The Science Of Teamwork

(From Sled) Isak is in the sled, going over 'the plan'. "We don't know where they are, so it makes sense to me that we move south in the sled, and drop off people 1 at a time near the road. We can scout it from there, and if anyone finds anything, pull back and let us know."

(From Sled) Niko nods. A few belts of ammunition are draped over the small man's shoulders as well as a couple grenades. He glances at a hastily-drawn map he pulls out of a pocket and says back to Isak, "I can scout ahead; drop me off first… maybe at that marsh that should be south of here. I'll check the road, try to cross it without getting spotted, and move eastwards to look out for dogs and such."

(From Sled) Valentin hops onto the sled and nods to Isak's words. "Now, there are forests and swamps near the road. Which one is best from the tactical standpoint?" He asks, seeking to use the one with more cover, of course.

(From Sled) Marko hmms, "I think forest will be best, at least we can hide there and cover best.

(From Sled) Isak answers with a simple, "The deeper woods. The swamps will slow us. But we should deal with that when we find the place." To Niko he nods. "Who else is fast, wants to go with Niko?"

«Ground Vehicles» Sled moves South <S>.
«Ground Vehicles» You notice Sled arrive at Grass.

(From Sled #1134) Erkki is mostly quiet, sitting with the machinegun draped over his lap and darkly watching the others. Brooding. Very angsty. At least, after his engagement with Sonja, he's not been entirely and totally a bastard, when he's not just distant and emotionally cold and uncaring. War has taken its toll on him; all the killing dulls your emotions.

(From Sled) Marko hmms, "I am fast, but not very sneaky, I make noise, I think I am not a good choice…" he says sadly.

«Ground Vehicles» Sled moves South <S>.
«Ground Vehicles» You notice Sled arrive at Grass.

(From Sled) Isak nods, then looks over his shoulder to Niko. "Out here. You've got some thick woods between here and the road, so you can sneak past. Who else goes with him?"

(From Sled #1134) Erkki looks around at the others. "I'll go if nobody else does. I'll leave the MG here."

(From Sled) Niko continues studying his map. He purses his lips. "I'll move south and cross the river." He points to a squiggle on his map (2,1: Marsh). "Maybe we can rally here if it's clear."

(From Sled) Valentin stays alert as the rather crowded sled travels across the desolate landscape. Eventually, he points southwest, at a forest near the road. "That looks like a nice place to set up." He says, and then turns to Erkki. "Why would you leave the MG?"

Marko nods his head, "I will."

(From Sled) Marko nods his head, "I will."

(From Sled) Isak nods curtly once. "Good. We will meet there if nothing is found."

(From Sled) Joona shrugs a bit at them all. "Just figure we shouldn't send all the heavy fire power out at once…" the boy remarks, checking the clips in his pocket and the one loaded into his rifle.

(From Sled #1134) Erkki gives Valentin a glance. "We are scouting and coming back, aren't we? Why would I bring the MG with me on /scouting/?"

(From Sled) Niko says to Marko, "I'd rather go alone than have you follow. You already said you're not the right choice." He hops out of the sled and nods to Isak. "Wish me luck, eh? If you hear screaming and shooting, then the game is up." He grins and hops out of the sled.

(From Sled) Isak grimaces for a moment, then nods. "I will listen, Niko." He turns to the others. "We'll leave the heavy weapon here for now. Erkki, follow Niko."

(From Sled) Valentin is apparently a little confused. Some say they should rally elsewhere, and while others say the scouts will return here. He just shrugs. "The forest southwest is better than the marsh south." Val notes, pointing at the correct location.

«Game» Erkki unwields his DP 27!

«Equipment» Erkki has dropped DP 27.

(From Sled) Marko hmms and considers, "Perhelps we should make a MG nest a round here? A foxhole for example? South east of here?

Niko finishes strapping his skis on. He unslings his rifle, removes the magazine to ensure it's loaded, and slings his rifle. "I'm ready," Niko says, picking up his ski poles.

Erkki tucks the pistol into his belt and stands up after finishing putting the skis on. He nods at Niko. "Me too. Let's go."

«Ground Combat» Niko moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» You notice Erkki arrive at Swamp/Marsh.

«Ground Combat» You notice Bold arrive at Road.

Niko skis to a stop and kicks his skis off. He crawls on his belly to take a look at the road, then crawls back to Erkki. Niko scratches his beard. "No vehicles on the road. See one person… dark, doesn't look like a Russian." The small man pats the huge knife on his belt. "Looks like the guy I took this from," he mutters. A Mongolian, in other words.

Niko adds, "He's on a horse. With a sword." Niko takes another glance back at the road and hisses, "He's gone now."

Erkki is crawling a bit to the side of Niko, staring intently down onto the road. "I see him," he whispers. He's carrying some kind of sword or something," he says incredulously. He watches as the strange looking Russian moves east. "Must be a patrol," he suggests.

Niko mutters, "Best be quick before he comes back. Should we make a run for it, or try to sneak across?"

Erkki glances at Niko, thoughtfully. "We haven't found the outpost yet," he says. "East?"

Niko shrugs. "I think the sled is to the east. If the patrol is headed in that direction, we might have time before he circles back." He shrugs again. "Or we might not."

Erkki turns a bit of a glare at Niko. "Well, make up your mind," he grunts. "What are we going to do?" Clearly, he's not going to make the decision.

Niko nods after awhile. "The forest. We can try to cross the road there. The river's frozen, so it should be easy downhill skiing from the road in case we need to hurry."

«Ground Combat» Niko moves East <E>.

«Ground Combat» You notice Erkki arrive at Forest.

Joona :glances up at the passing Finns. "Shh…" he hisses. "He's moving east…" he notes with a gesture southward.

Niko skis in from the west, moving with some difficulty around the trees. He keeps his eyes fixed on the road to the south. Seeing a dark shape, he stops and unslings his rifle. "Who's there?" he hisses, squinting. "Finn?"

Erkki is moving stealthily along with Niko, the two practically two white ghosts in the dusk of the Finnish winter. He's glancing often southwards towards the road. He carries no weapon other than the pistol and the puukko, so obviously this is a scouting mission. At Niko's alarmed voice, he takes out his pistol and crouches down low, scanning around.

"Of course I'm a Finn," Joona snaps, pointing eastward. "And Ivan is on patrol down there it looks like," he grunts.

"The voice of a boy not yet a man," Niko mutters to Erkki. "It must be Joona." He approaches Joona's position and crouches down, rifle still unslung. "We saw the man on horseback. We're going to cross the road here."

"I wouldn't," Joona remarks, his eyes on the road. "There are two of them down there now…" he notes, watching the russians from the trees now. "Crossing might not be the best idea…"

Erkki just gives Joona a dour look in passing, then heads on southwards - only to freeze. "More of them," he whispers to Niko. "We got to find that post."

Niko squints. "I only see one," he says. The small man shakes his head. "I could be frozen to death before that patrol moves onward. I think our original crossing point was better."

Erkki points southwards carefully. "Three of them, on horses. I'll follow you, lead on."

Niko says, "Now's our chance…" He moves south.

«Ground Combat» Niko moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» You notice Erkki arrive at Road.

«Game» Niko assists Erkki!

«Game» Erkki changes his style to Stealth!

«Command from Luukas» Horsemen at my position. Three, with sabres. I'm hidden.

«Ground Combat» Niko moves South <S>.

«Ground Combat» You notice Erkki arrive at River.

«Command from Luukas» location 3,2 on map

«Report from Niko» We're on the other side of the river. Three horsemen moving in a patrol from west to east. They'll circle back eventually.

Erkki crosses the road with some aid from Niko, having slipped with skis momentarily and almost giving himself a scare. "West or east?" he asks of Niko.

«Command from Luukas» Just moved south of road, at 3,1. Will look for Russians and snipe when target seen.

Niko goes prone once he's on the other side of the road. He sends a hand signal to Joona to the north, then frowns. "Idiot wants to start shooting, I think," he mutters. "And we haven't even found the outpost yet." Niko peeks to the west. "Nothing there."

«Report from Niko» We haven't found the outpost yet! Hold fire, we're still looking.

«Command from Luukas» Check. Will not open fire.

Niko peers to the north and sends some handsignals, then nods. He says, "Looks like Luukas won't fire then. Gives us some more time." He points to the east. "Let's go in that marsh."

Niko mutters, "It's clear."

«Ground Combat» Erkki moves East <E>.

«Ground Combat» You notice Erkki arrive at Swamp/Marsh.

Erkki is moving ahead of Niko then, and now it's his turn to stop and hide and look eastwards to see if anything is moving there.

«Command from Luukas» I see outpost. Three Russian cossacks with a communications post at 3,1. I have them in sight.

«Command from Luukas» One machine gun, one submachine gun, and one rifle. Correction, the Cossack patrol has moved on. Three guards spotted on road with communications post.

«Ground Combat» Niko moves East <E>.

«Command from Luukas» Correction. Post is on road at 4,1 . I'm positioned at 3,1

«Report from Niko» We're west of your position. Erkki left his machine gun in the sled.

Niko crouches down. "Luukas is east of us." He points to the northeast. "The post is on the road. Dammit, too bad your machine gun would have slowed us down…" he pats his grenades. "If you're feeling stupid or adventurous, we can see if the others can provide covering fire." The small man grins.

«Command from Luukas» To repeat. Post sighted on road at 4,1. I'm in position hidden at 3,1, in marsh. Post has three Russian guards visible, with a machine gun nest, SMG, and rifle.

Erkki looks incredulously at Niko. "Where is the sled? I'm going there for the machine gun," he announces.

«Report from Niko» Where is the sled?

«Report from Niko» Where is the sled parked?

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Swamp/Marsh!

«Command from Luukas» Where is sled location? I just popped a shot, but missed. Russians readying machine gun now.

«Command from Luukas» All Russians together at 4,1 now

Niko winces as he hears a shot fired. "They're readying their machine gun, we're going to have a hard time attacking them now." He shakes his head. "Still waiting for an answer from Luukas."

«Ground Combat» Erkki moves North <N>.

«Ground Combat» Niko moves North <N>.

«Ground Combat» Erkki moves North <N>.

Niko follows Erkki north. "Luukas did the shooting," he mutters. "Damn him! I told him to wait for us to find the outpost and get into position!" He shakes his head. "I TOLD him you didn't have your machine gun!" The small man slams his fist against a tree and says, "The hell was he thinking?"

«Command from Luukas» Negative, Isak. Cossack patrol spotted by Marko from his position at 5,1. ID'd one as Commissar.

Erkki just gives Niko one of those 'I am not surprised'-looks, and skis onwards, heading for the sled. Far as he's concerned this is a waste of time now.

«Ground Combat» Erkki moves East <E>.

«Ground Combat» Niko moves North <N>.

«Game» Niko changes his style to Sprint!

«Ground Combat» Niko moves East <E>.

«Ground Vehicles» Sled arrives from Grass!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Road (4 1)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Road (4 1)!

Niko skis out of the forest and stops, looking around… or perhaps catching his breath, scrawny bugger that he is.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Road (4 1)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Road (4 1)!

(From Sled) Isak cocks an ear at the sound of machine gun fire and sighs. "It wouldn't be right to just leave him there, would it?" It was rhetorical, and they knew it.

«Ground Vehicles» Niko gets into Sled.#-1

(From Sled) Niko waves a hand in greeting to those in the sled and hops on. The small man looks visibly disappointed… and angry. "Bastard started shooting before we were in position," he mutters.

(From Sled #1134) "Sure it would. His mess, he can get out of it on his own," Erkki says, having no compunctions what so ever leaving Luukas behind.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Grass (5 0)!

(From Sled) Isak just shakes his head. "Let's hope the others didn't deviate."

«Ground Vehicles» Sled moves West <W>.

«Ground Vehicles» You notice Sled arrive at Forest.

(From Sled) Niko sets his rifle across his lap. "I didn't even fire a single shot off," he says. Niko glances back at the road, to the south, and says to Isak and Erkki, "Is assaulting the border outpost even possible now that they've been alerted? We're in Russia… there are Russians in Russia. Lots of them."

«Ground Vehicles» Isak gets out of Sled.

«Ground Vehicles» Erkki slips into the Driver position of this Sled!

«Ground Vehicles» Isak gets into Sled.#-1

(From Sled) Isak just shakes his head. "Foolish, but not worth death. Let's get our people and get out of here. At least we know where they are now."

(From Sled) Niko adds in a low mutter, "Wouldn't surprise me if Ivan had their border dialed in with artillery, either. It is an outpost, on a road, and they obviously want to protect it."

«Report from Niko» Where is everyone located?

(From Sled) Erkki glances over his shoulder but doesn't see any russians, and he smacks his lips to get Satan moving a bit faster. Satan seems happy to move in the direction of home and speeds up a bit.

(From Sled) Niko looks around. "I don't see any of ours… no sense signaling."

«Ground Vehicles» Sled moves North <N>.
«Ground Vehicles» You notice Sled arrive at Grass.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Road (4 1)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Road (4 1)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Road (4 1)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (1 3)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Road (4 1)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Road (4 1)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Road (4 1)!

Erkki isn't as good a driver as Isak and Satan, now knowing Erkki is driving, is going in another direction just out of spite for a bit before turning to the right way again. "Saatana perkele," Erkki curses. He looks back again, hearing the shooting.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Road (4 1)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Machine Guns from Road (4 1)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Forest (1 3)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Road (5 1)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Road (4 1)!
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Road (5 1)!

«Ground Vehicles» Sled moves West <W>.
«Ground Vehicles» You notice Sled arrive at Grass.

"A lot of shooting… southwest, south, and southeast," Niko says. He taps his fingers on the stock of his rifle. "Since I can't see anyone to signal to, the trick is figuring out which shots are Finnish and which ones are Russian." The small man smirks, "My ear can't tell the difference."

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Road (4 1)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Swamp/Marsh (3 1)!

(From Sled) Isak shakes his head. "Go south more, see if Valentin meets us where he should."

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Road (4 1)!

(From Sled) Erkki "Yeah yeah, I'm heading west," Erkki says, steering the horse between two trees, but not well enough; the sled nudges one of the trees and people in it are rocked and the sled gets another fine dent. "Hehe."

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Road (4 1)!

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Road (4 1)!

«Ground Vehicles» You hear the sound of vehicle weapons from Road! (4 1)

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Road (4 1)!

«Ground Vehicles» Sled moves West <W>.
«Ground Vehicles» You notice Sled arrive at Grass.
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Road (4 1)!

(From Sled) Niko peeks over the edge. "I don't see anyone," he says. "We're getting closer to the shooting, though."

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Submachine Guns from Road (4 1)!
«Ground Vehicles» You hear the sound of vehicle weapons from Road! (4 1)

«Ground Vehicles» You hear the sound of vehicle weapons from Road! (4 1)
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Road (4 1)!

«Ground Vehicles» You hear the sound of vehicle weapons from Road! (4 1)

«Ground Vehicles» You hear the sound of vehicle weapons from Road! (4 1)

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Road (4 1)!

(From Sled) Erkki loses control of Satan for a long while and the sled is careening across the grass in another direction entirely for a bit before he gets hold of it again. "You stupid animal!" he curses. "Where is Valentin?"

«Ground Vehicles» You hear the sound of vehicle weapons from Road! (4 1)
«Ground Vehicles» You hear the sound of vehicle weapons from Road! (4 1)
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Rifles from Road (4 1)!

(From Sled) Isak points. "South East!"

«Ground Vehicles» Sled moves South <S>.
«Ground Vehicles» You notice Sled arrive at Grass.

«Ground Vehicles» Sled moves East <E>.
«Ground Vehicles» You notice Sled arrive at Forest.

(From Sled) Isak calls out from the sled, "Get in!"

«Ground Vehicles» Valentin gets into Sled.

«Ground Vehicles» You hear the sound of vehicle weapons from Road! (4 1)

(From Sled) Erkki is in command of the horse, driving the vehicle. Badly. He is heading straight for Valentin. "Satan… ptrooo… damn it, slow down!" He pulls hard on the reigns, making the horse toss his head before he complies and steers out of the way.

(From Sled) Niko says, "Let's get out of here before they start shelling us or before all of Russia swarms across for a taste of Finnish blood."

Running away from the cossacks, Valentin stays hidden in the woods further north. Luckily, Isak and his sled arrive and save the day. The pale farmer doesn't waste time and promptly hops in. "Let's get out of here. There was a cossack chasing me!"

«Ground Vehicles» You hear the sound of vehicle weapons from Road! (4 1)
«Ground Vehicles» You hear the sound of vehicle weapons from Road! (4 1)

(From Sled) Isak points to the south. "That way! We have to try to get to the others."

(From Sled) Niko murmurs, "I think I hear cannon fire."

(From Sled) Valentin quickly shakes his head. "No! There's a cossack on the road, and there was one chasing after me from there!"

(From Sled) Erkki turns a glare at Isak. "No, this is enough, they can get the hell out on their own," he says with a grunt and steers the horse westwards.

«Ground Vehicles» Sled moves West <W>.
«Ground Vehicles» You notice Sled arrive at Grass.

(From Sled) Isak pauses, apparently considering leaping out of the sled, and instead just sits back and snarls.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Grenades from Road (3 2)!

(From Sled) Valentin can't help but chuckle as they escape on the sled. "I shot one of the cossacks and threw him off his horse. He must've broken his hand by the way he landed on the ground. I think I blew his ear off with the shot, too." He comments.

«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Grenades from Road (3 2)!

«Ground Vehicles» Sled moves North <N>.
«Ground Vehicles» You notice Sled arrive at Grass.
«Ground Combat» You hear the sound of Pistols from Road (3 2)!

(From Sled) Erkki coldly ignores all the sounds of fighting from the south. He's got the horse in order now and is getting them all away rather fast, back to Finnish territory.

(From Sled) Niko nods to Valentin, "Good work. Too bad we never got a chance to set up a machine gun at the outpost." He spits over the edge of the sled and shakes his head.

«Ground Vehicles» Sled moves North <N>.
«Ground Vehicles» You notice Sled arrive at Swamp/Marsh.

(From Sled) Isak grimly stares down at the bottom of the sled, waiting to be delivered home, and not quite able to shake the feeling of being a coward.

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