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Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: Wow, wave of ill fortune this round


Willow, not to be dismayed at her previous strangely missed hit, swings her right blade across, and again through the Linsemptus Scout without resistance. Bringing her left blade back, however, Willow catches the Linsemptus Scout off balance, and this time her blade does encounter its intangible body, cutting deep into the gelatinous form (-11 hp Linsemptus Scout). In attempting to bring both blades across at the same time, the Linsemptus Scout ducks underneath one, to be caught in the other's path. Unfortunately, the Linsemptus's immateriality once again comes into play, and the blade passes through without harm.

The Linsemptus Scout in front of Dusk manages to swerve its blow around at a peculiar angle, catching Dusk in the forearm with an off-centre punch. (-2hp Dusk)

"By the Guardinal's light, I defy thee." Deunan says evenly, before bringing her blade to bear. Yet, as she readies her blade to strike, imbued with holy might, she waits for a fraction of a second too long, before the Foot Soldier bashes her blade aside with its shield before she can strike (natural 1). However, she isn't done, and swings the blade around still imbued with holy power, slashing into the Linsemptus Foot Soldier's side. (-15 hp Linsemptus Foot Soldier)

"Foul creature begone!" Mist shouts in almost a mirroring of Deunan as she brings her bastard sword about in a fierce two-handed blow hitting the Linsemptus Scout across the neckline (natural 20). Mist's blade seems to glow white as it cuts deep into the Linsemptus Scout, causing it to screech in agony, and now its form looks precariously fragile, with wisps of its body seeming to evaporate and reform in an unstable equilibrium. (-20hp Linsemptus Scout) Unfinished, she brings the bastard sword around again, this time impaling the Scout and causing it to dissipate with an unearthly screech. (-15 hp Linsemptus Scout, felled)

Seeing an opening, Farah fires her bow thrice consecutively. The first arrow hits the Linsemptus Scout in front of Manalagna, jarring it in the arm (-5 hp Scout). The second shot veers wide, but doesn't endanger either Manalagna or Sora. The final shot flies straight and true into the Scout's torso, underneath the arm of Sora, who flinches slightly at the close proximity. (-11 hp Scout)

Not to be left out, Sora whirls his two wrist blades about in a four-hit strike. The first two hit the already off-balance Scout, with the second striking into its torso and cutting fairly deep. (-5, -7 hp Scout) The second two, however, are evaded as the Linsemptus Scout ducks and sidesteps.

Forcing his blade to infringe upon the boundary between spacial addresses, Dusk swiftly strikes forward. However, the Linsemptus Scout sees the blade coming, and twists to the side of its trajectory.

Yin walks over toward Dusk, "Need a hand?" he asks, although his stance indicates he'll help regardless.

The Linsemptus Scout in front of Manalagna hesitates for a moment, before suddenly jabbing its fist into Manalagna's torso. Being a sudden movement, the strike has little force behind it (-1 hp Manalagna).

Dev reaches the Linsemptus Foot Soldier, and slashes his katar before the Foot Soldier can turn to acknowledge his presence. The katar in his hand glow with a white aura as he strikes, and the Linsemptus Foot Soldier winces slightly from the attack. (-12 hp Linsemptus Foot Soldier) It seems the many attacks upon the Foot Soldier are finally beginning to wear it down, for its body seems to appear less substantial, although it is still a considerable threat.

"Arcane Missiles of magic force, I summon thee to now fly forth!" Armand calls, and the Linsemptus Foot Soldier turns in time to see the five missiles as they impact it in the torso. A low growl can be heard as the Foot Soldier's glowing red eyes brighten with fury. (-12 hp Linsemptus Foot Soldier)

Manalagna stands his ground, and begins weaving the magics of a spell. It is the perfect opening for the Linsemptus Scout in front of him. Even though Manalagna's reflexes are enough to make him step to the side, the Scout's attack this time is the same blade it used in the beginning, and it slashes across diagonally into Manlagna's form. (-5 hp Manalagna) There is a cracking sound, and the rift opened by the Scout's blade sends an enormous wave of pain into Manalagna's body, too much for even the dwarf to handle, and he wasn't expecting it either. (Natural 1 for the save, paralysed)

[Round 3]

Knowing that its death is near, the Linsemptus Foot Soldier roars, and slams its blade down upon Deunan, mustering more force than even before. Not even Armand's added protection aids her against the power of the attack, and the blade slashes her grievously across the torso (-21 hp Deunan). The Linsemptus Foot Soldier bashes her blade with its shield, knocking it out of the way of its second, powerful blow, this time catching her off guard as it cuts deeply into her arm, to the bone (-23 hp Deunan). Foregoing power for accuracy on its last strike, the Linsemptus Foot Soldier slams its blade forward, impaling Deunan through the heart, despite her blade attempting to block the blow. (Critical hit, -24 hp Deunan... Deunan is dead) Retracting its blade, slick with Deunan's blood, the Linsemptus Foot Soldier turns toward the others in its reach, with Deunan's limp body falling to the ground.

Mitsuru steps to the side so she is adjacent to both Akihiko and Dev. She holds her hands to her heart, as though praying, and around all three of them, a faint white aura appears.

Xira steps up, around Dev, bringing the Death Scythe from its sling as she does so. The Foot Soldier turns in time to see Xira nearly decapitate it with a swing of her deadly weapon. (-23 hp Linsemptus Foot Soldier) The Foot Soldier lets out a scream of anguish as its form dissipates into nothingness, the noise nearly deafening the people near it. Xira grits her teeth, but she can't truly hide the damage her weapon is inflicting upon her as well as the blood from her hands drips down the scythe's shaft to drip onto the ground.

The remaining Linsemptus Scouts seem slightly shaken by the loss of their squadron leader, but they don't look as though they'll retreat any time soon.

[Status so far]
Xira - Yellow
Yin - Green
Mist - Green
Farah - Green
Sora - Green
Dev - Green
Mitsuru - Green
Akihiko - Green
Willow - 68/72
Dusk - 52/57
Manalagna - 68/78, paralysed
Armand - 72/72
Deunan - dead (past -10)

((Alright... as the subject says, a wave of ill fortune this round... I rolled quite a few ones... In any case, there are two Linsemptus Scouts remaining. One of which is near-dead (the one by Manalagna), and the other looks so-so by Dusk. Your turn... and hopefully the dip in ill fortune means a rise in good fortune sooner rather than later...))

Posted on 2008-11-15 at 20:09:16.
Edited on 2008-11-25 at 21:03:07 by Reralae

Topic: ^ < V game
Subject: *Sigh...*


^ Really shouldn't have bitten...

< Probably has two patients to heal... one with a grievous bite wound, the other with possible disease from inflicting said bite

v Sympathizes

Posted on 2008-11-15 at 03:41:40.
Edited on 2008-11-15 at 03:42:47 by Reralae

Topic: Poetry of Reralae
Subject: Emotions of Life - Regret


The shadow of the past weighs more than the world,
And not-taken paths grow dull and curled.
The desire to go back, and make one's place brighter,
Stepping back to undo the flames of the lighter.

Return to the past, undo a mistake,
Choose the other path that one would make.
Time flows in one direction, unheeding and cruel,
Sometimes too swiftly, gathering mistakes as fuel.

What are mistakes and what are not?
Look carefully at what has been wrought.
True, it seems the journey is unbearably long,
But bypassing it would bring about more wrong.

The hands of time cannot be turned back,
They simply follow their single train track.
Perhaps one can't go back, but one has to move on,
For in the end, what is done is done.

Life consists of both joy and woe,
But it is the moment that decides where we'll go.
Still, one can't help but look at things that were,
And think of something better to occur.

Posted on 2008-11-14 at 23:39:53.
Edited on 2008-11-14 at 23:45:18 by Reralae

Topic: Paranoia - Always Recruiting
Subject: Yay!


Meri, let's team up!

... of course, it'd probably be more like a tentative alliance type thing given the nature of the game

Posted on 2008-11-14 at 20:31:47.

Topic: Buried Secrets Q&A
Subject: Umm, I don't think there's a need to


That could be the secret we find out later

Posted on 2008-11-13 at 22:51:34.

Topic: Forgotten Realms: The Unsung Heroes
Subject: Well, let's try this again


When Aelistae fell, Linnix feared the worst. That distance could have easily killed her... but it didn't. That in itself held much relief for Linnix, but the battle was far from over.

She's alright.

Taking her gaze away from Aelistae, Linnix looked back to the drow in the sky. Linnix could feel the hatred, the enmity welling inside of her. It had been a while since she felt that way, with her life's new direction, but it was still there. At least now perhaps Linnix would not let it blind her. Perhaps.

"Thank you." Linnix absently says to Dylan next to her as she feels the stinging in her body lessen as some of her wounds heal.

Gritting her teeth, and willing her body to endure more punishment, Linnix prepares to commit to her next act. The ugly, squabbling goblins around her wait patiently, knowing she'll give them the opportunity to hit. Well, in revenge, one has to make sacrifices.

"Why don't you just die?" Linnix mutters spitefully, raising the bow once more and firing at the dark priestess above.

Posted on 2008-11-13 at 22:21:58.

Topic: Paranoia - Always Recruiting
Subject: lol


I must say, it's definitely one of the most amusing game concepts I've seen... I'll check by later after I see if I have an idea of how to play this as well as enough time to devote to it... hmm... character concept/inspiration is something to look at too...

Posted on 2008-11-13 at 21:26:32.
Edited on 2008-11-13 at 21:31:51 by Reralae

Topic: Some Secrets are Best Left Buried...
Subject: Our first turning attempt...


Behind her, Shianna heard the rather loud footfalls of the Khordaldrum behind her. Inside, she grimaced slightly. It wasn't her place to judge others, but she disliked how he always seemed to hound her as though she were a pane of glass. Perhaps he thought he was giving her enough space, but Shianna held discontent at his persistent proximity regardless.

Then, with a snap of a twig, the situation became far more complicated.

Shianna shakes her head; she should've known better... the others were used to the paths worn into the ground, where debris would not fall or lie for long, not the floor of a forest that as easily could reveal presence as well as hide it to those who aren't accustomed to it. Or was this a test for her, set by the world in order for her to grow even more? Was there something to be done?

Thoughts will have to wait, for the hostile creatures draw nearer. Shianna grimaces. No, these are not creatures. There is no word that she knows to describe such abominations. Twisted semblances of the life that was, it is unforgivable. Beside her, Meera growls, and Shianna feels it as well. The desire of the forest around her, no, the world itself, to be rid of this disease that taints it.

"Unforgivable." Shianna barely whispers, before standing tall and glaring at the pathetic and twisted semblances of life before her.

"Let my words be heard even unto thy deaf ears." Shianna begins, holding one hand to the pendant about her neck, the stone circle upon which a tree grows, "The eternal cycle that is the world's life goes in but one direction. From birth unto life, and within life, growth, until finally death. Thou, pathetic semblances of the life that was," Shianna emphasizes, pointing at the decaying creatures, "hearken to me! Are thy senses so dulled that they doest not feel the whole of the world willing to be rid of thee? Let me speak for the forest, no, the world itself," Shianna adds, waving her arm as though to reveal the entirety of the universe to these senseless, instinctual abominations, "I bid thee BE GONE!"

Posted on 2008-11-13 at 19:40:02.

Topic: Forgotten Realms: the Unsung Heroes Q/A
Subject: Just a thought...


Would Aelistae be able to use the Fighting Defensively or Total Defence option with her being hasted? i.e. her first standard action goes to activating the healing belt (or attacking in later rounds), and the second goes to Total Defence... It's not much, but I think it might help...

Posted on 2008-11-13 at 17:49:14.

Topic: Buried Secrets Q&A
Subject: Heh,


Does that mean Shianna's in danger too then (or spotted)?

Posted on 2008-11-12 at 21:26:27.

Topic: Some Secrets are Best Left Buried...
Subject: Well... if you insist


Shianna bows her head slightly. It is indeed brave to not falter in one's step, and to not give in to fear, yet... at the same time, where does bravery end and recklessness begin? Where does caution cross the line and become paranoia? It is a fine line, a very delicate boundary...

The silent voice within one's heart whispers the most profound wisdom. Shianna listens carefully, and her gaze wanders to a tree by the path. The trees! Shianna smiles; it would satisfy both sides, or so she hopes.

"If we continue forward, would it be better to at least stay off the path?" Shianna asks, "That way we'll be able to see ahead, while the trees can protect us from being seen, and still give us the choice to avoid the town if we must."

Posted on 2008-11-11 at 20:46:56.

Topic: Forgotten Realms: the Unsung Heroes Q/A
Subject: Well, as far as group names go


There's two ways to do it. One consists of two parts, where the first part is a synonym to 'group' or 'alliance', and the second part is a unifying factor.

'Communion of Tethyr' for instance (it doesn't quite work for our group, seeing as how we're not all given the quest at Tethyr, but you get the idea of the format)

The other type of group name consists of a single phrase of about two words that is both a sort of unifying factor and works as a name.

For example, 'The Moonlit Brigade'

I just picked 'Moonlit' seeing as how a lot of what we've done so far at least has taken place at night or in darkness of some sort (i.e. the cave)

Posted on 2008-11-11 at 20:27:43.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: Perhaps...


Maybe you should make the FT thread into a private thread so it pops up on their profiles... maybe they'll remember it better that way.

Posted on 2008-11-11 at 19:42:50.

Topic: Buried Secrets Q&A
Subject: Oh yeah...


Also, Shianna's speech in my post is in Apanonese... so if you don't have that language, you can't understand it.

I hope it's alright, although perhaps a bit on the short side...?

Posted on 2008-11-10 at 20:55:49.

Topic: Some Secrets are Best Left Buried...
Subject: This isn't right...


Meera whines softly, a noise that easily shatters the relative quiet.

"Shh, I know." Shianna murmurs gently to her companion, patting it again on the head to reassure it.

Glancing toward the others, Shianna speaks up, but hesitates. Even after being with the others for a while, it still felt peculiar, breaching the separate worlds in which they lived. The world of the wild, and the world of civilization... alongside each other, yet separate and distinct. It is easy to see as well, especially in comparing her own untamed appearance to the silent Syana, or any of the others for that matter.

"There's something... wrong." Shianna finally says, "I don't know what it is, or where it is, but I can feel it in the air; Meera can smell it seeping out of the ground, and I hear it in the rain. This isn't by nature, whatever it is. I think... we should avoid that village, and..." Her eyes look toward the distant shapes in the mist, "The people from it."

Posted on 2008-11-10 at 20:11:28.
Edited on 2008-11-10 at 21:01:39 by Reralae

Topic: Welcome or Not!
Subject: Crystals, gemstones, and one unknown one


Arturo had shown Sen the collection, and though it was in the sylph's nature to be taken by such things, his collection was extraordinary by even a sylph's standards. Sen tried to be polite, taking only the gems she thought she'd need, but at Arturo's prompting, she took a few more just to be safe.

However, one gem caught her eye. Following her line of sight, Arturo pointedly explained that the one she was looking at is one that's still uncut, and as such probably unable to be used in sylph magic. It seems to glimmer in the light, not one colour of the spectrum, but all of them, just a bit stronger with a slightly blue tone.

"That's not what interests me." Sen murmured, "You haven't been able to cut it, have you?"

Arturo glanced at Sen, and nodded.

"That's because it was already cut, but it is now broken." Sen explained, But how did it get here? Sen wonders.

"What do you mean?"

"Its smooth edge isn't just the side of a crystal formation," Sen continued, taking the fragment in her hand, and angling it, "If you look at it in the right orientation, you can clearly see that it is a quarter of a cut gemstone."

"That's an interesting claim, and you're right, in that orientation it looks like the side of a diamond cut gem, but how do you know of it?"

"I know it from another world." Sen murmured, "How it got here, I do not know..."

"I see, well then, I presume you will return it when you are able to, so please take it as well."

"Thank you." Sen replied, curtsying, "For your hospitality."

* * *

Sen wanders outside, holding the crystal fragment in the moonlight.

"It is quite a surprise... but it also makes sense in a way. Where Darkside brings about destruction, she would be there, to be a seed of rebirth, providing restoration." Sen murmurs quietly.

"That's why you came here, isn't it, Bellianae?" Sen murmurs.

"Well, and I've been just following you, because you are one of my only friends, although it's hard to keep up with you." a kindly woman's voice can be heard, although no source can be seen.

"I would hope so, otherwise Darkside and his group would've found me already." Sen giggles.

"It's funny, they're so intent on hunting you they never even noticed me." Bellianae adds.

"Will you be joining me then?" Sen asks, her voice hesitant.

"Of course, silly. It's only natural to help a friend." Bellianae replies.

"Are you going to stay in crystalline form for a while?" Sen wonders aloud.

"Yes, I think I will. That way we won't be easily separated, yet I can still aid you as needed. Plus, I wouldn't want to upset your friends... men seem to get nervous when there's more than one woman around." Bellianae chuckles.

Arturo could see all that is in a moment, but Bellianae's real form is still this fragment of crystal. Sen realizes, So there's no illusion to see through. I suppose that's fortunate, because I'm uncertain how he would've reacted to her, but... at the same time, Sen thinks, I wish you were complete.

Even in this form, Sen does not need to sleep, so she sits in the moonlight outside, contemplating what is going to happen.

Posted on 2008-11-10 at 18:15:55.

Topic: Filthy Thief Q/A
Subject: Hmm...


Shall I move the game ahead to the morning, or do they need to decide if they're going to set up shifts to watch the vampire or something?

Posted on 2008-11-10 at 17:34:49.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: Behold the power of the Linsempti... specifically the Foot Soldier


With a quick dash forward to aid her comrade, Willow brings her blade to bear. The Linsemptus Scout seems to have not seen her coming, for she easily runs it through where there would have been a heart, were it truly a live, humanoid creature. However, to her dismay, her sword leaves no trace in the Scout's intangible form.

Seemingly unable to form its serrated blade twice in a row, the Linsemptus Scout in front of Dusk does a quick jab forward that is unexpected. It catches him in the stomach, but there's not much force behind the blow (-2 hp Dusk).

Deunan swiftly gets to her feet, grabbing her one weapon that is sure to strike true against these abominations. Taking a swift glance around the camp, the one enemy that catches her eye is the Linsemptus Foot Soldier, not only because it's the closest, but it also seems the most threatening, compared to the skeletal Scouts at least. Running forward, Deunan raises her blade, only to have it be repelled forcibly by the Foot Soldier's shield.

As one, Sora, Farah, and Mist quickly get to their feet as well, ready for the fight. Mist hurriedly runs over to aid Willow, trying to go around to the other side of that Linsemptus Scout. Supplying himself with his own "Boing!" sound effect, Sora leaps over to the Scout by Manalagna and slams his small blade into it (-2hp Scout). Farah, being the ranged combatant of the group, simply nocks her longbow and fires. The arrow flies true, impaling the Scout in front of Xira. The Scout gives an unearthly scream as the arrow blows a hole through its intangible form, causing it to dissipate from the centre. (-9 hp Scout, Scout is felled)

Dusk, in the meantime, takes the opportunity to repay the Scout, with interest. He brings his sacred weapon and deals a swift blow to the neck of the Scout, catching it off guard like it did to him. However, the Scout's intangibility comes into play again, causing the blade to pass through without harm. Not to be dismayed, Dusk brings the blade back in a reverse strike, but the Scout evades it by dodging to the side of the blow.

Yin, looking a bit embarrassed in spite of himself, quickly rolls to the side and stands, grabbing his sword in the process.

Seeing that its target is out of simple reach, the Scout in front of Willow turns toward her. It reaches its fist back, and lunges forward in a powerful sweep. From just plain common knowledge, such an attack would merely bounce off Willow's armour, causing the attacker to hold their hand in pain and perhaps leaving Willow with a slight bruise. Evidently, common knowledge doesn't apply to the Linsempti. The Scout's fist goes straight through Willow's armour, impacting her with a good punch. (Scout critical hit, -4 hp Willow)

The Scout by Manalagna takes a swift punch at the warrior still lying on the ground, giving Manalagna a good sized bruise. (-4 hp Manalagna)

Giving a large yawn, Dev finally gets up, "Sheesh, can't a guy get some sleep without having to worry about an ambush?!" He asks angrily, "Oh well, at least things are getting interesting." With his katar blades already in hand, Dev races over toward the Foot Soldier with an exclamation that seems to be "I'm gonna get the MVP!"

The haze of sleep also seems to cloud over Armand, and he finds that it takes a while longer than normal for him to stand. However, although perhaps slower to act, his influence was certainly no less than any of the others.

"Powers that be, forces of light, grant your warrior a Dragons Might!" He exclaims, and with a golden glow around her, Deunan looks considerably stronger.

Finally, Manalagna, gritting his teeth at the thought of such a cowardly opponent, grabs his blade and goes to stand, receiving a sharp punch in the process by the Scout beside him. (-4 hp Manalagna) Manalagna brings his blade down, but the Scout simply sidesteps the blade.

[Round 2]

Its vague head turning toward the now enchanted fighter, the Linsemptus Foot Soldier turns sharply, bringing its blade across in a hard strike. The blow is just too fierce for Deunan to block, and the blade draws blood from a wound across her torso. (-6 hp Deunan) The jagged crack from the blade's path manifests, but fails to hinder Deunan. Unfinished, the Linsemptus Foot Soldier brings its blade up, and slams it down, nearly knocking the blade out of Deunan's hands as she raises it to defend. The blow is fierce, and even Deunan's enhanced strength can't stop the sword from dealing a severe wound to her shoulder. (critical hit, -12 hp Deunan) Finally, the Foot Soldier sweeps the blade across, giving Deunan a fierce wound in the leg despite her attempt to avoid the blow. (-14 hp Deunan)

"So that's what it does." Mitsuru murmurs.

Mitsuru steps forward, and a faint blue aura appears around her. She raises her hand, and as she taps Akihiko on the shoulder, the aura flows from it to hover around him.

"Good call." Akihiko nods.

Xira, in the meantime, grabs her sling for the Death Scythe, and using it she places the Death Scythe upon her back as she walks toward the Foot Soldier.

"Over here!" Akihiko shouts, punching the Foot Soldier in the side with a strong hit. (-15 hp Foot Soldier) The Foot Soldier then pays sharp attention to Akihiko, and parries the next three punches with well timed movements and placements of its body and shield.

[Status so far]
Xira - Green
Yin - Green
Mist - Green
Farah - Green
Sora - Green
Dev - Green
Mitsuru - Green
Akihiko - Green
Willow - 68/72
Dusk - 54/57
Manalagna - 69/78
Armand - 72/72
Deunan - 56/88
NOTE TO ME: Deunan has paralysis immunity

((Alright, your moves... ^_^))

Posted on 2008-11-09 at 20:56:45.
Edited on 2008-11-10 at 03:43:03 by Reralae

Topic: A Poem Made Just for the Inn
Subject: Now now...


Sib-kun never said that; you're assuming a bit much, Emybear-san...

I know he didn't mean anything like that, so please don't take it that way. He is a nice person after all ^_^

Posted on 2008-11-09 at 08:21:17.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction: The Linsemptus - Q/A
Subject: To note...


The Linsemptus Scouts are Small creatures (4ft tall abouts) whereas the Linsemptus Foot Soldier is Medium sized.

Posted on 2008-11-08 at 05:50:08.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: Now combat is joined...


With a swift slash, Dusk delivers a punishing blow to the Linsemptus Scout in front of him, causing its immaterial form to writhe in the passage of the blade. (-17 hp Linsemptus Scout)

The final three Linsemptus Scouts make their move, rushing at three of the stirring party. Each of them forms a jagged and skeletal blade, striking swiftly. Yin gives a sharp cry as one of the Linsemptus Scouts slash him across the torso, but doesn't seem that badly off. (-4 hp for Yin, no paralysis)

Manalagna as well is rudely awakened by a poorly placed thrust of another Linsemptus Scout's blade, but given that it was merely a scratch, the gladiator was no worse for wear. (-1 hp for Manalagna, no paralysis)

Lastly, an unfortunate Linsemptus Scout only serves to strike Xira in the shoulder, awakening the dark priestess fully as she feels a couple drops of her blood drip from the mere cut. (-1 hp for Xira, no paralysis).

[First Round]

The Linsemptus Foot Soldier's glowing red eyes brighten as it brings its sword up, which wreathes in an aura of unearthly energy. With a roar an an immense cracking sound, the Foot Solider brings it down upon Akihiko. Akihiko is blown back slightly by the assault, but manages to stay on his feet despite the force of the impact. The contorted grimace upon Akihiko's face also suggests there was more to the blow than was physical as well, but he quickly sets himself in a stance to attack. (-20 hp Akihiko, no paralysis)

"Damn it... that one's powerful." Akihiko grunts.

Mitsuru quickly runs over, drawing her rapier at the same time. "Don't push yourself." She says gently, and once again, the silhouette appears above her, but this time as though they were pouring water upon Akihiko, which is visible as sparkles of light. (Akihiko +20 hp)

Xira, in the meantime, grasps the bandaged scythe and quickly stands, provoking a punch from the Linsemptus Scout. However, the punch is drawn up short, and Xira avoids it easily. The bandages upon the scythe are ripped apart as the Death Scythe's aura becomes visible. Blood drips from Xira's hands as she swings the Death Scythe into the Scout's form. It shrieks in terror as its body hardly withstands against the assault of the scythe. (-29 hp Linsemptus Scout)

"You want to try that again?" Akihiko asks as he steps back in place against the Linsemptus Foot Soldier.

Akihiko brings his fist forward, but the Soldier blocks it with his shield. "Damn you!" Akihiko yells, bringing his other fist forward and slamming it into what looks like the Soldier's stomach. (-17 hp Soldier) The Soldier recoils slightly, giving another opening which is taken by Akihiko's bladed fist. However, this one goes straight through the Soldier without harm. Akihiko's final blow is blocked once again by the Soldier's shield.

[Status so far]
Xira - Green
Yin - Green
Mist - Green
Farah - Green
Sora - Green
Dev - Green
Mitsuru - Green
Akihiko - Green
Willow - 72/72
Dusk - 56/57
Manalagna - 77/78
Armand - 72/72
Deunan - 72/72

((Okies, we're now in the midst of round 1... Only thing of note is Hammer, you have an enemy right beside you, and everyone (PC that is) except for Vilyamar is still prone... also please note that people generally do not sleep in armour! That means that you who have armour of medium or heavy type probably don't have it equipped at this point in time (I am assuming so anyway)))

Posted on 2008-11-08 at 00:13:54.
Edited on 2008-11-08 at 01:10:30 by Reralae

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: Not much of a story, in truth


Xira shrugs, but her eyes for a moment seem to turn a lighter shade of brown as she remembers, "There's not much to tell. Thirteen years ago, I was wandering the desert, hoping to get stronger. I was an avid gladiator as well as a healer. There were rumours of a huge monster prowling the desert, and that's why I was there, to slay the beast and get stronger in the process."

Strangely, Xira's voice is no longer cold, and perhaps a hint of the warmth of the person she was can be felt in it.

"Suddenly, there was a burst of darkness, and I heard an eerie screech. It was like it was a meteor impact, for a crater then suddenly formed, with me on the edge. I fell in, just in time to see the monster, I can't remember what it was now, be decapitated, and disappear into the void. I thought I was going to as well, but it just suddenly stopped, and in the centre of the blackness that was there, was a woman. Her black hood had fallen back, and I could see her face; she looked beautiful, almost as though she were royalty. However, there was something strange about her. Uncommonly pretty, yes, but there was something about her appearance. It didn't seem real. Do you know how dolls can look stunningly pretty? It felt like that, a prettiness that was at the same time unreal, flawless, yet passive like a china doll. She wore a black breastplate with golden lining, with similar shoulder pads and a hood in a similar style. She also wore a black garment with long sleeves, and black pants with a golden embroidered bottom. As you can guess, her boots were also black. I thought it was incredulous, wearing black in the desert, but she didn't seem to be perspiring at all. It was like she didn't even notice the heat. She turned and looked at me with her black eyes, and I could see in her hands this scythe. I asked her if it was a very strong weapon, for at the time I was using only a mace. Her response was simple and to the point: if I was truly curious, I should try it for myself. I couldn't believe it myself, and so I pointed out that she might still needed it. She replied that she could make another."

Xira's eyes fade back to their dark shade, and she finishes, "Her name is Krixa Donybo. That should be sufficient. It is enough from me."

On her back, the Death Scythe's 'eyes', if you call them that, briefly glow red, visible through its wrappings, at the mentioning of Krixa's name, but fade just as quickly, like a candle flickering. Xira turns and walks over to sit at the side of the camp, implying the conversation is over.

((If anyone attempts to speak to Xira at this point in time, she'll simply not respond, staring blankly ahead))

Taking the hint, everyone resumes their preparations for the night. Eventually, all but the four keeping watch drift into sleep. Off to the side, Willow and Mist discuss the nature of the Death Scythe, while Armand and Caduceus hold their own, mental conversation. Deunan glances around, slightly impatient yet knowing better than to hope something will happen. The first watch goes by without any sign of anything. No wind blows, and no animals can be heard amidst the plain. With a swift exchange, the first watch switches with the second, leaving Dusk, Akihiko and Mitsuru to watch through the night. After about an hour and a half, Mitsuru finally speaks up.

"I don't like it Akihiko, not one bit. There's been no sign of the Linsemptus, although they've already had a couple of days to make their move, or at least move toward the cities. What are they up to?" Mitsuru murmurs.

Akihiko looks over to Mitsuru in kind of an understanding way, "It's alright Mitsuru, if there's something wrong, just say it. I trust your intuition."

Mitsuru smiles, "You know me too well, Akihiko. There is no question that girl's weapon is strong, and I am thankful for it, but there is a point where a weapon's strength is also a weakness to its wielder. I'm sure that weapon's crossed the line."

Akihiko chuckles, "Well, she certainly is colder than your ice spells."

Mitsuru suddenly tenses, "Akihiko!"

Akihiko nearly growls, shouting, "I see it! Everyone! Wake up!"

Dusk, as well as Akihiko, sees what looks almost like an inhuman skull creeping along the ground. It's form is strangely translucent, with what colour visible during this time of night seeming to change chaotically throughout the visible spectrum. It seems gelatinous, fluid, and it wavers with energy that is wreathed about its intangible form. However, Mitsuru is glancing around quickly at five distinct spots.

"I see five enemies, keep your guard up!" Mitsuru calls.

From the side of the camp facing Venerro, from under the ground, springs up what looks almost like an otherworldly soldier. This Linsemptus Foot Soldier is powerfully shaped, and fit for battle. Its gelatinous body appears like a very muscular layout of an androgynous humanoid. In its right hand is a deadly looking blade that has a serrated edge; in its left is a wide circular plane that is evidently a shield. It rushes forward, bringing down its blade at the first person in its way, who happens to be Akihiko. Diving to the side, Akihiko lands on his feet, narrowly avoiding the blade, which leaves a jagged white crack in the air marking its path. The crack dims and fades as quickly as it formed.

"Damn it, this one's strong." Akihiko grunts.

"Obey my command!" Mitsuru calls, raising her hand. A ghostly visage appears above Mitsuru, with an undefinable shape, but its hands are shaping an orb in the air above Mitsuru's own, an orb of frosty blue. The figure disappears, and Mitsuru brings the orb down, hurling it at the Linsemptus Foot Soldier. The orb impacts it in the torso, causing it to flinch back as the ice shreds part of its intangible body, however, its form still looks very much intact. (-36 hp Linsemptus Foot Soldier)

Akihiko, not to be left out, quickly places two bladed gauntlets upon his hands, and punches at the Foot Soldier. The first strike knocks the shield out of the way of his second strike, which hits the Foot Soldier in the arm, cutting relatively deep. (-17 hp Linsemptus Foot Soldier)

"Damn you!" Akihiko shouts as he brings his bladed fist in an uppercut, which goes right through the Linsemptus's head without so much as a scratch.

"What?!" Akihiko exclaims.

"They're not wholly in this world!" Mitsuru quickly deduces, "Our attacks won't always hit them! Use extreme caution!"

Another Linsemptus appears from under the ground, but unlike its squadron leader, this one appears to be far more frail. It appears almost like a vaguely humanoid skeleton; however its form is translucent, with its colours changing throughout the visible spectrum. Its form is gelatinous, fluid, and it wavers with energy that is wreathed around its intangible form. This is likely what the whole of that creeping skull's body looks like. The Linsemptus Scout steps forward at Dusk, bringing its arm up, which morphs into a blade-like form, with a serrated edge. Somehow, it sidesteps with Dusk's movement, and brings the blade down, barely scratching into Dusk's forearm. Yet, like the Foot Soldier's attack, this attack by the Scout also creates a crack, of a lesser extent, and an agonizing wave of pain shoots through Dusk's body, threatening to root him to the spot in pain. Focusing on the task at hand, Dusk manages to quell it in his mind, and the rift dissipates. (-1 hp Dusk, and you made the fortitude save to avoid paralysis)

((This is still the surprise round, and Dusk can make his one action now (it's his turn in initiative). Hooray for the first fight/ambush! And also for this being my 1000th post (at least according to my post count)! Anyway, good luck, and game on))

Posted on 2008-11-07 at 19:08:07.
Edited on 2008-11-07 at 20:51:23 by Reralae

Topic: Utan's back (again?), and ever angrier at RL
Subject: The same is true...


For Filthy Thief; Sib-kun, Almerin-dono and I are waiting for everyone else to post so updates can be made. It's not just you who's been missing in that game, so I'm sure it's fine ^_^

Posted on 2008-11-06 at 19:55:10.

Topic: Auguries of Destruction: The Linsemptus - Q/A
Subject: Shift change


Done, and yes, with that you'll recover 2 more ability points per ability, meaning you'll be almost fully recovered.

BTW... does anyone actually intend to ask Xira anything directly? If not, I'll edit that post into the update...

Posted on 2008-11-06 at 19:22:36.
Edited on 2008-11-06 at 19:35:18 by Reralae

Topic: Auguries of Destruction - The Linsemptus
Subject: Speak of the... Well, what is she?


"If you are that interested, then just ask. If I am inclined, or the knowledge isn't a secret, then I'll answer." Xira's voice trails back to the others, "I don't twist the truth like humans and other beings seem to do."

'Humans'. The use of that word by one typically implies that they are not human, however, Xira looks very much human. Or, at the very least, looks as though she was human at one point. At the camp, Xira sets her own sleeping spot vaguely off to the side of the group, and even though she is invited to eat dinner by Farah, Xira declines. After a moment, where it seems everyone does not wish to take up the offer, Xira turns away.

"Where did you get the scythe?" Willow asks, probably surprising herself with raising the question.

Glancing back over her shoulder, Xira replies tonelessly, "At a crater in the desert."

Willow raises an eyebrow. That was peculiar. Why would there be a crater in the desert, assuming it is sand, unless the impact was recent or there was something preventing the hole from filling. Not to mention, why would the scythe be just lying there, unless...

"Just lying there?" Willow asks, to be sure of her train of thought.

"No." Xira replies simply, answering the question, but nothing more.

Becoming aware that her questioning has attracted some attention, by the eyes of the others settling between her and Xira, Willow looks down and mutters, "Oh," and ceases her questions. With a last look at the baleful item, she reaffirms her decision to question Mist (preferably aside from Armand and Deunan) on watch that night.

Posted on 2008-11-06 at 18:25:06.
Edited on 2008-11-07 at 05:00:28 by Reralae

 


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