Madripoor.A city-state in Southeast Asia founded as a haven for freebooters, smugglers, pirates, and all other assorted scum.While this tolerance of criminality does encourage illicit business practices, it has forged the city into a crucible of cultures and special interests.This storied tradition of lawlessness is woven into the fabric of everyday life; as long as you’ve got the money, anything goes.Madripoor is a city of kings and beggars, but some venture there hoping for a fresh start.You are:> Wilhelm Knochen, graduate student on an expedition seeking to discover centuries-old pirate enclaves.> Michael Saint, former Church of Humanity member cast out after your magical potential revealed itself.> Aurelio Baluyot, refugee, cook, and latest hire aboard a pirate vessel.
>>4924220> Aurelio Baluyot, refugee, cook, and latest hire aboard a pirate vessel.
>>4924220>> Aurelio Baluyot, refugee, cook, and latest hire aboard a pirate vessel.
>>4924220>Michael Saint, former Church of Humanity member cast out after your magical potential revealed itself.
>>4924220>Michael saintSuch self ate is ripe for exploitation.
>>4924220> Aurelio Baluyot, refugee, cook, and latest hire aboard a pirate vessel.time to get blessed with a bandolieer of UNLIMITED PISTOLS BECAUSE FUCK YOU
>>4924236>>4924251>>4924283Your name is Aurelio Baluyot, and this morning’ll mark your 10th and last day in the slums of Madripoor.It wasn’t always like this, you think to yourself sometimes.Life used to be a lot more simple when you lived in the Philippines.Most of your time was spent working as an assistant chef at a small restaurant. It wasn’t much, but you got a roof over your head, 3 square meals, and a little spending money to play with.Unfortunately, the status quo decided to suffer a major shakeup. A violently anti-mutant political party rose to prominence and began rolling out authoritarian measures in order to “curtail the mutant menace.” Peaceful protests became violent protests, violent protests became crackdowns, and crackdowns escalated to terror attacks.This unrest culminated when an unidentified mutant possessing unparalleled hydrokinetic powers drove the island province of Cebu, your home, into the waves.The only reason you survived was luck; you weren’t on the island when it was sunk. In the guise of charity, the government decided upon a simple solution; offering the few survivors a free ticket to Madripoor and a small stipend to keep their mouths shut.You honestly should’ve seen the trick coming, but the combination of shock and loss served to dull your ability to think critically.Before you knew it, you were on the boat to Madripoor, a land of new beginnings.You made it 2 days before somebody stole everything you owned.Since then, you’ve mostly lived on the streets, before finally catching a lucky break.Through the grapevine, you caught wind of a small-scale pirate crew looking to pick up some new talent.You figured that anything’s gotta be better than living like an animal, so you dazzled them with your culinary skills and earned yourself a spot on the roster as the ship cook.That’s not all you’re good for though.Before your home was destroyed, what side interest did you pursue?> Brawling. You and couple other guys from the neighborhood kept yourselves entertained by setting up an informal prizefighting circuit.> Engineering. You spent most of your spare time tinkering in a makeshift workshop you kept in the attack. Nothing special, but you know one end of a screwdriver from another.> Sailing. As befits an island province, you kept a little skiff that you’d use to race and cruise around with. You’re no expert, but you’ve got your sea legs at least.> Medicine. There weren’t many hospitals in your price range, so you learned how to patch up injuries whenever somebody in the kitchen fucked up tremendously.> Other? (Subject to QM fiat)In addition, how do you feel about mutants?> They destroyed your home and everything you’ve ever cared about. Hopefully you can pay unto them the same kindness one day.> If you ever get your hands on that mutie bastard that sunk Cebu….> If the government hadn’t provoked them, maybe none of this would’ve ever happened.> Other?
>>4924409> Sailing. As befits an island province, you kept a little skiff that you’d use to race and cruise around with. You’re no expert, but you’ve got your sea legs at least.> If you ever get your hands on that mutie bastard that sunk Cebu….I think sailing fits with our current job the most! And I like having a grudge on a specific mutant but not all mutants.
>>4924409> Brawling. You and couple other guys from the neighborhood kept yourselves entertained by setting up an informal prizefighting circuit.> If you ever get your hands on that mutie bastard that sunk Cebu….
>>4924409> Brawling. You and couple other guys from the neighborhood kept yourselves entertained by setting up an informal prizefighting circuit.> They destroyed your home and everything you’ve ever cared about. Hopefully you can pay unto them the same kindness one day.
>>4924409> Sailing. As befits an island province, you kept a little skiff that you’d use to race and cruise around with. You’re no expert, but you’ve got your sea legs at least.> They destroyed your home and everything you’ve ever cared about. Hopefully you can pay unto them the same kindness one day.
>>4924409> Sailing. As befits an island province, you kept a little skiff that you’d use to race and cruise around with. You’re no expert, but you’ve got your sea legs at least.>If you ever get your hands on that mutie bastard that sunk Cebu….
>>4924409>> Engineering. You spent most of your spare time tinkering in a makeshift workshop you kept in the attack. Nothing special, but you know one end of a screwdriver from another.> If you ever get your hands on that mutie bastard that sunk Cebu….
>>4924409>Sailing. As befits an island province, you kept a little skiff that you’d use to race and cruise around with. You’re no expert, but you’ve got your sea legs at least.Just for the irony of it> If you ever get your hands on that mutie bastard that sunk Cebu….
Sailing / Targeted Hatred win, writing.
You always had a fondness for the sea, and it’ll hopefully serve you well in your new profession.The loss you’ve suffered still hangs heavy in your mind, but you remind yourself that you can’t judge every single mutant based upon the actions of a singular example.However, should you ever got a shot at the mutie bastard who sank Cebu, it won’t be pretty.Best to focus on more practical matters for now, like the whole “becoming a pirate” thing.Your interview, if you could even call it that, was pretty informal. After heading to a dive bar where you heard the recruiting was going on, you met a cheery guy named Duke that asked you a series of questions about your criminal prowess.It wasn’t going too well at first, but after you mentioned that you knew how to cook and worked in a semi-professional setting prior to your current circumstances, he visibly lit up before giving you a dock number and instructions to head there tomorrow morning.Armies march on their stomachs after all.You shake the cobwebs of memory away and head to the docks, you’ve got an appointment to keep.Sure enough, Duke was waiting to give you the grand tour.The ship itself was interesting, you recognize the general model from an old war movie. A PT boat, that’s what it’s called.“We’re a pretty small crew,” Duke mentions as he explains your general duties and the layout of the ship. According to Duke, you’ll probably be assigned to the boarding party or ship defense in addition to keeping the crew fed. It’s a bit daunting, but you’ll just have to get used to it.(CONT.)
>>4924594“But we get the job done and less crew equals more cut. Besides you and me, there’s also Hans and Clara. I’m the captain, so I handle navigation and the radio. Hans keeps the engines running as well as general repair work. Clara handles the armory and would serve on the boarding party with you. You’ll meet them in a few minutes, we’re about to have a planning session before we head out.”The ship is currently armed with twin .50cal machine guns, and no torpedoes, and the armory has a couple AK-74s, hunting rifles, and a couple old grenades. The rest of the tour shows you everything you figured the boat would have; engine room, armory, kitchen, etc; concluding with the chartroom currently occupied by another man and woman.“Alright everyone, meet Aurelio, our new cook!”The male, presumably Hans, continues fiddling with whatever gizmo he’s working on without sparing you a second glance.The woman, presumably Clara, shoots you a glance and rolls her eyes.“Can we get to get to business now? We’re burning daylight.” She complains.“So impatient, Clara.” Duke chuckles a little before getting more serious and proceeding to lay out the potential targets he’s been able to gather intel on.The first, is a Spanish cargo ship transporting electronics from Japan. Should be easy enough pickings.The second, is a private research vessel that’s been snooping around Madripoor for a while. Might have some private security onboard, can’t know for sure.The third, is a bounty on a Singaporean military vessel that’s been harassing other pirates for a while. Somebody’s offering a significant payday to whoever blows it out of the water.Unfortunately, your shipmates are unable to come to a consensus on which to target.Duke wants to hit the merchant vessel, Hans wants to hit the research vessel, and Clara wants to pick a fight with the military vessel.The deciding vote is left in your hands, and you choose.> The merchant vessel. It’s the safest option for your first actual voyage as a pirate.> The research vessel. It might leave you with nothing important, or it could be invaluable.> The military vessel. It’s dangerous, but easily has the largest guaranteed payoff.
>>4924601> The research vessel. It might leave you with nothing important, or it could be invaluable.
>>4924601>> The merchant vessel. It’s the safest option for your first actual voyage as a pirate.
>>4924601>The merchant vessel. It’s the safest option for your first actual voyage as a pirate.
>>4924601> The merchant vessel. It’s the safest option for your first actual voyage as a pirate.
>>4924601> The research vessel. It might leave you with nothing important, or it could be invaluable.I recall that there are massive spaceship junkyards from the misc alien invasions around the Philippines or south east asia in general within the Marvel universe. So I'm personally betting on us stumbling into some alien junk. Whether it's mere profit or we end up getting a bunch of superpower origin stories is up to the QM of course.
>>4924601>> The research vessel. It might leave you with nothing important, or it could be invaluable.
It takes some careful consideration, but you eventually voice your opinion in favor of targeting the research vessel.It’s a bit of a wild card, but you’ve already decided to roll the dice by becoming a pirate, might as well embrace the spirit of it.Hans nods in your direction, clearly pleased by your support.Clara seems disappointed, and mutters something about “no fun in smashing a bunch of eggheads.”Duke just shrugs.“That settles it then, we have our target. Should be a few hours at least before reaching its last known location. I suggest that everyone get prepped and ready.”With that, the meeting is over.How would you like to spend your time before the raid?> Drop in on Duke in the radio room. He’s been nice enough and might give you some pointers on the whole piracy thing.> Hang out with Hans in the engine room. The guy’s a bit quiet, but he manages to keep this entire boat floating all on his own, must take some talent.> Check in on Clara in the armory. If you’re going to be on the boarding party with her, the least you can do is get familiar with each other.> Do some practice shooting with the twin .50s. > Other?
>>4925501>Drop in on Duke in the radio room. He’s been nice enough and might give you some pointers on the whole piracy thing.
>>4925501> Drop in on Duke in the radio room. He’s been nice enough and might give you some pointers on the whole piracy thing.
After the others make their exit, you follow Duke to the radio room.Upon noticing your presence, he gestures for you to enter.“What can I do for ya, Aurelio? Gotten lost already, have ya?” He says jokingly.“I just wanted to get a few pointers on the whole armed robbery at sea thing.”Duke’s smile fades a bit, but quickly perks back up.“Glad to see that you’re taking this seriously. I’ve seen too many folks get cocky and let their pride do the thinking for them.I’ve always been more of a hands-on kinda guy, so come take a look at this. Consider it a training exercise.”Duke rummages through a pile of maps, before producing one and placing it on the table.“This is the location of the vessel we’re going to be hitting, the Brunswick. As the name would suggest, it’s registered out of Canada. Funny thing is, I couldn’t find a public registry of the company owning it. Probably just lost in some bureaucrat’s file cabinet or something.Anyways,” he says, tracing a line across the map with his finger from Madripoor to the coast of Malaysia.“I have it on good authority that the Brunswick has been sniffing around looking for something, but your guess is as good as mine. I wouldn’t be worried though; if that ends up being a bust, we could just hijack it and ransom off some hostages. Either way, not a total loss.I’m getting sidetracked, what I wanted to ask was; theoretically, how do you think we should make our approach?You think it would be best if we…> Kept distance until nightfall, snuck up on them, and boarded them in the dead of night.> Just put a few shots over the bow to cow them into stopping. It’s a research vessel, not a merchant marine.> Pretend that we’re some flavor of naval police and trick them into letting us get in close.> Other?In addition, any general questions for Duke about piracy, Madripoor, etc?> ? (No limit)
>>4925947> Kept distance until nightfall, snuck up on them, and boarded them in the dead of night.
>>4925947>CanadaOh god. Fuck. Wolverine's going to attack in the middle of this.> Pretend that we’re some flavor of naval police and trick them into letting us get in close.These guys sound like they have something to hide with the unknown company name, but they also went and made an alabi. That tells me they're sitting ducks if a "coast guard" comes because they think can bluff with their credentials.Plus if we were stealthy enough to board at ight we wouldn't have been robbed in the first place.>Got any tips for me not getting all of my money stolen the second we're in port?
>>4925961>>4926019>>4926026Roll me some d100s to see how well you present your case, DC: 40(Rolls will typically be based off number of successes. For example, 0 is a fail, 1 is a partial success, 2 is a regular success, and 3 is an excellent success.
Rolled 5 (1d100)>>4926037
Rolled 20 (1d100)>>4926037
>>4926043>>4926062It's been long enough, go ahead and give me another d100.
Rolled 31 (1d100)>>4926145
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>4926043>>4926062>>4926158Fail, writing. Rolling a d2 to determine which plan he decides to go with.1 = Shots over the bow.2 = Trick em into letting you close.
You lay out a meticulously detailed plan of attack; we would surreptitiously track the ship until nightfall, silently make our way over, board it, and take them in their sleep.Duke nods, thinks to himself for a moment, and proceeds to politely but firmly tear hole after hole in your finely crafted master plan.He lists the various issues with said plan in no particular order.“There’s a good chance that they’ll notice us shadowing them and attempt to flee.Tracking the research vessel in the dead of night by navigating blind would be extremely challenging and could potentially end with a collision into the shoreline or other hazards.You have no stealth training whatsoever, and Clara is on a perpetual hair-trigger. If you didn’t blow it, she certainly would.Lastly, depending on how far the research vessel travels while being tracked, we could end up outside our operating range and not have enough gas to make it back.”You feel a bit mortified that your plan had so many visible holes, but Duke is quick to assuage it.“Don’t worry about it. The point of this was to show you that you’ve got plenty to learn. It wasn’t even that bad of a plan honestly, I’ve seen some real stupid shit in my time that it doesn’t hold a candle to.”While you’re there, you dryly ask if he knows any surefire ways to avoid getting mugged the second you become re-acquainted with the land.It gets a chuckle out of him, as well as a surprisingly nuanced answer.“Carrying a weapon of some kind is always a safe bet, but the real protection comes from building up a reputation. Once you hit a couple scores and your name gets a bit of notoriety, street trash generally knows to stay in their lane and leave you alone. Course, that’s generally not a problem in Hightown, but that carries its own brand of dangers.”That’s putting it lightly. After losing most of your possessions, you ended up accidentally wandering into Hightown thinking it would be safer than the slums. The local cops quickly disabused you of this notion and kicked seven shades of shit out of you. Turns out, Madripoor is basically divided into 2 sections; Hightown and Lowtown. Hightown is for the tourists and the people with fame or money, Lowtown is for everyone else.
>>4926193“I’m glad you asked me that, because it lines up well with the plan I’ve been cooking up. It’s important to remember that clever ideas and strategy is all well and good, but at the end of the day it all comes down to hitting hard, fast, and as precisely as possible. Whether it be some two-bit thug, a battleship, or an army; so long as you can get in under their guard and either bully them into submission or deal them a deathblow you’ll be the one going home at the end of the day. Don’t go off half-cocked or nothing, but don’t be afraid to keep it simple. Go get some rest, you’re gonna need it.”You settle into your bunk and settle into a dreamless sleep, clenched with nerves about the upcoming raid. There’s a fair chance you may be required to hurt people; people who haven’t done a thing other than be in the wrong place at the wrong time.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTKgmB4S5zU&t=0sWhat are your thoughts on the subject?> It’s unfortunate, but necessary. If they give up without a fight, they’ve got nothing to worry about. It only gets complicated if they make it complicated.> It’s not worth thinking about. You need to keep yourself centered on what matters most; staying alive.> They knew the risks when they signed up for the job. Nobody else is going to bother pulling their punches, why should you?> Other?
Last post of the night, I'll endeavor to have more in the afternoon.
>>4926195>They knew the risks when they signed up for the job. Nobody else is going to bother pulling their punches, why should you?
>>4926195> They knew the risks when they signed up for the job. Nobody else is going to bother pulling their punches, why should you?
>>4926195> It’s unfortunate, but necessary. If they give up without a fight, they’ve got nothing to worry about. It only gets complicated if they make it complicated.
>>4926228>>4926255>>4926312>>4926709Vote closes in an hour, I'll roll a d2 to break the tie if necessary.
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>49267661 = They knew the risks.2 = Unfortunate but necessary.
>>4926811As you drift off, you come to a simple but inevitable conclusion. If your positions were reversed, would they be treating you with the kid gloves? Almost certainly not. You knew the risks when you signed up for your job, not your fault if they weren’t ready for theirs. Death is an occupational hazard in Madripoor, and you’re not gonna waste time shedding tears over it. From what you’ve seen and heard, it’s just the way things go around here.A few hours later, you are awoken by Duke over the ships internal comms system.“Wakey, wakey, it’s go time. We’ll be on them in about 20 minutes, head to the armory and gear up.”Clara is there, performing a last-minute check on both her equipment and yours. She’s got an AK74 slung over her shoulder.She slides an old bolt-action hunting rifle your way as well as a few stripper clips of ammo. Despite its obvious age, it’s been very well-maintained.“Know how to handle one of these?”You nod, you’ve had a bit of experience shooting vermin and bottles and the like, but nothing with the potential to shoot back.“Here’s what’s about to happen. I’m going to get on the 50cal and put a few rounds over their heads to put the fear of God in em.Once we get in close, I’m going to tie the ships together so we don’t drift off. You’re gonna stand there looking pretty and make sure nobody has any funny ideas while I’m distracted.Got it? Good. Once that’s handled, Duke’ll play defense and make sure nobody tries to counter-board us while you and I are off pillaging.”You both head topside and take position.Sure enough, a few minutes later you spot the Brunswick and Clara open up with the 50cal once within range.They initially try to pull away, but a few more short bursts that get closer and closer to connecting gets them to kill their engines and wait to be boarded.As you pull-up to the rear of the Brunswick, Clara gets out some naval rope and begins binding the two ships together.Suddenly, you spot a man wearing some kind of security uniform creep around the corner and quietly head in your direction.He’s armed with a nasty looking SMG, and it looks like you caught him trying to sneak up on you.How would like to handle this? > Take the shot yourself. It’ll be tricky, but you could do it. (Will require a roll)> Alert Clara and have her hose him down with the 50cal. It’s not precise though, and may end up causing collateral damage to both ship, crew, and cargo.> Try to intimidate him into backing down.> Other?
>>4926818Forgot to include that intimidating him will also require a roll.
>>4926818> Take the shot yourself. It’ll be tricky, but you could do it. (Will require a roll)
>>4926818>Take the shot yourself. It’ll be tricky, but you could do it. (Will require a roll)I feel lucky tonight.
>>4926818> Take the shot yourself. It’ll be tricky, but you could do it. (Will require a roll)After that fucking AWFUL luck earlier we deserve a freeby, come on dice gods
>>4926841>>4926842>>4926862Roll me some d100s, DC: 55
Rolled 98 (1d100)>>4926864NAT ONE BABY LET'S GO
Rolled 8 (1d100)>>4926864rollan>>4926865You have failed, but I won't!
>>4926882We rolling low?
>>4926886Nah, it's roll over. They just joking about trying to get a critfail.
>>4926865>>4926882>>4926886It's been about an hour, so go ahead and roll one more time to finish it off.
Rolled 12 (1d100)>>4926924
>>4926865>>4926882>>4926936Minor success, writing.>>4926937dice+1d100 in the options field for next time.
>>4926939You take a deep breath, steady your aim, and gently squeeze the trigger once you’ve got the sights lined up on center mass.Had you been on land, you would’ve nailed him solidly in the chest.Unfortunately, marksmanship at sea adds additional variables you aren’t entirely prepared for; such as the swaying of the waves.Instead, you shot solidly connects with his shoulder, sending him crashing to the deck.Judging from the noises he’s making, it wasn’t fatal but he’s not having a good day.Clara’s head snaps up at the sound of your gunshot, but relaxes when she realizes that you were the one to fire.“You get him?”“Only in the shoulder.”“Better go deal with him then.”Shortly thereafter, Clara finishes securing the ships together, and Duke takes her spot on the 50cal.You check where the guard fell, but judging from the blood trail he managed to get to his feet and duck into the lower floors.“Alright, now comes the fun part. Now that we know they’ve got security, we’ll have to lock the place down bit by bit. Don’t want somebody shooting us in the back while we’re busy looting, after all.”Your first move is to….(If you only pick one option, both you and Clara will do it. You can choose to split up, but put which specific areas that’ll be checked.)> Sweep and secure the bridge.> Head belowdecks and search the crew cabins.> Make a beeline for the laboratory.> Other?
>>4926959>>Sweep and secure the bridge.
>>4926959>> Sweep and secure the bridge.
>>4926959I don't suppose we can just strap something that looks like a bomb to the hull and threaten to sink the ship if the security tries anything dumb by chance?
>>4926959> Sweep and secure the bridge.
>>4927111>>4927285>>4927518Roll me some d100s, DC: 30>>4927460You could radio Hans and have him throw something together. I'll make it an option in the next few choices.
Rolled 6 (1d100)>>4927589
Rolled 81 (1d100)>>4927589
>>4927460We could also threaten to shoot the crew if he shoots at us.
Rolled 60 (1d100)>>4927589
>>4927665>>4927667>>4927772“Guess we ought to start with the bridge.” You offer, tentatively.“Agreed. I’ll take point.”The pair of you make your way up a few sets of stairs to the bridge, where you can hear muffled arguing inside.From what you can make out, it appears that they’re arguing about whether or not to activate some kind of distress signal.Something tells you it’d be best if you got in there and made the choice for them.Clara counts backwards from 3, and on the go signal she kicks the door open, and the pair of you storm inside.You manage to catch the half-dozen bridge crew inside by surprise, but one of them attempts to go for a holdout weapon.Unfortunately for him, Clara saw that coming from a while away and savagely clubs him a couple times with the butt of her rifle.Once Humpty Dumpty hits the deck, the rest of the king’s men get the memo and comply with your shouted demands to get on their knees and face the wall.Clara’s packing some zip ties, and proceeds to secure the prisoners by binding their hands and feet. It’s a bit undignified, but can’t have them wandering around after you leave.Bridge is secured, so far so good.Next up is to…(Remember that you can delegate tasks to Clara if you’re so inclined)> Head to the lower decks now that you’ve got a bit of breathing room.> Get to the laboratory, you’ve got looting to do.> Radio Hans, have him whip up a fake explosive charge, stick it to the Brunswick’s hull, and bluff over the announcements that you’ll blow them to kingdom come.> Search for a crew manifest, ship registration, captain’s log, anything that might give you some idea who these people are and what they’re doing out here. > Broadcast a ship-wide announcement that everyone is to surrender immediately or you start executing hostages. (Do you intend to follow through on this threat, Yes or No?)> Other?
>>4928007>> Search for a crew manifest, ship registration, captain’s log, anything that might give you some idea who these people are and what they’re doing out here.
>>4928007> Search for a crew manifest, ship registration, captain’s log, anything that might give you some idea who these people are and what they’re doing out here.
>>4928007>Search for a crew manifest, ship registration, captain’s log, anything that might give you some idea who these people are and what they’re doing out here.
>>4928111>>4928301>>4928416>>4928585Roll me some d100s, DC: 45
Rolled 3 (1d100)>>4928608
Rolled 19 (1d100)>>4928608JOBBING:ON
Rolled 55 (1d100)>>4928608Goddamn you guys have dice even more cursed than mine
It takes a bit of cajoling, but you manage to convince Clara that having some idea of who you’re robbing and what you’re stealing may come in handy.The pair of you proceed to sift through the various scattered documentation throughout the bridge.No crew manifest, looks like somebody was smart enough to shred it when they realized they were getting boarded, along with the logbooks.However, they didn’t bother to shred the ship’s registration details.According to these records, the Brunswick is registered to a Pacific Vista Laboratories, with their port of call being Vancouver.They’ve been at sea for a couple months by the look of their launch date, hopefully they found something worth all this trouble.“You ever heard of these guys?” You ask.“I look like a scientist to you? Enough of this, we’ve got shit to do.”With that, Clara smashes everything remotely electrical, fragile, or important looking on the bridge.“There, now nobody can call for help or get this tub moving again. Takes a load off my mind.”A squawking noise from Clara’s belt startles you, but it just turns out to be her radio.She answers it, listens for a minute, and curses.“Duke says we might have something headed our way. He thought he saw a blip on the radar for a second before it vanished. Could be nothing, could be somebody looking to get the drop on us. Either way, I’d prefer be finished sooner rather than later.”With that in mind, your next move is to…> Clear out the crew decks. It could come back to bite you if you leave them unsecured.> Get these hostages back to your ship, might be able to ransom them off later.> Hit the labs, grab whatever looks important, and get out of here.> Other?
>>4928700This is a toughie. The security man probably went to the most important/valuable thing OR an onboard superhero, but the lab is the safe bet for something valuable to yoink.>Let's clear out the crew decks, that rentacop is either gonna shoot us in the back if we hit that lab or ran to the most important thing to guardIf we're really lucky they kept the notes/computers/flash drives in their cabins and we can random off the data. They've been out at sea for months. That means we set them back almost as long unless they pay us.
>>4928700> Clear out the crew decks. It could come back to bite you if you leave them unsecured.
>>4928719>>4928764>>4928777Alright, roll me 2d100s.DC: 35 for the clearing.DC: 50 for the looting.
Rolled 3, 72 = 75 (2d100)>>4928784
Rolled 94, 15 = 109 (2d100)>>4928784
>>4928788>>4928793It's been about an hour, go ahead and give me another 2d100.
Rolled 15, 35 = 50 (2d100)>>4928838
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>4928788>>4928793>>4928848Minor successes on both, writing.
You voice your opinion to Clara about the importance of clearing the path to the lab, rather than just trying to storm it blindly for a smash-and-grab.She agrees in her own way, and the boarding party quickly and carefully enters the bowels of the ship.This caution ends up serving you well.The security guard you crossed paths with earlier has not been idle in your absence.He’s done an admirable job setting up a makeshift barricade, rallying a couple other guards, and reading themselves for your assault.You acquit yourself well in the ensuing firefight, scoring your first kill. Clara does a majority of the legwork, killing the remaining three while you keep them suppressed. The guards are by no means pushovers, but Clara has a lot of experience doing this.Overall, the firefight took longer than you would’ve liked, but both you and Clara escape with nothing worse than a graze or two.By sheer coincidence, the guard you killed was the one you had wounded originally. A brief check of his ID marks him as private security for Pacific Vista Laboratories.Curious. They own the ship, the security, and the scientists. That’s a fair bit of compartmentalization.Those rent-a-cops offered stiffer resistance than you would’ve thought, why would they go to the trouble of fighting to the bitter end?Questions for another time.Turns out the scientists had been hiding in their cabins, terrified. Probably got ordered to keep their heads down.In the end, you deliver 8 scientists to Clara and her tender mercies.Even better, one of the aforementioned nerds had been trying to backup and save his research onto a USB, giving you the opportunity to get a sneak peek.Most of what you find is heavily encrypted, but you find a few files with looser permissions.Looks like the Brunswick has been searching for some kind of old Ming Dynasty treasure ship that capsized on its trip back to Nanjing.The files are a bit spotty about what they’ve been able to recover, apparently the majority of the cargo was unable to withstand the dual pressures of time and constant exposure to saltwater.You shrug, copy everything over to the USB, delete the original files, and rip out the hard drive.Maybe you’ll be able to auction this info off.Anyhow, your next move is to…(As always, the option to split up is available)> Keep your eyes on the prize and head to the lab.> Gather the hostages and get back to the boat. Something don’t smell right about this.> Conduct an impromptu interrogation, one of these eggheads is bound to know something. (Include what kind of questions you’d like to “ask”)> Other?
>>4928903> Keep your eyes on the prize and head to the lab.> Conduct an impromptu interrogation, one of these eggheads is bound to know something. (Include what kind of questions you’d like to “ask”)How do we open the door?What's behind it?Are there any traps?If anything bad happens your going to be the first to die, understand?
>>4928903> Gather the hostages and get back to the boat. Something don’t smell right about this.
>>4929110>>4929199Roll me some d100s, DC: 25
Rolled 76 (1d100)>>4929397
Rolled 99 (1d100)>>4929397might be going a bit too low with those DCs QM, the first few rolls were just pure bad luck, any DC below 70 is a cakewalk
>>4929421Fair point, but I figured that this particular action would basically be a gimme considering that you're threatening a pack of nerds with imminent death.I'll work on it though.
Rolled 13 (1d100)>>4929397
>>4929409>>4929421>>4929446Regular success, writing.
>>4929468After rounding up the various scientists, you form a nice little speaking circle and start demanding answers.After a couple of the scientists unconsciously turn and glance at the one you found trying to secure the research, you turn the brunt of your questioning onto him.Clara holds him at gunpoint, just in case he gets any funny ideas.You’ll start with a simple question to break the ice.“How do we get into the lab?”“Through the door, obviously. The key is in my pocket.”You carefully reach into said pocket and produce a small keyring. So far, so good. Smartass.“Are there any traps inside the lab?”“No, nothing of the sort.” He gives you a confused look.“What kind of question was that?”Clara slaps him upside the head and tells him to keep the color commentary to himself.“What have you managed to pull from that wrecked treasure ship?”“How do you know about that?”Clara smacks him again, this time with the butt of her rifle.“Next one’s gonna hurt a lot more, answer the question.” She says, coldly.“Alright, alright. We’ve mostly pulled out a few trinkets, there wasn’t much there that survived after 500-odd years underwater. Personally, I’ve held the opinion that we’ve just been spinning our wheels out here, but that’s besides the point.”He’s not telling you everything, time to give him one last push and see if you can make him crack.“Lastly, you do know that if anything bad happens while I’m that lab, you’re going to be the first one to bite the bullet, right? Got anything else you want to mention?”His already pale pallor becomes ashen, and you can practically feel his internal struggle. Inevitably, he spills the beans.“The artifacts we pulled from the wreck are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. They give off some kind of bizarre energy.”“What, like radiation?!” You exclaim.“No, nothing like that. It’s hard to put into words but I’ll do my best. Basically, they give off some form of energy that we can detect, but our sensors can’t make heads or tails of. We know it’s there, but nothing about what it does or how it behaves. That’s all I can disclose.”(CONT)
>>4929531After double-checking that all 8 scientists have been restrained, you and Clara double-time it to the lab. The path there is clear, looks like the ship security forces made their last stand in the crew cabins.The keys that you extorted open the lab door as promised.Before you head inside, Clara faces you and matter-of-factly states “Since you’re the rookie here, you get to touch the weird science shit. I’m gonna wait outside just in case. Have fun.”The door closes behind you and the sterile environment of the laboratory seems to close in.Calm down, you tell yourself. It’s nothing but nerves.In the center of the lab, surrounded by numerous robotic implements and workstation terminals are a series of items placed within glass containers.At first, second, and third glance, there is nothing special about them.A bell, a bowl, a small statue, a coin, and an amulet. That’s all that they’ve got.If you were faced with these same objects at a night market, you’d assume they were junk made to fool ignorant tourists. As it stands though, they might just be your ticket out of poverty.You decide to start by picking up…> A burnished brass bell.> A small yellow bowl.> A silver statue.> A grey coin.> A polished Jade amulet.
>>4929535> A grey coin.
>>4929535fellow anons, any theories at what these would give us?
>>4929535> A burnished brass bell.
Vote'll be open for a while, since this decision is important.
>>4929535> A grey coin.maybe luck? that's always usefull
>>4929666I was thinking it might be magnetism or something but honestly the items are so vague it could be anything
>>4929669also "the humblest item is the most powerfull" may be somethingit's straight up the eazyest to hide too
>>4929535> A small yellow bowl.
>>4929535Gonna be practical and not meta here.>jade necklaceI figure that if we can’t solve wtf the item we pick does the jade will increase the price the most.
As of now, the votes are2 for coin1 for bowl1 for bell1 for necklaceI'll close it in 1 hour, just in case of late voters.
>>4929535> A polished Jade amulet.
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>4929666>>4929548>>4929722>>4930018Since there's a tie, I'll roll a d2 to settle it.1 = Coin2 = AmuletIn the meantime, roll me some d100s, DC: 75
Rolled 40 (1d100)>>4930040
Rolled 65 (1d100)>>4930040
>>4929535> A silver statue.
>>4929535> A burnished brass bell.Emotional control or telepathy?> A small yellow bowl.Energy projective powers?> A silver statue.Silver Surfer?> A grey coin.Luck or odds ratio changed or improved?> A polished Jade amulet.Telekinetic shield?
Still need one more roll.
Rolled 24 (1d100)>>4930214ill just roll again
Rolled 49 (1d100)>>4930040
brass bell ftw
Rolled 1 (1d6)>>4930075>>4930081>>4930303Failure, rolling to see what the dice gods have in store. I managed to fat-finger the wrong power-list earlier, apologies.1: Hydrokinesis2: Longshot3: Cyrokinesis 4: Weather Manipulation5: Healing Factor6: Probability Manipulation
>>4930379i would have preferred probability manipulation but hydrokiesis is REALLY good depending if we can manipulate the water's pressure
>>4930415It is also incredibly ironic. Last post of the night coming up soon. Also doubles as the last one till Monday, got IRL stuff on the weekend.
You shrug to yourself a little, and decide to pick up the grey coin first. No particular reason, it just looks kinda cool.Thankfully, the keyring you swiped also has the key to the container. Sure, you could’ve just smashed it open, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.You carefully reach forward and grab the coin, studying it for anything unnatural. You’re not much of an expert on ancient coins, but even so this one seems pretty run-of-the-mill.At least, that’s what you think until a massive bolt of pain rips through you, sending you to your knees.The agony overwhelms you, and you instinctively close your eyes. You must be hallucinating or something, because you could swear you saw some kind of turtle while writhing in pain.As suddenly as it came, the pain disappears.When you open your eyes, the other 4 artifacts have disappeared, vanished from their containers.After staggering back to your feet, you spot a cooler located in the corner.A drink sure would be nice about now.Unfortunately, it’s only got water, but excruciating pain has a way of making people less choosy.Almost absent-mindedly, you open one to take the edge of your thirst.You get maybe halfway through the bottle before your fingers, slick with moisture, fumble it and send the contents spilling everywhere.At least, it would’ve if the errant water hadn’t suddenly formed a small hovering sphere before the bottle had even finished hitting the ground.With a little experimentation, you can get it to move too and fro a little.At least, until it suddenly rockets away and slams into the wall with enough force to leave a nasty looking dent.That’s new.> You’ve gained the power of Hydrokinesis! Unfortunately, it seems that you don’t have full control when you use it. Actions could be much weaker or much stronger than you intended.Suddenly, you almost lose your footing when the boat abruptly lurches.Fuck, that better not be your fault.(CONT.)
>>4930433Thankfully, Clara doesn’t notice your internal panic or the damage you caused when she barges in.The question on the tip of your tongue evaporates at the look of terror on her face.“Duke just radioed and gave me the news. That rumbling just now? He just cut us loose. That blip he mentioned was some kind of attack chopper. He took a few potshots at it, but it managed to drop something big and mean onto the ship. Duke swears he nailed whatever it was a couple times with the .50, but it just shrugged it off.He promised that he’d be back once he managed to shake the helicopter off him, but until then we’re stuck here with whatever that thing is.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zvQoPyY2XEYou hear a bloodcurdling scream that sounds like it came from the crew deck. Followed by several others. Then silence, punctuated with a series of loud, heavy, footsteps.Heavy enough that the ship seems to almost be groaning under its weight. And it’s heading your way.Both you and Clara are almost frozen in fear as a walking mountain of a man turns the corner and eyes you both appraisingly.“Do me a favor and struggle a bit, would ya? It’s not so much fun otherwise. Just kidding, it’s always fun.”On second thought, maybe living on the street wasn’t so bad after all.
As previously mentioned, that'll be all until Monday. In the meantime, let me know if you've got any questions, concerns, criticism, etc.Have a good one.
>>4930439Read through the whole thing in one go, good work so far QM! I'm curious how the combat system will evolve.