My Storyteller Kain't Get Drilled This Hard (Warning: Lewd)

Bigwood Feb 6th, 2013 100 Never
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  1. [12:10:57] <Kain> LAST TIME ON FFIX-2 the party walked across a bunch of plains, and through a tunnel in the mountains, but something didn't like that! A ghost-possessed tunnel borer has attacked the party!
  2. [12:11:09] <Kain>
  3. [12:11:14] <Kain> Doomtreads
  4. [12:11:20] <Kain> Drill Arms x2
  5. [12:11:20] * Natalie just found holy water too! Will this be a quick fight?
  6. [12:11:27] <Natalie> .... Oh, it's one of those.
  7. [12:11:53] <@Lenore> (Yessssssssssssss)
  8. [12:11:54] <@Amaryllis> (oh there goes my plan - I was gonna ask if I could attempt a disarm action on one of the drill ;_;)
  9. [12:12:01] <Kain> Player turns!
  10. [12:12:25] * Natalie hops in stance! ... Uh, which stance, the player can't even decide max wafflewood
  11. [12:14:10] * Lenore presumably pops out of the hole with Theta! "We're here to help!"
  12. [12:14:11] <Kain> The hideous machine twist and groans as the face on its body slides around the metal shell unhindered.
  13. [12:14:36] * @Amaryllis begins chanting under her breath, but something about it is different. Wisps of shadow rise up and twist around her but merely stay there for the present. HGWT! Black Sky!
  14. [12:15:01] * Theta pops out of the hole, grabs his bow and pulls back, forming a yellow, earthen etheral arrow of underground sprites and lets loose at the machine!
  15. [12:15:12] <Theta> 2d6+6 pewpew
  16. [12:15:12] <DiceMaid-9001> Theta, pewpew: 13 [2d6=6,1]
  17. [12:15:15] <Carbuncle> Screw it we're doin' Earth-Piercing for the first time in like ever.  Even the catgirl knows she'll hurt her feet on that thing.
  18. [12:15:19] * @Lenore begins chanting, focusing her mind.
  19. [12:15:41] <Theta> (64 earth damage annnnd lemee check what the opposed stop roll is)
  20. [12:15:47] * Carbuncle throws the knife up in the air dramatically and reaches to her forehead!
  21. [12:15:51] <Theta> 2d6+4 finesse
  22. [12:15:52] <DiceMaid-9001> Theta, finesse: 8 [2d6=1,3]
  23. [12:16:10] <Kain> 2d6+2
  24. [12:16:11] <DiceMaid-9001> Kain, 2d6+2: 8 [2d6=4,2]
  25. [12:16:19] <Theta> (sorry that was sorta out of order wrastling with kitty over pizza here ;o;)
  26. [12:16:34] <Natalie> (don't worry I was waffling)
  27. [12:16:53] <Natalie> 2d6+4 Anyway time to use the good execution fluff, onnnn the main body
  28. [12:16:54] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, Anyway time to use the good execution fluff, onnnn the main body: 13 [2d6=5,4]
  29. [12:16:59] <Natalie> OH
  30. [12:17:18] <@Lenore> my
  31. [12:17:38] <Natalie> Forgot to ask, would Backstab apply here?  It's actually phrased weirdly in the pdf, like, 'the first attack each combat,' like it's a passive and not actually part of the attack itself
  32. [12:18:14] <Kain> Nah, just apply it when you get a normal hit in
  33. [12:18:49] <Natalie> Huh okay, thaat's.... 60 ARM and -9 if it hits then!
  34. [12:18:55] <Kain> The creature is hit by the earthen arrow, shaking the dirt off like so much rubble!
  35. [12:19:11] <Kain> But then whoops, another cave in bonks it on the... head. Thing.
  36. [12:19:25] * Natalie yanks the bandage off, creating a bright FLASH when the ruby's exposed.
  37. [12:20:15] <Kain> "Nnnnbrrblrblbrbl..."
  38. [12:20:59] <Kain> It rumbles and lashes out at Nat with its massive drills, the Stop not doing much for its range.
  39. [12:21:12] <Kain> 2d6+5 Drill Rush
  40. [12:21:12] <DiceMaid-9001> Kain, Drill Rush: 15 [2d6=6,4]
  41. [12:21:21] <Kain> 90 arm damage
  42. [12:21:41] * Natalie caught the knife and forgot to actually move out of the way or something. What a cat.
  43. [12:21:46] <Natalie> ... wait that's not catlike at all
  44. [12:21:52] <Kain> It then begins casting a spell... and finishes it! The cavern starts to cave in on Theta!
  45. [12:22:19] <Kain> 2d6+100 Earth damage from Stona
  46. [12:22:19] <DiceMaid-9001> Kain, Earth damage from Stona: 108 [2d6=6,2]
  47. [12:22:30] <Kain> ...oh right
  48. [12:22:31] <Kain> auto-flight
  49. [12:22:38] <Kain> nevermind I'll just shuffle over here.
  50. [12:22:42] <Natalie> opb&
  51. [12:22:42] <Kain> PLAYER TURNS
  52. [12:22:46] <Natalie> nerf geomancers
  53. [12:23:13] * Theta phhht's at the thing.
  54. [12:23:19] <@Lenore> I'll just point out that Lenore absorbs Earth, too.
  55. [12:23:54] <@Amaryllis> (lemme go first k?)
  56. [12:23:56] * Natalie shakes off being drilled, leaping back and landing. "Nnng..."
  57. [12:24:00] <Natalie> (go for broke)
  58. [12:24:21] <Natalie> (alternatively we could team)
  59. [12:24:25] <Natalie> (winknudge)
  60. [12:24:32] <@Amaryllis> (on melt? Not risking that.)
  61. [12:24:37] <Natalie> (... right)
  62. [12:25:02] <Theta> (just hit it with your own earth missles pewpewpew)
  63. [12:25:16] <Natalie> (don't you think it might resist earth)
  64. [12:25:23] * @Amaryllis finishes chanting her spell, an intense heat wave radiating from her hand. Somehow, her armor's keeping it from hurting herself, glowing as it is with runes and magicalness! She points her hand at the machine and envelops all three parts in the magical oven she's conjured! Melt!
  65. [12:25:30] <@Amaryllis> (pls feed MP~)
  66. [12:25:34] <Natalie> BOOM TAKE IT
  67. [12:25:49] <@Amaryllis> 2d6+38 multiply this by 1.5
  68. [12:25:50] <DiceMaid-9001> Amaryllis, multiply this by 1.5: 46 [2d6=2,6]
  69. [12:25:50] <Natalie> Red light sears out of Nat's ruby and follows the spell.  "Ammy!"
  70. [12:26:03] <Kain> "Zuuuuuuuuuuuuuul"
  71. [12:26:16] <@Amaryllis> So 69 fire damage on its turn, and ARM reduced to 0
  72. [12:26:18] <Kain> It lets out an unearthly cry as the flames begin to consume it! Weakness!
  73. [12:26:39] <@Amaryllis> (whoo I was wondering if Pokemon logic was gonna work here or not :P)
  74. [12:26:51] * @Lenore finishes her chant! "Even within the bowels of the Earth, in a time of panic and fear and confusion, when all is at a must still fear the wrath of the gods! Return my foe to dust! Double Thundara!" Yeah like I'm going to dump my instant on an enemy right at the beginning of the session.
  75. [12:26:53] * Natalie brings the wisps of light back as they begin to circle around her forehead-ruby vertically, preparing another spell.
  76. [12:26:58] <Anise> (giant mecha thing dislike smoke)
  77. [12:27:01] <@Amaryllis> (quick cast is just once a battle, right? So that was my use of it. hrm)
  78. [12:27:39] <@Lenore> 2d6+136 hitall
  79. [12:27:39] <DiceMaid-9001> Lenore, hitall: 144 [2d6=3,5]
  80. [12:27:52] <Kain> Alright Lenore, I'm really happy for ya and I'm gonna let ya finish
  81. [12:28:03] <Natalie> in during immunity
  82. [12:28:06] <@Lenore> oh.
  83. [12:28:08] <Kain> but he seems rejuvenated by the electric shock as it powers the tunnel borer's circuitry!
  84. [12:28:08] <@Amaryllis> (but it counters lightning spells or something and we're fucked)
  85. [12:28:08] <@Lenore> boy.
  86. [12:28:16] <Kain> Absorbancy!
  87. [12:28:19] <@Lenore> ""
  88. [12:28:24] <Natalie> "... Huh?"
  89. [12:28:34] <@Lenore> "...oops~!"
  90. [12:29:36] <Theta> "Well now you know at least." He fires another arrow, this one green and somewhat leafy in shape.
  91. [12:29:42] <Theta> 2d6+6 pewww
  92. [12:29:43] <DiceMaid-9001> Theta, pewww: 14 [2d6=2,6]
  93. [12:29:50] <Kain> Pow!
  94. [12:29:55] <Theta> 65 Wind Damage!
  95. [12:30:08] <@Amaryllis> (...melt does damage on THEIR turns, right? So it wouldn't have healed off the damage from the first round of it, right? :D)
  96. [12:30:19] <@Amaryllis> (Just went to reread the spell)
  97. [12:30:37] <@Lenore> (brb laundry.  If I'm hit with a spell I'm counterattacking with Fiar)
  98. [12:30:43] <Kain> (Right)
  99. [12:30:49] * Natalie is magicking without quick cast~
  100. [12:31:12] <Kain> The wind and leaves buffet the creature, sending it up a bit but not seemingly resisted or vulnerable.
  101. [12:32:10] <Kain> It begins to increase the speed of both drills as the camera zooms in on it! It turns towards Theta and ends its turns.
  102. [12:33:14] <Natalie> "Is it about to cast a..."  Squint.  "Nnn, don't think so."
  103. [12:33:17] <@Amaryllis> "Theta! Best move out of the way I wager, perhaps underground again?" Ammy circles the creature and...(Tree wanna teamwork after your spell goes off?)
  104. [12:33:28] <@Lenore> (Annnd now I have my laundry in a drier~)
  105. [12:33:45] <Natalie> (Yeah, I was gonna heal anyone if they got attacked but I guess I can self-heal instead, fun)
  106. [12:33:49] <Natalie> (and of course I'll do that)
  107. [12:33:56] <Theta> (Well technically I can do that once a session)
  108. [12:34:02] <Theta> (But the question is does this really count here)
  109. [12:34:27] * @Lenore begins focusing on a spell of course!
  110. [12:34:31] <Theta> (oh wait nevermind I know what to do here.)
  111. [12:34:33] <@Amaryllis> (oh, was not aware. Anyway Ammy is just saying things based off what she's seeing IC. She has no vision of these silly rules and their per-session limits and whatnot :D)
  112. [12:34:37] <Natalie> 2d6+80 The wisps swirl around Nat herself and heal the drill-wounds to full hopefully since there's nobody else to heal, lol auto-flight
  113. [12:34:39] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, The wisps swirl around Nat herself and heal the drill-wounds to full hopefully since there's nobody else to heal, lol auto-flight: 87 [2d6=6,1]
  114. [12:34:44] <Natalie> ... nope still missing 3 hp
  115. [12:34:54] <@Amaryllis> (worst healer)
  116. [12:35:04] * Theta just shrugs knowingly. He shoots another earthen arrow at it.
  117. [12:35:08] <Theta> 2d6+6
  118. [12:35:09] <DiceMaid-9001> Theta, 2d6+6: 14 [2d6=5,3]
  119. [12:35:18] <Theta> 65 Earth Damage!
  120. [12:35:20] <Natalie> (s-shut up)
  121. [12:35:21] <Kain> tink
  122. [12:35:25] <Theta> 2d6+4 opposed finesee for stop
  123. [12:35:26] <DiceMaid-9001> Theta, opposed finesee for stop: 14 [2d6=6,4]
  124. [12:35:36] <Kain> 2d6+2
  125. [12:35:37] <DiceMaid-9001> Kain, 2d6+2: 10 [2d6=5,3]
  126. [12:35:44] <@Amaryllis> (man I wish we could eat food in combat - Ammy has a few fire-strike foods)
  127. [12:35:51] <@Lenore> (1,1BTW Kain FF6's boss theme is my favorite boss theme. <3  9's normal battle theme is my favorite normal fight theme)
  128. [12:36:05] <Natalie> "Gather, light of life... Impart on us your healing glow!  4Ruby Heal!!"
  129. [12:36:14] <@Amaryllis> (gonna second Decisive Battle being my favorite FF boss theme)
  130. [12:36:30] <@Amaryllis> 2d6+5 anyway though...teamwork?
  131. [12:36:30] <DiceMaid-9001> Amaryllis, anyway though...teamwork?: 12 [2d6=3,4]
  132. [12:36:32] * Natalie stretches a bit. "That sounds nice to actually get to say out loud. Okay... Ammy!"
  133. [12:36:37] <Anise> (but but Force Your Way ;_; )
  134. [12:36:50] <Natalie> 2d6+5 psst I'm not swapping equipment for dw
  135. [12:36:51] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, psst I'm not swapping equipment for dw: 12 [2d6=1,6]
  136. [12:36:59] <@Lenore> (I've admitably never played 8)
  137. [12:37:05] <Natalie> 1d6 I'll take the teamwork reroll on that 1 though thanks dog
  138. [12:37:06] <@Amaryllis> (reroll your 1 and we'll see where we go from there?)
  139. [12:37:06] <Anise> (oh okay)
  140. [12:37:06] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, I'll take the teamwork reroll on that 1 though thanks dog: 5 [1d6=5]
  141. [12:37:15] <Natalie> lol
  142. [12:37:15] <@Amaryllis> 2d6 I'll take my blade reroll
  143. [12:37:15] <DiceMaid-9001> Amaryllis, I'll take my blade reroll: 6 [2d6=5,1]
  144. [12:37:22] <@Amaryllis> (does 11 hit?)
  145. [12:37:27] <Kain> It's Stop'd
  146. [12:37:32] <Kain> AVD 0
  147. [12:37:33] <Natalie> we are such derps
  148. [12:38:09] <@Lenore> (1,1btw who's holding onto the Hand of Tantalus?)
  149. [12:38:23] <Theta> (i blame prickles.)
  150. [12:38:41] <@Lenore> (imokaywiththis.jpg)
  151. [12:38:55] * Natalie stomps the ground, attempting to get ALL of them. "C'mon, fall down! Climax of the Tower!!" After rushing below it to knock it as-close-to-prone-as-possible, Nat leaves it to Ammy to finish off the attack.
  152. [12:39:15] <Kain> >knocking something with treads prone
  153. [12:39:23] <Natalie> Okay tilt it slightly
  154. [12:39:24] <Natalie> WHATEVER
  155. [12:39:53] * @Amaryllis waits, carefully circling the machine, then strikes with a jab of her knife as the rumbling earth reveals a particularly weakened bit of armor from the melt spell! 82 ARM!
  156. [12:40:00] <Natalie> Anyway that's 75 earth ARM since I was silly and didn't swap to the ribbon.
  157. [12:40:09] <Kain> Slow action interrupted!
  158. [12:41:09] <Kain> Lenore?
  159. [12:41:18] <@Lenore> I already said she was chanting, silly
  160. [12:41:25] <Kain> Oops
  161. [12:41:46] <Kain> Its spinning is interrupted, but it starts spinning its drills again, this time turning to Ammy!
  162. [12:41:50] <Kain> Player turns AGAIN
  163. [12:42:03] <@Lenore> (Allow me to go first)
  164. [12:42:08] <@Amaryllis> (okay)
  165. [12:42:09] <Natalie> (Ganbatte!)
  166. [12:42:53] <@Lenore> "Spirits of malice, curse my foe!  Cause his gears to rust and grind down!  His shimmering body to turn dull and lifeless!  Hex!"
  167. [12:43:06] <@Lenore> 2d6+5 Opposed Force
  168. [12:43:06] <DiceMaid-9001> Lenore, Opposed Force: 11 [2d6=3,3]
  169. [12:43:17] <Kain> 2d6+11
  170. [12:43:18] <DiceMaid-9001> Kain, 2d6+11: 14 [2d6=2,1]
  171. [12:43:28] <@Lenore> 1d6 spending a point of Destiny
  172. [12:43:29] <DiceMaid-9001> Lenore, spending a point of Destiny: 5 [1d6=5]
  173. [12:43:42] <Natalie> (oh lenny you crazyhead)
  174. [12:43:42] <Kain> Succeed!
  175. [12:44:12] <@Lenore> (And  now it might die in the middle of its slow action)
  176. [12:44:29] <Kain> (That's only on turn 2 of hex and onward)
  177. [12:44:47] <Kain> (And... probably not a thing bosses should be vulnerable to with rare exception)
  178. [12:44:52] <@Lenore> (Oh right.  Well!)
  179. [12:44:54] <Natalie> (Yeah, space taught us that)
  180. [12:44:58] <Kain> IT'S HEXED ANYWAY
  181. [12:45:08] <Kain> -1 penalty to its Acc and Avd
  182. [12:45:13] * @Lenore begins chanting anew.
  183. [12:45:48] * Natalie takes a wide stance as her lunar anklet stops glowing as it usually does, the ribbon-scarf flowing like something you'd see a mecha protagonist using. "Ammy, let's do it again!"
  184. [12:46:19] * @Amaryllis nods to Nat and then, with a moment of hesitance, she flicks her wrist and dismisses her knife, grabbing the giant pair of scissors on her back instead.
  185. [12:46:38] <@Amaryllis> 2d6+5 teamwork!
  186. [12:46:39] <DiceMaid-9001> Amaryllis, teamwork!: 7 [2d6=1,1]
  187. [12:46:43] * Natalie triangle-leaps off the walls and- oh dear
  188. [12:46:48] <Natalie> 2d6+5 well let's do mine
  189. [12:46:50] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, well let's do mine: 13 [2d6=5,3]
  190. [12:46:54] <@Amaryllis> 1d6 on a 1
  191. [12:46:55] <DiceMaid-9001> Amaryllis, on a 1: 6 [1d6=6]
  192. [12:47:02] <Natalie> 1d6 dw reroll on my 3
  193. [12:47:03] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, dw reroll on my 3: 5 [1d6=5]
  194. [12:48:07] <@Amaryllis> Giant scissors are really unwieldy! Who knew? Ammy struggles to actually hold them in a way that allows fighting to be done, flailing uselessly.
  195. [12:48:18] <Kain> FLAIL
  196. [12:48:26] * Natalie forgets there's a ceiling!
  197. [12:48:52] <Kain> Theta?
  198. [12:49:04] <Theta> (sorry was on the phone)
  199. [12:49:12] <Theta> 2d6+6 another wind arrow
  200. [12:49:13] <DiceMaid-9001> Theta, another wind arrow: 13 [2d6=6,1]
  201. [12:49:19] <Theta> 64 wind damage!
  202. [12:49:20] <Kain> Yup
  203. [12:49:22] <@Amaryllis> (oh whoops I've been forgetting to roll melt damage)
  204. [12:49:37] <@Amaryllis> 2#2d6+38 multiplied by 1.5 each
  205. [12:49:38] <DiceMaid-9001> Amaryllis, multiplied by 1.5 each: 48 [2d6=4,6], 47 [2d6=5,4]
  206. [12:49:51] <Natalie> (Yeah I think usually the GM rolls melt damage)
  207. [12:49:53] <@Amaryllis> (and melt is over now I think?)
  208. [12:50:02] <@Amaryllis> (I rolled it during the Ayane thing I'm pretty sure)
  209. [12:50:05] <Kain> Doomtread's turn
  210. [12:50:08] <Natalie> (huhhhmmm)
  211. [12:50:24] <@Amaryllis> 72 and 70 fire btw
  212. [12:50:39] <Kain> 0,12        Carnage Drill        
  213. [12:50:49] <Kain> 2d6+6 against Ammy
  214. [12:50:50] <DiceMaid-9001> Kain, against Ammy: 11 [2d6=1,4]
  215. [12:50:52] <@Amaryllis> hits
  216. [12:51:08] <Natalie> If only we succeeded
  217. [12:51:29] <Kain> 85 * 300%... 255 arm damage. ...You probably should have used the Defend command! :D
  218. [12:51:54] * Natalie probably should have bought phoenix downs!
  219. [12:52:14] <@Amaryllis> Owwww! Ammy looks really silly probably as she fumbles with her giant scissors and then gets subsequently run down by a drill monster.
  220. [12:52:16] <Kain> The undead creature rips and tears into Ammy with multiple drills!
  221. [12:52:29] <Natalie> "Whoa!  Ammy, be car-  ... owwww."
  222. [12:52:31] <Theta> "...Well that didn't look the least bit pleasent."
  223. [12:52:35] * Natalie visibly winces, that's gotta hurt.
  224. [12:52:46] <@Lenore> "Oh...oh my!"
  225. [12:53:03] <@Amaryllis> It probably does! A lot! ;_; So perhaps it's fortunate Ammy is knocked out just about immediately.
  226. [12:53:19] <Natalie> "I'll... uh...." Rubyrub rubyrub.
  227. [12:53:27] <Natalie> "... Well um."
  228. [12:53:44] <Kain> Player turns!
  229. [12:53:45] * Natalie gets a stat boost out of RAGE due to Ammy being KO'd!
  230. [12:53:48] <Natalie> ... Just kidding.
  231. [12:53:50] <Natalie> But can you imagine?
  232. [12:54:05] <Natalie> A rank relations etc etc
  233. [12:54:07] <@Lenore> (1,1ENTER TRANCE YOU MORON)
  234. [12:54:19] <Natalie> (1,1Ammy gets KO'd all the time though)
  235. [12:55:13] <@Amaryllis> (hrm maybe I SHOULD look into RES food - I would've survived that by 2 HP if I'd gotten that :P...I'm not sure Ammy would enjoy being conscious after that though D:)
  236. [12:55:25] <Natalie> "You're not gonna get away with that!  ... Probably!"
  237. [12:55:57] * Natalie fumbles with the ribbon and glances around at the walls, ceiling. "Nnn, how would Leeny do it..."
  238. [12:56:16] <Kain> "The unrest will not go unpunished.... zuuuuuuuuuuul...."
  239. [12:56:25] <@Lenore> (1,1We're probably in a really bad position without Twin Soul teamwork to disable its Carnage Drill)
  240. [12:56:30] * Theta just shoots another green arrow at it to try to shut it up.
  241. [12:56:32] <Theta> 2d6+6
  242. [12:56:33] <DiceMaid-9001> Theta, 2d6+6: 18 [2d6=6,6]
  243. [12:56:35] <Theta> UH OH
  244. [12:56:35] <@Lenore> (Also obligatory there is no Ammy only Zuul)
  245. [12:56:38] <Natalie> (You know ANY teamwork attack can do that)
  246. [12:56:55] <Theta> (oh ffs this one does earth damage :<)
  247. [12:57:10] <Natalie> 2d6+5 Meanwhile during calculating, an all-attack!
  248. [12:57:11] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, Meanwhile during calculating, an all-attack!: 10 [2d6=4,1]
  249. [12:57:16] <@Lenore> (Yeah, but teamwork is unreliable ;_;  ANYWAY)
  250. [12:57:18] <Natalie> ha ha ha that probably doesn't even hit
  251. [12:57:27] <Natalie> 1d6 BUT I HAVE DUAL-WIELDING
  252. [12:57:28] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, BUT I HAVE DUAL-WIELDING: 3 [1d6=3]
  253. [12:57:37] <Theta> The arrow plinks! And then vines of IVY HELL burst through the ground and entrap the machine!
  254. [12:57:40] <Natalie> 12 maybe?  Mmmmm?  MMMMM?
  255. [12:57:50] <Kain> That does hit!
  256. [12:58:03] <@Lenore> "Eternal Flame, quench your thirst upon my foe!  Fire!"
  257. [12:58:12] <Natalie> wow that's only 61 earth ARM what a bunch of nothing, at least it's on all parts though
  258. [12:58:31] <Theta> 240 earth damage, it's in dificult terrain, and anyone susceptible to earth damage now is Speed Broken
  259. [12:58:34] * Natalie just leaps to the ceiling and lands a LASER SPLASH on the drillmonster.
  260. [12:58:35] <@Lenore> 2d6+68 M.ARM Fire damage, activating Elemental Seal
  261. [12:58:35] <DiceMaid-9001> Lenore, M.ARM Fire damage, activating Elemental Seal: 74 [2d6=5,1]
  262. [12:59:09] <Natalie> OH WHOA
  263. [12:59:21] <Kain> Ow, why does hell ivy speed break allies.
  264. [12:59:23] <Kain> No fuck that
  265. [12:59:25] <Natalie> Hooold on that's... 79 damage actually going by RAW
  266. [12:59:26] <Kain> Only enemies
  267. [12:59:29] <Natalie> or wait
  268. [12:59:31] <Natalie> Is this cave?
  269. [12:59:32] <Natalie> What IS this
  270. [12:59:44] <Natalie> oh wait you were using home terrain okay
  271. [12:59:45] <@Lenore> It's a Maelstrom, for one.
  272. [12:59:47] <Theta> (a lot of geotrances hit EVERYTHING)
  273. [12:59:47] <Natalie> no yeah it's 61
  274. [13:00:18] <Kain> Yeah, I don't like that though
  275. [13:00:43] <Kain> so from now on negative effects from geotrances only target enemies, fuck balance, we'll deal with it
  276. [13:00:50] <Kain> ANWAY
  277. [13:00:51] <Kain> ANYWAY
  278. [13:00:55] <@Lenore> Oh and that's hitting one of the drills.
  279. [13:01:29] <Kain> You... actually don't have to worry about the drills, Lenore.
  280. [13:01:40] <Kain> Between HELL IVY and shockwave, the drills collapse under the weight of attacks!
  281. [13:01:43] <@Lenore> Oh.  Did Theta just murderize them?   MAIN IT IS
  282. [13:01:44] <Natalie> Did I get 'em?
  283. [13:01:45] <Natalie> awwwww yeah
  284. [13:02:02] <Natalie> "Shoulda named that one."
  285. [13:02:12] <Kain> Carnage Drill disabled! Doomtreads loses two standard actions per turn!
  286. [13:02:24] <Natalie> It was totally Athena Asamiya's 214, that's... psycho... man, what was that called?
  287. [13:03:07] <Kain> The enemy is looking weak, but the creature tries its best anyway, going for Theta!
  288. [13:03:27] <Kain> 2d6+4 Drill Rush
  289. [13:03:27] <DiceMaid-9001> Kain, Drill Rush: 13 [2d6=5,4]
  290. [13:03:33] <Kain> ...well it doesn't have drills anymore.
  291. [13:03:37] <Kain> So all it can really do is ram into you.
  292. [13:03:52] <Kain> But that still hurts, for 89 arm damage!
  293. [13:04:06] <Natalie> (The real question is, does that even get through his bullshit AVD?)
  294. [13:04:16] * Theta bumps back a bit after being hit, dust himself off
  295. [13:04:18] <Theta> (By 1.)
  296. [13:04:25] <Natalie> (oh huh, I could've sworn he had 14)
  297. [13:04:35] <Theta> (he did but I swapped accessories)
  298. [13:04:37] <Kain> Players!
  299. [13:04:38] <Theta> (that dropped it 2)
  300. [13:04:42] <Natalie> (oh I see, gotcha)
  301. [13:04:45] <@Lenore> (And he also got Hexed)
  302. [13:05:04] <Kain> (Yeah, I counted the drop in acc from hex already)
  303. [13:05:14] * Natalie holds a hand by her Ruby a bit, pondering. "I could help, but... okay, let's finish it first!"
  304. [13:05:24] <@Lenore> (~)
  305. [13:05:36] <@Lenore> "Yeah, let's do it!"
  306. [13:05:55] <Natalie> 2d6+5 I would like to start us off by single-shockwaving just so I can abuse equipment properties and ride on luck I probably don't have
  307. [13:05:56] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, I would like to start us off by single-shockwaving just so I can abuse equipment properties and ride on luck I probably don't have: 11 [2d6=2,4]
  308. [13:06:00] <@Lenore> "Brilliant flames of the underworld, consume my foe and carry his soul!  Fire!"
  309. [13:06:03] <Natalie> 1d6 I didn't think so, but beef that 2
  310. [13:06:05] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, I didn't think so, but beef that 2: 6 [1d6=6]
  311. [13:06:09] <@Lenore> 2d6+68 Fire M.ARM
  312. [13:06:09] <DiceMaid-9001> Lenore, Fire M.ARM: 72 [2d6=1,3]
  313. [13:06:14] <Natalie> one away from being able to activate follow-through
  314. [13:06:17] <Natalie> dicemaid you troll
  315. [13:06:34] <Theta> Annnd then comes another dinky wind arrow.
  316. [13:06:36] <Theta> 2d6+6
  317. [13:06:37] <DiceMaid-9001> Theta, 2d6+6: 14 [2d6=5,3]
  318. [13:06:45] <Theta> 65 wind
  319. [13:07:14] <Natalie> "I'm not gonna forgive you!  Finishing Strike..."  Nat spins around and launches a laser along the ground at it.  "Cutting Edge of Notion!!"  Damage is uh... man that's not very much, 64 earth ARM
  320. [13:07:22] <Natalie> Boost though!
  321. [13:07:54] <Kain> It's on the edge of falling apart! One more desperate strike... against Lenore!
  322. [13:07:56] <Kain> 2d6+4
  323. [13:07:57] <DiceMaid-9001> Kain, 2d6+4: 11 [2d6=4,3]
  324. [13:07:57] <@Lenore> And then if it's still alive Lenore runs up to it and thwacks it with her Lightning Rod.
  325. [13:08:03] <Kain> Oh, wait
  326. [13:08:04] <Kain> waaaait
  327. [13:08:04] <@Lenore> (I STILL HAVE A TURN~)
  328. [13:08:06] <Kain> HERE WE GO
  329. [13:08:08] <Kain> ROLL IT
  330. [13:08:08] <Natalie> >implying player turns over
  331. [13:08:11] <Natalie> what a ikna
  332. [13:08:20] <@Lenore> 2d6+3 POKON
  333. [13:08:21] <DiceMaid-9001> Lenore, POKON: 9 [2d6=4,2]
  334. [13:08:29] <Kain> THAT
  335. [13:08:30] <@Lenore> Probably misses.
  336. [13:08:33] <Kain> Is a hit
  337. [13:08:33] <Kain> due to Hex
  338. [13:08:36] <@Lenore> Oh my
  339. [13:08:37] <Natalie> lol
  340. [13:08:39] <Anise> (yessss)
  341. [13:08:39] <@Lenore> pffffffffffffffft
  342. [13:08:56] <@Lenore> 57 ARM damage
  343. [13:09:56] * @Lenore whap. "Quit moving!"
  344. [13:09:59] <Kain> PSH PSH
  345. [13:10:04] <Kain> It flashes twice.
  346. [13:10:07] <Natalie> yesss
  347. [13:10:30] <Kain> And then its entire body begins to slowly turn red as it dissolves.
  348. [13:10:53] <Kain> You hear it give one last wail before vanishing. "Zuuuuuuuuuuuuuul..........."
  349. [13:11:03] <@Lenore> (...actually I goofed it's less than that but eh)
  350. [13:11:18] <Natalie> Pausing a moment, Nat tugs at her ribbonscarf and looks down while its ends flow behind her, breaking stance.  "Phew, we did it!"  New victory pose?  New victory pose.
  351. [13:11:21] <@Amaryllis> (and then the construction company needs to buy a new machine)
  352. [13:11:27] <Theta> "Who the heck is Zuul anyway?"
  353. [13:11:44] <Natalie> Since she's wearing a winter coat and twintails the player deems it appropriate.
  354. [13:11:44] * @Lenore shurg.
  355. [13:11:57] <Kain> Ammy regains consciousness after a moment.
  356. [13:12:00] * Natalie is actually running over and rolling Ammy awake after victorystuffs, though.
  357. [13:12:21] <@Amaryllis> "Nrrngh....owwww..." Ammy curls up tighter where she is, clutching her wounds and groaning.
  358. [13:12:45] <@Lenore> "Oooh, we should find a Moogle fast!"
  359. [13:12:50] * Natalie rearranges equipment jesus why does she swap between so many what a headache
  360. [13:13:14] <Kain> A moogle in a hardhat is flying towards you guys from the end of the tunnel you just came from.
  361. [13:13:20] <Natalie> "Moogle...?  Uhh, I forgot, why's that, Lenny?"
  362. [13:13:32] <@Lenore> "Tent!"
  363. [13:13:36] * Natalie actually did forget. Suffering.
  364. [13:13:38] <Natalie> "Tent."
  365. [13:13:41] * Theta scoops some dust off the ground and patpats Ammy. It seems to be working at fixing the wounds up though.
  366. [13:13:43] <Natalie> "... Oh, right!"
  367. [13:13:47] <Theta> (Earth Heal!)
  368. [13:13:58] <Kain> The hardhat has a little spot for its pompom to come through - wait, how does that help protect its head at all?
  369. [13:14:04] <Natalie> (cheater, I was going to use the last of my mp and kiss her back to health ;-;)
  370. [13:14:22] <@Lenore> "Hey, Mr. Moogle!  Can you help us set up a Moogle Tent~?"
  371. [13:14:29] <Kain> Moogle: "Hey! You guys alright, kupo? What on earth just happened? Where's the Tunnel Bore?"
  372. [13:14:40] <Natalie> "Oh, the monster?  It attacked us, so we beat it up!"
  373. [13:14:40] <Kain> Moogle; "Uhh, I guess I could, yeah...."
  374. [13:15:01] * @Amaryllis pushes herself up with one hand, shadow wreathed around the other. "Bloody drill monster, I will...erghhh...oh." She notices it's gone. "Thanks Theta." She sits up and closes her eyes, waiting for all the healing to seep in.
  375. [13:15:28] <Kain> Moogle: "You whaaaat? That thing was ultra expensive! We were trying to figure out what was causing the malfunctions and all of a sudden it took off through the tunnel..."
  376. [13:15:30] <@Amaryllis> "Sodding ghosts."
  377. [13:15:50] * Theta looks over to the now covered in rust and vines device. "Uh. Oops."
  378. [13:15:55] <@Lenore> "Ah, it was?  I'm really sorry, but it was trying to kill us so we had to!"
  379. [13:15:58] <Theta> "Well in our defense it would have killed us!"
  380. [13:15:59] <Natalie> "It kept saying something about a... zuuuuuuuul?"
  381. [13:16:15] * Natalie was balancing Prickles on her head the entire fight btw, this is important
  382. [13:16:18] <Kain> Moogle: "Ghosts? Waaaait, back up, what -happened-?"
  383. [13:16:35] <Kain> Prickles was totally being useless the entire fight btw, this is important.
  384. [13:16:37] <@Amaryllis> "Do you see these wounds?" Ammy says to the moogle as she points at herself before she's fully healed. "Bloody thing tried to excavate me."
  385. [13:16:53] <Natalie> Prickles is a costume accessory, he's like the watermelon of shame only less shameful and slightly less green.
  386. [13:17:12] * @Lenore fishes through hatclip to pull out a Moogle Tent.
  387. [13:17:26] <@Amaryllis> (hrm do we need it? It'd only recover MP for us at this point)
  388. [13:17:37] <@Amaryllis> (...though I guess we should probably refill MP)
  389. [13:17:38] * Natalie !s and goes over to help Ammy with the wounds, even though the mechanical side of it's taken care of.
  390. [13:17:46] <Natalie> (Yeah I'm gonna need to chug if we don't)
  391. [13:17:49] <@Lenore> (It's probably a good idea to restore MP)
  392. [13:17:51] * @Amaryllis nods in thanks to Nat.
  393. [13:18:13] <@Lenore> (I lost almost half my MP in that fight)
  394. [13:18:22] <Kain> Moogle: "Well, sorry about all that... It looks like your friend is taking care of the injuries, at least. Still, you all had best rest when you get to New Cleyra. It's just on the other side of the tunnel, kupo."
  395. [13:18:25] <@Amaryllis> "Thanks Nat. Sorry that last strike failed to work in our favor..." She trails off into something about 'stupid scissors'
  396. [13:18:27] <Natalie> (41/96 is just enough for one reflect)
  397. [13:18:36] <@Amaryllis> (oh we can just rest in town)
  398. [13:18:38] <Natalie> "Oh it's okay, I forgot where I was going anyway!"
  399. [13:19:00] <@Lenore> (1,1mfw we'll never use a Moogle Tent.
  400. [13:19:02] <@Lenore> )
  401. [13:19:05] <Natalie> (^)
  402. [13:19:10] <@Amaryllis> (but we have once)
  403. [13:19:14] <@Amaryllis> (I'm pretty sure anyway)
  404. [13:19:34] * Natalie helps Ammy up. "Oh, so, we're gonna go there and take a long nap? I gueeeeeeess a little more walking to get there's okay..."
  405. [13:20:20] <Kain> Moogle: "I'm Erikupo, by the way. Everyone just calls me Erik. Man, what am I going to tell my boss, kupo..."
  406. [13:20:38] * @Amaryllis stands up gingerly with Nat's help. She may have been healed, but there's still probably lingering pain and soreness from having holes drilled through her all over or something.
  407. [13:20:58] <Natalie> "Um, well, the thing did attack us so..."
  408. [13:20:59] <@Lenore> "That the machine went nuts and tried to kill people?"
  409. [13:21:11] <Kain> Ammy's had a hard day of being drilled, go easy you guys.
  410. [13:21:12] <@Amaryllis> Still though, the Moogle Manifest must be completed, so after a moment, Ammy fishes out her journal and dutifully records Erik's name.
  411. [13:21:14] <@Amaryllis> (god damnit)
  412. [13:21:20] * Natalie realizes she forgot to bandage up her ruby and does that now. Whoops!
  413. [13:21:21] <@Amaryllis> (/me flips a table)
  414. [13:21:24] <@Lenore> (I snorted SO HARD)
  415. [13:21:29] <Natalie> (lude)
  416. [13:21:33] <Theta> (SO LEWD)
  418. [13:21:51] <Natalie> (yo ammy let's ERP)
  419. [13:21:54] <@Amaryllis> (a-am I r-ruined for marriage now?)
  420. [13:22:50] <Kain> (You're ruined for everything)(
  421. [13:23:13] <@Amaryllis> After a moment of scribbling, Ammy turns to Erik. "Excuse me Erik, do you happen to have the journal the other Moogles have been passing around of our travels?"
  422. [13:23:34] <Kain> Erik looks inquisitive. "Yeah, kupo, why?"
  423. [13:25:08] <@Amaryllis> "Could we take a look?" Ammy brightens up.
  424. [13:25:10] <Kain> Erik starts fishing in his pockets, and starts tossing out large journals about different groups of adventurers.
  425. [13:25:29] <Kain> Erik: "It's kind of bad luck to see one of these before they're finished, you know..."
  426. [13:25:54] <@Lenore> "W-wouldn't we have to be dead to see them after they're finished?"
  427. [13:26:02] <Natalie> Satisfied Ammy gets her storytime, her faithful cat has already curled up against a wall.
  428. [13:26:23] <Kain> Erik: "Well, they stop when the travels stop being interesting."
  429. [13:26:26] * @Amaryllis picks up one of the ones for another group of adventurers. "Oh, but could we then read someone else's journal without consequence?"
  430. [13:26:47] <Kain> Erik eventually pulls out a large book and slams it onto the ground, getting out a quill and ink. "Guess I better write this part down too, kupo."
  431. [13:26:49] <Theta> "How do you keep the stories in sync anyway?"
  432. [13:27:26] <Kain> Erik bats at the journal in Ammy's hands. "No!"
  433. [13:27:38] <Kain> He's not really strong enough to do anything but admonish you though. >:C
  434. [13:27:38] <@Amaryllis> "In any case, another Moogle had revealed to me part of the journal already, so it is all your faults if we have bad luck now." Ammy flips throu- oh she gets it batted out of her hands. She frowns. :<
  435. [13:27:53] <Natalie> zzzz
  436. [13:28:00] <@Amaryllis> Oh, in that case it totally is opened and read. Just a peek before closing and returning it.
  437. [13:29:09] <Kain> This one is about that kid Joshua from the arena. Something about him and that girl going on a quest to collect elemental sigils or something.
  438. [13:29:37] <Natalie> omae wa goof
  439. [13:29:41] <Kain> Erik takes it back with a frown. "This one's supposed to be on its way up north anyway, kupo."
  440. [13:30:22] <@Amaryllis> "My apologies. Stories are to be shared, so I thought a small peek would be okay."
  441. [13:30:32] <Kain> Erik: "As for keeping them in sync... well, whaddya mean? There's a bit at the beginning saying who the people in these groups are, and we just write down what we see. Then when it's finished someone edits it all together into a more cohesive story, kupo. Why were you curious about yours, anyway?"
  442. [13:30:43] * Natalie snuggles Prickles like a pillow, having curled down to nap while you gooves decided to slack off.
  443. [13:30:55] <@Lenore> (>napping)
  444. [13:31:01] <@Lenore> (>not muckin' about)
  445. [13:31:03] <@Amaryllis> "Because I am a keeper and teller of stories myself, of course."
  446. [13:31:13] <Natalie> (yo I'm fucking carbuncle I can nap wherever I want nigger)
  447. [13:31:31] <@Lenore> (yer muckin' about)
  448. [13:31:48] <Natalie> The snuggling is awkwardly close, by the way.  Enough to put Prickles in some kind of anime scenario probably, because he hasn't been in one of those yet.
  449. [13:31:49] <Natalie> Has he?
  450. [13:32:10] <Kain> You notice another one of the journals just has the name "Stiltzkin" on the cover.
  451. [13:32:21] <Theta> "Oh I didn't know you just each wrote a bit then compiled it later."
  452. [13:32:27] <Theta> "I figured you wrote in where the last left off."
  453. [13:32:43] * @Amaryllis peers over at that one. "You even have journals for other Moogles?"
  454. [13:33:24] <Kain> Erik: "Well, it IS the same journal sent between us moogles, kupo. And yeah! Stiltzkin is pretty great, he gets up to all sorts of adventures, kupo. He's actually in New Cleyra now, I think."
  455. [13:34:46] <@Amaryllis> "Oh? Perhaps we shall visit him then."
  456. [13:34:55] <@Lenore> "That sounds like a great idea~"
  457. [13:35:48] <Theta> (I am so cold atm brrrr ;-;)
  458. [13:35:55] <Kain> Erik: "Well, it was nice meeting you guys, but I'd better get back to work or something..."
  459. [13:36:17] <Kain> the moogle begins gathering up all the journals.
  460. [13:37:20] <@Amaryllis> "Indeed. Well met, Erik." Ammy shuffles over to Nat and gently shakes her awake.
  461. [13:37:26] <Theta> "I...think we should continue before they figure out it was us who broke this."
  462. [13:37:49] <@Amaryllis> "An excellent plan."
  463. [13:38:34] <Natalie> "Nnnnnnn...."  Nat gives an exaggerated yawn and a just-as-exaggerated stretch.
  464. [13:38:43] <Natalie> And puts Prickles back on her head.
  465. [13:38:49] <@Lenore> "That's a great idea~!"
  466. [13:38:55] <Natalie> "Oh, we're going now?  'Kay~!"
  467. [13:41:39] * @Amaryllis starts off down the tunnel again
  468. [13:41:54] * Natalie leaps off down the tunnel, having plenty of energy after a 2-minute nap.
  469. [13:41:58] <@Amaryllis> (oh oh roll scavenge on the boss whoever has it)
  470. [13:42:05] <@Amaryllis> (can we even roll that untrained though?)
  471. [13:42:05] <Natalie> 2d6+2 oh that's me
  472. [13:42:07] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, oh that's me: 13 [2d6=5,6]
  473. [13:42:10] <@Amaryllis> (fuck yea)
  474. [13:42:40] <Natalie> (1,1but my inventory's full)
  475. [13:42:48] <@Amaryllis> (mine isn't)
  476. [13:42:53] <Natalie> (k)
  477. [13:43:04] <Kain> Okay then
  478. [13:43:31] <Kain> Prickles was totally in one of those awkward scenarios where he was held close to a bosom and couldn't escape but that's an adventure for another time.
  479. [13:43:39] <Natalie> an adventure
  480. [13:43:41] <Natalie> for my tablet
  481. [13:44:09] <Kain> Looking over the uh, remains of the tunnel bore, you find that one of the drills that fell off is still in good condition.
  482. [13:44:30] * Natalie was totally using that as the head-pillow the whole time then, Prickles the cuddle-pillow.
  483. [13:44:32] <Kain> It has a bit of hell ivy wrapped around it still, and that shit is hard to untangle.
  484. [13:44:43] <Natalie> On the contrary, that makes it easier to pick up!
  485. [13:44:46] <@Lenore> (And then Nat got Drill Knuckles and became Natina)
  486. [13:45:18] <Natalie> (Wait, are you trying to compare me to Kamina?)
  487. [13:45:20] <Natalie> (Really?)
  488. [13:45:26] <Kain> Received Ivy-laden Drill! Stats to be determined later let's get this show on the road.
  489. [13:45:29] <Natalie> (I mean they both have blue hair and shout a lot and- ... god damnit)
  490. [13:45:43] <@Amaryllis> (do we get other fight rewards?)
  491. [13:45:47] * Natalie gives it to Ammy to carry yeah someone turn up the Crossing Those Hills plzkthx
  492. [13:46:39] <@Amaryllis> (I'm listening to Blue Fields instead deal with it)
  493. [13:46:44] <Natalie> (ok now I am too)
  494. [13:46:59] <Natalie> (I did On the Green Road last week so this works now)
  495. [13:47:03] * @Amaryllis takes the drill from Nat and puts it away.
  496. [13:47:43] <@Lenore> (Does Ammy want her Bracers back?)
  497. [13:47:54] <Kain> Oh right.
  498. [13:47:55] <@Amaryllis> (yeah, probably)
  499. [13:48:18] <Kain> One experience! One destiny! 1000 gil each! Two Phoenix Downs!
  500. [13:48:24] * Natalie remains totally clueless of the situation Prickles was in for fuck yes phoenix downs
  501. [13:48:40] <Natalie> ... So can Prickles be assed to hold this holy water?
  502. [13:48:47] <Kain> and an extra destiny for Lenore because I like people who spend destiny for the best things
  503. [13:48:50] <Kain> Sure.
  504. [13:49:11] * @Amaryllis totally finds feathers buried within the recesses of the machine?
  505. [13:49:23] * Natalie hands it to him somewhere along the line so he can do his paladin-y duty with it and exorcise vampires who live in castles that the group will eventually make their home base.
  506. [13:49:57] <Kain> She sure does.
  507. [13:50:34] * @Lenore forks over the Blood Bracers to Ammy~
  508. [13:50:46] <@Lenore> And re-equips her old Bracers
  509. [13:50:59] <@Amaryllis> "Ah, thank you Lenore. I hope they were helpful in the arena?"
  510. [13:51:02] <Natalie> (Mind if I take at least one phoenix then?)
  511. [13:51:05] <@Lenore> "Very!"
  512. [13:51:24] <Natalie> "Was that why it was so easy?"
  513. [13:51:30] <@Lenore> (Take both, I'd take one but MUH INVENTORY is mostly full and I'm prolly gonna' sell off my old staff)
  514. [13:51:42] <Natalie> (sure, can do unless alpha or ammy want one)
  515. [13:52:05] <@Amaryllis> (nope, inventory full until we get to new cleyra and I sell off my old armor)
  516. [13:53:06] <Kain> (Gonna get a drink until you cuties are ready to go)
  517. [13:53:17] <Natalie> (right I need more coffee too)
  518. [13:54:39] <Natalie> (coffee get let's go to the town that'll inevitably blow up while we're there)
  519. [13:55:57] * @Amaryllis is ready to go!
  520. [13:56:05] * Theta has been ready
  521. [13:56:08] * Natalie is also ready.
  522. [13:59:27] <Kain> OKAY THEN
  523. [13:59:34] * @Lenore IS RARIN TO GO
  524. [13:59:57] <Natalie> Is Prickles ready?  He's been so silent lately, gotta make a note to use him as an improvised weapon next combat
  525. [14:00:13] * Kain is now known as Mr_Prickles
  526. [14:00:17] <Natalie> yes
  527. [14:00:20] * Mr_Prickles is ready!
  528. [14:00:26] <Natalie> now GM like that
  529. [14:00:31] <Mr_Prickles> Ok
  530. [14:00:35] <Natalie> <3 <3 <3 <3
  531. [14:00:47] <Mr_Prickles> You proceed past the fallen tunnel bore as Erik goes back to tell his boss about the adventurers that just beat the shit out of it
  532. [14:01:59] <Natalie> Probably including the guys who scoffed at a little girl with a cactuar on her head offering to beat up the monster for them.  Hmph.
  533. [14:02:05] <Natalie> Don't they know what a protagonist looks like when they see one?
  534. [14:03:54] <Mr_Prickles> The other end of the tunnel is coming into view, and it's...well, what do we have here? You see trees directly at the other end, with another station for the miners built into the tunnel wall itself, and there's a sign that reads "NEW CLEYRA" in old script. As you step out, the dwindling sunlight filters through the trees, and you see a town stretch out before you. Beautifully decorated
  535. [14:03:54] <Mr_Prickles> houses, both on the ground and nestled in the branches of the enormous thirty-foot high trees here. The rustling of leaves whispers in your ears from every direction, and you feel quite a bit of wind, a lot of it being caught in the windmills that seem to be scattered everywhere across the town.
  536. [14:04:38] <Mr_Prickles> Nezumi in robes are walking along small, bricked paths that serve as the city's streets, winding around the trees.
  537. [14:05:02] * Theta shields his eyes. "Pretty sudden transition there..."
  538. [14:05:54] <Mr_Prickles> Wind scarves flutter next to the windmills and marking houses, dozens of elaborate designs marking specific addresses.
  539. [14:06:01] * Natalie tugs on the Dancer's Ribbon a bit but hops out, beaming.
  540. [14:06:18] <Mr_Prickles> The houses seem to be made of wood too, their outside panels carved with various reliefs.
  541. [14:06:38] <Mr_Prickles> Reborn City New Cleyra
  542. [14:06:40] <Mr_Prickles>
  543. [14:06:55] <@Lenore> "Whoooooa~"
  544. [14:07:18] <Mr_Prickles> Behind you, the mountain above the tunnel stretches up and up into thesky, the forest having met it right to the edge.
  545. [14:07:58] * Natalie heads for THE SHOPS HEY KAIN DONE SHOPS YET?
  546. [14:08:07] <Mr_Prickles> NO SHUT UP YOU'RE SPOILING THE MOOD
  547. [14:08:10] <Natalie> <3
  548. [14:08:16] * @Lenore heads to the shops to sell her old staff~
  549. [14:08:24] <Mr_Prickles> You can totally sell things though.
  550. [14:08:26] * @Amaryllis walks along, searching for an inn or some other place to rest.
  551. [14:08:31] * Natalie actually heads for an inn-alike to curl up and nap.
  552. [14:08:34] <@Amaryllis> (psst Kain how much is Cleyran glass?)
  553. [14:09:02] <Mr_Prickles> A windsock decorated with a bed flies above what you assume is the inn, and the innkeep greets Nat warmly.
  554. [14:09:24] <Natalie> But not Ammy, huh?  Must be because the innkeeper is into blue-haired girls.
  555. [14:09:30] <@Amaryllis> ;_;
  556. [14:09:44] <Mr_Prickles> Oh, she greets Ammy too. Cast distracted me with shop things. :C
  557. [14:10:00] * Natalie waves with a "Hi!" and proceeds to do traditional inn-registering things then. Or... stand and look cute while Ammy does them.
  558. [14:10:11] * @Lenore sells it for half cost, so it's...75g~. Nothing. Woohoo~
  559. [14:10:34] <Mr_Prickles> The market is just across from the inn, not the traditional sort of buildings but an open-air sort of thing almost like Lindblum's stalls.
  560. [14:10:39] * @Amaryllis gives the innkeeper a tired but warm smile and gets to filling out the standard forms.
  561. [14:10:40] <Natalie> Psst you can sell the imp knife and keep the money from that too, Lennychan
  562. [14:11:37] * Theta notes he should sell a few things he's carrying as well later, but for now just heads to the inn to rest some.
  563. [14:11:47] <Mr_Prickles> You get your party a set of rooms for the day, and that's that!
  564. [14:12:01] * @Lenore then heads straight for the inn~. Natty can sell her own goddamn knife
  565. [14:12:02] <Mr_Prickles> Mr. Prickles hangs out on a windowsill inside the inn.
  566. [14:12:12] <@Lenore> (Because I have like 7000g anyway)
  567. [14:12:52] * Natalie is maximum pomf like right away
  568. [14:13:05] <Mr_Prickles> Inside the inn, you can access a sort of back garden area while resting - you notice some of the pumping machinery the windmills are hooked up to around here.
  569. [14:13:43] <Mr_Prickles> They draw fresh water up from Gizamaluke's Grotto, which filters out into a pond near the back of the inn, and over a ways into an artificial river that flows through the town.
  570. [14:14:14] <Mr_Prickles> Wooden catwalks also lead up to the second tier of the city in the treetops.
  571. [14:14:34] <Natalie> Inn music and then we're free to explore?
  572. [14:14:52] <Natalie> Or is this a 4,1plot inn
  573. [14:15:12] <Mr_Prickles> ~Inn jingle~
  574. [14:15:14] <@Lenore> (b-but I like plot inns)
  575. [14:15:24] <Theta> (not a sexy inn jungle?)
  576. [14:15:28] <Natalie> (ok I admit I do too)
  577. [14:15:32] * @Lenore regardless, snooze~
  578. [14:15:41] * Theta sits in the garden and notes how this place functions some before retiring for the night.
  579. [14:15:45] <Mr_Prickles> The night falls on New Cleyra quietly, with the sweet music of flutes and stringed instruments from downstairs lulling you to sleep.
  580. [14:16:25] * Natalie sleeps like a cat, able to spring up with lots of energy in the morn. Or maybe in the middle of the night to have an affectionate talk with the main love interest regarding the current turn of affairs.
  581. [14:16:42] <@Lenore> (Also Kain that arrangement is really cute that's how vocal arrangements SHOULD be done)
  582. [14:16:44] * @Amaryllis goes almost immediately to sleep after some writing in her journal. It's been a long day of walking, and she's not the most energetic person to start. Not to mention being mauled by the doomtread.
  583. [14:16:46] <Natalie> .. Nah, the former, it's too early for that scene.
  584. [14:17:15] <Mr_Prickles> ~
  585. [14:17:45] * @Lenore puts on her lightningbolt jammies and goes to sleep~
  586. [14:17:58] <Mr_Prickles> Morning eventually greets you, and Mr. Prickles is the first up, rousing you all out of bed. "Good morning! I say, everyone seems to be gathered outside for something..."
  587. [14:18:28] * Natalie flips up like a fuckin' ninja and heads to peek outside. "Huh? Something..."
  588. [14:18:43] <Natalie> The rest of that sentence is spent trying to remember where they are and how they got there.
  589. [14:18:52] <@Lenore> "Nnnn?"  She ruuuubs sleep out of her eyes and goes to take a bath or something before getting dressed and heading out~
  590. [14:18:57] * Theta tilts his head, peeks out a window to see if they got pitchforks and torches
  591. [14:19:10] <@Lenore> (>Cleyra)
  592. [14:19:16] <@Lenore> (>pitchforks and torches)
  593. [14:19:29] <Theta> (they are standard riot wear!)
  594. [14:19:32] * @Amaryllis rubs the sleep out of her eyes and looks to Nat first, gauging from her expression the level of remembrance she currently has.
  595. [14:19:34] <Mr_Prickles> From you peeking, it seems like a bunch of New Cleyrans are out and about in dancer's dress or light bard clothing, performing in the streets or watching the merriment.
  596. [14:19:52] <Natalie> It's 0%... 1%... 2%... 2.5%...
  597. [14:19:54] <Mr_Prickles> Huh, you didn't hear anything about a festival. Maybe they just do this.
  598. [14:20:02] <Theta> "Oh, you had me worried it was about that machine we destroyed at a bit."
  599. [14:20:07] <Natalie> Few seconds later she gives up watching the dancing rats and starts diarying.
  600. [14:20:13] <Theta> (er, minus -at a bit)
  601. [14:20:33] * @Lenore walks out and looks at dancing rats and wideface '_______________________________________'
  602. [14:20:44] <Mr_Prickles> Weird thing to be doing first thing in the morning... but hey.
  603. [14:20:54] * Mr_Prickles leaning away from wideface
  604. [14:20:58] * @Amaryllis shuffles over to Nat and takes a deep breath. "Do you remember me?"
  605. [14:21:17] <Mr_Prickles> "My apologies, it just seemed like something of note."
  606. [14:21:20] <@Lenore> "That's soooo~ cooool~ ☆"
  607. [14:21:44] <Theta> "You think the inn keeper would have mentioned this if it was a festival."
  608. [14:21:52] <Theta> "Should we go down and see what it is?" He asks Lenore
  609. [14:22:12] <@Lenore> "Of course!"
  610. [14:22:18] <Natalie> "Nnnn...."  Squint.  "Yeah... just a little groggy, that's all!"
  611. [14:22:53] * Theta grabs her by the hand and downward they go then!
  612. [14:23:03] * Natalie does the same thing to Ammy, energy-filled. "C'mon!"
  613. [14:23:08] <@Lenore> ~~~~~~~~~~
  614. [14:23:22] * @Amaryllis levies a sigh of relief. "We are so close Nat. Not to a full solution, but a foothold at least." And she gets dragged.
  615. [14:24:06] <Natalie> "Yeah.  Thanks, Am- whoa, how can she stand WEARING that?"
  616. [14:24:19] <@Amaryllis> There's a small frown on her face - she'd much rather set off immediately and finish Renegade's errand. After all, what's the use of going to the festival if Nat might just forget it if they don't finish up the quest to make her memories more stable?
  617. [14:24:34] * Natalie cut herself on purpose because she forgot what this person's name was past 'Am,' but she'd never admit that!
  618. [14:24:47] <Natalie> ... Off.  Cut herself off.
  619. [14:24:49] <@Amaryllis> (but it's in the diary ;o;)
  620. [14:24:56] <Natalie> (She got talked to before reading it!)
  621. [14:25:23] <Natalie> Also yeah totally selling that imp knife because we'll never get to do synthesis baaawww
  622. [14:26:45] <Theta> (Shopping's 4 fags)
  623. [14:27:11] <@Amaryllis> "Nat, should we not set off immediately for the forest? The sooner we finish playing Renegade's little game, the better."
  624. [14:27:20] <Natalie> (ur just jelly 'cause you wish you could be a cute teen girl in fantasyland)
  625. [14:27:32] <Mr_Prickles> (Just for that putting imp knife into synthesis shop here)
  626. [14:27:34] <Theta> (No that was a joke about no shop lists you goofus)
  627. [14:28:00] <Natalie> (it's okay we can go back to wheelvert and grind)
  628. [14:28:47] <Natalie> "Reneg... oh!"  Natty wears the typical I'm-pretending-to-remember-what-you're-talking-about smile, affirming with a nod.  "Yeah, we got naps so we don't NEED to stick around, right?"
  629. [14:29:31] <@Amaryllis> "Nat, how much do you actually remember?" Ammy frowns worriedly.
  630. [14:30:04] <Mr_Prickles> Theta and Lenore head into the crowd! The performers seem to be doing an intricate riverdance of sorts, six dancers to a set and those divided into pairs - they occasionally circle each other while several harp players play the harp.
  631. [14:30:21] <@Lenore> "Neeeeat!"
  632. [14:30:46] <Natalie> "Enough."  NOW she whips out the diary and starts flipping through it, only a little subtly.
  633. [14:31:25] <Mr_Prickles> Some flutes begin to kick in after a moment too, and there are a few people playing  drumsets strapped to their waists.
  634. [14:31:27] <Mr_Prickles>
  635. [14:32:34] * Theta figures this must be more a ceremony of sorts than a festival given how structured it is. "Hm..."
  636. [14:32:48] <Mr_Prickles> The music spins around and around, almost reminiscent of a storm of wind, itself, and indeed, you can feel the wind blow through town a bit harder, the windmills turning faster and the windsocks whipping wildly.
  637. [14:32:54] * @Amaryllis waits patiently for Nat to read through the diary.
  638. [14:33:19] * Natalie does it while walking and not watching where she's going hey kain shenanigans alert
  639. [14:33:51] * @Amaryllis guides Nat to somewhere relatively quiet as she does this, maybe the side of the streets or something.
  640. [14:33:57] <Mr_Prickles> Hard to be shenanigans when Ammy is watching over you so hard.
  641. [14:34:02] <Natalie> Lame
  642. [14:34:16] <Mr_Prickles> You lose sight of Mr. Prickles in the crowd, though
  643. [14:34:23] <Natalie> Adventure
  644. [14:34:25] <Theta> "It's a form of worship maybe? The wind just picked up..."
  645. [14:34:49] <Natalie> It flips closed after a moment.  "... 'Kay, all done!  It's all there, just kinda fuzzy.  ... I think."
  646. [14:34:54] <@Lenore> "A ceremony?  Cooool~"
  647. [14:36:06] <@Amaryllis> "Oh bloody hell, where did he get to?" Ammy mutters, having kept too close an eye on Nat to notice Prickles leaving until it was too late. She gives Nat a sad look. "It is perfectly okay that you do not remember everything every morning, but please, please let me know. It is easier to help you if you have truthfully told me how much you remember."
  648. [14:36:51] <Mr_Prickles> After several minutes of this the dancing and songs eventually begin to die down, and the dancers and musicians bow to the audience, people then begin to go on their way.
  649. [14:37:04] <Natalie> "Oookay," a slow nod.  "It's alright, I got the important parts- we're gonna fix it soon anyway, right?"
  650. [14:37:07] <Mr_Prickles> One Nezumi near Theta speaks up. "Oh, it's something carried over from the old Cleyra."
  651. [14:37:34] * Natalie pulls Ammy out, :<ing at seeing the crowds leave. She wanted to dance too, you big overprotective jerk!
  652. [14:37:44] <@Amaryllis> "We are, Nat." Ammy looks out over the town for signs of Prickles.
  653. [14:38:08] <Mr_Prickles> Nezumi: "We had a ritual to strengthen the sandstorm that encircled our home, strengthened by a powerful jewel. It failed one fateful day though, and Alexandria attacked."
  654. [14:38:41] <Mr_Prickles> Nezumi: "But we haven't forgotten our traditions. Without the jewel's power the ritual isn't as strong, but once a week, with enough performers, we can keep the wind here strong, which still protects our livelihood."
  655. [14:38:41] <@Amaryllis> Because dancing with your nose in a book is such a good idea, right? :D Ammy starts leading Nat toward the bazaar as she keeps her eyes peeled for signs of the cactuar. She does mutter a sheepish "sorry" to Nat as they go though.
  656. [14:39:22] <Theta> "Ooooh. Thank you, that explains it."
  657. [14:39:24] <@Amaryllis> 2d6+3 history roll to make the connection between this and old cleyra on my own?
  658. [14:39:25] <DiceMaid-9001> Amaryllis, history roll to make the connection between this and old cleyra on my own?: 13 [2d6=6,4]
  659. [14:39:26] <Natalie> Nat gives Ammy a quick anime headshake and begins pulling her along, dashing through the streets.
  660. [14:39:49] <Natalie> 2d6 making an awareness for 'show me any interesting things' but watch this it's gonna critfail
  661. [14:39:51] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, making an awareness for 'show me any interesting things' but watch this it's gonna critfail: 9 [2d6=5,4]
  662. [14:39:53] <Natalie> oh
  663. [14:40:05] <@Lenore> "That's pretty cool!"
  664. [14:41:03] <@Lenore> 1,1Makes you wonder what Lenore DOESN'T think is pretty cool, huh?
  665. [14:41:14] <Natalie> (1,1what about fire?)
  666. [14:41:28] <Mr_Prickles> Nat sees an amphitheater built into the treetops some distance away, it looks like some of the dancers are headed that way!
  667. [14:42:01] <Natalie> Oh, that's interesting.
  668. [14:42:16] <Theta> "...Where the others run off to?"
  669. [14:42:17] * @Amaryllis senses imminent dragging
  670. [14:42:34] * Natalie considers it but doesn't. "... Okay, which way is the thing we were gonna do?"
  671. [14:43:16] <@Lenore> "That's a good question!"
  672. [14:43:29] <@Amaryllis> "We shall need to find the others and then discuss that between them. It is up in the mountains, likely going to be a more difficult journey than we've had thus far since setting out from Treno."
  673. [14:43:36] <Mr_Prickles> Ammy - by the way, you can figure out the context of the dancing from that roll
  674. [14:43:58] <Natalie> "Ohhh," droop.  "I thought we were a lot closer than that."
  675. [14:44:05] <Mr_Prickles> (Just going to let you guys know)
  676. [14:44:18] <Natalie> (if you say what I think you're about to say I will get my tables)
  677. [14:44:22] <Mr_Prickles> (I'm going to make shops AFTER this session but I'll let you retroactively buy things even if you leave now)
  678. [14:44:29] <Natalie> (oh ok that's cool)
  679. [14:44:57] <@Amaryllis> "That is why I wish to hurry." Ammy glances over at the departing dancers. "Even without Alexander's jewel, they continue their rites. I wonder what power they might have from the accumulated force of story and tradition alone."
  680. [14:45:12] <Mr_Prickles> The Nezumi waves goodbye to the lot of you and heads on his own way. :D
  681. [14:45:18] <@Amaryllis> "In any case..." Ammy is the one to initiate dragging this time, searching for signs of Prickles and the others.
  682. [14:45:30] <Mr_Prickles> sign of Prickles, but hey! There's Theta and Lenore.
  683. [14:45:43] <Natalie> "Alexander..."  Nat scrunches, slowly putting together the context and then perks up, ready to initiate max searchmode.
  684. [14:45:44] <@Amaryllis> (don't forget to put the Cleyran glass on there~)
  685. [14:45:50] <Natalie> No we're not leaving prickles behind
  686. [14:46:12] <@Lenore> "Huh?  Where'd Prickles go?"  She looks left.  Right.  Left.  right.  Left.
  687. [14:46:13] <Natalie> 2d6+8 I search using athletics to weave through the crowds and okay you're probably not actually going to allow that
  688. [14:46:14] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, I search using athletics to weave through the crowds and okay you're probably not actually going to allow that: 19 [2d6=6,5]
  689. [14:46:20] <Mr_Prickles> (200 gil for how much cleyran glass you'll need)
  690. [14:46:22] <Natalie> god damnit dicemaid
  691. [14:46:35] <@Lenore> that is
  692. [14:46:36] <@Lenore> amazing
  693. [14:46:39] <Mr_Prickles> You
  694. [14:46:43] <Mr_Prickles> weave through the crowds
  695. [14:46:45] <Natalie> she always does this
  696. [14:46:49] <Mr_Prickles> and end up emerging with Mr. Prickles on your head
  697. [14:46:54] <Mr_Prickles> He looks bewildered
  698. [14:46:55] <Natalie> <3
  699. [14:47:02] <Natalie> "Ammy, I found him~!"
  700. [14:47:26] <Mr_Prickles> "I don't... understand what just happened. But I'm glad that's over." :<
  701. [14:47:43] <Mr_Prickles> "I just couldn't find my way out of that mass of people..."
  702. [14:48:03] <Natalie> "Ohhhh.  It's okay, you're safe now~"
  703. [14:48:05] <@Amaryllis> "The muses are whimsical and easily amused. But I am glad you are with us once more. Are we all gathered now?" Ammy stares up at the mountain.
  704. [14:48:13] * Natalie heads back out careokay who am I kidding it's not careful at all
  705. [14:48:59] <Mr_Prickles> It's definitely less steep on this side - there even seems to be a path partially up the mountain, but it looks like you'll definitely need that mountain climbing gear Lenore apparently has.
  706. [14:49:19] <Mr_Prickles> As you look up... awareness check.,
  707. [14:49:35] <Natalie> (1,1want a faith?)
  708. [14:49:38] <@Amaryllis> Is it easy to tell from here where the town hall is or wherever the dragon knights might make their hub?
  709. [14:49:44] <@Amaryllis> 2d6+3
  710. [14:49:44] <DiceMaid-9001> Amaryllis, 2d6+3: 13 [2d6=4,6]
  711. [14:50:11] <@Amaryllis> oh I Didn't highlight that. Sure, 15 with faith.
  712. [14:50:12] <Mr_Prickles> You see a few large shapes flying over New Cleyra, through the tree tops.
  713. [14:50:21] <Natalie> (nah I was just being silly anyway)
  714. [14:50:47] <Mr_Prickles>
  715. [14:50:51] * @Amaryllis squints to see if she can make out shapes or contou- oh okay
  716. [14:50:59] <Mr_Prickles> They don't approach low, but they're definitely flying around.
  717. [14:51:55] <@Amaryllis> In any case, Ammy is still glancing for a building associated with town government or the dragon knights or similar.
  718. [14:52:12] <Mr_Prickles> As you look up, you also notice a few curious lightningrod-like things sticking up just above the trees.
  719. [14:52:23] <Mr_Prickles> Town government? HAH
  720. [14:52:24] <Natalie> (sup lenore's ultimate weapon sidequest)
  721. [14:52:28] <@Lenore> 2d6+4 D-does Lenore see this?
  722. [14:52:29] <DiceMaid-9001> Lenore, D-does Lenore see this?: 12 [2d6=4,4]
  723. [14:52:33] <Mr_Prickles> Yep
  724. [14:52:37] <@Amaryllis> "So the dragons wield lightning." Ammy points them out regardless
  725. [14:52:51] * @Lenore squint.
  726. [14:52:59] <@Lenore> "I see something."
  727. [14:53:06] * Natalie does the same, only with less squinting and more curious staring.
  728. [14:53:10] <@Lenore> "Something that could end up amazing~!"
  729. [14:53:15] <Mr_Prickles> Seems like there are a bunch of high-placed lightning rods to absorb attacks from the Grand Dragons.
  730. [14:53:31] <Natalie> ... And pulls her twintails up, forgot to do that.  'Quadtails' in Kain's words.
  731. [14:53:42] <Mr_Prickles> On the other hand there are no governmental offices, there is a church though. And there's also a local chapter of the Burmecian Dragon Knights with their own Burmecian-style building.
  732. [14:54:36] <Mr_Prickles> Theta, let's say you see them when Ammy points the dragons out.
  733. [14:54:40] <Mr_Prickles> Roll Monster Lore for me?
  734. [14:54:40] <@Amaryllis> "Come, we should set out soon, but we should also know what we are going up against as we make this climb." Ammy shuffles off toward the Dragon Knights' building.
  735. [14:55:16] <Theta> 2d6+4 monsters? can do
  736. [14:55:17] <DiceMaid-9001> Theta, monsters? can do: 11 [2d6=4,3]
  737. [14:55:17] <Natalie> "Sure."  Huh, Nat's oddly obendient today.
  738. [14:56:32] <Mr_Prickles> Theta's HEARD of those things at least. He might not know as much as the locals, but grand dragons are notorious creatures capable of decimating unprepared travelers. They're vicious, can poison foes, wield powerful lightning magic, and are weak to ice, that's about all he knows.
  739. [14:56:54] <@Amaryllis> "Nat..." Ammy shrugs it off. She hopes it's just Nat trusting her to handle this well and is going along for that reason.
  740. [14:56:59] <Theta> "Make sure we pick up some poison antidotes."
  741. [14:57:25] <@Amaryllis> "You know of these dragons?"
  742. [14:57:36] <Theta> "Other than that, yes, lightning magic is what they are honed at. Ice should be their weak spot, however."
  743. [14:57:51] <Natalie> Nat, when looked at, just gives Ammy a BIG heartwrenching 'it'll be okay' smile.
  744. [14:57:51] <@Lenore> "Ice, huh?  I'm actually pretty good at Ice!"
  745. [14:58:02] <Theta> "Of them, at least. They think travelers are tasty. The natives here probably know more."
  746. [14:58:09] <Natalie> And then invokes 'Don't Worry, It'll All Be Okay' for a +2 on the- oh wait, wrong game
  747. [14:58:21] <@Lenore> (whap)
  748. [14:58:22] <@Amaryllis> "It is lightning magic though? Not simply a a dragon's breath."
  749. [14:58:35] * Natalie perks up. "Magic?"
  750. [14:58:40] <Mr_Prickles> You shuffle towards the dragon knights, then. The building is decorated with a large bell on the roof and sparkling white Burmecian stone. As you enter, you see a teenage nezumi bringing a couple of female dragon knights coffee.
  751. [14:58:41] <@Lenore> "Hmmmmm, so it wouldn't be like Celly's attacks, huh?"
  752. [14:59:01] <@Amaryllis> "It would be...reflectable."
  753. [14:59:05] <Natalie> ~~~~~~
  754. [14:59:12] * Natalie is more beaming than ever all of a sudden oh dear
  755. [14:59:43] <@Amaryllis> (Kain I know you want to handle shops later, but can I buy ice-strike food components for the same price as the fire-strike components from Lindblum?)
  756. [14:59:43] <Natalie> "Okay then, I'll go in front and bounce them off!  And... uh..."
  757. [14:59:45] <Natalie> "Uh..."
  758. [15:00:03] <Mr_Prickles> One of the dragon knights looks up, she's reading a newspaper. "You people need something?"
  759. [15:00:08] * Theta doesn't seem terribly concerned about the poison. "Ice though, not much we have in that regard outside of Lenore is there?"
  760. [15:00:27] <Mr_Prickles> (I don't know yet ;_;)
  761. [15:00:34] <Natalie> (Just make it ice cream)
  762. [15:00:48] <@Amaryllis> (it was 100g for the bomb meatballs that were fire strike food components)
  763. [15:01:02] <Mr_Prickles> (I told you I'd figure out shops after this)
  764. [15:01:18] <Natalie> (when you confirm it I'll draw nat & ammy trying to share the came ice cream cone)
  765. [15:01:23] <Natalie> (their tongues interlocked)
  766. [15:01:27] <@Amaryllis> (well, as long as we don't end up fighting one of the grand dragons before that then I spose)
  767. [15:01:41] <@Lenore> "We're here to ask questions~!  Right?"
  768. [15:02:18] <@Amaryllis> "Yes, we have come here to inquire about the recent disappearances up in the mountain path."
  769. [15:02:20] <Mr_Prickles> The other dragon knight perks up. "Oh, we'll answer questions! That's the easy part of our job!"
  770. [15:02:39] <Theta> (I just barfed at your ice cream comment, thanks)
  771. [15:02:40] <@Amaryllis> "A few of your own chapter are among those missing, as I understand?"
  772. [15:02:52] <Theta> (Only way to make it worse if they both tried to lick the cherry on top)
  773. [15:02:53] <Natalie> (I exist to serve)
  774. [15:03:13] <Theta> (god why did I type that I feel filthy)
  775. [15:03:26] <Natalie> (it is because you're lewdman, this is your destiny)
  776. [15:03:32] <Mr_Prickles> The first dragon knight sighs a bit and nods. "Alright, have a seat then or something. I'm General Celeste." You note she has dark, dark fur and red armor with purple dragon ears.
  777. [15:03:59] <Mr_Prickles> Celeste: "Not that that means much in peacetime."
  778. [15:04:19] * @Amaryllis nods and takes a seat. "Amaryllis." she says, extending a hand.
  779. [15:04:34] <Natalie> (inb4 she has a lesbian rat lover with liquid metal powers)
  780. [15:05:51] <Mr_Prickles> Celeste shakes your hand breifly, with slight disinterest.
  781. [15:06:26] <Mr_Prickles> The other dragon knight introduces herself. "I'm Ensign Embla!"
  782. [15:06:46] <Mr_Prickles> This one has grey fur and blonde hair, with shiny white armor.
  783. [15:07:00] <Mr_Prickles> The intern excuses himself. :B
  784. [15:07:26] * Natalie hops down on Ammy's lap instead of a separate seat. Hnnng. "I'm Ammy's friend! Call me Natalie." There's a bit of muttered trailings at the end, fortunately muted once she realizes she doesn't remember what she was going to ask.
  785. [15:07:33] <Mr_Prickles> Celeste: "What's your interest in the disappearances? That's mostly a dragon knight concern at the moment."
  786. [15:08:08] <@Amaryllis> "Has there been any indication at all of what has caused their disappearances? Our travels will take us up the mountain that way."
  787. [15:08:36] <Mr_Prickles> Celeste: "It seems to be linked with the ruins. We've had scouts return from the forest itself, but not the ruins."
  788. [15:08:55] <Mr_Prickles> Celeste: "All in all, seventeen people have vanished, including citizens and personnel."
  789. [15:09:13] <@Amaryllis> "Without a trace?"
  790. [15:09:18] <Natalie> "So..."  Shuffle shuffle.  "Something up there's kidnapping them?"
  791. [15:09:30] <Mr_Prickles> Celeste: "Oh, there might be a trace. But no one's been able to return to confirm the corpses."
  792. [15:10:03] <Mr_Prickles> Celeste: "We're currently waiting on backup squads from Burmecia and Lesetira to assist us in force."
  793. [15:10:23] <@Amaryllis> "You say corpses. So you are certain they are dead?"
  794. [15:10:47] <Mr_Prickles> Celeste: "Can't really say, but I figure if they aren't, they would have made it back or starved to death by now."
  795. [15:11:17] <Theta> "About how long ago did the last one go missing?"
  796. [15:11:48] * @Amaryllis sits back supporting her hand with one hand and tapping her cheek with a finger. "So there is no way to prepare for whatever danger might await us there. Are there local legends or folktales of the place?"
  797. [15:11:52] <Mr_Prickles> Celeste: "Four-man squad of knights, thursday evening. So about three days ago."
  798. [15:13:14] <Theta> "So it's reasonable to presume this isn't related to the dragons then?"
  799. [15:13:15] <Mr_Prickles> Celeste: "Yeah, yeah, used to be some big shrine of Bahamut in the early days of the Burmecian Kingdom. There was supposed to be some 'gate to the heavens' there? If that's right then they're probably in a better place by now."
  800. [15:13:56] <Mr_Prickles> Celeste: "We're trained to fight the grand dragons. A four man squad wouldn't have been taken down except by a large pack of them - and they usually fly solo or in pairs. It's possible, but not probable."
  801. [15:14:32] <@Lenore> "Oh my..."
  802. [15:14:40] * Theta nods, figuring that was the case
  803. [15:14:52] * Natalie looks clueless as fuck but nods along anyway.
  804. [15:15:03] <Theta> (It must be yetis.)
  805. [15:15:06] <Theta> (fucking yetis.)
  806. [15:15:13] <@Amaryllis> "Are the dragons avoidable as a group travels up the path? It would be best if we were able to approach the dangers of the ruins with our full strength."
  807. [15:15:16] <Mr_Prickles> (No one is ever prepared for yetis)
  808. [15:15:26] <Natalie> (fuck yetis)
  809. [15:15:43] <Natalie> (you were just trolling us to come prepared with ice-strike shit and then suddenly YETIS you big jerk)
  810. [15:15:55] <Mr_Prickles> Celeste: "Probably better to hide if they fly by. There are caves and overhangs on the way up, but there's a particular sheer climb that you'll have to hurry up."
  811. [15:16:31] * Natalie notices puzzle dungeon sensors going off! ... Oh wait, she doesn't have that or Treasure Sense. Yet.
  812. [15:16:40] <Mr_Prickles> Celeste: "Listen, it's my official duty to warn you to stay away from that place. I can't endorse any kind of activity there from civillians, but I'm not ordered to stop anyone either. If you go, be careful. We may not be able to rescue you."
  813. [15:16:42] <@Amaryllis> "Sounds like no problem for a dragon knight, but climbing certainly isn't my forte." Ammy sighs.
  814. [15:17:21] <@Lenore> "We're pretty tough, actually!"
  815. [15:17:23] <Natalie> "You just need to climb fast, right?  So I could go ahead first and look, and.... hnnnn."
  816. [15:17:37] * @Amaryllis shrugs. "I have known since I set out from Treno to this place that I will find what I am looking for, or die trying."
  817. [15:17:49] <Mr_Prickles> Embla: "Oh, no, you'd be picked off for sure! Traveling in groups is the only safe way to travel anymore around here..."
  818. [15:17:55] * Natalie stares lustfully- okay not really. "Ammy..."
  819. [15:18:22] <Natalie> "Okay!  So going off ahead is a big no-no..."
  820. [15:18:49] <@Amaryllis> "If it is not too tall, then Theta can simply make us a series of footholds or stairs." She takes a deep breath. "In any case, this seems to be all that we can prepare for now."
  821. [15:19:10] <Mr_Prickles> Celeste; "What, a geomancer? Huh, that's two we've had recently, then."
  822. [15:19:54] <@Amaryllis> "Theta can fly. So he and Nat could conceivably head up the climb first without anyone having to go alone..." Ammy furrows her brow and thinks.
  823. [15:20:03] <Mr_Prickles> Celeste: "Not very common to see one, let alone a few... There some kind of convention?"
  824. [15:20:09] <@Amaryllis> "Another geomancer has come by?"
  825. [15:20:25] <Natalie> (sup bebe)
  826. [15:20:25] <Mr_Prickles> Celeste: "Yeah, one of those black mages."
  827. [15:20:28] * Theta nods. "I don't see the mountain itself being our problem, or the dragons. Just this unknown creature." (Almost unown'd)
  828. [15:20:33] <Natalie> (exact second too I am so fucking good)
  829. [15:20:38] <Natalie> (kain I demand a medal)
  830. [15:20:54] <Theta> "Possibly is Master Bebe. Not necisarily, though."
  831. [15:20:57] * Mr_Prickles gives Nat one Meta-Badge~
  832. [15:21:02] <Natalie> Kya!
  833. [15:21:41] <@Lenore> "It's too bad we have a thing to attract monsters but we don't have one to make them wanna' go away!"
  834. [15:21:48] <Natalie> "Creature...?  You mean the kidnapper is one thing?  I was thinkin' it was a big group or something."
  835. [15:21:57] <Mr_Prickles> Celeste: "There's still a few people with problems against the black mages here, but most people you'll see have long gotten over the attack on Cleyra."
  836. [15:22:08] * @Amaryllis takes out the drill Nat scavenged from the doomtread and holds it out in front of Lenore. "The creature we fought seemed to be powered by electricity - could you perhaps power this then with your magic? It could dig us hiding spots within the mountain."
  837. [15:23:26] <@Amaryllis> "We have no idea what is in the ruins. For all we know the danger could simply be a powerful illusion, drawing in visitors with temptations of worldly desires and keeping them entranced until they starve. Or perhaps there is a portal to another land, or..." Ammy shrugs, making a "and so on and so on" gesture with her free hand.
  838. [15:24:10] * Theta makes a note to be the founder of an annual geomancer convention in Treno where they build pretentious castles and shit.
  839. [15:24:34] <Natalie> "Well, whatever it is, we can totally handle it!"  Nat does a fistpump, as if their colorful clothing wasn't enough to tell these people that they're a group of protagonists.
  840. [15:25:26] <Theta> (Let's make a castle, bitches love castles.)
  841. [15:25:47] <Natalie> (castie I know what you're typing and stop it right now)
  842. [15:25:59] <@Amaryllis> (awww)
  843. [15:26:02] <Natalie> (fag)
  844. [15:27:02] <@Amaryllis> "Shall we make final preparations and leave then?"
  845. [15:27:13] * @Amaryllis looks rather antsy to get going
  846. [15:28:03] <@Lenore> "Power it with magic?  Hmmm, that's a neat idea, I could definitely try!"
  847. [15:28:18] <Mr_Prickles> Embla: "Good luck! I'll be sad if you perfect strangers die horribly due to unspeakable horrors!"
  848. [15:28:29] <Mr_Prickles> She... seems to mean that unironically.
  849. [15:28:39] <Theta> "It wouldn't be the first time something's tried!"
  850. [15:28:48] <Theta> "No garuntees on the last either..."
  851. [15:28:50] * @Lenore gives her a hug~. And then starts running off.
  852. [15:28:53] * Theta is ready to go either way.
  853. [15:29:07] <Mr_Prickles> Embla: ??? :D
  854. [15:29:15] <Natalie> "Don't worry, we'll beat whatever it is doing it up and bring it back!  Unless it's what Ammy said then I guess it's kind of hard to beat up."
  855. [15:29:15] <Mr_Prickles> What a friendly knight.
  856. [15:29:40] * Natalie gives a thankful gesture like a thumbs-up or something and runs off after Lenny, Prickles still riding. Probably.
  857. [15:30:37] * @Amaryllis opens her mouth to ask Lenore to try running a big of lighting through it now so they're not trying for the first time up in the mountains, but then the girl runs off. Ammy starts shuffling after her with a quick bow to the dragon knights and a "Thank you. We shall endeavor to bring back news of your comrades."
  858. [15:31:30] <Theta> (Do we need someone to HOLD the pheonix downs? I got inventory space.)
  859. [15:31:57] <Natalie> (Nah, I already got 'em)
  860. [15:32:05] <Mr_Prickles> Celeste: "If you come back alive. Good luck and all that.
  861. [15:32:06] <Mr_Prickles> "
  862. [15:32:20] <@Lenore> (I can hold one now, if you guys want)
  863. [15:32:33] <Natalie> (Up to you, you're the one with that goofy engie feat)
  864. [15:32:45] <@Amaryllis> (I have a free slot now so I can hold one if inventory space is an issue)
  865. [15:32:53] <@Lenore> (Also can I have the Hand of Tantalus for this thing?  I don't think Lightning is going ot be PARTICULARLY useful here.)
  866. [15:33:08] <@Amaryllis> (go for it I say)
  867. [15:33:15] <@Lenore> (Cool~)
  868. [15:33:21] <Natalie> (I've no objections because I have way too fucking many weapons anyway)
  869. [15:33:38] <Natalie> (It's funny because I was the one who voluntarily started off unarmed)
  870. [15:33:45] <@Lenore> ('kay I'll take a single Phoenix Down adn HAND OF TANTALUS)
  871. [15:34:05] <Natalie> (okay I'll... edit my sheet later)
  872. [15:34:14] <Theta> (I'm sort of a packrat on weapons too)
  873. [15:34:21] <Natalie> (also I'm gonna eat mushroom risotto on the way to free up that slot and because I'm a fat cat)
  874. [15:34:39] <Theta> (fat flat cat in a hat)
  875. [15:35:59] <@Lenore> (I'm going to eat Beef Pierogi to be STRONK)
  876. [15:36:30] <Mr_Prickles> As you leave she mutters "crazy, suicidal kids"
  877. [15:37:21] <@Lenore> (21 Pwr total thanks to Beef Pierogi~)
  878. [15:37:37] <@Lenore> (I deal 2d6+84 on physicals~)
  879. [15:37:56] <@Amaryllis> "History is the tale of a great number of fools, General Celeste." Ammy calls back in response.
  880. [15:38:37] <Natalie> (I have 11 avd in earth-piercing/perplexed stances and 8 finesse.  That's... it.)
  881. [15:39:19] <@Lenore> (6 Avd~)
  882. [15:39:32] <Theta> (theta has no foods :<)
  883. [15:40:02] <Natalie> (I'm holding onto a bunch, I'm sure the +dex/mnds are sharable)
  884. [15:40:08] <@Lenore> (T-there's Chocobo Fricassee (Wind Ward) and Beef Pierogi (+4 Pwr) in Lenore's inventory)
  885. [15:40:23] <@Amaryllis> (I asked soooo many times if anyone wanted food made in Treno and before we left Lindblum too ;-;)
  886. [15:40:39] <Natalie> (make a salad out of mr. prickles plz)
  887. [15:41:08] <Theta> (I sorta need RES ones or it doesn't really do anything)
  888. [15:41:17] * Theta walks along as the girls be fatties
  889. [15:41:34] * Natalie fuckin' loves Ammyfood, there needs to be an image macro of that
  890. [15:42:16] <Mr_Prickles> chomchomchomp
  891. [15:42:22] <Mr_Prickles> Okay, any further stops?
  892. [15:42:45] <Theta> (Yes, the local brothel.)
  893. [15:42:47] <Theta> (i mean what)
  894. [15:42:49] <Natalie> Weren't we gonna go see what'shisface?
  895. [15:43:02] <Natalie> .... Not that the cat would know, having napped through that part.
  896. [15:43:59] <@Lenore> (Oh wait)
  897. [15:44:03] <@Lenore> (The Hand of Tantalus)
  898. [15:44:07] <@Lenore> (Has Tantalizing)
  899. [15:44:09] * @Amaryllis is ready to set out
  900. [15:44:13] <@Amaryllis> (oh yeah it does)
  901. [15:44:14] <Natalie> (oh yeah it does)
  902. [15:44:16] <@Lenore> (So I can't gain benefits from food)
  903. [15:44:16] <@Amaryllis> (no food 4 u)
  904. [15:44:16] <Natalie> (wow)
  905. [15:44:22] <@Lenore> OH WELL
  906. [15:44:53] * Natalie is ready 4 action
  907. [15:45:09] <Mr_Prickles> okay.
  908. [15:45:19] <@Lenore> (So it's 2d6+68.  Still good!)
  909. [15:46:04] <Mr_Prickles> A quaint yellow brick path leads out of the thick forest and begins trailing up the mountainside, bringing you out of the safety of the tree cover of New Cleyra and up above the tunnel you just passed through.
  910. [15:47:56] * Natalie barely follows the advice and is SLIGHTLY in front of everybody else most of the way.
  911. [15:48:02] <Theta> "Bets on how long until this terrible creature ambushes us, anyone?"
  912. [15:48:51] <@Lenore> "2 minutes~"
  913. [15:48:54] <@Amaryllis> "Not until we enter the ruins. And we do not yet know what it is, or if it is even a creature at all and not simply a trap in the ruins." Ammy is making sure to stick close to the cliff wall, both for safety and to stay less visible.
  914. [15:48:56] <Natalie> "Never!"  Nat spins 'round.  "It's OBVIOUSLY been set up, Renny himself is actually there and he's just been bringing people in to have parties and serve tea."
  915. [15:49:03] * Natalie nods matter-of-factly, as if that was obvious.
  916. [15:49:04] <@Amaryllis> "However, ambushes by dragons..."
  917. [15:50:06] * @Amaryllis has put away the Blood Bracers for the moment, preferring her old Wristband for now.
  918. [15:50:07] <Mr_Prickles> The mountain itself is a hard climb, leading up sheer slopes, up rocks, around bends...
  919. [15:50:14] <Mr_Prickles> Awareness, everyone!
  920. [15:50:17] <@Amaryllis> (oh Kain does the sleep at the inn make old food wear off?)
  921. [15:50:20] <Natalie> 2d6 WHAT DO YOU MEAN NOT ATHLETICS?
  922. [15:50:20] <Theta> "I'm betting when we reach the cliffside itself."
  923. [15:50:21] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, WHAT DO YOU MEAN NOT ATHLETICS?: 4 [2d6=1,3]
  924. [15:50:23] <@Amaryllis> 2d6+3 awareness
  925. [15:50:23] <DiceMaid-9001> Amaryllis, awareness: 10 [2d6=4,3]
  926. [15:50:31] <Theta> 2d6+7 YA WOT M8?
  927. [15:50:32] <DiceMaid-9001> Theta, YA WOT M8?: 11 [2d6=1,3]
  928. [15:50:33] <@Lenore> 2d6+4 ~
  929. [15:50:33] <DiceMaid-9001> Lenore, ~: 10 [2d6=4,2]
  930. [15:50:36] <Theta> (oh damn it)
  931. [15:50:52] <Mr_Prickles> (Yes, I'd say so cast)
  932. [15:51:25] * @Amaryllis eats one of her beef pierogis before setting off then.
  933. [15:52:38] <Mr_Prickles> Theta spots the shadows of a pair of dragons flying with the sunlight so as not to be noticed so easily. Quick, you need to find a place to hide!
  934. [15:52:49] * Natalie continues prancing ahead of the group~
  935. [15:55:23] <Theta> "Aaaa- back here Natalie. Dragons are incoming!"
  936. [15:55:31] <Natalie> "Huh- oh, 'kay!"
  937. [15:55:33] * Natalie walks backwards.
  938. [15:55:42] <Mr_Prickles> Athletics check, Nat
  939. [15:55:45] <@Lenore> "Oh really?  Let's hide, then!"
  940. [15:55:47] <Natalie> 2d6+8 you bet
  941. [15:55:48] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, you bet: 16 [2d6=6,2]
  942. [15:55:49] * @Lenore woosh~
  943. [15:56:06] <Mr_Prickles> Okay you walk backwards on the steep mountain with no repercussions. ;_;
  944. [15:56:16] <Natalie> Cats can do that, man.
  945. [15:56:40] <Theta> "We need cover-" He looks around real quick, knowing what HE could do but what about the others?
  946. [15:56:42] * @Amaryllis looks around for a good hiding space, starting to chant up a twilight spell to help them hide.
  947. [15:57:04] <Natalie> Can I use Stealth to find everyone a hiding place?
  948. [15:57:12] <Mr_Prickles> Casting a spell of darkness in plain sight is going to make you even more conspicuous if you do it in the wrong place.
  949. [15:57:25] <Mr_Prickles> Roll it, Nat
  950. [15:57:28] <@Amaryllis> Well, that's why she's trying to find a good hiding space first. Some place shadowy already.
  951. [15:57:29] <Natalie> 2d6+6 'kay!
  952. [15:57:29] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, 'kay!: 13 [2d6=4,3]
  953. [15:57:35] <@Amaryllis> (Can I roll stealt too?)
  954. [15:57:51] <Mr_Prickles> You find YOURSELF a pretty good spot under a very shallow overhang...
  955. [15:57:53] <Mr_Prickles> Roll it Ammy
  956. [15:57:58] <@Amaryllis> 2d6+4
  957. [15:57:59] <DiceMaid-9001> Amaryllis, 2d6+4: 11 [2d6=1,6]
  958. [15:58:07] <Mr_Prickles> 2d6
  959. [15:58:08] <DiceMaid-9001> Mr_Prickles, 2d6: 4 [2d6=1,3]
  960. [15:58:31] * Natalie notices it, being tiny is kind of suffering when you can't help your friends in times like these.
  961. [15:58:40] * Theta leans up against the cliffside and seems to meld into it, Petrifying himself
  962. [15:58:50] <Mr_Prickles> You find a large rock to press up against out of their view. Theta and Lenore notice a small cave a bit off... but should it be risked? Oh wait, there Theta goes.
  963. [15:59:24] <Mr_Prickles> that just leaves the Lightning Lover!
  964. [15:59:35] * @Lenore runs for the cave ;_;
  965. [15:59:40] <Mr_Prickles> 2d6
  966. [15:59:40] <DiceMaid-9001> Mr_Prickles, 2d6: 9 [2d6=6,3]
  967. [15:59:50] * Natalie hides in the small spot and starts to call out to Lenny, b- oh she's gone.
  968. [15:59:55] <Mr_Prickles> Oh no, Lenore is spotted! Roll Athletics, Lenore!
  969. [16:00:17] <@Lenore> 2d6 oh boy
  970. [16:00:18] <DiceMaid-9001> Lenore, oh boy: 5 [2d6=1,4]
  971. [16:00:39] * @Lenore ruuuuuns huff huff huff
  972. [16:00:57] * Natalie facepalms and yanks the current bandage off. *sign*
  973. [16:01:12] <Mr_Prickles> One of the grand dragons swoops down out of the sky and grabs Lenore in his claws, scooping her up! Her hat falls off in the meantime, fluttering to the ground nearby as they carry her up and over the mountain towards the forest!
  974. [16:01:27] <@Lenore> (b-but I'm in crabmono so my hat's a hairclip
  975. [16:01:29] <@Lenore> )
  976. [16:01:39] <Mr_Prickles> (O-oh)
  977. [16:01:44] <@Lenore> (could still conceivably fall off though)
  978. [16:01:49] <Natalie> (you timids)
  979. [16:01:55] * Theta unmelds from the wall. Looks up in frustration. "But - I - DAMN IT!"
  980. [16:01:55] <Mr_Prickles> (Well I didn't want to strand them without climbing gear)
  981. [16:02:08] * Natalie peeks out. "... That worked!"
  982. [16:02:14] * @Lenore kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
  983. [16:02:18] <Mr_Prickles> Clack clack, the hairpin lands nearby.
  984. [16:02:18] <@Amaryllis> (we could just go at it suffering mode without the gear)
  985. [16:02:28] <Natalie> (yeah like I'm doing because I'm a mary-sue)
  986. [16:02:33] <Mr_Prickles> Lenore, roll me an escape check!
  987. [16:02:56] <@Lenore> (Thought I had Escape, but NOPE.  Well, let's try anyway!)
  988. [16:03:02] <@Lenore> 2d6
  989. [16:03:02] <DiceMaid-9001> Lenore, 2d6: 4 [2d6=1,3]
  990. [16:03:11] <@Amaryllis> (is the dragon carrying lenore still in spell range?)
  991. [16:03:14] <@Lenore> '_______________________________________________'
  992. [16:03:20] <Natalie> (Remember when everyone used to think I'd end up being the damsel in distress?)
  993. [16:03:24] <Mr_Prickles> Nope, they're fast!
  994. [16:03:35] <Mr_Prickles> 1d6 rerolling your 1.
  995. [16:03:36] <DiceMaid-9001> Mr_Prickles, rerolling your 1.: 5 [1d6=5]
  996. [16:03:37] * @Lenore is too busy being WIDEFACE at flying~
  997. [16:03:44] * Natalie didn't even get to do an emergency ruby light, what a failure of an eidolon!
  998. [16:03:46] * @Amaryllis peeks out from her rock hiding place and begins chanting sleep - and then stops as the dragon zooms off.
  999. [16:03:47] <@Lenore> That's an 8
  1000. [16:03:49] <Mr_Prickles> (Because I am a nice person)
  1001. [16:03:53] <Mr_Prickles> The speed of the dragons is swift, and they seem to be carrying you to a nest on the far side of the mountain, but you manage to wiggle free, and...
  1002. [16:04:08] <Mr_Prickles> All of you see Lenore drop from the creature's talons! D:
  1003. [16:04:14] <Mr_Prickles> Lenore seems trees rushing up to meet her...
  1004. [16:04:17] <Mr_Prickles> *sees
  1005. [16:04:23] <Natalie> Giant ones?
  1006. [16:04:29] <Mr_Prickles> Very big ones.
  1007. [16:04:30] <Mr_Prickles> ....
  1008. [16:04:32] <Mr_Prickles> .......
  1009. [16:04:35] <Mr_Prickles> Lenore has left the party.
  1010. [16:04:48] <Natalie> (4,1fatality)
  1011. [16:05:22] <Mr_Prickles> The Grand Dragon shrieks at dropping its meal, but flies on, not approaching the forest.
  1012. [16:05:44] * Theta takes out a bottle of whisky, chugs a good bit of it and marches forward. HE IS NOW UNSTOPPABLLLLLEEEE. (...How long does this junk last anyway?)
  1013. [16:05:46] * Natalie watches and leaps out, snagging the hairclip.
  1014. [16:06:34] <@Amaryllis> "...Are you sure you should be drinking? We are climbing a mountain." Ammy shuffles after him.
  1015. [16:06:38] <Natalie> "It's okay, Lenny's tough.  C'mon!"
  1016. [16:06:56] * Natalie still didn't learn her lesson and stays in the lead.
  1017. [16:07:25] <Mr_Prickles> It's supposed to last a session, but probably for a few fights. The grand dragons have lost Lenore anyway.
  1018. [16:07:53] <Mr_Prickles> Did anyone pick up Lenore's hairclip?
  1019. [16:08:01] <@Amaryllis> (Nat did)
  1020. [16:08:05] <Natalie> (^)
  1021. [16:08:10] <Mr_Prickles> Okay~
  1022. [16:08:19] <Theta> "YES, 279% CERTAIN."
  1023. [16:09:23] <Mr_Prickles> YOU DASH THE FUCK UP THAT MOUNTAIN, and proceed to climb as much as you can.
  1024. [16:10:00] * @Amaryllis is proceeding slowly and methodically, as before, careful to look for hiding spots and dragons along the way.
  1025. [16:10:44] * Natalie is probably dashing even more than Theta is. Perhaps cheating by reflecting herself and doing funky reflection/refraction bullshit to divert most light rays away from herself but that's probably pushing it.
  1026. [16:10:49] <Natalie> he mad
  1027. [16:10:53] <@Amaryllis> (whoops)
  1028. [16:10:58] <Mr_Prickles> The dragons don't appear to be coming back, but either way with the gear left behind by Lenore's clip you manage to pull yourself up.
  1030. [16:11:45] <Natalie> why aren't you always like this
  1031. [16:12:26] <Theta> (Cause I didn't roll a hotblooded manly man in this game ;-;)
  1032. [16:12:49] <Mr_Prickles> You eventually get up the cliffs with little other problems, and find yourself on the lip of an emormous basin.
  1033. [16:13:08] <Mr_Prickles> Below you stretches a vast forest, with only hints of a stone building near the middle.
  1034. [16:13:08] <@Amaryllis> Even with the gear, Ammy probably has a fair bit of trouble keeping up with the others. She pants as she reaches the top of a rope and strains to pull herself over the edge of the cliff it was hooked onto. She crawls to a safe place to sit and rests for a moment, overlooking the basin.
  1035. [16:13:14] <Mr_Prickles> Lenore fell down somewhere in that forest, you're sure of it.
  1036. [16:13:23] <@Amaryllis> She unwraps her scarf and prods at the chocochick.
  1037. [16:13:24] * Natalie helps Ammy up every now and then but mostly springs around giving no fucks.
  1038. [16:13:31] <Mr_Prickles> Awareness real quick?
  1039. [16:13:36] <@Amaryllis> 2d6+3
  1040. [16:13:37] <DiceMaid-9001> Amaryllis, 2d6+3: 7 [2d6=2,2]
  1041. [16:13:38] <Natalie> 2d6 from everyone?
  1042. [16:13:39] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, from everyone?: 8 [2d6=2,6]
  1043. [16:13:44] <@Amaryllis> 2d6+5 chocochick reroll
  1044. [16:13:45] <DiceMaid-9001> Amaryllis, chocochick reroll: 15 [2d6=4,6]
  1045. [16:13:55] <@Lenore> Sweet Reroll Bro
  1046. [16:14:10] <Natalie> Sweet Reroll & Hella Bro
  1047. [16:14:33] <Theta> 2d6+7
  1048. [16:14:34] <DiceMaid-9001> Theta, 2d6+7: 16 [2d6=3,6]
  1049. [16:14:55] <Mr_Prickles> The chocochick and Theta notice it, in the distance a slide in midair made of ice, just above the treeline.
  1050. [16:15:00] <Mr_Prickles> Maybe she broke her fall somehow?
  1051. [16:15:42] * Theta slides down into the basin and marches on
  1052. [16:15:43] <@Amaryllis> "...yes I was just about to ask if you could help find..." Ammy stops prodding the chocochick and lets it back into the scarf.
  1053. [16:15:55] <Mr_Prickles> "Kweh!"
  1054. [16:16:05] * Natalie initiates dragmode and drags the fuck out of hey why doesn't Prickles get a roll?
  1055. [16:16:13] <Natalie> ... Drags Ammy.
  1056. [16:16:17] <Mr_Prickles> Because Prickles is a fashion accessory, not a character.
  1057. [16:16:23] <Natalie> lame
  1058. [16:16:30] <@Lenore> Pfff.
  1059. [16:16:31] <Mr_Prickles> Actually, he's frought with worry and is second in procession behind Theta.
  1060. [16:16:43] * @Amaryllis gives Nat an exhausted look but grits her teeth and allows dragging to happen.
  1061. [16:16:44] <Natalie> THAT fast?  Jesus, that takes effort
  1062. [16:17:08] * Natalie would totally carry Ammy bridal-style if she were Ambrosia but no that's actually too sue to do.
  1063. [16:17:10] <Natalie> 2sue2do
  1064. [16:18:47] <Mr_Prickles> You enter the new forest after a moment, not hearing or seeing any sign of monsters here.
  1065. [16:19:04] <Mr_Prickles> But as you near where you saw the ice slide, you hear strange music playing through the trees.
  1066. [16:19:10] <Mr_Prickles>
  1067. [16:19:37] * @Amaryllis leans against a tree to catch her breath, wiping the sweat from her brow as she listens.
  1068. [16:20:49] <Mr_Prickles> Out of nowhere, a strange creature pops out behind a tree. Dressed in a gaudy red suit with a round upper body, an enormous smiling mouth with pearly white teeth, and a single eye, he pulls out a deck of flash cards with a ? on the back, and calls out to you as a floating X and O fly out near him.
  1069. [16:20:52] <@Lenore> (haha oh godo)
  1070. [16:20:57] * Natalie lets go of Ammy, knowing how much of a wimp she can be sometimes.
  1071. [16:20:58] <Mr_Prickles> ???: "Pop Quiz!"
  1072. [16:21:07] <Natalie> :D
  1073. [16:21:27] <Mr_Prickles> ???: "The Ragtime Mouse rescues injured people in forests!"
  1074. [16:21:40] <Mr_Prickles> ???: "True, or false?"
  1075. [16:21:42] * @Amaryllis gives Nat an apologetic look, then turns with confusion at the creature.
  1076. [16:22:00] <Mr_Prickles> What the fuck is this
  1077. [16:22:01] * Natalie steeeeeeeeeeeeeps back to let Ammy answer that. Can't let an amnesiac do it, nope.
  1078. [16:22:21] <@Lenore> (I.  Don't.  Even.)
  1079. [16:22:53] <Mr_Prickles> The creature begins to do a little dance as he waits for you to respond.
  1080. [16:23:00] * Theta looks to the others. This seems like a trick question.
  1081. [16:23:17] * Natalie sees the spark in Theta's eye and nods to it. Totally a trick question.
  1082. [16:23:59] * @Amaryllis looks to the other two and mouthes "true?" at them, looking unsure.
  1083. [16:24:13] * Theta shakes his head. Totes false.
  1084. [16:24:16] * Natalie headshakes slightly and turns to Theta.
  1085. [16:24:18] <Natalie> Yeah okay.
  1086. [16:25:01] <Mr_Prickles> ???: "Better hurry! Your time is running out!"
  1087. [16:25:19] * Natalie gives Ammy an impatient glance.
  1088. [16:25:37] * @Amaryllis shrugs, confused at their train of thought, but nods at the others' consensus. "False."
  1089. [16:26:01] <Mr_Prickles> The creature appears to start casting something, and the blue X comes forward. "...."
  1090. [16:26:55] <Mr_Prickles> "Wrong!" Phhhhhhhhhhhhhhhbt! The creature sticks out its tongue at you, and the X explodes, in your faces with a great deal of smoke and noise, as the creature hurriedly withdraws into the woods.
  1091. [16:27:07] <@Lenore> (my face)
  1092. [16:27:34] * Natalie coughs the smoke out. "Ohhhh!"
  1093. [16:28:08] * @Amaryllis coughs. "Bloody hell, yes I figured that...thing found Lenore. Let us follow it."
  1094. [16:28:14] <Natalie> "Nnnfff, why'd it even have to ask?  Why couldn't it just TELL us that?"
  1095. [16:28:18] <@Amaryllis> "That is no mouse though."
  1096. [16:28:38] * Natalie nods and dashes ahead, ducking through trees and other tiny cute moeblob things.
  1097. [16:28:52] * Theta just shakes his head and pursues it.
  1098. [16:29:34] * @Amaryllis takes a deep breath, then runs after it with the others.
  1099. [16:29:44] <Mr_Prickles> The creature seems to leap and twirl through the forest, dancing through the trees as a seamstress might sew a thread.
  1100. [16:30:03] * Natalie tries to imitate that! ... Kind of.
  1101. [16:30:04] <@Amaryllis> 2d6 athletics just how badly would this go for Ammy?
  1102. [16:30:05] <DiceMaid-9001> Amaryllis, athletics just how badly would this go for Ammy?: 6 [2d6=2,4]
  1103. [16:30:10] <@Lenore> (inb4 Lenore was the prize and now you don't get her back.)
  1104. [16:30:24] <Natalie> 2d6+8 ooh if you're doing that now I'm going to do it too just to fit in and get a critfail
  1105. [16:30:26] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, ooh if you're doing that now I'm going to do it too just to fit in and get a critfail: 15 [2d6=1,6]
  1106. [16:31:24] <Mr_Prickles> Eventually, though, you come into a sort of clearing in the trees, where there is a collection of circus-like wagon caravans in a circle. You see... an assortment of carnival games at some of them, a few caged monsters (Marlboros, Tetraeyes, Couerls), and a few others, and...
  1107. [16:31:34] * @Amaryllis stops midpursuit, panting, and watches the thing closely to see if there's some pattern to its zigzagging or any clearer indication of where ti's headed. She then proceeds at a walk.
  1108. [16:31:42] <Mr_Prickles> Oh hey, there's Lenore, looking at one of the wagons. She looks... oddly clean. Like she's just taken a bath.
  1109. [16:31:58] <Mr_Prickles> The Ragtime Mouse stops dancing as he reaches the clearing.
  1110. [16:32:02] <Natalie> "Lennyyyyyyy!"  She's gonna turn into a monster, yep, here it comes.
  1111. [16:32:21] * Theta dashes over and picks her up in a hug. "Are you alright?!"
  1112. [16:32:22] <Mr_Prickles> Ragtime Mouse: "Aha, the injured guest is up, it seems!"
  1113. [16:32:25] * @Lenore is staring at a door when you guys get here! She turns around. "Hi!"
  1114. [16:32:45] <Mr_Prickles> The door she was looking at has a big gold star on it, with a nameplate reading "Ragtime Mouth"
  1115. [16:32:59] <Natalie> "Oh, you mean you actually DID help her?  That was a weird question..."
  1116. [16:33:51] <Mr_Prickles> RM: "Allow me to introduce myself - I am the Ragtime Mouse, and this is my forest carnival! Feel free to make yourselves at home!"
  1117. [16:34:08] <@Lenore> "I already did!"
  1118. [16:34:09] <Natalie> "Hehe, um, sorry we didn't believe you I guess.  Thanks!"
  1119. [16:34:17] <Mr_Prickles> RM: "But don't expect to get a prize! You got my question wrong. You should expect better of people."
  1120. [16:34:31] * @Lenore also got hugged by Theta. "I'm very all right~"
  1121. [16:34:34] * Natalie approaches Lenny to be next in line for hugtime. Uppie, uppie, Natty want uppie!
  1122. [16:34:40] <@Lenore> "Got a nice bath and everything!"
  1123. [16:35:10] <Mr_Prickles> Anyone who might have a lore skill applicable here can roll it.
  1124. [16:35:17] <Mr_Prickles> Which is...
  1125. [16:35:36] <@Lenore> Lore (Magic)? :O
  1126. [16:35:41] <Mr_Prickles> Pretty much anything except Espers or Nobility
  1127. [16:35:46] <Natalie> Au.
  1128. [16:36:00] <@Amaryllis> A bit after the others, Ammy arrives as well, staring, bewildered, at the arrangement in the clearing. Slowly she makes her way in and sighs in relief at seeing Lenore. "See, I had thought the creature would not ask if it did not find someone."
  1129. [16:36:06] <@Lenore> 2d6+4 My skill cap is 5 now, I'd better work on upgrading my skills~
  1130. [16:36:07] <DiceMaid-9001> Lenore, My skill cap is 5 now, I'd better work on upgrading my skills~: 11 [2d6=1,6]
  1131. [16:36:16] <@Amaryllis> 2d6+3 history?
  1132. [16:36:16] <DiceMaid-9001> Amaryllis, history?: 13 [2d6=4,6]
  1133. [16:36:17] <Mr_Prickles> Lenore rejoined the party!
  1134. [16:36:27] <Mr_Prickles> Monsters is applicable too
  1135. [16:36:32] <Theta> "Sorry about leaving you out to hang, that was careless. If those dragons return they'll rue the day!"
  1136. [16:36:40] * Natalie moves back to Ammy, whispering. "Um, do you think this has something to do with the missing people...?"
  1137. [16:36:42] <Theta> 2d6+4 monsters eh
  1138. [16:36:42] <DiceMaid-9001> Theta, monsters eh: 11 [2d6=6,1]
  1139. [16:37:01] <@Lenore> "I would've smote them with Lightning but they're affiliated with Lightning so that probably wouldn't have worked!"
  1140. [16:38:19] <@Amaryllis> "Not likely, Nat, though we can ask."
  1141. [16:38:40] <Mr_Prickles> Lenore and Theta have heard rumors of a mysterious creature that appears before travelers in forests all over the world and asks them questions, showering them in rewards for correct answers. In fact, since Black Mage Village is in a forest Theta has probably heard this more than once. Ammy has heard about this and also knows that the Ragtime Mouse has appeared since the year 1000 in texts,
  1142. [16:38:40] <Mr_Prickles> that its origin is unknown and that it's only been completely bested by Zidane and his friends when they exhausted his list of questions with correct answers.
  1143. [16:38:40] <Natalie> "'Kay!  Just thought I'd check."
  1144. [16:39:42] * Theta gives her one last hug before putting her badk down and looking around a bit better. "A...carnival?"
  1145. [16:40:04] <Mr_Prickles> In the meantime the Ragtime Mouse has donned a ringmaster's tophat out of nowhere and is standing near the carnival games. "Thaaaaat's right! Try your luck, win a prize!"
  1146. [16:40:13] <Mr_Prickles> It's... pretty small for a carnival.
  1147. [16:40:13] * Natalie NOW approaches Lenny for hugtime man could you lovers spend long enough?
  1148. [16:40:21] <Mr_Prickles> But with only him there, it would probably have to be.
  1149. [16:40:32] * @Lenore enjoys hugtime very much~. Snuggle snuggle
  1150. [16:40:32] <Natalie> "Luck?  What kinda luck?"
  1151. [16:40:58] <Natalie> This one won't be detailed because the player regrets reading a bunch of shoujo-ai right before session.
  1152. [16:41:20] <Mr_Prickles> RM: "It's just a saying! Orrrrrrr you could try your hand at trivia!"
  1153. [16:41:41] <Mr_Prickles> What is this nonsense, this guy is just distracting you from your task isn't he
  1154. [16:41:57] <Natalie> >expecting Nat of all people to catch on to that
  1155. [16:41:58] <Natalie> lol
  1156. [16:42:07] <Natalie> "Nah, let's do the first one!  What is it?"
  1157. [16:42:29] <@Amaryllis> "Have you been running this carnival for hundreds of years then?" Ammy looks around, confused. "In any case, we have heard that many travelers like ourselves have disappeared in the ruins near here. Do you know anything of this?"
  1158. [16:42:42] * Theta nods to Ammy, about to have asked that himself
  1159. [16:42:56] <@Lenore> (inb4 "Do I?  True or False!"
  1160. [16:42:57] <@Lenore> )
  1161. [16:43:13] <Mr_Prickles> He directs you over to the games, which seem to consist of things like tossing rings at poles, darts at balloons, balls at targets next to platforms over water - when you look at this one, somehow he's gotten in the seat withou tyou noticing he moved.
  1162. [16:43:34] * Natalie runs off like an excited kid while the others ask their questions then.
  1163. [16:44:02] <Mr_Prickles> RM: "Ah, who even keeps track of the years anymore? I just collect trivia!"
  1164. [16:44:29] <Mr_Prickles> RM: "I've seen a lot of people come and go, but only one way~"
  1165. [16:44:40] <@Amaryllis> "Which way?"
  1166. [16:44:46] <Natalie> "Wouldn't that mean they're just coming and not going?"
  1167. [16:44:58] * Natalie turns mid-dart-toss or whatever and headtilts.
  1168. [16:45:03] * @Lenore joins Natalie in games~
  1169. [16:45:18] <Mr_Prickles> RM: "That depends on the point of reference, kid."
  1170. [16:45:27] <Natalie> "Ohhhh."
  1171. [16:46:04] <Mr_Prickles> The Ragtime Mouse  hops off the dunk platform, and goes over behind one of the carnival game things, and suddenly an enormous sign pops up from behind it, and several other caravans, all pointing in the same direction.
  1172. [16:46:04] <@Amaryllis> "Kid?" Ammy raises an eyebrow but shrugs it off. She's halfway through her 20s already. "From here, then."
  1173. [16:46:22] <Mr_Prickles> He was answering Nat.
  1174. [16:46:38] * Natalie is in her thousands probably! ... But doesn't react as strongly as Ammy.
  1175. [16:46:56] <@Lenore> 1,1Inb4 he's actually an Eidolon
  1176. [16:46:59] <@Amaryllis> "Thank you."
  1177. [16:47:42] <Mr_Prickles> Lenore manages to pop a few balloons with her initial three darts, and wins a prize! She can choose any sort of plush monster on the shelf, and there seem to be a lot.
  1178. [16:47:51] <Mr_Prickles> The balloons seem to automatically replace themselves somehow.
  1179. [16:48:12] <Natalie> "All right!  I'd wanna stay and play longer, but there's kinda an important thing we need to do..."
  1180. [16:48:26] * Natalie trails off and stares at the RM, in that 'I wonder if we've met before' kind of way.
  1181. [16:48:28] <Mr_Prickles> Nat gets a hoop around a pole before they go, and also gets to choose one~
  1182. [16:48:39] <Natalie> Are they shaped like eidolons?
  1183. [16:48:40] <Mr_Prickles> The one-eyed creature just gives a broad smile.
  1184. [16:48:49] <Mr_Prickles> There's a few eidolon plushies too.
  1185. [16:48:53] <Natalie> name 'em
  1186. [16:49:01] <@Lenore> ^
  1187. [16:49:09] * Natalie really just takes the most familiar-looking one though
  1188. [16:49:21] <@Lenore> Monsters AND Eidolons 1,1although Lenore's probalby taking a marlboro or Yan
  1189. [16:49:46] <Mr_Prickles> Carbuncle, Kujata, Bismark, King Fat Chocobo, Fenrir...
  1190. [16:50:02] <Natalie> oh that is the silliest question you have ever asked
  1191. [16:50:31] <Mr_Prickles> Lenore can pick from brown yan or white yan~
  1192. [16:50:52] <Mr_Prickles> or the Marlboro too if she wants
  1193. [16:51:08] * Natalie actually spends a while considering the morals of how strange it is to carry a plushie of oneself around, even if it IS just to jog their memories.
  1194. [16:51:16] * @Lenore takes the brown one~
  1195. [16:51:55] <Mr_Prickles> Lenore takes an Unfriendly Yan plushie with its >:| expression
  1196. [16:52:07] <Natalie> And ooh, Kujata looks familiar, and Fenrir, almost forgot what Fenrir looks like...
  1197. [16:52:08] <Mr_Prickles> or wait
  1198. [16:52:11] <Mr_Prickles> did I mix them up
  1199. [16:52:17] <Mr_Prickles> yes I did
  1200. [16:52:22] <Mr_Prickles> Brown Yan is friendly and adorable
  1201. [16:52:28] <Mr_Prickles>
  1202. [16:52:28] * Natalie actually just whips out the sapphire and stares at it a bit.
  1203. [16:52:48] <Natalie> nah screw it, memory-jog it is
  1204. [16:53:09] <@Amaryllis> "Do you know what lies in that direction?"
  1205. [16:53:44] * Natalie snags the self-plushie and shows it off to Ammy, curious if it even looks right.
  1206. [16:53:44] <Mr_Prickles> RM: "A trip you won't be expecting~"
  1207. [16:53:56] <Mr_Prickles> RM: "But I can guarantee you, no foul creatures lurk that ruin!"
  1208. [16:54:01] <@Lenore> (unless you don't give it a Diamond, then BAAAAAAAAAAAH!)
  1209. [16:54:18] <Natalie> (I-I want a diamond)
  1210. [16:54:19] <@Amaryllis> "If I play your game of trivia, or one of these carnival games, will you tell me more?"
  1211. [16:54:33] <Mr_Prickles> It's a lot cuter than the carbuncle plushie from FF13
  1212. [16:54:43] * @Amaryllis smiles at Nat's choice. Secretly she knows it's completely off because it's not an ugly burrowing lizard, but that's fine.
  1213. [16:54:43] <Natalie> that thing is pretty nightmare fuel yeah
  1214. [16:54:48] <Natalie> Die.
  1215. [16:55:09] <Mr_Prickles> RM: "Ehh, to be honest, I don't know what's on the other side of that portal."
  1216. [16:55:17] <Natalie> "Portal!"
  1217. [16:55:31] <@Lenore> "Adventure~!"
  1218. [16:55:32] <Natalie> "So he DID set something up."
  1219. [16:55:51] * @Amaryllis makes a little check mark next to "interdimensional portal" in her journal where she was speculating on the ruins.
  1220. [16:56:22] <Mr_Prickles> RM: "Good luck, if you go~ Say hi to those cute little Nezuuumi!"
  1221. [16:56:34] <Natalie> "Okaaaay!  Thanks a bunch!"
  1222. [16:57:29] <Mr_Prickles> The creature waves and seems to pull himself into his own tophat, before it flips over and.. vanishes. And suddenly, the entire caravan is gone.
  1223. [16:57:42] <Natalie> Even the self-plushie?
  1224. [16:57:50] <Mr_Prickles> Nope, the prizes are still there!
  1225. [16:57:53] <Natalie> Kya!
  1226. [16:58:05] <Theta> "...Odd."
  1227. [16:58:07] * @Amaryllis continues onward in the marked direction, shuffling forward through the trees.
  1228. [16:58:09] * Natalie heads in the direction of the thing, then, but distracted as fuck doing silly things like trying to compare rubies with it.
  1229. [16:58:14] <Mr_Prickles> The cute little plushie does seem very familiar.
  1230. [16:58:24] <@Lenore> ~
  1231. [16:58:27] <Mr_Prickles> The gem on its forehead sparkles brightly, not a real ruby, but not glass either.
  1232. [16:58:33] * Theta pokes at Lenore's plushy. "Cute choice." And then continues on.
  1233. [16:58:38] * Natalie bonks them together. Bonk.
  1234. [16:58:42] <@Lenore> "Thank you~"
  1235. [16:58:43] <Mr_Prickles> Bonk.
  1236. [16:58:54] <@Lenore> (This is a Key Item, right?)
  1237. [16:58:55] <Natalie> .... And bored of that.  Onward!
  1238. [16:59:04] <Mr_Prickles> Onward!
  1239. [16:59:46] * Natalie is at least comfortable with the familiarity being a thing, because not being able to tell what the plushie was supposed to be would be pretty worrisome.
  1240. [16:59:55] <Natalie> But it's nice to have a reminder around!
  1241. [17:00:15] <Mr_Prickles> You eventually reach a large, stone structure in the midst of the woods, with a stone statue of an enormous dragon perched on the roof. The place seems built like a place of worship for sure. As you go in you see numerous ancient tapestries, and stone pews, and stairs leading up to some kind of altar.
  1242. [17:00:47] * Natalie peers in first. "... So these are the ruins?"
  1243. [17:01:01] <@Amaryllis> (Can I lore: eidolons to know more about the place?)
  1244. [17:01:13] <@Lenore> (C-can I lore: magic?)
  1245. [17:01:18] <Mr_Prickles> Hmm, I think I've told you everything that's common knowledge already.
  1246. [17:01:33] <Mr_Prickles> I'm not sure what else you'd get.
  1247. [17:02:01] <Mr_Prickles> As I believe I said once before to Celina, Bahamut used to actually dwell here, or near here.
  1248. [17:02:07] <@Lenore> (This place is so mysterious not even the GM knows what's up wtih it~)
  1249. [17:02:24] * Natalie approaches the altar then, rolls be damned.
  1250. [17:02:47] <Mr_Prickles> The floor is glowing with a pulsating purple arcane pattern.
  1251. [17:03:00] <@Lenore> Ooooh~
  1252. [17:03:07] * @Lenore inspects the arcane pattern~
  1253. [17:03:15] * @Amaryllis stoops down to examine the pattern, looking over everything in this place for more information.
  1254. [17:03:21] * Natalie steps on the pattern.
  1255. [17:03:25] <Mr_Prickles> Lore: Magic for this one.
  1256. [17:03:27] <Mr_Prickles> Welp
  1257. [17:03:32] <Natalie> <3
  1258. [17:03:36] <Mr_Prickles> Nat dissolves into a flash of purple light.
  1259. [17:03:44] <@Lenore> 2d6+4 "W-what!?"
  1260. [17:03:44] <DiceMaid-9001> Lenore, "W-what!?": 10 [2d6=2,4]
  1261. [17:03:51] <@Amaryllis> 2d6
  1262. [17:03:51] <DiceMaid-9001> Amaryllis, 2d6: 6 [2d6=2,4]
  1263. [17:03:52] <Mr_Prickles> It's... a teleportation circle!
  1264. [17:04:07] <Natalie> Come on guys, he said 'portal'
  1265. [17:04:09] <Theta> "..."
  1266. [17:04:12] <Theta> "I think she melted."
  1267. [17:04:21] <@Lenore> "Nono, she got Teleported!"
  1268. [17:04:24] <@Lenore> "Perfectly safe!"
  1269. [17:04:34] * @Lenore steps on it next~
  1270. [17:04:39] <Mr_Prickles> Fffffffffsh
  1271. [17:04:47] <Theta> "How can you - noooo!" he pounces after
  1272. [17:05:03] <Mr_Prickles> Dissolvify!
  1273. [17:05:44] <Mr_Prickles> Only Ammy is left!
  1274. [17:05:47] * @Amaryllis looks at everyone step onto the thing in turn. She'd already gotten out her journal and everything. "Oh bloody hell, does no one have the patience to allow a bit of research?"
  1275. [17:06:26] <@Lenore> (Poor Ammy.  Having common sense is suffering.)
  1276. [17:06:42] <Natalie> (You'd think after so many years she'd be used to this)
  1277. [17:06:42] <Theta> (Well this was the easiest TPK ever.)
  1278. [17:06:43] <Theta> (GJ guys.)
  1279. [17:06:43] <@Amaryllis> A quick minute glancing around at anything that might stand out to her interests? And then if there's nothing, she steps forward too.
  1280. [17:07:20] <Mr_Prickles> There are stairs leading down somewhere near the back, but...
  1281. [17:07:37] <Mr_Prickles> Who knows where they've ended up?
  1282. [17:07:37] <Natalie> (AMMY SOLO DUNGEON GOGO)
  1283. [17:07:49] <@Amaryllis> She'll dash that way for a quick peek.
  1284. [17:08:12] <Mr_Prickles> ...Seems to lead down into more temple areas.
  1285. [17:08:43] <Mr_Prickles> You don't see anything immediately interesting near the stairs.
  1286. [17:09:20] <@Amaryllis> Is there any indication of where the portal inscription leads to or something like that? Now that she thinks about it, Ammy realizes it could be very bad for all of them to be portaled off to who-knows-where without any real warning.
  1287. [17:09:32] <Mr_Prickles> You don't see anything offhand, no.
  1288. [17:10:07] <Mr_Prickles> You could try a Lore Magic
  1289. [17:10:14] <@Amaryllis> 2d6
  1290. [17:10:15] <DiceMaid-9001> Amaryllis, 2d6: 7 [2d6=3,4]
  1291. [17:10:20] <Mr_Prickles>
  1292. [17:10:32] <Mr_Prickles> You think the teleportation circle is designed to send people...
  1293. [17:10:34] <Mr_Prickles> up?
  1294. [17:11:09] <Mr_Prickles> Teleport?
  1295. [17:11:11] <Mr_Prickles> Y/N
  1296. [17:11:50] * @Amaryllis carefully proceeds down, looking through the area for any indication of a way to return from the teleportation destination.
  1297. [17:12:05] <Mr_Prickles> You don't see anything~
  1298. [17:12:32] <Mr_Prickles> The area under the temple has mostly things related to worship of bahamut.
  1299. [17:12:47] <Mr_Prickles> Armor, idols, n' shit
  1300. [17:12:52] <Mr_Prickles> No books seemed to have survived.
  1301. [17:13:39] <@Amaryllis> "Sod it." Ammy stomps up the stairs and out of the temple, squinting up at the sky above the place.
  1302. [17:13:47] <Mr_Prickles> You... only see clouds.
  1303. [17:13:54] <Mr_Prickles> huh.
  1304. [17:14:28] <@Lenore> (Time for Tiamat's sky dungeon~)
  1305. [17:14:55] <Theta> (did someone say sexy torture times)
  1306. [17:15:17] <Natalie> (I got my whip out)
  1307. [17:15:20] <@Lenore> (That's Barbariccia you doof)
  1308. [17:15:28] * @Amaryllis frowns. "This does not bode well." She returns to the temple and gently sets her switchblade on the portal runes.
  1309. [17:15:38] <Mr_Prickles> Vwoop.
  1310. [17:15:58] <Mr_Prickles> The blade vanishes - and once you test, returns to your hand without a problem.
  1311. [17:16:16] <@Amaryllis> She waits a minute, then reaches out for it with her mind. She makes sure it's not melting hot or something.
  1312. [17:16:24] <Mr_Prickles> Yeah, it's fine.
  1313. [17:16:29] <Mr_Prickles> cast pls
  1314. [17:16:54] <@Lenore> (Hey I'm not bothered by this!  Just thoroughly amused)
  1315. [17:17:26] <Theta> (just cause you caught us all in your portal above a pit of boiling acid doesn't mean you gotta TPK us all gosh)
  1316. [17:18:06] * @Amaryllis sighs and, with a last glance around, steps onto the portal runes.
  1317. [17:18:12] <Mr_Prickles> FWOOSH
  1318. [17:18:20] <Natalie> 10,000 years later...
  1319. [17:21:33] <Mr_Prickles> You all emerge, one by one, on a new, inactive teleportation circle in a small, outdoor area. Around you stretches out the open sky, with a massive bank of clouds beneath the ground you're standing on - which by the way, the ground seems to be made of metal. Ahead,the outdoor portion of this place seems to head head into a massive indoor area inside... some sort of huge metal airship? ...Is
  1320. [17:21:33] <Mr_Prickles> this an airship? It's more like a city... The sky is split away from you by means of a blue-tinted shield of light.
  1321. [17:22:01] <Natalie> And we all totally spent 10 minutes waiting for ammy, right?
  1322. [17:22:17] <Mr_Prickles> Ammy appears... eventually.
  1323. [17:22:37] * Natalie has been foot-tapping frantically. "Geez, what took you so long?"
  1324. [17:22:39] <Theta> (So it's the Macross in front of us, essentially? Wrapping my head around this)
  1325. [17:22:46] <@Amaryllis> They probably see her knife appear there first
  1326. [17:22:51] <Natalie> (I'm seeing Exire)
  1327. [17:22:51] <Mr_Prickles> It's some sort of... flying fortress sitting on top of the clouds.
  1328. [17:22:57] <Mr_Prickles> Protected by a shield of energy.
  1329. [17:22:58] <@Amaryllis> And then it disappears a minute later and Ammy appears with it again.
  1330. [17:23:03] <Natalie> (... but it's actually Sky Fortress Bahamut goddamnit)
  1331. [17:23:08] <Natalie> (12 was bad and you should feel bad)
  1332. [17:23:08] <Mr_Prickles>
  1333. [17:23:15] <Mr_Prickles> It's not sky fortress bahamut
  1334. [17:23:15] <Mr_Prickles> but
  1335. [17:23:22] <Mr_Prickles> THE MUSIC IS WHAT I'M LISTENING TO
  1336. [17:24:17] <Natalie> Actually Nat's been spending the whole waiting-for-Ammy time challenging the lightshield, or at least doing the same thing with it she does to the sun, being a naturally-interested eidolon of light manipulation and all.
  1337. [17:24:25] <@Amaryllis> "Do you even have any idea where we have been teleported to? I searched through the temple for a way back, and it did not seem to exist." Ammy sighs. "The muses wished to see our story continue here though, and so here we are."
  1338. [17:24:40] * @Lenore smile~
  1339. [17:24:54] <Natalie> "Pfffft," Nat bursts into a gigglefit.  "That's so like you!"
  1340. [17:25:03] <@Amaryllis> She bends down to examine the teleportation circle. Broken, or simply unpowered?
  1341. [17:25:10] <Natalie> "It's okay, we'll get back.  This is the ruin-place we're supposed to be anyway, isn't it?"
  1342. [17:25:24] <Mr_Prickles> Ancient Flying Fortress - Enterprise
  1343. [17:25:29] <Natalie> Oh.
  1344. [17:25:57] <Mr_Prickles> It's unpowered.
  1345. [17:26:22] <@Amaryllis> "We shall need to return power to these teleportation circles to return, it seems."
  1346. [17:26:25] <Mr_Prickles> it seems to be connected to some sort of also unpowered console nearby, somewhat similar to Terran machinery, but... no, it doesn't seem Terran either.
  1347. [17:26:41] <Mr_Prickles> There are symbols on a keyboard next to the console that none of you recognize.
  1348. [17:26:44] <@Amaryllis> "The question is, where are we?" Ammy wanders over to the console and examines it for writing of any kind.
  1349. [17:27:04] * Natalie ponders a bit then walks over to the circle, bowing down in an awkward way and pressing her ruby lightly to the runes. "Watch this, I'll power it up! That's totally an Eidolonny thing to do, right?"
  1350. [17:27:06] * Theta spends a bit of time just collecting his thoughts here as he looks around the deck of the airship. "Why would a teleporter out at a ruins lead here?"
  1351. [17:27:08] <@Amaryllis> "I could not see this place from the ground outside the temple."
  1352. [17:27:40] <Mr_Prickles> ...
  1353. [17:27:40] <@Lenore> "Maybe we should look for people here and ask them!"
  1354. [17:27:50] <@Amaryllis> "How else does one easily make their way between a floating fortress and the ground? Airship trips would be expensive and slow, not to mention the need to track the movement of such a place."
  1355. [17:27:52] <Natalie> ...
  1356. [17:27:57] <Mr_Prickles> Nat once again doesn't get to do anything cool with eidolon powers. :<
  1357. [17:28:09] <Natalie> "Ohhhh, I guess I'm the one who's out of power."
  1358. [17:28:28] * Natalie gets up and SHURGs. "Oh well, let's just go in and see if we can find anything! C'mon!"
  1359. [17:29:03] <@Amaryllis> "A better question - having seen their comrades disappear into the portal, why did every single traveler here follow them? Had it not been I alone, I would have sought to return to New Cleyra with news of what was to be found in the temple before following..." Ammy sighs. "But I would never make it scaling that mountain again alone."
  1360. [17:29:35] * Natalie dashes off in the middle of Ammy's sentence, Lenny probably in tow maybe.
  1361. [17:29:40] <Mr_Prickles> Further out on the deck you see...grass and dirt? Seems like there's a 'garden' section over that way.
  1362. [17:30:10] <Mr_Prickles> And there is a set of stairs leading downward.
  1363. [17:30:12] <@Amaryllis> "Surely a dragon knight, for whom the cliffs are no obstacle, could have...sod it." Ammy shakes her head and shuffles forward after Nat and Lenore.
  1364. [17:30:28] <Natalie> Let's head to the indoor area, yeah.
  1365. [17:30:33] <@Lenore> "Yeah, I miss Celly too, Ammy!"  She frowns.
  1366. [17:30:36] * Theta follows along, just trying to absorb all this
  1367. [17:31:52] * @Amaryllis closes her eyes and concentrates. She's been keeping tabs on Ayane for quite a while now, so pinging her location can probably give her a good idea of where they are, right? At the very least she can work out if they're way higher than airships ever go.
  1368. [17:31:56] <Mr_Prickles> You head down, into some really advanced looking hallways. Really clean, too. Like, sparkling with your reflections coming off of it. There's hardly any light in here however, except glowing strips of green traveling down the halls near the corners.
  1369. [17:32:13] <Natalie> 'Reflection' is a good word to be hearing.
  1370. [17:32:27] <Mr_Prickles> You seem to be in the same relative location as before, although a lot higher up.
  1371. [17:32:44] <@Amaryllis> Higher up than airships go?
  1372. [17:32:49] * Natalie is totally exposed, of course, and entertains herself by looking at the reflection of her reflection in her reflecton's forehead.
  1373. [17:32:51] <Mr_Prickles> Much higher.
  1374. [17:33:37] <@Lenore> "Hmmm...wait...lines..."
  1375. [17:33:46] <@Amaryllis> Everything looks too clean in the hallway. Anything look broken or otherwise removeable that could be taken back as evidence of their trip here?
  1376. [17:33:54] * @Lenore starts following the green strips~
  1377. [17:34:32] * @Amaryllis shuffles down the hall after the others, her lantern out now and giving additional illumination to the area.
  1378. [17:34:39] <Mr_Prickles> You see some... you think they might be doors on the sides of the hallway? As Lenore moves ahead, noise comes from further down the hall, and something clatters forward.
  1379. [17:35:00] * @Amaryllis slips into one of the doors as she hears this.
  1380. [17:35:04] * Natalie moves ahead a little further, sniffing... does it smell like anything, even?
  1381. [17:35:09] <Mr_Prickles> ...some kind of spider-like, quadrupedal machine with gleaming armor and glowing red eyes, moving back and forth.
  1382. [17:35:09] <@Lenore> "G-guys!  I read about this place!"
  1383. [17:35:16] <@Lenore> ""
  1384. [17:35:23] <Natalie> "Huh?  Really?"
  1385. [17:35:31] <Mr_Prickles> It looks back and forth, scanning, not yet looked towards Lenore.
  1386. [17:35:52] * Natalie pullllllllllllls Lenny to a side or something.
  1387. [17:35:52] * Theta freezes up, hoping this thing doesn't start throwing lasers and such around as it finds them
  1388. [17:35:53] <Mr_Prickles> ...As the door near Ammy hisses open, a group of scared looking Nezumi aim all kinds of weapons at her.
  1389. [17:35:56] <Mr_Prickles> Then they relax.
  1390. [17:36:15] <@Lenore> "Yeah, there was a little phrase that has to do with the Magus Sisters that I read in a book!"  She gets draggged by Natty
  1391. [17:36:17] <@Amaryllis> "Back! It is likely a sentry of some sort." Ammy says in a whisper. And then she turns around and throws her hands up.
  1392. [17:36:19] <Mr_Prickles> One of the dragon knights among them speaks up. "Psst, get in here!"
  1393. [17:36:34] * @Amaryllis nods, then motions at the others to follow.
  1394. [17:36:49] * Natalie follows Ammy's advice, and- oh, voices. Time to dig out a bandage and slap it on.
  1395. [17:37:21] <Mr_Prickles> Oh, huh, they're not ALL Nezumi, looks like. A few humans are here, too?
  1396. [17:37:26] <Natalie> Though carrying a plushie of herself sure isn't suspicious at all, nope.
  1397. [17:37:29] * Theta dives in not wasting any time here
  1398. [17:37:41] <@Lenore> "'Above the Sky, but below the Moon, find you carved an ancient rune.  Learn its lines, find its kind, and together combine'~!  That's what I remember!"  She heads in the room ahead of Nat~
  1399. [17:37:47] <Natalie> "Ohh... Ammy, are THESE the people who got kidnapped?"
  1400. [17:37:51] * @Amaryllis counts off the Nezumi, then thinks. "You have been here at least three days, which means there is fresh water to be found here." AMmy takes notice of the rest. "Food too, as others have been here much longer."
  1401. [17:37:54] <Mr_Prickles> This room seems to be some sort of makeshift living area. A horde of supplies are lined up in boxes along one wall, and beds made out of jackets and blankets line the floor.
  1402. [17:38:48] <Mr_Prickles> The dragon knight snorts. "Yeah, but the supplies are running low, to be honest. We sent someone to try and get more food, but... those machines out there are tough."
  1403. [17:38:52] <@Amaryllis> "Remember Nat, we had never concluded that they were kidnapped. As it were, my guess about a portal was correct, though not an interdimensional one, it seems. We are simply far above the Temple of Bahamut now."
  1404. [17:39:18] <Mr_Prickles> ".... I don't believe it. How did YOU guys get mixed up in all this?"
  1405. [17:39:23] <Mr_Prickles> A familiar voice comes from the side.
  1406. [17:39:26] <Natalie> Nat stands up on tiptoes and pokes Ammy on the nose.  "That 'yeah' sounds like they totally were!"
  1407. [17:39:58] <Mr_Prickles> A dragon knight approaches your group, and you guys suddenly realize this new one is Ricard, from Lesetira.
  1408. [17:40:05] * Theta squints.
  1409. [17:40:18] * Natalie headtilts, totally clueless. "Who're you?"
  1410. [17:40:22] <@Lenore> "Ricard~!"
  1411. [17:40:37] <Theta> "I think that's a fair question for you as well, certainly farther away from you than us."
  1412. [17:40:47] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard chuckles a bit at Nat. "It's been a while, but not THAT long."
  1413. [17:40:54] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard: "Well... it's a long story."
  1414. [17:41:05] * Natalie headtilts in the other direction, question marks forming everywhere. Poor ratman.
  1415. [17:41:08] * @Amaryllis frowns at Nat and starts to explain the dragon knight wasn't responding to that comment, but then she notices Ricard. "Seredipitious, this is."
  1416. [17:41:13] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard: "When you all left for Lindblum, I was recalled back to Burmecia to deal with a problem. Uh, you can probably guess what that was."
  1417. [17:41:41] <@Amaryllis> "We met him at Lesetira." Ammy stoops down and whispers to Nat. "He taught us Cactuar and aided us back then."
  1418. [17:41:53] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard: "Good to see you again, Mr. Prickles."
  1419. [17:42:01] <Mr_Prickles> Prickles waves a bit timidly at Ricard.
  1420. [17:42:11] <Theta> (That looks really weird to read w/ your nick being Mr. Prickles.)
  1421. [17:42:13] <Natalie> "Ohh, I must've forgot to write about him," Nat whispers back, but accepts the explanation.
  1422. [17:42:25] <Theta> "So. Uh."
  1423. [17:42:31] <Natalie> (Yeah I've been hoping all campaign that you'd do that rocket thing of /nicking to every NPC btw)
  1424. [17:42:33] <Natalie> (that was adorable)
  1425. [17:42:37] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard: "But... yeah... I got sent to investigate this, and got trapped here, too." =/
  1426. [17:42:56] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard: "Is Ms. Celina with you?"
  1427. [17:42:57] <Natalie> "Someone told you to come here?"  Headtiiiiiiilt... back to the left.
  1428. [17:42:58] <Theta> "I take it that mechanism doesn't like things being alive up here."
  1429. [17:43:14] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard: "No, it definitely doesn't."
  1430. [17:43:21] * Natalie is, notably, wearing the ribbon Celina'd been toting around right before leaving on the airship. Like a scarf.
  1431. [17:43:23] <@Amaryllis> "She is not. She left to join with The Returners not too long ago."
  1432. [17:44:07] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard: "One of the residents here explained that they're part of some sort of guardian system designed to eliminate intruders, and work autonomously. It's... really intimidating. Machines that move without masters."
  1433. [17:44:15] <Mr_Prickles> Richard: "...I see."
  1434. [17:44:20] <Mr_Prickles> *Ricard
  1435. [17:44:31] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard: "I hope my sister takes care of her, then."
  1436. [17:44:32] <Natalie> (I heard it in Richard's voice you fag)
  1437. [17:44:49] <Theta> (How many of them are there?)
  1438. [17:44:56] <Theta> Oops, he says that, not OOC
  1439. [17:45:06] <Mr_Prickles> You count... fifteen people in here, most Nezumi, some not.
  1440. [17:45:10] <Mr_Prickles> Oops
  1441. [17:45:12] <@Amaryllis> "How do the guardians fight? Do they have any particular vulnerabilities you know of?"
  1442. [17:45:28] <Natalie> Tild back to the right.  "Well someone told us to come here and he told us to bring something back, so, there's obviously gotta be a way back, right?"
  1443. [17:45:51] * @Amaryllis counts off the number of people and frowns. "There are two missing. We were told that seventeen had disappeared into the ruins. I hope...there were not casualties?"
  1444. [17:46:58] * castfromphone ( has joined #kaingame
  1445. [17:47:19] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard shakes his head. "There are at least a dozen of the metal creatures in total. They were more than a match for myself, but... apparently they do have a weakness. There is a place nearby that can turn them off, apparently. But I don't understand all of the words she's saying. And no, no casualties that we know of. At least two of us are in the garden right now, and one scout has tried
  1446. [17:47:20] <Mr_Prickles> to infiltrate the supply station by himself."
  1447. [17:47:44] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard: "When we first arrived here, we were met by the sole remaining residents of this place."
  1448. [17:48:04] <@Amaryllis> "Residents?"
  1449. [17:48:14] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard: "They are apparently not 'allowed' to bring things to us, but they can give us information. Yes, over there."
  1450. [17:48:17] <Natalie> "He's gotta mean they were like Amby, duh!"
  1451. [17:48:27] <Mr_Prickles> He points over to someone over in the nonnezumi crowd.
  1452. [17:48:43] <Mr_Prickles> There is a human girl that looks similar to Ambrosia, pale skin and long, white hair with red eyes.
  1453. [17:48:44] * Natalie is totally adamant on this belief and goes over to examine this person's probable doll-ness.
  1454. [17:48:47] <Natalie> Fuck yeah.
  1455. [17:49:00] <Theta> "Hm."
  1456. [17:49:05] <Natalie> "Hah, I knew it!"
  1457. [17:49:14] <Theta> "I'm guessing bringing Ambrosia here would have been troublesome then."
  1458. [17:49:24] <Mr_Prickles> She's dressed... something like a maid.
  1459. [17:49:28] <@Amaryllis> "So they are the civilization that came before, or perhaps their creators were."
  1460. [17:50:02] <Natalie> Natty gives Theta a look.  "More like, they'd be able to tell her who she is!  ... Right?"
  1461. [17:50:20] <Theta> "Well if we could get this airship working we could just haul the whole thing over."
  1462. [17:50:26] * Theta SHRUGS
  1463. [17:50:31] <Natalie> "Hnnnn....."
  1464. [17:50:35] <Mr_Prickles> Girl: "That will be impossible."
  1465. [17:50:37] <@Lenore> "That's a good point!"
  1466. [17:50:40] <@Amaryllis> "That," Ammy says, "would likely cause an international incident."
  1467. [17:50:42] <Natalie> "Huh?"
  1468. [17:50:49] * Theta looks over to the girl. "Why is that exactly?"
  1469. [17:51:49] <Mr_Prickles> Girl: "Enterprise is currently collecting enough energy for sustained levitation, cloud production, emergency energy supplies, and vital security systems. Through solar means alone, there is not enough energy to move without compromising vital systems."
  1470. [17:52:03] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard: "She talks oddly."
  1471. [17:52:10] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard: "But she doesn't mean us any harm."
  1472. [17:52:10] <Natalie> "Energy...?  How do you get more energy?"
  1473. [17:52:18] <Theta> "Doesn't that mean you just need a new power source?"
  1474. [17:52:19] <@Amaryllis> "All that aside, however, I am sure there is quite the treasure here, in lore and story..." Ammy looks around for BOOKS.
  1475. [17:52:24] <Mr_Prickles> Girl: "That would be correct."
  1476. [17:52:47] <Natalie> "Then how do you like, get another one?"
  1477. [17:52:58] <Mr_Prickles> Girl: "A sufficient portion of uranium or replacement material should be enough."
  1478. [17:53:12] * Theta thinks for a bit. "Renegade said he found Ambrosia while she was innactive. So for some reason something here must have reactivated things."
  1479. [17:53:29] <@Lenore> "Hmmmmm~"
  1480. [17:53:42] <Natalie> "Replacement... nnnn..."
  1481. [17:54:06] <Theta> "I would like to see this engine of sorts, but seems the more pressing matter is the sentries."
  1482. [17:54:20] <Natalie> "I have NO clue about what any of that means," Nacchan droops.  "But this person is um... Amby's sister or something, right?"
  1483. [17:54:22] <Mr_Prickles> Girl: "Records indicate a person was detected forty two cycles ago. Emergency power started the security system. Available manikens were activated last. By that time, the intruder was already gone."
  1484. [17:54:47] <@Amaryllis> "What is a cycle?"
  1485. [17:54:58] <Mr_Prickles> Girl: "One revolution of the sun around the planet."
  1486. [17:55:07] <@Amaryllis> Whether this means days or years is probably important!
  1487. [17:55:20] <Theta> "What would cause that missing maniken to activate outside of this vessel then?"
  1488. [17:55:32] <Mr_Prickles> The girl tilts her head.
  1489. [17:55:36] <@Amaryllis> (whoa, gaia is geocentric?)
  1490. [17:55:37] <Mr_Prickles> Girl: "Unknown."
  1491. [17:55:45] <Mr_Prickles> (Er)
  1492. [17:55:48] <Mr_Prickles> *planet around the sun
  1493. [17:55:58] <@Lenore> "Hey, miss!  Do you know anything about 'Ambrosia'?"
  1494. [17:56:04] <Natalie> "He means he met your sister!"  Natty figures they're similar-looking enough to make that assumption.
  1495. [17:56:57] <Mr_Prickles> Girl: "Ambrosia. Patented cure-all tonic developed by CidCorp, advertised to perform miracles. No longer in production at this time. Reserves empty."
  1496. [17:57:03] * @Amaryllis thinks. "It has been 42 years, or cycles, as you call them. Why have you not been able to yourselves find this power source you require?"
  1497. [17:57:34] <Mr_Prickles> Girl: "Manikens are not permitted to leave the Enterprise."
  1498. [17:57:48] <Natalie> "... So what happens to one who does?"
  1499. [17:57:48] * Theta scratches his chin. "Honestly most of this really can wait until we turn off those weaponized units."
  1500. [17:57:56] <Mr_Prickles> Girl: "Unknown."
  1501. [17:58:01] <Theta> "You said there's some sort of control room?" He asks Ricard.
  1502. [17:58:19] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard: "That's what she called it, yeah."
  1503. [17:59:01] <@Lenore> "We should go find it, then!"
  1504. [17:59:15] <Natalie> "Hmm... okay, so if it's unknown, we can totally take one of you back with us as the proof we were asked to bring!  And then it'll be known, right?"
  1505. [17:59:19] <@Lenore> "...wait, 'CidCorp'?  Like Regent Cid? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm."
  1506. [17:59:35] * Natalie doesn't notice the 'Cid' until Lenny mentions it and does a !! too.
  1507. [17:59:39] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard: "Herja gave me this, earlier, but I wasn't able to make good use of it." He hands over some kind of... weird glowy tablet thing that displays a map of the place.
  1508. [17:59:46] * @Amaryllis taps her foot. "But we can, so long as power is given to the teleportation circles outside. Could power be diverted from the security systems to the teleportation circles? You have no threats to defend from now, and you risk the only ones who can help you being killed by your guardians otherwise."
  1509. [18:00:05] <Mr_Prickles> Herja: "Observation. Cid is a popular boy's name."
  1510. [18:00:05] <Theta> "That's what I am thinking, we should find it yes, but we'll need a plan of attack to get by the sentries, or at least distract them." He looks over the map
  1511. [18:00:34] <Natalie> "Distract... ooh, I can probably do that!"
  1512. [18:00:49] <Theta> (Nat kites the deathbots. best idea.)
  1513. [18:01:07] <Mr_Prickles> Herja looks at Ammy. "That would be possible, but I could not advise it as it would leave the Enterprise unprotected."
  1514. [18:01:09] <Natalie> (I was thinking more disrupting their sensors by reflecting reflections but that's cute too)
  1515. [18:01:36] <Mr_Prickles> Herja: "The absence of threats cannot be truly ascertained until nothing is left that could potentially be a threat."
  1516. [18:01:56] <@Amaryllis> "Your fortress flies far above the paths of all known airships in the civilization of this world. I can assure you of that."
  1517. [18:02:10] <@Amaryllis> "Lenore, where was it you heard of that riddle?"
  1518. [18:02:14] <@Lenore> "What typically constitutes a threat?"
  1519. [18:02:18] <@Lenore> "A book!"
  1520. [18:02:37] * Natalie peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeks out the door while everyone's talkversing.
  1521. [18:02:44] <Mr_Prickles> Herja: "There are those would fly too close to the sun merely because they dare it. And so too did Icarus's wax wings melt in the heat." she says that offhandedly like she's quoting.
  1522. [18:03:03] <Mr_Prickles> Herja: "Anything may be classified as a threat. Currently, all of you are potential threats."
  1523. [18:03:20] <@Lenore> "Specifically, in Noah's library, on the Magus Sisters!"
  1524. [18:03:58] <Mr_Prickles> Herja: "Magus Sisters... Name recognized."
  1525. [18:04:49] <@Amaryllis> "That book." Ammy says, emphasizing the first word. "I always told Noah it was tasteless, but he insists it is the best resource he can find." There's a twinge of...sadness? bitterness? something in her tone.
  1526. [18:05:02] <@Lenore> "Oh?  What do you know about them, Herja~?"
  1527. [18:06:07] <Mr_Prickles> Herja: "Previous visitors, hundreds of cycles prior, before last deactivation. Unbothered by security system. Left engraving on eastern wall of bridge."
  1528. [18:06:44] <Natalie> Intermission: Deathbot still prowling about the hallway outside of the room?
  1529. [18:06:50] <Mr_Prickles> Peeeeeek....
  1530. [18:06:53] <Theta> "Just what book is it?" Still inspecting the map
  1531. [18:06:53] <Mr_Prickles> It seems to have stomped off.
  1532. [18:07:05] * Natalie leans back in then. Works!
  1533. [18:07:09] * @Lenore claps her hands, her mouth widening! "Theta Theta look for bridge on the map!"
  1534. [18:08:00] <Mr_Prickles> The map shows a vast number of floors, at least eight, each almost as wide as a city. It's possible to scroll through the layers by touching the surface of the map itself, somehow.
  1535. [18:08:05] <Mr_Prickles> It's like magic, but technology.
  1536. [18:08:31] * @Amaryllis notices Nat wandering near the door and shuffles over to make sure she isn't about to get fried by a laser or something.
  1537. [18:08:38] * Theta laughs awkwardly. "This is absolutely insane it would take months to fully explore this structure."
  1538. [18:08:39] * Natalie is the laser
  1539. [18:08:41] <Mr_Prickles> The bridge appears to be on the third floor, two floors under you, towards the front of the ship.
  1540. [18:08:56] <@Lenore> (And then it turns out that this ship is the Tower of Darm)
  1541. [18:09:05] <Natalie> (I love you let's make out)
  1542. [18:11:52] * Natalie continues scouting anyway though, listening's gotten boring. Also the plushie hangs lazily out of her pocket because there's really not anywhere else to put the poor thing- fortunately they're big coat pockets now.
  1543. [18:12:21] <@Amaryllis> "Nat..." Ammy stares after her worriedly before shuffling over to follow.
  1544. [18:12:34] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard: "Mm, I can't help but worry about the guy that went after food, too."
  1545. [18:12:41] <Natalie> "It's okay!  If I see anything, there's something I wanna try."
  1546. [18:13:01] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard: "The supply room should be near the same area with that supposed 'control room'"
  1547. [18:13:11] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard: "Could you guys do me a favor and check up while you're down there?"
  1548. [18:13:15] <Theta> "Is there least an elevator that isn't heavily guarded?" Still looking for the control room as well
  1549. [18:13:31] <Mr_Prickles> Herja: "Nonessential power has been diverted."
  1550. [18:13:39] <Natalie> "Sure!  We'll be okay, probably."
  1551. [18:13:46] <Mr_Prickles> The control room appears to be a few rooms away from the bridge. Convenience
  1552. [18:13:46] <@Lenore> "Leave it to us!"
  1553. [18:14:01] <Natalie> yeah but we need to go by the treasure chest rooms too
  1554. [18:14:11] <Mr_Prickles> have fun living here
  1555. [18:14:49] <Natalie> That almost doesn't sound bad at this point!  Can you imagine if we tooked this campaign and turned it into a wacky sky fortress sitcom?
  1556. [18:15:05] <Mr_Prickles> >tooked
  1557. [18:15:09] <Natalie> >tooked
  1558. [18:15:14] <Theta> (FOOL OF A TOOK)
  1559. [18:15:24] <Natalie> (oh my god I laughed so hard I choked)
  1560. [18:15:26] <Natalie> (jesus)
  1561. [18:15:41] <Theta> "Right. I think we can handle this without being melted by lasers or something."
  1562. [18:16:21] <Mr_Prickles> Ricard: "Right... and if you need anything, we probably have a few things we can spare. I'll make sure this room is safe."
  1563. [18:16:43] * Natalie runs out. "I'll go in front, 'kay, Mr. Zeta?"
  1564. [18:17:10] * Theta isn't about to protest this so just nods to Nat.
  1565. [18:17:33] <@Amaryllis> "Be careful, Nat."
  1566. [18:17:34] * Natalie is totally in the mindset that reflecting any and all lasers is a thing. How fun this will end up being.
  1567. [18:17:49] <Mr_Prickles> Next time on FFIX-2... Exploring the Ancient Flying Fortress, Enterprise!
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