Ninja Burger PBP Episode 2 - 5/14/06
Forgot my own dice rolling technique for a moment. Revised slightly, but no outcome change.
1 = 1; 2 = 2; 3,7 = 3; 4,8 = 4; 5,9 = 5; 6,0 = 6
Bozuko ties Kitaro's rope to Toru, and the two of them brace themselves as Toru prepares to climb; if he falls, it'll take both of them to hold the rope. Toru straps on Haruko's suction cups and starts clambering up the wall [3 + 7(3) Roll = 6] This is a pretty Easy maneuver [Difficulty 5] for a ninja and Toru manages to pull it off, and gets to the ceiling in short order.
As that's happening, Skipito shakes his head impatiently (Poor [-2] Impulse Control), makes some room, and does a truly ninja leap off the railing, into the wall, and out again towards the nearest light. [3 + 1 Roll, + 2 Sportster, + 2 Being Ninja Bonus = 8]. The bad news is, this is a pretty Complex maneuver too [Difficulty 9], and Skipito won't make it to the light. The good news is, Skipito is a ninja, and he can tell, as soon as he pushes off the wall, that it's not going to be enough.
With everyone else preoccupied in one way or another, there's no one to stop Morboko from stepping right off the side of the catwalk, creatively interpreting the orders to get to the other door by trying to walk right there. As it turns out, there *is* a path from one end to the other, in the form of a barely visible steel wire, stretched taught across the length of the room. Unfortunately, Morboko is a little off balance [1 + 1 Roll, +2 Creative Interpretation = 4], and since the wire is barely visible [Difficulty 9], she teeters for a moment, arms flailing, and begins to fall.
Bozuko, scouting the room out the entire time [2 + 5 Roll, +2 Spotter = 9] notices the wire, too late to prevent Morboko's feat, but with enough time to shout a warning to everyone. He also notices that Skipito's trajectory is slightly less than optimal.
Bozuko, Kitaro, Morboko, Toru and Skipito are preoccupied with their respective activities (climbing, fallling, flipping, and holding); however, Hidoi the Mahoutsukai and Haruko the Navigator may be able to react in time to prevent Morboko and/or Skipito from splatting (assuming they don't manage to save themselves).
Bozuko and/or Kitaro might be able to intervene too, but they'd have to let go of the rope and turn around, and thus will take a -2 Downshift on any attempt to aid Skipito or Morboko.
This is, of course, a terrible situation for everyone to be in. Which is why, of course, things get even more terrible. The combination of Skipito pushing off the railing and Morboko stepping off the side of the platform causes the entire catwalk to groan ominously. Everyone still on the catwalk feels it shift a few inches away from the wall. It's hanging on, for now, but there's no telling for how much longer.
For the moment, the Dispatcher is speechless.