Hill of the Silent Guardians.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
 GM, 361 posts
 Game
 Master
Wed 1 May 2013
at 05:46
Hill of the Silent Guardians
They reached the site of the sacrifice in a short time, Thomas and Stanley leading. Circling up and around, they came to the edge of a small cliff overlooking the clearing at the foot of the mountain. Carefully pushing the vines, creepers and ferns that grew on the edge of the cliff (and cascaded over), it was unclear if they were too late to save Liisha or not. She was laying on a stone altar in the middle of the clearing, which was a shallow oval mound about 20m across.

This dry ground was ringed with torches that burned and lit the swampy clearing with an evil smoky orange-yellow glow.


There were three priests there; one making some kind of beseeching prayer while the other two performed a ceremonial dance beside him. They were facing the cliff, although it was likely with the torches in their eyes they couldn't see the figures on the cliff above them.

This message was last edited by the GM at 08:54, Wed 01 May 2013.

Stanley
 NPC, 8 posts
 Native Guide
 Mirayn
Wed 1 May 2013
at 05:49
Re: Hill of the Silent Guardians
Stanley aimed his shotgun, then paused, listening.

"They pray to the "Guardians". Of their gods. They say they are sending this "messenger" to tell the "Strangers from Beyond" it is not yet time for them to return."
Linus Spruance
 player, 197 posts
 Ex-Navy Starman
 9986A7
Wed 1 May 2013
at 07:53
Re: Hill of the Silent Guardians
"Typical priests - expect someone else to do the work for them!" groused Linus, who looked as if he was about to bolt out and grab Liisha from under their noses.
Thomas Walker
 player, 132 posts
 Hunter
 896786
Wed 1 May 2013
at 12:57
Re: Hill of the Silent Guardians
In reply to Linus Spruance (msg # 3):

Walker looked at the targets.

He pointed to the priests, and held up 3 fingers.

He pointed to the first finger, and pointed at the left-most priest.
He pointed to the middle finger, and pointed at the middle priest.
He pointed to the third finger, and pointed at the right-most priest.

He pointed at Ken, and then at the first finger.
He pointed at himself, and at the middle finger.
He pointed at Lorain, and at the third finger.
He pointed at Linus, and held up two fingers, pointed at his eyes, and then he turned them away, looking over everything.  Same thing for Stanley and Neva.

Finally, he turned back to Lorain and Ken.  He mimed counting to three, with his hand, and after he counted to three, he mimed pulling a trigger.

Then he held his palm up, and looked at the others, head tipped, and quizzical.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:16, Wed 01 May 2013.

Linus Spruance
 player, 198 posts
 Ex-Navy Starman
 9986A7
Wed 1 May 2013
at 13:11
Re: Hill of the Silent Guardians
Linus nodded in understanding.

"What about fetching Liisha?" he asked quietly.
Thomas Walker
 player, 134 posts
 Hunter
 896786
Wed 1 May 2013
at 15:18
Re: Hill of the Silent Guardians
In reply to Linus Spruance (msg # 5):

Walker whispered back quietly, "Kill all, scene safe," his tongue against his front teeth, changing the sibilant "s" sound into a lower frequency "th" sound.

He looked back at the others for any other questions or ideas.
Neva Alexovna Morozova
 player, 211 posts
 Ex-Other Rogue
 A89982
Wed 1 May 2013
at 15:39
Re: Hill of the Silent Guardians
In reply to Thomas Walker (msg # 4):

Neva nodded to Thomas and without saying anything moved her position to make sure she could cover more area.  She was ready and just waited for the others to go into action.  With luck, they would be in time.  Without luck....well sometimes it didn't pay to think on that.
Ken Jenkins
 player, 333 posts
 Ex-Marine Captain
 67C889
Wed 1 May 2013
at 18:53
Re: Hill of the Silent Guardians
Ken watched the scene carefully, looking for signs of other natives besides the three priests.  At Thomas' motions he nodded and readied his gun.
GM
 GM, 362 posts
 Game
 Master
Thu 2 May 2013
at 21:38
Re: Hill of the Silent Guardians
There wasn't time to engage in much debate over what was going to happen. Whatever was going to happen needed to happen now, and with Liisha they'd have to take out the priests anyways before rescuing her.

Thomas gave the "go" signal and he, Lorain and Ken fired. Ken and Thomas' shots hit home. Their targets fell over. Lorain didn't know how to use a pistol so hers missed, and the priest bolted like a shot into the swamp, disappearing from view.
Ken Jenkins
 player, 334 posts
 Ex-Marine Captain
 67C889
Fri 3 May 2013
at 23:27
Re: Hill of the Silent Guardians
Seeing the priest flee into the woods Ken ran forward to Liisha.  "Let's get the hell out of here!  He'll be back with a gang of angry friends."
Neva Alexovna Morozova
 player, 212 posts
 Ex-Other Rogue
 A89982
Sat 4 May 2013
at 04:48
Re: Hill of the Silent Guardians
In reply to Ken Jenkins (msg # 10):

Neva saw that they had scared off the priest and while she was tempted to hit him, she didn't like to shoot people in the back.  She wouldn't be so kind if he brought back others before they got out of there.  She kept an alert out and her gun ready as the others got Liisha.  She'd cover them and keep her eyes peeled for the priest and others to return.
Linus Spruance
 player, 199 posts
 Ex-Navy Starman
 9986A7
Sat 4 May 2013
at 11:33
Re: Hill of the Silent Guardians
Linus scampers forwards as well to aid in rescuing Liisha.