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atpollard March 10th, 2016 12:09 AM

[CT Only] atpollard's PbP Traveller (Chapter 12) Day 12
 
[OOC: Spend as much time as you want finishing up Day 11. When you are ready, day 12 is waiting for you.]

[Marco] - Day 12: 0300 IST [9:00 PM Local] - Flying Boat in Hedemora (pop. 5000)
Corporal Waller finally returned after a 6 hour private recon of Hedemora with a great deal to report. The first thing was that, to his surprise, he had made contact with some Mountain Men in this flatlander town and gotten access to the local Mountain Man Radio. He was able to relay messages to other Mountain Men and learned that the AMM Tank Corps, with Lucas Ottoson, had been at Stromstad and not only destroyed the Army Repair Facility located there, but also managed to capture additional front line (TL 9) Grav Tanks and Artillery located there. As of the morning of Day 11, the AMM Tank Force had 23 combat vehicles and over 200 men. MM Radio was reporting some sort of attempted ortillery strike on the force in the mountains, but no one knew whether it had been effective or not.

There was one rumor that Mountain Man Radio was at a complete loss to make any sense of. There were reports trickling into the mountains from north of Flen that some sort of prophet had appeared and the followers of the Path in the area were going crazy over him. Some folks were talking about seeing whole towns abandon their homes to follow him. So far it was only third hand stories, since nobody in the mountains had actually seen any of it.

News from the other direction had Mountain Men reporting heavy Government patrols, mostly infantry, along the eastern edge of the Eastern Mountain Range. The government appeared to have stopped all movement between the Core District and the East Coast and most movement between the South District and the East Coast.

Corporal Waller also reported that the local Mountain Men were here as part of the BIG. He briefly spoke with some "Flatlander" ... the Corporal corrected himself 'BIG allied Guide' officer ... and learned that the BIG had established either joint or total control across a territory stretching across the South District from coast to coast and across the Core from the East to West Mountain Ranges and north to Ludkiva. Only the immediate vicinity around Sater remained in Government control and it was completely isolated from the ground.

It was also reported that a Raider Force, led by someone named Tama had arrived in the town of Laholm about a day and a half ago. New recruits for the BIG army were heading to Laholm to join up and train for some big offensive they were planning.

Corporal Waller reported everything that he had learned directly to Marco. The other AMM soldiers listened closely to every word. Then the Corporal went to check on his troops and the security of the craft.
Spoiler:
'Captain' Marco Domici - Term 2, Year 1 (UPP: 78*A885) (age 22) (Marine - Lance Sergeant [E4]): Gun Cbt (Energy Weapons)-2*, Blade Combat-1, Brawling-1, Vacc Suit-1, Admin-0, Computer-0, Electronic-0, Gambling-0, Leader-0, Medical-0, Mechanical-0, Tactics-0, Vehicle-0

NPCs
  • Clifton Godwin (age 25) - [6B898(7*)] - (Blue Dragon/ex-Greycoat: Flying Boat Pilot): Aircraft-2, Administration-1, Electronics-1, Jack-0-T-1, Brawling-0, Carousing-0, Gambling-0, Grav-0, Pistol-0, Mechanical-0, Survival-0, VaccSuit-0
  • Bryce Martel [M] (age 44) - [B8A89A] (wounded - recover by day 14) - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Guide): Computer-2, CbtR-1, GunCbt-1, JoT-1, Leader-1, Liaison-1
  • Brandy Crane [F] (age 39) - [65AC83] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Warder): Computer-2, Blade-1, Electronic-1, Gambling-1, Streetwise-1
  • Les Maillot [M] (age 42) - [A6CB48] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Citizen): Comms-3, Engineering-2, Advocate-1, JoT-1
  • Ilana Cooke [F] (age 30) - [55AB56] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Entertainer): Deception-2, Art (acting)-1, Comms-1, Streetwise-1
  • Marlon Maillet [M] (age 44) - [698684] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Warder): Electronic-2, Computer-1, Gambling-1, JoT-1, Medical-1, Streetwise-1
  • Pauline Lefranc [F] (age 44) - [64AD68] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Mountainman): JoT-2, Blade-1,Gambling-1, Hunting-1, Mechanical-1, Survival-1
  • Chandra Capelle [F] (age 34) - [78BC33] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Citizen): Engineering-2, Streetwise-1, Survival-1
  • Cpl. Jeff Waller [M] (age 29) - (AMM Army): Recon-3, Brawling-2, GunCbt-2, Streetwise-1
  • L.Cpl. Angel Bitt [F] (age 22) - (AMM Army): GunCbt-2, Mechanical-1, Vehicle-1
  • L.Cpl. Mirriam Bitt [F] (age 22) - (AMM Army): Brawling-1, GunCbt-1, Mechanical-1, Recon-1
  • Pvt. Randall Kane [M] (age 18) - (AMM Army): GunCbt-1, Recon-1

atpollard March 10th, 2016 07:47 AM

[Marco] - Day 12: 0400 IST [10:00 PM Local] - Flying Boat in Hedemora (pop. 5000)
Quote:

Originally Posted by Leitz (Post 534067)
"Bryce, team." He said to the Cyber Dragons as they huddled. "In Hedemora gather as much intel as you can. We are going to find that super weapon. With all the comms going around it should be easy for you to hide the data gathering. The North Team needs to be supported. Is it better to pull them back to another team, or is there a secondary target they can shoot for? If we wanted intel on what happened to the other team, where should the North team be placed? Can the Guide offer us insight?"

Les, Pauline and Chandra returned with what they thought was a profitable bit of data mining. They discovered a rumor that there was a secret weapon buried in an underground super bunker. According to one highly questionable source, a girl named 'Scooter' claimed to have found a secret complex. 'Scooter' turned out to be the street name for a 16 year old Red Card runaway named Sarah Sellers whose present location was unknown.

Some digging into the files from your mission had led to a single hint on your original target. You were supposed to locate a 'William' in 'Skanor'. There is a Sir Corey William (age 57) who was a University Professor knighted for his work on Power System Engineering. Whatever he was working on, only Blue Cards were allowed access to his research facility. Even the maintenance workers were all Blue Cards. He is currently retired and living in Skanor.

A long shot, but a 37 year old Police Data Analyst named Estelle Morris apparently discovered something she shouldn't have and the Military downgraded her security clearance and buried her in some sort of a meaningless data office. Why would the Military interfere with the police unless she stumbled across something related to the super weapon? The rumor is that she found evidence that the Government had built a city to house people with no contact with the rest of the planet.

They hoped that some of this helps.
Spoiler:
'Captain' Marco Domici - Term 2, Year 1 (UPP: 78*A885) (age 22) (Marine - Lance Sergeant [E4]): Gun Cbt (Energy Weapons)-2*, Blade Combat-1, Brawling-1, Vacc Suit-1, Admin-0, Computer-0, Electronic-0, Gambling-0, Leader-0, Medical-0, Mechanical-0, Tactics-0, Vehicle-0

NPCs
  • Clifton Godwin (age 25) - [6B898(7*)] - (Blue Dragon/ex-Greycoat: Flying Boat Pilot): Aircraft-2, Administration-1, Electronics-1, Jack-0-T-1, Brawling-0, Carousing-0, Gambling-0, Grav-0, Pistol-0, Mechanical-0, Survival-0, VaccSuit-0
  • Bryce Martel [M] (age 44) - [B8A89A] (wounded - recover by day 14) - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Guide): Computer-2, CbtR-1, GunCbt-1, JoT-1, Leader-1, Liaison-1
  • Brandy Crane [F] (age 39) - [65AC83] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Warder): Computer-2, Blade-1, Electronic-1, Gambling-1, Streetwise-1
  • Les Maillot [M] (age 42) - [A6CB48] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Citizen): Comms-3, Engineering-2, Advocate-1, JoT-1
  • Ilana Cooke [F] (age 30) - [55AB56] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Entertainer): Deception-2, Art (acting)-1, Comms-1, Streetwise-1
  • Marlon Maillet [M] (age 44) - [698684] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Warder): Electronic-2, Computer-1, Gambling-1, JoT-1, Medical-1, Streetwise-1
  • Pauline Lefranc [F] (age 44) - [64AD68] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Mountainman): JoT-2, Blade-1,Gambling-1, Hunting-1, Mechanical-1, Survival-1
  • Chandra Capelle [F] (age 34) - [78BC33] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Citizen): Engineering-2, Streetwise-1, Survival-1
  • Cpl. Jeff Waller [M] (age 29) - (AMM Army): Recon-3, Brawling-2, GunCbt-2, Streetwise-1
  • L.Cpl. Angel Bitt [F] (age 22) - (AMM Army): GunCbt-2, Mechanical-1, Vehicle-1
  • L.Cpl. Mirriam Bitt [F] (age 22) - (AMM Army): Brawling-1, GunCbt-1, Mechanical-1, Recon-1
  • Pvt. Randall Kane [M] (age 18) - (AMM Army): GunCbt-1, Recon-1

atpollard March 10th, 2016 07:48 AM

[Marco] - Day 12: 0450 IST [10:50 PM Local] - Flying Boat leaving Hedemora (pop. 5000)
Clifton woke and began to make the pre-flight preparations to leave. Marlon and Brandy had not returned yet.
Marco and the AMM jumped up, grabbed their weapons and headed outside as Lance Corporal Mirriam Bitt raised the alarm "We have incoming vehicles, moving fast."

The vehicles turned out to be friendly. Brandy arrived first in a pickup truck loaded with crates of Military Rations and canned food ... about 100 man-days worth. "We probably want to get this stuff loaded and get out of here." she offered as she began to unload the truck. Moments later, Marlon arrived on a TL 8 Air-cushion Motorcycle with a side car. Marco stared with a mixture of amusement and confusion as you observed that Marlon had multiple rings on each finger, multiple watches on each arm and multiple gold and silver chains hanging from his neck.

Then Marco noticed that the sidecar contained a TL 8 Handheld RAM Grenade Launcher and a case of 22 RAM Grenades. Marlon loaded the entire Motorcycle into the cargo area of the Flying Boat while Brandy yelled at him "You had to hustle them, didn't you?"

"I couldn't have done it without your help." Marlon responded with a smile. "Besides, they were cheating. You know that they were cheating. They got exactly what they deserved."

Brandy started to say something, but just shook her head instead. "Get on the plane."

As the plane was taking off from the river, Marco saw several vehicles full of people arriving at the shore. Too late to stop you.
Marlon reached into his pocket and handed Marco a stack of Biter currency "Here's 1700 credits for the war chest. We would have earned more if it had been an honest game." After a brief pause "Does anyone need a watch?"
Spoiler:
'Captain' Marco Domici - Term 2, Year 1 (UPP: 78*A885) (age 22) (Marine - Lance Sergeant [E4]): Gun Cbt (Energy Weapons)-2*, Blade Combat-1, Brawling-1, Vacc Suit-1, Admin-0, Computer-0, Electronic-0, Gambling-0, Leader-0, Medical-0, Mechanical-0, Tactics-0, Vehicle-0

NPCs
  • Clifton Godwin (age 25) - [6B898(7*)] - (Blue Dragon/ex-Greycoat: Flying Boat Pilot): Aircraft-2, Administration-1, Electronics-1, Jack-0-T-1, Brawling-0, Carousing-0, Gambling-0, Grav-0, Pistol-0, Mechanical-0, Survival-0, VaccSuit-0
  • Bryce Martel [M] (age 44) - [B8A89A] (wounded - recover by day 14) - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Guide): Computer-2, CbtR-1, GunCbt-1, JoT-1, Leader-1, Liaison-1
  • Brandy Crane [F] (age 39) - [65AC83] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Warder): Computer-2, Blade-1, Electronic-1, Gambling-1, Streetwise-1
  • Les Maillot [M] (age 42) - [A6CB48] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Citizen): Comms-3, Engineering-2, Advocate-1, JoT-1
  • Ilana Cooke [F] (age 30) - [55AB56] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Entertainer): Deception-2, Art (acting)-1, Comms-1, Streetwise-1
  • Marlon Maillet [M] (age 44) - [698684] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Warder): Electronic-2, Computer-1, Gambling-1, JoT-1, Medical-1, Streetwise-1
  • Pauline Lefranc [F] (age 44) - [64AD68] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Mountainman): JoT-2, Blade-1,Gambling-1, Hunting-1, Mechanical-1, Survival-1
  • Chandra Capelle [F] (age 34) - [78BC33] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Citizen): Engineering-2, Streetwise-1, Survival-1
  • Cpl. Jeff Waller [M] (age 29) - (AMM Army): Recon-3, Brawling-2, GunCbt-2, Streetwise-1
  • L.Cpl. Angel Bitt [F] (age 22) - (AMM Army): GunCbt-2, Mechanical-1, Vehicle-1
  • L.Cpl. Mirriam Bitt [F] (age 22) - (AMM Army): Brawling-1, GunCbt-1, Mechanical-1, Recon-1
  • Pvt. Randall Kane [M] (age 18) - (AMM Army): GunCbt-1, Recon-1

Supplies:
  • Flying Boat [300 kph]
  • Air-Cushion Motorcycle with Sidecar [100 kph]
  • Handheld RAM Grenade Launcher & 22 RAM Grenades
  • 100 man-days of food
  • 1700 Biter Credits cash & (Assorted Jewelry worth 1000 Biter Credits)

atpollard March 12th, 2016 08:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by atpollard (Post 534370)
Bryce made his way slowly back to the plane, climbed the stair in visible pain, and sat down with a sigh. "It has been handled. Let's see what develops."

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leitz (Post 534373)
As Marco carefully helped Bryce into the plane, he said. "I remember my ears being used like that a few times I got mouthy. It seems to be as universal as a handshake."

Bryce smiled "All young men occasionally need guidance, and gaining wisdom can be painful."


[Marco] - Day 12: 0100 IST [7:00 PM (Day 11) Local] - Flying Boat in Hedemora (pop. 5000)
"We have visitors ... I think?" said PVT Kane over the Comm. Glancing out the window, you saw the Private on sentry with his Laser Carbine carefully pointed down and away as a small army of Guide Warriors approached. From the formation, it appeared to be a platoon of Laser armed soldiers escorting a tall, well dressed man with beaded rows of braided hair reaching past his waist and nearly to his knees. He appeared to be accompanied by perhaps half a dozen civilian followers and the entire group was being followed by a crowd of several hundred people.

Private Kane looked nervous. He clearly wanted to make no aggressive gesture to be misunderstood and start a shooting war with the Guide, yet he clearly could not simple allow several hundred people to walk past his security perimeter and right up to the plane.

Fortunately for the Private, he was required to do nothing. The escorts stopped about 100 meters from the plane and only the tall man proceeded towards the craft alone. The crowd appeared to watch with an attitude of curiosity, but made no attempt to pass the Guide Escort or approach the Plane.

He stopped at the plane and addressed Private Kane "I am Tjanern Tjanern Malik. I seek the one called Marco."

The Private tried to take it in stride "Uh, yes sir. Welcome? Captain Marco's aboard the plane. I guess it would be ok ..."

Bryce had made his way out, placed a hand on the private and rescued him. "I'll take it from here." Tjanern Tjanern Malik seemed amused by the whole exchange. Marco was standing a few feet back from Bryce to give him a chance to deal with the visitor while Marco offered some moral support for the nervous Private. The Bitt twins were both posted with the private, not because Marco expected trouble, but because one Mountain Man staring at 20 armed Guide Warriors needed all the moral support he could get.

Bryce and Malik exchanged formal greeting and then embraced. Bryce introduced Captain Marco to Tjanern Tjanern Malik (age 48) and for the second time Marco found himself being hugged by a man. Biter was going to take some getting used to.

Malik insisted on preparing a meal to honor Marco and thank him for his service to the Guide and the Path, "Glory to the Creator." There was little opportunity to either agree or decline as a small gesture and his army of servants quickly began setting up a tent and a camp near the plane. In moments there was a fire and preparations were under way for a meal. Malik invited Marco and Bryce to be his guests as he led you into the tent where you found a small fire in an metal pot warming the tent and half a dozen comfortable chairs separated by small tables.

As you entered, Bryce whispered "Let Malik sit first. You did. As soon as everyone was seated, servants began to deliver trays of appetizers and cups of a strange fruity Brandy and a rich aromatic coffee.


[Marco] - Day 12: 0140 IST [7:40 PM (Day 11) Local] - Tent Dinner in Hedemora
After a sumptuous feast on exotic foods in honor of Camp M, supplies from the North that had started to arrive and a new spirit of hope throughout the Corelands, Malik turned to the subject of Visions and Dream Walkers. Marco was introduced to Becky, a 29 year old woman whose arms and face appeared to be covered in strange tribal tattoos. Malik informed Marco that Becky was in his employ performing light cleaning and various errands. While most of the followers of the Path had abandoned the ancient superstitious trappings, like Dream Walkers, Becky was from one of the clans that chose to live in the deep desert and clung to the more traditional ways.

Becky informs Marco that she is not a Dream Walker, but she will provide him with whatever help she can. Marco and Becky talk for a while and Marco learns that the clan elders have been discouraging the following of the Old Ways for the last few generations. There were more of the 'True Faith' in her mother's generation and still more in her grandmother's generation. The Elders say that following the Old Ways brought greater government persecution and frightened away the Path Traders that they needed to survive. However, Becky's deceased great grandmother had the gift of being a Dream Walker, so Becky knew a little about interpreting Visions.

She was able to offer the following information:
  • The Grey Carnivores from your first vision are 'Spirit Guardians' and they are usually fiercely loyal companions.
  • The Grazers usually signify abundance.
  • The Fierce Omnivores she is unfamiliar with, but orange robes usually signify Joy.
  • Spring usually represents new life or a new beginning.
  • Winter usually represents death or loneliness.
She hoped that was some help and wished that she could help you more. Her brother was liberated from Camp M and she gave Marco a leather necklace with some sort of claw or tooth hanging from it as a gift. A token of gratitude from her clan.

Spoiler:

The Guide has a very informal organizational structure. Each cell functions like a family and is headed by a Tjanern Tio (servant of ten). Many cells operate completely independent and have no higher structure. Some cells are linked to nine other 'families' to form a 'clan' headed by a Tjanern Hundra (servant of hundred). Two hundred of the cells are linked into larger organizations called a 'brigade'. There are two active brigades each comprised of about ten clans and headed by a Tjanern Tusen (servant of thousand). Outside of the cells are advisers called Tjanern Tjanern (servant of servants), who act as a link between independent cells, clans and brigades as well as a spokesman between The Guide and outsiders. The Guide are waiting for a mythical figure called Tjanern Minst (Servant of the least) who will unite all the cells, inspire the people, and initiate a new age of peace for followers of The Path.




'Captain' Marco Domici - Term 2, Year 1 (UPP: 78*A885) (age 22) (Marine - Lance Sergeant [E4]): Gun Cbt (Energy Weapons)-2*, Blade Combat-1, Brawling-1, Vacc Suit-1, Admin-0, Computer-0, Electronic-0, Gambling-0, Leader-0, Medical-0, Mechanical-0, Tactics-0, Vehicle-0

NPCs
  • Clifton Godwin (age 25) - [6B898(7*)] - (Blue Dragon/ex-Greycoat: Flying Boat Pilot): Aircraft-2, Administration-1, Electronics-1, Jack-0-T-1, Brawling-0, Carousing-0, Gambling-0, Grav-0, Pistol-0, Mechanical-0, Survival-0, VaccSuit-0
  • Bryce Martel [M] (age 44) - [B8A89A] (wounded - recover by day 14) - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Guide): Computer-2, CbtR-1, GunCbt-1, JoT-1, Leader-1, Liaison-1
  • Brandy Crane [F] (age 39) - [65AC83] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Warder): Computer-2, Blade-1, Electronic-1, Gambling-1, Streetwise-1
  • Les Maillot [M] (age 42) - [A6CB48] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Citizen): Comms-3, Engineering-2, Advocate-1, JoT-1
  • Ilana Cooke [F] (age 30) - [55AB56] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Entertainer): Deception-2, Art (acting)-1, Comms-1, Streetwise-1
  • Marlon Maillet [M] (age 44) - [698684] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Warder): Electronic-2, Computer-1, Gambling-1, JoT-1, Medical-1, Streetwise-1
  • Pauline Lefranc [F] (age 44) - [64AD68] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Mountainman): JoT-2, Blade-1,Gambling-1, Hunting-1, Mechanical-1, Survival-1
  • Chandra Capelle [F] (age 34) - [78BC33] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Citizen): Engineering-2, Streetwise-1, Survival-1
  • Cpl. Jeff Waller [M] (age 29) - (AMM Army): Recon-3, Brawling-2, GunCbt-2, Streetwise-1
  • L.Cpl. Angel Bitt [F] (age 22) - (AMM Army): GunCbt-2, Mechanical-1, Vehicle-1
  • L.Cpl. Mirriam Bitt [F] (age 22) - (AMM Army): Brawling-1, GunCbt-1, Mechanical-1, Recon-1
  • Pvt. Randall Kane [M] (age 18) - (AMM Army): GunCbt-1, Recon-1

atpollard March 12th, 2016 11:06 PM

[Marco] - Day 12: 0155 IST [7:55 PM (Day 11) Local] - Tent Dinner in Hedemora
Becky left and servants brought some delicate pastries and a more exotic coffee with just a hint of some alcoholic spirit in it. Another guest arrived and was escorted in by one of the Guide. Tjanern Tjanern Malik stood as she entered, and Bryce quickly stood as Malik stood. Malik greeted the slender woman in her seventies of average height with grey hair, expensive but mismatched clothes and a HandComp.

"Captain Marco Domici," intoned Malik in a very formal voice "may I introduce Doctor Karlene Brooke. Mr Domici is interested in learning about Dream Walkers." Marco quickly discovered that Karlene was a Doctor of Theology and one of the foremost experts on the history and evolution of The Path. She actually knew nothing of any use on actually interpreting Marco's Visions, however she was both deeply interested in asking Marco about his activities. "One seldom has the opportunity to record the first hand thoughts, motivations and remembrances of key historic figures so close to the actual events. Do you mind if I ask you a few questions? Did you set out to transform the Path? What was your original motivation for fusing Mountain Man, Path and Red Card philosophies into a new cultural identity?" Her questions continued to explore Marco's recollections of the early days of the 'movement'. "Who were the first followers of the Path that you met? Who were the first Mountain Men? Who were the first members of the Guide? How did those meetings shape your early impressions?"

Marco was eventually able to barter the conversation into a 'tit for tat' exchange that allowed Marco to begin to gather information in exchange for his answers.

Karlene loved to lecture. "Most outsiders view The Path as a single belief system, but in fact it is a family of distinct, but related belief systems. Followers of the Path who live in towns and cities, are far more likely to be 'cultural' followers of the path rather than true believers. There are of course, exceptions, but as a general rule the path is not a faith that has traditionally flourished in urban environments. This is what makes your contribution to the evolution of the faith so fascinating. There are actual reports of new active Path communities flourishing in urban environments. It is an absolutely astonishing development!"

"The first true branch of The Path is predominantly found in small rural villages with a strong sense of community. Among this branch, regular contact with outside traders and government workers has long ago destroyed any trace of the old faith, so among the village dwelling followers of the Path, you have virtually no chance of discovering a Dream Walker. Most followers will never even have heard the term."

"The second true branch of The Path is found among followers who choose to live in isolated homesteads built around a single family unit or extended family. The beliefs of each particular homestead will vary widely and are often tied to strong traditional beliefs of the original settlers. The difficultly in locating a Dream Walker among the homesteads is two fold. First, there is no real communication between individual homesteads and many actively seek to live in isolation. In many respects, they are like Mountain Men without radios. The second problem is that the homesteads are scattered throughout the Corelands. Locating a Dream Walker would require a house to house search across half a continent.

"The third true branch of The Path is found among the nomadic clans who cling to the oldest lifestyle and the oldest faith. While they can be found anywhere, the clans most likely to practice the old faith and still have Dream Walkers would be the clans found in the deep desert northeast of Hedemora."

"Of course there is one other option." she begins. "In the earliest days of the Path movement, before the first mass migrations, there were a few hundred extremely devout followers of this new faith that crossed the western mountains on their own and settled in the foothills on the core side of the mountains. As later waves of faithful followed the prophet over the mountains and deep into the core, these early followers were simply passed over. As far as I know, they still exist in isolated communities along the western mountains, still shunning contact with outsiders and practicing a variation of the original faith. There has been very little research done on them, but they are almost certain to still have Dream Walkers among their members. If you could locate an isolated community still practicing the original faith, that would be a once in a generation research opportunity."

Spoiler:

'Captain' Marco Domici - Term 2, Year 1 (UPP: 78*A885) (age 22) (Marine - Lance Sergeant [E4]): Gun Cbt (Energy Weapons)-2*, Blade Combat-1, Brawling-1, Vacc Suit-1, Admin-0, Computer-0, Electronic-0, Gambling-0, Leader-0, Medical-0, Mechanical-0, Tactics-0, Vehicle-0

NPCs
  • Clifton Godwin (age 25) - [6B898(7*)] - (Blue Dragon/ex-Greycoat: Flying Boat Pilot): Aircraft-2, Administration-1, Electronics-1, Jack-0-T-1, Brawling-0, Carousing-0, Gambling-0, Grav-0, Pistol-0, Mechanical-0, Survival-0, VaccSuit-0
  • Bryce Martel [M] (age 44) - [B8A89A] (wounded - recover by day 14) - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Guide): Computer-2, CbtR-1, GunCbt-1, JoT-1, Leader-1, Liaison-1
  • Brandy Crane [F] (age 39) - [65AC83] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Warder): Computer-2, Blade-1, Electronic-1, Gambling-1, Streetwise-1
  • Les Maillot [M] (age 42) - [A6CB48] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Citizen): Comms-3, Engineering-2, Advocate-1, JoT-1
  • Ilana Cooke [F] (age 30) - [55AB56] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Entertainer): Deception-2, Art (acting)-1, Comms-1, Streetwise-1
  • Marlon Maillet [M] (age 44) - [698684] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Warder): Electronic-2, Computer-1, Gambling-1, JoT-1, Medical-1, Streetwise-1
  • Pauline Lefranc [F] (age 44) - [64AD68] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Mountainman): JoT-2, Blade-1,Gambling-1, Hunting-1, Mechanical-1, Survival-1
  • Chandra Capelle [F] (age 34) - [78BC33] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Citizen): Engineering-2, Streetwise-1, Survival-1
  • Cpl. Jeff Waller [M] (age 29) - (AMM Army): Recon-3, Brawling-2, GunCbt-2, Streetwise-1
  • L.Cpl. Angel Bitt [F] (age 22) - (AMM Army): GunCbt-2, Mechanical-1, Vehicle-1
  • L.Cpl. Mirriam Bitt [F] (age 22) - (AMM Army): Brawling-1, GunCbt-1, Mechanical-1, Recon-1
  • Pvt. Randall Kane [M] (age 18) - (AMM Army): GunCbt-1, Recon-1

atpollard March 12th, 2016 11:55 PM

[Marco] - Day 12: 0220 IST [8:20 PM (Day 11) Local] - Tent Dinner in Hedemora
The Doctor left and some sort of light parfait was served. A Police Officer was led in by one of the servants. Marco observed that the officer seemed nervous. Malik spoke gently "Brenda, would you please tell our guest about Dream Walkers?" The Officer quickly related a story from when she was a child and her mother took her to visit a Dream Walker. Brenda remembered lots of incense and prayers and the woman entering a trance like state that allowed her to see exactly what Brenda had dreamed. Then the Dream Walker was able to help her understand the meaning of her Vision. "I don't remember much from the dream, because I was so young, but I remember her saying that the color white meant something was pure or at peace." The Officer seemed concerned that Malik was pleased with her service, and bowed respectfully before quickly leaving.

Marco had only met one other Tjanern Tjanern, the man at Ingalil's house who seemed so quiet and gentle. Marco sensed that Tjanern Tjanern Malik was somehow a man who wielded both power and wealth. Apparently there was more to this whole Tjanern system than Marco had first suspected. In some ways, it was not unlike being a Domici, he thought.

Spoiler:

'Captain' Marco Domici - Term 2, Year 1 (UPP: 78*A885) (age 22) (Marine - Lance Sergeant [E4]): Gun Cbt (Energy Weapons)-2*, Blade Combat-1, Brawling-1, Vacc Suit-1, Admin-0, Computer-0, Electronic-0, Gambling-0, Leader-0, Medical-0, Mechanical-0, Tactics-0, Vehicle-0

NPCs
  • Clifton Godwin (age 25) - [6B898(7*)] - (Blue Dragon/ex-Greycoat: Flying Boat Pilot): Aircraft-2, Administration-1, Electronics-1, Jack-0-T-1, Brawling-0, Carousing-0, Gambling-0, Grav-0, Pistol-0, Mechanical-0, Survival-0, VaccSuit-0
  • Bryce Martel [M] (age 44) - [B8A89A] (wounded - recover by day 14) - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Guide): Computer-2, CbtR-1, GunCbt-1, JoT-1, Leader-1, Liaison-1
  • Brandy Crane [F] (age 39) - [65AC83] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Warder): Computer-2, Blade-1, Electronic-1, Gambling-1, Streetwise-1
  • Les Maillot [M] (age 42) - [A6CB48] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Citizen): Comms-3, Engineering-2, Advocate-1, JoT-1
  • Ilana Cooke [F] (age 30) - [55AB56] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Entertainer): Deception-2, Art (acting)-1, Comms-1, Streetwise-1
  • Marlon Maillet [M] (age 44) - [698684] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Warder): Electronic-2, Computer-1, Gambling-1, JoT-1, Medical-1, Streetwise-1
  • Pauline Lefranc [F] (age 44) - [64AD68] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Mountainman): JoT-2, Blade-1,Gambling-1, Hunting-1, Mechanical-1, Survival-1
  • Chandra Capelle [F] (age 34) - [78BC33] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Citizen): Engineering-2, Streetwise-1, Survival-1
  • Cpl. Jeff Waller [M] (age 29) - (AMM Army): Recon-3, Brawling-2, GunCbt-2, Streetwise-1
  • L.Cpl. Angel Bitt [F] (age 22) - (AMM Army): GunCbt-2, Mechanical-1, Vehicle-1
  • L.Cpl. Mirriam Bitt [F] (age 22) - (AMM Army): Brawling-1, GunCbt-1, Mechanical-1, Recon-1
  • Pvt. Randall Kane [M] (age 18) - (AMM Army): GunCbt-1, Recon-1

atpollard March 13th, 2016 12:32 AM

[Marco] - Day 12: 0240 IST [8:40 PM (Day 11) Local] - Flying Boat in Hedemora
Malik had thanked Marco for his service to the people and hoped that the meal was enjoyable and the information helpful. Then Malik and his entourage left while Marco and Bryce returned to the Flying Boat.

One aboard, Bryce was able to provide Marco with some additional information that he had gleaned on the ladies:
  • The Countess Tracy Bray was apparently in some trouble even before being accused of murdering the ambassador. Her humanitarian views had become politically unpopular and an embarrassment to both the Hofud and Biter governments. Only her blood ties to powerful individuals on Hofud had protected her from reprisals. One interesting bit of information was the discovery that she owned a yacht that was currently under guard by the Biter Government to prevent her from leaving the planet. According to an article in a financial journal, the countess lived off a 200,000 credit per month income derived from her personal stock portfolio. He had video of the Countess and the voice appeared to be a match.
  • The Lady Magdalena Patterson owned a large agricultural estate worth 2.5 million credits that generated 19,000 Cr per month income and happened to border on the Government Wilderness Preserve located northeast of Infingholm. He had pictures of Lady Patterson and her estate for Marco.


[Marco] - Day 12: 0255 IST [8:55 PM (Day 11) Local] - Flying Boat in Hedemora
  • (Lady Patterson) "There you go, it is now working."
  • (Countess Bray) "Well then say something. See if anyone is listening."
  • (Lady Patterson) "Oh no you don't. I was not at that party. I did not meet the charming Doctor or his wife. I wanted to bury the thing. This is your grand adventure. You get to handle it. Besides, I thought that you were the one with all of the experience dealing with the masses. Isn't that what you said?"
  • (Countess Bray) "Oh very well. You know that you can be exasperating, don't you? ... Hello. Hello. Is anyone listening? ... One would expect punctuality in this sort of thing, wouldn't one?"

Spoiler:

'Captain' Marco Domici - Term 2, Year 1 (UPP: 78*A885) (age 22) (Marine - Lance Sergeant [E4]): Gun Cbt (Energy Weapons)-2*, Blade Combat-1, Brawling-1, Vacc Suit-1, Admin-0, Computer-0, Electronic-0, Gambling-0, Leader-0, Medical-0, Mechanical-0, Tactics-0, Vehicle-0

NPCs
  • Clifton Godwin (age 25) - [6B898(7*)] - (Blue Dragon/ex-Greycoat: Flying Boat Pilot): Aircraft-2, Administration-1, Electronics-1, Jack-0-T-1, Brawling-0, Carousing-0, Gambling-0, Grav-0, Pistol-0, Mechanical-0, Survival-0, VaccSuit-0
  • Bryce Martel [M] (age 44) - [B8A89A] (wounded - recover by day 14) - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Guide): Computer-2, CbtR-1, GunCbt-1, JoT-1, Leader-1, Liaison-1
  • Brandy Crane [F] (age 39) - [65AC83] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Warder): Computer-2, Blade-1, Electronic-1, Gambling-1, Streetwise-1
  • Les Maillot [M] (age 42) - [A6CB48] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Citizen): Comms-3, Engineering-2, Advocate-1, JoT-1
  • Ilana Cooke [F] (age 30) - [55AB56] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Entertainer): Deception-2, Art (acting)-1, Comms-1, Streetwise-1
  • Marlon Maillet [M] (age 44) - [698684] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Warder): Electronic-2, Computer-1, Gambling-1, JoT-1, Medical-1, Streetwise-1
  • Pauline Lefranc [F] (age 44) - [64AD68] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Mountainman): JoT-2, Blade-1,Gambling-1, Hunting-1, Mechanical-1, Survival-1
  • Chandra Capelle [F] (age 34) - [78BC33] - (Blue Dragon Cyber Raider: ex-Citizen): Engineering-2, Streetwise-1, Survival-1
  • Cpl. Jeff Waller [M] (age 29) - (AMM Army): Recon-3, Brawling-2, GunCbt-2, Streetwise-1
  • L.Cpl. Angel Bitt [F] (age 22) - (AMM Army): GunCbt-2, Mechanical-1, Vehicle-1
  • L.Cpl. Mirriam Bitt [F] (age 22) - (AMM Army): Brawling-1, GunCbt-1, Mechanical-1, Recon-1
  • Pvt. Randall Kane [M] (age 18) - (AMM Army): GunCbt-1, Recon-1

via RADIO
  • Lady Magdalena Patterson (age 27) - Adventurer/Survivalist [Soc 11]
  • Countess Tracy Bray (age 26) - Humanitarian Idealist [Soc 14]

Leitz March 13th, 2016 08:38 AM

[Marco] - Day 12: 0300 IST [9:15 PM Local] - Flying Boat in Hedemora (pop. 5000)

"Corporal, that Tama you mentioned is a noble freed from Camp M. She has a debt to settle and I'm almost feeling sorry for the government troops who try to oppose her. She has a good team to back her up, including Mountain Men, Guide, and Red Cards. Now they are growing. If we can coordinate the AMM armored and the Raider infantry, it will go poorly for the government. Do you think that's possible?"





[Marco] - Day 12: 0400 IST [10:00 PM Local] - Flying Boat in Hedemora (pop. 5000)

"Excellent." Marco said. "We may need to head to Iflinghome, and Skanor. Priorities are shifting fast, and we need to execute those tasks we can. Clifton, we're going to need the best flying you can do. I know you will see us through."

"Where is the Police officer Morris? Let's see what you can find out on her, and if she can be turned to our side. If she's been side-lined, but is smart enough to figure these things out, it might work."

"Ilana, you make the call on the Sellers girl. Spend time looking for her, or not?"

Leitz March 13th, 2016 08:48 AM

[Marco] - Day 12: 0140 IST [7:50 PM (Day 11) Local] - Tent Dinner in Hedemora

She hoped that was some help and wished that she could help you more. Her brother was liberated from Camp M and she gave Marco a leather necklace with some sort of claw or tooth hanging from it as a gift. A token of gratitude from her clan.

"Becky, thank you." Marco said as she presented the necklace. "May I speak?" He waited for her to nod, and continued.

"I am sorry life has taken what is seen as a gift and slowly removed it from kind and caring people like you." Marco was serious. "Yet I too listen to, and speak to, my Creator. I do not understand Him, He is too vast. Yet I believe He can change what people expect, if we do not struggle against Him. If the Creator calls you to be a Dream Walker, believe that the Creator is wise enough and powerful enough to undo what man has done. Seek the truth and you will draw closer to the Creator. I find Him more than able to take my doubts in stride. I will add you to my prayer list, Becky."


After she left, Marco turned to Tjanern Malik. "Sir, a question if I may. We have heard rumors that suggest the Tjarern Minst has arrived. If you are free to discuss it, is that your understanding?"


OOC: Longer post needed for the Dr, and I have to prepare for church. We seem to have lost an hour somewhere!

Leitz March 13th, 2016 08:19 PM

[Marco] - Day 12: 0155 IST [7:55 PM (Day 11) Local] - Tent Dinner in Hedemora

"If you could locate an isolated community still practicing the original faith, that would be a once in a generation research opportunity." Dr Karlene sat back.

"No." Marco said, shaking his head. "No. No. Sorry, no." He took several deep breaths. "My apologies, it's been a few years since exegesis class. I used to be a bit more even tempered."

"Do you want to see the evolution of the faith?" Marco pointed at Bryce. "Then there he is. I have not come to change the faith of the Guide or the Path. On the contrary, I have worked hard to find unity in our beliefs and to respect our differences. I have asked Guide, Path, Mountain Man, Citizen, and Red Card alike to work in unity, even though we are different."

"You asked why. There are ten thousand men, women, and children who die every year here and that number is accelerating. What's worse, we have intelligence reports that the mismanagement causing the deaths is intentional. The government is in the middle of a planned genocide; the Guide, the Path, the Red Cards, and anyone associated with them are on the 'get rid of' list."

"If the Creator is real then he creates all peoples of Biter; Guide, Path, Mountain Man, and Citizen. Even the Gray Coats. To think the faith evolves in an additive fashion presumes what has been was insufficient and what now is will be proven insufficient as well, given time."

"Bryce exemplifies sacrificial dedication to all the Creator's handiwork. It is not just a willingness to die for the cause, but the perseverance to live for it so that others may also live. To use broad categories for translations of the faith assumes there are but a handful of ways to interpret something. If the Creator is real, can we mortals even begin to comprehend him? How can we limit his interactions with us into neat labels?"

"Ma'am, I want to respect your understanding and I hope you see where I'm coming from. It is the individual who must respond to the Creator, as the Creator wills. The only thing I am trying to do is get different groups to work together enough to live long enough to fix things. Not to change. Not to evolve or devolve. To live as the Creator wills. To love and to have families."


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