[NPC] Samantha:B-But didn't Diana say we should hide?
[NPC] Samantha:Wh-What if he catches me?!
[NPC] Samantha:But I don't know the layout of this building very well!
[NPC] Samantha:Was that Diana?!
[NPC] Diana:LEWIS! LEWIS! GET ME OUT OF HERE!
THROW ME THE ESCAPE ROPE! HURRY!!!!!!
Lewis searches through his inventory and finds something.
An essential for any Adventurer who's up for a little potholing. Use this to instantly escape from any underground dungeon. Don't ask how it works.
Diana is screaming in terror. Gunshots can be heard echoing from the elevator shaft.
Throw Diana an Escape Rope!
[NPC] Lewis rolled 1 20-sided dice. Results: 3
Not understanding how Escape Ropes work, Lewis throws the entire rope down to Diana. Diana fails to catch it and it falls down the elevator shaft.
[NPC] Diana:YOU ****ING **** I'LL ****ING KILLYOU
Lewis can hear more gunshots down the elevator shaft. Diana keeps screaming. At this point Lewis is also worried of the intruders hearing the commotion and finding them.
[NPC] Samantha:W-W-WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING!!!
What would Lewis like to do?
Obviously I'm going in after her!
[NPC] Lewis rolled 1 20-sided dice. Results: 18
Lewis grabs onto the service ladder, and slides down the elevator shaft to get Diana.
Lewis makes it about three floors down before running into Diana. There's not a lot of light coming in this far down the shaft, but as far as Lewis can tell Diana is fine. She's clinging to the ladder as hard as she can, petrified with fear. Lewis almost has to ask her what the hell happened, but before he has a chance he notices something is... off...
Lewis isn't sure when or how it happened, but Diana's face is bleeding.
[NPC] Diana:NO! NO DON'T LOOK!
The left side of Diana's face is melting off. She looks like she spent a week in the dirt and was only recently dug up, even though she looked perfectly fine a second ago. The same thing is slowly happening to her left hand. Her right hand is nothing but bones at this point and her left leg is straight up gone.Lewis realizes the same thing is happening to him. Both of them are decomposing at a rate that should not be possible.
Hundreds of ghostly hands emerge from the bottom of the shaft, reaching to grab both Diana and Lewis and pull them down with them. The flesh on their bodies starts to rapidly decay and melt off their bones. Lewis is terrified, but he knows if they don't do anything they'll both die down here.
Lewis takes something out of his coat pocket.
A vintage grenade from the 1950s. Lewis believes grenades to be like fine wine: the older they are, the bigger the explosion... for some reason.
[NPC] Diana:THAT'S NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING! THEY'RE GHOSTS!
[NPC] Diana:OKAY! FINE! WE'RE GOING TO DIE ANYWAY! WHY THE HELL NOT?!
Diana and Lewis pull the grenade pins out with their teeth and chuck them down the elevator shaft.
Seconds later, the building shakes as the grenades detonate. The ghostly hands vanish. Lewis and Diana's skin is somehow back on their bodies. After they collect themselves, they quickly climb back out of the elevator shaft.
omg Please please please please please PLEASE tell me no one decided to look for where the sound of that explosion came from. Rolling low is OBVIOUSLY bad for us.
[NPC] Diana rolled 1 20-sided dice. Results: 5
[NPC] Lewis:Forget about that thing for a second. I might have blown our cover with those grenades.
Diana looks around the hall for a few seconds. It is dead silent, but that might just be the rugs on the floors cushioning any footsteps or the intruders are sneaking around the corner quietly. Diana is not entirely sure of either possibility, but she knows if the two of them don't hide as soon as possible the risk of being found will increase.
Sam is hiding out in Room 68 right down the hall, beckoning the two of them to hide with her.
Diana and Lewis retreat to the room as quickly and quietly as possible, and jump into the mirror along with Sam the second they make it inside.
[NPC] Samantha:You okay Diana?
[NPC] Lewis:Do not go down there!
[NPC] Lewis:Whatever it was I think I killed it.
[NPC] Samantha:You mean actual actual haunted?!
[NPC] Lewis:Of course it's haunted, dumbass! We're the ones haunting it! I don't know what the hell that thing was or if there are more of them, but it's invading our hideout just like Jim and his friends are. If we can't leave, then we'll just have to get rid of them both.
[NPC] Lewis:We're going to ****ing destroy it!
[NPC] Diana:HOW?!?! Guns don't work on that thing! I've got an empty magazine to prove it!
[NPC] Lewis:Those grenades did something.
[NPC] Diana:That couldn't have-
Ugh, look, both of us are fine even though we were melting a minute ago. Whatever happened down there was all in our heads. That thing must get inside your mind and **** with your cognition or something. Why else would it know the faces of all of Jim's former companions that died? It knew because I knew.
The explosion just, I don't know, broke its concentration long enough for us to get away.
[NPC] Lewis:Well good thing we got Sam with us. Let's head back down there while we're still in Sam's mirror world! It can't possibly follow us in here!
Diana punches Lewis in the face.
[NPC] Lewis:OW WTF?!?!?
[NPC] Diana:I AM NOT GOING BACK DOWN THERE! I DON'T CARE IF IT'S SAFE IN SAM'S MIRROR WORLD! I'M NOT GAMBLING ON IT!
[NPC] Lewis:You didn't have to hit me.
Alright, if we can't go down there... then we'll let somebody else go down there instead.
Jim likes spooky shit, and he already thinks this place is haunted. Let's give him what he wants. We'll lay the bread crumbs for Jim to follow, and once he gets there the monster can eat him or something. Then we come in and kill the thing ourselves. Two birds, one stone.
Alright... I can work with that.
[NPC] Lewis:Kick-ass! Let's mo-
Diana punches Lewis even harder.
[NPC] Lewis:OW WHAT WAS THAT FOR?!
[NPC] Diana:THAT'S FOR TOSSING THE WHOLE ROPE DOWN TO ME YOU ****ING DUMBASS!!!
[NPC] Lewis:Ow! Damn! I was just trying to help!
[NPC] Diana:One last thing. If and when Jim gets eaten by that thing down, I want the last thing he sees to be me.
[NPC] Lewis:I'll try and pull some strings then... Augh. Shit.
Let's just go already. Damn.
Lewis opens the door to the hallway.
[NPC] Diana:AH SHIT!
[NPC] Lewis:YOU MOTHER ****
Lewis and Diana point their guns at Alex.
[NPC] Diana:HOW DID HE GET INSIDE THE MIRROR WORLD?!
[NPC] Samantha:I DON'T KNOW! I DIDN'T SEE HIM GO THROUGH!
[NPC] Lewis:DAMNIT SAM WHY DID YOU PICK THIS ROOM?!
[NPC] Samantha:IT WAS THE ONLY ONE THAT WASN'T LOCKED!!!
[NPC] Lewis:You son of a bitch...
[NPC] Diana:What makes you think we didn't kill your friend?!
[NPC] Lewis:I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS!
[NPC] Lewis:Give me one good reason why I shouldn't blow your head off right now.
[NPC] Lewis:We can take care of ourselves just fine. You, bucko, are another story. What the hell made you think coming in here unarmed was a good idea?! We're the mother****in' Zombie Gang!
[NPC] Lewis:Wh- THE **** DID YOU JUST SAY?!
[NPC] Lewis:Yeah, and these abandoned undergrounds are our base of operation. Also, you're our hostage now!
To hell with it! I'm capping this asshole!
[NPC] Lewis rolled 1 20-sided dice. Results: 8
Lewis fires a shot at Alex. It nicks him in the shoulder. Alex clutches his shoulder in pain, but quickly regains his composure.
[NPC] Diana:Woooow that sounds... just... so dumb...
[NPC] Diana:You missed and you know it, moron.
[NPC] Blue Spirit:If I'm to be perfectly honest... hrrnnnggg... this really hurts!...
...but I need to know what it is you saw.
[NPC] Diana:Yeah? Why do you care so much?
[NPC] Blue Spirit:If whatever is down here gets out it could harm innocent civilians. If you help me I'll ignore the fact that you're using this building as your headquarters. I'm sure the rest of your gang would consider this a "good deal."
[NPC] Diana:Jokes on you. We are the rest of the gang. It's just the two of us right now.
[NPC] Blue Spirit:Just the two of you?
Wait. You mean to say you're a gang of only two people? How is that a gang?
[NPC] Blue Spirit:Hold on. I have another idea.
Let me join your gang.
[NPC] Diana:Oh hell no! You're with Jim! You'll sell us out to him when you don't need us anymore!
[NPC] Blue Spirit:I have no attachment to Fadbury whatsoever. We only just met a couple of hours ago. As polite as I try to be to a new face, I hold no loyalty to him.
[NPC] Blue Spirit:I wouldn't call us friends. Acquaintances maybe, but not friends. I came down here due to curiosity, nothing more. I'm helping Jim only because it furthers my investigation. If that were to change, then I suppose things would be very different right now.
So how about it? Want to add another member to your rankings? If you kill me now I cannot help you.
Can I roll for how much I trust this guy?
[NPC] Diana rolled 1 20-sided dice. Results: 2
[NPC] Blue Spirit:I was afraid of this. Dying right now would be very inconvenient for me.
[NPC] Lewis:Aaawwwww sowwy, but life doesn't always work that way.
[NPC] Blue Spirit:Indeed. Life can be... awfully unfair sometimes. I'm sure you would agree.
Know what else he has? ANOTHER BULLET! I'm firing at Alex again with the INTENT TO KILL.
[NPC] Lewis rolled 1 20-sided dice. Results: 8
Lewis fires at Alex a second time, but his aim is off again and hits Alex in the right shoulder.
[NPC] Blue Spirit:I knew this was a terrible decision. Oh well.
[NPC] Blue Spirit:Hahahahaha, now there's an idea.
UUUUUUGHHHH.... Diana noooooo!
[NPC] Blue Spirit:Ah, now there's an excellent question.
[NPC] Lewis:Hey... babe... here's an idea...
...We kill him... and not worry about it! Okay?!
[NPC] Lewis:Because he has a death wish?
[NPC] Lewis:Not a whole lot.
[NPC] Lewis:......Because we're undead?... And we're only kill from headshots?
[NPC] Lewis:Oh shit! I remember! Some of you mother****ers are undead like us! So you wouldn't be afraid of dying, would you?
[NPC] Blue Spirit:Death is my girlfriend, actually.
[NPC] Lewis:Ahahahahahaha! Get a load of the balls on this guy! I think I'm starting to like him!
[NPC] Blue Spirit:I suppose my spirit would wander aimlessly through this dimension until another portal opened up. I could always follow you until you went through the mirror again, hiding in the walls and zip through the other side. After that I guess I would need to get another body from my superiors.
[NPC] Lewis:Holy shit this guy's unkillable!... Like some kind of super zombie!
[NPC] Blue Spirit:That's a colourful way of putting it, but I suppose you're right. My connections with death give me a plethora of privileges. I can even survive in daylight. If you're interested, I could pull a few strings to give you two the same benefits.
[NPC] Lewis:For reals?!
Well well well, maybe I judged too quickly. Sounds like this guy's useful enough that he outweighs the risks!
Alright then! Welcome to the Zombie Gang, new recruit!
[NPC] Lewis:Y-Yeah, what she said!
Diana puts on her mask.
[NPC] Lewis:Oh yeah...
Yeah, you're gonna need a mask.
Lewis puts on his mask.
[NPC] Lewis:We're kinda going for a theme here, but if you had a mask with you I guess we could let you join...
But if you don't have one you'll just have to be our hostage.
[NPC] Blue Spirit:A mask is it? Well, why didn't you say so?
Alex reaches under his hat for something.
[NPC] Blue Spirit:How about this?