The Search For The Simurgh

The Search for the Simurgh

Dorian had directed Yanmei to seek the help of a man named Kourosh Rustami, known in Dorian's diary as 'The Simurgh'. This person would be able, supposedly, to understand her enemies enough to outwit them. To find the Simurgh, however, she had to consult the diary of contacts Dorian had left to Yanmei in his will. On consulting it, Yanmei would find but a clue to the Simurgh's location…

"I have left for the old city which the Avestans never left, where the rain never falls and the victorious fire never goes out."

This vague riddle gave no immediate hints, and so Yanmei was forced to ask others for help. After a bit of research, she'd been told that 'Avestan' was the old traditional language of the Zoroastrian religion, which had dominated Persia until the Islamic conquests. Thus the city was probably an Iranian one which had contained a Zoroastrian presence, was very dry, and home to one of the nine 'Atash Behrams', or 'fires of victory'- fire temples central to the Zoroastrian faith. With this information, they could surmise that the clues pointed to one location- the city of Yazd in central Iran.

However…

Iran had been devastated by nuclear warfare shortly after Impact. It, like most of India, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Lebanon and Jordan, were Dead Lands- wide, depopulated wastelands home to only the most desperate or the most resilient. The lingering radiation alone would be enough to sicken and kill most people without adequate protection…

If Yanmei intended to pursue the Simurgh, then this would be a deeply risky undertaking. What clues had he left in Yazd…?

Requirements

Objective

Primary Objective
Locate the Simurgh by following his trail.
Secondary Objectives
Avoid detection by hostile forces.

Difficulty

Challenging. The Simurgh's trail will require various skills, including at least logic, survival and awareness. There may also be enemy forces in the region- Iron Guard can live here, and if the UN knows about this 'clue' then Stormtroopers or Phantoms may be present as well.

Personnel Allotments

Minimum Allotments Allowed
Zhang Yanmei, Isaiah Gabriel-Wei, at least one character with the Operate (Air Military) skill.
Maximum Allotments Allowed
Zhang Yanmei, Isaiah Gabriel-Wei, at least one character with the Operate (Air Military) skill, up to two others.

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Equipment

Essential Equipment
Armour with the Sealed quality for all. One Stealth S-VTOL. A months' worth of supplies.
Recommended Equipment
Armour with the Sentinel Quality for all. Digital maps. Weapons for all. Characters may use any unique equipment they possess.

Duration

Duration: One turn.
Expires: Expires Turn 5.
May Be Undertaken: May be taken once.

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Outcome

Objective

Primary Objective Status
Primary objective Achieved/Not
Secondary Objectives Status
Secondary objective Achieved/Not

Personnel Allotments

Allotments
Minimum Allotments.

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Equipment

Equipment
Essential Equipment.
Yanmei: Fed Shadowline Armour (3 RP), Excalibur (free), Conquerer's cloak (free), Positron Sabre (2 RP)
Isaiah: Fed Shadowline Armour (3 RP), Annihilation Weapon (3 RP); Mediglove (2 RP)
Go: Ayanami Light Armour (free); Ayanami longbow (free); Hellgun w/ makerlight and lasersight upgrades (4 RP); Ayanami Rod
Hachi: Ayanami Light Armour (free); Ayanami longbow (free); Burst Cannon with autoloader upgrade (4 RP); Ayanami Staff
Asuka: Fed Shadowline Armour (3 RP), Hyper sword (2 RP), Positron Sabre (2 RP)
Misc: Eternity Tear (1 RP), 2 biogel (2 RP), 1 comm interceptor (1 RP)

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Round Log

Round Situation Actor Action Result
Round 1 10km South of temple All Sneak North -
Round 2 Blocked Passage Asuka Assist Isaiah -
- - Hachi Assist Isaiah -
- - Yanmei Stand Watch -
- - Go Stand Watch -
- - Isaiah Athletics over blockage 19 vs 93; success
Round 3 Temple in sight, patrolled by Phantoms All Wait for radiation storm -
Round 4 Temple in sight, patrolled by Phantoms, radiation storm Go Throw debris at weak building 26 vs 100; success. 15 damage, success.
- - Asuka Stealth Test 64 vs 104; success
Round 5 Main room near ancestral obelisk Hachi Watch for intruders
- - Yanmei Assist Go -
- - Isaiah Assist Go -
- - Go Awareness on Obelisk 89 vs 102; success. Remembering test: 85 vs 79. Failure
- - Asuka Poke Obelisk base -
Round 6 Main room near ancestral obelisk Yanmei Insert jade necklace, touch obelisk, resist pulse 61 vs 27; failure, knocked unconscious
- - Isaiah Resist obelisk surge 6 vs 71; success
- - Hachi Overwatch -
- - Go Take Jade -
- - Asuka Stealth Test 35 vs 72; success
Round 7 In stealth VTOL, 10km south of temple Yanmei Unconscious 75 vs. 37. Failure
- - Isaiah Wake Yanmei 44 vs 61; success
- - Hachi Bunker the VTOL 65 v. 61; failure
- - Go Assist Asuka w/Senses -
- - Asuka Operate VTOL through storm 18 v. 62; success
Round 8 In Kolkata-2, Yanmei has made 13-page mathematical equation Yanmei Requisition University 34 vs. 109; success
- - Isaiah Solve Equation 16 vs. 85; success
- - Hachi Assist Isaiah -
- - Go Assist Isaiah -
- - Asuka Ring Surov and Sarasvati -
Round 9 Weeping Phoenix Grotto, at the underground river Yanmei Assist Hachi -
- - Isaiah Assist Hachi -
- - Hachi Search for other path (Awareness) 24 vs. 82; success
Round 10 Weeping Phoenix Grotto, at the underground river shallows Hachi Barrier dam the river 24 vs. 82; success
- - Go Toss rocks 96 vs. 100; failure
- - Asuka Cross the river w/acrobatics 53 vs 72; success
Round 11 Weeping Phoenix Grotto; Escaping the Grand Tiger Yanmei - -
- - Isaiah - -
- - Hachi - -
- - Go Angelic Awareness 1 vs 82; success
- - Asuka Acrobatics through narrow cave 10 vs 82, success
Round 12 Weeping Phoenix Grotto; The Gallery Road Yanmei Read sign 35 vs 47; success
- - Isaiah Read sign 68 vs 55; failure
- - Hachi Awareness for dangers 23 vs 83; success
- - Go Scout Ahead -
- - Asuka Navigate Gallery Road 69 vs 112; success
Round 13 Sweet Valley Village Yanmei Charm to talk with villagers 78 vs 99; success
- - Isaiah - -
- - Hachi - -
- - Go - -
- - Asuka - -

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