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Old Apr 13th, 2013, 12:14 AM
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Robert was the first of the desperate employees (and one victim volunteer) into the room, blue crate and loose, half-untied shoe accompanying him in a moment later. He dropped the crate as the creature leaped (flapped?) upwards, making a desperate, instinctive lunge as the blur of fur and feathers zipped towards the ceiling.

The shoe came off: he stumbled, and caught only air as a few bristly sounds later the creature was gone.

"Dammit," he sighed, eyeing the hole. The loose shoe had made it to the other side of the room as he had kicked off on it. He scratched his head and went to retrieve it, putting it on and tying the laces in rapid, economical motions.

A bit of common sense, and slightly more common curiosity reasserted itself as he did so. Where were they? They'd run, well, it wasn't particularly long but not that short either.

When the others had caught up:

"Sorry," he said, pointing up at the hole. "Devil cat got away."
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Old Apr 13th, 2013, 02:39 AM
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Jimmy stops at the entrance and WEASES... This boy is OUT of shape. "Hell, I gotta hit the gym more often!!"

Looking around, he is astounded by the room they have arrived at. Slowly, the presence of the torches sinks through his thick skull, and the pounding oh his heart in his ears.

"What in Asmodeas' left testical are LIT torches doing down here?" Shaking his head in bewilderment, the cook heads over to Robert and looks up the hole where the critter disappeared, trying to gauge how far up it goes.

"Any of you punks remember seeing an expandable ladder back there in the basement?" Speaking of left testicles, Jimmy reaches down and scratches his absentmindedly while continueing to stare up the opening in the ceiling.
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Old Apr 13th, 2013, 12:12 PM
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"Well, there's the plastic crate," Robert pointed out dubiously, sizing up the dimensions of the room. "If someone stood on it and boosted another person up..."
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Old Apr 15th, 2013, 03:26 PM
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Jimmy sighs loud and slow as he slowly counts to 10 in his head. "Damnit Joe, what the hell is going on? Jac, see if you can get cell phone signal through that hole, would ya? See what Joe has to say about all this and have him meet me in the basement. Tyler and Robert, stay here in case that thing comes back down the hole, and Vickie, you're with me to get that damned ladder."

Jimmy doesn't wait to see if his "suggestions" are followed, he just slowly starts walking back towards the tunnel and the basement, thinking about taking the fun of this "adventure" out of Joe's hide. Preferably slowly and painfully.
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Old Apr 16th, 2013, 10:23 AM
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Jimmy makes it twenty feet down the passageway, rounds a corner, and comes face to face with a sputtering torch hung on a brick wall. The ceiling is rock and dirt, held up by solid, tarred, beams. Tyler and Victor are not just around the corner struggling to catch up.

Disorientation and despair make their first move. They attack Jimmy with the wet noodle of confusion, and he suffers a weird little shiver.

Robert is probably correct about the crate. There are also a lot of other things in the room, including the shelves, that would serve this purpose.
However, there are a lot of shadows and blind spots in the room for the same reason, and another exit could be anywhere.

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We're going to skip a minor part of the adventure here and get on with the fun. The Tea House is next. A very important establishment in a place like this.

At any rate, it becomes important that your characters realize that they're a little different than they were fifteen minutes ago, careening through a filthy underground tunnel.

--Give them 5 class levels worth of HD, BAB, Saves, and so on. Everything a level 5 character would have except for... class features, skills, and feats. They feel different, but they're experiencing Temporal HD Acquisition Sickness and details like that always lag behind.
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Jimmy backs down the tunnel with a strange look on his face. The shifting emotions flicker back and forth across it so rapidly that it looks like a sped up film of his expressions. As he backs out of the passageway, he calls out in a choked voice.

"Guys? Are you sure this is the tunnel we came from? It ends just around the corner..."

Turning around, Jimmy sees Robert and Jac standing underneath the hole in the ceiling, but Victor and Tyler are nowhere to be seen. Getting more confused, Jimmy turns around rapidly, looking throughout the room for them before running back down the 20 feet of tunnel to where the wall is and back into the circular room. "WHAT THE FUDGE IS GOING ON HERE?!?!?!?"

Feeling a little dizzy, and other odd sensations in his head and body, Jimmy approaches the others while rubbing his head with both hands. When he gets to Jac and Robert, he opens his mouth to say something, but nothing comes out as an even more confused look crosses his face. He blinks rapidly for several seconds as he studies their faces. "You guys look... different... I'm not sure how, or WHAT, but something is DIFFERENT..."

 
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As Jimmy's panicked confusion started waxing a completely ridiculous, mission critical pitch, Robert grimaced and told his glands to stop flooding his body with extraneous fight-or-flight signals: one hasty false alarm was enough for the day. Joe hadn't been gored to death, and Jimmy was clearly experiencing the unfortunate repercussions of being an occasional patron of Jen's backstreet pharmacy baked goods empire.

In his most soothing voice, he suggested that, perhaps, Jay should "sit down for a..."

A surge of nausea hit just as Jimmy suggested that they looked different, somehow, and it was all Robert could do to keep himself from retching directly into his co-worker's charming visage.

 
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Jac has been shocked and silent this whole time, gradually passing through surprise into overwhelmed incredulity as the tunnel went on and eventually reached the round room. She's still glaring at it all through narrow eyes, as if expecting to somehow see through the charade. "I was gonna say Jim's gone mad, but there's no way he did this. It's too big and he never moved stuff around down there anyway."

Jac wanders back down the passageway, as far as that corner. "This... this is..." Jac closes her eyes, takes a deep breath and somehow changes. She stands taller, her features broadcast a calm, confident acceptance. The knuckles of her right hand crack. "...unexpected. I have a feeling it doesn't really matter about the little monster any more. Our priority should be finding where we are, then getting out."

She strides over to the nearest torch and attempts to pry it free of its bracket. Somewhere along the line she loses track of what her fingers are doing and falls against the wall. "Guys, can I just say, I am so confused?" She just leans there for a minute, acclimatising to Jac MKII.

 
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Jimmy. I know this is all confusing, but did you just invoke... Asmodeus?

Freedom of religion and all, god knows, I'm English, but really? What next, Zooroastrianism.


A funny feeling hits him.

Hey chaps - anyone else just felt a bit... stronger?
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