rolled = 0In before the story post.
>>Previous threads can be found at: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Sorceress%20Quest>>Character sheet and artifact list can be found at: http://pastebin.com/Fk0iR5bN>Fate Points: 1>Signature spells: Summon Elemental, Control Magic.>Funds: Medium>Location: Cerulean Province, JormungandrIn what seems like slow motion, you look up to the gryphon above you, and you suddenly see two things; First of all- Impulse isn't riding it. And second of all... The gryphon's beak was wet and dripping with fresh blood.You leap out of the way, and hear a savage crunch as the gryphon slams into the Jormungandr's deck, and feathers litter the ground. The gryphon lies there, neck twisted. . and then it twitches, and you feel a pulse of magic. Something significant and cloying; It had a feel similar to necromancy, but it was closer to an obscene, corrupted version of life magic. Your stomach gets nauseous, but you feel some strange. . desire.And that's when a skeletal kalak burst from the gryphon's corpse, glimmering red sparks shooting from the sockets of his eyes, leaving trails of hovering light in the air. Something glimmered in the kalak's ribcage, embedded into the bone- a simple crude object of cold steel, something that seems like a blacksmith apprentice's first project. An ankh, almost beautiful in it's rough simplicity.The kalak's empty eyes turned to you, and in two voices it spoke. "My master bid me to bring the Heart to her." It held out it's hand, palm up. "Return it, mortal, and I will not harm you or yours."
>>19544318ok first things first. we have to find out where that blood came from. sick some elementals on him to keep him busy, and then check on companions
>>19544318Pretend to give him the heart, but as we touch him we use our signature spell and drain his magic. all of it.
rolled 34 = 34>>19544318Is Grayson with us? Have him maul that fucker if he is
Talk to the heart. It has its own mind and can teleport wherever it wants right? Therefore "I do not own the heart and I can not choose where it will go." would be the truth?
"I do not own the heart, and I cannot choose where it will go." You say, looking around for allies- there's Ell on the other side of the ship, his gauntlet raised and prepared. Behind you, there are Nahzit's two brothers, glaives in hand. Nobody else is on the ship."I will give you one more chance." The kalak says, the twin voices speaking in unison. "Give me the heart, mortal."
>>19544379I still think we should do >>19544344
>>19544318Oh god it was Uriel. Poor guy. Well the obvious thing is to knock that ankh out of his chest.
rolled 67 = 67>>19544379i dont like the look of that ankh. prepare to defend against whatever he is about to do. send our metal wind elemental to remove the ankh from him. dont let him get close to anyone
rolled 53 = 53We're getting incredibly pissed off with this.Summon elementals. Wrath and wood (from the deck).Also teleport away to different point on the ship using the Heart.Cast divination spell to determine what the heart is
You take the heart off of the chain at your neck, and then you walk over, and start to place it on his palm. . but with your other hand, you grip his wrist tightly, and try to drain his magic. .But there is no magic in him. You pull the heart back, and his other arm shoots out toward you, his claws obviously intent on rending your face. . >Roll 1d100, only taking first.
rolled 10 = 10>>19544425damn it i said dont get close
rolled 48 = 48>>19544425WHAT THE HELL MANDon't go with the first obviously retarded suggestion
rolled 31 = 31>>19544425Welp
>>19544425Seriously, what the fuck?How retarded one must be to go close in? God damn, wait for proper consensus.
>>19544432well were boned
>>19544432Welp, we're getting mauled.
>>19544445>>19544436Very much seconding these.
>10Fate point?I like our face.>you can use it even on successful rolls, or non-rolls, in order to go 'fuck the laws of magic'.How fucked can the laws of magic be? Remove people from existence or just really strong spells?
>>19544465fuck nowe shouldn't have gone close in the first place.Literally 5 minutes between updates, beginning of the thread. Wait a moment for the people to gather up before responding to knee-jerk, thoughtless suggestions.
>Fate points can't be used to say 'fuck exabyte's plot', so you can't just remove people from existance. But they can be used to cast really strong spells at zero stamina cost.Something goes crashing through the air, and slams into Uriel's arm, blowing it off at the shoulder, and you hear Ell scream. You pull away from the kalak, and glance at Ell. He's on his knees. . carrying one of the unfinished arcane cannons, arcane sparks dancing from the magic burns in his body and the cannon itself. . . He'd fired it manually.You back away. . and you're furious.You leap backwards as the kalak starts twitching, and you raise up wrath elementals, telling them to crush this. . monster.There's another sickening pulse of corrupted life magic, and you find yourself biting your lip as the skeleton's arm regrows. The wrath elementals leap forward, and tear into the skeletal Uriel, as the two voices howl disharmoniously.
We can heal everything nonlethal. Lets not waste a fatepoint on an injury.
rolled 43 = 43>>19544484There's obviously magic involved somehow. If it's not in the skeleton it must be in that ankh. Can we remove it from the ribcage somehow? Teleport it, perhaps abusing the Heart if needed?
>>19544484focus on the ankh. it is an artifact. right now i think it is functioning as his core. his phlyactry. his heart. we need to either destroy it or remove it.
rolled 27 = 27Cast scrying to see where Impulse is.Tell the elementals to remove the Ankh
rolled 52 = 52>>19544508lets try again
>>19544484Get the elementals to rip the symbol of eternal life out of its chest already. If Impulse is going to paint giant glowing weak points on her monsters fucking hit them.
use the Heart as mana source if we get winded.
One of the wrath elementals get torn apart. . and you feel less angry. You try to stoke your mental 'fires', so to speak, but your anger is flagging.One of the wrath elementals slam into Uriel's ribcage, shattering his spine. .but there's another pulse of corrupted life magic, and you get so nauseous that you fall to your knees and vomit. The wrath elemental falls apart completely, leaving only one elemental left.So you direct it at the ankh. The wrath elemental becomes shapeless, and coils around the ankh. . and tries to tear it out.>Roll 1d100, taking only the first.
>>19544484>>Fate points can't be used to say 'fuck exabyte's plot', so you can't just remove people from existance. But they can be used to cast really strong spells at zero stamina cost.Why not?If we cast a spell which purpose is to literally remove the person from existence, why shouldn't we be able to use fate point on it?
rolled 28 = 28>>19544538rolling
rolled 98 = 98>>19544538Cast divine healing spell on self to remove the nausua/curse/whatever.
JUST TELEPORT THE FUCK AWAY FROM IT USING THE HEART
>>19544575I was rolling for the healing spell though.
>>19544576Yes and let others to die.
Or teleport Rikar into our hands.
>>19544549>Natural 100s can completely screw everything, I'm fine with that, but not fate points, because then you just need to wait until you see someone you want to remove, and spend it there. There would be no significant conflict resolution, no climax.You suffuse yourself with life magic, all but blinding your senses with it. You feel Uriel's ankh pulse again. . but you can handle that. So you stand, and urge the elemental to tear the ankh out. . But Uriel simply reaches down, and crushes it. Then he steps toward you. . The two lizardmen slam into the kalak, their glaives slashing through both sides of the ankh, shattering the ribcage, and the ankh is loose.So you close your eyes, and ask the Heart to teleport the ankh away from uriel. . So it does.Uriel grabs the lizardmen by the head, ignoring the two glaives stuck through him, and he slams their heads together, a savage crunch making your blood go cold. Then he turns into dust, and the ankh is sitting a few feet away from you.
>>19544593Because the ship is 5 meters in length, right?I mean using teleportation to gain distance between it.
>>19544594Or teleport the ankh into our hands.
>>19544584Irrelevant. It's an effect of the magic animating Uriel that is making us ill. We have to get rid of that first.
rolled 19 = 19>>19544608Heal the lizardmen!
>>19544608heal. heal now. the ankh can wait
rolled 59 = 59>>19544625Damn.Lets try again.
rolled 97 = 97>>19544626forgot to roll
rolled 76 = 76>>19544608Check the lizardmen, heal them if we can.
rolled 47 = 47>>19544608Help the lizardmen!
rolled 38 = 38Ah geez, heal those poor guys. They risked their lives to save ours, we need to save theirs.
>>19544639Actually, use that roll to heal the Heart. Then it can do the lizardmen. Healing seems like a useful spell to have on tap with no failure chance, and not too dangerous if the Heart gets into enemy hands again.
You run over to the lizardmen. Velrid and Ghujj are unconscious, blood leaking from their skulls. You put your hands over them, and close your eyes, trying to heal them.Their blood is warm on your hands. Much warmer than you thought- They're lizardmen, shouldn't they be coldblooded? That's what you think as your magic empties into the void. Your body sways, and muscles ache. You ask the heart for some extra power. . but it's tired- teleporting artifacts aren't easy.You bite your lip, and heal harder. Your vision blurs, and your lungs burn, but the healing magic sticks, refusing their skulls and scales. .
>>19544666Grab power from the ship
>>19544680Nah. We can do that if something comes up but it looked like the spell worked so leaving recovering normally will help our endurance. And the ship only has limited power at the moment.
>>19544707we are on the verge of collapsing unconscious.We need that power. Take a bit at least.
Velrid's eyelids flicker, and then open. He looks dazed, but he'll live- he just needs some rest. You turn to Ghujj, and draw power from the ship, converting it into more life magic. . He twitches. . but the magic goes into the the void. Why? Why isn't it working? You were able to heal Velrid this same way, so it should work. . right?Right?Your head suddenly pounds, and your body sways. Velrid puts his fingers on Ghujj's neck, and says something. You don't hear him- you're too busy focusing on healing. He says it again, louder. You bite your lip, and try harder.Velrid tears your hand away."He's dead." He says.
>>19544744Well, I guess the 97 wasn't good enough.
I hope you all realise this is purely our fault
>>19544744im pretty that the only thing we can do no is probably start crying. and continue trying to heal him. i dont think we are rational at this point
>>19544764It's the fault of us and fate itself for how the dice was guided.
>>19544744Use the ring, assemble the others immidiately. Raise the shields on jormungandr, wait for the others to come and go rest.
>>19544757That's why Velrid is alive.
>>19544789No it's our fault, because that was the worst battle tactic I have ever seen, and god damn I've seen some shit.
How about we say screw death and not today.Fate point.
>>19544790and by rest I mean cry until we are too tired and drift to sleep.
You breathe deeply.This is no different than home.You crush your feelings- for now, action is what's needed. You touch your ring.<Everyone. Back to the Jormungandr.> You say in a cold, stern voice.You walk over to Ell, and he's unconscious. He has to stop overusing his talent. . You slap him awake. "Get the shields up." You say, and he scrambles for his gauntlet. He touches it to the control crystal, and a shimmering shield appears around the Jormungandr.
OP, next time wait more than 5 minutes during a dangerous situation before going with horrible ideas like this >>19544425 >>19544344especially when two people said to not get close.This is the beginning of the thread and not everyone had chance to get here in time. I was here 10 minutes after the thread started.We KNOW that Impulse is a tricky whore. We KNOW that she knows we can manipulate magic flow, why the hell would you think it is a good idea to try drain magic from something she sent against us!?I didn't even have time to read the other people's suggestions let alone downvote them before you updated.
rolled 51 = 51>>19544837Scry to where Impulse is. That bitch is gonna pay.
>>19544837Wait until Nazhit arives. We should tell him personally what happened. The go rest because we are on the verge of collapse.
>>19544870Empathy, DO YOU HAVE IT?
rolled 1 = 1>>19544880What?
>>19544884>nat 1That's a resounding no. We have no empathy at all.
>>19544884>>19544870I know you wanna act all manly and vengeful but try to get into our characters mind for a little while. Try to empathise with Ishelda. She is extremely tired from the battle and healing, she just lost a friend and it's probably her fault, or that's what she will think. And we are 12-14. Revenge will come later, if at all.
>>19544913I still don't understand what he >>19544880 is trying to say here.
>Yeah, I know taking that was wrong; I'm sorry, folks- the only thing that you 'lost' by doing that and not succeeding the roll was Ell for the rest of the battle.With cold, clarity of mind, you draw more power from the Jormungandr and point it toward Impulse. She's. . somewhere dark, with a large club in hand. As you watch, someone walks into the building. . and she clubs them. Twice. Three times.She takes a key from them, and you watch her leave the building.You don't want to drain too much power from the airship, so you pull away from the contact.Everyone is on the ship; Raziel, Ezekiel, Grayson, Nahzit. . and someone had invited Kristoph, as well.Nahzit takes Velrid's shoulder and pats it, as they look down at Ghujj's body."What happened here?" Raziel asks.
>>19544916Actually. You're wrong.Our pissed off level has been slowly escalating since Impulse awoke. This is an appropriate reaction to the shit she has pulled.We can sulk later. right now we are pissed off.AND we can think level headed in these kind of situations. We managed to get through Demonlands, so Ishelda is hardened against stress.
>>19544949Our anger levels are very low since skeletal uriel destroyed our elementals.
>>19544929"Impulse sent Uriel's corpse after me."Show her the Ankh, she's the necromancy specialist.
>>19544929>the only thing that you 'lost' by doing that and not succeeding the roll was Ell for the rest of the battle.I respectfully disagree. The battle would have went completely different direction if not for that suggestion.>"What happened here?" Raziel asks.Well, tell them what happened.Also ask Raziel if she can identify the dust/corpse with her magic. We have a suspicion that this was Uriel (but don't say that to her)>>19544963Our NATURAL anger is still at the same fucking level. The fact that it magically drained us for the fight means jack shit. We are still, incredibly pissed off.
"Can you identify that?" You ask, looking her in the eyes. You see her skin crawl, but she shakes it off. You point to the ankh, which is still sitting on the deck.She looks at it. . then shrugs. "I don't feel anything from it." She says. "But. . if it's an artifact. . ""And that?" You ask again, pointing at the small pile of dust. "Impulse sent it after me."Raziel closes her eyes, and chants something. . ."It was Uriel." She says, opening her eyes.Kristoph reaches down to pick up the ankh. . .
>>19545006Tell Kristoph to not touch it. Who know what his antimagic will do to it.Actually"DON'T TOUCH IT!"
"Don't touch it." You say harshly. He looks a bit guilty. "Who knows what antimagic will do to it?""I, ah, don't emanate antimagic or anything." Kristoph says. "Magic items just. . act as if I wasn't there, even when I pick them up."The Heart wonders who or what you're talking to, and goes on to theorize that the stress from Ghujj dying is making you see and hear a nonexistent knight.
>>19545025It's not like an antimagic field or anything that would affect the ankh. It just means the ankh won't affect him. He's probably the safest person to pick it up.
>>19545055This, he doesn't not cast antimagic on things.
"Sorry." You say, after a moment. "You're probably the safest person to pick it up."He does, and bounces it in his palm."I can try to Look at it." Ell said. "I've been able to use my talent twice now. . maybe I can do it now."
>>19545054>You say harshly.Catch yourself using that tone. "Oh, sorry."So.... are we going to accept him into service? We definitely need to give Rikar to him then.Ask Raziel if she can raise Ghujj
>>19545093Sure. Also ask the Heart about it, it can talk to Rikar so it might be able to get something if the Ankh is an artifact.
>>19545094Would Rikar even work for him? As far as I know it has to attune to it's user, and he can't be sensed by artifacts.
>>19545150Hmm...you might be right.
You meet Ell's eyes, and he averts his own. "Sure." You say, trying to keep the harsh edge out of your voice. You're carrying something inside of you, now. Something smouldering. A low, low fury- not something you could bring into an elemental. . but something to drive you.Ell closes his eyes for a long moment, then opens them, looking closely at the ankh."Raziel, can you raise Ghujj?"Nahzit looks toward you. "Please do not." He says.You close your eyes, and commune with the Heart.It informs you that being like this, crushing your emotions, is not good for your psychological health. You respond that you already know, and then ask it about the ankh.The ankh gives eternal life, the heart responds.
>>19545165Thank the Heart for its concerns.>The ankh gives eternal life, the heart responds.But it turn the person into undead?
rolled 10 = 10>>19545165Don't do it, have some respect for Nahzit's wishes.
You wonder idly if it turns the person into an undead.Only if they were dead before, The heart responds. And at a cost. A fell cost."Don't, Raziel." You say. "Let us respect Nahzit's request.""Sure thing, Ishelda." She responds. ". . Poor guy. Did you figure out what the ankh is yet?""No, not really." Ell said. "It's hardly even magical- it just has some kind of life magic. . and a bit of necromancy."
>>19545217>And at a cost. A fell cost.Is the cost their personality or something similar?
Can it make us or Raziel into lich?
>>19545241Icky, that would basically mean we wouldn't be welcome for tea or balls.
>>19545217"The ankh is a disgusting artifact. It twists life magic into a horrible caricature of actual life. It made me noxious just being near it."
>☥Immortality seems useful but if it really feels that wrong we should probably be careful. And now we have two of Impulse's artifacts so she's going to come after us even harder.
>>19545241Kalak live for centuries if not milleniawhy would she want to be a lich?
>>19545217"It pulsed with some sort of… corrupted life magic when it repaired Uriel's remains. It was not pleasant."I say we put it in a lead box. Weld it shut, then put it in a bigger, steel box.
>>19545277It's not radioactive
>>19545277It could be useful. To sacrifice to close the demon portal for example.
"The ankh is a disgusting artifact." You say. "It twists life magic into a horrible caricature of actual life. It made me noxious just being near it."Part of the cost, the heart responds. Free-willed undeath requires corrupted life magic. When it is used truly, on a living being, it requires no such cost. The nature of an artifact does not change however it is used, however."I. . see." Raziel says, and reaches for it."No!" Ell said. "It's reacting every time someone gets close to touching it. It's reaching back. . . Um, sir?" He asks the knight holding it. "Can you wrap it in something?"Kristoph nods, and wraps it in cloth, tying it tightly.
rolled 21 = 21>Use ankh as sacrifice to close demon portal>Suddenly, zombie apocalypse!Until we know what side effects sacrificing an artifact has, I don't think we should use the ankh for it
>>19545295Hmm…>>19545288Psh, that's not playing off baseless paranoia at all! And that's no fun.
>>19545317We're not even close to closing the portal. It was just an errant thought.>>19545308Grab our crystals and recharge our magic. I wanna try searching for Impulse again.
rolled 88 = 88>>19545308We need somewhere safe to store it away from people and where Impulse can't steal it back. Pocket dimension?
THIS IS PERFECT GUYS! WE CAN SACRIFICE THE ANKH TO FIXED THE WARPED LANDS!
>>19545363Or rather, close the demon portal. Derped there.
>>19545397No, it might work for the warped lands. 'Bring them back to life' and such.
>>19545411Worth a try. Let's go get the knife then?
>>19545420Not now.We have Impulse to deal with.
". . Something's happening, isn't it?" Kristoph asks Raziel.She responds by turning back into a Kalak. Zeke takes a look at her, and turns himself back as well."I'm taking us into the air." Ell said. "With the way I . . moved us here, we're still almost full on power." He said.Velrid and Nahzit start wrapping their brother in white cloth, pouring swamp brew on him- some kind of silent, calm, funeral.Then Nahzit sets him on fire- the swamp brew burns a bright green.Grayson harrumphed, and lay down on the deck.Kristoph sighed. "Well. ."He drew his sword, handed the hilt to you. The long, six foot blade was almost too heavy for you to carry."Queen Ishelda. I may not know what's going on here, or what is happening here. . . But I have a feeling that you will end up ahead. Will you accept my fealty?"He knelt, bowing his head to the ground.
>>19545436Yes.Man does not back away from challenge and is not afraid of death compared to a certain cowardly-pussy-ass-wanker we know
>>19545436"I would be honoured to."
>>19545436Do you swear to help and protect me? Do you swear to guide me and stand beside me in the darkest paths? Do you swear to challenge me when I am wrong? By the power I yield as Queen Ishelda of the faraway realm of Arcturus, I know pronounce you my knight. You may rise Ser Kristoph.
Knight him as a knight of Arcturus. Use the short version of the formal ceremony.
do you think we should apologize to Nahzit and his brother that we couldn't save Ghujj
"I would be honored.Your next words were something engraved into your mind, from the point you became eight years old. Your father always said you would need to know them. . . And he was right, as it turns out."Do you promise, on your faith or your power, that you will in the future be faithful to me?""I do.""Do you swear to guide me and stand beside me on the darkest paths?""I do.""Do you swear to challenge me when I am wrong?"". . I've never heard that one before. Gladly."You put the flat of his blade against his shoulder.."By the power I yield as Queen Ishelda of the faraway realm of Arcturus, I now pronounce you Ser Kristoph, Knight of Arcturus."He stands, and takes his sword back.". .So, uh, was that what she meant by the whole beak thing?" Kristoph asked, with a sidelong glance at Raziel.
>>19545515"That's something you'll have to see for yourself."
>>19545515>". .So, uh, was that what she meant by the whole beak thing?" Kristoph asked, with a sidelong glance at Raziel."Yes. Sorry about not telling you before. Raziel and Ezekiel are of different race."
>>19545515Yup. That's what they normally look like. If it helps any she is considered to be very pretty for their kind.
>>19545515Yes, she's a Kalak.
"Yes. Sorry for not telling you before. Raziel and Ezekiel are of a different race. That's what they normally look like."". . No wonder she wasn't into me." He said. Then shrugged. "Here's to hoping we run into a human woman that looks like she did."You walk over to Nahzit."I'm sorry." You say, and your emotions well up, suddenly and without warning. Guilt. Guilt, guilt, guilt. You saved Velrid, why couldn't you save Ghujj? Did you just not try hard enough? Were you just. . not strong enough?
>>19545603Struggle not to cry
>>19545515Glad to see you liked my oath, I got >Do you swear to challenge me when I am wrong?from earlier, I think it's a nice addition that shows strength of character.
>>19545603Cry and hug him"I'm sorry.""I'm so sorry."
"I'm sorry." You say, leaning into him and hugging him. "I'm so sorry."". . ." Nahzit doesn't respond- he just looks down at you, and nods. And then he pats your head.The three of you- Nahzit, Velrid, and yourself, stand there before the burning corpse, for what seems like an hour as you cry.
>>19545650Did we grab power from the crystals?We need to find Impulse and slap her ass
>>19545650spend some time in grief. and tomorrow let impulse know that she has officialy crossed a line. taking bubbles made us dislike her. but this, this means war
After you dry your tears, Ell comes by. "Lady." He says. "Where do we go next?"Due to your scrying, you know you'll be able to recognize the city Impulse was in. . you just need to see it personally to make sure.>Sandbox time- you're currently at Cerulean City. All of the red marks are either cities or landmarks.
>>19545805It was dark right? Was it night? Can we estimate based on that where she might be?
rolled 78 = 78>>19545805>Due to your scrying, you know you'll be able to recognize the city Impulse was in. . you just need to see it That's not enough to go buy.Scry again for that city but go from much, much higher view so that we can see the continent from above. Perhaps start closed in and then zoom out.
rolled 66 = 66>>19545805Try to describe the city we saw to our companions, see if any of them recognize it.
>>19545805Let's see here... what do we know? She's in a building somewhere. Somewhere with probably primitive weaponry. But, she clubbed a human. I assume, at least. I figure Exabyte would've mentioned otherwise. SO! I vote we head for Neptune. Seems to be the most likely location of artifacts, with it being so close to the wasteland.
>>19545817>>19545819Do we need to find her right away? We should get some more to protect ourselves against the bitch.
>>19545835The more we wait the stronger she'll become.
You close your eyes, and draw the energy out of the crystals in your satchel- you'll need everything you can get.You look for. . a simple city in the middle of brushlands, next to a lake, made out of wood, and stone, with a massive cathedral. . You zoom away. . and see a sign.Ursae City.You open your eyes. You know where she is.
>>19545819Are we not exhausted from healing and trying to heal? I suggest resting before we attempt any scrying. I suggest we visit the Venerable King and Queen or Azrael in the Wastelands to warn them about Eidolon's resurrection.
Suggested letter to Impulse:"Uriel did not seem to comprehend that I am now literally unable to give up the heart. It learned the 'grab artifact' spell and is able to use it upon itself. For now it seems to have chosen me.He killed one of my friends over it. I'm holding you responsible since you sent him, and I presume, reanimated him.Before, I considered you mischievous and very slightly annoying. Now I consider you a threat. If I ever see you or yours again, it means war.P.S. I'm keeping the Ankh. It's disgusting, so I think I'll sacrifice it like you suggested.P.P.S. The Kalak aren't thrilled about the desecration of their brother's remains. Might want to avoid them in the future as well.Regards, -Ishelda"
>>19545852I was close, just a little bit to the east!
>>19545868No.We're not sending letters. We're falling down on her like a bag full of angry badgers.
>>19545885We could send a letter attached to a bag full of angry badgers.
>>19545909How about we send a letter which looks like a normal letter but when you open it a score of angry honey badgers burst out?>>19545852That's we're we headed.
>>19545909We could send a letter containing angry Kalak shapeshifted into badgers.
>>19545909we could skip the letter and just send the angry badgers, the message would still be recieved.
>>19545946We could send angry DIRE badgers
rolled 54 = 54>>19545909... You know, we probably could.Lets send a letter with Angry Badger Delivery Service.
We should probably stop by and chat with Azreal. I feel like there's some important info that we can get from talking to him again.
>>19545971Angry dire HONEY badgers
"Ursae city." You say, somewhat harsher than you intended. That small, simmering, smoldering core of anger is back, deep within you. You see the lizardmen scoop up the ash. . and stir bits into three cups. They've been all but silent this entire time. . it's eerie."So. . we have three artifacts now." Ell says, after re-attuning the compass and sending the Jormungandr on it's way."The ankh, that crystal you've been wearing. . and the sword.""Sword?" Kristoph asked, looking up.
We could lace the letter with a powder that drains magic. Like those anthrax letters that caused a panic a few years ago.
>>19545986"Something I inadvertently made. It cuts through all magic, among other things even I don't understand."
>>19545986Let him fool around with the sword.Lets get some alone time with our big sister Raziel and vent some feelings. This anger is not good for anyone.
>>19545986"Yes.Want to see it?"
"Yes." You say. "Want to see it?""Sure." He says, and Grayson trundles off. The bear soon returns, the shortsword grasped in his claws."Ooh, it's a shortsword." Kristoph said. "Pity it isn't a claymore, because those are my preferred weapons."He takes it in hand. .But nothing happens. The blade doesn't react.The knight huffs.One of the Velrid hands you a glass, still silent. You see Nahzit chug his glass, and Velrid chugged his own.
>'one of the velrid'>I meant either 'Velrid' or 'one of the lizardmen'>There's only one Velrid. More proofreading, exabyte, more proofreading.
>>19546083Drink it.Even if it is that horrible swamp brew.
>>19546083Makes sense if he's immune to magic.
>>19546083CHUG CHUG CHUG CHUG!
You follow suit, and upend the cup, drinking.It's. . horrible. There's really no other word to describe it. Rancid, bitter, biting. . but for some reason it tastes very strongly of mint, and it's spicy. Your face starts burning, and you're sure your face is red, But you keep it down."What was that?" Kristoph asked."Swamp brew." Velrid said. ". . She may not be kin, but. . she cried for him. I felt it was only right that she drink with us."You suddenly realize that you have no idea what swamp brew does to the human body.
>>19546134PREPARE FOR HALLUCINATIONS!
>>19546134GET SOME WATER
>>19546134Well I'm sure we'll find out. Fighting Impulse horribly drunk sounds like a great idea.
>>19546134My body is ready
Hallucinate vividly, lose all inhibitions, and wake up in the morning dehydrated and retching.
On unsteady feet, you trot over to your storage of water, and take a few glasses. You close your eyes, and push the end of the cup against your forehead. The cup is so cold, and refreshing. . Then you drink it, and watch Kristoph twirl Rikar around, the crystal blade dancing through the air as a blur. . almost like a serpent. . You think about that for a long moment. When you come back to yourself, Ell is holding up a wooden rod, and Kristoph swings the blade at it . . but the blade doesn't even slightly cut the rod- it must not have the sharpness when it's not active.Grayson harrumphs, and quite plainly says, in a russet, hirsute voice, "How are you feeling, kiddo? That snaggletooth drink didn't screw you up too much, did it?"
>>19546134>Swamp brewWell, this'll be fun, for a given value of fun.
>>19546199so we understand grayson. this is the best thing ever
>>19546199"Oh, Ser Grayson, how long have you been hiding that you can talk?""I've felt better"
>>19546199Hey Exabyte does Ishelda have any swordmanship training? Also refrain from showing them what that sword can do.
>>19546199Act inappropriately drunk
>Nothing but hasty, 'oh god the demons are coming we need to train everyone, even women and children for a militia' training. So let's just say you aren't very good."Oh, Ser Grayson, how long have you been hiding that you can talk? I've. . felt better." you harrumph in response. It's interesting how much you can fit into a single sound."I've always been talking. You just haven't heard me until now." Grayson responds. Well, you always heard him, but there's a difference between hearing and understanding.Kristoph starts screwing with the sword again, twirling it around. . ."So, are we going to go kick this Impulse chick's ass?" He asks Ell."Well. . I presume." Ell said, with a glance to you. "Ishelda's a bit out of it right now, though."You nod, happily, eyes closed.With the sound of Impulse's name. . something lies behind it. Something angry. Something. . trying to break free from deep inside of you. It. . fuses, with the flashes of other memories. Standing at the town walls, with a bow you don't know how to use, missing the approaching demons.Claws, rending,Teeth, gnashing.Leathery wings, beatingDemonfire, demonfire.And as you think it. . you see it. Here's where you start hallucnating, you think.That dark, burning Something within you starts to break loose.>Roll 1d100.>Hehehehahahaha
rolled 42 = 42No, Ishelda. You are the demons.
rolled 9 = 9>>19546294Let's learn Hellfire.
rolled 34 = 34>>19546294
rolled 98 = 98>>19546294You didn't say you'll take only the first one!
>>19546306With a roll like that?Bitch please.
rolled 44 = 44>>19546294
>>19546306That sounds like a nice idea.
rolled 19 = 19>>19546294I am concerned.
rolled 10 = 10>>19546294Embrace it
>>19546320And that something. . spirals out of you, twisting through the air. Dark, almost black, violet flame spews out of you, roughly shaping themselves into serpents. Grayson leaps up and away, and everyone retreats. The serpent descends down to you, and you caress it, thinking. This isn't hellfire. It's a lot like it. . But it's different. This was made by your talent. You pet it again, and it doesn't burn you. . but you see the air waver above it, intense heat leaving the serpent. It hisses at you, then coils around your arm. . and evaporates into a tattoo, coiling down your arm as a single, long line. It grows fainter and fainter, until the point where you wouldn't even notice it.>Signature spell gained: Soulfire.And then you fall asleep.
>>19546373...so what does Soulfire do?
>>19546373>evaporates into a tattooEwww, a rather high price.
>>19546389I assume it's a magic tattoo you only see when we use it.
>>19546386Well if it's like in Dresden Files, Hellfire amplifies Power, while Soulfire amplifies Effect, like pushing something, Hellfire would push with greater strength, while Soulfire would make a hand and push.
>>19546407No sir, I don't get it.
>>19546373So is our Talent Magic? Like the Knight's is Magic Immunity, for example.
>>19546373Ishelda should probably stick with grape drank when honoring the dead.
>>19546413hell fire enhances the push makes it stronger. but the soulfire makes it more. it makes it a hand. and a hand can do so much more than a simple push. it can pick up, manipulate, crush, move, etc....
>>19546386>Soulfire has the unique ability to. . pierce any defense, and if applicable, destroy any object, given enough power. Also, it can't really miss, because it moves around in a pseudo-elemental fashion.>>19546415>Nope. Your sorcery is your talent. Your signature spells are pseudotalents that spring forth from your sorcery.
>>19546413A ray of fireHellfire would make it burn strongerSoulfire would condense the area of effect and give greater control
>>19546425Holy shit.What would hellfire do?
>>19546425ahh so not exactly the same a dresden, but close
>>19546389I kinda want the tattoo to be visible and clearly magical in nature to the naked eye
>>19546447But that would give away our innocent 10-14 year old girl façade.
>>19546434>Hellfire is just really, really hot. It also absorbs it's victim's magic energy to burn MORE.You come to. . and everything is blurry."Ishelda, are you okay?" Raziel asks, shaking you awake. You're still abovedeck, sleeping on Grayson. "After that funeral thing. . you and the lizardmen went a bit. . wacky. I didn't know swamp brew had that kind of effect."
So when we wake up, swear off of hallucinogens, ask Kristoph to train us in swordsmanship.
>>19546471".... Oh my, what d you mean wacky?""What happened?"
>>19546471"Nothing looks right. S'all fuzzy. Was there really a snake of fire? OH! I actually understood Grayson! That was neat."
"Oh, my. . .What do you mean wacky?""Well. . you undressed, danced on a table with a lampshade on your head. . Kidding, kidding. You just were kind of dazed, talked with Grayson a bit, and then threw around a stream of fire that Ezekiel swears is not evocation."
>>19546474We should ask him to give us back the sword too.Perhaps the "no stealing" won't affect taking it from him, since from Rikar's point of view he doesn't exist, but better to be safe than sorry.
>>19546499"Oh. Yeah.You just slur and talk unabashedly about your true feelings."
>>19546499>Well. . you undressed, danced on a table with a lampshade on your headBecome mortified>Kidding, kidding. You just were kind of dazed, talked with Grayson a bit, and then threw around a stream of fire that Ezekiel swears is not evocation.""Please don't kid like that.""Fire?Lets see."Make a small flame in your hand
"Oh. Yeah. You just slur and talk unabashedly about your true feelings."". . What did you hear?" Raziel asked.
rolled 76 = 76>>19546499"I really did conjure that fire? Things were a bit hazy at the time, I think ..."Try to conjure Soulfire now that we are sober..
>>19546525We should kid her back."I dunno, something about undying love for someone whose name only Ezekiel recognizes. Could I get some water?"
>>19546558DON'T SAY THAT!
>>19546562Aw come on, why not?
>>19546551Just a small flame in our palm.
>>19546562>>19546558An alternative then:"Personal habits that Ezekiel said were pretty embarrassing to Kalak. Honestly I don't see the big deal. Except for that one thing, that's kinda gross."
>>19546571Because we don't know how she will react
"I dunno, something about undying love fo-"She covers your mouth. "Shhhhh." She says. "Don't tell anyone. Anyone.""Could I get some water?" You ask- her talons don't do much to cover your mouth, in truth. She sighs, and goes to get you some water. While she's gone, you light a small soulflame in your hand. It quivers, and floats in your palm, like a small, weightless snake. It spirals about. When Raziel returns, she blinks as she looks at it. "Is that an elemental?"It nudges her hand, and she recoils, expecting it to burn her. . but it doesn't. Odd- it's like it has it's own intent, but you can feel the spell as if it were part of you. Like you're controlling it subconsciously- which you probably are.
>>19546604How strongly does it drain us?
>>19546604"No. It's something else. I don't know what, to be exact. I suppose Impulse would." And then ask the Heart
>>19546604"I don't think so, but it does kind of act like one. I'm not sure, but I think I'm unconsciously controlling it."
"No, it's something else. I don't know what, to be exact. I suppose Impulse would. . ""Then we can beat it out of her." Raziel responds.You think to ask the Heart what it is, but you suddenly realize that the heart doesn't know. It had never sensed anything like this before.
Try and form it into a weapon, a spear or whip maybe.
You thrust your palm out at open air, and the serpent swells, bursting outward into a long spear. You try to grip it, but it evades your hand. It can be a weapon. .just not one you can hold. Which, for a young girl with no physical training at all, is probably the best kind.Velrid steps out. . then looks closely at the flame."I see." He says. "Perhaps giving you some was the right idea."Nahzit comes as well. . and then nods, as if he's saying yes to the soulflame in your hand."My lady." Kristoph says. "Good morn.""I was thinking." You say. "Is there any possibility you could teach me some swordsmanship?""Er. . are you sure that's the best idea, my lady?"
>>19546635"The Heart doesn't seem to know, either. Perhaps it is something new, after all.">>19546511I think it's likely that Rikar doesn't recognize Kristoph at all, so it is still "ours"
>>19546635So does it drain us much or not?We're not planning to leave her in any condition to talk when we're done with her but we shouldn't say that "...I suppose."
>>19546665We need to get some hand to hand training and use the soulflame to augment and extend the reach of our strikes. It flows as we move it, use this to our advantage.
>>19546665"Rikar is quite a special blade. It enhances it's wielder and can almost always do what it's wielder wants. Since you cannot use it due to your immunity to magic, I figured I could. I'm certainly not strong enough to use a normal weapon, but with Rikar I think I could be effective."
>>19546665"Yes, the best idea."
>>19546665"Would be nice to be able to not only rely on magical powers"Put on our armor if we're going to spar.
>>19546665"I'm not sure, but Rikar did accept me, and it has excellent defensive qualities against magic. We're going up against a very proficient magus, and I would like to have at least some proficiency with Rikar when we face Impulse."
>>19546665Sure, why not? Rikar doesn't work for you so I have a sword but no swordsman.>>19546682And Kristoph could steal it!
>>19546665With the kind of sparkling eyes and barely restrained excitement that only a young girl can pull off: "Yes, the best idea."
These posts are taking so friggin long to post. That happening for anyone else?
>>19546722>And Kristoph could steal it!Well, I suppose he hypothetically could, but I doubt he would.>>19546729Haha, I like it.
>>19546752Yeah, 4chan's posting server's been acting like it's on drugs the past few days on and off.
>>19546752yesI thought I was the only one
Ishelda does have basic militia training right? We should probably mention that.
>>19546769Perhaps more importantly, he could take artifacts from Impulse.
>>19546772So business as usual then, pretty much.At least it's not a mass of 503s again.
>>19546683>It's hard to say; namely because you've had nothing to burn, and that's what matters. It hardly drains anything when it's just ambling about as it is."Yes, the best idea." you say, with sparkling eyes and barely restrained excitement. "Rikar is quite a special blade. Since you cannot use it due to your immunity to magic, I figured I could."He thinks about it for a moment."Well. . let's try."He gives you Rikar, and your armor.Rikar seems to sense your intention is only training, and dulls, as Kristoph starts leading you through excersises, and stances, trying to learn what you can handle."You're. . going to need to get a bit stronger if you ever want to be proficient. You do know more than I thought an eleven year old girl would know." He said."I'm thirteen." You respond. He shrugs it off."Well, we can do a bit for today. . "By a bit. . he means a lot. You pant, and sit down for what seems like the first time in hours. You'd skipped breakfast and lunch. . and it must almost be time for supper right now. . So you meet up with the rest of the group and start eating. . despite your arms aching as if you'd used as much magic as physically possible.
rolled 5 = 5>>19546813We should use magic to speed up our natural regeneration so that we can train much more than normally would be possible.Make sure to eat though, because that kind of spell is going to eat speed up the metabolism significally
rolled 37 = 37>>19546826dang. Lets try again
rolled 47 = 47>>19546829Those are not very good rolls.
rolled 59 = 59>>19546826>>19546829I guess it was not meant to be
>>19546729I've only seen that look once, but it's permenantly burned into my memory.It was the day I told my 12 year old niece, "So, what would you think about maybe, y'know...heading on down to the pound and getting a puppy?"I didn't think animu sparkling eyes was a real thing until that day.
>>19546813Could we draw energy from some crystals to refresh ourself, or does physical activity not drain the magical resources as well?
rolled 44 = 44>>19546841Yeah, kinda wasted a lot of energy there
rolled 80 = 80>>19546813We should start lifting. Squats, deadlifts, bench etc etc etc. Make a homegym on the jormungandr
>>19546813I bet this will help our magic stamina too.
>>19546863For god's sake, stop rolling.Not that I think it matters when not trying to magic, but it's the principle of the thing, or something.
>>19546873AND WE BECAME THE AMAZON PRINCESS OF ARCTUSooooooor not.
>>19546873Squatz and Oatz
>>19546873I can see it now: "Hey Ishelda, what're you-""OATZ N' SQUATZ!""Wh-wha?""OATZ N' SQUATZ!"
You close your eyes, and try to use life magic to repair your body, to reinvigorate it. . .It works. . but then your muscles start aching again as you use up magic energy. You suddenly feel very stupid.You just frown, and continue eating.
>>19546906Bullshit. We can always recover mana from the Heart, crystals or the ship. We can't do the same for mundane recovery.
>>19546906>Use magic to make our muscles feel better.>Use too much magic and feel no difference.
http://youtu.be/6NKgAkcw1W8I like this music for this quest.
>>19546906Hey, we might not have got rid of the ache but we exercised our magic as well as our bodies.Magic squatz to go with our oatz.
rolled 38 = 38>>19546906I was serious about the home gym thought. Just because we can use magic doesn't mean we have to be a frail girl. Get some strength and flexibility and swordmanship in there. Archery too if need be.
>>19546956shit sorry. forgot the dice
Guys, I think we ran into a new concept: Magical Conservation of Energy. Even in magic, there's no such thing as perpetual motion.
>>19546965Nah, we just failed too much, too hard and the success roll was barely above average.If anything, it takes little magic to recover mundane tiredness compared to the total mana we have
>>19546938Hmm, a military beat with imperialistic brass and a light-hearted melody, with strings that speak of magic and adventure.I'd say so, yeah. Never heard of 'A2' though, is it a sequel to FFTactics?
>>19546891Man, I don't even.
>>19546994Sorta. FFTactics Advanced 2. For the DS. Magic books and bullshit.
>>19547005Is it any good?Also fuck MySQL errors.
You finish dinner... and then look through the ship's belongings.And you find it. Lewin's old bow. You remember enough of your archery training that you can do the rest by yourself."How long until we get to Ursae City?" Ezekiel asks."One more day." Ell responds. "We'll be there in the morning."Morbidly, you think, the rest of the day might as well be a training montage.dah dah dah, getting a lecture from Kristoph, dah dah dee, Archery, doo doo dah, losing a thousand times to Kristoph's superior swordplay. . .You huff, and fall onto Grayson, magically and physically exhausted. He harrumphs. It's a pity you can't understand him anymore, so you just scritch his head in response. It appears to be the response he wants, as he sets his head on you.
>>19547027Well the tone is a LOT different from the original FFTactics, the character design is so batshit I thought it was a spoof the first time I saw it, and the story isn't anything to write home about -but the gameplay is a solid improvement and I enjoyed playing it.
>>19547027It's decent, yeah. I didn't spend that much time with it, but that's mainly due to my own ability to be distracted by other games easily.
>>19547070Well, lets have some good night rest.Next day we shouldn't train no more since we need our powers. Make sure to wear our armor and the crystal glove (don't forget to grab the bag with crystals too)
At some point, we really need a translator for Greyson. Just another thing on our to-do list.
>>19547158We should ask the Heart if it knows any translation magics, specifically that can translate from Bear.
>>19547158>>19547181We should just tap into our memory of the hallucination and bring that skill forth so that we can use it all the time.
>>19547207Oh, sure, but if the Heart can do it, it'll save time and effort.
rolled 23 = 23>>19547158We should make some item that lets us speak and understand bear (and possibly other languages).And what is our troll up to by the way, I hope he doesn't starve from neglect or something.
You curl up, and slumber.The day seemed to have gone by so quickly. . .You wake up, and you hear a bell loudly ringing. You don your brigandine, put your sword on one hip, your satchel of crystals on the other, and put on the chain with the Heart on it.You step out abovedeck, and everyone else is there, looking down at something below, peering through the invisibility fog.Down there. . the massive cathedral of Ursae city is covered in guards, all swords raised, pointing them at someone at the very top of the belltower.Impulse is standing there, waving something like a wand. You peer closer, and see that the wand is intricate, with tons of small, steel wires intricately and complexly woven, with an elven spellcrystal set in the base. She waves the wand. . and you feel your sealing spell on her release.Impulse now has full power.At that moment, the guard's archers fire arrows at her. . and they splinter on arcane shields that burst into existence. At this distance, you see her wearing something else- a bracer. . With three crystals set into it. You suddenly recall Bubbles' three crystals, staring down at you.
rolled 67 = 67>>19547070get Ell to fly low. drop us off maybe 5 miles away from the town then get a "running start" and fly over at maximum speed, with the cloaking set to "waver"have him overfly the city at maximum speed then set the cloak back to full and circle back to wait at a safe distance.perhaps Impulse will fall for the trick, or perhaps she/he won't be looking up at the time...
>>19547227>Just sayin', this is me.
rolled 25 = 25>>19547210Use our move artifact spell to take the wand, and replace it with an angry honey badger.
>>19547210Shoot cannons? Summon elementals. And shoot a lance of SoulfireDon't think we want to talk anymore. Bitch drove our patience thing and took advantage of our generosity and goodwill too fucking much.
rolled 95 = 95>>19547227Come ooooon nat 100!SILENCE HER MAGIC!>this probably won't work but fuck it.
>>19547247Meant for this >>19547227WE should rely on signature spells for the initial alpha strike
rolled 37 = 37>>19547227soul fire, set to be as hard to see as possible.one concentrated blast."NOBODY HURTS MY FRIENDS"
>>1954725395! Woo! Is that high enough?! TELL ME THAT'S HIGH ENOUGH!
rolled 58 = 58KILL HIM WITH SOULFIRE!
rolled 53 = 53>>19547258>>19547265>>19547247DAMN...re-rolling...
>>19547253For our sake I hope you rolled high enough, buddy.
"Take us closer." You say, and hold up both palms. Two dual lances of soulfire blast out, and tear directly through her shields, but she sees them, and just. . points the wand at them.The spells dissolve in mid-air.The World Key undoes spells, the heart informs you. Among other things.
rolled 58 = 58>>19547283can you drag it here Keladriel??
rolled 67 = 67>>19547283WHY YOU NO TAKE 95?!Rolling to sever all connection between the magic of this world and anything within fifty feet of her.
>>19547300OH! Use our signature spell to control magic!
rolled 70 = 70>>19547292dammit, all
rolled 97 = 97>>19547283Alright then, remove what Impulse is standing on. Time for some falling damage. I think it's a tall building or something, knock that shit over.
>>19547283Well, get the Heart to steal the World Key? It probably won't work but we should at least try.
rolled 6 = 6>>19547283I still think we should try this:>>19547244
>Control magic needs physical contact.You growl . . .And then you do exactly what you did to Uriel.Nobody hurts your friends."Silence." You boom, and she physically wobbles, looking around, somewhat panicked. Impulse tries to cast a spell, but you see nothing happen. She grabs the wand, and starts whispering to it. She still can't see you, but you're getting ever closer.She starts to wave the wand. .so you disintegrate the roof she's standing on. she falls into the cathedral, and drops the wand.Grayson harrumphs. . and, surprisingly, you understand it. "Get on my back. Dynamic entry." He says in a low voice.
>>19547340Get on his back and prepare for a dynamic entry.
>>19547340Woo! Hop on dat bear!
>>19547340Get on Grayson. We've got an dynamic entry to perform.
>>19547340Send an air elemental to AIR-BLAST the wand away (thus not touching it and dissolving into nothing)
rolled 65 = 65>>19547340and take off his hat for extra shock and awe
You climb onto his back. . and then hang on as the dire bear leaps off of the jormungandr with dire-magic-aided strength.In mid-air, you see strange, bone-like protrusions exiting Grayson's paws. . and he smashes through the cathedral ceiling, landing adroitly. You climb off of Grayson.Impulse is standing there, wand and bracer in hand."So, you stole the ankh, I suppose." She said, apparently unfazed.
>>19547377"I don't even want it, but YOU cannot be trusted with it. Or any other artifact. Or even your life."
>>19547377"I liberated it. That wasn't very nice to do to a dead man."
>>19547377Shoot Soulfire lance at her again. Without the wand she cannot defend.I suggest we don't waste time talking.
>>19547377No talking, this has gone beyond words to fix. Blow her apart with soulfire.
rolled 90 = 90>>19547392She's holding the wand again.I propose we steal it from her. And the bracer too."I can't believe what you did to Ser Bubbles..."
Call forth semi-stone elementals, just their hands right beneath her to distract and incapacitate.We shouldn't talk right now. We can say our piece when we have defeated her if we want to.
rolled 13 = 13>>19547377I might have, although I'd say it was more of a "salvage" seeing as uriel was dead...
>>19547420Bah, my reading comprehension is shit at 4 am.
>>19547420How about we just chuck stones at her then?They aren't magic, so she can't block them with her wand. We can have our elementals throw them.Lets see how she fares against that.
>>19547444and by stones I mean massive boulders.
rolled 38 = 38>>19547377Don't say anything, just draw Riker and have at her.
"I don't even want it, but you cannot be trusted with it." You say. "Or any other artifact."You thrust another lance of soulfire at her, and she dodges out of the way, faster than she ought to be. "Or even your life."She skids across the ground, dodging as the lance of soulfire continues chasing her, slashes it apart with the wand.You simply Move the wand and bracer with your will. . but only the bracer lands near you."Why do you think I wanted the World Key?" She asked. "This isn't something you can just steal."She waved the wand again, and your silence spell gets torn apart.
rolled 35 = 35>>19547420I propose we do this when we take them from her cold dead hands.preferably by this method >>19547444the less talking the better
rolled 30 = 30>>19547463Overload the wand with raw magic. Take it from the bracer and ourselves, and maybe a little bit from grayson, but just a little bit.
rolled 37 = 37>>19547463Smile, and just start sending soulfire after soulfire after soulfire at her.
rolled 82 = 82>>19547463STONE BOULDERS!Actually, we can just shoot tons of accelerated objects at her.>>19547483stop trying to do shit with magic to her wand
rolled 2 = 2>>19547463most amusing.rocks, thrown by the very wall of the temple!!!
rolled 27 = 27>>19547463Throw rocks at her, with or without Elementals, she can't stop kinetic energy.
>>19547492>>19547483>>19547474Fuck you dice gods.>>19547493Do this.
>>19547483>>19547492Are you people dense?Magic don't work on her!Stop suggesting that
rolled 8 = 8>>19547483Seconding, open a rift to the magic between worlds, and use it's power to overwhelm the key."I'm not stealing this shit! You keep giving it to me!"
>>19547512Stop trying to do the Wand you fucking moron
rolled 46 = 46>>19547497FUCKING DICE I THROW ROCKS BETTER THAN THAT!!!
You give her a grim smile, and raise your arms.The ground quakes. . and elementals burst out of the ground, throwing boulders at her. She chants another spell, and they halt in midair, stopped by her spell.So then Grayson mauls her.
>>19547527Yay Grayson! It seems joining in with Rikar is about the only thing we can do.
>>19547527Good bear. He gets whatever he wants for dinner tonight.
>>19547527Fuck yeah, Grayson.
>>19547527Silence again.Also, did she drop the wand? Ask Greyson to kick it away so that we can SOULFIRE her!
Grayson is a gentleman and a baller.
rolled 87 = 87>>19547527Any problem can be solved with enough bears. Which in this case is one.Draw Rikar (or any other weapon, if we don't have Rikar) and apply to Impulse.
>>19547550Repeatedly, until minced into a fine paste. Then serve with chips.
btw guysWhere's Bubbles. He can appear any moment so be careful.
>>19547557Bubbles was melted down by Impulse into a bracer.
>>19547550I'm not sure getting close is such a good idea. At least wrap Rikar in soulfire or something.
An angry, roaring dire bear slams into Impulse, throwing her to the ground, and with large, sharp claws, starts scratching.She roars out a word, and a strong evocation spell sends Grayson flying, where he slams into the cathedral's altar, and falls to the ground. Despite bleeding badly, she has a death grip on the wand, and starts to pull herself to her feet.You draw Rikar, and charge before she can get her bearings.>Roll 1d100>Taking only first.
>>19547557Presumably he was deconstructed to make the bracer, as the bracer reminded us of the three gems that were on his head.
rolled 26 = 26>>19547570Oh dear.
rolled 20 = 20>>19547527"keladriel would you kindly transport nahzit and his brother down here"<Raz, Zeke, can you get krystoph down here somehow?>
rolled 84 = 84>>19547570I'll try!
>>19547574Oh dear indeed.
>>19547574How about using fatepoint?
>>19547570I dare not roll!
>>19547563>>19547573oh>>19547570I wish I knew why people think it is good idea to send a little girl with little close combat expertise into MELEEGod damn, in this thread we fucked up by getting close. Why are we doing this again!?
rolled 80 = 80>>19547574>>19547570godamn little girl strength...I just hope we don't die...
>>19547595Because magic won't work, but the sword always works.We should probably find someone else to use it though.
>>19547574Guys, fatepoint time?
You swing Rikar at her. . but she blocks it with the wand. Angry white sparks start dancing from Rikar's blade, so you pull it back and twist through the air, assaulting her on the other side. She parries that as well. . and then reaches out with her other arm, and grabs your wrist.You feel your wrist shatter, and Rikar falls to the ground.>FATE POINT> Use it?> Do not use it?
I say fate point.I just want to be rid of this bitch so we can get back to the Tea Party World Tour
rolled 62 = 62>>19547607Nah, just erupt ground under us
>>19547595We can't stay far away since Impulse is basically magic-immune. I mean we could shoot arrows, but then Impulse just slings spells at us.We should totally call for backup.
>>19547607We are touching her.Her wand cannot do jack shit. Just draw all the magic power out of her and shoot Soulfire through our hand.No need to use a fate point
>>19547607Use it, fuck that bitch, she killed our friend.
rolled 83 = 83>>19547607Nah, burn it with soulfire
rolled 64 = 64>>19547607yes use it. how about some flair with the bear.we punch her so hard that she reals back into the waiting arms of grayson...
>>19547607Yeah, alright. Let's do this thing.>>19547623Perhaps that is what the fate point usage will allow?
>>19547607>> Do not use it?
>>19547617>>19547619>>19547626Calm down.It would be incredibly shitty to have our life depend on one roll. No need to use it yet, we can get out of here if we think creatively.Like this >>19547623
>>19547607Use it, she has to go. The world was better without Eidolon.
>>19547641This, no need for fatepoint
>>19547646>Perhaps that is what the fate point usage will allow?Fate point is just Deus Ex machina when no one can think of anything better to survive. It is still possible to beat her without it.Of course no one is willing to use brains and wastes incredible recourse instead
A crushed wrist is rather painful, but nothing we can't fix with magic.Let's not use the fate point on this.
I'm >>19547617 and I retract my vote in favor of >>19547623.
Despite almost unbearable agony coming from your broken wrist. . you reach out with you other hand."Thank you for this body." Impulse says, not noticing as you stretch your shoulder. you can almost reach it. . . "You see, when I first made it, it was designed to be both faster and stronger than normal. I no longer needed the golem. . so I took the artifact out of it."You grip it tightly, hanging on so hard that your knuckles hurt.You bring the stone brick forth, slamming it into Impulse's temple.Her eyes roll into the back of her head. . but she could be faking. So you do it again. And again. And again. You suddenly recall Ghujj, dead, and those pulses of corrupted life magic, so you continue. Harder.
rolled 12 = 12>>19547623this shit right here OP
>>19547623this. this is a good idea
>>19547670Maybe. But I want her dead, gone, not coming back at all, forever. And I'm willing to pay a fate point to ensure that she's gone.
>>19547689This is okay too. Gory death by brick.
>>19547689was it used?
>>19547689Stop. Seriously, remember Fellwind. What we're doing right now is pretty monsterous.
>>19547717Eye for an eye.
Strongly suggesting that we open a portal into deep space and throw her body in there when we're done. Preferably in the general direction of a star.
rolled 56 = 56>>19547689I want to kill her so hard she can't come back physically, spiritually, hypothetically or even metaphorically.
>>19547717No, this is actually pretty human. If you get what I'm saying.
here's a few questions I've been thinking about. Can we cast normal spells out of a book? If not can we use a bracer to amplify our spells? Because I bet that Bubble's bracer will certainly help.
>>19547717I hope we can stop before someone we know finds us.
>>19547689>>19547689A brick?Really?there was a good suggestion to do this without the use of fate point.It was already stated in this thread to wait more than 5 minutes before updating. You're doing it again
rolled 47 = 47>>19547689harness some rage to heal that wrist so we can swing harder...
>>19547739>Can we cast normal spells out of a book?No.>If not can we use a bracer to amplify our spells? Because I bet that Bubble's bracer will certainly help.An interesting question.
>>19547743Looks like he waited six.
>>19547753>>19547739We already have a bracer that we use to store magic in, we don't use it to cast, though.
rolled 56 = 56>>19547689punctuate the final strikes.NOBODY (SMACK) HURTS (SMACK) MY (SMACK ) FRIENDS!!!
>Yeah, the fate point was used.>>19547743>Don't worry, I'll write a bad-end for trying to use soulfire later. The World Key laughs at magic.You bite your lip, and then use some of your own magic to heal your wrist. . so you take the brick in *both* hands, and start smashing.Ezekiel walks into the cathedral, two spells floating in each palm. . and he sees you straddling Impulse's unconscious-or-dead body, smashing it in with a brick.
>>19547793Oh balls. How we have fallen.But don't stop smashing, that would be wierd.
>>19547793Have we actually realised he's there?
>>19547793Give it one last smash, kick the world key away from her body, we'll have Kristoph pick it up later, and ask him very politely to remove all traces of Impulse's existence from the world.
>>19547793lets go for total mental breakdown for our first kill.
>>19547835Nah, smash the world key with the brick as well.
You look at him. . and then smash in her head again. Just to be sure. You kick the World Key away from her body, and climb up."Ezekiel, can you please remove all traces of Impulse's existence from the world?" You ask.". . How do I know you're you?" He asks. "Tell me. . tell me something Impulse wouldn't know."
>>19547857>>19547835The World Key seems useful. Why don't you want the World Key?
>>19547793>>Yeah, the fate point was used.Really?..... really?So post +5 mins is the new timeline, anything after that won't be considered?
>>19547861"Your sister loves you."Then mental breakdown.
>>19547861"Leon is a sweet boy we met in Cerulean, he is a squire and has a minor talent with magic. Good enough?"
>>19547861"I knighted wahteverhisnamewas. He hesitated for some reason before swearing to question me when I am wrong."
>>19547861"I... I..." Realize we just killed a person, there's blood and brain spattered on our battle dress, and vomit.
>>19547857No reason to smash the World Key (or even any indication that something so mundane can destroy an artifact)We can add it to our collection and become Sorcerer Batgirl
rolled 87 = 87>>19547861describe our first meeting...back when he though we were uriel.
>>19547880As i counted, there were 6 votes for use it, and 5 for not using it.stop yer bitchin
>>19547890this seems most believablethen after we recover use this>>19547888
>>19547880Yah, seriously. It happened, it's done. It's not like we won't get another one.
>>19547890Yah, do this.
>>19547861"Swamp brew is delicious."
>>19547890I like this one.
>>19547861Impulse seems to know everything.She can't use soulfire though.
"I... I..."Grayson gets up, and sniffs you. Then he turns to Ezekiel, and nods."Oh, thank god." Zeke says. "Hey, uh. . think I can take my robe back from her first?"You look over at the body. Her robe isn't too stained with bloo-You killed her, you realize.You killed her.Oh god, oh god.You're a murderer. You're a monster.Was Fellwind right?You vomit.
>>19547793you still should wait more than five minutes during important fights.During a ball or other shit, I can understand updating in 5 minutes but during fights which can end horribly? No, wait some more.
>>19547939No, we're not.
>>19547953Why, so you have more time to inflate the votes in your favor?
>Grayson approvedGiven that Impulse has exhibited such ridiculous knowledge, divination and sheer bullshit, I think this was probably the only way of truly confirming our identity.
>>195479536 minutes between the two posts in question.>>19547939Tiem for childish rationalization, you didn't use your mystical powers to kill her, you used a brick, and people have been killing each other with heavy objects for a long long time and usually with good reason.
>>19547970No.So that the stupid shit like in the beginning of this thread that had A LITTLE UNARMED GIRL GET CLOSE TO A MONSTER THAT FEARS NO DEATH does not happen.
>>19547939We killed someone, in our defense she killed Ghujj and if we didn't take her down she would almost certainly have done something very bad.
>>19547984I think that's pretty decent.
You're not a monster, the Heart says. The fact that you feel guilty, even for an enemy, is a sign that you're a person.You open your eyes, and watch Ezekiel as he flings fire at Impulse's body, charring her away. He stops for breath. . and then continues, charring the body down to nothing.That's when the guards kick in the door, waving their blades around.
>>19547953It should be the other way around.There's no time to sit and work out a 5-year-plan during a fight.The complaint at the start of the thread was fairly valid because there were only a few replies and no consensus, unlike with the fate point vote.
erase her from existance first considering she keeps on figuring out ways to say FUCK YOU to death
>>19548031Just cry. Let it all out.
>>19548031Ignore the guards. Walk out and find someone important looking and figure out what Impulse was up to.
>>19548031Grab all the artifacts, especially Bubbles, and make sure nobody directly touches them. She's already hidden in an artifact once, and I don't think we should rule out the possibility of her doing it again.
rolled 11 = 11>>19547744with MAXIMUM COMMAND"stand back! do not interfere in these events"a wall of stone elementals who are designed only to loom
>>19548031Nod to the guards, grab all the artifacts, get on Grayson and leave.
>>19548078Presumably she was in some control of her magics when she transferred into the golem. Kinda hard to do that while getting smashed by a brick.>>19548031Wipe our mouth, say to the guards, "Oh. I'm sorry. Did I interrupt something?"
>>19548040Drawing Rikar and getting into another retarded melee did not have consensus either but was used AGAIN which in turn lead us into "one roll only" situation AGAIN. It is like OP was waiting for an excuse to force us into these shitty situations.Yeah, spells did not work on her but nothing said we couldn't have held her off till our allies arrived.
You stand."Where is the red-eyed woman?" One of the Ursae guards say. Ezekiel points at the charred body."Stand back." You say, full command in your voice. "Do not interfere with these events."With cloth in your hand to keep from touching them directly, you pick up the crystal bracer, and the World Key, and finally Rikar. Then you try to walk out. .but the guards point their blades at you."What." An authoritive voice comes from behind the swarm of warriors. "Is going on here?">Roll 1d6>Taking only first. High and low does not discern if it is good or bad.
rolled 5 = 5>>19548144
rolled 3 = 3>>19548144
rolled 1 = 1>>19548144I am here taking vengance against that creature for killing my retainer in a matter most personal to me.my buisiness is done and I wish to leave
When the guards part, you see a young girl, almost your own age, step into view."Ishelda?" She asks, eyes wide.It's Marigold. Your cousin.>End of thread 22>My twitter is @futureexabyte>And I'll stick around to answer questions.>Since Impulse is defeated, now, I'll be able to answer some questions that you no longer have the chance to find out, such as how she knew various things.
rolled 5 = 5We should check all of our artifacts, crystals and such to see if she didn't escape into one of them again.
>>19548184She was Eidolon, right? The real one.
>>19548184So Impulse is dead dead, not just kinda dead, right?
>>19548184What was s/he planning to do with all these artifacts?
rolled 60 = 60>>19548184Since Impulse is defeated, now, I'll be able to answer some questions that you no longer have the chance to find out, such as how she knew various thingsshould we take this as gospel truth?
>>19548211>Possibly. She is dead, and her body, mind, and spirit is gone. . but necromancy is possible, even without those. It's a stretch, yes, but it's possible.>>19548198>Yeah, she was the real Eidolon. The big kicker was the way the truth spell works- it only works to the letter, as opposed to the spirit. So when he said, sarcastically 'I'm eidolon, the fey wizard', it registered as false. . because he wasn't elven at the time.
>>19548184Why was she such a colossal bitch?
>>19548184What do we know about her?
>>19548208>This is something I can't answer; because other people may have the same goal.
>>19548242one thing that i might have just not noticed, but why was he a she?
rolled 38 = 38>>19548254because he always dreamed of being the little girl
>>19548242So.... was he some kind of a retard?He could have gained everything from us what he wanted without antagonizing us. Heck, he could have convinced us to help him. Instead he acts like the biggest fucking possible dick all the time we met him.
>>19548272Eidolon is /tg/, you heard it here first folks.
>>19548254>The only time he was a she was after she shapeshifted- she did it primarily to 'throw off the trail', so to speak. And it worked.>>19548248>>19548276>Eidolon was touted as this great elven hero, but in truth, he was always a colossal dickhead, so even after he came back, she became a colossal bitch.
>>19548276Well, when you get used to taking things, it's the easiest way to work, innit?
>>19548291Can we fix Bubbles back into spider-golem state?
>>19548291Was he trying to resurrect his love still?
>>19548309>Possibly. It's possible, but not certain. Keep in mind, the golem itself wasn't the artifact. It was the MIND that was the artifact. Eidolon had no need of the eight spiky feet anymore.
>>19548291How did he die in the first place anyway?
>>19548339The mind is in the bracer now, right?
>>19548348>I believe I stated this before, but old age. He was wearing down, and kept using magic to heal his body back to the 'young' state. But it stopped working eventually, and he was bedridden. So as he lay there, he called Bubbles over to him, and transferred his mind and spirit over to the artifact inside Bubbles.>>19548334>Nope. He already had the ankh, and could have just used that.
>>19548184>It's Marigold. Your cousin.what do we know of her?
>>19548373Is Bubbles' artifact the ankh?
>>19548380>Very little, surprisingly. You met her at various balls and social functions, but she's the daughter of your mother's brother- a duke from far away. When the demons first came. . that duke's land was the first that got hit.
>>19548373Why did it take so long for him to wake then?Also, I just realized that any NPC's that appear due nat 100's should be killed on sight.
>>19548399>No, his artifact is known as The Mind.>All of the artifacts have their own 'title'. The Ankh, the Mind, the Key, the Blade, the Throne, the Dagger.>You know none of this in-character, though.
>>19548402So... did they have their own Archamage who sent her to another world?>>19548415So.. the Mind is the bracer right now, right?
>>19548406>Bubbles was set to wake him when he detected 'a way for Eidolon to return'. And bubbles figured that 'sorcery can do ANYTHING, so it can let eidolon return.'
>>19548415Sounds like the names of some alternate reality monopoly set.>>19548431I don't think we'll get an answer to that first one until next thread.
>>19548431>So... did they have their own Archamage who sent her to another world?You get to find out next time!>So.. the Mind is the bracer right now, right?As far as you know, yes.
So was there even a way to beat him without resorting to fate point?Would be nice to know what we missed.
What was Eidolon's goals? Expect getting all the artifacts together, what did he want to achieve?
Did he have any long-term plans concerning Ishelda?
Would Azariel deduce that Impulse was Eidolon if we had told him about her?
>>19548184I feel trolled oh so softly by this cliffhanger.
>>19548415Can we put the mind (Bubbles) and life (Ankh) together to make some sort of super-construct? Is that what Eidolon was trying to do, make artifact Voltron?
>>19548573>Not really- he was just leaving her alive in case she was needed. . at least until that final battle.>>19548516>He wanted to live forever, and the Ankh wasn't good enough for him. It has weaknesses.>>19548620>I would have made TG type everything out that you tell him, and you would need to say just the right things for Azariel to deduce it.>>19548624>Uh. I suppose?>>19548494>Yes, there was- if you chose not to use the fate point, an ally would have come and saved you- A second dice roll would have said if they got injured or not, but that would open up the chance to get the World Key away from her.
Crushing the pain with your raw will, you use your own shattered wrist as a channel. . as you steal Eidolon's power, funnelling it into a powerful burst of soulfire. Your hand spasms, shaking from the raw power.You think, again, of Ghujj. And again, of Uriel. You get. . angrier. More furious. That deep, smouldering core inside of you. . bursts into life, roaring free.The spellfire bursts into white flame. You shove it at Impulse, along with a roar- something completely unlike yourself.Contemptuously, she waves the wand, and the spellfire falls apart, turning into smoke. She lets go of your wrist, and you fall to your knees. The spellfire tired you out. . your muscles ache, and you're having trouble breathing. . "Now." Impulse says. "Destroy her mind."She clasps something on your wrist, and you look down at it- and stare into Bubbles' eyes. . .Then the pain started. Pain, pain, pain. You bring your magic up.. but then Impulse jabs you in the neck with the World Key, and your spell falls apart before you can do anything.Your eyes, involuntarily, roll into the back of your head, and more pain shoots up your spine.Mercifully. . your consciousness retreats.>Bad end - Impulse
>>19548686So our allies are effectively hitpoints... Time to raise an army!I jest.
>>19548712>Contemptuously, she waves the wand, and the spellfire falls apart, turning into smoke. So how was he able to block the spell with his wand when it was stated to channel the soulfire at point-blank THROUGH our wrist which he was HOLDING at the time? There was no space to put wand between the spell. There was no point in between, it went directly from our body to hers.And don't say that wand blocks spells universally, it didn't block Silence spell, so it is not perfect. And it certainly can't block the spells before they get out of our body.I feel you didn't quite get how it was supposed to be done.
>>19548830>Soulfire is channeled through the palms- one of which you couldn't even feel, due to the broken wrist. So your only choice is to use the other one. Plus, all that was said was 'burn it with soulfire'.>I do see your point, though, and in the future I'll make sure to wait a bit longer and wait for consensus. However, this time, the majority voted for using the fate point. Don't worry- it's not the only fate point you'll ever get. In NFC, Dave ended up with around six or seven of them- but then again, NFC fate points weren't as useful.
>>19548908I thought it was pretty obvious what was meant. And if we can slam the brick into her head we can touch her with our other palm and slam soulfire into her head. She really shouldn't have time to block shit at that close range.
Was the d6 roll to determine which character from our past we were going to meet? Could you tell us who we didn't get?
>>19548993>Actually, the choice was always Marigold- I just gave you guys a literal one in six chance of her showing up. And she did.
>>19549016So who would it have been if we didn't roll her? Just some random guard captain?
>>19548712Well, at least the first part of the suggestion would have worked.>>19548908I'm not mad that we lost a fate point. I'm more mad that players rushed into combat without thought or preparation. Did we REALLY have to drop on the bear leaving our valuable allies behind? What was up with that? No one stopped to think for one second that we might need back up... especially Kristopher who is immune to spells.And why go into melee again? Throwing rocks almost worked for example, we just needed to silence her again or attack from below, right at the feet where blocking with the wand would be hard.We could have just held her off without gaining any ground while other people came. I mean, she wasn't going anywhere before we appeared, so it was doubtful she would have escaped somehow while we were making sure she wouldn't.I thought soulfire could be called from any part of the body though, so I was gravely mistaken there. But case in point, if I didn't suggest the second part, that would have meant we would have drained her of mana which would have given us much advantage thus there were ways to resolve this without relying on a 'miracle'.People tend to shut off their brains when it comes to fate points.
>>19549016who were the other ones then?
>>19549092>It would have been High Lord Ursae. You'll find out more about him next time.
>>19549094fuck, half of this post makes no sense.God damn, it's 6 am here. Shit man looking back, I guess I didn't elaborate shooting at pointblank although that was my intent, just said "shoot Soulfire through our hand" (the same hand he was holding us with). Fuck typing at 4am with a half-melted brain, no wonder it had holes in it.