What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men.   Posted by The Darkness.Group: 0
Sam Damon
 player, 225 posts
Sun 18 Feb 2018
at 15:03
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
In classic D&D style, Sam listens at the door!

(Well, he played D&D at West Point...)
The Darkness
 GM, 564 posts
Sun 18 Feb 2018
at 15:19
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
OOC: lol you've now mentioned two schools in the U.K. and one here in the states, you've been around a tad

You can hear some distant humming of possibly mechanical origin as well as occasional hissing and the sound of dripping water.
Sam Damon
 player, 226 posts
Sun 18 Feb 2018
at 15:56
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
OOC: Sam went to West Point, I (his player) have taught at the UK schools...

Thinking this sounded like a typical basement full of furnaces, air handling and the like - generally visited only when there are problems - Sam attempts to 'bounce' the door open.
The Darkness
 GM, 565 posts
Sun 18 Feb 2018
at 16:20
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
OOC: Ah yes, I see, point taken.  Not that such travels are impossible :D

As the door swings open, a pale, sickly light crashes into your eyes.  For a few moments, you are blind but the adjustment is quick.  Soon you find the lighting very poor, in fact.  Looking around, you find things not quite as you had expected.  You stand in a long, somewhat narrow tunnel.  Piping and wires run the length of the hall, turning at acute angles here and there disappearing into the walls and ceiling.  The humming still seems far off but the dripping and steam are much more evident.  From your current vantage point, it is impossible to tell the length of the tunnel or if any other doors exist.  The lighting, which is spotty at best, seems intermittent along the hallway and ultimately disappears in the distant blackness.
Sam Damon
 player, 227 posts
Sun 18 Feb 2018
at 17:07
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Promising... thought Sam, and set off along the tunnel. He frisked himself, momentarily unsure where his compass might be (it usually lived in the left breast pocket of his BDUs), as that might be useful in keeping track of his perambulations.
The Darkness
 GM, 568 posts
Sun 18 Feb 2018
at 17:31
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
The tunnel, from what you can see, is rather long, easily a hundred yards (possibly further).  Walking onward the humming sound soon increases from somewhere above you but as you continue walking it once more subsides into a gentle, distant sound.  You eventually enter a section that is pitch black and visibility becomes nil.  You're pretty certain these are service tunnels for the city itself, below even the military/camp base you were at.

Unfortunately, all of your personal items were taken when you were being transported to the base.  The only things they left you were the clothes on your back and your shoes.

This message was last edited by the GM at 17:41, Sun 18 Feb 2018.

Sam Damon
 player, 228 posts
Sun 18 Feb 2018
at 18:43
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
This may make for an exit route... if only one could see where one was going. Sam retraces his steps checking for side passages/doors.
The Darkness
 GM, 569 posts
Mon 19 Feb 2018
at 01:35
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Heading backwards into the light once more, you felt nothing that appeared to be a doorway or hatch of any kind.
Sam Damon
 player, 229 posts
Mon 19 Feb 2018
at 09:34
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Pity. Still, there's probably something further on. Next time, bring a light source. Sam began to climb back up whence he had come.
The Darkness
 GM, 570 posts
Mon 19 Feb 2018
at 19:45
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Alright, it's easy enough for you to find your way back.  Even without lighting, simple counting (and a doorknob check) allow you to find the floor you entered through.
Sam Damon
 player, 230 posts
Tue 20 Feb 2018
at 09:36
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Right, as the stairs also go up Sam will continue on (still counting floors) and see what is above.
The Darkness
 GM, 571 posts
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 05:37
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Much the same as before, you trace the stairwell wall, ascending this time.  The next floor up (4) is exactly the same as the others, right down to the locked door.  The 5th and final floor, however, instead of being locked or bolted, has a chain wrapped around the handle and attached to the wall somehow.
Sam Damon
 player, 231 posts
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 14:51
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Fiddle with the chain. Probably a padlock, and Sam never learned to pick locks, unfortunately.
The Darkness
 GM, 572 posts
Wed 21 Feb 2018
at 19:46
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
The chain is indeed secured via a padlock appears to be attached to the railing on the nearest wall.  The chain is, however, a tad loose and you are able to open the door a small amount.  Peering out, you can see the night sky aglow from the cities varied lights.  From the looks of things, it would appear you have found an access doorway to the roof.
Sam Damon
 player, 232 posts
Thu 22 Feb 2018
at 09:18
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Neat. A bit of leverage might force it open... but it might be a bit noisy too. Sam casts around for anything to use to mechanical advantage, absent that he tries wrenching at the railings...
The Darkness
 GM, 573 posts
Thu 22 Feb 2018
at 14:28
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
You find nothing handy available and the railing appears rather sturdy.
Sam Damon
 player, 233 posts
Thu 22 Feb 2018
at 14:54
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Darn! Trundle back down 2 levels to where I came from. Back to the wall void spaces from the rest room next...
The Darkness
 GM, 574 posts
Thu 22 Feb 2018
at 15:15
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
quote:
Back to the wall void spaces from the rest room next...


I followed you to the original level you entered from, but that phrase has me a tad confused.
Sam Damon
 player, 234 posts
Thu 22 Feb 2018
at 15:28
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
OK, back down to the place I entered this staircase from, yes?

My next area of investigation will be the void spaces I discovered on an earlier trip to the men's room. Obviously I shall have to emerge from here and then saunter off on a restroom visit.
The Darkness
 GM, 575 posts
Thu 22 Feb 2018
at 16:24
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Ahh ok, now I've got you.

Creeping slower as you near the door, you gingerly operate the latch and, thankful no audible *CLICK* reverberated outward, carefully begin pulling the door inward.  Cracking it just far enough to peer, you find the nurse has once more re-positioned herself only a few feet in front of you (although her back is facing you).  You can just make out the old gentleman at the end of the hallway chatting up the two guards.
Sam Damon
 player, 235 posts
Thu 22 Feb 2018
at 16:45
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Um, this sounds like a time to stay quiet as a mouse until she moves away again...
Sam Damon
 player, 253 posts
Thu 26 Apr 2018
at 15:48
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Amidst the chaos I've caused...

Sam ushers his small party through the door and pulls it closed behind them.

"Alison, do you need to be carried or could you lurch along with a bit of help?"
Alison Foster
 player, 265 posts
 Mercenary
 British ex-pat
Fri 27 Apr 2018
at 10:44
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Alison spoke in a whisper, "I can walk with help."
Charles Mallory
 player, 87 posts
Fri 27 Apr 2018
at 12:00
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"I'll help the lady. You take lead since you have been in here before." Charles moves to help Allison offering a shoulder and arm to support her as they decend the steps. Carrying her if need be.
Sam Damon
 player, 254 posts
Fri 27 Apr 2018
at 12:04
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
"Great. This way. There are stairs leading down at the end. They go up as well, but you're still in the compound."

Sam led the way to the stairs and looked both ways before leading them down.

"We're on the middle floor of a five-story building."