Wiring Party To Hell And Back

Sentry duty, again. He barely got out of hospital before he's back, and here Morgenstern is now in the trench, checking his rifle over to make sure it's not all muddy.

Byrd isn't on sentry duty but he is in the trenches tonight, not far from Morgenstern. His own rifle is kept close at hand. His nimble fingers occasionally drum on it, showing his nerves. "You see anything out there, mate?" he asks, trying to keep the question casual. He fails.

Morgenstern takes a peek over the top, real quick-like. "No," he tells Byrd and then leans against the wall, studying Byrd intently. "Not yet," he adds as if getting some perverse pleasure in making Byrd more nervous.

Legrand is crouching down, half leaning against one of the walls, not having the urge to stick his head up without an order.

Guy is obviously new! He's looking around with wide eyes, and he's not holding his rifle like he was born to it. And, most importantly, he looks scared.

And there it goes, an officer dropping by to order a wiring party out. The German's been successful clearing the wire and it's time to start the cycle all over again.

Byrd tries to stay back when the officer comes marching down the line. He's no bloody combat engineer. What use could he be in a wiring party?

Morgenstern moves over towards Byrd, spitting down into the dirt and then peering out into No Man's land again. "So, let's get to work," he grunts, moving past the man to grab some wires. But he's not hanging on to them, instead holding the roll out towards Byrd. He looks up as a Very light illuminates the area.

Guy is clutching his rifle, and he eyes the place and then squints into the distance. He looks nervous!

Byrd blinks a startled blink at Morgenstern. "What the hell?" he mutters softly. "I ain't like that Tommy, mate. I can't work that shite. And I ain't goin' out there alone to dance with a bunch of goddamn Jerries." And yet, when he sees the officer pass again, there's not much he can do but take the wire. He shakes his head at Morgenstern. "This is suicide, it is."

Legrand looks up at the sky from his somewhat hidden position, "Let's wait for the light to go out before we move at least." He checks his rifle, "Gives us a few more minutes before we get shot."

Byrd nods in firm agreement with Legrand. "Aye, mate. Aye. Until the light…" Oh. It's out. "Bugger." The New Zealander bites off some choicer profanities under his breath as he crawls out of the trench, and off to the east.

«Ground Combat» Morgenstern moves out of Front Line Trench.

Legrand sighs when things go dark again, climbing out from the trench and slipping east.

«Ground Combat» Byrd moves East to Countryside <E>.
«Ground Combat» You notice Byrd arrive at New No Mans Land North.

Morgenstern gets out of the trench too but lies down flat on his stomach and he doesn't move out east with the others. Not yet, anyway. Instead he keeps a sharp lookout, trying to detect movement in the dark.

«Ground Combat» Legrand moves East to Countryside <E>.
«Ground Combat» You notice Legrand arrive at New No Mans Land North.
«Ground Combat» Guy changes his fighting style to Stealth.

Byrd creeps eastward, hauling barbed wire and shaking like a leaf. "What the hell?" he murmurs to himself. "What the fuckin' hell am I doin' here? Shoulda stayed in Christchurch. Just a fisherman. Goddamn hell. All I ever shoulda been was a fisherman…"

«Entrenchment» Byrd lays down some wire obstacles on West to Arras <W>.

Legrand turns his eyes east, "I see someone up there." he half whispers, waving his hand towards the east, still looking for somewhere to set up shop.

Byrd gets to work on the wire. It's not exactly difficult stuff but the Kiwi doesn't have any skill for it. And he's still shaking. "Bleedin' wonderful," he mutters to himself, hearing Legrand's whisper.

Morgenstern shifts his rifle carefully and slowly, staring into the dark like a man possessed, eyes opened up wide to catch any movement on the enemy lines.

Legrand moves into one of the shell holes, "Don't think they've seen us yet, just drop a little more off and we'll head out before anyone lights up the sky again."

«Ground Combat» Niklas fires his MG08/18 at Byrd but misses!

Byrd nods at that, speeding up his fumbling on the wire. He almost relaxes when the man says they can leave shortly. And then people start shooting at him. "Fuckin' Christ!" he bites off. More freaked out swearing than any sort of praying.

«Ground Combat» Niklas fires his MG08/18 at Byrd and hits!
Byrd suffers 8 wound damage to his left chest.
«Ground Combat» Byrd has been killed!

"Let's get out of here." Legrand isn't much of a hero it seems like, and just then he's alone out there. So he does the smart thing, trying to head back.

«Ground Combat» Guy moves out of Front Line Trench.

And of course they turn on the light then.

«Ground Combat» Niklas fires his MG08/18 at Legrand but misses!

«Ground Combat» Legrand changes his fighting style to TakeCover.

«Ground Combat» Niklas fires his MG08/18 at Legrand but misses!

Legrand pulls his head down and fires off a shot, not really aiming much, he just wants to get out of there.

Morgenstern doesn't curse or anything but he lifts his head up a bit and aims his rifle eastwards. Seeing Byrd get hit badly, he winces a bit. "Don't think he's dead!" he calls out softly to Legrand.

«Ground Combat» Niklas fires his MG08/18 at Legrand but misses!

Byrd ducks when the machine gun fire starts raining down and starts running like hell back to the safety of the west. For a moment he falters, and it looks like he was struck in the chest. But no! The bullet must have missed him, for he keeps on running. Running, running, running, as fast as his Kiwi legs can carry him away from this.

«Ground Combat» Niklas fires his MG08/18 at Legrand but misses!

«Ground Combat» Niklas fires his MG08/18 at Legrand but misses!

Morgenstern can't see a thing to shoot at and he fights down frustration when seeing Byrd and Legrand trying to make it back alive.
Legrand looks at the sky, "Skeida, vittu" he curses it as the bullets keeps on flying by him.

Guy is hearing shots, he's seeing running, and he's clutching his rifle for dear life. He cannot, however, -see- any targets to shoot.

«Ground Combat» Niklas fires his MG08/18 at Legrand but misses!

«Game» Byrd assists Legrand!

«Ground Combat» Niklas fires his MG08/18 at Legrand but misses!
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«Ground Combat» Niklas fires his MG08/18 at Legrand and hits!
Legrand suffers 3 wound damage to his abdomen.
Legrand suffers 4 wound damage to his head.

«Ground Combat» Morgenstern moves East to Countryside <E>.

New No Mans Land North
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[The Grid]-----> > > > > THE LOST GENERATION < < <


The front lines once went through here, right up against the edge of the town, and though the war has since moved on, the wreckage and rot is still here for all to see. Old trenches, half collapsed, shell holes, unexploded debris - and the remains of the tens of thousands of men who died on this relatively small patch of ground.

Traffic is constant, with horses straining at gun carriages and lines of men marching with rifles on their backs and heavy packs containing sandbags and shells to the east. With the roads devastated and the ground pitted with the scars of battle, movement isn't easy.

It is currently night time.

Sub-Rooms :
1. Shell Holes
===============================< In Your Location >===========================
Allied (#488) Morgenstern I. Berthier
Allied (#465) Legrand I. Berthier
Unmanned (#580) Destroyed 1 Motorbike

Obstacles :
East <E> Wire-4 West to Arras <W> Wire-1
East <E> South <S>
West to Arras <W>

«Game» Morgenstern assists Legrand!

«Ground Combat» Legrand changes his fighting style to Sprint.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from German Front Line North!

«Ground Combat» Niklas fires his MG08/18 at Legrand but misses!

Morgenstern shouldn't do it, but he does. He's moving out to help Legrand back to safety, moving as stealthily as he can at least to perhaps avoid being detected himself.

«Game» Morgenstern assists Legrand!

Legrand gets sprayed, but it doesn't seem like it hit anything vital… blood leaks from the side of his head and a hole through his belly.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from German Front Line North!
«Ground Combat» Niklas fires his MG08/18 at Morgenstern but misses!

«Game» Morgenstern assists Legrand!
«Game» Morgenstern assists Legrand!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from German Front Line North!
«Ground Combat» Niklas fires his MG08/18 at Morgenstern but misses!

«Ground Combat» Legrand moves East <E>.

Morgenstern gives Legrand a shit eating grin and begins helping the man back, putting an arm around his waist to support him. "What is the blame this time, eh?"

«Ground Combat» You cannot change fighting style until the Armageddon Clock has ticked 2 more times.
Shooting Time Delay 0%
Shooting Accuracy 0%
Cover Mods -20%
Melee Time Delay 0%
Melee Attack Accuracy 0%
Melee Block Accuracy 0%
Engage Time Delay -30%
Disengage Time Delay -30%
Engage Modifier 20%
Disengage Modifier 20%
Stealth Modifier -85%
Dash Time Delay -50%
«Ground Combat» Morgenstern changes his fighting style to Sprint.

«Ground Combat» You cannot move until the Armageddon Clock ticks another 174 times.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from German Front Line North!

«Ground Combat» Niklas attacks Legrand with his bare hands! Legrand suffers 1 bruise damage to his head.

«Ground Combat» You cannot move until the Armageddon Clock ticks another 194 times.
«Ground Combat» You must wait another 26 ticks of the Armageddon Clock before you can shoot!

Legrand seems to have taken a nasty hit to the head, and he storms off in towards the german lines, shouting an old finnish battle cry "VITTU!"

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from New No Mans Land North!
«Ground Combat» Morgenstern fires his Berthier at Niklas and hits!
Niklas suffers 3 wound damage to his right leg.
«Ground Combat» You shoot at Niklas with your Berthier! Your accuracy is 37 percent!
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«Ground Combat» You cannot change fighting style until the Armageddon Clock has ticked 44 more times.

«Illumination» A Very light goes off over the battlefield!

Morgenstern curses and drops down to start shooting at the german instead, perhaps giving his friend a chance to do something unexpected here. Are the two Legionnaires about to storm the German lines??
Shooting Time Delay 0%
Shooting Accuracy -25%
Cover Mods 25%
Melee Time Delay 0%
Melee Attack Accuracy 0%
Melee Block Accuracy 0%
Engage Time Delay 25%
Disengage Time Delay 25%
Engage Modifier -25%
Disengage Modifier -20%
Stealth Modifier 0%
Dash Time Delay 75%
«Ground Combat» Morgenstern changes his fighting style to TakeCover.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from New No Mans Land North!

«Ground Combat» Morgenstern fires his Berthier at Niklas but misses!
«Ground Combat» You shoot at Niklas with your Berthier! Your accuracy is 55 percent!
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«Ground Combat» Niklas attacks Legrand with his bare hands! Legrand suffers 3 bruise damage to his right arm.

«Ground Combat» Legrand attacks Niklas in melee combat with his Berthier but misses!

«Ground Combat» You must wait another 8 ticks of the Armageddon Clock before you can shoot!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from New No Mans Land North!
«Ground Combat» Morgenstern fires his Berthier at Niklas but misses!
«Ground Combat» You shoot at Niklas with your Berthier! Your accuracy is 55 percent!
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Legrand grunts as the German lands another blow, this time on his arm, he tries to put the bayonette in him, but no luck there.

«Ground Combat» Niklas attacks Legrand with his bare hands! Legrand suffers 7 bruise damage to his right chest.
«Ground Combat» Legrand has been knocked unconscious!

"You god damn crazy son of a bitch…" Morgenstern mutters under his breath, continuing to shoot at the German.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from New No Mans Land North!
«Ground Combat» Morgenstern fires his Berthier at Niklas and hits!
Niklas suffers 8 wound damage to his right leg.
«Ground Combat» You shoot at Niklas with your Berthier! Your accuracy is 55 percent!
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«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from New No Mans Land North!
«Ground Combat» Morgenstern fires his Berthier at Niklas but misses!
«Ground Combat» You shoot at Niklas with your Berthier! Your accuracy is 55 percent!
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It just is too much for him, the blow to the chest puts Legrand on his back, very still.

«Ground Combat» Morgenstern reloads his Berthier!

Seeing Legrand get knocked out, Morgenstern's resolve to help him only intensifies and he continues to trying to kill that German. It's not over yet.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from New No Mans Land North!
«Ground Combat» Morgenstern fires his Berthier at Niklas and hits!
Niklas suffers 8 wound damage to his right hand.
«Ground Combat» You shoot at Niklas with your Berthier! Your accuracy is 55 percent!
0

«Ground Combat» Morgenstern fires his Berthier at Niklas and hits!
Niklas suffers 2 wound damage to his left leg.
«Ground Combat» You shoot at Niklas with your Berthier! Your accuracy is 55 percent!
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[Allied] Morgenstern says, "I find it nice to be shooting at a German called Niklas, cause I've known some asshole Niklases in my days"
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from New No Mans Land North!
«Ground Combat» Morgenstern fires his Berthier at Niklas and hits!
Niklas suffers 8 wound damage to his right arm.
«Ground Combat» You shoot at Niklas with your Berthier! Your accuracy is 55 percent!
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«Ground Combat» Niklas moves into Redoubt.

«Ground Combat» Morgenstern fires his Berthier at Niklas but misses!
«Ground Combat» You shoot at Niklas with your Berthier! Your accuracy is 11 percent!
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«Illumination» A Very light burns out.

«Ground Combat» Morgenstern changes his fighting style to Sprint.
«Ground Combat» You cannot move until the Armageddon Clock ticks another 140 times.

Morgenstern is not killing that German. He must have the stamina of a bull. Finally, the german drops back into the trench and MOrgenstern shoots to his feet and begins a hobbling, crouching run towards the east to go get his friend.

«Ground Combat» Legrand moves East <E>.

«Ground Combat» You notice Horst arrive at German Front Line North.

«Ground Combat» Morgenstern moves East <E>.

[The Grid]-----> > > > > THE LOST GENERATION < < <


The front lines once went through here, right up against the edge of the town, and though the war has since moved on, the wreckage and rot is still here for all to see. Old trenches, half collapsed, shell holes, unexploded debris - and the remains of the tens of thousands of men who died on this relatively small patch of ground.

Traffic is constant, with horses straining at gun carriages and lines of men marching with rifles on their backs and heavy packs containing sandbags and shells to the east. With the roads devastated and the ground pitted with the scars of battle, movement isn't easy.

The rumble of guns can be heard from the east.

It is currently night time.

Sub-Rooms :
1. Redoubt
2. Foxhole

===============================< In Your Location >===========================
Allied (#488) Morgenstern I. Berthier
CentPw (#651) Horst (1) - Redoubt I. Kar98k
CentPw (#733) Niklas (1) - Redoubt I.
Allied (#655) Renault FT- Tank

Horst comes rushing up, the first of no doubt scores of reinforcements on the way to the front to repel the raid on their line

Morgenstern comes rushing east, holding the rifle up. "HANDE HOCH!" he shouts out in very, very nice German. He continues to shout out. "Hold your god damn hands where I can see them! I'm taking you prisoners!" Well, it's worth a shot, isn't it?

Niklas screams, and points frantically at the approaching morgenstern.
«Ground Combat» Morgenstern moves into Redoubt.

«Ground Combat» You cannot attempt to engage in close quarters combat until the Armageddon Clock has ticked 34 more times.

Niklas will have a chat with the officers for this, Horst on the other hand, is born again hard, and takes a shot at the attacking soldier.

Morgenstern curses and then.. jumps into the trench, narrowly avoiding being shot by Horst. He now wields his rifle like he intends to knife the guy down instead of shooting him.

«Ground Combat»You move to engage Horst in close quarters combat.
«Ground Combat» Morgenstern moves to engage Horst in close quarters combat, and succeeds!
Horst is aware of your presence.

«Ground Combat» Horst attacks Morgenstern in melee combat with his Kar98k but misses!

«Ground Combat» Morgenstern attacks Horst in melee combat with his Berthier but misses!

«Ground Combat» You notice Legrand arrive at German Front Line North.

Horst using his basic training Kata, Horst tries to skewer Morgenstern on his bayonet.

«Ground Combat» Niklas moves to engage Morgenstern in close quarters combat, but fails.

Morgenstern is now trying to gut a german with his bayonet, having followed the Finn eastwards. taking them prisoners didn't work.
«Ground Combat» Morgenstern attacks Horst in melee combat with his Berthier and hits! Horst suffers 6 wound damage to his left arm.

Horst gets skewered by the bayonett, and screams!

Legrand comes from the wrong direction, if you're allied, not looking sure where he is it would seem like, but now he's at least stumbling in the right direction.

«Ground Combat» Horst attacks Morgenstern in melee combat with his Kar98k but misses!
«Ground Combat» Morgenstern attacks Horst in melee combat with his Berthier and hits! Horst suffers 6 wound damage to his head.
«Ground Combat» Horst has been killed!

Horst tries to retaliate, but catches a shot in the eye!

"Legrand move your ass that way!" Morgenstern growls at the Finn and POINTS briefly, even as he ducks an attack from Horst. "We're going back and we better make it back alive!"

«Ground Combat» Morgenstern moves out of Redoubt.

Morgenstern then sticks the bayonet right into Horst's eye. "Farewell," he says in German, grinning like a maniac.

«Ground Combat» You cannot move until the Armageddon Clock ticks another 22 times.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from German Front Line South!
«Ground Combat» Wilhelm fires his Kar98k at Morgenstern and hits!
Morgenstern suffers 7 wound damage to his right leg.

«Ground Combat» You cannot move until the Armageddon Clock ticks another 78 times.

Legrand nods a bit, splashing a bit of blood in the process, "I'm french now" he comments, then he starts to laugh, with a bit of hysteria in his voice.

«Ground Combat» Legrand moves West <W>.

«Ground Combat» Morgenstern moves West <W>.

«Ground Combat» You cannot move until the Armageddon Clock ticks another 174 times.

Morgenstern almost falls down getting shot in the leg but he's got momentum now and doesn't even turn, swinging his rifle in front of himself as he begins a limping, hobbling run back to safety. "LEGION!" he shouts out defiantly.

Legrand stumbles west, keeping his eyes east, he sees some movement there, and pulls up his rifle, but as more blood drips down in his eyes he just keeps on moving west instead.

Byrd is back safe in the trenches, unscathed from his attempts at wiring. His knees are tucked to his chest and he's shaking like a leaf in the wind, a constant stream of swearwords coming from him under his breath.

Legrand stumbles through the contested land, blood pouring down his eyes in a steady pace, more blood is flowning through his jacket, and for some reason he's keeping up a decently hysterical laughter.

Stryker comes sprinting in from the center of town, pistol in hand. The other hand is holding the helmet on top of his head, and he's kicking up dirt as he sprints in.

So, the legionnaires decided to make a little friendly and surprise visit on the German lines. Heck, those lines used to belong to the allied, they wanted to go see everything was in order. It's two limping bloodied Legionnaires who return home together. Morgenstern pants, dragging his leg a bit behind himself, eyeing the laughing Finn. Then his lips tug… and he too begins laughing. "Did… did you see the look on the man I tried to take prisoner?" he says through fits of laughter.

Legrand shakes his head, "Didn't see much of anything", he points to his blood soaked eyes, "But can't say I'm too impressed by those Germans."

Morgenstern falls into the trench, still laughing. But then he stops and kind of tries to throw himself at Legrand, grabbing for the man's uniform. "Don't ever do that again you crazy bastard!" he says desperately.

And that is what pushes Legrand over, lights out for the second time this day.

Guy is all shaky and stuff, but uh, he didn't have to do anything, so, really, he's just there, eyes all huge.

Byrd looks up from his shaking when the legionnaires fall back into the trench, boggling in stunned disbelief. "Bleedin' hell! You're alive!" This shocks him into a standing position.

Morgenstern looks at Legrand falling unconscious again, still holding his uniform. He lets go and sighs, leaning back. "The German trenches are much nicer than ours," he says, shakily trying to find a cigarette and eyeing his useless leg tiredly.

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