Tom D02s09

TheTale: Day Two - Evening.
TheTale: Cowed and quiet, the Sacrifice Prince leads you to the ropeway connecting the guts of the Vault to the Servant's Quarters.
Dog‘ follows along closely! They swore to be the Prince’s guard dog, after all!!
TheTale: It's designed for coffins, not people. Hold onto Dog as you cross, it's a little bit tricky without arms to hold onto the sides.
Shinzou pauses a moment, tells Shiba to hold up, draws an illusory katana from his side, holds it aloft - it gradually grows form and light, leaf-green, then pure and crystalline like emerald - and he spins it dramatically before making a cutting motion towards Shiba! But… it doesn't hurt! It does the opposite of that! [Good Medicine Returns]
Shinzou rolled 1d100 and got 71 ( Total: 71 ) for 30/100
Shinzou rolled d12+162 and got 10 ( Total: 172 )
[OOC] Shiba: HP: 502/600, MP: 338/500, LP: 2/6, SoS: 150
Shiba: "Gah!"
Shiba: "… Maybe give some warning about that."
Lucnephwyr packs Dog in his satchel!
Lucnephwyr then latches onto a coffin. (?)
Dog‘ yips and gives Luc’s hand a lick! In the dog satchel goes Dog!
Shinzou: "I have to keep you on your toes somehow."
TheTale: Oh, there's no caskets going across tonight. Just a long thin rope bridge with a pulley running over the top, designed such that a small contingent, in dark of night, could carry the royal dead from one tower to another.
Shiba lightly slaps Shinzou with her tail. "What toes?"
TheTale: …I guess, in a sense, you're using it appropriately, aren't you?
TheTale: The wind howls. It gets awfully cold, with the sun gone down.
Shinzou grins. "It's a figure of speech!" He tiptoes across the bridge, carefully. Why are rope bridges even a thing?
Shiba follows behind Luc. "So, what's our endgame?"
[OOC] Lucnephwyr: "Ain't no game, sucka."
Lucnephwyr: "End the war by atoning for the sins of the past."
Lucnephwyr: "We know of one, but…"
Lucnephwyr: "Honestly, even if we get back the princess' name and heart, I doubt that'd stop annihilation."
Lucnephwyr: "So… we have to do more."
Lucnephwyr: "I'm polling the monsters on Encountr about it but… probably more responses overnight."
Shinzou: "I do have a question, actually." He's addressing the prince, mostly: "If we take the heart and name back, and stall the fountain… that won't have any effect on the dead waiting to be brought back, will it?"
Dog: "You're really brave, Luc," Dog yips.
TheTale: "I mean, I mean-" The Prince's knuckles on the guard-rope are white. "There won't be any more of the waters-of-life, will there?"
Lucnephwyr: "The loss of the fort and the chemical attack on Eigth street are still really recent wounds, too."
TheTale: "So, they'd stay dead."
Dog‘ whines. "Well… we’ll figure something out!"
Shiba: "Alright. And the Prince somehow atones through a method different than punishment by his death?"
Dog: "If worst comes to worst… I bet any heart would work for the fountain, right..?"
TheTale: A look at Shiba's hood, through creased brows, from the Prince.
Lucnephwyr: "The fountain has dropped to once a day, down from… what was it, eleven?"
Shinzou: "Right. I just… wasn't sure if the waters of life were keeping them in a… only-mostly-dead state. It's the sort of gotcha I have to be thinking about."
Lucnephwyr: "Obviously… we need a -better- solution."
Shiba gives the Prince a level stare in return. "Don't mistake my question as doubt."
Lucnephwyr: "And even at once a day, the Foreign Service takes up what- one, two a week? It basically doesn't work for Prospero as-is, though it keeps the law system running."
TheTale: "I didn't." The ropeway leads into a dark archway. Low fires burn ahead - the makeshift living of the Servant's Quarters - huts on ledges and underneath buttresses, joined by walkways and hidden passages.
Shinzou: "I wonder if humans couldn't learn to cheat death the same way as you. Anyways… with the fountain stalled, the humans may be less willing to continue the war."
Lucnephwyr: "Or become desperate."
Dog: "If people get backed into the corner… humans or monsters… they bite!"
Dog: "And if humans bit with everything they have…"
Dog: "… it would be pyrrhic!"
Lucnephwyr: "So… we probably need to deal with Zeroday Gardenglad, too."
Shinzou: "…"
Shinzou: "…yes."
Dog: "I don't suppose they'd just listen to a request to stand down, huh…?"
Dog‘ lowers their ears and whines. :(
Lucnephwyr looks back, with a confident smile, but his eyes filled with worry. "I spent some time thinking about this, really."
TheTale: Overlooking a little servant-village, two of the low knights carry news to huddled scullery-maids on their break.
Shinzou: "I know. I’m glad."
TheTale: "We're stepping up patrols. If you see anyone matching the description, call out. We'll come running, battle-fiends in tow."
Lucnephwyr: "Our timing is probably the worst."
Dog: "Oh no…"
Shiba addresses the Prince again, this time with a softer tone. "Sorry. Just trying to think of how to sell this idea to our kin, if it comes to that. We're kind of defying both groups at once with you in tow."
TheTale: An approximation of a brave smile. "That's how it is…? Maybe I should have jumped." His voice is low, to not be overheard.
TheTale: "…Just kidding, I think."
Lucnephwyr: "Getting you out of this alive is going to be difficult, but a hero's path always is." He pats the Prince on the shoulder, reassuringly
Dog: "Don't jump please! I like you! We're gonna figure this out!"
Shinzou: "We'll make it. Stay determined."
TheTale: He takes point, leading the way forward, through low, dark passages, underneath guttering drains and over crumbling ledge.
Shiba: "'Find me, and walk beside me. I am love.' Our kin calls for blood, but … us? We call for forgiveness and mercy."
TheTale: "They're not… exclusive."
Shiba chuckles at that. "Ah, a mercy killing. How oxymoronic."
Dog: "Maybe not," Dog says, "but we're not so different, Prince!"
Dog: "So I want to believe you can be saved for me, too."
TheTale: From far above, a stray gunshot, cracking against the edge of especially large aqueduct drain.
TheTale: A shrouded figure, standing impossibly tall next to a guttering torch: "There they are! Get them!"
TheTale: …And from behind you, a stampede of feet, a pair of knights accompanied by tusked gargoyle, clambering along the bare ledge.
Lucnephwyr: "If we can get the name, heart, and stop Zeroday, I figure that might get the attention of the Roaring King and we could plead for cessations. And if pleading doesn't work-"
Dog‘ barks from the satchel! "We’ve got problems!"
Lucnephwyr: "Eep! We gotta scramble!"
Shinzou: "!"
Lucnephwyr tries to get to more stable footing!
TheTale: Into the darkness of the drain? Up a spiral staircase, along the edge of the palace?
Dog‘ is going to stay in the satchel and trust their boy, because Dog has very short legs.
Lucnephwyr: "Okay prince, time to <span style="color: #008000;">shine</span>!"
Lucnephwyr: "Which way!"
TheTale: "I, I - I don’t know!"
Shinzou speaks, firm but kind: "Trust yourself."
Dog: "Yeah! You can do it!"
Lucnephwyr: "(Into the drain!)"
TheTale: He stumbles forward, rushing up the staircase, but the guards and their fiends are on you already, meeting you in battle as you -
Shiba pauses for a moment, and smiles at a realization. "Ah. That's where the spirits went."
TheTale: Oh, heading the other way?
Lucnephwyr nope!
Lucnephwyr heads up the staircase!
Lucnephwyr a'int wresting control yet, it seems!
TheTale: Battle order: Dog [B]:0 Shinzou [F]:0 Lucnephwyr [F]:2 Lowknight A [F]:3 Lowknight B [F]:4 Shiba [B]:5 Grosse Tusk A [B]:5 Grosse Tusk B [B]:7 Under Fire:50
TheTale: Status for Lowknight A : [<span style="color: #008000;">==========</span>]
TheTale: Status for Lowknight B : [<span style="color: #008000;">==========</span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk A : [<span style="color: #008000;">==========</span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk B : [<span style="color: #008000;">==========</span>]
TheTale: On the bridge above, a rifleman lines up shots…
[OOC] Shiba: Shiba is now frontrow!
[OOC] TheTale: Taking fire every 50D
[OOC] TheTale: also gotcha
TheTale: Dog! Shinzou!
Dog‘ starts generating dog magic… inside the satchel! Sorry for the dog residue, Luc! [CT15]
Shinzou salutes the knights, good-naturedly, before darting forward and engaging with Lowknight A with his staff! [Setting Tinder] Sparks fly from his staff and wreathe his companions! [Both Had Written Fire]
Shinzou rolled 1d100 and got 59 ( Total: 59 )
TheTale: It’s a hit!
Shinzou rolled d10+108 and got 3 ( Total: 111 ) for +20 Critical to next action for Dog, Lucnephwyr, and Shiba!
[OOC] TheTale: 111]!
TheTale: 50D, yeah?
TheTale: Luc!
[OOC] Shinzou: Yup
TheTale: Battle order: Lucnephwyr [F]:0 Lowknight A [F]:1 Lowknight B [F]:2 Shiba [F]:3 Grosse Tusk A [B]:3 Grosse Tusk B [B]:5 Dog [B]:13 Shinzou [F]:48 Under Fire:48
TheTale: Status for Lowknight A : [<span style="color: #008000;">========= </span>]
TheTale: Status for Lowknight B : [<span style="color: #008000;">==========</span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk A : [<span style="color: #008000;">==========</span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk B : [<span style="color: #008000;">==========</span>]
Lucnephwyr follows up Shinzou's attack with a bookbash of his own! [SA - Bookend]
Lucnephwyr rolled 1d100 and got 81 ( Total: 81 ) for 80
Lucnephwyr lucks it
Lucnephwyr rolled 1d8+90 and got 8 ( Total: 98 )
TheTale: 40D, right? [98]!
[OOC] Lucnephwyr: no
[OOC] Lucnephwyr: strike assist
TheTale: Oh Yes SA
[OOC] Shiba: that was SA!
TheTale: Luc!
TheTale: I was thinking Letter Opener.
Lucnephwyr then thrusts the spine of his grimoire into Lowknight A! [Praxis: Magic, now it's 40D]
Lucnephwyr rolled 1d100 and got 8 ( Total: 8 ) for 80
Lucnephwyr lucks that too. [Crit]
Lucnephwyr rolled 1d8+81,200 and got 5 ( Total: 172.0 )
[OOC] Lucnephwyr: NO
[OOC] Lucnephwyr: wait yes
[OOC] Lucnephwyr: that is what happens.
[OOC] TheTale: 172]!
TheTale: Battle order: Lowknight A [F]:0 Lowknight B [F]:1 Shiba [F]:2 Grosse Tusk A [B]:2 Grosse Tusk B [B]:4 Dog [B]:12 Lucnephwyr [F]:39 Shinzou [F]:47 Under Fire:47
TheTale: Status for Lowknight A : [<span style="color: #008000;">====== </span>]
TheTale: Status for Lowknight B : [<span style="color: #008000;">==========</span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk A : [<span style="color: #008000;">==========</span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk B : [<span style="color: #008000;">==========</span>]
TheTale: Sword in hand, Lowknight A delivers a slash to Shiba and raises his shield!
TheTale rolled 1d100 and got 62 ( Total: 62 ) for 80
TheTale rolled 1d12+165 and got 4 ( Total: 169.0 )
[OOC] Shiba: Repel!
TheTale: It's a miss!
TheTale: Lowknight B attempts the same!
Shiba blocks with her staff and repositions to his other side.
TheTale rolled 1d100 and got 29 ( Total: 29 ) for 80
TheTale rolled 1d12+165 and got 7 ( Total: 172.0 )
TheTale: Striking for 172 physical damage!
TheTale: Sword's ready - B's countering attacks!
[OOC] Shiba: HP: 360/600, MP: 338/500, LP: 2/6, SoS: 150
TheTale: Knights stand together! [When targeted by action, other gains damage boost.]
[OOC] Shiba: single target or just any action
[OOC] TheTale: Any action~
TheTale: Battle order: Shiba [F]:0 Grosse Tusk A [B]:0 Grosse Tusk B [B]:2 Dog [B]:10 Lucnephwyr [F]:37 Shinzou [F]:45 Under Fire:45 Lowknight A [F]:58 Lowknight B [F]:59
TheTale: Status for Lowknight A : [<span style="color: #008000;">====== </span>]
TheTale: Status for Lowknight B : [<span style="color: #008000;">==========</span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk A : [<span style="color: #008000;">==========</span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk B : [<span style="color: #008000;">==========</span>]
TheTale: Shiba!
Shiba rolls her eyes at the knights, then glances up for a moment before charging the now-familiar pillars of light. "Is that the hero up there, watching us?" [Heaven Stream, CT30]
TheTale: The strange gargoyle fiends in the back cling to the walls, wings spread, tusks glowing blue. [Mega Wave in CT15!]
TheTale: Battle order: Dog [B]:0 Grosse Tusk A [B]:5 Grosse Tusk B [B]:7 Shiba [F]:20 Lucnephwyr [F]:27 Shinzou [F]:35 Under Fire:35 Lowknight A [F]:48 Lowknight B [F]:49
TheTale: Status for Lowknight A : [<span style="color: #008000;">====== </span>]
TheTale: Status for Lowknight B : [<span style="color: #008000;">==========</span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk A : [<span style="color: #008000;">==========</span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk B : [<span style="color: #008000;">==========</span>]
TheTale: Dog!
Shiba is now punishing [Magical] attacks. [Redouble!]
Dog‘ sends an arc of light out towards Lowknight A! [Flying Edge, 35D]
Dog` rolled d100 and got 33 ( Total: 33 ) for 70
TheTale: Slice!
Dog` spends a luck to make that hit harder!!
Dog` rolled 1d12+216 and got 7 ( Total: 223.0 )
[OOC] TheTale: 223]! Lowknight B charges up!
TheTale: The gargoyles fire off swooping crescent beams of energy. [They’ll activate in 30D, and will repeat if the Grosse Tusk that cast it is above half health!]
TheTale: Battle order: Shiba [F]:0 Lucnephwyr [F]:7 Dog [B]:15 Shinzou [F]:15 Under Fire:15 Wave A:15 Wave B:17 Grosse Tusk A [B]:20 Grosse Tusk B [B]:22 Lowknight A [F]:28 Lowknight B [F]:29
TheTale: Status for Lowknight A : [<span style="color: #ff8000;">==== </span>]
TheTale: Status for Lowknight B : [<span style="color: #008000;">==========</span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk A : [<span style="color: #008000;">==========</span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk B : [<span style="color: #008000;">==========</span>]
TheTale: Shiba!
Shiba forms four pillars of light, engulfing the group momentarily. [Heaven Stream, 40D]
Shiba rolled d12+150 and got 7 ( Total: 157.0 )
[OOC] TheTale: 157] [157] [157] [157]!
TheTale: Lowknight B slashes Shiba in retaliation!
TheTale rolled 1d12+165 and got 10 ( Total: 175.0 )
TheTale: Striking them for 175 physical damage!
TheTale: Lowknights power up!
[OOC] Shiba: No attack roll for that?
[OOC] TheTale: Nope!
[OOC] Shiba: HP: 215/600, MP: 248/500, LP: 2/6, SoS: 150
TheTale: Battle order: Lucnephwyr [F]:0 Dog [B]:8 Shinzou [F]:8 Under Fire:8 Wave A:8 Wave B:10 Grosse Tusk A [B]:13 Grosse Tusk B [B]:15 Lowknight A [F]:21 Lowknight B [F]:22 Shiba [F]:33
TheTale: Status for Lowknight A : [<span style="color: #ff0000;">== </span>]
TheTale: Status for Lowknight B : [<span style="color: #008000;">======== </span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk A : [<span style="color: #008000;">====== </span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk B : [<span style="color: #008000;">====== </span>]
TheTale: Luc!
Lucnephwyr begins to chant really quickly! [CT15->10] [1 Luck]
TheTale: Battle order: Dog [B]:0 Shinzou [F]:0 Under Fire:0 Wave A:0 Lucnephwyr [F]:2 Wave B:2 Grosse Tusk A [B]:5 Grosse Tusk B [B]:7 Lowknight A [F]:13 Lowknight B [F]:14 Shiba [F]:25
TheTale: Status for Lowknight A : [<span style="color: #ff0000;">== </span>]
TheTale: Status for Lowknight B : [<span style="color: #008000;">======== </span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk A : [<span style="color: #008000;">====== </span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk B : [<span style="color: #008000;">====== </span>]
TheTale: Dog!
TheTale: Shinzou!
Dog‘ begins charging more dog magic! [CT20]
Shinzou dances over to Lowknight A and clonks the spear, aiming to knock them out! [Moth Dance D50]
Shinzou rolled 1d100 and got 24 ( Total: 24 ) for 30/70
TheTale: It’s a critical hit!
Shinzou rolled d10+129,200% and got 10 ( Total: 278.0 )
[OOC] TheTale: 278]! Taken out in a smooth blow!
TheTale: Gunshot.
TheTale rolled 1d100 and got 8 ( Total: 8 ) for C80
TheTale rolled 1d12+120 and got 5 ( Total: 125.0 )
TheTale: From out of nowhere, Dog takes 125 ranged physical damage.
Dog‘ yelps!
TheTale: You’re wide open out here.
[OOC] Dog: HP: 417/550, [TMP: 30] MP: 327/600, LP: 7/10, SoS: 137 - next force spell 1/2 mp ()
TheTale: A wave of crescent energy whips around and blazes through the party -
TheTale rolled 1d12+120 and got 10 ( Total: 130.0 )
TheTale: Striking everyone for 130 magical Salamander damage!
TheTale: It whips around to Tusk A, who catches it and sends it around again!
[OOC] TheTale: Won't repeat again.
TheTale: Battle order: Lucnephwyr [F]:0 Wave B:0 Grosse Tusk A [B]:3 Grosse Tusk B [B]:5 Lowknight A [F]:11 Lowknight B [F]:12 Dog [B]:18 Shiba [F]:23 Wave A:28 Shinzou [F]:48 Under Fire:48
TheTale: Status for Lowknight B : [<span style="color: #008000;">======== </span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk A : [<span style="color: #008000;">====== </span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk B : [<span style="color: #008000;">====== </span>]
TheTale: Luc!
Dog: (So that's two lots of 130 damage, right)
[OOC] Shinzou: Luc gets to go before the next wave hits
[OOC] Lucnephwyr: just one- wave B hasn't actually hit yet, which is important for this
Lucnephwyr drops that emergency [Cure] on Shiba! [35D]
Lucnephwyr rolled 1d12+180,160 and got 5 ( Total: 296.0 )
[OOC] Shiba: HP: 411/600, MP: 248/500, LP: 2/6, SoS: 150
TheTale rolled 1d12+120 and got 2 ( Total: 122.0 )
TheTale: The other wave hits for 122 magical Salamander damage to the field! It's coming around again in 30D!
Dog: "… let's deal with those gargoyle fiends!"
TheTale: The gargoyles attack Luc!
TheTale rolled 2d100 and got 3, 58 ( Total: 61 )
Shiba intercedes against the crit! [GA]
Shiba: One good turn deserves another.
[OOC] TheTale: Feel free to takeback that after you see the damage~
TheTale rolled d8*0.8+36*0.8 and got 8 ( Total: 35.2 )
[OOC] Shiba: oh.
[OOC] Shinzou: HP: 251/550, [TMP: 120] MP: 550/550, LP: 7/7, SoS: 137
[OOC] Lucnephwyr: yyyyyyyyyeah take that back.
[OOC] Shiba: then yes
TheTale: Hitting twice for 35 physical damage to Luc!
[OOC] TheTale: np
TheTale: Lowknight B slashes into Shinzou! [Boosted 3 times by hits to Knight A!]
TheTale rolled 1d100 and got 38 ( Total: 38 ) for CoS80
TheTale rolled 1d12*1.9+165*1.9 and got 5 ( Total: 323.0 )
[OOC] TheTale: Punishment stance ends!
TheTale: Slashing for 323 physical damage!
[OOC] Shiba: Should I GA that one?
[OOC] Shinzou: I'm dead if -someone- doesn't, so…
Shiba does!
[OOC] Shiba: HP:<span style="color: #ff0000;"> 26</span>/600, MP: 248/500, LP: 2/6, SoS: 150
TheTale: Battle order: Dog [B]:0 Shiba [F]:5 Wave A:10 Wave B:12 Lucnephwyr [F]:17 Grosse Tusk A [B]:25 Grosse Tusk B [B]:27 Shinzou [F]:30 Under Fire:30 Lowknight B [F]:54
TheTale: Status for Lowknight B : [<span style="color: #008000;">======== </span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk A : [<span style="color: #008000;">====== </span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk B : [<span style="color: #008000;">====== </span>]
TheTale: Dog!
Lucnephwyr: "I can still fix it!"
Dog‘ barks and sends two spears of light into the gargoyles! [Flash Storm, 35D]
Dog` rolled 2d100 and got 45, 9 ( Total: 54 ) for 75
TheTale: Blazes through!
Dog` rolled 1d10+120 and got 3 ( Total: 123.0 ) for hit, proc
Also rolled 1d10+180 and got 3 [Total: 183.0 (Low), Avg: 3.00]
Total: 306.0, Avg: 3.00
[OOC] TheTale: 123] [183]!
Shiba follows that up with an [SA] if one’s still up!
TheTale: You could probably take A out!
TheTale: Battle order: Shiba [F]:5 Wave A:10 Wave B:12 Lucnephwyr [F]:17 Grosse Tusk A [B]:25 Grosse Tusk B [B]:27 Shinzou [F]:30 Under Fire:30 Dog [B]:35 Lowknight B [F]:54
TheTale: Status for Lowknight B : [<span style="color: #008000;">======== </span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk A : [<span style="color: #ff8000;">=== </span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk B : [<span style="color: #ff0000;">== </span>]
[OOC] Shinzou: can I then S.A. B if Shiba S.A.s A? :3
[OOC] TheTale: Nope, one S.A per action!
[OOC] Shinzou: nuts.
Shiba goes for A with a [Halo], encircling and imprisoning the gargoyle!
[OOC] Shinzou: Did you… actually S.A. A?
Shiba rolled d12+180 and got 6 ( Total: 186.0 ) for boosted SA
[OOC] Shiba: yeah Halo is the name of the SA :E
[OOC] Shinzou: or - oh okay carry on <3
[OOC] TheTale: 186]! Fiend-light's extinguished!
TheTale: Battle order: Shiba [F]:0 Wave A:5 Wave B:7 Lucnephwyr [F]:12 Grosse Tusk B [B]:22 Shinzou [F]:25 Under Fire:25 Dog [B]:30 Lowknight B [F]:49
TheTale: Status for Lowknight B : [<span style="color: #008000;">======== </span>]
TheTale: Status for Grosse Tusk B : [<span style="color: #ff0000;">== </span>]
TheTale: Shiba!
Shiba strikes at the remaining one next. [By Will, And Recover]
Shiba rolled 1d100 and got 89 ( Total: 89 ) for 80
Shiba spends a [Luck] to hit.
[OOC] Shiba: Also 50D
TheTale: It falls to pieces, stone-exterior showing a brass core!
Shinzou: "Phew."
TheTale: Magical waves crash into the party before dissipating -
TheTale rolled 1d12+120 and got 7 ( Total: 127.0 )
Also rolled 1d12+120 and got 10 [Total: 130.0 (High), Avg: 10.00]
Total: 257.0, Avg: 8.50
Shiba rolled d10+144 and got 9 ( Total: 153.0 )
TheTale: Blasting for 127 and 130 magical Salamander!
[OOC] Lucnephwyr: the entire party?
[OOC] TheTale: 153] is what took the final fiend out!
[OOC] TheTale: Yup!
Dog: "Excuse me! Mr. Knight!" Dog barks. "Would you please-" and Dog stops talking because Dog is knocked the fuck out.
[OOC] Shiba: HP:<span style="color: #ff0000;"> 0</span>/600, MP: 368/500, LP: 1/6, SoS: 150
[OOC] Shinzou: HP:<span style="color: #ff0000;"> 0</span>/550, [TMP: 120] MP: 550/550, LP: 7/7, SoS: 137
[OOC] Dog: HP:<span style="color: #ff0000;"> 0</span>/550, MP: 319/600, LP: 7/10, SoS: 137 - next force spell +25 CoS ()
[OOC] Lucnephwyr: HP:<span style="color: #ff8000;"> 86</span>/600, [TMP: 40] MP: 290/600, LP: 1/6, SoS: 150 - Spell Charge +0% (U)
TheTale: Battle order: Lucnephwyr [F]:0 Shinzou [F]:13 Under Fire:13 Dog [B]:18 Lowknight B [F]:37 Shiba [F]:38
TheTale: Status for Lowknight B : [<span style="color: #008000;">======== </span>]
TheTale: Luc!
Lucnephwyr: "Well, looks like I got my wish… we're not getting the heart tonight."
Lucnephwyr piles Dog on top of Shinzou, Shinzou on top of Shiba. (Shib's bigger than Shinzou, right?)
TheTale: Yeah!
Lucnephwyr wraps an arm around the Prince.
Lucnephwyr: "Looks like this is the second way to travel by rope!"
[OOC] Lucnephwyr: Escape Rope
TheTale: …Escaped!
TheTale: To the "Pure of Heart" , or to "Spark Kickers" ?
TheTale: …Oh, Yeah, that's how they wor.
TheTale: The Pure of Heart.
Lucnephwyr Pure of Heart, yea.h
TheTale: So there's a gigantic pile of pure hearts here, with one side roping in all thump thump thump
TheTale: and the other side roping in all thump thump thump thump
TheTale: and Alice roping in all thump thump thump
TheTale: "Okay! Okay! I'm so sorry. Like, I was just racing over to try to G.A something for you, and then -"
Lucnephwyr: "No, no… it's okay."
Lucnephwyr: "Just give them some space and give -me- some space."
TheTale: She punches a wall with her Mirushuga, partially for the tremendous, satisfying wham of it, and also because it turns the Pure of Heart into LOCKDOWN MODE.
Lucnephwyr: "I have some work to do." His eyes glow yellow. [Life]
TheTale: "You got a rez for these guys-"
TheTale: "Okay, awesome."
Lucnephwyr invokes some long, forgotten spell that sticks to his soul, engraved upon it by a force far deeper than spiritual. [Life] x3
Dog‘ whines, one leg kicking, two legs kicking. They roll over onto the floor with a quiet thud and look up at Luc from where they’re sprawled on the floor.
Dog: "Woow… looks like you saved our tails, Luc!"
Dog: "Thanks!"
Lucnephwyr hugs Dog tight, eyes closed shut.
Shiba slithers onto a chair, stomach on the seat, as if nursing a hangover.
Dog‘ licks Lucnephywr and whines. "It’s okay, it's okay. You did great."
Lucnephwyr: "(It… must hurt so much.)"
Lucnephwyr releases the hug.
Shinzou takes a shuddering, awful breath like he's waking up from a nightmare, twitches, looks -behind- Luc with an absolutely awful expression on his face- then takes a succession of deep, calming breaths.
[OOC] TheTale: Oh, And… Got 4 EXP.
Dog: "(It's okay, I'm tough.)"
Dog: "Shiba, Shinzou…? Raro…?" Dog straightens up, looks around. "Everyone okay?"
Shiba: "Been through worse."
Lucnephwyr: "Sorry Alice, but it looks like we're staying here tonight, if you don't mind."
TheTale: "Oh, yeah. Crash. Rest up."
TheTale: "We got a lot incoming, so it's gonna get real cozy-like."
Shiba: "Why didn't we just use that rope in the first place?"
Shinzou: "Where the- ahh, we're- Luc!" He sits up, still trying to center himself, failing, focusing on Luc's eyes for a moment. Looking around. Reunion, huh?
Dog: "I forgot we had it," Dog admits, wagging their tail.
Shiba: "And I'm stubborn and was looking for a fight, I'll admit."
Shiba: "You did good, Luc."
Lucnephwyr: "'Fortune favors the bold.' It's not just a saying."
Dog‘ trots over to Shinzou, licks his hand.
TheTale: "That runt’s the prince?" Alice asks, about Raro.
Lucnephwyr: "Hm? Oh, yes. Please don't kill him."
TheTale: She laughs, unstrapping Mirushuga from her arm.
Shinzou looks at Dog but can't actually meet Dog's gaze, looks sick for a second, looks away, looks back, smiles thinly.
TheTale: "Can he fight?"
Dog‘ licks his hand again, hops up onto him, curls up, sits there.
Lucnephwyr tilts his head left, right…
Lucnephwyr: "(Probably not?) He can learn! (Maybe. per ha p s…)"
TheTale: "Go make some tea or something." "Um, uh…"
Shinzou pets Dog absentmindedly, scritching behind an ear. Calming down.
TheTale: "…I’ll do it." Alice heads to the kitchen.
Lucnephwyr stares at the ground for a bit, and then with a sudden THUMP, his tail whacks against the flooring.
Dog‘ eartwitches!
Lucnephwyr: "Right! We managed to get outta that one!"
Shinzou startles- manages not to send Dog flailing at least.
Lucnephwyr: "That just means our schedule flips a bit!"
Lucnephwyr clambers up a stool, over to Alice’s war table.
Dog‘ continues sitting on Shinzou, but turns their head to follow Lucnephywr.
Shiba: "Flips a bit relative to what?"
Lucnephwyr: "All that worrying I had about sweeping retalitory strikes? We can pretty much prevent it, now."
Shinzou is also looking Lucwards. "So our next step is…?"
Lucnephwyr: "Actually it’ll still be probably bloody as heck."
Shiba: "Are we still going after Zeroday?"
Lucnephwyr: "Library at night. Zeroday Gardenglad in the morning."
Lucnephwyr: "Do a little research, get proper supplies ready."
Lucnephwyr: "We're already behind enemy lines, so that cuts down on a lot of travel time, too."
Shinzou does weak air quotes at 'enemy'.
Lucnephwyr: "We'll probably face opposition at points!"
Shinzou grins.
Lucnephwyr puffs smoke!
Dog: "Do you think we can just knock them out and maybe like, tie them up…?"
Lucnephwyr: "Of course!"
Lucnephwyr: "We may not be able to go to a whole new world, but we can at least do that."
Dog: "I'm just a dog, but I'll do what I can do help!"
Shinzou: "You know I'll follow you."
Lucnephwyr: "That alone will probably kick over an anthill- I wouldn't be surprised if the monsters resurged and retook the fort, which… bloody."
Lucnephwyr looks up with a confident smile, his eyes filled with worry. "I spent some time thinking about this, really."
Lucnephwyr: "Supplies though- if there aren't enough here, is there at least somewhere we can get them in Prospero, somehow…?" It's a leading question.
Dog‘ wags their tail halfheartedly a few times, thump thump. They look up to Shinzou, Leading Human Expert.
Shinzou: "Mmm. I think so."
Shinzou: "The monastery… might be able to help. They know me there, and- they know monsters, too."
Lucnephwyr: "Considering the size of what we’re up against…" He overlooks the weapons that flipped over when Alice does her 'transforming command post' deal. "We'll need everything we can get."
Shiba: "Do they, now?"
Shinzou nods. "Not really one of their advertised qualities, considering everything. But I think they'd be willing to help."
Dog‘ wags their tail a little harder! "I think it’s worth a shot!"
Dog: "I'll do my best to be very charming! I am, after all, a very cute dog."
Shinzou chuckles a little at that. "It's true."
Lucnephwyr: "We still need to make a bid for the heart, though, and so we'll likely need to engineer another way in."
Shiba: "What would Yesker know about that?"
Shiba pulls her head up from her lazy position on the stool. "Didn't he break you out?"
Lucnephwyr 's eyes light up. "Good question. We can ask him!" His eyes also plainly read, 'omg omg yesker'
Shinzou: "I wonder if we could get help from the others- and Yesker might have some ideas. I can't imagine they're going to give it up without a fight now that they know we'd be targeting it…"
Shinzou chuckles.
Shinzou: "Of course, Yesker will just want to smash a wall down with his bike while howling at the heavens. It'd be quite the dramatic entrance."
Lucnephwyr: "He could probably get away with it!" He's so cool! That last bit wasn't in quotation marks!
Dog: "He's so cool!" That part was in quotation marks!
Shinzou totally heard it anyways. Nods. To both.
Peter: "Oh, yeah," Alice comments as she brings in tea. "You know we're in, right?"
Lucnephwyr: "Aw, shucks, thanks!"
Dog‘ wags their tail! Thumpthumpthump. "I’m glad to hear that! And thanks!"
Shinzou: "That's good to hear."
Shiba: "I just sort of assumed."
Peter: "Safe assumption."
Lucnephwyr: "You see, my- the plan is… well you heard most of it." He fills in a bit of the rest.
Lucnephwyr: "Admittedly… it's not exactly D2 centric, but if he's committed to having the war go on, I figure he'll pop up at some point to hassle us. If he hasn't already."
Dog: "And then we'll smack him!"
Lucnephwyr: "Yup!"
Shinzou: "Stopping the war needs to be part of our goal anyways. The second we headed for the heart, D2 showed up with an honour guard."
Shiba: "Do you mean just now?"
Shinzou: "Admittedly, I'm making an assumption, and my record's less than perfect on those."
Dog: "I think that was just the castle guard! But I could be wrong!"
Shinzou: "I had a bad feeling."
[OOC] Lucnephwyr: btw, just because I can
[OOC] Lucnephwyr: Rf: Once per expedition, when your party experiences a loss, restore one luck to an ally.
Lucnephwyr waves it over to Dog!
Dog‘ is very lucky!
Shinzou: "…Luc."
Lucnephwyr: "Yes?"
Shinzou takes a sip of his tea, which, frustratingly, is not booze. He sighs.
Shiba: "Ditto the Dog."
Shiba: "Either that or that figure from above was with the Services, but that’s only because we passed that hunter with the gun on the way in."
Shinzou: "If we're going up against Gardenglad, there's something you should- something I ought to- explain."
Lucnephwyr takes a seat.
Lucnephwyr: "What is it?"
Dog‘ looks up at Shinzou!
Shinzou closes his eyes, would grit his teeth but, you know, he has to keep talking. "…before I was with the monastery, I- I was part of the Institute."
Shinzou: "I built… I… personally… built… fiends that have killed and terrorised your people." His voice gets scratchy, and the tea’s not helping. "…including Zeroday Gardenglad. He- it- that thing-"
Shinzou: "-it was my fucking idea."
Lucnephwyr stops swinging his legs. He considers Shinzou.
Dog‘ whines, ears pinning back.
Shinzou resolutely stares ahead, afraid to meet /anyone’s/ eyes.
Dog‘ is quiet, for a moment…
Lucnephwyr hops down from his chair, trundles over to Shinzou.
Dog` … and then they put their paws on Shinzou’s chest so they can reach his face, and they give his cheek a lick.
Shiba: "So, this is your chance to make it right."
Lucnephwyr then, summons his walking stick, which seems to be there or not depending on his own whimsy, and gives Shinzou a sagelike 'klonk!' on the noggin!
Lucnephwyr: "End the war,"
Lucnephwyr: "By atoning for the sins of the past!"
Dog: "You're not the only one who did bad things. But… thank you for telling us."
Dog: "… I guess…"
Dog: "… can I tell you a secret, too?"
Shinzou tastes like salt- has cried, soundlessly, but between Dog and Luc he lets out a tiny little yelp, curls in on himself (accidentally hugging Dog), and just… takes a few moments before he looks up, towards Shiba and Luc- nods.
Shinzou: "Of course."
Dog‘ looks this way, looks that way, ears still pinned back. They sit back on Shinzou’s lap again and look up at him, though they're speaking to everyone, really.
Dog: "I… actually do have a name, you know."
Shinzou pets Dog between the ears, slowly.
Shiba pulls herself upright to listen, having regained some sense of clarity by now.
Dog: "Long ago, people knew me as General Guriax." A gigantic, crocodilian skeleton, still lying on battlefield, still visited by monsters seeking blessings or refuge… "'The Invincible', they called me. Because I was, I suppose."
Shinzou widens his eyes the littlest bit- keeps petting Dog, even if his hand shakes a little.
Dog: "… I ordered a lot of bad things in that war. And even when fighting… I even bit enemy soldiers in twain. It was- to shake morale, you have to understand, it was war- it was war," they repeat, lamely.
Dog: "And then… one day my faith was shaken, and so I died. I came back as an enemy soldier's dog. I realised… just how wrong I'd been."
Dog: "… I've never told anyone. I couldn't go back. They needed me, but I couldn't go back."
Dog: "What could I tell them? We were wrong? I'd been sending them to painful deaths for a cause I didn't believe in?"
Dog: "That I could no longer believe in-"
Dog: "I couldn't do that."
Peter: In The Glozenfeld…
Peter: Two symbols of the war stand eternal, unshakeable, shining lights in the darkness.
Lucnephwyr paps Dog on the head this time. But it's of relative strength- he doesn't want to bash a Dog head in.
Lucnephwyr: "We're trying to turn the hearts of the people away from confict."
Lucnephwyr: "You just told us, right now,"
Lucnephwyr: "That it isn't impossible."
Dog‘ yelps, and looks up at Lucnephwyr. "I… I guess you’re right."
Shinzou hugs Dog a little. Just two war criminals brought back from the dead for a second chance, you know? "Abbot Soenheim… even Arteqia, the creator of the fiend engine. I think… I think they've seen it too."
Shiba tilts her head. "If it comes to be my turn to confess something, I'd have to think about it."
Lucnephwyr trundles over to Shiba, gives her a little sidehug on her lower half.
Lucnephwyr: "Good, because…"
Lucnephwyr: "…I'd need some time to think of something else poignant to say!"
Shinzou: "We can be fifty-fifty on having concealed dark pasts, it's okay." He lets out a shaky breath, keeps petting Dog.
Dog‘ huffs out a breath themselves. "I guess if I say I’m sorry I hid it for so long, you're just gonna come and bonk me again, huh…?"
Lucnephwyr: "Naw, I'm not -cruel-."
Shiba: "Or, rather, it's complicated?"
Lucnephwyr: "Pretty sure you got the point anyway."
Shinzou: "-I- certainly couldn't fault you for that."
Lucnephwyr: "Rest up everyone, it's said that even a regular reincarnation can do with some adjusting afterwards. I uh, wouldn't know, really, just… hearsay."
Shiba: "Look, I've seen a lot in my day. Sorry if I just roll my eyes and stay sort of disconnected from the events on this world. It just seems small."
Lucnephwyr: "But here you are."
Dog: "That's okay," Dog says, to Shiba. "I mean… you still try!"
Shinzou glances up at Shiba and- actually smiles, outright. "N- nothing like a little perspective, I suppose. I'm glad you're with us."
Dog‘ just sort of opens their mouth and lolls their tongue and pricks their ears forward, which is the equivalent of a smile when you’re a Dog.
Lucnephwyr pulls the hood of his student robes over his head, straightens his sleeves out. Even with some insider knowledge, he'd like to look up anything else on their upcoming enemy. Whether it be books in the Pure of Heart, or if he has to brave the streets a bit… [Lore]
Shinzou: "…anyways, if we're going to go after Gardenglad, we should stop by the Institute. If we fight him without an antitoxin… we won't really have a chance."
Shiba: "I suppose my feud with the Services is a bit irrational, or at least needs revisiting."
Dog: "We could use all the help we can get..!"
Shinzou: "Like I said… it might seem surprising, but I think Arteqia would be willing to- at least look the other way."
Dog: "For what it's worth, I'm glad you're coming with us to fight Gardenglad." Dog wags their tail a little. "With you, I think we might really have a chance!"
Shinzou laughs weakly. "…you know, I built it b- because I wanted to end the war." He closes his eyes.
Shiba: "Yeah. Fiends were always someone else's hat back in Oberon and Titania."
Dog: "We all wanted to end the war," Dog says, bumping Shinzou's hand with their head. "But now we really might be able to, right?"
Dog: "… it's kind of exciting. I've been a coward for a long time, but now I'm on the field again, huh..?"
Shinzou nods, scritching Dog under their chin. "Now we'll… finally actually get the chance."
Shiba: "Heh. Hey, you took the opposite action I did. You tried to end it quicker, and I tried to keep either side from getting an advantage in the Mana Tree."
Shiba: "Ensuring that they'd keep going."
Shiba: "Damned if you do, damned if you don't."
Dog: "It's a good thing you did. There were definitely a few meetings on our side about how to get the Mana Tree's power."
Dog: "… but it was always too much of a pain!"
Dog: "So… you know, you succeeded. At least back when I was at the table. I don't know what schemes they might be thinking up these days."
Shinzou lowers his voice a little. "(I heard stories about the monsters, and their generals. Who among them commanded the most respect. And then… later, after I… left the Institute, and spent time among the monsters, I- I knew people who had gone to Glozenfeld…)"
Dog‘ whines, ears tilting back. "(… yeah, they still go to visit me. I’ve even been invited on the pilgrimage once or twice.)"
Shinzou: "(…part of why I thought I needed to do something so extreme to win the war was that- I knew we'd have to defeat -you-, and that'd be impossible. And then, later… I felt so sad… that I'd never get the chance to meet you and fight by your side. That such a thing would be impossible, in this world.)"
Shinzou: "(…isn't that strange? But I guess it turns out it wasn't impossible at all.)"
Dog: "(It's sad… it's sad how all our measures to stop the fighting just ended up escalating.)"
Dog: "(Still, even though I'm a shadow of what I used to be… I'll still happily fight alongside you!)"
Shinzou hugs Dog. Smiles. Lets out a -tremendous-, exhausted yawn.
Shiba shrugs. "I mean. I'm here, instead of being a purely detached ascetic."
Shinzou: "…I should probably get some sleep. Big day tomorrow."
Dog‘ wags their tail, thump thump. "We should probably all get some rest… and anyway, getting knocked out is pretty tiring!"
Dog: "I’m doggone tired." Dog smile.
Shinzou stares at Dog for a level second before ruffling the fur between their ears and heading… somewhere to pass out.
Shiba: "I'll be up a little more. Got some thinking to do."
Dog: "Need a sounding board to help with that?"
Shiba: "Probably at some point." (( maybe an insert scene later but atm -I- need to head to bed ))
Dog: "Well, I'm gonna have a nap. Wake me up when you need some help, okay?" Dog wags their tail and trots off to go hop onto the foot of Luc's bed or something.
Shiba pours herself some tea. "Will do."

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