Atomic Highway: Road to Nowheresville (Part I)

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Atomic Highway, Map and dice raring to go.

Cast of Characters:
Merddyn Baruma, a feral beastmaster (Nathan)
Jeet Jeet, a Trog Scavenger (Darryl)

Jeet is a Trog scavenger who is currently rounding up some supplies at a ruined settlement, he is hoping to find something big so he can have bartering power with the enclave and the bartertown nearby. He’s in the middle of the ruins when he hears something in the wind and turns to see a Blood Hound gliding in.

Merddyn has been tracking a blood hound that attacked his clan and killing a couple members of his tribe, He’s been on the hunt for this beast now for several days and he know he is close very close to finding his prey.  Merddyn is riding a huge moose as a mount and he also has an eagle as his eyes and ears in the air. There is something happening in the burned out ruins of an old station nearby and Merddyn investigates.

Jeet rolls and in the process brings up his speargun to get a shot off since the Blood Hound didn’t get a surprise. Jeet hits the beast but it’s not enough to take him down but the creature does manage to get an attack in and sinking it’s fangs into Jeet. Jeet drops his spear and grabs a knife as Merddyn draws his bow and arrow and fires at the beast.  There is a scuffle indeed as the Blood Hound is outnumbered now and takes off, but it doesn’t get to far as Merddyn’s arrow sinks deep into the beasts torso and piercing it’s heart.

Jeet thanks Merddyn for his help and adds that he had it all under control.  Merddyn acknowledges this and dismounts as he draws a knife and then proceed to  skin the blood hound since he plans on keeping the pelt as a trophy.  Jeet knowing the dangers of traveling alone offers his assistance to Merddyn since they seem to be away from their respective homes and would maybe do better as a duo than being alone. Merddyn agrees and they both decide to set up camp for the night and proceed to the closest bartertown, which is called Markstown in the morning.

Jeet and Merddyn head off to Markstown in the morning, though they are travel 50 meters parallel from the highway. Jeet has managed to salvage two 50lbs bags of grain and has been carrying them in a makeshift stretcher. Which means he has to travel a few kms than rest then travel again. Merddyn patrols ahead, scanning and tracking as well, making sure they are not heading into trouble.

Hearing the sounds of motorcycles approaching, Merddyn signals to Jeet. Jeet then drops down to hide behind some shrubs while Merddyn follows suit, three raiders appear over a hill and zip along the wrecks on the highway, they slow down when they see an old barn standing and proceed down an old road to the barn.

Jeet and Merddyn think about what should do. Either they bypass the barn completely, or they go in and see what these riders are up too. They decide to investigate what the trio of riders are doing: they could be friend but maybe they are foes.

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Jeet walks around the barn looking for a way in, a section at the back has given way and he sees it his opening. He signals to Merddyn that he is going in. He sneaks into the barn and smells the aroma of baked beans. One of the riders has set up a Coleman stove and has a pot of beans cooking on it. A two way radio sits on the hood of an old tractor.

Jeet overhears them chatting about a “shipment” headed this way and is confirmed by the two way radio. One of the fellows decides to “shake the weasel” and leaves the barn. Jeet heads outside to signal Merddyn about the biker. Merddyn reads the signal as to attack and he sends in his eagle to do just that. The eagle’s talon rips into the fellows face and this is where the fun begins.

Jeet overhears the man screams which alerts his buddies as well. Jeet pops up and fires his spear gun and hits one of the fellows inside the barn. The fellow outside draws a machete as the eagle comes in for a second attack; it scores another nasty hit. Merddyn finishes off the fellow with a bow shot.

Inside the barn Jeet is battling one of the fellows in a machete/knife fight and it gets nasty.  The fight goes on for a few more rounds as Merddyn rushes in and after the dust settles it’s just our heroes that are left standing.

They decide to set up camp for the night, dragging the bodies of the raiders away from the barn (as to not attract any other predators to the location) and do an inventory of what they had. It’s like they hit the jacpot!

The pick up a machete, a knife, a crossbow with a few bolts, one Coleman Stove, 7 cans of Beans, 2 cans of spam, 3 canteens of water, 1 wine-skin, a walkie talkie and a can of mystery, also 3 canisters for the Coleman stove.

The bikers belong to a gang a symbol of a sun in a clenched fists, Jeet thinks they might be with the “Suns of Sudden” gang that is a pretty “evil” bunch to begin with. The walkie talkie squelches and someone is asking for Baker and any sign of activity yet.

Jeet bluffs and says not yet. The voice on the other ends says when they do spot it they will relay it so that they can set up the ambush at Kelvin Pass. It’s there they can transfer the shipment to their base.

Merddyn and Jeet discuss their options over a bowl of baked beans and they wait til morning to inspect the bikes outside. After a good night’s rest they are up early and see the bikes have a deadman’s switch on it and luckily Jeet diffuses it. They have three bikes but none of them have a drive skill. Off in the distance they can hear the sound of a semi approaching. They go out to the highway and see a convoy approaching. Two dune buggies, three motorcycles and a huge rig. Jeet waves them to slow down and the convoy stops. The lead dune buggy approaches; the lanky passenger in black leather and wearing goggles seems to be in command. He asks what is the meaning of this?

Our heroes explain to him what had happened and what the communication from the walkie talkie has inquired. That the “Suns of Sudden” are waiting at Kelvin Pass to ambush the convoy.  The dune buggy leader asks them what they want for exchange of information and both Jeet and Merddyn say “safe passage to Markstown”.

… to be continued…

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