E3S2 - The Shoals - Todd, Nereid.   Posted by DainXB - GM.Group: 0
DainXB - GM
 GM, 312 posts
Tue 20 Aug 2013
at 02:33
E3S2 - The Shoals - Todd
It took a certain amount of grovelling, but you managed to convince Mrs. Fujikawa to let you keep your job at the Finest Yakitori Cafe. OK, grovelling, plus promising to stay late after your shifts three nights a week and help deep-clean the kitchen—word on the street is that the city Health Inspector is going to be making a visit soon...

So it's late when you finally lock up the back door, and head out across the Shoals to your apartment. You're sweaty and you smell like faintly-rancid sesame oil, which makes it the perfect time to run into an attractive woman...

She looks Chinese, although her skin-tone shades a bit darker than you'd expect in the red neon light glaring down from the betting parlor sign over the street. She's wearing a red silk jacket and a swirling black silk divided skirt. Her hair is pinned up, and the hairpins have carved red jade tips. She's just hurrying out out of Chen's Pai-Gow Palace as you're walking past; she bumps into you, jabbing one high heel painfully into the top of your left foot.

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:36, Tue 20 Aug 2013.

Todd
 player, 147 posts
 Determination: 0
Tue 20 Aug 2013
at 04:53
Re: E3S2 - The Shoals - Todd
"Yow!" Todd yells out. "Hey, lady, could you do that again with a dagger strapped to your foot, because it really didn't hurt enough!"

He steps back, bouncing on his right foot as he massages the injured left one. He tilts his head takes another look at her.

Why do I get the feeling things are about to get complicated?
DainXB - GM
 GM, 316 posts
Tue 20 Aug 2013
at 15:56
Re: E3S2 - The Shoals - Todd
"瓦夫!"* She says, looking daggers at you and shoving past. "I have no time for petty interruptions!"

She crosses to the other side of the street, heading up the block in the same direction you were going. A second or two later, before you even get your other foot on the ground, six muscular Asian gentlemen wearing dark suits and sunglasses (yes, it's night) pour out of Chen's following the woman. Like her, they also plow right into you.

[OOC: Test Prowess against a Difficulty of 3, or be bowled over into the gutter!]

*"Wǎ fu!" (Chinese: "Oaf!")
Todd
 player, 148 posts
 Determination: 3
Wed 21 Aug 2013
at 00:22
Re: E3S2 - The Shoals - Todd
"Son of a -!"

The men push into Todd, but he decides he really doesn't want to fall over and pushes back.

"What is this? Rude Jerk Night at the Chen's Pai-Gow Palace?"

He steps towards the largest of the six men, and thrusts his chin forward, snapping "while you're at it, why not just smack me in the head? Go on! You know you want to!"

Todd doesn't realise the other five men are taking up positions in a circle around him.

[I'm compelling Resentful Outcast. I can always use a bit of extra Determination, and it's been too long since Todd was punched in the face.]
DainXB - GM
 GM, 318 posts
Wed 21 Aug 2013
at 23:26
Re: E3S2 - The Shoals - Todd
[Gain 1 Determination!]

The big guy grins, balls up a fist, and gets ready to do just what you said...

...and you hear a ratcheting click and feel a cold metal circle pressed against the base of your skull. The man holding the gun hisses "Run, gwailo; the grown-ups are busy tonight." in your ear.

Meanwhile, out of the corner of your eye, you see the woman in red getting further down the street, walking quickly.
Todd
 player, 149 posts
 Determination: 4
Thu 22 Aug 2013
at 01:53
Re: E3S2 - The Shoals - Todd
"Love to run. Can't. Miss Red crushed my foot. Sorry."

Todd turns to face the man with the gun. "But I can do this."

[Trying to snatch the gun out of his hand and crush it into scrap metal. Presume this is a Prowess roll: Prowess 6 + Roll 2 = 8.]
DainXB - GM
 GM, 321 posts
Thu 22 Aug 2013
at 06:13
Re: E3S2 - The Shoals - Todd
Todd:
You easily snatch the gun from his hand before he can pull the trigger, and crush it. It's a cheap Chinese knock-off of a Glock 9--bits of plastic and the handful of metal parts shatter in your fist.
The thug takes a step back. "你是什麼樣的妖嗎?!?"

The others scramble to get away from you, chasing after the woman in red. Two of them have guns drawn. One of the others snaps open one of those extendable coil-spring batons...
Todd
 player, 150 posts
 Determination: 4
Thu 22 Aug 2013
at 08:21
Re: E3S2 - The Shoals - Todd
"Now you're just trying to annoy me. I'm done messing around."

Todd uses his martial arts training to slip past the man with the knife, grab his coat, and pull it over his head. And, for good measure, tie a quick knot it in.

He steps back, goofy self-satsified smirk on his face. This is about the same time he realises two guys are pointing guns at him.

HMaybe I should have dealt with them first...


[Going for a Binding attack. The martial arts training is purely for colour while binding. It won't be once I start punching these guys.

Binding 6 + Roll 5 = 11!

I expect this will be a Massive Success. Can I pick this guy up and use him as a shield/club?]

DainXB - GM
 GM, 327 posts
Fri 23 Aug 2013
at 00:54
Re: E3S2 - The Shoals - Todd
[OOC: You beat him by 8, so yes, Massive Success. You can certainly use him as a shield/club--after all, he's out of the fight in every other respect. :)]

The big guy you spoke to first and the two gunmen are squaring off facing you. The one with the extendable baton is still running toward the woman in red--who finally notices the commotion you're causing.

She spins around, pulling one of the red-jade-tipped pins from her hair. A long coil of dark, lustrous hair spills free...

...and she continues her pirouette, her dark skirt and the embroidered red tails of her jacket flaring outward. She twirls three more times, faster and faster...

...and lifts up into the air, leaving the baton-wielding thug gawping below her!
Todd
 player, 151 posts
 Determination: 4
Fri 23 Aug 2013
at 01:09
Re: E3S2 - The Shoals - Todd
"Now that's something you don't see everyday. Weekly, sure, but not everyday."

Curious about the mysterious woman in red, Todd wants to wrap the fight up so he can follow her. As best he can, considering he flies about as well as a housebrick

"Let's finish this up, OK guys?" he says, as he swings the unconscious knife-fighter like a baseball bat at the two gunmen.

[Prowess 6 + Roll 3 = 9.

I am moving out of order, so I figure the bad guys should be able to get some shots in against me while I'm swinging. Not sure if they're treated as a single or double threat, so I'll roll twice just in case:

1st defence: Prowess 6 + Roll -2 = 4.
2nd defence: Prowess 6 + Roll 2 = 8]

DainXB - GM
 GM, 331 posts
Sat 24 Aug 2013
at 03:54
Re: E3S2 - The Shoals - Todd
Todd:
[OOC: "Weekly"! :)]

Both guns bark, and one bullet strikes sparks from the pavement near your feet! The other shot is wide, since you've used your human baseball bat to make that gunman into a line drive into the side of the darkened building across the street from Chen's. He's out! :)

The big one grimaces, and wades in with both fists!

[OOC: Defend with Prowess against his Prowess of 4.]

The guy with the extendable baton yells back over his shoulder to the remaining gunman. "Zhang Jue is getting away! Stop her!" The gunman, eyes wide in shock at the flying woman, braces his legs and takes a two-handed grip on his pistol. He starts emptying the clip into the air at her!
Todd
 player, 152 posts
 Determination: 4
Sat 24 Aug 2013
at 04:52
Re: E3S2 - The Shoals - Todd
The thug swings a right, and Todd grabs it with his left. Thug follows with the left, Todd grabs that with his right.

"Ser'sly, dude?"

Then he headbutts him. The thug drops to the pavement, and won't wake up for quite some time.

"Hey, shooting dude!" Todd yells as he walks towards the shooter, "knock it off! You might hurt someone!"

[Defend: Prowess 6 + Roll -1 = 5.

Headbutt: Prowess 6 + Roll 3 = 9.]

DainXB - GM
 GM, 336 posts
Sat 24 Aug 2013
at 21:32
Re: E3S2 - The Shoals - Todd
The gunman lowers his sights--to your chest! He pulls the trigger three more times as you approach!

[Test Coordination against a Difficulty of 3. He's a well-trained Triad thug; typical thugs have a Coord of 2. :)]
Todd
 player, 153 posts
 Determination: 4
Sun 25 Aug 2013
at 08:06
Re: E3S2 - The Shoals - Todd
Without slowing his pace Todd leans left, right, left again, slipping past the bullets.

"Man. That's so uncool. Know what is cool?"

He swats the gun onto a nearby roof, spins the thug around, and repeats his trick pulling the thug's coat over his head and though his legs, binding him in a pretzel shape.

"That."

He hangs the thug on a planter box, and heads off in the direction of the mysterious red lady.

Evasion: prowess 6 + roll 3 = 9. Easy-peasy.

Binding 6 + roll -1 = 5.

This message was last edited by the player at 08:07, Sun 25 Aug 2013.

DainXB - GM
 GM, 337 posts
Sun 25 Aug 2013
at 21:14
Re: E3S2 - The Shoals - Todd
The guy with the extendable baton isn't stupid enough to follow you--but he'll still threaten. "You don't want Mr. Chen as an enemy, kid! 陳先生的敵人死了!"

The woman he referred to as Zhang Jue has vanished into the darkness above the blinking neon signs for card clubs, bars, strip joints, and other inexplicably-named businesses.

[OOC: Test Awareness against a Difficulty of 6; she's obviously putting some effort into escaping the confrontation on the street.]
Todd
 player, 154 posts
 Determination: 4
Mon 26 Aug 2013
at 02:17
Re: E3S2 - The Shoals - Todd
Jumping onto a nearby building, Todd squints in the direction he saw the woman in red heading. He thinks he can make out a bit of red cloth slip behind a building.

Might as well go check it out. If she gives me the slip I can come back to Chin-Ho's Pachinko Parlour later.

[Awareness 6 + Roll 0 = 6. I barely make it!]