Ant Hill Ease.   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Narrator
 GM, 49 posts
Tue 15 Nov 2016
at 17:27
Ant Hill Ease
The town of Ant Hill Ease is a relatively new shanty town outside of a major ruins only a hundred kilometers from Core City.  It boasts a number of amenities and already has two major teams of relic hunters using the facilities as well as a number of independents.  Locations included below:

Namben's Tavern -->  Namben's Tavern is a converted warehouse at the center of own.  The ancient building is made of durast metal.  The main room is a restaurant with a central raised platform holding a number of tables for a large party.  There is a stage on the west wall across from the double door entrance to the east.  On the south side of the room is Namben's bar with nearly twenty stools.  On the north wall are two fire pits for cooking and keeping the room warm during the winter.  Behind the bar is a section of the warehouse refitted into rooms for Namben's family and another hall for itinerant wait staff.  Up the stairs and leading well back into the building are a series of rooms that will likely never be completely used.  Namben keeps those in the back sealed and only uses the first few down the three large hallways heading back west.

Adson's Emporium -->  Hance Adson is a retired relic hunter who opened up his Emporium after discovering the ruins.  Rather than do the work himself, he decided to get rich by trading with the relic hunters doing the spelunking.  His durast building may have been some kind of bank or technology company.  It has reinforced walls, few openings, and even a lining in the walls that protects from EMPs.  Hance has a grown daughter, Irin, who is an incredible beauty, but wants to be known for her mind.  She is a talented researcher and data analyst with some relic hunter skills of her own.  Hance will trade in any non-banned or slightly questionable tech brought up from the ruins, but will do nothing to challenge the Star God, Vexember.

Sheriff's Office -->  Sheriff Zick Yolte is the head law enforcement officer for Ant Hill Ease.  He is a kindly old man (usually) who wants peace and to retire with no major incidents in town.  He is well liked and has a crack team of deputies:

===>  Tila Whitestar is a tech specialist, sharp shooter, and data analyzer specializing in psychology.  She is a woman in a rugged environment in what is a male dominated career, which makes her occassionally overeager.

===>  Callis Urtanil is Yolte's second in command.  He is the muscle backup and typically doubles as a bouncer for drunk or unruly relic hunters at Namben's bar.  Callis is also intelligent with some decent relic hunter style skills, which he mostly uses to track criminal hunters.

==>  Arrison Ford is barely a deputy as he focuses on vehicle maintenance, equipment, gear, and whatnot for the sheriff's office.  He is young, handsome, tall, and a gentleman.  More than one of the local waitresses have done their best to gain his interest.  Arrison generally puts them off gently, but doesn't try to get close to any of the females or explain why he isn't interested.


Relic Hunter Barracks -->  At the edge of town is the barracks.  A square, single-story building with a large central room filled with amenities installed by the hunters themselves over the few years the town has been here.  Several hallways lead off the main room, each with room for one gang and then some, but usually each is claimed by one gang and no one else.

[Updates to this first post will be made as more parts of the town are fleshed out.]
Hance Adson
 NPC, 11 posts
 Human
 Slicer
Tue 15 Nov 2016
at 19:17
Ant Hill Ease
The door chime to the Emporium dings as the door opens.  The man behind the counter, Hance Adson presumably, looks up from the device he is meticulously repairing.  "Welcome to Adson's Emporium.  I've not see you in here before.  I'm Hance.  What can I do for you?"
Django Blint
 player, 90 posts
Tue 15 Nov 2016
at 21:26
Ant Hill Ease
Django tips his wide brimmed hat. "Afternoon. M'names Django. Django Blint, of the Core Marshalls, Tracker 07th Class. I'm lookin' fer a man named Tump... and no, he ain't in trouble".
Hance Adson
 NPC, 12 posts
 Human
 Slicer
Wed 16 Nov 2016
at 01:26
Ant Hill Ease
Hance continues to tinker witb the part.  "Django...Jango...heh.  You're the one that saved Stacia.  Allow me t' express my personal thanks for that.  My girl, Irin, and Stacia are friends."

This message was last edited by the player at 01:33, Wed 16 Nov 2016.

Django Blint
 player, 91 posts
Wed 16 Nov 2016
at 01:59
Ant Hill Ease
"I ain't one t'see women and children suffer, sir. Happens as a plus I didn't much care fer Dafe, so undoin' one'a his wrongs was a perk". As he speaks, Django watches Hance tinker away. "Say there, think ya could take a look'it this thang?" he says, referring to his anti-grav garness. "Pulled me clean out uv'a bind once already and it's bout outta juice".
Tump
 player, 84 posts
 Relic Hunter
Wed 16 Nov 2016
at 03:11
Ant Hill Ease
Through the heavy door to the back, you can hear the muffled sound of several items clattering to the floor.
Django Blint
 player, 92 posts
Wed 16 Nov 2016
at 03:13
Ant Hill Ease
Django arches an eyebrow, keeping his attention to Hance.
Hance Adson
 NPC, 13 posts
 Human
 Slicer
Wed 16 Nov 2016
at 14:02
Ant Hill Ease
Hance looks up at the harness and whistles low and appreciatively.  "Anti-grav harness.  You have a real expensive find there, Officer."  He comes around the counter and holds out a hand toward the gear.  "May I?"
Django Blint
 player, 93 posts
Wed 16 Nov 2016
at 14:28
Ant Hill Ease
"Sure thang". Django fumbles with the harness for a moment. "Err..uh.. we see thang is, I had a bit a help gettin' it on t'begin with... you mind?".
Hance Adson
 NPC, 14 posts
 Human
 Slicer
Wed 16 Nov 2016
at 15:01
Ant Hill Ease
Hance waves off Django's efforts.  "No, no.  Just leave it on."  He flips a few switches, and pulls up a holographic display.  After some manipulation he turns the display off.  "You have about .04% power left.  I suspect you have no way to recharge it?"

He doesn't wait for an answer.  Instead, he heads into the back and turns right.  There is the clatter of moving thingamajigs as he searches.

Straight back there is a heavy door with some serious condensation on it.  There are two voices coming from it, low, but one is female the other male.  The female seems excited about something.
Django Blint
 player, 94 posts
Wed 16 Nov 2016
at 17:57
Ant Hill Ease
Django candidly takes a few steps to peer into the back of the shop.
Tump
 player, 89 posts
 Relic Hunter
Wed 16 Nov 2016
at 19:50
Ant Hill Ease
As Django starts poking his nose around the back of the shop, the large heavy door in back swings open. Out steps a man wearing a heavily insulated coat over the typical relic hunter leathers. He is equipped with a modest number of gadgets, and a low hanging, wide brimmed hat covers much of his face.

Tump shakes the cold off and sees an unfamiliar face standing near the counter. He walks over and extends his hand. "You must be the tracker that helped out Stacia. I'd say that deserves a good handshake, even if you haven't already been told so."  He grabs Django's hand and shakes it firmly. A little too firm in fact. It's almost like a vice grip in that macho challenging sort of way.

"So, what brings you all the way out here?" He says, as eyes peer out from under his hat and lock with Django's.

Just as the challenge is issued, the beautiful Irin walks out of the back room as well.
Django Blint
 player, 95 posts
Wed 16 Nov 2016
at 22:05
Ant Hill Ease
Still holding Tump's handshake firmly, Django "I'm trackin' a murderer in th' area, an' I don't intend t'leave here without em'".

The sight of Irin gives Django pause, but only for a moment. His inner monologue loudly exlaims have mercy! in his head, though his outer demeanor doesn't show it.

He releases his end of the grip from Tump's hand, and says "However, I'm in th' market for a guide back down int'a the ruins".
Tump
 player, 90 posts
 Relic Hunter
Thu 17 Nov 2016
at 01:08
Ant Hill Ease
Tump draws his hand back when Django releases his grip. "Murderer, eh? Can't say I keep company with any of those, but maybe the name might ring a bell."

He starts to wrangle the heavy coat off of him. "Who might you be looking for?"
Django Blint
 player, 96 posts
Thu 17 Nov 2016
at 01:18
Ant Hill Ease
"First thangs first. I was with the Voidchaser when I first went down huntin' Stacia. Two'a their own double crossed em', bout blew us all to pieces, and to my understandin', they're still stranded down there. I'd like t'see them found. I'm gone need testimonies from all of em' so I can get a solid warrant put out fer the two what set us all up. You game fer a search party, Mr. Tump?".

This message was last edited by the player at 01:19, Thu 17 Nov 2016.

Irin Adson
 NPC, 14 posts
 Human
 Relic Hunter
Thu 17 Nov 2016
at 01:38
Ant Hill Ease
Irin unzips her coat for the cold room and shrugs it off before hanging it on a peg.  It is rather distracting, but not intentionally so.  She puts her hands in her back pockets, probably to warm them.  "Based on what Stacia said, y'all were in the old bank in the lower levels.  That's where most of the relic hunters are focusing right now.  'Cause its a bank."  She laughs lightly and rolls her eyes at her own humor.

"Inarra knows her way around those parts."  Her tone ends the statement almost as a question, perhaps for Tump.
Tump
 player, 91 posts
 Relic Hunter
Thu 17 Nov 2016
at 02:39
Ant Hill Ease
Tump smiles at Irin's comment.

"It's just Tump." He walks over and returns Hance's coat. "I'm familiar with the area you're talking about. I was down there around the same time y'all were. I don't suppose it would hurt taking another trip down there."

He wags a finger back at no one in particular. "Just so we're clear. I've got first dibs on whatever we find down there."
Django Blint
 player, 97 posts
Thu 17 Nov 2016
at 02:46
Ant Hill Ease
"Well then good news fer you, I'm interested in warm bodies, not trinkets".

Turning his attention to Irin. "I take it you must be Irin. Tila told me you's sharp as a needle point. It's nice t'meet'cha ma'am. I'm Django. Django Blint, of the Core Marshalls, Tracker 07th class".
Irin Adson
 NPC, 15 posts
 Human
 Relic Hunter
Thu 17 Nov 2016
at 04:20
Ant Hill Ease
"Irin."  She says cooly.  After a look from her father she smiles politely and holds out a hand for shaking.  "You might call me the town historian.  My father deals in hardware.  I trade in information, mostly about the ruins."

She turns to Tump.  "If you're going with him after Ruffin, I'll keep collating information on the falcon.  Let me know when you get back and we'll discuss anything that comes up between now and then."
Tump
 player, 92 posts
 Relic Hunter
Thu 17 Nov 2016
at 04:27
Ant Hill Ease
Tump nods. "Can't argue with that." He looks over at the tracker. "Let me know what you're ready."

"Oh, I almost forgot." He spins back around to Irin. "You still have that disk I gave you?"
Irin Adson
 NPC, 16 posts
 Human
 Relic Hunter
Thu 17 Nov 2016
at 13:16
Ant Hill Ease
"Oh, yes."  She reaches into a pouch at her waist and hands over a small data storage device.  "I made a copy so I can keep working on it, if that's okay?"
Tump
 player, 93 posts
 Relic Hunter
Thu 17 Nov 2016
at 13:49
Ant Hill Ease
"No problem. We can catch up later and see if you found anything new." He smiles, and Irin disappears into the back room again.

As Django gets his device fiddled with, Tump walks around the shop looking at the new items for sale.
Django Blint
 player, 98 posts
Fri 18 Nov 2016
at 00:57
Ant Hill Ease
"You reckon Hance can recharge this thang?" he asks Tump, regarding his anti-grav harness. "Saved my bacon once already, wouldn't mind bein' able to get some more use outta it".
Tump
 player, 94 posts
 Relic Hunter
Fri 18 Nov 2016
at 02:06
Ant Hill Ease
He shrugs a little bit. "Hance has got the best run on supplies in town. Depends on the power source, but if anyone can get that harness up and running, it's him."

"Me...", he gestures to his boots, "Solar powered. Doesn't have as hefty a charge, but it's easy to power back up."
Django Blint
 player, 99 posts
Fri 18 Nov 2016
at 02:13
Ant Hill Ease
"Solar powered... hmm. Sounds handy on a clear day. T'answer yer question about leavin', soon as Hance tells me whether'er not he can juice this thang up, we can discuss rolling out. Yer gonna be the tour guide on this screw ball safari, so whatever you thanks best'll do. I am pressed hard fer time though".
Tump
 player, 95 posts
 Relic Hunter
Fri 18 Nov 2016
at 02:24
Ant Hill Ease
"Last thing you wanna do is rush the ruins. Nothing'll make you more late for your date than being dead. What's the big rush? The ruins are going anywhere."