Tome: A Mystery RPG
A death in the Library of Worlds forces the characters of the murdered writer to find his killer. With the fate of several literary worlds at stake, the murderer must be stopped if the Library is to survive.
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Cam S

Moros looks up, and studies the man. His eyes are clouded, like those of a drunk. An idea strikes him like a thunderbolt out of a clear blue sky, and his eyes flash like lightning.

He channels a burst of agony into the man, not into his living mind to cloud it with pain, but into the dead material of his bones, making a construct out of its dead material, just as he had made a construct out of corpses, what felt like so long ago.

The man would still be conscious, could still control his muscles, but the semi-dead material of his bones was a construct, now.

"Drop the weapon," he commands.

1/9/2009 #31
Monev11235

Clockroach addresses the problem in a much more direct manner, screaming "Exterminate!" for effect. He aimed a thaumokinetic burst at the gun from above it, aiming to knock it down.

1/9/2009 #32
Jave Harron

The gun falls to the floor, and the man's gun clatters to the ground.

"A-ah... You must be Clockroach!" the Sheolite officer taunts. "T-tell me, why don't you just kill them and work for a truly unified command structure?"

1/10/2009 #33
Monev11235

Clockroach sits upon the Sheolite officer. "To answer your question, because unity is the loss of individuality, which is the most repugnant of concepts to an artifical being. Now, my turn. What the hell are you doing?"

1/10/2009 #34
Cam S

Moros makes a gesture, and the bones of the officer's smallest finger move in ways that his flesh can't follow. He drew the agony out, and stored it, concentrating the bilous substance stored in his jars.

"Answer the question," Moros mumbles, not really focusing on the interrogation. He was more interested in what he could make the man's skeleton do.

1/10/2009 #35
Jave Harron

"I was trying to infest the special guards to sabotage the launches!" the Sheolite spy shouts. "That you happened to be from another universe was a real benefit. I tried to infest you so you could infest your comrades, and take the crystal back to your homeworld."

1/10/2009 . Edited by dreamshell, 1/10/2009 #36
dreamshell

Chandi and the others make their late arrival, after leaving the other officer behind, his words left hanging in the air.

"What is going on here?" Chandi asks as she takes in the scene.

1/10/2009 #37
Monev11235

"This friendly fellow's gone and tried to get this little crystal," Clockroach waves a small clawlike appendage at it, "Into this ally of ours." A wave to Moros follows.

1/10/2009 . Edited by dreamshell, 1/10/2009 #38
Cam S

Moros waves to the others.

"You will stay where you are," Moros says, in a commanding tone, "or I will rearrange your skeleton in such a way that your organs are on the outside."

He closes his eyes, and sets up a rudimentary circuit for the thaumaturgic power--the agony the man felt would feed the construct inside of him, making it last longer.

1/10/2009 #39
Jave Harron

"Hey, can any of you get inside his head?" the sailor suggests. "At least scan his brain for information. We could find any other Sheolite saboteurs on the ship that way."

1/10/2009 #40
Crownbreaker

"I can," Geminos volunteers. "Although it might be more efficient to simply torture it out of it him. I have some ways of making him less inclined to be dishonest." He recalls several mind altering pheromones and bacteria he can produce. "But if we are in no hurry I can be more thorough."

1/10/2009 #41
Jave Harron

"You think that controlling my skeleton with pain is a good idea?" the Sheolite laughs. "Keep going! Torture me!"

"Uh, what's with the crates there?" Ades notes.

Clockroach notes that the open crate of red crystal nearby seems to be glowing more intensely. The longer Moros holds the man, and the more pain used, the more intense the glow.

"Maybe the mind control is a better idea," Clockroach suggests. "I can immobilize him with thaumokinetics instead."

Geminos recalls a basic mind control biomorph, and creates it. After what appears to be several hours, Geminos looks up. "Found some interesting facts."

He speaks to the others. "This is the only Sheolite, but there's other saboteurs onboard the ship. Here's a list of two officers. One's a gunnery officer and State operative. The other's executive officer, and he's a Su shapeshifted. He was able to partially infest them, so we'd better get them."

"I'll alert the crew," the sailor says. "We'll throw them in the brig."

"Don't bother with that," Eleutherios adds. "Just shoot them between the eyes and burn the bodies. Then we can complete this mission, and get out of here."

The sailor nods. "Can you back me up? I could get some soldiers ready," he says. "But too much and we could raise alert. Perhaps one of you could...eliminate them discretely. There's a lot of dangerous machinery in the gunnery room, and the XO would not be missed. He said if the ship doesn't hate him, he's not doing his job."

1/10/2009 #42
Jave Harron

"Mr. Moros, can you escort him with me?" the sailor says. "We have a special thaumaturgical force cage we can use for these suspects."

1/11/2009 #43
dreamshell

"Shall we split up into two groups and take out the remaining saboteurs?" Chandi asks the others.

1/11/2009 #44
Cam S

"Up," Moros commands, "don't kill the flesh."

The man lurches to his feet.

"Lead the way," he says to the captain.

1/11/2009 #45
Jave Harron

Moros marches the man down the hall to the brig without incident. Model One follows the captain. "How about that Eleutherios and Chandi each lead teams?" Model One suggests.

Moros returns, and the group must make their decision.

"I'm going with Chandi!" Ades exclaims. "Forget that creep!"

Eleutherios shakes his head and rolls his eyes. "There's worse things than me here, you know," he adds. "So, me or Chandi? I'll go for the officer, and Chandi can go for the gunnery officer."

1/11/2009 #46
Jave Harron

"So, Clockroach, care to come with me?" Eleutherios offers.

1/12/2009 #47
Monev11235

"I might as well," Clockroach sighs.

1/12/2009 #48
Jave Harron

Eleutherios looks at the Geminos twins. "Can one of you come with me? I think if I can get one of you, this should be more than enough."

1/13/2009 #49
dreamshell

"I think it would be best if we get moving," Chandi says. She heads off towards the gunnery room, one of the Geminos twins, Ades/Oro, and Moros following behind.

1/13/2009 #50
Jave Harron

The gunnery room ahead is massive. Workers move strange transparent containers with orbs inside into an assembly leading into the accelerator. Moros stops for a second. "I can detect a similar thaumaturgic taint to that officer," he looks at a man working with two others. His motions, however, seem to be subtly different than the other two.

"That one," Moros points. "He may have some thaumaturgical skill, or just be a hapless drone. Either way, we don't want to cause too much commotion in a room full of heavy munitions."

---

"So the other one's up in the officer's lounge?" Eleutherios inquires.

Geminos nods. "I think I have an idea on how to apprehend him, as well," he looks around, spotting the man in the brig. "I can shapeshift into his handler, and make it appear I'm taking him into custody."

The other Geminos twin has these same thoughts. Such a method could definitely also work in the gunnery room.

1/13/2009 . Edited by dreamshell, 1/13/2009 #51
Cam S

"Perhaps we should feign a minor accident and have him designated to help clean up?" Moros suggests.

1/14/2009 #52
Jave Harron

"We could just have him report for duty near the brig," Ades says. "And bring him right to us with little fuss or muss. Go for it, Geminos."

1/14/2009 #53
Crownbreaker

Geminos makes the necessary alterations and approaches the man in the gunnery room.

"You'be been ordered to report to the brig, sailor," he says.

--

He takes a different approach with the executive officer several decks away.

"Excuse me, sir," he says as he approaches. "Your presence has been requested in the brig." Geminos prepares several ways of subduing the shapeshifted su just in case. Despite their mental vacuity there was always a danger of them seeing through deceptions.

1/14/2009 #54
Jave Harron

The man in the gunnery room becomes stared at both other sailors. He looks at the group, and begins to run off in the opposite direction.

---

"Yes, sir," the officer says. He is lead down to the brig, where he sees his handler being held captive.

"Sir?!" he exclaims.

1/14/2009 #55
Jave Harron

A thaumokinetic force wall from Chandi stops the fleeing suspect. Moros binds this man in a similar fashion to the first one, hijacking control of his skeleton. "You will follow us back to the brig," Moros commands.

The man, or rather his skeleton, obeys.

---

"That's all three," the Captain says. "Time to begin our launches."

Final checks are completed, and the massive accelerator fires off several projectiles. The group waits near the brig, and feels the entire ship recoil after each round.

"Mission complete," Model One says. "It looks like our saboteurs were trying to interfere with the projectiles. But, thanks to Geminos memory scanning them, we were able to stop them and undo their work."

"So, what now?" Chandi says.

"We can take you back to meet Drennai, and see how our mission went," he says. "Now come. If we leave now, we can make it back before dark."

(The next chapter, "Plan of Attack" will commence shortly.)

1/15/2009 #56
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