>>Previous threads can be found at: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Sorceress%20QuestYour name is Ishelda, and you're standing on an airship with a bear, a golem, an avian woman, and an elven woman. The sun is slowly rising above the horizon, and there's nothing but sea below your airship."Are you ready to go over the Wall?" Kiyara asked, staring at you expectantly.
"Certainly, but first you should inform everyone else to begin preparing themselves as well." continue conversation with Raziel once we are alone again.
Imma leave this to someone else.
>>19433682I know that feel.
Wait before we leave, I wanted to do somethingjust a sec...
"Certainly." You say, nodding your head. "But first, you should inform everyone else to begin preparing themselves as well."Kiyara nodded, and went belowdeck, no doubt to wake everyone up.When you turn back to Raziel, you can see her leaning over the railing, tapping it with something short and white- it almost looks like a wand of some sort."Nevermind." Raziel said, shaking her head. "But. . I'm curious. What was that sparking white . . elemental earlier, when the wall was breached? The one that tore the demon off of Kiyara."
rolled 3 = 3>>19433623>>19433732"Wait a moment."Grab some orichaum and make pic related. It is a 3d Compass which will be oriented towards her father. When we finish it say:"Sail as far up as possible, above the clouds."
rolled 13 = 13>>19433750Ah, for fucks sake.We should have some energy left for another try. If not, borrow a bot from the ship's crystal.
rolled 88 = 88>>19433763Take this, it's dangerous to go alone
>>19433750>>19433763FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFI guess no compass for us.Also, I understand that the players might not bother thinking ahead and rushing but why the hell are you, Exabyte, rushing us? We already Talked with Kiyara and said that we will leave when we say we will leave. Why the fuck did you make her bother us again?I would have thrown her overboard if I was in Ishelda's place. "Wah, wah, wah, I'm so close to my father don't make me wait more" completely disregarding that if not for us it would have taken her MONTHS to get where we are on her own.
>>19433772Sweet.Also, who the fuck used up our crystals? I really want to know that.Ask around if anyone used them or if they worked passively.
>>19433750>>19433763>>19433772I wonder if we can borrow some magical stamina from our companions when we are exhausted.
"Wait one moment." You say, and Kiyara stops.You reach into the pouch full of crystals and orichalum, and draw out a chunk of the arcane, enchantable material. With an impression of will, you do something that you wouldn't have even been able to conceptualize before you had come to this world- You create a compass, enchanted with the ability to scry and find it's target. You don't do it perfectly, and waste some extra power, but you draw out the spinning, circles-within-circles shape of a gyroscopic compass, and toss it to Kiyara. "What is this?" She asks, catching it. It spins in her hand, and points, unerringly, toward the Wall.
>>19433837"It points to your father.""Ascend the ship as far as possible, above the clouds. With that compass, we don't need to see the land.">"But. . I'm curious. What was that sparking white . . elemental earlier, when the wall was breached? The one that tore the demon off of Kiyara.""I'm not sure. The attack.... left me hazy, I can't remember much of it."
"It points to your father. Ascend the ship as far up as possible, above the clouds. With that compass. . we don't need to see the land."Kiyara looks at the compass in her hand, and then back at you."Yes, lady." She says, and goes below deck."I'm not sure." You tell Raziel. "The attack. . .left me hazy. I can't remember much of it.""The reason I'm asking is because. . well, it reminded me. Of angry spirits." She said.
>>19433932"Angry spirits?What are they?"
"Angry spirits? What are they?""I was in an ogrish tomb." She said, raising the white wand-like object. "Using my power to bring the. . past to life. But one of the spirits I woke up was. .furious. In his wrath, the warlord tore the magic from the other spirits, consuming them, and refused to let me exert any control over him. He burst into white sparks just like that elemental, and I ended up having to seal him away in this." She said, waving the wand. "His own fingerbone."
>>19434089"Well I was angry when I summoned it..."
>>19434126"and they did destroy my home. Perhaps it was"
>>19434089"Was what I summoned a spirit too? I'm sure, I tried to make an elemental..."
"You don't mean. . I summoned a spirit?""No, it wasn't a spirit." She said. "It was something different. It was angrier than Wharghaul, but without a personality of any kind.""Well, I was angry when I summoned it. . ." You say.Quite suddenly, you realize that it wasn't a flame elemental. That hot, hot wrath that swelled up inside of you... If an elemental can be a personification of an element; fire, water, air, earth...Why couldn't you summon a personification of an emotion?On impulse, you raise one of your hands, palm up, and you reach inside yourself for your magic. But not just magic, but . . emotion as well. You foster your own anger, feeling it swell as you recall the atrocities the demons had brought down on your people. You feed your anger, indulging in it. . and then fuse it with the magic you brought forth.A sphere of white flame bursts into being above your palm, sparks falling off of the sphere's surface and bouncing along your palm. You feel the sphere roar, and you can see some kind of serrated, angry maw, wanting to rend, devour, consume. . You clench your hand over the sphere, reabsorbing the energy you'd expelled.You're certain now. What you built back then. . was a wrath elemental.
>>19434249We should definitely spend some time studying this newfound ability of ours, but I guess this isn't really the time or place for magic research.
Embrace our angerPeace is a lie, there is only passion.Through passion, I gain strength.Through strength, I gain power.Through power, I gain victory.Through victory, my chains are broken.The Force shall free me.
>>19434305I can't see why not.>>19434341Ugh. Anger is such a poor source. You ever notice where all the sith that embraced anger end up? Dead.Not saying the philosophy itself is entirely bad, just that basing it on anger, or hate, or fear is.
>>19434363The Sith don't simply venerate angerPassion of all forms
It's neither the time nor place for magic research, you tell yourself."That is. . very similar to a spirit." Raziel says. "It's almost as if-"The door to the stairs down to the cabins suddenly burst open, and Ser Verniad's elves and Kiyara step out, followed by the orcish knights. Kiyara walks up to the ship's wheel, and starts to put her gauntlet on the control crystal, but Bubbles puts one of his very pointy, very sharp legs up to her throat. She freezes."What is the meaning of this?" Ser Verniad asks, eying the golem.
>>19434249Oh! Emotion elementals! Since we have this huge load of princessly calm and dignity we could probably masterly summon calm elementals! They are probably excellent butlers!
>>19434436"Oh sorry, I forgot.""Ser Bubbles, please stand down from my order to guard the wheel."
>>19434436Btw, how big is Ser Bubbles?
>>19434479>The spider golem is much larger than you are- he's roughly as large as a small car, but the way his thorax sits, is head is at the same level as yours. He's not a true spider, as he has no abdomen, just a thorax, head, and then eight sharp, pointy, stabby legs."Ser Bubbles, please stand down from my order to guard the wheel." You say, and Bubbles lowers his leg, stepping away from the wheel."Above cloud level, right, Lady?" Kiyara asked, still quite pale. You nod, and she takes the airship upwards. You note that she's still quite badly burned from being tackled by the demon earlier, at the Breach, but she's no longer wearing trollflesh bandages.Ezekiel, Ell, Lewin, and Fellwind climb up, following the orcish knights and king.
>>19434548Ask her why she stopped wearing the bandages.
>>19434434Never said they did. It is, however, one of the most commonly presented passions, along with the others I mentioned.I'm just saying we shouldn't focus on those passions. They tend to not end well.Regardless, this isn't really the place for an argument on the nature of the Sith.
>>19434463>When you use a passion or emotion, it has to be an 'upper, active' emotion, such as hope, anger, love, determination, but it can't be a 'downer, passive' emotion, such as calm, disappointment, or sadness. "If I may ask," You start. "Why are you no longer wearing the bandages?""Stopped working." She said. "This is as healed as life magic can do for me. The nature of these burns . . make it almost permanent.""I'm sure there's a healer that can patch you up, Kee." Ell said."Probably." She said. "But we're not back at the spires, are we? We need to get this done, then I can get a healer to look at me."She drew the compass out of a pouch at her hip, and she examined it closely, changing the airship's destination accordingly.
>>19434712Can we see anything under the bow of our ship? How big is the wall?Is Grayson nearby?
You look over the bow of the airship. In the distance, through the clouds, you can see the wall, far below. It was massive, made out of reddened clay, and ever so often there was a small cluster of a hobgoblin camp, some with trolls, some with war machines of some kind. . as you travel, you can see the clouds darkening as you get closer to your destination, to a deep black. You eye Grayson, and he harrumphs at you, as if to remind you that he was still there. The clouds start to thicken, and soon you can't see anything."We're about to cross the wall." Kiyara says.The orcish king turns to you. "What's the plan?"
>>19434831"Avoid direct confrontation as best we can, utilize the protective measures we have in place to protect from any incoming flame attacks so that we can quickly reach and rescue Kiyara's father and evacuate." >>because no one else has posted
>>19434831Drop down, grab Kyvann, go back up again. This isn't a place I want to hang around for longer than necessary.
>>19434953Or perhaps render assistance towards closing the portal.
"Drop down, grab Kyvann, go back up again." You say. "This isn't a place I want to hang around for longer than necessary."Ezekiel kneels and puts his palms on the deck of the ship. "I'm ready." He says, and you pass over the wall.Everyone holds their breath, but. . nothing happens. Demonfire doesn't assault the ship, the airship doesn't start shuddering and falling out of the sky. . You're simply floating above blackened clouds."We're almost on top of it." Kiyara says, looking at the compass- it's pointing steeply downwards. "Should we descend?"
rolled 34 = 34>>19434964I like how you assume he will come with us. The man went here on his own volition, knowing the risks. I doubt he will agree to leave before the portal is closed.>>19434988Scry under the ship first if nothing notable is there, then descend
rolled 2 = 2>>19434988Send a small flying elemental ahead to scout what's under the clouds.
>>19435050This is why I say we should be ready to render assistance.
rolled 22 = 22>>19435077Not a bad idea, and much easier than scrying
rolled 38 = 38>>19435077>>19435091Not favoured by the dice gods, it seems.
>>19435077You don't need to roll for that!
Thank the gods for that hah.
rolled 89 = 89>>19435104Just means we don't do exceedingly well. Just don't fail, iirc.
You send a small wind elemental down to scout, and then you close your eyes, trying to see through it's eyes. . but it's blurred. All you can see is something large. . a structure of some kind? You don't notice any demons, but it's hard to tell. You pull it back, not wanting to waste too much energy."See anything?" Fellwind asks.
rolled 34 = 34>>19435120"Just some building, no demon.... but my vision was blurry so I might be wrong."
A building, unfortunately I`m still getting used to using my elementals to extend my senses so I can`t say much more then that.
>>19435120There's something large down there... I didn't see it clearly. It could be some kind of structure. I hope it's some kind of structure.
"There's something large down there... I didn't see it clearly. It could be some kind of structure." You say. "I *hope* it's some kind of structure.""Then we'd better get down there before the demons show up." Kiyara said, and sent the airship plunging through the black cloud.What you see startles you.Below you loomed... something strange, yet familiar. It was a castle, almost a mirror image of the one your grew up in. .but twisted, distorted version.Instead of pale brick, it was blackened and charred, as if it were cut out of charcoal. Instead of wrought iron gates, it was pale bone, lashed together. Instead of warm, bright watchtowers, with knights standing around a fire as they did on cold winter nights, it was a pungent, pale flame that belched smoke- it was nothing warm or welcoming, but cold, and heartless. You see smaller, winged demons standing at the walls, their arms aflame with hellfire, but they don't seem to see you, as high up as you are."He's inside there somewhere." Kiyara said, eyes on the compass.>>Current resources>Ishelda's Cotorie: Lewin, Fellwind, Ell, Kiyara, Ezekiel, Raziel, Bubbles, Grayson, unnamed babysupertroll>Orcish Crew, with arbalest and cutlass. Led by Captain Grubwort.>Elven keepers, with spear and javelin. Led by Ser Verniad.>Orcish Knights, with broadsword and kite shield. Led by Venerable King.
rolled 64 = 64>>19435120"Lets descend very carefully, get ready to get back up at any time.""And Ser Bubbles, would you be able to crawl on the underside of the ship and tell us what you see?"Roll for mental live feed from Ser Bubbles
>>19435165FULL ON ASSAULT! LAND ON THE HIGHEST TOWER! If we need to spill up in groups, make sure each group has a person with a walkie-talkie ring.
Orcish crew and elven keepers defend the ship. Everyone else moves in in a 5 ft spread. Move slow and steady. Clear rooms one at a time, until we find this guy then quickly move back to the ship.
"Verniad, Grubwort, you and yours stay here and defend the ship." You say, climbing up onto Grayson."Yes, Lady." Grubwort says.You quickly shift around the rings to make sure that every group has one."I will stay here and pilot the airship." Ell said. "Seeing as I and Kiyara are the only ones that can.""Take us down onto the highest tower. Everyone, move slow and steady, clear rooms one at a time, five foot spread."The king nodded. "Knights, take the front. Lady, I trust that your retinue will be able to protect the rear?"
>>19435267"They should be."Make a small elemental scout, it should be as small and unnoticeable as possible. We will send it in front of us so that we know beforehand what to expect.
rolled 87 = 87``Yes of course.``Rolling to empower Ser Bubbles and Grayson with strength and reflexes a great deal higher then normal for the length of the rescue op. >>19435306Make one for every path we come across.
>>19435165>ArbalestOh dear. These guys are perfectly equipped to drop demons with every shot.Exabyte, you wonderfully /k/ inept bastard, the Arbalest is a later medieval variation of the crossbow. Very heavy draw, though the bow itself isn't incredibly heavy; it has to be winched with a crank, and was fully capable of piercing platemail with ludicrous ease and even chipping stone fortifications with its bolts. The bigger ones hit with 5000lbf or so. With the entire crew equipped with these, though it'll be a long time between volleys, because of the arduous task of cranking the bow, demons will die en masse with each one. And that's without considering that if these are normal, not orc-sized, they'll come out far faster because of orc's greater strength, and if they're scaled up orc-sized arbalests, then this is going to be some Dark Souls bridge knight bullshit right here.Battle plan. We're swooping in over the fortifications, and landing upon the nearest bastion to Kyvann. Grubwort's crew focuses on skewering demons with their arbalests and laughing, because these guys just run around in their hellish skivvies, right? No fancy platemail between them and Arbalest bolts. Orcish knights and keepers, front and backline respectively, hold the line in melee. And the named NPC's do their thing with us, searching for Kyvann and killing demons. The crew should focus on defending the ship rather than storming the castle, but by no means should they be limpwristed or idle about it. A proactive offensive defense is reasonable as well.
"They should be." You say, nodding."Taking us down." Ell said, and the airship descended.A screech comes up from the wall, and the impish winged demons take to the air, arms full of hellfire-And then heavy bolts and javelins tear into them, knocking them out of the air before they can throw even a single spell. The elven keepers and orcish crew cheer.Then there was an enormous howl, shaking the world around you, as you feel it reverberating through your chest."That's. . not good." Fellwind said. "Lady, if the demons at the wall heard that. . they'll be on their way here. We might not have the time to take things slow and steady.""New plan." You say. "Ell, after we set down, take the airship to cover us from the air. Grubwort, Take out the demons coming this way. Verniad, protect Grubwort's Crew."They nod, and then you feel the airship shudder, stopping near one of the open towers closest to Kyvann's location. The knights rush forward, easily outnumbering the non-winged demons there and pulverizing them. Your cotorie follows the knights, and the Jormungandr lifts away, as soon as everyone disembarks
rolled 64 = 64>>19435165where were the dungeons accessed in arcturus?land there and begin the assualt.Grubwort+crew ranged support from the shipE'll stay onboard as pilot with ezekiel Zeke get ready to rain whatever water and thunder magic you haveYour highness, Elven keepers with me, these daemons mock me with this castle
rolled 87 = 87>>19435408dammit I took so long thinking about it that you all did it for me more or less....
>>19435414>>19435449Oh boy. A good and an excellent roll to help with the rescue.So, since this is BIIZZAARRRRROOO Ishelda's castle, is there a screechy Drakengard track playing with furious strings, pounding drums and discordant technical sounds created by the tears between reality full of flying cannibal four story c'thulhubabies?
>>19435050>The man went here on his own volitionI like how you assume "up" means "backwards". He wasn't expecting his airship to get shot down as soon as he crossed the wall. He needs extracting. If he wants us to take him further in instead of out, that's a bridge we'll cross once we're back in the air with no demons trying to kill us.
Your group sets off, the knights rushing down the stairs. Screeches and roars come from ahead, but. . the orc knights are louder, reciting some poem in ogrish- something about the flash of a swinging blade, honor, and valour, using the poem to keep themselves in control.That's when the castle shakes, and an enormous, massive screech comes from the exit.<Lady! Watch out!> Grubwort says, and something enormous collides into the wall from the outside, massive claws tearing through the blackened, charred brick, the point of one of- whatever it was's claws less than a foot from your eye.The castle shakes again, and the claws twist downward. . tearing the wall of the demonic castle out.Clinging to the side of the fortress, was. . a dragon, a massive beast of blackened bone, long wings covered in flayed flesh, and maddened eyes you've seen before- the same eyes of every demon you've seen. It rears back, and hellfire streams from it's mouth.This is no true dragon, you realize. It's just a demon taking the form of one.
rolled 47 = 47>>19435573Show it a real dragon
rolled 96 = 96>>19435573FUCK YOU DIE BEAST OF THE PITOPTING FOR A THUNDERBOLTOR AN ELEMNTAL OF WHITE HOT RAGE.Raziel would you be so kind as to set your spirit loose on these world eaters?
rolled 66 = 66>>19435573a stone elemental using the castle. that should keep it busy
rolled 27 = 27>>19435573Clearly we must also take the form of a dragon and commence epic dragon combat.
>>19435603very nice. i say elemental. i very much like our signature spell.
rolled 86 = 86>>19435573Counter with our own WRATHFIRE. FUCK YOU! RIGHTEOUS FURY, GO!And since we're at least somewhat fluent in Ogrish from tapping into the tower's history, join the knights in their chant! Conjure up a divine chorus and orchestra, OF WRATH!Actually, what does Ogrish sound like? I'm honestly imagining their battle hymn as akin to any number of cheerful wartime songs by the Alexandrov Ensemble/Red Army Choir. But in battle. And by platemail-covered orcs.
rolled 78 = 78>>19435621perhaps the highness of the roll could;d result in both for a little extra awesome.
>>19435603I support this elemental.
rolled 95 = 95>>19435632maybe a wrath thunderbolt, that after it hits solidifies into a wrath elemental to grapple with the now dislodged dragon
>>19435627You know what? Take all feelings of Wrath from the orcs away and make a elemental out of it.
rolled 85 = 85>>19435647yeah that sounds like a plan....
rolled 32 = 32>>19435647You forgot that it have form of bigger dragon
rolled 13 = 13>>19435657or indeed this as well.put in a little lightning and get away with some shock troops
rolled 50 = 50>>19435669I was wondering when I'd hit the catastrophe curve...
"Die, beast of the pit!" You snarl, and thrust something made out of hot, white, wrath at it, the blast throwing it's head back, stopping the demon's breath before it can even get started. You don't stop, throwing another blast, and another, piercing through the beast's head with multiple spears of wrath. The dragon's claws loosen, and it falls off of the tower, smashing into the ground below. It twitches, and you know it's not dead-So you use your signature spell, awakening the stone of the wall it had torn off. The stone golem pulls itself together, and starts pummeling the beast, smashing open the demon's skull, repeatedly, pulverizing it beyond all reason with heavy, weighty fists made out of blackened stone.Primly, you lower your arms, white sparks still dancing along your palms."Raziel, would you kindly set your spirit on these world eaters?" You ask, tightly-controlled fury still dancing in your eyes.She blinks, and then nods, drawing out the oversized finger bone, and started chanting.Ahead, the knights have run into some trouble- larger demons have come, wielding massive shields."The way is down here!" Kiyara says, pointing to some stairs downward and examining the compass.
>>19435603>>19435627>>19435632>>19435647>>19435658So... Angry singing joint Slavic-Nordic elemental army time, manifesting out of a crack of lightning and a boom of thunder to signal the beginning of their cinematic, musical victory march against the demons?I am beyond okay with this. F5 F5 F5 and such.
rolled 21 = 21>>19435701hummm. we need to shore up the orc's, and they are having problems with shields. send some air elementals with objectives to get inside the shields and attack. then follow kiyara
rolled 74 = 74>>19435701since we seem to be on an earth magic kick of late let there be a rippling wave of earth to topple these shield bearers.venerable king stand ready for an assault
rolled 34 = 34>>19435701>>19435703Elemental reinforcements. Singing ones.
rolled 24 = 24>>19435741well chanting ones
rolled 14 = 14>>19435741>>19435753The dice gods are apparently not feeling very musical today.
rolled 65 = 65>>19435763that they arnt
rolled 8 = 8>>19435729>>19435741>>19435753>>19435763I always feel that elementals shouldn't speak, much less make music...elementals are fine just not singing ones
>>19435737That could topple the orcs too if they're in close combat.
rolled 3 = 3>>19435737lets just go with this because dice seem to hate elementals now
You touch your hands to the ground, leaning out of Grayson's saddle, and thrust your magic into it.A shockwave hits the shield bearers, destabilizing them, and then the knights get around the thick shields, quickly doing their best to flank the demons."Go ahead, lady." The Venerable King says, eying the waves of shield bearers that are approaching. "We can hold out here until you can return. If we can't, then we are only fit to be slaves!" He calls, and rallies the orcish knights.
rolled 40 = 40>>19435741>>19435753>>19435763>>19435783>>19435789WE GET IT DICE GODS. THE ELEMENTALS EITHER SING OR KILL THINGS, NOT BOTH. PLEASE STOP. IT HURTS.
rolled 20 = 20>>19435813Now that the musical nonsense is over, get to it! Find Kyvann, quickly!
rolled 29 = 29>>19435813find kyvann. make haste. maybe even a haste spell
rolled 10 = 10>>19435837ok im starting to think the dice gods hate us.testing
Maybe... Maybe we should just stop rolling for a bit unless solicited. I think this is our karma for oneshotting the obvious boss that was the giant demondragon. Ishelda's probably taxed after such a feat.Have Grayson use his nose to sniff him out and help direct us in addition to the compass (do we have it with us?) since we're not exactly a detective nor can we scry him while so taxed.
rolled 83 = 83God dammit dice gods stop hating us!
>>19435871ok everybody stop rolling now
You nod, and urge Grayson down the stairs into the dungeons, Fellwind taking the front, and Lewin the back. You close your eyes and try to speed your group up, but. . the energy just fades into nothingness, refusing to twist into the spell you're trying. The world swims, and you start to run out of energy.The dungeons are dark, and there are suprisingly, no demon-The ground quakes, and you see a large, heavily built demon standing in front of the group. Large horns coil around his head, and he wields some kind of heavy blade."I got this." Raziel says. . and snaps the finger bone in her talons.A shimmering ogre bursts into being, and catches the demon's blade on his club. Ezekiel raises his arms, and starts blasting the demon with thunderbolts, causing it to roar in pain. It leans forward, and tears through the spectral ogre with its' off hand, throwing it into one of the dungeon's walls. The specter vanishes into smoke, and Zeke brings his hands up again, slamming spells into the demon's hide, blasting the demon back with incredible kinetic force."I'll hold him back." He said. "Go."Raziel knelt, and started chanting some kind of spell.
rolled 34 = 34>>19435813DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE!!!CHARGE!INVISIBLE MAGIC BARRIER TO STOP A DEAMON SUPRIZE ATTACK.
>>19435892how about lets just charge without magic. i think we need to save our strength
>>19435892"Be careful!"And go. GOOO. We can't afford to stop now. We have to get Kyvann, fast. GO FAST, GRAYSON. GO FAAAAST.
>>19435899No more magic unless absolutely necessary. I don't want to lose consciousness in the middle of battle and the rest of our group should be capable enough.
You continue following Kiyara, who rushes ahead, and you leave the Kalak behind. As you leave, Raziel finishes her spell, and something large and white leaps out of the ground- another specter, you suppose.The tunnels get smaller, wilder, and more winding, but you can't shake the feeling that this is a twisted, distorted version of Arcturus Castle."Dad!" you hear Kiyara cry, and she's staring into one of the dungeon's cells. she puts her gauntlet on the lock, and tendrils of magic shoot out of it, starting to pick the lock. Inside the cell is an aged redhaired elf, fresh cuts and scars covering his body."Hey, Kee." He responded, wheezing.A small group of demons, wielding flaming shortswords charged around the corner. Bubbles and Fellwind leaped forward, slashing into them with leg and blade. Lewin knelt, drew back his bow, and started biting his lower lip, focusing.
rolled 5 = 5>>19435957detect traps her father and his cell, i would hate for their to be some sort of "if this opens without a certain spell, he dies" that we dont find
rolled 69 = 69>>19435957signature spell 4 spirits of air with hand-and-a-half swords.4 more with spearsget them to go kill the deamons
>>19435957We should probably emphasize the urgency. "Kiyara, get your father onto Grayson's back, now. We need to make a fighting retreat as quickly as possible. We'll have a more formal and celebratory reunion once we're over the wall, and not fighting a legion of demonic monstrosities! Kyvann, I hope you have experience with bear riding! MAKE HASTE!"
>>19435957lets conserve magic. i think our comrads might be able to handle this. they only need to keep them busy till we can start making our way out
"Kiyara, get your father onto Grayson's back, now." You say, climbing down off of the bear's back."I can't get this open!" She responds. Grayson harrumphs, gets up on his hind legs, grips the cell's bars, and with the strength only a massive, magical dire beast could bring to bear (heh), it tore the bars out. Kyvann climbed onto the bear, and Kiyara tied him onto the saddle."Kyvann, I hope you have experience in bear riding! Make haste!" You cry.Lewin's arrow shot out of his bow, and tore into the final living demon, killing the roar in it's throat."I reccomend we return, Master." Bubbles says.
rolled 86 = 86>>19436002>>19435996both perhaps
rolled 51 = 51>>19436051perhaps a spell of haste?let us see if that can work.
>>19436051"I was working on just that, Ser Bubbles. Let's go!"
>>19436051NOW WE RIDE SER BUBBLES!
"I was just working on that, Ser Bubbles. Let's go!"You try, for the second time, to cast a spell for haste, and you feel the energy drain out of you, but-Everyone freezes, halted by some alien, foriegn spell.A being in a robe slowly walked toward you.He drew back his hood, and you recognize. . .The aged wizard.The one who sent you here.
rolled 36 = 36>>19436087Bubbles, how many limbs can you move with?if less than or equal to 6 have him make a seat and carry us
>>19436102Hello, how did you get here?
rolled 88 = 88>>19436102Help us please
>>19436102Not to be impolite, but aren't you supposed to be... well, deceased?
rolled 76 = 76>>19436102SILENCE HIM AND TAKE HIM WITH US!
rolled 4 = 4>>19436102"you!""are you responsible for this desecration!?"
>>19436102does this mean i have finaly pushed myself to far and i am dead? or are you here to give me my one more chance with a warning
>>19436102"Wh... What. Teacher? Is that you?! How... You died sending me here! This must be a trick... You won't fool me, devil!"I'm going to hazard a guess... If it isn't a demon, or more unlikely, the wizard who tutored us... It's Azariel.
"Not to be impolite." You say, straining against the spell holding you. "But aren't you supposed to be dead?"He grinned, and his teeth were thin, black needles, jabbed into his gums, in leiu of actual teeth. He raised his arm, and started chanting, his voice hoarse and growling.>ROLL 1d100>Taking only first
rolled 63 = 63>>19436153shit
rolled 57 = 57>>19436153I already rolled for that i think... >>19436130
rolled 74 = 74>>19436153lets us rip the life and the magic from him then
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His chanting grows in power, the look in his eyes crueler, and his grin wider, as you strain against his spell, trying to tear your way out of it. You feel something grip ahold of your magic. . and tear it out of you. You expel the last dregs of your magic to break his spell, and your head swims, your muscles aching."Ishelda!" Fellwind cries, and you see him throw something at you. You catch it- Rikar, his blade. Unskilled hands wrap around the hilt, and you swing it at the . .thing in front of you. The blade slashes through the caster, and the chanting is interrupted by a howl.Everything starts moving again, apparently freed from the spell, and Bubbles leaps onto the caster, piercing him with all eight legs, and tearing him apart."Make haste, lady." Lewin said, and you all start running. You fall to your knees, but Bubbles picks you up and carries you along.
>>19436242"Thank you, Fellwind, Ser Bubbles... You saved me. I was barely able to hold that thing back. I'm afraid I won't be able to help much for now, I've been silenced."
rolled 6 = 6>>19436242call out through the rings for zeke and raziel"we're getting out of here fast guys get ready for a pick up"
We really should find some time for some sword training, if we're going to continue adventuring.
Do we still have a little of our magic? we can build endurance from even a shred.
>>19436242Don't forget anybody on our way out. I doubt we'll return to this place any time soon.
Carried underneath the spider golem, you look foward, and see the two Kalak victorious, having completely crushed the demon. Raziel dismisses the spectre of an ogre, and the two of them follow you.The rest of the retreat is mostly a daze, your vision blurring and your head swimming as Bubbles climbs up the stairs, and you can hardly remember Kiyara using the ring to tell Ell to bring the airship down. You do remember as Bubbles leapt from the hole in the wall where the dragon had come in to the airship, and you remember the knights holding off the demons until everyone was on.You remember Grubwort getting burned on retreat, as flying demons chase the ship, despite the Keeper's best efforts.By the time you come back to full consciousness, you've already made it over the wall, the hobgoblins shooting down the rest of the flying demons that followed you out.
>>19436332But Grubwort will make it, right?After we've got the answer to that question, allow ourselves to fall asleep.
>>19436332"We did it. We actually did it... We marched into the gates of hell, and back again... Is everyone alright?"
rolled 82 = 82>>19436357this.
What are our losses.
rolled 9 = 9>>19436427Our magicRolling for sudden burst of draconic magin into us
Do we have any crystals left to recharge?
rolled 77 = 77>>19436443I think you mean do we have any charged crystals to drain.
"We did it." You say. "We actually did it... We marched into the gates of hell and back again... Is everyone alright?" You ask."Shh." Fellwind says. "Everyone's okay, save for a few minor wounds... but Grubwort is hurt.""He'll make it, right?""Yeah, he'll make it." He said. "Kyvann is walking Ell through healing him. Grubwort will be fine.""Okay, that's good." You say, and relinquish your hold on consciousness.
>>19436442It wasn't a permanent spell... I hope.And for fucks sake stop with the fucking dragons.
>>19436461Yeah, that's what I meant.
>>19436468Go and see the elf we saved. See how he is doing, if he has any critical wounds.... or maybe some disease, who knows what demons did to him?
>>19436468We're going to wake up with a dogpile of Grayson, Ser Bubbles and 'Musta-Krakish' (working name) on top of us, aren't we?
>>19436468When we regain consciousness we should go and see to the health of everyone. A princess tends to ALL her subjects, not only those with magical walkie-talkie rings.
>>19436577>A princess tends to ALL her subjects,not really...Also "subjects"? What the shit are you smoking? We're a princess just in name, we have no subjects.
>>19436598We're playing up to our noble ideal. I say that seeing to the health of the crew, knights, keepers, etcetera, named or not, is an excellent idea.
rolled 96 = 96>>19436598we have by my count 5 of our own. plus granted retainersfellwind, lewin, grayson, bubbles, and the micro-troll
>>19436623>96suddenly, everyone was perfectly fine.
Everything goes dark, and for once. . you don't have any nightmares. Your sleep was a dreamless sleep.You wake up on top of Grayson, with something grabbing at your face. You open your eyes, and you see the small, baby supertroll pinching your nose. You quickly feel for your magic. . and it's still there, just weakened temporarily. You pull the troll off of you, where it 'graaaw's in complaint, and leave your cabin.You're in elven lands, you can tell immediately, as you look up at the floating crystal. Some crafters you don't recognize are kneeling near Grayson, Kiyara, and Kyvann, and you feel pulses of healing magic emanating out of them."Lady." Lewin said, in relief. "You were asleep for days."
rolled 48 = 48>>19436655I doubt it. the roll was not for seeing to the people mentioned, merely a leftover from the fact that I always leave it in the E-mail field.this roll is for the checking on of the comrades. and perhaps some dream surfing around to see what everyone is dreaming of.
>>19436685Yeah, magic draining spells have that effect on me.
>>19436685"What did I miss?"
ya'know, at some point we're going to have to mention that the correct term of address for us is "your majesty", not "lady" because we're royalty, not nobility... not that it matters much anymore.
rolled 85 = 85>>19436623Those are not our subjects, the hell are you talking about?Fellwind and Lewin are just following us because they want to. The rest don't even fall into any category because how unique they are.>>19436685Go see Kyvann. Lets talk to him.>You quickly feel for your magic. . and it's still there, just weakened temporarily.Fix our magic. We're in Elven lands, we have access to shitload of magic so don't spare energy trying to fix ourself.
rolled 22 = 22>>19436685I trust you have been practicing the waltz I taught you?
>>19436746>As I understand it, 'Your highness' is for royals such as princes, princesses, queens, and 'your majesty' is usually for the ruling member; the king, or the queen if it's a matriarchy."Yeah, magic draining spells have that effect on me." You say."You. .you can still use magic, right? Because Kvyann can't, not anymore." Lewin said. "His head isn't. . on straight anymore, though. I feel bad for him.""Yeah, I can." you say, and reach for the weave. . It evades you, once again. "What did I miss?""We got over the wall, and then we went up to elven lands. We set the keepers down at the southern prism, and then came up here to the center prism, so that the healers can help Kyvann, Kiyara, and Grubwort." Lewin says. "From what I hear, Kiyara's burns are permenant, because it took too much time. Grubwort's aren't, though, because we hurried, and Kyvann was . . tortured."
>>19436746We need somewhere to reign over...1. Clear out demons and close portal, rule over hobgoblin land and possibly hobgoblins.2. Clear an area of nuclear waste and start our own land in blasted lands.3. Raise a piece of land from the sea, create Atlantis.4.Something similarly epic.
rolled 80 = 80>>19436793and I've nearly been drained of magic by a man I thought long dead.
>>19436793"But how? What did they do to him?"
>>19436793Ask Ezekiel and Raziel if one of them could help Kiyara with her burns.
>>19436821That clearly wasn't the man we knew. What you said is clearly misinforming.>>19436793We should rest till our magic recover to normal state
>>19436793"Could we see to Kyvann? There might be something we could do."
>>19436793Access the weave through the ships crystals and restore our magic power.
>>19436843Except that he used spells, which is something we've never seen a demon do. If they did take Arcturus castle and corrupt it, they might have corrupted it's inhabitants as well. He might have been an undead of some sort.
"And I've nearly been drained of magic by a man I thought long dead.""You knew High Lord Venus?" Fellwind asked."That was High Lord Venus? The guy in the robe looked like your dad." Lewin said, turning to Fellwind.
rolled 97 = 97>>19436843on what do you base this satement?I based mine on >A being in a robe slowly walked toward you.>He drew back his hood, and you recognize. . .>The aged wizard.>The one who sent you here.from this I assumed that it was indeed the same man
Illusions. The castle probably looked familiar to us all as well. A twisted mockery of someplace safe and familiar.
>>19436878This might explain why our world fell as quickly as it did.
>>19436878Was he the High Lord Venus, he looked like a man from our world. Draw a sketch of what we though he looked like and see how it compares to their memory of seeing him.
rolled 36 = 36>>19436878back up a bit. because that was the man that opened the way for me to come here.was that castle familiar to you felwind???cause it was familliar to me...
>>19436878"It looked like an old friend of mine. It must have tried to take whatever form it thought would be most disturbing to whomever viewed it. I bet everyone else saw it as someone familiar as well.
>>19436922DEAR LORD WE HAVE BEEN SENT BACK IN FUCKING TIME
>>19436945There ware no non-humans in Arcturus.
"Illusions." You curse."What?""Did that castle look familiar to you?""... Yeah, it looked just like Sirius Citadel." Lewin said.You draw out a notebook, and scribble down a sketch of the aged wizard. "Is this what that demon looked like?"". . No." Fellwind said. "High Lord Venus and the demon both had hair, and no beard.""It looked like an old friend of mine- it must have tried to take whatever form it thought would be most disturbing to whomever viewed it.""Those needle teeth were really damn disturbing." Lewin said.
>>19436937this. it was obviously an illusion
rolled 47 = 47>>19436960how would they know what to make the illusion of?
>>19436957Are you SUUUUUUURE?
rolled 40 = 40>>19436992that is both an infuriating and adequate answer...
>>19436985Considering that every major power in Arcturus were allied and not a single one of them was non-human, yes I am.
rolled 27 = 27>>19436970lets go and see what is going on whit whom.subjects they may not be, but comrades in arms they are.I still wish to be sure that everyone is alright.
>>19436982It doesn't have to know what it looks like. Just some kind of enchantment that makes you look like your enemies worst fears or something.
>>19436970"I was more disturbed by the fact that it simply stopped the normal flow of time and reality than the needle teeth. Now. I would like to see the crew, the knights, the keepers, everyone, if possible. I would like to commend them for their service, above and beyond the call of their duties."
"I was more disturbed by the fact that it simply stopped the normal flow of time, as opposed to the needle teeth.""That whole time thing . . was strange." Fellwind said. "My sword arm was free, but nothing else was."Now, I would like to see the crew, the knights, the keepers, everyone, if possible." You say."The keepers already got off of the ship yesterday evening, before we went to sleep." Lewin said.
rolled 23 = 23>>19437230>>19437230well then everyone else, we should see how everyone else is doing...
>>19437230"What? Before we could celebrate our victory properly? Outrageous! There will be time for their duties to the spires later, for now is a time of mirth and joy!"
>>19437230>My sword arm was free, but nothing else was.Fuck yeah, that sword is awesome. It can cut through time-stops.
>>19437280>IT WAS A 100 WHAT DO YOU EXPECT"What? Before we could celebrate our victory properly? Outrageous! There will be time for their duties to the spires later, for now is a time of mirth and joy!" You say.What follows, quite simply, is you checking up on everyone. Ezekiel and Raziel seem okay, albeit still tired from such arcane exertion they went through, the orcish crew is worried about Grubwort, but otherwise, they seem unharmed. The orcish knights are in good moods, for the most part, as they had no deaths, no berserks, and defeated waves of shieldbearers."Ishelda." Kiyara says, after the Healers let her go. You note that her face is still badly burned, but she doesn't care about that- the look on her face is somewhat euphoric, complete with a wide smile. "I wanted to thank you."
>>19437322Thank you, but we still need to get your burns fixed. Only then will I consider our mission a complete success.
rolled 14 = 14>>19437322your welcomehow is your father?
>>19437322"You are quite welcome. I was glad to be of assistance in retrieving your father, and your aid to me was invaluable. How is he doing?"
"You are quite welcome." You say. "I was glad to be of assistance in retrieving your father, and your aid to me was invaluble. How is he doing?""Oh, I'm mad, quite mad." The aged elf said, clapping his hand on your shoulder. "They captured me, tore my magic from me, and then had their. . fun while they waited for my magic to regenerate." He chuckled. "My name is Kyvann, and this is all possibly a delusion of mine. Pleased to meet you."
>>19437416Pinch him. Then he'll know this is not a delusion of his.
rolled 29 = 29>>19437416and I am pleased to meet you as well.(do a quick life force check, is he an elf or a demon behind a good illusion.)
>>19437416"I knew he was eccentric, Kiyara. But I didn't think he was eccentric enough to take going partially mad so swimmingly.""I assure you Kyvann. It's no delusion, though I am sorry that you are so simultaneously despondent and joyous to believe so. I am Lady Ishelda."
>>19437416"I am afraid, sir, that the privilege of hallucinating all currently present people and events is mine if anyone's. It would make my life a great deal happier if true and I fear that if you attempt to usurp my position as the one most likely to be having mad visions, we shall have words."(That was a joke.)
>>19437416This isn't a delusion though you may still be bonkers. It's lovely to meet you, have you met my companions yet?
"And I am pleased to meet you as well." You say. . and then pinch him."Why would you do that?" Kiyara asks, but her father starts laughing."Good point, good point." He said. "If this was a dream, I wouldn't have felt that. Clever girl."He shrugged. "Unless this is all an expertly made illusion the demons made to make happy and then let me down. . but for some reason I don't think that's it. They seem incapable of creating illusions with people's blood relatives, and Kee's right here; not to mention, I've never heard them speak a word."
>>19437505"Well, so far no one has bloodstained obsidian needleteeth. I think we're both alright in the demonic illusion department."
rolled 88 = 88>>19437505>>19437505ah good.I feel that we can at this point return the venerable king to his home and have that row with the queen over the coven.then I feel it should be sandbox time...
"Well, so far, no one has bloodstained obsidian needleteeth." You say. "I think we're both alright in the demonic illusion department.""I see." He says, studiously."If I can ask. . what was that?" Kiyara asks."Archdemon!" Kyvann says cheerfully. "The only one that had gone through the portal. . as far as I know of."
>>19437645What do you know about the demons?
>>19437645"You have classifications for them? Just how long have you been studying the demons before you were marooned behind the Wall? And... What were all the others? There were great horned brutes, fellows grafted to massive sheets of metal, fire-slinging batmen, the archdemon, the demonic dragon... And more I only saw as blurs before they disappeared back into the rabble."
"What do you know about the demons?" You ask."Oh, I know quite a bit." He says, and shrugs. "You did save me, so I probably owe you the answers to some of your questions. Go ahead and ask freely."The orc crew cheers, and you see the Healers get up, helping Grubwort to his feet- you see that the orc doesn't have any wound left on him- the burns had been completely healed.
>>19437706"Grubwort! Forgive me, Kyvann, but the demonological discussion will have to wait a moment. Captain, are you alright? I saw you take a blast of hellfire from the batwinged devils, and... I was worried."
"You have classifications for them? What were all the others? There were great horned brutes-""Hellknights.""Fellows grafted to massive sheets of metal-""Shieldbearers.""Fire slinging batmen-""Imps.""The demonic dragon-""Beasts. They come in all sorts.""Forgive me, Kyvann, but the demonological discussion will have to wait a moment. Captain, are you alright? I saw you take a blast of hellfire from the batwinged devils-"Imps." The elf said."-And. . I was worried.""Don't worry, Lady Ishelda." Grubwort said, and chuckled. "I guess I was just. . . pretty hot stuff for awhile." He said, smirking.
rolled 45 = 45>>19437758there's the grubwort we all know; I am glad to see your humor stayed with you...
>>19437758"Were I taller, I would have to give you a light slap for that one. That joke was simply terrible. It's just like you to crack bad jokes at having half your face melted off. I'm glad that you're alright, Grubwort."
>>19437758Drop the smile. Cold look and glare at him. "Puns," in a disgusted tone, "Are a low form of humor."When everyone reacts to our suddenly going hostile, start uncontrollably giggling and explain that we're just messing with him, we thought his joke was funny and had to counter..
"That joke was simply terrible." You say. "It's just like you to crack bad jokes at having half your face melted off." You say."That's how we know he's fine." The king says. "When he's serious, you know something is wrong."
>>19437872"True. Venerable King, I think it's about time you told me how you held the line against an entire company of shieldbearer demons. That was possibly the most lopsided example of symmetrical warfare I've ever seen, in history or personal experience, and you still won!"
"True." You say. "Venerable King, I think it's about time you told me how you held the line against an entire company of shieldbearer demons. Thatwas possibly the most lopsided example of symmetrical warfare I've ever seen, in history or personal experience, and you still won!""It. . wasn't a true victory." He said. "We just had to 'not die' long enough for you to return. We simply locked shields in a phalanx formation, and I used a bit of my. . arcane talent to give us a boost, and we just shoved against them the entire time."Soon enough, the Healers got off of the airship, and went back to their spire, leaving just the orcish crew, orcish knights, and your friends on board."So, what's the plan now?" Lewin asked, looking around."We'd best return back to Carved Fortress." The king said."And let the council know that my dad isn't dead, like I *told* them he wasn't." Kiyara said.
>>19438066You're going to enjoy rubbing that in their faces, right?
>>19438066"Council first. Then, back to the Carved Fortress, for a victory parade."
rolled 18 = 18>>19438066as much as I want to be there to see the looks on their faces I think we should be getting the venerable king back to his queen; she might be worrying about him...
"You're going to enjoy rubbing that in their faces, right?""Of course." She says, with an evil, evil grin on her scarred face. "Of course, I also made a few. . monetary bets about it, so I'll be able to build a brand new airship with my winnings!""Well, let's talk to the council first. Then, back to the Carved Fortress, for a victory parade." You say."That'll take forever, though." Kiyara said. "We'll have to visit every prism and talk to the councilors."
rolled 80 = 80>>19438211so there might be time for us to drop off the king and return to watch you rub it into some faces?wonderful.
>>19438211"But once we're back on the Weave, we'll be able to go beyond our normal full knot without repercussion, right? It won't take that long."
"So there might be time for us to drop off the king and watch you rub it into faces?" You ask.She nods, and grins."Carved fortress first, then we'll be returning to the weave to brag." Kiyara says, and touches the ship's wheel."Oh, yeah, I almost forgot!" She said. "Lady, I put that compass you gave me in here." She said, tapping the wheel itself. It looks as if she changed what the compass was attuned to- for now, it's just pointing north, but you can most certainly change what it's attuned to later."Now. . " She says, brushing her hair out of her face. "We're off!"The airship shudders, and starts going north.>End of thread 13>I'll stick around to answer questions.>And my twitter, as usual, is @futureexabyte
>>19438350No questions.Good night.