E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd.   Posted by DainXB - GM.Group: 0
Amm-Fibian
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Fri 20 Nov 2015
at 03:46
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Ian sticks out his tongue and nods his stone head at the others.
Todd
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Sun 22 Nov 2015
at 11:17
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Todd rises to his feet, eyeing Zhang Jue warily.

"Not that I have any reason to trust your word, but swear a vow. One that means something to you. Assuming you actually have the slightest bit of honour."
DainXB - GM
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Sun 22 Nov 2015
at 21:47
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
"I swear by the only thing I value; my magic. I'll harm none of you, and aid your escape, if you aid mine. Once back in the Overworld, we go our separate ways." Zhang Jue squirms out from beneath the Foo Dog, and struggles to her feet. "Do we have a bargain?"
Amm-Fibian
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Mon 23 Nov 2015
at 15:31
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Ian barks and sniffs her leg.
Todd
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Tue 24 Nov 2015
at 12:10
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
"Don't go anywhere," Todd commands.

He steps away to confer with his allies. "We can't just let her walk. Options?"

He looks to Nereid, then to the stone dog. "This is gonna be a tough meeting."
DainXB - GM
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Thu 26 Nov 2015
at 16:26
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Detective Jones eyes Zhang Jue, then pitches his voice as a whisper. "I guarantee the Hong Kong Branch has warrants out for her arrest. But if we try and take her into custody here, it'll raise a ruckus we aren't prepared for."
Nereid
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Sun 29 Nov 2015
at 01:57
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 189):

I'm actually ok with making a deal...if we bag the Empress this minion won't be much trouble to pick up later. Who knows maybe she will go straight?...maybe?
Todd
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Mon 30 Nov 2015
at 06:13
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
"Fat chance. She's got the trouble-making gene baked into her bones," Todd grumbles.

He looks over her shoulder at her, giving her a suspicious glance.

"Here's another thought: punch her lights out and find our own way out. Which probably isn't the superhero-ish thing to do."
DainXB - GM
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Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 23:46
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Detective Jones nods, slowly. "Maybe you're right. Ian's stone dog-nose got us this far..."

Zhang Jue looks impatient. "Devouring my magical paraphernalia will not sate the Empress! Her longevity depends upon consuming magic. The gift I brought would have been a feast; decades of life, at the least. Now she has dined only upon meager scraps. Her fury is great, her energies low. There is little time to waste if we are to flee her grasp."
Amm-Fibian
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Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 23:54
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Ian steps in front of Zhang Jue and lays at her feet, snarling at anyone who comes near.
Nereid
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Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 04:06
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
In reply to Amm-Fibian (msg # 193):

Then I guess we need to go... lead the way, " O wicked witch of the east"

OOC: of course we all know that Todd is totally right about not trusting her...something he won't hep but remind us of when the "inevitable but unforeseen betrayal" occurs

This message was last edited by the player at 14:11, Fri 04 Dec 2015.

Todd
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Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 12:26
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Todd frowns, but prepares to follow the others.
DainXB - GM
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Sat 5 Dec 2015
at 04:39
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Everyone:
Giving serious side-eye to the Foo Dog, Zhang Jue waves everyone up the passage Detective Jones' strike team came down. At the intersection full of dead and unconscious Golden Guard, you can hear droning demonic snores come from several side-chambers down the corridor from whence the attack originally came. Zhang Jue leads you in the other direction--toward the truly horrific smell of a demonic lavatory, wafting up the narrow hallway.

"There are vents that reach the surface of Tung Lung Chau. We can climb the shafts, if the 妖蜘蛛 are merciful."

True to her word, the narrow hallway leads to a series of filthy alcoves with holes in the floor--the source of the stench--and iron gratings mounted into the ceilings. Zhang Jue picks an alcove seemingly at random, and gestures to Todd. "The grates are bolted in place; can you pull one loose?"

Todd:
[OOC: Test Strength vs a Difficulty of 6 to pull the grating loose.]
Todd
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Tue 8 Dec 2015
at 05:38
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Todd steps up to the grate. It doesn't look too tough.

"Yeah, orright."

POP!

Strength 8 + roll -1 = 7. The grate pops out in humiliating defeat.
DainXB - GM
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Thu 10 Dec 2015
at 23:46
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Everyone
"Now we climb." Zhang Jue says, gesturing at the hole Todd revealed. "After you..."

[OOC: Everyone test Coordination (plus Athletics, if applicable) vs a Difficulty of 4 to climb the shaft.]

Ian:
Your Foo Dog body is strong, but not overly coordinated. It's stone leg muscles are extraordinarily powerful--you might be able to leap straight to the top of the vent-shaft, with a little luck... But at some point you'll have to think about getting your actual body back to safety.

[OOC: Anyone can go in any order. For simplicity, the order you post in will be the order you climb the shaft in.]
Amm-Fibian
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Fri 11 Dec 2015
at 13:29
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Ian gets a scampering, sliding, running start, and jumps straight down into the stink hole.
As he falls, he slips back to his own body.
DainXB - GM
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Fri 11 Dec 2015
at 22:12
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Ian:
[OOC: Damn, you saw that one coming... :)]

The fountain pool hasn't changed much in your "absence", and you can still taste the faint salt tang of the tidal rush through the portal that leads back to the grotto beneath the prehistoric carving Nereid was so excited to examine.

Above water, the exterior of the Feather Empress' pagoda seems ominously silent. No demons are visible--perhaps they too have gone to ground to escape from their mistress' rage.

Everyone:
There's a sound from far down below--something between a splash and a crunch. It is immediately followed by the sound of claws on stone as the Foo Dog scrabbles to escape the oubliette!

[OOC: Anyone can attempt to climb, in any order!]

Nereid
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Sat 12 Dec 2015
at 03:19
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 200):

Well, here it goes...

OOC: 22:18, Today: Nereid rolled 2 using 2d6-7.  Coordination 4 + Athletics .

7 total effort

Todd
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Sat 12 Dec 2015
at 10:56
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Todd follows...

Coord 6 + Athletics 1 + roll -2 = 5.
Amm-Fibian
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Sat 12 Dec 2015
at 11:06
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Amm-Fibian looks around in the silence, starts to say something to himself, listens to the silence above again, and then turns and swims back towards the boat.
DainXB - GM
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Sat 12 Dec 2015
at 23:41
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Nereid & Todd:
You climb past the dried husks of spiders with bodies the size of your heads, and the coiled forms of molted centipede shells. The shaft tightens, making your climb easier--and then harder as the space within becomes very snug. There's a sudden feeling of disorientation, as if up and down no longer mean what they used to. You keep climbing...

At last you reach open air, and clamber out of a crevice between to boulder-like rock outcropings. Zhang Jue follows Todd, and Detective Jones and his strike team bring up the rear--two of the agents helping pull the broadly-built Detective through the narrow gap.

You're near the center of Tung Lung Chau island, in almost pitch darkness. To the south you can see the MiB vessel, dangerously close to the rocks just off-shore. To the west, you can see the gaudy Hong Kong skyline.

"Time to part ways." Zhang Jue says. "Endeavor to stay out of my business, and I will endeavor to stay out of yours." She steps back, beginning to turn toward the city lights.

[OOC: Last chance to take her in...]
Nereid
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Sat 26 Dec 2015
at 19:34
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 204):

Hey wait a minute sister...do you think that the "Queen of Evil" is gonna let you walk away from this little Hell she put you in? Also, do you think one good deed balances all the bad you've done?

Face it, you are a load of bad karma hunted by a powerful foe.


So, throw in with us and end let's bring down the Empress....

DainXB - GM
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Sat 26 Dec 2015
at 22:02
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Zhang Jue stops, but does not turn to face you. "Bring down the Feather Empress? One does not bring down such a being; the British could not do it, the Chinese could not do it--not even the First Emperor, who courted her 2300 years ago. He sought to bind the Earthly realm and the Underworld together into one empire, and seize immortality for himself. Instead she cursed him with madness and death."

Everyone:
[OOC: Try to take her in, or let her walk away? Your call...]

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:47, Fri 08 Jan 2016.

Nereid
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Sat 9 Jan 2016
at 20:48
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 206):

It's your funeral sister...next time you cause trouble we will have to bring you down too.

OCC: I'm going to the bad choice of letting her go
DainXB - GM
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Fri 15 Jan 2016
at 02:05
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Nereid, Todd:
Zhang Jue disappears into the darkness--or maybe she just disappears. It doesn't take you long to rejoin Ian and Agent Kwai-Pun at the MIB patrol vessel. Agent Kwai-Pun welcomes you aboard. "It is not everyday that someone safely returns from the Netherworld. You are to be congratulated! But I suggest that this" she nudges the stone artifact with one toe--gingerly "be taken far from Hong Kong. As quickly as possible..."

Detective Jones picks up the artifact with a towel, seeming slightly unwilling to touch it with his bare hands. He looks it over closely, looks at Ian floating just off the port bow, and looks back at the stone. "I do see the resemblance." he allows "But that's a mystery for another day..."

Everyone:
Congratulations! You have completed Issue #5! Stay tuned for the beginning of Issue #6!
[OOC: I'll have threads up in a day or so!]