Mana P5y1s02

Mana: And so it was written: Pokiehlember 5th, Year 1, Dryad's Day. The quiet din of Salamander District.
Mana: The haze of steam - the distant, rhythmic drum-beats of presses and ratchets and lever-arms.
Toth: "With breakfast done and paid for, I'm sure we can go stir up more trouble." And he looks at Theodore.
Xsaieta: "We do seem to be rather proficient at that, it's true."
Theodore: "You know," Theodore says as he makes his way towards the gap between the salamander and undine districts, then starts heading to the lift into dryad, "It occures to me that dyrad is right nearby salamander. In the sense that I have been waiting an entire day to go back to that palace and really want to."
Toth: "What use is a palace to the humblest of interdimensional travelers?"
Alexander: "True, we have not explored it much."
Toth: "Well… there were a lot of guards around."
Theodore: "The who the what now?"
Toth waves a hand. "(I wouldn't worry about it.)"
Toth: "Really though, tons of guards."
Theodore: "Alright! But I mean - we cleared Lion out the other day and didn't get to check around much. Probably should to save the Dryad spirit before a fiend pops out and tries to eat it, since that seems to be a reoccuring thing in palaces."
Toth: "I have a feeling the spirit won't be in any actual danger until we're there…"
Mana: It's a short trip through the pipes out to Undine, and then to the Dryad Gate.
Mana: A pleasant, aromatic wind whistles through the woods surrounding Tacaroon as you arrive there.
Theodore: "I thought you liked killing big monsters, anyway."
Xsaieta: "Or, I mean, once we're there specifically to meet the spirit, suddenly, bam, there'll be a fiend. But, like, okay, there's a fiend, we smash it."
Xsaieta: "Problem solved."
Toth: "Oh, it's becoming a favored pasttime, yes."
Mana: Sunlight dapples the rustling canopy. To L'Arena, right?
Theodore takes a deep breath - it's double refreshing after coming from salamander - then heads to L'Arena!
Mana: There's a refreshing feeling that sweat has on your cheeks, after you go from someplace that's too hot to someplace that's cool.
Aurora: "It wouldn't be right to let that spirit get into trouble with one, after all."
Toth adjusts his mail. Might have to replace it before long.
Theodore nods!
Mana: The gates of L'Arena are shut - a lizardman lookout calls: "Who seeks to enter L'Arena?" over the palisade, from his watchtower.
Toth: "Hello, it's Mr. Toth."
Mana: The lizardman flips through a small notebook. "…State your business!"
Toth: "Speaking to a spirit."
Theodore: "Looking for a spirit, and, very likely, killing a fiend!"
Toth: "Also probably some drinking."
Xsaieta does take a few deep breaths. Dryad's not exactly his backyard, or anything, but it's a pleasant place to be.
Toth: "Buying too, if there's anything good."
Mana: The lizardman - somewhat confused - calls for the gates to be opened.
Toth: "Thank you kindly."
Mana: And the gates lift, the row of spiked poles rising out from their grooves in the dusty earth.
Toth calmly enters. Would have been a shame if something happened to that gate.
Theodore tips an invisible hat in thanks to the gate keeper as he ambles in behind Toth.
Aurora smiles, giving the gatekeeper a nod as they pass.
Xsaieta: "(You were fixin' to smash it, weren't you?)" He grins, conspiratorially.
Toth: "(Some gates… are made for smashing.)"
Mana: L'Arena is… exactly as you left it. A show-market street full of gold and jewels and tapestries, where stout, lizardly guards keep watch over human rabble, hurrying them along with pokes to the gut with the butts of their spears.
Toth: "Could have been worse."
Xsaieta: "Oh?"
Theodore: "Hmm. Well, feel free to check out the wares as we head in."
Toth: "It could have been enveloped in a whirlwind of a power vaccum."
Toth: "Which would involve a lot of dead people."
Toth: "In any case…" He'll idly scope out armor stalls as they work their way deeper in.
Mana: Armor… and weapons… are not made here. Or at least, the workers who make them don't mingle with the others.
[OOC] Toth: well, I mean… they don't have to be made there, they could just be sold, but I get the picture
Mana: Guards cross spears in front of you as you reach Prince Lion's palace. And after a moment, the mummy-wrapped butler who attended you before steps out into the sun, shielding his eyes, directing them: "Do let them in."
Mana: "They're the diplomats from yesterday."
Theodore smiles, slightly.
Toth: "Thank you."
Mana: He's dressed in a tight wrapping of black cloth, except for the white turban upon his head. Only one of his eyes is exposed, and it shines as he leads you into the palace.
Mana: "Now, might I ask what business you have here?"
Theodore: "We're actually looking to talk to the spirit that lives in the Palace… and will probably need to kill the fiend that will, enevitably, appear to consume it."
Mana: "Ah, a spirit…"
Mana: "So you're seeking to enter the Forbidden Quarter."
Toth: "Yes… the Forbidden Quarter."
Mana: "I was worried for a moment. However, I believe it can be arranged."
Toth: "It'd be appreciated."
Mana: He beckons to a lizard as he steps through the hallways. "Tell the Prince I'm showing some guests to the closed wing. Be quick." - And then the lizard scurries off towards the throne room.
Xsaieta looks confused for a moment but wisely keeps his mouth shut.
Theodore: "- We don't have to do the ritual bath thing again, right?"
Mana: "Not for this, no."
Toth: "We won't be in the presence of the Prince, so…" He nods.
Theodore: "Right on."
Mana: Eventually, he arrives to a huge door crafted of green stone, covered top-to-bottom in haphazard paper seals.
Theodore: "Huh, wards?"
Toth: "(Do they actually work?)"
Mana: "To keep the things that are inside, inside."
Mana: "They function quite well, in fact."
Alexander: "That's why they're called wards."
Theodore: "Hmm."
Toth: "Difference between something working and something not working, though."
Theodore: "Oh right, there's usually smaller monster son the approach."
Xsaieta: "I doubt they're there for aesthetic value, although… I guess you never can tell."
Toth: "You want us to just tear them off or is there a trick to it?"
Mana: The butler pauses in thought for a moment.
Mana: "Simply tear them. I'll be shutting the door behind you for safety purposes."
Mana: "Send a signal when the evil within is defeated."
Toth draws his sword, and with a flourish he cuts through all of the wards.
Mana: "Or…" He laughs.
Mana: "When you need to escape."
Theodore: "Can do.
Mana: The paper strips pop open, one by one, and the door bursts open.
Theodore: "Watching that is always fun." Theodore pauses at the door for a few moments to let Aurora in head first, then slips in behind her.
Toth keeps his sword at the ready and enters.
Mana: The butler raises a finger, and the surfaces of the severed strips sizzle, hovering slightly, glimmering with violet light.
Aurora draws her sword before walking in first…
Mana: The Dryad Palace.
Mana: The door slams shut behind the group as they enter. There's a faint noise of the seals being repaired behind you.
Xsaieta follows right behind Aurora, eyes gleaming a little, sword drawn.
Mana: The ground is carpeted with moss - braziers along the walls burst with green flame, and a flock of iridescent beetles dash away from your footsteps.
Aurora: "…This place definitely cries out 'Dryad!'"
Theodore bounces in place a bit. "Yup."
Mana: Let's call this the "pond room" - A shaft of sunlight pours in from a skylight on the ceiling, illuminating a pond through which colored fish gently swim.
Mana: Shrouded by the boughs of ivy, passages lead to the left and to the right.
Toth: "Mind any which way?"
Theodore: "I'm not picky."
Toth heads left.
Mana: The surface of the moss is littered with crushed gray stone.
Mana: The tunnel to the left opens up onto the Hall of Statues - A.
Xsaieta: "Hm. So this is what Dryad looks like on the inside, huh? A bit dusty, but… I like it." He follows, curious.
Mana: Lit by flickering greenflame, the room is full of statues - of the "unnervingly lifelike" brand - many dressed in the fashion of Jinn officials or guards.
Mana: Beautiful lotuses sprout on their chests, tethered to them by long, tendrilly vines.
Toth: "I'm pretty sure you can't describe anything 'dryad-like' without using the concept of 'dusty.'"
Mana: You share the room with a pair of monsters - a short, squat lizard-like being with large eyes, and a silver-backed gorilla.
Aurora: "…Is that creeping anybody else out? The statues, I mean."
Toth: "They are rather unnervingly lifelike…"
Xsaieta: "Huh? I think they look really cool."
Mana: I could faff about with words like "unusual choices of pose" , "horrified looks on their faces" , and "as if frozen in a single moment…"
Mana: But… c'mon.
Theodore: "The lotuses kinda are."
Toth: "Okay, I'll grant you that."
Theodore: "Creepy, I mean."
Toth: "THe statues, with the lotuses, and the vines…"
Toth shakes his head. "And how about those monsters?"
Alexander: "I can't help but wonder if there is a fiend in here with the ability to petrify."
Aurora: "I think the monsters aren't so scary next to the scenery."
Aurora: "But they are kind of in our way."
Theodore: "Yeah, more're less."
Xsaieta casually ambles up to one of the statues, tilts his head and pats it on the shoulder before heading monsterwards. "So, what are we waiting for?" That inflappable grin.
Theodore: "And… wel, hopefully not."
Theodore: "Uh I'm waiting for people that aren't me to get up in there. You know."
Toth advances on the monsters!!
Aurora nods, approaching the monsters, sword in hand.
Alexander: "Monsters exist to kill." He cracks his knuckles and advances.
Toth: "What do you exist for…"
Toth: "…Alexander?"
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Xsaieta [F]:1 Toth [F]:3 Theodore [B]:4 Aurora [F]:6 Poto [B]:9 Silverback [F]:9
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Poto [B] : [==========]
Mana: Let's find out. Alexander?
Mana: The silver-colored gorilla roars and beats its chest.
Xsaieta: "Pure Hearts don't exist for anything. That's the point."
Toth gives a disappointed stare at Xsaieta.
Alexander: "Killing monsters, and solving problems. In this case, they happen to coincide." He then punches the the silverback. [30D]
Alexander rolled 1d100 and got 92 ( Total: 92 )
Toth: "I know -you- know the answer, Xsai."
Alexander: "Also, killing people, but that's on hold."
Mana: With a snarl, it forces his punch out of the way!
Mana: Xsaieta!
Xsaieta: "But he'll just say something cute about duties, or something!"
Xsaieta growls and darts behind the Silverback then whirls around and stabs it! [Sucker Punch D50]
Xsaieta rolled 1d100 and got 32 ( Total: 32 ) for 5/85
Xsaieta rolled d12+133 and got 4 ( Total: 137 )
Mana: Wham - [137]! Red blood spatters on the moss from the blow. Flowers sprout up in the wake of the shower.
Xsaieta: "Nice touch, Dryad Temple!"
Toth: "Hahah, oh my."
Mana: Mr. Toth!
Mana: Battle order: Toth [F]:0 Theodore [B]:1 Aurora [F]:3 Poto [B]:6 Silverback [F]:6 Alexander [F]:27 Xsaieta [F]:48
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [========= ]
Mana: Status for Poto [B] : [==========]
Theodore makes a face.
Toth strikes at the Silverback! [Attack, 43D]
Toth rolled 1d100 and got 57 ( Total: 57 ) for 90
Toth rolled 1d10+120 and got 4 ( Total: 124 )
Mana: Slice - [124]!
Mana: Theodore!
Theodore scratches at the back of his head in consideration. [Wait] [17D]
Mana: Aurora!
Aurora [Beckon]s the Silverback with her hand, swiping her sword near it! [36D]
Aurora rolled 1d100 and got 14 ( Total: 14 ) for 70 for Provoke (4)
Mana: It's locked on!
Mana: The Poto begins casting [Haste - CT10]!
Theodore sighs wistfully - he almost had that spell's opposite.
Mana: The Silverback lopes towards Aurora, delivering a surprisingly sudden [Sneak Attack]!
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 37 ( Total: 37 ) for C80
Mana rolled 1d12+180 and got 1 ( Total: 181.0 )
Mana: For 181 physical damage!
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 507/658, MP: 434/514, SoS: 164
Mana: The Poto finishes its spell, and a haze of golden light wraps the Silverback - Haste (5)!
Peter‘: Battle order: Theodore [B]:0 Alexander [F]:9 Aurora [F]:21 Poto [B]:23 Toth [F]:25 Xsaieta [F]:30 Silverback [F]:44
Peter`: Status for Silverback [F] : [======== ] Haste(5)
Peter`: Status for Poto [B] : [==========]
Peter`: Theodore!
Theodore dashes forward suddenly, swinging his staff in an arc at the silverback! [42D]
Theodore rolled 1d100 and got 53 ( Total: 53 ) for 80
Peter`: It’s a hit!
Theodore rolled d10+96,75% and got 3 ( Total: 74.25 ) for chain bonus! Hit this guy, deal +25% damage
Peter‘: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Aurora [F]:12 Poto [B]:14 Toth [F]:16 Xsaieta [F]:21 Theodore [B]:33 Silverback [F]:35
Peter`: Status for Silverback [F] : [======== ] Haste(5) Provoke(3)
Peter`: Status for Poto [B] : [==========]
[OOC] Peter`: 74]! Alexander!
Alexander punches the Silverback! [30D]
Alexander rolled 1d100 and got 2 ( Total: 2 )
Alexander rolled d10+120,125% and got 9 ( Total: 161.25 )
Peter`: It growls, clutching its lip as it weaves back from the blow. [161]!
Peter`: Battle order: Aurora [F]:0 Poto [B]:2 Toth [F]:4 Xsaieta [F]:9 Alexander [F]:18 Theodore [B]:21 Silverback [F]:23
Peter`: Status for Silverback [F] : [======= ] Haste(5) Provoke(3)
Peter`: Status for Poto [B] : [==========]
Peter`: Aurora!
Aurora slashes at the Silverback, her sword flashing on impact! [Lordly Fist, 44D]
Aurora rolled 1d100 and got 42 ( Total: 42 ) for 90
Mana: It’s a hit!
Aurora rolled 1d10+120 and got 8 ( Total: 128 ) for normal damage
Also rolled 1d100 and got 97 [Total: 97] - 60% to dispel
[OOC] Sugarlips: Grand Total: 225
[OOC] Mana: 128]! The air ripples from the force of the blow!
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 507/658, MP: 354/514, SoS: 164
Mana: The Poto begins casting [Heal!]
[OOC] Theodore: Chain Bonus Is For Everyone, Yo
Mana: Battle order: Toth [F]:0 Xsaieta [F]:5 Poto [B]:13 Alexander [F]:14 Theodore [B]:17 Silverback [F]:19 Aurora [F]:40
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [====== ] Haste(5) Provoke(3)
Mana: Status for Poto [B] : [==========]
[OOC] Mana: And another 32, then!
Mana: Mr. Toth!
Toth slashes at the Silverback again! [Attack, 43D]
Toth rolled 1d100 and got 4 ( Total: 4 ) for 90
Toth rolled 1d10+120,125 and got 7 ( Total: 158.75 )
Mana: Slice - [158]!
Mana: Xsaieta!
Xsaieta follows up on others' attacks, roaring! [Attack D50]
Xsaieta rolled 1d100 and got 65 ( Total: 65 ) for 5/85
Xsaieta rolled d12+100,150% and got 9 ( Total: 163.5 ) for Chain Bonus, Ravage
Mana: Battle order: Poto [B]:0 Alexander [F]:1 Theodore [B]:4 Silverback [F]:6 Aurora [F]:27 Toth [F]:30 Xsaieta [F]:42
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [=== ] Haste(5) Provoke(3)
Mana: Status for Poto [B] : [==========]
Mana: A sprinkle of light falls onto the Silverback!
Mana rolled 1d12+252 and got 12 ( Total: 264.0 )
Mana: Restoring +264 HP!
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Theodore [B]:3 Silverback [F]:5 Aurora [F]:26 Toth [F]:29 Poto [B]:29 Xsaieta [F]:41
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [===== ] Haste(5) Provoke(3)
Mana: Status for Poto [B] : [==========]
Mana: Alexander!
[OOC] Alexander: It has more than half HP again?
[OOC] Mana: Yup!
Alexander punches the Silverback again. [30D]
Alexander rolled 1d100 and got 19 ( Total: 19 )
Alexander rolled d10+120,125% and got 3 ( Total: 153.75 ) for Still Chain Bonus
[OOC] Mana: 153]!
Mana: Battle order: Theodore [B]:0 Silverback [F]:2 Aurora [F]:23 Toth [F]:26 Poto [B]:26 Alexander [F]:27 Xsaieta [F]:38
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [==== ] Haste(5) Provoke(3)
Mana: Status for Poto [B] : [==========]
Mana: Theodore!
Theodore holds a hand out in the air and begins to channel healing magic. [CT15]
Mana: The Silverback roars, shattering the statues closest to it, and leaps towards Aurora, delivering two punches! [Sneak Attack]x2!
Mana rolled 2d100 and got 47, 88 ( Total: 135 ) for 80 apiece
Mana rolled 1d12+180 and got 5 ( Total: 185.0 )
Mana: Hitting once for 185 physical damage!
Theodore: "…Oh right, those things can randomly decide to act twice!"
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 352/658, MP: 354/514, SoS: 164
Mana: Battle order: Theodore [B]:0 Aurora [F]:8 Toth [F]:11 Poto [B]:11 Alexander [F]:12 Xsaieta [F]:23 Silverback [F]:31
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [==== ] Haste(4) Provoke(2)
Mana: Status for Poto [B] : [==========]
Mana: Theodore!
Theodore sends a [Heal] Aurora's way! [27D]
Theodore rolled 3d12+180 and got 5, 7, 11 ( Total: 203 )
Toth: "You're right, they've shown up in two temples, now."
Mana: Aurora!
Theodore: "I guess… gorillas are like, the origional guard type? Hmm."
Aurora nods to Theodore before slashing at the Silverback again, bringing the sword up in front of her. [Defensive Strike, 44D]
Aurora rolled 1d100 and got 75 ( Total: 75 ) for 90
Aurora rolled 1d10+120 and got 6 ( Total: 126.0 )
[OOC] Mana: 126]! Mr. Toth!
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 555/658, MP: 314/514, SoS: 164
Mana: Battle order: Toth [F]:0 Poto [B]:0 Alexander [F]:1 Xsaieta [F]:12 Theodore [B]:16 Silverback [F]:20 Aurora [F]:41
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [=== ] Haste(4) Provoke(2)
Mana: Status for Poto [B] : [==========]
Toth continues his assault on the Silverback! [Attack, 43D] [Where'd all the spells go?]
Toth rolled 1d100 and got 65 ( Total: 65 ) for 90
Mana: Slice - it's a hit!
Toth rolled 1d10+120 and got 7 ( Total: 127.0 )
[OOC] Mana: 127]!
Mana: The Poto twirls around and begins casting [Heal - CT15]!
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Xsaieta [F]:11 Poto [B]:14 Theodore [B]:15 Silverback [F]:19 Aurora [F]:40 Toth [F]:42
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [== ] Haste(4) Provoke(2)
Mana: Status for Poto [B] : [==========]
Mana: Alexander!
Alexander drives a kick into the Silverback! [40D]
Alexander rolled 1d100 and got 97 ( Total: 97 )
Mana: It pushes a statue into the path of the blow!
Mana: Xsaieta!
Theodore: "…Yowza."
Xsaieta shakes his head and sighs and rushes in. This… probably isn't gonna do the trick. [Battle Rain D53]
Xsaieta rolled 1d100 and got 50 ( Total: 50 ) for 5/85 Undine
Mana: Hits the weakness!
Xsaieta rolled d12+100,150% and got 12 ( Total: 168.0 )
Mana: Slices into it for [168]!
Mana: Shining light restores the Silverback -
Mana rolled 1d12+252 and got 6 ( Total: 258.0 )
Xsaieta: "ASSHOLE."
Theodore: "Haha, close."
Mana: Battle order: Theodore [B]:0 Silverback [F]:4 Alexander [F]:25 Aurora [F]:25 Toth [F]:27 Poto [B]:29 Xsaieta [F]:49
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [=== ] Haste(4) Provoke(2)
Mana: Status for Poto [B] : [==========]
Mana: Theodore!
Toth: "What a pain…"
Theodore: "Man that little lizard thingie has *amazing* will, by the way."
Xsaieta: "On the other hand, nice to know that it's weak to that move."
Mana: It nods affirmatively. That's its specialty!
Theodore smashes his staff into the Silverback. [42D]
Theodore rolled 1d100 and got 57 ( Total: 57 ) for 80
Mana: It's a hit!
[OOC] Toth: Too Much Damage
Theodore rolled d10+96,75% and got 1 ( Total: 72.75 )
Mana: The Silverback plants its arms into the ground, leaning forward, inhaling. [Burst Breath in CT15]
Mana: It exhales a tremendous stream of searing light, inflicting -
Mana rolled 1d10+150 and got 8 ( Total: 158.0 )
Mana: 158 magical Dryad damage to Alexander, Aurora, Mr. Toth, and Xsaieta!
[OOC] Toth: HP: 412/550, MP: 586/586, SoS: 137 - Staccato (U)
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Aurora [F]:0 Toth [F]:2 Poto [B]:4 Theodore [B]:17 Xsaieta [F]:24 Silverback [F]:26
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [== ] Haste(3) Provoke(1)
Mana: Status for Poto [B] : [==========]
Mana: Alexander!
Mana: Aurora!
[OOC] Alexander: HP: 467/550, MP: 550/550, SoS: 137 - Wait For It (3)
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 438/658, MP: 314/514, SoS: 164
Alexander tries another kick against the Silverback. [40D]
Alexander rolled 1d100 and got 94 ( Total: 94 )
Mana: It leaps upwards, holding onto vines far above the battlefield!
Mana: Aurora!
Theodore: "Man that thing is not a fan of getting kicked, I guess."
Aurora slashes again, bringing her sword up. [Defensive Strike, 44D]
Aurora rolled 1d100 and got 87 ( Total: 87 ) for 90
Mana: It's a hit!
Aurora rolled 1d10+120 and got 8 ( Total: 128.0 )
Mana: Battle order: Toth [F]:0 Poto [B]:2 Theodore [B]:15 Xsaieta [F]:22 Silverback [F]:24 Alexander [F]:38 Aurora [F]:42
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [== ] Haste(3) Provoke(1)
Mana: Status for Poto [B] : [==========]
Mana: Mr. Toth!
[OOC] Mana: 128]!
Toth wrinkles his brow and starts charging a spell. [CT 15]
Mana: Poto makes a break for it! [CT10]
Mana: …And it disappears, slipping out the far passage.
Toth: "…what, really?"
Mana: Battle order: Theodore [B]:0 Toth [F]:0 Xsaieta [F]:7 Silverback [F]:9 Alexander [F]:23 Aurora [F]:27
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [== ] Haste(3) Provoke(1)
Mana: Theodore! Mr. Toth!
Toth cancels into a wait action. [Wait, 18D]
Xsaieta: "I guess it disagreed with our assessment of it as XP-on-legs."
Theodore: "…Man, that's going to make me lose all this temporary MP! Uncool, lizard thing. Uncool."
Mana: Theodore?
Theodore starts chaginging up his group heal anyways though. [CT20] [4/5th Def Mod]
Mana: Xsaieta!
Mana: Battle order: Xsaieta [F]:0 Silverback [F]:2 Toth [F]:11 Theodore [B]:13 Alexander [F]:16 Aurora [F]:20
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [== ] Haste(3) Provoke(1)
Xsaieta goes swinging for it again, although if he didn't kill it before… [Battle Rain D53]
Xsaieta rolled 1d100 and got 68 ( Total: 68 ) for 5/85 Undine
Xsaieta rolled d12+100,150% and got 4 ( Total: 156.0 )
[OOC] Mana: 156]!
Mana: The Silverback punches Aurora!
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 17 ( Total: 17 )
Xsaieta: "Well, I tried."
Mana rolled 1d12+180 and got 10 ( Total: 190.0 )
Mana: For 190 physical damage!
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 310/658, MP: 314/514, SoS: 164
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 310/658, MP: 274/514, SoS: 164
Mana: Battle order: Toth [F]:0 Theodore [B]:2 Alexander [F]:5 Aurora [F]:9 Silverback [F]:35 Xsaieta [F]:42
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [] Haste(2)
Theodore: "Since you're already waiting anyway… mind if I finish this spell?"
Mana: Mr. Toth!
Toth: "Be my guest." [Wait, 18D]
Mana: Theodore!
Mana: Then Alexander, Aurora, and Mr. Toth.
Theodore nods, then kicks his staff into the air as healing sparkles spiral throughout the party. [Cure Light] [32D]
Theodore rolled 3d8+120 and got 3, 4, 2 ( Total: 129 )
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 439/658, MP: 274/514, SoS: 164
Alexander punches the Silverback. [30D]
Alexander rolled 1d100 and got 47 ( Total: 47 )
Mana: It's a hit!
Mana: It explodes into a scattering of bones.
Aurora: "Oh sure, now you hit it."
Alexander: "Apparently the kicks were too telegraphed."
[OOC] Mana: Got 5 AP. Got 780 EXP. Got 156 Lucre.
Toth: "We'll have to maul the Potos first, next time."
Mana: A passage, shrouded with brambles, leads deeper in.
Theodore: "Yeah. And that's probably where it ran off to."
Toth reasseses the situation. [Firebolt -> Gravity Slam]
Toth: "Aurora… are you weak to Dryad?"
Mana: A wet noise echoes through the foundations of the palace, like the squelch of a pump, twice in succession.
Aurora: "Err… That and Luna, yes."
Xsaieta: "Ew."
Theodore: "That'll be as fun as when I was weak to Salamander in the Salamander Palace."
Toth: "Would you like to borrow my armor? I'm sure its' of more use to you in this place."
Aurora: "That might be a very good idea…"
Toth: "Theodore…"
Toth: "…don't look."
Xsaieta saunters over to Theodore and puts his hands over his eyes.
Toth removes his armor- oh hey his Suit model came back- and hands it to Aurora.
Aurora made sure to look away, then takes it and goes behind the biggest, intact statue. "None of you peep, either."
Aurora comes back out in the polished shell plate armour, holding the White Chainmail for Toth. "Thanks."
Toth wears the White Chainmail over his suit.
Toth: "Better."
Toth nods to Aurora. "After you."
Aurora nods and heads towards the next room… and the squelching noise. "Yes."
Toth follows, softly clinking.
Theodore: "Er huh wh? Oh!"
Theodore: "Yes of course Mr. Toth, I'd never peek on you changing."
Mana: Let's call this room the Ginger Library, for the low ceiling, and the ginger-roots that hang from the criss-crossed stone. Watch your head.
Mana: Stone slabs line the walls, most of them removed - only one's still in place.
Mana: A passageway leads further in.
Mana: A hound, green and shaggy, with a kabuki mask tied to its forehead, stalks the room.
Toth occasionally has to duck, occasionally has to cut some growth about his head. He nods in the direction of the hound.
Mana: It eyes Mr. Toth back.
Mana: Morgue-like slabs, by the way, I mean.
Theodore squints, looking around for the Poto.
Toth: "You starting a collection?"
Mana: The poto is nowhere to be seen.
Mana: I…is it really just one monster?
Theodore: "Appears In Round Two," Theodore points accusingly at the dog.
Alexander: "A likely theory."
Aurora: "Check behind the slab?"
Xsaieta: "Or that stone slab right there is secretly a monster."
Toth: "Whatever it is, let's start this fight."
Toth advances!
Mana: It howls!
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Xsaieta [F]:1 Legion Dog [F]:2 Theodore [B]:3 Toth [F]:8 Aurora [F]:9
Mana: Status for Legion Dog [F] : [==========]
Mana: Alexander!
Alexander takes a look at the Legion Dog. [Analyze, 20D]
Xsaieta: "Daammmnitttt I was hoping you'd give me something to Ravage my opener off of. Oh well."
Alexander: "Sorry, I like to know what I'm up against. Especially with a name like 'Legion Dog'."
Mana: Legion Dog, Level 14 Normal Beast. HP652/652, MP736/736. Aligned to Dryad and Jinn. Fears Luna and Gnome. A ferocious wolfhound bred as a fiend-hunter. It attacks with savage speed.
Xsaieta: "It's cool."
Mana: Xsaieta!
Alexander: "Fast, fears Luna and Gnome. Just seems to be a normal beast."
Theodore: "That's interesting."
Xsaieta scoots behind and then around for the [Sucker Punch D50]!
Theodore: "That they had specialty breeds for fiend hunting, I mean."
Xsaieta rolled 1d100 and got 35 ( Total: 35 ) for 5/85
Mana: It's a hit!
Xsaieta rolled d12+133 and got 5 ( Total: 138 )
Mana: The first shower of blood feeds a sprouting of scarlet flowers. [138]!
Xsaieta: "Man, I wish that happened every time I got first blood on something."
Toth: "Be more Dryad."
Mana: The Legion Dog leaps at Aurora! [Ferocious Bite]
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 64 ( Total: 64 ) for C80
Mana rolled d8*1.5+156*1.5 and got 7 ( Total: 244.5 )
Mana: Hitting the weakness for 244 physical Dryad damage!
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 215/658, MP: 274/514, SoS: 164 - Protect/Shell (2)
Theodore: "Well…"
Mana: Battle order: Theodore [B]:0 Toth [F]:5 Aurora [F]:6 Alexander [F]:17 Legion Dog [F]:27 Xsaieta [F]:48
Mana: Status for Legion Dog [F] : [======== ]
Mana: Theodore!
Xsaieta: "Man, I am the worst at being Dryad though."
Theodore: "I suppose if there's anything good about you being weak dryad…"
Toth: "Yeowch. That's fast."
Toth pats Xsaieta on the shoulder.
Aurora winces. "…Yeah."
Theodore: "It's that you already have a taunt going."
Toth: "Okay, no fooling around, then."
Theodore holds his hand out and begins charging a spell. [CT15]
Toth stabs his sword into the ground- somehow. [CT 20]
Mana: Battle order: Aurora [F]:0 Theodore [B]:9 Alexander [F]:11 Toth [F]:19 Legion Dog [F]:21 Xsaieta [F]:42
Mana: Status for Legion Dog [F] : [======== ]
Mana: Aurora!
Aurora grimaces, and protects herself. [Steelguard, 44D]
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 215/658, MP: 274/514, SoS: 164 - Protect/Shell (1)
Mana: Theodore!
Theodore sends healing sparkles Aurora's way! [Heal] [27D]
Theodore rolled 3d12+180 and got 6, 3, 4 ( Total: 193 )
Mana: Alex!
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 408/658, MP: 274/514, SoS: 164 - Protect/Shell (1)
Alexander punches the Legion Dog. [30D]
Alexander rolled 1d100 and got 33 ( Total: 33 )
Mana: Wham! It's a hit!
Alexander rolled d8+90 and got 2 ( Total: 92.0 )
[OOC] Mana: 92]!
Mana: Battle order: Toth [F]:0 Legion Dog [F]:2 Theodore [B]:17 Alexander [F]:22 Xsaieta [F]:23 Aurora [F]:25
Mana: Status for Legion Dog [F] : [======== ]
Mana: Mr. Toth!
Toth pulls and kicks his sword's blade out of the ground, flicking gems at the Legion Dog! Gems sparkle along the ground… [Gem Burst, 33D]
Toth rolled 1d10+150,150 and got 6 ( Total: 234.0 )
[OOC] Mana: 234]!
Mana: The Legion Dog snarls and leaps at Alexander! [Rip-and-Tear]
Mana rolled 2d100 and got 60, 88 ( Total: 148 ) for C65
Mana rolled d8+71 and got 2 ( Total: 73.0 )
Mana: Hitting once for 73 physical damage!
A gem bursts out of the ground and strikes the Legion Dog! [Gem Burst Proc] [135 damage]
Mana: Battle order: Theodore [B]:0 Alexander [F]:5 Xsaieta [F]:6 Aurora [F]:8 Legion Dog [F]:13 Toth [F]:16
Mana: Status for Legion Dog [F] : [= ]
[OOC] Alexander: [SHP: 2] HP: 550/550, MP: 550/550, SoS: 137 - Wait For It (5)
Mana: Theodore!
Theodore: "…I wonder if thta does something crazier if both hit…?"
Theodore shrugs slightly, ebfore bashing the dog over the head. [42D]
Toth: "I'm okay with that being a mystery."
Theodore rolled 1d100 and got 39 ( Total: 39 ) for 80
Mana: It's a hit!
Theodore rolled d10+96,75 and got 1 ( Total: 72.75 ) for Chain bonus! Hit this guy and do +25%
[OOC] Mana: 72]! It explodes into a clatter of bones!
[OOC] Mana: Got 3 AP. Got 560 EXP. Got 112 Lucre.
Mana: Now it's just mostly-empty slab drawers, the passage forward, and ginger-roots.
Toth idly peers along the slabs.
Aurora: "That went better than expected."
Mana: All but one have been pulled from their housings.
Mana: One of the drawers is still closed.
Theodore: "…Single, easy enemy? Dryad sure is an odd place."
Toth: "Feeling dangerous?"
Aurora: "I'm not going to complain about rising Survivor ranks."
Xsaieta: "Someone gonna look behind that thing or am I gonna have to do it?" He ambles towards it.
Toth knocks on the closed drawer.
Mana: There's no answer!
Theodore: "You do it."
Toth: "Have at it, Xsai."
Theodore: "Also I'm just… it's weird, right? Like, what's the angle? Luring us into a false sense of security? Some fiend on the loose eating all the other monsters…?"
Toth: "Sounds like us, almost."
Toth: "Albeit more hungry."
Xsaieta growl growl growl shove growl hold down B button and move forward! (Or… maybe just… pulls it to the side? My sense of scale is all off.) "Oh yeah it's totally weird. Especially as that thing was supposed to be a fiend -eater-?"
Mana: The drawer slowly slides open.
Mana: …Inside is a treasure chest!
Theodore: "Legion type things usually come in largers numbers too, don't they?"
Alexander: "That's what I would have presumed."
Xsaieta: "Okay, so this is definitely going to grow teeth and bite my hand when I open it, right?"
Theodore glances over at Xsaieta. "Only one way to find out."
Xsaieta grabs the treasure chest by the base, picks it up and shakes it around. That's how you open treasure chests!
Toth: "Have at it, Xsai."
Mana: Inside is the [Ostrich Leg - Greatsword, PWR15.] A sword studded in jagged fangs of unknown beasts, built around a gently curved slab of amber containing the leg-bone of some ancient bird.
Mana: The black stone that the amber core is housed in sings a little as it bounces out of the chest.
Toth: "Wow."
Toth: "That's a uh…"
Toth: "… who knows what the smith was thinking."
Aurora: "Well, it looks useful, anyway…"
Theodore: "'Use Every Piece'?"
Mana: The pumping noise comes again.
Mana: Anyway, a passage leads deeper.
Toth: "That noise."
Toth: "What is this, Undine temple?"
Theodore: "Mmm, pretty sure it's still the Dryad one."
Toth: "Something something… lifeblood, heart, pumping… nah, I've got nothing so far."
Xsaieta whistles a little as he draws it from the chest. "Woah. It's beautiful…" He gives a few test swings, grinning like a maniac.
Theodore considers, then shrugs a bit and starts heading down the next passage.
Toth heads further down.
Mana: The altar approach. Pulsating vines snake down the staircase up towards the final chamber. There's pathways back to the Ginger Library, and the other branch of the palace.
Mana: A flower on the ceiling opens as you pass underneath it.
Theodore: "OTherside first, or?"
Aurora: "Circle back through the other way, maybe?"
Toth: "And use more resources beforehand?"
Toth: "I figure we can handle it after we massacre the boss…"
Theodore: "If it's more sets of one we could theoretically come out better. Also, rather run into the Poto again with the mooks, rather than the Fiend. (Might not anyways, but I mean)"
Alexander: "I'd rather clear out both sides first, yes."
Toth: "Fair enough."
Toth: "Let's see if we can get off some sneak attacks."
Theodore nods, starting down the right side path.
Toth doesn't advance up the staircase - rather, he takes the pathway to the other branch of the palace.
Mana: It leads into a small circular room filled with minute clay figurines, except for a snaking, circuitous path through the middle, wide enough for one person to pass through.
Mana: Let's call this room the Path of Clay.
Mana: You could head forward into what looks like another wing of the Hall of Statues.
Mana: There's a sealed-shut door to your left, too.
Mana: Two stone slabs meet in the middle of a niche, with a tiny seam fitting between them.
Toth: "Hrm."
Toth ambles over and around the clay figurines. Are they affixed to the floor?
Xsaieta: "Man, what's the deal with this entire place."
Theodore: "This place seems a lot more like a uh, mau… maso… mausoleum than a palace, huh?"
Mana: They aren't affixed, no.
Toth: "Well… Dryad -was- human-ruled at one point, yes? Then it was levelled… or something, and the beasts took over." He brushes through the figurines, then.
Toth: "Just a really, really old place out of time."
Mana: Tiny, featureless, almost conical - shapes with little heads, jutting out of bodies carved in arcs from the ground, with arms sculpted in various poses.
Toth heads for the stone slabs, too, what's this about seams and meeting and what.
Theodore nods.
Mana: Toth: Figurines fall away from your footsteps, breaking underfoot.
Mana: The two parts of the door are pinned together under tremendous pressure.
Theodore: " - There wasn't even a monster in this section at all, was there?"
Alexander frowns at the crushed figurines.
Xsaieta: "Diplomats and courtiers in one wing, the army in the other."
Toth: "Hm, well…" He heads for the Hall of Statues, trying to crush less figurines.
Theodore gives the sealed doorway a curious glance as they leave.
Mana: This room is the Hall of Statues - B. The ranks of the petrified fill it, flowers jutting from their chests.
Mana: One of the flowers is on someone's back, in fact - they're sprawled out on the floor, chest slightly raised, as if having just flung themselves there.
Theodore pauses, makes a face.
Aurora: "…Pleasant."
Toth: "I -hope- the fiend isn't about petrifying people, I dno't even know if there's a cure for that."
Theodore walks over, carefully pokes at the flower on the grounded statue with his old staff.
Mana: It curls up and falls off, roots withering.
Theodore: "Guess we'll find out."
Toth: "Keep going to the pond room?"
Toth: "Just for completionists sake?"
Theodore: "Yeah." And he does.
Xsaieta: "Well, I mean, the fiend might be about petrifying people who aren't Pure Hearts?" He offers, hopefully.
Mana: Past the Hall of Statues B…
Mana: Is a room carpeted with lush, red flowers. A single statue hangs from the ceiling, suspended by a cord wrapped around its legs, swaying in an ancient breeze.
Mana: Let's called it the Hanged Room.
Mana: Call it, I mean to say.
Mana: On the far side of the room is another exit, besides the one you came in through.
Theodore blinks, glancing up at the handing statue.
Mana: Its arms are crossed. Its expression is beatific.
Toth: "So odd." He takes care not to maneuver under the hanged statue.
Alexander: "This entire place is definitely creepy."
Theodore: "Yeeeeeah."
Aurora: "That's an understatement."
Xsaieta gives the statue a little finger-wave as they pass by.
Toth heads for the far side of the room.
Mana: There's that wet, pulsing, pumping noise.
Theodore goes to peer out the other exit.
Mana: The other exit leads into a room lined with millions of tiny holes.
Mana: It stinks horribly of blood.
Toth makes some kind of 'uuuuuggggggggghhhhhhhaaaaaahhhhhggh' noise.
Theodore pauses, pokes at the ground as far out as he can with his old staff.
Mana: The hole-lined floor is soft, like mud.
Toth: "Either there's 10,000 needles in those holes or… I don't even know 'or.'"
Xsaieta takes a deep breath, ears swiveling. That certainly is an overwhelming smell of blood. "I don't suppose there's any… other ways to go deeper in."
Alexander: "It's like you haven't had to deal with the smell of copious amounts of blood before," he states, before walking into the room to take a closer look around.
Toth chuckles, softening.
Mana: We can just call this The Room Thick With the Stink of Blood - A.
Mana: One passage leads back to the Hanging Room, another, thick with vines, leads further in.
Mana: Aside from the holes that cover it…
Xsaieta winces! "-that wasn't what I was bothered by! I was bothered by the obvious environmental sense of, 'if you walk out there, a billion needles will pop out and then someone will have to waste a cup of life."
Mana: And the way the stone floor gives way, strangely, underneath your step.
Toth: "How're the holes?"
Xsaieta: "Which, I mean, I thought environmental effects were Dryad's hat, but maybe I was wrong about this one and we're suddenly inside a rafflesia flower or something."
Toth: "Not the most farfetched of theories."
Alexander: "Nothing has happened yet, so let's move on. Quickly."
Toth walks after Alexander, heading for the room further in. "Can it get weirder, I idly ask myself."
Alexander: "Please don't."
Toth: "I'm almost curious if it can."
Aurora: "Really, please don't."
Toth: "I mean, we haven't even made it to the final chamber."
Alexander: "The world has a twisted sense of humour."
Xsaieta: "Oh, it can, Mr. Toth."
Mana: The next room contains a pair of Legion Dogs and a Silverback gorilla.
Mana: It's full of water - schooldesks form a passageway across it.
Theodore: "That's more like what I was expecting - uh … desks aside."
Mana: A blackboard on the left side sits half-above the murky water, containing what looks like the remnant of a math lesson.
Mana: A vine-choked passageway leads deeper in.
Xsaieta: "Goodness knows how many books with how many pages worth of keeping up with the Luna..? It can get weirder."
Mana: Alternately, you could head back towards the Room Thick with the Stink of Blood (A).
Toth: "Prepared for this fight, Aurora, Theodore?"
Theodore: "Mmhm."
Aurora pops a piece of Candy in her mouth. "As much as I'll ever be."
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 488/658, MP: 274/514, SoS: 164
Toth tosses two more candies to Aurora.
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 648/658, MP: 274/514, SoS: 164
Aurora is quick to eat them before things start.
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Theodore [B]:0 Legion Dog B [F]:0 Xsaieta [F]:3 Aurora [F]:7 Legion Dog A [F]:9 Toth [F]:11 Silverback [F]:24
Mana: Status for Legion Dog A [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog B [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [==========]
Mana: Alexander and Theodore!
Alexander: "Dog or Silverback first?"
Toth: "Dogs will do more Dryad damage."
Toth: "And they're faster."
Theodore: "Point."
Alexander punches Legion Dog A. [30D]
Alexander rolled 1d100 and got 46 ( Total: 46 )
Mana: It's a hit!
Alexander rolled d8+90 and got 3 ( Total: 93 )
[OOC] Mana: 93]!
Theodore lunches forward, hitting Legion Dog A BEFORE ALEX CAN HE'S A NINJA! [42D]
Xsaieta: "I bet that lizard was the temple's fiend all along."
Theodore rolled 1d100 and got 37 ( Total: 37 ) for 80
Theodore rolled d10+96,75% and got 7 ( Total: 77.25 ) for Chain Bonus! Hit it for +25%
[OOC] Mana: 77]!
[OOC] Alexander: Are you trying to say I hit for 23 more damage, Theo?
[OOC] Theodore: yase
[OOC] Mana: So, 116
Theodore: "Fiends are usually a little more… people-y."
Mana: Legion Dog B delivers a [Ferocious Bite] to Aurora!
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 32 ( Total: 32 )
Mana rolled d8*1.5+156*1.5 and got 4 ( Total: 240.0 )
Mana: Biting into her for 240 physical Dryad damage!
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 428/658, MP: 274/514, SoS: 164 - Protect/Shell (2)
Mana: Battle order: Xsaieta [F]:0 Aurora [F]:4 Legion Dog A [F]:6 Toth [F]:8 Silverback [F]:21 Legion Dog B [F]:25 Alexander [F]:27 Theodore [B]:39
Mana: Status for Legion Dog A [F] : [======= ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog B [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [==========]
Mana: Xsaieta!
Xsaieta follows up on Alexander and Theo's attacks both, running past Dog A and whirling around and slashing it viciously with his new sword! [Sucker Punch D50]
Xsaieta rolled 1d100 and got 46 ( Total: 46 ) for 5/85
Mana: Slice - it's a hit!
Xsaieta rolled d12+199,150% and got 11 ( Total: 315.0 ) for chain bonus, ravage
Mana: Hurls it into the water with a spray of blood for a massive [315]!
Mana: Lilypads bloom in the ripples, scarlet-flowered.
Mana: Battle order: Aurora [F]:0 Legion Dog A [F]:2 Toth [F]:4 Silverback [F]:17 Legion Dog B [F]:21 Alexander [F]:23 Theodore [B]:35 Xsaieta [F]:46
Mana: Status for Legion Dog A [F] : [== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog B [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [==========]
Mana: Aurora!
Aurora slashes at Legion Dog A, before bringing up her sword! [Defensive Strike, 44D]
Aurora rolled 1d100 and got 4 ( Total: 4 ) for 90
Aurora rolled 1d10+120,125 and got 2 ( Total: 152.5 )
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 428/658, MP: 234/514, SoS: 164 - Protect/Shell (1)
Theodore: "Xsia."
Mana: It explodes into bones!
Theodore: "We should have done this hours ago!" He says, pointing at the sword.
Toth: "So many hours…"
Mana: Battle order: Toth [F]:0 Silverback [F]:13 Legion Dog B [F]:17 Alexander [F]:19 Theodore [B]:31 Aurora [F]:40 Xsaieta [F]:42
Mana: Status for Legion Dog B [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [==========]
Mana: Mr. Toth!
Toth stabs his sword into the water! [CT 20]
Aurora: "I'll agree with that."
Mana: The Silverback delivers a punch to Alexander! [Sneak Attack]
Xsaieta grins and does a flashy little sword-twirl. "Admittedly I can only hit -that- hard on the first shot or unless the monster's havin' a particularly bad day, but."
Mana rolled 1d12+180 and got 1 ( Total: 181.0 )
Mana: For 181 physical damage!
Mana: Legion Dog B leaps at Xsaieta, tackling him back into the water with a [Ferocious Bite]!
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 12 ( Total: 12 )
Mana rolled d8+156 and got 3 ( Total: 159.0 )
Mana: Hitting for 159 physical Dryad damage!
Xsaieta hits with a splash! A weak-to-Dryad splash! :(
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Toth [F]:1 Theodore [B]:12 Aurora [F]:21 Xsaieta [F]:23 Legion Dog B [F]:26 Silverback [F]:50
Mana: Status for Legion Dog B [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [==========]
Mana: Alexander!
Mana: +50% is 238, then!
Theodore scrunches up his face.
[OOC] Xsaieta: HP: 362/550, MP: 550/550, SoS: 137
Alexander punches the Silverback in return. [30D]
Alexander rolled 1d100 and got 67 ( Total: 67 )
Mana: It's a hit!
Alexander rolled d8+90 and got 2 ( Total: 92.0 )
[OOC] Mana: 92]!
[OOC] Alexander: HP: 444/550, MP: 550/550, SoS: 137 - Wait For It (4)
Toth draws his sword out of the water, and gems blow up around the enemy's feet! Gems float around in the water like mines… [Gem Burst, 33D]
Mana: Battle order: Toth [F]:0 Theodore [B]:11 Aurora [F]:20 Xsaieta [F]:22 Legion Dog B [F]:25 Alexander [F]:29 Silverback [F]:49
Mana: Status for Legion Dog B [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [========= ]
Toth rolled 1d10+150 and got 2 ( Total: 152 ) for magical gnome damage, +50% to legion dog B
[OOC] Mana: 152] [228]!
Theodore: "Hm…"
[Gem field - enemy melee weapon actions deal 90 gnome damage to them]
Mana: Battle order: Theodore [B]:0 Aurora [F]:9 Xsaieta [F]:11 Legion Dog B [F]:14 Alexander [F]:18 Toth [F]:22 Silverback [F]:38
Mana: Status for Legion Dog B [F] : [======= ]
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [======== ]
Mana: Theodore!
Theodore: "Yeah goin' for it." Theodore dashes into Legion Dog B! [42D]
Theodore rolled 1d100 and got 5 ( Total: 5 ) for 80
Dicebot: Dice Sides Error: Unable to parse 10=96 in d10=96,75%
Theodore rolled d10+96,75% and got 5 ( Total: 75.75 ) for Chain Bonuns! Hit it and deal +25%
[OOC] Mana: 75]!
Mana: Aurora!
Mana: Battle order: Aurora [F]:0 Xsaieta [F]:2 Legion Dog B [F]:5 Alexander [F]:9 Toth [F]:13 Silverback [F]:29 Theodore [B]:33
Mana: Status for Legion Dog B [F] : [===== ]
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [======== ]
Aurora slashes at the remaining dog, keeping her sword raised after. [Defensive Strike, 44D]
Aurora rolled 1d100 and got 13 ( Total: 13 ) for 90
Mana: It's a hit!
Aurora rolled 1d10+120,125 and got 5 ( Total: 156.25 )
[OOC] Mana: 156]!
Mana: Xsaieta, now!
Mana: Battle order: Xsaieta [F]:0 Legion Dog B [F]:3 Alexander [F]:7 Toth [F]:11 Silverback [F]:27 Theodore [B]:31 Aurora [F]:42
Mana: Status for Legion Dog B [F] : [=== ]
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [======== ]
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 428/658, MP: 194/514, SoS: 164 - Protect/Shell (0)
[OOC] Xsaieta: did the Legion Dog have any Undine properties, guys
[OOC] Alexander: Weak to Gnome/Dryad, no Undine
[OOC] Toth: Aligned to Dryad and Jinn. Fears Luna and Gnome.
[OOC] Alexander: Err Gnome/Luna
Xsaieta squints at the Legion Dog for a minute before running up to it and skewering it! [Battle Rain D53]
Xsaieta rolled 1d100 and got 57 ( Total: 57 ) for 5/85
Mana: It's a hit!
Xsaieta rolled d12+150,150% and got 11 ( Total: 241.5 ) for Ravage, Chain Bonus
Mana: It explodes into bones!
Toth: "Nice timing."
[OOC] Theodore: HP: 586/586, [TMP: 155] MP: 411/586, SoS: 146
Mana: Who gets [+352 MP]?
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 428/658, MP: 194/514, SoS: 164 - Protect/Shell (0)
[OOC] Toth: probably her haha
Xsaieta: "Yes!" He twirls around, blue light trailing at the point of his sword, and points it in the direction of… Aurora, probably, yes!
Aurora: "Much thanks!"
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 428/658, MP: 514/514, SoS: 164 - Protect/Shell (0)
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Toth [F]:4 Silverback [F]:20 Theodore [B]:24 Aurora [F]:35 Xsaieta [F]:46
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [======== ]
Mana: Alexander!
Alexander punches the Silverback again. [30D]
Alexander rolled 1d100 and got 49 ( Total: 49 )
Alexander rolled d8+90 and got 8 ( Total: 98 )
Xsaieta also, roars.
[OOC] Mana: 98]! Mr. TOth!
Toth slashes at the Silverback! [Attack 43D]
Xsaieta: "It's… ahaha… it's gonna be a bad day for that gorilla."
Toth rolled 1d100 and got 26 ( Total: 26 ) for 90
Toth rolled 1d10+120 and got 3 ( Total: 123 )
Peter rolled 2d100 and got 40, 33 ( Total: 73 ) for [Sneak Attack x2 comign at Aurora] Peter rolled 1d12+180 and got 4 ( Total: 184.0 )
Also rolled 1d12+180*1.25 and got 10 [Total: 235.0 (High), Avg: 10.00]
Total: 419.0, Avg: 7.00
Peter‘: Hitting for 184 and 235 physical damage!
Peter`: Battle order: Theodore [B]:0 Alexander [F]:6 Aurora [F]:11 Xsaieta [F]:22 Toth [F]:23 Silverback [F]:52
Peter`: Status for Silverback [F] : [======= ]
Peter`: Theodore!
Theodore spins his staff around, before slamming it into the ground. "Couple people got hit right? Right." [CT20] [4/5th Def Mod]
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 125/658, MP: 514/514, SoS: 164 - Protect/Shell (0)
Peter`: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Aurora [F]:5 Theodore [B]:14 Xsaieta [F]:16 Toth [F]:17 Silverback [F]:46
Peter`: Alexander!
Alexander punches the Silverback a third time. [30D]
Alexander rolled 1d100 and got 12 ( Total: 12 )
Alexander rolled d8+90 and got 2 ( Total: 92 )
[OOC] Mana: 92]! Aurora!
Mana: Battle order: Aurora [F]:0 Theodore [B]:9 Xsaieta [F]:11 Toth [F]:12 Alexander [F]:25 Silverback [F]:41
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [====== ]
Aurora slashes the Silverback, bringing her sword up after. [Defensive Strike, 44D]
Aurora rolled 1d100 and got 65 ( Total: 65 ) for 90
Aurora rolled 1d10+120 and got 8 ( Total: 128.0 )
Mana: Carves into it for [128]!
Mana: Theodore, now!
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 125/658, MP: 474/514, SoS: 164
Theodore kicks his staff into the air, sending a wave of healing sparkles through out the party. [Cure Light] [32D]
Theodore rolled 3d8+120 and got 5, 4, 7 ( Total: 136 )
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 261/658, MP: 474/514, SoS: 164
[OOC] Toth: HP: 550/550, MP: 370/586, SoS: 137
Mana: Battle order: Xsaieta [F]:0 Toth [F]:1 Alexander [F]:14 Theodore [B]:30 Silverback [F]:30 Aurora [F]:33
Mana: Status for Silverback [F] : [===== ]
Mana: Xsaieta, now!
Xsaieta runs at the Silverback, launches himself at it with a fierce roar! [Battle Rain, Mop Up, Rampage Attack D53]
Xsaieta rolled 1d100 and got 3 ( Total: 3 ) for 5/85
[OOC] Toth: beautiful
Mana: Hits the weakness! It’s a critical hit!
Xsaieta laughs and laughs and laughs, dancing with his greatsword, fluid movements, cutting deep and watching the light flow:
Xsaieta rolled d12+150,325% and got 7 ( Total: 510.25 ) for Crit, Rampage, Weakness, Mop Up]
[OOC] Mana: 510]!! It explodes!
Mana: Who gets [+564 MP]?
[OOC] Toth: HP: 550/550, MP: 370/586, SoS: 137
Theodore: "…I'll admit, I wasn't expecting that rain to actually proc."
[OOC] Toth: unless theo needs it
[OOC] Theodore: HP: 586/586, [TMP: 35] MP: 411/586, SoS: 146
Xsaieta points the sword at Mr. Toth!
[OOC] Theodore: I could use it, I go through MP like crazy on bosses haha
[OOC] Xsaieta: OR
[OOC] Toth: yeh him
[OOC] Theodore: thought there might be more trash so either way
[OOC] Xsaieta: Theo I guess!
[OOC] Toth: I reminded myself that I have a fairy walnut
[OOC] Toth: and can chomp it mid fight
Mana: The light bends away from Mr. Toth to restore tremendous MP to Theodore!
Xsaieta: "Critical hits are a beautiful thing. You just hit the right rhythm and keep goin' with it, and then suddenly, bam! Dead monster."
Mana: Anyway. Forwards, or back?
[OOC] Xsaieta: ap / etc?
Mana: Oh yes, one moment.
Theodore: "Mmm."
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 261/658, MP: 474/514, SoS: 164
[OOC] Mana: Got 1900 EXP. Got 380 Lucre. Got 11 AP.
Theodore: "You're probably carrying around a lot of candy are you, Aurora?"
Toth tosses Aurora 4 candies.
Theodore: " - Guess *he* is, though!"
Toth: "Stocked up in the Pure Land."
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 581/658, MP: 474/514, SoS: 164
Toth: "I'm -like- a healer."
Aurora munches on them, nodding to Toth. "I've got some still, but much appreciated."
Theodore: "Well, I definitely work better in a fight than out of one, so it's appreciated."
Toth straightens his chainmail as he balances on a desk. "This route sure is longer than the previous."
Theodore climbs after Toth. "Yeah."
Toth continues forward, into the vine-choked passageway.
Mana: The Final Approach. The air throbs. The vines that clog the room escalate up towards one end, leading to the pulsating passageway in towards the Dryad Altar.
Mana: In addition to the way you came, there's another way back, to your right.
Theodore: "Huh, third pathway."
Toth looks over to Theodore.
Theodore: "Might as well?"
Toth: "
Toth: "'Might as well' what?"
Theodore: "Keep goin'."
Toth: "Keep going…?"
Aurora: "…This place is a maze."
Theodore: "Well we went left first, right? And then right? And now there's a path to the right again…? So, a third path?"
Theodore peers down the pathway he thinks is new but might actually not be.
Mana: The air that way is pollen-clogged, but you think you see what looks like a banquet hall.
Theodore: "Yeah, totally a third pathway!"
Toth: "Once I'm out of candies I'm voting to head for the Altar."
Theodore: "Right on."
Theodore: "Can't imagine there's more than this anyway."
Toth: "Hm. One second."
[OOC] Xsaieta: HP: 498/550, MP: 550/550, SoS: 137 - RAMPAGE (1),MOP UP (U)
[OOC] Xsaieta: HP: 498/550, MP: 550/550, SoS: 137
Toth: "Okay. Third path."
Xsaieta pads over to Alexander. "Mind if I could borrow back what I lent you, just for this temple?"
Alexander: "Your current gem does seem to be a bit lacking for our current purpose. I believe I can make do for the moment." He puts the 332nd Sacrament back in his pocket, a little more accessible, before handing back the Compass Rose to Xsaieta.
Xsaieta: "Thanks, Alex." He smiles and slips it back over around his neck on its chain.
Toth ambles down the right passageway.
Mana: Choked with moss and vines. All the food and drinks are still set at the long tables that fill the Banquet Hall.
Mana: All the seats are unnoccupied, except for one: filled by a skeleton with a spine severed at the neck, her hands clasped around her own skull, slumped over onto her dinner.
Mana: A passageway strangled by pulsing vines leads further on.
Mana: The room is thick with the haze of pollen. The moss underfoot gives way with each step.
Toth instinctively shallows his breathing as he softly carries on through.
Toth: "(Yeah, not touching this meal.)"
Aurora: "(Agreed.)"
Toth does, however, idly nick one of the pulsing vines with his sword.
Mana: Blood trickles out.
Alexander frowns, staring wordlessly at blood trickling out of a plant.
Theodore: "I wonder why this Palace is so… different from the others."
Mana: The vine-strangled, claustrophobic tunnel - watch your head - leading further in goes someplace familiar.
Mana: Barely lit, shrouded in darkness…
Mana: And stinking, stinking, stinking…
Toth: "They don't make palaces like they used to…"
Theodore: "Like, even aside from all the creepy plant dressing and horrifying dead people - this one looked like it was lived in."
Mana: Is the Room Thick with the Stink of Blood - B.
Toth: "Dryad. Old-fashioned. Coming with two rooms thick with the stink of blood uhggggggggggggggh."
Xsaieta: "So this is what temples were like in the good old days?"
Toth pauses.
Toth: "It'd be really weird if this was all actually some sort of Dryad-Mana Tree."
Theodore makes a face.
Toth looks about the room. Exits? Still thousands of holes?
Mana: Still thousands of holes, yes. And there's another exit on the far side, though you can't tell what's through it from this angle.
Mana: (I mean, you'd have to go in the room.)
Theodore pokes at the ground with his old staff before heading in, again.
Mana: No, no reaction. But the floor is still strangely squishy.
Mana: And the rot is gag-inducing.
Xsaieta straightens his shoulders and walks through the charnel field.
Toth holds a piece of candy up to his nose as he navigates through.
Theodore: "I'm not the only one that keeps being surprised at the lack of spikes jutting up, right?"
Mana: And on the other side is the Perfectly Fine Room.
Toth: "Not the only one, no."
Mana: As you might expect, one exit leads back into the Blood-Thick Room (B).
Mana: The other, to your right when you enter the room and along the same wall, leads to what looks like a toy-room.
Toth looks about the Perfectly Fine Room, just a plain nothing room?
Theodore tilts his head from side to side as he looks around.
Mana: Yes, kind of a relief, really.
Mana: It's the same sort of half-oval shape as the pond room and the hanging room, though.
Toth: "Things are looking up!"
Xsaieta: "Man."
Toth heads for the toy-room a bit quickly, if only to get away from the Blood Room B.
Theodore: "Maybe."
Xsaieta: "Do you have any fucking IDEA how many skeletons are just casually buried underneath this floor."
Theodore follows him.
Toth: "No, I don't, Xsaieta."
Xsaieta hurries on along.
Mana: The Toy-Room A. A giant stuffed bear, a few stacks of blocks. The room is floored with colorful tiles.
Xsaieta: "It's almost certainly a pretty big number, okay?"
Mana: There's a somewhat oversized toy box on the far left wall.
Mana: Through the mess of vines on the far wall, you could probably squeeze into the room past this.
Toth will attempt to open the toy box!
Mana: The colorful tiles click down as you head further in, Toth.
Mana: At which point, there's a shooting sensation, and blood gurgles out from your chest.
Mana: (And Xsaieta's and Theodore's.)
Mana: To the tune of 150 physical damage.
Theodore: "Oh."
Mana: Anyway, the toy box is full of, you know, toys. Color-blocks.
Theodore: "There's the trap."
Mana: Bits of crushed grey stone.
Xsaieta: "WHAT THE FUGGGHHHRHHK."
Mana: A little wooden truck!
Xsaieta coughs, doubled over.
Toth coughs blood all over these toys.
Toth: "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh what?"
Toth: "Augh!"
Theodore glances down at the little hole in his chest, tries to follow the trajectory from which the presumed prijectile came from.
Toth: "Why the tiles?! Why the toy-room?!"
Toth: "Wait…"
Mana: It came from… the floor, you guess?
Mana: I mean, there's nowhere in the floor for it to have come from.
Toth checks his chest. ARE THERE FLOWERS SPROUTING FROM IT.
Theodore: "That doesn't even make sense."
Mana: There are not, Mr. Toth!
Alexander: "I'm glad I let you take the lead."
Xsaieta: "There's… something… really fucking wrong with this place." His ears actually droop!
Theodore hurls his old staff at a title on the opposite side of the room from where everyone is.
Mana: It gets flung into the air with a rattling noise by something unseen after it clicks down onto the tiles.
Theodore scrunches up his face.
Toth: "Alright, hang on."
Toth flings toys along the tiles, away from himself
Mana: Thunk thunk thunk thunk. Some of them are left with holes skewered through their centers, others are splintered, others are merely flung about.
Aurora: "This is… really weird."
Theodore: "I don't get it."
Toth: "Now, let's see…" He aims at a toy that got skewered, and flings another toy at that tile.
Mana: No response. Does it only spring once…?
Toth: "Hmm… okay." He continues to fling toys, but from the party to the exit through this room.
Mana: I suppose the coast is clear.
Theodore grabs his staff on the way out.
Toth: "Okay, let's see if we can get through this now without getting… 'impaled.'"
Toth watches Theodore as he maneuvers through.
Theodore just stepping on toys, stretching his arms, then playing 'don't land in the lava' all the way out the room really.
Mana: That seems to have worked.
Mana: Squeezing through the vines to get to the next chamber?
Toth follows in Theodore's wake.
Toth nods to the narrator.
Mana: Careful, there.
Toth coughs and goes through the vines, squeezing, frowning.
Mana: The next room is the Room on Guillotine Blades. An impossibly deep chasm extends far below. The only passage further is along razor-thin platforms - like the bottom-halves of guillotines - that extend upwards from a seemingly boundless abyss.
Mana: There's a short staging platform as you enter, given. At least there's that.
Mana: Also, the faint scent of ginger.
Theodore: "…"
Toth: "…"
Theodore turns to Alexander, kind of stares at him.
Aurora: "…I'm not crossing that."
Mana: There's the wet pumping noise again. Twice in a row.
Mana: Too loud.
Alexander: "I…need a Jinn unlock first."
Toth looks across the chasm. About how far across is the next exit, or is there even one?
Theodore: "But seriously dude, your ancestors? What the crap?"
Mana: There's a platform with the other exit - probably, it's filled by vines, so it's another tight squeeze - about eight meters across.
Alexander: "I really couldn't tell you."
Xsaieta: "Y… yeah. Man, now I'm -really- curious what's on the other side of that."
Xsaieta: "Which I guess is the point. Ugh."
Theodore: "So I mean…"
Theodore: "Basically you'd just… run, really fast, and, I don't know, not slip?"
Toth: "Honestly, that pump noise is really bothering me more than getting across."
Toth: "I could… technically… try to fling us across with a gravity spell."
Toth: "But this seems like a terrible idea in practice -and- execution."
Aurora: "Uh… just a little."
Mana: Fine choice of words, there.
Toth rubs his face. "Can we go up to the altar now?"
Aurora: "I would not be against that."
Theodore: "…I guess so, if you don't wanna dash across."
Toth: "Do -you-?"
Xsaieta: "Yeah I'm curious but not stupid."
Theodore: "Not by *myself*."
Alexander: "I'd rather not miss most of the day if I fall."
Toth: "I don't have nearly enough rope on hand for this."
Toth: "About face everyone, we're finally going upstairs."
Mana: Back into Toy Room A, then?
Toth shoulders his way through back to the toy-room.
Mana: Shattered gray stone crunches underfoot. The toy-filled room leads back into the Perfectly Fine Room.
Xsaieta shudders.
Toth continues through the Perfectly Fine Room into the Ungodly Blood Stank Hole Room B.
Mana: Squish squish squish crunch. And into the Banquet Hall?
Toth continues -through- banquet hall, too.
Mana: There's a tiny clattering noise, like something falling away from your steps. It isn't there when you look.
Mana: The Altar-Approach.
Mana: The vines zigzag upwards on the far side, leading up towards the Dryad Altar.
Toth: "Up. Up!" He goes up!
Mana: Into the approach…
Mana: Is the Magnificent Ballroom, bathed in golden light, the floor shining with a mirror-polish.
Mana: Bright flowers adorn the walls, and bright flowers mingle with the glass of the chandelier far above.
Mana: You share the room with a tremendous amount of legion dogs - five, in fact.
Mana: The shrine to Dryad is on the far side, magnificent in its size and its glory.
Toth: "Oh fuck the lot of you."
Aurora: "…Oh dear."
Theodore chews on a peice of candy.
Toth eats a candy.
Mana: There's the sound of a ringing bell, and a fiend arrives.
Mana: Perfectly human-like, her skin dappled with flowers, dressed in a huge, blooming ball-gown of transparent petals, smiling.
Theodore: "C'mon, fiend hunting hounds. Bite the fiend and not us, bite the fiend and not us…!"
Xsaieta eats two candies.
Mana: "The Pure of Heart!"
Mana: She waves with a gloved hand.
Alexander silently wishes alongside Theodore.
Mana: "I'm Matyld. The first among fiends."
[OOC] Aurora: Maybe you could spend a kP on that
Theodore: "Heya!" Theodore waves back and calls a bit more pleasently than his previous sentence was mumbled.
[OOC] Toth: god it would almost be worth it
Toth: "That's us!"
Toth: "Who are you?"
Toth: "Oh, you covered that!"
Aurora: "I thought she just introduced herself?"
Theodore: "I'm Theodore. The uh. … Third amongsts pure hearts…?"
Mana: "Yes! That's the whole title."
Toth: "What is up with this absurd temple!"
Xsaieta looks at Theodore and giggles.
Mana: "Ridiculous, isn't it…?"
Mana: "I think it's a puzzle of some sort. I haven't figured it out."
Toth: "There's vines and blood rooms and statues with flowers out of their chests!"
Mana: "It's supposed to keep humans - aside from my creators - from attaining the power of spirits."
Toth frowns. It seems that the journey has sapped his good humor.
Theodore: "…You know your dress is see-through, right?"
Xsaieta: "It is pretty creepy and gross and excessive even by my rarified standards, yeah. But, I mean, I think I get the idea. Walk through the charnel ground until it becomes… well, not the Pure Land, that means something kind of specific. But yeah."
Mana: "Sort of like us fiends, in fact." She walks closer to the party.
Mana: "And yes, I'm aware. That's why I wear so much of it."
Aurora: "…Creators? The power of spirits? Oh, and I'm Aurora, knight of the Order of Solar Knights."
Mana: "Oh, is that so?" She curtseys.
Theodore: "Oh. Well, as long as you know."
Xsaieta: "Who are or were your creators, anyways? They did a fantastic job."
Xsaieta: "Like, on the fiends in general? But especially you."
Mana: She lifts a gloved hand to her face, turning meekly away for a moment.
Mana: "Well…"
Mana: "In some fashion or another…"
Mana: "…At some time…"
Mana: "…It was you."
Toth frowns harder.
Mana: "Or… will be you, even."
Theodore squints at Xsaieta.
Xsaieta: "…eh?!"
Theodore shakes his head, then turns to look at Matyld again.
Mana: "So…"
Alexander: "Sounds like more of an 'angel' problem in general, not…Xsaieta specifically."
Mana: "Well, the lot of you, in fact."
Mana: "But not -foreign- angels. They're to be repelled."
Mana: "Instructions were very precise."
Theodore: "So like."
Xsaieta: "That's interesting."
Theodore: "If I was to approach the Alter, you'd just be like, well, okay, and let it happen?"
Theodore: "No fight?"
Mana: "Well, I think all the dogs would try and stop you."
Theodore: "But not you?"
Xsaieta: "But they're fiend-eating dogs. Are we like. Fiends and also angels or something, that seems a bit excessive."
Mana: "No, of course not. In the other palaces, the fiends serve as the locks that will only permit… those such as you."
Toth: "But you're different."
Xsaieta: "(Eh, it doesn't matter.)"
Mana: "I am, yes."
Toth sizes up the fiend.
Theodore: "Why do the other guys suck so much?"
Xsaieta: "Oh, I get it. We knew that we'd be the ones who were strong enough to beat the fiends in the other temples, because the fiends in the other temples were all there when we beat 'em."
Xsaieta: "Okay."
Alexander: "My brain hurts trying to contemplate what you just said."
Toth: "How does one create a fiend?"
Mana: "One builds a fiend-engine, Mr. Toth."
Toth: "And how does someone build that?"
Mana: "You…"
Mana: "…Add, and add, and add… things to a machine…"
Mana: "You pour more and more and more in…"
Mana: "…Until it can't be anything -but- a fiend engine."
Mana: "That's what I was told, anyway."
Theodore: "Just - out of curiosity -"
Xsaieta: "The real answer probably involves 'spend a lot of kP' for what it's worth."
Theodore: "Why go to the trouble of training attack dogs to hunt fiends… and then… have them somehow not hunting firends, and attacking, uh, not-fiends?"
Mana: "They'd attack me if I went closer, too!"
Theodore: "Oh."
Mana: "Do you know how much of a pain it is moving through this palace?"
Toth: "kP is too easy an answer."
Mana: "Ah, the wall-hugging…"
Theodore: "Man, that seems really rude if we wanted you to guard this place, then left a whole bunch of fiend hunting dogs in here with you too."
Mana: "Well, they were sort of here to begin with…"
Toth: "Figuring out plans we made when we don't even know we made them…" He shakes his head.
Theodore: "I mean, wouldn't we have at least cleared it out for you…?"
Theodore: "Unless it was Vlad, I guess."
Toth: "Look, everyone, we think we have the firepower to kill these dogs?"
Theodore crosses one arm over his chest, rest the elbow form his other arm on it and puts a hand to his chin.
Mana: "Well…" Matyld smiles at Theodore.
Theodore: "Oh, definitely. I'm just - curious what her angle with this story is."
Xsaieta: "We'll remember having fought them here once. It'd just make things really awkward not to add them in." He scratches behind an ear and gives the fiend an apologetic look.
Mana: "I'll help out, of course."
Toth: "Oh, I'm not trusting her just yet."
Theodore: "I don't really believe her, but I mean, it's always interesting *why* people lie in specific ways."
Theodore: "Totally down for putting her in the party to fight the dogs though."
Toth has a sudden change of mood, and he rests on his back foot for a second before pacing about behind the party.
Mana: Back row?
Toth shakes his head, just roleplaying.
Mana: The fiend clasps her hands together. "Well, even if being a fiend isn't awfully trustworthy…"
Mana: "Duty is duty, after all. Shall we?"
Toth takes a few deep breaths and runs his hands through his hair.
Toth: "Right." He advances to the front row. "Glad to have you aboard."
Theodore: "It's not even the being a fiend part, in so far as implying you know future is inherently suspicious when it involves pure hearts."
Mana: Battle order: Xsaieta [F]:0 Matyld [B]:0 Legion Dog A [F]:0 Legion Dog B [F]:0 Legion Dog C [F]:0 Legion Dog E [B]:1 Theodore [B]:2 Legion Dog D [B]:2 Alexander [F]:3 Toth [F]:3 Aurora [F]:5
Mana: Status for Legion Dog A [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog B [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog C [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog D [B] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog E [B] : [==========]
Mana: Xsaieta, the opening salvo's yours!
Mana: Matyld clasps her hands together. [Spell in CT10]
Toth: "Well, this is gonna get ugly in a hurry."
Xsaieta rushes at Legion Dog A quicker than usual and slams into it with a [Slam Attack D55]!
Xsaieta rolled 1d100 and got 61 ( Total: 61 ) for 5/85
Mana: It's a hit!
Xsaieta rolled d12+187 and got 3 ( Total: 190 )
[OOC] Mana: 190]!
Mana: The front rank of Legion Dogs leap forward, delivering ferocious bites to Mr. Toth, Aurora, and Xsaieta!
Mana rolled 3d100 and got 17, 54, 60 ( Total: 131 )
Mana rolled d8+156 and got 7 ( Total: 163.0 )
Mana: Hitting for 163 physical Dryad damage, or 244 to weakness!
Mana: Legion Dog E leaps at Alexander! [Rip and Tear]
Mana rolled 2d100 and got 46, 4 ( Total: 50 )
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 357/658, MP: 474/514, SoS: 164 - Protect/Shell (2)
Mana rolled d8*0.75+71*0.75 and got 1 ( Total: 54.0 )
Mana: Hitting for 54 physical damage twice!
[OOC] Alexander: HP: 517/550, MP: 550/550, SoS: 137 - Wait For It (6)
Mana: Battle order: Theodore [B]:0 Legion Dog D [B]:0 Alexander [F]:1 Toth [F]:1 Aurora [F]:3 Matyld [B]:8 Legion Dog A [F]:26 Legion Dog B [F]:26 Legion Dog C [F]:26 Legion Dog E [B]:27 Xsaieta [F]:53
Mana: Status for Legion Dog A [F] : [======= ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog B [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog C [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog D [B] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog E [B] : [==========]
Mana: Theodore!
[OOC] Xsaieta: HP: 437/550, MP: 510/550, SoS: 137
Theodore slams his staff into the ground as he begins to channel magic. [CT20] [4/5th Def Mod]
Mana: Legion Dog D leaps at Aurora, to deliver a [Ferocious Bite]!
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 47 ( Total: 47 )
Mana rolled d8+156*1.25 and got 4 ( Total: 199.0 )
Mana: For 199 physical damage!
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 178/658, MP: 474/514, SoS: 164 - Protect/Shell (2)
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Toth [F]:0 Aurora [F]:2 Matyld [B]:7 Theodore [B]:19 Legion Dog A [F]:25 Legion Dog B [F]:25 Legion Dog C [F]:25 Legion Dog E [B]:26 Legion Dog D [B]:27 Xsaieta [F]:52
Mana: Alexander!
Mana: Mr. Toth!
Toth stabs his sword into the ground! [CT 20]
Alexander punches Legion Dog A in the snout. [30D]
Alexander rolled 1d100 and got 67 ( Total: 67 )
Alexander rolled d8+90 and got 1 ( Total: 91 )
[OOC] Mana: 91]!
Mana: Battle order: Aurora [F]:0 Matyld [B]:5 Theodore [B]:17 Toth [F]:18 Legion Dog A [F]:23 Legion Dog B [F]:23 Legion Dog C [F]:23 Legion Dog E [B]:24 Legion Dog D [B]:25 Alexander [F]:28 Xsaieta [F]:50
Mana: Aurora!
Aurora frowns… then holds off for a bit. [Wait, 19D]
Mana: Matyld forms petals of magic in the palm of her hand, and exhales them towards Aurora. [Flower of Love]
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 62 ( Total: 62 )
Mana: A flower sprouts - you recover 80 HP after every action! (U)
Theodore: "Handy."
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 178/658, MP: 474/514, SoS: 164 - Protect/Shell (1),Flower of Love (U)
Mana: "I might need to be more direct, though…"
Mana: She clasps her hands together. [Ambrosia in CT20]!
Aurora: "Ah… That's appreciated."
Mana: Battle order: Theodore [B]:0 Toth [F]:1 Aurora [F]:2 Legion Dog A [F]:6 Legion Dog B [F]:6 Legion Dog C [F]:6 Legion Dog E [B]:7 Legion Dog D [B]:8 Alexander [F]:11 Matyld [B]:18 Xsaieta [F]:33
Mana: Status for Legion Dog A [F] : [====== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog B [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog C [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog D [B] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog E [B] : [==========]
Mana: Theodore!
Theodore: "Fine by me - wait your spells don't have delays?!"
Theodore kicks his staff into the air, sending healing sparkles spiraling throughout the party. [Cure Light] [32D]
Theodore rolled 3d8+120 and got 7, 7, 8 ( Total: 142 )
Mana: "Small ones! They have small ones."
Mana: Battle order: Toth [F]:0 Aurora [F]:1 Legion Dog A [F]:5 Legion Dog B [F]:5 Legion Dog C [F]:5 Legion Dog E [B]:6 Legion Dog D [B]:7 Alexander [F]:10 Matyld [B]:17 Theodore [B]:31 Xsaieta [F]:32
Mana: Mr. Toth!
Toth draws his sword from the ground, and the front row of Legion Dogs gets assaulted by rising gems and their explosions! The ground glitters! [Gem Burst, 33D]
Toth rolled 1d10+150,150 and got 10 ( Total: 240.0 ) for 90 gnome damage until toth's turn on enemy melee weapon/aimed actions
Mana: Hits the weakness on the front row! [240] [240] [240]!
Theodore: "Oh, you rapid assault?"
[OOC] Toth: which, really, is 135 damage
Mana: Battle order: Aurora [F]:0 Legion Dog A [F]:4 Legion Dog B [F]:4 Legion Dog C [F]:4 Legion Dog E [B]:5 Legion Dog D [B]:6 Alexander [F]:9 Matyld [B]:16 Theodore [B]:30 Xsaieta [F]:31 Toth [F]:32
Mana: Status for Legion Dog A [F] : [== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog B [F] : [====== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog C [F] : [====== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog D [B] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog E [B] : [==========]
Mana: Aurora!
Xsaieta: "Have I mentioned I'm glad you're on our side!" A rakish grin.
Toth: "Once or twice."
Toth grins.
Mana: "Ah, well. I wouldn't like to risk the dogs on my own, either…"
Aurora raises her sword up, and a barrier of light forms before the front row, granting them a 4/5ths defence mod! [Line Guard, 24D]
Mana: "So it goes both ways, you know!"
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 400/658, MP: 434/514, SoS: 164 - Protect/Shell (0),Flower of Love (U)
Mana: The front rank of Legion Dogs deliver [Ferocious Bites] to Aurora, Alexander, and Mr. Toth!
Mana rolled 3d100 and got 99, 98, 57 ( Total: 254 )
Mana rolled d8+156 and got 2 ( Total: 158.0 )
Mana: Hitting Mr. Toth alone for 158 physical Dryad damage!
Gems explode! [135][135][135]
Mana: Legion Dog A is defeated!
Mana: Legion Dogs E and D deliver [Ferocious Bites] to Xsaieta!
Mana rolled 2d100 and got 78, 86 ( Total: 164 )
Mana rolled d8+156*1.25 and got 5 ( Total: 200.0 )
Mana: Hitting just once into the weakness for 200 physical damage!
Gems explode! [135][135]
[OOC] Aurora: 4/5ths defence mod remember, Xsai and Toth
[OOC] Xsaieta: No longer weak to Dryad actually!
[OOC] Toth: HP: 275/550, MP: 262/586, SoS: 137
[OOC] Mana: oh! Right
Mana: So 117, then!
[OOC] Xsaieta: HP: 457/550, MP: 510/550, SoS: 137
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Matyld [B]:7 Aurora [F]:15 Theodore [B]:21 Xsaieta [F]:22 Toth [F]:23 Legion Dog B [F]:23 Legion Dog C [F]:23 Legion Dog E [B]:24 Legion Dog D [B]:25
Mana: Status for Legion Dog B [F] : [==== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog C [F] : [==== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog D [B] : [======== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog E [B] : [======== ]
Mana: Alexander!
Xsaieta: "Mr. Toth, you're getting a hell of a lot of mileage out of those new gems."
Xsaieta: "I like it!"
Alexander punches Dog B! [30D]
Alexander rolled 1d100 and got 68 ( Total: 68 )
Mana: It's a hit!
Alexander rolled d8+90,125% and got 3 ( Total: 116.25 ) for Ignition Heart
Toth: "They leap right for them!"
Mana: Matyld unclasps her hands and traces a horizontal circle with a glowing finger in the air. [Ambrosia]
Mana: Honey-sweet phantom liquid pours down onto Mr. Toth…
Mana rolled 1d12+240 and got 5 ( Total: 245.0 )
Mana: Curing him for +245 HP!
[OOC] Toth: HP: 520/550, MP: 262/586, SoS: 137
Toth: "Mm, thank you!"
Mana: Battle order: Aurora [F]:0 Matyld [B]:2 Theodore [B]:6 Xsaieta [F]:7 Toth [F]:8 Legion Dog B [F]:8 Legion Dog C [F]:8 Legion Dog E [B]:9 Legion Dog D [B]:10 Alexander [F]:15
Mana: Status for Legion Dog B [F] : [== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog C [F] : [==== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog D [B] : [======== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog E [B] : [======== ]
Mana: Aurora!
Aurora raises her sword again, maintaining the wall of defence. [Line Guard, 24D]
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 480/658, MP: 394/514, SoS: 164 - Flower of Love (U)
Mana: Matyld looks about, considering, then begins casting… [CT10]
Mana: Battle order: Theodore [B]:0 Xsaieta [F]:1 Toth [F]:2 Legion Dog B [F]:2 Legion Dog C [F]:2 Legion Dog E [B]:3 Legion Dog D [B]:4 Matyld [B]:6 Alexander [F]:9 Aurora [F]:18
Mana: Status for Legion Dog B [F] : [== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog C [F] : [==== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog D [B] : [======== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog E [B] : [======== ]
Mana: Theodore!
Theodore: "Heal or harm?"
Mana: "Healing!"
Mana: "…Sorry, it's my thing."
Theodore: "Man, I am totally okay with a lady wearing a see-through dress covering the heals." Thedore offers a smile, then dashes forward and bashes Legion B! [42D]
Theodore rolled 1d100 and got 57 ( Total: 57 ) for 80
Theodore rolled d10+96,75% and got 9 ( Total: 78.75 ) for Chain Bonus!!!!!!
[OOC] Mana: 78]!
Mana: Battle order: Xsaieta [F]:0 Toth [F]:1 Legion Dog B [F]:1 Legion Dog C [F]:1 Legion Dog E [B]:2 Legion Dog D [B]:3 Matyld [B]:5 Alexander [F]:8 Aurora [F]:17 Theodore [B]:41
Mana: Status for Legion Dog B [F] : [= ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog C [F] : [==== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog D [B] : [======== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog E [B] : [======== ]
Mana: Xsaieta, now!
Xsaieta grins widely and follows up on Theo's attack, stabbing the Legion Dog straight through! [Battle Rain D53]
Xsaieta rolled 1d100 and got 32 ( Total: 32 ) for 5/85
Mana: It's a hit!
Xsaieta rolled d12+150,150% and got 1 ( Total: 226.5 )
[OOC] Mana: 226]! It's slain - who gets +328 MP?
[OOC] Toth: HP: 520/550, MP: 262/586, SoS: 137
Xsaieta waves the sword at… Matyld for a brief moment before pointing it at Toth!
Mana: "Don't worry about me. Fiend-grade MP, after all!"
Xsaieta: "Mm, right."
Mana: Battle order: Toth [F]:0 Legion Dog C [F]:0 Legion Dog E [B]:1 Legion Dog D [B]:2 Matyld [B]:4 Alexander [F]:7 Aurora [F]:16 Theodore [B]:40 Xsaieta [F]:52
Mana: Status for Legion Dog C [F] : [==== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog D [B] : [======== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog E [B] : [======== ]
Mana: Blue light streams out - +328 MP to Mr. Toth!
Mana: Speaking of…
Toth: "Thanks!"
Toth stabs his sword into the ground again! [CT 20]
Mana: Legion Dog C delivers a [Ferocious Bite] to Mr. Toth!
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 19 ( Total: 19 )
Mana rolled d8+156 and got 4 ( Total: 160.0 )
Mana: For 160 physical Dryad damage!
Mana: Legion Dogs E and D [Rip and Tear] into Xsaieta!
Mana rolled 4d100 and got 29, 93, 2, 89 ( Total: 213 )
Mana rolled d8*0.75+71*0.75 and got 6 ( Total: 57.75 )
Mana: Hitting twice for [57], [57] physical!
Mana: Matyld exhales towards Xsaieta, and the [Flower of Courage] blooms. [Always Has Reraise, (U).]
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Matyld [B]:7 Aurora [F]:9 Toth [F]:13 Legion Dog C [F]:21 Legion Dog E [B]:22 Legion Dog D [B]:23 Theodore [B]:33 Xsaieta [F]:45
Mana: Status for Legion Dog C [F] : [==== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog D [B] : [======== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog E [B] : [======== ]
Mana: Alexander!
Alexander kicks Dog C! [40D]
Alexander rolled d10+120,125% and got 3 ( Total: 153.75 )
Alexander rolled 1d100 and got 94 ( Total: 94 )
[OOC] Alexander: of course……
Xsaieta grins and flashes Matyld a quick thumbs-up.
Mana: Is that a blush?
Mana: She begins casting… [CT10]
Mana: Battle order: Aurora [F]:0 Toth [F]:4 Matyld [B]:8 Legion Dog C [F]:12 Legion Dog E [B]:13 Legion Dog D [B]:14 Theodore [B]:24 Alexander [F]:31 Xsaieta [F]:36
Mana: Status for Legion Dog C [F] : [==== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog D [B] : [======== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog E [B] : [======== ]
Mana: Aurora!
Aurora raises the shield of light once more, keeping the front row protected. [Line Guard, 24D]
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 560/658, MP: 354/514, SoS: 164 - Flower of Love (U)
Mana: Mr. Toth!
Toth draws his sword from the ground, and gems explode across the back row of Legion Dogs! Gems litter the battlefield. [Gem burst, 33D]
Toth rolled 1d10+150,150 and got 9 ( Total: 238.5 ) for 135 gnome damage until toth's turn on enemy melee weapon/aimed actions
[OOC] Mana: 238] [238]!
Mana: Matyld exhales a stream of energy towards Mr. Toth, and the [Flower of Compassion] blooms. (U)!
Toth: "Thanks. I'm unstoppable now!"
Mana: Battle order: Legion Dog C [F]:0 Legion Dog E [B]:1 Legion Dog D [B]:2 Matyld [B]:6 Theodore [B]:12 Aurora [F]:12 Alexander [F]:19 Xsaieta [F]:24 Toth [F]:25
Mana: Status for Legion Dog C [F] : [==== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog D [B] : [==== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog E [B] : [==== ]
Mana: Legion Dog C leaps towards Mr. Toth to deliver a [Ferocious Bite]!
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 64 ( Total: 64 )
Mana rolled d8*0.5+156*0.5 and got 7 ( Total: 81.5 )
Mana: Hitting into a resistance for 81 physical Dryad damage!
Toth leans back as a gem pops up between the both of them and explodes!
Mana: Detonates into it for [135]!
Mana: Legion Dogs E and D deliver [Ferocious Bites] to Aurora!
Mana rolled 2d100 and got 28, 18 ( Total: 46 )
Mana rolled d8*1.25+156*1.25 and got 1 ( Total: 196.25 )
Mana: Hitting twice into the weakness for 196 physical Dryad damage!
Gem explosions! [135][135]
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 280/658, MP: 354/514, SoS: 164 - Protect/Shell (2),Flower of Love (U)
Mana: "Ah, this one is going well, I think." She begins casting another flower! [CT10]
Mana: Battle order: Theodore [B]:0 Aurora [F]:0 Matyld [B]:4 Alexander [F]:7 Xsaieta [F]:12 Toth [F]:13 Legion Dog C [F]:16 Legion Dog E [B]:17 Legion Dog D [B]:18
Mana: Status for Legion Dog C [F] : [== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog D [B] : [== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog E [B] : [== ]
Mana: Theodore! Aurora!
Theodore holds out a hand as he begins to gather energy. [CT15]
Mana: Aurora!
Aurora steps forward, bringing her sword down on Dog C before bringing it before her. [Defensive Strike, 44D]
Aurora rolled 1d100 and got 26 ( Total: 26 ) for 90
Aurora rolled 1d10+120 and got 6 ( Total: 126.0 )
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 360/658, MP: 314/514, SoS: 164 - Protect/Shell (1),Flower of Love (U)
Mana: Matyld lets the [Flower of Sympathy] blossom on Alexander! [ST Healing to you affects same-row allies at -50% power.]
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Xsaieta [F]:5 Toth [F]:6 Matyld [B]:7 Theodore [B]:8 Legion Dog C [F]:9 Legion Dog E [B]:10 Legion Dog D [B]:11 Aurora [F]:37
Mana: Status for Legion Dog C [F] : []
Mana: Status for Legion Dog D [B] : [== ]
Mana: Status for Legion Dog E [B] : [== ]
Mana: Alexander!
Theodore: "Wait, was he hurt more than Aurora?"
Alexander: "I am…unhurt for the moment."
Toth: "He might, though!"
Theodore gives Matyld a strange look.
Mana: Matyld reddens a little. "Ah, um."
Mana: "You're right, should have gone for the Ambrosia. Sorry."
Alexander stomps the ground hard, sending out a shockwave of energy into the remaining Legion Dogs. [Main Gun, 40D]
Alexander rolled 3d100 and got 75, 45, 37 ( Total: 157 )
Theodore then shakes his head, more amused than annoyed.
Alexander rolled d10+120 and got 3 ( Total: 123 )
[OOC] Alexander: 123 to back row, 154 to C
Mana: Hits all targets for [154] [123] [123]! C explodes!
Mana: Back row's exposed!
[OOC] Alexander: HP: 550/550, MP: 430/550, SoS: 137 - Wait For It (-)
Mana: Battle order: Xsaieta [F]:0 Toth [F]:1 Matyld [B]:2 Theodore [B]:3 Legion Dog E [B]:5 Legion Dog D [B]:6 Aurora [F]:32 Alexander [F]:35
Mana: Status for Legion Dog D [B] : []
Mana: Status for Legion Dog E [B] : []
Mana: Xsaieta!
Theodore: "Hm this heal's goin' no where."
Theodore: "Ah well."
Xsaieta skewers Legion Dog D! [Battle Rain D53]
Xsaieta rolled 1d100 and got 78 ( Total: 78 )
Mana: It's a hit!
Mana: It's slain - Who gets [+268] MP?
Xsaieta points at Aurora!
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 360/658, MP: 514/514, SoS: 164 - Protect/Shell (1),Flower of Love (U)
Mana: MP's restored!
Mana: Battle order: Toth [F]:0 Matyld [B]:1 Theodore [B]:2 Legion Dog E [B]:4 Aurora [F]:31 Alexander [F]:34 Xsaieta [F]:52
Mana: Status for Legion Dog E [B] : []
Mana: Mr. Toth!
Aurora nods her thanks to Xsai.
Toth slashes at the final Legion Dog! [Attack, 43D]
Toth rolled 1d100 and got 82 ( Total: 82 ) for 90
Mana: It's a hit!
Toth rolled 1d10+120 and got 7 ( Total: 127 ) for that's why you use swords
Mana: It explodes in a clatter of bones!
[OOC] Mana: Got 15 AP. Got 2800 EXP. Got 560 Lucre.
[OOC] Mana: Way to go!
Mana: Flowers don't dissipate.
Theodore: "Oh, that's… huh."
Toth: "…"
Toth: "So, uh."
Mana: "So, do you want me to wait outside while you… spirit?"
Toth: "What was with all the flowers on statues through the rest of the temple?"
Theodore: "As long as you don't try and eat the spirit, I don't mind."
Mana: "Well, it has been a long time since breakfast…"
Mana: "…But I think I can refrain!"
Aurora: "…Um."
Aurora: "I'm not sure I like the implication of this."
Theodore stares at her with his stared eye.
Mana: "It… it was a joke."
Mana: "I'm not going to eat the spirit."
Theodore: "I wasn't sure! The last two actually were trying to do just that."
Xsaieta chuckled at the joke. Like, even if she was serious, it was still kinda hilarious?
Theodore: "Anyway, you might want to alleviate Toth and Aurora's worries real quick…?"
Mana: "Oh. Yes, the statues aren't my doing."
Aurora blinks, then lets out a breath. "Ah… then who's?"
Alexander: "Were they once people?"
Mana: "Well, they weren't people when I got here, at least…"
Mana: "…This is a very old palace."
Alexander: "Ah."
Mana: She looks about the ballroom as the deep, wet, squelching noise occurs once more.
Toth: "And would you happen to know what that noise is?"
Mana: "No, I don't."
Mana: "…But it doesn't stop, either."
Alexander frowns, studying Matyid for a moment. [Analyze]
Mana: Matyld, Level 14 Normal Fiend Boss. HP2964/2964. MP784/1156. Aligned with Dryad and Wisp. Fears Luna and Shade. A ballgown wearing flower-fiend. Possesses only curative and support magic.
Toth: "Right, well… if you'll give us a second."
Theodore: "Doesn't seem like they left you with a lot of tools to keep intruders out, either haha. Guess that's what the palace itself was for…?"
Mana: The magnificent golden altar to Dryad awaits on the far side of the ballroom.
Mana: "I could try holding a door shut, I suppose!"
Mana: "Or make one of the monsters really, really persistent."
Mana: "…I mean, if they stopped attacking me…"
Theodore: "That's the snare. yeah."
Theodore: "Can you leave the palace?"
Mana: "It's sealed -really- strongly."
Theodore: "It's okay we know how to get out. I mean, are you allowed to, given duty and all that. (Although if your duty is to us anyway…?)"
Mana: "Well, once you've got the spirit, I guess it's fine…?"
Mana: "I'm only supposed to make sure my creators got first crack."
Toth: "(So interesting…)"
Theodore: "Hm, cool. We could definitely use your help out there."
Toth approaches the altar.
Theodore rests his hands behind his head and follows Toth towards the alter.
Mana: A series of golden basins, each overflowing with watery honey.
Mana: The symbol of Dryad is engraved at the base.
Toth: "Right, now… the other spirit was already floating around. So… where's this one hiding…"
Theodore: "Well, she sort of appeared as we approached, really."
Mana: …Flickering in phantom light, the shape of a palm tree blooms from the top basin.
Mana: the form of the Dryad spirit.
Theodore: "Like so."
Toth: "Ah, there we go."
Theodore offers the spirit a wave.
Toth takes a deep breath and begins to sing. [Song of the Spirits]
Mana: Something in the room resonates weirdly.
Mana: And then, something in the air changes.
Mana: "H..lo and w..co.. t. t.. Dr… Palace, o Pure of Heart."
Theodore smiles slightly. "Been a while since you last talked to people?"
Mana: "The center of the Empire and the once-heart of the world."
Mana: "It has been."
Aurora curtseys to the Dryad. "Hello."
Toth rubs the back of his head. "Once-heart?"
Toth: "So… is that what is with… all the…" He makes the sucking and pumping noise.
Mana: "The world has been twisted into a horrific mockery of what it once was."
Mana: "All reason has been aband…. ..l its peoples will soon …."
Theodore: "With the forge heart thing?"
Mana: "So it is."
Theodore: "Uh, soon… what?"
Mana: "… … will die."
Toth: "'Titania is forged upon a sin.'"
Toth: "Do you know what that is?"
Theodore scrunches up his face, headtilts at Xsaieta, "(What's a four letter word for die?)"
Theodore: "(Oh, fade. Nevermind.)
Xsaieta: "The so-called City Heart, if I had to guess."
Theodore: "(Or pass!)"
Mana: "Incorrect."
Xsaieta: "Huh."
Mana: "The abandoning of the spirits."
Mana: "The world is twisted because the power of Dryad .. longer ….. over it."
Xsaieta: "Why did he think abandoning the Spirits was a good idea? He had to have had a reason."
Mana: "…… power …. me and the world shall be healed."
Aurora: "So how would we restore that?"
Theodore: "There *is* a notable lack of ministrel support… Man."
Theodore: "You gotta stop dropping words."
Toth: "Let's go over it again… what was the Emperor's aim?"
Mana: "The power . need … stolen from me."
Mana: "The energy of the Pure Heart."
Mana: "That alone can reshape the world and heal it."
Mana: "Offer a trace of it unto me and I shall work wonders."
Aurora: "What kind of wonders, exactly?"
Theodore: "Huh, you can give KP away?"
Xsaieta: "Can you tell us exactly what doing that will mean, for us? I'm willing, I just wanna know the ramifications."
Theodore: "Or did you want dominion over a gem type?"
Mana: "The former."
Mana: "…Dominion over a gem?"
Toth: "I don't see why you couldn't, Theodore."
Toth: "If you really throw caution to the wind… you could always try to fix it afterwards, with your own kP."
Theodore: "Uhh we kinda… well. Salamander 'claimed' Pyragrite, and now some of the spells are beefed up if you invoke her."
Mana: "A….ah."
Mana: "H…how strange of her."
Theodore: "I guess she was bored and wanted an excuse to get out more…?"
Xsaieta: "It's a pretty Salamander thing to do, honestly."
Mana: "F…far…far more Salamander than Dryad… I would say."
Xsaieta: "Although… if you think of it like putting down roots into a gem…? I'm sorry, I'm not very good at Dryad."
Theodore smiles at the Dryad. "Well, you don't have to if you don't want to."
Theodore: "Anyway, you said you needed a KP to start healing the world, and making it better?"
Mana: "Yes. With the first drop of power, I can stave off the death of the world."
Theodore: "Would there be any negative effects to the people living here now?"
Mana: "No, not even to your enemies. With the first drop, I shall push back the apocalypses, and nothing more."
Mana: "Unravelling the great offense would…"
Mana: "…Require more."
Theodore reaches behind his ear, then moves his hand forward to poke the Dryad on the nose. Boop.
Toth: "I think we'd need to do some research before doing that one."
[OOC] Theodore: x1 KP Transfer
Theodore: "I don't."
Mana: The room feels strange, for a moment.
Mana: "Thank you. I will use it well."
Toth: "I don't mean that one, Theo."
Toth: "I'm talking about a larger investment."
Theodore nods to the Dryad, then 'ah!'s at Toth.
Mana: "The next miracle will require three times that."
Mana: "I await your wisdom and your grace."
Aurora tilts her head at the feeling. "So what did you just do, exactly?"
Theodore: "Also… 'great offense'?"
Mana: "I have slightly untwisted the knot that binds the world to suffering."
Xsaieta: "What knot is that?"
Mana: "The Great Offense, of humans seeking to build a world of humans, to live upon humanity, to eat and drink and breathe of humanity."
Mana: "Such a thing is nonsense."
Mana: "It will shatter."
Xsaieta scratches behind an ear. "Is it nonsense… just because people honouring the spirits is tradition, or is there some other reason?"
Mana: "It is the very firmament of the world."
Theodore: "Hmm.
Theodore: "Well, we'll think about it. That's not really the best sell to a bunch of humans though."
Aurora: "Even if we are Angels also."
Mana: "As long as the world rots, I will await you."
Mana: The form of Dryad flickers and is gone.
Theodore nod seriously. "Make sure you don't get eaten!"
Xsaieta: "Yeah. Although I mean, I'm basically on board with people honouring the spirits more? If the world sucks less when we go topside, yeah, we'll be back."
Toth: "Hey, wait, hold on now!"
Toth: "Come back real quick."
Theodore tilts his head all the way backwards, glancing at Matyld from a pseudo upsidedown angle. "Your take on that?"
Mana: Matyld is stifling a particularly wide smile, without much success.
Mana: "It's… sort of a weak case, honestly."
Mana: "…Are the others more helpful?"
Alexander: "Salamander was. We haven't had contact with others yet."
Toth drums his fingers on the altar. "(Why's the goddamn temple nuts…)"
Theodore: "Well, Salamander answered some questions we had, and she powered up some of our magic without really explaining what would happen before doing it."
Theodore: "She didn't really offer to help directly make the world better though."
Theodore: "So, like…" Theodore hand wobbles.
Xsaieta: "(Well, I mean, what does a heart look like after a heart attack?)"
Mana: "Mm, okay. I didn't know that."
Alexander: "(Ask a mortician.)"
Mana: "Maybe you put the one who couldn't fight in charge of guarding this one, because there's no danger if anyone else gets to it."
Toth looks at Xsaieta. "(I don't know, Xsai, I'm not much of a surgeon.)"
Theodore: "Hm."
Theodore: "Yeah I guess most of the others that went spirit hunting… wouldn't be willing to part with the KP. Or able as the case may be."
Toth: "The only real problem would be if another Pure Heart showed up and infused Dryad with kP which…"
Xsaieta: "(Well, I mean, basically like this, right? If you were walking around on the inside. All mossy and overgrown and squishy, and everyone at the banquet table's dead.)"
Toth: "Yeah."
Toth: "Or it gets eaten."
Mana: She frowns, despite the glow in her cheeks. "N…not that I want to think of having been sent on the most useless job…"
Theodore: "Well, you can come with us to do the more important ones now!"
Theodore: "Or um, maybe important's the wrong word. Troublesome?"
Mana: "Aha! Together we're invincible."
Mana: "Um, anyway. Which way is out?"
Theodore nods seriously.
Theodore: "Just through the two left rooms."
Mana: "Shall we, then?"
Toth crosses his arms and pointedly leads the way.
Mana: "(Though, if you've already all got flowers on, I'm not going to be doing much, am I…?)"
Theodore: "Ambrosia!"
Mana: The Altar Approach, vine-strangled. Into the flooded classroom?
Mana: "Yes, there's that!"
Mana: "Does anyone need it now, by the way?"
Aurora: "Ah… I could use one, please."
Toth: "I could use one as well." He studies the flower on himself.
[OOC] Toth: HP: 401/575, MP: 506/614, SoS: 143 - R:Dryad (U)
Mana: She casts the spell twice, and soft phantom honey rains down onto Aurora and Mr. Toth.
Mana rolled 1d12+240 and got 1 ( Total: 241.0 )
Mana: Restoring 241 HP to each.
Mana: "It doesn't feel strange, does it?"
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 635/692, MP: 536/536, SoS: 173 - Flower of Love (U)
Aurora shakes her head. "I don't think so…"
Mana: "Mm, okay. It doesn't seem to get you too sticky, at least."
Xsaieta giggles.
Mana: "Xsaieta! Are you feeling left out?"
Xsaieta: "Hmmm… it seems fun, I'd like to try it~."
Mana rolled 1d12+240 and got 7 ( Total: 247.0 )
Mana: Lovely, magic, phantom-honey. +247 HP!
Toth studies the flower on himself.
Mana: It blooms softly, a pale blue.
Toth observes the flowers upon the various statues that they pass.
Mana: Similar in shape, in root, but not in color.
Mana: Well, not that you've passed any statues yet.
Mana: Into the classroom, right?
Toth … sure, goes into the classroom.
Theodore figured they're just elave through the firts passageway the took, but.
Mana: That wasn't one of the options from where you were, Theo!
[OOC] Toth: I'm not sure but I think there were just… multiple staircases up. which means we could have taken one down
[OOC] Toth: until we found the path we hadn't taken
[OOC] Toth: but at this point I don't care until we're on a different time unit
Mana: The altar room leads into the banquet hall and the classroom.
Mana: Right. Water-flooded. Gently scented with ginger. The water drifts strangely in some spots, as if flowing around some unseen obstacle.
Mana: Passage further leads into the Room Thick with the Scent of Blood - A.
Toth pauses, and attempts to cut off the flower that's giving him R:Dryad.
Mana: It withers when cut, falling off.
Mana: Matyld watches as she steps from desk to desk.
Mana: "Did you want a different one, or…?"
Toth: "I'm fine, just with us on the way out, I have no need for it."
Mana: "Ah, of course. Let's keep going?"
Theodore: "Mmhm."
Toth: "But…" He fakes a stumble across a desk, into the water!
No, wait.
Xsaieta glances up at Mr. Toth and gently cuts the flower attached to himself as well, giving it a fond look before letting it fall.
Stumbles across the desk line is what I meant, but he's trying to… push it with his own intertia.
Theodore: "…you okay?"
Xsaieta: "! Mr. Toth, are you okay!?" He scrambles, keeping up the facade, extending a hand.
Mana: Like, push the desk around, you mean?
[OOC] Toth: yeah like that
Mana: It skids through the water somewhat, but stops with a thud against something unseen.
Mana: A slight cut appears on one side of the desk, thin, where it was stopped.
Toth glares at the desk, and reaches down to feel the cut.
Mana: Cut by something very, very sharp.
Toth takes a deep breath. "(There's something very, very not right about this.)"
Toth cracks his knuckles. [Gem Burst -> Poltergeist]
Theodore stares at Toth.
Mana: Got it.
Toth begins channeling Gnome energy- as Poltergeist works, tearing up a bit of terrain to act as a shield… Toth focuses on the unseen. Where the desk bumped.
Mana: There's a sound of cracking stone, and something unseen is lifted up.
Toth: "This room is all wrong."
Alexander: "That extends to the entire temple."
Xsaieta: "Temple is all wrong, honestly, but… yeah."
Theodore: "You've been saying that since we got here, yeah…"
Toth releases the unseen, looks about the room for another pattern where the desks brush around- focuses on that.
Xsaieta: "What's your theory?"
Mana: What sort of "release" ?
Mana: (Like, are you hurling one thing at the other, or just dropping it and trying to lift up something else?)
[OOC] Toth: the latter, but I'm changing that somewhat
Toth releases by flinging the unseen at some roots/vines if there are any around!
Mana: With a loud thunk, some of the vines on the wall are chopped cleanly by something about three feet across.
Mana: A horizontal groove is left in the wall as the vines tumble into the water.
Mana: There's the scent of fresh ginger.
Toth: "We're being fooled by -something-."
Toth: "Or someone."
Theodore: "I thought illusions were more luna's thing?"
Toth: "Correct me if -I'm- wrong, but Luna isn't an illusion."
Toth: "They change themselves."
Toth: "To be luna is to change."
Xsaieta: "Being Luna, there's multiple interpretations, but… yes."
Theodore: "Eh, either or really, but."
Toth: "I'm not terribly concerned on the 'why' at the moment." He pushes a desk towards another area where he suspects something unseen from the flow of the desks.
Mana: There do, in fact, seem to be invisible sharp things clogging the water of this room.
Toth growls under his breath. "Does anyone have anything that can break this glamour…"
Toth: "…because I'll tear the room- no, the palace apart, piece by piece, if I have to."
Theodore rubs at his face.
Xsaieta: "…doubt Lunar Bat would help much here."
Theodore: "Aurora, will it away would you?"
Mana: …You'd probably need to find a crystal orb.
Toth: "…!"
Aurora furrows her brow. "I'm not sure it'd count as an Enhancement for Lordly Fist to dispel."
Toth: "Oh goddess."
Theodore: "Well, I was thinking more, blow it away with sheer force of Determination."
Xsaieta meets Mr. Toth's gaze and then instantly facepalms.
Aurora: "…Sheer force?"
Xsaieta: "…Mr. Toth, do you need me to smash it?"
Toth: "I need you to smash it, Xsaieta."
Toth: "If that doesn't work, I've got one more thing."
Xsaieta: "No, I…"
Theodore: "Yes, Aurora. Flexing your emtnal prowess."
Theodore: "Might not actually be an option, but I mean."
Theodore: "You'd be best suited for it if it was."
Aurora tilts her head. "I'm still not quite sure what you mean."
[OOC] Theodore: mental^
Theodore: "Okay."
Theodore: "You know how, on ocassion…"
Theodore: "When you're not solving a problem with violence (bare with me here, but this really does happen sometimes -)"
Theodore: "And you have to put your non combat skills to the test…?"
Theodore: "There's certain kinds of people, that through concentration and sheer force of will/determination, and blast illusions away."
Theodore: "It just… seems like a thing you'd be pretty alright at."
Theodore: "Give your aptitude, and dependability."
[OOC] Theodore: given^
Toth: "…"
Xsaieta: "Hah! That's the privilege of a pure heart."
Toth: "…well, we can deal with it later."
Aurora blinks. "…Oh. I see."
Xsaieta: "That's… the other privilege of a pure heart."
Mana: Anyway, heading back:
Theodore smiles a little. "You're a little slow on the uptake sometimes, Aurora."
Xsaieta helps Mr. Toth out of the water, if he's still stumbled in, and starts making his way for the exit. (Giving the Compass Rose back to Alexander in the process.)
Mana: The Room Thick with the Stink of Blood, A, now filled with spines in very many spots that reach up from the holes up to the ceiling. You have to circle around them to make it out.
Mana: Then to the Hanging Room, over which a statue hangs, suspended by its feet.
Mana: Then into the Hall of Statues - B…
Aurora squints and tries to force herself to see through the illusion while they travel, through sheer force of will and determination…
Mana: Into the Path of Clay, where figurines are strewn here and there, and there's the faint scent of wine…
Mana: Determination 30, Aurora?
Mana: Back to the Altar Approach, where some vines grow over a passage up to the altar.
Aurora rolled 1d100 and got 18 ( Total: 18 ) for 40, Aptitude II
Mana: To your left, on your way back, is the Ginger Library…
Mana: (And, when you look at it carefully, the flooded classroom, sort of.)
Mana: (Aurora.)
Mana: And then the Hall of Statues A…
Mana: And then, finally, back to the pond room. Phewf!
Mana: Where, luckily, a staircase does lead up to the way you came in.
Aurora lets out a breath, rubbing softly at her forehead. "That's a bit hard ot the eyes…"
[OOC] Aurora: on^
Theodore pats Aurora on the head, comfortingly.
Aurora tries looking at the fiend while squinting, though.
Mana: Yup, that's a fiend!
[OOC] Aurora: Looks the same?
Mana: She looks away from Aurora, raising a hand to her lips.
[OOC] Mana: Well, like, a little blurrier, 'cause you're squinting.
Theodore: "Anyway."
Theodore: "Unless there's anything else we feel like freaking out about…?" Theodore give Toth a questioning look as he heads for the sealed door.
Toth doesn't answer, he's lost in thought.
Xsaieta: "Naw, I think we're good for now."
Theodore gives Aurora a glance as well.
Aurora: "I think I'm good, too."
Theodore: "Alright." Theodore crackle shis knuckles, then stretch his arms out in front of him, then behind him, then over his head. After which, he leans against the door… and performs the Secret Knock.
Mana: After a moment, a single eye bulges in the crack between the door.
Mana: "Sir, there appears to be a fiend -right there-."
Mana: "I hope you understand the issue with unsealing the door as of the present moment."
Theodore: "Yeah, she's kinda… working for us now."
Mana: "The purpose of this seal is to keep the fiends on the -inside-. If I allow people to slip in and make their hires from here, it would hardly serve that purpose, would it?"
Theodore: "She do something to warrent being put on lock down?"
Xsaieta turns to the fiend. "Would… you mind staying here for a while and keeping an eye on things after all, if need be?" He smiles, charmingly. (Honestly he's not crazy about the idea of letting the fiend out, in the first place! Even if she's hot.)
Mana: Matyld clasps her hands together. "Well, if it would be troublesome… it might be best, right?"
Theodore: "Well, I'm interested in his answer in either case."
Mana: The voice on the other side whispers. "(-Hundreds- dead. And the whole forbidden wing made twisted and bizarre.)"
Mana: "(Me included)" .
Theodore: "You're saying she did it?"
Mana: "(Not -loudly-, no.)"
Toth: "(It might have been us,)" he mumbles.
Theodore: "It's alright."
Theodore: "You're like, one hundrand percent sure it was her, though? Because I'm pretty sure Toth's been looking for a reason to kill her the entire time."
Toth: "(You don't need a reason to kill people,)" he mumbles.
Mana: "(Cent percento, monseigneur.)"
Xsaieta claps a hand on Mr. Toth's shoulder and smiles broadly.
Theodore sighs, turns back around and sizes Matyld up.
Mana: There's a hint of worry in her smile.
Theodore: "And you're sticking to 'it was like this when I got here'?"
Mana: "Er, do you want me to just go into the other room…?"
Mana: "O…of course I am!"
Theodore: "And 'it was you guys, from the future, that made me'?"
Mana: "Yes, that too!"
Theodore: "You really how…" Theodore gestures, vaguely, "that sounds right?"
Toth: "It's the ginger."
Toth: "You couldn't get rid of the smells."
Toth: "Only the sights."
Toth: "That, the blood room, how everything leads to the altar room and goes up."
Aurora …frowns. And cuts off the flower as well, with where this seems to be going…
Mana: "R…right, but what would that even accomplish?"
Mana: Aurora: It wilts, and falls to the ground.
Toth: "We probably could have traversed the guillotine abyss if we so wanted."
Theodore: "You wanna go back and do it then?"
Alexander: "We could also try traveling to the right from the entryway."
Toth: "I want to take the right path out of the pond room, mostly."
Xsaieta: "Think it just keeps looping forever until someone dies on the guillotines?"
Theodore: "Alright, lets go then." Theodore nods to Toth and Matyld both.
Toth: "What room will we find that way?"
Toth: "Another hall of statues?"
Mana: The right path leads to the Hall of Statues - B.
Mana: With that same flower-backed statue, sprawled out onto the ground.
Toth laughs.
Theodore: "You figure it out?"
Toth: "of course, my mental map went right when it should have went left."
Mana: Beyond is the Path of Clay, the small circular room full of figurines.
Mana: Beyond that is the Altar Approach.
Mana: (Which then leads into the Ginger Library, or the Magnificent Ballroom.)
Toth: "That -is- an excellent question, Matyld."
Mana: And… going to just keep going?
Toth: "Why -does- it repeat?"
Mana: "Well… it's just the same rooms stacked on top of eachother, right?"
Mana: "So if you needed different rooms for something, I guess…"
Mana: "…Er, and there's that one nasty trap, too."
Toth laughs. "Ah, well, I'm about done with this charade."
Xsaieta: "Bet the dogs just keep coming, too."
Toth pulls something out of a pocket… the cracked Mushroom Glasses.
Theodore: "Your verdict? I mean, I'm always going to angle for the 'don't kill people' path…"
Toth: "Well, I'm going to experiment a bit first!"
Theodore nods.
Toth: "Y'know I never thought I'd find a use for these but good goddess if they weren't given to me by creatures of Dryad itself."
Toth: "Well, I say 'given', but really, I killed a Myconid that had these."
Xsaieta: "Nicely done, though. You're still my favourite fiend, and I'm like… a connaisseur at this point."
Theodore: "I guess, now me and you both kinda hope you havn't been full of it now, huh?" Theodore offers Matyld a slight smile.
Mana: "He's… going to use an artifact, isn't he…?"
Toth: "But I mean- regardless, it's a beast of the planet. One of dryad, one that knows its essence more than any other."
Theodore: "He might not even mess it up this time!"
Toth: "I want to see what it saw, I want to know Dryad's every pulse as though I was a child tied to its mother in the womb."
Toth: "I want to see the truth behind this land, as Dryad." He raises the glasses, and focuses. [kP expenditure?!]
[OOC] Mana: 1. But…
Mana: Matyld reaches out to her side, fumbling desperately, and grabs -something-, fingers clasping around something the size of a walking-stick, unseen - there's some flexibility to it.
Mana: And she yells, desperately - "I want to live!" [AF Severed Skull]
Mana: And the air -shifts-.
Mana: And she hurls it to the ground.
Theodore shakes his head, then luncges forward and body tackles Matlyd
Mana: Strength or Running 30?
Theodore rolled 1d100 and got 100 ( Total: 100 ) for they're both Physical either way
Theodore rolled 1d100 and got 33 ( Total: 33 ) for dependable
Mana: She's thrown to the floor, but manages to hurl down the skull first -
Mana: "Th-thanks for the kP, you know-" She manages…
Mana: As the temple knits around the point of impact-
Theodore: "Toth, you totally get to call me on this later, just. Throwin' that out there!"
Mana: Out of stained glass, and brass, and knitted bone -
Mana: Desperately pushing the party out with a fevered rush of clockwork hands and ripples in the glass floor and twisted femurs-
Toth: "THAT'S. NOT. HOW. IT. HAPPENS!" [kP Interrupt]
Mana: Tell me how it happens!
Mana: In desperation and on borrowed power, the fiend escapes into a knot in the veil, weaving her heart further and further away from you.
Mana: Circles, the stink of blood, rooms layered upon rooms.
Mana: And an artifact of cracked glass, in your hand.
Mana: Tell me how it happens!
Toth lunges forward, because Theodore tackled her.
Toth shattered the artifact in his hand, absorbing its story.
And Toth strikes with his bare fist, of the heart that writes the world, into the heart of the fiend.
Mana: The same hand…
Mana: Or, you know, the other one?
Other one, sure.
Mana: You hold it now.
Mana: Remake, or unmake?
Unmake.
Theodore smiles down at Matyld, with just a hint of sadness in it. "(I was inclind to let you live, you know. You shouldn't of done that.)"
Mana: Spend 3 KP for me?
Toth 's eyes glow, and the narrative flows.
[OOC] Toth: -3 k{\P
[OOC] Toth: except spelled correctly
Mana: You rip her from the casing, first - the fiend Falz Mathyld from Mathyld, and then nothingness from her.
Mana: It feels almost unsatisfying, but she's gone.
Toth looks around the area.
Mana: Your left hand shines with a brass tint, its nails clear and sharp and multi-colored.
Mana: the Dryad Palace -
Mana: An open, circular garden, over a pond, past some bird-fountains, to a ramp up to an empty clearing. A sealed door on the east side of it.
Mana: A tremendous hanging weight is suspended over a pond.
Mana: Near the entryway.
Theodore pushes himsdelf up fomr the ground, dusts himself off.
Xsaieta: "…woah."
Theodore turns to Toth, then places two fingers to Toth's temples. [+2 kP]
Theodore: "My bad."
Aurora blinks, letting out a breath. "…Huh."
Mana: Toth, Aurora, Xsaieta…
Mana: You're going to feel -sick-.
Toth looks at his left hand now, flexes it a bit, nods to Theodore, looks over the palace again.
Mana: Toth loses -486 HP. Aurora loses -241 HP. Xsaieta loses -247 HP.
Xsaieta: "Hey, I was told by a very reliable source that there'd be some kind of amazing revelation waiting for us h- hrrrrrghhhh." He sinks onto his knees.
Mana: Xsaieta: You regurgitate a mouthful of rotten honey.
Theodore: "(I'd probably still do the same thing again if I had to redo it though, but I mean. My bad.)"
Toth: "I… knew it…ahahaughk!" He drops to his knees and violently coughs.
Mana: Mingled with vegetable oil, and tiny flakes of brass.
[OOC] Toth: HP: 89/575, MP: 506/614, SoS: 143
Alexander cuts the flower of sympathy(?) off himself now.
[OOC] Aurora: HP: 394/692, MP: 536/536, SoS: 173
Xsaieta: "Hagh… kekh… augh, that's… fucking… disgusting… ahahahah…"
Mana: It's still the flower of sympathy, yes.
Mana: It wilts, and withers.
Theodore reaches down to offer Aurora a hand up.
Toth: "That's how you fight… like a Pure Heart." He softly chuckles.
Aurora staggers to one one knee, shuddering, gratiously accepting the hand up.
Xsaieta wipes his mouth with the back of his hand, making an ugh face, then saunters over to Mr. Toth and holds out a hand.
Aurora: "…Should we check to see… if we actually woke up the spirit?"
Toth: "That also explains why the spirit… wouldn't bond with anyone."
Toth: "All spirits want to do that."
Toth: "Er, any gem."
Toth takes Xsaieta's hand and stands.
Toth: "The illusion couldn't do that."
Xsaieta sniffs Toth's hand inappropriately before letting it go, assuming it's the Fiend Hand.
Toth totally handed you the fiend hand.
Theodore slots Pinch Heal back in now that he can, hit Toth with it once.
Theodore rolled 3d12+240 and got 8, 8, 1 ( Total: 257 )
Xsaieta: "…I like it."
Toth: "Yeah, it… it doesn't feel too different."
Toth thinks. Does it?
Mana: No, not too different.
Xsaieta: "It smells interesting. I wonder what you can do with it..?"
Toth: "Yeah, 's like any other hand. Brassier."
Toth: "Mr. Xsai, it's not even noon." He laughs.
Theodore: "Anyway, yeah, you're right Aurora." Theodore nods, then leads her up to the Actual Alter.
Mana: It's just… sort of a clearing. The altar isn't here.
Mana: (It's probably behind that sealed door, once you find out how to open it.)
Xsaieta: "Like I'd let that stop me."
Aurora looks around, is there an orb nearby?
Theodore: (Tranquel Clearings can be Actual Alters too)
Toth heads to that door to the east.
Mana: It's shut. You could probably pry it open, though.
Mana: In the aftermath of a miracle, things are always oddly… compliant.
Theodore goes to do that, as the only person not barfing.
Toth wedges his fiend fingers in there and- oh jeez he still feels kinda weak.
Mana: You wrench it open. In the flower-garden beyond…
Mana: the Dryad spirit appears, bathed in light from far above.
Toth sings to the spirit. [Song of the Spirits]
Toth: "Hello, Dryad."
Mana: "Hello."
Mana: "Things certainly got strange here, didn't they?"
Toth: "More than a little."
Theodore: "Yup."
Mana: She bows her head. "Ah, the wake of a miracle…"
Mana: "This place has been sealed off for so long. What can I help you with?"
Toth: "Dryad, how fares the world."
Mana: "The world fares kind of crappy. It's been jammed together sort of tightly according to a strange design."
Mana: "At some point, you'll probably want to pull it back apart, but it's going to be very disruptive."
Mana: "Also, if you haven't noticed, it's upside-down."
Toth: "I haven't."
Theodore: "That's news to me, yeah."
Theodore: "…Although I suppose I did *fall* here."
Aurora: "Upside-down, really?"
Mana: "Have you been to the night sky?"
Toth: "Wisp, mostly."
Aurora: "We've been up to the Luna before…"
Mana: "And which way did you go to get there?"
Toth: "Down, wasn't it…"
Theodore: "Well, not yet. I think there was a plan to later though."
Toth: "Wait, no, that's the Pure Lands."
Mana: "There you go."
Mana: "The world's a seed, buried in the ground, upside-down, its growth frozen."
Toth: "Though… we -do- have to go down through Shade and across a sea to get there."
Toth: "Why in the world…"
Theodore pauses.
Toth: "…I'm sure if I devote time to thinking about it, I could come up with an answer."
Mana: "Ah… but you've cracked the edge a bit, haven't you, and let a root slip out…? Interesting."
Theodore: "Man. Now I'm really curious what she was doing to do with three more kP."
Toth: "Ugh, I'm sure not."
Toth: "It took… 3 to unmake her."
Xsaieta chuckles darkly.
Mana: "Hm-hm-hm. This world was once wide and full of life and danger."
Mana: "Now it's cramped, and there's scarcely space for beasts to harrass you."
Theodore: "Gunna be honest, I kinda like that last part."
Aurora: "But that's not very Dryad-y
Toth rubs his head. "Didn't feel like that the first few days."
Xsaieta: "To be fair, most of what was harassin' us wasn't exactly natural either."
Theodore: "So…"
Theodore: "There any particular problem with the world being upside down, outa curiosity?"
Toth: "It's not 'the way of things?'"
Mana: "There's no inherent problem, no."
Toth: "Huh."
Alexander: "Is the world really upside-down though? The Luna temple's not down there, for example, but on the moon up above."
Theodore nods. "The frozen thing though, that totally is."
Mana: "But all of the things that are strange about this world are built for one purpose…"
Mana: "Like a clockspring."
Aurora: "What purpose is that?"
Mana: "…Something to do with the Emperor…"
Mana: "…and his Paradise."
Toth: "Vlad's going to be glad to hear that."
Theodore tilts his head.
Theodore: "You don't really know what he's up to?"
Xsaieta: "Man, now that we're on speaking terms I really should swing by and see if I can have a cup of tea and a sit-down with him."
Aurora: "And how would we fix the world being upside-down?"
Toth: "I'm interested in that too, Xsai."
Mana: "You should destroy the City Heart."
Mana: "With explosives, if at all possible."
Toth: "Ah yeah there it is."
Theodore: "I'm pretty sure Something Bad is going to happen if the City Heart is destroyed."
Aurora: "…Everyone seems to want us to do that."
Mana: "Yes, it will."
Aurora: "So what is it, then, exactly?"
Xsaieta: "So, there's a Spirit trapped inside the City Heart, right?"
Toth: "We'd like to mitigate the Something Bad."
Toth: "Also let's not tell the Emperor that we're thinking about doing that, okay?"
Mana: "The City Heart is the source of energy that wraps the world together and makes it as it is."
Mana: "When you destroy it, the world will be something very different."
Mana: "It will bloom."
Mana: "History will be made whole and fabrications will be smashed. The horizons will fold down and no longer arc up to meet the moon."
Alexander frowns deeply.
Theodore lets out a slow breath.
Mana: "Districts fill be flung out into villages."
Mana: "Far-away countries will be real."
Toth begins to laugh and flops into a flowerbed.
Xsaieta: "Well, I mean, the funny thing about it is, if we did blow it up, we'd be blowing it up with imperial sanction. But man am I ever still not convinced blowing it up is a good plan despite all that…"
Xsaieta eyebrow-raises at Mr. Toth.
Alexander: "I…"
Alexander: "I have always been against that…"
Aurora: "Wait, so… is that what's making Paradise… real?"
Toth: "This city, is, paradise."
Toth: "All of Titania."
Toth: "The souls and the dead are just part of it."
Alexander: "But…since you actually explained what would happen if it was destroyed…"
Toth: "He brought the world onto itself."
Toth: "Or so it seems."
Alexander: "Would that stave off Winter, or just help prevent it?"
Toth: "I could be wrong, maybe it's the not-honey talking."
Theodore rubs at the back of his head.
Aurora: "That's… really weird."
Mana: "Winter will always gnaw at your heels, the Pure of Heart."
Mana: "Those of the world-"
Mana: "Even a part of your selves-"
Mana: "Care not for it."
Mana: "When winter comes, and you pass to other frontiers, we shall live on regardless."
Mana: "Please watch over us kindly in the meantime."
Theodore scrunches up his face.
Toth: "Can you imagine what this would do with the Millions and Yesketis?"
Toth: "Yesketi left to Salamander City. Millions on the edge of Gnome."
Toth: "I'm not sure I like those ideas to linger before we go blowing things up."
Mana: "Tidy things as you wish before the time of reckoning."
Theodore: "…Millions probably wants it 'right' to facilitate monsters, I imagine Yesketi likes it as is…"
Mana: "Just know that the clockspring clicks onwards."
Toth: "It'd be annoying if that clockspring does something once the end of the 6th day hits."
Theodore: "…What's special about the sixth day?"
Aurora: "That's what I was about to ask."
Toth: "Nothing yet…" He stretches out, folding his hands behind his head. "-just a wandering hunch."
Mana: "I grow tired, however."
Mana: "Speak with me again at a later hour, yes?"
Theodore: "Why would…" Theodore blinks, then makes a face at Toth, shaking hsi head.
Toth: "Sure, yes, of course." He looks over to the party. "If you want to do the gem thing, go for it."
Xsaieta: "…hey guys, take me with you next time you go to the Pure Land, okay?"
Toth: "Myself… I'm going to take a short nap in the flowers."
Toth: "I'll catch up later."
Mana: And so it was written.

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