Coober Pedy and The Swarm

(7:21:04 PM) Nioki: Alanoch stares into the distance, the space in front of him showing an odd bulge-like distortion.
(7:21:45 PM) MisterFlames [||SD] entered the room.
(7:21:45 PM) mode (+o MisterFlames) by ChanServ
(7:21:51 PM) Doctor_Light [||alliztahc] entered the room.
(7:23:36 PM) Nioki left the room (quit: Connection reset by peer).
(7:23:50 PM) Dodridge: The town sits to their southeast, down Seventeen Mile Road. Down a waysm there appears to be a golf course.
(7:23:51 PM) Jillian [moc.noehtyar.F97808E5-CRInys|tibbiM#moc.noehtyar.F97808E5-CRInys|tibbiM] entered the room.
(7:23:56 PM) Maddy [~moc.sregor.elbac.ten.epc.7B5E93A2-CRInys|yddam#moc.sregor.elbac.ten.epc.7B5E93A2-CRInys|yddam] entered the room.
(7:24:19 PM) Dodridge: The town sits to their southeast, down Seventeen Mile Road. Down a waysm there appears to be a golf course.
(7:24:21 PM) MisterFlames: "You know, I wish there were a way for me to see things."
(7:24:32 PM) Tox|Laptop: "What do you mean?"
(7:25:01 PM) Maddy: <She can't s-see out.>
(7:25:16 PM) Nioki [~PI.610CB34E.8A18AB57.569897E|alliztahc#PI.610CB34E.8A18AB57.569897E|alliztahc] entered the room.
(7:25:50 PM) Jillian: Jillian puts Midnight on her shoulder "Hold tight"
(7:26:06 PM) Tox|Laptop: "Oh, right." Vance shakes his head. For that matter, neither can he, sitting in the crew compartment.
(7:26:26 PM) Dr_Kens: Kens doesn't care. He just cares about not dying from the nanobot pie.
(7:27:35 PM) You are now known as Vance
(7:27:55 PM) Dodridge: "We can put her up top. Not much danger there, unless we start popping off with the heavies. The concussion from the 25 mike mike might hurt her."
(7:28:07 PM) MisterFlames: Midnight settles on Jill
(7:28:23 PM) MisterFlames: Midnight settles on Jill's shoulder. "I'll be careful of the claws."
(7:29:01 PM) Dodridge: "Aight, Jill, it's all yours. You got the route loaded on BFT?"
(7:29:04 PM) Jillian: "It's okay, my top is think enough" Jillian smiles «She's good now»
(7:29:13 PM) Jillian: "Yeah, I got it up"
(7:29:39 PM) Dodridge: Jason pats Alice on the back before stepping out. "You got 'em."
(7:30:32 PM) Maddy: Alice nods.
(7:31:11 PM) Nioki: "What should I look for?"
(7:31:33 PM) Maddy: <Anything that l-look like it comes out of a n-novel, n-not a text book.>
(7:32:51 PM) Jillian: «We ready?» Jillian fires Eve up.
(7:33:04 PM) MisterFlames: "REady here." Midnight states.
(7:33:13 PM) Vance: «Ready.»
(7:33:20 PM) Nioki: "Okay."
(7:33:29 PM) Maddy: <Ready.>
(7:33:38 PM) Dr_Kens: «Good to go.»
(7:33:57 PM) Jillian: «Let's go then» Jillian starts down the road toward the gas station
(7:34:04 PM) Sabitsuki: «Let me know when.»
(7:35:47 PM) Dodridge: The LAV trundles past the golf course on the right, and McIntyre and Penna roads on the left, leading into thetown proper, passing a few small houses, and turnign into what appears to be a combined residential and small business district.
(7:35:47 PM) Maddy: <I f-figure as soon as w-we hit the gas station, t-turn one on so K-kens can test it out.>
(7:36:09 PM) Dr_Kens: Kens nods. «I've got my kit ready, so just give me a few minutes.»
(7:36:29 PM) Jillian: Jillian hums to herself while driving
(7:36:55 PM) Nioki: Alanoch scans the desert in front of him, using his powers like a telescope.
(7:37:13 PM) Vance: Vance flexes his hands on hie weapon, sighing.
(7:37:27 PM) Dodridge: Perception!
(7:37:42 PM) Vance: *his
(7:37:52 PM) Nioki: 4df+4 Illusion maneuver to boost perception.
(7:37:52 PM) Quidmore: Nioki: Illusion maneuver to boost perception.: 0 (4df+4=-, -, -, -)
(7:37:56 PM) Nioki: …Nope.
(7:38:10 PM) Jillian: everyone?
(7:38:13 PM) Maddy: 4df+6 spotter
(7:38:13 PM) Quidmore: Maddy: spotter: 5 (4df+6=+, -, 0, -)
(7:38:22 PM) Nioki: 4df+4 Perception.
(7:38:23 PM) Quidmore: Nioki: Perception.: 3 (4df+4=-, -, +, 0)
(7:38:36 PM) Jillian: 4df+2 driver
(7:38:36 PM) Quidmore: Jillian: driver: -1 (4df+2=-, 0, -, -)
(7:39:13 PM) Dr_Kens: Kens can't see.
(7:39:19 PM) Maddy: <W-watch out for F-flat Hill road. T-that's where we're headed.>
(7:39:33 PM) Jillian: «Rog»
(7:40:17 PM) Dodridge: Alice and Al spots the turn on their right. A short ways past is a cul-de-sec. Ther'es obviously no activity. Alice would note there are no animal sounds.
(7:41:03 PM) Maddy: <This is s-spooky as hell. N-no animals t-that I can hear…b-but there's the turn.>
(7:41:13 PM) Jillian: Jillian turns!
(7:41:41 PM) Vance: "Shouldn't there at least be animals running around?"
(7:41:56 PM) Dodridge: The LAV wheels around like a big ol' bear, heading down Flat Hill road.
(7:42:17 PM) Maddy: <Not if they've b-been liquified.>
(7:43:17 PM) Vance: Vance shudders. "Ugh, please, don't even. It was bad enough when I recognized what the puddle in the gas station was."
(7:43:35 PM) Maddy: <Yeah yeah, l-let's g-get this over w-with, ok?
(7:43:54 PM) Dodridge: Alice and Alanoch can both make out the gas station south by the bypass.
(7:44:31 PM) Nioki: "Building. Should I look closer?"
(7:44:55 PM) Maddy: <And t-there's out objective…if y-you could, j-just in case.>
(7:45:10 PM) Nioki: 4df+4 Illusion maneuver. Quidmore…
(7:45:11 PM) Quidmore: Nioki: Illusion maneuver. Quidmore…: 3 (4df+4=-, -, 0, +)
(7:45:19 PM) Dodridge: He succeeds.
(7:45:29 PM) Nioki: The space in front of him distorts as he looks.
(7:45:39 PM) Nioki: 4df+8 Spotter+Maneuver=
(7:45:40 PM) Quidmore: Nioki: Spotter+Maneuver=: 6 (4df+8=-, -, 0, 0)
(7:47:42 PM) Dodridge: He can see nothing of note in the gas station. The windows are all intact, and a single RV sits out back. One of the doors is jammed open, probably broken by Vance and Kens' flight. No movement can be seen inside.
(7:48:48 PM) Maddy: <W-what we got, Alanoch?>
(7:48:55 PM) Nioki: "Nothing's moving. There's a big square car thing behind it. One of the doors is open."
(7:49:37 PM) Maddy: <A c-camper? N-niiiice…l-lets go.>
(7:49:44 PM) Dodridge: *doors to the station, sorry*
(7:50:02 PM) Vance: "Sounds good."
(7:50:02 PM) Nioki: "…I could probably show you."
(7:50:16 PM) Vance: "Hey, if you could, that'd be nice."
(7:50:25 PM) Jillian: «Please, not me»
(7:50:49 PM) Maddy: <W-well we're going over there, s-so don't waste your energy j-just yet.>
(7:50:50 PM) Nioki: "Um. Not if you're inside, though. That'd be… I could probably do it but it'd be a lot harder."
(7:51:17 PM) Vance: "Oh."
(7:51:21 PM) Maddy: <P-park her out f-front.>
(7:51:21 PM) Jillian: «I do not wish to see, thank you»
(7:51:31 PM) Maddy: <You don't w-want to see an RV?>
(7:51:56 PM) Jillian: «Not if he's distorting visual fields while I'm driving»
(7:52:07 PM) CondorTalon [~moc.sregor.elbac.ten.epc.4DCF5DB1-CRInys|resu#moc.sregor.elbac.ten.epc.4DCF5DB1-CRInys|resu] entered the room.
(7:52:32 PM) CondorTalon left the room (quit: Client exited).
(7:52:58 PM) Maddy: <Well like I said, w-we're going over there, j-just park her o-out front and w-we can look at it o-ourselves.>
(7:53:20 PM) Jillian: Jillian pulls up and parks «We're here»
(7:53:23 PM) CondorTalon [~moc.sregor.elbac.ten.epc.4DCF5DB1-CRInys|resu#moc.sregor.elbac.ten.epc.4DCF5DB1-CRInys|resu] entered the room.
(7:53:41 PM) Maddy: <T-tau? Turn one on.>
(7:56:04 PM) Sabitsuki: «EMP Generator Castor One…coming online.»
(7:56:14 PM) Dodridge: Roll tech?
(7:56:24 PM) Sabitsuki: 4df+4
(7:56:25 PM) Quidmore: Sabitsuki: 5 (4df+4=-, 0, +, +)
(7:56:33 PM) Dodridge: 1d2
(7:56:33 PM) Quidmore: Dodridge: 1 (1d2=1)
(7:57:07 PM) Dodridge: There's a loud *BANG* and a thunderous reverbation inside the LAV, and the vehicle shuts down.
(7:57:22 PM) Jillian: "FUCK!"
(7:57:26 PM) Maddy: <Shit…was that s-suposed to happen?>
(7:57:29 PM) Vance: "Ow! What — did the EMP just fry us?"
(7:57:40 PM) Jillian: «Fuckfuckfuck»
(7:57:49 PM) Nioki: "Um. That means it's working, right?"
(7:57:51 PM) Maddy: <Ok, ok, c-calm down.>
(7:57:58 PM) Dr_Kens: "Fu-" He holds his kit. Okay, glass isn't broken.
(7:58:19 PM) Vance: "Well, s'pose it's time to see if it worked."
(7:58:23 PM) Maddy: <T-tau?>
(7:58:31 PM) Sabitsuki: «No. Too effective, I think. Goverment hardened EPL isn't good enough it seems.»
(7:58:32 PM) MisterFlames: "This is not comforting," Midnight says, her ears flattened.
(7:58:44 PM) Sabitsuki: «*sigh*»
(7:58:47 PM) Jillian: ~I'm sorry girl~
(7:59:09 PM) MisterFlames: ~It's all right. I just really hate loud noises.~
(7:59:11 PM) Maddy: <Fuck, n-now what?>
(7:59:13 PM) Jillian: «What's going on Tau?»
(8:00:56 PM) Sabitsuki: «It's too powerful. Castor messed with the LAV. On the bright side, the nanobots shouldn't come within a mile of us. Hold on, lemme power it down and see if the LAV will restart…»
(8:01:14 PM) Maddy: <Jill, c-can you…I don't know j-jiggle the cord?>
(8:01:22 PM) Jillian: "Comeonbabycomeonbabycomeonbaby"
(8:01:53 PM) Jillian: «Jiggle the…what?» Jillian takes a breath «That's not how it works Alice>
(8:01:53 PM) Nioki: Alanoch peeks through the gas station's window.
(8:02:06 PM) Maddy: <L-leave it on Tau. And I didn't m-mean litterally.>
(8:02:22 PM) Maddy: <I m-meant…like you know when a fuse blows in a h-house?>
(8:02:30 PM) Maddy: <Does t-this have something l-like that?>
(8:02:54 PM) Jillian: «I can…check the fuses…»
(8:03:08 PM) Sabitsuki: «*cough*»
(8:03:13 PM) Sabitsuki: «Erm. Heh.»
(8:03:16 PM) Maddy: <Do t-that then.>
(8:03:25 PM) Vance: «What is it, Tau?»
(8:03:32 PM) Dr_Kens: "In the mean time, can I go sample some of the goo, to see if anything's still active?"
(8:03:42 PM) Maddy: <Right, V-vance, cover Kens.>
(8:03:49 PM) Sabitsuki: «Nothing. Nothing. Disregard.»
(8:03:56 PM) Waxx [moc.rr.ser.oen.1F7C9A8-CRInys|xxaW#moc.rr.ser.oen.1F7C9A8-CRInys|xxaW] entered the room.
(8:04:10 PM) Vance: «Understood.»
(8:04:17 PM) Jillian: «Did you /break/ Eve?» Jillian's voice has a bit of edge
(8:04:20 PM) Dr_Kens: Kens pops out of a hatch and gets on the ground.
(8:04:21 PM) Vance: Vance debarks with Kens.
(8:04:32 PM) Dr_Kens: "Alright, let's go for where we were before."
(8:04:45 PM) Dr_Kens: Kens leads Vance back to the gas station shed.
(8:04:48 PM) Maddy: Alice sighs. <Can w-we fight over w-who broke what l-later and fix it f-first?>
(8:05:00 PM) Vance: "Why are we going back over here? This isn't where we went before."
(8:05:03 PM) Jillian: Jillian unbuckles "Midnight, I'll be back in a few" She hops out with her tool belt and mutters to herself.
(8:05:15 PM) Jillian: 4df+4 come on baby
(8:05:15 PM) Quidmore: Jillian: come on baby: 3 (4df+4=-, +, -, 0)
(8:05:28 PM) Dr_Kens: Vance knows what I mean.
(8:05:29 PM) Dodridge: What's she doing?
(8:05:41 PM) Jillian: trying to see what's wrong and fix that shit
(8:05:50 PM) Sabitsuki: «No, no, nothing is broken…that can't be replaced…»
(8:06:08 PM) *Vance and Kens push into the gas station proper, and swing around the counter. The goop still stares at them, I presume?
(8:06:08 PM) Dr_Kens: 4df+4 perception any spots of goop?
(8:06:08 PM) Quidmore: Dr_Kens: perception any spots of goop?: 3 (4df+4=+, -, -, 0)
(8:06:15 PM) Vance: 4df+3 Lessee!
(8:06:16 PM) Quidmore: Vance: Lessee!: 1 (4df+3=-, -, 0, 0)
(8:06:28 PM) Maddy: <G-good, I'm not keen on b-being here longer t-than necessary.>
(8:06:35 PM) Maddy: <EMP o-or not.>
(8:06:40 PM) Dodridge: She pops the ECM panel, and, lo and behold, the vehicle locked out and shut itself down; a bank of breakers are flipped to the "open" position.
(8:07:10 PM) Nioki: 4df+4 Perception. Alanoch helps search.
(8:07:10 PM) Quidmore: Nioki: Perception. Alanoch helps search.: 2 (4df+4=-, 0, -, 0)
(8:07:25 PM) Jillian: "Should be simple enough…" roll again to fix, or no?
(8:07:42 PM) Maddy: <W-what's the d-damage, Jill?>
(8:07:43 PM) Nioki: It would help if he knew what to look for.
(8:07:46 PM) Dodridge: It's not hard to find the spot they looked for yesterday, but… there's nothing there. No puddle, no rifle…
(8:07:51 PM) Vance: "…"
(8:07:56 PM) *
Vance looks at Kens.
(8:08:12 PM) Sabitsuki: «Need to lower the output on the other one, so it doesn't activate the defenses…hm…»
(8:08:13 PM) Dodridge: For Jill, it's a simple matter of flipping the switches back up.
(8:08:14 PM) Jillian: «Nothing bad, just a short protection»
(8:08:21 PM) Vance: «Guys, there's nothing. No goop, no rifle, it's gone.»
(8:08:26 PM) Dr_Kens: "Well. Fuck."
(8:08:28 PM) Maddy: «What.»
(8:08:40 PM) Jillian: Jillian flips the switches «We should be good»
(8:08:50 PM) Maddy: «I…I don't…»
(8:09:24 PM) Vance: «Don't ask me, I'm just saying what I see.» "Fuck!"
(8:09:32 PM) Dodridge: Several beeps and whirrs can be hears as the FBCB2 and fire control systems come back online.
(8:09:37 PM) Dr_Kens: "Well, at the very least, we should sample the fuel, see if we can use it.
(8:09:40 PM) Dr_Kens: "
(8:09:50 PM) Maddy: «W-wait, Jill, wont they j-just s-short out when we p-power up n-number two?>
(8:10:03 PM) Vance: "S'pose so. You wanna use your glassware kit or should I grab somethin' else?"
(8:10:07 PM) Jillian: "That's my girl" Jillian smiles. «Not if we shut her down»
(8:10:48 PM) Jillian: Jillian hops back in and puwers Eve down. «Now she's fixed, but shut down»
(8:11:02 PM) Jillian: powers*
(8:11:15 PM) Maddy: «Ok. S-shut her down for n-now. K-kens, c-can you make s-sure the fuel's c-clean?»
(8:11:17 PM) *Vance grabs a bottle of water and empties it. "We'll use this. Now let's see if we can get into the fuel tanks."
(8:11:36 PM) Dr_Kens: "No. That plastic's oil-based. It'll be contaminated. I'll use my test tube."
(8:12:06 PM) *
Vance drops the bottle, then. "Alright."
(8:12:19 PM) Dr_Kens: Kens pulls out a test tube, and loops some string around the rim.
(8:12:26 PM) Maddy: «Hello?»
(8:12:29 PM) Dr_Kens: "Help me open this hatch to the fuel tank."
(8:12:36 PM) Dodridge: Perception.
(8:12:39 PM) Vance: «We're on it.»
(8:12:44 PM) Vance: 4df+3 PER
(8:12:44 PM) Quidmore: Vance: PER: 1 (4df+3=-, +, -, -)
(8:12:46 PM) Jillian: 4df+2
(8:12:47 PM) Quidmore: Jillian: 2 (4df+2=0, -, 0, +)
(8:12:47 PM) Dr_Kens: 4df+4 perception
(8:12:48 PM) Maddy: «Thanks.»
(8:12:48 PM) Quidmore: Dr_Kens: perception: 7 (4df+4=+, +, 0, +)
(8:12:52 PM) Nioki: 4df+4
(8:12:52 PM) Quidmore: Nioki: 3 (4df+4=+, -, 0, -)
(8:12:55 PM) Maddy: 4df+4 gunner
(8:12:55 PM) Quidmore: Maddy: gunner: 2 (4df+4=-, 0, -, 0)
(8:13:14 PM) Nioki: 4df+6 Spotter Bugger I keep forgetting.
(8:13:14 PM) Quidmore: Nioki: Spotter Bugger I keep forgetting.: 5 (4df+6=0, 0, -, 0)
(8:13:17 PM) Laito [~ten.labolgcbs.ligchc.lsd.3709BE46-CRInys|sirhc#ten.labolgcbs.ligchc.lsd.3709BE46-CRInys|sirhc] entered the room.
(8:14:15 PM) Dodridge: Kens spots the rifle he dropped before laying underneath the RV as he works.
(8:14:35 PM) Dr_Kens: "Hrm. Vance, My rifle's over there. Under the RV."
(8:14:54 PM) Vance: "Huh?" He looks. "Well. That's not a good sign, I don't think."
(8:15:05 PM) Dr_Kens: "Finish opening up the hatch. I'll be right back." Kens walks over to the RV and looks under, closer.
(8:15:25 PM) Vance: "We'll investigate when we're done with — ugh." Vance wrestles with the hatch.
(8:15:32 PM) Dodridge: He notices that there is no scrub grassleading from the pavement to the rifle.
(8:15:36 PM) Dodridge: The hatch pops open!
(8:15:48 PM) Vance: "Got it."
(8:16:10 PM) Dr_Kens: "I'll be right there…strange, it's like the rifle just dropped here…"
(8:16:43 PM) *Vance turns and looks. "Things don't just get up and walk out of the lobby, over underneath an RV."
(8:16:47 PM) Dr_Kens: Kens looks for a stick to try and poke the rifle out.
(8:17:41 PM) Maddy: Alice drums in her knees. <T-this is taking w-way too long…>
(8:18:05 PM) Jillian: «Can we just get a fuel sample?»
(8:18:13 PM) Nioki: "Should we look in the building?"
(8:18:21 PM) Dr_Kens: Kens sighs, and walks back to the open fuel hatch.
(8:18:24 PM) Vance: «Hang on, guys, Kens found where his rifle went, so he's going to poke it with a stick. I can't do anything with the fuel until he cuts that shit out.»
(8:18:24 PM) Dr_Kens: «Sample coming up.»
(8:18:29 PM) Vance: «Nevermind.»
(8:19:02 PM) Dr_Kens: Kens puts on two layers of disposable gloves, and drops the test-tube on a string into the fuel tank.
(8:19:34 PM) Maddy: «Come on g-guys…>
(8:19:44 PM) Dr_Kens: Once the test tube is filled, he pulls it back up via the string, and then holds it with the test tube holder. He pours out half of it, and puts in some biological sampling chemicals to test the nanobots.
(8:20:41 PM) Dr_Kens: 4df+4 Mechanical Engineering - Any nanobot response?
(8:20:41 PM) Quidmore: Dr_Kens: Mechanical Engineering - Any nanobot response?: 3 (4df+4=+, -, -, 0)
(8:22:08 PM) Dodridge: There's nothing to indicate anything was ever in the tanks.
(8:22:35 PM) Dr_Kens: Kens grins. «Seems like the fuel's clean, guys.»
(8:23:02 PM) Sabitsuki: «If we do get a sample of the nanobots, I would like to study them for later.»
(8:23:15 PM) Jillian: «Sweet, I need fuel anyway»
(8:23:17 PM) Sabitsuki: «A more specialized counter measure would be very useful.»
(8:23:43 PM) Vance: «RV's off-limits for right now, I should think - I don't like that Kens' rifle managed to get underneath it, and there's also no grass in a line leading from the pad to the rifle.»
(8:24:55 PM) Jillian: «Thank you Vance for making decisions for our team leader»
(8:25:12 PM) Dr_Kens: Kens snrks, as he cleans off his gear.
(8:25:47 PM) *
Vance chafes a bit. «I'm just saying.»
(8:25:52 PM) Maddy: «N-no grass?»
(8:26:14 PM) Dr_Kens: «Correct. No grass was bent, no evidence of it being slid across.»
(8:26:17 PM) Vance: «No grass, in a more or less straight line, pad to rifle.»
(8:26:29 PM) Maddy: «M-my guess t-then, o-ooze pile crawled t-that way.»
(8:26:59 PM) MisterFlames: "That is odd," Midnight says. "Ugh… Dusty and some of our friends once fought an ooze monster in Reno."
(8:27:04 PM) *Vance shudders. «Lovely. Should we check out the RV or just leave it?»
(8:27:42 PM) Maddy: «K-kens, come b-back, J-jill? C-can you head to the RV w-with Vance and c-check her out?»
(8:27:46 PM) MisterFlames: "Tau, you said the pulse should make the area free of nanobots?"
(8:27:59 PM) Dr_Kens: «Copy, returning to EVE.»
(8:28:08 PM) Dr_Kens: Kens packs up and walks back to EVE.
(8:28:10 PM) Jillian: «Rog» Jillian sighs and steps out, rifle in hand "Let's kick this pig"
(8:28:11 PM) Sabitsuki: «It'd repulse them, yes.»
(8:28:41 PM) Maddy: «Tau, hit number t-two.»
(8:28:55 PM) Vance: "Right." Vance steps up to the RV's door with Jill. "How d'you want to do it? I open the door, you cover?"
(8:29:24 PM) Jillian: "I don't care, however"
(8:30:01 PM) Vance: "Alright." Vance stands to one side of the door and opens it, before peering inside.
(8:30:19 PM) Jillian: Jillian has her rifle at the ready
(8:30:38 PM) Dodridge: There's… nothing.
(8:30:43 PM) Sabitsuki: «EMP Generator Pollux Two…»
(8:30:49 PM) Sabitsuki: 4df+4
(8:30:49 PM) Quidmore: Sabitsuki: 4 (4df+4=-, +, +, -)
(8:31:10 PM) Dodridge: *BANG* The LAV dies again.
(8:31:18 PM) Sabitsuki: «Good lord.»
(8:31:23 PM) Vance: "…Huh." He steps up onto the stairs, advancing inside, sweeping his rifle.
(8:31:27 PM) Jillian: «Stop breaking my vehicles!»
(8:31:28 PM) Dr_Kens: «Damn, Tau.»
(8:31:43 PM) Dodridge: 1d2
(8:31:44 PM) Quidmore: Dodridge: 2 (1d2=2)
(8:32:48 PM) Sabitsuki: «I have severely underestimated some things, it seems. Check the ECM panel again, Jillian.»
(8:33:02 PM) Maddy: Disregard the LAV dieing
(8:34:03 PM) Maddy: «You s-see anything fucked, g-get the hell out of there. I d-don
(8:34:17 PM) Maddy: *Don't n-need friends m-melting.»
(8:35:02 PM) Vance: «I don't see anything out of the ordinary. …Which is itself out of the ordinary.» He steps cautiously into the interior of the RV.
(8:35:14 PM) Jillian: «Rog» Jillian walks up the steps after Vance
(8:35:22 PM) Laito: Artemis shifts near Tau.
(8:36:01 PM) Sabitsuki: Tau mumbles and fiddles with Pollux, the second generator.
(8:36:02 PM) Vance: 4df+3 Vance looks carefully for anything out of the ordinary, anything of note in the interior of the RV.
(8:36:03 PM) Quidmore: Vance: Vance looks carefully for anything out of the ordinary, anything of note in the interior of the RV.: 2 (4df+3=-, -, +, 0)
(8:36:18 PM) Nioki: Alanoch stays in the spotter's seat, watching. Judging by the way the light in front of him splits, he's watching several places at once.
(8:38:32 PM) Dodridge: They spot nothing. It looks pretty normal here.
(8:38:47 PM) Jillian: Jillian shrugs "Let's go back"
(8:39:02 PM) Vance: "Yeah."
(8:39:22 PM) Vance: Vance follows Jill out of the RV, heading back. «Looks clear, Alice.»
(8:39:24 PM) Jillian: «RV is clear, headed back» Jillian walks back to Eve
(8:39:30 PM) Maddy: «T-think you can fix it, Jill?»
(8:39:43 PM) Jillian: «The RV?»
(8:39:51 PM) Maddy: «Yes.»
(8:40:16 PM) Jillian: «I guess I could try» Jillian doubles back and looks it over «Would be nice to have a shower…»
(8:40:43 PM) *
Vance covers Jill as she sets to work.
(8:40:58 PM) Jillian: "Okay baby, tell me your secrets…" Jillian pops the hood.
(8:41:01 PM) MisterFlames: "Should we tow it back, or work on it here?"
(8:41:28 PM) Jillian: 4df+4 work
(8:41:28 PM) Quidmore: Jillian: work: 4 (4df+4=0, 0, 0, 0)
(8:41:39 PM) Maddy: <Well, i-if the EMP is w-working, the r-rest of the team's g-going to be here s-soon. No r-reason to tow it back.>
(8:42:36 PM) Jillian: "Vance, go check and see if the keys are in the ignition"
(8:43:03 PM) Vance: "Got it." Vance steps back into the RV and makes his way forward to the drivers' area.
(8:43:07 PM) Vance: He looks for keys!
(8:44:01 PM) Dodridge: She tightens up what she can, and, well, generally makes sure it's in decent working order.
(8:44:20 PM) Dr_Kens: "Hey, Alice, can I look around, see if I can figure out why the nanobots just…disappearead?"
(8:44:35 PM) Dodridge: They're dangling from the rearview. You'd have to be an idiot to miss them. Roll perception, Vance.
(8:44:48 PM) Vance: 4df+3 PER
(8:44:49 PM) Quidmore: Vance: PER: 4 (4df+3=+, +, -, 0)
(8:45:13 PM) Dodridge: He spots the keys easily, being attached to a pair of fuzzy dice.
(8:45:14 PM) Maddy: <Uhh…s-sure. Artemis? C-can you go with him?>
(8:45:34 PM) Maddy: <D-don't wander t-too far.>
(8:45:45 PM) Vance: "Alright, let's see here." «Jill, back away from the hood, I'm going to try to fire it up.»
(8:46:11 PM) Vance: He snatches the keys from the rearview and slips them into the ignition.
(8:46:16 PM) Dr_Kens: "I won't." Kens hops out with his kit again, poking around. Dodridge, what else is there, besides the gas station and the RV?
(8:46:28 PM) Jillian: Jillian takes a few steps back, muttering to herself.
(8:46:39 PM) Jillian: «Clear»
(8:46:49 PM) *Vance twists the keys, engaging the engine.
(8:48:25 PM) Laito: Artemis nods.
(8:48:26 PM) Dodridge: On the other side of the road, to the east, there appears to be an open lot with a trailer. To his south is Stuart highway, heading east.
(8:48:45 PM) Dr_Kens: > go east
(8:49:28 PM) Dr_Kens: Kens heads eastward towards the open lot with a trailer, looking for signs of puddle people.
(8:49:29 PM) Dodridge: Does he look both ways before crossing the street?
(8:49:37 PM) Laito: Artemis follows as requested.
(8:49:57 PM) Dr_Kens: Yes
(8:50:19 PM) Dodridge: What a futile effort and waste of energy. There's no traffic, Kens. Dumbass.
(8:50:33 PM) Sabitsuki: rude
(8:50:35 PM) Dodridge: Perception!
(8:50:58 PM) *
Vance stops the key right before it trips the starter. "Waaait a second."
(8:51:22 PM) Jillian: "Yes?"
(8:51:37 PM) Dr_Kens: 4df+4 Lookan, smartass.
(8:51:37 PM) Quidmore: Dr_Kens: Lookan, smartass.: 3 (4df+4=-, +, -, 0)
(8:51:40 PM) Laito: 4df+3 Read the description of Survival. It works, i swear.
(8:51:40 PM) Vance: "If I start this thing with the EMP gennies up, it'll just blow the damn starter."
(8:51:41 PM) Quidmore: Laito: Read the description of Survival. It works, i swear.: 3 (4df+3=+, -, -, +)
(8:51:47 PM) Nioki: 4df+6 Spotter.
(8:51:47 PM) Quidmore: Nioki: Spotter.: 6 (4df+6=+, +, -, -)
(8:51:52 PM) Maddy: 4df+4
(8:51:52 PM) Quidmore: Maddy: 2 (4df+4=0, -, -, 0)
(8:52:02 PM) Jillian: "What does that teach us?"
(8:52:10 PM) Jillian: 4df
(8:52:10 PM) Quidmore: Jillian: -3 (4df=-, 0, -, -)
(8:52:26 PM) Maddy: Jill can't see because she's facepalming at Vance.
(8:52:33 PM) Vance: "Be aware of our surroundings and what's going on. Jesus."
(8:53:00 PM) Jillian: "No. Don't tell the mechanic to back up before she gives the clear to start the damn thing."
(8:53:13 PM) Vance: "…Oh."
(8:53:17 PM) Dodridge: Everything's clear by Al's position, Alice picks up nothing on the guncam, Jillian has a sudden headache, and Vance should feel incredibly guilty. Artemis and Kens however…
(8:53:20 PM) Vance: "Uhh, that too."
(8:53:38 PM) CondorTalon left the room (quit: Client exited).
(8:53:41 PM) Dodridge: *They* discover grassless tracks heading away from the LAV in seemingly random directions.
(8:53:56 PM) Jillian: Jillian sighs «I'm smoking a cigarette»
(8:54:18 PM) Dr_Kens: «WELP. Looks like something's moved away from the LAV recently. There are tracks leading away.»
(8:54:29 PM) Vance: «This is not comforting.»
(8:54:44 PM) Vance: «Sorry, Jill.»
(8:54:53 PM) Maddy: «N-no, it means the bots l-left, w-which means the EMP is w-working»
(8:55:01 PM) Maddy: «P-plenty comforting.»
(8:55:03 PM) Jillian: «Could it have just been the nanobots after the EMP sta…nevermind»
(8:55:06 PM) Laito: Artemis stoops down to study the tracks.
(8:55:42 PM) Jillian: Jillian lights a cigarette ant /throws/ the pack at Vance
(8:55:56 PM) Vance: «Mm.»
(8:56:03 PM) Maddy: «S-shall we c-call our f-friends?»
(8:56:15 PM) Jillian: «Do it, I want a damn shower»
(8:56:17 PM) Dr_Kens: «Sounds safe enough…but look, there's no wood for me to knock.»
(8:56:55 PM) Maddy: «J-jason? Hey, c-can you hear me?»
(8:58:02 PM) Dodridge: «Send your traffic.»
(8:59:01 PM) Maddy: «Looks l-like the EMP w-worked, t-there are t-trails that m-make us think t-the p-pools of nano g-goop left. F-fuel's clean a-and there's an RV here.»
(9:02:00 PM) Dodridge: «Copy. You want us to bring it on in?»
(9:04:29 PM) Dodridge: [Maddy?]
(9:04:46 PM) Maddy: «S-sounds good to m-me, hun.»
(9:05:14 PM) Dodridge: «Copy, inbound.»
(9:05:32 PM) Jillian left the room (quit: Quit: ajax IRC Client).
(9:05:52 PM) Maddy: Alice things for a second. <Tau, s-since the EMP is a-already on, it's s-safe for the rest of the t-team to head in r-right?>
(9:06:48 PM) Dr_Kens: [[brb]]
(9:07:04 PM) Maddy: «K-kens, Art, J-jill and Vance, C-come back to the LAV please. T-the team's on t-the way.»
(9:07:10 PM) Vance: «Copy.»
(9:07:30 PM) Vance: Vance leaves the RV, glancing briefly at Jillian before returning to the LAV.
(9:07:31 PM) MisterFlames: "I'm already here," Midnight says.
(9:07:50 PM) Maddy: <T-that you are Miss Kitty.>
(9:08:56 PM) Sabitsuki: «No. If we're going to stay in town, we need to find a place to stay so I can install the generators there.»
(9:10:04 PM) Maddy: «I b-believe there's a h-hotel, b-but I just meant t-they're going to stop here, f-fuel up etc.»
(9:10:42 PM) Nioki: Alanoch just keeps watching. For anything, really.
(9:10:46 PM) Dodridge: «SCENE.»