(22:00:37) Otto: The Xert's hair and clothes began to singe and smoke as the searing heat of the now burning street threatened to engulf him and the child.
(22:04:15) Otto: Suddenly, as it seemed that the whirling smoke laced with flying glass and stone would kill them both, Otto spotted a manhole cover.
(22:06:26) Otto: Dashing up to it he set the girl down. 'Curl up in a ball lav!' he shouted. 'It'll be ok!' he added, barely beleiving it himself as he reached down to try and open it.
(22:06:35) Otto: Strength roll:
(22:06:46) ChatBot: Otto rolls 3d6 and gets 4,5,5.
(22:07:23) arcanus: A horrendous cacophany of tortured sound struck Otto, molten brickwork, timber and the shattering of glass greeted the tripod as it began to stride through the remnants of the Victorian houses
(22:08:49) Otto: Through all the chaos, the small insistent and ominous chirp of digital sound rang in Otto's ears.
(22:09:23) Otto: <Rebreather system filters failing, please insert a new filter >
(22:10:03) Otto: 'Fer Fuck sake!' He roared.
(22:12:46) arcanus: Initially the circular steel cover resisted, years of grit and dirt sealing it shut. Arcane power shunted through his biomechanical arms, his fingers digging into the metal, twisting and starting to haul the cover out.
(22:13:32) Otto: The arm of his coat suddenly flared into fire, and his effort of will kept him set on the task of the cover.
(22:14:27) arcanus: Further Strength roll?
(22:15:28) Otto: 'Arghhhh!' he screamed in bestial fury as the pain became almost unendurable. The veins pulsed in his neck and face as he heaved.
(22:15:40) ChatBot: Otto rolls 3d6 and gets 2,2,2.
(22:15:44) arcanus: "Ooooh No" whimpered the girl as the metal crab like canopy loomed over the crumbling rooftops
(22:19:37) arcanus: The stonework rim of surrounding the cover, creaked and cobbles started to break away, a panicked glance told Otto that the tripod had seen them, masonry exploded as a camera like appendage smashed through the upper floor of the house, pointing down into the back alley
(22:22:44) Otto: Otto will activate his etheric link and lock on to the tripod machine. He will attempt an etheric scream at it.
(22:23:04) arcanus: Arcane Science roll?
(22:23:55) Otto: If this is successful (or has a positive reaction) he will attempt to break into the actual subsystem of whatever it is!
(22:24:03) ChatBot: Otto rolls 3d6 and gets 2,5,5.
(22:24:19) ChatBot: arcanus rolls 3d6 and gets 6,4,2.
(22:26:48) Otto: Otto, realising he's on fire tears off his jacket.
(22:27:51) arcanus: The tripod staggers, a haze of heat flashes off target striking the opposite rooftops and setting them alight.
(22:28:31) arcanus: The girl screams as a red tendril whips through the Black Smoke and coils around her arm
(22:30:35) Otto Otto will grasp the red tendril, insulating the part that is touching the girl from the electric shock that his Voltaic Coil creates!
(22:31:56) Otto: Did he get a glimpse of anything when he fired the scream at the tripod?
(22:33:15) arcanus: Arcane Science roll?
(22:34:14) arcanus: His comms are filled by further screaming gibberish, however this time it sounds panicked and scared
(22:34:57) ChatBot: Otto rolls 3d6 and gets 2,4,3.
(22:36:45) Otto: <JUST YOU WAIT YOU CUNTS, I'M CAMIN' FOR YOU!> he bellowed with etheric feedback.
(22:37:34) ChatBot: arcanus rolls 3d6 and gets 6,6,1.
(22:39:24) Otto His gloved hand will administer its full power and crush down on the tendril as the electrical power flows into it. With his other hand he draws his pistol from the shoulder holster and attempts to sight the robot through the smoke and debris.
(22:39:32) Otto: Spot:
(22:39:39) ChatBot: Otto rolls 3d6 and gets 6,4,4.
(22:39:54) arcanus: The tripod swings precariously, its cowl slicing through the charred remnants of the rooftop
(22:40:54) arcanus: The alley way filled with the vicious Black Smoke, he can't pinpoint the robot
(22:41:17) arcanus: A further tendril wraps around his arm
(22:42:34) Otto: 'Yahhhhhhh!' The voltiac power runs through his tortured body as he empties the remainder of the ammo clip in desperation into the smoke between the two tendrils hoping that it is the same machine.
(22:42:55) Otto: Is there any effect from the electricity?
(22:43:21) Otto: Pistol:
(22:43:27) ChatBot: Otto rolls 3d6 and gets 3,1,4.
(22:43:51) arcanus: Damage
(22:44:05) ChatBot: Otto rolls 5d6 and gets 5,2,4,5,3.
(22:44:26) Otto: plus any multipliers for explosive heads?
(22:47:56) arcanus: The tendrils slacken, as the volts surge through, a dull thump and Otto notices a rank fluid run along the cobbles, immediately after he's the fired the shots into the smoke
(22:48:39) Otto: 'Yesss, you fuckers! You can die too! Ha ha ha!' he roars with bloodlust and rage as he quickly turns and takes this fury out on the drain cover.
(22:48:34) arcanus: As this occurs the manhole cover gives in, tearing free
(22:50:12) Otto: 'Get in!' He shouts at the girl as a large fragment of flying glass scores a deep cut in his cheek.
(22:52:27) Otto: Reeling from the shock of the situation he shuts down his etheric link and dives after the girl into the manhole.
(22:53:44) Otto: He then attempts to drag the 'thing' by the tendril that he is still holding onto after him.
(22:57:04) Otto: 'Got to find out what these things are, damn the consequences' he thought grimly.
(23:01:16) arcanus: Climbing down into the smelly but oddly welcoming sewer, the carnage above seems to fade away.
(23:02:54) Otto: Did he manage to drag the thing down with him?
(23:04:08) arcanus: The wreckage of the robot tumbles down into the sewer with a tug, its oval head cracked by significant bullet damage and discharging a rank fluid
(23:05:14) Otto: Otto will attempt to replace the manhole cover if possible.
(23:05:49) Otto: Is the thing dead?
(23:10:19) arcanus: You manage to drag the cover back over, closing off any light
(23:10:30) arcanus: Yes, the automaton appears dead
(23:13:25) Otto: Otto pulls out a torch, turns it on and tosses it to the girl. 'Here.' he says bluntly as his eyes emit a faint bluish hue (darkvision) as he stares intently but swiftly over the automaton.
(23:14:07) Otto pulls out a syringe and takes blood/fluid samples of it.
(23:14:29) Otto: Biotechnology:
(23:14:35) ChatBot: Otto rolls 3d6 and gets 6,2,3.
(23:14:44) Otto: Robotics
(23:14:50) ChatBot: Otto rolls 3d6 and gets 1,6,1.
(23:16:13) Otto: Replacing the syringe in the box, he produces a scalpel and proceeds to take samples of the living elements of it.
(23:16:40) Otto: Surgery:
(23:16:48) ChatBot: Otto rolls 3d6 and gets 1,5,3.
(23:17:14) arcanus: The girl looks mystified at the torch, drawing some of the fluid from its cavity, he then proceeds to remove samples, a quick assessment indicates a cybernetic organism
(23:17:52) Otto: Any familiar traits to humanoids?
(23:20:15) Otto: Is there a CPU to the cyborg?
(23:22:14) arcanus: The cranial matter could be humanoid, you can't identify anything that looks like a CPU
(23:23:44) Otto: Otto will attempt to remove the CPU of the 'brain' then.
(23:23:48) Otto: Surgery:
(23:23:56) ChatBot: Otto rolls 3d6 and gets 6,5,2.
(23:24:50) arcanus: Will Roll?
(23:24:58) Otto: What about a robotic/electronic CPU?
(23:25:07) Otto: Willpower:
(23:25:12) ChatBot: Otto rolls 3d6 and gets 4,2,1.
(23:26:55) Otto: Otto begins to pant with the sheer physical and mental overload of the situation. Blood from his horribly gashed cheek begins to cake the shirt he is wearing although he seems to be oblivious to it.
(23:28:48) arcanus: The girl, whimpers as you crack the remains of the cranial shell, inside is the remains of an organic brain, you think this is the devices CPU
(23:30:25) arcanus: Looking across at the girl, you realise the situation before her, she’s standing in a dark sewer, with a strange man who’s caked in blood and is performing an autopsy on a strange being that was only a moment ago trying to kill her.