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Author Topic: Fireless: 5/5  (Read 4406 times)

TheLastDino

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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #30 on: February 17, 2019, 06:03:28 pm »

Fifteen reads and learns both Cants.
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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #31 on: February 17, 2019, 07:35:56 pm »

The Skald learns both Cants, and then attempts to infuse his Cloak with the energy of the Cloak Cant.
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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #32 on: February 19, 2019, 03:38:57 pm »

   Aegis pets the other spectral dog. With no further threat to guard against, the four bestial eyes close in perfect synchrony

   Chisaiko speaks the Cant again, and a pile of dust reassembles into an old scroll. Her breathing is noticeably elevated from the exertion, and this scroll is filled with the illegible glyphs of a foreign tongue. It seems that the only potentially useful documents are the ones that were worth enough to have them magically preserved.

   The Skald and Fifteen pass the new Cant tomes back and forth, each learning both spells. Pages suffer minor damage as their enchantments react to the warlocks' gazes, but are far from illegible. After finishing both books, they possess all necessary knowledge to cast "Finger" and "Cloak", and are confident in their ability to do so.

   The Skald speaks one of his newly-found Cants. His voice rumbles through the air, and the cloak in his hands takes on an odd quality. It looks no different, but he finds himself unable to keep his eyes on it - not hard to see, merely hard to look at. This particular spell is merely a temporary imbuement and not a permanent enchantment, and he is unsure of how long it will remain.


   Dustan and Aegis continue onwards past the landing and down the steps. The dust down here is thicker, the cracks on the walls wider. As they pass into a wide room filled with bookshelves, they note that every tome and scroll on the shelves is preserved. Evidently, each and every one was considered worth the effort. None are written in tongues known to them, nor do they see any that would teach Cants.

   At the end of the great archives, hallways lead in three directions. The middle corridor is blocked by a great seal of granite, its end carved with the shape of a giant X above a short line of unknown glyphs. There is no obvious way past.
The left doorway is lit by a faint glow, and another magical field emanates from within. More of the spectral dogs?
The right door is dark, empty, straight, and seemingly unremarkable.

   

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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #33 on: February 19, 2019, 04:48:44 pm »

Fifteen leaves the tomes with the Skald and goes exploring through the library.
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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #34 on: February 19, 2019, 05:38:50 pm »

Check the door on the right. it might seem unremarkable, but it is better to be thorough.
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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #35 on: February 19, 2019, 07:33:16 pm »

Aegis peers through the left door, careful not to enter the room so as to not trigger any traps that might be the source of the light.
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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #36 on: February 20, 2019, 08:19:26 am »

See about learning from those tomes they found. Rest.

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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #37 on: February 20, 2019, 09:09:22 am »

After overseeing Chisaiko's tome  reading, the Skald continues into the library.
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« Reply #38 on: February 21, 2019, 10:32:49 pm »

   Chisaiko learns both Finger and Cloak from The Skald's tomes. As she commits the spells to memory, she notes that her fatigue has completely vanished and the pages bear noticeable holes.

   Dustan peers through the right-hand doorway. It leads into a small room filled with large cubical objects...crates? Though it is hard to tell in the faint light cast by his companion's moss, as far as he can see it appears to be a storeroom.

   Aegis leans into the left doorway. This hallway is narrower and longer than the right, and its end cannot be seen at present. Spectral books  dot the floor here and there, casting an extremely faint light.

   The Skald and Fifteen move deeper into the library, following the others. They soon encounter Dustan and Aegis, who stand in front of three doorways.

   With the extra light provided by more bundles of moss, Aegis can see farther into the leftmost corridor. It seems to terminate in a small rectangular room full of rows of bookshelves. These shelves are occupied in equal parts by the ghostly outlines of books and actual, physical tomes. None of them have degraded into dust.



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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #39 on: February 21, 2019, 10:49:43 pm »

Fifteen goes into the left doorway and looks at the tomes.
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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #40 on: February 21, 2019, 11:46:23 pm »

Aegis enters the doorway and carefully observes as Fifteen investigates the tomes, ready to pull him out of danger if the tomes end up being traps.
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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #41 on: February 22, 2019, 08:34:28 am »

The Skald passes the Tomes out to Dustan and Aegis, and then makes his way into the storeroom.
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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #42 on: February 22, 2019, 09:28:39 am »

Look around some more.

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« Reply #43 on: February 24, 2019, 06:15:16 am »

   The Skald hands the Cant tomes to Dustan and Aegis, who quickly commit the spells to memory. Both books look quite ragged, but might be able to reveal their secrets to one more reader.

   As Dustan and Aegis pore over their tomes, The Skald moves into the ancient storeroom. Stacks of crates and rows of barrels rise out of the darkness, interspersed between stout oaken chests. He looks into some of the containers as he passes - mostly millenium-old dust, but also rusted bits of metal and other unrecognizable shapes. Several containers radiate faint magical fields, and upon investigation seem to be preserved. A majority are filling with parchment, inkwells, and other such supplies, but some are more interesting. The Skald notes a large chest filled with military equipment - several sets each of leather, mail, and plate armour rest alongside dozens of swords, spears, knives, shields, bows, and quivers. He also comes across a barrel full of foodstuffs - easily enough to sustain half a dozen people for several weeks.

   Chisaiko investigates the great archives at the base of the stairs. At least seven different languages are represented amongst the scrolls and books, and she understands none of them. There are no dust piles amongst these shelves - each and every manuscript was evidently worth the effort of preservation. A futile endeavour, if no one remains who can read them.

   As the girl flips closed yet another unintelligible book, something moves in the corner of her eye. She whips around, revealing...nothing. Only deep shadows and old stone border her dim circle of moss-light. A brief feeling of being watched passes over her, and Chisaiko is left alone amongst the shelves.

   Fifteen steps into the leftmost corridor and approaches the bookshelf at the end. As he nears his destination, the warlock begins to feel a strange sensation of pressure on his forehead, as if someone were driving their thumb into it as hard as they could. It is then that Fifteen remembers the chest he'd recently Cracked open, and the small glowing circle it had left on his face.

   Three spectral dogs lie in wait near the end of the tunnel. Drawn by the mark on Fifteen's head, they rise to their feet with glassy fangs bared.

   He has no time to react, no time even to notice the beasts before their eyes are locked onto his and their lunging jaws disturbingly close to his face.

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   Aegis is not so careless. A short, sharp Cant echoes through the library, dragging Fifteen backwards out of danger. Legs unable to keep up with the velocity of the spell, he lands on his back at the others' feet.

   The pressure remains on his forehead, and the dogs are loathe to abandon their prey. All three come barreling down the tunnel, focused intently on Fifteen.



 
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Re: Fireless: 5/5
« Reply #44 on: February 24, 2019, 06:51:08 am »

Aegis uses pull on one of the incoming dogs to bring it towards her and kicks it in the head as it approaches. The speed at which it is moving, amplified by the pull cant, should increase the impact of the kick. She also calls out to The Skald, alerting him to danger.

"Dogs. Could use some help. Anything useful in there?"
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