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    48 KB Stalker Quest Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)20:02 No.11940621  
    In our last episode, our heroes chose to bum around the bar a bit and hear the local word. Besides finding out that the last blowout resulted in disasterous casualties in a shocking cooperative venture between admittedly radical Freedom and Duty squads, we found out that both the Freedom and Duty clinics have been swamped as a result trying to piece together survivors, taxing local medical supplies in both locations. A bit more listening got us involved at another stalker group's table - they had recently lost their lead figure in a mutant attack while on contract from Duty, and were seriously broken up about it. Our hero gave them a bit of support and encouragement, and they introduced themselves - Pyotr, Limp, and Red - before telling us that they'd pay if we killed a chimera out Dark Valley way and setting out for parts unknown. Purchasing some medical supplies from Barkeep, we headed back out into the world, but not before meeting a shady "information broker" named Snitch who claimed he could give us a leg-up on our bounty hunt for the price of 500 roubles.

    Rostok is an important place in the Zone, and we felt it worth some further exploration. We chose to pop in on the other major gathering point - the arena - and lost a small amount of money betting on bloodsport, not wanting to risk participation in such a dangerous affair when our luck has otherwise been pretty solid. Some talking around with local Duty officers got us information; we can't expect to do work for Duty unless they see us as worth trusting - one officer pointed us to the clinic, Barkeep, and the arena mutant and bandit wranglers as potential ways to prove our stuff to the locals and perhaps get some notice. Selling our salvaged guitar strings paid off our lost monies at the arena, and we decided to bed down for the night in the relative safety of the Duty base.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)20:02 No.11940629
    -cold weather clothes
    -hooded jacket
    -tactical vest
    -lead-lined backpack
    -utility knife
    -night vision goggles
    -basic gas mask
    -Soviet scope (shared)
    -trail rations
    -PDA x1 (ours)
    -anomaly detector
    -two bandages (+6 in group)
    -one first aid kit (+3 in group)
    -Skorpion machine pistol
    -Mossberg 88
    -2 grenades (8 in group)
    -1 CS grenade
    -jellyfish artifact
    -24 shells, 27 slugs, 21 .45, 4 30-round 5.45 magazines
    -386 RU
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)20:10 No.11940702
    (One more thing - feel free to take on a few quests if you're stumped with one; some of these jobs are less time-sensitive than others.)
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)20:22 No.11940789
    Since it's been a while:

    -Lt. stalker suit
    -makarov PM

    -civilian clothes w/ lt. ballistic vest
    -Skorpion machine pistol

    -civilian clothes w/ lt. ballistic vest
    -makarov PM
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)20:31 No.11940863
    Let's head east, towards our job. Watch out for mercs.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)20:32 No.11940878
    Well, you don't actually know where the four guys you're supposed to kill are. East'll take you into the outer reaches of the Dark Valley, though.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)20:36 No.11940901

    what info do we have on them?
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)20:40 No.11940951
    You have their names - Victor, Yuri, Loudmouth, Spaz. You also have their appearances (photos of each one). You know that they were last seen in the swamp west of Cordon, but that a Duty team sweeped the area after they did their double-cross and found them nowhere.

    You also know that Snitch claims to know something about them through the rumor grapevine, but no telling if that's true.

    Connections-wise, you're comfy with Captain Petrov and his group that operate out of the hangar in the garbage, and on decent terms with Sidorovich, but there's no way of knowing who knows anything.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)20:46 No.11941014

    Oh, right then. So let's instead ask around Rostok for a bit, see if anyone has seen these guys.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)20:55 No.11941097
    Or we can get ready and head out for the Hanger in Garbage. Either one works, tho.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)20:58 No.11941125
    Getting up early, you and the others opt for a quick breakfast so as to get your day going early. You want to ask around Rostok concerning your hits, and you doubt if it'll be anything but time-consuming.

    You quickly find that the Duty soldiers on-base know nothing about them; Barkeep contracted them to escort the mapping team and Duty had simply went with them based on Barkeep's record. You find that, despite knowing little, the local Dutiers are quite upset over having failed to find the murderers and feel frustrated that the base's commanding officers haven't leaned on Barkeep more heavily to see just what might have happened. You can see why Barkeep's so upset, with all of this suspicion in the air.

    Most of the local stalkers are similarly useless, only their reaction is more one of indifference than anger: they're not Dutiers, and they find themselves under the guns of bushwackers all too often out in the Zone. One fellow passing through rather uncharitably opines that the factions should simply round all of their flock up, murder each other, and be done with it.

    A visit to the arena is more interesting; you're offered a 200 rouble bonus fee for each of the four that you bring in and give to them in good enough condition to be tossed into the arena, "Barkeep will probably pay you just as long as they die eventually," Arnie opines, "he's a straight-shooter, no matter what the locals are grumbling about."

    Your first real hint comes from one of the wranglers hanging around the arena - men who work to catch fighters besides Duty's typical captives, "makes no sense for these guys to grease the research team," he comments, "everyone knows predictive anomaly mapping is a boondoggle, and these guys were getting paid by Barkeep regardless of whether or not the team got any useful information. Sure, the corpses were ransacked, but I say there's another angle to this."
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)20:58 No.11941128
    I say we go to the swamp and try to track where they went. Hopefully they left some kind of trail.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:00 No.11941155

    Interesting. We should keep that it mind for later. But considering that we've probably got all that we can from the locals, let's set out for the Hanger.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)21:03 No.11941180
    (Please note - Barkeep does have a radio, so you can chat with Petrov that way, but obviously radio transmissions aren't always secure.)
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:07 No.11941210
    I don't think it would be necessary to talk to Petrov over the radio. It might be good planning, but something tells me we shouldn't. Just drop in, talk to him a bit, then head back out. Maybe we should ask Sid later? You said west of Cordon.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:09 No.11941240
    this sounds good
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:12 No.11941270
    Alright, lets head to the west and look for the trail. The longer we wait, the colder it'll get. Maybe the scientists know something.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:15 No.11941291

    West of Cordon - you suggesting we go to Yantar?
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:18 No.11941326
    That's where they're supposed to be, right? Unless I misread something.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:19 No.11941339
    Not Yantar. And Christ, I don't even want to go there. We'll got shot up by mercenaries and eaten by zombies.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)21:23 No.11941375
    (Just clarifying, a fluff post will follow)

    What happened was this - a group of Duty scientists proposed a research trip into the swamps west of Cordon for the purpose of mapping anomaly movement in a predictive fashion; they believed they had a potential breakthrough. Duty, with most of its manpower in the Zone center, went to Barkeep to get muscle for the job, which he did. During the trip, the escorts turned on the scientists, killed them, robbed them, and fled into the swamp; this was captured by a small digital camera they didn't find.

    Duty sent out a squad of trackers first to find the overdue scientists, then the traitors, but failed and had to head back to base to be cycled into other tasks. Barkeep is suspected of potentially double-dealing against Duty, and has put a bounty on the heads of each of the four, which we accepted.

    The scientists at Yantar - and Yantar itself - are not (apparently) involved in any way.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:27 No.11941419
    Ah, I assumed "west" meant Yantar, thats what just how I picture the map in my mind. Anyways, I propose we head down that way, maybe speak to Petrov on the way.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:28 No.11941428
    See if we could find someway to watch this video.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:31 No.11941460

    Yeah, let's do this. Ask Barkeep if he has the video, and watch it. Make sure Bird does - he's the magic tracker man.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:32 No.11941467
    The mercs might of been paid off by someone else to steal the information that the duty scientists had developed...

    Barkeep might of sent those mercs with the purpose of stealing the info(if it proved useful) so that he could take it and sell it to someone outside the zone for tons of money? Or maybe the mercs realized this themselves.... oohh the possibilities.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)21:32 No.11941468
    Having exhausted potential information avenues, you turn to your squad for opinions.

    "Well, when tracking a beast, you follow its trail as far as you can. No simple thing in a swamp, but I suggest we at least start there," Bird opines.

    "There's also the folks back in the hangar - Captain Petrov and his men," Twitch chimes in, "I mean, it sounds like Petrov has guys pretty far-flung in the Zone. Maybe they've seen or heard something."

    You agree with your comrades' notions - if you're going to catch these folks, it's going to start south of here.

    "Just when we make it to Rostok, we've gotta go back the way we came," Damsel complains good-naturedly.

    You're not entirely thrilled yourself, but the hard cash - to say nothing of the reputational boost - will get you one step closer to the center of the Zone.

    You set out.

    Retracing your steps feels slightly quicker than taking them to begin with, and it's not long before the tell-tale piles of refuse and abandoned, haunted-looking hulks of vehicles tell you that you're once again in the Garbage; you give the abandoned Duty checkpoint some distance, spotting a herd of flesh - with a couple of boars mixed in - from a way off.

    Your off-road wanderings give you a unique opportunity when you spot a group of five men escorting one - the sixth is clearly a prisoner, judging from his tied hands and disheveled appearance. The group is heading east, to what you know to be the Dark Valley, and doing it carefully.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:34 No.11941502

    Tell Bird to equip his scope. Use Binoculars to see if we can ID these guys.

    We really need like a handset radio or something to talk to Petrov and Barkeep.

    Probably bandits, though.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:35 No.11941506
    I suggest we investigate this group of six. Also, we should investigate the place where the scientist team was found dead. There, we might find clues to the whereabouts of our marks and, if as a stalker we asked said something is wrong with the situation, we might find some insight.

    Captcha says: chicat inferior
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:35 No.11941512
    Personally, I don't want to do this quest; it means killing STALKERs for Duty, and I don't want to do much for Duty. I think we should ask about the lands east of the Dark Valley, or west of Agroprom.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)21:36 No.11941515
    (Obviously, this goes before the travelling post chronologically.)

    Barkeep complies with your request to see the last moments of the scientists readily - he seems glad that someone is taking his job seriously. Considering his fat is over the fire, you can imagine why.

    The video's surprisingly clear for a Zone-recording; a group of three scientists being escorted by four men, as you can see when the scientist turns to scan an area with some unidentified instrument. The video concludes suddenly and brutally - the group had just moved from knee-deep sludgy water to a small "island" when the longcoat-wearing protectors turn in on their wards and gun them down with automatic fire from AKS-74s. The scientist filming falls to the mud, and from then on you see only a patch of dirt and - once - a boot.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:36 No.11941521
    Lets try and stay quiet and get as close as possible, maybe get behind one of the less radioactive piles of refuse. Then lets try and listen in and hear what they're saying.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:36 No.11941522
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:37 No.11941532

    Stalkers who murdered scientists, albeit Duty ones. Either way, it's Barkeep who is paying us; not Duty.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)21:39 No.11941544
    You attempt to shadow the group carefully, keeping your distance and observing them through your binoculars and the scope you pass onto Bird for his rifle. You can't make out much - the group is wisely sticking to long grass and keeping a lookout behind them - but your see your chance to finally get a good glance in, though it'll be a risky look.

    Decide whether you want to take a good view as the group moves into the open, but if you do, roll a d20.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)21:41 No.11941557
    Re: people worried about taking sides in the faction war, keep in mind that you can deal with these assholes in a variety of ways once you find them. You can lie and misinform if you find that to be in your interest.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:41 No.11941560
    rolled 4 = 4

    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)21:43 No.11941578
    Waiting for concensus/some time, then roll.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:43 No.11941585
    rolled 19 = 19

    Look, why the hell not.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:45 No.11941615
    rolled 7 = 7

    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)21:48 No.11941659
    Consensus seems to be look, so...

    You signal to the others to stay down, climbing to a slightly better position; the elusive group is about to move from a stand of grass into the open, and this may be your best chance for a good look.

    Crouching down as far as you reasonably can, you peer through your binoculars and see that the man being escorted is wearing a red armband - the group moving him lacks any particular identifying marks, but their ragged top layer of clothing makes them look like snipers or hunters, the sort who lay in ambush for hours.

    One of the five guards seems to get a bad feeling, he snaps his head to look in your direction, and you set into motion instantly...

    roll the d20
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:50 No.11941680
    rolled 10 = 10

    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:51 No.11941692

    Nobylan and Mitenun have provided, methinks.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:53 No.11941705
    Don't move, we are in a pile of scrap crouched very low, he won't make us out.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)21:54 No.11941721
    ...just barely making it into cover before the man's eyes sweep to your former perch.

    Still, you can make out the sounds of the man shouting to his compatriots, carried to your location on the cool wind; a less advantageous peering shows the men on alert, but still moving - much faster now than before.

    You tell the others what they saw, and Bird nods, "their response alone tells me that they're somewhere where they don't belong, but the red band seals it: one of Petrov's men. No wonder they're on alert."

    "Bandits, then," Damsel says; it's a half-question.

    "Either that or disguised factioneers, but there's nothing off east but the Dark Valley, and that's been bandit territory for a while now."
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:56 No.11941745

    Can we get an idea of the lay of the land? That way we may be able to orchestrate a decent ambush.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:58 No.11941764
    Okay, so they look like Bandits, are somewhere they aren't supposed to be, and have kidnapped one of Petrov's men. Something is wrong here. I don't think we should just open fire without knowing the whole situation but I'm not sure if we can afford an attempt to communicate. For once I don't have any suggestions.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)21:59 No.11941783
    Have everyone aim for a different Bandit. While we slip around through the long grass before we jump them from up close with the AK

    >1992 affruing
    That was my first car. Captcha how did you know
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)22:01 No.11941798
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    A very rough lay-of-the-land. Black dot is you guys, red dot is the guys with one of Petrov's men, enclosed blobs are junk mounds. Lots of tall grass, the occasional stunted tree, and mysterious dead patches of land to be had.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:01 No.11941806
    Does Bird see any way to get in front of them? If we can head them off, we'll have a much better chance of bullet-ing them.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:02 No.11941818

    Maybe we can wait and ambush them? Granted, they are in the open.

    Let's just tell everyone to stick to single fire. And let's use the AK too - don't want to hit Petrov's guy.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)22:03 No.11941840
    "The way they're moving," Bird responds, "they'll make us if we try. A couple of us might be able to slip around if we open fire now - most men drop to the deck when they start taking fire. You'd have to move fast, though, or they'd eventually bolt."

    "Or overwhelm us," Damsel adds.

    "Always the pessimist, Kat," Twitch prods.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)22:04 No.11941852
    Your shotgun has slugs, and you're (personally) using an AKS-74U as your automatic weapon; Bird and Damsel have the full length rifles.

    Just a clarifier.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:05 No.11941858
    Push down the road and past the piles of junk. Then cut right and overtake them. Once the move a few metres forward they wont be able to see us, even with their sentry. Once ahead of them we set up a snap ambush and then vodka and sauage for all back the hangars.

    prosperity. consann
    Yes pickings have been quiet consann lately.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:06 No.11941874
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    Can we follow this? Have Twitch and Bird run up top, Damsel down below. We start with some covering fire if it's not possible to sneak, then follow Damsel. If we can sneak, then we just follow Damsel and open up.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:06 No.11941878
    I agree with this plan of action.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:08 No.11941895
    Ok, lets have damsel and bird open fire then, singleshot and high.

    Meanwhile, twitch and us bolt around to the pile north of us then use the thing as high ground. At the very least they will leave the stalker behind if they decide to run.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:10 No.11941915
    Needs a cut off team they're just going to run into the dark valley if we have the upper hand.

    >of growshe
    Yes captcha the Dark valley of Growshe
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:11 No.11941920
    I don't know if we should just kill them without knowing the full situation, but eh, we'll almost definitely be killed if we try to speak to them.Oh well, I agree with >>11941858 for now.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:13 No.11941946
    >just finished downloading CoP
    >keep refreshing thread to see what happens

    oh god i'm so confused why do you do this
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:14 No.11941952
    We know we can trust Petrov. If one of his guys are in trouble, we'll help him.

    Captcha says : arieli YHWH"D.
    We're gonna One True God these motherfuckers.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)22:14 No.11941963
    You can follow this; Bird's just giving his opinion, and obviously he's not infalliable.

    So we've got three distinct ideas now - pin and flank, split and pincer, sprint like a motherfucker and head off with an ambush. Whaddya guys wanna go with?
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:16 No.11941990
    Pin them down with rifle fire.

    Toss our tear gas grenade.

    Pick off the remainders, or if any are left alive and surrender, take prisoner.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:16 No.11941993
    Hey, by the by, someone better archive this on suptg when the thread is done. I've missed all the thread from the 3rd to the 7th because they weren't saved.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:18 No.11942017
    The one where we break into two teams, and one goes ahead so we can open up on them from both sides.

    I have to keep reminding myself this isn't the actual game, where I would solve this problem the way I solve all of them: with a high-powered armor-piercing sniper round to each of their heads from a hundred meters away. Anyways, I just want to see some action. I'll be praying to Noblyan and Mitenun.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:20 No.11942033

    This, combined with >>11941874.

    First we pin, toss smoke grenade, then move to flanking/pincer.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:21 No.11942043
    Actually the tear gas idea sounds perfect, it'll temporarily disable all of them without killing the prisoner. Lets add this to our current plan.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:21 No.11942048

    Oh shit, I completely forgot about the tear gas grenade. Use dat shit. THEN do the pin and flank.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)22:24 No.11942068
    You decide to go with Bird's plan - his experience may pay off in this situation. "Bird, Damsel," you say, "when Twitch and I make it there," you gesture to the cover of a pile of rocks and a fallen tree well to the side, "open fire; we'll move up the side and flank 'em."

    You instantly set into motion, springing alongside the shorter Twitch for cover; you go unseen, thankfully. At that moment, Damsel and Bird open up on the enemy squad, and you immediately begin to move again; there's no time to lose.

    Roll 2d20 to see how good their fire works out.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:24 No.11942070
    What sort of formation are they in, and where is the prisoner in relation to them. Ideally we can get into a position for enfilade fire with a low chance of hitting Petrov's man.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)22:24 No.11942084
    I plan on mixing that in, but the throw's a bit far and obviously if they're not pinned, they can flee it.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)22:26 No.11942105
    Points of a pentagon with Petrov's man at the center.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:27 No.11942112
    rolled 11, 4 = 15

    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:28 No.11942121
    rolled 10, 19 = 29


    Nobylan and Mitenun, guide our guns!
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:30 No.11942143
    I keep seeing this. What does it mean?
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)22:32 No.11942181
    Bird and Damsel's sudden attack has the element of surprise, even though their targets had been previously spooked. Bird's shot wings one of the men, and he drops immediately, injured but alive. Damsel's fire is less accurate, and she only manages to send bullets wizzing into the air and ground around the formation of enemy men. Nonetheless, the desired effect is achieved; they drop down or into cover - their captive does the same, momentarily forgotten by his accosters. It takes only a split second for the pinned foes to open up, and you run faster when you hear the sound.

    Roll 2d20. The first is how well you and Twitch move. The second is for the return fire of your opponents.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:33 No.11942188

    Earlier, captcha told an anon of the god, Nobylan. Or suggested that he pray to it. He did, and he got a high roll. Another anon responded, and captcha told him "and mitenun." So he added, along with praise to Nobylan, praise to Mitenun. And he rolled magnificently.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:33 No.11942191
    Captcha revealed the names of two heaten, pagan gods in previous threads.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:33 No.11942199
    rolled 1, 9 = 10


    Nobylan and Mitenun, guide us!
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:33 No.11942200
    rolled 18, 11 = 29

    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:34 No.11942206
    rolled 18, 14 = 32

    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:34 No.11942214
    Mitenun give me strength!
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:34 No.11942218

    Very fickle heathen gods, though.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:35 No.11942222
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    rolled 13, 2 = 15

    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:35 No.11942229
    rolled 14, 19 = 33


    And this is why I think we should go back to asking Allah for guidance.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:36 No.11942235
    I'm starting a DnD campaign soon. We're still fleshing out the world, so I'm going to see if I can be a cleric of Nobylan and Mitenun.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:38 No.11942259

    Yes, do it. Nobylan will be the Lord of Aim, Mitenun, his wife, shall be the Lady of Striking. Or something similar, since we always call upon them for rolls.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)22:38 No.11942269
    Though your crashing movements through the brush and between cover is mostly shielded by the sound of gunfire, one of the pinned foes gets lucky, and both you and Twitch are spotted; to their credit, the enemy squad gets the message and you know they'll be responding any second now. Damsel and Bird, as far as you can tell, are unharmed - they're still firing, and the pinned enemies are still unsure where exactly they are.

    Roll 1d20 and make a choice - either stop and open fire now, which is less ideal but gets you into the fight, or keep moving to the better firing position but risk serious punishment coming in.

    The d20 is for Bird and Damsel's continuing fire.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:39 No.11942284
    rolled 2 = 2

    Try to get into a good position to flank them, toss the tear gas if we're in range.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:42 No.11942316

    Damn it, fellow stalker! Why are you not praising Nobylan and Mitenun?!?

    I think we should just run it, balls to the wall. Maybe shoot a few rounds in their general direction, perhaps.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:42 No.11942320
    rolled 4 = 4


    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:44 No.11942346
    I bet Bird and Damsel accidentally shoot us.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:44 No.11942350
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:47 No.11942381

    If it's Damsel that hits us, we need to make a tsundere crack at her.
    >> Sgt. Varn 09/03/10(Fri)22:48 No.11942392
    We should start a cult in the Zone, and using the brainpower of out followers, heal the noosphere (or fuck it up more).
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:49 No.11942400

    In the name of Nobylan and Mitenun?
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:49 No.11942403
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:50 No.11942414

    NO, YOU >:[
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:50 No.11942417
    rolled 7 = 7

    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)22:51 No.11942428
    No guts, no glory. You continue to run, tossing your CS grenade while Twitch squeezes off a few wild rounds with his carbine. A shadow of regret flits through your mind when you notice that Damsel and Bird's covering fire seems to be losing out, smacking into the dirt, debris, and trees without coming anywhere near their targets. Even now, you can see part of the squad turning for you - including the lead figure, holding an RPK-74 SAW.

    This...could get ugly.

    Roll 4d20. One for your attacks, one for the enemy attacks on you, one for the enemy attacks on Damsel/Bird, and one for Damsel/Bird's continuing fire.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:51 No.11942429
    rolled 7 = 7

    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:52 No.11942443
    rolled 6, 20, 15, 7 = 48


    Nobylan and Mitenun, PROTECT OUR BALLS.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)22:52 No.11942449
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    Oh Jesus Christ.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:53 No.11942457
    rolled 11, 14, 19, 2 = 46

    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:54 No.11942482
    rolled 2, 8, 14, 18 = 42



    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:55 No.11942484

    Was that a good roll? Please tell me that was good. At least for the ones that involved us being shot at.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:56 No.11942489
    Well, we had a good run in the zone.

    Looks like it's time for a new quest. Anyone have a good idea for one?
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:56 No.11942494

    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:56 No.11942500
    rolled 13, 9, 8, 10 = 40


    Put it this way - the only way that could've been worse, is if we decided to kill ourselves, instead of those other guys.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:56 No.11942503
    rolled 18, 6, 14, 2 = 40


    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)22:56 No.11942508

    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:00 No.11942551
    Hey wait a minute, we still have a saving throw, right? After all, we have that tac armor...
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)23:00 No.11942555
    Twitch's shots fly harmlessly off into the dirt or air, accomplishing little but to keep the enemy's head down; your CS grenade is marginally more effective, though seems to be putting out less teargas than it should be; still, you can sense the enemy's panic.

    Everyone except the lead opponent's.

    As if the world were in slow motion, you see his sights glide across you, and you feel a shiver as if an icy hand had grasped your heart. The opponent's aim keeps gliding - distantly, you realize that you're moving quite fast and are actually now half in cover - and falls over Twitch.

    The air is rent with a distinct ka-ka-KRACK, and Twitch goes down like a puppet with its strings cut; some part of you sees he's been hit in the chest several times.

    You're aware that you're yelling out for your partner even as they begin pouring much more accurate fire on your partners across the way, even as your partners' fire continues to prove useless.

    Furiously, you bring your AKS-74U to bear on the enemy, sighting down the barrel and yelling in a mixture of panic and anger.

    Roll 1d20 to make these bastards pay. Because you risked yourselves getting to such a good position, you're able to lay down fairly easy fire.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:01 No.11942567
    rolled 19 = 19


    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:02 No.11942574
    rolled 17 = 17


    God. Fuckin. Damnit.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:03 No.11942584
    Ooh this is gonna be good.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:03 No.11942591

    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:04 No.11942598
    rolled 19 = 19

    Fill them with fire.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:05 No.11942612

    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:05 No.11942613

    Seconded. Nobylan and Mitenun, you have not forsaken us yet!
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:05 No.11942618
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:06 No.11942624

    He has a (civilian) bullet proof vest.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)23:06 No.11942631
    Your first bullet catches the lead shooter, the one with the SAW - the one who shot Twitch - in the throat. He drops to the weedy ground, clutching his throat and gargling; you assume he's trying to scream. The other bandits, trapped between you, Damsel, and Bird, are like so many fish in a barrel.

    You fire until your magazine is empty, the last few shots catching a bandit in the back even as he lept to his feet to flee. You realize you're still screaming, and stop.

    The bandits are dead to the last man, and the captive - the man you came here for - is not.

    For what it's worth. What about Twitch?
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:07 No.11942636
    Which is good for about 9mm rounds. One or two, maybe. Full sized rifle rounds would tear through that shit.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:08 No.11942646

    Check to see if Twitch is alive! Maybe he's not dead just yet!
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:08 No.11942649
    Fuck the prisoner, get to Twitch NOW. If he still has a chance to live we need to help him ASAP, and if he doesn't make it we need to be there when he goes.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:08 No.11942651

    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:08 No.11942656
    Well at least we've got pretty good loot.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:08 No.11942657
    Bash him with medkits until hes okay!
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:09 No.11942659
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:09 No.11942668
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:11 No.11942681
    Shout at Damsel and Bird to secure the prisoner. Check out Twitch.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:11 No.11942686
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    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:12 No.11942695
    If he is dead, we are going to haul his corpse back to Petrov's place. And in exchange for saving his man, we give Twitch a decent burial. With full fucking honors.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:19 No.11942758
    OP you better be using this time to write an epic next post, if you leave us here you will be the greatest troll in history.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)23:21 No.11942778
    The captive is yelling something, you don't hear and you don't care.

    You bolt to where Twich fell, tossing your carbine rudely to the Zone's soil. In a half-instant, your bag is off your shoulder, and in a quarter-instant, you've rolled Twitch over.

    He's alive. Amazingly.

    Twitch seems to try focusing on your face, then gives up, staring at some point past you. He spits out a mouthful of blood and speaks. "I think they shot me."

    "They didn't get you too bad," you hear yourself speaking as if you were standing over your own shoulder; removing Twitch's vest reveals that it was of little use against the SAW's full-sized rifle rounds, "Hell, Damsel was more dinged up than you," now you're digging in your first aid kid frantically, reaching for painkillers, for bandages, for anything; your hands are shaking as you apply pressure over the wounds to try and stop the bleeding.

    You hear familiar voices, but you can't place them. You've got to stop the bleeding, why won't he stop bleeding? A hand falls on your shoulder and in a flash you turn and punch some man in the face before turning to your partner.

    Your friend.

    Gradually, the familiar voices resolve into those of Damsel and Bird; the strange one is the hostage's, you can hear him speaking into a handset radio. You sense him again over your shoulder, and he drops an army-grade medical kit in front of you.

    "Use this."

    Roll 2d20 to see if you can stabilize Twitch. The army medical kit affords extra help.
    >> The Pole 09/03/10(Fri)23:22 No.11942797
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    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:23 No.11942802
    rolled 12, 15 = 27


    Nobylan and Mitenun, we beg you to save Twitch!
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:23 No.11942813
    rolled 19, 3 = 22


    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:25 No.11942830
    Our bro is dying. Shit went down. He may not make it.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:26 No.11942839
    Pardon me for butting in, but is there any place where the rest of this story is saved? I would like to catch up on it before I start participating.

    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:26 No.11942840
    This kid ain't dying.

    CAPTCHA: It's onsond
    You said it, captcha. It's on, son. d
    >> The Pole 09/03/10(Fri)23:27 No.11942859
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    You gotta be kidding me?!? twitch?
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)23:29 No.11942881
    At first, things seem hopeless - Twitch won't stop bleeding, and it doesn't take a doctor to recognize a man dying before one's eyes. Bird is down beside you now, checking Twitch's breathing and pulse; helping hold the wounds closed and apply hemostats. You're aware that Damsel is holding a hand over one breast, but you can't see any blood; looks like her armor did her a favor.

    The bleeding appears to slow.

    "We have to get him help," Bird says, voice strained, "now."

    Between you, Bird, and the hostage, you easily lift Twitch and begin running - or at least, running as fast as you can without making his injuries worse. Slowed bleeding or not, he's dying by the second.

    Ahead, you see a squad of red-banded soldiers; you only really recognize them because they're carrying an army litter and shouting for attention. Your party quickly turns Twitch over to them, and the entire group bolts for the hangar; to their credit, the men are running as if all of the Zone's mutants were at their heels.

    Roll 2d20 to see how Twitch fares on the way back to the hangar.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)23:30 No.11942891
    It's on both easymodo and suptg, though only in pieces. Last I checked, easymodo had more.

    I always start with the OP image, save for threads that I make a part 2 for due to autosage.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:31 No.11942903
    Haul twitch to the hanger, have damsel help us.

    Direct the other stalker and bird to loot the people, bird should also get the lowdown on what was happening.
    >> The Pole 09/03/10(Fri)23:31 No.11942905
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    rolled 1, 2 = 3

    Don't you 404 on me Twitch
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:32 No.11942913
    rolled 6, 17 = 23

    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:32 No.11942915
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:32 No.11942920
    Shit doesn't count, hidden rolls.
    >> The Pole 09/03/10(Fri)23:33 No.11942935
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    rolled 12, 20 = 32

    Shit I guess the Zone has taken another Stalker
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:34 No.11942939
    Oh this is bad.
    Tell Barkeep to warm up a spot in the Bar for us. I have a feeling we're going to spend a few months in there trying to drink ourselves to death over this.
    >> The Pole 09/03/10(Fri)23:34 No.11942950
    hidden rolls? wtf?
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:35 No.11942954

    got it, thanks bro
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)23:37 No.11942989
    Despite their speed, Twitch is dying, rapidly. You know this because a man you assume to be a battlefield medic is shouting it to anyone that will listen as he runs and tries to keep the Zone from claiming another life.

    When you arrive at the hangar, Dr. Menkov and a pair of assistants are waiting; gone is the old man's crabby demeanor, he takes Twitch in and immediately gets to work, his face a picture of grim determination as he works to save a life literally teetering on the edge of death.

    One of Petrov's men urges your group out of the makeshift "surgical theatre;" you're all too numb to protest.

    A hand falls on your shoulder. It's Captain Petrov. You look to him - what could he possibly say? Nothing, and that's what he does, giving you only a curt, respectful nod. In a way, that seems right.

    Roll a d20 to see how Twitch does; this roll is necessitated by his rapid decline in condition in transit.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:38 No.11943001
    rolled 4, 8 = 12

    Fucking delete that first roll. Twitch is on the line >:[

    Oh, and obligatory Nobylan and Mitenun praise.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:39 No.11943003
    rolled 17 = 17

    >> The Pole 09/03/10(Fri)23:39 No.11943005
    I aint rollan ever again......someone else do it
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:40 No.11943014
    rolled 16 = 16


    Nobylan and Mitenun, and even Allah, Buddha, the Emperor, and Jesus, do not abandon us now!
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)23:43 No.11943053
    Seconds drag into minutes, and minutes into hours; the hours themselves are indescribable, unendurable. You hear nothing, are told nothing. At one point, one of Petrov's medics leads Damsel off to examine her wound; miraculously, her vest was not penetrated, and she's gained only a tremendous bruise over her left breast to show she was shot at all.

    You're seriously considering storming the surgical theatre and damn the consequences when Menkov walks up, his arms covered in blood up to his elbows. and his face limp, though from exhaustion or defeat you cannot tell. Your heart is siezed again in a furious, icy grip.

    "I can't believe it, but he's stabilized," Menkov says, "you probably saved his life."
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:44 No.11943069
    rolled 15 = 15

    Good, now let's go loot those bodies.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:45 No.11943070

    Fuck Allah and Noblyan. I'm an atheist now.

    Anyway, we ask to visit Twitch.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:45 No.11943073
    rolled 2 = 2

    Hes crippled, or in a coma, or a vampire or some shit. I just know it.

    Captcha: Select, quenut
    So Quenut, I choose you. Only you can bring the kid back.
    >> The Pole 09/03/10(Fri)23:45 No.11943074
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    wow! break out the champagne....... on second thought perhaps the antibiotics cuz now we gotta worry bout recovery and the next biggest killer infection
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:46 No.11943082
    Nobylan and Mitenun praise be to you, A thousand Vodka's we shall sacrifice in your name.

    >causes lairsent
    Those bandits were sent fromt there lair.....
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:49 No.11943126
    You people get attached easy.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:51 No.11943150

    Dude saved our ass by jumping down a hole onto a bloodsucker. If you can't get attached to that, then I guess only kittens will work on you.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:51 No.11943151
    Fuck yes! I can't believe he made it.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:51 No.11943158
    rolled 5 = 5

    Damn. Its a good thing Im so slow.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:53 No.11943176
    Quenut confirmed for evil demon/ bandit god.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/03/10(Fri)23:54 No.11943188
    Naturally, you ask to visit Twitch, but Menkov gives a firm shake of his head that brooks no argument, "No. He's sleeping now, anyway. I may be a doddering old man, but I can keep him alive. Talk to the captain, and then rest. It's not often anyone gives death a hug and comes out alive," with that, he leaves you remaining three; you notice, for the first time, that Bird is smoking.

    "You smoke?" it's the obvious question.

    "No," Bird says, "or well, I'd stopped. Like an old friend though. It welcomes you back."

    The conversation dies; eventually, you decide to...
    >> The Pole 09/03/10(Fri)23:55 No.11943200
    So what sort of brash decision is this stalker going to take........ take Twitch's near death experience to heart and kill himself with vodka or kill himself by starting a one man army vs bandit war?
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:57 No.11943216
    Talk to Petrov. Twitch got shot on a rescue mission. Make sure he doesn't forget that.
    >> Anonymous 09/03/10(Fri)23:57 No.11943224

    Smoke with Bird, take a swig of vodka for good measure, seek out the captain and thank him. Also ask him about the guy we rescued.
    >> Sgt. Varn 09/03/10(Fri)23:58 No.11943239
    Holy shit that was intense.

    Talk to Damsel and she if she's alright, then go talk to the Captain and find out what the fuck just happened, why was one of his men getting led off like that. Then finally, we take out mind off things by going to looting those sonsofbitches bodies.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:01 No.11943274

    That too. Fuck, the leader had an RPK. Let's take that shit.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:04 No.11943312
    Talk to Bird and Damsel

    THEN talk to Petrov; see why his man was captured.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:07 No.11943335
    Fuck the RPK. Shit is big, heavy, and otherwise useless to us. Sell it to Petrov; he could really fucking use it.

    What else did the bandits have, though?
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:11 No.11943382

    Sell it is a good idea. Let's loot the shit out of their corpses, provided Petrov's boys haven't done it for us already.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:13 No.11943398
    Petrovs boys most likely already clreaed the area. We didn't neccesarily killed the bandits merely knocked them down or made them go to ground. Besides we have bigger fish to fry atm Like asking mr hostage WHY THE FUCK DID YOU GET CAPTURED TWIIIIIIIIIIIITCCCHH I WILL AVENGE YOU.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:14 No.11943406

    Twitch is alive, albeit barely.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:16 No.11943442
    I know...but still vengance and all that

    of toranize
    Yes we shall bring down the curse of toranize on them.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)00:18 No.11943454
    ...see the captain. But not before a considerable dose of liquid courage and bumming a cigarette off of Bird, who gives one up readily enough.

    You're given even less hassle than usual by the men guarding Petrov's office. Word about what happened has spread all around the hangar, and you can see Petrov's men looking at your clique with a newfound respect, perhaps even comraderie.

    When you enter the captain's office, he gives each of you a nod in turn, "I heard about your comrade, Twitch," he says, "and now you see why I tolerate Menkov," this last is a joke, and the captain's gentle smile shows it.

    "Sit, sit; I'm sure you're tired," he turns to face a case behind his desk, then emerges with a bottle and four glasses, "I like to have a celebratory cognac on occasions like this," he pours you each some, and none of you complain, silence filling the room as each of you drinks in turn.

    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)00:19 No.11943468
    Finally, the captain speaks up, "the man your Twitch so nearly gave up his life for is one Corporal Fyodor Petrovich Sokolov, a scout of mine. He was shadowing a group of bandit robber-murderers who he had picked up on crossing through the Garbage. According to his reports, he followed them to and from one of the main agroprom facilities; this confirms your suspicion that some third party is doing business with anyone and everyone, with artifacts a primary interest. It appears they've set themselves up as a bandit gang as well, but according to Corporal Sokolov, they behave like anything but," he pours you each another glass before moving on, "these men were on their way back to the Dark Valley when they detected Corporal Sokolov, ambushed, and overpowered him. Since you saved the Corporal's life, I thought you deserved to benefit from his findings. It's clear to me that some party is making a serious effort to acquire artifacts from all corners, in search of god-knows-what. That wouldn't be unusual, but the pains they've gone to disguise themselves is obviously troubling."

    You're given a moment to mull that over.

    "Naturally, I will be investigating this matter further. As for Twitch, you needn't worry about medical costs - you saved the lives of one of my men, and I'm proud to help save the lives of one of yours."
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:19 No.11943475

    But the guy who shot him got a horribly slow death. I mean, we caught the sucker in the throat. The throat. Down unable to make a scream, slowly bleeding out from your neck as you simultaneously bleed and asphyxiate... no fellow stalker, vengeance has been served.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)00:23 No.11943513
    (At this point, feel free to ask the captain questions, talk to your friends or even the corporal himself, and move in on the lewts if you want.)
    >> Sgt. Varn 09/04/10(Sat)00:25 No.11943532
    Thank Petrov for the information, and then confer with Bird and Damsel on what they want to do next. Going after the guys who killed the science team in our weakened state doesn't seem like that good of a plan.

    Go back and loot the bodies, then maybe go artifact hunting around the Garbage.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:25 No.11943535

    Let's tell him what we were originally planning to do - that is, hunt the Duty-bandits - before we ran into his man. Show him the pictures of them as well (just in case he recognizes them), and ask him if he thinks they may be connected. Considering that they offed a bunch of Duty scientists, which is a rather odd thing to do, they may be in line with this third party.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:25 No.11943536

    Ask Sokolov if he's seen the mercenary symbol we got off Miusov.
    >> The Pole 09/04/10(Sat)00:25 No.11943538
    True but could you imagine what kind of recurring villain he would make if he survived? it would be like 7 times the rage of what we just felt now
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:26 No.11943553
    Pretend to be bandits, trade with this group, find out about them, AND DESTROY THEM FROM THE INSIDE.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:27 No.11943560

    He knows and we know who they are: a group called Durandal, or something to that effect. Ran into some of their drunken goons back in Rostock.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:28 No.11943573
    "What about the bandits' goods? We haven't any use for the RPK, but we figured you could use it-say, 2000 rubles? If that's too much, I could go down to 1000...of course, all of this is null if you took it already. I won't begrudge you that; you saved our friend's life, and that's something I appreciate.

    If you want help getting rid of this...rogue trader, then we're willing to help, as long as we're properly armored. I don't want any of my friends dying."
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:28 No.11943574
    Perhaps.....maybe the Zone allowed Twitch to live for the 5 we killed. Maybe......excuse me I need some vodka.

    >grotersa but
    NO CAPTCHA, just leave it.....I need time to think.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:30 No.11943600

    This silent crazy bandit who walked back to the dark valley by himself. BBEG is Go
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:33 No.11943632

    Rage wouldn't describe us. We would be Bosse Viking, recalling all his Swedish combat prowess (?), we would come down on him like some rabies-infected, wrath-of-a-woman-scorned-wrathful-gorilla that was born from "RIP AND TEAR" guy.
    >> The Pole 09/04/10(Sat)00:35 No.11943644
    Exactly what i was thinking, was worried tho no one was replying to be quick enough that I thought noe one would have raged
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)00:37 No.11943670
    Thanking Petrov for information freely given, you let him in on why you were originally coming down this way; the photos are in your bag, but one of the sentries brings it in when the captain barks out an order.

    Petrov examines the photos for a long while, and even watches the copy of the cam footage you received. After a while, he merely shakes his head, "these men are no one I know, but I can spot some things out for you. No identifying marks. No scars. Brown or black hair, brown or blue eyes. Not even a weird beard among them. It's possible these men were specifically selected for their rather anonymous appearances," he pauses, "of course, that may just be grasping at straws."

    "They robbed the scientific team that they murdered," Bird brings up, "would you happen to have gotten any unusual equipment sales lately? Heard of any?"

    The captain is shaking his head again, "No. Though, if they were trying to keep their heads low, they'd probably sell to bandits, or perhaps even our friends in the agroprom. Criminal elements appreciate discretion in a merchant, since it's damn rare." Changing subjects, Petrov leaves mentions that his men have raked in the gear from the bandit squad, and that you're free to take your pick; you did the work.

    All of that gives you something to think about, and you excuse yourselves from the captain after some further pleasantries to discuss your course of action.

    "We can't leave Twitch," Damsel sounds adamant.

    "We can, however, examine these mens' belongings," Bird says, "it's possible we'll find something they didn't."
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:38 No.11943694
    What, nothing on bandit loot?
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:39 No.11943702
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    >my face when he comes back
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)00:40 No.11943707
    Just waiting for confirmation that that's what you guys wanna do next.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:41 No.11943723
    Let's loot the bandits, then get back to Petrov.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:42 No.11943733
    Check out the gear, then agroprom, we can just follow the railroad there......

    >bruist Nikitin,
    I swear I didn't he just fell
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:43 No.11943735

    We do.

    And, guys, I think we should prove to Petrov's group, Duty, and Freedom that the Agroprom/Durandal guys are a common enemy. All three factions should be able to take them, if they work together.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:44 No.11943748

    "Well, let's just check the bandit's gear first. Afterward, we can go check the scene. I personally want to spit on the lead bandit's corpse, just to spite him a bit more. But you're right, we can't just leave Twitch here. It's just sitting here doing nothing and waiting for Twitch to get better... just doesn't sit well with me. You can stay here with him while we're out. But he's my, our, friend; I'm not just going to up and ditch him."
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:45 No.11943759

    Aren't the Agroprom guys simply scientists?
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:46 No.11943772
    You're thinking of Yantar.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)00:46 No.11943777
    You decide to give the bandits' gear a look while you're here in the hangar; it's not like you can see Twitch, as much as you'd like to.

    It turns out, in the end, you made a pretty good haul.

    Bird lets out an appreciative whistle as he examines the gear, "we're lucky we had the element of surprise."

    Poking though the equipment, you find a curious device - it looks like a detector of some kind, but more modern. Some sort of logo on its side has been sanded rudely off, "one of these things is not like the other," you look strangely at Bird, and he looks back at you seriously before the three of you burst into nervous laughter.

    It's good to be alive.

    x2 AKS-74
    x2 AKS-74U
    x1 RPKS-74
    x10 5.45 magazines
    x1 unidentified detector
    x1 military flak jacket
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:47 No.11943788
    Thats yantar
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:49 No.11943806
    Replace AKS-74U with non-carbine versions; sell rest of AKS's and RPKS to Petrov's man. We need two more military-grade flak jackets, if possible.

    >successful lootee
    You said it captcha
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:50 No.11943817

    we want the flak jacket and the detector. Everything else is just money and, to be honest, Petrov needs them more than we do.
    >> Sgt. Varn 09/04/10(Sat)00:50 No.11943821
    Grab some of the ammo, the flack vest and the detector. We also might want to trade up our carbines for longarms. Sell or trade the rest away to Petrov.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:51 No.11943825
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    Fuck yes.

    Let's sell the RPK to Petrov. It's too heavy for us and uses a weird round; he could use it a lot more.

    The rest? Ours. And let's test that detector.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)00:54 No.11943871
    The RPK-74 uses the 5.45.

    One last note, to see if it changes opinion: you can GIVE Petrov's men your unwanteds, which will obviously make them like you more but nets you no money and may have consequences. On the other hand, you're pretty well-liked around the hangar.

    A couple more minutes and I'm keeping/arranging/selling.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:54 No.11943872

    But how would we test that detector? Walk into an anomaly? I say keep it, but maybe not test it just yet.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:56 No.11943884

    We should give the extra stuff to Petrov. All we should take is the detector (after asking the doctor about it) and the flak jacket.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:56 No.11943897
    Sell the unneeded guns. We have less than 300 rubles left.

    We could exchange some of it for ammo, and spend the time waiting for Twitch to recover with target practice. Net us a few fleshs, mmmm.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:56 No.11943901
    MAGAZINES for the love of god we need them. Round are all good but its pretty hard to load them with out a mag
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:59 No.11943936
    No it doesn't. It uses a Draughnov round. Youre thinking about the PKM.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)00:59 No.11943948
    I like the give option, but also upgrade your carbine to a long version. Don't replace twitch's, (keep one in case he wants to switch), he might be more comfortable with his current weapon.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:00 No.11943949
    Upgrade from the bandits' weaponry. Sell the stuff we don't need. Sell the RPK.

    Keep the flak jacket and the detector.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:00 No.11943956
    keep magazines, detector, flak jacket
    Give away AKs to Petrovs men
    Sell RPKS
    >> Sgt. Varn 09/04/10(Sat)01:00 No.11943959
    Take the detector and the flak jacket, those are a must. Take enough ammo to replace what we shot off plus a little extra. Trade up our carbines.

    GIVE Petrov the RPK and half the rifles and ammo, sell the other half.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:01 No.11943965
    May have consequences? What do you mean?
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:01 No.11943974

    This seems fair. Also, if they have any CS grenades...
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)01:02 No.11943979
    Frankly, you need the money, and while you'd like to be generous with Petrov's men, he's right - you DID do the work. You keep one magazine of 5.45 for yourself, with the other 9 to be distributed amongst your teammates. The military flak jacket is an obvious grab, as is the unusual detector. You take two of the better-condition AKS-74s for your two AKS-74Us, leaving your entire team with a "real" rifle to fall back on.

    Satisfied, you move to Fix-It to fob off the leftovers on Petrov's men. The tech gives them a cursory look-over, then makes an offer, "I can give 3,000 roubles all told."
    >> Sgt. Varn 09/04/10(Sat)01:02 No.11943980
    A way to test the detector would be to set out our Jellyfish, move away a good bit, and then slowly get near it with both detectors out and see which one picks it up first and how clear the return is.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)01:03 No.11943998
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    Well, how much do you REALLY know about Petrov and his men?
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:04 No.11943999

    "We are sold, good sir. Unless you have some CS grenades - those things are a tactical godsend."
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:04 No.11944001
    >> Sgt. Varn 09/04/10(Sat)01:04 No.11944009

    3k isn't bad, considering we only got like 150 for a hunting shotgun. Take the offer, unless they have some new gear that we could also trade for.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:05 No.11944020
    Granted, seeing as how nice Petrov's men have been, we can tell Fix-it he doesn't have to pay so much. I mean, if it wasn't for them, our friend would be very, very dead.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:06 No.11944029
    Sounds fair. I'd like more, but 3k isn't bad.
    >> Sgt. Varn 09/04/10(Sat)01:06 No.11944039
    Fuck CS grenades, we don't all have masks to protect ourselves. If the wind shifts or we're in close quarters, shit could turn real bad for us quick. We would be better off with normal smoke grenades, or even better yet, frags.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)01:10 No.11944064
    You decide to accept Fix-It's offer, "Done deal, friend. Hope they do you guys well."

    "Well, who can't use more guns?" Fix-It says good-naturedly, and you bid him - hopefully temporary - farewell.

    Walking back towards the hangar proper, you get an idea on how to test your new detector; having Bird move off with your artifact, you switch each on; it quickly becomes clear that the "new" one has dramatically higher range and accuracy than your older one.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:10 No.11944069
    It's like you really are a personification of the Zone.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:13 No.11944094

    Oh lawl.

    Anyway, if it's not too late, I suggest we take Bird to go scavenge to bodies (or something to that nature), if we can get there and back before nightfall. We can leave Damsel with Twitch. She seems more content with sitting and waiting than we are, anyway.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:15 No.11944111
    Do it do it do it do it do it do it do it
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)01:17 No.11944141
    With this discovery noted, you bounce the idea of snooping around the battle site a bit to see if there's anything to be had; initially, you suggest Damsel stay behind.

    "If one of you two gets shot," she says, "you'll need someone to pull your fat out of the fire."

    Normally, that'd be a joke coming from here, but you can tell she's serious.

    "It's not a bad idea," Bird says, "but we'll have to be quick to be back before nightfall."

    Indeed, he's right.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:18 No.11944156
    Just chill in the hanger, but see what they have to sell; if nothing then just set up camp
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:21 No.11944186

    Not sure if it's worth having a night exercise...
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)01:29 No.11944266
    You decide that, perhaps, you've pushed your luck enough, and call it a day; you all need sleep after the hours of anxiety leading up to Menkov's declaration of Twitch's stabilization. The three of you are unusually quiet, and attempts at bullshitting die; Bird busies himself whittling down a stick with his knife, and Damsel sullenly rubs at the bruise on her chest.

    (Opportunity for talk/whatever, guys, otherwise we'll move on to morning.)
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:33 No.11944295
    talk about Damsel's hit, ask her about her mental state, and also talk about close calls before they all met up together, both ways are not out of the question
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:33 No.11944300

    (Romancing tiem?)

    *Turn to Damsel* "Hey, you alright there?"

    It's kind of funny to note, but in the battle plan I originally drew up, it was supposed to be Twitch and Bird who went North, and Damsel and Bosse who went South/West.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:33 No.11944305
    Take the chance to talk to Damsel.

    "You okay?"
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:34 No.11944306

    Guess what we'll be doing next? Asking Petrov more about his operation. We can play it off as being curious to join him; even Bird wouldn't be opposed, i think.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:36 No.11944322

    Whats wrong, you chicken?
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:37 No.11944332

    Most of us would rather prefer to be unaligned, but hey, Petrov's a badass. Also, am I the only one who envisions him sitting at his desk, hands folded in front of his face, with light reflecting off his glasses in a manner that keeps his eyes from being seen?
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)01:41 No.11944359
    Noticing Damsel's preoccupation, you turn to her, "You okay?"

    She nods, letting her hand drop, "Just annoying, I still don't know how that thing stopped a rifle round," she pauses to contemplate, "Why, you want to kiss it and make it better?"

    You snort. There's the Damsel you know.

    "It's just that, up until now, we've done pretty well here. I mean, sure, we've all of us almost died once or twice, but this was...different. This was like being on the outside again."

    Bird is nodding, "That gets a lot of stalkers killed - forgetting that this is life and death, not some adventure. A strange world can still be a bad one."

    "Before I came to the Zone, I was used to this sort of thing. It was a part of the crowd I ran with, and a part of prison. I thought I'd left that behind, I guess."

    "I've been enough scrapes in the Zone to have that beaten out of me, I guess," Bird says; seeming to stare off a bit before bringing his attention back to the here and now. You're not sure if you should pry in either case.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:41 No.11944365

    I hope you are.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)01:41 No.11944367
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    I see what you did there.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:43 No.11944384

    This, minus the (somewhat) creepy smile.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:44 No.11944392

    "... You guys want to talk about it, or would you rather I did?"
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:46 No.11944415
    Oh cmon can we just get to bodies find some missing before we head to the agroprom already. Jesus its like reading a fucking paint by number in here.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:47 No.11944419

    This would be a good time for us to cement our background. I vote for the "Mafia boss raped our sister" story.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:47 No.11944420
    I'd grin playfully and go "Well, you offered." But I'm a horribly maladjusted aspie freak.

    I'm just gonna sit here and watch what happens.
    >> Sgt. Varn 09/04/10(Sat)01:49 No.11944438
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    Damnit, now this is all I can think of
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:50 No.11944448

    Now he just needs a Russian-themed hat.
    >> Sgt. Varn 09/04/10(Sat)01:53 No.11944466
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    That's what I would have gone with, but unfortunately a lot of people wanted us to be a Swede with an ex-military background. I'm guessing we got kicked out for disorderly conduct.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)01:54 No.11944471
    "You guys want to talk about it, or would you rather I did?"

    Your joke falls a little flat with the others, but nonetheless, Bird speaks up, "back in the day, when I used to be...ah, younger and more enthusiastic...I lost my share of companions in the Zone. The first time's the worst - with me, it was a friend I'm made back in the Cordon. We hit it off sneaking over the border, and we stuck together from there. Military got him," he pauses, "better than a mutant, anyway."

    "With me," Damsel says, "it was political violence. I was young and stupid and thought I could make a difference. I don't like to think about it."

    With that said, things turn to less serious talk, and then back to silence. Which, inevitably, leads to sleep.

    It's late morning when you all finally awaken - breakfast is short, but it improves your tempers; that, and word from Menkov that Twitch is doing well.

    "Now that we've got a day ahead of us," you put forward, "let's give the site a look."

    "No point sitting around," Bird agrees, and you're off.

    The site of the battle is oddly peaceful; a careful approach reveals no danger, human or otherwise. It becomes apparent when you arrive at the site where Twitch so nearly lost his life that the mutants found the corpses; most are mauled, one is missing. None are carrying anything valuable, and using Petrov's tattoo trick reveals nothing you understand.

    Damsel pokes one of the dead bandit's legs with the toe of her boot, "Now what?"
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)01:55 No.11944484
    The running story was that you assaulted a superior officer and received a dishonorable discharge. Why and when in your military career this occurred has yet to be decided by the players, but it's their call.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)01:58 No.11944510

    "You guys want to go bag us a flesh? Or maybe a boar? I'm sure Twitch would be happy to see that as a get-well gift. An entire roasted boar, complete with the apple in the mouth thing!"
    >> Sgt. Varn 09/04/10(Sat)02:00 No.11944524
    Lets run our new detector though its paces; hunt around Garbage for artifacts.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:01 No.11944540
    Second. Shoot a boar if we see it, though, and stuff it with bread.

    Mmmm, bread-stuffed boar with sausage. If only there were fruit trees in the Zone.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:03 No.11944557

    You know the lolwut pear? Well, guess where it came from?
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:04 No.11944566

    It's the Biting Pear of Salamanca.

    But anyway, Getter, ARE there any fruit trees?

    oh, and obviously we baste the boar with vodka
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:04 No.11944570
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:05 No.11944586
    rolled 17 = 17

    The guy who shot Twitch is still there, right? We should bring his trigger finger back as a gift.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:06 No.11944591
    One is missing. I you OP, I just want you to know that.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)02:06 No.11944592
    With not much else to do, you break out your detector; perhaps it can find something that your eyes can't.

    A few minutes fiddling at the device brings you a surprise - the detector has indeed found something...through the long grass ahead. Looking to the others, you carefully move in on the signal; it leads you to a junk pile with what appears to be the remnants of a air duct leading somewhere "inside." Even from here, you can feel the heat baking out, and your geiger counter gives several restless ticks.

    "Well this seems promising," Damsel remarks dryly.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:07 No.11944600

    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)02:08 No.11944610
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    >The guy who shot Twitch is still there, right?
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:08 No.11944612

    Let's... not get ourselves baked by radiation, yeah? Plenty of time to do that later.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:09 No.11944626
    Yeah, let's be careful with this one. Is there anything we could used to fish around with?
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)02:09 No.11944628
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    Well, there are fruit trees in Ukraine, so yes.

    Amusingly, there are also pear trees.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:09 No.11944630
    Enough moping its time for action. We need to get moving on our current job hunting those stalkers who killed the research team. Petrov reckons that the Agroporm would be our best with shady people. Plus wtf why would you go to Swamp no one likes swamps even when they aren't filled with invisible mutants and area where physics is raped.

    >AND reawavy
    Yeah he can come I guess.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:10 No.11944635

    But we shot him! IN THE THROAT! Next you're going to have the good major whose head we redefined from being "intact" to "bloody vapor" come back to eat us, aren't you?
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)02:12 No.11944650
    You want whatever the detector is pointing at, but you're not keen on getting baked by radiation or anomalies to do so; poking around in the junk eventually nets you what was probably a rake in happier times; now the badly-rusted metal head is mostly gone and the wood is spongy and brittle with age.


    You fish into the duct with your newfound tool, prodding blindly around...

    roll a d20
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)02:13 No.11944662
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    Now now, I didn't say he was alive. Just that he was gone. Maybe a pseudodog dragged him away.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:14 No.11944671
    rolled 19 = 19

    Nobylan and Mitenun, grant me strength!
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:15 No.11944685

    See? Praise be our newfound gods.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:17 No.11944701
    rolled 4 = 4


    Also, if there are any fruit trees in the Zone, let's go find one and make Roast Boar for Twitch.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)02:18 No.11944715
    You feel a curious thunk, and begin pulling - it's worth a try; you've got all day, after all.

    Whatever the object is, it comes along easily enough; you stand back up as it rolls out of the air duct, a curious orange sphere that resembles nothing so much as an orb of amber producing light; the object trundles along the ground before coming to rest against the toe of your boot; your geiger counter clicks balefully.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:21 No.11944739

    Well, let's hold this thing at arm's length and show Bird. Maybe he can ID it for us.

    >I'm whicenda
    Sure captcha, sure.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:21 No.11944742
    We DID bring along a lead sack, right?
    >> Sgt. Varn 09/04/10(Sat)02:24 No.11944760
    Put that shit in our pack quick. Then pull out our Jellyfish and hug that sucker tight to protect ourselves from the extra rads.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:24 No.11944763
    The detector should be able to ID it.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)02:25 No.11944773
    It's your main backpack, so yes.

    Even bringing your radiation-eating Jellyfish artifact doesn't calm your geiger counter as it normally does, but it makes you feel after around the thing. Bird and Damsel both bend for a closer look; Bird picks the thing up and examines it for a while before turning to you.

    "It's called a Flame," he says, "I'm surprised to see one out this far. It must be new."

    "What's so great about that?" Damsel asks.

    "Well," he says, "We may have just found our ticket to getting Twitch back. Flames heal wounds."
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)02:26 No.11944781
    "better," not "after"
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:27 No.11944791
    Oh, you!

    Fuck yes.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:27 No.11944793

    "Sweet. Let's go head to the old Duty checkpoint, see if those flesh and boars are still there."
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:30 No.11944819
    "And ask the Doctor if there are any fruit around here you'd want to eat. I figure between the four of us we can scrape together a pretty good bread-stuffed, vodka-basted roast boar."
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)02:40 No.11944933
    "I can think of a way to make that surprise even better," you say, safely bagging the thing.

    It takes a while to track down a boar after explaining your intent to Bird and Damsel, but when you find one, the "battle" is anticlimactic. Bird expertly drops the dim-witted mutant with a burst from his rifle.

    Getting it back to the hangar is a another story.

    "I wish...you idiots...thought this shit through," Damsel gasps as you make the last few steps inside the hangar's defensive walls and drop the dead animal unceremoniously, "Coulda...saved us the effort...with a cart!"

    As far as you're concerned, it'll be worth the inconvenience. Ignoring the curious looks of the posted guards, you move back into the hangar, tracking down Menkov at his office. The man looks up, unsurprised to see you.

    "If you're here to ask about visiting hours, they're from never to not-going-to-happen," he says, returning his gaze to a book.

    "Actually," Bird says, "We might be able to help you."

    You show the doctor the artifact in your backpack, and he recoils, "get that thing away from me! Do you want to give me ANOTHER cancer?" You obey readily enough.

    "Where did you FIND that thing?" he asks, genuinely curious.

    "In a pile of garbage, just waiting to be picked."

    The doctor pauses, "Interesting. Even in the early days, powerful artifacts this far from the center were rare," he takes your bag without asking, shouldering it with a grunt, "with this thing and your Jellyfish, we can speed up your friend's recovery from months to about three days of intense exposure. We'll have to keep him on a regimen of drugs to protect against whole body irradiation and secondary infection, but we had to do the latter, anyway," he looks to you, "on your go-ahead, I'll use this. But there are, of course, risks in using such an artifact."
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:43 No.11944966

    It's going to be radiation related, isn't?
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:44 No.11944969

    Like, will he need more food, or will it damage his overall lifespan, or what? 'Cuz we brought in a boar for food, and we were going to ask you if there's any fruit around here you'd want to eat."
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)02:47 No.11945008
    "What risks?" you ask; you don't want to gamble with your friend's life.

    "Well, radiation poisoning, for starters," the doctor says, "the drugs we use are still not all that great at treating significant exposure, and radiation does significant damage to various bodily systems. Obviously, there's a risk of cancer, as well, and I don't mean from just the radiation," he's going into lecture-mode, drawing himself up, "some former colleagues of mine did a series of studies on lab rats where they were greviously injured and healed using either a Flame artifact or natural recovery. There was a statistically significant, though small, increase in tumorous growths in the artifact-exposed, both cancerous and benign."
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:49 No.11945028
    "...Well, if someone else lends us another antirad artifact, would that help?"
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:50 No.11945045

    We have a jellyfish. And 3000 rubles to blow. Can't use those?
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)02:51 No.11945053
    "Against radiation poisoning, yes. Against the potential increase in tumors? No. We've actually lent out our anti-radiation artifacts to the Duty and Freedom clinics northward to help treat their sick stalkers, but we're due them back either at request or soonest convenience."
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:51 No.11945055
    i wonder if we can rent another jellyfish....
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)02:52 No.11945060
    Jellyfish doesn't quite cover the rad output of the artifact, and artifacts are less common in this quest (as players have probably noticed).
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:55 No.11945096
    I think we should talk to Twitch about this before we decide for him...
    he's not critical any more, so at this point we'd just be saving a few months of rest time for him, which I'm sure the good captain would let him spend in the hangar
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:55 No.11945099
    yeah, but we can still check around.

    Might as well. Twitch is our bud. We owe him.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)02:56 No.11945109

    Seconded. Also, Thread is on the verge of being auto sage'd.
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)03:06 No.11945199
    Anyone archived this?
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)03:07 No.11945215
    No clue. New thread?
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)03:09 No.11945225
    You're not sure how to decide, and thinking about it, it's not really your decision, "let us ask Twitch," you say, "it's his body."

    Menkov gives it a moment's thought, then softens, "Very well. But ask your question and be off, he needs his rest."

    Admitted into Twitch's room, he frankly doesn't look much better than when you brought him in. Between the bandages, the pale pallor of his skin, and the ancient medical equipment, you almost wish you'd stayed outside. Almost.

    Twitch looks at you groggily, then manages a smile, "So I guess I wasn't hit that bad after all," he says.

    You return the gesture, "Hell, if I thought you'd be doing so well, I would've hoofed it a bit slower, I've got this strain in my ankle-"

    Twitch laughs, and for that you're relieved.

    "What your friend is actually here to ask," Menkov interrupts, "is if you want to undergo artifact exposure treatment. Our selection of medical artifacts here is poor and most are out 'on loan' as it were, but your comrades have found a rather remarkable example to go along with their radiation-nullifying Jellyfish."

    "What kind of difference will it make?"

    "From months and possible permanent damage to days and no typical permanent damage."

    Twitch swallows, "and the catch?"

    "Radiation exposure, potential poisoning. A regimen of powerful, unpleasant drugs. An increased risk of cancer and tumerous growths even if radiation exposure is nullified or controlled."

    Twitch pauses to consider before speaking again, "and if I stay here, I've got months in bed-"

    "Three to six, possibly more," Menkov supplies.

    "-risk of infection, and risk of permanent injury."

    He looks from the doctor to you, "Well, I told you I had a thing about gambling. I'm fine with it if you are."

    (It's the player's call, but yes, there is some risk of injury, though slim.)
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)03:11 No.11945244
    Let's go for it. Artifact him.

    The less time he spends in that bed, the better. Once we're done here, let's go to Yantar and find out if they can synthesize cleaning agents from FruitPunch upwellings. Menkov would appreciate it, and so would everyone else.
    >> Stalk Out of Here Getter 09/04/10(Sat)03:12 No.11945257
    New thread: >>11945250
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)03:13 No.11945261
    "Well let's do it. Odds are in our favor, I think? And hey, when you get better, maybe we can go hunt a boar, like we did, as a bit of 'therapy.' Of course, that's assuming we finish the first one, and we find a cart. Damn thing was heavy."
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)03:16 No.11945285
    Artifacts, we live in the Zone....we die in the Zone
    >> Anonymous 09/04/10(Sat)03:18 No.11945302
    seems like he's on board, so we run with it

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