The Old Lady

(9:57:20 PM) Vance: "It'spossible."
(9:57:35 PM) Maddy: Alice sighs, picking up her rifle again. "I'm g-going to go back up. S-see you guys later." she heads to the roof.
(9:57:52 PM) Vance: "Peace." He turns to Midnight. "So, kitty."
(9:58:40 PM) MisterFlames: "Yes?"
(9:59:16 PM) Vance: "How're you feeling about how we're getting along so far?"
(9:59:49 PM) TauV: Vance, percep
(9:59:56 PM) MisterFlames: "Assured. I figured you would make the adjustment."
(10:00:01 PM) Vance: 4df+3 PER
(10:00:01 PM) Quidmore: Vance: PER: 2 (4df+3=-, +, 0, -)
(10:00:06 PM) Vance: "Yeah. It
(10:00:11 PM) Vance: It's….okay, so far."
(10:01:29 PM) TauV: It's a bit hard to miss the the oldwoman walking up to the camp. She's horrendously skinny, and her hair is a dark, muddled, gray. She wears a white cloak, and is walking with the aid of a stout walking stick.
(10:01:56 PM) MisterFlames: "We're still going to have a lot of work to do." Midnight looks up. "Okay, I think we're getting a lot of new people."
(10:02:04 PM) Vance: Vance stands up, rifle coming to a low ready position. "Hey," he calls out.
(10:02:33 PM) TauV: "Oh. Oh, sorry." She puts the stick down and gets on the ground, folding her hands over her head.
(10:02:46 PM) TauV: Looks like she's about in her late seventies.
(10:03:24 PM) Vance: Vance grins, pleasantly surprised. He walks out, gun dropping back to his side. "Can we help you, ma'am?" He stands beside her.
(10:03:27 PM) Dr_Kens: Kens leans forward to this new commotion.
(10:03:52 PM) TauV: "I just saw the fire, and I was…wandering if you had anything to spare for an old woman to eat?"
(10:04:05 PM) Maddy: Alice peers over the side of the roof. «W-what's going on d-down there?»
(10:04:30 PM) Vance: «Old woman. Late seventies, saw our fire and wants something to eat. What do we have?»
(10:04:55 PM) Maddy: «Dietary issues?»
(10:05:17 PM) MisterFlames: "Yes, I do believe we do. Depending on what you want to eat, of course. Do you have any dietary issues?"
(10:05:18 PM) Maddy: «If n-not I m-made the l-left over c-chicken into chicken s-salad. M-make her a sandwich.»
(10:05:21 PM) Jillian: Jillian picks Midnight up "You're my best friend" she nuzzles into her coat
(10:05:23 PM) Vance: "Ma'am, are there any restrictions on what you can and cannot eat?"
(10:05:36 PM) TauV: "Oh, no, no."
(10:05:44 PM) TauV: "I'm not picky, son."
(10:06:22 PM) MisterFlames: "Least we can do is give you something to eat, ma'am," Midnight says respectfully. "And I love you too, Jill."
(10:06:25 PM) Vance: "Very well. Give me a minute, please." He fetches the chicken salad, crafts a sandwich, then returns to the old lady, offering it. "Chicken salad sandwich."
(10:08:03 PM) TauV: "Thank you. It's been a couple thousand years since I had something to eat." She stands, and eats the sandwich messily.
(10:08:28 PM) Vance: Vance tilts his head. Time shit? He ain't even mad. "Where did you come from, ma'am?"
(10:08:49 PM) MisterFlames: "Or would that be wrong of us to ask?" Midnight says.
(10:11:21 PM) TauV: "Oooooh…over yonder." She smiles and pats Vance's head. A cockroach runs over her teeth and down into her throat. This doesn't seem to bother her. "Thank you, son, but I gotta get walking. Big day ahead of me."
(10:11:52 PM) Vance: Vance recoils, very slightly. "Anything we can do before you go?"
(10:12:34 PM) TauV: "Nope. You did enough. Although…" She sniffs.
(10:12:41 PM) TauV: "Lemme see your hand, child."
(10:12:55 PM) *Vance extends his right hand, open, palm down.
(10:13:41 PM) TauV: She takes it, flipping it over with surprising strength. She taps the Mark of Mal on Vance's wrist. "Ah-ha. So I am going the right way."
(10:14:23 PM) Vance: Vance yelps and follows the rotation with his body, elbow buckling. "Ah….y-you have business with the snake?"
(10:15:18 PM) TauV: "Oooh, you could say that." She grins. A locust pokes out of a gap in her teeth, clicks, and then goes back in. "Thank you, son, you've been a great help."
(10:16:24 PM) MisterFlames: "Go well and go in peace, ma'am," Midnight says respectfully.
(10:16:36 PM) Vance: "He's about two kli—kilometers that way." Vance points with his left hand. Old cunt's still got his right in a deathgrip. He relays the directions Jill gave him.
(10:17:11 PM) TauV: She nods. "Thank you." She turns and walks off, on the old stick.
(10:17:39 PM) Vance: Vance reclaims his right hand, massaging it. "Ow."
(10:17:54 PM) TauV: Vance's hand is turning black
(10:17:59 PM) Maddy: Alice watches the figure leave again from her spot on the roof.
(10:18:43 PM) Jillian: Jillian takes a drag off her cigarette
(10:19:11 PM) Vance: Vance swallows. "Oh this cannot be good," he says hollowly, holding up his arm.
(10:19:35 PM) TauV: His whole arm is black and crinkly, like old bark
(10:19:36 PM) MisterFlames: "Let me look at it, Vance."
(10:19:58 PM) MisterFlames: 4df+4 Occult check.
(10:19:58 PM) Quidmore: MisterFlames: Occult check.: 5 (4df+4=-, 0, +, +)
(10:20:18 PM) Tom90deg: Simon wanders out onto the room, nodding at Alice.
(10:20:28 PM) Maddy: Alice is on the roof!
(10:20:47 PM) Tom90deg: (i mean roof)
(10:20:47 PM) Maddy: "H-hey Simon."
(10:20:49 PM) Vance: "This isn't good." He quickly feels at his chest, where his right arm meets his body.
(10:20:58 PM) TauV: Doesn't seem to be occult in nature
(10:21:01 PM) TauV: Or magical
(10:21:07 PM) Tom90deg: "Hey Alice. What's going on?"
(10:21:10 PM) TauV: It stops where his chest meets his arm
(10:21:34 PM) Vance: "Okay, okay…not spreading…be right back." He jogs after the old woman.
(10:21:51 PM) Maddy: "N-not sure, s-some old lady s-stopped by, w-we gave her a sandwich…now Vance is f-following her…"
(10:21:55 PM) TauV: The old woman is out of sight
(10:22:03 PM) Maddy: «Vance, w-what the hell is going on d-down there?»
(10:22:05 PM) Vance: «Fuck!»
(10:22:07 PM) TauV: Gone
(10:22:08 PM) Tom90deg: "Hm…odd. Neve seen her before?"
(10:22:24 PM) MisterFlames: "That's weird. Does it hurt?" Midnight stretches to… no, he ran off. She curls up to Jillian. "Do you have a radio, Jill? We probably should report that."
(10:22:35 PM) Vance: «My arm's gone all….black and crusty and shit….feels like a goddamn tree.» He returns to Midnight.
(10:22:36 PM) Waxx is now known as Strelnikov
(10:23:13 PM) Jillian: Jillian radios «We need medical out front»
(10:23:19 PM) Maddy: «Uhhh. That's…» she turns to Simon. "Y-you should g-go down there."
(10:23:29 PM) Maddy: «I'm s-sending Simon down."
(10:23:30 PM) Maddy: »
(10:23:32 PM) Tom90deg: "Right."
(10:23:36 PM) Vance: "Midnight, what do you have for me?" he asks, scratching at his arm.
(10:23:37 PM) *
Strelnikov aimlessly roams the halls, keeping away from the room where he thinks Karen resides.
(10:23:50 PM) Tom90deg: Simon heads down, walking to Midnight Jillian ad Vance
(10:24:15 PM) Tom90deg: "Hey guys. Something happen?"
(10:24:18 PM) *Vance seems oddly calm, but sweat is standing out on his forehead as he picks at the crust.
(10:24:32 PM) Dr_Kens: "Vance, come over here. Let me take a look."
(10:24:39 PM) Dr_Kens: 4df+4 Medical examination.
(10:24:39 PM) Quidmore: Dr_Kens: Medical examination.: 2 (4df+4=+, -, -, -)
(10:24:45 PM) TauV: it's an arm
(10:24:57 PM) TauV: covered in what appears to be very, very old bark
(10:25:23 PM) Vance: what can Vance tell about the black coating? Can he pry it away, reveal skin underneath? Is it his skin now? What's going on?
(10:25:23 PM) MisterFlames: "It's not magic, whatever it is. Or if it is, it's something deeper." Midnight looks. "Can you feel with it, Vance?"
(10:25:47 PM) Tom90deg: "What happened?"
(10:25:59 PM) Ragazzo left the room (quit: Quit: ajax IRC Client).
(10:26:00 PM) TauV: It flakes off when he pulls at it, but it never seems to come off completely
(10:26:03 PM) TauV: Always another layer
(10:26:08 PM) Ragazzo [ten.llebcap.10ntks.lsd.A853CC41-CRInys|tibbiM#ten.llebcap.10ntks.lsd.A853CC41-CRInys|tibbiM] entered the room.
(10:26:27 PM) MisterFlames: "Don't pick at it, Vance."
(10:26:34 PM) Vance: "Some old lady grabbed onto my arm and now it's covered in black shit." Vance decides to see how far down the rabbit hole goes, scratching and flaking at the black crap.
(10:26:47 PM) Tom90deg: "Don't pick at it. Let me take a look…."
(10:26:58 PM) Vance: "Gh…alright, alright…"
(10:27:06 PM) Tom90deg: Simon takes his hand and gives it a close look.
(10:27:23 PM) Tom90deg: 4df+7 Usein a fate point to doctor it up!
(10:27:24 PM) Quidmore: Tom90deg: Usein a fate point to doctor it up!: 7 (4df+7=+, -, 0, 0)
(10:27:39 PM) MisterFlames: "An old woman came by, and said she was hungry. We fed her some of the chicken salad Alice made, and she thanked up. I think she knows the snake. She asked to look at Vance's hand… and turned it into that."
(10:28:09 PM) TauV: Tom gets the same thing as Kens, really. Hard to tell just from a cursory examination
(10:28:12 PM) MisterFlames: ((thanked us))
(10:28:32 PM) Jillian: Jillian lights another cigarette and hands it to Vance "It's about all I can do right now"
(10:28:45 PM) Tom90deg: "Hm….Does this stuff flake off? I might be able to do a closer exam in the hospital, run some tests…"
(10:29:01 PM) *
Strelnikov stops in to see Misha, again removing his hat and sitting next to his bed.
(10:29:10 PM) Vance: Vance takes it thankfully and drags. "Thank you, Jill. And yeah, Simon, it does. Wanna go back to your lab?"
(10:29:36 PM) Strelnikov: Misha stirs and shifts in the bed, but otherwise is still put out by the drugs. Dmitri sighs.
(10:29:43 PM) Tom90deg: "I'd not call it my lab, but I could jury rig up some stuff. Has Midnight taken a look?"
(10:30:21 PM) Vance: "Yeah. She doesn't know what it is."
(10:30:54 PM) MisterFlames: "Don't we have a fully stocked hospital behind us, with things like MRI?"
(10:30:58 PM) Tom90deg: "Not Magical at all? Oh, and who's this snake?"
(10:31:14 PM) Tom90deg: "Heh, that's where I'm taking him Midnight. Want to come?"
(10:31:15 PM) Vance: "Not important."
(10:31:21 PM) Jillian: Jillian shows her tattoo "It trades"
(10:32:09 PM) Tom90deg: "Ah. That's the trader? You too then Vance?" Simon shakes his head. "Well, come on. I'll get one of the MRIs powered up and we'll take a close look. Anyone want to come?"
(10:32:36 PM) *Vance heads into the labs.
(10:33:43 PM) Tom90deg: Simon goes as well and starts turning things on. "Alright, take off all your metal and lay down on the bed."
(10:33:43 PM) MisterFlames: "I'm not going to be useful there, Simon, but thanks."
(10:34:27 PM) *
Vance strips out of his vest and shucks his gun and belt, laying down on the medbed.
(10:35:08 PM) Tom90deg: Simon powers it on and Vance enters the MRI tube. "Ok, scanning…."
(10:35:10 PM) Jillian: Jillian stands in the door "Anything I can do?"
(10:35:40 PM) Tom90deg: "Sure. Keep an eye on that monitor…That's the scan results, we'll zoom in in a second."
(10:36:10 PM) *Strelnikov hears the mumble of some sort of commotion elsewhere, and wanders towards it.
(10:36:37 PM) Jillian: Jillian watches the moniter
(10:36:44 PM) Tom90deg: The MRI moves over LAnce with a whir and a hum, and Simon goes over to the screens. "Hmm…Lets see…"
(10:36:44 PM) Jillian: monitor, rather
(10:37:01 PM) Maddy: *Vance
(10:37:03 PM) TauV: Vance's arm
(10:37:06 PM) TauV: is hollow.
(10:37:13 PM) *
Strelnikov pokes his head in.
(10:37:29 PM) Tom90deg: "Huh."
(10:37:37 PM) *Strelnikov 's eyes flicker around momentarily, then he leaves.
(10:37:51 PM) Vance: Vance can't hear dick over the MRI tube's chatter still in his ears.
(10:37:56 PM) Tom90deg: "Hey there." Simon nods at Strelinkov.
(10:38:07 PM) *
Strelnikov is already gone!
(10:38:31 PM) TauV: also
(10:38:34 PM) TauV: something of note
(10:38:45 PM) TauV: His arm is full of heat signatures
(10:38:48 PM) TauV: that are moving.
(10:39:43 PM) Dr_Kens: "Oh chrsit…"
(10:39:53 PM) Tom90deg: "Hm…." Simon shuts down the MRI and brings Vance out. "Hey Vance, can you still feel with that?"
(10:40:10 PM) Vance: Vance pokes his right arm with his left. Can he?
(10:40:18 PM) Maddy: «Guys, w-what's going on?»
(10:40:19 PM) TauV: Yep
(10:40:33 PM) Vance: Vance twists and flexes his right arm. "Yeah, I can."
(10:40:52 PM) TauV: Feels stronger, in fact
(10:41:24 PM) Vance: "In fact…." Vance slowly flexes and extends his arm. "Huhhhhh…."
(10:41:41 PM) Maddy: «Anyone?»
(10:41:45 PM) Vance: "Feels like it's gotten stronger." Vance sits up and jabs a little.
(10:42:40 PM) Tom90deg: "Well…Um, according to the MRI, something wrong with it. I need to make sure this thing is working right…Jillian? Would you mind being the controll?"
(10:43:08 PM) Jillian: "Sure" Jillian shrugs and walks over
(10:43:16 PM) Tom90deg: "HEy Alice…Come over here and take a look…"
(10:43:20 PM) Vance: Vance hops off the bed, buckling his shit back on. «Alice, Vance. Sorry, I was getting magnetoscanned. I don't know shit yet.»
(10:43:35 PM) Tom90deg: "Take off your metal items and climb on. It'll only take a second Jill."
(10:44:14 PM) Maddy: «F-fair enough. K-keep me posted.»
(10:44:18 PM) Jillian: Jillian takes off her items, and dog tags "Even my boots, they've got a tag on them"
(10:44:24 PM) Vance: «As soon as I know, you'll know.»
(10:44:40 PM) Tom90deg: "Yep, no metal at all. And Alice, I could use a second opnion…care to take a look?"
(10:45:10 PM) Vance: «Simon wants you down here, in the MRI bay on the first floor.»
(10:45:11 PM) Jillian: Jillian takes off her boots and lays back
(10:45:31 PM) Maddy: «Uhh…sure…» Alice calls Akane, who takes her spot being best sniper.
(10:45:48 PM) Tom90deg: Simon powers the MRI back on and slides Jillian in.
(10:45:50 PM) Maddy: She wanders in. "Oh w-what…" she see's his arm. "Christ…"
(10:45:58 PM) Tom90deg: "Yah."
(10:46:10 PM) Tom90deg: "Look at the readout for the MRI…"
(10:46:11 PM) Vance: "Yeah." He flexes it. "It's still an arm, still works, feels stronger in fact."
(10:46:24 PM) Maddy: She looks. "…oh dear."
(10:46:48 PM) Jillian: Jillian stays still, closing her eyes
(10:46:52 PM) Tom90deg: "Scanning Jill as well, just to make sure it's not a anaomoly of the MRI. And to get a look at her arm. She has a tattoo as well."
(10:47:02 PM) Tom90deg: Simon looks at the screens for Jillian.
(10:47:05 PM) Maddy: "R-right…"
(10:47:12 PM) Jillian: "Oi, talk later, can we finish this?"
(10:47:43 PM) Tom90deg: Simon finishes up Jillian's scan. "Ok, almost done…"
(10:47:58 PM) TauV: Jill is the picture of health
(10:48:04 PM) TauV: too much caffeine though
(10:48:44 PM) Tom90deg: Simon pulls Jillian out and shuts the MRI down. "Nope, not a problem with the scanner. Anywho…Take a look. According to this, your arm is hollow. And there's things inside of it, moveing."
(10:49:55 PM) Tom90deg: Simon digs around in a drawer and pulls out a stethascope. "Hold still…" He puts in on Vance's arm and listens.
(10:49:57 PM) Vance: "Uh. That….is something I am not okay with."
(10:49:59 PM) TauV: That's just Vance
(10:50:02 PM) TauV: Jillian is okay
(10:50:06 PM) TauV: just so we're clear
(10:50:32 PM) Jillian: Jillian gets down and puts her stuff back on
(10:56:03 PM) *Strelnikov nods off to sleep again in Misha's room.
(10:59:16 PM) Vance: "Well, Doc?" Vance is understandably somewhat agitated.
(11:00:23 PM) Tom90deg: SImon is still listening to Vance's arm with the Stethascope
(11:00:29 PM) Tom90deg: "Shh…."
(11:00:59 PM) TauV: *bzzzz*
(11:01:16 PM) Lurker is now known as Mr_Jones
(11:01:19 PM) Vance: Vance stiffens. "D-Did my arm just buzz."
(11:01:48 PM) Tom90deg: "Yah…I hear something. Can you feel this?" Simon takes a metal tool and taps Vance's hand.
(11:01:59 PM) Vance: "Yeah."
(11:02:13 PM) Maddy: <You think we might have to amputate?> Alice says passively in Japanese.
(11:02:15 PM) Tom90deg: "Hm…but nothing else?"
(11:02:32 PM) *
Vance flexes his arm. "No…it feels like a normal arm. Stronger, even."
(11:02:41 PM) Tom90deg: <Not yet. We'll see if it spreads, then we might.>
(11:02:57 PM) Maddy: She nods.
(11:03:29 PM) Tom90deg: "Hmm…well, that's good. Keep an eye on it though, if the black stuff gets bigger. Maybe even keep the hand wrapped as well…"
(11:03:33 PM) Vance: "The hell're you saying?"
(11:03:38 PM) Jillian: "Wait…what is inside his arm?" Jillian fiddles with her dog tags
(11:04:04 PM) Tom90deg: "Something that's buzzing."
(11:04:16 PM) Maddy: "J-jill, you got an e-epi pen?"
(11:04:19 PM) Tom90deg: "I'm not sure, but the MRI said it was hollow."
(11:04:26 PM) Vance: "The fuck did you two say?!" Vance jerks his arm out of Simon's grasp.
(11:04:29 PM) Jillian: Jillian chews her lip "In my ready bag…"
(11:04:39 PM) Tom90deg: "Oh, we were worried about bugs escaping."
(11:04:54 PM) Maddy: She nods. "R-right."
(11:05:03 PM) Tom90deg: "The bugs inside might crawl out, but we didn't want to freak anyone out."
(11:05:08 PM) Vance: "Dude, my arm's a solid TREE."
(11:05:31 PM) Tom90deg: "It's not solid, it's hollow."
(11:05:52 PM) Maddy: "And p-possibly full of bees."
(11:06:05 PM) Vance: "Shut up." Vance turns to Alice. "What'd you say? What'd you not want me to hear?"
(11:06:13 PM) Vance: No anger in his tone, however
(11:06:27 PM) Vance: More resignation, actually.
(11:06:34 PM) Maddy: "…bees, Vance. Bees."
(11:06:40 PM) Maddy: "T-there are bees in your arm."
(11:06:43 PM) Maddy: "Maybe."
(11:07:11 PM) Jillian is now known as DawnyWorks
(11:07:13 PM) Vance: "…Yes, thank you. I gather that's not what you said, though." Vance's eyes tighten.
(11:08:03 PM) Maddy: "If it s-spreads…"
(11:08:11 PM) Maddy: She raises an eyebrow.
(11:08:24 PM) Tom90deg: "Yah…"
(11:08:41 PM) Vance: "….Well, if it starts spreading, I think amputation might be a little late. Simon saw how fast this spread up my arm."
(11:08:46 PM) Maddy: "A-anyways. Let me t-take a look."
(11:08:54 PM) Maddy: 4df+4 SCIENCE!
(11:08:55 PM) Quidmore: Maddy: SCIENCE!: 2 (4df+4=0, -, -, 0)
(11:10:05 PM) Maddy: Alice pokes around trying to discern what kind of tree it is, assuming it has some terrestrial analogue.
(11:10:31 PM) Vance: "Hey, quit that. Watch what you're poking - I can still feel everything."
(11:10:50 PM) Maddy: "Shush."
(11:10:57 PM) Maddy: "Y-ya big baby."
(11:11:20 PM) Vance: "I think I've earned the right to be a little on edge. I gave a woman a sandwich and now my arm is a tree."
(11:11:46 PM) Maddy: "W-welp."
(11:11:54 PM) Vance: "What?"
(11:11:56 PM) TauV: appears to be very, very old dogwood
(11:12:18 PM) TauV is now known as Sabitsuki
(11:12:28 PM) Maddy: "I g-got a bauble from an o-old woman, and n-now my /son/ is time. So shush." she grins a little. "D-dogwood. S-super old."
(11:12:39 PM) Vance: "Huh. Wacky."
(11:12:50 PM) Tom90deg: "Any signifance to Dogwood?"
(11:13:15 PM) Vance: "Who knows, maybe my arm will start chasing Midnight." He grins. My but he's taking this well.
(11:13:50 PM) Maddy: "U-used to make tool handles…walking c-canes…"
(11:14:12 PM) Maddy: "G-golf clubs too."
(11:14:16 PM) Tom90deg: "I meant a more mythological or magical signfance."
(11:14:22 PM) Berk is now known as Dexanote
(11:15:06 PM) Maddy: "Hmm, n-none that I can think of. C-crystals are more my thing."
(11:15:30 PM) Tom90deg: "Right, just wondering. I'll ask Midnight later."
(11:15:50 PM) Vance: "Huh. Well…until something happens, like my arm cracking open and spewing forth a torrent of bees, am I 'okay'?" He air-quotes.'
(11:16:01 PM) Maddy: "I guess."
(11:16:38 PM) Tom90deg: "AS far as I can tell."
(11:16:48 PM) Tom90deg: "I'd stay away from that snake though."
(11:18:00 PM) DawnyWorks: "Sorry, I'm staying away from you Vance" Jillian shakes her head
(11:18:20 PM) Vance: "Wh-what? I'm not contagious or anything."
(11:19:02 PM) Maddy: "She's allergic to bees."
(11:19:32 PM) Vance: "Oh."
(11:19:40 PM) Vance: Vance seems put out.