M4 Carbine (20/20, 2 spare mags)
Armbrust 300 (1/1)

Action 1: Drop M4, Ready Armbrust
Action 2: Fire Armbrust at Drone

The Marshall
 GM, 2326 posts
 aka "helbent4"
 aka Tony
Fri 3 Jun 2016
at 06:31
Re: Baphomet!
The chamber was a long rectangle 60 yards by 20 yards.

About 30 yards away on the right wall stood the Drone. Baphomet/Simon was in the centre of the room, also 30 yards away.

Schaeffer's rocket streaked out with a roar, buffetting the posse with a scorching wind. The Armbrust had a "soft-launch" system so it could be fired in a confined space without killing the operator or anyone behind them. Although the danger area of the exhaust was greatly reduced you still wouldn't want to be standing behind it!

There was a thunderclap and explosion of sparks and smoke. The Drone collapsed, smoke belching out of the hole where its neck used to be. The Armbrust rocket had blow off its head! It slumped over, M120 minigun barrels spinning to a stop. Everyone's ears rang from the shockwave of the explosion in the confined space.

Surprised, Baphomet looked over at its destroyed minion, the now-headless Soviet combat drone. Rowan threw her Eldritch Blast. The flaming skull flashed out at the demon. But there was something odd... it seemed very hard to pin down its location. Like space was somehow warped around it. The skull missed, zooming past it by a large margin. Peter was unsure if they should harm Baphomet at the risk of hurting Simon, and hesitated.

Marshall's Note: Peter can still take all his Actions, they are just resolved later on in the turn.

This message was last edited by the GM at 09:10, Fri 03 June 2016.