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December 18, 2018 at 11:05 pm #13528Thomas whiteParticipant
Dusk takes a long drag on his cigarette, watching Jerry fire his shots around the grouping. After a long exhale that sends plumes of smoke up into the strange Nexus sky he says, “I hate to be the bearer of bad news Jerry but I have lived here my whole life, born and bred in the Nexus and in that time I have seen dozens, maybe even hundreds of portals open up and spill things into this world. The thing is they only ever go one way. The way it was always explained to me was that the Nexus is the end point for all these different portals, it spews things into the world but never takes things out of the world. Now it is possible to have portals that run both ways but those are always made by those wizard folks like Riddlewise and they only ever go to different places within the Nexus itself. if you try and go through one of those random portals it will either spit you out. . . or chew you up. The kind of juice it would take to make an off world portal would be most likely something one of the gods could manage, maybe you could ask Harp or Riddlewise to summon one up. Just be careful which one you pick.” He pulls out another cigarette after stepping on the remains of his previous one. “Cigarette?”December 19, 2018 at 3:42 pm #13751Chumley (Jerry Cornelius)Participant
Accepting a smoke from Dusk, lighting it, and taking a long drag, Jerry states flatly, “I never expected it to be easy. You make it sound impossible.” Sighing out the smoke, “If I can’t get back, I need to find some way to forget. Forget home and my wife and the idea of going back, otherwise, I will likely wind up miserable or worse. Chasing a nightmare of regret.” He takes another long pull of smoke, “As it is I think I have to atone for a mistake I made without understanding the consequences.
“Do you know how to defeat a ‘beholder’? Big floating eyeball with eyes on shot tentacles, nothing but eyes and teeth, ya know what I mean?”December 19, 2018 at 9:44 pm #13827Thomas whiteParticipant
Dusk nods his head slightly. “Nothing’s impossible in the Nexus, just damn near. As for Beholders, yeah I have run across them before. Pretty powerful and they come in a few flavors but usually they need magic to put them down, though there are a few that you have to use non-magic to put them down so until you get in there it is a bit of a crapshoot. What exactly happened that you ended up needing to atone for something involving a Beholder?”December 20, 2018 at 2:40 pm #14046Chumley (Jerry Cornelius)Participant
Looking a little sheepish, “Well, I found this box out in the woods. It was being guarded by a Beholder. Instead of attacking him, I talked him out of it and kinda set him loose. He has done some pretty messed up things since. Using people in town for his ‘entertainment’ which involved hurting people. I need to end that. I may not need to actually kill the thing – but I would rather it not hurt my friends any more than he already has. The thing is a bit of a pain, and his humor involves hurt.
“I don’t understand magic, and right now using it actually hurts me. When I feel like I need to I use a necklace that provides some protection, but it’s damn uncomfortable to wear. So, figuring out how to put this thing down or out, may not be something I can do.” He hangs his head and sighs, “I made this mess and need to make it right. Personal responsibility. Now that I have decided that this is not a dream, I have to take responsibility for my actions. I will not become like some of the folks I have met in this Nexus.”
December 21, 2018 at 1:25 am #14207Thomas whiteParticipant
- This reply was modified 1 year, 5 months ago by Chumley (Jerry Cornelius).
“Well shit, you certainly seem to be doing better than most. I tell you what if you decide to go after this thing I would like to volunteer to come along, and just in the spirit of giving I will volunteer my brother as well. That way if magic is the key to it he will come in handy. You know, if we do have to put it down there are a lot of science-y folks who will pay good money for bits of exotic creatures, maybe that could help you out as well.” He snuffs out the cigarette on the heel of his boot and then takes up a lazy shooters stance firing at the target seeming at random since the middle is completely decimated.December 21, 2018 at 8:51 pm #14419Chumley (Jerry Cornelius)Participant
” I am going to go after the thing or set someone else upon that task. It needs to either go off to be with its own kind or be destroyed, either that’s me or someone else. I would be glad to have you and Dawn along.
“I wonder if I could enjoy a lifestyle without adventure just go to a job and come home to a good book. No late night attacks by vampires or bugs that possess you or Chaos beasts… huh,” He laughs, ” I never thought I would consider living in a world without combat on a daily basis.”December 23, 2018 at 7:43 pm #14849Thomas whiteParticipant
“Ain’t no such thing in the Nexus as a lifestyle without adventure. Even assuming you chose to live on a farm in a community, at any moment you may shift away when the land moves, or have a portal open up above the town square. If you try you can live pretty calmly but the threat is always gunna be there. It’s just a matter of whether you are gonna deal with it or someone else. You strike me as a good guy Jerry which is why I wanted to tap you for Bounty Hunting. It isn’t all just chasing down people for cash, there are long stretches of land with no laws, and towns ripe for the picking by unscrupulous folk. Now I ain’t no angel but the law enforcement is already stretched thin, and in a pinch we can be tapped to help out, picking up bandits or even offering to step in and save a town or two now and again. We act as auxillary law enforcement often, and since most of the time there are bounties on the leaders, we still make some coin in the process. The fact of the matter is, you have to decide if you are gonna be the farmer or the shield. Otherwise your just taking up space.”December 24, 2018 at 3:26 pm #15039Chumley (Jerry Cornelius)Participant
Jerry nods, “I was interested when you first brought it up. I am still interested. I have been trying to check out the organization, to be sure I would be joining a side that held ethics similar to my own. It may seem like I am taking my time, but I feel I am doing my own due diligence in this matter.” He pauses a moment, and goes on, “at this point, I need to schedule a meeting with someone in the organization. Maybe ask a few questions, settle my conscience, and make a decision.” Pulling a small device from a cargo pocket, “I managed a communication device that is local, my old radio was taken prior to coming to the Nexus. I believe that I have the frequency for the organization.” Looking back to Dusk, “what are the protocols? How often do you check in? Will I need to develop a contact <<OOG: the contacts skill>>? How much latitude is given to the operatives? What is the pay like?”
A pause, then obviously directed at Dusk, “Is it worth it?”December 25, 2018 at 1:30 am #15156Thomas whiteParticipant
Dusk thinks on it, tipping his hat back and pulling out a small hip flask from his jeans, he takes a long drink then offers it to Jerry. ” I have been with them for a long time, Dawn as well. When my grandfather died he passed his guns on to me as well as a letter of introduction into the group. Don’t think the letter was necessary but it certainly opened some doors. Generally once you gain them as a contact you let em know when you are good to start working, then they will set you up with some easy bounties to start with so you can make some connections. The biggest thing you can do starting off is to get in good with the big government in the areas you are huntin in. You get a couple of them and then you can get you a fancy card that can open up some doors with law enforcement and clear up any miscommunications or mishaps. Generally speaking you are good to hunt bounties in any of the unclaimed territory. Places with no real laws or governments. In areas with established government you will want to get permission from someone before you go tearin through. Once you have your quarry you just radio it in and schedule a pick up. They will generally tell you where to drop them off and where to pick up your fee. Then you just radio in when you are ready to do it all again.
Now I am not used to this neck of the woods so they might run a little different here for new people, but that was my experience. As to if it is worth it,” he shrugs noncommittally “that is up to you. I will say this, and you are gonna want to really hear this part. You can always pass on a bounty if you don’t like the smell of it and that’s important because just cuz a place has a government doesn’t mean its a good one. Legal bounties are always up for interpretation because legality is always determined by people in power. This town for instance has a lot of bounties on its residents because the old masters have declared you all treasonous. Now whether or not you like it that is the facts. I have chosen to pass on those bounties because I disagree with that assessment, however some of the bounties they issue are perfectly good and I take those. You have to be discerning with your choices but never burn a bridge you might need to cross later.”December 26, 2018 at 6:06 pm #15589Chumley (Jerry Cornelius)Participant
Accepting the flask, “I know ‘worth it’ is subjective, that’s why I ask. I want to know if it is worth it to you. Do you feel that this organization of bounty hunters is actually helping communities or are they hurting those communities or those who are trying to help? As you said, the ‘old masters’ have declared that all of us have committed treason.” He chuckles a little at that last. “How is treason even a thing, my government would call me a traitor but I was starting a revolution in another dimension. I have not seen a government other than a sheriff. It’s not like there was a welcome wagon out to greet me and say ‘Hi, we are the government of this whole planet – dimension – chaos hole’ or whatever. Besides, all I have seen from the old masters is tyranny and aberrant behavior.”
Shaking his head, ” why is there always a tyrannical demagogue, an evil overlord, or some megalomaniacal fascist regime? why couldn’t I end up in the land of peace and tranquility… oh yeah, ’cause I would never accept that as real or stay.” He starts to laugh, ” well, I guess it doesn’t matter where I end up. maybe nothing is real anymore. Nurse, where is my Thorazine I seem to be having another hallucination.”December 27, 2018 at 3:39 am #15686Thomas whiteParticipant
Dusk shakes his head, not understanding some of Jerry’s words but getting the jist of it. ” My grandad always said to devote yourself to something in this life, whether it be tending land, butchering cattle or hunting men and if you do that, you will find peace. I ain’t thinking peace is in the cards for me but maybe I can get just a bit o’ comfort and do a little good. I am an excellent bounty hunter, and I like to believe that I make a positive difference overall. In the end you have to hold yourself accountable for your actions and take the jobs that let you sleep at night. For me, yes it’s worth it. As for the Old Masters, like I said, some of their bounties reek, some are fine. Believe it or not they aren’t the worst I have seen.”December 27, 2018 at 6:21 pm #15791Chumley (Jerry Cornelius)Participant
Jerry takes a short pull from the flask and hands it back, “do you have any active bounties currently? something I could tag along for? for personal research.” He smiles, “who knows, your duo, may become a triad.”December 28, 2018 at 3:41 am #15924Thomas whiteParticipant
Dusk accepts the flask and drinks deeply from it before returning it to his hip. ” Dawn and I have done that once or twice in the past. I will see what they have local and if anything pops up I would be happy to have another gun along. Lessen there is anything else I think I might mosey on back to town and see how are stores of vital rations are looking, namely more booze.” he pats his flask and tips his hat to both of them before beginning his walk back towards town, whistling softly a tune.December 28, 2018 at 7:40 pm #16041Chumley (Jerry Cornelius)Participant
Jerry chuckles at Dusk, “Sounds good. I am going to make another patrol route. I’ll see you around.” He gets up and starts back along the patrol route, making a few slow circuits around the ‘outpost’.
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