E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd.   Posted by DainXB - GM.Group: 0
Todd
 player, 270 posts
 Determination: 7
 Stamina: 11 > 4
Tue 8 Apr 2014
at 03:39
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
Todd grabs Whispering Dream by the ankles, and runs to the edge of the building, dragging the scholar behind him.

"Hey, Spinderalla, I think you forgot this!"

As he whips Whispering Dream around he cries, "mystic missile attack!", and releases him, arcing through the sky towards his be-ribboned foe.

Todd stands one foot on the parapet, one on the rooftop, strikes a dramatic pose, and yells, "TOMORROW STRIKES TODAY!"

Todd sniffs as he watches the mystic descend towards the girl. "Huh. That catch-cry sounds kinda lame when I say it out loud."


Coordination 6 + Roll -4 (blechh) = 2, and I'll spend Determination for another moderate success.

I'm not clear how she hit me, BTW, given I rolled a 7 vs her 6. Unless it's GM fiat for dramatic effect, which is fine. :)

Nereid
 player, 194 posts
 Determination:01
 Stamina 8/8
Wed 9 Apr 2014
at 14:45
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
In reply to Todd (msg # 31):

While the mysterious woman is preoccupied by the "artifact" Nereid decides to see if she is as immune to a kick to the face as she is to the mental powers.

<purple> Daughter of demons? Well, I am the daughter of the warriors who protected these islands....from a lot worse than you. <purple>

OOC:
Kick to the head : Prowess 6, Strength 3


10:43, Wed 09 Apr 2014: Nereid rolled -2 using 2d6-7 ((2,3)).

Effort 4. Gulp...

DainXB - GM
 GM, 706 posts
Thu 10 Apr 2014
at 22:50
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
Todd:
[OOC: You typed "Avoid streamers: Prowess 6 + Martial Arts 1 + Roll -1 = 7. Dodge." But 6+1+(-1) equals 6, which was a tie (a Graze using the Team-Up rules, so you took half damage).]

[OOC: It costs you 2 Determination for a Moderate Success against "Spinderella". (A nickname I love, btw).]

Whispering Dream crashes into the flying girl, pushing her backward past the edge of the warehouse roof. She extends spinning ribbons to catch him before he falls to the ground below, looking daggers at you all the while!

From your left, and below the roofline, you hear two sets of feet running up the metal stairs to Taggart's office door!

Nereid:
[OOC: Damage delivered!]
Your kick connects squarely with Zhang Jue's chin, snapping her jaw shut and causing her to drop the "artifact"--which lands on the floor with a muffled CLANK!

Both Taggart and Zhang Jue stare aghast at the half-unwrapped parcel. Zhang Jue's eyes flash with angry purple lightning. Taggart puts his head in his hands, murmuring "Oh, no..."

"Play me for a fool, will you? Did you think you could ransom this pitiful sub-creature's life with a fake?" She gestures toward the giant red Oni. "Slay her for her impertinence!"

The giant sets aside the Chinese vase he holds, and grins showing yellow tusks as he picks up a nine-foot long polearm from the floor by his clawed feet. He stamps and twirls it once--then lunges toward your midsection!

[OOC: Defend against a total of 9 (his Prowess of 7 + Weapon Mastery 2)!]
Todd
 player, 271 posts
 Determination: 5
 Stamina: 11 > 8
Fri 11 Apr 2014
at 00:40
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
Uh - yeah, my maths were a bit off there. Oops. *_*

BTW I think I forgot to update my Stamina before. I think this is the first hit I've taken since the last refresh. Is that right?

Two tactical questions: how far away is the flying girl, and can I hear voices along with the footsteps?

DainXB - GM
 GM, 707 posts
Fri 11 Apr 2014
at 03:52
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
Todd:
[OOC: Yes, this is the first hit you've taken in quite a while. :)
She's at Extended range, beyond the edge of the roof and hovering over the street, about twenty feet above you.]

You don't hear any voices, but you can easily take a step to the side and glance over the edge at the stairs. Nereid's two cop friends are at the office's front door, guns drawn and ready for a corner-clearing entry.
Todd
 player, 272 posts
 Determination: 5
 Stamina: 11 > 8
Fri 11 Apr 2014
at 04:42
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
Figuring he's not in immediate danger Todd leans over for a quick peek at the activity below, and spots the two cops ready to enter the building.

Huh. I'd forgotten Nereid was in there alone. The cops can help her deal with any trouble she's run into. Hopefully.


He turns back towards the flying girl, and sits on the parapet, casually taunting her. "Isn't it a bit late for you to be out, being a school night, and having rhythmic gymnastics classes in the morning?"

"Speaking of which, does the coach know you've 'borrowed' the equipment? Even from here I see you've got a ball hidden under your tunic. Or maybe you're just getting porky from too many dim sims. Hard to tell from here."

Todd gauges her reactions as leans back on his left elbow and points his right index finger at her. "I see you've stolen one of those hoops as well. From the constipated look on your face it's not hard to guess where you're hiding it -"

Now.

He morphs into his future self and fires another mental blast at her. Ineptly.

Evolution power: mental blast 6 + Roll -2 = 4. Todd sucks at mind blasting, and I have nothing to justify spending Determination.

So it goes.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:43, Fri 11 Apr 2014.

DainXB - GM
 GM, 709 posts
Fri 11 Apr 2014
at 16:05
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
Todd:
Her red eyes bore into you as your mental blast misfires. Slowly and deliberately, she raises her right fist, with her thumb thrust between her index and middle fingers; an insulting gesture you've seen among the Asian gangs in your neighborhood.

Her other hand flares, fingers spread, at arm's length behind her as she whips her ribbons into a twirling cloud--and sends a half-dozen of them lashing toward you as she swoops downward!

[OOC: Test Prowess against a Difficulty of 6. Those razor-ribbons do 7 Stamina on a solid hit!]

Nereid
 player, 195 posts
 Determination:01
 Stamina 8/8
Fri 11 Apr 2014
at 16:39
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 37):

Nereid was not able to dodge the viscous blow

OOC: prowess 6


12:37, Fri 11 Apr 2014: Nereid rolled 1 using 2d6-7 ((2,6)).

So 7 missed it by two.

DainXB - GM
 GM, 710 posts
Fri 11 Apr 2014
at 22:16
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
Nereid:
[OOC: Take 5 Stamina damage.]
The heavy, tasseled blade slashes across your midsection!

Zhang Jue snatches up the "artifact", stripping it of it's wrapper. She shakes the brass pineapple in Taggart's face as he cringes back. "Either she lies, or you lie, worm! Where is the stone?" Purple lighting flashes around her eyes.

Taggart tries to back away from her as she looms. "On... on the phone... she said she was bringing it! I told you the truth! She said there'd be a delay, because it was locked up as evidence in a murder..."

Zhang Jue drops the brass pineapple in Taggart's lap. "Locked. Up." She snarls, straightening to her full height. "Not for long!"

Spirals of purple lightning curl around her outstretched arms, and her long hair lifts into a waving, dark corona...
Todd
 player, 273 posts
 Determination: 5
 Stamina: 11 > 8
Mon 14 Apr 2014
at 00:12
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
Todd transforms back to his contemporary form, reaches back for a TV antenna, and rips it out as an improvised weapon.

He thursts the antenna forward and up and twists, and the ribbons wrap it.

Huh. I can work with this.

Todd leaps into the air, spinning, and draws the girl in, wrapping her ribbons around the antenna like thread on a spool.

Prowess 6 + Martial Arts 1 + Roll 4 = 11.

Binding 6 + Roll -1 = 5. I'm just not hitting my attack rolls this fight. If I can invoke Peak Physical Perfection for a Moderate Success I will. Hey, I've been trying to find a use for that pile of Determination tokens for ages.

DainXB - GM
 GM, 713 posts
Mon 14 Apr 2014
at 05:25
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
Todd:
[OOC: You're testing Coordination to hit (but it's a 6 too, so the math's the same). It costs you 1 Determination for a Moderate Success!]
Your impromptu "handle" on the girl jerks in your hand, as her momentum sends her slamming against the rooftop!

She hisses in pain at the impact, baring pointed teeth. With a shrugging motion, she yanks at the ribbons twisted around the antenna. There's a series of faint tinks as two dozen short segments of steel tubing fall to the roof, severed by the razor ribbons. You're left holding a baseball-bat length of antenna pole.

The demon-girl clambers unsteadily to her feet, panting shallowly as if breathing hurts. She cocks her head, as if listening to a voice only she can hear. Then her ribbons gather around her, still holding onto Whispering Dream's unconscious form. Grimacing, she pirouettes, soaring upward!

That's when you hear a gunshot from inside the warehouse!

Nereid:
Lt. Moleta and Det. Makaiau storm into the warehouse, down the stairs you followed. You hear the Lieutenant shout "Freeze, Police!" from behind you, and someone fires a gun at the oni! A bullet to the chest seems barely an inconvenience to it; you're pretty sure (close as you are) that the bullet squashed against his skin and dropped to the floor!
Todd
 player, 274 posts
 Determination: 5
 Stamina: 11 > 8
Fri 18 Apr 2014
at 11:42
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
Without looking he flings the remaining bit of antennae at the back of ribbon girl's head and swings over the ledge and into the open window below.

...if it wasn't open before it is now.

Last shot at ribbon girl.

Coordination 6 + Roll -1 = 5.

Oh, well. Third time lucky.

DainXB - GM
 GM, 719 posts
Sat 19 Apr 2014
at 04:45
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
[OOC: Waiting for Nereid to post before I resolve this. :)]
Nereid
 player, 196 posts
 Determination:01
 Stamina 8/8
Sat 19 Apr 2014
at 15:21
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 43):

Moleta where's Todd? I think we are gonna need more "firepower"


Nereid's eyes glow and she releases another mental blast

OOC: gonna spend my last determination to stunt another blast at floating angry woman.

Willpower 5, telepathy 6

11:17, Today: Nereid rolled 3 using 2d6-7. blast.

Effort 8, effect 6

DainXB - GM
 GM, 721 posts
Sun 20 Apr 2014
at 04:31
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
Nereid:
Your blast strikes Zhang Jue, who staggers back a step, her eyes going rather blank--then, wreathed in crackling purple lightning, she vanishes!

Taggart dives for cover behind a wooden crate as the police storm his warehouse...

Todd:
You enter feet first through the high, formerly closed, windows that in daylight allow natural illumination and ventilation for the warehouse. Thirty feet below you (and approaching rapidly) you see rows of shelves holding boxes and even some crates. In the shadowy corners of the warehouse are separate rooms shut with heavy padlocks.

Below, you see your mysterious "woman in red", Zhang Jue, vanish in a ball of twisting purple lightning bolts as Nereid's pendant flares in a different shade of purple! "Good Cop" and "Bad Cop" are at the foot of a flight of stairs, "Good Cop" holding up his badge and "Bad Cop" with his pistol in a two-handed firing stance--the echo of his gunshot totally spoiled the crash of your dramatic entrance.

The giant red guy he's shooting at raises his horse-beheading polearm and rams the butt into the floor, bracing it to skewer you as you land!

[OOC: Defend against Prowess 9! That blade does 5 Stamina on a hit.]

[OOC: After that, either of you can go in any order you like!]
Todd
 player, 275 posts
 Determination: 5
 Stamina: 11 > 3
Tue 22 Apr 2014
at 02:04
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
"Awww, maaaaaan..."

Todd twists as best he can, but he's on a ballistic trajectory that doesn't give him much to work with. He barely avoids being impaled, but the blade slices across his ribs and stomach, and Todd drops to the floor, badly hurt.

He lands, hard, a burning pain threatening to overwhelm him as he fights to stay conscious.

Prowess 6 + Martial Arts 1 + Roll -3 = 4.

This is a massive success for the giant red guy. I still have 3 Stamina so he doesn't kill me, and my Strength 8 vs 5 Damage means I barely avoid being stunned for one page.

Even so - ouch.

DainXB - GM
 GM, 724 posts
Tue 22 Apr 2014
at 16:02
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
Everyone:
Lt. Moleta draws his pistol, and joins the Detective in firing on the giant oni! The bullets slap against his resilient flesh, flattening--then falling to the floor. Detective Makaiau mutters "Just once, I wish the weird s#*t wasn't immune to bullets."

The giant grins, lips stretching around his yellow tusks, and twirls his polearm into a blurring circle of death, spattering everything nearby with tiny droplets of Todd's blood!

[OOC: Nereid & Todd can go in any order you like!]
Nereid
 player, 197 posts
 Determination:00
 Stamina 3/8
Thu 24 Apr 2014
at 18:47
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 47):

Detectives...I think the magical woman is on her way to the precinct...because my fellow archeologist isn't just ethically challenged he is a talkative coward.

Tell 'em to be on alert...I have a feeling this bad guy won't let us just levee without a fight.

 she looks over to Todd

So...I haven't gotten much left in the tank, but I think I might be able to distract him for you to get in a good punch. That is unless I can just make him so sad he gives up.

Nereid begins to sing, a melodic sad song...the others feel the sadness but the giant is the target of the song.


OOC: Emotion Control 3
I am out of Determination ... so here is hoping for a great roll

14:45, Today: Nereid rolled -4 using 2d6-7. Surely he is a sad sad Giant.

-1 ouch...

I guess human sadness is like revitalizing emotional energy to the Giant.

DainXB - GM
 GM, 727 posts
Fri 25 Apr 2014
at 00:59
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
Nereid:
The oni tilts the whirlwind of steel he holds in your direction, sneering "Is your song of lament for yourself? It should be, for soon you die!"

The heartless bastard seems entirely unmoved by your powers...

[OOC: Todd is up next, followed by the cops--and then Whirlwind Blade!]
Todd
 player, 277 posts
 Determination: 5
 Stamina: 11 > 3
Mon 28 Apr 2014
at 07:57
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
Sweaty and bleeding, Todd grits his teeth and pushes himself to his knees.

"Hey, big sunburned dude. You're a real badass facing a defenseless girl."

He brings his right foot forward and rests his arm on his knee, still mouthing off. "'Course you probably hit like a girl, which is why you need that giant-sized Gillette."

Then the left foot. Wobbling, but standing.

"Wanna put it down and see if you have the stones to go a few rounds with a damaged little screw-up like me?"

Using my Resentful Outcast Social Challenge to give big and ugly the first shot, and pick up another point of Determination.

By the way, did my parting shot at Ribbons (msg #42) fluke a hit?

DainXB - GM
 GM, 732 posts
Mon 28 Apr 2014
at 17:55
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
Todd:
[OOC: It did! (Her Coordination is less than her Prowess.) Though you're not sure how much damage you did--you were busy diving through a closed window at the time. Also, gain 1 Determination for Resentful Social Outcast.]

The two detectives are flanking the door to the stairs, squeezing off shot after shot at the bulletproof oni. A couple ricochet off his whirling weapon, causing Taggart to shriek like a girl and dive flat on the floor behind a crate big enough to hold a coffin--or a sarcophagus.

When you speak, the spinning blade stops so suddenly that you expect the shaft to crack. The oni looks down at you, spittle dripping from his yellowed tusks, and casually flings his weapon at the floor in front of Nereid. The head buries itself a foot into the concrete. Then, crouching like a wrestler, he swings his arms wide for a grab and lunges at you!

[OOC: Since you're Luring the oni into attacking you instead of Nereid, he gets +2 against you--but if he misses you get to choose what behind you gets damaged instead. Support beam, electrical junction box, whatever... :)]

[OOC: Defend against a difficulty of 9 (His Prowess of 7, +2). Since this is a Wrestling attack, you can defend with the highest of your Prowess, Coordination, or Strength. That's gonna surprise him.]
Todd
 player, 278 posts
 Determination: 6
 Stamina: 11 > 3
Tue 29 Apr 2014
at 00:19
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
The oni charges, a terrifying unstoppable force of supernature.

Todd, beyond pissed off, just doesn't care. He grabs the oni's tusks and drops, pulling the oni forward, plants his feet into the demon's gut, and combines the oni's momentum with his hyper-trained strength. The net effect is to propel the demon upside-down and backwards into the electrical junction box.

Which explodes in a highly satisfying shower of sparks.

It's the oni's turn to have a bad day.

The electrical junction box is too good to pass on.

Strength 8 + Roll 5 = 13. Major success!

The dice gods' fickleness finally favours Todd!

This message was last edited by the player at 00:20, Tue 29 Apr 2014.

DainXB - GM
 GM, 734 posts
Tue 29 Apr 2014
at 16:26
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
Todd, Nereid:
The oni's impact shreds the junction box and shatters the cinder-block wall behind it. He lands face up on the parking lot outside. His eyes are open, but it doesn't look like anyone is home right now...

Inside the warehouse, the lights are out. Detective Makaiau advances slowly toward the hole in the wall, keeping his gun trained on the oni. Lt. Moleta is on his radio requesting backup.

Dr. Taggart climbs out from behind his hiding place. "My building! I'm never going to get any money for the artifact, thanks to you--and now you've wrecked the wall!" Then he realizes that he's blustering in front of (highly distracted) police officers. "Not my building, I mean... I just rent office space here... I had no idea that those old stairs were even there... and none of this stuff belongs to me..."

Fortunately for Taggart, Lt. Moleta is concentrating on the radio. It turns out he has bigger problems. "Dr. Mahelona, you were right; the woman who vanished reappeared--she's ransacking the evidence room at the precinct!"

"Look out!" Det. Makaiau shouts, as the unconscious oni is suddenly wreathed in curling purple lightning. He vanishes with a crack, leaving behind a smell like burnt tea.

[OOC: At this point, unless you'd prefer otherwise, I'd like to fast-forward you both to all the fun Ian and Time Keeper are having "tomorrow morning". :) ]

Taggart gets shoved into the back of Lt. Moleta's car, protesting "But I'm the victim here!" You run lights and sirens all the way back to the precinct--but the damage is done. The evidence lock-up is a shambles, and the artifact is no where to be found.

You're both sure that you haven't seen the last of that thing, or of Zhang Jue and her Six Storms--but following up on the identity of Taggart's client will have to wait until the police are through questioning him about the smuggled antiquities in the warehouse he claims not to own...

[OOC: Post any follow-up you'd like here. Then, after a night's sleep (which you could surely use at this point) I'll insert you both into E4S6 - Akamai City!]
Nereid
 player, 199 posts
 Determination:00
 Stamina 3/8
Wed 30 Apr 2014
at 17:45
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 53):

OOC: here is my scene wrap..and bring on the next thread.



Nereid limps over to Todd  still feeling the Oni's  strike. She smiles at him , then punches him hard on the arm.

Defenseless girl...ouch...ouch....I am not a defenseless girl. I'm just ... Differently defended than you....and...thanks for putting yourself between me and his next strike...just remember...ouch...not defenseless, not a girl.
Todd
 player, 280 posts
 Determination: 6
 Stamina: 11 > 3
Wed 30 Apr 2014
at 23:35
Re: E4S2 - Dr. Taggart's Office - Nereid, Todd
"I know that," Todd answers, feigning indifference. "But lying to the troll was a better way to piss him off."

He gives her a closer look. "I guess you're OK. So - what's next?"

And *now* I'm done.