Seeds of Freedom

Actions and Consequences

Fredric, Sebastian and Peter change camp a second time and continue repairing the drone. In the meantime, Robert and John went shopping for goods. The first day they went down to Maggie the tailor to buy some clothes. She only had two sets of clothes, so they bought them, however Robert’s dimensions meant she had to take their measurements and would have the clothes ready in two more days. Maggie detected that the cloth used currently by Robert and John was fashioned by Tanaka people.

The next day Robert and John continued on their Cascade Reconnaissance mission they discovered that there were two inns, one general store, Maggie the Taylor and Harry the Blacksmith plus a Whore House. There was some cattle owners but they kept them on the other side of the river. John noticed that they had been followed by a group of townsfolk, unfortunately one of the stalkers discovered that John had seen them. Once Robert and John arrived back at the Happy Dragon Inn Robert went upstairs to their room while John sat down with a new young man who hadn’t been at the in the night before. The young man was quiet and wished not to speak to John. Robert discovered that there someone entered the room and had searched it but tried to leave it intact.

John saw that the quiet young man was watching them. Meanwhile Fredric tried to improve the camp to make it harder to spot while Sebastian and Peter managed to complete repairing the drone. John and Robert finally decided to go to rest for the night. They radioed Peter and told them they would go to the general store to buy some more goods to keep up their cover as hunters and scouts. Peter asked them to buy bowstring and arrows because he wants to make some crossbows.

The next morning Fredric, Peter and Sebastian woke up and used the drone to spot whether the watch patrol was near. Sebastian thought the idea of rigging the drone to give the capacity to drop a smoke grenade in order to create a diversion to give them some time to escape. Just after they finished rigging the sent it on the flying mission and spotted the watch patrol an hour from their campsite. Peter suggested leaving but Fredric and Sebastian kept their cool and decided to keep quiet and use the drone if necessary. Fortunately the watch patrol didn’t find them. They had dodged a bullet but Peter was starting to feel things getting close and was starting to think that it was better to leave Cascade before having to engage the patrol.

The next day Robert and John went to Maggie’s to retrieve their newly made clothes. Maggie gave it to them together with a small paper which read.

“Join us at our friends M & G”

Robert and John after intense deliberation decided to walk back to the Inn, there John would pretend to feel ill and go upstairs to disguise himself. Robert went to fetch some water and realized that Cascade had a healthy custom of boiling water, and a basic simple sewer system where everybody dropped their feces.

Once Robert arrived upstairs he saw John awful disguise, John tried again and simply botched it again. He decided to give a rest and just go as himself and stealthily go to Harry´s shop to get together with Michelle and Gerald. Just as he was climbing up to the roof he fell and dirtied his clothes. He decided the plan was ruined and climbed back up but got stuck in the window. Robert helped him climb up and just as he did he spotted someone watching them. The plan was ruin and after seeing that they had aroused suspicion from everybody decided to wait and develop a new plan.
Cascade was starting to become a dangerous place.

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Into Cascade

A brideg crosses over the river, into a town overshadowed by a the local fort.

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Its getting dark, and Cascade is just two hours away. Team echo decides to rest and establishes a campsite. The plan is to rest and decide how to proceed next. Gerald and Michelle were shocked at how team echo had defeated the last ambush and were a bit scared. Gerald just wanted to reach cascade and finish his mission.

John and robert want to try and find out more about Cascade, Michelle and establish relations with the rebellion. Gerald was reticent at first, but John´s quick wit and power of suggestion managed to convince Gerald to confide in them.
Gerald mentioned the Montana Liberation Front, which consists of a group of nobles, merchants, guild members who want to restore the old republic, overthrow the King and the Green Wardens and try to bring peace and prosperity to the old republic.
Gerald told them that Baron Davis and him were part of the MLF, and that Michelle was being tutored to join the group. Unfortunately the baron´s disappearance stopped her education, and they had to leave Davis for cascade in a hurry.
John kept pressing and Gerald mention that the baron knew about technology more than him. Gerald at this moment started feeling nervous and wished to stop speaking.

Fortunately John and him had guard duty together, and john managed to speak with him again. John mentioned how Peter and Sebastian can continue Michelle´s education, Robert can teach them how to heal people, but that they wish to establish contact with the rebellion to help restore the old republic. Gerald wasn’t completely convinced, but John discovered sufficient information. The blacksmiths are part of the MLF, and the contact in cascade is Harry Richardson.
John wanted to continue with Gerald and Michelle to meet Harry Richardson but Gerald refused, He was charged with her protection but feared that if the group continued together Michelle would continue in danger.

Next morning Gerald, Michelle and the sergeant left for cascade, The group stayed in camp and decided the next course of action.
After intense debate, Team echo decided to separate, John and Robert would walk into cascade disguised as hunters from davis and try to buy goods and establish identities in order to continue into a bigger town were the team could be less conspicuous. Meanwhile Fredric, Sebastian and Peter would make another camp and start fixing the drones.

After hiding from a Watch patrol, John and Robert arrive at cascade and enter cascade through the North gate. John asks the guard what inn to go to and he is recommended the Happy Dragon Inn.On their way Robert spots a young pickpocket trying to steal from John. He reaches the kids and shoves him off hard.

“Don’t try to steal again from us” Robert called out to the young thief.

Robert and John finally reach the dragon inn and discovered while playing dice with some local drunks that they are workers for the local miner who is staying at the Stone Raven Inn.
John and Robert decide that pretending to be miners could be an excellent cover for the party and would grant them liberty to move at ease.

They decided to rest for the night and using the radio sent a message to rest of team echo to watch out for the patrol so they are not spotted.

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Sanctuary is just beyond
The rivers, and the path, run north.

Once the samurai ambush was defeated, John checked the bodies to check whether they were dead or alive. John stated that all of the were dead and pushed them over the edge of the mine. Peter went to help stabilize Robert but he is starting to distrust John´s actions towards fallen foes.
Once Robert was stable enough to be carried Peter, Fredric and Sebastian helped look for a camp nearby to rest and leave the copper mine which could be attacked again. The party decided to rest and recuperate from the deadly ambush.
The next day team echo starting the march towards cascade heading north through the road. Nothing happened the second day after the ambush. They found a regular camp and Robert continued to rest and heal himself.
The third day was another regular day of march and Robert finally finished healing himself together with the rest of the party. However, team echo failed to find and establish a decent camp, so the night´s rest wasn’t sufficient to rest. Part of the team was tired.
The fourth day of march was a difficult one, the terrain was hard and the trail used wasn’t an easy one. Plus several backtracks had to be taken which increased the total marching time making it an exhausting day. However they discovered and old bunker probably made in the 1960´s from the basement of a house. The hatch was successfully opened from the outside by Peter and Fredric, Robert and John could find anything to make a torch. At that moment naively Sebastian turned on his flashlight. Gerald and the sergeant were awe struck and worried at the obvious display of forbidden technology. The whole party reprimanded Sebastian for his carelessness.
The group of adventurers went inside the bunker, where they discovered a tube radio with analog signal. Inside the bunker another door was found which was locked. Peter and sebastian broke the keyhole trying to crack it open when Robert found the set of keys. Again fredric and Peter opened the door after three hours of work. Sebastian found some radio tube, old car batteries, radio baterries, and some old dated useless cans of foods.
Peter and sebastian fix the radio. As they discover that the antenna is missing Robert and Fredric hear some drums from the hill people. Robert thinks its a code signal. Together with John´s codemaking skills, Sebastian´s encryption program and Peter´s mathematics they solve the simple code and discover that the drums are used as signals to inform of the team echo´s location and distance. The drums seem to get closer and according to Peter´s calculations they are 1 hour from the bunker camp.
Team Echo decides to lock the bunker hatch with the keyset Robert had found. and continued their march towards cascade. The team reaches the end of the valley and manages to see Cascade at about a day’s march. They continue north when Peter and Sebastian spot a group of thirty hill people hiding in the tall grass closing the last exit from Hill people territory. The situation looked difficult 30 hill people against 8, with a horde of hill people closing in from behind.
What would be the best decision? Peter argued for picking the off with Fredric´s sniper rifle and with the M4 when they came at closer range. John not believing in Fredric´s snipér ability argued for a stealthy escape. Robert knowing that Peter´s and Sebastians almost null capacity to hide would hinder John´s option, used his tactical knowledge to devise a plan.
Fredric hit the first shot killing one hill people at the spot. Unfortunately he missed the second shot giving away the team´s position. The hill people started their charge towards the party´s position. The Hill people advanced the 1000 feet of distance that separated them.
Thanks to Fredric´s true aim, several hill people were shot as they charged while 6 escaped from fear from this strange deadly force from the sky. Eleven hill people were killed in total from Fredric´s rifle once he ran out of bullets. Then Robert, Peter and Jhon started firing their M4 rifles falling more foes. Sebastian, John and Fredric took out their Glock´s and killed the remaining hill people. In total 24 hill people were dead, and 6 escaped. Fredric picked his shell casings. While the rest of the party continued the route towards cascade and away from the ever closing in hill people drums.
A few minutes later the drum noise totally dissipated.

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The Wild Hunt

Time to run. Time to hide.
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Once the party had returned to the campsite, Peter and Fredric were suffering from high fever and Gerald was in really bad shape. Sebastian and Peter examined Athenas digital maps, Fredric and John lead the group towards the north while Roberts tried to hid the team’s tracks. Sebastian and Peter informed the group that there was an abandoned copper mine to the northwest where they could rest. Everyone agreed on the plan. The group of adventurers was really hurt and Gerald needed rest while Robert needed time to help nurse the group back to health.

The team arrived at the copper mine and rested the first night with no problem. Fredric and Peter were useless. Thanks to Robert they manage to restore themselves. John kept watch while Michelle and the sergeant took care of Gerald.

During the night John heard noises, and the forest was unusually quiet. The team had been tracked and found. Robert needed time to stabilize Gerald and heal him from the serious infection he was under. Peter tried to investigate if there could be another exit. Unfortunately it was to dark and lighting a torch or using our flashlights would be to much technology for Michelle and the others.

The team decided to stay another day to help restore gerald back to shape. Unfortunately Peter didn’t manage to contain his anxiety and he made a huge ruckus giving away their position.

The next moment some smoke bombs were set at the entrance of the mine. Time was running out and Team echo had to survive the attack. John climbed through the border of the ledge to help put out the smoking bush ball, while Peter and Sebastian were installing the bridge in order to cross.

All of a sudden Samurai leader who had previously escaped stood up from his hiding position and fired a red arrow at John striking. The poisonous arrow didn´t disable him. Then three Hill people entered the cave to strike John, however they missed against his dextrous defense.Robert walked toward the ledge and took out his M4, while fredric aimed at the Samurai leader with his rifle.

John walked back across the ledge to help the rest pack their gear. Fredric managed to hit the Leader before he hid again. Peter finally finished installing the bridge with Sebastian’s help. Next Robert sprayed bullets at the two hill people in front of them, killing them. Fredric crossed the bridge but was hit by two samurai arrows. Peter crossed the bridge and with his knife felled a Hill people.

Smoke was starting to fill the mine entrance, visibility was reducing and soon the smoke would start filling the member’s lungs. Fredric and Peter were trying to push the smoke bombs outside but they were being to slow. Robert tried to cross the bridge but slipped and fell. John went to his aid. Sebastian was overwhelmed and didn’t manage to cross the bridge. The samurai attackers threw two more Smoke bombs, now the entrance was filling with smoke at double the rate and soon Team echo would run out of breathable air.

Sebastian and Robert managed to cross the bridge with John´s help. However it was too late, the air was toxic, it was time to leave the entrance and face whatever laid outside. Fredric run out of the cave and went to the right, while Peter ran to the left. Both were shot with arrows by the samurai.

Slowly the rest managed to step outside of the cave into the fresh air. However the moment Robert stepped out of the smoke , the samurai leader fired a deadly arrow straight into Robert´s chest disabling the young marine medic.

Peter charged towards the samurai that had fired upon him, killing him with his bowie knife. fredric also managed to down his samurai attacker with a precise shot from his handgun.
Only the leader was left when finally John ran out from the mine. The last samurai kept his attention on fredric trying to hit him with his arrow.

“Leave us Alone or I will make it rain fire upon you” Peter warned the samurai with a trembling voice.

The samurai paid no attention to Peter´s warning, and took out his katana to attack fredric. John shot at the samurai while Peter approached them to have a closer shot at the last surviving samurai. Once Fredric retreated from the samurai, Peter threw his grenade hurting the samurai. Finally John recommended combining their attacks in order to hurt the tough samurai and stop him.

At the same time Michelle the sergeant and gerald picked Robert and were retreating from engagement. Michelle managed to stabilize Robert.Finally with two deadly hits the last samurai was killed but not before he manage to land a few attacks at team echo´s members.

The samurais had been killed, the drone remains were now under sebastians care. However if wether team echo will survive and reach cascade still looks extremely hard.

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The Hills have eyes!

Badly wounded, far up the hills, Team Echo must fight there way back to civilization

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It had been a tough battle. Gerald, Frederic and Peter had suffered severe wounds and the three of them had gotten infected. Their fever was rising. John was checking the fallen enemy while Robert set to cure gerald deadly wounds. Peter in the meantime checked the prisoners cart and looked at the camp for what could be used.
Peter heard how John killed a fallen Tanaka soldier. They got on an argument. Peter continued to strive to let them live and question them. John just wanted to make sure no one followed us.
John tied the next one to the nearest tree. Unfortunately he escaped. But the party wasn’t in the best of shapes to track him down. Robert managed to operate Gerald’s wounds.
Now they were ready to set march towards cascade. However the prisoners were question first by John. They didn’t discover much from them except they had been sold as food to the hill people. Robert and peter gave them some weapons so they could be protected.
The prisoners cries and curses were slowly drowned by the distance but marked Robert’s and Peter’s consciousness nevertheless.
They marched as quickly as they could through the north in direction to the previous camp near the old antenna station. When they arrived at the path they discovered the previous carelessness would make their previous camp to easy to track.

They continued north by the road and decided to camp somewhere else. Time was pressing but they managed to find a great campsite to recuperate. However next day Fredric discovered that a hill people scout had tracked them and discovered our campsite. Robert, Fredric and Peter raced after him.

The chase was tough the scout knew the terrain and was fast. Robert was the only one to manage to keep up Peter and Fredric were running behind. However at the edge of the cliff the scout couldn’t manage to keep his balance and fell.

Robert managed to arrive next to the scout and fire a shot but it wasn’t enough to kill him. Fredric arrived next and also missed his shot. The scout woke up and managed to defend himself, while Peter finally arrived but also suffered the same accident and tripped.
Robert finally managed to shoot down the hill people scout. They returned back to camp to continue their escape from hill people territory.

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Samurais versus Team Echo

“We should not engage!, we are on a secret mission” repeated Fredric.
bq). “We should free the slaves. Clearly Tanaka’s men are in league with the hill people. Selling innocent men into bondage like cattle. We cannot stand idly and just watch.” Argued peter.
bq). “We don’t know if they are slaves, perhaps they’re criminals.” answered John.
Robert remained silent struggling within. Sebastian voted to intervene. Gerald was against it, while Michelle was in favor of taking action. Finally, Robert decided to keep hidden but letting Sebastian pilot his drone to investigate the “slaver team”. However they had to follow them closer.
Sebastian managed to start the drone s but the hard winds were making it hard to pilot the miniature plane. When the drone was arriving to Tanaka’s men campsite a sudden gust of wind made it hard for Sebastian to maintain the hidden position behind a branch. The samurai archers heard the drone’s disturbance and fired at it. The drone was hit. The last images were those of a samurai hacking it with his katana.
“The conditions have changed.” Peter exclaimed at Robert privately. “We cannot let Tanaka’s slavers roam with drone technology. Remember Athena’s prime directive.”
At this last phrase, Robert changed his initial position and remembering his military training pressed the rest of the party to attack the slavers.
The plan consisted in first letting Fredric and John scout ahead to investigate. while the rest of the party followed at a distant.
Fredric and John moved swiftly through the hills, they got to high territory to see the party´s campsite. Fredric saw with his scope a samurai talking with the hill people and handing them half of the men locked away in the cart. These men had been stamped in the forehead with Letters. Fredric only managed to ascertain the Letters M and R. Later the band of hill people left Tanaka´s slave party heading west toward the river. The slave team picked up camp and continued heading south on the river. John and Fredric headed back toward the rest of the party. They informed of what they saw.
Peter and Robert pressed to resume the chase as quickly as possible and hunt the slavers. Gerald continued arguing to head back north towards cascade as planned. Fredric and john told them of the markings and Gerald told them that meant they were criminals, murderers and rapists.
However this didn´t change peter´s and Robert´s will to continue and recuperate the drone. The party continued south and at dusk arrived near the campsite. John and Robert hatched a plan. John would flank the campsite and create a diversion while the rest of the party approached silently from the hilltops.
John managed to flank the campsite. Fredric and Robert stealthily moved towards their position. However Peter´s clumsiness alerted the camp. John tried to lie his way out of the situation but the samurai´s did not believe him. He alerted the team by radio of his situation. Surprise had been lost and circumstances were looking dire.
Fredric fired first but was not making enough damage to stop the samurais. John was trying to hide from the elite hill people guide and the Samurai. Robert also managed to hurt the samurai, but it wasn´t enough to stop them. Michelle and Gerald managed to down a couple of samurai until their arrows disabled Gerald and Michelle went to his rescue. Peter finally arrived at his position and threw a grenade killing a samurai.
Meanwhile the second Hill people guide climbed towards Fredric´s position and hit him with a vicious blow, disabling him. Robert kept firing at the samurai but with little avail. Peter Shot at the hill people and managed to kill him with one shot. He later went towards Fredric and having watched Robert’s previous healing interventions managed to stabilize Fredric. John managed to kill his samurai pursuer and escape the hill guide. The rest of the samurais retreated as finally the battle was looking in their favor. However the second hill people guide continued his pursuit of John, finally he landed a good shot and felled the humanoid guide.
The battle had been won but at great cost. Fredric and Gerald were disabled by the samurai precise arrows. However 3 samurais and his leader were still around. and a cart full of prisoners was still around.
Sebastian finally arrived after struggling with the terrain.
What will happen. Should we press the samurai, free the prisoners?

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On the main road

After a nasty encounter with the hill people, which resulted in Peter and Sergeant incapacitated, team Echo an Mike decided to make camp for the day. In that night deciding how to advance, Robert applied all of his medicine skills to recuperate our fellow mates, leaving them practically recuperated but Sergeant recieved an infection due to the serious wounds he had.

With that, the team proceded the next day uneventfully to fin Route 89 in pretty good condition but with extensive and recurrent use (ox cart marks) in the road.

This surprised both Mike and the team, in which Mike couldn’t understand why in hill people country there could be signs of trade or massive transportation. Under that condition, and with the objective of keeping a low profile but fast march, both the team Echo and the Mike’s entourage kept to the hiding as best they could their equipment an outfits (nonetheless Sebastian’s solar panel charge – actual mirror on a backpack cannot be considered low profile)

At the end of the second day of march in Route 89, sebastian noticed a Weather and communications tower on the offside hill. Inquiring through John to Michaela we indicated that as part of our mission we should investigate these archeological findings of the “Old Age”, although they are considered cursed lands from the desolation times that came some 300 years ago. Mike was very interested in participating but Robert “insistingly” asked Mike to help with the forage.

In truth, the team expressed the need to rest and forage the surroundings while doing the “archeological survey” which in fact gave the opportunity to team Echo to install the first repeater with the ARK.

For that Peter, Sebastian an Frederic trekked up the hill and prepared a secured mounting and comm link to the ark which included enough bandwidth to send a video feed (hurrah for non congested internet radiobandwith). Peter in charge of climbing and mounting the repeater managed to observe a cloud of dust about to hours march from our base camp. He informed to robert, whom told sebastian to send the drone for more intel.

The drone picked up a caravan consisting of Samurai dressed people (possibly House Tanaka representatives), ox carts which appeared to be transporting slaves. And a group of Hill People acting as guides and scouts. (Strange to find this kind of collaboration in a known territory dominated by the Hill People).

Also, the drone detected a second group of hill people indirection of the caravan, supposedly to meet and reinforce it.

Under that scenario, with the team split and base camp at 1 hour of this caravan, the dilemma is,

A) we attack and free the “slaves” further exposing our technological superiority
B) detour the main route and avoid contact with the caravan.
C) another approach to be seen if both parts of the team meet.

What shall it be?

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The Mountain Route

As the refreshed escapees and Team Echo, now reunited with Sebastian, decamped, they decided to cut across the rough terrain of the Montana hinterlands, making a beeline for Great Falls. They chose this location due to the fact that Michelle’s enemies wouldn’t be looking for her right in the middle of their seat of power, the arez controlled by Baron Tanaka, and she had allies there who could help them as well, easing their passage to Cascade.

The group set out, using their knowledge to make good time during their first day, as well as pushing on past the regular time for setting up camp, in order to minimize their time in Hill People lands. They made camp at a location that, while lacking on the defensive front, allowed them to rest and recuperate up from the hardships of the day’s trek.

The following day, the terrain got a bit rougher, and the group was not able to make as much time as the previous day, and they decided to halt their progress at the allotted time of day, in a campsite very similar to the one used before. During his watch, Sebastian deployed the drone he was carrying in order to scout ahead, and found troubling information: there was a group of Hill People in the hills, smack in the middle of their route. Having given this information to Robert Granger, the soldier decides, after some deliberation with his teammates, to head into the ambush and spring it, since these Hill People would probably track them down and accost them at another time if they decided to go another way, all due to their superior speed, endurance and knowledge of the encompassing area.

It is this way that the party hatched a plan, in which Fredric O’kerrigan, assisted by John Doe, would snipe at enemies from a hillock overlooking the ambush site, while the rest of the group handled the mutants that came at them in close range.

Both groups went their separate ways, however, Fredrick and John got turned around and arrived at a wrong hill, one away from their destination. Robert, and the rest of the group had arrived at the foot of the hill where the ambush would take place. Having been alerted to the ambushers, Robert was able to pick out a couple of them hiding in the shrubbery. As he gave the ready signal and waited for an answer, the lack of an immediate response made his instincts kick into overdrive. He faked stumbling on a rock and adjusting his boots, trying to buy some time, however, he knew that any further delays would arouse suspicion, and so he walked forward. However, as he rounded the first bend, he was able to clearly pick out an amusher, which prompted him to raise his rifle and shoot the mutant, killing it instantly.

Then everything seemed to happen all too quickly. Two mutants leaped down in front of the group, mauling the Sergeant before being brought down. Robert advanced and threw a smoke grenade to confuse the other mutants, receiving a couple of hurled spears for his trouble. Momentarily stunned by this attack, he then fell back to the rest of the group, where he fired his automatic weapon, taking out a couple of the mutants. Meanwhile, Fredrick was already in position, firing at the mutants, with the aid of John as his spotter. Peter moved up a bit and lobbed one of his homemade grenades at a couple of mutants, hurting one and blowing apart an another. Howevwr, a couple of other mutants rushed him and clubbed him to the floor with furious blows, battering him senseless and within an inch of his life, as Robert yelled for the group to fall back.

Seeing his teammate go down prompted Robert to stand next to Peter and try to staunch the bleeding from the grievious wounds, while tne rest of his teammates managed to down the rest of the mutants.

Team Echo had been victorious, but at a high cost.

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Floods, Fears and Opportunities

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As the smoke cleared, Team Echo and the fleeing group of local-timers regrouped. Robert Granger immediately set to tending the wounded sergeants and also Fredric O’kerrigan, all of whom had suffered substantial injuries during the preceding battle. Once this had been done, and the whole group had been sufficiently patched up, more dire news was made known. An ever-increasing rumble in the earth gave some early warning to what was presently confirmed by Sebastian: a flood was bearing down on the group.

Immediately, Robert yelled at everybody to get to higher ground, and proceeded to climb the nearest tree. Everybody went their own separate way, some climbing trees, others climbing the rocky overhang which abutted the river next to the ambush site. In a manner of seconds, the water came roaring down the river, and during the onslaught, one of the sergeants was unable to keep his grip, and was swept downriver. Everybody else managed to hang on, some being battered by the rocks and branches that accompanied the veritable wall of water rushing about and below them.

After an hour had passed, the water level finally ebbed, and everybody was able to climb down. Gerald insisted that the group search for their fallen comrade, who we found, deceased a couple of hundred meters away from the ambush site, impaled upon an outthrust branch. The group proceeded to bury their fallen comrade, and then they began walking away from the site of all the previous tragedy.

However, before long, Gerald, unable to contain his unease at having to deal with Team Echo’s apparent heresy, demanded that they explain themselves. Who were they? Where did Team Echo come from? John Doe then spoke at length, saying that Team Echo comprised a diplomatic and scientific team sent by Chief Bar, from the District of Columbia. He was appointed as the ambassador, Robert Granger was the head of security, Fredrick O’Kerrigan was the wilderness expert, and Peter Witekirk was the science expert. As to their strange weapons, they explain their advanced nature is due to the workings of science, which ellicit fearful looks and prayers from Gerald and the surviving NCO.

Their fear and mistrust was evident, and Gerald wanted to part ways with Team Echo. Robert, at this point, mentioned that, if they were being secretive and evasive, so was the other group, particularly in relation to Mike, revealing his knowledge of her true gender, which brought surprised looks from everybody. Due to this revelation, Mike explain that she really was Michelle Davis, daughter of Baron Davis. There was a recent problem with the High Commander, King of Montana and the Dakotas, which apparently involved her, which put her father in conflict with the King. With the help of Gerald and the guards, she was able to escape.

She then goes on to explain that they are going to Cascade in search of a group of moderates who will take her in and hide her from her pursuers, the Green Wardens, pseudo-Gestapo / anti-science police. She also adds that this group of moderates has more information regarding the “ancients”, and they would fight the oppression of the High King. Last but not least, she warns Echo of the canadian barbarians to the north, the forgotten lands to the west and the Magic Mountain Kingdom to the south, leaving the East as the only possible way for the group to travel (through Hill People territory).

Finally, after all this, Gerald acquiesces and relents from denying Echo’s aid, more due to Michelle’s insistence than their ability to convince them, and the group sets out in the general direction of the Ark.

Throughout all this, Sebastian managed to get more information from Athena regarding the previous Ark groups, all the meanwhile working on upgrading the drones for increased performance and carrying capacities.

As the group neared the Ark, Robert convinced Michelle and the others to wait and rest in an encampment they’d found. Meanwhile, he and Peter went back to the Ark to report, resupply and hand in the samples Peter had gathered. The next day, the group set out once more, following the remains of a road headed due east.

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Run to the Hills

Dawn breaks over the foothills of southern Montana, as you preare to make your way through the land of the Hill People.mountain-at-dawn-wallpaper.jpg

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