[CE 1000] [Mels/Yue-Be Border] The group had headed towards Yue-Be in the hopes of discovering… whatever it is that the If-Yas have been so angry about for all these centuries that resulted in open war upon their return to the present, rather than things deescalating.
Soahc chugs a drought, because when shenanigans go down, something something explosions.
PseudoGM: It didn't take long to encounter a group of soldiers running a check point on the only road leading in, whom were quickly knocked out.
PseudoGM: Doesn't seem like that was everyone from the unit that was watching the road however, as you can hear voices shouting in the distance and quickly moving in your direction. "What was that?!" "Heard multiple gun shots and spells being fired off!" "No tanks so it's probably a recon force, hurry up!"
Lyra has been walking on the floor as-is, feeling somewhat worried. She sighs… "They don't look like many. Ambush them or avoid?"
Alder: "Ambush, of course."
Alder: "It'd be even better if we could figure out a trap of some kind…"
Alder: "The right application of skills could probably do that!"
Lyra: "Not my specialty, sadly"
Alder: "And sadly, I don't think I have any of them!"
Alder winks!
Soahc: "Hide in trees and throw fireballs and arrows at them sound good?"
PseudoGM: On the bright side, it's not like you really had time to do anything elaborate anyway, as a small group of infantry spot you from down the road and point. "Ah, there they are! Quickly now!"
PseudoGM: FRONT ROW: Infantry A, Infantry B, Infantry C
PseudoGM: BACK ROW: Ranger A, Ranger B
PseudoGM: BATTLE ORDER: Ranger A, Ranger B, Soahc, Lyra, Rudri, Infantry A, Alder, Infantry C, Infantry B, Chrys
PseudoGM: Infantry A - HP: 24/24, MP: 2/2, LP: 2/2. DRIVE: 0/4
PseudoGM: Infantry B - HP: 24/24, MP: 2/2, LP: 2/2. DRIVE: 0/4
PseudoGM: Infantry C - HP: 24/24, MP: 2/2, LP: 2/2. DRIVE: 0/4
PseudoGM: Ranger A - HP: 40/40, MP: 4/4, LP: 4/4. DRIVE: 0/8. Ammo 2/2
PseudoGM: Ranger A - HP: 40/40, MP: 4/4, LP: 4/4. DRIVE: 0/8. Ammo 2/2
Alder: "Anyone get that feeling of deja vu?"
Soahc: "…well, crap."
Lyra sighs "Oh, well" she looks at the guards incoming "Would it help if we said we don't really want to fight?"
Alder: "In case anyone forgot… the Infantry transform if they're allowed to Overdrive. It's a huge pain!"
PseudoGM: Ranger A hoists his rifle and takes a shot at Alder. [Attack]
PseudoGM rolled d100 and got 98 ( Total: 98 ) for 80
PseudoGM: But goes wide! Ranger B follows up with a shot of their own!
PseudoGM rolled d100 and got 15 ( Total: 15 ) for 80
PseudoGM: This time hitting the mark! 5 physical damage.
Chrysanthemum bellows: "Y'know, we already took down, like, an identical squad not too long ago. Y'think you'll fare any better!?"
PseudoGM: Soahc, your move!
[OOC] Soahc: status for draught, btw, was k-power I
Soahc: "Well, you know, I'd like to say this part never gets easier…"
PseudoGM: You only get a status if you use it in battle!
[OOC] Soahc: aw
Soahc: "…but I'd be lying." (https://youtu.be/q6erGiKR7TY) OVERDRIVE
Soahc doubles up! IX on Infantry a, expending 4 syllables and stressing GED for 10 earth damage.
Soahc rolled 1d100 and got 55 ( Total: 55 ) for 100
[OOC] Soahc: HP: 36/45, MP: 32/60, LP: 6/10, SoS: 11, Drive: 12/13, Status:
Dicebot:// Adding rush
PseudoGM: //On the Infantry? Resists Earth! [8]

Soahc then follows up with Aum!
Soahc rolled 1d100 and got 58 ( Total: 58 ) for 70
[OOC] Soahc: 6 air, long shock I
[OOC] Soahc: HP: 36/45, MP: 27/60, LP: 6/10, SoS: 11, Drive: 0/13, Status:
Dicebot:// Adding air
[OOC] PseudoGM: 6] [Shock]! Infantry A is bloodied!
PseudoGM: //Lyra!

Soahc: "Take 'im down before he does that thing that means more fighting."
Lyra shakes her head at the opponents that gather before them. She goes ahead of Chrysanthemum "He's not wrong, repeating the same actions expecting for different results is not a good idea" she spreads wide her little wings and a magical circle glows under her. She charges up for a second as she fires a radiant shot at Infantry A, the motes of light floating towards Chrysanthemum [Blessed
Lyra Arrow]
Lyra rolled 1d100 and got 35 ( Total: 35 ) for 80
Soahc: "Also- the infantry are resistant to earth, neutral to air. You should try fire, water, or kicking them in the groin really, really hard."
Alder: "They're neutral to fire as well."
Lyra deals [4] damage to Infantry A, then grants Long Stalwart to Chrysanthemum
[OOC] PseudoGM: 4] It's in SOS now!
PseudoGM: Rudri!
Soahc: "Well that narrows it down to frostbite or savage crotch trauma. I recommend both. At once."
Chrysanthemum: "Thanks, Lyra!"
Rudri leaps and spins, firing shafts at Infantry B and Infantry C!
Rudri rolled 2d100 and got 73, 3 ( Total: 76 ) for 80
Rudri: Spending 1 LP, second is a crit!
Dicebot:// Adding pin+
PseudoGM: //Hit, Crit!

[OOC] Rudri: 2] [5] physical!
Soahc: "Someone finish off A before it does the tree thing."
PseudoGM: Infantry A dashes forward and slashes at Chrys! [Attack]
PseudoGM rolled d100 and got 81 ( Total: 81 ) for 80
PseudoGM: But misses!
PseudoGM: Infantry A is shimmering!
Chrysanthemum blocks, guffawing!
PseudoGM: Alder?
Soahc: "Yeah, like THAT."
Alder: "Good luck, everyone!" He fies an example shot at Infantry A! [Conjuration]
Alder rolled 1d100 and got 8 ( Total: 8 ) for 80
Alder spends a luck! [-1]
[OOC] PseudoGM: 8]! And down it goes. [KO
Alder: "(Hah! Good -luck-! Did you see?)"
Soahc: "Awesome!"
PseudoGM: Infantry C and B both [Attack] Chrys for lack of valid targets.
PseudoGM rolled 2d100 and got 70, 44 ( Total: 114 ) for 80
PseudoGM: Both hitting for 4 physical! And both also shimmering now.
PseudoGM: Chrys?
Chrysanthemum gracefully swings his axe smack into Infantry B! [Put Down]
Chrysanthemum rolled 1d100 and got 4 ( Total: 4 ) for 25/80
PseudoGM: Crit!
Alder: "Ahaha!"
Dealing [9] damage and [-2] drive!
Alder: "Ahaha!"
Chrysanthemum: "I can keep this'n busy!"
Alder: "At this rate we'll definitely have time to ambush the -third- group,"
PseudoGM: Bloodied, and no longer shimmering!
Alder: "Which will be conspiciously in the same formation,"
Alder: "Arriving at the same… area…"
PseudoGM: "Shit, they're deploying anti-tranformation tactics!" "This is bad!"
Dicebot:// Clearing Momentum List
PseudoGM: //And that's the end of round one!

Lyra: "Given we're here mostly to ask a couple of questions rather than actually fighting"
PseudoGM: FRONT ROW: Infantry B, Infantry C
PseudoGM: BACK ROW: Ranger A, Ranger B
PseudoGM: BATTLE ORDER: Ranger A, Ranger B, Soahc, Lyra, Rudri, Alder, Infantry C, Infantry B, Chrys
Lyra: "I promise it's not actually bad"
Alder: "Do be careful, Lyra." He sets a concerned gaze.
Alder: "The possibility of a temporal loop is high."
Lyra: "Maybe"
PseudoGM: Ranger A takes aim at Soahc, then attempts some [Suppression]
Soahc: "Yes. That is exactly what we're doing, and you should stop fighting so we can discuss a way to prevent the not-fun scenario of " Oh Gods, everybody's dead. "
PseudoGM rolled d100 and got 41 ( Total: 41 ) for 80
Lyra: "But i'm getting tired of being attacked on sight"
PseudoGM: Hitting for 5 physical and inflicting Short E-Falter II.
PseudoGM: Ranger B takes as a cue to fire off a [Lead Shot] at Lyra!
PseudoGM rolled d100 and got 4 ( Total: 4 ) for 80
PseudoGM: Hitting for 6 physical damage.
PseudoGM: Soahc?
Lyra just lets the bullet go right past her stuffed body "Oh, look, now something is hitting"
Soahc frowns. Then IXs Infantry B, dealing 8 physical and adding long exhaust I- expending two syllables.
Soahc rolled 1d100 and got 36 ( Total: 36 ) for 100
PseudoGM: Hits!
Chrysanthemum: "Alder, you think -everything's- some kinda time loop. It's in yer blood."
[OOC] Soahc: HP: 32/45, MP: 25/60, LP: 6/10, SoS: 11, Drive: 2/13, Status: short e-falter II
[OOC] PseudoGM: 8] [Exhaust] It's in SOS!
Dicebot:// Adding rush
PseudoGM: //Lyra!

Alder gives a side-eyed stare at Chrys in mock disbelief, and after a moment, relents:
Alder: "Well,"
Alder: "You're not wrong!" He smiles!
Soahc: "I really hope you- nnngrh *he yanks out an arrow*- appreciate what you're forcing me to do."
Soahc: "I'm abandoning any form of finesse."
Soahc: "If my classmates were here, they'd be shaking their heads in disgust."
Lyra looks at the infantries, goes down on all fours and fires a [Twin Arrow] shot at Infantry B, it strikes at the energy from Soahc's spell and scatters off to Infantry C and Ranger A [C-Pin]
Lyra rolled 1d100 and got 73 ( Total: 73 ) for 80
Dicebot:// Using pin
pin is not in the list
[OOC] Soahc: i added rush
Using rush
[OOC] Lyra: Yes I typed wrong
PseudoGM: //That's the… T: Triple combo, right?

Lyra deals [3] damage to Infantry B, C and Ranger A, because it is the T: Triple combo
PseudoGM: two more attack rolls!!
Lyra rolled 2d100 and got 64, 77 ( Total: 141 ) for 80
[OOC] Lyra: Oops, forgot that detail, gomen
Soahc: "Magus arts is about using magic like a paint brush. This is taking a sledgehammer to a bunch of baby mice and calling the spray it makes on a canvas art."
[OOC] PseudoGM: 3] [3] [3]!
Soahc: "It looks terrible and everyone who sees it thinks you're terrible."
PseudoGM: Infantry B's still up in SOS!
PseudoGM: Rudri?
Dicebot:// The Momentum list is empty
PseudoGM: //Pin from Lyra.

Dicebot:// Adding pin+1
[OOC] Lyra: Oops
Rudri snaps their fingers, and frigid ice bursts over Ranger A! The arrows in the soldiers explode in glittering frost as well! [Freeze]
Rudri rolled 1d100 and got 83 ( Total: 83 ) for 35 burst
Rudri: //6 water damage to Ranger A, Infantry B, Infantry C!

Soahc: "And the worst part is we could have avoided this- all of this- if you or the other friends of yours we left unconscious had bothered to just. freaking. LISTEN."
Dicebot:// Adding water+
PseudoGM: //The Infantry are W: Water! [8] [8] [6]

[OOC] Soahc: B is ko now, isn't he?
PseudoGM: Infantry A drops to the ground, [KO]!
PseudoGM: Er, B .
PseudoGM: Infantry C is bloodied!
PseudoGM: Alder?
Alder: "Well, it looks like you still get one. But it won't last~."
Soahc: "…seriously. I'm not feeling really good about what I'm doing now. This is the sort of thing that can spark blood feuds, and I have a lot more important things than to worry if your great-grandson will come and kill my great-grandson."
Alder swings his rifle around to Infantry C and fires! [Conjuration]
Alder rolled 1d100 and got 52 ( Total: 52 )
[5 damage]
PseudoGM: The two Driftin both kind of give each other a 'what's with this guy' look.
[OOC] PseudoGM: 5]!
[OOC] PseudoGM: SOS]!
PseudoGM: Not for long though:
PseudoGM: The last remaining infantry casts it sword aside and begins to grow bright enough to cause everyone to close their eyes briefly. When you reopen then, in place of the elf is a tall, female humanoid with purple skin and gree hair, and precious little clothing that looks more like strategicly places tree bark. [OD - Transformation: Nymph] [+50 mHP] [+2 mMP] [+2 mLP] before she snaps her
PseudoGM: fingers and gestures towards Chrys, sending a long tendril of black water up form the ground and into his mouth. [Corruption]
PseudoGM rolled d100 and got 52 ( Total: 52 ) for 100/35
[OOC] PseudoGM: Combo: Pin
Chrysanthemum: "Huh. That's diff-rmrmrhph!"
PseudoGM: Inflicting 5 water damage and Long Disease.
PseudoGM: Chrys!
Dicebot:// Momentum List: pin+1, water+, pin,
Chrysanthemum jumps up into the air, axe surrounding itself with ice, then slams down on the nymph. [Power Strike] [C-Water+]
Chrysanthemum rolled 1d100 and got 69 ( Total: 69 ) for 25/80
[OOC] Alder: nice
PseudoGM: //Hits the weakness!

Dealing [5+2+1+2] water damage!
PseudoGM: Or as we on the west coast like to call it, [10]!
PseudoGM: And that's the end of round 2!
Dicebot:// Clearing Momentum List
PseudoGM: //FRONT ROW: Nymph

PseudoGM: BACK ROW: Ranger A, Ranger B
PseudoGM: BATTLE ORDER: Ranger A, Ranger B, Soahc, Lyra, Rudri, Alder, Nymph, Chrys
PseudoGM: Ranger A and B both [Defend] to reload, and gain the effects of [Fired Up: +2 Drive when defending]
PseudoGM: And are both now shimmering.
PseudoGM: Soahc!
Soahc: "Yeah, listen, Chrys,Chrys… internal infection is so out of style." UX. (take away long disease, restore * MP to Soahc.)
PseudoGM: well, at least i got that single 2 damage tick in…
PseudoGM: Lyra!
[OOC] Soahc: HP: 32/45, MP: 29/60, LP: 6/10, SoS: 11, Drive: 4/13, Status:
Soahc points at Chrys, and black water droplets are pulled out of Chrys and into Soahc's tome.
Lyra stays on all fours, continuing to output bullets to various targets! [Twin Arrow]
Lyra strike at Ranger B and the Nymph, obviously
Lyra rolled 2d100 and got 28, 88 ( Total: 116 ) for 80
Lyra will definitely hit both [-1 LP]
Lyra will do so for [3] damage
Dicebot:// Adding pin+1
PseudoGM: //Double Hits [3] [3]

PseudoGM: Rudri!
[OOC] Lyra: HP: 31/40, MP: 41/60, LP: 9/10, SoS: 10, Drive: 10/14, Ammo 1/4, Status:
Dicebot:// Momentum List: pin+1,
Rudri settles up their bow and cuts loose at the strange creature! [Twin Arrow, C-Pin]
Rudri rolled 3d100 and got 32, 25, 90 ( Total: 147 ) for 80
PseudoGM: //Hit, hit, miss!

Rudri burns another LP to ensure all three!
[OOC] Rudri: 3] damage from each shot!
PseudoGM: Thunk thunk thunk! The Nymph is bloodied!
PseudoGM: Alder?
Lyra: Lyra - ((HP: 31/40, MP: 41/60, LP: 9/10, SoS: 10, Drive: 10/14, Ammo 1/4, Status: ))
Alder leaps to the center of the battlefield, arms outstretched to both sides, hands gnarled into claws! "Sorry to cool your hearts, but this isn't the time!" A wave of water shoots from one hand, crashing into the Nymph and Ranger A, while a wave of flame washes over Chrysanthemum and Lyra! [OD - Separation Of Night and Day] [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mdkmTXDG2I ]
Alder rolled 1d100 and got 54 ( Total: 54 ) for 35 water
Alder rolled 1d100 and got 97 ( Total: 97 ) for 35 fire
[5 water damage to Nymph and Ranger A] [Long Chill]
PseudoGM: The Nymph is W: Water! The Ranger is not.
[+7 healing to Chrysanthemum and Lyra] [Long Energize]
Dicebot:// Adding recovery
[OOC] PseudoGM: 7] [5
Adding water
[OOC] Lyra: Don't forget Chrysantemum has Stalwart so +2 healing and +1 Drive to him
PseudoGM: //The Nymph dashes forward, briefly grabbing Chrys by his armor and hoisting him into the air for a [Bewildering Kiss]

PseudoGM rolled d100 and got 34 ( Total: 34 ) for 80
Alder then…! Reloads. [Defend.]
[OOC] Alder: +1 spd
PseudoGM: Hitting for 6 physical damage and Long Taunt!
PseudoGM: She then drops hiim and floats back.
PseudoGM: Chrys?
Chrysanthemum: "I- I won't give in t' your tempting ways!" He manages to tear his eyes off the Nymph for just long enough to pull a loaded crossbow off his belt and aim carefully at Ranger B! [Put Down] [C-Ice]
Chrysanthemum rolled 1d100 and got 40 ( Total: 40 ) for 80
PseudoGM: Hits!
Alder: "Well done!"
Dealing [3] and -5 Drive, and Chrys takes [3] damage!
Chrysanthemum: "Sorry, m'dear, but there was business to attend to!"
PseudoGM: He's no longer shimmering!
PseudoGM: "Hmph."
PseudoGM: And that's the end of round 3!
Dicebot:// Clearing Momentum List
PseudoGM: //Ranger A hefts his rifle up, training it on Alder… then pulls the trigger. [OD - Bullseye]

PseudoGM rolled d100 and got 37 ( Total: 37 ) for 100
[OOC] Alder: long chill!!
PseudoGM: Dealing 6 physical damage, and its next attack gains 35 critical! It then unloads a [Lead Shot]!
PseudoGM rolled d100 and got 59 ( Total: 59 ) for 80/35
PseudoGM: Hitting for another 6 physical!
PseudoGM: Ranger B fires off a [Quick Shot] [Rush Combo]!
PseudoGM rolled d100 and got 56 ( Total: 56 ) for 100
PseudoGM: Hitting Alder for 5 physical damage! Ranger B gains +2 drive and is shimmering!
PseudoGM: Soahc?
[OOC] Soahc: HP and statuses, peeps?
Alder reels from the shots, but is still standing strong!
[OOC] Alder: just hit 'em
Alder: "You know, when you do this,"
Alder: "You just make me want to heal, so, so badly."
Soahc sets the Nymph on fire. Out of spite. Lod!
Soahc rolled 1d100 and got 21 ( Total: 21 ) for 70
[OOC] Soahc: burst
[OOC] Soahc: 7 damage, fire, and long burning I
PseudoGM: Resists fire! [5] [Burning]
PseudoGM: Being long chilled and long burned at the same time is interesting…
PseudoGM: Lyra!
[OOC] Soahc: Freezer Burn
Lyra spreads her wings wide as ice starts to gather on them "Alright, you big one, time to start going down" she flaps them sending a wave of frozen particles ahead "End their struggle, [Freeze]!"
Lyra strikes everyone for [6] Water damage because she spends the arrows on the rangers
[OOC] PseudoGM: 8] [6] [6]!
Lyra ALSO spends the fire momentum [C-Fire] for Short K-Shatter on everything I guess
PseudoGM: The Nymph is in SOS! Ranger A is bloodied!
Dicebot:// Adding water+1
Using fire
fire is not in the list
PseudoGM: //Alder?

Dicebot:// Momentum List: water+1,
Adding fire
[OOC] Soahc: my bad!
PseudoGM: //It's okay julian literally just used it anyway

[OOC] Alder: isn't it rudri's turn
PseudoGM: No, you quickened above him when you defended
[OOC] Alder: o yeah…
PseudoGM: unless you ment something else by +1 speed…
[OOC] Alder: nah that's what I meant
Alder chants briefly, and a white glow moves from his hands to Chrysanthemum and himself! A quick green blast of aether later, and they're both good to go! [Solace] [C-Vigor]
[+19 HP] [Barrier (4)] [+stalwart healing for Chrysanthemum]
PseudoGM: Rudri!
Dicebot:// Momentum List: water+1, fire,
Adding recovery
PseudoGM: //+Recovery -Fire

[OOC] Chrysanthemum: HP 66/70 MP 37/55 LP 8/10 DR 9/21 Barrier (4) Long: Stalwart, Taunt [Nymph] Short:
Rudri clenches their fist, and vines roil from the arrows and entangle the nymph in thorny unpleasantness! [Thorns, expending 3 arrows, C-Water]
[OOC] Rudri: 6+3+3+3+1] = [16] earth damage!
Rudri: Thorns burst from the nymph, spiking any living targets in the same row!
PseudoGM: What's the water combo on thorns?
[OOC] Lyra: Arrows the rest of the row
Rudri: (embed arrow in other targets in the row)
PseudoGM: Oh.
[OOC] Lyra: Which is useless, but, he also gets +1 from my passive
PseudoGM: There's nothing else in her row though.
PseudoGM: Aha, makes sense.
Rudri: … aww. I wanted to spike the other dudes.
PseudoGM: They've been in the back the entire time, silly driftin.
Rudri: Was gonna light them on fire next turn and recover mana.
PseudoGM: The nymph his the ground! [KO]!
PseudoGM: Or
PseudoGM: wait no not quite.
PseudoGM: Still up… for one last attack…
PseudoGM: Which is going to be casting [Corruption] on Soahc!
PseudoGM rolled d100 and got 4 ( Total: 4 ) for 100/35
Rudri rolled 1d100 and got 89 ( Total: 89 ) for 35 forgot burst!
Rudri: nope
PseudoGM: Dealing 6 water damage and inflicting long disease!
PseudoGM: .
PseudoGM: Chrys?
[OOC] Soahc: HP: 26/45, MP: 25/60, LP: 6/10, SoS: 11, Drive: 6/13, Status: Long Disease I
Soahc: "Well… screw you too, bitch."
PseudoGM: Oh
PseudoGM: OKay that's when dots tick.
PseudoGM: The Nymph burns a bit, then drops to the ground. [KO]!
PseudoGM: Chrys!
Chrysanthemum stubbornly, steadfastly, shoots another crossbow at Ranger B! [Put Down]
Chrysanthemum rolled 1d100 and got 8 ( Total: 8 )
PseudoGM: Which means you could axe them instead of bow them if you want i guess
Dealing another [3] damage and [-2] drive!
[OOC] Chrysanthemum: oh shit
[OOC] Chrysanthemum: uhhh in that case that's a crit for 9 damage, lol
[OOC] PseudoGM: 9]!
[OOC] Alder: big difference da ze………
PseudoGM: And that's the end of round 4!
Dicebot:// Clearing Momentum List
PseudoGM: //Ranger A is Long Chilled and bloodied! Ranger B is just bloodied and no longer shimmering :(

PseudoGM: BACK ROW: Ranger A, Ranger B
PseudoGM: BATTLE ORDER: Ranger A, Ranger B, Soahc, Lyra, Alder, Rudri, Nymph, Chrys
PseudoGM: Ranged A and B let off [Lead Shots] at Soahc in quick succession! B even gets a launch combo in.
PseudoGM rolled 2d100 and got 74, 67 ( Total: 141 ) for 80
PseudoGM: Dealing 6 physical then 8 physical!
PseudoGM: Ranger B resumes shimmering.
[OOC] Soahc: HP: 14/45, MP: 25/60, LP: 6/10, SoS: 11, Drive: 6/13, Status: Long Disease I
PseudoGM: Soahc!
Soahc UXs away his disease. "Need. Healing. bad."
Alder: "You got it, jewel-bearer!"
PseudoGM: Cleansed!
PseudoGM: Lyra?
Lyra sighs… "I suppose this was bound to happen at some point" she raises up both of her claws "Listen to my call, Raz-Y-Dran!" a dark humanoid shape appears behind her out of nowhere, picking her up softly in their arms. In a moment a great cloud of dust form- And from it emerges a great dragon of earthen-brown scales- Lyra stands atop it's head "Come now, friend, bring those who
Lyra don't listen down! " the dragong rears up on it's hind legs, then she brings down her claw and the dragon comes crashing down with it's fits on the ground [https://youtu.be/9Sk9MnGeF2w]
PseudoGM: They're both W: Earth, on the bright side.
Lyra walks out of the resulting cloud of dust that dealt [6+2] Earth damage to everything, and fires a [Blessed Arrow] at Ranger A, healing Soahc for [1] and granting Long Stalwart
Lyra rolled 1d100 and got 27 ( Total: 27 ) for 80
Lyra deals [4] damage with that Blessed Arrow
[OOC] PseudoGM: 8]+[4], [8]!
PseudoGM: They're both in SOS!
PseudoGM: Alder?
Alder rubs his hands together, and with a quick chant and a dramatic "Ha!" , green aether flows into Soahc! The residual Earth magics heal him up extra! [Solace] [C-Earth]
Alder rolled 1d100 and got 73 ( Total: 73 )
[+17 hp!] [Barrier (4) but it's about to end]
[OOC] Alder: 7 base, +7 combo, +2 h-power, +1 team spirit
PseudoGM: Alder plz
Soahc: "Oh WOW that is better, thank you."
PseudoGM: Rudri!
Chrysanthemum: "!"
Rudri: A big one. It smushes the rangers but good. [OD Tan-Y Vul]
Soahc: "…what."
[OOC] Rudri: 6] earth damage to all foes!
[OOC] PseudoGM: 8], [8]!
PseudoGM: …Double [KO]!
[OOC] PseudoGM: Victory
[OOC] PseudoGM: +9 XP] [+3 Gon
[OOC] Chrysanthemum: HP 66/70 MP 37/55 LP 8/10 DR 11/21 Long: Stalwart Short:
PseudoGM: …Doesn't… sound like there's any other soldiers in the area…?
Alder: "Okay… hog tie these too."
PseudoGM: A few of the ones of the ones of the ground groan.
Lyra looks around at the bodies strewn around "That is a lot of soldiers"
Alder: "And we should probably get off the road!"
Soahc: "yes, please."
Soahc: "and thanks for the healing, again."
Lyra: "If you could please restrain those and we move out of the road, as Alder suggests? We can probably begin questioning"
Alder smiles. "It's what I bring to the table! That and horrifyingly good looks, smarts, a small fortune in silver…"
Alder continues to list off 'traits' as he starts to drag and tie soldiers out of the way.
Chrysanthemum slings two soldiers over each shoulder and carries them off into the woods, or somethin'.
Lyra is too small to carry anyone! So she just walks along. Once they're proper tied she looks at the one who's most likely to wake up "Hey, you there"
Rudri just sort of… stares around.
PseudoGM: None of them are really in any position to put up much of a struggle. Hell most of them aren't even conscious, but a few of them are. Well okay tieing up the treant is a *little* awkward…. but where there's a will there's a way. Maybe you cna tie it to the downed log?
Alder ties it to a rock, you don't want to keep birds of a feather together.
Lyra will be talking to whoever is conscious really! "Alright, this is perhaps not a question you're expecting, however. Why are you even attacking?"
Lyra: "What is going on here"
Chrysanthemum stands behind Lyra looking Very Intimidating.
PseudoGM: One of the transformed If-Yas, probably the nymph, stares up at Lyra like she's an idiot. "Why do you think, Mels scum? We're at war! You're Mels soldiers! We're Yue-Be soldiers."
Lyra: "That's why it's an unexpected question. First we're not soldiers, second, why are we at war again?"
Lyra: "Sorry to inform you but we're travellers, we've been away from here for a very long time, and we come home and find some… War of some kind?"
Alder: "Yeah, see… we're from out of town…?"
Lyra: "I'd love to know what is going on, in fact i'd have loved to ask this of you before we got on eachother's throats"
Chrysanthemum growls out: "We were on a hunting trip. Humour us." Fist into palm, amiably.
PseudoGM: A few more stares from the other conscious soldiers, and they're REALLY looking at you like you're idiots now but… Eventually the Nymp shrugs.
PseudoGM: "Yue-Be was reunified months ago under the leadership of Excaliber's decendents."
Lyra crosses her arms "… So that happened at last"
Lyra: "Why would you decide to attack us after that, though?"
Chrysanthemum: "Hnh."
Rudri raises an eyebrow. "Also… Yue-To here? Not Mels?"
PseudoGM: "Traitors are even worse!"
PseudoGM: The Nymph scowls at Lyra. "Why wouldn't we?"
Lyra raises an eyebrow "Attacking without any reason at all generally don't make sense. Has Mels done something?"
Alder: "We'll even pay you and give you a pension if you schoolteacher us a bit~."
PseudoGM: There's a brief pause, before completely dumbfound look of rage appears on her face. "Has Mels truely forgotten its crimes against Excaliber?"
Rudri: "You can't forget what you didn't know in the first place…"
PseudoGM: "Your precious " Hero " killed him!"
Soahc: "History lesson~!"
Soahc: "Ten Gon says someone here's related to the hero."
Soahc: "And has to romance/kill/both the big bad."
Chrysanthemum scratches his head, figures stage-whispering 'who's Excaliber' wouldn't go over well.
Lyra puts a hand on her chin "Killed Excaliber? All that we've been taught is that you've given the Hero the illusion-dispelling sword"
Soahc is being a bald, magical asshole and LOVING IT.
Rudri sighs. "We're just going to have to come clean about coming from a different history, aren't we."
Lyra: "Seems like things went… Considerably worse than history has documented…"
Soahc: "Puppet show or flowchart?"
Alder: "The jig is up."
Soahc has puppets ready. Yes. Intricate puppets.
PseudoGM: "Excaliber WAS the sword! And he was killed!" She scowls even more, somehow, completely agaust at the party's collective ignorance.
Chrysanthemum: "Wait, how do you kill a sword."
Alder: "Forget that-"
Chrysanthemum: "That doesn't ev-" Damnit, why'd he open his mouth!
Alder: "A sword can have babies?!"
Lyra considers "Of course. I had misjudged the capacities of the If-Ys"
PseudoGM: "Ugh."
Rudri: "Maybe it was a sword who was also a spirit?"
PseudoGM: "Melians are idiots."
Soahc: "Where do you think knives come from, alder?"
Lyra: "No just misinformed"
PseudoGM: "Excaliber was the ancient kind of If-Yas."
Alder wide-eyed, open jawed amazement.
Soahc: "When a broadsword and a katana love each other very, very much…"
Soahc: "Is that what they call it these days?"
PseudoGM: "And then your " Hero " drained and exhausted all of the King's power, and killed him!"
Soahc: "Hey it happens to every guy now and then."
Lyra looks at the soldier, looks at Alder "Seems like we'll have to interfere with things again. This isn't a direct effect of our last inteference, the lesser war damage to Yue has just prompted a quicker unification, leading to this happening sooner, but not causing this war"
Soahc = Bald. Asshole.
Alder squats down to the Nymph's level.
Alder: "And the hero is still…"
Alder: "Capital H- 'hero' that is."
Chrysanthemum: "Hmm. Wonder what he was doing that needed that kind of power."
Soahc: "Probably one of the really kinky positions."
Rudri shakes their head. "Okay, look. We went to the shrine. The Stone did magical jiggery-pokery. Now somehow we've come from our world, where Yue's still two separate peoples and there was a big old war with Mels becuase they killed a dwarven princess, to here, where that -didn't- happen but apparently a major If-Ys figure was killed?"
Lyra: "Sounds like we'll need to find said hero, and hope to all that is good that Excaliber isn't the sort of idiot who'd give his life for his ideals, because he has no idea what his descendants are going to be like" she looks at Chrysanthemum "Defeating the 'mystics' as i'd imagine"
Rudri: "Either way. Literally all the history we know is from -our- history. Clearly, the Stone sent us to a place where a -different- history happened."
Chrysanthemum: "Mmmm."
Rudri conveniently leaves out being involved in said different history.
Rudri: "So… humor us? We literally have no idea who is fighting or -why-."
Lyra: "Do we release them or just leave them here, what do you think, Chrys? Either way, we're going back"
PseudoGM: The Nymph spits to the side, before meeting Alder's eyes. "Arthur." Which lines up with what you all remember.
Alder: "Dang."
Alder stands back up.
Alder: "(At least it's the same guy.)"
Soahc: "Should I try to explain what happened to them?"
Alder: "You can…"
Alder: "It's a doomed timeline, anyway."
Alder: "I actually feel really bad!"
Alder crosses his arms.
Alder: "Don't see the harm in it."
Rudri flicks an ear. "Doomed…?"
PseudoGM: And then a long tired sigh. "He killed Exaliber to destroy some impenetrable barrier the Mystic has set up." Which, again, still lines up with what you remember.
Soahc grins, then launches into… part scientific jargon, part song and dance, part puppet show explanation of "How We Got Here - The Broadway Musical" . It probably qualifies as torture in some kingdoms.
It's not evident how he got the Soahc puppet to pick it's nose in such detail. Such things are better left misunderstood.
Alder: "So weird!"
Alder paces around the captives.
[OOC] PseudoGM: for ilru: And then a long tired sigh. "He killed Excaliber to destroy some impenetrable barrier the Mystic has set up." Which, again, still lines up with what you remember.
Rudri tilts their head. "… okay, so… are we clear it was " Arthur killed Excalibur " as opposed to 'Excalibur willingly gave Arthur permission to use him/her/them up'?"
PseudoGM: They actually seem less perturbed than you might expect, Soahc, and listen pretty intentively to the theory you worked out.
Lyra: "Doesn't matter to them I don't doubt"
Chrysanthemum: "Either way, they lost their king."
Soahc: "So literally, we're on one branch of… thousands. Maybe millions. Squish a butterfly a few hundred years early, and a new time line blossoms."
Chrysanthemum: "I'd be mad too."
Soahc: "I've… uh, never done this before, so this is all theory and trying to rationalize."
Alder: "But Excaliber didn't die in our timeline, so…"
Alder: "Gods, no, don't be so cruel Soahc."
PseudoGM: Well, it was never mentioned in any books you remembering reading about it away,
Soahc: "That was an example. I've nothing against the pretty pollen pushers."
PseudoGM: But on that note none of them ever mentioned Excaliber after the incedent again, either.
Alder: "No, I mean, don't create so many timelines!"
Alder handwaves it away.
Alder: "What I'm trying to say is-"
Alder: "When we go back to fix things,"
Chrysanthemum chortles at Alder.
Alder: "We really need to get it right in one go, preferrably."
Rudri scratches the ear from before. "… Maybe this is why the Yue-To were starting to make noise in our history? I mean, that's the whole reason Chrys and I were in the area."
Lyra: "We're not going to, those things are complex, four centuries of time changes thing wildly and there are many things we do not see the causation relationships"
Alder: "We're going to, Lyra!!"
Alder smiles.
Rudri swishes their tail. "Anyway I agree with Lyra, let's deal with things here, in our time."
Alder: "We're the heroes!"
Lyra looks at Rudri "No… I'm not sure that is a wise idea, Rudri"
Lyra: "We can prevent a lot of damage, we'll just have to… Experiment"
Lyra: "Untill all the solutions stick"
Chrysanthemum: "Gahahah! We've got all the time in the world, after all."
Alder: "First let's go back and see if we can't finish off the pesky Mystic, but failing that, we probably need to trace the exact point where this also went awry."
Lyra: "Perfect idea"
Lyra looks at the bound soldiers, looks at the road back, shakes her head and starts going back. Because honestly why does everything have to be so complicated
PseudoGM: Conflict and surprises are what drive narratives forward, Lyra!
Alder unties one of the Rangers.
Alder: "Okay, you're free to go. I mean… we weren't going to keep you, anyhow."
Alder: "Not that you're not pleasant or a good shot, just-"
Alder: "Y'know."
Soahc gives the soldiers one last piece of advice. "…to be honest, if everything works okay… this will just all be a bad, fading dream."
PseudoGM: The Yue-Be soldiers aren't really in any position to stop you from turning your car around and driving off, although they do seem confused that you're not taking them as prisoners, and especially that Alder untied on.
Alder: "There's someone elses."
PseudoGM: "I uh. Okay?"
Lyra gets back on the car "Come on, let's go before something else happens here"
Alder: "Right, right! Bye!" He hustles into the car.
Soahc gets into the back.
Rudri gets on the roof, because.
PseudoGM: The Ranger gives the care a few hesisitant looks as you drive off, but before long the confused Yue-Be soldiers are long gone and you're on your way back to Meticen. The roads are still basically deserted until you get back to the makeshift camp with army tanks, so you make pretty good time.
PseudoGM: They don't give you too much trouble on the way back in either, given the guards still remember you. A couple questions about the situation on the boarder which was easy enough to answer, and then they wave you on in.
Alder: "Here's hoping we don't need anything particularly special to head -back- in time."
Lyra: "I should be able to replicate the ritual we used to get here"
PseudoGM: Well. Soahc's managed to NOT kill you all twice now with the Jewel.
PseudoGM: Good odds he can keep that high score going with a third attempt.
Alder heads to the temple, then!
Lyra remains somewhat silent on the way to the temple
Chrysanthemum: "You okay, Lyra?"
PseudoGM: The mountain is completely deserted. It's a lot quieter than you remember it being on the way up. Not that that's too surprising, giving the gathering armies in the area. The trip back up to the temple is pretty uneventful at any rate - no random asshole If-Ya blindsiding you and causing trouble for no reason this time.
Lyra: "As much as one can be… I'm just… Trying to wonder what might go awry next"
Chrysanthemum: "Gahahah! Let history sort that one out for ya. We're just along for the ride!"
Soahc takes out the crystal. "I didn't play soccer with you, I didn't chew on you, I didn't throw you at a bird or do any of the numerous stupid things I did. I know that's the bare minimum. So please… please work with me."
Alder: "I agree with Chrys! Besides-"
Alder: "We're the only ones who can really fix it!"
PseudoGM: It takes a bit of concentration to flex that particular magic muscle on the jewel - but it eventually begins to glow as you bring it near the pedestal.
PseudoGM: And it continues to glow, and glow and glow… whiting out your entire field of vision…
Soahc: "Pleaseworkpleaseworkple-"
Lyra: "(What surprise now…)"
PseudoGM: Before slowly dying down once again, revealing the shrine - once again in pristine condition, and the surrounding forest being subtly thicker than you're used to.
[CE 600] [Mels] [Shrine outside of Meticen]
Lyra looks around "And we are here… The question, then… How to get all the way to where we need to be"
Alder rubs his eyes.
Alder: "Oh man. The question also is whether or not time has passed one full day, or if we're back to where we were before."
Alder: "If it's the latter, don't run into your past-self."
Alder: "You'll likely explode!"
PseudoGM: That IS a good question.
Alder: "Let's ask around the town, see what people remember."
Alder: "If there's no looming Hundred camp… then we're probably not catching the Mystic."
Lyra: "I'm convinced the stone works in a relative manner, so no worries there"
Alder heads into town and asks around for local news!!
PseudoGM: Back down in town: The make shift military encampment seems to have grown in size! There's even a couple of wooden buildings that look like they were hastily put together.
Chrysanthemum: "Either they've been doin' well for themselves, or…"
PseudoGM: More curious, you notice a couple of Hundred mingling around inside of it, maybe of them holding hammers and constructing new buildings with the help of some of the soldiers and what look like civilians from the town.
Lyra: "As I thought, time has passed here as well… And those Hundred are working so that's fine"
Rudri: "Well… at least there's that."
Alder breathes a sigh of relief.
Chrysanthemum: "Hah! Knew they could do it."
PseudoGM: The guards stop you at the entrance, and one of them looks like they're about to start giving you lip as he scans over the group, but the other one stops him. "No, no, These are good people!" "Eh? There's a mystic with 'em!" "They're the ones we told you about - the strange mercenaries from a few months ago that took out One-Eye and rescued the Princess!" "What, really? These louts?"
PseudoGM: "Really!" "Huh."
Alder: "(A few months? Wow.)"
Alder breathes a sigh of relief.
Lyra: "(Okay so maybe not as synchronous as I thought)"
Alder: "No exploding dopplegangers, then." He waves hello at the guards!
Lyra looks at the guards "We are a rather varied group"
Alder: "Hi, we're travelling back through the area again!"
PseudoGM: "Aye, it'd be difficult to mistake you for anyone else!" The guard that didn't know who you were looks sheepish.
Alder: "Is the princess still doing well? I see the town's starting to grow a bit!"
Chrysanthemum: "Gahah! Proud of you all!"
PseudoGM: "It's good to have you back! Hmm. Aye, I hear she's doin' well. Whatever happened over in Thon must've really resonated with the dwarves - they joined up with us not long after she got back to the capital."
PseudoGM: "The Hundred -" He gestures back towards the one in the encampment, "- said it was your idea for them to start trading with us, and attempting to intregrate themselves, too?"
Chrysanthemum nods!
Alder: "(Yeah, the Mystic's long gone…)"
PseudoGM: "Well. That was strange, for sure, but it's been workin' out pretty well all told. A lot of people still kind of jumpy and suspicios of their intentions… but they've been good so far, and helpin' the town out plenty."
Alder: "(Best to rendevouz with either Arthur or Excalibur.)"
Chrysanthemum: "Mmm, yeah. Gotta give 'em time."
Lyra: "Hrm…" she looks off in the distance "On the note of things working out. You wouldn't know of some transport heading in the direction of Yue
[OOC] Lyra: An enter too early but nothing was lost in the meaning
PseudoGM: "Towards Yue…?"
Lyra: "Just in the off chance, but we were planning on heading in that direction"
Alder: "Building houses isn't really our 'thing'…"
PseudoGM: Both Guard ponder for a few moments, before another soldier a bit aways shouts. "Word on the street is, the King was tryin' to round up a group of eliets to go parley with 'em!" "…Where the heck did you hear that from?! First I've heard a word of that!" "I got contacts all over friend!"
Soahc looks to his allies.
Lyra: "Hrm… Now there's a group i'd like to be a part of"
Alder: "I'm sure that after our saving of the princess, we could sweet-talk our way in!"
Chrysanthemum: "For sure!"
Lyra: "You don't happen to know someone that could direct us in the right direction?"
PseudoGM: "Hah, well your accomplishments are cetainly impressive for a couple of mercanaries!"
Chrysanthemum: "Ain't that the truth!"
Alder: "Happy to help, as well as happy to get paid!"
Soahc: "…we should make sure we're prepared. No sense in looking stupid or dying because we didn't think to take precautions."
Chrysanthemum: "Anyways… I guess we wanna go see the King, then, huh?"
Alder turns to Lyra. "I think we can just… go to the capital?"
Lyra nods "Good idea, Alder"
PseudoGM: The other soldier sets aside what they were working on and wanders over. "I suppose havin' a hand in gettin' the entire continent unified against the Mystics WOULD do wonders for gettin' the name of your little company out there, huh…?"
PseudoGM: He then shakes his head and wave his hands. "Naw, naw, naw. Not the capital."
Alder: "Oh!" He shakes his head at Lyra. "We can't go to the capital."
PseudoGM: "They were lookin' for people weeks ago. If I had to guess - and knowin' Capital politics as I do since the Princess shook things up - the convoy'd be wall on their way to the King of Yue already. I reckon they'd get there in a few days, unless they happen to bump into that new blockaid the Mystics set up…"
Alder: "That'd be the worst luck."
Lyra crosses her arms "New blockade?"
Lyra: "Sounds like somewhere we shoudl be heading towards right now"
PseudoGM: "Mmhm. The Mystic's've been a real pain in the ass about that ever since we got Thon on our side - blockades all over the entrances into Yue. Tryin' to keep them from delivering any supplies to us, doin' their best to prevent us from talkin' and the like."
PseudoGM: "The one I just mentioned's a few days march from here - we had it cleaned out last month, but they just finished rebuildin' it when we weren't lookin."
Alder nods to Lyra.
PseudoGM: The soldier pulls out a map and makes a couple of marks on it, drawing a path from here to the blockade, and then another line from the capital to the area the King of Yue lives in, which passes through that same blockade.
Lyra: "Alright, sounds like we found our objective" she nods to Alder, look at the rest of the party "Let's make a stop for supplies and get going"
Alder nods. "Thanks for your help, fellas!"
PseudoGM: "Least we can do for your help back then, yeah? Hell, you'd be doin' us a favor with this as well!"
PseudoGM: The group of soldiers then wave you off as you head into town to resupply before heading out. But that's another story for another day!
[OOC] PseudoGM: Feel Free To Shop And Stuff If You Want

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