Black Blanket

Taking care of garbage
James

Alright, so the blue ninja guy left and we turned out attention to the corpse on the wall. Only.. he wasn’t dead. In fact, to me it looked like he could survive with a bit of stitching and a transfusion. I’m getting a sword out of the deal for getting him down.

Of course we started to interrogate him. We had to find out anything we could about our friends. Ufuk and Raul started out rough on the guy though, and his bleeding picked up… I tried to quietly tell them to not do that sort of thing unless we had to. I mean, just because they are brutal animals doesn’t mean we should be either. It took a lot of my nerve not to get in the way to stop it. Actually.. I was about to, seeing all that blood and everything was a bit too much, fortunately as I was moving into action Raul asked me to treat him.

He started speaking up and we got some information. Turns out that there are hundreds of orange guys, and that even though he’s been in for about a year, he’s not trusted to know much more over the level of his outpost. There are three fighting squads based there and from out count and other information, two squads are wiped out – his and the one we attacked. He also said the group we off ed were a bunch of lunatics, I can see that. He estimates that there are maybe 25 more people at his base which is the basement level of what probably was a department store, most of it is demolished up top so you have to enter through the subway.

He says that rumor has it that the blue tribe is not only filled with pricks, but… they’re massive, and another rumor, from the cook, says that they’re… international. We took it with a grain of salt.

He started telling us about supplies, food is delivered once every 3 weeks, and they aren’t allowed to look at the cart or whatever. We asked him what they had, he says he doesn’t see it being processed either… I tried to ask if it was… human, as vaguely as possible, but he would comment about the meatiness of it. What the fuck? Why did I even think of that?

Anyway, I made the motion that I could cleanly take him out, but Raul seems set to make it violent. Ufuk takes Walter away and the next few moments seem like an eternity. We yell at the guy, scare him… which I feel bad about, and I think Raul does too. I start to get air in the IV and.. Raul just shoots him in the head. We don’t say much to each other while leaving. Raul says he feels bad, and I pretty much tell him that I know, and I had been trying to make it so he didn’t have to do anything.

We regroup. That blue bastard chimes in again. But.. at least this time he has Alex with him.
Alex was an army guy from the ship… both him and BB say his bruises are from the orange guys.

The recruiting talk starts again. God… Ufuk seems to hold onto the old world so much, wanting the guy to sell the idea of joining up with Blue. I mean, it’s not bad in theory, but when to get anything here it seems like you have to be in a tribe… it’s more of join or die, and it seems just as likely that it might be death by starvation or illness rather than killed off for refusal to join. [CONTINUED LATER]

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Revenge! Part Two
James

I didn’t know how many of them there were, just that they were there, and I was grateful to have the wall for cover and the door to hide behind. The yelling started and then all I heard was the sound of hammerfist on something, then someone hitting the floor. It sounded like Hank had decked the guy good! Raul fired again and… I learned how the sound of a bullet into a knee cap sounds like. The orange troopers just seemed so calm about it all, one of the others asking if the guy on the ground could make it. He … pretty much calmly replied that he was dead, gave the same reply to confirm it when his comrade wanted to confirm it, then there was some chatter about not having a radio signal to call for backup.

Then it struck me, these guys were American! I expected them to be speaking Korean, so maybe these guys were trained soldiers from before the bombs, stationed here in Korea. Whatever, they took our friends, no heroes here.

There was some chatter from Raul saying that there were still two more that he had seen in the doorway before taking cover. Then, I guess this guy’s commander started to ask how many of us there were. Raul took a blind shot to …silence the guy on the ground. I’m sort of glad though, bleeding out is a terrible way to go, bad enough that I was half considering at least giving the guy a tourniquet, even if he was a ship storming bastard. There was automatic fire returned through the doorway. It seemed like we were at a stalemate.

We were wrong. There was the sound of something heavy cutting the air, then the thud of something hitting the back wall. Heavy metal on concrete. I think both Raul and I yelled for people to run or dive or something, Walter did so in an instant, poor little guy probably had already peed his pants. Probably twice.

The next moment was a blur, the grenade went off and then the guy with the automatic rifle jumped out in a dive roll, got into a stable position and started to fire on Raul. Shit. I got the knife I picked up and knowing I couldn’t get to him in time to stop him, but just maybe I could mess up his aim by having the thing to bounce off of him. It was made for cutting meat and veggies, and I don’t know anything about throwing knives but.. it flew. It hit. It hit him in the soft bits. Hank and even Walter were charging him too. It looked like Raul had taken a hit but seemed to be alive.

Walter got there first, swinging his crowbar and just ended up hitting padding. Not effective and probably just made the guy mad. He turned and was trying to shoot the kid just in time for Hank to get there and hammer him in the head. I think everyone head the cracking sound, seeing him fall and spasm… poor bastard.

I rushed to get to Raul as a arc of flame came out of the doorway. Well, we then knew what the last guy had. Raul wasn’t too hurt, declined morphine, and I just yanked the round out and applied a tourniquet so he wouldn’t bleed too much. We started to smell gas and soon the next room was on fire. Then the taunting came.

Walter crawled over to the still convulsing corpse, got his respirator off, and starting bashing him in the face to get him out of his misery. He pulled back the assault rifle, an M-16. yeah, defiantly US army we were dealing with. Raul and I edged to the door , trying to see in and spot the guy… nothing that we could see from our angle. We kept the guy talking though to get an idea where he was as I got the M-16 ready to shoot. Raul would be much better with it than me, but that wounded arm was going to kill his accuracy. How does this thing work, you just pull the trigger, right? Yeah, can’t be hard. I got up and started to back up to the far wall, using the doorway to keep a narrow frame of reference and for cover. We spotted each other at the same time, we aimed at each other and fired. Next thing I know I’m on my ass and he was crawling out while on fire. The beat down finished him off pretty quick.

I started to take care of Raul while everyone else tried to put him out and gathered the body in the doorway. The one still in the room was pretty worthless at this point, and there was no point in waiting for the fire to burn itself out.

The sudden increase in equipment was the closest thing we have had to Christmas in five years, so we had a fiery and bloody Christmas.

We eventually left and started to head back to the subway station to tell Don Bon Dong that he would be having four less Orange tribesmens to worry about. The terminal had been visited again, a sword pinning a man to the wall. The sound of metal on concrete came from behind us while I was moving to go grab the sword. We turned around and Walter used the flashlight to spot a Blue tribe guy. He seemed unusually calm for having all that firepower aimed at him, so he was defiantly not alone. He gave us an offer to join up.. and if we refused he would give us a 50-count to run. We discussed details with him and eventually he said he would give us two days to mull it over.

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Revenge! Part One.
narative

Ufuk got around to setting up the charcoal and sand filter for the water system. With a bit of boiling we all have plenty of water. he also started setting up the housing for an air filtration system to be installed once we can find some filtering material.

The party was reunited with another man from the ship, Hank Hammerhands! Well, that’s what they had called him. With a gritty carapace like skin and fists that looked like hammers, the name had stuck. He seemed ready to deck some Orange jerks.

Some of Dan’s scavengers showed up, and in rough shape… James did his best to treat them, ending up having to cauterize the stump of an arm one man had after having it hacked off. they told us they had jumped by a group of Orange tribe people. We decided to set out to explore, and try to get revenge. When we got to the subway terminal we saw that it had been disturbed. There was new soot on the ground from a flaming weapon, and the unmistakable mark of the Orange tribe had been painted on the wall… and a Blue Tribe mark right over it. Raul made mention that maybe we could play the two sides against each other to weaken them. This went over well with the group, all that was needed was just some bodies and colored paint to make it happen. The party started scouting and found a dragging trail leading down the tunnel. They found a discarded arm, still clutching a kitchen knife as a weapon. James pocketed it since it suited him far better than a sledgehammer and continued, eventually finding the trail leading into a closed doorway into an access tunnel.

Raul got into position, pistol at the ready and James opened the door, hiding behind the wall. Four Orange Tribe troopers were on the other side and the party got the drop on them, quickly splattering the grey matter of one in a messy spray before they knew what happen had happened. Raul tried to get one more shot off before moving to get out of sight as an axe wielding maniac started to charge.

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Exploring

After a rough night the group decides to explore the subway system more, and to try and scavenge more supplies. Leaving El Raul with Me, they set out and start exploring.

The rest of the crew explored, finding a sledge hammer and some unfinished rails, and eventually find a terminal to exit. The terminal has been burned, and in the soot they saw a few stray foot prints, traffic going in and out. They also spotted a pile of rags. James inspected them and found the body of a man that had been dead roughly a week. He did have some dried beef though, yummy.

The explorers peeked out at the surface and found a well worn path in the snow. Following it, they came across a fortified building. A slit was opened and they group was asked questions, eventually armed men appeared. They were searched and allowed inside after being found to not belong to any tribe. Their leader, Dan Ban Dong, spoke fluent English and had been a teacher before the bombs. The group discovered that they were in the suburbs of Seoul, Korea, and that Me’s name was actually Mi, and that this was her home. Ufuk and Will left to retrieve Mi and prepare to stay the night with the group of survivors they found, while James stayed and tended to the sick of the group.

Many were suffering from inadequate clothing, and a fever was running through several in the group. James treated them all as best as he could and eventually was shone a man suffering from radiation poisoning, likely from traversing the remains of the nuclear power plant. Dan told him that the area that people were getting sick from it was increasing every year. The man was given some morphine to help with the pain, with the prognosis that he was likely going to die.

After an hour the rest of the group made it back, Raul staying outside to deal with a ‘Blue’ Tribe scout that they had ran into. Ufuk was ready to make a water filtration system for the survivors with charcoal provided by Dan.

Other information learned:

There are several Tribes that are based in the area, most notible are the Orange (the bastards that stormed the ship) and Blue, which are described as being silent sword wielding warriors. Like those ninjas that were in the movies before the bombs fell. Dan said some of the survivors had seen other colors further out, but they did not have regular contact with them, but assumed they would also be hostile.

Mi’s father is dead, killed from radiation poisoning. Mi ran from the shelter to find her dad, who she believed to still be alive.

THe inside out people are mostly an unknown, but there were rumors from a scavenger or two of the group that they had seem something like them, and the waste water treatment plant seemed to be the home of overly mutated humanoids.. if rumors are to be believed.

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The ship, the ship, the ship is on fire
We don't need no water.

The group spent the night in their shelter and waited until day to go to their burning ship. El Raul was troubled by nightmares. The ship was covered in orange graffiti and had been burnt using oil. Grappling hooks with chains hung from the sides of the ship. Walter managed to climb one of the chains and lowered a charred lifeboat to ferry the rest up one at a time. In a room they discovered the almost unrecognizable remains of a member of their crew. He had hid a metal lockbox with his body which Walter picked open with a hairpin. Inside was a letter explaining what happened, saying they were attacked in the night a mere hour after the group left, and were unprepared to defend. Most of the crew was taken prisoner, and from the sounds of it, they started the fire as soon as they got on the ship. There was also a map in the box explaining where the assailants base of operations was, or at least where they were taking the prisoners.

The party took what they could find and went back to the subway to make camp and decide on their next course of action.

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Getting Supplies
Didn't work out.

Group members in attendance: James McGee(Tphal) El Raul(BoldRobot) Walter Stevens(KakerMix) Ufuk Demir(Baronjutter)

The first trip off the ship Marco Polo for the group. They were instructed to go find supplies using the information provided by previous foraging groups. They were hoisted down to the ice using a winch and a life raft, and then they set off west towards a ruined city.

They reached the ravaged outskirts and found the only semi intact structure they could. It was the north east metro station that the ships other groups had been raiding. There wasn’t much left inside so after a quick look around James delicately lock picked a padlock keeping them from continuing into the subway tunnels.

Finding writing on several signs, and a newspaper, the group determined they may be somewhere in asia. They set out down the tunnels ignoring four doors. When they reached a bend in the tracks, they opened a service door and continued down some narrow service tunnels until they reached a sewer line. Traveling south in the rank darkness of the sewer, they could just make out a flickering light in the distance. Walter used his telescope and caught sight of a torch before it vanished around a corner. After much cautious discussion, they followed what they saw until finding a charred stuffed frog missing a button eye. Continuing on, they discovered a gate into a large dark room which all the sewage lines seemed to converge at. The gate had been tied shut with twine, and inside someone young sounded hurt.

After cutting the twine the group went in to see. A young asian girl who looked about nine, lay against a wall clutching her side. She had medium clothing and a respirator with a broken face strap. Her fingers were webbed due to mutation. She had been grazed by a bullet and was bleeding. James treated her wounds and preformed a blood transfusion while she used what little english she knew to try and caution the party to stay quiet. Her attempts failed however and they heard frightening groaning coming from the darkness. James picked the girl up, piggy back style, and they group bolted back the way they came not knowing what was chasing them. Ufuk scattered a hand full of nails behind them as they ran. Risking a look, El Raul glanced behind them to see what was following. He seemed even more terrified then before and urged the group to run faster.

They ran back into the service tunnels, El Raul and Ufuk barring the door behind them. They continued as quickly as they could back to the subway station where they discovered that the small girl had fallen unconscious at some point. Outside, night had fallen. Walter moved ahead to use his spyglass to try and locate the ship in the darkness. El Raul gathered his friends and told them what had been chasing them. He described as best he could that there were several creatures that looked like inside out people chasing after them. At that point Walter returned to them pale faced and upset. Through his telescope he had seen the ship in the darkness. It was hard to miss because it was on fire. Most of the upper deck was completely engulfed in flame.

The group stood silent in the dark while the reality of their situation set in.

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