Roots

It's the summer of 2017 in small town Virginia. The tranquility the residents take for granted is shaken by disturbing news: Karen Parker is missing. To some she may be a friend or neighbor. To others, a daughter. But regardless of the relation, the investigators set out to bring her home. But ancient evils lurk everywhere, and as the investigators are about to discover, some are very close to home...

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Re: Roots

Postby HelplessBystander » Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:08 pm

Tobias decided to the hell away from the tree. He know what the damned thing is and he is afraid.
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Re: Roots

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:49 am

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Catherine also retreats from the tree, seeking whatever cover she can find.
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Re: Roots

Postby Cotton » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:25 am

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4, 5, 4, 1

OOC:   I think it would make sense that Daniel was within that range, after all he wasn't expecting the tree to come to life. Does that affect the damage at all in 7th ed?  
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Re: Roots

Postby Silver Priest » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:00 pm

Though in exceptional shape for one his age, Tobias is an elderly man. He's only barely able to avoid the branches from the Tree, and he and Catherine take the opportunity to put some distance between them. They won't be protected from the others, but at least the Tree won't be able to reach them. In theory, anyway.

Daniel keeps his wits about him and fires a blast at the thing that is Beth. It hits her directly in the chest, causing her to flinch back with the impact. Yet a second later she snarls and keeps coming. The blow should probably have put her down, or at least caused her to struggle to stand, like Deputy Steel, who seems to be remaining conscious due to sheer will. On the positive side, Daniel notes there is a lot of blood (perhaps surprisingly, red) now leaking out of her, so if her body is anything like a human he has hurt her to some degree.

The Tree continues to drink from Peter, whose struggles gradually cease. If he's not dead now he likely will be soon. Its other branches attempt to grab at Daniel, but he is able to avoid them as well, and it gets nothing but air.

Beth reaches the officer and attempts to scratch him with her nails. Daniel notices they're quite sharp, and are likely to hurt. His training kicks in, and he avoids her blow. Beth is hooting now, seeming disturbingly like an animal in heat.

Deputy Steel aims his gun at Daniel, but the sheriff's continued cries briefly attract his attention. He turns his attention to the fleeing Catherine, and despite his weakness looks furious at the one who harmed his boss. He shoots at her, but the shot goes well above her head.

Karen remains indecisive. Seeing this, Beth shoots her a look and barks in an authoritative tone.

The knife, Karen! It is time for you to prove yourself!”

With a shaking nod, Karen retrieves the ceremonial knife Tobias had dropped near the tree. Then she begins to approach Daniel, her eyes steely.

OOC:   I'm just going to stick with 6th edition, since I don't have 7th.

A very lucky round for our heroes. Both Alex and Beth are wounded, Alex critically though with Beth it is difficult to say. Due to the others retreat, Daniel's the only one in range of the Tree at the moment.  
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Re: Roots

Postby HelplessBystander » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:21 am

Karen! Don’t do this, nothing will come of this! I know there’s still good inside of you, and I need you to make the right choice. Daniel is your family, he’s the one who gave you the expensive presents! He spent hundreds of dollars to get you that backstage ticket to Fun Direction or whatever-the-hell-that-boy-band-group-is-called, if you still want that ticket, put that knife down this instant, young lady!” Tobias barked, hoping like crazy that he sounds persuasive enough to make a difference. Meanwhile, he analysed Beth and attempted to determine whether she is still human or not.

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75

OOC:   I want to spend 10 luck to make my roll successful, um, is that okay?  


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Re: Roots

Postby Silver Priest » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:44 pm

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I don't believe 6th edition had luck spending. Sorry, but I'm going to have to say no, just because we're so far into the scenario I feel allowing that now will unbalance things. :( I'd also have asked Tobias to make a persuade roll this time as opposed to Fast Talk, but in either case he unfortunately fails.
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Re: Roots

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:32 am

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Is it my turn to act, or do I still need to wait for others?
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Re: Roots

Postby HelplessBystander » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:31 am

OOC:   Sure. No worries.  
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Re: Roots

Postby Silver Priest » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:47 am

OOC:   Daniel, The Tree and Beth all technically act first, but Tobias has already acted so feel free to go. If something happens that you'd like to or need to change after seeing how the others act, I'm fine with retconing. But given it's a big combat scene, the game moves faster if everyone just posts when they can.  
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Re: Roots

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:09 am

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Catherine takes cover behind a non-moving tree. Leaning around it, she returns fire at the deputy with her shotgun, but the blast goes wide.

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Re: Roots

Postby Cotton » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:03 am

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Daniel will back up a bit carefully (hopefully out of the Tree's range, but its not his greatest concern at the moment), and shoot at Beth again. He hopes that if he can kill her all this madness will stop.

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Re: Roots

Postby Silver Priest » Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:18 am

Daniel fires point blank into Beth, and once again he is rewarded for his efforts by a fresh spray of blood. The Wild Woman staggers for a moment, and one of her breasts has been nearly entirely destroyed. Yet still she remains standing. It seems clear she's either incredibly powerful or her body is more capable of withstanding bullets. But she does look seriously hurt, and Daniel doubts she can withstand much more.

The Tree releases Peter, who is no longer moving at all. Its branches now lash out at two people. Daniel is once again able to avoid it, but surprisingly its other target is the person closest to it: The sheriff. Still sprawled out on the ground, the tree seems either unaware or uncaring that she is one of its worshipers. Its branches wrap around her and quickly immobile her, and her screams take upon a new intensity.

Despite being seriously hurt, Beth lashes out at Daniel again. This time the cop cannot avoid her, and he gets a very painful gash on the side of his face as her nails slash at him and dig into his skin. The pain is incredible, but he remains standing. Beth withdraws her hand and grinning, licks the blood off. Somehow she manages to make even this action sensual.

Catherine fires at the deputy, hoping to put him down, but perhaps unsurprisingly her shot goes wide.

Karen ignores her grandfather's words and slashes at her uncle with the knife. But she's not a trained combatant, and Daniel is able to easily avoid her telegraphed blow.

Deputy Alex seems unconcerned by Catherine shooting at him, and he instead looks down at the sheriff. “Mabel!” He cries, in what is apparently genuine concern. Hesitating for only a second, he fires a shot at the tree. It's a good shot, but does not seem to stop the tree, whose branches are still moving.

OOC:   New round. Daniel took 6 damage from Beth's attack. He's also not out of the Tree's range yet. Catherine got VERY lucky here. I had to check the action order. Had Alex acted before the Tree, he would have fired at Catherine, and even with her cover bonus it would have hit her and done a very significant chunk of damage. As it was he's more concerned about the sheriff.  
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Re: Roots

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:53 pm

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Now that he's shooting at the tree, I'm not going to shoot at him any more. Are Daniel, Beth, and Karen still in range of the tree?
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Re: Roots

Postby Silver Priest » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:18 pm

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Yes, presently they and Alex are the only ones who are. Tobias and Catherine are enough of a distance away that the tree cannot seem to reach them.
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Re: Roots

Postby HelplessBystander » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:33 am

Tobias also starts shooting at the tree with his glock pistol.

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Re: Roots

Postby Cotton » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:07 am

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Daniel's focus has narrowed in the chaos of the battle, right now all that matters to him is killing the monster that call itself Beth. He will shoot the Wild Woman once again.

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Re: Roots

Postby Silver Priest » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:34 pm

OOC:   Catherine left to go. Beth is still up but looks heavily wounded. Also, Tobias impales and can do double damage.  
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Re: Roots

Postby Mr. Handy » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:33 pm

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Can I fire at Beth without any risk of hitting Daniel or Karen?
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Re: Roots

Postby Silver Priest » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:08 pm

OOC:   Baring a fumble, I'll say yes.  
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Re: Roots

Postby Mr. Handy » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:45 pm

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Catherine leans around the tree again and fires the shotgun at Beth. To her amazement, the shot is nearly perfect.

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