SHARE
TWEET

President gets Kennedy'd!

a guest Oct 13th, 2019 143 Never
Not a member of Pastebin yet? Sign Up, it unlocks many cool features!
  1. ❨❢❩ Syriana_Deschain is now known as GMSyri
  2. ❨❢❩ Sleepy_Razzy is now known as Rasheah_Vanti
  3. ━━▶ Joins: Joseph_McGain (Joseph_McG@vhhe-931-84-409-79.washdc.fios.verizon.net)
  4. <GMSyri> FOR NOW, SOME OF YOU ARE MILLING AROUND ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF TOWN WHERE REGULUS HEADQUARTERS, UP ON IT'S HILL, IS IN PLAIN SIGHT. THE REST OF YOU ARE INSIDE SAID BUILDING... AS A LOUD, OBNOXIOUS ALARM STARTS TO SOUND AND ANNA'S VOICE COMES OVER THE INTERCOM. <i> "EVERYONE FRONT AND CENTER!" <i>
  5. ❨❢❩ You are now known as NathanHM
  6. ◄NickServ► This nickname is registered. Please choose a different nickname, or identify via /msg NickServ identify <password>.
  7. ◄NickServ► You are now identified for EdgeHM.
  8. ❮▲❯ ChanServ gives channel operator status to NathanHM
  9. ✽ @NathanHM marches his butt down to the workshop, guessing that's where front and center meant.
  10. ✽ Esther_Deschain is currently in Regulus HQ and had been gearing up to go on patrol when the alarm sounded! She winced at the loud, obnoxious sound and put on her cat-ear headphones Anna got for her forever ago and went to find her cousin. "The hell's the 'larm for?!" she yelled over the noise.
  11. ✽ John_O`Connor sighs and leaves the garage to see what Anna wants. He hoped it was to shoot someone, actually he hoped it was a lot of people to shoot at.
  12. ◀━━ Quits: Razzeh (Android@69.229.99.897.ipv9.supernova.orange.pl) (Read error: Connection reset by peer)
  13. ━━▶ Joins: Razzy (Android@69.229.99.897.ipv9.supernova.orange.pl)
  14. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti was down in the garden, planting new seeds in an empty plot when the alarm sounded, as muffled as it was down there. She quickly put her stuff back in place, jumped under the shower for a few seconds to get rid of all the dirt and then wrapped herself in a bathrobe, heading up to the workshop and the others.
  15. <GMSyri> THEY WOULD GET TO THE HQ WORKSHOP WHERE ANNA WAS SITTING IN FRONT OF HER BATTLESTATION COMPUTER. THERE WAS A BROKEN MUG ON THE GRUOND AND SOME COFFEE LEAKING ALL OVER THE CONCRETE FLOOR. THE PROBLEM SHE WAS FACING WASN'T SOMETHING THAT NEEDED EXPLAINING. AND THOSE OF YOU OUTSIDE OF REGULUS HEADQUARTERS COULD EASILY SPOT THE PROBLEM AS WELL. HALF A DOZEN BRADLEY FIGHTING MACHINES WERE
  16. <GMSyri> SURROUNDING THE HQ, WITH ANOTHER SEVENTY TO A HUNDRED NRC SOLDIERS HIDING BEHIND THEIR ARMOR AND PROTECTION WITH VARIOUS WEAPONRY IN THEIR HANDS. THESE GUYS ARE DEFINITELY NCR, AND YOU CAN ALL SEE THE REGULUS TURRETS JUST BEGGING FOR ANNA TO GIVE THE COMMAND TO FIRE.
  17. ✽ Esther_Deschain stares at the display, her eyes narrowing. "The hell's this 'bout," she growled, tail flicking sharply behind her. She scanned the feeds, looking for any sign of some sort of spokesperson.
  18. <GMSyri> EASY ENOUGH. STANDING ONTOP OF ONE OF THE TANKS. IN AN IMPECCABLE THREE PIECE SUIT, WITH HIS TIE FLAPPING IN THE WIND, WAS PRESIDENT HOWARD HIMSELF.
  19. ✽ John_O`Connor grinned at the sight and popped some pills. "Looks like fun." He put his helmet on and check his weapons ready to go fight all of them. <BoE x 3>
  20. ✽ @NathanHM looks over the monitors "...that ain't good... This is probably about that thing Rad mentioned last night. We should go out to meet them."
  21. <GMSyri> <President Howard> *Taps his ear in the monitor. Esther's codec would start to buzz.*
  22. ✽ Esther_Deschain stares at the president, tail going still for a moment. "Hang on, dad....we dunno what this's 'bout jus' yet." She looks around, frowning....Cassie wasn't here... Opting for the safest choice she could think of, she tapped her codec. <c>"Mister President. To what do we owe this honor?"<C>
  23. <Seoladan> Woof-man's somewhere nearby, warily keeping an eye on one of the closer machines and the people surrounding them. He doesn't do anything, yet... it was obvious that at the moment it'd be suicidal to try and attack the machines and people. Quiet and sneaky. That's what he tries to be.
  24. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> An NCR clinic was blown up last night. A very big, very expensive one. There's been reports coming to my desk for two months now that the Nightstalker, AKA Syriana Deschain, has gone AWOL and has been murdering folk. Up to this point, I ignored it the best I could. Now? .... <c> *He looks around at the tanks.* <c> "You could say I've been forced into a response. Knowing
  25. <GMSyri> you and your family... I decided the response needed to be a big one.... No offense." <c>
  26. ✽ Esther_Deschain takes in a deep breath and exhales slowly... <c>"....how secure is this line, Mr. President?"<C>
  27. ✽ Joseph_McGain is also nearby, calmly having a cigar and dressed in a suit hismelf. Not as immaculate as the President's, but a damned sight more flashy. He has no idea what's going on, of course, he is just having a cigar out in a doorway.
  28. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> On my end? Infallable. You'd have to ask your tech for your end. <c>
  29. <GMSyri> <Anna> Tell him I'd take the Nuka Challenge against his bitch-ass tech any day!
  30. ✽ @NathanHM looks confused by that "The... the what?"
  31. <Rasheah_Vanti> "... Uuuuhh..." the mouse girl didn't know what to say, really, just staring at the screen and all the machines visible on it with a sinking feeling in her stomach, her tail flicking nervously back and forth. Her ears twitched a bit as the man on the screen spoke via the codec. Even a shut-in like her knew who it was.
  32. ✽ Esther_Deschain glances to the others briefly...Anna kept their tech safe enough, she knew. She looked back to the monitor, her voice getting a slightly flat tone, as if what she was saying was hard. <c>"The...true Nightstalker is dead, Mr. President. We have proof we can show to you and you alone, but she is...gone. The attacks done lately have been the work of an imposter, trying to destroy
  33. ✽ Esther_Deschain everything she worked for."<C>
  34. ━━▶ Joins: Raela`Raskae (Gryphon@gryphon.burb)
  35. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> ....Syri's dead? <c> *Flatly.*
  36. ✽ John_O`Connor grimaced and clenched his fists that Howard would think that.
  37. <Esther_Deschain> <c>"I have the mission feed I can show you as proof. She died to bring back the sun."<C>
  38. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> You're telling me she's not i your HQ right now? She's actually dead? And there's an imposter wearing her outfit running around... for what purpose, exactly? <c>
  39. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti frowned and left for the garden for a moment to get dressed in her gear, leaving the codec open to hear the vconversation. She returned rather quickly, zipping up the remainder of her suit on the way.
  40. ✽ Esther_Deschain sighs softly... <c>"As I said, the imposter is trying to destroy...everything. Everything she ever built, everything she worked for. Even Regulus personnel have been directly attacked multiple times in their attempts. And no...she is gone, Mr. President. She... ....when I last saw her, she was floating away in space. Her....suit would have only had maybe half an hour's worth of
  41. ✽ Esther_Deschain oxygen at best."<C>
  42. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> ...so there's no body to confirm? <c> *His voice is all business...* INT/LEVEL/LUCK ANYONE LISTENING ON THE CODEC CONVERSATION. THAT INCLUDES JOE SINCE I ASSUME HE'S SPYING ON IT
  43. <John_O`Connor> `roll 1d20+7
  44. <GameServ> John_O`Connor rolled 1d20: 15  <Total: 15(+7) = 22>
  45. <Esther_Deschain> ((would Empathy apply?))
  46. <GMSyri> NOT FOR THIS GUY
  47. <GMSyri> `roll 1d20+16
  48. <GameServ> GMSyri rolled 1d20: 15  <Total: 15(+16) = 31>
  49. <Esther_Deschain> `roll 1d20+8
  50. <GameServ> Esther_Deschain rolled 1d20: 17  <Total: 17(+8) = 25>
  51. <Rasheah_Vanti> `roll 1d20+3
  52. <GameServ> Rasheah_Vanti rolled 1d20: 6  <Total: 6(+3) = 9>
  53. <@NathanHM> `roll 1d20+8
  54. <GameServ> NathanHM rolled 1d20: 11  <Total: 11(+8) = 19>
  55. ✽ Esther_Deschain clenches her fist at her side, tail twitching. Keep calm... <c>"We had no way to retrieve her. I can show you the feed from the mission, but I will only show it to you directly, Mr. President."<C>
  56. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> Perhaps, then, it'll be better if I come in there for a direct viewing, Esther. <c>
  57. <Esther_Deschain> <c>"Agreed....I'll come meet you at the gate with a guest pass."<C> *She looks to the others. "Dad...with me, jus' in case. The rest'a y'all, stand down unless they make a move." *She picks up a guest pass and heads to the door.*
  58. <GMSyri> PERCEPTION/LEVEL/LUCK EVERYONE WATCHING
  59. ✽ John_O`Connor nods and follows Esther.
  60. <John_O`Connor> `roll 1d20+11
  61. <GameServ> John_O`Connor rolled 1d20: 7  <Total: 7(+11) = 18>
  62. <Esther_Deschain> `roll 1d20+10
  63. <GameServ> Esther_Deschain rolled 1d20: 2  <Total: 2(+10) = 12>
  64. <Rasheah_Vanti> `roll 1d20+4
  65. <GameServ> Rasheah_Vanti rolled 1d20: 7  <Total: 7(+4) = 11>
  66. <GMSyri> `roll 1d20+18
  67. <GameServ> GMSyri rolled 1d20: 16  <Total: 16(+18) = 34>
  68. <@NathanHM> `roll 1d20+8
  69. <GameServ> NathanHM rolled 1d20: 12  <Total: 12(+8) = 20>
  70. <Seoladan> 1d20+2
  71. <Seoladan> goddamn it
  72. <Seoladan> `roll 1d20+2
  73. <GameServ> Seoladan rolled 1d20: 4  <Total: 4(+2) = 6>
  74. <Seoladan> rip
  75. <Joseph_McGain> `roll 1d20+7
  76. <GameServ> Joseph_McGain rolled 1d20: 7  <Total: 7(+7) = 14>
  77. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti tilted her head to the side slightly, it surprised her a prominent figure like that would just go into the base they considered hostile a moment ago like that.
  78. <GMSyri> O'CONNOR AND ESTHER OPEN THE REGULUS HQ DOORS. THEY WOULD SEE PRESIDENT HOWARD PUTTING HIS HAND ON THE CANNON OF THE TANK HE WAS ONTOP OF TO HOP DOWN... AND THEN A BRIGHT RED PATCH OF HIS CHEST WOULD SUDDENLY EXPLODE OUTWARDS... A SECOND LATER THE REPORT OF A HIGH CALIBER RIFLE COULD BE HEARD FROM SOMEWHERE NEAR THE EDGE OF THE CITY, AS PRESIDENT HOWARD FELL FORWARD INTO THE DIRT.
  79. ✽ Esther_Deschain widens her eyes and runs forward, tapping her codec as she goes. <c>"ANNA! THE FAKER JUS' SHOT THE PRESIDENT!!!"<C>
  80. ✽ @NathanHM rushes outside! He goes to assist the president!
  81. ✽ Esther_Deschain takes a Shi Kit out of her belt and attempts to use it to revive him! <Shi Kit the President>
  82. <GMSyri> THE NEXT FEW SECONDS WOULD BE... CHAOTIC TO SAY THE LEAST. THE NCR WOULD IMMEDIATELY FORM A PERIMETER AROUND THE PRESIDENT'S BODY AND TWO MEDICS WOULD RUSH FORWARD TO ATTEMPT TO REVIVE HIM. ALL SIX TANKS WOULD SWIVEL THEIR TURRETS IN THE DIRECTION OF THE NEW RENO BUILDING LINE AND JUST... LET LOOSE INTO THEM. GIANT 25MM CHAINGUN SHELLS WOULD SCREAM TOWARDS THE CITY AND START TO CHEW UP THE
  83. <GMSyri> CITY LINE AS ONE OF THE MEDICS COULD BE SEEN INJECTING HOWARD WITH SOMETHING AS ANOTHER GRABBED HIM BY THE BACK COLLAR OF HIS SHIRT AND HAULED HIM INTO THE OPEN DOOR OF ONE OF THE TANKS BACKSIDES BEFORE IT CLOSED. ALMOST 15 NCR SOLDIERS WOULD SUDDENLY FORM UP BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT AND THE REST OF REGULUS, GUNS ARMED AT THEM, COMMANDING THEM TO DISARM AND GET ON THE GROUND.
  84. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti 's ears splayed back at the thunderoing echo of the shot as she stared at the security screen, dumbfounded. After a second or two she shook her head and headed to the door, emerging from the building just as the soldiers trained their weapons at them. She froze in place and slowly raised her arms into the air.
  85. ✽ Esther_Deschain was going to help the president, but then there were people swarming him. She put her hands up and stepped back, ears flattening in alarm. "THAT WON'T US! WE DIDN' DO THAT!"
  86. <Joseph_McGain> "JESUS CHRIST!" Joe would see a bunch of NCR guys going nuts and - "OH FUCK!" He'd BOLT as a bunch of cannon-fire vaporized the building whose doorway he had been smoking in. "HEY! HEY, ASSHOLES! QUIT SHOOTING AT ME!" He'd assumed they were shooting at HIM because that's just the way his luck went.
  87. <GMSyri> JOE, GIVE ME AGILITY/LEVEL/LUCK
  88. ✽ John_O`Connor looks for the sniper, his weapons were attached to his arms so it was rather hard to disarm. He did put his hands up as he looked for the sniper.
  89. <GMSyri> ESTHER WOULD SEE A LARGE MAN IN COMBAT FATIGUES REACH OUT TO GRAB HER AND -THROW- HER ON THE GROUND. ANOTHER TEN MEN WOULD BE POINTING WEAPONS AT O'CONNOR AND NATHAN COMMANDING THEM TO GET OUT OF THEIR POWER ARMOR.
  90. <Seoladan> The turning of the cannons were enough of a hint for him to get his ass down on the ground. All he's got is a measly taser and his own mouf and paws so for now, he shelters as close to the ground as possible.
  91. <Joseph_McGain> `roll 1d20+3
  92. <GameServ> Joseph_McGain rolled 1d20: 5  <Total: 5(+3) = 8>
  93. <GMSyri> JOE GETS NAILED BY SOME SHARPNEL, WHICH STAGGERS HIM AND THROWS HIM TO THE GROUND.
  94. ✽ Esther_Deschain attempts to dodge the man, trying to duck back into the perimiter line in Regulus!
  95. <Joseph_McGain> "...ow."
  96. <GMSyri> `roll 1d20+7
  97. <GameServ> GMSyri rolled 1d20: 4  <Total: 4(+7) = 11>
  98. <GMSyri> ROLL AGILITY, ESTHER.
  99. <Esther_Deschain> `roll 1d20+13
  100. <GameServ> Esther_Deschain rolled 1d20: 6  <Total: 6(+13) = 19>
  101. <GMSyri> ESTHER GETS BEHIND THE MAIN PERIMETER WALL AND FENCE OF REGULUS HQ BEFORE THE MAN CAN GRAB HER.
  102. <Joseph_McGain> "<C>...Esther.<C>" He'd call, breathelessly laying down and just staring at the sky for a while. "<C> The NCR just blew up one of my favorite tobacco shops. And Smoky the Protectron. Do you know why? <C>"
  103. ✽ @NathanHM sighs and complies, getting on the ground, hands over his head, grumbling "Great. Now we're gonna go to jail."
  104. <Esther_Deschain> <c>"Little busy Joe, faker's in ya direction! GET OUTTA THERE!!"<C>
  105. ✽ John_O`Connor backed away with his hands up. "What's the plan kid?" He asked Esther.
  106. <GMSyri> ROLL PERCEPTION/LEVEL/LUCK JOE
  107. ✽ Esther_Deschain curses under her breath. "Nathan, get BACK here! Everyone, stay in the perimeter, we didn' do this!" She stared hard at the guard that had tried to grab her. "That shot came from THAT WAY, we didn' shoot at him! That won't us an' y'all know it!"
  108. <Joseph_McGain> `roll 1d20+7
  109. <GameServ> Joseph_McGain rolled 1d20: 4  <Total: 4(+7) = 11>
  110. <GMSyri> THE NCR SOLDIERS SEEM TO BE STACKING UP DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THE REGULUS HEADQUARTER'S GATE. THE TURRETS, APPARENTLY, HAD BEEN SOMTHING THEY WERE WELL BRIEFED ON AND FOR THE MOMENT DON'T SEEM TO WANT TO ENGAGE AS THEIR TANKS WERE STILL FIRING INTO THE CITY BORDER WONTON-LIKE.
  111. ✽ John_O`Connor was not keen on getting out of his armor and stayed on Regulus ground with his hands up.
  112. <GMSyri> JOE FEELS THE BARREL OF A GUN PRESS UP AGAINST THE BACK OF HIS HEAD. <Nightstalker> That's far enough, McGain.
  113. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti tried veeeeery cautiously and slowly stepping back towards the door to the Regulus HQ. Luckily, she was far within the perimeter when she stopped, just outside the door. She still felt extremely vulnerable and worried about the others further up front. Luckily, the soldiers seemed well aware of the army-worth of turrets installed in the HQ.
  114. <GMSyri> <Anna> <c> Esther, I got the turrets ready to go.... <c> *She was determined, but worried. Formidable as they were, the Regulus guns were no match for this many tanks and soldiers.*
  115. <Joseph_McGain> "..."
  116. ✽ Joseph_McGain would sigh. "I've been spreading the tale about you. I know you probably just shot someone very high up. I've been saying "Oh the Nightstalker is so evil and mean".
  117. ✽ Esther_Deschain keeps her hands up, but points to the city. "It was HER, that faker! She's tryin' ta get y'all ta do her work FOR her, don' ya get it!? It won't us, an' now ya killin' innocent people too, shootin' at random like that!"
  118. <GMSyri> `roll 1d20+11
  119. <GameServ> GMSyri rolled 1d20: 13  <Total: 13(+11) = 24>
  120. <GMSyri> AND SUDDENLY, JOE FELT BLACKNESS PULLING HIM DOWN AS HE WAS KOED.
  121. <@NathanHM> "ARE YOU PEOPLE OUT OF YOUR MIND?! STOP SHOOTING THE CITY, YOU MORONS! Don't you have any counter-snipers?!"
  122. <Seoladan> Finally he bothers to look up and around and maybe see if he was close enough to Joe or other people he knew. But those cannons were making it really hard to think, the loud booms hurting his ears. "Need something for the ears..." he grumbles.
  123. <Esther_Deschain> "Nathan, get BACK here NOW!"
  124. <GMSyri> A SECOND OR SO LATER, THE CANNONS DO STOP. WHETHER IT'S BECAUSE OF THEM OR SOMETHING ELSE REMAINS TO BE SEEN.
  125. <@NathanHM> <c> "No! We're innocent and hiding makes things look worse!" <c>
  126. <GMSyri> NATHAN IMMEDIATELY FEELS A SOLDIER HITTING THE RELEASE ON THE BACK OF HIS ARMOR. A SECOND LATER HE'S THROWN TO THE GROUND AND THREE MEN FALL ON TOP OF HIM, ZIP TYING HIM AND DRAGGING HIM OFF.
  127. ✽ @NathanHM was already complying and on the ground
  128. <GMSyri> HE IS DRAGGED UNTIL HE GETS TO THE BACK OF A TANK AND HE'S TOSSED INSIDE. A BLACK HOOD GOES OVER HIS HEAD A SECOND LATER.
  129. <@NathanHM> "Wh-Seriously?! Are you kidding?!"
  130. ✽ Esther_Deschain sighs and mutters under her breath in a low hiss. Fucking predictable. "So now what, y'all gonna kill us for shit we didn' do?! Izzat how this works?!"
  131. <Rasheah_Vanti> "Oh no..." the mouse girl watched Nathan get dragged off, her ears pressed down against the back of her head. That was not good at all...
  132. <GMSyri> <NCR Soldier> YOU. WILL. SURRENDER! NOW! OR WE WILL LEVEL THIS BUILDING!
  133. <GMSyri> SUDDENLY, THE MAN STOPS, COCKING HIS HEAD TO ONE SIDE, AS IF HE'D GOTTEN A CODEC CALL.
  134. ✽ John_O`Connor looked towards the city, scanning with his built in scope. For now ignoring the tanks but he figured he could take a few out on his own.
  135. <GMSyri> AND THEN, ALL AT ONCE, THE MEN WOULD SUDDENLY BACK OFF. THE TANK COLUMNS STILL SURROUND REGULUS, BUT THEY PULL BACK TO THE VEHICLES.
  136. ✽ Esther_Deschain watches the man warily, tail twitching behid her.... She watches as they retreat to the vehicles, narrowing her eyes. Something was fixing to happen, but she had no idea what it was... "For the las' time, IT WASN'T US!!"
  137. ✽ Joseph_McGain is knocked out
  138. <GMSyri> YES, JOE IS KNOCKED OUT. HE'S ALSO BEING DRAGGED OUT OF THE BUILDINGS THAT WERE JUST HIT BY THE 45MM CANNONS. ONE OF THE SOLDIERS LOOKS TO THE REST OF THEM. <NCR Soldiers> Found him with a rifle! Right in the spot where the shot came from! He shot President Howard!
  139. <GMSyri> ROLL PERCEPTION LEVEL LUCK, RASHEAH AND ESTHER ONLY. -2
  140. <Esther_Deschain> `roll 1d20+8
  141. <GameServ> Esther_Deschain rolled 1d20: 7  <Total: 7(+8) = 15>
  142. <Rasheah_Vanti> `roll 1d20+2
  143. <GameServ> Rasheah_Vanti rolled 1d20: 10  <Total: 10(+2) = 12>
  144. ✽ Esther_Deschain stares at the soldier that called out....and narrows her eyes. "You...." she growled, tail flicking behind her. "GET OUTTA HERE, YOU BITCH!!" she snarled, pointing at the man.
  145. <GMSyri> JOE IS ZIPTIED LIKE NATHAN HAD BEEN, BUT NOT BAGGED AS HE'S THROWN INTO THE BACK OF THE SAME TANK, JUST AS HE STARTS TO COME TO.
  146. ✽ @NathanHM looks around, blinded by the bag "Hey, who's there?"
  147. <Joseph_McGain> "Fuck you, that's who's here." Joe growls. "...Joe."
  148. <Joseph_McGain> "God Dammit, when I get my hands on that copycat bitch...I'm going to let YOU handle it."
  149. <@NathanHM> "...follow-up question. What are you doing here?"
  150. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti 's heart sank as she saw Joe being dragged out with a rifle. And then Esther suddenly went off on the soldier, calling him a bitch? "... Wha...?"
  151. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> .... Esther? <c>
  152. ✽ Esther_Deschain taps her codec. <c>"Mr. President, listen ta me...I can explain later, but you GOTTA get outta there. One'a ya soldiers is workin' with -her-, with the one that jus' shot you. An' they took Nathan an' Joe, they're in some truck over there."<C>
  153. <Joseph_McGain> "I don't know! I was having a cigar, a building blew up, I was hit, I met that Nightstalker Copycat, she sandbagged me...next thing I know, I'm here."
  154. ✽ @NathanHM sighs "Fucking typical. Well, welcome to jail, I guess."
  155. <Seoladan> "Pretty sure that's not Joe's doing!" he yells from where he is and moves to avoid being spotted. But he sees Joe's put in the tanks before he could do anything.
  156. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> ... I'm in less of a mood for playing the guessing game than I was, Esther. And I think you can understand my new hesitance to leave the inside of one of my armored vehicles. I'll need that proof you offered me and it'll have to come to me somehow. <c>
  157. ✽ Esther_Deschain shifts her weight. <c>"....if ya can get ya soldiers ta stand down, then I can come to you. But I ain't givin' them the intel directly."<C>
  158. <Joseph_McGain> "We're not IN jail, Tin Man. We're in a tank."
  159. ✽ John_O`Connor stayed at Esther's side and waits to see what happens next.
  160. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> Send me the other one. The one that looks like a mouse. With a holotape. <c>
  161. <Esther_Deschain> <c>"......why her?"<C>
  162. <GMSyri> <President Howard> *Flat. Matter of fact.* <c> She's the one least likely to survive an attempt to kill me. Unless you want to send out your Cousin. <c>
  163. ✽ Esther_Deschain growls softly at that. <c>"No to both. There's no way we don't know your men won't attack whoever we send out, especially since they already have two captives."<C>
  164. <Joseph_McGain> "HEY! HEEEY!" Joe yells. "WHY AM I HERE? I UNDERSTAND NATHAN SINCE HE'S A BLEEDING HEART BUT I'M JUST A WASTELAND CITIZEN! MY NAME IS JO-"...he pauses. Uhhhh..."Jjjjjj...JUST ANOTHER SLOB!"
  165. <Joseph_McGain> "I'M JUST ANOTHER WASTELAND SLOB WHO HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ANY BRAHMIN WITH FALSE TEETH OR BLOW-UP DOLLS FILLED WITH COCAINE OR WHATEVER!"
  166. <GMSyri> <President Howard> *His voice suddenly with a hard edge to it.* <c> Do I need to remind you who is holding the high hand here, Esther? My debt to your mother and your family has gotten you this far without me levelling your building. I'm done asking. <c> *He stops for a moment as Joe's voice could be heard.* <c> ...Did you send Joseph McGain to assassinate me, Esther? <c>
  167. <@NathanHM> "Heh. You're almost learning."
  168. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti blinked as she heard Esther's words. Now it made some sense, if the soldier was controlled by the red lady... So they were trying to frame Joe for the attempted assassination. "Ah, I.." she hesitated, then moving up to Esther to stand beside her. "... If there's a chance to end all this, I'll go," she told the cat girl with a serious expression. "... And I kinda think he won't back
  169. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti down on that front."
  170. <Seoladan> Woofman's now a bit closer to the tank that held Nathan and Joe. He awaits his chance, having the feeling it's gonna be a While.
  171. ✽ John_O`Connor looked at Esther. "I can cover'er"
  172. <GMSyri> LITOMO WOULD NOTICE THAT THERE WERE SEVERAL SOLDIERS POSITIONED AROUND THE TANK, BUT NONE OF THEM WERE LOOKING HIS WAY. INSTEAD THEY WERE LOOKING TOWARDS REGULUS HEADQUARTERS.
  173. ✽ Esther_Deschain rubs at her face. <c>"If you honestly think any of us would have tried to kill you, after everything we've been through and everything we've done on your behalf, then you know nothing. And Joe wouldn't be able to shoot you from that distance either way, sniper rifle or not. He doesn't have the aim. He was planted with the evidence by the faker YOU think is mom, despite the fact
  174. ✽ Esther_Deschain she's done everything mom stood against."<C> She looked to Rasheah and put a hand on her shoulder, frowning... "I don' want you goin' in there alone...there could be more'a them that's gone Red...could be all of them, for all we know."
  175. <GMSyri> THE BACK OF THE TANK WAS CLOSED, BUT HE SAW JOE AND NATHAN GET DRAGGED IN THERE.
  176. <Joseph_McGain> "THIS IS CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT! I DEMAND TO KNOW WHAT I'M BEING CHARGED WITH!"
  177. <Joseph_McGain> "OR WHO YOU THINK I AM!"
  178. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> I don't know what to think anymore, Esther. I've been shown pretty solid evidence that your mother bombed a clinic of mine. I also know that ghouls make fine snipers and I have no idea what McGain is capable of. All I know is that, for right now, you don't have a choice. And you need to do what I say. You can send me the mouse girl, or Anna Deschain. It's your choice.
  179. <GMSyri> <c>
  180. <GMSyri> ONE OF THE NCR SOLDIERS SUDDENLY STANDS OVER JOE, OPENING UP THE BACK OF THE TANK AND THEN CLOSING IT BEHIND HIM.
  181. ✽ Esther_Deschain glares at the tanks, tail twitching..... <c>"....the fact you think mom would do this, after everything she did for you, everything she did to HELP you...you never knew her at all. ....fine, we'll send Rasheah...but if your men attack her, we'll have no choice but to fight back. Is that understood?"<C>
  182. <@NathanHM> "Joe. Not helpful."
  183. <@NathanHM> "They think we orchestrated an assassination of the president."
  184. <Joseph_McGain> "JJJJSSHSSSHHH. You know they didn'tknow who I was before you said my fucking name!"
  185. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> That seems to be the situation, Esther. <c>
  186. ✽ @NathanHM chuckles "They probably know who you are. You have a reputation."
  187. <GMSyri> THE SOLDIER STANDING OVER JOE SLOWLY SLIPPED HIS HAND INSIDE OF HIS JACKET POCKET. WHEN HE REMOVED IT, THERE WERE A PAIR OF BRASS KNUCKLES ON HIS RIGHT HAND.
  188. ✽ Esther_Deschain turns to the building and heads inside, taking Rasheah with her. She made sure she got as suited up as she could, and gave her the holovid with the space mission on it. "Make sure ONLY the president sees this...an' keep ya codec open, if ya get 'ttacked outta sight I wanna know." She hugged Rasheah tightly. "....be careful, sis."
  189. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti frowned, she didn't think of that. "... Damn, okay, got any reliable way of finding out who's under her control?" she asked, looking over towards all the tanks and soldiers briefly, listening in on the call. She was really worried about the whole ordeal, but she had to do something to help. "Alright, let's go," she said, heading back inside with Esther. She took the holovid, looking
  190. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti at it briefly, then placed it securely in her suit, behind the thickest armour on her chest. She then hugged Esther back. "... I won't tell you not to worry, but I'll be careful, sis," she said with as much reassurance as she could muster, smiling to the cat girl. "See you soon," she added, then heading back towards the entrance. She'd head outside, seemingly calm and unthreatening. With
  191. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti all the soldiers around, all the open space she had to cross and all the frayed nerves, there was really no use sneaking. She raised her hands into the air to show that she wasn't holding any weapons.
  192. <GMSyri> A SOLDIER MOVES FORWARD IMMEDIATELY TO PAT HER DOWN. THEY WOUDLN'T TAKE THE HOLOTAPE, BUT DOES SHE HAVE ANY OTHER WEAPONRY?
  193. ✽ Esther_Deschain follows Rasheah to the gate and stops there, letting the mouse go on without her. "Keep a eye on her, as much as ya can," she said in a low voice to O'Connor. "...an' be ready...jus' in case."
  194. ✽ John_O`Connor stand outside keeping and eye on Rasheah, ready to cover her if things got violent.
  195. ✽ John_O`Connor nodded. "Of course."
  196. ✽ Esther_Deschain watches the soldier patting Rasheah down, and taps her codec to the President's line. <c>"We're sending her out."<C>
  197. <Joseph_McGain> "Wh - Hey!"
  198. ✽ @NathanHM turns his head, but is still utterly blinded by the black bag "What's goin' on?"
  199. <GMSyri> THE SOLDIER WOULD SMILE A LITTLE BIT, A LARGE PREDATORY SMILE. HE WOULD BE A YOUNG MAN, WITH BROWN HAIR AND GREEN EYES. HE WOULD CASUALLY SIT ON JOE'S CHEST AND THEN RAM HIS BASS KNUCKLES INTO HIS FACE. SLOWLY, METHODICALLY, HE'D REEL HIS HAND BACK AND DO IT AGAIN. THEN AGAIN. THEN AGAIN.
  200. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> Good. <c>
  201. ✽ Joseph_McGain doesn't grunt, but he does spit blood. "I'm being tortured into confessing, apparently."
  202. <@NathanHM> "Hey, HEY! Cut that shit out!"
  203. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti had her needler and magnum on her, but they were out in the open, so could be easily confiscated. She also had a cattle prod built into her gloves, though one needed to really look for it. She stayed in place for the patdown, as unthreatening as possible.
  204. <GMSyri> `roll 1d20+6
  205. <GameServ> GMSyri rolled 1d20: 18  <Total: 18(+6) = 24>
  206. <GMSyri> THE SOLDIER WOULD POINT AT RASHEAH'S GLOVE.
  207. <GMSyri> <NCR Soldier> That. Take it off. Now.
  208. ✽ Esther_Deschain watches the soldier warily, tense... She switches to Rasheah's frequency and keeps the line open, tail twitching behind her.
  209. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti blinked, looking at it, then resisted the urge to facepalm. "D'oh, sorry," she carefully took it off and offered it to him. It was on the glowy hand.
  210. <GMSyri> THE MAN WOULD TAKE IT AND TOSS IT BACK INTO THE REGULUS PERIMETER WITH THE REST OF HER WEAPONS, RIGHT ON THE GROUND. THEY HAD NO DESIRE FOR THEM, IT SEEMED.
  211. <GMSyri> RASHEAH WAS WALKED PAST THE TANK WHERE SHE COULD HEAR JOE BEING BEATEN WITH A PAIR OF BRASS KNUCKLES. FOUR MORE STRIKES TO THE GHOUL'S FACE BY WHOEVER WAS BEATING HIM FOR WHATEVER REASON.
  212. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti was suddenly very glad that she left her rifle behind, cleaning that thing would really suck. Her ears twitched at the sound of sound beatings and she looked to the tank, wanting to intervene, but she was quite sure nobody would listen to her, and the longer it took to get the evidence to the president, the more time the red lady and the impostor had to try something. Still, she
  213. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti couldn't help but ask "Is that really necessary?"
  214. <Joseph_McGain> "Or - No, this is PERONAL". (Sic). "Your brother doesn't happen to work for SIngletree, does he?"
  215. <GMSyri> SHE'S SHOVED INTO THE MIDDLE TANK IN THE LINE OF TANKS WHERE HOWARD HAD BEEN DRAGGED TO. THE HATCH BRIEFLY OPENS TO LET RASHEAH INSIDE, WHERE SHE SEES FOUR LARGE MEN IN POWER ARMOR ALL SURROUNDING PRESIDENT HOWARD AND A MEDIC. HOWARD'S MORE HAGGARD THAN HE HAD BEEN BEFORE, HIS TIE LOOSENED, HIS WHITE UDNERSHIRT COVERED IN BLOOD. HE'S SWEATING AND WEARY LOOKING, ALL INDICATIVE OF BEING RECENTLY
  216. <GMSyri> SHI KITTED.
  217. <GMSyri> <President Howard> Mrs. Vanit.
  218. ✽ @NathanHM tries something "So... how about that red lady? She sure is a bitch, isn't she? Can't wait to break whatever soul jar she happens to have."
  219. <GMSyri> Vanti*
  220. <@NathanHM> "Maybe I'll just gently shove it off a table onto a concrete floor while she watches and tells me to stop. Like a cat."
  221. <GMSyri> THE POUNDING ON JOE'S FACE STOPS.
  222. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti got inside the tank, blinking a few times as her eyes got used to the different lighting and frowning as she saw the condition the president was in. She knew what being shi-kitted felt like. "Umm, hello, Mr. President," she replied to the greeting, bowing lightly, still careful not to appear threatening.
  223. <GMSyri> <President Howard> I believe you have something for me?
  224. <GMSyri> PERCEPTION/LEVEL/LUCK RASHEAH.
  225. ✽ John_O`Connor would watch carefully until Rasheah was out of sight. He waited for her to come back, ready to go and try and save her if needed. Even though he knew he couldn't take on everything it would be fun trying.
  226. <Rasheah_Vanti> `roll 1d20+4
  227. <GameServ> Rasheah_Vanti rolled 1d20: 5  <Total: 5(+4) = 9>
  228. <GMSyri> SHE SEES NOTHING
  229. <@NathanHM> "...so that's how it is, is it?"
  230. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti nodded. "Yes, I have," she confirmed, then slowly and carefully reaching into her suit, behind the armour on the chest, and pulling out the holovid, offering it to the president, though not approaching too close to avoid being taken as a threat. "For your eyes only, Mr. President," she added.
  231. <GMSyri> <President Howard> *Holds his hand forward to take it.* My guard stays where they are.
  232. <GMSyri> THE BAG WAS SUDDENLY RIPPED OFF OF NATHAN'S HEAD.
  233. ✽ @NathanHM looks up at his captor "...Bag was an utterly pointless addition anyway."
  234. <GMSyri> THE SOLDIER GRINS DOWN AT HIM AND REACHES BEHIND HIS BACK, TAKING OUT A LONG WICKED LOOKING BOWIE KNIFE.
  235. ✽ Esther_Deschain growls softly, shifting her weight uneasily from one foot to the other. She hated waiting like this...
  236. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti frowned but nodded and approached the president, just enough to be able to hand him the holovid carefully. She knew Esther heard everything and, to be honest, there really was no way that the president would watch it truly alone after what happened, too dangerous. She placed the holovid in Howard's hand.
  237. <@NathanHM> "Traitor. How could you?" He starts quietly struggling with his bonds.
  238. <GMSyri> <Soldier> *Crouches down and looks at Nathan closely. He smiles.* I am no traitor. I simply serve... another. *The knife lowered towards Nathan's face slowly.*
  239. <@NathanHM> "You serve scum."
  240. ✽ Esther_Deschain scans the tanks as they wait...maybe she could see more signs of Red there?
  241. <GMSyri> THE PRESIDENT TOOK THE HOLOTAPE AND PLUGGED IT INTO A NEARBY CONSOLE IN THE TANK'S CONTROL COMPUTER. HE WOULD TURN AWAY FROM RASHEAH AND START TO WATCH THE VIDEO PLAY OUT... AS WOULD HIS GUARDS.
  242. <GMSyri> <NCR Soldier> Mmmm.... *The blade bit into Nathan's cheek and pressed down into his flesh.*
  243. ✽ Joseph_McGain would KICK out, now that the man had his back to him. Specifically, he'd kick UP. UP as hard as he could...into the man's ghoulies, ironically enough. ANYTHING to stop him from attacking Nathan. *KER-COJONES-KICK*!
  244. <GMSyri> ROLL ME STRENGTH/LEVEL/LUCK
  245. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti stayed where she was, hoping thst Esther wouldn't be too angry that the guards saw it too. She wanted to ask the president about the prisoners after what she'd heard while approaching, but Howard seeing the recording was more important at the moment.
  246. <Joseph_McGain> `roll 1d20+6
  247. <GameServ> Joseph_McGain rolled 1d20: 9  <Total: 9(+6) = 15>
  248. <GMSyri> `roll 1d20+1
  249. <GameServ> GMSyri rolled 1d20: 15  <Total: 15(+1) = 16>
  250. ✽ @NathanHM starts struggling to escape <Attempt to break bonds>
  251. <GMSyri> HE CONNECTS AND FEELS HIS STEEL TOED BOOT CONNECT WITH THE MAN'S BALLSACK. HE COLLAPSES TO ONE SIDE OF THE INTERIOR OF THE TANK, BUT DOESN'T GO DOWN PROPERLY
  252. <GMSyri> ROLL ME STRENGTH/LEVEL/LUCK NATHAN -4
  253. <@NathanHM> `roll 1d20+4
  254. <GameServ> NathanHM rolled 1d20: 15  <Total: 15(+4) = 19>
  255. <GMSyri> HE SUDDENLY -BREAKS- FREE OF HIS ZIPTIES!
  256. ✽ Joseph_McGain is whispering. "Gag him! QUICK!"
  257. <Joseph_McGain> "Help me immobilize this son of a bitch!"
  258. ✽ @NathanHM goes to tackle the man and gag him with whatever's handy!
  259. <GMSyri> DO YOU BOTH TRY TO RUSH HIM?
  260. <Joseph_McGain> JOE WOULD ATTEMPT TO CHOKE HIM OUT WITH HIS HANDCUFF CHAINS
  261. <Joseph_McGain> TO RESTRAIN HIM
  262. ✽ @NathanHM chuckles darkly "You Red slaves are all so easy to manipulate."
  263. <GMSyri> BOTH OF YOU ROLL STRENGTH/LEVEL/LUCK -2
  264. <Joseph_McGain> `roll 1d20+4
  265. <GameServ> Joseph_McGain rolled 1d20: 15  <Total: 15(+4) = 19>
  266. <@NathanHM> `roll 1d20+6
  267. <GameServ> NathanHM rolled 1d20: 3  <Total: 3(+6) = 9>
  268. <GMSyri> PRESIDENT HOWARD WATCHED THE FOOTAGE AND THEN SAT BACK IN HIS CHAIR, HANDS STEEPLING IN FRONT OF HIM.
  269. <GMSyri> <President Howard> I see... So Deschain is dead... It's true....
  270. ✽ Esther_Deschain growls softly as she hears that but stays put...
  271. <Rasheah_Vanti> If there was sound played from the recording, she would wince a few times while hearing the events. She waited for the president to make a decision. "... It is..." she muttered with a pained expression, but otherwise stayed quiet.
  272. <GMSyri> NATHAN TRIES TO TACKLE THE MAN BUT JOE IS THE ONE TO GET HIS CHAINS AROUND THE MAN'S NECK AND PULLS BACK HARD, STARTING TO STRANGLE HIM, HIS CHOKING AND FLAILING SOUNDS FILLING THE INSIDE OF THE TANK.
  273. <GMSyri> <President Howard> Mrs. Vanti. You have my condolences. You may return to your home. *He turned to her.*
  274. ✽ Esther_Deschain taps her codec. <c>"Get the tape back. An' ask 'bout the hostages."<C>
  275. ✽ @NathanHM confiscates the knife and helps Joe hold him down "Be careful not to kill him!"
  276. <@NathanHM> "We need him alive so he can confess."
  277. <Joseph_McGain> "....."
  278. <Joseph_McGain> "You're right. You're going to keep quiet, aren't you son?"
  279. <GMSyri> <NCR Soldier> *Simply grins at that.*
  280. <Rasheah_Vanti> "Ah, thank you," she said, bowing lightly. Her ears twitched lightly at Esther's reminder. "Umm, could I have the tape back? We try to keep this info, umm, confidential... And about the hostages..."
  281. <GMSyri> <President Howard> ... Yes, of course. There might be some complications in the future between us, but please let Esther know she has my condolensces as well. *He hands over the tape without an issue.*
  282. <GMSyri> <President Howard> as for the hostages... you can have Hypermatter back. McGain is going to jail.
  283. ✽ Esther_Deschain frowns at that.... <c>"Why the hell....they can't seriously think McGain did this?"<C>
  284. ✽ Joseph_McGain stops choking a bitch, showing he's learned from his mistakes. "...Let me give you one word of advice before you decide to keep mum." Joe leans into the man's ears and whispers something. "
  285. <@NathanHM> "Hey, uh, Joe, you can't threaten a fanatic."
  286. <Joseph_McGain> "What? No, I'm telling him if he doesn't tell us the truth I'll drug him with something that will make him impotent for the rest of his natural life."
  287. <Joseph_McGain> "It's called a straight razor."
  288. <GMSyri> <NCR Soldier> My life... for you... *He'd grin a bit wider... then... suddenly... JUT his neck forward. They'd both hear a dull SNAP sound as the man suddenly crushed his own windpipe on the chain.*
  289. <@NathanHM> "Yeah, if his god asked him to, he'd do so with a rusty spoon."
  290. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti smiled thankfully and took the holotape back, placing it back behind the armour of her suit. "I'll relay it to her," she nodded, then frowning a bit at the other piece of news. "Umm, do you really think he was behind this?" she asked. She would at least try to get Joe out as well. "He's being framed..."
  291. <GMSyri> <President Howard> A jury of his peers will decide what happens to him.
  292. <Joseph_McGain> "....Oh, hell.
  293. ✽ Joseph_McGain lets go. "...Uhhhh...This was not my fault."
  294. ✽ @NathanHM smirks at the death "Utterly predictable."
  295. ✽ @NathanHM checks the man's mouth for a cyanide capsule.
  296. <Esther_Deschain> ((Does Nathan not have a Shi Kit or anything?))
  297. <@NathanHM> (( I'd assume they'd have confiscated his gear. ))
  298. <GMSyri> HE WAS DRAGGED OUT OF HIS POWER ARMOR.
  299. <Esther_Deschain> ((does he not keep any on his person in case of emergency jettisoning from his armor?))
  300. <@NathanHM> <Checking for cyanide capsule>
  301. <GMSyri> NOTHING.
  302. ✽ @NathanHM shrugs "Well, nothing we can do about that. The man attacked us both and was a traitor."
  303. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti winced slightly, a jury of Joe's peers, with his reputation... Hooo boy. She waited a moment longer in case Esther had something she could try to add.
  304. <Joseph_McGain> "Yes, but it was also my chains around his neck. AND, in case you fucking don't know, I'm JOSEPH FUCKING MCGAIN." He'd hiss. "If they think I shot the President, then finding me here with thisasshole will gauruntee I'll wind up in front of a firing squad."
  305. <@NathanHM> "That's ridiculous. How could you shoot the president? You can barely hit the broad side of a barn, much less a man's chest from a thousand yards."
  306. <Esther_Deschain> <c>"....point out that we KNOW who shot him. It was the Fakestalker. Joe didn't have anything to do with this, and he can't aim for shit."<C>
  307. <Esther_Deschain> <c>"She WANTS him to kill us. To kill Joe. To kill anyone she can make him think was behind this. Because he'd be doing her work for him. And we know she's got some of her people in with his own."<C>
  308. <Esther_Deschain> <c>"She LIVES for this. To create chaos, to cause strife...because that's what she is, at her core."<C>
  309. ✽ Joseph_McGain doesn't haveany people. Raela, Adrestia...that's about it.
  310. <Rasheah_Vanti> "... We know who was behing the attempt, it was the impostor masquerading as the Nightstalker," she explained with a frown. "Joe had nothing to do with this, and he can't hit the broad side of a barn anyway," she added, hoping that Joe would never hear this. "The impostor wants us dead, she wants Joe dead, she wants to kill anyone she can pin the blame on, just like she did bombing that
  311. <Rasheah_Vanti> clinic, hoping that you'd kill us. She wants nothing more to create chaos and strife, that's what she lives for, and making people blame each other and retaliate for what she did is a great way to get that."
  312. <GMSyri> <President Howard> .... Obviously Esther will understand something here. SOMEONE has to pay for all of this. For the attempted Assassination. For the bombing of my clinic. Right now, I can take someone away for the former. And I'll need to search for a scapegoat for the latter.
  313. <Joseph_McGain> "...Yes, but...help me with the door. I'm going to amscray."
  314. ✽ Esther_Deschain growls softly and attempts to call President Howard's codec.
  315. <@NathanHM> "You won't make it five feet before they gun you down."
  316. ✽ @NathanHM leans back
  317. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> I'm assuming you heard. <c>
  318. <Esther_Deschain> <c>"I did. Is that what justice is? Is that how you're gonna lead this country? Just find a scapegoat, find anyone you can pin shit on, and let 'em take the blame no matter what? Is THAT what kinda man you are?"<C>
  319. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti frowned, that seemed horribly unfair... Well, like most of the world, but still... She sighed and let Esther take over, it was better than playing telephone.
  320. ✽ @NathanHM searches the man for his codec
  321. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> My options are to level your building and hold your family repsonsible, because all HARD EVIDENCE that I have right now points to it being you, or to find someone else. Which of those choices would you prefer I make, Essy? I'd rather not take it out on you. I owe you a considerable debt. I've been a guest in your house. I consider you friends. <c>
  322. <Joseph_McGain> "That's true. But I can't...jesus christ on a fucking cracker. If I go down for this, I'm not coming back. I'm okay with a few mercenaries being pissed off at me, but the fucking NCR government? NO THANK YOu."
  323. <GMSyri> RASHEAH IS ALLOWED TO RETURN BACK TO REGULUS HQ
  324. <GMSyri> NATHAN FINDS A CODEC.
  325. ✽ @NathanHM uses it to call President Howard <c> "...Mr. President? I'm afraid an incident has occurred in the tank your men were using as a jail cell." <c>
  326. <Esther_Deschain> <c>"If you consider us friends, then your first 'option' never existed. Because if you knew us at all, knew MOM at all, you'd know none of us would ever have done anything like this. And we can vouch for McGain, such as he is. He's an idiot, yes, but an assassin? Never."<C>
  327. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> Yes, I consider you- <c> *He pauses as he hears Nathan's signal.* <c> WHAT!? What kind of incident?!" <c>
  328. <@NathanHM> <c> "A traitor attempted to kill me, and while we restrained him, he killed himself." <c>
  329. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> ...One of my men... is dead? <c>
  330. ✽ Esther_Deschain sighs softly. <c>"And that's another thing....look, you've got some of -her- men with you. The one that ACTUALLY tried to kill you. They serve her. They'll do anything for her. And I do mean -anything-."<C>
  331. <@NathanHM> <c> "From what he said, he wasn't one of your men, but a man in the service of the red lady. Which was easy enough to determine when we started insulting her in front of him." <c>
  332. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> How am I supposed to side with you, with all of this crazy conjecture and conspiracy theories with no proof, over the hard evidence I have before me, Esther? And now one of your people KILLED one of mine?! <c>
  333. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti was just about to leave when she heard that last bit, stopping just as she was about to open the hatch and exit. "..."
  334. <Joseph_McGain> "...I'm dead. I'm dead. I'm dead because you're an idiot."
  335. <Esther_Deschain> <c>"....if you can come to us, we can explain. But if you truly trusted us, ever, then trust me now: it is NOT SAFE to be in the company of your men. Not for us, and certainly not for you either."<C>
  336. <@NathanHM> <c> "What hard evidence?" <c>
  337. <Joseph_McGain> "Better than being dead because I'man idiot. I save you from being cut up and you tell the man the truth and jesus christ.
  338. <@NathanHM> "He was going to find out that he died as soon as someone opened this tank."
  339. <@NathanHM> "There is no getting out of this, best we head it off before things get bad."
  340. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> I have evidence. Video of the bombing. Video of an exact match of your mother in the Nightstalker uniform with WINGS turning to look into a camera. You mother's calling card C4 was used in the bombings. Do I need to go on? And all you can tell me in response. ALL YOU CAN SAY is that there is some cult I've never heard of with a Red LAdy planning it all?! I'm just
  341. <GMSyri> supposed to take it on FAITH that you are telling the truth when I was just DEAD ten minutes ago? Take your man. Take your mouse. Get back in your HQ and you sit tight while I try to figure out just what in the hell to DO here. <c>
  342. <Joseph_McGain> "I'm sorry, what about "We'll get gunned down before we get five feet?" Joe mimics nathan. "they have YOUR power armor and the only weapon I have besides my wit is a .22 pistol."
  343. <@NathanHM> <c> "If Esther has come through, then you know that isn't her." <c>
  344. <@NathanHM> <c> "You know why that can't be her. Because she's dead." <c>
  345. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> So you say. You've proved it with footage that could be doctored. Even if it's not, I can't go public with it, because you've made me swear not to. <c>
  346. ✽ Esther_Deschain growls softly. <c>"You want hard proof? Fine. You've got access to satellite, right? With all your resources? There's a camp in the mountains. Where -I- was born. The Red Lady's took it over. SHE'S behind what happened at my home years ago, why everyone but me died. And last we heard, she had her main camp there."<C> She gives him the coordinates to the compound. <c>"Look it up.
  347. ✽ Esther_Deschain And that's just ONE of her holdings. She's got people EVERYWHERE, including with you RIGHT NOW. If you wait, they'll probably kill you themselves, to please her."<C>
  348. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> A clinic full of doctors, nurses, and patients was bombed and destroyed. Someone has to be brought to jusice. <c>
  349. <@NathanHM> <c> "You think someone can just copy her without significant resources? That fake killed Anna in the streets... wait. Why aren't we going public with this information?! <c>
  350. <Joseph_McGain> "We aren't gonig public?!"
  351. ✽ John_O`Connor was still standing outside of Regulus but not crossing the line towards the NRC. He waited for Rasheah and was getting rather antsy.
  352. <Joseph_McGain> "WHY AREN'T WE GOING PUBLIC?!"
  353. <@NathanHM> <c> "What good are we doing keeping this goddamn private?!" <c>
  354. <Joseph_McGain> "ESTHER! YOU'RE A MORON!"
  355. <GMSyri> IT'S RIGHT ABOUT THAT TIME THAT THE BACK OF THE TANK WHIPPED OPEN, AND A DOZEN NCR SOLDIERS IN BREECH POSITIONS POINT THEIR GUNS INSIDE AT NATHAN AND JOE.
  356. <Joseph_McGain> "...FUCK!"
  357. ✽ Joseph_McGain looks down at the guard with the broken neck. "...FUCK!"
  358. <GMSyri> THERE'S A SECOND, AND THE TWO ARE LIT UP WITH TAZERS FROM EVERY ANGLE.
  359. <@NathanHM> <c> "Look I-GAAaAaAaAaAaAAaAaAAAH!!" <c>
  360. <GMSyri> WOULD YOU EACH LIKE TO ROLL ME 6 STAMINA/LEVEL/LUCKS?
  361. <@NathanHM> `roll 6d20+8
  362. <GameServ> NathanHM rolled 6d20: 14 11 4 15 11 2  <Total: 57(+8) = 65>
  363. <Joseph_McGain> `roll 6d20+6
  364. <GameServ> Joseph_McGain rolled 6d20: 4 7 8 17 3 6  <Total: 45(+6) = 51>
  365. <Joseph_McGain> "GGNGNGNGNGNGNGNGNGNGNGHHHH!!!"
  366. <GMSyri> THEY'RE BOTH DOWN. JOE IS NOW DOUBLE CHAINED, WITH A CHAIN AROUND HIS HANDS AND LEGS, NATHAN IS DRAGGED ITO THE MIDDLE OF THE EMPTY AREA BETWEEN REGULUS HQ AND THE TANKS AND LEFT THERE, FACE DOWN, RE-ZIP TIED.
  367. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> Come get Hypermatter. <c>
  368. ✽ Esther_Deschain gently nudges O'Connor to go get Hypermatter. <c>"*Sigh*....don't do this, Mr. President....there are countless innocent lives on the line, if Red wins...she's going to destroy -everything- unless she's stopped. And she'll take you too....either by getting you on her side, or taking you out and replacing you with one of her lackeys."<C>
  369. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> You have. No. Proof. Esther. <c>
  370. <Esther_Deschain> <c>"I do,"<C> *she growled, tail twitching.* <c>"It's....complicated, though. And I don't trust your men with it. For all I know, every single one of them could be in Her control."<C>
  371. ✽ John_O`Connor nods and starts walking to where Nathan is and watches to make sure no one attacks him as he goes. When he gets there he picks up Nathan and carries him back to the HQ before untieing him.
  372. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> And so... here we are. <c> *Simply.*
  373. <Joseph_McGain> "...I suppose if I said "He killed himself and is working for an evil woman who wants to destroy the NCR and everything associated with it and me" you won't believe me?" Joe says to the closest guard.
  374. ✽ @NathanHM would work his way back to his power armor as soon as he could
  375. <GMSyri> JOE IS BEING DRAGGED AWAY FROM THE COLUMN OF TANKS. THERE SEEMS TO BE ONE LIEUTENANT IN CHARGE OF A GROUP OF SIX MEN WHO IS DRAGGING HIM AWAY FROM THE TANKS AND INTO THE CITY. BUT BEFORE THEY COULD GET THERE, A MILITARY TRUCK WOULD DRIVE THEIR WAY AND STOP, TWO MORE NCR SOLDIERS GETTING OUT TO HELP LOAD MCGAIN INTO THE BACK OF IT INA PRISONER CAGE. THEY CAME, APPARENTLY, TO TRANSPORT HIGH
  376. <GMSyri> VALUE PRISONERS.
  377. ✽ Esther_Deschain growls again, ears flattening. <c>"....don't say I didn't warn you. If you manage to get away alive, you know where to find us."<C>
  378. <Joseph_McGain> "Wh- Hey! HEEY!"
  379. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> I'm not leaving. We are staying here until I figure out what to do. <c>
  380. <Esther_Deschain> <c>"You're still making a mistake with McGain. You kill him, his blood is on your hands."<C>
  381. <Esther_Deschain> <c>"Not your men. YOURS."<C>
  382. <GMSyri> <NCR Lieutenant> We're transporting the prisoner. *Flatly, to the other guards.* We're to get him out of the city before anything can happen. Don't stop for anything. Civlians, little old ladies in the streets, nothing. *The driver would nod and speed off.*
  383. <Joseph_McGain> "I haven't done anything!...Okay,t hat's a lie! I haven't done anything that merits this! I protest! THis guy just touched my johnson! I'm being held hostage by a Johnson-Toucher! This guy is playing grabass!"
  384. <GMSyri> <Lieutenant J. Toucher> How did you know my name?!
  385. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti listened to the discussion on the codec, quietly making her way out of the tank with a barely audible 'Goodbye' before heading back towards Regulus. She helped John with Nathan on the way back, sighing in great relief once she was back inside the HQ and out of the line of fire of possible snipers.
  386. <Joseph_McGain> "I'm lodging a formal complaint! The comp - I'm goign to laugh at that greatly later, son. THis is cruel and unusual punishment!"
  387. <Joseph_McGain> "ALL OF YOU CAN SUCK MY DICK!"
  388. <GMSyri> THE LIEUTENANT SLAMS HIS FIST INTO JOE'S STOMACH.
  389. <GMSyri> <Lieutenant> SHUT UP
  390. <Joseph_McGain> "And you can suck it first, sonny!" Joe says when he's done gasping.
  391. <GMSyri> THE MILITARY TRUCK STARTS SPEEDING THROUGH NEW RENO
  392. <Joseph_McGain> *Is it open or closed?*
  393. <GMSyri> YOU'RE IN A PRISONER CAGE.
  394. ✽ Esther_Deschain watches the truck speed off, growling softly under her breath....surrounded as they are, they can't go after it.
  395. <Rasheah_Vanti> Once back inside the compound, she'd head to where she saw Esther last to return the holotape, best it be hidden away asap. "I hoped he'd let Joe go as well..." she sighed, worried about the ghoul.
  396. <GMSyri> PERCEPTION/LEVEL/LUCK JOE
  397. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> All right, Essy. I'm going to try to do you a favor. I'm alone in my tank now. None of my men are around. I think... I've found a way out of this. You're not going to like it, but I think I found a way. <c>
  398. ✽ Esther_Deschain is standing at the monitors at this point, tail twitching in fury and anxiety behind her. She gives the tape to Anna to put away where it was supposed to go, not taking her eyes off the monitors. <c>".....and what would that be?"<C>
  399. <GMSyri> <Anna> *Goes to put it in the Reuglus Safe*
  400. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> Syriana Deschain is dead. <c> *Flatly.*
  401. ✽ John_O`Connor would help Nathan to his armor if he needed it.
  402. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> She gave herself up to me when I surrounded her HQ. I brought her to justice. I killed her by firing squad. She's dead. <c>
  403. <Joseph_McGain> Well, if he was here, he wasn't gonig to reamin quiet. "JOOOOOHN JACOB JINGLE-HIMDER SCHMIDT! HIS NAME WAS MY NAME TOOOOO!" He'd screech.
  404. ✽ @NathanHM makes his way back into Regulus, awkwardly getting into his power armor as he does so
  405. <GMSyri> PERCEPTION/LEVEL/LUCK JOE
  406. <Joseph_McGain> `roll 1d20+7
  407. <GameServ> Joseph_McGain rolled 1d20: 14  <Total: 14(+7) = 21>
  408. <Joseph_McGain> "...Oh, shit."
  409. <Joseph_McGain> "EVERYONE DOWN!"
  410. <Joseph_McGain> "...Wait, this isn't the way to NCR."
  411. ✽ Esther_Deschain growls softly at that... <c>"You would do that to her? After everything she did for you, everything she sacrificed for everyone?"<C>
  412. <Joseph_McGain> "This is the way to - OH FUCK ME."
  413. <GMSyri> <Lietenant Johnson Toucher> We're going to save the tax payers a lot of money, ghoul. You don't remember me do you? No... you wouldn't. You wouldn't remember my WIFE either. Virginia Toucher. You fucked her a few years back and left her devestated. She killed herself six months later.
  414. <GMSyri> THE DRIVER LEAVES THE NEW REN OCITY LIMITS AND STARTS DRIVING OUT... TOWARDS GOLGOTHA.
  415. ✽ Joseph_McGain would bluff his way out, or attempt to. "BEfore you take me to...wherever...you should be aware that I have a large incindary - What. No, I didn't."
  416. <Joseph_McGain> "I sold her a gun because she was afraid of you."
  417. ✽ @NathanHM attempts to approach Esther "What purpose... does it serve to keep that tape private?!"
  418. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> What I'm doing for her? Is keeping me from having to demolish her home. And imprison or kill her family. She'd value that more than her repuation, Esther... <c>
  419. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti frowned at the president's proposal, that would just be... No, just no. She busied herself with cleaning her weapons after they were tossed on the ground, her tail flicking in anger and worry.
  420. <Joseph_McGain> "Anyway. I have a bomb up my ass. A literal bomb in case I'm ever captured." Joe would smile widely to show that he wasn't joking. "Last time I was captured by raiders, I thoguht to myself - "Self, where would be a great place to store a bomb?" And then I thought "Self, you have a shitload of vodka in you. This isn't wise."
  421. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> If you can bring me evidence of this... Red Lady... perhaps i can help. even exhonerate her name after the fact... <c>
  422. <GMSyri> THE MILITARY TRUCK STOPS BY A LARGE HANGING TREE IN GOLGOTHA AND THE MEN GET OUT, IGNORING HIM.
  423. <GMSyri> <Lieutenant Toucher> Right... *He grabs Joe by the back of the shirt and drags him out of the cell.*
  424. ✽ Esther_Deschain bows her head, shaking with rage.... "....we were tryin' ta keep the Nightstalker alive, Nathan," she growled at him. "You need to shut up right now because I'm already pissed off enough at you." She lifted her hand to her codec. <c>".....we will let you have a copy of the mission tape, with certain parts removed. I would rather people know she died an honorable death than that
  425. ✽ Esther_Deschain bullshit."<C>
  426. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> .... Acceptable... <c>
  427. <Esther_Deschain> <c>"And McGain?"<C>
  428. ✽ Esther_Deschain motions for Anna to get to making the "safe" copy of the tape.
  429. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> Already on his way to meet his fate. <c>
  430. <GMSyri> JOE IS TOSSED ON THE GROUND BY THE TREE AS ONE OF THE SOLDIERS GOES INTO THE WELL OF THE MILITARY TRUCK AND PULLS OUT SOME ROPE.
  431. ✽ Esther_Deschain stares at the monitor, at the truck Rasheah had come out from. <c>"......you've truly forgotten the face of your father,"<C> she growled darkly, clenching her hands tightly. She didn't notice her claws digging into her palms.
  432. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti would stay around cleaning her weapons and for support, especially for Esther.
  433. <GMSyri> <President Howard> <c> .... You're welcome. <c>
  434. ✽ John_O`Connor stands outside Regulus, watching the tanks and the men. He waited for them to either leave or for shit to kick off again. He figured the later wasn't likely to happen but he could hope.
  435. <@NathanHM> "Is THAT what this is about?!" He sighs "Is that why we haven't already released that tape to the public?"
  436. ✽ Esther_Deschain glares at the monitor. <c>"So this is how you will lead the country....we will remember this. Place no faith in the president's justice..."<C> She glares at Nathan...and slashes at his face, letting out a furious snarl.
  437. <Joseph_McGain> "Only one thign can save me. Or someone." HE hopes against hope he's right. "Someone who was following me...someone who might have been outside...A buff person..."
  438. <GMSyri> <Lieutenant Toucher> Form a line, boys... *Joe is hoisted up so that he is pushed up against the tree and two men tie him with rope so he is in a standing position, tying him down tight.*
  439. ✽ @NathanHM is slashed. He touches his face where he was slashed. "..." He turns and walks to his room without a further word.
  440. ✽ Esther_Deschain takes the tape once it's ready and goes outside with it, one hand still tightly clenched. She takes the tape to the Regulus fence. "One of you get this to him," she growled, tail flicking sharply behind her, ears flat against her head. She's visibly furious, but at least making an effort to keep her voice civil.
  441. ✽ @NathanHM pauses, turns around "...I can do it."
  442. <GMSyri> ONE SOLDIER TAKES THE TAP EFOM HER AND WALKS IT OFF. MINUTES LATER, THE TANKS LEAVE REGULUS BEHIND AND START TOWARDS THE NCR. SEVERAL MORE TRUCKS THAT HAD BEEN HIDING IN THE CITY LINE WITH PRISONER CAGES DRIVE OFF AS WELL.
  443. <@NathanHM> (( Oh, nvm ))
  444. ✽ Joseph_McGain has no choice now. Time to do something really undignified. He takes a deep breath..."You know...something you should know about Golgatha. The ferals." He'd let out his feral ghoul call! " YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHH!"
  445. ✽ Esther_Deschain was talking to the guards, assuming she wouldn't be allowed to get to the president. Once they took the tape she turned and went back inside, hopping on her bike and zooming off in the direction Joe's cage had gone.
  446. <GMSyri> THE MOMENT JOE LET OUT HIS FERAL GHOUL CALL HE WOULD HEAR A -ROARRRRRING- NOISE GREET HIM.
  447. <GMSyri> PERCEPTION/LEVEL/LUCK
  448. <Esther_Deschain> ((me or Joe?))
  449. <Joseph_McGain> `roll 1d20+7
  450. <GameServ> Joseph_McGain rolled 1d20: 7  <Total: 7(+7) = 14>
  451. ✽ Rasheah_Vanti was shocked as Esther slashed Nathen, watching them both leave. She sighed and gathered her stuff, heading back down to the garden. Things were from bad to worse...
  452. <GMSyri> BOTH OF YOU WITH A +2
  453. ❨❢❩ Rasheah_Vanti is now known as Sleepy_Razzy
  454. <Joseph_McGain> `roll 1d20+9
  455. <GameServ> Joseph_McGain rolled 1d20: 12  <Total: 12(+9) = 21>
  456. <Esther_Deschain> `roll 1d20+12
  457. <GameServ> Esther_Deschain rolled 1d20: 16  <Total: 16(+12) = 28>
  458. <GMSyri> ESTHER NOTES THERE WAS A TRUCK FOR EACH ACTIVE COMBAT MEMBER OF REGULUS. AT LEAST HE WAS PLANNING TO TAKE THEM ALIVE... AND JOE... JOE STARTS TO HEAR MUSIC TO ACCOMPANY THAT ROAR.
  459. <GMSyri> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnzHtm1jhL4
  460. <GMSyri> A PAIR OF HEADLIGHTS SUDDENLY SNAP ON IN THE DARKNESS, AND THE -ROARING- GETS EVEN LOUDER AS A HUM VEE SUDDENLY CRESTED THE HILL AND MADE IT'S WAY RIGHT FOR THE NCR SOLDIERS, ALL OF WHOM WERE STANDING IN A SINGLE FILE LINE.
  461. ✽ Esther_Deschain growls to herself...and her growl becomes a roar of fury as she speeds onward, toward Golgotha.
  462. <Razzy> *were going from
  463. <Joseph_McGain> "...TOOK YOU LONG ENOUGH!"
  464. <GMSyri> FWAHM! THE HUM VEE LITERALLY PLOWS THROUGH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THE NCR SOLDIERS. A FEW GET SHOTS OFF AS THE ROUNDS PLINK OFF IT'S REINFORCED FRONTAL ARMOR AS THEY ARE SCATTERED LIKE BOWLING PINS, THE SOUNDS OF SCREAMS AND BREAKING BONES ECHOING.
  465. ✽ Joseph_McGain would have been chewing through his ropes all this time
  466. <Joseph_McGain> *CHEWCHEWCHEWCHEWCHEWCHEW*
  467. ✽ Esther_Deschain continues driving until she gets to Golgotha....and stares at the carnage. She looks from the bodies, to the Hum Vee, and back to the bodies. Are any revivable?
  468. <GMSyri> A FEW OF THEM MIGHT BE, BUT THERE'S LOTS OF BROKEN BONES HERE.
  469. <GMSyri> <Adrestia> *Gets out of the Hum Vee and walks over towards Joe.* NCR this time, huh?
  470. <Joseph_McGain> "This time it wasn't my fault, believe it or not." Joe would motion to the chains. "Okay, wonder woman - do your thing."
  471. ✽ Esther_Deschain taps her codec and attempts to call NRG. <c>"I've got a huge accident over at Golgotha....NCR personnel, looks like there was a accident with a heavy vehicle."<C> She hangs up then and goes over to Joe and Adrestia. "Get him outta here....got NRG comin' ta get these people. If they disappear, it'd get even uglier with that asshead of a president."
  472. <GMSyri> <Adrestia> *Breaks Joe's chains and nods towards Esther.* Will do. We'll be gone before the ambulance gets here. You should go get yourself an alibi, kid...
  473. <Joseph_McGain> "I was - Uhhh...hold on." He'd walk over to Touch and leeeaaaan down. "Hey. Your wife? She's alive. She's happy. She's away from you. And she told me to give you this next time I saw you." He'd KICK Toucher in the nuts as hard as he could.
  474. <GMSyri> JOE KICKS A DEAD BODY AND FEELS SOME TESTICLE RUPTURE.
  475. <GMSyri> and with that
  476. <GMSyri> END QUEST
  477. <GMSyri> 450 ACROSS FOR EVERYONE
  478. ✽ Esther_Deschain shakes her head. "No way a motorcycle can do all this. But I'll get outta here either way." She meets Adrestia's gaze. "It was the faker. She tried ta assassinate the president, and planted the evidence on Joe. And then the president decided he was the scapegoat for the attack, no matter what we said. ....keep him safe until we can get this bitch."
  479. <GMSyri> <Adrestia> We all got problems, kid. My burden is keeping Ol Crispy here out of the fire. *Hands on her hips.* And now the NCR. Fu-uck.
  480. <Joseph_McGain> "There's something else. I might have...killed one of the guards." He spreads his hands. "Or that's how they'll see it, anyway. The guy was workign for the Red Queen. Worked me over with brass knuckles then tried to get Nathan with a bowie knife."
  481. <GMSyri> <Adrestia> Gettin real tired of that bitch.
  482. ✽ Esther_Deschain nods slightly. "Yeah. And now I've got a situation at home to deal with." She nods to them both and goes to her bike, starting it up. Unless stopped, she'd start zooming back toward the city.
  483. <Joseph_McGain> "I managed to get him in the ghouls and Nathan managed to disarm him. I put my 'cuffs around his neck to keep him quiet, and he fucking offs himself."
  484. ✽ @NathanHM is definitely home, sitting on his bed, head in his hands
  485. <GMSyri> <Adrestia> Yeah yeah. *She tosses Joe into the passenger seat of her Hum Vee. She also collects his gear from the truck.*
  486. <Joseph_McGain> As they drive home..."You know, Raela thinks that you're mad at her about something."
  487. ✽ Esther_Deschain gets back to Regulus and parks the bike. She paces aimlessly for a moment before cursing under her breath and heading back out, this time on foot. Maybe she can find something to kill....
  488. <GMSyri> <Anna> You gotta be fucking kidding me. *The front door doesn't open.*
  489. <GMSyri> <Anna> There's a two person patrol rule on a GOOD day. And this isn't a good day.
  490. <GMSyri> <Adrestia> Raela is way down on the long list of my fucking concerns.
  491. ✽ Esther_Deschain is stopped at the door. She doesn't turn around, but her hands are clenched tightly...and dripping slowly. "Let. Me. Out."
  492. <GMSyri> <Anna> No can do.
  493. <GMSyri> <Anna> And you can save the Manson Lamps for someone else.
  494. <GMSyri> <Anna> Go talk to him and don't run away from the problem.
  495. ✽ Esther_Deschain growls softly, tail flicking. "If I talk to him right now, I'll probably give him MORE scars."
  496. <GMSyri> <Anna> Then go read a fucking book. I'm not delivering you into the Nightfaker's hands as emotional as you are.
  497. <Joseph_McGain> "Yeah, but still. Let her know that you still love her, huh? Next time you see her give her a hug or somethign. Anyway, MY only concern is to get back and finish my cigar, vodka, and then off to sleep. I'm OUT of the adventuring business, remember?" He says, trying to convince HIMSELF as much as Adrestia
  498. ✽ Esther_Deschain turns slightly, glaring back at her. "Those NCR fuckers were shooting into OUR city, killing OUR people. They need help out there."
  499. ✽ John_O`Connor went back into Regulus once the NRC had left. Seeing Esther trying to leave he walk over and puts a hand on her shoulder. "Ain't worth it."
  500. <GMSyri> <Adrestia> *Drives herself right to Areson's Armor and uses a garage door opener to open her shop door and drive the Hum Vee in.* Right. I'll get right on that.
  501. <Joseph_McGain> "I notice you aren't driving me home." Joe says, then sighs. "...Keep him safe...ALl right. I get it. BUt I'm notgoing in that burlap sack again."
  502. <GMSyri> <Adrestia> It's Titanium mesh now. But no, you're staying here for the night while I figure out what to do.
  503. ✽ Esther_Deschain is tense, and it doesn't take <Empathy> to see she's visibly shaking with barely-contained rage. She flicks her tail and looks down at the ground, trying to keep her anger under control. "....I can't just sit here. They're gonna ALL know now that she's... And then this city is gonna be in even MORE chaos than it already is. There needs to be someone there to get this shit under
  504. ✽ Esther_Deschain control."
  505. ✽ Joseph_McGain siiiiiiiiiiiiighs. "All right. WEll, for starters, I'd keep an eye on yourguys too. I know most of them are loyal, I'm not saying Jerry or Clyde or No-Way Jose are crooked, but...she has guys in the NCR."
  506. ✽ John_O`Connor shrugged. "They ain't gonna be any more crazy dan before."
  507. <Joseph_McGain> "...i MEAN...Okay, theyarecrooked, they're crooks, but you know what I mean."
  508. ✽ Joseph_McGain would go to bed!
  509. ✽ Esther_Deschain growls, starting to pace again. "Don'tcha get it? That faker is WINNING....this is just one more step ta undoin' EVERYTHIN' mom worked for, everythin' she spent her life building, if we let the city fall to chaos."
  510. ◀━━ Quits: Joseph_McGain (Joseph_McG@vhhe-931-84-409-79.washdc.fios.verizon.net) ()
  511. ✽ John_O`Connor took his helmet off and looked Esther in the eyes. "We gona get dat thing. Ain't da time ta rush off hot headed." He tried to calm her down.
  512. <Esther_Deschain> ((hmm.....roll your <Tame Animal> :P))
  513. <John_O`Connor> `roll 1d20+9
  514. <GameServ> John_O`Connor rolled 1d20: 6  <Total: 6(+9) = 15>
  515. <@NathanHM> (( Barely. You got lucky, O'Connor. :p ))
  516. ✽ Esther_Deschain stares back at him, freezing in her steps for a moment. She takes a step closer...and bumps her forehead against his armor, hugging onto him tightly. She's still shaking, though.
  517. ✽ John_O`Connor hugs her back and rests his chin on the top of her head.
  518. ✽ Esther_Deschain stands there for a long time, just hugging onto her dad. Gradually the shakes subsided, but she still was pretty tense....that probably wasn't going to go away anytime soon. "....I hate this," she muttered. "Why can't they jus'...leave her memory alone."
  519. ✽ John_O`Connor squeezes Esther gently. "Our memory ain't going ta change, dats all dat matters."
  520. ✽ Esther_Deschain nods softly, leaning against him. ".....can we go ta the library, maybe put on a holotape or somethin'?"
  521. ✽ John_O`Connor smiles warmly and nods. "Yeah, we can do dat."
  522. ✽ Esther_Deschain nods; she would remove her armor and wash the blood off her palms, putting some hasty bandaging on them to keep them clean. Then she'd go to the Regulus library with O'Connor and curl up on the couch, not really paying attention to the movies but just glad he's there. Eventually, she'd fall asleep curled up against her dad.
  523. ✽ John_O`Connor would sit next to Esther with an arm around her, petting her gently. He would doze off too, eventually.
  524. ❨❢❩ John_O`Connor is now known as KrackAway
RAW Paste Data
We use cookies for various purposes including analytics. By continuing to use Pastebin, you agree to our use of cookies as described in the Cookies Policy. OK, I Understand
 
Top