Alice Springs Part 2

(8:54:49 PM) Yox|Laptop: Vance looks around. "The hell was that noise?"
(8:55:15 PM) Maddy: Alice looks up from the first aid kits and animal drugs. "Lovely."
(8:55:38 PM) DawnyWorks: Jillian checks her controls "What the?"
(8:55:38 PM) E4D: Jason spins the turret, bringing it around in the direction of the sound. «Anyone outside see anything?»
(8:55:56 PM) E4D: «Jill, stand by to haul ass.»
(8:55:58 PM) Yox|Laptop: 4df+6 SIGHT BEYOND SIGHT! Does he see anything?
(8:55:58 PM) Quidmore: Yox|Laptop: SIGHT BEYOND SIGHT! Does he see anything?: 7 (4df+6=-, +, +, 0)
(8:56:27 PM) Sabitsuki: Sounds like its coming from the LAV.
(8:56:41 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Fuck! That's US making that noise!"
(8:56:43 PM) Nusquam: The sound was from the LAV itself. It momentarily kicked into reverse and stopped abruptly.
(8:56:44 PM) Maddy: "T-that can't possibly be good."
(8:57:28 PM) DawnyWorks: "What the FUCK?" Jillian checks her controls again
(8:58:14 PM) E4D: «Power down the engine.»
(8:58:19 PM) Nusquam: Controls are responding normally.
(8:58:27 PM) DawnyWorks: Jillian shuts Eve off
(8:58:36 PM) MisterFlames: Midnight lowers her ears.
(8:58:45 PM) E4D: <Thank God for manual.>
(8:59:34 PM) Maddy: "I d-don't like just sitting here…"
(8:59:36 PM) Tom90deg: "So, what's the plan? How're we gonna get to Tau?"
(9:01:57 PM) Yox|Laptop: Vance looks around, peeling his eyes in the afternoon light.
(9:02:09 PM) Yox|Laptop: 4df+6 Anything to suggest any sort of dickery going on?
(9:02:10 PM) Quidmore: Yox|Laptop: Anything to suggest any sort of dickery going on?: 5 (4df+6=+, -, -, 0)
(9:02:43 PM) E4D: «Fuck it, Jill, if eveything's fine, get us moving.»
(9:02:47 PM) Sabitsuki: nope
(9:03:11 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Everything's green out here, boss."
(9:03:18 PM) Maddy: "C-centre of t-town t-then?"
(9:03:24 PM) Sophos: Johnson checks underneath the LAV for gremlins.
(9:03:42 PM) Tom90deg: "Suppose so…"
(9:04:00 PM) Sabitsuki: there are no gremlins
(9:04:08 PM) MisterFlames: "That's where the minds are."
(9:04:35 PM) E4D: «Shit. All right, Jill, it's on you. Let's get some people doing walkalong. We're fucked if something runs up on us.»
(9:04:57 PM) Maddy: "J-johnson's already out there."
(9:05:05 PM) Maddy: "I c-could go out too."
(9:05:09 PM) Sophos: "I'll keep my eyes peeled."
(9:05:10 PM) DawnyWorks left the room (quit: Quit: http://www.mibbit.com ajax IRC Client).
(9:05:23 PM) Tom90deg: Simon climbs out and walks along, keeping an eye out for anything.
(9:05:28 PM) Maddy: Alice hops out aswell.
(9:06:30 PM) MisterFlames: Midnight, meanwhile, waits inside the LAV.
(9:06:35 PM) Sabitsuki: Jason's radio: «*tssssch* - two story house outside of the cementary, the center of town is - *tssch*»
(9:07:02 PM) E4D: «Keep broadcasting, Tau. We're en route.»
(9:08:20 PM) Sophos: "Which way sir?"
(9:08:24 PM) Sabitsuki: « -safe. Repeat, center of town *static*»
(9:09:08 PM) E4D: «You heard it….»
(9:09:14 PM) Tom90deg: "Really hope the word that got cut off there was "Is" and wasn't "Is not."
(9:09:33 PM) Yox|Laptop: "I think you might be disappointed, Simon…"
(9:09:36 PM) E4D: «We'll find out soon enough.»
(9:09:41 PM) MisterFlames: "Right, figure it to be Is Not." Midnight replies.
(9:09:59 PM) Maddy: «She s-said the music she was playing m-meant unsafe. I d-doubt it's changed. B-be ready.» Alice walks along with the LAV.
(9:10:29 PM) Tom90deg: "Yah, I know…but I'm used to dissapointment."
(9:10:38 PM) Sophos: Johnson pretends to know where they're going and walks along the LAV
(9:12:59 PM) DawnyWorks [moc.noehtyar.3CAB178D-CRInys|tibbiM#moc.noehtyar.3CAB178D-CRInys|tibbiM] entered the room.
(9:15:51 PM) MisterFlames: Midnight tries to analyze the minds that she senses, trying to get a feel for what lies ahead.
(9:17:05 PM) Nusquam: The LAV advances down the vacated city streets toward the town center. All is silent save for the sound of its engine, turning tires, and footsteps on the pavement.
(9:17:27 PM) Nusquam: Roll it, Flames.
(9:19:01 PM) MisterFlames: 4df+4 Magic
(9:19:02 PM) Quidmore: MisterFlames: Magic: 2 (4df+4=-, 0, -, 0)
(9:19:02 PM) Sophos: Johnson tries to look hard at the surroundings to find anything anomalous
(9:19:44 PM) Nusquam: 4df+3 Opposed.
(9:19:44 PM) Quidmore: Nusquam: Opposed.: 2 (4df+3=-, -, +, 0)
(9:20:40 PM) Yox|Laptop: 4df+6 Vance looks ahead, trying to sort out what he's seeing ahead of him. As they approach, does he notice anything off, or strange, apart from the utter silence?
(9:20:40 PM) Quidmore: Yox|Laptop: Vance looks ahead, trying to sort out what he's seeing ahead of him. As they approach, does he notice anything off, or strange, apart from the utter silence?: 5 (4df+6=-, 0, +, -)
(9:21:01 PM) A_Laito [ten.labolgcbs.ligchc.lsd.DABD58D9-CRInys|tibbiM#ten.labolgcbs.ligchc.lsd.DABD58D9-CRInys|tibbiM] entered the room.
(9:21:26 PM) MisterFlames: "The minds I'm sensing don't seem right… not sure what we're going to find."
(9:21:39 PM) MisterFlames: "They don't feel *complete.*"
(9:21:51 PM) Maddy: «That…huh.»
(9:22:09 PM) DawnyWorks: "I'm not sure what that means…"
(9:22:13 PM) Nusquam: As the center of town comes into view, you can see a number of bodies arranged in what looks like a vacant lot. Anyone who's been to Alice Springs before and sees this will recall the lot was most definitely not vacant.
(9:23:08 PM) Yox|Laptop: Anything noteworthy about how the bodies are "arranged"?
(9:23:10 PM) E4D: How are the bodies arranged?
(9:23:23 PM) Maddy: «Lot of b-bodies…this feels w-wrong.»
(9:23:24 PM) Tom90deg: "There's some bodies, finaly. This total ghost town was really freaking me out…"
(9:23:28 PM) Nusquam: Hundreds of vehicles are likewise parked ahead. Some civilian, some military armored vehicles.
(9:23:44 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Dead bodies make you feel *better,* Simon?"
(9:23:49 PM) DawnyWorks: "Yeah, bodies are much better than emptiness" sarcasm
(9:24:10 PM) Tom90deg: "Yes they do, much better than somethig just made every single person here just up and vanish."
(9:24:13 PM) Sophos: "Obviously bodies piled up in the center of an empty city is a good thing."
(9:24:16 PM) E4D: «Guns up, everyone. Stay sharp.»
(9:24:25 PM) Sophos: 4df+3 Perception
(9:24:25 PM) Quidmore: Sophos: Perception: 2 (4df+3=0, 0, -, 0)
(9:24:29 PM) E4D: «I ain't lookin' to join 'em.»
(9:24:31 PM) Yox|Laptop: Vance settles his hands on the fire controls of the m134.
(9:24:56 PM) MisterFlames: "Wish I could see out there."
(9:25:02 PM) Maddy: «R-right.» Alice readies on of her many weapons.
(9:25:05 PM) DawnyWorks: Jillian drives
(9:26:02 PM) Sabitsuki: «*tssssch* - they just won't stop. I put /moved/ them, Samil, and now they won't stop. Don't you see that? The beauty of it? The genius? Don't look at me like I'm ma - *tssssch*»
(9:27:00 PM) Nusquam: As you get closer, their arrangement becomes apparent. The bodies - and there are thousands of them - and vehicles appear to be arranged in a number of overlapping and concentric circles, vaguely resembling an enormous pentagram. The feet of the bodies are all positioned inward toward the circle they outline, and the vehicles are facing inward.
(9:27:18 PM) E4D: Jason drops down, picking up Midnight. <Pardon me, ma'am. I'll get ya up top.>
(9:27:34 PM) Tom90deg: "Yah, this looks like her specality…"
(9:27:41 PM) Yox|Laptop: "….Pentagrams."
(9:27:42 PM) DawnyWorks: "What on earth…"
(9:28:09 PM) Sophos: "Ugh, Satanists."
(9:28:18 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Pentagrams are central to many occult rituals. Whatever you do, I suggest *strongly* that we do NOT disrupt it."
(9:28:19 PM) Maddy: «You're fucking k-kidding me.» she flatfaces so hard.
(9:28:44 PM) Nusquam: No circle is composed of both bodies vehicles, only one or the other. Thousands upon thousands of bullets are likewise incorporated into the circle, glinting brass positioned on end, appearing to trace out symbols around the shape.
(9:29:04 PM) E4D: If the kitty doesn't object, he lifts her up to Vance. <Let her see what's going on.>
(9:29:06 PM) MisterFlames: "Okay, so a pentagram?" Midnight looks the spot over, trying to figure out the purpose.
(9:29:08 PM) DawnyWorks: "This is not my area…"
(9:29:18 PM) Yox|Laptop: Vance relays this information to the people below, and holds up the kitty.
(9:29:19 PM) MisterFlames: 4df+4 Occult
(9:29:20 PM) Quidmore: MisterFlames: Occult: 3 (4df+4=-, +, -, 0)
(9:30:08 PM) Nusquam: It doesn't resemble anything Midnight has ever seen.
(9:30:18 PM) Nusquam: Everyone outside the LAV, give me Perception.
(9:30:26 PM) Sophos: 4df+3 PERCEPTION
(9:30:26 PM) Tom90deg: 4df+2
(9:30:26 PM) Quidmore: Sophos: PERCEPTION: 1 (4df+3=-, -, +, -)
(9:30:26 PM) Quidmore: Tom90deg: 2 (4df+2=+, +, -, -)
(9:30:30 PM) Maddy: 4df+2
(9:30:30 PM) Quidmore: Maddy: 2 (4df+2=+, -, +, -)
(9:30:31 PM) Yox|Laptop: 4df+6 Spotter Perception
(9:30:31 PM) Quidmore: Yox|Laptop: Spotter Perception: 5 (4df+6=+, -, 0, -)
(9:31:02 PM) MisterFlames: 4df+4 Perception
(9:31:03 PM) Quidmore: MisterFlames: Perception: 4 (4df+4=0, 0, +, -)
(9:31:31 PM) MisterFlames: "Not sure what the purpose of the pentagram is. Very odd."
(9:31:59 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Mind if I set you down inside, Midnight?"
(9:32:34 PM) Nusquam: Vance and Midnight are able to hear periodic breathing, one intake and exhalation per minute.
(9:32:51 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Guys! Quiet!" Vance tightens up as best he can.
(9:33:00 PM) Yox|Laptop: He looks around. Can he tell where it's coming from?
(9:33:05 PM) Nusquam: Curiously, the sound doesn't appear to be originating from the bodies comprising the circle, but rather from its totally empty center.
(9:33:23 PM) MisterFlames: "No." Midnight's ears turn… "I hear… breathing? Slow… about one breath a minute. And within the center."
(9:33:27 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Oh. Oh, fuck me. Guys, something's /breathing/ in the middle of /that./"
(9:33:37 PM) Maddy: "Lovely."
(9:33:39 PM) Yox|Laptop: He points with his free hand.
(9:33:53 PM) E4D: «Tau, this is Director Dodridge, if you want out, we're in in the middle of the town. This is your chance.»
(9:34:06 PM) Nusquam: At the same rate the bodies' chests rise and fall, the engines of the vehicles positioned throughout the circle rev. Everyone can hear this.
(9:34:17 PM) Yox|Laptop: "…."
(9:34:24 PM) MisterFlames: "Don't disturb the pentagram. Pentagrams are typically used for wards, to keep something out, or something *in*."
(9:34:47 PM) Nusquam: As the LAV nears the outer perimeter of the circle, the engine cuts out.
(9:35:03 PM) Sophos: "……"
(9:35:10 PM) Yox|Laptop: Vance sets Midnight down on the surface of the LAV - it's getting hard to hold her. His hands return to the controls of the gun. "Why're we stopped."
(9:35:11 PM) Sophos: "Should we fall back, Director?"
(9:35:36 PM) Maddy: "Fuuuuuck…."
(9:35:59 PM) Sabitsuki: «*tsssch* - fuck you, you fucking piece of shit American asshole cunt - *tsssch*»
(9:36:26 PM) Tom90deg: "Think she heard us, or was that just Tau talking to herself?"
(9:36:41 PM) Maddy: "N-not sure."
(9:36:44 PM) MisterFlames: Midnight finds a spot on the top of LAV, and starts to lick the area. Bodily fluids can make a Circle more potent, and saliva does count.
(9:37:06 PM) DawnyWorks: "She won't start, Jason" '
(9:37:14 PM) E4D: Shit…
(9:37:18 PM) E4D: <>
(9:37:24 PM) Sabitsuki: «*tsssch* - nique ta mere, ta gueule - *tsssch*»
(9:37:27 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Oh, perfect."
(9:37:28 PM) Nusquam: The LAV's engine roars back to life, and dies out again. Repeatedly. In time with the other vehicles positioned throughout the circle.
(9:37:48 PM) E4D: <Ok, shift to reverse, and jam the accelerator when it starts.>
(9:37:56 PM) DawnyWorks: "What the fuck…" Jillian checks her controls "I'm not doing this"
(9:38:46 PM) Maddy: "Should w-we get back in?"
(9:38:51 PM) DawnyWorks: "Rog" Jillian shifts to reverse and waits
(9:39:02 PM) Sabitsuki: The radio cutting in and out seems to be in time with the LAV's engine and other vehicles.
(9:39:08 PM) Tom90deg: "Wait, won't that break the circlen then?"
(9:39:10 PM) MisterFlames: Midnight works to finish the circle. (Occult to Maneuver)
(9:39:18 PM) Tom90deg: "I mean…what if the EVE is part of it now?"
(9:39:19 PM) Sophos: "I think we're damned if we get in the LAV and damned if we stay out here."
(9:39:28 PM) MisterFlames: 4df+4 Maneuver.
(9:39:29 PM) Quidmore: MisterFlames: Maneuver.: 3 (4df+4=-, -, 0, +)
(9:39:41 PM) Tom90deg: "We pull out and the circle breaks."
(9:39:47 PM) DawnyWorks: The next time the Engine roars, Jillian jams the accelerator….anything happen?
(9:39:56 PM) Sophos: "I don't think we're part of the circle…"
(9:39:59 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Hmm…..when the engines rev, the radio fades in. When they die, it dies. What if they're through the circle? On the other side?"
(9:40:16 PM) Nusquam: Manuever is successful. Roll Occult.
(9:41:46 PM) MisterFlames: 4df+6 Maneuvered Occult.
(9:41:46 PM) Quidmore: MisterFlames: Maneuvered Occult.: 6 (4df+6=0, -, 0, +)
(9:41:56 PM) Nusquam: The LAV remains stationary, despite Jillian jamming on the accelerator.
(9:42:07 PM) DawnyWorks: "Nothing Jason"
(9:42:18 PM) Tom90deg: "Midnight, you think it's safe to cross the perimiter? I want to check a body…"
(9:42:34 PM) MisterFlames: Midnight attempts to ward the vehicle, to get it outside of the influence of whatever's affecting it.
(9:43:12 PM) Yox|Laptop: "I wouldn't recommend it, Simon. Just me."
(9:43:34 PM) Nusquam: 4df+8 I thought the MDef checks would make it clear this was a terrible idea.
(9:43:34 PM) Quidmore: Nusquam: I thought the MDef checks would make it clear this was a terrible idea.: 9 (4df+8=-, +, +, 0)
(9:44:05 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Get us out of here, please. I don't like this at all."
(9:44:19 PM) DawnyWorks: "I can't right now"
(9:44:52 PM) Yox|Laptop: "You heard Jason. When the engine cuts in, floor it."
(9:45:04 PM) Yox|Laptop: derp
(9:45:08 PM) DawnyWorks: "I /tried/"
(9:45:18 PM) Sophos: "What do we do now?"
(9:45:26 PM) Nusquam: As Midnight attempts to ward the vehicle, she can feel the influence of something else subverting her thoughts, twisting her power into completing the circle. The LAV lurches forward, driving across the circle. Sickening crunch sounds are audible as the LAV slowly drives over the bodies, all neatly arranged as part of some esoteric spell.
(9:45:34 PM) Yox|Laptop: "We push the goddamn thing, I dunno! Either that or — FUCK!"
(9:45:44 PM) Sophos: "WHOAH!"
(9:45:46 PM) Maddy: "No!"
(9:45:49 PM) Nusquam: None of the people comprising the circle react to this.
(9:45:50 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Jillian!"
(9:46:02 PM) DawnyWorks: "No…no…fuck…" Jillian hits every break she can think of
(9:46:21 PM) Nusquam: None of them engage.
(9:46:25 PM) Yox|Laptop: "FLOOR! IT!"
(9:46:29 PM) MisterFlames: Midnight uses her paw to break the circle, snarling in rage.
(9:46:41 PM) DawnyWorks: Jillian stomps the gas
(9:46:50 PM) Maddy: Alice chases along with the LAV.
(9:47:00 PM) Tom90deg: Simon follows the LAV
(9:47:10 PM) Yox|Laptop: Vance sights on the center of the circle, where the breathing is coming from. "You want to die, you eldritch hump?!"
(9:47:22 PM) Nusquam: The LAV slowly makes its way to an empty spot amidst one of the rings of military vehicles, and the engine once again cuts out, revving and dying in time with the breathing, and the other vehicles.
(9:47:38 PM) DawnyWorks: "I can't…there's nothing I can do…"
(9:48:17 PM) Tom90deg: Simon looks at one of the bodies, and quickly looks it over, being careful not to touch anything.
(9:48:53 PM) Nusquam: Complexion is pale. Lips are blue. Breathing is far too slow. That's about all he can tell just by looking.
(9:49:15 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Midnight, give me some good news here. Please."
(9:49:17 PM) Tom90deg: "Guys? I don't think these bodies are dead…."
(9:49:21 PM) MisterFlames: "I dislike it when my magic gets twisted out of shape." Midnight snarls as well as talks, expressing her displeasure.
(9:49:42 PM) DawnyWorks: Jillian slumps a bit "Still alive?"
(9:49:51 PM) Tom90deg: "Not sure. Could just be animated…"
(9:50:00 PM) Tom90deg: "I'm really hesitant to touch it though."
(9:50:12 PM) Maddy: Alice clutches her necklace. "Y-you got gloves?"
(9:50:37 PM) Tom90deg: "Yah, but I'm not sure I'd trust a millimmeter of latex with something like this."
(9:51:17 PM) DawnyWorks: "They can't still be alive…"
(9:51:25 PM) E4D: <Shit. Again.> Jason climbs down out of the turret.
(9:51:48 PM) Yox|Laptop: "What the hell did I say about not disrupting the circle."
(9:52:23 PM) Maddy: "You got a b-better suggestion?"
(9:52:27 PM) Nusquam: Perception. Everyone who can see outside the LAV.
(9:52:33 PM) MisterFlames: "A little late now, considering we've driven through it."
(9:52:36 PM) Sophos: "Do you have one of those electronic heart monitors that you clip onto a finger?"
(9:52:36 PM) Maddy: 4df+2
(9:52:37 PM) Quidmore: Maddy: 3 (4df+2=+, +, 0, -)
(9:52:37 PM) MisterFlames: 4df+4
(9:52:39 PM) Tom90deg: Simon bends closer, still not touching, trying to see their jugular vein and if there's any movement at all.
(9:52:41 PM) DawnyWorks: 4df+4 driver
(9:52:41 PM) Quidmore: DawnyWorks: driver: 7 (4df+4=0, +, +, +)
(9:52:42 PM) Sophos: 4df+3 Goddamnit
(9:52:42 PM) Quidmore: Sophos: Goddamnit: 4 (4df+3=+, +, 0, -)
(9:52:46 PM) Tom90deg: 4df+2 Eye spy!
(9:52:46 PM) Quidmore: Tom90deg: Eye spy!: 2 (4df+2=-, 0, 0, +)
(9:52:50 PM) MisterFlames: 4df+4 Perception
(9:52:50 PM) Quidmore: MisterFlames: Perception: 6 (4df+4=+, +, +, -)
(9:52:50 PM) Yox|Laptop: 4df+6 Gun of omens! Give me sight beyond sight!
(9:52:51 PM) Quidmore: Yox|Laptop: Gun of omens! Give me sight beyond sight!: 8 (4df+6=+, +, +, -)
(9:53:09 PM) Sabitsuki: «*tsssch* - they die, je m’en fou. Really, how stupid do you - *tsssch*»
(9:53:39 PM) Yox|Laptop: Vance times his radio broadcast with the revving of the engines. «Tau! Come in!»
(9:53:55 PM) Maddy: "She can't fucking hear us."
(9:54:05 PM) Yox|Laptop: "The radios cut in when the engines rev."
(9:54:22 PM) Nusquam: Everyone but Simon can see the air in the center of the circle, about fifty feet off the ground, shimmer. It looks like heat shimmer, or would, if it wasn't so localized.
(9:54:29 PM) Yox|Laptop: "What if the problem was we weren't matching the revs before, 'cause we didn't know it?"
(9:54:36 PM) Sophos: "How dangerous would it be to honk the horn in Morse code?"
(9:54:51 PM) DawnyWorks: "What the fuck is thast?"
(9:54:51 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Guys, there's…something, in the air…"
(9:54:53 PM) DawnyWorks: that*
(9:55:10 PM) Sophos: "I see some shimmering…"
(9:55:31 PM) Maddy: Alice stays close to the LAV, ready to jump back on if need be.
(9:55:59 PM) Sabitsuki: «*tsssch* Here it comes, get your gu - *tsssch*»
(9:56:23 PM) Yox|Laptop: "There goes a perfectly good idea."
(9:56:32 PM) Sophos: Johnson holds up his gun
(9:56:36 PM) MisterFlames: Midnight attempts to analyze it, working on understanding what's twisting her spells and her magics.
(9:56:37 PM) Maddy: Alice sites her gun on the shimmer. "Guns!"
(9:56:39 PM) DawnyWorks: "I don't like how that sounds"
(9:56:50 PM) Yox|Laptop: Vance sights on the airshimmer, readying the M134.
(9:56:58 PM) Tom90deg: "Got a heartbeat here, but it may just be from whatever is making the engins rev…"
(9:58:22 PM) Ragazzo left the room (quit: Quit: http://www.mibbit.com ajax IRC Client).
(9:58:31 PM) Nusquam: As tendrils of shimmering air snake their way down from the cloud above, its core begins to darken, eventually turning jet black. The blackness snakes its way down the hundreds of tendrils, which tentatively prod the ground, as if searching for something.
(9:58:56 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Fuck. We really, really shouldn't be where we are. What if it comes poking us?"
(9:59:10 PM) E4D left the room.
(9:59:16 PM) Nusquam: The breathing and revving of engines stops.
(9:59:17 PM) Tom90deg: "Unless you want to run…the car is stuck…"
(9:59:32 PM) Yox|Laptop: "You got a better idea?"
(9:59:38 PM) Maddy: "Shhhh."
(10:00:09 PM) DawnyWorks: Jillian just sits in the driver's seat
(10:00:10 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Wait….it's quiet…"
(10:00:20 PM) Nusquam: One of the tendrils begins winding around one of the bodies near the center of the circle, retracting into the center of the circle with alarming speed.
(10:00:45 PM) MisterFlames: "Suggestion? It's feeding."
(10:00:56 PM) Yox|Laptop: Vance takes a harder grip on the minigun. "Sh-should we engage?"
(10:01:00 PM) Yox|Laptop: "/Can/ we engage?"
(10:01:03 PM) DawnyWorks: "I don't like this…"
(10:01:13 PM) Tom90deg: "I don't think it has something we can shoot…"
(10:01:15 PM) Nusquam: The others tendrils quickly begin following suit, systematically disassembling the circle, the bodies vanishing into the shimmering, whispy black core of the ethereal mass.
(10:01:28 PM) Tom90deg: Simon backs away from the body he was examining
(10:01:32 PM) Sophos: "DIRECTOR…?!"
(10:01:35 PM) Yox|Laptop: "….We probably should not be here. It's going to suck up the LAV."
(10:01:47 PM) Sophos: "We need orders!"
(10:01:52 PM) Tom90deg: "I think it's just going after bodies…"
(10:02:10 PM) Sophos: Johnson takes a step back.
(10:02:11 PM) Yox|Laptop: Vance drums his fingers. "Then what're the vehicles for…"
(10:02:18 PM) Nusquam: One of the tendrils impales the engine block of a car, lifting it with just as much ease as the bodies.
(10:02:28 PM) Tom90deg: "Never mind."
(10:02:58 PM) Sophos: "If John was here, he would suggest that we load up one of the cars with bombs and have them blow up when they're eaten."
(10:03:03 PM) Nusquam: Jill, perception.
(10:03:15 PM) DawnyWorks: 4df+4 fuck
(10:03:16 PM) Quidmore: DawnyWorks: fuck: 6 (4df+4=+, +, +, -)
(10:03:16 PM) Sophos: "It'd be the practical thing to do."
(10:03:17 PM) Tom90deg: "DO you have any bombs on you?"
(10:03:28 PM) Sophos: "I have a couple of DHEIs…"
(10:03:30 PM) Nusquam: You notice the LAV is currently turned off.
(10:04:23 PM) Sophos: "Is the LAV still inoperable? We should try to get out of here."
(10:04:24 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Jill, can you try the thing again? Maybe it's distracted now, can't control the vehicle."
(10:04:46 PM) Nusquam: Meanwhile, the bodies are being consumed with a steadily increasing speed, as are the vehicles.
(10:04:46 PM) Maddy: Alice flicks her gun from tendril to tendril, not really sure who to shoot at.
(10:05:01 PM) DawnyWorks: Jillian cranks the engine "Come one you dirty whore"
(10:05:15 PM) Nusquam: The LAV roars to life.
(10:05:20 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Yes! Thank god!"
(10:05:30 PM) DawnyWorks: "Fuck! In NOW!"
(10:05:37 PM) Maddy: Alice hears this. "Lets g-go" she jumps in.
(10:05:38 PM) Tom90deg: Simon jumps back in the LAV
(10:05:40 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Put this bitch into reverse and get us the hell out of here! Mount up!"
(10:05:52 PM) Sophos: Johnson motions everyone to get in and hops on last."
(10:05:56 PM) Sophos: "Go go go!"
(10:05:57 PM) Yox|Laptop: Vance's eyes are locked on the feeding monstrosity, minigun prepped for action.
(10:06:15 PM) Maddy: "C-Cemetery, now."
(10:06:17 PM) Nusquam: A viscous black fluid begins to drip from the center of the cloud. It pools beneath it before seeping into the ground, leaving no trace.
(10:06:21 PM) DawnyWorks: Jillian throws it into reverse and tears out, like a bat outta hell
(10:06:57 PM) Sophos: "I still think we should've blown it up."
(10:07:00 PM) Nusquam: The LAV quickly accelerates away from the circle, eventually breaching its outer perimeter.
(10:07:09 PM) DawnyWorks: "Go back and do it then"
(10:07:15 PM) Tom90deg: "How? It looks likd dense fog."
(10:07:27 PM) Yox|Laptop: "We can take care of it from here! Johnson! Get on the turret!"
(10:07:32 PM) Sophos: "I don't know. I guess I meant I wish we could've blown it up."
(10:07:37 PM) Sophos: "Damn, I sound like John now." :|
(10:07:38 PM) Maddy: "Don't w-waste ammo!"
(10:07:55 PM) Tom90deg: "And you might make it angry at us!"?
(10:08:12 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Look at that thing, Simon! It's angry already!"
(10:08:16 PM) Maddy: "Just g-get us t-to the cemetary, if Tau's there, we get her and g-get out."
(10:08:22 PM) DawnyWorks: "We're gone, fuck it"
(10:08:29 PM) Yox|Laptop: "No!"
(10:08:32 PM) MisterFlames: "I don't know if it's angry, more like it's hungry."
(10:08:32 PM) Maddy: "Thank you Jill."
(10:08:32 PM) DawnyWorks: Jillian heads to the cemetary
(10:08:57 PM) Maddy: "I'm n-not having us fight s-some unknown thing. W-we don't know what the fuck it is."
(10:09:04 PM) DawnyWorks: Jillian sighs "We girls gotta be the voice of reason some times"
(10:09:14 PM) Yox|Laptop: Vance quiets down and watches the monstrosity continue its horrible work.
(10:09:47 PM) Tom90deg: "What if she's not in the Cemetary?"
(10:09:56 PM) Maddy: "Then we l-leave."
(10:10:05 PM) Yox|Laptop: "We're not going to pick her up?"
(10:10:06 PM) Maddy: "And w-we say we tried."
(10:10:24 PM) Maddy: "We're going to t-try, listen when I talk."
(10:10:43 PM) Sabitsuki: The cemetery isn't far, only about 5 minutes. A handful of buildings surround the area, but only one spouts an epitaph in red paint: 'HERE'
(10:11:01 PM) Tom90deg: "Tau never was very subtle was she."
(10:11:02 PM) Sophos: "I guess we're here."
(10:11:08 PM) DawnyWorks: Jillian chews her lip and she drives
(10:11:09 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Looks like we've arrived."
(10:11:21 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Entry team?"
(10:11:24 PM) Sophos: "You should honk."
(10:11:34 PM) Maddy: "Get on the s-speaker."
(10:12:12 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Jill, I think that's you. I don't see anything up here looks like a speaker."
(10:12:24 PM) DawnyWorks: Jillian grabs the speaker "Ummm…Tau? You there?"
(10:13:18 PM) Sabitsuki: The door on the bottom floor of the building slams open, and two people saunter out. One in riot gear, and one who is missing a large part of her leg. The latter leans on the former.
(10:13:53 PM) Sophos: Johnson opens the door for them
(10:14:01 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Tau! Good to see you!"
(10:14:23 PM) Tom90deg: "Glad to see you're alive Tau. Who's your friend?"
(10:14:33 PM) Maddy: "Get in, w-we're leaving, introductions c-can come later."
(10:14:34 PM) DawnyWorks: "Can we leave this creepy ass place yet?"
(10:14:55 PM) Maddy: "Simon, t-take a look at her l-leg."
(10:15:11 PM) Tom90deg: "Right."
(10:15:26 PM) DawnyWorks: "Everyone in? Good"
(10:15:31 PM) Tom90deg: "Take a seat Tau, let me see what the damage is…"
(10:15:43 PM) Maddy: "Get us b-back to the Styker."
(10:15:53 PM) DawnyWorks: Jillian heads back to the little hole in the sand
(10:15:55 PM) Sabitsuki: The man in riot gear lays Tau against the wall of the LAV, and she falls into a seat. Tau doesn't say anything, just /glares/.
(10:15:56 PM) Doctor_Light [ten.tsacmoc.aw.1dsh.5300FD19-CRInys|tibbiM#ten.tsacmoc.aw.1dsh.5300FD19-CRInys|tibbiM] entered the room.
(10:16:21 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Okay. Avoid the center of town, if you please. I've had enough excitement there for a while."
(10:16:36 PM) Tom90deg: "Tau? Can I check your leg?"
(10:16:38 PM) Sophos: "Don't glare at us like that. We ran into a Cthulu. Got held up by traffic."
(10:17:10 PM) Sabitsuki: Tau's leg is a stump. Of clockwork. Loose gears occasionally fall off and *plunk* against the floor of the LAV.
(10:17:26 PM) Nusquam: The man in riot gear is sporting a thousand yard stare the whole way. The gear looks battered, to say the least. His Kevlar vest sports two small holes in its front, and is stained heavily with blood.
(10:17:38 PM) Sophos: Johnson picks up a gear and looks at it curiously
(10:17:42 PM) Maddy: "Ok…we'll have Kens l-look at your leg when we g-get to the Stryker."
(10:17:49 PM) Maddy: "That o-ok?"
(10:18:02 PM) Sabitsuki: "…Oui." Dripping venom.
(10:18:15 PM) Sabitsuki: The gear *whirrs* a bit in Johnson's hand.
(10:18:39 PM) Tom90deg: "Um…Huh. didn't know you had an artifical leg. Jillian may be able to help….And I think m wrist holster is kinda useles now. Maybe te parts'll come in handy?"
(10:18:44 PM) Nusquam: He takes a seat in the LAV, not paying attention to anything in particular.
(10:19:14 PM) Sabitsuki: "Drive, before my children attack."
(10:19:28 PM) DawnyWorks: "I'm driving, I'm driving"
(10:19:44 PM) Maddy: "S-sorry we took s-so long, we were only getting a p-partial message a-and Midn-night's magic w-was being fucked with." Alice motions to the kitty.
(10:19:59 PM) MisterFlames: Midnight finds a spot where she can watch, and curls up quietly. "Hello, by the way."
(10:20:06 PM) Tom90deg: "Your children?"
(10:20:20 PM) Sophos: Johnson tosses the gear at Tau
(10:20:29 PM) Nusquam: The man in riot gear turns, ever so slowly, to look at the talking cat.
(10:20:34 PM) Nusquam: He stares for a moment.
(10:20:48 PM) Nusquam: Then, ever so slowly, turns away again.
(10:20:51 PM) Sophos: "Everybody's suddenly a SCP." Johnson grumbles
(10:20:53 PM) Sabitsuki: She catches it. "Samil, a talking cat is by far the least strangest thing you've seen this week."
(10:21:01 PM) Maddy: "Like I s-said, introd-ductions can wait till w-we're sure we're safe."
(10:21:03 PM) DawnyWorks: "I'm not" Jillian keeps driving
(10:21:29 PM) Maddy: "N-nor am I, unless you c-count my s-son."
(10:21:49 PM) Sabitsuki: Gunner and spotter, perception.
(10:21:57 PM) Yox|Laptop: 4df+6 Spotter reporting
(10:21:58 PM) Quidmore: Yox|Laptop: Spotter reporting: 4 (4df+6=0, 0, -, -)
(10:22:16 PM) Sabitsuki: There's a crowd of about 50 people sprinting after the LAV.
(10:22:30 PM) Yox|Laptop: "FUCKING PUNCH IT!"
(10:22:35 PM) Yox|Laptop: "WE GOT A TAIL!"
(10:22:43 PM) Yox|Laptop: Vance spins around, sighting on the crowd.
(10:22:54 PM) Yox|Laptop: How fast and how close?
(10:22:58 PM) Sophos: "Is it Cthulu?"
(10:23:16 PM) Maddy: "Your c-children, I presume?" she looks at Tau. "Should w-we fire?"
(10:23:19 PM) DawnyWorks: Jillian jams the accelerator "I'm going as fast as I can"
(10:23:20 PM) Sabitsuki: They're slightly faster than the LAV at its current speed. Closing.
(10:23:20 PM) Yox|Laptop: "No, you dipshit! It's a group of about fifty or so fuckers! Damn, they're quick!"
(10:23:43 PM) Sabitsuki: Tau hesitates.
(10:23:45 PM) Sophos: "What do you expect me to do? Get X-ray vision and see through these windowless walls?"
(10:23:58 PM) Yox|Laptop: "PUNCH! IT!" Vance tightens up.
(10:24:28 PM) DawnyWorks: "Vance, yell at me again and I will fucking kill you. I'm going as fast as I can!"
(10:24:28 PM) Maddy: Alice doesn't wait for Tau's answer and climbs into the turret.
(10:25:31 PM) Yox|Laptop: "I'm a little stressed, since there's a buncha humps chasing us." Vance spares a look at Alice. "Open fire?"
(10:25:37 PM) Maddy: "Do it."
(10:26:00 PM) Yox|Laptop: 4df+5 Vance scythes the minigun across the front row of the mob and back, sending a hailstorm of bullets their way.
(10:26:00 PM) Quidmore: Yox|Laptop: Vance scythes the minigun across the front row of the mob and back, sending a hailstorm of bullets their way.: 7 (4df+5=-, +, +, +)
(10:26:15 PM) Sabitsuki: 4df+2
(10:26:16 PM) Quidmore: Sabitsuki: 3 (4df+2=-, 0, +, +)
(10:26:24 PM) Maddy: 4df+6
(10:26:25 PM) Quidmore: Maddy: 3 (4df+6=-, -, 0, -)
(10:26:39 PM) MisterFlames: Midnight tucks her head under her paws. God, that's *loud*.
(10:27:04 PM) Maddy: Turbo cowers in one of Jason's socks.
(10:27:29 PM) DawnyWorks: "It's okay Midnight"
(10:27:31 PM) Sabitsuki: Alice and Vance cut the crowd down. They all hit the floor, bleeding both blood and cogs. Vance + Alice might note their insides are both organic and mechanical.
(10:27:39 PM) Tom90deg: "Do those missiles fire backwards!?"
(10:27:53 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Some sort of hybrid. They're bleeding little cogs!"
(10:28:06 PM) Maddy: "N-not expending missiles if w-we can avoid it."
(10:28:17 PM) Sabitsuki: "Oh, my flock…my people…"
(10:28:24 PM) Maddy: "T-tau! How l-long are they going to chase?"
(10:28:33 PM) Sophos: Suddenly Johnson is worried about the gear he was holding a few minutes ago
(10:28:47 PM) Sophos: Johnson gives Tau a look
(10:28:48 PM) Yox|Laptop: Are they the same people who blocked their entrance into Alice Springs a while ago?
(10:29:19 PM) Sabitsuki: She puts her head in her hands. A few of the people do the zombie thing and start crawling, but they're too slow at this point.
(10:29:20 PM) Sabitsuki: yes
(10:29:38 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Good, we're breaking away." Vance breathes a sigh of relief.
(10:30:02 PM) Maddy: Alice heaves a sigh of relief.
(10:30:44 PM) Sophos: "……did you convert helpless civilians while you were here?"
(10:30:55 PM) Sabitsuki: You're heading south out of Alice Springs. The Stryker glints in the distance.
(10:31:23 PM) DawnyWorks: "I see Stryker"
(10:31:30 PM) Tom90deg: "We may want to move fast if they are going to follow us…Don't want to wake up and find they've gotten really close."
(10:31:54 PM) Maddy: "Tau, I ask again. W-will they follow us further?"
(10:32:24 PM) Sabitsuki: "Yes." She doesn't look up.
(10:32:29 PM) Ragazzo [ten.llebcap.10ntks.lsd.A853CC41-CRInys|tibbiM#ten.llebcap.10ntks.lsd.A853CC41-CRInys|tibbiM] entered the room.
(10:32:40 PM) Maddy: "Is there a w-way to stop them?"
(10:32:46 PM) Sophos: Johnson is now glaring at Tau. >:|
(10:32:49 PM) Dr_Kens: Kens is sitting in the back of the stryker, cleaning up some messes.
(10:33:04 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Mow 'em down, I guess."
(10:33:16 PM) Tom90deg: "We would soon run out of bullets."
(10:33:28 PM) Maddy: Alice nods to Simon, agreeing.
(10:33:46 PM) Yox|Laptop: "Simon, there were only like fifty of them. That's before I put a bunch of them down."
(10:33:53 PM) Tom90deg: "50 that you saw."
(10:33:55 PM) Sabitsuki: "…I can stop them."
(10:34:08 PM) Maddy: "What do you n-need to do?"
(10:34:31 PM) Maddy: "Anything w-we can do to conserve a-any supplies."
(10:34:41 PM) Sabitsuki: She sighs. "Give me a second." She closes her eyes and concentrates.
(10:35:52 PM) Sabitsuki: In the distance, there is a loud, mechanical scream, like the sound of nails being driven across a chalkboard. Tau starts to sweat.
(10:36:09 PM) Yox|Laptop: Vance covers his ears. "Aaaahhhhhhh…"
(10:36:25 PM) DawnyWorks: Jillian fights to keep consentration while driving
(10:36:28 PM) Maddy: Alice shivers a little.
(10:36:31 PM) Sophos: "……" >:|
(10:37:32 PM) Sabitsuki: She opens her eyes and pants a little. "It is done. Quel a été fixé a été brisé. Je suis un pécheur."