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 Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)

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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:44 pm

Harriet turned her head from the empty passageway, and looked through her goggles at Taro. Like her, he was also crouched in the narrow space of the vent, at the intersection between the two paths. Helmeted as normal, she could discern no particular emotion or feeling from the Tau. His stillness and silence was a little surprising, but perhaps he was scanning both possible ways forward for himself. It was not likely in anycase that he would reply to her, as the information she had provided had been unhelpful in any way. At some point he would inform her and then they would move. Unless he had information she didn't have, it was likely he would choose to continue to go forward. There was a reasonable chance that the vent matched the passageway beside it.

While waiting patiently on her haunches and continuing to stare at the Tau, she concentrated her mind on a classification issue. She had been referring to the crew of this ship as cultists, due mainly to the acts that they had been committing. The hanging limbs earlier, and some of the deaths of her former group had a ritualistic element to them, had been part of her rationale for doing this, as well as it being common practice in the Imperium to refer to groups who didn't follow the accepted practices as this. However if she really thought about it, she had yet to see direct evidence of any religious belief being the key decider in their decision making. Perhaps there were other reasons for their actions. Cultural tradition, temporary or lasting insanity, the effects of a powerful psychic user, could all reasonably cause similar effects. For the meantime, the crew was probably a more accurate descriptor, until she was able to discover anymore evidence.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:09 pm

As the communication from Taro comes through, albeit patchy, she repeats the situation, adding in additional information as requested.

*What comes over the comns*

"Gue'vesa'ui -- -- -- Kanna were unable to -- -- -- -- deaths. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaabomination. rrrrrr On me.  -- -- -- If -- -- Kor'ax, retreat -- -- po-- --ridge."

"--ha -- job -- do."  


Ur'Na turned to Sa'Saum, and walked to the blast doors.

"We still have a job to do."
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:30 pm

[Vent Team]


High Tower held up his right hand, tapped his helmet twice, and then held up both hands. He hadn't been able to make out the last transmission either. With their distance and relative position to one another, it was much easier to transmit.

"Did he say they were gone?" It was rhetorical. He expected no response. The trained warfighter in him took over. "Orders Ta'ro?"

They both shared the same rank. They were both Reapers. They had both served on the Teams for the same amount of time, but for whatever reason High Tower had deferred leadership responsibilities almost automatically to Ta'ro.

Maybe it was because he was Demiurge and Ta'ro was Tau. Those underlying social stigmas in the "equal" society of the Tau died hard. Whatever the case, either Harriet or Ta'ro would need to decide what happens next...


[Walkway Team]


Kor'arx looked as though he would object. He peered over the railing on the walkway one more time. He was disciplined enough as a soldier not to scream out and give away their position. He was surprised how close he felt to the team given that he had wished Arlene dead but minutes into the start of the mission.

What did he feel now? Guilt?

He nodded to Ur'na and stalked away back to the bridge without another word.

Su'saum and Ur'na were left alone on the walkway. Communications were shoddy at best with the vent team, so for the time being they had to rely on one another.

As they turn to finish the crossing, Ur'na notices a small offshoot on the walkway that leads down three stairs onto a platform. The platform has a control board on it and overlooks the wider area below. Beyond this is the blast door to exit.


+++Kanna and Arlene have been removed from this IC thread+++
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:28 am

Taro had his confirmation. Dead. Just like that. The end of his brother, the end of the one Gue'vesa who had shown him that they could be quite something more than just another enemy of the Greater Good. Gone. Just like that. Taro takes a few deep breaths, calming his mind, tapping into the very moment of his existence in order to focus on the present. This was war. This was a mission. Sometimes casualties were a part of it. The time to grieve was not now. The time for fething up the mission was not now. It was time for action. For leadership. He replies to Ur'Na.

[color=#ff6600]"Firm-- -- --, --conven-- --our--sitionnnnnnnn. Naaaa."

He turns to his fellow Reaper members, and nods his head.

"Alright, let's get to it. We should meet up with Ur'Na and the others as quickly as possible."

He turns and leads them on through the vents, to an uncertain future.



GM edit: I took out the actual transcript. If your characters can't make out what is being said, players shouldn't either.

Second Edit: In my haste, I deleted the wrong damn dialogue. lol. Sorry, Mark. Please edit in Ta'ro's instructions to the team once more. Apologies!


EDIT: Sorry about that, I was copying what Theo had done in a previous post, I think. I will leave it out from now on for future comms.


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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:10 pm

Taro's helmet remained still for a couple of moments longer before he suddenly spoke bringing noise again to the silent tunnel. There was something odd in the words he spoke, emotion she wouldn't have predicted for one simply choosing a passageway within a vent. As usual when she spotted something she was curious about, Harriet wanted to ask a question about it but she was unable to do so, Ur'na's order still being in effect. It was unlikely to be of any real importance though. Humans for instance often became emotional about the strangest changes in circumstance. Perhaps this was the case here. She might try and observe Taro when they met up again with Arlene and the others to see if it gave her additional information.

Another point of interest was Taro referring to them as 'reapers'. So her new owners were not simply a normal Tau military grouping but a specific specialist team? It did help explain why there were so few of them, and why they didn't seem to have backup. Curious though that he would include her in the description. If this was the case and she might be able to access her own weapons again.

"I will follow behind you."
She followed behind the moving bulk of his armour.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:42 pm

[Vent Team]


High Tower clicked back an affirmative. He turned and covered their rear as the group moved forward. He would wait until they stopped before turning and leaving their backs exposed to catch up. It was the only way to leap-frog forward with any semblance of cover until they got into a more secure location.

Ta'ro passed the T-intersection first. His mind must have been per-occupied as he didn't stop to thoroughly check it. Alas, nothing jumped out to attack him. Harriet passed by shortly after. She stopped and peered longer ++per Harriet's Awareness test from earlier++. The break off tore away for a couple hundred meters or so. At that distance, even the optical enhancing technology of the Tau had trouble piercing the gloom. Some may not have believed it before, but plenty of sailors had superstitions about cursed ships - perhaps that was enhancing the dark of this terrible place.

Harriet was about to move on when the tiniest shift in movement caught her eye. At the very end of her sight, hundreds of meters away, she saw something. Was it a trick of her eye?
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:59 pm

Harriets body was completely still, all her attention focused on staring into the shadows down the vent way. Something had moved down there but what, she couldn't say. It was the edge of her effective sight, where shadows merged with the darkness and nothing had a definite outline. Moving her right hand up to her goggles she gently adjusted the focusing screw, turning it back and forth. Her vision darkened and then the edges of the vent became visible again. However she could not see whatever it was any clearer. As she stared at the now still scene before her, her mind recalled similar situations from her readings and conversations with crew. Many sailors believed that they were only some of the life forms to make habitation aboard a ship. The other denizens lived and hunted in the darkness, waiting to pluck the unwary away for cruel and unusual punishment. Despite the fervour with which these were believed, the evidence often indicated they were unlikely to exist. However on rare occasions hunters did emerge from the shadows and this ship had proven that it housed a wide variety of other life forms. It warranted further attention.

There was a light film of moisture at the small of her back. Her heart was beating slightly faster than normal, something she attributed to the enclosed space in which they found themselves. While tight surroundings didn't worry her she preferred to have a clear exit and entry, which were both blocked by Taro and 'The Angry midget'. As her mind recalled an image of iron bars, her heart beat momentarily spiked before she determinedly calmed it.

She would have to decide on an action on the situation on hand.

There had been movement of some kind, so it was not simply a strange object. Anything that moved warranted further attention on this ship. Without moving her head, she reached out with her right arm and gave Taro a firm double tap on the back of his leg. Confident she had gained his attention, she withdrew his gun from her holster and pointed it down the length of the passage. The majority of the organisms moving on this ship had been its former crew and she was tasked with shooting them. If whatever it was, constituted something else then she could decide when it revealed itself. Ideally she would investigate it herself but Taro had been clear about following behind him. She waited, her body rigid and patient, watching for any further movement.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:21 am

There wasn't much to do but continue. Su'Saum and Ur'Na shared a look, this ship had taken two Reaper teams from them so far. Now, it was a matter of making it out with their own lives still intact.

Turning sharply on her foot, Ur'Na walked briskly to blast doors. A quick flick of the fingers signalled to Su'Saum, pulse blaster ready, and Ur'Na opened the blast doors.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:24 am

Taro stopped abruptly at the touch from the woman behind her, peering back as quickly as possible. When he saw the gun raised and pointed in the direction of their travel, he brought up his fist for everyone to stop and listen. He brought up his own weapon as much as he could in the confined space. They'd have to continue on in one direction or another, and who knew how many things were in the vents of this wretched ship. Any direction might lead them to any sort of new terror.

He waits patiently for a few moments, taking in the darkness before them, listening intently for anything that might be out of the ordinary. As if the ship wasn't already out of the ordinary on its own.

"Let's press on. Everyone eyes open, we might find company soon."
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:47 pm

[Walkway]


Ur'na tried to open the blast doors, at least. They were locked. A quick look reveals a blinking red button. Looking around, Su'Saum spots it first.

"There. Look." She pointed to the small offshoot platform Ur'na had noticed earlier. There was a control panel there with a blinking red light, just like on the door. Paying a little more attention reveals that they are blinking in tandem with one another.


[Vent Team]


Ta'ro leads the way and the vent team moves forward as per his orders. No matter how much Harriet continued to stare, the movement from before didn't repeat itself.

The small team moves on for some time, following a gentle upward slope that flattens out once more before just as gently angling itself downward again. It is at the top of this downward turn that Ta'ro notices a problem.

Some ten meters ahead, where the slope ended, piles of debris had been smashed and stacked in. Random items from no single place on the ship had been placed to form some sort of makeshift barricade.

There were two options, move down and inspect it or go back the way you came and attempt a detour.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:34 pm

Harriet moved along the vent close behind Ta'ro. Her mind was still on the pathway they had left behind and the movement she had seen. Despite waiting and watching, there had been no further movement prior to Ta'ro's orders. While it was certainly possible that something organic may have remained completely still during this period it was unlikely. Could it have been part of the ship falling apart, or something mechanical? It was certainly possible but she would have expected a noise. It was a question and one that might not be answered unless they turned back that way. She had no doubts that the movement had taken place- she had seen it and she did not doubt the information she took in- but as they were moving on, it was not worth considering at the moment. If it was pertinent she would think about it later.

As the Tau in front of her came to a stop, she halted her movement too. Curious she stared over his shoulder, her face a hairs breadth from his helmet. There appeared to be some kind of blockade in front of them. It had been erected since her last journey. Staring at it carefully, she considered how they might progress further.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 2.1: Re-Engage the Fear Machine (IC)   Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:07 pm

Ur'Na communicates her frustration and impatience non-verbally, grunting in exasperation into the comms. Walking over to the control panel, heavy footsteps indicating her displeasure, Ur'Na waves to Sa'Saum to follow her.

"Human tech is usually undecipherable to me. Any ideas on how to get this blasted door open?"
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