As the strange girl fades into the mists, you feel a change in the atmosphere. The air is thinner, here, and the mists lighter. You take a deep breath in and catch the scent of burning flesh and acrid smoke."We're close," your mount informs you in a voice like wind through tree boughs. "The time to transition is close. Prepare yourself."You close your hand around the secondary marking totem. It's going to be a bumper ride out than it was in, that much you can feel.. The currents of spiritual energy soaking the air will fight to keep you in your proper place. Once a spirit, always a spirit.You take a deep breath in through your nose and focus. Time to face the wasteland.>1d100
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[[ Apologies for the delay, had to restart the router a few times]]>83You focus on the totem clasped in your hand, feeling its anchoring sensation to the material plane. A bit of dirt from the threshold of your workshop, a bit of hearth ash, and a pinch of salt is all you need to keep you connected to your home plane. You crack the totem like a vial of smelling salts, inhaling the scent of home. The earthy smell fills your lungs, and within you they grow leaden.A rough jolt nearly takes you from the back of the drake. Tendrils of mist wrap your arms and legs. You shake them off with a spiritual sigh, a wind scattering the mists to the corners of the world.You inhale again, and around you the mists part.You land hard on a rocky incline. Sliding down the hill, stones cutting into your form, you flail a hand out and grab an out-cropping, halting your descent. The Razor Wing tumble past you, and your hand flashes out to grasp it.Your head aches.You survey the scene below you with wide eyes. You stand at the far edge of the Ikrins, and below you lies hell.(Cont.)
>>26623666Do you use shaw? because mine was fucking up earlier as well
>>26623666Charred stumps of trees and cracked earth stretch as far as the eye can see. The ground itself weeps smoke like a mangled corpse, and the air is filled with ash and greasy soot. The land is cracked, blasted and barren. From within the deep crags, molten colors dance with hellish glee, coloring the landscape red and black and sickly yellow.You suppress a gag. The air here is devoid of spiritual power. The very soul has been burned out of this plain.From your vantage point on high you can see groups of strange beasts roving the wasteland. Twisted, misshapen humanoids with tusks on their faces and a long, loping gait.>How will you descend?
>>26623736As stealthily as possible.
>>26623736Swap Cordia to the boots, use their granted stability on earthen materials to let us climb down slowly. Edge of Dawn and Cloudwalker's Stride are both pretty bright. This way keeps attention off of us. At the very least we won't be glowing.
Why the fuck is my trip still on. Jesus.
>>26623736well looks like flying isnt a option since we cant breath whatever that shit is in the air, use our shadow shirt and sneak past them all
Seeing a rocky descent in your future, you decide to make a quick binding swap. You take the Crystal Spear focus from your boots and Cordia from your gloves, placing your Earth Warden into your boots. The knee-high greaves of rock creep up your legs, and at once you feel more solid on your feet.Having nowhere else to put the unwieldy crystal spear, you decide to bind it into your gloves for safe-keeping.A flash of light reveals a pair of sky-blue gloves garbing your hands, the knuckles studded with tortoise-shell patterns of deep blue crystal. They feel as though they weigh nothing at all, and when you clench your fist you see an arc of energy play between the studs.>[Binding Complete: Shock and Awe. Produces an electrical charge with a clenched fist. ]Thus prepared, you activate your Shroud and begin your descent.>1d100 for stealth
>>26623975>89The clouds of black hazing the atmosphere quickly become your allies as your body is transmuted into shadow and mist. Golem Rising leaves a trail of churned ash in your wake as you slide from boulder to boulder, making your descent without so much as turning a tusked head in your direction. Soon enough you reach the base of the cliffs, your insubstantial form pressed firmly into the shadow of a massive granite boulder.Here at ground level, below the smog, you can see further patrols of the grotesque tusked beings. They carry torches and curved blades, their yellowed eyes roving the landscape with a dull, bestial intelligence.Your grip on Modi Magni tightens. There are a -lot- of patrols around this area.Perhaps you were expected.If your visitor in the mist was to be believed, the Tyrant is expecting you. Perhaps, then, these beasts could lead you to him.Then again, perhaps you don't want to make him aware of your arrival just yet.>[ ]Approach the patrols. Let's hear this spirit out.>[ ]Avoid the patrols. You have a pit to find and a fire to quench.>[ ]Destroy the patrols. We're taking no chances.>[ ]Other
>>26624104Unless we can stealth kill them all which I doubt This is a sneaking mission Osyki
>>26624104Avoidance. Let's scope this land out and see for ourselves what damage has been done here, then we'll consider hearing the Tyrant's take on it. If it is the Tyrant that sent the messenger. I'm starting to wonder if there might be two spirits responsible for what's happened here, not one. Like the invader is just trying to get away from the Tyrant, after it caused so much devastation.
>>26624104Continue sneaking. Worst case scenario they're expecting us and hostile; sneaking pays. I suppose even if they aren't hostile it would be a profitable venture to just turn up out of nowhere. Make them reevaluate what we might be able to do and what we can accomplish.
No, you decide. Far better for you to proceed without making waves, whatever this Tyrant's intentions. You stick low to the ground, your shadowy guise making you as a cloud's shadow as you drift out of the boulder's cool cloak. Even in your misty form, stealth will be a difficult option. There is a distinct lack of debris to hide behind on the blasted plains, and the tusked creatures look to have vigilant eyes. You could climb into the cracks and attempt to navigate underground, but who knows what horrors await in that molten chamber?This is going to be a test of your skill.>[ ] Overland. The underground holds too many dangers. (1d100)>[ ] Underground. There's nowhere to hide in on this blasted plain. (1d100)>[ ] Other
>>26624131Agreed. Definitely an avoidance mission. Whisper to Modi. "I'm going to sneak up on the Tyrant and plant you deep within his chest. If possible, try not to kill him too quickly. I want to bind him into the anvil back at the village so he can spend the next eternity being beaten with a hammer. Maybe it'll teach him the value of building, rather than destroying. But I doubt it."
Rolled 61>>26624392Underground. Dangerous, but any single monster we encounter isn't going to be a problem. The problem is being spotted and getting the entire wasteland down on our ass. Besides, we're good with Earth. Also, I kind of want to find something awesome to bind here, and the monsters dwelling within fiery pits have to be pretty cool.
Rolled 80>>26624432agreed. Our earth powers give us a definite advantage there, if absolutely necessary.
>>26624413Might be difficult. The Tyrant is a free spirit, not a beast. We can't do the Feral Binding on him. We haven't seen many free spirits being bound, but it seems you need both symbolically appropriate materials and either the spirit's consent or force of will proportional to its power. And anyway, the Lord Restrained promised us a boon if we killed the Iron Tyrant. Probably better in the long run than any focus we could get from him.
Rolled 90>>26624392So we either fly into ash clouds and die from asphyxiation or we dig into a molten pitHard choiceDigging sounds less painful
You cast a wary eye toward the closest pit. If you're to get any deeper into this territory without bringing down the entire wasteland on your head, you're going to need to take a slightly less trafficked route. You slip into the nearest crag, negotiating the handholds you can find until you hit the bottom.Rather, where the bottom should be. Below you, a cavern of fire and smoke expands some eighty meters in every direction. Liquid fire pours through the cavern floor in sluggish rivers, and strange spirits of iron and earth dip chunks of raw ore into the rivers. Vast clanking monstrosities of metal churn out columns of ash, and tusked workers on stone platforms grunt to one another in a guttural language.You drop onto an unoccupied platform, scoping out an exit on the far side of the platform. A track of mine-cart rails lead deeper to the north.>What will you do?
>>26624601Well time to test the capabilities of our shoesGo into the minecartshaft walk on the roof
>>26624601Looks like we follow the rail.
>mfw, shock and aweTime to FALCOOON PAAWNCH some spirits.
>>26624601An iron/fire spirit could help us immensely if we could seclude one out of earshot.
>>26624632Ooh, that's a neat idea. Maybe not do it for the entire trip, but if we see anyone coming hiding on the ceiling could be a good way to avoid them.We should also summon Tryd to get his opinion on this. He's a spirit of soot, and he has pretty good senses for spiritual energy. He might be able to see something we can't.
>>26624601Okay, so. There was a very specific procedure we were supposed to follow in order to defeat the Iron Tyrant. Let me go look that up.
>"The Iron Tyrant is a corrupt spirit, forged of chaos and quenched in the blood of a thousand thousand innocents. To stop it, you must utterly destroy it. Bury the Demon Pits, extinguish the Fellfire, and tear down its corrupt body, plate by plate. Should you accomplish these tasks, in the order I have given them to you, you will be capable. Whether you will be -successful- lies entirely on your wits. You must act, and act soon. The mountains hold little danger for its ilk now."So this seems like a likely area to find either the Fellfire or the Demon Pits.
>>26624719Bury the Demon Pits, extinguish the Fellfire, tear down the plates of its corrupted body. So is this a Demon Pit, or just a pit?
>>26624482True. We'll just plant Modi deep and let him feast.
You lay low to the stone platform, scanning the room intermittently. The iron spirits seem to be processing something in those screaming metal monstrosities, and the tusked creatures look to be overseeing the process. Down in the pit, none of them seem too interested in their surroundings. Sticking close to the stone, you glide silently across the walls, holding your breath as you inch toward the minecart shaft.The iron spirits resemble humanoids, you see, though at their waist they split into a tri-pod of spidery legs. They lack faces, and you wonder if they're truly sentient things or simple homonculi crafted to do a repetitive job.You freeze as one of the tusked creatures looks around casually. Did he see you?>2d100, suggest actions
Rolled 94, 67 = 161>>26624851Calm down Osyki its going to be fine
Rolled 77, 7 = 84>>26624851Wait out his gaze, then continue towards the mine shaft. Keep an eye out for solitary spirits.
Rolled 75, 13 = 88>>26624851
Rolled 73, 41 = 114>>26624851Just keep walking. This beast-man knows nothing of us. He does not see a totemist. He sees a figure of shadow and stone. For all he knows we're one of the Tyrant's servitors, a being that ranks far above him in the hierarchy of Iron. What right does he have to draw attention to us?
You hold every muscle still and narrow your eyes to dim the red glow as the creature's gaze sweeps the area. For a moment you think it's spotted you before it passes you over, staring at a hanging stalactite for a moment before turning back to its work. You keep that held breath for later, continuing your slow churn across the wall. In a moment you drop down to the shaft, hanging from the roof as you make your way down.The sound of metal ringing against metal alerts you that a cart may be coming down the tracks.>[ ]Ambush>[ ]Hide>[ ]Observe>[ ]Other
>>26625198[X]Hide[X]ObserveTry to remain out of their sight, but still try to gather information. We can hide against the wall shrouded in shadow and earth, we're good at this, while keeping an eye on the cart and seeing what its transporting.
>>26625198ObservePeek if they just throw the cart down the tracks or if there are guards on it
>>26625198Hide. On the ceiling. Our boots fuse to the earth, I'm sure we can stick to cave walls.
>>26625266weve been on the ceiling the whole time
>>26625280Oh, so we were. I misread that detail. Well, that's convenient for hiding. These are cavern dwellers, they're probably not used to looking up for threats.
>>26625198[X]Hide[X]ObserveWe will become on with the shadow. And how can we be Prepared if we do not know what we are facing.capacha: petready anonymous
>>26625198[X] Hide[X] Observe
You press yourself as flat as you can against the cavern roof, waiting as the patient metal heartbeats of the minecart roll slowly closer. A light rounds an unseen corner, and you can see one of the strange faceless iron spirits riding in the crude cart, surrounded on all sides by rough chunks of glittering stone.If you were going to examine one of these things alone, now would be the time to do it. Of course, you could simply let it go. You doubt it has the intelligence to spot you unless interacted with. It's all a question of intelligence gathered versus risk of discovery. You don't know how far you are from any of your objectives. You could be days of travel from the Tyrant's domain, and you don't even know if this cavern connects to where you need to be.It's all a crapshoot, frankly.The creature passes below you. Descision time.
>>26625485Anons, one way or another we need intel. Sneaking has served us well thus far but time is crucial. I say we batman the iron spirit.
>>26625485Nab it by the neck and pull it up to usInterrogation time
>>26625485Risky risky... I'm not sure. Maybe we should let it pass
>>26625485Do we even know if they can speak, or communicate in any way? Or will we try and bind it and interrogate it that way?
>>26625485batman time we need intel
>>26625561Agreed. Swing down, hit it with a little lightning to stun it, then grab it for interrogation. Investigate the stone, too. Osyki's training in alchemy and totemcraft means he would know enough about ore to hazard a guess about what this refinery is for even if he can't communicate with the spirit.
>>26625485Can we bind it?
If we can say the words of binding quietly and still have it work then we totally can. Jusst need to think of how to appropriately and silently kill an iron spirit.
>>26625699Maybe? We're in a mine, so we probably have the symbolic ingredients needed to bind an iron spirit. It's unclear how much time it would take, though. We've never bound a spirit outside of the Feral Binding (within the context of the quest, Amal and Tryd were obviously bound at some point), so improvising a free spirit binding could be a lot harder for Osyki to do quickly. Might not be worth it to try.
>>26625561>>26625614Thirded also did we bind the wing to anything?
>>26625766He is binded to our cape i think
>>26625766Not yet. Maybe the sword, since that makes for a silent weapon? Though just doing the wings would be useful if we need to move around the larger pits quickly.
>>26625757Not binding something?! Blasphemy! Might be the best way to deal with it if we kill it we would have to hide the body. Do dead spirits leave bodys?>>26625766Do we have anything to bind it to? Our belt? We need a hat or a helmet for extra bindings.
As a side note, when we get back we should look up what Spheres are. I think it was mentioned in the journal fbriefly. If would be extremely helpful when deciding what to take as the focus.
>>26625877I've been thinking we should get a mask. It's traditional garb for shamans in a lot of cultures. And I think it has a lot of potential for cool bindings. A mask is an item that confers identity. What happens when you fuse a spirit to that? We'd probably get transformations like we've seen the raptor focuses can do, only spread throughout the body instead of confined to one region. We could use the raptor focus to go all Diego Brando, or Cordia to become one with the earth. Or any number of other cool changes. Assuming a monstrous form of our own with which to fight monsters just appeals to me.
>>26626000>Get mask>Get salamander bindind>Fire breath mother fuckersI support any course of action where we get kickass masks.
>>26626000This is definitely a good idea, we'll need to keep it in mind for later.
>>26626000This. Why the fuck did nobody else think of that yet?I see no way this isn't exceedingly beneficial.
>>26626000If we get mask, we should start thinking about taking an animal's tongue as a trophy. That would probably synch really well with a mask.
>>26626000Did somebody say masks?
>>26626097>raptor tounge>bind to mask>get to screech like a raptor instead of talkI like it.
>>26626000Can we make it a Domino Mask? and then require everyone to call us TOTEM-MAN
>>26626062I suggested it once along with a scarf and helmet once we get back we should probably focus on getting those
[[ Seems like consensus is for abducting this spirit. Go ahead and give me a d100 roll. ]]
>>26626107Character from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Can turn living things into dinosaurs. His own transformation is usually just to grow scaly armor and a tail. Quinn's raptor tail binding looks a lot like it, which led people to draw a parallel between them.
>>26626132Fuck your domino masks, We need full face covering witchdoctor masks.
Rolled 76>>26626159Well, it doesn't have a mouth, so it will at least be silent. Here's hoping it doesn't have any other way to call out for help.
Rolled 47>>26626159Bless us dice Gods.
Question: does our spiritual power increase when we bind something? Iirc the shadow guy said that he can only hide our name from things less powerful than us, so how do we get more powerful?
>>26626161>Turns living things into dinosaursIts like I died and went to heaven.That is the best power ever. Hands down.
Rolled 37>>26626159I am the night.
Rolled 76>>26626186Our power has been slowly growing throughout the quest. We've been getting power ups to it every time we go on our vision quests, but it also seems to just get stronger with use, as well. It should be noted that Osyki is apparently ridiculously powerful for a totemist of his experience, due to the training Ayren gave him. Diarca said any normal starting totemist would reach their limit after binding a few spirits, but Osyki has no practical limit that we've encountered so far.
>>26626199He's pretty cool. He eventually learns how to force-fossilize things, too, so he can turn things into dinosaur statues instead. Plus there's just a lot of neat tricks you can pull when you can, say, take out an opponents horse by turning the fleas on it into tiny but very hungry dromeosaurs.
Rolled 52>>26626168Yeah I know but the Derp in me had to ask
>>26626313How would we get magic mouth parts if our masks dont cover our mouth?
>76You are the shadow. You are the night. You flip off of the roof as the spirit passes below you, clenching your knuckles. Lightning crackles between your knuckles as you land a solid hammer-blow to the side of the thing's head. A bubble of electricity blooms and detonates on the side of the spirit's head, and the resulting shock flips it out of the cart. You pounce on the spirit, holding a spear over its neck and pressing down with all your strength. It's silent, perhaps incapable of speech, though it also does not struggle under your weight. Its crude manipulators dig into the stone floor around you in even grooves.Behind you, the mine cart rolls to a stop.
>>26626386To be fair, the binding process changes the thing's shape a lot. We've turned chain armor into plate, gauntlets into cloth gloves, cloaks into amulets. A domino mask could probably transform into a full face mask.
>>26626418I bet Its going to do magic ground comunication bullshit.>>26626438I suppose. Raptor on our armour did give us raptor arms. Still wanting full face cover.
>>26626481Oh, agreed. It just looks cooler that way, even when unbound. I was just pointing out that the binding process seems to have some understanding of an object's purpose rather than just its shape. The mask would probably cover our entire face regardless of what shape it started as.
>>26626418> You've got the creature pinned, for the moment. Fortunately, it doesn't seem to be making a ruckus.>[ ]Interrogate>[ ]Intimidate>[ ]Integrate>[ ]Improvise
>>26626695[X]InterrogateAnd if that doesn't get us much we can Integrate it and get more that way.
>>26626272Why wouldn't you just turn the horse into a dinosaur?
Rolled 25>>26626695[X] Interrogate
>>26626715because its a mammal
Rolled 49>>26626695[ ]Interrogatethen[ ]Integrate
>>26626695>Interrogateand if that doesnt work>Integrate
>>26626732That makes all kinds of no sense
>>26626732And fleas are insects. Not reptiles. Sage because getting off topic.
>>26626695Can we get a bit more information on that third option? What does "integrate" mean in this context? An impromptu binding?Also, does Guise of the Night change our voice to make us unrecognizable audibly as well as visually? Because I'm imagining the resulting interrogation with Osyki growling like Christian Bale's Batman, and it amuses me greatly. "WHERE IS HE? WHERE'S THE TYRANT?!"
>>26626767WHY YOU WANNA BIND ME
>>26626715He didn't want to kill the rider, just slow him down. The framing device for that volume of JJBA is that it's a cross-continent horse race. He was doing a rush job so that he wouldn't be slowed down by it, either. There were other racers getting near the finish line for that leg of the race.
>>26626852DONT BIND ME BRO
If it can't speak how the fuck do we interrogate it, oh wise ones? Feel like an impromptu game of "Behind Enemy Lines: Charades"?
>>26626941Hell, we don't even know if it's sapient or just an automaton. For all we know binding is the only option that could get information from it. We should still check if we can get information easily before we start binding, though..
>>26626941Its magic We aint gotta explain shit.
>>26626941My money is on them being like ants
You speak in a wispy, hissing tone as the shirt's power filters your speech. "Where can I find the Iron Tyrant?" you demand, you voice echoing off of the walls in sinuous ribbons of sound. "What is the purpose of these pits?"The spirit below you remains silent. More and more, the homonculous theory is seeming correct. Its metal fingers continue gouging holes in the earth on either side of it, and it makes no effort to rise from its stationary position.You let out a sigh, experimentally rising from its chest. It remains on the ground, numbly grasping.So much for that.You consider methods of binding. A feral binding could serve, though it might destroy any intelligence the homonculous possesses. A pact with the thing seems out. You could attempt a ritual to spiritually imprison it in an object without a binding, but your know-how on rituals of that sort is shaky at best and you're not sure if you have time to pull it off.Alternatively, you could just leave for smarter prey and less cramped environs.
>>26627142Feral Bind at the very least well get something out of it.
>>26627142I say we feral bind it nice and quick
>>26627142Feral Bind, hope for the best.
>>26627142Would we still have to dispose of the body with a Feral Bind? Normally we do leave a corpse behind, but this thing is a manifest spirit. I'm not sure how this would work.And we should take a look at the cart, while we're here. I want to know what that shiny ore is. It might just be iron pyrite, but still worth investigating.
>>26627142Feral bind it.I mean, if nothing else, we might be able to put it to use, but I don't expect anything powerful out of it.
>>26627367Do we have any blank paper on us? Binding spirits to writing implements seems to let them communicate through them. We might be able to interrogate it that way.
>>26627142We're here might as well bind it. If its unintelligent anyway at least we gained a tool.
Leaving the automaton to its scraping for a moment you search the mine-cart. The ore it carries seems to be iron of some sort, though there are some strange crimson and gold impurities running through the ore that you've never seen the likes of. You don't find a pick or anything else, disappointingly. You suppose you'll have to wing the binding.With a practiced hand you sketch out the sixteen runes around the automaton, careful to avoid its finger range. Chanting the words of the ritual, you bring you spear around and slam the blade down onto its neck, pouring spiritual power into your weapon.>1d100-15 for binding.
Rolled 11 - 15>>26627626
Rolled 73>>26627626Okay heres my roll ANON
Rolled 57>>26627626you forgot your trip
Rolled 2 + 15>>26627626submit
>>26627644-4 binding. We bound ourselves.
Rolled 6 + 15>>26627667rolling
Rolled 80 + 15>>26627626rolling
Rolled 18 + 15>>26627626
Your spear resounds off of the homonculous' body with a reverberating clang, sending echoes sweeping down the tunnel in either direction. The spiritual energy poured into your spear dissipates like a wind-blown mist, leaving you feeling slightly drained for the effort. Nothing. That's the first time that's happened since you were barely an apprentice. Either this thing has wards against binding, or it doesn't actually have a spirit to bind.But then, what's driving it?You hear some commotion from the tunnel in the direction you originally came from.
>>26627901Darn. Well, this might not be terrible. Let's go back up the ceiling and see who comes. Maybe there will be beastmen coming along for us to interrogate. Hell, we can even pretend we meant for this to happen. It's totally a Batman thing to disable one thug and wait for his friends to come so we can take them out. No one has to know we screwed up.
>>26627901Dip the fuck out. On the roof and stealthily as we can. Also erase runes of binding. If we carved them, see I'd alas can erase with earth boots.
>>26627901Well it was pretty obvious it couldn't be bound. Why did you people want to bind it anyway? It's a mindless construct. It was pretty obvious.Having too many binds could weaken us, it puts a strain on our spiritual energy. We should only bind things that are especially cool.
>>26628133We could have bound it. Its a spirit and we bind spirits. Besides it doesnt say anywhere we get weaker as we bind more things.
[[ Starting to feel a little sick. We may end up ending the quest here for the night. In any event, going to hop off for a bit and get some dinner, see if that makes any difference. Be back in a while. ]
>>26628442[[Shit, dropped my trip again.]]
>>26628182Actually, Diarca has stated that the more we bind, the more exhausted we get. We don't know our upper limit, but I'm assuming there is one.And no, we can't bind it. There's nothing there to bind. It's an empty shell motivated by an external will. >>26628459>>26628442Hope you feel better soon, Diarca.
>>26628494That's different. Binding things into a focus is fine, but binding it into equipment and using it draw our spiritual reserves.
>>26628494We bound it because it MAY have had information or at the very least would have been useful to have for the inevitable fight. Iron spirit in sword sounds amazing. And we had ABSOLUTELY no indication that it didn't have a spirit. It could have Beene a dumb spirit or something. Read the post. It says that we've literally never seen a binding fail due to it not actually Bering a spirit
>>26628588It's the actual binding process that tires us, not simply having a focus. So this did waste our resources, but if it had worked there wouldn't be any repercussions. Diarca's said that Osyki has no practical binding limit that we're likely to run into. Presumably he's notice his limits as he edged up to them and found binding more difficult. And if anything, Osyki's binding abilities are getting easier. Look at how the drake's wing actually shrunk to be a more usable focus, when previous large focuses had to be carved down to size.
[[ Alright. Back from dinner and feeling no better, so I'll go ahead and cut the quest here for the night. Expect another Monday thread this week unless plans change, and as always keep an eye on the twitter for further updates and teasers. Please archive the thread, and thanks for following along. ]]
>>26630334Sorry you're not feeling well, Diarca. It was still a fun thread, despite it. Have a nice night.
>>26630334Take care!Anyone archived yet?