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Silent Death part 4

The ladies hoped that Iminasi had managed to get the point across to the human. She had a wonderful voice and seemed to have picked up the tune beautifully. When the human did little more than look from her to them and return nothing but a perplexed expression, they started chattering at each other, again.
"Do you suppose he's still a little disoriented from being brain scanned?"
"I think we may be scaring him."
"Poor little thing, maybe he needs a hug."
"Should we give him with a sweet?"
"I think... hey, what's he doing?"
Ceasing their gabbling, they turned their attention back to the human.
The human had gotten a drink from the water bottle attached to the side of his enclosure and took a deep breath.

Having wet his whistle, Winchell took a breath and stood in the center of his cage. These ladies obviously wanted a song and weren't likely to go away without one, so decided to give them one.
Besides, he thought, if this plays out well, they may do something I can use to get out of here.
Opening his mouth, he began singing.

What cam out of the human was... different. It wasn't the swift, lively melody of Figaro, nor was it the somber drone of some of the other songs he had hummed. It was a bit disjointed, but jaunty. As the song continued, the Alareen picked out a rhythm and smiled as nodded to each other, realizing that it could be danced to and was rather amuse, even if they couldn't understand the words.
After the first, the human went on to several more, all in the same vein.

Starting with a Bing Crosby show tune ('Pistol Packing Momma'), he continued into a couple Sinatras, then They Might Be Giants version of 'Istanbul'. He was about to go into Weird Al Yankovich's 'This Is The Life', when one of the Alaerin reached for the trapdoor on his enclosure and opened it. Urged on by the others, she gave him a bright smile and reached in, holding her hand stationary and coaxing him with snicking sounds to let her pick him up. Score!

Wrapping her hand gently around the human, Iminasi lifted him from his cell and held him in her palm. Gathering around, the others tentatively reached out to stroke, poke, and caress him along his body. The human put up with it patiently and showed no sign of discomfort from the attention, but finally she waved her free hand at the others.
"Let's give him a little space. Maybe he'll sing for us again."
"Something sad and mellow, I hope, "put in the younger, new addition to the staff from the door.
"Patemi! Watch for the supervisor!" one of the other half-whispered. Too late, as the sound of the office door opening could be heard from the work area. In a half-panic of being discovered, they dashed for their desks while Iminasi hurriedly but carefully put the human back in his enclosure, closing the trapdoor. Giving him an apologetic look, she scrambled back to her own work.

Left alone again, Winchell sat still for a while, recovering from the vertigo of having
been swung about so quickly. No doubt about it, these giantesses would make excellent centrifuges. Once he'd gathered his wits, he looked up at the trapdoor and grinned. It was closed, but the latch had not been slid back into the lock position. Having attained a general feel for the building's layout from being taken to and from being interrogated, he had his route of escape.
Let the games begin!
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Foxhunter04 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
Eagerly anticipating number 5. :)
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PrimeMatrix Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
I love Palladium, have most of their books including a lot of their out of print, but they don't tidy their mechanics. They also frown heavily on anything fan generated and (at least in the past) have very quickly brought lawyers to bear on things as small as fan sites, as well as censor any fan generated material on their forums.

GURPS may be a better bet; some of their books are available as cheaper PDF downloads, and they are more than open to using mechanics.

BESM would be interesting, but Guardians of Order went bankrupt so books may be hard to come by (I found out last week, went to Amazon. Some books I didn't have were cheap, others went for insane prices).

The simplest mechanics if you try to do RP via something like MSN or AIM would be White Wolf. Their mechanics focus on story so there are no monstrous manuals/etc - player says what he wants to do, DM states what skill and attribute count and set the difficulty, player adds skill to attribute and rolls that many 1D10, trying to meet or beat the difficulty number.

In that vein, and if you're an anime fan, Exalted is their fantasy setting and is basically a 'we threw in the kitchen sink for anything and everything we could think of' from a visitable underworld to living robots to ninjas.
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TFB71 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, since GOO when belly up (incidentally, there were bought out by WotC and the BESM/Tri-Stat system was trashed in total), the 3ed version is available on BitTorrent.
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TFB71 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
And, alternately, Savage Worlds is an excellent system, too.
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TFB71 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
And I have to make a correction on the Bing Crosby title. Its properly 'Pistol Packing Momma'.
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shazzlnet Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
interesting playlist. I should memorize more songs for just such an occasion XD

Winchell's got his opportunity, but I wonder just how far we'll be able to make it. ideally his remaining gear doesn't make too much rustling, and the alaerin don't tune in to the pitter-patter of little feet =p
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TFB71 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You'll see in Part 5. Winchell has quite a few things going for him in this, the primary aspect being that he's dealing with a group of primarily civilian opponents. Also, as a US Marine sniper, he's very good at moving silently and disappearing into the background. The single major thing working against him is that annoyingly acute Alaerin hearing. This early on, very few humans would be aware of it, and he has a very loud heartbeat. :)
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shazzlnet Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
hehe, I've had the idea in my head for a while now that a Legacy based game revolving around stealth and resourcefulness would be far more engaging than an FPS, though I know very well one would come out quickly, and likely first.

in these thoughts, I had the funny idea that one situation the player had to get around were two alareen that were flirting with one another, and possibly eventually engage in tender affection (rated 'M' for sexual inferences XD) but taking too long to complete a level would evoke a cinematic in which you're discovered.
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TFB71 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That sounds awesome. :D
Along the same lines, I'm considering starting a IRC-based LegacyVerse RP using the either the Palladium/Rifts or BESM/Tri-Stat d6 systems.
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shazzlnet Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
aha. I had a thought on trying out a d20 future campaign with the A'via races, since there's 4 of them and their disparity isn't -too- drastic. I came up with the racial buffs and such but I never managed to run it as it kinda fell to the wayside with school and other obligations.

if you manage to go through with yours successfully, make sure to let us in on reactions and events you players get into ^^
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