Not a Drop to Drink
GM: Gnosis
Players: Gnosis, Mr. Terrific
Synopsis: Gnosis and Mr. Terrific go in search of a stolen water shipment.
Date: January 12th, 2071

Mr.Terrific takes the travel time to bundle himself up in his gear - like he's going into a riot or something.

Gnosis steps out of the Pentabucks. "We need to get to the renz, and fast," he says. "One of my friend's water convoys got nailed en route to its destination… he thinks his driver's dead." He continues quietly. "We need to get there, find it, get it free from whoever has it and get it to its destination. Simple, right?"

Mr.Terrific turns up the collar on his long coat for added neck protection, and takes the Ares Happy Helmet out of his backpack to fasten it in, and it connects subtly to the upturned collar. "Got it. Sounds simple enough."

Gnosis looks left, then looks right. "Well," he says. "Any ideas for getting down there? I have one trick up my sleeve, but we'll… probably be nekkid when we get there. It's awfully cold for that."

Mr.Terrific says "If you can get your friend to let us know what the water tankers or the trucks look like, that would be good. As for getting down there, Maglev is all I got unless you want to rent a Dodge Scooter for the day down at the corner."

Mr.Terrific says "Or, if you're REALLY in a hurry, I could call a bus. but it's not quiet."
Mr.Terrific says "As a matter of fact, if we really want to hit the trail, let's call the bus."
Mr.Terrific dropped Bus Tickets.

----------—[ Shadowrun Denver ]-
===========================> Item 1 on Bus Tickets <===========================
Item Name: Bus Tickets
Item Type: ITEM
Quantity: 10
Fractional OK: No
Clonable: No
Players Can Link: No
Created For: Mr.Terrific (#7242)
Created By: Bobby (#6569)
IC Location: Carried
-----> Description for Item <-----—-
Description: Appears to have had a rough time dealing with the Awakening resulting in his ingestion of mass quantities of various illicit substances. He has long messy white hair with a bald spot in the middle and appears to be in his mid fifties. He dresses in tattered army fatigues, sports pupils the size of fleas, and talks so fast he could easily read off the first half of War and Peace in a little under a minute.
Information: Crazy Eye used to be a Denver mass transit bus driver until they fired him for drinking tequila on the job. With his sole life focus thus taken away he purchased a bus of his own and psychotically continues to drive his old route. For a price he is more than willing to take a passenger anywhere that happens to be placed on dry land.

Good for one ride each use.


Gnosis raises an eyebrow. "All right," he says. "I don't know many busses that will go into the renz, but I'll trust you on it. Faster we get down there, the better…" His expression clouds a little, but he shakes his head. "Let's do it."

Mr.Terrific makes a call, and in a surprisingly short period of time (3.56 minutes to be exact) Crazy-Eye and the Love Bus arrive. The bus is empty except for a few critters and derelicts of one sort or another, including the driver; an ex-army-fagitue-wearing fellow whose wild pupils earn him the name. "Welcome to the Looove bus!" he drawls, and when Mister Terrific hands over the ticket he grins, jams the door, and floors it for the Warrens. And while he careens in and out of traffic and has to pick up and lose a few Lone Star guys along the way and he dramatically turns the wheel and stomps the gas; it's obvious that he's chipped in and driving the vehicle by wire.

«Plot» Gnosis says, "While you do that, i'll go over the basics. This is a low-key plot, worth some cash or favors, depending on how you handle it. But as we're going into the renz, you have to know I interpret it as a hellish warzone in many ways. While there are places you can negotiate with people, I approach it with a very fallout-view. bad things happen. all the time. I'm not going to go out of my way to kill you, but any plot in the renz will require consent. please state your consent status for the log."
«Plot» Mr.Terrific says, "I am consenting to the nature of the Warrens, with the understanding that some places are more dangerous than others, I am going into the combat zone part, and life is cheap and easy. I knew about this when I bundled up and overlayered my armor."
«OOC» Gnosis thumbsup.

Mr.Terrific may look like a groink in his overlayered armor and the latched helmet, but from the bumping and bouncing of the bus, it might have been a good idea; not to mention the occasional potshot that spangs off the bus' armor.

Mission Hills.

Like a nightmare version of Las Vegas, Mission Hills sprawls lazily during the day, its streets in disrepair and lined with the trash and debris of the previous evening. At night, however, it comes alive as a hive of debauchery and sin, reveling in every conceivable vice. One richly appointed lofts and condos lie in ruin, used as brothels and flop houses for those looking for a good time. Gaudily appointed businesses thrive here like maggots on a corpse, selling beetles and cheap guns and other good and services, with only a few staying more than a few days in any one place.

Wrecked and gutted cars block many streets, requiring one to travel on foot and channeling that traffic towards the aforementioned businesses. Corner whores and alleyway drug dealers are common, and there is the hint of danger at every turn. Here the dangers are more visceral than simply being shot: slavery is all too common, with human trafficking one of the most popular ways to make a buck. The nights are often torn with the sounds of screams, some of pleasure from the many whorehouses, and some of pain from the nightly fights and gladiatorial games.

Gnosis steps out into the streets, staring around him. Even by day, Mission Hills is quite a sight. He wets his lower lip, and pulls up his pocsec, nervously glancing at a few girls who are giving him longer looks than he's comfortable with. "The truck's transponder is a few blocks from here," he says. "Do you know how to drive?"

Mr.Terrific stumbles out and regains his bearings. "I can drive a perfectly ordinary car. A serious semi-based truck, I know enough to know I couldn't do it manual. I could only program the autopilot."
Mr.Terrific is awake, aware, and alert as he walks along; a far cry from the bookish, nose-buried-in-papers distance that he has in the Pentabucks. He may not be very experienced, but that much he knows, at least.
Gnosis nods. "There's no autopilot in the wrenz," he adds, sadly. "And we've got to get the shipment all the way over into south sunrise… but we'll figure it out. I hope. And probably won't die." He looks over his shoulder just as a woman's distant scream fills the air. Hard to tell if it's passion or pain. He swallows hard, and looks back at his pocsec. "The renz always makes me nervous. Especially the deeper parts."

«OOC» Gnosis says, "perception test!"
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Intelligence:
1 3 3 3 9 11

A group of four women- three humans and a dwarf- dressed in tight leathers, chains, and spiked collars- are following the two mages as they walk along, nasty smiles on their faces.

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Intelligence + 2 (enhanced perception):
2 2 3 3 4 5 5 9

Mr.Terrific turns about and smiles to the four ladies, and makes a show of catching their eyes, memorizing their faces, demonstrating that he's, yes, awake, aware, alert, and not prey. "Sorry, I'm taken," he says, giving them a polite out and reason not to continue following along.
Mr.Terrific must not be here to engage in man's oldest profession.

«OOC» Gnosis says, "mr.terrific, etiquette or intimidate test, your choice- open."
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Etiquette:
1 3 5
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Psychology - 3 for "Complementary to Etiquette to manage de-escalization.":
4 5 9
«OOC» Gnosis says, "excellent."

Gnosis turns to watch as Mr.Terrific speaks. The girls pause, watching…they don't step away, but they stop following for now, leers still on their faces. Gnosis swallows hard, again, but as they turn a corner… there the truck is. It's a pickup truck, really, and old model, and it's been filled with bullet holes. A puddle of blood has pooled underneath it, still dripping… and there are no barrels in its bed.
Mr.Terrific would go first to save any person - the no-barrels thing means that the truck is no longer important and that means that it is likely not rigged with explosives or anything. He's not blind to danger as he does so, but getting to a possibly injured person who might be saveable is far more important.
Mr.Terrific , also, busting into a run makes some distance from followers.

«OOC» Gnosis says, "perception test!"
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Intelligence:
1 1 1 2 2 7

As Mr. Terrific gets around the side of the truck, he can see that the windshield has been perforated by many holes, too… and there's a headless body inside. Looks like it once belonged to an ork. With Mr. T's sharp eyes, he can make out some brains on the headrest.

Gnosis is behind him by a few steps, walking backwards, looking around… "We need to see if we can find that water," he says, just loud enough for terrific to hear him. "Or at the very least find whodunnit. This is important!"

Mr.Terrific says, "Well, that's no good. Tell me, do ghouls eat the whole body, or do they just like the head, some of them?" He turns on his own astral sight, looking for signatures, impressions (like, besides that of horror) and other clues.

«OOC» Gnosis says, "give me an aura reading roll!"
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Aura Reading for "Complementary":
1 5 5 5 5 9
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Intelligence for "the real thing!":
1 2 2 3 4 4
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Intelligence vs TN 5 for "KP:1":
2 4 5 5 8 15 = 4 Successes

Mr.Terrific at first takes a cursory scan; dead body, murder, yeah, sure. But then he goes deep. This guy didn't deserve to go this way, and now his dander is up.

Violence. Sudden violence. No magic involved, no astral slime that tends to follow ghouls around wherever they stalk. The astral vibe of the area is creepy enough, but at least it's mild… just the sort of stink of a dog's old mess in the corner, the leftover stench of sin and murder that drapes the whole wrenz like a sackcloth shawl. This person's been dead for about 2 hours… doesn't look like there was much of a fight.

Mr.Terrific says, "About two hours," absently, and walks around the truck, scoping it. It's not like there's an 'astral trail' to follow, but he'll take anything he can get in the impressions. And then he'll look up to those four 'ladies' and see if they're at the corner watching the show. Whereas before he was all smiles, now he's all business.

All four of them are lightly cybered, but the dwarf more heavily so. She's like a black hole of ware and mean. There are also auras peeking out of windows all over the area…

«OOC» Gnosis says, "perception test again!"
«OOC» Mr.Terrific says, "with aura reading or without?"
«OOC» Gnosis says, "with."
«OOC» Gnosis says, "open test, this time."

«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Aura Reading:
1 3 4 4 5 11
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Intelligence:
2 2 4 5 7 10
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Aura Reading - 3 for "oops!":
3 4 4
«OOC» Mr.Terrific stands on 10

Up there, in that ruined apartment building, 8th or so floor. There's an aura with a very specific tinge of violence still hanging around it.

Mr.Terrific had pondered questioning the four ladies, but given the evidence of his eyes, decides against it. If the keys to the truck are still in the ignition and the truck's engine is not shot out yet and it looks driveable, he'll take a baggie from his jacket, slide it over his hand, remove the keys, invert the bag and seal it. Two hours in the renz and no one's jacked the vehicle? Must have been quite the shootup to warn them off so long. Taking the keys will keep the opportune away until the pros get here - that might be till nightfall. "Come on," he says, motioning to the apartment building and going in and up as much as going in might be possible.

Perception indicates that, while the keys are still in the ignition, the truck will need some minor work done before it's drivable for any distance, and serious work before it could be trusted for any real road-tripping. Gnosis will turn towards mr. terrific, nodding, and follow him, quietly pulling a long-bladed knife from his sleeve.

Mr.Terrific is keeping his gloved hands free for now - for magic or other manipulative work. Yet, it remains to be seen if the apartment building, like, has a closed door, or is just a burned-out squat-hole.
Well, it has, at the very least, a big double door out front, made of synthwood… given the bullet marks and scorches on it, reinforced synthwood at the very least.

Mr.Terrific , perhaps foolishly, sees if the door is open - being behind the door as it opens before looking around.

«OOC» Gnosis says, "give me one more perception test? basic, not astral."
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Intelligence:
2 2 2 3 4 4
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Intelligence for "KP:2":
4 4 4 5 9 10

Just before the fantastic mr.terrific touches the handle, he notes that the metal grip of the door is suprisingly shiney… except for those scorch marks on it. Why is it made of copper?
Better yet, why hasn't the copper been stolen?

Gnosis is looking at the women, now nearly a block away… they clearly make him nervous.
Mr.Terrific is wearing gloves, of course, otherwise his hands would get shot up. But that copper and the scorch marcks make for an incipient trap. "Oh, hell," he says. "Don't touch the door, and catch me for a second, would you?" He puts his back to you and falls into your arms for a moment - and actually, he doesn't astrally project immediately, he checks to see if the ladies over there see it, know what's going on, and think it's a moment of weakness. But if they're just confused, he will in fact astrally project, and fly up and through the window to the eighth floor scene-of-violence.

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Reaction for "WHOA!":
1 1 3 4 8
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 5 for "eyes!":
2 3 3 4 11

Gnosis whirls to catch the man, poise and timing perfect, as always- and does not catch him with a knife in the back! The women are def. watching, but they make no move yet… hard to tell about their perspective from so far away.

Mr.Terrific does in fact vacate and look in the window above. But he's aware of matters on the ground, as much as possible.

Upstairs, within the window- there are four forms gathered around something that still glows on the astral- partly because of the violence associated with it, partly because the remnants of the magics that were used to clean it. Water, marking with Gnosis's own astral signature from all his work to make it pure.

One of the figures is magical. An adept of a rat, already starting to twist in a foul way.

Mr.Terrific gets the hell out and down to the ground. If he's lucky he hasn't blown the run yet - maybe the adept wasn't looking astrally. And here he thought this was just about money. When he gets in his body he says, "Did you cleanse that water?"

Gnosis nods. "I did. It's part of the Haven project… we're purifying water in the resevoir and selling it at -very reasonable- rates around the warrens, just trying to clear our expenses and make sure that, well… the rens has water." He pushes the breeder back up to his feet. "I didn't realize that this shipment was one I had personally worked on, but it's possible."

Mr.Terrific says "Well, there it is. It's up on the eighth floor, four guys, one a sort of magical rat guy. I didn't stick around to look. Are you any good at opening a trapped door?"
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Intelligence:
2 2 3 3 3 4
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Intelligence for "kp 1":
2 2 3 5 5 9

Gnosis shakes his head. "not good at traps… but if the way in is trapped, there has to be another way in, right?" He frowns. "They only trap all the ways in in the trids. If the front door is trapped, there's probably just a guarded back door somewhere."

Mr.Terrific says, "All right, hang on." He turns towards the four ladies, and holds up his left hand towards them, facing them, and walks towards. As he does so he draws his pistol - a Browning - absently as if it has nothing to do with what he's coming over there for. "Hey," he says, in a deep, carrying voice. "I'm looking for some people to help me with a job. It pays five hundred each. You in?"
Mr.Terrific , if he is attacked from the 8th floor, knows he was spotted.

One of the women laughs. It's the Dwarf. "No," she says. "we're sinners, just been tasked to watch you and goldilocks. But if you're gonna start shit, I'll expect the 500 now. Just so, you know, I can pay my boss." she grins nastily. "Otherwise, we gots to protect our constituents."

Mr.Terrific says "You're saying they're with you? Or did they just do the crime on your turf and you're letting them get away with it?"

The dwarf shrugs. "The truck didn't pay enough protection. The kids in the building are regulars, and they pay their… taxes. You want to fuck with them, you need to pay up, too. Or else we get involved, too."

Mr.Terrific says, "I'll pay on the way out." and backs away. His eyes are hard, and his gun is down, and one hand is up, palm facing. And he projects that intimation of the gun being the least of their possible worries.

«OOC» Gnosis says, "negotiation or intimidation!"
«OOC» Mr.Terrific defaults his negotiation!
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Charisma for "+4 for defaulting, I believe?":
1 5 9 10
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 5 for "mystery!":
1 2 4 5 7

Dwarfilocks laughs. "Sure. Pay us later. You'll get your protection later." She glances down at the gun, then looks back to her girls… the tallest of which smiles, pushing back her shiney leather jacket, revealing a submachine gun. The other two do the same.

Mr.Terrific takes that as writ, and goes to walk around the corner of the building with his acquaintance, looking to follow his excellent earlier suggestion of checking for other not-so-trapped doors.
Mr.Terrific murmurs to him, "Let me know if you have, oh say, 'powerbolt.'"

Gnosis shakes his head. "No," he says. "But I can throw lightning, and stun people, and change into a small variety of animals." He seems to think about it. "And I can strike someone blind, though that takes a lot out of me. Other than that… I'm a damn scientist, not a fighter! I can use a knife." He looks at the alley they're in, and gestures with his chin. "I could, however, scale or levitate up to that second-story window there. The boards look a little loose."

Mr.Terrific says "Let's go for the second story levitate plan."
Mr.Terrific interlaces his fingers for the uf-da step up as needed.
«OOC» Mr.Terrific says, "(Aside: I clearly have Arcade Gannon as my Companion.)"

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 1 vs TN 5 for "levitating up.":
1 1 1 2 4 5 5 = 2 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Willpower + Sorcery Pool: 3 vs TN 4 for "resisting M drain":
2 2 3 4 5 5 5 11 14 = 6 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Edged Weapons for "breaking down window boards":
1 3 3 3
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Edged Weapons for "breaking down window boards kp 2":
3 5 7 10
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 1 vs TN 5 for "bringing mr.t up.":
1 1 2 2 3 4 5 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Willpower + Sorcery Pool: 4 vs TN 4 for "bringing mr.t up, resisting m drain.":
1 2 2 3 3 3 4 8 11 13 = 4 Successes

Gnosis nods, looking up towards the room. "So mote it be," he says, gesturing widely with his arms… and as he wraps himself in threads of magic, he starts to rise. Slowly, at first, then more quickly, till he stands before the wooden window… a few quick motions with his longblade, and enough of the barrier is broken for him to slide through… and once he's there, terrific, too, gets wrapped in a gentle hand of magic and carried, more carefully, into the room.

It a small, dark room, the living room of a long-ruined apartment. A pair of skelingtons sit on a couch watching a trid unit with no screen, and the door to the building proper hangs on a single hinge.

One is still clutching a sunset saspiralla.

Mr.Terrific does begin moving quietly, gun ready, armor up. He knows the goal - eighth floor. Staircases, duh. Likely he won't take the same one all the way up just to be paranoid.

The interior of the apartment building is a skelington itself, like so many buildings in the capital wasteland. The fact that it has a door is laughable. Various stairways and boards connect bits and pieces… there may only be one… traditional… way up…

«OOC» Gnosis says, "are you being stealthy?"
«OOC» Mr.Terrific says, "Yes - like I mentioned 'begins moving quietly'"
«OOC» Mr.Terrific says, "Should I be rollin'?"
«OOC» Gnosis says, "good. STEALTH TEST!"
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Stealth:
2 2 4 5
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Stealth for "KP:3":
2 4 4 9
«OOC» Mr.Terrific should stand there.

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Stealth for "HA!":
4
«OOC» Gnosis better stand there before he botches.

Mr.Terrific is taking point, is watching for wires and traps. It's odd how quiet those cowboy boots of his have gotten. He takes each corner widely. It's hard to say if he learned all this in the woods at home, or from watching Neil The Ork Barbarian clean out a cave on the trideo, but it's not bad atall.

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 5 for "collective perception!":
2 3 4 5 11
«OOC» Mr.Terrific rut roh.
«OOC» Gnosis says, "okay. you give me a perception test, too, mr. t."
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Intelligence:
1 1 2 2 5 13

Mr. Terrific is right to be watchful. On the board not far from him, just about ten feet away, a tripwire dangles across… and twenty feet up, a pinapple grenade lies hanging from another rope.

Gnosis is following along, being quiet as he can- but he's no professional. While he makes no terrible errors, the enemy took just that time to look over from their raised platform nearly ninety feet above them….

"Look! Dere are some stupid idiots come to steal our waters! And one's a keeb! Look at dem pretty ears! GO ROBERTA'S RAIDERS GO!"

They're getting shotguns ready!

Mr.Terrific succinctly says, "Well, crap," and backs under total cover (arms wide to get the keeb in question back too so he doesn't walk over the tripwire.) If that's possible before guns get a-shooting. "Don't trip the wire, he says, pointing. And this is really dumb, but get that levitate spell going on me."

Gnosis licks his lips a little… a salvo of gunfire echoes out, buckshot and slugs blasting into the cover. At least most of this place was built with permacrete! He pales. "Are you sure?" He asks. "You might be blown to bits!"

Mr.Terrific says, "Do it!" Meanwhile, he ponders which spell to cast first… it would have to be the invisibility spell.

«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 4 vs TN 6 for "TN 4 +an assumed 2 background count for Force 6 Improved Invisibility":
1 2 2 3 4 4 4 5 5 7 10 = 2 Successes
«OOC» Gnosis says, "bgcount is only one, actually."
«OOC» Gnosis says, "so 4 successes."
«Plot» Mr.Terrific says, "If the BG is just 1, I will stand on 4 successes, thanks."

Gnosis nods. "I'll follow up right behind you," he says. "The cavalry!" And then he's chanting lowly and gesturing, his fingertips glowing with brief power as he does. Once again he wraps mr. T in power, but this time, it's a firmer, more expert grip…

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 3 vs TN 5 for "Blamination!":
2 2 2 3 4 4 5 5 5 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Willpower + Sorcery Pool: 2 vs TN 4 for "Resisting 4m drain.":
1 2 3 3 4 4 10 15 = 4 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Willpower + Sorcery Pool: 3 vs TN 4 for "drain!":
1 1 2 4 4 4 4 4 7 = 6 Successes
«Plot» Mr.Terrific takes no drain.
«OOC» Gnosis takes no drain, either.

Mr.Terrific says, "No, stay down here for now!" He watches for the shotgunners to like, run down the steps to them, and if that's not happening, he goes to his next spell - armor.

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 4 for "tactics!":
3 4 4 7
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 1 for "ruh roh!":
3
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 4 vs TN 9 for "TN6+2 holding a spell, +1 BG, force 6 Armor spell":
1 1 2 3 3 4 4 4 5 7 20 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Willpower + Sorcery Pool: 2 vs TN 7 for "Resisting 7m drain - 5m +2 for holding a spell":
1 2 4 4 5 5 5 5 = 0 Successes
«Plot» Mr.Terrific takes M drain, and is at +6 TN.

Mr.Terrific says, "Fly me up to that grenade."

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Intelligence for "do i see that grenade?":
1 1 2 2 5 10
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 2 for "enhanced perception!":
5 33
«OOC» Gnosis eyeballs.
Mr.Terrific steps into the open, pirouetting, stumbling, holding up the spells with the weight of the world on his shoulders. (Oh, that grenade!)

Mr.Terrific realizes he's made a critical error at this point, and it depends on what that ratboy adepty fellow is capable of. But he wasn't spotted when he was astrally spying on them, and so that's what he's relying on now.

It's a tricky thing, levitating someone you can only see astrally up to something you don't have line of sight to (full cover and all that), and something you couldn't see astrally anyway, but Gnosis has a sharp brain, and his skills with magic are undeniable… Mr. Terrific is lifted up, up, and up, closer to the grenade (from up here, he can see the four evil orks and their fortified position, looks like they're waiting with shotguns ready… well, one is fiddling with a device…)… and lo, now he's within arm's reach!

Mr.Terrific , perfectly simply, clasps the grenade around to hold in the bar that keeps it from exploding, and pulls it off the wire, pulling the pin. Now he's holding a live grenade. He holds his arm out and waves it up, requesting to go higher. The orks may or may not see that grenade disappear as it becomes part of his possessions and the wiring system goes loose.

Mr.Terrific also realizes his next error - how tough are those water barrels? He might destroy the village in order to save it.

Mr.Terrific might be lucky and the water barrels are over in the room by the window.

The water is in big, heavy, plastic drums- four of them- just behind the four orks of war. As Mr. Terrific, another problem suddenly arises as the fourth ork presses his device…
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Reaction for "OH NOES!":
2 3 3 7 7
----------—[ Shadowrun Denver ]-
====================> Character Sheet for Gnosis (#8121) <=====================
------> Dice Pools <------—-
Combat…………. 8/8 Spell………….. 5/5 Karma………….. 9/9

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) has the Armor Rating Impact with the value '0 (4)'.
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Body + Combat Pool: 6 vs TN 8 for "absorbing the mine blast! Serious damage!":
1 1 2 2 2 4 10 11 11 13 = 4 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Body + Combat Pool: 6 - 4 vs TN 8 for "absorbing the mine blast! Serious damage! kp 3!":
2 2 3 5 5 11 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Body + Combat Pool: 6 - 5 vs TN 8 for "absorbing the mine blast! Serious damage! kp 5!":
2 3 4 5 11 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Athletics vs TN 4 for "survivng the fall, supernatural balance!":
2 3 5 5 = 2 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Sorcery vs TN 6 for "keeping the spell!":
1 2 2 5 7 22 = 2 Successes

An explosion rocks off right by gnosis as a hidden mine goes off on the floor above him, blasting through the floor, sending him reeling into the air… but he was aware of it just in time, and tucks and rolls with the blast… and as he lands on the bottom floor, he's scuffed but unhurt… and still gripping mr. T in the hands of magic!
But now he's exposed to gunfire! From 8 flights up.
Mr. T is now 8 meters from the orks.

Mr.Terrific makes a command decision, and lightly, lazily tosses the grenade into the midst of them. It's not a far toss at all, and they are, like, in a room, and who knows, that might channel the blast. But hey, he needs to put some distraction on them. At the very least, if he flubs the throw, the renade is not that likely to bounce down on his pal.

«OOC» Gnosis says, "http://theideadoor.com/Preparedness/Water0barrels.jpg"
«OOC» Gnosis says, "throwing weapons test!"
«OOC» Mr.Terrific says, "Default to strength is +2 or +4?"
«OOC» Mr.Terrific says, "And can you use combat pool?"

Mr.Terrific actually, thinks better of it. Instead, he shouts, "Move me into them!" to totally give away his position, and just casts at them.

«OOC» Gnosis says, "and they're not -really- in a room. more like on a platform that once was a room. +4 tn if you're defaulting to either strength or qui, +2 if you default to athletics… and if you default to an attr, no pool."
«OOC» Mr.Terrific will just cast, and he'll push off of anything that is push-off-of-able to fly towards them.
«OOC» Gnosis says, "wp of most of them is 3, the leader is 5."

«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 4 vs TN 10 for "Casting Force 6 Moderate Stunball, base TN 3 +1 bg, +6 penalties, anything over 12 goes on leader.":
2 2 2 3 3 3 4 5 8 10 11 = 2 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 4 - 2 vs TN 10 for "KP:5":
2 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 = 0 Successes
«OOC» Mr.Terrific stands with 2 successes, force 6.

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 3 vs TN 6 for "ow ow ow!":
1 5 10 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 3 vs TN 6 for "ow ow ow!":
3 4 5 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 3 vs TN 6 for "ow ow ow!":
1 2 4 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Willpower + Sorcery Pool: 2 vs TN 2 for "2S drain.":
1 2 2 3 5 7 8 8 = 7 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 3 - 1 vs TN 6 for "ow ow ow! kp: 1":
3 5 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 3 vs TN 6 for "ow ow ow! kp: 1":
1 3 4 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 3 vs TN 6 for "ow ow ow! kp: 1":
2 3 4 = 0 Successes
«OOC» Gnosis says, "three of them take serious stun!"
«OOC» Mr.Terrific says, "And the leader is completely unharmed!"

Mr.Terrific is a little desperate here - his clever maneuver of getting the grenade is negated by their hostage - the water barrels. But they ARE nicely clumped for a stunball, although his potency is seriously reduced. Yet, he is invisible. He'd wave his arms to distract them, but they couldn't see him! They will just have to take as writ that he is gesturing with the grenade as if to use it as a focus; all the while praying that his levitateur downstairs is doing all right.

Mr.Terrific lets it go and he can tell he has them wavering, confused, droopy. (The expressions on their faces doesn't change much.) But their leader, the ratboy, he's a little too strong for this.

«OOC» Gnosis says, "let's go to +init!"

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Initiative with a result of 9.
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Initiative with a result of 7.
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 1 for "+4 basic gangers":
4
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 3 for "+8, ratganger":
1 2 4
«Plot» Gnosis says, "ratboy 15, gnosis 9, gangers 8, mr.t 5(stun mod from drain), ratboy 5"
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 6:
1 1 1 1 3 4
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 4 vs TN 8 for "dropping a grenade!":
1 3 5 15 = 1 Success
«OOC» Mr.Terrific hopes for a (good for us, bad for them) bounce.
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 1 for "direction":
4
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 2 for "distance":
1 1
«OOC» Mr.Terrific oop.

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Body + Combat Pool: 2 vs TN 2 for "it's okay, i'm wearing impact armor and its AP.":
1 5 5 5 5 8 = 5 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Body + Combat Pool: 2 - 5 vs TN 2 for "it's okay, i'm wearing impact armor and its AP. kp 6":
9 = 1 Success
«OOC» Gnosis soaks the dropped grenade.
«Plot» Mr.Terrific says, "Eight floors is not the easiest drop."

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 6 + Karma Pool: 1 vs TN 8 for "Lightning Bolt, cast at moderate!":
1 1 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 10 11 = 2 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 6 + Karma Pool: 1 - 2 vs TN 8 for "Lightning Bolt, cast at moderate! kp 8/9":
1 1 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 9 11 = 2 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Combat Pool: 8 vs TN 4 for "dodging lightning bolt.":
1 2 4 4 5 5 5 22 = 6 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Willpower vs TN 3 for "resisting serious drain!":
2 4 5 5 9 10 = 5 Successes

Mr.Terrific certainly hopes that the keeb with the magic hands is only getting the orks peering over the edge, and not the barrels. But he can't see the barrels from where he is, so that should be safe.

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Willpower - 5 vs TN 3 for "resisting serious drain! kp 9/9":
1 = 0 Successes
«Plot» Gnosis takes light drain.
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 4 + Combat Pool: 4 vs TN 8 for "guy 1, shotgun blast, long range, gnosis.":
1 2 2 4 4 5 5 13 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 4 + Combat Pool: 4 vs TN 8 for "guy 2, shotgun blast, long range, gnosis.":
1 1 2 3 3 4 8 11 = 2 Successes
«OOC» Gnosis says, "the other guy only has buckshot, gnosis is out of range."

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 4 for "did they notice the shout?":
1 2 3 4
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Combat Pool: 6 vs TN 6 for "dodging the first blast!":
1 2 3 4 4 8 = 1 Success
«OOC» Gnosis curses. taking them both.
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) has the Armor Rating Ballistic with the value '0 (3)'.
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Body vs TN 5 for "soaking serious!":
2 2 9 11 = 2 Successes
«OOC» Mr.Terrific eeps! You need some better balistic armor there.
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Body vs TN 5 for "soaking serious!, second blast!":
1 1 7 11 = 2 Successes
«OOC» Gnosis takes a serious and a moderate, but is still standing! somehow. wow.

Armageddon breaks out. The ranks swirl, but the ratboy starts it off quick, dropping a pineapple down towards Gnosis. The elf man whirls, taking it on his sweet-ass letterman jacket, tearing it to bits but holding together… then he counters with a massively aimed lightning bolt that is only just barely avoided. The remaining guys, stunned as they are, open up with shotguns- and, busy maintaining the levitate and already a little slowed by the fury of his lightning, gets caught by both blasts. The elf goes down in a terrible spray of blood, and it's hard to tell whether he's alive or dead…

Except that mr. Terrific doesn't fall, and is, in fact, only 4 meters away from his enemies.
Mr.Terrific shouts, "GET THE FUCK UNDER COVER!" down to the elf, and casts up a storm. Normally he intones steadily, but now he's being loud, as loud as possible.

«Plot» Mr.Terrific says, "Second verse, same as the first, seeing as how it is my best option: force 6 moderate stunball, point blank range."
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 4 vs TN 10 for "TN 10 against thugs, tn 12 against leader, F6 moderate stunball.":
2 2 3 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 9 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 4 vs TN 10 for ":kp:6":
1 2 2 3 3 3 4 5 5 16 17 = 2 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 4 vs TN 10 for ":kp:8":
1 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 = 0 Successes

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 3 vs TN 6 for "guy 1":
4 4 5 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 3 vs TN 6 for "guy 2":
1 1 9 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 3 vs TN 6 for "guy 3":
3 4 5 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 5 vs TN 6 for "leader":
2 2 2 2 4 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 5 vs TN 6 for "leader kp 1/?":
1 2 4 5 5 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 5 vs TN 6 for "leader kp 3/?":
3 4 8 8 9 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Willpower + Sorcery Pool: 2 vs TN 2 for "Resisting 2s drain.":
2 2 3 4 5 5 5 9 = 8 Successes
«OOC» Gnosis thinks if the leader rolled more successes than you that he stops it all, right?
«OOC» Gnosis says, "the guys with the shotguns drop, ratboy's left up to spite you."

Mr.Terrific , at the very least, takes out the fusilladiers. The ratboy can feel it, and he knows he's all alone. But what can he see? That is the question. What's he got that he thinks he can pull off?

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 5 for "sharp eyes?":
1 1 3 3 5
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 5 for "sharp eyes? kp 4/?":
1 1 3 4 5
«OOC» Mr.Terrific says, "You-sa not rolling many sixes."

The ratboy knows invisible support when he sees it. He twists with his own shotgun, firing off into the dark near to mr.t, but not close enough to actually score a hit… and he backs up into cover, using the water barrels as he loads in a new clip.

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Initiative with a modifier of -4 with a result of 7.
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Initiative with a modifier of -2 with a result of 9.
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 2 for "+8":
2 3
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 1:
9
«OOC» Gnosis forgot he had 3 dice.
«Plot» Gnosis says, "ratboy 19. terrific 9, gnosis 7, ratboy 9."
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 5:
1 2 2 4 10
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 8 + Combat Pool: 6 vs TN 11 for "+8 blind fire, -2 smartlink, +1 cover.":
1 1 2 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 8 8 9 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 8 + Combat Pool: 6 vs TN 11 for "+8 blind fire, -2 smartlink, +1 cover. kp 5/5":
1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 9 11 = 1 Success
«OOC» Gnosis says, "Shotgun blast, coming for YOU!"
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Body + Combat Pool: 3 vs TN 2 for "For soaking the shotgun blast, twisting aside in the air to take it off his glowing armor and trauma plates.":
1 3 4 5 5 5 5 = 6 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Body + Combat Pool: 3 - 6 vs TN 2 for "KP:9":
1 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Body + Combat Pool: 3 - 6 vs TN 2 for "KP:11":
7 = 1 Success

Mr.Terrific does in fact twist in the air, shuffling off the damage onto his many layers of protective defenses - magic, kevlar, and.. sell, semi-toned muscle. It's still annoyingly close - way closer than he would like it to be.

«OOC» Gnosis says, "your action!"
«OOC» Mr.Terrific says, "Am I on the platform?"
«OOC» Gnosis says, "you will be on my next action."
«OOC» Gnosis says, "you could hold for that, if you like."
«OOC» Mr.Terrific says, "I do in fact delay to get put on the platform."

Gnosis slowly rolls over, his face splattered with his own blood- he doesn't quite have the presence of mind yet to roll under cover, just finish his task, gesturing with his hand to put the terrific man he can't see on the platform and release him- hoping he won't die, but unable to spend the concentration on that now while he's bleeding badly.

Mr.Terrific gets foot on the platform, uses it to step on, right about when he feels his weight return to him. Oops! No hidden tiger flying leaps to get away for him. Instead, he says, to the very close shotgun-ready ratboy, "I can do this all day," and after he has spoken, quietly walks the necessary three steps to shoot him not-from-behind-cover and then duck left behind barrel.

«Plot» Mr.Terrific takes a simple action to aim, bringing TN from 4+6=10-1=9.
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Pistols vs TN 9 for "Saving my CP for his retaliation. Firing a round of ExEx ammo.":
2 3 4 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 5 for "targeting that gunshot?":
2 2 3 5 11
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 8 vs TN 13 for "running and shooting. out the window.":
1 1 2 2 3 5 5 8 = 0 Successes

«OOC» Gnosis says, "he has 5 levels of freefall, we're 18 meters up, so he needs to soak 8 meters of fall."
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 5 vs TN 6 for "athletics to lower power":
1 2 4 5 10 = 1 Success
«OOC» Mr.Terrific says, "Most excellent."
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 5 vs TN 4 for "six impact armor, three applies. serious damage.":
1 2 3 4 8 = 2 Successes

The rat has enough of this. He fires a blast towards Mr. Terrific, growling, and then he leaps for the window.. and out he goes, leaping with suprising skill… and when he hits the ground, all that hurts him is shock, and he's about ready to keep on running!
«OOC» Mr.Terrific says, "New round?"
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Initiative with a modifier of -2 with a result of 4.
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 3 for "+7":
1 1 2
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Initiative with a modifier of -4 with a result of 7.
«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 9 for "-1, stealthing.":
1 2 2 3 3 5 7 8 9
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Intelligence:
1 3 5 5 5 10
«OOC» Mr.Terrific says, "What are the defaults on throwing again?"
«OOC» Gnosis says, "+2 for athletics, +4 for attributes."
«OOC» Gnosis says, "what's your strength?"

«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Strength vs TN 14 for "The main thing is that I'm throwing the grenade OUT THE WINDOW in his general direction. If it comes close enough to hurt him that's like magic.":
3 5 5 = 0 Successes
«OOC» Gnosis says, "pose blowing up a random dumpster."

Mr.Terrific is really throwing the grenade as a point of emphasis, so it can clatter to the ground in the ratboys general direction and go boom, holing up a dumpster that is, admittedly, quite a distance away from him. Mister Terrific calls out the window, "Hey, ratboy! Do you want your pals up here alive or dead? I won't shoot while ya answer back!"

Gnosis bleeds, slowly sitting up, trying to feel whether he's alive or dead. There's a lot of blood here. It's all his. And his jacket! Nooooo! He frowns, and will, cautiously, crawl into the dark.
Ratboy doesn't answer, instead moving into another building as fast as his orky legs can carry him. His momma didn't raise no foo!
Mr.Terrific shouts, "I don't hear nothing, so I'm hearing dead! I thought the Raiders hung together?!?!"
«OOC» Gnosis says, "perception test?"

«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Intelligence:
1 4 5 5 5 11
Between the waterbarrels… something is blinking with a little red light. "Chirp… chirp… chirp…"

Mr.Terrific takes it, tosses it out the window. Either it blows up in his hands if it's serious crap, or it doesn't, if it's not.
BOOM! Out over the street. That's gonna be pretty.
Mr.Terrific calls out, "Hey, that woulda killed your pals right there! You must really want them dead!"
Mr.Terrific thusly works on destroying his rep, as it's the best point of attack right now. And looks for more little toys like that.
No answer.

Mr.Terrific takes his clip of ExEx out of the gun, puts in a clip of standard, and shoots into the corner of the room three times, measured. As if committing the coup de grace, which can be heard in the distant reports of a hopefully running ratboy. "And if I see you on my way out, that's what you're gonna get!" Meanwhile, the three orks sleep peacefully. They're so innocent that way… Mister Terrific gets the three shotguns, unloads them, takes their personal handguns and other weapons, unloads them, and calls out down there, "How are you doing down there? Can you get up here? I've secured the platform."
You say "I can try," his voice more like a croak than a real answer. "I feel like I've been cored… but I'm still alive. Is the water safe?"
Mr.Terrific calls down, "The water's good. The guy had it rigged to blow. I gotta think they were trying to pull you guys in - they didn't just want the water."
Mr.Terrific says "Fly up if you can, it'll be safer than the tripwires."

Gnosis looks up, shakes his head. "Don't want to risk it," he calls back up. "Move the barrels to the edge… I'll float them down, then you. One at a time, and c…c…carefully. Maybe after a few minutes of rest. I… i'll see if I can arrange a ride." And then he stops shouting.

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) has the Contact Juan Quarez with the following information:
----—> Contact for Gnosis (#8121) <----—-
Contact Name: Juan Quarez
Level: 1
Type: smuggler
GM Note: Juan is a smuggler who helped Gnosis get out of aztlan. He operates mostly in large wheeled vehicles, but his recent buisness has brought him up to Denver, too. He's good at getting people across borders, especially Azzie ones, and doesn't ask many questions.

Mr.Terrific gets away from the window and drops in Invisibility, but keeps up the Armor. "No, if you're that bad, I'm coming down to you." He slings the shotguns and the personal weapons (and any credsticks, scrip, and other similar things) from the orks about his person, and will make his way carefully down, through the traps, slowly slowly, to the location in question.

Mr.Terrific knows there are traps now, and is pretty sure of how the whole thing was a set-up.

«Auto-Judge[]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 1:
8
«OOC» Gnosis says, "wow! 800 nuyen in scrip and credsticks on them!"
«OOC» Mr.Terrific says, "Did they have personal handguns and other weaponry, or just the shotguns?"
«OOC» Gnosis says, "the remington 990s were their personal weapons. There's also a box with 3 antipersonnel mines and 4 offensive ap grenades left in it."
«OOC» Mr.Terrific says, "Good enough!"
«OOC» Mr.Terrific says, "Any dificulty coming down?"
«OOC» Gnosis says, "not if you carefully. you go past three bear traps, a tripwire-shotgun trap, and a well concealed claymore."
«OOC» Gnosis says, "oh, and a collapsing-stair trap. feel free to pose it all. :)"
«OOC» Gnosis says, "along the way, you'll also pass several mattresses, a badly sketched map of some kind of delivery schedule, and 200 rounds of standard shotgun ammunition."

Mr.Terrific looks with his eyes first, then steps, taking it one pace at a time. He doesn't neglect any of his quadrants, looking up and ahead of him as well. Which is good, because that spots him the wire, at dwarf-neck-height, where few people look for it. He traces it back to the shotgun, which he disengages and stows with the rest of them (he knew there had to be four shotguns, magically speaking, for reasons which will become obvious.) He never steps into rubble or brush, instead poking it aside with the butt of the shotguns if needed >snap<! Oh look, a bear trap. Taht gets him a little more paranoid than that, and he then does an old trick he read about - tying a thick piece of twine to the barrel of a shotgun as he walks, so it brushes over the grou- oh look, another tripwire, this one at ankle height connected to a claymore. It just doesn't stop, does it? After all this, the rigged staircase is much more obvious when you come at it from the top, because you can see through the holes to the rigging.

Mr.Terrific finally gets down safely. "Come on, give me your hand." He looks to make contact, going down on one knee, and drops his last spell - the glowing white light around him fading to give him the best chance at a more positive outcome.

Gnosis will be waiting, huddled up against the wall, calming himself as he talks on the phone. "Yes, Juan. There will be someone there to pay you, I promise. Yes, only Five thousand. I'm sorry, it's all they have. I'll owe you a favor, too… just four barrels. Yeah. See you in an hour."

He hands up and looks at terrific, offering his blood-spattered hand. From here the wounding is more obvious. One of the slugs caught him in the shoulder- his right arm is no longer working- and the second looks like it got him square in the back as he was leaping away. It's remarkable he's still alive. (Spanish)

Mr.Terrific does not understand the words, but he examines the wounds to see if the slugs remain, applying direct pressure to hold down the blood while taking them out as a part of the spell.

«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 6 vs TN 7 for "tn 10-essence of 6=4, +2 for moderate stun +1 bg, force 6, serious wound.":
1 1 1 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 4 5 11 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 6 - 1 vs TN 7 for "KP:12, the last one.":
1 1 2 2 2 4 4 7 8 8 10 14 = 5 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Mr.Terrific (#7242) rolls Willpower vs TN 3 for "Resist 3s drain":
1 4 4 4 5 5 = 5 Successes
«Plot» Mr.Terrific will take L stun, and yes, should heal the max of 6 boxes.

Mr.Terrific actually murmurs in hebrew as he does this, saying a blessing. It must have some power to it, because he does appear to get the most out of the spell.

The slug in the back gets pulled out. Just as well. The one that hit the shoulder was shattered into dozens of pieces on the floor after it chipped the bone. Gnosis will smile, just a little. "Thank you," he says, quietly. "A friend of mine will be here to take the water the rest of the way in about an hour… we just need to hold out till then." He shakes his head sadly. "I'm afraid I had to promise him the whole price of the water to get him to do it, so no cash for you… but it was only five thousand."

Mr.Terrific shakes his head. "Not a problem for me. You're the one with problems - they're on to you guys. They have you mapped out. Hang on.." He holds the spell for the requisite amount of time, staying with you, until you look much better indeed (but still rather fucked up.) Then he retraces his steps, getting the map, picks up one (1) barrel, and hauls it down. Careful careful. And again, and again, and again, until it's all to the ground floor. He consoles himself by calling it 'dinosaur training'.. where you use real items instead of weights.

Gnosis smiles slowly. "Thanks," he says, and rises, a little wobbly. "lead me the rest of the way up, and I'll get the rest down here. Those things look heavy." A look at the map disturbs him, but he shakes it off a little. "This place… was it a fortress or a setup, do you think?"

Mr.Terrific says "This place is a set-up. A trap from the word go. If they wanted the water for the water they would have taken it away from here. But they didn't know how crappy we might or might not be at tracking them so they had to keep close enough to watch the truck outside the window."

Mr.Terrific says "You're bleeding, I'm just tired. I'll do the carrying, you keep watch."

You say "You'll need my help a bit," he says, looking at the drum. "Don't… don't be a martyr. This will remind me to get under fucking cover instead of throwing a lightning bolt. That was a terrible mistake."
Mr.Terrific frk ding blasted orks carrying giant barrels on shoulders rikty staircases kvetch kvetch. "When you feel okay."

Time passes. Through magic, skill, and a bit of luck, the pair get all 220 gallons of purified water to the ground, just in time for a second trunk to pull up outside. A bunch of swarthy hispanic men hop out, and with their fresh, blue-collar muscles move the water onto the back.

"They'll be waiting for you in south central. The Old Mill, you know it? Yeah, they'll be good for it. And I owe you one."

They drive off, Gnosis looks back at Mr. T. "Keep the shotguns," he says. "Least I can do for all your help." He's breathing heavy again, but another car is pulling up.

The four women that were 'watching' are nowhere to be seen.
Mr.Terrific says "Oh no - the four shotguns were for the four women."
Mr.Terrific says "After fencing, that's their fee."
Mr.Terrific pitches his voice for this, as if to make them magically appear.

The dwarf woman appears. "we'll take them," she says, coming out of a nearby alley. "Just wanted to make sure you weren't shooting us."

Mr.Terrific says, "Yeah, that rat guy was kind of explosives-happy. Here you go." He is only too happy to hand over the shotguns in a show of amity and good will. "Pleasure making your acquaintance."
The woman nodded. "Be in touch. You ever cross this turf, come see me. I'm Violet… I'll make sure you don't get raped for the price."

Mr.Terrific says "Damn glad to meet you. Here, a tip."
Mr.Terrific proffers the antipersonnel mines and offensive grenades.
Mr.Terrific says "For being so genial."
They will gladly take them… and as they dissappear into the night, this scene will gently draw to a close.

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