The Search for a Crawler Tank or Three, Part 1:
Boats, Musical Morlocks and the Death of Grinderbot
I met up with Nari, Torliff and Anders at the Stalwart Order’s guild hall and we found out that a gentleman named Carlisle or something was interesting in acquiring a piece of technology called a “Crawler Tank.” Naturally Nari was thrilled at the idea and Ander’s decided he wanted one of his own. So off we went to Mary Sues Boarding House and Sewing Parlor to inquire about the gentleman and perhaps dig up more details.
Anders decided to try and get a job there and that did not go well. Apparently the denizens of the place, nor Mary Sue, were fond of his death-metal rendition of whatever it was song he was screaming about, oh, and his guitar broke. Or maybe lute, never cared about such things. Nari was ogling the old world artifacts they had on display there and I think she plans on killing the waiter she talked too who refused to open the case.
After that we decided to go a check out other sources including those of the Guild we had just come from.
So back we went to the Guild and the greeter, Hans Hendrick the AI, was more than helpful in acquainting us on the basics of the Crawler Tank, it is an android tank that, shock and dismay, crawls! It looked like some sort of land-octopus, or landopus, and they came in a variety of sizes.
The contractor listed possible locations as Renton Bay, an industrial complex in Seattle, the bad part with pious cannibals, a factory in Sammamish and Microsoft Tower in Bellevue. We ruled out Renton for now as none of the others can swim and decided to head off to Bellevue.
The trip to Bellevue was easily enough, take a ferry to Bridgeport Island and then contract a boatsman to head into Bellevue proper. After we made it to Bellevue’s northwestern outskirts a very helpful Guard, Kyle I think it was, told us about the underground tunnels from Marymoor that would take us into Bellevue with ease.
Taking his advice we hired a boatsman to ferry us to Marymoor and then headed into the tunnels. After some twists and turns Anders decided to start playing a tune and very quickly gathered us a morlock following. Literally, they love his music, and got mean when he stopped playing, so… we quickly found a way out of the tunnels and locked the doors behind us barely escaping the morlock fans of Anders.
We found ourselves in a building opposite the Microsoft Tower, which was good, but the route to it was guard by some sort of flying android with a heat beam, which was bad. Fortunately the building had electronic locks on the stairs that Nari managed to activate, which allowed us to camp out in the relative safety of the “Valve Offices” that night. We even managed to gather some new ciphers from the ruins, some sort of teleporter gun and a cloth wing-thing called a “parachute.” Nari showed me how they worked.
The next day we discussed our ways in which to deal with the flying robot I shall call grinderbot. We could teleport over and set up ziplines but that seemed to be a waste, we could try scouting through the basement parking garage, which would probably been the wisest thing to do, but I REALLY wanted to try that parachute thing and figured I could use my Metal Death cipher on grinderbot to cripple it. Worth a try, besides the bickering was driving me nuts.
So we went up to the top of the building, which we found was a natural garden rich in fruits and vegetables, how handy! And I jumped off. The plan was to spray it and then shoot it but on the way down grinderbot spotted me and came up to try and “process” me with its rotary teeth.
As I got out my axe to jam the gears Anders threw a chair into my parachute, I think he was trying to hit the robot, and shredded it. So I released it and pulled the second chute as Nari showed me. Man that robot was getting close! So Torliff threw his magic axe at it, which the darned thing absorbed and got more powerful from, and Anders threw a potted plant at me too. That at least, missed everything!
I think my friends may be trying to kill me.
I managed to stun it with my axe, spray it with the Metal Death and then make a spectacular landing, pull out my bow and arrow, and while it hopped and glitched about as the Metal Death turned it into a fragile glasslike substance which I shattered with one perfect shot while dodging the potted plants my friend threw from the roof as some sort of “help.”
I stomped off to the Microsoft building and waited for the rest of them to arrive.
By the time they did we noticed the building was populated!
By chimp-gorillas, or chimprillas.
The chimprillas gave me a thunderous applause, which was very polite as they were apparently pleased with the grinderbot’s destruction, but as Anders moved forward to talk with them they started throwing the poo. And drumming, and pointing sticks at us. We were not going to be getting far into this building, which I have dubbed the Tower of the Apes. So we retreated back to the safety of the Valve offices and found a map of the entire underground area! Hazzah! Tomorrow we plan on investigating the parking garage under the Microsoft Complex, hopefully the chimprillas do not guard it too.