knows that there is a gargoyle presence in the area that once used to be the
Pre-rifts City of Paris. What they have yet to realise, is that what they are
seeing in Paris is an elaborate façade put on for their and other onlookers
benefit. The NGR military has so far failed to correctly estimate the real
number of the gargoyles present there, their purpose or power.
has been occurring in Paris is a show put on to cover what has been going on
underneath the surface. For the Paris Metro survived the coming of the rifts
virtually intact and has been drastically extended and altered to suit the
gargoyle purpose. The Paris Metro is an ideal gargoyle habitat in the Rifts
world. Chamber after cavernous chamber now extends deep into the bowels of the
Earth, safe from prying eyes and enemy action. The true number of Gargoyles and
their allies in this area has been kept well hidden and even today remains a
mystery, so much so that even the most pessimistic estimate of their number by
the NGR falls pathetically short of the actual number. An error which nearly
cost the NGR it's very existence.
is the NGR aware the extent of mutual co-operation there truly is between the
gargoyles and the blood druid enclave in Paris. A long term strategic alliance
has been struck up which creates a force of far greater capability than the NGR
gargoyles partners (the brodkil and Mindwerks in particular) have started to
find out about the Paris union and are concerned about having been kept in the
dark so easily but also for not being 'invited to the party' by their so called
allies. This news just added to the mistrust between them, for the monster
nations already blame each other for the failure of their assault on the NGR.
pre-rifts surface metro lines, which ran around 50-100ft below the surface, have
long been destroyed and their remnants are part of the disguise. All NGR
investigation teams have seen are disused and blocked tunnels, totally oblivious
to what lies further underground. Deeper underground around the deep pre-rifts
metro lines and even deeper than those tunnels, the gargoyles have built a home
for themselves. Thousands of gargoyles crawl all over the underground network
and in a number of places huge nest areas have been set up. Skyscraper and
pyramidal skeletons rise 100's of feet high from the depths of the earth in
these chasms. These are made out of metal or stone and this is where the
gargoyles live and train as warriors. These chasms have been hewn out of the
Paris metro, going deeper than even the deepest tunnel of the pre-rifts metro.
Is it a 1000ft deep or 2000ft or even more?
is in this relative safety that the gargoyle numbers have grown, unnoticed by
friend and foe alike. It is here that they build their war machines, using slave
labour, humans, d-bees and whatever else that falls into their clutches. The
factories on the surface are a bonus, but again they are for show. Those surface
construction facilities being damaged during the recent NGR assault were not
even a setback due to the factories underground remaining intact.
are highly organised, well disciplined and motivated gargoyles, security is
tight. Loyalty is all and infighting is not tolerated. Slave escapees don't get
far and are ruthlessly hunted down in the maze of tunnels, some dying of
starvation being lost in the endless maze of tunnels and never reaching the
in the underground network is iron clad, and the further you go the more secure
it becomes. On the surface close to the tunnel network entrances and exits,
there is a lot of hidden security in place from surveillance to anti missile
defence systems. These gargoyles are trained to watch without being seen. Magic
and psionics are used in tandem with technology to keep the gargoyles secure.
Apart from these there are gargoyle eyes and ears on the ground. They also use
"Seekers" and other creatures, much like humans use guard dogs. There
are many defensive measures in place but personnel mainly provide protection
near the surface. This is another precaution so that no suspicions are raised on
why the underground tunnels are so heavily guarded.
when the underground network is fully threatened will the hidden defensive
systems on the surface and in the surface tunnels be brought online. The recent
NGR assault did not threaten the underground tunnel network and as such its
defensive systems weren't engaged. The Gargoyles went and faced the NGR forces
well outside the city limits. This was to stop any damage being done to the
underground network, as well as to keep its existence a secret.
is in communication with each other and their command. There is a command
structure and various protocols/drills in place to deal with different
situations that may endanger the tunnel network. One of the most surprising
things is the discipline shown by these gargoyles. There is no break from it,
and if it happens, which it rarely does. The punishment is severe but is
accepted without any qualms.
walking in the maze of tunnels, it will eventually occur to a military type that
the tunnel network is deliberately laid out for maximum confusion. It is not
only good for confusion but is designed for the defender's benefit. The tunnels
must be cleared by "hand to hand" fighting. The tunnels aren't all
straight, they turn and swerve quickly to limit the effectiveness of ranged
weapons in a siege situation. There are blast doors, which get larger and
bulkier the further you get into the tunnels, and these open and shut, allowing
small areas of tunnels to be sealed off to contain the enemy or turn a tunnel
into a kill zone. Sometimes the opening and closing of these doors is used to
"Herd" the enemy into prepared Kill Zones. In fact many of the tunnels
lead to dead ends or to these prepared kill zones.
Tunnel Networks contains many security features from overt and covert
surveillance devices to overt and covert weapon systems built into the tunnel
network. There are also hidden traps in the tunnel network. Some tunnels are
designed and/or rigged for collapse to trap an enemy or quickly seal a tunnel.
perceptive person in the tunnels may notice that there are hidden exits and
entrances into the tunnel network. GM NOTE: -55% to best of three rolls to spot
these, and that is "IF YOU EXPECT A HIDDEN EXIT IN THAT PART OF THE TUNNEL.
These allow you to move from one tunnel into another, or to move up a level or
down a level in the tunnel network. The gargoyles use these hidden doors to out
flank an enemy. They allow them to get ahead or behind an enemy without the
enemy being any the wiser. When in pursuit of intruders, a hunting party may
well communicate with those ahead of the prey, and ambushes may well be set up.
gargoyles have prepared the old Metro network as a mammoth defensive bunker. In
fact there are signs that some defensive bunkers were built deep beneath Paris
underneath the Metro tunnels and these were completed in the early to mid
2090's! Each underground level can be seen as a separate bunker.
the surface MDC buildings provide protection for the tunnel network, Underground
there is even more protection built into the tunnel network, some of this is the
remains from the golden age of man that has been fixed and added to by the
gargoyles. Around about 100ft below the surface the first of the gargoyle tunnel
networks start, running for 1000's of feet deep underground all across the old
city of Paris and even beyond its boundaries. Remember these tunnels are
designed for gargoyles, some are large enough to allow Gargoyles in their robots
to move through them. The tunnels may suddenly lead to a chasm, to get across
these or to go up and down a level the gargoyles use their natural ability of
of the odd sights people may see as you get deeper into the gargoyle tunnel
network, is a giant sized gargoyle made up of metal or stone, could be any
material really. This structure will dwarf even the biggest gargoyle, the
smallest is likely to be as tall as 60ft. On examination it will become apparent
that it is hollow, and a good guess will be that it is used as a prison.
Sometimes gargoyles and other sentient beings can be seen inside it, in the
legs, arms, torso, wings and the head areas of this construction. Those trapped
inside will be in a state of utter terror and panic, irrespective whether they
are mortal slaves or gargoyle prisoners. These prisoners often severely injure
themselves trying to get out by any means possible.
the observer is particularly lucky or unlucky depending on how he sees these
things he may see crowds of gargoyles gathered around this statue in solemn
silence standing at a safe distance. Among this throng there is likely to be a
smattering of gargoyle blood druids. Whether the observer realises that they are
seeing blood druids, depends on his knowledge of blood druids and mages, as well
as how observant he or she really is. After a few morale boosting speeches,
confirming what "crimes" those in the statue have done and saying
something along the lines of "let them atone and bring strength to the
gargoyle empire by the execution of their sentence". At this point the
crowd will start chanting, a mage observer at -40% perception roll will suddenly
realise that the non mage crowd is opening itself up to mages, who can freely
take up double the PPE up for offer from the crowd. The observer may then
witness blood oozing out of the structure until the whole structure is covered
in this pulsating blood. At this stage an onlooker will describe it as if the
structure is on fire. Then all of a sudden, strange creatures will start to peel
out of this blood.
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