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SlyJohnny
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I decide to trust my companions apparent sense of purpose, and fall in behind him, sweeping my rifle suspiciously over the dark tunnels, watching for an ambush.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I follow the others and watch for attack from the rear.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

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Slice indicates on the map your destination, a water intake station outside the arkology; also the outlock closest to it. Your thin squad proceeds warily through the guts of the S/U level, squeezing through the spaces between pipes and cables and load-bearing columns where you must, jogging down access tubes where you can.

It does not actually take long to reach the outlock. Through its circular window, you can see the dark silhouette of the intake station, a low hulking structure. Passing through the outlock will be easy, but you'll need protection from the rads before you leave.
Searching the outlock's cabinets and lockers is a Pentacles test.

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Your companions are content to follow your lead, it seems. Negotiating the passage is not difficult, but before long you find yourself in a chamber that seems to have been broken in half by some seismic event. Between one half (yours) and the other is a great natural cavern, filled with some sort of thick yellow gas that seems gritty as it swirls. Through that gas you can just make out the other half of the chamber on the far side of the cavern; it glitters with tiny polychromatic lights.

Your own half of the chamber has no such lights, but does hold several large sigil-marked stone coffers. These seem slightly askew, perhaps shifted a little by whatever disaster broke the chamber in two.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I ransack the area for the rad-suits Slice assumed would be here.

((Playing both parties Pentacles and the Wands))
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I keep watch in case we are being followed.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I investigate the coffers.
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A search of the area turns up two EnviroSuits™ and one Spaceball™, the latter being a kind of spherical bag that can protect someone from radiation and such, but allows much less utility than a suit–you can't use a gun through the bag, frex. It looks like there used to be a couple more suits, but they were taken at some point and never replaced. Still, the gear will get three people to the station; it's just a question of who gets the doofy ball.


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Inside the coffers you find two strange belt-like devices that, when worn, generate an envelope of clean air around the wearer. A moment's experimentation demonstrates that the yellow gas is repelled by the envelope. You also find a two foot diameter metal disk that, when stood upon, generates a force field around its passenger and slowly levitates around in response to foot controls; it is claustrophobic and confining, but it too protects from the gas. There is passage for all three of you.
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I claim one of the Envirosuits and look around for instructions or a user manual on how to properly wear it.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I think the other Envirosuit should be taken be the other person to have a gun, which just happens to be me.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I take the disk and stand on it.
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You divvy up the suits and ball and go through the excruciating boredom of cycling the outlock, which only admits one person, over and over again. Outside is a dreadful emptiness, a hungry void all around, except for the comfortingly huge bulk of the city's outer structure. Above is worst; you've seen the sky in old vids, but they don't capture the sheer deadly dimesionality of the thing, especially at night. Fortunately, it's not far to go.

Still, the raised walkways between the outlock and the pumping station are in poor repair. The grills and rails are crusted with corrosion and beneath your feet they both creak and sway. Combined with the vertigo of the outside, the whole journey is quite disorienting, and making your way is unexpectedly challenging.
It's a Cups challenge to proceed without mishap.
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Your companions snap on the belts, and discover that it is faster to pull your disk after them than for you to drift along behind. Even protected from the gas, negotiating the shattered surface of the rift is tricky, for the rubble shifts underfoot.

You don't need to (and can't) test to maneuver.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I stay alert, paying close attention to this new environment. I make sure there aren't any sharp bits of metal that would cause a danger to the SpaceBall on the walkways as I proceed carefully.

(Playing all applicable cards)
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Play Cups 16 and off we go.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I simply look around as I go along with the others.
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You traverse the rickety walkways without mishap and approach the pumping station's outlock. With only a little prodding the lock begins to cycle. Your EnviroSuit™'s radios hiss and then erupt with a yell: 'Thanks, feebs!'

The extra suits missing from the lockers, wrapped around a couple of Sisters, jump down at you from atop the station, knives in hand. They begin slashing at your suits, trying to expose you to the rads.
Obviously there's a challenge here, but it depends on what your response to the attack is.
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You see the approaching figures, silhouettes in the gas, and cry out a warning to your companions, but they don't respond; perhaps the force-field muffles your voice. They wear the black uniforms and full face-masks of guards and wield batons that crackle with electricity. They rush past you to attack the others, and you can do little but watch.
I'm not sure what you can do in your enclosure, but maybe you can think of something?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Use Wands 20 to club one of them with my pipe.
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Stepping back along the pathway exactly reversing my careful movements from before, I raise my rifle and calmly shoot the sister attacking me several times in rapid succession.

(Playing my whole hand again)
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I shout (although this may go unheard) and gesture at the guards rudely in an effort to distract them and make them easier targets for my companions. I'm not sure if that would be Pentacles or Cups, but either way I can play my two trace cards since they're non opposed suits. If I add my Pentacles 14 to my trace cards I get a 34.
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Sorry about the gap, life happens.

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Sly's opposition draws five cards: Cups 20, Ace of Swords, Wands 9, Swords 5, Swords 20. The Ace is discarded and replaced with Cups 4.
Thal's opposition draws five cards: Ace of Cups, Pentacles 3, Pentacles 7, Pentacles 10. The Ace is discarded and replaced with Pentacles 8.
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The speed of the Sisters' assault forces Sweet Pea's hasty withdrawal before a flickering blade. The walkway lurches as the weight upon it shifts, and Sweet Pea's shots go wide. That same lurch throws Jackoboy's opponent off their landing, and while they are off-balance, a solid blow with his pipe sends them over the railing to land on the rocks below with a crunch.
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You make some of the more elaborate vile gestures you've never had a chance to do in a fight before, and unleash the most profane shouts you can come up with on the spot. You can't be sure it's having any effect, but it's satisfying as shit, and your side seems to be coming out on top. One guard is clubbed across the face, their mask shatters, and they fall to the cavern floor clawing at their throat as the gas invades their lungs. The other guard is managing a stalemate, but is now badly outnumbered.

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I swing my club in a menacing fashion at the remaining Sister while staying out of knife range, using Cups 16 to distract them to give Sweet Pea time for another shot.
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I keep an eye out for more guards.
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I shift my weight around, trying to stabilise myself enough to aim properly.

"You guys are pretty dedicated. They must be paying you in chocolate milk." I remark to the remaining sister. I don't wait for a reply before trying to shoot them again.

(emptying hand, except for that cups card)
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The Sister draws five cards: Swords 9, Swords 3, Cups 10, Pentacles 16, Pentacles 9.
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Sweet Pea's shot is a near miss, but the explosive round's proximity fuse detonates, and the blast tears a hole in the Sister's EnviroSuit™ at the shoulder. They scream and drop their blade (it falls over the railing) to clutch at the breach. There is little blood, but the dreadful radiation is already at work upon them, and they do not have long. All the suits have patch kits at the waist, but either the Sister does not know this, or they have forgotten in their panic. Either way, they can no longer impede your access to the pumping station.


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Your companions wield the strange energy weapons you found in the central chamber, tearing the last guard's suit at the shoulder with a glancing shot, and that guard starts to panic in the gas. No further guards are apparent, not even as shadows in the gas. The path to your goal is clear.
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I sling my rifle over my shoulder and walk over to the sister, grabbing for their patch kit. I put my suit helmet near to theirs so they can hear me speak even if they don't have comms.

"Hold still, dummy. I need to patch this hole before you turn into cancer. You do not want to fight me on this."

I try to seal the sister's suit, while looking for something in the kit that would serve to bind her hands together. If I can, I'll restrain her after patching her suit, and haul her inside the pumping station with us.

(On the assumption that this is a Pentacles test, playing Cups 9, Pentacles 20 and Swords 14 to save the sister's life without opening myself to retaliation. Otherwise, playing everything eligible.)
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I stand around with my club in a menacing fashion, using Cups 16 to dissuade the sister from trying anything.
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