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Topic: The Corruption Hidden Beneath the Surface...
Subject: Life is not fair. Neither is death.


In a fair world, a just world, bards would sing songs of moments such as this.  Of moments when hope was lost, when the unfeeling, unblinking hate of true, unfettered evil would grind inexorably on... only to be opposed by those of true belief, those bound in honor and friendship and courage - no matter the odds or the price. 

But instead, this true and faithful few stood alone in the oppressive darkness, surrounded by the crush of the restless dead... and who bore witness?  Did even the eyes of the gods themselves see their struggle?  If despair clenched at their hearts, who could blame them?

Ch'dau lashed out, nearly splitting a zombie in half... but did it matter?  Even as he swung mightily, another drove into his flank, cracking a mighty rib or two from the force.

Gib lashed out wildly, the strength to even hold his shield aloft nearly gone.  As his blade glanced ineffectually off of a zombie's forearm, the priest could see the Grand Halls beyond.  It was nearly time.

Kithran sidestepped, lashed out, then was driven to the ground as the walking corpse she fought tackled her.  Pinned beneath its rotting weight, she struggled, shouted, wriggled, though her strength, too, faded rapidly...

Two of the burning zombies fell to the ground... but were replaced by others. 

Aranwen slashed, nearly removed a zombie's leg.  Sidestepped another, ripsosted beatifully, laid its flank open... then was struck from the side.  Staggered, fell to a knee as the darkness of night was replaced by pinpicks of light, then gray, then darkness...

Gib cried out, bashed with his shield, moved towards his falling comrade... then he, too, was struck a telling blow.  The last thing Moreno was aware of was the ringing in his ears...

Cedric called to his god for aid, moved to his comrades' sides, knowing that whatever aid he could administer would not be enough...

Ch'dau roared in pain and frustration and anger and fury.  He dimly recognized that his dagger was gone, but continued to lay about with falcatta and claws and fangs, trying the impossible of protecting his fallen comrades. 

Midge was forced to drop his concentration on the swam and drive a zombie back with his staff, though the cidal had no illusions of winning the fight...

Kithran struggled, feeling the life go out of her body, refusing to let it slip away, stabbing, stabbing the weight above...

As he fought wearily, Ch'dau became aware of an odd chanting sound, one unfamiliar to him.  Struggling as he was to stay alive, the Kazari was unable to pay much attention to the fact that his fur was standing on end... at least, not until the thunderclap sounded, throwing him to the ground. 

As he scrambled to his feet, Ch'dau blinked several times, trying to find his bearings, trying to eliminate the green ball in front of his retinas that had been caused by the lightning bolt striking the ground mere feet away.  A woman shouted, and a half dozen of the zombies that had not been utterly destroyed by the lightning were simply... changed... to mere ash before his eyes.  Another shout, this from a man, and a large form was crashing into the rear of the drastically reduced undead. 

As the green faded away, Ch'dau realized the man seemed familiar. 

Garn!  From the Inn!

A crystal voice rang out.  "Destroy them all!"  The woman... Davena!

With the reinforcements, the tide turned dramatically.  Through the blessings of Solanis, Cedric was able to keep Aranwen and Gib alive.  Kithran stuggled from beneath the corpse of the zombie she had slain.  Ch'dau, Garn, and Davena dispatched the few remaining undead. 

Some how, some way... the comanions had survived.







Posted on 2019-08-09 at 17:13:29.
Edited on 2019-08-09 at 17:19:09 by t_catt11

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject: sorry...


...it's been a crazy week.  Was also hoping that KDXart would post again. 

Post coming.



Posted on 2019-08-09 at 16:16:48.

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject: okay


I shall hold my update until after your post.



Posted on 2019-08-05 at 13:12:46.

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject: so...


Does anyone else have anything to contriute?  I figure the melee fighters are gonna melee. 

Gib is not going to cast, but fight. 

Any spell strategy for Cedric/Midge?



Posted on 2019-08-05 at 13:05:22.

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject: ho boy...


...not trying to drag this out, but I hate to autocalc a battle like this.  I want you all to have input as to exactly how your characters will behave.  If you can, please try to give me a few rounds worth of info - i.e. you'll fight all out unless X happens.  You'll cast heal spells if Y happens, or rely on offensive spells/sling instead, and so on and so forth.




Raven - Cedric has one more ball of flame to throw, if you so choose. 

KDXart - I had Midge cast Summon Swarm instead of Magic Missile, as you do not know the latter (and are a conjurer who cannot learn it).  If you object... I'm sorry.  Your direct damage spells are burning hands (must be in melee) and summon swarm. You have maintained it for two rounds, causing damage to three zombies eash round.

Guys, you thinned their numbers, but it is getting grim.


Health:
Ch'dau - moderate wounds
Aranwen - critical wounds
Gib - moderate wounds
Kithran - serious wounds
Midge - moderate wound
Cedric - moderate wounds


Magic:
Midge has four mana points remianing.


Cedric is down two 1st level spells and one bonus light spell.   AKA, he can still cast three more 1st level spells (plus a light), and three second level spells.



Posted on 2019-08-01 at 16:33:47.
Edited on 2019-08-01 at 16:35:28 by t_catt11

Topic: The Corruption Hidden Beneath the Surface...
Subject: fight!


The battle priest called out, "The tactical retreat isn't working, there are too many! Aranwen, call a full retreat. We cannot withstand this onslaught further." However, Aranwen had other thoughts. 

The Bladesinger shook her head. "We will not survive a retreat" she replied to Gib. Raising her voice to be heard clearly above the din of battle, Aranwen called out "Ch'dau to the front! Midge and Cedric, drop back when he arrives! Gib and I will cover you."

A brief glimpse was shared among the party members as the unspoken understanding was shared that this would be their stand.  They would fight here, and they would prevail - or they would die.  The mindless, unfeeling enemy would give no quarter... nor would they accept or even recognize it.

Ch'dau carefully placed the still motionless form of Kithran on the ground, leaning her against a tree.  Then with a fierce prayer and an even more fierce roar, the Kazari lept into the fray.

The huge body bowled into zombies, helping to clear a path for Midge to withdraw.  Ch'dau snarled and layed about with his blades, opening great wounds on two zombies.

Meanwhile, the diminutive spellcaster took his opening as an opportunity to cast.  The incantation was familiar - it was, after all, his best offensive spell - but this time, the swam of stinging insects would be positioned to only harass the enemy, and not impact his allies.  Within moments, three zombies began to have flesh devoured by the crawling doom thus summoned.

Gib sidestapped, slashed, dropped a zombie to the ground.  Cedric called out to Solanis for aid, then tossed his ball of flame directly into the chest of a zombie, which then caught fire - though it pressed forward, heedless of its own burning flesh.  A second blob of flame missed its target, but still managed to set another undead on fire.

Aranwen whirled with deadly efficiency, leaving two more of the undead on the ground. 

For a moment, hope swelled.  Surely, no matter the numbers, the companions were more than a match to the likes of these slow, shuffling abominations?

And then, then undead crashed anew into the companions.  Aranwen received a particularly telling blow, staggering her.  The Bladesinger kept her feet, though largely due to force of will and training alone.  Ch'dau felt a solid impact of his own, as did Gib. 

Slumped agianst the tree, Kithran saw the pair approach.  Slowly, yes... but relentlessly.  Their unseeing eyes somehow taking her in, the rogue felt icy terror grip her heart as she realized that her companions, locked in mortal combat, would not see in time to save her life. 

And then, her left hand twitched.  Then the right.  And in a moment, the paralysis was gone, giving the little rogue a chance to leap to her own aid.  A blow caught the side of her head, causing her ear to ring, but in a mimicry of Ch'dau, she snarled and drove her blades into a zombie, slumping it into the mud. 



Posted on 2019-08-01 at 16:28:06.
Edited on 2019-09-27 at 07:46:11 by Eol Fefalas

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject:


Welp, I guess I'm gonna just post, anyway.



Posted on 2019-08-01 at 10:53:16.

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject:


Waiting on clarification from KDX...



Posted on 2019-07-31 at 16:40:46.

Topic: Olan and saving cash...
Subject:


Nice!



Posted on 2019-07-31 at 13:14:46.

Topic: Olan and saving cash...
Subject:


Thou art my hero - I am now fully bonusfied.  Thanks much!

$2.50 doesn't sound like a lot, but that stuff adds up... I'm about to withdraw my second $100 of the year. 



Posted on 2019-07-31 at 12:58:26.

Topic: Olan and saving cash...
Subject:


For online shopping in ibotta - you have to open the store you want to use directly from ibotta; that way, it passes the referral ID. 

For brick and mortar - you either scan a QR code or barcode on your receipt, or you take photos in the ibotta app... it depends on the merchant and how they print receipts.

I expect it didn't notify me that you had signed up since you used the email you had used in your account before (i.e. you aen't "new").



Posted on 2019-07-31 at 11:21:32.

Topic: Olan and saving cash...
Subject:


Haha, no worries. 



Posted on 2019-07-31 at 09:37:11.

Topic: Olan and saving cash...
Subject:


Yo, last day to hekp out your old buddy, old buddy, old pal with his shot at this bonus thing!



Posted on 2019-07-31 at 09:26:41.

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject:


Real post is in progress, just taking a bit with work and whatnot.  Sorry!



Posted on 2019-07-30 at 15:28:38.

Topic: Star Trek: Veiled Chimera Q&A
Subject:


I have give a little down time for people to post their side plots, fluff, etc.  However, I don't want us to just drift... so I plan to bump the timeline and the game forward in the next day or so, unless someone has an issue.



Posted on 2019-07-30 at 14:35:12.

Topic: Olan and saving cash...
Subject:


I mean, there IS such a game...



Posted on 2019-07-30 at 10:47:30.

Topic: Olan and saving cash...
Subject:


Spoiler alert: zombies use typical attack rolls.  In a typical pitched battle with no magic wielders, I'm not sure that you'll NEED saving throws ever.

I mean... er... yeah, I'm sure it'll be SUPER useful! 



Posted on 2019-07-30 at 10:38:46.
Edited on 2019-07-30 at 10:46:49 by t_catt11

Topic: Olan and saving cash...
Subject:


You are de man.  +2 to saving throws! 



Posted on 2019-07-30 at 10:08:24.

Topic: Olan and saving cash...
Subject:


Well, dang it.  I got notification that Eol had signed up from my link, but he still doesn't "count" yet - you have to redeem one of the retailer offers (i.e. coupons).  Not just a percent back in gas or whatever.  So maybe a Wal Mart or whatever?

No credit at all for breebles.  Maybe since you've had the app before? 

Boo!  Hiss!



Posted on 2019-07-30 at 09:59:05.

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject:


Glad you enjoyed it...



Posted on 2019-07-29 at 14:18:56.

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject:


Nah, that was only two of you dying.  I mean, it looked bad from there, but I didn't roll it all out.

I did, however, roll out the first couple of rounds of the "retreat" option.  Yes, two of you would have died... at least, would have gone to 0 or fewer HP, and when abandoned in a retreat of a pack of zombies, equals the same thing.



Posted on 2019-07-29 at 13:20:01.
Edited on 2019-07-29 at 13:20:31 by t_catt11

Topic: The Corruption Hidden Beneath the Surface...
Subject: retreat!


"Aranwen!" the priest of Therassor spat out bloodily. "Call a full retreat. We cannot withstand this onslaught further."


Realizing the truth of his words, the companions turned and fled from the zombie horde.  Even as he turned, Moreno felt a blow rain down upon his back, staggering him in the process.  He was lucky. 

Midge on the other hand, was struck hard enough to lift him from his feet, where lay lay crumpled on the ground.  He tried to rise, saw his companions fade away into the wood, raised a hand towards them... and then, the crush of zombies was upon him.  Striking, pulling, tearing.  The cidal felt excruciating agony as his left arm was ripped from its socket, before he mercifully felt nothing else.


Cedric was bruised, battered, slipped down into the mud.  The young man tried to regain his feet, but felt the crushing weight of the dead and their cold hands bearing him down into the mud, into his own grave.  The pain, the terror, the sheer alone as not only his friends, but even his god seemed to abandon him in his time of need were the last things Cedric ever thought.


Soon, the survivors made their way back to the camp.  Kith thankfully regained the ability to move, but even as Ch'dau sat her down beside the stream, the hateful giggling of a ghoul could be heard from across it.  Would it be wise to cross the stream and risk encountering it with the wounds that the companions suffered from?  Should they make a stand here, at least hoping that the stream would slow the ghoul down?  The horde of zombies pressed ever closer, uncaring of pain or suffering or grief...



"Mel!  Are you reading the gol parallum again?" a voice sternly intoned - clearly already knowing the answer. 


The young girl snapped the cover shut and hung her head, answering sheepishly.  "Yes, mistress."


Valdaria shook her head and pursed her lips.  "You know that the knowledge of parallel outcomes is forbidden to acolytes!  It is intricate, confusing study limited only to masters.  Come back in a decade or two if you wish to pursue it further, but if I catch you with these volumes again before you earn your next ring, you'll be on privvy duty for the next three months!  Is that clear?"


The Magister's priestess shook her head and carefully replaced the volume as her acolyte slunk away, dejected.


 


 


 



Posted on 2019-07-29 at 12:59:47.
Edited on 2019-07-29 at 13:01:54 by t_catt11

Topic: Olan and saving cash...
Subject:


Bwahaha... I LITERALLY laughed out loud when you segued into commercial.  I'm really glad that my office is isolated, people would be looking at me like I was a lunatic.

(I was joking?)



Posted on 2019-07-29 at 12:48:12.
Edited on 2019-07-29 at 12:48:30 by t_catt11

Topic: Olan and saving cash...
Subject:


Awesome.  +2 to all saving throws for my players who sign up and redeem at least one offer with it (thus making them "count" for me). 



Posted on 2019-07-29 at 12:36:17.

Topic: Olan and saving cash...
Subject: cool!


I saw that you signed up.  Yay for using it! 

It's easy peasy.  Gonna knock down some more Disney cards shortly. 



Posted on 2019-07-29 at 11:57:39.

 
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