What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men.   Posted by The Darkness.Group: 0
Alison Foster
 player, 266 posts
 Mercenary
 British ex-pat
Fri 27 Apr 2018
at 13:35
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Alison thanked the older man and took the stairs carefully.
The Darkness
 GM, 592 posts
Sat 28 Apr 2018
at 13:06
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
With both haste and caution, you make your way down the staircase.  A few times one of you stumbled or tripped but with the group hovering on top of each other, none of you actually fall or collapse.  Upon reaching the bottom floor you feel your way towards the heavy metal door...
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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, 255 posts
Sat 28 Apr 2018
at 14:08
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
"I didn't follow this tunnel to its conclusion," said Sam, "But by my reckoning it heads out well beyond the limits of the compound towards the main town."

He set off down the tunnel.
Charles Mallory
 player, 88 posts
Fri 11 May 2018
at 13:36
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
With Alison's arm draped over his shoulder to support her, Charles looked about "Lead on then Sam, lets put some distance between us and those soldiers before they come looking."
Sam Damon
 player, 256 posts
Fri 11 May 2018
at 13:40
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
"Copy that."

Sam set off through the areas he'd already explored, heading from under the base to under the town beyond...
Alison Foster
 player, 267 posts
 Mercenary
 British ex-pat
Fri 11 May 2018
at 14:23
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Alice kept up as best she could have.
The Darkness
 GM, 593 posts
Tue 15 May 2018
at 02:38
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
The tunnels appear to be just as you expected, service tunnels extending possibly for miles below the surface.  Piping and thick gauged wiring run in all directions.  Past the first few yards, the darkness becomes all encompassing, forcing you feel your way along the craggy, damp walls.  Moving slowly allows you to focus more on your hearing yet you never hear the sound of footsteps or shouts coming from anywhere behind you.  Continuing forward, you reach a section where the wall disappears from your hands.  Stumbling blindly for several moments, you finally deduce that you have simply come across a T section, allowing you to continue to either your right or left.

OOC: These tunnels can be exhaustive and go on for quite some distance.  Do you have a plan of movement or just sort of winging it through the dark?
Sam Damon
 player, 257 posts
Tue 15 May 2018
at 08:54
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
The 'plan' for what it's worth is to get out from under the compound, then try to find a way to the surface.
Alison Foster
 player, 268 posts
 Mercenary
 British ex-pat
Tue 15 May 2018
at 10:51
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Alice piped up, "Right, go right. Never left."
The Darkness
 GM, 594 posts
Wed 16 May 2018
at 13:56
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
It feels like an eternity as you stumble and creep through the dark and cold of the tunnel system.  Sounds of all manner, some almost completely alien, echo from distant points beyond your vision and grasp; the skitter and squeak of rats being the most pervasive.  At several points one are all of you fumble as you are tripped by unseen debris.  Making the first right, the tunnel now seems to stretch to infinity as you feel your way along for several dozen (at your best guess) yards.  The strange sounds seem to ebb and flow in volume as they echo through the blackness.  From somewhere behind you, it sounds as if a large metal object is banged but no other sound follows it, nor are you able to determine its source or proximity.  Making a second right, you are once more faced with a long, pitch-black expanse of tunnel.  At one point you manage to find a ladder leading upward but upon closer inspection you find it merely runs to a locked metal service panel.  Dismayed, you continue forward into the inky cold dampness.  As you feel your way around a third corner some hundred yards are so from the last, you finally spy a small glimmer of what may be light in the distance.
Sam Damon
 player, 258 posts
Wed 16 May 2018
at 15:00
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"As long as the light at the end of the tunnel isn't an oncoming train..." muttered Sam.

"How are you bearing up, Alison? Do you want to rest for a couple whilst I reconnoitre?"
Alison Foster
 player, 269 posts
 Mercenary
 British ex-pat
Thu 17 May 2018
at 22:57
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Alison gritted her teeth, "Fine. Keep going."
Charles Mallory
 player, 89 posts
Fri 18 May 2018
at 01:36
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
"Well ya head the lady. Guess we push on."
Sam Damon
 player, 259 posts
Fri 18 May 2018
at 08:36
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
"Copy that."

Sam continued at point, heading towards the light.
The Darkness
 GM, 595 posts
Mon 21 May 2018
at 16:22
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Shuffling forward, the cold damp moisture that has pooled in spots splashes upward as you step through it.  Closer and closer you get towards the light and you are now certain it is indeed just that.  Drawing nearer you begin to see a single bulb in the ceiling burning brightly.  Against the wall immediately opposite the light, an old, wrought iron ladder sits imbedded in the wall.  Before you can reach it, a sudden noise pierces your ears.  For a brief second, somewhere off in the distance, an alien sound rattles through the tunnels.  It's hard to put into words what exactly you hear but it reminds you of grating metal accompanied by...an old dial-up connection?  Whatever it was, it's source and distance were impossible to peg down.
Alison Foster
 player, 270 posts
 Mercenary
 British ex-pat
Tue 22 May 2018
at 00:36
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Alison had never heard anything so horrible. It more than gave goose flesh, more than even struck fear. It was a sound that awakened something old, primal, a terror she had never known before, a horror she felt in blood and bones. "RUN!" She grabbed at the ladder and pulled the men to it. If she went first she would only slow them down. Better to go last. At least then her handicap wouldn't be a burden.

It is possible to climb a ladder with only one leg, it just takes a lot of arms. She can do it, she'll just be really slow.
Sam Damon
 player, 260 posts
Tue 22 May 2018
at 08:20
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
"Wonder what that was?" said Sam.

He started to climb the ladder.
The Darkness
 GM, 596 posts
Tue 22 May 2018
at 15:56
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
The ladder ascends a few yards before ending at a rather solid metal door (as opposed to a storm drain hatch or manhole cover).  No lock or mechanism can be seen.
Sam Damon
 player, 261 posts
Wed 23 May 2018
at 15:02
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Undeterred, Sam tried giving it a shove. There was always the offchance that it wasn't locked!
The Darkness
 GM, 597 posts
Wed 23 May 2018
at 17:42
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Sam places his shoulder against the door and gives it a good shove, not enough to send it flying open but simply to test if it is locked or stuck and to determine how much it weighs.  Applying a small amount of pressure, he finds that the door does in fact move upward on a set of hinges.  Only opening it a few inches, an ear piercing screech of metal against metal emanates from the door as it scrapes against its frame.
Sam Damon
 player, 262 posts
Thu 24 May 2018
at 08:27
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Grinning, Sam inched it further open until he could see what lay beyond.
Charles Mallory
 player, 90 posts
Thu 24 May 2018
at 13:40
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Noting that Sam  had made progress with opening the door Charles looked to Alison, "Okay miss get ready to climb I'll be right behind you."
Alison Foster
 player, 271 posts
 Mercenary
 British ex-pat
Thu 24 May 2018
at 23:41
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Alison smiled but none of it. She just shook her head. "I understand and appreciate chivalry.  Now get your arse up that ladder."
The Darkness
 GM, 598 posts
Tue 29 May 2018
at 05:12
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Again, the horrible, shrill sound pierces your ears.  While the sound comes at you from all directions, it seems, the intensity has definitely increased.  Whatever it is, it is moving closer...
Sam Damon
 player, 263 posts
Tue 29 May 2018
at 08:23
What Fear Lurks In The Hearts Of Men
Sam slithers through the gap, with the intent of having a quick scout around before calling the others up.