Gamma World - Adventures in the Lone Star Confederacy

The Machine, Part 1

Bull, Boc, Kacsuta, Altus, and Tevote all heard the strange buzzing sound coming up the stairs. Kacsuta said it was the same sound he heard coming from the strange probe he had seen the week before. They all prepared their weapons and waited to assault the device. Within moments the strange probe appeared on the stairs. It was made of a shiny metallic metal and had blinking lights. The group opened fire simultaneously and the probe took a few hits before it exploded, blasting small metallic fragments on the stairs.

Boc, the large Yeti, said they should continue down the stairs and find out where these probes were coming from. Everyone agreed and they proceeded. There were several flights of stairs that zigzagged further down underground. Bull and Boc bravely led the way and stumbled into a room where two Badders were hiding behind an upturned table armed with crossbows and wearing light ring mail. A fierce battle ensued and one of the Badders fell dead. The second Badder fled into an adjoining room. The brave adventurers pursued him and peaked into the room. They saw a cage holding 4 humans directly in front of a large machine that was humming loudly. The wounded Badder took cover behind the machine. As Kacsuta took cover behind a statue of a Badder he got a better angle into the room and noticed another Badder cowering behind the machine and two Porkers dressed in leather swinging flails. Boc aimed his bow and let loose an arrow towards the wounded Badder. His aim wasn’t true and the arrow went wild, soaring into the cage and sinking deep into the chest of one of the human prisoners. The three other human prisoners glanced over at their dying companion but didn’t show much reaction, they remained seated.

A wild, reckless battle ensued within moments. Boc and Bull swung wildly. As they approached the machine they both experienced severe pain in their heads. Altus took a fast shot with his rifle but missed his intended target, instead sending a powerful shot into Boc’s leg that knocked him to the ground senseless. Kacsuta quickly approached Boc and attached a small metallic disc into the back of Boc’s hand. This device sent a jolt of adrenaline through Boc’s body, restoring his vigor. Tevote had remained behind in the other room, finally picking the lock to a pair of double doors. He swung open the doors and startled one of the Badders that was taking cover behind the machine.

The two Badders and two Porkers were soon killed. Altus studied the machine and quickly realized that he should be able to disable it by disconnecting several wires. Boc and Kacsuta approached the door to the cell which was secured by a large padlock. They both took turns smashing the lock with their weapons. Tevote approached Boc and Kacsuta and told them to stop. Tevote quickly picked the damaged lock and threw it to the ground.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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