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 4!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3FKgL7YVFghttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Lamia%20Quest1d4 chan page w/battle stats: http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest:Lamia_Daughter_Quest
Things are finally starting to turn around for you in the Crafter's city. You've defeated Doctor and secured the remaining 'spare supplies' of living flesh and put them in barrels.What's more, the flesh robot Nakai'ia was restored to her 'original state' (almost, she still has six arms and has her spider-platform thing for a lower body) and you managed to rescue her. She turned out to be a Crafter, who had been serving as that thing as a way for her to pay to go to the University here. Nikai, as she called herself, was distraught at the information that her civilization had long ago turned to dust, and a demented semi-God was her only legacy.She was nearly lost to despair, but you managed to pull her back with the help of His Light. More specifically, Nikai's spite towards His Light, which existed as a small, ridiculed, cult back in her time. She refused to let it win, and decided to help you aid the Sad Things and wipe out the city. First though, she wished to stop by her Uncle's home so she could fix her body, help herself to his jewelry collection, and get a few more 'essentials.' Then to the Tower of Obedience to get the Staff of Domination, and the brillitite stone set within it.You made a crude cart, loaded up the barrels of flesh into it, and hitched it to Lightmare. Dawn had broken, causing most of the Ice Things to retreat back into their hiding places, and you made your way through the city.Right up until now...A small pack of three hounds are sniffing down the street that will cross yours. You have enough dried venison to use as a distraction. Of course, you could chuck a brick, or make Mage do something.Still there's options where you hide, or bolt down the road as quickly as you can, or get ready to fight the creatures.
Good afternoon, echo! Hope you got a good sleep in ya.Anyway, as yesterday, I'm still for the "shed a single tear and toss the venison" plan. Though we should probably try throwing a brick first, on the off chance it works and we don't actually have to part with our precious snacks.
Rolled 11>>26156017[x] Bolt, with fight as a backup plan if that fails.
>>26156128bolting and then fighting are a good last-two-recourses in any situation.
>>26156017Sticking with my plan of using an ice bolt to create a noise to distract the hounds
If this is anything like last night, we've run into one of them split decisions. It doesn't really matter, and several of the plans are quite similar.Go with your narrative gut, echo!
Rolled 11Wait, don't we have to aid the sad things before we go to the Tower and free the orcs?
>>26156274oh, the plan is to summon them to the tower. Somehow.We'll figure that out when we get there.
Why are these hounds not hiding before the light? Any running theories, while we wait for whatever we're waiting for?secondly, why WOULD they hide from the light? We never found that one out either
Does anyone know any other good monster-based quest threads?>>26156128Also voting for this
I think we should either distract them or hide. Running past is only last resort as we are still trying NOT to attract attention.
>>26156582I view running past as the "if distracting/hiding fails" plan.
Rolled 12>>26156513>>26156128>>26156188"Mage, can you shoot a bolt or make a sound to distract them?" You ask."I can try, but you know my his-" Mage starts."Just do it before Nikai ends up enamored by you like the rest." Peri says."What?" Nikai asks.Mage sighs and aims his staff.
>>26156671... another success!good job Mage.
>>26156671> he successes in front of potential female to impressOh Mage.
>>26156671>>26156722did you know:Mage was showing signs of his swagger all the way back in purple sands right after we got him, when he had to hide for hours at a time to avoid the attentions of the local witches-in-training.
>>26156671"CRACK!" A crate behind the Hounds splits open with a loud sound. The Hounds turn and start to head over there."Go!" Lea says quietly to Lightmare and the horse trots off.You keep going through the city until Nikai orders you to stop in front of a large house."Wait out here." She says."No way." Tricia says. "We're not sitting out here like targets for the Things and who-knows-what else."Nikai rolls her eyes. "Fine, but I forbid you to go further than the foyer. This is my family's house and I wont have Base, Beasts, and Light Cultists tromping through it!" She snaps.With a sigh and a groan you all, even Lightmare, fit though the door. Nikai heads off, knowing where to go.You look around. It's not untasteful or horrific. Table, empty vases that probably held flowers, and pictures of the wall of what must be dear Uncle's menagerie."Lovely...Mira and Belle." Lea says, looking at a picture of two conjoined twins. "A man who had a love for the bizarre and, by his societies standard's, disgusting.""Pity we can't beat the shit out of him." Mari says.
>>26156671whisper back to her"Well, like my dearest brother says, he DOES have a history"
>>26156742I remember that, yes.I don't think Nakai's going to ever like anyone ever. MAYBE Ssen, after a few decades or so. Maybe.
>>26156754shout after her"If you're going to get some weapon to betray us, make sure it's a cool one!"then to your comrades"At least we only have to look at pictures. I bet the real thing is tragic, especially now."Consider this for a bit, and then tilt every pictureframe in the room. As an act of avengeance.
>>26156754"We can't get everyone"
Rolled 15>>26156671By bolt I meant flee.>>26156754But I suppose it works anyway.
>>26156754"He's dead and gone. No point in hating him."
Rolled 6>>26156809Seconding this.
When she comes back we should probably ask Nikai:1. Why exactly she thinks things are becoming more human and if she was literal when she said lamia were breeding with humans. (I'm fairly worried this may have something to do with the light)2. How much she knows about fleshshaping.
>>26156809>>26156850This, and then.>>26156792Gotta break that somber moodMaybe elbow Mage and whistle when/if she looks different after fixing herself up.
>>26156924yeah, that human thing is worrying. Really worrying. I mean, we like humans and all, but we'd also like to keep our race from being bred out entirely.
"If you're going to get some weapon to betray us, make sure it's a cool one!" You shout down the hall."At least we only have to look at pictures. I bet the real thing is tragic, especially now." You say as you tilt the pictures. "We can't get everyone, and he's dead and gone. No point in hating him.""We should ask her to check on these poor souls." Lea says. "See if they're Sad Things in need of release.""Or we could go check ourselves." Peri says."That would be breaking hospitality." Mari says. "Or at the very least be exceedingly rude. We still need her help at the Tower."
>>26156980I can agree with asking her but Mari is right. No need to be rude.
>>26156964Well, it's not so much a matter of humans breeding other races out as it is other races becoming human.Remember that island of platypi that turned sentient and the Fifth destroyed them? Maybe that was to get back at the Light. I think the Light is trying to spread humanity (first in the form of sentience, and then in the form of human features) in order to uplift animals and beasts and try to get them to work together. It's a noble goal and reminiscent of the nature vs. civilization story arc that Echo had planned if we chose to meet up with those two Lamia at the start. He's clearly merging storylines.
>>26156012>you have become a Paladin like your FatherDid he also torture people and kill childrens?
>>26156980"I could probably technically go and check without breaking our word, since I can't tromp around, but we all know that's not what she meant. We'll just have her check them for us.They're probably just dead though. They were caged, and there wasn't anyone to feed them, and... yeah."
>>26156980We should just ask.Best be diplomatic instead of fervent in our quest to give peaceful release
>>26156980"She barely tolerates us as it is. We can ask, but if it comes to it our main objective comes first."
>>26157006look, I'm fine with spreading civilization and culture and all that. S'cool. I don't want a homogenous monoculture monopeople, though. I want a vast and interesting world full of many people and places and things, new and old, whirling about. I am menaced by the human gene spread.
>>26157041As I said, it's a nature vs. civilization type thing. By making them more human, they become more "civilized."I for the most part agree with you, but the question is what's causing it and how do we counter or at least slow it.
>>26157010Lawful good doesn't mean lawful nice.
>>26157078don't interact with the bait, anon.
Rolled 16I thought we couldn't have children with humans outside of special magical assistance. That doesn't really jive with what Nikai said.
>>26157078Torture is never justifiable.
>>26157091yeah, we're in the information gathering stage right now.Who knows, maybe the magic assistance way left a permanent mark.
>>26157091She might be wrong about it, which is why we should ask more.Supposedly Lamias became more human to attract prey, which I've always thought sounded stupid.
>>26157124I think everything about the Crafters rings of massive, species-wide delusion that would make Citadel blush.
>>26157106Justification is a matter of opinion.
>>26157147Logic isn't opinionated.
>>26157147please, don't continue with him. He is not attempting to have a conversation, he is simply trying to rile you up.
>>26157154And justification isn't based on neutral logic.
>>26157147"Ends Justify the Means" has been the first and last step down a lot of dark roads.
>>26157165Thus there is no logical justification for torture.
>>26157147Spoken like a true Blackguard.
>>26157163Dude, seriously. This.
>>26157141But they were around when, if I remember correctly, the Phoenix Empire were more like birds than apes.There's something going on here and while the Crafters aren't exactly reliable sources of information, they are looking at it from a perspective we aren't. Why do elves and dwarves look so human? Why did the spawn of dragons and leviathans, the mer and lamia, become humanoid? Why does human civilization absorb non-human civilization time and time again? Why are our land spirits always the strongest?Now, some of these questions probably have reasonable explanations, but Nikai's comments hint at something we've either ignored or taken for granted.
Rolled 9>>26157141Yeah, I trust Granny more than I trust this crafter girl. Nikai might just be spouting some speciesist ignorance.
>>26157167"Necessary Evil" is a thing that exists.>>26157173We aren't all computers anon. Besides I just said that there was no such thing as a logical justification from a neutral opinion.>>26157189Thank you.
>>26157218Yeah. That's specifically why we seek out so many ancient sources of information- if there's a discrepancy, it means something. And this is a big, ANCIENT discrepancy.We're missing something important. Probably to do with the light.
>>26157232>"Necessary Evil" is a thing that exists.Not for a paladin.
>>26157232I beseech you to stop entertaining him. There's no need to get into axioms and logic theory.
Rolled 18>>26157242There is nothing neccessarily unbelievable about Lamia looking like they do.http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?680742-Where-I-Infer-The-Phylogenetic-Tree-of-the-Monster-Manual
>>26157242Maybe we could try to nick a book on the subject before the orcs nuke the place.
>>26157261sadly... you are wrong. Sometimes its the case of choosing a lesser evil, or doing nothing and letting even more evil to occur. A true Paladin would make that choice. Even if it damned her.
>>26157232>We aren't all computers anon.I just dont see how a paladin, a paragon of justice and righteousness, could ever stoop so low to the utterly pointless practice of torture and still consider themselves a paladin.
>>26157218Which is kinda why I want to grill the shit out of her when we have a moment to do so. Nothing really jives anymore, and I get the feeling it's going to be important to our long game.>>26157232Just stop.
>>26157285And torture isn't a lesser evil, its a pointless evil that accomplishes nothing. Torture never produces good intel.
>>26157232Torture doesn't help. People will say anything to make it stop. It's not a necessary evil. Just an evil.
>>26157280who said it was unbelievable? That doesn't have a single effect on whether or not we're missing something big.No reason to just toss aside a lead like this because granny told us otherwise. Cross referencing information is always crucial.
>>26157221We're gonna need to compare notes, but Granny might be able to teach her some respect.
>>26157285Silly Redaeth, when faced with a choice between two evils, a true paladin chooses the impossible and takes the third option!>captha:accomplish all
>>26156671>"I can try, but you know my his-" Mage starts.>"Just do it before Nikai ends up enamored by you like the rest." Peri says.I still say Mage must be getting some kind of charisma boost via dragon servant link with us.
>>26157346he COULD just be a natural ladykiller.
>>26157355He did fuck his own sister.
>>26157346>>26157355Either is certainly possible.
>>26157362well, he didn't mean to do that one.
>>26157364Why can't it be both stacked upon each other?
>>26157382because we have no way of telling if it's one, the other, or both.
>>26157389>>26157382>>26157364It could also be a power thing. Mage has pretty much been the one causing the ecological damage that follows our every movement.
>>26157401well, once it was our horse.
>>26157401He has so much magical radiation around him he just becomes a chick magnet.
>>26157479It's because he's Dagda reborn.
>>26157486I actually believe this. Dagda helped create the Citadel and Mage will help end it.
>>26157486More like Swagda, amirite?Speaking of whom, I really do think that Dagda had something when he observed that the land spirits were deliberately killing off species. It could be that the Crafters got everything right, but were punished by another power for what they were trying to do.
Rolled 7>>26157512>slavers>got everything right
>>26157512It's clear that the Crafters were influenced by their own land spirit into taking slaves and becoming obsessed with "perfection."
>>26157538I mean the Ascension procedure, dingus. Their THEORIES were right.
>>26157503well, actually dagda made the dragon of shadows, thistleblossom (aka comedy) and peace made citadel.>>26157512I keep thinking the man on the ice is different from the crafters somehow.
>>26157486Dagda's whole rebirth thing might be like one theory about Morrowind' Nerevarine. The theory is that Azura (the light in our story) is using the pc (or Mage here) to get revenge on the tribunal(the other gods)
Rolled 19>>26157543that's hardly "clear".
>>26157543We don't know what that "Truth" Nakai mentioned consisted of, or where it came from.I tried to ask last night, but it never happened.
"She barely tolerates us as it is, and as annoying as it is, Mari's right. We can ask, but if it comes to it our main objective comes first." You say. "I could probably technically go and check without breaking our word, since I can't tromp around, but we all know that's not what she meant. We'll just have her check them for us."They're probably just dead though. They were caged, and there wasn't anyone to feed them, and... yeah."Lea takes down the names of the menagerie, regardless. "Every soul should have at least one person remember them, and pray for their guidance to His Light.""Okay. I'm ready." A voice says, making all of you turn and look. Nikai has changed. She has a human face now, and she's a knockout now. Long legs, flawless creamy skin, a figure that would make Ava of the Lightbringers jealous, only this one has realistic curves instead of Ava's exaggerated features. Shiny teeth, and long raven black hair."Umm...what?" Peri asks."Well, I can't exactly go walking around Orcs in my divine flesh. They'd rip me apart. I'm not stupid." She shrugs. "But, if I must be of the appearance of Base, then I should be of the finest appearance. Come on, Skitter!"The platform skitters forward. It now has two antenna on it and makes little chirping noises. It has a small chest strapped to its back."Okay." Tricia sighs. "This is turning into something I'm officially regretting." She narrows her eyes at you and smacks your shoulder. "Stop looking at her. It's all fake anyway."Peri, Mage, and Lea all break into snorting, semi-silent, laughter."Now to the Tower." Nikai says.(cont)
>>26157261Paladins in this setting aren't necessarily good, methinks.I would suspect most of them are lawful neutral, if anything, and the few times torture has been employed, there was no permanent damage.So, lawful neutral leaning lawful good.
Echo: spend some time coming up with a really cool weapon for nikai to come back with.>>26157560Also, the yellow boots are a great perk. They're pretty much immune from wear and always fit. Or so mage says.
>>26157591>Tricia finally realizes this could be competitionToo late, Tricia! We've been noticing parallels for hours now!
>>26157632LET THE HATEFUCKING BEGIN
>>26157632I'm doubtful about the possibilities of polygamy/harem ends at this point.
>>26157591>smacks your shoulder>got stabbed in the shoulder yesterdayDo that intake-of-breath ouch hiss kind of noise. Because yowie.
>>26157669We probably got healed man.We did tell echo to get ourselves healed, multiple times.
>>26157632It's not really "competition", though. The best we can hope for out of it is for Nakai to not hate us as much and maybe become less of a bigot. Not exactly romance material.
>>26157668don't worry, she's just our eternal nemesis. You know. Our second one.
Rolled 1>>26157669Seconding this.
>>26157591"Hold on, hold on." Peri says. "We need to know this." She gestures to the walls. "These girls and boys and...other...are they still here? I mean are they undead? Cause if they are then we need to let them out so we can help them."She rolls her eyes. "Ugh, I don't know. Fine, we'll go check. I give you permission to come see Uncle's freaks. I don't suppose there's much damage you can do to that stuff."She opens a door in the wall and motions for you to follow her.You all head downstairs, this isn't really a secret passage, but more of a very expensive staircase that's 'secret' just for the mystique of being secret."Uncle was always so strange." Nikai says.You enter into a large room. It's very strange. There's large glass spheres filling this room, must be twenty, give or take. They're each about the size of a large bedroom, there's a glass window on the top of every sphere, and a large heavy looking door on the side. Along the top, by the windows are small viewing platforms so people could stand and look down on what was happening inside the sphere."Uncle was so strange." She shakes her head. "He always liked it when people watched him It was as if he couldn't justify being such a deviant unless other people KNEW he was."Lea climbs up to one of the spheres and looks inside. She frowns, does a double take, and then swears."Open this. Now."
>>26157685you do realize that neither the healing potions nor the coagulative powder actually heal wounds, and instead just seal them, leaving the body to finish the job?
>>26157696"Something up?"I assume lea is hogging the window, so we'll check once the door is open.
>>26157592>Paladins in this setting aren't necessarily good, methinks.So they arent paladins, then.
>>26157701The potions are troll blood, I assumed they actually healed things.I dont' recall echo saying anything either way.
>>26157668Possibly Lea. She got pretty cuddly while she was stoned. Mari/Peri don't seem particularly interested, and Mage has his own bitches to worry about.
>>26157724way back it was mentioned. It pertained to ava, and her permanent injury.
>>26157696stand on our tail and look into what she is looking into.
>>26157730no, we'll not have a love harem. That's not what we were talking about.We will, however, have our pick of the enemies. Kinda similar.
>>26157737Gotcha.>>26157730What do the teachings say about polygamy?
>>26157773Bretty cool in my book.
>>26157786Go away citadel.
>>26157786Go back to your cornerYour timeout isn't over yet.
>>26157786Man, Citadel was pretty weeb, what with the harem endings, oversized weaponry and grimderp edginess.
>>26157748Thirding>>26157786GTFO Citidel. Go back to your egg.
>>26157773>PolygamySomething to the tune of 'Don't betray those you love'. Basically, it's a lot of work sometimes, but it's possible.
>>26157748>stand on our tail and look into what she is looking into.This, but prepare to attack anything hostile that might come out upon opening. Who knows, the sphere might act as a sort of stasis chamber.
>>26157721Paladins are the bodyguards of Frankish Chiefs
>>26157903>go into city with party of five(six?)>exit city with party of dozens"Problem, orcs?'
>>26157933They said we could take whatever we could carry on our backs, no wagons. They never said we couldn't recruit more people.
>>26157931>>26157721Not everyone can have the benefit of being frankish.But we can dream.
>>26157955well, I more think their problem will be with where on earth we found people in super-zombie-town.But yeah, it's cool. And if need be, we can just carry them on our backs. At least five of 'em.
>>26157971The snake train is to be kept a secret
"What's inside?" You ask as you slither towards the ladder that leads up to the platform. Before you do you punch Tricia in the side where she got cut and healed as well."OWWW! What was that f-oh." She stops as you point to your shoulder. "Okay, okay, sorry."You push and pull most of yourself up and look down inside. Your eyes widen in shock.A human woman with tentacles growing out of her back is playing cards with a boy. He looks to be no older than twelve."Check the others." Lea says. "They're still alive, with children!""What?!" Mage, Peri/Mari, and Tricia scamper to different spheres."Holy shit." Peri says. "No kids, but yeah. What IS this girl? Looks like she's not totally...solid.""We need to get these people out!" Tricia says."Hold it!" Mage says coming down. "Don't! We don't know how this works. We open a door, maybe a spell ends and they age into dust in a second!"
>>26157989Ssen: blush while remembering embarrassing past adventures.Tricia: Notice Ssen is looking in the general direction of Nakai and blushingAaaaand go.
>>26158004"Can they read? We have a window, we could write them a note. Ask if we should open the door."
>>26158034as good as a plan as any.Mage do you think you could figure out whats safe?
>>26158004"Nakai. Might I trouble you for a brief exposition on the rather pressing topic of WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON."
>>26158004>"Hold it!" Mage says coming down. "Don't! We don't know how this works. We open a door, maybe a spell ends and they age into dust in a second!"This was the other thing I was worried about but didn't want to say so lest it give echo an idea.Anyways, even if we successfully get them out, (and they go with us) how would the orcs react to them once they see us?>>26158034>"Can they read? We have a window, we could write them a note. Ask if we should open the door."Seconded!
>>26158081second. Nakai, the fuck is this. Tell us.
>>26158090>"This snake lady is crazy as hell but she killed god so I'm going to keep my distance."
>>26158004"I think we're going to need get a few more wagons."
>>26158221I missed a "to" after need.Because I'm an idiot.
>>26158221Depends on how many of them survive being released. We really don't know how the process works.
>>26158241TURN OFF YOUR DICE
"Can they read? We have a window, we could write them a note. Ask if we should open the door." You say as you get down. "Mage, in the meantime, try to figure out what's safe. And Nikai, might I trouble you for a brief exposition on the rather pressing topic of WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?"She shrugs. "I don't know! I didn't exactly come down here regularly to watch my uncle fuck his homegrown freaks!""Yeah." Mage says with closed eyes. "Stasis, disease wards, cleansing, food summoning, waste removal, these bubbles are perfectly safe. A person could live inside one of these things for ages. Wait out the world.""So we can't open them?" Tricia asks."Dunno. Maybe, maybe not." He says."They don't hear me." Lea says. "I've been pounding on the glass, they don't notice me at all."Peri checks another and then looks away. "Your uncle was kind of sick.""I know." Nikai says.Mari taps her forehead. "Mage, would these thing survive the blast?"Mage shrugs. "Maybe. I wouldn't want to risk it, but if I was trapped in the city when that bomb goes off, I'd want to be inside one of these things."
>>26158311"So in other words, we could conceivably leave them here and they'd be safer then we're going to be?"
>>26158311We should look into them, find the one holding a person with the least chances of surviving in the real world, and then try opening their cell.
>>26158311"I don't want to leave them behind. Any way we can test it? Are any of these cells empty?"
>>26158311Could we use the food summoning to send a note?
>>26158004Nikai said that her Uncle did perverted things while others watched, so there must be a safe way to open the doors. Ask nikai if she knows and could do it.
>>26158311"Well, it's good that they're safe, but I'd hate for them to have to be prisoners for the rest of... forever.Is there any way to test if we can open one of these things without killing the occupant? Perhaps an unoccupied chamber, or one with someone who's died on their own?"
>>26158311"What have I said about jinxing things!"
Rolled 19>>26158310Read my name.
"So in other words, we could conceivably leave them here and they'd be safer then we're going to be?" You ask."Maybe." Mage says."Mmmh, I still don't want to leave them behind. Any way we can test it? Are any of these cells empty?" You ask."What do you plan to do? Get inside and wait for the bomb to go off?" Peri asks."I mean to see if there's any way to test if we can open one of these things without killing the occupant? Perhaps an unoccupied chamber, or one with someone who's died on their own?" You ask."How would we test that?" Tricia asks. "Not like we can spend ages upon ages inside them to see if time doesn't catch up when we open it.""Okay, so...we can't open them without risk, we can't leave them without risk, and we're burning time every moment we stay here." Peri says. "Look, I vote we leave them here.""Peri!" Lea says."This time I have an argument, may I?" Peri says.Lea nods."Okay, say we open them all and a few die but a bunch don't. Then what? We've got to deal with getting them around, getting them out, escaping the bomb, AND we still have to go deal with the Tower and get the stone."If we let the bomb go off, maybe some survive. We come back for them, let them out, and we can then just deal with some orcs who'll probably be more than willing to just let us cart them away. Then we just have ANOTHER stupid convoy to deal with. Letting things explode, honestly is less risky than having them deal with a giant city of monsters."There's a pause. And then Lea nods. "She's not wrong. I don't like it...but she's not wrong."
>>26158520She's right.We're wasting daylight as it is, lets go.Just gonna remind you guys we still have shit to deal with back home, we can't exactly spend too much time up here
>>26158520God dammit I don't want to play Snake Trial: Winter edition.
Lets go then.I hope they survive.
>>26158520"Great peri, now instead of a nice simple moral problem, we have a logistics problem. I honestly have no idea whether monster attack or shelter explosion is more dangerous.Fine. Here's what we'll do. Give me one of those firebombs. We'll try to break or burn one of the chambers. If we can't do it after ten minutes, we come back for them after the explosion."
>>26158520Peri has a point. We can't get distracted in this city. Let's leave them and hope for the best. We still have to get the Staff from the tower.
>>26158595her point isn't the distractions thing, it's the monsters thing.What's more dangerous, getting exploded or getting mauled by monsters? Very good question.
>>26158611We're very good at mauling monsters.Explosions are the more dangerous of the two.
>>26158520"What we want to do and what's right aren't always the same thing. This feels like one of those cases to me, Lea. And it's all the more reason to make sure that all this wasn't for nothing.""We can't save everyone all the time, but leaving them here at least they have a chance."
>>26158636Are you sure? We've got no wagons for cover, and are quite outnumbered by monsters.Regardless of our monster killing ability, we don't have the surface area to guard a number of refugees over say, a dozen or so without losses.
Rolled 1>>26158520Damnit, I can't think of any good counter-arguments to Peri.
The only moral thing to do is to let them out if we can when it's safe. We don't even know if we CAN let them out, but we're going to be opening a door sooner or later. Either before or after the explosion. I say we take one or two with us now- we can guard that many people, and it will be a test to see if they can survive outside the pod without magic withering.
>>26158723That's because there are none. If we end up burning too much time and resources on trying to save a few people who could be safe if we leave them on their own, we lose time saving an entire continent worth of people. Leaving them is both the lesser of two evils and the logical thing to do.
>>26158778well, it would slow us down while we're in the monster city, sure. But after, when we're doing the orc march? They'll not slow us down any more than the orcs do.
"We could try to break or burn one of the chambers," You ask as you head back upstairs."Not the same explosion, remember it's going to be a oil and magic mix and we shouldn't waste Mari's last brillitite bullet. Mage says."It wouldn't be a waste." Lea says."Fair point." Mage agrees as you head back outside. "But I'd rather have it be used to shoot something else than used as a test.""So, we'll come back after this is done?" Mari asks."I suppose." You say. "We need that staff. Ugh, another pain in the ass logistics time.""Being a Paladin isn't all about the flash and glamor of combat and confessions." Lea says.Lightmare starts up and you head away from the Menagerie household."Do you people have any decent food? Spiced bread or maybe some..." Nikai stops when she sees the looks on everyone else's face. "Never mind...pass the dried venison."You slowly make your way though the city. Thankfully, the place is mercifully empty and you've gotten good at spotting the signs of Things both Ice and Sad. It's sunset when you arrive at the great glittering doors of the Tower of Obedience."Please tell me it's not all the way up there." Mage says, looking upwards."No, just the Bell. That IS how we're going to call the Base to here so we can use those." Nikai nods at the barrels of flesh. "And the bell pull is on the ground floor, along with the Staff.""Then why build this thing so high?" Mari asks as you all struggle with the rusted door.Nikai shrugs. "To have the power reach all across the city? To show the Base that we Divine are always above them? To prove that we can? I dunno. I was supposed to learn all of this stuff when I went to University."
>>26158806Which depends entirely on how they've shaped up after all this time. God only knows what they've been through, or how long they've waited. They're a massive unknown and a burden, and it's safest for EVERYONE to leave them there until we can recover them carefully.
>>26158847yeah. After the explosion.We can't leave them for the orcs, they'll pry the doors open and take slaves like nobody's business.
>>26158835"So, they'll just come for the bell? Wouldn't that also attract a horde of gribblies? I mean, I'm still for the plan, I just need to know if I should be getting ready to defend the place or not."
>>26158835"Don't worry, given how this city works we'll most like have to repair a few things, find yet another horrible atrocity to fix, and have to invent a new kind of magic in the next few hours..."
>>26158835Hmm, we can ring the bell to get the Sad things here, and it will take time for the orcs to set up the bomb, soo... here's what I was thinking. We unload the meat first then grab the Brililite from the staff, and after that ring the bell. This is alert every thing in the city to come to the tower, so we better move out fast. This is also a distraction so the orcs have less enemies to fight once they rush the cathedral.
>>26158835"Well if we get the chance, we can try to nick some books."
>>26158835>don't you people have any decent food?Oh Nikai you don't even know how bad the north sucks
>>26158952Yeah, we need books on this humanizing thing.
>>26158835"5 gold says we'll have to go all the way up anyway."
>>26158967>>26158952>"Sorry, we never had books. Only brains."I am fully expecting this.
1 gold says someone will have to leap from the tower....Mage did you finish researching feather fall?
"So, they'll just come for the bell? Wouldn't that also attract a horde of gribblies? I mean, I'm still for the plan, I just need to know if I should be getting ready to defend the place or not." You say.Nikai shakes her head. "The bell is meaningless to the Divine, and to answer it at all is considered to be a Base act.""You have no idea. Do you?" Tricia asks."Look, you want to save all the Base souls here you can or not? They'll HAVE to come to the bell.""This could be trouble." Peri says."Don't worry, given how this city works we'll most like have to repair a few things, find yet another horrible atrocity to fix, and have to invent a new kind of magic in the next few hours..." You say."True." Lea says. "I suppose any plan is better than no pl-"Lea's cut off when the door blows open with enough force to knock everyone down in the street.You pull yourself up and look inside. There's a glow of light, and you can see it. For ONCE something in this horrible place goes your way and is simple. There's the Staff of Domination, placed upright in a stand, right in the middle of a large empty room and behind that, at the back of the room is a bell pull rope. Of course, because the Universe apparently hates you, between you and those two things stands a familiar figure.The Cold Dark Man is there.He has the shape of a Crafter dressed in expensive looking clothing. The ground has ice crystals at his feet, and you can see wisps of smoke come off his body. (For reference it's the type of 'smoke' you see come off of dry ice)He makes a gesture and all of you, Nikai, Platform, Lightmare, and the barrels are all dragged within the Tower and the doors slam shut behind you.He shakes his head and wags his finger. "Enough."
>>26159186Did we just anger a manifestation of a God?
>>26159186SHOOT HIM IN THE FACE, IT WORKED LAST TIME!
>>26159186Do... Do we pull another Peace maneuver?
>>26159186"So much for cold shoulder you were giving me earlier."
>>26159186>"Enough"You gotta lot of nerve implying we need to stop.
>>26159186Lie on the ground a bit"And here I thought you were one of those wispy-insubstantial types. I suppose you've heard the "what you do is wrong, let these people go" speech before?Want to skip right to the fight then, shadow man?"If there were light cultists in his time, he probably heard all our shit already.
Rolled 18>>26159186[x] Draw Beacon and Clang[x] "Freedom is the right of all sapient beings. Move aside, or we will move you aside.
>>26159246>>26159230wait until he starts monologueing. That's when they're most vulnerable.
problem with that plan is he seems the silent type. He's only spoken three words, unlike Peace who would go on and on and on.
>>26159186>"Enough.""I couldn't have said it better myself!"The best way to start a combat: with everyone agreeing.
>>26159186"No it's not."We need to argue him to death
>>26159291I don't think we're going to get another Peace. We got one and that was luck.I personally want to hear what he has to say. We don't know much about him.And we might even ask him about the human thing. He probably knows.
>>26159291>wait until he starts monologueing. That's when they're most vulnerable.YES. Unless it looks like he's not going to then skip straight to the shooting.In b4 pic related.
>>26159186"I could say the same to you."Because, really, we could.
>>26159372>>26159316Seconding this.I want to get back to lamia sassing
>>26159372>>26159411guys. what if we. Guys. GUYS. What if we make ANOTHER new friend?
>>26159186Now now, we don't have to fight them. As long as we can make their brain hurt hard enough that they discorporiate, everything should be fine."Look, I know you want to talk, but we're on a tight schedule here. I've got an invading army, a god-egg, and souvenirs for my nieces to deal with, so if you schedule something with His Light, I'm sure I can get back to you in a reasonable amount of time."
>>26159428no, see that would imply something unexpectedly going right, and that just doesn't happen.
>>26159456no, you're looking at it the wrong way. just needs to go horribly wrong for someone else
"No...no it's really not. So much for cold shoulder you were giving me earlier." You say. "And here I thought you were one of those wispy-insubstantial types. I suppose you've heard the "what you do is wrong, let these people go" speech before? Want to skip right to the fight then, shadow man?"He nods. "I was warned." He gestures with his hand...but nothing happens. He nods. "I see. As you said. Very well."He takes a step back and holds up his hand. You hear a rattling sound from the cart, and you see something fly out of the cart and towards the Man. You blink and stare.Soma is in the Man's hand. The singing sound it makes as it vibrates sounds like mocking laughter to your ears."I KNEW that thing was evil!" Tricia says."Die." He says."I could say the same to you!"Roll for initiative!The Avatar of Ice gets three attacks per round. He has 15 wounds. His Ice Aura means that any physical attack against him with bare flesh (like your tail, but not Lea's gloves) will cause a wound.Divine Flesh: The Avatar of Ice can shape change at will.Soma Effect: Beacon will NOT charge as long as he wields Soma. You CAN try to damage Soma directly, but it's not easy.Tower of Obedience effect: If the Avatar of Ice gets his Ice within a Dawnchaser, they might become Dominated. This effect lasts as long as the staff remains upright. Note, you now see that the staff is FIRMLY locked in place due to a metal stand. You'll have to smash that thing to free it.Nikai's Platform will fight for you.Lightmare will fight for you if you want it to.
>>26159186"Hi again.""If you want me to cooperate, an explanation of WHY I should stop would go far. And threats won't cut it."
Hey heyWhat IfIt's the cold dark man that's making everything coldAnd if he dies the whole land turns into flowers
Rolled 2, 7, 4, 10, 8, 1, 9 = 41>>26159482
>>26159482>SomaSON OF A BITCH
Time to fight a boss for several hours.
Rolled 1>>26159482>we specifically left soma behind earlieraaaand the cat came back. I knew that thing was eerie.How do we get rid of a cursed returning sword?
>>26159482Fuck. Of course it starts right when I sit down for dinner.If anyone gets hit too bad or starts acting screwy, get the staff. Keeping him from using our friends against us will win us the fight in the long run.
Do claws count as unarmed?Is disarming soma an option? We've always been the main source of damage so it's not like we can just play protector all dayWould Nikolai be too busy directing her platform to assist in any other way?
So since beacon isn't gonna charge while he has Soma, are we gonna prioritize getting rid of it or poisoning Beacon for once?
Rolled 4, 4, 3, 10, 4, 10, 2 = 37>Do claws count as unarmed?Yes.>Is disarming soma an option? Yes.>Would Nikai be too busy directing her platform to assist in any other way?Nikai has no combat ability at all. She's hiding, terrified. If you want to try and give her commands you can try, but if she gets hit by the Avatar or Soma, she's dead.
>>26159528>>26159555I need one more initiative
Hmm, alright, I think this is what we should do first turn:Flurry with BeaconMari AnalyzeLea Armor Break... on SomaTricia use her weapons not her bugs.Mage FIRE!Platform help as able.Nikai hideNightmare gaurd the door from incoming. This guy might call in reinforcements.
Rolled 10>>26159613Har you go
>>26159562we might want to try poisoning beacon, though I don't know if it will do much. Acid is the only one that might even have a chance of working.>>26159560no, we can't mess with the staff much yet. It will trigger the orc attack, and the sads are still in town.
>>26159626>>26159613>>26159555>>26159528Well god damn
>>26159576We should actually. Coat beacon in black that isAlthough I'm very very very curious to what the Enlightenment beam would do to this guyIs there anyway to clean beacon after we've coated it or do we have to rely exclusively on clang blocks to charge from there?
>>26159482>Soma is in the Man's hand. The singing sound it makes as it vibrates sounds like mocking laughter to your ears.Some day, we're going to cast that thing into this settings equivalent to Mt Doom.
>>26159639Do you want Lightmare to fight? Also, I know it's poor timing, but I have to step out for something. So, after these messages, we'll be right back.
>>26159669Nope, since claws count as flesh I bet hooves do too.
>>26159669>lightmare gets hurt>up shit's creek without a paddleNo.
>>26159482Soma is Peace's soul. That should have been obvious from the start.
>>26159669nah, lightmare needs to stay healthy to drag our sorry carcasses out of here. Though, we don't have control over whether lightmare fights.That's for lightmare to decide.I wish I had a picture of a flaming horse with sunglasses and a biker jacket.
>>26159651Beacon doesn't charge while poisoned.We can probably use our mantle or the dress/coat/tailsock we're wearing to wipe it clean.>>26159669Could we put Mage and Mari/peri on him? Search for weak spots and immolate them.
>>26159669If lightmare won't get oneshot sure.I kinda wanna make sure our allies can't be turned from the get go though
>>26159692actually, all this proves is that land spirits have an affinity for corrupted lantern metal.
>>26159718... except Lantern Metal doesn't laugh.
>>26159705I thought poisoned beacon attacks don't get charge instead of we don't charge period.Oh well, still a good idea to coat.
If we do coat Beacon we should use Clear. I doubt this guy will be effected much with White or Black.
>>26159731okay, it could also prove soma is a dick. It doesn't mean soma is peace though.It's probably peace's equivalent of beacon. You know, our creepy and oddly willful weapon that drinks the blood of evildoers and sings the song of the light?
Rolled 8>>26159705Beacon doesn't charge anyway because of Soma.
>>26159623I like your ideas, but Lightmare wouldn't make that great of a guard. I would use him to keep Mage and Mari mobile.
>Soma attack sanity
>>26159794Yeah I know, we need to know if we can clean beacon mid fight.
>>26159814totally can.It may require further ruining of our clothes and armor
>>26159669Biting, Hooves, and Fire could help.Soma should be our primary target here. We also have no idea weither our poisons will even effect it, so lets go spear and board here and try to disarm them. Shattering Soma might also be possible, with the help of smart thinking, favourable dice, and some decent RP.As for the Staff, getting it out basically signals the Orcish attack, so while we may find ourselves doing this, it'll definitely effect our plan to help the Sads.
>in b4 soma is shattered in battle>then we find it intact>just sitting in our wagon
>>26159873agreed, we are going to need to use beacon to stand a chance aginst this thing. that means we need to knock out soma
Rolled 2>>26159873Lightmare only has flesh to attack with. He'll be taking way too many wounds if we have him fight. I'm against lightmare fighting.
>>26159945yeah, lightmare should stay out of it. As should nakai.Skitter, well, I don't know if we can actually order that one to stay out of it, but it probably should.
>>26159945Nightmares are usually pretty nasty. Consider a carnivorous horse. Then set it ON FIRE.
>>26159994I'm considering. It uses a lot of unarmed attacks.Maybe if it also had a sword we'd let it fight.
>>26159945One other thing is that Lightmare may be immune/resistant to the Ice.>>26159986Nakai should definitely stay out of this, unless there's cool NPC things she could be doing.
Rolled 18>>26159986Skitter might not count as flesh, but if it does, I won't be too sad at it's loss. It's also a lot sharper than Lightmare. We need as many bodies against Iceman as we can get, if we didn't need Lightmare to get us out of this dump I'd have it fight as well.
>>26160041Well better at following orders at least
>>26159482PEACE YOU ARE JUST A COMPLETE BITCH YOU KNOW THAT? YOU'RE IN THE SWORD AREN'T YOU?
>>26160147I can't believe didn't talk to us this entire time.She must have been lonely in there.
>>26160174Shes been busy doing backroom deals in the Blank Space.
>>26160185you mean whoring herself out and taking it in the butt from the fifth
Rolled 19, 17 = 36Lea tries to do a double strike against the AoI.
Rolled 6>>26160245Good Job Lea
>>26160237I'm surprised the 5th hasn't contacted us.I mean, we didn't even break his plans on purpose.
>>26160265But we did tell him that he was no better than any other land spirit. And he got mad.
>>26160245Right out of the gate, she unleashes the righteous fury of His Light, slamming her first into his chest and a snap kick that nails his hand and Soma.Your turn
>>26160279right, I believe we wanted to coat beacon in clear.
Rolled 5>>26160279Attempt to disarm him of Soma. Use Beacon.
>>26160279can we clean beacon mid battle? if so, coat it in clear.
>>26160300No point in that. Soma would just fly right back into his hands
>>26160279Hit soma with beacon once, without the clear.I want to see what happens when they clash.
Rolled 8>>26160313Echo said disarming him is an option
>>26160313>Soma would just fly right back into his handsThat would be one of his attacks though.
>>26160147>>26160174Soma was forged for Dad. A sword DESTINED to be used against Citadel.
>>26160342yeah, and it didn't work and was taken by peace. she's totally in there with a sore ass
>>26160342It was always forged with corupted metal
>>26160342we should bind citadel into it And then carry it forever as its' eternal warden
>>26160279Disarm Soma with Beacon
Rolled 20>>26160332Kicking him down to only two attacks a turn would be a great help.
>>26160362You're reading the sentence, but not the capitals. It's not her sword, just like it's not Dad's, just like it's not ours. Someone gave it to them.>>26160279Can we attempt to stun the Avatar with Beacon?>>26160387Considering whose it is? Find a way to give it back to them, quite possibly with a surprise added. Everyone loves surprises.
>>26160389>>26160300>>26160328You swing Beacon intentionally at Soma. You're trying to disarm the Avatar, or at the very least to damage the blade.
Rolled 14>>26160524do we need to roll?
Rolled 10>>26160532lets see
Rolled 17 + 2>>26160524Brillite meets corrupted (insert mineral here). Who wins? Is winning even the point?
>>26160546I'm sorry for ever cursing you out you magnificent bastard.
>>26160387It would mean passing off beacon to someone else because it wouldn't work for us anymore then.
>>26160546>>26160559>>26160524I am taking this as beacon itself striking soma.Because there isn't enough room in this town for TWO holy weapons, ya hear pardner?
>>26160612Exactly. Dad learned the hard way why you don't upgrade from awesome weapon to awesome weapon +1.
>>26160612of course we pass beacon along to somebody else. That thing embodies change.
>>26160546Soooo... Soma breaks?
Not much reaction here.Then again, this guy hasn't been made up to be so hated than Peace was.
>>26160647nah, it just flies off never to be seen again.we find it in our wagon
>>26160647Maybe a crack. Maybe something that the Fifth didn't plan for. Maybe something that makes everyone grin.
Rolled 20>>26160647I'm certainly hoping for that.
Rolled 18, 5 = 23>>26160546There's a flare of light and sparks as Beacon and Soma clash, but your weapon is the winner. You FEEL Soma stress under Beacon's power and it goes flinging away out of the Avatar's hand.The Avatar motions with its hand and Soma snaps back into his hand. Then it lashes out with Soma with two quick slashes at you.
>>26160661it was personal with peace. We were -required- by our word to slay her with extreme prejudice, oathbound by a dragon, a dying traitor, and three dying friends.Wheras this ice man we just sort of ran into, and professionally acknowledged can't be let stand. Ice man is being professional too.
Rolled 3>>26160687Quick quick roll?
>>26160687ooh, that's gonna sting. At least we found out that Beacon is the stronger of the two.
>>26160736Or nevermind then.
>>26160744oop! We got stabbed! No looking like a coolguy for us.Also, this adventure is now beating the stone hall raiders in our "most times Ssen was stabbed" counter. We're probably going to need to rest on the cart on the way back.
>>26160755Okay now I'm beginning to doubt your dice.
Rolled 10, 3, 8, 20, 12, 4 = 57>>26160687A harsh cut across your arm. You swear you almost see Soma start to glow but you feel something from Beacon and Soma's glow fades. The Platform charges the Avatar.Mage shoots a fireball at the Avatar.Mari starts her observations.Tricia swipes at it with her sickle.Lea goes for another double strike.
Rolled 1>>26160755>>26160674Did you sacrifice a horde of Virgins to the dice Gods or something?
Rolled 2>>26160771OH SHIT THEY'RE THE SAME BUT OPPOSITE
>>26160771>mari crit observedSweet
>>26160755Then, suddenly, Ssen figured she'd had enough bullshit for one adventure and murdered everything that tried to get in her way with extreme prejudice.
>>26160788nevermind I misread the dice.
Rolled 16>>26160783No! I'm as surprised as everybody else.
>>26160788Trcia critted, Mari got an 8.
>>26160771Guys, you know what I just remembered?All of the members of our team took two firebombs with them into the city.LET'S GET COOKING
>>26160771Platform, Mage, and Lea miss. Mari's slowly starting to figure things out.Tricia's slice is lovely and textbook, and as a bonus pollen sprays out of it and lands on you, sealing up the wound you got.Your turn.
>>26160824Right, beacon flurry.
>>26160787Or at least they're actively cancelling each other.>>26160771THAT'S OUR GIRL.
>>26160824Rifle through your pack for explosives. He might have a beacon-equivalent, but he didn't bring molotovs!
Rolled 13>>26160824[x] Disarm Soma with Beacon again.
>>26160833Targeted on soma.This is a weapon clash battle between us.
>>26160847I thought most of the firebombs we brought were higher yield? You know, with black powder and magic mixed in?
>>26160886that's the bombs the orcs brought. We ourselves brought 10 of our own.
>>26160687QUICKQUICK, then repose with Beacon against Soma.
>>26160886Clay pots w/ unrefined Oil + some black powder.
>>26160771Disarm the Avatar again.
>>26160824another disarming strike with Beacon.
Today, in the blistering cold, we watch an amazing natural occurance. The territorial dispute of two bladed weapons. Observe as the longer, older specimen repeatedly knocks the smaller, younger contender out of the region.Mnnngyess.
>>26160824Disarm Soma with Beacon again.
Rolled 12>>26160999you have won my sides
>>26160999Nigga EARNED my sides.I read that in his voice.
>>26161006>>26160976>>26160852You're going for another weapon clash against Soma, aiming for a disarm.1d20+2
Rolled 7 + 2>>26161102Attack the sword! The best way to defeat somebody!There's no way this could go wrong.
Rolled 16 + 2>>26161102Clashin time
Rolled 10>>26161102Break his wrists
Rolled 19 + 2>>26161102
>>26161146anon, you are slow
Rolled 17, 14 = 31>>26161134There's another massive spark and you fling Soma away. You didn't feel Soma buckle under your strike this time though. Almost, but not quite.The Avatar snaps Soma back to its hand then it points its hand at Lean and Tricia and spears of ice streak out at them.
So, what exactly are we hoping to accomplish when we take this thing down to 0 wounds? Do we even know what that would do?Are we going to have another citadel incident on our hands?
Rolled 6, 15 = 21>>26161301Lea and Mage both shout in pain as they get nailed by the spikes. Instantly they wince as if they're heard something harsh enough to make them wince in pain.
>>26161301oh jeez oh no I don't look forward to this ice domination bullshit
>>26161327damn, lea didn't make her will save.
>>26161327Lea's probably being controlled. Probably time to focus more on destroying Soma, and to consider getting Mage to get the Staff out of the restraints, possibly with Nikia helping (as long as it doesn't make her a target).
Fuck it.take the staff.have Nakai ring the bell and break the barrels.the entire city will watch what we do here today. And those who deserve it will be saved.
>>26161413>Lea is being controlled>"My faith wasn't strong enough"
>>26161327>>26161301wait did he attack Tricia or Mage?
Rolled 3, 19, 2, 8 = 32>>26161327Mage shakes it off and refocuses.Lea just reopens her eyes slowly and turns to look at you with glazed eyes as she takes a stance against you.The Platform decides then to attack Lea. Hostile Base stranger is a bigger threat than a Hostile Thing that registers as Divine.Mage looks at Lea and points his staff at her. "Lea, if this blows your head off, I'm REALLY sorry!"Mari continues to analyze.Tricia does another swipe with the sickle.
nicely done mage
Its kinda funny how Lea is always the one that gets compromised.I hope it doesn't becoming a running joke though.
>>26161495Please don't be blowing her head off.
>>26161521well, I wager we're right up there in "amount of compromiseable-ness". In sheer number of incidents.Maybe religious types are more vulnerable.
>>26161521We get compromised far more often.
Rolled 16>>26161521Lea is going to have some psychological issues regarding this. Mark my words.
>>26161552>>26161547We can get compromised as easily as Lea, but it doesn't stick as well because we're too weird.
Rolled 15, 2 = 17>>26161495Tricia and the Platform miss. It looks like Mari's having trouble actually understanding what the Avatar is half the time.Mage's spell is a Loud CRACK-PING! sound that's the same as the spell he fired off before. It's like the failed stealth spell that turned out deafening everyone. This time though, he focused the sound, centered around Lea's head."DAMNIT MAGE!" She shrieks loudly. "WHAT THE HELL!?" Apparently there's a side effect of deafening the target...but it apparently worked like a charm.Lea goes back to attacking the Avatar.
>>26161579Well that's one more hit in.
>>26161579She nails the bastard.Your turn.Please remember there's a difference between trying to damage Soma and trying to disarm Soma.
>>26161579that ice bullshit is bullshit.Though, Lea is doing some damn good damage.
>>26161612Flurry at Soma. Damage it.
Rolled 19>>26161612In that case[x] Aim to damage Soma
>>26161557She kept her cool under the Choir. Even we didn't.>>26161612Damage it, it pinging back and forth is getting us nowhere.
Rolled 12>>26161612damage soma. hope peace feels it in her wrecked splintery ass
I wonder if Beacon will get stronger from smashing Soma.I mean, it seems to eat the blood of those it devours. What about sword-blood?
>>26161636>>26161628>>26161626You're trying to damage Soma.1d20 +2
Rolled 1 + 2>>26161660
Rolled 20 + 2>>26161660"I hope you feel this Peace!"
Rolled 2 + 2>>26161660
Rolled 5 + 2>>26161660
>>26161668>>26161670damnit, why'd I roll a 1.
>>26161668>>26161670I fucking hate you readeth.
Rolled 15>>26161660this should go..>>26161668DAMNIT REDEATH
>>26161668>>26161670damn. >>26161671DOUBLE DAMN.
Rolled 4>>26161660Bad Sword.
I hope Echo doesn't die of laughter...
>>26161668Redaeth, you're a top lad that's been around since the beginning. But please, for the love of god, only do travel rolls.
>we get hit by Soma
>>26161612Go for a weapon break on Soma
Rolled 10>>26161668Would it be possible to use a reroll to ignore this roll instead of actually rerolling? That 20's very nice, after all.
Rolled 18>>26161724Seconding this.
>hit soma>flies out of guys hand>bounces on ground>hits ssen in shoulder
>>26161724I'm curious about this as well
>>26161753>>26161724>>26161756but we JUST GOT that reroll!
Rolled 1>>26161770We are fighting the avatar of an evil god. Now's as good a time as any to use it.
>>26161770I'm just asking, I'm not voting yet.
>>26161724No wasting a reroll unless someone we care about would die
>>26161770The better way to think of it is "We got that reroll JUST in time!
Rolled 8>>26161788Beacon might break on this 1.
>>26161816Well that's a scary thought.
>>26161816the 1 was cancelled by the 20, it's a 2.
>>26161788Yeah, let's be stingy with our rerolls. They are not candies to be thrown to the howling masses of evil as though they were children on Halloween.
>>26161838I like this metaphor.
voting for spending reroll, this is a GOD boss fight.
>>26161931This is only round 1, Anon.
GUYS. Why are you all upset? Yes, we made the Evil Sword of Ultimate Satan violently explode. But it might explode in a good way! We did hit it with the Good Spear of Infinite Glory, so maybe it'll simply convert to the Light and start teaching Sunday school!
>>26161954and having a nat 20 to take out soma in round 1 could be very useful for the entire combat
>>26161975>Soma explodes>revives Peace
Rolled 15>>26161954If Avatar of Ice is a multistage fight we're fucked anyway.
>>26161816>>261618341s and 20s have weird children.>>26161954This is round 1, turn 4, I think. And the Orcs need all the time we can buy them. That said, if people don't want to spend it, we can wait till Echo comes back from the emergency room and types the next post.
>>26161660Vote to reroll the 1.
>>26162017Antivote. Do NOT use a reroll.
>>26162003the 2 was the next valid roll after the 1an20.I could be wrong about how it works though, 20 could take priority.
>>26161997What I generally see happening is we fight our way to the Avatar either leaving, or we force it out with Enlightenment. Lets do the latter, I have an IDEA. :D
save the reroll, next roll could be a double 1 guarenteed critfail.
>>26162017>>26162036no reroll. The beacon isn't going to break in one hit. It'll just get flung away most likely.
Rolled 20, 15, 16 = 51>>26161671(The reroll would force a full reroll, trust me, you might want to save it for something else.)There's a massive flare of light and sparks, but they're coming from Beacon AND Soma and you just feel a push from both sides, knocking the weapons together with no stress giving way to either side.The Avatar slashes at you with three blade strikes, one after the other. You can almost hear 'And I hope YOU feel THIS!' in your head. Man that bitch just will NOT let you killing her go.
Rolled 15>>26162090Fucking ouch. Heals please!
Rolled 14, 18, 3 = 35>>26162090Ssen: Feel it.Perhaps dodge if we are lucky, but we are not.
Rolled 2>>26162090Lamia dodge?god fucking fuck lamia dodge.
>>26162090Peace...Peace, you're a bitch. Stop being a bitch.
>>26162090>we get hit with Soma
Rolled 12, 8, 11 = 31>>26162090quick quick dodge please? We never get to use it
Rolled 13, 20, 11 = 44>>26162090wait should dodging this be 3d20?
Rolled 4, 15, 19 = 38>>26162090Rolling for quickquick dodge in the hopes of Echo letting us use it.
Rolled 18, 20, 12 = 50>>26162090BEAST MODE
>>26162090You're just jealous that we found a new nemesis! You refuse to admit we broke up a long time ago. Don't worry, Nakai'ia, she won't take us from you!
Okay, change of plans. We might die here. If that's the case, we can't die without the staff being broken, the north is just too shitty. Let's change that to our target.
I learned something today.Don't taunt evil beings living in swords because we killed them with arrows.
>>26162090"Yeah... yeah I feel that"try not to go into shock.
>>26162200"Look, Peace, I'm glad you still care, but time passes, people move on. Maybe you should too."
>>26162223Why?It's not like they'll stab us or anything.
Rolled 3, 17, 5, 9, 1 = 35>>26162090The first blow smashes Beacon out of your hand and smashes your fingers hard, freezing them, then the next two blows come one after another. You scream in pain.Platform attacks the Avatar.Mage blasts it with a fireball.Mari continues her analysisTricia waves her sickle at you, covering you in pollen.Lea attacks the thing with a double strike.
Clang's bonus mean we blocked the last two hits, right?
>>26162284no, bosses hit on 14 with clang and 12 without clang.
>>26162284clang brings us UP to 14.
Rolled 14, 9, 10 = 33>>26162283At Least Mage got it with a fireball
>>26162316this is exactly what happened.
>>26162283Lea swears as her kick causes her to slip on the iced floor and she lands on her ass. Hard.Mage's fireball hits. "CHOKE ON IT!">>26162142Your quickquick isn't enough to dodge the blows, BUT it is enough to snatch Beacon back up off the ground and get you ready again.Your turn.
>>26162283Well platform sucks and lea critfailed.Lovely
Rolled 3, 1, 18 = 22>>26162335break the staff of domination
>>26162335We need to heal.Get a charged troll pot from mage.
>>26162335flurry, no more trying to hit Soma, we need to kill this guy.
>>26162335Did we swap hands? I'm assuming we swapped hands, since our main hand was frozen. Swapped shield too.We're real low on life. Get back from the guy, and toss a fire bomb while you are doing it. We're heading towards the staff of dominion, to smash next turn.
>>26162335Spear the bastard! Can we get Lightmare in here as reinforcements?
Rolled 19>>26162335Actually, on second thoughts, go for healings. We are one more successful triple strike from mr Ice away from death.
>>26162367>We need to heal.Tricia used one of her heal charges to get you back to full. You're good.
>>26162394Well okay then.
Rolled 19>>26162394Well, changes things.[x] Break Soma
>>26162394>back to fullOh shit, I thought that restored only one wound.Also, that's only cauterization and anasthesia in that, so we're going to be FEELING THE HELL out of this one in about an hour.If back when tricia healed us we were brought up to full, that means we have... 4 hits now. I think. So get back to attacking.
>>26162283Echo, see >>26162238Lets show Soma what we've learned. Quick-Quick to double-strike Soma.
>>26162394Bust up Soma, because getting stabbed by your father's own sword really isn't fun
>>26162449>>26162422>>26162438"Look, Peace, I'm glad you still care, but time passes, people move on. Maybe you should too."You unleash a quick quick strike against Soma.2d20+1
Rolled 19, 5 + 1 = 25>>26162478
Rolled 12, 11 = 23>>26162478
Rolled 15, 20 = 35>>26162478Rip and teaR!
>>26162335Can we start singing one of Father Uriah's songs while we're doing this?
>>26162493good work! Trade blows with a sword!
>>26162335We need to keep his attack focused on us or he will try to control our friends. Weapon break on Soma.
>>26162493Taffer I love you
Rolled 16>>26162493good job taffer
Rolled 12, 7 + 1 = 20>>26162478Didn't see the dice request
Looks like we created more work for Echo
Rolled 12, 5, 13, 20 = 50>>26162493HAH! A flash of sparks and then a HUGE burst of light that knocks Soma out of the Avatar's hands."Enough." The Avatar says. "You failed. I will end this."He motions with a hand and Soma vanishes.His form then shifts and the face that he had now is a Hound's, a second pair of Headhunter arms rip out of his sides and his legs stretch up into Longleg appendages, splitting in half to become four.A shriek comes from its mouth as longleg tendrils emerge and Headhunter Ichor spills down its limbs.Mouths emerge from his chest and begin to sing the Song of the Choir.(Ichor: The Ice Aura is cancelled by this.)Platform shows no hesitation and attacks it.Mage gestures and suddenly the only thing you hear is a faint ringing in your ears.Mari keeps her analyzation up.Tricia shifts her limbs into mantis blades and digs into the creature's legs.
Rolled 2>>26162673Does this mean Beacon can glow again?
Rolled 11, 13 = 24>>26162673Platform doesn't do enough damage.Tricia's blows are amazing. One slashes deep into the longleg, and the other whips around and slashes the tendril right in half.Lea does a double strike.
>>26162673>entering second boss stageOh jeez, now we can't hear. At least we can use beacon now. Cut off his face. Which is his arms, in this case.Cut off his face arms.
>>26162717Lea's strikes do a bit more damage.And yes, Beacon now can glow again.Your turn.
Rolled 9>>26162735[x] Stab the fucker, with beacon. As many times as we can.
>>26162749>>26162735in the face arms.
>>26162749Seconding, with the caveat of "And then twice more"
>>26162718His arm faces.>>26162735Hoping we can quick-quick to avoid damage, now. Attack it with Beacon.
>>26162735Ok, Beacon strikes. On another note how is Mari with the analyzation thing?
Rolled 6I pictured the cold man to look something like this.
>>26162815The fact that it just changed probably doesn't help with the sub-10 rolls (don't think she's rolled above a 9).
>>26162718>>26162761>>26162776You aim Beacon at the Headhunter arms. You notice that these too have Choir Singers on their palms. Ugh, you cannot STAND this thing.You used Quickquick attack last round, so you can't do it this one. Next turn.1d20+2
>>26162827Well damn it. Yesterday it gave me a random tactical hotdog and today it eats my image. Fuck you, Captcha
Rolled 20>>26162850Rolling Thunder
Rolled 1 + 2>>26162850it's fine, just swizzle our spear around in that mess. I guess we could technically bite or claw him now, since he's not so cold any more.
>>26162866He looked more like this in my mind. Less blood, of course. Well, maybe this much blood during the fight.
>>26162887>>26162870What the bloody fucking hell
Rolled 13>>26162870Taffer, you are amazing.
damn, it happened again even without my help.
Rolled 2>>26162887All my hate
>>26162918>>26162911Remember all that CITADEEEEEL we used to yell before citadel receded in influence?Well, we're on another landspirit's land.
>>26162887Sir, you are no gentleman.
>>26162870>>26162887...again? Goddamned again? Citadel, you come out of your room and explain yourself!
Rolled 3, 17 = 20>>26162898(A 12 is juuuust enough at your level.) You pierce the thing's palm just enough and into one of the foreheads of the thing, spraying ichor all around.It wails and regrows the tendril that Tricia chopped off. It makes a swipe at you with a hand. and kicks out at Lea with a longleg. Those things can bend in multiple ways.
Rolled 10>>26163008That went better than expected
>>26163023lea is 2nd highest in the punishment-taken-on-this-trip list.
>>26162914>>26162866I was thinking closer to this personally. but maybe with some light clothes, perhaps a wool poncho?
Rolled 4, 10, 2, 18, 4, 5, 1 = 44>>26163008Lea winces in pain at the kick to her stomach, swearing.Platform still attacks.Mage shoots another fireball at the thing.Mari continues her study.Tricia does another double attack, same as Lea.
>>26163053and lea falls on her ass again.Poor poor lea.
>>26163031I wonder if the Orcs have a phrase like that. Probably something celebratory.
>>26162887Citadel pls go
>>26163053platform has been useless this whole fight.
Rolled 1>>26163053We need to get Lea some heals. And some practice fighting on ice.
>>26163053Tricia hits successfully, but Lea slips and trips again on the ichor covered ground.Your turn.
>>26163077Lets show him our piercing stab.
Rolled 7>>26163077[x] Stab him, with beacon, as many times as you can.
>>26163077Stab the shit out of this guy
>>26163073platform is literally a cargo moving device. Like a trolley.>>26163077lea you poor, poor, poor dear. Poor dear.Continue beacon strikes, we really need some enlightenment to banish this fucker.Also none of our natural weapons probably work, and he's made of cold, which means he's basically our worst matchup possible.
>>26163107>>26163103>>26163094>>26163077"Tell me which hurts more, this or this"
P-people have been saving my shitty MSPaint Citadel reactions?/tg/, I don't know what to say...
>>26163122Pardon my ellipses but, ...Could we have Nakai order Platform to undo the fixtures holding the staff?
Rolled 12>>26163175Let's not have Nikai do anything that will paint a target on her head please.
>>26163122>>26163107>>26163103Quickquick muscles are kicking in, Beacon seems to be loving it as well, that Soma bitch blocking his mojo to help his latest wielder, NO ONE dims the Beacon!Such a bloodthirsty thing. No wonder it's only been entrusted to the Caligo Clarus.2d20 +2
Rolled 3, 1 = 4>>26163207
Rolled 5, 10 = 15>>26163207beacon: Be kinda scary bro.
Rolled 2, 3 = 5>>26163207
Rolled 17, 8 + 2 = 27>>26163207
>>26163122Does this mean one of our lighter party members can ride Skitter like a skate/surfboard?
Rolled 14, 3 = 17>>26163207
Rolled 9, 19 = 28>>26163233>>26163223>>26163216Shit guys, I'm sorry.
>>26163233>>26163223>>26163216we have taken a bit too much blood loss!
so we don't hit, damnit.
>>26163216>>26163223>>26163233Decidedly poor.I choose to blame Peace for this. Fucking bitch.
>>26163245yes, but skitter won't like it.
>>26163257Lets think of it as building dramatic tension and move on, mate. Because it is. It really is.
Rolled 10How many more hits do we need on Mr. Ice? I lost track.
>>26163268don't worry, we'll be hit ourselves soon. Which will also charge beacon.
Ice man: Be the ultimate prick and marr Ssen's warmth rune. It would fuck her over constantly.
>>26163223You slash the thing a little with your second strike. The thing lets out another hissing, crackling, roar, and then...retreats upwards.It uses its legs to scale up the inside of the tower. Up out of reach of your group into the darkness above. "What now?!" You faintly hear Mage moan.You have a full free turn with the others to do as you will.
Rolled 17>>26163481Get Lea some heals.
>>26163481Ring the bell and nick the staff.
>>26163481"He's going to use the bell.FIND COVER AND PLUG YOUR EARS!"
>>26163527Not if we ring it first.
>>26163519Ring bell first, work on the staff, get ready for it to start ruining our day. Also get Lightmare + the cart in here.
>>26163481get lea a healing potion, and have Mari get the last bullet ready for if things are going very badly.
>>26163527F that, slither as fast as stairs allow us. Stupid stairs.
>>26163559The brillite might work better in our hands given that we got beacon.
What the fuck is Nakai doing, again?
>>26163647hiding. Because she's a noncombatant.hiding in the towerrrrrrGET IN THE TOWER
Rolled 2>>26163647Cowering. She's not a combatant.
You take a moment, and then your eyes wide. "He's going to use the bell." You yell. "FIND COVER AND PLUG YOUR EARS!" You dive for the bell pull and YANK.BONGGG BONGGGG BONGGGGGGGThe staff glows brightly and you feel a pulse ripple through your entire body. You shudder at the feeling. Like a thousand tiny hands wrapped around your skull and squeezing. It hurts like hell. The others seem less pained but still creeped out. Nikai has her hands around her ears.From outside, you swear you hear the choir stop and the city moan.BONGGGG BONGGGGGG BONGGGGG. BO-....The Bell suddenly has stopped. You're still pulling on the pull, but it feel much much looser than before, and you hear something...like a mass of rushing air.
>>26163647Hiding so she doesn't give oneshot/instagibbedShe shoulda kept what she had before, at least she was combat-capable.The only thing this new form does for her besides diplomacy is damn her to die in combat and gain a weakness to mage's swag
>>26163481"What else? We go after it."
>>26163672Bell rope got cut, time to get out of the way before we get bisected.
>>26163647Hiding, she's a non-combatant, as Echo said one hit will kill her.
>>26163672Get out of there. He's got the bell. We neglected to find cover.
Rolled 2, 1 = 3>>26163672Move, bells coming down.
Ssen, ring the bell.Mage frees the staff.Leas drinks a potion.Mari finishes her analysis/shoots dart.Tricia sends insects.
>>26163707He cut the rope at least
Rolled 10>>26163672[x] Dodge falling bell! Now!
I have a feeling he cut the damn bell... OUT OF THE WAY!
We learned, on that day, there were more ways than the bag to trap a lamia.You could trap them under a bell, like a giant cup.
Wait, if all the base are required to come to the bell...Does that include orcs?
>>26163780That is adorable.
>>26163672Can we grab the brilitite stone or is it physicaly attached to the staff.
>>26163927technically it's just hovering there in the staff with magic. If earlier description was accurate.
>>26163708"Move! Bells coming down!" You shout and everyone makes for the sides of the room as you see the giant shadowy form of about four tons of giant iron bell comes hurtling down.Roll 1d20
Rolled 1, 16, 1, 15 = 33>>26163974
Rolled 11>>26163974I wonder if we can do anything useful with that bell.Oh well, at least we got it rung before he disrupted our plans.
Rolled 1>>26163974Those 1's don't look good
>>26163993hopefully the others are mostly fine, since we told them to take cover in our extra round. Only we were actually directly under the bell.
>>26164018i....whatI'm sorry /tg/
>all these 1's
You...might want to use that reroll...like for EVERYONE.
Rolled 4SHould we reroll?
Use it... definately use it.
we are just doing poorly today. Maybe we WILL get trapped under a bell.
Rolled 3>>26164056Can we, please?
>>26164056RerollOur dice just fucking commit seppuku
>>26164056we can do that? I'm glad we saved our rerollbecause THIS is the time to do it. cascading 1s? no thank you.
Rolled 17, 7, 3, 20, 16 = 63>>26164076Reroll 1d20
>>26164058Is that really a fucking question?SO MANY ONES.
Rolled 1>>26164056Yeah, seems like we do.
>>26164096But you don't get to roll it. In fact, you don't get to roll. Ever.
Rolled 20>>26164096Thank god you are linked to the wrong post.
Rolled 5>>26164092okay, rerolling.>>26164096YOU DON'T COUNT YOU WEREN'T LINKED PROPERLY
>>26164096Anon, why is your dice a noko?
>>26164096thankfully that wasn't linked to the actual post
>>26164096>>26164092OH fuck, am I glad I linked the older post.
>>26164109>>26164096Too late, anon. ;_;
BELLS FALL EVERYONE DIES
Rolled 15>>26164056Reroll for everyone
>>26164127No, we're safe from that post.
>>26164127No. He did not roll. He will never roll again. Ever.We will not have a discussion on this point.
>>26164171buckets of virgin sacrifice.
>>26164140If anyone else gets a 1, I think I will have an aneurism.
Rolled 11>>26164171It was linked to the wrong post, that's how.Also statistics.
ok, so do we have anyone crit failing with the current roll?
>>26164216no.just a normal failure.Thank god.Someone's going to break a leg.
Rolled 16>>26164216We seem to have two failures, but no crit faliures. Someone crit succeeds, so that might save the failures.
I bet that nat 20 will allow wmoever to grab one of the failing rolls.
All these 1's and 20's.It's as if there are powerful forces at work, each in opposition. The Dice Gods themselves are at war.My God.When the Dice Gods fight, what happens to the characters caught in the battle?
>>26164211You've rolled 2-3 20s just randomly in addition, man.
Rolled 20>>26164269That was like my fourth or fifth 20 this thread.
>>26164284Speak of the devil
>>26164284Can you just not.
I am starting to question the question the quality of the 4 chan dice rolls random number generator.
Rolled 5>>26164284>mfw I have no mfw pictures to use.
>>26164347Remember the case of Sir Sigismund?There were 50 1's in that first thread.Fifty. The dice rollers either bugged out, or probability itself suddenly failed.
>>26164347> random Oh child.
Rolled 7>>26164385Has this been archived? I want to see this shit.
>>26164385I need to reed this
Rolled 20, 16 = 36>>26164092>>26164112Tricia, and Nikia dive for safety and are out of the way.You and Lea however are on the ball and you're not only fast enough to get out of the way, but you grab Peri and Lea grabs Mage and you all slide to safety out of the way.The Bell lands hard with a huge BONNNNNNNGGGGGGG and lands...right on top of the Staff of Domination. There's a HUGE burst of Light and the staff is knocked free from its stand you feel those hands on your brain disappear in an instant."Get the staff!" Mage shouts.You can see the glow under a big chunk of metal.THUDThe Cold Dark Man lands on top of the ruined bell in a three point landing. He gestures and the staff of Domination pulls itself out of the rubble and jumps into one hand."Yes, I know. No...I don't doubt you." He gestures with his other hand and Soma appears in his other hand. "They end with us.""Fuck me." Mage says."IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT HIS WITHIN THE SIGHT OF HIS LIGHT!" Lea shrieks and charges at the guy with a double strike.
welp, Lea is definately a paragon of His Light. Paladin or not.
>>26164408>20 >16DAMN lea
Rolled 11>>26164408She is being an instrument of His Light.Good Job Lea
>>26164408Holy shit Lea
>>26164408BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
>>26164408Way to be, Lea.
>>26164408When Lea's fist hits Soma there's that flare of light and sparks that normally comes when Beacon hits it and you see smashed fingers and hear a CRACK from Soma. Also she connects with her kick.Your turn.
>>26164408If Crits do 2 damage, the Avatar should be down to 5/15 wounds.
>>26164466Bust up Soma with another double stab, because Lea has the right idea
Rolled 11>>26164466[x] Fuck Soma, stab the bastard.
>>26164478Assuming it didn't hela any
>>26164408>Soma appears in his other hand.Fuck that, time for Beacon to FINISH this.
stab him, Flurry!
Is this Lea's swan song?
>>26164408Does this nigga even know who he's dealing with?
Rolled 14>>26164466Soma. Smash it.
>>26164466We Beacon him. We Beacon him until he dies.Then if there's anything left we Enlighten his remains until they disappear.
>>26164466>he has the staffDon't let him keep the staff! If he just fucked off with it right now, we'd be doomed.Go for sundering.
>>26164558How many charges we even at? We got some in after Soma pissed off for a bit, but it is back now so we can't charge
>>26164588we did get hit a few times didn't we? 3 from soma though so I'm not sure if that counts.
>>26164466"In the Name of His Light". Do weapon break on Soma.
Rolled 12>>26164618I think Soma might already be broken
>>26164588Kill him, find a way to charge Beacon, then use Enlightenment.
>>26164633It's just about to break, it's cracked
>Ssen's brilliant strategy formulated by her devious leviathan brain: hit it with a pointy stick until it stops movingThat Crafter girl was right. Humanity does corrupt.
>>26164499>>26164495>>26164517quickquick double stab, this ENDS NOW!2d20+2
Rolled 19, 4 = 23>>26164704
Rolled 12, 2 = 14>>26164704
Rolled 8, 18 + 2 = 28>>26164704Lets go
Rolled 5, 20 = 25>>26164704Do it!
Rolled 7, 15 + 2 = 24>>26164704Take Lea's example.Fuck bitches up.
Rolled 12, 17 = 29>>26164704
Rolled 11, 18 = 29>>26164717>>26164728decent, decent both hits
Rolled 18, 10 = 28>>26164704here, have some rolls>>26164702look, we got stabbed a lot. We're a bit tired.Also, our other plan is BURN IT! BURN IT WITH DRAGONFIRE! Which I think is a good one.
Question:What happens if we use enlightenment on a nuclear-sized load of quicksilver being held by an ancient magical force?
>>26164702It's cold, shut up.
Rolled 6, 13 = 19>>26164702That sort of strategy does tend to work fairly often.
>>26164767Something we don't want to be around.
>>26164767Everyone in a 100 radius gets Enlightened.EVERYONE
>>26164702Don't fix what ain't broken.
>>26164796As long as the Brillite isn't destroyed, I'm 110% cool with this plan.
Rolled 5>>26164728Your first strike hits the Avatar, the second one he blocks using Soma. You hear the thing crack some more."BOOM BOOM BOOM." Something's pounding on the door to the tower.The Avatar points the Staff at the mob of you, he focuses and there's a burst of not-purple night and that piercing ringing in your ears.
>>26164854... shit, 5 of us.
Rolled 5, 13 = 18>>26164854Hopefully that was for the staff, not for us.
>>26164854deflect the staff before it does whatever it does.
Rolled 10, 15 = 25>>26164854Mage spins around and starts pointing his staff at you all.That's when Platform tackles him. Naturally he tries to rupture Platform's innards.
Rolled 19>>26164854Just noticed that was a d7, fuck fuck fuck.
>>26164878or perhaps its #5 who is struck, hard to say.
>>26164915I think platform actually did something helpful
>>26164915nooooo, not platform
Rolled 1>>26164915There's a nasty squelching noise and Platform starts to leak a lot of fluids as it skitters back to Nikai."Screw this." Mari says and lights and chucks one of her oil bombs at the Avatar.
Rolled 18>>26164928That or Mage was going to undo the domination effect.
>>26164939complete miss, hopefully it doesn't hit one of us
>>26164939>lights herself on fire
>>26164939>1 on oilbombYOU FORGOT TO LIGHT IT YOU DAFT FOOL
oh btw, we are on page 8 now
Rolled 16We are all gonna die, aren't we?
>>26164982Welcome to Lamia Quest, where you may not die.
>>26164854"In the Name of His Light". Do weapon break on Staff.
could REALLY use some miracles down here, light.A heavenly host would not be amiss.
Rolled 6>>26164939The explosion is small, and more POP than Boom. However, it's enough for the Avatar to drop Soma.Tricia kicks Soma away to Lea and Lea jumps on top of it, grabbing it. "GOTCHA BITCH!" She shouts.
>>26165033"Nah, it's cool, I BELIEVE in you!"-least helpful god
>>26165048She clearly has gotten jack shit
>>26165072>>26165048perhaps the sword has got her
>>26164939If Beacon is fully charged at this point (which it might be), here's what we do:Ssen concentrates on herself and the Light. On the possibilities of everything. And focuses on the one where the Light reaches out to all that the Ice has taken, and it is their choice to reach back.Then use Enlightenment on the Brillite Crystal on the staff.
>>26165081she probably falls on her ass again
>>26165048>>26165033>1 on firebomb>fizzle and not TPKThat's miracle enough for me!
Rolled 5>>26165098No, we need the crystal to kill citadel
>>26165048"AH! DAMNIT!" Lea screams as Soma twists and burns in her hands. She hold it on tight enough that it cuts into her, deeply, and her gloves are burnt off."SSEN NOW!" Tricia yells.Beacon is vibrating in your hand and glowing brighter than the staff of Domination.
>>26165048We SO need to kill this son of a bitch.
Rolled 14>>26165124[x] Enlighten the mother fucker.
>>26165124Stupid plan time.Enlightenment on the orb in the staff.
>>26165048>>26165109No, probably gets burned.>>26165119We're not blowing it up, we're using it as an amplifier. It'll still be around afterwards. Besides, Dicefag, we're the kings of stupid plans.
>>26165124okay, we obviously need to do something with beacon. I am tempted to enlighten the staff, but that would probably explode, so do the avatar instead. That one will be minty when it explodes.
>>26165140enlighten the staff... yes
>>26165124Enlighten the fuck out of this bastard. "... lighten up."
>>26165124Using this wording l>>26165098, but everyone's choice as to the Avatar vs. the Crystal.
>>26165163>>26165147PRAISE THE LIGHT
>>26165124use LIGHT on STAFF GEM.Hope it doesn't explode.
>>26165140>>26165154Not when we have no idea what it will actually do.We need that staff.
in b4 we just casted the "locate city nuke" equivalent of enlightenment spells.
>>26165124"Let there be warmth in the coldest winters! Let there be a fire in the hearth! Let there be solace from the endless chill! LET THERE BE LIGHT!"And then enlighten something.
>>26165186I said stupid plan time.>>26165197I like your speech.
No, we absolutely need the staff.
Aw, what the hell. If Lighting the gem gets the vote, at least it'll be dramatic.
Rolled 13>>26165209Stupid plans are only used when we can't think of a good plan, damnit!
Blast the dude before he can call Soma back to him.
>>26165124Enighten the Avatar
Ssen's dragon brain: Use your dragon instincts to tell whether or not enlightening the beacon is a terrible, terrible idea. It's your job to make sure leviathanside doesn't get TOO nuts over here.
>>26165139>>26165140>>26165152You aim Beacon at the Avatar and let Enlightenment slam into the fucker. The blast of light knocks the creature off of it's feet, it drops the staff of Domination. Peri grabs it. Mage shakes his head clear.The Avatar just vanishes when it hits the ground. Dissipating into a mass of cold smoke, soot, and a pool of ichor. The song of the Choir is silenced in the entire city for five whole seconds. Then it starts up again."LEA!" Tricia is at her side, using the rest of the pollen she can use to stem the large amount of blood pouring down her chest. Soma is nowhere to be seen.Lea smiles at Tricia and slumps against her."Open the barrels!" Mage says. "Get Lea over here now!""Uhh guys..." Peri says pointing behind you. The doors of the tower are open and you see them. A mass of Sad Things, there has to be at least a couple thousand of them. They're just standing there, looking at Peri. Peri looks at the staff in her hand."Oh. Oh shit." She says.
>>26165288Well, we did want to get them all in one spot. Pity we happened to be in that spot when they arrived. Typical Dawnchaser work.
>>26165288"Tell them to hold a moment!"Get lea over to the barrels. We've got to get them open, anyway.
>>26165288Well, that's more than thought there would be. Hope we have enough meat.
>>26165288OPEN THE BARRELSLET TE FLESH FLOW
>>26165288break it. That seems like the best thing to do in front of the crowd.This couldn't possibly go wrong.
Rolled 4>>26165288Open the barrels.
Rolled 15>>26164529I have to read that comic, source?
>>26165288"Peri" you say, "get them to stand aside while we get everyone out then point them at the barrels."
>>26165288"Mage, Tricia, see to Lea. Once she's safe, plan goes in motion.""Peri... no... sudden... moves."
>>26165401Don't know myself, let's hope some /co/mrade is in here.
>>26165401Marvel Adventurers: The Avengers #26It's a good one.
>>26165401Marvel Adventure: The Avengers >>26165447Lurking and enjoying my breakfast as always.
"Nikai we've got the staff! Hurry or we'll be swarmed!"Peri+staff to Nikai ASAP
"Oh shit." You echo. "Nikai, Tricia, open the barrels...dump it out. Now. Peri keep them from charging the stuff. Mage, do what you're going to do!"The barrels are opened and Mage motions for the others to start dumping all of them out, save one."Ugh...this is so so gross." Tricia says as the mass of pinkish, reddish, lumpy flesh starts to pour out of the barrels. It's freed of the spell Mage used so it keeps on pouring out, more and more, into the crowd. And by His Light, the plan worked. The Sad things that touch the wave of flesh collapse into nothing, and their skulls turn to dust. It's just the same as when they touched you. And yes, a little of the flesh grows blackish or gets frost crystals, but there's no brain or overly complex vital organs to traumatize.Mage in the meantime takes a handfull of the stuff out of one barrel and slaps it on Lea's wound. He puts his staff to her body and chants. There's a hissing sound and...well, it's not pretty, but who can tell that Lea has another scar or seven.Mage nods and smiles at you. "She's going to be sore, and stiff for a while, but she's okay."Lea groans and opens her eyes as she hangs onto Mage and Tricia. She nods as she looks at the crowd of Things, touching the growing puddle of flesh and freeing themselves."This...is the most disgusting miracle...I've seen in my life." She says.
Rolled 17>>26165542A great wrong is being rectified, it seems a happy sight to me.
>>26165542"Damn straight it is. It's a wonderful, disgusting miracle."
>>26165542*flick out your tongue*"I'm tasting it."
>>26165542"I wonder who else would have done it?" Smile at her.
Rolled 19>>26165585Oh god, this.
>>26165542"Just wait until the dead flesh gets up and becomes an ice thing.Can we break that staff now? Who knows how long the orcs are going to take with their bomb, and we have pod people to save once the town blows over."
>>26165542"Still a miracle."
>>26165592We've got another day I think.
>>26165542"...I dunno, it makes me kind of hungry."
>>26165542"...I need to try it.Sorry. I can't help it. This is happening."Take a chunk out of the wall of meat.
>>26165610Either that, or have your stomach growl audibly.
>>26165592Yes we should beak the staff. Lets try this, roll a lump of flesh into a ball and chuck at a luck Sad thing.
Rolled 4>>26165606Nah, the staff has been taken out. They know and are marching for the city.
>>26165542"It's alright...it's alright...it's alright. He moves in mysterious ways..."Bonus points for twitching slightly as we say this.
Well, live birth is pretty nasty too but it's still a miracle!
>>26165642Oh yeah>>26165647We give live birth too.
>>26165542Lea needs a day off when we get back. R and fucking R. She's been a real trooper and has gotten a lot more shit than usual.
>>26165542>This...is the most disgusting miracle...I've seen in my life>looks over at Ssen>is currently scooping up a handful of the stuff and has her mouth full>"Uh... yeah. Disgusting. That."
Rolled 7I get the feeling echo really wanted to use negabeacon on us
>>26165710don't worry, the cat comes back.
Rolled 14>>26165724I bet peace will say something like "PREPARE TO BE UNLIGHTENED" and there'll be an awkward silence and then we all make fun of her
"...I dunno, it makes me kind of hungry." You say.Everyone gives you a look."What? I'm tasting it as we speak!" You sighs. "Anyway, it's still a miracle. It's a wonderful, disgusting miracle. I wonder who else could have done it?""Only the Paladin Serpent." She says. "I feel very sleepy and my head is exploding.""Oh. OH SHIT!" Mage says. "GET LIGHTMARE! NOW!"You all pile onto the makeshift Wagon and take off towards the Western Gate.Roll 1d20 You want low, VERY low.
Rolled 10>>26165826well, we're not going to get it echo. You know that.
Rolled 18>>26165826lets go!
Rolled 12>>26165826Dicefag don't roll. Please.
Rolled 19>>26165850I am redeemed!
Rolled 4>>26165826>Exploding...What does he---OH FUUUUUUPlease give me a one for this roll, Dice gods!
>>26165826Come on we need to get to the orcs!
>>261658479 is low right?
>>26165847Not great.>>26165849Could have been a lot worse!Sure hope we grabbed Nikai (and maybe some of those jewls) before running for it.
>>26165847You get to the Western Gate, and you can ditch the half-made cart you put together out of wicker and barrels and hitch up Wagon."THIS is what you ride in?" Nikai asks, incredulously. "I thought you were hallowed warriors who dined with kings!"
>>26165931"Hah, you think this is bad, wait till you meet the king."
Rolled 20>>26165826Please let us have a success, Mr. Echo, sir.I got a new picture for you.
>>26165931"Hey its about how strong it is not how good it looks."
Rolled 12>>26165931DON'T YOU DARE INSULT WAGON LIKE THAT, HE'S BEEN THROUGH A LOT
>>26165931"We are and we have. This thing has survived numerous ecological devastation and if you continue to diss it you'll find yourself getting a dose of paralytic black poison"
>>26165931It's the only thing that managed to survive all our plans.
>>26165931"They were all out of carriages at Hassan's!"
>>26165945Hahaha. Hahaha. HAHAHAHAHAHA!Isen meeting Nikai is going to be hilarious. She'll be like a girl Mage, with all his swag.
>>26165931"This wagon is a Hassan, Nikia. It's built to withstand ANYTHING."
>>26165931Laugh. Just Laugh.
Rolled 2>>26165931Hey! Wagon is our sacred steed!You should see the king!
>>26165931You see, the thing about being hallowed warriors and legends, is that everyone expects you to do miracles on a shoestring budget.
>>26166007too bad she didn't keep the mandibles.
I -just- caught up with the thread.This combat has been fucking bananas.
>>26166046Knowing that she can swap out her body parts will be enough for him, I think.
>>26165931"Yes, and we have a command over this thing called SUBTLETY."
>>26166074Gods have no need for subtlyexcept when they're being dicks which is the case with most of the gods
>>26166007I actually imagine Isen finding her to be disgusting. Like, her beauty is so cliché and, more importantly, she's a shallow, nasty, cruel girl. He -might- feel pity after a while if he realizes that she really is just that ignorant.
Rolled 10>>26166007>She'll be like a girl MageOh god she really will. Since she's fucking beautiful and thinks relations with Base creatures is akin to bestiality.She'll have to fight off her suitors!
>>26165931"Well, carriages are much fancier, but I don't really... fit."
"We are and we have. It's about how strong it is not how good it looks. This thing has survived numerous ecological devastation and if you continue to diss it you'll find yourself getting a dose of paralytic black poison" You say. "And if you think THIS is bad, wait until you meet the king.""Less critiquing and snarking, more running away from the giant explosion!" Mari says, pushing you and Nikai into the wagon."Okay, since Lea isn't able to drive." Mage says as he takes Lightmare's reins."I'm fine, I just have to make sure not to hit the pink lumpy things." She mutters."Like I said, where are we going Ssen? To where the Orcs were waiting for us, back to Red Wolf, or just as far as we possibly can get from this place?" He asks.
>>26166194just far enough to get out of the range of the explosion... remember we have to go back for the Menegerie.
>>26166194Back to the Orcs. They can take care of the city, we need to get the survivors out of here and hightail it back South. We have an invasion to stop.
>>26166194"Back to the orcs. The plan was to meet there, and it SHOULD be far enough from the explosion.Should be."
>>26166194"Back to the orcs for now."
>>26166238>>26166226yep. right after the explosion we nab them and get this WHOLE OPERATION on the march south.We're coming, south. With a whole race of cavalry.
>>26166194Remember we need to get back to the menagerie BEFORE the orcs do. Part of the deal was that everything in the city belongs to them.
>>26166261But will we make it in time?
>>26166194Back to orcswe still need to pick those other formerslaves whom I've already forgotten the names of
>>26166284tammy terry and sarah
>>26166297>tammy and terryI remember those ones, yes.>sarahWho? There were only two former slaves if I recall.
>>26166369Couldda sworn they had a young girl, sarah, with them. Have I gone mad?
>>26166379she was a sad thing.
>>26166238>>26166240>>26166250"Back to the orcs. The plan was to meet there, and it SHOULD be far enough from the explosion.Should be." You say.Mage snaps the reigns and Lightmare takes off. The Ice is quiet. It's pretty late in the day, but still no Sames, no Hounds, no nothing. Even the storm has gone.Eventually you actually ca see the fires of a camp and a few tents with orcs standing around. They look up and then relax when they see you approach. You pull Wagon to a stop when you get onto Land."You are alive." An orc says as he approaches you and the group. He nods. "The others left the moment you succeeded. Now we wait, and see if they have. We have food, your duty is complete so you have earned some.""They have grey skin now?" Nikai asks. "I remember them having green."
>>26166390Oh. :/ Now I'm a sad thing.
>>26166402"Nakai? Not a good time."
>>26166402"Not the best thing to blurt out right now!"
So what's the plan now? Do we go back and try to rescue the menagerie or do we head south?
>>26166402What a coincidence, I remember someone implying they were smart enough to watch what they say and do here because they didn't want to die.
>>26166449We're dawnchasers. We head further north with our Orc army, circumvent the world, pick up the ettin along the way and assault the PE invaders from the south.
>>26166402"Nope grey. Now, as for you- did you say food? I could almost kiss you. I'm off."Follow your nose. Or tongue. Whatever.>>26166449we go back and pick them up after the explosion.
>>26166402"You mean in books right, because you've never actually seen a real orc before, being only a youth"
>>26166402>"They have grey skin now?" Nikai asks. "I remember them having green."The producers changed it to a more greyish so it'd wouldnt cause as much trouble for the CGI people on green screen sets.
>>26166513This and very deliberately roll part of our tail over onto her in the wagon or subtly squeeze her foot just hard enough to hurt. While glaring.
>>26166518>suddenly, Ssen is Deadpool.
>>26166570When has Ssen not been deadpool?
>>26166441"Nakai? Not a good time." You say. "Those kind of things aren't the best thing to blurt out ri-"The explosion knocks you all to the ground. You pick yourself up and turn around and look.It's like watching a second sun slowly fade away. Then it turns into just a red glow on the horizon.The Orc walks up to you and claps you on the shoulder. "It is done. Food must wait, we will go south now.""Aren't we going to wait for the team that left with the bomb?" Tricia asks. "Oh...I see." She's says when she realizes what the look on the Orc's face means."Tisgut and his men said that they would make sure that the bomb would go off." The Orc says. "They were very brave, and very dedicated. We will honor them for ages.""Tisgut?! He was the one taking the bomb? He's..." Peri asks. "We knew him...we liked him.""May the Red Wolf escort him to His Light and speak of his unquestioning bravery." Lea says.You notice that the ice that's next to the Land has changed. It's no longer a solid mass. Now it's a slushy mass, mixed with dirt and water. The Ice has ended.You have helped bring Spring to the North.
>>26166402I'm now wondering what that roll was for earlier.Possibly the losses the Orcs will take?
>>26166582When she wasn't thinking in those funny little boxes.
>>26166582When Ssen wasn't a voice in Deadpool's head and was instead a voice in her own head. It was a long day, lots of echoing.
>>26166680Gods killed: 1Gods mortally wounded: 1
>>26166680"Dawnchasers? Make it count."
>>26166680Damn, Tisgut was supposed to join our party.Also, what about the menagerie?
>>26166680I can't help but wonder if this is just to make us feel sad or if it's a way of making sure we don't try to drag back another party member.
>>26166680"May his Journey be short, and he find peace under His Light. Maybe He can teach that Tisgut some manners. "
>>26166680"...Prepare to march, we've got to take one last look around the ruin."
>>26166680More importantly we brought the light of hope to a place that had none, and now we will bring the same light of hope back to the Free Kingdoms.
>>26166680>Tisgut is deadGo steal a patch of heaven from somebody, you selfish orc.