Port Augusta and the Will o' the Wisps

(8:25:56 PM) E4D: <Run outta *what* shit, Shank?>
(8:26:04 PM) Sabitsuki: Tau pulls up to the first of Eyre gas stations and parks after a short drive.
(8:26:10 PM) Dexanote: "Blue Demons."
(8:26:24 PM) Dexanote: "They don' grow on trees, i know that for a fact."
(8:26:34 PM) Maddy: <W-what's your point?>
(8:26:46 PM) Laito [~moc.retrahc.om.slts.pchd.4571CD79-CRInys|sirhc#moc.retrahc.om.slts.pchd.4571CD79-CRInys|sirhc] entered the room.
(8:27:00 PM) DawnyWorks [moc.noehtyar.3CAB178D-CRInys|tibbiM#moc.noehtyar.3CAB178D-CRInys|tibbiM] entered the room.
(8:27:04 PM) Dexanote: "Jus a stupid soundin fixation."
(8:27:56 PM) Maddy: <If s-she likes them, w-why would running out stop her from having them? N-not like leaving them alone would m-make more appear.> She hops out, going to fill the tanks.
(8:28:13 PM) E4D: <Those things are good as fuck. Help keep you awake, too. Hell, just about any energy drink's popular with military types.>
(8:28:25 PM) Dexanote: "I don' drink, prolly somethin lost in translation."
(8:28:27 PM) Sabitsuki: «Might wanna check the counter, too. Grab chips and things like that.»
(8:28:31 PM) Dexanote: "Or sleep for that matter."
(8:29:05 PM) Maddy: «G-good idea.»
(8:29:35 PM) Laito: Depending on what Tau is driving, Artemis may be in the co-pilot/shotgun seat.
(8:30:20 PM) Sabitsuki: it's Eve
(8:30:28 PM) E4D: He's sitting in the back, with Shank.
(8:30:53 PM) Maddy: Alice fills the tanks, then heads into the store to check for stuff.
(8:31:27 PM) Sabitsuki: Perception, Alice
(8:31:38 PM) E4D: <Shit, Alice.> Jason calls down. <Shank, hit the button? Go it with her?>
(8:31:46 PM) E4D: <Artemis? You, too.>
(8:31:51 PM) Laito: Oh, this is nice. What does Shank look like currently?
(8:31:58 PM) Maddy: 4df+3
(8:31:58 PM) Quidmore: Maddy: 3 (4df+3=0, -, 0, +)
(8:32:08 PM) Sabitsuki: 1d2
(8:32:08 PM) Quidmore: Sabitsuki: 2 (1d2=2)
(8:32:08 PM) Dexanote: Police head thing still
(8:32:35 PM) Dexanote: http://after-action.wikidot.com/local--files/art/chainshank3.png
(8:32:35 PM) Sabitsuki: The store looks largely untouched. As Alice enters, something falls over with a metallic crash in the back, near the alcohol.
(8:33:06 PM) Maddy: She freezes in the spot. «S-something's moving in here.»
(8:34:31 PM) Dexanote: «Whazzit?»
(8:35:17 PM) Maddy: «I d-don't know, I don't w-want to proceed on my own.»
(8:36:14 PM) Dexanote: Shank crawls over and climbs out the driver's door, scuttling out to Alice.
(8:36:18 PM) Nioki: Alanoch gets out of Eve, and looks at the store.
(8:36:51 PM) Nioki: «I can take a look, if you want.»
(8:37:09 PM) E4D: «Shit, on my way in. Tau? Take the gun up top.» Jason dismounts and sprints inside.
(8:37:57 PM) Sabitsuki: «Yep.»
(8:38:10 PM) Sabitsuki: Sounded like the noise came from the men's restroom.
(8:38:33 PM) Maddy: Alice is standing just inside. «S-something fell, b-back by the bathroom.»
(8:38:41 PM) Nioki: Alanoch enters, and pulls and distorts the light around him. "I can go in quietly. If it uses eyes, it won't see me."
(8:39:23 PM) E4D: Jason hears this after entering, and, (holy shit) steps forward quietly, rifle raised, without making a ruckus.
(8:39:30 PM) Nioki: 4df+4 Illusion maneuver -> stealth.
(8:39:31 PM) Quidmore: Nioki: Illusion maneuver -> stealth.: 5 (4df+4=-, 0, +, +)
(8:39:34 PM) Dexanote: Shank scuttles towards the bathroom.
(8:39:36 PM) Sabitsuki: success
(8:39:50 PM) Maddy: <Shank w-what are you d-doing?>
(8:40:00 PM) Sabitsuki: There's the sound of something sloshing in a liquid in the bathroom. Shank can hear it as he gets cloes.
(8:40:05 PM) Nioki: 4df+6 Stealth. He blinks out of view as he moves.
(8:40:05 PM) Quidmore: Nioki: Stealth. He blinks out of view as he moves.: 7 (4df+6=+, 0, 0, 0)
(8:40:22 PM) Sabitsuki: *close
(8:40:30 PM) E4D: Jason eyes Shank scuttling, and something his mind protests. He *hates* scuttling.
(8:40:53 PM) Nioki: Alanoch walks forward, almost invisible and making no sound.
(8:41:01 PM) Maddy: Alice siiiiighs and sticks with Jason. <G-guess they're going t-to check it out.>
(8:41:37 PM) Sabitsuki: Alanoch can hear it too.
(8:41:38 PM) Nioki: "Let me check," he whispers. "You can shoot once we know what it is."
(8:42:30 PM) E4D: There's a tiny, soft /click/ as Jason unsafes his rifle.
(8:42:33 PM) Dexanote: Shank opens the door.
(8:42:58 PM) Nioki: "…Why do I bother trying when you won't listen."
(8:43:09 PM) Sabitsuki: Shank sees the hand dryer on the floor, which explains the metal crash…and then, in the sink…
(8:43:56 PM) Sabitsuki: There's a large, ugly, insect grub, blind and splashing in a pool of yellowish green bile. It makes a noise like a child cooing on on occasion.
(8:44:24 PM) Dexanote: "… the fuck. Big bug thingy. C'n I kill it?"
(8:44:50 PM) Nioki: Alanoch walks to the door, staying hidden.
(8:44:52 PM) Sabitsuki: It uses a maw to to try to suck water out of the tap.
(8:45:38 PM) Dexanote: He looks around the room
(8:45:57 PM) Sabitsuki: Everything else looks (and smells) like a men's restroom that hasn't been cleaned for awhile.
(8:46:10 PM) Dexanote: GOOD THING SHANK DOESnT HAVE A NOSE
(8:46:19 PM) Sabitsuki: good thing.
(8:46:21 PM) Dexanote: "Looks normal." he scuttles back around the group.
(8:46:38 PM) Maddy: <N-nothing in there?>
(8:46:39 PM) Ragazzo [ten.llebcap.ac2tks.lsd.733D207B-CRInys|tibbiM#ten.llebcap.ac2tks.lsd.733D207B-CRInys|tibbiM] entered the room.
(8:46:54 PM) Nioki: "I think it's one of the flies. But the door was shut. How'd it get in there?"
(8:47:05 PM) Maddy: <…I don't want t-to know.>
(8:47:17 PM) Maddy: <Lets g-grab what we can and g-go.>
(8:47:29 PM) Dexanote: Shank scuttles back to the LAV.
(8:47:56 PM) Dexanote is now known as DexAway
(8:48:47 PM) Nioki: Alanoch watches the grub, then looks up at the room's ceiling. Just in case.
(8:49:00 PM) Sabitsuki: There's footprints on the ceiling.
(8:49:20 PM) Nioki: "Something was walking on the ceiling."
(8:49:42 PM) E4D: <Alice, kill that thing.>
(8:50:23 PM) Nioki: «That'll make noise. I think that might be a bad idea.»
(8:50:56 PM) Nioki: «There could be more of them anywhere around here.»
(8:51:06 PM) Maddy: <H-he's got a point.>
(8:51:18 PM) Maddy: <It's u-up to you, Jason.>
(8:51:26 PM) Sabitsuki: The grub sputters and splashes around.
(8:52:07 PM) DexAway is now known as Dexa
(8:52:14 PM) Nioki: «We could try to capture it to experiment on, but I get the feeling that could backfire.»
(8:52:28 PM) Dexa: «Prolly.»
(8:52:54 PM) Dexa: «I've noticed that people tend to get cross when ya mess wit their kids."
(8:52:56 PM) Dexa: »
(8:53:35 PM) E4D: Jason draws his Eagle and removes a large can from his drop pouch, snapping it to the end of the large handgun.
(8:54:00 PM) Maddy: <…r-right, I'm dumb.>
(8:54:45 PM) E4D: Jason looks at Shank questioningly, his head tilted a bit to the side. Too bad the face he makes is obscured by the visor. He looks back to Alice, speaking quietly. «Up to you, hun. How is something gonna know if we kill this one?»
(8:54:48 PM) E4D: *<>
(8:54:54 PM) Nioki: Alanoch steps away from the room, walking through the rest of the store to look for signs of trouble. He also takes two lighters, slipping them into his pocket.
(8:55:27 PM) Maddy: <W-we can't know f-for sure if it has s-some hivemind l-link, but I d-don't like leaving it alive e-either.>
(8:55:52 PM) Sabitsuki: It coos and wraps the circular mouth around the water tap, suckling.
(8:56:08 PM) Nioki: <We could try to poison it. Or starve it.>
(8:56:21 PM) Nioki: <It really seems to like water.>
(8:56:49 PM) E4D: <All right. Well, we're standing right here, talking about it. It's gotta know we're here.> He looks at the thing, disgusted. <Goddamn bugs. Yeah, get it off that.>
(8:57:13 PM) Maddy: <A g-gun with a s-silencer isn't going to a-attract to much attention.>
(8:57:25 PM) Nioki: Any signs of grubbiness in the rest of the store?
(8:57:45 PM) Sabitsuki: Nope
(8:58:15 PM) Nioki: <I don't see anything else in here. Something put that thing there.>
(8:58:31 PM) Nioki: <Or someone. Look up.>
(8:58:50 PM) Maddy: Alice looks up. <L-lovely.>
(9:00:13 PM) Maddy: <Come on, l-let's go.>
(9:00:20 PM) E4D: Jason looks up, slowly, knowing it's gonna be some Men In Black shit.
(9:01:16 PM) Sabitsuki: Human footprints, yep.
(9:01:43 PM) Maddy: <People w-what can walk on the ceiling. J-just what I needed.> Alice shakes her head and grabs some snacky things.
(9:01:48 PM) E4D: <Fuck me…>
(9:01:51 PM) Nioki: <That means they either have people who can walk on ceilings helping them, or… well, honestly, I don't know what else it could mean.>
(9:02:11 PM) E4D: <Vance.>
(9:02:22 PM) Maddy: <P-possibly.>
(9:02:33 PM) Dexa: «Oh thaz just innerestin.»
(9:02:46 PM) Nioki: <Wha… oh. I guess it makes sense. Did the body they brought back still have feet?>
(9:03:03 PM) Sabitsuki: nope
(9:03:04 PM) Dexa: «Don' think so.»
(9:03:31 PM) Nioki: Alanoch stops in front of the drink section, in mild awe.
(9:04:04 PM) Maddy: <No, it w-was b-basically a body w-with like, guts. N-no bones or anything.>
(9:05:05 PM) Nioki: <Whoah. What is all this stuff? People really drink all this? That one's /green./ >
(9:05:38 PM) Nioki: <…Never mind, sorry.>
(9:06:50 PM) Nioki: He takes a bottle of water, one small enough to slip in his pocket.
(9:08:16 PM) Sabitsuki: «You guys almost done? Looks like it's going to rain.»
(9:08:34 PM) Nioki: «Real rain or fat?»
(9:08:52 PM) Maddy: «Y-yeah, we're coming.» She turns to Jason. <K-kill it and let's g-go.>
(9:09:01 PM) Sabitsuki: «Can't say until it starts falling. Just looks like storm clouds right now.»
(9:09:07 PM) DawnyWorks left the room (quit: Quit: http://www.mibbit.com ajax IRC Client).
(9:09:45 PM) Nioki: Alanoch grabs several bags of beef jerky as he passes, as much as the store has left.
(9:10:15 PM) Nioki: They vanish as he takes hold of them. He walks towards the door.
(9:11:25 PM) E4D: 4df+4 Jason sights in on the grub. Gonna put a .50 on its face.
(9:11:25 PM) Quidmore: E4D: Jason sights in on the grub. Gonna put a .50 on its face.: 6 (4df+4=0, 0, +, +)
(9:11:45 PM) Sabitsuki: He splats it.
(9:12:18 PM) Dexa: *ploop*
(9:12:19 PM) Sabitsuki: It dies pitifully, not even putting up a defense or even really expecting to be attacked, really.
(9:12:39 PM) Laito: Jason proceeds to be a monster.
(9:13:10 PM) Maddy: Alice loads back into the LAV, dropping her snacks and getting back in the turret.
(9:13:49 PM) Nioki: Alanoch reappears as he nears the LAV, and deposits a rather sizable load of jerky.
(9:14:05 PM) Ragazzo left the room (quit: Quit: http://www.mibbit.com ajax IRC Client).
(9:14:05 PM) Dexa: "… I knew a kid who liked beef jerky once."
(9:14:13 PM) E4D: <Fucking bugs.> Jason loads up on more batteries, and fills a half-dozen shopping bags with energy drinks and sundry bagged and canned goods.>
(9:14:32 PM) Dexa: "'e was a lizard alien mutant."
(9:14:38 PM) Nioki: "I think this probably tastes better than dog. I've never tried it, though."
(9:16:27 PM) E4D: Dmitri will be pleased to know that the store's supply of horse cakes was included. Alice might be happy to know that several bottles of rum were taken. Dmitri, again, will be grateful for the pair of bottles of vodka. Stolichnaya!
(9:17:09 PM) E4D: Jason leaves, heading back for the LAV.
(9:17:14 PM) Maddy: <R-right, so to the hotel? W-well hit the hospital o-once the entire convoy is b-back together.>
(9:18:45 PM) Dexa: "Yeh."
(9:18:50 PM) Sabitsuki: «Sure.» Tau starts off as soon as everyone is loaded up.
(9:18:50 PM) Dexa: Shank's sitting inside.
(9:19:28 PM) E4D: Jason's sitting across from Shank. He flips the visor up, cracking a Blue Demon. Siiip.
(9:19:46 PM) Dexa: shank doesn't give a shit.
(9:20:04 PM) E4D: Good thing. He's not supposed to.
(9:20:14 PM) Sabitsuki: Tau pulls into the town, heading for the docks. Alice, Perception?
(9:20:37 PM) Maddy: 4df+6
(9:20:37 PM) Quidmore: Maddy: 2 (4df+6=-, -, -, -)
(9:20:58 PM) Sabitsuki: Alice bumps her head
(9:21:01 PM) Sabitsuki: 4df+3
(9:21:01 PM) Quidmore: Sabitsuki: 2 (4df+3=-, -, +, 0)
(9:21:39 PM) Sabitsuki: «Hm…alright, that's…»
(9:22:16 PM) Sabitsuki: Both Alice and Tau can see the strange green wisps of what appear to be fire floating aimlessly around the town, en masse.
(9:23:09 PM) Maddy: «Oh I d-don't like the l-look of that.>
(9:23:11 PM) Maddy: >
(9:23:23 PM) E4D: «Whaddawegot?»
(9:23:38 PM) Sabitsuki: They run into buildings and bounce off harmlessly.
(9:24:02 PM) Maddy: «G-green wispy t-things…they're just sort of floating aimlessly. C-could be nothing.»
(9:24:38 PM) E4D: «Green wispy chap. Five rounds rapid.»
(9:24:46 PM) E4D: «Just kidding. Hold fire.»
(9:25:48 PM) Maddy: «T-they're…eerily beautiful.»
(9:25:56 PM) Dexa: "Aww you got me all excited."
(9:26:33 PM) Sabitsuki: «Yeah. Hm.» One floats through the LAV windshield, through the troop compartment and out the door.
(9:26:41 PM) Maddy: 4df Occult roll cause Alice thinks their will'o tha whisps.
(9:26:41 PM) Quidmore: Maddy: Occult roll cause Alice thinks their will'o tha whisps.: -1 (4df=0, 0, 0, -)
(9:26:47 PM) Maddy: Alice doesn't know shit.
(9:26:59 PM) E4D: «The *fuck* was that?>
(9:27:04 PM) Maddy: «They /seem/ harmless s-so far.»
(9:27:06 PM) Sabitsuki: They certainly look like classical will o' the wisps.
(9:27:27 PM) Maddy: «R-remind me of will o; the wisps.»
(9:28:35 PM) Sabitsuki: Tau parks near the docks and drops the troop ramp.
(9:28:58 PM) E4D: Jason steps out, looking around for a green wispy thing.
(9:29:18 PM) Dexa: Shank as well.
(9:29:32 PM) Sabitsuki: They're there, floating aimlessly at all height levels. There are at least a thousand of them
(9:29:58 PM) E4D: <Shank, you ever seen anything like this?>
(9:30:16 PM) Dexa: "Nope."
(9:30:30 PM) Dexa: "Y'think they're people?"
(9:30:35 PM) Maddy: <W-weiiird, wish we'd brought Midnight.>
(9:30:44 PM) Sabitsuki: One floats toward's Shank.
(9:31:01 PM) Laito left the room.
(9:31:19 PM) Dexa: 4df+3 Ath - he snatches it roughly out of the air with his left hand AKA the one that's the glove
(9:31:19 PM) Quidmore: Dexa: Ath - he snatches it roughly out of the air with his left hand AKA the one that's the glove: 2 (4df+3=-, -, 0, +)
(9:31:49 PM) Sabitsuki: He catches it, and it doesn't attempt to move in his grip.
(9:32:06 PM) Dexa: "wierd things…"
(9:32:21 PM) Sabitsuki: It doesn't seem to weigh anything, or burn.
(9:32:46 PM) Sabitsuki: The town is fairly foggy, and somewhere, a couple lonely seagulls cry out.
(9:33:00 PM) E4D: <Alice! Shank caught one!>
(9:33:07 PM) E4D: <Come here and check it out!>
(9:33:20 PM) E4D: <Sweet fuckin' catch, Shank.>
(9:33:26 PM) Maddy: <F-finally, wildlife!> She smiles, hearing gulls. <Oh. ok.> She goes over.
(9:33:42 PM) Maddy: 4df+4 Science, I guess?
(9:33:42 PM) Quidmore: Maddy: Science, I guess?: 1 (4df+4=-, -, -, 0)
(9:33:49 PM) Dexa: "Not burnin me. 'ere." he tosses it at Alice
(9:34:00 PM) Maddy: Alice catches it?
(9:34:13 PM) Sabitsuki: It doesn't seem to be corporal. There's no real reason you can hold it, but you can.
(9:34:22 PM) Sabitsuki: A gas, at best.
(9:34:45 PM) Maddy: <It's s-some kinda gas. T-this…makes v-very little sense.>
(9:35:46 PM) Sabitsuki: «Looks safe, I suppose? I mean, if these spirits aren't dangerous…»
(9:35:54 PM) Maddy: <But I mean…doesn't seem dangerous in the least. S-shall we call the team?>
(9:35:59 PM) E4D: 4df Jason looks at it, observing it with his high school science powers.
(9:36:00 PM) Quidmore: E4D: Jason looks at it, observing it with his high school science powers.: 3 (4df=0, +, +, +)
(9:36:46 PM) Sabitsuki: Looks like…it might be flammable. Maybe?
(9:36:52 PM) Dexa is now known as Dexaway
(9:36:58 PM) Rights [PI.BF0EFC49.1A349E52.3D65DC1F|tibbiM#PI.BF0EFC49.1A349E52.3D65DC1F|tibbiM] entered the room.
(9:37:37 PM) E4D: <…>
(9:37:47 PM) E4D: <Can we try setting it on fire?>
(9:38:02 PM) Sabitsuki: Kinda like…propane, or natural gas.
(9:38:08 PM) Maddy: <…Jason.>
(9:38:30 PM) Maddy: <R-remember that s-speech you gave? A-about not doing s-stupid shit?>
(9:38:48 PM) E4D: He looks at her, an incredulous expression hidden by the faceplate. <*What*?> … <Yeah?>
(9:39:09 PM) E4D: <I was gonna ask you guys to stand over there, plus I'm in Oxide.>
(9:39:15 PM) E4D: He lets it go.
(9:39:20 PM) Sabitsuki: It's strangely fascinating, and eerily beautiful.
(9:39:26 PM) Sabitsuki: It floats off into the sky.
(9:39:37 PM) Maddy: <It s-still sounds like a r-really bad idea, hun.>
(9:39:49 PM) E4D: <Bye, wispy green thing.>
(9:40:17 PM) Maddy: <I mean, shit i-if you really want to, I c-could probably catch you another…>
(9:41:18 PM) Nioki: Alanoch concentrates. They look like light, so maybe he can control them. He focuses his power on pushing the light above them away, just slightly.
(9:41:50 PM) E4D: Jason shrugs. <Meh. They just kinda look flammable. Figured if we're gonna have Dusty here…> He gestures at the thousands of them floating around <… we might want to be sure.>
(9:42:04 PM) Sabitsuki: One of them bumps into the area Alanoch creates, and it bumps off it as if it were a wall.
(9:42:19 PM) Maddy: <Y-you're right…sorry.> Are there any Alice could catch?
(9:42:24 PM) Maddy: Or try atleast.
(9:42:27 PM) Nioki: "…They're like light. I can probably control them. Kinda."
(9:42:40 PM) Sabitsuki: Yep. She'd just have to put her hands up and wait, really.
(9:42:49 PM) Nioki: He releases the field.
(9:42:58 PM) Maddy: Alice does so! <T-try to bring one over here.>
(9:43:05 PM) E4D: <Uh, can you make a box? Like, catch one inside?>
(9:43:34 PM) Nioki: <Maybe. What would that accomplish, though?>
(9:44:16 PM) Maddy: <W-we want to know j-just how flammable they a-are. C-cause Dusty.>
(9:44:37 PM) E4D: <Hold it away from the other ones? See if it does something funny? Keep it from catching the others on fire if it *does* go up?>
(9:45:01 PM) Nioki: <It would be easier to, y'know, leash it. And if I do a box you won't be able to see inside.>
(9:45:51 PM) Maddy: <W-well let's do that th-then.> Alice still has her hands up.
(9:45:58 PM) Nioki: <You sure about this? If something goes wrong, it's on your own head.>
(9:46:26 PM) Sabitsuki: One floats into Alice's hands.
(9:46:56 PM) Maddy: She grabs it. <L-like he said, he'll s-stand over by the water. F-far from us.>
(9:47:06 PM) Rights is now known as RightsBBL
(9:47:13 PM) Nioki: Alanoch concentrates, envisioning a line of light. It forms into a dark thread leading towards one of the wisps. And then…
(9:47:36 PM) Nioki: 4df+4 Illusion. It connects, pulling on the wisp.
(9:47:36 PM) Quidmore: Nioki: Illusion. It connects, pulling on the wisp.: 5 (4df+4=0, -, +, +)
(9:47:44 PM) E4D: Jason looks at the floaty thing. <Actually… you know what? Fuck it. We'll just tell him not to screw around with stupid alchemy shit.>
(9:48:02 PM) Nioki: <Should I stop?>
(9:48:03 PM) Sabitsuki: It jerks towards Alanoch, as if it were on a fishing lure.
(9:48:19 PM) E4D: <If he does, we put him out on his ass. If he can't follow simple instructions that could possibly save lives, then he doesn't need to be here.>
(9:48:34 PM) Maddy: <W-well at leas we know you can s-shunt them a-around.>
(9:48:50 PM) Nioki: He releases the thread, and it vanishes.
(9:49:00 PM) Sabitsuki: It floats off again.
(9:49:08 PM) Sabitsuki: Tau steps out of the LAV and looks around.
(9:49:22 PM) Maddy: <S-shall we call the others?>
(9:49:53 PM) E4D: <I say we go for it. We can have Midnight check them out then.>
(9:50:00 PM) Nioki: Alanoch looks at the closest wisp, focusing his powers to get a closer view.
(9:50:06 PM) E4D: Jason glances over at Tau. <You ever seen anything like this?>
(9:50:46 PM) Sabitsuki: She shrugs. "No. The atmosphere here feels similar to this time back at 23 when we were trapped in a bender's dream, but other than that."
(9:51:03 PM) Dexaway: "…"
(9:51:11 PM) Sabitsuki: "If this is a bender's bubble, it's very serene."
(9:51:37 PM) Maddy: <Hmm, m-maybe we'll get lucky. A n-nice bender wouldn't be so b-bad.>