EC Session 3.8

Morning, Boltember 1 Milfday.
Everyone but Sakha wakes up in the Land's End Inn.
There are sounds of construction outside.
[OOC] WC GM: Sakha, per the night's activities, is at 75% HP/MP.
ORN: "…"
The inn is not nearly as fancy as the ones in Refuge. It seems to be made for - well, frankly, for rock people.
Cassandra_Lionheart is waiting in the lobby for the rest of the group, and is having a cup of juice.
ORN, of course, had no trouble.
Pak runs out to check on Sakha.
Sakha rolls out of her makeshift shelter drowsily, not having slept well. She rubs her eyes, stretches and yawns.
Pak knocks over Sakha.
ORN walks over and sits next to cassie
Pak checks to make sure that rock kids didn't do anything weird to her!
Cassandra Lionheart: "Morning ORN. How are you fucntioning this morning?"
[OOC] WC GM: Awareness, Pak.
Felicia slept somewhat roughly, but well enough. She gathers up her belongings and whatnot, heading down to the lobby.
Pak rolled 1d100 and got 7 for a total of 7
Sakha oofs and blushes furiously at Pak's pawing, shoving him off.
[OOC] Pak: Pass by 81.
Pak has smelled that smell before. Back in courtesan training.
Pak sniffsniff.
Pak: "What is that…?"
Even if it's dwarves, he knows exactly what happened to her.
Pak: "!"
Pak: "O_O"
Pak: "Sakhaa!"
Hector notices Pak's not in the room.
Pak: "Y…you! You were…"
Hector: "Huh. Musta went out to look for Sakha. Eh, he'll be fine."
Hector gets a cup of coffee, if they have such a thing.
Sakha ignores Pak pointedly, but her cheeks burn red.
Pak kyus…
Pak: "Why didn't you come get us?"
Pak: "We could have helped…"
ORN: "Always at optimal capacity, barring any damage. Please do not mention the slight … indentation caused by snacking to the owner…"
Cassandra_Lionheart looks at ORN and yawns a bit and blinks for a bit
Sakha: "For what?"// she asks sweetly, but the words are laced with the taste of poison.
Pak points down.
Pak: "Hmph… don't try and pretend."
Pak: "Your barrier fell and those kids used you!"
Sakha walks back into to town a little stiffly continuing to ignore Pak's insinuations, lashing her tail, she grits her teeth irritably.
Pak: "Hmph… I told you yesterday, didn't I? You should stay with the group."
Cassandra_Lionheart gets up and strecthes.
Hector yawns, holding his coffee cup.
Felicia grumbles about the lobby, looking for a source of coffee-like substance.
Sakha: "I make my own decisions, sure it was a rough night in a makeshift bed, but I'm not going to waste my money."
A maid - rock, dwarf, but with unmistakable dress and mannerisms - comes up to the party's room, bearing a platter of crystals and bread.
ORN: "… oooh, quartz!"
Pak: "T_T Your decision got you molested by rock people!"
Cassandra_Lionheart stares at the crystals.
ORN: "… Er, This Unit will take more than its share of those if you don't mind"
ORN stares at Cassie and Hector a bit hopefully
WC GM: "Good morning~,"
the maid sings. "Here is your complimentary breakfast. Ah…we don't get many visitors who remain flesh, so we dug up what we could." She eyes ORN. "But for YOU, have a gourmet breakfast~!"
Cassandra Lionheart: "Go ahead, ORN."
Hector holds up his coffee cup. "I'm good."
ORN sparkles brightly at the maid
ORN: "This Unit Shall. Thank you"
Hector: "Might as well eat while I'm at it, though. >_>"
The maid sets the platter down and leaves.
Sakha stiffens and turns on Pak, laying the ice into him. "If you even think of suggesting such a possibility to the others…"
Pak: "…I won't. That'd be stupid."
Pak: "But I want the truth from you, sis!"
Hector tries out the bread.
Pak: "I'm your big brother, after all! >_< If bad things happen, it's my job to try and help!"
Cassandra Lionheart: "So, how is the bread?"
ORN: "Has something Happened?"
Hector: "Well, I don't FEEL like I'm going to keel over and die because of it. *sips coffee*"
Sakha growls. "Since when were you my big brother? You ran off and abandoned me! You're the one that cast ME off, so don't pretend to that role!"
ORN: "There were large noises this morning…"
Cassandra_Lionheart takes a piece of bread, and bites into it.
The bread is indeed passable. Hardly an artisan effort, but it quiets hunger well enough.
The coffee…well, Hector is probably glad he brought his own, as there is none on tap.
Cassandra_Lionheart smiles, and stuffs a piece into her knapsack.
Pak 's eyes burn with flame, matching Sakha's ice. "Hah! You've been even worse! What kind of little sister are you? You've been nothing but secretive and moody, save for when we were first reunited!"
Ahiru sleeps in snuggly next to Fakir while in duckform. She's too content to move on for now.
Pak: "I at least take responsibility when people try to use me. All you do is lie there and take it!"
Cassandra_Lionheart hears the argueing, and sighs
[OOC] ORN: … ^^;;;;
[OOC] Pak: It probably is kinda loud >_>
ORN: "… ."
ORN: "Who simply lies where and takes Pak being used???"
Sakha: "And who do you think made me that way! You wouldn't even acknowledge me and that Hector scorns any relationship that we might have had. What did you EXPECT me to do?"
Felicia crunches on a piece of bread, taking a seat. She rolls her eyes towards the commotion.
[OOC] Cassandra Lionheart: Well, you both ARE yelling at each other from a distance..
[OOC] Hector: Ouch.
[OOC] Cassandra Lionheart: Sounds like a typical day with my family really…
Pak: "That's no excuse! Men take responsibility for their actions! I've been trying to get closer to you to make up for the time we lost, and all you've done is be annoyed and irritated! You didn't even tell us when you were infected by Milf!"
By now, Sakha and Pak are in the street outside the inn. The rest of the party can easily hear every word.
Cassandra_Lionheart sighs
[OOC] Hector: Hector's just biding his time until he's sure Sakha's the best deal he can get.
Cassandra Lionheart: "This is bad. Sounds like my family with me."
Fakir sits up slowly, trying not to disturb Ahiru too much, and takes a small piece of bread.
Cassandra_Lionheart sees Fakir, and waves
[OOC] Hector: Unless you've been there before, it's a good idea to look at the whole menu before choosing your meal.
ORN: "… . It would likely be better to simply solve their issues and enjoy their time together."
Sakha: "Closer? All you've done is prove that you've never grown up! How can you pretend to be my OLDER brother when you act like such a child?"
Cassandra_Lionheart nods at ORN, and thinks about her problem for a bit.
Hector quirks an eyebrow up, but decides discretion is the better part of valor, and getting hit in the nuts this early in the morning would hurt way more than it should.
Pak: "And how can you act like my younger sister when you act like such an old hag?!"
ORN: "That is assuming both wish to be together, which in their case appears to be the case…"
Cassandra_Lionheart sighs
Fakir nods to Cassandra.
Cassandra Lionheart: "How are you doing Fakir?"
Fakir tries to speak, but his voice still fails to come forth. He frowns, irritated.
ORN: "… Was this due to damage in the earlier combat?"
Fakir nods.
Sakha: "I know responsibility! My problems are my own and I don't need to share them with some.. PRETEND family. I thought I'd found you. I thought I could have my family back, but in the whole group, all I am is an outsider,and have beed from the start!"
Cassandra_Lionheart sighs, and checks his throat to see if maybe something is damaged.
Hector: "Ah, it'll heal. Shit happens to everyone."
ORN nods …
Fakir nods to Hector.
[OOC] WC GM: Cassandra: Healing check.
Hector: "Well, let's hope it does. Either that, or we're gonna have to buy you a few pounds of paper and a half-gallon of ink."
ORN: "…"
Cassandra Lionheart: "Fakir, maybe we should get you paper and pencil for a bit."
*smiles and pats him on his shoulder*
Cassandra Lionheart rolled 1d100 and got 39 for a total of 39
Indeed, it does seem that his throat will heal on its own - in a few days.
Pak: "Hah! That's not true and you know it. Even ORN has been inducted into our group more successfully, and he's not even alive! You just don't care enough to really try! Or maybe… you don't even know how!"
[OOC] Hector: Orn's excessive objectivity makes him a good diplomat.
Cassandra_Lionheart looks back at Fakir and smiles "Where did you learn how to fight like that?"
Seemingly from out of nowhere, Fakir snatches his rapier and strikes the ground repeatedly.
When he is done, the word "EXPERIENCE" is etched in the stone.
Hector finishes up his coffee and bread.
Cassandra Lionheart: "Ah. Okay, Fakir. I should learn from you. My sensei is."
*begins to think a bit*
Sakha flushes and tears come to her eyes. "And who's the one that left me all alone so I never could get that chance? Do you know what it was like when we were all shuffled out of the villages? How LONELY that was? I HATED you for leaving me alone! But I was happy to see you again and… I'm still all alone! Can you even COMPREHEND what you've put me through!?"
Hector whistles, leans back in his chair, and looks up. "Oh, this is gonna be one pleasant day."
Felicia sighs.
ORN: "… the knocking of sense appears to be required…"
Cassandra_Lionheart just blinks and sighs
ORN stands up, slams his fists together and steps outside towards the warring parties
Cassandra Lionheart: "ORN…shoot."
*follows after it*
ORN walks straight over to Sakha, picks her up and hugs before she can respond
Cassandra_Lionheart watches and sighs a sigh of relief
Sakha blinks in astonishment.
ORN: "Most other Units were also likely destroyed. Dwelling on loss pointless. New Units were found. Enjoy having found a familiar model instead."
Pak is taken aback for a moment… but stiffens. "H…hah… Loneliness? Don't even talk to me about something like that!" His fire burns even hotter. "I was ENSLAVED on that damn Casino ship! Until I was rescued by Hector and his bandits, I had nobody and nothing to look forward to! The damn owner tried to sell me on the black market! And you know what?! I missed you then!"
ORN: "Do NOT force This Unit to become the magical messenger of Love once again. Much destruction ensued."
Pak is crying and yelling and doesn't even notice ORN.
Cassandra_Lionheart is freaked out by ORN
Cassandra_Lionheart goes towards Pak, and pats his shoulder
ORN walks over, not letting go, picks up Pak too, and has the both of them hug
Cassandra Lionheart: "Pak.."
ORN puts them down and walks back in
[OOC] Hector: Gotta hit the toilet. Back in 10.
Pak clings to… somebody. probably Sakha. And cries.
Sakha hmphs and pushes away from ORN, turning back to Pak, calm again. "The difference though is that you left as a choice. You're loneliness then was caused by your own choice. Loneliness was not my choice. It was yours… I accept responsibility for anything that happens because of my own choices… but I'm lonely because of yours."
Cassandra Lionheart: "Pak…It is all right. Everybody is stressed right now."
Pak: "…"
Sakha hugs Pak back.
Cassandra Lionheart: "Pak, your leaving wasn't by choice. I left my family the same way, you know."
Cassandra_Lionheart looks down at the ground, and sighs.\
Sakha glares at Cassandra.
Pak wipes his eyes. "I… I'm sorry. I… I understand now. It's just… I dunno… Even if… even if I hadn't left, we might have been seperated anyway… But this is the way things turned out."
Pak: "S…so I accept responsibility. And I'll stay by Sakha's side from now on."
Pak: "Until she's never lonely again."
Sakha blinks.
Pak hugs her tight. "I promise."
Pak: "Even if it means I don't spend as much time with Niichan… I'm okay with that."
[OOC] Sakha: Is this a complete turn around for everything I had originally planned for this character? I think it might be…
[OOC] Pak: >_> Epiphany mode?
[OOC] WC GM: Character development happens. ^_^;
[OOC] ORN: "oh RIGHT, we were keeping him as a slave too so he didn't abandon so much as get away" would be a good one ;p
[OOC] Pak: That's true, but we can bring that up later
Sakha pats Pak on the head, messing up his hair. "You MIGHT end up earning the role of big brother again."
Pak grins happily.
Pak squeezes Sakha super-tight~!
ORN sits back down at the table and finishes off the plate
Cassandra_Lionheart looks at Sakha and Pak and smiles a bit
Pak: "Neechan~"
Pak: "Er… Wait, what's the word…"
Pak: "Oh, that fits. T_T;"
Sakha laughs.
Pak: "You're still more physically developed than me, after all…"
Pak sighs~
Hector was listening to the conversation the whole time, but is still sitting down.
Cassandra_Lionheart hears that, and blinks
Hector gets up. "Huh, guess it's all worked out, then."
Hector walks over to Pak.
Pak lets go of Sakha.
Pak hands Hector a pirate hat.
Pak: "Sorry, Niichan, but I don't think I can be your first mate for a while."
Cassandra_Lionheart looks at Sakha "Are you all right?"
Hector chuckles. "It's cool, it's cool."
Pak: "I've got to fix other things before I can take that position. n.n"
Pak looks brilliantly cheery~
Felicia nods with a small smile. "Well then…"
Sakha looks at Cassie, a little coldly, remember her comment on leaving the family not being a CHOICE. Really…
Pak: "…Um… is there any food left from breakfast?"
Hector: "A little. Just bread."
Hector: "I think if we want a real meal, we'd have to hunt it and kill it ourselves."
ORN nods
Cassandra_Lionheart looks at Sakha and sighs "Um."
Sakha: "A little bread would be nice…"
she says turning away from Cassie.
ORN: "It was quite delicious. Not the brown stuff though. They ate the bread. That seemed…"
Pak: "Bread works."
Pak runs in and grabs a loaf.
Pak tears it in half and gives the one half to Sakha.
Cassandra_Lionheart blinks and sighs, walking back into the Inn
Sakha smiles and eats her half.
Pak giggles happily and eats his half too~
ORN: "So Pak must be mate to another before becoming Hector's?"
Ahiru stirs, stretching her wings, and feeling emptiness around her. She quacks in surprise, coming awake quickly, then runs around quacking madly looking for Fakir.
Cassandra_Lionheart grumbles to herself "I should see mom and dad I guess…But what will they do, now that I have lost my Magical power."
ORN cocks his head and stares at Pak
Hector: "First mate is a ship term, Orn. Geez."
Pak: "I have to earn the Big Brother title back before I can become a First Mate."
ORN: "… ."
Pak: "Um… anyway, what do we do now?"
Hector: "It's the second-in-command, basically. But Pak's temporarily retired from that."
ORN: "This Unit can never truly be sure with you"
Pak: "Do we know where to go?"
ORN stares at Pak and Hector
Cassandra Lionheart: "Well, not really."
[OOC] Pak: brb
ORN thinks for a moment
ORN: "Continuing down the path would prove appropriate."
Ahiru heads from room to room frantically trying to find where Fakir went.
Felicia: "I believe that is what was suggestioned by Fakir. By motion, at least."
ORN: "More Comely minerals may be located as we get closer to Gaia. This would be beneficial to our quest in many ways."
Cassandra Lionheart: "Yeah, then we should go then."
The maid walks up to ORN. "So, did you like your breakfast?"
ORN nods
ORN looks over at the maid and sparkles
ORN: "Most effective. Did you prepare these yourself?"
Hector stretches.
Maid: "Yes."
She smiles. "If you want to take it with you, we offer rations for the road. 1000 Gil each."
ORN: "This Unit would indeed appreciate it. However appreciation for the current meal has yet to be shown properly…"
[OOC] Hector: Symmetrical docking?
ORN stands winks at her, sparkling
[OOC] Hector: Ornryujin?
The maid looks at ORN, blushing a bit.
Cassandra Lionheart: "I'm going outside for some fresh air."
*walks out of the Inn*
[OOC] Hector: 3500 base armor.
Maid: "P-please…I'm married~…but thank you."
[OOC] ORN: awww ;.;
Sakha drinks a couple tonics to wash down her bread.
ORN stops himself, nods and bows
[OOC] Hector: Modified Grungust sprite to look more brown and rocky.
ORN: "This Unit appologises. Please consider it a compliment"
The maid bows. "I will take it as one. And if I wasn't married, I would be very tempted to…" She blushes deeply.
ORN nods
Maid: "A-anyway…do you want some Crystal Jerky?"
ORN: "Yes, that will be an excellent deal."
Maid: "I've five in stock. How many do you wish?"
[OOC] WC GM: Item: Crystal Jerky. ORN-only. Must be consumed outside combat - though not too long before it. Grants Power Up (3) in next combat.
Hector puts his hand on Pak's shoulder. "You're becoming a man, and that makes me proud."
ORN: "This Unit shall afford three."
The maid retrieves three…well, to the others, they kind of look like beef jerky, except made of quartz and silica and the like.
Maid: "That will be 3000 Gil, please."
[OOC] Pak: Back
[OOC] Hector: Sounds ilke what that gnosis in Xenosaga Ep2 can do. It eats something and then it gets an attack power boost.
ORN pays happily and nods
The maid bows again. "Eat them and think of me~…" Blushing even more deeply, she excuses herself to check on the other rooms.
Ahiru is running up and down the always quacking and lookng for Fakir.
[OOC] Hector: Hallways?
[OOC] Ahiru: Um yeah
Fakir had been on her arm…but when she woke, he was gone.
ORN: "Hm… …"
ORN darkens a bit but pockets the jerky
Pak looks about.
ORN: "… There seems to be quacking."
The maid comes by again, her mood soured a bit. "…floor is NOT a writing surface…"
ORN glares over at whoever did that
She seemed to come from the room the party stayed in.
Ahiru wanders to the main room still quacking and trying to find Fakir.
ORN: "… Writing?"
Felicia: "Something the hume did."
Pak looks!
Sure enough, there is more writing in the floor. One guess who the author was.
ORN: "…"
ORN: "This Unit will attempt repair…"
FloorNote: "YOU HAVE GIVEN AHIRU SOMETHING I COULD NOT - A FAMILY. PLEASE KEEP HER SAFE WHILE I TAKE CARE OF THE SPIRITS."
Hector quirks an eyebrow up.
Pak: "E-eh?!"
ORN: "… . ."
Pak: "Why did he run off!?"
Cassandra Lionheart: "He left."
Ahiru sees the writing and sobs.
Felicia sighs.
ORN: "This is a Problem. As This Unit understands it, Ahiru was attempting to form one with this Fakir"
Cassandra_Lionheart looks a bit saddened also
Just then comes the sound of rock splintering from the west. A gigantic magma wall fractures and crumbles.
Pak: "…!"
Pak: ">_<!"
Pak: "H, he's no man!"
ORN: "This Unit did not get to learn his eating method either…. …."
Cassandra_Lionheart perks up and rushes out.
Pak: "He's abandoning his close friend!~"
ORN dashes after the noise, full-speed Jumping
Pak runs after the others!
Hector walks calmly after Pak.
As you leave, you see what the construction was about - the sign for "Land's End Inn" is being replaced with "Civilization's End Inn".
Ahiru races off next to ORN to the splitting noise
By the time you reach the wall, Fakir is nowhere to be seen - but there is a path ahead, and quite a few dwarves gathered.
Cassandra Lionheart: "What happened here?"
Hector: "Hm."
Sakha comes along more slowly behind the others to see the commotion.
Dwarf: "Tch. Not good enough t' take the long road? He has to go an' make 'is own."
ORN: "… He Ate another…"
Cassandra_Lionheart blinks and smiles "I think Fakir just made a path for us."
Dwarf2: "We cleared the main roads o' monsters. 'E's gonna run into all KINDS o' wildlife that way."
Cassandra Lionheart: "He can take care of himself."
ORN: "That is Likely That Unit's intention."
ORN: "His disregard for safety may cost him, however."
Ahiru plows on ahead, to try and catch up to Fakir.
Pak: "Well…"
Felicia hrms, having taken her time to follow them.
Pak: "Since he's heading towards Gaia, we should probably go that way too!"
Hector: "Yo, Ahiru! Don't take point!"
ORN: "Humes cannot lose large chunks of self… Allowing This Unit to keep point would have been preferable."
Hector follows after her. "Let Orn handle that."
Ahiru is not listening.
ORN nods at hector, leaps over ahiru, puts her on his shoulder where at least she won't get stepped on and keeps to the front
Dwarf: "Oy! You lot are thinkin' o' FOLLOWIN' 'im?"
Pak: "Yup!"
Cassandra Lionheart: "Yes."
Hector: "That's the plan. Just trust us on this one, okay?"
ORN: "Affirmative. This Group thrives on violence. Forwards!"
Dwarf: "Tch. Cor' 'n' rot. Y' don' even wanna take th' train to get wherever 'e's goin'?"
Cassandra Lionheart: "Ah, its okay. We can handle ourselves."
Felicia: "…Train?"
Pak: "…Train?"
Felicia: "…"
Hector chuckles.
Hector: "We're a symphony."
The dwarf gestures to one side. It had seemed like just another rock corridor, but now that you look close, there is a track built into it.
Dwarf: "Train. Runs all 'a way t' the capital, it does."
Cassandra Lionheart: "Oh, that train."
Dwarf: "Where's your frien' headed, anyway?"
Cassandra Lionheart: "Going after Gaia."
Pak: "…Uh, the Capital, I think. Is that where Gaia is?"
Dwarf: "Gaia, you say?"
He looks at you suspiciously.
Dwarf: "Well, y' COULD say Gaia's at the capital. 'Course, that's only 'cause Gaia's everywhere else, too!"
Cassandra Lionheart: "We are just finding out what is going on around here. We just need to talk to Gaia."
Felicia sighs. "Figures as much."
Hector: "Specifically we're going after something that's considered Gaia's avatar."
ORN stomps back to the group wondering why they're all so slow
Dwarf: "Well, can't 'elp you wit' that. But if it's the capital ye wan', this'll getcha to it. 2000 Gil for a ride alla way there, in yer own sleeper cars."
Pak: "…"
Cassandra_Lionheart is torn between going on the train, and going into the tunnel
Pak: "I-i wanna take the train…"
Sakha winces. "Each?"
Pak 's tail wags.
Hector: "I don't want to pay the money."
Pak: "Er… each…"
Pak digs in his pockets.
Hector: "Seriously, this goddamned adventure is bankrupting me."
Cassandra_Lionheart looks at Hector and giggles
ORN: "… … …"
Ahiru quacks forlornly after Fakir on ORN's shoulder.
Hector: "I'd rather walk."
[OOC] WC GM: Trade or Negotiation if you're looking for discounts.
Hector: "It may take longer, but it's more profitable in the long run. Anything we kill'll be loaded with cash."
ORN: "Hector has a point. This Unit was already prepared for such a trip"
Sakha: "If we take the train, how can we expect it'l be suitable?"
Cassandra Lionheart: "Yeah, I agree with Hector."
Sakha rolled 1d100 and got 47 ( Total: 47 ) **
[OOC] Pak: I have both skills!
Pak rolled 1d100 and got 53 for a total of 53
Pak rolled 1d100 and got 94 for a total of 94
[OOC] Pak: …Eh, I'll burn a GF
Pak rolled 1d100 and got 71 for a total of 71
[OOC] Sakha: pass by 13
Dwarf: "Well…hmm. If yer travellin' in a group, I s'ppose I COULD give ye th' bulk discount rate. 1700 each."
Hector: "That's still too much."
[OOC] Sakha: could get bonus syncing with Pak
Hector: "We're WALKING. That's FINAL."
Pak: ";-;"
ORN nods
Pak: "But… but the train sounds…"
Pak sighs
[OOC] WC GM: That's with bonus.
ORN: "There will be things to destroy."
Cassandra_Lionheart looks at Pak.
Dwarf: "Suit yerself. But keep in mind, train's faster 'n walkin'."
Pak: "…"
Pak: "OH!"
Felicia: "While the train might be faster… Im inclined to agree with Hector."
Pak: "Wait."
Pak: "There is ONE reason we might wanna go with the train."
ORN: "… ?"
Pak nods and faces the party.
Pak: "It's faster!"
Dwarf: "The train'll getcha there WAY before yer friend. Unless 'e's got magic or Elvaan transport or somethin'."
Pak: "Therefore, we might actually make it there before him!"
ORN: "Keep in mind Fakir's land speed has proven exceedingly high…"
Hector: "We already established that, but like I said, it's too expensive and we'll MAKE money if we walk."
Cassandra_Lionheart nods with Hector
Pak: "…"
Pak: "Ahiru, what do you say?"
Cassandra Lionheart: "And we need to keep ourselves in fighting shape.
Ahiru quacks.
ORN: "Ahiru is likely worried about the situation within the tunnel. a low possibility would be that the train… skips over him."
[OOC] Hector: Too bad Orn can't translate animal speech like Aigis can. :P
[OOC] Hector: Aigis-CHAN can. :P
[OOC] ORN: indeed he can't.
[OOC] Hector: Orn is also not cute.
[OOC] ORN: now that's just lies.
Pak: "…"
Pak: "FINE!"
Pak: "We'll walk. T_T"
Pak: "But don't blame me when it takes us months to catch him again!"
Sakha: "Maybe we can take the train another time…."
Cassandra Lionheart: "We could."
ORN: "Already likely the case. Let us hurry."
Dwarf: "Suitcherself."
He shrugs. "If yer walkin', an' if that tunnel keeps goin' straight, there's another town about a day's walk down that way."
Ahiru quacks, flapping her wings, she sounds as preachy as a duck can get, so she must be talking about Grav
Cassandra_Lionheart nods with ORN and goes into the tunnel
Felicia nods. "Let's get a move on, then." She begins to head off down the tunnel.
ORN heads out.
Hector goes and such.
[OOC] Hector: My stomach hurts and I'm almost face-down on my keyboard. Crap.
Down the tunnel you go. My, this trail of destruction seems familiar.
Pak follows, staying near Sakha. "I hope we get to take the train later…"
Sakha: "Save up for it. All lands will likely be connected by the end of this adventure… so it'll be more available."
Pak: "Oooh…"
Cassandra_Lionheart nods with Sakha.
Felicia: "Hopefully."
Cassandra Lionheart: "So, lets go make money."
*smiles*
The destruction in Fakir's path seems quite thorough.
It is hours before you see anything that remotely resembles something still moving…
[OOC] WC GM: Awareness, all.
Cassandra Lionheart rolled 1d100 and got 16 for a total of 16
Sakha rolled 1d100 and got 86 ( Total: 86 )
Ahiru rolled 1d100 and got 10 ( Total: 10 )
Hector rolled 1d100 and got 92 ( Total: 92 )
Pak rolled 1d100 and got 51 for a total of 51
[OOC] Hector: Goddammit.
[OOC] Cassandra Lionheart: pass by 44
There, in the shadows, cower some Trolls - though they seem tougher than the ones you fought before.
ORN rolled 1d100 and got 16 ( Total: 16 )
[OOC] Pak: Pass by 37
[OOC] Hector: GODDAMMIT. WHY CAN I NOT ROLL ANYTHING GOOD ANYMORE.
Felicia rolled 1d100 and got 70 ( Total: 70 )
[OOC] ORN: pass by at least 40-50
[OOC] Cassandra Lionheart: Your using Sugar?
Ahiru quacks an alert.
[OOC] Felicia: Faaail by 5
[OOC] ORN: 62 in fact
[OOC] Hector: RNGs hate my guts.
[OOC] Hector: I play SRW all the time and I get fucked out of my dodge chances more often than is fair.
[OOC] Cassandra Lionheart: they don't hate you, they just strongly dislike you
[OOC] Sakha: I fail, Sakha isn't the most aware.
[OOC] Hector: Shut up. Please.
[OOC] WC GM: Eh, at least one PC passed, so results posted.
ORN unhinges his spear and glares
The Trolls cower.
Pak hmms.
Cassandra Lionheart: "Wait, are you all right ?"
Pak looks closer.
Hector facepalms. "Goddamn, Cassie. You've lost it."
They are unwounded, but look like they were taking shelter from a certain destructive force of nature that passed by recently.
Cassandra_Lionheart looks at Hector "Can't you see they are afraid. Damn."
Sakha continues walking obliviously.
Cassandra_Lionheart walks up to them
Hector: "Can't you see that they're probably not even capable of-"
Hector: "What are you DOING? Did you take STUPID PILLS this morning?"
!
They round upon her and ROAR, making scary faces.
ORN stops next to cassie, cocks his head glaring at them and cracks his left hand into a fist
Cassandra Lionheart: "Let me handle this."
ORN will try monster talk
Felicia: "…This should end well."
Hector: "Step back and let Orn do it. He can actually, you know, talk to people without them getting mad at us."
Cassandra_Lionheart looks at the Trolls, and offers the roll she kept.
Sakha looks up at them for a moment, then she continues to walk if they don't do anything more.
ORN rolled 1d100 and got 27 ( Total: 27 )
Pak stays with Sakha. "That's… silly."
[OOC] ORN: pass by 17
ORN: "STAY BACK cassie."
ORN: "We keep going."
Cassandra Lionheart: "Guys. Please, don't be frightened by us. We are just coming through."
*hears ORN* "Okay…"
ORN: "They're too scared to think right now."
Sakha: "I dont' think they have brains anyway."
ORN makes a slightly oversized motion to the others to follow, and pointedly ignores the cowering ones
[OOC] Hector: Takin' another bathroom break. brb in 10-15.
ORN: "… just make sure they don't decide to gain some courage afterwards"
[OOC] ORN: dude, less multibean burritos before game, more cheese.
ORN heads forward
Cassandra Lionheart: "I know, ORN. But if we show some compassion, they won't be scared."
Pak walks along and observes the destruction.
Pak: "The thing is, though, weren't we here to kill monsters?"
ORN: "If you get close they attack, and they die. You wish to show them compassion, then in this moment you can simply leave the roll here."
Cassandra_Lionheart looks back to the Trolls and sighs
[OOC] WC GM: Mineral Lore, ORN
[OOC] WC GM: Monster Lore, anyone
Felicia: "Indeed. Don't be foolish."
She hmphs, and moves along after ORN.
[OOC] Felicia: Dont got no monstar
Cassandra Lionheart: "I…I…was concerned. Sorry."
ORN rolled 1d100 and got 97 ( Total: 97 )
Pak rolled 1d100 and got 77 for a total of 77
[OOC] ORN: I'll GF that
ORN rolled 1d100 and got 58 ( Total: 58 )
[OOC] ORN: pass by 2
[OOC] Pak: I'll GF too. x.x
Pak rolled 1d100 and got 84 for a total of 84
[OOC] Pak: Aaagh
[OOC] Pak: I have no luck today.
ORN: "… then again…."
ORN: "keep the roll"
Cassandra Lionheart: "Okay, ORN."
ORN slams his fist into the ground, focuses for a moment, assimilates a small section and pulls it out, tossing it back at the trolls
ORN: "We go now."
Cassandra_Lionheart puts it back, and sighs
The trolls warily sniff ORN's offering.
[OOC] Hector: baaaaaaaaack.
[OOC] ORN: *trolls feet, not as in attack
ORN nods back at them and walks through
Their reaction is similar to hitting a lion with a steak: they begin to feed.
[OOC] ORN: you guys might wanna follow and keep walking now
Cassandra_Lionheart follows ORN
[OOC] WC GM: Lion with steak, tentacle monster with magical girl…eh, most of you probably get the ref. ;)
[OOC] Sakha: Sakha never really stopped
Hector is going, man.
On you go. The trolls do not pursue.
Pak: "Let's see if there's anything tougher around."
You trod on for another few hours…
[OOC] WC GM: Awareness, all.
Sakha rolled 1d100 and got 3 ( Total: 3 )
Hector rolled 1d100 and got 60 for a total of 60
Cassandra Lionheart rolled 1d100 and got 11 for a total of 11
ORN rolled 1d100 and got 43 ( Total: 43 )
Ahiru rolled 1d100 and got 45 ( Total: 45 )
Felicia rolled 1d100 and got 87 ( Total: 87 )
[OOC] Hector: Pass by 20.
[OOC] Felicia: Fail quail
[OOC] Cassandra Lionheart: pass by 49
[OOC] ORN: pass by 35
It seems Fakir had a similar idea as you. That would explain the lack of lootable corpses, or intact monsters.
But the perponderance of shattered rock beasties.
More time passes…
Eventually - it feels like about a day - the tunnel comes out into the outskirts of another town, just as the dwarf said.
Hector: "Man."
It extends on, on the other side, further than you can see. You hear no sounds of destruction from it.
Hector: "He's not leaving anything for us!"
Cassandra Lionheart: "Well, we did need the walk."
*smiles*
Hector: "Shut up."
Sakha: "We could see if catching the train here would be cheaper."
Cassandra_Lionheart looks at Hector "Your just grumpy becuase you found no Gil."
Hector: "Well, my expectations were violated like a prostitute during happy hour."
Pak: "…Ew."
ORN: "That does not sound too happy"
Sakha seethes at the memory that image stirs up.
Felicia: "…"
Pak: "…"
Pak eeks
Hector: "I've never witnessed it, but I've heard stories. I always try to stay at least 200 feet from every pub during happy hour."
Pak forgot about that. >_>
Cassandra Lionheart: "Hector….can you come up with something that DOESN'T degrade women???"
Hector: "Hey, I'm not the one who violates anyone. I'm just saying there's a comparable level of violating going on. Geez, stop being so damned sensitive."
Cassandra_Lionheart is staring at Hector with a cold gleam in her eyes
ORN: "Degrading women would appear counter to what most seem to desire in their regard…"
Cassandra Lionheart: "You know Hector…you can't and shouln't compare what a woman goes throught to what Fakir just did. Its not fair to us."
*pouts*
Pak: "Hm."
Hector: "You don't even understand what I said!"
Sakha finds the train ticketmaster and asks about travel prices to the capital from here.
Pak worries about things and follows Sakha.
Ticketmaster: "…you guys came out of the tunnel."
Cassandra Lionheart: "Well, the comparision is a bit foggy to me, since I don't hang out at bars, hector."
Hector sighs.
Ticketmaster: "Do you have any idea what that WAS?!?"
ORN: "What what Was?"
Felicia coughs, drawing herself away from the other conversation. "Somewhat."
Sakha: "A man with a penchant for nature."
ORN: "But not enough for his duck"
Ticketmaster: "A force of destruction. Is it coming back this way?"
Ahiru quacks.
Pak: "I don't think so."
Cassandra_Lionheart shakes her head, and wishes she still had Areo…if not to lift Hector off the ground, and drop him like a bad habit…
Pak: "He's looking for Gaia."
The ticketmaster breathes a sigh of relief.
Ticketmaster: "It…he…shook up the entire town, just barged right on through without so much as a 'hello'."
Sakha: "So about those prices…?"
Ticketmaster: "All we could hear was these cracks, and the screams of everything he killed."
Cassandra_Lionheart blinks and sighs
ORN !
Ticketmaster: "…you said he's looking for Gaia. You seem to know where he's going?"
Pak: "…o_o;;"
ORN: "This Group is currently in his pursuit"
Pak: "We think he's headed to the Capital."
Pak: "This train goes here, right?"
ORN: "However, as you have noticed, that force is extremely rapid."
Pak: "Er, There."
Ticketmaster: "The capital? Yes, this train goes there."
ORN: "A faster means of transportation than simply following the trail of destruction by foot would be most… advantageous… to all involved in this region"
Ticketmaster: "…tell you what. Could you do me - do everyone - a little favor?"
Cassandra Lionheart: "What is it sir?"
ORN: "hm?"
Ticketmaster: "Go to the capital and intercept…whoever that was."
Sakha: "We might be able to get ahead of him to prevent further destruction if we go by train."
Cassandra Lionheart: "Fakir? Sure."
Ticketmaster: "Make sure he doesn't wreck any towns or anything."
ORN: "That would be advantageous to all involved, yes."
Ticketmaster: "Promise me you'll do that, and I'll GIVE you the tickets."
Felicia: "But of course."
Hector: "Sure thing."
ORN: "Catching up, as you have seen, is paramount to us already. We will help in exchange for this aid"
ORN nods
The ticketmaster seems like he can not give you the tickets fast enough.
Pak: "Yay! Trains~!"
Pak rushes onto the train!
Pak: "Sis! Train!"
ORN: "This Group shall not fail. Hopefully the dervish has not attained the capital already"
ORN bows and boards
Hector puts his hands in his pockets and boards.
Sakha: "See? All things work out for the best with some patience… and it's free!"
Pak: "Yay~ <3"
Cassandra_Lionheart boards the train and smiles
Hector: "Heh, we didn't make any money, but we didn't lose any, either."
Felicia nods, following after.
Ticketmaster: "We're still refuelling, but the train will leave in about half an hour."
Ticketmaster: "Get yourselves settled in in the mean time. It'll take a few days to reach the capital."
[OOC] Sakha: Though both the sage and duck can afford it… I'm just that cheap…
Pak: "This is exciting…"
Pak: "I've never been on a train before…"
[OOC] ORN: now now. its not a matter of money. it is our important duty to catch up to this man to stop further destruction. just, ya know, keep quiet about it being to help him and the destruction being from others.
[OOC] Sakha: *imagines Pak pulling a Selphie
ORN: "This Unit has not experienced this mode of transportation either."
ORN: "… schematics exchange with its control core would be appropriate. This Unit will seek its head."
Ticketmaster: "By the way, you don't look familiar. I heard reports the wall at Land's - err, Civilization's End was destroyed, and some people from beyond came through. Would that be you?"
Cassandra_Lionheart sits down, and keeps to herself
Cassandra Lionheart: "Yes sir."
Sakha nods absently.
Pak: "Yup~"
ORN: "… Partly. This Unit consumed the wall between the surface and these regions, beyond the magma fields. However, the nearby wall was consumed by this Fakir this group is currently persuing."
Ticketmaster: "Oh! Would you have any knowledge of the surface world, perhaps?"
Pak: "Yeah!"
ORN: "This Group is from the surface."
Cassandra_Lionheart nods
Felicia: "That we are."
Ticketmaster: "Then…hmm. Take the third cabin on the right. You'll find something interesting there."
Pak: "Got it!"
ORN: "If you would allow This Unit to speak to the transport, This Unit can share information with you also should you have any questions."
ORN nods
Sakha heads to said cabin.
Ticketmaster: "Speak to the transport? I don't understand."
Hector goes to the cabin.
In said cabin is a stone chest - rectangular box with a curved lid.
ORN: "… … … oh. This Unit assumed the transport was similar to Trombe Unit."
Cassandra_Lionheart follows Sakha
Ticketmaster: "What's a Trombe Unit?"
Sakha hmms and opens the box.
Hector peers out the door. "Trombe is a robotic chocobo who can override anything with his mighty song!"
ORN: "… A very large mechanical bird transport."
The insides of the box glow. You think you hear music swelling in the background.
Pak ehs?
Pak looks around.
Pak hears music!
Cassandra_Lionheart peers in
[OOC] ORN: … zelda item music?
Hector: "…"
[OOC] Sakha: Phantom train music?
Those who know anything about magic recognize harmless preservative magics dispersing.
The light FLARES as the box is fully opened, then fades away.
Pak looks in…!
Sakha blinks and peers inside
Inside are two painted stone tablets.
Pak: "…Stone?"
ORN: "… ."
Felicia: "?"
You got a maaaaaaaap!
ORN would lick lips if he had'em
Hector raises an eyebrow.
[OOC] WC GM: You should all know what music that goes to. ;)
[OOC] WC GM: See the main EC page on the wiki.
[OOC] Cassandra Lionheart: uh huh
Pak: "A map!"
Pak examines.
Sakha studies the map and checks for text.
Hector: "Hm."
[OOC] Sakha: What language is it?
Cassandra_Lionheart sees the mp, and blinks
[OOC] Cassandra Lionheart: map
There are no words on the map - just images and lines.
Sakha loses interest
[OOC] ORN: … hm…
Pak looks at it, having seen images and lines from really high up before.
Hector looks at the map, then takes out his map of Refuge.
ORN: "… This large point… Refuge? Volcannon? Capital?"
[OOC] Cassandra Lionheart: brb
Ticketmaster: "Years ago, an Elvaan tried measuring the surface world from down here. He went around from point to point, trying to scry the thickness of the rock overhead."
Felicia leans in, looking over the map carefully.
Ticketmaster: "He did not fully understand everything he sensed. In particular, these purple lines seemed like magic barriers or other constructs. I was hoping you'd know what they are."
Hector: "Maybe they were the magma walls."
Hector compares the maps.
Hector: //…

Hector rolled 1d100 and got 100 for a total of 100
Felicia rolled 1d100 and got 15 ( Total: 15 )
[OOC] Hector: Failed my navigation check miserably. Christ.
ORN: "… The subsurface intercontinental tunnels?"
ORN: "This Unit still lacks the travel experience to be sure."
Pak: "Hm..?"
[OOC] Felicia: Pass by… 41 on my navigation
[OOC] Cassandra Lionheart: back
Sakha looks at the map again. //"They could be tunnels, like the one we travelled to the viera lands in…"
ORN nods at sakha's seconding his guess
Felicia points to the cross on the southern half of the map, tapping it. "This… is Refuge."
ORN: "Were those reinforced somehow?"
Pak: "Oh!"
Pak looks at it.
ORN: "… hm"
Sakha wonders if she can sense any magic in the creation of the map - might make her understand something.
Cassandra Lionheart: "Refuge? What would they want with Refuge?"
Hector compares the maps again.
The map is unmagical.
Hector: "Hmm."
Sakha: "Refuge is laid out unnaturally like that cross.
ORN: "What would they not? Mapping is mapping, correct?"
Pak: "Hm…"
Felicia: "So that makes this island the home of the vieras…. and the mountain to the west is the Volcannon…"
She begins taking notes,
Ahiru goes human anf examines the map
Ahiru rolled 1d100 and got 72 for a total of 72
Pak hmms…
Cassandra_Lionheart just stands next to a wall, and lets the other figure it out
[OOC] WC GM: Anyone else trying Navigation?
[OOC] Ahiru: pass by 4
Pak: "You know, I don't know what Refuge looks like from the north.
[OOC] Hector: I failed it.
Pak: "Er, from the air."
Hector rolled 1d100 and got 84 ( Total: 84 )
[OOC] Hector: Failed it AGAIN.
ORN rolled 1d100 and got 40 ( Total: 40 ) **
[OOC] ORN: what stat default?
[OOC] Hector: Mag.
Hector sighs.
[OOC] ORN: very very no
Felicia nods, hmming. "This pretty much goes along with what we were mapping out on the ship."
Hector: "So where're we right now, then?"
Felicia: "Well…"
The ticketmaster taps the top of the southern map, about halfway between Refuge and Vieraland. "Here."
Hector: "Hm."
The ticketmaster then slides his finger from the top center of Refuge, up to the apparent Volcannon. "And all of that is our capital."
Hector: "Wow."
Pak: "Wah…"
Felicia: "…I see."
ORN: "hm"
Ahiru: "Pretty sure that lines the tunnel."
The area he covered is roughly equivalent to all of Refuge - not just Refuge City, but the kingdom.
Hector: "Hm. So where's Shaft, then?"
It takes Hector but moments to find Shaft, now that he knows where Refuge is.
[OOC] WC GM: Seriously. Auto-crit for Hector to find Shaft on a map like that. :P
[OOC] Hector: So is it above the capital?
[OOC] WC GM: Yep. Mountainsburg's the eastern end of the capital; Shaft is a bit closer to the center.
Hector: "Hm."
Hector: "We could head up to Shaft to see how everyone's doing once we reach the capital, maybe resupply, too."
Cassandra Lionheart: "Sounds like a plan."
Sakha: "Possibly do some organization with King…"
Ticketmaster: "Head…up?"
Pak: "Yeah."
Pak: "Maybe."
Cassandra Lionheart: "Shall we try it then?"
Ticketmaster: "Gaia sealed the paths up…oh! You mean, you found a way around that?"
Pak: "Well, maybe."
[OOC] Sakha: For a second thought that said Cala
[OOC] Pak: brb
ORN nods
Hector: "Well, considering I'm pretty sure the dwarf back home said he heard voices underground, there has to be some kind of path from the underground to the mines of Shaft to the surface."
[OOC] Hector: Cala from Viper RSR? :3
ORN: "Much like the magma plugs between your villages"
[OOC] Sakha: no Cala GP GM
[OOC] Hector: You're no fun.
Cassandra Lionheart: "So maybe find a weak spot and bust through it?"
ORN: "There are also a few areas linking the surface and underground sectors."
ORN: "All that is required is a fair amount of power, and in some cases a key."
Cassandra Lionheart: "Hopefully a key is all we need."
ORN: "hm"
Ticketmaster: "It's time. All aboooooaaaard~!"
Cassandra_Lionheart gets on the train
He heads off. A few other passengers begin to board.
Before long, you feel the train begin to move.
Hector sits down.
Sakha lies down to catch up on her sleep.
The cabin has bunks for you to sleep in - close, a bit cramped, but servicable.
ORN kneels next to the cabin where he won't take up too much room and waits
[OOC] Pak: ORN doesn't sleep. He waits
Pak lies next to Sakha.
Cassandra_Lionheart sits down next to ORN, and closes her eyes.
Hector is alone, but he doesn't care. :D//
[OOC] WC GM: Call it - 6000 XP each for today, including the Trolls you bypassed.
[OOC] Pak: K

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