Previously On The Theoretical Science Foundation:
After a bloody shoot-out at the Nazi base, our heroes steal the parts they need to repair their Dornier. Unfortunately, their escape from the island is hindered by a pair of Nazi u-boats closing in on them.
[After yet another short hiatus, the Tuesday Knights were finally back in action this week, continuing our multiversal adventures in Pete's Hollow Earth Expedition game, where our team of 1950's characters have been shunted into their 1930s analogues]
|Charting our adventures in the 1930's|
Although still unable to take-off, due to damage to the several of the engines, the Dornier managed to elude its U-boat pursuers as we sailed off into the night.
Geoff Jefferson had been rootling through luggage of the many passengers we'd already lost when we suddenly realised he was seated in the middle of the aisle, staring - rather possessively - at a strange wooden box.
Having resisted our initial questioning, Dick (Kevin's psychic detective) gave Geoff a mental nudge to open the box and as he did a strange and unusual astrolabe floated out, sending off crackling shards of electricity that mirrored the tropical storm that had suddenly engulfed the plane.
Suddenly half the aircraft was in daylight, while the other side remained in the stormy night.
On the illuminated side of the craft we could see calm seas and another tropical island, so the aircraft was guided towards that beach as the floating astrolabe 'lost power' and clattered back to the deck.
Beaching the Dornier on this new island, the first thing we noticed was a raised lip of ground-up man-made material, mainly metal, and beyond the beach we came to an aircraft graveyard, containing about a score of crashed Nazi aircraft.
|The aircraft graveyard|
Except for bestial scratch marks on the metalwork, we could see no immediate signs of explosions or weapon damage, to suggest why - or how - these fragments had got there.
|Our first glimpse of the ancient ruins|
The overgrown ruins appeared to be akin to Aztec or Mayan design, with a small stepped pyramid and an enormous (approximately 100 foot high) engraved obelisk, covered in strange symbols (including icons suggesting the appearance of disc-like aircraft in the past).
As we started to look around this collection of ancient buildings, first Freya (Clare's photojournalist) and then Dick caught glimpses of shadows moving through the trees.
However, before they could investigate further, Buck (my global adventurer) was grabbed by animated vines and it took his colleagues - armed with machetes - to hack him free.
However, almost simultaneously Dick, who'd been tracking a "giant jungle cat", and Onyx were pounced upon by smilodons - aka saber-toothed tigers.
In the ensuing brutal melee, one of the prehistoric giant felines sank its mighty fangs through Onyx's leg.
However, the fearless pilot used this close proximity to her advantage, shooting the tiger through the eye, her bullet passing straight into its brain and killing it stone dead.
To Be Continued...
- Buck Hannigan - played by me
- Richard 'Dick' Tate - played by Kevin
- Father Timothy 'Ned' O’Flaherty - played by Simon (absent)
- Freya Larson - played by Clare
- Onyx Jones - played by Mark
Showrunner - Pete