What are you doing out here? Hop on before someone catches up! Looks like you need a ride anyway.You take the woman's hand and climb aboard a rickety, slow-moving train. You have heard of trains and similar vehicles in your travels but never witnessed one first hand. Your legs are throbbing from soreness, so it is a welcome change of pace to let someone else carry you to the next outpost.
The woman has a few armed humans working around her and she motions to them that it is time to pick up the pace.
Her personal guard moves beside her and looks at you. "Who is this?" She signals to gently lower his pistol from your face. "We are about to find out." She turns to you. "We got a long ride until our next stop. I assume you want to go east? Our shipment is set for Old Deecee. You are welcome to ride. What's your name?" Nice to meet you. They call me Tye. Others call me worse, but Tye is what makes me turn my head. Have any questions for me? This is a train?
Yes this train is supposed to travel throughout the lands, but we are working on building up coal reserves and equipment. We also are working on rebuilding railways at the old hubs.
You wouldn't believe me If I told you.
The rhymic vibrations and churning of the locomotive engine were strangely hypnotic. You give in to your fatigue and nod off. A loud clanking and rumbling from underneath jostle you awake. You find that you have been moved to a car with a makeshift bed of old grasses and dried weeds. A moth-eaten blanket covers your legs and torso. The car door slides open and Tye smiles seeing you have opened your eyes. In her hand was a half-eaten butter sandwich. She rips off a piece and hands it to you.
You frisked me?
The OfferTye sits down and discusses at length the mission of her locomotive. To help humans. As far as she knows, there is no more transit. No reliable means to help those cut off from food, aid, and resources. If the world is to get back on its feet again, this rusty box car and whatever it can carry is the key. In return for fast travel, Tye wants you to assist her in any capacity you can. Her main areas of concern are:
SecurityThe mutants and Wizards would love to get their grubby hands on her train. She already gives adventurers like Thundarr the Barbarian and Sharra the Barbarian rides because they provide protection against marauders and looters. If you are not afraid of some ugly threats, she welcomes another strong defender or protector.
MechanicsAs you can tell, the train is a rust bucket held together by bolts and scrap metal. If you have proficiencies in repairs, tinkering or technology, she will make sure you never go hungry and never sleep in a shithole again.
ResourcesThe train needs fuel like coal to run. Outposts need food, supplies, weapons, ammo, etc. You look like you have seen a lot in this savage world. If you have any information where we can help each other. That is the price of admission anytime. Of course, if you are selling me a pack of lies, she will make sure you will not receive any more help and she knows quite a few settlements.
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