Ninja Burger PBP Episode 9 - 7/16/06


Dice roll summary:
Whutaguy/Skipito: 01 = 7
Arvo/Toru: 01 = 7
Zipdrive/Kitaro: 36 = 9
Lorthyne/Bozuko: 36 = 9
Morbus/Morboko: = N/A
Axiomatic/Haruko: = N/A
SBP/Hidoi : = N/A

Note: We may have a new participant joining us soon.

Skipito finishes his leapfrogging and lands on the catwalk, which, like the other one, groans a bit. However, it appears to hold well enough, and will support you all -- for a while. The door does not open easily, alas. Skipito drops to the catwalk and puts his face closer to the hole. The hole would take something about the size of a nunchaku to plug. The gas coming out is mostly odorless, but has a slight smell of oil, possibly from some sort of engine. It's also nearly colorless, but does have a bit of a bluish tinge to it. Skipito does feel a little lightheaded after laying there for a few seconds, however.

Below and behind Skipito, Bozuko finishes his swing and tosses the rope [11] back towards Morboko, who's looking around, a bit lost. She grabs it and begins to follow Bozuko's lead. Meanwhile, Bozuko clambers up and joins Skipito on the catwalk. The source of the noise is obvious; it's some sort of machinery on the other side of the wall, possibly the same thing that's causing the walls to move in on one another and the darts to fire.

Toru, listening to the sound [7 + 2 Mechanic = 9], deduces immediately what the engine is. It's a 10-cylinder engine, likely the sort found in a Ford E250 or E350 (probably a 1999 or 2001) model, of which there are several in Ninja Burger's fleet. From the sound of it, it's got about 75,000 miles on it, and needs a tune-up. From that, he further deduces what the "gas vent" really is - it's an exhaust pipe.

As the rest of the crew sorts out what's behind door number 2, we'll say that Kitaro assists Morboko in making it the rest of the way, and that everyone makes it onto the catwalk more or less at the same time. As this happens, the darts stop firing and the walls stop closing in. The engine, however, continues to mutter, and the room is still filling with fumes.

The door remains closed.

"Toru, I'm gonna leave this exhaust thing ta you. I don't know squat about it. What happens if we plug it?"

Suddenly, Tadokoro Bozuko has a flash of inspiration. Removing the rivets he collected from the collapsed catwalk, he will try to toss them all onto the floor below, a fair distance from the catwalk, and all within a 2-foot radius. Bozo is trying to discover what exactly triggers the darts/enclosing wall mechanisms, be it motion or pressure/weight.

After doing so, Bozuko will faithfully return to the familiarity of spotting. In particular, he will examine the door (what's keeping it shut, how to open it, etc.) and any further dangers to the team.

Another dangerous possibility suddenly reveals itself in the young Spotter's mind. "Hey, Dispatch? Is this gas explosive at all?"

"And after it rains, there's a rainbow
And all of the colors are black
It's not that the colors aren't there,
It's just imagination they lack"
-from Simon & Garfunkel's "My Little Town"

Skipito tears the sleeve from his shirt and shoves the wad of cloth into the hole and tamps it in firmly with hus nunchaku. His hope is that everything he learned from Beverly Hills Cop pays off. He will then turn his attentions on the door also.

"How could you not notice a Ninja shicking his weapon in your tailpipe?"

Kitaro stands below the catwalk and scans the surroundings (including the catwalk's underside) for anything... if he finds nothing he'll climb up to the door.

Tying a rope to something secure-looking nearby, Toru san says, "Good work Skipito, that should do the trick. So, Dispatch, how about that door?"