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Thaluikhain
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

To the abandoned 'vator.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I accept the man's hand with a word of thanks, and then turn to help the other officers out. I pull off my gas mask, and lean against a wall, exhaling heavily.

"Whatever they want, they need access to emergency steering. I think we should go there. They also said something about an important cargo the Graf is carrying . Does anyone know what that might be?"

I leaf through the files, looking to see if I have the ones about the officers I'm with.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I fire my rifle in hope that the recoil will push me out of the fluctuated area.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

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The elderly passenger waves and wishes you luck as you go your separate ways.

"Wonder weapon," says one of the officers in answer to your question, as you start making your way towards Emergency Steering. "They keep talking about those, right? "

"Don't be romantic," says the other. "I'll bet it's nothing more than gasoline. Probably the plan is to drop some barrels into the ocean, make a floating resupply for U-boats."

"I'll take romantic over idiotic," the first one shoots back.

You leaf through the files as you walk, and identify your companions as Joseph Arnstein (engineer) and Johann Lehmann (co-pilot) respectively.
Notes indicate that both have been considered suspect by the Gestapo for years, but have been protected by the influence of Von Zeppelin himself.

Your trip aft takes you through the crew quarters, a narrow gangway lined with stacks of recessed bunks, miserably close living conditions. Once you reach the other end, you must stow the files to take a ladder up into the network of catwalks that run between the gas-bags. The billowing walls and swaying footing are extremely vertiginous, but much less disorienting than the sensations you started the day with. Still, it makes it difficult to keep your map-vision straight.

Finding your way at speed is a Pentacles test, although you can proceed slow and steady if you prefer.
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You stand before Sweet Pea's 'vator, everyone breathing hard from the run. Technically 'everyone-except-Dog,' who stopped to answer his cell and never caught up. Thin squad it is.

Sweet Pea stabs the call button with a finger, and as he does so, his wrist emerges from his Ripper-jacket sleeve and you see that his wrist bears a fluorescent tattoo very like your own. The 'vator pings that the car has arrived, but then makes the electronic fart of an error message.

"To contain an ongoing situation," it says in soothing-grating MomVoice™, "this elevator is for official use only until further notice."

"Rude!" says Sweet Pea. "Hey, can either of you sidestep this thing?" Slicer grimaces and starts going through his pockets with an air of desperation.


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A quick burst from the rifle propels you free, although the landing is a little rough. Picking yourself up, you proceed, alone but for your ship's computer, which seems to wait juuust long enough between each reminder that you think it might have stopped.

*Complete the mission.*

The journey through the empty echoing corridors is nerve-wracking. Every stray sound of aging metal or scuttling vermin makes you start, expecting attack. But none comes. Passage and vent, chamber and bulkhead, there is no sign of further aliens. Could they have all been at the attack on the servos? The Ripper wastes a lot of energy on anxiety.

Finally, you reach an obstacle; a massive set of double doors that do not open at your approach. Predictably, this is a chokepoint with no alternate paths. To reach the bridge, the Ripper must get through somehow.

*Complete the mission.*

If you have no other ideas, you can try a Pentacles challenge.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I try using my cyber-arms to force the doors open.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Wands challenge.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Hmm, use 16 Cups to persuade people that this is a bad idea and we should try something else.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

"Gentlemen, please. We are all under stress, but we must not squabble, or we will surely be lost."

I clear my throat, and look at each man in turn.

"You should both know. I am suffering from a... a medical issue of some kind. Complete amnesia. The only things I can remember from before I was awoken about an hour ago are the layout of this ship, that I am this ship's navigator, and how to perform that task. I don't even remember my damn name. Someone called me 'Fromm', but it means nothing. My personnel file might as well have been someone else's, for all the familiarity it had. Do either of you know me?"

I make sure the files are well-hidden before I scale the ladder. I am content to take it slowly and carefully, once I'm up.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I add my Trace card to my Wands 4 (non-opposed suits) for a total of 18.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Sorry for that long pause, I'll try not to let that happen again.

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"What? Of course we know you," says Lehmann. He pauses as a bulging gas-bag covers his face before receding again. "You're the guy having a joke with us, right?"

"Also, that's not how amnesia works," says Arnstein, "except in the radio soap operas. Look, if you think this is beyond your job description and just want someone else to lead the way, you can say so. I mean, we're deferring to you because you had seniority, but ordinary was a long time ago."

You can see the door to the emergency steering station ahead. Wisps of shockingly frigid air are starting to become more common as you approach the outer edges of the envelope, away from the insulation of the interior. The door handle has some kind of device attached to it, about a foot square, matte black and chrome silver, all dials and switches.

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"I'm open to suggestions, bar," says Sweet Pea, trying to pry the doors open with a bit of debris from the litter-strewn street. A fork. At least it's metal.

"I got nothing," says Slicer, giving up on his pockets with an elaborate arm-length shrug. "Like, fig nothing. I know how to get around, but not who I am. The face on my identicard is a stranger." He passes a hand over his eyes. "I think I need meds."

"Seriously, if you got any better ideas, maybe share before Slice goes completely linear," says Sweet Pea.

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You lock your artificial fingers into the seam, and override the safety limits of your actuators.

*Bad idea,* says your ship computer, which is unusually judgey for it.

Your arms strain until their whine goes ragged. The doors move fractionally, but then hold fast. Maybe a monoblade could get through, but not the Ripper.

*M-E-M-O-R-Y F-A-I-L-U-R-E,* whines the computer, which you really should upgrade (or replace) next time you have some spare credits.

It's plain that whatever hydraulics or other system manages this security door is beyond the brute force at your disposal. As you stand back, defeated, the doors shift back to fully closed. Then, to the left, a panel lights up: it has a concatenated radial keypad and some kind of slot.

*Complete the mission.*

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

(No problem, I end up making long pauses all the time.)

First I check if the passcard fits in the keypad.
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I grunt irritably. "Perhaps a concussion, then. Look, I'm not a fucking doctor. All I know is that I can't remember anything before this morning. As for leading, I don't know what we even intend to do in emergency steering. It seems best to just do as the Gestapo asks. We might try to land in Morocco or Britain and plead asylum." No skin off my nose. I have family in Germany, apparently, but the last the Gestapo heard, I was cooperating fully.

I glance at the man who took the punch card. "I thought perhaps you would have a preference. You took that punch card from the crewman back there, after all. Is there information on it? Is that what they're killing people for?"

I assess his reaction to this charge, and then bend down to examine the chrome object.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

(Is this still going on?)
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Ugh, sorry, I keep meaning to get back to this, I was just hoping we hadn't lost Thaluikhain for good. But it would be a shame to get this far and trail off forever. I'll get the next replies up tomorrow morning.
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