The End Of The War

«Ground Combat» You cannot move until the Armageddon Clock ticks another 76.285 times.
«Game» Your combat stress is currently 66.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage rips through City to deadly effect, filling the air with lethal shrapnel!
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Ground Combat» You cannot move until the Armageddon Clock ticks another 46.13 times.

Pekka suffers 3 bruise damage to his abdomen.
Pekka suffers 3 wound damage to his left chest.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Ground Combat» You cannot move until the Armageddon Clock ticks another 83.61 times.
«Ground Combat» You cannot move until the Armageddon Clock ticks another 77.61 times.
«Ground Combat» You cannot move until the Armageddon Clock ticks another 56.75 times.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Ground Combat» You cannot move until the Armageddon Clock ticks another 34.75 times.
«Ground Combat» You cannot move until the Armageddon Clock ticks another 30.75 times.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Ground Combat» Pekka moves West <W>.
«Ground Combat» Pekka moves North <N>.

City
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Coordinates : 1 1

A forbidding church rises up into the sky here. Not particularly large, its just a local place of worship, but the ancient and weathered stones and vaguely gothic look, unusual in this area of generally optimistic and modern architecture, give it a brooding, solemn appearance.

It is currently dusk.

This is an arctic environment, with a temperature of -11 degrees Celsius.

Sub-Rooms :
1. Church
2. Graveyard
3. House with Red Cross symbols

===============================< In Your Location >===========================
Finland (#743) Wounded Pekka I. Lahti L-35
Finland (#9787) Henri — (3) House with Red Cross symbols I. Suomi M-31
Finland (#9785) Sonja — (3) House with Red Cross symbols I.
Finland (#1541) Wounded Luukas — (3) House with Red Cross I. Scoped Mosin-Nag
(Item 1) Tokarev TT-33 Ranged Weapon / 1. Church
(Item 2) 7.62-54R x 64 Ammo / 1. Church
(Item 3) Molotov Ranged Weapon
(Item 4) Molotov Ranged Weapon
(Item 5) Molotov Ranged Weapon
(Item 6) Molotov Ranged Weapon
(Item 7) Molotov Ranged Weapon
(Item 8) Molotov Ranged Weapon

Room Modifiers :
Elevation : 1 Cover : 70%
Stealth : 110% Inf.Move : 110%

West <W> East <E>
South <S> North <N>

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).

Luukas slightly nods. "Well, if the Russians send men to cross the street, it means their artillery's likely going to pause to let them avoid getting hit themselves." He coughs, "See someone now!"
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).

Pekka comes running in down the street.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).
«Ground Combat» You cannot move until the Armageddon Clock ticks another 147.59 times.

Luukas has spotted Pekka, and very quickly waves from out of the Red Cross hospital house. "Over here, sir."

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Ground Combat» You cannot move until the Armageddon Clock ticks another 78.73 times.
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Game» Your combat stress is currently 53.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).

Henri curses as he notices Pekka, "Get over here, now!" he shouts out to the other guy, "You will get yourself killed!

«Game» Your name is Pekka!

Olav has connected.

Pekka heads for the house where people are waving from, but the constant explosions and loud din certainly slow him down, a lot of pausings when the shriek of a shell sounds near.

«Ground Combat» Pekka moves into House with Red Cross symbols.

Sonja looks rather disbelieving from her spot under the desk as the captain shows up.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Ground Combat» Olav moves into Church.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).

Luukas waves again from the hospital house's window, seeing Pekka come up right behind Pekka, "In here! If you're wounded, in here!"

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).

Olav dives for the nearest building available, which happens to be the church. Moving into the building, he looks around rather carefully.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).

Pekka is indeed wounded, but only slightly. Some blood is seeping out of his chest. "Strange times." he mutters. "We've signed an armistice, its coming into effect in about three hours! What the Russians are doing now is anybody's guess.".

«Announcement from Death!» The artillery isn't particularly accurate by the way, as the astute may have already noticed. Its just random firing really.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).

Luukas blinks as he hears the officer's words, "Some Armistice!" and mutters loudly "Perkele".

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).

Luukas turns then to Sonja, "Sonja, can you see if the officer's wounded? He looks like he's been through that shelling." Then in a louder voice, "Kapteeni Pekka. Over here so the medic can check your wounds!" called to where Pekka entered the doorway to avoid the barrage.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).

Sonja would under normal circumstances see the captains red stained chest and already be on the case, but these are not normal circumstances, so she stays put under the desk where she's hiding.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).

Pekka heads up to where Luukas, Henri and Sonja are hiding, and takes cover. "Well. I guess we better keep an eye out in case they are going to try a last minute advance. But the front is quite a ways northeast of here.".
Mark the irony well: Antti has taken refuge in the church. Sure, its only literal refuge, but still, the farmer is ducked into a corner, not even bothering to keep lookout, as the shells rain down.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).

Olav looks over at Antti, offering him a bit of a grin. "A bit of thunder today, it would seem," he offers.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage rips through City to deadly effect, filling the air with lethal shrapnel!
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).

Henri turns to Pekka, "What are our orders Kapteeni?" he asks.

Luukas nods once to the captain. "She's over under that desk, there!" waving with a quick gesture to the place where Sonja's in cover. "She can dress that shrapnel wound better than I can patch it up."

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Game» Pekka changes his style to TakeCover!

Antti mutters through clenched teeth, "Yeah. Sounds like rain. D-damned neighbor brough his bad weather with him from russia.."

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).

Sonja reluctantly emerges from under the desk, but only slightly, enough to see to the captain when he's slumped nearby.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).

Luukas adds, "I'm trying to keep watch to the road east." as for just a moment he lifts his head far enough to take a quick look through a window opening out there, the glass shattered from the explosions.

«Medic Code» Sonja attempts first aid on Pekka but fails.

Sonja tries to fix up Pekka's chest but does a pretty godawful job. Her shaking hands probably have something to do with it.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).

"There's an armistice in a few hours, I was going to order a raid on a suspected POW staging area the Russians have set up outside the city, try and snatch some of our people before the time's up - but with the Neighbour up to no good I guess thats off." Pekka says, grimacing as Sonja pokes amateurishly at his sliced chest.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).

Antti sneaks a peek out the church doorway toward the north, promptly ducking back to cover as another shell falls into the square. "No one's coming near here till the shelling stops.."

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Game» Henri assists Sonja!
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).

Luukas calls over hearing Antti's words, "They're supposed to honor an Armistice in 3 hours. If they're going to try to take more ground before then, it'd have to be soon."

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage rips through City to deadly effect, filling the air with lethal shrapnel!
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).

Olav nods a little as he hears that. "Either take more ground, or just destroy as much of what we've got as possible." It's called out back again.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).

"Ostrobothinian-" Antti calls back, "You just spoke of Ivan and 'honor' in the same breath. You want to think about that a bit, and try again?"

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).

Sonja stays quiet, and crawls back under her desk, now Pekka is bandaged, sort of. And curls up into a ball, wrapping her arms around her head to try and shut out some of the awful noise.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).
«Game» Korhonen changes his style to TakeCover!

Luukas calls over "Wonder if they're trying to surround the city." He holds a moment. "Take cover!" to some civilians he spots scurrying building to building.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Game» Korhonen tries to inspire the troops!
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).

Antti starts to answer, until another round of falling shells causes him to duck back into cover, before calling back, "Or just level it! My ears are ruinging, and even I can hear shells falling everywhere.."

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).

Korhonen has found himself in the church, and he's currently taking whatever cover he can amidst the pews. While he's down, he says a quick prayer. Perhaps in an attempt to hearten himself.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).

Olav shrugs as he listens, and takes the moments to check that both his Suomi and his knife is in order for what might come in the last few hours. Whistling a little to himself.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Game» Korhonen tries to inspire the troops!
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).

Luukas tries to duck down between the cot and the wall as a shell explodes against an old tree lining the street just outside the Red Cross building.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).

«Game» Henri tries to inspire the troops!
Henri shakes his head, "We are finns! We must not be afraid of the Russian shells!"

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).

Korhonen continues to pray a moment longer before raising his head. Ever so slightly. He peers about the church, trying to see, or hear, any wounded this merciless barrage might have created.

Antti shouts back toward Henry, with a terse, forced laugh, "To hell with you! I'm not afraid of Ivan, but his damned shells scare the piss out of me!"

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).
«Game» Sixten changes his style to Sprint!
«Ground Combat» Sixten moves into Graveyard.

Luukas spots Sixten, "Kapteeni Pekka's in here!" called over to him. "That graveyard won't give much cover.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage rips through City to deadly effect, filling the air with lethal shrapnel!
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).

Sixten comes running down the block, taking cover where he can. At this point, it happens to be a mausoleum—graveyard comes before the church, from the direction he's coming from.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Game» Korhonen tries to inspire the troops!
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Ground Combat» Sixten moves out of Graveyard.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).

Luukas calls down as Sixten moves, "They're shelling the whole city, at least everywhere they don't control. But doesn't seem to be targetted. It's not aiming at any troop concentrations!"

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Ground Combat» Sixten moves into Church.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).

Antti shouts at Luukas, "We don't HAVE any troop concentrations!" The shelling has made the farmer a bit on the irate side, as he ducks for cover again.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).

Pekka looks out the window cautiously. "I don't think they're aiming at anything in particular." he offers.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).

Sixten presses himself against the corner of the stairway, just in time to avoid a shell that swallows the entrance to the mausoleum he'd just vacated, then vaults up over the handrails and into the church. "Of course it's not aimed! Neither is rain!" he roars, leaning against a pew and checking over his weapon for damage.

«Game» Sixten changes his style to Stealth!
«Game» Sixten wields his Suomi M-31!

Korhonen tries to raise his voice above the shelling, as much in response to Antti as anything else. "Keep your heads! They have battered us these long months and we have not broken. They shall not break us this day!"

«Game» Korhonen tries to inspire the troops!
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).

Sixten nods to Korhonen, shouldering his Suomi. "I take it the riflemen are watching the roads?"

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).

Luukas turns to call over to the captain, "Kapteeni, sir. Was the armistice supposed to be full peace with the Russians drawing out of Finland, or just a temporary cease fire?"

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
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«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
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Sonja hears a familiar voice, and not one she's heard much of late.
Sonja shouts, "PAPA!".

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«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
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«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
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"Temporary ceasefire, the higher ups are being closelipped about what the final result is going to be." Pekka replies to Luukas. "There are some practicalities on the ground to work out no matter what the diplomats have decided in any case. Return of our prisoners, is my main concern.".

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
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«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
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«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).

Korhonen does not answer Sixten. Likely because he does not know. The doctor is not one to ask about strategic military matters. Hearing Sonja's shout gives him a twinge of relief. At least his eldest daughter hasn't been blown up yet.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
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«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).

Luukas nods a little bit, and goes quiet. He does scoot over from behind the cot to try to get a view of the road to the east by peering towards where a door's been blown out by a nearby explosion.
Korhonen shouts, "SONJA! STAY LOW, DEAR GIRL! IT SHALL ALL BE OVER SOON!".

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
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«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
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«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
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«Game» Korhonen tries to inspire the troops!

Olav frowns a bit "I wish they could stop doing that," he mutters to himself.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 3).
«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
«Game» Luukas tries to inspire the troops!
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (4 3).

Antti mutters back to Olav, "You and me both. Do soviets have nothing better to do in thier damned country than make more shells? How many do you think they've fired by now?" He ducks back down as another shells falls.

Sonja stays put beneath the desk. "Stay low." she mutters, and makes some rather piteous whimpering noises beneath her desk. "Emma already almost got killed by this once.". She looks up with red rimmed eyes. "The building is going to shake apart in a minute even if they don't hit it.".

Luukas tries singing the March of Vassa to inspire the wounded in the hospital. Unfortunately, Luukas Svenonius is a TERRIBLE singer.

Sixten kicks a pew out of place, then hauls it over towards a window. It's leaned against the frame, the V of the bench facing the stained glass. He then waits just to the side of the window, a good yard away. In no time, a shell explodes in the branches of the tree just outside that window, sending shrapnel and shattered wood through the shattering glass; the pew shakes, topples into the windowframe, but all in all does its job: To retain the blast.

Olav shrugs a bit, "I haven't tried to count them," he replies to Antti, with a half-grin, before he looks over at the hospital for a few moments.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
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«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
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Henri turns to others, "Are we going to stay here and die like a fish? Or we will strike back?" he asks

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
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Antti mutters haltingly back, "Six, s-seven.. eight nine.." A pause and he swallows againsta dry throat, taking a hit from his canteen, before asking, "How long yout hink this has gone on?" He adds, "Ten, eleven."

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
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«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
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«Game» Korhonen tries to inspire the troops!

Olav shrugs a little, "Too long," he replies, with a shrug. "Too long."

Luukas pauses his singing to catch his breath. He clears his throat a bit with a cough, then just goes prone while watching through the door towards the street east.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 4).

Antti opines louder, "Ostrobothnian, you sing like a dying cow!" A forced grin as he asks louder, "How long you think this has gone on so far?"

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
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«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
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Luukas calls back, "Maybe an hour? The clock here's smashed." from the Red Cross house.

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«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage rips through City to deadly effect, filling the air with lethal shrapnel!
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
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Korhonen nods a little at Luukas' words. "An hour. Yes. I cannot be more. And it cannot go on much longer." What he bases that hope on, he doesn't add.

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Henri nods his head, "It falls in every 30 seconds." he says, "It has been like this for over an hour

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«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
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Antti does some shell-addled math for a moment and guesses, "They must have dropped nearly a thousand shells on the ground around this position by now. Twelve hunded.." He ducks again as a shell scatteres shrapnel through the open ground. "Perkele."

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
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Olav seats himself by one of the church walls. "Wake me if they're coming, will you?" he says, a bit lightly.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
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Luukas just ducks down as a shell lands on the roof of a townhome across the street, debris raining down surrounding it as the old house starts to collapse with a groan.

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
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«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
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Henri turns to others, "We should strike and get their guns before they kill us all here." he says
Antti snorts. "You want to go out into that? Go ahead. Thier guns are probably miles from here, anyway."

«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (3 3).
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«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 4).
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«Artillery» 76mm Universal Gun artillery barrage batters City ineffectually.
«Artillery» Artillery barrage at City has lifted!
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding Minor road (2 2).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 1).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (0 0).
«Artillery» You hear artillery pounding City (1 0).
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Luukas calls over to Antti, "These sound like the Rat Tails we blew up up north in Oulu firing. Have you heard anything that sounds like naval guns shelling from the Gulf?"

«Game» Korhonen tries to inspire the troops!

Olav shrugs a little, as he looks out there again, to glance around a bit.

Antti thinks for a moment, and takes the time to steady his voice, before shouting back, "Hav'nt heard anything that didnt sound familiar, yet. Never been shot at by a ship before, but I'll guess no. No naval guns."

Pekka peers out the window at the rather battered city. "Looks like they've had enough of vandalism.".

Luukas growls "I'm hungry!" defiantly exclaimed aloud. "Were any men, or lottas, captured by Ivan in the battle for this town? I know Emma had a close call before we pulled back from the east."
Luukas adds, "From our unit, I mean."

Pekka nods. "A few. Not from your squad, though, but some of the civilians who refused to move out have been picked up by the Soviets apparently, and moved from the city.".

Emma has connected.

Olav moves over so he can look towards the north rather carefully, frowning a little bit.

Luukas frowns a little to himself. "How far from the city?" called back to the officer. "Far enough to be away from this shelling?"

Korhonen is taking cover in the church, shuddering a bit under the onslaught of the shells. He so should've retired before the war.

"In the stadium, so a mile, two miles maybe." Pekka replies. "Not this part of town anyway, but who knows, I couldn't hear a thing, hard to say what the target was if any, or if the stadium was a target too.".
Luukas collapses, just laying on his belly for a moment to steady his breath after the shelling. "I've been in the stadium before. Wasn't too damaged when me and Dr. Korhonen pulled back through there."

Sonja gets up from under the desk, shaking like a leaf, and deafened. She makes her way over to the window with some difficulty on trembling legs.
Sonja shouts, "PAPA! ARE YOU STILL ALIVE?".

Korhonen nods to Luukas wordlessly, just to show he remembers. He remembers that horrible retreat.
Korhonen shouts, "I AM FINE, SONJA! BE CAREFUL! GOD WILLING, WE SHALL ALL LIVE TO SEE THE END OF THIS DAY.".

«Game» Korhonen tries to inspire the troops!

Antti sets his back against the church wall, and opens a bottle, after two tries. A good long drink of vodka is taken, before the bottle is offered to the next nearest occupant. A slow breath is let out.
Olav reaches out to cover his ears a bit, at all the shouting.
Henri scratches his head and hmms, "You think it is over?" he asks

Emma is still cowering under one of the treatment tables, still unwilling to come out even though it seems the shelling has stopped.

Luukas swallows, then speaks, "It's a pause at least." this time not shouted, as Henri's in the same building as he.

Pekka remembers his watch, and eyes the time on it. "Only got about thirty minutes before the ceasefire, I don't think it'd be so wise to make a move now. I'm sure Stalin won't waste any time painting us as dishonest treaty-breakers if given half a chance. And besides, the Colonel would probably shoot me himself if we were still fighting past the deadline.".

Sonja sighs in relief, and sinks down the wall until she's settled on the floor, back against the wall, in the dust, which she couldn't care less about. "Emma! I didn't think you were here too!".

Emma peeks out when Sonja calls to her. Rather than explaining where she was, she merely asks in a fearful voice, "Do you think it's stopped for good?"

Henri shakes his head, "I dont think so. The Russians will shell us till the last second."

Sonja wrinkles her nose. "They must have run out of shells by now." she says, but scurries back under the desk again when Henri opines otherwise.

Luukas grumbles under his breath in Swedish, the meaning of the words not exactly heard by those not right beside him.

Antti leans his head back against the church wall, and idly kicks a bit of broken, colored glass away with one boot. As no one else took the vodka, he takes a second, smaller sip, and replaces the stopper. Setting the bottle down, he draws himself up and looks out the broken window northward. "Road north is still empty."

Olav shrugs a little as he keeps on waiting for what might come.

Pekka looks out the broken window into the now eerily quiet streets. "Doesn't look like there are any infiltrators.
Infiltration really isn't Ivans way, but you never know. Keep your eyes peeled.".

Luukas sighs, then lifts his head up a bit, peering through the blasted doorway. "Road east is clear." called over.

Olav remains looking around, rather carefully, keeping silent for now.

Sonja ughs, and holds her head. "I can't hear a thing." she says, ears still ringing. She retreats even further beneath her desk, feeling awful.

Korhonen dares to straighten somewhat as the shelling leaves off. He exhales slowly, trying to shake off the terror of the barrage.

Luukas pushes himself up from the floor, dropping back to sit on a cot with his back against the wall. He rubs his left arm a moment, the bandaged limb still hanging in a sling.

Emma leaves her table and scurries on hands and knees over to Sonja's desk to join her sister. Her ears are still ringing as well, and mostly she just looks terrified, pale and wide-eyed.

Antti lets out a slow, even breath, calling toward the improvised hospital, "Hey! We have any machine guns set up here?" Idly., he checks the bullets in his rifle, and eyes the northern road again.

Henri turns to Antti and pets his SMG, "I have only this." he syas

Luukas calls over, "I see a crate full of petrol bottles that survived the shelling, but no machine guns."

Olav shrugs a little, "Only the SMG," he also replies, shrugging a bit.

Antti mutters, "Perkele," under his breath, before calling back from the church, "That would be a 'no' then. Hell." A moment later he adds, "Still, Ivan has waited too long, and I dont hear gunfire. Maybe no push this time."

Korhonen nods slowly to Antti. "Maybe…" he says. More as if he's hoping than believing it.
Luukas leans to try to call towards the battered church, "Wounded should come over here before any shelling starts again, to let the nurses and doctors tend them."

"Makes sense, really," Antti adds, itching at his nose, and sniffing. "Maybe they just wanted to wreck the city. Cant imagine why they'd spend so much artillery, without pushing on it's heels."

Pekka shakes his head. "Ten minutes left, unless Ivan is planning on disrespecting the agreement I doubt anything is planned now. We better not tempt fate though so stay in cover.".

Sonja nudges at Emma, for once having some control of her faculties still. Because she heard some hopeful things today. "You hear that? The kapteeni said earlier that its all over today!".

Emma looks dubious. "Why would they shell us if it's all over?"

Henri turns to Emma, "Becouse they are jerks and Communists!"

Antti glares at the Red Cross building and calls, "No, idiot- it's because they're Soviets. Thier way of trying to punish us for not letting them take the city. And someone tell that half-wit not to holler about communists."

Luukas speaks low, "To remind us what they're capable of."
Luukas has partially disconnected.

Olav just shrugs a little. "Been that way through much of history. If you can't take it, wreck it," he calls out.

Luukas calls over, "Be glad you're not one of the civilian hostages they took. Probably going to use them to ransom demands."

Pekka shakes his head. "Alright, we got less than five minutes. I was supposed to lead a squad to parley with them up the road. I thought you gentleman would like to go, given your unit's history at Raate road.".

Korhonen exhales again. He's stopped shaking now, the stretch of calm having heartened him again. "But they shall not destroy us. Do not forget all we have been through, all /they/ have put us through, and still we live. We have not allowed the Soviets to wreck us. And they shall not wreck us today. As long as there is breath and life here, as long as we have those we love, we shall not be wrecked. No matter how many shells they throw at us."

Emma allows herself a small smile at her father's words.

«Game» Korhonen tries to inspire the troops!

Antti steps away from the wall, and looks out the doorway, to call over, "Yeah, Kapteeni. You want to go chat, I'll come along." A look aside at Korhonen, as the doctor waxes dramatic. A half grin, and low chuckle. "Bloody whites," he mutters without ire.

Luukas speaks quietly to the captain, "I'll go, sir." and tries to stand as Korhonen's inspiring rhetoric continues, brushing off his uniform though a groan comes as his left arm is strained. "Form up, squad, to escort Kapteeni Pekka in a little trip to meet the Neighbor. Let's show them how strong we Finns can be after they've tossed all their ammo our way!" He slides the Russian sniper rifle over one shoulder.

Henri nods his head and stands up, "Lets hope they dont throw shells at us again."

Olav shrugs a little bit as he hears that, and moves out of the church to stretch his legs a little. "Lead the way," he offers.

Korhonen chuckles back softly at Antti. "I am what I am, my friend. Good luck."

«Ground Combat» Luukas moves out of House with Red Cross symbols.
«Game» Viipuuri Outskirts is no longer a war zone!
«Game» Henri moves out of House with Red Cross symbols.
«Game» Luukas moves into Church.
«Equipment» Luukas has picked up 7.62-54R x 64.
«Equipment» Luukas has dropped 7.62-54R x 57.

Luukas stops by the supply cache at the old church, making sure he has a full five clips for the rifle to slide in his pack. Then, stepping back out, he nods to those joining up.

«Game» Luukas moves out of Church.

Antti mutters with a lobsided grin toward Korhonen, "Luck." Checking his weapons, on the move, the farmer walks across the shell-torn street toward the men emerging from the hospital.

Pekka emerges, bruised, bloody, but unbowed. Quite literally, given the fresh bandage wrapped about him. He quickly fiddles with his uniform so the bandage ends up hidden beneath it, and dusts it off with one hand. "Your men ready, Alikersantti?" he asks Luukas.

Olav looks to the others as he stretches a little.

Luukas turns to check those gathering at the street. He nods once, giving a very brief quick salute to the kapteeni, "Yes, sir. We're ready to move."

Pekka nods. "Alright, make sure you don't look like some scruffy villagers.". He eyes the squad. "Even if you are." he says with a slight smile, and then heads up the road, bearing proud.

A dry chuckle is Antti's answer to Pekka's rare jest, as the farmer walks along the shell-torn road, with rifle on his shoulder, and back straight.

Luukas leads the squad up the street, following the directions given by the kapteeni. On the way he's done his best to tuck in his shirttail, brush off the dust and grime from the recent shelling, and even a quick polish of the blue roundel on his cap and the scoped Mosin-Nagant's barrel and sights.

Henri has arrived.
Henri arrives from the South.

Pekka heads down the road, bearing becoming a little more stiff when the two Russians come into sight at the end of the road.

Ivan wears the uniform of a Red Army captain, which isn't all that differentiable from that of a common grunt, as the communists don't like epaulettes and flashy rank badges. He smiles at the Finns when they approach, friendly enough. Mikhail next to him apparently knows a little Finnish, as he does the talking, in accented Finnish. "We have the agreement here, as decided by your commanders, so you are ready to countersign?".

Olav comes up with the others, shrugging a little bit with his Suomi under one arm as he looks between the others for now.
Antti stops his steps a pace back, and to the side of Pekka, on the opposite side to Luukas, as the straightbacked farmer-turned-soldier, looks over the pair of soviets. He manages not to make any mumbled comments to his fellows.
Henri comes with the other finns, he still doesnt agree on this cease fire, since the russians shelled them to the last second…

Luukas doublechecks that his Russian rifle's slung properly on the shoulder, and his Russian pistol's also properly holstered. His hands don't reach to wield them, the grim-faced Ostrobothnian making sure the Russians don't have any excuse to accuse the Finns of breaking the terms of the cease-fire.

Pekka looks over the paper, and digs out one of his own, hidden under his uniform and now slightly bloodstained, which he offers to them to sign, while he signs the one Ivan offers.

Ivan smiles, and offers a cigarette to Pekka when he's done, letting him keep his own copy of the signed document. And Mikhail does the talking. "The orders are already given to our men, no more offensive action. We will need your cooperation in ensuring a smooth transition to peace in this city, of course. All locomotives on the Leningrad-Viipuuri railway line must be left as they are, with Soviet soldiers guarding them to make sure the treaty terms are met. And we expect an orderly withdrawal from the city, within seven days, which we think is generous in the extreme.".

Antti had frowned faintly as Mikhail spoke, the implications being unpleasant, until that last, when implications are confirmed. Antii's jaw drops, and for a moment, the farmer can;t even muster a properly blistering curse. "W-what?"

Luukas furrows his brows as he hears the Russian's Finnish language words, perhaps a tiny moment's hint of confusion as if not quite understanding them clearly. But his body remains straight and set, attempting to show discipline before Stalin's officers.

Pekka blinks. "Withdrawal?". The cigarette remains where it is, as he doesn't move to take it. "I've not been told anything about that." he says stiffly. "We're to hold at the present lines while the diplomats talk.".

Olav just stays where he is at the moment, shrugging a little bit, as he looks between the others, rather carefully.

Henri shakes his head and says "Treachery." at his mind not out laud

Luukas ;'s chin lifts slightly with a frown, a slight twitch of his cheek as if he's holding back words. He mostly keeps eyes forward, though, standing at the side of Kapteeni Pekka.

Mikhail seems a bit surprised by that response. "There already is a treaty, comrade." he tells the captain. "Maybe you have not been informed. But the relevant article is article 2, which places the city of Viipuuri on the Soviet side of the renegotiated line. Maybe you wish to talk to your own superiors?" he asks, a bit hesitant. "The war is over, comrade, and thats the main thing.". Mikhail the enlisted man is quite happy about that.

Antti looks aside at the other men of the unit briefly, before looking to Pekka, his bearing divided between shock and disbelief. "That cant be true," he mutters.

Pekka nods at Mikhail. "I think so, 'comrade'." he replies, rather bitterly. "For now we have a ceasefire, I will talk to my colonel, and straighten this out.". He glances around at the squad gathered around him. "Lets move out, Alikersantti, I want to find out what the politicians have in store for us.".

Olav shrugs a little as he listens, looking over at the others on his own side for a few moments.

Luukas gives the captain a tight salute, then turns to the sotamies, "Form up, moving out." and takes a step back to ready the Finn infantry at the direction of the kapteeni.

Henri nods his head and starts walking behind Pekka and Luukas

Antti shrugs one shoulder to better settle the rifle strap, as he keeps an eye on the russians a moment longer, disbelief still dominating his expression, before the farmer falls into step with the others.
Mikhail nods solemnly, and when he sees the Finns all heading off, glances up at the captain, with a quick exchange in Russian. The two of them then trudge off north through the snowy streets back to their own lines.

Paavel is sitting on the ground with his Emma in his lap, staring into nothingness in disbelief. The Estonian soldier's face is encrusted in filth and gunpowder residue, blue eyes staring from that black mask. His eyes are dry now, but lines of moisture have traced their way along his cheeks, picking out trails on the man's skin. It takes him a while to register the command, stumbling onto his feet clumsily.

Olav nods a little, offering a nod in the direction of the Soviets, before he gets ready to get out with the others.

Pekka turns to Luukas. "Have your squad get ready to move out here, and tell the Lottas too, but stay put until I get back from talking with the Colonel. I'm going to see exactly what the situation is first. Dismissed.".

Luukas lifts his chin a moment, "Yes sir." It's hard for him to hide the frown he's carried ever since the Russian meeting was over. "Everyone, we're pulling out. Get your gear together and say your goodbyes to Viipuri." Not staying to allow his grumbles to be voiced, he then moves to duck inside the Red Cross house to take the word to the lottas and medical staff.

Olav moves for the house as well, shaking his head a little, "Does that mean we can get some rest while the officer's speaking to the higher officers.

Paavel shakes his head, blinking. He stares at the ground in silence, his lips pursed and his knuckles white around the handle of the DP 27… No hint of a smile on his angular face today.

Pekka heads off down the road, to return soon.

Pekka arrives from the South.

(Some time later)

"Is not peace, is it? Finn only borrow Karelia to Soviet, not give it." These muttered words from Paavel carry grim implications - the Estonian's eyes are hard as steel, his mouth set in a thin line. Apparently, he means to be here when the Finns take back the area.

Luukas just shakes his head, lips closed tight and frowning in dismay. He continues on through the block, passing word to stragglers from other units and civilians.

Sonja stays off to one side, in a state of vague shock. "We're going back to Raatevaara?" she wonders, hoping the answer is yes.

Pekka returns, face like thunder. "It's true. The Colonel didn't want to tell us all before it happened, for reasons of morale." he tells Luukas. "So we've got a week. We'll have to help any civilians who want to leave as well, so we've got a big task ahead of us.".

Henri hmms, "Well, Let them have nothing more than ashes. Let us demolish the entire city."

Pekka eyes Henri. "The treaty says otherwise - and besides, we'll be back.".

Emma hugs her father again and then casts Henri a disgusted look, "Don't be stupid. They'd just accuse us of breaking the treaty."

Paavel hmphs, "Civilians who want remain? I doubt any will. Who want to be soviet citizen?" This is mainly in the nature of a rhetoric question, at least from the Estonian's tone.

Korhonen stares at Henri for a moment. "Do not speak madness," he says, passing a look of concern between Emma and Sonja. To the older he replies, "To Raatevaara. Life will not be easy but we will survive. And help our displaced neighbors survive."

Sonja shakes her head. "Something has gone very wrong in Russia, its not like Marx's book described it at all.". But she at least beams. "We're going home!". She is homely, after all.

Luukas looks to Pekka for a moment, then slowly nods once, lowering his eyes for a moment. "This is Finland, the people here, our people. Whatever the Russians do for now, in the end they'll learn a new lesson." His frown drives his expression for a moment as he turns so the captain, whom he apparently respects as an individual and not merely by rank, can't see his display of emotion. "Let's help all the refugees get to freedom that we can." more quietly to the men in general. "The wounded, everyone. Maybe some day the stupid Brits or goosestepping Germans will teach Ivan a lesson."

Emma just looks around the battered church, a little shell-shocked. Both figuratively and literally after the bombardment. "Home," she murmurs quietly.

Pekka nods. "Its a big city, we better move fast before the Soviets start complaining. And if there is any justice in this world then the Soviets will get a lesson they won't soon forget.". He salutes Luukas one last time. "Well, you have your orders, Alikersantti. It's been a pleasure working with you Raate boys. When we take Viipuuri back from the reds, I'm sure you'll be leading the charge. Dismissed.".

Henri :scratches his head, "Home? My home is in ruins. I dont have anywhere to return to." he shakes his head.

"I guess that means Estonia for me." Apparently, Paavel hasn't yet heard what's happened to Estonia. Oooooooooh boy. He picks up, and shoulders the DP, moving away from the Church.

"Come," Korhonen says gently to Emma and Sonja. Apparently he's eager to leave the church as well. "There will be many wounded here, and they will need our attention." He speaks to the girls as if they were real professionals now, rather than children playing at being nurses in his small-town surgery.

Luukas straightens, giving the kapteeni a proud and full salute back. "Yes, sir. We'll be here again, one day." and turns with a snap to the others. "Allright. Let's find where there's trucks or wagons to transport those wounded who can't walk." A movement towards the crate of Molotov Cocktails, as if with some foresight knowing that the petrol's going to be in short supply for fuel.

Pekka heads back to the south, he's going to be a busy man in the next few days, organising all this, and keeping morale up.

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