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Author Topic: Fireless: 5/5  (Read 4410 times)

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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2019, 07:31:00 pm »

Fifteen wanders through the old library, looking for a interesting looking books.
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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2019, 07:40:35 pm »

Aegis keeps an eye on the guy eating the glowing moss, following as he heads deeper in.
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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2019, 08:08:47 pm »

Hey, sorry, but I think five characters is about the upper limit of what I'm comfortable managing at the moment. If you'd like, I can add you to a waitlist and notify you when a spot opens.
Okay, that's fine.

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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2019, 10:59:34 pm »

The Skald begins to peruse the library, in search of Cant tomes.
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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2019, 09:01:02 am »

The Skald begins to peruse the library, in search of Cant tomes.

Follows to also look for Cant scrolls. From behind.

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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2019, 02:31:05 pm »

   Leaving Mirthful to his reading, the others move off to explore the buried library. The Skald, Fifteen, and Chisaiko wander through the rows, searching for any interesting or useful tomes. Most of the books and scrolls that once populated these shelves are now little more than piles of dust, still lying undisturbed by even the faintest breeze. Nonetheless, a few items still remain here and there, likely preserved by magical means. Most are writt in some long-dead language or else in an archaic, though decipherable, dialect of the modern tongue. Even these are of no particular worth - most are plans for buildings that doubtlessly fell centuries ago, or genealogies filled with foreign and unfamiliar names.
   
   The Skald, however, comes upon something else of interest. A small wooden chest tucked away under a low shelf, invisible until his toe finds it with a painful thump.

   He pulls the heavy oak chest out from beneath the shelf and inspeects its iron lock and hinges. An almost imperceptible magical field emanates from it - Likely preservation spells, but he's heard of traps found in places like this. In any case, the chest is locked - he will need either a key, a Cant, or a good deal of force to get it open.

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   Dustan and Aegis, meanwhile, head for the southern stairs. As they leave Mirthful behind, the old man begins his mutterings again. "Three warlocks...the key...the chains...the name...and fire? What in the high heavens is 'fire'?"

   The stairs are well-made, flat and even, but dark. The stone walls are bare, devoid of the hooks that in modern buildings would hold bundles of moss by which to see. Evidently, patrons of this library were meant to bring their own light.

   Dustan, acting in stark contrast to this concept, stuffs his moss into his mouth. The plant itself tastes rather like eating grass, but when chewed it releases a sweet-tasting fluid that leaves his tongue tingling and his mouth glowing. 

   Now guided only by Aegis' moss, they tread on. Two dozen steps or so later they arrive into a wide, dust-covered landing. The magical fields they had felt earlier are stronger now, sourced from something in this area. Dustan and Aegis pause for a moment to survey the landing.

   It is unusually wide, about fifteen paces to a side. To the right of the stairway from which they entered, another flight leads deeper into the earth. The left and far walls are occupied by more dusty bookshelves, and the occasional bone or human skull adorns the floor. What's more unusual is the spectres - transparent outlines of books and tomes that fill the shelves and rest in stacks on the floor. They glow ever so faintly, just enough that the room outside Aegis's circle of moss-light can be seen.

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   A twitch of movement in the corner catches Dustan's eye. Flanking the stairway, lurking in the shadows, are the transparent forms of two large dogs. Nearly invisible and almost perfectly still, their eyes are focused on the two warlocks. Had he taken three steps forward Dustan would be standing directly between them. Perhaps that is what they're waiting for.



Spoiler: The Skald (click to show/hide)
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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #21 on: February 16, 2019, 02:47:50 pm »

Hmm.. Use Mend on one of the piles of dust.

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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #22 on: February 16, 2019, 04:24:47 pm »

Dustan had an affinity for animals, but he wasn’t quite sure if these were animals or some sort of guardian spirit. as such, his first instinct would be to reach out to one of them and attempt to pet it.
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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #23 on: February 16, 2019, 08:22:14 pm »

The Skald turns to Fifteen, gesturing to the chest on the ground. "Say, mind helping me Crack this open?"
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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #24 on: February 16, 2019, 08:55:40 pm »

In the case that one of the spectral dogs becomes hostile, Aegis uses her Pull cant to quickly remove Dustan from danger, then focuses on blocking any incoming attacks from the doggos. Otherwise, she simply observes what Dustan does.
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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #25 on: February 16, 2019, 10:54:48 pm »

"Sure, why not."

Fifteen uses Crack on the chest's hinges.
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« Reply #26 on: February 17, 2019, 03:43:06 am »

   Chisaiko picks one of the dust piles at random. Focusing on a particularly large one that sits on a waist-height shelf, she recites Mend. The Cant rolls off her tongue, its syllables echoing through the library in a voice far too resonant and powerful to be her own. Its power l leaves her exhilarated but also feeling the faintest twinge of tiredness. She is not quite so powerful that such simple Cants are effortless, but she could do this at least a half-dozen more times in a row before exhaustion sets in.

   From the pile of dust forms a book. Old and half-rotten, but a book nonetheless. Chisaiko opens the cover, discovering text written in an outdated but legible alphabet. The book appears to be a farmer’s almanac detailing the growing times and ideal conditions of various crops, several of them unfamiliar to anything she’s ever seen. She flips through the introduction, which goes over how to measure revolutions of the stars to determine time passing before closing the tome. Unless she seeks to take up farming in this world of twilight where no plants grow, there is nothing here to interest her.

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   Dustan slowly approaches the dog closest to him, raising his hand to its head level. The creature’s eyes follow him, but otherwise it remains completely still. He touches its head and pets the dog.

   Its transparent ‘skin’ is cool and smooth to the touch. Suddenly and in perfect coordination, both dogs lie down. There they remain, completely unmoving. Evidently constructs created to guard whatever secrets lie deeper within the library. And completely by accident, he’s discovered the key that grants access. They show no signs of aggression towards Dustan, but their eyes still track Aegis with an unnerving intensity.

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   The Skald steps aside as Fifteen kneels next to the chest. Probing the hinges with his hands, he whispers a Cant. The spell’s quiet echo is interrupted by a short, sharp crack. After feeling the hinges break under his fingertips, Fifteen flips open the chest’s lid.

   A bright flash of light pulses from within the chest, and Fifteen stumbles backwards with his hand over his eyes. The light is not bright enough to do more than cover his vision with afterimages, but The Skald notes a small glowing circle marked on Fifteen’s forehead.

   The magical field emanating from the chest is gone. Within lie two large, cleanly bound books showing no evidence of being buried down here for a thousand years. A single word is inked onto each of the leather-bound covers. The first reads “Finger”, and the second “Cloak”.

   The Skald and Fifteen recognize these books. Each contains the required information and magical enchantments necessary to teach warlocks a new Cant. Such enchantments have the unfortunate side effect of damaging the pages when read, but these Cant tomes are thick and sturdy enough to be used multiple times as opposed to the single-use nature of Cant scrolls. These ones look to be in mint condition and will have no problems bestowing their knowledge on all five of the hunters.

   

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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #27 on: February 17, 2019, 07:08:26 am »

Aegis copies Dustan, petting the dog he has not interacted with.
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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #28 on: February 17, 2019, 10:24:03 am »

Use Mend on one of the dust piles again.

(As a side note, waist height for her is a lot lower than the others.)

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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #29 on: February 17, 2019, 02:02:45 pm »

go forward and explore the archives. maybe they were guarding something interesting.
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