Holy shit, let's get out of here! (IC)

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Round 5:

Wasting no time, drumandfight follows the fatty down the stairs, yelling "let's finish these fucks off, man" over his shoulder to deadDMwalking. He takes the stairs two at a time and leaps down the last step, driving his heel down on the back of Cartman's fat head. Jeff imagines he can hear a crunching noise, but with the fire alarm blaring, it might just be wishful thinking. Regardless, the prone opponent's fat face is now broken, but though he's obviously in a bad way, he doesn't show any sign of stopping his rampage.

Brett is only half a step behind Jeff. He has time to register that Cartman is likely going to get right back up before he commits to squeezing himself in next to the burly C.O. His angle is somewhat awkward because of how close together he and Jeff are, but he lanunches a kick harkening back to his childhood days on the kickball field, catching Cartman solidly under a couple of his massive chins. Brett can actually feel the crack of the man's neck through his shoes. Despite being a solid kick, Fatty McFatass is just too heavy to flip over and he collapses in a heap on top of the disfigured guy, who Jeff and Brett can now see is still breathing, but looks to be out cold.

As if Cartman's collapse was an electrical switch suddenly flipped, the ever-present sound of the fire alarm suddenly dies. This proves to be a mixed blessing, though, because it takes the lights with it. Half a second later the emergency lights above each doorway kick on, which provides plenty of (albeit shadowy) ambience. Though everyone's ears ring mercilessly, the sound of frenzied movement is obvious, and seems to be coming from only a floor or two below where Cartman's body is likely slowly smothering the maimed man to death. Multiple someones are hurrying up the stairs.

Crimison (black) - 17
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13
E2 - 8A
E3 - 8B
Talanall (turquoise) - 8C
Darker (orange) - 4
Fixxxer (yellow) - 3

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
Jeff has taken 16 damage.
Brett has taken 5 damage.
Matt has taken 16 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.

It is currently Talanall's turn.

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Round 5:

When the blaring siren stops suddenly, Talanall pauses, waiting to see if the other shoe is about to drop.

Darker likewise holds onto his butt, trying to see if he can get any kind of a view of the goings on where his friends are obviously jammed up two floors down. His view is still very restricted.

Matt continues rushing up the stairs past Darker until he catches up with Crimison. "How's it look out there?" he asks, way too loudly, his ears strained from ten minutes of fire alarm hell.

Crimison (black) - 17
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13
E2 - 8A
Talanall (turquoise) - 8C
Darker (orange) - 4
Fixxxer (yellow) - 3

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
Jeff has taken 16 damage.
Brett has taken 5 damage.
Matt has taken 16 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.

It is currently Crimison's turn.

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Round 6:

Perhaps wary of her own voice being too loud as well, Crimison stage whispers to Fixxxer "I don't see anyone." She turns the handle on the door and wait a baited breath slowly exits the stairwell, careful to keep the elevator bank between herself and the rest of the floor.

Crimison (black) - 17
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13
E2 - 8A
Talanall (turquoise) - 8C
Darker (orange) - 4
Fixxxer (yellow) - 3

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
Jeff has taken 16 damage.
Brett has taken 5 damage.
Matt has taken 16 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.

It is currently drumandfight's turn.

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Round 6:

Drumandfight and deadDMwalking share a look. Without needing to exchange words, they both brace themselves shoulder to shoulder, ready to intercept whatever might come at them from downstairs.

They don't have a wait long. Within seconds a small, mousy girl in torn jeans and a stained Ramones tee shirt comes running up the stairs. She has blood smeared across her chin and she's not alone. A very pale, very tall man is hot on her heels. He doesn't appear to be dressed for the con, save that he's wearing a cutlass strapped to a thick leather belt around his waist.

Drumandfight doesn't bat an eye as he brings his knee up and drives it under the chin of the Ramones fan. Despite the vast difference in their sizes, it looks like she's going to keep her feet. That is, until deadDMwalking drives his fist down on the top of her head. She crumples like a sack of potatoes... if a sack of potatoes could gnash her teeth and scream hatred at the top of her tiny lungs.

The tall pirate wannabe steps up onto the growing pile of bodies and lunges at Jeff without pause, slamming both fists against the sides of the burly man's head. As tough as he is, Jeff has reached his limit and he goes down, bleeding obviously from both ears.

Crimison (black) - 17
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13
E2 - 8A
E3 - 8B
E4 - 8C
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D
Darker (orange) - 4
Fixxxer (yellow) - 3

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (Ramons shirt) has taken 13 damage. She is prone.
Brett has taken 5 damage.
Matt has taken 16 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -6 hit points and is unconscious.

It is currently Talanall's turn.

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Round 6:

Hearing all the commotion downstairs, Talanall gathers in a deep breath and bawls, "Pack it in, folks! Back to our room before we get our asses killed! Drag whoever can't walk!"

Crimison (black) - 17
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13
E2 - 8A
E3 - 8B
E4 - 8C
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D
Darker (orange) - 4
Fixxxer (yellow) - 3

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (Ramones shirt) has taken 13 damage. She is prone.
Brett has taken 5 damage.
Matt has taken 16 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -6 hit points and is unconscious.

It is currently Darker's turn.

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Round 6:

Hearing Talanall's cry, Darker turns to see what he can do to help. With a quick stock of the situation, he moves to a decent firing position and lines up a shot as best as he can. Despite their struggle, he's sure he can put down the threat of the tall man quickly with a single bullet to the head without hitting deadDMwalking. He carefully squeezes the trigger. By a quirk of fate, the target happens to turn his head in just the right way at just the right time so instead of the bullet blasting out his brains, it grazes his face, sheering off the majority of his nose and upper lip. The effect is horrifying to look at.

Fixxxer follows Crimison through the door, watchful for anything that might want to jump out and say boo. He whispers (hopes he's whispering) "Ed says we're going back to the room."

Crimison (black) - 17
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13
E2 - 8A
E3 - 8B
E4 - 8C
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D
Darker (orange) - 4
Fixxxer (yellow) - 3

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (Ramones shirt) has taken 13 damage. She is prone.
E5 (The Tall Man) has taken 5 damage.
Brett has taken 5 damage.
Matt has taken 16 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -6 hit points and is unconscious.

It is currently Crimison's turn.

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Round 7:

Crimison cringes doubtfully but ducks back into the stairwell. She glances down the stairs but isn't able to see anyone other than Talanall already in bad condition.
She beckons at Matt "Watch my back will ya?" and start carefully up the stairs to the 18th floor.

Meanwhile, the bleeding from drumandfight's right ear intensifies slightly.

Crimison (black) - 17
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13
E2 - 8A
E3 - 8B
E4 - 8C
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D
Darker (orange) - 4
Fixxxer (yellow) - 3

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (Ramones shirt) has taken 13 damage. She is prone.
E5 (The Tall Man) has taken 5 damage.
Brett has taken 5 damage.
Matt has taken 16 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -7 hit points and is unconscious.

It is currently deadDMwalking's turn.

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Round 7:

DeadDMwalking wastes no time in trying to protect drumandfight. He pushes the tall man backwards and then kicks him in the chest as he falls. The tall, lanky man flies ass over teakettle and smacks his head loudly against the concrete wall. He rocks forward, still somehow conscious, but apparently dazed, leaving behind a wicked blood stain where his head connected.

Suddenly free of the tall man standing over her, the girl in the Ramones shirt begins to stand. Seeing how bad that might be, Brett lashes out, slapping her back down violently as she climbs up.

Crimison (black) - 17
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13
E2 - 8A
E4 - 8B
E5 - 8C
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D
Darker (orange) - 4
Fixxxer (yellow) - 3

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (Ramones shirt) has taken 16 damage. She is prone.
E5 (The Tall Man) has taken 16 damage. He is prone.
Brett has taken 5 damage.
Matt has taken 16 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -7 hit points and is unconscious.

It is currently Talanall's turn.

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Round 7:

Talanall flinches at the echoing sound of the gunshot and knows immediately that any slim chance the group had for a stealthy exit is gone. "Shit! Thomas, who's still living?" he calls, even as he begins quickly hobbling his way back up the stairs.

Crimison (black) - 17
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13
E2 - 8A
E4 - 8B
E5 - 8C
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D
Darker (orange) - 4
Fixxxer (yellow) - 3

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (Ramones shirt) has taken 16 damage. She is prone.
E5 (The Tall Man) has taken 16 damage. He is prone.
Brett has taken 5 damage.
Matt has taken 16 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -7 hit points and is unconscious.

It is currently Darker's turn.

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Round 7:

Seeing no easy way to ventilate the crazy girl without risking injuring deadDMwalking, Darker yells out, "Grab him and run!" He looks like he has an itchy trigger finger.

Meanwhile, Fixxxer ducks back into the stairwell, following Crimison. He moves quickly up the stairs, worried but happy enough to be heading away from the source of the earlier gunshot. "Jeez, the fuck are we going?" he wonders aloud, rhetorically as he passes by Talanall. "Hurry up," he says in what is probably intended to be an encouraging tone.

Crimison (black) - 17
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13
E2 - 8A
E4 - 8B
E5 - 8C
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D
Darker (orange) - 4
Fixxxer (yellow) - 3

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (Ramones shirt) has taken 16 damage. She is prone.
E5 (The Tall Man) has taken 16 damage. He is prone.
Brett has taken 5 damage.
Matt has taken 16 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -7 hit points and is unconscious.

It is currently Crimison's turn.

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Round 8:

Crimison cups her hands against the glass of the small window and peers through. Apparently she does not see anything obviously dangerous because after a moment, she slowly and gingerly cracks the door open.

Drumandfight continues bleeding from his broken head.

DeadDMwalking takes Darker's advice while the insane punk rock fan reels from his earlier bitch slap. He quickly grabs Jeff under his arms and hauls him backwards, as far away from danger as he can.

Darker doesn't waste a split second. As soon a Brett's head is clear, he squeezes the trigger, sending another echoing roar up the stairwell. The bullet takes the young girl in the left eye and literally blows her brains out onto the wall behind her. She slumps down without so much as a twitch, very obviously dead.

The tall man seems to get his shit together again and regains his feet. Seemingly heedless of the danger posed to him by Darker and his gun, he quickly heads up the stairs, with a bit of difficulty crawling over the bodies that the group has left stacked in their wake.

Another person comes rushing up the stairs into Thomas's periphery. He doesn't stop, but he does seem to get held up for just a moment at the sight of the near-barricade made of people. Thomas isn't a hundred percent certain, and i might well be a costume, but he thinks the newcomer might be Ted Raimi.

Crimison (black) - 17
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13A
Darker (orange) - 13B
E2 - 8A
E4 - 8B
E6 - 8C
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D
Fixxxer (yellow) - 3

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (The Tall Man) has taken 16 damage.
E5 (Ramones shirt) is dead.
Brett has taken 5 damage.
Matt has taken 16 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -8 hit points and is unconscious.

It is currently Talanall's turn.

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Round 8:

Talanall looks to getting out of the stairwell as quickly as possible, but he spies an aluminum and plexiglass box containing a fire extinguisher only a few steps away. Feeling that the ability to defend himself takes precedence, he pauses long enough to nab it.

Feeling exposed but not really knowing what to do, Fixxxer grits his teeth and holds what he's got, obviously waiting impatiently for Crimison to make up her mind and do something.

Round 9:

Crimison eventually does. Not seeing any obvious threat on the other side of the door she cracked, she slips through, slowly making her way back toward the supposed safety of the room where this all began. The method by which she moves, stepping and then hesitating before taking another step, is almost comical in its resemblance to the tiptoe sneaking of old silent films.

Finally having something to do, Matt acts, following KC out the door. He pauses just in the doorway, long enough to yell down "come on, you guys!" before stepping through and following his girlfriend.

Perhaps it was this that proved to be a bad idea. Perhaps it was Crimison's strange, jerky movements. Maybe there was nothing that could have been done to avoid detection. Regardless of the reason, a howl goes up from the far side of the floor and a short little crazed man comes charging into view from around a plant-draped column. He is dressed in a suit that was probably very nice before it was splattered in blood. Tailored and shiny. The fact that the man is obviously of Japanese decent might indicate that he might have been cosplaying a Yakuza for the con.

As the man reveals himself, his scream draws the attention of another congoer that seems to have been unfortunate enough to be driven crazy by whatever is going on. This man doesn't show any real outward sign of having been injured, but even from across the foyer his face shows the telltale sign of rage. Strangely, the effect does much for the costume he's wearing. Someone spent a great deal of time and effort and probably money as well to dress this man in a faithful reproduction of Tom Hiddleson's Loki.

Crimison (black) - 17A
Fixxxer (yellow) - 17B
E7 - 17C
E8 - 17D
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13A
Darker (orange) - 13B
E2 - 8A
E4 - 8B
E6 - 8C
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (The Tall Man) has taken 16 damage.
E5 (Ramones shirt) is dead.
Brett has taken 5 damage.
Matt has taken 16 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -8 hit points and is unconscious.

It is currently drumandfight's turn.

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Round 9:

Drumandfight is of particularly tough stock, apparently. In the heat of the moment, casual observation might not indicate any real change in his condition, but blood stops pouring from his head. It would seem that the immediate danger of hemorrhaging blood is probably not going to kill him. Whether or not he has suffered retardation-inducing injuries remains to be seen... assuming anyone would notice a difference.

DeadDMwalking doesn't so much as slow down. He keeps backing up, dragging Jeff's limp form up the stairs as fast as he dares to go.

Crimison (black) - 17A
Fixxxer (yellow) - 17B
E7 - 17C
E8 - 17D
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13A
Darker (orange) - 13B
E2 - 8A
E4 - 8B
E6 - 8C
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (The Tall Man) has taken 16 damage.
E5 (Ramones shirt) is dead.
Brett has taken 5 damage.
Matt has taken 16 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -8 hit points and is unconscious, but stable.

It is currently Darker's turn.

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Round 9:

Knowing that getting away from crazies can't be this easy, Darker stops his headlong rush and sets up in ambush, waiting for the inevitability that The Tall Man will be right behind him. He is not disappointed.

The Tall Man comes barreling up the stairs at reckless speed, his one thought seeming to be to catch Brett and Jeff and crush them with his bare hands. Darker has other ideas and with a pull of the trigger he springs the trap. With the roar or gunfire and before the blink of an eye, The Tall Man's brains are fanned out on the stairwell wall.

His progress unseen, the man who might or might not be Ted Raimi also rushes up the stairs, the only evidence of his continued interest int he group being when he arrives just in time to catch some of The Tall Man's sprayed blood on himself. Not that he seems to care.

Crimison (black) - 17A
Fixxxer (yellow) - 17B
E7 - 17C
E8 - 17D
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13A
Darker (orange) - 13B
E2 - 8A
E6 - 8B
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (The Tall Man) is dead.
E5 (Ramones shirt) is dead.
Brett has taken 5 damage.
Matt has taken 16 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -8 hit points and is unconscious, but stable.

It is currently Talanall's turn.

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Round 9:

Talanall continues to slowly make his way back up the stairs. As he moves, he pulls the key from the fire extinguisher and gives the handle a half-second pump. As he suspected from the blue sticker on the tank, the unit turns out to be a dry powder type.

Round 10:

Crimison takes a desperate stock of the situation. She looks like she wants to try for the hotel room, but something seems to hold her back. She shuffles her feet as she turns with a grin. "In for the long haul huh, Matt?" she says as she readjusts her grip on the lockback knife he gave to her.

Fixxxer nods with acceptance. "I love you, pretty lady" he says with admiration as he steps beside her, running his hand lovingly across her face as he moves. He wastes no time in bringing that hand back to his weapon, pointing it at the Yakuza wannabe and firing two rounds in lightning quick procession. Distance is apparently a factor because the rounds do not hit either center mass or the head, but his training does pay off as both rounds open wounds, one in the right shoulder and the other tearing through the man's right arm in a path that couldn't not have shattered the humerus.

Almost as the rounds slam into him, the crazed con-goer, perhaps even more enraged by having been shot, takes off toward the happy couple at top speed, his right arm dangling uselessly and almost comically as he runs, blood dripping from his expensive tailored suit the whole way. Crimison is ready for him and jams her knife forward as though she'd been training in Eskrima her entire life. A lucky twist of the body turns what might otherwise have been a hilt-deep stabbing into a cut on the man's hand, but blood now flows freely from yet another part of the man's body. He responds by lashing out with a vicious haymaker that seems to have started from somewhere across the International Date Line and ends on the side of KC's face. She hears a sharp crack before she feels the pain, though if it's a broken mandible or just a clicking jaw, she can't tell yet over the pain from her eye, which feels a lot like her eyeball might just have exploded.

Almost unnoticed, the man in the really bitchin' Loki costume makes his way across the foyer. He's slowed quite a bit, both by how cumbersome his costume seems to be and by the choke points created by the elevator bank's safety walls.

Crimison (black) - 17A
Fixxxer (yellow) - 17B
E7 - 17C
E8 - 17D
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13A
Darker (orange) - 13B
E2 - 8A
E6 - 8B
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (The Tall Man) is dead.
E5 (Ramones shirt) is dead.
E7 (Yakuza) has taken 9 damage.
Brett has taken 5 damage.
Matt has taken 16 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -8 hit points and is unconscious, but stable.
KC has taken 10 damage.

It is currently deadDMwalking's turn.

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Round 10:

Seeing that he is not likely to escape with his big and vulgar load, deadDMwalking sets drumandfight down. He takes a deep breath and makes ready to throw a few more blows.

Ted Raimi, if it actually is him, keeps pressing up the stairs, despite having just seen the little punk girl get the inside of her head cleaned out not a second before. Lying in wait, Darker pulls the trigger again. The man twitches noticeably as the bullet grazes the back of his neck, but it does not seem to deter him in the slightest from climbing the stairs.

Seeking to become a deterrent himself, Brett steps forward, intent on laying one right between the shitty actor's eyes and pushing him down the stairs. Brett's swing fails to connect when the crazy leans back for a swing of his own. Despite being a bit overextended, no one is more surprised than Brett when the man's closed fist pounds downward on his chest, resulting in sudden pain and a crunching noise. Brett is reasonably certain he has a crack (if not outright broken) collarbone on the left side.

Crimison (black) - 17A
Fixxxer (yellow) - 17B
E7 - 17C
E8 - 17D
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13A
Darker (orange) - 13B
E6 - 8B
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (The Tall Man) is dead.
E5 (Ramones shirt) is dead.
E6 (Ted Raimi) has taken 3 damage.
E7 (Yakuza) has taken 9 damage.
Brett has taken 14 damage.
Matt has taken 16 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -8 hit points and is unconscious, but stable.
KC has taken 10 damage.

It is currently Talanall's turn.

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Round 10:

Talanall continues upward until he reaches the door, still partially open by virtue of the hydraulics. He shoulders his way into the doorway and pauses for a look.

Round 11:
Crimison reels a bit from the shock of the blow she has received. With her hand over her newly-injured face, she begins to weave back the way she came, whether by design or just because it seems to her mind to be the path of least resistance. The Yakuza madman swivels at the hip and launches another blow at her, but it's clumsy at best and misses by a country mile.

Fixxxer's face screws up with rage, enough that he looks not unlike the monster in front of him. Mindlessly dropping his gun, he steps forward, screaming "don't touch her, goddamn motherfucker!" at the top of his lungs, loud enough that even Darker and deadDMwalking can hear it somewhat, and violently enough that it probably damages his already-injured throat. As the small Asian man recovers from his off-balance swing at Crimison, Fixxxer simply ducks down, grabs him by the waist, steps forward and launches him. It might be fair to say that Fixxxer learned this move from a linebacker, but only if that linebacker was also a pissed off Eastern Lowland Gorilla. The bloody Asian man in the suit that was once tailored and classy never has a chance. He goes over the rail, impacts the plexiglass elevator shaft and then falls at least ten stories, landing on the top of the elevator below.

Impressive as this may be, it takes Matt's attention away from the other threat, the Loki cosplayer. Even as Fixxxer is grabbing the Yakuza, Loki threads his way through the elevator bank, arriving just as Fixxxer is recovering from the act on tossing the little man over the rail. As Matt straightens up, the crazed Norse god brings a closed fist down on the back of his head, which not only hits like a Mack truck, but causes Matt to double over, cracking his head against the hardwood railing with a sickening 'thunk' sound. He collapses like a ragdoll.

Crimison (black) - 17A
Fixxxer (yellow) - 17B
E7 - 17C
E8 - 17D
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13A
Darker (orange) - 13B
E6 - 8B
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (The Tall Man) is dead.
E5 (Ramones shirt) is dead.
E6 (Ted Raimi) has taken 3 damage.
E7 (Yakuza) is dead.
Brett has taken 14 damage.
Matt has been reduced to -8 damage. He is unconscious and dying.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -8 hit points and is unconscious, but stable.
KC has taken 10 damage.

It is currently deadDMwalking's turn.

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Round 11:

Stoically, deadDMwalking braces himself and throws a return blow, crushing Raimi's nose under his balled fist. Blood immediately begins to pour from his weasily face, but it doesn't look like he was ever in any danger of falling down the stairs as some of the other crazies have done.

Darker does his best to line up a shot, but between the Raimi lookalike moving erratically and Brett trying to gain an upper hand, his shot flies wide and ricochets off the concrete wall, ending up who knows where.

As the sound of Darker's shot reverberates off the concrete walls, Ted flies into a frenzy, launching himself at Brett with tooth and nail. The man is so much smaller than Brett and has the lower ground, so the bigger man is pretty easily able to fend off his rabid attacks.

Crimison (black) - 17A
Fixxxer (yellow) - 17B
E8 - 17C
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13A
Darker (orange) - 13B
E6 - 8B
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (The Tall Man) is dead.
E5 (Ramones shirt) is dead.
E6 (Ted Raimi) has taken 11 damage.
E7 (Yakuza) is dead.
Brett has taken 14 damage.
Matt has been reduced to -8 damage. He is unconscious and dying.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -8 hit points and is unconscious, but stable.
KC has taken 10 damage.

It is currently Talanall's turn.

Fixxxer
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Round 11:

Talanall emerges from the stairwell, sizes up the situation, and then says to Crimison, "If this doesn't work and you survive, tell my wife I love her. And if it does, get ready, because I think Matt's in a bad way." He motions her to get behind him and gives a shrill whistle, obviously hoping to get the attention of the joker in the Loki suit.

Round 12:

Crimison has other ideas. Seeing a lack of immediate response at Talanall's whistle, she takes a firm step back toward the scene, screaming out "Over here you sack of SHIT!" at the top of her lungs. She unslings her purse as she moves and flings it hard, trying more to get Loki's attention than to hurt him. In her rage, though, she might not have gotten the attention of a jumbo jet. The strap of the purse catches momentarily against her wrist, knocking it way off course. The bag sails between the rail and the elevator, nothing but net, and drops like a stone, likely to flop against the stone floor of the upper lobby.

Fixxxer lays very still, oblivious to the world around him, possibly swallowing his teeth in his stupor.

The crazy Loki man doesn't seem fazed by Talanall's attempt to get his attention and if he even knew there was a purse scoring a perfect three-pointer, he doesn't show it. His attention is still fixed firmly on Fixxxer. The man hits his knees, straddling Matt's chest and unleashes a biblical fury, vigorously pounding his fists against his head, face and throat again and again. Fixxxer's face splits open like an overripe melon after the first blow, but the man continues on for some time before he notices that all he's doing is hammering mush into the carpet.

Crimison (black) - 17A
E8 - 17B
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13A
Darker (orange) - 13B
E6 - 8B
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (The Tall Man) is dead.
E5 (Ramones shirt) is dead.
E6 (Ted Raimi) has taken 11 damage.
E7 (Yakuza) is dead.
E8 (Loki) is on his knees.
Matt is dead.
Brett has taken 14 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -8 hit points and is unconscious, but stable.
KC has taken 10 damage.

It is currently deadDMwalking's turn.

Fixxxer
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Round 11:

Talanall emerges from the stairwell, sizes up the situation, and then says to Crimison, "If this doesn't work and you survive, tell my wife I love her. And if it does, get ready, because I think Matt's in a bad way." He motions her to get behind him and gives a shrill whistle, obviously hoping to get the attention of the joker in the Loki suit.

Round 12:

Crimison has other ideas. Seeing a lack of immediate response at Talanall's whistle, she takes a firm step back toward the scene, screaming out "Over here you sack of SHIT!" at the top of her lungs. She unslings her purse as she moves and flings it hard, trying more to get Loki's attention than to hurt him. In her rage, though, she might not have gotten the attention of a jumbo jet. The strap of the purse catches momentarily against her wrist, knocking it way off course. The bag sails between the rail and the elevator, nothing but net, and drops like a stone, likely to flop against the stone floor of the upper lobby.

Fixxxer lays very still, oblivious to the world around him, possibly swallowing his teeth in his stupor.

The crazy Loki man doesn't seem fazed by Talanall's attempt to get his attention and if he even knew there was a purse scoring a perfect three-pointer, he doesn't show it. His attention is still fixed firmly on Fixxxer. The man hits his knees, straddling Matt's chest and unleashes a biblical fury, vigorously pounding his fists against his head, face and throat again and again. Fixxxer's face splits open like an overripe melon after the first blow, but the man continues on for some time before he notices that all he's doing is hammering mush into the carpet.

Crimison (black) - 17A
E8 - 17B
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13A
Darker (orange) - 13B
E6 - 8B
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (The Tall Man) is dead.
E5 (Ramones shirt) is dead.
E6 (Ted Raimi) has taken 11 damage.
E7 (Yakuza) is dead.
E8 (Loki) is on his knees.
Matt is dead.
Brett has taken 14 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -8 hit points and is unconscious, but stable.
KC has taken 10 damage.

It is currently deadDMwalking's turn.

Fixxxer
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Round 12:

DeadDMwalking grits his teeth, ready to defend his position, even if it means his death. But he doesn't intend to die. With determination in his eyes, he ducks low and comes up in a powerful uppercut that catches his opponent solidly under the nose. As Ted Raimi falls limply backward, Brett can see that there's something new wrong with his face. The nose is mushed up and too flat. He suddenly realizes that he must have driven the man's nose into his brain. With a strange finality, the man falls on his back and flips end over end until he finally stops at the foot of the stairs, unmoving.

Crimison (black) - 17A
E8 - 17B
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13A
Darker (orange) - 13B
E6 - 8B
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (The Tall Man) is dead.
E5 (Ramones shirt) is dead.
E6 (Ted Raimi) is dead.
E7 (Yakuza) is dead.
E8 (Loki) is on his knees.
Matt is dead.
Brett has taken 14 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -8 hit points and is unconscious, but stable.
KC has taken 10 damage.

It is currently Darker's turn.

Fixxxer
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Round 12:

Seeing that deadDMwalking hasn't taken the first opportunity to bolt up the stairs, Darker looks down at Jeff and then back up at Brett, "So we going up or we going down? Cause sticking around right here doesn't seem like a good idea."

Round 13:

Talanall tries to pull Crimison's attention away from the horrific scene. "Come on, KC, or we're next! In here before he turns on you." He holds the door from closing all the way, clearly ready to push through the hydraulics and slam it shut at a moment's notice.

A crashing sound echos through the stairwell from somewhere far below, probably one of the stairwell doors being slammed open, as though to remind everyone that whatever is going on here is far from done.

Crimison (black) - 17A
E8 - 17B
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13A
Darker (orange) - 13B
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (The Tall Man) is dead.
E5 (Ramones shirt) is dead.
E6 (Ted Raimi) is dead.
E7 (Yakuza) is dead.
E8 (Loki) is on his knees.
Matt is dead.
Brett has taken 14 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -8 hit points and is unconscious, but stable.
KC has taken 10 damage.

It is currently Crimison's turn.

Fixxxer
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Round 13:

Crimison stands stock still. Inside she is of two minds. One demands that Matt is alive and the other demands just as clearly that he is gone. It's only with Talanall's voice that she's thrust into action, her face an expressionless mask and her eyes unseeing. She steps awkwardly back as if she's being pulled by marionette strings. She lets Talanall shut the door behind her, not even taking notice when he jams his foot down as a doorstop. She holds her hand out to Talanall for the extinguisher. He doesn't look alive enough to hold it, much less battle for life. She half turns and calls down the stairs, her voice strangely normal and flat. "Who's alive down there?"

For the moment, the Loki cosplayer seems content to stare at Matt's remains with something like child-like curiosity. He doesn't appear to notice when Crimison walks away, or any sound the door might make as it closes.

Crimison (black) - 17A
E8 - 17B
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13A
Darker (orange) - 13B
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (The Tall Man) is dead.
E5 (Ramones shirt) is dead.
E6 (Ted Raimi) is dead.
E7 (Yakuza) is dead.
E8 (Loki) is on his knees.
Matt is dead.
Brett has taken 14 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -8 hit points and is unconscious, but stable.
KC has taken 10 damage.

It is currently deadDMwalking's turn.

Fixxxer
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Round 13:

For the moment, deadDMwalking abandons his plan of gathering additional room keys and building a corpse barricade. He grabs Jeff and lifts him over his shoulder. Jeff feels strangely light, perhaps due to loss of blood? In any case, not much heavier than the shingles Brett has carried up ladders for Habitat for Humanity. To Darker he whispers, "I'll carry him. You shoot anything that tries to stop me." He starts lumbering up the stairs under the heavy load.

Darker nods, watching Brett slowly lumber up the stairs with the limp giant over his shoulder and keeping his gun aimed across the stairs in case anything nasty should decide to make itself known.

Crimison (black) - 17A
E8 - 17B
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13A
Darker (orange) - 13B
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (The Tall Man) is dead.
E5 (Ramones shirt) is dead.
E6 (Ted Raimi) is dead.
E7 (Yakuza) is dead.
E8 (Loki) is on his knees.
Matt is dead.
Brett has taken 14 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -8 hit points and is unconscious, but stable.
KC has taken 10 damage.

It is currently Talanall's turn.

Fixxxer
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Round 13:

Talanall hands over the extinguisher to Crimison, then calls out, in a perfectly normal speaking voice, "Matt's dead. One ugly outside the door here, between us and our room. Injuries downstairs?"

Round 14:

Crimison pays no attention to Talanall's question. She takes the fire extinguisher without comment, but just atares at it like she doesn't remember what it is or why she wanted it.

Outside, the Loki cosplayer doesn't seem to have heard Talanall speak. He gets up and begins wandering in what looks like an aimless way, though it does take the man in the general direction of the stairwell.

Drumandfight grunts as deadDMwalking adjusts his weight on his shoulder. Brett would swear he heard the word "cocks" whispered, as though from a dream.

Crimison (black) - 17A
E8 - 17B
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13A
Darker (orange) - 13B
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (The Tall Man) is dead.
E5 (Ramones shirt) is dead.
E6 (Ted Raimi) is dead.
E7 (Yakuza) is dead.
E8 (Loki) is on his knees.
Matt is dead.
Brett has taken 14 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -8 hit points and is unconscious, but stable.
KC has taken 10 damage.

It is currently deadDMwalking's turn.

Fixxxer
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Round 14:

DeadDMwalking continues to soldier up the stairs, though he can feel drumandfight getting heavier with every step. He grits his teeth and deals with it, considering that at least Jeff is apparently still physically capable of speech, which seems like it has pluses and minuses.

Darker moves with Brett, keeping a watchful eye in case something should try to ambush him or his weight-laden friend. He doesn't sense that anything dangerous is close enough to jump out and yell 'boo,' but a sudden banging sound that echoes up from somewhere far below is incentive enough to keep his eyes peeled and his ears open.

Crimison (black) - 17A
E8 - 17B
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13A
Darker (orange) - 13B
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (The Tall Man) is dead.
E5 (Ramones shirt) is dead.
E6 (Ted Raimi) is dead.
E7 (Yakuza) is dead.
E8 (Loki) is on his knees.
Matt is dead.
Brett has taken 14 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -8 hit points and is unconscious, but stable.
KC has taken 10 damage.

It is currently Talanall's turn.

Fixxxer
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Round 14:

Talanall sighs, and asks, "Thomas? You think you can shoot down this ugly? Matt's Sig is still out in the hall, and he's between us and the room."

More quietly, he adds, "I hope that's a rescue team coming up the stairs. If these things run in hordes, we're even more fucked than it looks like. We need to get out of here."

Round 15:

Crimison, starting to fully enter a state of mental shock, ignores Talanall's comments and continues staring that the item in her hands, dully recognizing it as a fire extinguisher.

Tensely, Talanall watches through the window as the Loki cosplayer that just murdered his friend wanders past the other side of the door, looking downright oblivious to anything around him.

DeadDMwalking continues trucking up the final stretch of stairs, drumandfight still slung over his shoulder.

Following close behind, Darker also makes his way to the top of the stairway. "Yeah, I should be able to hit him," he replies to Talanall as he moves. "Especially if he doesn't know its coming." Once at the top of the stairs, he whispers, "Wait until I'm ready and then you open the door and I'll get a shot off."

Crimison (black) - 17A
E8 - 17B
drumandfight (purple) - 14
deadDMwalking (green) - 13A
Darker (orange) - 13B
Talanall (turquoise) - 8D

E1 (Princess Leia) is dead.
E2 (maimed face) has taken 17 damage and 10 non-lethal damage. He is unconscious.
E3 (Cartman) is dead.
E4 (The Tall Man) is dead.
E5 (Ramones shirt) is dead.
E6 (Ted Raimi) is dead.
E7 (Yakuza) is dead.
E8 (Loki) is on his knees.
Matt is dead.
Brett has taken 14 damage.
Ed has been reduced to -2 hit points and is disabled.
Jeff has been reduced to -8 hit points and is unconscious, but stable.
KC has taken 10 damage.

It is currently Talanall's turn.

Fixxxer
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While Talanall waits and watches through the window, the Loki man continues to wander aimlessly. Ultimately, he is lost from view when his wandering takes him on the other side of the elevator banks. After what feels like an eternity, he finally cracks the door and takes a wary look around. The crazed man is no where to be seen. Talanall turns to look at his friends, Crimison in her own world, deadDMwalking really starting to feel the strain of drumandfight's weight on his shoulder, and Darker, who just gives him a nod. Nodding in return, he quietly opens the door all the way while Darker takes Crimison by the shoulders and gently shakes her back to reality.

The group silently piles out of the doorway, Darker with his gun at the ready and with a ginger look in the direction the cosplayer disappeared to, everyone takes off at a quick trot toward the door that was left wedged just barely open just in case this very sort of retreat became necessary.

For Brett and Thomas, who did not actually witness their friend's demise, Matt's corpse is something of a gruesome shock as they are forced to pass by it. Ed does everything he can to shield KC from having to look at it, though he stops long enough to pick up Matt's pistol.

Within seconds, the group is back at the rooms, with no Loki in sight. Tensely, Darker kicks open the cracked door and moves inside, ready to shoot anything that moves. He doesn't find any such takers. Brett is able to drop Jeff on one of the beds in the room that adjoined his and Ed's original room, and as soon as Talanall and Crimison are through the door, he slams it shut and throws every lock it has.

You are back where you began.

Crimison
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Once inside the door Crimison stands in silence with the rest of the survivors. This is what we are, survivors. For the moment anyway. She turns to each member in turn seeing their wounds and yet looking through them at the same time. How could they possibly continue to survive this? With Matt gone a light has gone from her eyes and she is cold. She turns to Jeff half expecting him to be dead.

She touches his chest and feels his slight breath.
It brings her neither relief or pity. Slowly she starts through the motions of bandaging the crew. She starts the kettle and sits by Jeff as she waits for it to boil. There seems little use in patching these half strangers back together. Tears threaten but don't fall. Her work is careful but any tenderness seems to have been turned into mush outside the hotel door.
She is obvious to conversation and completely disinterested in touching anyone in the room outside of trying to put them back together.

Fixxxer
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Perhaps it's the emergency lights that throw her off, or perhaps the shock of everything she has been through in the past ten minutes, but it takes Crimison plugging in the coffee pot and wondering why it isn't working for a minute before she remembers that Talanall's stunt with the electric outlet in the next room did something to short out the power in both rooms.

Talanall
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Talanall wanders over to the window and looks out of it. He doesn't seem concerned about snipers at this point; far from making an attempt to hide his presence, he nonchalantly salutes the general area with a raised middle finger. If nothing else, he won't be mistaken for a zombie despite having gotten banged up.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

Fixxxer
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It appears that not worrying about snipers might be the right course of action. Bullets don't suddenly ring out to perforate the window and anyone behind it. To boot, no laser dot appears either.

Nothing seems to have changed on the street in the ten or fifteen minutes it's been since last you were in this room. They're still uncharacteristically dead, as are a few random people laying in them as well. If not for the jar of seeing the streets of downtown Atlanta so devoid of people, it would be an idyllic day. The sun is out, though clouds off to the southwest threaten rain later today.

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