Issue 1 Part 1
Flight into Danger
193x; early evening, somewhere over the Pacific
Scene: On board a DC3 Dakota. The PC’s are all in the cabin of the aircraft, along with four other passengers. Suddenly there is an explosion; the port engine erupts in flames and the plane starts to go down.
Yoz made for the rear of the plane, searching for parachutes. He found four chutes amongst the luggage. Jack went to the cockpit to try and help control the plane. He found the pilots still in their seats; both missing their heads. Something had scythed in through the port window and out of the starboard window. “Propeller blade,” he thought; dragging the pilot’s body out of the seat and taking the controls. Ahead, on the horizon; he could see an island. The controls were shot and the fire was not going out; the plane was back in level flight but still going down. “Could use some help here”, he yelled back into the cabin.
Meanwhile, Dr F was arguing with one of the passengers; a middle-aged man dressed in black with a shock of white hair. ”This is God’s will, young man; you must put your trust with Him. Only He can save us now.” Alex was distracted by another passenger; a young blonde woman who calmly lit a cigarette and remarked “They said travel to the South Seas and see adventure; Guess it started early.” She spoke with a lazy Texan drawl.
Yoz put on one of the parachutes and grabbed another. He went forward to the main cabin; the red-headed female passenger blocked his way. “Cherie”; she spoke in English with a French accent. “You have thought of me. Non? Sacre bleu; I would be very grateful in many ways.” Yoz relented and handed over the parachute; then went back for the next one.
Alex made his way to the cockpit and removed the co-pilot’s body; then took the controls; the controls were failing (Jack: “on these ships, the hydraulics run off the port engine. Stupid design really.”) The island grew closer; it became apparent there was nowhere to land. “Hold tight back there,” yelled Jack. “I’m going to put her down in the lagoon and try and run up to the beach.” He tried to bring it in low and slow but the plane pancaked; bounced and crashed up on the beach. The engines and wings caught fire and the fire spread rapidly.
Jack had strapped in so was able to get out and exit from the cockpit window. Alex didn’t strap in and went face-first into the instrument panel. Jack reached in and pulled him out. Yoz and Dr F opened the cargo door and pulled out the two women; the French red-head and the blonde. The preacher and the woman with him were dead. They all ran up the beach as the aircraft exploded in flames.
Watching the fire, they took stock of what they had been able to rescue. They had some personal gear; their weapons (apart from Freeze’s Tommy gun; but he did have his Invisibility belt and Electricity Bolt gun), a flashlight, a first aid kit, a basic tool kit, three parachutes and a tarpaulin. They made a fire by lighting some branches off the burning plane
Around the fire they made some introductions. The blonde was called Sarah; she was American and was a singer. The red-head, who had taken a liking to Yoz, was called Helene and came from Paris. Eventually, a flashback scene revealed that the PC’s had been flying to Bora Gora on the request of the Port Douglas Natural History Museum, to bring back a rare monkey statue. Sarah was concerned that her luggage hadn’t survived the crash and fire and wanted to go and look once the fire had died. They shared some anecdotes about events that occurred when looking for the Unarphan Idol, then made hammocks out of the parachutes and slept.*
The following day dawned bright and hot. The wreckage was still smouldering on the water’s edge; Dr F and Jack went to examine the port engine whilst Yoz and Alex went off to look for food. They found no live game, but did return with some fruit that Dr F pronounced fit to eat. Examining the engine; Jack found three neat holes punched through the intake manifold; they looked like bullet holes. Dr F vaguely remembered hearing something like gunfire during the flight; but he was half asleep and thought he was dreaming.
At this point, Jack heard the sound of an aero engine; a single-engine. Dr F and Yoz got the girls back under cover of the trees whilst Jack and Alex looked for the aircraft. It came into view, flying low (about 300’); a biplane with no markings. They tried to identify the type and stood too long in the open; the plane banked in a tight circle and dived on them; firing off a hail of bullets from twin machine guns. Alex took a glancing blow and went down; Jack grabbed hold of him and pulled him up the beach towards the trees. As the plane came in for another attack; Dr F ran forward and fired off a lightning bolt from his gun. The results were spectacular; the bolt hit the plane dead on; which exploded and crashed into the lagoon!**
“From now on, you shall be called Zeus!” yelled Yoz. Sarah took a great interest in the lightning gun; “Hey, honey, what exactly is that? I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Jack looked thoughtful and looked to see if there was any wreckage of the fighter. “That was a short-range plane; there must be an airfield somewhere. It could be that was the plane that shot us down. But why?”
Zeus (yes, he really did mean it) and Yoz went off exploring the surrounding jungle; the two girls insisted on going with them. Alex and Jack stayed and built up the camp some more. Returning from the jungle with some wood for the fire, they were startled to see a boat cruising outside the lagoon. A man stood with a megaphone, another man piloted the boat and the third man was aiming a belt-fed machine gun. ***
“COME OUT! WE KNOW YOU’RE THERE. COME OUT WITH YOUR HANDS UP”
Meanwhile, off in the jungle, the others were steadily climbing a slope. There came a rustling in the surrounding brush and a squad of soldiers surrounded then, armed with rifles. Zeus had enough warning to hit the control on his Invisibility Belt and faded from view.
“Put up your hands. You are all under arrest.”
“On what charge?” asked Yoz.
“This is a private island and you are trespassing.”
Stay Tuned for the next issue of Thrilling Adventure Stories – The Metal Tower
This was one of the most fun-packed Games we have played; everyone had a great time and can’t wait until next week.
Quote of the Game:
Harry – to Sarah. “I am Dr Freeze. But you can call me Dr Feelgood”
* Alex Scarr was there on the Unarphan Idol Adventure. However, he was played by someone else; so the stories involved telling Joe what he actually did
** This was amazing. The bolt hit with a Raise, did two Wounds and both criticals rolled ‘12’. Plane went ‘Kaboom!’
*** Raymond Chandler – have a man with a gun arrive. In this case; I used the classic scene from ‘Dr No.’