30 – Movement!10-Sep-08
You have calmed down Reesus, your Apeman retainer. The discussion following his outburst included a number of interesting observations about the politics of the Affiliation and the motivations of your Expedition.
Moving onward, you have emerged in a well-lit section of the vault and now stand at the north end of a long corridor. To the north is a large room filled with refuse. To the south is the elevator room, about 100 feet distant. The corridor extends past that, but it is difficult to make out details at this range.
You pause for a moment to decide whether to explore the refuse room or to continue towards the elevator.
Ibben whispers tersely to the others: “Since the whole point of entering the lit area ahead is to proceed downwards, let us not delay any further towards said goal,” He sounds somewhat annoyed, perhaps because he had wanted to continue exploring the darkened corridors.
“Perhaps those of us able to avoid visual detection should proceed first?”, he suggests with a trace of nervousness, glancing towards Apollo. Without awaiting a response, Ibben fades into invisibility…
…and moments later, Apollo fades as well. (Control Light Waves mutation.) The invisible duo begin moving south towards the elevator.
(The referee tosses some dice…)
Moments after fading from view, the invisible scouts spot movement! Far at the south end of the lit hallway – almost 200 feet distant – a large dark shape lopes across the corridor! You cannot make out any further details about the creature.
With a whispered warning to the rest of the group, Ibben freezes in place and reaches out to grab Apollo’s invisible arm to stop him as well. “I knew we should’ve kept away from here!” he thinks.
Olive rushes forward, moving quickly to put himself between the incoming entity and the group, then activates his repulsion field. Better safe than sorry, thinks the android as he stands at the entrance to the elevator room. (He can’t block the entire hallway, but certainly makes an obvious target.)
The party observes the southern corridor, but can’t see any further activity. Whatever it was that moved, it looked like it just dashed across the southern hallway.
“Another predator!” exclaims Rasputin in disgust. “The third distinct group in such a small area. It’s as if we are attracting the creatures,” exclaims Rasputin in disgust.
(Rasputin is right – there is quite an unreasonable number of predators packed into a very small area. Such an ecosystem could not have survived in here since the Fall like this.)
With Olive blocking the hallway south and the scouts ahead to provide warning, Rasputin quickly checks out the room to the north – looking for furniture and equipment could be used to make a barricade across the doorway. He concludes that a crude barricade could indeed be quickly constructed from the debris in the room.
“Hold up!” Aha-Vasha says to Rasputin. “There might be something in there laying in wait! We need Ibben’s deep sight to see what might be lurking within.”
(Ibben’s echolocation did not pick up any movement within the room. Your sight is probably better than his echolocation in these lit areas anyways.)
Olive continues to hold his position after hearing Rasputin’s assessment. With his knowledge of the layout of the room, the android thought it best to hold one front of any incoming attack.
You continue to observe, but after several minutes you still see no further movement. Whatever was there, it’s gone now.
What are your actions? Do you construct a barricade while maintaining Olive’s watch, continue forward to the elevator, or choose another course of action?