[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration.   Posted by The Strange.Group: 0
Tor the Younger
 Sharp-Eyed Seeker, 26 posts
 Seeker
 A Unique Attitude
Fri 10 Mar 2017
at 16:15
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
With a nod to the glaive preparing for combat, and a shake of his head at the unresponsiveness of the Gazers, Tor bent to try and tinker with the nearest - leaning perhaps too far over

OOC:
16:14, Today: Tor the Younger rolled 2 using 1d20.  Numenera (Trained), Expending Effort (2 Intellect).

The Strange
 GM, 98 posts
 Many faces
 all the same.
Sun 12 Mar 2017
at 00:32
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Slowly, carefully, Tor and Lofwyr kneel next to the first gazer, Daesa standing beside them to provide light. Time passes... both considering what to do next.

They both reach out almost instantaneously, Lofwyr's first, the skin of the hand actually sliding apart, wires beginning to extrude and snake out toward the object. However, this occurs almost instantaneously with Tor's own reach, and the two hands collide. Coiling back, slightly, Tor's hand lightly brushes along the edge of the Gazer's beam.

Instantly, all five beams shut off... the sources suddenly shuddering, pulling themselves out of the rubble. Each slightly illuminates the area around itself, its metallic skin covered in lights, ports, and unidentifiable extrusions. The globes are each just slightly smaller than a human skull, and float about five feet above the ground.

OOC:
Battle has commenced. Please see the OOC thread.

The Strange
 GM, 106 posts
 Many faces
 all the same.
Thu 16 Mar 2017
at 16:05
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Time: 2410

As the Gazers come to life, slowly rising, spinning to face each of you, time almost seems to slow, each of you coming into focus as your training comes into play. Battle may not be the focus of your lives, but this is part of what you trained for... why you were chosen for this mission.

Tor's eyes scan over the opponents, and he quickly notices, even in the dim light from Daesa's torch, that they have a clear front -- the area where the lasers were emitting from -- and back -- characterized by a small exhaust port. Taking a breath as he readies his whip, Tor calls out, "Aim for the vent at the back!"

Nodding an acknowledgement, even as he pulls out his bow and nocks an arrow, Dexil focuses on one of the further gazers in his field of vision. Although he cannot target the vent from this angle, he can definitely get a good bead on its forward laser. Even as the thin red beam spins and focuses on Taelan, the beam starting to intensify, Dexil lets loose. The arrow flies true, arcing through the air, striking a weak point directly above the beam's origin. The gazer's shot goes wide, slicing just above Taelan's head, before it clatters to the ground in a shower of sparks and electronic screams.

Taelan, on the other hand, almost seems to focus his anger as he pulls Griever out once again, his eyes tracing the failed gazer's laser beam as it passes his head. Turning his head to the side, he spits on the ground, barely growling out a "Fine." His arm extends, Griever at the ready. The blade begins to hum once more, still in its sheathe... but that begins to change. Accompanying the hum are a series of mechanical clicks and whirs, as the sheathe begins to expand, unfold, and separate. Parts actually separate and float out, shifting and moving to extend the sheathe into an actual blade, the 'dagger' becoming an elongated, mechanical rapier.

Stepping away from the Gazer he and Tor were interacting with, Lofwyr pulls out a dart thrower, checking the battlefield for an opportunity.

The remaining gazers begin darting around the battlefield, clearly looking for opportunities to group together... however, no other attacks are attempted by them at the moment.

As the gazer closest to Daesa flies away, she pulls out her whip, attempting to snap at it... however her attack comes up just short, the crack echoing in the air.

Jaeda, taking a brief moment, seems to focus silently, her typical bubbly and happy nature being cast aside like a second skin the moment battle commences. Shifting puffball's sling around her back as she walks with her free hand, she approaches the two nearest gazers, eyeing both, as if to determine which will be first to be bisected by the white, glowing blade.

This message was last edited by the GM at 16:13, Thu 16 Mar 2017.

The Strange
 GM, 109 posts
 Many faces
 all the same.
Sun 19 Mar 2017
at 17:03
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Mere seconds have passed, and already the team has begun to get an edge on this small group of gazers. With one down, the team is emboldened, and quickly rallies to try to bring the others down as well.

As before, Tor takes the lead, stepping in toward the Gazer closest to him, and, with a practiced flip of the wrist, sends his whip to wrap about the gazer closest to him, the tip encircling it for a moment before he pulls back. The gazer is sent spinning for a moment before it rights itself... back and directly into the path of Lofwyr's dart. [Minor Success on roll of 19 -- Result: Knockback]

Dexil, shifting to the side for a moment as Daesa crosses his line of sight to approach the closer grouping of Gazers, notches another arrow, sending it arcing through the air. His aim is once again true, and the Gazer is struck directly in the laser port... clattering to the ground in the darkness beyond, lifeless.

Nearby, Taelan rushes forward toward his own Gazer, Griever at the ready and flashing down in an arc of power. The look of the move is one of shocking grace, despite the ferocity and clear anger behind it. The blade, sweeping underhand bites deeply into the Gazer, disabling it easily, and sends it flying backward in a shower of sparks. [Major Success -- Result: +2 Damage, Knockback and removing Taelan from AoE of Jaeda's failure]

Hanging back slightly, Lofwyr closes his eyes for the briefest of moments. Pores in the skin of his face and arms suddenly telescope open, arcs of blue and green energy, matching the colors int he design of the circuitry of his robes, begin to arc and hiss over his frame, snapping and crackling until the coalesce into an odd, glowing shield around his form. Then, snapping the dart thrower back in his hand, he snaps his hand forward, the dart flying fast and true toward the same Gazer Tor had damaged before. His aim is true, thanks in part to Tor's knockback, and the dart slams into the floating orb, once again sending it spinning, and into a full retreat. It's looking quite rough.

The two remaining Gazers pull back from the group, gathering together (an action they seemed to be focused on prior to this near-rout, but make no attempts to attack. It would appear they are attempting to re-assess the situation.

Delayed and frustrated, Daesa does her best to keep the team's only source of light alight, rushing toward the two remaining orbs.

Jaeda, on the other hand, shows for the first time her warrior's grace. At a full run, sliding between the two Gazers nearest her, she pulls back out her other sword in a clean, practiced draw that is nearly impossible to track with its swiftness. Seeing one of her quarry quickly dart out of range, she focuses both of her strikes against the remaining gazer, both rapiers piercing through it as Taelan knocks it back, holding it in place in the air.

[Intrusion per Critical Failure]

As the sword of darkness plunges into the metal skin of this floating demon, Jaeda's eyes widen, just slightly, as she hears a thin, high-pitched whine. Feeling a sudden surge of demonic energy pulse through both of her blades,  Jaeda realizes in the split seconds she has that this is not ending well. Desperately, she waves her swords in a forward push to get the beast off her blades. She succeeds, and it goes flying, but not far enough to keep anyone but herself out of the blast radius when it explodes.

The impact sends Jaeda flying, prone on her back, her swords clattering to the ground. That looks like it hurt.

This message was last edited by the GM at 17:18, Sun 19 Mar 2017.

The Strange
 GM, 113 posts
 Many faces
 all the same.
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 21:37
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Still recovering from the sudden explosion, Jaeda slowly rises to her feet, watching as Tor moves to her side, and Taelan stands in front of her, both taking protective stances by her as she fumbles about for her weapons and gets her bearings again.

The two remaining gazers zero in almost immediately on Taelan, twin lights on each lighting up as they begin to concentrate for a flurry of attacks against him. In that instance, as Daesa and Lofwyr shift once again, trying to get in their own attacks, Tor lashes out at one of the two, itself nearly at the end of the effective range of his whip, sending it clattering, lifeless, to the ground, both of its laser shots sizzling just above Taelan's head before it goes.

To the side, Dexil actually grumbles, an almost unheard "...wasteful..." slipping past his lips as he shifts himself and draws a bead on the remaining gazer. A split-second pause, a negative grunt, and then a shift of his aim, then, before he lets another arrow fly. Like his last shot, it flies true, striking the remaining gazer. This, however, wedges in between two small vents on the side, nearly imperceptible.

The second gazer does not get its own shot off... but is instead encased for a moment in a shower of sparks as it drops to the floor... hovering there still, shuddering with the arrow embedded in its side... before slowly setting to the ground. It's lights remain on, the primary source of the original beam swivelling, tracking each of the party members.

OOC:
Combat is over. Per Dexil's HWYLTDT, he chose to attempt to disable the Gazer rather than destroy it, and succeeded in an additional, L6 skill roll. So long as the arrow is in its side, it will not be able to attack, and can potentially be interacted with (so much as is possible).

XP: Now, although technically in this game combat does not award XP, I do intend to hand it out, since we've so far done the equivalent of a single session of gameplay in a matter of months. :) So XP awards are artificially 'accelerated' to compensate.

Everyone earns 1 XP for surviving the battle.
For landing successful strikes: Lofwyr, Tor, Dexil, and Taelan earn an additional 1XP
For successful 'kills': Tor, Taelan, and Dexil earn an additional 1 XP
MVP of battle: Dexil gains an additional 1 XP.

Sheets have been updated. Most of you now have 4 or more XP. As a result, you now have the option to spend XP to potentially work toward increasing your Tier (which is how you get more powerful).

Reference: http://xanorak.wikidot.com/notes-on-experience-points

Just PM me in discord with spends, and we can hash out ideas.

We are now back in regular posting state. Feel free to return to previous posting rules (three pose rule in effect again now that we have a full roster again -- allow at least two others to pose before you pose again, not including the GM). Only two minutes have passed since Tor triggered the Gazers.

Also, several of you have used a number of pool points. You may wish to take advantage of the recently-posted-to0the-wiki resting rules: http://xanorak.wikidot.com/resting-and-recovery

This message was last edited by the GM at 21:38, Fri 24 Mar 2017.

Dexil Guilan
 Inquisitive Jack, 31 posts
 Jack
 School of Hard Knocks
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 21:59
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
"Careful" Dexil warns as he approaches the still working gazer. "Don't want things to go amiss." he comments as he kneels down next to the orb and glances at Tor and Lofwyr before turning his attention to the last surviving guardian of the room. His hand moved towards it several times, reaching towards different places of the sphere, but he pulled them back each time, letting his eyes do the studying for now.

OOC:
First rest and planning
@Dexil Mark II rolled 6. (5,   1)

Jaeda Swiftsteel
 Charming Glaive, 32 posts
 Glaive
 Intense Training
Fri 24 Mar 2017
at 22:46
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Back on her feet, Jaeda immediately slips past her protectors as she makes for the disabled Gazer, both her blades poised to strike a blow even as Dexil examines the fiend.

"The best way to ensure things don't go amiss is to kill the demon now, my friend," she says to Dexil, her words smooth but a definite tension around her nonetheless betrays her actual state. "I will give you benefit of the doubt that you can handle yourself as well as you did in combat. But just say the word, and my blade will finish the job."

With his nod for reassurance, Jaeda sheathes Shadow and keeps Sun at the ready, seating herself close enough to act should the Gazer react again, and far enough that she won't be hurt by it when that reaction comes.
Then she thanks both Tor and Taelan for acting as shields for her before tending to whatever scrapes and burns are across her body.

And then she notices the smell.

Pulling the end of her braid around to her eyes, she sees evidence of some singed strands, and her fingers fly to her eyes, feeling around for her eyebrows. They come away slightly ashen.

"It does not truly matter, but could anyone spare a moment to tell me if my expression is, well, charred?"

OOC:
First rest:
Floating DiceBOT - Today at 12:03 AM @Jæda Swiftsteel rolled 4. (3, 1)


OOC:
If anyone decides to respond to her question: I'd imagine for most of her hair to be there, apart from minor burning and curling to the braid and whatever wisps were around her face. As for her eyebrows, she's missing bits, little hairless spots scattered a bit among the general shape of her brows.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:12, Fri 31 Mar 2017.

Tor the Younger
 Sharp-Eyed Seeker, 32 posts
 Seeker
 A Unique Attitude
Mon 27 Mar 2017
at 14:48
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Watching the downed Gazers for a moment longer, Tor coiled the Malvichan whip carefully and hung it on his belt where it had rested before. Confident that they were dealth with, he let his eyes slid around the rest of the corridor, seeking sign of the 'child' he had seen in their presence before
The Strange
 GM, 115 posts
 Many faces
 all the same.
Mon 3 Apr 2017
at 21:40
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Time: 2415

Although only a few minutes maximum have passed since the team entered the room, a few of you take a moment to appreciate the silence and stillness to brace themselves, catching their wind. As Dexil kneels down to pick up and examine the lone survivor of this fight, it beeps... the cadence changing ever-so-slightly. If one were to ascribe any sort of intelligence to the item, one would almost consider a bit of fear and trepisation now in the mechanical sounds emanating from it.

Tor begins his initial look around, after noting Jaeda and Dexil discuss the downed bot, and begins a cursory review of the room. The room itself is oddly featureless. A few pillars dot the floor, or at least the nearly imperceptible remnants of such... but nothing resembling the light-absorbing Child he'd encountered previously. Instead, based on where the orbs were originally located, as well as the more decayed and lifeless bodies of the same scattered about the area, it becomes easier to presume this was once a more heavily-defended checkpoint.

From Jaeda's back comes an almost whining blat -- someone had nearly been crushed during the explosion. Now that things have quieted down, Puffball crawls out of its sling, crawling up and over Jaedas shoulder to point its massive eyes at her for a moment, before blatting again.   Then, with a nuzzle to her neck, he begins gumming at the sling, trying to shift it to her front again, before using his little hands to help as well.

OOC:
GM Posting on behalf of Daesa while she deals with RL, per our offline conversation.


Daesa, for her own part, is a little stunned at first. She had trained for this, had studied for this. A hand reaches up to the gem on her forehead, rubbing it slightly for comfort. Training against static dummies or people you had no intention to harm had little in comparison to actually wielding weapons against automata intent on killing you. Cursing herself slightly for her hesitance in this initial combat, she shakes her head, gathers her things, and puts her whip, now coiled back at her side. As the others begin to look around, she goes instead to the first dead Gazer nearest her, picking it up, turning it over in her hands. "These have been here... a long time. Undisturbed until we arrived. Who knows how many seasons? What kind of mother do you lock away and guard like this?"

This message had punctuation tweaked by the GM at 21:41, Mon 03 Apr 2017.

Taelan Faswell
 Fugitive Jack, 46 posts
 Cranky
 Carries a big hat
Tue 4 Apr 2017
at 08:30
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
The combat behind him Taelan breathed slowly, his right hand still tightly gripping the recently elongated blade. It took a few moments of surveying the area before his defensive posture dropped, nodding appreciatively towards Dexil. It had not gone unnoticed that if the man had not fired his arrow when he did it seemed Taelan would have been the primary focus of several nasty looking attacks. He looked to his sword for a second and let out a soft sigh, closing his eyes briefly. As he did the gentle humming coming from the weapon would intensify again for a moment as the odd whirring and clicking noise start, the mental shifting and moving to reshape into the weapon's dormant state.

Replacing the weapon to his belt he turned with an eyebrow raised as Jaeda asked if her proximity to that explosion had marred her appearance in any way. Taelan's normally gruff and tense expression broke for a moment, the stark difference in his mannerisms making it clear he was holding back a laugh. He caught himself and cleared his throat, a grin appearing as he took in the damage to the woman's eyebrows. "Well... It's not... too bad I guess. I'll be honest, these have seen better days." He gestured slowly to his own eyebrows, indicating that when she next gets a chance she should inspect the damage herself. Still smirking he reach up and patted her shoulder, frowning for a moment as the small furry creature made an appearance again having obvious taken a bit of a hit during the fight. Still the creature seemed alright for the moment and concerned itself more with moving the bag it had been hiding in.

Looking between the group he would walk to Daesa, his expression a little lighter after getting to vent some of his frustration on the small angry death orbs. "Bring the light closer to the thing Dexil disabled. I want to take a closer look at the thing that tried to kill us. It may not be the last time we run into those things here."
Tor the Younger
 Sharp-Eyed Seeker, 33 posts
 Seeker
 A Unique Attitude
Tue 4 Apr 2017
at 08:41
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Although he pays attention to the others as they check each other over and begin to crowd the captured sentinel, Tor continued to search the chamber more thoroughly: it was not as he expected it, although his expectations are far from clear

OOC:
09:38, Today: Tor the Younger rolled 11 using 1d20.  Searching Chamber - Trained, vs L2.

Dexil Guilan
 Inquisitive Jack, 32 posts
 Jack
 School of Hard Knocks
Tue 4 Apr 2017
at 17:40
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Dexil worked the sphere over in his hands, consulting a set of diagram sheets he pulled out of his bag, struggling to find something relating to the inner workings of Gazers. Whether a change of light confused the jack, or he was too certain of his own skills, but a wrong movement of the arrow as he attempted to extract it resulted in a short blaze of sparks and the mournful beeping cut off suddenly.

His eyes growing wide for a moment, and then the realization sunk in. His mask showed the most human expression it did until now, clearly mournful. "I'm sorry." he said as he gently lowered the broken thing onto the floor.

OOC:
@Dexil Mark II has failed. (Rolled 4, not greater than 9; 3, 1)

Jaeda Swiftsteel
 Charming Glaive, 33 posts
 Glaive
 Intense Training
Tue 4 Apr 2017
at 21:10
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Whether it is because she is still recovering from the blast, or because her focus on the inactive Gazer is singular in its intensity, Jaeda seems to be taken by surprise more than she is accustomed to.
First, by the tell-tale smell of singed hair, the extent of it being clarified by Taelan, so kind… But any real annoyance or disappointment is lessened by his more relaxed demeanour. Hopefully it spreads amongst the group as fast as his tension seemingly did.
Second, Jaeda jolts a bit at the soft sound her Trinnet makes, and hastily assists Puffball’s efforts to move back to his original position, using this as an opportunity to check him for any wounds. He’s fine, to her relief. A moment passes where their eyes meet, and her following chuckle is soft, “Nice try, little one.”

Settled, with Sun still in her hand despite the threat of the Gazer gone, she looks to Daesa.
“That’s a good question. One I am not sure any of us can answer right away... But perhaps a change in perspective is needed. I’ve been considering: Lofwyr mentioned the glyphs on these artifacts are rough translations, so perhaps the designations are not literal titles so much as they are metaphors for roles or purposes.”

If no one responds, Jaeda continues, her eyes shifting about as if arranging the pieces of a puzzle.

“For instance,” the glaive says, with gestures between herself and the only other lady of this party, “Daesa and I are not equipped to be fathers in reality, yet we are designated ‘Father’, as you gentlemen are. Tor even confirms this with this vision he has been given of us by the obelisk,” nodding towards the seeker as he’s mentioned. “A pyramid cannot birth anything in reality, yet it is called ‘Mother”. A stone does not cry, suckle at its mother’s breast, nor even need any kind of counsel, yet it calls itself ‘Child’.”

“Perhaps, just as ships are referred to with a feminine pronoun for being vessels that carry lives, akin to how a mother carries her babes within her, this pyramid is just that: a vessel. Tor,” she calls, to gain his attention to potentially correct her, “you described the obelisk as ‘jet black and non-reflecting,’ pretty similar to this pyramid. So, a… something, carrying other things in its likeness until they need to be birthed, or delivered. The ‘Children’ could then be something upon which knowledge is to be imparted, which would make us, as the ‘Fathers’, the ones who provide this. Or perhaps, as ‘Fathers’, we are to act as caretakers of these Stones.”

“A simple enough idea to work from even as it raises its own questions, but there are two immediate things that have me potentially worried.” Jaeda turns her focus to Taelan. “One: T, when you unsheathed Griever, you heard a voice say something along the lines of ‘freedom, so close,’ correct? Granted, it is not much, but that sounds rather sinister to me. It being disembodied, I would assume it comes from this ‘Mother’, which leads back to Daesa’s question. But could it also be an unseen ‘Child’, not yet birthed, that spoke to you, T? Again, Tor, when you had the vision of us, the ‘Child’ referred to this place as ‘the prison of the Unit:Designate:Mother’. Not the prison holding the ‘Mother’, but the prison of it. That would make the ‘Mother’ and the prison the same entity. Either way, imprisonment such as this is almost never a positive thing.”

“Two,” she states, after a pause. “Dexil, at the wrecked caravan you asked us if we were the ‘Fathers’. A piece of information we did not have until Tor arrived with his vision, after the fact. I am sure I was not the only one to hear you ask, yet you denied having ever done so. Do you truly not recall this? Because this then presents a larger, more pressing, issue.”

A shiver runs down her spine at the possibility of demonic intrusion, and her concern for Dexil is writ plainly on her face. Maybe with some fear of the man himself.
Lofwyr Hawkesong
 Clever Nano, 15 posts
 Nano
 Ports and Plugs
Wed 5 Apr 2017
at 03:26
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
At hearing his name, Lofwyr's head pops up from examining the destroyed Gazers for anything interesting or useful. "I said what now? I mean, yes, that's what I said, you all heard her say it and it's true. Very rough translations, metaphors for sure. Or maybe not, could be completely literal, I've seen stranger than a building having children." Turning most of his attention back to his search, he continues as if to himself, "It's all well to wonder but we don't know enough to know what we don't know, so you may be more wrong than right and regardless we're pressing on, no?"

After searching for another moment, Lofwyr lets out a delighted, "Ooh!" and holds up a bit of Gazer triumphantly. "I was looking for one of these!" he says, then sticks it into his robes. A bit of wiggling and a loud click later, he withdraws his empty hand. He fidgets a bit, then returns to digging through the robot wreckage, occasionally pulling a large tome from a robe pocket for reference.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:14, Mon 10 Apr 2017.

Daesa Lightspire
 Empathic Nano, 41 posts
 Nano
 Psionic
Sat 8 Apr 2017
at 00:03
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Daesa gets lost in her own thoughts for a moment while everyone regroups after the battle.  So when Taelin addresses her it takes a moment for his words to register.  "Hmm?  Oh yes, of course.  Sorry."  She walks closer Dexil with the torch and holds it over so he can get a better view.

When she listens to Jaeda she rolls those thoughts over in her head for a while.  Finally she shakes her head and frowns.  "I think there is a lot that the Priests are not telling us, which perplexes me because they've always been so open with me in the past."  Or at least she thinks they have.  "Perhaps we are to be guardians of what we find in here?  Like Jaeda says, we're here to impart knowledge on whatever is being held here, or freed here.  Or maybe it's just going to burrow into our heads and assume our lives.  I suppose we won't know until we explore more."  Daesa says quickly, nearly word vomiting her thought out for everyone to hear.
Tor the Younger
 Sharp-Eyed Seeker, 35 posts
 Seeker
 A Unique Attitude
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 15:48
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
From his crouch amidst the detritus of the chamber, Tor spoke up without taking his attention from where he search, "You read a great deal into a preposition, Jaeda." He sifted the parts and discards and rubbish with a broken plastic spine he had found, "If I were to speak of ... let me see, the house of Jaeda Swiftsteel... You would not presume that both house and person were the same."

He shrugged and stood, "Of course, other assumptions may come into play. Is it the physical house or the bloodline or the extended family... Context, which we lack, is the key here"
The Strange
 GM, 116 posts
 Many faces
 all the same.
Thu 13 Apr 2017
at 05:37
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Time: 2440

With the heat of battle now fading, and multiple members of the team having taken a bit of a rest, a few of you begin sifting through the rubble and gazers. In the distance, there is the sound -- a long, loud scraping sound that tears at the hearing just on the edge of tolerance.

OOC:
Nothing to see beyond this point. :) Just some private stuff. Let me know if anyone else wants to do any additional examination, set anything aside with a beacon, or head to the southern entrance, let me know.

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:16, Mon 08 May 2017.

Tor the Younger
 Sharp-Eyed Seeker, 36 posts
 Seeker
 A Unique Attitude
Thu 13 Apr 2017
at 06:56
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Pocketing a handful of shins and a small silver disk, Tor studied a silvery sphere with a series of protuberances at one end for a moment before pocketing that and a yellowish item
Dexil Guilan
 Inquisitive Jack, 33 posts
 Jack
 School of Hard Knocks
Thu 13 Apr 2017
at 18:51
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Dexil nodded his thanks to Daesa when he noticed her standing nearby. It did not change the outcome, but her gesture had meaning. It was polite to acknowledge it. Running his hand once more over the broken orb and retrieving a small golden cube, he stood up and looked from Jaeda to Lofwyr to Tor and finally back to Jaeda, trying to make sense of the conversation.

"I'm... not aware of it." he started to answer the Glaive's question carefully "Which does not alter the event or does it change who I am." he considered for a moment "What I can surely do, is to get some more information on the subject."
Jaeda Swiftsteel
 Charming Glaive, 34 posts
 Glaive
 Intense Training
Sun 16 Apr 2017
at 22:48
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Recognising their point, Jaeda does a little half-bow at her party, backing up to lean against a wall as everyone carries on about their business.

At hearing the strange noise, however, she pushes away from her spot, slowly walking towards the sound.
"Anyone hear that?"
The Strange
 GM, 117 posts
 Many faces
 all the same.
Wed 19 Apr 2017
at 03:20
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
OOC:
Private replies. Nothing to see here. Still looking for responses from Lofwyr and Taelan. If you folks are ready to move to the next room, please indicate such.

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:51, Wed 19 Apr 2017.

Dexil Guilan
 Inquisitive Jack, 34 posts
 Jack
 School of Hard Knocks
Wed 19 Apr 2017
at 17:57
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Dexil once again lifted his head towards the sky, or in this case the cieling, and emmited the high pitched sounds. After a moment he frowned, eyes of the mask shifting and narrowing. Suddenly they shot wide opne in surprise as he started to prattle off numbers and words in a deep voice.
"Verifying access, ident login by Unit:Designate:Father:Bloodline.0.1.2.7.8.1Y. Accompanied by multiple father units. Idents: Unit:Designate:Father:Bloodline.0.0.7.3.0.1E, Unit:Designate:Father:Bloodline.0.0.2.1.1.4D, Unit:Designate:Father:Bloodline.1.7.3.0.0.3R. Unit:Designate:Father:Bloodline.2.3.1.1.6.7O, and Unit:Designate:Father:Bloodline.7.0.4.6.2.2A. Carrier Signal patchover initiated."

A shudder passed through the jack's body before his voice changed and he carried over the messege "Fathers. You're here. I scan 14 additional Father units in your vicinity, 3 deceased. Your team is the only one to have brought one of the gifts of the children. Please proceed post-haste. Do not seek out the keys, you will not need them to visit the Mother. Please make haste. Answers will be provided."

Collapsing to his knees and hands, Dexil heaved for a moment and then dared to look up, his eyes seeking Jaeda, but not daring to lock with her gaze. "That I was aware of. And it was not what I expected." glancing at everyone surrounded, he settled into a seating position and apologized "I need a moment to process this."
Lofwyr Hawkesong
 Clever Nano, 16 posts
 Nano
 Ports and Plugs
Wed 19 Apr 2017
at 19:25
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Lofwyr looks up from sifting through the room's debris to shake his head at Jaeda's question, only to be brought short by the burst of information from Dexil. He's quiet a moment before the questions burst forth.

"Wow, that was neat! What was that? Also, we're apparently all 'father units' with bloodlines? I wonder which of those was me. I guess we don't need keys 'cause of your sword, T. Lucky!"

Then, remembering Jaeda's prompt, he turns to her and asks, "Was it a good noise or bad noise?"
Daesa Lightspire
 Empathic Nano, 42 posts
 Nano
 Psionic
Fri 21 Apr 2017
at 04:04
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
Daesa looks to Jaeda when she mentions hearing something, and she shine the light in the direction she's looking.  It's Dex's words however that cause her to look back toward the group and when he falls to his knees she ruses over, lightly placing her hand on his shoulder.  The words coming out of his mouth makes her shiver, and the slightly green look on her face says that she doesn't like what he's saying in the least bit.  Still she remains there until Dex feels like moving again.  "Fourteen fathers?  So much for feeling special and singled out.    Though if there are three dead, than perhaps the others were not as clever as we are."  She puts on a brave smiled but there are worry lines near her eyes as she looks to the face of each of her traveling companions.
Tor the Younger
 Sharp-Eyed Seeker, 37 posts
 Seeker
 A Unique Attitude
Sat 22 Apr 2017
at 04:44
[IC] Episode 004: Time Enough for Exploration
"I'm 4D and Taelan is 7O", muttered Tor as he studied the man on his hands, responding automatically to his companions rhetorical question. He let his gaze shift to the remnant of the chamber and then snap back to Jaeda, "What did you hear?"