Goodbye Dr. Lisken (Al and Ana's intro)

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Goodbye Dr. Lisken (Al and Ana's intro)

Postby Virtus » Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:19 pm

Conditions
Time & Date: 10:00am
Climate: 58F, partly cloudy
Visibility: 100ft
Terrain: Forest, no roads
Ley Line within 5 mile


Dr. Lisken screams as she is drug off at a high rate of speed by the things in the dark. Her screams are suddenly silence by an awful sound like a dog crunching a bone. Now only five of the team are left. Arlan, and elf, pants heavily obviously beginning to panick. "Great! Just great! I should have never taken this job. I should have known this job was CRAP when she just picked us out of line!" he yells at the presumably dead Lisken, firing if a laser blast in the direction of the now vanished shadow form. Of course, who could blame him as his brother suffered the same fate as Lisken little more than ten hours earlier.

"How much further?! It's been twelve hours already! Why?! WHY did we allow ourselves to get teleported here, where ever here is?" Tax an insect like D-bee says though a translator about its throat. The digitized voice communicates the dismay of being teleported into an unknown cave in the magic zone. Parking their vehicles outside, they entered the cave and walked, crawled and descended until they had found the remains of a town that had been consumed by a massive sink hole. No doubt the artifacts that had been entombed in that buried town were worth more than they would likely to be see in a life time. Too bad something had already claimed the area. Quite unfortunately the first victim was Bailey. She was co conspirator of Lisken but also their ride to there and back out. Sadly the only other magic user, Dustin, doesn't know how to teleport so much as a dandelion, let alone people. And as it is, he is clinging to life, being carried by Tax but otherwise unconscious as a vicious wound on his stomach continues to spill blood. Since that time they've been on the run back. They've lost about one person an hour but the end is near one way or the other.

The same is true for both Al and Ana. They were chosen along with many others that Dr. Lisken selected seemingly at random in the line waiting for entry into Merctown. Looking back it seems like she was mostly looking for cheap manual labor to tote back artifacts from a previous find she had made. Unfortunately Lisken demanded silence once the cave had been entered so getting to know one another on the way down was impossible and the journey back has made other matters more pressing.

With only three hundred feet standing between the group and safety Arlan snaps. Vengence overcomes reason. "I'm going to kill them all!" He pulls his pack off his back and fishes something that looks like a detonator! Quite made he runs off into the dark towards the shadow things last known position with a battle cry. His cry turns to anguished scream as a massive explosion rocks the cavern. Everyone make a mad dash to the cavern's mouth as it collapses behind them. In fact the whole hillside undulates as if it were alive before settling dozens of feet lower, throwing trees and rocks in many directions. Then it all stops and silence takes over. Tax looks at its fellow survivors before clicking. "Well we're alive."

Finally safe, Tax lays Dustin near Ana's hovercraft and Al's motorcycle. "He isn't well. He will die soon if he doesn't get help." he says to Ana and Al. Tax looks through Dustin's gear for something that might be of help. Amongst his belongings are maps. It seems as though Dustin may have also been a comparative of the Doctor as one of the maps has several notes about this cave and what was in it. To the west there is marked a place called Dweomer. It may be the only place close enough to help him.

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Re: Goodbye Dr. Lisken (Al and Ana's intro)

Postby Anastrace Anagheri » Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:13 am

Damn it, why didn't I study medicine!

Tax, help me get Dustin in the back of the truck. Dweomer doesn't appear to be too far, and I'll put the pedal to metal to get us there. Whomever is good with a map, can you ride shotgun with me? I don't want a wrong turn to land us in the middle of nowhere out here. Ana jumps in the driver's seat of her hovertruck, waiting for everyone to get themselves into their vehicles as she starts the engine to the hovertruck.

Mental note, hose out back of the truck. Blood is disgusting and unsanitary.

Ana adjust the mirrors out of habit, checks the engine charge level, and gets ready to hit the road at top speed.

Perception: 44% 1d100 = 62

JIC: 1d20 = 3
1d100 = 54


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Re: Goodbye Dr. Lisken (Al and Ana's intro)

Postby Alays » Wed May 02, 2018 11:02 am

Perception: 1d100 = 30 / 39%
JIC: 1d20 = 3
JIC: 1d100 = 86
Conditions: Dissociative identity disorder: Ivor= orange ,Lillian=pink, Jessie=purple.

As the group quickly escapes the tunnel and the dust settles, Alays can see Tax setting down Dustin on the ground around their vehicles. What kind of crap have i gotten myself into. If we don't get the hell outta her we’re all probably going to die.

Tax wrote: "He isn't well. He will die soon if he doesn't get help."


If he dies, he dies! ”Shut the fuck up Ivor!” Alays blurts out in an obvious fit of rage. Hurrying toward Tax and Dustin as if his outburst had not even happened. Alays helps Ana and Tax to get Dustin into Ana’s hovertruck. ”Once we get him in, I'll jump on my bike and go out in front. Maybe I can speed ahead and see if i can bring someone to meet you guys in route.” ”What's the point? He’s only gon’na die anyways. Why is he worth it to you?” ”Ivor, you suck a dick. Someone is dying and all you can do is think of yourself. No wonder nobody likes you. ”Lilian. Ivor. I said shut up. I can't concentrate you the two of you bickering. Besides, like I keep telling you guys. Only i can hear you. Everybody else just thinks I'm crazy. I AM but that's besides the point. Now shut up and hold on.” Alays hops on his motorcycle and fires the engine up. Hitting his palm against his head canisters, acting like they are malfunctioning or a sign to tell the others to be quiet for the moment. With that, he speeds off in the direction the town marked on the map.
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Re: Goodbye Dr. Lisken (Al and Ana's intro)

Postby Virtus » Wed May 02, 2018 5:59 pm

Alays holds council with himself while they make their way towards this Dweomer. There are some unimproved roads through here, crossing small creeks and muddy hills. The going is slow. Ana can't shake the feeling that they are being watched. However, none of her own senses or the sensors on her vehicle provides any clues. Alays notices the same.

While the terrain is certainly unimproved there's no doubt the path they are on is regularly traveled, indicating a settlement nearby though typically they would have encountered farmlands or similar by now. In fact as time passes Ana becomes certain that she should have seen it by now. This also occurs to the others. As they muddle about looking for a town that doesn't appear to be here they run straight into a group of people. There are four of them, at least two look to be ley line walkers. They take a defensive posture as they also spot you.

The area is wooded as most everything else is around here. It's still rather early but clearly this group has business somewhere around here.

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Re: Goodbye Dr. Lisken (Al and Ana's intro)

Postby Alays » Fri May 04, 2018 4:32 am

Perception: 1d100 = 58 / 39%
JIC: 1d20 = 14
JIC: 1d100 = 5
Conditions: Dissociative identity disorder: Ivor=Orange
Lillian=Pink Jessie=Purple.

Bringing his motorcycle to a stop and the quartet comes into view. As the four take up a defensive position Alays readies his hand over his scattergun. He then proceeds to put a hand in a sign of friendship and easiness. ”Whoa there now, I didn't mean to startle you but we have a companion that's in dire need of medical attention. Do you think you could help us out or at least point us in the direction of the nearest town. Our friends here.” Looking around to see if any of the others have gotten out of their vehicles and point to Tax if Alays sees him. ”Has a map that says there should be a city somewhere around here. I believe it's called Dweomer. What say you guys? You think you can help us out? Alays keeps his hand ready for action just in case the quartet of strangers decide to become aggressive.
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Re: Goodbye Dr. Lisken (Al and Ana's intro)

Postby Anastrace Anagheri » Fri May 04, 2018 6:34 am

Perception: 44% 1d100 = 52
JIC: 1d20 = 17
JIC: 1d100 = 54

While Alays speaks to the group, Ana gets out of her truck, and takes up a position near the truck, with her hand on her vibroblade. Please, if you can help us, we would greatly appreciate it. Without medical attention, our companion will surely die. Leaning on the hood of the truck, Ana seems to space out for a moment, as she focuses on trying to read the intentions of the group.


Going to use Telepathy to try and scan surface thoughts of whomever speaks first, then moving to the others. Telepathy, 4 ISP used.
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Re: Goodbye Dr. Lisken (Al and Ana's intro)

Postby Virtus » Tue May 08, 2018 9:08 am

A young human man approaches while the other three stay back though remain alert. A short but heavy build his posture is one of practiced preparedness. His face is partially obscured by a mask that pegs him as a leyline walker. "Dwoemer you say? Let me have a look at your map and the man." he says though the masks amplification.

Assuming that no one has objections, he looks over Dustin's many wounds and tsks loudly. "It's easy to lose your direction around here. I'll ride along and direct you. Keep the bike close behind the hovercraft." He waves his companions over. Garbed similarly to him they climb aboard. One, clearly taller than the rest appears to possibly be an elf, he ears being the giveaway. She tends to Dustin's wounds without a word from anyone else.

"My name is Diego. How did you come to be in place at all? It's dangerous to travel in this area, even armed as you are." he says before interrupting himself. "That path there. Take that one." he says and continues navigating you. Suddenly but imperceptibly the path turns into a road. Both Ana and Alays are quite sure that road should have been visible from their previous path. Whatever the cause, a great city stands before you. Like the road, there is no way you could have missed that from your previous path. Clearly powerful magics are at work. There is a line entering the city.

Falling into place Diego adds, "This place is secret. Keep it so if you know what is best for you. Even coming back however you may not see it if your intentions are misplaced. Welcome to Dweomer."

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The elf woman who was tending to Dustin seems to be making headway as he is once again conscious. "where are we?" he asks groggily. If informed that he is in Dweomer he replies. "Ah. Good. Take me to Doctor Spindelle. He can patch me up."

Diego and his companions disembark from Ana's hovercraft. "We've got our own business to attend to. Spindelle is straight ahead about a quarter mile. Look to the right for the yellow awning. Take care and be well."

Tax the insectoid looks uncomfortably around. "I do not like magic and this place is full of it. It's not to be trusted." he says clicking. Dustin, still in significant pain doesn't reply to Tax, but instead speaks to Alays and Ana. "Many thanks for getting me here. But I need you a bit further if you will oblige me. I'll pay at least for the transport if you get me to Spindelles." he says pointing down the road. Tax chatters in an agitated manner.

Signs of magic are everywhere. No doubt this city is full of it as Tax put it. Spindelles is easy enough to find. Parking outside on the road, Dustin hobbles out and into the door under the yellow awning. Tax however seems to become more animated before he finally says, "I am going before we are killed. I advise you all to do the same." he says as he picks up his pack and heads back for the gate without a glance back.

If you head into the office, you'll see that it's more of an apothecary than doctor's office. Glass cabinets house many potions and materials. An open door reveals a long hallways with many rooms. That portion looks more like a modern doctor's office. Dustin is not in the room. A quickflex clerk informs Ana and Alays that Dustin is seeing the doctor.

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Re: Goodbye Dr. Lisken (Al and Ana's intro)

Postby Alays » Wed May 09, 2018 8:46 pm

Perception: 1d100 = 27 / 39%
JIC: 1d20 = 10
JIC: 1d100 = 67
Conditions: Dissociative identity disorder: Ivor=Orange ,Lillian=Pink, Jessie=Purple.

Dustin wrote:"Many thanks for getting me here. But I need you a bit further if you will oblige me. I'll pay at least for the transport if you get me to Spindelles."


”If an escort you need and are willing to pay, then I have no objections.” That was the line right? Whatever. The show must go on. Look at you pretty boy. What do you think this is a T.V. show? No, wait your crazy, never mind. I don't even know why I bother sometimes. [i] Because you know you like. Shut up Lillian, you don't know me. I'll just leave you two love birds to it. Didn’t I say double shot Americano with room for ice?
Alays finishes his inner squabble as comes back to reality.

Tax wrote:"I am going before we are killed. I advise you all to do the same."


With this que Alays’ paranoia starts to set in. He checks all his surroundings as he walks through the threshold of the medical establishment.

Streetwise 45% / 1d100 = 45 - To determine whether or not the establishment is gang run or black market doctor.
Detect Ambush 50% / 1d100 = 82 - You can never be cautious in an unknown place.
I.D. Undercover Agent 45% / 1d100 = 13 -To make sure this isn't a set up.
Cast Sixth Sense (2 I.S.P.)

Alays looks around and double checks the corners. As he is informed to the where abouts of his new found friend, he glances down the hallway again to see if can see anything out of the ordinary before answering. ”Can I see him yet? What room is he in? I have have some questions for him.” Alays waits for a few moments before turning around back to Anastrace. Having a concerned look on his face he takes a step or two closer toward her. ”What do you say we do? Wait or got find him? I got a funny feeling this whole thing is a set up. Just keep an eye out.” Que dramatic music and here comes the fight scene. Where's my stunt double? Trailing off into his own thoughts Alays waits for a response from either the clerk or Ana.
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Re: Goodbye Dr. Lisken (Al and Ana's intro)

Postby Virtus » Thu May 10, 2018 7:35 pm

The quick flex clerk looks blankly at Alays before saying, "He is with the doctor. It' best not to disturb them. Might I interest you in some herbs? Are either of you herbalists? We have an excellent selection" he says waving a hand at the cabinets. Some of the items are quite modern in appearance, in nice bright white containers. Others look like they just dropped out of a book, in ceramic containers, dried creatures of unknown origins and lots of tools while unknown uses. They also have books though mostly in dragonese.
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Re: Goodbye Dr. Lisken (Al and Ana's intro)

Postby Anastrace Anagheri » Mon May 14, 2018 1:19 pm

Perception: 1d100 = 18 / 44%
JIC: 1d20 = 20
JIC: 1d100 = 38

Looking at the clerk, Ana shrugs her shoulders a bit, Afraid I'm not an alchemist, but I'd be happy to look at some of these books. I'm sure they are fascinating. While poring over a book, she motions to Alays. Check this out, I'll read the passage to you. Very fascinating. Quietly, she motions to Alays in the guise of reading a section. You look worried, do you see something odd? Things are moving too smoothly. Nothing in life is ever easy. While feigning interest in the book, she taps her chin thoughtfully. In her normal voice, she points to the book and asks So, what do you think of this. I can't tell if it's GENUINE or not. while looking meaningfully at the clerk.
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Re: Goodbye Dr. Lisken (Al and Ana's intro)

Postby Alays » Mon May 14, 2018 5:16 pm

Perception: 1d100 = 34 / 39%
JIC: 1d20 = 20
JIC: 1d100 = 85
Conditions: Dissociative identity disorder: Ivor=Orange ,Lillian=Pink, Jessie=Purple.

Anastrace wrote:You look worried, do you see something odd? Things are moving too smoothly. Nothing in life is ever easy.


As Alays takes a few steps and leans over a bit get closer to Ana, he pushes his tinted glasses to make it easier to see. A “deep in thought look” overwhelms his face as he pretends to read the book, he even turns the page once or twice. “Just got a feeling. Be cautious.” Alays answers Ana with soft wisper.

Anastrace wrote:So, what do you think of this. I can't tell if it's GENUINE or not.


”You know it does seem like it is but i don't think i have enough information at hand to discern either way.” Alays responds while turning a few more pages. Moving his attention back to the clerk. ”Excuse me but do you have any more books like this one?” Pointing to the book that he and Ana are looking at. ”Do you have any special book in the back?” Alays give is best personable smile. Doing his best to try and convey a friendly and trusting manner.

Performance 45% / 1d100 = 47 - to keep up the cerade of his interest on the books
Invoke Trust: 84% / 1d100 = 81 - to help with the performance and to try and get special treatment.
Charm/Impress: 25% / 1d100 = 55 - to help with the performance and to try and get special treatment.]

While all this is going on Alays uses his heightened sense of hearing to see if he can hear the doctor and Dustin. Dam doctors always taking forever. Maybe it will ease a bit of my paranoia if i can hear them.
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Re: Goodbye Dr. Lisken (Al and Ana's intro)

Postby Virtus » Tue May 15, 2018 6:02 pm

The clerk watches you casually, but dutifully as most clerks do to assure items are paid for. Anastance uses the book as cover to inquire of Alays about the intentions he may or may not be sensing.

Alays, using his keen hearing, searches out voices from the back rooms. Softly he picks up a conversation.

"Hey, easy! It's probably fractured! Alays can hear Dustin say. "Don't complain. You still owe me from last time. So did you find it?" a synthesized voice says. Presumably the new voice belongs to Doctor Spindelle.

"No. And now the mouth of the cave has collapsed. I don't know how much else. I can teleport back in, but those shadow creatures may prove to be an obstacle. HowevURRR!... What in the world man?! Take it easy." Dustin says ending in a pained voice. "Anyhow, as I was saying, I did find something else while I was in Merctown." The sound of rustling paper can be heard.

"A map?" Spindelle asks. "Yes. But look where it's at." Dustin replies.

There is silence for a moment.

"Do you think it's real? This could be to anything." the doctor asks. "I had done a read on it. I think it's legit or at least he thought it was. Only one way to find out really. But if it is, we're going to make bank." Dustin replies.

The doctor laughs harshly.

"I've heard that before. I'll extend your loan, but I need to see some return or we'll both wind up sleeping in the woods waiting to become something's dessert." he says in closing.

After a few moments foot steps draw near. Dustin enters the room with stitches and some fashion of ointment. Behind him is a short humanoid form with a large metal head, sure to be Dr. Spindelle. Spindelle enters a closet as he enters the shop and closes the door behind him.

Dustin sees the two of you and approaches with the smile of a used hoverbike salesman. "Hey, thanks for waiting! Amanda and Alan right? I'll get you paid shortly, but how about making some real cash? You both seemed study enough.It's sort of like this last time but no teleporting. Well not really. Anyhow, it's close, like in the city close. It has all sort of artifacts there. Not an easy place to find, but since you helped me out, I wanted to give the two of you first shot at easy money."
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Re: Goodbye Dr. Lisken (Al and Ana's intro)

Postby Anastrace Anagheri » Fri May 18, 2018 7:01 pm

Perception: 1d100 = 39 / 44%
JIC: 1d100 = 51!
JIC: 1d20 = 15

Setting down the book, Ana looks over at Dustin. I do like easy money, though hopefully it doesn't involve me selling any organs. Kind of...attached to them y'know? What do you say Alays? Shall we get paid, and then some? Stealing another sidelong glance at the books, and mentally promising herself to come back for something new to read, she smoothes out her clothes while waiting for her partner.
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Re: Goodbye Dr. Lisken (Al and Ana's intro)

Postby Alays » Fri May 18, 2018 9:00 pm

Perception: 1d100 = 4 / 39%
JIC: 1d20 = 2
JIC: 1d100 = 37
Conditions: Dissociative identity disorder: Ivor=Orange ,Lillian=Pink, Jessie=Purple.

Anastrace wrote: I do like easy money, though hopefully it doesn't involve me selling any organs. Kind of...attached to them y'know? What do you say Alays? Shall we get paid, and then some?


Alays answers Ana when he is asked. “I believe you said some of my favorite words. Easy and money. Well we're already here, so might as well.” Finishing up the sentence with a smile. Wonder if I am going to get a commercial break soon. I sure could use it. Turning his attention over to Dustin. ”Do you think you’re up to it? You did just have a close call back there.” Alays says with a bit of concern in his voice. ”But if if you say you’re up to it then lead the way.” Alays takes one last glance around the room to see if he notices anything out of the ordinary. Making sure to pause at the clerk for an extra second.
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Re: Goodbye Dr. Lisken (Al and Ana's intro)

Postby Virtus » Mon May 21, 2018 7:19 am

Dustin smiles at the both of you. "See, I knew I liked you two. Good business sense. But where we're going we'll still need more help. I've got preparations to make. So, first job for you two; find us help. An associate of mine's been using a merc outfit for some side business in Kingsdale. They should be back by now. Anyhow the merc captain's name is Posey. Go to this shop here and talk to her and see if she won't. The shop owner's name is Lilia and here's her address." Dustin says, grabbing a piece of paper off Spindelle's counters and scratching down a name and address. "Here's the gist of what you all need to know. we're headed for a pocket dimension right here in Dweomer. It's a place people put unwanted things. Things they want to hide away or to be forgotten. It's no picnic from what stories I've read. Cursed objects, failed experiments, the whole lot. BUT it's also a place where some have hid treasures. In particular there is something I'm after there. I won't disclose that item until we make the pocket dimension. I'll grab other items too, but only one that's off limits. So I'm offering 25,000 credits to each member of the expedition and whatever anyone can carry out that they find there. Here's is 5,000 now for transportation and saving my backside. But hurry. I want to leave by tonight if possible."

Dustin hands Ana the paper with the name and address and a paper map. He also provides an unsecured universal card with five thousand credits each to Alays and Anna. assuming Ana and Alays take the job, they find the address to be not far from where they are now. Less than a quarter mile away, they can drive or walk. The name of the shop is Vindictus Surplus and Salvage. There is plenty of street parking there. The place looks more like a salvage yard than anything with an office towards the front. Several custom hoverbikes are parked out front as is a large halftrack. Walking towards the office you see a motley collection of individuals standing outside. Prominent among them are two women. One looks to be a woman in her forties. Short hair and wearing a cobbled fashion of power armor. The other looks to be in her mid twenties, tan skin, long dark hair and is wearing an armored jacket and pants, but clearly packing a lot of heat. She has three holstered pistols, two knifes of ornate quality perhaps even silver and a couple grenades. They seem to be haggling over details on a piece of paper when you enter. The younger looking one seems to be highly agitated. "...that's twenty k Lilia. Not pocket change. Fix it, now!
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