Track Six: Up, Up and Away

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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby VictoriaSilverwolf » Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:35 am

After several hours of singing and dancing and contests of strength performed by the Russians, who are in high spirits, glad to be released from their underground station, and sharing a flask which does not appear to contain water, everyone is ready for a good night's sleep. There being no apparent reason to set a watch -- at least, no one in the party seems to have discussed such a precaution -- the fire is doused and darkness surrounds the motley group of campers. Far from the lights of the city, the stars are beyond number, the Milky Way a glowing river in the sky. Despite the primitive accommodations, sleep comes quickly for all.

It is not easy to determine how long it is before peaceful slumber is interrupted by what sounds like the screams of a woman being murdered. Dawn is still far away, so only starlight illuminates this secluded part of the wilderness, and the source of the screams is not immediately evident.
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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby SunlessNick » Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:33 pm

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When Zara mentions the sleeping arrangements, she adds. "I'd thought the two of us would share a tent. Are you and Lew...? I had no idea."
"I just figured you and Tony might... No I'm good sharing with you," Zara says in an embarrassed fluster.

When the screams sound, she pokes her head out of the tent, trying to discern the direction.
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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby jp1885 » Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:34 pm

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At the sound of the screaming, Tony clambers out of his tent (how reluctantly he does so depends on who he ended up sharing with). Flashlight in hand, he sweeps over the surrounding area to try and discover what gives.
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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:04 am

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Liz has elected to share a tent with Zara. While it may seem old-fashioned in this modern age, she is saving herself for marriage. It's not that she isn't tempted, and she does like Tony. She will flirt shamelessly, but there's a line she won't cross. She wants to be sure that Tony is serious about her before she takes that step. When the scream awakens her, she is thus quickly able to verify that it did not come from Zara. Slipping her mace into one hand and with her electric torch in the other, she too rushes to the tent flap and peers out into the night.

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Wisdom roll (10 + 3[Sharp Eyes] = 13) searching for the source of the scream:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d20:
10
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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby Starspawn338 » Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:08 am

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Lew wakes up with a start at the sound of the scream.
"What the devil is going on?" He says as he stumbles out of the tent.
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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby VictoriaSilverwolf » Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:48 am

Glittering in the light from Liz's torch are two golden yellow orbs, soon revealed to be the eyes of a mountain lion, crouching on a rise near the camping adventurers. Because these animals are known to be extremely wary of humans, and are hardly ever seen by them, it is likely that it is sick or injured. For whatever reason, it shows no fear of humanity and, instead, makes a mighty leap from its perch at the party, as if they were its natural prey. As many have noted in the past, its cry sounds much like a screaming woman.

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Target: 1 or 2 = Russian, 3 = Liz, 4 = Zara, 5 = Lew, 6 = Tony
VictoriaSilverwolf rolled 1d6:
4


To her horror, the mountain lion launches itself at Zara.

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DEX = 15
VictoriaSilverwolf rolled 1d20:
2


Damage:
VictoriaSilverwolf rolled 1d6:
3


It knocks the unfortunate young woman to the ground and cuts her arm badly with its claws, standing over her, its hot breath in her face, ready to feed.
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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby jp1885 » Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:45 am

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“Back damn you, back!”

Tony leaps to Zara’s aid, striking the beast with his stick.

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19
Alas, being still half-asleep, his stick swishes harmlessly past the lion.
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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby SunlessNick » Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:13 pm

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Zara screams and tries to scrabble out from under the lion.
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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:45 pm

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Liz tries to spray the mountain lion in the face with her mace, but it moves too fast for her. "HELP!" she screams, hoping the Russians will come to their aid, as they're the only ones with actual weapons.

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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby Starspawn338 » Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:21 pm

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While he doesn't have a weapon, Lew will move towards the mountain lion and shout loudly and wave his arms, trying to scare the beast.
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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby VictoriaSilverwolf » Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:47 am

Starspawn338 wrote:While he doesn't have a weapon, Lew will move towards the mountain lion and shout loudly and wave his arms, trying to scare the beast.


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We'll make this a battle of Charisma. Lew = 11, the mountain lion = 7
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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby VictoriaSilverwolf » Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:01 am

VictoriaSilverwolf wrote:
Starspawn338 wrote:While he doesn't have a weapon, Lew will move towards the mountain lion and shout loudly and wave his arms, trying to scare the beast.


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We'll make this a battle of Charisma. Lew = 11, the mountain lion = 7
Original post: VictoriaSilverwolf rolled 2d20:
1, 19


Startled by the unexpected sound and sight of an aggressive human, the big cat retreats from its intended meal, disappearing into the night.

Trained in first aid to be used in combat situations, the Russians are able to stop Zara's bleeding and provide her with morphine tablets to ease the pain. After several hours of rest, she is in a weak condition, but stable. The Russians insist that the investigators complete their mission before contacting headquarters for rescue, unwilling to face their commander's possible wrath at any further delay. With assistance from the others, Zara is able to keep up, although the hike to Lake Elsinore proceeds at a slower pace. The party reaches the body of water just as the sun sets behind them, painting the lake the color of blood.
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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby jp1885 » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:21 pm

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Tony stops flailing around with his stick when Lew scares off the beast.

“I say, jolly well done that man!”

Once the dust has settled and they proceed to the lake, he offers his assistance to the injured Zara.

“I think, perhaps, the honour of throwing the good captain’s remains into the lake should go to you my dear.”
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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby SunlessNick » Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:48 pm

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Zara shakily thanks everyone for saving her.

jp1885 wrote:“I think, perhaps, the honour of throwing the good captain’s remains into the lake should go to you my dear.”

"I'd rather see it go further... but I am the one who owes him."
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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:58 am

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"Any time, Zara," says Liz. "I'm just glad you're going to be all right. Let's go, then, and put the captain to rest."
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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby Starspawn338 » Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:54 am

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Lew will walk to the water's edge with the others to see the spirit off.
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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby VictoriaSilverwolf » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:16 am

The investigators discover that Lake Elsinore is quite an extensive body of water; in fact, the largest natural freshwater lake in Southern California, with an area of about three thousand acres. It seems likely that, in order to put the spirit of William Palliser to rest, it will be necessary to ensure that his remains do not make their way to the shore during one of the region's frequent droughts.

Evidently the Russians were prepared for movement on water as well as land, for one of them has an inflatable raft among the equipment in his large and heavy backpack. Once inflated, this proves to be large enough -- barely! -- to hold two persons and a single small oar. A primitive sort of boat, but it should prove sufficient to reach the middle of the lake and back.

Zara having been granted the honor, if that's the right word, of conveying all that is left of the old soldier to a watery grave, it only remains for her to decide who should be in charge of working the oar.
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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby jp1885 » Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:26 pm

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If no one else volunteers to pilot the dinghy, Tony will step forward, having rowed a little during his time in the military. He does however wonder if one of the Russians might like to take the oars; thus separating the pair, which might prove advantageous.
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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby SunlessNick » Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:07 am

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Zara's thoughts aren't quite the same as Tony's, but she's not keen on leaving Liz and Lew alone with both Russians - so she'll act as if she assumes that the dude who was carrying the raft will insist on piloting it. Once over deep enough water, she'll say "You did help me and Tony, so thanks for that. And I hope this helps you back. But I hope this is the last we see of each other."
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Re: Track Six: Up, Up and Away

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:40 am

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"Farewell, Captain Palliser," says Liz to the skull. "May you rest in peace." She turns to Tony. "Given his reputation, I'm surprised he didn't flirt with me and Zara more. I suppose death changes one's priorities."
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