Mana P5y1s03

Mana: And so it was written: Pokiehlember 5th, Year 1, Dryad's Day. The clanking heat of Salamander District rises up as the activity of morning sets in.
Wilhelmine makes her way out of the district, alone. From the pipes that lead through the clock tower in Wisp to the cave by the fountain to Shade, to the University again. (It just isn't morning without a visit there.)
Mana: The dark chain that rises high up into the isle of Kuro Kuro Carceri sways underneath your feet. Mists shroud the shining cavern, with its jagged crystal far beneath you.
Wilhelmine: Felwin, that gunner from before, can have his name back. [Dropped!]
Mana: It returns to whence it came.
Mana: Probably.
Wilhelmine: There's bigger names to catch.
Wilhelmine continues onwards to Professor Frog's office.
Mana: He has an open door policy!
Mana: …I mean…
Mana: …Either that…
Mana: …or he can't close it.
Mana: (Anyway, he's sitting on his desk.)
Wilhelmine stands over the desk, clenching and unclecnhing one of her hands. She calmly stares at it as she does so.
Mana: He croaks like this: "Croak!"
Mana: And also like this: "…croak!"
Wilhelmine: "Frogs cause problems. That is, one of the properties of being a frog is that they cause problems. Section 1 of Frogs under Navigation."
Mana: Profesor Frog looks up at you.
Mana: He blinks.
Wilhelmine: "Section 2: Each frog causes three problems. (Fittingly, sections 4 through 6 are missing. Or, problematic.)"
Wilhelmine: "Section 3: And only that frog knows what they are."
Wilhelmine: "But what if a frog … stops exerting its properties as a frog?"
Wilhelmine: "Furthermore, what name will remain?"
Mana: He hops over to the other side of the desk.
Wilhelmine stretches her hand out and reaches for him. "I think it's time we find out what 4 through 6 are." [Name Eater]
Mana: _ goes "ribbit" !
Mana: Somewhere, heard a distant noise.
Wilhelmine: "… I take it those aren't 4 through 6?"
Mana: The _ hops down from his desk, across the floor, and up onto his window sill.
Wilhelmine walks over to peer through. "Don't worry. I'll give it back before too long."
Mana: He shuts his eyelids again for a moment, lounging in a beam of mist-light.
Wilhelmine: "I'll call this hypothesis half-correct."
Wilhelmine: "So if section 1 stopped exerting itself, and that noise was a solved problem, the inverse of section 3 would mean … nothing more than the fact that I may know it, not that I, by definition, do."
Mana: _ flops over on his belly.
Wilhelmine turns to the door and walks out in search of the noise. The previous _, perhaps? "Which means it bears exploring."
Mana: There's some chatter in the courtyards, students between classes: "So, that big thing we just heard…" "Paradigm experiment! Got to be that!" "Or a shift deep in the shade, or…"
Wilhelmine strolls into the courtyards with some manner of self-importance. "Which direction did the noise come from?"
Mana: "Down. We think." "Definitely down. Noise directionometer." "Why do you have a noise directionometer…?"
Mana: "Well, you know, when you hit a switch, and you want to know which room to check…"
Mana: The other student tugs at his hat. "…That's… surprisingly practical."
Wilhelmine: "You know which room?"
Wilhelmine: "Not the spinners, I'd imagine."
Mana: The first student - broad and round of body - waves the noise directionometer around, walking in frantic circles about the courtyard before pointing it, proudly, downwards.
Mana: "Well! Not in the university."
Wilhelmine: "That narrows it down some, then."
Wilhelmine: "I know what caused it, at least. A temporary failure of a frog problem to exert its influence on the world."
Mana: "Which frog?"
Wilhelmine: "Heehee. Even if I told you, it'd just come out as _."
Mana: "…!"
Wilhelmine grins her sharklike grin.
Wilhelmine: "I'll deem whether or not it should return."
Mana: "But…"
Mana: "…If he doesn't have a name…"
Mana: "…How are we gonna sign up for his classes?"
Wilhelmine: "Hopefully he gets his name back before the semester starts."
Mana: "Well…"
Mana: "…If we have to take a real class…"
Mana: "We'll be ticked!"
Wilhelmine: "That's your problem."
Wilhelmine: Emphasis on 'yours.'
Wilhelmine: "Or your gain."
Wilhelmine: "Maybe I just saved you from a subpar teacher. Actually learning something can't be all bad."
Wilhelmine waves as she departs. "In any case."
Mana: One of the students looks at the other students. "…We're gonna flunk!"
Wilhelmine: "You're welcome!"
Mana: The Dreaming City.
Mana: The mist is light and airy, somehow warm.
Wilhelmine: In any case. Down, right? That means The Great Stone Hall, for certain values of 'down.' (Local space, not world space.)
Mana: The mist causeway that leads downwards, through spiralling mist.
Mana: On the way, however -
Mana: Between two pillars is strung a tremendous rope with tiny flags tied onto it, barring passage.
Mana: Three goblins stand before it, their helmets metal-plated.
Wilhelmine: "Hello."
Mana: The foremost of them crosses his arms. "Hello!"
Wilhelmine: "Under construction, I take it?"
Mana: "We're closing off passage!"
Mana: "Percival. Explain the current plan." The foremost goblin nods to the leftmost goblin, who points to the rope.
Mana: "Giant serpent comes crashing through. Giant serpent hits trip-wire. Trips!"
Mana: "Havoc is spread. The humans suffer for their arrogance. And we eat them!"
Mana: "This method can't fail."
Wilhelmine: "I'm sure it can't."
Wilhelmine checks her claws. And, along with that, the properties of Professor Frog Shot.
[OOC] Mana: ah yes, one moment
Wilhelmine: "I do see a problem with that, though."
Wilhelmine: "Three, in fact."
Mana: The goblins heft their axes and rush in!
[OOC] Wilhelmine: Combat Preparation!
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Sir Goblin A [F]:14 Sir Goblin B [F]:14 Sir Gobin C [F]:18
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin A [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin B [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Sir Gobin C [F] : [==========]
Mana: Wilhelmine!
Wilhelmine: "Two goblins and a gobin? What's his deal?"
Wilhelmine crouches down low for her usual [Dragon Dance] stance. [15D]
Mana: Sir Goblin A dashes at Wilhelmine to deliver a [Running Headbutt]!
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 58 ( Total: 58 ) for C60-Evasion
Mana: Sir Goblin B attempts the same thing!
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 47 ( Total: 47 )
Mana rolled d8+81 and got 6 ( Total: 87.0 )
Mana: The first sails overhead into a pillar - an explosion of marble dust! - but the second catches Wilhelmine for 87 damage and Provoke (4)!
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Sir Goblin C [F]:3 Sir Goblin A [F]:35 Sir Goblin B [F]:35
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin A [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin B [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin C [F] : [==========]
Mana: Wilhelmine!
Wilhelmine rears her fist back to strike at Goblin B - as she strikes forward, she splits into two more images, each choosing their own goblin to strike. [Professor Frog Shot]
Wilhelmine rolled 3d100 and got 25, 5, 81 ( Total: 111 ) for 80
[OOC] Wilhelmine: HP: 478/586, MP: 398/586, SoS: 146
Mana: Hits Goblins A and B! What's the delay?
Wilhelmine: Punch, so [10D]!
Mana: No property!
Wilhelmine rolled d8+90*0.66 and got 8 ( Total: 67.4 )
[OOC] Mana: 67] [67] [67]!
[OOC] Wilhelmine: Just two! Missed one.
Mana: (oh right yes, thank you)
Mana: Sir Goblin C lays into Wilhelmine with an axe strike!
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 31 ( Total: 31 )
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 38 ( Total: 38 ) for C90-Evasion
[OOC] Mana: Oh wait oops I only roll once.
Mana rolled d8+81 and got 7 ( Total: 88.0 )
Mana: For 88 physical damage!
[OOC] Wilhelmine: HP: 410/586, MP: 398/586, SoS: 146
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Sir Goblin A [F]:25 Sir Goblin B [F]:25 Sir Goblin C [F]:27
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin A [F] : [========= ]
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin B [F] : [========= ]
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin C [F] : [==========]
Mana: Wilhelmine!
Wilhelmine quirks an eyebrow, abandoning that plan. She leaps towards Goblin B, dragging him into a [Pursuit Gate]! [10D]
Mana: Hits the resistance!
[OOC] Mana: Er, I mean, on a successful roll. Okay, I have a nasty cold.
Wilhelmine rolled d100 and got 87 ( Total: 87 )
Mana: It runs madly out of the way!
Mana: …And again!
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Sir Goblin A [F]:15 Sir Goblin B [F]:15 Sir Goblin C [F]:17
Wilhelmine rolled d100 and got 96 ( Total: 96 ) for you know what's coming, it's called pursuit gate for a reason
Mana: …And again!
Wilhelmine rolled d100 and got 17 ( Total: 17 ) for FFFF
Wilhelmine rolled d8*.5+90*.5 and got 2 ( Total: 46.0 )
Mana: Hits the resistance! With a slamming punch, it hurtles into a labyrinth of pillars and mist!
Wilhelmine coughs and adjusts her coat.
Mana: Something happens in another dimension! Goblin B lays into Wilhelmine with its axe before hopping away from its crumbling perch!
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 89 ( Total: 89 )
Mana: But it can't catch her!
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Sir Goblin A [F]:25 Sir Goblin C [F]:27 Sir Goblin B [F]:29
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin A [F] : [========= ]
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin B [F] : [========= ]
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin C [F] : [==========]
Mana: Wilhelmine!
Wilhelmine: "… Hmm."
Wilhelmine begins pummeling on Goblin B in the meantime. [Sneak Attack Punch, 10D]
Wilhelmine rolled 1d100 and got 100 ( Total: 100 ) for 80
Mana: And again!
Wilhelmine rolled 1d100 and got 13 ( Total: 13 ) for 80
Mana: It's a hit!
[OOC] Wilhelmine: Neutral?
Mana: Neutral to Sala, yeah!
Wilhelmine rolled d8*1.25+90*1.25 and got 2 ( Total: 115.0 ) for Sneak Attackx1
[OOC] Mana: 115]!
Mana: A plume of flame burns from its body as it slams into a ruined statue, hurtling through the space!
Mana: Again!
Wilhelmine follows up with a kick. [Sneak Attack Kick, 19D]
Wilhelmine rolled d100 and got 73 ( Total: 73 ) for 80
Mana: Wham - it smashes through a freely floating wall!
Wilhelmine rolled d10*1.75+120*1.75 and got 1 ( Total: 211.75 ) for Sneak Attackx2, Cloud Katax1
Mana: Sir Goblin B hammers into Wilhelmine with an axe strike!
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 65 ( Total: 65 ) for C90-Evasion
Mana rolled d8+81 and got 4 ( Total: 85.0 )
Mana: For 85 physical damage!
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Sir Goblin A [F]:5 Sir Goblin C [F]:7 Sir Goblin B [F]:24
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin A [F] : [========= ]
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin B [F] : [====== ]
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin C [F] : [==========]
Mana: Wilhelmine!
Wilhelmine continues her assault. [SA Punch, 10D!]
Wilhelmine rolled d100 and got 42 ( Total: 42 ) for 80
Mana: It's a hit!
Wilhelmine rolled d8+90 and got 1 ( Total: 91.0 )
Mana: And again!
[OOC] Mana: 91]!
Wilhelmine continues her assault. [SA Punch, 10D!]
Wilhelmine rolled 1d100 and got 52 ( Total: 52 ) for 80
Wilhelmine rolled d8*1.5+90*1.5 and got 8 ( Total: 147.0 )
[OOC] Mana: 147]!
Wilhelmine raises her heel to drop into the Goblin's head. [Sneak Attack Kick, 19D]
Mana: The goblin is sent flying by the blow - again! - And it slides down the far wall of the labyrinth before -
Wilhelmine rolled 1d100 and got 67 ( Total: 67 ) for 80
Mana: It's a tremendous hit!
Wilhelmine rolled d10*2+120*2 and got 2 ( Total: 244.0 )
[OOC] Mana: 244]!
Mana: Sir Goblin B begins casting a spell!
Mana: Battle order: Sir Goblin B [F]:0 Wilhelmine [F]:5 Sir Goblin A [F]:9 Sir Goblin C [F]:11
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin A [F] : [========= ]
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin B [F] : [= ]
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin C [F] : [==========]
Mana: It tries to cast [Poison], a cloud of noxious fog billowing down the endless hallway!
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 34 ( Total: 34 ) for C70
Mana: Sticks for Poison (5)! Wilhelmine!
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Sir Goblin A [F]:4 Sir Goblin C [F]:6 Sir Goblin B [F]:19
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin A [F] : [========= ]
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin B [F] : [= ]
Mana: Status for Sir Goblin C [F] : [==========]
Mana: Wilhelmine!
Wilhelmine sighs. "Things are getting tougher, aren't they?"
[OOC] Wilhelmine: Wait 10D
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Sir Goblin B [F]:9 Sir Goblin A [F]:13 Sir Goblin C [F]:15
Mana: And again!
[OOC] Wilhelmine: HP: 345/586, MP: 270/586, SoS: 146
Wilhelmine takes off her coat, eyes the goblin's mask, and takes a running start with a glint in her eye. [Sneak Attack Punch]
Wilhelmine rolled 1d100 and got 43 ( Total: 43 ) for 80
Wilhelmine rolled d8+90 and got 1 ( Total: 91.0 )
Mana: Wham! [91]! It's a goner!
[OOC] Wilhelmine: HP: 276/586, MP: 270/586, SoS: 146 - Poison (4)
Wilhelmine has the perfect disguise to get out of this situation: as she exits the gate, she yanks the goblin's mask and duds for herself. It's easy to assemble when it's already made! [Masking]
Mana: You drop back onto the highway and the two remaining goblins look at you, in your disguise.
Mana: They're each carrying a stick of dynamite, each with a snaky, several meter long fuse.
Mana: They nod to eachother - "Got her! Good going." And heft the sticks of dynamite off the side of the road.
Wilhelmine raises an axe in triumph.
Wilhelmine … runs straight for the rope, axe still held high. And cuts it. And keeps running.
Mana: The goblins look at one another. "Yup! Our plan worked." One says.
[OOC] Mana: Got 2400 EXP. Got 480 Lucre. Got 3 AP.
Wilhelmine: To the Great Stone Hall! … after she takes a moment to doff her goblin disguise.
Mana: The Great Stone Hall, at the far end of Hexagon Land. Shadows - faint, oval-like phantoms, drooping as they wait in line, chatting to one another in a wind-sounding whisper, form a queue about seven-long at the far end of the velvet rope.
Mana: Some are shorter. One is big and fat.
Wilhelmine: "Huh. I think I was possessed by one of you in a previous - " Story. " - life."
Wilhelmine: "There wasn't a big noise here recently, was there?"
Mana: One of the phantoms swivels to look at Wilhelmine with big, wide eyes. "Dm-dm-dm-dm. So there was."
Wilhelmine: "What was it?"
Mana: "It was a sort of…"
Mana: "Shroo-shroo-shroo grinding wavy noise."
Wilhelmine: "Here, or deeper in?"
Mana: "Dm-dm-dm-dm. Deeper in."
Wilhelmine nods. "Mind if I cut in to inspect?"
Mana: "Oh… be our guest. Dm-dm-dm…"
Wilhelmine: "Appreciated."
Wilhelmine cuts through to investigate deeper in.
Mana: Across the river… past the vaults… And, as one explores down that one staircase…
Mana: Bizarrely, where once was darkness, now green flames illuminate the way forward.
Mana: Flanked by golden green amphibian statues… the way to the [Shade Palace] is open.
Mana: …So anyway, that explains that.
Wilhelmine … does an about-face. Well, that's good to know, but there's other things to take care of today.
Mana: And so it was written.

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