Night Moves.   Posted by The Marshall.Group: 0
Roadkill
 NPC, 716 posts
 Road Warrior
 former Road Ganger
Tue 13 Nov 2018
at 03:27
Re: Night Moves
In reply to The Marshall (msg # 234):

Past Oli City they followed the Interstate south a ways until they came to the Red River and the ruins of Shreveport. Ominously, thin columns of wispy black smoke became visible here and there in the forest surrounding them. Although the vegetation had grown back (and then some) there was still evidence around them of a massive fire and damage like burned-down structures, blown-over light and sign poles, burned and fallen tree trunks and stumps.

Over the CB, Roadkill said, "breaker breaker. This here's Roadkill. You got your ears on? Come on back."

Marshall's Note: this is where Peter or whoever would reply in the affirmative.

"We're gonna start seeing some black smoke here and there. Comin' outta the ground. During the war, there was some kind of CSA military base next to the city that got nuked. It didn't leave no Ghoust Storm but some of the oil wells around here were set on fire. The oil wells are still burning today. Some folks call this the "smoky valley" on account of that."
Increase Trask
 player, 231 posts
 Robo Hunter
Tue 13 Nov 2018
at 03:34
Re: Night Moves

Trask kept his eyes pealed as they made their way along the Interstate, he could do with a drink he thought as they past the various detritus of a past civilization on the side of the road.

He kept his sensors ticking over as they rode along, and would use the internal comms should anything pop up on Trask's radar.


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Tech. Sgt. Airen Crichton
 NPC, 163 posts
 U.S.M.C. 1st Battlion
 Staff wieldin Techno-Mage
Tue 13 Nov 2018
at 16:45
Re: Night Moves
Crichton answered the radio hail, looking out the window of the humvee as they passed through, "Copy, Smoker.  Anything we should be watching for more specifically?"  He clicked off the radio while he waited for the answer and asked Marcela, "How much further to this place you think they went?"
Roadkill
 NPC, 717 posts
 Road Warrior
 former Road Ganger
Thu 15 Nov 2018
at 09:02
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Tech. Sgt. Airen Crichton (msg # 237):

Roadkill replied, "Ahh... well now, I hear the gators been gettin' pretty big in the Red River. Don't you know. But closer to the Mississippi. So I hear. Come on back."
Marcela Perez Villanova
 NPC, 4 posts
 Law Dog
 Deputy
Thu 15 Nov 2018
at 09:04
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Tech. Sgt. Airen Crichton (msg # 237):

Marcela looked over, then back at the cracked road. "They said something about heading towards New Orleans. I assume that's where they are going. But you know, the leader, that woman, she never actually said."
Peter Firecrow
 player, 899 posts
 Not that kind of Indian
 Wanna buy a gun?
Fri 16 Nov 2018
at 19:18
Re: Night Moves
Peter replied in the affirmative when Roadkill spoke up. "My ears are ready to listen. Go ahead. Over." He listened to what was said, a frown sliding on to his face a bit, lip curling in distaste at the thought of oil just being left to burn like that. "That is unfortunate. I wish I had the capability to put the fires out."

The frown deepened after Marcela spoke. "So we do not know where they are going, and we do not have a way to track them? That is...disheartening. Do we continue on and head towards New Orleans if we do not catch up to them? I suppose we do not have another plan." He let out a small sigh.
'Cannibal' Jack Hayes
 player, 9 posts
Sat 17 Nov 2018
at 04:02
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Peter Firecrow (msg # 240):

Cannibal Jack unloads the rifle and puts the shells into his bandoleer. Then adjusts the scope on the passing scenery. "Hates gators..."
Tech. Sgt. Airen Crichton
 NPC, 164 posts
 U.S.M.C. 1st Battlion
 Staff wieldin Techno-Mage
Sat 17 Nov 2018
at 04:56
Re: Night Moves
Crichton, after relaying Marcela's answer into the radio for the benefit of everyone, simply added, "No other plan.  Keep an eye out for giant gators.  Copy that."  After that, he settled back in for what might be a long ride.  He did keep an eye out the window though.  He wasn't sure the giant gator thing wasn't a joke....but you never can tell with the world being what it is.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:05, Sat 17 Nov.

Brother Edgar
 player, 236 posts
 Doomsayer
 Church of the Holy Atom
Sat 17 Nov 2018
at 05:15
Re: Night Moves

Brother Edgar's brow went up as Marcela described her "hunch."  Also keeping his eyes on the cracked road, especially with the warning about giant gators, he asked the former deputy, "Can you remember anything else you over heard?  We have a bit of time as we drive and, perhaps, there's something else we can learn.  It may help when we catch up to them."
Marcela Perez Villanova
 NPC, 5 posts
 Law Dog
 Deputy
Mon 19 Nov 2018
at 21:09
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Peter Firecrow (msg # 240):

Over the CB, Marcela replied, "This is Victor One. They are driving a semi rig. They can only take so many routes on account of the damage to the roads from the war and just how it's been over the years. There's a lot of dirt and mud that has washed over the road, even the Interstate, so we just gotta get out and have a look. If no one here is a tracker I can maybe take a look.

"By the way, do we have call signs? I'm in the lead so I can go as "Victor One. Over."

Roadkill
 NPC, 718 posts
 Road Warrior
 former Road Ganger
Mon 19 Nov 2018
at 21:10
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Marcela Perez Villanova (msg # 244):

"Ah, copy that Victor One. This here's the Roadkill. I got me a robot co-driver, Gilles. He takes over when I'm sleepin' or gettin' busy."
Gilles the Driver Bot
 NPC, 16 posts
 AI Autopilot
 Junker Built
Mon 19 Nov 2018
at 21:12
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Roadkill (msg # 245):

"Salut! Yes, I am Gilles. I prefer to drive s'e race car, but I can be driving this rig very well."

Gilles spoke over the CB in a distinctively synthesised tone, but with a French accent.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:12, Mon 19 Nov.

Brother Edgar
 player, 237 posts
 Doomsayer
 Church of the Holy Atom
Tue 20 Nov 2018
at 22:22
Re: Night Moves

Brother Edgar smiled faintly as Gilles chimed in.  It was hard not to like the friendly driver AI.  He added, directly to Marcela since they were in the same vehicle, "I am unsure of anyone's particular skill with tracking.  So, if you see a likely spot, you should probably go ahead and try."
Peter Firecrow
 player, 900 posts
 Not that kind of Indian
 Wanna buy a gun?
Thu 22 Nov 2018
at 05:44
Re: Night Moves
Peter listened as Brother Edgar tried to ease out any more specific information from Marcela. His eyebrows rose up as she got a bit more 'roady' on them. Victor One? Interesting. He shook his head, but nodded to the information. That gave them a place to go at least.

"That is good to know, thank you." To her question about call signs he shook his head though she couldn't see it likely. "Not really. Peter is fine, or Firecrow will do, I suppose, take your pick."

He spoke up again, "I will try to pull over periodically in what might be likely places for trackers to check for tracks." That sentence indicated he didn't consider himself one of the trackers.
Marcela Perez Villanova
 NPC, 6 posts
 Law Dog
 Deputy
Fri 23 Nov 2018
at 05:19
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Peter Firecrow (msg # 248):

She looked out over the road.

"May as well stop here. They only passed by an hour or so ago. I'll see if there are some tracks in the mud, that way I know we're on the right trail."

Stopping, she got out and examined the tracks for a few minutes, then got back in.

"I think I'll recognise the treads on tha trig they're driving. I hope..."
Brother Edgar
 player, 238 posts
 Doomsayer
 Church of the Holy Atom
Wed 28 Nov 2018
at 02:58
Re: Night Moves

Brother Edgar had gotten out of the Humvee when Marcela did.  He didn't stray far or try to track, but he did keep a sharp eye out for anything.  Especially of the large gator variety.  Upon getting back in the vehicle, he asked the former deputy, "I take it that means you did /not/ recognize the treads having been past here?"
Peter Firecrow
 player, 901 posts
 Not that kind of Indian
 Wanna buy a gun?
Wed 28 Nov 2018
at 23:18
Re: Night Moves
Peter heard Marcela speak up and unconsciously nodded even though she was unlikely to see that maneuver. He pulled off to the side of the road as much as he safely could. He got out of the vehicle and looked around, not really for tracks since he wasn't that good at that sort of thing, just more making sure there wasn't an ambush around.

16:17, Today: Peter Firecrow rolled 11 using 2d6, keeping the highest dice only, rerolling max with rolls of (6+2)8,(6+5)11.  Search.
Marcela Perez Villanova
 NPC, 7 posts
 Law Dog
 Deputy
Thu 29 Nov 2018
at 10:22
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Brother Edgar (msg # 250):

The deputy looked a little uncertain at the Doomsayer's statement.

"I'm not a professional tracker and we're miles away from Vivian so I can't say I'm over familiar with all the possible tracks in this neighborhood. I think it's the same track, it's going the right direction. The tracks I think we were following didn't seem to turn off."
The Marshall
 GM, 2724 posts
 aka "helbent4"
 aka Tony
Thu 29 Nov 2018
at 10:41
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Peter Firecrow (msg # 251):

It seemed to Peter and anyone else looking for a fight that there wasn't anything hiding in the surrounding forest. Peter did get a good look at the tyre treadmarks in the mud and agreed that it looked like a semi passed by not very long ago at all.

With not much more to see, they mounted up and continued south at a swift pace. They were on the northern outskirts of Shreveport. Marcela knew enough about the area to know that to continue south they needed to divert from I-49 to I-220 and take the bridge across Cross Lake, skirting the built-up parts of the city to the west. This was because Barksdale CAFB was adjacent to the city to the east and it had gotten pounded by a one megaton ground burst on Judgement Day. The CS Air Force Base had been annihilated and along with it most of Shreveport.

The Interstate bridge arced south over Cross Lake. To the west across the lake was deep forest, to the east the skeletal burned out towers of Shreveport ringed the lakeshore. They cross the lake without incident, and managed to not get too slowed down by the rubble choking the Interstate bypass as it curved around the western side of the city.

After that they drove the next 120 miles back on I-49 in about six hours trending from south to southeast. It looked like they were still on the trail of their quarry as the day grew hot and steamy. On both sides was a wall of forest. Somewhere northwest of Alexandria they came to a washed out bridge. There was a detour to the right that led a short distance to a ford across a large stream/small river. The shallows were choked with reeds and marsh grass.

The posse had a choice: ford here or backtrack and try and find a way around on a side route?
Brother Edgar
 player, 239 posts
 Doomsayer
 Church of the Holy Atom
Sat 1 Dec 2018
at 04:06
Re: Night Moves


The Doomsayer had spent the majority of the trip keeping lookout.  He also took the time to go through some meditative exercises. and quiet prayer.  Not being among the Chosen, he really did his best to keep it relatively silent.  Mouthing the comforting words to the benefit of his own heart and mind.  Unless Crichton or Marcela expressed any interest in the teachings of course.  But he would not hold his breath waiting for that.

 As they came to the ford, Brother Edgar eyed the crossing from his seat, then looked to Marcela, "Perhaps we should look for any tracks which might indicate which way our quarry chose to go?"
'Cannibal' Jack Hayes
 player, 10 posts
Sat 1 Dec 2018
at 14:27
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Brother Edgar (msg # 254):

Cannibal Jack "searches" the tree line using the scope of the rifle to assist.
Increase Trask
 player, 232 posts
 Robo Hunter
Sat 1 Dec 2018
at 19:51
Re: Night Moves

Once they had stopped Trask ran through a sensor scan of the area to make sure they were alone. If he get the opportunity he will get down from his perch and take a closer look at the water and the ford.

He flicks on the teams comms net "Trask here, ford looks like a prime place for an ambush of dead things or underwater things or both. Can anyone tell if the party we are after crossed here ?"



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Marcela Perez Villanova
 NPC, 8 posts
 Law Dog
 Deputy
Wed 5 Dec 2018
at 09:59
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Increase Trask (msg # 256):

In the lead vehicle, Marcela replied, "This is Victor One. Roger that, I got it." Grabbing her shotgun she dismounted to have a look at the crossing. She used her walkie-talkie as she squatted by the riverside, examining the mud and splash marks.

"All units. Be advised looks like a semi passed by here not too long ago."
The Marshall
 GM, 2728 posts
 aka "helbent4"
 aka Tony
Wed 5 Dec 2018
at 10:02
Re: Night Moves
Something didn't seem right. They noticed that there was a van abandoned in the reeds about 10 yards downstream. It looked like something had peeled back the steel siding, nearly cutting it in two. Possibly some kind of explosive device or HEAT warhead?

Marshall's Note: Waiting on Peter and Smoker's rolls, but they haven't checked the group since the call out was made.
Peter Firecrow
 player, 903 posts
 Not that kind of Indian
 Wanna buy a gun?
Thu 6 Dec 2018
at 17:27
Re: Night Moves
Peter didn't mind the driving. He liked driving actually. It gave him a sense of freedom and a little bit of joy. Driving with friends was even better, though being on task, and in an extremely dangerous world in general to boot, meant he had to keep a sharp eye out at all times. It could be a little taxing sometimes.

When they stopped at the washed-out bridge, he frowned. He wasn't excited about fording, but he didn't want to waste time and gas looking for another spot to cross over. He looked around but didn't spy any tracks this time.