X2U-238: Shot in the Dark 2.   Posted by StarMaster.Group: 0
Gavan
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Tue 5 Dec 2017
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"Then grab my hand, and don't let go until we're on the other side," Gavan said, holding out his hand.

When she had grabbed hold, he activated the phase device and stepped through the door with Hilda.

He was aware that there were certain materials that the Tollan phase device couldn't penetrate, but he couldn't remember what they were. All he knew was that they were very rare, and so didn't appear in construction materials. And he was pretty sure that the Goa'uld didn't use them.

He made sure they were completely through, but didn't turn off the phase device just yet, in case there was someone waiting.
Hilda
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Wed 6 Dec 2017
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Hilda grabbed Gavan's hand with her left and stepped through the wall; though she'd done it before, she still tensed in trepidation. Her nerves weren't helped by expecting a Goa'uld to be waiting on the other side. Nevertheless, she tried to go first, to shield Gavan against any retaliation.
StarMaster
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Mon 11 Dec 2017
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Gavan and Hilda stepped through the door to the personal quarters of the Dragon Lord. It wasn't what either of them expected. It was 'normal' in many respects--bed, couch, chairs, storage chest... It was all decorated in an Art Deco style, which meant nothing to either of them, but it was ornate and lush... gold and mirrors. The bed had a headboard of mirrored arches trimmed in gold, there was a white fur cover on the bed, and a dozen throw pillows.

Though odd, but not unexpected, there was a gold high-back claw-foot bathtub.

The floor is also covered with an assortment of fur throw rugs, many from creatures unfamiliar to either of them.

There was, however, no one present.

Gavan pointed towards the storage chest, which, now that you look a bit closer, you realize is probably the sarcophagus. It's a bit larger than any normal chest, and it, too, is decked out in the Art Deco style.
Hilda
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Tue 12 Dec 2017
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Hilda had grown up in a simple timber farmhouse with rude furniture of wood and hide, so all this was still immense finery in her eyes, all gold and glass, if not quite what she'd seen of Goa'uld palaces before. She was eager to loot these treasures, but she had a mission to complete and a foe to slay first.

Leaving behind the staff weapon and unsheathing her trusty sword, the warrior crept toward the sarcophagus. With the blade poised over the box, ready to deliver a killing thrust, she looked for a control to open it...
StarMaster
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Sun 17 Dec 2017
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It's not that the controls are concealed or hidden, just that they are worked into the decorative trim. Maybe it was meant to hide them, though more likely it was to preserve the decor.

Hilda locates the dial control in the middle of the lid, inset into a scarab motif, and turns it once, which causes the locking 'tentacles' to withdraw, thus unlocking it. She then has to turn it a bit more to get the two halves of the lid to slid apart.

For a moment, she can't tell if there's anyone in there because of the fog/mist that billows up out of it, caused by the temperature differential.

Then she sees the Dragonlord as the mist clears and he starts to sit up.
Hilda
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Mon 18 Dec 2017
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She could have tried capturing the Dragonlord, for interrogation or as a trophy slave.  She could have kept him at her mercy, and taunted and tormented him with her blade. But, right here and right now, with one of the hated Goa'uld emerging from his sarcophagus, unaware of her ready sword through the mist, there was only one thing Hilda could do. 'Die!' she screamed, stabbing her broadsword down at his chest.


OOC: Initiative 12
Attack with sword, attack 24, rolled a 20, auto-hit
Spent an Action Die to make it a critical hit
Damage 8, taken from Wound Points and dropping the Dragonlord's Init by 5 (assuming the Dragonlord is a special NPC)

StarMaster
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Thu 28 Dec 2017
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As the lid of the sarcophagus opens, Hilda has a momentarily vague notion that the Dragonlord was conscious and alert, but then again, he was probably expecting one of his men to be the one opening the sarcophagus.

17:35, Today: StarMaster rolled 4,13 using 1d20+2,1d20+5 ((2,8)). Initiative/Attack

Hilda catches him completely by surprise, and stabs him through the chest for 11 Wound Points of damage (house rule: max damage on a natural roll of 20).

This doesn't kill him outright, though; not unexpected since she doesn't know exactly where the symbiote is inside him... more so now that she sees the host. The Dragonlord does not have his helmet 'on' (would have been awkward within the sarcophagus), so she can see that the host is probably some near-human... red skin, large eyes, flat nose and a bony ridge front to back on top of his head. He also appears to be hairless.

His eyes widen even more, though, as the sword stabs through him. With some effort, he reaches up with one hand and grabs her hand around the hilt of the sword, keeping her from letting go or from pulling the sword out!

With his other hand, he fires a force blast from his gauntlet. It hits Hilda square in the chest, delivering 10 points of Vitality damage and driving her backwards ten feet (unless she has some way of countering it).

OOC: Hope the wait was worth it!
Hilda
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Fri 29 Dec 2017
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Hilda's ice-blue eyes widened in shock as the ettin, still alive, clutched her hand and the hilt of the sword she'd named Serpentslayer. The name was no good if she missed the serpent within! Then the magic blast struck her, throwing her back and away from the ettin...


OOC: I'm assuming the DR 3 from my armour (Tactical Deployment Vest or however I've disguised it) applies.

Sidestep: +2 dodge Defense vs the Dragonlord

Do I lose my sword or do I manage to keep it? Shall I act or wait for Gavan?

Gavan
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Fri 29 Dec 2017
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Gavan had no idea what to expect. He couldn't imagine the Dragonlord 'hiding' in the sarcophagus, but what kind of damage could he have sustained to warrant healing?

He wasn't particularly surprised that Hilda had instantly attacked whatever was in the sarcophagus though he still found it a bit concerting. Nor did he expect that Hilda couldn't handle any threat.

Yet, after being stabbed, a gauntleted hand reached up and grabbed her hand and sword. And then some sort of blast threw her away from the sarcophagus!

He quickly drew his kel-am and aimed it at the Dragonlord as he rose from the sarcophagus. He fired before the Dragonlord spotted him, but not before the dragon-helm snapped into place.

19:33, Today: Gavan rolled 17 using 1d20+2 ((15)).

It briefly occurred to Gavan that the Dragonlord may not be aware of the Tollans and the Tollan stun weapon. He didn't know how the stunner would work against the Dragonlord's armor, but he knew that Goa'uld within the host would probably overcome the stun in less than a minute, rather than the ten minutes most organic beings were affected by it.
StarMaster
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Fri 29 Dec 2017
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Hilda's TDV's DR does work against the damage, but doesn't stop the force that pushes her away.


19:46, Today: StarMaster rolled 15 using 1d20+5 ((10)). Dragonlord's FORT Save vs. DC 18...

The armor did give him a +2 bonus against the stun effect, but it's not enough. The Dragonlord's host is probably stunned for 10 minutes. The Goa'uld may be able to reduce that.
Hilda
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Sat 30 Dec 2017
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Recovering from the blast with gritted teeth and swiftly regaining her feet, and seeing Gavan had fired his own lightning weapon, Hilda raced back to the Dragonlord's side. Now was her chance! Though she was an honourable warrior, she would not give up a chance to strike at a hated foe stunned by an ally's attack.

She laid a hand on Serpentslayer's hilt and drew it forth with a bloody streak. In two hands she grasped it then raised it high, ready to behead the Dragonlord!


OOC: I assume it's a half action to move back, another half action to retrieve my sword from wherever it ended up.
StarMaster
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Sat 30 Dec 2017
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Oops. Forgot to cover that. Because the Dragon Lord had his hand on the sword, when his other hand blasted Hilda with sufficient force to drive her back, involuntary reflexes caused her to let go of the sword. When she gets back to the sarcophagus, the Dragon Lord still has the sword stuck in him as he was stunned before he could withdraw it.
Hilda
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Sat 30 Dec 2017
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OOC: Okay. If he's stunned (unconscious?), can I pull it back out?
StarMaster
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Sat 30 Dec 2017
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Both host and Goa'uld are stunned, so there's nothing to keep Hilda from pulling the sword out and then stabbing him again. She only lost her grip on it because of the twofold factor of the Goa'uld holding it to prevent her from using it again and hitting her with a bolt of force.

He hadn't been unconscious when she opened the sarcophagus; and he was expecting to see his Prime... not his enemies.
Hilda
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Sun 31 Dec 2017
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OOC: Thanks. I think it's Gavan's turn now.
Gavan
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Sun 31 Dec 2017
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"Is it dead?" he asks.

"The Goa'uld, I mean. I don't want to get close enough to it so that it might try to take me over."
Hilda
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Mon 1 Jan 2018
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'It soon will be.' Hilda answered, her intent perfectly clear in her raised sword...


OOC: I intend to coup de grāce it, unless Gavan has a better idea?
Gavan
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Mon 1 Jan 2018
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"Even with Freyda, I don't think we have the resources to safely transport a Goa'uld back to my home world where we could separate the worm from the host," Gavan commented.

"Even then, the host body may not even have a mind left... assuming it had one to begin with."

"One less Dragon Lord out here in the cluster seems like a good thing to me."

Hilda
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Mon 1 Jan 2018
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A flash of steel and the sword swept down. A wet chunk sound and it bit into the neck. A dull thud as the head hit the floor. Hilda looked back at Gavan, withdrawing a bloody sword. 'Sorry, what did you say?'


OOC: Full action: coup de grāce, critical hit, 11 wound points
StarMaster
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Tue 2 Jan 2018
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Not knowing where in the host body the Goa'uld had taken up residence, mainly because Hilda wasn't familiar with this 'near-Human' species, she wound up getting lucky by beheading the host, for the Goa'uld had wrapped itself around the spinal column in the neck, presumably accounting for the thick neck of the host.

Hilda's sword stroke not only beheaded the host but beheaded the Goa'uld!
Hilda
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Wed 3 Jan 2018
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Hilda was gleeful as the decapitated serpent slipped from the bloody stump of the neck, wiggled with nerves, and finally fell limp. 'The Dragonlord is dead.' she proclaimed, wiping the blood from her blade on the corpse's robes and returning it to her sheath.

Now, with a rush of avarice, she knelt down and tugged the gauntlet from his hand, remembering its blast had hurled her back and feeling it could be valuable. She pulled it onto her own hand for the sake of a place to put it, then looted whatever gold and jewels she could spy. Finally, she retrieved Chu-Lung's severed head, with the serpent head inside. It would be grisly proof of her slaying of the Dragonlord.
Gavan
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Thu 4 Jan 2018
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Gavan couldn't help but look at the severed head with just a bit of disgust. Killing anything was anathema to him, his people and his very culture.

"I think that takes care of the Dragon Lord," he said to Hilda. "We should go report to the Major."
Hilda
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Thu 4 Jan 2018
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'Hold on,' Fishing about the bedchamber, Hilda hacked open a pillow, pulled out the stuffing, and then stuffed the head inside, having made a serviceable sack for the bloody severed head. It was certainly an ignoble end for the Dragonlord Chu-Lung. 'Now we go.'

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StarMaster
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Tue 16 Jan 2018
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Gavan grabs Hilda, activates his phase device, and walks back through the sealed door.

Once on the other side, Gavan and Hilda and the Jaffa head back down to the cargo bay level where the others are waiting and guarding the gate.
Hilda
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'Couldn't we just use the door?' Hilda complained as Gavan dragged her back through the wall again. It wasn't that she disliked this phasing through things, though she did; it just seemed lazy somehow.

Once back in the cargo bay, Hilda bowed to Vasandra and opened the makeshift sack, which had now become brown and soaked. With most of the Jaffa dead, there now seemed little need for all the grand words and lies. But Hilda was, at heart, a skald, and could hardly resist it. 'Lady Angrboša! Your foe, the Dragonlord Chu-Lung, is slain!' From the sack, she produced the severed head; holding it by the bony crest, she raised it in triumph for all to see displaying the hairless red skin, large eyes, flat nose, and the bloody stump of the neck, from which, amidst drips of blood, dangled half a Goa'uld serpent.