You are Ssen, a Lamia raised by a human Paladin who adopted you after killing the ones who birthed you. You are grown now, and Father has passed on. After a great deal of work, you have become a Paladin like your Father, and now take up his duties. You are accompanied by your best friend from childhood, the insect druid Tricia; Mage, a magic user who ran away from his family of cannibal raiders known as the Ghouls (Yes, his name is Mage. It was his idea); Persephone, a 22-year old thief/ex-guerllia fighter (She goes by Peri), and Mari, a 13-year old prodigy scholar/now sniper, who has her mind and soul trapped within Peri's body; and Lea, a deeply religious musician/martial artist, trained by her father, a famous trainer for arena fighters, she's covered from her mouth down in bandages to hide the horrific state her body has become thanks to the 'cures' that saved her from cancer.Your journey continues...Opening theme song (NEW for Season 2!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5si7w3uS9tUhttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Lamia%20Quest1d4 chan page: http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:Lamia_Daughter_Quest
>>24308295Phew, there he is. <3
Ryan: Be sure to not sit too close to the screen, and to be in a well lit room. The great and glorious Fey Court Resistance needs every man and woman at their best!Jessie: Also, if you do feel that life's pointless procession has marched far enough with you, it keeps your beautiful shell from looking bloated and flaky-skinned...but the again what is life but a long period of people bloating or flaking their souls away.Robin: ::sharp whistle:: Idiots, come on! Fortunes don't steal themselves! Enjoy folks. Your talks with the dragon known as Old One have gone well, by indulging him in a tale of your victories, and successfully making him feel that the Dramatae are his own personal enemies, he now has opened up his stores of knowledge to you.
My heart jumped when I saw this.You don't know how much we worry about you echo.
>>24308443Once the time to input commands has come, I would like to ask these questions of the dragon."A few last questions on bonding, and then the topic will move on- Is the pain from bonding lethal? If I had my servant remove, say, an arrow from me, could it kill them? Also, is there a limit to the bonds? Will a dragon grow weaker with more bonded servants?"
>>24308443If I recall last thread right I think we were going to ask all what we can do with our blood along with if the ritual works on non-dragon servants relatives. Also if being wasp witch would mess with the ritual in anyway. Basically, all the info about the our blood and ritual process.
>>24308443I assume Old One is still answering our questions."Does the servant ritual work with those not descended from the Dragon Servants of old?"
asthmatic anon reporting in, now with 50% more wheezing.
Amazing! I hope we get to check in on stone hall today. See if lamiarmor has been invented.Though we should probably stop here long enough to equip our friends to their preference.
I wonder if we should ask if the Old One has met Scheherazade? It may not be important, but getting another powerful entity's opinion on her might not be a bad thing. We've been assuming that she has been acting in our best interests, though she has not truly given us any hint of caring about anything beyond offspring and the fall of Citadel.
>>24308736old one doesn't like Scheherazade. He said she's just a guardian, not a champion. I don't know if this implies they met or not.
>>24308736We-well at least I am pretty sure he met her. He mentioned another beautiful one who is part of his horde and lead/watched over a group.
>>24308539>>24308553"Does the servant ritual work with those not descended from the Dragon Servants of old?""No Dragon has ever done this ritual on those that were not of the chosen Servants. They were the only ones worthy of the honor." Old one says."A few last questions on bonding, and then the topic will move on- Is the pain from bonding lethal?""Of course not, it would be a waste of a perfectly good Servant. Though...there was a time where a Servant tried to aid a corrupted Dragon by ending his torment. That was an action that cost the loyal servant his life. Though that could have been from their wounds as well.""If I had my servant remove, say, an arrow from me, could it kill them?""No. That is just pain, not pain caused by your servant." The Dragon sniffs derisively. "Though a single arrow is nothing to a Dragon.""Also, is there a limit to the bonds? Will a dragon grow weaker with more bonded servants?""Of course not. A Dragon should have many servants, and if bonds are solid, then a Dragon should have many bonds. It is why I am willing to allow that forgotten Servant to stay here. If it proves its worth, then I shall keep it. Because I can." Old One says.
>>24308817Huh.Ssen: resist urge to start snake cult.
>>24308817"Are there any more secrets to my blood you would tell me about? The bonding thing came as a surprise, hence the laborious questions I've gone over."I think this is the last issue on our list. I can't think of a single thing we've not addressed.
>>24308817more questions from last thread."You mentioned spells; do you know any in particular that we might find helpful against Citadel and the Dramatae?"
>>24308912"Especially any counters to the one with the ability to stop time?"
>>24308881>>24308881Asking about his blood, what it can really do. There's myth and legends about it but only one truth. Note, I'm not asking him to give any; just what's its limits, if any.More me wanting to know than anything else.
>>24308958I don't want to ask unnecessary questions of the dragon.Maybe if he brings his own blood up.
>>24308817move on.or well back rather.How were the servants of the corrupter killed? Do they die like normal beings?(ie, is there anything special we need to do to kill Peace if we get the chance)
>>24308881Maybe ask our little group if they have any questions. I mean it's not often you get to ask a dragon a question. Who knows. Someone might want to ...
>>24309046I think they die like normal beings, assuming they regenerate and are tough and have poison blood and probably redundant organs.So: extreme force.
>>24308881"Are there any more secrets to my blood you would tell me about? The bonding thing came as a surprise, hence the laborious questions I've gone over.""Just that you should not use it to try and heal or extend anyone's life. The gifts it holds have been tainted by the foulness of the Leviathans. Your flesh and heart are purer, but throughout you lies their poison. It is a heavy burden to bear, but you have done better than others." Old Ones says.He motions to some empty barrels that he has in a pile, along with some other detritus. "Have your servants fill those with the corrupt coins. You may take them."
>>24309073ask them if "we have forgotten anything", not if they have any questions.It will make it seem like it's a foible on our part, not that our servants are uppity. Just a thought.
>>24308947This, please. Also:"Do you know any way to communicate or observe at a great distance?""We will return your book to the Bear Shrine library; did you want it to remain only readable by those who shared Dragon blood, like myself, or would you object to us translating it for others to share in your wisdom?""Finally, I wanted to apologize. Yesterday, I rashly asked you for something of which we need not speak again. And yet, in talking to you today, you have provided solutions for all of those maladies we thought to seek a more miraculous cure for. I should have thought to explain and ask, first."
>>24309082"We would need to find a sample of Pure Metal to remove the corruption from these coins; until we do, they will not aid us against our enemy. Would you object to us leaving them here until we find the Pure Metal, and returning for them then? I could hardly think of a safer place in all the world."
>>24309082Gesture for your friends to get started. Continue on with these questions, in addition to the time one.>>24309136Then perhaps ask our friends if we have forgotten anything.
>>24309182I would suggest against that, this stuff is trash to him. I don't think he wants to keep it now that he can get rid of it on someone. But I might be overly polite.
>>24309231No, he collected it out of respect for what it once was; he doesn't think it has value beyond sentimental, so if we think we can use it he'll grant it to us in exchange for what we've given him, but I don't think he'd object to having it around.We don't want to imply we want his services guarding it, though. We just don't want to lug barrels of coins around, and there's a certain security in merely being in proximity to a dragon.
>>24309277Eh, go with what you want. I might be biased from wanting to store those coins in our lighthouse.
>>24309299Little Dragon's first hoard. The Old One would be proud.
>>24309277The fact that Dramataes are out to destroy his horde which included these coins. Personally, I want to get these things out of here fast.
>>24309136"Do you know any way to communicate or observe at a great distance?""Dragons have no need for that. People and things COME to Dragons, we grace places with OUR presence and WE are what is observed." Old One says."We will return your book to the Bear Shrine library; did you want it to remain only readable by those who shared Dragon blood, like myself, or would you object to us translating it for others to share in your wisdom?""I gave permission for MY book to be translated by the Bear Tribe and the Bear Tribe alone. As long as one member of that Tribe lives, it will remain so. A Dragon NEVER goes back on their word. Take the book to this Holting, and see what they will. Either they WILL make a new translation of it, or continue to guard its secrets. If you find that this Holting is NO LONGER of the Bear Tribe...THEN you may find a new scribe. BUT NOT BEFORE.""Finally, I wanted to apologize. Yesterday, I rashly asked you for something of which we need not speak again. And yet, in talking to you today, you have provided solutions for all of those maladies we thought to seek a more miraculous cure for. I should have thought to explain and ask, first.""Indeed." Old One says."We would need to find a sample of Pure Metal to remove the corruption from these coins; until we do, they will not aid us against our enemy. Would you object to us leaving them here until we find the Pure Metal, and returning for them then? I could hardly think of a safer place in all the world."Old One growls and closes an eye. "Indeed, I am the one who owns them. Until you have EARNED the right to take them, they will stay with ME."
>>24309277How about a Passion head for the coins? We do have a Passion waiting to be relieved off his head.I was hoping we get a guarded caravan to bring the coins back to the lighthouse.
>>24309342Note that his hoard and his horde are two different things. The former would include the coins, gold, information, and his other treasures. The latter would refer to his servants and similar. The Dramatae threatened his horde.We came here specifically to warn him. We might also want to figure out if we can do anything else to help protect him. But in any case, with Old One warned in advance, I'd bet on him over the Dramatae.Do we really think he's still in serious danger? Because if so, I think we should be figuring out how to protect him.
>>24309412Good point. No way Trivalon is getting out of that, and unless Balles objects strongly (which he might), Trivalon won't be needing it anymore.
>>24309409Look to Lea to see her reaction: "We defeated one of the lesser Dramatae in combat, when he took a force to the Bear Shrine to attempt to steal your book. So, perhaps you'd like the first part of your price early?"
>>24309440>>24309412Haha, you silly flibberflabbers. Wanting the coins here, then not.
>>24309485Oh, I'd still like to leave the coins here to avoid lugging around hundreds or thousands of pounds of corrupted metal. But we *did* promise him the heads of the Dramatae, and we have a Dramatae who will shortly be parted from his.
>>24309519And the fact that he betrayed our dad has nothing to do with our decision. <whistles>
>>24309519For reference: http://www.kokogiak.com/megapenny/five.aspTwo cubic feet of copper coins: 614 pounds or 278.7 kilos. And we're talking about barrels, plural, of Lantern coins. Unless this metal is ludicrously light, we're talking about way more weight than we want to carry around to our next several destinations. We could store it here, or in Stone Hall, but we don't want to keep it in the wagon.
>>24309479"We defeated one of the lesser Dramatae in combat, when he took a force to the Bear Shrine to attempt to steal your book. So, perhaps you'd like the first part of your price early?""The Coins are yours, but I will protect them until they can be returned to their uncorrupt glory, as for the head." He growls. "I wish the heads of the ones who DARED to take what is mine. I wish not their worthless lackeys. They are unworthy of even a gl-"Old One stops mid-sentance and snaps his head towards the door. "THEY WOULD NOT DARE!"
>>24309519I'd prefer to ssssurprise him with it, but I like surprises.
>>24309607>Old One stops mid-sentance and snaps his head towards the door. "THEY WOULD NOT DARE!"Everyone on guard immediately. "What is it, Old One?"
>>24309607I get the feeling the Dramatae are trying to lure the Old One out so the Lightbringers can kill him.
>>24309704Fuck that, the caligo are here. We will discuss in a rational manner.
>>24309652inb4 Ted is stuck in a well.
>>24309651"Ready weapons!" Everyone takes a combat stance. "What is it, Old One?"The door opens a crack and Grace's two children run inside. "Lots of people! Mama told us to hide with Great Master."Old One points to a pile of fine looking silks that are heaped together in one area. The kids head towards them."GO. See what is happening. I must prepare myself." Old One says.
>>24309762"Oh, it's just guests. Let's go see what they want.I wonder how ever they got past the peaks."
>>24309762"Is there any other entrance to this room, other than that door?"If not, head out.
>>24309762We need eyes outside.Tricia see if there are snow moths, if not Mari/Peri need to go and scout.also is Paul still around?
>>24309829Tricia's bugs seem like a good plan, but I don't want Mari and Peri out there by themselves if these visitors are hostile.
>>24309780>>24309802>>24309829paranoia, in three discrete levels.
>>24309893Unless he pulls something like "I *never* stopped serving the so-called Corrupted One", I doubt he did this intentionally. Perhaps someone followed him, though.
>>24309802I second this action, if only to be a tiebreaker.
>>24309802"Is there any other entrance to this room, other than that door?"Old One just growls. You doubt Dragons have a concept of 'back entrance' or 'emergency exit.' Dragons, and everyone that serves or visits them goes through ONE pair of doors.You head out.Ted has his axes out, Grace has a large butcher's cleaver in her hands, Paul is scratching at the ground with his talons. The Lightbringers are here. However, they aren't alone. Also they don't seem to be conscious. They're each on a separate stretcher, being carefully carried.Their entourage contains at least ten people in robes and blank masks, just showing their eyes. Similar to the ones the Sisters wore. Leading them is a new Passion. This one is female, dressed in chain-plate and has a two-handed great sword on her back."Well, well, well..." Passion says. "This IS a bonus."The Lightbringers are carefully set down and the mob takes out an assortment of blades, bows, and two have scepters."What are you doing with those two?" Lea asks."Our Masters have decided that they no longer need to be so...light handed, regarding their actions." Passion says. "We out number you, and that old fossil in there isn't going to be doing anything funny." Passion holds a focus stone in her hand. It's glowing a mixture of blue energy and this purple/black energy you've only seen once before, around Peace's hands when she was trying to kill Lea and Jeremy.The Iron Door behind you slams shut and you see that same mixture of magic energies swirl along the door, forming a barrier."Now...what to do with you." Passion says.Roll 1d20
>>24310050I have a very bad feeling about those Lightbringers. I hope nobody's pulling a body swap.
>>24310050>literally carrying the lightbringers through this encounter
>>24310050It's Sally Allbread. Fuck, here we go.
>>24310106You know sally, I had regreted not tying that loose end.I still do.
>>24310050Great, What did I tell you fucks about Sally Allbread? Now that cunt is back and we have to put her down -again-. This time, we put her to the sword.Also, that means we know this Passion's true name. We can turn any of her own magic back upon her.
>>24310070>>24310106Well, I was going to give you a vague hint, but you nailed it. Well done. Yep, that's her behind the mask...and probably a bunch of former First Stones are in this mob with her. All of them jacked up power-wise thanks to the masks.And she isn't wrong. It's 11 vs 8. Not the best odds you've had in your life. Particularly with the Old One sealed behind that door.
>>24310050So are there multiple Passions, or did they find a replacement really really fast?
>>24310154Whisper to Mage: "Remember the Spell Reversal thing? It's Sally Allbread. See if you can pull it off. Don't worry about attacking; concentrate on that and we'll protect you."
>>24310106Sally... Allbread. Not ringing a... OHH! The "wanna /ss/?" trainer, right.
>>24310154Who needs the big dragon? We've got the little one.
>>24310154Would Mari have any ability to pull off Spell Reversal, or is her knowledge more theoretical at the moment?
>>24310154I read two-handed great sword, and that was that.Let's take them down. Twang first, then Beacon and Clang.
>>24310178If only we could breathe fire, that would make ALL of this so much easier.Maybe we can spit poison? have we ever tried?
>>24310194Might be advisable to assign some of our allies to geek their mages. Never know what tricks they're going to have up their sleeve.
>>24310199i really wish we knew more of leviathans beyond the fact that they are poisonous and large
>>24310194Nah, let's go straight for Beacon. If we can get it to full power, we can help everyone succeed, including Mage doing spell reversal.
>>24310211we need to go read that leviathan book
>>24310210the plan is ALWAYS geek the mage.I would say we take Passion/Sally, and our allies handle the masked enemies.
>>24310263Yeah. Mage on spell reversal, one person protecting Mage, two people going after spellcasters, and Ssen going after Sally.
>>24310175"Remember the Spell Reversal thing? It's Sally Allbread. See if you can pull it off. Don't worry about attacking; concentrate on that and we'll protect you.""Got it." Mage says nodding. "Ummm...what magic am I reversing?"
>>24310306dont forget Ted, Grace and Paul too, although they might pick their own targets.oh also, quickly distribute the healing potions! there is enough for 1 per person.
we definately should be using our ability to make two attacks at once from now on. We can't really afford not to. Especially with the way our dice behave.
>>24310357"The magic sealing the Old One behind that door. See if you can use it to seal her, instead, or just drop it and let us have some dragon company."
>>24310388(Saying this assuming that the New Stone Hall zealots are following voluntarily and not enthralled.)
>>24310357"Magic sealing the door, Mage. Open the door to the big ass dragon so he can nom these guys."I'm guessing this is what people want.
>>24310357"The barrier on the door. Her control over the mask people and the power she gives them. Whatever else she tries to cast. Just do your best to make her useless."
>>24310358I did indeed forget about them. That's enough for two protecting mage, and two for each spellcaster.
>>24310401That would probably be the quickest way to even up the odds. And possibly demoralize them into retreating.
>>24310401they sealed the door. Can't you turn the stone around the door to mud?
>>24310441It's an Iron door, I think.
>>24310441Around the door, but I suspect that magic is sealing the room, not just the door.
I didn't say the door itself, the stone its set in.... since this IS a cave.
>>24310449An iron door across the entrance to a cave. The walls are made rock. But Old One probably wouldn't appreciate us destroying his lair.
>>24310463And how long do you think that's going to take? Probably a few hours is my guess.
>>24310463Just hope that the surrounding door structure isn't load-bearing. Although I suppose we could pin it on Passion and her cohorts if anyone asks.
>>24310481Didn't take that long to collapse a mountain.
>>24310481Mage melted a mountain side once
>>24310481Not really. Melt around the hinges and then push the door over.
I don't know about you guys but isn't COLLAPSING A MOUNTAIN WHILE WE'RE IN ITS DEPTHS generally considered a bad idea?
>>24310463its probably thick enough to hold a dragon, and if we melt it the whole place could come down on our heads.I really doubt Old One would appreciate us destroying his lair.also as mentioned, its probably a magical containment, so it would probably resist any spells at it if it can keep a damn DRAGON from breaking it down.
>>24310388"The magic sealing the Old One behind that door. See if you can use it to seal her, instead, or just drop it and let us have some dragon company.""Got it." Mage says. Passion is adjusting the grip on her sword. "So...you wanna talk terms of surrender? Cause I know I saw two brats run into there...also there might be a chance I'll let the bird and mommy go," She grins. "But then again, you and I both know how this is going to end, don't we?"
>>24310528>>24310492We should try the dispel first, THEN melt the walls.Lets not get clever when the simplest solution hasn't been used yet.
>>24310523>>24310528we're collapsing the area just around the door, not the entire mountain. just widening the entrance a bit.
>>24310548"Yes, this time I will take your head instead of letting you go."
>>24310548"Yeah, I think we do. There's precedent, after all."
>>24310548"True."Bow. Call shot. Head.
>>24310548.... strike her. no words for this kinda scum, just strike her. Use tail to rip at her mask since it empowers here and a normal strike with beacon.
>>24310548>Passion is adjusting the grip on her sword. "So...you wanna talk terms of surrender? Cause I know I saw two brats run into there...also there might be a chance I'll let the bird and mommy go," She grins. "But then again, you and I both know how this is going to end, don't we?""Terms of surrender? Sure, lay down arms now and we'll take you to justice in Bronze Peak rather than killing you."
>>24310548Your head on a stick. Arrow the bitch.
Shake our head in faint disapproval/disappointment then this: >>24310585
>>24310615>>24310584One of these. I care not which.
>>24310615"Terms of surrender? Sure, lay down arms now and we'll take you to justice in Bronze Peak rather than killing you.""Seriously? You know that's not going to fly." Passion says."True. But this will." You fire an arrow at her.Roll 1d20 +2
Rolled 15 + 2>>24310695
Rolled 10 + 2>>24310695
Rolled 18 + 2>>24310695
Rolled 16 + 2>>24310695
Rolled 8 + 2>>24310548>>24310695Wait, how can we see her grin?
>>24310706Double Finger Guns. BANG!
>>24310695Oh, the quips! We're like the fucking Duke Nukem of Lamias.
pretty good shot there
>"It was not ONE lantern, but many, reflecting a light across a great area, burning the Corruptor and showing the Truth of what it was. NO Dragon. The coins, the ones I collected out of respect, despite their broken and corrupt state...they were first a set of mirrors."Faith powered archamedes death day?HOOOOOOLLLLEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSHHHHHIIIIIIIT>>24308850Ssen: resist urge to start snake cult.We should consider making the option available to members of the order some point in the future. Alternatively keep some blood/etc stored away in a secure location should it be needed. While we're on that we need to compile a full journal of our discoveries about citadel, its weaknesses, those of the dramatae, and that merfolk mind protection stuff. Anything that could be usefull to other groups like ours in the event the worst should happen.>>24310050Oh hell its what's her name from first stone hall isnt it? The one we threw into the crowd?
>>24310722I imagined the Passion masks looking like this:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOUksDJCijw#t=1h23m50srather than a full-face mask.
Rolled 4, 1, 6, 8, 3, 4, 3 = 29>>24310706The arrow impacts right into her upper chest. "AH! BITCH! ATTACK!"Roll 1d10 initiative
>>24310777>Oh hell its what's her name from first stone hall isnt it? The one we threw into the crowd?Sally Allbread. Li'l late on this particular revelation, brotato.
>>24310803Too late. Oh well.
Rolled 2>>24310800>>24310801hah literally 1 second apart
Rolled 2, 2, 1, 4, 1, 1, 2, 10, 3, 5, 3 = 34>>24310789
>>24310829Wow. With a 2 we still beat or tie more than half of the enemies.
>>24310800I like how we're almost always last in fights. I thought we're supposed to be fast. Ha.
>>24310829Oh wow. Never mind >>24310842.
I like how there are litterally only 3 rolls above 5 in 18 rolls
>>24310050>lightbringers wake up with memories of GLORIOUS VICTORYthat is passions plan right?
>>24310842We went first this time. The sheer enormity of our swag aura after that one-liner is both causing us to lay back like a pimp and demoralizing the enemy.
>>24310862yup, probably dragon slaying or something stupid like that
Hey guys, guess what the loot is if we win this one.The lightbringers.
>>24310938I wonder if we can do anything to them even if we win... I mean they ARE under Citadel's spell pretty deeply.
>>24310955I wonder if we should have reversed *that* spell instead?
>>24310970(Not Citadel's funk; I mean, whatever is keeping them under. Might not be a spell though.)
>>24310970unfortunately that would take Peace's or Citadel's true name. We know neither.
Rolled 15, 5, 11, 14, 8, 11 = 64>>24310829With a shout, the masks in their matching robes/armor and masks charge your motley crew, Paul instantly taking to the air.The glut of the group are people with swords, maces, and daggers, skills boosted to combat capability thanks to the masks. There's six of them and Passion is running up with them.Hanging in the back of the group are two crossbow users and two mages. They're staying by the unconscious forms of the Lightbringers.One of the thugs goes for Tricia.Lea goes into fighting the thugs.Mari shoots a crossbow at one of the Mages.Another thug is attacking Grace.Tricia whips off her hat and starts chanting.Grace swings her cleaver at the thug attacking her.
>>24310970We don't know Citadel's true name-Fuck...OH SWEET FUCK WHAT IF WE DID!?!
>>24310981Yeah I get the feeling they were either drugged or just hit over the back of the head with a blackjack.
damn they got 2 hits, I don't think we got anything
>>24310993oh damn, we need to also take the crossbows out, remember how badly ranged weapons where for us the last time we ran into them.
>>24311030we're going to have to trust our allies to handle them. We have Sally the barbarian to kill
anyway voting for tail snatching her mask and a stab with beacon.
>>24310993Paul should start counting ribs. "One rib, two ribs, three ribs, stop screaming please, you are making it difficult for me to count your ribs."
Rolled 5, 4, 12, 11, 2 = 34>>24310993Tricia staggers back at the mace blow, and Grace now has a small gash on her arm.One of the Mages points his scepter at Lea and shoots a fireball at her.Ted begins to chop away in the melee.Paul divebombs one of the crossbow men with his talons.Another thug tries for Tricia again.Peri is being attack by another thug
>>24311075Don't we only get +1 to Beacon's light with a combined tail/spear attack?
>>24311110didn't that upgrade when we made it with quicksilver?
>>24311102Paul comes back up with some blood on his claws, but everyone else misses or is blocked.Your turn. (FYI Sally's going explicitly for you, the other thugs are just going randomly at whatever they can hit in the melee.)
>>24311130I don't mean the attack bonus, I mean the light level of Beacon; we want it to hit 5 as soon as possible.
>>24311102Paul, what a champ. He knows what's up.Also i'm gonna say we trip one of the fuckers going after Trish with our tail while engaging Sally with Beacon.
>>24311110its worth it, we need to help even the attack disparity between our two sides as much as possible.>>24311130he means double charge Beacon>>24311139Stab and tail whip Sally
still voting for tail whip on her mask and a stab with beacon.
>>24311139Spear attack to Sally.Or spear attack and tail-remove the mask, if that's what others want too.
>>24311139Remember last time we beat sally? We danced around with her forever before finally wrapping her and being done with it.Think she's developed a defense? Want to go for a quick end to this?
we aren't going for wrap and disable this time.
>>24311166(i really dont think Echo will let us target a specific item, especially not something like a Dramatae mask.)
>>24311153>>24311162>>24311170A double attack with beacon and a tail whip.2d20 +2 to each
>>24311203We've been able to choose what to tail-disarm in the past.
Rolled 15, 11 = 26>>24311221
Rolled 5, 2 = 7>>24311221
Rolled 14, 10 = 24>>24311221
yes, good, both hit!I doubt it was enough to grab the mask, we probably needed an 18 or so, but shes gonna be smarting.
>>24311223a tail-disarm is radically different from trying to grab something that they aren't swinging at us.note in the fight with Mage's sister we had to do a called shot with our tail for an entire turn to try and grab the staves from her coils
Rolled 13, 10, 11, 17, 10, 13, 9, 19, 15, 11, 4, 12 = 144>>24311230You bash her in the side with your tail, and nail her in the shoulder with Beacon.Beacon starts to glow.Passion staggers back. She's got a good chunk of blood on her from your wounds and she holding her side where you cracked her with your tail.She touches a hand to her mask, and lets out a gasp and then the mask flares with that purple-black energy.One of the other thugs pauses in mid-battle, blood starts to drip out from their eye-holes in the mask and they collapse to the ground.Passion's wounds literally heal themselves before your eyes, and she straightens back up.With a scream, she does the old trick of trying to take a chunk out of your tail.One of the crossbow men fires at Paul.Mage starts to chant. He's at the back of the hall, a hand on the door. "By the name that is Sally Albread, I speak of truth and command thee, my will is greater, and her magic is mine..." He says that mantra over and over again. The other crossbow man shoots at Paul as well.One of the Mask mages shoots a fireball at you.Another of the thugs is going for Grace.Another for Ted.Lea's in the mix with the thugs.Mari's still trying to shoot one of the mages.A thug goes for Tricia.Tricia keeps chanting at her hat.Grace is still in it, chopping away.
lea hits both times, crossbow hits paul. everything else misses (I think Clang just helped us again if Im remembering our numbers right)I forget if Mage's spells work on 11 or not.
>>24311436>13Remember clang?It's clang again.
>>24311498Mari hits too
>>24311512All hail Clang! Bro of bros! The legendary shield known as Cuntbane!
>>24311512Best of both worlds: no damage, but a charge for Beacon.
Rolled 15, 6, 15, 16, 11 = 63>>24311436Lea does a gut punch and then a spin kick to one of the thugs, the kick so hard that it actually cracks his mask, he staggers back just in the right position so that Grace can take his head off with one stroke of her cleaver. She's apparently VERY strong and has REALLY good knives.Mari's shot nails one of the mages. There's a shout of pain and surprise, then his mask glows and he straightens back up, still bleeding. The masks must be giving these people a way to fight past the pain as well.Paul screams as one of the two bolts hits him in the leg. He's still flying though.The mage shoots a fireball at Grace.Ted keeps trying to look like a competent combatant for his monster. He can't let the old woman show him up!Paul does another dive bomb attack on the crossbow guy that shot him.A thug attacks Peri/MariA thug goes for Grace as well.
>>24311601(Oh yes, and there was a CLANG as Sally's blade hit Clang and Beacon's glowing brighter)
>>24311498>I forget if Mage's spells work on 11 or not.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/23768347/#p23776865(Though Ssen's weapons and defense have gotten better since then, thanks to Beacon and Clang.)
>>24311601>Yes the mage hits Grace>No Ted is not competent>Yes Paul gets his revengeance>Yes Peri/Mari get hit>Yes Grace gets smacked around some more
>>24311601Mari retreats as a thug with a spear get a glancing shot, and Peri comes to the fray drawing her blades.Paul nails the archer again with his talons and a scream. He's got pinpoint accuracy, that harpy.Grace dodges the thug, but gets hit in the back by the fireball. Of course none of her wounds seem to even phase her a little. She is a Dragon Servant. She will remain standing and active until she is dead, and then some.Your action.
>>24311634No wait that last one should be a no.11 is not a success.
>>24311601Echo, how brightly is Beacon glowing? On a scale of 0-5?
>>24311663Called shot to Sally's mask with Beacon.
>>24311663Full-strength Beacon attack on Sally.
>>24311676Should be +2; one hit while also using tail disarm (+1) and one enemy hit blocked by Clang (+1).
>>24311663right, same thing as before tail whip and beacon strike,>>24311676its at 2
>>24311663Double attack again, bitches.
>>24311693Doesn't carry over between encounters, then? Fair enough.
>>24311663another combo attack at Sally
>>24311663Double strike. The faster we wear down Allbread, the faster we serve defeat to her within her two bruised buns
>>24311663Take out her mask, the sooner its off her the sooner we kill her.
>>24311717>>24311706>>24311696OK, but once we have it at 3, we should do a standard attack to jump up to 5.
>>24311717>>24311706>>24311696Second verse, same as first.2d20 +2 to each
>>24311706Yes this. Smite this vile effigy of humanity. Force her to devour her allies in order to keep up the fight whilst simultaneously powering up beacon so we can use the AoE group bumrush.
Rolled 4, 11 = 15>>24311745
Rolled 14, 3 = 17>>24311745
Rolled 3, 6 = 9>>24311745
Rolled 20, 1 = 21>>24311745
Rolled 11, 18 = 29>>24311745SPEAR! SPEAR SPEAR
>>24311751Go home, Redaeth dice, you're drunk.
Rolled 19, 1 = 20>>24311751Oh wow.
>>24311751>20>1Only you redaeth.
>>24311756Close, but no cigar.
Rolled 13 + 2>>24311745
>>24311751>>24311756>20, 1>19, 1Only with /tg/ dice.
>>24311748well, 1 hit. Thats why I see the need to use double attacks. Our dice are horrid.>>24311751yes, my dice are at its rare form tonight
Rolled 6, 20, 8, 6, 20, 19, 12, 19, 17, 12, 15, 12 = 166>>24311748You nail her in the stomach hard with a focused jab with your tail, but miss with Beacon.Sally's not stupid. She sees that Beacon's glowing and getting brighter. Her swing is an attempt to knock Beacon out of your hand before it does whatever it's going to do.Archer goes for Paul.Mage continues to chant to break the spell. (It's a target number)Other archer shoots at PaulThe other mage shoots a fireball at Grace. (The beheading thing is kind of a big deal)A thug goes for Peri.Lea keeps doing her Kamen Rider impression on the thugs' faces and chests.Peri does a double slash.A thug goes for you.Tricia keeps chanting.Grace chops with her knife.
>>24311847Double twenties. Double nineteens. AHAHAHAhahahahaaaaaaaaa.
>>24311847Well we still have Beacon.But poor Paul and Grace.
oh wow they got 2 crits, poor paul and grace just got 3 and 4 wounds respectively. Peri is also at 2 wounds I believe. However Lea, Tricia and Grace all hit.... and Clang intervenes again
>>24311847my god, what a bad round
>>24311847ow, crits on paul and grace.at least Peri did well, and tricia cast something
healing potion time!
>>24311910Yeah, healing potions for Paul and Grace, please.
Healing potions:Be used imminently.
>>24311901>>24311936Fuck.No.Paul's a good kid, god damn it. And Grace has babies to raise. They need to fall back and we're going to get real fuckin' handy with the steel.
>>24311983>to clarify, Yes healing potions, fuck no to the situation.
Rolled 12, 2, 4 = 18>>24311847Sally's blow is easily blocked with Beacon, and you twitch out of the way of the thug who tried for you.From Grace's hat emerges a mass of white insects. They look like hornets, but with the beautiful white wings of a snow moth. Tricia's learned a new trick!"Sic him!" Tricia points her swarm at the mage and the hybrid insects descend upon the poor bastard.Grace lets out a scream as a fireblast gets her in the head, singeing a lot of her hair off. She replies by turning around and slashing at a thug.Lea does another stomach punch into a thug, who takes a step back and looks down to see two blade points sticking out from his chest. Peri pulls them free, but the effort of doing so opened her up for an attack by one of the goons.Paul got hit in the wing, and he crashes to the floor. From what you can see the guy's still breathing, but obviously dazed.The mage is too busy dealing with Tricia's swarm of Snow Wasps.Ted keeps trying. You have to admire his tenacity, if not his skill.Paul slowly gets back up, and gets back up into the air.A thug goes for Lea.Another goes for you.
>>24311983Call for them to fall back, if we can.Get beacon ready for flaremode.
>>24312009Ted gets one of the thugs solidly.The other two goons miss.Your turn.
Are we going to take the Allbread bitch down lethally or non-lethally?(And archive?)
>>24312009>-hornets, but with the beautiful white wings of a snow moth. Tricia's learned a new trick!Tricia, you sexy bitch.
>>24312042"Healing potions for Paul and Grace, quickly!"Then attack Sally directly with Beacon.Or, does doing a sweep with Beacon gain 1 or 2 points of light? If the latter, sweep.
>>24312042Single strike with Beacon.>>24312056Suffer not the Passion to live.
>>24312042One more double strike. I think next turn we might be able to activate Beacon
>>24312056Lethally. We only make a mistake once.No hesitation.No remorse.No escape.No exceptions.
Alright double attack one more time, we gotta get up to 3 light points
>>24312042Strike with Beacon.>>24312056(Can you wait until we hit the 300 post mark before ask for that?)
>>24312056Does it matter? We'll be giving her alive or dead head to the Old One anyway.
(generally archives aren't taken until we hit 300 posts and we continue on till we hit page 10)
>>24312056>>24312088It really depends.Does she SURRENDER? We're obliged to take a surrender, lawfully given.
I wonder if we're going to end up with the same fate as Vivec, all the references to our spear Beacon being mistaken for references to our dick.
>>24312106Agreed. But that just gets her a slightly delayed death. And she probably knows that.
>>24312106>>24312102>>24312088>>24312069>Consensus: Lethal Take DownBite her.
>>24312106Yes, lawfully given to drag her ass before the dragon where he'll bbq her.His house. His rules.
>>24312106we gave her a chance. We are Lawful Good, not Lawful Nice.also i would bet she has now directly caused the death of more innocents when she sucked the life out of one to heal herself.
>>24312063>>24312069>>24312093Single strike with beacon.1d20 +2
Rolled 13 + 2>>24312136
Rolled 1 + 2>>24312136
Rolled 15 + 2>>24312136
>>24312106Not when her intent is glaringly perfidious. Besides, she knows what she signed up for when she took up that sword.
>>24312146>>24312147And dice are just taunting us.
Rolled 2darn, missedthis is why I don't like single strikes, we always miss!
>>24312133oh wait, I forgot, we already offered surrender, didn't we?
>>24312161Well when you rollKidna joking. Ha.
>>24312127Lethal, not savage. We kill because it must be done, not because it must be... 'enjoyed'. We stab her until she dies, simple as that.
i wonder if mask magic would cure her of poison
>>24312185>>24312127Maybe next attack round.We should really get some antivenom made up.
>>24312164twice. we let her go the first time, we should never have done that.>>24312185we might need to depending on how strong her masks healing is, and a bite is hardly more savage then our crushing people in our coils which we have no qualms about doing.
>>24312200I was thinking re-roll, but this is far from combat-ending. she'll just psy-eat another goon to heal when we wound her.
can we bite and stab her next round? If anyone deserves our venom its the dramatae.
>>24312208Actually I much prefer crushing people. Personal preference.I would not be opposed to a bite or crush next round though.
>>24312208Thing is, i'm not too keen on the idea of shoving our face that close to this bitch. we'd have to wrap her up first and with the combination of her past experience with that trick and her knew, unknown powers, I think that's a piss poor idea. We need to be as unfamiliar to her as she is to us. It's the very nature of maintaining tactical momentum.
>>24312208I think, now, the reason we have issues with 'biting' is because of what happen to Tricia. However, I don't like throwing a perfectly good tool out because of past drama so it's something we'll need to get over.My two cents>>24312240I think it would be biting and coils over stab and bite.
Rolled 9, 14, 16, 18, 19, 11, 9, 15 = 111>>24312143You miss. (Oh, Beacon's at 3 from a thug block)She's still trying to knock Beacon out from your hands. Charging magic is NEVER good.Archer shoots at Paul.Mage continues to chant.Archer shoots at Paul.The other Mage shoots a fireball at Grace.Lea tosses Grace a healing potion.Peri does a double slash on a thug.A thug attacks Grace.Tricia needs to focus on the Snow Wasps.Grace downs that healing potion.
>everything is cool>battle is fine>friendly escorts/allies take fire>enemy-fuck-mode activated>Constriction and bitingDon't mess wit' our wards, villains!We keep telling you!
>>24312276Nonononono Paul! Fuckfuckfuck get him out of there, give him a healing phial for The Light's sake!
>>24312282We're living up to Old One's naming us Little Dragon. They are part of our horde, and:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24286320/#p24291957> "NO. ONE. STEALS. FROM A DRAGON!"
damnit, paul! NO!
If we bite the dramatae, would that leave us time to go help paul?or should we stick to double attacks?
>>24312298>>24312312Only one of the archers hit Paul, so he should be at 4 wounds. But yeah, healing potion NOW.
first roll was from Sally,
>>24312309can we shout this?Because I kinda want us to shout this.
>>24312359Yeah, but the archers rolled 14 and 18. Mooks hit on 16+.
>>24312329No way to disengage from Sally wisely. If we keep wounding her, she keeps eating goons. If we break off, we not only stop causing that to happen but also risk her pursuit AND allow her to attack our allies in order to get to us, which I would NOT but past her. The only way out is through.
Rolled 17>>24312276Sally just should give up on tactics, she really should. She fails to knock Beacon away.Grace gets hit by a fireball, and now it looks really, bad, blood dripping from her mouth a little. She downs the vial's contents and she nods, looking a little better...she still looks like crap, though.Paul gets another bolt, but still keeps up in the air.Peri's sword slash polishes off another thug, and she swaps back to Mari to keep shooting.It looks like Mage is close to bringing down the door barrier. Quite close.A thug goes for Grace.
>>24312366when the dramatae live up to their name and try another snatch our friends in order to sacrifice them as per their modus operandi. Then yes. We shout it as we layeth the smack down.
>>24312380We need to tell Grace to pull back ... like now.
>>24312380Grace lets out a choking noise as the thug stabs her. She's still okay, but she and Paul are both covered with either wounds or bolts, they're bleeding pretty badly. But they're still fighting.Your turn.
>>24312405May we bite and use our tail simultaneously?
>>24312380ya grace and paul should pull back for now.>>24312405stab and bite if possible, constrict and bite if not
>>24312383>>24312366yeah, nah. we're not dragon enough to actually say things like that. Out loud. Only think it.
>>24312383Agreed, if anything, in battle, we ought to wear a sad, soft smile of pity and forgiveness. Naught else would so clearly communicate to our foe the fact that their imminent, bloody fate is entirely their own foolish making.
>>24312405Paul needs a healing potion, right now.>>24312413This.
>>24312405Can we tell them to pull back and let us handle the fighting.Either way. double strike, beacon and tail.
>>24312405Order healing potions for Grace and Paul and for them to fall back.Stab Passion with Beacon.
>>24312405"Paul! Grace! Get back now, you've done enough!"
>>24312405order them both back, and have Tricia heal Grace if she is not maintaining the wasps
Rolled 12, 12 = 24>>24312405 Tailswipe+beacon
>>24312421I am agreed. Paladinbattleface should be mournful. This may conflict with lamiabattleface, which enjoys it quite a lot, as per the original threads.
>>24312405also bite + beacon at grace, its time to end her before her companions kill our friends.
>>24312468Sally, not grace.
>>24312427>>24312413>>24312410>>24312441"Paul! Grace! Get back now, you've done enough!""I WILL NOT RETREAT UNTIL MASTER IS SAFE!""Too many...have to fight...four four bolts...one...two...three...four..."Roll 1d20 for to see if your command is enough to focus them.Roll 1d20 to try and constrict Sally.
>>24312405Spear + Beacon. We should not do anything else.
>>24312460lamiabattleface was the mask Citadel wanted us to wear.
Rolled 8, 18 = 26>>24312473
Rolled 3, 9 = 12>>24312473
Rolled 20, 17 = 37>>24312473
Rolled 10, 5 = 15>>24312473
>>24312482success on constrict. very nice
>>24312489Why am I slow;_;
>>24312472yea, got name mixed up
>>24312489Can we use this roll?
>>24312499personally Im tempted to get moots anticaptca
>>24312512No, it's first roll sadly.
Rolled 12>>24312482Grace is too fanatical, and Paul's too deep in a mania fugue. However, you successfully wrap up Sally.She gets a chance to break free.
>>24312478I dunno, even non-citadel dragons seem to enjoy the fight.
>>24312522i think thats a fail
>>24312522If that's a fail, we give her every drop of venom in our body, right to the fucking carotid.
>>24312478There's no law about enjoying a good fight. It's what happens afterwords that matters.
>>24312539Nah, just crush her, and cut her head off with Beacon.
>>24312522She's failed. Okay. You can do it, if you want to. You can try to bite her.1d20
>>24312526we're definately a predator, we enjoy the fight and the kill though it does not own us like it does the citadel lamia\naga.
>>24312548Man part of me really doesn't want to. Can we just like crush her?
>>24312522>>24312539>>24312545I gotta say, I prefer crushing.This may be why we've not poisoned many people, in retrospect.
>>24312560No, I want to crush her and cut off her head.
>>24312548what do y'all think of gradually crushing her while letting her use that magic to constantly consume her minions for healing? Let her survival instincts annihilate her own force?
can we crush her next round?
>>24312560I don't think we should
>>24312560If its a fail by missing, yes.If its a fail by seriously having second thoughts about biting her due to childhood trauma and pa's respect, no.
>>24312567thats torture. nope
>>24312567THIS THIS THIS.
>>24312583no, no, no. Torturing an opponant is the most anti-paladin thing you can do.
>>24312581Think about it, she either uses the mask and takes out her entire team one by one, or she doesn't and gets disabled herself.Its not torture, its an ultimatum.
>>24312567>>24312595no, we either bite her or crush her quickly.
>>24312595you aren't serious are you? Slowly crushing someone to death over and over again... not torture?
>>24312581It may be ugly, but I'd rather she suffer an agony of her own making than allow her entourage of filth to take the lives of good folk. These fucks all came here for battle, they knew pain and death were here for them.
>>24312583>>24312592>>24312595Let's just break her back and move on. Probably the rest of her too, most things get broken before the back in a constriction. But not super slowly, that's a risk I don't want to take.
>>24312610actually if she doesn't heal herself, it's just one death, and quite swift. It'll only be painful if she tries to extend her own misbegotten life.
It's the principle of the matter dude.Crush her quickly or not at all
>>24312628This.She can end it any time she wants to.
>>24312631I second this.
>>24312647Okay, so you don't bite her, but start to constrict?
Just crush her.
>>24312631Compromise when need be is another of our principles. I'd rather we deal with any guilt we may have about our actions after we've gotten our men out alive, ie. our one and only duty as a leader in battle.
>>24312628you said slowly, ie quite SLOW death.that crosses the line into torture, especially since you know she will probably use the mask.>>24312661I still say bite.
>>24312661yep. Crush her.It has a kind of poetry with the first time we fought.
>>24312661I still say bite too
>>24312661Yes. Don't care if it's slow or fast. Just crush.
>>24312661Her mask keeps her alive. Let's see if it works when it and her head aren't attached to her body. Crush and cut her head off with Beacon.
>>24312688It's a spear you can't cut someones head off with it.
>>24312677How about we compromise, if she doesn't react with the healing magic, we smite her swiftly with Beacon.
Crush her. We could have done it the first time but didn't. We showed her mercy. She doesn't get any mercy now.
>>24312696The head of the spear has a sharp edge.
Rolled 15, 7, 14 = 36>>24312688>>24312685>>24312684Alrght, well, keep thinking about that. You rolled a 4. Let's chalk it down as a miss and keep combat going.Archer shoots at Paul.Mage continues to break the seal down.Archer shoots at Paul
... why aren't the archers aiming at the Lamia with their boss in its coils? WHY?
>>24312728And Paul is down most likely.
>>24312728paulpleasestop being shot
>>24312739They're good fighters, not good thinkers.
mooks need to hit on 16 I think
>>24312739Clearly we're play Fire Emblem and archers get bonus vs flying units
>>243127282 misses? they are mooks right?
>>24312739>lolfriendlyfirerulesI bet you 5 vials of snake oil that's why.
>>24312728Mooks hit on 16, thankfully. But that's way too close. If Paul won't retreat, he needs to heal.
>>24312739You expect loyalty among the ranks of the wicked? They'd have to stop focusing on the immediate threat to their own safety ie. Paul, in order to aim at Ssen.
>>24312728355 posts and in autosage.Archive now please
>>24312762oh be quiet
>>24312728"Paul! Count some swallows of healing potion, please!"
>>24312758I don't think anything here is 'mooks'.
(its already archived)
>>24312762God damn that gets annoying when people call for that.>Archive>Archive>ArchivePEOPLE HEAR ME! WE WILL ARCHIVE THIS SHIT NOW SHUT UP!
>>24312779Lovely! Not archive-nagging guy, but still...
Rolled 9, 4, 3, 4, 15, 18, 11 = 64>>24312728Paul hits the ground in a clump of feathers, bolts and blood. You don't see him moving.The other mage is still screaming and panicking and being stung by Tricia's swarm.Lea runs over to Paul and forces a healing potion down his throat. "Please, please, please...in your infinite Mercy...not someone who's tried so hard."Mari shoots at the archer.A thug goes for Lea.Tricia is still focusing on her swarm, making it continue to sting the Mage.Grace goes for a thug.The non-insected mage shoots a fireball at you.Ted slashes at the thugsPaul is...
>>24312762(ffs my name is Archivist, tell me why you think I chose this name.)
>>24312812Fucking great job lea. You are marvelous.
>>24312816I don't know why~? :3
>>24312812>Paul hits the ground in a clump of feathers, bolts and blood. You don't see him moving.That was his fifth hit, right? According tohttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/23768347/#p23776865everyone gets six wounds, right?
>>24312812Still alive. Barely.You get nailed by a fireball.Roll 1d20 to keep your constriction tight.
>>24312844Wow. Fuck me.
>>24312858Dice. Taunting. Us. Nothing new here.
>>24312844Fuck you. I'm still trying to get over Emmara, and now THIS SHIT.YOU BETTER FUCKING BELIEVE I MAD.
>>24312844Goddammit. Kill Sally now.
Rolled 17>>24312844You flinch at the pain, and Sally breaks free.The thug tries to break through and get to Mage, but Peri's there to counter.
>>24312895And she gets a stab wound for her trouble.Your turn.
>>24312903bite Sally, and combo a stab if we can.
>>24312903Well, back to the double strike that was working before.
Rolled 1, 12 = 13>>24312903Tail beacon double strike. With our luck we need as many shots to connect as possible
>>24312903>>24312911This, get some charges
>>24312897No.>>24312903Beacon is at 4, since we got hit with that fireball.Beacon/tail combo on Sally.
>>24312925Stop rolling until echo calls for it.
>>24312928>>24312925>>24312911Double strike2d20 +2 to each
Rolled 11, 6 = 17>>24312931beacon only gains charges when Clang prevents a hit>>24312941
Rolled 14, 16 = 30>>24312941
Rolled 10, 7 = 17>>24312941
Rolled 20, 12 = 32>>24312941
>>24312944>beacon only gains charges when Clang prevents a hitNope, also when we take damage. It's just nice when Clang blocks the damage, because we still get the charge.
>>24312956One. Email. Two. +2 doesn't work with 2dx dice.That is all.
>>24312956Put that in the email field (not the name field) to roll dice.
>>24312962I am an idiot.
>>24312944Your tail miss, but you manage to get her with beacon, slightly. It's enough.Beacon's blindingly bright and the other Dawnchaser's emblems are glowing as well.Sally tries to just cut you with her blade.Archer shoots at Tricia.Mage tries to finish bringing down the door barrier.
Rolled 6, 5, 6 = 17>>24313027
>>24313027Hold action for a bit. Mage is about to bring down the barrier with or without divine assistance. Let him.Among other things, I'd like to get Old One here, and let him feel Beacon's Flare and the Light's guidance too.
>>24313027>>24313030I sort of want to see what directing beacon light on a person does.Do you thin we use it on friendlies or enemies?
>>24313027Drop the fucking hammer. Flare time. As soon as mage finishes sundering the barrier, make sure Lea brings Paul inside.
>>24313036I would too, but this is preciselt the sort of situation the flare is tailor-made to handle.
>>24313051Not quite yet it isn't; most of the rest of the party doesn't have an action ready, just Mage.
honestly I wanna try ray of Light on Sally but we need those autosuccess more since we have hurt people
Hey guys, what if we called the flare Enlightenment
Rolled 7, 7, 10, 20, 8, 18, 19, 17, 11, 12 = 129>>24313030An archer shoots at Ted.The Mage that is covered with stings, now freed from the swarm, shoots a fireball at Tricia.Lea heads for the archers, out for vengeance for Paul.Peri double slashes the thug she's been dealing with.The thug attempts to counter.Tricia, now losing her swarm, sends a wave of healing pollen at Grace.Grace goes to introduce a Mage to her knife.The mage tries to shoot a lighting bolt at you.Ted chops again.The last thug goes for Grace.
>>24313065This is an excellent turn for us!
peri critted, we Clanged (mook at 17 I believe)
Rolled 16, 11, 8, 16, 1, 4, 20, 11, 4, 19 = 110>>24313065You wince in pain as the bolt hits you in the side.The other mage gets time to aim at Tricia, and then his head hits the floor via Grace's cleaver.Lea misses, but the archer she's fighting now has to draw steel.Peri's thug makes a step forward, before Peri's blade flashes, and while she doesn't behead the guy like Grace does, she three inch opening in his neck is effective enough as he drops to the floor.Beacon is ready. You can slam it for Shining Blessing or enact Enlightenment upon a foe. Loved the name.
>>24313106Lets Enlighten Allbread off her head.
Rolled 1, 6, 5, 9, 17, 13, 6, 6, 12, 13 = 88>>24313087(RIGHT, ugh forgot to adjust for the spell. I swear...I have too many notes for combat right now. Clang takes the hit.)
>>24313106I am hoping the enlightenment is a literal laser.
>>24313106Enlightenment, our foes are dropping like flies so theres really only sally left
>>24313106Hold action until Mage opens the door, please. After all we've told Old One of the Light, let's let him feel it.
>>24313106Blessing time! Maybe call it Benediction?
>>24313121I kinda want to do that too.Be like "That's the power of His Light."
>>24313125Nah, gotta be Light-based. I like Shining Blessing. Or perhaps Light's Guidance
>>24313131Suddenly Dragon giggles flutter through the air like butterfly kisses.
>>24313121I agree with this. He wants to see the power of the Light? He will.
>>24313121>>24313131>>24313137Awesome, thanks. That's three.
>>24313118Hey, think you can put all those combat notes up on a pastebin for us? I mean all of Ssen moves, the to-hits, rules for beacon, and what not.
Rolled 5, 19, 9 = 33Okay, one held action.Sally keeps trying to kill you in the mean time to keep that from happening.The archer swings his blade at Lea.Mage does one more push to try and get the damn door OPEN!
>>24313184Wow i didn't know redaeth was rolling for Sally.
>>24313184damn, we should have taken a bow shot at the archer if we where stalling for time.
>>24313184Man today is NOT Sally's day.
hahahaha you are very funny(IC I think its the fact that Ssen is getting faster)
>>24313205>>24313202>implying sally ever had shit on SsenRemember our first fight?But then again, it's not really fair. It's 2v1, every time.She needs a clang. Can't with a two handed sword, though.
>>24313184Well hopefully Mage open that damn door.
>>24313158Drawing fromhttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/23768347/#p23776865http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24080955/#p24085300http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/24116175/#p24121802Everyone: 6 wounds, Hit on 13, Magic on 12, Get hit by Mooks: 16, Alphas & Leaders: 15, Bosses: 14SsenClang v.2 +2 ACBeacon +2 (+2 To all combos & every hit on you or from you causes Beacon's Light to shine brighter, 5 points brighter you can use Beacon's Flare)Beacon's Flare:1) Slam Beacon's end on the ground tip pointing up and bathe the area with His Light.2) Point it at a Target and let Beacon shine upon them.Bow +2Tail +2/Beacon +2Tail +1/Bow +1Constrict on 12, Pull free on 16+Tail Whip +2Tail DisarmMageFirebolt/Ice Blast/Lightning BoltStone to MudStalking Spell (Muffles footsteps)Charge Troll Blood Healing PotionShatter (Destroys non-moving, non-living target, target number varies)Haste (double speed on animals, enlargement)Translation spellTriciaSickleHealing PollenSummon Insects (Upkeep roll is required every turn)PeriDouble Slash (Second blow hits on 14)Hide in ShadowsBackstab (Must be hidden first)SwapMariCrossbow (Now can fire every turn)Analyze (Grants +1 to all if hits target number)Alchemical Shot (Hits on 14, elemental effect)SwapPeri/MariShoot/SlashLeaAttackStunning StrikeArmor Crack
we should seriously use Mari's analyze more often on bosses.
>>24313246I didn't know she could do that!
>>24313246Yeah, see that's why I asked for this. I didn't even remember her having that.
>>24313227http://pastebin.com/ivx6ZWE0Pastebin'd. Put it in every opening post!
>>24313246Mari is our sailor Mercury.
>>24313227Charging Beacon: hits to Ssen, or hits blocked by Clang that would have hit, charge by 1. Direct attacks with Beacon charge by 2. Combos with Beacon charge by 1.Other moves Ssen has learned:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/23903769/#p23904369Beacon/Constrict (+2/+2 because of Beacon)Beacon Pierce (Damage, charge Beacon by 1, reduce target AC)Double sweep (Need Beacon, Damage & Turn loss)
>>24313184Sally misses, but the archer doesn't a Lea ends up with a gash."GOT IT!" Mage shouts and the swirling mass of energy holding the door disappears and the door flings open, shoing Old One in all his glory. He roars and breathes a blast of heat out at the people who dare to attack HIS lair.The other archer and the mage are vaporized. You see their clothes, flesh, muscles, and then skeletons in rapid succession, and then nothing but drifting ash."BEHOLD! The POWER of the LIGHT!" You say, and you point Beacon at Passion.A bolt of blinding white light blasts out from the tip of the spear, and slams into the woman. The Passion mask shatters, and those wounds that you inflicted upon her before reappear, her flesh ripping apart as her body recalls the damage she tried to deflect unto others. Also she's screaming in pain as the wounds burn and cauterize themselves, causing her nothing but agony."SHUT UP! SHUT UP! SHUT UP! YOU LIKED IT! YOU ALL WANTED IT! YOU WANTED IT! YOU WANTED IT!" She screams as she shuts her eyes and puts her hands over her ears. "NONE OF YOU EVER SAID NO! NONE OF YOU EVER SAID STOP! SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP!!!" She wails.Everyone seems to be a little stunned. Even Old One blinks.Lea is the first to recover and goes back to trying to take out the archer.Peri does a double slash on the last thug, who tries to fight back.Tricia goes to help Peri finish off the last thug with Peri.Grace goes for the archer.Ted goes for the archer too.
Rolled 8, 18, 2, 16, 10, 9 = 63>>24313276
>>24313276Oh, I thought we were going for the Shining Blessing, so that Old One could feel its guidance. That was why we held the action.
>>24313276>literal miraculous woundsI swear to god.We just pulled a literal miracle out of our spear. None of this "empowered our friends to act in a manner that may have been morale based". She exploded into blood wounds.
>>24313276Holy shit, Beacon. You are amazing.
>>24313289This was freakishly awesome, though.
>>24313276Ted. DUDE. The fuck you doing looking bad in front of the Old One. Stop that.
You used them for your own pleasure. Is it any wonder they are angry? Go to His Light Sally Allbright.Strike her down.
>>24313295We just hit her with Penance Ray. We Ghost Lamia now.
>>24313285Peri and Tricia both get a slash off, but the last two are still standing.It's your turn. Sally's on her last legs, no mask, no powers, and she's dropped her sword and can't move as her mind is being blasted with all her sins, come to collect.it's not that she's even sorry about it, but the screaming of those who she wronged, and those who she caused to be wronged will NOT go unheard.
>>24313300Ted. Get on my level, garbage. #MLGrighteousness #360noscopeguilttrip
>>24313305>You used them for your own pleasure. Is it any wonder they are angry? Go to His Light Sally Allbright.>>Strike her down.
>>24313315Fuck stabbing her with Beacon.Punch her in the fucking face with Clang.
Updated pastebin with the bits from >>24313261in it as well:http://pastebin.com/RABMH9ub
>>24313323Don't say anything.Smite her. With anything. Doesn't matter. Move on.The battle rages.
>>24313322HA! Okay. I can't see Ssen saying that so who does?
I don't even give a shit about the child molesting stuff, even.It's just a good policy to only allow people ONE shot to kill you. If they fail, fine, they can go home and be a family man. If they try again, well, you may be a paladin, but you're not a saint.
>>24313315Put her out of other people's misery, with Beacon.
>>24313353>I don't even give a shit about the child molesting stuff, even.Bro do you even paladin?
>>24313353>you may be a paladin, but you're not a pacifist.ftfy
>>24313322Fuck. I just realized.Lens flare
>>24313360Eh, it just doesn't strike me as that bad a thing.It's not like she's mindcontrolling kids into ritual blood sacrifices.Well, now she is. I'm much more angry about that, now that I think about it, than her petty child molestation crimes.Hell, child molestation investigations are practically vacations for paladins.
Knock her out with Clang. Its been her bane here and the first itme we fought. We'll give her to the Old One
>>24313379Oh no. She's *ours*, after what she did to our friends. Old One can wait in line; we're protecting *our* horde.
>>24313389shhhhh sh sh shToo much dragon stories today for Ssen.
>>24313396OldOne said he only wanted the heads of the Dramatae not the Passions, We are supposed to take care of them.
>>24313305"You used them for your own pleasure. Is it any wonder they are angry? Go to His Light, Sally Allbright."You jam Beacon right into Sally's chest, through her heart, and out the other side.. She makes a gurgle, then you rip Beacon out leaving a gapin hole in her chest that you can actually see through. She drops to the floor, dead.The thug and the archer both drop their weapons, and rip off their masks. They're both babbling about surrender, how they were 'made' to do it, begging for mercy, and other similar reactions.Old One's reaction is to use a claw to smear the thug against the cave wall in three different places, and, with another lunge, devours the archer, in three crunches and a swallow. (He's old, swallowing whole is for the kids.)Old One looks around the cave. It's covered in blood, and dead bodies. Grace is slumped against a wall, alive but seriously hurt. Paul is also in a heap against a pillar, slowly counting his blood splattered feathers.Old One looks at you. Covered in blood, your weapon dripping with gore and your shield sporting burn marks and gashes...and he laughs."YES!" Old One cries. "You ARE a Dragon, Little One!" He laughs again. "To have defeated so MANY, and to have undone such dark magic, and..." He takes in a deep sniff of the battlefield. His eyes closed with pleasure. "New Servant!""Yes, my Lord?" Ted says, bowing."You fought serviceably...you will stay as a Servant of the Old One. You are MINE now.""THANK YOU! Thank you, your greatness!""Yes. Now, clean all this up." Old One says. "Small ones, go help your mother and the harpy. Then patch up the Little Dragon and her Servants.""Yes, Lord." Grace's kids say as they go about their business.Old One goes back to his horde and the doors close behind him.Lea shakes her head. "They said they weren't going to pull punches." She winces. "It'll probably get harder once we get to areas that they can EASILY move through."(continuing)
>>24313448"Uhh, guys?" Mage says. "What do we do with them?" He points to the Lightbringers."Mmph." The Girl says as she rolls over and touches the Boy. "Adahn...not this early. Sleep in your own bed." She mumbles. She looks up, and she sees a room filled with blood, bodies, and people covered in blood and gore standing over them.She screams and jumps up."Muh?" The boy says getting up. "Whu? Ava? What? AH!!" He shouts as he gets up, fumbling for the weapon strapped to his back. "Gha!" He winces as he tries to pull it free, but all that fancy carvings and the awkward size make it impossible for him to pull it free smoothly, and when he does, he actually has trouble holding it (Mostly because he's doing it incorrectly, and also because that thing must weight a ton and he's not build like a mountain of muscle needed to swing that thing.)"S-s-stay back!" He says.
>>24313480"Simmer down you skinny wierdo."
>>24313480"Put that thing away before you hurt someone. We have wounded to tend to."
>>24313480"Whoa, calm down there. We just saved you from a kidnapping attempt."
>>24313480Just sigh, "Clam down we're not the ones trying to hurt you. If you don't mind me asking, what was the last thing you two remember? Or where do you remember being?"
>>24313480"You know you're holding that wrong."
>>24313480plant the butt of Beacon in the ground and ask them;"Put that thing away before you hurt yourself.""Dont you recognize us? We met before near Bronze Peaks at the inn."
>>24313480Oh, hey, now we know their names."You were just unconscious. If we wanted you dead, it would have been easier to kill you before you woke up. So, since you know we don't want to hurt you, perhaps you could put that comically overcompensating sword away before you hurt yourself, and find out what's been going on first?"
>>24313506Calm even. Fuck me.
>>24313480"Oh, hello there. Nice to meet you two again. Remember me? Paladin serpent? How have you been? Pardon the mess, these masked men were quite violent."
>>24313512Good money says the Dramatae wiped us from their memories and confiscated the medallion.
>>24313524They're just a little too freaked out over the state of the room to recognize us immediately.And I'll bet she still has the medallion.
>>24313480Be calm. We mean you no harm. Do you remember me? Paladin Ssen?This woman and her band had kidnapped you and brought you here. I do not know why. But we fought and they fell. They were purists from Stone Hall, perhaps they wished to sacrifice the Lightbringers to the dragon that lives in these Peaks to rile up Citadel and turn hatred against non-humans.
>>24313531Don't give them the wrong idea about the Dragon. The truth is far more degrading to these two, but not dispelling their delusion is even more unfair to them.
half truths are always fun, but you have a point. hmm, instead of sacrificing them to the dragon they planned on killing the Lightbringers themselves and blaming him.
>>24313557Oh? I suspected the plan was to do the Lightbringers' part (Dragonslaying) for them and implant false memories of that victory in their sleeping minds to give them back the foolhardy morale they needed in order to be good little pawns.
>>24313570Is telling the truth wise though? I thought we were still being cautious about inviting Peace's direct intervention and having the Lightbringers go after Citadel or the Dramatae would definately bring her ire.
>>24313512You bang Beacon on the ground."Put that thing away before you hurt yourself, you're holding it wrong, anyway." You say. "You were just unconscious. If we wanted you dead, it would have been easier to kill you before you woke up.""Ssen," Tricia says as she drags a body away. "Be nice.""So, are we going to burn these?" Mage says. "Or does Old One want a midnight snack, or something?""How do none of these people carry ANY valuables?" Peri groans. "Fucking cheap-ass zealots!""Do you recognize us? We met before near Bronze Peaks at the inn. Ssen Patrick, the Paladin Serpent? How have you been? Pardon the mess, these masked men were quite violent." You point at Sally's corpse. "This woman and her band had kidnapped you and brought you here. I do not know why. But we fought and they fell."The Boy and the Girl both stare blinking for a moment. Then the boy flips his hair and makes a dismissive sound. "Whatever, we could have taken them.""Thank you." The Girl says. "I...I don't understand what's been happening. Ever since Stone Hall, things have been going so...so strange.""Come on, we don't have time for this. We need to find a way off this mountain." The Boy says."Stop it. Just...just stop it!" The Girl says. "Where are we going anyway? The Wall of Prophecy's been totally wrong, and now we've been led around from fight to treasure horde, back to another fight, for no reason! I'm sick of this, and I'd like to know why!""Whatever." He storms off. "I'll be outside when you come to your senses.""A real winner, there." Tricia says."He doesn't mean it...he's a good person, really. He's just upset. I've been helping him. He just needs some time, he's really a good person when you get to know him."Lea shakes her head sadly. "Oh dear..."
>>24313591well of course it's not wise to blurt it out yet. So we hush the poor dumb fucks and don't explain anything. Leave a mess of curiosities and questions in their empty little heads for the dramatae to sift through on their time.
>>24313598"Given what he's been through, I can understand not being the happiest person in the world. Or the most understanding."
>>24313598I trust that you think you want to know what's going on here. but you have no idea how much it would complicate things. If I explained it to you, chances are you, your boyfriend over there, my comrades and myself would all end up in a hole in short order.
smile softly. Do Not Bare Your Teeth. Being covered in blood is bad enough"I hurt his pride, always a delicate thing, in man and dragon. Would you mind telling me of your travels, of your troubles? Having someone listen might help."
>>24313621The dramatae are already going all out. Not like letting her know her situation will make things any worse.
>>24313625Yeah let's go with this. We need to get her to open up a bit to us. That was the plan for her back at the Inn which never happen, sadly.
>>24313625>>24313619Combining these two:"I hurt his pride, always a delicate thing, in man and dragon. Given what he's been through, I can understand not being the happiest person in the world. Or the most understanding. Would you mind telling me of your travels, of your troubles? Having someone listen might help."
>>24313598"... are you sure you want to know? I can explain it to you, but I can't say what effects your knowledge of the situation will bring. I don't even know whether you'd believe it."
>>24313598"Look, I know he's a good person and all, but this is some important stuff here. These people apparently had you unconscious and were lugging you around a mountainside. That... isn't good."
we should get Lea to show this girl how to fight for real. >>24313651after we here her out this is definately a good thing to say.
I'm thinking one way to make the Lightbringers survive is to make them tough and strong enough to not only defeat whatever Shaper of Darkness but survive. Ruin their plans for good. Shape the story, change it. and shape Citadel in turn.
>>24313641You smile kindly, trying to wipe off some of the blood."I hurt his pride, always a delicate thing, in man and dragon. Given what he's been through, I can understand not being the happiest person in the world. Or the most understanding. Would you mind telling me of your travels, of your troubles? Having someone listen might help.""Umm..." She fidgets."Go put the kettle one, little one." Grace says to her younger kid. "Then get the table ready.""Would you like a nice cup of tea, or Grace has some chocolate power that's really nice with some warm milk." Lea offers.The Girl just blinks. "You mean...just sit down...and talk and have tea? Like...like we were pretending to be normal people?""Honey, we'll never be normal, so we don't pretend." Peri says. "But we like tea.""I prefer the chocolate stuff." Tricia says."Says the girl who puts have a hive's worth of honey in EVERYTHING that she drinks." Mari says."I have dietary needs!""Like how you need to have all your teeth rot out before you're thirty? I don't think Ssen wants a mate who has to gum her way each time you go d-" Peri says."That's enough Persephone!" Lea says. "We have guests, and tea. That's not suitable talk unless we're all drunk, and wont remember it."The Girl starts to laugh at the bickering, and how your group carries on with setting up the tea, all the while dealing with the blood and the bodies. Then the laugher turns hysterical, and then to tears, and before you know it, the girl is holding on to you, sobbing her heart out.
>>24313770Oh boy ...Just hold her and let her get it out of her system. We'll talk afterwords.
>>24313770Poor girl. It's the first time she's seen anyone besides WHATEVERboy and the Quest Giver Bots. Give her a gentle hug and pat her head.
>>24313770Pat her on the back, give her until the tea is ready.Once it is "Here, have some tea. You need something warm."
>>24313770Hug her."There, there. Teatime isn't teartime, even though they're only one letter apart. So come now tell us what's hurting you so we can help."
>>24313688Good idea but, only if we can permanently free them from Citadel's grip. I think that here they are free from the influence, thus the confusion (S-stay A-away) not his usual bravado, but once off the mountain they will fall under Citadel's influence again.
>>24313770>Lea says. "We have guests, and tea. That's not suitable talk unless we're all drunk, and wont remember it."Also, like to point out Lea continues prove just how great she is to me.
>>24313826We should take the opportunity, while they're here, to teach her the prayer we've used in the past to disrupt Citadel's influence.
>>24313817I dont think they are ever under direct Citadel influence. note how we met them last time, they where the same, yet it was everything and everyone around them that was controlled by Citadel.that and they must Freely sacrifice themselves to fight the Darkness, controlling them does not build their confidence etc.
ManIf the NPCs just took a jump in complexity and believability in my game, I don't know what I would do.
>>24313851Yeah good point. And you know what? The Dramatae are already playing harball.We should too. Let those fucks start from square one this late in the game. We've got to explain everything and recruit the lightbringers.
>>24313770Hold her back."I understand. Nobody should have to live their lives like this. Going from battle to battle, never setting down, always moving into new troubles.""But if someone doesn't, a lot of people just go on suffering in darkness."
>>24313861>>24313851Warning: Xanatos gambit incoming.They sent the lightbringers here specifically so they would join us, making us technically part of the "lightbringers" group by citadel standards, and thus a fate target.
>>24313870Yeah, I don't think the whatever-kid is going to have any of that though. He'll run off on his own or something before joining with us in anyway.
The pragmatic thing to do is to poison their food and kill the Lightbringers, but we can't do that.
>>24313886>lightbringer prospect gets self killed on mountain reasonlessly>citadel power generated: 0.012 micro-prosperos.
>>24313870That would be worrisome if not for the fact that we are beyond the Dramatae's control. Hell, maybe we ought to convince these two to give up the hollow 'quest' and grab the next ship off this continent. Or possibly to settle down in Stone Hall.
>>24313870They become Caligo Clarus, THUS THE PROBLEM WAS SOLVED FOREVER.FOREVER, I SAY.
>>24313804"There, there. Teatime isn't teartime, even though they're only one letter apart. So come now, lets get something warm into you."Tricia smiles at you. That's what Katherine said to you when you were alone and crying one time. The others had been teasing you, and it was just bad one day, so get said that to you and took you inside and you and Tricia had tea and honeycomb as Katherine told stories.You all sit down with your drink. (Save Ted who's still on corpse disposal duty.) and after a bit you get the whole story from her.Ava was part of a trading caravan family. Much like Wendy, they had a home in a small town that wasn't on the map, and they'd go to White Tree, or Stone Hall, or once in a blue moon Citadel, to exchange goods. It was a nice life. Then the Ghouls attacked them one day. They killed everyone, and then...then they started to act strange. They tied her up, and left her on an altar, then started to do these nonsense rituals with paint and dancing. They didn't even make sense for Ghouls, more like they were acting how people thought Ghouls acted. That was when Adhan charged in. Swinging his blade, and saving the day. It was also when she realized that she had the gift of magic as well. A statement that confuses Mage, because he's been around other magic users, like Sophie and the official ones in the Staves Guild, and Ava doesn't...'feel' right. For lack of a better term.They travelled and they picked up some friends, sadly Ava's actually forgotten their names at this point. There was this smooth guy that acted even moodier than Adahn is, a large muscle bound man that laughed a lot, this younger girl who was crazy smart, and things were...blissful. She looks back on those days with a little longing. They would walk around, fight monsters, and then Stone Hall happened. There were too many Ghouls, the healing potions that they had turned out to be poisioned, and everything went wrong. Adhan panicked, and people died.
>>24313870Well that would depend on the role they played in our group would it not? As far as I know the protagonist being taken in by a group much stronger than him that does not die after training him up and thus does not provide a source of vengeance is not a particularly commonly used trope.I do see where you are coming from though.>>24313804Man, this pun is so bad it can't not be used!
>>24313870Well considering Echo is pretty much running a massive Xanatos Speed GM with this quest its possible, but I would say highly unlikely to work.>>24313925well that explains the attitude.
>>24313925Now we have a reason to why Ssen likes bad puns.
>>24313925The powerleveler stops paying attention.
>>24313949Also: twisted leviathan mind.The fact that leviathans have "twisted" minds explains so much about everything that has happened thus far.
>>24313925I think a "there there" or a small pat/rub on the back would be appropriate in here somewhere.Because fuck. They are not good adventurers. They should not be doing these things.
>>24313925That's when things went so terribly wrong. Adhan got a lot more...physical, so did Ava. She says she loves him, but there's a pause when she says it. Then she's quick to leap to Adhan's defense whenever she complains about his moodiness.Lea keeps shaking her head sadly whenever that happens.The problem is that Ava doesn't really have any...well...character to her. She's younger than you are, and now all she knows is how to cast spells, and be the woman behind Adhan. She's just a blank slate for people to project their desires onto, and someone to support Adhan in combat, and afterwards. She's gotten used to people behaving strangely, only saying single sentences to her, always having to deal with monsters, or combat, and living with Adhan who says about five sentences to her on an average day. "Okay, so say you complete this prophecy wall that you saw," Peri asks. "Then what?""Then what, what?""Well, what do you want to do with your life? Do you have hobbies, or a passion, or just an idea of what you'd like to do?"Ava stares into her tea for a long while, and sniffs sadly. She shakes her head."I don't know...I don't think I've ever had time to think about that." She says. "You know Adhan is so amazingly mad at you. He still is. He can't stand that you saved Stone Hall and killed the Fell King. Those were the people that burnt his hometown to the ground. You've 'stolen his revenge' as he says, but you're a Paladin, and a good guy, he can't...make sense of it." Ava shrugs. "I always thought it made sense. There was an evil, so the army and the Paladins were sent, and you succeeded...but it feels so strange. What do you do, when you hate something so much, and then find that someone else has killed them." She sighs. "I want to go home, but the Old Sage says that there's a greater threat. A Shaper of Darkness out there that we're meant to defeat. I don't know, though. I want my family back, I want to go back home to Hollowdale."
>>24314011"I don't know about any 'Shapers of Darkness'...but I do know who's been 'Shaping' your story so far without your knowledge."
>>24314011"Then go home. This isn't who you are. Hell you haven't yet had a chance to find out who you are, and this sure isn't helping. Assuming your quest is even real, you still ought not be out here. Having someone working on this so-called job who has not the passion nor the direction for it does no one any good."
>>24314011wait, Hollowdale and not Jubilee?
>>24314011"Tell me about this Old Sage..."
>>24314011>Old SageUh huh. Anyways ...
>>24314047Yup. Apparently Cloud Jr. was from Jubilee.
Why do you follow the words of this Sage? Hes been wrong in the past according to you. Perhaps he is merely old and heard one to many Lightbringer stories?
>>24314011"Personally? I'm so busy I'd thank them for the trouble, and move on to the next catastrophe. Because it's not about me, or any notion of "revenge": it's about doing what's right.""As for what you're 'meant' to defeat... well, have you ever asked yourself 'why me'? Because it's far more relevant than you might think."
>>24314057He's really more of a Squall.Cloud is a lot more sociable than most people give him credit for.Its just that he was, y'know.Completely batshit fucking insane.
>>24314047I think Jubilee was Adhan's town, he was directed to Hollowdale to "rescue" the "maiden in distress" a classic trope.
>>24314091yea, reading it again it sounds like that.
>>24314089Go for it. That is hell of a question. Honestly, we need her to start questioning things more. Tell her it's alright to question the creepy old man that smells of BO.
>>24314089imma second this. I like it.
>>24314046"Then go home. This isn't who you are. Hell you haven't yet had a chance to find out who you are, and this sure isn't helping. Assuming your quest is even real, you still ought not be out here. Having someone working on this so-called job who has not the passion nor the direction for it does no one any good.""Then...what's the point of me?" She says. "How...how can you just look at a world that's open and empty, and just...go out? Adhan says that we have purpose, that we have meaning. That our lives have more meaning than just the farmer who wakes up every day and tills the land over and over again until he drops dead."The others roll their eyes. Tricia mutters something under her breath."I don't think I could stand that...not knowing." Ava pulls her legs up onto her seat and holds her knees. "I liked it when we had purpose. Now...it's scary, and I don't think Adhan knows what to do either." She sniffs.
>>24314130"Adhan says this...Adhan says that. Do you have anything you want to do? If you are going to do something, do it because its what you want, not because someone is pulling your strings to do it."
>>24314130Maybe think about a purpose. Something beyond 'Because a Prophecy Said So.' Something that you want to fight for. Personally, I find that 'Because the World Isn't Fair' makes for a good reason.
>>24314167I like this one.
>>24314130"Why? What was your purpose? Why do things keep happening to you that you can't explain? And most importantly, have you ever wondered why all the Lightbringer stories are the same?"
honestly I'm not sure what path to take.>>24314167This will probably lead her on to be a better person, but also a better Lightbringer. And a better sacrifice>>24314195THis will probably backfire, and shatter her. Everything thats happpened has been a lie. How does one with nothing to fall back on reconcile with that?
>>24314195"Why? What was your purpose? Maybe think about a purpose. Something beyond 'Because a Prophecy Said So.' Something that you want to fight for.""I don't WANT to fight!" Ava says in a slightly louder voice. For her, that's the equivalent of screaming and shrieking. "I'm SICK of this. I...I want to go home to Hollowdale, or find the remainder of my family, and just..." She shakes her head. "I don't know what, but I don't want to DO this ANYMORE!""Now, I have an important question for you to think about. Why do things keep happening to you that you can't explain? And most importantly, have you ever wondered why all the Lightbringer stories are the same?""Huh?" She says. "Well..." She shrugs. "I don't know...they're written by the same person?"
>>24314206Remember, they don't think of themselves as Lightbringers.
>>24314206Guys. Real paladin time.3rd option.A little bit of both. The world isn't fair, what was done to her and Adhan and the other light bringers by the Dramatae wasn't fair. Maybe they could come along with us for a little while while they clear their heads, see the world through a new lens, and maybe learn how they want to play the shitty hand they've been dealt.
>>24314222"Very astute of you. Now, tell me about the main characters of these stories."
>>24314226Be being a more complete person, she makes a better story. The story of the Lightbringer becomes more complete. The Citadel then gets more power from it. Hence being a better Lightbringer. I never said anything about her being aware of the fact..
>>24314222"True on both counts. More so than you could possibly know.""Things happen around you and Grumpypants out there for a reason. I'm sorry, but explaining exactly why that is would put both of you in mortal danger... danger the likes of which you have never faced before. But remember, your story... and even his... they are none but your own. And by His light, be more careful from now on."
>>24314222"That's exactly correct. Even today. These masked men carrying you around were a part of that. If you truly wish, I could tell you about them, but I am almost certain you'd rather not want to know."
>>24314238she doesn't want to travel with us to the next adventure... she wants to go homeBut that doesn't mean we can't help her get there. "Then if you want to go home perhaps I can escort you there once we are done with our business in Bronze Peak."
>>24314252As for "breaking her", she's not going to think all of a sudden that her entire life follows a script of suffering and toil that ends in her self-sacrifice, because as far as she's concerned the Lightbringer stories have nothing to do with her.
>>24314241"Very astute of you. Now, tell me about the main characters of these stories.""Oh, well...there's always a boy and a girl. Then there's the comic relief, usually a guy who eats a lot of food, but is strong. An annoying little smart-aleck, and a guy who's handsome but ends up betraying the heroes to the Shaper of Darkness." She nods. "That's always the same." She smiles. "That's what makes those stories so good. You know who's who, and it's fun...to...make...fun of them." She gets a thousand yard stare, as the horse crosses the finish line. "Oh. But...that's...I mean, we were called that by the old Sage, but he was a half-insane old man and the wall was just..." She shakes her head. "No...no...that doesn't make sense!""Welcome to our lives." Mari says."Sssh!" Lea snaps.
>>24314282"Now, what happens at the end of every one of these stories?"
>>24314282Summon the most apologetic smile we can and gently tell her, "Nothing happens without cause."
>>24314282"So now you know... just, please. Don't try anything stupid. I mean, we've been fighting nonstop since we left home and WE have trouble dealing with the ones who have lead you on this path. And while we suspect they can't kill you, the life you've led until now would be a sweet paradise compared to the hell they'd plan for all of us if they knew that you knew.""Just be careful."
>>24314282The story was going along great until Stone Hall, but something happened with the Ghouls. Your friend was right, someone cheated. It all went wrong. Now everything's all up in the air and we're not sure where it's going to land. We're all sucked up in something old, and huge.But right now, for the short term, you should find a reason to live. And keep living, no matter what comes your way. As for the long term, you have more friends than you think.
>>24314282>>24314292But it didn't happen did it? Not this time. That was our fault I am sorry. The Fell Lord wasn't supposed to be so strong. Because he was not the one you were supposed to face. DId you here of the Wasp Witch of Purple Sands? She was ot be your Shaper of Darkness, an easy challenge to overcome and die to. But thanks to us defeating her those orchestrating your story needed something else.And thus the Fell King. But because the Dramatae were rushed they botched it. He was too strong, his daughter too cunning. She poisoned your healing potions and you fled. The story unravelled and we were there to clean up the pieces though we didn't realize it at the time.When we encountered the Fell King he was little better then a puppet, reciting the lines ment for you and your companions. That was when WE realized something was wrong. (gonna continue this)
Tricia: So, are we ever going to get to Helen?Lea: When we get there, maybe next time.Tricia: Promises, promises.Lea: So, next time on Lamia Quest, we continue to enlighten poor Ava, and make a decent attempt on Adahn.Tricia: Don't know why we try, he's a jerk.Lea: He's still a person under His Light, and worthy of our help...and a kick to the nuts, if he continues to be a jerk.Tricia: Anyway, we help the Lightbringers, which brings consequences, and then return to Stone Hall.Lea: Next episode will be on Friday, April 19th, 3-5pm PST. May His Light be with you.Tricia: Night!
>>24314426Man did that battle take up a lot of time. Oh well, such is life and exposition heave segments.See you on friday!
>>24314426See you then man. And thanks as always.
I was lucky. I encountered someone who knew of the evil we faced. Who had fought its servants and lost, but survived. She told me a great many things. But the most important was that the story of the Lightbringers wasn't one of good triumphing over evil. It was one of sacrifice. The darkness uses the souls and bodies of those Lightbringers who die to further its goals.She also told me more of its servants, of the Dramatae. Who would do anything to see the Lightbringers repeat that old story. We journied from Stone Hall to Citadel and saw first hand the evil. Its hard to understand really. But In Citadel everything is too perfect. Until you peel away the layers and see the rot. I had to do everything in my power to see good men not be executed. I saw a girl nearly driven mad because she would not conform. My friends for a time were nothing more then parodies of themselves.When I learned of this, as I took my mantle of paladinhood I vowed to end that darkness. But I had no idea how. That is why I came here, to the Dark Peaks. To learn more about the evil and how to stop it. And that is why we've run into you twice. First by accident, the second time by design of the Dramatae.
>>24314426Echo you are fabulous. See you then.
>>24314426Night Echo, probably be late to the next one, tabletop game night has priority, but should make the later parts of it.
I noticed the general attitude of posters got a teensy fraction more dragon-y after that dragon conversation. I wonder if it's just simple prompting, or something more.
oh darn, its over
>>24314426Salud. And now I can rest.
>>24314462Stitcher got full-on Daenerys for a little while there but most of us kept our collective shit together.
>>24314475yeah, maybe I was just noticing stitcher
>>24314426>AdahnWait a second...
So, am I the only one moderately concerned about that laser miracle ray we shot?I mean... is that magic? Was that magic? Was that just what light runes do? Or are we seriously pulling in-combat miracles?
>>24314489its dragon magic combined with runic magic. With a dash of His Light to round things off
>>24314503Step 1: be a dragon.CHECK.
>>24314489It's motherfucking JUSTICE.
>>24314482I am a little concerned, yes.