Night Moves.   Posted by The Marshall.Group: 0
Brother Edgar
 player, 253 posts
 Doomsayer
 Church of the Holy Atom
Sun 24 Feb 2019
at 06:50
Re: Night Moves

Brother Edgar is never opposed to a bit of hard work.  Though he isn't particularly strong...nor particularly handy.  But he is helpful and willing which could mean something.  If there was not a real handy place to step in, he concentrated on fetching tools, water, etc.  Either way, he makes sure the work party has a nice cooked gator steak to tear into when they're done.  As long as no one gets too judgy on microwaved gator steak....  He's a pretty good microwave cook.  For obvious reasons...
Smoker Nix
 player, 1013 posts
 Scavenger & Tech
 Truck Crew
Sun 24 Feb 2019
at 14:11
Re: Night Moves
Smoker scampered around, thoroughly enjoying a bit of bridge-building. He rarely got a chance to 'do his thing' travelling with this party, and he relished the chance to show them what he could do - and, if truth be told, to boss everybody around for a change.

Finally, even he was satisfied that the structure was sound and he flopped in a heap, exhausted. But not too exhausted to eat Brother Edgar's gator steaks!
The Marshall
 GM, 2764 posts
 aka "helbent4"
 aka Tony
Thu 28 Feb 2019
at 00:18
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Smoker Nix (msg # 320):

After an hour, Smoker had made enough basic repairs to let the vehicles pass safely. Everyone had a bite to eat and a bit of a rest.

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:20, Thu 28 Feb.

Roadkill
 NPC, 726 posts
 Road Warrior
 former Road Ganger
Thu 28 Feb 2019
at 01:00
Re: Night Moves
In reply to The Marshall (msg # 321):

Rolling a cigarette, Roadkill motioned to Peter.

"Hey hoss, a word if you don't mind." He lit his smoke and gestured to the bridge.

"That's fixed enough to let us pass. But one thing I think is obvious. We are not gaining on them, not nearly enough, before the sun sets. I don't know if or how that might matter. But I figure if they get to where they're goin', New Orleans, probably, we are gonna have a real hard time trackin' them down. And the guy they took hostage, he's as good as dead if that happens.

"What I'm tryin' to say is we got ,maybe a few hours to catch up to them before they hit the Gulf and the sun goes down. Dunno what they're gonna do then, but I say let's not find out. Maybe you take your technical and the Humvee and go as hard as you can. Right now we got a rig, they got a rig, we're both doin' about twenty. I figure you can take 'er up to forty without us. Or more. If you don't mind a bit of risk. You can even fit that big ol' Tin can that Trask is driving in the roof hatch of the Humvee. I'll loan ya'all my Ma-Deuce, stick 'er on the Humvee's pintle or Trask can use it hand-held.

"Whaddaya think, pardner?"

Peter Firecrow
 player, 910 posts
 Not that kind of Indian
 Wanna buy a gun?
Wed 6 Mar 2019
at 22:55
Re: Night Moves
Peter looked up as Roadkill came over. He gave a slow nod and allowed himself to be lead to a private conversation. He listened to what the trucker had to say, face mostly impassive during the talk. He finally let out a sigh and said, "I suppose you are correct."

He gave another slow nod. "Yes. Alright. I suppose we can try and do that. We shall have to just try to be careful and fast."

He turned back to the rest of the group. "Okay. We are going to split up a bit. The rig will follow at a safer pace, but the technical and the Humvee are going to go at a faster to try and catch up to those we pursue. So figure out who is going in which vehicle and let us get going in the couple of minutes."
The Marshall
 GM, 2766 posts
 aka "helbent4"
 aka Tony
Sat 9 Mar 2019
at 02:33
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Peter Firecrow (msg # 323):

The first two vehicles carefully crossed the mended bridge sections. It was a good repair job, probably better than it needed to be! Then the rig passed. Salvaged metal and wood groaned, but held and no parts were shed to fall into the river below. In fact, a quick examination showed that Smoker's work was still solid and would remain so for a long time, if not indefinitely.
Brother Edgar
 player, 255 posts
 Doomsayer
 Church of the Holy Atom
Sat 9 Mar 2019
at 03:12
Re: Night Moves
Brother Edgar finished making sure everyone had a reasonable share of the steaks and a healthy amount of water for their work.  After which, he quietly took care of repacking and re-stowing any leftover supplies and tools.  Not being a driver, he left that decision making to the ones with more vested interests.  As he was already emplaced in the Humvee, he would remain there whilst everyone took their positions.  He'd gladly give up the shotgun seat to another for any logically tactical reasons, if needed, though.

As the convoy rolled out onto the "bridge", Brother Edgar began a meditative breathing exercise.  As that "bridge" groaned and popped, he calmly shut his eyes.  By halfway across, he quietly murmured a prayer, "I give praise to Saint Newton for his Insight into the Nature of Existence.  Blessed be his name and the Truth of Physics... I give Praise to Saint Newton and his Third Law...  May the forces be equal and opposite...  Equilibrium...  Balance...  I give Praise to Saint Newton for his Insight into..."  He continued his quiet repetition until Roadkill's truck had also crossed.  Only then did he allow his breathing to return to normal and his eyes to open.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:04, Tue 12 Mar.

Roadkill
 NPC, 727 posts
 Road Warrior
 former Road Ganger
Sat 9 Mar 2019
at 03:32
Re: Night Moves
In reply to The Marshall (msg # 324):

Dismounting after his crossing, Roadkill called Trask and "Cannibal" Jack over.

"Cannibal, old buddy. Got something for you." He unslung the 4.73mm caseless HK G22 rifle that he brought from the cab. "This belongs to a friend of mine, Colonel Schaeffer. Schaeffer dove on a grenade in a bar to save his friends, the members of this posse. He's in hospital in Junkyard right now, they are giving him new plastic and metal heart and lungs. The son of a bitch who done that is Kargo, the biker ashole we're chasing. I seen that old lever-gun you are packing and want you to have this, just bring it back. Also, that jerkoff who took out the Colonel stole the Colonel's girl's hoverbike. So I think he'd approve. Go ahead. Don't worry about cleaning it, I already done that this morning."

The weapon was loaded with a dual 50 round magazine containing a block of 16 4.73mm caseless Light AP rounds, and 25 rounds of 4.6mm FMJ. There was another 50 rounds each of 4.5mm LAP and FMJ (in 25-round blocks) stored on either side of the barrel. On the top of the receiver a 4x optical sight with illuminated reticule was mounted. Roadkill kept the Colonel's sidearm, a bulky 4.73mm Mauser '70 machinenpistole.

"Trask, I realise I don't have the handguard parts for you to carry the M2B. Want to borrow the M260 (SA SAW)?"
'Cannibal' Jack Hayes
 player, 21 posts
Sat 9 Mar 2019
at 23:14
Re: Night Moves
Roadkill:
In reply to The Marshall (msg # 324):

Dismounting after his crossing, Roadkill called Trask and "Cannibal" Jack over.

"Cannibal, old buddy. Got something for you." He unslung the 4.73mm caseless HK G22 rifle that he brought from the cab. "This belongs to a friend of mine, Colonel Schaeffer. Schaeffer dove on a grenade in a bar to save his friends, the members of this posse. He's in hospital in Junkyard right now, they are giving him new plastic and metal heart and lungs. The son of a bitch who done that is Kargo, the biker ashole we're chasing. I seen that old lever-gun you are packing and want you to have this, just bring it back. Also, that jerkoff who took out the Colonel stole the Colonel's girl's hoverbike. So I think he'd approve. Go ahead. Don't worry about cleaning it, I already done that this morning."

The weapon was loaded with a dual 50 round magazine containing a block of 16 4.73mm caseless Light AP rounds, and 25 rounds of 4.6mm FMJ. There was another 50 rounds each of 4.5mm LAP and FMJ (in 25-round blocks) stored on either side of the barrel. On the top of the receiver a 4x optical sight with illuminated reticule was mounted. Roadkill kept the Colonel's sidearm, a bulky 4.73mm Mauser '70 machinenpistole.

"Trask, I realise I don't have the handguard parts for you to carry the M2B. Want to borrow the M260 (SA SAW)?"

Cannibal Jack holds up his hand... "Friend... thank you, but if anything happened to your friends rifle while I had possession of it.... Well, Sorry.  Just couldn't let that happen. Thanks for the offer, but I'll pick up something off the dead we are tracking."
Increase Trask
 player, 245 posts
 Robo Hunter
Sun 10 Mar 2019
at 05:41
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Roadkill (msg # 326):

"If we can mount the M2 on one of the vehicles I'll happily stand behind it, otherwise I'm fine with the weapon I have. Thanks anyway."


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Roadkill
 NPC, 728 posts
 Road Warrior
 former Road Ganger
Tue 12 Mar 2019
at 05:01
Re: Night Moves
In reply to 'Cannibal' Jack Hayes (msg # 327):

Roadkill looked quizzically at Jack and shook his head.

"The Colonel's in the Hellstromme Memorial Hospital ICU. He's gonna be there for months while they repair his ribcage, heart, lungs, spine... it ain't gonna do him any good while he's in there. Besides, he's still got his Mauser sniper rifle.

"Trask, I gotta keep the Ma-Deuce 'cause I'll be all alone. I got an IA driver, "Gilles", and I'll be manning the Ma-Deuce up top for some firepower."

Smoker Nix
 player, 1014 posts
 Scavenger & Tech
 Truck Crew
Tue 12 Mar 2019
at 09:56
Re: Night Moves
Smoker looked round.

"Where am I to go, then?"
Increase Trask
 player, 246 posts
 Robo Hunter
Tue 12 Mar 2019
at 20:01
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Roadkill (msg # 329):

"No problem, I understand." While they are stopped Trask opens up his suit and gets out to take a piss while everyone works out were they are going to be sitting.


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Tech. Sgt. Airen Crichton
 player, 177 posts
 U.S.M.C. 1st Battlion
 Staff Wieldin Techno-Mage
Tue 12 Mar 2019
at 20:12
Re: Night Moves
 "Should have enough space in the hummer Smoker." the junker says as he chuckles.
The Marshall
 GM, 2767 posts
 aka "helbent4"
 aka Tony
Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 03:50
Re: Night Moves
Trask was able to fit in the Humvee by standing in the top hatch. Along with him were crammed Marcela (driving), Smoker and Brother Edgar. In the technical, Peter was driving with Crichton riding shotgun and Jane on the bed-mounted Ma-Deuce. A 55-gallon drum of spook juice plus a few days of Milrats each were transferred from the trailer to the pickup, just in case.

Marshall's Note: I made a best guess as to who was where. I need a drive check from Peter as well.
Peter Firecrow
 player, 912 posts
 Not that kind of Indian
 Wanna buy a gun?
Sat 16 Mar 2019
at 17:19
Re: Night Moves
Peter gave a nod once more to Roadkill. "Be safe, but do not take too long, my friend." A small smile.

He pulled Jane aside for a moment, spoke a few quiet words and then gave her a quick kiss.

Then he mounted back up in the technical. He glanced at Crichton and gave a nod of greeting. Then he started up the truck and lead the way. He got moving up to a good pace, wanting to cut down the lead their quarry had gotten on them.
Smoker Nix
 player, 1015 posts
 Scavenger & Tech
 Truck Crew
Sat 16 Mar 2019
at 17:22
Re: Night Moves
Smoker gathered his stuff and got into the Hummer. He waved to Roadkill.
Roadkill
 NPC, 729 posts
 Road Warrior
 former Road Ganger
Tue 19 Mar 2019
at 04:18
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Smoker Nix (msg # 335):

Roadkill climbed up onto the trailer as he enabled Gilles (the Junker-built driver bot) to take over controls. He waved at Smoker, then pulled the charging handle on the Ma-Deuce to ready it to fire.
Gilles the Driver Bot
 NPC, 17 posts
 AI Autopilot
 Junker Built
Tue 19 Mar 2019
at 04:19
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Roadkill (msg # 336):

"Alors! God speed and show no mercy!" Gilles transmitted over the CB.
The Marshall
 GM, 2768 posts
 aka "helbent4"
 aka Tony
Tue 19 Mar 2019
at 04:38
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Gilles the Driver Bot (msg # 337):

With the rig not slowing them down they made good time. Over the next hours the Posse had good luck and high-balled it south down Confederate Interstate 49. The tracks became fresh with splash marks and tire tracks charging through streams and puddles scarcely dry in the humid heat, and broken vegetation was still fresh.

Their quarry turned east towards the Mississippi river and continued along a stretch of Confederate Interstate, CI-10, that had been abandoned and deactivated even before the war to become part of the Atchafalaya Nature Reserve. This was very unusual as they seemed to be trapped, there were no other side routes through the wild overgrown forests and the stub of abandoned Interstate even ended short of the Mississippi. Not that there were any functioning bridges left over the great sludgy river at this time.

OOC: Everyone can make Cognition checks.

This message was last edited by the GM at 09:47, Yesterday.

Jane Guin
 NPC, 823 posts
 Renegade Black Hat
 Former USAF Pilot
Thu 21 Mar 2019
at 09:35
Re: Night Moves
Jane leaned down and opened the slit window that allowed for communication between the cab and the gunner in the bed.

"Is that something up ahead?"
The Marshall
 GM, 2770 posts
 aka "helbent4"
 aka Tony
Thu 21 Mar 2019
at 09:49
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Jane Guin (msg # 339):

Indeed it was. Standing in the passenger side roof hatch of the technical, Crichton could also see a rapidly-dissipating cloud of green spook-juice fuel exhaust just above the next bend in the old interstate. They were getting really close due to Peter's expert driving with the Humvee following as best it could.

Whatever it was it was maybe half a mile ahead on the overgrown abandoned CI-10 Interstate. The trouble was, there was nothing ahead except more swamp and forest.
Tech. Sgt. Airen Crichton
 player, 179 posts
 U.S.M.C. 1st Battlion
 Staff Wieldin Techno-Mage
Thu 21 Mar 2019
at 22:36
Re: Night Moves
  "Their lead is down to about a half mile or so. Only thing is nothing but swamp ahead."
The Marshall
 GM, 2771 posts
 aka "helbent4"
 aka Tony
Thu 21 Mar 2019
at 23:36
Re: Night Moves
In reply to Tech. Sgt. Airen Crichton (msg # 341):

Whoops... I meant to say swamp, forest and through the middle of it, the Mississippi river. You are in what once was the Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge and Recreation Area.
Increase Trask
 player, 248 posts
 Robo Hunter
Fri 22 Mar 2019
at 00:29
Re: Night Moves

Trask tried to get a scan of the vehicles so he could provide some intel to the team of what they faced. He started the sensor sweep once they were in range of the enemy while at the same time having his weapons at his shoulder and at the ready.


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