Sunday September 3, 2000

Book 1: The Tub of Happiness
Mini-Adventure Number One


Tagon:Kevyn, I'm promoting you from Tech Sergeant to Munitions Commander. I want you to take responsibility for all company weapons.
Kevyn:Munitions Commander? Why me?
Tagon:I don't know. Call it "Suspicion of Extreme Competence" on my part.
Schlock:Well, well, Mr. Munitions-Commander-with-the-stripes-to-prove-it, I need a new weapon.
Kevyn:What for?
Schlock:You were there. My own personal plasma cannon blew up in my own personal face.
Kevyn:Of course. How could I forget? I scraped you off of the walls, floor, and my clothing, as I recall.
Kevyn:I think I need to issue you something a little less violent.
Schlock:But we're mercenaries. "Hurt people and break things" it says, right in the handbook.
Kevyn:But I have something special in mind for you. It's a difference-tone stunner.
Schlock:Lets hear your sales pitch, commander.
Kevyn:Well, it projects two parallel unidirectional, high-amplitude VHF audio streams, with slightly differing frequencies. When those streams intersect a target, a high amplitude difference-tone is generated in the body of the target.
Kevyn:This low-frequency tone interferes with the targets synaptic refresh, effectively jamming the nervous system and rendering the target instantly unconscious.
SFX:(One panel beat) Silence.
Kevyn:It's a magic sleep gun.
Schlock:Oh, cool! I'll need one for work and one for at home.