Apocrypha Obvious Motives

AURUM: {The Apocryphal Paradox} - crystals, floating in the void. Sigils, shimmering and shifting along their surface, ribbons of glyphs swimming between them. Elhaym's standing there, in front of you, with her greatsword piercing the crystalline surface. Ink wells in the cracks like blood in a wound.
Ezekiel: "Heyo."
Nine: "Ah, I did not think i'd meet you again"
Nine: "Still, good to see you"
Solberg: "In your perception, did we ever leave?"
Nameless‘ looks at the sword. At the crystal. At Elhaym. "Huh."
AURUM: "Hey. Sorry about the whole… destroying the world before you guys actually found what you were looking for, thing."
AURUM: "Saw the opportunity."
Ezekiel: "Eh there’s a lot of library."
Eidolon: "Did that happen?"
Nine‘ looks at the way the greatsword is stuck on a crystal, welling ink, then back at her "Hopefully it wasn’t there"
AURUM: "Haha, I mean… there won't be, in a little while. Your souls will make it out okay, I'm pretty sure."
Nine: "And… Why wouldn't there be a library, though?"
Eidolon: "So…"
AURUM: "Because… I'm… destroying it?"
Eidolon waves a hand.
Eidolon: "Why bother destroying it?"
Nameless: "Can't let you do that, sadly."
Ezekiel: "Nameless, please."
Nine: "I suppose I should have been more direct about my question, but what Eidolon said"
Ezekiel: "It's pronounced 'starfox', not 'sadly'."
AURUM: She sighs. "It's a fait accompli, but if a fight about it would make you feel better? Anyways… the Apocrypha should never have existed in the first place."
AURUM: "Someone couldn't bear the thought of a story ending…"
Nine: "Oh, don't worry"
Nine: "I can fix this world"
Nine: "It'll be good practice for me"
AURUM: "And so he froze all the stories here, dead and cold."
Nameless: "If you have already destroyed it, I am going to be *very* cross with you."
Nine‘ crosses his arms "But"
Nine: "Isn’t that what books do? Keep stories in them, eternal?"
Nine: "That someone might pick them up again and breath in them life anew?"
AURUM: "Bound it together with the hopes and dreams of someone who never got the chance to say whether or not that's… even what they wanted."
Eidolon: "Can't please everyone, might as well please a few."
AURUM: "All it takes is a little reading between the lines, though…"
Eidolon: "If their story's over then they really lack a say in it, though?"
Clarafina looks off into the distance, for a moment.
AURUM: "The way the worlds have all been destabilising at the slightest opportunity."
AURUM: "Hasn't it struck you as obvious? That there's someone out there, singing 'let it end'?"
AURUM: She twists the greatsword, and another ink-chasm spiders out through the floor like the Tree of Life.
Nine: "Yeah, it is pretty obvious someone has been, yes"
Clarafina tilts her head.
Clarafina: "…But it's us, of course."
Solberg: "Just one person?"
Eidolon: "I've more the feeling of we were shot out of a cannon and everything else was a consequence of that."
Eidolon grins. "Fancy that the same thing happened three worlds back."
AURUM: She smiles at Clarafina and Solberg, oddly proud.
Nine‘ walks up to the inky wound at the crystal, kneeling down and looking at it closer. Just a fracture for now, despite bleeding?
AURUM: "You’ve done a great job, restoring the mana flow."
Ezekiel: "…OH. Oh."
Nine: "I knew someone was using us from the moment the death jester went nuts"
AURUM: "I mean it - thank you. I only regret I couldn't keep my promise about the secrets you were looking for. Hope your souls make it out in one piece, you know?"
Nine: "No, don't worry"
AURUM: "I don't think even the end of the world could touch a soul, though."
Ezekiel: "This is the part where the writer is stalling for time 'cause they weren't sure how to get from point C to D so we're about to have a largely pointless fight against someone form earlier in the book, right? right."
Nine: "This world is not unmaking itself until we have our answers"
Eidolon: "Now -I'm- going to be cross."
AURUM: She laughs. "There's no point D. This is the end."
Nine‘ picks up something from his jacket, it’s just plastic sealant, but he starts applying to the crack
Nine: "No"
Nine: "It isn't"
Ezekiel: "Bro you didn't look at the chapter outline did you?"
Ezekiel: "There's another chapter after this, and then like, a second volume."
Ezekiel: "Just sayin'."
Nine: "Elhaym you're itching for a fight, why?"
Solberg: "This is about as much of a fait accompli as a contested democratic process is a coronation."
Ezekiel: "Because the writer is stalling! I just covered this nine try and keep up."
Nine‘ is still patching up the crystal anyway
Nameless` sighs and draws his greatsword, pausing to admire the craftsmanship of the blade. "It is indeed the end. For you. I’m sorry, Elhaym. A man is just ruthless enough to make this one stick."
Nine: "Do you plan to keep doing her work, Peregrine?"
AURUM: "Oh, right, the title card." She pulls her sword out of the crystal, scrawls <混乱大光ヘン : Obvious Motives> in the air with venom dripping from the blade.
Nine: "There haven't been any obvious motives yet, though"
Nameless: "No, Nine. I have my own job to do."
Nine: "Just… What you intend to do"
AURUM: She sighs, whirls around with the blade, shatters the crystal she's standing next to into a thousand tiny fragments, and beckons to the void.
Ezekiel: "Oh my god Nine I just said them twice, it's beyond obvious! Have you never read a fiction book before???"
Ezekiel: "This happens literally ALL THE TIME."
Clarafina draws her axe.
Eidolon waves a hand at Ezekiel. "They're tunneling, it won't get through to them."
Nine‘ looks at Ezekiel "I am really hoping she isn’t a shitty nihilist"
Ezekiel: "(Get it, Literal-ly)"
Solberg inspects their fingernails idly, in the meantime. "So, if we're content with not obtaining our answer, which way's the exit?"
Nine‘ stands up "I trust AURUM to make a better story than this"
Solberg: "Theoretically speaking."
Ezekiel: Oh shit he’s provoking you IC! What an asshole, amirite
Nine‘ pulls out his book, sighing "Tell me, Elhaym"
AURUM: From the darkness, a fortune-teller and a tall naga with venom dripping from her fangs. Their features are strangely similar to Elhaym’s. They nod to Solberg and Clarafina, respectively, in recognition.
Nine‘ blinks "Oh"
Nine: "It’s you"
Nine‘ smiles "I’ve been waiting this whole time to give you a message, but where's the other one?" he's talking to the fortune-teller
Nine: "It was for the two of you"
AURUM: "I've been working towards this, in every story. I'm sorry you had to get caught in the middle."
AURUM: The fortune-teller looks at Nine with an odd scowl, but the naga tilts her head curiously. "…indisposed. Probably desperately trying to keep the Apocrypha together."
Nine: "I see"
Nine‘ opens in the last page of his book "AURUM said that it’s not your fault"
Nine‘ closes the book "I don’t know what you did… But he isn't sad. He's afraid you're suffering"
Solberg: "I asked a question." Their tone becomes a little less nonchalant.
Nine: "Whatever you do, just remember that, okay?"
Nine‘ starts moving towards Elhaym "Now, i’m curious, how did you destroy this world, by the way?"
AURUM: …the Naga smiles, Elhaym grins coldly, the fortune-teller just looks sad. "They're the one that's suffering, here. I'm trying to end that."
AURUM: Elhaym meets Solberg's gaze: "The only way out is through."
Ezekiel pulls two beers out of thin air, tosses one to Eidolon. "How you figure this is gunna keep goin'?"
Eidolon catches. "Fight. Explosions, from both sides."
Clarafina furrows her brow.
Eidolon: "Technicolor masterpiece, fade to white."
Ezekiel: "Er, how long, rather."
Eidolon: "Oh, that?"
Eidolon: "Hah!"
AURUM: "If you're so impatient…" Elhaym draws her sword!
Eidolon: "We could be here all night."
Clarafina: "You know, though, don't you? I mean, the whole purpose of your plan, was…"
Nine: "You have not answered me, Elhaym"
Nine: "How did you destroy this world?"
Clarafina: "…A pure heart will cut a blazing path through whatever you put in front of it!"
AURUM: The naga nods.
Clarafina: "We'll rip the story to shreds and pen a million endings…!" She beams. "…Right?"
AURUM: Battle order: Peregrine [F]:0 Solberg [B]:0 Clarafina [F]:2 Maryam [F]:3 Eidolon [B]:4 Elhaym [F]:4 Nine [B]:5 Ophiuchus [F]:5 Ezekiel [F]:7
AURUM: Status for Elhaym : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Prickly(U) Aggression - 0 [+0%](U)
AURUM: Status for Maryam : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Smirk(U)
AURUM: Status for Ophiuchus : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Grasp On Eternity(U)
Clarafina: "But now you're here. Standing in front of us."
Nine‘ looks at Clarafina "Please do not do that"
Ezekiel: "Oh huh wonder if that was me or Clara."
Eidolon: "Now I revise my estimate to ’a few hours,' at most."
AURUM: "I dropped a truck on it."
AURUM: "Well, a train."
Nine: "I see"
AURUM: "Turns out? Worlds are fragile."
Solberg frowns. "So regardless of whether we're incensed at your deception or not, we're to fight past you?"
Nine: "So it was simple impact damage to the core of the world"
Nine: "It should be as simple to repair it as to put the pieces back together"
AURUM: "Well, you could sit back and wait for the end of the world, but where's the fun in that? Also, someone teach this kid how the arrow of time works."
Nine‘ sighs "I don’t want to give you this fight"
Clarafina: "It's true. If you take something apart, when you put it together…"
Nameless: "I do."
Clarafina: "…It has to be a little different."
Clarafina: "That's the essence of surgery."
AURUM: The crystals ringing the Paradox start to crack and shine with light.
Solberg draws their baton and stands in front of Nine, interceding. [Bodyguard]
Nine‘ starts walking straight past them, he opens up his book "Time is not an arrow"
[OOC] Solberg: 40D
AURUM: Peregrine!
Solberg: "I hear Maxwell’s Demon is pretty good at surgery."
Nameless‘ spins into motion, blade whirling through the air at Ophiucus. [Setting Tinder, 60D]
AURUM: Elhaym giggles delightedly.
Nameless` rolled 1d100 and got 25 ( Total: 25 ) for 85/5
AURUM: Hits!
Nameless` rolled 1d12+150 and got 8 ( Total: 158.0 ) for next action gains +20 Crit
AURUM: Dealing [158]!
AURUM: For clarity, Maryam’s the fortuneteller and Ophiuchus is the naga.
Nine‘ stops, closing his book "Hey, Elhaym, Maryam"
Nine: "Ophiucus too"
Nine: "I’m going to help you, alright?"
AURUM: Clarafina!
Nine: "But as you've shown, you like playing rough so"
Nine: "Don't worry, not hurting you for real"
Nine: "But this is going to be pretty good"
Clarafina: "As such, I'll help too."
AURUM: "I'm looking forward to it."
Clarafina strides forth and delivers a hatchet-chop to the Opiuchus. She steps back and lifts her hand, and a red string flies from the naga to her palm. [Heart Bind - 50D]
Clarafina rolled 1d100 and got 42 ( Total: 42 ) for C80/10
Clarafina rolled 1d10+120 and got 8 ( Total: 128.0 )
Ezekiel: "Oh phew he stopped fighting it. WE'RE GOOD NOW AURUM AND MYSTERIOUS ONLOOKER." Ezekiel thumbs up in an vaguely upwardly direction.
Clarafina: For 128 damage. [Hey AURUM, pick one of her spells: Heart Bind punishes it once for 100 damage. (4)]
Nine: "Oh, no, i'm still fighting it" he chuckles "But, you know"
Nine: "Be smart, and take the most effective decision"
Nine: "I can't lose time arguing with their ham-handed narrative right now"
Ezekiel: "God."
AURUM: "You know there are thousands of us, right? Like that story about the woman who loved a man who would become a God, and followed him through incarnation after incarnation?" Deals [128] and punishes [Forbidden Word].
Ezekiel: "Missed opportunity with the new person not literally having hands made out of hams."
Nine: "Oh, there can be as many of you as you need to have"
Nine: "I'll do as… A certain cop once said he'd do, if it comes to that"
Nine: "But it won't"
Ezekiel: "[citation needed]"
Nine: "I will fight all the stars in the nighty sky"
Ezekiel: "Oh."
Nine: "If I have to. I'm smarter than that, though"
AURUM: Maryam strikes at Peregrine with the [Grip of Prophecy]!
Nine: "Or I hope I am"
AURUM rolled 1d100 and got 12 ( Total: 12 ) for 80
Clarafina: "All the stars in the night sky are our enemies…!" She laughs. "Wouldn't that be tiring…?"
AURUM rolled d8+81 and got 5 ( Total: 86 )
Clarafina: "…I like it better this way."
AURUM: Dealing [86] damage and inflicts Can't Be Revived (4) - this condition remains after KO!
Eidolon: "Nine, for Sin's sake,"
Eidolon: "Take a bold step or don't, my neck can't handle the whiplash."
Nine‘ chuckles
Nine: "Hot blood and cold mind, that’s the best combination"
Nine: "I mean i'm being hopeful about myself here, but"
AURUM: Eidolon!
Eidolon: "You did it again!"
Eidolon: "Just now!"
Eidolon: "Augh!"
Nine: "Yes I did, good of you to notice"
Eidolon throws his hands up in the air and taps the UI button that makes HP bars briefly show themselves.
Ezekiel: "Luckily you got a cold beer to hold against it!"
Nameless‘ grins. "You’ll have to work hard to make that one stick, dear. Harder than you might think."
AURUM: Battle order: Eidolon [B]:0 Elhaym [F]:0 Nine [B]:1 Ophiuchus [F]:1 Ezekiel [F]:3 Solberg [B]:36 Maryam [F]:39 Clarafina [F]:48 Peregrine [F]:56
AURUM: Status for Elhaym : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Prickly(U) Aggression - 0 [+0%](U)
AURUM: Status for Maryam : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Smirk(U)
AURUM: Status for Ophiuchus : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Grasp On Eternity(U) Punishment: Forbidden Word [100](4)
Eidolon: "My word that's a lot of health."
AURUM: 'yup'
Nine: "I wonder"
Eidolon brushes the beer against his forehead and his third eye opens behind it, staring at Ophiuchus. [CT 10, Oracle Energy]
Nine: "If i'll wind up having to show you another way to destroy a world at this rate"
Eidolon also dims slightly. [Backfeed]
AURUM: Elhaym focuses! [CT 15]
AURUM: Nine!
Nine‘ just crosses his arms, something within his coat is glowing red "All systems, Red Alert" the omnious glow coming from inside it is strange and a little unfitting for him [Red Alert, 30D]
Ezekiel: "’You better not destroy this world, or i'll have to show you how it's really done'… I mean B for effort but you forgot the maniacal laugh."
Nine: "Ah, see"
Nine: "The key to preventing a world from being destroyed, is to master that which could do it, before it does it"
Ezekiel: "Mutually assured destruction?"
Nine: "No"
AURUM: Ophiuchus locks on to Nine with a [Stasis Beam]!
Ezekiel scratches at the side of his face ponderously.
Nine: "Caution and knowledge. To master something before someone accidentally messes it up"
AURUM: Ezekiel!
Clarafina: "The dosage alone makes the poison."
Clarafina: "…Honestly, I just wanted to pipe in."
Nine: "Even the worst poison can become medicine, too"
Solberg: "Scintillating commentary as ever, Clarafina."
Ezekiel dashes forward, cutting into Ophiuchus! [Forward Strike]
Ezekiel rolled 1d100 and got 87 ( Total: 87 )
Solberg: "… outshone only by Nine."
Ezekiel: Eh fuck it might as well -1LP
Nine‘ chuckles "It’s relevant here"
AURUM: Hits then!
Ezekiel rolled d8+91,150% and got 6 ( Total: 145.5 ) for pow strike. Anyone that assists off this does +20% and regains 80 HP
Eidolon raises the beer in a toast. "All stars sparkle by their own time."
AURUM: Dealing [145] damage!
[OOC] Nine: Someon with a bigger S.A. pick that up
Clarafina dashes in - [S.A!]
AURUM: Delay on that btw?
[OOC] Ezekiel: 40D oops
Clarafina rolled 1d100 and got 42 ( Total: 42 ) for 80/10
Ezekiel swims backwards to his position in the nothing while cracking open his beer and leaning it towards Eidolon.
AURUM: Hits!
Eidolon clink!
Clarafina tugs on the string for a moment and draws the snake closer, smiling as she delivers a quick back-handed strike with the head of her axe.
Clarafina rolled 1d10+120 and got 3 ( Total: 123.0 )
AURUM: Seems like the Naga's smiling too. Hits for [123]!
AURUM: Eidolon!
[OOC] Ezekiel: +24 also
[OOC] Clarafina: Yes, 24 more.
Eidolon has fortunately moved the beer out of the way of the [Oracle Energy] eye beam aimed at Ophiuchus! [Oracle Energy, 35D]
Eidolon rolled 1d8+120 and got 8 ( Total: 128 ) for marked!
[128] and marked!
AURUM: Battle order: Elhaym [F]:0 Nine [B]:16 Solberg [B]:21 Maryam [F]:24 Ezekiel [F]:28 Eidolon [B]:30 Clarafina [F]:33 Ophiuchus [F]:36 Peregrine [F]:41
AURUM: Status for Elhaym : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Prickly(U) Aggression - 0 [+0%](U)
AURUM: Status for Maryam : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Smirk(U)
AURUM: Status for Ophiuchus : [<span style="color: #008000;">=================== </span>] Grasp On Eternity(U) Punishment: Forbidden Word [100](3) Stasis Beam - Nine(U)
AURUM: Elhaym glows [In The Zone] before a gust of mana buffets Peregrine around and three markers appear over his head!
AURUM rolled d12+198 and got 2 ( Total: 200 )
[OOC] Eidolon: not enough people stacked
AURUM: Dealing [200] magical damage!
Nameless‘ is buffeted, and turns it into a graceful spin, building momentum…
AURUM: She almost immediately gets another turn and strikes at Peregrine! [Goad]
AURUM rolled 1d100 and got 67 ( Total: 67 ) for 80
[OOC] Nine: Need a cover there?
Eidolon: "Rude."
[OOC] Nameless: at 430/600 before whatever Goad does, so… I’m probably OK?
AURUM rolled d12+247 and got 8 ( Total: 255 ) for If Peregrine attacks Elhaym with his next action and hits, Elhaym takes an extra 10*(Peregrine's ATK) damage!
[OOC] Solberg: Nine, take it.
[OOC] Solberg: wait no I'm dumb
A small bomb drops in the way of Elhaym's attack, the flashbang goes off and when she hits something, it's Nine instead [G.A.]
Nine: "Let's disperse that damage a bit"
[OOC] Solberg: disregard
[OOC] Nine: Oh?
[OOC] Nine: Okay?
[OOC] Nine: What's the plan instead?
[OOC] Solberg: misread the effect as peregrine taking punishment
[OOC] Nine: Ah okay
AURUM: Battle order: Nine [B]:0 Wandering Twister:4 Solberg [B]:5 Maryam [F]:8 Ezekiel [F]:12 Eidolon [B]:14 Clarafina [F]:17 Elhaym [F]:19 Ophiuchus [F]:20 Wandering Twister:24 Peregrine [F]:25 Wandering Twister:44
AURUM: Status for Elhaym : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Prickly(U) Aggression - 0 [+0%](U)
AURUM: Status for Maryam : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Smirk(U)
AURUM: Status for Ophiuchus : [<span style="color: #008000;">=================== </span>] Grasp On Eternity(U) Punishment: Forbidden Word [100](3) Stasis Beam - Nine(U)
[OOC] Nine: I guess I let it pass then
[OOC] Nameless: Nawp I totally will deal a shitton of bonus damage.
Nine‘ puts back his book on his coat, pulling out a small cylindrical device. He inserts a crystal in it, twists the bottom and hits it. White hot plasma ejects from the other side, like a welding torch [Item, 40D]
Nine` rolled 1d6+2 and got 4 ( Total: 6 ) for Duration
[OOC] Nine: HP: 500/500, [TMP: 80] MP: 485/485, LP: 7/8, SoS: 125 - Red Alert[+50%] (U),Sol Weapon (5)
[OOC] Clarafina: NINE WATCH OUT FOR STASIS BEAM
[OOC] Nine: It’s true i'm likely going to get CT'd?!
[OOC] Clarafina: Legit~
AURUM: Honestly Ophiucus is too interested in WTF you're even doing at the moment and seems distracted.
[OOC] Nameless: [F] HP: 205/600 | MP: 500/500 | SoS: 150 | Luck (8)
AURUM: A Wandering Twister explodes on Nameless for [200] magical damage!
AURUM: Battle order: Solberg [B]:0 Maryam [F]:3 Ezekiel [F]:7 Eidolon [B]:9 Clarafina [F]:12 Elhaym [F]:14 Ophiuchus [F]:15 Wandering Twister:19 Peregrine [F]:20 Nine [B]:35 Wandering Twister:39
AURUM: Status for Elhaym : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Prickly(U) Aggression - 0 [+0%](U)
AURUM: Status for Maryam : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Smirk(U)
AURUM: Status for Ophiuchus : [<span style="color: #008000;">=================== </span>] Grasp On Eternity(U) Punishment: Forbidden Word [100](3) Stasis Beam - Nine(U)
AURUM: Solberg!
Nine: "You sure can hit hard"
AURUM: Elhaym bows gracefully.
Eidolon opens his mouth, like he's going to ask the obvious question, then closes it.
Solberg hits Nameless with two orbs in rapid succession, one dispersing immediately [Quick: High Spark, d8+150 HP] and the other the usual slow dissolve. [Solid Pulse, +50 HP at end of action (6)]
AURUM: Maryam tsks and starts focusing on an orb. [CT 10]
AURUM: Delay, Solberg?
[OOC] Solberg: 50D
AURUM: Ezekiel!
Ezekiel fishes around in his pocket a moment, then starts rolling some joints. [CT20]
AURUM: Eidolon!
Eidolon claps his hands twice, and there's a reality-bending 'MAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW' sound as a disc of gravity forms a ways above Ophiuchus' head. [CT 20, Reverse Gravity]
AURUM: Clarafina!
Clarafina runs a circle around the Opiuchus, slipping the red string around her waist, delivering a little slash as she does so - [Soul Bind - 50D]
Clarafina rolled 1d100 and got 59 ( Total: 59 )
Clarafina rolled 1d10+120 and got 8 ( Total: 128.0 )
Nine‘ dashes in right after Clarafina, drives the hilt of his plasma cutter on it, closes his eyes and sets output to maximum! [Interrupt Charge - S.A.]
Nine` rolled 1d100 and got 59 ( Total: 59 ) for 80
Clarafina: For 128 physical damage. She draws it taut - (4). [When targetted by a support action*, take 130 damage.]
Nine` rolled 1d8+72 and got 8 ( Total: 80 ) for Power Strike
[OOC] Clarafina: *: I mean, obviously, not a support action we use, that’d just be silly.
[OOC] Nine: Oops
[OOC] Nine: Meant to be 120
[OOC] Nine: Forgot the +50%
[OOC] Nine: No wait 104 because row mod
AURUM: Dealing [128] and… [104]!
[OOC] Nine: HP: 500/500, [TMP: 80] MP: 485/485, LP: 7/8, SoS: 125 - Red Alert[+50%] (U),Sol Weapon (5),Spell Charge [+20%] (U)
AURUM: Maryam tags Solberg with [Dispassion]!
Solbeg has -30% potency with recovery effects, and positive condition duration is lowered by (2)! The hex burns - [Glorify]! Solberg takes and deals +20% damage until the end of their next turn!
[OOC] Solberg: how long does that last
[OOC] Nine: 2!
(4)! Sorry.
[OOC] Nine: Or I misread oops
AURUM: Elhaym shifts stances! [Wild Strikes]
Elhaym strikes at -10D as long as she never targets the same thing twice in a row.
AURUM: Ophiuchus lunges at Peregrine! [Fear Strike]!
AURUM rolled 1d100 and got 86 ( Total: 86 ) for 80
AURUM: And misses!
Nameless‘ nimbly turns away at the last second. "Tsk. You’ll get your turn, I promise."
AURUM: Nameless, HP check?
[OOC] Nameless: 359/600
AURUM: The second Wandering Twister explodes on Nameless for [200] magical damage!
AURUM: Battle order: Peregrine [F]:0 Ezekiel [F]:7 Eidolon [B]:9 Elhaym [F]:14 Nine [B]:15 Wandering Twister:19 Maryam [F]:23 Solberg [B]:30 Clarafina [F]:42 Ophiuchus [F]:45
AURUM: Status for Elhaym : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Prickly(U) Aggression - 0 [+0%](U)
AURUM: Status for Maryam : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Smirk(U)
AURUM: Status for Ophiuchus : [<span style="color: #008000;">=================== </span>] Grasp On Eternity(U) Punishment: Forbidden Word [100](2) Stasis Beam - Nine(U) Soul Bind [130](3)
AURUM: Peregrine!
Nameless‘ hurls his sword into the air and darts past Elhayms guard, whilring her through a series of complex steps and ending with a dip… right in the path of his descending blade. [Moth Dance, 60D]
Nameless` rolled 1d100 and got 59 ( Total: 59 ) for 75/55
Nameless` spends a luck >_>
Ezekiel: "Hm I think I made one too many of these. Oh well."
Ezekiel: "Sol, Clara, you guys weren’t hurt right?"
AURUM: Crits!
Nameless‘ rolled 1d12+280,200% and got 9 ( Total: 578.0 )
AURUM: Ophiuchus gains an LP! [Unforgiving Heart]
Nameless` stands her up and spins her away again, picking up his sword.
Solberg: "Haven’t been yet."
AURUM: Nameless, what's your ATK?
AURUM: 10, nevermind
AURUM: Deals…
AURUM: Well, this is odd:
AURUM: The hit lands on Elhaym, but a shimmering thread of fate connects the three women! Ophiuchus takes [578] and [100] damage!
AURUM: Battle order: Ezekiel [F]:0 Eidolon [B]:2 Elhaym [F]:7 Nine [B]:8 Wandering Twister:12 Maryam [F]:16 Solberg [B]:23 Clarafina [F]:35 Ophiuchus [F]:38 Peregrine [F]:53
AURUM: Status for Elhaym : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Prickly(U) Aggression - 0 [+0%](U)
AURUM: Status for Maryam : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Smirk(U)
AURUM: Status for Ophiuchus : [<span style="color: #008000;">================== </span>] Grasp On Eternity(U) Punishment: Forbidden Word [100](2) Stasis Beam - Nine(U) Soul Bind [130](3)
AURUM: Ezekiel!
AURUM: 'Oh what the fuck.'
Nine: "A guardian"
AURUM: 'No that's just… blatantly against the rules???'
Nine: "I wonder, would you take all of their pains on you?"
Nine: "Ah, I see"
Nine: "So you want to write your own rules, is that it?"
Eidolon: "I'm counting that one as a hit."
AURUM: 'There's some shit going on here don't let it stop you guys! You've got this!'
Nine: "Oh, I do"
AURUM: Since when are -you- so cheerful…?
Nine: Probably since he's been hanging around you more, AURUM
Nine: Don't worry, we got this
Ezekiel: "UH right anyway." Ezekiel tosses one to Nameless, one to Eidolon, and then one to, I don't know, Nine? [90HP Regen (5) until you get hit]
[OOC] Ezekiel: 40D
Nameless: "Well, I guess your turn comes sooner than expected. I've danced with devils, I promise I wont step on your tail."
AURUM: Eidolon!
Eidolon leaps into the air and plunges his hand into the gravity disc! Then, blatantly stealing from Diabolos in FF8, he pulllllllllllllllllllllllllls at it until it bends and bursts, sending magical gate damage onto Ophiuchus! [Reverse Gravity, 35D]
AURUM: Stylish!
Eidolon rolled 1d8+210,150 and got 1 ( Total: 316.5 ) for 3 hits, +30%, and spending two luck
AURUM: T- three hits!?
Ezekiel: He means the target got hit three times, so his bonus is +30%, it's okay
Eidolon counts: Clarafina, Nine, and…
Eidolon points dramatically!
Eidolon being a tank!!
AURUM: Deals [316]!
AURUM: Elhaym starts charging an unstable spell! [CT 15]
AURUM: Battle order: Nine [B]:0 Wandering Twister:4 Maryam [F]:8 Elhaym [F]:14 Solberg [B]:15 Clarafina [F]:27 Eidolon [B]:29 Ophiuchus [F]:30 Ezekiel [F]:32 Peregrine [F]:45
AURUM: Status for Elhaym : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Prickly(U) Aggression - 0 [+0%](U)
AURUM: Status for Maryam : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Smirk(U)
AURUM: Status for Ophiuchus : [<span style="color: #008000;">================== </span>] Grasp On Eternity(U) Punishment: Forbidden Word [100](2) Stasis Beam - Nine(U) Soul Bind [130](3)
AURUM: Nine!
Nine‘ walks up to Ophiucus again, setting his plasma cutter to maximum as he walks. It emits plasma that scatters like sparks, the jet of plasma making it look vaguely like a sword "And one more" he swings it at her [
[OOC] Nine: Attack, 40D
Nine` rolled 1d100 and got 94 ( Total: 94 ) for 80 CoS
[OOC] Nine: Spending 2 luck
Nine` rolled 1d8+72,130 and got 2 ( Total: 96.2 ) for Physical, Melee, Power Strike
AURUM: Hits for… that’s cute, [96]!
[OOC] Nine: HP: 500/500, [TMP: 80] MP: 485/485, LP: 7/8, SoS: 125 - Red Alert[+50%] (U),Sol Weapon (4),Spell Charge [+40%] (U),Regen [90] (4)
AURUM: The remaining Wandering Twister explodes on Solberg for [200] damage!
AURUM: Maryam strikes at Eidolon with a [Aim]ed [Distortionlash]!
AURUM rolled 1d100 and got 47 ( Total: 47 ) for 90
AURUM rolled d8+81 and got 3 ( Total: 84 )
Eidolon: "Ah!"
AURUM: Dealing [84] damage and the next time Eidolon uses an ability with a CT, the CT and Delay values are swapped!
[OOC] Solberg: [SHP: 80] HP: 600/600, MP: 305/600, LP: 5/8, SoS: 150 - Dispassion (4),Lazy Damage [100] (1)
[OOC] Eidolon: d…duration?
Eidolon drops his joint.
AURUM: Until… the next time you use an ability with a CT.
[OOC] Ezekiel: it just happens once, it's a rider
AURUM: Elhaym takes two dice out of her pocket, rolls them on the flat of her blade.
AURUM rolled 2d6 and got 1, 1 ( Total: 2 )
AURUM: "Ugh."
Eidolon: "Snake eyes."
Nine: "Fitting"
AURUM: She then swings the sword at Solberg, but a shimmering blade of light completes the strike - [Super Charger]!
AURUM rolled d12+264,120% and got 2 ( Total: 319.2 )
Eidolon: "Oh I thought the house would be us, that time."
AURUM: Dealing [319] magical damage and granting Solberg Refresh [3*STM] (1)!
[OOC] Solberg: HP: 420/600, MP: 305/600, LP: 5/8, SoS: 150 - Dispassion (4),Lazy Damage [260] (1),Refresh [24 MP/tick] (1)
AURUM: Battle order: Solberg [B]:0 Clarafina [F]:12 Eidolon [B]:14 Ophiuchus [F]:15 Ezekiel [F]:17 Elhaym [F]:24 Nine [B]:25 Peregrine [F]:30 Maryam [F]:33
AURUM: Status for Elhaym : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Prickly(U) Aggression - 0 [+0%](U)
AURUM: Status for Maryam : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Smirk(U)
AURUM: Status for Ophiuchus : [<span style="color: #008000;">================== </span>] Grasp On Eternity(U) Punishment: Forbidden Word [100](2) Stasis Beam - Nine(U) Soul Bind [130](3)
AURUM: Solberg!
[OOC] Solberg: HP calls from everyone?
[OOC] Nine: HP: 500/500, [TMP: 80] MP: 485/485, LP: 7/8, SoS: 125 - Red Alert[+50%] (U),Sol Weapon (4),Spell Charge [+40%] (U),Regen [90] (4)
[OOC] Ezekiel: [SHP: 80] HP: 700/700, MP: 310/550, LP: 5/6, SoS: 175
[OOC] Eidolon: HP: 506/600, [TMP: 162] MP: 600/600, LP: 6/8, SoS: 150 - CT<->Delay Swap (U)
[OOC] Clarafina: HP: 678/700, MP: 400/500, LP: 9/10, SoS: 175
Nine: "You're a healthy snake, aren't you?"
AURUM: 'God she's kind of terrible at actually damaging you fuckers, isn't she.'
AURUM: 'Does she think she's just going to win this by attrition, or…?'
Ezekiel: Well I mean when your support is a Healer and a WIL based Defender……………
Ezekiel: you aren't coming in to Deal Damage
AURUM: …no, the world's ending while you fight. Entire vaults of the Apocrypha, crumbling into the void.
Ezekiel: Although that's really a Blighter??? but w/e
Nine‘ looks around
Nine: "Ah"
Nine: "She doesn’t plans to win"
Nine: "She plans to stall"
Ezekiel: "OH
Ezekiel: MY
Ezekiel: FUCKING
Ezekiel: GOD "
Ezekiel: "Welcome to an hour ago, Nine!"
Nine: "Listen i'm just"
Nine: "Clarifiying it for them"
Ezekiel: "Just kinda slow on the uptake!!!"
Solberg distributes [86] damage each to Ezekiel, Clarafina, and Eidolon. And takes [2] for themself.
AURUM: 'Hahahaha Ezekiel I really like you. Like, we're probs all about to die, and I mean, you have sparks, at least your sparks will be okay, but, holy shit I have appreciated these lols in the time we've spent together'
Ezekiel: "It's <span style="color: #ff0000;">an obvious motive</span>."
Solberg stands in front of Nine again, ready to intercept. [Bodyguard, 40D]
Nine: Nobody's dieing, I promise
AURUM: What does Bodyguard actually do?
[OOC] Nine: He takes damage in place of me
Ezekiel: OK but like you have to pull off your scooby od mask and reveal your humble farmer origins or whatever before it happens!
AURUM: Clarafina!
[OOC] Clarafina: That's a subtle lie, Nine
[OOC] Nine: It's not a lie
AURUM: '*tarucaw*'
[OOC] Clarafina: That's true, too <3
Clarafina taps Pecado against the surface of the crystal - a clear, quartz ring sounds - and twists the handle. She delivers another strike towards the Opiuchus, and a red mist blows out! [Luck Bane - 50D]
Clarafina rolled 1d100 and got 73 ( Total: 73 ) for 80/10
Clarafina rolled 1d10+120 and got 4 ( Total: 124.0 ) for [Luck Bane, punishing LP expenditure for 50 damage per.](4)
[OOC] AURUM: Hang on a second brb my mom just woke up and she's yowling tremendously about something
[OOC] Eidolon: your MOM woke up
[OOC] Nine: Precisely
[OOC] AURUM: ok
AURUM: Deals [124] and Luck Bane [50] (4)!
AURUM: Eidolon!
Eidolon takes a long, slow drink, while his third eye stares at Ophiuchus knowingly. [CT 35, Oracle Energy]
AURUM: Ophiuchus creates an interdiction! [Forbidden Word] Ophiuchus takes [100] damage from the punishment!
AURUM rolled d12+240 and got 12 ( Total: 252 )
AURUM: The number "252" and the word "Bane" hang balefully in the air, in smothering script.
Ezekiel: "Uuuh."
AURUM: Ophiuchus is flickering strangely.
Nine: "What now?"
Clarafina rips the thread out, inflicting, yes, 100 damage as it runs through the lines of her hand to her heart.
AURUM: Battle order: Ezekiel [F]:0 Elhaym [F]:7 Nine [B]:8 Peregrine [F]:13 Maryam [F]:16 Solberg [B]:23 Eidolon [B]:32 Clarafina [F]:45 Ophiuchus [F]:48
AURUM: Status for Elhaym : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Prickly(U) Aggression - 0 [+0%](U)
AURUM: Status for Maryam : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Smirk(U)
AURUM: Status for Ophiuchus : [<span style="color: #008000;">================== </span>] Grasp On Eternity(U) Stasis Beam - Nine(U) Soul Bind [130](2) Luck Bane [50](3)
AURUM: Ezekiel!
Eidolon: "I'm still shooting it."
Ezekiel dashes forward, creating an opening on oPhiucgus! [Forward Strike] [40D]
Ezekiel rolled 1d100 and got 80 ( Total: 80 )
AURUM: Hits!
Ezekiel rolled d8+91 and got 8 ( Total: 99 )
[OOC] Ezekiel: +20% to assist off this and +80HP to whomever picks it up also
[OOC] Nameless: I'll take it!
Nameless‘ swings in behind Ezekiel, blade whirling rapidly. [S.A. - A Sudden Spark]
Nameless` rolled 1d100 and got 29 ( Total: 29 ) for 85/5
AURUM: Hits!
AURUM: ’hahahaha that S.A. name. so good.'
[OOC] Nameless: what >:E
AURUM: 'oh what the fuck is she screwing with the base concept of randomness itself too now?'
[OOC] Nameless: am having a brainfart, where am I fucking up the syntax
AURUM: 'heads, heads, heads'
[OOC] Nameless: We are not flipping a coin thirty seven times, man.
Nameless‘ rolled 1d12+150,120 and got 9 ( Total: 190.79999999999998 ) for Staying in Wind form though.
Nameless` rolled 1d12+150,120% and got 12 ( Total: 194.4 ) for Staying in Wind form though.
Nameless` rolled 1d12+150,120 and got 5 ( Total: 186.0 )
AURUM rolled d2 and got 1 ( Total: 1 )
AURUM rolled d2 and got 1 ( Total: 1 )
Eidolon: "That’s two heads. Go for three!"
Nameless‘ does in fact go for the head, a wide-sweeping slash.
AURUM: ’I GET IT'
AURUM: Deals… let's go with the 12, [194]damage!
AURUM: Elhaym is [In The Zone] and slams Clarafina with a [Sledgehammer] attack!
AURUM rolled 1d100 and got 5 ( Total: 5 ) for 80
AURUM rolled d12+247 and got 9 ( Total: 256 )
AURUM: Elhaym suffers +30% damage until her next action!
AURUM: Battle order: Nine [B]:0 Peregrine [F]:5 Maryam [F]:8 Solberg [B]:15 Elhaym [F]:19 Eidolon [B]:24 Ezekiel [F]:32 Clarafina [F]:37 Ophiuchus [F]:40
AURUM: Status for Elhaym : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Prickly(U) Aggression - 0 [+0%](U)
AURUM: Status for Maryam : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Smirk(U)
AURUM: Status for Ophiuchus : [<span style="color: #008000;">================== </span>] Grasp On Eternity(U) Stasis Beam - Nine(U) Soul Bind [130](2) Luck Bane [50](3)
AURUM: Nine!
Nine‘ pulls out a cylindrical device from his coat, it is already filled with a dark black dust and a crimson liquid. He removes the crystal form the plasma cutter and inserts it on the cylinder. There are three omniously glowing red lights on it. "Clear the blast zone" a red target zone appears under Ophiucus [Blast Charge, CT15]
AURUM: Peregrine!
[OOC] Nameless: HP Check!
[OOC] Clarafina: HP: 366/700, MP: 400/500, LP: 9/10, SoS: 175
[OOC] Ezekiel: HP: 694/700, MP: 310/550, LP: 5/6, SoS: 175
[OOC] Nine: HP: 500/500, [TMP: 80] MP: 485/485, LP: 7/8, SoS: 125 - Red Alert[+50%] (U),Sol Weapon (4),Spell Charge [+40%] (U),Regen [90] (4)
[OOC] Solberg: HP: 420/600, MP: 329/600, LP: 5/8, SoS: 150 - Dispassion (3)
Nine` furrows his eyebrows, waves with his left hand moving the targetting zone to Elhaym
[OOC] Eidolon: HP: 420/600, [TMP: 162] MP: 600/600, LP: 6/8, SoS: 150 - CT<->Delay Swap (U)
AURUM: A crystal crumbles into dust, in the background - the stars of the void are disgorging papers, books, tomestones, flash drives. They look like dust, or blood, trickling down into the black and then vanishing forever.
[OOC] Clarafina: S t a s i s b e a m
AURUM: ’sup fucker I'm the GM'
Nameless‘ skips the candy this time, Clarafina will feel better because a Pure heart says she does. [Good Medicine Returns, CT 20]
AURUM: ’God I've always wanted to say that. ilu Clarafina we're friends.'
[OOC] Clarafina: That wasn't a tip for you~
AURUM: 'Oh. Shit.'
[OOC] Nine: I'll eat the CT!
AURUM: 'And here I go calling attention to it, good job.'
Ezekiel: Oh is that how you guys divide stuff?
AURUM: Maryam strikes at Ezekiel with a venomed lash! [Envenom]
AURUM rolled 1d100 and got 17 ( Total: 17 )
AURUM rolled d8+48 and got 8 ( Total: 56 )
AURUM: Deals [56] and every time Ezekiel takes a turn he suffers [45] damage (4)!
AURUM: Ezekiel takes and deals +20% damage until the end of his next turn! [Glorify]
AURUM: Battle order: Nine [B]:0 Solberg [B]:0 Elhaym [F]:4 Eidolon [B]:9 Peregrine [F]:10 Ezekiel [F]:17 Clarafina [F]:22 Ophiuchus [F]:25 Maryam [F]:33
AURUM: Status for Elhaym : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Prickly(U) Aggression - 0 [+0%](U)
AURUM: Status for Maryam : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Smirk(U)
AURUM: Status for Ophiuchus : [<span style="color: #008000;">================== </span>] Grasp On Eternity(U) Stasis Beam - Nine(U) Soul Bind [130](2) Luck Bane [50](3)
AURUM: Nine!
AURUM: Solberg!
Ezekiel: "Haha it's funny 'cause it's not the snake with the venom bite."
[OOC] Solberg: What's the duration left on Pulse, Sam?
Nine‘ tosses the device upwards, it beeps once, it hits the ground with a light sound, bouncing up again. It beeps one more time. And a titanic explosion of fire and shrapnel that leaves behind a glittering cloud of dust [Demolisher, 35D]
[OOC] Nameless: 4 because I am slow as balls. :D
AURUM: On whom, Nine?
[OOC] Nine: On Elhaym!
AURUM: The spotlight’s on Nine!
AURUM: 'OH WAIT THAT'S NOT A SPOTLIGHT IT'S A [STASIS BEAM]'
[OOC] Clarafina: I think you mean Blast Charge
[OOC] Nine: Right yes Blast Charge, just the names are wrong
AURUM: Nine's action gains an additional [27 CT]!
AURUM: Solberg!
Nine‘ closes his eyes, and sighs, crossing his arms
Nine: "Sure"
Nine: "That’s pretty big, though"
Solberg begins forming a dark orb at the tip of their baton as they aim. [Reverse Vacuum, 30CT]
AURUM: Elhaym slams into Ezekiel with [Goad]!
AURUM rolled 1d100 and got 11 ( Total: 11 ) for 80
Ezekiel: "YEAH OKAY LETS FITE"
Clarafina: "Pardon me."
AURUM rolled d12+247,120% and got 4 ( Total: 301.2 ) for If Ezekiel targets Elhaym with next action he does an additional 10*ATK damage!
Clarafina steps in. [G.A!]
Ezekiel: "What."
AURUM: Or Clarafina I guess!
AURUM: Eidolon!
Eidolon finishes the beer! He goes "Ahh…. now this mess can get moving," as his third eye shoots a beam at Ophiuchus! [Oracle Energy, 10D]
Ezekiel: "Mah deeps crank!"
Eidolon rolled 1d8+120 and got 3 ( Total: 123 ) for Marked!
Clarafina smiles at Ezekiel. "Set me up for a hit, okay…?"
[OOC] Clarafina: Requesting your blindside-like on Elhaym~
AURUM: Ophiuchus takes the damage, and then light starts pouring out of little cracks in its skin. [+200 Delay] [Insubstantial - Cannot Take Direct Damage]
Eidolon blinks three eyes, opens two.
Solberg: "Now you're just being obstinate."
AURUM: Battle order: Peregrine [F]:0 Ezekiel [F]:7 Eidolon [B]:9 Clarafina [F]:12 Nine [B]:17 Solberg [B]:20 Maryam [F]:23 Elhaym [F]:44 Ophiuchus [F]:215
AURUM: Status for Elhaym : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Prickly(U) Aggression - 0 [+0%](U)
AURUM: Status for Maryam : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Smirk(U)
AURUM: Status for Ophiuchus : [<span style="color: #008000;">================= </span>] Grasp On Eternity(U) Insubstantial(U)
AURUM: Peregrine!
Ezekiel: "Well, okay, I guess."
Ezekiel: "Uh not the assist booster right?"
Clarafina: "Oh, no, no, the normal one."
Ezekiel: "Okay."
Nameless‘ steps forward, pressing the assault on Elhaym, his swordwork shifting from wide, powerful strokes to something unexpectedly fast and fluid. [Paying the MP to use Water Stance move, Drawing Steel And Breath, 60D]
Nameless` rolled 1d100 and got 76 ( Total: 76 ) for 85/5
[OOC] Nameless: she still taking +30%?
[OOC] Ezekiel: nope
AURUM: Hits!
Nameless` rolled 1d12+150 and got 10 ( Total: 160.0 ) for and I get -10D and 100 MP if she doesnt target me with her next action.
AURUM: Deals [160]!
AURUM: Ezekiel!
Ezekiel rush up, hops over Ophiuchus, skids to a stop beside Elhaym then smacks her in the head. [After Me] [47D]
Ezekiel rolled 1d100 and got 83 ( Total: 83 )
[OOC] Ezekiel: -1LP
Ezekiel rolled d8+91 and got 4 ( Total: 95.0 ) for +30% to the next hit against her
AURUM: She starts flickering weirdly!
[OOC] Solberg: Does that include SAs?
[OOC] Clarafina: ITS MINE
[OOC] Solberg: ok
[OOC] Ezekiel: it does
[OOC] Nine: YEs it does
[OOC] Nine: Do not S.A.
[OOC] Solberg: oh setup okay
AURUM: ’lol'
AURUM: Eidolon!
Ezekiel: the allure of Large Numbers
AURUM: 'every time-'
AURUM: '-nah'
Eidolon: "Fortuntely, that's why I have a windup time." He opens his eye and stares at Elhaym. [CT 10]
AURUM: Clarafina!
Clarafina spreads her arms wide. The light explodes up around her. She puts on her mask, drags her axe along the ground, and runs in towards Elhaym.
Nine: You better not even think of saying that
Nine: Just so you know
Clarafina: "What you wanted from us…"
Clarafina: "…I'll absolutely grant it!"
[OOC] Clarafina: AS YOU WISH - 50D
Clarafina rolled 1d100 and got 28 ( Total: 28 ) for 80/10
[OOC] Clarafina: -2 LP!
AURUM: 'YESSS'
Clarafina smashes Elhaym up into the air with her axe, then leaps up!
Clarafina rolled 1d10*2.3+120*2.3+100 and got 10 ( Total: 399.0 ) for After Me + Critical + Goad
Clarafina leaps up after her, slams her hand together, and black ribbons course along the crystals and the books and the ancient allagan USB drives, knitting them together, holding them for a moment, and ripping into Elhaym as they bind her.
Clarafina: Bleed[198](3)!
AURUM: Elhaym's vaulted up into the air, and she just hangs there, midair, skin cracking, light shining through the cracks, a mad smile on her face. [Insubstantial, +200 Delay]
Clarafina: "Nine!"
Clarafina: "I have given you an opportunity."
Solberg tilts their head. "Hmm."
AURUM: Battle order: Nine [B]:0 Eidolon [B]:2 Solberg [B]:3 Maryam [F]:6 Ezekiel [F]:37 Peregrine [F]:43 Clarafina [F]:45 Ophiuchus [F]:198 Elhaym [F]:227
AURUM: Status for Elhaym : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Prickly(U) Aggression - 0 [+0%](U) Insubstantial(U) Bleed [198](3)
AURUM: Status for Maryam : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Smirk(U)
AURUM: Status for Ophiuchus : [<span style="color: #008000;">================= </span>] Grasp On Eternity(U) Insubstantial(U)
AURUM: Nine!
Nine‘ sighs, pulls back his left sleeve and presses a button on his wristband, deactivating his ticking bomb. He goes to retrieve it. [Wait, 15D] "Not being wasteful"
AURUM: ’Aw, he's so conscientious.'
AURUM: Eidolon!
Ezekiel: so what
Ezekiel: oh wait n/m thta word jsut looks weird in text
Eidolon 's eye shifts back to shoot MARYAM, YEAH! [Oracle Energy, 35D]
Eidolon rolled 1d8+120 and got 8 ( Total: 128 )
Marked!
AURUM: Solberg!
Solberg fires the aimed orb at Maryam. [Reverse Vacuum, 30D, does damage and heals the party for 40 * (stacks of Pulse left on Nameless) * 0.7, ending the Pulse effect]
Solberg rolled d12+144 and got 11 ( Total: 155.0 )
[OOC] Solberg: the .7 term is for Dispassion!
AURUM: Maryam just shrugs and does a basic [Attack], a faint smile on her face. The world's coming apart.
AURUM: The attack misses!
AURUM: Nine!
Nine‘ looks at Elhaym, opens up his book and looks at it for a moment, nods to himself and fishes a small bitter pill from his pockets. He pulls out a flask of water and drops the pill in it, waiting [Quarantine Breach, CT20]
[OOC] Nameless: so 120 *.7
Nine: "So you’ve bought all the time you needed"
Nine: "You stopped trying"
AURUM: Solberg!
[OOC] Clarafina: So… +84 to party. Gosh.
Solberg retrieves an [Icebomb] from their pockets. The trio seems like their guard's down enough for this to work. They hurl it not at any member of the trio - two are insubstantial, and one barely seems as if they're trying aynmore - but at the cracking crystal. When faced with disaster, apply winter. [Unless … the power of a Pure Heart can't be used like that!]
AURUM: "This outcome was determined long ago, my dear - an inextricable consequence of who we all are, and what the world is. There's nothing you could have done to change it." Her voice is kind. "This is what needs to happen… for any of us to move on."
AURUM: The problem is…
AURUM: …that you're not faced with disaster! This is the ending of a story; countless frozen glaciers dissolving into snow, and then into mana…
Nameless: "A man will move on when he is ready. Not when you decide it is time."
Nine‘ sighs
Nine: "You are wrong"
Nine: "You don’t move on by destroying things
Nine: "By ending things"
Nine: "You move on by living with things"
Nine: "Who are you to tell that stories have reached their end?"
Nine: "A story is not the possession of it's writer"
Nine: "It's possession of it's readers"
AURUM: The icebomb resonates, though, and Maryam smiles, and accepts the end… "Nine… how can we build anything, if not from the ashes of what came before? How can we live if we're trapped in a prison of our own making?"
AURUM: Nine!
Clarafina: "I guess the sticking point…"
Clarafina: "Is calling them ashes."
AURUM: Battle order: Nine [B]:0 Eidolon [B]:2 Ezekiel [F]:2 Peregrine [F]:8 Clarafina [F]:10 Maryam [F]:11 Solberg [B]:38 Ophiuchus [F]:163 Elhaym [F]:192
AURUM: Status for Elhaym : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Prickly(U) Aggression - 0 [+0%](U) Insubstantial(U) Bleed [198](3)
AURUM: Status for Maryam : [<span style="color: #008000;">====================</span>] Smirk(U)
AURUM: Status for Ophiuchus : [<span style="color: #ff8000;">====== </span>] Grasp On Eternity(U) Insubstantial(U)
Ezekiel cracks open his beer finally, starts to drink.
AURUM: "Ashes, snow, dust, bone. Stardust."
Nine‘ sighs. He goes over to Elhaym, feeding her the medicine. It causes [50] damage and she coughs up a vile crimson cloud, that he picks up on his hands, it’s gaseous and gel-like "Ashes?"
Nine: "You don't build on ashes"
Eidolon does the one-eye-wink-and-tongue-click eal.
[OOC] Eidolon: *deal
Nine: "They make terrible bases"
Nine: "You build on earth, you build on stone"
Nine: "You build on the buildings that were before"
Nine‘ looks at the collapsing worlds around "You want so much to… See those stories end, don’t you?"
Nine: "But what of those who don't?"
Nine: "Why do you want to see those stories come to a close?"
Solberg: "Why do you want them to persist?"
AURUM: "I don't really care about them." She smiles.
Nine: "They why do you want to see them gone?"
AURUM: "It's as simple as that. They're not of-clan, so…"
AURUM: She shrugs, delicately.
Ezekiel: "Nine I'ma take you to hollywood after this. Stories never die there it'll be cool, you'll love it."
Nine‘ opens up his hands, letting the mist spread throught the three of them [Quarantine Breach, 40D] "I want them to persist, because there’s always someone willing to live in them forever"
Clarafina: "A cell that lives on…"
Clarafina: "With unstoppable survival instinct…"
AURUM: "I couldn't care less about any of them, really. It's not about them. A thousand wintered worlds, sheltered in the Apocrypha… they're all meaningless, and I'll tear them all down. I understand why you might not feel the same way."
Nine‘ rolled 3d100 and got 1, 78, 97 ( Total: 176 ) for 70 CoS of inflicting Bleed [198](3) on each
AURUM: "…believe me, I understand."
AURUM: Hits against all three!
Nine: "You want to tear them all down, but say you don’t care"
Clarafina: "Unfed by new blood, rejecting the order of that which goes on around them."
AURUM: Eidolon!
Nine: "You care so much"
Clarafina: "Isn't there a word for that…?"
Nine: "If you truly did not care, you would not want to tear them down"
AURUM: "I'll tear down anything between me and the heart of the Apocrypha."
Nine: "And what is there at the heart of the Apocrypha you want so much?"
Nine: "There is almost definitely a way that is easier than this"
Ezekiel: "Uh presumably to destroy it better and or faster."
Eidolon claps his hands and begins to hum, and an image of him, in front of Maryam, does the same… they're slowly merging together. [CT 20 Chrono Burst] [Holla on Maryam's Turn]
AURUM: She smiles at Clarafina. She knew she'd understand.
Nine‘ sighs
AURUM: Ezekiel!
Nine: "Isn’t rejecting the order of what happens"
Nine: "When it isn't what you believe is best for you"
Nine: "Just normal?"
Clarafina: "Of course. But remember, we're outside agents, aren't we?"
Ezekiel casually walks up to Maryam, does a quickly little trick slash with his dagger. [Forward Strike]
Nine: "And what is to say that a no new blood is fed in those stories?"
Ezekiel rolled 1d100 and got 5 ( Total: 5 )
[OOC] Ezekiel: -1LP
AURUM: "I never claimed to be normal, dear."
Clarafina: "The endings that we bought about, is there anything dreadful about them?"
AURUM: Crit?!
Ezekiel rolled d8+91,200% and got 1 ( Total: 184.0 ) for +20% and +80HP to whoever assists off this
Eidolon quickly sends out a starry, shining burst of energy!! [S.A. - Big Bang]
Nine‘ looks at Clarafina "They’re… Very different from what they're attempting to do, Clarafina"
Ezekiel moonwalks back in place, still drinking his beer.
Eidolon rolled 1d12+180,120 and got 10 ( Total: 228.0 )
Nine: "We're like those young fanfiction writers, who writer their favored endings for their books"
Nine: "Whereas they are like old, wrathful ladies, who tear apart the books who anger them"
Nine‘ closes his eyes "One of those leads only to destruction"
Nine: "I’m so done with that"
[OOC] AURUM: ugh sec
Clarafina: "…So that nothing shall be lost?"
Nine: "So that nothing, indeed, shall be lost"
Nine: "Loss almost always brings sadness, pain, despair… Suffering"
AURUM: She smiles, lovingly. "You sound… just like Belenus, you know?"
Nine: "to someone"
AURUM: Her skin splits, and light shines forth.
Nine‘ chuckles "I’ll take that as compliment"
Clarafina: "But…"
Clarafina: "You can't destroy everything just by smashing a crystal."
Clarafina: "The heart's a resilient thing."
Nine: "Are you certain, Clarafina?"
Solberg: "Sure, just live in a fantasy world determined by yourself. There's no objective reality, your pet dog didn't die and actually is living on a distant farm, and living in a solipsistic simulation is preferable to enacting real change."
AURUM: A circle, surrounding you - prophetesses in purple robes, jade-scaled nagas. Giant chunks of stonework are falling from the sky, vaults of the Apocrypha.
Clarafina: "A fantasy world determined by myself…?"
Nine: "No, Solberg"
Clarafina: "But what's wrong with that?"
Nine: "A real world wrought by those hands"
AURUM: They merge together, in twos and threes.
Nine: "I will turn fantasy into reality"
Clarafina: "Yes, yes, marvelous!"
Nine: "Because that is the real power of accepting the terrible things in life. The capacity to change them"
Solberg runs a hand over their face, regretting having said anything. This guy just doesn't shut up
Eidolon sidles back to stand with Ezekiel and takes out a hip flask.
Nine: "You cannot defeat death… If you do not accept it"
AURUM: A thousand Maryams, from a thousand stories, linking hands, melting into each other.
Ezekiel: "Fuckin' energizer bunny over here, yeah."
Nine‘ chuckles "Ah… I must admit"
Nine: "I haven’t had anyone to hear me talk in so many years"
Nine: "I may have lost the capacity to control myself"
Clarafina: "Ehh, would you like help?"
Nine‘ looks at all of them… "You really want to stand in the way, right?"
AURUM: They begin to sing, quietly, their skin splitting, light pouring out, gathering in the centre, as what-has-been tiredly, finally gives way to what-may-yet-be, as the true Winter falls on the Apocrypha.
AURUM: A single…
AURUM: Bright, burning point of light.
Clarafina: "Why?"
AURUM: You’d expect something called 'winter' to be cold, wouldn't you?
Clarafina: "Something's being orn."
Ezekiel: "I think we're almost done here, ish."
Clarafina: …Born.
Nine‘ looks at the point of light, creeping closer, inspecting it
AURUM: But it’s hot. White-hot, like a star. Blinding. Burning. You feel your skin melt away, then your flesh, then your bones, blown away on the white solar wind until just your Spark remains - the Apocrypha going nova all around you, uncountable secrets burning up in luna-light.
AURUM: That's it, it
Nameless‘ closes his eyes and sheathes his sword, opening his hands with a smile and turning towards the light. "She had a good plan, but she missed something."
Ezekiel: "I for one blame Nine."
AURUM: ’…'
AURUM: 'NO???'
AURUM: 'Are you fucking kidding me? That's how this story ends?'
Nine‘ blinks, and sees his chance. He seizes his chance, this is it, all the secrets of the Apocrypha are are. He grabs at it, the secret he wants, the secret to rebuild, recreate, create- It has to be here somewhere
Nine: "It isn’t!"
AURUM: 'Nobody got what they wanted out of that.'
AURUM: 'This is some BULLSHIT.'
Clarafina: "Well, what are you going to do about it?"
AURUM: 'And, I mean, frankly…? I'm sick of -both of them- thinking they know what I want.'
AURUM: 'And I know you are too, even if you're being quiet right now.'
Nine: "Honestly, if you don't say what you want"
Nine: "Nobody is going to know"
Eidolon: 'I'm glad we're on the same page and all- you can take it as a narrative joke since that seems to be the theme du jour- "
AURUM: Haha, gosh…
Ezekiel: Don't look at me I alreayd looked ahead at the table of contents.
Nine: "As for me- I know it's somewhere here what I want, just help me find it"
Ezekiel: I know there's more, bro.
Nine: "And i'll fix this mess for you"
AURUM: I guess….
Clarafina: "Well, if you want to make it a surgical intervention, Mr. 9, I'd be happy to dirty my hands."
Nine: "So, what is it, what do you want? In this whole mess where everything's scattered everywhere in a fireplace"
AURUM: I guess you're right. It's not over until they find what they're looking for! And- well.
AURUM: I'm not really happy with this outcome, either!
AURUM: So… golly, I guess I -do- have to play that card, don't I?
AURUM: 'Hang in there, you guys.'
Solberg: "Apathy doesn't really count as satisfaction, does it?"
Eidolon: 'I will -push- you, formless voice.'
AURUM: 'Hold on tight.'
Nine: "Alright"
Nine: "I'll trust you"
GM|Tarupanic: And then both voices speak the same word:
Ezekiel: lol
AURUM: Apocatastasis!
AURUM: 'Apocatastasis!'
Eidolon: 'I'll admit… I laughed. Sincerely.'
Nine‘ chuckles "To return to it’s original state… Hah! Oh I called it!"
GM|Tarupanic: You almost don't notice the shift, at first.
GM|Tarupanic: The Apocrypha is gone, but in its place -
GM|Tarupanic: The white light dims.
GM|Tarupanic: You… have bodies again. Your bodies. Breathing cool air, feeling sandy soil under your feet.
GM|Tarupanic: There's a large island, in an endless sea of inky Mud.
GM|Tarupanic: You're standing on the shore…
GM|Tarupanic: Overhead, an enormous golden moon, looming, way too close. The sky shimmers with a rainbow aurora.
Nine‘ takes a deep breath, looking out towards the sea "(Now if I had a key with me, this would probably make someone laugh)"
GM|Tarupanic: The stars are bright, and you feel almost like you could reach up and pull them out of the sky.
Eidolon pats himself down, fans his coat. Neck crack left, right.
Ezekiel: "Reboot?"
Solberg: "Maybe ’pause,' given the etymological origins of the word."
Ezekiel: "I don't speak latin."
Nameless: "Nobody does."
Nine‘ looks at Ezekiel "Apocatastasis is the process in which the universe returns to it’s original, primal, state. Ekpyrosis is the opposite"
Eidolon: "We've got a fairly regular ground under our feet and a beautiful sky above."
Eidolon: "Let's not squander it with definitions."
Nine‘ looks around, what else is in this island?
Eidolon: "We each came here for something."
Ezekiel: "Oh I guess that would explain the third narrator."
Eidolon: "Let’s go and get it."
GM|Tarupanic: In the middle of the island, there's an ENORMOUS tree, branches reaching up like they're trying to touch the moon.

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