E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd.   Posted by DainXB - GM.Group: 0
DainXB - GM
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Sun 11 Oct 2015
at 20:04
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Nereid:
The benefits of all that gymnastics and martial arts! You smoothly swing far enough to grab one of the other dangling chains, and begin to pull your way up. The dangling skeletal leg bone at the bottom of the chain slips through its shackle as you grasp the chain and knock it loose. You see the bones fall into the green mist below, where they begin to smoke and dissolve, trailing yellow-green vapor as they disappear into the darkness.

"There'll be nothing left by the time it hits the bottom--if there is a bottom." Zhang Jue observes sourly. "At least your hands are free! The chains bind my wrists as well as my ankles."

[OOC: The pyramid is now at 1 Marginal and 1 Major Success.]

[OOC: Anyone can go in any order!]
Todd
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Tue 13 Oct 2015
at 12:03
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
"Here's the tricky bit, Nereid. We need to time our actions so we can link hands."

Coordination 6 + Acrobatics 1 + Roll -1 = 6. I'm consistent.
Amm-Fibian
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Tue 13 Oct 2015
at 15:11
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Ian pauses in his run towards the fountain and the Foo dog does the sideways head tilt dog-thing as he looks at Detective Jones.
His dog brain had not considered leading the way, but what a great idea! Was that bacon he smelled? He loved bacon!

He barks and sets off ahead of the Agents.
Nereid
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Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 14:02
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
In reply to Amm-Fibian (msg # 161):

Ok here it goes...

OOC:10:00, Today: Nereid rolled 0 using 2d6-7.  Swing to Todd.

Coordination 4  Athletics 1

so a less than spectacular 5

DainXB - GM
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Thu 15 Oct 2015
at 21:31
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
[OOC: The pyramid is now at a cumulative 1 Minor and 1 Major Success.]

Todd, Nereid:
Nereid manages to swing far enough to grab Todd's outstretched hand--just as the rust and collected detritus holding Todd's chain steady in the ceiling-ring gives way under the strain!

Zhang Jue gasps in surprise as Toddd plummets! Six yards of chain rattle through the loop before jamming against a twisted link! Fortunately, Nereid's grip is strong. When the chain stops, Nereid is hanging by her ankle chains, with the first chain she grabbed in one hand, and Todd's hand in the other. Todd is now head-up, with a loop of loose chain dangling from his legs down into the corrosive mist, and back up to where it's jammed in the ceiling-ring.

Ian:
Your Foo Dog senses make it easy for you to avoid any Mówángs wandering the Feather Empress' halls--their stench is nose-blindingly strong. The Golden Guard are almost as easy to smell, but far more numerous. Their scent-trails criss-cross over the trails of Nereid's perfume and Todd's sweat--and a third scent; a blend of jasmine, exotic musk... and fear.

[OOC: Test Intellect vs a Difficulty of 8 to find a safe path for your team.]
Amm-Fibian
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Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 01:19
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
OOC: Amm-Fibian rolled 2,6 using d6,d6
-4 + 9 Int = 5
I really hate this dice roller!  :P

Todd
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Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 21:39
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Todd looks up at Nereid, and says, "That was sorta the plan. Only in reverse."

He looks down into the mist, and sees the furthest dangling bits of chain dissolving as they touch the mist.

"New plan. Really need a new plan."
DainXB - GM
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Sun 18 Oct 2015
at 21:15
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Ian:
Your trail leads down into the now empty throne room, abandoned in some haste it would appear after a fit of pique by the Feather Empress--there are singed spots on the floor and walls, smelling of scorched demon-flesh. Guttering green torches light your way down another broad curving stairway, and past cobweb-filled alcoves. The scent trails lead through several doorways and halls, into a region of the palace where the Golden Guard are housed. Droning demonic snores come from several side-chambers, and the truly horrific smell of a demonic lavatory wafts up one narrow hallway.

You're passing that intersection when it happens--six half-armored demons, obviously just coming off duty, round the corner headed for the latrine and spot Detective Jones' strike team!

Todd:
The good news is, your ankle-chains are no longer connected to anything. The bad news is, if Nereid drops you now, you're screwed.

[OOC: Anyone can act in any order!]
Todd
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Tue 20 Oct 2015
at 00:57
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Inspiration strikes.

"Got a new plan. When I tell you to let go, let go."

Todd begins to swing again. Less vigorously, at least as first, but gradually increasing the tempo as they gain speed.

Specks of rust dislodged by Todd's swinging fall away from the creaking chains. This does not bolster Todd's confidence, but he's committed now.

Back... forth... back... forth... back... Each round increases the distance the swing covers. And increases the noise and rust coming from the chains.

I'm running out of time. I need to chance it...

"NOW!" he cries; Nereid releases her grip and Todd sails towards the edge of the pit.

But is it far enough?

Coordination 6, Acrobatics +1, Roll 1 = 8.
Nereid
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Wed 21 Oct 2015
at 15:17
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
In reply to Todd (msg # 167):

As she lets Todd go, Nereid tries to pull herself up.



OOC: perhaps not smart using a stat that is not my best...but I feels like a natural next step.

Strength 3 + Athletics =4
11:16, Today: Nereid rolled 2 using 2d6-7.  Pull up .

Effort=6

Amm-Fibian
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Wed 21 Oct 2015
at 23:23
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Ian gets a running start and barrels into the line of demons, trying to bowl them over...

OOC: I don't know what I would add, but here's a roll!
Amm-Fibian rolled 6,4 using d6,d6

DainXB - GM
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Thu 22 Oct 2015
at 23:30
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
[OOC: The pyramid is now at a cumulative 1 Minor, 1 Moderate, and 1 Major Success. Getting sooo close!]

Todd:
You sail across the shaft and upward, straight out from the peak of Nereid's arc. The wall is coming up very fast...

Slam! You hit the wall and grab, getting a fingertip grip on the damp stone at the edge of the access shaft, with your ankle-chain dangling down into darkness! One chin-up and you're home free...

Nereid:
Without Todd as a counter-weight, your swing becomes erratic. Jackknifing at the waist you grab the chain above your ankles and start to climb. The rough links are covered with flaking rust, but at least they're easy to grip. The only problem is that every foot you climb becomes another foot of heavy chain weighing down your ankles...

[OOC: This is a Trouble, as mentioned earlier. Lifting the weight of all that chain as you go up makes the Difficulty 2 harder...]

Speaking of down; Zhang Jue is now dangling below you, chained at wrists and ankles and struggling futilely as the corrosive mist rises!

Ian:
[OOC: You'd add the Foo Dog's Prowess--which isn't bad; a 5.]

In bowling, if you understand Detective Jones' description of the sport, you just scored a split. You knock two unsuspecting demons flying, leaving the ones at either end of the line still standing--and confused by the actions of what they thought was a "friendly" Foo Dog! The MIB strike team, realizing that gunfire would only draw more unwanted attention, charge the demons using only their batons!

[OOC: Anyone can go in any order!]

Nereid
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Fri 23 Oct 2015
at 16:34
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 170):

Wrapping  some of the dangling chain around her ankles trying to stabilize her ascent, Nereid swings over to Zhang Jue's chain hoping to help pull her up from the mists.

I guess...you're now glad we're...too..stupid..to give up.


OOC: It's a combo move so you might want to break it down I'll roll just so we have a roll when we figure out what attribute to use.

12:33, Today: Nereid rolled -1 using 2d6-7.  effort.

and my heroics may just cause a complication...which is so apropos

DainXB - GM
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Sat 24 Oct 2015
at 22:31
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Nereid:
[OOC: Pulling yourself up, and all that hanging chain, and Zhang Jue... That's a Strength test. Unfortunately, your Strength is 3, +1 for your Athletics Specialty. The baseline difficulty for this pyramid test is 6, +2 for you right now because of the heavy chains. That leaves you with a Major Failure. The (only) good news is, that doesn't subtract from your pyramid successes, it just causes more Trouble.]

Coiling the dangling chains around your legs helps distribute the weight, allowing you to swing more easily. One... two... Your outstretched fingertips just brush one of Zhang Jue's chains... Three... got it! But the slack in the chain beneath you swings into Zhang Jue's side, causing her to flinch away--and her sudden shift in position causes your whole delicate web of chains and weights and balances to unravel!

Zhang Jue becomes entangled in your ankle chain, pulling you down--the separate chains holding her wrists and ankles spread wide as you fall between them, pulling her into a horizontal position. You land on her back, hard--nearly dislocating both of her shoulders in the process. "Aieee! 下车的我,你发牛!"

There's a sizzling sound just below you as the links of chain hanging from your legs begin to dissolve...

[OOC: Ian and Todd are up!]
Amm-Fibian
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Wed 28 Oct 2015
at 19:13
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Ian attempts to help the Baton wielding agents by scampering around under the feet of the demons, and pouncing his stone body onto the head of any that fall.

OOC: Amm-Fibian rolled 4,2 using d6,d6
2 + 5 Prowess = 7 Total

Todd
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Wed 4 Nov 2015
at 12:05
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Todd pulls himself up. But that's the easy part of the plan.

The next bit is the tricky part. Leaping back over the pit, grabbing Nereid's chain, and hoping his leap has another force to break the chains.

Nereid's act of altruism isn't going to make the job any easier. Not that dropping Zhang Jue into the pit would cause him enormous grief. Nonetheless, being a superhero he at least has to try.

I gave myself a free escape on the grounds I'm putting myself into greater danger. Hope that's ok.

Rolling... Coordination 6 + Acrobatics 1 + Roll -1 = 7 (unless I can use my Leaping Mastery 8).
DainXB - GM
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Thu 5 Nov 2015
at 22:41
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Todd:
[OOC: Leaping Mastery applies.]
Chain links stretch with the sound of rending metal, then snap! You have a talent for wrapping things in other things--you whip loops of shattered chain around your arm, supporting Nereid and Zhang Jue with straining muscles.

Ian:
You trip a couple of demons, roll over one that's down, and scatter the rest. Detective Jones directs a couple of agents, via sign language, to act as a rearguard. Suddenly, your extraordinary hearing picks up the sound of metal groaning under strain and then failing. It's coming from just down the hallway... Loping in that direction, you see that the hallway ends abruptly in a gaping vertical shaft. That looks like Todd, dangling from the ceiling holding a bundle of rusty chains!

[OOC: The Pyramid Test has been overcome! You are all (temporarily) out of combat. Anyone can go in any order!]
Todd
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Thu 12 Nov 2015
at 13:00
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
So we're still hanging over the pit? I was thinking the force would carry us over to safety.

If not, no prob. I just need to clarify so my next action makes sense.

DainXB - GM
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Thu 12 Nov 2015
at 21:35
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
[OOC: Sorry, I was unclear: I was giving you the chance to narrate your success. Describe what Ian sees as the force of your swing carries you all to safety.]
Todd
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Fri 13 Nov 2015
at 02:31
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Todd angles his body to absorb the fall, pulling Nereid and Zhang Ju behind him.

His shoulder hits the stone, two feet beyond the edge of the pit. He rolls, bringing the two women behind him, and hits the wall. Nereid and Zhang Ju tumble into him, completing the pain trifecta.

He hurts, but not enough to stop him from grabbing Zhang Ju's chain and tryiing to wrap her up. But the angles not right, and she's surprisingly slippery.

Binding 6 + Roll -3 = 3. That ain't gonna do it.

C'mon, Nereid, take her down!

Nereid
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Tue 17 Nov 2015
at 16:35
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
In reply to Todd (msg # 178):

Nereid tries to shimmy out of the chains to deliver a kick but finds herself to entangled in them

Sorry Todd , I'm caught by the chains and by wrapping up She Witch they have been tighter.

Look Zue , give up join us...make something of yourself.


OOC: 11:33, Today: Nereid rolled -3 using 2d6-7.  Kick  (Prowess 6) . So yeah she isn't hitting anything
Amm-Fibian
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Tue 17 Nov 2015
at 22:36
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Ian the Foo Dog runs as fast as he can at Zhang Ju and leaps, headbutting her with his stone head.

OOC:Amm-Fibian rolled 2,3 using d6,d6
-1 + 5 Prowess = 4 total

Todd
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Wed 18 Nov 2015
at 11:18
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Ian: a disappointing roll for such a marvellous image.
Amm-Fibian
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Wed 18 Nov 2015
at 12:46
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
OOC: Yeah, this dice roller really doesn't like me!  :P
DainXB - GM
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Thu 19 Nov 2015
at 22:45
Re: E5S11 - Tung Lung Chau - Ian, Nereid, Todd
Everyone:
[OOC: On the other hand, Zhang Jue's had a long, rough day...]

Zhang Jue skids, still entangled in her chains, to the edge of the bottomless pit, with Ian's Foo Dog looming over her, breathing in cold, stony pants.

"Alright! I surrender to you! Call off your dog!" Zhang Jue looks over her shoulder at the drop, and continues in a quieter voice. "I can help you find your way out of here, if you can help me escape the Feather Empress's attention."

Detective Jones puts one hand to his earpiece. "Radio's dead in here; I can't raise Agent Kwai-Pun." He looks at the three of you. "If you think she can actually help, we could probably use it."

[OOC: You're out of combat at this point, and can act in any order.]