Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Turn 4 The Never Mind

Long seconds of tension, nearly everyone in the room has their hand on a raygun.  Tabash and Taliat are familiar enough with local warlords to know that Lénzur Akupánthur is the young nephew of sub-Nar Barzu , Lord Akupánthur-the city’s ruler.
The Shén leader looks Sun in the eyes for a long second and laughs, “That’s a good one, you big gorilla.  I believe you too.  Go about your life.”
He turns and walks across the room to the magnetic dwarf still coughing on the floor. The other Shén still blocks the arched doorway, the exit to the street.  The Shén that only moments ago ascended the stairs appears at the top landing and shouts down, ”No sign of him up here.  No exit, unless he went out a window."

The last Shén, the one that disappeared into the kitchen, does not reappear.  Maybe he found Cookie’s stash of pickles.
“Very curious..."  Her last words to Arto echoing in Jesamin’s skull, the words distort the voice in her head twists into a voice not her own, the voice of Husz Chénu.
“Dear girl, I have given my current situation some thought and I feel that a vacation in the countryside might be prudent.  If you remain interested in my earlier proposition, I have decided to forego the 2000 Credit buy-in and I’m willing to lead you and your friends to the site for a fair share of the treasure recovered that we can negotiate at a later time.  I will also be able to provide transportation and some meager field supplies.
I suggest that you invite the mercenaries…the bronze man and the two reptilians…I feel that a bit of extra muscle might be needed for this job.  If you find this offer agreeable, we should meet in exactly twelve standard hours at Dome 6 on the Sugwé Moisture Farm. One of my former wives and her current husband manage the facility.
Dome 6 sits under the northeastern collector tower; you should be able to see it from a distance. The moisture farm is located a few miles beyond the north city gate in the Agricultural District. It is surrounded by a high wall that you will need to scale.  Take care in the desert and avoid the robotic guards on the farm.  I will do what I can to prepare for your arrival but those robots tend to shoot first and think later…
Lénzur Akupánthur’s Shén are using the magnetic dwarf to track me. I’ve worked with him before.  Evidently he is familiar with the aura of my body’s magnetic field and although he does not appear to be a willing pawn, it’s likely only a matter of minutes before he is able to identify my location and inform the Shén. 
If you could arrange some sort of diversion so that I might find egress from this place I would consider it a personal favor.  If you are thinking of turning me over to Akupánthur, I assure you that the venture I propose is potentially much more profitable…and I have certain countermeasures in place.
Oh…the dwarf is a very powerful and dangerous mutant and I don’t believe Lénzur’s thugs realize this.  I’d recommend that you and your friends attempt to leave this place very soon as well…it could get very ugly here very soon…”

7 comments:

  1. Going back to the two men and the woman, Sungam says "as I was saying, it's a pleasure to meet you. Do you mind if I join you at your table?"

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  2. Taliat and Tabash take up positions behind and on either side of Sun. We watch the Magnetic Dwarf with interest. No one pretends to be that weak that badly. It is planning something. Tabash whispers a warning to Sun so that he too is prepared. We're curious as to where the best advantage lies--service to the local authorities can be lucrative and obviously yields new still-suits. We keep sniffing for some sign that the missing shen might have gotten into the pickles--that would be a good pretext for some fighting. The three of us can take these city-dwelling shen by surprise. If not, we can still probably take them...maybe we can get some help from the whisperers. We can always blame the Magnetic Dwarf. Or Chenu. It would be nice to have a new wavium pistol.

    We'll wait for now and see what Sun is cooking up with these humans. An opportunity is sure to present itself...

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  3. Cookie grabs a wandering busboy who has just exited the kitchen. "One of those Iguana . . . I mean, Shen, just went into the kitchen . What is it up to? Is it into the pickles? Answer, damn you, this is important! Oh, and get me my grenades. I think I might be needing them."

    - Ark

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  4. Jesamin forces a whisper, "Arto... Chénu is still here. Or at least I think he is. He's in my head. He saws that he's willing to waive the 2,000 credits if we will just meet him in twelve hours at Dome 6 on the Sugwé Moisture Farm. He says we should recruit that handsome man and his Shen companions to join us. He says muscle may come in handy and given the little incident that we just witnessed, I tend to think it is a good idea."

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  5. Arto scratches the side of his nose. “Ser Chénu is just packed full of surprises,” he mutters appreciatively. “Well, I’m game to meet with him again. This little excursion promises to be non-stop excitement. Perhaps it might even be lucrative. And survivable.”

    Rising to his feet, Arto offers a hand to Sungam. “A pleasure to meet you, too, Ser,” he says – shaking Sungam’s hand if he returns the gesture or, otherwise, gesturing an invitation to be seated and join them at table – “please, join us, both you and your companions.” Seating himself, Arto continues, “I am Captain Arto Patánalanya of the Clan Patánalanya Traffickers starship Mutable Destiny. These are my friends and companions, Jesamin Ling and Maxaml Drankan.

    “Our other guest appears to have stepped out for some fresh air, so how might we be of assistance?”

    Silently, he curses himself. ‘Fool! You were on a roll, and then you stepped in the Ahoggya by-products by mentioning Ser Chénu – Thinking first, then using Mouth as Father would say.’

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  6. Arto scratches the side of his nose. “Ser Chénu is just packed full of surprises,” he mutters appreciatively. “Well, I’m game to meet with him again. This little excursion promises to be non-stop excitement. Perhaps it might even be lucrative. And survivable.”

    Rising to his feet, Arto offers a hand to Sungam. “A pleasure to meet you, too, Ser,” he says – shaking Sungam’s hand if he returns the gesture or, otherwise, gesturing an invitation to be seated and join them at table – “please, join us, both you and your companions.” Seating himself, Arto continues, “I am Captain Arto Patánalanya of the Clan Patánalanya Traffickers starship Mutable Destiny. These are my friends and companions, Jesamin Ling and Maxaml Drankan.

    “Our other guest appears to have stepped out for some fresh air, so how might we be of assistance?”

    Silently, he curses himself. ‘Fool! You were on a roll, and then you stepped in the Ahoggya by-products by mentioning Ser Chénu – Think first, then use Mouth as Father would say.’

    (ook)Posted this a couple of days ago but Blogger appears to have eaten it(ook)

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  7. I think the first deleted comment this turn was by Risus reposted below:

    (Jesamin forces a whisper, "Arto... Chénu is still here. Or at least I think he is. He's in my head. He saws that he's willing to waive the 2,000 credits if we will just meet him in twelve hours at Dome 6 on the Sugwé Moisture Farm. He says we should recruit that handsome man and his Shen companions to join us. He says muscle may come in handy and given the little incident that we just witnessed, I tend to think it is a good idea." )


    @All: Now that blogger seems to be back I'll be posting the next turn tonight or tomorrow...sorry for the delay.

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