Clutch of Dragons

Shadows of Peace - part three

  • Gabriella’s Fly-Spy reported that the Templars were starting to set up a Magical Lodge, with space for three circles of magicians to perform rituals. One of these circles was centred around the dais.
  • The team arranged to have a hire car waiting in the underground car park, into which they got hotel staff to load all of their gear “for a hunting trip”
  • Discussed plans to get in, given the ward created by said Magical Lodge. The team decided to wait until the ritual had started, to ensure that a) the Templars were distracted, and b) that the Shroud was actually in the room. Once such plans were in place, and preparations made, the assault began…the room was laid out with three sets of seven Templars (each set in one of the circles), with three guards (two humans and a troll) guarding the room.
  • Saiph opened one of the two doors into the room, and sprayed one of the three guards (a Troll Templar) with a Long Burst from his HK-227X, the sound from which roared throughout the place. The troll was injured but not downed…
  • Mel and her two shark-form Water Spirits started attacking the Lodge’s mana barrier, rapidly tearing a hole in its structural integrity. As the combat progressed, the spirits would carry on harrying the barrier, tearing the hole larger and larger
  • Gabriella shot at one of the other guards (a Human Templar) with her Ares Predator, hitting him with a Slab-loaded capsule round that wasn’t enough to take him out
  • The two Templar guards moved to cover, while the Troll drew a Claymore and moved to engage Saiph, who promptly gunned the Templar down in a hail of APDS.
  • Mel cast a Manaball spell through the hole in the mana barrier created by her earlier work and her spirits’ continued attacks, which utterly devastated one of the circles of seven Templars engaged in ritual magic, dropping them all and leaving them bleeding out.
  • Gabriella shot the same guard as before with a second Slab round from her Predator, but despite the impact of the capsule round doing some damage, the drug itself had no effect, so she switched clips to APDS
  • Saiph put a Long Burst into each of the remaining Templar guards after their attempts to Manabolt both him and Mel, felling both humans and emptying his clip in the process.
  • Mel targeted a Mana Ball at the second circle of Templars, wounding them all seriously and knocking them to the ground, but not quite taking any of them out. They and the other circle of Templars continued their ritual, most looking pretty scared at this point.
  • Saiph slammed a fresh clip of APDS into his SMG and put a Long Burst into one of the troll Templars Mel had wounded in the second circle, killing him.
  • Mel dropped a Manaball on the third circle, taking out the humans but leaving the two trolls standing.
  • Gabriella ran across the room towards the dais, and put an APDS round from her Predator right into the neck of one of the surviving Troll Templars who was in her way, still trying to perform their ritual. Said Templar died immediately.
  • Various other Templars looked scared but were stuck performing their ritual, unable to stop lest the power get out of hand
  • Saiph shouted to them all to surrender and let the team do what they needed to.
  • Before they had the chance to respond, Mel dropped a Manaball on the remainder of the second circle, killing them all.
  • Gabriella took the Shroud of Shadows off the dais
  • The last remaining Templar, a troll, fell to his knees and put his hands behind his head whilst doing his level best to control the energies of the ritual
  • Saiph kept him covered, but Mel finished the Troll off with a Manabolt, meaning that all the Templars were either dead or bleeding out.
  • At that point, two key things happened:
    • The building’s alarms went off, presumably triggered by the eruption of autofire and huge amount of magic used in the past six seconds
    • The external wall of the Verchères Room exploded inwards, as though struck by some sort of explosive projectile from outside. Both Saiph and Gabriella were showered in shrapnel, but neither was injured. The mana barrier maintained by the Lodge was utterly disrupted by this, and Mel’s spirits retreated to their native metaplane as a result
  • In through the hole came a white-haired Caucasian dwarf man, with a pair of obvious cyberlegs and magical energy crackling around his hands, wearing a colourful jumpsuit
  • Also through the hole bounded a bald African-American troll woman, wearing various pieces of protective clothing not remotely serving to disguise her obvious cybertorso, cyberlegs or cyberarms. She was clutching an Ingram White Knight Light Machine Gun in one hand…
  • Saiph started proceedings by firing a Long Burst of APDS rounds into the dwarf, which served to knock him over but not cause any lasting damage
  • Mel, deciding that discretion is the better part of valour, started to move toward the stairs, albeit not as fast as Gabriella, who was sprinting down the stairs to the parking lot at a breakneck pace
  • The dwarf tried, unsuccessfully, to Stunbolt Saiph into submission after standing back up
  • The troll popped a pair of inline skates from her cyberlegs and set off to pursue Gabriella, just about entering Mel’s line of sight
  • Mel took the opportunity to Manabolt the troll, wounding but not knocking down the cybered monstrosity
  • Saiph emptied his clip into the dwarf, which again knocked him over and this time drew blood, but didn’t drop him permanently. Saiph started walking slowly backwards towards the door.
  • Gabriella continued fleeing down the stairs
  • The dwarf once again tried Stunbolting Saiph, who shrugged it off
  • The troll started skating at speed towards Mel, popping out a cyberspur from her left arm as she approached
  • Saiph kept retreating out of the room, letting his SMG fall to his side on its sling whilst starting to assemble the sniper rifle on his back.
  • Mel put a second Manabolt into the troll, damn near killing the enemy but not quite finishing her off. All of the bloodshed and violence finally got to her, and Mel went berserk with Shark’s rage, also transforming into her drake form…
  • At this point, the hotel’s alarm stopped going off.
  • Saiph carried on desperately backing away and assembling his sniper rifle, while the dwarf burnout combat mage waddled after him
  • Mel tried to savage the downed troll with her mighty draconic maw, but the cyber-monster managed to fend the drake off with her cyberspur, scramble to her feet, and start to skate away as fast as possible
  • Gabriella kept fleeing downstairs
  • Saiph finished assembling the sniper rifle, and backed away, finally reaching Mel’s line of sight and thus falling under the protection of her counterspelling again
  • The dwarf put a really good effort into stunbolting Saiph, but the counterspelling was way too much for him to overcome
  • Mel roared and killed the fleeing troll with a manabolt
  • Gabriella kept on fleeing to the bottom of the stairwell, where she reached the door into the carpark
  • Saiph brought the assembled sniper rifle to bear on the dwarf combat mage, and shot him square between the eyes, felling him instantly
  • Mel advanced along the corridor to start mauling the fallen troll

OC notes:

  • Gabiella had moved some of her Logic into her Willpower, which will expire five minutes after the combat started
  • At the end of the session, Saiph had ten turns left of his Agility boost, before needing to resist Drain
  • Saiph needs to make an Edge (1) Test to ensure that he hasn’t knocked the calibration of his sniper rifle off by using it in a running firefight.
  • Mel is no longer berserk, but is still in drake form at the beginning of next turn

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