Mana P5y1s15

Mana: And so it was written: Pokiehlember 5th, Year 1, Dryad's Day. A long, late-night soak clears the mind, Alex.
Mana: But still, there's a bad omen in the air. Gnome district's just a hair too quiet.
Toth re-equips the Rosenghost, and flips through the Nightbound. "So… ice for the whiskey?"
Alexander: "Whiskey?"
Toth: "For the drink we'll be having with that chap in the uh… what's-his-face, the one in the iceberg."
Alexander adjusts his gloves as he starts heading for Undine District from the Tower.
Alexander: "I'll reserve that thought for when I see if he can enjoy that drink. Although that's not a bad idea to cap the night."
Alexander: "Watching whatever fireworks Vlad intends to set off."
Toth chuckles. "Rabites popping across the fields for days."
Mana: Undine District is quiet - a low wind blows in from the port, salt-sharp and cool.
Toth: "That and I suppose I should watch Salamander district as it happens…" He claps shut the Nightbound as they enter Undine.
Mana: The iceberg looms on the harbor. You could just row out to it, really.
Wilhelmine gives the other two a nod at the harbor.
Toth: "Ah, Wil. Care to join up?"
Alexander frowns. "I suppose I should switch back to my Quicksilver. I doubt being Undine-Weak will serve me in the midst of an iceberg."
Wilhelmine: "Quite."
Toth: "Excellent."
Toth commandeers an unattended rowboat. Are the icepick men about?
Wilhelmine: "Though I'm not entirely filled in on the goings-on here."
Wilhelmine: "Just going where a storm's brewing. You know."
Alexander: "Ah, yes. There's more to the iceberg than first look."
Toth: "A mystery is afoot, regarding a missing, possibly dead assassin, a dead person, and this iceberg…"
Toth: "…honestly I'm not too sure on the particulars myself, so yes, storm-chasing."
Alexander: "The assassin that killed one of the icepick men (woman, really) is trapped in the middle of the iceberg in a half-dead state."
Alexander: "We only just found this out so we haven't informed the icebreakers, but we figured we'd check out the iceberg first."
Wilhelmine has a glint to her eye, as if something just registered. "… aha."
Mana: Toth: No. They stick to their holdfast.
Toth nods once and begins to row, and if Alexander and Wilhelmine aren't in the boat, well they better jump in fast.
Alexander switches from the Compass Rose to the 332nd Sacrament for now.
Mana: The water grows choppier, white-capped as the mountain of ice looms closer and closer.
Mana: Its edges are blue-stained - the mottled ice of it close enough, as the boat nears, to climb atop.
Toth lashes the boat to an outcropping and hops off, trying not to skid.
Mana: A sudden wind checks you as you hop up, Toth, making the climb up a little shakier than you were expected.
Mana: A low in the iceberg - a natural basin - has filled with icy water. A cleft in the peak leads down into the mountain, into the heart of it.
Toth: "Yeesh…" He scrambles to his feet and remains hunched, to try to hold balance.
Alexander makes his way carefully towards the cleft in the ice.
Toth follows after.
Wilhelmine: "So how'd this assassin arrive here?"
Alexander: "No idea."
Alexander: "But he never reported back after performing his task so it likely happened shortly afterwards."
Mana: The passage widens as it heads down. It's a steep slide down, unmarred by the footsteps of others -
Mana: One must proceed slowly to avoid slipping.
Mana: Immersed in the walls are symbols, faintly luminous, of an unknown meaning.
Mana: There's a dome-shaped chamber: the body of a giant is frozen in the ice, only its shoulders and arms above the floor.
Mana: The passage continues on the far side of the room.
Wilhelmine: "Target acquired? Or is our quarry deeper still?"
Toth: "That'd be one conspicuous assassin."
Alexander: "No, he's older and more distinguished. Also shorter."
Toth: "Strange all the same, but have we ever found anything that made perfect sense?"
Alexander: "It's not completely frozen, either, so do watch out."
Alexander cracks his knuckles as he draws nearer to it.
Toth carefully makes his way around to the other side of the room, giving the chamber a wide berth. "
Mana: An eye shines in the giant's carcass.
Mana: It makes a horrible moaning sound, and the symbols sunken in the ice walls detach, flowing out into the air, sparking with blue intensity.
Wilhelmine: "Ah, well. Hello."
Mana: Battle order: Cyroglyph A [F]:0 Alexander [F]:1 Wilhelmine [F]:1 Cyroglyph B [F]:1 Toth [F]:6 Cadaver A [F]:8
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph A [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph B [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Cadaver A [F] : [==========]
Toth: "Hah! If you insist."
Mana: Cyroglyph A begins turning… [Articism in CT15].
Mana: Alexander! Wilhelmine!
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Wilhelmine [F]:0 Cyroglyph B [F]:0 Toth [F]:5 Cadaver A [F]:7 Cyroglyph A [F]:14
[OOC] Wilhelmine: Combat Preparation, rather!
[OOC] Mana: Right, right. That's +15?
[OOC] Wilhelmine: Yup!
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:-15 Alexander [F]:0 Cyroglyph B [F]:0 Toth [F]:5 Cadaver A [F]:7 Cyroglyph A [F]:14
Mana: Close enough, right? Wil!
Wilhelmine crouches low into her [Dragon Dance] stance. [20D]
Alexander takes a careful look at the Cadaver. [10D]
[OOC] Alexander: Analyze
Mana: Cadaver, Level 12 Normal Undead. HP904/904, MP904/904. Aligned to Undine and Shade. Fears Salamander and Wisp. The carcass of a giant, dredged up from the bottom of the sea and bound to the iceberg. Ice can be broken by physical damage or by fire. When the Cadaver's ice coating is shattered, it loses its natural damage resistance, but inflicts more damage, too.
Mana: Cyroglyph B twists and distorts, and three rotating lights appear around Cyroglyph A. [Triplism]
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Toth [F]:0 Cadaver A [F]:2 Alexander [F]:5 Cyroglyph A [F]:9 Cyroglyph B [F]:30
Mana: Wil! Toth!
Wilhelmine cracks a grin. "Well. Leave the big one last for cleanup, it looks like."
Toth: "Not a problem."
Alexander: "Pretty much. I imagine the glyphs are also weak to Salamander, but can't say for sure about the other elements."
Wilhelmine winds up a punch, gunning for Cyroglyph B! [Sneak Attack, 14D]
Wilhelmine rolled 1d100 and got 18 ( Total: 18 ) for 80
Mana: Hits the weakness!
Wilhelmine: " - oh, how does that whole invoking spirits thing go again?"
Toth shrugs.
Wilhelmine: "Whatever, no Pyrargites about. Jinn, guide our journey!"
Mana: The wind howls through the passage. Jinn presides.
Wilhelmine rolled d8*1.5+90*1.5 and got 5 ( Total: 142.5 ) for Whirlwind Kata builds! Sneak Attack builds!
[OOC] Mana: 142]! Mr. Toth!
Toth strikes at Cyroglyph B with the Nightshade! [Attack, 23D]
Toth rolled 2d100 and got 14, 59 ( Total: 73 ) for 80
[OOC] Toth: shade WRIA
Mana: No property!
Toth rolled 1d8+90 and got 7 ( Total: 97 )
Mana: the Cadaver manages to slowly raise one frost-weighted hand… [Icemire in CT15 on Wilhelmine]
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Cyroglyph A [F]:4 Wilhelmine [F]:9 Cadaver A [F]:12 Toth [F]:18 Cyroglyph B [F]:25
Mana: Alex!
Alexander kicks Cyroglyph B. [30D]
Alexander rolled 2d100 and got 22, 15 ( Total: 37 )
Alexander rolled d10+120 and got 10 ( Total: 130.0 )
[OOC] Mana: 130]!
Mana: Cyroglyph A shines sharply, and the three lights around it streak out towards the party, exploding into plumes of ice! [Triplism+Articism]
Mana rolled 1d12+162 and got 12 ( Total: 174.0 )
Mana: For 174 magical Undine damage to all three!
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Cadaver A [F]:3 Toth [F]:9 Cyroglyph B [F]:16 Cyroglyph A [F]:20 Alexander [F]:21
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph A [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph B [F] : [==== ]
Mana: Status for Cadaver A [F] : [==========]
Mana: Wil!
[OOC] Alexander: HP: 476/575, MP: 575/575, SoS: 143 - Wait For It (4)
[OOC] Toth: HP: 421/575, MP: 614/614, SoS: 143 - SpellCharge+25% (U)
[OOC] Wilhelmine: HP: 470/614, MP: 614/614, SoS: 153
[OOC] Wilhelmine: HP: 470/614, MP: 506/614, SoS: 153
Wilhelmine rears her foot back to strike the Cyroglyph. [Sneak Attack Kick, 24D]
Wilhelmine rolled 2d100 and got 49, 69 ( Total: 118 ) for 80
Mana: Slam! Hits the weakness!
Wilhelmine rolled d10*1.5+120*1.5 and got 7 ( Total: 190.5 )
Mana: Sears through it for [190]! Fragments of glyphs clatter to the floor before melting.
Mana: The Cadaver's red left eye shines, and the ground at Wil's feet distorts…
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 18 ( Total: 18 ) for Icemire C80
Mana rolled 1d10+132 and got 2 ( Total: 134.0 )
Mana: And entraps her for 134 magical Undine damage. There's a strange, sucking pull in the floor - Melee attacks gain CT5! (4)
Mana: Battle order: Toth [F]:0 Cyroglyph B [F]:7 Cyroglyph A [F]:11 Alexander [F]:12 Wilhelmine [F]:15 Cadaver A [F]:30
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph A [F] : [==========]
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph B [F] : [= ]
Mana: Status for Cadaver A [F] : [==========]
Mana: Mr. Toth!
Wilhelmine cracks her neck. "Heh. Fair enough."
Toth slams the Nightshade onto Cyroglyph B! [Attack, 23D]
Toth rolled 2d100 and got 13, 40 ( Total: 53 ) for 80
Mana: Slam!
Toth rolled 1d8+90 and got 2 ( Total: 92 )
Mana: It shatters!
Mana: Cyroglyph A begins casting [Articism]!
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Wilhelmine [F]:3 Toth [F]:11 Cyroglyph A [F]:14 Cadaver A [F]:18
Mana: Alexander!
Alexander punches Cyroglyph A. [20D]
Alexander rolled 1d100 and got 63 ( Total: 63 )
Alexander rolled d10+120 and got 5 ( Total: 125.0 )
[OOC] Mana: 125]! Wil!
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Toth [F]:8 Cyroglyph A [F]:11 Cadaver A [F]:15 Alexander [F]:17
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph A [F] : [======== ]
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph B [F] : [-KO-]
Mana: Status for Cadaver A [F] : [==========]
Wilhelmine slams a hand back, aiming at A! [Sneak Attack Punch, 19D]
[OOC] Wilhelmine: or rather, CT5, 14D
Mana: Now!
Wilhelmine rolled 2d100 and got 14, 56 ( Total: 70 ) for 80
Wilhelmine rolled d8*1.5+80*1.5 and got 3 ( Total: 124.5 )
Mana: Blazes into the weakness! [124]!
Mana: Battle order: Toth [F]:0 Cyroglyph A [F]:3 Cadaver A [F]:7 Alexander [F]:9 Wilhelmine [F]:11
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph A [F] : [====== ]
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph B [F] : [-KO-]
Mana: Status for Cadaver A [F] : [==========]
Mana: Mr. Toth!
Toth batters Cyroglyph A! [Attack, 23D]
Toth rolled 2d100 and got 61, 91 ( Total: 152 ) for 80
Mana: Smash!
Toth rolled 1d8+90 and got 2 ( Total: 92 )
[OOC] Wilhelmine: Whirlwind Cata detonates!
[OOC] Mana: For what bonus?
[OOC] Wilhelmine: 25%, just one stack!
Mana: Cyroglyph A - [115]! - fires off an [Articism] at Mr. Toth!
Mana rolled 1d12+162 and got 7 ( Total: 169.0 )
Mana: For 169 magical Undine damage!
Mana: the giant-carcass closes its eyes. [Revenir in CT15 on Cyroglyph B]
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Wilhelmine [F]:2 Cadaver A [F]:13 Toth [F]:14 Cyroglyph A [F]:19
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph A [F] : [==== ]
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph B [F] : [-KO-]
Mana: Status for Cadaver A [F] : [==========]
Mana: Alex!
Alexander punches the Cyroglyph. [20D]
Alexander rolled 2d100 and got 21, 76 ( Total: 97 )
Alexander rolled d10+120 and got 6 ( Total: 126.0 )
[OOC] Mana: 126]!
Mana: Wil!
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Cadaver A [F]:11 Toth [F]:12 Cyroglyph A [F]:17 Alexander [F]:18
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph A [F] : [== ]
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph B [F] : [-KO-]
Mana: Status for Cadaver A [F] : [==========]
Wilhelmine clicks her elbow back in place, like a shotgun ready to be cocked. [Sneak Attack Punch, A]
[OOC] Wilhelmine: CT 5, 14D
Mana: Now!
Wilhelmine rolled 2d100 and got 30, 35 ( Total: 65 )
Wilhelmine rolled d8*1.75+89*1.75 and got 5 ( Total: 164.5 ) for Weakness, Sneak Attack
Mana: Burns with a burst of flame! [164]!
Mana: A strange dark light shines onto Cyroglyph B…
Mana: It's revived! [+0 HP]
Mana: Battle order: Toth [F]:0 Alexander [F]:6 Cyroglyph B [F]:6 Wilhelmine [F]:7 Cadaver A [F]:35
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph A [F] : [-KO-]
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph B [F] : [ ] Revenir(3)
Mana: Status for Cadaver A [F] : [==========]
Mana: Mr. Toth!
Toth: "Ehh… what are we thinking, tap the Cyro or should I gear up for blasting the Cadaver?"
Alexander: "Firebolt, I think. Wil can finish it off if need be."
Toth nods once and opens the Nightshade. Salamander energy gathers. [CT 15]
Wilhelmine: "And you?"
Mana: Alex!
Alexander dashes forward, kicking the Cadaver in a sensitive spot more easily due to its confined position. [Exploit Weakness, 40D]
Alexander rolled 2d100 and got 31, 89 ( Total: 120 )
Mana: Its jaw falls open, and its black tongue falls out as the ice shatters away from it. [Ice Block ends!]
Alexander rolled d10+120 and got 3 ( Total: 123.0 ) for +25% damage when an attack hits the weakness until Alex's next turn
[OOC] Mana: 92]!
[OOC] Alexander: HP: 476/575, MP: 535/575, SoS: 143 - Wait For It (1)
Mana: Cyroglyph B begins casting [Articism]!
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Toth [F]:8 Cyroglyph B [F]:14 Cadaver A [F]:28 Alexander [F]:39
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph A [F] : [-KO-]
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph B [F] : [ ] Revenir(3)
Mana: Status for Cadaver A [F] : [========= ]
Mana: Wil!
Wilhelmine: "Hm. But the big slow guys are what I do best against."
Alexander: "If he revives them again I'll pick them off
Toth: "Then I suggest the big one- not sure if this blast will finish him off in one go, anyway."
Wilhelmine raises a fist towards B again. "Nah, whatever. Too slow at the moment anyhow." [SA Punch, CT5]
Wilhelmine rolled 2d100 and got 45, 83 ( Total: 128 ) for 80
Mana: Wait for it, and… it's a hit!
Mana: Cyroglyph B shatters… and reforms! Seems like it's no use.
Wilhelmine rolled d8*1.5+80*1.5 and got 3 ( Total: 124.5 )
[OOC] Mana: 0
Wilhelmine: "… Weeeell."
Alexander: "I guess that answers that."
Mana: Battle order: Toth [F]:0 Cyroglyph B [F]:6 Wilhelmine [F]:11 Cadaver A [F]:20 Alexander [F]:31
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph A [F] : [-KO-]
Mana: Status for Cyroglyph B [F] : [ ] Revenir(3)
Mana: Status for Cadaver A [F] : [========= ]
Mana: Mr. Toth!
Toth fans the book towards Cadaver A, and three firebolts burst forth, striking where Alexander struck! [MB Firebolt, 28D]
Mana: Hits the weakness!
Toth rolled 1d12+270,275 and got 8 ( Total: 764.5 ) for spellcharge+75, staccato, weakness, exploit weakness
Mana: Incinerates it for a whopping [764]! Cyroglyph B shatters!
[OOC] Wilhelmine: Oh, Yeah, Infinite Pathways too.
Wilhelmine: +25%!
[OOC] Mana: 67] - it burns up into ash!
Wilhelmine pauses, staring at the Cadaver. Then bursts into slow applause. "Or … that works. That works very nicely."
[OOC] Mana: Got 9 AP. Got 2400 EXP. Got 480 Lucre.
Wilhelmine munches on 3 candies. [+240]
Toth also eats three candies.
Alexander just munches on one.
Wilhelmine: "You've come into your own. Both of you."
Mana: The path leads deeper into the ice.
Toth barks a laugh and closes the Nightshade.
Mana: And as the passage bends downwards - these are steps. This is a spiralling staircase.
Mana: And there's a deep, bassy rumbling. Like the ice creaking.
Mana: It's slow and rhythmic. Two beats. Pause. Two beats. Pause.
Mana: Eventually, the staircase ends, opening onto a huge, spherical room.
Toth: "Boy, that's a familiar sound."
Mana: There's a single light in the darkness - a yellow eye burning through a thick layer of ice, shedding some faint light.
Wilhelmine: "Bongo night at the World's Wheel?"
Mana: The old man at the heart of the mountain is wrapped in burial cloth, embedded deep in a rounded nodule of ice connected to the edges of the room by thin spindles - stalactites and stalagmites.
Mana: Thicker on the body. Thin out towards the wall.
Toth chuckles. "You've grown too."
Toth: "Alexander…" He nods toward the body, questioningly.
Mana: The ice is flexing.
Alexander: "Yeah, that's him."
Wilhelmine: "What's his name?"
Alexander: "Yemel."
Toth begins to approach the suspended nodule and its bracing stalactites and stalagmites.
Mana: The closer you approach Yemel, the colder the room gets.
Toth: "What, iceberg, are you protecting yourself?" he asks.
Mana: And he speaks, his voice raw and harrowed.
Mana: "Of course."
Mana: The mouth is moving. It seems to move through the ice like it was liquid - bubbles escape to the surface, popping, mottling the ice as they reach it -
Mana: and soon frosting over as if they were never there.
Mana: "I am Master Yemel, one of the Imperial Assassins."
Mana: "I am a human. I am a mountain. I am living, dead, and a season."
Mana: "I am all of these things."
Alexander: "How did this come to be? This…" He gestures around himself. "Iceberg."
Wilhelmine: "Gaeust?"
Mana: "Winter."
Mana: "I committed a great evil. I walked out to the east cape - I cast myself into the depth of the ocean."
Mana: "When I arose, I was this."
Mana: "This is a magic spell that anyone may perform."
Toth: "Is the evil you speak of becoming… this-" He gestures about "-or something else?"
Mana: "The evil is the death of an innocent. What I become by doing it is ice."
Mana: "Sometimes this spell is cast to defeat a great army."
Mana: "Sometimes this spell is cast to ensure a supply of frozen dessert during a particularly long heat wave."
Wilhelmine: "Sometimes this spell is cast for the cheapest rent and storage possible."
Alexander: "Invoking Winter still sounds like a terrible idea to me."
Mana: "Yes."
Wilhelmine: "That sort of ice?"
Toth: "What is this, the trump card of the heartless?"
Mana: "I am the ice that closes a harbor, that shuts the veins of Titania."
Mana: "The strangling ice, the closing ice, the ending ice - Yemel."
Toth: "It wasn't just you who surfaced, though."
Toth: "What else rose with you in this icy tomb?"
Mana: "Do you know what comets are made of…?"
Toth: "Stardust and heavenly metals."
Alexander: "Rocks and ice."
Mana: "That is what rises with me. Detritus from the depths of history. Firmament and permafrost."
Mana: "And… yes."
Mana: "The stuff of stars."
Mana: "Mine is a strange tale…"
Mana: "…But merely a footnote."
Toth: "A story to be told, a story that was written, even if in the smallest font."
Alexander: "Aye, just one of many things threatening Titania."
Alexander: "Which we are putting a stop to, one-by-one."
Mana: "Threatening Titania…?"
Mana: The ice parts from Yemel, and he drops to the floor, stooped, his ragged burial clothes blowing in a wind that isn't there.
Mana: "…You blind child."
Wilhelmine: "Mm. No, if anything, Fa'diel's cycle is likely to be broken if we don't interfere. In a bad way."
Mana: "Yes."
Mana: "That is the purpose of Titania."
Toth: "Ah, good."
Mana: "I, like a spear held by god…"
Mana: "…Am but one part of the Imperial Trap."
Toth: "Let's hear it all. Give me a reason, Yemel."
Mana: "The cycle of Fa'diel:"
Mana: "For a world to coalesce from stardust…"
Mana: "…To be twisted into life by a fundamental torment…"
Mana: "…And to light into a fire of stories."
Mana: "…These twist into themselves, fuelled by tyranny, sorrow, and longing, and these three things feast on one another until there is nothing left."
Mana: "…Then, the world collapses into stardust once more-"
Mana: "Some pieces of it forgotten…"
Mana: "…Others to be dredged up."
Mana: "The purpose of the Imperial Trap is threefold."
Mana: "First, to create a new world, cut free of stories, and ensure that the whims of tragedy will be unable to reach it."
Mana: "Second, to evacuate absolutely everyone safely from this world."
Mana: "Third, to destroy the source of all rules and reason in the old world. Not just to consign it to winter…"
Mana: "…But to ensure that its stardust can never gather again."
Mana: "We are moving on."
Toth: "But the trap couldn't even prevent the first. The Pure Hearts are proof of that."
Wilhelmine: "Titania is not this 'new world.'"
Wilhelmine: "The Emperor's paradise is."
Toth wrinkles his brow, then looks to Yemel for some sort of confirmation.
Alexander: "That…sounds like it fits."
Mana: "Yes."
Mana: "This is so."
Wilhelmine: "Not news to me."
Toth crosses his arms and sighs, disappointed.
Mana: "Under the rules of this world…"
Mana: "…Nothing great can be accomplished without there being some cost, some cruelty in it."
Mana: "The City Heart is that cruelty. The bare minimum. Paradise rests upon it."
Mana: "For, to achieve something, it can be the story of hubris, or the story of evil… and only the latter is successful."
Toth: "So… both the Emperor and the Services have the same aim, in the end."
Mana: "I'm not familiar with the latter."
Toth: "It won't be neccessary to explain it to you."
Mana: Yemel nods. "Quite alright."
Alexander: "I'm not sure about that, actually. The Services are taking over an existing world rather than making a new one."
Mana: "Still."
Toth: "The pillars are there- create a new world, move people to it, ensure the cycle of Mana stops."
Wilhelmine: "Otherworldly beings that seep in when Fa'diel's mana wanes. The sort that come from conjuration magic. The sort that are Wyrms, as opposed to Dragons. Those of the worlds that the Moon Gods saw and grew envious of."
Toth: "Different methods, same idea."
Mana: "Hmm… so I see."
Mana: "If, by revolution, the laws of the world can be made a little kinder, stretching out onto all eternity…"
Mana: "…This was a cause I was willing to believe in, I who have killed for less."
Toth: "You speak as the Emperor does."
Mana: "Of course."
Mana: "He plied me well, for this task."
Wilhelmine: "These laws of the world were introduced with the existence of our jewelry. Fa'diel was once pure."
Wilhelmine: "You alluded to it yourself - magic that anyone could cast, as opposed to owning it?"
Mana: "But was its pure of its love of tyranny, of its love of sorrow?"
Mana: "Or does the world's desire for bloodshed simply take different forms in different eras?"
Wilhelmine: "Kindness without cost - I believe it's sleeping in everyone's hearts already. No revolution needs to occur. At least not an Imperial one."
Mana: "Ah…"
Toth: "Love as a zero-sum resource." He laughs.
Mana: "Then you say that cruelty so often flourishes, that brother is so often set against brother… that lives are so often broken and rent from one another…"
Mana: "…This is not a law of the world, but simply the failing of all within it."
Toth: "Is such a thing truly unimaginable to you?"
Wilhelmine: "Is it so hard to imagine a world better than this one?"
Mana: "It is not truly unimaginable."
Mana: "…But it is nevertheless horrifying."
Alexander: "Indeed."
Toth: "It is a world of extremes, perhaps."
Wilhelmine: "The emperor is not willing to face that horror. Hence his plot."
Mana: Yemel nods.
Mana: "Still…"
Mana: "…As cowardly as it may be…"
Mana: "…No matter where the flaw lies, be it in god or in humanity…"
Mana: "…In the pure of heart, or those sullied by the universe…"
Mana: "…I wish to see the world the Emperor is dreaming of."
Toth: "You can… for but a moment."
Mana: He smiles. "We'll do it like that, shall we?"
Toth: "Oh… no, the rowboat has room for four."
Alexander: "The decision is really up to you."
Mana: "Well…"
Mana: "…What's your alternative?"
Mana: "It's the holy day, isn't it…?"
Alexander nods.
Mana: "Ah…"
Mana: "…Then…"
Mana: "…A horrible disaster is about to strike."
Alexander: "Quite likely."
Toth: "Mm, I've heard that, all sorts of waiting about for fireworks tonight and whatnot."
Wilhelmine: "Even the emperor's orrery has impossible roads that lead to it."
Mana: "Yes."
Wilhelmine: "… I do wish to hasten to it."
Mana: "If you defeat me in my sanctum, the iceberg will shatter."
Mana: "My grip on the winter of Titania will weaken."
Mana: "If you seek to challenge the Emperor…"
Mana: "…I shall be your opponent first."
Toth: "There's something that spoke to me, Yemel, that said I could expect such."
Wilhelmine: "In combat or in debate?"
Toth: "So, if it's all the same to you…"
Mana: "In combat. Sadly, debate rare carries the same weight."
Toth flips open the Nightshade.
Wilhelmine: "Names seem to be the only words that carry power in this impure world."
Mana: Arms extend from beneath his cloak - one, two, three, four, five, holding long sharp swords that seem to be all edge and no hilt. He has far too many elbows.
Wilhelmine gives a bow. "It was a pleasure, Yemel."
Alexander: "I will try to make it a swift kill."
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Yemel [F]:12 Alexander [F]:17 Toth [F]:20
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [====================]
Mana: Wilhelmine!
Mana: "That stance…"
Mana: "Fehehehe… so, you're of my caste as well?"
Alexander: "It does cause me to question your methods."
Wilhelmine crouches low. [Dragon Dance, 20D]
[OOC] Wilhelmine: HP: 606/614, MP: 506/614, SoS: 153
[OOC] Wilhelmine: HP: 606/614, MP: 398/614, SoS: 153
Mana: Yemel staggers back and one of his arms goes flying off, latching onto the icy ceiling above Wilhelmine. It begins to glow a brilliant red… [I:Fire, W: Undine!] [Coming in 60D!]
Mana: Yemel leaps up into the air, spinning, ejecting knives in all directions. [Knife Rain]
Mana rolled 3d100 and got 41, 62, 13 ( Total: 116 ) for 80-evasion apiece, Wil Toth Alex
Mana rolled d8+81 and got 6 ( Total: 87.0 )
Mana rolled 3d100 and got 64, 35, 33 ( Total: 132 )
Mana: Hitting all three for 87 physical Jinn damage!
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Wilhelmine [F]:3 Toth [F]:3 Yemel [F]:32 Lurker [F]:55
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [====================]
Mana: Status for Lurker [F] : [==========] Assassinating Wil(1) I: Salamander(1)
Mana: Alex!
Toth: "That'll be ugly."
Alexander takes a careful look at Yemel. [Analyze, 10D]
Alexander: "Out of all the pickmen, you pick an innocent girl, rather one of the ones that would kill someone for stepping onto their land? And then hang her up in public?"
Wilhelmine: "Such is the cost of paradise."
Mana: Master Yemel, Level 15 Normal Boss. HP3630/3630, MP1210/1210. Fears all elements. His ultimate "Assassinate" technique kills without fail. (They have 400 HP!)
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Toth [F]:0 Alexander [F]:7 Yemel [F]:29 Lurker [F]:52
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [====================]
Mana: Status for Lurker [F] : [==========] Assassinating Wil(1) I: Salamander(1)
Mana: Wil! Toth!
Toth: "Looks like we'll have to do our best." He opens the Nightshade, Undine mana gathering. [CT 15]
Mana: "…As I said… it was a horrifying evil."
Mana: "I have no qualms if you seek to end one such as I for the principle of it."
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Alexander [F]:7 Toth [F]:15 Yemel [F]:29 Lurker [F]:52
Mana: Wil!
Wilhelmine starts smashing Yemel. When cornered by winter, there's no other option but to shine. "Jinn, guide our lonely road." [Sneak Attack 14D] [Trimegistus, Whirlwind Kata!]
Wilhelmine rolled 2d100 and got 13, 56 ( Total: 69 )
Mana: "Hello, old friend…" Yemel speaks. He tries to match Wilhelmine blow by blow, but one blazing strike gets through - hits the weakness!
Wilhelmine rolled d8*1.5+90*1.5 and got 2 ( Total: 138.0 )
[OOC] Mana: 138]! Alex!
Alexander bats the Lurker around a bit. [Exploit Weakness, 30D]
Alexander rolled 2d100 and got 19, 21 ( Total: 40 )
[OOC] Wilhelmine: Infinite Pathways also charges!
Alexander rolled d8+90 and got 3 ( Total: 93.0 )
[OOC] Mana: 93]!
Mana: Wil, again!
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Toth [F]:1 Yemel [F]:15 Alexander [F]:23 Lurker [F]:38
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [=================== ]
Mana: Status for Lurker [F] : [======== ] Assassinating Wil(1) I: Salamander(1)
[OOC] Alexander: [SHP: 32] HP: 556/575, MP: 495/575, SoS: 143 - Wait For It (4)
Wilhelmine strikes again! [14D]
Wilhelmine rolled 2d100 and got 32, 36 ( Total: 68 ) for 80
Mana: He can't keep up!
Wilhelmine rolled d8*1.75+90*1.75 and got 4 ( Total: 164.5 )
[OOC] Mana: 164]!
Mana: Mr. Toth, now!
Toth releases the mana, and a geyser shoots off of the icy ceiling 'below' the Lurker! [MB Rip Tide, 28D]
[OOC] Wilhelmine: Infinite Pathways: +50%!
Mana: Hits the weakness!
Toth rolled 1d8+180,225 and got 1 ( Total: 407.25 ) for magical undine damage, +50 weakness, IP +50, exploit weakness +25
[OOC] Mana: 407]! It disintegrates.
Mana: Yemel takes a step back. "Hmm… full marks."
Mana: Wil, again!
Wilhelmine twirls her foot around, boosted by the wind. [Sneak Attack Kick, 24D] [Whirlwind Kata detonation!]
Mana: Hits the weakness anew!
Wilhelmine rolled d10*3+120*3 and got 8 ( Total: 384.0 ) for Sneak Attack: 50%, Jinn Weakness: 50%, Whirlwind Kata: 25% * (2^2) = 100%)
[OOC] Mana: 384]!
Mana: Yemel hurls another volley of knives, and one of his arms reaches into his cloak, producing a violet-stained paintbrush. He lunges out with it towards Mr. Toth!
Mana rolled 3d100 and got 3, 87, 78 ( Total: 168 ) for 80 apiece w t a
Mana: Hitting only Wil!
Mana rolled d8+81 and got 6 ( Total: 87.0 )
Also rolled 1d100 and got 97 [Total: 97 (High), Avg: 97.00]
Total: 184.0, Avg: 51.50
Mana: For 87 physical Jinn damage!
[OOC] Wilhelmine: HP: 580/614, MP: 398/614, SoS: 153
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 100 ( Total: 100 ) for Colorpaint: Shade
Wilhelmine shrugs. [13]
Mana: But it doesn't sink in!
Toth: "It's a nice color, though."
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Toth [F]:6 Wilhelmine [F]:15 Yemel [F]:29
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [================ ]
Mana: Alex!
Alexander sets down an urn in the middle of the trio, a pleasant aroma wafting up from it. [100-Year Tactic, 10D]
[OOC] Alexander: 100D Contract
[OOC] Alexander: [SHP: 32] HP: 556/575, MP: 355/575, SoS: 143 - Wait For It (3)
Mana: Mr. Toth!
Mana: Battle order: Toth [F]:0 Alexander [F]:4 Wilhelmine [F]:9 Yemel [F]:23 Contract [L]:94
Toth: "Keep up the heat, and ride the wave!" He gathers Undine mana. [CT 15]
Mana: Alex, again!
Alexander strikes at Yemel, but the kick seems to barely land. [Chisel Tactic, 30D]
Mana: Wil!
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Toth [F]:6 Yemel [F]:14 Alexander [F]:25 Contract [L]:85
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [================ ]
Wilhelmine continues her trademark assault. [Sneak Attack, 14D]
Wilhelmine rolled 2d100 and got 14, 76 ( Total: 90 )
Mana: His fencing can't stop it - hits the weakness!
Wilhelmine rolled d8*1.5+90*1.5 and got 1 ( Total: 136.5 )
[OOC] Mana: 136]! Mr. Toth!
Toth releases the Undine mana, and a geyser erupts underneath Yemel! The geyser persists… [MB Rip Tide, 28D]
[OOC] Wilhelmine: IP charges! +25%
Mana: Hits the weakness!
Toth rolled 1d8+180,175 and got 5 ( Total: 323.75 ) for magical undine damage, weakness+IP
[OOC] Mana: 323]!!
[OOC] Toth: 30 undine damage each time Yemel is targeted, 45 since w:undine
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Yemel [F]:0 Alexander [F]:11 Toth [F]:20 Contract [L]:71
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [============== ] Riptide 45(U)
Mana: Wil!
Wilhelmine chuckles and pauses her assault, leading Yemel on to land in a suckerpunch after a skipped beat. [Hex Parry Punch, 14D]
Wilhelmine rolled 2d100 and got 3, 20 ( Total: 23 )
Mana: It's a hit!
Wilhelmine rolled d8*1.75+90*1.75 and got 1 ( Total: 159.25 ) for Whirlwind Kata detonation (1^2 = 1 * 25% = 25%)
[OOC] Mana: 159] [45]!
Mana: Yemel staggers back and detaches one of its arms. It glows with a jet-dark violet intensity. [I:Shade, W: Wisp!] [Coming in 60D!]
Mana: Yemel leaps up and fires off another volley of knives!
Wilhelmine: "Hm. Are you a stranger that's found an even stranger war?"
Mana rolled 3d100 and got 65, 63, 73 ( Total: 201 )
Mana rolled d8+81 and got 7 ( Total: 88.0 )
Mana rolled 3d100 and got 33, 73, 39 ( Total: 145 ) for W T A
Mana: 88 physical Jinn damage to all three!
[OOC] Alexander: HP: 544/575, MP: 355/575, SoS: 143 - Wait For It (2)
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Wilhelmine [F]:3 Toth [F]:9 Yemel [F]:26 Lurker [F]:49 Contract [L]:60
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [============= ] Riptide 45(U)
Mana: Status for Lurker [F] : [==========] Assassinating Toth(1) I: Shade(1)
Mana: Alex, now!
Alexander punches the Lurker, but his earlier blow to Yemel explodes in bright light! [20D]
Toth: "Wil, Alex, can you handle that?"
Wilhelmine: "Easily."
Alexander rolled 2d100 and got 83, 71 ( Total: 154 ) for Yemel
Alexander rolled d10+180,150% and got 8 ( Total: 282.0 ) for +45 from Rip Tide
Toth: "It's appreciated."
Alexander rolled 2d100 and got 69, 6 ( Total: 75 ) for Lurker
Alexander rolled d8+90 and got 1 ( Total: 91.0 )
Mana: The explosion of light ripplse out - [282]! [91] to the Lurker!
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Toth [F]:6 Alexander [F]:17 Yemel [F]:23 Lurker [F]:46 Contract [L]:57
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [=========== ] Riptide 45(U)
Mana: Status for Lurker [F] : [======== ] Assassinating Toth(1) I: Shade(1)
Mana: Wil!
Wilhelmine leaps up to the Lurker and sends searing gouts of flame at it with her strikes. [Sneak Attack 14D]
Wilhelmine rolled 2d100 and got 93, 13 ( Total: 106 )
Mana: It's a hit!
Wilhelmine rolled d8+90 and got 3 ( Total: 93.0 )
[OOC] Mana: 93]! Mr. Toth!
Toth switches his focus to Yemel, attacking the many-armed, blade-wielding assassin with the Nightshade, a book. [Attack, 23D]
Toth rolled 2d100 and got 11, 8 ( Total: 19 ) for 80
Toth rolled 1d8+90,150 and got 6 ( Total: 144.0 ) for physical shade damage
[OOC] Toth: +45 rip tide
[OOC] Mana: 144] [45]!
Mana: And Wil again!
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Alexander [F]:3 Yemel [F]:9 Toth [F]:15 Lurker [F]:32 Contract [L]:43
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [========== ] Riptide 45(U)
Mana: Status for Lurker [F] : [======== ] Assassinating Toth(1) I: Shade(1)
Wilhelmine kicks it down! [Sneak Attack 24D]
Wilhelmine rolled 2d100 and got 35, 38 ( Total: 73 )
Wilhelmine rolled d10*2.25+120*2.25 and got 7 ( Total: 285.75 ) for Sneak Attack x1, Whirlwind Kata [2^2]
[OOC] Mana: 285]!
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Yemel [F]:6 Toth [F]:12 Wilhelmine [F]:21 Lurker [F]:29 Contract [L]:40
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [========== ] Riptide 45(U)
Mana: Status for Lurker [F] : [= ] Assassinating Toth(1) I: Shade(1)
Mana: Alex!
Wilhelmine: " - does it have more this time?"
Mana: The second arm disintegrates, also!
Mana: "…No complaints." Yemel says.
Alexander sets down a tripwire. [Ambush Line, 10D]
[OOC] Alexander: HP: 544/575, MP: 295/575, SoS: 143 - Wait For It (0)
Mana: Yemel hurls another set of knives. [I really wanted to use his melee hit, but… there's an ambush line -right there-, and I need all the delay I can get.]
Mana rolled 3d100 and got 62, 80, 85 ( Total: 227 ) for I hope you understand. 80 apiece W T A
Mana rolled d8+81 and got 8 ( Total: 89.0 ) for 30 apiece
Also rolled 2d100 and got 24, 80 [Total: 104 (High), Avg: 52.00]
Total: 193.0, Avg: 37.33
Mana: for 89 physical Jinn damage to Wilhelmine and Mr. Toth!
Mana: Wilhelmine is -almost- poisoned, but Hex Parry stops.
[OOC] Alexander: HP: 544/575, MP: 295/575, SoS: 143 - Wait For It (0)
Mana: Yemel then lashes out with a paintbrush - [Colorpaint: Shade] at Alexander!
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 24 ( Total: 24 )
Mana: Shadematter coats him - all your damage is Shade-aligned! (4)
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Toth [F]:2 Wilhelmine [F]:11 Lurker [F]:19 Contract [L]:30 Yemel [F]:33
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [========== ] Riptide 45(U)
Mana: Status for Lurker [F] : [= ] Assassinating Toth(1) I: Shade(1)
[OOC] Mana: wait no lurker's gone, one sec
Mana: Ahem!
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Toth [F]:2 Wilhelmine [F]:11 Contract [L]:30 Yemel [F]:33
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [========== ] Riptide 45(U)
Mana: Alex!
Alexander strikes another kick at Yemel, almost negilently. [Chisel Tactic, 30D]
Mana: Battle order: Toth [F]:0 Wilhelmine [F]:9 Alexander [F]:28 Contract [L]:28 Yemel [F]:31
Mana: Mr. Toth!
[OOC] Mana: 45]!
Toth strikes at Yemel with the Nightbound! [Attack, 23D]
Toth rolled 2d100 and got 3, 94 ( Total: 97 ) for 80
Mana: It's a hit!
Toth rolled 1d8+90,150 and got 7 ( Total: 145.5 ) for shade damage
[OOC] Toth: +45 undine
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Toth [F]:14 Alexander [F]:19 Contract [L]:19 Yemel [F]:22
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [========= ] Riptide 45(U)
Mana: Wil!
Wilhelmine strikes out at Yemel through a sigil in that similar off-beat manner! [Hex Parry, 14D]
Wilhelmine rolled 2d100 and got 82, 58 ( Total: 140 )
Wilhelmine rolled d8*1.5+90*1.5 and got 7 ( Total: 145.5 )
[OOC] Wilhelmine: HP: 552/614, MP: 323/614, SoS: 153
[OOC] Mana: 145]!
[OOC] Toth: +45 riptide
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Toth [F]:0 Alexander [F]:5 Contract [L]:5 Yemel [F]:8
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [======== ] Riptide 45(U)
Mana: Wil! Toth!
Wilhelmine kicks Yemel before the next Lurkey comes out. [Sneak Attack (why not?) 24D]
Wilhelmine rolled 2d100 and got 34, 2 ( Total: 36 ) for 80
Wilhelmine rolled d10*2.5+120*2.5 and got 1 ( Total: 302.5 ) for Whirlwind Kata [2^2]
Mana: Battle order: Toth [F]:0 Alexander [F]:5 Contract [L]:5 Yemel [F]:8 Wilhelmine [F]:24
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [====== ] Riptide 45(U)
[OOC] Mana: 302]! [45]!
Mana: Yemel wheezes a little, waving his swords to get some distance.
Mana: Mr. Toth!
Toth keeps up the pressure! [Attack, 23D]
Toth rolled 2d100 and got 35, 91 ( Total: 126 ) for 80
Toth rolled 1d8+90,150 and got 7 ( Total: 145.5 )
[OOC] Toth: +45 riptide
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Contract [L]:0 Yemel [F]:3 Toth [F]:18 Wilhelmine [F]:19
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [===== ] Riptide 45(U)
Mana: Alex!
Alexander strikes again, as the previous attack blows up in a….shadowy glow! [Chisel Tactic, 30D]
Alexander rolled 2d100 and got 50, 86 ( Total: 136 )
Mana: Contract activates!
Alexander rolled d10+180,175% and got 1 ( Total: 316.75 ) for W: Shade, Ignition Heart
[OOC] Mana: 316]!
[OOC] Toth: +45 riptide for the new chisel tactic
Mana: Yemel coughs.
Alexander rolled d12+144 and got 1 ( Total: 145.0 )
Alexander: The urn explodes midly into a pleasant mist, healing the trio for 145!
Toth: "Thank goodness for that."
Mana: Yemel detatches a final arm - this one violet-cloaked too, looming over Alexander. [I:Shade, W: Wisp.] [Coming in 60D!]
Mana: He leaps for Wilhelmine, blades spinning - [Terrify] -
Mana rolled 1d100 and got 22 ( Total: 22 ) for C75-Evasion
Alexander: "I'll have to ask you two to take care of that."
Alexander rolled d10+120,125% and got 4 ( Total: 155.0 ) for +10D from Ambush Line, ignition heart
[OOC] Mana: 155]!
Mana rolled 1d12+207 and got 9 ( Total: 216.0 )
[OOC] Alexander: does it also do 45 from Rip Tide?
Toth: "Sure thing."
[OOC] Mana: Nope, not targetted
[OOC] Toth: doesn't target, no
[OOC] Alexander: ah
Mana: The cool blades inflict 216 physical Undine damage to Wil! Debrave got Hex Parry'd!
[OOC] Wilhelmine: HP: 428/614, MP: 323/614, SoS: 153
Wilhelmine: "Hm. Different than the Lodestone technique, I see."
Mana: Battle order: Toth [F]:0 Wilhelmine [F]:1 Alexander [F]:12 Yemel [F]:40 Lurker [F]:45
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [== ] Riptide 45(U)
Mana: Toth!
[OOC] Mana: Oops, guess I reused a name by accident~
[OOC] Wilhelmine: well it's not like it's gonna get name eaten
Toth flips open the Nightbound and Salamander energy gathers. [CT 15]
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Alexander [F]:11 Toth [F]:14 Yemel [F]:39 Lurker [F]:44
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [== ] Riptide 45(U)
Mana: Wil!
Mana: Status for Lurker [F] : [==========] Assassinating Alexander(1) I: Shade(1)
Wilhelmine jumps up to the Lurker! [Sneak Attack 14D]
Wilhelmine rolled 2d100 and got 73, 48 ( Total: 121 )
Wilhelmine rolled d8+90 and got 8 ( Total: 98.0 )
Toth: "Thanks, I'll take it from there!"
Wilhelmine: "You're certain?"
Toth: "One hundred percent."
Mana: Battle order: Alexander [F]:0 Wilhelmine [F]:3 Toth [F]:3 Yemel [F]:28 Lurker [F]:33
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [== ] Riptide 45(U)
Mana: Status for Lurker [F] : [======== ] Assassinating Alexander(1) I: Shade(1)
Mana: Alex!
Toth: "Smacking things with a book… I was saving it for Yemel, but I'd rather this fight end clean."
[OOC] Toth: HP: 453/575, MP: 474/614, SoS: 143 - SpellCharge+75% (U),Staccato (U)
Wilhelmine: "Ah. Tempo gained from St - yes."
Alexander lets loose with the big guns, dropping a kick that sweeps over the field before slamming into Yemel-the Lurker completely ignores it. [Main Gun, 30D]
Alexander rolled 1d100 and got 92 ( Total: 92 )
[OOC] Wilhelmine: Trimegistus!
[OOC] Alexander: It's group target
[OOC] Wilhelmine: oh
[OOC] Toth: +45 from rip tide? :D
Mana: Yemel spins his blades, carving a hole in the wave of energy!
Alexander rolled 1d100 and got 96 ( Total: 96 )
[OOC] Mana: 45
[OOC] Alexander: it was against 2 targets ;_;
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Toth [F]:0 Yemel [F]:25 Alexander [F]:27 Lurker [F]:30
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [== ] Riptide 45(U)
Mana: Status for Lurker [F] : [======== ] Assassinating Alexander(1) I: Shade(1)
Mana: Wil! Toth!
[OOC] Alexander: HP: 575/575, MP: 175/575, SoS: 143
Wilhelmine rushes towards Yemel for a final display of speed and determination. [Sneak Attack 14D]
Wilhelmine rolled 2d100 and got 40, 42 ( Total: 82 ) for 80
Mana: It's a blazing hit!
Wilhelmine rolled d8*1.5+90*1.5 and got 4 ( Total: 141.0 )
Mana: Mr. Toth!
Toth barrages the Lurker with brilliant Firebolts! [MB Firebolt, 28D]
Mana: It's a hit!
Toth rolled 1d12+270,250 and got 2 ( Total: 680.0 ) for spell charge +75, staccato +25, IP2 +50
[OOC] Mana: 680]! It disintegrates!
Mana: Battle order: Wilhelmine [F]:0 Yemel [F]:11 Alexander [F]:13 Toth [F]:14
Mana: Status for Yemel [F] : [= ] Riptide 45(U)
Mana: Yemel raises his swords. "This should be it."
Mana: "Come, now! Don't falter!"
Wilhelmine nods, raises her leg for an axe kick, and lets the guillotine fall. [Sneak Attack 14D]
Wilhelmine rolled 2d100 and got 82, 76 ( Total: 158 ) for 80
Wilhelmine rolled d10*2.75+120*2.75 and got 7 ( Total: 349.25 ) for and +45
[OOC] Mana: 349]!
[OOC] Wilhelmine: 24D rather
Mana: Yemel's thrown to the ground, his two final arms falling away from his body.
Mana: The iceberg begins to shudder.
Toth: "That's our cue."
Alexander: "Indeed."
Toth: "Is there anything you say for assassins, or…"
Mana: "No…" Yemel says, in a dry, harrowed voice.
Mana: "…There isn't."
Wilhelmine: "See you next winter."
Alexander: "Close enough."
Mana: "Close enough."
Toth: "Well, enjoy paradise."
Wilhelmine: "Tell Olbohn I said 'hi.'"
[OOC] Mana: Got 18 AP. Got 4000 EXP. Got 800 Lucre.
Mana: "So I will."
Toth turns to leave, and picks up the pace a bit when the iceberg starts to shudder more violently.
Wilhelmine tilts her head. "Mm." [Learned Impossible Road.]
Mana: There is…
Mana: A shortcut here.
Toth: "…!"
Toth opts for the shortcut. The lowest hanging fruit…
Mana: Well, I mean, it's not -your- shortcut. But Wil sees it! Probably.
Mana: (I mean, it's 0 slots.)
Wilhelmine: "About time for more options to open up."
Toth ohs.
Wilhelmine: "… Where are you headed? I have business at the Orrery."
Wilhelmine glances at Alex.
Alexander: "No where in particular."
Alexander: "The night is nearly over, let alone the day."
Wilhelmine: "That is my concern, yes."
Toth: "Nowhere in particular, Goddess only knows where the others are, and I've no current plans, aside from shopping, maybe."
Toth: "So, if you don't mind company…"
Alexander: "Lead on, Wilhelmine."
Wil: "Hm. I do not feel strongly either way."
Toth: "I'll go with. Might watch the Eclipse from there, too."
Wil continues on.
Mana: …Through a tangled pathway, into the guts of the Shade, past the Spear of God which hangs above the Luna, into Hexagon Land, to Giant's Causeway, to the Axis Auger, to the basement of the Tower of Jinn…
Mana: …Up into the Orrery.
Mana: The gears are turning. The room is glowing green as its mechanisms twist.
Mana: The Emperor is deep in meditation, his book open.
Wilhelmine says nothing, and simply sits down next to him to join him. And to wait.
Toth casually looks over the Emperor's shoulder, to glance at the open pages of his book, and instead heads to the edge of the Orrery, pulling out a small glass, a hip flask, and a bit of ice he secured from the iceberg.
Alexander walks up to Toth, sadly lacking a glass, but pulls out a measuring glass from his chemistry kit, holding it out.
Toth pours Alexander some, chips off some of the ice.
Alexander nods thanks before taking a sip.
Mana: The Emperor looks up from his book.
Mana: "Well… it's time for the next step, isn't it?"
Toth: "Mm-hmm."
Mana: "As Yemel has been shattered, adn you show up to my doorstep right after…"
Mana: "…I imagine you've learned much from him."
Wilhelmine: "Nothing I didn't already know."
Wilhelmine: "Consciously or unconsciously."
Toth: "I suppose so, but…"
Toth: "I don't know, I almost feel anti-climactic."
Wilhelmine: "Welcome to my world."
Mana: A smile on the Emperor's ash-white face.
Wilhelmine: "Not quite omniscient. Close enough. 'Awake.'"
Toth shakes his head. "Well, they can always call it the first act."
Toth: "Because I'm sure nothing really ends tonight."
Mana: "Hmm…" The Emperor paces about the Orrery. "…That may well be true."
Mana: "Come. To the top of the tower."
Mana: …The Orrery rises.
Mana: The tower slides apart, giving it room to reach the top of the tower. Slicks of mercury flow in from the seams, drizzling in the grooves in the walkway.
Mana: It reaches the top - the moon-reflecting pool. The world is dark - the moon looms in the sky, directly overhead. The barrel of the Revolver Kingdom is glowing.
Mana: "Wilhelmine…"
Toth: "Hm," he notes, as he sees the barrel pointing, well, at the tower.
Mana: "Of the three here, you're the one who has not gazed upon Paradise, yes?"
Alexander's memory drifts back to when he was shown Paradise.
Wilhelmine: "I have not."
Wilhelmine: "I have no desire to. But if you wish me to, I will acquiesce."
Mana: The Emperor shakes his head.
Mana: "No."
Mana: "I wouldn't force you. Not someone like you."
Wilhelmine: "'Someone like me?'"
Mana: "The Pure of Heart. Who stands head and shoulders above worldly concerns."
Mana: "But for everyone else in Titania…"
Mana: "For everyone else in the north…"
Mana: "…In the west…"
Mana: "…In the south…"
Mana: "And even across the ocean, to the distant east."
Mana: "To all the corners of the universe."
Mana: "To every moment of the future, to the very dredges of the past."
Wilhelmine: "Then you won't be forcing me to. Do not tell me what is and is not my concern."
Mana: "I have promised them Paradise."
Mana: "And…" He bows his head, for a moment.
Mana: "Perhaps I very well cannot deliver this."
Mana: "…But if I can create a world where one may fall in love with an ounce more bravery…"
Mana: "And stretch this world out onto the end of time…"
Mana: "…This, I feel, is worth it."
Alexander: "Paradise is certainly difficult to obtain. But it is not a tragedy to have tried."
Mana: "Stand with me or against me."
Mana: "But nevertheless, stand in the light of the [Eclipse.]"
Mana: The Emperor raises his hand.
Wilhelmine puts her hand on the Emperor's shoulder. "I can't play hopscotch with the line?" [Pursuit Gate]
Alexander sets down another urn, smelling pleasantly of various herbs burning slowly. [100-Year Tactic, 20D(?), 100D Contract]
[OOC] Alexander: [SHP: 75] HP: 600/600, MP: 60/600, SoS: 150 - Wait For It (5)
Toth: "Oh you people…"
Toth faces the cannon and there's horns and lights and such. [CT 50]
Alexander: "To be fair, it is Vladislav we are talking about."
Mana: By some quirk of magic, the top of the tower twists, funneling out into an endless river of mercury - but Mr. Toth and Alexander, oddly enough, seem to come along for the ride.
Mana: The Emperor smiles weakly.
Mana: "I suppose if you wish to leap about like that, I shall…"
Mana: "Acquiesce."
Alexander chuckles.
Wilhelmine: "I oppose your views. But I do not see you as an enemy. Not yet."
Mana: Somewhere distant…
Mana: the light of the Eclipse begins shining, a deep viridian light that burns up from the Luna, piercing up through the earth.
Wilhelmine looks up. Does this dimension's moon shine down as well? Or has her gambit succeeded?
Mana: The light of the Eclipse shines,
Mana: sadly,
Mana: everywhere in the universe.
Alexander: "I find myself torn. On the one hand, I do not oppose the Imperial Plan. But on the other…I find the compression caused by the City Heart distateful…"
Alexander finds himself distracted by the light, however.
Wilhelmine: "Ah. Then we have some talking to do."
Mana: "Go with your heart."
Mana: "That's the privilege of the… yes, well, however you would say it."
Mana: "Wilhelmine, may we return to the tower?"
Mana: "It won't affect the spell, but…"
Mana: "I would like to see what else will be wrought, tonight."
Wilhelmine bows. The world winks to normal.
Toth: "Thank you, that was messing with my aim. Not that I would have missed."
Mana: "No. Not that you would have missed."
Wilhelmine: "The cannon isn't scheduled to fire until tomorrow afternoon."
Mana: The terrible green light shines.
Wilhelmine: "The moon, however, is an issue."
Toth: "Issue to whom?"
Wilhelmine: "Ehh. Too messy to say."
Mana: Lances of green light burst up, one after the other - in Salamander District, in Dryad, in the Scorpion Kingdom.
Mana: Burning brilliantly.
Mana: In the distance, near the light that the Kingdom burns with, just moments ago…
Mana: Millions stands with Lt. Venetia. "Stand still, okay? [Shell]. [Cure Water]." "Millions, it's not like you to be so worried." "Hey, don't talk about me, now. I mean, I had to lend out my favorite piece for this, so, so… you better be thankful."
Mana: "Eesh, you sound so…" "Okay, just… just be quiet, okay? I have to time this right."
Mana: And Millions looks up towards the heavens and shouts in defiance. [War Cry].
Mana: …Anyway.
Mana: …The light comes for the Scorpion Army, one by one. [857]. [857].
Mana: It comes for all the princes of Dryad. [857]. [857].
Mana: For Yesketi - [857] - and her dragons - [857] [857].
Mana: And then, in one tremendous burst that impales, needle-thin, with a spike of brilliant light arcing up into the heavens, the City Heart…
Mana: It comes for Titania.
[OOC] Mana: 857] [857] [857] [857]…
Mana: The glass shell cracks.
Mana: Pearlescent light plumes up into the sky.
Mana: The Emperor turns. There's anger in his eyes, for once - fear, desperation.
Alexander frowns. That does seem like something Vlad would do.
Wilhelmine: In perhaps one of the rare moments that Wil's ever been phased by knowledge that evaded her earlier, her own face, too, contorts with rage. With indignance. " - WHAT?!"
Mana: "Then…"
Mana: "…Very well!"
Toth is unsurprised.
Toth: "(Of course, he couldn't wait until I got things in order…)"
Mana: The Tower of Jinn lifts free of its moorings, rising up into the sky, glowing with terrible energy.
Alexander: "(Of course not. He'd have to wait another week.)"
Mana: the Emperor raises a finger, and the green light flashes again.
Mana: A fireworks show of green lances, permeating throughout the city - deep into the countryside - to all horizons -
Mana: Like a photograph of the Earth as seen from outer space.
[OOC] Mana: 1088
[OOC] Mana: 1088][1088
[OOC] Mana: 1088][1088][1088
[OOC] Mana: 1088][1088][1088][1088
[OOC] Mana: 1088][1088][1088][1088][1088][1088
[OOC] Mana: 1088][1088][1088][1088][1088][1088][1088][1088][1088
Mana: …And so on.
Mana: …And so forth.
Mana: And the world is very, very quiet.
Mana: The Emperor slumps his head into his hands.
Mana: A soft, gentle snow begins to fall.
Mana: "If the Heart is lost…"
Mana: "…Hm, I almost want to say: it'll all be for naught."
Mana: "…But, no matter what, I know that won't be true, will it?"
Mana: The Emperor shuts his book.
Mana: He turns, over his shoulder, looking at the three of you.
Alexander: "Stories come and go. Some fade into time, only to be rediscovered."
Toth: "What just…"
Alexander rolled d12+144 and got 12 ( Total: 156.0 )
Eventually, those atop the tower are healed for 156 HP.
Wilhelmine: "That second one. You?"
Mana: The Emperor nods. "So it was."
Mana: "I believe in Paradise, after all."
Mana: "There is one final link in the chain."
Wilhelmine sighs and holds her face in a hand. "This did not turn out as I expected."
Mana: "The Tower of Jinn… the Axis Auger… and its very base…"
Mana: "…The Spear of God."
Mana: "My essence, my will, is woven into all three of these things."
Mana: "As the last mortal in Titania, it is time to prepare my funeral."
Mana: "When I depart, the Spear of God will be severed and let loose."
Wilhelmine: "Completely the inverse of who I thought would live through tonight."
Mana: "It shall hurtle down onto the Luna, deep beneath it…"
Mana: "…Into the Pure Land, the prototype for all this universe…"
Mana: "And strike the Tree of Life."
Mana: "Annihilating it."
Mana: "In so doing, the 'seed' of strife that binds this universe together, that determines each and every one of its laws…"
Mana: "The 'seed' that tree grew upon shall be no more."
Mana: "…I shall be well and truly flicking the lights off before I depart."
Mana: "I know there are many of you who have business remaining in this world. In the remaining time, feel free to meet, and decide where next your whims take you."
Mana: "If you meddle in my affairs, know that I shall bring all my power against you. Paradise is what remains. I will protect it with my last breath."
Mana: The Emperor bows.
Mana: "This power may not be much."
Mana: "But…"
Mana: "I have promised."
Toth sighs deeply.
Toth: "I think I hate all of you."
Mana: The Emperor bursts out into laughter.
Mana: Laughter, and tears.
Alexander: "I think there is definitely going to be some discussion, Wil."
Wilhelmine: "There certainly will be."
Mana: And so it was written.

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