The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, episode 6

April los­es an arm; Pren­tiss rather more.

Played

25th August 2011.

Dramatis Personae

  • Lady Anto­nia deVorea Heav­i­ly-armed Aris­to­crat *.
  • Cap­tain Ben­son Cur­ruthersa Mil­i­tary Police­man.
  • Miss April Sharpea Self-taught Inven­tor.
  • Jack Pren­tiss – a Dodgy Pedes­tri­an.
  • Pinkya Low Youth.
  • Agent Andrews – a Stal­wart Agent of the Min­istry.
  • Jemadar Khan of the Ben­gal Lancers.
  • 2 Tiger Demons.
  • A Very Large Ani­mat­ed Stat­ue.

Plot

The demon keeled over and, when the play­ers took a clos­er look at the corpse, they realised it was the body of a nor­mal tiger, albeit on the small side. Cur­ruthers esti­mat­ed it was only a year or so old. Leav­ing Anto­nia to exam­ine the body in more detail, the team bor­rowed some of her weapons and head­ed back to the road.

An hour or so lat­er, they final­ly stum­bled to the edge of the cen­tral clear­ing in the jun­gle, look­ing out across a large cleared area towards the tem­ple. Pinky vol­un­teered to scout ahead and (get­ting about 4 rais­es) dis­ap­peared into the grass.

It was at this point that a pair of the tiger demons attacked the main group, wreak­ing hav­oc. The ini­tial attack took most of them by sur­prise; Khan took a minor injury, but April was much more bad­ly injured, with a large por­tion of her right arm being ripped off. As she col­lapsed, Cur­ruthers was able to bring his expe­ri­ence of jun­gle med­i­cine to bear and pre­vent­ed her from dying from the shock and blood loss. Being left-hand­ed, April was able to con­tribute her org­ona­tor to the ensu­ing fight as Cur­ruthers poured shots from Antonia’s LeMat into the crea­ture and the oth­ers hacked at it relent­less­ly. Pinky returned at a rush and hurled him­self into the fray. Khan found him­self hold­ing off the oth­er crea­ture on his own but, as the first dropped, Pren­tiss turned his atten­tion, and his over­sized sabre, to the task in hand. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the tiger react­ed quick­ly, and a sin­gle claw-swipe ripped open the sportsman’s abdomen. It only took a few moments for the team to dis­patch the mon­ster, but it was already too late for Pren­tiss, who expired mut­ter­ing “bug­ger that!”

Bat­tered and in shock, the group were unable to react for some time, then they decid­ed that Pren­tiss would have want­ed them to press on. Pinky once again head­ed towards the tem­ple, sneak­ing inside the door with­out rais­ing any obvi­ous alarms. He found that it was a con­cen­tric struc­ture, with a sec­ond wall inside the first, punc­tu­at­ed by the same not-quite-tow­ers. The out­er enclo­sure was dis­used so he pressed on to the inner gate. Here he found him­self con­front­ed by the foot of a giant stat­ue of a mul­ti-armed and mul­ti­head­ed fig­ure. He crept around it, intend­ing to get a look at the source of the fire­light he could see reflect­ed on the walls, then became aware of a creak­ing noise above him. Look­ing up, he noticed the stat­ue start­ing to move towards him and he bolt­ed, head­ing straight out of the tem­ple…

Notes

I knew Antonia’s absence would have an effect, but I didn’t think it would be this bad… It maybe time to rethink my cur­rent “player’s absence equals character’s unavail­abil­i­ty” pol­i­cy. Anto­nia would have prob­a­bly brought one of the tigers down almost imme­di­ate­ly (and I prob­a­bly would have used three). On the oth­er hand, most of the dam­age was done in the ini­tial sur­prise: the big cat’s +4 to hit and dam­age is incred­i­bly pow­er­ful here.

Just for the record, April’s injury was the result of a per­ma­nent injury on the inca­pac­i­ta­tion table; Cur­ruthers’ inter­ven­tion (by adven­ture card) meant that she didn’t have to keep rolling vs Vigour to avoid expir­ing. Pren­tiss got a sim­i­lar result (to the gut), but failed his first roll.

These are the first casu­al­ties I’ve had in this game, although it’s not for want of try­ing.

Sober­ing isn’t it?

(* – play­er not present.)